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‘Deadpool 2’ on Track to Become Fandango’s Top R-Rated Pre-Seller

‘Deadpool 2’ on Track to Become Fandango’s Top R-Rated Pre-Seller
Online ticket-seller Fandango is reporting “Deadpool 2” has become the third-largest pre-seller of 2018 at the same point in the sales cycle behind “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther.”

After only one day of sales, “Deadpool 2” tickets are on pace to become the top R-rated preseller in Fandango’s 18-year history, eclipsing 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

“Thanks in part to ‘Deadpool’ creator Rob Liefeld’s exclusive FanShop poster offer with tickets, fans flocked to Fandango to reserve their seats as soon as tickets were available,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis.

Fox released the final trailer for the Ryan Reynolds sequel on Thursday with Deadpool coming together with Zazie Beetz’s Domino and T.J. Miller’s Weasel to defeat the powerful Cable, played by Josh Brolin. The superhero sequel also stars Brianna Hildebrand, Morena Baccarin, Leslie Uggams, and Stefan Kapicic as Deadpool’s team of mutants protect a young boy (Julian Dennison) from Cable.
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New ‘Nancy Drew’ Movie Coming Starring ‘It’ Actress Sophia Lillis

New ‘Nancy Drew’ Movie Coming Starring ‘It’ Actress Sophia Lillis
16-year-old actress Sophia Lillis broke out last year with her starring role as Beverly Marsh in the mega-hit film adaptation of Stephen King’s It, and now she’ll be playing an even more high profile literary character. A new report says that Lillis has been cast as the title role in a new Nancy Drew movie […]

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Ash vs Evil Dead Has Been Cancelled; Bruce Campbell Tweets Emotional Message

Ash vs Evil Dead Has Been Cancelled; Bruce Campbell Tweets Emotional Message
It’s looking like lackluster ratings have nailed the final coffin in Starz’ “Ash vs Evil Dead” as the series has been cancelled. Taking to Twitter, Bruce Campbell gave an emotional message that pays respect not just to the series but also to the history of the Evil Dead franchise itself. “Ash Vs Evil Dead has […]
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Avicii Dies at 28

Avicii Dies at 28
Artist, DJ, and producer Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii, died Friday afternoon in Oman, according to a statement from his rep. He was 28.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement reads. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

One of the most popular and successful electronic dance-music artists of all time — he scored a No. 4 hit on the Billboard 200 in 2013 with “Wake Me Up” regularly appeared in the Top 5 of Forbes’ “Highest-Paid DJs” lists — he retired from live performing in 2016 at the peak of his success, citing health reasons. He had suffered from health problems for several years, including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking.
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‘I Feel Pretty’ Takes In $1M, ‘Super Troopers 2’ Tickets Strong $1.35M In Thursday Previews

‘I Feel Pretty’ Takes In $1M, ‘Super Troopers 2’ Tickets Strong $1.35M In Thursday Previews
Write-thru, 7:44 AM: The preview numbers are beginning to roll in this morning for three new films debuting this weekend: the Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty, Super Troopers 2, and the drama/thriller Traffik about human traffiking.

The Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty from STXfilms danced to a Thursday night preview take of $1M after releasing into roughly 2,600 theaters last night at 7 Pm. For comps, the Schumer starring comedy Snatched grabbed $650K in previews last year and went onto a three-day of $19.5M. The comedy, financed by Voltage Pictures and produced by them with Wonderland Sound and Vision, is still on track to open around $15M this weekend and rolls out to 3,440 locations this weekend.

Grosses came in earlier this AM for the guy-driven comedy SuperTroopers 2, which nabbed a big $1.35M in tickets last night as the sequel to the 2001 comedy cult film enjoyed double features in 925 of its 1,850 theaters.
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‘Avengers Infinity War’: 3 More Potential Cameos, The Giant Budget Revealed & More

‘Avengers Infinity War’: 3 More Potential Cameos, The Giant Budget Revealed & More
We have reached the point in the Disney/MarvelAvengers: Infinity War” Hype Machine where the actors are doing their press junkets. Based on the sheer size of the cast, secrets and news was bound to slip out of the mouths of these actors. And it looks like Sebastian Stan was one of the first Avengers to fall victim to the dreaded “verbal vomit.”

