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Barry Jenkins On ‘The Underground Railroad’ And The Power Of “No” – Deadline Disruptors

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As Barry Jenkins sits down to discuss disruption, on the eve of his first trip to Cannes—a newly minted Oscar winner—there's a knock on his front door. A courier has arrived with a very special package. "You're my best friend, bro," Jenkins tells the courier. "I have just finally received the card that says, "Best Picture: Moonlight." The fabled card. The one held aloft on Oscar night by La La Land producer Jordan Horwitz, to announce to the world that Moonlight had, in… »


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Big Media CEO Compensation Rose 21% In 2016: Is It More Out Of Whack Than Ever?

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Exclusive: 2016 was a so-so year for Big Media companies. But you wouldn’t know that if you look at how much boards paid the chiefs of CBS, Comcast, Discovery Communications, Disney, Fox, Time Warner, and Viacom. Their collective compensation rose 21.1% to $343.8 million — their second highest total ever — we find in Deadline's seventh annual in-depth examination of media and entertainment CEO pay. Each year at least one CEO’s pay stands out due to special circumstances… »


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‘Beauty And The Dogs’ Acquired By Oscilloscope – Cannes

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Oscilloscope has acquired U.S. rights to Beauty And The Dogs (Aala Kaf Ifrit), the film that’s playing in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. A 2017 release is planned for the pic written and directed by Kaouther Ben Hania, about a young Tunisian woman (Mariam Al Ferjani) who is raped by police officers after leaving a party and is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though justice lies on the side of her… »


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‘War Machine’ Review: Brad Pitt’s Military Satire For Netflix Lacks Firepower

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With President Donald Trump traveling in the Middle East and talking his hopes for peace, Netflix couldn't have strategized a better time to debut its Brad Pitt-starring military satire War Machine. Unfortunately, despite a few good swings from Pitt, the May 26-launching film from director David Michôd is a mind-numbing misfire. As we did back in March for a review of Netflix's docuseries Five Came Back, my colleague and TV Talk podcast partner Pete Hammond and I have… »


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Directors Guild Sets 2018 DGA Awards Date & Timeline

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The Directors Guild of America has set the 2018 date for its 70th Annual DGA Awards, and announced the timeline for other key events. The 2018 awards show will take place on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Feature Film and First-Time Feature Film nominees will be announced on January 11, 2018 and Television, Commercial, and Documentary nominees will be announced on January 10, 2018. DGA members will be able to vote online between… »

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China As Holy Grail & Headache: How It’s Influencing Hollywood Strategy – Deadline Disruptors

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China's breakneck box-office growth may have ground to a sputter in 2016, but one need only look at the recent success of The Fate Of The Furious for proof there is still gas in the market. Last month, F8 crossed 2.43 billion Rmb to become the No. 1 import ever in the market. As of Sunday, it has climbed to 2.662 billion Rmb ($386.7 million). That performance reflects what has become a source of excitement and consternation for Hollywood. In the five years since it paved… »


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Chinese-Born Filmmaker Ann Hu On ‘Confetti’ And What Hollywood Needs To Know

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Exclusive: Confetti, a U.S.-Chinese co-production is getting underway from producer Josh Green and writer/director Ann Hu, a director whose first film Shadow Magic actually beat out Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for the Chinese Academy Award back in 2001 and became one of the highest box office performers in China. Hu was born in China and is now an American citizen. Her experience about connecting to both U.S. and Chinese audiences should be heeded by any… »


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Vin Diesel Escapes ‘xXx’ Sequel “Sham” Case From Ex-Biz Partner

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Just over a year after Vin Diesel was dragged into court by the former chief of his production company over cash and credits on xXX: Return of Xander Cage and other films, a judge has allowed The Fast and the Furious franchise star to drive off the murky case. In a downtown hearing this morning in Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge John Doyle shut down the third amended complaint from George Zakk, effectively ending the matter that started last May. Having been knocked… »


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Oliver Stone Goes Face To Face With Putin: “You’ll See A Different Point Of View” — Deadline Disruptors

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Last year, three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone made his 20th directorial outing with Snowden—a look at the life of former Nsa consultant and whistleblower Edward Snowden. The film took Stone on numerous trips to Russia, where Snowden has lived in exile since 2013, which then led to a series of interviews with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The format is something Stone has used to great effect before in his documentaries about controversial politicians such as Fidel Castr… »


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Annapurna Continues To Grow With eOne Multi-Year Distribution Deal

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Annapurna Pictures and Entertainment One just entered into a multi-year distribution deal which will launch on August 4 with Kathryn Bigelow's race-riot crime drama Detroit. The film is also the first under Annapurna's new marketing and distribution divisions. Continuing Annapurna's increasing global presence, the eOne partnership covers all media for all Annapurna film titles in five major territories: Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Benelux, Spain, and the United… »


