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J.C. Chandor Pic ‘A Most Violent Year’ Gets New Year’s Eve Release: Video

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A24 has slotted a December 31 release date for J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year. The pic will open in NYC and Los Angeles on that date, then expand nationally. Chandor is currently completing the film starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain for A24, FilmNation and Participant Media.  A Most Violent Year, co-financed by Participant and Image Nation Abu Dhabi, takes place in New York in 1981, a year in which the city had one of its highest tallies of violent crime. An… Read

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Tom Sizemore Launches Crowdfunding Campaign For Detroit-Set Thriller He’ll Star In & Produce

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Tom Sizemore has taken to crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to raise funds for his passion project An Honest Thief, a noir-ish thriller that the Heat and Saving Private Ryan actor is putting together as a starring vehicle. It's his first film as a producer and a step toward rebuilding his up-and-down career following a public relapse in January, but Sizemore says he has refocused his sights on sobriety and is optimistic. “I want to get back,” he said over the phone… Read

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Hot Trailer: Jason Reitman’s ‘Men, Women & Children’

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Here's the new trailer for the pic starring Ansel Elgort, Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris and Adam Sandler as a group of high schoolers and their parents navigating life, love, and relationships in the age of social media and online obsession. Men, Women & Children, Jason Reitman's follow-up to Labor Day had its world premiere at Toronto this month, and Paramount has set an October 1 limited release. The R-rated pic from Right of… Read

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‘Let’s Be Cops’ Helmer Luke Greenfield Closes Fox Deal For Next Pic

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EXCLUSIVE: Luke Greenfield, who wrote, produced and directed the Fox sleeper Let's Be Cops, is back in business with the studio for his next film. He's made a deal to direct and produce an untitled suspense thriller that, like his recent outing, depicts normal people using a loophole to empower themselves to live different lives. Here, a group of twentysomethings have diplomatic immunity because their parents are government officials. Since they literally cannot get… Read

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Toronto: ‘Ruth & Alex’ Goes To Focus World

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Focus World has picked up domestic rights to the Diane Keaton-Morgan Freeman pic Ruth & Alex following its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Directed by Richard Loncraine (Wimbledon, My One And Only) from a script by Charlie Peters, the adaptation of Jill Ciment's Heroic Measures also stars Cynthia Nixon in the story of a NYC couple (Keaton and Freeman) deciding whether to sell their longtime Brooklyn home. Focus World, the alternative distribution arm of Focus… Read

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Liam Neeson Sweet On Harlan Coben’s ‘Tell No One’

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EXCLUSIVE: As Universal Pictures prepares for Friday's opening of the Scott Frank-directed adaptation of the Lawrence Block novel A Walk Among The Tombstones, the studio is courting its star Liam Neeson for another thriller novel it is percolating. It's Tell No One, the thriller by bestselling novelist Harlan Coben. There is a script by Oscar-winning Argo scribe Chris Terrio, but they are going to do some work before Neeson will officially attach. I hear it's going to… Read

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Kate Mara Offered Role In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’

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EXCLUSIVE: Following an Emmy-nominated run on Netflix's House Of Cards, Kate Mara has been offered a role in Ridley Scott's The Martian. The 20th Century Fox sci-fier is picking up steam: Deadline reported this month that Jessica Chastain and Kristin Wiig are circling lead roles opposite Matt Damon in the saga of an astronaut marooned on Mars. The script is adapted by Cabin In The Woods' Drew Goddard from the book by Andy Weir, which sold to publisher Crown in 2013 after… Read

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Imperative Entertainment, Bastei Lubbe AG Form Joint Media Venture

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Imperative Entertainment, the multi-platform media shingle formed in March by Heroes' Tim Kring, Zak Kadison and Bradley Thomas, has pacted with Germany-based publishing company Bastei Lubbe AG on a new joint venture. Both companies will have a 50% stake in Bastei LLC, which will focus on developing new IP for the film, TV and gaming markets. Their slate launches with a quartet of projects: Family drama Capital Gains, set in the high-stakes world of private equity and… Read

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Paramount Shifts ‘Scouts Vs Zombies’, ‘Paranormal Activity 5′ Release Dates

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Paramount has moved up next year's release of horror comedy Scouts Vs. Zombies from March 13 to February 20 and moved Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (formerly Paranormal Activity 5) into that March 13 slot. It initially was slated for October 25, 2014. The shift pits Scouts Vs. Zombies up against Open Road's The Gunman, Relativity's Jane Got A Gun, and Buena Vista's McFarland USA. The Paranormal Activity sequel will face off against Buena Vista's Cinderella, and… Read

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Lionsgate’s Codeblack Inks First-Look Deal With Datari Turner

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LUV and It's A Disaster producer Datari Turner has scored a first-look deal with Codeblack Films, Lionsgate's specialty arm geared toward black audiences. The agreement gives Codeblack all North America rights to Turner's slate of microbudget films via his Datari Turner Productions shingle. Since founding the company in 2010, Turner has produced Sundance pics Another Happy Day, Salvation Boulevard, and LUV, as well as the James Franco starrer About Cherry. In that short… Read

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Toronto: ‘The Dead Lands’ Acquired By Magnet In NA Rights Deal

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EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films and General Film Corporation has sold North American rights of the Toronto Film Festival film The Dead Lands to Magnet Releasing. The New Zealand-set action-thriller was directed by Toa Fraser, scripted by Glenn Standring and produced by Matthew Metcalfe and Standring. James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan, George Henare and Rena Owen star. Magnolia's Magnet will release in theaters next year and the deal was brokered by… Read

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‘Sons Of Anarchy’s Katey Sagal Mothers Vinny Pazienza In Fight Pic ‘Bleed For This’

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EXCLUSIVE: Katey Sagal has been set to star in Bleed For This. She will play Louise Pazienza, the mother of fighter Vinny Pazienza in the film directed and scripted by Ben Younger. She joins Whiplash star Miles Teller, who'll play the former world champ known as the Pazmanian Devil, with Aaron Eckhart playing trainer Kevin Rooney, Amanda Clayton playing Doreen Pazienza, and Ciaran Hinds and Tom DeNucci also starring. Sagal takes the role as her character continues to be… Read

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