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Nicole Brown To Lead TriStar In Wake Of Hannah Minghella Exit To Bad Robot

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In the wake of TriStar boss Hannah Minghella heading to lead Bad Robot’s film department, Sony Motion Pictures Group Chairman Tom Rothman this morning promptly announced that TriStar Evp Nicole Brown will be taking over the division, an organic order of progression. Brown came to TriStar from Good Universe six years ago as Svp.

Brown’s career in the independent world focused on discovering new talent and working with first time directors like Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Drew Barrymore, Lorene Scafaria and Diablo Cody. At Good Universe she served as Evp of Production, and executive produced Rogen comedies including This Is The End in addition to developing features like Last Vegas and Neighbors.

Here is Rothman’s email to staff:

Dear colleagues,

I want to make you aware of some changes affecting our TriStar label.

After 14 terrific years of dedicated service to the company, Hannah Minghella will be
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‘Jexi,’ CBS Films’ Final Movie, Premieres in Los Angeles

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‘Jexi,’ CBS Films’ Final Movie, Premieres in Los Angeles
Adam DeVine‘s co-star in the new comedy “Jexi” is a cell phone, more specifically, a virtual assistant voiced by Rose Byrne.

At the film’s premiere on Thursday in Los Angeles, DeVine told Variety that during filming, for timing, he listened through a crackling earpiece to another actress reading Byrne’s lines.

“It was hard [acting opposite the phone] because it was before [Byrne] recorded,” he said. “It was much harder than it [looks], because half the time those ear pods don’t work as well as you want them to.”

Co-director Jon Lucas told Variety of the scene anatomy, “We had a lot of ideas about how the sound would work. Then our sound guy was like those are all terrible ideas. He was 100% correct, and we were 100% wrong. … Frankly, there were times when [Adam] would just take the earbud out and do the whole scene, his side of the scene, without ever hearing anyone talking.
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The Best Movies Set in Las Vegas

Introduction

Las Vegas, which is one of the most populated cities in the United States, is Spanish for ‘the Meadows’ even though it hardly resembles a meadow today, it is known all over the world as the hub of the gambling and casino. This is the place where people visit from all over the world to seek fame and fortune. Whenever you see the iconic lights and casinos such as The Venetian, The Bellagio or Caesars Palace you know exactly where you are, and you instantly familiarise yourself with the associations. Even with today’s growth in online casinos and with fantastic software for classic games like online slots and online blackjack, Vegas is still the epicentre. The films below feature all the instantly recognisable facets of the Las Vegas Strip.

The Hangover (2009)

The Hangover is a comedy film starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. This is the
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Bautista Takes on Action Thriller Traphouse from Fast & Furious Creator

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Bautista Takes on Action Thriller Traphouse from Fast & Furious Creator
Dave Bautista's film career is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The Guardians of the Galaxy star is teaming up with Signature Films once again for the upcoming action thriller Traphouse. Bautista is set to produce and star in the film. It will be the second joint venture between the production company and the retired WWE wrestler. The two had previously produced last year's Final Score starring Bautista and Pierce Brosnan.

Traphouse is a project Dave Bautista has been working on for years. It follows an undercover DEA agent and his partner who embark on a game of cat and mouse with a surprising group of thieves - their own rebellious teenagers. The audacious teens have begun robbing from a dangerous cartel by using their parents' tactics and top-secret intel. The script will come from Fast & Furious creator Gary Scott Thompson, someone Bautista hopes can bring
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Jon Turteltaub To Direct ‘Insane,’ Rise & Fall Of Electronics King ‘Crazy’ Eddie Antar For eOne

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Exclusive: Entertainment One has set Jon Turteltaub to direct Insane, a film based on “Crazy” Eddie Antar, the late consumer electronics king who wound up serving six years in prison for perpetrating one of the greatest securities frauds in history. eOne will finance the project. 21 scribe Peter Steinfeld wrote the script. The project was set by eOne late last year, with an exclusive rights deal has been made with Crazy Eddie’s cousin and co-conspirator Sam E. Antar. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Peter Steinfeld, DeShawn Schneider, Mandy Stein will produce with Sam E. Antar serving as an Associate Producer.

