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Paul Verhoeven Named Jury President Of 2017 Berlin Film Festival

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Dutch director and screenwriter Paul Verhoeven, whose varied career includes credits such as Oscar-nominated Turkish Delight, RoboCop and Total Recall, will serve as jury president of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. Verhoeven's latest film Elle, which marked his return to the director’s seat after many years of focussing on writing, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year to critical acclaim. It opens German cinemas on February 2, 2017. "With… »


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‘Lion’ Nabs Best International Film At Evening Standard British Film Awards

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Riding a wave of critical acclaim as Oscar season ramps up, The Weinstein Company’s Lion, starring Dev Patel and directed by Garth Davis, received the Award for "Best International Film" at the London Evening Standard British film awards. On hand to accept the award on behalf of Davis and producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman was executive producer Harvey Weinstein. Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black presented the award alongside his fiancé, Olympic diver… »


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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer: Web Wings, Teen Angst, And A First Look At The Vulture

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We told you how fantastic Spider-Man: Homecoming looked last summer after Marvel’s Hall H-dominating presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, but you’ve had to take our word for it since then. At last, however, you can see a bit for yourself via the film’s first trailer, which premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live. In fact, stop reading these pointless words and watch it above now. Being the webslinger’s second appearance as an official part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the… »


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Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: AFI Narrows The Race; ‘La La’ Hits L.A.; Jeff Bezos Throws A Party ‘By The Sea’; Tom Ford Chows Down

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A weekly column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit There was much anticipation surrounding today’s release of the American Film Institute’s Top 10 Movies Of The Year list, as it has often come close to what eventually Oscar voters pick, even though the Academy rarely matches AFI’s number, so inevitably titles are not always perfectly correlated. The biggest surprise snub for me was the very American, and very moving Loving, which which I thought… »

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Leonardo DiCaprio Meets Donald Trump, Snags Follow-Up And Twitter Snarks

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Fairly easy global warming prediction: Late-night comics will take at least some shots tonight at yesterday’s meeting between green-minded Leonardo DiCaprio and climate-skeptic Donald Trump to discuss environmentally clean jobs. On the same day Trump picked climate change denier and Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, he met at Trump Tower with environmental activist DiCaprio. Terry Tamminen, CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio… »


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‘Interrogation’ Director Vetri Maaran Details Sensitivity To On-Screen Violence: India’s Oscar Entry

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An Indian writer/director previously known for romantic drama Aadukalam and 2007’s Ruthless Man, Vetri Maaran brought his latest film, Interrogation, to this year’s Venice Film Festival, where it was met with a warm response and was honored with the Amnesty International Italia Award and the Venice Horizons Award. Now Interrogation is India’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language film. The pic tells the haunting story of a group of immigrants who are detained by local… »


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‘Lion’ Director Garth Davis On His Journey Through Saroo Brierley’s Life & Rooney Mara’s Magnetic Humanity

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An Australian director known for Top Of The Lake, Garth Davis has made an impression this season with The Weinstein Company's Lion, his feature film debut. Based on Saroo Brierley's incredible true story as captured in his memoir, A Long Way Home, Lion follows 5-year-old Saroo, who is separated from his family in India. Adopted by an Australian couple, it takes 25 years for Saroo to reconnect with his birth family, through the magic of Google Earth. Below, Davis discusses… »


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Judge Rules ‘Midnight Rider’ Insurer Not Liable For Losses

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A Los Angeles federal judge has denied a motion by Film Allman and the producers of the ill-fated Midnight Rider movie that would have forced their insurance carrier to cover losses associated with the project despite their criminal negligence. Camera assistant Sarah Jones was struck and killed by a speeding freight train on the film in 2014 while the cast and crew were shooting a scene on a Georgia railroad trestle. Director Randall Miller spent a year in jail for… »


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A Movie History First? The Year Might End Without A Flicker Of Reality In The Box-Office Top 10

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"Reality ends here." So reads an inscription in the cement outside the old quarters of the University of Southern California film school. But that might also become the epitaph for this year's best-selling movies. Unless the audience radically changes its behavior in the next few weeks, 2016 is poised to become the first year in which no film set in the real world placed in the top 10 at the domestic box office. At the moment, all 10 top-ranked films, led by Disney's Findi… »

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Killer Kroc: Michael Keaton Q&A On Playing ‘The Founder’

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Exclusive: At a time when the Best Actor aspirants are elbowing for position, watch out for Michael Keaton. A fixture in the last two Best Picture Oscar winners Birdman and Spotlight, Keaton this year arrives in the John Lee Hancock-directed The Founder. He plays Ray Kroc, who in his 50s evolved from a failing milkshake equipment salesman to the entrepreneur whose efforts led to there being a Golden Arches on what seems like every major thoroughfare the world over… »


