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New James Bond Movie Sets 2019 Release Date, But Not Much Else

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The next installment of the James Bond film franchise now has a release date. The untitled Bond 25 movie has been slotted for November 8, 2019, the producers said today, with a traditional earlier release in the UK and rest of the world. That takes care of one part of the future of James Bond on the big screen. There was no word in the announcement today from producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, Eon Productions and MGM’s Gary Barber about a distributor, cast… »


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Fox Names Netflix & HBO Alum Pai Chaozon As Svp Worldwide Theatrical Marketing

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Pia Chaozon, who spent the past three years as a marketing exec at Netflix, has joined Twentieth Century Fox Film as Svp of Worldwide Theatrical Marketing, effective immediately. The company said she will play a leading role in strategy development and execution for marketing initiatives across all Fox films on a global basis. "From both a strategic and execution standpoint, Pia's innovative thinking and proven track record will be invaluable assets for our entire… »


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John Wells To Helm Vietnam Drama ‘Khe Sanh’

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Exclusive: John Wells has come attached to direct the Vietnam War drama Khe Sanh. The script is being witten by Jason Horwitch, whose credits include the YouTube Red series Impulse, Luke Cage and Southland. Pic tells the story of the last great, unsung battle of the 20th century, the Siege of Khe Sanh. Five thousand young Marines were surrounded and attacked by 20,000 battle-hardened North Vietnamese Army veterans for seventy-seven nonstop days of rocket and mortar fire… »


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John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal & Thomas Haden Church Board ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’

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John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church, and hip hop artist Yelawolf have been added to the cast of Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz’s upcoming adventure film The Peanut Butter Falcon for Armory Films. Zachary Gottsagen, who is the inspiration behind the film, stars along with Shia Labeouf, Dakota Johnson, and Bruce Dern. Gottsagen stars as Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome who has been confined to live in a retirement home for most of his life. One day he… »


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Viacom Taps Justin Dini To Be Svp Corporate Communications

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Viacom just added a well-known, and respected, exec to its communications bench: Justin Dini has joined the entertainment company as Svp Corporate Communications, reporting to Communications & Culture Svp Julia Phelps. Dini moves from Brunswick Group, where he was a partner and co-led the U.S. Technology, Media and Telecom practice. He repped Viacom owner National Amusements last year during its court battles with former Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman and repped Relativity… »


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Dome Karukoski To Helm J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic

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Exclusive: J.R.R. Tolkien, whose Middle-Earth epic novels hatched the Peter Jackson-directed film trilogies The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit, now is getting his movie moment. Dome Karukoski has been set to direct Tolkien, and casting is underway, with Chernin Entertainment producing for Fox Searchlight. The script by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a… »


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PalmStar Media Closes Near $12M National Lampoon Deal; Can Laugh Brand Regain Luster?

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Exclusive: In a deal worth just under $12 million, PalmStar Media has acquired all the assets of National Lampoon. That includes the trademark, and a library of print, audio and movie content spanning nearly 50 years. Raj B. Singh and Kevin Frakes will be National Lampoon co-CEOs of behalf of their financial partners who include Bobby and Buddy Patrick, as well as Charlotte Ubben and Michael Tennant. A full staff is in place and operating from PalmStar headquarters in Los… »


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Cinema Audio Society Sets 2018 Awards Date, Timeline

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The Cinema Audio Society has the date and timelime for its 2018 Cas Awards. The 54th Annual Cas Awards will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza. The Cas Awards recognize Outstanding Sound Mixing in film and television as well as Outstanding Products for Production and Post-Production. Last year’s big film and TV winners were La La Land and Game of Thrones, respectively. Recipients for the Cas Career Achievement Award and… »


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Toronto Film Festival: Who’s In And Who’s Out?

