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Pathé in Talks to Acquire Stake in EuropaCorp

  • Variety
Pathé in Talks to Acquire Stake in EuropaCorp
Pathé, France’s most successful independent distribution outfit, is in discussions to acquire a stake in Luc Besson’s financially ailing EuropaCorp, which revealed the negotiations Wednesday. The two companies have already been collaborating on domestic distribution of EuropaCorp movies in France.

“The group Pathé has expressed interest in a potential stake acquisition in the capital of the company,” EuropaCorp said in a statement. “This expression of interest, non-binding, is subject to the realization of several conditions precedent, in particular an agreement on the restructuring of the existing debts of the group.”

EuropaCorp, whose library includes successful franchises such as “Taken,” “Taxi” and “Transporter,” has a debt load of about €230 million ($270 million) and has been looking for a white knight for some time. It previously had unfruitful discussions with several companies such as Netflix, according to several sources. Earlier this month, it was granted a six-month debt waiver from a
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Gisele's Getaway Car Owner Wants It In Museum After It Saved His Life

  • TMZ
Gisele Bundchen's baller ride from her co-starring role in the 2004 movie, "Taxi," has a shot at history after saving its owner's life ... at least that's what the owner wants to see happen. Gisele made her acting debut as a bank robber -- opposite Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifah -- and drove a bad ass 2003 BMW 760 Li for the role. 10 years later, Zach Schwatz from NY bought the whip for $14,500 from a production staffer. He got
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Shaft Reboot Gets Fantastic Four Director Tim Story

Shaft Reboot Gets Fantastic Four Director Tim Story
Back in February 2015, New Line Cinema announced they were developing a Shaft remake, with John Davis producing through his Davis Entertainment company. At the time, no writer or director had been attached to the project, but that has all changed. Today a new report claims that Tim Story is in negotiations to direct, from a script by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow. This report also confirms that the project will follow another relative of Richard Roundtree's original title character.

Deadline reports that New Line plans to "reinvigorate" the franchise by focusing this reboot on the son of John Shaft, who is navigating the murky area between law enforcement and organized crime in New York City. No specific plot details were revealed, but this format could potentially allow Richard Roundtree to return as John Shaft, and Samuel L. Jackson to also come back as his nephew, also named John Shaft.
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Ride Along 3 Will Reunite Ice Cube and Kevin Hart Again

Ride Along 3 Will Reunite Ice Cube and Kevin Hart Again
This should come as no October surprise. We're getting more of Kevin Hart and Ice Cube's smooth and hilarious chemistry in the upcoming comedy sequel Ride Along 3. The script is already in the development stage. Series writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi will be back to further tell the tales of James and his undercover brother-in-law Ben.

The Wrap recently caught up with director Tim Story, who confirmed that he is returning to direct Ride Along 3. The filmmaker was also the one who confirmed that both Kevin Hart and Ice Cube would return. Which makes sense. Without either star, would it really be a Ride Along movie? Says Tim Story.

"We're writing the script right now, we're writing away and basically, I'm waiting to see some pages and we're excited for the idea and what it can be and of course bringing Kevin [Hart] and Ice Cube back together because
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The Magnificent Remake: How and Why Remade Movies Succeed and Fail

Tony Black on remakes, and how and why they success and fail…

Harking back to the days of big stars headlining even bigger films, The Magnificent Seven trailer exploded online this week showcasing the always A-list Denzel Washington alongside, among others, Hollywood’s newest megastar Chris Pratt, in a remake of the legendary 1960’s Yul Brynner headlining Western. It’s just one of a flood of remakes we’ve seen over the last decade, a tide that shows no sign of slowing down with dozens more either about to land, or in production and pre-production. Edward Gardiner here on Flickering Myth recently argued how it’s fine to enjoy remakes of the classic movies we enjoyed as children or younger adults, and while many never recapture the glory of the original they do at least bring great pictures back into the public consciousness. Antoine Fuqua’s take on the Seven
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Never Forget We Were Once Blessed With Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling's MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss Celebration

Never Forget We Were Once Blessed With Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling's MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss Celebration
"Kids, throw another battery on the virtual fire and gather around. We want to tell you the story of the 2005 MTV Movie Awards. Jimmy Fallon was hosting, fresh off his Taxi remake with Queen Latifah. Don't laugh, that movie actually happened. Anyway. People were obsessed with these movies called Napoleon Dynamite and Mean Girls. Yes, we're talking about the same Mean Girls that is now required viewing in schools. But that's not what we want to talk about. We want to talk about one of Hollywood's most iconic couples: Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling. Now even though they both moved on to be really happy with other people, back in 2005, they were the only celeb couple that mattered. And they had a moment...
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Justin Theroux Wrote Zoolander 2, Plus 15 More Actors You Didn't Know Are Also Screenwriters

