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Aviron Pictures Taps Francois Martin as Media Strategy Executive VP (Exclusive)

Aviron Pictures is bolstering its executive roster with four new hires, Variety has learned.

As part of the move, Francois Martin has been named executive VP of media strategy and content distribution. At the same time Jeff Elefterion is joining as executive VP of creative marketing, Louis Spoto is coming on board as executive VP of business affairs, and Julie Gasparich has been tapped as director of field and events.

Aviron formed in 2017 with backing from venture capital firm BlackRock. It’s run by David Dinerstein, the former president of Lake Shore Entertainment and co-founder of Paramount Classics. The studio scored a hit with “Kidnap,” a thriller with Halle Berry that made $30.7 million when it opened last summer, and had another success with “The Strangers: Prey at Night,” a horror film with Christina Hendricks.

“As we celebrate our first year in business and the success of our first three campaigns,
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Quentin Tarantino Wants to Block Weinstein Co.’s Sale to Lantern Entertainment Over Unpaid Royalties

Quentin Tarantino Wants to Block Weinstein Co.’s Sale to Lantern Entertainment Over Unpaid Royalties
Quentin Tarantino, the long-time Weinstein Co. collaborator, filed an objection in Delaware bankruptcy court on Monday in an attempt to block to the studio’s updated sale to Lantern Entertainment.

Tarantino said in a filing that TWC failed to meet the certain requirements under agreements he had for his films “Death Proof,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Django Unchained,” and “The Hateful Eight” — including not being paid $4.3 million in royalties and participations.

The objection was filed along with Visiona Romantica, Inc., Jackboot, Inc., Brown 26 Productions, Supercool Manchu Too, L. Driver Productions, Inc. and Cine-Manic Productions, Inc.

Also Read: Weinstein Co and Lantern Entertainment Agree to Sale Terms, Resolving Unsecured Creditor Concerns

Tarantino is attempting to block TWC’s sale to Lantern until he’s paid what he says he’s owed. He said he’s been trying to work with TWC and Lantern to resolve the dispute, but to no avail.

TWC,
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If You Don't Recognize Sonny Burch From Ant-Man and the Wasp, You Need to Get Out More

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If you're still struggling to figure out who exactly the character of Sonny Burch is in the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp film, we totally understand - he's new to the Marvel big screen, after all. In the Marvel comic books, Burch is the chairman of Cross Technologies, the weapons firm run by Darren Cross (otherwise known as supervillain Yellowjacket). Since Yellowjacket seemingly dies at the end of Ant-Man, we're guessing that Sonny Burch will be filling his shoes. However, if you're still not sure who the actor is behind Sonny Burch, then we've got issues.

Related: Who Is The Wasp? Janet van Dyne's Origin Is Full of So Many Twists and Turns

Even if the name Walton Goggins doesn't ring a bell, this definitely isn't the first time you've seen him on screen. In the past few years alone, Goggins has collaborated with both Quentin Tarantino and Steven Spielberg.
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If You Don't Recognize Sonny Burch From Ant-Man and the Wasp, You Need to Get Out More

Image Source: Marvel

If you're still struggling to figure out who exactly the character of Sonny Burch is in the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp film, we totally understand - he's new to the Marvel big screen, after all. In the Marvel comic books, Burch is the chairman of Cross Technologies, the weapons firm run by Darren Cross (otherwise known as supervillain Yellowjacket). Since Yellowjacket seemingly dies at the end of Ant-Man, we're guessing that Sonny Burch will be filling his shoes. However, if you're still not sure who the actor is behind Sonny Burch, then we've got issues.

Related: Who Is The Wasp? Janet van Dyne's Origin Is Full of So Many Twists and Turns

Even if the name Walton Goggins doesn't ring a bell, this definitely isn't the first time you've seen him on screen. In the past few years alone, Goggins has collaborated with both Quentin Tarantino and Steven Spielberg.
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt Look Suave in First Look at Quentin Tarantino's Sharon Tate Movie

Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt Look Suave in First Look at Quentin Tarantino's Sharon Tate Movie
Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt totally look the part for Quentin Tarantino‘s take on the Manson family murders.

