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In Hollywood, Few Female Stuntwomen Are Allowed To Drive

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Exclusive: Four Saturdays ago, the Bumblebee stunt team showed up for rehearsals in downtown Los Angeles for work on the latest in the Transformers movie franchise. It was late afternoon, and they were preparing to film the stunt the next Wednesday, November 1. The rehearsal that day involved 11 stunt drivers and three passengers – all men. One of the drivers was even told to wear a wig to double for a woman. Seven of the driving jobs listed on the call sheet were… »

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Ashley Hamilton To Helm ‘Gothic Harvest’; UTA Inks Jason Kohn; Comedy Dynamics Nabs Two Titles – Film Briefs

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Ashley Hamilton (Iron Man 3Rules Don't Apply) is attached to direct and star in the horror film Gothic Harvest. It follows the aristocratic, wealthy France-born Boudine family, who move to New Orleans in the mid-1800s to make their way in America, only to have their beautiful youngest daughter cross paths with the fiancé of the legendary Queen of Louisiana Voodoo, Marie Laveau. Their interlude results in a baby, which causes the entire family to become the focus of… »


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Tig Notaro To Host Artios Awards; Nicole Kidman To Present Award To Kevin Huvane

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Exclusive: Comedian-actress Tig Notaro is set to host the Los Angeles ceremony of the Casting Society of America’s 33rd annual Artios Awards which will include Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman presenting CAA Partner and Managing Director, Kevin Huvane, with the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement. For the New York ceremony, comedian and Patti Cake$ actress Bridget Everett has been tapped to host. “As a 5’5” 115 lb SAG-aftra actor, I’m thrilled to be… »


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‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Director Noah Baumbach On His Personally Rooted Penchant For New York Stories

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A defining voice in American independent cinema ever since his 1995 debut with Kicking and Screaming, Noah Baumbach has a natural knack for human observation and crafting sharp dialogue that feels entirely true. These talents are on display with The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), a Netflix pic which premiered at Cannes to great acclaim, centering on the three dysfunctional adult children of a narcissistic, artistic patriarch. Meyerowitz sees Baumbach working at… »


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John Lasseter’s Leave Of Absence At Disney/Pixar Comes As Women Detail Unwanted Behavior

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Updated with more details: John Lasseter, the architect of Pixar and Disney’s juggernaut animation operations, is taking a leave of absence from his post effective immediately. He holds the title Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, and Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering. In a memo to staffers this morning obtained by Deadline, Lasseter wrote he was taking a six-month sabbatical after admitting to “missteps,” and… »


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Canadian Actors Union Branch President Says She Was Sexually Assaulted Four Times

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Theresa Tova, president of the Toronto branch of Actra, the Canadian actors union, is the industry's first union leader to acknowledge that she has been sexually assaulted – in her case, four times. She doesn't say when it happened, or by whom, but she's gone public with it in a video statement to the union's members. "As your president, and as a woman who's been sexually attacked four times myself, I promise you, I am fiercely committed to fighting this on every front,"… »


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‘Three Billboards’ Production Designer Inbal Weinberg On Martin McDonagh’s Unique Approach To Screen Language

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Known for critically acclaimed collaborations with lauded filmmakers including Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond The Pines) and Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), production designer Inbal Weinberg has added Irish auteur Martin McDonagh to that list with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. With Three Billboards, Weinberg was tasked with crafting the fictional Ebbing, Missouri, a middle American small town that was neither bustling nor broken — a… »


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French Senator, Health Minister Seek To Snub Out Smoking In Movies

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November in France is also known as the “Mois Sans Tabac,” a movement supported by government agencies that encourages smokers to give up the habit for 30 days. This year, it’s a month in which a polemic has re-ignited over the role that cigarettes play on the big screen. In a country where a reported 70% of new movies show someone smoking at least once — and where the cinematic patrimoine includes such indelible images of smoking (think Belmondo and Breathless) — what… »


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At&T-Time Warner Merger: Telco Shares Dip; Donald Trump Says Deal “Not Good For The Country”

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As tech company gains pushed overall markets to record-setting highs, shares in At&T, which is preparing for an epic regulatory showdown with the government, lost nearly 1% on the day as investors pondered the impact of a dream deferred. Shares finished at $34.32, within sight of their 52-week low and more than 10% where they were in October before the U.S. Department of Justice said At&T would have to shed key Time Warner assets, possibly CNN, in order to win… »

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‘The Rape Of Recy Taylor’ Trailer: The Heart-Wrenching Docu Tells A Timely Story For Black Women

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Nancy Buirski’s documentary The Rape of Recy Taylor premiered its first trailer today to paint a tragic picture of the titular Taylor and her story that rings true to today’s treatment of women — black women in particular. The Orchard announced today that they have acquired the digital right to the film which bowed at the Venice Film Festival, where it was rewarded the Human Rights Nights Special Prize for Human Rights. The docu puts the spotlight on the Jim Crow South… »


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Richard Cabral & John Gallagher Jr. Join Jennifer Garner In ‘Peppermint’

