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Duchess Street Productions Taps Miriam Brent As Script Exec


Duchess Street Productions has appointed former Raw TV development editor Miriam Brent as script executive. Brent will now help to develop Duchess Street's slate of high-end, original drama and dramatic adaptations. She will also provide editorial guidance and support on existing projects. Brent officially joins the company, which is part of the Bob & Co family, on Monday 30th November and will work alongside Development Producer, Jo Roderick. Prior to joining Duchess… Read


Russian Film Director Eldar Ryazanov Dead At 88


One of the iconic Russian movie directors from the Soviet era, Eldar Ryazanov, has died. He was 88. According to Russian news agency reports, Ryazanov died at a Moscow hospital of cardiac failure following a lengthy illness. Born in Samara in 1927, Ryazanov, who originally wanted to be a writer, wrote or co-write many of his movies. He became one of the Soviet Union’s biggest hitmakers of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Ryazanov’s very first narrative film, the 1956 Carnival i… Read


Jeremy Clarkson Introduces Amazon Drone Delivery Ahead Of ‘#Drive2Prime’

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In honor of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and any other post-Thanksgiving shopping manifestations, we bring you Amazon’s video posted today of the company’s new hire Jeremy Clarkson narrating a demonstration of how the online shopping giant’s drone delivery is supposed to work. In this case Clarkson suggests how Amazon Prime Air might save the game day for a young athlete who finds herself short of a strategic piece of equipment — a Puma soccer shoe the has been partially… Read


‘The Walking Dead’ Midseason Finale Continues Blockbuster’s Fatal Year-End Tradition

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SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight's Season 6 winter finale episode of The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead loves to end the year with a bang and tonight’s Season 6 midseason finale was no different.  Last year’s Season 5 winter finale of the AMC blockbuster saw Emily Kinney's Beth suddenly die by gunshot and the Season 4 last show of 2013 had a double death with Scott Wilson's Hershel beheaded by David Morrissey's the Governor, who was killed himself in… Read


‘Joy’s New TV Trailer: Fox Posts Spot Amid Initial Industry Screenings

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Fox’s release of a new TV spot coincided with this weekend’s first major industry and awards season screenings of David O. Russell’s new picture Joy in Los Angeles and New York. The screenings attended by Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez as well as by Russell and his producers including Megan Ellison, have been generating lots of social media buzz as notables post their initial reactions to the film. Deadline Awards Columnist Pete… Read


Kobe Bryant Retirement Poem Crashes Player’s Tribune Site

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The long time L.A. Lakers legend is hanging up his hoops – in verse. With a poem posted today on the Player’s Tribune website Kobe Bryant announced that he is retiring from the Lakers and the NBA at the end of this season – his 20th in the league. Dear Basketball: #KB20 — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) November 29, 2015 The not entirely unexpected announcement from the 37-year old 5-time NBA championship winner Bryant promptly crashed the Derek Jeter… 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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UPDATE, 4:15 PM PT: 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 the Middle Kingdom… Read


‘Sicario’ Editor Joe Walker Discusses A Sequel, Directors And His Next Project: “Amy Adams & Aliens”

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Throughout his career, editor Joe Walker has worked with some of the most critically lauded and commercially successful directors in the business—among them, Michael Mann and Steve McQueen. Walker was Oscar-nominated for his editing of 12 Years a Slave, and after developing a working relationship on three films with McQueen, has begun to work consistently with French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies). Following Sicario, Walker signed on to… Read

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’The Danish Girl’ Bows With Style; ‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’ Solid In Debut; ‘Carol’ Dominates Thanksgiving: Specialty B.O.


Focus Features' The Danish Girl had a robust beginning to its theatrical run during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, but it was The Weinstein Company's Carol that held the reins as the top per theater average champ. Open Road's Spotlight and Fox Searchlight's Brooklyn continued to show muscle as both added theaters over the holiday weekend, landing the awards contenders in the top 10 overall box office, while Bleecker Street's Trumbo surpassed a $2.6M cume after a big… Read


‘Suffragette’ Star Carey Mulligan Talks Feminism & Jennifer Lawrence’s Pay Gap Platform

Suffragette star Carey Mulligan

In the wake of receiving her first Best Actress Oscar nomination for 2009's An Education, Carey Mulligan realized that she had the fortunate opportunity to choose roles. She easily could play a leading man's foil in any Hollywood blockbuster—in fact, she beat out a slew of actresses for the highly coveted role of Daisy Buchanan opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby. However, since coming to Hollywood's attention, the British actress largely has… Read

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Thanksgiving Box Office +12% Over 2014, Boosted By ‘Mockingjay 2’, ‘Good Dinosaur’ & ‘Creed’ – Sunday AM Final Update

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6TH UPDATE, Sunday 10:30 AM Final: It was a great Thanksgiving indeed at the box office. Total weekend ticket sales as of this morning are being estimated at +12% over last year with $183.1M, which would make it the fourth best FSS post Turkey frame after 2013 ($208M), 2012 ($207.8M) and 2009 ($186.3M). Even though The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 didn’t generate as much as Part 1 did over the 5-day Thanksgiving holiday, $75.75M to  $82.7M, two out of the three… Read


‘The Assassin’, ‘Carol’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Top BFI Sight & Sound’s Best Of 2015


Taiwan’s The Assassin, from this year’s Cannes Film Festival best director Hou Hsiao-Hsien, has been voted the top movie of 2015 in the British Film Institute’s poll of 168 critics for the organization’s Sight & Sound magazine. No. 2 and 3 were Todd Haynes’ Carol and George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Sight & Sound editor Nick James described The Assassin, released in the U.S. by Well Go USA, as “a gorgeous work of revenge, magic and delicate restraint – a work of… Read