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Denis O’Hare, John Early Join Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’

Denis O’Hare, John Early Join Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’
In today’s film news roundup, Denis O’Hare joins the cast of Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night,” Global Road and Participant make executive hires and the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival unveils its lineup.

Castings

30West and FilmNation Entertainment have cast Denis O’Hare, John Early, Max Casella and Megalyn Echikunwoke for Mindy Kaling’s comedy “Late Night,” directed by Nisha Ganatra.

The film also stars Kaling, Emma Thompson, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott and Paul Walter Hauser. 30West and FilmNation Entertainment are financing. Kaling wrote the script and is also producing with Howard Klein, alongside Imperative Entertainment and FilmNation Entertainment, which are also handling international sales. 30West and CAA are handling Us rights.

Thompson plays a late-night talk show host at risk of losing her long-running show right, when she hires her first female writer (Kaling) who revitalizes her show and her life. Principal photography has commenced in New York.
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Antoine Fuqua talks potential for a Morbius or Blade film at CinemaCon [Exclusive]

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Antoine Fuqua talks potential for a Morbius or Blade film at CinemaCon [Exclusive]
While at CinemaCon, we had the chance to sit down and talk to director Antoine Fuqua for his upcoming sequel, The Equalizer 2 and posed the question about tackling the comic book genre after making waves in the action and crime thriller genre. Fuqua said he was approached for Morbius: The Living Vampire at Sony as he's a Spider-Man villain primarily. Here's what he had to say:
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Rampage director gives an update on his Just Cause movie starring Jason Momoa

Rampage director gives an update on his Just Cause movie starring Jason Momoa
Last year it was announced that Justice League star Jason Momoa has joined the cast of Just Cause, an adaptation of the hit video game series, which has Brad Peyton attached to direct.

Coming off the back of another video game adaptation Rampage, which opened in theaters around the world earlier this month, Peyton has provided an update on the film’s progress during an interview with Collider, as well as discussing why Momoa is perfect for the character of Rico Rodriguez, a.k.a. Scorpio.

“We’re working on the script. Jason Momoa, myself, and my producing partner, Jeff Fierson, have a show on Netflix, called Frontier, so we have a good working relationship with him, and he’s a really easy, good guy to work with. At this point, we’re just working on his character and we’re working on the script.

“The world has this fun tone.
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Joss Whedon Says His ‘Batgirl’ Idea “Crumbled in My Hands”

Joss Whedon Says His ‘Batgirl’ Idea “Crumbled in My Hands”
In March 2017, Joss Whedon was brought on to write, direct, and produce a Batgirl movie for Warner Bros. In that same year, he also directed Justice League, Justice League was poorly received, and Wonder Woman surpassed the studio’s expectations to be one of the biggest hits of the year. In February 2018, he exited Batgirl saying he “didn’t have a story.” Some fans were outraged that he could be on the project for so long with no story, but that claim always had a ring of hyperbole to it. Now Whedon has provided a bit of clarification. …
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‘Chronicles of Narnia’ Original Screenwriters Warn Against Turning Series Into Another ‘Great Big Fantasy Franchise’

‘Chronicles of Narnia’ Original Screenwriters Warn Against Turning Series Into Another ‘Great Big Fantasy Franchise’
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are franchise guys, and happily so. The screenwriters behind six Marvel Cinematic Universe films — including this week’s much-anticipated new release “Avengers: Infinity War” and its upcoming untitled 2019 sequel, plus all three “Captain America” films — first broke into Hollywood with their “Chronicles of Narnia” films, scripting three different franchise entries before the series sputtered out after 2010’s low-earning “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”

While Markus and McFeely are no longer on the “Narnia” beat, the beloved C.S. Lewis series is still in the Hollywood mix, and rumors of a “Silver Chair” film adaptation have persisted since October 2013, when the film rights were purchased by the Mark Gordon Company (the original films were made by Walden Media). Screenwriter David Magee was set to write the screenplay, and director Joe Johnston came on board in April 2017.

In January 2016, producer Mark Gordon told Collider that “Silver Chair
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Scarlett Johansson: A Standalone Black Widow Movie Needs to be ‘Groundbreaking’ and ‘Incredibly Badass’

Scarlett Johansson: A Standalone Black Widow Movie Needs to be ‘Groundbreaking’ and ‘Incredibly Badass’
Avengers: Infinity War” marks the sixth time Scarlett Johansson has played Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow on the big screen, and it won’t be the last if the actress has anything to say about it. During an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Johansson expressed interest in continuing to play the character and addressed the reports that Marvel is finally developing a standalone Black Widow film.

“I think there’s room for it,” Johansson said with excitement. “The only way to do it would be if it were something that we’ve never seen before that was really groundbreaking and incredibly badass. I think if anyone could make that happen my boss Kevin Feige could. He’s a visionary.”

