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Fox Business Finally Withdraws as Saudi Investment Conference Sponsor (Exclusive)

Fox Business Network has withdrawn as a sponsor of next week’s Future Investment Initiative in Saudi Arabia amid growing concerns about the kingdom’s involvement in the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Fox Business Network has canceled its sponsorship and participation in the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia. We continue to seek an interview with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman,” the network said in a statement Thursday.

A network executive told TheWrap that Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo was also out but might still go to Saudi Arabia if the kingdom grants an “unrestricted interview” with the crown prince, Mohammad Bin Salman. Last year,Bartiromo co-hosted a panel at the event with the crown prince.

Also Read: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Drops out of Saudi Arabia Investment Summit

The network was the last major non-Saudi media sponsor to formally exit the event slated to take place later this month.
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Banijay’s Dlo/Magnolia Unveils High-Profile TV Drama Slate (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Spanish production house Dlo/Magnolia, owned by the giant Banijay Group, has revealed an ambitious TV drama slate, led by psychological thriller series “La Caza. Monteperdido,” a TV adaptation of Agustín Martínez’s best-selling novel “Monteperdido.”

Filming in the Aragonese Pyrenees, the eight-episode, 70-minute high-concept TV drama is scheduled to premiere on Rtve’s flagship channel La 1 in first quarter of 2019.

Under managing director José Manuel Lorenzo, Dlo/Magnolia is upping the ante on TV fiction, underscoring the Banijay Group’s aim of building its scripted offering in Spain, as the superindie continues acquiring production assets to increase its TV drama footprint worldwide.

“After many years focused on TV entertainment, Banijay is betting very seriously on TV fiction. As a traveling companion, I could not find a better one, they help you get the projects moving forward,” Lorenzo said.

“Monteperdido” marks the first step in this new era at Dlo/Magnolia,
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Game Night

Game Night is as high concept a comedy as they come—a group of very competitive friends who do a weekly game night together find themselves entangled in a kidnapping-smuggling-murder situation which they initially believe is part of an elaborate role-playing extension of their usual easygoing, harmless suburban fun—and as I punched it up on HBO Go my expectations were well in check. I didn’t remember that anyone got all that excited about this movie when it was released this past spring— its very existence came into and went from my memory with barely a ripple– but the lineup of good reviews on Metacritic that I discovered only after finishing it proved my memory insufficient. Nor do I recall the last time a contemporary comedy made me laugh because of the way it was specifically edited and directed, but Game Night did, consistently—the directors are John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein,
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First Man: The Mystery of Neil Armstrong

Don Kaye Oct 12, 2018

The screenwriter of First Man, Josh Singer, tells us how he got under the hood of astronaut Neil Armstrong to see what made him tick.

First Man tells the story of Neil Armstrong, the legendary engineer, pilot and astronaut who achieved one of the pinnacles of human history on July 21, 1969 when he became the first explorer to successfully land a spacecraft on the Moon and then set foot on the lunar surface. Armstrong’s journey (on which he was accompanied by Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins) was the culmination of years of research, experimentation, trial and error by the dedicated men and women of Nasa, a quest marked by several heart-rending tragedies yet yielding that historic “giant leap for mankind.”

Famously taciturn, Armstrong was a man of few words and often distant emotions -- characteristics driven home early in First Man when Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) and his
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‘First Man’ Launches With $1.1 Million at Thursday Box Office

  • The Wrap
‘First Man’ Launches With $1.1 Million at Thursday Box Office
Universal Pictures’ “First Man” grossed $1.1 million in previews on Thursday from 2,850 theaters, of which $370,000 came from IMAX screens.

The studio is projecting an opening weekend of $15-18 million, with independent trackers pushing their expectations up to $20 million. In comparison, Tom Hanks’ “Bridge of Spies” took in $600,000 before it grossed $15.4 million its opening weekend. “Deepwater Horizon” earned $860,000 and finished with $20.2 million. “Arrival” grossed $1.4 million in previews before earning $24 million its opening weekend.