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AFI Awards: Best Of 2016 Film List Includes ‘Silence’, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ & More

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The American Film Institute has unveiled its annual AFI Movies of the Year list, which is heavy on Paramount films including the latest comer to the awards-season race, Martin Scorsese’s Silence. Its campaigners have been ramping up getting Scorsese’s passion pic screened for voters, and it secures a spot here for its director who was a previous recipient of the AFI Live Achievement Award. Also in the mix in AFI’s list of 10 are Paramount’s Arrival, the cerebral sci-fi… »


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Geoff Stults Cast In Nicolai Fuglsig’s ‘Horse Soldiers’

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Exclusive: Geoff Stults has signed on to co-star in the Nicolai Fuglsig-helmed drama Horse Soldiers.  He joins Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, and Austin Stowell in the pic based on the true story about a U.S. Special Forces Team and their untested captain sent to a rugged region of Afghanistan in the weeks following September 11th. Stults will play Sean Coffers, the team’s complainer, constantly cynical about the mission, but does his job well. The pis is… »


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Lionsgate Closes Deal To Buy Starz

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Lionsgate and Starz are now one: The studio just closed the $4.4 billion cash and stock deal, announced in June, to buy the No. 2 premium network company. "After planning the integration of Lionsgate and Starz for the past five months, we are more excited than ever at the value created by the combination of our two great companies," Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer and Vice Chairman Michael Burns said in a joint statement.  “Working together, we believe that the strategic… »


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Good Deed Acquires Irene Gut Opdyke’s Holocaust Survival Story

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Exclusive: Good Deed Entertainment has secured the story rights to Irene Gut Opdyke's heroic Holocaust account, and is planning a film adaptation.  Zoë Green and Patrick Given have been tapped to pen the screenplay. The film will focus on Opdyke's experience during WWII, where the young Polish Catholic hid 12 Jews in a German officer's basement without his knowledge. She later made the most personal of sacrifices to protect her friends when their hideout was discovered… »

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‘The Edge Of Seventeen’ Escapes Teen Genre Label & Breaks Into Awards Conversation – The Contenders Video

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Producer James L. Brooks, writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig and star Hailee Steinfeld came to Deadline’s big annual awards-season event The Contenders Presented By Deadline last month and thoroughly debunked the idea that a movie that happens to be about a teen should be labeled a “teen movie.” This very smart comedy transcends the genre and already is getting awards recognition including three nominations for Sunday’s Critics’ Choice Awards — Best Comedy among them plus… »


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John Glenn Dies: Pioneering Astronaut, U.S. Senator & ‘Right Stuff’ Subject Was 95

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John Glenn, one of the most important figures of the early U.S. space program who in 1962 became the first American to orbit the earth, died today at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus following an unspecified illness. He was 95. His death was confirmed today by Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Glenn, a World War II and Korean War veteran, would follow his time as an astronaut with a successful political career, serving as a Democratic U.S. Senator for Ohio… »


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Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Jena Malone & Che ‘Rhymefest’ Smith Join Emilio Estevez-Directed ‘The Public’

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Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Jena Malone and musician Che “Rhymefest” Smith have signed on to co-star in the Emilio Estevez-directed socially conscious ensemble dramedy the public. Currently in preproduction, the film is set to begin principal photography in mid-January on location in Cincinnati. Written by and co-starring Estevez, the public centers around a standoff with police and library officials during a brutal, life-threatening cold snap. Staging an Occupy-style… »


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Harry Cohen To Receive Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Career Honor

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Sound editor and designer extraordinaire Harry Cohen has been named recipient of the Motion Picture Sound Editors' 2017 Career Achievement Award. An 18-time Mpse Golden Reel Award nominee, Cohen has been a frequent collaborator with director Quentin Tarantino on such films as The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, Inglorious Bastards and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & 2. His most recent project was Deepwater Horizon for Peter Berg. He's also worked alongside Oliver Stone, Ridley… »


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‘Penguin Bloom’ Binds Naomi Watts, Reese Witherspoon & Bruna Papandrea

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Exclusive: Naomi Watts is teaming with Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea to produce a movie based on the top selling Australian book Penguin Bloom. They’ve optioned the book to produce, with Watts set to star. The trio will produce along with Aussie-based producer Emma Cooper. Set on Sydney’s northern beaches, Penguin Bloom is the true story of a unique little bird that saves a family. The book is written by Bradley Trevor Greive, with photographs by Cameron… »


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Fox Lands Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani Spec ‘The State’

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Exclusive: 2oth Century Fox pre-emptively has acquired The State, a spec script by the writing team of Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani. The script is an international action thriller about a father in a desperate race to rescue his son. David Lonner and Ben Rowe of Oasis Media Group are producing. It’s an international thriller for writers who fit that same description. Noshirvani is Iranian-born, and Haines hails from the UK. They met in New York and first hit the Black L… »


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