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Universal Wins ‘The Grownup’; ‘Gone Girl’ Author Gillian Flynn Short Story Sells In High-Six-Figure Deal

2 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Universal Pictures is tying down a deal to make a movie out of The Grownup, a package built around the short story by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Natalie Krinsky is attached to adapt the tale, and Mike De Luca and Flynn will produce together what is her first big project since Gone Girl became a big hit movie. Studios read the short story and were pitched the material earlier this week, and the bids are hitting the table today. Sources tell me the deal will… »


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Transformers 5, 6 and 7 release dates confirmed

10 hours ago | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Transformers are going to be arriving annually, starting in 2017.

Well, we're getting three Transformers films in three years starting in 2017. And, we'd imagine, this is just the beginning.

Michael Bay has already confirmed that he's going to direct one of them - Transformers 5 - and then he plans to hand the series over to someone else. Paramount has an aggressive plan for a movie universe of Transformers features, and the announcement of three release dates suggests that the series is going to move to an annual schedule.

Transformers 5 is now confirmed in the U.S. for June 23, 2017. Then, Transformers 6 will follow on June 8, 2018. Transformers 7, meanwhile, will follow on June 28, 2019. June, it seems, will be Transformers month for the next few years. We'd imagine the UK release dates will mirror their Us counterparts.

We don't know yet who's directing Transformers 6 and Transformers 7, but we'll keep you posted. »


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Lethal Weapon Pilot Ordered at Fox, Damon Wayans Sr. to Star

8 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Fox is moving forward with its Lethal Weapon adaptation, greenlighting a pilot and casting Damon Wayans Sr. as the co-lead.

The 1987 film starred Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as polar-opposite LAPD detectives Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh who become reluctant partners.

Wayans will follow in Glover’s footsteps by playing Det. Murtaugh, who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life. Casting for the role of Riggs is underway.

The project represents a bit of a homecoming for Wayans, »


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New Film Death House Is Billed As The Expendables Of Horror

4 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

A new horror film will unite all of the icons of the genre in one epic, bloody fight for survival, similar to the lassoing in of action legends in The Expendables franchise. Dubbed Death House, the movie will focus on the “Area 51 of evil,” where a government facility holds all of humanity’s worst death-dealers underground.

Who are they? You’ll probably recognize a bunch of icons from movies like A Nightmare on Elm Street and Re-AnimatorRobert Englund, Danny Trejo, Michael Berryman, Kane Hodder, Dee Wallace, Bill Moseley, Barbara Crampton, Doug Bradley, Ken Foree, Camille Keaton and Don Shanks, among others.

Gunnar Hansen, the face of Leatherface in the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, was set to be in the film before he passed away last November from pancreatic cancer. Hansen wrote the script for the film before he died, while Harrison Smith is set to direct the mayhem. »


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Margot Robbie Set To Headline Vaughn Stein’s Noir Thriller Terminal

10 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Adding to a slate that is already bursting at the seams, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Suicide Squad actress Margot Robbie has sealed a deal to headline new noir thriller, Terminal.

News emerges from the ongoing Berlin Film Festival, revealing that Robbie joins the Vaughn Stein feature as Annie. Less a femme fatale and more a complex, morally ambiguous lead, the little details that were disclosed indicate that her character will cross paths with a pair of hitmen – or, rather, they cross paths with her.

Embarking on a suicide gig, the two hired guns are tasked with completing a mysterious mission, and the introduction of Robbie looks set to throw a spanner in the works, as she could be more involved in their employer’s devious plan than first thought.

Based on a script by Stein himself, Terminal will be produced by David Barron of BeaglePug and Molly Hassell, »


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Record Breaker? Some Box Office Records 'Deadpool' May Be Hunting

11 February 2016 3:21 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Deadpool is the weekend's most anticipated new release and it will begin screening tonight, Thursday, at 7Pm in theaters across the country. As a result, talk of the film breaking records is one thing we didn't focus on in our weekend preview, but there could be a few up for grabs for the newest comic book adaptation. BoxOfficeMojo remained conservative in its opening weekend projection for the film, expecting something in the $62 million range for the three-day and $72 million for the four-day weekend. As impressive as those numbers are, there is a possibility Deadpool busts down the front-door and starts blowing away records right away. For starters, the record for the largest Thursday preshow in the month of February is currently held by Fifty Shades of Grey at $8.6 million from 2,830 theaters starting at 8 Pm. Deadpool will begin its run an hour earlier and is expected to play in 2,500+ theaters, some »


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Michael Pena Adds Voice to Oscar Diversity Controversy

13 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actor Michael Pena weighed in on the Oscar diversity controversy Friday at a press conference for John Michael McDonagh’s “War on Everyone,” which world premieres at the Berlin Film Festival today.

