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Will The Sleeping Box Office Giant Wake Up For Tarantino? Let’s Hope

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Will The Sleeping Box Office Giant Wake Up For Tarantino? Let’s Hope
When will the Sleeping Giant wake up?

In the second half of every year for the past 10, the grown-up audience has opened its eyes, stretched its legs and gone to the movies in numbers big enough to make a certified hit of at least one non-animated, not-too-scary, non-sequel drama.

If ascent to the year-end box office Top 15 is a fair though somewhat arbitrary measure of hit status, the giant — who rarely rises in the first half for anything but action, comedy and the occasional fright drama like Us or Get Out — has consistently delivered. But not on a reliable schedule.

Last year, A Star Is Born, released on October 5, and Bohemian Rhapsody, which followed on November 2, both made the Top 15 with help from that large, 40-and-older audience, which manages to account for about 42% of domestic ticket sales, despite its seasonal habits. The year before, only Dunkirk, released on July 21, made the cut.
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Film News Roundup: Mark Damon’s Dcr Finance Receives $25 Million Investment

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Film News Roundup: Mark Damon’s Dcr Finance Receives $25 Million Investment
In today’s film news roundup, Mark Damon receives an investment from Cinevideotech, Hollywood publicists set their awards show, Rob Zombie’s “3 From Hell” and a 9/11 documentary “You Are Here” get release dates.

Investment

Mark Damon’s Dcr Finance Corp., co-headed with financer Adi Cohen and producer Jordi Rediu, has received a $25 million investment from Cinevideotech Inc., Variety has learned exclusively.

The fund’s first investment will be the P&a for Vietnam War drama “The Last Full Measure,” which Roadside Attractions will release on Oct. 25. The film stars Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, with Ed Harris and Samuel L. Jackson and is directed by Todd Robinson. Damon produced “The Last Full Measure” through his Foresight banner and is also handling worldwide sales.

Film entrepreneur Egon Stephan heads Cinevideotech. Damon’s credits include “2 Guns” and “Lone Survivor.”

The deal was orchestrated and brokered by 444 Film Group and Financing Dreams Today founder,
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Emile Hirsch Boards Emmett-Furla-Oasis Films’ ‘Force Of Nature’ Opposite Mel Gibson

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Emile Hirsch Boards Emmett-Furla-Oasis Films’ ‘Force Of Nature’ Opposite Mel Gibson
Exclusive: Emile Hirsch is joining Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films’ Force of Nature which stars Mel Gibson.

Hirsch will play a cop who must protect the remaining residents of a building in the midst of a hurricane evacuation while violent criminals attempt to pull off a mysterious heist within the structure. Gibson plays a stubborn retired detective who refuses to evacuate and fights back when the thieves show up at his doorstep.

Force of Nature will mark the second collaboration between Hirsch, and producers Randall Emmett, and George Furla as the trio previously enjoyed critical and commercial success with Peter Berg’s hit Lone Survivor in 2013 ($155M WW B.O.). Hirsch will next be seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood opening on July 26 from Sony.

Michael Polish is directing and it’s his third collaboration with Emmett/Furla. Christian Mercuri’s Bluebox International, a division of
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Cannes: Israeli War Story ‘Angels in the Sky’ Bought by Mark Damon (Exclusive)

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Cannes: Israeli War Story ‘Angels in the Sky’ Bought by Mark Damon (Exclusive)
Producer Mark Damon, whose credits include “2 Guns” and “Lone Survivor,” has bought the film and television rights for Israeli war story “Angels in The Sky” in a pre-Cannes Film Festival deal.

Damon, the co-head of Dcr Finance Fund and Foresight Unlimited, will executive produce with Dcr Finance Fund as primary financial backer. Damon will partner with former Paramount Pictures executives Mike Flint and Jerry Meadors along with Mark Lansky, an investment specialist who is the nephew of Meyer Lansky. Flint is the producer.

Foresight and Dcr will launch sales at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, which opens May 14. Peter Dekom is the project’s legal consultant.

The 2017 book, written by Bob Gandt, dramatizes the 1948 conflict in the Middle East immediately after the state of Israel was formed, which triggered a nine-month war waged by five Arab nations. About 150 overseas pilots and their crews, dubbed the Machal, made up most
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Dcr Finance Corp Launches $100M Film Fund, With ‘The Last Full Measure’ First On Its List

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Exclusive: Dcr Finance Corp has launched a a $100 million film and media fund that will be used to finance small to midsize films across Europe and the U.S., with the goal to help filmmakers complete their movies and land distribution.

