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‘Mission: Impossible’ Takes Off To $26.4M Overseas; Sets Records For Tom Cruise

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Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions’ Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the 5th installment in the $2.1B franchise, took flight overseas on Thursday with rollout beginning in such key markets as Korea, the UK, Mexico and Australia. The opening gross through Friday is a muscular $26.4M and the offshore frame is on track for about $60M. Coupled with an expected domestic debut of $52.5M, Rogue has lit the fuse towards a $112M opening worldwide session. In total this… »


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Relativity Owes Money On Movies Going Back At Least 8 Years

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At least 10 movie productions appear among 145 debtors listed in Relativity’s bankruptcy filing so far. The limited companies’ names mimic titles of the films in question. The movies vary from specialized fare such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s feature directing debut Don Jon to major releases like Mirror Mirror, Relativity’s Snow White story that came out ahead of Universal’s more successful Snow White And The Huntsman back in 2012. Specific creditors are not listed for… »


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Stefania Owen Is ‘All We Had’ For Katie Holmes

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Stefania Owen has joined Katie Holmes’ directorial debut, All We Had, set to play the daughter of the main character, portrayed by Holmes. Based on the novel by Annie Weatherwax, the coming of age story set during the worldwide financial crisis of 2008 concerns a single mother and her teenage daughter, who find a new home and hope for their future when they move to the small town of Grand River, Ohio. Holmes optioned the book prior to publication in 2014. The script is… »


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Christopher McQuarrie Q&A: On Collaborating With Tom Cruise, And Hanging Him Off A Moving Airplane

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If he’s still known for winning a Best Screenplay Oscar for 1995’s Usual Suspects, Christopher McQuarrie’s next best identification is for being Tom Cruise’s go-to-guy. Sometimes that’s as writer or script doctor, but now more commonly it’s as writer, producer, director, and being Cruise’s accomplice in problem solving the star/producer’s many complex screen vehicles. They took it to another level on Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, a crackling good summer movie that… »


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Bailee Madison, 15, To Produce ‘Annabelle Hooper And The Ghosts Of Nantucket’ Pic

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Bailee Madison will make her debut as a producer in the film Annabelle Hooper And The Ghosts of Nantucket. The 15-year old will star in the pic as Annabelle Hooper, a budding mystery writer who is constantly on the lookout for her next bestseller. After stumbling upon a potential ghost hunting in her family's Nantucket vacation home, she enlist the help of her older brother Jake (Robert Capron) and friend Maddi to explore the world of the paranormal in an effort to find… »


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Rathergate Drama ‘Truth’ Gets October 16 Release Date From Sony Classics

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Truth, the upcoming film based on the 2004 “Rathergate” scandal from Sony Pictures Classics, now has a release date aimed to prime the film for consideration during awards season. The pic starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett will hit select theaters in New York and Los Angeles on October 16, with wide release to follow. “Rathergate” refers to the drama surrounding the story, reported by Mary Mapes and Dan Rather for CBS, that President George W. Bush might have been… »


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Bruce Campbell Says ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’ Series Could Lead To More ‘Dead’ Movies – TCA

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"This series will force us to make more movies," Bruce Campbell said today at the TCA session. "That's only 10 hours of programming; we need eight more movies," the Ash Vs. Evil Dead star joked about what the franchise's zealous fans would demand. "Making a fourth movie would work. … No matter what we give them, it will never be enough." Onstage with Campbell, director and Ep Sam Raimi — who helmed the original 1981 Evil Dead feature and two sequels — said he would be… »


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‘Robin Hood: Origins’ Shortlist: Jack Reynor, Taron Egerton In Mix For Lionsgate

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Exclusive: Lionsgate is looking to beat its rival Robin Hood projects to the punch by mining up-and-coming talent from across the pond for its Robin Hood: Origins. Rising Brit actor Taron Egerton is on the mini-major’s shortlist to head into Sherwood Forest, along with fellow Brit Jack Huston and Irish-American actor Jack Reynor. The Maze Runner‘s Dylan O’Brian is also believed to be under consideration. Scheduling is an issue for some of these hot young thesps. For… »


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Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson Colonize Untitled Sci-Fi Romance For Stx

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Set phasers to amor. Asa Butterfield Britt Robertson have been cast in a new, currently untitled science fiction romance from Stx Entertainment. They’re joined by Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino. Set in an era of planetary colonization in the solar system, the film will follow the first child born on Mars who begins an online romance with a girl living in Colorado. Living in a secret, experimental colony, he begins a plan to find his way to Earth in order to meet her. But… »


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Jesse Eisenberg & Jason Segel In ‘The End Of The Tour'; Brando On Brando In ‘Listen To Me Marlon': Specialty Preview

31 July 2015 11:14 AM, PDT

A trio of documentaries that likely will factor in awards season bow this weekend, while a new feature starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel could give some lift into the specialty box office. Showtime Documentary Film is giving its Sundance docu Listen To Me Marlon, which tells Oscar-winning screen legend Marlon Brando’s story through his own words, a traditional theatrical window ahead of its fall debut on the network. Magnolia Pictures and Participant will open… »


