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‘Madea’ Gets Saturday Treat As ‘Jack Reacher’ Trips; ‘Joneses’ Lower Than ‘Masterminds’ – Sat. Pm Udate

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Updated, Sat. 11:22 Pm: Strong matinees turned into a formidable Saturday night for Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween as the Lionsgate film rose 20% from Friday night to take an estimated $11.3M, which means its three-day cume is now hovering around $26.8M. Paramount’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back will chase in about $8.5M after dropping roughly 4% Saturday following flat matinee business. The estimated cume is around what we were hearing this afternoon — $22.7M. That… »

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Matthew McConaughey To Be Honored At Napa Valley Film Festival

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Matthew McConaughey will receive the Caldwell Vineyards Maverick Actor Tribute at the 6th annual Napa Valley Film Festival, the festival organization has announced. The award honors outstanding contributions to the art of acting and cinematic story-telling. Along with the tribute, McConaughey’s upcoming film Gold, directed by Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana), is set for a private VIP screening Thursday, November 10 at 9:00 Am at the Cameo Cinema in St. Helena. The… »

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Dan Porter, Wme’s Head Of Digital, To Exit Agency

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Exclusive: Dan Porter, who led the charge in building William Morris Endeavor’s digital business over the past three years as head of its department, is leaving the agency. He will exit on Nov. 30 to concentrate on his own company and to help grow his sports app, Overtime (which Wme was an early investor in). In Porter’s absence, Wme partner Chris Jacquemin will lead digital content/talent for Wme while Beth Ferreira will continue to lead Wme Ventures. Porter was a key… »

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At&T And Time Warner Unveil Merger Terms Calling It A “Perfect Match”

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Updated with information from conference call: The At&T-Time Warner deal is now official, and here are the key terms: The telco agreed to pay $107.50 a share, half cash and the other half in stock. That comes to $85.4 billion, or $108.7 billion if you include Time Warner’s debt. When it’s done, Time Warner shareholders will own as much as 15.7% of At&T. The entertainment assets will account for about 15% of At&T’s revenues. They expect the deal to close by the end of next… »

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Kathryn Adams Dies; ‘Saboteur’ Actress Was 96

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Kathryn Adams, an actress who appeared in such notable films as Alfred Hitchcock’s Saboteur and the Charles Laughton-starring The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and who retired from Hollywood upon her marriage to Leave It To Beaver‘s Hugh Beaumont, died October 14 at 96. Other film credits include 1939’s Fifth Avenue Girl, 1940’s The Invisible Woman and 1946’s Blonde For a Day. In 1942, she played Mrs. Brown, a young mother, in Hitchcock’s Saboteur. In 1942, Adams married… »

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‘Loving’ To Inaugurate Film Screenings At National Museum Of African American History & Culture

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Focus FeaturesLoving will be the first theatrical film to screen at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.. Monday evening’s invitation-only screening of the Jeff Nichols drama at the newly opened museum’s Oprah Winfrey Theater will be preceded by a reception and panel discussion with the writer/director and stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga. Loving, set for a November 4 limited release with a subsequent expansion, is a biopic… »

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Matt Damon, Cheo Coker Among Featured Speakers At Produced By New York 2016

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The Producers Guild of America has announced additional speakers for the 2016 edition of Produced By: New York Conference. New speakers for the event include M. Blair Breard, Cheo Hodari Coker, Matt Damon, Donna Gigliotti, Julie Goldman, William Horberg, Jon Kilik, Brian Koppelman and David Levien, Franklin Leonard, John Lyons, Lori McCreary, Chris Moore, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Joshua Safran, Allyn Stewart, among others. The conference has also announced additional panels… »

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Director Tim Miller, Ryan Reynolds Part Company On ‘Deadpool 2’

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Exclusive: After a series of creative differences between Deadpool director Tim Miller and star Ryan Reynolds, Miller has exited Deadpool 2. He hadn’t formally signed a deal to continue, but he was developing the script and by all accounts had planned to return behind the camera for a film Fox will release in 2018. I’ve confirmed from studio insiders this exit was over mutual creative differences, but this all ended amicably and the studio is very high on Miller and the… »

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Kevin Meaney Dies: Veteran Comic And Actor Was 60

21 October 2016 8:35 PM, PDT

Tributes from colleagues and friends poured out tonight following the news that comedian Kevin Meaney has died. The veteran stand up comic, whose acting credits include numerous animated television series and the Tom Hanks film Big among others, and who also made dozens of appearances on late night television, was 60. He was found in his home today in Forestburgh, New York. “So kind. So damn funny. So sorry for his loved ones for his loss,” said Bob Saget about Meaney on… »

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Ex-State Sen. Ron Calderon Sentenced In Film Incentives Bribe Case

21 October 2016 6:11 PM, PDT

Former Democratic California State Sen. Ron Calderon has been sentenced to 3½ years in federal prison after pleading guilty to accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for performing official acts as a legislator – including $60,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as independent filmmakers who wanted changes to California's film incentives program. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Calderon agreed to support an expansion of a state… »

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‘Neruda’ Trailer: Life On The Run For Chilean Poet & Political Firebrand

