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Wild Bunch Arbitration Moves Spawn Worldview Lawsuit Over Trio Of Films

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Exclusive: Already hobbled by venomous litigation among its past and present principals, outside investors and others, Birdman financier Worldview Entertainment now is trying some legal maneuvers of its own to get a hold of funds and due process it say it have been denied. Battling over European distribution of the Zach Braff pic Wish I Was Here plus 2014's The Search and 2013's Jimmy P., the company today sued Wild Bunch in Los Angeles Superior Court. Worldwiew is… »


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Isabel Lucas & Luke Ford Warp Into Sci-Fi Action Film ‘SFv1’

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Science fiction action thriller SFv1 has blasted two new cast members into space, adding Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen) and Luke Ford (Deadline Gallipoli). Set in the future when humanity has spread out into interplanetary colonies, the film follows Sy (Kellan Lutz) , a drifter who falls in with Kane (Daniel MacPherson), an off-world military contractor trying to rescue his daughter Indi (Teagan Croft) from peril while evading a global crisis caused by… »


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Mob Relatives Drawing Pensions From Chicago Iatse Projectionists’ “Endangered” Plan

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Iatse Projectionists Local 110 in Chicago was once widely believed to be one of the most mobbed up unions in America — a crooked outfit packed with members of the Chicago mob and their relatives, some of whom who are now drawing generous pensions from the local's endangered pension plan. Today, the local still counts relatives of long-dead gangsters among its members including the nephews of Sam Giancana, who ran Chicago's organized crime syndicate in the late-1950s and… »

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Avi Lerner Goes After Illegal Downloaders In Oregon Over ‘Survivor’ Thriller

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Mass piracy with The Expendables 3 burned them last year, and this summer Avi Lerner's Nu Image and Millennium Films aren't going to stand by to see the same thing happen again. The companies have filed a copyright infringement suit in Oregon against over a dozen individuals who they claim have pirated spy thriller Survivor tens of thousands of times. "The motion picture Survivor is being wrongfully distributed on the Internet through the BitTorrent network and is now… »


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Josh Gad To Play Roger Ebert, Kino Lorber Nabs ‘Songs From The North’, U.S. Release Set For Zoë Bell Actioner ‘Camino’

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Josh Gad has signed on to portray Roger Ebert in Russ & Roger, opposite Will Ferrell as Russ Meyers. The wild comedy will focus on the making of the pair’s legendary exploitation film Beyond The Valley of The Dolls, one of the first X-rated films. Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story) is directing from a script by Christopher Cluess, with polishing by Winterbottom, Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons. Sobini Films and Permut… »


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Oscars: David Hill & Reginald Hudlin To Produce 88th Academy Awards

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announced that David Hill and Reginald Hudlin will produce the 88th Annual Oscars. Django Unchained Oscar nominee Hudlin is no stranger to the Academy, having been tapped by President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to produce last year’s nontelevised Governors Awards. As my colleague Mike Fleming and I pointed out in our piece last month on the search for new Oscar producers, Hudlin was thought to be a personal favorite of Boone… »


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WGA Candidates Issue “Strike Threat” For 2017: Cable Parity, New Media, Packaging & Paper Teams Among Hot-Button Issues

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When the WGA's current contract expires in May 2017, it will have been almost 10 years since writers last struck the film and TV industry. Negotiations for a new contract won't start for another 18 months, but the topic is taking center stage in the the guild's ongoing officer and board elections as those elected will represent film and TV writers in the upcoming negotiations with producers. Gearing up for tough talks, WGA candidates are already talking about the need for… »

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Karen Gillan Completes ‘Circle’, Lands Final Lead In James Ponsoldt Pic

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Exclusive: Karen Gillan has been tapped to co-star in James Ponsoldt’s film adaptation of Dave EggersThe Circle. The Doctor Who and Guardians Of The Galaxy actress joins a loaded cast that includes Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega. Gillan has been set to play Annie, a warm, cute, goofy, old-money confident and fiercely intelligent member of The Circle, an Internet monopoly that links users' personal emails, social media, banking and purchasing with their universal… »


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Vincent Cassel Set To Join ‘Bourne’ Movie

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Vincent Cassel has joined the cast of Universal Pictures' yet-untitled Jason Bourne movie, which has Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass returning to the fold. Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander and Julia Stiles have also been cast in the pic, the logline of which is being kept quiet. Greengrass and Christopher Rouse are writing the script. Frank Marshall is producing the action-thriller alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment as well as Greengrass, Damon… »


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‘Everest’: Baltasar Kormakur, Tim Bevan & Jason Clarke on Mounting An Epic – Venice Q&A

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Spoiler Alert: While Everest is based upon real events which made headlines around the world in 1996 and spawned numerous accounts, the following includes details that may be unfamiliar to those who didn’t follow the original news. Mounting Working Title's Everest, which opens the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday, was a climb that Sisyphus wouldn't have envied. A long development period came with financing issues and the inherent challenges of shooting in a decidely… »

