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How The Overwhelming Disney-Fox Movie Lineup Will Impact Rivals And Exhibitors

14 December 2017 7:42 AM, PST

If Disney and Fox had merged last year, the combined studio’s domestic box office would have equaled $4.5 billion. That number creeps close to a 40% market share, a figure no major studio has ever hit. Book-ended by two Star Wars releases plus its Marvel and Pixar fare, Disney by itself hit an industry stateside record of $3 billion in 2016. Before the studio closes out this year with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a Disney/Fox combo would already be poised to topple that… »


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Berlin Film Festival Unveils First Panorama Titles For 2018

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The Berlin Film Festival has unveiled the first titles in its Panorama sidebar. The festival has confirmed 11 films, put together for the first time by new section head Paz Lázaro together with Michael Stütz and Andreas Struck. Highlights include Timur Bekmambetov's Us fiction film Profile, which follows a British journalist who goes undercover and infiltrates the digital propaganda channels of the so-called Islamic State, German documentary Zentralflughafen Thf (Central… »


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Clare Stewart To Take Year-Long Sabbatical From BFI London Film Festival

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The BFI London Film Festival is under new, temporary management as Clare Stewart is set to take a year-long sabbatical. The Festival Director and BFI Head of Festivals will step down for 12 months in January 2018 with Tricia Tuttle and Anne-Marie Flynn taking over. Tuttle, currently the Deputy Head of Festivals, will become the Lff's interim Artistic Director and Anne-Marie Flynn, currently Head of Business & Industry, will become the Lff's interim Managing Director. Both… »

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Jennifer Morrison’s Directorial Debut ‘Sun Dogs’ Lands At Netflix

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Exclusive: Jennifer Morrison's feature directorial debut Sun Dogs has landed at Netflix. I hear that the streaming service has picked up worldwide rights to the film, which stars Michael Angarano, Melissa Benoist, Xzibit, Allison Janney and Ed O'Neill. Sun Dogs is a poignant story about an intellectually limited young man, desperate to serve in the armed forces despite countless rejections, searching for meaning in his own life. It follows Ned (Angarano), in his repeated… »


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Martin Ransohoff Dies: Film And TV Producer For Many Hits Was 90

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Filmways Television co-founder and film/TV producer Martin Ransohoff has died. He was 90 years old and passed away at his home in Bel-Air, according to his family. Ransohoff had a long list of film and TV credits, including The Cincinnati Kid – a film on which he fired director Sam Peckinpah – as well as Save the Tiger, The Sandpiper (with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton), Catch 22,  Jagged Edge, The Americanization of Emily, Silver Streak, Ice Station Zebra, and TV… »


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June Pictures Shakeup: Alex Saks Buys Out Financier Andrew Duncan Amid Allegation Cloud

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Exclusive: In a preemptive move made as rumors of harassment allegations swirl around Andrew Duncan, June Pictures president and former ICM Partners agent Alex Saks tonight sealed plans to buy Duncan out of the company. June Pictures has fast come out of the gate as a top producer/financier of tastemaker films, including the awards season contending Sean Baker-directed The Florida ProjectJune Pictures is also behind Book Club, the Bill Holderman-directed ensemble that… »


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The Murdochs Would Become Disney’s Largest Individual Shareholders When Merger Clears

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Trust a savvy deal-maker like Rupert Murdoch to wring the most from any negotiation. The 86-year-old media mogul and his family would emerge as the single largest individual shareholders in Disney once the proposed $66 billion deal for 21st Century Fox’s film and television assets closes. Only the mutual fund Vanguard would have more significant holdings in the Burbank media giant. The Murdochs stand to receive nearly 88 million Disney shares in the all-stock deal, based… »


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Clothes Make The Characters In ‘Phantom Thread’ – The Contenders Video

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When it came to making a drama thriller about a perfectionist fashion designer, filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson reached out to his longtime costume designer of seven films Mark Bridges for Phantom Thread. The film follows Daniel Day-Lewis as British couturier Reynolds Woodcock, who lives a lonely life among his staff and his caretaking sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) as he dresses 1950s London high society. While out in the country for breakfast one day, he stumbles upon a… »


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Oscars: Foreign Language Film Shortlist Cuts Field To Nine; France’s ‘Bpm’ Snubbed

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Whittling through 92 submissions, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its shortlist of nine titles to advance in the Best Foreign Language Film category this year. The final five Oscar nominations in the race will be announced along with the rest of the categories on January 23. As ever, the shortlist comes with its own share of surprises, including a snub for a lauded French film the second year running. The group advancing to the next stage… »


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Director Sean Baker On Building ‘The Florida Project’ – The Contenders Video

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There are few movies this year that leave moviegoers in tears, and you can count A24’s The Florida Project as one of them. Having been tipped about the families living in squalor in run-down Kissimmee, Fl hotels by his screenwriter Chris Bergoch, filmmaker Sean Baker turned his camera on the emotional realities of the setting — specifically through the eyes of children who run freely begging for money, swimming, eating ice cream cones, and enjoying the heat of their… »


