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Verve Signs WGA Code of Conduct

Literary and talent agency Verve became the most prominent Hollywood agency to sign the Writers Guild of America’s new code of conduct on Thursday.

“In 2010, Verve established itself as an agency where clients’ interests are the top priority. Today, we affirm that commitment by signing the WGA Code of Conduct,” Verve management wrote in a memo to staff on Thursday. “As a result of our meaningful dialogue with our clients and their elected leadership, Verve has decided this course of action is in the best interest of our clients and our company.

“Although there will be modifications to our business practices that are necessitated by today’s decision, one thing that will not change is our commitment to providing long-term, premium service to our clients,” the letter continued.

Also Read: How the WGA Crisis Has Rocked the TV Business: 'Best Staffing Season in Years' or 'Complete S- Show'

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Cannes Has Plenty of Titles for Sale, But Fewer of the Ones That Buyers Want

Cannes Has Plenty of Titles for Sale, But Fewer of the Ones That Buyers Want
The Cannes Film Festival competition began today with the premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die,” but top North American distributors can’t afford to be distracted. They serve a market in which only the most carefully calibrated selections will thrive — and those who hesitate will almost certainly lose to the streaming buyers. With some of the best stuff already bought, theatrical distributors are forced to to look toward films that have yet to be shot.

Before the festival, HBO Sports scooped up “Diego Maradona,” British documentarian Asif Kapadia’s follow-up to Oscar-winning Cannes hit “Amy.” And after a 20-year symbiotic relationship, Spc acquired Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain & Glory” at the script stage two years ago, which now looks like an early contender for top prizes. Spc now has rights to all his films, and will book repertory Almodovar tributes in many cities around the film’s October opening.
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Cannes Has Plenty of Titles for Sale, But Fewer of the Ones That Buyers Want

Cannes Has Plenty of Titles for Sale, But Fewer of the Ones That Buyers Want
The Cannes Film Festival competition began today with the premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die,” but top North American distributors can’t afford to be distracted. They serve a market in which only the most carefully calibrated selections will thrive — and those who hesitate will almost certainly lose to the streaming buyers. With some of the best stuff already bought, theatrical distributors are forced to to look toward films that have yet to be shot.

Before the festival, HBO Sports scooped up “Diego Maradona,” British documentarian Asif Kapadia’s follow-up to Oscar-winning Cannes hit “Amy.” And after a 20-year symbiotic relationship, Spc acquired Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain & Glory” at the script stage two years ago, which now looks like an early contender for top prizes. Spc now has rights to all his films, and will book repertory Almodovar tributes in many cities around the film’s October opening.
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Bleecker Street & Topic Studios Board U.S. Rights To Toni Collette-Damian Lewis Starrer ‘Dream Horse’ — Cannes

  • Deadline
Exclusive: And they’re off at the 2019 Cannes Film Market where Bleecker Street and Topic Studios have jointly boarded U.S rights to Toni Collette and Damian Lewis starrer Dream Horse, produced by American Animals and Three Identical Strangers outfit Raw.

Currently in production in Wales, this is the true story of Jan Vokes (Hereditary star Collette), a cleaner and bartender, who decides on a whim to breed and rear a race horse in her village. She eventually persuades her neighbors to invest in her crazy scheme, and together they name the new foal ‘Dream Alliance’. With little experience but a lot a heart, the collective of townspeople follow ‘Dream’ as he rises through the ranks against all the odds, ultimately pitting all of them against the racing elite in a nail-biting race for the national championship. Billions star Lewis plays Howard Davies, the local accountant Volkes persuades to join
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LevelK Boards Australian Thriller ‘Lone Wolf’ With Hugo Weaving (Exclusive)

  • Variety
LevelK has acquired world sales rights to “Lone Wolf,” an Australian thriller starring Hugo Weaving (“The Matrix”) and Tilda Cobham-Hervey (“Hotel Mumbai”) in the run up to Cannes.

Written and directed by Jonathan Ogilvie, “Lone Wolf” is set in contemporary Melbourne and tells the story of Winnie, a young woman who runs a struggling political bookshop with her boyfriend Conrad and takes care of her disabled brother. But Winnie’s efforts to hold everything together get thwarted when Conrad becomes entangled in an act of terrorism. “Lone Wolf” is based on Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel “The Secret Agent.”

