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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Sets Sights on Becoming the Latest $200M+ Opener

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Sets Sights on Becoming the Latest $200M+ Opener
After a strong performance last month, the December box office is currently pacing ahead of 2016 by 3% while the overall year is still pacing just a bit behind 2016, currently by 4.2%. However, now comes what will surely be the highest grossing domestic release of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The latest film in the Star Wars franchise is looking to become only the fourth domestic release to ever open over $200 million, sure to assist in closing the year-to-year gap even further. Meanwhile, Fox has chosen to once again offer some counter-programming with the animated release Ferdinand. Two years ago they tried a similar tactic when they debuted the fourth installment of the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise against Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Much like 2015, we're anticipating similar results. When forecasting the opening weekend for Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in 2015 it was a rather monumental task as no
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Boba Fett Film Rumored to be in Development by Simon Kinberg

Boba Fett Film Rumored to be in Development by Simon Kinberg
A standalone Boba Fett movie has been announced for some time. However, there were some serious doubts about whether the movie would ever get made because the initial director Josh Trank was fired over Fantastic Four. Some sources have claimed that Trank was fired because of his poor behavior on the set for the movie, whereas other sources have claimed that the movie’s poor performance at the box office was the primary factor. Whatever the case, the firing of Trank as well as a prolonged lack of news put the Boba Fett movie into something of a limbo, so much

Boba Fett Film Rumored to be in Development by Simon Kinberg
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‘Good Time’ Directors Benny & Josh Safdie To Helm ’48 Hrs.’ Remake

‘Good Time’ Directors Benny & Josh Safdie To Helm ’48 Hrs.’ Remake
The success of “Good Time” has kicked open some doors for filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie, who have spent years solidifying their indie cred. As they shared last month, some very big projects have started to cross their desk, though the duo are being selective about what they choose to do.

“….we’re talking about doing a remake of a movie. It’s weird, a studio offered us to do a sequel to this huge comic-book thing.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn to Produce Horror Movie for H Collective

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn to Produce Horror Movie for H Collective
Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn will produce an untitled horror film for The H Collective.

Gunn’s brother Brian Gunn and cousin Mark Gunn are writing the screenplay. James Gunn will produce the project in between scripting “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” and starting production on the Disney-Marvel tentpole, which he will direct next year.

Gunn’s longtime collaborator David Yarovesky will direct the film, and The H Collective will fully finance and produce alongside Gunn and his Troll Court Entertainment. Brian and Mark Gunn, Dan Clifton, and The H Collective’s Nic Crawley will executive produce.

The horror pic is expected to go into production in the spring of 2018. Gunn directed the 2006 horror film “Slither” and the 2010 superhero comedy-drama “Super.” In between 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and 2017’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Gunn also penned and produced the horror film “The Belko Experiment,” which was released in March.

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Jim Parsons Options Film Rights To TVLine Chief Michael Ausiello Memoir ‘Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies’

Jim Parsons Options Film Rights To TVLine Chief Michael Ausiello Memoir ‘Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies’
Exclusive: In a competitive situation. Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak's That's Wonderful Productions has optioned the film rights to Michael Ausiello's acclaimed memoir Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies, with Parsons attached to star. Parsons and Spiewak will be producers, and Ausiello — the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Deadline’s sister site TVLine.com — will be executive producer. In his heartbreaking, tragicomic memoir, Ausiello told the story of the eleven month span…
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Ryan Reynolds’ Silly Disney-Fox Merger Tweet Leads Hollywood Response to Massive Deal

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Ryan Reynolds’ Silly Disney-Fox Merger Tweet Leads Hollywood Response to Massive Deal
Disney announced on Thursday that it would acquire much of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion in stock, which would include the “X-Men” and “Deadpool” properties and make it possible for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include those characters in their cinematic fold.

In response, Fox’s “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds tweeted a picture of himself being escorted out of Disneyland with the caption
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Morgan Spurlock Steps Down From His Production Company After Sexual Misconduct Admission

Morgan Spurlock Steps Down From His Production Company After Sexual Misconduct Admission
Morgan Spurlock has stepped down from the production company that he co-founded after admitting that he had once been accused of rape and had been guilty of sexual misconduct in the past.

In a statement issued Thursday, Warrior Poets partners Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin said, “On behalf of Warrior Poets, we as partners have always supported our company and its endeavors. As of today, Morgan Spurlock will be stepping down effective immediately.”

The duo continued, “We will continue to lead the company as equal partners, producing, distributing & creating from our independent production company.”
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Film Review: ‘Beyond Skyline’

Film Review: ‘Beyond Skyline’
A semi-sequel to 2010’s “Skyline” which follows different characters from the same alien-invasion starting point through fantasy perils on a grander scale, “Beyond Skyline” does its predecessor proud in that it, too, is fast-paced and colorful enough to rate as a solid guilty pleasure. This helming debut for Liam O’Donnell, who co-wrote the original, is another showcase for the FX work of the earlier films’ co-directors the Brothers Strause and their company Hydraulx (which has contributed visual effects to numerous recent tentpoles).