Turteltaub’s credits include most recently the sleeper hit The Meg, Last Vegas, National Treasure, Phenomenon, While You Were Sleeping and Cool Runnings.

Those of a certain age who grew up in the New York metropolitan area had the discount appliance/stereo/TV chain Crazy Eddie burned into their retinas in
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Dan Fogelman Inks Mega New Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox Television

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Dan Fogelman Inks Mega New Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox Television
This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman is staying put at 20th Century Fox TV, signing a massive new five-year deal with the studio behind the hit NBC drama.

Under the pact, Fogelman will continue to help steer This Is Us, which is headed into its fourth season, and develop new series for the studio, now owned by Disney, through his Rhode Island Ave. Productions. (This Is Us has bot been renewed by NBC but that is considered a formality.)

Fogelman was one of the biggest names on 20th TV’s roster to come into play this year. It was important for the studio to step up to keep him and it did so. No one would comment but I hear Fogelman’s new deal is in the nine figures.

This is the latest big overall deal announced by 20th TV since its acquisition by Disney (along with other key 21st Century Fox
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Indiana Jones 5 is Reportedly Being Rewritten By This Is Us Creator and Story Details Revealed For The Previous Draft

Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Indiana Jones 5 was in development last year and that David Koepp (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) was writing the script. Koepp was then replaced by Solo writer Jonathan Kasdan and he started developing a new story from scratch.

Well, now there’s a new report from Making Star Wars that says This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman is the new screenwriter that has been hired to take on the challenge of writing the film. Fogelman also wrote films such as Cars, Last Vegas, Fed Claus, and Life Itself.

Obviously, Lucasfilm wasn’t on board with what Kasdan was looking to do because Fogelman is said to be changing the whole story for the movie that Kasdan was working on. So, what exactly was Kasdan’s Indiana Jones 5 movie going to be about? Well, here’s what the report says:

“My sources
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‘Captain Marvel’ Weekend Two: Capturing Half of All Moviegoers

‘Captain Marvel’ Weekend Two: Capturing Half of All Moviegoers
Captain Marvel” continued its dominance with a $69 million second weekend. The 55 percent second weekend drop is on par with the most recent “Avengers” and “Thor” entries; by contrast, “Wonder Woman” and “Black Panther” each dropped about 44 percent in their second outings.

Of all moviegoers this week, about half went to see “Captain Marvel.” That left the total gross, which will end up somewhat above $140 million, about $10 million above the same weekend last year. That’s two up weekends in a row after a long string of inferior three-day totals. That brings the year-to-date drop to just under 19 percent, with a total take lagging by about $460 million from where things stood in 2018.

The domestic take so far for the Brie Larson starrer is up to $266 million 10 days in, with over $400 million (about where “Wonder Woman” ended up) looking certain. The foreign take of $494 million brings worldwide to $760 million. That makes the
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Sofia Vergara Set For Action Comedy With Neal Moritz’s Original Film

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Exclusive: Sofia Vergara is set to star and produce an untitled project with Original Film. Kyle Pennekamp & Scott Turpel, the duo behind Baywatch and Last Vegas, are set to write. Specific plot is under wraps, but it’s a female ensemble comedy with action.

Neal Moritz is producing with Amanda Lewis executive producing and overseeing for Original Film. Vergara and Luis Balaguer are producing with Rod Carrillo-Lundgren overseeing for Latin World Entertainment.

Vergara is currently shooting her 10th season of the Emmy-winning Modern Family, for which she has been nominated for four Golden Globes and four Emmys. On the film side, she most recently starred in Chef opposite Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr.

Vergara is represented by UTA, Latin World Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham; Pennekamp & Turpel are represented by UTA and McKuin Frankel Whitehead Llp.; Moritz is represented by Behr Abramson Levy.
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'Aquaman' Ready for Fourth Week at #1; 'Dog's Way Home' & 'Upside' Compete for Runner-Up

'Aquaman' Ready for Fourth Week at #1; 'Dog's Way Home' & 'Upside' Compete for Runner-Up
With the new year underway, this weekend sees three new releases vying for a spot in the top ten, though once again not one of them is likely to dethrone Aquaman from the weekend's top spot, which is where WB's latest entry into the DC Extended Universe looks to remain for the fourth straight weekend in a row. As for the week's new releases, Stx will debut The Upside, a remake of 2012's global hit The Intouchables, into over 3,000 theaters; Sony will give family's a new option with A Dog's Way Home; and Entertainment Studios debuts the Keanu Reeves thriller Replicas. At the same time Focus will go nationwide with the release of On the Basis of Sex after two weeks in limited release and Annapurna will do the same with If Beale Street Could Talk. After holding on even better than expected last weekend, look for WB's Aquaman
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Matt Leonetti to lead physical production at Lionsgate motion picture group

Executive shepherded Venom, Jumanji while at Sony.

