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Netflix Hires DreamWorks Vet Melissa Cobb as Vice President of Kids and Family

Netflix has hired Melissa Cobb as its new vice president of kids and family, the streaming service announced Thursday.

Cobb, who most recently served as chief creative officer and head of studio for Oriental DreamWorks, will be based in the Los Angeles office, reporting to chief content officer Ted Sarandos. In her role, she will lead the content team responsible for bringing kids and family titles to Netflix members, with an expanded focus on high quality series and event programming across the spectrum of kids and family entertainment, including both animation and live action.

“Melissa brings a wealth of experience creating and overseeing series and feature films that resonate with kids and families across the globe,” said Sarandos. “No matter where they live, our members find tremendous enjoyment in our kids and family content, and I couldn’t be happier to have Melissa on board to continue expanding into new and exciting areas.”

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Danny DeVito is negotiating to join Tim Burton’s Dumbo

Hot on the heels of news that Eva Green was considering joining the cast of Tim Burton‘s live-action version of Dumbo, word reaches us today that none other than Danny DeVito is also in talks to join the forthcoming Disney feature.

The news comes via trade blog Deadline, who say that DeVito is up for the role of Medici, the man who runs a smaller circus that gets acquired by the evil big top circus villain Vandemere. They say that all that is stopping him is his commitments on Broadway with the Arthur Miller drama ‘The Price’.

Green will be playing a French trapeze artist who works for Vandemere and is a key role in the film, according to the trade blog.

Burton will helm the Dumbo movie for the studio, the latest in a long line of liv-action adaptations of their animated movies following the likes of The Jungle Book
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Omg! Oscars, Muriels and Gelderblom’S “Pretty Messed Up”!

So, going into the final stretch before the Oscars are announced, I have a question: if you like—no, love this year’s front-running La La Land, does that make you a bad person, or just deluded? Don’t laugh—there may be people at your own Oscar party who will have already come to their own conclusion on that conundrum. This year’s presumptive favorite is so presumptive that people are talking about the film as if it had already won and are projecting as to whether it’s an enduring classic or just another meh-fest to be thrown on the mediocrity pile along with Crash, Chicago, Argo, The Artist and about half of the rest of Oscar’s Best Picture winners since the Academy started handing out awards at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1929. It is hard to deny, no matter how much you like or dislike La La Land,
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Titanic, Dirty Dancing, Casablanca and more celebrate big movie anniversaries in 2017!

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Titanic, Dirty Dancing, Casablanca and more celebrate big movie anniversaries in 2017!Titanic, Dirty Dancing, Casablanca and more celebrate big movie anniversaries in 2017!Adriana Floridia1/5/2017 4:36:00 Pm

One thing we all look forward to every year is our birthday, and we here at Cineplex like to celebrate the birthdays of movies too!

In 2017, there are tons of memorable films that are hitting milestone ages. While it makes us feel a little old, it also gives us a reason to look back on some of our favourite films and have epic movie marathons (oftentimes, ones where we know all of the lines).

We did some research and compiled a master list of all of the notable films that are celebrating big anniversaries this year. Among the crop are films like Titanic, Blade Runner, The Graduate, and more.

Check out the best movie anniversaries of 2017 below and start planning your movie-themed parties accordingly!
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Upcoming TV and Film Anniversaries That Will Make You Feel Old in 2017

Upcoming TV and Film Anniversaries That Will Make You Feel Old in 2017
Here at Et, we love an anniversary -- whether it’s the 20th anniversary of Scream or Clueless, 10 years in the life of The Hills or the magical time making No Doubt’s Magic Kingdom 20 years later. And as we settle in 2017, it’s time to look ahead at all those upcoming moments that will have you saying, “I remember when…”

Here’s a brief look at our favorite TV and film milestones of 2017:

Jan. 25, 2002: A Walk to Remember (15 Years)

While fans are crying over Mandy Moore’s Golden Globe-nominated performance on NBC’s hit new series This Is Us, it was just 15 years ago that they cried over her performance in the weepy adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ book about a girl with cancer who falls in love with a rebellious classmate.

