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At&T Hello Lab Launches Mentorship Program With Big Names

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A year after its launch, At&T Hello Lab has unveiled a mentorship program designed to pair entertainment industry leaders with aspiring filmmakers from diverse backgrounds as they create new short films. The mentor list this year: Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, writer-director Rick Famuyiwa, Common, Desiree Akhavan and producer Nina Yang Bongiovi. Five filmmakers have been chosen, with their finished works to debut on At&T’s DirecTV Now in fourth-quarter 2017. In addition… »


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Russell Brand To Speak At Edinburgh TV Fest; Discovery & Atari Launch New Game Show – Global Briefs

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Russell Brand is set to appear in the Edinburgh International Television Festival's "Alternative MacTaggart" slot this year. The comedian, writer, actor and broadcaster will be interviewed by comedy writer Matt Morgan, addressing Brand's lifelong devotion to comedy, his extensive portfolio of work on and off the screen and how his call for revolution has been realized in a personal way, in love and fatherhood. Brand is best known as a prolific stand-up comic and has… »


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Hollywood Auditing China Box Office In First Look At Middle Kingdom Books

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While box office manipulation has long been a major issue in China, the vast market has increasingly vowed to crack down on cheats. Now, the MPAA has hired an accounting firm to audit Middle Kingdom ticket sales on a select number of films. This is the first time the Hollywood studios are availing themselves of a clause in the longform agreement with China which gives them the ability to take their own close look at the books. I understand that the decision to trigger… »

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‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Rises To $199M Overseas, $267M+ Global Bow – International Box Office

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Update, Tuesday Am, with actuals…: Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight came in with a $3M bump in the actuals compared to Sunday's estimates. That puts the fivequel at $199.2M in 41 markets at the international box office. The result is closer to the high end of the pre-weekend range. The opening is also 2% ahead of Transformers: Age Of Extinction's 2014 launch on a like-for-like basis and at restated rates. The global haul is now looking at $267.7M for the debut… »


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Josh Duhamel To Make Directing Debut On WWE Studios’ ‘The Buddy Games’

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Josh Duhamel will make his directorial debut for WWE Studios on The Buddy Games. He also will star in the film alongside wrestling star Seamus and Nick Swardson. Actually, you would know all this if you were watching WWE Raw, as Duhamel just announced it on the broadcast. Duhamel, who just opened in Transformers: The Last Knight, wrote the script with Jude Weng and Bob Schwartz. The premise: A group of thirtysomething friends reunite to play the Buddy Game. That is a wild… »


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‘Fahrenheit 451’: Laura Harrier Cast As Millie In HBO Movie

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Laura Harrier has signed on for a key role opposite Michael B. Jordan in Fahrenheit 451, HBO Films’ adaptation of Ray Bradbury's iconic dystopian novel. Fahrenheit 451 depicts a future where media is an opiate, history is outlawed and "firemen" burn books. Young fireman Montag (Jordan) forsakes his world, battles his mentor Beatty (Michael Shannon) and struggles to regain his humanity. Harrier will play Millie, Montag’s social media-immersed wife whose consumption of all… »


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‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Review: All Hail Caesar In Summer’s Crown Jewel Blockbuster

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Rarely does a movie sequel come along that not only tops what came before but stands alone as a singular motion picture experience. But that is exactly what director and co-writer Matt Reeves has achieved with War For The Planet Of The Apes, the final part of the trilogy that began in 2011 with Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, directed by Rupert Wyatt, and then continued by Reeves with 2014’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, which moved the critical love and global box… »


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Mrc’s Modi Wiczyk Explains Risks Of Summer Originals ‘Baby Driver’ And ‘The Dark Tower’

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Exclusive: After yet another Hollywood sequel/remake opened to a collective yawn from reviewers and restless audiences, is there room for a little risk taking in this summer sequel season? The 10-year-old financing/producing concern Media Rights Capital is heavily invested in the affirmative. Twice this summer, it will test a formula that has become the core of the company: meaningful creative risk vs manageable financial risk. Mrc just saw the release of Season 5 of the… »

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‘The Conjuring 3’ Is Summoned By New Line; David Leslie Johnson Hired To Script

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Exclusive: Horror fans will be happy. Another Conjuring is on its way, and David Leslie Johnson (Dungeons and Dragons, The Conjuring 2) has been tapped by New Line Cinema to write a third installment of the horror franchise. This comes after the first two grossed $638.3M worldwide collectively. The Conjuring 3 is expected to bring writer-producer-director James Wan back into the fold but likely not in the same capacity. Wan directed the first Conjuring (which still holds… »


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John Patrick Amedori, Ray Wise & Madeline Zima Join ‘The Chain’ From David Martin-Porras

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Exclusive: Dear White People actor John Patrick Amedori, Ray Wise, Madeline Zima and Sense 8‘s Jamie Clayton are set to co-star in the upcoming Spain-u.S. co-production The Chain from director David Martin-Porras. Written by Martin-Porras and Andrés Rosende, the pic follows Mike (Amedori) who, upon moving back to his hometown to look after his sick father (Wise), discovers he has the same neurological disease. He then decides to end his life and enters a chain of assisted… »


