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Newbie Smith Global Media Acquires Animated Pics ‘Gnome Alone’ & ‘Charming’

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Smith Global Media, the nascent distribution company founded by Will Smith’s brother Harry Smith, has acquired distribution rights to the animated family features Charming with a voice cast including Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama, and Gnome Alone. Both hail from Shrek producer John H. Williams and are financed and produced by 3Qu Media in association with Sc Films International. Fresh off inking a home entertainment deal at Sony, Smith Global Media plans a late 2017… »


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James Gunn Dispels Rumors He’s Producing A ‘Howard The Duck’ Movie For Marvel

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Guardians of the Galaxy franchise director James Gunn put to rest social media rumors this morning that he will produce a Howard the Duck movie for Marvel. The classic comic-book character is a favorite of Gunn’s, with Howard making cameos in both Gotg films. But in regards to producing, Gunn tweeted today: There is No Howard the Duck movie at the present time. There are a lot of comic characters I love but I'm not making films of them all. https://t.co/IYNzo9R2hq… »


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‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ Redband Trailer: It’s The Mother Of All Holidays

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Bad Moms pounced on an unsuspecting box office last year, pulling down $113M from a $20M budget. It was the first $100M domestic hit for STXfilms, which quickly greenlighted a sequel. And with late-June thermometers redder than a Utah primary map, here’s the first redband trailer for A Bad Moms Christmas. Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn are reprising their roles as fed-up mothers who tend to the children, wrestle with the PTA hierarchy and stray to commit… »


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Aidan Turner Joins Sam Elliott In ‘The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot’

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Exclusive: Poldark star Aidan Turner has been set to co-star in The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot, the film already toplined by Sam Elliott from writer-director Robert D. Krzykowski and executive producer John Sayles. Shooting is now set to begin August 1 on the East Coast. The film tells the story of American soldier Calvin Barr (Turner), who leaves his true love behind to infiltrate enemy lines and kill Adolph Hitler in the heart of World War II. Decades… »


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‘Game Of Thrones’ Carice Van Houten On Duty For Brian De Palma’s ‘Domino’

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Exclusive: Carice van Houten is teaming with fellow Game Of Thrones regular Nicolaj Coster-Waldau to star in Domino, the suspense thriller from Brian De Palma penned by Kon-Tiki scribe Petter Skavlan. Production got underway this month and will travel to locations in Belgium, Spain, Denmark and The Netherlands befitting its international auspices. Coster-Waldau and van Houten now star as police officers who go rogue while tracking down the killer of their police partner… »


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Talent Agent Danielle Shebby Moves From Wme To CAA

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Danielle Shebby has joined CAA as an agent in the Motion Picture Talent department. She moves from Wme, where she had been since 2010, and where she was promoted to agent in December 2013. She is a well regarded up-and-coming dealmaker, who at Wme worked with actors such as Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bill Skarsgård (It), Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth), Odessa Young (Assassination Nation), Naomi Scott (Power Rangers), Kristine Froseth (A… »


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‘The Greatest Showman’ Trailer: Hugh Jackman Invents Show Business

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Twentieth Century Fox unwraps P.T. Barnum-inspired musical The Greatest Showman on December 25 this year, and today has dropped the first trailer for the Hugh Jackman-starrer. Directed by Michael Gracey, the showbiz origins story features original songs by La La Land‘s Oscar winning lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Jackman plays Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. The actor made a surprise appearance at… »


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Michael Bond Dies: Paddington Bear Creator & Author Was 91

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Creator of Paddington, the marmalade-loving bear from deepest darkest Peru, Michael Bond has died. Publisher Harper Collins UK announced the news this afternoon, saying Bond passed away at home on Tuesday after a short illness. He was 91. The British author sold his first short story in 1945 and published his first Paddington book, A Bear Called Paddington in 1958. He ultimately published over 200 books for children, including dozens devoted to the trouble-prone duffel… »


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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Reports $136M Loss; Will Re-Focus On Action, Sci-Fi

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As it gears up for the release of epic summer sci-fi Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has posted a loss of 119.9M euros ($136M) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017. The French studio said this morning that the loss is “considerably higher than past years” and the result of an underperforming slate. Titles that hit the bottom line hard include 9 Lives, Shut In, Miss Sloane and The Circle which in the U.S. went through Europa and… »


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Michelle Rodriguez Tells ‘Fast’ Folks To “Show Some Love” To Female Characters Or Else

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With Universal’s The Fate Of The Furious getting its digital release today, original franchise star Michelle Rodriguez took to Instagram to tout it — sorta. What it ended up being was a gentle but notable nudge seen by her 3.8 million followers to Universal and the series’ producers to “show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise.” Rodriguez has always kept up with the boys in Fast And The Furious… »


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Elizabeth Gillies Cast In Untitled Arizona Project Comedy

