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Academy Chooses to Stick with Accounting Firm Despite Envelopegate

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has decided to continue working with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the wake of the massive Best Picture mix-up at last month’s Oscar telecast.

“Last night the Board of Governors met for the first time following what was, in so many ways, the most extraordinary and memorable Oscars ceremony in decades. As you may know, the Board meets approximately six times a year to discuss the business of the Academy,” Academy president Cheryl Boone Issacs said in an email to its members. “After a thorough review, including an extensive presentation of revised protocols and ambitious controls, »


- Ale Russian

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Golden Globes: HFPA Announces Timetable for 75th Annual Awards

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

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the timetable for next year’s Golden Globes.

Nominations will be unveiled on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.

This year’s best picture Globe winners were “Moonlight” and “La La Land.” Top TV honors went to “The Crown,” “Atlanta” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

Full timetable below.

Monday, July 10, 2017 — Submission Website for 2018 Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entries is now open

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 — Deadline for submission of Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entry forms

Friday, November 24, 2017 — Deadline for nomination ballots to be mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young

Monday, December 4, 2017 — Final screening date for Motion Pictures

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 — Final date for Motion Picture press conferences

Thursday, December 7, 2017 — Deadline for receipt of nomination ballots by Ernst & Young, at 8:00p.m.

Monday, December 11, 2017 — Announcement of »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Natalie Portman's 'Annihilation' Shows Off Creepy First Footage at CinemaCon

28 March 2017 5:28 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Annihilation made its way to CinemaCon on Tuesday, where moody footage debuted.

Portman's character gets emotional when her husband (Oscar Isaac) returns home after 12 months, but he's impassive, barely responding to her when she kisses him.

Readers of the adaptation of the acclaimed sci-fi novel from Jeff VanderMeer will know that when a person returns from their missions … they aren't quite themselves.

She presses him for details of his mission.

"I don't know where it was, or what it was," he says.

He drinks from water, and she sees blood on his glass. Soon, he's in an ambulance, »


- Aaron Couch

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Producer Hints at End of Sony-Marvel Collaboration After Next Movie

28 March 2017 6:38 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Spider-Man fans excited about the webslinger’s second outing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — this summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” — might be in for a rude awakening. Co-producer Amy Pascal said at CinemaCon Tuesday that the titular character may not be part of the MCU for much longer.

Speaking with Cosmic Book News, Pascal — who was formerly Sony’s studio chief — speculated that after the already agreed-upon “Homecoming” sequel, Spider-Man might be restricted to appearing only in films from Sony, which holds the rights to the character.

“One of the things that I think is »


- Matt Pressberg

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Matt Damon’s ‘Downsizing’ First Footage Puts American Life Literally Under a Microscope

28 March 2017 5:55 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Paramount surprised CinemaCon audiences on Tuesday with 10 minutes of Alexander Payne’s new drama “Downsizing,” a surprisingly high-concept movie from a filmmaker known for more grounded, down-to-earth moviemaking. How high-concept? Think a Payne-like version of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” In the clip, which got a very warm reception from the crowd in Vegas,  Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig play a married couple who attend a presentation about literally shrinking themselves. The pitch is made by Neil Patrick Harris’ character, who has already shrunk himself and now lives in a stunning home, bigger than he could’ve ever dreamed of in the. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Elle Fanning’s Animated Film ‘Leap!’ Moves to Labor Day Weekend

28 March 2017 5:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Leap!” is making the jump to Labor Day weekend.

The release date for Elle Fanning’s animated film is moving from April 21 to Sept. 4, The Weinstein Company announced on Tuesday.

The movie also stars Nat Wolff, Maddie Ziegler, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kate McKinnon, and Mel Brooks, and features original music by Jepsen, Demi Lovato, and Sia.

TWC acquired U.S. rights to the film back in May of last year.

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“Leap!” follows 11-year-old orphan Felicie (voiced by Fanning) and her best friend, Victor (Wolff), who dream of moving to Paris to become a dancer and inventor, respectively. The two run away together, and quickly learn that talent alone is not enough to overcome the obstacles in their way.

