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Captain America’s Russo Brothers Enter First-Look Deal With Sony

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Breaking: Sony just landed Captain America filmmaking brothers Joe and Anthony Russo for a three-year, first-look features deal with the studio, starting in April. Their film Captain America: The Winter Soldier banked a whopping $714.7M worldwide for Disney and Marvel. Given the success of that property, they will next direct Captain America: Civil War for Marvel and Disney. "Joe and Anthony Russo are terrifically exciting filmmakers with a sensibility that matches the… »


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Fox Buys ‘Foxcatcher’ Co-Writer Dan Futterman Spec ‘A Shot In The Eye'; Matt Reeves Producing

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Exclusive: Boy, is it a good time to be out there selling material with A-list elements. 20th Century Fox has closed a deal on A Shot In The Eye, a spec script by Dan Futterman. He is the actor-writer who scripted Capote and with E. Max Frye scripted Foxcatcher, and was Oscar nominated for both. The spec is a science fiction action movie in a dystopian setting, but they’re keeping the exact logline under wraps. The film will be produced by Matt Reeves, under his Sixth and… »


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Skydance Gets Own Marketing Maven: Anne Globe Hired As Cmo

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Skydance Productions has hired Anne Globe to be its first Chief Marketing Officer. She’ll oversee marketing, publicity, branding, licensing and promotion for all Skydance projects and report to CEO David Ellison. She consulted on a number of live-action and animated films and was Cmo for DreamWorks Animation. Among the films she worked on there were Shrek, Madagascar, and How to Train Your Dragon, and myriad other tie-ins and initiatives in features and TV projects. Said… »


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Producer Will Not Re-Post Bond Parody After MGM Cries Foul – Update

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Update, 11:52 Am: Producer Adi Shankar will not re-post his James Bond fan film online after MGM shut it down on YouTube over copyright complaints. The producer behind the Power Rangers fan film just issued the following statement on the matter: “I have the utmost respect for MGM and the iconic character of James Bond, and although I believe my video is clearly a parody of James Bond, I will refrain from reposting it online out of respect.” The Bond parody showed the Bond… »


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Tribeca Firms World Narrative, Docus And Viewpoint Titles For Fest

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The Tribeca Film Festival has set part of the slate for its 14th annual, running April 15-26. They add more premieres and sexier titles as they get closer, but here’s the partial slate so far. World Narrative Feature Competition The Adderall Diaries, directed and written by Pamela Romanowsky. (USA) – World Premiere. James Franco plays a writer who tries to rise from being blocked and Adderall addicted by jumping into a high profile murder case. Amber Heard, Ed Harris, and… »


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‘Snowden’ First-Look Photos: Joseph Gordon-Levitt In Oliver Stone’s Biopic

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Updated with more photos: Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks ready for battle in the first-look image from Oliver Stone’s buzzy Edward Snowden biopic. Shailene Woodley and Scott Eastwood also star in the movie alongside Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant. Open Road is set to open the pic on December 25. Interest in the Nsa whistleblower remains high. CitizenFour, the chilling documentary by Laura… »


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Diane Lane & Tony Shalhoub Probe ‘Mystery Of Love & Sex': Review

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The best new play of this young year has brought pros Diane Lane and Tony Shalhoub and relative newcomers Gayle Rankin and Mamoudou Athie to Lincoln Center Theater At The Mitzi Newhouse in The Mystery Of Love & Sex. Bathsheba Doran’s keenly satisfying comedy of sexual matters and manners is a coming-of-age tale in the age of coming-and-going that bears a palpable kinship with <a title="'Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss On Peggy Olson, Heidi Holland & Moving On: Conversations With… »


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‘Jasmine’ Looks To Thrill Audiences At Hong Kong Film Festival – Trailer

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Exclusive: Jasmine is a psychological thriller from Shanghai Street Films that has been selected as part of the official lineup at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. It will have its world premiere on March 25 there. A Hong Kong-u.S. co-production, the English-language film marks the directorial debut of Dax Phelan who’s helming from his own script. Byron Mann (The Man With The Iron Fists), Jason Tobin (The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift), Eugenia Yuan (Memoirs… »


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UK-China Co-Production Treaty Ratified

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The UK government’s culture secretary Sajid Javad today announced that the co-production treaty between the UK and China has been formally ratified. Javid made the announcement while attending at the Great Festival of Creativity in Shanghai, China alongside Miao Xiaotian, president of the China Film Co-production Corporation. The deal, negotiated by the British Film Institute (BFI) and China's Film Bureau and China Film Co-production Corporation, with support from the… »


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‘James Bond’ Film Drops From ‘Power Rangers’ Bootleg Producer

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The producer behind the Power Rangers bootleg fan video is now taking on Bond. James Bond. The video is called James Bond: In Service Of Nothing and is an animated take this time around, using Sean Connery’s likeness. Asked if he is worried about similar legal issues as those he encountered with Saban Entertainment and the Power Rangers fan film, Adi Shankar said he can’t think about that. He says that he has a First Amendment right, that the business is changing at a… »


