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Why Two Female Producers Decided to Make a Buddy Movie About Farts

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What I’m about to tell you may come as a shock to you, Girls Fart Too. That’s right, you heard it here first and we think it’s pretty funny also. That said, farting is not the reason Amanda Marshall and I decided to produce and partially finance “Swiss Army Man.” If you’ve seen the movie, you know it’s about two men stranded on an island where one of them is a corpse who constantly flatulates. You may be thinking, what on Earth would two women see in this concept enough to want to spend weeks in the woods with these clearly deranged geniuses?

The best answer for that is that “Swiss Army Man” isn’t just about two guys in the woods MacGyvering their way home. The movie is about intimacy. It begs the question why can’t humans be intimate with each other and »

- Miranda Bailey

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Lionsgate Seeks Greater Scale in Risky Marriage With Starz

30 June 2016 11:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The marriage of Lionsgate and Starz unites two smaller media fiefdoms, creating what the new couple believes will be one mighty content kingdom.

On Thursday, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer crowed to analysts that by combining forces the studio behind “The Hunger Games” and cabler that is home to such dramas “Outlander” and “Power,” will become a “global content powerhouse.” That may be a bit of a stretch, given that Lionsgate still has to compete with sprawling media giants such as Disney, Time Warner and Comcast. Still there’s no doubt that by acquiring Starz in a deal valued at $4.4 billion, Lionsgate will be better fortified.

“What we’ve seen in Hollywood is that there’s definitely a penalty to being a smaller player,” said Marla Backer, an analyst with Research Associates. “It’s not easy to come up against these super-large conglomerates”

It also means that the enlarged Lionsgate would »

- Brent Lang

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The Academy has invited 683 new members to join their ranks

30 June 2016 11:18 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Yesterday afternoon, the ranks of Oscar voters grew substantially, with some welcome diversity added in for good measure. Yes, the Academy sent out invitations for new membership about 24 hours ago, with 683 names getting the coveted tap on the proverbial shoulder. Again, what made it so interesting to note is that AMPAS seemed to actively seek out women, minorities, and younger artists, hoping to make the demographics of the Academy slightly less centered on older white males. It won’t suddenly change the makeup of the Oscar nominations or upend how the Academy Awards go down next year, but it’s a slow step in the right direction, and that’s worth applauding for sure. As you can see below, in addition to basically all of last year’s Oscar winners, the new members are a diverse slate. Among the names you’ll see in the acting branch now are John Boyega, »

- Joey Magidson

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Lionsgate Clinches $4.4B Starz Deal

30 June 2016 10:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The US mini-major has signed a long-anticipated deal to acquire premium cable network operator Starz, agreeing to pay $4.4BN in cash and stock.

Us mini-major Lionsgate has signed a long-anticipated deal to acquire premium cable network operator Starz. The film and TV producer best known for the Hunger Games franchise (pictured) and Mad Men will pay $4.4bn in cash and stock for Starz.

In a statement, the companies said the deal “significantly increases the combined company’s content creation capabilities, enhances its leadership in premium scripted programming and scales its global distribution footprint across mobile, broadband, cable and satellite platforms. It also paves the way for a broad range of new content partnerships and accelerates the growth of Lionsgate and Starz’s own Ott services.”

The combined company will encompass a 16,000-title film and television library; a TV production operation with87 original series on 42 Us networks; a feature film business whose recent releases have also included the Divergent »

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Lionsgate Says Starz Deal Makes It a ‘Global Content Powerhouse’

30 June 2016 7:46 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lionsgate’s $4.4 billion deal to buy Starz will turn the entertainment companies into a “global content powerhouse,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told investors on Thursday.

In a conference call following the announcement that terms of a pact had been reached, Lionsgate and Starz brass predicted that the long-gestating union will help transform the cable and film businesses and allow them to better compete in a media marketplace dominated by conglomerates. At the same time, Feltheimer refused to rule out breaking out the checkbook for another acquisition, saying that Lionsgate will be “ready for any opportunist that come our way.”

