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‘Jumanji’ At $768M WW Intensity & 4th #1 In A Row Overseas; ‘Maze Runner: Death Cure’ Debuts – International Box Office

UPDATE: Sony's Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle continued its wild run this weekend, remaining king of the international box office for the 4th consecutive frame with another $32.6M on the board. The global drumbeat has now reached $767.8M with $450.8M of that from overseas. The Jake Kasdan-helmed update on the 1995 Robin Williams classic had some rock-solid holds this session, although it faced stiff competition in China where a handful of new entrants was led by Bollywood… Read


‘Dead Pigs’ Director Cathy Yan On How Filmmaking & Reporting Are Similar – Sundance Studio

First-time feature director Cathy Yan is on hand at the Sundance Film Festival with her project, Dead Pigs. The pic is set in modern China, between Shanghai and the provincial town of Jiaxing, and centers on five eccentric people and how their stories intersect over the course of a few weeks as dead pigs float towards Shanghai and ultimately converge in a dramatic showdown between human and machine. “I had been thinking about making a film back in China… I just felt that… Read


‘Ready Player One’ Teaser A Link To Secret Steven Spielberg & Ernest Cline Clip

Warner Bros is getting clever with its promotion of the Steven Spielberg-directed Ready Player One. They’ve got a teaser trailer (watch it below), and it has a secret link in it that has a password that links to a hidden video that is narrated by Spielberg and author Ernest Cline, with new unseen footage. The studio will be advertising the movie during today’s NFL division championship games. Can you crack the QR code and get a look at the unseen footage? If you’re… Read


Mo’Nique Calls For Netflix Boycott Over Alleged Gender And Race Pay Disparity

As the #MeToo and Time’s Up movement continues to gain momentum in Hollywood, so does the issue of gender pay disparity. More than that, the issue of race and gender pay disparity has surfaced. Actress and comedian Mo’Nique, not afraid to be outspoken, recently called out Netflix for an offer that was considerably less than her comedian colleagues. The Academy Award-winning actress took to Instagram with a video saying, ” I am asking that you stand with me and… Read


Bridey Elliott’s Feature Directorial Debut ‘Clara’s Ghost’ Was A True Family Affair — Sundance Studio

Coming to Sundance two years ago with her first short film, Affections, writer/director Bridey Elliott graduates this year in her return to the festival with Clara’s Ghost, her feature directorial debut. The supernaturally-tinged drama follows actor Ted Reynolds (Chris Elliott) and his homemaker wife Clara (Paula Neidert Elliott) who welcome their twenty-something daughters (Abby and Bridy Elliott)—a pair of former child stars—back to their Connecticut home. There… Read


‘Halfway There’ Trailer Bows, Showcasing Matthew Lillard, Blythe Danner Dysfunction

The first clip from Matthew Lillard and Blythe Danner’s new pilot Halfway There is out, showcasing the dysfunctional family life at the program’s core. The pilot will premiere at Sundance on Tuesday as part of the festival’s Indie Episodic section. The series stars Lillard as a recovering addict trying to create a sober living community. But when his past love and family drama come to haunt him it throws everything in disarray. The TV series also stars Danner as Lillard's… Read


‘Yardie’ Director Idris Elba On Amplifying The Film Adaptation – Sundance Studio

Before world premiering his film at the Sundance Film Festival, Yardie helmer Idris Elba stopped by Deadline’s Sundance Studio, along with the film’s stars Aml Ameen, Shantol Jackson, Sheldon Shepherd, and Everaldo Cleary, to talk on why this film adaption felt natural to tackle as his directorial feature. Elba, who was introduced to the 1992 novel of the same name as a teenager, said “when the opportunity came, I read the script and realized that everything that was in… Read


NFL Playoffs Will Air On Armed Forces Net Despite Government Shutdown

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In a last-minute deal, overseas troops will be able to watch today’s NFL conference championships via the Armed Forces Network, which had its services suspended because of the government shutdown. The American Forces Network usually broadcasts American radio and television programming in Europe and other locations outside the U.S.  But the NFL announced this morning that the AFN will keep going for both the Vikings/Eagles and Patriots/Jaguars games. Even if the AFN had… Read


Jim Hosking Takes On The Romantic Comedy Through ‘An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn’ — Sundance Studio

Premiering at Sundance two years ago, Jim Hosking’s feature debut The Greasy Strangler was a midnight smash, presenting a very clear idea of Hosking’s vision and taste as an artist. The eccentricities and unique shock value on display in that film might foster certain notions or expectations of the filmmaker. Certainly, for those familiar with Hosking’s work, the notion of the filmmaker taking on a romantic comedy would seem highly improbable But Hosking isn’t one to… Read


Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Takes Foreign On ‘Leave No Trace’ – Sundance

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions bought international on Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace. The deal excludes North America. Endeavor Content sold it. Ben Foster and newcomer Harcourt McKenzie star as father and daughter who have chosen to live outside domesticated society in the Oregon woods. They are soon discovered by the authorities and social services and are forced to adapt to new surroundings. Pic is based on Peter Rock’s novel My Abandonment, with a script by… Read


‘Monster’: Watch Deadline’s Sundance Series Panel Livestream


Deadline's Sundance Series filmmaker panels wrap today with Monster, the debut feature film of top music video helmer Anthony Mandler. It comes ahead of the drama’s world premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section at the Sundance Film Festival, where it bows tomorrow at the Eccles. Mandler will join Deadline's Dominic Patten at the Stella Artois Filmmaker Lounge on Main Street to discuss the film, bringing along castmembers Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jeffrey Wright… Read


Burning Out On Stand-Up, Bo Burnham Turns To New Form Of Expression With ‘Eighth Grade’ — Sundance Studio

Doing stand-up for ten years and establishing himself as a singular, memorable comedic voice, Bo Burnham, at some point along the way, burned out on himself as a subject of exploration, and the art of stand-up in general. “I was so violently tired of my own face, and my own voice, and my own head,” Burnham explains. But when one door closes, another opens—and in the medium of film, the comedian has found a new creative outlet that allows him to express himself in a… Read