First Man” is the followup for director Damien Chazelle after winning the Oscar for Best Director for “La La Land” last year, with Ryan Gosling from his “La La Land” team joining him.

Based on James R. Hansen’s detailed recounting of the Apollo 11 lunar mission, “First Man” stars Gosling as Neil Armstrong and delves into the personal life and inner
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First Man Review

If you ever wanted to feel firsthand what it was like to fly in one of the first rockets sent to infinity and beyond, First Man is the movie to see. Nauseating flashes of light and a hurricane of movement orchestrate these inaugural flights, which not only birth a new appreciation for these explorers, but also remind us of the romance of space as an uncharted frontier. Unlike other films of its kind, including Apollo 13 and The Right Stuff, director Damien Chazelle’s most mechanically impressive, but emotionally stunted production to date presents the early lunar expeditions as more of a scary and grueling series of tasks, rather than a grand one.

The best parts of the movie chronicle Nasa’s Gemini program and eventual Apollo missions, the trial-and-error process which claimed several lives, and ate up millions of taxpayer dollars – Chazelle’s constant rehashing of these facts is another deviation from the genre.
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First Man screenwriter Josh Singer on what Neil Armstrong may have left on the moon

First Man tells the story of Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling)’s journey to the moon, beginning with the death of his daughter Karen (Lucy Stafford). The film suggests Armstrong may have left something of hers there. Screenwriter Josh Singer adapted James Hansen’s biography of Armstrong. Damien Chazelle directed the film. No stranger to historical stories, Singer previously worked on the films Spotlight and The Post. Singer spoke with Monsters and Critics by phone this week about his research into Neil Armstrong. First Man opens Friday, October 12. Monsters and Critics: First of all, thank you for saving journalism with Spotlight and […]

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‘First Man’ Lifts Off This Weekend to Steep Box Office Competition

  • The Wrap
‘First Man’ Lifts Off This Weekend to Steep Box Office Competition
Venom” and “A Star Is Born,” both hot off of very strong openings at the box office last weekend, will now serve as tough competition for this week’s pair of big releases, Universal’s “First Man” and Fox’s “Bad Times at the El Royale.”

First Man” is the followup for director Damien Chazelle after winning the Oscar for Best Director for “La La Land” last year, with Ryan Gosling and several other Oscar winners from his “La La Land” team joining him. But while “La La Land” had a limited December release and a slow rollout through January, “First Man” will be released wide by Universal on 3,600 screens. The studio is projecting an opening weekend of $15-18 million, with independent trackers pushing their expectations up to $20 million.

Also Read: How Far Can 'Venom' Go at the Box Office?

With a $60 million budget, such a result wouldn
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‘First Man’ Takes on ‘Venom’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ as October Box Office Goes Galactic

  • Variety
‘First Man’ Takes on ‘Venom’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ as October Box Office Goes Galactic
After “Venom” and “A Star Is Born” gave October a record-breaking start, a slew of new offerings should keep box office momentum going strong.

Universal’s “First Man” should achieve a solid liftoff when it launches in 3,600 theaters, but the space epic will have to fend off an otherworldly being before it can top domestic charts. “Venom,” starring Tom Hardy as the alien symbiote from Sony’s arsenal of Marvel characters, blew past estimates last weekend with $80 million. The superhero film, which posted the best Monday in October with $9.6 million, will likely win the weekend with as much as $30 million to $40 million in its second outing.

Damien Chazelle’s biographical drama — featuring Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong — is shooting for upwards of $20 million, though some industry analysts suggest “First Man” could reach north of $25 million. The production budget for “First Man” was around $70 million, but tax incentives lowered the
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Universal Pictures and Regal Offer Free Tickets To Veterans And Active Service Members To See First Man On Thursday

Universal Pictures and Regal today announced that, on Thursday, October 11, more than 14,000 free tickets will be presented to U.S. veterans and active-duty servicemembers for Universal’s First Man—at more than 500 Regal locations nationwide. Each of the first 25 servicemembers (per location) with valid, government-issued ID who request a ticket will be given free admission to the 7:00 p.m. preview screening (or first show). First Man, from Academy Award®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling, arrives in theatres nationwide the following day.

