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China Box Office Tops $7.5B Milestone; Admissions Up 15% So Far In 2017

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In October, China’s state media authority predicted box office growth of as much as 20% or more across the full year, landing at an estimated Rmb 55B ($8.3B) in what would be a record take for the massive market. With a month and a half to go in 2017, Middle Kingdom turnstiles clicked past Rmb 50B ($7.53B) on Monday, the first time the market has ever exceeded that benchmark, according to Sapprft. Local reports say that as of 6:57Pm on Monday night local time, a total of… »

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Natasha Henstridge, Tamer Hassan & Lady Clara Paget Team For UK Horror Feature

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Exclusive: Species star Natasha Henstridge and The Football Factory's Tamer Hassan are to star in British horror film House Red alongside a slew of rising young talent. The film, which is written and directed by Dark Beacon's Coz Greenop, has just finished principal photography in Italy. House Red follows Natalie and Felix, a couple who are traveling through Tuscany and come across an idyllic vineyard, where they volunteer to help pick grapes, in a last-ditch attempt to… »


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PGA Awards Unveil Documentary Feature Nominees

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The Producers Guild has announced nominees for the 2018 PGA Awards’ Documentary Motion Pictures category, with subjects ranging from Jane Goodall and Ben Bradlee to the Middle East and Earth itself. Winners will be announced January 20 at the 29th annual PGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Here’s the list in alphabetical order: Chasing Coral City of Ghosts Cries from Syria Earth: One Amazing Day Jane Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of… »


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‘Coco’ Review: Pixar Does It Again With Dazzling New Toon

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Pixar proves with its 19th feature film that not only has it not lost its touch, it’s getting better. In what may just be the most diverse ‘toon they have tackled yet, Coco takes us right from the heart of Mexico’s talent show Dia de Muertos to the Land of the Dead, where 12-year-old Miguel Rivera (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) gets some major life lessons from the deceased. Miguel is a young boy obsessed with music and playing the guitar in the tradition of his great great… »


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Can ‘Coco’ Whip ‘Justice League’ For Top Spot Over Thanksgiving Stretch? – Box Office Preview

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In a short period of time, four films originally slotted to play the five-day Thanksgiving Week period fled — Dimension’s Polaroid, MGM’s Death Wish, STXfilms’ Molly’s Game and Entertainment Studios’ Chappquiddick — leaving Disney/Pixar’s Coco largely alone as the one uber wide release in 3,987 theaters. The Lee Unkrich-Adrian Molina animated musical, which follows young boy Miguel’s journey to the other side where he meets his dead relatives and discovers great secrets… »


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At&T Boss In Wake Of Doj Lawsuit: Any Deal Harming CNN Is “A Non-Starter”

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During a news conference after the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit to block At&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, company CEO Randall Stephenson sought to address the “elephant in the room”: the notion that President Donald Trump’s rancor at CNN had threatened the deal. “Frankly, I don’t know” if the reports are true, he said. “But nobody should be surprised that it keeps coming up.” As to any potential settlement that lets At&T keep CNN but implements any controls on… »


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Alexandra Shipp In Final Negotiations To Join Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree In ‘Shaft’

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Exclusive: Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse, Straight Outta Compton) is in final negotiations as the female lead in the reboot of Shaft from director Tim Story and producers John Davis and Kenya Barris. Shipp joins Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree (who starred in the original) and Jesse T. Usher. The production goes before the cameras next month. New Line and Netflix are partnering on this film with Netflix financing more than half the film's high $30M budget for… »


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‘Mother!’ Director Darren Aronofsky: Why His Home Invasion Thriller Is Like Kindergarten

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Darren Aronofsky’s mother! is that rare movie that comes along every once in a while, a completely polarizing event that you have to experience, even if you ultimately think it is a train wreck. Count me among the admirers of a movie that is 69% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes but drew an 'F' on CinemaScore. The director of such films as The Wrestler, Black Swan, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream, Noah and others doesn't care about either group, but wears the disparate opinions… »


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Relativity School Re-branded To Studio School; Move Distances Itself From Failed Company

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Relativity School — the four-year entertainment-focused college based at La Center Studios — has officially re-branded as Studio School, Los Angeles. In making the announcement it said, “the name change is intended to more accurately reflect the breadth and depth of programs offered by the school” but what they didn’t say is that it is clearly an attempt to distance themselves from Ryan Kavanaugh and his failed company, Relativity. Kavanaugh was instrumental in beginning… »


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Medical Marijuana Heist Spec ‘Green Rush’ Lands At New Republic In Brian Oliver & Will Packer Team-Up

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Exclusive: Brian Oliver, the Oscar-nominated producer of Black Swan and Hacksaw Ridge, is teaming with Girls Trip, Ride Along and Think Like a Man producer Will Packer on Green Rush, a spec screenplay from Matt Tente that Oliver’s New Republic Pictures has acquired in a mid-six-figure preemptive deal. The script made the rounds at studios late Friday and New Republic responded quickly to a rights battle that involved Will Packer Productions and others. Oliver and Packer… »


