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Tamara Jenkins Delivers Infertility Dramedy ‘Private Life’ for Sundance Opening Night

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Tamara Jenkins Delivers Infertility Dramedy ‘Private Life’ for Sundance Opening Night
Director Tamara Jenkins has always been interested in the family dynamic. The indie classic “Slums of Beverly Hills” was about failed upward mobility in the late 1970s. “The Savages” was about disinterested siblings who need to solve the problem of an ailing father.

After a ten-year break, Jenkins returned to open the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday night with “Private Life,” about a reproductively-challenged couple who need to start a family before they eviscerate the two-person unit they’ve already got.

Kathryn Hahn plays Rachel, a 41-year-old novelist who...
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Weekend Box Office: 'Den of Thieves' Nabs $950K in Thursday Previews

Weekend Box Office: 'Den of Thieves' Nabs $950K in Thursday Previews
Den of Thieves nabbed $950,000 in Thursday preview screenings.

STXfilms' R-rated heist movie stars Gerard Butler as a cop who's pitted against a crew looking to rob the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Los Angeles. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Pablo Schreiber and O'Shea Jackson Jr. are also among the cast of the thriller, which marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Christian Gudegast. It screens in 2,432 theaters, and could pull in $7 million-$8 million.

12 Strong earned $900,000 in preview screenings on Thursday night. The Warner Bros. release follows a Special Forces team into battle in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Chris...
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'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube

'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube
Danny Strong, co-creator of Fox's Empire, has been tapped to pen Disney’s modern and musical take on Charles DickensOliver Twist, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Thomas Kail, the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, is attached to helm the project, which has Ice Cube on board to star and produce.

Also producing are Marc Platt, the veteran movie producer who was behind Broadway’s hit musical Wicked, and Jeff Kwatinetz of The Firm.

Oliver Twist is one of Dickens’ most famous works and tells of an orphan boy who moves from a life as an exploited child laborer to being under the wings of Fagin, a leader of...
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'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer

'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer
Toy Story 4 has found its writer. 

Stephany Folsom, who recently had a feud with Marvel after being denied a "Story by" credit on Thor: Ragnarok, has been tapped to write the script for the upcoming fourth installment of the long-running Pixar franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

Rashida Jones was initially attached as writer for the film, along with her writing partner Will McCormack, but she left the project last year. It was reported that Jones stepped away from the project early on after an unwanted advance from Pixar head John Lasseter, who took a leave of...
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Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser

Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser
Netflix has acquired “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser,” a feature film from Black Label Media.

Ian Samuels directed the pic with Lindsey Beer penning the script. The movie stars “Stranger Things” actress Shannon Purser, Rj Cyler, Kristine Froseth, Noah Centineo, Chrissy Metz, Alan Ruck, and Lea Thompson.

The film is a modern rom-com retelling of the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, set in high school. It centers on Sierra (Purser), an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty but, in a case of mistaken identity that results in unexpected romance, must team with the popular girl (Froseth) in order to win her crush.

The film is produced and fully financed by Black Label Media, with Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill, and Thad Luckinbill serving as producers. Wme brokered the deal.

Best known as Barb in Season 1 of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Purser can be seen next in NBC’s drama
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Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1

Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1
This weekend sees Warner Bros.'s 12 Strong and STX's R-rated heist thriller Den of Thieves hitting theaters, both of which are targeting male audiences, which means they'll also have to contend with the NFL conference championship games this Sunday. Additionally, a couple of notable expansions are taking place this weekend along with Roadside's moderate release of Forever My Girl. That being said, all appear as if they'll be settling in behind last weekend's #1 and #2 films, as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Post are expected to hold on to those top two spots. Jumanji topped last weekend's box office after dropping just 24.5%, and this weekend it should continue to hold on rather well. While we're currently anticipating a drop around 32% and a fifth weekend around $19 million, don't be surprised if it hangs on a little better than that. The film should top $315 million domestically by end of day Sunday,
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Jordan Peele says Donald Trump ‘Is Racist’

Jordan Peele says Donald Trump ‘Is Racist’
President Trump recently said he’s the “least racist” person out there — but Jordan Peele isn’t buying it. The comedian and “Get Out” director didn’t mince words when asked about the president in an upcoming interview with CBS Sunday Morning. “You know, the truth is the president is a racist, which is – very sad – and – I’m disheartened by policies that are xenophobic and sexist, and the – we’re – there – there are many strides backwards every day,” Peele told Tracy Smith of CBS. “What does give me hope is – you know, so Obama said –...
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That Time Brad Pitt Didn’t Play God for Steven Spielberg (Podcast)

