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Clown Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

12 July 2016 9:58 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Dimension Films and Anchor Bay Entertainment have announced an August 23rd Blu-ray and DVD release of Clown, directed by Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and produced by Eli Roth (The Green Inferno):

Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA – (July 12, 2016) – Producer Eli Roth (Knock Knock, Hostel franchise) and director Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Cop Car) team up to bring audiences a haunting twist on the scary clown. Clown arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD August 23 from Dimension Films and Anchor Bay Entertainment. From a screenplay co-written by Watts and Christopher Ford, the film stars Laura Allen (“Ravenswood,” “All My Children”), Andy Powers (In Her Shoes, “Oz”) and Peter Stormare (“American Gods,” “The Blacklist,” Fargo).

Clown is a story of a loving father who dons a clown outfit and makeup to perform at his son’s sixth birthday, only to later discover that the costume – red nose and wig included– will not come off »

- Derek Anderson

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Vanessa Redgrave Joins Annette Bening’s ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’

27 June 2016 9:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Vanessa Redgrave has joined Annette Bening, Jamie Bell and Julie Walters in the romantic drama “Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool” for James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and Colin Vaines.

Shooting is starting this week in Liverpool with Paul McGuigan (“Sherlock”) directing from a script by Matt Greenhalgh (“Control”). The production will take place at Pinewood Studios and on location in London and Liverpool.

The movie is based on British actor Peter Turner’s memoir, and follows the passionate relationship between Turner and eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover grows into a deeper love. Grahame won an Oscar for her performance in “The Bad and the Beautiful.”

The book focuses on Graham turning to Turner for support when she reached the terminal stage of stomach cancer in 1981.

Im Global is co-financing the film and »

- Dave McNary

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Elvis & Nixon review – the odd couple

26 June 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Kevin Spacey plays the president for laughs in a slight but enjoyable imagining of Elvis’s real life meeting with Nixon

Before the press show for this piece of pop history whimsy, the film’s distributors wheeled out a bespangled Elvis impersonator, but sadly failed to enlist a concomitant Nixon tribute act. With his scarecrow arms, vulture shoulders and feral facial expressions, the 37th president of the United States is as easily caricatured as the King. On screen, he’s been played by such luminaries as Anthony Hopkins in Nixon, Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon, and John Cusack in The Butler, all of whom had his trademark physical mannerisms down pat. Nor should we forget Bob Gunton, who brought more than a touch of Nixon to the role of Warden Norton in The Shawshank Redemption before starring in 1997’s Elvis Meets Nixon, the small-screen forerunner of this flimsy but fun cinematic folly. »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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‘Empire’ Co-Creator Danny Strong Signs Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

16 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Empire” co-creator Danny Strong has just closed a multi-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio announced Thursday. Under the pact, he will develop, write, direct and supervise new projects for the studio, in addition to continuing as executive producer and frequent director and writer on “Empire,” which he developed with Lee Daniels.

“Our relationship with Danny goes all the way back to his days as an actor on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,'” commented Dana Walden and Gary Newman, CEOs of 20th Century Fox TV and Fox Television Group. “Little did we know then that he would one day go on to co-create one of the biggest hits in the history of our studio and network, let alone the No. 1 show on broadcast television. He’s a spectacular talent who can literally do it all, and everyone — from actors and writers, to the crew and executives — loves working with him. This is a big win for our company and we couldn’t be happier personally that Danny will continue to write, direct, supervise and develop series for us for years to come.”

“Working with Dana and Gary and their entire team has been one of the best experiences of my career. Without their guidance and creative instincts, ‘Empire’ never would have made it on the air, let alone become the success that it has. I’m so honored to be in business with a company that continues to raise the bar with excellent and original programming and am looking forward to many more years with such a fantastic and talented group of people,” Strong said in a statement.

Strong is wrapping his feature film directorial debut “Rebel in the Rye,” starring Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Hope Davis, Victor Garber and Sarah Paulson for Black Label Media, about the early years of the author J.D. Salinger and the events that led him to write his masterpiece, “The Catcher in the Rye.” He has also written “Guys and Dolls” for 21st Century Fox, with Michael Grandage directing.

