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Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Sets Release Date

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Tyler Perry’s “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” will hit theaters on Oct. 20, Lionsgate announced Thursday.

Written and directed by Perry, the comedy will star himself, Cassi Davis and Patrice Lovely. The film follows Madea and the gang as they venture to a haunted campground and they must literally run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the bogeyman are unleashed.

Boo! A Madea Halloween” earned $28.5 million its opening weekend last October and went on to gross $73 million domestically. It also starred Bella Thorne.

The other “Madea” films. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’ Lands at A24 (Exclusive)

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A24 has bought U.S. distribution rights to Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” Variety has learned.

The movie about a homeless family in the Sunshine State premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight. Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (“Platoon”) stars alongside Caleb Landry Jones (“X-Men: First Class”), and newcomers Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite. Baker co-wrote the picture with Chris Bergoch.

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The film enjoyed strong reviews, which sparked interest from multiple bidders. Amazon Studios, Neon, and Annapurna circled the project this week, but some players dropped out after bidding on the micro-indie passed $1 million.

In a favorable notice, Variety’s Owen Gleiberman wrote that Baker’s “follow-up to ‘Tangerine’ is another vibrant tale of the American lower depths, this one rooted in the magic and heartbreak of childhood.”

Baker’s last film, “Tangerine,” was »


- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang

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Cohen Media Closing In On Michel Hazanavicius’ Godard Film ‘Redoubtable:’ Cannes

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Update: That didn’t take long. Cohen Media Group has closed the deal on Redoubtable. I’m attaching the whole press release on the bottom of this morning’s break.

Exclusive, 6:32 AM PST: The Cannes distribution deals are still coming. I hear that Cohen Media Group is nearing a domestic distribution deal for Redoubtable. That’s the Cannes premiere film by The Artist helmer Michel Hazanavicius-directed drama that stars Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, and Berenice Bejo. Florence… »


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‘Baywatch’ Catches Estimated $4.5M Surf, ‘Pirates’ Previews To Come — Box Office Friday AM

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Paramount PicturesBaywatch‘s first day on the beach earned an estimated $4.5M (which includes $1.25M from Wednesday’s previews), according to two industry estimates, as the Memorial Day weekend goes full swing tonight.

The R-rated feature based on the TV show which stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Zac Efron, is now in 3,647 theaters. Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales took to the sea last night at 7 Pm in previews before it sets sail in 4,276… »


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‘Baywatch’ Producer Shares Plans for Film Sequel With Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron (Exclusive)

23 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Baywatch” has yet to open wide in theaters, but ahead of this weekend’s debut, the team behind the film adaptation is already planning a movie franchise.

Speaking to Variety at a New York City screening of “Baywatch” earlier this week, producer Beau Flynn shared plans for a sequel, which would bring back the cast, including Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, plus writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, who co-wrote the screenplay for the first flick.

“We have an amazing story already,” Flynn told Variety on the red carpet, ahead of the screening on Monday. “We’re bringing back Shannon and Swift who wrote on the first one, and I know Dwayne would be in, I know Zac and all the girls would be. We just have this really cool idea to put them in this whole new world. We would take it overseas.”

Along with Johnson and Efron, “Baywatch,” which »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Eddie Redmayne’s ‘Early Man’ to Be Released by Lionsgate in North America

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Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to Aardman Studios’ upcoming prehistoric comedy adventure “Early Man,” starring Eddie Redmayne.

Directed by Nick Park from a script by Mark Burton and John O’Farrell, the stop-motion movie is co-financed by the U.K.’s Aardman and France’s Studiocanal. It’s a re-team of the companies following 2015’s “Shaun the Sheep.” Lionsgate also handled the domestic distribution for “Shaun the Sheep.”

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer made the announcement during Thursday’s earnings call with Wall Street analysts. “Early Man” opens in the U.K. on Jan. 26 and in the U.S. on Feb. 16.

The film will be released by the Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label. Lionsgate will also represent licensing and merchandising for the film in the U.S.

Redmayne was the first cast member who boarded the toon, set at the dawn of time when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth. »


- Dave McNary

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'Boss Baby 2' With Alec Baldwin to Hit Theaters in Spring 2021

25 May 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Alec Baldwin is reuniting with DreamWorks Animation to make The Boss Baby 2.

Universal and Dwa announced the news Thursday. The animated movie will hit theaters on March 26, 2021.

The Boss Baby, about a power-obsessed infant voiced by Baldwin, has been a sleeper hit at the global box office, earning $468.4 million to date. The North American haul is $167 million, while Boss Baby has earned $301.4 million overseas.