21 October 2016 6:00 PM, PDT

Best known here in the U.S. as the author of some of the greatest – if not the greatest – poetry of the 20th century, Chile’s Pablo Neruda was considered in his country one of the most dangerous men alive. His romantic and erotic poems scandalized conservatives which was bad enough, but Neruda was also a communist activist and politician whose poetry electrified Chile’s working classes. That gained him the permanent enmity of the country’s fascists and… »

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‘Michael Moore In TrumpLand’ Lands On ITunes & Sets Global Airdates – Update

21 October 2016 4:02 PM, PDT

Update, Friday 4:02 Pm: Michael Moore In TrumpLand is now available on iTunes, and the surprise self-distributed documentary has also lined up presentations around the globe. The film will air on October 30 in the UK (Channel 4), Australia (Ten Network), Netherlands (Vpro), New Zealand (Tvnz), Denmark (TV2), Sweden (Svt), Finland (Nelonen), Norway (Nrk) and Iceland (365). The film, currently available on iTunes for $4.99, broke the house record at the IFC Center cinema in… »

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‘Midnight Rider’: More Info Revealed In “Willful Safety Violation” Court Filing

21 October 2016 2:40 PM, PDT

Exclusive: New, un-redacted information revealing what specific supervising crew members did (or did not do) on the set of Midnight Rider has been put into a Department of Labor court filing to refute producer Film Allman’s claim that it was not guilty of a “willful safety violation.” The brief asks the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold “in its entirety” the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission decision that slapped Film Allman with the violation and a… »

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Donald Glover Will Be Young Lando In Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff

21 October 2016 2:16 PM, PDT

Confirming months of speculation and recent rumors, Donald Glover has officially joined the cast of Disney and Lucasfilm’s upcoming Star Wars Han Solo stand-alone spinoff film in the role of Lando Calrissian. The news was announced minutes ago via the official Star Wars Twitter. Hello, what have we here? Donald Glover is Lando Calrissian in the untitled 2018 Han Solo Star Wars Story. https://t.co/ChueOBd0fv pic.twitter.com/54JOBM1P9K — Star Wars (@starwars) October 21… »

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Even At Minimum Wage, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs Would Do Better

21 October 2016 2:08 PM, PDT

Here's a modest proposal for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: How about paying president Cheryl Boone Isaacs something? Anything. Even the minimum wage. According to a tax filing that just popped up on the Guidestar monitoring service, Boone Isaacs — who in her day job is a marketing consultant — has been logging 24 hours a week at the Academy and its related foundations, for total reportable compensation of zero. Having watched her on the festival circuit… »

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Chris Pine Joins Ava DuVernay’s ‘A Wrinkle In Time’

21 October 2016 2:05 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time has its patriarch, with Chris Pine joining the Ava DuVernay-directed tentpole. The Star Trek alum will play Mr. Murray, husband to the Gugu Mbatha-Raw-portrayed Dr. Kate Murray, microbiologist and mother to main character Meg Murray played by Storm Reid, I’ve learned. Pine is expected to get in front of the camera for DuVernay before the end of the year, with filming in Los Angeles. A Wrinkle In Time involves a young girl whose… »

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‘Jackie’ Added As AFI Centerpiece Gala

21 October 2016 1:29 PM, PDT

Fox Searchlight’s Jackie has joined this year’s slate of AFI Centerpiece Galas at the 2016 fest. Directed by Pablo Larrain, Jackie, starring Oscar winner Natalie Portman, will screen on Monday, November 14, at the Tcl Chinese Theatre. The film, which debuted at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, is an intimate portrait of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, portrayed by Portman, which takes us into the iconic First Lady’s world during the difficult days immediately following… »

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Jennifer Lawrence, Ron Howard Huddling On ‘Zelda’ Project

21 October 2016 1:22 PM, PDT

Jennifer Lawrence has been circling Ron Howard’s high-profile development project about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda Fitzgerald since at least August of this year. Zelda had been on the Annapurna slate, and is now set up with Allison Shearmur Productions and Imagine Entertainment, with Lawrence and her producing partner Justine Ciarrocchi also expected to get producing credits along with Brian Grazer. Emma Frost penned the biopic about the socialite and muse (Scott… »

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Beau Knapp Set As Lead Villain In Eli Roth’s ‘Death Wish’

21 October 2016 1:10 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Beau Knapp has been cast as Knox, Bruce Willis’ main adversary in Eli Roth’s action crime film Death Wish. He joins Vincent D'Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Dean Norris, Mike Epps, Kimberly Elise, Camilla Morrone and Ronnie Gene Blevins in the remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson film for MGM. The pic centers on Paul Kersey (Willis), whose life is destroyed by a violent crime against his wife and daughter. Frustrated that the bad guys were not brought to justice for… »

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Upstream Flix Gets Into Game, Acquires Hockey Enforcer Docu ‘Ice Guardians’

21 October 2016 12:54 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Ice Guardians, director Brett Harvey’s documentary about hockey’s violent enforcers, has been acquired by Upstream Flix and is set to hit theaters October 27. Written by Harvey and Scott Dodds, the film includes interviews with such NHL greats as Dave “The Hammer” Schultz, Clark Gillies and Dave Semenko. It’s one of the first theatrical distribution plays for Upstream Flix, a new hybrid distributor/sales out that is partnering with the likes of AMC, Netflix… »

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