Matt Leonetti has been named president of physical production for Lionsgate’s motion picture group.

Leonetti will shepherd all areas of physical production for the feature film slate including releases from its Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment labels as well as the Pantelion, Codeblack, Roadside Attractions, and Premiere brands.

Leonetti previously served for five years at Sony Pictures, most recently as executive vice-president of physical production under Andy Davis, where he oversaw production of Venom, Jumanji, Peter Rabbit, and the upcoming Charlie’s Angels.

Prior to Sony, he headed physical production at Good Universe,
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Lionsgate Names Industry Veteran Matt Leonetti Head of Physical Production

  • The Wrap
Lionsgate announced on Thursday that it has appointed Matt Leonetti as the film studio’s new head of physical production.

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group president Nathan Kahane made the announcement, saying Leonetti will lead all areas of physical production for Lionsgate’s feature film slate including releases from its Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment labels and titles from the company’s Pantelion, Codeblack, Roadside Attractions and Premiere brands.

“Matt is a respected and accomplished physical production executive with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working on a number of exciting and successful films,” Kahane said in a statement. “With his strong track record, great talent relationships and tremendous expertise, he will be a key member of the leadership team moving our Motion Picture Group forward in the years to come.”

Also Read: Michael B Jordan Set to Produce, Star in 'The Silver Bear' for Lionsgate

Leonetti previously spent five years at Sony Pictures,
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Lionsgate Taps Matt Leonetti As President Of Physical Production

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Lionsgate has named Sony vet Matt Leonetti as President of Physical Production. He’ll oversee all areas of physical production for the studio’s feature film slate including releases from its Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment as well as Pantelion, Codeblack, Roadside Attractions and Premiere brands.

At Sony, Leonetti served as Evp, Physical Production under Andy Davis, where he oversaw production on such hits as Jumanji, Peter Rabbit, Venom, and the upcoming Charlie’s Angels. Prior to Sony, Leonetti headed Physical Production at Good Universe, where he shepherded such movies as This Is The End, Neighbors, and Last Vegas. Before Good Universe, he was a freelance line producer for eight years, handling titles like Lionsgate/Millennium’s The Expendables and The Mechanic.

“Matt is a respected and accomplished physical production executive with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working on a number of exciting and successful films,” said Kahane. “With his strong track record,
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Lionsgate Renews Idc Output Deal For Latin America

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Lionsgate has renewed its longstanding partnership with Idc for the theatrical distribution of Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment films across Latin America. This is a collaboration that began under Summit in 2005. Since then, Idc has generated over $1.3B at the Latin American box office, propelled by such franchises as the Hunger Games, Twilight Saga, Now You See Me and John Wick; as well as La La Land.

Led by President Pedro Rodriguez, Idc has unique distribution relationships with leading indies across 23 Latin American countries, giving it the flexibility to release both day-and-date with the U.S. as well as opportunistically on a market-by-market basis. The Idc structure also allows it to create marketing, release and promotional strategies in each.

Other successful titles have included Wonder, The Impossible and The Shack; along with acquisitions such as Sinister, Last Vegas, Winchester and Non Stop.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer says, “Pedro Rodriguez and his
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Lionsgate, Idc Renew Distribution Partnership for Latin America

  • Variety
Lionsgate and Idc have renewed their longstanding distribution partnership for Latin American releases of Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment films.

Since the partnership’s formation with predecessor company Summit Entertainment in 2005, Idc has generated over $1.3 billion at the Latin American box office, propelled by the Hunger Games, Twilight Saga, Now You See Me, and John Wick franchises along with “La La Land,” “Wonder,” and “The Impossible.” Idc has also strong performances from acquisitions such as “Sinister,” “Last Vegas,” “Winchester” and “Non Stop.”

