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California Bill To Boost Funding For Hollywood Job Training Passes Committee

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Update, 3:30 Pm: Ab 1664 has passed the Assembly Arts and Entertainment Committee by a 7-0 vote. The proposed bill would expand and increase funding by $1 million for current hands-on training programs geared towards high school and community college students that are run by entertainment unions. Previous, March 8 Pm: California state Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra and Ian Calderon today introduced legislation aimed at building the state's below-the-line workforce by… »


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Studios & WGA Can’t Even Agree On Lost Revenues From Last Strike

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With only six days to go before film and TV writers could launch their second strike in a decade, labor and management still strongly disagree over the impact of the last strike – a troubling sign that could indicate the two sides aren't seeing eye-to-eye about the WGA's willingness to strike again this time. On Monday, after WGA leaders received overwhelming support from their members for strike authorization, the AMPTP said the last strike cost writers "more than $287… »

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‘Psychopaths’ Helmer Mickey Keating On His Altman-esque Approach To Horror — Tribeca Studio

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Residents of Los Angeles, beware—there may be some Psychopaths on the lose. So it is in the Tribeca-premiering feature from writer/director and horror master Mickey Keating, who has managed to bring five features to life while still in his twenties. Following Carnage Park, starring Ashley Bell—which premiered at Sundance last year—Keating’s latest entry follows a band of serial killers out for blood in the City of Angels on one truly terrifying night. “It's a very… »


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Tom Hanks, Jodie Foster, David Byrne, Meryl Streep Remember Jonathan Demme

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“He was the grandest of men,” says Tom Hanks. “A big-hearted, big tent, compassionate man,” recalls Meryl Streep. Hollywood reacted today with heartbreak and praise to news of Jonathan Demme’s death. “Rest In Peace, Jd…”, tweeted Alec Baldwin, who made an early big-screen appearance in 1988 with Demme’s Married to the Mob. “The World lost one of its purest, most loving and talented souls today,” said Christine Lahti, who costarred in the director’s 1984 Swing Shift. David… »


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Nicolas Cage Breaks Ankle On Movie Set In Bulgaria

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In what was described to Deadline as a freak accident, Nicolas Cage broke his ankle while filming the York Alec Shackleton-directed Millennium Films bank heist action film #211. Cage was taken to a top hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria, near where the film is shooting. Doctors wanted to immediately perform surgery. Cage instead decided to hop a plane to Los Angeles for treatment. That’s where the Oscar-winning star is now. His camp confirms that Cage is currently convalescing… »


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‘Dog Years’: Adam Rifkin Was Only Going To Make His Latest Movie With Burt Reynolds In The Lead Role – Tribeca Studio

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“Growing up Burt Reynolds was my hero, and I loved his movies, and I loved his persona, I thought he was funny and charming; the biggest movie star in the world,” says filmmaker Adam Rifkin about the inspiration for his new film Dog Years at the Tribeca Film Festival. In Dog Years, Reynolds, 81, plays a facet of himself, Vic Edwards, a former stunt man-turned-major Hollywood star who agrees to travel to the Nashville Film Festival for a lifetime achievement award. Along… »


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‘The Boy Downstairs’ Star Zosia Mamet Talks “Laughing And Crying” On Her First Read Of The Script — Tribeca Studio

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As viewers said goodbye to HBO original series Girls, Zosia Mamet’s Shoshanna Shapiro seemed confidently on her way to a new life—and so, it seems, is Mamet, appearing at the Tribeca Film Festival in support of Sophie Brook’s feature directorial debut, The Boy Downstairs. Told partially in flashbacks—watching the inception and eventual disintegration of a romantic relationship—the film tells the story of Diana (Mamet), a socially uncomfortable New Yorker who’s just doing… »


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Directors Guild Hails Jonathan Demme As “Iconic” & “Groundbreaking”

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The Directors Guild of America calls the death of “iconic director” Jonathan Demme “devastating for us” and his enthusiasm “a memory we will always treasure.” Demme was a member of the DGA since 1976 and winner of the its award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs. The statement from DGA President Paris Barclay notes that Demme served as a member of the guild’s President’s Committee on Film Preservation and received the DGA Honor in… »


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Abramorama Acquires ‘Hare Krishna!’ Documentary & Releases Trailer

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Exclusive: Abramorama has secured theatrical rights and released the trailer for Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All, a feature documentary about Srila Prabhupada, the controversial Indian swami who championed the need for a revolution in consciousness. The pic, which was directed by John Griesser and co-directed by Jean Griesser and Lauren Ross, will world premiere on June 3 at Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, Az, followed by a… »


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Netflix Seeks French Compromise For Its Cannes Films As Local Industry Takes Sides

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Updated with French industry reaction: Netflix is trying to find a compromise after news that its first features accepted into the competition slate at the Cannes Film Festival — Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories – quickly drew the ire of France's theatrical exhibitors guild. In a letter, the Fncf accused Netflix of skirting French regulations and fiscal obligations and called on the streaming service to release both movies in French theaters following their Cannes… »