The first pic to receive funds will be Roadside Attractions’ The Last Full Measure, the upcoming Todd Robinson Vietnam War drama based on a true story and starring Sebastian Stan. Dcr will invest in the P&A for the pic, which has an October 25 release date after Roadside acquired the film in Toronto.

The film is produced by Foresight Unlimited chairman Mark Damon, who will now join the Dcr board along with producer Jordi Rediu. Dcr Finance Corp, a New York- and Los Angeles-based media finance firm that specializes in equity investments and entertainment funding, was founded by venture capitalist Adi Cohen, who also a producer on Last Full Measure.
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Mark Wahlberg, Connie Britton to Star in ‘Good Joe Bell’ From ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Scribes (Exclusive)

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Mark Wahlberg, Connie Britton to Star in ‘Good Joe Bell’ From ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Scribes (Exclusive)
Mark Wahlberg, Connie Britton and Reid Miller are set to star in “Monsters and Men” helmer Reinaldo Marcus Green’s drama “Good Joe Bell,” from “Brokeback Mountain” screenwriters Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry.

Wahlberg will play real-life Oregonian father Joe Bell, who sets out on a walk across the United States with his son, Jadin (Miller). Production is set to start on April 15 in Utah.

Producers on the pic are Daniela Taplin Lundberg of Stay Gold, Riva Marker and Jake Gyllenhaal of Nine Stories, Eva Maria Daniels of Vision Chaos, Cary Fukunaga of Parliament Of Owls, Ryan Ahrens of Argent Pictures, as well as Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson.

Argent Pictures and Hercules Film Fund are co-financing the film, with Argent Pictures’ Jill Ahrens, Ben Renzo, Tony Parker, Derick Brooks, Michael Finley and Drew Brees executive producing. Ossana and McMurtry will also executive produce. Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis, Terry Dougas and Jean-Luc De Fanti
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John Abraham: Wave of patriotic films is worth it

There's a thin line that divides patriotism from jingoism. But as Bollywood is riding on a high tide of films with nationalistic themes, actor John Abraham, who plays a spy in thriller "Raw", says it's totally worth it to have a stream of movies on what people need to see in the current socio-political environment. "Patriotism is something that you must feel in your heart, and you project it in a certain sensitive, credible, sensible and responsible way in your storytelling. Jingoism is when you wear that on your sleeve. I think there may be some films that may go over the top in trying to be opportunistic, but if there is a wave of films that do address what the country needs to see at this point of time, I feel it's absolutely worth it," John told Ians over phone from London.

Uri: The Surgical Strike, Raazi, Manikarnika: The
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Chris Cornell Documentary Produced by Brad Pitt in the Works

A new documentary chronicling the life of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell is in the works, according to a report in Variety. Peter Berg — best known for the films Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon — will direct. It will be produced by Cornell’s widow Vicky along with Brad Pitt, Berg’s partner in the production company Film 45.

Last month, Cornell’s life and music was honored at the I Am the Highway tribute concert in Los Angeles. It features an incredible lineup of artists, including the Foo Fighters, Metallica, Miley Cyrus,
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SNL Creator Lorne Michaels is Producing a Film Based on The Navy Seal Who Killed Osama bin Laden

Lorne Michaels is best known for creating and producing the comedy sketch series Saturday Night Live. He has also produced several films and TV shows, most of which deal with comedy. But his next project is something very different. It doesn’t sound like it’s going to be very funny at all. But, it does sound like it’s going to be good!

Michaels will be producing a film with Universal Pictures that will tell the story of Navy Seal Rob O’Neill, the man who killed Osama bin Laden. The movie will be based on the biography he wrote called The Operator, which is a memoir of O’Neill’s life and service, but it specifically recounts the experience of killing the terrorist leader.

Here’s the official synopsis for the book:

This instant New York Times bestseller—“a jaw-dropping, fast-paced account” (New York Post) recounts Seal Team
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Universal and Lorne Michaels Developing Movie About Navy Seal Who Killed Osama bin Laden

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Universal and Lorne Michaels Developing Movie About Navy Seal Who Killed Osama bin Laden
Universal Pictures and Lorne Michaels’ production company, Broadway Video, have purchased the feature film rights to “The Operator,” a book by former Navy Seal Robert O’Neill about how he fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The full title of the New York Times bestselling book is “The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a Seal Team Warrior.” Michael Russell Gunn, who is currently a supervising producer on “Billions,” is adapting the screenplay.

“SNL” boss Michaels is producing the film, with Erin David and Sammy Perlmutter overseeing for Broadway Video, and Kristin Lowe and Mika Pryce overseeing for Universal. O’Neill is also executive producing.

