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‘Amy’ & ‘Moonlight’ Distributor Altitude Reveals ‘Whitney’ Plans, New Movies, Staff Moves

EXCLUSIVE: One of the most obvious but routinely encountered hazards for a growing distributor is over-reach: buying or marketing beyond your means. So far, that’s a pitfall UK outfit Altitude Films has avoided with aplomb. Set up by former Optimum Releasing founder Will Clarke in 2012, the carefully managed integrated firm, comprising distribution, sales and production, is coming off its biggest year to date, despite the challenging UK landscape. Four movies crossed $1M… Read

Awardsline

Tom Cruise Conquers Convention, From Paramount To Pioneer Award – CinemaCon

There is no question that between today’s late afternoon Paramount presentation which he dominated, and tonight’s Pioneer Of The Year dinner at which he was honored, Tom Cruise simply owned CinemaCon today. The superstar effectively had the single film that will save Paramount this summer, and this exhibitors’ confab made him the first actor ever to win their top honor in the 77-year history of the organization which effectively takes care of their own, and those most in… Read

Film

Michel Hazanavicius To Helm ‘The Lost Prince’; Omar Sy, Bérénice Bejo Star – Cannes

Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius is set to helm fantasy family film, The Lost Prince. The co-production from Prélude, Pathé, Studiocanal and TF1 Films stars The Intouchables‘ Omar Sy, La Famille Bélier‘s François Damiens and The Artist‘s Berenice Bejo. Shooting begins July 30 on the story of Djibi whose life revolves around his beloved 7-year-old daughter Sofia. The devoted single father never misses their cherished ritual of bedtime stories. Every night as… Read

Business

MSNBC Host Joy Reid’s Blog Under FBI Investigation For Homophobic Posts

MSNBC host Joy Reid cannot escape homophobic blog posts that on her now defunct website The Reid Report. On Wednesday, Reid’s lawyer has claimed that an FBI investigation has been launched to probe for potential criminal activity on her site. Reid claims that her site was hacked and that posts were written to make her appear homophobic. “We have received confirmation the FBI has opened an investigation into potential criminal activities surrounding several online… Read

TV

‘Suits’ Finale: Series Creator On Patrick J. Adams & Meghan Markle’s Exits, New Twist, Season 8 & Spinoff Details

SPOILER ALERT: The story includes details about the Season 7 finale of USA Network’s series Suits. Tonight’s two-hour Season 7 finale of Suits bid farewell to original cast members Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle, whose characters Mike Ross and Rachel Zane got new jobs in Seattle and got married in the final minutes. Louis’ idea to get Jessica the money she was entitled to from the firm by issuing a statement that distances Specter Litt from her backfired… Read

Business

Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Retrial Sent To Jury; Day Ends Without Verdict – Update

Bill Cosby

UPDATED with jury ending deliberation for day: Deliberations got underway today in the Bill Cosby retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, PA, with Judge Steven O'Neill telling jurors they are "the sole judges of the facts" and instructing them to work until they reach a unanimous conclusion. The jury deliberated for more than 10 hours Wednesday before O’Neill dismissed them. They will resume in the morning. The group of five women and seven men are… Read

Box Office

‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’: Tom Cruise Jumped Out Of Plane 106 Times For Skydive Stunt – CinemaCon

Warning spoilers ahead. While Tom Cruise phoned it in from London last year for his Mummy CinemaCon session for Universal, it stands to reason that the blockbuster actor would be at Paramount’s session today considering he is being lauded at tonight’s Pioneer Dinner. Appearing on stage with Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christoper McQuarrie, they devoted arguably the last half hour of Paramount’s CinemaCon session to the sixth title in the franchise. What looks… Read

Business

‘Saint Joan’ Broadway Review: Condola Rashad Stakes Claim On Shaw’s Firebrand

Nevertheless, she persists, that maid of Orleans, and by the end of the Manhattan Theatre Club’s attractive, not flawless, Broadway revival of Shaw’s Saint Joan, starring the endearing Condola Rashad, resistance is mostly futile. Directed by Daniel Sullivan with an easy flow that appears to modernize the 1923 play and keep all that Shavian verbiage moving at a smart clip, Saint Joan would seem an ideal resurrection for an era of #MeToo and the rejection of binary gender… Read

Box Office

J.J. Abrams Says ‘Cloverfield’ Sequel “In The Works For Theaters”, Shows Off ‘Overlord’ – CinemaCon

Beaming in by video at CinemaCon, J.J. Abrams introduced a work-in-progress clip for Overlord and casually mentioned, “It’s not a Cloverfield movie,” but one “is in the works for theaters.” He provided no further details, keeping the focus on Bad Robot’s first R-rated movie Overlord, a sci-fi film set during World War II. He introduced footage that follows American paratroopers who, on the eve of D-Day, are dropped behind enemy lines on a critical mission, and begin to… Read

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Paramount Unveils First Look At ‘Transformers’ Spinoff ‘Bumblebee’ – CinemaCon

Paramount Pictures kicked off its CinemaCon presentation this evening with a clip from Bumblebee, the first spinoff of its Transformers franchise. Director Travis Knight took the stage along with stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena and Jorge Lendeborg Jr to cue up the action-packed teaser, which unveiled the origin of Bumblebee’s name. “I wanted to return to the essences of what made the transform franchise so impactful right from the beginning: character, emotion… Read

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Taraji P. Henson Reads Minds Of Exhib Chiefs During ‘What Men Want’ Session – Paramount At CinemaCon

Taraji P. Henson showed up without a clip for her Jan. 11, 2019 comedy What Men Want but that’s because the movie starts shooting tomorrow. Instead she brought a great routine. The pic is a twist on the Mel Gibson Paramount classic What Women Want in which he played a guy who could hear women’s thoughts. Henson plays a woman boxed out of the sports agents profession, but gains an unexpected edge when she can hear their thoughts. “Do you know what it’s like to hear what… Read

Business

George R.R. Martin’s ‘Fire And Ice’ Prequel Gets Publishing Date, But ‘Winds Of Winter’ Still Chilling

George RR Martin

Looking to fill that Game of Thrones void before the final season premieres in 2019? Well, you’re in luck. While waiting to see what’s in store for Jon Snow and the gang, George R.R. Martin, the man behind the books on which the HBO show is based, will release Fire and Blood on November 20. The forthcoming book won’t be a continuation of the books stemming from A Song of Ice and Fire. Considering prequels continue to be a hot commodity right now, Fire and Blood will take… Read