“During his career as a Naval aviator, our dad flew 78 combat missions in the Korean War,” said Mark and Rick Armstrong. “The friendships he forged during those critical years remained deeply important to him all of his days. Freedom—much like landing on the moon—is an achievement that is hard fought and hard won, and it cannot be accomplished without the sacrifice of our
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How Participant Media Stays on the Cutting Edge of Cultural Awareness

  • Variety
Participant Media is not a typical Hollywood company. Founded by former eBay chief Jeff Skoll in 2004, Participant aims to back movies and TV shows that inspire social action, not just simply entertain.

“We believe great storytelling can inspire positive change in the world,” says David Linde, Participant’s CEO. “We want to empower our audiences in ways that can have real-life impact.”

Linde is receiving the Empowerment Award at Variety’s Power of Women celebration for his role in supporting female executives and filmmakers. At a time when gender discrimination has become the galvanizing issue in the media business, Participant is leaning into stories about women who are fighting sexism and leading by example. Last summer’s “Rbg” and this fall’s “On the Basis of Sex” both celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court justice who advocated on behalf of women’s rights as an attorney and has ruled
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Netflix Commits To Panama Papers Drama ‘The Laundromat:’ David Schwimmer Joins Soderbergh, Oldman, Streep, Banderas

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Netflix has committed to finance and release The Laundromat, the Steven Soderbergh-directed drama about the Panama Papers scandal. David Schwimmer has just joined a killer cast that is led by Oscar-winning Darkest Hour star Gary Oldman, The Post‘s Meryl Streep and Life Itself‘s Antonio Banderas. Other cast circling include Will Forte and Earthquake Bird‘s Riley Keough. The film has a script by Scott Z. Burns, based on the Jake Bernstein book Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite. Producers are Lawrence Grey, Gregory Jacobs, Michael Sugar, Burns and Topic Studios.

Deadline first revealed the project back at Cannes and noted then that Netflix was hot and heavy in pursuit. This after Netflix previously set a movie on the scandal by German journalists Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer, who broke the story and wrote the book Panama Papers:
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Steven Spielberg to Receive Cinema Audio Society’s Filmmaker Award

  • Variety
Steven Spielberg to Receive Cinema Audio Society’s Filmmaker Award
Steven Spielberg has been selected as the recipient of the Cinema Audio Society Filmmaker Award, which will be presented at the 55th annual Cas Awards on Feb. 16 at the Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown.

“The Cas has recognized Steven’s commitment to sound multiple times, with nominations for Outstanding Sound Mixing and a win for ‘Saving Private Ryan,’” said president Mark Ulano. “And, most importantly, we recognize that Steven has had relationships with sound mixers that span more than 25 projects — a strong indicator that a director values the role of sound. Steven has long embraced the creative importance of sound for his story telling and all his projects beautifully reflect this commitment.”

Spielberg has won Academy Awards for best director and best picture for “Schindler’s List,” and a third Oscar for best director for “Saving Private Ryan.” He’s been nominated seven times for best director and 10 times for best picture,
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Steven Spielberg movies on Netflix right now, ranked worst to best: ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Schindler’s List’ and …

  • Gold Derby
Steven Spielberg movies on Netflix right now, ranked worst to best: ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Schindler’s List’ and …
Want your Steven Spielberg fix but you’re too cheap to buy the Blu-Rays or rent online? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Gold Derby has tracked down six of Spielberg’s directorial achievements that are currently streaming for free on Netflix. So sit back, relax and start binging! Click through our photo gallery above to see our rankings of all six of Spielberg’s movies on Netflix as of October 2018.

Spielberg is easily the most popular director in the film industry, having directed 30 movies and taken home three Oscars: for producing and directing “Schindler’s List” (1993) and for directing “Saving Private Ryan” (1998). He also scored additional directing noms for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977), “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982), “Munich” (2005) and “Lincoln” (2012).

