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Toronto: Horror Film 'The Ritual' Sells to Netflix for $4.75 Million (Exclusive)

4 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Netflix has acquired the David Bruckner-helmed horror pic The Ritual from eOne for the world, excluding the U.K.

A source pegged the deal at $4.75 million, which would make it one of the top deals of the Toronto market (I Love You, Daddy to The Orchard and I, Tonya to Neon/30West — both for $5 million — slightly eclipsed the Ritual price tag).

The Ritual made its world premiere in the Midnight section of the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 8 and immediately drew the interest of buyers including Lionsgate, Annapurna, IFC and Saban Films.

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- Tatiana Siegel

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‘Croods 2’ Revived as Animated Sequel and Jason Blum’s ‘Spooky Jack’ Get Release Dates

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DreamWorks Animation’s “The Croods 2” and a new original feature, “Spooky Jack,” were both added to Universal’s release calendar on Tuesday.

The sequel to 2013’s “The Croods” had been taken off the release schedule and thought to be possibly scrapped. But it is now back on track for a Sept. 18, 2020 release.

The first installment of “The Croods” made $587 million worldwide pointing towards signs of an obvious sequel. Leslie Mann is set to join the returning cast that included Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, and Clark Duke.

Plot details are unknown at this time.

Spooky Jack,” which will be exec produced by Jason Blum, is set to open on Sept. 17, 2021. The story follows three siblings who move into an eerie new home and discover that all the creatures we’ve been told don’t exist actually do. They must handle some unusual squatters from mischievous leprechauns and the elusive Big Foot to »


- Justin Kroll

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Kate Guinzburg, Producing Partner of Michelle Pfeiffer, Dies at 60

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Kate Guinzburg, who spent a decade as actress Michelle Pfeiffer's partner in Via Rosa Productions, has died. She was 60.

Guinzburg died Sunday after a long battle with ovarian cancer, her friend, journalist Annie Bardach, said.

Guinzburg was serving as a production coordinator on Sweet Liberty (1986) when she met Pfeiffer, who was starring in the film opposite Alan Alda. The launched Via Rosa in 1990 and signed a deal with Sony and then Disney, and their first film, Love Field (1992), earned Pfeiffer an Oscar nomination for best actress.

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- Mike Barnes

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Harry Dean Stanton Fest Will Go on Following Actor’s Death

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Harry Dean Stanton is no longer with us as of Friday, but the Harry Dean Stanton Fest will go on, the annual event’s founder told TheWrap on Monday. “We will be proceeding with the festival as scheduled. In fact, it feels more important to do so now than ever. Usually we celebrate his work, but this year we will celebrate his life,” Lucy Jones, founder of the annual Lexington, Kentucky-based fest said. Jones added that, while the festival made its programming choices months in advance, some of them will carry a particular resonance following Stanton’s death, culminating with the screening of. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Sony Pictures Classics Buys ‘Foxtrot,’ Israel’s Ophir Winner and Oscar Entry

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Sony Pictures Classics released Samuel Maoz’s last film “Lebanon” and hung out with the Israeli filmmaker at the recent Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals, where Venice Grand Jury Prize-winner “Foxtrot,” a moving and humorous exploration of grief and loss, was a rousing success. So it’s no surprise that Sony Pictures Classics has just acquired North American rights to the winner of eight Ophir awards, including Best Picture and Director.

Read More:‘Foxtrot’ Is a Brilliant Portrait of Israeli Frustrations — Telluride Review

Any film that wins the Ophir is the automatic Israeli entry for the Oscars. With it, Spc adds yet another arrow to its quiver of this year’s foreign-language arsenal, which already includes Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” (Sebastian Leilo) and likely Russian entry “Loveless” (Andrey Zvyagintsev).

In our review of the film, Eric Kohn wrote that its a “brilliant followup” to Maoz’s previous offering, »


- Anne Thompson

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Director of Mel Gibson Movie Sues Producer Over Comment to L.A. Times

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Farhad Safinia, the screenwriter and director of The Professor and the Madman, has just filed a lawsuit that is anything but ordinary. In California federal court, he alleges that he never came to a deal to shoot the picture and that Voltage Pictures is committing copyright infringement with respect to the movie about the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary that stars Mel Gibson and Sean Penn. Plus, he's asserting defamation.

His lawsuit follows one in August from Mel Gibson's Icon Productions, which must be discussed first for context.

