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Paramount , Disney And Stx Show Exhibitors Exactly What They Came To See With Help From Clooney, Damon And The Rock (Again!) – CinemaCon

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CinemaCon came into full swing on Tuesday with presentations from Stx in the morning, Paramount in the afternoon, and Disney (including a screening of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) in the evening, followed by an elaborate pirate-themed party.  In between Stx once again threw a lunch at Mr. Chows for exhibitors that had them lining up to take selfies with a very patient and cooperative Jessica Chastain who is here in Vegas not only talking up Molly’s Gam… »


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Disney At CinemaCon: ‘Wreck It Ralph’ Sequel Now Titled ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’

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The studios’ panels here at CinemaCon can last hours. Literally. There’s typically a lot of preamble, an exhibitor honor of sort of a legendary vet before the clips and stars start flying. But Disney tonight completed their CinemaCon presentation in arguably a record 12 1/2 minutes. That’s because the soul of tonight’s presentation is the screening of their Memorial Day tentpole Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Hence, no clips, stars, or pre-recorded… »


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WGA East’s Council Asks Members To Authorize Strike

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In the second of a one-two punch that puts the WGA further along the road to a threatened strike against the film and TV industry, the WGA East's council voted tonight in New York to seek strike authorization from the guild's members. The vote comes a day after the WGA West's board voted in Los Angeles to seek the same authorization from its members. The back-to-back votes were recommended unanimously by the WGA negotiating committee, which broke off contract talks with ma… »

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Paramount Brings The Star Power To CinemaCon: Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Al Gore & More

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We’re here live at the Paramount CinemaCon presentation. Last year, the Baywatch cast made a promise to be here, and they’re making good on that. A swarm of bathing-suit clad young women and beefcakes marched through the aisles shooting towels into the air with Baywatch Dwayne Johnson in tow. “I give you the Avengers of the Beach, Team Baywatch,” said Johnson calling up the cast Zac Afron (“a real a**hole with movie star good looks), Alexandria Daddario, Priyanka Chopra… »


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Paramount Teases Nickelodeon-Based Feature Toon Lineup Including ‘The Loud House’ – CinemaCon

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Paramount’s motion picture group president Marc Evans promised during ComicCon today that the studio will be working even more closely with its sister Viacom TV brands, the most immediate of which is Nickelodeon. While we already knew about Sherlock Gnomes opening on January 12, the studio has also moved its Amusement Park big toon from July 13, 2018, to August 10 next year. In addition, a new untitled Nick-Paramount property will debut on March 22, 2019, along with the Sp… »


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Fox 2000, Macmillan Land African Flavored Fantasy Novel ‘Children Of Blood And Bone’ In Splashy Deal

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Exclusive: In a remarkable pair of deals for a debut author who is just 23, Fox 2000 has just made a preemptive acquisition of Children of Blood and Bone, the first installment of a fantasy novel trilogy by Tomi Adeyemi that will spawn a trilogy. Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing with Karen Rosenfelt. Word is this deal landed at or near seven-figures, and so did a whopping publishing deal that just closed at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group… »


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‘The Flash’s Grant Gustin Draws ‘The Last Full Measure’

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Exclusive: Foresight Unlimited has set The Flash star Grant Gustin to join The Last Full Measure, the political drama that Todd Robinson will direct from his script. Shooting on the film begins this weekend in Atlanta and Costa Rica. Gustin will play actual Medal of Honor recipient William Pitsenbarger, a special forces Para-rescue Jumper who is pivotal to the plot. He joins Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Samuel L. Jackson, Bradley Whitford, Michael… »


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Leonardo DiCaprio Remembers ‘Gilbert Grape’ Star Darlene Cates: “She Was The Best Acting Mom I Ever Had”

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Leonardo DiCaprio has paid tribute to his What’s Eating Gilbert Grape co-star Darlene Cates, who died Sunday at the age of 69. “Darlene was the best acting mom I ever had the privilege of working alongside. Her endearing personality and incredible talent will live on in the memories of those who knew her, and those who loved her work,” DiCaprio wrote in a post on Facebook. “My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time. The Revenant star DiCaprio… »


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‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Trailer: Al Gore Gets Fired Up As Donald Trump Gets Chilly

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“It's time to fight like your world depends on it.” That’s the tagline for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, the follow-up to Al Gore and Davis Guggenheim’s Oscar-winning 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth. And now, if you’ll boot up your PowerPoint, we have the first trailer. It starts with — who else? — Donald Trump, joking at a rally about how chilly it is and saying, “We need some global warming.” (Cue laugh track.) But things get serious as former Vice… »


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Covert Media & Broken Road Buy ‘Kansas’ Pitch From Rich Talarico

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Exclusive: TV producer and former Key And Peele writer Rich Talarico has sold his film pitch Kansas to Covert Media and Broken Road Productions. Plot details are being kept under wraps but it is described as an unusual/Charlie Kaufman-esque project. It’s the first project Covert has purchased based solely off a pitch. “Rich has developed an incredibly clever concept,” said Covert Media CEO Paul Hanson. “We are thrilled to be working with him and Broken Road to push this… »


