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Director Darren Aronofsky Defends ‘Mother!’ As “A Punk Movie” Designed To Provoke

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Film director Darren Aronofsky has defended his much-maligned film, mother!, calling it “a punk movie” that was designed to elicit the strong reactions it has garnered from critics and audiences. Speaking with radio host John Horn in a Q &A following a recent screening at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Aronofsky seemed to side with the harshest of his critics when he admitted, “How, if you walk out of this movie, are you not going to give it an ‘F… »


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Nina Dobrev Joins Ken Marino’s ‘Dog Days’ Pic, Filming Roger Avary’s ‘Lucky Day’

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Exclusive: Just over a week before the re-imagined Flatliners comes out, Nina Dobrev is keeping her days full with two new projects. Currently filming Roger Avary's Lucky Day in Toronto, The Vampire Diaries alum also is joining Ken Marino's sophomore feature directing effort Dog Days, I've learned. Dobrev will play Good Day Seattle host Elizabeth in the canine-connected ensemble comedy from the West Hot American Summer vet. The character relies on her pet through life and… »


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Josh Greenstein Re-Ups At Sony As Marketing & Distribution President For Three More Years

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Josh Greenstein has been re-upped for three years as president of worldwide marketing and distribution at Sony Pictures Entertainment's Motion Picture Group. He will continue to report to Spe Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman. This comes as Greenstein and his team are overseeing the launch of the global campaign for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on December 22 and the launch of the international marketing campaign for Blade Runner 2049 which bows domestically… »


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Oscars: Russia Enters Andrey Zvyagintsev’s ‘Loveless’ In Foreign Language Race

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Russia has selected Andrey Zvyagintsev's Cannes Jury Prize winner Loveless as its entry into the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. This is the director's third time repping his country after 2003's Venice Golden Lion winner The Return and 2014's Leviathan. The latter took the Best Screenplay trophy in Cannes that year, as well as winning the Foreign Language Golden Globe and scoring an Oscar nomination. Sony Pictures Classics acquired all North and Latin American… »


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Skybound And Universal Pics Developing Feature Based On Comic Series ‘Kill The Minotaur’

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Skybound Entertainment and Universal Pictures are developing a feature based on the Christian Cantamessa and Chris Pasetto's comic series Kill the Minotaur, a modern, fantastical tale which was released as a comic series in June and includes the artwork of Lukas Ketner and Jean-Francois Beaulieu. The feature is part of Skybound's first look deal with Universal. Skybound's Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst, and Sean Furst are expected as producers. Skybound is the… »


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Peter Bart: In A Polarized U.S., Hollywood Struggles To Find The Mainstream

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The great Gil Cates, who produced 14 Academy Award shows, used to tell me, "I want people to express themselves on the show, but I don't think our audience wants political noise." If Cates were around today, he would have to brace himself. The media community is in an angry mood, as was evident at the Emmy Awards, and that anger is going to be difficult to tamp down by Oscar time. "I feel an infinite rage," Darren Aronofsky told a group of Academy voters this week. His… »


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Sony Pictures Classics Closes Israeli Foreign Language Oscar Entry ‘Foxtrot’

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Update: Sony Pictures Classics has firmed its deal for North American and other rights to Foxtrot, confirming a Deadline scoop that broke just as the film won eight Ophir Awards in Israel, including Best Picture and Best Director for Samuel Maoz. This comes on top of its Grand Jury Prize win at Venice and gives Spc a leading entry in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. Spc’s release follows the original story. Earlier Exclusive, September 19, 1:46 Pm Pst: Foxtrot… »


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Adam Baldwin Cast In ‘The Kid’; Denise Richards, Joey Lawrence Join ‘Pistachio’

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Vincent D'Onofrio’s directorial debut film, The Kid, has added Adam Baldwin to play Bob Orlinger in the film about infamous gunfighter Billy the Kid. He joins Ethan Hawke, Dane DeHaan as Billy the Kid, and newcomer Jake Schur in a Western, told through the view of a young boy who reaches out to his outlaw hero to help save his kidnapped sister. The script is by Andrew Lanham with Jordan Schur producing under his Mimran Schur Pictures/Suretone Pictures banner, alongside… »


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Afm 2017: Films From 32 Female Directors To Screen; Only Four Are U.S. Produced

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Exclusive: We’re still six weeks from the start of the America Film Market, but so far there are 32 films from female directors that will be screened, sold or premiering at the market. Only four of those films — or 13% — were produced in the U.S.: Lynne Southerland's Cinderella and The Secret Prince, Elizabeth Rohrbaugh’s Becks, Rebecca Addelman’s Paper Year and Tali Shalom-Ezer’s My Days of Mercy. The Lili Fini Zanuck-helmed Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars also is… »


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‘Peter Rabbit’ Trailer: James Corden Hops In As The Kid-Lit Legend

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This party animal is sportin’ a blue jacket but no pants. He treats fellow woodland creatures to an “all you can eat” in a garden, even the fox who tried to make hasenpfeffer out of him. He hosts a swingin’ bash — well, “hosts” is not the correct verb, as the place clearly isn’t his. Then again, neither is the garden. Meet Peter Rabbit, titular star of Sony’s live-action/animation hybrid. Check out the first trailer above. While this likely isn’t the way Beatrix Potter… »


