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Weinstein Co. Moves ‘Mary Magdalene’ Back to Easter — and Now Has Just One Oscar Contender

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The Weinstein Co. is moving one of its would-be Oscar hopefuls, Bible epic “Mary Magdalene” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara, out of the expensive awards season to focus on a less competitive spring release on March 30 timed to the Easter holiday.

It’s a fiscally responsible move — but an uncharacteristic one, as Harvey Weinstein has happily let Oscars define his business ever since “Shakespeare in  Love” won best picture in 1997.

TWC has always been willing to make opportunistic changes, but taking Garth Davis’ follow-up to “Lion” out of the fall is a dramatic. It follows the company’s serial pushback of Alicia Vikander vehicle “Tulip Fever,” including many canceled press screenings, as well as a March 9, 2018 release slot for “The Untouchables” remake “The Upside,” starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart.

According to Harvey Weinstein, the reason for pulling “Mary Magdalene” out of the Oscar race is just a matter of time. »


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Netflix Lands Paul Greengrass Pic About Norwegian Terrorist Who Killed 77

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Exclusive: Paul Greengrass will next direct a movie he has written about the Norwegian terrorist who in 2011 murdered 77 people in the country’s deadliest attack since WWII. Netflix has won the right to make the film in heavy competition. Scott Rudin will produce with Greg Goodman and Eli Bush. The horrific violence was inflicted by Anders Behring Breivik, a self-described right-wing Christian extremist with a hatred for Muslims. He started the carnage by detonating a… »


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Lynn Whitfield Joins Sanaa Lathan In ‘Nappily Ever After’

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Exclusive: Actress Lynn Whitfield has signed on to co-star in the Netflix comedy Nappily Ever After, joining Sanaa Lathan and Ernie Hudson in the film based on Trisha R. Thomas’ book of the same name. Haifaa Al-Mansour is directing the pic from an original script by Tina Chism with rewrites from Lisa Loomer, Adam Brooks and Gina Prince-Bythewood. It follows Violet Jones (Lathan), whose a seemingly flawless life is interrupted after an accident at the hair dresser leads to… »


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Numan Acar Cast In Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Remake

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Numan Acar has been cast in Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake, which is being directed by Guy Ritchie. He’s joining Will Smith as Genie as well as Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, in the roles of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, respectively. Written by John August (Big Fish), the adaptation is based on the 1992 animated classic and follows the story of Aladdin, who finds a magic lamp and the bigger-than-life genie that grants him three wishes. Acar will play Hakim, the head… »


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China Box Office: ‘Wolf Warriors II’ Continues Record Run, Extends Total to $769 Million

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Wolf Warriors II” narrowly won its fourth weekend at the Chinese box office ahead of a pack of new releases. It extended its record haul in China to $769 million after 25 days.

Data from local provider Ent Group show that “Wolf Warriors II” briefly lost its top box-office spot last Friday to “Paradox.” But on Saturday and and Sunday, the patriotic action sensation reclaimed the No. 1 ranking. Both films enjoyed about 70,000 screenings per day.

Every ticket sold pushes “Wolf Warriors II” further into the lead as the all-time biggest movie ever released in China. Its total is now 50% bigger than previous claimant “The Mermaid.”

This was also another weekend in which the top Chinese film outpaced the top film at the North American box office. Stateside winner “Hitman’s Bodyguard” earned $21.6 million.

Hong Kong-made crime actioner “Paradox,” which opened the Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival, was released last Thursday and scored $31.4 million over the weekend. It »


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Netflix dominates on-demand originals in Spanish summer

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Exclusive: Orange Is The New Black heads digital originals chart; lags behind overall champion Game Of Thrones.

Netflix’s aggressive original content strategy backed by its notorious spending power has led to total domination of the original digital show space in Spain over a portion of the summer.

Information compiled by Los Angeles-based data science specialist Parrot Analytics over the period July 15-August 13 shows the streaming platform accounted for the top 10 most in-demand shows.

However the top show on the list, Orange Is The New Black, ranks eighth in a broader roster of desire for shows originating on any platform, demonstrating that digital originals still have some way to go before they usurp the old order.

