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‘Vacation’ Directors Board ‘Game Night’ From Jason Bateman

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

The “Vacation” directing team of Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley will helm “Game Night” for New Line Cinema.

The duo will also rewrite the script for “Game Night,” produced by Jason Bateman’s Aggregate Films and Davis Entertainment. Producers are Bateman, Aggregate’s James Garavente, Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox.

Goldstein and Dale made their directorial debut on last year’s “Vacation” reboot for New Line, which grossed more than $100 million worldwide. They are also writing the script for the upcoming “Spiderman: Homecoming” at Sony.

Game Night,” which has been in development at New Line since 2013 when Mark Perez set up the project, centers on several couples who gather for their regularly-planned game night as something goes terribly wrong.

Goldstein and Daley are also producing the action-comedy “Stuber” at Fox. They are repped by UTA and Hansen Jacobson.

Casting has not been set for “Game Night. »


- Dave McNary

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Adam Sandler Plans Animated Feature for STX

17 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison production banner will team with STX Entertainment for an animated feature. Sandler will write, produce and star in the untitled project, which is a part of STX's push for family friendly content to add to the 12 to 15 films the studio hopes to release each year. The company is currently developing another animated film based on the Uglydoll toy. STX execs have a long history in animation. Adam Fogelson, the chairman of the STX Entertainment Motion Picture Group, worked closely with Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment on films like Despicable Me and Minions. President and chief creative officer

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- Mia Galuppo

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European Commission proposes Netflix, Amazon content quota

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The updated Audiovisual Directive will enforce VoD platforms such as Netflix to ensure at least a 20% share of European content in their catalogues.

A level playing field between traditional broadcasters, VoD providers and video sharing platforms is being planned by the European Commission (EC) in an update of its Audiovisual Media Services Directive (Avmsd) from 2010.

The proposed new rules, which were unveiled by EC vice president Andrus Ansip and commissioner for digital economy and society Günther H. Oettinger in Brussels this morning (May 25) as part of the Digital Single Market strategy, want TV broadcasters to continue to dedicate at least 50% of viewing time to European works (including national content).

At the same time, the revised Avmsd would require VoD services – which already have to promote European works under the Directive’s current rules - to be subject to more specific obligations such as ensuring at least 20% share of European content in their catalogues and giving good visibility »


- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Beauty and the Beast breaks trailer views record set by Star Wars

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First glimpse of Disney remake starring Emma Watson overtakes Star Wars: The Force Awakens with the biggest teaser audience in history

The teaser for the upcoming Disney live action remake Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, has broken the record for views of a teaser-style trailer, which was previously held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The teaser was watched 91.8m times in the first 24 hours of its release, taking it ahead of the 88m views garnered by the second teaser for The Force Awakens in 2014.

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- Ben Child

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Edinburgh International Film Festival unveils 2016 line-up

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Highlights include the UK premiere of Finding Dory and the world premiere of the 4K restoration of Highlander [pictured].Scroll down for competition titles

The line-up for the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has been unveiled this morning by artistic director Mark Adams.

This year’s Eiff (June 15-26) will comprise a total 161 features from 46 countries including: 22 world premieres, five international premieres, 17 European premieres and 85 UK premieres.

Highlights include the UK premiere of Disney-Pixar animation Finding Dory, in-person events that include Us indie filmmaker Kevin Smith and Sex & The City actress Kim Cattrall, and the opening and closing gala world premieres of the previously announced Tommy’s Honour and Whisky Galore!.

Old classics will be re-imagined with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra performing the score to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial live at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre and the world premiere of the newly-restored 4K version of Highlander, celebrating its 30th anniversary with star Clancy Brown in attendance.

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Director Xavier Dolan: 'Cannes is sinking into a culture of hatred' – video interview

55 minutes ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Xavier Dolan, whose new film, Only the End of the World, debuted to poor reviews at the Cannes film festival last week, shares his dismayed reaction to the critical mauling. Vincent Cassel, who co-stars in the film with Marion Cotillard and Léa Seydoux, explains why the film’s melodramatic tone suits a story about a family on the verge of disaster

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Wesley Snipes Really Wants In On A Blade Reboot, Here's What He Said

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With the Marvel Cinematic Universe rendering the original Blade trilogy pointless, and with Netflix serving as an effective home for the more mature part of the McU, a reboot of the vampire flavored franchise seems eventual. Even better is the fact that, if Marvel wanted, they could use previous leading man Wesley Snipes all over again, as he's made it abundantly clear that he still wants to return to the role of the infamous Daywalker. At random, Snipes took to his Twitter feed, and posted the following message yesterday:  When it comes to another Blade, there's always a possibility. »

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Bill Nighy to star in 'Triple Word Score'

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Exclusive: Comedy-drama scripted by Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Bill Nighy, one of Britain’s best loved character actors, is to star in Hurricane FilmsTriple Word Score, a new feature scripted by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Hilary and Jackie, 24 Hour Party People).

