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Pat Dinizio Dies: Smithereens Songwriter-Guitarist And Soundtrack Artist Was 62

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Singer/songwriter Pat Dinizio, who sold millions of records with his New Jersey band, the Smithereens, has died. He passed away just days after indicating via Facebook that he was looking forward to returning to the road. Dinizio was 62 years old and had been recovering from injuries sustained during a fall that he was rehabilitating. His death was announced on the band’s official Facebook page. Dinizio’s music appeared on numerous film soundtracks, including Bull Durham… »


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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review: About As Much Fun As You Could Have At The Movies

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On top of Star Wars: The Force Awakens two years ago, and the side trip last year to the stand-alone Rogue One, Disney has now more than confirmed the wisdom of rebooting Lucasfilm’s crown jewel saga with what just might be the best film in the entire series that started 40 years ago in the mind of George Lucas. That first movie, 1977’s Star Wars, is to date still the only one (and one of the very few science fiction films, period) to have garnered a Best Picture Oscar… »


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‘Call Me By Your Name’ Team On Creating Intimacy On Screen For Story Of First Love – The Contenders Video

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Call Me By Your Name has been cleaning up on the awards circuit so far this season, most recently garnering eight nominations from the Critics’ Choice Awards and three from the Golden Globes — both including Best Picture. It took awhile to finally get all the parts right to adapt this 2007 book of first love between a young boy of 17 and an older intern staying with his family for the summer at their Italian villa, but once Luca Guadagnino realized he would direct, and a… »


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Jennifer Lawrence To Star In ‘Burial Rites’ With ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Helmer Luca Guadagnino Directing

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Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence is attached to star in and produce 19th century true-crime drama Burial Rites, which is being directed Luca Guadagnino, who is a front-runner in the Oscar race with his romance-drama Call Me by Your Name. Allison Shearmur and Justine Ciarrocchi also are producing, while TriStar Pictures has the worldwide rights to the film that is based on Hannah Kent's debut novel Based on true events, the pic tells the story of Agnes Magnusdottir… »


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Richard Linklater On Why It Took 10 Years To Get His ‘Last Flag Flying’ To The Screen – The Contenders Video

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Richard Linklater’s last film to appear at Deadline’s The Contenders event was three years ago with Boyhood, which was filmed over the course of 12 years and went to be a major player during awards season. He returned last month year for our 7th annual kickoff event at the DGA Theater, and in front of a packed audience of AMPAS and key guild members explained why his latest movie actually took almost as long as the shooting of Boyhood just to land in front of a camera. As… »


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Shelter PR Launches Film & TV Division With Hire Of Former Paramount Exec

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Shelter PR partners Cara and Christine Tripicchio along with Marla Farrell just launched the company’s Film and Television Division with a big hire: Alicia Ramirez Wyld, the former Paramount Svp field publicity and targeted marketing. Shelter PR, which has taken off in the three years since it began, already has deep roots in the film and television business having worked closely over the years with entities such as TNT, Netflix, FX, Sony Television as well as… »


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‘Venom’: Woody Harrelson In Talks To Reunite With Ruben Fleischer For Comic Book Movie

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Woody Harrelson is the latest to high-profile actor eyeing a role in Sony’s upcoming comic book supervillain pic Venom. The Academy Award-nominated actor is in talks to join the cast in an undisclosed role. Sony declined to comment, but sources say talks are underway. Once he signs on, Harrelson will be reunited with director Ruben Fleischer, who he worked with on the horror comedy Zombieland. He will also join Tom Hardy, who plays the titular antihero as well as… »


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Universal Pictures Crosses $5 Billion At Global Box Office Driven By ‘Fate Of The Furious,’ ‘DM3’

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Universal Pictures crossed $5 billion at the global box office for the second time in the studio's 105-year history with The Fate of the Furious and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 3 revving up their 2017 coffers. The global total to date for the studio, specifically, is $5.003 billion, which breaks out as $1.605 billion domestically and $3.398 billion internationally. Fate of the Furious and DM3 also gave Universal bragging rights as the only in 2017 to… »


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Derek Haas’ ‘Silver Bear’ Book Series Acquired By Nickel City Pictures

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Exclusive: Nickel City Pictures has optioned rights to the critically acclaimed Silver Bear book series, which explores the visceral and psychological world behind a contract killer. The series was authored by accomplished screenwriter Derek Haas (3:10 to Yuma, Chicago Fire/Chicago Pd). The story follows Columbus, the most respected and feared hitman in the criminal underworld, who the Russians call “a Silver Bear,” as well as the many intermediaries or "fences" that… »


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Donald Trump Looks Like A Real Winner If Disney & Fox Deal Gets Done

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Most eyes are on Alabama’s Senate race tonight but if the expected $68 billion deal between the Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox comes together later this week, one big beneficiary will be President Donald Trump. Not only will the former Celebrity Apprentice host see a potential real rival out of the 2020 race for the White House, but his big media boosters at Fox News Channel will be able to crank up the volume now totally unencumbered. "Look, I hate the guy, but… »


