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Lupita Nyong’o Speaks Out On Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassments In NY Times Op-ed

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Director, producer and Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has detailed yet another series of Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment encounters. In an essay in the New York Times, Nyong’o told of several explicit passes Weinstein tried to foist on her early in her career. “I had shelved my experience with Harvey far in the recesses of my mind, joining in the conspiracy of silence that has allowed this predator to prowl for so many years, Nyong’o wrote of her reasons for… »


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Sophie Okonedo, Brian Gleeson & Alistair Petrie Join New ‘Hellboy’ Movie

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Hellboy is continuing to cast up. The third installment of the movie franchise, which serves as a reboot of the Guillermo del Toro-Rob Perlman pics based on the Dark Horse comics, has just added Sophie Okonedo, Brian Gleeson and Alistair Petrie. They join David Harbour as Hellboy and Milla Jovovich as the Blood Queen in the Neil Marshall-directed Lionsgate/Millennium Films pic. It’s penned by comics creator Mike Mignola, Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Aron… »


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Quentin Tarantino On Harvey Weinstein: “Wish I Had Taken Responsibility For What I Heard”

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No filmmaker is more closely associated with Harvey Weinstein and his companies than Quentin Tarantino, and today the double Oscar winner is speaking out about the sexual abuse and harassment scandal that is rocking Hollywood. In a long conversation with The New York Times, Tarantino admitted he “knew enough to do more than I did” and called on “the other guys who knew more to not be scared. Don't just give out statements.” "There was more to it than just the normal… »


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Veteran Media Analyst Jessica Reif Cohen: Skinny Bundles “So Far Are One Big Yawn”

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Jessica Reif Cohen, longtime media analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said virtual MVPs (aka “skinny bundles”) from the likes of Dish, DirecTV, Hulu, YouTube and Sony “so far are one big yawn, a big nothing” in terms of penetration and subscribers. Her comments came during a lively panel discussion among four front-rank Wall Street analysts at the Nab Show New York, which was held Wednesday and Thursday. Because “churn is extremely high” and many of the services… »

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Zhu Zhu, Amy Irving, Helen Slater Set In Ann Hu’s U.S./Chinese Co-Production ‘Confetti’

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Exclusive: Chinese actress/singer Zhu Zhu, Amy Irving, Helen Slater and newcomer Harmonie Zhu have been set in Ann Hu’s U.S./Chinese co-production Confetti. The indie film will be produced by Jagman Productions’ Josh Green and Dragon Films’ Zhuo Shun Guo. Principal photography has begun in New York; they will travel to China in early 2018 to shoot there. The film reunites Hu with Zhuo and the film’s executive producer Han Sanping. It was Han who served as a producer on… »


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Brenton Thwaites, Ben Robson Cast In ‘A Violent Separation’

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Brenton Thwaites (Oculus) and Ben Robson (The Boy) have been cast as the leads in the two-handed crime thriller "A Violent Separation. Also joining them will be Alycia Debnam-Carey (Fear the Walking Dead), Claire Holt (47 Meters Down) among others.  It is being directed by Kevin and Michael Goetz. Written by Michael Arkof, A Violent Separation tells the story of a quiet Midwestern town, where Norman (Thwaites), a young deputy sheriff, covers up a murder at the hands of… »


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Harvey Weinstein Under Lapd Investigation For Rape

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(Updated with lawyer statement) As NYPD and the London Metropolitan Police have begun investigating potential criminal complaints against Harvey Weinstein, the Los Angeles Police today formally announced its is now looking into rape allegations against the disgraced producer. "The Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery Homicide Division has interviewed a potential sexual assault victim involving Harvey Weinstein which allegedly occurred in 2013," Lapd Officer Sal Ramirez… »


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‘The Killing Of A 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 a 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 Be… »


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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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