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Adam Carolla Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for 'No Safe Spaces' Movie

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Comedian and podcaster Adam Carolla and radio host Dennis Prager have been filming their movie about political correctness at universities for several months, but now they have launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the documentary.

In No Safe Spaces, the filmmakers visit California State University, Northridge (where they were originally rebuffed) and accompany Ann Coulter on her April visit to U.C. Berkeley, where she wasn't allowed to speak due to threats of violence.

Now, though, the filmmakers are looking to raise $500,000, which will then be matched by another $500,000 from Dangerous Documentaries, the movie »


- Paul Bond

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What 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Trailer Does Right — And Where It Goes Wrong

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Photoshop abomination poster aside, promotion for this summer's Spider-Man: Homecoming continues to thrill fans by underscoring the difference between the new big screen wall-crawler and his predecessors, with just one problem: it might be selling the "friendly, neighborhood" thing a little too well.

Watching Tom Holland's excited Peter Parker juggle small-time crime and high school drama in the opening moments of the new trailer, it feels almost disappointing when Michael Keaton shows up as the villain of the piece, the Vulture. After all, we know what superhero movies — and Spider-Man movies especially — look like when it's »


- Graeme McMillan

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WGA Ratifies New Studio Contract Almost Unanimously

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The Writers Guild of America ratified its new contract with the major studios and producers essentially unanimously, with the union announcing Wednesday that there were 3,617 'yes' votes and only 30 'no' votes. Turnout was not high, though, as there were 9,441 eligible voters.

That 38 percent return rate is dwarfed by the 67.5 percent return rate — 6,310 returned ballots — on the guild’s strike authorization vote four weeks ago.

“Our success in these negotiations was due to a highly engaged and dedicated membership, working in tandem with a tireless and informed Negotiating Committee and an extraordinary Guild »

- Jonathan Handel

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Megan Ellison's Annapurna Adds to Global Footprint

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Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures continues to grow its global footprint as the film production company evolves into a full-fledged indie studio.

Annapurna has struck three new multiyear international distribution deals that cover Japan (Longride), France (Mars) and Italy (Eagle Pictures/Leone Film Group). Wednesday's announcement comes days after Annapurna announced a major pact with Entertainment One to distribute its films in the U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Benelux and Spain.

The output deals will cover both theatrical and home entertainment, beginning with Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, the first movie to be distributed by Annapurna. The period crime drama is set to hits »


- Pamela McClintock

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'Hamilton' Cast Sings "Happy Birthday" to 'Star Wars'

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How best to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars movie? Get the cast of Hamilton to sing "Happy Birthday," of course.

The song opens the latest episode of Lucasfilm's web series The Star Wars Show, which also features a 40th anniversary vegetable carving — more impressive than it sounds — and birthday wishes from comedian Paul Scheer and Deadpool and Cable creator Rob Liefeld, who says that the franchise has "totally influenced everything I do creatively — Cable looks like a guy who could've been fighting beside Jyn Erso in Rogue One."

Although the »


- Graeme McMillan

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James Cameron Welcomes Guests to Disney's World of Avatar: "A Dream Has Come True"

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The world of Avatar is now a reality.

Members of the press are taking in the sights at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., ahead of Saturday's public opening of Pandora — The World of Avatar.

Disney's Bob Iger gave a welcome, praising director James Cameron's vision.

"Jim Cameron could easily be a Disney Imagineer," said Iger. "With big dreams and bold ideas, with the immense drive necessary to see his visions come true. He does the impossible again, and again, and again. Merging wonderful storytelling with mind-blowing technology."

Iger said he's been able to visit everything at the attraction, located »


- Aaron Couch

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Brad Pitt, Shah Rukh Khan Talk Appeal of Netflix, Bollywood

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Brad Pitt and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan engaged in a wide-ranging discussion Wednesday in Mumbai, talking about everything from their career paths to the impact of Netflix on the film business.

The interaction was organized to promote Pitt's Netflix film War Machine, which starts streaming on Friday and is coproduced by the actor's Plan B banner. The event was moderated by leading news network CNN-ibn's film critic Rajeev Masand, with a recording of the one-hour discussion to air on the network this weekend.