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Costco Offers Combined One-Year MoviePass And Fandor Subscription For $89.99

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Costco is offering a one-year subscription to MoviePass and Fandor for $89.99 in a limited-time package deal. The offer for the movie theatre subscription and indie-driven streaming services, is available until Dec. 18 and available only to Costco members. MoviePass, a majority-owned subsidiary of Helios and Matheson Analytics, is now accepted in 91% of U.S. theatres but has caused a stir in the exhibition sector with its $9.95 monthly flat-rate plans and embrace of… »

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‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Lead Australian Academy Nominations

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The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) has announced the nominees for the 7th Aacta International Awards. A total of 15 films have received nominations this year, with three — Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri — leading all nominations with five each. Best Film nominations include those three and also Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water and Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic Dunkirk. Winners will be… »


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Michael Apted To Get DGA Honorary Life Member Award

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Michael Apted will be the recipient of the DGA Honorary Life Member Award in recognition of his contributions to the guild, the industry, and the profession of directing. Apted — a past Directors Guild president who currently serves as its secretary-treasurer — at the 70th annual DGA Awards on February 3, 2018, at the Beverly Hilton. "Michael is a game-changer for our guild and our industry," said DGA president Thomas Schlamme. "Whether having the foresight as a young man… »


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Disney-Fox: What Are The International Implications?

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The impending acquisition by Disney of Fox assets, which said to be worth $68B, has huge U.S ramifications but the mega-deal is believed to have major international implications with top executives and industry watchers calling it "seismic" and globally "game-changing" as they try to wrap their heads around what the combined entity will resemble overseas. There are a handful of key areas of interest, including the creation of an international box office behemoth (and its… »

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Franco Nero & Chris Brochu Enlist In Robert Port’s Thriller ‘Peace’

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Exclusive: Franco Nero and The Vampire Diaries actor Chris Brochu have joined Alexander Ludwig and Sam Keeley to round out the cast of Enderby Entertainment’s action-thriller, Peace, directed by Robert Port. It follows four American soldiers set out on the grueling ascent of an Italian mountainside in the closing days of WWII, haunted by their evil sergeant’s cold-blooded murder of a young woman and with an old Italian man of uncertain loyalties as their guide. The pic… »


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What Does The Film Academy Have In Common With The Harper Valley PTA? We May Find Out.

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As they move to enforce new standards of conduct in the post-Weinstein era, governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have been promising not to become, as their president John Bailey said in October, "an inquisitorial court." But they might find it harder to keep from looking like a movie-land version of The Harper Valley PTA. That was a story-song—as those old enough to remember, or to frequent Willie's Roadhouse on satellite radio, will already… »


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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Director Chris McKay Talks “Punk Rock” Take On The Batman Universe

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With his first theatrically-released feature, director Chris McKay got to enter the studio sandbox and play with one of his all-time favorite characters: Batman. Having worked with Phil Lord and Christopher Lord on The Lego Movie—a mega-hit for Warner Bros. grossing nearly $470 million worldwide—McKay was a natural fit to helm The Lego Batman Movie (the first of two follow-up features, the other being The Lego Ninjago Movie), given his passion for the character, which… »


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Disney-Fox: Will Trump Regulators Who Nixed At&T-Time Warner Cry Foul Again?

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As Disney gets set to announce its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets, reportedly on Thursday, Hollywood and Wall Street are swooning so much they have almost forgotten their other recent obsession: the fate of the even bigger At&T-Time Warner deal. The momentum of one deal just as the other one moves sideways is prompting this question: Given the formidable scale of the combined company, will the Murdoch family’s game-changing move trigger the same regulatory… »

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Bruce Brown Dies: Surf Movie Pioneer Who Sought The Perfect Wave For ‘Endless Summer’ Was 80

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Bruce Brown, the pioneering filmmaker whose hunt for the perfect wave helped cement surf culture with The Endless Summer, has died. He was 80. Brown died Sunday at his ranch near Santa Barbara. The announcement was made on his website. A San Francisco native who was accomplished surfer and motorcycle rider, Brown already had made a number of surf movies before 1964’s The Endless Summer. The film was a regional hit and earned a national release in 1966. Fueled by the SoCal… »


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Ian Chen & Jovan Armand Join ‘Shazam!’, Brian ‘Astro’ Bradley Jr. Cast In ‘Luce’

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Fresh Off The Boat actor Ian Chen and Jovan Armand (Bella and the Bulldogs) have joined the cast of New Line's David F. Sandberg-directed DC superhero film Shazam! The pic stars Zachary Levi as the title character, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, and Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman. Chen will play Eugene and Armand will play Pedro, friends of Billy's from a group home. Written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke, the film centers on Billy who can transform into an adult… »


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