The pact brings together Lionsgate, the studio behind “Orange Is the New Black” and “The Hunger Games,” and Starz, the maker of “Outlander” and “Black Sails.” It also fulfills billionaire investor John Malone promise of consolidating smaller entertainment companies so they can better withstand the disruptions taking place in the media space — a series of shockwaves being set »

- Brent Lang

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Lionsgate Says Starz Deal Makes It a ‘Global Content Powerhouse’

30 June 2016 7:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate’s $4.4 billion deal to buy Starz will turn the entertainment companies into a “global content powerhouse,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told investors on Thursday.

In a conference call following the announcement that terms of a pact had been reached, Lionsgate and Starz brass predicted that the long-gestating union will help transform the cable and film businesses and allow them to better compete in a media marketplace dominated by conglomerates. At the same time, Feltheimer refused to rule out breaking out the checkbook for another acquisition, saying that Lionsgate will be “ready for any opportunist that come our way.”

The pact brings together Lionsgate, the studio behind “Orange Is the New Black” and “The Hunger Games,” and Starz, the maker of “Outlander” and “Black Sails.” It also fulfills billionaire investor John Malone promise of consolidating smaller entertainment companies so they can better withstand the disruptions taking place in the media »

- Brent Lang

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Lionsgate Acquires Starz For $4.4 Billion

30 June 2016 7:05 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Film studio Lionsgate and premium cable network Starz have announced an agreement under which Lionsgate will acquire Starz for a combination of cash and stock totalling $4.4 billion.

The acquisition creates a global content powerhouse with a library of over 16,000 film and TV titles. The deal means Lionsgate will now boast the largest independent television business in the world with eight-seven original series on forty-two U.S. networks, along with a film business that has generated over $7 billion at the global box office over the past four years.

They will also have operation of or investment in thirty channel platforms around the world, including the flagship Starz platform with 24 million U.S. subscribers, the Starz Encore network with over 32 million subscribers, and five streaming services.

The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of Lionsgate and Starz and will be submitted to their respective shareholders for approval as well as to regulatory authorities. »

- Garth Franklin

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Welcome to the Academy! Idris Elba, Brie Larson and Other Stars Who Snagged Invites (Photos)

29 June 2016 1:50 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A look at some of the most notable stars and filmmakers invited to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. Academy Academy Academy Mahershala Ali – “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Parts 1 and 2),” “The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonAnthony Anderson – “The Departed,” “Hustle & Flow” Adam Beach – “Suicide Squad,” “Flags of Our FathersKate Beckinsale – “Love & Friendship,” “The AviatorChadwick Boseman – “Captain America: Civil War,” “Get on UpJohn Boyega – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Attack the BlockBetty Buckley – “Wyatt Earp,” “Carrie” Rose Byrne – “X-Men: First Class,” “BridesmaidsJulie Carmen – “The Milagro Beanfield War,” “Gloria” Enrique »

- Sam Rosenberg

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Movie Review – Free State of Jones (2016)

29 June 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Free State of Jones, 2016.

Directed by Gary Ross.

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell, Christopher Barry, Sean Bridgers, and Jacob Lofland.

Synopsis:

As civil war divides the nation, a poor farmer from Mississippi leads a group of rebels against the Confederate army.

Free State of Jones doesn’t start out so bad; we get to see the horrors of war up close and personal with cannons blasting people away, leaving their brains spilled all over the ground (it is surprisingly some graphic content accurately portraying the aftermath of a battle), our protagonist Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey) ia a medic pulling wounded soldiers off of the battlefield to get them help, limbs being amputated in tents, and generally the flick is intense.

