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Lionsgate Stock Jumps on Takeover Speculation

Lionsgate stock jumped nearly 7% to an all-time high closing price on Thursday on speculation that it could be a takeover target.

Shares of the studio rose $2.22 to $34.50 following a report that potential buyers include Amazon, Verizon, and a combined CBS-Viacom. Lionsgate did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The takeover rumors have emerged amid Wall Street’s expectation for more consolidation among major media and entertainment companies — particularly since Disney’s announcement of a $52.4 billion deal to buy 21st Century Fox assets.

Additionally, speculation is being fueled further by Apple’s reveal on Wednesday that it will bring back the vast majority of the $252 billion in cash that it held abroad under the provisions of the new tax code that President Donald Trump signed into law last month. Other tech giants like Microsoft are expected to follow suit.

Under a CBS-Viacom-Lionsgate combination, the movie businesses would give the new company enough scale to compete
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‘Gemini Man’ Adds Mary Elizabeth Winstead, ‘John Wick 2’ Stunt Coordinator

‘Gemini Man’ Adds Mary Elizabeth Winstead, ‘John Wick 2’ Stunt Coordinator
Gemini Man has found its female lead. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who recently delivered fantastic back-to-back performances with 2016’s 10 Cloverfield Lane and last year’s season of Fargo, has joined Ang Lee‘s science-fiction thriller. And on the production side, Gemini Man has landed John Wick: Chapter 2 stunt coordinator J.J. Perry. Even though the film will be heavily reliant on de-aging technology for star Will Smith […]

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John Wick 3 Will Reportedly Bring Back Fishburne, Ruby Rose & More

The third film in the John Wick franchise reportedly has a director and an expected start date for principal photography. What’s more, several cast members from the past films may return for the latest chapter.

According to That Hashtag Show, Chad Stahelski — who co-directed John Wick: Chapter 1 with David Leitch and helmed John Wick: Chapter 2 — will return to direct the third installment in the franchise. Lawrence Fishburne, Common and Ruby Rose will allegedly return as well, reprising their roles as the Bowery King, Cassian and Ares respectively.
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Vote Now! The 2017 Cinelinx Movie Awards Nominees

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2017 is now behind us, and to celebrate the achievements in film over the last 12 months, Cinelinx presents our nominees for our 2017 Movie Awards. We need the help of you fellow cinephiles, however, in order to decide the winners, so come inside to check out the nominees and vote on your picks!

2018 has arrived, and although there are a lot of exciting films on the horizon, it is important to reflect upon all the accomplishments in film from last year. For this reason, we are proud to present the categories and nominees for the 2017 Cinelinx Movie Awards (“The Linxies”). This will be our third year of handing out these special awards and with your help we can make it something really fun and special. Listed below are the categories we’ve chosen to highlight all of the hard work that goes into movies. These categories are organized to reflect our review system.
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John Wick TV show: more details emerge

David Crow Kirsten Howard Jan 16, 2018

A few bits of new info on the John Wick TV series, The Continental, have sprung forth. Ian McShane is in talks to reprise his role...

How far can a delightful joke be stretched? We’re about to find out, because the amusing five-star hotel in John Wick, which grew into being a whole underground franchise with its own governing bylaws and multiple, unique-to-assassins currencies by John Wick: Chapter 2, is about to be the basis of its own TV show!

See related Britannia: a mad trip through British history and myth 28 British TV dramas to watch in 2018

Yep, we're all set to check into The Continental on Starz (UK broadcaster Tbc, but we'd confidently bet a quid or two that it'll be Amazon Prime), and now we have a few very intriguing extra tidbits via Slashfilm, who scored a post-announcement interview with the network's President of Original Programming,
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Proud Mary Review: Taraji P. Henson Shines in Routine Action Flick

Proud Mary is an entertaining enough thriller with some flare from director Babak Najafi, but works best as Taraji P. Henson’s action vehicle.

Proud Mary is the latest movie following a leading character with a particular set of skills who’s essentially a one-man army – or, in this case, a one-woman army. Films like John Wick, its sequel John Wick: Chapter 2, and The Commuter all put their own spin on this kind of action movie in recent years, with 2017’s Atomic Blonde set within this genre as well, albeit with a backdrop of ’80s espionage and a female lead. Proud Mary is very much a one-man army brand of action film, but it’s set in modern day Boston with a black female lead. Shifting the focus to a female hero helps to distinguish Proud Mary from the other films included in the genre that have been released in recent years.
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John Wick TV Show The Continental Green-Lit By Starz

The John Wick TV show The Continental is officially happening at Starz. In an age of cinematic universes where franchises and IPs shine brightest, the resurgence of Keanu Reeves’ career in John Wick was a welcomed entry in theaters. The ultra-violent film saw Wick brought back into the assassin game following a series of unfortunate and traumatizing events. John Wick became a huge hit, so much so that John Wick: Chapter 2 hit theaters last year, and John Wick: Chapter 3 is now gearing up to start filming very soon.
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John Wick 3 Working Title Revealed as Production Start Nears

It was revealed late last year that John Wick 3 was in the pre-production process and that casting would be taking place soon. Now, a new report has revealed that the third installment in the franchise has a working title of Alpha Cop. The incredibly popular John Wick series was a surprise hit for Keanu Reeves. Following the box-office success of John Wick: Chapter 2, which made nearly $170 million on just a $40 million budget, it was quickly announced by director Chad Stahelski that a third installment was in the works. Fans have been waiting for more information about the third installment and it now looks like things are progressing right on schedule.

