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Roadside Attractions Picks Up 'Forever My Girl' for October Release

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Roadside Attractions has acquired domestic distribution rights to Ld Entertainment's Forever My Girl, which is set to hit theaters nationwide on Oct. 27.

Directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf, Forever My Girl is based on the novel of the same name by Heidi McLaughlin. The movie tells the story of a country music superstar (Alex Roe) who left his bride (Jessica Rothe) at the altar years earlier in order to chase fame and fortune instead. When he returns to his hometown for the funeral of his high school best friend, he is suddenly faced with the consequences of all that he »


- Pamela McClintock

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'Star Wars': The Impossible Task Facing 'Episode IX'

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Star Wars: Episode IX is a movie that already feels potentially doomed to failure, at least in one respect.

That's not necessarily a statement on the quality of the finished film — a movie that, after all, hasn't even started shooting. (Indeed, it's a movie that is still in the rewriting process, according to comments made by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy at the recent Star Wars Celebration event). In terms of objective quality, there's every possibility that it could be the best movie of the current core trilogy of films launched with 2015's The Force Awakens.

It's also not a »


- Graeme McMillan

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Madonna Appears to Criticize Unauthorized Biopic: "Only I Can Tell My Story"

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A day after Universal acquired the rights to Black List script Blond Ambition, which tracks Madonna's early career, the singer took to social media to express her misgivings.

"Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen," Madonna wrote Tuesday in a pointed Instagram post, which was paired with a photo of the superstar from early in her career. "Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society."

The screenplay from newcomer Elyse Hollander »


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'Thumper': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

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Jordan Ross’ debut feature Thumper proves timely in its depiction of an economically ravaged suburban California community whose young people have increasingly turned to drugs. Unfortunately, the film, receiving its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, turns out to be a routine crime-driven tale featuring all-too familiar characters and situations. The hand of executive producer Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Beasts of No Nation) is evident in the gritty, atmospheric tension permeating the proceedings, but Thumper fails to overcome its numerous clichés.

The storyline revolves around Kat (Eliza Taylor), a new student at a high school in a town that’s »


- Frank Scheck

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'Psychopaths': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

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Toward the end of Mickey Keating’s latest horror film, the narrator apologizes “if the violence was too gratuitous and the story was too ambiguous.” It’s a kind enough gesture, really, even if it threatens to make the role of film critic superfluous. Nonetheless, it comes as too little, too late for Psychopaths, receiving its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.  

Keating — a rising star in the indie horror film world thanks to such cult favorites as Carnage Park and Darling — goes for broke here. The pic doesn’t so much feature a narrative as a series of »


- Frank Scheck

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Nantucket Film Festival: 'The Big Sick,' Al Gore's 'Inconvenient Sequel' Set for Opening, Closing Night Screenings

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A number of high-profile Sundance and Tribeca films will get screenings at the Nantucket Film Festival, which announced its opening and closing night and centerpiece films as well as its full feature program.

Lionsgate/Amazon Studios' Sundance sensation The Big Sick will be the opening night film. The rom-com was directed by Michael Showalter and written by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, based on Gordon and Nanjiani's real-life relationship.

Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth sequel, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, will serve as the closing night film. An Inconvenient Sequel, which also premiered »


- Hilary Lewis

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'The Public Image Is Rotten': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

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While his fellow Sex Pistol Sid Vicious went with the tried-and-true path to Rock Myth status, dying early, Johnny Rotten took a different route — ditching the band at the peak of its fame, returning to his birth name to front a new group whose roster rarely stayed the same for long. A cult band that never became a household name or acquired Pistols-level notoriety, his Public Image Ltd is celebrated in Tabbert Fiiller's The Public Image Is Rotten. A serviceable introduction for those with a passing knowledge of the band or none at all, it will be unconvincing for »


- John DeFore

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Will Smith in Talks to Star in Clone Assassin Movie 'Gemini Man' for Ang Lee (Exclusive)

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Will Smith is in negotiations to star in Gemini Man, Skydance’s high-concept action thriller based on one of Hollywood’s long-unproduced scripts.

