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Channing Tatum Pulls ‘Forgive Me’ Film Project From The Weinstein Co.

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Channing Tatum is dissolving his relationship with The Weinstein Co. Amid the wave of accusations of sexual harassment pinned to Harvey Weinstein and recently his brother and TWC co-founder Bob Weinstein, the actor and producer took to social media to announce that he has pulled his project, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, a story dealing with the issue of sexual abuse, from TWC and will no longer work with the company on any future endeavors. “Our lone project in… »


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Johnny Depp Hits Ex-Lawyer With $30M Malpractice Suit While Fighting Ex-Biz Managers

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Johnny Depp looks to be cutting a wider legal swath, now going after his former lawyer while also battling his ex-business managers. In a malpractice complaint filed Tuesday, the Pirates of the Caribbean star is going after Jacob Bloom for $30 million that he says was hauled in improperly in fees and self-dealing related to Depp's dealings with The Management Group. "Mr. Depp trusted and reasonably relied on Defendants, as his attorneys, to handle his legal affairs… »


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Los Angeles On-Location Filming Falls For Third Quarter In A Row

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Despite the state's annual $330 million tax incentives program, on-location filming in greater Los Angeles fell for a third consecutive quarter, dipping 3.5% to 9,455 shoot days in the third quarter of 2017 compared with the same period last year. On-location filming fell 4.7% in the second quarter and a whopping 36.3% in the first quarter. On-location production of feature films, commercials, and TV dramas were the quarter's few bright spots. Everything else was down… »

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Kevin Smith To Donate Dividends From Weinstein-Made Movies To Women In Film

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In response to the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, filmmaker Kevin Smith, whose career was launched and propped by the New York-based mogul, is donating all the residuals going forward from his Miramax and Weinstein Co.-produced canon to the non-profit Women in Film. Women in Film per their mission statement “advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screen industries to achieve parity and transform culture.” The organization monitors… »


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Los Angeles Film Festival Moving To Fall Starting In 2018

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The Los Angeles Film Festival said today that beginning next year the fest will take place in September, setting itself up to be involved in the heated and crowded fall festival season that includes the Telluride, Venice, Toronto and New York film fests. The L.A. fest had been held in June.

The fest, run by Film Independent, said today the 2018 edition will bow in late September; the New York fest this year ran September 28-October 5, which could mean a West Coast-East »


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Melanie Liburd Cast In ‘Brian Banks’ Movie

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Exclusive: Melanie Liburd, who co-stars on Netflix’s Gypsy, has been set to join the cast of Brian Banks, a biopic starring Aldis Hodge and Greg Kinnear. The Tom Shadyac-directed biopic tells the story of Banks (Hodge), an All-American high school football player committed to USC whose life was upended in 2002 when he was falsely accused of rape. Despite maintaining his innocence, Banks was railroaded through the system and sentenced to a decade of prison and… »


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Twitter Policy Changes Under Review: Glorification Of Violence, Unwanted Sexual Advances Targeted

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Protests and boycotts followed Twitter’s blundering overreaction to Rose McGowan last week, when the social-media platform temporarily suspended the actress’s account after she posted a phone number during her ongoing campaign against sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood. Now, CEO Jack Dorsey is going public with a slew of pending policy and enforcement changes. After pledging to “take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them,” Dorsey has… »


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Zac Brown Bands Together With Propagate For Film & TV Deal, Eyes Reality Series

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Country music star Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band fame is teaming with Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens’ Propagate on a deal with Brown’s Southern Reel production company. The plan is to develop and produce projects for TV, film and digital that speaks to Brown’s vision of life in the South. Among the projects in the early stages of development moving forward is a reality series focused on Southern Ground, Brown’s lifestyle brand headquarters. The show will follow the team… »


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‘Mary And The Witch’s Flower’ Sets Special One-Night Event For Nationwide Premiere

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Studio Ponoc is pulling out all the stops for their debut feature Mary and the Witch’s Flower. On January 18, 2018, Studio Ponoc will team with Fathom Events and Gkids for a one-night special event for the film’s national premiere prior to its wide theatrical release. The premiere event will be nationwide in select theaters with showings at 7 Pm (dubbed in English) and 8 Pm (subtitled in English) local time. The event will also feature additional content including an… »


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Billy Nighy, Jack Lowden Step Into ‘Made In Italy’

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Bill Nighy and Jack Lowden (Mary Queen of ScotsDunkirk) are now attached to James D'Arcy's feature screenplay and directorial debut Made In Italy. The comedy, set in Tuscany, is about a bohemian London artist Robert (Nighy), who returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack (Lowden) to make a quick sale of the house they inherited from his late wife. The film is slated to go before the cameras next year in both Tuscany and London. The film was developed by London-based… »


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Retrial! How Dan Gilroy & Denzel Trimmed 12 Minutes Of ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq’ Following Toronto Bow

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Exclusive: The creative team behind the legal thriller Roman J. Israel, Esq is appealing for a retrial. After a Toronto International Film Festival premiere, the drama has been substantially reconfigured by writer/director Dan Gilroy and star Denzel Washington, to become what they feel is a much leaner, tighter and more focused drama. They dropped a dozen minutes from the running time, moved up a key scene, dropped another, and radically changed the musical backdrop. Sony… »