Omega Underground reports that John Wick 3 currently has a working title of Alpha Cop after announcing last month that the movie was in pre-production with Chad Stahelski acting as the "self-proclaimed" prep director. It hasn't been officially announced if
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Cinemaholics #46: The Top 10 Movies Of 2017

New year, new episode of Cinemaholics!

This week, we’re taking an extended look back at the best movies of 2017, along with some discussion about the year’s overall box office, movies that disappointed us the most, and theater experiences that surprised the heck out of us.

Additionally, we also list off our own Top 10s, so expect plenty of overlap and a clear favorite between all of us. For those of you who want it in writing, here it is:

Will Ashton’s Top 10 of 2017:

1. Brigsby Bear

2. The Shape of Water

3. Raw

4. Lady Bird

5. The Florida Project

6. Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

7. mother!

8. I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore

9. Good Time

10. The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Jon Negroni’s Top 10 of 2017:

1. Baby Driver

2. Bad Genius

3. Blade Runner 2049

4. The Florida Project

5. Brigsby Bear

6. Coco

7. Lady Bird

8. The Shape of Water

9. The Big Sick
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Mike Mazzanti’s Top 10 Films of 2017

2017 was a year of tectonic personal shifts; I graduated college, moved out of my first apartment, and left the suburbs of my Pennsylvanian hometown for the city of Nanjing. Amidst the whirlwind of change, one steadfast constant providing a vital anchor of familiarity was cinema. This year, I was captivated by a litany of cinematic trails, from explorations through cinema’s roots to the excited study of digital auterists, or the father-son Sunday afternoon double-feature of now-ness provided by Logan Lucky and Good Time a few days before shipping off to the East. For me, cinema remains not a source of escape, but of essential existence. Through this, my top pick is a film that calls lovingly back to cinema’s roots while still stunning with modern beauty. In short, this list is very subjective — but then, of course it is.

Honorable Mentions

10. Alien: Covenant (Ridley Scott)

Deep existential dread bathed in viscera,
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Relive 2017 With This Epic Movie Mashup Featuring Hundreds Of Movies

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Another year, another dose of blockbuster movie action. Related: The Best News Bloopers Of 2017 2017 gifted fans incredible films, with numerous entries featuring talented Canadians like Keanu Reeves (“John Wick: Chapter 2”), Ryan Reynolds (“The Hitman’s Bodyguard”) and director Denis Villeneuve (“Blade Runner 2049”). Celebrating hundreds of movies released over the past 12 months, JoBlo editor Nick […]
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Disney Becomes Box Office Champ for Second Year in Row

Disney Becomes Box Office Champ for Second Year in Row
For the second year in a row, Disney has nabbed the domestic box office crown, with $2.27 billion already banked in 2017 thanks to its one-two punch of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

As of Dec. 25, Disney had a 21.3% market share compared with Warner Bros. at 18.9% and $2.02 billion, according to box office tracker comScore. That gap will widen during the final days of 2017, with “The Last Jedi” dominating moviegoing.

The two studios also finished first and second in 2016, when Disney took in $2.85 billion and Warner Bros. followed with $1.88 billion. And in both years, Disney released far fewer titles than other Hollywood studios with 16 in 2016 and only 12 this year, led by its live-action “Beauty and the Beast” reboot, which remains the top domestic grosser of the year with $504 million.

Disney-Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” was the studio’s third-highest earner with $389.8 million, “Thor: Ragnarok” with $309.1 million, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” with $172.6 million
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Online Critics Top Ten: Get Out voted Best Film of 2017 by online community

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Author: Amon Warmann

In 2015, Mad Max: Fury Road won our HeyUGuys poll by One Vote. That’s a scenario we never thought would play out again, but this year’s race was again tightly contested with two films battling it out for the number 1 spot; Dunkirk and Get Out.

It wasn’t until the last of the 187 entries was counted that we had a winner, and in the end it was Jordan Peele’s directorial debut – which 93 writers had in their top 10 lists – that won out over Christopher Nolan’s war epic. It’s official – Get Out is the best movie of 2017.

Check out the full breakdown below… and click here to see the winners from previous years.

