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L.A. Film Fest Award Winners: ‘Becks’, ‘The Keeping Hours’ Among Honorees – Complete List

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Becks, the musical drama directed by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and Daniel Powell starring Lena Hall, won the La Film Festival’s U.S. Fiction Award today, while Karen Moncrieff’s The Keeping Hours took the Audience Award for a fiction feature. Those winners were among the awards announced today at the festival’s Awards Reception by Festival Director Jennifer Cochis and Film Independent President Josh Welsh (see the complete list below). Festival Guest Director Miguel Arteta (Beat… »


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‘Superior Donuts’ Star Jermaine Fowler Cast In ‘Sorry To Bother You’

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Exclusive: Jermaine Fowler, exec producer and star of the CBS comedy Superior Donuts, has joined the cast of Sorry to Bother You, from first-time writer-director Boots Riley. The drama centers on a black telemarketer with self-esteem issues who discovers a magical key to business success, propelling him to the upper echelons of the hierarchy just as his activist comrades are rising up against unjust labor practices. When he uncovers the macabre secret of his corporate… »


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Oaz Makes Daniel Abrams A Partner

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Oscars Abrams Zimel & Associates has promoted Daniel Abrams to partner, joining longtime partners Michael Oscars, Gayle Abrams and Perry Zimel. The management and production company is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month,. Oaz reps a roster that includes Christopher Plummer, Andrea Martin, Wendy Crewson, Kim Coates, Victor Garber, Edward Asner, Sharon Gless, Henry Czerny, Katie Ford, Susan Coyne, Mark McKinney and Kristin Lehman among others. Daniel Abrams began… »


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Neve Campbell Joins Dwayne Johnson In ‘Skyscraper’

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Exclusive: Neve Campbell has signed on to star opposite Dwayne Johnson in Skyscraper, Legendary’s 3D action thriller written and to be directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Universal already has staked out a July 13, 2018, release date. Production starts in August. Johnson stars as a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and war veteran who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and… »


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Michael Beach Joins Warner Bros’ ‘Aquaman’

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Michael Beach is set for a role in Warner Bros’ Jason Momoa-starring DC Comics stand-alone film Aquaman. He joins Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Ludi Lin, Dolph Lundgren, Temuera Morrison and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in the cast. James Wan is at the helm of the pic, which will hit theater during Christmas season 2018. Warner Bros says Beach will play Jesse Kane, part of a group of high-seas hijackers who has a fateful interaction with Aquaman. But… »


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‘Jurassic World’ Sequel Gets A Title

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Jurassic World‘s sequel now has a title — and a poster. Universal unveiled the name, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, on its social handles this morning. The reveals come exactly a year before the tentpole’s June 22, 2018, release date. In one year, life finds a way. pic.twitter.com/32Cu62xn1Y — Jurassic World (@JurassicWorld) June 22, 2017 Juan Antonio Bayona is directing the sequel, taking over from franchise resurrector Colin Trevorrow. Chris Pratt and Bryce… »


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Jennifer Lopez Boards Stx’s ‘Second Act’ With Director Peter Segal

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Jennifer Lopez, who is is working on the third season of her hit NBC series Shades of Blue, has come aboard to star in and produce the romantic comedy Second Act, which Peter Segal (50 First Dates, Anger Management) is directing for STXfilms. In the vein of Working Girl and Lopez’s 2002 starrer Maid in Manhattan, the film is about a big-box store employee who reinvents her life and her lifestyle and gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as… »


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‘Stronger’ Trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal Takes First Steps In Boston Bombing Drama

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“I just want people to see how amazing my son is,” says Miranda Richardson’s Patty Bauman in this trailer for Stronger, as the clip makes her case. Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the true story of Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the 2013 terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon. Co-starring as his girlfriend Erin is Tatiana Maslany. The trailer, which includes a realistic depiction of the explosion, lays out the film’s premise: Bauman is waiting at the finish line for his… »


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Netflix Sets Gillian Jacobs, Vanessa Bayer & Phoebe Robinson For Gary Sanchez Comedy ‘Ibiza’

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Netflix has set an August production start in Europe for Ibiza, a comedy that will star Gillian Jacobs (Love), exiting Saturday Night Live cast member Vanessa Bayer, and Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens). Alex Richanbach will direct a script by Lauryn Kahn, and Gary Sanchez Productions’ Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick are producing with Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake, and Erin Westerman. The comedy originally took root at Sony which bought Kahn’s R-rated… »


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Samuel Goldwyn & Orion Acquire SXSW Pic ‘Maya Dardel’

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Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have teamed for their second pickup of a SXSW film this week, acquiring North American rights to Maya Dardel, the drama co-written and co-directed by Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak and starring Lena Olin. It bowed in Austin this year under the title A Critically Endangered Species. Olin stars as Maya Dardel, an internationally respected poet and novelist who lived until 2016 in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. That’s when… »


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The Guardian Sets Storied Media Group To Broker Film & TV Deals

