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‘Paddington 2’ Sets Rotten Tomatoes Record As Best-Reviewed Movie Ever

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Blowing the lid off the critical marmalade jar, Paddington 2 has set a new benchmark as the best-reviewed film ever on Rotten Tomatoes. The little bear from darkest Peru has now notched the most consecutive Fresh reviews without a single Rotten. Directed by Paul King, the Heyday Films/Studiocanal family sequel began offshore rollout in November, and was released in North America by Warner Bros last Friday. Its worldwide box office is $163M through Thursday. Over at… Read

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Disney Taps Former Apple Exec To Lead Its New Streaming Service Push

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Kevin Swint, a tech executive whose past roles include heading up the movie group at Apple iTunes, has joined Disney to lead the media company’s much-ballyhooed, Netflix-rivaling streaming service, Deadline has confirmed. A veteran exec at Samsung, Walmart and Apple, Swint will be senior VP and GM of the still-unnamed service, reporting to Michael Paull, who left Amazon for BAMTech last year. The streaming service got a major push in 2017, as Disney CEO Bob Iger finally… Read

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‘The Kominsky Method’: Sarah Baker Joins Netflix Comedy As Series Regular, Seven More Cast

Netflix is rounding out the cast for The Kominsky Method, a 10-episode single-camera comedy series from Chuck Lorre, starring Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin and Nancy Travis. Sarah Baker (Young Sheldon, Big Little Lies) is set as a series regular and Susan Sullivan (Castle, Dharma & Greg), Emily Osment (Hannah Montana, Young & Hungry), Graham Rogers (Quantico, Ray Donovan), Ashleigh LaThrop (Fifty Shades movies), Jenna Lyng Adam, Melissa Tang (Mom, The Big Bang Theory), and C… Read

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L.A. Times Publisher Placed On Unpaid Leave

Los Angeles Times publisher Ross Levinsohn has been placed on an unpaid leave of absence pending the outcome of parent company tronc’s investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, the company confirmed. Times President Mickie Rosen will lead the Times in Levinsohn’s absence, with Lewis D'Vorkin continuing to lead the newsroom. “I want to reemphasize to you all that the Company takes any allegations of inappropriate behavior by its employees very seriously,”… Read

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BRON Studios, Media Res Set Overall Deal With ‘Assassination Nation’s Kevin Turen – Sundance

EXCLUSIVE: Producer Kevin Turen has signed an overall deal with Aaron L. Gilbert's BRON Studios and Michael Ellenberg's Media Res, for feature films and television projects. Turen will both originate and take on projects already in the works for BRON and Media Res. He most recently was president of David Goyer’s Phantom Four Films. This comes as the Turen-produced Assassination Nation premieres in the Midnight section of Sundance on Sunday. The film is a co-production… Read

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‘The Oslo Diaries’ Sundance Clip: How To Make A Secret Accord

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With the Oslo Peace Accords back in the news amid the fallout of President Donald Trump’s decision last month for the U.S. to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city, the timing is just about perfect for The Oslo Diaries. The new film from Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan will have its world premiere Sunday in the Sundance Film Festival’s World Documentary section. Submarine is handling sales in Park City. The film follows the diaries of the Israelis and Palestinians at… Read

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‘Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller Struts Out Of Jail With Early Release

She’s not entirely free yet, but former Dance Moms host Abby Lee Miller will be walking out of jail next month after having served less than half of her sentence for fraud. The often explosive reality TV host will leave a federal prison in California on February 20 and segue to a halfway house, Deadline has learned. It is unclear how long Miller will spend at the Van Nuys facility after her release, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation. This news… Read

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Reality TV Crew Arrested At Airport With Phony Bomb-Looking Device Wanted To Film Reaction

Members of a reality TV production crew were arrested last night at Newark Liberty International Airport for allegedly attempting to sneak a phony bomb-looking device through security, possibly to film the security response. “Several arrested by police on Thursday after @TSA detected a suspicious item in a carry-on bag at aNewark Airport checkpoint,” tweeted a spokesperson for the Transportation Security Administration. “They attempted to interntionally carry an item in a… Read

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Octavia Spencer On Female Empowerment Movement: “Can’t Be About Women Vs. Men” – Sundance ‘Power Of Story’ Panel

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At the “The Power of Story: Culture of Shift” panel at the Sundance Film Festival this morning, Octavia Spencer reminded the crowd that the current female empowerment revolution of #MeToo and Time’s Up “can’t be about women versus men.” Rather, she said, we need to make sure “it’s about the people being abused, and that this (movement) is to empower them.” “We have to allow these voices to be heard,” said Spencer. “We can’t rush to judgement.” But “it’s also about power… Read

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More Join Jane Fonda, Common & Gloria Allred At Sundance Respect Rally

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UPDATED with more attendees: The list is growing of those set to attend Saturday’s Respect Rally at the Sundance Film Festival, set to honor the one-year anniversary of the national Women’s Marches and Park City’s own March on Main. Tessa Thompson, Maria Bello, Lena Waithe, Phoebe Waller Bridge, Bonni Cohen, Jordan’s Princess Firyal and GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis have joined the rally lineup, organizers said today. As many as 5,000 are expected for the rally which… Read

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‘The Greatest Showman’ Sings Past Oscar Favorites, Everywhere But Here

On the way to some Thursday appointments, I thought I'd catch up with The Greatest Showman at the Landmark Theaters here; but it was not to be found at the West Side's showcase cinema. Never mind that Hugh Jackman's P.T. Barnum musical, released by Fox on December 20, was No. 3 at the Wednesday box office, going strong after just having crossed the $100 million mark in domestic ticket sales. That put it comfortably ahead of the combined take for any three of the eight… Read

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Virtual Reality Has Its Pixar Moment With Adaptation Of Neil Gaiman’s ‘Wolves In The Walls’

Virtual reality, an emerging medium that has taken viewers on virtual excursions to The International Space Station, the Great Barrier Reef and the Great Pyramids of Giza, may finally be having its Pixar moment with an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s children’s book The Wolves in the Walls. The project from the newly launched Fable Studio is among those selected for the New Frontier section at Sundance, which for a decade has showcased groundbreaking works at the intersection… Read