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Patrick Dempsey and Darren Star to Be Feted at Mipcom by Canneseries

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Patrick Dempsey and Darren Star to Be Feted at Mipcom by Canneseries
Actor Patrick Dempsey and showrunner Darren Star will be feted by Canneseries, the series festival, at next week’s TV market and conference Mipcom.

Dempsey will receive the Excellence Award in recognition of his 30-year career in television and cinema. He is best known for his portrayal of Dr. Derek Shepherd on the hit ABC series “Grey’s Anatomy.” His performance earned him a 2007 Screen Actors Guild Award. More recently Dempsey executive produced The Orchard’s documentary “Hurley,” and he is a producer of the Twentieth Century Fox series “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” which was released in August.

Dempsey’s recent credits include Universal’s “Bridget Jones’ Baby,” alongside Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth, the Epix miniseries “The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair,” and his portrayal of Dominic Morgan in “Devils.” Dempsey’s production company Shifting Gears produces content for both television and film. Amongst a slate of projects,
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Exclusive: Watch Milo Ventimiglia Play With an Incredibly Cute Dog in The Art of Racing in the Rain

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Exclusive: Watch Milo Ventimiglia Play With an Incredibly Cute Dog in The Art of Racing in the Rain
Milo Ventimiglia briefly took a break from making us cry over the Pearsons in This Is Us to make us weep while watching him cuddle golden retrievers in The Art of Racing in the Rain. (Basically never watch anything he's in unless you're fully stocked up on tissues.) Based on Garth Stein's 2008 novel of the same name, the film follows an aspiring race car driver named Denny Swift (Ventimiglia) and his adorable dog Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner) as they navigate all of life's twists and turns. Enzo is played by a number of talented real-life pups, and we have an exclusive video that shows exactly how the film's production team got them to behave on set.

"Every scene relied on the dog doing something intricate and detailed, but I have to say, time and time again, Parker particularly delivered what we needed in the scene," director Simon Curtis says,
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Exclusive: Watch Milo Ventimiglia Play With an Incredibly Cute Dog in The Art of Racing in the Rain

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Milo Ventimiglia briefly took a break from making us cry over the Pearsons in This Is Us to make us weep while watching him cuddle golden retrievers in The Art of Racing in the Rain. (Basically never watch anything he's in unless you're fully stocked up on tissues.) Based on Garth Stein's 2008 novel of the same name, the film follows an aspiring race car driver named Denny Swift (Ventimiglia) and his adorable dog Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner) as they navigate all of life's twists and turns. Enzo is played by a number of talented real-life pups, and we have an exclusive video that shows exactly how the film's production team got them to behave on set.

"Every scene relied on the dog doing something intricate and detailed, but I have to say, time and time again, Parker particularly delivered what we needed in the scene," director Simon Curtis says,
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Disney Says Fox Movies Were Failing Even Before The Merger

It doesn’t take a soothsayer to realize that 20th Century Fox is experiencing something of a cinematic slump.

Films like X-Men: Dark Phoenix, action-comedy Stuber, and The Art of Racing in the Rain, which opened last month to just $8.1 million, all fell flat at the global box office, leading to a stern (yet measured) call to action from Disney CEO Bob Iger during last month’s quarterly earnings call.

Iger’s comments made for tough reading for any Fox staffer, though the chief executive has now clarified his statement in an interview with The New York Times (h/t TheWrap), noting that it was not so much a “slap-down” as it was an admission that Fox’s recent slate of movies had underperformed.

It wasn’t a slap-down. It was an admission that the movies that they had made failed. And I actually gave then a tremendous amount of
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Box Office Battle: ‘Ad Astra’ Takes on ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ and ‘Downton Abbey’

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Box Office Battle: ‘Ad Astra’ Takes on ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ and ‘Downton Abbey’
Hustlers” and “Good Boys” proved that even in the age of Marvel dominance and remake mania, movies that don’t exist within an established franchise can still be box office draws. Can “Ad Astra” continue that trend?

The space drama — starring Brad Pitt and directed by James Gray — arrives on the big screen this weekend alongside two other nationwide releases with fierce competition among older audiences: Lionsgate’s “Rambo: Last Blood” and Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey.” All three titles are eyeing modest debuts around $20 million and will contend with the reigning champ, Warner Bros.’ “It: Chapter Two,” for first place on domestic box office charts. Based on Stephen King’s terrifying novel, “It: Chapter Two” collected $39 million last weekend and should pull in another $20 million during its third outing in theaters. After two weeks of release, the horror blockbuster has amassed $324 million worldwide.

