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Netflix Picks Up Alfre Woodard-Starring Drama ‘Juanita’

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Exclusive: Netflix has acquired global rights to the Clark Johnson-directed drama Juanita, in what is said to be a continuation of the streaming giant’s global film strategy of working directly with independent filmmakers. The pic, which is filming in Virginia, stars Alfre Woodard, Adam Beach, Blair Underwood, Marcus Henderson and Latanya Richardson. It centers on Juanita (Woodard), a woman who is fed up with her deadbeat grown kids and marginal urban existence and takes… »


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Will Smith In Talks To Join Ang Lee For ‘Gemini Man’

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Will Smith is in talks to star in Gemini Man, a long-in-development project that has Ang Lee is in negotiations to direct. Word is that this is early days, but Lee is running into trouble getting his boxing film Thrilla in Manila off the ground, so attention is being paid elsewhere. The Gemini Man project, from Skydance, is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and executive produced by Don Murphy. The plot centers on an assassin who faces off against himself, a clone who… »


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Madonna Criticizes Unauthorized Biopic ‘Blonde Ambition’

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A day after Universal Pictures optioned the rights to the Madonna biopic Blonde Ambition, the singer is voicing her opinion about the unauthorized project, saying only she can tell her story. “Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen,” Madonna wrote Tuesday on social media. “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.” Elyse Hollander's Blonde Amb… »


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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2’: $100M Offshore Bow In The Mix? – International Box Office Preview

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A little less than three years after Guardians of the Galaxy become an out-of-this-worldwide breakout hit, the sequel begins its overseas rollout today. Debuting in the late-April sweet spot that has seen Disney release such Marvel tentpoles as Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Iron Man 3, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 rockets into 37 material markets through Friday, repping 58% of its international box office footprint. Domestic and the rest of the… »


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Harvey Weinstein On ‘3 Generations’ Ratings Dilemma: Cut, Or Risk Losing Access To Teen Audience

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Editor's Note: Harvey Weinstein is an occasional contributor to Deadline when he has something on his mind. This has been an important week of debate and decision for our film 3 Generations. It began when we pushed back against the R-rating recommended by the MPAA, and has led to an impassioned plea from GLAAD about the necessity of accessibility for a film that can only bring understanding for a community that has seen more than its fair share of prejudice. Along with… »


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National CineMedia Promotes Lawrence Snapp To Chief Digital Officer

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National CineMedia hopes to narrow the distance between its movie theater ads and digital media the promotion of Lawrence Snapp to a new role of Svp of Corporate Development & Chief Digital Officer. It’s a step up for the former Microsoft exec, who joined in September as Svp of Corporate Development. Snapp will report to Ncm President Cliff Marks and lead what the company calls a “newly formed digital products team focused on delivering innovative consumer experiences and… »

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‘Agents Of Shield’s Chloe Bennet, Logan Paul & More Join MGM’s ‘Valley Girl’ Remake

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Exclusive: Chloe Bennet and social media star Logan Paul have been cast in MGM’s musical remake Valley Girl, along with Better Call Saul‘s Jessie Ennis and Ashleigh Murray (Riverdale).  The group join topliners Jessica Rothe and Josh Whitehouse in the pic with Rachel Lee Goldenberg at the helm. Written by Amy Lee Talkington, with revisions by Marti Noxon., production is slated to begin in La next month. The adaptation to the 1983 original follows Julie (Rothe), a… »


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‘Hidden Figures’ Filmmaker Ted Melfi Lines Up Strong Ensemble Cast For ‘El Camino Christmas’ At Netflix

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Exclusive: Hidden Figures filmmaker Ted Melfi has found his next project, and it’s one he’s had his eye on for a decade — the dark comedy El Camino Christmas which he is now partnered on with Netflix. Melfi and director Dave Talbert have gathered together a top-line cast for the film: Tim Allen and Vincent D’Onofrio, Luke Grimes, Dax Shepard, Kimberly Quinn and Jimmy O. Yang make up the ensemble. The story follows a young man (Grimes) who seeks out a father he has never… »


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Adam Sandler & Chris Rock Team For Robert Smigel-Helmed ‘The Week Of’ At Netflix

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Exclusive: Adam Sandler has set up his next Netflix comedy, and Chris Rock is joining him. They’ll star in The Week Of, a comedy that will be directed by frequent Happy Madison collaborator Robert Smigel. The picture will shoot on Long Island this summer and cover the week of preparation for a wedding in which Sandler’s character’s daughter marries Rock’s character’s son. Sandler and Allen Covert will produce for Happy Madison, and Barry Bernardi and Tim Herlihy will be… »


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‘Isle Of Dogs’: Fox Searchlight Fetches 2018 Date For Wes Anderson’s All-Star Toon

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Fox Searchlight struck Oscar gold with Wes Anderson’s 2014 hit The Grand Budapest Hotel, and now it has a date for his next film. The distributor said today that Isle of Dogs, the filmmaker’s second animated pic after 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, will hit theaters April 20, 2018. Searchlight acquired world rights to the film just before Christmas last year. It will distribute the pic in partnership with Indian Paintbrush, marking the latter’s fifth movie with Anderson. Set… »


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WGA Establishes Strike Fund In Preparation For Walkout