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Exclusive: British newspaper company The Guardian has signed with Storied Media Group to package its articles — both new and archived over the last two centuries — for feature and TV projects. This gives the publisher (which has the UK newspapers The Guardian and The Observer) a stake in projects based on the IP it generates. Most recently, that has included the Edward Snowden saga and the London Hatton Garden Heist. The Guardian continues its relationship with Tavistock… »


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Exhibition Stocks Drop Following Analyst Downgrades Citing Box Office Concerns

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Exhibition company stocks are off to a rocky start today. U.S. chains continue to swoon after two analysts lowered their outlooks for key players — mostly due to this quarter’s weaker than expected box office. In addition to the U.S. drops Chinese trading in Wanda Film was halted after the share price fell 9.9%. Parent company Wanda Group said that that someone had “viciously speculated” on the internet that banks, including China Construction Bank, might dump Wanda’s… »

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Martin Compston Joins ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ Opposite Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie

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Exclusive: Scottish actor Martin Compston is set to star in Working Title and Focus Features' Mary Queen Of Scots. Compston will play the Earl of Bothwell, the third husband to the eponymous royal played by Saoirse Ronan. Margot Robbie plays the role of Mary’s cousin Queen Elizabeth I while Jack Lowden is set as Lord Darnley. Stage director Josie Rourke is directing the title, which is written by House Of Cards creator Beau Willimon and based on the 2004 biography by John… »


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Ron Howard Confirmed As New ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Director

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Updated with Lucasfilm confirmation: As Deadline scooped shortly after Disney and Lucasfilm dropped the bombshell that Phil Lord & Christopher Miller were dropped from the Star Wars Han Solo film that has been six months into production, Ron Howard has been set to replace the duo. Contrary to catch-up reports elsewhere claiming there were multiple candidates, Howard had been working out a deal since the other filmmakers were let go. Lucasfilm made the hire official this… »


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‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Running Out Of Gas With $15.6M Opening Day; CinemaScore Dips To B+ – Update

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3rd Update, Thursday 7:14 Am: Paramount is reporting a $15.65M first day for Transformers: The Last Knight inclusive of Tuesday night’s $5.5M previews. While that’s slightly higher from where we saw it yesterday, it remains the lowest full first day for a Transformers movie. The 5-day outlook is still in the mid-$60M range, lower than what tracking and the Melrose Studio were expecting with $70M. Last Knight received a B+ CinemaScore, so that tells you what audiences… »


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‘Marshall’ Trailer: Chadwick Boseman Stars As Pioneering Supreme Court Justice

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“The only way to get through a bigot's door is to break it down." Here is the first trailer for Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman in the biopic about Thurgood Marshall. Before he became the country’s first African-American Supreme Court Justice in 1967, Marshall was a lawyer famous for winning the landmark Brown v Board of Education case that outlawed segregated schools. The film goes back even further, to when he was a rabble-rousing young attorney for the NAACP, and… »


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In Battle Of The Film Festivals, Telluride Comes Into Town And Upstages Laff In Its Own Backyard

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The currently running Los Angeles Film Festival, which by nature of its Hollywood industry hometown roots should be cock of the walk, just can’t catch a break as interlopers like Telluride are hogging the attention. Proving it is never too early to kick-start the movie awards season, the Telluride Film Festival once again temporarily relocated to the London Hotel rooftop deck in West Hollywood on Tuesday evening to tout this year’s upcoming Labor Day weekend edition of… »


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New Leadership Coming To WGA West: President Howard Rodman Won’t Seek Re-Election

21 June 2017 1:42 PM, PDT

The WGA West will have a new president and vice president come September. Howard Rodman, the guild's president, is not seeking re-election as the guild's election season gets underway, and he's likely to be succeeded by David Goodman, currently the guild's vice president. Rodman has served one two-year term as president and was eligible under guild rules to serve another, but chose not to. The guild's nominating committee selected to candidates to succeed him, but only… »


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Barry Levinson On ‘Wizard Of Lies’, Bernie Madoff And The Modern American Crime

21 June 2017 1:00 PM, PDT

"Do you think I'm a sociopath?" Bernie Madoff asks, in HBO TV movie The Wizard of Lies—a question posed to journalist Diana Henriques, but equally, to himself. Sentenced to 150 years in prison in 2009 at the age of 71, Bernie Madoff is one of America's most reviled and mythologized villains. As seen in Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson's film, based on the book by Henriques, Madoff is a man who lies constantly, every day, even to those he loves most. A Ponzi schemer… »


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Focus Lands Joel Edgerton’s ‘Boy Erased’; Lucas Hedges, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman Star

21 June 2017 11:50 AM, PDT

It came down between Focus Features and Netflix in the chase to land Boy Erased, and Focus Features landed the star-cast package Deadline scooped on June 8. Focus, which recently worked closely with Edgerton on the Jeff Nichols-directed Loving, won the provocative film that Edgerton scripted and will direct based on the memoir by Garrard Conley. Edgerton will star with Manchester By The Sea's Lucas Hedges, and Edgerton is courting Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman for… »


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