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‘Mary And The Witch’s Flower’ Director On Exploring World Of Magic Through The Eyes Of A Young Girl

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Coming up in the animation ranks at Studio Ghibli as an in-between and key animator before making his directorial debut with The Secret World of Arrietty, and earning his first Oscar nomination for 2014’s When Marnie Was There, Japanese director Hiromasa Yonebayashi struck out on his own this year with Mary and the Witch’s Flower. Based on The Little Broomstick by English novelist Mary Stewart, this dynamic first feature from Yoshiaki Nishimura’s Studio Ponoc tells the… »


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Warner Bros Sets Up Sci-Fi Feature ‘Red Star’ With Hot British Writing Duo

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Exclusive: Warner Bros is getting into business with two hot young British writers. The studio has picked up a feature pitch from Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith. The pair have sold Red Star, an original sci-fi pitch to the Justice League studio. It's understood that Warner Bros beat out a number of other studios to win the pitch. The pair have teamed up with Braden Aftergood, an exec  producer on Taylor Sheridan's Wind River, to produce the sci-fi feature. Kevin… »


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Lizzy Caplan In Talks To Co-Star In Fox’s ‘Gambit’

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Masters of Sex alum Lizzy Caplan is in talks to join Channing Tatum in Gambit, the X-Men spinoff that has Gore Verbinski directing from a script by Josh Zetumer. 20th Century Fox is releasing the film February 14, 2019. Created by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee in 1990, Gambit/Remy LeBeau has the ability to charge matter with volatile kinetic energy, causing the object in question to explosively release its charge on impact. He had a brief appearance in 2009's X-Men Origins… »


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TV & Film Casting Biz Disrupted: Fox’s Decision To Drop Breakdown Services For Casting Networks & Its Fallout

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Updated: There is a potentially seismic shift underway in the theatrical casting software business, which for decades had been dominated by Gary Marsh’s Breakdown Services. The casting community was shocked last week when Fox — 20th Century Fox TV and its division Fox 21 TV Studios, as well as movie studio 20th Century Fox  — dropped Breakdown and replaced it with Casting Networks, a primarily commercial casting service known by its operating brand La Casting, which is… »


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Dan Gilroy Encouraged Denzel Washington To Change Lanes For ‘Roman J. Israel Esq.’

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For his second film as a director, Roman J. Israel, Esq. helmer Dan Gilroy has written another drama that hinges on a star coming out of his comfort zone. Just as Jake Gyllenhaal inhabited a sociopath in Nightcrawler, so Denzel Washington is '70s activist throwback Israel–an attorney whose strong morals are threatened when he takes charge following his law partner's heart attack. "Denzel is a deeply empathetic guy in person, but he has this shell in his films of being… »


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Sci-Fi Thriller Spec ‘Envoy’ Sells To Pascal Pictures

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Exclusive: Amy Pascal and her Pascal Pictures pre-emptively picked up the sci-fi thriller spec Envoy from screenwriter Kat Wood. The character-driven piece is said to be in the vein of Arrival and The Day The Earth Stood Still and is about an elite military intelligence specialist who jumps at the chance to take part in the selection process to become the first-ever human representative to alien life. The project was brought into Pascal Pictures by Eric Fineman. This adds… »


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‘Heaven Is A Traffic Jam’ Director On Doc Subject Mindy Alper: “She’s The Most Human Of Us Humans”

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Artist Mindy Alper perceives the world differently from ordinary people. Take the marking of time, for instance. Where most of us talk about years, she speaks of "trips around the sun." Another example would be sitting in traffic on an La freeway. To most Angelenos, it's maddening. To Alper, it's a little bit of bliss. "Uber drivers, they don't understand," she tells Deadline. In fact, Heaven Is a Traffic Jam On The 405 is the title of a short documentary about Alper… »


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Donald Trump’s Justice Department Files Suit To Block At&T-Time Warner Deal – Update

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Updated with more details: The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit today to block the At&T-Time Warner merger, saying the combination of the nation’s largest distributor of television programming and one of the leading studios would harm consumers and competition. The Justice Department, in its complaint, argues that the combination of At&T/DirecTV's vast video distribution infrastructure and Time Warner's popular television programming would be one of the largest… »

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Art Directors Guild Sets Norm Newberry For Career Award

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Norm Newberry, who has worked on such films Avatar, War of the Worlds and The Polar Express, Jaws and The Sting along many TV shows, as is set to receive the Art Directors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award during the Adg Awards on January 27 at Hollywood & Highland. Newberry has worked as a set designer, art director and production designed during a career that has spanned five decades. A motion-capture specialist who has embraced the cutting edge of digital technology… »


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The Bart & Fleming Podcast: Creeps And Fallout

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Anger is taking the place of reason in the dialogue about sexual harassment in Hollywood, but positive opportunities could still emerge, as we discuss on Episode #14 of The Bart & Fleming Podcast. Filmmakers are fighting to liberate their films from companies like The Weinstein Co., and spending major dollars on re-cutting negatives to permit removal of accused harassers. Also discussed: Important movies about women are being released during awards season, such as Lady Bir… »

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