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Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi & Joe Manganiello Work Blue In ‘Smurfs’ Sequel; Betty Gabriel Joins ‘Get Out’

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Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi and Joe Manganiello will lend their voices to Smurfs: The Lost Village, Sony Pictures Animation’s sequel set for March 2017. McBrayer (30 Rock) will play the sweet, awkward and honest-to-a-fault Clumsy, who’s forever trying his best and missing the mark; Pudi (Community) is book-smart and geek-proud Brainy, who’s long on knowledge but short on interpersonal skills; and Manganiello (True Blood) is the strong and super-positive Hefty, a loyal… »


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Nicolas Cage Reunites With ‘Ghost Rider’ Helmer On Horror Thriller ‘Mom And Dad’ – Berlin

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Nicolas Cage has made a deal to star in Mom And Dad, a new horror thriller to be written and directed by Cage’s Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance co-helmer Brian Taylor. The new pic centers on a teenage girl and her little brother who must survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to turn violently on their own kids. Filming is set to begin production in July, with Armory FilmsTim Zajaros and Christopher Lemole producing… »


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Is Melissa McCarthy The Best R-Rated Comedienne Ever? She Makes Her Case In Red Band ‘The Boss’ Trailer

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After being woefully under-appreciated for her layered turn in the Paul Feig-directed Spy, Melissa McCarthy is back in full R-rated raunchy comedy mode with The Boss. She plays a disgraced mogul who tries to rebound by creating a Girl Scouts empire. I’m not sure if this qualifies as a female empowerment message, but the trailer is definitely not for the faint of… »


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Voltage Scares Berlin With Vang Brothers’ Bogeyman Title ‘Bedeviled’

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Voltage Pictures is handling foreign sales on Bedeviled, a horror film by Nicholl Fellowship winners Abel and Burlee Vang, and is currently showing footage to Berlin buyers. Deadline broke the news about the project back in November when we visited the downtown L.A. Washington Blvd set. Bedeviled has been described as a cross between Spike Jonze’s Her and Stephen King’s It. In the movie, a group of friends download a Siri-like App which, at first, seems like a harmless… »


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Margot Robbie To Star In Vaughn Stein’s ‘Terminal’; Highland Film Group Financing & Selling – Berlin

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Margot Robbie has boarded Vaughn Stein’s noir thriller TerminalDavid Barron of BeaglePug (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2) and Molly Hassell (The Trust) will produce alongside Tom Ackerley, Josey McNamara, Sophia Kerr and Robbie under their production company LuckyChap Entertainment. Stein is also penning the screenplay, with Highland Film Group financing and selling in Berlin. CAA is handling the U.S. rights. Terminal details the story of two hit men as… »


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FilmBuff Acquires ‘Thank You For Playing’ Docu About Creation Of ‘That Dragon, Cancer’ Video Game

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FilmBuff has licensed worldwide rights to distribute Thank You For Playing, the Tribeca Film Festival documentary from David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall that follows indie video game developer Ryan Green as he created That Dragon, Cancer, a game based on his youngest son's battle with terminal cancer. The game was released this month, and FilmBuff plans a platform release of the docu on March 18 followed by VOD. "This is an emotionally complex and artistically… »


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Will Smith & Alan Horn Join Obama & Katzenberg For Private L.A. Dinner – Update

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Exclusive: Update, 7:56 Am: Looks like last night’s private power-player dinner with President Barack Obama was with more than just Jeffrey Katzenberg. After our initial scoop late last night, I hear that Will Smith and Disney’s Alan Horn also were in attendance for an off-the-schedule post-fundraisers sit-down with Potus. As these private dinners go that Obama seems to be having almost every time he’s in town, their presence makes sense — along with the DreamWorks Animati… »


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Emily Blunt Saddles Up For ‘My Little Pony’

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Hasbro and Lionsgate have set Emily Blunt to voice a new character in Hasbro's first full-length animated feature film, My Little Pony. She joins Kristin Chenoweth, Tara Strong, Cathy Weseluck, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain and Ashleigh Ball. The film is currently set for global theatrical release on November 3, 2017. Jayson Theissen is directing with Hasbro executives Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis as producers. Lionsgate distributes and markets the film globally… »


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Michael Pena On #OscarsSoWhite – “Is It The Voting Body”? – Berlin

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Day Two of the Berlin Film Festival welcomed John Michael McDonagh’s corrupt cop comedy, War On Everyone, which is running in the Panorama Special section. McDonagh is in Australia and was not able to attend the afternoon press conference, but stars Michael Pena and Alexander Skarsgard were in town along with producer Chris Clark. Though the discussion ranged from McDonagh’s particular brand of humor, to the abuse of mimes as a comic device, it inveitably turned to the… »


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Paramount Closing Domestic Deal For George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’- Berlin

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Paramount is believed to be closing a domestic deal for George Clooney’s Suburbicon, in the $10 million range, sources have confirmed to Deadline. The deal was being worked out Friday night. CAA is handling the domestic sale. Bloom is selling international rights. Black Bear Pictures is fully financing. Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Josh Brolin are attached. Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the script, a dark domestic dramedy. Joel Silver produces for Silver Pictures alongside… »


