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Rock Legend Tom Petty Dead at 66 After Massive Cardiac Arrest

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Rock Legend Tom Petty Dead at 66 After Massive Cardiac Arrest
Tom Petty died Monday of a cardiac arrest in Los Angeles, People confirms. He was 66.

Petty’s longtime manager released a statement to People, saying, “On behalf of the Tom Petty family we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40p.m. Pt surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”

Petty, the hitmaker behind rock classics like “American Girl” and “Free Falin’,” was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home, TMZ initially reported. Law enforcement officials told the outlet that the music legend was rushed to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital where he was put on life support and his pulse returned. Later the decision was reportedly made to remove him from life support after it was found that he was lacking brain activity.
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Rock Legend Tom Petty Dead After Full Cardiac Arrest at Age 66: Report

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Rock Legend Tom Petty Dead After Full Cardiac Arrest at Age 66: Report
Tom Petty died Monday of a cardiac arrest in Los Angeles, CBS News confirms. He was 66.

Petty, the hitmaker behind rock classics like “American Girl” and “Free Falin’,” was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home Sunday night after suffering a full cardiac arrest, TMZ reported. Law enforcement officials told the outlet that the music legend was rushed to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital where he was put on life support and his pulse returned. Later the decision was reportedly made to remove him from life support after it was found that he was lacking brain activity.

Los Angeles
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Venice Film Festival line-up offers big names and big surprises

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Venice Film Festival line-up offers big names and big surprises
Aronofsky, Clooney and del Toro are heading to the Lido; Alberto Barbera reveals the ones that got away.

Ahead of the world’s oldest festival, the buzz is palpable once again.

However, the flavour to this year’s Venice line-up is noticeably different from recent editions with an emphasis on internationalism, discoveries and innovation over large canvas studio fare.

If last year’s Venice lineup was a veritable treasure trove of big name Us and international filmmakers, this year’s lineup has a slightly more tempered feel to it, which nonetheless remains full of intrigue.

In the last four years Venice has kickstarted major Oscar runs for four Us movies [Gravity, Birdman, Spotlight and La La Land], however last year, for the first time in three years, it missed out on hosting the best picture winner [Moonlight, which went to Telluride].

Buzzed-about early awards contenders in this year’s 21-strong competition include Alexander Payne’s social satire Downsizing, starring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, Guillermo del Toro’s other-worldly
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Giant-Screen ‘America’s Treasures’ Music Documentary Set With Aloe Blacc (Exclusive)

Giant-Screen ‘America’s Treasures’ Music Documentary Set With Aloe Blacc (Exclusive)
Giant-screen specialist MacGillivray Freeman has signed Aloe Blacc for its upcoming 3D music documentary “America’s Treasures,” which explores American culture through the story of its music.

“Music is an essential part of the human experience, and I look forward to helping audiences discover the unique cultural influences that gave rise to jazz, the blues, folk, and other American musical genres,” said Blacc. “I love the freedom of expression in this country, which is a source of creativity and innovation unlike anywhere else.”

The film will show Blacc as he travels across the country, meeting with other musicians and innovators and exploring the locales and cultures where America’s music was born — including New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Miami, Nashville, and Memphis. The doc will feature stories on Louis Armstrong, Dr. John, Ramsey Lewis, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Irma Thomas, Brandon Niederauer, and Jon Batiste, bandleader for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
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Gavin O’Connor to direct “edgy” reboot of The Green Hornet

Paramount Pictues has set The Accountant helmer Gavin O’Connor to direct a big screen reboot of The Green Hornet, which “will overhaul the image of Britt Reid into an edgy protagonist capable of being the catalyst for a new franchise.”

Created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker, The Green Hornet follows Britt Reid, wealthy publisher by day and vigilante by night, who fights crime with his sidekick and confidant Kato. Launching as a radio serial in the 1930s, The Green Hornet was adapted as a TV series in 18966, starring Van Williams as Britt Reid and Bruce Lee as Kato. After many years in development, a Green Hornet movie was released in 2011, with Michel Gondry directing Seth Rogen and Jay Chou as the two masked crime-fighters.

