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Tom Hanks Rocks Bruce Springsteen, After Saluting Jonathan Demme – Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival conversation between Tom Hanks and Bruce Springsteen was planned long in advance but took on an unanticipated poignancy in the timing Friday afternoon, as an overflow crowd jammed the Beacon Theatre on New York’s Upper West Side. Welcoming the crowd, festival producer Paula Weinstein dedicated the event to Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday at home in the city. “I realized what we really want as a festival is to dedicate today’s talk to the… Read

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PILOTS 2017: Early Pre-Screenings Buzz

We are heading into the most crucial days of the 2017 pilot season. At the broadcast networks, pilots are headed into screenings and more testing, which will help determine which projects will go to series. And at the AMPTP headquarters in Encino, reps for the TV studios and the WGA are wrapping up negotiations, which will determine whether the industry will be able to avoid a writers strike. While the two processes largely had been going separately on parallel tracks, as… Read

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‘Orange Is The New Black’: Hacker Says He Stole New Season, Demands Ransom From Netflix

Orange is the new hack? Netflix is facing a cyber nightmare as a hacker claims to have stolen the upcoming fifth season of its popular prison dramedy and is demanding to be paid to keep it off the Internet ahead of its June 9 premiere. The Associated Press reports tonight that a person using the moniker The Dark Lord claims to have uploaded the first Season 5 episode of Orange Is the New Black to an illegal file-sharing service already, though AP said it could not confirm… Read

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ABC Buys Time Loop Mystery ‘Echo Point’ From ‘Good Neighbor’ Scribe & Safehouse

ABC has put in development time loop mystery drama Echo Point From Safehouse Pictures and The Good Neighbor co-writer Jeff Richard. The project has a script commitment. If picked up, it will go through the networks’s straight-to-series model for a summer 2018 consideration. Safehouse’s Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold will executive produce, with VP Matt Schwartz as co-executive producer. The plot is being kept under wraps, but is said to be in the vein of sci-fi thrillers Sou… Read

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‘How To Be A Latin Lover’ Review: Mexico’s Eugenio Derbez Has Star Appeal, But Lame Comedy Throws It All Away

The one thing I can’t stand is to see a decent cast wasted on dopey material, but that is exactly the case with How to Be a Latin Lover, a flat and generally unfunny attempt to expand Mexican superstar Eugenio Derbez’s international appeal. I loved his previous import, 2013’s heartwarming and hilarious hit Instructions Not Included, which, like his latestwas released through the Lionsgate latin subsidiary Pantelion Films. Unfortunately this highly talented comic actor… Read

International

Luc Besson Posts Anti-Le Pen Screed Ahead Of French Presidential Election

France will go to the polls on May 7 to determine the country’s next president, choosing between extreme right National Front (FN) candidate Marine Le Pen, who has run on an anti-immigration, anti-EU platform, and independent centrist Emmanuel Macron. The latter currently leads in the polls, but as we’ve seen in the recent past, surprises can lurk around any corner. And although the French film industry is largely anti-Le Pen, filmmakers and celebrities have been less… Read

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Lionsgate Dates Mila Kunis-Kate McKinnon Comedy ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ For Summer 2018

Lionsgate has set a release date of July 6, 2018, for the Susanna Fogel-directed comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me, starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon. Co-written by Fogel and David Iserson, the pic centers on friends Audrey (Kunis) and Morgan (McKinnon), whose lives are shifted when Audrey's unassuming ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Surprising even themselves, the duo jump into action when two men are shot dead on… Read

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Jonas Bloquet Joins New Line’s ‘The Nun’

EXCLUSIVE: Jonas Bloquet has come aboard New Line Cinema’s The Nun, the next installment in James Wan’s The Conjuring universe. He joins Demian Bichir and Taissa Farmiga in the pic, which is being helmed by The Hallow director Corin Hardy. The spinoff is based on the nun character from The Conjuring 2. Peter Safran and Wan are producing from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman. Exec producers are Dauberman and Todd Williams. The film has secured a Friday the 13th release date… Read

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‘A Gray State’ Director Erik Nelson On David Crowley Doc As A “Core Sample Of American Crazy” — Tribeca Studio

David Crowley was many things—”a visionary filmmaker, a political activist, an Iraq veteran, a family man—what documentarian Erik Nelson calls “an American hybrid.” In 2010, the up-and-coming voice in fringe politics embarked on a film project titled Gray State. Set in a dystopian near-future, the would-be project depicted a world where civil liberties were being violated by an overly powerful federal government, gaining a mass following from an online community of… Read

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Universal Moves Robert Downey Jr.’s Untitled Doctor Dolittle Project

Universal Pictures' has moved its untitled Doctor Dolittle movie with Robert Downey Jr. up six weeks from May 24, 2019, to April 12. Previously known as The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, the project had been set to open against Disney’s Star Wars: Episode IX. Directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) and based on the tales by Hugh Lofting, the Dolittle project will be produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films (Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent)… Read

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‘Superman Vs The KKK’ In Works From Lotus, Paperchase & Marco Vicini

Lotus Entertainment and Paperchase Films are teaming with financier and executive producer Marco Vicini to produce Superman vs. the KKK, a film adaptation of Rick Bowers’ 2012 YA nonfiction book. Bowers’ book (full title: Superman Versus The Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate) chronicled the creation of a real-life 1946 radio drama in which Superman took on a thinly-veiled version of the actual Klan. The book will be adapted… Read

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Chris Dodd Stepping Down As Chairman Of MPAA; Charles Rivkin To Take Over

After six years as head of the lobbying arm of major Hollywood studios, Christopher Dodd is stepping down as chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America. The organization announced today that the former U.S. senator will exit his position as CEO on September 4 and from his position as chairman at the end of the year. He will be replaced by Charles Rivkin, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs under the Obama administration… Read