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Tony Vinciquerra & Sony: No Offer To Anyone Yet On CEO Post

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Despite a report that indicates he has locked up the CEO job, there has been no offer made from Sony Pictures Entertainment to Tony Vinciquerra for the position. We heard the same information Friday and was told there are still two to three candidates in the mix. Although we understand Sony is currently conducting extensive background checks on the executive, nothing has moved the needle yet. Vinciquerra, the highly capable executive and senior adviser for technology… »


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Red Granite Co-President Christian Mercuri Launching Capstone Group Ahead Of Cannes

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Former Red Granite Pictures co-president Christian Mercuri is launching Capstone Group, a financing, production and international sales company that will make its debut next month at the Cannes Film Festival market. The Beverly Hills-based outfit will be funded via private equity and various banks along with main partner Jeanette Zhou of Jaguar Entertainment. At launch, Capstone Group will offer access to development and production funding and international distribution… »


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Anika Noni Rose Options ‘Shadowshaper’ Ya Fantasy Series For Film & TV

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Exclusive: Anika Noni Rose and her production company Roaring Virgin Productions have optioned TV and film rights to Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older's bestselling Ya fantasy series. It marks the second deal between Rose and Older after she acquired his urban fantasy series Bone Street Rumba. Shadowshaper, published in 2015 by Arthur A. Levine Books and named a New York Times Notable Book of that year,  introduced Sierra Santiago, who lives in Brooklyn and discovers… »


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Jonathan Demme And Untold ‘Silence Of The Lambs’ Tales: Hannibal, Clarice, Tally, Hackman, And A Discarded Scary Ending

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In memory of today’s passing of a great director, Deadline is rerunning our last story that featured a lengthy interview with Jonathan Demme. Originally published Feb. 17, 2016, the piece commemorated the 25th anniversary of his landmark film The Silence of the Lambs. Demme participated and was most generous and reflective on looking back at an unlikely triumph, the rare horror movie from a dying studio that found its way to Oscar gold, winning all the night’s major… »


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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2’ Blasts Off With $6.6M On Day 1 At International Box Office

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Disney/Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 rocketed into its first three markets on Tuesday, taking advantage of local holidays to get the ball rolling at the international box office. The total from Australia, Italy and New Zealand is $6.6M. Pressing play on the second Awesome Mixtape in Australia, the James Gunn-helmed film bowed at No. 1 to an estimated $2.9M. That’s the second-biggest opening day ever for a Marvel Cinematic Universe release — behind only The Avenge… »


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‘Permission’ Stars Dan Stevens And Rebecca Hall Discuss Difficult Relationship Questions — Tribeca Studio

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What happens when you’re in a romantic relationship, and everything is essentially fine, yet you’re plagued with questions of infinity? And what happens when two people are entirely in love with one another, yet find themselves wanting different things? These are some of the questions explored in Permission, the second feature from writer/director Brian Crano, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday. The film follows a 30-something couple—Anna (Rebecca Hal… »


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‘Thumper’ Star Pablo Schreiber, Director Jordan Ross & Cast On A Shoot That Became Too Real — Tribeca Studio

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Jordan Ross inhabits some dilapidated and dark spaces with Thumper, his feature directorial debut, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last Thursday. Executive produced by Cary Fukunaga, the crime drama depicts a community run over by drugs and violence, into which new girl Kat Carter (Eliza Taylor) enters, harboring a dark secret and ultimately coming face to face with Wyatt (Pablo Schreiber), the unpredictable and violent leader of a drug ring. “The story is… »


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‘Cars 3′ Trailer: Ol’ 95 Is Getting Rusty As A Record-Setting New Rival Emerges

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“Your racing days are coming to an end.” What? No one says that to Lightning McQueen! Well, yes, they do. And they did. And they are. Here’s the first full trailer for Cars 3, Disney/Pixar’s long-in-the-works threequel that refocuses on the cocky rookie-turned-cagey veteran (Owen Wilson) whose career is headed downhill fast. And there’s a new car in town: Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer), who just clocked the fastest lap ever recorded. Enter race technician Cruz Ramirez… »


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‘Life Boat’ Director Lorraine Nicholson On Guiding Stephen Dorff Through His First Short Film Experience — Tribeca Studio

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An actress known for roles in Click and Soul Surfer, Lorraine Nicholson has quietly been working away as a writer and director of short films, establishing herself as a director to watch. Bringing her tense and engrossing short film Life Boat to Tribeca, the daughter of Jack Nicholson and Rebecca Broussard has demonstrated that she most certainly has the chops, finding herself among a cadre of young female directors making waves at Tribeca this year. In just 18 minutes… »


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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Gets Wiggy With Innovative Doritos Promo

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This is sure to win promotional and marketing awards. In one of the most innovative promotions we’ve seen in years, Marvel Studio’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has joined hands with PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division and its Doritos brand to include a walkman-style tape player built into the bags of the snack chips that will play the entire soundtrack of the film. The ear-opening promo is part of a wider partnership between the brand and Marvel to promote the film which… »


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