“I’ve been wanting to make this movie — and create this franchise — since I’ve wanted to make movies,” said O’Connor. “As a kid,
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San Sebastian: Latin America, Post-Toronto News, a Basque Surge and Studio Coin

San Sebastian — Following on eOne Seville Intl., which announced last week its acquisition of world sales rights on Aritz Moreno’s “Advantages of Travelling By Train,” Barcelona-based Filmax has confirmed it has acquired international sales and Spanish distribution rights to another prime Basque film property, crime caper “Operacion Concha.”

Lead-produced by Bilbao’s Abra Produczioak, structured as a co-production with Mexico, and shooting in February, “Operacion Concha” is a film industry scam comedy set during the San Sebastian Festival, in the line of “Ocean’s Eleven,” said Abra’s Joxe Portela.

For Filmax’s Carlos Fernandez, the “Operacion Concha” pick-up forms part of the company’s bet on Spanish cinema, which paid off with “Truman.” Filmax, for example, has also taken Spanish and world sales rights to Patxo Telleria’s conniving bank manager comedy “Igelak,” which received a Basque gala screening at San Sebastian.

Both deals also confirm that the
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The Weekend Warrior 9/16/16: Blair Witch, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Snowden, Hillsong: Let Hope Rise

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood’s real-life drama about airline pilot Sully (Warner Bros.) far surpassed all expectations, making nearly $10 million more than my prediction with an opening weekend of $35 million in 3,525 theaters, also making it one of the biggest openings for a movie opening the weekend after Labor Day. The Screen Gems thriller When the Bough Breaks disappointed compared to some of their similar releases, taking second place with around where we predicted with around $14 million. The lower profile animated film The Wild Life (Summit/Lionsgate) did end up in fifth place behind Don’t Breathe and Suicide Squad, but with a measly $3.3 million in 2,493 theaters. As expected, Relativity’s theatrical return with its own horror/thriller The Disappointments Room
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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Oath’

Toronto Film Review: ‘The Oath’
Directing himself in a starring role for the first time, Baltasar Kormakur enters Liam Neeson terrain with “The Oath,” wherein his Reykjavik physician protagonist will do almost anything — legal or otherwise — to protect his drug-addict daughter from an enabling boyfriend. This assured suspense drama, which sports little of the blackly comedic streak usually associated with its maker, is a solid commercial prospect that could also easily lend itself to remake sales.

Finnur (Kormakur) is a dedicated and talented heart surgeon with an attractive young wife (Margret Bjarnadottir) and very young daughter. But he also has an older child by a prior marriage (that ex-wife now lives in Los Angeles), and Anna (Hera Hilmar) is the bane of his otherwise charmed existence. A perpetual mess, she’s currently dropped out of school, unemployed, still relying on dad to pay the bills, and is “madly in love” with new beau Ottar (Gisli
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‘Everest’ Team Talks Responsibility As Venice (After Hiccup) Officially Is Underway – Update

Update with details from gala screening: Jan and Sarah Arnold-Hall, Helen Wilton, David Breashears and Sherpa Ang Dorje were all on the Lido this afternoon, attending the press conference for Baltasar Kormakur’s Everest which opened the Venice Film Festival tonight (after a false start in the gala screening). Each of them is depicted in the Working Title film, with real and tragic events from their lives playing out on screen. Being true to them was one of the major…
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‘Everest’ Venice Review: Jake Gyllenhaal and Company Find Some Thrills But Mostly Thin Air