When asked why he chose to work with Netflix on War Machine, Pitt said, “It's because »


- Nyay Bhushan

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Sam Strike, Kian Lawley, Julian McMahon Starring in Horror Thriller 'Monster Party' (Exclusive)

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Sam Strike, Kian Lawley and Julian McMahon are starring in Monster Party, a horror thriller that is being directed by Chris von Hoffmann, the filmmaker behind the post-apocalyptic cannibal movie Drifter.

The film just wrapped principal photography and is being produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Insidious) and Fred Berger (La La Land) of Automatik. Also producing are Eric B. Fleischman of Diablo Entertainment and Jesse Berger of Radical Studios.

Monster Party follows three teenaged thieves as they infiltrate a mansion dinner party, unaware that it is secretly being hosted by a serial killer cult for the social elite. 

The cast also »


- Borys Kit

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'Top Gun 2': Director Joseph Kosinski Circling Tom Cruise Sequel

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Joseph Kosinski could be reteaming with Tom Cruise on a sequel to Top Gun.

The filmmaker, who worked with the star on 2013's Oblivion, is circling the director's chair for the Paramount sequel to the 1986 action film about a class of hot-headed fighter pilots who love aviator sunglasses and volleyball equally.  

Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the Tony Scott-directed original, will return to produce, along with Skydance's David Ellison and Cruise.

The follow-up will be set in modern day, with the original fighter pilots grappling with new drone technologies that are making their old style of flying obsolete. 

Another filmmaker that was »


- Mia Galuppo

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Internet Pokes Fun at Busy 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Poster

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There is a lot going on in the new poster for the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming — maybe too much. 

The latest promotional material for the highly anticipated Sony/Marvel Studios film features a lot of characters, including Iron Man and Tony Stark. Yeah, both. Happy Hogan is in there, too. 

Of course, there is also Peter Parker and Spider-Man, but some have pointed out the poster makes it seem like the flick, due out July 7, is an Iron Man film featuring Spider-Man. 

In reality, the film is the first stand-alone for the Tom Holland incarnation of the web-slinger, after he was introduced to audiences in »


- Ryan Parker

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Russian Film Group Signs Partnership Deal with China's Yangtze

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Russian Film Group, known for Viy and Mystery of the Iron Mask: Journey to China, has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Chinese film company Yangtze.

"Yangtze is based in Hubei, one of China's wealthiest provinces," Alexei Petrukhin, president of Russian Film Group, told The Hollywood Reporter. "At the initial stage, our company and the Chinese partner will collaborate on three feature film projects for theatrical release."

According to Petrukhin, Yangtze's investment in the three projects will be $50 million, while Russian Film Group will invest "slightly less."

Russian Film Group co-produced Viy, Russia's highest grossing »

- Vladimir Kozlov

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Broadway Producers Duel Over Efforts to Cast Al Pacino, Keira Knightley and Miley Cyrus

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Three ambitious theatrical producers are locked in a legal war with each other. One is alleging fraud while another is arguing that a "term sheet" outlining expected performances from A-list stars hardly amounts to a contract.

Starvox Entertainment, run by Corey Ross, is suing Rubicon Falls Entertainment, headed by R. Scott Reid, and June Entertainment, led by John Ryan Jr.

According to Ross' complaint, originally filed in January and amended last month (read here), these companies planned to mount productions of Sleuth, Grease and Wait Until Dark. The producers were working together and hoped to cast big names. Starvox was fronting »


- Eriq Gardner

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' — The New Details You Need to Know

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is peeling back the curtain.

In a Vanity Fair cover story by David Kamp published online Wednesday, director Rian Johnson, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and the film's stars reveal the challenging journey of making the sequel and share never-before-told tidbits about its characters and settings.

Here are a few of the highlights from the piece, which comes one day before the 40th anniversary of Star Wars hitting theaters in 1977.

Don't expect Luke and Rey to be all about the training.

From the trailer, one might guess Luke (Mark Hamill) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) spend a »


- Aaron Couch

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Lawrence Silk, Documentary Editor on 'Pumping Iron' and Woody Allen's 'Wild Man Blues,' Dies at 86

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Lawrence Silk, the preeminent documentary editor who worked on Pumping Iron, Woody Allen's Wild Man Blues and three films that won Academy Awards, has died. He was 86.