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Deanna Dunagan Joins ‘The Pages’; Roland Buck III Cast In ‘The Week Of’

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Deanna Dunagan, who was most recently was on the big screen in M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit, has come aboard the Joe Chappelle-directed political drama The Pages, joining Jamie Lee Curtis, Tia Sumpter and Ben Tavassoli. It follows Elizabeth "Libby" Lamm (Sumpter), a former top U.S. security adviser who is threatened by associates from her dark past. Chappelle wrote the screenplay and is producing with Colleen Griffen. Dunagan, repped by Stewart Talent, recurred on Fox's… »


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Longtime CAA Agent Jon Levin Exits Agency, Joins Beverly Hills-Based Roar

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Exclusive: Longtime CAA agent Jon Levin, whose clients have included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Andy Serkis, Neil Gaiman and Mimi Leder, to name a few, has left the agency and will become a manager at Beverly Hills-based company Roar. The management company is roughly 17 years old and has about 25 employees, with clients such as the Hemsworth trio of Chris, Liam and Luke. The partners in the management company are Bernie Cahill, Greg Suess, Will Ward and Matt Maher. Levin… »


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As Tuesday Board Meeting Nears, The Film Academy’s Soap Opera Continues

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When the Daytime Emmys next come around, they should save one for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; after all, AMPAS has become one of the best soap operas in town. Infighting. Executive churn. Diversity wars. Legal action. Even an Oscar for the wrong movie. Hollywood’s film academy has seen it all. On Tuesday, the Academy's 54-member board of governors will meet for another round of drama, before replacing almost a third of its members from a slate of… »

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Ben Affleck & Gavin O’Connor Back For ‘The Accountant’ Sequel; Will Jon Bernthal Return?

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Exclusive: Warner Bros is mobilizing a sequel to the 2016 hit The Accountant. Screenwriter Bill Dubuque, director Gavin O’Connor and Ben Affleck are in talks to return, along with the producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Mark Williams. All those deals are being worked out right now. I’m told they will then work out the beats of the story, which likely will include Jon Bernthal, whose character asserted himself at the conclusion of the first film. The original starred… »


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Pure Flix Picks Up ‘A Question Of Faith’

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Pure Flix has acquired distribution rights to Silver Lining Entertainment’s A Question Of Faith, which is set to bow in theaters September 29. Directed by Kevan Otto, the faith-based drama revolves around three families from different cultures who live in the same community; they are complete strangers living vastly separate lives until a texting-and-driving accident thrusts them onto converging paths where they discover God's love, forgiveness, grace and mercy. Richard… »


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Why ‘Transformers’ Is Screaming For Reboot After $68M Start; ‘Wonder Woman’ Steps On ‘Cars 3’ In 2nd-Place Fight – Monday Am

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Updated, Monday 9:15 Am: Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight is coming in at $68 million over five days, $1M less than where the studio and industry were seeing it yesterday. But the more exciting news was being generated by the second-place blinking contest between Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman and Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3.  Both studios reported a three-decimal weekend of $25.175M, but others clearly saw the DC superhero ahead. That’s how it shook out this morning, with W… »


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‘The Foreigner’ Trailer: Not Your Older Brother’s Jackie Chan

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STXfilms has released the first trailer for The Foreigner, the action thriller being directed by Casino Royale‘s Martin Campbell and starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan. The drop comes ahead of the pic’s October 13 theatrical release. It certainly feels like a departure for Chan, who has made a fine career of playing good guys with smiles on their faces even when jumping out windows and hanging off ledges. He’s the protagonist here but in a different way: as a humble… »


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Netflix Wins Dan Gilroy Film; Jake Gyllenhaal & Rene Russo To Star

26 June 2017 8:31 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Netflix has won a heated auction of a package for the next film by writer-director Dan Gilroy. The untitled genre pic is set in the art world and will reteam Gilroy with his Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo and producer Jennifer Fox.  Deadline revealed the project last week as a hot package, and Scott Stuber’s feature film division at Netflix outbid multiple buyers to get it. The film will get a small qualifying theatrical release when it is… »


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Elvis Presley Manager Col. Tom Parker Set For Screen Bio

26 June 2017 8:30 AM, PDT

Elvis Presley’s 1974 minor hit “My Boy” might serve as the alternative title for The Colonel, a film bio of the King’s Svengali-like manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The film is in the works from music and media producer Spencer Proffer (Chasing Trane, Gods & Monsters), producer-director Steve Binder (Elvis '68; Diana Ross In Central Park) and filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster; Paul Simon's Under African Skies tour). Production is slated for early 2018… »


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Sundance Jack Black Comedy ‘The Polka King’ Acquired By Netflix

26 June 2017 7:59 AM, PDT

Netflix has taken global rights to Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky’s comedy biopic The Polka King starring Jack Black as local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan. Deadline hears that Netflix paid seven figures for the movie, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in January. A deal has been in the works since the movie premiered at Sundance. A streaming date has not been determined yet, but Polka King will hit Netflix before the end of this year. No word on… »


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