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Exclusive: In a clear sign the WGA is gearing up for a possible strike, the WGA West is moving to establish a strike fund to assist members who will be facing financial hardships in the event of a prolonged walkout. A Strike Fund Committee has been established, and rules governing the allotment of strike loans are now pending approval by the guild's board of directors. The move comes after members overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike — and at a time when many guild… »

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‘Star Wars,’ ‘Frozen 2’ And ‘The Lion King’: Disney Unleashes A Barrage Of Release Dates

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Disney just unveiled a bevy of release dates for its upcoming slate, not the least of which is Star Wars: Episode IX (in 3D) which will bow on May 24, in 2019. In addition, it removed the mystery around the untitled animation title previously announced on Nov. 27 in 2019. It will be the highly anticipated sequel to Frozen. Also, they have pegged the live-action The Lion King (also in 3D) based on the animated worldwide smash hit to July 19, 2019. Other news is that the… »


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WWE Ring Titan Vince McMahon Getting His Close-Up With ‘Pandemonium’

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Exclusive: The story of pro wrestling impresario Vince McMahon is getting the Hollywood treatment with Pandemonium, a drama that will be directed by John Requa & Glenn Ficarra from a script by Craig A. Williams. The film is landing at Sony Pictures’ TriStar, with Andrew Lazar producing with WWE Studios president Michael Luisi and Adam Goldworm. Hannah Minghella and Nicole Brown will oversee for TriStar. The film covers McMahon’s ascension in the wrestling business, and… »


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IFC Midnight Nabs ‘Darkness Rising’; Music Box Tunes Up ‘Chavela’ Docu

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IFC Midnight has picked up U.S. rights to first-time director Austin Reading’s horror pic Darkness Rising, with a planned theatrical and digital bow June 30. Written by Vikram Weet. the pic follows Madison Shaw, a young woman who decides to return to her childhood home, which is filled with horrific memories. While the visit begins innocently enough, unsettling events build until she finds themselves trapped inside the house by forces beyond comprehension, forces that may… »


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Roman Polanski Rape Victim Joins Director’s Latest Effort For U.S. Return

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The woman who Roman Polanski raped when she was 13-years old back in 1977 today stepped into the disgraced and self-exiled Oscar winning director's latest attempt to return to the U.S. but not face more jail time. Samantha Gailey wants "the Gunson transcript made available to Mr. Polanski and be made public," said Deputy Los Angeles District Attorney Michele Hanisee in a hearing Tuesday in La Superior Court. While not identifying Gailey by name, the Deputy from La Da Jacki… »


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Alexandra Shipp Boards Simon Kaijser’s Thriller ‘Spinning Man’

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Exclusive: Alexandra Shipp, last seen as young Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse, is set to co-star in the upcoming psychological thriller Spinning Man, from director Simon Kaijser. She joins Pierce Brosnan, Guy Pearce and Minnie Drive in the pic written by Matthew Aldrich, with filming slated to begin this week. Based on George Harrar’s novel, the pic follows Evan Birch, a professor and family man, whose past reveals a number of illicit relations with his students. When a young… »


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‘Forever My Girl’ Acquired By Roadside Attractions For October Bow

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Roadside Attractions has acquired domestic rights to Forever My Girl, a romantic drama produced by LD Entertainment from writer-director Bethany Ashton Wolf. Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe star in the pic, based on the Heidi McLaughlin novel, which will now hit theaters October 27. It’s the latest team-up for Roadside and LD, which has collaborated on seven films including 2011’s Albert Nobbs and 2010’s Javier Bardem-starrer Biutiful. Forever My Girl centers on country music… »


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‘Fate Of The Furious’ Fires Up $745M Offshore, $908M Ww; Tops ‘Transformers’ In China – International Box Office

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Update, Writethru, with actuals: With engines humming in its second lap around the international box office track, Universal's The Fate Of The Furious put another $158.1M in the tank. That was lower than the Sunday estimate of $163.4M partly down to a recalibrated Fss dollar figure in China which nevertheless saw the film maintain a $745M offshore cume in 65 markets as reported on Sunday ($756.4M through Monday). The global rally through Sunday was $908.5M. The latest… »


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Marketing Presidency Shake-Up At Open Road (Again) As Jonathan Helfgot Heads To Fox

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Updated with Helfgot info, 9:06 Am: In what marks three presidents of marketing in one year, Open Road has moved Loren Schwartz into the lead role replacing Jonathan Helfgot, who replaced Jason Cassidy just a year ago. Helfgot is leaving the company to join 20th Century Fox as Evp Theatrical Marketing, reporting to marketing head Pam Levine. He starts at his new post on May 8. It marks Helfgot's second stint at the studio where he worked from 2004-11. Schwartz, who comes… »


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Warner Bros To Build Gotham City & Metropolis For $1B Abu Dhabi Theme Park

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Warner Bros and Abu Dhabi's Miral have unveiled plans to build six immersive worlds, including Batman's Gotham City and Superman's Metropolis, for its $1 billion theme park in the UAE. Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, located on the man-made Yas Island close to the city's airport, will also feature Cartoon Junction, Bedrock and Dynamite Gulch, themed after iconic animated brands Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera, as well as Warner Bros Plaza, which is reminiscent of old… »


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