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‘Everest’ Venice Review: Jake Gyllenhaal and Company Find Some Thrills But Mostly Thin Air
In collecting my impressions about “Everest,” which opened this year’s Venice Film Festival, I started thinking not about other epic adventure movies but about HBO’s “Show Me a Hero,” the recently-completed six-part miniseries about the battle over low-income housing in Yonkers, New York. The two couldn’t be further apart in terms of genre, but both projects are true stories adapted from non-fiction. (Even though Jon Krakauer is a character in “Everest,” this movie isn’t an adaptation of “Into Thin Air”; the credited sources are Beck Weathers’ “Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest” and
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Baltasar Kormakur’s ‘Everest’ to Open Venice Film Festival

Baltasar Kormakur’s ‘Everest’ to Open Venice Film Festival
Baltasar Kormakur’s mountain climbing thriller “Everest,” which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, will open the 72nd Venice Film Festival.

Buzz pic, set to bow out of competition on the Lido September 2, recaps the 1996 multi-expedition assault on Everest that left eight climbers dead. Gyllenhaal plays Scott Fischer, with Jason Clarke as Rob Hall, Josh Brolin as Beck Weathers, and John Hawkes as Doug Hansen.

It marks a nice coup for Venice artistic director topper Alberto Barbera, following “Birdman” as opener last year, and sci-fi thriller “Gravity” in 2013.

Euro exhibitors who got a closed-door screening of “Everest” at the CineEurope meet in Barcelona last week were impressed.

Producers are Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Baltasar Kormakur, Nicky Kentish Barnes, and Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson.

Jon Krakauer’s bestseller “Into Thin Air” chronicled the commercial expeditions that were caught in a blizzard on the mountain, but is
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139 movie sequels currently in the works

From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...

Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.

Without further ado...

23 Jump Street

Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back,
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Watch: New Trailer for Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘Everest’

Watch: New Trailer for Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘Everest’
Universal has released a new trailer for Jake Gyllenhaal’s mountain climbing thriller “Everest,” three months ahead of its September 18 release.

The trailer offers spectacular footage of the world’s highest mountain before showing climbers stuck in snow during brutal blizzard conditions.

Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, the movie recaps the 1996 multi-expedition assault on Everest that left eight climbers dead. Gyllenhaal plays Scott Fischer, with Jason Clarke as Rob Hall, Josh Brolin as Beck Weathers and John Hawkes as Doug Hansen.

Producers are Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson, as well as Nicky Kentish Barnes.

Jon Krakauer’s bestseller “Into Thin Air” chronicled the commercial expeditions that were caught in a blizzard on the mountain. “Everest” had been adapted for the screen by Mark Medoff (“Children of a Lesser God”) and Simon Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire”).
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First Trailer For Everest

First Trailer For Everest
A disaster movie played out at 35,000 feet, Everest is essentially a true-life Cliffhanger, less the criminal schemes and Craig Fairbrass shouting about soccer. The film’s first trailer lends a sense of nature’s awe to the derring-do of a small band trying to scale the Earth’s highest point. Then things go wrong. Very, very wrong...Far from keeping its powder dry, Universal’s first trailer plunges us straight into to the freezing chaos of a fateful summit climb. The story is loosely inspired by real events (the 1996 disaster recounted in Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air) and sees Jason Clarke leading a party of climbers up the Nepalese monolith as Kiwi mountaineer Rob Hall. Alongside him on the slopes are Josh Brolin as Doctor Beck Weathers, John Hawkes as Doug Hansen and Jake Gyllenhaal as Scott Fischer, the leader of a separate expedition. Things are progressing nicely, with
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First Everest Poster Arrives; Trailer Debuts on Thursday

Hitting theaters on September 18, 2015, the teaser poster for Everest has come online.

Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind.

Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.

The epic adventure stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Everest is directed by Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns, Contraband) and produced by Working Title FilmsTim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Cross Creek PicturesBrian Oliver and Tyler Thompson, as well as Nicky Kentish Barnes and Kormákur.

Universal Pictures and Cross Creek Pictures’ presentation of Everest – in association
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Beau Garrett’s Romantic Comedy ‘In Stereo’ Set for July 3 Release

Beau Garrett’s Romantic Comedy ‘In Stereo’ Set for July 3 Release
Circus Roads Films has acquired U.S. rights to romantic comedy “In Stereo,” starring Beau Garrett (“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”) and Micah Hauptman, Variety has learned exclusively.

