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Cannes Adds Roman Polanski’s ‘Based On A True Story’ & More Films To Lineup

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The Cannes Film Festival has just made a handful of additions to its Official Selection, including Roman Polanski’s Based On A True Story (D’Après Une Histoire Vraie) which will screen out of competition. The Eva Green-starrer had been tipped to be part of the lineup originally announced on April 13 and its inclusion today comes during a time when the director’s 40-year-old child sex conviction is again in the U.S. courts. This may be seen as a bold move by the festival… »


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Michael Mantenuto Dies: Co-Star Of Olympic Hockey Movie ‘Miracle’ Was 35

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Michael Mantenuto, who co-starred in Disney’s Miracle about the U.S. hockey team’s “Miracle on Ice” win over the Soviets in the 1980 Olympics, has died. He was 35. Police is Des Moines, Ia, say they found Mantenuto dead Monday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His death was announced by Col. Guillaume Beaurpere, commander of the Army Special Forces unit in which Mantenuto served after his brief acting career. “Those of you that knew Mike will remember him for his… »


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Longtime Sony Distribution Exec Rory Bruer Retiring From Studio

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Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution at Sony Pictures Entertainment, is retiring. This comes as no surprise as Bruer had been talking about stepping back for a long while. What is surprising is that Bruer has only worked at one company in his lifetime — he began in the mailroom at Columbia Pictures in 1977 and moved into distribution a year later in the New Orleans office. During his 40 years, he had survived many management changeovers — at least seven going… »


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Kevin Hart In Reboot Of ‘The Great Outdoors’ For Universal, De Luca Productions

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Exclusive: Universal Pictures has attached Kevin Hart to star in The Great Outdoors, a reboot the studio is developing based on the 1988 John Hughes-scripted comedy. Randall Green is writing the new version. Michael De Luca is producing for Michael De Luca Productions with Hart through his Hartbeat Productions banner. The original Howie Deutch-directed film starred Dan Aykroyd and John Candy and focused on a Chicago man whose plans for a relaxing outdoor camping trip is… »


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Omari Hardwick, Meagan Good To Star In ‘A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love On Election Night’

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Power‘s Omari Hardwick and Meagan Good, who stars in Hulu's upcoming Foxy Brown, will star in the indie romance drama A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love On Election Night. The film, which is about a budding romance during Trump’s election night, co-stars Jay Ellis (Insecure), Dijon Talton, Wesley Jonathan, and Affion Crockett. Produced by Datari Turner and written and directed by Qasim Basir (Destined), the story follows a Los Angeles club promoter named Cass (Hardwick), who on… »


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OddLot Ups Rachel Shane To Chief Creative Officer, Hires Adrian Alperovich As COO

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Exclusive: OddLot Entertainment has promoted Rachel Shane to chief creative officer and hired former Focus Features and FilmDistrict exec Adrian Alperovich as COO. The news comes as Madison Wells Media’s OddLot is coming off an Oscar Best Picture nomination for Hell Or High Water on the film side and its new anthology series Genius which premiered this week on National Geographic Channel and already has snagged a Season 2 renewal. Shane, who had been President of… »


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Motion Picture Agent Dana Harris Exits Wme For CAA

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Motion Picture talent agent Dana Harris has movedto CAA from Wme, where she has worked for the past six years and was an agent for the past three. During her stint at her previous agency, she worked with writer E. Max Frye who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original screenplay for Foxcatcher (along with Dan Futterman) and was an Emmy-nominated writer for Band of Brothers. She also worked with Craig Shilowich who was nominated by the Independent Spirit Awards… »


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Streamy Awards 2017 Sets Date For Twitter Live Stream

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The seventh annual Streamy Awards recognizing the year’s best in online videos and their creators will roll out live on Twitter on September 26 from the Beverly Hilton. Last year’s Streamys scored 750,000 views in a YouTube live stream. The awards, from Dick Clark Productions and Tubefilter, are also doing a bit of a revamp this year, adding Comedy Series and Drama Series and removing gender distinction from the performance categories. Organizers are also adding Branded… »


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Lionsgate Expands Output Deal With Russia’s Central Partnership

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Lionsgate has sealed an output deal with Russian distributor Central Partnership for the distribution of Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment films in the territory. Central Partnership had previously distributed only Summit titles in Russia and the Cis including Now You See Me, Now You See Me 2, the Divergent franchise, John Wick: Chapter Two as well as La La Land. The new deal will encompass both Lionsgate and Summit titles including Otto Bathhurst's Robin Hood, the… »


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Michael Mann Sets Bestselling Author Reed Farrel Coleman To Co-Write ‘Heat’ Prequel Novel

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Exclusive: After a long manhunt that involved months of interviews with substantial authors, Michael Mann has found his co-writer for the prequel novel to Mann’s landmark crime film Heat. Writing with Mann will be Reed Farrel Coleman, the four-time Edgar Award-nominated author who is up for the award tonight for his 2016 novel Where It Hurts, part of mystery series that revolves around the retired Suffolk County cop Gus Murphy. Coleman will collaborate with Mann to tell… »


