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'It' Tracking for Record $50M Debut in U.S.

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King's It is tracking for a record September debut.

The Warner Bros. and New Line horror film, rolling out in theaters Sept. 8, could clear $50 million or more in its first weekend, besting Hotel Transylvania 2 ($48 million) to score the biggest start ever for the month of September, not adjusting for inflation. Some even believe it could approach $60 million.

Warners insiders are being more cautious and saying $40 million-$45 million, noting the sluggish marketplace and the fact that September has never been known for huge openings. Also, It is rated R.

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- Pamela McClintock

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Point Grey, Good Universe Team With 'Hello Ladies' Creators for 'Good Boys'

22 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Point Grey Pictures and Good Universe are developing the comedy Good Boys written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who will also be making their feature directorial debut.

Described as in the vein of Sausage Party and Superbad, Good Boys is an R-rated comedy about four 12-year-olds caught between childhood innocence and lewd teenage corruption, who embark on an epic quest from Tarzana to the Sherman Oaks Galleria to replace a broken drone before their parents get home.

Point Grey's Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce, while Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will executive produce. Josh »


- Rebecca Ford

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Blake Lively’s Spy Thriller ‘The Rhythm Section’ Lands at Paramount

20 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Blake Lively’s spy thriller “The Rhythm Section” has landed at Paramount Pictures with the studio agreeing to buy worldwide distribution rights.

The project will be directed by “The Handmaid’s Tale” exec producer Reed Morano, from a script by Mark Burnell with Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli producing. IM Global will finance the film. Lively was attached to the project a month ago.

The movie is a contemporary adaptation of the first of Burnell’s Stephanie Patrick series of four British novels. Lively will play the titular heroine, who is on a path to self-destruction after the death of her family in an airplane crash. After discovering from a journalist that the crash wasn’t an accident and watching that journalist get killed, she adapts the identity of an assassin in order to track down those responsible. »


- Dave McNary

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'Mission: Impossible 6' Shoot Set for 8-Week Hiatus Following Tom Cruise Injury

16 August 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Tom Cruise’s accident on the set of Mission: Impossible 6 looks set to put the production back by at least eight weeks, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

A video taken on the London set obtained by TMZ showed the actor jumping between buildings and falling short his mark, smacking into one side hard and limping away afterwards.

A source has now told THR that the injury – believed by many among the film’s crew to be a damaged ankle – is likely to force producers to put the shoot "on hiatus" for »


- Alex Ritman

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The Orchard boards Lynn Shelton's 'Outside In'

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Drama will premiere in Toronto, followed by a theatrical release in early 2018.

The Orchard has acquired worldwide rights to Lynn Shelton’s drama Outside In, starring Jay Duplass and Edie Falco

The Orchard has worldwide theatrical, digital rental and sales, cable/satellite VOD, airline, DVD and soundtrack rights to Outside In. 

Following The Orchard’s theatrical and digital release, Netflix will be releasing the film on its worldwide streaming platform.

Outside In, written by Lynn Shelton and Jay Duplass, centres on Carol (Falco), a high school teacher, and Chris (Duplass), her ex-student, as they explore a relationship after his release from a 20-year prison sentence. While Chris navigates his re-entry into the world, Carol works to rebuild her family, and reconnect with her teenage daughter. 

Kaitlyn Dever and Ben Schwartz star alongside Falco and Duplass in the film produced by Mel Eslyn and Lacey Leavitt.

The film features an original score from singer-songwriter Andrew Bird and was »


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Kathryn Bigelow on Detroit: ‘There’s a radical desire not to face the reality of race’

25 minutes ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The latest film from the director of Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker follows the 1967 police killing of black teenagers amid a racially charged riot. It could be 2017’s most urgent movie

Kathryn Bigelow sits very straight and considers events last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. “It was an atrocity,” she says. “I don’t know where we go from here.” Does the crisis of American racism scare her? She repeats the question back as if peering at it under glass. “Does it scare me? Does it scare me?”

We are in London, a long way from Charlottesville, and a piano tinkles nearby. Bigelow, who is wearing a black top and jeans, is almost 6ft tall, gracefully angular, still the only woman to win an Oscar as best director, for her Iraq war masterpiece The Hurt Locker. The movies she makes – spotted with raw, precision violence – might suggest a certain kind of personality. »

- Danny Leigh

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Documentaries Double-Dip for Emmy and Oscar Consideration

26 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In the past decade, half of all documentaries nominated for an Academy Award went on to receive a Primetime, News and Doc or Intl. Emmy nomination.

