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Bac Films Kicks Off ‘We Need Your Vote’ (Exclusive)

Bac Films Kicks Off ‘We Need Your Vote’ (Exclusive)
Bac Films has come on board “We Need Your Vote,” a comedy set in the French political world directed by Michel Sapin, a high-profile French comicbook artist.

Sapin wrote the graphic novel “Le Château – Une année dans les coulisses de l’Élysée” (The Castle – a year behind the scenes at the Elysée”). He knows well France’s political environment, having spent 12 months following the campaign of former France President Francois Hollande in 2012.

“We Need Your Vote” stars well-known French actrice Alexandra Lamy (“Stand Up”) as Agnes, a ruthless communications manager for the campaign of a presidential candidate, and Finnegan Oldfield (“Marvin”), as Arnaud, a young, bright and inexperienced staffer who joins Agnes’s team. Although he is new to this intrepid world, Arnaud is able to navigate between the twists of the campaign, the rivalries inside the team, and unexpectedly outsmarts his own boss, Agnes.

“Sapin is one of the country’s most celebrated comicbook artist and his
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'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube

'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube
Danny Strong, co-creator of Fox's Empire, has been tapped to pen Disney’s modern and musical take on Charles DickensOliver Twist, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Thomas Kail, the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, is attached to helm the project, which has Ice Cube on board to star and produce.

Also producing are Marc Platt, the veteran movie producer who was behind Broadway’s hit musical Wicked, and Jeff Kwatinetz of The Firm.

Oliver Twist is one of Dickens’ most famous works and tells of an orphan boy who moves from a life as an exploited child laborer to being under the wings of Fagin, a leader of...
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Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Juri Join 'Million Little Pieces' Movie

Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Juri Join 'Million Little Pieces' Movie
Billy Bob Thornton, Blade Runner 2049 actress Carla Juri and Charlie Hunnam have joined Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the adaptation of A Million Little Pieces.

Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey, is behind the camera for the adaptation of the James Frey best-seller that is being financed by Brad Weston’s Makeready Films.

Weston is producing along with The Picture Company partners Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman.

The book was for years set up at Warner Bros., but the Taylor-Johnson husband-and-wife team extricated it. Million Little Pieces became controversial after Frey was exposed for inventing or embellishing...
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Machine Gun Kelly to Play Tommy Lee in Netflix’s Motley Crue Biopic ‘The Dirt’

Machine Gun Kelly to Play Tommy Lee in Netflix’s Motley Crue Biopic ‘The Dirt’
Colson Baker, known by his stage name Machine Gun Kelly, has been tapped to play Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee in Netflix’s adaptation of the band’s biography “The Dirt.”

Jeff Tremaine, who helmed the “Jackass” movies, is directing the film from a script by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos. Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen, and Allen Kovac are producing, while Chris Nilsson, Steve Kline, and Rick Yorn are exec producing. Members of Motley Crue are co-producing.

Based on the 2001 autobiography “The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band,” the movie follows the group’s rise during the ’80s “hair band” rock scene on the Sunset Strip and pulls no punches as it dives into the band’s highs and lows along the way. Motley Crue played its final concert on New Year’s Eve in 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The band was formed in L.A. and released
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'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer

'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer
Toy Story 4 has found its writer. 

Stephany Folsom, who recently had a feud with Marvel after being denied a "Story by" credit on Thor: Ragnarok, has been tapped to write the script for the upcoming fourth installment of the long-running Pixar franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

Rashida Jones was initially attached as writer for the film, along with her writing partner Will McCormack, but she left the project last year. It was reported that Jones stepped away from the project early on after an unwanted advance from Pixar head John Lasseter, who took a leave of...
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Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser

Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser
Netflix has acquired “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser,” a feature film from Black Label Media.

Ian Samuels directed the pic with Lindsey Beer penning the script. The movie stars “Stranger Things” actress Shannon Purser, Rj Cyler, Kristine Froseth, Noah Centineo, Chrissy Metz, Alan Ruck, and Lea Thompson.

The film is a modern rom-com retelling of the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, set in high school. It centers on Sierra (Purser), an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty but, in a case of mistaken identity that results in unexpected romance, must team with the popular girl (Froseth) in order to win her crush.

The film is produced and fully financed by Black Label Media, with Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill, and Thad Luckinbill serving as producers. Wme brokered the deal.

