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MRC Film Targets Audiences Over 50 With New Label, Landline Pictures, Led by Amy Baer

MRC Film Targets Audiences Over 50 With New Label, Landline Pictures, Led by Amy Baer
MRC Film has launched Landline Pictures, a new label targeting audiences over 50. Veteran producer Amy Baer has been tapped to lead the new venture.

According to a release announcing the news, Landline Pictures “will focus on uplifting and entertaining stories that are about and targeting the over 50 demographic, yet commercial and conceptual enough to cross over to a broader audience.”

Baer, who will report to MRC Film Co-Presidents Brye Adler and Jonathan Golfman, will oversee Landline Pictures’ creative and strategic agenda and serve in a producer capacity on all the label’s projects, with the goal to generate multiple films per year for both theatrical and streaming distribution.

“Amy is a total pro’s pro and we are proud to be partnered with her on this venture. There is a huge opportunity to make humorous and thoughtful movies for this underserved audience,” Adler and Golfman said, announcing the new venture and Baer’s appointment.
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Why Cameron Diaz Feels Like She Doesn't "Have What It Takes" to Make a Movie Right Now

Why Cameron Diaz Feels Like She Doesn't
For years, Cameron Diaz starred in Hollywood blockbusters. From My Best Friend's Wedding and There's Something About Mary to Charlie's Angels and The Holiday, the 48-year-old actress did one hit after another.  But after the 2014 release of Annie, she stopped and hasn't returned to acting since. Still, she's been busy. Diaz married Benji Madden in 2015, and the couple announced last year that they'd welcomed a baby girl, Raddix. She also released The Longevity Book (the follow-up to her New York Times bestseller The Body Book), invested in a number of businesses and launched her own wine brand, Avaline. It looks like Diaz doesn't have any plans to return to the big...
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Berlin Competition Films ‘I’m Your Man’ and ‘Next Door’ Are Popular Among EFM Buyers

Berlin Competition Films ‘I’m Your Man’ and ‘Next Door’ Are Popular Among EFM Buyers
Berlinale Competition entries from two actors turned directors, Maria Schrader and Daniel Brühl, were among titles on the Beta Cinema slate at the European Film Market to prove popular among international distributors.

Schrader, an Emmy Award winner as the director of “Unorthodox,” premiered comic-tragic tale “I’m Your Man,” starring Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”), Maren Eggert and Sandra Hueller (“Toni Erdmann”), at the virtual market, and Eggert won the festival’s Silver Bear for leading performance. Brühl made his directorial debut with dark comedy “Next Door,” a chamber piece in which he starred alongside “Babylon Berlin’s” Peter Kurth.

I’m Your Man” is leading the way with a flurry of sales to France (Haut et Court), Italy (Koch Media), Spain, Portugal and Latin America (Sun Distribution), Scandinavia (Edge Entertainment), Benelux (September Film), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Cis and Baltics (Volgafilm), Poland (Monolith), Hungary (Cirko Film), Czech Republic/Slovakia (Film Europe), former Yugoslavia (Discovery
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FilmSharks licenses package to Disney’s Star Channel (exclusive)

FilmSharks licenses package to Disney’s Star Channel (exclusive)
Sales agent also sells to HBO Max, Pantaya.

Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks has licensed a raft of Spanish-language titles to Disney-owned Star Channel in Latin America and Lionsgate’s Pantaya.

Juan Carlos Carrasco’s Mexican rom-com Love Can’t Wait (El Amor No Puede Esparar) stars comedy lead Adal Ramones and Monica Huarte (My Best Friend’s Wedding) as two people who connect while trapped in a video store. HBO Latino holds US pay-tv and streaming rights.

The Star Channel package includes Maribel Verdu in comedy Empowered (Sin Rodeos) from Santiago Segura (Torrente comedy franchise), Paco Caballero’s comedy Off Course… To
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‘Ticket To Paradise’: George Clooney & Julia Roberts Reunite For A Rom-Com From The Director Of ‘Mamma Mia 2’

‘Ticket To Paradise’: George Clooney & Julia Roberts Reunite For A Rom-Com From The Director Of ‘Mamma Mia 2’
Imagine it’s 1998. News is released that George Clooney (the heartthrob from “ER”) is teaming up with Julia Roberts (the actress from “My Best Friend’s Wedding”) to do a rom-com. That’s exciting stuff, right? Well, fast forward 23 years, and guess what? It’s happening!

