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Bold Films Boards Barbie Origin Story ‘Barbie And Ruth’; Reese Witherspoon Eyed To Star

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Everybody has an origin story, including the  world’s most famous doll. Bold Films said today that it will finance and produce Barbie and Ruth, the tale of the toy that forever changed an industry — and the visionary woman behind it. Reese Witherspoon is being eyed for the starring role of Barbie creator Ruth Handler. Bold teamed with Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea's Pacific Standard to option film rights to Robin Gerber’s 2010 book Barbie and Ruth: The Story of the Worl… Read


‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Gets China Release Date; Local Poster Unveiled

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China will feel the Force just a few weeks after the U.S. does. Disney said today that Star Wars The Force Awakens will open January 9 in the Middle Kingdom. J.J. Abrams’ more-than-moderately anticipated sequel bows December 18 domestically. The release-date news comes in the wake the fantastic Chinese debut of The Martian, which collected $50M in its first frame to best the starts of such films as Gravity and Interstellar. “We are thrilled to bring Star Wars: The Force Aw… Read

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Katniss, ‘Creed’ & ‘Good Dinosaur’ Rule Thanksgiving, But Will ‘Star Wars’ Steal Christmas? – Monday B.O. Postmortem

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With the Thanksgiving theatrical business expanding by 11% in this year’s frame compared to 2014 with $181.8 million thanks to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, The Good Dinosaur and Creedall eyes now turn toward the Christmas play period and whether Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be a Scrooge and hoard all the available screens and B.O. dollars from the competition. Between December 18 and Christmas Day, eight wide entries are hitting the marquee per… Read


New ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ Teaser: World’s Finest?

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Welcome to the trailer for the trailer. Following in the footsteps of Disney’s pre-Thanksgiving Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Captain America: Civil War extravaganza, Warner Bros has gotten in some synergy of its own. Tonight’s episode of the Batman prequel TV series Gotham has been paired with a new sneak peak at next year’s inevitable hit Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and you can watch it now, right here. The full trailer that will debut Wednesday during Jimmy… Read


Gotham Awards 2015 Live Blog

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Giving Oscar season a pre-holidays kick off, The 25th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards happens tonight at 5 PM PT, 8 PM ET from Cipriani Wall Street in downtown Manhattan. Broad City duo Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are hosting the show, which sees a strong pack of contender led by The Diary of a Teenage Girl with four nominations, including Best Feature, Best Screenplay and Breakthrough Director. Coming closely behind it, Tangerine, and critical darling Carol… Read

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‘Spotlight’ Takes Best Feature – Gotham Awards Winners List (Live)

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30:  A general view of atmosphere at the 25th IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards co-sponsored by FIJI Water at Cipriani, Wall Street on November 30, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for IFP)

The running list of winners at the 25th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards live tonight from Cipriani Wall Street in downtown Manhattan. Check back for the latest winners as they’re announced from the stage. In the meantime, we’re liveblogging the event here. Best Feature Spotlight Best Actress Bel Powley as Minnie Goetze The Diary of a Teenage Girl Breakthrough Series – Longform Mr. Robot Best Actor Paul Dano as Brian Wilson Love & Mercy Best Documentary The Look of Si… Read

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Gotham Awards Live Stream – Watch

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The 25th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards happens tonight at Cipriani Wall Street in downtown Manhattan. Hosted by Broad City duo Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, this year’s ceremony sees The Diary of a Teenage Girl leading with four nominations, with Tangerine, and Carol, trailing close behind with three nominations each (including, yes, Best Feature.) Carol is also getting a fourth honor of a sort, as director Todd Haynes will be receiving tonight’s Director… Read


Fox “Cheated” ‘Bones’ Stars Out Of More Than $100M, New Profit-Participation Suit Claims

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Just days after EP Barry Josephson sued Fox over profit participation and sketchy accounting practices, Bones stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz and EP Kathleen Reichs now are going after the broadcaster too for "tens of millions" they claim they are owed. "Bones’ longevity has made it a cash cow for Fox," said the plaintiffs of the currently 11-season show in a remarkable 8-claim complaint filed today in L.A. Superior Court (read it here). The lawsuit from the… Read


Sofia Vergara’s LatinWE Taps Melissa Gelineau As VP Television & Development

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Sofia Vergara and Luis Balaguer’s Latin World Entertainment has hired producer Melissa Gelineau as VP Television & Development. The company is under an overall deal with 20th Century Fox. Gelineau moves to LatinWE from NBCUniversal International TV Production, where she served as VP Development. During her tenure there, she shepherded six-part miniseries The Devil's Playground starring Toni Collette for Foxtel and Nowhere Boys, a half-hour children's adventure series… Read

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China Makes Space For ‘The Martian’ As ‘Good Dinosaur’ Snatches Eggs From No. 1 ‘Mockingjay 2’ – Intl B.O. Update

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UPDATED FIGURES, 4:15 PM PT Monday: There's a lot this weekend that's reminiscent of last year's comparable frame, which again has a Hunger Games movie atop the heap, and a space sci-fi epic coming in at No. 2 across the globe. And yet, there are shifts to watch. The Martian seemed to have a strong China debut all but assured this weekend given the performance of recent comps, its own stellar run elsewhere and a plotline that puts the Chinese in nice light. Debuting in… Read


Sherri Shepherd Joins ‘Rosewood’ Cast

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Sherri Shepherd has joined the cast of Fox’s freshman drama Rosewood in a major recurring role. She will play Dr. Anita Eubanks, the new ME who is confident, flirty, playful, smart, wise-cracking and good at her job. An old friend of Rosewood (Morris Chestnut), with whom she unabashedly flirts, Anita does a favor for him and provides him with some unexpected information. Rosewood, which has a full-season 22-episode order, airs its fall finale this Wednesday, December 2… Read

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Broadway B.O. Loves Turkey … And A Great Parade As B.O. Leaps 26%

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Broadway’s musicals — particularly those of the family persuasion — were the big winners during Thanksgiving Week, and producers can thank not only the holiday trade but those miracle workers on 34th Street. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade again proved invaluable in getting the word out to the national audience that Broadway is a family destination (as long as you’re a family with deep pockets, a knack for nosing the hits early, a rich uncle — or the prescience to buy… Read