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In recent years Spielberg has kept busy directing video game
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Ansel Elgort takes on the lead in Spielberg’s West Side Story

  • HeyUGuys
Baby Driver star Ansel Elgort has landed himself the leading role of Tony in Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming adaptation of West Side Story.

Based on the Broadway musical, the story focuses on the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs. The story is inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Pulitzer prize winner and Oscar nominee Tony Kushner has penned the remake.

The original stage musical included music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and was set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid 1950s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighborhood.

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The stage show was first adapted for film in 1961 and was directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. It starred Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris.
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of First Man In St. Louis

On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal PicturesFirst Man, the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

Written by Academy Award® winner Josh Singer, the epic drama of leading under the pressure of grace and tragedy is produced by Wyck Godfrey & Marty Bowen through their Temple Hill Entertainment banner, alongside Isaac Klausner and Chazelle. Steven Spielberg, Adam Merims and Singer executive produce, while DreamWorks Pictures co-finances the film.

In
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Ansel Elgort Cast as Tony in Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Remake

Ansel Elgort Cast as Tony in Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Remake
Baby Driver” star Ansel Elgort has been cast in the lead role of Tony in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story.” The script is written by Tony Kushner and based on the famous Broadway musical of the same name. Kushner has written the scripts for Spielberg’s “Lincoln” and “Munich,” both of which earned the playwright Oscar nominations.

West Side Story” was written for Broadway by Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim and featured music by Leonard Bernstein and choreography by Jerome Robbins. The Broadway musical opened in 1957 and was first adapted on the big screen in 1961 by directors Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. Larry Kert originated the role of Tony on Broadway, while Richard Beymer played the lead in the 1961 movie, which was nominated for 11 Oscars and won best picture.

Elgort is the first actor to be cast in Spielberg’s “West Side Story.” The actor earned some of the
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Ansel Elgort to Play Tony in Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Remake

  • The Wrap
Ansel Elgort to Play Tony in Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Remake
Ansel Elgort has been cast as Tony in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” remake, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Tony Kushner wrote the adaptation of the 1957 musical, originally written by Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim with music by Leonard Bernstein. Larry Kert played the role in the musical, while Richard Beymer took on the role in the 1961 film. “West Wide Story” explores forbidden love as well as the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds in New York.

Spielberg’s upcoming film will be produced by Spielberg, Kevin McCollum and Kristie Macosko Krieger.

Also Read: Hillary Clinton, Steven Spielberg Adapting Voting Drama 'Woman's Hour' for TV

Most recently, Elgort starred in “Baby Driver” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy. His
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Ansel Elgort to Star in Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’

  • Variety
Ansel Elgort to Star in Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’
Ansel Elgort has been cast in the lead role of Tony in Steven Spielberg’s film version of the Broadway musical, “West Side Story.”

Spielberg is directing from Tony Kushner’s adaptation of the 1957 musical, which was originally written by Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim with music by Leonard Bernstein, and concept, direction, and choreography by Jerome Robbins. Spielberg, Kevin McCollum and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce the film.

Tony was first played by Larry Kert in the original 1957 Broadway musical, which was inspired by William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and centered on the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs.

Elgort starred in “Baby Driver” for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and “The Fault in Our Stars.” The actor is the lead in the upcoming film adaptation “The Goldfinch,
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Fox Files Suit in ‘The Post’ Location Dispute

  • Variety
Fox Files Suit in ‘The Post’ Location Dispute
The Post,” which starred Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, was set in old the Washington Post building on L Street, Nw, circa 1971. To recreate the location, the production found an aging At&T office tower in White Plains, N.Y., that was run down and slated for demolition.

Twentieth Century Fox is now embroiled in litigation with the owner of that building, who is accused of pocketing a $100,000 security deposit. The owner alleges that Fox damaged the building’s walls, removed ceiling tiles without replacing them, and overused the power system.

Fox filed a suit Thursday in federal court in New York, accusing the owner — White Plains Development LLC — of breaching the location agreement by concocting phony allegations.

“It was clear that these claims were merely a pretense for White Plains Development to steal Fox’s money,” the lawsuit alleges.

Fox paid $300,000 to rent three floors of the 1955 building on Hamilton
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