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‘Transformers’ Tom DeSanto, China’s Citic Guoan Pact On Co-Productions

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X-Men co-writer and Transformers producer Tom DeSanto has teamed with Citic Guoan, a division of Chinese conglomerate Citic Group, on a series of films for the global market. The pact, which was unveiled at the close of the Beijing International Film Festival, is said to include a $120M U.S.-China co-production project. “We are joining hands with Hollywood legend Tom DeSanto to jointly create a series of movies incorporating Chinese culture for the global audience,&#8221… »


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Sundance London Announces Lineup; ‘A Ghost Story’ Set To Close Event

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Sundance Film Festival: London has announced the full program for its upcoming edition in June and has set Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara starrer A Ghost Story, directed by David Lowery, to close the event. The fest, which will take place in London's Picturehouse Central cinema from June 1-4, will present 14 feature films direct from this year's Sundance Film Festival in Park City including the UK premiere of Lowery's critically acclaimed film and the previously announced… »


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Directors’ Fortnight Adds Title; Karlovy Vary Sets Tributes – Global Briefs

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Directors' Fortnight has added a special screening title to its lineup for this year's event which kicks off at the Cannes Film Festival next month. The Nothing Factory, by Portugal's Pedro Pinho, is described as a riff on the subject of industrialization, unemployment and the workers' struggle. Fortnight chief Edouard Waintrop calls it "a highly original film oscillating between intimate drama, social realist comedy and the occasional musical number." Pinho is also a… »


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Dustin Hoffman Grills Noah Baumbach (And Gets Grilled Too): Tribeca Film Festival

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Noah Baumbach’s new film, The Meyerowitz Stories, stars Dustin Hoffman as the aging father of adult children. Hot on the heels of its acquiring by Netflix (reported exclusively here) and winning a slot in the competition at Cannes, the celebrated actor sat down with the writer-director for a conversation before a crowd  tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival. Usually, of course, it’s Hoffman who’s being interviewed; for an hour or so, the roles were reversed, as he prodded… »


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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Trailer: Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum & Jeff Bridges Join The Action For Round 2

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"Eggsy, I saw in you what someone once saw in me. Something that can't be taught, the makings of a Kingsman.” Welcome to the first trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the sequel to the over-the-top 2015 spy action that returns stars Taron Egerton and Colin Firth — though the latter’s character had survival issues in the original. A number of big names are aboard for Round 2 including Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and one Sir Elton John… »


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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Review: Chris Pratt Leads Best Marvel Cast Ever To Save The Universe (And This Sequel)

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Bigger in every way than the surprise 2014 blockbuster that brought this new franchise to the screen for the first time, the inevitable sequel Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 still has the best and most entertaining set of characters of any Marvel comic book movie — even if at times it seems bigger isn’t necessarily better. As I say in my video review above, the special effects, booming sound, and CGI of it all at times threatens to overtake the genuine character… »


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Madonna Biopic ‘Blonde Ambition’ Lands At Universal

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Elyse Hollander's Madonna biopic script Blonde Ambition, the No. 1 screenplay on 2016's The Black List, has been optioned by Universal Pictures. RatPac Entertainment, Michael De Luca Productions and Bellvue Productions are producing. The script is set in 1980s New York, where Madonna struggles to get her first album released while navigating fame, romance and a music industry that views women as disposable. Interesting, while an agent at CAA, Ron Meyer (now vice chairman… »


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Gilles Marini Enlists In WWII Pic ‘Burning At Both Ends’; Margot Bingham Joins ‘Departures’

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Gilles Marini is set to join Matthew Hill and Landon Johnson’s WWII drama Burning At Both Ends. The pic, which stars Cary Elwes and Judd Hirsch, follows a small group of dissident survivors who, caught behind enemy lines, must use a radio to broadcast a message of hope to fellow survivors. Marini will play Vichy, a french policeman, who is assigned to work as a local liaison for the Gestapo. Jonah Hirsch and Tyler W. Konney are producing. Marini will appear in Susan… »


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WGA Members Approve Strike Authorization In Historic Turnout

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Updated with AMPTP statement: Film and TV writers are ready to take to the picket line next week, voting overwhelmingly to give their union leaders the authority to call a strike if this week's final round of bargaining fails to produce a contract. The strike authorization was approved by 96.3% of the 6,310 writers who cast ballots, according to the WGA, a record 67.5% of eligible WGA members. A strike, if it comes to that, can't begin until midnight May 1, when the… »

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Snoop Dogg & Daz Dillinger Fire Up Drama Series Based On Their Early Days

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With true and fictionalized hip-hop backstories at the forefront of multiple films and TV shows from Straight Outta Compton and All Eyez on Me to The Get Down and The Breaks, a couple of West Coast rap veterans are getting in the game. Snoop Dogg and Daz Dillinger are shopping a drama series based on their experiences with Tha Dogg Pound, the gangsta rap duo featuring Dillinger and Kurupt. Taking its cue from Tha Dogg Pound documentary Dpg Eulogy, the Untitled D.G.P… »


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E/F/O, Tri G Co-Finance De Niro-Starrer ‘The War With Grandpa’ With Marro Films; Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle Join Cast