“Leap!” is the latest TWC film produced in partnership with Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou of Quad Productions, and Laurent Zeitoun of Main Journey, »


- Maane Khatchatourian

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Paramount’s ‘Amusement Park’ Movie to Become Nickelodeon TV Show After Theatrical Release

28 March 2017 5:23 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Paramount’s Motion Picture Group President Marc Evans announced that the studio’s 2018 animated release “Amusement Park” is headed to Nickelodeon as a TV series. The TV series is aiming to launch in 2019, said Nickelodeon Chief Marketing Officer Pam Kaufman, who joined Evans on stage at CinemaCon 2017 in Las Vegas Tuesday. The project is a Ilion Animation Studios production that Paramount will distribute, and has a voice cast that includes Mila Kunis, Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Ken Jeong and Jeffrey Tambor. Also Read: Dwayne Johnson Calls 'Baywatch' Cast the 'Avengers of the Beach' Viacom CEO Bob Bakish gave »


- Matt Donnelly

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CinemaCon: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ Stuns Theater Owners With Epic War Drama

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Las Vegas — An impassioned Christopher Nolan introduced intense footage from his World War II epic “Dunkirk,” expressing his goal of taking moviegoers back to the massive 1940 evacuation.

“This is a story that needs to carry you through and make you feel you are there,” Nolan told exhibitors at Warner Bros.’ presentation on Wednesday afternoon at CinemaCon, the annual theater owner trade show taking place this week in Sin City.

Nolan shot “Dunkirk” from his own screenplay on a combination of Imax 65mm and 65mm large format film. “I wanted to tell the story in the most visceral way possible,” he added.

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Dunkirk” will focus on the rescue through a quickly assembled British fleet of more than 800 boats, which saved more than 335,000 soldiers who had been cut off by the German Army. As the rescue was concluding, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill told Parliament, »


- Dave McNary

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‘Justice League’, ‘Wonder Woman’ & ‘Aquaman’ Fire Up Audience For Warner Bros – CinemaCon

1 hour ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The packed audience inside Caesars Palace for Warner Bros’ presentation were jazzed over the peeks they got from the studio on its D.C. Comic-based films — Justice League, Wonder Woman and Aquaman. Director Zack Snyder joined Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher on stage to plug the highly anticipated Justice League. Synder said it all started with a phone call. “I got a call from producers Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas asking me how do… »


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Fright Franchise ‘Five Nights At Freddy’s’ Blumhouse-Bound?

1 hour ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

For months, there have been rumors that Warner Bros/New Line would put into turnaround Five Nights At Freddys, a thriller that is basically is the tale of a night security guard terrorized by animatronic robots at a Chuck E Cheese-like restaurant called Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. It had been developed at the studio with Gil Kenan once attached to direct, with David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame Smith and Roy Lee the producers. The studio pulled it back from turnaround a few… »


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Cannes film festival accused of airbrushing star Claudia Cardinale

1 hour ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Festival’s 70th anniversary poster features a young Cardinale, whose waist has been narrowed and thighs made slimmer

The official poster for this year’s Cannes film festival has been criticised after Italian actor Claudia Cardinale appeared to have been airbrushed to make her look thinner.

French media poured scorn on the festival for seemingly tampering with a photograph of Cardinale swirling her skirt on a Rome roof in 1959.

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‘Aquaman’ Concept Art Makes a Splash at CinemaCon

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Las Vegas — Jason Momoa told theater owners at CinemaCon that he was leaving on Wednesday evening to fly to Australia to begin production on “Aquaman.”

Consequently, the superhero film didn’t have a trailer to show exhibitors. That didn’t stop Momoa and director James Wan from debuting a video rich with production art that promised to take audiences to a dazzling underwater universe.

“I want the audience to experience Atlantis in the way that Aquaman experiences it as well,” said Wan, whose credits include “The Conjuring,” “Insidious,” and “Furious 7.”

The mockups that Wan showed were arresting. They included drawings of an elaborate dogfight pitting warriors riding sharks and octopus-like creatures. There were also deep sea dragons, glittering palaces, and an image of Aquaman, trident in hand, riding a hammerhead shark.

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Aquaman is an absolute bada–,” said Wan. »


- Brent Lang

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‘Dunkirk’: Christopher Nolan Explains Why the WWII Story Is in His ‘DNA’ — CinemaCon 2017

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For filmmaker Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk” is much more than a war film. At CinemaCon on Wednesday, the writer-director explained during a Warner Bros. presentation that the film is a survival story that he’s been wanting to tell for a very long time. The movie follows the Allied soldiers in World War II who were trapped on France’s Dunkirk beach in 1940 facing almost certain death, being surrounded by the German Army.

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“They were faced with the choice between surrender and annihilation,” Nolan said. “The fact that this story ends in neither is why I believe Dunkirk to be one of the greatest stories in human history…It’s the ultimate suspense story.”