The actors are starring in Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, Tarantino’s ninth film about actress Sharon Tate‘s murder at the hands of Charles Manson’s followers.

In a previous release, Tarantino called the film a “story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt). Both are struggling to make it
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt Channel the 1960s in First Look at ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt Channel the 1960s in First Look at ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
Leonardo DiCaprio shared the first look at Quentin Tarantino’s star-studded drama, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

The actor posted a picture Wednesday on Instagram with his co-star Brad Pitt.

DiCaprio plays former TV star Rick Dalton, while Pitt portrays Cliff Booth, Dalton’s close friend and longtime stunt double, both of whom are struggling to make it in Hollywood. Tarantino describes the film as taking place in “Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippie Hollywood.”

Al Pacino will play Dalton’s agent, while Margot Robbie will play Dalton’s neighbor Sharon Tate. The ensemble cast also includes Burt Reynolds, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Clifton Collins, Keith Jefferson, and Nicholas Hammond. Sony is releasing the crime drama, which David Heyman and Shannon McIintosh are producing.

This is Tarantino’s ninth feature. Tarantino previously worked with Pitt in “Inglourious Basterds,” which was nominated for eight Academy Awards.
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt Are Your 1969 Acting Dreamboats

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt Are Your 1969 Acting Dreamboats
Leonardo DiCaprio has shared the official first look at Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” The actor, who is reuniting with the filmmaker after his villainous turn in “Django Unchained,” posted a photo to his Instagram page of himself and co-star Brad Pitt in character as Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth, respectively. The movie is set in 1969 and both actors are channeling the era in the best way possible.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” centers around Dalton and Booth, a struggling actor and his best friend and stuntman. Dalton was once a popular television star and he’s now trying to make a career in the Hollywood film world, but his plan somehow gets mixed up with the Manson Family murders. Dalton and Booth’s home is next door to Sharon Tate, played by Margot Robbie. The cast also includes Michael Madsen, Dakota Fanning, James Mardsen,
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The Academy Invites 928 New Members, from Daniel Kaluuya to Sufjan Stevens

The Academy Invites 928 New Members, from Daniel Kaluuya to Sufjan Stevens
In an astonishing move to swell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership ranks, a record 928 artists and executives from 59 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to invite to join the Academy, but the Board of Governors makes the final call; this year, they did not invite Kobe Bryant to join although he won an Oscar for animated short “Dear Basketball.”

Clearly, people of color (38 percent) and women (49 percent) are among the many invites, as the Academy continues to address its long-term white-male dominance. As always, actors make up the largest branch of the Academy, but many new members also come from overseas.

In 2017, the Academy invited 744 new members.

Seventeen Oscar winners are among the new members and 92 Oscar nominees. Nine of the 17 branches invited more women than men. The percentage of women in the Academy has risen
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Samuel L. Jackson movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘The Incredibles,’ ‘Jungle Fever,’ ‘The Avengers’

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Samuel L. Jackson movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘The Incredibles,’ ‘Jungle Fever,’ ‘The Avengers’
Samuel L. Jackson is currently reprising one of his more popular performances as the voice of one of the characters in the Disney/Pixar film “Incredibles 2.” While he has become a ubiquitous presence in film in recent years Jackson struggled for many years to gain prominence as an actor.

While his film and television credits date all the way back to 1972, for the next two decades, his most regular and probably profitable job was being Bill Cosby’s stand in for his sitcom “The Cosby Show.” Jackson did have a small role in the acclaimed Milos Forman film “Ragtime” in 1981, and he worked a lot in the theater both in New York and in regional markets. His first New York Theater credit was in an all African-American production of “Mother Courage” at the Public Theater in New York. He also appeared frequently in the plays of August Wilson and
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Scoot McNairy Joins Already Stacked Cast For Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’

Quentin Tarantino is rounding up quite the cast for his new film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” While the star-studded cast list seems to be jam-packed with no room left on the roster, it appears that there may just be room for one more person.

Joining the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio (“Django Unchained“), Brad Pitt (“Inglorious Basterds“), Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds (“Smokey and the Bandit“), Tim Roth (“Selma“), James Marsden (“Westworld“), and the recently announced Al Pacino (“Scarface“), is none other than Scoot McNairy, according to Deadline.

