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Chris Rock’s ‘Top Five’, ‘Interstellar’ Shift Release Dates

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Paramount has shifted Chris Rock's smash Toronto hit Top Five to a wide release on December 12, instead of a previously scheduled limited bow on December 5. And Christopher Nolan's Interstellar will open in limited release on November 5, expanding wide two days later on November 7. The sci-fi Matthew McConaughey starrer will face off against animated Big Hero 6, The Theory Of Everything and horror pic Jessebelle among others. Top Five will face Exodus: Gods And Kings and I… Read

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‘Walking Dead’ Producer Valhalla Adds Ex-Lionsgate Exec As TV VP

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EXCLUSIVEGale Anne Hurd's Valhalla Entertainment is adding more muscle to its TV side with another new hire. Whitney Timmons is joining the expanding company as VP of Television. The former long time Lionsgate exec and Director of TV was most recently at Media Right Capitol. Timmons spent just over two years at MRC as Executive Director of TV and where she worked on Netflix's House of Cards for the indie studio, among other projects. "As Valhalla expands, I am… Read

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Hollywood Media Bridge Gets $25M Infusion – AFM

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Hollywood Media Bridge has just been infused with a $25 million equity investment from Canadian entrepreneur Jonathan Kitzen and his Kajanga Syndicate, which are increasing their investment in the HMB fund founded by Phillip Goldfine. Hollywood Media Bridge has produced 15 films in the past two years, including the Academy Award-winning documentary short The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life. Kitzen invested in that documentary and was its co-producer. “I've been on… Read

Box Office

‘Nightcrawler’ Spooks Up $515k In Thursday Sneaks: Box Office Update

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UPDATED FRIDAY 9:23 a.m.: Nightcrawler crept to a half-million head start in the weekend box office. The Jake Gyllenhaal thriller collected $515k in screenings that began at 7 p.m. in some markets. It's nowhere near the Thursday haul of Dracula Untold, which sucked up $1.3 million earlier this month. But for an $8.5 million pic, the opening is solid-if-unspectacular. The question is whether Gyllenhaal will continue to establish himself as a solid lead in dark thrillers… Read

TV

‘Today Show’ Plugs ‘Saturday Night Live’ In Annual Halloween Costume Stunt

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Today show continued its decades-old tradition of dolling up in costumes for Halloween — this time pitching in to help celebrate NBC late-night show Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary (previously Today show Halloween costumes have paid tribute to vintage TV shows The Munsters, Gilligan's Island, The Flintstones, and The Honeymooners)… Read

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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ewan McGregor Find ‘The Real Thing’ Elusive In Broadway Debuts

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UPDATE October 31: Adds Barb Jungr's show at end. Tom Stoppard's 1982 dazzler gets the matinee-comedy treatment from director-of-the-moment Sam Gold in a revival that leaves its attractive stars, both in their Broadway bows, deeply in the lurch. Glib and weirdly chilly for a literate comedy-drama about love, commitment, the sanctity of words and the enduring perfection of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," the Roundabout Theatre Company production is as full of ideas as… Read

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Will Rowbotham Joins 3 Arts As Manager

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EXCLUSIVE: Will Rowbotham has exited Caliber Media to join 3 Arts as a lit manager. He will be headquartered in the company's Gotham office, splitting time between there and LA. Rowbotham's clients will include: Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man, Magic Castle and the Black List script Die In A Gunfight), Ian Fried (Spectral, Prism), Zak Olkewicz (Ink & Bone, Elimination), RFI Porto (Cannibals, Blue Caprice), Jessica Conrad (Saturday Night Live, Benched), Alexandre… Read

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Ricky Gervais, Eric Bana: ‘Special Correspondents’

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Ricky Gervais has set Eric Bana to help him bring that Golden Globes cynicism to a movie about journalism. They'll star in Special Correspondents, a satirical comedy that Gervais wrote and will direct next spring. Bana will play a struggling New York based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line he fakes front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in the heart of… Read

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Rob Zombie Crowdfunds, Takes To AFM For Next Fright Effort ’31’

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After getting his next horror film off the ground with a crowdfunding effort, Rob Zombie will take to AFM to get the money to make 31, a new horror film that involves five carnival workers kidnapped the night before Halloween and challenged to survive a deadly game called 31. Carnival work doesn't sound like much fun in itself, but this game involves going against murderous maniacs in a kill or be killed death match. Adding insult to injury, the maniacs are dressed as… Read

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Blood List Names ‘Bird Box’ Best 2014 Genre Script; Adds Pilots, Books

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This year's Blood List has named the 13 best genre scripts around town – and, much like the Franklin Leonard-created Black List that inspired it, the annual screenplay contest is expanding its scope in its sixth year. Taking top honors in 2014 is sci-fi thriller Bird Box from The Thing and Final Destination 5 scribe Eric Heisserer, an apocalyptic tale of a woman trying to lead her children to safety – all three blindfolded – after monsters descend on earth that turn… Read

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Kristin Scott Thomas Crowned Queen For New West End Run Of ‘The Audience’

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Helen Mirren won an Olivier Award in 2013 for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in the Stephen Daldry-directed West End drama The Audience. That production is moving to Broadway beginning on February 17, 2015. Back in London, Kristin Scott Thomas is stepping into the lead part in a new version of the Peter Morgan-scripted play. She'll hit the boards at the Apollo Theatre from April 21-July 25. Further casting for the West End run is yet to be announced; Daldry will return to… Read

Awards

Judi Dench’s Harvey Weinstein Bum Tattoo Among Tales Shared At Britannia Awards

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Hollywood got a touch of British class on Thursday night as Robert Downey Jr., Mike Leigh, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson and Dame Judi Dench  all were honored at the 2014 Britannia Awards. The event held at the Beverly Hilton was a lively affair put on annually by BAFTA-LA. Hosted in fine style for the second year by British comedian/actor Rob Brydon (My Trip To Italy) who welcomed the crowd by claiming he was really Renee Zellweger, the awards show also… Read

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