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‘Dunkirk’ Currently Pushing ‘Emoji Movie’ Out Of Top Spot With $28M+ – Late Night Update

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Update, Saturday 12:10 Am: Right now Warner Bros.’ Dunkirk is holding the fort at No. 1 in its second weekend with an industry estimate of $28.2M, -44% and sending the Christopher Nolan  movie to $103M by Sunday. When compared to the total running cume of Nolan’s previous movie Interstellar though its second Sunday, Dunkirk will be running 6% ahead of that astronaut movie — and it had a two-day extra start at the time. Interstellar finaled its U.S./Canada run at… »


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Patti Deutsch Dies: ‘Laugh-In’ And ‘Match Game’ Regular & Veteran Voice Actor Was 73

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Patti Deutsch, a comic who was a regular on the last season of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, appeared often on the 1970s Match Game and went on to a successful voice-over career, has died. She was 73. Her family said she died Wednesday at her Los Angeles home after a long battle with cancer. Born in Pittsburgh on December 16, 1943, Deutsch worked alongside Fred Willard in the improv troupe Ace Trucking Company in the 1960s and early ’70s. The group, which made multiple… »


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‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power’ Review: Al Gore Back & More Vital Than Ever

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Climate change deniers be damned. Former Vice President Al Gore is back taking his message of the increasing dangers of global warming — and possible solutions to the problems — directly to moviegoers in a rich and human sequel to his 2006 double-Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. That movie led to a Nobel Peace Prize for his determined efforts to warn of Earth’s eventual demise if something is not done to stem the tide(s). This time around, original… »


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At&T Formally Positions John Stankey To Run Time Warner’s Assets

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At&T Entertainment Group CEO John Stankey will indeed be in charge of the Time Warner properties after the telco completes its $85 billion acquisition. The company just announced that beginning this Tuesday Stankey will be CEO of At&T’s media properties — and is leading the Time Warner Merger Integration Planning Team, working with Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes. John Donovan, who was Chief Strategy Officer, is now CEO of At&T Communications, which includes its wired and… »


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‘Last Flag Flying’ Moves To Lionsgate And Up A Week On Release Schedule

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Lionsgate will now release Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying on Nov. 3, moving up from the previously scheduled date of Nov. 17. Amazon Studios financed the film and was due to release it initially. The drama will open in limited release only days after it premieres at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 28. Amazon goes to Nyff with Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel. The film is a road movie (ala Hal Ashby’s 1973 drama The Last Detail) in which three aging Vietnam-era Navy… »


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Lionsgate’s Jon Feltheimer Made $35.3M In Latest Fiscal Year, Up 223%

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Wall Street will determine whether Lionsgate’s acquisition of Starz paid off for the company. But it already paid off for CEO Jon Feltheimer and Vice Chairman Michael Burns. The CEO made $35.3 million in compensation for the fiscal year that ended in March, up 223% vs 2016, according to a proxy filed at the SEC today. And the Vice Chairman made $26.9 million, up 134%. The stock price rose 22.4% in the fiscal year, and now hovers around its 52-week high. Feltheimer’s… »


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Al Gore Tests Box Office Climate With ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’; New Pics With Cotillard, Butler & Cera – Specialty Preview

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Former Vice President Al Gore was on hand at the 2007 Oscars, where his An Inconvenient Truth won Best Documentary Feature. Bringing climate change to center stage, it was one of the biggest nonfiction films at the box office ever. Now, the former veep is back with An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which Paramount Pictures is opening in four New York and L.A. locations ahead of an early-August national rollout. The film joins a rather crowded set of specialty… »


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‘The Murders Of Molly Southbourne’ Picked Up By Cathy Schulman’s Welle Entertainment

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Exclusive: The Murders Of Molly Southbourne, a novella written by Tade Thompson which is designed as the first in an ongoing series from MacMillan Publishing imprint Tor.com, has just been optioned by Cathy Schulman's Welle Entertainment (a co-venture with Primary Wave Entertainment). The company is clearly gearing up as this marks the second book to be brought into the company this week, with Welle winning a bidding war over the hot property Alpha Girls just about four da… »


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New ‘Flint’ Water Crisis Documentary Unveiled At Traverse City Film Festival

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Anthony Baxter (You’ve Been Trumped) has teamed with Imaginary Forces and Montrose Pictures on Flint, a feature documentary about the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Mi. The filmmaker unveiled the project during a special screening this morning of 20 minute of footage at the Traverse City Film Festival, which sits less than 200 miles from Flint. Scottish director Baxter has gathered hundreds of hours of footage after being alerted by local residents to the water crisis… »


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George Clooney Promises Legal Action Over Paparazzi Photos Of Infants

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George Clooney is firing back after photos of his twin babies with his wife, Amal, appeared on the cover of France’s Voici magazine without his consent. Clooney released a statement to Deadline via his publicist that those responsible for the photos “will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” "Over the last week photographers from Voici magazine scaled our fence, climbed our tree and illegally took pictures of our infants inside our home, Clooney said in the… »


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Marty Sklar Dies: Longtime Imagineer, Theme Park Designer & Walt Disney’s “Right-Hand Man” Was 83

27 July 2017 8:59 PM, PDT

Marty Sklar, the man who supervised the design and construction of Tokyo Disneyland, the Disney-MGM Studios, Disneyland Paris and other theme park attractions, has died at his home, Disney said tonight. He was 83 and had made an appearance at Disney’s D23 two weeks ago.