Unlike “Moonlight,” “Spotlight” and “12 Years a Slave,” nonfiction feature Oscar winners including “CitizenFour,” “Taxi to the Dark Side” and “Born Into Brothels” can also tout an Emmy win.

Why? Because documentaries are by and large a product of television or digital platforms and not film studios. Without funding from small-screen distributors such as HBO, PBS, A&E and streaming services including Netflix and Amazon, the Oscar feature documentary category wouldn’t exist.

But docu filmmakers, similar to narrative filmmakers, want the same thing: for their film to be seen in a movie theater with an audience. So outlets, including HBO and PBS, have selectively facilitated that desire for primarily two reasons: to please directors and perhaps more importantly, to qualify for an Academy Award, which »


- Addie Morfoot

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‘Twin Peaks’ Meets Late Night TV: Seth Meyers Hosts His Show in the Red Room — Watch

26 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Red Room has been a home to Dale Cooper, Sarah Palmer, and The Man From Another Place, but it has never hosted a late night television series. Until now, that is.

Read More:Late Night TV vs. Donald Trump: 8 Hosts Ranked, From Most to Least Critical

Seth Meyers channeled his inner David Lynch to see what his late night television show would look like if it happened to be set in the infamous Red Room of “Twin Peaks.” Clearly the writers of this sketch are diehard “Twin Peaks” fans. Everything from the set design to the pacing and backwards dialogue is on point. It’s only funny because of how accurate it all is, especially the insight into how a late night interview would unfold.

The “Twin Peaks” homage was a nice break in a week dominated by serious discussions over President Trump and the pro-Nazi rallies in Charlottesville. »


- Zack Sharf

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Emma Stone Is 2017’s Highest Paid Actress

27 minutes ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Now that the Academy has honored Emma Stone with a much-deserved Oscar for her performance in “La La Land,” she has become a hot commodity and, if advanced buzz is any indication, her performance as Billie Jean King in this fall’s upcoming “The Battle of the Sexes” might land her another nomination.

So it comes as no surprise that in Forbes’ recently released list of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses she figures very high up on the list.

Continue reading Emma Stone Is 2017’s Highest Paid Actress at The Playlist. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’: 18 New Images Prepare for the End of the Universe

27 minutes ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Marvel has released 18 new images from Thor: Ragnarok. The upcoming sequel sees Thor (Chris Hemsworth) imprisoned on the other side of the universe and forced to put together a team in order to stop the ruthless Goddess of Death, Hela (Cate Blanchett). From what we’ve seen so far, the movie looks like an absolute blast and a far cry from the first two Thor movies. While some fans have cited a look that’s similar to Guardians of the Galaxy, I would say that Ragnarok still looks like it has its own personality. Yes, there are big, bold, … »

- Matt Goldberg

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Gkids acquires sci-fi animation 'Napping Princess'

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Film won best animated feature award at Fantasia Film Festival; distributor plans September release.

Gkids has announced that it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated feature Napping Princess

Gkids will release the film theatrically on September 8 in New York City and Los Angeles, with a national expansion to follow.

Napping Princess, a sci-fi fantasy set in the near future, centres on the journey of a young girl, Kokone, and her friend Morio, as they set out to find Kokone’s missing father who has been accused of a crime.

Kokone soon realises she must tap into a world only accessible through her dreams in order to solve the mystery. 

The film is written and directed by Kenji Kamiyama, the director of East Of Eden and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex. 

Formerly known as Ancien And The Magic Tablet, Napping Princess was an official selection at this year’s Annecy Int’l Animation »


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Big World Pictures Acquires U.S. Rights to Julia Murat’s ‘Pendular’ (Exclusive)

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New York-based Big World Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Julia Murat’s “Pendular,” the Fipresci Best Film prizewinner at the 2017 Berlinale’s Panorama.

A chronicle of a dancer and sculptor’s attempt to negotiate boundaries and balance between art and love, preserving a sense of creative freedoms, “Pendular” was sold to Big World Pictures by Paris sales agent Still Walking.

Produced by Murat and Bubble’s Project Tatiana Leite, it also marks the second feature from a buzzed-up Brazilian women director who 2011 debut, “Found Memories,” played the Lincoln Center/MoMA’s New Directors/New Films in New York and  and Los Angeles AFI Fest, among others, “Pendular” will now play U.S. festivals, building up to an early 2018 theatrical release, Big World Pictures announced Thursday.