Strong previously wrote the screenplay for Daniels’ “The Butler,” along with co-writing “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts I and II.” He penned and produced HBO filmsRecount” and “Game Change,” and will next be seen on screen in Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls” revival.


- Laura Prudom

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Alex Pettyfer Talks Founding Publishing Company, Playing Elvis' Buddy

25 May 2016 8:40 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

At age 26, actor-model Alex Pettyfer has built a high-profile resumé (Lee Daniels' The Butler, Magic Mike). The multi-talented Brit admits he's "always wanted to be in control." Now he's accomplishing that goal with his newly founded Upturn Publishing, an independent, L.A.-based publisher that aims to spotlight undiscovered writing talent. Pettyfer discusses this new creative challenge in our video series Momentum: A Day in the Life, which offers viewers a glimpse into the busy lives of influential young celebrities.

Pettyfer launched Upturn after reading Ashley Mansour's manuscript for young-adult dystopian sci-fi novel Blood, »

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Watch the first trailer for Lee Daniels’ music drama series Star

17 May 2016 3:22 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A first trailer has arrived online for Fox’s upcoming music drama series Star. The show is written, directed and produced by Lee Daniels and features a cast that includes Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt, Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O’Grady; take a look below…

Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Lee Daniels – creator and executive producer of broadcast’s No. 1 series, Empire – partners with Tom Donaghy (“The Whole Truth”) to pull back the curtain on music’s gritty and dark reality in Star. Featuring a soundtrack of original music and stunning music performances, Star follows three talented singers, desperate for a new start and with ambitions of stardom, as they navigate the cut-throat music business on their road to success. Meet Star (newcomer Jude Demorest), a tough-as-nails young woman, who came up in the foster care system and decides one day to take control of her destiny. Star tracks down her sister, »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘Prison Break,’ ’24: Legacy,’ ‘Lethal Weapon’ and More Trailers From Fox’s 2016-17 Season

16 May 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox has released the first trailers for the network’s 2016-17 lineup of shows, including revivals of “Prison Break” and “24,” adaptations of “Lethal Weapon” and “The Exorcist,” the latest musical drama from “Empire” creator Lee Daniels, and more.


Lethal Weapon

Based on the hit movie franchise of the same name, “Lethal Weapon” follows iconic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh, as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. From the moment the brash and impulsive Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford, “Rectify”) meets prudent, by-the-book Roger Murtaugh (Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans, Sr., “My Wife and Kids,” “In Living Color”), it seems as if this partnership is doomed. But after their first case together, both realize this arrangement might just work out after all – if Riggs doesn’t get them killed first.

The Exorcist

Widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made, “The Exorcist” terrified audiences around the world. »

- Laura Prudom

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Richard Pryor biopic loses its director

9 May 2016 10:04 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Lee Daniels quits the long-gestating biopic of Richard Pryor

The ultimately tragic story of the brilliant Richard Pryor has been lined up for a screen biopic for some time now (the project originally having the involvement of Pryor himself, before his death in 2005). However, it’s hit another problem, with the news that director Lee Daniels is leaving the project.

Daniels – the helmer of Precious and Lee DanielsThe Butler – had been attached to the movie for a while, but his crowded schedule has ultimately left The Weinstein Company looking elsewhere. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it was reluctant to wait any longer for Daniels’ time to free up.

The Richard Pryor film is based on a screenplay by Bill Condon, and it’ll tell the story of his rise to fame in the 1970s, through to his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

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Lee Daniels departs upcoming Richard Pryor biopic

9 May 2016 12:49 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Academy Award nominated director Lee Daniels (The Butler, The Paperboy) has departed the upcoming biopic about legendary comedian Richard Pryor.

The Precious director has had to leave the project, currently in pre-production, due to scheduling conflicts with his hit television show Empire (for which he is showrunner) as well as his new show Star, which has recently been ordered for a full season by Fox.

It is thought the plans for the film have not changed, and that The Weinstein Company are still pushing ahead with its planned October filming dates. In addition, Daniels’ departure should not affect the cast of the film, which has Mike Epps (Nina) set to star as Pryor alongside Oprah Winfrey (The Butler), Eddie Murphy (Mr. Church) and Kate Hudson (Mother’s Day).


