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World War II-Set Neo-Noir ‘Shanghai’ Finally Gets U.S. Release

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Five years after it bowed in China, Shanghai, director Mikael Håfström’s neo-noir set during the Japanese occupation of China in World War II, will finally see theatrical release in the United States, The Weinstein Company has announced. Though it hit Chinese theaters in the summer of 2010, the film has never been released stateside; TWC is giving it a limited theatrical run starting August 21, 2015. The film follows American Naval intelligence agent Paul (John Cusack)… »


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Focus Lands Action Film ‘Down To A Sunless Sea’ With Morgan Freeman

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Exclusive: Focus Features has landed Down To A Sunless Sea, a script by David Gleeson that has Morgan Freeman attached to play one of the leads. It’s a big action film in the vein of Air Force One. Bruce Cohen and Revelations — Freeman and Lori McCreary’s company — are producing. The deal just closed. Will tell you more when I know it. It’s another plum project for Focus, whose Peter Schlessel won the most coveted title at Cannes, the Tom Ford-directed Nocturnal Animals… »


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Rachel McAdams In Early Talks For Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

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Rachel McAdams has confirmed she is in early talks to play the female lead in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Speaking to the La Times, McAdams, who can currently be seen wielding a knife in Season 2 of True Detective, mentioned it was “early days” but that she is considering boarding the project opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. There is still some way for this deal to get set but it would make an interesting change of pace for McAdams. Scott Derrickson is directing Doctor Strange… »


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‘Minions’, ‘Ant-Man’ Grow In Actuals; ‘Pixels’ Powered By Latin America – Intl B.O. Final

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3Rd Update, Monday 3:45 Pm Pt: Actuals are in from the studios, with Sony’s Pixels confirmed at $21.03M, down slightly from the $21.4M projected yesterday, and performing solidly in Latin America with many markets (including China, a co-financier) still on deck. That film came in 6th overall at the international box office on Sunday, including local-language pics which continue their strong run in China. Monster Hunt, the biggest of them and the No. 1 movie overseas for… »


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Fox Searchlight Conjures Haunted House Movie From 80-Year-Old New Yorker Article

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Exclusive: A nearly 80-year-old article in The New Yorker about the first documented haunted house has scared up a deal at Fox Searchlight. Searchlight will develop a movie from Voices Through The Trumpet, a two-part article written by Carl Carmer. Jt Petty has been set to write, and Alison Greenspan is producing with Conde Nast Entertainment’s Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler. Denise Dinovi will be executive producer. Conde Nast Entertainment was set up partly to cull… »


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‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ Review: Cruise In Control Of Best ‘M:i’ Yet

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I thought it would be hard to top Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, but this franchise just keeps getting better. The latest edition, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is not just the best movie of the summer, it is the best summer movie of the summer, with its smart script and direction from Christopher McQuarrie, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Usual Suspects who has a long-standing relationship with star Tom Cruise having penned Valkyrie, Edge Of… »


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‘Steve Jobs’ Set As NY Film Fest’s Centerpiece

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center has chosen the Aaron Sorkin-penned, Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs as the Centerpiece of the upcoming 53rd New York Film Festival, to screen on Saturday, October 3. The fest runs from September 25 through October 11. Michael Fassbender stars as Steve Jobs, the brilliant man at the epicenter of the digital revolution, in the film based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography. Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg… »


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‘Boyhood’s Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Helm Jennifer Lawrence In ‘The Rosie Project’

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Exclusive: Boyhood helmer Richard Linklater is the frontrunner for the job of directing Jennifer Lawrence in The Rosie Project, I hear. That is the Sony Pictures adaptation of the Graeme Simison novel that Phil Lord & Christopher Miller just exited to helm the young Han Solo Star Wars movie. The film's being produced by Matt Tolmach and Michael Costigan. Scott Neustadter & Michael Weber wrote the script. The book focuses on a genetics professor with limited social skills… »


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‘Sons of Anarchy’s Emilio Rivera Heads To ‘Badsville'; Monterey Media Gets ‘Sex, Death And Bowling’

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Emilio Rivera of Sons of Anarchy and Robert Knepper of Prison Break have joined the cast of Badsville, a drama set amongst gangs of rival greasers from director April Mullen (Dead Before Dawn 3D). The story, set in the eponymous town of Badsville, follows the TheBadsville Kings gang as they confront each other’s loyalty and rival gang The Aces, while at the same time discovering love, and trying to escape the town. It’s the debut screenplay for cowriters Ian McLaren and… »


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‘Spider-Man’ And ‘Vacation’ Tales From Writer-Helmers John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein

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After a fast rise up the comedy writing ranks, John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein make their directorial debut on the sequel to Vacation. And they can finally admit they’ll write the new iteration of Spider-Man for Sony and producers Amy Pascal and Marvel’s Kevin Feige. Deadline: The web is on fire today with all these stories claiming they’ve confirmed you are going to write Spider-Man.  Deadline broke the news that you were getting the job, a couple weeks ago. Did… »


