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‘Creed 2’ Taps Steven Caple Jr. To Replace Sylvester Stallone As Director

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It looks like Rocky creator Sylvester Stallone isn’t directing the Creed sequel anymore. MGM and Warner Bros just announced that Steven Caple Jr. will instead be in the director’s seat on the followup to 2015’s Creed, which starred Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson, the offspring Apollo Creed, and had Stallone reprise his iconic role of Rocky Balboa. Stallone was originally attached to direct Creed 2 — making the announcement himself via his social media back in… »


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‘Detective Pikachu’ Gets Summer 2019 Release Date

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Universal Pictures has pegged a May  10, 2019 release date for Legendary Entertainment's Detective Pikachu, based on the popular Pokémon. The first live-action film based on the franchise is starring Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies). Rob Letterman is directing. The film will bow on Mother’s Day and a week after an untitled Avengers’ movie from Disney. Universal Pictures is handling all distribution outside… »


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Saudi Arabia: Theater Owners Trade Group Has “Extensive Plans” For Kingdom’s Cinemas

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Update, WRITETHRUwith AMC weigh-in: The National Association of Theatre Owners has offered its praise to Saudi Arabia after the kingdom confirmed today that it would lift a 35-year ban on public cinemas. Nato also revealed that a delegation from the trade group led by President and CEO John Fithian has been in Riyadh during the past week meeting with various government officials in anticipation of the announcement. Several Nato member companies have developed “extensive… »

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‘Downsizing’ Golden Globe Nominee Hong Chau Tells How She Got The Role Of A Lifetime – The Contenders Video

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Hong Chau, who plays a disabled Vietnamese refugee in the new Alexander Payne comedy Downsizing is on a roll, having nailed a Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress nomination earlier today, as well as one last week from the Critics’ Choice Awards. She, along with producer Mark Johnson  and co-writer and producer Jim Taylor joined me as part of Paramount’s panel for Deadline’s 7th Annual The Contenders awards season event last month at the DGA Theatre. In front of a packed… »


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Oscars: Ten Live-Action Shorts Advance In Voting Process

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards. A record 165 pictures had originally qualified in the category. Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in January. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their… »

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‘Logan’ Director James Mangold: If Fox Film Fades Out Post-Merger, “That Would Be Sad To Me”

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Logan director James Mangold spoke for many when he described himself during an awards-season event as “very curious” about the future of 20th Century Fox, the 82-year-old studio where he has made more films (four) than any other. A game-changing sale of assets owned by studio parent 21st Century Fox is expected to be announced this week. Disney is believed to be the leading contender to take the reins, though Comcast has also held talks with 21st Century Fox… »


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Keaton Jones Facebook Video Gone After Mom’s Confederate Flag Photos Surface: Is Hollywood Still “KeatonStrong”?

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The feel-good story of celebrity support for bullied 11-year-old Keaton Jones took some unfortunate if familiar turns today, with the surfacing of old social media posts suggesting racism in his mom’s recent past. Hollywood, though, seems to be standing by the boy. “I”m still #KeatonStrong,” tweeted Orange is the New Black‘s Nick Stevenson, while in a video accompanying the tweet he says to Kimberly Jones, “Shame on you. I really want to swear so bad” and “A lot of people… »


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Steve Beeks, 20-Year Executive At Lionsgate, Exiting At End Of Year

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Exclusive: Lionsgate Co-coo and Motion Picture Group Co-President Steve Beeks, who has been at the company for two decades and has been a key strategist in its growth, is exiting at year’s end. However, he will remain as a consultant. With Beeks leaving, there will be one COO with Brian Goldsmith and one Motion Picture Group President with Erik Feig. The co-posts are not expected to be replaced. Goldsmith will, as he did with Beeks, continue to report to CEO Jon… »


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‘The Relive Box’ Being Developed As Film By Condé Nast Entertainment; Director Aboard

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The Relive Box, based on a short story in The New Yorker about a tech device that allows you to relive your past is being developed by Condé Nast Entertainment (Cne) is developing the feature film. Artist Daniel Arsham will make his feature directorial debut. Chai Hecht ("Unorthodox") is writing the screenplay based on the short story written by T.C. Boyle. Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler of Cne will produce. Hunter Ryan and David Ryan will produce and finance the film… »


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Emily Rios Joins ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’; Craig Di Francia Cast In ‘Green Book’

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Emily Rios has landed the key role of Victoria in Barry JenkinsMoonlight followup, If Beale Street Could Talk, which is currently in production. Starring KiKi Layne, the drama is based on James Baldwin's novel about Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first child to term. Rios joins an impressive cast roaster that includes Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry, Dave Franco, Ed… »


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Mob Scene Names Jason Groff President & Names Mitchell Rubinstein New COO