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Bob Iger & The Murdochs On The Disney-Fox Deal – Read The Memos

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Disney and 21st Century Fox this morning finally took the lid of their $66.1 billion deal that will see the former absorb several Fox properties including the film and TV studios, some cable networks and interests in Hulu and Sky. The massive deal, which will take a year or more to clear, had been widely anticipated, and will all but redraw  the entertainment industry when all is said and done. Here are memos to staff from Disney’s Bob Iger and Fox’s ruling family Rupert… »


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Global Road Entertainment Acquires Stanley Tucci-Starring Thriller ‘The Silence’

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Global Road Entertainment has secured the U.S. distribution rights to The Silence, a suspense thriller from Annabelle director the John Leonetti. Stanley Tucci (Spotlight), Kiernan Shipka (AMC's Mad Men), Miranda Otto (Annabelle: Creation), and John Corbett (HBO's Sex and the City) star in the pic, which is based the novel by fantasy-horror writer Tim Lebbon. It centers on a family struggling to survive in a world terrorized by a deadly, primeval species who have bred for… »


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’48 Hrs’ Remake In The Works At Paramount Players

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Paramount Players is mounting a remake to the 1982 film, 48 Hrs, with Good Time sibling filmmaking team Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie along with The Carmichael Show creator and star Jerrod Carmichael and Ronald Bronstein, both on board to co-write the screenplay with Josh. The Walter Hill-directed original starred Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte as a convict and cop, respectively, duo who have 48 hours to catch two cop killers. The pic was critically lauded and helped launch… »


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Russo Brothers Win Sci-Fi Novel ‘The Electric State’ For ‘It’ Team Andy & Barbara Muschietti

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Exclusive: Russo Brothers Studio has just won a heated bidding war for The Electric State, an illustrated novel from Simon Stålenhag. Andy Muschietti, who directed one of the year’s biggest hits with It, is negotiating to direct the film. He will produce with Barbara Muschietti. Rbs principals Joe and Anthony Russo will produce with them, and their production head Mike Larocca will be executive producer. At least four studios made offers and numerous producers and… »


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Lionsgate Plans English-Language ‘Instructions Not Included’ Remake; Amanda Lipitz To Direct

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Exclusive: Lionsgate is planning an English-language remake of the Spanish-language hit Instructions Not Included. Set to direct is Amanda Lipitz, the Tony-winning producer whose first directing effort, Step, won a prize at the last Sundance Film Festival for Inspirational Filmmaking and sold for $4 million in a bidding battle to Fox Searchlight. Lipitz is producing with Scott Rudin a narrative version of that film for Searchlight. The Eugenio Derbez-directed original was… »


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Disney-Fox Deal: How It Ranks Among Biggest All-Time Media Mergers

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At a valuation of $66.1 billion, including assumption of debt, the Disney-Fox combination announced today is certainly a major disruption of the media business status quo. But it is not the richest media deal ever — nor is it a sure thing to work out well, despite all of the blue-skying in some quarters. Looking back on the priciest media deals of the past — and a caveat should be issued here that this is a selective list that omits some telecom or digital deals — the… »

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‘Every Day’ Trailer: First Look At First Film Under Relaunched Orion Pictures

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MGM’s relaunched Orion Pictures hits theaters in February with Every Day, Michael Sucsy’s film based on David Levithan’s bestselling Ya novel of the same name. This new trailer gives a sneak peek. Starring Angourie Rice, Every Day tells the story of Rhiannon, a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious spirit named "A" that inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and "A" work each day to find each other, not knowing what… »


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Disney-Fox Deal: Shares Of Both Companies Rise As Wall Street Embraces Plan

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Wall Street signaled its approval of the massive Disney-21st Century Fox transaction, sending shares in Disney up 3% and Fox’s up nearly 7%. On an overall down day for the market, Disney stock closed at $110.68, while Fox reached $34.88. Those results bucked the typical pattern for stocks after a merger announcement, where the buyer tends to be hit with a penalty and the target getting a bump. Disney announced it will pay $52.4 billion to acquire most of the assets of… »

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Fox: A 20th & 21st Century Timeline Of Key Moments Under The Murdochs

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With Disney’s $66B acquisition of key 21st Century Fox assets, today marks the dismantling of a legendary studio that got its start all the way back in 1904 — about a century ahead of the iconic New York Street set (and the lamented poor cell-reception in Building 88) of the Pico Boulevard lot. Times have suddenly changed and the dust will be a while in settling. The long and storied history of 20th Century Fox (pre-Rupert Murdoch) began when Hungarian immigrant William… »


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Clint Eastwood’s ‘15:17 To Paris’ Rating Changed To PG-13 After Appeal

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Clint Eastwood has successfully appealed the rating for Warner Bros’ upcoming movie The 15:17 to Paris, which originally had been classified with an R rating. It now will be PG-13. The decision came Wednesday, according to the Classification and Rating appeals board. Deadline hears that the reason for the producers and Eastwood’s appeal was to get the broadest audience possible on the movie. Cara originally rated Eastwood’s terrorism drama R “for a sequence of violence… »


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