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Relativity Scores Rare Legal Win As Netflix Ordered To Pay Lawyer Fees

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Ryan Kavanaugh hasn’t come out with any more dough in his pocket, but Relativity gained a bit of financial traction today in the company’s ongoing skirmish with Netflix. A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge Wednesday ordered the streaming service to pay more than $800,000 in legal fees and expenses to the embattled film studio. "The Court holds that Relativity is entitled to an award of attorneys' fees and expenses as to Relativity's own counsel, but that Mr. Kavanaugh and… »


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‘He Will Not Divide Us’: Shia Labeouf, Luke Turner & Nastja Säde Rönkkö’s Anti-Trump Project Relocates Overseas

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Shia Labeouf tweeted today that his four-year anti-Donald Trump exhibit, "He Will Not Divide Us," has found a new home overseas. As of today, the live-streaming protest was adopted by the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (Fact) in Liverpool, UK. The project, co-created with Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö, was removed at the end of last month from its second location at the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque, Nm, after reports of gunfire in the area. Prior to that… »


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Emmy Winner Kyle Chandler Joins New Line’s ‘Game Night’

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Exclusive: Bloodline star Kyle Chandler will play Brooks, the successful, better-looking brother to Jason Bateman’s character Max in New Line/Warner Bros’ comedy Game Night from John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. In fact, it’s the Friday Night Lights alum’s character who concocts the whole idea for the game night in the film. Game Night revolves around a group of couples who are caught up in a very real game night. They get together regularly to play games, but… »


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Mike Epps Reteams With Bruce Willis As ‘Acts Of Violence’ Sets Cast

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Exclusive: Mike Epps is set to reteam with Bruce Willis for Acts of Violence, the new actioner from Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. Cole Hauser, Shawn Ashmore, Sophia Bush and Melissa Bolona also have been cast in the film, which begins principal photography next week with Brett Donowho directing. The pic follows vigilante brothers who infiltrate a human trafficking ring to extricate a loved one. Epps will co-star as head bad guy Max Livingston, who leads a human-trafficking… »


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Graphic Novel ‘The Pro’ Hooks Movie Deal At Paramount

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Exclusive: A lot going on at Paramount Pictures, but they are still making deals. The studio has picked up rights to The Pro, a graphic novel by Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Erwin Stoff of 3 Arts is producing and Zoe McCarthy has been hired to write the screenplay. She is best known for her script Bitches On A Boat. The graphic novel writers and illustrators all have stuff going on in Hollywood. Palmiotti’s graphic novel Painkiller Jane has just… »


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No. 15 ‘Hidden Figures’ 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. Hidden Figures 20… »


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Issa Rae Joins Bill Hader In ‘Empress Of Serenity’

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Issa Rae, star of her HBO series Insecure, has been cast opposite Bill Hader in Empress Of Serenity, the directorial debut of Me And Earl And The Dying Girl author and screenwriter Jesse Andrews. Production is set to get underway in August on Andrews’ script. Hader is aboard playing Sheldon, whose elaborate plan to win back his ex-wife is upended when he is guilted into a monthlong mega-cruise with his widowed father. Rae plays Michelle, a reclusive kindred spirit in the… »


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Joe & Anthony Russo Set Next Pic By ‘Swiss Army Man’ Daniels Duo

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Exclusive: Joe and Anthony Russo have made a deal with Swiss Army Man writer/directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (aka The Daniels) for their next feature. The film is being kept under wraps but it is a science fiction movie and is said to be as original as Swiss Army Man, the film that won them U.S. Dramatic directing honors at 2016 Sundance with Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe starring, the latter as a gassy corpse. The Daniels will write, direct and produce the… »


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No. 16 ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ 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. Kung Fu Panda 3 D… »


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‘Room’s Lenny Abrahamson Lights Up FBI Siege Tale ‘Burning Rainbow Farm’

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Exclusive: Anonymous Content, Element Pictures and Film4 have optioned the Dean Kuipers book Burning Rainbow Farm, and will develop it as a directing vehicle for Room helmer Lenny Abrahamson. Playwright Cory Finley, who made his directing debut with the Sundance pic Thoroughbred, will write the script. It is the true story of two marijuana advocates who were gunned down by the FBI after a five-day standoff. Anonymous Content's Adam Shulman and Mad Dog Films' Alix Madigan… »


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Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman Snag Movie Rights To Bestseller ‘Lincoln In The Bardo’

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Exclusive: Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman have acquired movie rights to Lincoln In The Bardo, the bestselling novel from George Saunders that hit shelves last month. The pair will produce the adaptation with Saunders, and no director or cast has been set. Published by Random House, short-story writer Saunders’ first novel is set against the backdrop of the Civil War and centers on Abraham Lincoln’s grief over the death of his 11-year-old son Willie, with much of the… »


