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‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ Sequel Adds David Sakurai

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Exclusive: Danish-Japanese actor David Sakurai is set for Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them sequel, the second film in J.K. Rowling's five picture Harry Potter prequel series. David Yates is at the helm once again, along with star Eddie Redmayne as Newt ScamanderJohnny Depp as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, and franchise newcomer Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore. The film opens in 1927, a few months after magizoologist Scamander helped to unveil… »


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YouTube Red Closes $3.5M Deal For Morgan Spurlock’s Toronto Docu ‘Super Size Me 2’

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Updated, 10:38 Am: In its biggest festival film buy, YouTube Red closed the $3.5 million deal for the Morgan Spurlock-directed  Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!, as Deadline scooped on September 8. They’ve confirmed the deal this morning, and the press release is below the original break, which came early in the Toronto Film Festival just as the first screening of the docu was getting underway. Earlier Exclusive, September 8, 12:08 Pm: The Morgan Spurlock-directed Super Size… »


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Tyler Labine, ‘Insecure’s Jay Ellis & Nik Dodani Join Sony’s ‘The Maze’

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Exclusive: Tyler Labine, Jay Ellis, and Nik Dodani have enlisted in Sony’s The Maze, the psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to survive. The trio joins previously announced cast Deborah Ann Woll, Logan Miller and Taylor Russell in the film, which Adam Robitel is directing. The project, said to be in the vein of David Fincher’s 1997 film The Game, is being produced by Neal Moritz and… »


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Thomas Mann Signs With UTA

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Exclusive: UTA has signed Thomas Mann, the up and coming actor who popped in starring roles in Project X and Me and Earl and The Dying Girl. He has also co-starred in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Beautiful Creatures and most recently the Jordan Vogt-Roberts-directed Kong: Skull Island. Mann will next be seen starring in the Nicole Holofcener-directed The Land Of Steady Habits. The actor took meetings with the majors and chose UTA. He continues to be managed by… »


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Hollywood Reporter Sued For $5M Over “False” Sony Hack Coverage

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Hollywood is closing in on the third anniversary of the massive Sony hack, but The Hollywood Reporter and its former owner have just been hit by a new $5 million defamation lawsuit over its coverage of the attack that could draw fresh blood. "Callously indifferent to the devastation its Article would visit upon Ms. Basile, Prometheus published with negligence and with knowledge of falsity and reckless disregard for truth or falsity in order to reap the benefits of… »

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‘Stronger’, ‘Battle Of The Sexes’, ‘Victoria & Abdul’ Launch Busy Fall – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Three big titles, based on true stories and likely factoring in this year's awards race, are opening a very busy weekend of Specialty newcomers. Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in Fox Searchlight's Battle Of the Sexes, following its debut at the Toronto Film Festival. Also out of that festival is David Gordon Green's Stronger with Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany and Miranda Richardson, which had an exclusive bash earlier this week in New York. Roadside Attractions is… »


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Big Lit News: Howie Sanders, Kassie Evashevski Exit UTA For Anonymous Content

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Exclusive: Longtime UTA partners and book department co-heads Howie Sanders and Kassie Evashevski are leaving the agency. They are moving to the Anonymous Content, where they will transition to producer/managers and establish a dedicated literary rights division. Agency staff is being told right now. Sanders has been at UTA around two decades, and Evashevski half that long, joining in 2007 after a decade as a manager at Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Before that she… »


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Oscilloscope Scores ‘Sollers Point’ Ahead Of San Sebastian Premiere

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Exclusive: Oscilloscope has acquired North American rights to Sollers Point, the new film from Matthew Porterfield that stars McCaul Lombardi, Jim Belushi and Atlanta‘s Zazie Beetz. A 2018 theatrical release is planned, with the deal sealed before the film has its world premiere next week at the San Sebastian Film Festival. The plot centers on Keith (Lombardi, from American Honey), a 24-year-old newly released from prison and living with his father (Belushi) under house… »


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Voltage In Talks For Rod Lurie-Directed ‘Black Eyed Susans’

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Exclusive: Voltage Pictures is in advanced negotiations to acquire Black Eyed Susans, a screenplay written by Rod Lurie and his wife, author Kyra Davis. Script is based on the bestselling Ballantine novel by Julia Heaberlin, and Lurie will direct it. Pic will be a co-production between Voltage, and Lurie’s Battleplan Production banner. Marc Frydman, who has produced Lurie’s directing projects, will produce this one with Voltage’s Nic Chartier. Black-Eyed Susans is a… »


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Leonardo DiCaprio Invests In Vr Company MindMaze

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Leonardo DiCaprio has become an investor and also advisor in MindMaze, a neuro-computing company that has been building mind-machine interfaces. Yes, it sounds all Arthur C. Clarke, but this company which captures brain activity and has already been used successfully in the healthcare industry to speed up rehab from strokes and brain injuries, is now looking to expand into virtual reality. The Vr industry is getting ready to explode and in the next year we expect a big… »


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Director Darren Aronofsky Defends ‘Mother!’ As “A Punk Movie” Designed To Provoke