Ogilvie’s previous films include “The Tender Hook,” an AFI award-winning film with Rose Byrne and Weaving; as well as “This Film is a Dog” and “The Despondent Divorcee” — both of which played in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

“‘Lone Wolf’ is an incredibly timely story on two counts,” said Ogilvie.
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Mark Wahlberg & Jason Isaacs Board Warner Bros’ ‘Scoob’

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Mark Wahlberg & Jason Isaacs Board Warner Bros’ ‘Scoob’
Exclusive: Mark Wahlberg and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows actor Jason Isaacs are tooning up for Warner Bros’ animated Scooby-Doo movie Scoob from director Tony Cervone.

Wahlberg will play the Blue Falcon, a superhero from the Hanna-Barbera canon who teamed with Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Gang to fight against one of his arch-enemies, Mr. Hyde. Blue Falcon’s right hand was Dynomutt, who in the feature animated pic is being voiced by Ken Jeong.

Isaacs will portray twirling mustache villain Dick Dastardly, who is reported to be the main baddie in Scoob. Dick is a duplicitous car racer and pilot whose vehicles are known to carry various bombs and traps. He too has a right-hand dog in scruffy giggler Muttley. Dick appeared in such Hanna-Barbera series as Wacky Races and its spinoff Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. His famous catchphrases include “Drat, Drat and Double Drat!,” “Triple Drat!
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‘Mary Magdalene’ perishes in the Us while ‘Hotel Mumbai’ chugs along

‘Mary Magdalene’

Thirteen months after Mary Magdalene perished at Australian cinemas, the Biblical saga directed by Garth Davis probably did not have a prayer of getting a warmer reception in the Us.

So it proved last weekend as the See-Saw Films production starring Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix and Chiwetel Ejiofor was released on 62 screens by IFC Films.

Meanwhile Anthony MarasHotel Mumbai continues to earn tidy sums in the Us for Bleecker Street/ShivHans Pictures. The thriller starring Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Anupam Kher, Jason Isaacs and Tilda Cobham-Hervey collected $863,000 in its third weekend wide, playing on 617 screens.

The film produced by Basil Iwanyk, Gary Hamilton, Mike Gabrawy, Julie Ryan, Andrew Ogilvie and Jomon Thomas has generated $8 million in the Us, outperforming Australia’s $3.1 million after five weekends, never having recovered from opening on the same weekend as the Christchurch massacre.

Mary Magdalene fetched $62,436, a per screen average
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‘Storm Boy’ launches in the Us as ‘Hotel Mumbai’ motors along

Storm Boy

Us critics lauded Shawn Seet’s Storm Boy as a beautiful and contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele’s classic tale but the drama faced stiff competition in the specialty market last weekend.

Meanwhile Anthony MarasHotel Mumbai climbed to $US6.4 million after ringing up $1.8 million on 940 screens in its second weekend wide in the Us.

The Bleecker Street/ShivHans Pictures release produced by Basil Iwanyk, Gary Hamilton, Mike Gabrawy, Julie Ryan, Andrew Ogilvie and Jomon Thomas had a decent per-screen average of $1,914, despite falling by 44 per cent.

The thriller starring Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Anupam Kher, Jason Isaacs and Tilda Cobham-Hervey collected $151,000 in its fourth weekend in Oz, to reach $2.9 million.

The Us distributor Good Deed Entertainment launched Storm Boy on 56 screens, grossing $46,676 for an average of $834.

The international sales agent Kathy Morgan told If last week the distributor had booked the film at premium locations
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‘Hotel Mumbai’ Review

Stars: Dev Patel, Nazanin Boniadi, Armie Hammer, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Amandeep Singh, Suhail Nayyar, Kapil Kumar Netra, Alex Pinder, Vipin Sharma, Anupam Kher, Jason Isaacs | Written by John Collee, Anthony Maras | Directed by Anthony Maras

It’s somewhat difficult to critically asses a project such as Anthony Maras’ directorial debut feature film Hotel Mumbai, a reflective biopic drama that covers the abhorrent attacks in India that took place over a four-day period in November 2008. As a critic, you’re situated in a trepid grey area of sorts. Lodged between a rock and a hard place considering the film is crafted to showcase this traumatising event and you’re hoping the film itself never falls into the territory of exploitation. However, you’ve also got to critically articulate asses a response to the filmmaking without being tone-deaf to the real-life tragedy itself. Thankfully while Hotel Mumbai is a cluster of ranging emotions,
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Bo Report: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ clips ‘Dumbo’s’ wings

Lupita Nyong’o in ‘Us’

Jordan Peele’s grisly horror movie Us easily won the Bo derby in Australia last weekend, outscoring Tim Burton’s live-action re-imagining of the Disney classic Dumbo.