“I think it could be something really special,” she continued. “Theres a lot of room there. The character has a tortured past, she’s had to make a lot of difficult decisions. She has a lot of trauma.
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The Morning Watch: Notes on a Scene from ‘Grease’, Ralph Macchio Dishes ‘Karate Kid’ Secrets & More

The Morning Watch: Notes on a Scene from ‘Grease’, Ralph Macchio Dishes ‘Karate Kid’ Secrets & More
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, Grease director Randal Kleiser breaks down perhaps the […]

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‘The Staircase’: Everything You Need to Know About the Classic True Crime Series Coming to Netflix — With New Episodes

In keeping with the growing trend of true crime narratives, Netflix has ordered three new episodes continuing the 2004 documentary series, “The Staircase.” The first episode is slated to premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival on April 28, with the original season as well as the new episodes coming to Netflix in the summer. Since it’s been 14 years since the original series ran, you might have forgotten a few things about it or missed it entirely.

Here’s everything you need to know (and remember) about it:

It Definitely Puts the “True” in True Crime

Originally released in 2004, “The Staircase” follows the indictment, trial, and conviction of crime author Michael Peterson for the death of his wife, Kathleen. In December 2001, she was found dead at the bottom of the staircase in their North Carolina home. Peterson was the only person in the house at the time.

As the trial progressed,
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CinemaCon: Nato chief says film industry doesn't need to be 'disrupted'

CinemaCon: Nato chief says film industry doesn't need to be 'disrupted'
John Fithian says movie business is ”more dynamic than ever”.

National Association of Theatre Owners (Nato) chief John Fithian struck a typically defiant tone during his industry remarks at CinemaCon on Tuesday (April 24), separately sharing with reporters his concerns over the sustainability of theatre-going subscription services.

“First, our industry is more dynamic than ever,” Fithian told show delegates inside the Colosseum in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. “The word disruption is thrown around way too much. Nothing needs to be disrupted when it comes to the basic goal of our industry: bringing people together to share a communal experience. But that
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UK genre outfit Hex Studios wraps supernatural horror 'Automata' (exclusive)

UK genre outfit Hex Studios wraps supernatural horror 'Automata' (exclusive)
Jamie Scott Gordon, Alexandra Nicole Hulme star in horror.

Hex Studios, the Scotland-based horror studio that launched in 2017, has wrapped filming on supernatural horror feature Automata.

The company’s latest production is from writer-director duo Lawrie Brewster and Sarah Daly. It centres on a historian who is called upon to authenticate a legendary clockwork doll which is discovered in the basement of a Scottish mansion. As he investigates the item’s history, the malevolent forces surrounding it are awakened.

The film stars Hex regulars Jamie Scott Gordon (The Black Gloves) and Alexandra Nicole Hulme (Girls) alongside Erich Redman (The Danish Girl
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Avengers: Infinity War review – colossal Marvel showdown revels in apocalyptic mayhem

Supersized set pieces, sharp one-liners and surprising deaths abound in the Russo brothers’ utterly confident comic-book movie mash-up

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Not infinity perhaps, but a really, really big finity war. Colossal, cataclysmic, delirious, preposterous – and always surreally entertaining in the now well-established Marvel movie tradition. It’s a gigantic showdown between a force of cosmic wickedness and a chaotically assembled super-team of Marvel superheroes made more complicated by Doctor Strange’s tendency to multiclone himself in moments of battle stress.

There are some very unexpected family relationships that we had no idea about – potentially compromising unity in the face of encroaching evil. There are also some very surprising deaths – of which, of course, the less said the better. There are, moreover, some surprising omissions in the cast list. Or are there?
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International TV Growth, Paramount Gains Power Viacom Q2 Earnings

Viacom delivered solid earnings growth in its fiscal second quarter, driven by gains at its international TV unit and a return to modest profitability at Paramount Pictures.

Viacom delivered adjusted earnings per share of 92 cents, well past the consensus estimate of Wall Street analysts, which came in at around 80 cents per share.

Viacom reported revenue for the quarter ended March 31 at $3.14 billion, down 3% from the year-ago quarter. Adjusted operating income was up 5% to $641 million, as international gains were enough to offset softness in domestic advertising and affiliate fee revenue at Viacom Media Networks. Viacom also took a write-down of $280 million in the quarter for restructuring and programming decisions across Media Networks and Paramount,”resulting from the execution of our flagship brand strategy and strategic initiatives at Paramount,” the company said.

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish hailed the results as a sign that the turnaround of the company is well under way.
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Versatile snaps up world sales on Cannes doc 'The State Against Mandela And The Others' (exclusive)

Versatile snaps up world sales on Cannes doc 'The State Against Mandela And The Others' (exclusive)
Documentary reconstructs historic trial resulting in Nelson Mandela’s life sentence.

