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Joss Whedon To Wrap Up ‘Justice League’ Movie After Snyder Family Tragedy

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Zack Snyder and his producer-wife Deborah Snyder have stepped aside from Warner Bros’ Justice League tentpole to deal with a family tragedy, and The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon has stepped in to wrap up some reshoots and postproduction, a source close to the movie has confirmed to Deadline. Whedon and Snyder had been collaborating for the past month after the death by suicide of the Snyders’ daughter Autumn. Whedon was already in the studio family, having just… »


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Joey King, Julia Goldani-Telles & More Join ‘Slender Man’ From Director Sylvain White

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Exclusive: Joey King and The Affair‘s Julia Goldani-Telles have been tapped to co-star the Sylvain White-directed horror thriller Slender Man, along with Captain Fantastic actress Annalise Basso, Jaz Sinclair (When The Bough Breaks) Talitha Bateman and Alex Fitzalan. Screen Gems will distribute the film May 18, 2018, and co-producing with Mythology Entertainment, Madhouse Entertainment and It Is No Dream Entertainment. Written by David Birke and Mike Scannell, the pic… »


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Women Lead The Charge Toward A Gender Balance Not Seen In The History Of Entertainment — Deadline Disruptors

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Last year, all it took was a hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite, to re-energize an important conversation. Twelve months later, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins made history by becoming the first African-American filmmaker to be nominated for Best Director, Picture and Screenplay at the Academy Awards. And, as everyone knows, his film went on to take the Best Picture Oscar—literally—from the hands of the favorites, the makers of La La Land. Meanwhile, a similar conversation about… »


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When The Film Academy Invites New Members, Keep An Eye On That Growing Documentary Branch

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When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences reveals its list of new invitees next month, shrewd observers will have an eye on the documentary branch. Lately, attention has fallen mostly on race and gender, as the Academy scrambles to reach its goal of doubling female and ethnic minority membership by 2020.  But another deeply consequential shift has affected the group in recent years: That is, the relative weight of its 17 branches has been changing. And none has… »

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The Orchard Lands Cannes Competition Pic ‘Bpm’; Samuel Goldwyn Inhales Tribeca’s ‘Holy Air’

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The Orchard has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Bpm (120 Battements Par Minute), Robin Campillo’s feature which is playing in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. A 2017 theatrical release is planned. The pic, which centers on a group of AIDS activists in the early 1990s in Paris, has been one of the more well-received pics in the lineup so far when it debuted Saturday, after Campillo made Deadline’s Ones To Watch list heading into the festival. The deal is the… »


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‘The Originals’ Danielle Campbell Boards ‘You Can Choose Your Family’

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Exclusive: Danielle Campbell, who starred as Davina Claire for four seasons on CW's The Originals, has joined first-time feature director Miranda Bailey’s comedy You Can Choose Your Family, from Imagine Entertainment and Cold Iron Pictures. The film, which is currently in production in New York, stars Jim Gaffigan along with Anna Gunn, Samantha Mathis, Alex Karpovsky and Logan Miller. The pic follows 17-year-old Philip (Miller) who, while on spring break, learns his… »


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Why ‘Alien: Covenant’ Lost Its Bite At The B.O. With $36.1M Opening, -34% From ‘Prometheus’ — Box Office Final

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Final Update, 2Pm Monday: So Aliens: Covenant fell very short of expectations with only $36.1M (yikes) and we don’t see it holding strong against two newcomers next weekend; Everything, Everything which appealed to young females grossed around $11.7M, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul will likely be the last in the franchise after a dismal performance of only $7.1M. However, all eyes are on what’s upcoming — the Memorial Day holiday which is a big moviegoing time… »


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‘The Wizard Of Lies’ Production Designer Laurence Bennett On Crafting A Dickensian Nightmare

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From acclaimed, Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson, HBO’s television movie The Wizard of Lies is a case study of the way in which the external shadings of production design can reflect the interior. Approaching the project, Oscar-nominated production designer Laurence Bennett was of course attracted by the opportunity to collaborate with Levinson for the first time, alongside Robert De Niro; equally compelling, though, was the prospect of a distressing deep dive into… »


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‘Resident Evil’ Franchise Reboot: James Wan On Board To Produce From Greg Russo Script

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Exclusive: More details are leaking out on the Resident Evil franchise reboot. James Wan has come aboard to produce the first of the Resident Evil reboots from a script by Greg Russo, we’re hearing and it will have an entirely new cast. Russo wrote Mortal Kombat and Wan is known for producing the box office coups Lights Out, Annabelle and Saw, to name a few. The Wan brandname is a strong one and should give a boost to the reboot. Also producing are Constantin Film and… »


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Barry Jenkins On ‘The Underground Railroad’ And The Power Of “No” – Deadline Disruptors

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As Barry Jenkins sits down to discuss disruption, on the eve of his first trip to Cannes—a newly minted Oscar winner—there's a knock on his front door. A courier has arrived with a very special package. "You're my best friend, bro," Jenkins tells the courier. "I have just finally received the card that says, "Best Picture: Moonlight." The fabled card. The one held aloft on Oscar night by La La Land producer Jordan Horwitz, to announce to the world that Moonlight had, in… »


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Big Media CEO Compensation Rose 21% In 2016: Is It More Out Of Whack Than Ever?

