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Eugene Jarecki On His Journey Through The ‘Promised Land’ – Cannes Studio

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When it comes to making a documentary about a road trip, it helps to already be on one. That’s what happened to Sundance Film Festival award-winning filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, who while touring America with his criminal justice doc, The House I Live In, was moved by those he spoke with about “how the American Dream lost its luster.” Jarecki drove on, and it just so happened the path he cut was when the 2016 presidential election was going on.  He learned that those in… »


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24th amFAR Cannes Gala Raises $20 Million As Harvey Weinstein Vows To Bring Silicon Valley To The Fight Against Aids

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For nearly a quarter of a century now, amFAR’s gala Cannes event has been a cornerstone of the glamour of the Cannes Film Festival. Although, because of this year’s 70th anniversary fest event and dinner earlier this week where Salma Hayek led a conga line of luminaries, it had to compete for the title of most star power. Nevertheless, raising $20 million in one night and having the legendary Diana Ross rip through “I Will Survive” is certainly notable (Nicki Minaj and… »


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STXfilms Buys Amy Schumer Pic ‘I Feel Pretty’: Cannes

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Stx has closed a deal for U.S. rights to I Feel Pretty, a Cannes acquisitions deal that sources said is in the $15 million range, with a commitment for a wide release on 2,000 screens through STXfilms. This shapes up as one of the biggest acquisitions of a film package during the Cannes market that is winding toward a close. The film marks the directorial debut of successful screenwriters Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. Stx will distribute in the United States. Schumer… »


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M. Night Shyamalan On Rediscovering His Groove With Micro-Budget Blockbusters — Deadline Disruptors

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Don't call it a comeback—M. Night Shyamalan is just doing what he does best. When The Last Airbender and After Earth struggled with critics and audiences, the Philadelphia-based director knew instinctively what to do. "I felt like I wanted to ignite the danger switch in me," he recalls. "I wanted to tell myself, 'You have no safety net.'" The result was The Visit, a found-footage horror in which two teenagers drop in on their folksy grandparents, only to find their lives… »


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Universal Wins ‘Salt To The Sea’ Auction: Neustadter & Weber To Write

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Exclusive: Universal Pictures beat out other bidders to land the Ruta Sepetys book Salt to the Sea, with scribe team Scott Neustadter & Michael Weber writing and Lorenzo di Bonaventura attached to produce. The author is a bestselling writer of historical fiction and here tells the survival struggle by three refugees from East Prussia at the end of WWII. They believe their way to safety is on the ship the Wilhelm Gustloff. Just when freedom seemed in their grasp, tragedy… »


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Peter Bart: Studios Bust Budgets Of Horror Genre, Hoping Monsters Will Be Monster Hits

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As Universal revives its scare-slate of monster films — The Mummy, Bride of Frankenstein, etc — studio production schedules increasingly look like archaeological digs. It's all about turning back the clock, with Hollywood again hooked on horror. Alien: Covenant sits atop box office charts this week, and Get Out is the year's biggest sleeper at $200 million. And horror announcements now come in clumps: Sony wants to make a spate of Dark Tower films based on Stephen King… »


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Disney’s Bob Iger On ‘Pirates’ Ransom Demand: “To Our Knowledge We Were Not Hacked”

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Seems that those alleged Pirates pirates might have been all bluster and no blunderbuss. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in an interview today that he doesn’t believe the threat to the high-profile summer tentpole Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was real. "To our knowledge we were not hacked," he told Yahoo Finance. "We had a threat of a hack of a movie being stolen. We decided to take it seriously but not react in the manner in which the person… »


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Lionsgate Q4 Beats Street With Higher Earnings & Revenue

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Lionsgate first full-quarter results since acquiring Starz for $4.4B late last year show its revenue and earnings beating Wall Street forecasts. The mini-major’s earnings for Q4, ending March 31, were $62M, or 30 cents per share; forecasts has pegged the Eps at 22 cents. It also posted revenue of $1.26B, above analyst estimates of $1.19B. The results included $89M in restructuring and other costs primarily associated with Lionsgate's December 8 acquisition and subsequent… »

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Bona Film Group & CAA Partnering On Film Fund Worth $150M

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Bona Film Group, the Chinese Company that had the biggest deal at this Cannes Film Festival with the $80M lead investment on director Roland Emmerich’s WWII battle film Midway for The Mark Gordon Co., has entered into an agreement with CAA. CAA and Bona Film Group announced the launch of a long-term film fund, with an initial $150 million investment. The first film from this fund is, of course, Midway. Both companies say that the fund will be co-managed by Bona and CAA… »


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Eva Longoria Joins ‘Overboard’ Remake From MGM & Pantelion Films

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Exclusive: Desperate Housewives alum Eva Longoria is set to co-star opposite Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez in Bob Fisher and Rob Greenberg’s romantic comedy Overboard, the MGM/ Pantelion Films re-imaging to the 1980s pic that starred Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. The role-reversal adaption follows a spoiled playboy (Derbez) from one of Mexico's wealthiest families who falls overboard off his yacht and develops amnesia only to be convinced by Kate (Faris), a single… »


