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Lionsgate in Talks to Acquire 3 Arts Entertainment

Lionsgate is looking to acquire the management and production company 3 Arts Entertainment.

According to Deadline, which first reported the news, Lionsgate is offering between $300 and 350 million for 50 percent of 3 Arts, and wants the option to take over the remaining half within five years. Should the deal go through, Lionsgate is expected to keep top management at 3 Arts in place, Deadline reports.

3 Arts has recently approached several potential buyers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Representatives for Lionsgate and 3 Arts declined to comment.

Also Read: Eric and Kim Tannenbaum Sign Multi-Year Deal With Lionsgate TV

Founded in 1991, 3 Arts currently boasts a slate of shows including “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Resident,” “Champions,” “Insecure,” “Silicon Valley,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Man With a Plan,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “The Good Place” and “The Mick.”

The company’s prior production credits include television shows “Parks and Recreation,” “

Everybody Hates Chris,” “The Mindy Project,” “Difficult People,” and films “Edge of Tomorrow,” “Unbroken,” “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” and “The To Do List.”

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‘A Quiet Place’: How John Krasinski’s Horror Blockbuster Got its Badass Creature

‘A Quiet Place’: How John Krasinski’s Horror Blockbuster Got its Badass Creature
Designing the blind, shrieking creature for “A Quiet Place” was hard enough for Industrial Light & Magic. (Spoilers Ahead.) But when the first pass wasn’t scary enough for director John Krasinski and producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (of Platinum Dunes), the VFX studio had to start all over with less than a month to deliver the goods. They obviously succeeded, with the acclaimed horror blockbuster reaching $102 million and counting.

“We looked at a lot of new ideas and came up with a combination of teeth with no eyes,” said Scott Farrar, Ilm’s visual effects supervisor (the “Transformers” franchise). “That was scarier. John had his own ideas about weird fish with shells that looked like hard stone and having them run like bats with their wings folded.”

Read More: ‘A Quiet Place’: John Krasinski’s Sound Team Shaped a Blockbuster Out of Silence”

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Maleficent 2 Gets Deadpool Star Ed Skrein as the Main Villain

Disney's Maleficent 2 is finally moving forward, with the studio bringing aboard Ed Skrein to play the new villain. Unfortunately, no details about his character were given at this time, with the actor joining original Maleficent stars Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in this sequel. This report doesn't reveal any details about when production may or may not take place, and Disney hasn't set a release date at this time, but there was previously a report that indicated filming was supposed to start yesterday.

The last we heard about Maleficent 2 was back in January, when it was revealed that director Joachim Ronning has entered pre-production on the sequel, with principal photography reportedly set to begin on April 16 in London. That report also indicated that filming was slated to last until August, with Angelina Jolie reportedly choosing this project over the prospect of starring in Universal Pictures' Bride of Frankenstein,
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Maleficent 2 Adds Deadpool’s Ed Skrein As Its Villain

Loosely based on Walt Disney’s 1959 animated feature, Sleeping Beauty, and considered a spinoff of the Charles Perrault fairy tale, Maleficent, although not as successful with critics, went on to earn a magical $758.5 million at the box office, making a sequel to the 2014 dark fantasy a foregone conclusion.

Later this year, the pic is scheduled to begin production and Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning will be reprising their roles, ready to do battle with an all-new villain. And, as it turns out, that antagonist will be a familiar face for fans of Marvel’s foul-mouthed merc.

That’s because Variety has learned this week that Deadpool actor Ed Skrein is in final negotiations to join Disney’s Maleficent sequel as the flick’s big bad. Details regarding Skrein’s role are scarce at the moment, but we do know that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales helmer Joachim Ronning will direct.
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Ed Skrein to star as the villain in Maleficent sequel

It looks like the sequel to Disney’s 2014 film Maleficent is finally picking up speed. According to Variety, Ed Skrein (Deadpool) will portray the film’s villain opposite the returning Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning as Maleficent and Aurora, more commonly known as Sleeping Beauty.

Skrein’s villainous role is being kept under wraps, but the film is expected to begin production sometime this spring. Joachim R∅nning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) will direct the film, replacing the original’s Robert Stromberg, from a script written by Linda Woolverton, who wrote the first film, and Jez Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow). Joe Roth is returning as a producer.

The first Maleficent told the story of Sleeping Beauty, but from the perspective of the evil Maleficent. Beginning as a hopeful and fairly kind creature, Maleficent fell to darkness after suffering the cruelties of humanity and being betrayed
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Mel Gibson’s ‘Boss Level’ Lands at Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios

Mel Gibson’s ‘Boss Level’ Lands at Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios
Byron Allen’s growing independent outfit Entertainment Studios picked up U.S. distribution rights for action-thiller “Boss Level.”