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‘Peace Officer’ SXSW Clip: Swat Veteran Takes On The Unit He Founded & Trained

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Exclusive: The topical documentary from directors Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber centers on William "Dub" Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained his rural state's first Swat team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Peace Officer follows an obsessed Dub as he investigates this and other recent officer-involved shootings in his community. The film also tackles larger questions about the use of… »


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‘Fifty Shades’ Is Uni’s Biggest R-Rated Film Abroad; Nears $500M Global B.O. – Update

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Report includes Monday updates Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s grasp on international audiences remains tight with the erotic love story coming in No. 1 for the 3rd consecutive weekend, per Universal and industry estimates. Adding $34.3M in 59 territorires, the bondage bonanza dropped about 43% and now has a total of $337M in offshore play. That takes it past the overseas lifetime of Universal’s highest-grossing original R-rated comedy, Ted, which topped out at $332.4M. It also… »


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‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Review: Pete Hammond Happily Checks In

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As I put it in my video review above, the movie business’ favorite set of geezers are back and in fine form in the sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Returning from the 2011 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are such stalwarts as Judi Dench, Maggie Smith (now playing co-manager of the hotel), Bill Nighy and Dev Patel, along with Tina Desai, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle and Celia Imrie. Also checking in are Tamsin Greig and, in a bit of a surprise but a… »


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Netflix Outbidding Movie Buyers? Near Whopping Deal For ‘Beasts Of No Nation’

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Exclusive: This is all going down right now, but I’m hearing that Netflix is near a deal to acquire Beasts Of No Nation, the new film by True Detective helmer Cary Fukunaga about the experiences of a child soldier fighting in a civil war in an African country. The movie has been screened quietly by Wme Global and Craig Emanuel, and numerous bids came in. I’m hearing that Netflix is closing a deal in the vicinity of $12 million for worldwide rights. The big play is for its… »


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‘Everly’ Producer Vega Baby Ramps Up With $25M-$30M Film Fund

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Exclusive: Indie filmmakers have a new source of funding. Vega Baby, the Singapore-based film production and distribution company, has set up a fund to finance two to three films a year with budgets up to $10 million. The company says it will finance projects from domestic and international partners, with a select number of films to be distributed through its releasing arm. Company officials say they're "committed to a filmmaker-friendly approach" while focusing on a… »

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Jennifer Lawrence, Steven Spielberg & Warner Bros Land War Photog Memoir ‘It’s What I Do’

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Exclusive: In a whirlwind auction, Warner Bros is closing a deal for It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life Of Love And War, a memoir by Lynsey Addario that has Steven Spielberg attached to direct and Jennifer Lawrence to star, with Andrew Lazar producing. The memoir has been the hot title since it was excerpted by The New York Times Magazine, and there were no shortage of bidders for the life of a woman who goes into the most dangerous places in the world in search of… »


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Driver On ‘Ridiculous Six’ Crew Recovering After Near-Fatal New Mexico Crash – Update

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Updated with more details: A craft services truck driver on Adam Sandler's Netflix comedy The Ridiculous Six is recovering after nearly being killed in a traffic accident two weeks ago in Santa Fe, Nm. "I'm taking it day by day," Monique Silva told Deadline today from her bed at the University of New Mexico Hospital. "I'm just happy to be here and to get a second chance at life and to fulfill God's reason for bringing me back." The single-vehicle accident happened shortly… »


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Drew Goddard Meeting To Script, Helm New ‘Spider-Man’

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Drew Goddard, who has been in the Spidey web when he was going to put together the spinoff film The Sinister Six, might be moving up. Rumors lately had him as the likely candidate to script and direct the next installment of the Spider-Man franchise. I’m told he’s got a meeting and there’s optimism this will lead to a deal but that it’s a bit premature. The Sinister Six spinoff, which focuses on Spidey’s various arch-villains and was supposed to broaden chances at making… »


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Movie Superheroes Will Pummel One Another’s Ticket Sales – Analyst

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Superhero movies saved the day for several studios during the past few years. But the films might lose their punch as Hollywood prepares to pummel multiplexes with big-budget films featuring characters who defy the laws of physics, Cowen and Co’s Doug Creutz says today in his annual take on profitability prospects for Hollywood. There is “cause for increasing concern that the major studios are all moving towards increasingly indistinguishable strategies, as they all put… »

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Driver Charged In ZombieWalk Crowd Incident At Comic-Con

2 March 2015 12:26 PM, PST

The deaf driver who hit and seriously injured a 64-year-old woman during Comic-Con in San Diego last July has been criminally charged in the matter. Matthew Pocci, 47, is facing one count of reckless driving with injury and one count of personal infliction of great bodily injury, according to the San Diego District Attorney’s office. He is expect in court for arraignment on March 9. Pocci was driving through San Diego with two other deaf adults and his child in the back… »

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