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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Heads for $425M-Plus Global Blastoff

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Heads for $425M-Plus Global Blastoff
The Force is getting ready to strike the global box office once again.

Disney and Lucasfilms' Star Wars: The Last Jedi begins opening in select foreign markets midweek before blasting off in North America and other major territories on Friday. That excludes China, where the tentpole doesn't roll out until Jan. 5.

By all accounts, the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens should gross $425 million-plus by Sunday to secure one of the five best worldwide openings of all time, not accounting for inflation. That includes a North American take in the $200 million range, the best...
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How 'Darkest Hour's' Grand Transformation of Gary Oldman Into Winston Churchill Took $20,000 Worth of Cigars

How 'Darkest Hour's' Grand Transformation of Gary Oldman Into Winston Churchill Took $20,000 Worth of Cigars
Gary Oldman had been asked to play Winston Churchill before. There was the time in 2014, for instance, when his longtime manager and producing partner, Douglas Urbanski, pitched him his own homegrown idea for a movie about the portly, cigar-chomping U.K. prime minister. But Oldman said fat chance. "How the hell was I going to do that?" asks the slender 59-year-old actor of playing such a larger-than-life figure. "It was never going to happen."

Until, that is, it did. Oldman, wearing what may be the most masterful fat suit and prosthetic chubby face ever created for the movies, plays Churchill...
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Mike De Luca, John Legend Will Produce ‘Long Way Down’ for Universal (Exclusive)

Mike De Luca, John Legend Will Produce ‘Long Way Down’ for Universal (Exclusive)
Universal has optioned the rights to “Long Way Down,” beating out several other studios for the chance to make a movie based on the best-selling novel.

As part of the package, Michael De Luca will produce alongside John Legend for their respective banners, Michael De Luca Productions and Get Lifted Film Co. The book was a hit with young adult readers and was written by Jason Reynolds. It has an unusual premise. The story takes place in sixty seconds, as a young man struggles to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother. Another dash of unorthodoxy: the book unspools in free verse and is set in an elevator. “Long Way Down” was a finalist for the National Book Award.

De Luca is an Oscar nominee, whose credits include the “Fifty Shades” trilogy, “The Social Network,” and “Moneyball.” Legend is best known for his work as a singer and songwriter
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'Get Out' Named Best Film by African American Film Critics Association

'Get Out' Named Best Film by African American Film Critics Association
The African American Film Critics Association has unveiled its picks for the top films and TV series of the year, bestowing Get Out with the award for best picture of 2017. Jordan Peele's horror-comedy also earned the awards for best directing, screenplay and actor (Daniel Kaluuya).

The world’s largest group of professional Black film critics also gave acting nods to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's Frances McDormand, Last Flag Flying's Laurence Fishburne, Girls Trip's Tiffany Haddish and Crown Heights' Lakeith Stanfield. Gook, Coco, Detroit, Step and Mudbound were also among the recognized films. ABC's Black-ish and OWN's Queen Sugar were named the top TV...
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Ari Sandel Tapped to Direct ‘Goosebumps’ Sequel

Ari Sandel Tapped to Direct ‘Goosebumps’ Sequel
Ari Sandel has been brought on board to direct a sequel to “Goosebumps,” Variety has learned.

It is unclear, however, if this “Goosebumps” follow up will be the next one to hit theaters or if it will even get made at all. Sony, which is backing the movie, has two versions in development. One of these scripts features original star Jack Black, and one does not. There are scheduling concerns involving the actor. The pressure is mounting, and Sony had better make a decision soon about which film it wants to make if it has a chance of hitting its September 21, 2018 release date.

The studio has tapped Rob Lieber (“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”) to write one of these scripts. The first “Goosebumps,” was a modest hit, having grossed $150.2 million worldwide on a reported $58 million budget. Sony is looking to trim costs on this iteration.

Sandel’s credits include “The Duff,
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‘Endless Summer’ Filmmaker Bruce Brown Dies at 80

‘Endless Summer’ Filmmaker Bruce Brown Dies at 80
Documentary filmmaker Bruce Brown, known for surfing movie “Endless Summer,” died Sunday in Santa Barbara, Calif. of natural causes, his official website reported. He was 80.

Brown was born in San Francisco and grew up on Long Beach, Calif. before briefly moving to Hawaii where he began making films and worked with submarines for the U.S. Navy. Brown became a documentary filmmaker and released his first film “Slippery When Wet” in 1958. He was Oscar nominated for the 1971 motorcycle racing film “On Any Sunday,” on which Steve McQueen was a producer.