- Scott J. Davis

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Richard Pryor Biopic Loses Its Director

9 May 2016 9:23 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Precious and The Butler director Lee Daniels has has exited the long awaited biopic about the legendary comic Richard Pryor. Apparently this time is wasn't because of "creative differences," but due to his busy schedule, and the studio did not want to wait for his schedule to clear up.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Weinstein Company declined to comment, but is currently searching for another helmer and made initial overtures to several filmmakers this weekend.

Bill Condon wrote the script for Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?, which chronicles the life of the groundbreaking comedian, who rose to prominence in the 1970s before enjoying a film and television career and succumbing to Parkinson’s disease.

The project has been in development in various incarnations for more than a decade. The current version has a star-studded cast set, including Mike Epps as Pryor, Oprah Winfrey as his grandmother, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Lee Daniels Drops Out Of Richard Pryor Film

9 May 2016 6:44 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Precious" and "The Butler" helmer Lee Daniels has dropped out of the long in the works biopic about comedian Richard Pryor at The Weinstein Company.

Daniels cited a busy schedule as being to blame with the studio declining to wait further for him to make the time for it. They are currently searching for another helmer and reportedly made initial overtures to several filmmakers this weekend.

Mike Epps, Kate Hudson and Oprah Winfrey presently remain attached to star to the project which is entitled "Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?" and boasts a script by Bill Condon. The film follows the groundbreaking comedian who rose to prominence in the 1970s before enjoying a film and television career and succumbing to Parkinson's disease.

Shooting was slated to begin in March, the new start date is October and the studio is sticking by that. It's unclear if any cast members »

- Garth Franklin

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Director Lee Daniels Leaves Richard Pryor Biopic

8 May 2016 6:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lee Daniels has left the directing gig for the Weinstein Company’s Richard Pryor biopic.

TWC is seeking another director for the project “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?” in order to begin shooting in October. The cast includes Mike Epps as Pryor, Oprah Winfrey as his grandmother and Kate Hudson as Pryor’s widow Jennifer Lee Pryor.

The script has been written by Bill Condon. The title of the movie is taken from Pyror’s Grammy-winning live album, released in 1975.

TWC had no comment and Daniels’ rep did not respond to a request for comment. Sources indicated that Daniels, the showrunner for Fox’s hit series “Empire,” was not able to fit the movie shoot into his schedule.

Daniels had worked with TWC on the 2013 film “Lee DanielsThe Butler,” which had a successful run with more than $175 million in worldwide box office.

Pryor broke into the »

- Dave McNary

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Richard Pryor Biopic Loses Director Lee Daniels Due to Scheduling Issues

8 May 2016 5:58 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Weinstein Company’s high-profile biopic of comedian Richard Pryor has lost director Lee Daniels due to scheduling issues over the filmmaker’s Fox TV projects, TheWrap has learned. TWC, which also released Daniels’ “The Butler,” has begun approaching other directors for the gig, which it hopes to take into production this October for release in 2017. But a source close to the production indicated that that timetable proved too aggressive for Daniels, whose schedule is spread pretty thin as executive producer on Fox’s primetime hit “Empire” as well as on a second network project called “Star.” A representative for the Weinstein Company declined. »

- Thom Geier

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Director Lee Daniels Exits Weinstein's Richard Pryor Biopic (Exclusive)

8 May 2016 5:05 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The long-gestating movie about legendary comic Richard Pryor has lost its director.  Lee Daniels, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind Precious and Lee Daniels' The Butler, has exited the project, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The Weinstein Co., which is behind the film (it also released The Butler), is said to have declined to wait further for Daniels' schedule to clear up. He is an executive producer on Fox's smash television drama Empire, and he has another project at the network, Star, that is requiring a significant time commitment. Weinstein Co., which declined to comment, currently is searching for another helmer

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- Matthew Belloni, Kim Masters

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Lee Daniels apologizes to Sean Penn for allegations he abused Madonna

4 May 2016 12:58 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Empire creator makes a donation to Penn’s charity and releases a statement saying that his comments were ‘damaging and hurtful’

The $10m defamation suit against Hollywood producer Lee Daniels by actor Sean Penn has been settled, with Daniels apologizing for insinuating Penn abused his ex-wife Madonna and paying to the charity Penn founded.