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George Clooney Sit-Down With Angela Merkel Puts Spotlight On Refugee Crisis – Berlin

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George Clooney, in town to promote Hail, Caesar!, which opened the Berlin Film Festival last night, drew attention away from the red carpet and onto Syria’s refugee crisis today when he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The meeting has made headlines here on the sidelines of the festival with news channels closely covering Clooney’s arrival at the rendez-vous with his wife, human rights attorney Amal Clooney, and former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who is… »


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Competition Drama ‘Alone In Berlin’ Acquired By Altitude, Picturehouse In UK

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Berlin Film Festival competition drama-thriller Alone In Berlin stars Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson and Daniel Bruhl in the story of a German couple who began a campaign against Hitler during World War II. One of the more sought out main selection offerings, it’s been acquired by Picturehouse Entertainment and Altitude Film Distribution for the UK. Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder’s Cornerstone Films is handling international rights. The Vincent Perez-helmed film is based… »


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Clémence Poésy In ‘Final Portrait’ Frame; TrustNordisk Contracts Ole Bornedal’s Next – Berlin

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Directed by Stanley Tucci, Final Portrait will begin principal photography on February 15. Joining Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer are Tucci’s Big Night co-star Tony Shalhoub, and French actresses Sylvie Testud and Clémence Poésy. The story centers on the relationship between artist Alberto Giacomettii and American writer James Lord. It’s adapted from Lord’s memoir, A Giacometti Portrait. This is Tucci’s fifth time behind the camera with Rush as Giacometti and Hammer as… »


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Hot Berlin Titles: What Buyers Are Buzzing About At The Efm

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The Berlin Film Festival kicked off Wednesday evening as the European Film Market also began to roll. Some execs are cautiously optimistic that there is business to be done following a frenzied Sundance and a ho-hum Afm. Although we heard the usual complaints in the pre-fest weeks that packages are hard to pull together in the wake of the holidays and the party in Park City, there are indeed some prime offerings on the table here in Potsdamer Platz. They come amid intense… »

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Jose Padilha In Negotiations To Direct ‘Entebbe’ For Working Title, Studiocanal – Berlin

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Exclusive: Jose Padilha is in negotiations to direct Entebbe for Brit production powerhouse Working Title and Euro major StudioCanal. In what is a near-perfect union marriage of filmmaker and subject, this is shaping up to be a major package likely to attract plenty of interest in the marketplace, especially as it starts casting up in the months ahead. Greg Burke, who wrote Yann Demange’s brilliant ’71, is writing the screenplay. It's the true story from 1976, when four… »


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‘Mother’s Day’ Trailer: Roberts, Aniston, Hudson & Sudeikis Celebrate Momhood

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“We’re not who the world thinks we are. We decide who we are.” Here’ s a trailer for Mother’s Day, Garry Marshall’s latest holiday-themed pic. Much like his Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, this film tells intertwining stories about the lives of several mothers (and Mr. Mom) as the title holiday approaches. The ensemble cast includes Julia Roberts (successful work-o-holic host), Jennifer Aniston (a recent divorcee), Kate Hudson (a mom seeking to reconnect with her own… »


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Russell Simmons’ All Def Movie Awards Set To Brings Laughs & Honor Oscars Snubs

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Days before the 88th Academy Awards, Russell Simmons’ multi-platform digital entertainment outfit All Def Digital is injecting some much needed levity into the conversation about Hollywood’s diversity problem with the All Def Movie Awards, a live event hosted by Tony Rock, (yes, Oscar-host Chris Rock’s brother) happening February 24 at the TLC Chinese Theater. The event will throw some shade the Oscars’ way, while also recognizing some of 2015’s best films. They’re “not… »


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Michael Moore Sidelined As ‘Where To Invade Next’ Opens – Specialty Preview

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After teasing late last year a bus tour to promote his new film Where To Invade Next, Michael Moore announced last week that he was being hospitalized with pneumonia and asked his fans to take to social media to promote the title’s release this weekend (he’s apparently now resting at home). Tom Quinn, who is leading the title’s release along with Jason Janego and Drafthouse FilmsTim League, said they are concentrating on getting the film out before announcing a name for… »


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Oscar Best Picture Smackdown: Deadline’s Pete Hammond Vs Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil Both Asking, “What The Hell Is Going On?”

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This week’s Oscar Prediction Smackdown between Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and me finds us both exasperated after the DGA awards failed to give us any real definite clues as to what film will ultimately emerge as this year’s Best Picture winner. But nevertheless we explore every possibility and find every clue in the entire history of the Academy Awards to justify our conclusions.  As ballots are about to go out beginning tomorrow it is definitely crunch time, but we remain… »

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Four Studios Bidding On ‘Gone Girl’ Author Gillian Flynn’s Short Story ‘The Grownup’: Hot Package Du Jour

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Exclusive: While most of the movie deal makers are focused on Berlin, there’s a hot package in Hollywood that has got studios hot and bothered. I’m told that Universal, Fox, Paramount and TriStar so far are in the mix on The Grownup, a package built around the short story by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Natalie Krinsky will adapt the tale, and Mike De Luca and Flynn will produce together what is her first big project since Gone Girl became a big hit movie. Studios read… »


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