Best known as Barb in Season 1 of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Purser can be seen next in NBC’s drama
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Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1

Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1
This weekend sees Warner Bros.'s 12 Strong and STX's R-rated heist thriller Den of Thieves hitting theaters, both of which are targeting male audiences, which means they'll also have to contend with the NFL conference championship games this Sunday. Additionally, a couple of notable expansions are taking place this weekend along with Roadside's moderate release of Forever My Girl. That being said, all appear as if they'll be settling in behind last weekend's #1 and #2 films, as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Post are expected to hold on to those top two spots. Jumanji topped last weekend's box office after dropping just 24.5%, and this weekend it should continue to hold on rather well. While we're currently anticipating a drop around 32% and a fifth weekend around $19 million, don't be surprised if it hangs on a little better than that. The film should top $315 million domestically by end of day Sunday,
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‘Justice League’ Blu-Ray Details and Box Art Revealed; No Zack Snyder Cut

‘Justice League’ Blu-Ray Details and Box Art Revealed; No Zack Snyder Cut
Fans clamoring to see the non-existent Zack Snyder cut of Justice League will be bummed to discover that Snyder’s iteration of the film, which almost certainly was never finalized, is not included on the home video release. Indeed, the Justice League Blu-ray details include a bunch of behind-the-scenes featurettes, but really nothing substantial to speak of. Unsurprisingly there’s no director’s commentary, no extended cut, and only a single deleted scene: “The Return of Superman.” While it’s true that Zack Snyder traditionally creates director’s extended cuts of his films—and the extended …
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Stanley Tucci Joins Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan in ‘A Private War’ (Exclusive)

Stanley Tucci Joins Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan in ‘A Private War’ (Exclusive)
Stanley Tucci has enlisted in “A Private War,” the upcoming movie about famed war correspondent Marie Colvin, Variety has learned. He joins Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”), Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades of Grey”), and Tom Hollander (“The Night Manager”) in the picture. Pike plays Colvin, and Dornan photographer Paul Conroy.

Based on a Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner, the film follows the exploits of American-born Brit Colvin, who was tragically killed in Homs, Syria, in 2011. It takes in her fearless work in war-torn locales including Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria, which are juxtaposed with her home life back in London.

“A Private War” is BAFTA, DGA and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman’s first narrative project after helming feature documentaries including “Cartel Land” and “City of Ghosts.” Arash Amel (“Grace of Monaco”) penned the script.

Little is yet known about Tucci’s character in the film, but he will figure in the London part of the project
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Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign

Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign
As the family-friendly fantasy film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle attempts to hang on to the top spot at the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row, it is facing off against a challenge from 12 Strong, which follows a Special Forces team into battle in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Both films could take in about $15 million or more before the dust settles.

So far, Sony’s Jumanji has proven to be unexpectedly resilient. In both its third and fourth weekends it fell by just 25 percent during each frame. The fall-off is expected to...
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'Handmaid's Tale' Actress Ann Dowd Has 5 Films at Sundance

'Handmaid's Tale' Actress Ann Dowd Has 5 Films at Sundance
The Handmaid's Tale Emmy winner Ann Dowd is appearing in a quintet of world premieres, all shot in the past 11 months — from horror (Ari Aster's Hereditary) to crime thriller (Bart Layton's American Animals) to drama (Silas Howard's A Kid Like Jake, Christina Choe's Nancy, Sebastian Silva's Tyrel).

"I have a wonderful manager and agent, Marsha McManus and Gary Gersh, who were so generous in trying to work the schedules...
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EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)

EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is being circled by potential buyers and investors as it struggles to climb out from under a mountain of debt. Among the suitors, sources say, is business tycoon Tarak Ben Ammar, a shareholder in The Weinstein Co. and a board member of Vivendi.

Hit by the disappointing performance of last year’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” EuropaCorp has directed its primary lender, JP Morgan, to find someone who can inject equity capital into the company, as well restructure and pay a portion of its debt. Several well-informed sources tell Variety that the company urgently needs to find a solid partner by March 30, which marks the end of its financial year. The company’s market capitalization fell to €57.4 million ($70.2 million) as of Thursday, while losses reached €119.9 million ($146.8 million) and its net debt skyrocketed to €230 million ($281.6 million) as of September.

