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Sonny Landham Dies: ‘Predator’ Actor Was 76

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Sonny Landham, film actor and stunt man known for his role as a Native-American tracker in the 1987 film Predator, has died. Landham died Thursday from congestive heart failure at a Kentucky hospital, his sister Dawn Boehler tells The Associated Press. He was 76. Landham began his career in the movie business in the 1970s in several X-rated films before segueing into mainstream features, One of his first roles was as a subway policeman in Walter Hill’s 1979 thriller Warrio… »


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‘Deadpool 2’ Crash: Details Emerge In Death Of Stuntwoman Joi Harris

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Exclusive: A preliminary investigation into the accident that took the life of stuntwoman Joi ‘Sj’ Harris this week on the Vancouver set of the Ryan Reynolds-starring Deadpool 2 suggests that the stunt may not have been all that difficult, and that her death was the result of a freak low-speed accident. An investigation report by WorkSafeBC, British Columbia's version of the U.S. government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, obtained by Deadline and dated… »


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Warner Bros. Touts $1B ‘Conjuring’ Universe With ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Success

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So many “universes” since the Marvel Universe brand. Universal touts its Monsters universe and yes, Warner Bros. has one, too, now. It’s call The Conjuring universe. After the successful box office launch of New Line Cinema's latest horror offering Annabelle: Creation, Warner Bros. just announced that James Wan and producer Peter Safran's Conjuring “universe” of films have reached the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box  office. Annabelle: Creation opened to $35M… »


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Roman Polanski Denied Dismissal Of 1977 Rape Case; Vital Testimony Stays Sealed

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Roman Polanski has failed in his aim to have his 1977 criminal case for the rape of a 13-year-old tossed out. An order issued Friday by Judge Scott M. Gordon has also denied the Oscar-winning director his attempt to unseal the 2010 testimony of former Deputy District Attorney Roger Gunson. "I’m not surprised but I am disappointed," Polanski's lawyer Harland Braun told Deadline today after the order was issued by the Los Angeles Superior Court judge. L.A. County District… »


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Sony Pictures Hires Exec From Focus, Promotes Another Ahead Of Toronto

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Exclusive: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has hired Lakshmi Iyengar as VP Acquisitions from Focus Features and has internally promoted Alexander Zahn with the same title as the company gears up to attend the Toronto Film Festival, which starts September 7. Both will report to Joe Matukewicz, Evp Acquisitions for Sony. The move was just announced via email by Steve Bersch, who runs Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions/Affirm Films/Stage 6. Here is the announcement… »


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David Mackenzie’s ‘Outlaw King’ Adds Billy Howle

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Exclusive: Actor Billy Howle has joined Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Florence Pugh in David Mackenzie’s (Hell Or High Water) upcoming Netflix film Outlaw King. The Looming Tower scribe Bash Doran drafted the screenplay, which tells the story of Robert The Bruce (Pine), the king who led his country to freedom from the oppressive rule of England in Scotland. Howle will play Prince of Wales who goes head to head with Robert The Bruce to secure the Scottish… »


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Dale Spina Dies: Ad Exec Worked On Warner Bros.’ ‘Batman,’ ‘Chariots Of Fire’

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Dale Spina, formerly Warner Bros. VP of creative advertising and an award-winning copywriter for the studio, died on August 4 after a brief illness. He was 66. As co-head of The Idea Place, Warner's in-house ad agency, formed in the early 1980s, Spina worked on dozens of Warner titles, including Batman, Beetlejuice, Best Picture-winner Chariots of Fire and the Lethal Weapon series. Spina joined Warner Bros. in 1970 as assistant to West Coast Publicity Director Diana Widom… »


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‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Shooting Toward $19M-$20M; ‘Logan Lucky’ Not So Fortunate With $7M-$8M – Midday Update

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Update, Friday,12:20 Pm: In a war between Channing Tatum and Ryan Reynolds at the box office, the latter wins with his Samuel L. Jackson co-starring action comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard making a bull’s-eye for No. 1 with an estimated $19 million-$20 million weekend after $7.5M-$7.75M today. Should the film rally, it’s another case this summer of a studio bucking a film’s Rotten Tomatoes reviews (this one’s at 39% Rotten); much of that has to do with the fact there’s not… »


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Another Presidential Council, This One Focused On The Arts, Quits On Donald Trump

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Updated with George C. Wolfe signing letter: All 17 citizen members of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities have resigned in the wake of President Donald Trump’s stance on the violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va. The committee, which includes actor Kal Penn and former Sen. Ted Kennedy’s widow Vicki, penned a joint letter informing the administration of their decision. At first the only member who didn’t sign the letter was playwright George C… »


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Will MoviePass Give Theaters A Jolt Of Innovation, Or Is It Doomed To Fail?