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Crook Who Stole Famed Art Director’s House Confesses … Sort Of

31 July 2015 10:41 AM, PDT

The conman who stole the home of Oscar-nominated art director Ross Bellah and then wired the proceeds to his sister in Tel Aviv before fleeing the country has confessed to Deadline that the money should be returned. Aron Shlain is also cooperating with the attorneys for the trust fund that had been established to provide for Bellah's widow, Eunice, who died in 2012. If recovered, a portion of the $2.8 million a judge has ordered him to repay will go to the Motion Picture… »


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Struggling Cinedigm Adds Activist Investor Reps To Board

31 July 2015 10:08 AM, PDT

After a summerlong scrap with activist investors unhappy with digital distributor Cinedigm Corp’s stock performance, the company announced today it has appointed four new independent directors to its board, effective immediately. It also named Ron Chez, who with Sabra Capital Partners led the charge to revamp Cinedigm starting with a $15 million share repurchase plan, as special adviser. Cinedigm said today that it has reached a settlement with Chez and Sabra’s Zvi Rhine… »


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CNN Pushes Back Premiere Of ‘Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie’ By A Week – Update

31 July 2015 7:41 AM, PDT

Update, 8:20 Am: CNN just announced it has pushed the premiere date for Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie to Thursday, August 20. It will air at 9 Pm and 11 Pm Et. Previous, July 9, Am: CNN Films has acquired the exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie and has set its TV premiere for August 13 at 9 Pm Et on CNN. Produced and directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger of Ironbound Films, the Evocateur documents the… »


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Willem Dafoe Joins Noomi Rapace In ‘What Happened To Monday?’ Sci-Fi Pic

31 July 2015 7:22 AM, PDT

Willem Dafoe has joined the cast of Noomi Rapace-starrer What Happened to Monday? The film, directed by Tommy Wirkola, has started shooting  in Bucharest at the Castel Film Studios. Dafoe and Rapace are joined by Glenn Close in the sci-fi action thriller, which takes place in a not-so-distant future. Marwan Kenzari, Christian Rubeck and Pal Sverre Hagen have also boarded the project. In a future where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to undertake a… »


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‘Top Gear’ Gets New Exec Producer; Discovery Expands In Turkey: Global Briefs

30 July 2015 10:00 PM, PDT

Just as the former Top Gear team heads over to Amazon Prime, the BBC show has plugged in a new executive producer. Lisa Clark will step in for Andy Wilman who left the motoring series after Jeremy Clarkson was exited and who is joining Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for their new program at Amazon. Chris Evans has strapped into the Top Gear driver's seat for the BBC and will reunite there with Clark, with whom he previously worked at The Big Breakfast and Don't Fo… »


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SAG-aftra Election: Challenger Patricia Richardson Calls For Sweeping Changes

30 July 2015 5:24 PM, PDT

Exclusive: SAG-aftra presidential candidate Patricia Richardson is calling for sweeping changes in the way the union does its business and deals with its diverse membership, vowing to heal the infighting and to take the fight to the producers for better wages and working conditions. Perhaps just as important, she's calling for greater transparency inside a union that some wags have come to call the Secret Actors Guild. Running atop her Membership First slate of… »


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Regal Rejects Paramount Film Test That Might Shorten The Theatrical Window

30 July 2015 4:22 PM, PDT

The No. 1 theater chain says it won’t show Paramount’s Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (to be released October 23) and Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse (October 30) — rejecting the studio’s experiment with AMC Entertainment that might cut into the 90-day period when exhibitors want exclusivity. Paramount said this month it will put the films on digital home video outlets 17 days after each dips below 300 domestic theaters. At that point, exhibitors that show… »


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Relativity Taps Tech-Savvy Turnaround Specialist To Lead As Creditors Line Up

30 July 2015 3:31 PM, PDT

One of Hollywood’s most freewheeling studios is now in the hands of a turnaround specialist with a PhD. in Applied & Engineering Physics. Fti Consulting’s Senior Managing Director Brian Kushner is Relativity’s Chief Restructuring Officer — with the authority to make financing deals, sell assets, and lay off about 88 people —  according to the studio’s filing today for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company faces at least 50 unsecured creditors looking for more than… »


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Daniel Radcliffe To Go Undercover In FBI Thriller ‘Imperium’

30 July 2015 3:29 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Daniel Radcliffe is penciling a trip to Quantico into his already packed itinerary, set to take a bite out of crime and terrorism with the lead role in Imperium, from Atomic Features and Tycor International Film Company. Based on real events, Radcliffe will star as a young FBI agent who goes undercover to find and stop white supremacists trying to make a dirty bomb. It’s based on the experiences of Michael German, an FBI undercover agent who spent years inside… »


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Oscilloscope Acquires David Evans’ Holocaust Docu ‘What Our Fathers Did’

30 July 2015 3:10 PM, PDT

Oscilloscope Laboratories has picked up North American rights to the Downton Abbey helmer’s What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy, the docu that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (under the title A Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did). Oscilloscope plans to release the film theatrically on November 6, with a digital release to follow. A poignant, thought-provoking account of friendship and the toll of inherited guilt, What Our Fathers Did explores the relationship… »


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