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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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’

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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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‘Best Of Enemies’ Review: William F. Buckley Jr. & Gore Vidal Invent Shout TV

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In 1968, ABC couldn’t seem to get arrested in trying to compete for news viewers with CBS and NBC. So when the time came to cover that year’s Republican and Democratic Presidential conventions, the network came up with the go-for-broke idea of bringing in arch right-wing pundit William F. Buckley Jr. against arch left-wing pundit and author Gore Vidal. Fireworks commenced even beyond the network’s wildest dreams, and it actually scored in the ratings. Oddly enough, those… »


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Jason Bateman’s Aggregate Extends Universal Deal Through 2017

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Exclusive: Jason Bateman's Aggregate label has been extended another two years at Universal Pictures. Bateman has had a first-look deal there since 2012 and in that time has grown into the role as producer as well as the director of Bad Words and then the Toronto Film Festival-bound The Family Fang. His new deal runs through 2017, and he has hired as an executive Aaron Schmidt, who had been a VP at Kevin McCormick’s Warner Bros-based Langley Park. Aggregate produced the… »


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Rachel Dratch, Holland Taylor Sign On To David Lindsay-Abaire’s ‘Ripcord’ World Premiere

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There are three great actresses whose names include “Mary” and “Louise,” each with a different spelling and all associated with the Manhattan Theatre Club, where the new comedy Ripcord will have its world premiere in the fall. Mary-Louise Parker, who recently earned triumphal reviews for her performance in Heisenberg at Mtc, has nothing at all to do with Ripcord. Marylouise Burke is starring in Ripcord. Mary Louise Wilson was also set to star in Ripcord but has withdrawn… »


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‘An Open Secret’ Producers Accuse Amy Berg of Not Supporting Documentary

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In a rare move, the producers of An Open Secret, the documentary about child molesters in Hollywood that bombed recently at the box office, are blasting the film's director Amy Berg for not supporting it, saying she turned down "dozens" of requests for press interviews. Berg, who gave interviews to many media outlets — including Deadline — didn't do any major broadcast news interviews. It's doubtful, however, that those would have helped the film's prospects much anyway… »


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Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media Finally Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

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After weeks of public bloodletting, rumors and lawsuits, Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today in Manhattan. That stops the clock on the mounting overdue debt payments that have paralyzed the company. What is most surprising about today’s development is that Kavanaugh remains in place atop Relativity — at least for the time being. "Our board and management team explored a variety of options to refinance Relativity's debt, and… »


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New ‘Black Mass’ Trailer – How The FBI Helped Create A Criminal Empire

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Following the first look from April that introduced us to Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger is a new full length trailer for Warner Bros’ Black Mass. Unlike previous clips which have emphasized Depp’s unsettling and predatory performance, the new clip makes Bulger a background figure and brings the film’s frame – the FBI slowly realizing that Bulger had created a criminal empire with the help of corrupted FBI agents – to the fore. The film… »


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Sean Malone Dies: ‘The Fighter’ Actor Was 54

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Actor Sean Malone, known for his roles in The Fighter and Gone Baby Gone, has died, nine days after he was pulled unconscious from the water at a South Boston beach. He was 54. The Boston Fire Department announced his death last night on Twitter. Sean Malone succumbed to his injuries this evening surrounded by his son Sean, parents and siblings at Boston Medical Center — Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) July 30, 2015 Malone played Wolfie in the 2007 film The Fighter… »


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David Glasser Resigning As Weinstein Company COO After Seven-Year Run

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Exclusive: David Glasser has tendered his resignation to the board of The Weinstein Company, which sets the stage for the COO to transition out of the company after seven years there. This has been an evolving situation after Glasser resigned; Bob and Harvey Weinstein and TWC’s Comp Committee initially continued trying to persuade him to stay on, but they have come around to the fact that that Glasser will move on after he helps to transition a replacement for the indie… »


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‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Financiers Sue Hackers As Malaysian Corruption Scandal Widens

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The money men behind The Wolf Of Wall Street and Dumb And Dumber To seem to have been besieged by a high-tech version of notorious crank callers the Jerky Boys as political turmoil swirls in Malaysia. In a filing in federal court yesterday against anonymous defendants, Red Granite Pictures, whose principal Riza Aziz is the stepson of Malaysian Prime Minister, says it has been the target of unattributed harassment and hacking. "Upon information and belief, on an unknown… »


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New Regency Borrows $200M For Its Film & TV Productions

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Fortress Investment Group led the $200 million in new capital commitments, in the form of a five-year loan, for New Regency’s film and TV production plans, the companies announced this morning. The “overwhelming support” from Fortress and existing lenders “further strengthens our position to seize new and exciting opportunities moving forward," New Regency founder Arnon Milchan says. J.P. Morgan Securities Managing Director David Shaheen, whose firm arranged the loan… »


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Netflix Launches First Film ‘Beasts Of No Nation’ In 19 Landmark Theaters

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Moments after Deadline broke news in March that Netflix had acquired the Cary Fukunaga-directed Idris Elba prestige film Beasts Of No Nation as its first major theatrical film, Nato theater chains pledged they would not play the film. Today, Netflix has revealed that it is partnering with distributor Bleecker Street and the Landmark theater chain to gives its first theatrical feature a movie house presence to go along with its global launch on the streaming service. The… »


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Brie Larson In First Trailer For ‘Room’, Lenny Abrahamson’s Mama Drama

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Now that the fall festivals are unveiling their lineups, trailers are beginning to emerge for some of the buzziest titles that will also head into the awards season corridor. Room is one of them. The Lenny Abrahamson-helmed drama about a mother’s boundless love was acquired by A24 at Cannes 2014, and this year FilmNation sold out international on the Riviera where Universal took multiple key territories off of a promo. Today, we’re getting a first look at the captivity… »


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‘Spotlight’ Trailer: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo Uncover Church Sex-Abuse Scandal

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Directed and co-written by Oscar-nominee Tom McCarthy, the highly-anticipated drama Spotlight is world premiering out of competition in Venice next month, before heading to Toronto as a Special Presentation. Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton star in the true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that rocked a city and one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. Set in 2002, the film follows the dedicated members of the news team as they… »


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Sony Profits Swell In Q1; Film Unit Suffers Loss

30 July 2015 12:34 AM, PDT

Sony beat analyst estimates with a 38.8% increase in operating profit for the first quarter of 2015, but its pictures division incurred a $96M loss with no breakout hits released during the period. Revenues overall were flat, largely down to a decrease in smartphopne and LCD TV sales which were offset by foreign exchange rates. Net income for the corporation rose more than 207% to $665M. The movie and TV division saw an 11.9% drop in sales and operating revenues to $1.4B… »

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