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‘Atomic Blonde’ Review: Charlize Theron Kicks Ass, But Spy Action Thriller Has More Fight Than Bite

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Move over Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson, there’s a new kickass woman ready to deliver a knockout punch to any man in her way. In the spirit of female action-driven movies like Lucy, Wanted, Salt and La Femme Nikita comes Atomic Blonde. Of course Charlize Theron, recently in Mad Max and to a much lesser extent in The Fate Of The Furious, has displayed a no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners attitude in proving she can serve up this kind of entertainment as well as any… »


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Fox, 21 Laps Land Colm McCarthy For Coast Guard Thriller

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Exclusive: Fox and 21 Laps have set up a thriller that will be directed by Colm McCarthy, helmer of The Girl with All the Gifts and Peaky Blinders. The film is an untitled Coast Guard thriller scripted by Alex Sohn, based on the Hunter Atkins Mens Journal article Drug War on the High Seas. Shawn Levy and Dan Levine will produce through Fox-based 21 Laps banner. The pic is a behind-the-scenes look at the unsung heroics of the Coast Guard and the perils they face. Story… »


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Bill Clinton & James Patterson In Hollywood To Pitch ‘The President Is Missing’ Novel

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Exclusive: The material marketplace always slows down in late summer, but there is one percolating property that has the town excited. Former President Bill Clinton will come to Hollywood this week with James Patterson, his writing partner on the upcoming novel The President Is Missing. Sources said Clinton and Patterson will be meeting with studios and networks to pitch the book for a movie or TV deal. Clinton has been a regular visitor to Hollywood to raise funds, but… »


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Fede Alvarez & Good Universe’s Bad Hombre Set Techno Thriller As Debut Project

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Jason Eisener has been set to direct an untitled techno thriller penned by Simon Barrett that will mark the first project from Bad Hombre, the label set up by Fede Alvarez and Good Universe to produce pics in the horror, thriller and sci-fi genres. Bad Hombre’s Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues will produce, and Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake and Erin Westerman will executive produce alongside Jay Basu. Basu and Alvarez are writing the Lisbeth Salander pic The Girl in th… »


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Julian Guthrie Book ‘Alpha Girls’ Gets Scooped Up By Welle Entertainment After Bidding War

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Exclusive: Welle Entertainment has acquired the film and TV rights to Julian Guthrie's nonfiction book Alpha Girls about the unsung female heroes of Silicon Valley. It won the property after a bidding war that included Amazon, Universal, Brett Ratner, Smokehouse and others. The book, scheduled for publication in 2019, also was the subject of a heated publishing auction and ended up at Currency Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group. Described as Hidden Figures… »


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Katherine Paterson Ya Works Getting Movie & TV Treatment From Arcady Bay & Meteor 17

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Exclusive: Katherine Paterson, whose Ya books were the basis of movies including Bridge to Terabithia and The Great Gilly Hopkins, will see more of her works hit the big and small screens. Paterson’s production company Arcady Bay and Meteor 17 have inked an exclusive five-picture development deal for the IP. The projects will be adapted by screenwriter and Arcady Bay creative principal David Paterson, who co-wrote Terbithia and wrote Gilly Hopkins. The properties ID’d in… »


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Woody Allen Gets New York Film Festival Closing Slot With ‘Wonder Wheel’

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Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel looks to have been set to close out the 55th New York Film Festival, running September 28-October 15. The film, starring Kate Winslet, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake and James Belushi, will go into limited release December 1, with Amazon Studios distributing. Amazon also has Richard Linklater's Last Flag Flying and Todd HaynesWonderstruck in choice spots at the Gotham fest. Allen’s Café Society premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Wonder… »


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Rick Famuyiwa In Negotiations To Helm ‘Son Of Shaolin’ For Seven Bucks And Sony

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Rick Famuyiwa, who directed the breakout indie hit Dope, is in negotiations to helm the feature version of Son of Shaolin, which is based on the graphic novel created by Jay Longino who also wrote the first draft and will serve as exec producer. The project is set up at Sony with Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions producing. Johnson is not attached to star. Ryan Kalil is also on as exec producer. Famuyiwa was offered a number of… »


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The Jackal Group Hires Susan Lierle As Svp Business & Legal Affairs

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Veteran business affairs executive Susan Lierle is joining TV/feature film/Broadway producers the Jackal Group as Svp Business and Legal Affairs. Lierle, formerly in various business affairs roles with 2oth Century Fox Television, NBCUniversal and Turner Entertainment, will oversee all business and legal matters at Jackal Group in all divisions including TV, film, digital and commercial theater. "Susan is a dynamic and highly respected executive who has a remarkable… »


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‘Valerian’ And The City Of A Thousand Misconceptions: Who’s On The Hook?