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- Eriq Gardner

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Contender Countdown: Anybody And Everybody Is In It For Best Picture

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Please realize this is not an exaggeration. Yes, there are always a ton of contenders vying for a Best Picture nomination after the trifecta of Venice, Telluride and Toronto unofficially kick off awards season. Yes, many of those players often fall to the wayside. It’s how the Best Picture race works. But you can pretty much figure out at least five to six of the nominees by now (eh most of the time). That’s not the case in 2017.

Continue reading Contender Countdown: Anybody And Everybody Is In It For Best Picture at The Playlist. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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2018 Best Director Oscars Predictions

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This is a very fluid field with likely only Nolan and del Toro the only locks for a nomination at this point. [Posted Sept. 19]

Frontrunners

Sean Baker, “The Florida Project

Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water

Luca Guadagnino,”Call Me By Your Name

Richard Linklater, “Last Flag Flying

Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk

Jordan Peele, “Get Out

Steven Spielberg, “The Post

Joe Wright, “The Darkest Hour

Almost there

Paul Thomas Anderson, “Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson

Kathryn Bigelow, “Detroit

Sofia Coppola, “The Beguiled

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, “Battle of the Sexes

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird

Patty Jenkins, “Wonder Woman

Angelina Jolie, “First They Killed My Father”

Yorgis Lanthimos, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”

Dee Rees, “Mudbound

Ridley Scott, “All The Money In The World

Michael Showalter, “The Big Sick

Denis Villeneuve, “Blade Runner 2049

Longshots

Woody Allen, “Wonder Wheel

Darren Aronofsky, “Mother!”

Noah Baumbach, “The »

- Gregory Ellwood

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2018 Best Original Screenplay Oscars Predictions

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Who said original ideas are dead in Hollywood? This year the Original Screenplay race is at least 10 times more competitive than the Adapted Screenplay category. In fact, it’s so competitive that who makes this five may be a major indicator of your eventual Best Picture winner. [Posted Sept. 19]

Frontrunners

Guillermo del toro, Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water

Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjani, “The Big Sick

Liz Hannah, Josh Springer, “The Post

Anthony McCarten, “The Darkest Hour

Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Jordan Peele, “Get Out

Taylor Sheridan, “Wind River

Almost there

Woody Allen, “Wonder Wheel

Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project”

Sean Baker, “The Florida Project

Simon Beaufoy, “Battle of the Sexes

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird

Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk

David Scarpa, “All the Money in the World

Edgar Wright, “Baby Driver

Longshots

Michael Arndt, Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon, “The Greatest Showman

Mark Boah, “Detroit”

Noah Baumbach, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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2018 Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars Predictions

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How weak is this year’s Adapted Screenplay category? If you can get the rights to something, write your screenplay, shoot, edit and release by the end of December…you’ve got a shot. [Posted Sept. 19]

Frontrunners

Armando Ianucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, Peter Fellows, “The Death of Stalin

James Ivory, “Call Me By Your Name

Richard Linklater, “Last Flag Flying

James Mangold, Scott Frank, Michael Green, “Logan

Scott Neustadter, Michael H.

Continue reading 2018 Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars Predictions at The Playlist. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Johnny Depp’s Ex-Biz Managers Add Actor’s Friends & Family To Expenses Suit

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The bitter multi-million dollar legal battle between Johnny Depp and his former business managers at The Management Group over the Pirates Of The Caribbean star's finances has just gotten a lot bigger and personal – literally. "In his attempt to avoid paying his debts to Tmg, Depp is knowingly throwing his closest family, friends and employees under the bus by falsely alleging that they took millions of dollars in unauthorized payments from him," a blunt amended complaint… »


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Dozens Dead, Buildings Collapse After Mexico City Earthquake

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Widespread destruction has been reported in Mexico City after an earthquake registering 7.1 magnitude struck the country just after 1 p.m. local time. The country was still reeling from a stronger 8.2 tremor south of the capital on Sept. 7.

At least 61 people have been killed, with rescue efforts just getting under way.

“I have never felt anything that intense,” said Variety‘s Mexico City correspondent James Young. Multiple buildings have collapsed in the densely populated city, Young reported. The city is in a full state of emergency.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the earthquake’s epicenter was near the Puebla state town of Raboso, some 76 miles southeast of Mexico City where buildings have collapsed, gas lines have ruptured, power outages are widespread and the city’s chaotic traffic is even worse than normal.