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Exclusive: Elizabeth Gillies, who stars in the CW’s upcoming Dynasty reboot, has been cast in the untitled Arizona Project, a comedy film to be directed by Jonathan Watson. The pic follows an unstable man who, after losing his home to the housing crash, kidnaps his real estate agent and forces her into a deadly game in his abandoned development. Luke Del Tredici wrote the screenplay. Imperative Entertainment is producing with Rough House Pictures. Gillies last starred as… »


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Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner In Talks To Pen ‘Toni Erdmann’ Redo

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Girls cohorts Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner are in early talks to pen Toni Erdmann, Paramount’s English-language remake of the German pic that was Oscar-nominated in the Foreign Language category this year. This is early days, we’re told, but this is the project that Paramount is eyeing Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig to topline. Gloria Sanchez is producing. The original pic is a bittersweet comedy that revolves around an older man who begins to play pranks on his adult… »


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Chris Miller Channels Han Solo In Twitter Return

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Chris Miller, who with directing partner Phil Lord abruptly parted ways last week with Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars stand-alone Han Solo film six months into production, returned to Twitter today with a message all Star Wars fans would get: Situation normal — Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) June 27, 2017 The reference is to a line from 1977’s original Star Wars, when Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca shoot it out on the Death Star during their attempt to rescue… »


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Gail Mancuso Set To Direct DreamWorks’ Comedy ‘Besties’

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Emmy-winning TV director Gail Mancuso has been tapped to direct Besties, a big, female-driven ensemble comedy in the works at DreamWorks Pictures that was written by Cassie Daniels and Mark Bartosic. DreamWorks/Amblin Partners along with Montecito Pictures beat out two other studios and slapped down low- to mid-six figures for the spec last July. The plot centers on a woman who embarks on an epic road trip with her best friends to break up the wedding of her childhood… »


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‘Baby Driver’ Review: Fast And Curious Flick Driven By Cool Playlist, Hot Wheels & Style For Miles

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Sony’s Baby Driver, the SXSW sensation that aims to be the cool ride of the summer for moviegoers with the need for speed and iTunes at any cost, has much to recommend it. Director-writer Edgar Wright delivers here in style that goes on for days and should have fans dribbling. His output of movies like Shaun Of The Dead, At World’s End and Hot Fuzz has always been a mixed bag for me — enormously promising hipster films that lack total discipline by a helmer who sometimes… »


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Hugh Jackman In Talks To Play Gary Hart In Jason Reitman’s ‘The Frontrunner’

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Hugh Jackman is in early talks to play former senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart in The Frontrunner, a new film penned by Jason Reitman that Reitman will also direct. No deal has been sealed on Jackman yet, but the pic centers on the rise an fall of Hart, a Democratic Colorado senator who ran for president in 1984 and was considered a leading candidate in 1988 until media reports surfaced of womanizing and an alleged affair with a former Miss South Carolina… »


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Mena Massoud Joins ‘Strange But True’; Jessica Allain Boards ‘Vengeance’; Hassie Harrison In ‘The Iron Orchard’

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Mena Massoud has come aboard Strange but True, directed by Rowan Athale. He joins Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley and Connor Jessup in the film about a young woman who suddenly finds herself pregnant five years after the death of her boyfriend. When she confronts his family with the idea that this child could be his, the truth begins to unravel. La La Land producer Fred Berger is producing the film, which was written by Eric Garcia based on the… »


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Michael Nyqvist Dies: ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ & ‘M:i – Ghost Protocol’ Star Was 56

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Michael Nyqvist, who starred as investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish versions of The  Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequel and went on to appear in a number of Hollywood films, died today of cancer. He was 56. His family confirmed the news to Swedish media. The actor also starred alongside Tom Cruise as lead villain Kurt Hendricks in 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and opposite Keanu Reeves as the leader of the Russian mob in John Wick… »


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‘Despicable Me 3’ To Own Crowded Independence Day Weekend – Box Office Preview

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After its setback with The Mummy earlier this month, Universal will get the studio and the overall domestic box office back on track this weekend with Despicable Me 3, the latest in its beloved Illumination Entertainment franchise, which opens at 4,529 venues in the U.S. and Canada. Unlike last week, when it was Transformers: The Last Knight all day, all the time, two R-rated movies are counter-programming DM3 this weekend: Sony-TriStar/Media Rights Capital’s Baby… »


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George Lucas Museum Gets L.A. City Council Ok

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The Los Angeles City Council today voted unanimously to approve the the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the $1.5 billion project to be built in Exposition Park next to the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and USC, where Lucas went to film school. When the L.A. site was chosen in January after overtures from Chicago and San Francisco, the museum board said the facility will generate more than 1,500 new construction jobs and 350-plus permanent jobs with no cost to taxpayers. The… »

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