All three dudes were centrally involved with 2007’s “Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.” If this new movie also seems to have a whole lot of Aliens and Predators running around, well, it’s not the kind of joint you expect originality from, in narrative or even stylistic terms. It is, however, a goofy hybrid that’s never dull and sometimes flat-out ridiculous, never taking itself so seriously for its logical shortcomings to feel truly embarrassing
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10 Cinematography Masters Who Love Celluloid, from ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘Wonder Woman’

10 Cinematography Masters Who Love Celluloid, from ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘Wonder Woman’
The romance with film turned a corner this year with the massive success of Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk.” The World War II actioner had the widest 70mm release in 25 years (125 prints, dominated by IMAX), grabbing $188 million domestically and $525 million worldwide. And the visual impact of the IMAX format was powerful in the best picture frontrunner. Whether by land, by air, or by sea, the imagery was immersive. That is why Dutch-Swedish cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema is the frontrunner in his race as well.

But the impact of film on the cinematography race doesn’t stop there. Also in strong contention are “The Beguiled,” “Call Me By Your Name,” “Wonder Struck,” and “Wonder Woman,” all period pieces shot in a variety of styles that particularly benefited from the texture and warmth of 35mm film. At the same time, “The Post,” “Murder on the Orient Express” (another 70mm spectacle), “The Florida Project,
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Global Road Entertainment Acquires Stanley Tucci-Starring Thriller ‘The Silence’

Global Road Entertainment has secured the U.S. distribution rights to The Silence, a suspense thriller from Annabelle director the John Leonetti. Stanley Tucci (Spotlight), Kiernan Shipka (AMC's Mad Men), Miranda Otto (Annabelle: Creation), and John Corbett (HBO's Sex and the City) star in the pic, which is based the novel by fantasy-horror writer Tim Lebbon. It centers on a family struggling to survive in a world terrorized by a deadly, primeval species who have bred for…
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The Best Podcasts of 2017: A Tribute

It seems like we always start any podcast story with the same general idea: It’s impossible to fully keep up with the massive amount of quality podcasts that spring up on a regular basis. For every well-established favorite that’s still producing some of the best stories in the world on a regular basis, there are a handful of upstart projects worthy of time and consideration.

So, making a list of the 50 best episodes of the year is, as always, a futile task. As we’ve documented throughout the year, there are hours upon hours of innovative, entertaining programming being offered up every day. Even in monthly installments, highlighting the gems of the podcast world is tricky.

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Back in June, when we selected the top 50 at the halfway point of the year, that list could easily have sustained through the final six months
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Kiernan Shipka’s Horror Movie ‘The Silence’ Sells to Global Road for U.S.

Global Road Entertainment has acquired the U.S. rights to horror movie “The Silence,” starring Stanley Tucci, Miranda Otto, Kiernan Shipka and John Corbett.

Annabelle” director John Leonetti helmed the film, based on the book by Tim Lebbon. Producers are Robert Kulzer, Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert. Constantin CEO Martin Moszkowicz is executive producer.

The Silence” centers on a family struggling to survive in a world terrorized by a deadly, primeval species who have bred for decades in the pitch darkness of a vast underground cave system, hunting only with their acute hearing. As the family seeks refuge in a remote haven where they can wait out the invasion, they start to wonder what kind of world will remain when they’re ready to emerge. Shipka plays a deaf girl who provides the only hope of survival.

“’The Silence’ complements our original production slate as we ramp up towards eventually releasing approximately 15 films per year,” said Global
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‘It’ Director Andy Muschietti Teaming with The Russo Brothers for Apocalyptic Sci-Fi

Two of Hollywood's powerhouse creative sibling duos are teaming up for an apocalyptic alt-history sci-fi. Russo Brothers Studios won out in a competitive bidding war for the rights to The Electric State, an illustrated novel from artist Simon Stålenhag, which will team up Captain America: Civil War duo Joe and Anthony Russo with It's Andy and Barbara Muschietti. Andy Muschietti is directing The Electric State, as well as producing alongside his sister and the Russos. Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder (Hold the Dark) are also producing. The script comes from screenwriting duo Christopher Markus and …
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Verve Continues to Show Dominance in Spec Market Following Blacklist, Hitlist Unveilings

While the major agencies still had plenty to gloat about after the recent unveiling of both the Hitlist and the Blacklist, Verve Talent and Literary Agency is looking to be the big winner when it comes to repping writers on those lists.

For the Hitlist, which is a list of the 90 best already-produced specs of 2017, Verve ranked first among agencies, repping 17 of the writers on the list. For the Blacklist, which is a list of the best specs that have yet to be produced, Verve ranked second, trailing only CAA and repping 14 of the specs appearing on the list.

“Thrilled that our hard work and love for the writer business has been recognized by the best readers in town!” said co-founder Bryan Besser.

To most agencies, these lists serve as a benchmark to measure their standing in the biz in terms of their clients’ productivity. For the past several years, Verve has held its own,
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Sony’s Tony Vinciquerra: Disney-Fox ‘Creates Opportunities’

Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra sent a note to staff Thursday in the wake of the Disney-Fox deal confirming that the company had kicked the tires on Fox and that it will continue to pursue possible acquisitions in the future.

