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Open Road Goes Global With FilmNation Partnership – AFM

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EXCLUSIVE: Open Road Films is expanding into the international sales and distribution business after inking a strategic partnership with Glen Basner's FilmNation Entertainment. The deal, announced today by Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg and FilmNation CEO Basner, will allow Open Road to acquire worldwide rights on selected feature projects, with Film Nation selling and servicing international. The move will allow Open Road to offer filmmakers equity and bank financing for… Read

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‘Midnight Rider': Open Road & Gregg Allman Dropped From Civil Suit

A train passes through the Doctortown trestle outside Jesup, GA where the crew of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider set up camera equipment and a hospital bed without permission on live train tracks on February 20, 2014. 

The family of Sarah Jones said today that it has reached an agreement with Midnight Rider distributor Open Road Films and producers Gregg Allman and Michael Lehman to be dropped from their civil lawsuit over the death of the camera assistant on the set of the Allman biopic. The news comes after lawyers for Open Road told a Georgia judge on Tuesday during a motions hearing that it was close to an agreement with Jones' family. The hearing was continued to November 13. "This… Read

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Trick Or Treat? ‘Tales Of Halloween’ Horror Anthology Taps Neil Marshall, Darren Bousman & More – AFM

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EXCLUSIVE: Now that horror hits V/H/S and The ABCs Of Death have shown that the omnibus film can live again, a new anthology is assembling with the likes of Neil Marshall (The Descent) and Darren Bousman (Saw II, III and IV) behind the camera. Epic Pictures Group has come aboard to finance and produce Tales Of Halloween, which will collect ten segments from eleven directors into one interconnected series of stories, all set in a sleepy American suburb terrorized by… Read

Business

Why Are DreamWorks Animation Shares Down After It Beat Earnings Expectations?

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The strong box office for How to Train Your Dragon 2 that helped DreamWorks Animation beat Q3 earnings forecasts in its report last night wasn't enough to keep the studio out of Wall Street's doghouse. Its stock is down 6.6% in afternoon trading - a reversal from last night when shares rose about 5.5% post-market. What changed? CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg's refusal in a conference call to discuss the reported buyout talks with Softbank disappointed some who had hoped for a… Read

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Eva Longoria & Lily Collins Rev Up For Low Riders Movie

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EXCLUSIVE: Eva Longoria and Lily Collins are in talks to star opposite Demian Bichir in the untitled Low Riders movie for Universal Pictures, Blumhouse and Imagine Entertainment. Bichir was already tapped to play the lead in the pic, which takes place in the East LA world of lowrider cars and street tagging. Ricardo de Montreuil is on board to direct the script, written by Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tipping. Previous drafts were written by Cheo Hodari Coker and Elgin… Read

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‘Interstellar': Time Mag Cover Coup

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Interstellar just got the cover of Time magazine. Was it because Warner Bros., which spun off Time Inc this year, is a co-partner with Paramount Pictures? Maybe, so. Regardless, it's still a really nice piece of marketing for the Christopher Nolan-directed sci-fi action/drama which is bowing next Tuesday on 250 locals. It rolls out wide November 7. The last time the news magazine put a movie on its cover was for Zero Dark Thirty on February 4, 2013 when it featured… Read

Box Office

‘Mockingjay’ Advance Ticket Sales Set 2014 Record

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The Hunger Games franchise is still winning the game. The first day of advance-ticket sales for Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 set a record, selling more than any other movie in 2014 so far, according to both Fandango and MovieTickets.com. Tickets went on sale yesterday, three weeks in advance of the film's November 21 release. The previous advance sale record-holder this year for Fandango was also a Lionsgate film — Divergent. MovieTickets.com also… Read

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Alex Garland’s ‘Ex Machina’ Gives New Life To Artificial Intelligence: Hot Trailer

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Alex Garland's feature helming debut, Ex Machina, was picked up for U.S. distribution by A24 on Wednesday, just in time for the first trailer to drop. Garland, who penned 28 Days Later and Sunshine, also wrote the psychological thriller that stars Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander. Gleeson plays a 24-year-old coder at the world's largest Internet company who wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat belonging to the company's reclusive CEO (Isaac)… Read

International

Undaunted, Hong Kong Stars Court China Ire With Occupy Central Support

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At the beginning of October, Hong Kong actor and international star Chow Yun-fat became one of the few high-profile local celebrities to speak out on the pro-democracy protests in his native country. Over the past week, a backlash has started to brew against Chow and others who have lent their support to the demonstrators. The stars, of whom Chow is arguably the most famous outside Asia, are the latest this year to take potentially risky positions on global political… Read

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‘Midnight Rider’ Crew Kept In Dark Over Safety, Federal Investigation Reveals

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EXCLUSIVE: New, surprising details have emerged about the on-set death of 27-year-old camerawoman Sarah Jones during the first day of filming on Midnight Rider. Crew members were not told about an email from railroad owner CSX denying them permission to shoot on the Doctortown train trestle in rural Georgia, as at least 20 members piled onto the tracks 25 to 30 feet above the water under dangerous conditions led by director Randall Miller. See newly released pictures… Read

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‘The Fall’ Season 2; Red Planet Prize Winners & More Global Showbiz Briefs

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Gillian Anderson's UK crime drama The Fall has set its second-season debut. BBC Two tweeted that the show will return at 9PM November 13. The psychological thriller that also stars Fifty Shades Of Grey's Jamie Dornan was a hit in the UK last year, and the second season also will be coming soon to Netflix in the U.S. Created by Allan Cubitt, The Fall focuses on a game of cat and mouse between Anderson's highly driven detective and the sexually motivated serial killer she's… Read

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Coen Brothers’ ‘Hail, Caesar!’ To Bow February 2016

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Universal Pictures has slotted Joel and Ethan Coen's 1950s-set Hollywood film Hail, Caesar! for release February 5, 2016. Right now, it has the date to itself. Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill star in the pic that follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix. The Coen brothers wrote, direct and are producing under their Mike Zoss Prods banner… Read

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