According to the company’s Demand Expressions metric, which gauges total audience demand for a show within a particular country, Orange Is The New Black was the most desired show that originated exclusively online.

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Check Out Dolph Lundgren's Creed 2 Training In Intense New Video

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It's been confirmed that Dolph Lundgren will reprise Ivan Drago in Creed 2, and the actor is wasting no time getting into shape to play the Russian boxer. »

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NBC’s ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Reboot Is Dead

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Sad news, friends. NBC's Xena: Warrior Princess reboot is dead in the water. With 90s nostalgia on full blast and the support of the original creative team, the network commissioned the reboot in 2015 and later that year, recruited Lost and The 100 writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach to tackle the project. Sadly, the Emmy-winning writer departed the project in a few months ago over "insurmountable creative differences" and now it seems the project has stalled entirely at NBC. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke revealed that the project is, at least for the time … »

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Alicia Silverstone, Tommy Dewey & Katie Aselton Cast In ‘Book Club’

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Exclusive: Alicia Silverstone, Casual star Tommy Dewey and Katie Aselton are set to appear in June Pictures’ upcoming film Book Club, joining Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley Jr and Wallace Shawn. The pic is from first-time director Bill Holderman, who co-worte the screenplay with Erin Simms. It follows four lifelong friends in their 60s — Keaton, Fonda, Bergen and… »


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Leslie Zemeckis Joins Universal Pictures’ ‘Marwencol’

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Leslie Zemeckis has joined Steve Carell, Diane Kruger and Leslie Mann in her husband Robert Zemeckis' Marwencol, set to release for Universal on Nov. 21, 2018. The film is based on Jeff Malmberg's documentary of the same name and directed by Robert Zemeckis from a script he wrote with Caroline Thompson. The story follows a man (Carell) who recovers from an assault by building a miniature World War II-era village in his backyard. It’s being produced through Zemecki’s… »


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SAG-aftra Presidential Candidate Peter Antico Has Plan To Reshape Union

1 hour ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Peter Antico is fighting an uphill battle to become the next president of SAG-aftra, but he believes he has enough support from members to push him over the top when votes are counted Thursday. His supporters include Sylvester Stallone, Cuba Gooding Jr, Mickey Rourke, Andrew Dice Clay and Morgan Brittany. Long an outspoken critic of the union's current regime, he split from the main opposition group, Membership First, because he said they weren't doing enough… »


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‘Do It Like an Hombre’: Mexico’s Highest-Grossing Local Film of the Year

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Some new Mexican box office history has been made as the comedy “Do it Like an Hombre” followed its 68.7 million Mexican pesos ($3.89 million) opening weekend with a two weekend total of $130.3 million pesos ($7.4 million), giving it the highest Mexican movie box office total of 2017, according to comScore.

In its first weekend, including a Thursday first-day bow, the film was the country’s second-highest Mexican release ever after the 2013 smash-hit “Instructions Not Included,” which holds the top spot, though off a Thursday rather than Friday opening. 2016’s “Que Culpe Tiene el Nino”? earned a three-day 65.6 million pesos ($3.7 million), according to comScore.

The recent success of local hits in Mexico has helped in recent years to justify a massive growth in the number of theaters across the country. It may also suggest a shift away from the near absolute choke-hold that Hollywood blockbusters, especially animated movies, have held on the region’s box offices for years. At »


- Jamie Lang

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'The Sacrifice', 'Faces Places' among Nyff Revivals roster

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Selections from Andrei Tarkovsky, Agnes Varda, Hou Hsiao-hsien.

The Film Society Of Lincoln Centre has announced the line-up for the Revivals section of the New York Film Festival showcasing digitally remastered, restored, and preserved works by celebrated filmmakers.

Two filmmakers from the festival’s Main Slate line-up will also have works in the Revivals section. Agnes Varda, whose Faces Places will screen in this year’s main selection, gets a slot with her feminist musical One Sings, the Other Doesn’t that opened the 15th festival in 1977.

