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Cinemax Orders Drama Series ‘Jett’ Starring Carla Gugino

Cinemax has given a straight-to-series order for a new drama series starring Carla Gugino, Variety has learned.

The series is titled “Jett.” It will follow world-class thief Daisy ”Jett” Kowalski (Gugino) who, fresh out of prison, is forced back into doing what she does best by dangerous and eccentric criminals determined to exploit her skills for their own ends.

Jett is described as an intensely practical and self-reliant thief, an unsentimental woman of action. With the birth of her daughter, Jett planned to put her career in crime behind her, only to find herself drawn into doing one last job.
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Paramount Pictures Lands Ya Novel ‘Aru Shah And The End Of Time’

Exclusive: Paramount Pictures won an auction for movie rights to Aru Shah and the End Of Time, a young adult novel by Roshani Chokshi that debuts this Sunday in the No. 2 slot on The New York Times Bestseller list for young readers. The studio sees the potential for a franchise that is a cross between Wizard of Oz and Coco, with a touch of Night at the Museum. Karen Rosenfelt is producing. The auction came down to Paramount and Netflix, both drawn by the global appeal and…
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Jumanji 2 Beats Spider-Man as Sony's Highest Grossing Movie

While Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is winding down its epic box office run, the global blockbuster just beat a 16-year-old record. The sequel just passed the $403.7 million tally of 2002's Spider-Man, to become Sony's highest-grossing movie ever. Worldwide, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has taken in $950.7 million worldwide, and while it won't cross the $1 billion plateau, or best Skyfall ($1.1 billion) as Sony's highest grossing worldwide film, it did earn over 10 times its $90 million budget. Here's what Sony Pictures Entertainment Group chairman Tom Rothman had to say about how Jumanji managed to pull off this impressive feat.

""It's not the IP, it's the 'I,' the idea. Before the obsession grew with known properties only, big ideas are what powered big movies."

Rothman added that the core story, where four teenagers are turned into video game avatars that represent their polar opposites in the real world, is a, "big,
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Studios Must Face Trimmed Lawsuit Over CG Characters in Blockbuster Movies

Disney, Fox, and Paramount got a mixed decision on Wednesday in a case that tests Hollywood's liability for using a technology determined to be stolen to create photorealistic computer graphic effects in huge films including Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool and Night at the Museum. A federal judge has rejected the plaintiff's bold copyright claim, but won't dismiss assertions that the studios induced patent infringement nor committed trademark infringement.

The lawsuit comes from Rearden LLC, a firm founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Perlman that previously defended and then counterclaimed against Digital Domain 3.0 and the Chinese company, Shenzhenshi Haitiecheng...
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Look for 'The Last Jedi' to Become 2017's Highest Grossing Release Over New Year's Frame

Look for 'The Last Jedi' to Become 2017's Highest Grossing Release Over New Year's Frame
The last two times New Year's Day fell on a Monday were 2000 and, most recently, 2006. Both instances saw films in the top ten show significant growth over the weekend prior. Similarly, if we were to look at the years 2001, 2007 and 2012, where New Year's Day fell on Tuesday, we again see strong performances though 2001 shows The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring dipping in its second weekend and 2012 shows The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey dropping in its third. Similar to this year's holiday leader, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, both of those films still topped the weekend box office, all of which aided in our attempt to make sense out of what to expect over this final weekend in 2017. For starters, look for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to once again finish #1 for a third weekend in a row. While the latest installment in the franchise saw a
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Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Set to Hit $600 Million Worldwide on Thursday

Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Set to Hit $600 Million Worldwide on Thursday
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” should hit the $600 million mark at the worldwide box office on Thursday, with $573.8 million already banked.

The tentpole took in $16.9 million domestically at 4,232 locations on Wednesday, down just 12% from Tuesday’s earnings. The North American total has hit $278.8 million in just six days.

Wednesday’s international gross totaled $20.3 million for a foreign haul of $295 million, led by the U.K. with $50.1 million, Germany with $29.8 million, France with $22.8 million, Australia with $21.3 million, and Japan with $19.6 million. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” began opening internationally on Dec. 13 and 14. It will debut in China on Jan. 5.