Following that, not even 20 minutes into the movie we are hit with our first pivotal character death, and it all just falls flat. Likewise, after all the initial violence and mayhem, »

- Robert Kojder

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Film Review: ‘The Purge: Election Year’

29 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Purge: Election Year” is a scurrilously effective pop rabble-rouser — a movie that’s been built to get you riled, and does. It’s a squalid B-movie political horror film that plays to our most reptile-brained basic instincts, and also to our cartoon-noble ideals, and by the end you can’t separate the two; that’s the way canny shameless pop works. In the opening scene, the members of a family are sitting on a couch, bound and gagged and blood-spattered, while a masked killer entertains them with tunes from his “Purge playlist” (he makes an obscenely jaunty segue from “20th Century Boy” by T. Rex to George Clinton’s “We Want the Funk”). A guy like this, in another film, would have been a violent head case, but in the “Purge” movies, where even the most horrifyingly twisted murder is legal for one night a year, he’s just »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Film Review: 'The Purge: Election Year'

29 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The setting is a presidential race in America, pitting corporate greed (buoyed by no less than the NRA) against a populist uprising by the people. I may have just described the wacky election cycle of the United States of 2016, or the disturbingly violent, fictionalized setting of The Purge’s America in 2025.  Though it would be nice to say that the third in the trilogy is a clever, sociological allegory for the America of today, the reality is that The Purge: Election Year is something much cruder.  Violence, weapons, and being a bad @ss are fetishized in 2025.  Much like in the America of 2016, I suppose.

Writer/director James DeMonaco is back behind the camera for the latest installment of his immensely popular The Purge series.  This time around, the surviving hero from part two, Sergeant Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo), leads the security detail of Senator Charlene Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), an upstart fighter for the common man. »

- J Don Birnam

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The Kids Are Alright: How Ya Stars Have Become The Unlikely Saviors Of American Indie Film

28 June 2016 10:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Our national nightmare is over: After more than a decade of dystopian futures, obtuse love triangles, and weak Charli Xcx singles, Hollywood’s flash-in-the-pan love affair with Ya film adaptations has finally run its course. You can feel it in the air, and you can see it in the dwindling box office returns. The climactic installments of “The Maze Runner” and “The Divergent Series” are still on the horizon, and an unusually promising adaptation of John Green’s “Looking for Alaska” continues to percolate in pre-production, but bodies tend to wriggle for a little while after they’re officially pronounced dead. The fact of the matter is that Voldemort has been vanquished, the people of District 12 have overthrown The Capitol, and Bella Swan has stopped pouting. There will always be movies made for the tween audience, but make no mistake: The Ya world as we know it has come to an end. »

- David Ehrlich

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‘Avatar’ Massively Multiplayer Game in the Works

28 June 2016 9:29 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The alien world of James Cameron’s “Avatar” will be turned into a massively multiplayer mobile strategy game, under a pact between Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox with game developer Kabam.

The new game, set to debut ahead of “Avatar 2” (currently slated for 2018 release) will combine the characters and environments from the film franchise with new gameplay features. Kabam said it expects the “Avatar” mobile game to be its biggest release ever.

Once launched, the “Avatar” game will continue to be updated and evolve along with the launch of each of the four planned sequels scheduled to be released around Christmas in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2023.

“Kabam has an excellent reputation for building compelling mobile games that explore detailed worlds, which makes them an ideal partner for our franchise,” said Jon Landau, “Avatar” producer and COO of Lightstorm Entertainment. “The world of Pandora is massive, far beyond what we are able »

- Todd Spangler

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Bryan Cranston teases his role as Zordon in the Power Rangers reboot

27 June 2016 9:27 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

When the Power Rangers reboot was first announced, it was made clear that Lionsgate would cast unknowns as the team and then some bigger name stars in the supporting roles. So far, they’ve made good on the promise by choosing Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) to star as Rita Repulsa, and perhaps most surprisingly, Bryan […]

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- Josh Wilding

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3 Reasons Why ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ Bombed at the U.S. Box Office

27 June 2016 10:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Independence Day: Resurgence” didn’t set off any early fireworks at the U.S. box office over the weekend. The sequel to the 1996 hit (the highest-grossing movie of its year) only opened with $41.6 million. To put things into perspective, the original “Independence Day” kicked off to $50.2 million, back when tickets were less than half of what they are priced at now. But executives at Fox might not be sweating too much, since “Resurgence” (which cost $165 million) did much better internationally with a tally of $102.1 million abroad. In China, it scored an impressive $37.3 million debut.