Ang Lee is in negotiations to direct the project, which is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

The story centers on an aging assassin who finds himself in a battle with the ultimate opponent: his clone, who is 25 years younger and at the peak of his abilities.

The project was first set up at Disney in 1997 as a pitch by Darren Lemke, with Don Murphy producing and Tony Scott directing. While always popular with execs, in »


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Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner in Talks to Voice Timon and Pumbaa in New 'Lion King'

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Jon Favreau's Lion King may have found its Hakuna Matata. Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner are in talks to voice Pumbaa and Timon, respectively. 

Donald Glover is set to star as Simba, while James Earl Jones will reprise his role from the 1994 animation as Mufasa.

Jeff Nathanson (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) wrote the script for the live-action adaptation, which is being produced by Favreau and Jeffrey Silver.

In the original animation, Nathan Lane voiced the loud-mouth meerkat and Ernie Sabella tackled the kindly warthog. 

Rogen, who has voiced animated characters in films including Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens and last year's Sausage »


- Mia Galuppo

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Adam Sandler, Chris Rock to Star in Netflix's 'The Week Of'

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Adam Sandler and Chris Rock are set to star in Netflix's The Week Of, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The Grown Ups actors will reunite in the comedy directed by frequent Happy Madison collaborator Robert Smigel, who co-wrote the script with Sandler. It centers on the week before a wedding in which their characters' kids get married. The film will begin production in Long Island, New York this summer, and debut on Netflix globally in 2018.

Sandler and Allen Covert will produce for Happy Madison, with Barry Bernardi and Tim Herlihy serving as executive producers.

The Week Of is the final title »


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Blumhouse Inks Multiyear Co-Financing Deal With China's Meridian

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Blumhouse Productions is getting some extra funds thanks to Meridian Entertainment. 

The Jason Blum-headed production company has inked a multiyear film financing agreement with the Chinese company, which will cover all production outside of Blumhouse's existing overall deal with Universal.

Blumhouse has had a massive first quarter, with two major box-office successes in M. Night Shyamalan's Split and Jordan Peele's Get Out, the latter of which pulled in $170 million at the domestic box office. The banner's busy upcoming slate includes the fourth installment in the Purge franchise and the Ethan Hawke starrer Stockholm.

The first project that will be funded under »


- Mia Galuppo

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'Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

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Even a fairly serious classic-Hollywood buff could be forgiven for not knowing much about Hedy Lamarr, an actress whose beauty was far more impressive than her filmography. But as Alexandra Dean's eye-opening Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story shows, Lamarr's films were far from the most interesting thing about her. An entertaining argument that we should view the Austrian immigrant as an ahead-of-her-time woman trapped by the mores of the 1940s and '50s, the doc has art house appeal and afterward would make a wonderful fit for TCM, whose late host Robert Osborne (a close friend of the star's) makes several »


- John DeFore

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How 'Permission' Is Preparing Rebecca Hall for Her Directorial Debut (Q&A)

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In Permission, Rebecca Hall stars opposite Dan Stevens as a woman who, though content with her long-term beau, tries out an open relationship. The Brian Crano dramedy — premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, where Wme and Film Constellation are handling sales — tackles the predicaments of marriage, starting a family and staying together amid disruptions. It also marks Hall’s debut as a producer.

It’s all part of the long game for the Christine and The Dinner actress, who has been penning scripts and steadily readying for her directorial debut. Hall chats with The Hollywood Reporter about acting in a movie »


- Ashley Lee

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Wes Anderson's Stop-Motion 'Isle of Dogs' Gets Release Date

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Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs is just a year away.

Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush will release the stop-motion title on April 20, 2018. It will open opposite the wide releases of Universal's comedy The Pact — directed by Kay Cannon and starring John Cena and Leslie Mann — and Warner Bros./New Line's Rampage, Brad Peyton's action flick starring Dwayne Johnson.

Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy in search of his dog. Its voice cast includes many Anderson staples, including Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton, along with Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, Greta »


- Ashley Lee

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'Star Wars: Episode IX' Sets Summer 2019 Release Date

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Disney and Lucasfilm have booked a date in theaters for Colin Trevorrow's Star Wars: Episode IX — May 24, 2019.

The studio also announced a slew of other high-profile moves. Disney is pushing back the release of the next Indiana Jones movie by a full year, from July 19, 2019, to July 10, 2020, in order to make way for the studio's live-action The Lion King, which gets the July 19 date, while Frozen 2 will hit theaters Nov. 27, 2019.

Little is known about Episode IX, which has a script being written by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. Earlier this »


- Pamela McClintock

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WGA Talks Resume: Inside the Offers (and Counteroffers) on the Table

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As talks between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers resume Tuesday, two divergent paths have come into sharp focus: In one direction lies a strike as early as May 2 by a guild emboldened by an overwhelming 96.3 percent strike authorization tally achieved Monday, while down the other path lies a deal that the two sides have been edging towards inside the bargaining room.

That latter journey takes places behind closed doors, but sources provided The Hollywood Reporter with detailed descriptions of the latest offer made by the AMPTP and the WGA’s »

- Jonathan Handel

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Tom McCarthy in Talks to Direct 'Timmy Failure' for Disney (Exclusive)

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Tom McCarthy, who directed the Oscar-winning drama Spotlight, is in negotiations to co-write and direct Timmy Failure, Walt Disney Studios’ live-action adaptation of the children’s book by Stephan Pastis.

Jim Whitaker, who produced Pete’s Dragon and just wrapped the adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time for the studio, is producing the adventure project.

The popular Failure book series centers on the titular hero, an 11-year old boy who believes he is the best detective in town and runs the great detective agency, Total Failure Inc. with his partner, a 1,200-pound (and imaginary) polar bear. He also has a sidekick named »


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Box Office: 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Could Rake in $100M in Overseas Bow

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The gang is back in theaters.

Director James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 begins rolling out overseas on Tuesday, more than a week ahead of its debut in North America, where it kicks off the summer box office on May 5.

Tracking suggests the quirky superhero tentpole, from Disney and Marvel Studios, could approach or top $100 million from its first 58 foreign territories. Major markets include Australia, France, Germany, Brazil, the U.K. and Mexico.

When comparing previous Marvel debuts in the same suite of markets at today's exchange rates, 2013's Iron Man 3 debuted to $141.4 »


- Pamela McClintock

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Roman Polanski's Victim Writes Scathing Letter to Da Amid State Bar Complaint

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Roman Polanski's pending motion before judge Scott Gordon has been continued to June — but it was still an interesting morning Tuesday in the downtown courtroom, featuring both the victim's complaints and talk of an unofficial copy of a sealed transcript that's apparently making the rounds.

Polanski's attorney Harland Braun is trying to clear the way for the 83-year-old Rosemary's Baby director to return to the U.S. without serving more time behind bars for the 1977 rape of a teen girl. Polanski fled, claiming that the judge at the time planned to increase his sentence from 90 days to »


- Ashley Cullins

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Judge Asked to Disqualify Universal's Law Firm From 'Straight Outta Compton' Suit

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After a brief pause, thanks to the death of the plaintiff, former N.W.A manager Jerry Heller's defamation lawsuit over Universal's Straight Outta Compton is again live. The first order of business is a motion that aims to kick Universal's attorneys at Greenberg Traurig off the case.

Heller died in September at the age of 75 after a career where he worked with artists including Creedence Clearwater Revival, Marvin Gaye, Pink Floyd, Elton John and Kraftwerk. He's foremost known for his collaboration with N.W.A's Eazy-e, where the two began Ruthless Records and helped mainstream gangsta rap.

But before he died, Heller didn't appreciate Paul »


- Eriq Gardner

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