The film, starring Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts, Frank Grillo and Ken Jeong, cost $45 million and is slated for a 2019 wide theatrical release.

Boss Level” is a co-production by Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Carnahan and Grillo’s War Party, and Scott Free. Written and directed by “The Grey” and “The A-Team” director Joe Carnahan, “Boss Level” has a “Groundhog Day,” “Edge of Tomorrow” vibe.

The film follows a retired U.S. Army Special Forces veteran (Grillo) trapped in a never-ending loop, resulting in his death every day. In order to stop his endless suffering, he must figure out who is responsible and stop them.

Also Read: Andie MacDowell on 'Groundhog Day' at 25: Bill Murray 'Asked Me to Really Slap Him'

“‘Boss Level’ is a powerful, action-packed, and highly-anticipated theatrical release,” Allen, head of Entertainment Studios said in a statement. “‘Boss Level’ combines non-stop action with an all-star cast, including Frank Grillo, Ken Jeong, Academy Award-winner Mel Gibson, and Academy Award-nominee Naomi Watts. We are thrilled to have director Joe Carnahan at the helm to deliver what we believe will be a blockbuster.”

Allen’s Entertainment Studios has made some noise in Hollywood, picking up theatrical rights to films other studios would otherwise relegate straight to DVD.

The studio bought what would go on to be 2017’s highest-grossing independent movie, “47 Meters Down,” from the Weinstein Co. The film, starring Mandy Moore has grossed over $44 million to date. Most recently Entertainment Studios released the Kennedy mystery-thriller “Chappaquiddick.”

Also Read: Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios Buys Weather Channel for $300 Million

Upcoming releases include the Keanu Reeves sci-fi thriller “Replicas” and an animated feature called “Animal Crackers,” starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.

“Byron and I have been friends for over a decade, and my business partner, George Furla, has known Byron for over 30 years since their USC Film School days. We both believe Byron’s passion and taste are second to none,” producer Randall Emmett said in a statement. “The plan for Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures to give ‘Boss Level’ a wide theatrical release gives our film and writer/director Joe Carnahan’s vision exactly what we had hoped for when we put this project together.”

The deal was negotiated by Entertainment Studios’ Head of Acquisitions, Chris Charalambous, and Wayne Marc Godfrey of The Fyzz Facility on behalf of Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films.

Read original story Mel Gibson’s ‘Boss Level’ Lands at Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios At TheWrap
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Kristen Bell to Star in Musical Comedy 'Fantasy Camp' for Stx (Exclusive)

Kristen Bell to Star in Musical Comedy 'Fantasy Camp' for Stx (Exclusive)
Kristen Bell is going to camp.

Bell is attached to star in STXfilms' musical comedy Fantasy Camp, where she will play a junior high school teacher that faces her fears and pursues her dreams while attending a Broadway performing-arts camp for adults.

Sid Karger wrote the feature. Greg Silverman (Edge of Tomorrow, Lego Movie Sequel) and Madhouse Entertainment will produce. 

This is the latest A-list female-fronted project for the studio. I Feel Pretty, starring Amy Schumer, is due out in theaters this month. Melissa McCarthy-starring puppet musical The Happy Time Murders and Jennifer Lopez-led rom-com Second Act are also in the pipeline. 

Bell previously...
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McU Fan Art Imagines John Krasinski, Emily Blunt And More As The Fantastic Four

With Disney set to merge with 20th Century Fox, the Fantastic Four will soon return home. But who should play Marvel’s First Family if/when they’re rebooted as part of the McU? Well, quite recently, John Krasinski put his name forward to play Reed Richards Aka Mr. Fantastic, which is an idea that fans have really taken to. Who could join Krasinski, though, and portray the rest of the team? That’s a good question, and thankfully, digital artist BossLogic has got us covered.

The talented fan’s created several images which highlight his choices for an McU Fantastic Four. As well as Krasinski, you have Emily Blunt as Sue Storm Aka Invisible Woman, Zac Efron as Johnny Storm Aka Human Torch and John Cena as Ben Grimm Aka The Thing.