Read More: ‘The Tender Bar’: George Clooney-Directed Amazon Drama Adds Tye Sheridan Alongside Ben Affleck

According to Deadline, George Clooney and Julia Roberts are reuniting to star in a new rom-com titled “Ticket to Paradise,” directed by Ol Parker.

Continue reading ‘Ticket To Paradise’: George Clooney & Julia Roberts Reunite For A Rom-Com From The Director Of ‘Mamma Mia 2’ at The Playlist.
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What to Watch on Cable and Streaming Instead of the Super Bowl

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What to Watch on Cable and Streaming Instead of the Super Bowl
Not even remotely interested in seeing Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes or The Weeknd do their thing at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium?

We’ve got you. Instead of watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs go helmet-to-helmet for a shiny Vince Lombardi, head to these platforms and channels to get your Sunday evening fix of series and flicks.

All showtimes listed below are in Eastern Standard Time.

Streaming Alternatives Netflix

Shows: “Kid Cosmic,” “Firefly Lane,” “Hache” (Season 2), “Invisible City,” “The Sinner” (Season 3)

Films: “The Bank Job,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “Zathura: A Space Adventure,” “Shutter Island,” “The Patriot,” “Little Big Women,” “Space Sweepers,” “Strip Down, Rise Up,” “The Yin-Yang Master: Dream of Eternity

Amazon Prime

Shows: “Little Coincidences,” “What’s New, Scooby-Doo?,” “Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men,” “The White Princess” (Season 1), “Billions” (Seasons 1-3), “Black in Latin America” (Season 1), “Finding Your Roots” (Season 1)

Films: “Kiki,” “Dazed and Confused,
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New on Netflix: February 2021 Releases

New on Netflix: February 2021 Releases
February may be the shortest month, but that doesn’t mean streaming services can ignore their duty to entertain us at all times. In that mission, Netflix is making a decent effort in February 2021. This isn’t the most jam-packed month the major streamer has trotted out just yet but there are plenty of new originals to get the job done.

Netflix has a few original series of note this month. The party begins with Kid Cosmic on Feb. 2. This animated series is a comic-tinged adventure from Craig McCracken, creator of the Powerpuff Girls. That’s followed by the Sarah Chalke and Katherine Heigl-starring Firefly Lane on Feb. 3 and Behind Her Eyes on Feb. 17. Perhaps the biggest sleeper this month, however, is Tribes of Europa. This post-apocalyptic adventure series premieres on Feb. 19.

There are also quite a few intriguing Netflix original movies in February 2021. Malcolm and Marie stars John David Washington
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How James Newton Howard Composed for a “Broken” Landscape in ‘News of the World’

How James Newton Howard Composed for a “Broken” Landscape in ‘News of the World’
Eight-time Oscar nominee James Newton Howard, whose projects have ranged from My Best Friend’s Wedding to multiple Batman films and the Hunger Games series, added a Western to his extensive résumé in 2020. The famed composer took on the score for Paul Greengrass’ News of the World, which stars Tom Hanks as a Civil War vet transporting a young girl (Helena Zengel) cross-country to her family. Howard recently chatted with THR about creating a less-is-more sound, breaking out of his comfort zone and incorporating a Western landscape into his music.

What was your collaboration like with Paul Greengrass?

We had a very good collaboration....
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Gay Best Friends: Toddy & Squash in "Victor/Victoria"

Gay Best Friends: Toddy & Squash in
In this series by Christopher James we investigate the 'Gay Best Friend' trope in movies.

More movies should end with a gay best friend performing drag, like Robert Preston in Victor/Victoria.Many of the gay best friends in movies we've discussed to date have been supporting characters to give color to the protagonists, act as a sounding board, or fill out the world of the story. Rarely are they actual plot drivers who get to carry their own subplot. In only one film that we've discussed to date, My Best Friend’s Wedding, do they also get to be the ultimate hero of the story.

Blake Edwards 1982 musical comedy Victor/Victoria, like most gender-flipping movies, relies a bit too much on the gender binary. However, it uses its queer characters to help the straights find their own unique shading on the sexuality spectrum. This was my first time watching Victor/Victoria and
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‘News of the World’ Could Play for Older Voters and Bring Overdue Recognition in Crafts Races

‘News of the World’ Could Play for Older Voters and Bring Overdue Recognition in Crafts Races
Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks and Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass have teamed up again for Universal’s Western “News of the World,” one of the biggest studio films in the awards race. The duo last worked together in 2013’s “Captain Phillips,” which ended up with a best picture nomination.