Having started as an intern for Walt Disney, Sklar finished his 54-year career at Disney as the International Ambassador for Walt Disney Imagineering. That role meant traveling to art and design colleges… »


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Peter Bart: Police Sadism In ‘Detroit’ May Stir Audiences, But Will It Also Provoke Them?

27 July 2017 4:54 PM, PDT

Here's what Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal say they wanted to accomplish in shooting Detroit: That filmgoers "not so much watch the story as absorb it like a physical sensation." The question: Should a race riot be inflicted on an audience as a "physical sensation?" In making an agitprop movie, should filmmakers design scenes that might themselves be potentially inflammatory? I am not skittish about film violence nor am I a virgin with riots. As a newspaper reporter, I… »


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‘Lbj’ Trailer: Woody Harrelson As 36th President In Rob Reiner’s Next Film

27 July 2017 4:13 PM, PDT

In the new trailer for Lbj, Woody Harrelson transforms into Lyndon Baines Johnson, the VP who became president after the assassination of John F. Kennedy and was faced with the Vietnam War and also civil unrest. The film, directed by Rob Reiner, begins after then-Senate Majority Leader Johnson loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to then Kennedy (Jeffrey Donovan) and then agrees to be his young rival's running mate. But once they win the election, despite his… »


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Fox & 21 Laps Land John Kamps Novel ‘The Prince’s Guard’

27 July 2017 3:48 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Twentieth Century Fox has pre-emptively acquired The Prince’s Guard, an u pcoming novel by screenwriter John Kamps. Shawn Levy and Dan Levine will produce through 21 Laps. The book is the first novel by Kamps, whose screenplay credits include the Jon Favreau-directed Zathura and David Koepp-helmed Ghost Town and Premium Rush. It’s the first of a planned novel trilogy, and the book is in the process of being set with a publisher. Kamps also has been set to write… »


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Pablo Schreiber Joins Dwayne Johnson In ‘Skyscraper’

27 July 2017 3:14 PM, PDT

Exclusive: American Gods star Pablo Schreiber has come aboard writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s 3D actioner Skyscraper, the Legendary/Universal pic starring Dwayne Johnson. Co-starring Neve Campbell and Chin Han, the film hits theaters July 13, 2018. Skyscraper follows former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader Will (Johnson), who now assesses security for skyscrapers. During an assignment in Hong Kong, he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly… »


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‘Brigsby Bear’s 3311 Productions Sets Two Movies

27 July 2017 2:30 PM, PDT

Exclusive: As Sony Pictures Classics tomorrow opens the Dave McCary-directed Brigsby Bear with an ensemble headed by Kyle Mooney and Claire Danes, 3311 Productions’ Mark Roberts and Ross Jacobson are gearing up two more films. The Fifth Official, a co-production with Gran Via Productions, has Chad Hartigan directing his script, a taut European thriller about a soccer ref who attempts to throw a match for the first time. Hartigan is coming off Morris From America, which… »


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Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’ Gets China Release Date In Late August

27 July 2017 1:05 PM, PDT

Luc Besson’s Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets has been granted an August 25 China release date, Deadline has confirmed. China is a hoped-for key play on the expensive sci-fi epic, and this late August date means it will be one of the first imports allowed into the Proc after the traditional (if unofficial) summer blackout. An official announcement on the dating is expected tomorrow, after speculation had begun to emerge in the Middle Kingdom. The EuropaCorp pic… »


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Judy Greer Set To Return For Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’

27 July 2017 12:55 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Judy Greer has signed on to reprise her role of Maggie Lang, Scott Lang/Ant-Man’s ex-wife and mother to his daughter, in Marvel/Disney’s upcoming Ant-Man sequel Ant-Man And The Wasp. Greer’s news comes on the heels of Marvel’s Comic-Con presentation where it was announced that Michelle Pfeiffer will be playing Janet Van Dyne and Laurence Fishburne was cast as Dr. Bill Foster. The studio is remaining tight-lipped on plot details on the film, which will bow in… »


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‘Atomic Blonde’: How Sierra/Affinity Bottled Its Blonde

27 July 2017 11:49 AM, PDT

Atomic Blonde, the $30 million-plus graphic novel film adaptation starring Charlize Theron as a kick-ass super spy, bows this weekend from Focus Features and Sierra/Affinity and is expected to bring in somewhere around $20M in its opening weekend. That would be a good start for the film if word-of-mouth is strong, and it has received generally favorable reviews. This movie comes after Theron was embraced as an action star two years ago by audiences in Mad Max: Fury… »


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‘Sweet Valley High’ Movie Gets Kirsten Smith & Harper Dill To Script Ya Adaptation

27 July 2017 11:29 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Paramount Pictures has hired Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith and Harper Dill to co-write an adaptation of the Sweet Valley High book series by Francine Pascal. Chernin Entertainment is producing. Sweet Valley High is a Ya publishing phenomenon totaling over 600 books, and spawning spinoffs and a TV series. Known for their wild plot twists, the books center on teenage twin sisters, Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, who live in the fictional town of Sweet Valley, California… »


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