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‘Baywatch’ Producer Shares Plans for Film Sequel With Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron (Exclusive)

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Baywatch” has yet to open wide in theaters, but ahead of this weekend’s debut, the team behind the film adaptation is already planning a movie franchise.

Speaking to Variety at a New York City screening of “Baywatch” earlier this week, producer Beau Flynn shared plans for a sequel, which would bring back the cast, including Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, plus writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, who co-wrote the screenplay for the first flick.

“We have an amazing story already,” Flynn told Variety on the red carpet, ahead of the screening on Monday. “We’re bringing back Shannon and Swift who wrote on the first one, and I know Dwayne would be in, I know Zac and all the girls would be. We just have this really cool idea to put them in this whole new world. We would take it overseas.”

Along with Johnson and Efron, “Baywatch,” which »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Eddie Redmayne’s ‘Early Man’ to Be Released by Lionsgate in North America

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Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to Aardman Studios’ upcoming prehistoric comedy adventure “Early Man,” starring Eddie Redmayne.

Directed by Nick Park from a script by Mark Burton and John O’Farrell, the stop-motion movie is co-financed by the U.K.’s Aardman and France’s Studiocanal. It’s a re-team of the companies following 2015’s “Shaun the Sheep.” Lionsgate also handled the domestic distribution for “Shaun the Sheep.”

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer made the announcement during Thursday’s earnings call with Wall Street analysts. “Early Man” opens in the U.K. on Jan. 26 and in the U.S. on Feb. 16.

The film will be released by the Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label. Lionsgate will also represent licensing and merchandising for the film in the U.S.

Redmayne was the first cast member who boarded the toon, set at the dawn of time when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth. »

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'Boss Baby 2' With Alec Baldwin to Hit Theaters in Spring 2021

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Alec Baldwin is reuniting with DreamWorks Animation to make The Boss Baby 2.

Universal and Dwa announced the news Thursday. The animated movie will hit theaters on March 26, 2021.

The Boss Baby, about a power-obsessed infant voiced by Baldwin, has been a sleeper hit at the global box office, earning $468.4 million to date. The North American haul is $167 million, while Boss Baby has earned $301.4 million overseas.

The film, opening in theaters on March 21 of this year, coincided with Baldwin's standout ongoing impersonation of President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.

The budding Boss »

- Pamela McClintock

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STX Wins Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ for US Distribution

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STX is sitting pretty now that they’re in business with Amy Schumer.

The young mini-major acquired domestic distribution rights to the comedy out of Cannes. The title was repped by UTA Independent Film Group lead Rena Ronson. The package will begin shooting this July in Boston.

Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, screenwriters of films like “Never Been Kissed” and “How to Be Single,” make their directorial debut here.

The announcement, made by STX Films Chairman Adam Fogelson and production head Sam Brown, also disclosed the »

- Matt Donnelly

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'Pirates 5' and 'Baywatch' Set Sail Over Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial Day weekend brings two new wide releases to theaters in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Paramount's R-rated comedy Baywatch, the latter of which got a head start on the weekend holding preview screenings last night and arriving nationwide today. Neither are necessarily expected to blow the doors off with Pirates looking to finish well behind the last three films, especially Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which currently holds the Memorial Day opening weekend record of $139.8 million. Meanwhile there are a few questions as to just how high Baywatch will finish as Paramount really could use a win with this one as not one of their four releases this year has managed to hit $45 million domestically. At the top, while it isn't expected to top $100 million for the four day or even the $90.1 million Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides delivered »

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Blake Lively to Star in Murder Mystery From 'Big Little Lies' Author (Exclusive)

24 May 2017 2:54 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Blake Lively's got a secret.

The Gossip Girl grad will star in CBS Films' adaptation of The Husband's Secret, the New York Times best-seller from Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty.

Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano are producing via their Depth of Field shingle. Lively will also executive produce the adaption, which is currently out to potential directors.

Lively will play Cecilia Fitzpatrick, a chronic perfectionist whose suburban bubble is burst when she finds a note from her husband addressed to her with instructions to open it in the event of his death. But he's still alive. She then discovers a secret that her husband has been »

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‘Makala,’ ‘Gabriel and the Mountain’ Scoop Cannes’ Critics’ Week Awards

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Emmanuel Gras’ Congo-set documentary “Makala” and Brazilian director Fellipe Barbosa’s drama “Gabriel and the Mountain” scooped the top two awards at Cannes’ Critics’ Week on Thursday evening.

Makala,” Gras’ second documentary film, won the Nespresso Grand Prize at Critics’ Week, which is headed by Charles Tesson.

The highly cinematic documentary feature follows a young man (Kabwita Kasongo) who lives in the Congolese countryside and works on production of charcoal to give his family a better future. Gras, who is also a well-respected cinematographer, last directed “Bovines.” The movie is produced by Bathysphere and sold by Les Films du Losange.

Meanwhile, “Gabriel and the Mountain,” which centers on a young Brazilian man’s journey across Africa, won the Visionary Prize and Fondation Gan Award.