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Film director Darren Aronofsky has defended his much-maligned film, mother!, calling it “a punk movie” that was designed to elicit the strong reactions it has garnered from critics and audiences. Speaking with radio host John Horn in a Q &A following a recent screening at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Aronofsky seemed to side with the harshest of his critics when he admitted, “How, if you walk out of this movie, are you not going to give it an ‘F… »


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Nina Dobrev Joins Ken Marino’s ‘Dog Days’ Pic, Filming Roger Avary’s ‘Lucky Day’

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Exclusive: Just over a week before the re-imagined Flatliners comes out, Nina Dobrev is keeping her days full with two new projects. Currently filming Roger Avary's Lucky Day in Toronto, The Vampire Diaries alum also is joining Ken Marino's sophomore feature directing effort Dog Days, I've learned. Dobrev will play Good Day Seattle host Elizabeth in the canine-connected ensemble comedy from the West Hot American Summer vet. The character relies on her pet through life and… »


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Josh Greenstein Re-Ups At Sony As Marketing & Distribution President For Three More Years

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Josh Greenstein has been re-upped for three years as president of worldwide marketing and distribution at Sony Pictures Entertainment's Motion Picture Group. He will continue to report to Spe Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman. This comes as Greenstein and his team are overseeing the launch of the global campaign for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on December 22 and the launch of the international marketing campaign for Blade Runner 2049 which bows domestically… »


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Oscars: Russia Enters Andrey Zvyagintsev’s ‘Loveless’ In Foreign Language Race

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Russia has selected Andrey Zvyagintsev's Cannes Jury Prize winner Loveless as its entry into the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. This is the director's third time repping his country after 2003's Venice Golden Lion winner The Return and 2014's Leviathan. The latter took the Best Screenplay trophy in Cannes that year, as well as winning the Foreign Language Golden Globe and scoring an Oscar nomination. Sony Pictures Classics acquired all North and Latin American… »


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Skybound And Universal Pics Developing Feature Based On Comic Series ‘Kill The Minotaur’

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Skybound Entertainment and Universal Pictures are developing a feature based on the Christian Cantamessa and Chris Pasetto's comic series Kill the Minotaur, a modern, fantastical tale which was released as a comic series in June and includes the artwork of Lukas Ketner and Jean-Francois Beaulieu. The feature is part of Skybound's first look deal with Universal. Skybound's Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst, and Sean Furst are expected as producers. Skybound is the… »


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Peter Bart: In A Polarized U.S., Hollywood Struggles To Find The Mainstream

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The great Gil Cates, who produced 14 Academy Award shows, used to tell me, "I want people to express themselves on the show, but I don't think our audience wants political noise." If Cates were around today, he would have to brace himself. The media community is in an angry mood, as was evident at the Emmy Awards, and that anger is going to be difficult to tamp down by Oscar time. "I feel an infinite rage," Darren Aronofsky told a group of Academy voters this week. His… »


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Sony Pictures Classics Closes Israeli Foreign Language Oscar Entry ‘Foxtrot’

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Update: Sony Pictures Classics has firmed its deal for North American and other rights to Foxtrot, confirming a Deadline scoop that broke just as the film won eight Ophir Awards in Israel, including Best Picture and Best Director for Samuel Maoz. This comes on top of its Grand Jury Prize win at Venice and gives Spc a leading entry in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. Spc’s release follows the original story. Earlier Exclusive, September 19, 1:46 Pm Pst: Foxtrot… »


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Adam Baldwin Cast In ‘The Kid’; Denise Richards, Joey Lawrence Join ‘Pistachio’

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Vincent D'Onofrio’s directorial debut film, The Kid, has added Adam Baldwin to play Bob Orlinger in the film about infamous gunfighter Billy the Kid. He joins Ethan Hawke, Dane DeHaan as Billy the Kid, and newcomer Jake Schur in a Western, told through the view of a young boy who reaches out to his outlaw hero to help save his kidnapped sister. The script is by Andrew Lanham with Jordan Schur producing under his Mimran Schur Pictures/Suretone Pictures banner, alongside… »


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Afm 2017: Films From 32 Female Directors To Screen; Only Four Are U.S. Produced

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Exclusive: We’re still six weeks from the start of the America Film Market, but so far there are 32 films from female directors that will be screened, sold or premiering at the market. Only four of those films — or 13% — were produced in the U.S.: Lynne Southerland's Cinderella and The Secret Prince, Elizabeth Rohrbaugh’s Becks, Rebecca Addelman’s Paper Year and Tali Shalom-Ezer’s My Days of Mercy. The Lili Fini Zanuck-helmed Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars also is… »


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‘Peter Rabbit’ Trailer: James Corden Hops In As The Kid-Lit Legend

21 September 2017 11:33 AM, PDT

This party animal is sportin’ a blue jacket but no pants. He treats fellow woodland creatures to an “all you can eat” in a garden, even the fox who tried to make hasenpfeffer out of him. He hosts a swingin’ bash — well, “hosts” is not the correct verb, as the place clearly isn’t his. Then again, neither is the garden. Meet Peter Rabbit, titular star of Sony’s live-action/animation hybrid. Check out the first trailer above. While this likely isn’t the way Beatrix Potter… »


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