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Exclusive: Mob Scene, one of Hollywood's entertainment marketing agencies for studios, TV networks and production companies, has lifted Jason Groff to the new position of President and named Mitchell Rubinstein as COO. They will report to CEO Thomas Grane. In their new posts, Groff will oversee all of Mob Scene's businesses and creative services. Rubinstein will be responsible for oversight of the agency's overall daily operations across all divisions. Mob Scene have… »


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Kumail Nanjiani Doubles Down On ‘The Big Sick’ Snub Tweet – Update

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So a famous director is doubling down on the veracity of Kumail Nanjiani’s instant-classic Golden Globes snub reaction tweet. Deadline is convinced the tweets do indeed come from a famous director. The to-and-fro began earlier today with the Golden Globes’ snubbing of Nanjiani’s terrific The Big Sick, prompting this tweet from Nanjiani’s page: “Hey gang. This is Steven Spielberg tweeting from Kumail's phone. My fave movie this yr was The Big Sick. It's avail on Amazon… »


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‘Downsizing’ VFX Supervisor James E. Price On Satire’s “Spectacularly Banal” Effects

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When visual effects supervisor James E. Price met with Alexander Payne regarding Downsizing—his first film in which visual effects play a major role—Price expressed his desire to work on the film, calling it a dream job. “Why?” Payne inquired. “It doesn’t have a lot of the traditional things maybe associated with visual effects.” But this is precisely the reason why Price had to be involved. Having worked on blockbusters like The Lord of the Rings and Pacific Rim, Price… »


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Seth Rogen To Play Walter Cronkite In ‘Newsflash;’ David Gordon Green-Helmed Pic On CBS JFK Assassination Coverage

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Exclusive: Seth Rogen is attached to play iconic CBS newsman Walter Cronkite in Newsflash, a Ben Jacoby-scripted drama that Stronger director David Gordon Green will direct next year. The film takes place on November 22, 1963, the day President John F Kennedy was assassinated in Texas. It was that day that television network news came of age, and Cronkite became the most trusted TV newsman voice of America, even if he wasn’t first to announce the president had died (NBC… »


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The Bart & Fleming Podcast: Coming-Of-Age Stories

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The absence of a front-runner spells sharp rivalries in awards season and unusual potential opportunities for the majors to figure more prominently in the competition, as we discuss in the latest episode of The Bart & Fleming Podcast. Two coming-of-age films (Lady Bird and Call Me by Your Name) could face off against studio-backed films like Get Out and Dunkirk, among others, for the year’s biggest prizes. Also, the podcast highlights rich opportunities for Disney if it… »


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The Black List 2017 Screenplays Unveiled (Live)

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This year's The Black List, the annual rundown of Hollywood's top screenplays that haven't been produced, is dropping this morning beginning at 9 Am. The full rankings of this year’s 76 scripts, with rankings and agency and management stats, will be revealed at noon Pt, so keep checking back. Last year, Elyse Hollander’s Madonna biopic of sorts Blond Ambition was the top-ranked script. Among those tied for second: the Pentagon Papers movie The Post, the Liz Hannah script… »

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Golden Globe Movies Analysis: Wide-Open Oscar Season Just Got A Lot Wider

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Here is what this morning’s Golden Globes nominations tell us about momentum this awards season and Oscar chances: After a very slow start with critics groups, Fox Searchlight’s The Shape of Water is the real deal, gaining a leading seven Globes nominations in every category in which it had a chance. This comes on top of its leading 14 nominations in last week's Critics' Choice Awards. It is definitely a strong contender to keep up the heat at this point. Similarly… »


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Golden Globes: Geoffrey Rush Reacts To Nominations Following Allegations

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Geoffrey Rush reacted to his Golden Globe nomination for Nat Geo’s Genius, saying that he believed in the  “complexity of humankind”. His nomination comes after allegations of “inappropriate behavior” emerged during an Australian play. Rush was nominated in the Best Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television category for his performance as Albert Einstein in Nat Geo's Genius. The first season of the anthology series, which is… »


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Netflix Unveils Documentary Shorts, Includes One On Author Ram Dass

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Netflix unveiled its line-up of documentary shorts for its first quarter 2018 slate, which includes a doc on Ram Dass, a psychedelic pioneer and author of Be Here Now. Ram Dass, Going Home is about the cultural figure from the 1960s and ’70s who is considered a spiritual teacher as well as an outspoken advocate for death-and-dying awareness. Since suffering a life-changing stroke 20 years ago, Ram Dass has been living at his home on Maui and deepening his spiritual… »


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Golden Globes: Angelina Jolie Scores Second Foreign Language Nomination

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Angelina Jolie has scored her second nomination in the Golden Globes’ Best Foreign Language Film category with Cambodia's First They Killed My Father. The Netflix drama is also the representative from Cambodia for the Foreign Language Oscar, whose shortlist comes out at the end of this week. Jolie's 2011 Bosnian War-set In the Land of Blood and Honey also was nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but was ineligible for the comparable Oscar race as it was… »


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