In the late 1990s, GQ described a movie too crazy to be real: Brad Pitt would star as God. Elisabeth Shue would play his mortal love interest, and Tom Hanks his mortal enemy. Steven Spielberg would direct. The story was satire — but it fooled a teenage Matt Donnelly, who went on to become co-host of our “Shoot This Now” podcast, in which we talk about stories we want to see turned into films. In our latest episode, we talk about the Spielberg-Pitt-Shue-Hanks-God project that wasn’t to be, and how the article about the fake movie could make for a great...
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Clint Culpepper Steps Down as Head of Screen Gems

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Clint Culpepper has stepped down as the head of Screen Gems, Sony announced on Friday. Culpepper spent 28 years with the studio. He will segue to a producer role in a deal with the studio. “Clint has had an extraordinary career at Spe. Under his leadership, Screen Gems is one of the most prolific and diverse genre labels in the industry. Clint and his excellent team drove box office hits including the ‘Resident Evil’ and the ‘Underworld’ franchises, and groundbreaking successes like ‘Easy A,’ ‘Friends with Benefits,’ ‘The Vow,’ ‘Dear John,’ ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose,’ ‘When A Stranger Calls,’ ‘Think Like...
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Here’s What Steve Forbes Says About Report That Stormy Daniels Spanked Trump With His Magazine (Exclusive)

Here’s What Steve Forbes Says About Report That Stormy Daniels Spanked Trump With His Magazine (Exclusive)
Steve Forbes shared some thoughts about the reports that former adult film actress Stormy Daniels used a copy of Forbes magazine to spank Donald Trump during a year-long sexual relationship she said began in 2006. “The magazine has many multiple purposes,” Forbes told TheWrap on Thursday. “It’s an unusual way to get investment advice.” Daniels, a one-time U.S. Senate prospect in Louisiana, made headlines after the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen paid her $130,000 in October 2016 to keep quiet about the alleged sexual encounter. Daniels, who previously denied claims of an extramarital affair with Trump, offers lurid details...
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'Den of Thieves': Film Review

Testosterone drips off Christian Gudegast's cops-and-robbers thriller that has all the phony authenticity of its Atlanta locations pretending to be Los Angeles. Co-stars Gerard Butler and Pablo Schreiber, playing alpha dogs on opposite sides of the law, seem to be competing for which of them can be the most bulked-up, macho badass onscreen. The loser is the audience for Den of Thieves, an over-the-top crime saga mainly indicating that its writer/director has seen Michael Mann's Heat too many times.

There could well be a run on Southern California banks as a result of the onscreen graphics informing us that a...
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Inaugural Freeform Summit Takes on #MeToo, Lgbtq Media Portrayal

Freeform held its first summit Thursday night in Los Angeles, hosting a series of panels discussing issues that the entertainment industry is currently facing.

The four panels, titled “Millennials Are Destroying All the Industries,” “Understanding and Cultivating Love On and Off Screen,” “Exploring the Narrative Without Exploiting It” and “From Comics to Screen — Creating Marvel’s ‘Cloak and Dagger,'” were loaded with stars and executives from the network’s shows to discuss social media, female empowerment, Lgbtq portrayal and the #MeToo movement.

Amanda Lasher, executive producer of Freeform’s “The Bold Type,” said she feels the Time’s Up initiative “moves forward the conversation and makes it more about educating and opening a dialogue about how people interact in the workplace and how they interact in intimate relationships.”

“I know it’s messy and hard right now, but if you stick with it and keep trying and not be scared then we can actually get to
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Screen Gems Chief Clint Culpepper Steps Down

Clint Culpepper, the longtime head of Sony’s Screen Gems division, is stepping down.

The move comes after the disappointing opening of Screen Gems’ latest low-budget offering, Proud Mary, and caps a string of losses for the arm, which specializes in lower-budgeted thrillers, comedies and urban dramas. The division was also behind the wildly successful Resident Evil and Underworld franchises.

Steve Bersch, the head of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisition, will take over the division, sources say. Sony had no comment.

Pepper had a 28-year run at Screen Gems, an astounding number in modern executive tenures. He will now segue to...
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Sony Launches ‘Breaking Bad’ YouTube Channel in Honor of 10th Anniversary

Sony Pictures Television has launched an official “Breaking BadYouTube channel in honor of the tenth anniversary of the show’s premiere.

The official channel will assimilate and optimize thousands of existing video clips and content, drawing from official show footage, fans’ user-generated content and newly created themed pieces, giving fans that subscribe to the channel the opportunity to delve even deeper into the “Breaking Bad” universe. Fans visiting the site can use the hashtag #MyBreakingBadVideo in social posts for a chance to have their own compilation featured on the official YouTube channel.