Let’s not also forget that 2002 gave us Naomie Harris in 28 Days Later, Barbershop, Ryan Gosling in Murder by Numbers, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, [link
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Nearly Half of 2016’s 25 Biggest Films Passed the Bechdel Test — But Plenty Failed

Nearly Half of 2016’s 25 Biggest Films Passed the Bechdel Test — But Plenty Failed
The Bechdel-Wallace Test was developed in 1985 by Alison Bechdel and Liz Wallace to see if a work of fiction featured at least two women talking about something other than a man. Looking at the 25 top-grossing films of 2016, The Hollywood Reporter decided to conduct the test to see if those movies passed.

The test has three requirements: 1. Does it have more than two female characters (with names) in it? 2. Do those characters engage in a conversation with each other? 3. And is that conversation about anything other than a man?

The results were put into four categories, Pass, Incomplete, Fail and Seriously, which meant that the film didn’t achieve any of the three requirements. According to THR only half of the movies passed, with “Ghostbusters” having 36 scenes involving two or more women talking about something other than a man and “The Conjuring 2” having 27 scenes.

Other films that checked all the requirements were “Bad Moms,
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7 Films New To Netflix to Watch In December 2016, Including ‘Animal House’ and ‘Waking Life’

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Next month, Netflix has a wide variety of films — modern to classic, animated to live action, Oscar winners to romantic comedies — and we’ve picked seven that you should watch once they’re made available on the streaming service. Enjoy.

Read More: 7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In November 2016, Including ‘Boyhood’ and ‘The Jungle Book

1. “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (available December 1)

John Landis’ 1978 classic college comedy follows the rowdy Delta Tau Chi fraternity’s battle to remain on campus after they provoked the ire of the conniving Dean of the college. Features John Belushi in his most anarchic performance, toga parties, and sing-a-longs to “Louie Louie” and “Shout!”

2. “Waking Life” (available December 1)

Richard Linklater’s 2001 film “Waking Life” examines a bevy of philosophical issues — the nature of dreams, the limitations of consciousness and the meaning of life — in a surreal, rotoscoped dreamscape that demands the viewer’s mind to take flight.
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Disney Developing Another Snow White Film With Girl On The Train Screenwriter

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Disney’s been on a bit of a streak with their animated-to-live-action films. Maleficent made bank at the box office, Cinderella killed it, and The Jungle Book pretty much elevated it to a whole new level. With next year’s Beauty and the Beast on the horizon, it seems like the House of Mouse can do no wrong (and don’t even get started on their Marvel, Pixar, and Disney Animation projects, which are all also Killing it).

Well, it looks like they’ve decided to add another film to their docket. Despite the fact that it’s only been about four years since the release of the ill-fated Mirror Mirror — an adaptation of the Snow White tale — Disney is now developing yet another version of this classic story. That’s right, they’re making another one.

According to THR, Disney has hired The Girl on the Train
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Robert Redford & Bryce Dallas Howard Discuss A Friend In The Forest In First Clip From ‘Pete’s Dragon’

Disney has had a huge amount of success with recent reimaginings of their classic catalog of films. “Cinderella,” “Maleficent,” and, most recently, “The Jungle Book” have made a lot of money for the studio, and “Pete’s Dragon” hopes to continue that success when the film, starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Karl Urban, and Robert Redford, opens later […]

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‘Captain America’ Hits $71 Million, Clooney’s ‘Monster’ at $15 Million

‘Captain America’ Hits $71 Million, Clooney’s ‘Monster’ at $15 Million
The second weekend of “Captain America: Civil War” is pulling in a massive $71 million at 4,426 U.S. locations while the opening of George Clooney’s “Money Monster” should bring in about $15 million.

Sarturday estimates showed Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” dominating with a Friday gross of about $19.5 million. The tentpole opened with $179.1 million last weekend (the fifth-highest of all time) and looks likely to decline about 60% — a slightly steeper decline than what “Avengers: Age of Ultron” took in a year ago during the same weekend.

Early estimates had pegged “Civil War” at over $75 million for the frame. If the updated estimates hold, “Civil War” will become the 11th film of all time to top the $70 million mark in its second weekend. That list is headed by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with $149 million and “Jurassic World” with $106.6 million; Sony’s 2002 “Spider-Man” is 10th at $71.4 million.