Based on his accounts in “The Operator,” O’Neill had been
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Sarah Aubrey Named Head of Original Content for WarnerMedia; Brett Weitz Upped to Gm of TBS, TNT

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TNT’s executive vice president of original programming Sarah Aubrey has been named the head of original content for WarnerMedia Streaming Service.

Kevin Reilly, president of TBS and TNT and chief creative officer for Turner and WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer, made the announcement on Thursday.

In addition, Reilly also named Brett Weitz general manager for TBS and TNT. Weitz was previously executive vice president of programming for TBS.

Aubrey joined TNT in 2015 as a member of the new executive team under Reilly and was responsible for overseeing all development and production of original and limited series. Prior to joining TNT, she was a television and film producer. She partnered with Peter Berg in their production company, Film 44, where she produced such projects as the acclaimed film and television series “Friday Night Lights,” the hit film “Lone Survivor,” and the HBO series “The Leftovers.” She also produced the hit comedy Bad Santa
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Great Actor/Director Collaborations of the 21st Century

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Filmmaking is perhaps the greatest collaborative artform in the modern world. It may take a village to raise a child, but it certainly takes an army to bring a film to the big screen. Despite the illusory apex of the auteur the very best filmmakers are those who embrace the ensemble, both in front of and behind the camera. Just as any artist will search the creative landscape for their muse, so too have film directors discovered leading actors with whom they spark, creating something truly special together.

Johns Wayne and Ford made soulful, searching epics together, the many films of Akira Kurosawa would have been far less luminous had he never met and cast the great Toshirô Mifune. When Pedro Almodóvar met Penélope Cruz did they know what cinematic electricity would fly when she appeared in front of his camera? Maybe not. But it is these collaborations between the
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Second Million Dollar Screenplay Contest Unveiled

Second Million Dollar Screenplay Contest Unveiled
Producers Jason Shuman (Rebel in the Rye, Lone Survivor) and Zachary Green have unveiled plans for their second $1 million screenplay competition, The Launch, aimed at college and university students worldwide.

With their latest search for the next generation of screenwriters set to get underway Friday and run through April 30, the winners will be announced July 7. The Launch will award $100,000 education grants to eight finalists.

The grand prize winner will see his or her screenplay produced as a feature film with a budget of at least $1 million.

The Launch's first competition saw USC student Stanley ...
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Agc Nabs English-Language Remake Rights To Hit Argentine Comedy ‘Ten Days Without Mom’

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Exclusive: Stuart Ford’s Agc Studios has nabbed English-language remake rights to hit Argentine family-comedy Mama Se Fue Viaje (10 Days Without Mom) from Buenos Aires sales outfit FilmSharks.

Agc will finance and produce the remake under the title 10 Days Without Mom with a screenplay from writing-producing team Eduardo Cisneros (Instructions Not Included) and Jason Shuman (Bangkok Dangerous).

The 2017 feature, produced by Disney-backed Patagonik, tells the story of a mom who takes off on a solo holiday sending her family into chaos as the father tries to take over the household duties. Diego Peretti starred in the original, which was directed by Ariel Winograd. The film took more than $10M in South America, accounting for a huge 1.8M tickets. It was picked up by HBO Latino for U.S. and North American pay TV and Svod.

Cisneros was an associate producer on Eugenio Derbez’s box office smash Instructions Not Included,
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2019 Cinema Audio Society Awards nominations: Oscar frontrunner ‘A Star is Born’ plus ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘First Man’ …

2019 Cinema Audio Society Awards nominations: Oscar frontrunner ‘A Star is Born’ plus ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘First Man’ …
The Cinema Audio Society Awards nominees for Best Sound Mixing are: “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “First Man,” “A Quiet Place” and “A Star is Born.” Historically, only about two-thirds of the Csa nominees go on to contend at the Oscars. However, we are predicting that all five of this year’s guild nominees will go on to reap Oscar bids for Best Sound Mixing. “A Star is Born” is our overwhelming frontrunner to win both awards.

Predict Oscar nominations now; change them till January 22

This year’s Cas nominees for sound mixing in an animated feature are: “The Grinch,” “The Incredibles 2,” “Isle of Dogs,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” And the documentary feature contenders are: “Fahrenheit 11/9,” “Free Solo,” “Quincy” and two films directed by Morgan Neville, “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

On the TV front, the
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Ben Foster Communicates Powerfully Without Words In ‘Leave No Trace’

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Ben Foster Communicates Powerfully Without Words In ‘Leave No Trace’
Ben Foster is pacing Manhattan trying to ignore the clamor. “Sorry about all the sirens!” he groans apologetically. He’s just gotten home from starring as 14th Century general Jan Žižka in the biopic Medieval, hyped as Czechoslovakia’s biggest blockbuster to date, and Foster just wanted to stroll around to appreciate the holiday lights and squirrels “and ambulances,” he jokes.