Like an all-American game of baseball, “News of the World” is a straight-down-the-middle film that checks many of the boxes of classic Hollywood pictures that used to be very popular within the industry. To successfully impact the Oscars, you must also reach the newest Academy members, who are younger and hungry for new and dynamic content. If it succeeds in rallying the support of older members, the film will plant itself in the middle of the Oscar race.

News of the World” tells the story of Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a Civil War veteran who agrees to deliver a girl,
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‘Parenthood’ Star Sarah Ramos Signs With Echo Lake Entertainment

‘Parenthood’ Star Sarah Ramos Signs With Echo Lake Entertainment
Exclusive: Sarah Ramos, perhaps best known for her role as Haddie Braverman on the NBC series Parenthood and a recurring role in Showtime’s The Affair, has signed with Echo Lake Entertainment for management representation in all areas.

Ramos currently produces and stars on the “true crime” podcast, The Renner Files, a comedic six-episode series that does a deep dive into Jeremy Renner’s ill-fated celeb app.

She directed and starred in the web series City Girl from a screenplay she wrote when she was 12 years old. She’s teamed with Matt Spicer and Dan Harmon to develop a show inspired by the web series for Disney+. Ramos also directed an episode of the new docu-series Marvel 616 that recently premiered on the Disney streamer.

This year, Ramos gained attention from the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Nicole Kidman, and Andrew Garfield for her Quarantscene Instagram videos, in which
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Rupert Everett, Derek Jacobi, Tom Felton Join Giles Borg’s ‘Lead Heads’

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Rupert Everett, Derek Jacobi, Tom Felton Join Giles Borg’s ‘Lead Heads’
Rupert Everett, Derek Jacobi and Tom Felton have joined the ensemble cast of “Lead Heads,” described as a “drama about greed and the repercussions it has on the soul.” Also in the cast are Luke Newberry, Mark Williams and Olatunji Ayofe. Giles Borg directs. Principal photography begins in March in London.

The film centers on “a group of men, strangers to one another but all corrupted by greed, who, in their desperation, are drawn together for one night to play a game that may cost them both their souls and lives,” according to a statement from the producers, Lawrence Steven Meyers, Randy Dannenberg and John Evangelides.

Alexa Waugh is onboard to line produce. The script was written by Patrick Makin.

Borg has worked in film and television for more than 20 years, directing commercials, music videos, TV series and feature films. He made his feature debut with “1234” in 2008, a quirky music-themed drama,
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‘Bike Thief,’ ‘Hello Again,’ ‘Karnawal’ Lead Beta Cinema Slate at AFM (Exclusive)

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‘Bike Thief,’ ‘Hello Again,’ ‘Karnawal’ Lead Beta Cinema Slate at AFM (Exclusive)
“The Bike Thief,” “Hello Again – a Wedding a Day” and “Karnawal” are among the hottest titles on Beta Cinema’s sales slate for the virtual version of the American Film Market, which starts Monday.

The Munich-based sales company will give Matt Chambers’ “The Bike Thief” its market premiere at AFM, following its world premiere this week in competition at the Tokyo Film Festival. Beta recently showed the film to select British buyers in a private screening in London and is now negotiating the U.K./Ireland deal.

The movie, starring Alec Secareanu (“God’s Own Country”) and Anamaria Marinca, explores the question of how far a father would go in present-day London to support his family when his only means to provide, his bike, is stolen.

“Hello Again – a Wedding a Day,” another completed title, is attracting strong interest too, Beta Cinema tells Variety. Hot on the heels of its appearance at Rome’s Mia market,
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Oscars 1998: 2 Best Pictures Nominees That Didn't Deserve It (& 8 Replacements)

Oscars 1998: 2 Best Pictures Nominees That Didn't Deserve It (& 8 Replacements)
The 1998 Academy Awards recognized the best films and performances released in the previous year, 1997. That year brought movie-goers films like Fools Rush In, Dante's Peak, My Best Friend's Wedding, and Picture Perfect. But none of these films were nominated for any Academy Awards this year.

