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Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss Pics Vie For Indie Crowds – Specialty Preview

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Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor heads to a postapocalyptic twist on the Garden of Eden in Z For Zachariah, the latest by indie vet Craig Zobel, which Roadside Attractions opens this weekend in two dozen markets. The title joins another hefty slate of limited releases heading to theaters this weekend. Screen Media Films opens 7 Chinese Brothers with Jason Schwartzman, Stephen Root and Olympia Dukakis in several cities, while Queen Of Earth starring Elisabeth Moss, Katherine… »


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Sam Worthington And Ruth Wilson To Star In ‘The Titan’

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Sam Worthington and Ruth Wilson are set to star in The Titan, an elevated sci-fi feature produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones' Automatik, Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken's 42 and Arash Amel. Lennart Ruff directs the project, based on a original story by Amel (Grace Of Monaco). Max Hurwitz (Hell On Wheels) has written the screenplay. Set in a not too distant future, the story tracks the journey of a military family who are relocated in order to take part in a ground-breaking… »


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Animation Guild Ratifies New 3-Year Contract

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Members of the Animation Guild have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new three-year contract with management. The new deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers includes 3% annual increases in contract minimums, no rollbacks and a 10% pension increase for those retiring after August 1, 2015. The contract covers some 3,100 members of Iatse Local 839 working in various aspects of the animation industry, including writers and directors, storyboard… »

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WGA East Calls for Union Exemption To Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac Tax’

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The WGA East today called for all union health plans to be exempted from the Affordable Care Act's so-called "Cadillac Tax," a 40% nondeductible excise tax that is scheduled to go into effect in 2018 on employers who provide high-end health benefits to their workers. In comments filed today with the IRS and the U.S. Department of Treasury, the guild said that "the Cadillac Tax would strip away benefits from the basic package of compensation guild members have struggled… »

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Mads Mikkelsen Talks To Join ‘Doctor Strange’ In Very Early Stages

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Will Mads Mikkelsen be adding another Disney tentpole to his resume soon? The Hannibal star is in talks to join Marvel's Doctor Strange pic as one of the baddies, that much is true. But those talks are at a very very preliminary stage, sources tell Deadline. In fact, right now, Mikkelsen, who is also in the next year’s Star Wars: Rogue One, is but one of a number of actors being considered for the unspecified villianous role. Long story short – this may be a long shot at… »


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‘Rock The Kasbah’ Trailer: Music Manager Bill Murray Represents The U.S. In Afghanistan – And Wants 20%

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Here’s the first full trailer for Barry Levinson’s pic starring Bill Murray as a washed-up — except in his mind — music manager who finds a potential career savior in an unexpected place. After he is dumped in Afghanistan by his only remaining client (Zooey Deschanel), Richie Lanz makes a discovery. Local teenager Salima Khan (Leem Lubany) has a stellar voice — “She’s the best I ever heard,” Lanz raves — and wants to be the first woman to compete on the Afghan version of A… »


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‘Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist, ‘Outlander’s Sam Heughan Set For Screen Gems Love Story ‘Oxford’

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Exclusive: Screen Gems has set two of the hottest stars on television for its feature film Oxford. Melissa Benoist, who’ll soon be starring as the title character in the CBS fall series Supergirl, will team with Sam Heughan, who plays the male lead role of Jamie Fraser on the Starz hit series Outlander. Oxford has a script by Allison Burnett, and Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing. Soon after arriving at Oxford U, an American Rhodes Scholar student… »


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Sundance Film ‘James White’ Gets November Release, Awards Push

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Sundance 2015 Best of Next award winner James White is getting an awards-season push from distributor The Film Arcade, beginning with theatrical release on November 13. Starring Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon and Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi, the coming-of-age story follows a young New Yorker struggling with self-destructive tendencies in the midst of momentous family changes. While the young man’s mother deals with serious illness, he must find new reserves of strength or… »


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Suretone Pictures Has Vincent D’Onofrio Making Directing Debut On ‘The Kid,’ Joe Carnahan Helming ‘Five Against A Bullet’

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Exclusive: Jordan Schur, the former Geffen Records president, Suretone Records founder and manager of acts including Fleetwood Mac, Zz Top and Lonestar, is jumping squarely into the film business with his Suretone Pictures banner. Schur has set the venerable actor and Daredevil star Vincent D’Onofrio to make his feature directorial debut on The Kid, a Western he will star in with James Franco and Ethan Hawke. Schur has set the film for domestic release with Lionsgate and… »


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‘Summer Of 92’: Underdog Soccer Drama To Heat Up Danish Box Office – Video

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Exclusive: Roundly praised and highly-anticipated, Danish drama Summer Of 92 is expected to be one of the blockbusters of a year that is already proving strong at the local box office (see trailer below), and is also expected to travel. Released locally today, the movie traces the underdog 1992 Euro Cup team, a replacement for Yugoslavia which had been barred from international soccer after the United Nations passed sanctions against the war-torn country. The side rose to… »

