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Amy Winehouse Doc, Ken Loach’s ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ & Sundance Winner ‘Cartel Land’ Bow Holiday Weekend: Specialty Preview

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Late multi-Grammy Award-winning singer Amy Winehouse gets the spotlight in a new film by BAFTA-winner Asif Kapadia, simply titled Amy, which A24 will open in New York followed by a national rollout beginning Friday. The title uses never-before-seen footage of the artist and features previously unheard tracks. The doc will be joined by Sundance winner Cartel Land by Matthew Heineman, which The Orchard is also opening in New York followed by a national rollout. The title… Read

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Nicolo Donato Prepping World War II Feature About Escape Of Danish Jews From Nazi-Occupied Denmark

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Nicolo Donato (Brotherhood) is prepping a feature about the escape of Danish Jews from Nazi-occupied Denmark in October 1943. Scandinavian major Svensk is on board to produce through its Danish subsidiary SF Film and production entity SF Film production. Fuglene Over Sundet is based on actual events and features a cast including Danica Curcic (Wallander), David Dencik (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Laura Bro (A Royal Affair). Jacob Cedergren, Nicolas Bro, Signe Egholm… Read

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‘Inside Out’ Takes The Lead Over ‘Terminator Genisys’, ‘Magic Mike XXL’ On Thursday

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Many distribution executives were predicting that at some point the two mega summer holdovers Disney Pixar’s  Inside Out and Universal’s Jurassic World would make a comeback during the Independence Day frame and peg out the holiday’s wide entries Paramount’s Terminator Genisys and Warner Bros.’ Magic Mike XXLand that’s exactly what happened last night. Disney’s Inside Out per early AM industry estimates took No. 1 on Thursday with $7.7M at 4,158 theaters, followed by… Read

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Jon Stewart Leads Donald Trump Sing-Along

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Many people have weighed in at great length on Donald Trump and his Mexican Rapists Candidacy Announcement, since the real-estate mogul delivered the headline-making speech in the gold-plated halls of Trump Towers a couple weeks ago. The Daily Shows Jon Stewart has not been one of them. His relative restraint in the days following the speech has surprised Stewart fans; it was as if raw meat has been thrown to a piranha and the fish had turned up its nose. This finally… Read

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Conan Crashes ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Girls Night

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Conan O’Brien always is at his best when he gets out of the studio. Remember when Conan secretly flew to Cuba to shoot Conan In Cuba, becoming the first American late-night host to do a show in that island nation in more than 50 years, learning the importance of the Cuban clave beat, wowing a band with his 8th grade Spanish skills, and visiting the famous waterfront promenade where Cuban youth shared with him their rum in a box and cigarettes, which Conan speculated had… Read

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Documents Reveal New Details About Emile Hirsch Alleged Assault

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The Paramount executive allegedly assaulted by Emile Hirsch this year at the Sundance Film Festival told police the actor “choked me up, threw me across the table, and I felt the front of my throat hit the back of my throat,” according to an interview recorded by a police officer’s body camera. The information was in investigative documents obtained by the Associated Press. “It was insanely painful and absolutely terrifying,” Paramount Digital VP Daniele Bernfeld said… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Seeks Protection For TV News Teams After San Francisco Attacks

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In the aftermath of attacks on two TV news teams that were covering a shooting death in San Fransisco today, SAG-AFTRA said its local in the Bay Area “met with all major news stations and requested security measures for the protection of reporting teams.” KTVU reporter Cara Liu was reporting live from Pier 14 (video below) on a Wednesday night homicide when a mugger ran up to KNTV’s team nearby and stole camera equipment and KNTV camera operator Alan Waples was… Read

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Reelz CEO: Trump’s Comments “Ridiculous” But Miss USA Pageant A Tradition – And Cheap

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16:   Business mogul Donald Trump gives a speech as he announces his candidacy for the U.S. presidency at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015 in New York City.  Trump is the 12th Republican who has announced running for the White House.  (Photo by Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)

“I agree with everything NBC, Univision, Macy’s are saying – I think those comments are ridiculous, We couldn’t disagree with them more,” Reelz CEO Stan Hubbard said this afternoon of Donald Trump’s “rapists” immigration position, hours after announcing his network will televise Trump’s Miss USA Pageant on July 12 after it was dumped by NBC and Univision. “Our carriage of this event should not be construed as anything political. It is anything but – it is television, it… Read

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Jim Webb Kicks Off 2016 Presidential Bid; Ex-Senator Co-Wrote ‘Rules Of Engagement’ Pic

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As Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton can tell you, Hollywood has long been a generous ATM for Democratic Presidential candidates and incumbents. However, today, a White House contender with actual Tinseltown experience formally announced his 2016 campaign – and we’re not talking about Donald Trump. “After many months of thought, deliberation and discussion, I have decided to seek the office of the Presidency of the United States,” said Jim Webb Thursday via… Read

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James Cromwell Champions Docu ‘Imminent Threat’ And Actor/Activist Has Stories To Tell

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 29:  Honoree James Cromwell attends the Humane Society of The United States 60th Anniversary Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 29, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Humane Society)

The best way to ensure a hot-button documentary doesn’t disappear is to get someone famous to rally behind the film. Jim Carrey’s Twitter diatribes against Gov. Jerry Brown signing into law mandatory childhood inoculations in California has given the 2014 docu Trace Amounts new life. Now, Mance Media has acquired and set a September 4 U.S. release for the Janek Ambros-directed Imminent Threat, and the film will get the hefty help of James Cromwell, star of The Artist, L.A… Read

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Daniel Sauli Joins HBO Movie ‘Confirmation'; Jonathan Whitesell In ABC Family Pilot ‘Beyond’

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Daniel Sauli has landed a role in HBO Films’ upcoming movie Confirmation, toplined by Kerry Washington. The film details the Supreme Court hearings for Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) that were rocked by testimony by Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill (Washington), which brought the country to a standstill and forever changed the way we think about sexual harassment, victims' rights and modern race relations. CESD-repped Sauli will play Mark Paoletta, a lawyer with the… Read

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Sonia Manzano, ‘Sesame Street’s Maria, Is Retiring After 45 Years

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Sesame Street is losing one of the neighborhood’s longtime residents. Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on the PBS show, is retiring after 45 years. Manzano, 65, revealed her retirement earlier this week at the annual conference of the American Library Association, which tweeted the news. Manzano retweeted the announcement and thanked her supporters but said “don’t be bummed!” After 45 years on Sesame Street, @SoniaMManzano will no longer appear on the next season. #alaac15… Read