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Publicists Guild Awards: ‘This Is Us’, ‘Deadpool’ Among Winners

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The publicists branch of the International Cinematographers Guild unveiled winners today during its 54th annual Publicists Awards luncheon at the Beverly Hilton. The teams from NBC’s This Is Us and XXX took home Showmanship honors among seven competitive categories. The guild also honored Denzel Washington (Motion Picture Showman of the Year), Ryan Murphy (Television Showman of the Year), DreamWorks New Media chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg (Lifetime Achievement Award) and… »


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Oscar Jaenada Cast In ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’; Jordan Bridges Joins Stx’s ‘Den Of Thieves’

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Oscar Jaenada has boarded Terry Gilliam’s long-delayed pic The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, joining Adam Driver and Olga Kurylenko. It’s about an advertising exec who returns to his Spanish village, where as a student he made a film based on Don Quixote, only to get entangled in a series of catastrophes. Gilliam co-wrote the script with Tony Grisoni and Amazon Studios will distribute the film domestically. Repped by Paradigm, Grandview and Ziffren, Jaenada’s upcoming film… »


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Viacom’s Bob Bakish Completes First Week Of Meetings For Brad Grey’s Paramount Successor

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The week began with the exit of Brad Grey as Paramount chairman and CEO, and ends with a flurry of meetings that Viacom chief Bob Bakish and Hr guy Scott Mills conducted with a swelling list of potential replacements. Here’s a little gossip that people will be talking about this weekend, along with a collective dread associated with a possible WGA strike when that contract ends in May. The list of candidates who either met with Bakish, or will on his next trip to La… »


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Encore: Oscar Producers Mike De Luca & Jennifer Todd Ponder Trump, Hopes & Anxieties Going Into Hollywood’s Big Night

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Editors Note: This story originally ran on February 15, 2017. Exclusive: The long relationship between Academy Awards producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd goes back to his storied tenure as New Line’s wunderkind bad-boy production president, when she produced the first of three Austin Powers films. De Luca is now the Oscar-nominated producer of the Fifty Shades Of Grey trilogy, Moneyball and The Social Network. He’s forever shortlisted for every big studio… »


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‘My Life As A Zucchini’ Review: Oscar-Nominated Toon Has No End Of Wonders

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As this big weekend kicks off, it seems entirely appropriate to be reviewing the last of this year’s Oscar nominees to be released in U.S. theaters. That would be the wondrous Swiss animated feature My Life as a Zucchini, which Gkids opens today in both its original French as well as English-language version. It seems like we have been talking about this charmer for months – and we have. As I say in my video review above, the film made its debut as Ma Vie un Courgette in… »


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‘Little Boxes’ Will Unpack In Theaters In April

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Exclusive: Little Boxes, Rob Meyer’s film about a bi-racial kid in a lily white town that premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, has just been acquired for theatrical distribution by Gunpowder & Sky Distribution. The film, which earned critical raves at the festival, will bow two months from now on April 14 in 10 markets. This comes after Netflix picked up streaming rights during Tribeca in what was considered one of the more substantial deals of the… »


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César Awards Winners Announced (Live)

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Refresh for latest…: France's César Awards are being handed out tonight in Paris with Paul Verhoeven's Elle and Francois Ozon's Frantz leading this year's nominations. The pictures have 11 mentions each for France's equivalent to the Oscar. Elle was France's submission for the Foreign Language Oscar, but failed to make the shortlist. However, the Sbs Productions title, which Sony Pictures Classics has domestically, has ridden a wave of awards-season love with Isabelle Hupp… »


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‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Whips Past $300M At Worldwide Box Office

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Universal PicturesFifty Shades Darker has roped a pair of new milestones, whipping past $200M at the international box office and $300M globally. Through Thursday, the sequel to 2015 smash S&M love story Fifty Shades of Grey has grossed $207.8M overseas and $303.7M worldwide. Domestically, there’s $95.9M in the play room through yesterday. The James Foley-helmed erotic noir dominated both international and worldwide box office across its first two weeks. Offshore, it… »


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Moviegoers Will ‘Get Out’ Of The House & Spend $26.5M-$28M On Jordan Peele’s Directorial Debut – Midday B.O. Update

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2nd Update, 11:36Am: Early matinees indicate that Universal/Blumhouse’s Get Out is on its way to scare up an opening between $26.5M-$28M. Even if these industry projections calm down to the lower $20Ms by tonight, the Jordan Peele-directed movie will deliver both studios’ its second back-to-back hit after M. Night Shyamalan’s Split last month, which just cracked past $200M. Get Out will easily slot the top spot giving Uni/Blumhouse their fourth No. 1 opening together… »


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Patty Freedman Dies: Theater Publicist & Actress Was 64

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Patty Freedman, co-owner of the Andrew E. Freedman Public Relations firm and a former actress under her birth name Patty Dworkin, has died. She was 64. Her husband Andrew said she died February 17 of breast cancer in New York. As Patty Dworkin, Freedman began her theater career in Ohio with the Kenley Players, a popular Midwestern summer stock troupe. She eventually graduated to Broadway, appearing in such productions as See Saw, Shenandoah and Sly Fox. She was performing… »