Continue reading Scoot McNairy Joins Already Stacked Cast For Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ at The Playlist.
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Samuel L. Jackson movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Samuel L. Jackson movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Samuel L. Jackson is currently reprising one of his more popular performances as the voice of one of the characters in the Disney/Pixar film “Incredibles 2.” While he has become a ubiquitous presence in film in recent years Jackson struggled for many years to gain prominence as an actor.

While his film and television credits date all the way back to 1972, for the next two decades, his most regular and probably profitable job was being Bill Cosby’s stand in for his sitcom “The Cosby Show.” Jackson did have a small role in the acclaimed Milos Forman film “Ragtime” in 1981, and he worked a lot in the theater both in New York and in regional markets. His first New York Theater credit was in an all African-American production of “Mother Courage” at the Public Theater in New York. He also appeared frequently in the plays of August Wilson and
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What to expect with Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Tom Jolliffe looks ahead to Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

There is no doubting that in the last (nearly) three decades, Quentin Tarantino has been one of the best film-makers around. His back catalogue is rich, varied and impressive. If you’re asking me for rankings, then his first two, Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction come out on top. Death Proof props up the list. The under-appreciated gem of his list for me is Jackie Brown. Then if we’re looking beyond his work as director and purely on writing duties, then I’ve got a whole lotta love for True Romance (which everything included would rank just behind Dogs and Pulp).

Since we moved into the 21st century I would say his projects have begun veering into inconsistency. That’s not to say he’s not doing great work. When Kill Bill is great, it’s really masterful.
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June 12th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Strangers: Prey At Night, Tomb Raider (2018), Ninja III: The Domination

It’s that time again, dear reader! We have a new batch of home media releases coming our way that horror and sci-fi fans are going to want to check out. This Tuesday, Johannes RobertsThe Strangers: Prey at Night hacks its way onto multiple formats courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and the new Tomb Raider film starring Alicia Vikander arrives in 4K Ultra HD as well as on standard Blu-ray and DVD releases.

Cult film fans are going to want to pick up the Collector’s Editions of Ninja III: The Domination and Ryan Schifrin’s Abominable, and for those of you who watched it regularly last year, Channel Zero: Butcher Block is being released on DVD, too.

Other notable releases for June 12th include The Mimic, The Jurassic Dead, all three Purge films in 4K, a Stephen King collection of TV and theatrical movies, and the re-releases
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8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About ‘Incredibles 2’ Star Samuel L Jackson (Photos)

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8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About ‘Incredibles 2’ Star Samuel L Jackson (Photos)
Samuel L. Jackson voices the character of Frozone, aka Lucius Best, in the upcoming sequel to “The Incredibles”, which hits theaters on Wednesday. Find out more about the acclaimed actor behind the ice-making character below.

Jackson is ranked as the all-time highest-grossing box office star with a total gross of $5.1 billion. His most commercially successful movies include the “Avengers” franchise, the 1996 crime drama “A Time To Kill”, the original “Incredibles” movie from 2004, and the 2012 Western “Django Unchained.”

Jackson was born in Tennessee and went on to attend the historically black Morehouse College, where he started out as a marine biology major before switching his major to acting.

During his college years, Jackson became involved in the Civil Rights movement and served as an usher at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral after his assassination in 1967. The assassination moved him to become more deeply involved in the movement: ” I was angry about the assassination,
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Smt Summer Indie Preview: ‘The Domestics’ and More

Ah Summer… Ice cream, long nights and indie films! An old friend has risen from the grave with a new film. ‘The Domestics’ from the freshly returned Orion Pictures with Kate Bosworth and Tyler Hoechlin starts our summer fun.

The Domestics: Based on a screenplay by Nelson, The Domestics was produced by Gianni Nunnari and Shannon Gaulding and executive produced by Kurt Johnstad and Adam Krentzman.

In a terrifying post-apocalyptic world inhabited by murderous gangs divided into deadly factions, Nina (Bosworth) and Mark (Hoechlin) race desperately across the lawless countryside in search of safety. As one depraved group narrows their search for the couple, they must work together as they are pushed to the breaking point in order to survive.

