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Lionsgate Q4 Beats Street With Higher Earnings & Revenue

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Lionsgate first full-quarter results since acquiring Starz for $4.4B late last year show its revenue and earnings beating Wall Street forecasts. The mini-major’s earnings for Q4, ending March 31, were $62M, or 30 cents per share; forecasts has pegged the Eps at 22 cents. It also posted revenue of $1.26B, above analyst estimates of $1.19B. The results included $89M in restructuring and other costs primarily associated with Lionsgate's December 8 acquisition and subsequent… »

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Bona Film Group & CAA Say They Are Partnering On Film Fund Worth $150M

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Bona Film Group, the Chinese Company that had the biggest deal at this Cannes Film Festival with the $80M lead investment on director Roland Emmerich’s WWII battle film Midway for The Mark Gordon Co., has entered into an agreement with CAA. CAA and Bona Film Group announced the launch of a long-term film fund, with an initial $150 million investment. The first film from this fund is, of course, Midway. Both companies say that the fund will be co-managed by Bona and CAA… »


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Eva Longoria Joins ‘Overboard’ Remake From MGM & Pantelion Films

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Exclusive: Desperate Housewives alum Eva Longoria is set to co-star opposite Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez in Bob Fisher and Rob Greenberg’s romantic comedy Overboard, the MGM/ Pantelion Films re-imaging to the 1980s pic that starred Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. The role-reversal adaption follows a spoiled playboy (Derbez) from one of Mexico's wealthiest families who falls overboard off his yacht and comes down with amnesia only to be convinced by Kate (Faris), a single… »


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‘Wind River’ Trailer: Jeremy Renner & Elizabeth Olsen Team To Track Down A Predator

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Fresh off of its Cannes debut, The Weinstein Company has released the first official trailer to Taylor Sheridan’s written and directorial debut thriller Wind River, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner on the hunt to catch a criminal. The pic, which premiered at Sundance this year, is slated for a limited theatrical release August 4. “This isn’t the land of backup, Jane. This is the land of you’re on your own,” the officer says in the trailer above, underscoring the… »


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Vertical Entertainment Takes U.S. For ‘Hollow In The Land’ – Cannes

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Exclusive: Vertical Entertainment has picked up U.S. rights to Scooter Corkle's Hollow in the Land starring Dianna Agron, Rachelle Lefevre, Shawn Ashmore, Jared Abrahamson and Sarah Dugdale. The mystery thriller will be released day-and-date in the last quarter of the year. In Hollow in the Land, with the notorious Keith Miller locked behind bars for murder, his family is paying the price of a tainted name. A year after Keith's crime, a body is found in a nearby trailer… »


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Mr. Hanks Goes To Washington: Tom, Meryl & Spielberg Research ‘Post’ Film

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Today Hollywood was observing the reporters for a change: Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg were among a West Coast contingent visiting the Washington Post‘s headquarters as research for the gang’s upcoming Pentagon Papers movie The Post. “Okay, everyone, be cool,” wrote Post reporter Emily Heil in her account of the visit today. Though Heil says Post brass asked staffers to resist the selfie urge, reporter David Nakamura and video deputy director Phoebe… »


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Gina Prince-Bythewood Set To Direct Spider-Man-Spun ‘Silver & Black’

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Exclusive: Sony Pictures is setting Gina Prince-Bythewood to direct Silver & Black, the film that is based on Silver Sable & Black Cat (aka Felicia Hardy) characters from Sony's Marvel Universe revolving around its signature hero Spider-Man.  Prince-Bythewood just directed the pilot for Marvel’s upcoming Cloak & Dagger series on Freeform and completed the first season of Shots Fired, the drama she created with husband Reggie Rock Bythewood. That season-ender aired… »


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Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’ Hits Amazon Prime Post-Theatrical

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Amazon will bring Steven Soderbergh's new Channing Tatum heist comedy Logan Lucky to its Prime Video customers during the movie’s exclusive first-run Us streaming window, Amazon said today. Logan Lucky hits theaters August 18, 2017 and is expected to be released on Prime Video during the first quarter of 2018. Amazon has signed an exclusive two-year first-look deal with Soderbergh’s Fingerprint Releasing on theatrical film projects. Soderbergh formed film distributor… »


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‘The Mummy’ London Premiere Canceled Following Manchester Attack

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Universal Pictures has canceled the UK premiere of Tom Cruise-starrer The Mummy, in the wake of Monday’s terrorist attack in Manchester. The premiere had been set for June 1. The studio said today, "All of us at Universal have been devastated by the terror attack in Manchester and continue to stand with the community and country as it recovers. Out of respect to those affected by this tragedy we have decided not to move forward with the London premiere for The Mummy… »


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Sony Pictures Classics Lands Watergate Scandal Film ‘The Silent Man’; Liam Neeson As ‘Deep Throat’ Mark Felt

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Exclusive: Sony Pictures Classics has landed North American rights to The Silent Man, the Peter Landesman-directed film that stars Liam Neeson as Mark Felt. The longtime FBI #2 man under J Edgar Hoover, Felt will go down in history as Deep Throat, the nickname of the whistle blower and primary source for Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as they uncovered the Watergate scandal that toppled the Nixon Administration. In the backdrop of the recent… »


