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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Eyeing $202M-$208M Opening After $97M-$100M Friday – Midday Update

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Early industry estimates have Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi flying to a $202M-$208M opening the third or fourth best of all-time after Force Awakens ($247.966M), Jurassic World ($208.8M) and Marvel’s The Avengers ($207.4M) and the second best December has ever seen after Force Awakens.  

Today alone, including last night’s Thursday night previews of $45M, the Rian Johnson-directed Episode VIII is looking between… »


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Paul Haggis Denies Rape Claims By Publicist; Calls It “Public Hanging”

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After being accused of "a shocking and egregious case of rape and sexual assault" by publicist Haleigh Breest today, Oscar winner Paul Haggis is fighting back in court against what he says were demands for $9 million payment to make "these outrageous and wholly baseless demands" go away. "There was no such 'violence, then or ever," says the Crash producer-director's lawyers at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp Llp of Breest's claims of a 2013 assault at Haggis' NYC apartment… »


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Warren Beatty’s ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Faces $18M Lawsuit Over Poorly Performing Pic

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Regency Entertainment, the primary financier of Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply, is suing the fillmmaker for breach of contract, claiming he and others have not repaid the P&A losses the company says he was obligated to do per their contract after the movie failed to connect at the box office last year. The suit (read it here), filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeks at least $18 million in damages from a company, Tatira 2, set up by Beatty to make the film, as… »


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Notes On The Season: Jeff Bezos Throws A ‘Big Sick’ Party, Praises ‘The Post’; Oscar And Tony Winners Pasek And Paul Are Truly The ‘Greatest Showmen’

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A column about conversations and events on the awards circuit. On Monday after the Golden Globe nominations were announced, the six-time-nominated The Post was way up and The Big Sick, which was shut out, was way down. On Wednesday after the SAG nominations were known, the shut-out Post was shut way down and The Big Sick was way up with noms for Holly Hunter and the all-important Outstanding Cast category. Such is just a small example of the topsy-turvy nature of this… »


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‘The Addams Family’ Creeps Onto October 2019 Release Schedule For MGM

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MGM has slated its animated The Addams Family feature film for a Halloweenish October 11 2019 release date. The film, which is based on the macabre clan made famous by cartoonist Charles Addams, was directed by Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sausage Party). Also on that date is Warner Bros.’ Goldfinch, which is based on Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, and Paramount Pictures’ Are You Afraid of the Dark?, based on the 1990s Nickelodeon show of the… »


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Liz Mahoney, Megan Moss Pachon, Bryna Rifkin & Heidi Lopata Form New PR Shingle Narrative

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Liz Mahoney, Megan Moss Pachon, Bryna Rifkin and Heidi Lopata are forming a new entertainment public relations firm, Narrative. The move comes shortly after ID announced the abrupt exits of Mahoney, Moss Pachon and Rifkin. Lopata is the new entry here, coming from 42West. They are top-tier publicists. In a statement, Mahoney, Moss Pachon, Rifkin and Lopata said: "We have the utmost esteem for our colleagues at ID and 42West and are deeply appreciative of the wisdom… »


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Morgan Spurlock’s ‘Super Size Me 2’ Dropped By YouTube Red & Pulled From Sundance, While ‘Devil We Know’ Filmmakers Distance Themselves

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Updated, 4:30 Pm: Now Morgan Spurlock’s former company, the New York-based Warrior Poets, has yanked his film Super Size Me 2 from Sundance. They just issued this statement: “Due to Morgan Spurlock stepping down from Warrior Poets, we, the partners, have decided that this is not the appropriate time for Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Therefore, we will be removing the documentary from the festival's slate.” It was signed Jeremy… »


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‘Molly’s Game’ Review: Jessica Chastain Powers Aaron Sorkin’s Sensational Directorial Debut

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It is hard for me to believe that in his long writing career, Aaron Sorkin has never once had the desire to direct, and that includes every episode of The West Wing, Sports Night and other series he created and wrote, along with such bellwether movies as Moneyball, Steve Jobs, Charlie Wilson’s War and The Social Network, which earned him an Adapted Screenplay Oscar. Most of his movies revolve around real people and real stories, and such is the case with Molly’s Game, his… »


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Sam Daly Cast In ‘Cut Throat City’; Grant Bowler Has A ‘Bad Impulse’

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Sam Daly (Madam Secretary) is set to appear opposite Shameik Moore, Wesley Snipes, T.I. and more in the RZA-directed post-Katrina heist drama, Cut Throat City, which is shooting in New Orleans. Written by P.G. Cuschieri, the pic follows four boyhood friends who return to New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina to find their home decimated and prospects for work swept away. Turning to a local gangster for employment, the crew is hired to pull off a daring… »


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Rian Johnson & Ram Bergman Talk ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Deleted Scenes And Finding Light In The Dark Of Episode VIII

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Spoiler Alert: This story contains plot details of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman — the writer-director and producer team behind Looper, The Brothers Bloom and Brick — are exhausted. I meet them at the end of the London stop on their world press tour for their latest, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, after they’ve spent a week on the road talking up the picture. But this is manna for them, because it’s the first time since Johnson was announced as the… »