We have to say, these are some fine casting choices from BossLogic. All four are actors who’ve circled superhero movies before,
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The ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ Sequel Doesn’t Sound Like It’s Coming Any Time Soon

Edge of Tomorrow,” aka “Live. Die. Repeat.,” was a surprise on a number of levels when it was released back in 2014. First, it was yet another example of Tom Cruise never aging, and still being one of the most bankable A-listers around. Second, it proved that “The Bourne Identity” director Doug Liman still had some juice left in him after the not-so-awesome “Jumper.” And finally, it showcased that Emily Blunt is a certified badass.
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A Quiet Place Premiere Interviews – Emily Blunt, John Krasinski & Noah Jupe

It was, inappropriately, a noisy scene in London this evening on the red carpet for a special screening of A Quiet Place. This was the UK debut of the new horror film directed by John Krasinski, who also stars in the film with Emily Blunt, his real-life wife.

It continues this current spate of original horror films making their mark, building on the success of Jordan Peele’s Get Out and David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows. It also marks out Krasinski as a director to watch, and we were able to speak with him about his next foray behind the camera. Emily Blunt talked to us about this film, the very antithesis of Mary Poppins Returns – her end of year blockbuster from Disney. She also briefly talks about trying to get Edge of Tomorrow 2 off the ground.

The screenplay of the film, which is based around a family forced
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Justice League Dark concept art featuring Constantine and Zatanna

One of several DC projects to have found itself stuck in development hell at Warner Bros. these past few years is the supernatural ensemble Justice League Dark.

First announced back in 2012, with Guillermo del Toro slated to direct, the script was completed in 2014 but del Toro left the project the following year, with Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) subsequently coming on board before leaving to focus on his latest project Chaos Walking.

While we wait to see if Warner and DC Films can resurrect the project, we now have a look at a couple of pieces of concept art from Ed Natividad (via Comic Book), which shows John Constantine and Zatanna sneaking Zatanna’s father Zatarra into a hospital ICU for some unorthodox medical care. Take a look here…

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Back in December of last year, we also got a look at some character concept designs
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Fox’s Gambit movie now looking to start shooting in June

20th Century Fox’s Gambit movie suffered its latest setback in a seemingly endless series of setbacks in January when it was announced that director Gore Verbinski (The Lone Ranger) had followed in the footsteps of both Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) by exiting the project.

As a result, Fox pushed back the planned March production start date for the X-Men spinoff, as well as its latest release date for February 14th 2019.

The film, which – if it ever gets made – will star Channing Tatum as Remy LeBeau, is now scheduled to arrive on June 7th 2019, and according to Omega Underground, Fox is now looking to get cameras rolling on June 19th in New Orleans.

If Fox is confident enough to set a start date, then one would have to assume the studio also has a new director on board for the film.
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Gambit Finally Shoots This Summer, Director Announcement Coming Soon

With 20th Century Fox recently pushing the release dates for two of its three X-Men movies originally slated to open this year (The New Mutants and X-Men: Dark Phoenix), many are wondering if Gambit is still moving forward, and it seems that is actually the case. Despite losing director Gore Verbinski in January, a new report claims production is still expected to begin this summer, with a June 19 production start date revealed. While this has not been confirmed by the studio, it also comes on the heels of another report that revealed a new draft of the script was coming in this month.

A report from March on the impact of the Disney-Fox merger on 20th Century Fox's movie slate revealed that the studio has given the green light for Gambit with a studio-approved budget, but that report didn't state when production may begin. That report, paired with this June 19 production start date,
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Movie News: Emily Blunt Updates on 'Edge of Tomorrow 2'; Robert Downey, Jr. Shares All-Star 'Doctor Dolittle' Cast

Edge of Tomorrow 2: Emily Blunt, who costarred with Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow (above), says director "Doug Liman has got an awesome idea [for a sequel] and he’s excited and they just need to write it. There has been a script, but now I gather there’s another one in the works." She also says that Cruise asked her about doing the sequel last year; she hopes she will be available if the project comes to fruition in the future. [Indiewire] The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle: Robert Downey, Jr. (above in Avengers: Infinity War) announced via social media (below) the voice cast that will be joining him in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, including Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, Ralph Fiennes, Kumail Nanjiani, Tom Holland and Marion...
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Emily Blunt delayed Edge of Tomorrow sequel for Mary Poppins Returns, reveals she was never considered for Captain Marvel role

Emily Blunt, who will be seen next in the horror film A Quiet Place in April [read our review here], really solidified her place as a rising action star with Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow, or Live Die Repeat as it became known on home video. The 2014 sci-fi blockbuster starring Blunt alongside Tom Cruise became a surprise favourite, with Blunt’s performance as Sergeant Rita Vrataski, ‘The Angel of Verdun’, as one of the film’s most praised aspects.

