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Thomas Tull Exiting As Legendary’s Chairman & CEO

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Thomas Tull, who co-founded Legendary Entertainment 11 years ago before selling the company to Chinese conglom Dalian Wanda Group a year ago in January in a deal valued for $3.5B cash, is leaving his post as Chairman and CEO of Legendary. The exit of Tull follows news out of China that Dalian Wanda Group Co. posted its first sales decline in 11 years, despite the fact that income from its global film operations were up 31.4% last year. The investment in entertainment is… »


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‘Bad Day For The Cut’ Teaser: Bloody Revenge Visits Northern Ireland In Sundance Midnight Thriller

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Exclusive: Like a dose of methadone after a long night suffering terrible withdrawal comes the first teaser for the Sundance Film Festival’s Midnight thriller Bad Day For The Cut, a brutal Irish revenge tale that feels tailor-made for those of us who watch pics like Dead Man’s Shoes, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, and Get Carter on a loop whenever we need a pick-me-up. Directed by Chris Baugh and starring Nigel O’Neill, the film follows Donal (O’Neill), a farmer who still… »


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MGM Lands Sci-Fi Novella ‘Snapshot’

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Exclusive: MGM has acquired Snapshot, a novella by Brandon Sanderson. Broken Road Productions and Film 360 are producing. The tale is a sci-fi story about a detective assigned to Snapshot Duty. This is where society can create a snapshot of a specific day in time. The experiences people have, the paths they follow — all of them are real again for one day in the snapshot. All for the purposes of investigation by the court. The cop uses it as a way to find where a criminal… »


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Michael Mann On Muhammad Ali, Will Smith & His New Cut Of ‘Ali’

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Some 15 years after its release and a half year after the death of its subject, a new version of the Michael Mann film Ali is today being re-released on DVD. With a career performance by Will Smith as iconic fighter and Civil Rights era catalyst Muhammad Ali, Ali is slightly different than the version widely seen in late 2001. Mann added footage to existing scenes, and excised a ring sequence where an in-his- prime Ali dominated journeyman heavyweight opponent Cleveland… »


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Tax Incentives Boost On-Location Filming In L.A. To Record Levels

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On-location film and TV production hit record levels in Los Angeles last year – at least in recent years – thanks in large part to the state's upgraded $330 million annual film incentives program. On-location feature film production was up 6.2% over 2015, and on-location TV production was up 4.8%, despite a weak fourth quarter. Last year, L.A. saw 39,605 on-location shooting days, defined as one crew's permission to film at one or more locations served by FilmLA, the… »

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Tupac Shakur Biopic ‘All Eyez On Me’ Gets Summer Release From Lionsgate’s Summit

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The Tupac Shakur biopic from Morgan Creek has been given a summer release date, opening wide on June 16, 2017. Summit Entertainment is distributing All Eyez On Me, which chronicles the rapper's life and legacy including his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist and actor as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records, where he was steeped in the East Coast/West Coast rap war. Directed by Benny Boom from a script by Ed Gonzalez and… »


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Will Donald Trump Strip The FCC Of Some Of Its Regulatory Clout?

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Donald Trump is preparing to revamp the FCC, possibly turning some of its functions over to other government agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, Broadcasting and Cable reports. The President-elect met with his FCC transition team Friday and “is said to have signed off” on a plan endorsed by the FCC’s two Gop commissioners, Ajit Pai and Michael O’Reilly, the publication says. Trump met with Pai on Monday. Republicans will dominate the agency, joined by one… »


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‘XXX: Return Of Xander Cage’ Nabs Investment From China’s Huahua & Sfg

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In yet another hook-up between Paramount Pictures and Chinese money and marketing muscle, Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Group have made a worldwide investment in Vin Diesel-starrer xXx: Return Of Xander Cage. The news comes on the heels of the film’s early international previews in India, and on the eve of its near-day-and-date global release this week. Huahua and Sfg are making the undisclosed investment in the title from Paramount and Revolution Studios via a joint… »


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Richard Armitage Joins ‘Ocean’s Eight’ Cast

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Exclusive: British actor Richard Armitage, who's had roles in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit franchise and Alice Through the Looking Glass, has joined the cast of Ocean's Eight. Details of his character are being kept under wraps but he's in good company in the female-driven caper with stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter and James Corden. Gary Ross directs the spinoff for Warner Bros and… »


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Ed Norton, Bella Thorne & More Join Meryl Streep To Voice TWC’s ‘Guardian Brothers’

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In May last year, The Weinstein Co acquired most worldwide rights to The Guardian Brothers, the Chinese animated film it is re-voicing in English. Now joining the previously set cast of Meryl Streep, Mel Brroks and Nicole Kidman are Edward Norton, Jim Gaffigan, Bella Thorne, Mike Birbiglia and Randall Park. The film was released in China by Alibaba Pictures in January of 2016 under the original title, Little Door Gods, landing in the Top 10 of the international chart that… »


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Curzon To Be Honored At BAFTA Film Awards; Maisie Williams Joins Aardman’s ‘Early Man’ — Global Briefs

