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Smith Global Media Nabs Animated Features 'Charming,' 'Gnome Alone'

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Smith Global Media, the new distribution company started by Will Smith's brother, Harry Smith, has acquired animated features Gnome Alone and Charming

Charming, which will open in the second quarter of 2018, stars Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato as a cursed self-absorbed prince and a wily maiden that is after his fortune. Lovato produced the music for the film, while recording artist Sia wrote two original songs.

Gnome Alone follows a high schooler, voiced by Becky G, who gets caught up in a battle between her sentient garden gnomes and their evil nemesis, the Troggs. A late 2017 release is planned.

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- Mia Galuppo

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Steven Mnuchin Escapes Film Finance Fraud Suit

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is clear of a fraud lawsuit that he was dragged into because of his business dealings with Relativity Media, after a New York Supreme Court justice granted a motion to dismiss him from the complaint on Tuesday.

In 2015 Rka Film Financing sued Ryan Kavanaugh, Mnuchin and several other individuals, claiming it was misled into lending Relativity tens of millions of dollars for print and advertising expenses and its money was misappropriated.

Mnuchin's OneWest bank committed about $160 million to Relativity years ago, which eventually led to his joining the board as co-chairman. »


- Ashley Cullins

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Luc Besson's EuropaCorp Posts $136 Million Loss Ahead of 'Valerian' Release

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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has a lot at stake with the upcoming July release of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the $180 million sci-fi epic starring Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan.

The company posted an annual loss of $136 million (€120 million) for the fiscal year against $172.5 million (€151.7 million) consolidated revenue. While the company called the loss “considerably higher than past years,” it was in line with previous projections.

It's looking to establish Valerian as a tentpole franchise, after a devastating year with what it called an “underperforming slate” — namely the Kevin Spacey-starring cat movie Nine Lives, Naomi Watts' »


- Rhonda Richford

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Mel Brooks Cut Just One Joke From 'Blazing Saddles' for Being Too Racy

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Mel Brooks' iconic Western parody Blazing Saddles broke ground with its no-holds-barred approach to comedy, but there was still one joke that went too far and was ultimately left on the cutting room floor. 

In an interview Brooks gave in 2012 to late-night host Conan O'Brien, the living legend said he just had a bad feeling about one line, so he pulled it. 

"When I saw it, I got scared, " Brooks told O'Brien. 

The joke occurred when Sheriff Bart, played by Cleavon Little, goes to visit Lili von Shtupp, played by Madeline Kahn, in her dressing room, and she puts the »


- Ryan Parker

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'St. Elmo's Fire': THR's 1985 Review

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On June 28, 1985, Columbia unveiled St. Elmo's Fire, an angsty, R-rated post-college drama, in theaters nationwide. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below: 

The freshman year of life — the first year out of college — is often tougher than any course or crisis in sheltered college life. St. Elmo's Fire should touch some nerves among the recently graduated or soon-to-graduate who are experiencing these anxieties. Those between the ages of The Breakfast Club and The Big Chill will likely burn a wide path to the box office for this big-name youth production. 

In St. Elmo's, seven recent graduates »


- THR Staff

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'In Pursuit of Silence': Film Review

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You’ll feel compelled to turn up the volume during Patrick Shen’s documentary about the beneficial effects of silence. For one thing, your hearing has probably already been affected by the pernicious noise levels afflicting our everyday lives. For another, every commentator in the film speaks in the sort of quiet, measured tones apparently meant to signify inner calm but will mostly leave you asking, “What did he say?”

The sort of documentary for which the term “meditative” is usually applied, In Pursuit of Silence is a freewheeling examination of its subject that will make you crave a nice, long walk »


- Frank Scheck

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'Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story': Film Review

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To say that the new documentary about Sean Combs and the record label he founded isn’t revealing would be unfair. After all, by the time Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story reaches its conclusion, viewers will know that the rapper/businessman wears Calvin Klein boxer briefs. And that a room in his home is devoted entirely to candy.

Such are the revelations of this, pardon the pun, puff-piece documentary designed to celebrate all things P. Diddy. Revolving around the preparations for a 2016 Bad Boy Records 20th anniversary reunion tour kicking off at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center (the label was »


- Frank Scheck

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Young Jack Sparrow Actor Is Vengeful Killer in 'Johnny Gruesome' Trailer

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Teenagers can be rebellious, but Johnny Gruesome takes that to a whole new level.

Heat Vision has the exclusive first trailer for the film, which is based on writer-director Gregory Lamberson's 2007 novel, which was actually based on a screenplay he wrote in 1984 when he was just 19.

The story centers on rebellious teenager Johnny Grissom, who is murdered during a drunken joy ride. His friends attempt to make his death look like an accident, but Johnny has other ideas — he returns from the dead as a supernatural creature to seek revenge.

Anthony De La Torre, who played »


- Aaron Couch

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Kenneth Lonergan to Be Honored at Austin Film Festival

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Kenneth Lonergan, who won the best original screenplay Oscar for Manchester by the Sea, will be honored at the Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference, where he will receive the event’s 2017 Distinguished Screenwriter Award.

The festival, which celebrates writers’ contributions to film, television and new media, takes place Oct. 26-29, and Lonergan will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon on Oct. 28.

In addition to Manchester, Lonergan wrote and directed You Can Count on Me and Margaret. He also co-wrote the screenplays for Analyze This and Gangs of New York, and as a playwright, has written This Is Our »


- Gregg Kilday

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'Star Wars' Fan Designs Poster for Obi-Wan Film — and It's Spectacular

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A Star Wars fan on Wednesday took the first step into a much larger universe with a poster that pitched an Obi-Wan Kenobi film.