Rounding out the cast are Lance Reddick, Sonoya Mizuno, Dana Gourrier, Thomas Francis Murphy and David Dastmalchian.

Orion Classics was relaunched in 2018 with a focus on multiplatform and specialized releases
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Christoph Waltz: The Ultimate Movie Villain

You expect a movie villain to be the epitome of evil, or a nasty surprise you don’t see coming. Villains that are civil and in some cases even conversational like Christoph Waltz has been in his many roles are simply too ultimate to be fully contemplated in that moment. You get the feeling he’s a nice guy, as he was Django Unchained. He might be a killer, one of the absolute worst people in the world, but he’s still very much the gentleman when it comes to how he acts around people. That’s what makes some of his most villainous

Christoph Waltz: The Ultimate Movie Villain
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Participant Media Names Nicole Quenqua Svp of Communications

Participant Media has named Nicole Quenqua, formerly head of publicity for The Weinstein Company, as its new senior vice president of communications.

Quenqua will make the move from TWC’s offices in New York to Participant’s Los Angeles headquarters, where she will lead and supervise entertainment publicity, events and corporate communications for the social issue-oriented studio. Quenqua will report to Christina Kounelias, executive vice president, worldwide marketing.

Also Read: 'Outlander' Star Sam Heughan Joins Sony's 'Bloodshot'

“Nicole has excellent and relevant experience driving the PR campaigns of some of the most prominent and influential films of the last decade,” said Kounelias in a statement made Wednesday. “Her passion and expertise for creating and capturing cultural moments will be invaluable to Participant as we continue to tap into new ways to inspire action–all tied to storytelling that inspires, empowers and connects audiences around the world.
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Participant Media Hires Nicole Quenqua for PR Post

Participant Media has hired former Weinstein Company spokesperson Nicole Quenqua as its senior vice president, communications, effective immediately.

Quenqua exited TWC earlier this month after a federeal bankruptcy court approved the sale of the company’s assets.

She will be based out of Participant’s Los Angeles office. Quenqua will lead and supervise entertainment publicity, events, and corporate communications to highlight its social impact mission. Parictipant said she will develop and execute innovative, strategic publicity initiatives across all divisions and content, including film, television, and digital, as well as oversee internal and external communications.

Quenqua will also work to further integrate Participant’s digital subsidiary, SoulPancake, into the company’s overarching corporate narrative. The announcement was made Wednesday by Christina Kounelias, executive VP of worldwide marketing, to whom Quenqua will report.

“Nicole has excellent and relevant experience driving the PR campaigns of some of the most prominent and influential films of the last decade,
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More "Robin Hood"

Sneak Peek more new footage, plus images from the latest "Robin Hood" movie, directed by Otto Bathurst, starring Taron Egerton ("Kingsman: The Secret Service"), Jamie Foxx ("Django Unchained") and Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey"), opening September 21, 2018:

"...'Robin Hood' returning from 'The Crusades'...

"...discovers 'Sherwood Forest' rife with corruption and evil. 

"Teaming with a band of outlaws he takes matters into his own hands to set things right with very little merry-making along the way..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Robin Hood"...

Find "Robin Hood" Comic Books Here
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Cuba Gooding Jr: 'I want to do a Boyz N the Hood sequel as a musical'

The Oscar-winner, now on stage in Chicago, talked about apple martinis with Robert De Niro, his big break and his favourite snow dog

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All great questions, thanks for taking me down memory lane! Much love, Cuba

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ClassicMacGruber asks:

How was your experience of making Lightning Jack?

I have taken first place in “team penning" and cutting horse competitions in celebrity rodeos. This would not be possible without my horse training on that movie which is one of my favourites.

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raphph asks:

Did you come close to playing Otis Redding? Was rumoured after your Oscar win.

Yes. And Louis Armstrong.

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MyRandomThoughts asks:

Do you play poker and whats your favourite game if you do?

Nope.

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landofampersand asks:

Tom‘ah’to or Tom‘ay’to?

Tomayto. And potayto.

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Bushofghosts asks:

I have only seen you in two roles, which were
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