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Justin Chon, Filmmaker Behind ‘Gook’ At Sundance, Will Direct Next Feature For Macro

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Exclusive: Justin Chon, the multi-hyphenate actor-writer-director whose film Gook won the Next category at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is partnering with MacRo on his next original feature. Chon will write and direct a yet untitled feature whose storyline is being kept under wraps for a late 2018 start. He was nominated last month as a "Director To Watch" at the 33rd Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards. Charles D. King, Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks will produce… »


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Cinedigm Acquires Rights To High School Comedy ‘Dear Dictator’

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Exclusive: Cinedigm has acquired the North American distribution rights to Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse’s Dear Dictator. The high school comedy stars Lady Bird actress Odeya Rush, Oscar winner Michael Caine, and Katie Holmes. Cinedigm will release the picture theatrically and on Digital and TV VOD on March 16, 2018, with a DVD release to follow on April 24, 2018. Also starring Seth Green and Jason Biggs, the film written and directed by the husband & wife… »


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Ari Sandel To Direct ‘Goosebumps’ Movie At Sony, But Which One?

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Sony has set Ari Sandel to direct Goosebumps 2, but the studio still hasn’t decided which of two versions in development he will film. One of the versions has a new script by Rob Lieber, and both are adaptations of different installments of the fright anthology novel series by R. L. Stine. In any case, Goosebumps 2 has an Oscar winning director at the helm; Sandel won for Best Short Film in 2007 with West Bank Story. He most recently completed When We First Met, with… »


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African American Film Critics All In With ‘Get Out’

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Jordan Peele’s Get Out was named the year’s Best Picture by the African American Film Critics Association, which gave the thriller a leading four wins overall in voting including directing and screenplay nods for Peele and best actor for Daniel Kaluuya. The group also voted Frances McDormand as Best Actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, while awarding Girls Trip the year’s top comedy, Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit as Best Ensemble, and Crown Heights as best… »


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Disney And Fox Shares Edge Higher On Report Of Thursday Deal Announcement

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As Disney and Fox approach the altar, shares in both media companies are on the rise, with CNBC reporting that the mega-merger is “on a glide path” toward an announcement on Thursday. Fox up 1% to $34.11, with Disney gaining a fraction to $107.22. Media stocks overall are mixed as the Dow 30 has already gone up 104 points on the day, while the Nasdaq and S&P 500 are largely flat. While the exact portfolio of assets changing hands remains unknown, it appears that the… »

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Film & TV Firms To Breathe Easier: European Parliament Votes Against ‘Country Of Origin’ Proposals

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European film and TV producers and distributors along with the major Hollywood studios will be breathing a sigh of relief after it emerged that the European Parliament voted to reject plans that would have likely abolished territory-by-territory sales of TV series and movies. Politicians in Strasbourg voted 344 to 265 against the European Commission's 'Country of Origin' proposals, a key plank of the EC's plans to introduce a Digital Single Market. The move would have… »

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‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’ Review: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart & Jack Black Are In The Game, But Laughs Don’t Come Easily

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It is not like anyone was asking for a new Jumanji movie, but we got one anyway just in time for Christmas. Sorry to bah humbug all over this thing, but the 1995 attempt to bring Chris van Allsburg’s 1981 children’s book to the screen wasn’t exactly all that to begin with, despite attempts by star Robin Williams and a menagerie of animals to bring it to life. In this reinvention, the board game of the original is now an early-model video game from the 1990s, which is… »


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Who Reps The Black List 2017 Scripts: The Charts

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CAA had the most clients on the 2017 Black List of the top unproduced screenplays in town, while Grandview took the same honor among management companies. The totals were tallied after The Black List organization released their annual rankings this morning. The field seemed more spread out than usual this year, with four agencies scoring 10 or more mentions on the annual list, with UTA taking bragging rights to the voting leader, Matthew Firpo and Ryan Firpo’s Ruin. Wme… »

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‘Darkest Hour’s Gary Oldman Joins Director Joe Wright And Tells Why He Almost Turned Down The Role Of Churchill – The Contenders Video

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Gary Oldman received a Golden Globe nomination today, his first ever, for his critically acclaimed performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. During last month’s 7th Annual Deadline’s The Contenders awards season event at the DGA Theatre he joined me on stage with his director Joe Wright to discuss the film and the towering performance in front of a packed house of AMPAS and key guild members. Oldman reveals that he in fact actually turned down the role and gives… »


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’13 Reasons Why’ Star Katherine Langford To Topline Ya Film ‘Spontaneous’

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Exclusive: Katherine Langford, a newly minted Golden Globe nominee for her role in Netflix’s drama, 13 Reasons Why, is attached as the female lead in sci-fi fantasy film, Spontaneous, from writer/director Brian Duffield, based on the young adult novel of the same name by Aaron Starmer. Langford will star as Mara Carlye, whose life is forever changed when students in her senior class literally explodes for no discernible reason. As students continue to pop like… »