In Stereo” will premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival next month and be released July 3 in theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Dallas, Atlanta, New Orleans, San Francisco and Miami along with a simultaneous VOD release. Producers are Danny Roth and Damiano Tucci. The film is the directorial debut of Mel Rodriguez III and also stars Aimee Mullins, Mario Cantone (“Sex and the City”), Maggie Geha and Melissa Bolona.

Garrett and Hauptman star as a couple who are perfect for each other but break up, resulting in their lives spiraling out of control. He plays an artist who self-destructs while dating an immature woman who sleeps with his best friend, as she endures a failing acting career and an eviction notice.
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Xyz Films to sell ‘The Oath’

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Exclusive: Baltasar Kormákur is lining up an autumn shoot on the Icelandic and English-language crime-thriller, a late addition to the La-based company’s Croisette sales slate.

The Oath centres on a respected doctor in Reykjavík who makes a life-changing decision after his daughter introduces the family to her manipulative boyfriend.

Ólafur Egilsson co-wrote the screenplay with Kormákur, who produces with Agnes Johansen and Magnus Vidar Sigurdsson through Kormákur’s Rvk Studios banner in co-production with Dynamic Productions in Germany.

Ben Giladi of Len Blavatnik’s AI Film serves as executive producer alongside Aram Tertzakian and Nate Bolotin of Xyz Films.

Kormákur, whose credits include 2 Guns, Contraband and Icelandic hits 101 Reykjavik and Jar City, recently wrapped production on Universal’s September 18 release Everest. He will also direct the TV crime series Trapped.

AI Film’s portfolio includes Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes and Martin Scorsese’s Silence, which is scheduled to wrap in Taiwan on May 15 and stars Andrew Garfield
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CoF Presents: 15 Movies To See In 2015

The year 2015 is shaping up to be a very exciting time at the movies. Blockbuster sequels like Star Wars and Avengers plus exciting new adventures from Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese are arriving over the next year. Here is a list of the highly anticipated movies I’m looking forward to in 2015.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

The assembled team of superheroes return featuring Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk and two new additions, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The trailer showed a rather dark side that is sure to accompany a bigger and louder sequel. I enjoyed the first movie, but something tells me this one will top it.
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Film Review: ‘Humpback Whales’

Film Review: ‘Humpback Whales’
Some animals were simply made for the bigscreen, as the subjects of “Humpback Whales” prove all too swimmingly. It’s hard to believe there hasn’t already been a dedicated Imax nature doc about the massive creatures, but veteran filmmaker Greg MacGillivray (“Everest”) seizes the opportunity with striking imagery, which goes a long way toward compensating for his frequently over-earnest messaging. At least there are worse goals for a film to have than inspiring a new generation of ocean-life enthusiasts and researchers. Family auds should embrace the easygoing doc in large enough numbers to generate solid grosses in large-format venues.

Opening with a gorgeous upside-down underwater shot of a whale breaching the surface, MacGillivray and his exceptional camera team set a mood of mystery and wonder. It’s a shot that’s equaled all too rarely in the next 30-some minutes, though there are still plenty of awe-inspiring, if less evocative,
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Top 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

I've already listed my top ten most anticipated blockbusters of the new year and now I'll take a look at the rest of the field as I've done my best to whittle things down to an even twenty films. So before you get in a huff that your favorite franchises aren't listed, just remember you can view all my anticipated blockbusters right here, I simply didn't know how to write the headline other than to just say these were my most anticipated movies without any further distinction. That said, I think I have a nice rounded list for you here. Obviously several from the major studios, but also a few overseas entries to spice things up. Plenty of Tom Hardy and Jake Gyllenhaal and a couple starring Rachel Weisz along with several of my favorite directors coming with new films for the new year. If you're wondering where films such
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