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How The Overwhelming Disney-Fox Movie Lineup Will Impact Rivals And Exhibitors

14 December 2017 7:42 AM, PST

If Disney and Fox had merged last year, the combined studio’s domestic box office would have equaled $4.5 billion. That number creeps close to a 40% market share, a figure no major studio has ever hit. Book-ended by two Star Wars releases plus its Marvel and Pixar fare, Disney by itself hit an industry stateside record of $3 billion in 2016. Before the studio closes out this year with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a Disney/Fox combo would already be poised to topple that… »


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Harvey Weinstein Denies Peter Jackson’s Assertion He Blacklisted Ashley Judd & Mira Sorvino

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Harvey Weinstein isn’t speaking directly to defend against the myriad sexual assault allegations leveled by dozens of women which fomented a movement that brought down the careers of numerous men, and permeated the zeitgeist to the point women are wearing black at the Golden Globes to shine a light on the seriousness of the sexual harassment problem that had for so long been swept under the rug and settled with hush hush payouts and non disclosure agreements. Through a… »


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‘The Shape Of Water’s’ Guillermo Del Toro Ranks His Favorite Del Toro Films, But Says “I Would Die For Each Of My 10 Movies” – Behind The Lens

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Since his The Shape of Water won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in early September to begin its awards-season run, Guillermo del Toro has only added to the Oscar heat behind the film. It led all Critics’ Choice Awards nominees with 14, and this week nabbed seven noms at the Golden Globes including writing, producing and directing nods for del Toro personally. He stopped by the studio recently for a segment of my new Deadline video series Behind The Lens… »


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Tyson Ritter Cast In ‘Peppermint’, ‘Gloria’ & More

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Exclusive: Actor and musician Tyson Ritter has landed three back-to-back upcoming projects. The All-American Rejects frontman is set to co-star alongside Jennifer Garner in the Lakeshore Entertainment/STXfilms’ thriller Peppermint, which follows Riley North (Garner), whose life was destroyed when gunmen, working for a drug dealer, kills her family and spends the next five years training to return to Los Angeles to retaliate. Ritter will play Sam, a homeless man who joins… »


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Disney-Fox Deal: 5,000 To 10,000 Jobs Will Likely Be Shed: Analyst

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On the day after Disney’s game-changing takeover of most of 21st Century Fox for $66B, including debt, the merger’s likely toll on the combined workforce is starting to become more clear. Rich Greenfield, an analyst with Btig who has long been a bee in Disney’s bonnet, believes at least 5,000 or as many as 10,000 jobs could be at stake. The analyst, who has damaged Disney stock before by highlighting subscriber losses at Espn, among other issues, issued a new report today… »

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Star Wars? Bill Pullman, Jim Caviezel & Kathy Baker Team For ‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

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This weekend is guaranteed to be all about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but there are some brave Specialties hoping to carve out niches. A24 will open filmmaker Jared Moshé's The Ballad of Lefty Brown, a Western starring Bill Pullman, Kathy Baker, Jim Caviezel and Peter Fonda, opening in two locations in New York and Los Angeles. Vertical Entertainment is heading out this weekend with horror-adventure Beyond Skyline with Frank Grillo in ten cities Friday, while Well Go USA… »


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‘Look Out For The Fitzgerald-Trouts’ Book In Works As Film; ‘Mad Men’ Writer To Adapt

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Exclusive: Argent Pictures and Brigsby Bear producer 3311 Productions are teaming to develop, finance and produce a feature film adapted from Esta Spalding’s children’s book Look Out For The Fitzgerald-Trouts. Former Mad Men writer/co-executive producer Semi Chellas is set to pen the screenplay. The book, published last year by Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers, centers on a family of four kids who are living a contemporary Swiss Family Robinson dream on a… »


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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Eyeing $95M-$100M Opening Day After Thursday Night Previews Hit $45M – Update

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Updated with official number: Disney made it official: Star Wars: The Last Jedi scored $45 million in Thursday night previews, the second-biggest preview total in North American box office history. Analysts this morning are estimating that The Last Jedi pulls in a $95M-$100M opening day, inclusive of those Thursday previews ,which feasibly makes it the second best opening day of all-time behind Force Awakens’ $119.1M. At that level Last Jedi is set to make over $200M for… »


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Terry Crews Signs With UTA; Dropped Wme After Alleged Sexual Assault By Agent

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Almost a month and a half after dropping Wme like fourth-period French, Terry Crews has  chosen UTA to be his agency of record. The move to the Jeremy Zimmer-led crew  also follows the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star suing his former agency and its former head of its Motion Picture Group Adam Venit for sexual assault December 5. The nine-claim complaint details how Venit grabbed Crews' genitals at a party in February 2016. It also notes that despite an apology by Venit and Crews… »


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‘The Polka King,’ Netflix Comedy Starring Jack Black, First Trailer Drops

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Netflix just released the first trailer for its Jack Black-starring comedy The Polka King, which it picked up in June at Sundance for high seven figures. The film is based on the the documentary film The Man Who Would Be Polka King from directors John Mikulak and Joshua Von Brown. The film version was directed by Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky who also scripted. The film follows Lewan (Black), who developed a Ponzi-like scheme, taking hordes of cash from senior citizens… »


