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Netflix Plans 80 Movies In 2018, Up From Eight In Current Quarter; “People Will Start Seeing The Potential”

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Aiming for a level of output not seen since the two-reeler silent movie days, Netflix plans to put out a new original movie on average every four and a half days in 2018, for an eye-popping total of 80 releases, content chief Ted Sarandos said after today’s release of third-quarter earnings. That level compares with eight in the quarter that ended September 30, Sarandos said. His brief comments came during a 40-minute video conversation between a single analysts and the… »


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Cher Dances Her Way Into ‘Mamma Mia!’ Sequel

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The Abba movie musical sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! has added the legendary Cher to the cast. The Oscar-winning actress has been posting tweets teasing her involvement in the film. Details about her role have been kept under wraps, but the single-named icon took to Twitter to post lyrics to Abba’s “Fernando” and tweeted “Just went through two dance numbers. Everyone’s great” leading us to believe that she was rehearsing for the Ol Parker-directed Universal movie… »


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‘Better Call Saul’s Michael Mando Joins Jesse Eisenberg In ‘The Hummingbird Project’

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Exclusive: Michael Mando, currently part of the main cast for AMC’s Better Call Saul, has been cast in Kim Nguyen’s drama, The Hummingbird Project, along with previously announced Jesse Eisenberg, Salma Hayek, and Alexander Skarsgard. The film follows New York native cousin, Vincent and Anton, who are players in the high-stakes game of High Frequency Trading, with a dream to build a fiber-optic cable straight between Kansas and New Jersey, making them millions. Nguyen… »


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Jordan Peele, Channing Dungey & More Named As Honorees At Aafca’s Special Achievement Ceremony

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The African American Film Critics Association have set Get Out's Jordan PeeleABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey, La Film Festival president Claudia Puig, and Alcon Entertainment's Co-ceo's Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove as honorees at the organization’s annual Special Achievement Luncheon, which is part its 9th Annual Awards Program. As part of its program, Aafca, which reps the world's largest group of black film critics, has deemed 2017 as the Year of… »


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Netflix Gains 5.3M Global Subs In Q3 As Stock Sets Record; Says Bid For Weinstein Co “Extremely Unlikely”

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Updated with executive comments: The Netflix juggernaut shows few signs of slowing. After the close of trading today, the company reported a 49% year-over-year increase in global subscribers in the third quarter. The global tally now stands at 104 million. In the quarter, Netflix added 850,000 new customers in the U.S., to hit 52.77 million overall, and internationally it signed up 4.45 million for a total of 56.48 million. The news sent company shares through the ceiling… »

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Lionsgate Sets Release Date For Animated Film ‘Condorito: La Pelicula’; Breaking Glass Dates SXSW Pic ‘Inheritance’

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Lionsgate/Pantelion Films’ Spanish-language animated comedy, Condorito: La Pelicula, will get a limited release on January 12, 2018. From directors Alex Orrelle and Eduardo Schuldt, the film features the voices of Omar Chaparro, Jessica Cediel, Cristian de la Fuente, and Coco Legrand. Based on a Latin American comic strip, Condorito: La Pelicula follows the famous character Condorito (Chaparro), who is ready to propose to Yayita (Cediel) and tie the feather- er, knot, but… »


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Imperative Entertainment Makes Jillian Apfelbaum Head Of Film

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Exclusive: Imperative Entertainment has promoted Jillian Apfelbaum to be Head of Film. She had been VP Content. She continues report to partners Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas. Apfelbaum will be responsible for acquiring projects for development, with COO John Atwood. She is a producer for film, television and live entertainment and currently is working on recently acquired Faster, Neal Bascomb's upcoming novel about French Jewish race car driver Rene Dreyfus, as well as… »


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Emmy Winner Riz Ahmed In Negotiations With Netflix On ‘Hamlet’

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Exclusive: Fresh from his Emmy win for HBO’s The Night Of, Riz Ahmed is setting up a feature role, and it will be one of Shakespeare’s greatest characters. The actor is sealing a deal with Netflix to star in his contemporary adaptation of Hamlet. The version was developed by the actor with writer Mike Lesslie (Macbeth, Assassins Creed), whom he’d known from college. Set in a modern-day London of economic and political uncertainty, the story follows the intersecting themes… »


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Amazon Scraps London Showcase Event That Roy Price Was Set To Attend

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Amazon had been planning a showcase of its fall season in London on Thursday, but that has now been canceled. The timing is significant given that it comes less than a week after suspension of studio boss Roy Price amid claims of sexual harassment. The initial invitation to the event was billed as the "Prime Video European Autumn Video Showcase," with Price and others hosting. But a note was later sent to invitees canceling the event. “We wanted to let you know that the… »


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‘It Happened In L.A.’: The Orchard Unveils Trailer & Release Date For Michelle Morgan’s Dating Comedy

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Exclusive: The Orchard has slated a release date for the Michelle Morgan written and directed comedy film, It Happened In L.A., which explores the ups and downs of a young dating couple. The pic will get a limited release beginning November 3 in New York and November 10 in Los Angles before its digital bow November 14. The company also dropped the first-look trailer, which can be viewed above. It follows Annette (Morgan) and Elliot (Jorma Taccone), a mostly happy… »


