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‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Invades New York Comic-Con

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EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox’s simian threequel War For The Planet Of The Apes doesn’t hit theaters until July 14, but the studio is giving those at the Big Apple fanboy New York Comic-Con confab a sneak peek of the Matt Reeves-directed sequel. The studio is bringing Reeves, producer Dylan Clark and Caesar himself, Andy Serkis, to New York to show off an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming summer tentpole on Thursday, October 6 at 8:30 PM at the Regal E-Walk… Read

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‘Star Trek’ Alums To Fans: Keep White House Donald Trump Free With Vote For Hillary Clinton

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Media today has latched on to an open letter signed by Star Trek franchise directors, producers, actors and crew in their mission to seek out undecided voters, or those intending to vote for third party candidates, and boldly tell them to knock it off and vote for Hillary Clinton – the only thing standing between them and a Donald Trump White House. “Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek… Read

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Angelina Jolie In Talks To Star In TriStar’s ‘Shoot Like A Girl’

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EXCLUSIVE: Angelina Jolie is in early talks to star for TriStar in Shoot Like a Girl. The film is an adaptation of Shoot Like A Girl: One Woman's Dramatic Fight In Afghanistan and on the Home Front. That is an upcoming memoir by Air Force Major Mary Jennings Hegar, who served three tours in Afghanistan as a rescue helicopter pilot and transported hundreds of soldiers off the battlefield in hot zone areas. During one of those tours, her helicopter was shot down in the… Read

Box Office

‘Miss Peregrine’ Eyes $27M-$28M; ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Drilling $21M-$22M – Midday B.O. Update

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UPDATE, FRIDAY 12 PM: Two fall wide releases with production costs over $100 million, and both set to open in the $20M range. We’re talking about 20th Century Fox’s Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children and Lionsgate/Summit/Participant Media’s Peter Berg action drama Deepwater Horizon. Projected off of industry matinees today, Fox/Chernin Entertainment’s Tim Burton-directed movie is looking at a $9M-$9.5M Friday (including $1.2M Thursday) and a three-day debut… Read

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Chris Hemsworth & Michael Shannon Saddle Up For Black Label Media, Jerry Bruckheimer’s ‘Horse Soldiers’

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EXCLUSIVE: Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon are set to star in the Nicolai Fuglsig-directed Horse Soldiers, the tense true story of a U.S. Special Forces team and their untested captain sent to a rugged, mountainous region of Afghanistan in the weeks after 9/11. They were assigned to join forces with a Northern Alliance warlord to fight against overwhelming odds to drive out the Taliban. The film is being co-financed by Black Label Media, whose Molly Smith, Trent… Read

Awards

Oscars & The New York Film Festival: How Will The Big Apple Event Affect The Race?

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When the 54th annual New York Film Festival opens tonight, it will be making history. Ava DuVernay’s powerful 13thwhich explores the history of race relations through the prism of prisons and the preponderance of young black and Latino men who make up a large part of their populations, will become the first documentary to open the Big Apple festival. It also will be the first one that will become available on television just a week later when it debuts on Netflix… Read

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Ralph Macchio Pic ‘Lost Cat Corona’ Acquired By Virgil Films; Cinelicious Pics Nabs ‘Dark Night’

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Virgil Films (Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, I Am Chris Farley) has acquired North American rights to Lost Cat Corona, the indie comedy starring Ralph Macchio and Gina Gershon. Anthony Tarsitano wrote and directed the pic about a hardworking, play-it-safe guy living in the Corona section of Queens who just wants to relax on his day off. But he's ordered by his distressed wife, Connie (Gershon), to go out and find their cat Leonard, who has disappeared. When he ventures into… Read

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‘Underground’: John Legend To Guest Star As Abolitionist Frederick Douglass In Season 2

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Underground executive producer John Legend is set for a guest starring role in WGN America’s hit series, playing the iconic abolitionist Frederick Douglass in Season 2. Born into slavery, Douglass refused to let his circumstance determine his future. After he daringly escaped bondage in Maryland, he went on to become one of the most revolutionary leaders of the 19th century. A prominent writer, celebrated speaker and progressive political reformist, Douglass was a beacon… Read

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Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters Sell Series Projects To ABC, Freeform & Amazon

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Veteran showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters (Agent Carter) have ramped up development through their pod deal at ABC Studios. The duo’s Fazekas & Butters production company has sold two hourlong projects to ABC — one written by them with a Disney theme parks tie-in and one penned by filmmaker Nisha Ganatra. The company also has set up projects at Freeform and Amazon with writers Nick Towne and Heath Corson and is developing a series based on Wesley Chu’s Tao… Read

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‘Twin Peaks’ Teaser Features Composer Angelo Badalamenti’s Theme Music

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Haunting. Unsettling. Foreboding. Showtime has dropped a new teaser for Twin Peaks, the follow-up to David Lynch’s cult ABC series, featuring composer Angelo Badalamenti and his Grammy-winning theme music from the original series. Badalamenti is returning to score the follow-up series. Badalamenti has had a longtime collaboration with Lynch. In addition to receiving the Grammy Award for the theme music of the original series, the "Soundtrack Album from Twin Peaks"… Read

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Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’ Movie To Be Made By TriStar & PalmStar

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EXCLUSIVE: Sony-based TriStar has stepped up to make a worldwide rights deal to turn the Paulo Coelho novel The Alchemist into a feature film. The book has been guided creatively for years by Cinema Gypsy's Laurence Fishburne, who will take it the rest of the way in partnership with fellow producer, PalmStar Media's Kevin Frakes, and TriStar president Hannah Minghella. "I'm thrilled to be moving this project forward after all these years," Fishburne said. All this… Read

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Ioan Gruffudd Joins Mel Gibson & Sean Penn For ‘The Professor And The Madman’

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EXCLUSIVE: Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd is set to join Mel Gibson and Sean Penn in The Professor and the Madman, a film about James Murray, the 19th century professor who started to compile the Oxford English Dictionary. Gruffudd will play the role of Henry Bradley, a particular and demanding philologist who helps Murray (played by Gibson) assemble words for the compilation of the Oxford Dictionary. Extremely officious and easily exasperated, Bradley's attention to detail is… Read