The 1966 “Endless Summer” was narrated by Brown and starring surfers and board shapers Mike Hynson and Robert August.
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Emily Rios Joins ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’; Craig Di Francia Cast In ‘Green Book’

Emily Rios Joins ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’; Craig Di Francia Cast In ‘Green Book’
Emily Rios has landed the key role of Victoria in Barry JenkinsMoonlight followup, If Beale Street Could Talk, which is currently in production. Starring KiKi Layne, the drama is based on James Baldwin's novel about Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first child to term. Rios joins an impressive cast roaster that includes Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry, Dave Franco, Ed…
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‘Creed 2’ Lands Director Steven Caple Jr.; Stallone Sits Out This Round

‘Creed 2’ Lands Director Steven Caple Jr.; Stallone Sits Out This Round
Though Sylvester Stallone was previously reported as being onboard to direct MGM/Warner Bros.' Creed 2, we now have word that Steven Caple Jr. (The Land) will be handling those duties. Stallone, who won a Golden Globe and earned an Oscar nomination for his role as Rocky Balboa in Ryan Coogler's Creed, will return to star alongside fighter Adonis Johnson, played by Michael B. Jordan. Caple will direct from a script by Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker (Luke Cage). Variety reports that Caple Jr. was hand-picked by both Stallone and Jordan following the original Rocky's discussions with …
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Seth Rogen To Play Walter Cronkite In David Gordon Green’s ‘Newsflash’

Seth Rogen To Play Walter Cronkite In David Gordon Green’s ‘Newsflash’
You can’t pin down David Gordon Green, who loves to zig and zag between pictures. This year, he released the Boston marathon bombing pic “Stronger,” and he’s following it next year with the “Halloween” rebootquel. True to form, the filmmaker is pivoting yet again, with another project that finds him turning in a different direction.

Deadline reports that Green will direct “Newsflash,” but perhaps the most remarkable thing about the movie is that it will star Seth Rogen as legendary news anchor Walter Cronkite.
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Disney/Fox Deal Won’t Lure Hugh Jackman Back To Play Wolverine

Disney/Fox Deal Won’t Lure Hugh Jackman Back To Play Wolverine
By Christmas, it’s expected that Disney will officially announce their acquisition of Fox‘s movie and tv divisions, in a deal that’s reportedly worth north of $70 billion dollars. Fanboys are already starting to dream about the ways in which the X-Men can leap into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, the changed landscape won’t convince Hugh Jackman to return.

The actor hung up the claws as Wolverine — for real, finally — in this year’s gritty, R-rated sendoff, “Logan.” James Mangold‘s film gave Jackman and the character he’s played for years, in multiple films, the farewell they deserved.

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Conrad Brooks, Actor in 'Plan 9 From Outer Space' and Other Ed Wood Films, Dies at 86

Conrad Brooks, Actor in 'Plan 9 From Outer Space' and Other Ed Wood Films, Dies at 86
Conrad Brooks, the actor whose résumé of rotten movies includes Plan 9 From Outer Space and five other collaborations with cult writer-director Ed Wood, has died. He was 86.

Brooks died Wednesday after a series of health problems at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia, family spokesman Edward Hopf told The Hollywood Reporter.

A native of Baltimore, Brooks first met Wood in 1947 while on a trip to Hollywood with his brothers. He then played four characters in the cross-dressing/transsexual docudrama Glen or Glenda (1953), which marked Wood's directorial debut.

The pair went on to work together in
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Disney-Fox Deal Expected for Thursday (Report)

Disney-Fox Deal Expected for Thursday (Report)
A mega deal between Disney and Fox will be announced on Thursday, according to a new report on CNBC.

The $60 billion-plus pact will see Disney acquire key entertainment and sports assets from 21st Century Fox, including its film and TV studio. The CNBC report follows a Monday announcement that Comcast has opted out of its pursuit for Fox.

A spokesman for Fox declined comment. A Disney spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Shares of Disney were up 0.44% in early morning trading to just over $107, while shares of Fox rose .33% to $33.37.

Not all of Fox’s assets will go to Disney. The company will retain Fox News, the Fox broadcast network, and Fox Sports 1, which will be reconstituted into a new, independent company. According to CNBC, that would be worth roughly $10 a share. As part of the deal, Fox shareholders will get a stake in the new company, along with shares of Disney.
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Overwatch Launches Winter Wonderland Event with Trailer, New Skins

The holidays are here, which means Christmas is coming to the joyous online multiplayer video game Overwatch. The good folks at Blizzard today launched the Overwatch Winter Wonderland event, which will run from today, December 12th, through January 1st. As with all seasonal events this includes new themed-maps, new skins, and a brand new playmode. While Mei’s snowball adventure from last year isn’t returning, Overwatch is introducing a new Brawl called Yeti Hunt. It’s a 5v1 experience in which five Mei “Hunters” take on one “Yeti” Winston in the Nepal Village map (reskinned, of course). The …
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NBC Decides To Keep The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards In September

Hollywood may be in the thick of guild and Oscar voting, but the Television Academy knows Emmy season is right around the corner. This morning they announced, along with this year’s broadcaster NBC, that the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018.