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‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ Grosses Big $33M In China On First Day; Third Highest For Hollywood Film

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Exclusive: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Sony’s sixth film in the franchise, directed by Paul Anderson, grossed a whopping $33M (including previews) in China on its first day in theaters, according to box office reports in the country. Some reports have it at $32M and others at $33.5M. It’s marks third-highest opening day in China for a Hollywood film, behind only Universal’s Furious 7 (which had an opening day of $68M) and Universal’s Warcraft ($46M). The opening is… »


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Amy Adams’ ‘Arrival’ Flies Past $100M; 3rd Oscar Best Picture Nominee To Hit Mark

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It’s been quite a ride for Arrival, the sci-fi movie starring Amy Adams that Paramount scooped up close to three years ago at the Cannes Film Festival for a record $20 million. As we forecasted last month, the Denis Villeneuve-directed movie was destined to hit the century mark before Oscar night, becoming the third Best Picture nominee this year to do so after 20th Century Fox’s Hidden Figures (currently $146.9M) and Lionsgate’s La La Land ($136.2M). For Adams… »


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‘Bitter Harvest’, ‘My Life As A Zucchini’ & ‘Dying Laughing’ Offer Oscar Weekend Alternatives – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Roadside Attractions is looking to take advantage of an Oscar-overloaded audience with its war drama Bitter Harvest, starring Max Irons and Samantha Barks. The company has tapped Ukrainian-Americans for the title's opening weekend in three dozen markets. Gkids on Friday opens its Swiss-French animated film My Life As A Zucchini, which is up for an Animated Feature Oscar this Sunday, while Gravitas Ventures digs into comedy with documentary Dying Laughing by Lloyd Stanton… »


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Asghar Farhadi Expected To Speak From Iran During UTA Rally

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Exclusive: Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director of the Oscar-nominated foreign film The Salesman who decided to boycott the Academy Awards ceremony due to President Donald Trump’s initial travel ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries, is expected to make his first public appearance at the UTA rally this afternoon. Deadline hears that arrangements are being made for the director to either be Skyped in or speak via video from Iran for the rally that will bring… »


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Wanda Group Takes Equity Stakes In TWC’s ‘Lion’ & ‘The Current War’

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Exclusive: Wanda Group has taken an equity stake in Best Picture nominee Lion and has committed to distribute the film in China in a deal closing with The Weinstein Company. Bringing aboard the world’s largest cinema chain operator gives a boost to an underdog film still rolling out and has grossed more than $100 million globally and is closing on $40 million domestic. This extends the relationship between TWC and film-hungry Wanda, which co-produced with TWC the Antoine… »

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Martin Scorsese To Be Given John Ford Award From Ireland’s President

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His film The Irishman, starring Robert De Niro, may have controversially moved to Netflix earlier this week, but Martin Scorsese is being honored by another Irish man this weekend as the Emerald Isle's President Michael D. Higgins presents the director with the prestigious John Ford Award from the Irish Film and Television Academy. The Irish-American filmmaker will touch down in Dublin for a Masterclass on Saturday moderated by Northern Irish director Brian Kirk, where… »


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IMAX China 2016 Profits Fall 13% In Wake Of Box Office Slump

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IMAX China has reported a 13% drop in profits year-on-year, which it says is primarily a reflection of weaker box office in the Middle Kingdom coupled with the company's installation of a record 34 additional theaters. The company reported adjusted profits of $37.6M, down 13%, for 2016. Revenues, however, were up 7.2% at $118.5M for the year, while gross profit was recorded at $69.3M, or 58.5% of revenues. This comes after the Chinese currency suffered a 7% depreciation… »

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Sen. Kamala Harris At CAA Take Action Day: We Are In “The Post-11/8 Era”

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The Sen. Kamala Harris talk at CAA Take Action Day ended up being the most attended of the many conversations and panels on Thursday that ranged from immigration and the environment to politics, politics, politics. It was standing-room only as the 224-seat theater became a fire marshal’s nightmare. People lined the entrance and walls and sat on the stairs. CAA employees were asked to give up their seats and go into the overflow room. Guests in attendance included director… »


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Peter Bart: Gay Talese’s Famed “Frank Sinatra Has A Cold” Becomes Hot Movie Project

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It is every journalist's dream: Publish an article and movie producers start chasing the film rights. That's the situation Gay Talese finds himself in, but there's a twist: He wrote the article for Esquire over 50 years ago. It was called "Frank Sinatra Has A Cold" – not a very promising title, but the piece acquired its own mythology, becoming a model for a breakout genre called "The New Journalism." I came upon the Talese-Sinatra deal saga (details later) in a… »


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‘Nightwing’ Next Up To Bat As Warner Bros DC Pic

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The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay is in negotiations to helm what would be a live-action film based on Nightwing, a part of the Batman mythology, Deadline has confirmed. Bill Debuque, who penned the screenplay for the Ben Affleck starrer The Accountant, is writing the screenplay. Affleck, of course, plays Batman in the DC Universe movies, including in stand-alone The Batman, which he co-wrote and was to direct before exiting. Matt Reeves landed that helming job… »


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