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Richard Linklater’s Baseball Pic Replaces ‘Bad Moms’ In Paramount’s 2016 Lineup

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Paramount Pictures has set a release date for Richard Linklater’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated Boyhood. The baseball comedy, formerly titled That’s What I’m Talking About, will bow on April 15, 2016. That’s the date formerly held by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore’s R-rated comedy Bad Moms, which now had been undated following the departures last month of star Leslie Mann and producer Judd Apatow. Bad Moms, from The Hangover team, was to star Mann as an overworked and… »


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‘Minions’ Milestone: Henchmen Serve Up $500M At International Box Office

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Kevin, Stuart and Bob are making their masters very happy. With today’s grosses, Illumination Entertainment and Universal’s Minions is poised to cross the $500M mark at the international box office. Sunday estimates had the Kyle Balda/Pierre Coffin-helmed origins stoy at $497.8M, and actuals now put the offshore cume at $499.4M. Combined with the domestic total of $262.5M, the worldwide booty is $761.8M. The Despicable Me 2 spinoff has been the top movie at the global box… »


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Bill Pullman Elected To Join Rob Reiner’s ‘Lbj’

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Exclusive: Bill Pullman has signed on to play Sen. Ralph Yarborough in Rob Reiner’s Lbj, joining Woody Harrelson and Richard Jenkins in the pic about Lbj’s ascent to the presidency and passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act. Filming is set to begin in September on location in New Orleans, Dallas and Washington, D.C. The script by Joey Hartstone centers on the political upheaval Vice President Johnson (Harrelson) faced when he was thrust into the presidency after JFK’s… »


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China’s Stock Market Suffers Biggest Loss Since 2007; Wanda, Huayi Bros, Alibaba & Fosun Hit

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China’s box office market may be going from strength to strength, but its stock market just tanked, with the Shanghai Composite Index losing more than 8% of its value in a single day. That’s the worst loss since 2007 and is spreading uncertainty throughout the marketplace. The plummeting market comes even after the Chinese government intervened directly to stabilize shares following weeks of instability. Several media companies took big hits, with Alibaba Pictures down… »

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Tyro Scribe Lori Evans Taylor Lands Deal On ‘Bed Rest’

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Exclusive: MGM has acquired Bed Rest, the first script deal for Lori Evans Taylor. Spec is a Hitchcockian thriller in the vein of Rear Window and What Lies Beneath, centering on a pregnant woman who is isolated and confined to bed rest. Karen Rosenfelt is producing with Chris Sparling, the writer behind Buried and the upcoming Matthew McConaughey-Gus Van Sant film Sea Of Trees. This was a competitive situation with interest from multiple studios. Evans Taylor is repped by… »


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Golshifteh Farahani, Louis Garrel & Pierre Niney Board Atiq Rahimi’s ‘Ports Of Call’

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Exclusive: Golshifteh Farahani, Louis Garrel and Pierre Niney are attached to star in Atiq Rahimi’s Ports Of Call. The project is an adaptation of Amin Maalouf’s bestselling novel about two ill-starred lovers who meet in Paris during World War II: Ossyane, the principal narrator and Muslim Ottoman prince, and Clara, a Jewish freedom fighter from Vienna. Ports Of Call is a fable of madness and family ties, of love and despair, of mixed and uncertain identities set against… »


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Miguel Arteta To Helm Elle Fanning-Starrer ‘All The Bright Places’

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Miguel Arteta will direct an adaptation of the Jennifer Niven Ya novel All The Bright Places for Demarest Media and The Mazur/Kaplan Company. Elle Fanning is attached to star in the film, which will be scripted by Nivel. Demarest is funding and producing alongside Mazur/Kaplan. The plan is for Fanning to play a young girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. Random House Children’s Books/Knope Books For Young Readers published the book earlier this year and… »


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‘Monster Hunt’ Seizes China Record; Blackout Pics Begin To Close Gap With H’wd

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China’s media authority, Sapprft, has been relatively quiet during the past blackout month at the box office, but piped up over the weekend to tout the monster returns of smash hit Monster Hunt. The CGI/live-action fantasy adventure film has led the international box office for two frames in a row, beating out comers like Minions and Ant-Man (which are yet to travel to China), and now tallying more than 1.27B yuan ($205M) through Sunday. Those are the official figures… »

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Venice Jury: Pawel Pawlikowski, Elizabeth Banks Join Alfonso Cuaron On Lido Watch

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The Venice Film festival is due to unveil its full lineup on Wednesday this week for the 72nd running of the world’s oldest such event. So far, we know that Working Title and Universal’s Everest is on opening night duty September 2, out of competition, with a special out-of-competition screening of Johnny Depp-starrer Black Mass on deck for the first Friday. Venice has found renewed vigor in the past few years, highlighting movies that have gone on to awards-season glory… »


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