Asked if it would change anything, Pena said: “I think it’s going to make a difference because there’s a dialogue now and we are all talking about it. I think it’ll change.”

After Pena’s “War on Everyone” co-star Alexander Skarsgard said “those are like champagne problems,” Pena added: “There are 20 actors nominated and they are all white, so… I can’t point to one performance and say: that guy or that girl should have been nominated, but systemically, yeah, I think it is a problem that there is not more diversity, and that there are not more great characters in movies and television for people who aren’t white.”

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Candice Bergen Says Her Date with Donald Trump Was 'Short' - but She Does Remember His Burgundy Limo

14 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Candice Bergen could have been a Trump. "We had a blind date in college," the actress told People at the American Songbook Gala Thursday evening in New York City about her brief encounter with Donald Trump. For Bergen, 70, the sparks just didn't fly. "It was a very short evening," Bergen said. Trump revealed last August that he had asked Bergen out when they were both attending the prestigious Wharton School of Business. And she still doesn't feel much of a connection to the Republican presidential hopeful. Bergen told reporters that she is a supporter of Hillary Clinton. "I have no memory of it, »


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Film Factory, Mod, Board Caetano’s ‘Sun’ (Exclusive)

8 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film Factory and Mod Producciones have both boarded film noir “Beneath the Burning Sun,” from Israel Adrian Caetano, one of the driving forces of the New Argentine Cinema.

Vicente CanalesFilm Factory, which sold hits “Wild Tales” and “The Clan,” has acquired world sales rights and will introduce “Burning Sun” to buyers at the European Film Market.

“Burning Sun” is lead-produced by Argentina’s Rizoma Cinema, headed by Hernan Musaluppi and Natacha Cervi, and stars Leonardo Sbaraglia (“Wild Tales”) and Daniel Hendler (“Lost Embrace”); it is being co-produced by Mod (“Biutiful”), as well as Uruguay’s Oriental Features and France’s Gloria Films.

Currently shooting, “Burning Sun” is set in an Argentinian town where the enforcers of the once repressive apparatus of the country’s dictatorship still go about their business, such as killing people. When his mother and brother are gunned down, Cetarti (Hendler) arrives to collect their life insurance, »


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Janusz Kaminski Grabs Director’s Chair for ‘The Postcard Killings’ (Exclusive)

16 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Steven Spielberg’s regular cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, who has been Oscar-nominated six times and won twice, is attached to direct crime thriller “The Postcard Killings,” which Good Films will finance and produce. Sierra Affinity is handling international sales.

Liza Marklund and Tove Alsterdal penned the screenplay, based on James Patterson and Marklund’s 2010 novel. The film will shoot in New York, Munich, Stockholm, northern Sweden and possibly Norway.

The pic centers on New York detective Jacob Kanon, who joins forces with Swedish art critic Dessie Larsson to investigate a seemingly senseless sequence of killings of couples across Europe. Picture postcards are sent to apparently random journalists by the killer, each heralding the next horrific crime. Larsson has just received such a postcard, and she and Kanon must piece together the clues to catch the killer.

Kaminski, who is represented by ICM Partners, has been the cinematographer on 14 of Spielberg’s pics, »


- Leo Barraclough

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Berlin: Global Screen Picks Up ‘The Journey of the Elephant Soliman’ (Exclusive)

16 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Global Screen has picked up worldwide distribution rights to English-language animated movie “The Journey of the Elephant Soliman,” and has started pre-sales at the European Film Market in Berlin.

