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Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Sets Release Date

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Tyler Perry’s “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” will hit theaters on Oct. 20, Lionsgate announced Thursday.

Written and directed by Perry, the comedy will star himself, Cassi Davis and Patrice Lovely. The film follows Madea and the gang as they venture to a haunted campground and they must literally run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the bogeyman are unleashed.

Boo! A Madea Halloween” earned $28.5 million its opening weekend last October and went on to gross $73 million domestically. It also starred Bella Thorne.

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- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’ Lands at A24 (Exclusive)

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A24 has bought U.S. distribution rights to Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” Variety has learned.

The movie about a homeless family in the Sunshine State premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight. Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (“Platoon”) stars alongside Caleb Landry Jones (“X-Men: First Class”), and newcomers Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite. Baker co-wrote the picture with Chris Bergoch.

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The film enjoyed strong reviews, which sparked interest from multiple bidders. Amazon Studios, Neon, and Annapurna circled the project this week, but some players dropped out after bidding on the micro-indie passed $1 million.

In a favorable notice, Variety’s Owen Gleiberman wrote that Baker’s “follow-up to ‘Tangerine’ is another vibrant tale of the American lower depths, this one rooted in the magic and heartbreak of childhood.”

Baker’s last film, “Tangerine,” was »


- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang

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Cohen Media Closing In On Michel Hazanavicius’ Godard Film ‘Redoubtable:’ Cannes

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Update: That didn’t take long. Cohen Media Group has closed the deal on Redoubtable. I’m attaching the whole press release on the bottom of this morning’s break.

Exclusive, 6:32 AM PST: The Cannes distribution deals are still coming. I hear that Cohen Media Group is nearing a domestic distribution deal for Redoubtable. That’s the Cannes premiere film by The Artist helmer Michel Hazanavicius-directed drama that stars Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, and Berenice Bejo. Florence… »


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‘Baywatch’ Catches Estimated $4.5M Surf, ‘Pirates’ Previews To Come — Box Office Friday AM

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Paramount PicturesBaywatch‘s first day on the beach earned an estimated $4.5M (which includes $1.25M from Wednesday’s previews), according to two industry estimates, as the Memorial Day weekend goes full swing tonight.

The R-rated feature based on the TV show which stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Zac Efron, is now in 3,647 theaters. Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales took to the sea last night at 7 Pm in previews before it sets sail in 4,276… »


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‘Baywatch’ Producer Shares Plans for Film Sequel With Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron (Exclusive)

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Baywatch” has yet to open wide in theaters, but ahead of this weekend’s debut, the team behind the film adaptation is already planning a movie franchise.

Speaking to Variety at a New York City screening of “Baywatch” earlier this week, producer Beau Flynn shared plans for a sequel, which would bring back the cast, including Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, plus writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, who co-wrote the screenplay for the first flick.

“We have an amazing story already,” Flynn told Variety on the red carpet, ahead of the screening on Monday. “We’re bringing back Shannon and Swift who wrote on the first one, and I know Dwayne would be in, I know Zac and all the girls would be. We just have this really cool idea to put them in this whole new world. We would take it overseas.”

Along with Johnson and Efron, “Baywatch,” which »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Eddie Redmayne’s ‘Early Man’ to Be Released by Lionsgate in North America

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Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to Aardman Studios’ upcoming prehistoric comedy adventure “Early Man,” starring Eddie Redmayne.

Directed by Nick Park from a script by Mark Burton and John O’Farrell, the stop-motion movie is co-financed by the U.K.’s Aardman and France’s Studiocanal. It’s a re-team of the companies following 2015’s “Shaun the Sheep.” Lionsgate also handled the domestic distribution for “Shaun the Sheep.”

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer made the announcement during Thursday’s earnings call with Wall Street analysts. “Early Man” opens in the U.K. on Jan. 26 and in the U.S. on Feb. 16.

The film will be released by the Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label. Lionsgate will also represent licensing and merchandising for the film in the U.S.

Redmayne was the first cast member who boarded the toon, set at the dawn of time when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth. »


- Dave McNary

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'Boss Baby 2' With Alec Baldwin to Hit Theaters in Spring 2021

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Alec Baldwin is reuniting with DreamWorks Animation to make The Boss Baby 2.

Universal and Dwa announced the news Thursday. The animated movie will hit theaters on March 26, 2021.

The Boss Baby, about a power-obsessed infant voiced by Baldwin, has been a sleeper hit at the global box office, earning $468.4 million to date. The North American haul is $167 million, while Boss Baby has earned $301.4 million overseas.

The film, opening in theaters on March 21 of this year, coincided with Baldwin's standout ongoing impersonation of President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.