During an interview with the Independent, Stan let out that there is one scene in particular in ‘Infinity War’ where they have pulled together “everybody.” Now, he prefaces by saying he can’t name names but then proceeds to do just that.
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Amy Pascal & Neal Moritz Land Liz Moore’s New Book ‘Long Bright River’

Amy Pascal & Neal Moritz Land Liz Moore’s New Book ‘Long Bright River’
Exclusive: The prolific producing pair of Amy Pascal and Neal H. Moritz have teamed to acquire film rights to Long Bright River, the upcoming suspense novel from Liz Moore. The book just sold at auction to Penguin Random House imprint Riverhead Books for seven figures. Moore is also set to adapt the book, which is set in her native Philadelphia and revolves around two sisters — one, an addict who has gone missing and the other a police officer who must find her. The story…
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‘Smallville’ Star Allison Mack Accused of Recruiting for NXIVM, Group Accused of Sex Trafficking and Branding Women

‘Smallville’ Star Allison Mack Accused of Recruiting for NXIVM, Group Accused of Sex Trafficking and Branding Women
Actress Allison Mack, known for her work on the superhero TV series “Smallville,” was arrested Friday and accused of recruiting women into a purported self-help organization, NXIVM, in which they were required to work and have sex with the group’s leader, Keith Raniere, prosecutors said.

U.S. attorney Richard P. Donoghue said in a statement Friday that Mack recruited women for Raniere, and that the women were “exploited, both sexually and for their labor.” He said Mack, who was arrested in Brooklyn, New York, is accused of “directly or implicitly” requiring women “to engage in sexual activity with Raniere. In exchange for this, Mack received financial and other benefits from Raniere.”

Raniere was arrested in Mexico in March. He traveled there after The New York Times published a report in October about the group branding women. Mack’s involvement with the group has long been a subject of speculation: She can be seen in a series of conversations posted to YouTube last year, smilingly interviewing Raniere about his teachings.

His charges in March involve sex trafficking and conspiring to force labor. According to Donoghue, Raniere, known within the group as “The Vanguard,” created “a secret society of women whom he had sex with and branded with his initials, coercing them with the threat of releasing their highly personal information and taking their assets.”
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The Powerful Final Scene in Scandal's Series Finale Includes a Pretty Sweet Cameo

The Powerful Final Scene in Scandal's Series Finale Includes a Pretty Sweet Cameo
Attention lovers of liberty: spoilers for the series finale of Scandal lurking below!

Did you really think Shonda Rhimes was going to let Scandal's final episode end without one last squeeze of your tear ducts? The epic series finale, "Over a Cliff," is an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. There's the crushing death of a beloved character, the conclusion of Olivia and Fitz's will-they-or-won't-they relationship, and even a jailhouse wedding. But the best moment of all comes in the episode's last few minutes.

Shortly after we see Olivia strutting through the National Mall in her trademark white trench coat one final time,
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Charlie Corwin Exits Imagine Entertainment as CEO

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A little more than a year after he was named CEO at Imagine Entertainment, Charlie Corwin is out, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation.

The former co-chairman and co-ceo of Endemol Shine North America was brought in as CEO of Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment in January 2017.

He was tapped as CEO at Imagine Entertainment after the company secured a $100 million investment from the Raine Group in July.

Also Read: Endemol Shine North America Co-Chairman Charlie Corwin to Exit

Imagine has the second season of National Geographic’s “Genius” coming up April 24, and the Mila Kunis-led comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me” for Lionsgate.

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Film News Roundup: California Production Tax Credit Extension Moving Forward

Film News Roundup: California Production Tax Credit Extension Moving Forward
In today’s film news roundup, California legislators have started working on an extension of the production tax credit, Golden Lion winner Lorenzo Vigas is working on his next film and Tribeca zombie thriller “The Night Eats the World” gets sold.

Tax Credits

California legislators have begun the process of extending the California Film and Television production tax credit for five years beyond its 2020 expiration with bills introduced in the State Senate and Assembly.

The Senate Governance and Finance Committee approved Senate Bill 832 this week. The bill would maintain the annual allocation of credits at its current level of $330 million. The program, which allocates as much as 25% of the budget to credits, was expanded in 2015 to compete effectively with incentives in New York and Georgia.

The program is overseen by the California Film Commission, which selects the TV and movie projects to qualify partly based on the number of jobs created.
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Charlie Corwin Exits Imagine CEO Post

Charlie Corwin has left Imagine Entertainment, where he was CEO.

Corwin joined the Ron Howard and Brian Grazer-founded production company last year after departing Endemol Shine North America, where he had been co-ceo alongside Chris Abrego. He left the company in December to return to his entrepreneurial roots, planning to launch his own independent production company with Imagine as a key investor.

