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Eddie Redmayne’s ‘Early Man’ to Be Released by Lionsgate in North America

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to Aardman Studios’ upcoming prehistoric comedy adventure “Early Man,” starring Eddie Redmayne.

Directed by Nick Park from a script by Mark Burton and John O’Farrell, the stop-motion movie is co-financed by the U.K.’s Aardman and France’s Studiocanal. It’s a re-team of the companies following 2015’s “Shaun the Sheep.” Lionsgate also handled the domestic distribution for “Shaun the Sheep.”

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer made the announcement during Thursday’s earnings call with Wall Street analysts. “Early Man” opens in the U.K. on Jan. 26 and in the U.S. on Feb. 16.

The film will be released by the Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label. Lionsgate will also represent licensing and merchandising for the film in the U.S.

Redmayne was the first cast member who boarded the toon, set at the dawn of time when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth. »

- Dave McNary

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'Pirates 5' and 'Baywatch' Set Sail Over Memorial Day Weekend

13 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Memorial Day weekend brings two new wide releases to theaters in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Paramount's R-rated comedy Baywatch, the latter of which got a head start on the weekend holding preview screenings last night and arriving nationwide today. Neither are necessarily expected to blow the doors off with Pirates looking to finish well behind the last three films, especially Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which currently holds the Memorial Day opening weekend record of $139.8 million. Meanwhile there are a few questions as to just how high Baywatch will finish as Paramount really could use a win with this one as not one of their four releases this year has managed to hit $45 million domestically. At the top, while it isn't expected to top $100 million for the four day or even the $90.1 million Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides delivered »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Blake Lively to Star in Murder Mystery From 'Big Little Lies' Author (Exclusive)

24 May 2017 2:54 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Blake Lively's got a secret.

The Gossip Girl grad will star in CBS Films' adaptation of The Husband's Secret, the New York Times best-seller from Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty.

Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano are producing via their Depth of Field shingle. Lively will also executive produce the adaption, which is currently out to potential directors.

Lively will play Cecilia Fitzpatrick, a chronic perfectionist whose suburban bubble is burst when she finds a note from her husband addressed to her with instructions to open it in the event of his death. But he's still alive. She then discovers a secret that her husband has been »

- Mia Galuppo

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T.J. Miller Exiting HBO's 'Silicon Valley'

12 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

T.J. Miller is leaving Silicon Valley.

The actor best known for his portrayal of blowhard entrepreneur Erlich Bachman in the HBO comedy will not be back for the upcoming fifth season. HBO confirmed the news of his exit on Thursday.

"The producers of Silicon Valley and T.J. Miller have mutually agreed that T.J. will not return for season 5," said the cable network in a statement. "In Erlich Bachman, T.J. has brought to life an unforgettable character, and while his presence on the show will be missed, we appreciate his contribution and look forward to future collaborations."

News of Miller's departure comes »

- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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Sony’s Silver Sable, Black Cat Movie Lands Gina Prince-Bythewood as Director

15 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Gina Prince-Bythewood is in talks to direct “Silver and Black,” the second announced standalone film in Sony’s Marvel Universe. If the deal goes through, she would become first African-American woman to direct a movie based on Marvel characters. The film will be based on the characters Silver Sable and Black Cat (aka Felicia Hardy), who are known for their connections with Spider-Man. Silver Sable is a mercenary who runs a company that hunts criminals. She hasn’t been introduced in a previous film. Meanwhile, Hardy made her debut in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” played by Felicity Jones. Also Read: »

- Carli Velocci and Matt Donnelly

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Rosario Dawson in Negotiations to Star in X-Men Spinoff ‘New Mutants’

14 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Rosario Dawson is in talks to star in X-Men spinoff “New Mutants,” a person close to the project told TheWrap.

Dawson will play Dr. Cecilia Reyes. Her character in the spinoff acts as a mentor for the young adult ensemble cast that already includes “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams and “Split” star Anya Taylor-Joy.

Williams is set to play Rahne Sinclair, or Wolfsbane, who must figure out how to reconcile her ability to turn into a wolf with her religious beliefs. Taylor-Joy is Illyana Rasputin, »

- Ashley Boucher

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'Boss Baby 2' With Alec Baldwin to Hit Theaters in Spring 2021

9 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Alec Baldwin is reuniting with DreamWorks Animation to make The Boss Baby 2.

Universal and Dwa announced the news Thursday. The animated movie will hit theaters on March 26, 2021.

The Boss Baby, about a power-obsessed infant voiced by Baldwin, has been a sleeper hit at the global box office, earning $468.4 million to date. The North American haul is $167 million, while Boss Baby has earned $301.4 million overseas.

The film, opening in theaters on March 21 of this year, coincided with Baldwin's standout ongoing impersonation of President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.

The budding Boss »

- Pamela McClintock

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STX Wins Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ for US Distribution

8 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

STX is sitting pretty now that they’re in business with Amy Schumer.