Vinciquerra’s memo followed 21st Century Fox chief Rupert Murdoch’s public assertions in a conference call Thursday on the heels of the Disney deals announcement that the company would be looking to partner with studios such as Sony and Warner Bros. after selling off the bulk of its entertainment properties to the Walt Disney Co. Speculation has emerged on the fox lot that 21st Century Fox could use profits from the Disney deal to fund the acquisition of a new studio.

The Spe chief also wrote, “we did take a run at the Fox assets when we learned of their availability, and will continue to aggressively look for new avenues of growth for the studio
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The Disney, Fox Deal Just Set Off a Studio Arms Race

The Disney, Fox Deal Just Set Off a Studio Arms Race
Disney’s $52.4 billion purchase of Fox is sending shockwaves throughout the movie business, with many industry observers believing that the marriage between the two iconic companies could inspire a fresh round of media mergers.

“The word tectonic has been overused to describe many deals, but in this case it applies,” said Hal Vogel, a veteran media analyst. “It’s one of those rare times you can feel the tectonic plates moving.”

The combined companies will have access to a blue-chip list of popular film franchises; their vault will encompass the Simpsons, X-Men, the Avengers, Avatar, Family Guy, Star Wars, Alien, and scores of family entertainment titles. That leaves the likes of Sony and Paramount looking downright scrawny in comparison. It also helps explain why Lionsgate tried to merge with Hasbro earlier this year only to abandon the plan after a dispute arouse over the price.

“These studios are all looking a lot smaller than they used to
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What Disney Bought: A Billion-Dollar Breakdown of Assets

Now that the megadeal is done and the smoke has cleared, there’s a price tag that can be put on each asset moving from Fox to Disney. Analyst estimates vary; the numbers below are derived from Rbc Capital Markets.

Disney is getting two groups of channels from Fox: FX Networks and National Geographic Channels. FX is the home of critically acclaimed, edgy series from “American Horror Story” to “Fargo”–exactly the kind of content Disney lacks. Nat Geo has just begun to broach that business with scripted fare like “Genius,” but it’s a classic brand that fits perfectly with Disney’s portfolio, and one that is already translating nicely to digital platforms like Snapchat.

That they may represent the priciest assets in the whole deal is less a reflection of their future worth and more a testament to how valuable linear channels have been over the past decade, given the billions
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Dustin Hoffman Accused of Exposing Himself to A 16-Year-Old and Assaulting Two Women While Making ‘Ishtar’

Dustin Hoffman Accused of Exposing Himself to A 16-Year-Old and Assaulting Two Women While Making ‘Ishtar’
More women have come forward to accuse Dustin Hoffman of sexual harassment and assault in a new report from Variety. One woman, Cori Thomas, alleges Hoffman exposed himself to her when she was only 16 years old. Thomas was a high-school classmate of Hoffman’s daughter Karina. After spending an afternoon with the two, Hoffman invited them to the hotel he was staying at in New York City. Karina was asked to go home, leaving Thomas alone with the actor. Hoffman allegedly proceeded to take a shower.

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“He came out of the bathroom with a towel at first wrapped around him, which he dropped,” Thomas tells Variety. “He was standing there naked. I think I almost collapsed, actually. It was the first time I had ever seen a naked man. I was mortified. I didn’t know what to do.
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Russo Brothers Win Sci-Fi Novel ‘The Electric State’ For ‘It’ Team Andy & Barbara Muschietti

Exclusive: Russo Brothers Studio has just won a heated bidding war for The Electric State, an illustrated novel from Simon Stålenhag. Andy Muschietti, who directed one of the year’s biggest hits with It, is negotiating to direct the film. He will produce with Barbara Muschietti. Rbs principals Joe and Anthony Russo will produce with them, and their production head Mike Larocca will be executive producer. At least four studios made offers and numerous producers and…
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Dustin Hoffman Accused of Exposing Himself to a Minor, Assaulting Two Women (Exclusive)

Dustin Hoffman Accused of Exposing Himself to a Minor, Assaulting Two Women (Exclusive)
Cori Thomas was in high school when she says Dustin Hoffman exposed himself to her in a hotel room. Melissa Kester was a recent college graduate when Hoffman allegedly sexually assaulted her while recording audio for the film “Ishtar.” A third woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said that Hoffman assaulted her in the back of a station wagon and manipulated her into a subsequent sexual encounter that left her traumatized.

Speaking to Variety, the women described predatory incidents involving Hoffman that fit into a pattern of alleged behavior that has emerged in the wake of previous sexual-misconduct claims against the now 80-year-old actor.

Representatives for Hoffman did not make him available to provide comment for this story. In a letter to Variety’s owner Penske Media Corp., Hoffman’s attorney Mark A. Neubauer of Carlton Fields Jordan Burt called the accusations against the actor “defamatory falsehoods.”

Thomas was 16 years old and a high-school classmate of Hoffman
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