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CAA Stake Acquired By Singapore’s Temasek

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Temasek, the sovereign wealth fund out of Singapore, has made a strategic investment in CAA. The partners said this morning that the capital will be used to further the expanding Hollywood agency’s growth, including through acquisitions. The news follows an investment by China’s Cmc last April which paved the way for the formation of CAA China. Tpg Capital will remain CAA’s majority shareholder; financial details of the Temasek tie-up were not disclosed. Temasek has a… »

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‘Avatar’ Starts Production Today On Four Consecutive Sequels At Over $1 Billion Budget

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It has been long in the planning, but James Cameron officially began production today in Manhattan Beach on the four Avatar sequels he is shooting in succession. No one is saying when Cameron will complete the unprecedented feat of shooting a quartet of blockbuster-budget 3D films in sequence. It is not only unprecedented in number — Peter Jackson shot three of The Lord of the Rings installments together — it also will be the most expensive shoot of its kind, at an… »


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Julianne Hough To Play First Lady Of Fitness Betty Weider In George Gallo’s ‘Bigger’

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Exclusive: Julianne Hough is set to portray female fitness pioneer Betty Weider in George Gallo’s upcoming feature Bigger.  A pin-up model who became a leading role model for women in diet and fitness, Betty Weider was the wife of Joe Weider, and together they co founded Shape magazine, which remains the most successful women’s health and fitness publication today. Bigger tells the story of the Weider brothers, who rose from poverty to create the Mr. Olympia competition… »


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Bart & Fleming: How Donald Trump’s Football Fumbles Killed Usfl; Why The Movie Star Is Dying; Studio Marketing Moves

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. Fleming: Could President Trump really be this tone deaf? After antagonizing the paranoid Sony-hacking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, he starts the battle that shook up football Sunday throughout the National Football League. It's hard to imagine the president could be this blissfully… »


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China Axes Feng Xiaogang’s ‘Youth’ Release: The Possible Political Motives

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Respected Chinese filmmaker Feng Xiaogang’s Youth, a coming-of-age drama about young people making peace with the past, was due for release in the Middle Kingdom this weekend, in time for the lucrative National Day holiday. The movie recently screened at the Toronto Film Festival, but on Sunday it emerged that its China theatrical run had been nixed, for now, as a result of "discussions with the film administration bureau and other relevant parties," according to a… »

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Sharon Stone Signs With CAA

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Sharon Stone, the Oscar-nominated actress who is next up on the big screen in James Franco’s The Disaster Artist, has signed with CAA for representation in all areas. A24 releases Disaster Artist on December 1. Stone is also starring in Steven Soderbergh’s experimental HBO movie Mosaic, which is eyeing a 2018 bow. Stone of course rose to international fame with 1992’s Basic Instinct, which earned her the first of her four Golden Globe nominations. She won the Globe and… »


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Vanessa Hudgens Added To Cast Of Ken Marino’s ‘Dog Days’

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Exclusive: We're out of the dog days of summer, but the cast of Ken Marino's Dog Days seems to be growing day by day. Having already seen FlatlinersNina Dobrev and It's Finn Wolfhard get on board with the indie romantic comedy in the past week, the pic now is packing some new power, I’ve learned. Spring Breakers and Broadway’s Gigi lead Vanessa Hudgens also has joined Dog Days. The Powerless alum will play Tara in the interconnected ensemble pic about people looking for… »


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Chevy Chase, Andie MacDowell, Richard Dreyfuss & More Topline Netflix Comedy Film ‘The Last Laugh’

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Emmy winner Chevy Chase (National Lampoon's Vacation franchise), Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day), and Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind) have signed on to star the Netflix original film The Last Laugh, written and directed by Greg Pritikin (Dummy). The comedy, which hails from producer Rob Paris of Paris Film, Inc, also co-stars Lewis Black (Inside Out), Kate Micucci (The Lego Batman Movie) and Chris Parnell (Battle of the Sexes). Currently… »


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Elizabeth Banks Joins Anthony Mackie In Taylor Hackford-Helmed Signal Hill Scandal Pic

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Exclusive: Elizabeth Banks has been set to star alongside Anthony Mackie in Cochran, the Taylor Hackford-directed drama about that casts Mackie as Johnnie Cochran in a career-making case revolving around the pursuit of justice in the Signal Hill police brutality case in 1981. Banks will play Mary Neiswender, an investigative newspaper reporter for the Long Beach Press-Telegram. The case revolved around the death of Ron Settles, a star football player at Long Beach State… »


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Ruben Fleischer To Helm Buddy Cop Comedy With John Cena and Kumail Nanjiani

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Exclusive: Universal has acquired an untitled buddy cop comedy hatched by Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad and Murray Miller. This one has John Cena (Trainwreck) and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) attached to star in the project. Fleischer, who helmed Zombieland and will next direct Venom, is attached to direct and will produce alongside Bernad through their Universal Television-based production company The District. Miller, the writer-producer of HBO's Tour De Pharmacy and 7… »