“Civil War,” with Chris Evans
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‘Captain America: Civil War’ Tops $700 Million at Worldwide Box Office

‘Captain America: Civil War’ Tops $700 Million at Worldwide Box Office
Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” has topped the $700 million mark at the global box office in less than two weeks.

The third Captain America movie opened in the U.S. to the fifth-highest-grossing weekend of all time with $179.1 million, then added $13.3 million on Monday for a four-day total of $192.5 million.

“Civil War,” which began its international run on April 27, added $18.8 million on Monday for a total of $512.8 million. China is leading the way with $104.6 million after four days, followed by South Korea with $54.3 million, the U.K. with $40.6 million, Mexico with $34.8 million and Brazil with $26.1 million.

At $705.3 million worldwide, “Civil War” is already the 83rd highest-grossing movie of all time. Thanks to strong reviews plus solid word-of-mouth, the tentpole has an excellent chance of becoming the 25th film to take in $1 billion worldwide by the end of its run.

Disney’s “Zootopia” is the top worldwide grosser among 2016 releases with $958 million,
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Box Office: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Starts Summer With Sizzling $181.8 Million

Box Office: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Starts Summer With Sizzling $181.8 Million
Marvel-Disney’s “Captain America: Civil War” has opened the summer spectacularly with a dominant $181.8 million weekend at 4,266 U.S. locations.

The third “Captain America” movie met lofty expectations with the fifth-best domestic opening weekend of all time — trailing only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at $248 million, “Jurassic World” at $208.8 million, “Marvel’s The Avengers” at $207.4 million and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” at $191.3 million.

The tentpole has already topped the final domestic total of 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” at $176.6 million and should eclipse 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at $259 million by the end of next weekend.

The marketing for “Civil War” clearly resonated with moviegoers, as it promised an epic fight between Chris Evans’ Captain America and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, plus the introduction of Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with ComScore, said the performance of
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Box Office: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Flying to $180 Million Weekend

Box Office: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Flying to $180 Million Weekend
Captain America: Civil War” is making U.S. box office history, blasting to the fifth-best opening weekend ever with an estimated $180 million.

Marvel-Disney’s tentpole opened the summer moviegoing season on Friday with a spectacular $75.3 million at 4,226 locations — the eighth-highest opening day of all time. That figure includes $25 million from Thursday night preview showings.

Captain America: Civil War” should finish the weekend in elite company behind only four other films: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at $248 million, “Jurassic World” at $208.8 million, “Marvel’s The Avengers” at $207.4 million and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” at $191.3 million.

Projections on Saturday showed the third “Captain America” will replace “Iron Man 3,” which opened with $174.1 million on the same weekend in 2013, as the fifth-highest launch at the U.S. box office. Its per-location average is about $42,000 for the weekend.

The $75 opening day total for “Civil War” trails only seven titles, led by “The Force Awakens” at $119.1 million,
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‘Captain America: Civil War’ Soars to Super-Sized $25 Million on Thursday

‘Captain America: Civil War’ Soars to Super-Sized $25 Million on Thursday
Captain America: Civil War” had a super-sized launch, soaring to $25 million in the U.S. on Thursday night.

The domestic debut is expected to take in around $200 million at 4,226 locations this weekend, marking a spectacular start to the summer box office.

If projections hold, “Captain America: Civil War” would be the fourth-highest opener of all time, behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at $248 million, “Jurassic World” at $208.8 million and “Marvel’s The Avengers” at $207.4 million. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is currently in fourth with $191.3 million.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” took in $57 million from Thursday shows in the U.S. on Dec. 17, setting its first box office record. “The Force Awakens” easily beat the previous Thursday-night preview record of $43.5 million set by Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”

Avengers: Age of Ultron” generated $27.6 million in its Thursday night previews a year ago. “Captain America: Civil War
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Foreign Box Office: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Debuts to Massive $200.2 Million

Foreign Box Office: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Debuts to Massive $200.2 Million
Captain America: Civil War” dominated the foreign box office, debuting to a massive $200.2 million in its first weekend of overseas release, and kicking off the summer movie season on a high note.

The Disney and Marvel superhero adventure is performing less like a sequel to the star-spangled hero’s films and more like another installment in the “Avengers” franchise. It opens domestically on May 6, when it is expected to make nearly $200 million.

Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis hailed the Marvel films as a model of commercial consistency in a business that is notoriously unpredictable.

“They have found a way to keep the films unbelievably fresh and the reception to this leading into its opening suggests that they’ve delivered arguably one of the best films to come out of the studio,” he said. “We expect a lot of repeat business.”

Beyond branding, there are several reasons “Captain America: Civil War
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Box Office: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Gearing Up for Global Domination

Box Office: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Gearing Up for Global Domination
Captain America: Civil War” is gearing up for gearing up for global domination.

Pre-release tracking for foreign debuts can be spotty, but estimates suggest that the superhero sequel could rack up roughly $200 million overseas after its first five days in theaters. The film will have opened in roughly 63% of the foreign marketplace by Sunday, including such major territories as France, Korea, Brazil, Australia, Mexico, Japan, the Philippines and the U.K. It starts rolling out on Wednesday.

An opening of that size would put it in line with the foreign launches of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” ($212 million) and “Iron Man 3” ($160 million). It dwarfs the last film featuring the star-spangled hero, 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which opened to $78 million overseas. However, this “Captain America” plays more like an “Avengers” film, broadening its appeal with foreign audiences, who might find the title character jingoistic.

It features Robert Downey Jr.
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'Civil War', 'Finding Dory' wow at CinemaCon Disney show

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A full screening of the latest Marvel Studios tentpole was the highlight of Wednesday morning’s Disney presentation at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Walt Disney evp of theatrical distribution and session host Dave Hollis introduced Captain America: Civil War as the finale and the show did not disappoint.

The end credits brought sustained applause from delegates and press. Civil War stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan and most of the regular Avengers cast.

The film opens in major markets in the last week of April and debuts in North America on May 6. The world premiere took place in Hollywood on Tuesday night.

Earlier in the session director Andrew Stanton and producer Lindsey Collins (pictured wearing sunglasses) appeared on stage and introduced the opening 27 minutes of Pixar’s sequel Finding Dory, which opens on June 17 and delighted the crowd.

Earlier Hollis ran through the upcoming slate, which includes
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Posterized April 2016: ‘Green Room,’ ‘Tale of Tales,’ ‘Louder Than Bombs,’ and More

“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.

Spring is bringing some Tiff 2015 holdovers and a couple Hollywood hopefuls to take down the juggernaut that is Batman v Superman despite its bad reviews (I proudly hold firm on thinking it fun). Disney may have a hit on their hands with one of their old properties turned new (the one that isn’t pretending it isn’t connected to the film it’s a prequel of), but the success of the rest is up in the air.

Except for Barbershop: The Next Cut (April 15) and the aforementioned Disney rehash,
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'Elvis and Nixon' Featurette: The Truth Behind The Legend

'Elvis and Nixon' Featurette: The Truth Behind The Legend
On a December morning in 1970, the King of Rock 'n Roll showed up on the lawn of the White House to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President&#160Nixon. Starring Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon as&#160Elvis&#160Presley and two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey as Richard&#160Nixon, comes the untold true story behind this revealing, yet humorous moment in the Oval Office forever immortalized in an infamous photograph. Learn about the legendary meeting between President Nixon and The King of Rock and Roll in this exciting new Featurette.

For decades, the most requested image from the National Archives has been an image featuring a meeting between music icon Elvis Presley and President Richard Nixon in 1970. The story of this iconic meeting has finally made it to the big screen in the new movie Elvis & Nixon. It tells the story about Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon
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Captain America: Civil War – Cap & Iron Man Clash For Empire Cover


Ahead of the release of Captain America Civil War, Empire have debuted their upcoming April issue cover, featuring Captain America and Iron Man locked in battle. The new issue, which hits shelves on Thursday 25th February, and has a special subscriber cover that hasn’t yet been revealed.

Though the first trailer seemingly suggested that Cap and Bucky had the best of Tony Stark in battle, this new cover tells a closer story of an irresistible force meeting an immovable object. And that equality is key to selling the idea that choosing sides is going to be difficult.


The issue will look ahead to the film’s release with a feature dedicated to the Russo Brothers, an interview feature with Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans, and an interview with Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman. On top of that there’s also an itnerview with Jon Bernthal about
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