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Rami Malek On The Run In ‘Buster’s Mal Heart’; Noomi Rapace Kidnapped In ‘Rupture’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Filmmaker Steven Shainberg tapped Noomi Rapace for the lead of his thriller Rupture, which had a quick turnaround shoot in Canada. The director said it was all “go go go” for the film, though he ran into a roadblock on the way to distribution. The film joins a somewhat sparse roll-out of new Specialties this weekend as the Tribeca Film Festival eyes its finale in New York. The festival is a launchpad for Well Go USA's Buster's Mal Heart with Rami Malek, which bows in New… »


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MTV Movie & TV Awards Set To Honor ‘Fast & Furious’ Franchise

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Vin Diesel and other Fast & Furious franchise cast will be on hand at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards to pick up this year’s Generation Award, a trophy that typically goes to an individual performer. The Generation Award has, for 25 years, been handed to an actor for a body of work that “speaks directly to the MTV audience.” Past recipients include Will Smith, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Wahlberg, Sandra Bullock, Jamie Foxx, Johnny Depp, Ben Stiller, Adam… »


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Sony’s Pictures Division Reports Loss Of $719M; Company’s Overall Net Profit Takes 50% Hit

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Sony has recorded a full-year net profit of $655M, a 50% fall from the previous year, while its Pictures division posted a loss of $719M year-on-year, driven by box office underperformance. Sales and operating revenue for the division sat at $8B overall. The results fall in line with the company's recent revision of results: It's nine month results saw a $913M loss in the Pictures division, largely related to a $962M impairment charge of goodwill, which was included in… »

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‘Firestarter’: Stephen King Classic Reignites With Universal, Blumhouse & Akiva Goldsman Directing

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Stephen King’s classic Firestarter will be ablaze on the big screen again in a remake with Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman behind the camera. Goldsman and Blumhouse’s Jason Blum announced the news tonight during the Overlook Film Festival at Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood, Or, following the opening-night premiere of their latest collaboration Stephanie which Goldsman directed. In Firestarter, a young girl develops pyrokinetic abilities and is abducted by a secret government… »


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Tribeca Film Festival Winners: ‘Keep The Change’, ‘Bobbi Jene’ Tops

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The Tribeca Film Festival has awarded Rachel Israel’s Keep the Change as this year’s Best Narrative Feature, and Israel also took the Best New Narrative Director honor as the festival unveiled its winners this evening. All five of this year’s feature category winners are from female directors including Best International Narrative Feature Son of Sofia, the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award for A Suitable Girl and Best Documentary Feature Bobbi Jene. The docu… »


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Broad Green Pictures Hires Four Execs In Marketing & Legal Departments

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Broad Green Pictures has bolstered its marketing and legal departments with the hire four executives. Courtney Harris as Svp Digital Marketing and Anne Collins as VP Field Publicity and Promotions. Shyla Brown and Cole Loveall both join the movie studio as directors of legal and business affairs. Harris previously worked at Open Road for five years, most recently as VP Digital Marketing, where she was responsible for the digital strategy for all theatrical campaigns… »


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‘Little Prince’s Mark Osborne & Scribe Adam Kline Link With Fox Animation For Two New Projects

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Exclusive: They're already working together on a Bone screenplay for Warner Bros and now Mark Osborne and Adam Kline have two new projects in the hopper with 20th Century Fox Animation. The Little Prince director and the Artemis Fowl scribe have sealed deals with the studio to develop films based on Kline's books Escape From Hat and With Kind Regards From Kindergarten. The former now has Osborne attached to direct and produce for Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios with the Ku… »


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‘3 Generations’: Weinstein Co. & MPAA Agree On PG-13 Rating, With GLAAD’s Backing & Some Cuts

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2Nd Update with statements from PTC, MPAA and GLAAD 1:37 Pm: The Parents Television Council, the Motion Picture Association of America and GLAAD have sent out statements in regards to the new PG-13 rating given by Classifications and Ratings Administration. Read all three at the bottom of this post. Update, 11:49 Am: The MPAA and the Weinstein Company have agreed on a PG-13 rating for TWC’s transgender drama 3 Generations, citing for "mature thematic content [and] some… »


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Famke Janssen Joins Cast Of Michael Caton-Jones’ Movie ‘Asher’

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Exclusive: Famke Janssen has joined Ron Perlman, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Facinelli and Nadine Velazquez in Michael Caton-Jones’ Asher, a film about a Mossad member-turned-gun-for-hire in New York who is living the good life but at the end of his career. When one of his final gigs goes upside down on a job involving a woman, he has to make a life-altering decision. The original script was written by Jay Zaretsky. Josh Crook, Adam Folk, Perlman and Brian Wilkins are listed… »


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NFL Players Union Stands In Solidarity With WGA As Strike Looms

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The NFL Players Association has weighed in on the threatened writers strike, urging management's AMPTP to "negotiate in good faith towards a fair and equitable collective bargaining agreement that reflects the hard work of thousands of writers." "There is no question that the AMPTP employers can afford to make a reasonable deal,” the leaders of the players union said in a letter sent today to AMPTP president Carol Lombardini and obtained by Deadline (read it below). “The… »

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Gravitas Ventures Hires Scott Kaplan As Svp Global Sales