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Exclusive: Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films CEOs Randall Emmett and George Furla and Tri G LLC have committed to co-finance with Marro Films The War with Grandpa, a comedy that will also have one of the youngest credited producers in film history. Deadline previously revealed the film will re-team The Deer Hunter stars Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken. They will now be joined by Uma Thurman and Rob Riggle, with The Weinstein Company distributing. Tim Hill is directing the… »


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‘Big Little Lies’ Kathryn Newton, Gideon Adlon & Geraldine Viswanathan Make ‘The Pact’

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Exclusive: Kathryn Newton, last seen as Reese Witherspoon’s daughter in HBO’s Big Little Lies, has been set with Gideon Adlon and Geraldine Viswanathan for the daughter roles in Point Grey Pictures/Universal’s comedy The Pact, which revolves around three parents who discover their daughters' pact to lose their virginity at prom. From first-time director Kay Cannon, the pic stars Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena as parents who launch a covert one-night operation… »


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Estonian Folk Tale ‘November’ Acquired By Oscilloscope – Tribeca

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Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to November, the Rainer Sarnet-directed drama based on Estonian folklore that is having its international premiere this evening at the Tribeca Film Festival. A 2017 theatrical release is planned for the black-and-white pic. Based on Andrus Kivirähk's novel Rehepapp, the film is set in 19th century Estonia, where peasant girl Liina longs for village boy Hans, but Hans inexplicably is infatuated by the visiting… »


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‘Aardvark’ Producer-Star Zachary Quinto On Film’s “Valiant” Exploration Of Mental Illness – Tribeca Studio

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Editors Note: The video contains plot details from Brian Shoaf’s Tribeca-premiering Aardvark. In Aardvark—a beautifully unusual, mysterious and tonally intricate feature debut from director Brian Shoaf—we see a side of actors Jenny Slate and Zachary Quinto that we haven’t seen before. A versatile actress, comedian and former Saturday Night Live cast member who established her dramatic chops with Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child, Slate is stone-cold serious as depressed… »


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Black Label, Sony Pictures Firm Team-up On ‘Granite Mountain’ & ‘Soldado’

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Exclusive: Black Label and Sony Pictures have confirmed they have joined forces on the high-profile pictures Granite Mountain and Soldado. Sony Pictures will be taking over the distribution of both films in the U.S. and Canada and in select international territories. Deadline identified Sony as the likely landing place for both pictures as they were coming unglued from Lionsgate after that distributor and the producer/financier disagreed over release and marketing plans… »

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Chill On Rumors Of Netflix Side Deal As WGA Strike Authorization Looms

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Exclusive: With the result of the WGA’s strike-authorization vote expected today, those binge-ing on the hope of a rumored Netflix side deal with writers if picket lines go up next week should chill out: it ain't happening. "So f*cking unlikely," one source close to the situation said bluntly of the streaming service seeking an agreement of its own, or swooping in to play honest broker, if there is a strike on May 2. Hoping to quell rumors, WGA and AMPTP insiders on both… »

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‘Love After Love’ Star Andie MacDowell: “I’ve Been Waiting For Something Like This For Such A Long Time” — Tribeca

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The feature directorial debut of Russell Harbaugh—a participant in the 2013 Sundance Screenwriter and Director Labs with the project, known for his Sundance-selected short Rolling on the Floor LaughingLove After Love begins with the death of a family patriarch, but is more of an exploration of the emotional lives of those family members who remain. Starring Andie McDowell as Suzanne and Chris O’Dowd as Nicholas, her middle-aged son, the film depicts the struggles the… »


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Ed Helms Comedy ‘The Clapper’ Dives Into The World Of Professional Applauding – Tribeca Studio

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Professional clapper is actually a job in Hollywood. Yes, we all know about studio audiences for TV shows – no L.A. tourist gets paid for that (though it could be argued that those visiting New York would pay to sit in the audience of Saturday Night Live if they could), but on informercials, you can make as much as $75 per taping. Director Dito Montiel – who in the past has directed everyone including Dwayne Johnson (Empire State), Robert Downey, Jr. (A Guide to Recognizin… »


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Netflix Lands ‘Outlaw King’; David Mackenzie Directs Chris Pine As Robert The Bruce In Scottish Epic

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Exclusive: In one of the first major deals coming together as Scott Stuber takes the reins as head of Netflix feature films, the director and stars of Hell Or High Water are in final talks to re-team in Outlaw King, an epic period drama that will tell a different version than Braveheart did on Robert The Bruce, the king who led his country to freedom from the oppressive rule of England in Scotland. Netflix isn’t commenting, but I’ve heard the plan is for David Mackenzie… »


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Taissa Farmiga Set For New Line’s ‘The Nun’; Spinoff of Sister Vera’s ‘The Conjuring’

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Exclusive: The blood lines run deep through The Nun, the Corin Hardy-directed New Line thriller that is a spinoff to its highly successful fright franchise The Conjuring. New Line has just set Taissa Farmiga to star as the young nun alongside Demián Bichir in the film. She is the sister of Vera Farmiga, who with Patrick Wilson play the paranormal investigators who anchor the James Wan-directed The Conjuring. The Nun takes its form from the steely-looking nun from The Conju… »


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