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No. 7 ‘Sing’ 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. Sing Universal/Il… »

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‘Ferdinand’ Trailer: John Cena Is Bullish On Fox Toon Based On Classic Kids Book

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No one would deny that John Cena is a bull inside the squared circle, but now the WWE superduperstar plays one on the silver screen. Here is the first trailer for Ferdinand, an animated feature from Rio and Ice Age veteran Carlos Saldanha and Blue Sky Studios, the production house behind those toon franchises. “You look at me and think, ‘Big!’ You think, ‘Scary!'” But the titular enormous bull (Cena) with an even bigger heart is neither — he’s just drawn that way. He’d… »


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Christine Kaufmann Dies: Golden Globe-Winning Actress Was 72

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Christine Kaufmann, Golden Globe-winning actress, died in Munich, Germany, after battling leukemia, her management company told the dpa news agency on Tuesday. She was 72. “Christine was a unique and wonderful woman, a very caring person with the love of life,” read a statement on her Facebook page. “Your endless wisdom, your poetic nature and boundless tolerance and love for people make you unforgettable. She loved her family, was a reliable friend and enchanted everyone… »


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‘A Ghost Story’ Trailer: Casey Affleck Haunts Rooney Mara In Indie Drama

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Ain't Them Bodies Saints trio Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and director David Lowery reunite in the indie drama A Ghost Story, about a man who haunts his wife after his death. A24 released the first trailer for the film, which will bow on July 7. A Ghost Story follows Mara, a grieving widow who is followed by the ghost of her husband (Affleck). The ghost, donning a white sheet with two holes for eyes, watches her closely, trying to reconnect with his loved ones as time goes… »


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WGA Strike Talk: Insiders Lay Out What’s At Stake

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Editors Note: As Hollywood braces for the possibility of its first work stoppage since the devastating 100-day WGA strike of 2007-2008, Deadline is opening the opportunity for insiders to dissect the thorny issues that created an impasse between the union and the studio reps over a new film/TV contract to replace the one that expires in May. We expect some of the dialogue here to be delivered anonymously at such a delicate time; the hope is to capture the challenges… »

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Fox Searchlight Lands Cold War Thriller ‘The Spy With No Name’

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Exclusive: Fox Searchlight has acquired the rights to The Spy With No Name, a Jeff Maysh eBook published under the Amazon Kindle Single label. Emjag’s Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert will produce alongside Argo‘s David Klawans. The book tells the true story of Erwin van Haarlem, a Cold War secret agent whose stolen identity broke the heart of an innocent woman who thought she'd found her long-lost son. When Johanna van Haarlem finally tracked down the son she was… »


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Timothy Hutton Joins Amazon Studios’ ‘Beautiful Boy’

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Exclusive: After signing on for a recurring role in the Amazon TV series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Timothy Hutton now has joined Beautiful Boy, the Felix Van Groeningen-directed feature drama for Amazon Studios that stars Steve Carell, Maura Tierney, Timothee Chalamet and Amy Ryan. The film tells a harrowing true story of addiction and recovery. It is based on the story of the accomplished journalist David Sheff, whose son, Nic, developed a devastating meth addiction. Van… »


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China Date Set For Jackie Chan Pic ‘The Foreigner’ – CinemaCon

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The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan, has landed a September 29 release date in China. The news came out of Stx’s CinemaCon presentation Tuesday morning in Las Vegas, where Stx motion picture group chair Adam Fogelson noted that the project is a Chinese co-production. Chan is a beloved star in the Middle Kingdom; his past two films — Kung Fu Yoga and Railroad Tigers — did gangbuster business in the country. The Foreigner is based on the book The Chinaman by Stephen Leather… »


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‘Marjorie Prime’ Acquired By FilmRise, With Awards-Season Push Planned For Lois Smith

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Exclusive: FilmRise has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Marjorie Prime, the Michael Almereyda sci-fi pic starring Lois Smith and Jon Hamm. It bowed this year at Sundance, where it won the festival’s Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize. FilmRise plans a mid-2017 theatrical release and an awards-season push for its 86-year-old star Smith, whose credits go as far back as Elia Kazan’s 1955 classic East Of Eden. Tim Robbins and Geena Davis co-star in the pic… »


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AMC Entertainment Completes Acquisition of Nordic Cinema Group

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The world’s largest movie exhibition chain just became a little bigger: Wanda Group’s AMC Entertainment today closed its $964 million deal to buy Stockholm-based Nordic Cinema Group, the largest cinema chain in the Nordic and Baltic regions. Nordic shareholders — led by private equity firm Bridgepoint and Swedish media group Bonnier Holding — received $651.9 million in cash, while AMC repaid $312.5 million in the chain’s debt. AMC says it expects to find $5 million of… »

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