NBC will broadcast the ceremony live from 8-11 p.m Et / 5-8 p.m. Pt from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Best and Worst of the 2017 Emmy Awards

The Emmys currently still rotate between the four major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox) and each network has a say on the airdate based on their own schedule needs.

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Michael Apted To Get DGA Honorary Life Member Award

Michael Apted will be the recipient of the DGA Honorary Life Member Award in recognition of his contributions to the guild, the industry, and the profession of directing. Apted — a past Directors Guild president who currently serves as its secretary-treasurer — at the 70th annual DGA Awards on February 3, 2018, at the Beverly Hilton. "Michael is a game-changer for our guild and our industry," said DGA president Thomas Schlamme. "Whether having the foresight as a young man…
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The 25 Best Films Of 2017

As we drag ourselves, bloodied and limping across the finish line of 2017, there’s little to celebrate at year’s end in the world outside the movie theater, except for Fyre Festival which is still the greatest and funniest thing ever. But inside the popcorny passageways of our local multiplexes and the hallowed halls of our local arthouses, it’s been a different story — one that may not have led to the kind of clear consensus winners of previous years (even awards season seems unusually open) but that points to a general breadth of quality that is, we believe, reflected here in our Best Films of the Year poll.

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Disney-Fox: What Are The International Implications?

The impending acquisition by Disney of Fox assets, which said to be worth $68B, has huge U.S ramifications but the mega-deal is believed to have major international implications with top executives and industry watchers calling it "seismic" and globally "game-changing" as they try to wrap their heads around what the combined entity will resemble overseas. There are a handful of key areas of interest, including the creation of an international box office behemoth (and its…
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CAA Promotes Ten Trainees

CAA has promoted ten trainees to agent or exec at the agency.

Austin Denesuk has been promoted to agent in CAA’s industry-leading television department. Denesuk is based in Los Angeles, where she serves in the TV lit group.

Bennett Beckner, Joseph Harris, Madison Lee, and Joe Mott were elevated to agents in CAA’s music department, which represents more than one-third of this year’s top 100 worldwide tours. Beckner and Lee are based in Nashville, while Harris and Mott are based in Los Angeles.

Callie Rivers and Maddy Roth have been named executives in the CAA Foundation, the agency’s philanthropic arm, and are based in the Los Angeles office.

Jacksonville-based Beth Enstrom has been promoted to executive in CAA golf, and Tee Stumb has been promoted to agent in CAA sports talent sales department. He will continue to be based in New York.

Erik Telford has been promoted to agent in the speakers group, and is
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Franco Nero & Chris Brochu Enlist In Robert Port’s Thriller ‘Peace’

Franco Nero & Chris Brochu Enlist In Robert Port’s Thriller ‘Peace’
Exclusive: Franco Nero and The Vampire Diaries actor Chris Brochu have joined Alexander Ludwig and Sam Keeley to round out the cast of Enderby Entertainment’s action-thriller, Peace, directed by Robert Port. It follows four American soldiers set out on the grueling ascent of an Italian mountainside in the closing days of WWII, haunted by their evil sergeant’s cold-blooded murder of a young woman and with an old Italian man of uncertain loyalties as their guide. The pic…
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‘Coco’s’ Special Lighting Illuminated by Inhouse Coding

‘Coco’s’ Special Lighting Illuminated by Inhouse Coding
As the filmmakers behind Disney-Pixar’s hit “Coco” slowly walked through a Mexican village and the nearby cemetery during a Dia de los Muertos celebration while on a research trip for the movie, they were overcome by something that they saw. They knew if they were going to get the feeling and look of this tradition right, it had to be translated for the film.

“It was the most incredible thing I’d seen, there were candles everywhere and the light was amazing,” says Danielle Feinberg, director of photography, lighting, for “Coco.” “I thought, ‘I am so lucky that I get to help make that on screen,’ and also, ‘How on earth are we going to make that on screen?’”

At Pixar, the Dp position is split into two jobs to better help the animation production process. There’s a director of photography, camera, who comes into the process early to map out camera moves, and a director
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