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New Village Roadshow Co-Owner Vine Acquires Manchester Film Library

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Vine Alternative Investments, which earlier this month acquired controlling interest in Village Roadshow, has acquired Manchester Library Company. The deal is for the library’s 30-title slate that includes Oscar-nominated The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg, Limitless, Immortals, Dear John and more. The catalog also includes the Rogue film library and other indie pics. The deal includes underlying remake and sequel rights to many of the titles, which Vine says grossed a… »


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NBCU Chief Says He’s “Optimistic” Writers’ Strike Will Be Avoided

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NBCUniversal chief Steve Burke says he’s “optimistic and hopeful” that a writers’ strike can be avoided. “Strikes aren’t good for anybody,” he told analysts this morning in Comcast’s quarterly call with analysts. “I’m hopeful we’ll get it done.” Assuming a clash can be avoided,  Burke says NBCUniversal heads into the upfront market with “our strongest hand — by a lot.” Indeed, the company has “already started discussions” with advertisers ahead of NBC’s formal… »

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‘Good Fight’ Heads To India, Nordics; Alexia Edwards Joins Expectation – Global Briefs

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CBS Studios International has set new offshore deals for its All Access Good Wife spinoff, The Good Fight. India's Zee Entertainment has taken pay-tv rights while HBO Nordic will begin streaming all 10 episodes of the first season on June 1 in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Created by Robert and Michelle King, The Good Fight stars Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie and Delroy Lindo and picks up one year after the events of The Good Wife finale. Tim Hincks… »


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Comcast Beats Q1 Earnings Expectations Helped By Strong Film Sales

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The success of films led by Fifty Shades Darker, Get Out, Split, and Sing helped to overcome sagging cable TV network ad sales in Comcast’s Q1 as it exceeded analyst expectations on both the top and bottom lines. The stock price is up about 3.9% in pre-market trading. The cable and entertainment giant generated $2.57 billion in net income, up 20.2% vs the period last year, on revenues of $20.46 billion, up 8.9%. The Street was looking for revenues of $20.12… »


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Johnny Depp As Jack Sparrow Makes Surprise Appearance At Pirates Of the Caribbean Disneyland Ride

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The Pirates of the Caribbean Disney movie franchise originated with the popular Disneyland ride, which served as a basis for the first film. And today, a month before the U.S. release of the fifth installment in the franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales, the films’ star Johnny Depp made a surprise visit to the place that started it all. Dressed as his character Jack Sparrow, Depp popped up in several places of The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in Disneyland, California… »


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California Bill To Boost Funding For Hollywood Job Training Passes Committee

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Update, 3:30 Pm: Ab 1664 has passed the Assembly Arts and Entertainment Committee by a 7-0 vote. The proposed bill would expand and increase funding by $1 million for current hands-on training programs geared towards high school and community college students that are run by entertainment unions. Previous, March 8 Pm: California state Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra and Ian Calderon today introduced legislation aimed at building the state's below-the-line workforce by… »


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Studios & WGA Can’t Even Agree On Lost Revenues From Last Strike

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With only six days to go before film and TV writers could launch their second strike in a decade, labor and management still strongly disagree over the impact of the last strike – a troubling sign that could indicate the two sides aren't seeing eye-to-eye about the WGA's willingness to strike again this time. On Monday, after WGA leaders received overwhelming support from their members for strike authorization, the AMPTP said the last strike cost writers "more than $287… »

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‘Psychopaths’ Helmer Mickey Keating On His Altman-esque Approach To Horror — Tribeca Studio

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Residents of Los Angeles, beware—there may be some Psychopaths on the lose. So it is in the Tribeca-premiering feature from writer/director and horror master Mickey Keating, who has managed to bring five features to life while still in his twenties. Following Carnage Park, starring Ashley Bell—which premiered at Sundance last year—Keating’s latest entry follows a band of serial killers out for blood in the City of Angels on one truly terrifying night. “It's a very… »


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Tom Hanks, Jodie Foster, David Byrne, Meryl Streep Remember Jonathan Demme

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“He was the grandest of men,” says Tom Hanks. “A big-hearted, big tent, compassionate man,” recalls Meryl Streep. Hollywood reacted today with heartbreak and praise to news of Jonathan Demme’s death. “Rest In Peace, Jd…”, tweeted Alec Baldwin, who made an early big-screen appearance in 1988 with Demme’s Married to the Mob. “The World lost one of its purest, most loving and talented souls today,” said Christine Lahti, who costarred in the director’s 1984 Swing Shift. David… »


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Nicolas Cage Breaks Ankle On Movie Set In Bulgaria

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In what was described to Deadline as a freak accident, Nicolas Cage broke his ankle while filming the York Alec Shackleton-directed Millennium Films bank heist action film #211. Cage was taken to a top hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria, near where the film is shooting. Doctors wanted to immediately perform surgery. Cage instead decided to hop a plane to Los Angeles for treatment. That’s where the Oscar-winning star is now. His camp confirms that Cage is currently convalescing… »


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