“I am so sorry that I have hurt you, Sean, and I apologize and retract my reckless statements about you. How thoughtless of me. You are someone I consider a friend, a brilliant actor and true Hollywood legend and humanitarian,” said the director of The Butler and Precious, in a joint statement released on Wednesday.

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- Amber Jamieson in New York

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Oprah Winfrey to Star in HBO Films' The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

2 May 2016 12:20 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Oprah Winfrey is set to star in HBO Films' upcoming adaptation of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, People confirms. Winfrey, 62, has long been involved with the project, adapted from Rebecca Skloot's 2010 book of the same name. The media mogul signed on as an executive producer when the book's film rights were first acquired in 2010, and the network announced on Monday that she will star in the biopic as well as co-executive producing it with Skloot and True Blood creator Alan Ball.The movie, set to begin filming this summer, centers on the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an »

- Aurelie Corinthios

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24: Legacy Gets a Series Order on Fox

27 April 2016 3:26 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fox Broadcasting Company (Fox) has given series orders to new dramas 24: Legacy and Star. Both series are scheduled to premiere in the upcoming 2016-2017 season. 24: Legacy is the next chapter in the groundbreaking and award-winning action series from Emmy Award-winning executive producer Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24: Live Another Day), Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning executive producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, 24), writers and executive producers Manny Coto and Evan Katz (24, 24: Live Another Day), director and executive producer Stephen Hopkins (24) and executive producer and original series star Kiefer Sutherland.

Starring Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton), Miranda Otto (Homeland) and Jimmy Smits (Sons of Anarchy), 24: Legacy chronicles an adrenaline-fueled race against the clock to stop a devastating terrorist attack on United States soil - in the same real-time format that has propelled this genre-defining series. Fox hasn't announced how many episodes of 24: Legacy will be produced, or when the series may debut. »

- MovieWeb

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ICM Partners Signs ‘Magic Mike’s Alex Pettyfer

6 April 2016 3:22 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: ICM Partners has signed Alex Pettyfer. The actor is best known for starring in I Am Number Four, Magic Mike and Beastly, and for Lee DanielsThe Butler and Endless Love. Pettyfer will next be seen starring alongside Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey in the Liza Johnson-directed historical comedy Elvis & Nixon, which premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival. He started as a model at age 6 after meeting Ralph Lauren in a toy store, and then transitioned to acting… »

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Regression Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD, and VOD Release Date & Cover Art

23 March 2016 8:11 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Alejandro Amenábar’s Regression follows Angela (Emma Watson), who blames her father for an offense he can’t remember. Detective Kenner (Ethan Hawke) is assigned to the case while psychologist Dr. Raines must help the father recollect his memories. Regression will roll out on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD, and On Demand on May 10th.

Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA – (March 22, 2016) – Award-winning filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar’s (The Others, The Sea Inside) latest psychological thriller Regression arrives May 10th on Blu-ray™ and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Dimension Films, and Digital HD and On Demand from Starz Digital. Regression features an ensemble cast led by Academy Award® nominee Ethan Hawke (Boyhood, Training Day, The Purge), and Emma Watson (Harry Potter, Perks of Being a Wallflower). Hailed as a “carefully-crafted tale of collective psychosis” by the Hollywood Reporter, Regression also stars David Thewlis (Harry PotterAnomalisa), Dale Dickey (“True Blood”) and Devon Bostick »

- Tamika Jones

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Distribution Chief Erik Lomis Leaves Weinstein Company for Megan Ellison’s Annapurna

10 March 2016 3:37 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Erik Lomis, president of distribution at the Weinstein Co. for the past five years, is leaving the company for a new post at Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Picture.

The departure was confirmed Thursday by David Glasser, chief operating officer, who said Lomis is headed to another job.

“He got a great offer and we wish him the best,” Glasser said. “He did a great job for us.”

Lomis’ new post at Annapurna, first reported by Deadline, will include distribution duties

Lomis, who was president of distribution at MGM between 2000 and 2005, came on board at TWC in 2011. He saw major successes from “The Artist,” which won the Oscar for best picture in 2012, and from “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Lee DanielsThe Butler” and “Django Unchained” in 2013 and “The Imitation Game” in 2014.

But Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s company has been hit by disappointing results for the past year. Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight, »

- Dave McNary

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