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‘Ness’ Locks Up Paul Greengrass and Brian Helgeland For Paramount Pictures

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Exclusive: An updated version telling the story of one of America’s bravest and incorruptible lawman has grabbed the attention of Bourne franchise director Paul Greengrass who is negotiating to direct the project Ness, written by Brian Helgeland for Paramount Pictures. Helgeland won and Oscar for his LA Confidential screenplay and worked with Greengrass on The Bourne Supremacy. Based on the life of Elliot Ness, who led the team of Prohibition agents known as The… »


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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Star O’Shea Jackson Jr. Eyes ‘Godzilla’ Sequel (Exclusive)

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Straight Outta Compton” star O'Shea Jackson Jr. is in negotiations to join Legendary’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.”

The movie already stars “Stranger Things” stand-out Millie Bobby Brown, along with Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga. “Krampus” helmer Michael Dougherty is directing the project from a script he penned with Zach Shields.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, and Elizabeth Olsen starred in the 2014 “Godzilla” reboot, directed by Gareth Edwards. Sources tell Variety that Watanabe is the only original cast member likely to return for the second installment.

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Alex Garcia will oversee the tentpole for Legendary. “Godzilla: King of Monsters” hits theaters on March 22, 2019, with the monster mash-up “Godzilla vs. Kong” slated to bow the following year on May 29, 2020.

Legendary and Warner Bros. announced in late 2015 that all future “King Kong” and “Godzilla” movies »


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Shailene Woodley Gets Probation for Dakota Pipeline Protest

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Shailene Woodley has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for her part in a protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline in October.

Under the terms of the plea deal, entered Friday in Morton County District Court in North Dakota, Woodley will get one year of unsupervised probation. Two other misdemeanor charges, of engaging in a riot and criminal trespass, were dropped. Woodley also forfeited a $500 bond.

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The 25-year-old “Divergent” star was among 27 demonstrators who were arrested on Oct. 10 at the pipeline construction site. Woodley was there to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which has protested the routing of the pipeline underneath the Missouri River adjacent to tribal lands.

Woodley streamed the arrest on Facebook Live. On the video, Woodley said she was returning to her Rv from the protest when she was stopped by police in riot gear.

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- Gene Maddaus

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No. 10 ‘Suicide Squad’ Box Office Profits – 2016 Most Valuable Movie Blockbuster Tournament

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When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn't about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources. Suicide Squad War… »


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Val Kilmer Really likes Cate Blanchett and Doesn’t Care Who Knows It

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If you only know Val Kilmer from his movies, you don’t really know Val Kilmer. The actor, who’s played everyone from Batman to Mark Twain onscreen and onstage, has what some might describe as an eccentric streak that most recently manifested in a series of tweets about Cate Blanchett over the weekend. The two appeared in Ron Howard’s “The Missing” and, more recently, Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song”; their time together appears to have left quite an impression on him.

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“Once I flew all the way to Australia just to talk to Cate Blanchett,” Kilmer says in the first tweet, which is accompanied by a close-up photo of part of his face. “Her husband met me first. Or, instead, I guess, to be accurate.” He then introduces a hashtag and takes on »


- Michael Nordine

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New ‘It’ Photos: Pennywise Meets The Losers Club

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I’m about 50 pages away from finishing Stephen King’s 1986 novel It, and holy crap, this book is tremendous. Without hyperbole, it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. Rarely have I read a novel in which I’ve felt so firmly in the grip of a master storyteller – and I wasn’t crazy about the first Dark Tower book, […]

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- Ben Pearson

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Lionsgate Teams With Roadside For Jake Gyllenhaal Boston Marathon Bombing Drama ‘Stronger’; September Bow Planned

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Exclusive: Lionsgate will team with Manchester By The Sea distributor Roadside Attractions to co-release Stronger, and they’ve set a September 22 bow. Stronger, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and is directed by David Gordon Green, is the second movie to cover the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy. Lionsgate also released the other, the CBS Films-produced Patriots Day, in January, after bowing at AFI and platforming for the last Oscar season. While the Peter Berg-directed Mark… »


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Writers Guild Negotiations: If Talk Shows Go Dark, Donald Trump Could Be The Biggest Winner in a Strike

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It’s a growing concern that probably hasn’t gone unnoticed by the hard-working staffs of TV’s late-night shows: A Writers Guild strike would silence their shows, right when they’re providing some of the sharpest analysis and critiques of the Donald Trump administration.