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‘What Haunts Us’ Trailer: Complicit Silence About Sexual Predator Burdens Town In Timely Docu

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Exclusive: With all the allegations of sexual abuse and harassment surfacing in Hollywood, Paige Goldberg Tolmach’s documentary What Haunts Us couldn’t come at a better time. With the film, Tolmach proves that the harm from complicit silence about sexual abuse goes beyond the bubble of Hollywood by bringing us to the seemingly perfect Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina, where a teacher turned out to be a sexual predator — and nearly everyone at the school… »

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‘Only The Brave’ Review: Josh Brolin Leads Powerful Story Of Granite Mountain Hotshots

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Sometimes a movie comes along at exactly the time it is needed, and that couldn’t be more true than in the case of Only The Brave, which tells the true and tragic story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of 20 Arizona-based firefighters who fought against all odds to contain the Yarnell Mountain fire in Prescott, Az in 2013 with deadly results. Although the account of these real-life everyday heroes could be looked at as something of a downer, the film… »


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Csa Announces Open Casting Call For Transgender Actors

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The Casting Society of America has announced that they will be hosting an international open call for transgender actors as part of their initiative for more transgender inclusion in TV and film. The Hollywood landscape is shifting and therefore demanding more diversity and the Csa has a commitment to inclusion within the entertainment industry to challenge unconscious bias, empower casting directors to lead the inclusion conversation, and discover, educate, and promote… »

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Producers Guild Board Votes Unanimously To Expel Harvey Weinstein

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The national board of directors of the Producers Guild of America voted unanimously today to expel Harvey Weinstein. The vote comes two days after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also voted to expel the disgraced movie mogul. The TV Academy is considering a similar move. Read the PGA’s full statement below. Under PGA rules, Weinstein now has 15 days to present any reasons why he shouldn't be kicked out of the guild in the wake of numerous well-known… »


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‘The Sinner’ Ep Antonio Campos Tapped To Write & Direct ‘Splitfoot’ Horror Film Based On New Yorker Article

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Exclusive: Antonio Campos (Afterschool) has signed on to rewrite and direct the upcoming horror film, Splitfoot (fka Voices Through the Trumpet), based on a 1936 article in The New Yorker about the first documented haunted house, written by journalist and bestselling author Carl Carmer. It follows the true story of a deeply damaged New Yorker reporter who, in the 1930s, travels upstate to the remote town of Lilydale, NY, the mecca of American spirituality, a place where a… »


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‘Veep’s Reid Scott Joins Sony’s ‘Venom’; Blumhouse’s ‘Truth Or Dare’ Adds Sam Lerner

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Veep regular Reid Scott has landed a role in Sony’s Marvel movie Venom. No details about his character in the film starring Tom Hardy as the Spider-Man supervillain. Ruben Fleischer is directing the pic from a screenplay from Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. Sony has set a release date for October 5, 2018. Scott plays the smarmy Dan Egan on HBO’s Emmy-laden D.C. comedy, Veep,  and is a four-time SAG Award nominee for its ensemble. He also received an Emmy nom for his… »


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‘Heart Of The Beast’ Acquired By ‘Beasts Of No Nation’ Producer Daniela Taplin Lundberg

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Exclusive: Daniela Taplin Lundberg, one of the producers of the critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation as well as Sundance favorite Patti Cake$, has picked up the spec Heart of the Beast from writer Cameron Alexander after a competitive bidding situation. Lundberg will produce the dramatic thriller through her New York-based company Stay Gold Features. Heart of the Beast is about a former Navy Seal and his retired combat dog who attempt to return to civilization after… »


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George Gallo’s Bodybuilding Pic ‘Bigger’ Finds Its Young Arnold Schwarzenegger

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George Gallo’s movie Bigger about Joe and Ben Weider, the founders of the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding contest, has tapped Mr. Universe 2014 Calum Von Moger to play Arnold Schwarzenegger onscreen. The brothers, who co-founded the International Federation of Bodybuidling, discovered Schwarzenegger and encouraged him to come to the U.S. Prior to being a blockbuster action star and Governor of California, Schwarzenegger was a seven-time Mr. Olympia-title holder. Back in 1972… »


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Egypt Oscar Entry ‘Sheikh Jackson’ Getting U.S. Release Via Cleopatra Entertainment

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Exclusive: Cleopatra Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Sheikh Jackson, the Michael Jackson-themed pic that Egypt has selected as its entry into the Oscar Foreign Language Film race. The movie was an official selection at last month’s Toronto Film Festival, and now an early 2018 theatrical release is planned. Co-written and directed by Amr Salama, the film follows El Feshawy, who plays an Islamic cleric obsessed with Jackson as a teenager. After hearing… »


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Roy Dotrice Dies: Tony Winner & ‘Amadeus’ Actor Was 94

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Roy Dotrice, who played Leopold Mozart in Best Picture Oscar winner Amadeus and won a Tony Award for Best Actor in A Moon for the Misbegotten, died today in London. He was 94. His family confirmed the news in a statement. A chameleon-like character actor, Dotrice launched his 55-year career with roles in such TV dramas as Escape and Treasure Island in the late 1950s and in 1965 co-starred as King Edward IV in the BBC’s Royal Shakespeare Company miniseries The War of the Ro… »


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