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‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Reaps $22M During October Dumping Ground At The B.O.

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3rd Update, Saturday 12:03Am: What’s up with late October at the box office? If the first weekend of May is known as the official launch of summer, and guarantees a $100M-plus opening title, then the third and even fourth weekend of October can officially be known as a dumping ground for mediocre, broken movies. No disrespect to Lionsgate’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween. That film is absolutely working, stoking its audience and winning the weekend off a respectable low $20M… »


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Harvey Weinstein Has “Different Recollection” Of Events In Lupita Nyong’o Op-Ed

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A spokesperson for Harvey Weinstein said the producer “has a different recollection of the events” that came to light in a New York Times op-ed piece penned by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o. The comments came a day after the essay appeared in which she detailed a series of alleged Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment encounters that included several explicit passes Weinstein tried to foist on her early in her career. “Mr. Weinstein has a different recollection of the… »


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Apa Agent Tyler Grasham Fired From Agency Following Sexual Assault Allegations

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Updated 3:22 Pm: Tyler Grasham has now been fired from Apa. “Tyler Grasham has been terminated, effective immediately,” said a spokesman for the agency. The move comes as one of those who alleged he had been sexually assaulted said earlier today he was going to filed a police report with the Lapd this afternoon and he says he has. Lucas Ozarowski, a 27-year-old film and TV editor, says he also was assaulted by Grasham after Blaise Godbe Lipman first spoke up on Facebook… »


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Female Animators Pen Open Letter Demanding End To Sexual Harassment

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Women and non-conforming people in the animation industry are speaking out amid the growing Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal. An open letter with 217 signatures was sent Thursday to studios demanding an end to sexism and sexual harassment in the animation industry, first reported by Buzzfeed. Executives at Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks Animation, Bento Box, OddBot, Paramount, Shadowmachine, Sony Pictures Animation, Stoopid Buddy, Titmouse, and… »


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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Review: Third Time Is The Comic (Book) Charm For Marvel Franchise

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There is no question about the influence of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy success on another of its franchises with this third cinematic installment of the Thor series. There may have been laughs in the first two Thor movies, but they were much darker and more serious-minded than what director Taika Waititi and writers Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Christopher L. Yost have cooked up in Thor: Ragnarok, essentially a flat-out comedy disguised as a superhero comic book… »


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Oscars: Deadline’s Pete Hammond & Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil On Ever-Changing Awards Landscape With Harvey Out And Streamers In

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Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and I go head to head as we kick off the new awards-season series of videos analyzing the race as we see it. Today we talk Harvey Weinstein’s exit from the Oscar carnival and what that may mean without the man who was really the architect of awards campaigning in the modern era. We also examine the impact of Netflix, Amazon and future streamers as they invade the landscape and seek to redefine just what an Oscar contender may look like in the… »


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Few Details From News Conference With Lawyer Of Woman At Center Of Lapd Harvey Weinstein Probe

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The lawyer representing an Italian actress/model who told Los Angeles police Harvey Weinstein attacked her in 2013 said he was compelled to hold a press conference Friday to handle the deluge of media questions since the Los Angeles Times "got wind of this investigation” and "confronted" him, and he gave them "some information." "I got 200+ inquiries from the media," and a presser was the quickest way to dispatch them, Dave Ring said at a presser in downtown Los Angeles… »


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AFI Fest Centerpieces Set: ‘Call Me By Your Name’, ‘The Disaster Artist’ & ‘Hostiles’

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Sony Pictures ClassicsCall Me By Your Name, A24’s The Disaster Artist and Entertainment Studios’ Hostiles have been set as the Centerpiece Galas for this year’s AFI Fest, which runs November 9-16. The festival also said it is hosting a tribute to Errol Morris after the screening of his Wormwood. Gala screenings will take place at the Tcl Chinese Theatre and the Morris tribute will take place at the Egyptian Theatre. The fest already announced the Dee ReesMudbound will… »


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Ex-Actress Latest To Accuse Harvey Weinstein Of Sexual Assault

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Former actress Heather Kerr today described being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein, becoming the latest of more than 40 women who have accused the disgraced producer of sexual harassment, assault or rape. Speaking at a press conference Friday at the Los Angeles offices of her attorney Gloria Allred, Kerr said she was an aspiring actress in 1989 when she was working for an entertainment business manager, one of whose clients was Weinstein. During a private meeting, she said… »


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Jessica Chastain Sitting Bull Painter Pic ‘Woman Walks Ahead’ Snapped Up By A24 & DirecTV

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A24 and Directv have taken U.S. rights to Susana White’s Woman Walks Ahead about widowed artist Catherine Weldon who travelled to North Dakota in the 1880s to paint Chief Sitting Bull. The western drama made its premiere at this fall’s Toronto International Film Festival and stars Jessica Chastain as Weldon as well as Sam Rockwell, Michael Greyeyes, Ciaran Hinds, and Bill Camp. Stephen Knight wrote the script. DirecTV and A24 will release the movie next year with a… »


