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Richard Linklater To Receive Palm Springs Visionary Award For ‘Boyhood’

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Richard Linklater's Boyhood received five Indie Spirit Award noms yesterday including best feature and director, and now Linklater can add another kudo to the list. He will receive the Richard Bono Visionary Award at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival's awards gala on January 3. The fest runs January 2-12. Past recipients include Academy Award-winning filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, and Michel Hazanavicius. "Richard Linklater's… Read

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‘Horrible Bosses 2′ Cashes Tuesday Paycheck: Turkey B.O. Update

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Update, Wednesday 8 AM: Warner Bros./New Line's R-rated sequel Horrible Bosses 2 nabbed an early bonus last night with $1 million at Tuesday night previews. The comedy about a trio of wacky business guys who kidnap their investor's son will be playing at 3,321 locations today and expand to 3,375 on Friday. That figure outstrips the $365K chunk of cash Horrible Bosses stole from late night previews in July 2011.   Previous, Tuesday 1:18 PM: Penguins will try to carve into… Read


Mel Brooks To Voice Adam Sandler’s Vampire Dad In ‘Hotel Transylvania 2′

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Comedy legend Mel Brooks has been tapped to voice the role of Vlad in Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2. He'll play the very old and grumpy vampire father to Adam Sandler's Dracula. The sequel to Sony's 2012 family film sees old-school supernatural meet modern-day cool when Vlad turns up at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together. Genndy Tartakovsky is helming again from a script by Robert Smigel. The original movie made about $360M worldwide and was… Read


ITV Has Faith In ‘Grantchester’, Orders 2nd Season Of Period Mystery Series


ITV's latest hit period drama, Grantchester, will be returning for a second season. The six-part mystery that stars James Norton as Sidney Chambers, a charismatic clergyman who turns investigative vicar, has been reupped by the network for a further season to shoot next year. Set in the 1950s and co-starring Robson Green as down-to-Earth Police Inspector Geordie Keating, Grantchester has found a faithful following in Britain. Its first season concluded earlier this month… Read


Guest Stars Set For ‘Downton Abbey’ Christmas Episode; Endemol Inks With Amber TV: Global Showbiz Briefs

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ITV and Carnival Film have unwrapped details about the Christmas episode of Downton Abbey, which rejoins the family in the early autumn of 1924. A pair of guest stars are joining the regular cast: Alun Armstrong will play Stowell, the Sinderbys' butler and Jane Lapotaire is the much talked-about Princess Irina, wife of Prince Kuragin (Rade Sherbedgia). It's grouse-shooting season, and Rose's father-in-law, Lord Sinderby, has rented out Brancaster Castle in Northumberland… Read


MPTF’s Night Before Oscar Fundraiser Setting Up Shop On Fox Lot

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We've known since the spring that the annual fundraiser held for a decade-plus at the Beverly Hills Hotel was pulling up stakes amid the boycotts that have hit that venue. Now sources confirm to Deadline that the Motion Picture Television Fund's 2015 Night Before event is heading to the centrally located and spacious 20th Century Fox lot in Century City. The MPTF announced May 5 that it was moving the glitzy, star-studded charity event that Jeffrey Katzenberg made famous… Read


London Cops Collar Suspected ‘Expendables 3′ Pirates

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Lionsgate and Millennium are one step closer to vanquishing the pirates who stole and uploaded Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables 3. London cops today arrested two men on suspicion of leaking the action sequel this summer ahead of its August 15 release. The film grossed just $39.3 million domestically before taking in more than $206 million globally. The first two installments of the franchise grossed a combined $580 million worldwide. Detectives in the Police… Read

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‘The Imitation Game’ Will Stuff Theaters This Holiday Weekend – Specialty Box Office Preview


The Weinstein Company's The Imitation Game is the big kid on the block among this holiday weekend's batch of newcomers. The title is following in the footsteps of past TWC heavyweights The King's Speech and The Artist, both of which opened to solid box office numbers and eventually scored Oscars for Best Picture. The distributor is expecting good numbers for Imitation Game over the Thanksgiving frame. IFC Films' horror pic The Babadook has some good buzz heading into the… Read


No Sales Details On ‘Call Of Duty,’ But Activision Shares Jump 11 Percent

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Normally, when you successfully release the latest iteration of a blockbuster franchise, it's a good time to brag. Activision Blizzard says Call of Duty Advanced Warfare has had the year's biggest launch of any entertainment property. That's big. But what's more interesting is what ATVI didn't say, and how Wall Street is still sending company shares up like an exo-skeleton boost. In a November 19 release, ATVI called the Advanced Warfare debut “the biggest entertainment… Read


‘Midnight Rider’ Director, Producer Seek Escape From Trespass Case

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Despite settling with the family of camera assistant Sarah Jones last week, Midnight Rider's director and producer are still trying to escape the sights of rail company CSX. Randall Miller and Jody Savin today asked a Georgia court to dismiss them and their business entities from a cross-claim by CSX, whose remaining involvement in the ongoing civil suit filed by Jones' family has kept the filmmakers tethered to the wrongful death case. CSX accused Miller, Savin… Read


CBS Will Stay On Dish Through The Weekend As Carriage Talks Continue – Update

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UPDATED: 4:01 PM: Fear not, Dish subscribers hoping to watch the Thanksgiving Day Bears-Lions NFL game with family rather than, you know, talking to them: CBS is staying on the satellite service for the holiday. The network issued a statement this afternoon saying that its deadline for a carriage deal with Dish has been extended again amid ongoing talks. The extension means Dish subscribers also can watch CBS' slate of Sunday NFL games. “A short-term extension into next… Read


Matt Barr Joins TNT’s Drug-Trade Pilot; Katie Sarife In ‘The Michelle Knight Story’

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Matt Barr (Parkland) has booked a lead role in in TNT's Untitled Miami Project executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay. Written by Masters Of Sex creator/executive producer Michelle Ashford, the serialized character drama is set in the wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s. Barr, repped by UTA and Luber Roklin, will play Julius Jackson, the lifelong best friend of Bobby (Michael Stahl-David) and now his loyal partner in crime… Read


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