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‘Wind River’ Trailer: Jeremy Renner & Elizabeth Olsen Team To Track Down A Predator

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Fresh off of its Cannes debut, The Weinstein Company has released the first official trailer to Taylor Sheridan’s written and directorial debut thriller Wind River, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner on the hunt to catch a criminal. The pic, which premiered at Sundance this year, is slated for a limited theatrical release August 4. “This isn’t the land of backup, Jane. This is the land of you’re on your own,” the officer says in the trailer above, underscoring the… »


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Vertical Entertainment Takes U.S. For ‘Hollow In The Land’ – Cannes

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Exclusive: Vertical Entertainment has picked up U.S. rights to Scooter Corkle's Hollow in the Land starring Dianna Agron, Rachelle Lefevre, Shawn Ashmore, Jared Abrahamson and Sarah Dugdale. The mystery thriller will be released day-and-date in the last quarter of the year. In Hollow in the Land, with the notorious Keith Miller locked behind bars for murder, his family is paying the price of a tainted name. A year after Keith's crime, a body is found in a nearby trailer… »


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Mr. Hanks Goes To Washington: Tom, Meryl & Spielberg Research ‘Post’ Film

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Today Hollywood was observing the reporters for a change: Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg were among a West Coast contingent visiting the Washington Post‘s headquarters as research for the gang’s upcoming Pentagon Papers movie The Post. “Okay, everyone, be cool,” wrote Post reporter Emily Heil in her account of the visit today. Though Heil says Post brass asked staffers to resist the selfie urge, reporter David Nakamura and video deputy director Phoebe… »


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Gina Prince-Bythewood Set To Direct Spider-Man-Spun ‘Silver & Black’

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Exclusive: Sony Pictures is setting Gina Prince-Bythewood to direct Silver & Black, the film that is based on Silver Sable & Black Cat (aka Felicia Hardy) characters from Sony's Marvel Universe revolving around its signature hero Spider-Man.  Prince-Bythewood just directed the pilot for Marvel’s upcoming Cloak & Dagger series on Freeform and completed the first season of Shots Fired, the drama she created with husband Reggie Rock Bythewood. That season-ender aired… »


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Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’ Hits Amazon Prime Post-Theatrical

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Amazon will bring Steven Soderbergh's new Channing Tatum heist comedy Logan Lucky to its Prime Video customers during the movie’s exclusive first-run Us streaming window, Amazon said today. Logan Lucky hits theaters August 18, 2017 and is expected to be released on Prime Video during the first quarter of 2018. Amazon has signed an exclusive two-year first-look deal with Soderbergh’s Fingerprint Releasing on theatrical film projects. Soderbergh formed film distributor… »


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‘The Mummy’ London Premiere Canceled Following Manchester Attack

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Universal Pictures has canceled the UK premiere of Tom Cruise-starrer The Mummy, in the wake of Monday’s terrorist attack in Manchester. The premiere had been set for June 1. The studio said today, "All of us at Universal have been devastated by the terror attack in Manchester and continue to stand with the community and country as it recovers. Out of respect to those affected by this tragedy we have decided not to move forward with the London premiere for The Mummy… »


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Sony Pictures Classics Lands Watergate Scandal Film ‘The Silent Man’; Liam Neeson As ‘Deep Throat’ Mark Felt

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Exclusive: Sony Pictures Classics has landed North American rights to The Silent Man, the Peter Landesman-directed film that stars Liam Neeson as Mark Felt. The longtime FBI No. 2 man under J. Edgar Hoover, Felt will go down in history as Deep Throat, the nickname of the whistle blower and primary source for Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as they uncovered the Watergate scandal that toppled the Nixon administration. In the backdrop of the recent… »


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GLAAD: Major Films Snub Lgbtq Characters Again

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GLAAD's annual report card is out, and three of the major film studios – Disney, Sony Pictures and Lionsgate – have been given failing grades for their underrepresentation of Lgbtq characters in the films they released last year. Universal, with five of its 17 films featuring Lgbtq characters, was the only studio to be rated "Insufficient" – the highest mark given out this year. No studios were rated "Good" this time, and none ever has received an "Excellent"… »

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‘Cirque Du Soleil’ Creator Guy Laliberté & Alexandre Amancio Form Reflector Entertainment – Cannes

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Exclusive: Guy Laliberté and Alexandre Amancio have launched Reflector Entertainment, a Lune Rouge company. Cirque du Soleil creator Laliberté and video game developer, producer, writer and director Amancio, are co-founders for Reflector, a multiplatform business that will develop intellectual property with a view to distributing next-generation content internationally. Reflector's unique library of content will include films, television series, video games, novels and… »


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‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ Discovery Alex Sharp Makes His Croisette Debut – Cannes

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Few who saw Alex Sharp in the Broadway transfer of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time did not immediately mark him out as a talent to keep an eye on. He makes his feature debut in the Cannes out-of-competition title How to Talk to Girls at Parties, alongside Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman, and is experiencing the full force of the Croisette; throwing up V signs on the tapis rouge for the punk-themed sci-fi mind bender based on a Neil Gaiman short story. He… »


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