  • PEOPLE.com
Justin Theroux Wrote Zoolander 2, Plus 15 More Actors You Didn't Know Are Also Screenwriters
"That Justin Theroux guy - where do I know him from?" Depending on whom you ask, you could get a great many answers. Of course, he's the husband of Jennifer Aniston, but he's had a string of notable acting roles too. He could be that guy from The Leftovers, the actor who played the hapless director character in Mulholland Drive, Leslie Knope's short-lived boyfriend on Parks and Recreation, or even the bad guy from Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. However, Theroux is also a screenwriter, and he's credited with a handful of major films that casual movie-goers might not associate with him.
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Justin Theroux Wrote Zoolander 2, Plus 15 More Actors You Didn't Know Are Also Screenwriters

  • PEOPLE.com
Justin Theroux Wrote Zoolander 2, Plus 15 More Actors You Didn't Know Are Also Screenwriters
"That Justin Theroux guy - where do I know him from?" Depending on whom you ask, you could get a great many answers. Of course, he's the husband of Jennifer Aniston, but he's had a string of notable acting roles too. He could be that guy from The Leftovers, the actor who played the hapless director character in Mulholland Drive, Leslie Knope's short-lived boyfriend on Parks and Recreation, or even the bad guy from Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. However, Theroux is also a screenwriter, and he's credited with a handful of major films that casual movie-goers might not associate with him.
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Psx: Another strong conference from Sony at PlayStation Experience

PlayStation Experience 2015 is kicking off in San Francisco today with the keynote speech. Sony set the bar pretty high last year with their inaugural conference, and their conference game generally has been strong in the last couple of years. Is this going to continue the trend, or is this where it all goes downhill? Let’s find out.

The keynote kicks off with an Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End trailer. The graphics are phenomenal. We see Nate meet up with his brother, Sam, voiced by Troy Baker, after a long time apart. It appears there’s dialogue options in the new game. The PlayStation friendly crowd cheered for that. No new gameplay was shown, but at this point, we don’t need it. And nor should we want it. Given the track record of Naughty Dog, Uncharted 4 should be a stellar action game, and the less we know about it the better.
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Depression Lessons #9

  • MUBI
Today’s Depression Lesson concerns chorus girl hunger.Mabel wants to throw Minnie down a flight of stairs during the extended tap number. But put Mabel in a fedora in some greasy alley and call it hardboiled—art is born! Or at least “cinema history.” How else to describe that slyly overdetermined look in his eye? He’s the honeysuckle knuckle. Yes, James Cagney as chorus girl! The out-of-breath little bulldog, gnawing at the curtains. (He eats curtains for breakfast and shits thumbtacks.) Imploding/exploding rotating choreography, a screen presence momentarily in the shape of a tough guy—is he looking for trouble? Or the right shade of nail varnish? We can’t say for certain why in his personal life he did things like call his wife “Bill.” And yet, presence is legible… Sort of… Angry mincing ballerina steps as he circles his opponent. When Jimmy glims a beautiful dame,
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‘Paddington’ Review: A Charming Bear Overcomes the Odds, and So Does His Movie (Video)

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‘Paddington’ Review: A Charming Bear Overcomes the Odds, and So Does His Movie (Video)
This sweetly funny adaptation of the popular children’s book series avoids one misstep after another, resulting in a film that will delight kids and parents...

Even before they replaced the lead voice actor and punted the U.S. release date from December to January, the odds weren’t exactly in favor of “Paddington.” After all, so many charming children’s storybooks have had the delight squeezed out of them after being elongated into a three-act structure on the way to the big screen. (Remembering the “Cat in the Hat” movie still brings on an involuntary shudder.)

See Video: ‘Paddington
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A Ten-Year Anniversary (2004-2014): Top 10 Cinematic Duds from Yesterday

Has it actually been ten years already since we have been engaged in the realm of films dating back to 2004? A decade is certainly a long period of time to build our appreciation for cinema up until this critical point in 2014. In looking back at 2004, one can recall fondly some of the more desirable releases to come out at that time. For instance, the superb Million Dollar Baby was the Academy Award-winning film for 2004. Even the comedies that were released that year gave movie audiences cause to rejoice with such ditties as the sleeper indie hit Napoleon Dynamite and well as mainstream laughers in Mean Girls and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy.

Unfortunately for every gem there is a dud and then some. And 2004 had its share to say the least. So how about getting nostalgic and recalling some of the notable misses that were heaped on misled moviegoers
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Jeff Gordon Isn't Gay; Report A Hoax

Jeff Gordon was alleged to be gay and in a relationship with out former Nascar driver Stephen Rhodes in a satire piece that was mistaken for legitimate news.

Jeff Gordon Gay Hoax

“As if the sports world didn’t have enough people coming out of the closet,” began the article on Empire Sports. “A highly respected member of the Nascar community has come out and admitted he is in a relationship with a fellow openly gay Nascar member. Jeff Gordon who is going through a divorce said that he is now dating openly gay driver Stephen Rhodes. Gordon joins a list of male athletes who are new to the openly gay sports world.”

Most people were shocked that anyone believed the hoax, and expressed their weariness at hearing another round of rumors about the Nascar driver.

Enough of this #JeffGordon is gay mess. He's faced this for 21 years. Seriously! Couldn't
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'Snakes in a Cab' Prankster -- Suspended by the TLC ... But Hollywood Is Calling!