Before showing footage from the unfinished movie that previously screened before select IMAX screenings during the holidays, Nolan »


- Graham Winfrey

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WGA Says It’s Ready To Return To Bargaining Table

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Update with more info: Responding to press inquiries, the WGA says it's willing to return to the bargaining table "whenever the AMPTP is ready to meet and invites us back" – even as WGA leaders are urging their members to authorize a strike. The talks for a new film and TV contract broke off Thursday, and even though both sides have committed to returning to the bargaining table post-haste, just how far apart they remain is evidenced by the fact they can't even agree… »

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The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 73 – The Uncomfortable Balance between Lost and Found

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

The Tobolowsky Files is back, and will be releasing weekly episodes for the next few months! In this episode: The most surprising thing about the future can be the past. The Tobolowsky Files is a podcast from the people who brought you the /Filmcast, featuring a series of stories about life, love, and the entertainment industry, […]

The post The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 73 – The Uncomfortable Balance between Lost and Found appeared first on /Film. »


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‘Van Wilder’ Stokes Legal Battle 15 Years After Release

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The producers who brought “Van Wilder” to the screen 15 years ago are now engaged in a legal fight over who owns the distribution rights to the film.

Myriad Pictures filed suit Wednesday in L.A. Superior Court, seeking a declaration that it will take full rights to the film on the 15th anniversary of its release on April 4.

According to the lawsuit, Myriad contends that its partner in the project, Tapestry Films, engaged in secret negotiations with the distributor, Lionsgate, to extend the distribution agreement beyond the 15-year term. Myriad asserts that under the agreement, Tapestry was receiving 80% of the proceeds to just 20% for Myriad, though Myriad put up the financing for the film.

“The participation split is extremely favorable to Tapestry,” the lawsuit argues.

According to Myriad, Tapestry sought to extend the agreement in order to maintain the favorable split. However, Myriad insists that the full distribution rights should »


- Gene Maddaus

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Academy bans cellphones for PwC accountants after Oscars fiasco

2 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

After the biggest flub in Oscars history saw La La Land wrongly named best picture, accounting firm in charge of balloting faces new backstage protocols

PwC accountants will not be allowed to have their cellphones backstage during future Oscar telecasts.

Film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs sent an email to academy members Wednesday detailing the new protocols for announcing Oscar winners developed after the best-picture flub at last month’s Academy Awards.

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Democrats Launch Petition to Try to Save FCC’s Privacy Rules for Internet Providers

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

President Donald Trump is expected to sign a measure that would roll back consumer protections on the privacy of their data, but Democrats are making a last-ditch appeal to urge him to veto the legislation.

Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) and Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Mass.) launched a petition on Whitehouse.gov on Wednesday, a day after the House passed a resolution, in a 215-205 vote, that restricts the FCC from imposing the new privacy restrictions. The Senate passed the resolution last week.

“This bill has been rushed through both the House and Senate at breakneck speed with one clear goal — to get it signed into law before the American people know about it,” Doyle said in a statement.

Last year, under then-Chairman Tom Wheeler, the FCC passed new privacy rules that required internet providers to obtain subscribers’ consent before sharing data on such activity as browsing history and app usage. Broadband providers opposed the rules, »


- Ted Johnson

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Film Review: ‘Leap!’

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If your blush-pink daydreams of tutus, pirouettes and adoring spotlights were darkly dashed by the shattered psychological mindwarp of “Black Swan,” take heart: “Leap!” is here to generously restore them. An unabashed wish-fulfilment fantasy that sweetly checks off every conceivable follow-your-heart cliché, this elegantly animated French-Canadian production isn’t inventing any new narrative choreography with its slender tale of Félicie, a plucky, impoverished Brittany orphan who heads to Paris to realize her ambition of joining the ballet. But even if it never quite takes the risks implied by its exclamatory title — adopted for its upcoming U.S. release — “Leap!” follows the established steps with general grace and good humor. Sure to please children of a gentle, fanciful persuasion, Eric Summer and Eric Warin’s film may pleasantly surprise their minders with the painterly CG beauty of its Gallic backdrops; for all our heroine’s efforts, the City of Lights remains »


- Guy Lodge

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Christopher Nolan Rejects Early VOD Minutes After WB Exec Talks It Up at CinemaCon

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Las Vegas — Warner Bros. addressed the elephant in the room during its presentation to theater owners at CinemaCon, which made for an uneasy few minutes Wednesday afternoon.

Moments after worldwide marketing and distribution president Sue Kroll made a pitch for shortening the amount of time between a film’s theatrical debut and its premiere on home entertainment platforms, director Christopher Nolan all but shunned the idea.

“The only platform I’m interested in talking about is theatrical exhibition,” Nolan quipped.

The Oscar-nominated filmmaker was there to introduce footage from “Dunkirk,” his upcoming World War II epic, which he said would be available on IMAX, 70mm and 35mm screens at cineplexes.

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Kroll, who worked with Nolan on all three “Dark Knight” movies, had stressed just moments prior that any changes must be made in concert with the exhibition community.

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- Brent Lang

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