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‘Boo 2!’ To Shut Down Expensive ‘Geostorm’ In Crowded Weekend – Box Office Preview

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For a second weekend in a row, a low-budget movie will take out an exorbitantly-budgeted one for the top spot. Lionsgate’s Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, the sequel to last autumn’s surprise hit, is expected to make $20 million-$25 million in a crowded weekend that includes such wide entries as Warner Bros/Skydance Media’s $120M-plus disaster film Geostorm, Universal/Working Title’s The Snowman, Sony/Black Label Media’s forest firefighter movie Only the Brave »


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Los Angeles City Attorney “Will Prosecute” Harvey Weinstein If Victims Come Forward

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On a day that saw Harvey Weinstein resign from the board of directors at The Weinstein Company amid an ever-growing sexual harassment scandal, the Los Angeles City Attorney is asking victims to contact his office with their stories. “Please come forward so your cases — and justice — can be pursued,” said Mike Feuer on Tuesday as the Lapd requested victims of the Oscar-winning producer to go public. “We take allegations like these very seriously, and where the facts… »


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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Actor Dave Bautista Joins Jaime Foxx In Animated Film ‘Groove Tails’

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Exclusive: Dave Bautista, of Blade Runner 2049 and Guardians of the Galaxy, will lend his voice in multiple roles on the animated action-comedy Groove Tails, which has Jamie Foxx starring and producing. It’s set in a world where mice engage in a competitive street dance competition. How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda 2 animator Cameron Hood is attached to direct the project. Johnny Mack developed the story and wrote the first draft of the script with the most… »


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Vanessa Hudgens & Annaleigh Ashford Board Jennifer Lopez-Starring Film ‘Second Act’

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High School musical alumna Vanessa Hudgens and Masters of Sex actress Annaleigh Ashford have joined Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini in the romantic comedy Second Act, from STXfilms. Peter Segal is attached to direct the pic, which Stx and Lopez, put together, based on an idea by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham, both of whom drafted the screenplay. Said to be along the lines of Lopez’s previous rom-com, Maid In Manhattan, and classic comedy Working Girl, the pic… »


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‘Gotham’s Cory Michael Smith Joins ‘First Man’s Space Crew

17 October 2017 12:10 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Cory Michael Smith is set to play astronaut Roger Chaffee in Damien Chazelle's upcoming Universal astronaut pic First Man.  Chaffee was one of the astronauts in the Apollo program serving as capsule communicator for the Gemini 3 & Gemini 4 missions. In 1967, he died in a fire along with fellow astronauts Virgil (Gus) Grissom and Edward H. White II during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission at what was then the Cape Kennedy Air Force Station Launch… »


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Frank Grillo, Jamie Bell To Topline ‘Donnybrook’; Yolonda Ross Joins ‘Out Of Blue’

17 October 2017 11:59 AM, PDT

Kingdom star Frank Grillo has been tapped to star in brawl film Donnybrook, along with Fantastic Four‘s Jamie Bell, Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), and James Badge Dale (Only The Brave). From writer and director Tim Sutton, the film is an adaptation Frank Bill's 2013 noir novel of the same name. Described as a backwoods version of Fight Club meets No Country For Old Men, the story follows a man, in order to support his family, competes in the Donnybrook, a legendary… »


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Peter Thiel-Backed Legal Startup Offers $100,000 To Women With Weinstein Claims

17 October 2017 11:16 AM, PDT

Peter Thiel-backed startup Legalist is offering a $100,000 “bounty” to anyone who comes forward with legal claims against Harvey Weinstein. The company is extending the financial assistance any woman with what it deems a “valid sexual harassment claim” against the disgraced mogul, who has faced waves of allegations of sexual harassment and abuse spanning three decades. The latest Thiel-Weinstein news comes on the heels of Charles Harder’s exit as Harvey Weinstein’s… »


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Harvey Weinstein Resigns From TWC Board As Termination Ratified In Meeting

17 October 2017 11:05 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company today as his brother Bob Weinstein and the other board members voted to ratify the October 8 termination of the company co-founder. Deadline has learned also that talks are ongoing in finding a resolution to the now ex-co-chair’s standing with the company, of which he owns 23%. This comes four days after Bob Weinstein said the company wasn’t for sale and it’s business as usual at TWC, and a… »


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‘Almost Friends’ Acquired By Gravitas Ventures; Grasshopper Picks Up Iranian Drama ‘Ava’

17 October 2017 10:56 AM, PDT

There were a couple of acquisitions announced this Am. Gravitas Ventures has partnered to acquire U.S. and Canadian rights to Almost Friends, a romantic comedy from writer-director Jake Goldberger (Life of a King). And Grasshopper Film acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Ava, the drama from debut Iranian filmmaker Sadaf Foroughi Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor) leads the cast of Almost Friends, which will have a day-and-date release of Nov. 17 theatrically and on… »


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