Barbosa’s sophomore feature, “Gabriel and the Mountain” is based on the true story of a friend of the director who died on the slopes of »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Sony’s Silver Sable, Black Cat Movie Lands Gina Prince-Bythewood as Director

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Gina Prince-Bythewood is in talks to direct “Silver and Black,” the second announced standalone film in Sony’s Marvel Universe. If the deal goes through, she would become first African-American woman to direct a movie based on Marvel characters. The film will be based on the characters Silver Sable and Black Cat (aka Felicia Hardy), who are known for their connections with Spider-Man. Silver Sable is a mercenary who runs a company that hunts criminals. She hasn’t been introduced in a previous film. Meanwhile, Hardy made her debut in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” played by Felicity Jones. Also Read: »

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Rosario Dawson in Negotiations to Star in X-Men Spinoff ‘New Mutants’

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Rosario Dawson is in talks to star in X-Men spinoff “New Mutants,” a person close to the project told TheWrap.

Dawson will play Dr. Cecilia Reyes. Her character in the spinoff acts as a mentor for the young adult ensemble cast that already includes “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams and “Split” star Anya Taylor-Joy.

Williams is set to play Rahne Sinclair, or Wolfsbane, who must figure out how to reconcile her ability to turn into a wolf with her religious beliefs. Taylor-Joy is Illyana Rasputin, »

- Ashley Boucher

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Universal Developing World War II Disaster Drama ‘Salt to the Sea’

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Universal Pictures is developing a movie based on Ruta Sepetys’ historical novel “Salt to the Sea,” and set up the project with “Transformers” producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

The studio won the rights in an auction. Sepetys is repped by UTA, Steven Malk at Writers House, and attorney Judith Karfiol.

“Salt to the Sea,” a New York Times bestseller published last year by Philomel/Penguin Young Readers Group, centers on four individuals — a Lithuanian nurse, a Prussian apprentice, a 15-year-old Polish girl, and an eager German who adheres to Adolf Hitler’s propaganda — who perished on the Mv Wilhelm Gustloff. The German military transport ship was sunk in January, 1945, by a Soviet submarine in the Baltic Sea while the ship was  evacuating German civilians, Nazi officials, and military personnel from Gdynia.

By one estimate, 9,400 people died, making it the largest loss of life in a single ship sinking in history — more »

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Animated ‘Jetsons’ Movie to Lift Off With ‘Sausage Party’ Director

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Warner Bros. has hired “Sausage Party” co-director Conrad Vernon to develop its animated feature “The Jetsons” with an eye to direct.

Vernon’s credits include co-directing “Shrek 2,” “Monsters vs. Aliens” and “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” in addition to the raunchy “Sausage Party” with Greg Tiernan. “Sausage Party” grossed $140 million worldwide on a $19 million budget. Vernon also voiced the Gingerbread Man in the “Shrek” movies.

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Warner Bros. has been trying for several years to move forward on “The Jetsons,” hiring Matt Lieberman to write the script in 2015.

The Hanna-Barbera original animated show aired in primetime on ABC in 1962-63. It was set in 2062 and centered on George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy Jetson along with Rosie the Robot. The series was a Space Age counterpart to Hanna-Barbera’s “The Flintstones.”

Warner Bros., which owns the Hanna-Barbera library, »

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Eva Longoria Joins Anna Faris in ‘Overboard’ Remake

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Eva Longoria has joined the cast of the “Overboard” remake at MGM, sources have confirmed.

The film stars Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez and is based on the 1987 romantic comedy starring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

The remake will be co-directed and written by Rob Greenberg (“How I Met Your Mother”) and Bob Fisher (“We’re the Millers”). Ben Odell and Derbez will produce through their 3Pas Studios.

MGM partnered with Pantelion Films to co-produce, co-finance, and co-distribute the film, with Lionsgate handling domestic theatrical distribution. Production stars this May in Vancouver.

The original movie will be re-imagined with a reversal of the leading roles. The story will focus on a spoiled playboy from one of Mexico’s wealthiest families, portrayed by Derbez, who falls overboard off his yacht. He’s then convinced by Faris’ single, working-class mom that he’s her husband.

Longoria can currently be seen on the »

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Ten Dolby Cinemas to open in France and the Netherlands

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Dolby partners with Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé to expand presence in Europe.

Dolby and Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé have revealed plans to open ten Dolby Cinema sites in France and the Netherlands.

Seven sites will open in France, including in Massy, south of Paris and Nice, and three in the Netherlands, including Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

Dolby has not yet announced the other locations, but said that some sites could open in autumn 2017.

Dolby Cinema features the Dolby Vision laser projection system and Dolby Atmos sound technologies and is a competitor to IMAX in the premium cinema sector.

In the past two years, more than 325 Dolby Cinema sites have been installed or committed to across the globe. More than 85 titles have been released or announced in the Dolby Cinema format to-date, including Alien: Covenant and the upcoming Blade Runner 2049.

There are currently five Dolby cinemas in Europe; Vue Hilversum and Vue Eindhoven (the Netherlands), Cinesa La Maquinista »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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British Urban Film Festival gets BT backing

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London festival to be held at BT Tower in 2017.

The British Urban Film Festival (Buff) has received backing from telecommunications giant BT.