The film is in the growing slate of features to be executive produced by Gibson & MacLeod - the outfit behind Hurricane FilmsEmily Dickinson biopic, A Quiet Passion.

Triple Word Score will mark the directorial debut of Carl Hunter who has collaborated extensively with Cottrell Boyce on various other ventures including an award winning children’s book and an online narrative project.

The supernatural comedy-drama follows the story of a father (Nighy) searching for his missing son, with whom he shared a passion for the board game Scrabble. The film is a journey of mystery, self-discovery and hope.

Shooting will take place this summer in the UK - in Liverpool and West Lancashire.

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- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Edinburgh Film Festival Chief Mark Adams Unveils 70th Edition

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The 70th edition of the Edinburgh Film Festival, which runs June 15-26, will showcase 161 feature films from 46 countries, including 22 world premieres, five international premieres, 17 European premieres and 85 U.K. premieres. Artistic director Mark Adams, unveiling the selection Wednesday, said there was “something for everyone,” and the festival would “challenge, provoke and entertain audiences.”

Highlights include the U.K. premiere of Disney-Pixar animation “Finding Dory,” In-Person events featuring the likes of Kevin Smith and Kim Cattrall, and the opening and closing gala world premieres of “Tommy’s Honor” and “Whisky Galore!” Classic include “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” with John Williams’ score performed live by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the world premiere of the newly-restored 4K version of the Scottish classic “Highlander,” celebrating its 30th anniversary with star Clancy Brown in attendance.

The Best of British strand includes David Blair’s heart-wrenching drama “Away,” starring Timothy Spall and Juno Temple as »


- Leo Barraclough

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Margot Robbie's Noir Thriller Terminal Is Putting Together An Incredible Cast

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In her role as Harley Quinn, Margot Robbie is a bit of an unknown quantity to the other members of the Suicide Squad. With her spontaneous, unhinged nature, she could do anything at a moment's notice and change the dynamic of the group's mission just as quickly. Which is funny, because it looks like Robbie will be in a similar, albeit more grounded situation in her new film Terminal - and she's got some rather interesting co-stars that she'll be sharing the screen with. Highland Film Group, the production shingle behind Terminal announced a lot of casting info, as well as the official synopsis of the film's plot. Before we die into the cast, and who they may be playing, let's run through the short, but crucial, synopsis to the film's plot. According to the press release, the following  Terminal tells the story of two hit-men, as they embark on »

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‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ to Make for Strong Memorial Day Box Office

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Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” has the upper hand in the Memorial Day weekend with early forecasts showing an $80 million-plus launch at 4,100 locations at the U.S. box office.

Recent estimates indicate that Disney’s sequel “Alice Through the Looking Glass” will open in the $60 million range.

With the two openers generating as much as $150 million combined, the four-day period looks to be much more robust than last year when George Clooney’s “Tomorrowland” under-performed with $42.7 million but still was the top grosser. Last year’s holiday frame was only the 12th-highest on record with $194.9 million, off 38% from the top Memorial Day weekend in 2013, when “Fast & Furious 6” opened.

X-Men: Apocalypse,” the fourth X-Men movie directed by Bryan Singer, has an impressive legacy to follow during the Memorial Day holiday period. His “X-Men: Days of Future Past” generated $110.6 million on its opening in 2014, or nearly half the $231.4 million total box office »


- Dave McNary

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James Urbaniak Joins Nicholas Hoult in ‘Rebel in the Rye’ (Exclusive)

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James Urbaniak has been cast opposite Nicholas Hoult in “Rebel in the Rye,” the J.D. Salinger biopic directed by Danny Strong.