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The Deadline Podcast: “Fired Directors”, With Guest Ted Kotcheff

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A growing number of directors are being fired off films. Is there a connection to the trend of more filmmakers writing their own screenplays, rather than depending on the craftsmanship of seasoned screenwriters? Directors have worked hard to achieve more creative freedom, but may be sacrificing those gains in their quest for total creative control. Several new films like Logan Lucky suggest an inattentiveness to the importance of screenplays and a need to return to the… »


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Tom Hanks To Star In ‘A Man Called Ove’ Remake

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Tom Hanks is attached to star in a remake of A Man Called Ove, the Oscar nominated Hannes Holm-directed Swedish comedy that became the highest grossing foreign language film released in the U.S. in 2016. Pic will be produced by Playtone partners Hanks and Gary Goetzman, along with Rita Wilson and Fredrik Wikström Nicastro for Nordic major Sf Studios. Hanks will play the protagonist, a grumpy widower whose overall unhappiness is exacerbated when he is unceremoniously… »


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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle Of Dogs’ Trailer Is Most Fetching

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It’s been eight years since Wes Anderson went stop-motion for Fantastic Mr. Fox, an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book that ended up with two Oscar nominations, including Best Animated Feature. He returns to the genre along with partner Indian Paintbrush armed with that success (and know-how) for Isle Of Dogs, which upon first blush maintains Mr. Fox‘s visual sensibility but creates a new world in some sort of version of Japan. The pic centers on Atari… »


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Samuel Goldwyn Films Acquires Na Rights To ‘Sweet Country’

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Samuel Goldwyn Films acquired North American rights to the Warwick Thornton-directed Sweet Country. Pic stars Bryan Brown, Hamilton Morris, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie, Natassia Gorey-Furber, Gibson John, Matt Day, Anni Finsterer, Treymayne Doolan, Trevon Doolan and Sam Neill. The film won Special Jury Prize after its world premiere at Venice, and won the Platform competition at the Toronto Film Festival. The plot: Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works for a preacher… »


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Disney Intl Names Rebecca Campbell President For Europe, Middle East & Africa

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Walt Disney International has shuffled its top ranks with Rebecca Campbell assuming the role of President of Emea for the Walt Disney Company. The current president of ABC Owned Television Station Group and ABC Daytime will replace Diego Lerner in January. Lerner is returning home to Argentina where he will take on a new role as a part of the Walt Disney International management team. Campbell is a 20-year Disney/ABC veteran. In the Disney|ABC Television Group she has… »


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‘Poster Boy’: David Parfitt Producing Story Of 1930s Tennis Ace Gottfried Von Cramm

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Oscar-winning producer David Parfitt and UK-based production companies Bob & Co and Paradine Productions are developing Poster Boy, based on the life of German tennis champ Gottfried von Cramm who refused to be used as a pawn by the Nazi party. Patrick Ryecart is penning the script which is currently out to market. The project was initially originated with the late David Frost after Ryecart began to research von Cramm’s story two decades ago. Von Cramm was an ace on the… »


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‘Murder On The Orient Express’ Trailer: Kenneth Branagh Steers A Trainful Of Stars, Drops A Clue

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"A passenger has died,” announces Kenneth Branagh’s Hercule Poirot near the start of this new trailer for 20th Century Fox’s upcoming Murder on the Orient Express. “The murderer is on the train now. Everyone is a suspect. So let’s catch a killer.” That’s about as efficient a bit of dialogue as you’re likely to hear in any trailer, neatly setting up the premise for this star-studded Orient Express for anyone who hasn’t read the book or seen Sidney Lumet’s 1974 screen… »


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Animation Is Film Festival Announces Full Slate

20 September 2017 8:54 PM, PDT

The Animation is Film Festival has announced its full slate of films for their upcoming event which takes place October 20-22 at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood. Films set to screen premieres of The Breadwinner, Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Big Fish and Begonia as well as special screenings of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pixar’s The Incredibles, which will also include a sneak peek of their upcoming film Coco. The fest will feature 12 films in competition… »


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Women’s Media Summit Calls For Boycott Of Movies That Snub Female Filmmakers

20 September 2017 5:45 PM, PDT

The Women's Media Summit, a group of more than 100 leaders from various industries, has issued a white paper outlining a plan of action for "eliminating gender inequity in U.S. entertainment media." One of its strategies is to “boycott films that score poorly on gender equity." "Women hold only 3% of above-the-line and greenlighting positions in the media industry and are vastly underrepresented as protagonists and lead characters in film and television," according to the… »

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‘Star Wars’: Ron Howard Teases “Spicey” Set From Han Solo Film

20 September 2017 5:29 PM, PDT

Ron Howard seems to be having a good time since taking over the directing reins of the upcoming Han Solo film. He recently posted a photo of the famous Kessel Run from the set with the caption “Spicey?” The caption and the Kessel Run might be totally foreign to many, but for Star Wars diehards, the reference is crystal clear. In the original Star Wars, Harrison Ford’s Han Solo says, “You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon?…It’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in… »


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