Idc has distribution relationships with independents across 23 Latin American countries with the flexibility to release both day-and-date with the U.S. The companies said the Idc structure also allows it to create the marketing, release and promotional strategies in each territory.

“Pedro Rodriguez and his Idc team have done a great job of mining the full potential of the Latin American box office,” said Lionsgate chief executive officer Jon Feltheimer.
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Lionsgate, Idc renew Latin American output deal

Lionsgate, Idc renew Latin American output deal
La La Land, Hunger Games, Wonder among key successes.

Lionsgate has renewed its partnership with Idc for theatrical distribution of Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment films across Latin America.

Since the partnership’s formation with predecessor company Summit Entertainment in 2005, Idc has generated more than $1.3bn at the Latin American box office, propelled by the blockbuster Hunger Games, Twilight, Now You See Me, and John Wick franchises.

Drivers have included La La Land, last year’s breakout Wonder, The Impossible, and The Shack. Idc has also has success with acquisitions such as Sinister, Last Vegas, Winchester, and Non Stop.

Idc’s
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Life Itself movie review: This is ridiculoUS

This Is Us is such a heartwarming, touching family saga, it’s confounding that the creator cannot bring the same qualities to feature film. Crazy Stupid Love was good and he delivered generic studio fare like The Guilt Trip and Last Vegas, but Danny Collins and Life Itself lack understanding of drama and human beings at all. Life Itself relies on dramatic events that feel blatantly contrived and unnatural. It’s shocking because This Is Us reveals stories like this all the time and feels organic. The story of Randall being left at the fire station or William’s letters with Rebecca are […]

The post Life Itself movie review: This is ridiculoUS appeared first on Monsters and Critics.
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Win Movie Merchandise with The Meg

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To celebrate the release of The Meg in cinemas now, we have 3 bundles of merchandise to give away including a shark bite hat, a shark screen cleaner, Meg beach towel, shark shot glasses, white adult unisex tee, waterproof phone case, flashlight key chain, insulated water bottle and a wireless charging pad.

Jason Statham and award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing star in the science fiction action thriller “The Meg,” directed by Jon Turteltaub.

A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the
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‘The Meg’ Film Review: Jason Statham Swims With Really, Really Big Sharks

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‘The Meg’ Film Review: Jason Statham Swims With Really, Really Big Sharks
From its “Oh, God, what was that?” opening to the climactic attack on a crowded beach, “The Meg” dutifully checks off the requisite shark-movie/monster-movie boxes as it clicks along. But because director Jon Turteltaub is more interested in set pieces than in human beings, there’s very little to care about between appearances of the title creature.

But what a creature it is: a prehistoric Megalodon, extinct for 2 million years, that can chomp whales in half makes a worthy adversary. The film makes a convincing case that an underwater research station outfitted with all the latest tech could give this leviathan a fair fight. Between skirmishes, however, there’s some slack pacing over the course of 113 minutes that will leave you longing for the Meg’s return. (The film’s first 30 or 40 minutes offer way too much set-up and not nearly enough shark.)

Billionaire Jack Morris (Rainn Wilson) flies
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Prehistoric Shark Movie ‘The Meg’ Swims Onscreen After Two Decades

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Prehistoric Shark Movie ‘The Meg’ Swims Onscreen After Two Decades
After two decades in the deep waters of development, prehistoric shark actioner “The Meg” is finally ready to swim into the late-summer box office.

Steve Alten, the author of the novel on which the film is based, thought many times over that the project might sink without a ripple. When Alten was 15 in 1975, he became a huge fan of Steven Spielberg’s smash hit “Jaws” — which inspired him to begin exploring the idea of a giant prehistoric shark species somehow surviving in today’s world.

Hollywood has produced plenty of shark movies since “Jaws,” but “Meg” was stuck in development hell for more than two decades. It’s finally being released on Aug. 10, starring Jason Statham, directed by Jon Turteltaub, and written by Dean Georgaris and brothers Jon and Erich Hoeber.

Like “Skyscraper,” which doubled its domestic launch in China, “The Meg” is a part-Chinese production that’s looking to
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