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Exclusive: EuropaCorp’s Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets performed miserably here in the states, and in one of the 16 markets it released to internationally last weekend — Germany — it opened under Despicable Me 3’s third weekend with $2.9 million versus DM3‘s $3.6 million. Throughout last week and the weekend, we heard that Stx, which distributed in the U.S., was on the hook for only about $5M, had a distribution fee of about 10%, and that the P&A was being… »


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Fox Sets Russo Brothers In Co-Finance & Ww Distribution Deal For New Movie Projects

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Exclusive: Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo are zeroing in on a major deal with 20th Century Fox for their unnamed production company that will fully launch in January after they complete back-to-back Avengers sequels. Sources said the Russo Brothers are closing a long term non-exclusive pact for Fox to co-finance and distribute worldwide features generated by the new venture. The company will have put pictures included, and the venture will provide… »


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Nicholas Hoult Frontrunner To Play Young J.R.R. Tolkien

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Exclusive: Nicholas Hoult is in early talks to star in Tolkien. He will play J.R.R. Tolkien, whose Middle-Earth epic novels hatched the Peter Jackson-directed film trilogies The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit. Dome Karukoski has been set to direct Tolkien, with Chernin Entertainment producing for Fox Searchlight. The script by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration… »


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Toronto Film Festival List Kick-Starts Oscar Race, Spills The Beans On Upcoming Venice & Telluride Lineups

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In announcing the first wave of its 2017 slate today, the Toronto International Film Festival not only is telling a lot about its own fest this year but also basically confirming several titles that will premiere in Venice, which announces its full slate Thursday, and Telluride, which tries to keep their selections secret until just before opening on September 1. In terms of the nascent Oscar race, this morning’s announcement further narrows the field, with solid awards… »

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Wanda Boss Says Company Is Putting The Brakes On Hollywood Investments

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China's Dalian Wanda Group, which has in recent years aggressively sought to invest heavily in Hollywood, has now halted any plans for overseas investment, according to the company's chairman Wang Jianlin. Speaking to <a href="http://www.caixinglobal.com/2017-07-22/101120436.html?utm_source=The+Sinocism+China+Newsletter&utm_campaign=df13f6265d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_07_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_171f237867-df13f6265d-24570745&mc_cid=df13f6265d&mc_eid=e0ceb39827"… »

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Hilary Zaitz Michael Named Wme Lit Packaging Agent

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Hilary Zaitz Michael has joined Wme as an agent in the Literary Packaging department. Michael joins Wme from Michael London's Groundswell Productions, where she served as Vice President. She worked on developing and packaging material that included Chance, The Magicians, Smilf, as well as the Ucp/SyFy series Raven Cyle and The Wangs Vs. The World at Hulu. Before that she worked in development for Alan Ball's Your Face Goes Here Entertainment and at Anonymous Content. She… »


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‘Brad’s Status’ Trailer: Mike White & Ben Stiller Plumb The Depths Of Dads

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Amazon has released a trailer for Brad’s Status, the Mike White movie starring Ben Stiller that will hit theaters September 15 via Annapurna. The comedic drama was co-financed by Amazon with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Stiller stars a Brad, who despite a good career and happy family is obsessed with the better fortunes of his old friends from school. While escorting his son Troy (Austin Abrams) on an East Coast tour of colleges, Brad is forced to confront his friends and… »


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Protagonist Pictures Ups Dave Bishop To CEO After Mike Goodridge Exit

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Protagonist Pictures has promoted Head of Worldwide Acquisitions Dave Bishop to CEO as part of a restructure following the exit of Mike Goodridge last month. Bishop will oversee Protagonist's growing slate of prestige films as a sales agent as well as its expanding development, production and finance businesses. As part of the revamp, COO Dimitra Tsingou is adding the title President of Production, and Head of Sales Vanessa Saal will add Managing Director, Sales and… »


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Toronto Film Festival 2017 Unveils Strong Slate

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Updated with full slate so far: Living up to its stature as the premier international awards-season launch pad, The Toronto Film Festival today unveiled the first part of its slate that is strong, adventurous and chock-full of depictions of adversity and human struggle. Tiff chief Cameron Bailey said the festival is tighter this year, with fewer films than in the past. But they seem to have secured many of the films most often mentioned as Oscar bait. The fest runs… »


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Rosemarie DeWitt & Danny Huston Join Johnny Depp In ‘Richard Says Goodbye’

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Rosemarie DeWitt, Danny Huston, Devon Terrell and Odessa Young are set to join Johnny Depp and Zoey Deutch in Wayne Roberts' upcoming comedy drama Richard Says Goodbye. The project, which has already started shooting on location in Vancouver (see first look image above), is co-financed by Im Global and Cirrina Studios with additional financing from Leeding Media. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik Entertainment and Im Global's president of production Greg Shapiro are… »


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Venice Days Lineup Includes Works From Chloe Sevigny, Kim Nguyen & China’s Pengfei

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The Venice Film Festival's independently run Venice Days sidebar has unveiled its 12 competition titles, 11 of which are world premieres, which include new projects from Chloe Sevigny, Kim Nguyen and China's Pengfei. The section, which is modelled after Cannes' Directors' Fortnight sidebar, boasts a strong female lineup, seeing Sevigny's short Carmen – her second directorial effort – screen in its Women's Tales section. It stars Spanish-American comedian Carmen Lynch… »


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