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Roman Polanski Will Not Be Extradited To The U.S. From Poland

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Polish prosecutors announced on Friday that they will not challenge a judge’s decision issued last month rejecting a U.S. request to extradite director Roman Polanski. The prosecutors in Krakow affirmed Judge Dariusz Mazur’s ruling, which blocked the  request by U.S. authorities. At the time, Mazur stated, “I find no rational answer to the question: What is the real point of the U.S. extradition request?" Polanski is now free to reside and work in Poland, his birth… »

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Facebook Clip: Snoke Signals, Han Shoots First

26 November 2015 8:09 AM, PST

A new Star Wars: The Force Awakens clip was posted to Facebook this morning, just in time to give fans an extra something to be thankful for on Turkey Day. The one-minute trailer (above) is titled “All The Way” and will also serve as an upcoming TV spot. In the clip, we hear Andy Serkis’ Supreme Leader Snoke tell Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, “Even you have never faced such a test.” There’s more X-Wing Fighter and Millennium Falcon action here, too. While the clip says the film… »

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s ‘Cemetery Of Splendour’ Wins At Asia Pacific Awards

26 November 2015 4:36 AM, PST

Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery Of Splendour has won the Best Film award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia. The awards, which took place Thursday in Brisbane, featured a special tribute to Paris, home to partner organization Unesco. Cemetery of Splendour, which world premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard sidebar, is a typically lyrical look at the bond which establishes between a hospital worker and a soldier with an unknown… »

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Paul Walker’s Father Sues Porsche For ‘Fast And Furious’ Actor’s Death

25 November 2015 6:44 PM, PST

Almost two years after his son’s death in a fiery car crash, the father of Fast and Furious star Paul Walker has followed his granddaughter’s lead and filed a wrongful death suit against Porsche. Seeking unspecific damages, the lawsuit claims that the Porsche Carrera Gt in which Walker was riding when he died in November, 2013 was lacking in essential safety features, among them a stability control system, breakaway fuel line, and side-door reinforcements. The lawsuit is… »

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Gets PG-13 Rating

25 November 2015 6:06 PM, PST

Brace yourselves: the MPAA has divined the will of the force, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens has received a PG-13 rating. This is the second time, after Revenge of the Sith, that a Star Wars film has received the rating. Despite the opaque process under which the MPAA works, we know there are a few reasons why a film might be PG-13 instead of PG. Violence maybe, or Gore, or somewhat suggestive content, or my personal favorite, just enough profanity to make it mature… »

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Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Eddie Redmayne Dines Out, Sly Stallone Trusts In Youth, And Leonardo Di Caprio Deserves The Medal Of Honor

25 November 2015 4:13 PM, PST

A new weekly column talking up the season with bits and pieces from the awards circuit.  20th Century Fox and New Regency took the veil off one of the season’s most anticipated movies,  reigning Oscar winner Alejandro G. Inarritu’s brutally beautiful  snowy western, The Revenant (Dec 25)  this week , with press and Academy members getting a first look at it the past three days. Initial reaction , predictably , has run from “masterpiece” to “I can’t handle it”, but reviews… »

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Elmo Williams Dies: Oscar-Winning ‘High Noon’ Editor Was 102

25 November 2015 3:09 PM, PST

Elmo Williams, the Academy Award-winning editor of the classic western High Noon who also worked as a producer, director, and studio executive died today in his Brookings, oregon home, it was reported by Curry Coastal Pilot. He was 102. Born in 1913 in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma, William’s long career in Hollywood began when he became the protege of Merrill G. White before branching out on his own as an editor. Among the films he edited were 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), T… »

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‘The Good Dinosaur’ Review: Pixar’s Latest Isn’t Its Greatest, But Kids Won’t Mind

25 November 2015 1:52 PM, PST

Delayed by story and personnel problems, Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur represents the first time the now-legendary animation studio has released two films in one calendar year. Forget that this cannot possibly live up to the standards of its June release, Inside Out (what could?), the screenplay by Meg LeFauve just doesn’t pop. You certainly could see the potential in this story of a young dino (reminding me of Dino, the pet dinosaur in The Flintstones) adrift in the world… »

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Frank Gifford’s Family Donating His Brain To Medical Research After Cte Diagnosis

25 November 2015 1:11 PM, PST

Frank Gifford is one of the biggest stars in football history — with a Hall of Fame playing career under the media spotlight of New York followed by a legendary broadcasting stint as the original and longtime play-by-play man for Monday Night Football. He died in August at 84, and today his family said they are donating his brain to medical research. Why? Because they said doctors recently diagnosed him with Cte, the degenerative brain disease linked to concussions. <a href="https://pmcdeadline2.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/frank-gifford-usc.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-1201638522" target="_blank"… »

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Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman Says Sumner Redstone “Engaged & Attentive” In Response To Lawsuit

25 November 2015 1:09 PM, PST

Sunmer Redstone's former companion and self-described caregiver Manuela Herzer may want back into the Viacom chairman's "living ghost" of a life, but Redstone’s corporate right-hand man says the boss is still in good shape. In papers filed today in response to Herzer's revealing petition of yesterday seeking a determination of Redstone's faculties, Viacom president and CEO Philippe Dauman describes 92-year-old Redstone as "engaged and attentive." "Sumner and I spoke about… »

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Chris Messina & Tate Donovan Topline Indie Drama ‘Blame’