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‘Detective Pikachu’ Gets Summer 2019 Release Date

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Universal Pictures has pegged a May  10, 2019 release date for Legendary Entertainment's Detective Pikachu, based on the popular Pokémon. The first live-action film based on the franchise is starring Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies). Rob Letterman is directing. The film will bow on Mother’s Day and a week after an untitled Avengers’ movie from Disney. Universal Pictures is handling all distribution outside… »


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Saudi Arabia: Theater Owners Trade Group Has “Extensive Plans” For Kingdom’s Cinemas

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Updated, Writethru with AMC and MPAA weigh-in: The National Association of Theatre Owners has offered its praise to Saudi Arabia after the kingdom confirmed today that it would lift a 35-year ban on public cinemas. Nato also revealed that a delegation from the trade group led by President and CEO John Fithian has been in Riyadh during the past week meeting with various government officials in anticipation of the announcement. Several Nato member companies have developed… »

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‘Downsizing’ Golden Globe Nominee Hong Chau Tells How She Got The Role Of A Lifetime – The Contenders Video

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Hong Chau, who plays a disabled Vietnamese refugee in the new Alexander Payne comedy Downsizing is on a roll, having nailed a Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress nomination earlier today, as well as one last week from the Critics’ Choice Awards. She, along with producer Mark Johnson  and co-writer and producer Jim Taylor joined me as part of Paramount’s panel for Deadline’s 7th Annual The Contenders awards season event last month at the DGA Theatre. In front of a packed… »


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Oscars: Ten Live-Action Shorts Advance In Voting Process

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards. A record 165 pictures had originally qualified in the category. Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in January. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their… »

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‘Logan’ Director James Mangold: If Fox Film Fades Out Post-Merger, “That Would Be Sad To Me”

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Logan director James Mangold spoke for many when he described himself during an awards-season event as “very curious” about the future of 20th Century Fox, the 82-year-old studio where he has made more films (four) than any other. A game-changing sale of assets owned by studio parent 21st Century Fox is expected to be announced this week. Disney is believed to be the leading contender to take the reins, though Comcast has also held talks with 21st Century Fox… »


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Keaton Jones Facebook Video Gone After Mom’s Confederate Flag Photos Surface: Is Hollywood Still “KeatonStrong”?

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The feel-good story of celebrity support for bullied 11-year-old Keaton Jones took some unfortunate if familiar turns today, with the surfacing of old social media posts suggesting racism in his mom’s recent past. Hollywood, though, seems to be standing by the boy. “I”m still #KeatonStrong,” tweeted Orange is the New Black‘s Nick Stevenson, while in a video accompanying the tweet he says to Kimberly Jones, “Shame on you. I really want to swear so bad” and “A lot of people… »


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Steve Beeks, 20-Year Executive At Lionsgate, Exiting At End Of Year

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Exclusive: Lionsgate Co-coo and Motion Picture Group Co-President Steve Beeks, who has been at the company for two decades and has been a key strategist in its growth, is exiting at year’s end. However, he will remain as a consultant. With Beeks leaving, there will be one COO with Brian Goldsmith and one Motion Picture Group President with Erik Feig. The co-posts are not expected to be replaced. Goldsmith will, as he did with Beeks, continue to report to CEO Jon… »


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‘Creed 2’ Taps Steven Caple Jr. To Replace Sylvester Stallone As Director

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It looks like Rocky creator Sylvester Stallone isn’t directing the Creed sequel anymore. MGM and Warner Bros just announced that Steven Caple Jr. will instead be in the director’s seat on the followup to 2015’s Creed, which starred Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson, the offspring Apollo Creed, and had Stallone reprise his iconic role of Rocky Balboa. Stallone was originally attached to direct Creed 2 — making the announcement himself via his social media back in… »


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‘The Relive Box’ Being Developed As Film By Condé Nast Entertainment; Director Aboard

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The Relive Box, based on a short story in The New Yorker about a tech device that allows you to relive your past is being developed by Condé Nast Entertainment (Cne) is developing the feature film. Artist Daniel Arsham will make his feature directorial debut. Chai Hecht ("Unorthodox") is writing the screenplay based on the short story written by T.C. Boyle. Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler of Cne will produce. Hunter Ryan and David Ryan will produce and finance the film… »

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Publicists Guild Awards Set For March

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The International Cinematographers Guild said today that its 55th annual Icg Publicists Awards will be handed out Friday, March 2, at the Beverly Hilton. Nominations will be announced in January. Iatse Local 600 doles out its hardware in seven categories: Motion Picture Showman of the Year, Television Showman of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Maxwell Weinberg Publicist Award for a Television Campaign and for a Movie Campaign, Les Mason Award for Career Achievement in… »


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