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Media Groups Support Mark Boal’s Refusal To Turn Over Bergdahl Tapes to Military Prosecutors

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News organizations from across the country have signed an Amicus Brief in support of Mark Boal's refusal to hand over to military prosecutors his taped interviews with accused Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl. The Oscar-winning screenwriter filed suit last week against President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and Army prosecutor Maj. Justin Oshana in response to the government's threat to subpoena 25 hours of taped interviews Boal conducted with Bergdahl, who's… »

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‘Jason Bourne’ Nails Biggest Opening Day For Franchise – Int’l Box Office

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Jason Bourne rode into 46 international markets last night to gross $22.8M, marking the biggest opening day abroad in the Bourne franchise history. Universal is estimating a weekend of $49M right now, which would also become the biggest debut internationally for any film in the Bourne series. Combined with the U.S. opening weekend estimate of $60M+, the estimated worldwide total will be cracking the $100M ceiling — putting it potentially at $109M+ through Sunday. Right… »

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‘Jason Bourne’ Targets $60M+; ‘Bad Moms’ Gets Sassy With Mid-$20M; ‘Nerve’ Holds Steady – Box Office Saturday Am

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Write-thru/Update, Saturday 7:55 Am, Previously, Friday 11:27 Pm: The re-pairing of Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass with Jason Bourne seems to be paying off for Universal Pictures as the latest in the action franchise is on track to gross $22M+ tonight on its way to right around a $60M+ weekend and could go higher depending on tonight’s hold. It garnered an A- CinemaScore. Jason Bourne, which we’ve heard is in the budget range of $120M (net) to $135M (pre-tax… »

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Actress Constance Wu Slams ‘The Great Wall’ Trailer As Whitewashing

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Writing “Our heroes don’t look like Matt Damon,” Fresh Off the Boat star Constance Wu blasted the upcoming The Great Wall as yet another example of cinematic whitewashing and that Hollywood should stop “perpetuating the racist myth that only a white man can save the world.” In one in a string of Tweets yesterday, Wu said she was “Not blaming Damon, the studio, the Chinese financiers.” She added, “It’s not about blame, It’s about Awareness.” Wu’s comments came in response… »

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Anna Gunn Talks Starring In ‘Equity’, Working With Clint Eastwood & Rumors Of ‘Breaking Bad’ And ‘Deadwood’ Movies

29 July 2016 4:50 PM, PDT

When you have a television show as groundbreaking and zeitgeist-hitting as Breaking Bad, it is good news for the stars, as its Emmy-winning key cast members have been able to carve out new careers on the big screen. Bryan Cranston was nominated for an Oscar for Trumbo and currently stars in The Infiltrator, among many other projects. Aaron Paul has starred in Need for Speed, Eye in the Sky and Triple 9 to name three. Now it is Anna Gunn’s turn. The actress who won… »

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Marvel’s ‘Avengers 3’ Gets Official Title With Temp Name Hung On ‘Avengers 4’

29 July 2016 4:48 PM, PDT

Marvel Studios has decided on a title for the in-development Avengers 3, making official that the film will be called Avengers: Infinity War. Avengers 4, meanwhile, has been given the placeholder name Untitled Avengers. Infinity War is the first installment of a two-part story that concludes with Untitled Avengers; the two films were announced together at an event in October 2014 as Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2. Their respective release… »

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Animation Vets Launch Astro-Nomical Entertainment To Make Indie Toons

29 July 2016 2:45 PM, PDT

Former ToonBox exec Jay Ahn and animation industry veteran Chris Henderson have launched Astro-Nomical Entertainment, a development and production company aiming to make high-quality independent animated family films. Its first project in the works is the feature film Mean Margaret, based on the children's book by Tor Seidler. Mulan co-director Barry Cook is in talks to direct, and Im Global will handle worldwide sales. Astro-Nomical will be backed by China-based… »

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Geoff Stults Jumps Into ‘Granite Mountain’; Martha Kelly Joins ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

29 July 2016 1:52 PM, PDT

Geoff Stults has joined the cast of Joseph Kosinski’s Granite Mountain, the true tale of the elite Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighter crew’s battle to douse the 2013 Yarnell Hill wildfire in Arizona, one of the deadliest in history. Nineteen of the crew’s 20 firefighters died when the wind changed and fire engulfed them from all sides. Jennifer Connelly, Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Hardy and James Badge Dale star in the pic penned by Ken… »

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Luc Besson Must Pay More For Copying John Carpenter’s ‘Escape From New York’

29 July 2016 1:01 PM, PDT

A Paris appeals court has ruled that Luc Besson must pay more than $500,000 (450,000 euros) in damages to John Carpenter and rights holder StudioCanal for plagiarizing Carpenter’s 1981 classic Escape From New York when he made the 2012 film Lockout. Agence France-Presse reported on the ruling today. This comes after Besson had appealed an original ruling in the case last fall that ordered Besson, his EuropaCorp production company and Besson’s Lockout co-writers/directors… »

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‘Jason Bourne’ On Way To $55M To $60M; ‘Bad Moms’ Reaching For $30M; ‘Nerve’ Could Find $16M – Friday Matinees

29 July 2016 11:44 AM, PDT

2nd Update, 11:44 Am: No surprises this weekend so far in early box office returns as Universal’s Jason Bourne may end the day with around $21M (that would include the $4.3M from last nights previews) and is on track for a $57M gross so far. It is very early yet so depending on this evening’s shows, it has a shot at $60M for director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon. Bad Moms, like we mentioned earlier today, has a potential of $30M and early results are showing a $12M day… »