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‘River’ Teaser: In Toronto Thriller Prognosis Not Good For Rossif Sutherland

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Bad times for a do-gooder abound in River, a new thriller from first time feature director Jamie M. Dagg. The film follows an American volunteer doctor in Laos who, after refusing the orders of a senior surgeon is forced to take a leave of absence. Heading to a remote island in the south of Laos, his solace is shattered after he intervenes in the sexual assault of a young Laotian woman, accidentally killing her assailant. Horrified and panicked, he flees, soon finding… »


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‘Lost City Of Z’ Adds ‘Turn’s Angus Macfadyen

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Exclusive: From the American Revolution to the jungles of the early 20th century, the adaptation of David Grann's bestseller has another explorer. Angus Macfadyen has joined the cast of The Lost City Of Z. Best known for his role as Robert The Bruce in Braveheart and currently playing Major Robert Rogers on AMC's Turn, Macfadyen will play James Murray in the James Grey helmed film. The real-life explorer Murray went into the jungles of South America with Percy Fawcett… »


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Analeigh Tipton To Star In Thriller ‘Sadie’

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Up and comer Analeigh Tipton (Crazy Stupid Love, Warm Bodies, Mississippi Grind) will star in filmmaker Craig Goodwill's psychological thriller Sadie from a script with and written by Brian Clark. Goodwill, whose feature Patch Town recently bowed, will helm the story that centers on a young female novelist (Tipton) who, along with an enigmatic woman named Charlotte, are enticed by an ex-lover to join him at his Italian villa for a weekend celebration being held to honor… »


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Michael J. Fox Lends His Voice To Family Friendly Film ‘A.R.C.H.I.E.’

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Michael J. Fox will voice the dog Archie who is the main character in the family friendly film A.R.C.H.I.E. from writer/director Robin Dunne (Just Friends, Sanctuary). Dunne is marking his feature film debut in the film in which he will also co-star. The project, about a robotic canine, is being financed by Clairwood Capital Management. The film also stars Katherine Isabelle (American Mary) and Dunne. The project, produced by Shayne Putzlocher, Glenn Paradis and Sara… »


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FilmRise Will Release ‘Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans’ In NYC, La & VOD

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FilmRise has acquired select U.S. rights to the Cannes Classics documentary Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, shot during the production of the film that nearly destroyed him. The Brooklyn-based distributor licensed the rights from Content Media and plans to release the film in New York and Los Angeles on November 13, as well as day-and-date on Internet VOD, Download to Own platforms and DVD and Blu-ray. Here’s a rundown of the film, from FilmRise: By 1970, Steve McQueen… »


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Alchemy Hires Former Sony Home Entertainment Exec Jack Talley In Physical Distribution

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Alchemy has hired Jack Talley as the Exec VP of Physical Distribution to oversee sales and the overall strategy of the company’s division. He will report to Alchemy CEO Bill Lee. Talley most recently worked for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for 10 years, most recently as the Exec VP. Prior to joining Sphe, Talley oversaw MGM's Grocery and Drug sales division and played an integral role in the strategic development and implementation of the Scan Based Trading business… »


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‘Miss You Already’ Trailer: Toni Collette & Drew Barrymore Are BFFs Facing Big Changes In Toronto Pic

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“When life falls apart, friends keep it together.” Here’s the first trailer for Miss You Already, starring Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore in a tale of best-friendship and life’s roughest moments. Milly and Jess have been inseparable since childhood. They’ve done lots of crazy stuff, but bonds are tested when one faces a life-threatening disease and the other has a life-affirming pregnancy. Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine, Frances de la Tour and Jacqueline Bisset co-star… »


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Watch: Michael Fassbender Gets Medieval In ‘Macbeth’

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Witch please! The latest trailer release for Justin Kurzel’s rough and tumble Shakespearean adaptation of Macbeth highlights once again just how much this is not your father’s Scottish play. Featuring a typically committed performance from Michael Fassbender as the doomed warrior-turned-king, Macbeth is filled with breathtaking battles. Already the film looks set to battle it out with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu’s The Revenant for best-looking film of the year. Marion Coti… »


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‘The Danish Girl’ Trailer: First Look At Eddie Redmayne & Alicia Vikander Starrer

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Here is Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory Of Everything) and Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) in the official trailer for Focus FeaturesThe Danish Girl. From Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper (Les Misérables) and based on the book by David Ebershoff, with screenplay by Lucinda CoxonThe Danish Girl will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and also is slated for Toronto, with Focus releasing the transgender love story in New York and Los… »


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BFI London Film Festival Announces Full Line-Up

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The 59th BFI London Film Festival unveiled its full line-up today with a total of 238 fiction and documentary features, including 16 world premieres, 8 international premieres, 40 European premieres and 11 Archive films including 5 Restoration world premieres. The festival runs October 7 – 18.  In addition to opening and closing with the previously announced European premieres of Sara Gavron’s Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, and Meryl Streep… »


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