The film, which is directed by Sandor Jesse (“Little King Macius,” “Raven the Little Rascal — The Big Race”), is set in 1548, and follows the adventures of a shy spice-merchant’s son, a wise Indian elephant and a spunky Austrian princess who team up to escape the clutches of a possessive prince. They set out on a journey that takes them around the world.

Global Screen has a strong track record with family entertainment movies, such as “Niko & the Way to the Stars,” “Niko 2 – Little Brother, Big Trouble” and “Ooops! Noah Is Gone…,” which have sold around the world.

Julia Weber, head of theatrical sales at Global Screen, said: “This newest addition to our animation slate promises to be just as heart-warming, »


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Disney/FilmSharks Back ‘Dumbass’ (Exclusive)

16 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a notable Disney push into local production, a growth business for Hollywood studios, Buena Vista Intl. has acquired Latin American rights to “I Married a Dumbass” (Me case con un Boludo), produced by Disney-co-owned Argentine powerhouse Patagonik.

FilmSharks Intl. will bring “Dumbass” onto the open international market at Berlin, in a studio/indie collaboration increasingly frequent around the world as studios pile into local productions, which have value on the international market as either originals or formats.

“Dumbass” stars Adrian Suar and Valeria Bertuccelli, and is written by Pablo Solarz and directed by  Juan Taratuto, the team behind “A Boyfriend for My Wife,” which was the No. 1 film in Argentina in 2008.

“Boyfriend” also sold out internationally, said FilmSharks’ Guido Rud, and has sparked eight international territory remakes, including Korean blockbuster “All About My Wife,” a Chinese version that’s now in post, and a Mexican makeover, “Busco novio para mi mujer, »


- John Hopewell

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Berlin: Beloved British Biker to be Revived in ‘Sheene’

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Celebrated British screenwriting duo Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement will write the script of “Sheene,” a feature film biopic about charismatic motorcycling ace Barry Sheene. The film, a U.K.-Australian co-production is based on the book “Barry: The Story of Motorcycling Legend Barry Sheene” by Sheene’s team mate Steve Parrish and MotoGP commentator Nick Harris.a

Sheene was a cockney playboy who twice won the world motor cycling championships and survived a couple of near-fatal bike crashes, before dying of cancer at age 52.

La Frenais and Dick Clement previously scripted “The Commitments,” “The Bank Job,” “Flushed Away” and TV series “Auf Wiedersehen Pet” and “Lovejoy.”

Production is by by Will Stoppard of the U.K.’s Deep Springs Pictures, and Rod Morris of Australia’s I. O. Films. The pair is currently handling rights ahead of the appointment of an international sales agent.

“To have a British sporting icon who cheated death, »


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Berlin: Red Bull Media House, Sender, Team on ‘Dawn Wall’ (Exclusive)

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Berlin – Sender Films is teaming with Red Bull Media House for “The Dawn Wall,” the 2015 story of the first free ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan. Deal sees Red Bull Media House, the world’s action sports movie industry driver, fully financing, distributing and selling “Dawn Wall,” according to Philipp Manderla, Rbmh head of feature films.

Seven years in preparation, the scaling of the 3,000-foot sheer granite face of El Capitan by Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgenson captured the world’s imagination sparking massive social media engagement, a front-page The New York Times story, and even a President Obama congratulatory post saying “anything is possible.”a

Equally, Rbmh and Sender aim for “Dawn Wall” to take the burgeoning action sports movie scene to the new level – U.S. theatrical distribution, following on Music Box’s release in U.S. theaters of “Meru,” a 2015 Sundance Fest Audience Award winner.

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Berlin: Theodore Herzl Biopic Set with Peter Medak Directing (Exclusive)

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H2O Motion Pictures is producing the biopic “Herzl,” based on the life of political activist Theodore Herzl — one of the key players in the creation of the state of Israel — with a fall shoot planned, Variety has learned exclusively.

“Herzl” will shoot on location in Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul, London, Paris and Jerusalem. Hungarian-born Peter Medak, whose credits include “The Ruling Class” and “Let Him Have It,” will direct from a script by Nicholas Kazan, who received an Oscar nomination for “Reversal of Fortune.”

Andras Hamori, whose credits include “Sunshine,” “The Sweet Hereafter” and “Cheri,” is producing.