For its 2017 edition, BT will host the festival’s events at the BT Tower in London. This includes the Buff awards ceremony, which will also be broadcast on BT.com.

The company will also have the opportunity to broadcast films from the festival on its BT TV store platform.

Buff founder and CEO Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe said: “There’s nothing quite like going to the cinema to experience film though we can now safely say that come September there will be nothing quite like going to the BT Tower to experience film.

“The BT British Urban Film Festival will enable BT to showcase the breadth of great creative talent from the leading film festival for diversity in the world.”

Tony Singh, business affairs and business development director, BT TV said: “We are delighted to be working »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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More London premieres cancelled in wake of Manchester bombing

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Netflix screenings cancelled; Sundance London to go ahead with “appropriate security procedures”.

After yesterday’s news that Universal had cancelled its London premiere of The Mummy after the terror attack in Manchester earlier this week – with Warner Bros doing the same with Wonder Woman – further events scheduled to take place in the London have also been cancelled.

Netflix has cancelled its planned screenings of Orange Is The New Black series five and Netflix Original Glow, which were scheduled to take place next Tuesday, May 30 at the Curzon Mayfair in London.

“Following the terrible events in Manchester on Monday night, we have decided to cancel our special screening of Orange is the New Black and Glow on Tuesday 30th May.  Our thoughts are with all of those affected by this tragedy,” commented a Netflix spokesperson.

However, next weekend’s Sundance Film Festival will go ahead as planned, including the London premiere of Beatriz At Dinner on June 1, which »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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First Hand boards sales on Finnish doc 'Hobbyhorse Revolution'

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Exclusive: HotDocs title gets international sales deal.

First Hand Films has boarded sales for Selma Vilhunen’s documentary feature Hobbyhorse Revolution.

Hobbyhorse Revolution was released by Tuffi Films in Finnish cinemas in March and will be released in Sweden later this year by Folkets Bio. It won two prizes at Tampere Film Festival in March and also played at HotDocs.

The film delves into the world of Finnish teenage girls who ride and groom toy horses.

“I wanted to showcase that these girls are powerful in their attempt to claim agency in their sport and, though it might seem extra-ordinary, it isn’t so different from fantasy football,” said Vilhunen. “For the girls in this film, hobbyhorsing is a real way to cope with not only the pressure of growing up but some of the bullying that comes along with it.”

Esther van Messel of First Hand Films told Screen, “Hobbyhorse Revolution made us »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Lars von Trier's 'The House That Jack Built' sells to Italy

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Videa takes Italy rights to serial killer drama starring Matt Dillon.

Lars von Trier’s serial killer drama The House That Jack Built has been picked up for Italian distribution by Videa.

The deal was negotiated between head of distribution at Videa, Angelica Canevari, and senior sales manager at TrustNordisk, Nicolai Korsgaard.

The film, set in the 1970s United States, stars Matt Dillon as a serial killer. The cast also includes Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Riley Keough, Siobhan Fallon Hogan and Sofie Grabol.

Canevari commented on the acquisition: “Videa proudly announce the presence of the new Lars von Trier film, The House That Jack Built, in its lineup. For us it is a privilege and a reason of proud and happiness distributing such an amazing movie.”

Korsgaard added: “From the very beginning, which is now almost three years ago, Videa has shown their utmost interest for this movie. They have been very professional and thorough in this »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Lionsgate Takes U.S. Rights To Aardman & Studiocanal Animated Comedy ‘Early Man’

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Lionsgate has taken U.S. rights to Aardman and Studiocanal's animated comedy adventure Early Man. The film, which features the voices of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams, will be released by Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment label on February 16, 2018, following Studiocanal's European release. Lionsgate will also represent licensing and merchandising for the film in the territory. Lionsgate previously released Aardman/Studiocanal's Oscar-nominated pic Shau… »

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That Famous ‘Star Wars’ Stormtrooper Blooper Is Finally Explained [Trivia]

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There are mistakes in every single major motion picture every made. Sometimes it’s something as small as a continuity error, like the position of a pen on a desk. Other times it’s something glaring, like a Stormtrooper banging their head on a blast door inside the Death Star for everyone to notice. That’s right, in […]

The post That Famous ‘Star Wars’ Stormtrooper Blooper Is Finally Explained [Trivia] appeared first on /Film. »

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Roger Moore to be feted with Bond screenings

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MGM, Park Circus and Eon team on UK and international screenings.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM), Park Circus and Eon Productions are teaming on a series of screenings in memory of the late Sir Roger Moore.

Venues will include Odeon Cinemas (UK), AMC Theatres (U.S.) and Hoyts (Australia), beginning 31 May 2017. Additional locations are set to be announced soon.

The newly restored 4K versions of The Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only will be screened with 50 percent of all proceeds going to Unicef. As a Goodwill Ambassador, former Bond Moore had been a supporter of Unicef since 1991.

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of Eon Productions said: “In honour of Sir Roger Moore, we are delighted these Bond screenings will benefit Unicef which was the charity closest to his heart.”

Gary Barber, chairman and chief executive officer, MGM commented: “Sir Roger Moore left an indelible imprint on audiences worldwide. There is no better »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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