Paris-based company Versatile has snapped up world sales rights for feature documentary The State Against Mandela And The Others, ahead of its Special Screening premiere in Cannes next month.

The documentary reconstructs the Rivonia Trial, which took place in the suburbs of the South African city of Johannesburg from October 1963 to June 1964 and resulted in anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela being imprisoned for 27 years and eight months.

But rather than focusing on Mandela, it puts the spotlight on the stories of the other people who stood in the dock alongside the world-famous activist,
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Chen Kaige unveiled as 2018 Macao film festival jury president

Chen Kaige unveiled as 2018 Macao film festival jury president
Kaige won 1993 Palme d’Or for Farewell My Concubine.

The International Film Festival & Awards Macao (Iffam) has revealed that Chen Kaige will serve as the international competition jury president for its 2018 edition (8-14 December).

The competition programme, featuring a maximum of 12 films, is for first and second time filmmakers and includes a $60,000 prize for best feature.

Chen Kaige was awarded the 1993 Palme d’Or for Farewell My Concubine. His other films include Yellow Earth (1985) and Together With You (2002).

Mike Goodridge, artistic director of the Iffam, said: “[Chen Kaige’s] early films had a great impact on me when I was a student, showing
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Sc Films adds sci-fi thriller 'The Dust Walker' to Cannes slate (exclusive)

Australian feature to shoot in May 2018.

London-based sales outfit Sc Films International has boarded international rights to Australian sci-fi thriller The Dust Walker ahead of next month’s market at the Cannes Film Festival.

From writer-director Sandra Sciberras (Caterpillar Wish), the film is about an alien spaceship that crashes in the isolated Australian desert, turning the local townsfolk into soulless beings. With the outbreak spreading, the local sergeant must fight to protect her family.

Jolene Anderson, who stars in Blumhouse’s upcoming horror Prey, plays the lead with Stef Dawson (Guardians Of The Tomb), Richard Davies (Bruce) and Cassandra Magrath
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The Ink Factory hires chief strategy officer

The Ink Factory hires chief strategy officer
The Night Manager producer names key hire.

UK-based production outfit The Ink Factory, the company John le Carré adaptation The Night Manager and the upcoming The Little Drummer Girl, has appointed Rod Henwood as its Chief Strategy Officer.

Henwood is the former CEO of Zodiak Media in the UK, Benelux and India, the independent production company of factual, drama and kids’ programming. He left the company in November 2016 following its €1bn merger with Banijay Group. He previously held roles at ITV, Channel 4 and Fox Kids.

Henwood has been working on a consultancy basis with The Ink Factory for the
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Former Zodiak UK CEO Rod Henwood Joins ‘The Night Manager’ Producer The Ink Factory

Former Zodiak UK CEO Rod Henwood has joined the The Night Manager producer The Ink Factory in the newly created role of Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for strategy, partnerships, story-world development and marketing. He is also taking a seat on The Ink Factory board of directors. Former CEO of TV production powerhouse Zodiak Media in the UK, Benelux and India, and a key player in the launch of both Channel 4's 4oD and Jk Rowling's Pottermore, Henwood has also…
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‘Puzzle’ To Open Edinburgh Fest; Chen Kaige To Chair Macau Jury – Global Briefs

The Edinburgh International Film Festival will screen the international premiere of Puzzle as its opening night gala. The drama from Marc Turtletaub stars Kelly Macdonald and Irrfan Khan and will be released by Sony Pictures in the UK this summer. Puzzle is a portrait of Agnes, who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family or the tight-knit immigrant community in which she was raised by her widowed father. That begins to change in a quietly…
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CinemaCon: Theatrical windows still 'critical' says CEO of Mexican exhibition giant Cinepolis

Alejandro Ramírez Magaña urged CinemaCon delegates not to be sidetracked by the debate over release windows.

Alejandro Ramírez Magaña of Mexican exhibition giant Cinepolis urged CinemaCon delegates on Tuesday (April 24) not to be sidetracked by the debate over release windows.

Magaña pointed to the health of the theatrical business and referenced last year’s record $40bn global box office – a number that will be repeated more than any other this week – as he noted that the most recent MPAA report said global box office accounted for 46% of combined theatrical and home entertainment consumer spend.

The executive, who took to the
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UK Sales Firm WestEnd Appoints Former AI Film Exec Toby Hill As Head Of Acquisitions & Development

UK sales outfit WestEnd Films has appointed former AI Film and Icon exec Toby Hill as Head Of Acquisitions And Development, effective immediately. Hill began his career at Icon acquiring titles for UK distribution including Drive, Paranormal Activity, Precious, A Single Man and Man On Wire. In 2012, he joined AI Film, the film-financing arm of Access Industries as Head of Global Acquisitions, building a slate including Oscar-winner I, Tonya and Sundance hit American Animal…
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