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Uma Thurman Exits CAA

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Exclusive: Uma Thurman, who is making her Broadway debut starring in Beau Willimon’s The Parisian Woman, has just discharged CAA as her agency. She had been at CAA for the past two years. We were told that she has not chosen another agency. The Parisian Woman, for which Thurman is in previews now, is a 2013 political drama by the House of Cards creator. Directed by Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), it is set in D.C. and follows socialite Chloe (Thurman)… »


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Jillian Bell To Star In ‘Brittany Runs A Marathon’; Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar & Lil Rel Howery Also Cast

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Exclusive: Jillian Bell is attached to star as the titular character in Brittany Runs a Marathon, with Michaela Watkins (Casual), Utkarsh Ambudkar (White Famous), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), Micah Stock and Alice Lee rounding out the cast. The indie film marks the debut for director Paul Downs Colaizzo, who came up with the original idea the film based on. Material Pictures’ principals Tobey Maguire and Matthew Plouffe are producing the project with Picture Films' Margot… »


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‘Man Who Invented Christmas’ Review: Dan Stevens & Christopher Plummer Turn Scrooge Origin Tale Into A Holiday Treat

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I can’t even begin to recount the endless number of film, TV and stage projects that have tried to bring Charles Dickens’ immortal yuletide classic A Christmas Carol to life. From Alastair Sim’s textbook portrayal to the likes of Bill Murray, Jim Carrey, Albert Finney, the Muppets and even Mr. Magoo, you might think you’ve seen it all, but now along comes a complete original and a breath of fresh air to the saga of Ebeneezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past… »


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‘Darkest Hour’, ‘Call Me By Your Name’, ‘Man Who Invented Christmas’ Usher Holiday – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Oscar nominee Gary Oldman takes on one of the most prominent figures of the 20th century, facing a dramatic showdown with a lethal adversary. Focus Features opens Darkest Hour in several locations Wednesday ahead of a wider roll-out later in December. Sony Pictures Classics' Call Me By Your Name begins its theatrical run after a long but vibrant festival run beginning at the Sundance Film Festival back in January. The film by Luca Guadagnino and starring Timothée Chalamet… »


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‘Molly’s Game’s Jessica Chastain & Idris Elba On Working With Aaron Sorkin In His Directorial Debut – The Contenders Video

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The new movie Molly’s Game from STXfilms kicked off Deadline’s 7th annual The Contenders event celebrating the launch of the movie-awards season. Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial debut with the script which he wrote, and it stars Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom, a onetime champion skier who eventually becomes a somewhat notorious poker madam running high-stakes games in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Idris Elba co-stars as her lawyer. All three appeared onstage with me at… »


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Willem Dafoe On Playing Tough, Managing Kids In ‘Florida Project’ & Getting Fired On His First Movie – The Actor’s Side

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For this week’s chapter of my video series The Actor’s Side, Willem Dafoe traverses his wide-ranging career that has taken him from playing villains to playing nice, and everything in between. In our conversation, he talks about his early days in theater; being fired from his first film, which  turned out to be a blessing in disguise since it was the notorious flop Heaven’s Gate; making Platoon, which turned out to be his first Oscar nomination; trying to avoid… »


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‘Birdboy’ Directors On Their Animated Horror Film & The Medium’s Boundless Opportunities For Expression

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Before making his second directorial outing Birdboy: The Forgotten Children, Spanish writer-director Alberto Vázquez had the benefit of a long time spent with the material. Adapted from Psiconautas, a dark coming-of-age comic he wrote and subsequently turned into a short film, Birdboy saw Vázquez team with Pedro Rivero in the making of a unique animated film. A pink-skied, post-apocalyptic tale rife with fear for the future of the planet, Birdboy is led by a cast of… »


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‘Coco’ Mints $12M+ Wednesday & Fights ‘Justice League’ For No. 1 At Thanksgiving Box Office With $68M

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Update, midday Friday: Disney/Pixar’s Coco is looking at an opening day of $12.5 million (including last night’s $2.3M) as of this point per industry estimates, which is $2.6M less than what Moana chalked up a year ago. Right now, because it’s so early, both Coco and Warner Bros’ Justice League are in a battle for No. 1 overall at the domestic box office with an estimated $47M three-day and $68M five-day each. As we move along this week, it should settle down and separate… »


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‘Dunkirk’ Sound Editor Richard King On Immersing An Audience In A Pivotal WWII Moment

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Looking at Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk—or any film the director has made—one can imagine the difficulties the films must pose for his sound team. With images so epic and so spectacular, sound must follow suit, finding a way to equal what is seen on the screen—which is often remarkable, given Nolan’s preferred way of working, capturing as much in-camera as possible. Working with Nolan since The Prestige, sound editor Richard King has become well-acquainted with the demands… »


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Andrew Garfield On ‘Breathe’: “It Wasn’t An Acting Challenge, It Was A Living Challenge” – The Contenders Video

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Actors Andrew Garfield and Andy Serkis came to Deadline’s 7th annual The Contenders event, but in this case Serkis was there to talk about his directorial debut on Breathe, while Garfield told the packed DGA Theater audience of Academy and key guild members that playing polio-stricken Robin Cavendish was not as much an acting challenge as it was a “living challenge.” During the film’s panel at the all-day awards-season staple earlier this month, Serkis described how the… »