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Universal Brands New Monster Movies As ‘Dark Universe’; Bill Condon’s ‘Bride Of Frankenstein’ Up Next In 2019 – Video

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Universal Pictures’ relaunch of its classic monster movie characters, starting with the Tom Cruise feature The Mummy on June 9, will be known as the Dark Universe franchise. In addition, the studio confirmed today what Deadline exclusively reported last month: Beauty and the Beast‘s Bill Condon is locked in to direct Bride of Frankenstein, which will be the next Dark Universe title following The Mummy, set for release on February 14, 2019 — a day that Uni already had… »


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‘Star Wars’ & Films Drove 4.4% Licensed Merchandise Sales Bump In 2016

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Star Wars and other entertainment properties helped to lift global spending on licensed merchandise by 4.4%, to $262.9 billion, in 2016, according to an annual tally released today. The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (known as Lima) released its “Annual Global Licensing Industry Survey” to coincide with the Licensing Expo confab taking place this week in Las Vegas. The U.S. and Canada accounted for 57.9% of global retail sales, up from… »


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Cirrina Studios Launches, Sets Up Equity Fund – Cannes

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Exclusive: Jim Pesoli, Karine Martin, David Lipman and Jeff Stentz have launched Cirrina Studios, a new entertainment finance, development and production outfit based in Santa Monica. The new studio will focus on creating commercially viable film and TV projects, as well as other media. The banner, inspired by the octopus after which it is named, will be a collection of companies with numerous business arms that will emanate from a common center. Said veteran… »


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‘Uncharted’ Reconfigured: ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’s Tom Holland To Play Young Nathan Drake For Shawn Levy

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Exclusive: Sony Pictures is bullish enough on its upcoming Spider-Man Homecoming star Tom Holland that the studio is doubling down on the young actor by building a second major franchise around him. Holland is attaching to star in Uncharted, in what will be redrafted as a prequel to the treasure-hunting action storyline in the Naughty Dog video game for PlayStation. Shawn Levy is directing a film that will take its inspiration from a sequence in the third iteration of the… »


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Cannes 2017 Midpoint: Where Are The Deals? ‘A Ciambra’ In 3-Way Tug Of War

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This Cannes will go down in the record books for most glorious weather, but also for a very slow pace of domestic acquisition deals at its midway point. The deals will surely come, as the moving Sean Baker-directed The Florida Project had its first screening this morning that was packed with acquisitions execs from every major distributor, and with buzz building for deals on films from Disobedience to Book Club, Redoubtable, 120 Beats Per Minute, Pom and I Feel… »


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Are Comedies In Peril On The Big Screen & Headed To Streaming? Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler & ‘Meyerowitz’ Cast Sound Off – Cannes

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In 2008, seven comedy releases ultimately crossed the $100 million threshold. Ben Stiller had one of those titles that he starred in and directed, Tropic Thunder ($110.5 million), and Adam Sandler had two in the summer comedy You Don’t Mess With The Zohan ($100M) and the family comedy Bedtime Stories ($110M). Last year, only three comedies crossed the century mark at the domestic B.O. — Ghostbusters, Central Intelligence and Bad Moms — with 2015 faring no better with… »


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Josh Hartnett Stokes A Woman’s Fire With Wigs and Name Tags In ‘Oh Lucy!’ – Watch

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Exclusive: After premiering her short Oh Lucy! three years ago at Cannes winning the Cinefoundation Selection, Japanese director Atsuko Hirayanagi is back on the Croisette with the feature-length version of the off-beat romantic comedy, premiering in Critics Week this morning. Oh Lucy! tells the story of shy middle-aged office worker Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima).  In order to change-up her life, she enrolls in an English class at a Tokyo language center, where she meets a… »


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Diddy Drops ‘Can’t Stop Won’t Stop’ Trailer on Notorious Big’s Birthday

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At tonight’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Sean “Diddy” Combs saluted Notorious Big and premiered the trailer for Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, a documentary about pioneering hip-hop/R&B label Bad Boy Records. (See below.) He also noted that May 21 would have been the 45th birthday of Big, given name Christopher Wallace, the rapper and Bad Boy collaborator who was fatally shot in 1997. Wallace’s son, Cj, took the awards stage alongside Diddy. “Tonight I'm here to talk… »


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Streaming Indie Film Service Fandor Names Jared Leto Chief Creative Officer

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Streaming indie film service Fandor has named actor Jared Leto as its chief creative officer. VyRT, a hybrid streaming/social media site that Leto founded in 2011, will be part of the new arrangement. “As a longtime Fandor subscriber, I developed a special appreciation for their distinctive programming and recommendation engine,” Leto said in a press release. “Specifically, the ‘human element’ that sets Fandor apart from so many other services in this space, most of which… »


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