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GLAAD: Major Films Snub Lgbtq Characters Again

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GLAAD's annual report card is out, and three of the major film studios – Disney, Sony Pictures and Lionsgate – have been given failing grades for their underrepresentation of Lgbtq characters in the films they released last year. Universal, with five of its 17 films featuring Lgbtq characters, was the only studio to be rated "Insufficient" – the highest mark given out this year. No studios were rated "Good" this time, and none ever has received an "Excellent"… »

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‘Cirque Du Soleil’ Creator Guy Laliberté & Alexandre Amancio Form Reflector Entertainment – Cannes

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Exclusive: Guy Laliberté and Alexandre Amancio have launched Reflector Entertainment, a Lune Rouge company. Cirque du Soleil creator Laliberté and video game developer, producer, writer and director Amancio, are co-founders for Reflector, a multiplatform business that will develop intellectual property with a view to distributing next-generation content internationally. Reflector's unique library of content will include films, television series, video games, novels and… »


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‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ Discovery Alex Sharp Makes His Croisette Debut – Cannes

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Few who saw Alex Sharp in the Broadway transfer of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time did not immediately mark him out as a talent to keep an eye on. He makes his feature debut in the Cannes out-of-competition title How to Talk to Girls at Parties, alongside Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman, and is experiencing the full force of the Croisette; throwing up V signs on the tapis rouge for the punk-themed sci-fi mind bender based on a Neil Gaiman short story. He… »


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Uncork’d Picks Up Worldwide Rights To Horror Pic ‘Flay’ – Cannes

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Exclusive: Uncork'd Entertainment has picked up worldwide rights to horror fantasy Flay from director Eric Pham. Pham, who is known for his special effects work on Grindhouseand Sin City, directs a cast including Violette Beane, A. Michael Baldwin, Elle Lamont, Dalton Gray, Johnny Walter, Aaron Spivey-Sorrells, Peggy Schott, Kaylee King and Noe de la Garza. Story follows an estranged daughter who, after the death of her mother, struggles to save her brother and those… »


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‘Wind River’ Gives Jeremy Renner More To Talk About Than Hawkeye – Cannes Studio

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This is the third year in a row that Taylor Sheridan has a film in Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival. But the Sicario and Hell Or High Water writer is making his Croisette debut as director with Wind River. An unfinished version of the timely thriller centered around the continued injustice toward Native Americans premiered at Sundance in January. Its final cut premiered in Un Certain Regard here to a lengthy standing ovation. The story follows a game… »


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Jerry Perenchio Dies: Hollywood Dealmaker & Former Univision CEO Was 86

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Updated with statements from Alan Horn and Norman Lear: Jerry Perenchio, billionaire Hollywood mogul, former Univision Chairman and CEO and ex-business partner of Norman Lear, died Tuesday after a five-month battle with lung cancer, his family told the Los Angeles Times. He was 86. Perenchio began his decades-long career as a talent agent whose firm repped such stars as Andy Williams, Glen Campbell and Henry Mancini. As promoter in the 1970s, he was behind the historic… »


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Andy Bellin Comes Aboard To Adapt ‘Drone Warrior’ For Michael Bay

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Exclusive: Given what has happened in Manchester, it is not surprising that this project is moving forward — who doesn’t want to obliterate Isis? Andy Bellin has been signed by director and producer Michael Bay to adapt the action thriller Drone Warrior, based on the book of the same name from author and Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal writer Christopher S. Stewart. The project, which is about a small group of elite soldiers, is set up at Paramount… »


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WGA Ratifies New Film & TV Contract

24 May 2017 2:20 PM, PDT

Ratification of the new three-year WGA film and TV contract has been overwhelmingly — almost unanimously — approved by members of the WGA East and West, bringing to a close Hollywood's most contentious contract struggle in a decade. Of the 3,647 valid votes cast there were 3,617 "yes" votes (99.2%) and 30 "no" votes (.8%). There were 9,441 eligible voters. The term of the agreement is from May 2, 2017 through May 1, 2020. "Our success in these negotiations was due to a… »

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Manchester Attack Updates: Six Arrested, Ariana Grande Suspends Tour & Tom Hardy Launches Fundraiser For Victims

24 May 2017 1:53 PM, PDT

Developments pertaining to the horrific Manchester bombing on Monday have continued to unfold as a fifth man and a woman were arrested Wednesday in Britain, in what Greater Manchester police describe as "a fast-moving investigation." This brings the arrest tally to six in the UK, with police saying they are investigating a "network" after suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people and injured 64 at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. Police arrested a woman in… »


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ICM Partners Ups Rich Green To Head Of Media Rights; Plumps Department

24 May 2017 1:30 PM, PDT

ICM Partners has upped Rich Green to Head of Media Rights, expanded the department and promoted four agents across Media Rights and Publications Departments. The announcement was made by Sloan Harris and Esther Newberg, Board Members and Co-Heads of ICM Partners' Publishing Department, and Kevin Crotty, Board Member and Partner. "Intellectual property is the lifeblood of media in all formats, said Harris, Newberg, and Crotty in a joint statement. “With Rich at the helm of… »


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