Related: Oscars 1991: 2 Best Picture Nominees That Didn't Deserve It (& 8 That Did)

The films that were nominated for the Best Picture category this year were: Titanic, which won the coveted award, Good Will Hunting, As Good as it Gets, The Full Monty, and L.A. Confidential. A few of these movies on this list have gone down in history as some of the best movies of the year, but a couple of others maybe didn't deserve the nomination. There are even a few others that the Academy may have overlooked.
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The Best TV Shows and Movies to Watch on Hulu in August 2020

The Best TV Shows and Movies to Watch on Hulu in August 2020
Most of the truly exciting debuts in August are not happening on Hulu. But that's Ok! Because a number of great films are available to stream via Hulu this month, including Top GunThe Peanut Butter Falcon, and even My Best Friend's Wedding. So there's a little bit for everyone. Also, if you love

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Hulu Added Some Great Horror Movies Today To Kick Off August

Hulu Added Some Great Horror Movies Today To Kick Off August
Following on from a July where they added a large number of horror titles to their catalogue, Hulu have now made available even more great outings from the genre. As with all the major streaming players, keeping subscribers happy with new content during this Covid-19 year has been crucial, especially given the new competitors that have sprung up in recent months, further splintering film rights. Hulu are usually pretty reliable in terms of diversity, though, and have added some particularly strong horror titles for August.

Among the highlights for new movies is the original 1988 Child’s Play, which introduced the murderous Chucky to the world in a film that arguably remains the high-point of the franchise. A reasonably realistic setting, a convincing child performance and some excellent effects work make Child’s Play a classic of the period and more than worth a rewatch. And with the Chucky series on the way,
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David Rubin Will Continue as Academy President During This Strange Pandemic Year

David Rubin Will Continue as Academy President During This Strange Pandemic Year
Casting director David Rubin, who has been holding down a full-time job during a challenging time as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was re-elected Tuesday by the organization’s Board of Governors. Rubin begins his second term as president and his eighth year as a governor.

Also re-elected to officer positions by the Board were First Vice President Lois Burwell

(chair, Awards and Events Committee), representing the Makeup and Hairstyling branch, and Vice President Larry Karaszewski, a member of the Writers branch, who also runs the International Feature Film Committee with Diane Weyermann. Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos returns as Treasurer after a hiatus.

This will be the first officer stint for Vice President Isis Mussenden, representing the costume designers, Vice President Wynn P. Thomas, representing the production designers, and Secretary Janet Yang, who is an independent producer.

Academy board members may serve up to two three-year terms,
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David Rubin Will Continue as Academy President During This Strange Pandemic Year

David Rubin Will Continue as Academy President During This Strange Pandemic Year
Casting director David Rubin, who has been holding down a full-time job during a challenging time as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was re-elected Tuesday by the organization’s Board of Governors. Rubin begins his second term as president and his eighth year as a governor.

Also re-elected to officer positions by the Board were First Vice President Lois Burwell

(chair, Awards and Events Committee), representing the Makeup and Hairstyling branch, and Vice President Larry Karaszewski, a member of the Writers branch, who also runs the International Feature Film Committee with Diane Weyermann. Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos returns as Treasurer after a hiatus.

This will be the first officer stint for Vice President Isis Mussenden, representing the costume designers, Vice President Wynn P. Thomas, representing the production designers, and Secretary Janet Yang, who is an independent producer.

Academy board members may serve up to two three-year terms,
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David Rubin Re-Elected President Of Motion Picture Academy

David Rubin Re-Elected President Of Motion Picture Academy
Casting director David Rubin has been re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization’s board of governors. This will be the second one-year term for Rubin, who earlier in the day was nominated for an Emmy for his casting work on Big Little Lies.

The board also elected to officer positions the following:

Lois Burwell, First Vice President

(chair, Awards and Events Committee)

Larry Karaszewski, Vice President

(chair, Preservation and History Committee)

Isis Mussenden, Vice President

(chair, Museum Committee)

Wynn P. Thomas, Vice President

(chair, Education and Outreach Committee)

Jim Gianopulos, Treasurer

(chair, Finance Committee)

Janet Yang, Secretary

(chair, Membership and Governance Committee)

Burwell and Karaszewski were also re-elected to their positions, while Paramount chairman Jim Gianoulos is returning after a hiatus to the role of Treasurer, an office he previously held. He replaces Mark Johnson. Newly elected as first-time officers are Mussenden,
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