Rambo: Last Blood,” the fifth chapter in Sylvester Stallone’s action franchise,
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Amanda Seyfried to star in Netflix horror Things Heard & Seen

THR is reporting that Amanda Seyfried (The Art of Racing in the Rain) is in final talks to star in the new Netflix-produced horror Things Heard & Seen, which is being written and directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor).

The film is based upon Elizabeth Brundage’s All Things Cease to Appear and revolves around “a young couple who move to a farm near a small town in upstate New York. Their new home is cursed by the murder of its former owners and as haunted secrets reveal themselves, the husband and wife’s own marriage reveals itself to have a darkness of its own.”

Production on Things Head & Seen is set to get underway later this year, with the project said to be similar in tone to the streaming service’s hit series The Haunting of Hill House.

Seyfried has recently wrapped filming on another horror project,
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Milo Ventimiglia to play Evel Knievel in new limited series

Variety is reporting that This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia has signed on to portray daredevil Evel Knievel in a limited series biopic at USA Network.

Titled Evel, the series is being written and executive produced by Etan Frankel and will tell the story of Knievel as he prepares for his greatest feat, the 1974 attempt to jump Idaho’s Snake River Canyon in his Skycycle X-2.

“USA Network is known for big event series that celebrate heroes, rebels and icons, and what could be bigger than the story of one of the greatest thrill seekers of all time?” said Chris McCumber of USA Network. “The incredible life and journey of Evel Knievel lends itself to a dramatic retelling, and we are excited to be partnering with Milo, McG, Ucp, Atlas and Wonderland to bring this iconic American tale to our viewers.”

Ventimiglia can currently be seen in his Emmy Award-nominated
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Evel Knievel Series Starring Milo Ventimiglia Set for USA Network

Joseph Baxter Sep 6, 2019

This is Us star Milo Ventimiglia will star in USA Network limited series Evel, showcasing the life of legendary daredevil Evel Knievel.

The gravity-abused life of iconic stuntman Evel Knievel (1938-2007) will be chronicled by USA Network, which has ordered a limited series, titled Evel.

Milo Ventimiglia, who currently stars on NBC television drama This is Us (which manifests under the same corporate umbrella as the cable channel), will play the eponymous daredevil on USA Network’s Evel, which he’ll also executive produce. The series will focus on a specific period in Knievel’s career, namely the preparatory build-up before his famously-failed jump across Snake River Canyon – a heavily hyped event that took place west of Idaho’s Shoshone Falls, on September 8, 1974, at 3:36 p.m. Mdt.

The limited series comes after a 2015 spate of contemplated-but-nixed Evel Knievel biographical projects from heavies like Martin Scorsese and Darren Aronofsky.
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Milo Ventimiglia to Play Evel Knievel in USA Network Limited Series

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Milo Ventimiglia to Play Evel Knievel in USA Network Limited Series
Milo Ventimiglia is suiting up as daredevil Evel Knievel for a limited series that has been ordered at USA Network, Variety has learned.

Titled “Evel,” the series is based on the story of the larger-than-life 1970s daredevil as he prepares for his greatest death-defying feat, the historic Snake River Canyon jump. There is not currently an episode count for the series, but it is expected to begin production in 2020.

Etan Frankel will write and executive produce. Ventimiglia will also executive produce the series under his Divide Pictures banner, with Divide’s Russ Cundiff co-executive producing. McG, Mary Viola, and Steven Bello of Wonderland Sound & Vision will also executive produce along with Alex Gartner, Charles Roven, and Topher Rhys-Lawrence of Atlas Entertainment. Universal Content Productions (Ucp) will produce.

“USA Network is known for big event series that celebrate heroes, rebels and icons, and what could be bigger than the story of
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Milo Ventimiglia To Star In Evel Knievel Limited Series Greenlighted By USA Network

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USA Network has ordered limited series Evel, based on the story of larger-than-life ’70s daredevil Evel Knievel. Starring and executive produced by This Is UsMilo Ventimiglia, it hails from from McG’s Wonderland Sound & Vision, Ucp and Atlas Entertainment.

Written by Etan Frankel (Animal Kingdom), Evel falls into USA’s wheelhouse of “heroes, rebels & icons” focused on big stories about big American characters.

The limited series is based on the story of Evel Knievel (Ventimiglia) as he prepares for his greatest death-defying feat — the historic Snake River Canyon jump. Evel is an exhilarating portrait of a complex man living the American dream, juggling meteoric celebrity and raising a family — and facing the very real probability that his next jump will kill him.