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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Awakens To Early $61M Overseas; $106M Ww – International Box Office

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Update, Writethru: In its first two days at the international box office, Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi has shot off to $60.8M in 48 material markets. Combined with Thursday’s domestic previews, the worldwide bounty is $105.8M so far. The eighth installment in the sci-fi saga opened at No. 1 in all markets (save Turkey and Korea), setting 2017 milestones in many. Looking at the same suite of offshore play and at today’s exchange rates, Jedi‘s first two days… »

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Chinese Film & TV Industry Is A $86.3B Business — Chinese Report

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The Economic Contribution of Film and Television in China in 2016 report found that the film and television industry contributed a total of $86.3 billion (or 573 billion Yuan) to the Chinese economy in 2016. The overall economic contribution increased by $22 billion (or 177 billion yuan), a 25% surge since the research was last conducted in 2014. The sector supported a total of 4.1M jobs and generated a total tax contribution of $15.9 billion (or 105 billion Yuan). The… »

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Anant Singh To Produce Biopic Of Heart Transplant Pioneer Christiaan Barnard

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Exclusive: Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom producer Anant Singh and his South Africa-based Videovision Entertainment have acquired the film rights to biography Heartbreaker: Christiaan Barnard And The First Heart Transplant. Written by author James-Brent Styan, the book was recently published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first human-to-human heart transplant, performed by South African surgeon Barnard. Singh is producing the screen transfer with Brian Cox… »


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Berlin Film Festival Unveils First Panorama Titles For 2018

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The Berlin Film Festival has unveiled the first titles in its Panorama sidebar. The festival has confirmed 11 films, put together for the first time by new section head Paz Lázaro together with Michael Stütz and Andreas Struck. Highlights include Timur Bekmambetov's Us fiction film Profile, which follows a British journalist who goes undercover and infiltrates the digital propaganda channels of the so-called Islamic State, German documentary Zentralflughafen Thf (Central… »


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Clare Stewart To Take Year-Long Sabbatical From BFI London Film Festival

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The BFI London Film Festival is under new, temporary management as Clare Stewart is set to take a year-long sabbatical. The Festival Director and BFI Head of Festivals will step down for 12 months in January 2018 with Tricia Tuttle and Anne-Marie Flynn taking over. Tuttle, currently the Deputy Head of Festivals, will become the Lff's interim Artistic Director and Anne-Marie Flynn, currently Head of Business & Industry, will become the Lff's interim Managing Director. Both… »

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Jennifer Morrison’s Directorial Debut ‘Sun Dogs’ Lands At Netflix

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Exclusive: Jennifer Morrison's feature directorial debut Sun Dogs has landed at Netflix. I hear that the streaming service has picked up worldwide rights to the film, which stars Michael Angarano, Melissa Benoist, Xzibit, Allison Janney and Ed O'Neill. Sun Dogs is a poignant story about an intellectually limited young man, desperate to serve in the armed forces despite countless rejections, searching for meaning in his own life. It follows Ned (Angarano), in his repeated… »


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Martin Ransohoff Dies: Film And TV Producer For Many Hits Was 90

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Filmways Television co-founder and film/TV producer Martin Ransohoff has died. He was 90 years old and passed away at his home in Bel-Air, according to his family. Ransohoff had a long list of film and TV credits, including The Cincinnati Kid – a film on which he fired director Sam Peckinpah – as well as Save the Tiger, The Sandpiper (with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton), Catch 22,  Jagged Edge, The Americanization of Emily, Silver Streak, Ice Station Zebra, and TV… »


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June Pictures Shakeup: Alex Saks Buys Out Financier Andrew Duncan Amid Allegation Cloud

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Exclusive: In a preemptive move made as rumors of harassment allegations swirl around Andrew Duncan, June Pictures president and former ICM Partners agent Alex Saks tonight sealed plans to buy Duncan out of the company. June Pictures has fast come out of the gate as a top producer/financier of tastemaker films, including the awards season contending Sean Baker-directed The Florida ProjectJune Pictures is also behind Book Club, the Bill Holderman-directed ensemble that… »


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The Murdochs Would Become Disney’s Largest Individual Shareholders When Merger Clears

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Trust a savvy deal-maker like Rupert Murdoch to wring the most from any negotiation. The 86-year-old media mogul and his family would emerge as the single largest individual shareholders in Disney once the proposed $66 billion deal for 21st Century Fox’s film and television assets closes. Only the mutual fund Vanguard would have more significant holdings in the Burbank media giant. The Murdochs stand to receive nearly 88 million Disney shares in the all-stock deal, based… »


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Clothes Make The Characters In ‘Phantom Thread’ – The Contenders Video

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When it came to making a drama thriller about a perfectionist fashion designer, filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson reached out to his longtime costume designer of seven films Mark Bridges for Phantom Thread. The film follows Daniel Day-Lewis as British couturier Reynolds Woodcock, who lives a lonely life among his staff and his caretaking sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) as he dresses 1950s London high society. While out in the country for breakfast one day, he stumbles upon a… »


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