The idea of a stand-alone film based on that beloved character isn't new, but that is not what makes this poster stand out. 

Posted was done by Tom Lathom-Sharp. The faux advertisement is done in the style of a spaghetti western. 

The film is called simply Kenobi, stars Ewan McGregor and is directed by George Miller. The tag: "If you come to Tatooine, you don't mess with the most dangerous man on the planet." 

The ad also makes it clear »


- Ryan Parker

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Box Office: 'Baby Driver' Makes Off With $2.1M in Tuesday Previews

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Getting a jump on the July Fourth corridor, Baby Driver rode into its first 2,606 theaters Tuesday night, earning a strong $2.1 million in previews.

Edgar Wright directed the critically acclaimed R-rated film, from Sony's TriStar Pictures and Mrc. The original heist thriller — which opens everywhere Wedesday — hopes to serve as counterprogramming to more standard popcorn fare. Sony puts the movie's net budget at $34 million before marketing.

Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jon Bernthal and Eiza Gonzalez star alongside Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx.

From an original script by Wright, the story follows a talented getaway »


- Pamela McClintock

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'Strange Daughter' ('Fremde Tochter'): Film Review | Munich 2017

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A 17-year-old German girl working part-time as an office cleaner has a love-hate rapport with one of the Muslim employees in Strange Daughter (Fremde Tochter), the sophomore feature from filmmaker Stephan Lacant. As in his previous film, the queer policemen romance Free Fall, the writer-director excels at suggesting the emotional intensity and the more rational confusion surrounding the unlikely rapport between two people who seem like polar opposites, though here the impressive and intense first part slowly morphs into a film in which the plot seems to take precedence over any kind of psychological illumination. Nonetheless, this is the kind »


- Boyd van Hoeij

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Why 'Wonder Woman' Is Catching on More Slowly Overseas

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Over the June 23-25 weekend, box-office blockbuster Wonder Woman grossed a rousing $25 million in North America, the second-best showing in history for a superhero film in its fourth outing behind Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight.

Wonder Woman is a summer water-cooler sensation in the U.S. In addition to earning glowing reviews, the Warner Bros. and DC movie — featuring a female superhero and directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins — has tapped into the cultural zeitgeist, coming at a time when the lack of female representation behind and in front of the camera is making major headlines.

Already, Wonder »


- Pamela McClintock

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'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' Actor Joins Ryan Reynolds in 'Deadpool 2'

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Production on Deadpool 2 got underway yesterday and star Ryan Reynolds has already made an announcement. 

Hunt for the Wilderpeople star Julian Dennison has joined the cast of Fox's superhero sequel, with Reynolds making the news known with an Instagram post.

Dennison joins fellow franchise newcomers Zazie Beetz, playing Domino, and Josh Brolin, who is taking on Cable, as well as returning stars T.J. Miller and Morena Baccarin.

Dennison, a native New Zealander, is best known for starring opposite Sam Neill in Taika Waititi's indie comedy adventure as the Tupac-obsessed Ricky Baker.

Waititi, who is currently in postproduction on Thor: Ragnarok, took to Twitter »


- Mia Galuppo

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Hollywood's Most Powerful People Reveal What They Can't Get Through the Workday Without

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The Hollywood Reporter's second annual ranking of the most powerful people in entertainment features some of the most influential minds in the industry, such as Oprah Winfrey, Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger and attorney Skip Brittenham. 

As part of the feature, THR asked the the group of creatives, execs and more about what they absolutely need to get through the workday. From morning workout routines to a phone call home, the most frequently reported daily essential was any kind of caffeinated beverage. 

While ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey mentioned her specific order ("a »


- Sydney Odman

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'Little Hours': Aubrey Plaza Makes Producing Debut Amid Catholic League Uproar

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When Jeff Baena was scouting locations in Italy for The Little Hours, he made sure never to mention that he was shooting an adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio's 14th-century work The Decameron. “It’s a Catholic country, so it’s a touchy subject for people,” says the writer-director. “It’s almost 700 years old and it’s still ruffling feathers.”

Despite a minor uproar from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the irreverent comedy — featuring an ensemble that includes Baena’s longtime girlfriend Aubrey Plaza, real-life couple Alison Brie and Dave Franco, and Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly, Nick Offerman and Fred Armisen, among »


- Ashley Lee

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Michael Bond, Creator of Paddington Bear, Dies at 91

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Michael Bond, the author of the books about much-adored children's character Paddington Bear, has died. He was 91.

The news was announced Wednesday by his publisher Harper Collins: "It is with great sadness that we announce that Michael Bond, Cbe, the creator of one Britain's best-loved children's characters, Paddington, died at home yesterday at 91 following a short illness."

A Bear Called Paddington, Bond's first book featuring the marmalade-loving, duffel coat-wearing Peruvian bear was published in 1958. His latest, Paddington's Finest Hour, was published in April this year. So far, his books have been translated into 30 languages across 70 »


- Alex Ritman

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'The Ice Cream Truck' Trailer Brings Murder to the Neighborhood

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Too many sweets can lead to health issues, but in this case — ice cream truly can be deadly.

In a new trailer for The Ice Cream Truck, Mary (Deanna Russo) moves back to her hometown and soon gets a bad vibe from the neighborhood ice cream man. And her worries are with good reason — he's got murder on his mind.

In addition to the trailer, Heat Vision also has the exclusive look at the new poster for the film, which will be in select theaters and available on VOD Aug. 18.

Writer-director Megan Freels Johnston, the granddaughter of crime writer Elmore Leonard, »


- Aaron Couch

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