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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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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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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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Justin Chon, Filmmaker Behind ‘Gook’ At Sundance, Will Direct Next Feature For Macro

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Exclusive: Justin Chon, the multi-hyphenate actor-writer-director whose film Gook won the Next category at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is partnering with MacRo on his next original feature. Chon will write and direct a yet untitled feature whose storyline is being kept under wraps for a late 2018 start. He was nominated last month as a "Director To Watch" at the 33rd Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards. Charles D. King, Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks will produce… »


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Cinedigm Acquires Rights To High School Comedy ‘Dear Dictator’

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Exclusive: Cinedigm has acquired the North American distribution rights to Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse’s Dear Dictator. The high school comedy stars Lady Bird actress Odeya Rush, Oscar winner Michael Caine, and Katie Holmes. Cinedigm will release the picture theatrically and on Digital and TV VOD on March 16, 2018, with a DVD release to follow on April 24, 2018. Also starring Seth Green and Jason Biggs, the film written and directed by the husband & wife… »


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Ari Sandel To Direct ‘Goosebumps’ Movie At Sony, But Which One?

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Sony has set Ari Sandel to direct Goosebumps 2, but the studio still hasn’t decided which of two versions in development he will film. One of the versions has a new script by Rob Lieber, and both are adaptations of different installments of the fright anthology novel series by R. L. Stine. In any case, Goosebumps 2 has an Oscar winning director at the helm; Sandel won for Best Short Film in 2007 with West Bank Story. He most recently completed When We First Met, with… »


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The Global Box Office Awakens: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Could Power To $440M Opening

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For a third year in a row, Disney is rejuvenating the year-end holiday box office with a Star Wars movie. This time it’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is poised to clear between $424 million-$440 million worldwide by the end of its first frame. In the U.S. and Canada, industry projections have had The Last Jedi around $200M for quite some time, and it will be playing in more theaters than last year’s 4,157 for the franchise’s first spinoff Rogue One.  After a sluggish… »


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African American Film Critics All In With ‘Get Out’

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Jordan Peele’s Get Out was named the year’s Best Picture by the African American Film Critics Association, which gave the thriller a leading four wins overall in voting including directing and screenplay nods for Peele and best actor for Daniel Kaluuya. The group also voted Frances McDormand as Best Actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, while awarding Girls Trip the year’s top comedy, Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit as Best Ensemble, and Crown Heights as best… »


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Disney And Fox Shares Edge Higher On Report Of Thursday Deal Announcement

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As Disney and Fox approach the altar, shares in both media companies are on the rise, with CNBC reporting that the mega-merger is “on a glide path” toward an announcement on Thursday. Fox up 1% to $34.11, with Disney gaining a fraction to $107.22. Media stocks overall are mixed as the Dow 30 has already gone up 104 points on the day, while the Nasdaq and S&P 500 are largely flat. While the exact portfolio of assets changing hands remains unknown, it appears that the… »

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Film & TV Firms To Breathe Easier: European Parliament Votes Against ‘Country Of Origin’ Proposals

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European film and TV producers and distributors along with the major Hollywood studios will be breathing a sigh of relief after it emerged that the European Parliament voted to reject plans that would have likely abolished territory-by-territory sales of TV series and movies. Politicians in Strasbourg voted 344 to 265 against the European Commission's 'Country of Origin' proposals, a key plank of the EC's plans to introduce a Digital Single Market. The move would have… »

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‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’ Review: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart & Jack Black Are In The Game, But Laughs Don’t Come Easily

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It is not like anyone was asking for a new Jumanji movie, but we got one anyway just in time for Christmas. Sorry to bah humbug all over this thing, but the 1995 attempt to bring Chris van Allsburg’s 1981 children’s book to the screen wasn’t exactly all that to begin with, despite attempts by star Robin Williams and a menagerie of animals to bring it to life. In this reinvention, the board game of the original is now an early-model video game from the 1990s, which is… »


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Who Reps The Black List 2017 Scripts: The Charts

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CAA had the most clients on the 2017 Black List of the top unproduced screenplays in town, while Grandview took the same honor among management companies. The totals were tallied after The Black List organization released their annual rankings this morning. The field seemed more spread out than usual this year, with four agencies scoring 10 or more mentions on the annual list, with UTA taking bragging rights to the voting leader, Matthew Firpo and Ryan Firpo’s Ruin. Wme… »

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