Silk, who received the American Cinema Editors' Career Achievement Award in 2013, died Sunday at a hospital in Springfield, Mass., his son, Dan, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Wild Man Blues (1997) profiled clarinetist Allen and his seven-piece New Orleans jazz band as they toured Europe in 1996. Directed by two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple, the documentary also is notable for providing an intimate look into Allen's life with his soon-to-be wife, Soon-Yi Previn, and his »


- Mike Barnes

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'Wonder Woman' London Premiere Canceled After Manchester Attack

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Warner Bros. has canceled its Wonder Woman premiere in London, following Monday's terrorist attack on an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in England.

"Our thoughts are with those affected by the recent tragedy in the U.K.," the studio said Wednesday in a statement. "In light of the current situation, we will not be proceeding with our plans for the Wonder Woman premiere and junket activities in London."

The red-carpet event had been scheduled for May 31.

The film, starring Gal Gadot as the DC superhero, is directed by Patty Jenkins. It will open June 1 in the U.K. and »


- Aaron Couch

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Justin Long's Wedding Comedy 'Literally, Right Before Aaron' Goes to Screen Media

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Screen Media Films has acquired the North American rights to Cobie Smulders and Justin Long's wedding comedy Literally, Right Before Aaron

John Cho, Kristen Schaal, Peter Gallagher, Dana Delany and Lea Thompson are also among the cast of the film, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival last month and will be released in theaters later this year. It marked the feature directorial debut of The Blacklist actor Ryan Eggold who also wrote and edited the film. Eggold also produced with Cassandra Kulukundis, Alexandra Rizk Keane, Nancy Leopardi and Ross Kohn.

Literally, Right Before Aaron stars Long as a heartbroken man who returns home to attend the wedding »


- Ashley Lee

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Miami Man Appearing Like the Joker Arrested After Allegedly Pointing Loaded Gun at Passing Cars

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A man whose dyed hair and tattoos make him look like The Joker was arrested after he allegedly pointed a loaded gun at passing cars in Miami on Tuesday night. 

Lawrence Patrick Sullivan, 29, was arrested and later charged with carrying a concealed firearm, according to Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department records.

Sullivan was taken into custody after it was reported that a man with green hair and tattoos was pointing a gun at cars, according to NBC6 Miami. 

When police located Sullivan, he allegedly had a Smith & Wesson handgun with six rounds in the magazine, the »


- Ryan Parker

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Final 'Valerian' Trailer is Heavy on the Visuals

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The final trailer for Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is less concerned with Dane DeHaan's hero, Valerian, and more focused on all those planets.

Character and set design are both on full display in the teaser, which centers on Alpha, the 28th century metropolis filled with a variety of alien species — all of which live in harmony until an unknown force threatens their carefully crafted society.  

Valerian and his partner Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are shown jumping from one biome to the next in pursuit of that mysterious threat.

At last year's San Diego Comic-Con, Besson said »


- Mia Galuppo

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Cannes: 'The Extincts' Animated Film to Be Directed by William Joyce (Exclusive)

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An animated adaptation of British writer Veronica Cossanteli's popular middle grade novel The Extincts is in the works at the recently launched entertainment finance, development and production company Cirrina Studios.

David Lipman (producer of Shrek 2) will adapt the project for the big screen, with Oscar-winning filmmaker and author/illustrator William “Bill” Joyce helming. Lipman will also produce with Michael Siegel. Jane Startz and Barry Cunningham will executive produce alongside Jim Pesoli and Karine Martin of Cirrina Studios.

The Extincts follows the madcap adventures of George Drake, a boy who goes to work on a farm hidden deep in the woods »


- Rebecca Ford

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Premium VOD Window Talks Hit an Impasse, Says AMC Entertainment CFO

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Negotiations between the major studios and domestic exhibitors have hit an impasse in an attempt to create a premium VOD window for consumers, according to AMC Entertainment CFO Craig Ramsey.

Studios and theater owners are having ongoing discussions about shortening theatrical windows, the amount of time films play exclusively in theaters before they are made available for home viewing. "After 14, 16 months of talking, I don't see movement towards a solution," the exec on Wednesday told the B. Riley Institutional Investors Conference during a session that was webcast.

Ramsey told market watchers there was no consensus among the major »


- Etan Vlessing

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