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Kyle MacLachlan Joins Amblin’s ‘The House With A Clock In Its Walls’

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Exclusive: Kyle MacLachlan has found a new gig after Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival. He has joined Jack Black and Cate Blanchett in the cast of The House With a Clock in Its Walls, the Universal/Amblin adaptation of the 1973 John Bellairs horror book illustrated by Edward Gorey. Eli Roth is directing. Eric Kripke wrote the script based on the novel, which tells the tale of a recently orphaned 10-year-old boy who discovers a world of hidden passageways, magic and danger in… »


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‘Mamma Mia!’: Andy Garcia Joins Cast Of Universal Sequel

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Exclusive: As it tunes up for a July release, Universal’s Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again has added Andy Garcia to the cast. The sequel to 2008’s toe-tapping $610M worldwide grosser will return audiences to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an original musical based on the songs of Swedish pop sensations, Abba. Garcia is stepping into a new role that is being kept under wraps. He joins the previous film’s Meryl Streep as Donna, Julie Walters as Rosie and Christine… »


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Jean Guerin Exits Sony Pics PR Post For TV Return At Fox

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Jean Guerin is leaving her post as media relations senior veep at Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group to become Executive Vice President, Publicity & Corporate Communications at Fox Broadcasting Co. Tahra Grant has been tapped to replace her at Sony. At Fox, Guerin will report to Fox Television Group chief marketing officer Shannon Ryan, with direct responsibility for all communications for chairman-CEOs of Fox Television Group Dana Walden and Gary… »


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Helen Hunt, Olivia Munn To Star In ‘Die In A Gunfight’ From Mark Gordon Company

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Oscar-winner Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner franchise), and Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Game films) have been tapped the star in action romance film Die In A Gunfight from The Mark Gordon Company. Marvel’s Ant-Man And The Wasp scribes Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari penned the screenplay, which has Animals helmer Collin Schiffli in the director’s chair. The film follows two star-crossed lovers – Ben… »


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Johnny Lin & Brian Oliver Prep Horror Film ‘Sacrifice’, Paul Johansson Directing

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Exclusive: Filmula Entertainment’s Johnny Lin and New Republic PicturesBrian Oliver, who recently teamed to produce and finance the sci-fi thriller Rise, have reunited to produce the psychological horror  Sacrifice. The screenplay is by Robert Tinnell and with Paul JohanssonOne Tree Hill, Atlas Shrugged: Part 1) on board to direct. Story follows a priest who survives a botched exorcism and chases a possessed fellow priest to a mystical island off the coast of… »


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California Film & TV Incentives Boosted Below-The-Line Wages By $1.4 Billion

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California's film and TV production incentives program has produced a sustained 12% increase in the number hours worked in the state by below-the-line crew members, generating an additional $1.4 billion in their wages during the first two years of the expanded program, according to the latest annual report of the California Film Commission, which administers the program. The expanded incentives, called Program 2.0, was enacted in 2015 and tripled the amount of tax… »


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‘Moonlight’ Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney & David Oyelowo Join Forces On New Disney Musical ‘Cyrano The Moor’

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Exclusive: Walt Disney Pictures is now in business with Moonlight Oscar-winning writer Tarell Alvin McCraney to script a musical idea for David Oyelowo to star. Details are under wraps on what is being titled Cyrano the Moor, but we know it’s some kind of musical mash up of two classic stories — Cyrano de Bergerac and Othello — and will be set in the Bristol region of England during the 19th century. So that means that the script will take inspiration from the two… »


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Women In Entertainment & ArcLight Santa Monica Line Up Female-Led Documentary Series

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Exclusive: Women in Entertainment will feature series of female-directed documentaries at the ArcLight Santa Monica, screening over four consecutive Sundays at 4 Pm beginning October 1. Two of the films — Everything Must Change and The S Word — are getting their premieres. The series is part of an ongoing collaboration with ArcLight Cinemas to celebrate women behind the lens. This year’s fall lineup also includes The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin and Girl Unbound: The W… »


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Warner Bros India Preps ‘Infernal Affairs’ Remake With Azure Entertainment

25 September 2017 5:05 AM, PDT

Warner Bros India is partnering with Mumbai-based Azure Entertainment on a local remake of Hong Kong classic Infernal Affairs. The companies will jointly invest in and produce the project which was the source material for Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning 2006 crime drama The Departed. The remake is the first piece of a two-picture deal between Azure and Warner to jointly develop, produce and distribute key titles from the WB library for the Indian market — whose box office… »


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Voltage Bests Director In Battle Over Mel Gibson’s ‘The Professor & The Madman’

24 September 2017 10:22 PM, PDT

The multi-front legal battle between Voltage Pictures and seemingly everyone else over the Mel Gibson and Sean Penn starrer The Professor and The Madman saw a federal judge stop the efforts of the film's director to stop the pic from going forward. "Plaintiff fails to satisfy the necessary four-prong test for a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction," wrote U.S. District Judge Consuelo Marshall on Friday in an order rejecting Farhad Safinia desire (read it… »


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