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Apa Investigating Agent As Two Men Come Forward With Sexual Assault Allegations

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Two men have accused an agent at Apa of sexually assaulting them. The Hollywood agency says it has launched an internal investigation. "Apa takes these allegations extremely seriously and is investigating this matter," a spokesman for the agency told Deadline. Apa says it has engaged a neutral, independent investigator to look into the allegations, and that it is company policy not to discuss confidential personnel matters. Former child actor Blaise Godbe Lipman, 28, says… »


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Ex-Deputy L.A. Film Czar Appointed To New Afci Position Of President

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The Association of Film Commissioners International has picked Rajiv Dalal for the newly created role of President, it was announced today at the group's 41st Annual Cineposium here in L.A. The new direction at the top of the Afci also saw ex-British Film Commission exec Jess Conoplia appointed to the also the newly created position of Evp/COO. Both the former deputy at L.A.'s Office of Motion Picture and Television Production and Conoplia will be based in the City of… »

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Viacom Has Running Room With Ratings Uptick, Charter Carriage Deal–Ubs Analyst

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After recent years of a kind of corporate trauma without much precedent in the media business – complete with family feuds, CEO double-crosses and cratering results for its iconic TV and film properties – Viacom has gradually begun to hike the comeback trail. A new report from Ubs analyst Doug Mitchelson argues the bull case for the company, especially in light of this week’s tentative carriage deal with Charter, the No. 2 U.S. cable operator. “Most favored nations… »

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The Deadline Podcast: “What Is A Movie?”, With Guest Robert Evans

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In launching a committee of governors to redefine "What is a movie?", the Motion Picture Academy recognizes the dimming line between film, TV and streaming. The growing resources of Netflix and its appetite for awards recognition underscores the need for new standards and definitions. Should extended play at theaters be a requirement for Oscar recognition? Robert Evans also joins our podcast, commenting on the surprises of his long career, the forces that triggered… »


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Naomi Watts To Star In Psychological Thriller ‘The Wolf Hour’

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Naomi Watts has been set to star in The Wolf Hour, a psychological thriller from writer-director Alistair Banks Griffin. HanWay Films has acquired sales rights, with CAA aboard to handle domestic rights beginning at the American Film Market. The film is set go into production this fall in New York. The pic centers on June Leigh (Watts), a cultural icon and activist during the 1960s, now fallen from grace and a shell of her former self. An unseen tormentor begins… »


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Wme Signs ‘Vicious Dogs’ Director Alex Eslam

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Exclusive: Wme has signed director Alex Eslam, who made his feature debut with the German-language crime-thriller Vicious Dogs. Remake rights to the film have just been acquired by Riverstone Pictures and Xyz Films, with Eslam an executive producer on the redo. He co-wrote the original, which revolves around a police officer who must help his estranged son after he gets mixed up in a bank robbery. The tense thriller was made by the producers of the Oscar-winning The Lives… »


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Ida Grants $850G To 11 Documentaries; ‘Blue Wall’, ‘Hazing’ Among Picks

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The International Documentary Association has selected eleven feature-length documentary films to receive a total of $850,000 as the inaugural grantees of the association’s Enterprise Documentary Fund. Among the docs selected are Byron Hurt’s Hazing, Stephen Maing’s Crime + Punishment and Marilyn Ness’ Charm City. The film selection was announced last night at the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival, in Washington D.C. In addition to the funding, grantees will… »


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‘Hangman’ Trailer: Al Pacino Plays Deadly Game With Serial Killer

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“I don’t want to see them die for what I did,” growls Al Pacino as the grizzled homicide detective in Johnny Martin’s upcoming crime thriller Hangman. This new trailer doesn’t make clear exactly what Pacino did – whether he missed a vowel or consonant in the child’s game of the title, or maybe something worse – but victims are hanging around all over town. Set to the tune of “House of the Rising Sun,” the trailer introduces us to Pacino’s homicide detective Ray Archer and… »


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Tribeca’s Through Her Lens Selects ‘Suicide By Sunlight’ For Funding

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Tribeca’s Through Her Lens program awarded short film project Suicide by Sunlight as the recipient of full production funding. The selection of the film (directed by Nikyatu Jusu, who co-wrote with R. Shanea Williams), was announced last night at the conclusion of the third annual Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program. Filmmakers from five projects took part in this year’s three-day program, sponsored by Tribeca Enterprises and Chanel, presenting… »


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China Box Office Poised To Hit $8.31B In 2017, Regulator Forecasts

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Chinese box office is expected to see a strong boost when 2017's final numbers are tallied: up as much as 20% or more to Rmb 55B ($8.31B), according to the state media authority. The growth this year is spurred on by the massive takings of Wolf Warrior 2 and other hits like The Fate Of The Furious and the current Never Say Die. A ticketing fee factored into the totals doesn’t hurt either. The figures were unveiled by Sapprft Vice Minister, Zhang Hongsen, at a press… »


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