Frankel will executive produce with McG, Mary Viola and Steven Bello of Wonderland Sound & Vision; Alex Gartner, Charles Roven and Topher Rhys-Lawrence of Atlas Entertainment; and Ventimiglia.
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‘A Mouthful Of Air’: Amanda Seyfried, Finn Wittrock, Paul Giamatti, Amy Irving & Jennifer Carpenter Set For Maven Pictures Drama

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‘A Mouthful Of Air’: Amanda Seyfried, Finn Wittrock, Paul Giamatti, Amy Irving & Jennifer Carpenter Set For Maven Pictures Drama
Exclusive: Production gets underway next week in the U.S. on feature drama A Mouthful Of Air, starring Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!), Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story), Amy Irving (Yentl), Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) and Paul Giamatti (Sideways).

Written and directed by Amy Koppelman (I Smile Back) and based on Koppelman’s novel of the same name, the script is a character piece examining the relationship between the creative process and mental illness. Seyfried will star as Julie, a new mom and children’s book author, who escapes into the bright Crayola colored world of her creation in order to leave behind the darkness caused by her post partum depression.

Wittrock will play Ethan, Julie’s husband. Irving will play Julie’s mother, Carpenter will play her sister in law and Giamatti will play her doctor.

The film is being produced by Mike Harrop, Koppelman, Seyfried, Lee Cohen MD and Maven Pictures
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Despite ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Spider-Man’ and Other Hits, Summer Box Office Slips 2%

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Even with an impressive number of billion-dollar blockbusters, the 2019 summer box office won’t be one for the record books.

Popcorn season, the four-month stretch between May and August, generated $4.32 billion in ticket sales in North America, marking a 2% decline from last year’s $4.41 billion, according to Comscore. The summer box office has certainly seen worse. However, those uninspired returns pushed year-to-date revenues down over 6%, meaning the movie business will need to rely on huge hits in fall and winter to offset that deficit.

Disney walked away the big winner this summer as three movies — “The Lion King,” “Aladdin” and “Toy Story 4” — grossed more than $1 billion worldwide over the summer. “The Lion King” was the highest-grossing film this summer with domestic ticket sales at $523.5 million to date. Through the first weekend in September, the company commands 40% of the domestic box office.

But even the biggest Hollywood studio didn’t emerge unscathed.
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Filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur Reunites With Mark Wahlberg For Inspirational Dog Film ‘Arthur The King’

Hollywood sure does enjoy a good ol’ fashioned inspirational dog story, huh? Just a couple of weeks ago, we saw “The Art of Racing in the Rain” arrive in theaters, telling the story of a dog’s life with a racecar driver. And now, Mark Wahlberg is going to try his hand at inspiration dog films with the upcoming “Arthur the King.”

Variety is reporting that Wahlberg has signed on to star in “Arthur the King,” which is directed by Baltasar Kormakur.

Continue reading Filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur Reunites With Mark Wahlberg For Inspirational Dog Film ‘Arthur The King’ at The Playlist.
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Box Office Report Card: Studios Get Their Summer Grades

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Studios got badly burned this summer.

From May to August, popcorn season in movie speak, the film flops piled up and the big hits were few and far between for nearly every company except Disney.

As a whole, summer did little to instill confidence in the state of moviegoing. To be sure, there were successes such as “The Lion King,” “John Wick 3,” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” but the onslaught of costly duds such as “Dark Phoenix” and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” ensured that nobody emerged unscathed. By the time Labor Day has passed, summer moviegoing season should end up almost 3% behind 2018, according to Comscore, pushing the year-to-date box office down more than 6%.

This summer also widened the gap between the have and have-nots, as independent comedies and dramas continue struggling to find an audience. That chasm left Disney looming high about the competition as other studios
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Good Boys Scores Big Win for R-Rated Comedy at This Weekend's Box Office

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Good Boys debuted at number one at this weekend's box office. This marks the first time since 2016's The Boss that an R-rated comedy has taken the top spot. In addition, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's raunchy project is the biggest original comedy to hit screens this year and the second-best opening, only behind Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Funeral, which brought in $27.1 million. Good Boys follows three 12-year old boys who are trying to get into a kissing party while trying to learn about the act along the way.