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The Toronto Film Festival gets things rolling tomorrow with the announcement of movies for its 2017 fest, and we are hearing that films with such stars as Jake Gyllenhaal, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, Andrew Garfield, Frances McDormand, Margot Robbie, Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Woody Harrelson, Nicole Kidman, Liam Neeson and many more are likely to be included. Even as so-called “Oscar bait” movies such as Dunkirk or Detroit are flooding… »


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Universal Hits $4B In Global Box Office For Second Time In Its History

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Charged by the successes of The Fate Of The Furious and Illumination powerhouse Despicable Me 3, Universal Pictures has just crossed the $4 billion mark at the worldwide box office for the second time in the studio's 105-year history. Univeral reports that this is also “the fastest a studio has reached this milestone in 2017.” The breakdown? $1.265 billion domestically and $2.791B internationally. The Fate Of The Furious, released April 14, ended up with the biggest… »


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Sarah Paulson Joins M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’

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American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson has come aboard M. Night Shyamalan’s next thriller, Glass, the sequel to his 2000 film Unbreakable and Split, which has Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy and Anya Taylor Joy reprising their roles. Shyamalan shared the latest casting news via his Twitter writing, “Incredibly fortunate to round out our iconic cast of actors on #Glass… @MsSarahPaulson will be joining us. #powerhouse.” Incredibly fortunate to round out… »


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Cch Pounder Rejoins ‘Avatar’ Team For Sequels

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Cch Pounder is  set to return to the world of Avatar, signing on to reprise her role in the four sequels. James Cameron, 20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment are mounting. In 2009’s Avatar, Pounder played Omatikaya Clan spiritual leader Moat in the Na’vi world, which was attacked in the original movie. The plot of the four sequels coming in 2020, 2021, 2024 and 2025 are being kept under wraps but all the films will be set on the Na’vi’s planet of Pandora. Last… »


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Dwayne Johnson’s Apple Movie With Siri Dominating The Day

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Update with latest numbers: Dwayne Johnson and Apple unveiled a mini-movie via a worldwide launch today teaming the action star with the tech company’s Siri voice assistant, which has been jostling with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant in the marketplace. It’s already at 2.7 million views on Johnson’s Facebook page, 1.7 million views on Apple’s YouTube channel and is being shared on Johnson’s formidable social media channels, where he started promoting it last… »


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‘Captain Marvel,’ ‘Island Plaza’ & ‘Midway’ Among Films Awarded CA Tax Credits

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Captain Marvel, Paramount’s Island Plaza & the Roland Emmerich-helmed Midway are among the big-budget big-screen projects that scored big bucks from the Golden State today as the California Film Commission announced the latest tax credits recipients. One of eight movies awarded the incentives in this round, the Brie Larson-starrer with Samuel L. Jackson will receive just more than $20.7 million in credits, making Captain Marvel the first Marvel movie primarily produced in… »


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‘Moonlight’ Helmer Barry Jenkins Set As Keynote Speaker At SXSW 2018

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins will be among the lineup of keynote and featured speakers at next year’s South by Southwest Conference, which will run March 9-18, 2018. The festival unveiled the first wave of speakers today including psychotherapist and best-selling author Esther Perel, quantum computing expert whurley, artist Cleo Wade, CEO Ingrid Vanderveldt, and more. “SXSW has become a premier destination for innovation and creative discovery. We’re pleased to… »


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Hasbro Shares Hit After Hollywood-Related Toy Sales Disappoint In Q2 Report

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi will have to come to Hasbro’s rescue, at least when it comes to the toy maker’s ability to meet Wall Street’s earnings expectations. Company shares are down about 8% in early trading after it reported Q2 sales that — while in line with analyst forecasts — seemed light for “partner brands” which includes Hollywood-related products. Partner Brands merchandise revenues increased 1% to $230.0 million, and are down 9% to $443.0 million for the first… »


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Venice Critics’ Week Lineup Revealed; UK Debut ‘Pin Cushion’ To Open Section

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The National Union of Italian Film Critics has unveiled its selection of films for the upcoming Venice International Film Critics' Week, an independent and parallel section which runs alongside the Venice International Film Festival. This year's program includes a selection of seven debut films in competition and two special events out of competition, all world premiere screenings. Brit title Pin Cushion, the debut feature from writer-director Deborah Haywood, will screen… »


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