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Christopher Nolan On Dunkirk: “The Only Way To Carry You Through” The Suspense “Is Through Theatrical Distribution” – CinemaCon

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Christopher Nolan, writer/director of the British war film Dunkirk which bows from Warner Bros. on July 21 reached out to the exhibition industry to thank them and to say how important the theatrical experience is to his entire vision of the film. His comments seem to fly in the face of Warner Bros.’ president of worldwide marketing and distribution Sue Kroll who was warning attendees only moments before that consumers want other options outside of theatrical… »


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‘Annabelle 2’ Now Titled ‘Annabelle: Creation’ – CinemaCon

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The news coming out of the Warner Bros’ CinemaCon session today is that their horror sequel Annabelle 2, a spinoff of The Conjuring series, is now titled Annabelle: Creation. The New Line pic, directed by David F. Sandberg, opens August 11 and centers on a doll that is part of a story told by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The entire Conjuring franchise including Annabelle has generated $895 million at the global box… »


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John Doman Joins ‘Hard Powder’; Alessandra Ambrosio Returns For ‘Daddy’s Home’ Sequel

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Gotham actor John Doman has come aboard Hans Petter Moland’s Hard Powder from Michael Shamberg and StudioCanal. It stars Liam Neeson as Nels who, seeking revenge for his murdered son, gets entangled in a turf war between a local gangster and a Native American mafia boss. Emmy Rossum and Laura Dern also co-star in the film, which was written by Frank Baldwin. In addition, Doman has landed a series regular role in Season 2 of the Epix series Berlin Station, produced by… »


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Sue Kroll On Windows Elephant In The Room: “We Need To Address The Challenges Of The Marketplace” – CinemaCon

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Warner Bros worldwide distribution and marketing chief Sue Kroll, while praising how successful the theatrical business is during Warner Bros’ CinemaCon session, spoke about what’s been on everyone’s minds here at the confab: The future of changing windows and the means by which people consume content. "Everyone in this room is facing challenges and opportunities — it’s being talked about in the hallways and meeting rooms this week,” said Kroll, without calling out… »


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SAG P&H Plans’ “Unreasonable” Fees And Expenses Appear To Have Violated Federal Law, Doj Probe Finds

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Exclusive: Recently concluded investigations by the U.S Department of Labor into the SAG Pension and Health Plans have concluded that the plans' trustees "appeared" to have breached their fiduciary obligations by charging $756,027 in "unreasonable" fees and expenses to the Plans in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the federal law that governs private sector pension and health plans. "Based on the facts gathered during those investigations, it… »

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Focus Features Unveils 2017 Slate: ‘The Beguiled,’ ‘Victoria and Abdul,’ ‘The Book Of Henry,’ More – CinemaCon

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“The reality of the motion picture business is that a film is not truly complete until it plays in a theater,” Peter Kujawski, chairman of Focus Features, said today during the label’s presentation at CinemaCon. It is the shared experience “that makes our human experience better.” Kujawski then introduced a Focus reel that included a host of previous films from the banner including Milk, The Theory Of Everything, Moonrise Kingdom, Lost In Translation, Dallas Buyers Club, C… »


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Gary Oldman Spent 200 Hours In Make-Up Chair To Become Winston Churchill In ‘Darkest Hour’ — CinemaCon

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Gary Oldman said that every role he has taken has had its challenges, but with his transformation as Winston Churchill it was “a hard one.” Oldman came on stage during the Focus Features’ rollout of its 2017 slate to promote Darkest Hour from director Joe Wright (Atonement). He revealed that he spent over 200 hours in the make-up chair to become Churchill and “carried around half my body weight” in the prosthetics to add the pounds to his slight frame. Focus Features… »


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Wesley Snipes Sci-Fi Thriller ‘The Recall’ Set For Panoramic Format Release

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Mauro Borelli’s sci-fi thriller The Recall starring Wesley Snipes will bow in select theaters June 2 with the Barco Escape panoramic format, Snipes announced today at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. The film will be released in 2D format June 16 in select cities and on VOD platforms. The Recall centers on a group of friends vacationing at a remote lake house when aliens attack Earth. Snipes plays a mysterious hunter with special knowledge of the attack. Costarring are Jedidah… »


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No. 5 ‘Zootopia’ Box Office Profits – 2016 Most Valuable Movie Blockbuster Tournament

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When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn't about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources. Zootopia Disney T… »

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Sofia Coppola Hopes Audiences See Her Film ‘The Beguiled’ “In A Theater Where It Was Meant To Be Seen” – CinemaCon

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Last year at CinemaCon there was a lot of blatant Screening Room bashing going on by filmmakers and executives, but this year there’s been only hints of the film community’s thoughts on the studio push for premium VOD. On opening night before Sony’s presentation, an exhibition reel featured directors like Ava DuVernay extolling the theatrical experience. Today at the Focus Features lunch, The Beguiled director Sofia Coppola was very straight-up: “I hope people see it in… »


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UTA Signs Olympic Champ Shaun White