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Exclusive: 2016 was a so-so year for Big Media companies. But you wouldn’t know that if you look at how much boards paid the chiefs of CBS, Comcast, Discovery Communications, Disney, Fox, Time Warner, and Viacom. Their collective compensation rose 21.1% to $343.8 million — their second highest total ever — we find in Deadline's seventh annual in-depth examination of media and entertainment CEO pay. Each year at least one CEO’s pay stands out due to special circumstances… »


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‘Beauty And The Dogs’ Acquired By Oscilloscope – Cannes

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Oscilloscope has acquired U.S. rights to Beauty And The Dogs (Aala Kaf Ifrit), the film that’s playing in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. A 2017 release is planned for the pic written and directed by Kaouther Ben Hania, about a young Tunisian woman (Mariam Al Ferjani) who is raped by police officers after leaving a party and is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though justice lies on the side of her… »


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‘War Machine’ Review: Brad Pitt’s Military Satire For Netflix Lacks Firepower

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With President Donald Trump traveling in the Middle East and talking his hopes for peace, Netflix couldn't have strategized a better time to debut its Brad Pitt-starring military satire War Machine. Unfortunately, despite a few good swings from Pitt, the May 26-launching film from director David Michôd is a mind-numbing misfire. As we did back in March for a review of Netflix's docuseries Five Came Back, my colleague and TV Talk podcast partner Pete Hammond and I have… »


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Directors Guild Sets 2018 DGA Awards Date & Timeline

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The Directors Guild of America has set the 2018 date for its 70th Annual DGA Awards, and announced the timeline for other key events. The 2018 awards show will take place on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Feature Film and First-Time Feature Film nominees will be announced on January 11, 2018 and Television, Commercial, and Documentary nominees will be announced on January 10, 2018. DGA members will be able to vote online between… »

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China As Holy Grail & Headache: How It’s Influencing Hollywood Strategy – Deadline Disruptors

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China's breakneck box-office growth may have ground to a sputter in 2016, but one need only look at the recent success of The Fate Of The Furious for proof there is still gas in the market. Last month, F8 crossed 2.43 billion Rmb to become the No. 1 import ever in the market. As of Sunday, it has climbed to 2.662 billion Rmb ($386.7 million). That performance reflects what has become a source of excitement and consternation for Hollywood. In the five years since it paved… »


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Chinese-Born Filmmaker Ann Hu On ‘Confetti’ And What Hollywood Needs To Know

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Exclusive: Confetti, a U.S.-Chinese co-production is getting underway from producer Josh Green and writer/director Ann Hu, a director whose first film Shadow Magic actually beat out Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for the Chinese Academy Award back in 2001 and became one of the highest box office performers in China. Hu was born in China and is now an American citizen. Her experience about connecting to both U.S. and Chinese audiences should be heeded by any… »


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Vin Diesel Escapes ‘xXx’ Sequel “Sham” Case From Ex-Biz Partner

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Just over a year after Vin Diesel was dragged into court by the former chief of his production company over cash and credits on xXX: Return of Xander Cage and other films, a judge has allowed The Fast and the Furious franchise star to drive off the murky case. In a downtown hearing this morning in Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge John Doyle shut down the third amended complaint from George Zakk, effectively ending the matter that started last May. Having been knocked… »


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Oliver Stone Goes Face To Face With Putin: “You’ll See A Different Point Of View” — Deadline Disruptors

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Last year, three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone made his 20th directorial outing with Snowden—a look at the life of former Nsa consultant and whistleblower Edward Snowden. The film took Stone on numerous trips to Russia, where Snowden has lived in exile since 2013, which then led to a series of interviews with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The format is something Stone has used to great effect before in his documentaries about controversial politicians such as Fidel Castr… »


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Annapurna Continues To Grow With eOne Multi-Year Distribution Deal

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Annapurna Pictures and Entertainment One just entered into a multi-year distribution deal which will launch on August 4 with Kathryn Bigelow's race-riot crime drama Detroit. The film is also the first under Annapurna's new marketing and distribution divisions. Continuing Annapurna's increasing global presence, the eOne partnership covers all media for all Annapurna film titles in five major territories: Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Benelux, Spain, and the United… »


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Universal Brands New Monster Movies As ‘Dark Universe’; Bill Condon’s ‘Bride Of Frankenstein’ Up Next In 2019 – Video

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Universal Pictures’ relaunch of its classic monster movie characters, starting with the Tom Cruise feature The Mummy on June 9, will be known as the Dark Universe franchise. In addition, the studio confirmed today what Deadline exclusively reported last month: Beauty and the Beast‘s Bill Condon is locked in to direct Bride of Frankenstein, which will be the next Dark Universe title following The Mummy, set for release on February 14, 2019 — a day that Uni already had… »


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