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Tom Cruise ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Skydive Stunt: Actor Jumped Out Of Plane 106 Times – 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 to… Read

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‘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

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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

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

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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

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‘Kings’ Review: Halle Berry & Daniel Craig Can’t Save Tone-Deaf Movie Set During 1992 L.A. Riots

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On paper, a teaming of Oscar winner Halle Berry and James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, in a drama set during the 1992 L.A. riots would seem promising. Unfortunately, Kings is the polar opposite of that expectation and, as I say in my video review (click the link above to watch), is a tone-deaf misfire that does absolutely no justice to its stars or important subject matter. Perhaps something was lost in translation as this is the first English-language picture from… Read

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Annapurna, Plan B Plot ‘Spotlight’-Like Movie On How NY Times Reporters Broke Harvey Weinstein Sex Scandal Story

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EXCLUSIVE: Annapurna and Plan B have partnered to acquire the rights to give Spotlight-like treatment to the story of how New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey worked with editor Rebecca Corbett to break the biggest scandal story Hollywood has seen in decades, the one that took down Harvey Weinstein. The stories landed the reporters a Pulitzer earlier this month. The bombshell first story ran last October 5, when Kantor and Twohey revealed an array of… Read

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‘A Quiet Place 2’ Is “In The Works”, Paramount Boss Says – CinemaCon

A Quiet Place

Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos said during his opening remarks at the studio’s CinemaCon presentation this eventing that a sequel to the studio’s spring blockbuster A Quiet Place is in the works. He provided no further details. Gianopulos said he would never have guessed that “Jim” from The Office would make a silent horror film. “It’s the artist with a true vision that makes the improbable happen,” said Gianopulos, giving props to filmmaker John Krasin… Read

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Facebook Exceeds Forecasts In First Quarter, So Much For #DeleteFacebook

UPDATED with details of earnings call: Facebook blew past analysts’ projections in its first quarter, even as investors have grown increasingly worried about how the social network’s 2 billion users would react to the Cambridge Analytica privacy breach. The company reported per-share earnings were $1.69, exceeding analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.35. First-quarter revenue of nearly $12 billion similarly exceeded forecasts of $11.4 billion. Facebook said the number of… Read

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Universal And Cher Whet Appetite For Highly Commercial 2018 Slate, Followed By Lunch With Focus – CinemaCon

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All I can say after this morning’s rousing Universal presentation at CinemaCon complete with a very Vegas-style performance by Cher singing an ABBA tune, 20th Century Fox really has its work cut out for it tomorrow if its want to keep the showmanship title they earn year after year here for splashy presentations. Universal’s turn was a dazzling display right from the start with Night School stars Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish entering through the massive Caesars Palace… Read

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‘Once Upon A Time’ EP Steve Pearlman Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios

With Once Upon A Time wrapping its seven- season run on ABC, executive producer/director Steve Pearlman has signed a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios, the studio behind the fairy tale drama. Under the pact, Pearlman will executive produce and direct drama series for the studio, in addition to developing new projects for television and digital platforms. Pearlman has served as executive producer/director on departing Once Upon A Time for its entire seven-season run… Read