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‘Anna And The Apocalypse’ Trailer: Zombie Christmas Musical Dawns At Fantastic Fest

EXCLUSIVE: From Scottish director John McPhail, Anna And The Apocalypse will have its world premiere in competition this Friday at Fantastic Fest in Austin. The zombie Christmas tuner about a group of friends trying to survive with an undead horde in relentless pursuit is based on the 2010 BAFTA-winning short Zombie Musical. That film was directed by the late Ryan McHenry who shares screenwriting credit on Anna with Alan McDonald. Check out the exclusive teaser above… Read

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Hillary Clinton Gives Stephen Colbert Ratings Boost In Post-Emmy ‘Late Show’

Hillary Clinton helped The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to a household late-night ratings win Tuesday. With Clinton’s visit, The Late Show‘s first telecast following a week off as Colbert hosted the Emmys delivered 2.8 rating in overnight metered markets. Clinton couldn’t quite match Anthony Scaramucci, whose post-dismissal Late Show interview on Aug. 14 delivered an all-time high overnight rating of 3.1. Last night’s 2.8 rating was the highest Late Show overnight since… Read

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‘It’ Becoming Biggest Horror Pic Ever Beating ‘The Exorcist’; ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Scares Up $100M+

When it came to horror movies in the last month, New Line owned the genre. Annabelle: Creation crossed the $100M threshold yesterday while It will click past 1973’s The Exorcist $232.9M lifetime domestic gross tomorrow, becoming the highest grossing horror pic of all-time. Warner Bros. is calling the record from a pure genre standpoint, with all other pics such as The Sixth Sense ($293M), Jaws ($260M), and Will Smith's sci-fi zombie pic I Am Legend ($256.4M) considered… Read

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Jake LaMotta Dies: ‘Raging Bull’ Boxer Was 95

Robert De Niro Jake LaMotta

Jake LaMotta, the “Raging Bull” brawler with the iron chin who fought Sugar Ray Robinson six times and was portrayed by Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s iconic 1980 movie, has died. He was 95. His death Tuesday was confirmed in a Facebook post by his family. The black-and-white Raging Bull is considered among the greatest sports movies of all time. De Niro won his only Best Actor Oscar for Raging Bull, a gritty tale of the quick-tempered, easily jealous LaMotta’s… Read

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‘Wonderstruck’ Trailer Strikes After Running Festival Gauntlet

Wonderstruck

Todd HaynesWonderstruck has weaved its way through the fall festival season after its world premiere in competition at Cannes, with stops in Telluride and Venice and a New York Film Festival centerpiece slot still to come. Now Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions — the duo that teamed for last year’s Oscar Best Picture nominee Manchester by the Sea — have released the first full trailer of their latest collaboration, Haynes’ adaptation of Brian Selznick’s novel. The… Read

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Jimmy Kimmel Rallies Critics Of Obamacare Repeal; Republican Senator Says Kimmel “Doesn’t Understand”

Even as Jimmy Kimmel rallies opponents of the latest Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Republican senator accused by Kimmel of lying now says the late night host (and father of a son born with a congenital heart condition) just doesn’t get it. Senator Bill Cassidy, appearing on CNN this morning, told New Day host Chris Cuomo that under the bill he’s co-authored with Sen. Lindsey Graham, “more people will have coverage and we protect those with… Read

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eOne Extends Film Distribution To Germany; Benjamina Mirnik-Voges Will Run Local Shop

EXCLUSIVE: Entertainment One is planting another flag for its overseas distribution network, setting up a new outpost in Germany. This adds to the existing markets where it releases movies: Canada, the UK, Australia/New Zealand, Benelux and Spain. The first title expected for release by eOne in the German market is the Jose Padilha-helmed Entebbe, from Participant and Working Title, and starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Bruhl. Benjamina Mirnik-Voges has been hired as… Read

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‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ Trailer: Frank Castle Gets Revenge

Marvel's The Punisher

Netflix has released the first official trailer for Marvel’s The Punisher which begins with a poignant look-back at Frank’s family before they were killed, but turns brutal and bloody quickly. The internet TV network is still being coy about the release date with more blackouts at the end of the clip where the premiere date would be shown. The logline: After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers… Read

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French & Saunders Reteam For BBC Special; ITV On ‘Manhunt’ – Global Briefs

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are set for a holiday special 30th anniversary episode of their award-winning sketch show French And Saunders. BBC One will air the BBC Studios Comedy production which marks the first time in 10 years that the talents behind The Vicar Of Dibley and Absolutely Fabulous will reunite on screen. Saunders says, "We have almost deliberately stayed alive this long just to force the British Broadcorping Castration to put us on television one last… Read

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‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’ Trailer: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart & Karen Gillan Go Full Avatar

Welcome back to the jungle. In this new trailer for the latest gamers’ safari – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, naturally – Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan get pulled into the old battle with a bit of post-board game twist: The gamers appear as their avatars, who look an awful lot like Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, et al. Here’s the official Sony Pictures Entertainment logline: “In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables… Read

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Sean Penn To Star In Beau Willimon’s ‘The First’ TV Series For Hulu & Channel 4

Sean Penn

In his first major TV role, two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn has been tapped as the male lead of The First, House of Cards creator Beau Willimon’s straight-to-series drama, slated to premiere on Hulu and Channel 4 in 2018. Written by Willimon, The First follows the first human mission to Mars, exploring the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization. The story focuses not only on the astronauts, but also on their families and loved ones, as… Read

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Sony Pictures Television Buys Into Simon Pegg & Nick Frost’s Stolen Picture

Sony Pictures Television has taken a minority stake in UK-based Stolen Picture, the film, TV and digital banner launched by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost last May. The companies have also entered into an exclusive TV distribution deal. Miles Ketley has been appointed CEO of Stolen Picture, joining from Bad Wolf. The deal with Sony continues an existing relationship between the partners. As Deadline reported in May, Stolen Picture's first project is Slaughterhouse Rulez… Read