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Exclusive: Gravitas Ventures has hired Gunpowder & Sky exec Scott Kaplan as Svp Global Sales, a newly created post. He will launch Gravitas’ new New York office, and the plan is to boost the indie distributor’s international presence selling and licensing new releases and library titles worldwide. He exited G&S on Tuesday and will be on the ground in his new role for the Cannes film market which kicks off next month. It’s the latest ramp-up for Gravitas, which recently… »


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‘Gotham’s Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen & More Set For AIDS Drama Pic ‘1985’ From Yen Tan

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Cory Michael Smith, Designated Survivor‘s Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis (Gotham, FX’s The Shield) have been tapped to co- star in AIDS drama film 1985, along with Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp and Jamie Chung (The Hangover Part II, Big Hero 6) Pit Stop helm Yen Tan is directing from his own script, which is based on his SXSW Special Jury Prize winning short. It center on terminally-ill Adrian (Smith), who flies home from New York to visit his estranged family in… »


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Lea Thompson To Star In New Feature Adaptation Of ‘Little Women’

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Exclusive: Lea Thompson, who just came off a successful run on ABC’s Freeform series Switched at Birth, has signed on to a modern adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel Little Women to play the lead role of family matriarch Marmee. Joining Thompson will be her Switched at Birth colleague and High School Musical alum Lucas Grabeel who will play Laurie. The independent feature, which marks the directorial debut for Clare Niederpruem, is a co-production and will be… »


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Keanu Reeves Starring Thriller ‘Siberia’ Rounds Its Cast; Magda Apanowicz To Co-Star In ‘Volition’

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Matthew Ross' romantic thriller Siberia starring Keanu Reeves has added Pasha Lychnikoff (Shameless, Ray Donovan), Ana Ularu (Inferno, NBC's Emerald City) and Molly Ringwald to its cast as production commences. Written by Scott B. Smith based on a treatment by Stephen Hamel, the pic follows Lucas (Reeves), an American diamond merchant, who travels to Russia and falls into an obsessive relationship with Katya (Ularu), a Russian cafe owner, in a small Siberian town. As… »


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Cannes Adds Roman Polanski’s ‘Based On A True Story’ & More Films To Lineup

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The Cannes Film Festival has just made a handful of additions to its Official Selection, including Roman Polanski’s Based on a True Story (D’Après Une Histoire Vraie), which will screen out of competition. The Eva Green starrer had been tipped to be part of the lineup originally announced April 13, and its inclusion today comes during a time when the director’s 40-year-old child sex conviction is again in the U.S. courts. This might be seen as a bold move by the festival… »


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Michael Mantenuto Dies: Co-Star Of Olympic Hockey Movie ‘Miracle’ Was 35

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Michael Mantenuto, who co-starred in Disney’s Miracle about the U.S. hockey team’s “Miracle on Ice” win over the Soviets in the 1980 Olympics, has died. He was 35. Police is Des Moines, Wa, say they found Mantenuto dead Monday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His death was announced by Col. Guillaume Beaurpere, commander of the Army Special Forces unit in which Mantenuto served after his brief acting career. “Those of you that knew Mike will remember him for his… »


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Longtime Sony Distribution Exec Rory Bruer Retiring From Studio

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Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution at Sony Pictures Entertainment, is retiring. This comes as no surprise as Bruer had been talking about stepping back for a long while. What is surprising is that Bruer has only worked at one company in his lifetime — he began in the mailroom at Columbia Pictures in 1977 and moved into distribution a year later in the New Orleans office. During his 40 years, he had survived many management changeovers — at least seven going… »


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Kevin Hart In Reboot Of ‘The Great Outdoors’ For Universal, De Luca Productions

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Exclusive: Universal Pictures has attached Kevin Hart to star in The Great Outdoors, a reboot the studio is developing based on the 1988 John Hughes-scripted comedy. Randall Green is writing the new version. Michael De Luca is producing for Michael De Luca Productions with Hart through his Hartbeat Productions banner. The original Howie Deutch-directed film starred Dan Aykroyd and John Candy and focused on a Chicago man whose plans for a relaxing outdoor camping trip is… »


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Omari Hardwick, Meagan Good To Star In ‘A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love On Election Night’

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Power‘s Omari Hardwick and Meagan Good, who stars in Hulu's upcoming Foxy Brown, will star in the indie romance drama A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love On Election Night. The film, which is about a budding romance during Trump’s election night, co-stars Jay Ellis (Insecure), Dijon Talton, Wesley Jonathan, and Affion Crockett. Produced by Datari Turner and written and directed by Qasim Basir (Destined), the story follows a Los Angeles club promoter named Cass (Hardwick), who on… »


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OddLot Ups Rachel Shane To Chief Creative Officer, Hires Adrian Alperovich As COO

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Exclusive: OddLot Entertainment has promoted Rachel Shane to chief creative officer and hired former Focus Features and FilmDistrict exec Adrian Alperovich as COO. The news comes as Madison Wells Media’s OddLot is coming off an Oscar Best Picture nomination for Hell Or High Water on the film side and its new anthology series Genius which premiered this week on National Geographic Channel and already has snagged a Season 2 renewal. Shane, who had been President of… »


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