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‘Detroit’ Breakout Algee Smith On Michigan Mayhem & Kathryn Bigelow: “A Leader That’s Not Afraid To Trust”

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Anyone who has worked with Kathryn Bigelow knows her vision, her ambition and her facts-first approach to epic American stories. The director's oeuvre is filled with war stories of different shades, Detroit being the latest—and Algee Smith found himself amongst a batch of new recruits on the film, facing the horrors of race-related police brutality during the 1967 Algiers Motel incident in the titular Michigan city, a reality the actor had never himself experienced… »


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Peter Jackson Rebukes Harvey Weinstein’s Denial On Ashley Judd & Mira Sorvino

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Exclusive: Shortly after Harvey Weinstein denied claims that he blackballed Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino from being cast in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, Jackson has chimed back in, calling parts of Weinstein’s denial “insincere.” Here is Jackson’s rebuttal in full: Aspects of Harvey's denial are insincere. He is basically saying that "this blacklisting couldn't be true because New Line cast the movie". That's a deflection from the truth. In the 18 months we… »


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Beware: How Global One Management’s Questionable Practices Entangled Politicians, Child Actors And The Homeless

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Exclusive: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and seven members of the L.A. City Council earlier this year signed glowing letters of support for a talent showcase and charity run out of the downtown loft of a local talent manager who may have violated state and federal labor laws. Sunny Chae, whose Global One Management represents numerous aspiring child actors who have performed at her annual Worldwide Star Search talent showcase, doesn't… »


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At&T, Justice Department Settlement Talks Over Time Warner Deal Fail

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At&T and the U.S. Department of Justice have been unable to resolve antitrust concerns over the pending Time Warner acquisition outside of court, according to a document filed today. The two sides have been engaging in settlement talks, but “despite their efforts, have not been able to settle the matter.” The disclosure came in a document laying out a schedule leading up to the planned March 19 trial. The Justice Department is suing to block the merger, arguing that the… »

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New York’s Famed Lincoln Plaza Art House Theatre Scheduled To Close In January

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Exclusive: The Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, a temple of the art house movie scene in New York for 30 years, is at the end of its lease and is scheduled to close in January, Deadline has learned. While we have been told that others are exploring ways to step in to preserve the site as a movie theatre, if the influential six-screen multiplex does go dark, it would be a crushing blow to the specialty film business. A long list of films, including Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11… »


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After Merger, SAG-aftra Constitution Dropped “Sexual Harassment” As Specific Cause For Expelling Members

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Exclusive: Many of the victims in Hollywood's ever-widening sexual harassment and assault scandal are members of SAG-aftra, but many of the alleged perpetrators are members of the union as well. Which raises the question: Will the union take action to expel them, as the DGA and the Producers Guild did with Harvey Weinstein? In 2009, before its merger with AFTRA, the Screen Actors Guild suspended the membership of actor Seymour Cassel for two years after the board of… »


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‘Wonder Wheel’ Production Designer On The Artist Who Has Breathed New Life Into Woody Allen’s Films

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Having worked with the prolific Woody Allen on over 30 films since 1980’s Stardust Memories, three-time Oscar-nominated production designer Santo Loquasto is well-acquainted with the writer/director’s likes and dislikes, his aesthetic preferences, and his general approach to storytelling—which has made the introduction of a new collaborator in recent years all the more exciting. With Café Society, released last year, Allen brought three-time Oscar-winning cinematographer V… »


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‘Dunkirk’ & ‘Orient Express’ Star Kenneth Branagh On Poirot’s Personality & Christopher Nolan’s Stoic Leadership

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Between a starring turn in Dunkirk and Murder on the Orient Express—a reimagining of the Agatha Christie classic, which saw him behind and in front of the camera—Kenneth Branagh has had a remarkable year. While the British Oscar nominee has been directing for about as long as he's been acting, he tends to approach projects as an actor first, and Murder was no exception. Branagh looked at his directorial duties through the eyes of his character—the mustachioed… »


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There’s Some Scary Movie Math Lurking In The Disney-Fox Deal

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Here's some scary math to go with the giant Disney-Fox merger deal: Disney could raise the number of feature films it will release in 2017 by half, and still distribute less than half as many movies as Fox and its Fox Searchlight unit. By the generally reliable tally and release schedule on Boxofficemojo.com, Disney's film distribution arm, which just opened Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is now up to eight feature releases for the year, and there it will stick. But Fox, which… »

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Sundance 2018: RuPaul Heading To Park City For ‘Drag Race’ Retrospective & Award Juror Role

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Exclusive: Deadline has learned that RuPaul is going to the Sundance Film Festival next month, with the festival presenting RuPaul’s Drag Race: A Retrospective of the Cultural Phenomenon.  The VH1 Emmy-winning series is about to celebrate its tenth season, and the RuPaul-hosted Sundance event and panel will take a look back at Drag Race‘s impact. Also sitting with RuPaul on the panel will be the series’ EPs and Sundance Film Festival vets Randy Barbato and Fenton… »


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