While fans of the first film await word on an Edge of Tomorrow sequel, tentatively titled Live Die Repeat and Repeat, Blunt revealed to IndieWire that work on the sequel could have begun last year, but she delayed the film so she could work on Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns.

“It’s a lot for all the stars to align for everyone to be free at the same time and available to do it at the same time,
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Emily Blunt Says Marvel Never Called Her About ‘Captain Marvel’

Emily Blunt‘s performance in “Edge of Tomorrow” turned a lot of heads in Hollywood. Her great, strong female lead performance, as muscular, war-torn hero Rita, was part of the reason why the film worked so well. The believability she brought to the testosterone-fueled action was surprising given that we didn’t know the 35-year-old actress had it in her to kick this much ass onscreen. This lead to an abundance of rumors claiming that she was a major contender for the title role in Marvel‘s upcoming “Captain Marvel.” Truth be told those rumors did start after a big internet push was made for Blunt to nab the role in the female-led superhero flick, which, after DC’s triumph with ‘Wonder Woman” last summer is set to be the first of its kind for Marvel.
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Edge of Tomorrow 2 Is Getting a New Script According to Emily Blunt

Edge of Tomorrow 2 Is Getting a New Script According to Emily Blunt
It looks like one step forward, two steps back for Edge of Tomorrow 2. We reported in October of last year that the script for the sci-fi sequel had been completed, which meant, hopefully, that the project could move forward. However, it looks like director Doug Liman and the creative team are heading back to the drawing board, as star Emily Blunt reveals they're currently working on an entirely new script for the movie. No doubt, that's going to delay things a bit.

Emily Blunt is currently promoting her new horror/thriller A Quiet Place, which has been getting rave reviews ever since its debut at this year's SXSW in Austin, Texas, and is also discussing Mary Poppins Returns. During a recent interview, she was asked about the status of Edge of Tomorrow 2, which may end up being titled Live Die Repeat and Repeat, but that could change. Her response makes
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‘A Quiet Place’ TV Spots and Clips Bring the Scares

Sound design is such an under-appreciated aspect of horror movies, and the premise for the John Krasinski’s (Jim from the office) film sounds ripe for some good-ol horror fun. A Quiet Place has the potential to become a classic. I don’t really know, but all the buzz about the film is that it’s scary, well-acted, well-directed, yada yada. Last month we gout our first look the the film was this eerie and effective trailer. A month later, the studio has released some new clips and TV spots that certainly highlight the scares.

“Bridge” Clip

“Silo” Clip

“Bathtub” Clip

TV Clip – ‘Scary’

TV Clip – ‘Don’t Make a Sound’

The trailers and clips and overall marketing for the film have done a great job at hiding the monsters, and established a distinguished tone for the film. It will be interesting to see what Krasinski does in his second time in the directors chair.
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Emily Blunt Says Tom Cruise Asked Her to Do the Sequel to ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ But She Was Busy Shooting ‘Mary Poppins’

Emily Blunt Says Tom Cruise Asked Her to Do the Sequel to ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ But She Was Busy Shooting ‘Mary Poppins’
Good things take time. Nearly 55 years after the original “Mary Poppins” dropped into theaters, care of Julie Andrews and her iconic umbrella, the film is finally getting a sequel, this one starring Emily Blunt as the eponymous nanny with a magical way of doing things. The film, “Mary Poppins Returns,” reteams Blunt with her “Into the Woods” director Rob Marshall, hinting that there will be no shortage of large-scale musical set pieces. Still, the biggest challenge for Blunt was the most obvious one: taking over such a beloved character, who also happened to be played by an equally as beloved actress.

“Rob Marshall sort of protected me from the idea that I felt like I was moving a boulder out of the way of this iconic role played by someone as iconic and as brilliant as Julie Andrews,” Blunt told IndieWire. “Ultimately, he allowed it to feel like an intimate
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Emily Blunt Says New Edge of Tomorrow 2 Script Is In The Works

Emily Blunt provides a brief update on Edge of Tomorrow 2, revealing a new screenplay is currently in the works. The 2014 original, which starred Blunt and Tom Cruise, performed modestly at the box office by grossing $370.5 million worldwide against an $178 million production budget. Poor marketing was likely to blame in this instance, however, since Edge of Tomorrow earned positive reviews from viewers and critics, who praised it as an entertaining blend of Groundhog Day and Aliens. The performances of Blunt and Cruise also received high marks, and the movie’s following has only grown in the years since its original release.
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