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Denise Richards, Mischa Barton Star In ‘The Toybox’; Katrina Bowden & Kate Flannery Join ‘Fishbowl California’

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Denise Richards and The O.C. alum Mischa Barton are set to star in The Toybox, a supernatural thriller from the team behind the 2016 horror pic ClownTownTom Nagel will return at the helm on this film from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Denton. Production is currently underway on the film that follows a family who go on a cross-country trip across America and get stranded in the desert by a supernatural force that is slowly killing them off. Richards plays a mother… »


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‘Moonlight’ Crosses $50M+ At Worldwide Box Office With China & Japan On Deck

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Exclusive: Best Picture Oscar winner Moonlight has passed the $50M global mark with a total through Tuesday of $56.1M. The split breaks down to $28.6M international box office and $27.5M domestic for the first picture fully produced and financed by A24 which also led international sales, selling out around the world at last year’s Afm. When offshore rollout began, Moonlight was looking at a potential $40M worldwide with a 50-50 domestic vs foreign split, a rare feat for a… »

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Michael Shannon Being Eyed For ‘Deadpool 2’

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Will Michael Shannon, who has already dipped his toe in the DC Comics world playing Superman’s nemesis Zod for Warner Bros, add a Marvel role to his resume? We’re hearing the two-time Oscar nominee is the first choice to play Deadpool’s reluctant superhero buddy Cable in Deadpool 2. We’re also hearing that this is early days, with Shannon only recently approached, and no talks have started. The follow-up to 20th Century Fox’s 2016 R-rated blockbuster returns Ryan Reynolds… »


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Women In Film New Board Members: TriStar’s Hannah Minghella, Netflix’s Bela Bajaria, UTA’s Rena Ronson, More

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Women in Film, the non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, has just elected new members to its Board of Directors as Cathy Schulman enters her third term as Board President. The newly elected are: Netflix’s Bela Bajaria, DreamWorks Animation’s Terry Curtin, Transparent director/producer Nisha Ganatra and Cpa Laura Gordon with TriStar president Hannah Minghella and UTA’s Independent Film Group’s partner/head Rena Ronson rejoining the… »


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Brie Larson To Play First Female White House Candidate Victoria Woodhull In Amazon Film

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Exclusive: Amazon Studios has acquired Victoria Woodhull, with Oscar winning Room star Brie Larson poised to produce, and play the first female candidate for the presidency of the United States. Amazon bought it in a pitch package deal. Ben Kopit, who wrote the Warner Bros film Libertine that has Brett Ratner attached to direct, will write the script. Larson will produce alongside Whalerock IndustriesLloyd Braun and Andrew MittmanAnne Woodward is exec producer and… »


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MPAA 2016 Annual Report: Global Sales Flattened As Chinese Economy Cooled

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Global box office sales stalled in 2016 as a 2.4% increase in North America barely offset a 0.4% decline overseas, according to the MPAA’s latest annual Theatrical Market Statistics report released today. (It’s available here.) Theaters worldwide generated $38.6 billion in ticket sales, a new high but up just 0.5% from 2015. MPAA Chief Chris Dodd said in a briefing on the report that Millennials in North America increasingly went to the movies while the global business is… »


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‘Beauty And The Beast’ Makes Room For $222M Offshore, $429M Ww On Tuesday

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While it continues to break records domestically, Disney's Beauty and the Beast clocked another $18.2M at the international box office Tuesday. The offshore cume is now $222.3M, with global at $428.5M. That sets the Bill Condon-directed live-action fairy tale on course to hit $500M global this week. The overseas Tuesday was 10% of the initial weekend frame. As previously noted, the update on the 1991 animated classic is comping well to last year's The Jungle Book, which… »


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Veteran Producer Tom McNulty To Head The Exchange’s New Production Division

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Veteran producer Tom McNulty, whose credits include The Spectacular Now and Date Night, has been hired by The Exchange to launch the company's first development and production division. "By bringing Tom on, we are taking a big step toward our feature film production and development goals," said The Exchange founder Brian O'Shea. "We had such a great experience with Tom on The Spectacular Now it was easy to see him as part of the team. Tom's taste is exceptional, his… »


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Peter Bart: Donald Trump Turmoil – It’s Like ‘Being There’ All Over Again

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"I like to watch." In uttering that line in the 1979 movie Being There, Chauncey Gardiner (Peter Sellers) was confessing his addiction to television. Now we have Donald Trump, who also likes to watch, except he watches Fox News and believes it; that gets him into trouble — witness the Comey hearings. Of course, Chauncey could neither read nor write, but his ignorance brought him great wealth and power. Sound familiar? I invoke Chauncey mainly because the line between… »


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