The threat of a strike inched closer to reality Friday, as talks between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Pictures & Television Producers stalled, and members of the WGA’s negotiating committee sent a letter to members asking for a strike authorization vote.

Read More: Writers’ Guild Negotiations Stall, as Leaders Call for Strike Authorization Vote

Like the last work stoppage in 2007, a strike would likely hit the business hard — particularly in an era of so much new media disruption. But for liberal-leaning Hollywood, here’s another unfortunate truth: Should a strike be called, the earliest — and perhaps only — winner in all of this could be Trump. »


- Michael Schneider

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MGM, Annapurna strike output deal

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Untitled Detroit Project to kick off later this year.

The parties announced on Monday the output deal that will cover all films produced by Annapurna Pictures in select international territories.

The multi-year partnership will include theatrical, home entertainment and television rights in territories including, and not limited to, Germany, Scandinavia, Latin America, Central Europe, Pan Asia and the Middle East.

The parties had not identified the distributors in these regions at time of writing.

Kathryn Bigelow’s Untitled Detroit Project written by Mark Boal will be the first film released under the pact later this year. It is scheduled to open in the Us on August 4. 

Bigelow’s film takes place against the backdrop of Detroit’s 1967 riots and stars an ensemble cast that includes John Boyega (pictured), John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie, Jason Mitchell, Will Poulter, Jack Reynor and Jeremy Strong.

“We have been strategically working to enhance the depth of our film pipeline, and it is incredibly »


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WGA Members Still Paying For Last Strike

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It's been more than nine years since the last WGA strike ended, with another now looming, but guild members still are paying for it. According to the WGA West's most recent report filed with the U.S. Department of Labor, 45 writers still owed the guild $392,883 in strike loans from the 100-day 2007-08 walkout, as of the guild's fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. One writer still owed more than $30,000; six others owed more than $20,000; seven owed more than $10,000; and… »

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Paolo Virzi’s ‘Like Crazy’ Takes Top Honors at Italy’s David di Donatello Awards

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Rome – Paolo Virzi’s “Like Crazy,” a road movie about two women who escape from a mental institution in Tuscany, took top honors Monday night at Italy’s 61st David di Donatello Awards, the country’s equivalent of the Oscars. The film took home five statuettes, including prizes in the key categories of best picture, best director, and best actress, which went to Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

The evening’s two other big winners were “Indivisible,” a neo-Gothic drama set in Naples and directed by Edoardo De Angelis, about teenage conjoined-twin sisters with beautiful voices, and Matteo Rovere’s “Italian Race,” set in the world of Gt racing. “Indivisible” took five nods, including for best screenplay, producer, and supporting actress, and “Italian Race” won six statuettes, including best actor for Stefano Accorsi, cinematography, and editing.

Virzì’s “Like Crazy” launched last year from Cannes and sold widely internationally, with Strand Releasing »


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More Films Are Now Released Than Rated: Just A Blip, Or Digital Disruption?

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At Forbes magazine, editors used to tell reporters: There's nothing more powerful than two crossing lines. They meant trend lines on a graph, as when rising expenses exceed falling revenue, sending a business into loss. In the 2016 Theatrical Market Statistics report released last week by the MPAA, just such crossing lines, on page 21, point toward what might be digital disruption of the film ratings system. That system, called the Classification and Rating… »

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CinemaCon: Andrew Cripps urges industry to share data

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President of Fox International addresses challenges, notes theatrical box office “continues to drive the train.”

Andrew Cripps delivered a positive forecast for the theatrical business in keeping with the traditional tone of CinemaCon’s Monday opening keynote, while urging greater collaboration between distributors and theatre owners.  

“Audiences are changing and they’re harder to connect with through traditional means. Films are more expensive than ever… marketing costs only seem to go in one direction – up,” Cripps said, adding that piracy and the growing proliferation of entertainment choices presented challenges.

The executive said he expected consolidation to continue, highlighted the need to offer enhanced theatre-going experiences, and urged the industry to grapple with and share data.

“If we can collaborate… to improve the customer engagement, then that has to be a good thing,” Cripps told attendees at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

“We live in interesting times. The movie business is alive and well… theatrical box office »


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‘Godzilla: King of Monsters’ Brings in ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Star O’Shea Jackson Jr.