  • TMZ
Jimmy Failla -- the taxi driver who rode around with a snake in his cab and then posted riders' reactions to YouTube -- has lost his cabbie license ... but tells TMZ he's gained a slew of new job offers.Jimmy tells TMZ the Taxi and Limousine Commission yanked his license for two years, but Jimmy is more than ok with it. He says he's gotten two TV development offers, his stand-up career is taking off
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'Snakes in a Cab' Prankster -- Taxi Commission Can Take My License ... I'm Bigger Than a Cabbie Now

  • TMZ
A NYC cabbie who pranked passengers with a live snake -- and posted their reactions to YouTube -- doesn't give two craps if the Taxi and Limousine Commission yanks his license ... he tells TMZ, he's on to much bigger things now.Check out Jimmy Failla's video above -- it's pretty funny -- but New York City's TLC isn't laughing ... calling the prank "monumentally poor judgement on the driver's part." A rep says the commission
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Ride Along review – an action-comedy, but nobody's laughing

Mark Kermode: cop-couple cliches abound as Kevin Hart joins Ice Cube for a dreary ride

An action-comedy short on both action and comedy, this turgid dirge recycles all the usual mismatched cop-couple cliches (from 48 Hours to Cop Out) with dreary results. Ice Cube is the rock-hard detective willing to bend rules and break heads in pursuit of justice; Kevin Hart is the wannabe new recruit who's hot to become both a cop and Cube's new brother-in-law. Hilarious! Together, they run around swapping wisecracks and bickering until finally a massive warehouse blows up and Laurence Fishburne shows everyone how to shoot people in the chest properly. Displaying little of the flair that made Taxi an unexpected hit, director Tim Story plods through on autopilot, keeping the noisy bangs turned up loud enough to cover the sound of no one laughing at the jokes.

Rating: 1/5

Action and adventureComedyIce CubeMark Kermode

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'Ride Along' Director Boards Film on Dennis Rodman & Kim Jong-un

Later this year we're getting a comedy called The Interview focusing on an attempt by the CIA to have a TV producer (Seth Rogen) and his talk show host personality (James Franco) being trained to kill the leader of North Korea under the guise of a high profile interview (it's one of my most anticipated films of 2014). Now THR has word that Ride Along and Taxi director Tim Story (who also directed the two terrible Fantastic Four movies) will direct another comedy called Diplomats, inspired by former NBA player Dennis Rodman's relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, song of the late, diabolical Kim Jong-il. Rodman's two trips to North Korea have made headlines, and this video from one of them went viral: The trips have been dubbed "hoops diplomacy," though it just seems like Rodman is enjoying being idolized by this creepy, powerful man who is still
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Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, and more lose a bet to Jimmy Fallon -- Video

Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, and more lose a bet to Jimmy Fallon -- Video
Ten years ago, if Jimmy Fallon told you he was going to host the Tonight Show, you’d likely respond to the Saturday Night Live player, “Yeah. In your dreams. Enjoy the Taxi premiere!”

But times have changed, and with Monday night’s debut for Fallon’s Tonight Show, it was time for the comedian to collect on a couple bets. “To my buddy who said I’d never host the Tonight Show — and you know who you are — you owe me a hundred bucks,” he declared during his monologue.

Cue Fallon’s buddies: Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Sarah Jessica Parker,
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Jimmy Fallon Opens Up About Dealing With Career Low Points, Gushes Over His Wife and Daughter

Jimmy Fallon Opens Up About Dealing With Career Low Points, Gushes Over His Wife and Daughter
Jimmy Fallon is only a few days away from taking over at The Tonight Show, but his road to success has not been always been an easy one. The 39-year-old, along with his wife Nancy Juvonen, opens up in the latest issue of Parade about overcoming professional and personal hardships and how they got to where they are today. "You're a little depressed that you're not wanted," Fallon revealed about a low point in his career, after the release of Taxi in 2004 and Fever Pitch in 2005. "We'd go out to bars, have drinks, and I'd sing with the band." He continued: "It wasn't like I was blacking out or getting into fights." Juvonen added that Fallon was "just...
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This Just In: Jimmy Fallon Is the Perfect Husband and Dad

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This Just In: Jimmy Fallon Is the Perfect Husband and Dad
Jimmy Fallon has big shoes to fill as he takes over The Tonight Show starting next week, but he's ready - thanks to his 6-month-old daughter, Winnie. As he explains in the Feb. 16 issue of Parade, the way she "squeals and chirps" makes him and his wife, Nancy Juvonen, feel like they're "in a Disney cartoon." All joking aside, Jimmy is more than ready - albeit nervous - for this "insane" opportunity starring on the historical late-night show, and he already has two dream guests in mind: Queen Elizabeth and Pope Francis. "I'd make it fun for them," he promised. Keep reading for more from Jimmy's Parade cover story, including the sweet story about him falling in love with his wife, some tough memories from a decade ago when he had two back-to-back box-office flops, and an emotional video about his career move. Oh, and if you're wondering what
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