The worldwide total has already become the 145th-highest of all time — $2.8 million more than 2105’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Wall-e,” and $700,000 less than 2006’s “Night at the Museum.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opened with the second-largest launch ever in its first weekend with $220 million. It faced competition for the first time on Wednesday
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Return of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"

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As The Walt Disney Co. continues to buy up popular movie/TV content for the 'DisneyLife' streaming service, take a look at some of the brands the studio will now control and develop through their recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox entertainment assets, including "Buffy The Vampire Slayer":

Besides "Buffy", other brands for streaming and development include "Alien","Planet Of The Apes"...

..."The Simpsons", "Die Hard", Independence Day", "Kingsman", "Family Guy", "The X-Files", "Avatar", "Predator"...

..."Ice Age", "Wolverine"...

..."Goosebumps", "American Dad:, "American Horror Story", "Deadpool", "Fantastic Four"...

..."Fargo", "The Fly", "Futurama"...

..."Home Alone", "Homeland", "M*A*S*H.", "Night at the Museum:, "The Omen", "The Peanuts Movie", "Romancing the Stone", "X-Men"...

...and whole lot more...

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"Buffy The Vampire Slayer" Comic Books
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Here’s Every Franchise That Disney Just Got From Fox

Even before Disney acquired Fox’s entertainment assets as part of its historic Hollywood merger, keeping track of those all-important film rights within the industry’s leading franchises was a difficult, and often confusing, gig. But now that the Disney-Fox merger is ostensibly signed, sealed and delivered, the Mouse House’s roster of characters and properties is about to expand quite drastically – and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

For Marvel Studios, in particular, this merger spells a long-rumored homecoming for the X-Men, and we understand head honcho Kevin Feige is keen to cross-pollinate those iconic mutants with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its roster of established characters – just don’t get your hopes up for Hugh Jackman to swing by for a cameo in Avengers 4. If anything, this merger leaves the door open for another actor to take Jackman’s place and reboot the Wolverine we know and love.
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Every Movie Franchise Disney Just Got from Fox

Every Movie Franchise Disney Just Got from Fox
It's now a done deal. After weeks of rumors and discussion, Disney has officially purchased the majority of 21st Century Fox, including the entirety of their movie studio 20th Century Fox, among many other valuable assets. The deal is valued at $66 billion and is quite possibly the biggest shake-up in Hollywood history. Disney has become an absolute franchise machine in recent years and, with this Fox deal, they're going to be untouchable as they've just purchased a ton of new franchises to mine for box office gold.

Starting with the big ones on everyone's mind, Fox is now in control of virtually every Marvel property under the sun, assuming the deal is allowed to go through. The deal still needs to be approved, legally speaking, and that could take a while. Assuming that all works out, Disney will officially be in control of the X-Men, Deadpool and (possibly) the Fantastic Four film rights.
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“‘Stranger Things” Producer Shawn Levy Signs Huge Deal With Netflix

The news has come out that Netflix has signed an exclusive deal with Shawn Levy and his production company 21 Laps Entertainment. For those who are unfamiliar with that particular name, Levy is the director-producer of Stranger Things, which has been a huge success so far and shows the potential to become even bigger in the future. Combined with previous projects such as Cheaper By the Dozen, The Pink Panther, and the Night at the Museum franchise, it is no exaggeration to say that Levy is a figure of note, which in turn, means that this would be the third

“‘Stranger Things” Producer Shawn Levy Signs Huge Deal With Netflix
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Production Halted On Freddie Mercury Biopic, Director May Be Replaced

Prior to his involvement in USA’s excellent Mr. Robot (our review), Rami Malek was often restricted to tertiary roles. From Night at the Museum to The Pacific to Short Term 12, the 36-year-old has no shortage of credits for supporting characters, and even played a small, yet fairly crucial role in Supermassive’s video game sleeper hit, Until Dawn.

