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‘Justice League’ Official Trailer Is Here, Minus A Red Cape

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After two days of teasing, the official Justice League trailer is here. “We have to be ready,” says a voice that sounds very much like Batman: “You, me and the others. There’s an attack coming, from far away.” “Not coming, Bruce,” says Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. “It’s already here.” Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne kicks off the action here, riding horseback along a snowy plain, on a mission to gather the rest of the superhero gang. So we then witness a gathering of the tribe… »


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Family-Branded Films On Fire At The B.O.: ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Embraces $91M; ‘Power Rangers’ Mighty With $41M+

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2nd writethru after 3rd Update, Saturday Am: If there’s a tale as old as time at the box office this weekend, it’s the non-stop trend that premium brands are much bigger stars than the talent on the poster. This weekend we have Disney’s Beauty and the Beast grossing a massive $91M in its second run at No. 1, much higher than what we saw last night, followed by Lionsgate’s Saban’s Power Rangers with an estimated $41.6M. Granted, Beauty and the Beast has the help of a very… »


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WGA “Broke Off Negotiations,” Producers Claim As Strike Vote Looms

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One day before negotiations originally were scheduled to end between the WGA and AMPTP, the labor tension in Hollywood is at a 10-year high. As the scribes now confirm Deadline’s exclusive of earlier today that a strike-authorization vote has been called, the producers shot back this evening with claims of bad faith from the other side of the table. “The WGA broke off negotiations at an early stage in the process in order to secure a strike vote rather than directing its… »

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WGA Negotiators Call For Strike-Authorization Vote – Read The Letter

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Lead negotiators for the WGA just sent a letter to the membership that reads, “Your Negotiating Committee has voted unanimously to recommend that the Wgaw Board of Directors and Wgae Council conduct a strike authorization vote by the membership.” Read the full letter below. This would not be a vote to strike but to authorize the guild's board of directors to call a strike if further talks fail to produce a deal. Management’s Alliance of Motion Picture & Television… »

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WGA Strike Vote Could Be “Very Soon” As Talks Continue

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Exclusive: With one day left in scheduled negotiations between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers over a new film and TV contract, a strike vote by the scribes is now looking like a real possibility. “That’s the way the wind is blowing,” a source with intimate knowledge of the ongoing talks told Deadline this afternoon. “We could have a strike vote very soon,” another insider told Deadline. While this could be posturing to light a fire… »

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No. 11 ‘Doctor Strange’ Box Office Profits – 2016 Most Valuable Movie Blockbuster Tournament

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When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn't about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources. Doctor Strange Di… »


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Robert Rodriguez To Direct ‘Escape From New York’

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Exclusive: Robert Rodriguez is getting the gig to direct Escape From New York, the remake of John Carpenter’s iconic 1981 film that’s set up at 20th Century Fox. The studio won a bidding battle for rights to the reboot in early 2015, with Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman's The Picture Company set to produce. Neil Cross (Luther) is penning the script. The original was released by Avco Embassy, and the rights were owned by Studiocanal. Carpenter will be an executive producer… »


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AMC Networks Eyes Streaming Service For Subscribers: Report

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AMC Networks is reportedly in the planning stages of launching a commercial-free streaming service that would be accessible to subscribers of its channels, according to a Reuters story today. If true that would differentiate it from stand-alone services like the ones offered by HBO or CBS, which don’t require a cable subscription. According to Reuters’ sources, the new service is “considering” a monthly price point of $4.99-$6.99 for content including AMC’s flagship The Wa… »

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Fox Film Production Exec Veep Mark Roybal Leaving Studio

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Exclusive: 20th Century Fox feature executive vice president Mark Roybal is leaving the studio, Deadline has learned. I’ve heard Roybal's name for a couple of jobs in town recently, including the Focus Features president of production post that Jim Burke is vacating to return to producing. Roybal will exit when his contract expires within the next few weeks. I’ve confirmed the exit from Fox, and insiders there say he is leaving on good terms. Roybal has spent the past… »


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Treasury Department Defends Steven Mnuchin’s ‘Lego Batman’ Quip

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A line at the end of a Q&A session by Hollywood financier-turned-u.S. Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin has raised eyebrows at some ethics groups after he told attendees to go see The Lego Batman Movie. He happens to be an executive producer on Warner Bros’ animated hit via his role as a principal in RatPac-Dune Entertainment, a financier on the film. At today’s event hosted by media company Axios, Mnuchin was asked about his Hollywood past. "Well, I'm not allowed to… »


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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Has Chest-Beating Bow In China