JP Morgan currently holds EuropaCorp’s assets, including its valuable
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Bradford Dillman, Actor in 'Compulsion' and 'The Way We Were,' Dies at 87

Bradford Dillman, Actor in 'Compulsion' and 'The Way We Were,' Dies at 87
Bradford Dillman, who starred with Dean Stockwell in the taut 1959 crime drama Compulsion and portrayed Edmund in the original Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, has died. He was 87.

Dillman died Tuesday in Santa Barbara due to complications from pneumonia, family spokesman Ted Gekis announced.

The lanky, dark-haired Dillman also played Robert Redford's best friend J.J. in The Way We Were (1973), and his daughter Pamela said that it was this movie that "perfectly captured the essence" of her father, particularly during the scene on a boat when the actors reminisce about their lives and best moments.

Dillman...
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‘The Death of Stalin’: New Trailer Highlights One of 2018’s Funniest Films

IFC Films has released a new The Death of Stalin trailer. Directed by Armando Ianucci (Veep), the follows the chaos and jockeying for power that took place after the death of the authoritative leader in 1953. I caught the film at Tiff last year and it’s painfully hilarious, and kind of perfect for our times when political leaders, rather than showing any moral compass whatsoever, are simply vying for more power despite overwhelming incompetence. It’s depressingly timely, but the sadness of its relevancy is drowned out by how funny it is. You definitely get a sense of that …
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Why ‘The Good Place’ Is the Best TV Show You’re Not Watching

In the age of Prestige TV, network sitcoms may seem like a dying breed. There are still traditional comedies that fare quite well, like black-ish or The Big Bang Theory, but if you’re a regular viewer of more boundary-pushing shows like Rick and Morty or Atlanta, you may feel like network comedies just don’t have anything to offer on that same level. Enter The Good Place. The NBC comedy starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson looked simple enough—a show about a pretty garbage woman who dies and accidentally ends up in “The Good Place,” (presumably …
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Sundance: MoviePass Announces It Will Acquire Films

MoviePass must have some serious Netflix envy.

The subscription service isn’t just content offering customers bargain-basement tickets to movies. Like the streaming service it is most often compared to, MoviePass is diving into the content business.

Using the Sundance Film Festival as a platform, MoviePass announced that it was creating a subsidiary, dubbed MoviePass Ventures, and will co-acquire films with film distributors.

More to come…

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Chad Stahelski Officially Back as ‘John Wick 3’ Director

Chad Stahelski Officially Back as ‘John Wick 3’ Director
Keanu ReevesJohn Wick isn’t the only person we’re thinking is back for John Wick: Chapter 3: Chad Stahelski, the co-director of John Wick and the director of John Wick: Chapter 2 will return to helm yet another neon-drenched, gunplay-filled entry in the on-going John Wick saga. So put on your best suit, grab your dog’s leash, and get ready for […]

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Documentary Dp Tim Cragg on the Sensational Family Saga of Three Identical Strangers

Three men make a remarkable discovery in Three Identical Strangers, a new documentary premiering at Sundance from Tim Wardle. The men, all strangers, learn that they are in fact identical triplets separated at birth. Wardle chronicles this real-life saga through dramatizations from the ’70s and ’80s, present-day documentary footage and studio interviews. To shoot the film, Wardle hired Tim Cragg, a Dp with more than 40 credits as a documentary cinematographer. Cragg spoke with Filmmaker ahead of the film’s six screenings at Sundance about the challenges of filming Three Identical Strangers. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being […]
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‘Den Of Thieves’ Is A Bloated Heist Pic That Steals Your Precious Time [Review]

Every good heist abides by two golden rules: get in, and get out. The same logic applies to heist movies too. The quicker, sleeker and smoother you can be following through with your best laid plains, the better. The best pictures in the genre have an understanding of pace and structure, and are constantly moving forward. They’re not always short, but they always respect your patience. Ironically, what “Den of Thieves,” the directorial debut of screenwriter Christian Gudegast (“London Has Fallen“), steals most is your time.

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MoviePass Launches MoviePass Ventures: Subsidiary Will Co-Acquire Films With Distributors – Sundance

MoviePass is getting into the film finance end of the business. The monthly movie ticket subscription service announced today that they’re launching MoviePass Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary founded to co-acquire films with film distributors. The announcement was made at The Sundance Film Festival during MoviePass' content series Off-Script: The Future of Film to a room of filmmakers, producers, directors, investors, distributors, and other industry executives. "We've…
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