25 November 2015 12:57 PM, PST

Exclusive: Chris Messina, Tate Donovan and Nadia Alexander are starring in Blame, a dark indie drama that marks the directorial debut of Quinn Shephard. Shephard, an actor whose credits include CBS’ Hostages last year, also co-stars in the movie and penned the screenplay. Messina plays a substitute drama teacher whose taboo relationship with an unstable student (Shephard) strikes a nerve in her jealous classmate (Alexander) and sparks some The Crucible-esque vengeance… »

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‘Star Wars’ An Art House Movie? Some French Exhibs Think So, Stoking Indie Producers’ Ire

25 November 2015 12:13 PM, PST

Here’s something you don’t see very often in France, the home of cinéma d’auteur. As the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens approaches on December 16, some of France’s art house theater owners are up in arms about not being able to program the film on their screens. In turn, the indie producers union (Spi) is not siding with its brethren and is instead concerned that if Star Wars screens in indie cinemas, it will take up space it feels should go to less mainstream… »

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Deadline’s The Contenders: Cary Fukunaga & Abraham Attah On The Challenges Of ‘Beasts Of No Nation’

25 November 2015 11:37 AM, PST

At our big Deadline Presents The Contenders awards-season event November 7 at the DGA, we welcomed Netflix for the first time. Largely known for their Emmy campaigns, Netflix is dipping its toes now into the Oscar game with Beasts Of No Nation, its first narrative theatrical release (the company has had a couple of documentary nominees in past years). The film about child soldiers has gained considerable industry notoriety this Oscar season. The big question is how will… »

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‘The Little Prince’ Trailer: New Spin On Classic Tale With Big Names

25 November 2015 11:32 AM, PST

Jeff Lebowski notwithstanding, here’s the role that Jeff Bridges was born to voice. He’s the Aviator in The Little Prince, Paramount’s adaptation of the classic French story. As per usual with Tinseltown toons these days, there’s a tremendous voice cast; joining Le Dude are Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, Paul Giamatti, Albert Brooks and Bud Cort. Mackenzie Foy stars as the Little Girl, whose life is planned out… »

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Eddie Redmayne Gets Dressed For ‘The Danish Girl’; Amy Berg Bows ‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’: Specialty Preview

25 November 2015 11:24 AM, PST

Oscar winners Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hooper launch their awards contender The Danish Girl this holiday weekend, coming on the heels of what has turned into a pretty good November following a slow fall start in September and October. Last weekend's launch of TWC's Carol as well as the successful expansions of Open Road's Spotlight and Searchlight's Brooklyn and others gave some zest that The Danish Girl should add to this Thanksgiving. In the non-fiction arena, FilmRise's J… »

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Archery Pictures Rolls With Fiona Cummins’ Hot Book ‘Rattle’

25 November 2015 8:35 AM, PST

Exclusive: In a competitive situation, Liza Marshall and Kris Thykier’s Archery Pictures has optioned Rattle, the debut novel by former Daily Mirror showbiz reporter Fiona Cummins, to be adapted into a TV series. Dark and compelling, Rattle is about a sinister bone collector who has a macabre obsession with his museum of medical oddities. Now it seems the time has come for a fresh harvest, and it’s down to Detective Etta Fitzroy to hunt down this psychopath before he can… »

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The First ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Trailer Hits Like A Punch To The Head

24 November 2015 9:17 PM, PST

Disney is flexing every single one of its synergistic muscles in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday, using (Disney-owned) ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote the mouse house’s biggest franchises. Last night’s Star Wars edition of the show kicked things off, and tonight a special all-Marvel show followed. Making the episode something of a must-watch was the appearance by Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans. Teased in advance as part of a “Big” surprise related to Captain Amer… »

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Kevin Costner To Narrate Mma Docu ‘Hurt Business’; ‘Kickboxer’ Remake Sequel A Go

24 November 2015 7:25 PM, PST

Kevin Costner will be giving voice to every wince, slap and ouch you see and will narrate The Hurt Business, a new documentary about the world of ultimate fighting that shines a light on the daily lives of some of the sport’s top fighters, as well as its controversial history and growing popularity. Directed and written by Vlad Yudin, the film follows light-heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones, former Ufc light-heavyweight champion Rashad "Suga" Evans, and Ronda Rousey… »

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Deadline’s The Contenders: ‘99 Homes’ Director Ramin Bahrani On Shannon, Garfield & “Web Of Corruption”

24 November 2015 5:58 PM, PST

The economic and social ramifications of the Great Recession were very much on display in 99 Homes at our all-day The Contenders awards-season event November 7 at the DGA. Kicking off Broad Green Pictures’ portion of the day, director Ramin Bahrani told the packed house about the extensive research and preparation he did on the film about Florida's housing crisis. Talking about working with stars Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon, Bahrani also told me how he was… »

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Bridge Independent & Ketchup Ink Digital Deal

24 November 2015 5:10 PM, PST

Exclusive: Straight Outta Compton producer Bill Straus’ newly relaunched sales outfit Bridge Independent and indie distributor-financier Ketchup Entertainment are teaming on a digital distribution pipeline for select titles from Bridge’s indie slate. The plan is to distribute 5-10 titles a year with a marketing push. As a former executive at New Line, Straus in 2012 founded New York-based Bgp Film, where he has repped recent pics including Darling, Buzzard, Through A Lens… »

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