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Kong: Skull Island, which is being distributed by Legendary Entertainment in China, debuted today to a big $22.5M (which includes Thursday night and midnight screenings) to claim the second-biggest English-language bow. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter had a massive $33M take in its first day in the Middle Kingdom last month, also with previews. Kong: Skull Island,  which also ended up with the fifth-biggest Friday opening ever for a U.S. title, has grossed $167.3M so… »


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R.I.P. Jonathan Weisgal, Former CAA Agent & Indie Film Executive

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I've just learned that Jonathan Weisgal, the former CAA agent who was a titan in the early days of the rise of the indie film business, passed away Sunday in Los Angeles at age 55. Weisgal, who died after a 2 1/2-year fight against pancreatic cancer, was buried in New Jersey. Many of his Hollywood colleagues saluted him today at a memorial held at The Mark in Los Angeles, where testimonials were read from industry colleagues who benefited from Weisgal’s counsel including… »


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Woody Harrelson Tackles ‘Wilson’; Gravitas Bows ‘American Anarchist’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Fox Searchlight is taking Wilson, starring Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern and Judy Greer, to more than 300 theaters this weekend. The title, which debuted at Sundance in January, is one of a slew of specialty newcomers. Spring tends to usher in more limited releases, which would be welcome following a mostly slow start of 2017. Fip is taking Indian fantasy feature Phillauri to 74 locations today. Submarine Deluxe and FilmRise are bowing their docu I Called Him Morgan about… »


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No. 12 ‘Moana’ Box Office Profits – 2016 Most Valuable Movie Blockbuster Tournament

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When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn't about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources. Moana Disney The… »

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Sundance Hit ‘Patti Cake$’ Gets Summer Release From Fox Searchlight

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Fox Searchlight, which plunked down $9.5M for Patti Cake$ at Sundance, has set a summer release for the aspiring-rapper tale. It drops July 7 in select theaters. The film, starring Aussie Danielle Macdonald in a breakout role that landed her a CAA deal, wowed ’em in Park City. Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr reported that buyers almost universally adored writer-director Geremy Jasper’s film, which set off a ferocious all-night auction. Macdonald plays Patricia Dombrowski — aka… »


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‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ Review: Animals, Nazis & A Superb Jessica Chastain Make For Memorable WWII Story

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Nazis, zoo animals and a remarkable true and uplifting story of one woman’s courage and resistance in sheltering 300 Polish Jews during World War II combine for a powerful, riveting and emotionally devastating film The Zookeeper’s Wife, which chronicles yet another little-known aspect of that momentous time. As I say in my video review above, director Niki Caro (Whale Rider, McFarland USA, North Country) and screenwriter Angela Workman have crafted an inspiring and… »


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‘Justice League’ Teaser Trailers Recruit Wonder Woman, Cyborg; They Join Batman, Aquaman & The Flash – Update

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Update Friday with Cyborg: And then there was one. Cyborg teaser posted (watch it below). Update Friday with Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman joined Warner Brothers’ roster of Justice League teaser trailers today, on the eve of the official trailer release tomorrow. If you’re keeping count, that leaves Superman and Cyborg unteased. Watch the Wonder Woman clip below. Update Thursday with The Flash: Warner Bros kept teasing this afternoon, adding The Flash to its lightening-fast… »


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Colin Farrell In Negotiations For ‘Dumbo’ At Disney

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Exclusive: Colin Farrell is in negotiations to join Tim Burton's Dumbo, the live-action adaptation of the 1941 animated classic for Disney, which is casting up now. Should the deal make, he'll play the role of Holt, the widowed father of two kids from Kentucky and he'll join Eva Green and Danny Devito in the project, which is edging closer towards a production start. Farrell has a track record at Disney, having played the fun-loving father of the young Mary Poppins author… »


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Magnolia Pictures Acquires Dustin Guy Defa’s ‘Person To Person’

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Magnolia Pictures has picked North American distribution rights to Dustin Guy Defa’s written and directed comedy Person To Person. The pic, which world premiered at this year’s Sundance film fest, stars  Abbi Jacobson, Michael Cera, Tavi Gevinson, Olivia Luccardi, George Sample III, Bene Coppersmith and Philip Baker Hall. Magnolia is planning to release Defa’s sophomore feature later this year. Its follows a record collector hustles for a big score while his heartbroken… »


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Ciarán Foy To Direct Broad Green’s Horror Offering ‘Eli’

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Ciarán Foy (Sinister 2) has been set to direct Broad Green Pictures' psychological horror film Eli about a young boy who undergoes treatment for a rare disease in a secluded clinic which turns into a haunted prison with no way out based on rewrite David Chirchirillo's 2015 Black List script. The project, which is planned for a summer start, is being produced by Trevor Macy via his Intrepid Pictures’ banner (Oculus) from a script re-written by Ian Goldberg and Richard… »


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