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‘Astronaut Academy’ Rights Acquired With Aim To Blast Off In Film & TV

29 July 2016 11:22 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Writer-producer ‎Vivek J. Tiwary has acquired TV and film rights to Astronaut Academy, the middle-grade graphic novel series from bestselling author-illustrator Dave Roman (Agnes Quill). The plan is to turn the books into both a live-action TV series and a film franchise, and talks are underway with writers, networks and studios to adapt the coming-of-age adventure story set at a fantastical space station school. It’s ‘Harry Potter in space,’ ” said Tiwary. “As… »

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James Schamus Debuts ‘Indignation’; Oscar-Winner Barbara Kopple Charts ‘Miss Sharon Jones!’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

29 July 2016 10:05 AM, PDT

After a career as writer, producer and distribution chief, James Schamus makes his feature directorial debut with Indignation, in theaters following a fest circuit that included Sundance, Berlin, San Francisco, Seattle and others. The Roadside/Summit release is also being eyed as a breakout role for actor Logan Lerman. The feature is coming out on a busy weekend for Specialty releases, perhaps hinting at a packed fall. Two docs about public figures dealing with unexpected… »

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‘Jason Bourne’ Review: Matt Damon Is Back On The Run – And That’s A Very Good Thing

29 July 2016 9:38 AM, PDT

Back in 2002, the perfect anti-hero for the new millennium came along in the form of a CIA ops renegade who lost his memory and went on the lam. The Bourne Identity became a hit action franchise, perfect for the times. It spawned several follow-ups including, as I say in my video review (click the link above to watch), 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, which not only was the most critically acclaimed and best of the series but also won three Oscars. But it has been almost a… »

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Rosamund Pike, Daniel Bruhl & Vincent Cassel In Talks To Board Jose Padilha’s ‘Entebbe’

29 July 2016 9:20 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Rosamund Pike, Daniel Bruhl and Vincent Cassel are in talks to board Jose Padilha’s Entebbe for Brit production powerhouse Working Title. Participant is also on board as producer and in negotiations to fully finance. In what is a near-perfect union of filmmaker, subject and cast, this is shaping up to be a major motion picture likely to attract plenty of interest — particularly given recent world events. Greg Burke, who wrote Yann Demange's brilliant '71, is… »

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Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ Casts Young Newcomer Philip Zhao

29 July 2016 8:29 AM, PDT

Young newcomer Philip Zhao has landed a co-starring role opposite Tye Sheridan in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming action/sci-fi film Ready Player One. Zhao recently booked the role of Shoto in the pic after being chosen from a world-wide talent search earlier this year. Directed by Spielberg and produced by Amblin Entertainment, the film is set in the virtual society of Oasis, where one teenager (Sheridan) finds himself competing for the fortune of the late game founder. Zhao… »

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Tribeca Winner ‘Here Alone’ To Get Early 2017 Release Via Vertical Entertainment

29 July 2016 8:18 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Here Alone, which won the Audience Award at Tribeca earlier this year after world premiering in the fest’s Midnight section, has landed at Vertical Entertainment. The worldwide rights deal for Rod Blackhurst’s post-apocalyptic thriller comes ahead of the pic’s screening this weekend at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival. An early 2017 theatrical release is planned. Directed by Blackhurst and written by David Ebeltoft, Here Alone stars Lucy Walters… »

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Sony Pictures Division Hit By Losses In Quarterly Earnings

29 July 2016 7:47 AM, PDT

Sony Pictures Division, the Japanese conglom’s unit comprising Sony Pictures’ studio and TV networks, posted a loss of $103 million for the April to June quarter despite a 7% increase in revenue. That is partly down to the strong Yen, which has meant less earnings for the company when converted into dollars. Across Sony Corp net income was $205 million, down 70% on earnings in the same quarter last year. The powerful earthquake in Kumamoto in April was a notable factor… »

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‘Nerve’ Box Office Takes $2.3M Thursday To Cull $6M In Three Days

29 July 2016 6:44 AM, PDT

2Nd Update, Friday, 6:44 Am: Nerve continued its early run last night and grossed another estimated $2.3M for Lionsgate to head into its three-day weekend with $6M already in the till for this Ya thriller. The film was released in previews Tuesday and then rolled out wide Wednesday, bowing early to give it time to breathe and as not to compete with another female demo movie releasing today: the comedy Bad Moms, which is also bound to get a high CinemaScore tonight and… »

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Vin Diesel Officially Passes 100M On Facebook But Females Are Top 2016 Social Media Stars

28 July 2016 9:06 PM, PDT

Updated, 9:04 Pm: Actor Vin Diesel officially surpassed the 100M mark on Facebook tonight, a social media first for an actor. Where are the followers coming from? While the No. 1 fan base is the U.S., Fb data shows where his 100M followers actually reside. Lately, he’s been sharing posts from the set of Fast 8. His most liked post has been one of him and his late co-star Paul Walker which garnered 7.7M likes. In the last 15 minutes, he has added over 1,000 more… »

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Steve Guttenberg “Moved” By Bill Clinton’s ‘Police Academy’ Love

28 July 2016 8:15 PM, PDT

During Bill Clinton’s DNC speech on Tuesday, the former President mentioned as an aside how he and Hillary handled raising their daughter Chelsea during one particularly rough period of time of his presidency (you can guess when). Said Clinton, “Truth is, we rarely disagreed on parenting, although she did believe that I had gone a little over the top when I took a couple of days off with Chelsea to watch all six Police Academy movies back to back.” That tidbit came as… »

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