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Tim Roth, Sofia Vergara, Parker Posey & More Join ‘The Brits Are Coming’

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A mob of actors has signed on to James Oakley’s broad comedy The Brits Are ComingTim Roth, Parker Posey, Maggie Q, Alice Eve and Stephen Fry are joining Uma Thurman, who along with Roth play an eccentric British con-artist couple Harriet and Peter Fox. In debt to Ivanka, a notorious gangster played by Maggie Q, after a poker game goes south, the couple flee to Los Angeles. There they approach a former associate played by Fry, who secretly sells their whereabouts. With… »


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New ‘Star Wars: Force Awakens’ Teaser: See John Boyega’s Familiar Lightsaber

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We’ll cut to the chase: The official Star Wars Instagram feed nonchalantly dropped this extremely short teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens about half an hour ago. Normally something this short would barely elicit anything more than an “oh, cool”. But skip to the end. Teased two weeks ago at D23 in the limited edition Drew Struzan poster given away to attendees, we get our first onscreen look at John Boyega’s Finn wielding a very, very familiar looking lightsaber… »


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Angelina Jolie’s ‘By The Sea’ To Open AFI Fest 2015

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The American Film Institute has made the Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt drama By The Sea the opening-night film of AFI Fest 2015, the annual festival that kicks off November 5. The Universal Pictures pic, which Jolie Pitt wrote and directed and stars in with husband Pitt, will bow in theaters December 11 as part of an Oscar push. Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup and Richard Bohringer co-star. The fest runs November 5-12 around La including at the Dolby… »


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‘Chicken Soup For The Soul’ Movie Gets 2016 Release Date

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Warner Bros has plotted the release date for Alcon Entertainment’s Chicken Soup For The Soul, the Alcon Entertainment movie based on the bestselling inspirational book series. The pic will bow on December 16, 2016, the date staked out so far by only one other film: Disney’s Star Wars stand-alone movie Rogue One. Alcon acquired film and TV rights to the Chicken Soup property in 2013, tapping Brandon Camp (Love Happens) to write the screenplay. The current draft is from… »


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Lionsgate Makes Preemptive Deal For Steve Hamilton Novel ‘The Second Life Of Nick Mason’

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Exclusive: Lionsgate has preemptively acquired The Second Life Of Nick Mason, a potential franchise based on the first in a series of books by Steve Hamilton. This comes on the heels of a new four-book deal Hamilton signed with Putnam, ending his 17-year relationship with St. Martin’s Press. Putnam will publish the novel next May. Hamilton is the two-time Edgar-winning author of The Lock Artist and the Alex McKnight series that spans 10 books. Nina Jacobson, who produced T… »


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Governors Awards: Spike Lee, Debbie Reynolds & Gena Rowlands Get 2015 Honors

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just unveiled its honorees for the 2015 Governors Awards, with Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands landing the annual honorary Oscars and Debbie Reynolds getting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. The gala is November 14 in Hollywood. The Oscar org can have up to four honorees each year, which can include a winner of the Irving Thalberg Award, which hasn’t been bestowed since 2010 (Francis Ford Coppola) and won’t be again this… »


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‘Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words’ Cannes Docu Lands At Rialto Pictures For Fall Run

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Rialto Pictures has acquired North American theatrical rights to Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words, the feature-length documentary about the the film icon which played the Cannes Film Festival in May. The pic, which premiered there to celebrate what would have been her 100th birthday, received a special mention at the Cannes awards and its subject was everywhere you turned on the Croisette — Bergman’s face was on the fest’s official poster. The doc, written and directed… »


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Germany Submits ‘Labyrinth Of Lies’ As Foreign Oscar Entry; Sony Classics Has U.S.

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Giulio Ricciarelli’s Labyrinth of Lies has been chosen to represent Germany as its official submission for this year’s Academy Awards. The decision was reached by an independent jury appointed by German Films. Jury rep Dagmar Hirtz announced the decision in Munich today. “Director Giulio Ricciarelli and his team create in his precisely researched debut feature a drama which is both gripping and touching. Labyrinth of Lies thrills with a little-known chapter of German… »


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Cate Blanchett To Receive BFI Fellowship at London Film Festival

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Cate Blanchett will receive the BFI’s highest honour, the BFI Fellowship, at the BFI London Film Festival's annual Awards Ceremony on Saturday 17 October. The award will take place on the same night as the UK premiere of Truth, starring Blanchett and Robert Redford. Based on the book Truth and Duty by Mary Mapes, Truth tells the story of Mary Mapes, an award-winning CBS News journalist and producer of Dan Rather's 60 Minutes as she seeks to expose a story on the then… »


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Colm Meaney Boards ‘The Journey’ Opposite Timothy Spall

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Exclusive– Colm Meaney has come on-board Nick Hamm’s The Journey as Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness opposite Timothy Spall as the late Sir Ian Paisley. The film is a fictional account of the extraordinary story of two implacable enemies in Northern Ireland — firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Paisley and  republican stalwart McGuinness— who are forced to take a short journey together in which they will take the biggest leap of faith and change the course of… »


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