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MoviePass is the answer to movie theaters’ prayers. No, it’s just another challenge for an already beleaguered industry. No, it’s a crazy idea that’s doomed to fail. Industry watchers have voiced all three theories this week about a business that few had even heard of a week ago. The subscription movie service, introduced in 2011, received publicity beyond its wildest dreams this week after it dropped its monthly price to $9.95 from $14.95. Many consumers were intrigued… »

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‘Super Troopers 2’ Gets Release Date; ‘Conundrum: Secrets Among Friends’ Sets Cast, Emerald Coast Lands ‘The Misfit Tribe’– Film Briefs

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Fox Searchlight’s Super Troopers 2, the followup to 2001’s zany comedy from Broken Lizard, will arrive in theaters April 20, 2018. Broken Lizard’s Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske are back as writers and stars with Chandrasekhar returning as the film’s director.  In the installment, the Super Troopers–Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva — are called in to set up a new Highway Patrol station  when an international border… »


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Hollywood Reacts Fast To Steve Bannon Axing: Rosie O’Donnell Suggests Place For Tiki Torch

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Well, that was fast. Hollywood celebrities reacted so quickly to the ouster of White House strategist Steve Bannon it almost seems they’d been hoping for this moment all along. Because, of course, they  had. From Rosie O’Donnell, who once offered to play Bannon on Saturday Night Live, to Don Cheadle, Bradley Whitford, and Conan O’Brien, the anti-Bannonites celebrated like it was Christmas, Independence Day and Mardi Gras all rolled into one. “Hey bannon,” tweeted… »


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Foul Play Alleged In New York SAG-aftra Board Race

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Exclusive: Allegations that the leaders of SAG-aftra's ruling party in New York used "inside information" to win an extra seat on the union's national board of directors are being leveled by members of the local's opposition party. The claims could set the stage for an election challenge after ballots are counted next week. Only eight national board seats representing actors from New York were up for grabs on June 23, the deadline for candidates to submit election… »

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‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Review: Odd-Couple Pairing Of Ryan Reynolds & Samuel L. Jackson Leads To Violent, Scattershot Mayhem

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In the latest ripoff of the Midnight Run concept, in which a mismatched pair runs the gauntlet as one of them must deliver the other on a dangerous mission while the clock is ticking, The Hitman’s Bodyguard fortunately has casting that at least justifies the two hours of your life you will spend watching this frenetic thing. Although the premise is stale, it fortunately has Ryan Reynolds as a down-on-his-luck protection specialist teamed with Samuel L. Jackson as a… »


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Jessie T. Usher Tapped As Son Of Shaft; Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree Reprise

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Exclusive: New Line and director Tim Story have chosen Jessie T. Usher to play the progeny of detective John Shaft in Son of Shaft, which is gearing up to begin production later this fall. Samuel L. Jackson is negotiating a deal to return to reprise the role he played in the John Singleton-directed reboot of the Gordon Parks-directed 1971 action classic. Also returning, per sources, will be Richard Roundtree, who starred in the original film and returned in the 2000 film… »


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Emmy Predictions: Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie

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Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series Or Movie Two past winners in the category face off against a certified movie legend and a two-time Oscar winner on his first Emmy nomination. Plus two stars of the same acclaimed HBO limited series, and another screen star joining the run of Fargo make this a distinguished lineup that may not be as competitive as the ladies', but holds its own intrigue nonetheless. Riz Ahmed The Night Of HBO The new British star may be best known… »


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‘Marjorie Prime’ Arrives With Awards Hopes; ‘Patti Cake$’ Bows – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Eighty-six year-old actress Lois Smith will receive an awards push for her portrayal in Marjorie Prime, which opens this weekend via FilmRise, the distributor that picked up the Sundance fest title last spring. Marjorie Prime, which also stars Jon Hamm, Geena Davis and Tim Robbins, is among a fairly crowded slate of Specialty newcomers this weekend, heading into late summer. Brett Gelman, Judy Greer and Michael Cera star in Lemon from Magnolia Pictures, a dark comedy that… »


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Exhibition Stocks Battered On Report Studios Plan Pvod Without A Deal

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When it rains on exhibition stocks, it pours. Major theater owners’ shares are getting walloped today following a Bloomberg report that says Warner Bros and Universal Pictures are talking to Apple and Comcast about introducing premium video on demand on their own — without making a deal with exhibitors. They could introduce the changes “as soon as early next year” the news service says, citing “people familiar with the matter.” The three major exhibition chains each… »


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Christopher McQuarrie On Why Making Release Date Won’t Be A Mission Impossible Despite Tom Cruise Ankle Break

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Exclusive: When your star suffers a broken ankle filming a stunt, one that will shelve him as long as nine weeks, one might expect making a July 27, 2018 release date to be the kind of nail biter usually found in a Mission: Impossible plot. But not Christopher McQuarrie, who is confident that M:i 6 — Mission Impossible can be completed with time to spare. In fact, he said the deadline pressures were worse on the last Mission: Impossible film, which was the first one… »


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Gemma Chan Joins ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ Opposite Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie

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Exclusive: British actress Gemma Chan has joined the cast of Working Title and Focus Features' Mary Queen Of Scots. Chan will play Bess of Hardwick, the friend and confidante of Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) who, along with her husband the Earl of Shrewsbury, eventually became keeper of the captive Mary, Queen of Scots (Saoirse Ronan) for 15 years. Pic also stars Martin Compston, who plays the Earl of Bothwell, and Jack Lowden, who plays Lord Darnley. Stage director Josie… »


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