Set at the turn of the 20th century,”Herzl” follows the story of self-made political activist Theodor Herzl and his tumultuous family life with Viennese socialite Julie Naschauer. Herzl saw the solution to the “Jewish Question” in the creation of a new country and laid the groundwork for contemporary Israel.

Development began over four years ago, »


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Berlin: Strand Grabs North American Rights To Sundance-Winning ‘Spa Night’ (Exclusive)

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Berlin — Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Andrew Ahn’s feature debut “Spa Night” which world premiered at Sundance.

A critically-acclaimed pic, “Spa Night” earned its star Joe Seo a special jury prize for breakthrough performance in Park City.

Set in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, “Spa Night” explores a Korean-American family’s dreams and realities as each struggles with the overlap of personal desire, disillusionment and sense of tradition. It centers on a closeted Korean-American teenager who takes a job at a Korean spa where he discovers an underground world of gay sex.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Strand Releasing. They have championed daring independent films by world class directors for over two decades. We are honored to be a part of this legacy,” said Ahn.

Strand Releasing’s Jon Gerrans and Marcus Hu said, “Andrew is a bright new voice for Asian American filmmakers — he’s truly an original, »


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Berlin: Strand Grabs North American Rights To Sundance-Winning ‘Spa Night’ (Exclusive)

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Berlin — Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Andrew Ahn’s feature debut “Spa Night” which world premiered at Sundance.

A critically-acclaimed pic, “Spa Night” earned its star Joe Seo a special jury prize for breakthrough performance in Park City.

Set in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, “Spa Night” explores a Korean-American family’s dreams and realities as each struggles with the overlap of personal desire, disillusionment and sense of tradition. It centers on a closeted Korean-American teenager who takes a job at a Korean spa where he discovers an underground world of gay sex.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Strand Releasing. They have championed daring independent films by world class directors for over two decades. We are honored to be a part of this legacy,” said Ahn.

Strand Releasing’s Jon Gerrans and Marcus Hu said, “Andrew is a bright new voice for Asian American filmmakers — he’s truly an original, »


- Elsa Keslassy

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Watch Emblem3 Perform New Song ‘End of Summer’ at TheWrap Studio (Video)

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Emblem3 stopped by TheWrap this week and turned an ordinary afternoon into a private acoustic show. TheWrapStudio stage hosted back-to-back interviews Thursday, first with LL Cool J, who walked in with a style and swagger that made sure you didn’t forget who he is — a seriously cool dude. After dishing on hosting the Grammys this upcoming Monday and teasing a controversial performance by Kendrick Lamar, LL cleared the stage for the guys from Emblem3. Most of the time when talent waits to do an interview, they sit and talk with their team or our host, but Emblem3 said “hi »


- Andrew Curry

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Emmanuelle Bercot’s Cannes Winner ‘My King’ Set for U.S. Release

24 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to Maïwenn’s “My King,” which garnered a Best Actress prize for Emmanuelle Bercot at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

The film co-stars Vincent Cassel and will make its U.S. premiere at New York City’s “Rendez-vous with French Cinema” on March 9 and 10. Film Movement made the deal with Studiocanal and will release the film theatrically later this year.

“My King” opens with Bercot’s character recovering from a skiing accident at a rehabilitation center and looking back on the turbulent relationship she experienced with the charming but extremely self-centered lothario Georgio (Cassel). While she recovers physically, she explores her metaphysical pain, questioning what attracted her to Georgio in the first place.

Variety‘s Peter Debruge gave the film a strong review at Cannes: “Bercot is heartbreaking, and Cassel has never been better, while the supporting cast — especially Louis Garrel as Tony’s »


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Universal Acquires Rights to Gillian Flynn’s ‘The Grownup’

55 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Universal has acquired the rights to Gillian Flynn‘s “The Grownup.” Michael De Luca is producing, and Natalie Krinsky, whose previous credits include TV’s “Red Band Society” and “Gossip Girl,” is attached to pen the script. The “Gone Girl” author’s short story originally appeared in George R. R. Martin‘s “Rogues” anthology in 2014. It follows a fake psychic who visits an eerie Victorian home that has been the source of terror and grief, and realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Also read: 'Gone Girl' Author Gillian Flynn to Co-Write Steve »


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