Philippe Garrel’s Lover For A Day will appear in the festival’s Main Slate and he has two films in Revivals: Le Revelateur from 1968 and L’Enfant Secret from 1979.

Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Daughter Of The Nile screened at the 26th New York Film Festival 30 years ago and returns in Revivals, alongside Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Sacrifice (NYFF24, pictured) and Adolfas MekasHallelujah the Hills from the first »


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Comedy Dynamics Acquires ‘The Mix,’ ‘Waiting On Mary,’ More Award-Winning Titles & Comedy Specials

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Comedy Dynamics has added six more titles to its growing slate. The production company has acquired award-winning comedies The Mix, The Shickles and Waiting on Mary as well as a trio of comedy specials: Ophira Eisenberg’s Inside Joke, Bryan Callen’s Never Grow Up and Laffghanistan: Comedy Down Range by Graham Elwood. The Mix from Chris Mollica and Greg Townsend is a dark comedy that follows Sal (Mollica), the owner of a homegrown cookie company. With his business riding a… »


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The ‘Hellboy’ Reboot Adds ‘Deadpool’ Veteran Ed Skrein [Updated]

1 hour ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Update 2: Deadpool villain Ed Skrein has joined the cast of Hellboy as one of the central characters. We’ve included the new details below. Update: American Honey star Sasha Lane has been cast as one of Hellboy‘s central characters. The Bureau For Paranormal Research and Defense will fight the creatures that go bump in the night […]

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Former Google Marketing Exec Andrew Hotz Joins Warner Bros.

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Former Google marketing executive Andrew Hotz has been named executive vice president of worldwide digital marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Jp Richards, the studio’s exec VP of worldwide marketing and chief data strategist, made the announcement on Monday. Hotz will oversee the division’s domestic and international digital teams, working with the broader marketing team on the design and deployment of digital campaigns to support releases from Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema. Hotz will report directly to Richards.

“Digital marketing provides us new opportunities to reach audiences in sophisticated ways at scale,” Richards sad. “With our strategic partnerships, technology and data, Warner Bros. can reach and interact with entertainment consumers like never before. Andrew has an incredible background in digital marketing, and we’ll look to him to help us refine and further our digital campaigns, realizing the full potential of our marketing organization as well as the world-class films we market.”

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Andrew Hotz Moves From Google To Exec VP Digital Marketing At Warner Bros

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Andrew Hotz has been named Evp Worldwide Digital Marketing at Warner Bros. Pictures. The executive, who previously was head of industry at Google, will oversee the division's domestic and international digital teams and work with marketing executives on the design and deployment of digital campaigns of feature releases from Warner Bros Pictures and New Line Cinema. He will report to Jp Richards, Evp Worldwide Marketing and Chief Data Strategist at Warner Bros Pictures… »


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Star Wars Bits: Donald Glover Talks Ron Howard, Rian Johnson vs. Nuclear War, and Much More

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits: Rian Johnson reveals scenario for early Star Wars: The Last Jedi release. Donald Glover expresses confidence in Ron Howard. More Battlefront II news and images. And much more! In a spectacular profile of Donald Glover on THR, the actor talks about the directorial flip from Phil Lord and Chris Miller to Ron […]

The post Star Wars Bits: Donald Glover Talks Ron Howard, Rian Johnson vs. Nuclear War, and Much More appeared first on /Film. »


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Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer 2 May Have Found Its Villain

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So, why is The Equalizer 2 happening? Because The Equalizer, released in 2014, banked $100M domestically and almost got that amount overseas. The worldwide gross is $192 million and the reviews were extremely positive. »

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‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains That Iffy Timeline in “Beyond the Wall”

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The penultimate episode of Game of Thrones’ penultimate season, “Beyond the Wall,” came with a serious degree of anticipation, but by the episode’s end quite a few fans were frustrated. The episode depicted a much anticipated battle between a ragtag group of Thrones regulars and the Night King’s wight army, but as the episode wore on, the timeline of exactly what was happening where became a little, well, convenient. The biggest example here is when Gendry is sent running back to Eastwatch to send a raven to Danaerys that Jon Snow and the group are in trouble and … »

- Adam Chitwood

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