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Exclusive: Richard Cabral (American Crime) and John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom) have been cast in Peppermint, the Jennifer Garner starring action-thriller from Lakeshore Entertainment. Pierre Morel is at the helm, directing from a screenplay by Chad St. John. STXfilms is distributing. The film follows Riley North (Garner) who awakens from a coma after her husband and daughter are killed in a brutal attack on the family. When the system frustratingly shields the murderers… »


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Dominique McElligott, Beau Bridges, Zhu Zhu, Song Yang Join Boyd Holbrook In ‘Two/One’

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Exclusive: Dominique McElligott (House of CardsThe Astronaut Wives Club ), Beau Bridges (The Mountain Between Us, Masters of Sex), Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas, Marco Polo), and Song Yang (The Sword Identify, Wrath of Silence) have come aboard Argentinian director Juan Cabral's hypnotic drama Two/One. The trio joins Narcos and Logan actor Boyd Holbrook in the pic, which is currently in production in Canada. Written and directed by Cabral, it follows Kaden, a world-class ski… »


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Sherri Shepherd Joins Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear In Biopic ‘Brian Banks’

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Exclusive: Sherri Shepherd, actress and Emmy-Award winning former co-host of ABC's The View, has joined Aldis Hodge and Greg Kinnear to co-star the biopic Brian Banks which is being directed by Tom Shadyac. The biopic tells the story of Banks (Hodge), an All-American high school football player committed to USC by his junior year whose life was upended in 2002 when he was falsely accused of rape. Despite maintaining his innocence, Banks was railroaded through the system… »


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Oliver Stone Responds To Melissa Gilbert Harassment Allegations, Says It Was Clear ‘The Doors’ Was A “Raunchy” Movie

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Filmmaker Oliver Stone has responded to the sexual harassment allegations actress Melissa Gilbert made against him. During an interview with Andy Cohen yesterday on his satellite radio show, Gilbert said Stone had put her through a “humiliating and horrid” audition process for his 1991 movie The Doors. Stone said today it was clear what kind of film Gilbert was auditioning for and insisted there was “a safe environment for all actors who auditioned.” “We auditioned dozens… »


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GLAAD Funds Its First Feature Documentary: ‘TransMilitary’

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Exclusive: On the heels of Trans Awareness Week, GLAAD’s Media Institute is giving a grant to help finance what marks its first funding for a feature-length film project. TransMilitary is a feature documentary that chronicles the lives of four American transgender troops defending their country's freedom while fighting for their own, and the larger efforts to help rescind the military ban on transgender service members serving openly. Earlier this year, several subjects… »

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Tom Hollander Enlists In ‘A Private War’

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Tom Hollander (The Night Manager) has joined Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan in the Matthew Heineman-directed biopic, A Private War. The pic, which does before cameras this week in Japan, details the life of famed American-born British war journalist Marie Colvin, based on Marie Brenner's 2012 Vanity Fair story Marie Colvin's Private War. Matthew George's Acacia Entertainment has come onboard to fully finance and produce the project along with alongside The Fyzz Facility… »


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SXSW Thriller ‘Like Me’ Liked By Kino Lorber

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Exclusive: Kino Lorber as acquired U.S. rights to Like Me, a psychedelic thriller written and directed by Robert Mockler that bowed at this year’s SXSW in the Narrative Feature competition. A January theatrical release is planned followed by a VOD release in March. Addison Timlin stars as Kiya, who posts a video of herself robbing a convenience store and amasses a huge social media following and goes on a crime spree propelled by social media broadcasts. In her quest for… »


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Andy Serkis Insists Performance Capture Acting Is Not “A Drug-Assisted Sport”

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Andy Serkis says he’s "hanging by a thread" in the run-up to the release of his directorial debut Breathe. Starring Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield in the true story of a couple fighting polio, it's a departure for Serkis, who's won much critical acclaim acting in motion capture roles in such gems as Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and War for the Planet of the Apes. Serkis will follow Breathe by helming next year's Jungle Book–a performance capture extravaganza… »


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Spirit Award Nominations: ‘Call Me By Your Name’, ‘Lady Bird’, ‘Get Out’, ‘The Rider’, ‘Florida Project’ Best Pics

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For a second year in a row, A24 led the Film Independent Spirit Award nominations, counting 17, followed by Sony Pictures Classics which had 13 propelled by Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name and Chloe Zhao’s The Rider. It was also a big day for Call Me By Your Name, which lead all film noms with a total of six including best picture, but Universal/Blumhouse’s Get Out continued to prove it’s a serious contender this season with five noms for the Jordan Peele movie… »


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Cj 4Dplex Continues Euro Expansion With Switzerland’s Kitag Cinemas; Intv Conference Sets Speakers – Global Briefs

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As it continues European expansion, Korea-headquartered Cj 4Dplex has partnered with Switzerland's Kitag Cinemas for a 4Dx auditorium in Zurich. Kitag is the largest exhibitor in the country's German-speaking region with 85 screens and 17,000 seats in such cities as Basel, Bern, Biel, Lucerne and Zurich. Its new 4Dx auditorium is scheduled to open before the end of the year at the Abaton multiplex. The new partnership comes as Cj’s 4Dx immersive format has grown in… »

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