The venerable Churubusco Studios, where hundreds of films have been shot, has suffered some damage: “Some walls of the studio have collapsed and some »


- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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TV Talk: ‘The Punisher’ Fires off a New Teaser Trailer

1 hour ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

On this episode of Collider TV Talk (September 19, 2017) Josh Macuga, David Griffin, and Grace Hancock discuss: The new The Punisher teaser trailer. First set photo from Good Omens What we missed on Sunday! Vice Principals The Deuce (Prostitution 101) Ray Donovan Episodes David’s Great British Breakdown Electric Dreams pilot review Twitter Questions Pick of the Day - If you could get caught picking your nose by any celebrity who would it be? [caption id="attachment_643144" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Paul Schiraldi/HBO[/caption]… »

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Jon Gonda Moves To Paramount From Warner Bros

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Exclusive: Paramount continues to remake its production executive ranks. The studio has just hired Jon Gonda, a Warner Bros executive who’ll move over to Paramount as vice president of production under prexy Liz Raposo. At Warner Bros, he worked on Lego Batman, The Accountant, War Dogs and upcoming Crazy Rich Asians. Gonda also co-spearheaded with Julia Spiro the development of the Warner Bros. Emerging Film Directors Workshop, a studio initiative to promote diversity… »


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Scott Rudin Productions Lands Alice McDermott Novel ‘The Ninth Hour’

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Exclusive: Scott Rudin Productions has acquired The Ninth Hour, the novel by National Book Award-winning author Alice McDermott. The book was published today by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and has received spectacular reviews. Rudin and Eli Bush will produce the film. The deal was made by Geoffrey Sanford of The Sanford Ehrlich Company and Sarah Burnes of The Gernert Company. The novel is a multi-generational story steeped in the Irish Catholic faith and set in the early… »


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Adam Bartley Joins Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney Film; Elaine Hendrix Cast In ‘Burying Yasmeen’ Indie

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Longmire actor Adam Bartley is set to play Republican political commentator Frank Lutz in the Adam McKay-written and -directed Dick Cheney biopic about his rise to becoming the most powerful Vice President in history. From Annapurna, Plan B and Gary Sanchez Productions, the film stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Amy Adams and Bill Pullman. Brad Pitt and Dede Garner are producing alongside McKay, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick. Bartley currently co-stars in the Netflix… »


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Sony Pictures Classics Buys ‘Foxtrot,’ Israel’s Ophir Winner and Oscar Entry

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Sony Pictures Classics released Samuel Maoz’s last film “Lebanon” and hung out with the Israeli filmmaker at the recent Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals, where Venice Grand Jury Prize-winner “Foxtrot,” a moving and humorous exploration of grief and loss, was a rousing success. So it’s no surprise that Sony Pictures Classics has just acquired North American rights to the winner of eight Ophir awards, including Best Picture and Director.

Read More:‘Foxtrot’ Is a Brilliant Portrait of Israeli Frustrations — Telluride Review

Any film that wins the Ophir is the automatic Israeli entry for the Oscars. With it, Spc adds yet another arrow to its quiver of this year’s foreign-language arsenal, which already includes Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” (Sebastian Leilo) and likely Russian entry “Loveless” (Andrey Zvyagintsev).

In our review of the film, Eric Kohn wrote that its a “brilliant followup” to Maoz’s previous offering, »


- Anne Thompson

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‘Tomb Raider’ First Trailer: Alicia Vikander is Lara Croft and She’s Ready to Be An Action Star

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Update (9/19/17): The trailer has been temporarily pulled from Instagram and will be back up at 9:50pm Et. 

Lara Croft just keeps attracting Best Supporting Actress Oscar winners. Not soon after winning for “Girl, Interrupted,” Angelina Jolie signed on to play the globe-trotting hero in the first film adaptation of the popular video game series. Now it’s Alicia Vikander’s turn. The actress has appeared in big budget fare like “Jason Bourne” since winning the Oscar for “The Danish Girl,” but playing Lara Croft will be her first major headliner performance.

Tomb Raider” is directed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug (“The Wave”) and is the first Lara Croft big screen adventure since “The Cradle of Life” in 2003. Vikander plays a 21-year-old Croft, who is a bike courier in London investigating her father’s disappearance from seven years ago. Her search takes her to his last know location: a »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Tomb Raider’: First Trailer Highlights Alicia Vikander as the Indomitable Lara Croft [Update]

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Zack Snyder Reveals His Secret Short Film ‘Snow Steam Iron’

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When Zack Snyder made his heavy-hearted departure from Justice League earlier this year after a tragic personal loss, fans of the blockbuster director were unsure when they could expect to see him back behind the camera. In a surprise move, Snyder revealed last week that he had been working on a microbudget short film asking, "What can you do with your talented friends & family, no money and a weekend?" The answer is Snow Steam Iron, a seedy tale of crime and revenge told in Snyder's dialogue-free, four-minute short film, which is now available to watch … »

- Haleigh Foutch

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