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Gabrielle Carteris Re-Elected As Evp Of SAG-aftra, National VP/La Is Clyde Kusatsu – Update

2 October 2015 8:35 PM, PDT

Update, 8:35Pm (adds national VPs): Clyde Kusatsu has been elected SAG-aftra’s national VP, Los Angeles, the guild announced this evening at its ongoing biennial convention at which delegates nominated and elected eight national vice presidents, including the Evp Gabrielle Carteris, whose victory was announced earlier today. Ilyssa Fradin was elected national vice president, mid-sized locals and Samantha Mathis was chosen national VP, actors/performers. National VPs who… »

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Paramount Pulls In Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ With Matt Damon, Reese Witherspoon

2 October 2015 5:27 PM, PDT

Alexander Payne is heading back to Nebraska and to Paramount for his next film, Downsizing. The project was previously set up at Fox and the project (and trio) was reported exclusively by Deadline several months ago here. In what marks the third collaboration with the studio, Payne, Matt Damon and Reese Witherspoon will pull together to do the story about an Omaha man who joins the throngs of people undergoing a new process that reduces them to a tiny fraction of their… »

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‘The Martian’ Review: Matt Damon Proves There Is Life On Mars In This Sci-Fi Gem

2 October 2015 4:36 PM, PDT

It might be just a coincidence, but the announcement this week that water has been discovered on Mars sounds too good not to be a publicity stunt by 20th Century Fox for its new sci-fi film, The Martian. The film is about an abandoned astronaut who has to find ways to grow life on the Red Planet in order to survive. But water or not, The Martian actually presents a credible premise that conceivably could be true eventually. That’s thanks to not only the stylish direction… »

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20th Century Fox Names Sirena Liu As Head Of China Office

2 October 2015 3:45 PM, PDT

Breaking: Sirena Liu has been hired by Twentieth Century Fox to the newly created position of Managing Director, China. She most recently ran entertainment marketing company FilMworks China, which she founded in 2010 and sold two years later to global advertising conglomerate Wpp. She will be based in China and will supervise the studio's Beijing office. She begins her position on October 5th. The announcement was just made by Fox Chairman and CEO, Jim Gianopulos, to whom… »

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Trudie Styler To Direct Bette Midler, Others In Lgbt Film ‘Freak Show’

2 October 2015 2:30 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Trudie Styler will produce and direct the film adaptation of James St. James best-seller Freak Show which already has Bette Midler, AnnaSophia Robb, Ian Nelson and Lorraine Toussaint on board. The film is in pre-production and is expected to roll before the cameras at month’s end. The lead role has not yet been set … wish we were a fly on the wall for that casting session. Would be fun. The book was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award for Lgbt… »

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Kodak Names Cinematographer-in-Residence at UCLA; Tribeca Shortlist, New Svod Service Launched

2 October 2015 2:20 PM, PDT

Kodak has named Bradford Young as the 2015 Cinematographer-In-Residence at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Young, whose credits include Pawn Sacrifice, A Most Violent Year, Selma, and Ain't Them Bodies Saints, is the 16th recipient of the honor, which aims to to “enhance the learning experience of students with insight from renowned cinematographers”. His residency begins in December with hands-on workshops for students, and will continue through the end… »

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Hammering Out Director Deal With Taika Waititi

2 October 2015 1:34 PM, PDT

We’re hearing that Taika Waititi, the New Zealand-born director whose credits include the indie Eagle Vs Shark and last year’s Sundance vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows, is in negotiations with Marvel to direct Thor: Ragnarok, the third pic in Disney/Marvel superhero franchise. Marvel declined comment. Disney has already staked out a November 3, 2017, release date for Thor 3 amid its Marvel catalog. Of course Thor is part of The Avengers so Chris Hemsworth’s… »

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’99 Homes’ Trailer: Michael Shannon & Andrew Garfield Mine The Darkest Depths Of The Foreclosure Industry

2 October 2015 12:09 PM, PDT

Evictors assemble. Here’s the final trailer for 99 Homes, the topical thriller starring Michael Shannon as Rick Carver, a ruthless Florida real estate magnate who kicks Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) out of his house before the jobless single father can battle the bank that has cheated him. Nash becomes determined to get his family's home back and protect his mother (Laura Dern) and son (newcomer Noah Lomax) from the fallout. He resorts to teaming up with the guy who… »

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‘Spectre’ Trailer: James Bond Is Coming, And Stuff Is Exploding

2 October 2015 11:12 AM, PDT

When you ask James Bond, “Why did you come?” and he replies, “I came here to kill you,” it’s generally time to start getting your affairs in order. Probate sales can be so messy. But Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) isn’t shaken, or stirred. “And I thought you came here to die.” Welcome to the final trailer for Spectre, the latest 007 adventure starring Daniel Craig in his fourth outing as the British superspy with a license to kill. Our well-tailored hero is out to… »

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‘Lost In Hong Kong’ Rises To $167M+ After Only 7 Days In China — Int’l Box Office

2 October 2015 11:09 AM, PDT

After a record-breaking box office weekend in China, the Zheng Xu comedy Lost In Hong Kong is heading into this box office weekend already logging in with a whopping $167M after only seven days in release. It was the highest ever opening for a Chinese film with $107M over the weekend. The blockbuster about a man who becomes involved in a murder investigation while on a sightseeing trip in Hong Kong with his wife and brother-in-law grossed almost $20M yesterday alone and… »

