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‘The Killing Of The Sacred Deer’, Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck’ Bow This Weekend – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Consistent with previous weekends, Friday launches a new pack of Specialty titles in a crowded market. Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Alicia Silverstone are among the stars of Yorgos Lanthimos' The Killing Of the Sacred Deer from A24, opening in New York and L.A. Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions are debuting Todd Haynes' latest, Wonderstruck, following recent stops in Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival. Also off the festival circuit is The Orchard's… »


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Weinstein Company Staffers Pen Statement About “Monster” Harvey Weinstein

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Updated with full statement: The New Yorker was first to publish a statement signed by “select members of the Weinstein Company staff” in the wake of that magazine’s exposé on the company’s co-founder Harvey Weinstein. The group, which did not sign individual names but is said by the magazine to number about 30, says among other things that they “did not know we were working for a serial sexual predator” and that the TWC board “failed” in its duty to keep Weinstein in… »


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Jacki Weaver, James Caan Join ‘Out Of Blue’ Neo-Noir Feature From Carol Morley

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Exclusive: Production has begun in New Orleans on The Falling helmer Carol Morley's crime drama Out Of Blue. Jacki Weaver and James Caan have joined the cast alongside the previously announced Patricia Clarkson and Toby Jones. Billed as a neo-noir detective story and metaphysical mystery, the story centers on homicide detective Mike Hoolihan (Clarkson) who is called to investigate the shooting of a leading astrophysicist and black hole expert, and is affected in ways she… »


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Max Landis Horror Script ‘Decon’ Scares Up QC Entertainment & Good Universe Deal

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Exclusive: QC Entertainment and Good Universe have stepped up to produce and finance Decon, a horror film script by Max Landis. The companies are currently attaching a director to begin production in early 2018. Decon is the story of a young medical prodigy who is pushed to the mental, physical and emotional brink over the course of one night, after joining an elite team of doctors that treat the rarest, most gruesome and dangerous illnesses on Earth. Landis is white hot… »


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Los Angeles Media Fund & UK Comedy Producer Who’s On First Ink First-Look Deal

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Exclusive: Los Angeles Media Fund has signed a first-look deal with London-based company Who’s On First to produce film and TV projects primarily in the comedy space. The two already have a pair of film projects in the works: a bittersweet wedding comedy And Mrs., penned by Melissa Bubnic and eyeing a spring 2018 shoot in London, and the coming-of-age comedy The Exchange, from longtime The Simpsons writer/executive producer Tim Long and set in 1980s Canada. Lamf… »


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Keith Levine Exits Dimension For Prexy Post At David Goyer’s Phantom Four

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Exclusive: David Goyer’s Phantom Four has hired Keith Levine to be president of the production company.  Levine joins from Dimension Films, where he spent the past eight years and rose to senior vice president of production. Among the films he worked on closely was 47 Meters Down, which became a hit for Entertainment Studios, and on which Levine received exec producer credit. He also worked closely on the upcoming Dimension genre film Polaroid, which bows Thanksgiving… »


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Brian Nitzkin Joins Myriad Pictures As Svp Business Affairs

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Myriad Pictures has hired Brian Nitzkin as Svp Business Affairs to oversee contracts and legal work for its slate of films, as well as oversee all business affairs with Myriad’s international distributors. He joins the indie production, financing and distribution company from Im Global. “Brian’s many years of experience working with production, distribution and financing are very much appreciated,” said Myriad President Kirk D’Amico. “We welcome him as a member of our… »


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‘Big Guns,’ A Satirical Novel About The Gun Lobby By Former NY Congressman Steve Israel, Picked Up For Feature

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Exclusive: Indie producer J. Todd Harris and his company, Branded Pictures Entertainment have optioned the motion picture rights to Big Guns,  a satirical novel about the gun industry by former New York congressman Steve Israel. The book, which has a street date of April 17, 2018 from Simon & Schuster, is on a fast-track for development, as gun legislation continues to be a galvanizing national issue. This country suffered its largest mass shooting in Las Vegas only 19… »


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Hot Josh Gad, Luke Evans, Daisy Ridley Pitch; ‘Adrift’s Aaron & Jordan Kandell To Write

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Exclusive: The hot new pitch du jour that studios are circling is an untitled comedy that will be written by Aaron & Jordan Kandell, who worked on Moana and whose last spec script, Adrift, netted an Stx deal with Baltasar Kormakur directing Shailene Woodley in the survival tale. The new pitch has Josh Gad, Luke Evans and Star WarsDaisy Ridley attached and it is expected to land quickly. I’m told the best way to describe it is a character-driven comedy that takes an… »


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Alexandra Shipp Talks ‘Tragedy Girls’, Subverting Female Roles In Horror Films, Teases ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’

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In Tyler MacIntyre’s horror-comedy Tragedy Girls (in theaters October 20), Alexandra Shipp plays McKayala, the perfect mix of an outgoing, popular homecoming queen hopeful and deviant sociopath who enjoys the occasional act of Final Destination-inspired homicide. Along with her Bff  Sadie (Brianna Hildebrand), the two are amateur crime reporters on their “Tragedy Girls” blog and hellbent on boosting their social media popularity. To do that, they kidnap a serial killer so… »