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Following Straight Outta Compton, the stars who played the core members of the groundbreaking rap group Nwa became quickly rising stars. Jason Mitchell played Eazy E, Corey Hawkins played Dr. Dre and O’Shea Jackson Jr. stepped into the shoes of his father as Ice Cube. Since then, Hawkins went on to lead 24: Legacy while […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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Hans Zimmer Reteams With ‘Planet Earth II’ Co-Composers for ‘Blue Planet II’ Score

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On the heels of “Planet Earth II” airing its finale on BBC America, the network announced that the musical team behind its breathtaking score will be back for “Blue Planet II.”

The legendary Oscar winner Hans Zimmer had put his talents to work for the first time in the natural history genre by composing the theme for “Planet Earth II,” while Bleeding Fingers’ co-composers Jacob Shea and Jasha Klebe tackled the stirring score. For their new venture, the team will score the seven-part series that takes place in each of the world’s oceans.

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“It’s an incredible opportunity and privilege to be working again with the BBC’s Natural History Unit on such a globally important project,” Zimmer said in a statement. “It’s a joy to compose to such beautiful, powerful and inspiring picture. Once more »


- Hanh Nguyen

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First Look: Dan Stevens As Charles Dickens In ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’

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Dan Stevens broke out in old timey fare, playing Matthew Crawley on “Downton Abbey.” Ever since he left the hit show, he’s tried a variety of genres, finding considerable success, but now he’s back Merry Olde England, but now playing famous author Charles Dickens.

The Man Who Invented Christmas” will detail how the author wrote the classic “A Christmas Carol,” and Stevens was charmed by the material.

Continue reading First Look: Dan Stevens As Charles Dickens In ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Deadpool 2’ Writers Wouldn’t Mind Seeing Hugh Jackman Play Hugh Jackman; Update on Sequel

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There’s still hope for finding room for Hugh Jackman in Deadpool 2Ryan Reynolds dreamt up a film starring both Logan and Wade Wilson, but Jackman’s time as the Wolverine is finished. He closed out his 16-year run as the character with a bang. He’s done. Jackman could, on the other hand, play his most charming character yet in the […]

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- Jack Giroux

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Binge-Watching Millennial TV Viewers Average 6 TV Episodes Per Sitting

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It is not remotely breaking news that the addictive method of marathon “binge watching” television has been on the rise alongside the growing popularity of streaming and VOD, and the influence of streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. Now the proof is in the statistical pudding: devouring multiple TV episodes in one sitting has increasingly become the way young viewers experience television.

According to Deloitte’s annual “Digital Democracy Survey,” binge-watching TV is the most popular method of watching TV among young people – which should surprise absolutely no one.

Continue reading Binge-Watching Millennial TV Viewers Average 6 TV Episodes Per Sitting at The Playlist. »

- Elizabeth MacLeod

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Bryan Cranston Visits the Set of ‘Better Call Saul,’ Jokes That He’s Playing a ‘Geriatric Patient’

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Bryan Cranston will Not be in this season of ‘Better Call Saul!” warns a new behind-the-scenes look at the “Breaking Bad” spinoff’s upcoming third season. That’s unlikely to stop speculation that the former Walter White will do just that, however, as Cranston makes a stop on the show’s set in the same video and insists he’s “here to play a geriatric patient” as series creator Vince Gilligan laughs on. (“No he’s not!” insists onscreen text.) .

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“I’m back here in Albuquerque and I’m on here on a book tour,” explains the multiple Emmy winner of his appearance. “I wanted to come in early to Albuquerque so I could visit the set and just say hello to friends and family. All the cast is changed, but the sensibility is the same »


- Michael Nordine

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‘American Horror Story’: Sarah Paulson Reveals Which Characters She’d Resurrect — Paleyfest 2017

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During the final night of PaleyFest La, the always intense “American Horror Story” fanbase zeroed in on fan favorite Sarah Paulson, to the point that Kathy Bates took great pleasure in dubbing Paulson “the People’s Princess.” It was all in good fun, though, as the cast goofily bantered back and forth — and, in the case of Cuba Gooding Jr., twerked.

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Unfortunately, executive producers Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear spent the night relatively secretive about the upcoming Season 7 of American Horror Story — all we know, so far, is that Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will definitely be returning as leads, and that the season would have something to do with the 2016 election. Falchuk did say, though, that any fan of the series should “set your TiVo.” ‘

The cast was still happy to share details from this past season, »


- Maya Reddy

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