The Top Ten 1. Get Out – 93 votes

2. Dunkirk – 92 votes

3. La La Land – 69 votes

4. Blade Runner 2049 – 63 votes

5. Paddington 2 – 62 votes

6. Moonlight – 59 votes

7. Logan – 54 votes

8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 52 votes

9. Call Me By Your Name
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‘The Shape of Water’ Cinematographer Dan Laustsen on Capturing Guillermo del Toro’s Fantastical World

It’s good to speak with the central creative forces behind a film you enjoyed — for instance, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which I’d count as his best film since Hellboy II and generally one of his most well-rounded achievements. Less ideal is when I speak to them before I’ve seen it at all — for instance, when I sat down with cinematographer Dan Laustsen at this year’s Camerimage International Film Festival.

Laustsen is, as the film itself will show, a great practitioner of his craft and, to boot, rather friendly, and the working process on a project of this scale is always going to interest me, nuts-and-bolts-wise, so the result is, to my mind, still a proper overview of what went into the Cold War fantasy romance.

The Film Stage: So here’s a funny thing: the film screens on Saturday, which means I haven’t seen it.
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‘The Chi’: Showtime Offers Free Sampling Of Series Premiere

Beginning today, Showtime is offering free sampling of the January 7 series premiere of its anticipated new drama series The Chi, created and executive produced by Lena Waithe (Master of None), and executive produced by Common (John Wick 2) and Elwood Reid (The Bridge). The premiere episode is available for free now on YouTube, Facebook and Sho.com, as well as across multiple television and streaming providers' devices, websites, applications and authenticated online…
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Ant-Man screenwriters join Highlander reboot

Last November it was announced that John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2 helmer Chad Stahelski had boarded Lionsgate’s long-planned Highlander reboot, and now it seems the project has enlisted new screenwriters.

According to Omega Underground, Ant-Man scribes Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari have signed on to work on the script for the remake of the 1986 fantasy, which is also reportedly looking to shoot in South Africa.

In addition to the Marvel sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, Barrer and Ferrari are also attached to the Russo brothers’ Quantum and Woody TV series, and have also scripted the drama Die in a Gunfight, which has Olivia Munn, Kaya Scodelario and Jush Hutcherson set to star.

See Also: Why Chad Stahelski is the perfect choice to reboot Highlander

A reboot of Highlander has been in development for the best part of a decade, with Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
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‘John Wick’ Director Chad Stahelski to Adapt Ed Brubaker Comic ‘Kill or Be Killed’

‘John Wick’ Director Chad Stahelski to Adapt Ed Brubaker Comic ‘Kill or Be Killed’
John Wick co-director Chad Stahelski proved he's got the goods when he returned to direct the sequel John Wick: Chapter 2 solo and doubled down on all the good stuff that made fans fall in love with the franchise in the first place. Now, he's getting into the realm of comic book movies with an adaptation of Ed Brubaker's dark little tale of suicide, demons, and murder, Kill or Be Killed. Per THR, Stahelski will team with his John Wick producer Basil Iwanyk to bring Kill or Be Killed to the big screen with Dan Casey, …
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‘Kill or Be Killed’ Movie Coming From ‘John Wick’ Director

‘Kill or Be Killed’ Movie Coming From ‘John Wick’ Director
Here’s a match made in heaven. Or rather, given the grim subject matter here, a match made in hell. John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2 director Chad Stahelski will bring the comic book series Kill or Be Killed to the big screen, and I’ve never been more excited to tell you to avoid as […]

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10 Wide Releases in 2017 That Exceeded Expectations

While wide releases like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Dunkirk, Baby Driver, John Wick: Chapter 2, and Logan Lucky either met or fulfilled expectations this year, we had to dig deep for the studio films that caught us pleasantly off-guard. While much of our year-end coverage will be focusing on the overlooked gems, today we’re highlighting the few major releases that left us surprised.

Note that the below ten features are strictly films that received a wide release on their opening weekend and not ones that eventually expanded with a roll-out. Some, for various reasons, arrived with virtually little-to-no anticipation around these parts, while others wildly exceeded our standard expectations, and a few managed to be among our favorites of the year.

Check out our selections below and let us know what surprised you most in 2017.

Blade Runner 2049 (Ridley Scott)

It is hard to say where exactly expectations
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What We Know about “John Wick: Chapter 3” So Far

Given its name, it should come as no surprise to learn that John Wick: Chapter 3 will be the third movie in the John Wick franchise. It is in pre-production at the moment, which is something that should come as welcome news to those who regard both of its predecessors with fondness. What Do We Know about John Wick: Chapter 3? For starters, John Wick: Chapter 3 will be starting up soon after John Wick: Chapter 2, which makes sense because that particular movie ended with the titular character cut off from much of his resources with a $14 million

What We Know about “John Wick: Chapter 3” So Far
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