That is not surprising in light of the Us results for both films and the under-whelming debuts worldwide of Burton’s $170 million production.

However Australian exhibitors expect Dumbo to fly during the school vacation and it may well surpass Us, given the usual trajectory of horror movies.

Ticket sales rallied last weekend, also boosted by the solid start of Justin Baldoni’s teenage romance Five Feet Apart. The top 20 titles generated $14.7 million, up 37 per cent on the previous weekend, according to Numero.

Released by Universal, Us bagged $3.8 million on 319 screens, eclipsing Peele’s debut film Get Out, which opened with $1.9 million plus $975,000 from advance screenings. Get Out ended up with $6.2 million so the follow-up starring Lupita Nyong’o,
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'Dumbo' disappoints in $46m North American debut (update)

'Dumbo' disappoints in $46m North American debut (update)
Us crosses $100m in second weekend; Captain Marvel reaches $350m; How To Train Your Dragon 3 hits $150m.

April 1 Update: Disney’s live-action Dumbo took off at the North American box office however the confirmed $45.9m number one debut would have been below what executives were looking for on a starry, effects-laden film that reportedly cost $170m to produce.

Tim Burton’s take on the family property stars Michael Keaton, Colin Farrell, Eva Green and Danny DeVito and opened in 4,259 theatres. The $71m international debut will help the studio on the road to recoupment and after three days the global running total stands at $116m.
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'Dumbo' disappoints in $45m North American debut

'Dumbo' disappoints in $45m North American debut
Us crosses $100m in second weekend; Captain Marvel reaches $350m; How To Train Your Dragon 3 hits $150m.

Disney’s live-action Dumbo took off at the North American box office however the estimated $45m number one debut would have been below what executives were looking for on a starry, effects-laden film that reportedly cost $170m to produce.

Tim Burton’s take on the family property stars Michael Keaton, Colin Farrell, Eva Green and Danny DeVito and opened in 4,259 theatres. The $71m international debut will help the studio on the road to recoupment and after three days the global running total stands at $116m.
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Us moviegoers respond to ‘Hotel Mumbai’

‘Hotel Mumbai’

Anthony MarasHotel Mumbai is performing well across the Us after platforming in Los Angeles and New York last weekend.

The thriller co-written by Maras and John Collee rolled out on 924 screens, generating $US3.2 million for Bleecker Street/ShivHans, a per-screen average of $3,459.

That brings the total for the movie starring Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Anupam Kher, Jason Isaacs and Tilda Cobham-Hervey to $3.3 million.

Exit surveys revealed a 77 per cent positive rating and a 50 per cent recommend. The gender split was 52 per cent female, of whom 63 per cent were under 35. The mix was 51 per cent Caucasian, 25 per cent Asian/other, 17 per cent Hispanic and 7 per cent African-American. Nine of the top 10 locations were on the East and West Coasts.

Produced by Basil Iwanyk, Gary Hamilton, Mike Gabrawy, Julie Ryan, Andrew Ogilvie and Jomon Thomas, the film ranked at No. 8 nationally, beating Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum.
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Box Office Report For March 29-31

Welcome back to the weekly box office report! Each and every Sunday, expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, Dumbo crashes the party, while Jordan Peele has his second weekend with Us, which hoped to continue setting some records. Without too much else entering the marketplace, it was a two horse race. How did the pair do? Let us take a look right now at just that… Flying to the top spot this weekend, opening somewhat below expectations, Disney’s latest remake of a cartoon classic in Dumbo. Taking in just $45 million has to be considered a slight disappointment, though Tim Burton’s effort did do enough to capture first place today. How it fares in the weeks to come will determine whether Dumbo is a success or a failure for Disney. Coming
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Box Office: ‘Diane’ Takes Alternative Route in Challenging Specialty Market

Specialty film distributors are playing around with different ways to maximize their films. This weekend, IFC chose to open the year’s best-reviewed opener so far, Kent Jones’ ensemble drama “Diane,” parallel to its Video on Demand release. This film boasts reviews and performances that would ordinarily sustain conventional exclusive theatrical play. “Diane” will still get top arthouse play, and might be a title, like “Roma,” that finds traction despite alternative showings.

Neon, on the other hand, met a disappointing response to taking Harmony Korine’s Matthew McConaughey-starrer “The Beach Bum” to over 1,000 theaters, riding a surge of SXSW media attention, as opposed to taking the limited initial release strategy that A24 used for Korine’s earlier SXSW hit “Spring Breakers,” which in 2013 opened to nearly $300,000 in only three theaters.