“We believe in Charlie. He wanted to pursue his own entrepreneurial path, and we trust him enough to invest in him going forward,” an Imagine spokesperson told Variety. “We think the world of him.”

Imagine enlisted Corwin
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TV and Film Producer Susan Reiner Dies at 69

TV and film producer Susan Wynne Reiner died April 6 at her home in Gearhart, Ore., following a brief battle with cancer.

After graduating NYU’s Masters in Cinema program, Reiner worked for CBS in New York before moving to Los Angeles. She served as president of the Los Angeles office of international marketing and publicity agency Dennis Davidson Associates (Dda), where her client list included CBS, Lorimar, Orion Pictures, Goldcrest and Embassy. She then became executive VP at Consolidated Productions and a production, sales and marketing consultant for ABC Video.

Reiner was then appointed VP of drama at Warner Bros. Television,
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Clea DuVall, TriStar Team for Same-Sex Romantic Comedy 'Happiest Season'

TriStar Pictures has picked up Happiest Season, a same-sex romantic comedy from Clea DuVall and Mary Holland.

DuVall, the Veep actor-turned-director, will helm the project which will be produced by Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner of Temple Hill.

According to TriStar, Happiest Season tells “the story of a young woman whose plan to propose to her girlfriend while at her family’s annual holiday party is upended when she discovers her partner hasn’t yet come out to her conservative parents.”

The acquisition is noteworthy and even groundbreaking as modern studios rarely make movies which focus on same-sex couples as the lead. Brokeback...
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Brandon Gregory Joins Third Coast Content as VP of Production, Development

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Brandon Gregory Joins Third Coast Content as VP of Production, Development
Film producer Brandon Gregory has joined Third Coast Content as vice president of development and production, the company announced Friday.

Third Coast deals in the lucrative faith and family market, and spans feature films, television and publishing. Endeavor Content, in the same portfolio as talent agency Wme, is an investor and sales agent for the group.

Gregory will report to CEO Ben Howard, and will handle content and strategic partnerships.

“I’m excited to have Brandon join my team at Third Coast,” Howard said. “I have known him for 15 years, starting during his time at exhibition and continuing through his role in producing two feature films.”

Also Read: Jordan Spieth's Manager Jay Danzi Joins Wme as Partner

Gregory participated in marketing and distribution on “I Can Only Imagine,” the Erwin Brothers film adapted from the hit Christian song of the same name. It’s domestic box office is approaching $80 million, a record-setter for theatrical distributor Roadside Attractions.

“I am honored to join Ben and Endeavor Content as they launch Third Coast Content. Ben is a true pioneer in the faith and family spaces, and Endeavor Content’s expertise and amazing team are a force to be reckoned with,’ Gregory said.

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Brandon Gregory Joins Third Coast Content

Brandon Gregory Joins Third Coast Content
Brandon Gregory has joined Third Coast Content as VP of development and production.

Launched earlier this year, Tcc is dedicated to producing content for faith and family audiences and spans feature films, television, and publishing. Endeavor Content is an investor in the company and provides sales and advisory services.

Gregory will report to CEO Ben Howard, and will be responsible for the identification, fostering, and production of content targeting the faith and family audiences. He will also maintain and further develop Tcc’s roster of strategic partnerships within the industry.

“I’m excited to have Brandon join my team at Third Coast,” Howard stated. “I have known him for 15 years, starting during his time at exhibition and continuing through his role in producing two feature films. He brings an energy and understanding of the market that will help our team connect great content to a ready and willing audience.”

Most recently,
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TriStar Acquires Rights to ‘Happiest Season’ From Clea DuVall and Mary Holland (Exclusive)

TriStar Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to “Happiest Season” from writing duo Clea DuVall and Mary Holland, with DuVall on board to direct.

For DuVall, the pic will mark her first directing job at the studio level. Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner will produce with Jaclyn Huntling overseeing for Temple Hill.

“Mary and I are beyond thrilled to be working with TriStar and Temple Hill,” said DuVall. “‘Happiest Season’ is extremely important to us, and we could not ask for a better team to collaborate with to bring it to the screen.”

The pic tells the story of a young woman whose plan to propose to her girlfriend while at her family’s annual holiday party is upended when she discovers her partner hasn’t yet come out to her conservative parents.