Still, it’s troubling for Hollywood that the sequel named after a patriotic summer holiday wouldn’t generate more interest among U.S. ticket buyers. Here are three reasons why “Resurgence” suffered at home.

1. The Sequel Needed Will Smith

The original “Independence Day” kicked off Smith’s career as a major box office draw, a status »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Independence Day: Resurgence underwhelms at the box office

27 June 2016 4:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It may have had a positive review from us here at Flickering Myth, but the domestic performance of Roland Emmerich’s big budget sci-fi sequel Independence Day: Resurgence is nothing to boast about.

Opening on over 4,000 screens, Independece Day: Resurgence earned an estimated $41.6 million, placing it second behind the animated behemoth Finding Dory. With a rumoured production budget of $165 million, this is not a great opening and 20th Century Fox would have been hoping for better news.

Its CinemaScore of B- means Independence Day: Resurgence could struggle to earn $100 million domestically.

The film also opened in 57 other territories, including the UK, Korea, Mexico and Taiwan bringing its worldwide total to $143 million. Though it is slightly better news, the movie only earned $37 million in China, the second largest market (and soon to be largest). Dunan Jones’ Warcraft struggled to find an audience in North America, but its worldwide screenings (China in »

- Luke Owen

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Finding Dory Beats Independence Day 2 in Its Second Weekend in Theaters

26 June 2016 12:50 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Halfway through both the summer movie season and the year of 2016 as a whole, sequels have been hit or miss. Follow-ups such as Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, X-Men: Apocalypse, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Now You See Me 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows couldn't capture the box office magic of its predecessors. Of course, the biggest movie of the year right now is a sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but last week, a follow-up 13 years in the making, Finding Dory, opened huge with $135 million, breaking Shrek the Third's record for biggest animated opening weekend ($121.6 million). As expected, this forgetful fish staved off three newcomers this weekend, 20th Century Fox's Independence Day: Resurgence, Sony's The Shallows and Stx Entertainment's Free State of Jones, repeating atop the box office with $73.2 million.

Finding Dory's opening weekend haul not only breaks Shrek the Third's »

- MovieWeb

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Director Roland Emmerich says Independence Day 3 would be “an intergalactic journey”

26 June 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Be warned. The following post contains spoilers for Independence Day: Resurgence

After a disappointing weekend at the Us box office, a sequel to Independence Day: Resurgence is already looking unlikely, but, if the international numbers come in stronger than expected, all hope is not lost yet. At the very least, one person is preparing for that scenario, as director of both 1996’s Independence Day and Resurgence, Roland Emmerich, teased what audiences can expect from a third film in the franchise during a recent interview with Empire.

On his plans for Independence Day 3, Emmerich told the outlet, “The next one will be an intergalactic journey. It’ll be [set] maybe a year or two later, not 20 years [on]. I want to maintain this group of people, especially the young characters, and Jeff [Goldblum] and Brent [Spiner] will take part in it. It’ll be fun to keep that group together. I imagine them now »

- Justin Cook

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Win a Now You See Me 2 Gift Pack

25 June 2016 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

The master magicians known as the Four Horsemen return for their most daring and astounding caper ever, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights in hopes of clearing their names and exposing the ruthlessness of a dangerous tech magnate. 'Now You See Me 2', starring Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers), Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games), Dave Franco (Neighbours) and Daniel Radcliffe (the Harry Potter franchise) arrives on 4th July and we have 3 great merchandise packs up for grabs. Each pack comes with a branded t-shirt, playing cards, pen and portable phone charger.. Contest Ends on Monday, July 11, 2016 »

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Interview: Why Gary Ross Spent a Decade Working on ‘Free State of Jones’

24 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

After helping to launch The Hunger Games franchise with a $700M hit, some would assume writer-director Gary Ross wouldn’t have much trouble making another film. And yet, following that box-office and critical success, Ross still struggled to get a passion project of his made. For a decade, the director behind Seabiscuit and Pleasantville worked on Free State of Jones, which has finally made its […]

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- Jack Giroux

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