That all changes with the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, though, which is poised to place the rising star front and center as the great Freddie Mercury. And though a handful of film fans expressed some concern about his casting, those fears were quickly silenced following the unveiling of the actor as Queen’s former frontman.

Whether it’s the signature white vest and blue jeans ensemble, or the way in which Malek channels Mercury’s flamboyant performances, the attention to detail in the film is uncanny, and Bohemian Rhapsody is
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'Fist Fight' Director Tackling 'Imagine Agents' for Fox (Exclusive)

Twentieth Century Fox’s Imagine Agents is getting more real.

Richie Keen, who directed the Ice Cube-Charlie Day comedy Fist Fight, has come aboard to helm the project that adapts the Boom! Studios comic.

At the same time, Shawn Levy, the director-producer behind Stranger Things and the Night at the Museum movies, has joined the project as a producer while his 21 Laps Entertainment cohort Dan Cohen joins as exec producer.

Michael Keaton, Michael Sugar, and Boom!’s Ross Richie are also producing while Stephen Christy and Ashley Zalta are exec producing. Adam Yoelin is co-producing and overseeing the project for Boom!

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Dan Stevens on 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' and Talk of a 'Beauty and the Beast' Sequel (Exclusive)

Dan Stevens on 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' and Talk of a 'Beauty and the Beast' Sequel (Exclusive)
Dan Stevens loves Christmas. Not in the way that everybody who Christmases loves Christmas, no, he is a Christmas tree up, hang the lights after Halloween kind of Christmas guy. "We enjoy it very much in our house. I have three kids now, so that's three times the fun," he says of daughters Willow, 7, and Eden, 1, and son Aubrey, 5, with his wife, jazz singer Susie Hariet. "It's a lot of board games, classic movies. We always screen The Muppet Christmas Carol every Christmas Eve. For us, it's a special time of year."

Their Christmas Eve screening may soon become a double feature, as the actor's new movie, The Man Who Invented Christmas, out Nov. 22, makes a fitting follow-up to Kermit the Frog's starring role as Bob Cratchit, with The Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens. In it, Stevens plays Dickens as he sets out to write a Christmas book on a six-week deadline and dreams up his unexpectedly
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Dan Stevens on 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' and a 'Beauty and the Beast' Sequel (Exclusive)

Dan Stevens on 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' and a 'Beauty and the Beast' Sequel (Exclusive)
Dan Stevens loves Christmas. Not in the way that everybody who Christmases loves Christmas, no, he is a Christmas tree up, hang the lights after Halloween kind of Christmas guy. "We enjoy it very much in our house. I have three kids now, so that's three times the fun," he says of daughters Willow, 7, and Eden, 1, and son Aubrey, 5, with his wife, jazz singer Susie Hariet. "It's a lot of board games, classic movies. We always screen The Muppet Christmas Carol every Christmas Eve. For us, it's a special time of year."

Their Christmas Eve screening may soon become a double feature, as the actor's new movie, The Man Who Invented Christmas, out Nov. 22, makes a fitting follow-up to Kermit the Frog's starring role as Bob Cratchit, with The Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens. In it, Stevens plays Dickens as he sets out to write a Christmas book on a six-week deadline and dreams up his unexpectedly
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Kevin Campbell Joins 20th Century Fox Film as Marketing Co-President

Veteran marketing executive Kevin Campbell has been named co-president of worldwide theatrical marketing at 20th Century Fox Film.

Campbell, who previously held executive marketing roles at Fox from 2005-08, rejoins the studio after most recently serving as head of marketing for Amblin Partners. His appointment will become effective before the end of this year.

Campbell will work with Pam Levine, who became head of marketing last year.

“Kevin’s leadership will be instrumental as he collaborates closely with Pam on both shaping and implementing the vision we have for our studio’s marketing group,” said Stacey Snider, chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox Film. “Kevin has had extensive experience working with some of the best filmmakers in our business; and with some of Hollywood’s best studio marketing groups. We are fortunate to take advantage of all of these many assets so that we can make sure that Twentieth Century Fox’s marketing prowess is future
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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ to Continue Box Office Reign Over Newcomers With $63 Million

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ to Continue Box Office Reign Over Newcomers With $63 Million
Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” is still booming at the box office with a projected $63 million at 4,038 North American sites in its second weekend, early estimates showed Friday.

