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MGM Restructures Worldwide Television Distribution Team, Paul Bischoff Promoted to EVP

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) is set to restructure its Worldwide Television Distribution team. Chris Ottinger, President, Worldwide Television Distribution & Acquisitions, MGM, made the announcement today. The restructuring will help with greater efficiency across its business operations. The reorganization includes a promotion of Paul Bischoff to Executive Vice President, International Television Distribution-EMEA, where he will be responsible for all television and digital… Read

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Berlin Film Festival Sets Gus Van Sant, Benoît Jacquot On Early Competition Roster

The first group of titles selected for the Berlin Film Festival competition have been unveiled with new offerings from Gus Van Sant and Benoît Jacquot among them. Two Berlinale Special Galas have also joined the lineup. Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs was previously announced as the opening night film, which will also play in competition. New films added to the roster include Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill and Rooney… Read

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Donald Trump Tweets GOP Having Good Year, Will “Do Well In 2018”

President Donald Trump, still smarting over Trump-backed Roy Moore’s stunning defeat in Alabama, tweeted this morning the GOP is having a good year: “Remember, Republicans are 5-0 in Congressional Races this year. The media refuses to mention this. I said Gillespie and Moore would lose (for very different reasons) and they did.” “I also predicted ‘I’ would win,” Trump tweeted. Much interesting speculation Monday morning as to why POTUS put “I” in quote marks. “Republicans… Read

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‘Early Man’ Trailer: Nick Park’s Prehistoric Misfits Rock The Stone Age

Aardman and Studiocanal have dropped the first full trailer for their prehistoric family film, Early Man. Eddie Redmayne voices the lead character, plucky caveman Dug, who, along with his best friend Hognob, must unite their tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City to save their home. Nick Park directs the stop-motion comedy adventure which reteams Aardman and Studiocanal after 2015's hit Shaun The Sheep Movie which grossed $106M… Read

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BBC Lines Up Feature-Length Doc On Harvey Weinstein Scandal

Harvey Weinstein is set to be the leading man in a feature-length documentary about his sex scandal that has engulfed Hollywood. The BBC is to lift the veil on Weinstein after more than 80 women accused him of various inappropriate behavior ranging from rape to sexual assault through to intimidation, bullying and strange showering habits. Simon and Jonathan Chinn's Lightbox is making the 90-minute film, which will be directed by Ursula MacFarlane, who has directed docs… Read

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Lincoln Plaza Cinema Owner: Space To Stay A Movie Theater After Renovations

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Milstein Properties responded to the uproar over the news that its longtime tenant, Lincoln Plaza Cinema, will close in January by telling Deadline it plans to preserve the space as a movie theater after vital renovations are completed. The company today gave no exact timetable for the planned closing and reopening and did not confirm whether Toby and Dan Talbot, widely respected film business figures for more than 60 years, would remain involved as programmers. Even so… Read

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TV Review: Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story Live!’ Brings Oscar & Tony Winners Benj Pasek And Justin Paul To TV Audience

Nothing says “Christmas Spirit” these days like the sight of a beaming, bespectacled tow-headed 9-year-old pointing his new rifle into the cold dark of night and pulling the trigger. Nothing, that is, unless it’s another vision, this one eye-poppingly aglitter, of a sexy, spangled schoolteacher-turned-hoofer sellin’ it, surrounded by a bevy of prepubescent girls in can-can regalia, also sellin’ it. Call me old fashioned, or politically correct or whatever you choose, but… Read

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‘The Greatest Showman’ Live Movie Trailer Electrifies During ‘A Christmas Story Live’

In a television first, The Greatest Showman aired a live movie trailer during Fox’s telecast of A Christmas Story Live.  The live two and a half minute trailer for Michael Gracey’s movie musical based on the life of P.T. Barnum featured the film’s stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Keala Settle performing the high-energy number “Come Alive” alongside an army of 150 dancers on the stages at the Warner Bros Studios in Burbank. Academy Award-winning songwriters Benj… Read

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Carolina Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson To Sell Team Amid “Workplace Misconduct” Allegations

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced today that is looking to sell the team. The news comes shortly after the NFL launched an investigation regarding accusations of “workplace misconduct” made against him. Four former Carolina Panthers employees received settlements from Richardson after they claimed he made inappropriate comments, according to Sports IllustratedOn one occasion, Richardson allegedly directed a racial slur at African-American Panthers… Read

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Minnie Driver, Alyssa Milano Call Out Matt Damon For “Tone Deaf” Comments About Sexual Assault

Minnie Driver and Matt Damon are reconnecting — but it’s under circumstances that could be better. The Oscar-nominated actress recently took to Twitter to slam her Good Will Hunting co-star about his recent comments about sexual assault. In the wake of the deluge of sexual misconduct accusations involving Harvey Weinstein and Ben Affleck, two men who Damon has worked closely with, the Downsizing actor spoke to Peter Travers on ABC on Thursday about the cloud of… Read

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Broadway Review: Mark Rylance Calls The Tune In ‘Farinelli And The King’

Before Bridge of Spies, The BFG and Wolf Hall made him familiar to millions, Oscar winner Mark Rylance was known to theatergoers as an actor who wore the heavy mantle of The Best with considerable grace and wit. In 2008, he accepted his first Tony award with an incomprehensible speech quoting an obscure Minnesota poet, and he did the same when he won his second Tony three years later. He’s played a substance-addled ex-motorcycle daredevil, the bedeviled best friend of a… Read

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Jay-Z’s Trayvon Martin Docuseries Sparks Feud Between Snoop Dogg And George Zimmerman

Jay-Z’s forthcoming docuseries, Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, which follows the life and legacy of the titular Martin. The timely project, like many documentaries including Whose Streets? has drawn much-needed attention to social injustice, but also a peripheral feud between Snoop Dogg and George Zimmerman. Zimmerman, who was acquitted of the fatal shooting of Martin, threw in his two cents about the docuseries in a recent interview with The Blast saying that… Read