Hotel Mumbai” (Bleecker Street), which showed strength as it expanded on its second weekend, joins “Gloria Bell” (A24) as
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Dumbo Flies Low with Disappointing $45M Box Office Win

Disney's live-action Dumbo flew into the box office with a disappointing $45 million domestic debut. Initial estimates had the remake soaring to over $50 million, but that was definitely not the case for the studio's latest live-action remake and could spell disaster for the next two live-action projects that are on the way. Both Aladdin and The Lion King will hit theaters in just a few months from now. Overseas, Dumbo opened with $71 million, for a global debut of $116 million.

While the weekend debut of Dumbo is disappointing, it was enough to easily earn the number one spot. Us took the second position after taking in $33.6 million. Globally, Jordan Peele's follow up to Get Out has made $174.5 million in its first two weeks in theaters. The horror movie has received some mixed reviews, but fans, for the most part, are enjoying the follow up with many going to see it
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‘Dumbo’ Headed to $47 Million Opening, Below Past Disney Remakes

  • The Wrap
‘Dumbo’ Headed to $47 Million Opening, Below Past Disney Remakes
Tim Burton’s remake of “Dumbo” is estimated to open just below Disney’s projections of a $50 million launch. After grossing $15.2 million from 4,259 screens on Friday, the film is now estimated to earn a $47.6 million domestic opening.

By comparison, the 2014 remake of “Cinderella,” which also opened in March, scored an opening weekend of $67 million. “Dumbo” did receive an A- from audiences on CinemaScore, but with a 52 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and 3.5 stars from general audience polls on Postrak, this reported $170 million blockbuster isn’t likely to post much of a profit, especially with “Shazam” entering theaters next weekend as heavy competition for family audiences.

Also Read: 'Dumbo' Film Review: Tim Burton Remake Trips Over Its Own Ears

In second is Universal/Monkeypaw’s “Us,” which is estimated for a second weekend total of $33.5 million. That would be a 53 percent drop from the film’s $71 million opening, which was
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‘Dumbo’ Remake Flies to $2.6 Million at Thursday Box Office

Disney’s live-action remake of its animated classic “Dumbo” spread its ears and soared to $2.6 million in its Thursday previews. It opens wide this weekend.

Tim Burton directs the children’s film about the flying baby elephant, and trackers have the film projected to earn between $40-50 million in its opening weekend, with Disney projecting around the $50 million mark.

The figure would be lower than other recent live-action remakes from Disney. “Cinderella” made $2.3 million in its Thursday previews and grossed $67.8 million in its opening weekend in March 2015. Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” earned an even higher $4.2 million ahead of a $103 million opening weekend. For some more recent examples, “Dumbo” is in the range of the third “How to Train Your Dragon” film, which made $3 million ahead of a $55 million opening weekend, and “The Lego Movie 2,” which did $2.1 million on Thursday before opening to $34 million.

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“High Flying Bird” and “Us”: The Best Of The First Quarter Of 2019

Somehow, March is about to end. Ladies and gentlemen, as I seem to find myself saying around this point each and every single year…time really does fly. Believe it or not, we’re now a full three months into the 2018 movie calendar, which means we’re literally a quarter of the way through the film slate for the year. Wow. Just…wow. That got me thinking about what the best of the bunch so far this year has been, as I’m prone to do around this time each year. Since now is around the time when the film slate begins to transition into summer releases and counter programming independent fare ramps up, I thought it was the perfect time to praise the best of 2019 so far. Basically, anything that hit screens between January 1st and March 31st will be up for grabs here for my personal honors. Once again,
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Armie Hammer debunks Batman and The Invisible Man rumours, casts doubt on Call Me By Your Name sequel

Over the past couple of months, one of the names that has cropped up frequently with regards to Warner Bros. and DC Films’ Batman vacancy is that of Armie Hammer – an actor who, coincidentally, was previously cast as the Dark Knight back in 2007 for the ultimately aborted Justice League: Mortal movie.

Last month, Hammer debunked a rumour that he was in “advanced talks” to don the cape and cowl for director Matt ReevesThe Batman, and now he’s shot down another recent casting report which claimed he’s in contention for the lead for Blumhouse’s Universal Monsters movie The Invisible Man.

“I get asked about that, and also about Batman: ‘Are you gonna do Batman?’,” said Hammer in an interview with Vulture to promote his new movie Hotel Mumbai. I’m like, ‘No …’ They’re like, ‘Are you gonna do The Invisible Man?’ And I’m like, ‘Who is making these calls?
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