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UK banner Curzon, which operates arthouse cinemas across the country and distributes indie titles through its Curzon Artificial Eye, will be the recipient of this year's BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. The award, which is presented annually in honor of Michael Balcon, the Brit film producer known for his work with Ealing Studios, will be presented to Curzon at the British Academy Film Awards on February 12 at London's Royal Albert Hall… »


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Cinema Editors To Honor Thelma Schoonmaker & Janet Ashikaga

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The American Cinema Editors have selected Oscar winner Thelma Schoonmaker and Emmy winner Janet Ashikaga to receive the group’s Career Achievement awards during the 67th annual Ace Eddie Awards this month. Schoonmaker, a collaborator with Martin Scorsese since their first film together in 1967, has seven Oscar nominations and won for Raging Bull, The Aviator and The Departed. They most recently teamed on Silence, Scorsese’s passion project. Ashikaga’s credits among her 10… »


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‘Beatriz At Dinner’ Clip: Salma Hayek & John Lithgow’s Sundance Movie Offers Food For Thought

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Exclusive: With the 2017 Sundance Film Festival kicking off Thursday, here’s the first clip to bow for Beatriz At Dinner, the Miguel Arteta-directed drama penned by Mike White. The pic has its world premiere in the Premieres section of the fest and its first public screening is January 23 at Park City’s Eccles Theatre. To match the writer-director cred, the cast is loaded too: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Chloe Sevigny, Connie Britton, Amy Landecker, David Warshofsky and… »


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‘The Comedian’ Exclusive Clip: Robert De Niro Meets The Parent – Harvey Keitel

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Harvey Keitel imitating Robert De Niro – with De Niro watching none too pleased – adds more than a little history and subtext to this clip, exclusive to Deadline, from Taylor Hackford’s upcoming The Comedian. The impression itself? As De Niro indicates here, not too bad. “Let me do you!,” says Keitel’s Mac to De Niro’s Jackie. “I got you down.” The set-up: De Niro is a famous comedian trying to reinvent himself and leave his old TV persona and catchphrases behind. He’s… »


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Chris Columbus Boards Sundance Pic ‘Menashe’ As Ep

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Exclusive: Chris Columbus has come aboard as executive producer of Menashe, the Yiddish-language drama from Joshua Z. Weinstein that is having its world premiere in the Next section of the Sundance Film Festival which kicks off this week. Columbus and Eleanor Columbus will now Ep executive produce the film under their Maiden Voyage Pictures, which counts recent credits including The Witch, Tallulah and Mediterranea. It also has Geremy Jasper’s Patti Cake$ premiering in… »


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Benelux Distributor The Searchers Signs Slate Co-Financing Deal With Anton Corp.

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Exclusive: Antwerp-based Benelux distributor The Searchers has closed a slate co-financing deal with Anton Corp., the parent company of Anton Capital Entertainment. Under the deal, Anton will partner on all upcoming Searchers releases, as well as future acquisitions. The two companies expect to partner on around 15 releases per year. The Searchers was officially launched at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival and has since closed deals on some prolific titles up for grabs in… »

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‘Hidden Figures’ Calculates $27M+ Weekend, ‘Rogue’ Passes $500M, Other Movies Bomb Over Mlk -Tuesday Am Update

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7th Writethru, Tuesday Am: Hidden Figures had a phenomenal Monday for Fox and Chernin Entertainment, dropping only about 4% Sunday from Monday to push its four-day gross to an estimated $27.4M. Disney/Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just surpassed $500M domestically after a four-day tally of roughly $16.6M, estimates show. Also reaping the benefit of yesterday’s push into theaters was Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s Sing, which dropped a mere 3% Sun… »


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‘Tower’ Survivors Embrace Animation Approach, Director Keith Maitland Says – TCA

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Keith Maitland says he had concerns when approaching survivors of the August 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas about making his PBS documentary, Tower, as to how they would feel about being turned into “a cartoon.” “When you make the decision to call somebody out of the blue and say you want to talk to them about the worst thing that has happened to you and I’m going to turn it into a cartoon … you’re bound to ruffle some feathers or turn people off,” he… »


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Isabelle Huppert Adds Another Honor As Oscar Noms Loom

16 January 2017 12:24 PM, PST

Best Actress Golden Globe winner and presumed Oscar Best Actress nominee Isabelle Huppert was honored in Paris this evening by Unifrance, the organization that promotes French cinema worldwide. At the Ministry of Culture, Huppert accepted the French Film Award in recognition of all of her work, and particularly Elle which has scored her a raft of prizes since debuting in Cannes last year. A tireless traveler who nevertheless suffers from a fear of flying, Huppert's… »


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Gerald Levin To Donald Trump On Rep. John Lewis: Have You No Sense Of Decency, Sir?

16 January 2017 11:37 AM, PST

Former AOL-Time Warner CEO Gerald Levin writes guest columns for Deadline when the spirit moves him. Like it has today, on Mlk Day, on the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S. president, and the controversy over his reaction to comments made by iconic Civil Rights reformer and Georgia congressman John Lewis. Rep Lewis was in attendance in 2001 when Levin received the Mlk Award from Coretta Scott King and her son, Dexter Scott King. An open letter to… »


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