To launch the channel, series creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan conducted a Fireside Chat at the YouTube Space La that will go live on the site today, In this hour-long conversation, moderated by comedian, host, and Nerdist founder and CEO, Chris Hardwick, Gilligan will revisit pivotal moments in the history of “Breaking Bad,” both in front of and behind the camera, adding new insight
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‘Hale County This Morning, This Evening’: Film Review | Sundance 2018

‘Hale County This Morning, This Evening’: Film Review | Sundance 2018
Location, location, location. For a documentary preoccupied with poetic, provocative associations, there’s perhaps none more stimulating than the setting of RaMell Ross’s nonfiction feature debut. It was in Hale County, Alabama, after all, that photographer Walker Evans and writer James Agee composed Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941), their famed text-and-image study of Great Depression-afflicted sharecroppers. There’s not a single close-up of an African-American face in any of Evans’s photos, though you do see a few in some of the wider shots (specifically an image of a barber/shoeshine shop). And Agee makes mention of the community a few times...
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Screen Gems Shake-Up: Clint Culpepper Steps Down, Steve Bersch Takes Over (Exclusive)

Clint Culpepper is stepping down as head of Screen Gems, the Sony Pictures division that specializes in lower- budget genre films, Variety has learned.

He will be replaced by Steve Bersch, the head of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, according to insiders. Culpepper helped rekindle the Screen Gems label in 1998 and was responsible for several hits such as “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” “Think Like a Man,” and the “Resident Evil” franchise. However, Screen Gems has struggled to field as many success stories in recent years as the budgets of its films have climbed. Its most recent release, the action film “Proud Mary,” bowed to an underwhelming $9.9 million when it opened this month. Culpepper was recently informed that his contract, which was due up, would not be renewed. He will remain a part of Sony’s film family in some capacity through a production deal with the studio.

A spokesman for Sony declined to comment on Bersch’s promotion
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‘Portlandia’ Sendoff: Carrie Brownstein Tells Us What More Is in Store for Final Season

‘Portlandia’ Sendoff: Carrie Brownstein Tells Us What More Is in Store for Final Season
When Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen poke fun at aggressive bikers, artisan lightbulb makers or frustratingly pleasant store clerks on “Portlandia,” they’re showing how certain, eccentric people go about their lives. Reflecting on the eighth and final season of “Portlandia,” which aired its season premiere on IFC Thursday night, Brownstein says she is humbled at how their show has reflected the cultures and lifestyles of all sorts of people. “When people say, oh that’s so ‘Portlandia,’ they’re talking about a phenomena, a particularity or a way of viewing a situation, or acting within a situation or an ideology and way of...
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Sundance: Sony Pictures Worldwide Nabs Foreign Rights to ‘Hearts Beat Loud’

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all international rights to Brett Haley’s “Hearts Beat Loud” in advance of its Sundance Film Festival premiere.

The tender drama about a father (Nick Offerman) trying to convince his daughter (Kiersey Clemons) to form a band premieres on the festival’s last night. It marks Haley’s third Sundance film in four years — he previously debuted “The Hero” and “I’ll See You in My Dreams” at the mountainside gathering. It’s a showy role for Offerman, allowing an actor best known for his comedic turn on “Parks & Recreation” to flex some dramatic muscles.

The deal excludes North American rights and was negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers by Endeavor Content. Sony’s Michael Helfand, Joe Matukewicz, and Jon Freedberg negotiated the deal for the studio.

The film co-stars Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner, and Toni Collette, with original music by Keegan DeWitt, and is set
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'Kailash': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'Kailash': Film Review | Sundance 2018
Derek Doneen's Kailash begins less like the Sundance social issue documentary it is and more like a Jason Bourne thriller.

Shot with jittery handheld cameras and some concealed body cams, the opening scene thrusts viewers into the middle of a raid on a factory in New Dehli. A team of civilians and law enforcement burst through doors and rumble down tight hallways as a voice urgently yells "Tell me where they are!" Locks are shattered as we hurdle past unassuming workers and out into back alleys and onto rooftops before, hidden amid a pile of innocent looking trash bags, the...
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‘Game of Thrones’-Themed Ice Hotel Opens in Finland

‘Game of Thrones’-Themed Ice Hotel Opens in Finland
A “Game of Thrones”-themed ice hotel has opened in northern Finland, featuring a restaurant, chapel and overnight accommodations all designed with “Game of Thrones” decor. The SnowVillage is an annual construction project of Lapland Hotels and spans 20,000 square meters in the Arctic village of Kittilä. This year, the company partnered with HBO Nordic and recruited European artists to create ice sculpted versions of a direwolf, the Hall of Faces, the Night King and the Iron Throne. The hotel is open to daily visitors and overnight guests until April 8. Also Read: Why 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Has to Wait Until 2019...
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