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‘Foxtrot’ Director Samuel Maoz On The Nature Of Israel’s “Collective Trauma”

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While Samuel Maoz’s Israeli Oscar entry Foxtrot was tremendously popular at the Venice Film Festival, taking the Grand Jury Prize, among other recognitions, it hasn’t been quite so popular in Israel itself, generating a great deal of controversy in Maoz’s homeland. “Someone wrote me an email that said he was waiting for me outside my building. He wrote me that when I went out, he would throw acid on my face because they wanted me to be blind and not do films anymore,&#8221… »


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Jude Law In Negotiations To Join ‘Captain Marvel’

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Jude Law is confirmed to be in negotiations for the male lead in Marvel's Captain Marvel, the superhero movie that will follow Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), an Air Force pilot whose DNA is fused with that of an alien during an accident. The resulting alteration imbues her with the superpowers of strength, energy projection, and flight. Ben Mendelsohn was previously reported to take on the villain character. The most recent script was written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet with… »


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‘The Big Sick’: Emily V. Gordon On Turning Life Into Art & How The Film Got Its Title

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“A Pakistani stand-up comedian falls in love with a young woman who promptly falls into a coma.” This kind of elevator pitch would feel contrived, if it weren’t also based on a true story. But truth is, indeed, stranger than fiction. As Emily V. Gordon drafted her screenplay for The Big Sick with husband Kumail Nanjiani (of HBO’s Silicon Valley), the problems she confronted were manifold. Primarily, it’s impossible to imagine a more personal cinematic endeavor than The Big… »


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‘Cries From Syria’ Director Evgeny Afineevsky Smuggled Himself Into Syria For Harrowing Doc

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Oscar-nominated filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky logged countless miles to make his latest documentary, Cries from Syria—with the passport stamps to prove it. "[I] was in Jordan… Lebanon and Bekaa Valley, Hezbollah territory," he tells Deadline of the places where he shot material for the film. "I was in all European countries because I was following the refugees." He recounts spending time in Southern Turkey in the midst of shelling and, with the help of smugglers, crossing… »


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‘12 Strong’ Trailer: Real-Life Horse Soldiers Tale Saddles Up With Chris Hemsworth & Michael Shannon

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“The most important thing a man can take into combat is a reason why.” In this case, it’s the thousands of tons of rubble that once was the Twin Towers. “Nineteen men attacked our country,” an officer says. “The 12 of you will be the first ones to fight back.” Here’s the new trailer for 12 Strong (formerly Horse Soldiers), starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon and Michael Peña as three of the U.S. Special Forces dirty dozen who are tasked with going into the rugged… »


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‘Happy Death Day’ Reaps $100M+ At Worldwide Box Office

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The hits keep coming for Universal and Blumhouse with Happy Death Day celebrating a $100M global milestone. Including yesterday’s grosses, the latest collaboration between Uni and Jason Blum’s micro-budget specialist Blumhouse has taken in $55.5M domestically and $44.6M at the international box office. Directed by Christopher Landon, Happy Death Day is the third original film from Blumhouse in 2017. It joins blockbuster pics Split and Get Out which have grossed $278.3M… »


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‘El Camino Christmas’ Trailer: Ted Melfi’s Dark Comedy Gets Netflix Premiere Date

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El Camino Christmas is a dark comedy directed by Dave Talbert and starring an ensemble cast led by Luke Grimes, Tim Allen, Dax Shepard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Kurtwood Smith, Michelle Mylett, Kimberly Quinn and Jessica Alba. It is also the next film from Hidden Figures filmmaker Ted Melfi. The Netflix pic will start streaming December 8. The project, which was 10 years in the making, was produced by Melfi and scripted by him and Chris Wehner. The story follows a young… »


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Gravitas Ventures Acquires Punk Rock Crime Drama ‘Bomb City’

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Exclusive: Director Jameson Brooks’ feature film debut Bomb City has landed at Gravitas Ventures. The distribution company announced today that it acquired the North American rights to the punk rock crime drama. "Watching Bomb City, you'll find yourself on a roller coaster of emotions, ultimately questioning the very morality of America's justice system," said Gravitas Ventures' Manager of Acquisitions, Zach Hamby. "Jameson Brooks' feature film debut is as powerful as… »


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‘Birdshot’ Director Mikhail Red On Spotlighting “Beauty In The Philippines”

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“In the Philippines, you have very low-budget films, so most films tend to be a certain style. Either you see cinema verité or very contemplative [filmmaking],” Birdshot director Mikhail Red told Deadline’s Dominic Patten after an Awardsline screening of the film, reflecting on the Filipino Oscar entry this year, which is more stylistically heightened by comparison. “Making Birdshot, I wanted a Western set in the Philippines, so it had to have this more dynamic approach… »


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Cannes Film Festival Moves Dates For 2018

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The Cannes Film Festival will start one day earlier than in previous years but will run for the same length of time, according to the organizers. The 71st Festival de Cannes will begin on Tuesday, May 8, and run until the awards ceremony on Saturday, May 19. Festival President Pierre Lescure said that he hoped the move would allow it to "rebalance" the two-week event and "bring new energy to the proceedings.” “Following 2017's anniversary edition, the festival is… »


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