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Netflix Pre-empts ‘Kate’, Eyes April Start And $25M Budget For Female-Centric Action Script

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Exclusive: On the heels of Ted Sarandos’ startling revelation to the financial community that Netflix aims to generate 80 feature films in 2018, the streaming service just took off the table a hot script by giving it basically a production commitment and a $25 million budget, sources said. Scripted by Umair Aleem, Kate is a hard action film with a female protagonist that sources said is evocative of Kill Bill and La Femme Nikita. The writer’s vision of the film is this… »


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Megyn Kelly Not So Sure Harvey Weinstein Scandal Will Bring Sea Change

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NBC News host Megyn Kelly’s reaction to those who say the Harvey Weinstein scandal marks the start of a sea change? “Maybe.” In a piece for Time magazine, Kelly, who was among the women who came forward claiming to have been sexually harassed by the late Fox News Chief Roger Ailes, said she thought his ouster marked the start of a sea change. And, she thought so again, when Silicon Valley began to disgorge its own stories of harassment against women. “Now that we are in… »


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Harvey Weinstein Stripped Of 2002 BFI Fellowship

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The British Film Institute has joined other film organizations in severing ties with Harvey Weinstein, announcing today its decision to withdraw its BFI Fellowship that was awarded to the Oscar-winning producer in 2002. It follows similar decisions by the likes of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild and fellow UK org BAFTA in cutting off Weinstein, who was fired from the The Weinstein Company earlier this month after an onslaught of investi… »


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‘I, Tonya’ Teaser: Margot Robbie As Tonya Harding Dark Comedy Hits The Ice

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With the Winter Olympics on the horizon, the timing of the release of I, Tonya (it opens beginning December 8 in New York and Los Angeles) couldn’t be any more perfect — and now with the first teaser, we have the first look at the sensational take on the story of polarizing U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding and the attack on Nancy Kerrigan before the 1994 Winter Olympics that captivated a nation. Directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, The Finest Hours) from a… »


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Chiwetel Ejiofor’s ‘The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind’ Sails Into Production

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Chiwetel Ejiofor’s The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind which marks the actor’s directorial debut has started production in Malawi. Ejiofor will star in the project he also adapted from the book written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. Participant Media, BBC Films and BFI, with funds from the National Lottery, are lead financiers on the project, along with Head Gear, Econet and LipSync. Participant will be handling the sale of North American distribution rights, while… »


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Howard Stern Offers Jimmy Kimmel His Dirty Laundry And Thoughts On Harvey Weinstein

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Howard Stern brought Jimmy Kimmel his dirty laundry, after learning David Letterman had given the ABC late-night host a box of his ties when he retired. Stern complained he watched Kimmel “fawning all over Dave” the previous night, as Jimmy Kimmel Live broadcasts from Brooklyn this week, though he himself has been a bigger influence on Kimmel. “So I brought you a gift,” he snarked, dumping a bag of underwear, socks, and T-shirts on his desk. Stern’s radio program has… »


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‘Get Out’ Tops Ifp Gotham Awards Nominations; ‘Mudbound’ Voted Special Jury Award

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Blumhouse/Universal’s feature Get Out from filmmaker Jordan Peele fired up awards season this morning with its first set of nominations at the 27th annual Ifp Gotham Awards. The $4.5 million-budgeted movie that made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival as a secret screening received four nominations — more than any other indie title — including best feature, best screenplay by Peele, breakthrough director for Peele and best actor Daniel Kaluuya. To date, Get Out has… »


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Danielle Darrieux Dies: Grande Dame Of French Cinema Was 100

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Danielle Darrieux, who made more than 100 films in a career that spanned eight decades, has died. The French actress and singer’s passing was reported by Afp citing her companion Jacques Jenvrin who said she died at her home in Bois-le-Roi, France on Tuesday. She turned 100 years old on May 1. Over the course of her long career, Darrieux worked with such directors as Max Ophuls, Jean Cocteau, Claude Chabrol, Henri Ducoin, Joseph L Mankiewicz, Jacques Demy, André Téchiné… »


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NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Announces Winners

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With more than 4,200 submissions, the 12th annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival announced the winners from a slate of nine finalists in the grand finale event in Los Angeles tonight. The competition was stiff as the nine short films and web series presented were amazingly crafted and thoughtful entries, but the two shorts that came out on top were Cynthia Kao’s Groundhog Day For A Black Man and Cullan Bruce’s Lost Dogs. Groundhog Day For A Black Man tells a hilarious… »


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Rob Reiner, Woody Harrelson & Lawrence O’Donnell Talk ‘Lbj’ In The Trump Era

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Rob Reiner’s film Lbj, with Woody Harrelson in the title role, was unveiled at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival, but will be in theaters November 3. Those dates provide viewers a twist of the kaleidoscope, from pre-election to the end of Donald Trump’s first year in office. Any political movie is bound to provoke comparisons, but the ones between Johnson, the master deal-maker of his turbulent time, and Trump, the “artist” of the deal in his time, should prove rich… »


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