The film, opening in theaters on March 21 of this year, coincided with Baldwin's standout ongoing impersonation of President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.

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- Pamela McClintock

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STX Wins Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ for US Distribution

25 May 2017 3:28 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

STX is sitting pretty now that they’re in business with Amy Schumer.

The young mini-major acquired domestic distribution rights to the comedy out of Cannes. The title was repped by UTA Independent Film Group lead Rena Ronson. The package will begin shooting this July in Boston.

Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, screenwriters of films like “Never Been Kissed” and “How to Be Single,” make their directorial debut here.

The announcement, made by STX Films Chairman Adam Fogelson and production head Sam Brown, also disclosed the »


- Matt Donnelly

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Universal Developing World War II Disaster Drama ‘Salt to the Sea’

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Universal Pictures is developing a movie based on Ruta Sepetys’ historical novel “Salt to the Sea,” and set up the project with “Transformers” producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

The studio won the rights in an auction. Sepetys is repped by UTA, Steven Malk at Writers House, and attorney Judith Karfiol.

“Salt to the Sea,” a New York Times bestseller published last year by Philomel/Penguin Young Readers Group, centers on four individuals — a Lithuanian nurse, a Prussian apprentice, a 15-year-old Polish girl, and an eager German who adheres to Adolf Hitler’s propaganda — who perished on the Mv Wilhelm Gustloff. The German military transport ship was sunk in January, 1945, by a Soviet submarine in the Baltic Sea while the ship was  evacuating German civilians, Nazi officials, and military personnel from Gdynia.

By one estimate, 9,400 people died, making it the largest loss of life in a single ship sinking in history — more »


- Dave McNary

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Animated ‘Jetsons’ Movie to Lift Off With ‘Sausage Party’ Director

25 May 2017 1:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. has hired “Sausage Party” co-director Conrad Vernon to develop its animated feature “The Jetsons” with an eye to direct.

Vernon’s credits include co-directing “Shrek 2,” “Monsters vs. Aliens” and “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” in addition to the raunchy “Sausage Party” with Greg Tiernan. “Sausage Party” grossed $140 million worldwide on a $19 million budget. Vernon also voiced the Gingerbread Man in the “Shrek” movies.

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Warner Bros. has been trying for several years to move forward on “The Jetsons,” hiring Matt Lieberman to write the script in 2015.

The Hanna-Barbera original animated show aired in primetime on ABC in 1962-63. It was set in 2062 and centered on George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy Jetson along with Rosie the Robot. The series was a Space Age counterpart to Hanna-Barbera’s “The Flintstones.”

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- Dave McNary

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Eva Longoria Joins Anna Faris in ‘Overboard’ Remake

25 May 2017 12:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Eva Longoria has joined the cast of the “Overboard” remake at MGM, sources have confirmed.

The film stars Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez and is based on the 1987 romantic comedy starring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

The remake will be co-directed and written by Rob Greenberg (“How I Met Your Mother”) and Bob Fisher (“We’re the Millers”). Ben Odell and Derbez will produce through their 3Pas Studios.

MGM partnered with Pantelion Films to co-produce, co-finance, and co-distribute the film, with Lionsgate handling domestic theatrical distribution. Production stars this May in Vancouver.

The original movie will be re-imagined with a reversal of the leading roles. The story will focus on a spoiled playboy from one of Mexico’s wealthiest families, portrayed by Derbez, who falls overboard off his yacht. He’s then convinced by Faris’ single, working-class mom that he’s her husband.

Longoria can currently be seen on the »


- Justin Kroll

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Val Kilmer Has the Need to Return as Iceman in ‘Top Gun 2’

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Top Gun is coming back to theaters with a sequel, which means the return of Tom Cruise as Maverick, the (hopeful) return of latent homoeroticism, and maybe the return of Val Kilmer‘s Iceman. At least, Kilmer says he’s ready to reprise his role for Top Gun 2. The sequel to 1986’s Top Gun was re-confirmed […]

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- Hoai-Tran Bui

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Aki Kaurismaki Says He Can Only Watch “Those Senseless Marvel Things” When He’s Hungover

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Despite their massive popularity, you might find it hard to believe that not everyone is swept in the latest happenings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While many fans and moviegoers love nothing more than experiencing the latest adventures of the Avengers on the big screen, there are others who are just fine catching up with them whenever, even if it’s at home nursing the ramifications following a night of drinking. Certainly, that’s the only way you’re going to get Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismaki to watch a Marvel flick.