Written by Murat and Matías Mariani, her real-life partner, “Pendular” kicks off with a young couple taping an orange strip to the floor in an large abandoned industrial warehouse where »


- John Hopewell

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Shazam's Director Goes Into More Detail About Black Adam Not Being In The Movie

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The decision to not include Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam in Shazam has confused a number of fans, but director David F. Sandberg has finally addressed the creative choice. »

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Every Episode of ‘Rick and Morty,’ Ranked

46 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Rick and Morty” does things no other TV shows would dare to do. Even with the infinite possibilities of a portal gun, this is a show that regularly finds a way to reinvent its own rules and subvert expectations of what a comedy can achieve in half-hour increments.

So, in a constant quest to help “Rick and Morty” newbies find the ideal entry point into the series (and to prove to everyone the microverse car battery episode is vastly under-appreciated), we’ve separated out every installment of the show with a little bit of context to explain why each episode deserves its place in the show’s hierarchy.

Read More:The 20 Best Animated TV Shows of the 21st Century

And let’s be honest: 94 percent of the people who clicked on this story have already skipped down to see where “Pickle Rick” is, so let’s skip the pleasantries, say “Shum shum schlippity dop! »


- Steve Greene

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‘It’ Opening Weekend to Scare off Box Office Competition with Possible September Record

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September is looking to be a very good month for Warner Bros. and New Line thanks to It, the big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's tome of terror. The horror film has been generating plenty of positive buzz weeks in advance of its September 8th debut and the marketing machine has been steadily revving up over the summer. That's all good news for fans of the book who have been anticipating the new adaptation, but the better news is that a strong box office opening is in the works for the Andrés Muschietti-directed picture. THR reports … »

- Dave Trumbore

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First Look: Saoirse Ronan Is ‘Mary, Queen Of Scots’

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Saoirse Ronan has a busy schedule ahead. She’s gearing up to hit the fall festival circuit to support “Lady Bird” and “On Chesil Beach,” and next up she’s getting the royal treatment leading “Mary, Queen Of Scots.”

Production has started on the drama which is directed by Josie Rourke, written by Beau Willimon (“House Of Cards“) and co-stars Margot Robbie.

Continue reading First Look: Saoirse Ronan Is ‘Mary, Queen Of Scots’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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La Soledad review – a flower of a film amid the ruins of Caracas

56 minutes ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This parable about the crumbling economy and desperate people of Venezuala, has the hypnagogic rhythms of an Apichatpong Weerasethakul film

This promising debut feature opens up gradually, like a fragrant but potentially poisonous night-blooming flower. Filmed largely in the crumbling mansion in Caracas owned by Armand’s own family and starring the struggling residents who live there, the film is a sort of parable about the parlous fortunes of Venezuela itself. Central character José (handsome José Dolores Lopez) shares one set of rooms in the weathered villa with his his wife, daughter and grandmother Rosina (María Agamez Palomino), who was formerly the maid of the house for the wealthy white-skinned family who lived there a generation back.

Related: Venezuela on the brink: a journey through a country in crisis

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‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ First Look: Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie Fight to Be Queen

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Playing royal queens is often a one-way ticket to awards season. Just ask Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, and Claire Foy. So will Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie be next? The two actresses have officially started filming “Mary, Queen of Scots” on location in England and Scotland, and Focus Features is marking the occasion with a first look at Ronan as the title character.

Read More:‘Lady Bird’ First Look: Greta Gerwig Makes Her Directorial Debut With A Rebellious Saoirse Ronan

“Mary, Queen of Scots” is the feature directorial debut of Josie Rourke, artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse. “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon wrote the script based on John Guy’s acclaimed biography “My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary, Queen of Scots.” The screenwriter earned an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2012 for co-writing George Clooney’s “The Ides of March.”

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- Zack Sharf

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The Hunger Games And Twilight Are Getting A Theme Park

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As movie franchises become more and more important parts of ongoing studio business, those studios also look for additional ways to leverage those franchises outside of the movie theater. »

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Watch Paul Walker Fans Lobby City Hall For A Paul Walker Mount Rushmore

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Hey Vin Diesel? Can you take a break from performing in the live-action Fast and Furious stage show and lend some support to Chad and Bohdie? They want a statue, or a monument, erected to Paul Walker. »

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