The young mini-major acquired domestic distribution rights to the comedy out of Cannes. The title was repped by UTA Independent Film Group lead Rena Ronson. The package will begin shooting this July in Boston.

Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, screenwriters of films like “Never Been Kissed” and “How to Be Single,” make their directorial debut here.

The announcement, made by STX Films Chairman Adam Fogelson and production head Sam Brown, also disclosed the »

- Matt Donnelly

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Emmy experts predict a ‘Feud’ feud for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor: Stanley Tucci vs. Alfred Molina

12 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Best Movie/Mini Actress isn’t the only Emmy category where “Feud: Bette and Joan” could battle itself for the win. According to our experts, there’s another “Feud” feud brewing in the race for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor. As of this writing we’ve polled 15 journalists from top media outlets, and they’re split between two stars of […] »

- Daniel Montgomery

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‘Fargo’ Review: A Battle Between Ewan McGregors Has Never Felt So Wretched — And Season 3 Never More Exciting

24 May 2017 8:03 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: The review below contains spoilers for “Fargo” Season 3, Episode 6, “The Lord of No Mercy.”]

Immediate Reaction

Gloria Burgle to the rescue!

After an episode of incredible tension and unexpected tragedy, we didn’t realize how badly we needed to hear Carrie Coon say, “Screw it,” whip the cruiser around, and high-tail it back to “the P.O.’s domicile.” While the simultaneously ominous and uplifting strings certainly served to get our hearts beating, “Fargo” may as well have played Bonnie Tyler’s famous “Footloose” jam “Holding Out for a Hero” — because one is on the way!

It’s just we had to hold out a little too long. Just enough road blocks were thrown in front of Burgle to keep her from cracking the case earlier, and all that time led to an inevitable tragedy. Ray (Ewan McGregor) is the first major victim of Season 3 (unless you count the annual pilot sacrifice of Scoot McNairy’s Maurice Lafay), in a particularly well-orchestrated offing. First »

- Ben Travers

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Watch Greg Gianforte Apologize for Attacking Reporter (Video)

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Newly-elected Montana congressman Greg Gianforte used his victory speech Thursday night to apologize for attacking Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. “I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that, I’m sorry Mr. Ben Jacobs,” Gianforte said, drawing cheers from his supporters. According to Jacobs, and two other witnesses, he was attacked — “bodyslammed” as Jacobs described it — by Gianforte at the candidate’s campaign headquarters, after asking a question about the Republicans’ healthcare plan. An interview with Fox News was being set up at the time, and Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna later backed up Jacob’s version of events. »

- Ross A. Lincoln

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These 13 Movies Were Rated the Most Damaging to Lgbt People in 2016 (Photos)

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

From perpetuating stereotypes to deploying violence against queer people as plot devices or straight-up refusing to clarify the orientation of meaningful Lgbt characters in film, these portraits were are considered the most damaging or ineffective from any major Hollywood film in 2016. “Finding Dory” (Disney) Much ado was made about two women being a same-sex couple in the animated film — but their cameo was so fleeting and, as the study points out, director Andrew Stanton refused to confirm or deny this as true. GLAAD did not count the characters in its tally of 70 represented »

- Matt Donnelly

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Cannes Facetime: Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania is the only Arab auteur in the Cannes official selection this year. Her first full-fledged feature, “Beauty and the Dogs,” which screens in Un Certain Regard, is centered around the rape of a young woman by policemen outside a beachfront nightclub in Tunisia, based on a true case that sparked plenty of outrage. Ben Hania spoke to Variety about the challenges of bringing to the screen a story that is symbolic of Tunisia after the Arab Spring.

“Beauty and the Dogs” seems a natural transition from your previous works, “Imams Go to School,” “Challat of Tunis” and “Zaineb Hates the Snow,” which, simply put, are about social issues. What drew you to this subject? 

The real rape case that happened in 2012 in Tunis made a big impression on me. I was struck by the courage of this girl who persisted in suing the policemen [who raped her] and »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Cannes: ‘The Summit’s’ Santiago Mitre on Fiction in Politics, Politics in Fiction

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — World premiering in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, the third feature from Argentine Santiago Mitre (“The Student,” “Paulina”) follows an Argentine President (Ricardo Darín) at a Latin American summit, who is conflicted on a political and personal level. Dolores Fonzi (“Paulina”) plays his daughter, Elena Anaya an Oriana Fallaci-ish journalist, Christian Slater a U.S. diplomat. Sold internationally by Film Factory Ent., “The Summit” is produced by  K & S (Pablo Trapero’s “The Clan”), La Union de los Rios (“Paulina,” “The Student”) Spain’s Mod Producciones (Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Biutiful”) and France’s Maneki Films (Pablo Trapero’s “White Elephant”).  “The Summit” marks a step-up into a far higher-profile production from the Cannes 2015 Critics’ Week winner and co-writer of “White Elephant”. “The Summit” will be released in the U.S. in August via Warner Bros. Pictures.