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Shaun White, the Olympic gold medal-winning snowboarder who has branched out into fashion and festivals among other business interests, has signed with UTA. The agency has been involved in Air + Style, the annual action sports and music fest that takes place in Europe, Asia and the U.S. and in which White is majority shareholder. White had been with CAA Sports. UTA will rep White’s interests in live events, music, film, TV, licensing and endorsements, digital media and… »


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Abramorama Turns Up Green Day-Produced Punk Docu ‘Turn It Around’

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Indie distributor Abramorama and band Green Day are teaming to distribute Turn It Around: The Story Of East Bay Punk, a feature documentary directed by Corbett Redford and executive produced by the band. The docu centers on the fertile punk scene in the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1970s and ’80s especially at the 924 Gilman Street music collective in Berkeley, which helped launch Green Day, Rancid and others. Iggy Pop narrates and Redford and Anthony Marchitiello… »


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Gunpowder & Sky Sets Release Date For Sundance Film ‘The Little Hours’

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Exclusive: After acquiring The Little Hours at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Gunpowder & Sky is set to release the quirky comedy about nuns gone wild in theaters on June 30, with plans to roll out to at least 50 markets. Written and directed by Jeff Baena, The Little Hours follows three nuns, Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci), who lead simple lives in their convent. Their world is disrupted when a young servant (Dave Franc… »


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Leon Uris Irish Tale ‘Trinity’ Taking Shape As Feature

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Exclusive: David Brookwell and Sean McNamara's Brookwell McNamara Entertainment have set the Leon Uris novel Trinity as an Irish/Canadian co-production that will get underway in September. McNamara, who helmed Live Like Line, will direct his adaptation of an ambitious novel that captures the “terrible beauty” of Ireland, during its long and bloody struggle for freedom. Story is told through an idealistic young Catholic rebel, and a Protestant girl who defied her heritage… »


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Creative BC Hires Film Commissioner; ‘Lion’s’ Saroo Brierley To Speak At Nafa Charity Event; Starz Play Inks Deal With NBCUni Int’l — Global Briefs

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Canada's Creative BC, the independent society that supports British Columbia's creative sector, has appointed Sandi Richter Cooper as its next BC Film Commissioner and Director of Production Services. She'll report to CEO Prem Gill and will lead Creative BC's production services team in the delivery of provincial film commission services, from locations marketing and physical production resource support to industry and community relations services. Cooper has more than 25… »

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Ashton Holmes Joins Bruce Willis In ‘Acts of Violence’

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Ashton Holmes, known for his breakout role in New Lines’ A History Of Violence, is set to co-star in the Bruce Willis-starring action film Acts of Violence, from Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. Directed by Brett Donowho, Acts also stars Mike Epps, Cole Hauser, Shawn Ashmore, Sophia Bush and Melissa Bolona in the pic, which starts shooting this week. Holmes will play Roman, one of the vigilante brothers who infiltrate a human trafficking ring to extricate a loved one with the… »


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‘The Tracking Of A Russian Spy’: Logan Lerman & Olivia Cooke Near Deals To Star

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Logan Lerman and Olivia Cooke are in final negotiations to topline The Tracking Of A Russian Spy, the thriller based on real events that is being mounted by StudioCanal and The Picture Company. Nima Nourizadeh (American Ultra) is directing the pic based on Mitch Swenson’s memoir. The Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman, who worked with Nourizadeh on his feature debut Project X, are producing, and a summer shoot is in the works. Ron Halpern and Shana Eddy are… »


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Oscar Academy Keeping PwC Despite Envelope Snafu

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to retain its longtime accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, with the decision reached during a board of governors meeting last night. That had been the way the wind was blowing despite the historically epic fail at the end of last month’s Oscars, when the content of the wrong envelope was read to announce the marquee Best Picture winner. Word of the decision went to Academy members in a memorandum from Cheryl… »


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Universal CinemaCon Session: ‘Despicable Me 3’, ‘Atomic Blonde’, ‘Girl Trip’, ‘Fate Of The Furious’ Star Sit-Downs

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Update throughout: Some studios crank up the music and march out their stars when firing off CinemaCon panels. But Universal took a more button-down route with a Today Show sit-down twist. Universal Pictures distribution chief Nick Carpou took the stage first today in Las Vegas before turning it over to chairman Donna Langley. She expounded that it was Uni’s best first quarter at the box office in studio history thanks to Blumhouse’s Split, Get Out and Fifty Shades Darker… »


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Oscar Isaac In Final Negotiations To Star And Produce MGM’s ‘Operation Finale’ For Director Chris Weitz

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Exclusive: Oscar Isaac, who just starred in The Promise about the Armenian genocide with Christian Bale, is taking to another historical drama — this one about the hunt for one of the most hated men of WWII. Isaac is sealing a deal to star in Operation Finale (previously known as Eichmann) for MGM and director Chris Weitz. The project is about a group of Israeli spies who work to track down the notorious Nazi general Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in the 1960s so he can… »


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