Continue reading Aki Kaurismaki Says He Can Only Watch “Those Senseless Marvel Things” When He’s Hungover at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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A City is On the Move in Peter Jackson’s ‘Mortal Engines’ Concept Art

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Author Phillip Reeve’s four-part Predator Cities book series isn’t messing around when it comes to its title: in the future depicted in the novels, cities have become actual predators. Every city on Earth is now on wheels, constantly cruising around looking for smaller cities to consume and absorb. The first book in that series, Mortal Engines, is getting a […]

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- Ben Pearson

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David Fincher: Discover The Hidden Visual Effects in His Greatest Films — Watch

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When we think of CGI, we don’t exactly think of David Fincher. Known for labyrinthine mystery thrillers, Fincher is unwavering in his dedication to detail, as this gripping new video essay explains. Kaptain Kristian charts Fincher’s obsessive eye, uncovering how the director has used visual effects to achieve a historically accurate skyline or a meticulous timeline of events. But Fincher never sacrifices story for the sake of flashy effects; he only uses CG techniques to enhance his storytelling.

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One example is in “Zodiac,” the 2007 murder thriller set in 1960s San Francisco. Fincher used CGI in almost every background shot in order to achieve the most accurate view of the city as it was. Additionally, Fincher rarely uses make-up blood, preferring CGI splatters. In the bathroom scene in »


- Jude Dry

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Sci-Fi and Comic Book Shows Are Getting Serious Awards Attention: How Bold DPs are Changing the Race

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Call them the Dp disruptors: “Legion,” “Stranger Things,” “Westworld,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Taboo.” It’s one thing to be for cinematography to be cinematic, but quite another to provoke. Here’s a look at the cinematography that was used to explore the impacts of tyranny and hate, of societies turned upside down and against humanity.

Legion

After re-imagining “Fargo” as a nightmarish crime anthology, Noah Hawley stripped the superhero iconography out of Marvel’s “Legion” by concentrating on schizophrenia and paranoia. Dan Stevens’ troubled mutant, David Haller, proves to be an unreliable narrator, unable to grasp the difference between reality and imagination, who meets the girl of his dreams (Rachel Keller) in a mental hospital and discovers that his psychological instability is a result of special telepathic power.

Cinematographer Dana Gonzales (“Fargo”) liked a story that demanded a shift from naturalistic to heightened. “And there’s a love »


- Bill Desowitz

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TV Bits: ‘Hanna’ is Happening, Jon Stewart’s HBO Show Isn’t, ‘Veep’ Renewed, and More

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In this edition of TV Bits: That Hanna TV series is definitely happening Our first look at Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace in American Crime Story Jon Stewart’s HBO series goes up in smoke Comedy Central’s The President Show earns more episodes And more! Earlier this year, we wrote about how The Night Manager’s David Farr was hoping to create […]

The post TV Bits: ‘Hanna’ is Happening, Jon Stewart’s HBO Show Isn’t, ‘Veep’ Renewed, and More appeared first on /Film. »


- Ben Pearson

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You Were Never Really Here review - Joaquin Phoenix turns Travis Bickle in brutal thriller

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Lynne Ramsay’s portrait of a damaged private contractor is both daring and sickening, bringing to mind Taxi Driver and its notorious antihero

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The ghost of Travis Bickle haunts this nightmarish and humidly absorbing psychological drama from Lynne Ramsay, featuring an eerie, jangling musical score by Jonny Greenwood and starring a slab-like and bearded Joaquin Phoenix; it is adapted by Ramsay from the 2013 story from American author Jonathan Ames.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Awesometacular: Jeremy Jahns on Tom Holland as Young Nathan Drake in ‘Uncharted’

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Plus, Jeremy learns about big character deaths in comic books, talks about the 'Resident Evil' reboot and hears from professional clowns who are concerned about 'It'. »

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Lionsgate Stock Jumps 8.65% in Wake of Strong Earnings Report

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Stock of Lionsgate has surged 8.65%, buoyed by a stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings report.

Class A shares gained $2.21 to close at $27.76 in trading on the New York Stock Exchange. It was the highest close since Jan. 28.

After the market closed Thursday, Lionsgate reported better-than-expected earnings of $62 million, or 30 cents a share, for its fourth quarter ended March 31 — topping Wall Street forecasts of 22 cents a share and far above year-ago earnings of $10.9 million. Revenues also came in above expectations at $1.26 billion, while analysts had been forecasting $1.19 billion.

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It’s the second earnings report for the studio since its Dec. 8 acquisition of Starz for $4.4 billion. That transaction generated $89 million in restructuring and other costs primarily associated with the acquisition and subsequent integration of Starz.

Lionsgate’s movie operations have been buoyed by its comedy-drama “La La Land,” which won six Academy »


- Dave McNary

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