Fox’s detective drama “Murder on the Orient Express” is leading the rest of the pack with about $25 million at 3,341 locations, while Paramount’s family comedy “Daddy’s Home 2” will wind up with about $21 million at 3,575 venues. Both new entries are performing within expectations.

Should the projection for “Thor: Ragnarok” hold, the tentpole would wind up with one of the top 15 second weekends of all time. The third Thor movie ended a monthlong box office slump last weekend when it opened strongly with $122.7 million, the fourth-best launch of 2017, so a decline of under 50% is well above the norm.

Thor: Ragnarok,” starring Chris Hemsworth, has topped $154 million in its first seven days. It will become the ninth-highest domestic grosser of 2017 this weekend and wind up the weekend with around $215 million domestically
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Shawn Levy to Direct ‘Crater’, a Sci-Fi Coming-of-Age Film Set on the Moon

Shawn Levy to Direct ‘Crater’, a Sci-Fi Coming-of-Age Film Set on the Moon
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of director Shawn Levy? For many movie-literate fans, the answer is probably the uber-bankable Night at the Museum film franchise. But lately, Levy has earned some Cool Points™ as a producer of Netflix’s mega-hit series Stranger Things, and now it sounds like he’s found a sci-fi coming-of-age […]

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Afm: Brian O’Shea Talks Social Drama With ‘Girl From Mogadishu’

Afm: Brian O’Shea Talks Social Drama With ‘Girl From Mogadishu’
Brian O’Shea has led the Exchange to strong growth. Launched in 2011, the self-funded finance-sales company has sold and/or financed such notable films as the award-winning documentary “Gleason,” “Chocolate City,” “A Street Cat Named Bob,” “The Spectacular Now” and “Dear White People.” O’Shea recently talked to Variety about the company,

You’re currently working on “A Girl From Mogadishu” from writer-director Mary McGuckian, which tells the story of Somali social activist Ifrah Ahmed and her fight against the horrors of female genital mutilation. It couldn’t be more timely.

Absolutely, and we’ve always been drawn to and driven by unique powerful stories like this, which are a core part of breakout independent filmmaking. Nothing is more truthful than a real life story, and the activist, who’s in the film, is just so inspiring. So we felt this was so relevant in so many ways — women’s rights, globalization, the oppression of minorities,
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See New 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Photo; Here's What We Know So Far

Director Bryan Singer (X-Men Apocalypse) shared an amazing new photo of Rami Malek (above in Buster's Mal Heart) as Freddie Mercury (below) and it looks like a snapshot from a concert video of the famed singer during his glory days leading Queen. If those names are not instantly familiar to you, however, we're here to help with a quick catch-up on the movie.   Couldn't help myself and had to post this iPhone pic A post shared by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Oct 16, 2017 at 6:30pm Pdt   Who stars? Rami Malek, who broke out big time in TV's Mr. Robot, now in its third season. He's been acting for more than 10 years, building up an impressive resume that includes roles in the Night at the Museum movies, TV...

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Incredible Bohemian Rhapsody Pic Sees Rami Malek’s Freddie Mercury Own The Stage

Prior to his involvement in USA’s excellent Mr. Robot series (our review), Rami Malek was often restricted to tertiary roles. From Night at the Museum to The Pacific to Short Term 12, the 36-year-old has no shortage of credits for supporting characters, and even played a small, yet fairly crucial role in Supermassive’s video game sleeper hit, Until Dawn.

That all changes with the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, though, which is poised to place Rami Malek front and center as the great Freddie Mercury. And though a handful of film fans expressed some concern about his casting, those fears were quickly silenced following the unveiling of the actor as Queen’s former frontman.

Whether it’s the signature white vest and blue jeans ensemble, or the way in which Malek channels Mercury’s flamboyant performances, the attention to detail here is uncanny, and Bohemian Rhapsody is now among
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