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James McAvoy In Talks To Replace Joaquin Phoenix in M. Night Shyamalan’s New Film

2 October 2015 10:45 AM, PDT

James McAvoy is in talk to set into the role previously being eyed by Joaquin Phoenix in M. Night Shyamalan’s new feature project which will role before the cameras in November. Jason Blum, who paired with the director on Universal’s recent horror film The Visit, is producing the project. Marc Bienstock also produces, while Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider are on board as exec producers. The logline for the new project is being kept under wraps, but Deadline has learned »

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Jeremy Irons & Brendan Gleeson Join ‘Assassin’s Creed’

2 October 2015 10:18 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson are joining the cast of Assassin’s Creed starring opposite Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard for director Justin Kurzel, New Regency and UbiSoft Motion Pictures; Fox is distributing. The live-action film is an adaptation of the wildly popular Ubisoft video game. Irons plays Cotillard’s father. Gleeson plays Fassbender’s father. This is one heck of a lineup as the production companies are very smartly reaching beyond the… »

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Harrison Ford Joins Britannia Award Honors List As Show Moves To Pop Network

2 October 2015 9:46 AM, PDT

BAFTA Los Angeles is continuing to dole out its 2015 honors, saying today that Harrison Ford will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment. It also unveiled that the annual gala, set for October 30 at the Beverly Hilton, will air in the U.S. on Pop on November 6. Last year, BBC America aired the show, always a refreshing highlight of the awards-season trail (thanks for that goes to the likes of Sacha Baron Cohen and the Cli… »

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Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Bid Not Solid; “Nothing’s Sealed,” Source Says

2 October 2015 9:38 AM, PDT

A not entirely unexpected eleventh-hour move by Ryan Kavanaugh to snag part of his own Chapter 11 company Relativity Media is far from a done deal, sources say. In fact, it might be going nowhere. "Nothing’s sealed — they are still talking," one individual close to the Relativity situation said today. Another source says that the Stalking Horse Bidders are willing to entertain selling the CEO the company assets for a high price but have yet to see any proof from Kavanaugh… »

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Mezzanine Maniac Musses Keira Knightley’s Broadway Bow

2 October 2015 9:00 AM, PDT

Updated with comment from theater: A deranged, if lovestruck, stalker interrupted the first preview performance of Thérèse Raquin at Studio 54 on Thursday night to profess his love for star Keira Knightley, who was making her Main Stem debut. He also invoked Jesus, according to reports across social media later that evening and this morning. Before being escorted out of the theater and arrested, the young man managed to whirl around and hurl a bouquet to the stage… »

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‘Waitress’ Musical By Sara Bareilles Books Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre

2 October 2015 8:51 AM, PDT

After opening last month to very solid reviews at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Ma, the movie-based tuner — with songs by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles in her Broadway debut — will move into the Nederlander Organization-owned Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Producers Barry Weissler and Fran Weissler said this morning that previews are set to begin March 25, 2016, with opening night on April 24. The show stars Jessie Mueller (Tony winner for Beautiful The Carole… »

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Dark Comedy ‘Trash Fire’ Wraps Filming; Animated ‘Ghostbusters’ Possibly In Works

1 October 2015 6:50 PM, PDT

Principal photography has ended on the dark comedy Trash Fire, from writer-director Richard Bates Jr. (Excision, Suburban Gothic). Starring Adrian Grenier (Entourage) and Angela Trimbur, the film is a comedy take on psychological thrillers, focusing on a man forced to confront his past when he and his girlfriend end up entangled in a web of lies, deceit and murder. It also stars Fionnula Flanagan, AnnaLynne McCord, Matthew Gray Gubler, Sally Kirkland, Ray Santiago, Ezra… »

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ICM Partners Signs ‘Girls Lost’ Writer-Director Alexandra-Therese Keining

1 October 2015 5:24 PM, PDT

Exclusive: ICM Partners has signed Swedish writer-director Alexandra-Therese Keining, the filmmaker behind the Ya coming-of-age pic Girls Lost that premiered at this year’s Toronto Film Festival to critical raves. Girls Lost, adapted from the bestselling Swedish novel Boys, is about three outcast teenage girls who get a new perspective on high school life when they are mysteriously transformed into boys, in a skillfully crafted tale of sexual confusion with a supernatural… »

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Universal Lands ‘In Sight’ Thriller Pitch For Craig Zadan & Neil Meron With Joseph Gordon-Levitt Attached

1 October 2015 5:16 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Universal Pictures has just acquired In Sight, a character-driven psychological thriller pitch from scribe Katie Lovejoy for prolific producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to produce. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is attached to star. Gordon-Levitt, of course, stars in Robert Zemeckis’ 3D pic The Walk, which opened last night in previews. That movie is from TriStar, and we hear TriStar and Sony were all over In Sight too, but Uni wanted it and got the pitch for high-six… »

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Revolution Studios Pacts With Universal Pictures Home Entertainment To Capitalize On Library

1 October 2015 4:12 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Revolution Studios has entered into a multi-project agreement with Universal 1440 Entertainment, the production arm of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, to create new, non-theatrical productions based on properties in Revolution's film library. Although no project has been pegged, some of the titles in the library that 46 titles Uni could chose from are Black Hawk Down, Maid In Manhattan, Anger Management, Daddy Day Care, America's Sweethearts, XxX and Whit… »

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