“Teaming up with Clea to write ‘Happiest Season’ has been a highlight of my life,” said Holland. “I
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Michael J Fox in Recovery After Spinal Surgery

Michael J Fox in Recovery After Spinal Surgery
Michael J. Fox has recently undergone spinal surgery and is currently recovering, according to the actor’s spokesperson.

Fox, who currently has a recurring guest arc on ABC’s “Designated Survivor,” “recently underwent spinal surgery unrelated to his Parkinson’s,” his rep said in a statement. “He is recovering, feeling great, and looking forward to getting back on the golf course this summer.”

The reason for the surgery was not made public.

Also Read: Michael J Fox to Guest Star on 5 Episodes of ABC's 'Designated Survivor'

Fox was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative nervous system disorder, in 1991. In a recent interview, the actor said he was told he’d only be able to continue acting for up to 10 years.

“It was scary,” he said. “I was 29 years old and so it was the last thing I expected to hear. I thought I’d hurt my shoulder doing some stunt because I had a twitch in my pinkie. And the doctor said ‘You have Parkinson’s disease.’ He said, ‘The good news is that you have 10 years of work left.'”

Since then, Fox has continued to work for more than two decades, with recent roles on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Good Wife” and his own 2013 NBC sitcom “The Michael J. Fox Show.”

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10 Works That Influenced ‘Westworld’

HBO’s “Westworld” has made a name for itself as a 22-time Emmy nominated show that garnered the network’s highest ever first season viewership. But the intricate plots, haunting writing and western-future hybrid production design of the genre program do not exist in a vacuum.

Westworld” showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan took inspiration from several other works to build their perfect dystopian theme park, including — but not limited to — the show’s cinematic source material. Here are some of the projects that influenced the hit series.

Westworld” and “Futureworld

While the plot of the premium cabler drama is
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Natalie Portman Addresses Canceled Israel Trip: ‘I Must Stand Up Against Violence’

Natalie Portman Addresses Canceled Israel Trip: ‘I Must Stand Up Against Violence’
Natalie Portman has spoken out about political unrest surrounding her Israeli citizenship and a canceled trip to the country.

“My decision not to attend … has been mischaracterized by others. Let me speak for myself,” Portman wrote on Instagram on Friday.

The “Black Swan” star canceled a scheduled June appearance on Thursday over recent events she found “extremely distressing,” and says she no longer felt comfortable taking a recognition from Israel’s Genesis Prize Foundation.

“I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony. By the same token, I am not part of the Bds [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions ] movement and do not endorse it. Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation,” Portman wrote.

Also Read: Natalie Portman Won't Accept Award in Israel Due to 'Extremely Distressing' Recent Events

Likud party member Oren Hazan challenged the star’s move, reported the Israeli National News.

“[She is] a Jewish Israeli, who on the one hand cynically uses her birthplace to advance her career and on the other is proud of the fact that she managed to avoid enlisting in the Idf. She’s an actress, but she is unworthy of any honor in the State of Israel,” Hazan said.

Hazan added: “Sweetness can come from strength: I call on Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) to rescind Portman’s Israeli citizenship. She left Israel at age four, and has no real connection to the State.”

While Portman did not address the politician by name, she concluded her post by saying, “Israel was created exactly 70 years ago as a haven for refugees from the Holocaust. But the mistreatment of those suffering from today’s atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values. O, corruption, inequality, and abuse of power.”

Read her full remarks:

My decision not to attend the Genesis Prize ceremony has been mischaracterized by others. Let me speak for myself. I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony. By the same token, I am not part of the Bds movement and do not endorse it. Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation. I treasure my Israeli friends and family, Israeli food, books, art, cinema, and dance. Israel was created exactly 70 years ago as a haven for refugees from the Holocaust. But the mistreatment of those suffering from today’s atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values. O, corruption, inequality, and abuse of power.

My decision not to attend the Genesis Prize ceremony has been mischaracterized by others. Let me speak for myself. I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony. By the same token, I am not part of the Bds movement and do not endorse it. Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation. I treasure my Israeli friends and family, Israeli food, books, art, cinema, and dance. Israel was created exactly 70 years ago as a haven for refugees from the Holocaust. But the mistreatment of those suffering from today’s atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values. Because I care about Israel, I must stand up against violence, corruption, inequality, and abuse of power. Please do not take any words that do not come directly from me as my own. This experience has inspired me to support a number of charities in Israel. I will be announcing them soon, and I hope others will join me in supporting the great work they are doing.

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