Hobbs & Shaw fell to number two at the box office this weekend with $14.1 million. The Fast and Furious spin-off did not have what it takes to hold on to the number one spot for a third weekend, but it is still holding strong and waiting for a global boost when the movie opens in China next weekend. Disney's
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Disney Is Worried About Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit Being Too Edgy For Their Brand

Disney has given Twentieth Century Fox their first review since acquiring the studio, and it didn’t go as well as either would have hoped. Since the merger, Fox has released four films, beginning with the faith-based film Breakthrough, which was the only one that turned a profit. X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Stuber, and The Art of Racing in the Rain were all sadly considered flops. Disney’s Chief Executive Bob Iger did not mince words during the company’s quarterly earnings call. Here’s what he had to say:

“The Fox studio performance … was well below where it had been and well below where we hoped it would be when we made the acquisition.”

Yikes! That had to have been rough to hear. But Disney execs have to take into account that some of the problem has to be chalked up to timing. Anything would have looked like small potatoes up against Avengers: Endgame,
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Disney "Largely Ignored" X-Men: Dark Phoenix After Fox Acquisition

Kirsten Howard Aug 14, 2019

As if the final X-Men movie, the generally unloved Dark Phoenix, didn't have enough problems.

If you thought you'd heard the last of Dark Phoenix's rocky road to cinemas, think again. After being hit with an objectively terrible reception from both critics and audiences alike, Fox's final X-Men outing is still getting dragged through the mud.

It emerged at the start of August that X-Men: Dark Phoenix was one of the key reasons that Fox lost $170 million in the second quarter of 2019, and a new report reveals that Simon Kinberg's X-Men swan song was likely Doa before it was even released, with Disney dumping the film's marketing team, and putting in as little effort as possible to support the film.

Per Variety, "Disney largely ignored Dark Phoenix after it acquired 20th Century in March, according to sources. The marketing team familiar with the film was laid off,
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With Five More New Releases, Can Any Movie Break Through at the Box Office in August?

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August’s box office traffic jam is turning into full-on pileup. After five new nationwide releases last weekend, most of which failed in spectacular fashion, five more newcomers are arriving on movie theater marquees. It could mean another rough outing for Hollywood studios.

Universal’s raunchy comedy “Good Boys,” Sony’s animated “Angry Birds” sequel and Entertainment Studio’s shark thriller “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” look to have the best start among fresh offerings, but there’s a chance those will be the only films to hit double-digit debuts.

The Angry Birds Movie 2” is getting a jump on the weekend by launching on Tuesday for a projected $16 million to $18 million from 3,800 theaters during its first six days of release. Some box office watchers estimate the film could reach $20 million, but even those numbers would be a huge drop from its predecessor, 2016’s “Angry Birds.” The first film, based on
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Disney Reportedly Ignored ‘Dark Phoenix’ After Fox Merger and Fired Its Marketing Team

Disney Reportedly Ignored ‘Dark Phoenix’ After Fox Merger and Fired Its Marketing Team
After grossing around $65 million at the U.S. box office, “Dark Phoenix” is bound to go down as one of the biggest flops of 2019. Not only did “Dark Phoenix” fail to outgross, in its entire run, the opening weekends of seven previous “X-Men” movies, but the movie’s performance was such a disappointment that Disney CEO Bob Iger credited it as the primary reason the studio lost $170 million in the second quarter of the year. A new report from Variety reveals the box office flops of “Dark Phoenix” and other Fox films acquired by Disney after the $71.3 billion merger has caused Disney to completely retool the upcoming Fox slate.

One of the most revealing tidbits comes from rival studio executives, who told Variety that Disney cut at least $50 million worth from Fox marketing and development. While “Dark Phoenix” did not get support from critics (IndieWire’s senior film critic David
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Latest New Mutants Rumor Doesn't Sound Good, Should It Just Get Scrapped?

Latest New Mutants Rumor Doesn't Sound Good, Should It Just Get Scrapped?
The troubles continue for The New Mutants. This long-delayed X-Men spin-off has been collecting dust for the better part of two years now and, while the movie has a release date currently, things are far from certain when it comes to this project's release. Case in point, Disney is in the middle of a major strategy shift when it comes to handling future releases from Fox and the studio is reportedly unimpressed with this particular title.

According to a new report detailing the inner workings of the Disney/Fox struggle following the $71.3 billion merger that went into effect in March, Disney allegedly believes that The New Mutants has limited box office potential. At present, it's scheduled for release on April 3, 2020. However, given the studio's reported uncertainty, it would seem that is far from a guarantee. And there are plenty of other factors to consider. Not the least of which being Dark Phoenix,
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