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- Pamela McClintock

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STX Wins Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ for US Distribution

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STX is sitting pretty now that they’re in business with Amy Schumer.

The young mini-major acquired domestic distribution rights to the comedy out of Cannes. The title was repped by UTA Independent Film Group lead Rena Ronson. The package will begin shooting this July in Boston.

Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, screenwriters of films like “Never Been Kissed” and “How to Be Single,” make their directorial debut here.

The announcement, made by STX Films Chairman Adam Fogelson and production head Sam Brown, also disclosed the »


- Matt Donnelly

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'Pirates 5' and 'Baywatch' Set Sail Over Memorial Day Weekend

25 May 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Memorial Day weekend brings two new wide releases to theaters in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Paramount's R-rated comedy Baywatch, the latter of which got a head start on the weekend holding preview screenings last night and arriving nationwide today. Neither are necessarily expected to blow the doors off with Pirates looking to finish well behind the last three films, especially Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which currently holds the Memorial Day opening weekend record of $139.8 million. Meanwhile there are a few questions as to just how high Baywatch will finish as Paramount really could use a win with this one as not one of their four releases this year has managed to hit $45 million domestically. At the top, while it isn't expected to top $100 million for the four day or even the $90.1 million Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides delivered »


- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Universal Developing World War II Disaster Drama ‘Salt to the Sea’

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Universal Pictures is developing a movie based on Ruta Sepetys’ historical novel “Salt to the Sea,” and set up the project with “Transformers” producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

The studio won the rights in an auction. Sepetys is repped by UTA, Steven Malk at Writers House, and attorney Judith Karfiol.

“Salt to the Sea,” a New York Times bestseller published last year by Philomel/Penguin Young Readers Group, centers on four individuals — a Lithuanian nurse, a Prussian apprentice, a 15-year-old Polish girl, and an eager German who adheres to Adolf Hitler’s propaganda — who perished on the Mv Wilhelm Gustloff. The German military transport ship was sunk in January, 1945, by a Soviet submarine in the Baltic Sea while the ship was  evacuating German civilians, Nazi officials, and military personnel from Gdynia.

By one estimate, 9,400 people died, making it the largest loss of life in a single ship sinking in history — more »


- Dave McNary

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Animated ‘Jetsons’ Movie to Lift Off With ‘Sausage Party’ Director

25 May 2017 1:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. has hired “Sausage Party” co-director Conrad Vernon to develop its animated feature “The Jetsons” with an eye to direct.

Vernon’s credits include co-directing “Shrek 2,” “Monsters vs. Aliens” and “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” in addition to the raunchy “Sausage Party” with Greg Tiernan. “Sausage Party” grossed $140 million worldwide on a $19 million budget. Vernon also voiced the Gingerbread Man in the “Shrek” movies.

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Warner Bros. has been trying for several years to move forward on “The Jetsons,” hiring Matt Lieberman to write the script in 2015.

The Hanna-Barbera original animated show aired in primetime on ABC in 1962-63. It was set in 2062 and centered on George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy Jetson along with Rosie the Robot. The series was a Space Age counterpart to Hanna-Barbera’s “The Flintstones.”

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- Dave McNary

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Eva Longoria Joins Anna Faris in ‘Overboard’ Remake

25 May 2017 12:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Eva Longoria has joined the cast of the “Overboard” remake at MGM, sources have confirmed.

The film stars Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez and is based on the 1987 romantic comedy starring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

The remake will be co-directed and written by Rob Greenberg (“How I Met Your Mother”) and Bob Fisher (“We’re the Millers”). Ben Odell and Derbez will produce through their 3Pas Studios.

MGM partnered with Pantelion Films to co-produce, co-finance, and co-distribute the film, with Lionsgate handling domestic theatrical distribution. Production stars this May in Vancouver.

The original movie will be re-imagined with a reversal of the leading roles. The story will focus on a spoiled playboy from one of Mexico’s wealthiest families, portrayed by Derbez, who falls overboard off his yacht. He’s then convinced by Faris’ single, working-class mom that he’s her husband.

Longoria can currently be seen on the »


- Justin Kroll

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout’ Reaction: How Does It Compare to ‘Tower of Terror’?