Urbaniak will be playing Gus Lobrano, who was the real-life fiction editor of the New Yorker during the Salinger’s most productive years in the late ’40s through the ’50s. Previously named cast include Kevin Spacey, Hope Davis, Sarah Paulson, Victor Garber, Lucy Boynton and Brian d’Arcy James.

The movie is based on Kenneth Slawenski’s biography, “J.D. Salinger: A Life,” which Strong adapted. Black Label Media is financing with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill producing alongside Bruce Cohen, Jason Shuman and Strong. CAA is representing North American rights.

The movie will cover Salinger’s rebellious youth, the bloody front lines of World War II, a life of rejection to the pages of the New Yorker and the Ptsd-fueled writer’s block that led to »


- Dave McNary

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Adam Sandler Is Doing Another Animated Family Comedy, Get The Details

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Not too long ago, Adam Sandler made the jump to more family friendly comedy that comedians have become known for. Though unlike some of his less successful contemporaries, Sandler actually made some decent money, as Hotel Transylvania and its sequel both crushed at the box office. Unsatisfied with merely one animated franchise in his canon, it looks like Adam Sandler is jumping into a fresh, animated franchise at an upstart studio. This announcement comes from The Wrap, which pegs Adam Sandler as writing, starring, and producing the untitled animated film for Stx Entertainment. His Happy Madison production company will be, of course, involved . which means that you can probably expect the usual suspects to start to board the mystery project as fellow cast members. No other details are available, except that relative newcomer Stx Entertainment is using this project to help broaden their programming slate for younger viewers. What's interesting »

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‘X-Men’ & ‘Alice’ To Boost Memorial Day Weekend After Last Year’s Holiday Apocalypse

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Franchises — big, strong four-quad ones — make all the difference over the Memorial Day weekend. While that might be a duh of a statement, consider how often studios have tried to launch original fare over the four-day holiday and flopped: Disney in 2010 with Prince Of Persia, or Warner Bros. in 2014 with Adam Sandler’s Blended. But not this time. After Disney and 20th Century Fox delivered some of the biggest duds at the Memorial Day box office last year with Tomorrowland… »


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‘Central Intelligence’ Gets Fest Bow Ahead Of Release; Screamfest 2016 Dates Set

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Central Intelligence will open the 20th annual American Black Film Festival on June 15 in Miami. The film, a New Line Cinema and Universal Pictures presentation distributed by Warner Bros, opens in theaters June 17. Starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, it follows a lethal CIA agent and one-time bullied geek (Johnson) as he heads home for his high school reunion. Hart plays his former “big man on campus” classmate who misses his glory days. Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul and… »


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Weiner: You Can’t Look Away

9 hours ago | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

Many of my friends have said of the current Presidential election follies, “You couldn’t make this stuff up.” The same is true of former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s career—before, during and after his notorious sexting scandal. When Weiner decided to run for Mayor of New York City in 2013 he allowed documentary filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg extraordinary access to his public—and even private—life. The results are utterly fascinating. Some might call them grimly fascinating, as there is a poignancy to Weiner’s saga: here is a respected public official, dedicated to serving the people, who threw it all away by texting photos of his penis—and making a lame attempt to...

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- Leonard Maltin

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Beauty And The Beast Has Topped Star Wars In One Important Poll

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Yesterday, Disney released the first teaser trailer for their live action Beauty and the Beast remake. Other than a shot of Emma Watson’s Belle in the background, the preview didn’t provide any clear looks at the characters, but it did give a taste of the retelling’s castle setting and samplings of Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen’s voice work as Lumiere and Cogsworth, respectively. It was expected that a lot of people would see the trailer, but this first look is so popular that it has already surpassed Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the number of trailer views in its first 24 hours. At the time of this writing, the first Beauty and the Beast trailer has gather nearly 92 million viewers across the web, which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, beats the record Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ second teaser trailer left »

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Johnny Depp explains Aussie apology, suggests Barnaby Joyce might be 'inbred with a tomato' – video

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Appearing on Us talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live, Johnny Depp says Barnaby Joyce looks like he’s ‘inbred with a tomato’, as he continues to mock the apology Depp made with his wife, Amber Heard, for smuggling their two dogs into Australia. Depp says ‘an absolute genius’ wrote the apology and it was directed by an iPhone. When asked if he watched the video before releasing it, Depp responded: ‘No, because I didn’t want to kill myself’

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