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Mandalay Sports Media Teams With Obb Pictures For Sports Projects; 76ers’ Joel Embiid First In Lineup

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Mandalay Sports Media and Michael D. Ratner's Obb Pictures have entered into a co-production agreement to develop and produce a slate of sports-themed films, TV projects and multiplatform programming. Their first series project is Embiid, a documentary that centers on Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid's journey from Cameroon to Kansas, and ultimately the NBA. Msm's Mike Tollin is producing and Ratner is directing and producing. Ratner will also direct six episodes of Ride… »


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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Pummeling ‘Caesar’, ‘Zombies’ & ‘The Choice’ At Weekend B.O.: Friday Matinees

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Update, 12:45 Pm: Friday matinees aren’t really showing a bright picture here. Currently, among the new stuff, one set of estimates has Universal’s Hail, Caesar! and Screen Gems’ Pride And Prejudice And Zombies in a tie for Friday with about $3.5M, and this calculation is giving the edge to the Coens over the Jane Austen parody for Fss, $9.5M to $9M. Cross Creek financed Ppz for an estimated $28M. Lionsgate’s The Choice is the third option among wide entries for… »


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Worldwide Production Agency Names Five As Partners

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Exclusive: Worldwide Production Agency has just named four agents and the company’s controller as partners in the six-year old firm. New partners are Kristen Billings, Molly Bruns, Brian Goldberg, Trevor Kossack, and Louiza Vick. This is an agency that keeps growing through acquisitions and adding agents. In 2010, founding partner Steven Jacob merged his Jacob & Kole Agency with Richard Caleel’s The Caleel Agency in 2010 to initially create Wpa. Two years ago, Frank… »


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Pics With Jason Sudeikis & Rebecca Hall, Ethan Hawke & Emma Watson Battle Horror Fare – Specialty Preview

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Oscar hopefuls continue to dominate the specialty space, though counterprogramming is in full swing as some distributors hope to tap awards-weary audiences. Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis star in Tumbledown from Starz Digital. The company is opening the date movie in New York and L.A. before a fairly hefty expansion into about three dozen new markets the following week. TWC is opening Regression with Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson in about a hundred locations Friday, the… »


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Channing Tatum & Joseph Gordon-Levitt Comedy Musical Pitch Set Up At Universal

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Universal Pictures has acquired an untitled comedy musical pitch based on an original idea from 21 Jump Street scribe Michael Bacall and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum are attached to star, and Bacall will write the screenplay. The plot is under wraps. This is for Marc Platt Productions which is coming off producing Fox’s musical Grease Live. Its Marc Platt and Adam Siegel are producing with Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan of Free Association… »


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Ethan Hawke To Star In ’24 Hours To Live’ For Fundamental Films And Thunder Road Pictures

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Ethan Hawke will star in thriller 24 Hours to Live, which will mark the feature directing debut of second unit director Brian Smrz. Chinese distributor and financier Mark Gao’s Fundamental Films and Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures will produce. Fundamental international chairman Gregory Ouanhon is also producing. The Chinese company, which recently set Harald Swart to direct Keanu Reeves-starrer Rally Car, will fully finance the film. Fundamental Films' Gary Glushon… »


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‘Half Life’ Trailer: Epic Pictures Lands Sci-Fi Thriller Along With SXSW Hit ‘Uncle Kent 2’

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Exclusive: For those who like their science fiction deeply unsettling, the upcoming thriller Half Life combines echos of the Chernobyl disaster with paranoia about hidden conspiracies as well as modern worries about fuel scarcity. Set in the near future, Half Life follows a safety inspector sent to find out why a remote nuclear power plant has suddenly gone offline. Once there, she encounters the sole employee at the plant, a paranoid, distrustful recluse, along with an… »


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Mark Damon’s Foresight Boards Alec Baldwin-Demi Moore Drama ‘Blind’

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Exclusive: Mark Damon's Foresight Unlimited has picked up international sales rights on Michael Mailer's drama Blind, starring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott. Mailer directed and produced alongside Diane Fisher, Jennifer Gelfer, Pamela Thur and Martin Tuchman. Foresight's Mark Damon and Tamara Birkemoe exec produced alongside Baldwin and Mallory Schwartz. Foresight Unlimited and CAA are repping U.S. rights. Penned by John Buffalo Mailer (Wall Street: Money Ne… »


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Bella Heathcote To Play Christian Grey’s Ex Leila In ‘Fifty Shades Darker’

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Exclusive: Bella Heathcote has been set to join the cast of Fifty Shades Darker, the second installment of the trilogy based on E L James' worldwide bestselling Fifty Shades Of Grey book series. Heathcote, who starred in Dark Shadows, opens today in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. James Foley is directing both Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed with Niall Leonard adapting the screenplay for the next two films. Heathcote joins Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, who… »


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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Reaches Unprecedented Height At Domestic B.O. With $900M, $2B Worldwide

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Today, the highest grossing film in domestic box office history, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will click past $900M after 50 days in release. In addition, the Disney pic is crossing the $2 billion worldwide mark tomorrow in its 53rd day of global release, still the third-highest on a worldwide basis after James Cameron’s Avatar ($2.78B) and Titanic ($2.19B). By comparison, former all-time champ Avatar stood at $612.7M at the same point in time in its domestic run; it… »