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In just five days, I have visited Disney World’s new Pandora: The World of Avatar, experienced Universal Orlando’s third theme park Volcano Bay, and the grand opening of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! at Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure. I’ll have more on Volcano Bay and AvatarLand next week, but today, I wanted to […]

The post ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout’ Reaction: How Does It Compare to ‘Tower of Terror’? appeared first on /Film. »


- Peter Sciretta

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Which Festival Debuts In The South Of France Might Travel All The Way To Oscar? — Cannes

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Because of its early calendar spot in the awards game the Cannes Film Festival is not always the best gauge for predicting Oscar success, but many a major nominee has first appeared in Cannes even if its overall importance to the Oscars is nowhere near as key as Telluride, Venice and Toronto can be when they kick off the official awards season in early September. Only one Academy Award winner came out of Cannes last year and that was Iran’s The Salesman for Foreign… »

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Emma Booth Cast In Universal’s ‘Extinction’; Andy Buckley Horror Indie ‘All Light Will End’

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Australian actress Emma Booth is reuniting her Hounds of Love director Ben Young in Universal’s sci-fi thriller Extinction, starring Michael Peña and Lizzy Caplan. Good Universe and Mandeville Films are producing the film, which is slated for release January 26. It follows a man who has a recurring dream of losing his family. His nightmare turns into a reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on brutality and destruction. Fighting for their lives, he comes to… »


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Robin Wright Didn’t Get The Equal Pay She Wanted On ‘House Of Cards’

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“I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public.’ And they did,” Robin Wright proclaimed last spring about finally achieving equal pay to her “House Of Cards” co-star Kevin Spacey, who was reportedly earning $500,000 per episode for the series in 2014, and I’d wager a bit more for the new season. However, when recently asked about her pay raise, Wright admits it didn’t quite work out the way she thought it would.

Continue reading Robin Wright Didn’t Get The Equal Pay She Wanted On ‘House Of Cards’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Shimmer Lake’ Trailer: Another Heist Gone Wrong You’ll Want to See

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Shimmer Lake is one of the funniest thrillers in recent memory. Oren Uziel‘s directorial debut, which plays out in reverse time, has a ton of laugh-out-loud moments to go along with some bloodshed and betrayal. It’s a story of a heist gone wrong in a small town where everybody knows everybody and, from beginning to end, it […]

The post ‘Shimmer Lake’ Trailer: Another Heist Gone Wrong You’ll Want to See appeared first on /Film. »


- Jack Giroux

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Cannes Dispatch #3: Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc; The Florida Project; Good Time

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Cannes, like virtually every other major international film festival showcasing feature-length filmmaking, is largely devoted to cinema that participates in a primarily theatrical mode — dialogue- and performance-driven works that feature subjects with whom we are meant to empathize to some degree. This is an expectation, fused into the medium’s DNA when it was still young, that is embedded in the layout of the festival itself; it’s the world’s largest film market (and therefore tilts mainstream, toward things that can make money), and the prizes it offers — honouring exemplary screenwriting and thespian turns rather than, for example, montage, photography, […] »

- Blake Williams

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Box Office: ‘Pirates’ Sailing to $75 Million, ‘Baywatch’ Can’t Make Memorial Day Waves

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Johnny Depp’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will hook in $75 million during the four-day Memorial Day holiday, early estimates showed on Friday.

Should the number hold, “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which will be playing at 4,276 North America locations, would wind up slightly below recent expectations of about $80 million. The pricey tentpole, with a $230 million budget, was heading for a $26 million opening day on Friday — including $5.5 million from Thursday night previews.

Dwayne Johnson’s “Baywatch,” meanwhile, is struggling to make waves, coming in at the low end of projections. The film generated an estimated $4.5 million on Thursday, which includes $1.25 million from Wednesday night previews. Paramount’s R-rated action-comedy, which is opening in 3,647 North American locations, was expected to make between $32 million and $40 million during the five-day  period, but it’s heading for a finish of less than $30 million.

The fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” — the »


- Dave McNary

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Cannes: Insas Student Valentina Maurel’s ‘Paul Is Here’ Wins Cannes Cinefondation

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Cannes — “Paul Is Here,” from Costa Rica’s Valentina Maurel, a student at Belgium’s Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle et des Techniques de Diffusion (Insas), snagged the First Jury Prize Friday at Cannes Cinefondation on Friday.

Crucially, the First Jury Prize guarantees Maurel presentation of her first feature at the Cannes Festival – a large leg-up when it comes to getting that film made.

The prize was awarded by a jury headed by Romanian 2007 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu (“4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days”). Also on the jury: French actress Clotilde Hesme (“Chocolat”), Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari (“Chevalier”), “Moonlight’s” Barry Jenkins and pioneering Singaporean helmer Eric Khoo (“In the Room”).

“A study of a relationship in crisis, which has complications, which I hope will touch spectators,” Maurel said. her short turns on a girl whose life is turned upside down by the return of Paul. an old flame, »


- John Hopewell

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