What drive you to make “The Summit,” a political thriller-drama, what interests you about politics? »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Gop Candidate Who Attacked Reporter Wins Montana Special Election

2 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Note to future Montana politicians: physically assaulting members of the press will, as it turns out, not actually hurt your chances of winning an election. That’s one take-away from the special election held tonight to fill the Big Sky State’s vacant seat in the House of Representatives. Despite a last minute national scandal that erupted after the Republican candidate, Greg Gianforte, attacked a reporter for The Guardian, Gianforte has handily defeated Democratic opponent Rob Quist. With 78% of precincts reporting, Gianforte was declared winner with 50.7% of the vote to Quist’s 43.4%, according to The New York Times. Also Read: Reporter Accuses. »

- Ross A. Lincoln

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Cannes: Latido Films Acquires Burning Blue, Dynamo Production ‘Siete Cabezas’

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Latido Films has acquired international rights to into-the-woods thriller “Siete Cabezas,” produced by Colombia’s Dynamo, line-producers of Netflix mega-hit “Narcos,” along with Burning Blue, headed by Diana Bustamante.

Burning Blue has, for five consecutive years, had films participating at Cannes with titles such as Argentine Diego Lerman’s 2014 drama “Refugiado,” and Colombian César Augusto Acevedo 2015 feature “Land and the Shade,” which took home four awards, including Cannes Camera d’Or.

The company has a history of producing riskier cinema intended for an international audience, frequently participating in international co-productions across the globe.

In addition to heavy involvement in “Narcos,” Dynamo, one of Colombia’s biggest film producers, has produced titles such as Sebastian Cordero’s “Rabia,” and 2010 Sundance Audience Award winner “Undertow.”

Cine Colombia, the largest distribution and exhibition company in Colombia, will handle domestic distribution on “Siete Cabezas.”

Helming the project is Colombia’s Jaime Osorio Marquez whose 2011 writing and directorial debut, »

- Jamie Lang

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‘Survivor’ Winner Sarah Lacina’s $1 Million Check Ripped (Exclusive Video)

3 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Iowa cop Sarah Lacina won $1 million live on CBS’ season finale of “Survivor: Game Changers” on Wednesday night (May 24), but will she be able to cash the check? Thanks to some klutzy handling by two former champions, a corner of the check was torn before the new millionaire got her first look at the eight zeroes next to her name. (Watch the video, above) Also Read: 'Survivor: Game Changers' Reveals Season 34 Winner After Jeff Probst handed her the money on national TV, but before she opened the envelope, TheWrap was with Lacina as she cracked open »

- Mikey Glazer

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110 Summer TV Shows: Every New and Returning Series (Photos)

5 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

There’s more TV than ever, and TheWrap’s here to help you keep track of it all. “Casual” (Hulu) Tuesday, May 23 “Dirty Dancing” (ABC) Wednesday, May 24 at 8 p.m. “Red Nose Day Special” (NBC) Thursday, May 25 at 8 p.m. “Love Connection” (Fox) Thursday, May 25 at 8 p.m. “Beat Shazam” (Fox) Thursday, May 25 at 9 p.m. “Bloodline” (Netflix) Friday, May 26 “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (The CW) Monday, May 29 at 9 p.m. “Still Star-Crossed” (ABC) Monday, May 29 at 10 p.m. “F Is for Family” (Netflix) Tuesday, May 30 “House of Cards” (Netflix) Tuesday, May 30 “America’s Got Talent” (NBC) Tuesday, May 30 at 8 p. »

- Reid Nakamura

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BAFTA Announces Student Film Award Finalists

6 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the nine finalists for the 2017 BAFTA Student Film Awards. BAFTA’s Student Film Awards competition expanded internationally this year, with the final films having been selected from four countries. Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony June 22 at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.

The finalists were selected from over 400 submissions by students at film schools internationally.

Film schools across the globe were able to submit up to nine films for consideration for four top prizes including the BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation presented by Laika, the Student Film Award for Documentary, the Student Film Award for Live Action Film and the Special Jury Prize, selected by the event’s panel members. Special Jury members for 2017 have not been announced yet.

This year’s contenders for animation include “Adam,” directed by Evelyn Jane Ross of Rhode Island School of Design; “Once Upon a Line, »

- Rebecca Rubin

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Don’t Binge-Watch ‘Master of None’ (Commentary)

6 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In episode 6 of “Master of None” Season 2, Aziz Ansari shifts the focus away from his main character Dev and devotes the entire episode to the underserved, underrepresented people of New York’s working class. The episode is titled “New York, I Love You,” and it’s a lovely collection of vignettes rarely seen on television. Netflix and a new age of TV have allowed an episode like this to exist and stories like these to be told. But the poignancy is buried when you plow through an entire season in a single binge-watch session. The second season of “Master of None” has the same. »

- Brian Welk

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