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Pro-Choice Sundance Docu ‘Trapped’ Acquired For Theaters, TV

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Ro*Co Films, Abramorama, Film Sprout and Independent Lens have sealed a deal to distribute TrappedDawn Porter’s pro-choice documentary that won a Special Jury Award at Sundance. The film will open March 4 in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., with additional markets added during the spring. PBS’ Independent Lens will air Trapped in June to coincide with the announcement of the Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the case that will… »


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‘Rio, I Love You’, Third Pic In Cities Of Love Series, Acquired By Screen Media

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Exclusive: Screen Media Films has acquired U.S. rights to Rio, I Love You, the third in the Cities of Love franchise that includes 2006’s Paris, je t’aime and 2008’s New York, I Love You. The indie distributor has set an April 15 release date in New York, followed by L.A. and additional markets in a platform release throughout April and May. Like its predecessors, Rio, I Love You recruited several directors to contribute vignettes about love stories set in the title city… »


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Lionsgate Plans 17 Films For 2017, Says ‘Star Wars’ Grabbed $50M-$100M From ‘Mockingjay 2’; Stock Takes Hit

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Lionsgate is increasing its 2017 film slate by four films next year, from 13 to 17 films in wide release next year with lower overall film costs as they focus on “discipline production spends and a diverse portfolio,” executives said in a call early this morning with Wall Street analysts. The subject of Mockingjay 2‘s underperformance loomed large in the call as it affected the quarter. Wall Street is reacting sharply to yesterday’s earnings miss. Lionsgate share’s are… »

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‘Gods Of Egypt’ Getting 60-Second Spot In Super Bowl Pre-Game Show

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Lionsgate said today that Gods Of Egypt has snagged a 60-second spot to air during Sunday’s Super Bowl pregame show. That makes sense for the Summit pic, which stars Brenton Thwaites, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Rufus Sewell and Geoffrey Rush — it opens February 26. The Alex Proyas-helmed swords-and-sandals actioner centers on a mortal (Thwaites) on a mission to save the world, enlisting the god Horus (Coster-Waldau) in an alliance against god of darkness Set… »


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MacGyver Film In the Works From Lionsgate

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It’s jumped around town for years in many incarnations at various studios, but Lionsgate just announced that it will produce a film version of MacGyver with Fast And Furious‘ producer Neal Moritz working with the original MacGyver creator Lee David Zlotoff on the project. The news comes after CBS gave a pilot order earlier this week to a reimagining of the series from Saw and Furious 7 director James Wan and CBS TV Studios, with Paul Downs Colaizzo scripting. Wan… »


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Rosamund Pike Circling ‘Guernsey’ With Director Mike Newell

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Exclusive: Much-in-demand Brit actress Rosamund Pike is circling long-gestating project Guernsey, with Harry Potter director Mike Newell also in the mix to direct. The project, previously known by the more unwieldy The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, has previously attracted a string of high-profile actresses to consider the formidable lead role, including Kate Winslet, Lily James and Rebecca Ferguson. The story follows a writer, as she forms an unexpected… »


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WGA-Nominated Screenwriting Panel Generates Laughs but No Controversy

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On average, it took six years to bring each of the eight WGA-nominated scripts to the screen, with Phyllis Nagy's Carol taking the longest – 18 years – and Drew Goddard's The Martian the fastest. "Two-and-a-half years ago it was still an e-book. It was a quickie," Goddard said Thursday night at the Beyond Words panel discussion with the guild's nominated screenwriters. It was a high-spirited evening, with lots of laughs and no controversy. The word 'diversity' – the… »


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‘Chappaquiddick’ Filmmakers Option ‘Woman Who Shot At Gerald Ford’ Book

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Exclusive: Producers Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan, who are developing the indie feature Chappaquiddick, just optioned the film rights to Geri Spieler's award-winning book, Taking Aim At The President: The Remarkable Story Of The Woman Who Shot At Gerald Ford. Spieler's book is the true account of Sara Jane Moore, who unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate President Ford and remains the only woman in U.S. history to fire a bullet at a sitting president. Lynette “Squeaky&#8221… »


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‘Southbound’ Exclusive Clip: Sins, Fear & Strangers Haunt The Open Road

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The anthology horror pic Southbound has been making waves on the festival circuit since its Tiff debut in September, but it finally sees theatrical release Friday from The Orchard. That’s good news for horror fans but terrible news for the film’s protagonists, whose mistakes and bad actions come back to haunt them in a series of five interlocking morality plays set on a desolate stretch of desert highway. Part Tales From The Crypt and part Twilight Zone, the film features… »


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‘Spotlight’ Kicks Off Vatican Clerical Sex Abuse Commission

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As the Tom McCarthy-directed Spotlight heads toward $40 million U.S. gross and rolls out overseas, the Best Picture nominee continues to have an impact on the disclosure of predator priests. Dioceses in Australia, Minneapolis and Washington State are among those that have made public the kinds of records that the Boston Globe Spotlight team won a Pulitzer Prize exposing in Boston. Today, a Vatican commission on clerical sex abuse started the proceedings with a private… »


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