Foster’s a long way from the Oregon forest where he shot Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace, a haunting, based-on-a-true-story drama about a survivalist veteran who has trained his teenage daughter to live with him in the forest. You sense Foster wouldn’t mind teleporting across the country for an hour of quiet. Then again, finding his own quiet is one of his strengths as an actor, not to mention as a human being dealing with modern chaos. At 4, Foster’s parents, two hippies raising a family in Fairfield,
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Film Review: ‘American Renegades’

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Those in need of a shot of testosterone for Christmas just might make do with “American Renegades,” though it’s unlikely this knucklehead adventure will do much better Stateside than in the various territories it’s played over the last 18 months. Release-delayed from the start, the international co-production offers a particularly dumb kind of gung-ho Ugly Americanism that would have seemed odd for a primarily European enterprise when filming started in early 2015 — and seems even more so given political shifts since.

Having so far purportedly earned back just a tiny fraction of a budget said to be in the high eight figures, this tale of Navy SEALs seeking hidden Nazi gold during the Balkan Wars a quarter-century ago was a terrible idea on many levels. Still, it’s smoothed over to an extent by the sheer glossy expense of big if uninspired action-movie packaging. EuropaCorp is launching on 10 U.S.
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‘Bad Boys’ Sequel Adds Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig and ‘Riverdale’s’ Charles Melton (Exclusive)

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‘Bad Boys’ Sequel Adds Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig and ‘Riverdale’s’ Charles Melton (Exclusive)
Alexander Ludwig, Vanessa Hudgens, and Charles Melton are on board to join Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Sony’s “Bad Boys 4 Life,” sources tell Variety.

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are on hand to direct the sequel from a script by Peter Craig with Joe Carnahan also doing a rewrite. Chris Bremmer is the current writer.

Jerry Bruckheimer returns as producer. Doug Belgrad will also produce, as will Smith. Barry Waldman, Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, and James Lassiter are executive producers.

Hudgens, Ludwig, and Melton play a modern, highly specialized police unit that collides with the old school Bad Boys (Smith and Lawrence) when a new threat emerges in Miami. The pic will go before cameras next month and is slated for theatrical release Jan. 17, 2020.

Joe Pantoliano is on board to return as Captain Howard.

Sources tell Variety that Smith and Lawrence had been doing chemistry tests with
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No film has won acting and stunt ensemble prizes at the SAG Awards — can ‘Black Panther’ do it?

No film has won acting and stunt ensemble prizes at the SAG Awards — can ‘Black Panther’ do it?
Black Panther” is one of two films up for ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards that did not receive an individual acting nomination. But unlike “Crazy Rich Asians,” it does have an additional nomination elsewhere: stunt ensemble. And if “Black Panther” wins both categories, it’d be the first film to do so.

Since the stunt ensemble category was added to the SAG Awards at the 14th ceremony, which aired in 2008, only one other film has been nominated in both ensemble races, “Les Miserables” (2012); it lost stunts to “Skyfall” and acting to “Argo.” Overlap between the two categories is rare since the stunt category, obviously, favors action blockbusters and tentpoles, and those seldom get singled out for their casts’ acting prowess. Past stunt ensemble winners include inaugural champ “The Bourne Ultimatum” (2007), “Star Trek” (2009), “Lone Survivor” (2013) and reigning champ “Wonder Woman” (2017).

But “Black Panther” is continuing to defy the odds
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Taylor Kitsch is Set To Play a Family-Oriented Drug Dealer in a New HBO Drama

For the most part, I’ve enjoyed Taylor Kitsch’s work, so I was happy to see that he is set to star in and executive produce a new drama series at HBO.

There’s no title for the series yet, but Kitsch will take on the role of a character named Chris Klug, “a young, family-oriented, drug dealer who catches the wrong end of a bad batch of dope that leaves him in a temporary vegetative state. He discovers that it was no accident and someone close to him was in fact trying to take him out.”

It’s said that the story will be told through flashbacks and Chris’ present-day purgatory. I like the concept behind the series and there’s no doubt that it’s going to be filled with all kinds of frustrations, especially with the main character being in a vegetative state not being able to do anything.
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