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New ‘Purge’ Movie A Go, Gets July 2018 Release Date


Universal, Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes are moving forward with a third sequel to the pair’s Purge horror/thriller franchise, and have set a July 4, 2018 release date for the new installment. Franchise creator James DeMonaco is writing the new pic but has no plans to direct; he performed both duties on the previous movies. He will help the producers find another director for the fourth installment, right now known as the untitled Next Purge Chapter. The plot and concept… Read

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‘Conjuring’ Spinoff ‘The Nun’ Lands Summer 2018 Date


Warner Bros.’ New Line said today that The Nuna spinoff from The Conjuring franchise, is set to fly on July 13, 2018. Fast-tracked for a summer start, it’s the second spinoff title in the James Wan universe following Annabelle. The first three movies in the franchise grossed close to $900M, and the fourth, Annabelle 2, opens on August 11. Corin Hardy (The Hallow) will direct The Nun off a script by Gary Dauberman from a story by him and James Wan. Wan and Peter Safran… Read


Bleecker Street Inks U.S. Deal For Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’, Sets August Release


Bleecker Street is partnering with Steven Soderbergh’s Fingerprint Releasing to distribute his new comedy Logan Lucky in the U.S. An August 18 wide release is being eyed for the heist comedy, which features a killer ensemble including Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes and Daniel Craig. The movie, set in the world of NASCAR racing, was penned by Rebecca Blunt and centers on a pair of brother (Tatum and Driver) trying to… Read

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Sam Elliott’s Sundance Drama ‘The Hero’ Sets Summer Release

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Brett Haley’s The Hero, about an aging Western film star who faces his own mortality after being diagnosed with cancer, will open limited on June 9 before expanding on July 4. Deadline‘s Mike Fleming broke the news exclusively out of Sundance that The Orchard landed domestic rights for the Sam Elliott feature after paying $3M.  The Hero also stars Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter and Katharine Ross, and was written by Haley and Marc Basch. Sam Bisbee, Houston… Read

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Universal’s ‘Scarface’ Reboot To Hit Big Screen In August 2018


Universal’s reboot of Scarface will open on August 10, 2018. The studio already had RSVP’ed the date under untitled event film. The Coen brothers are rewriting the script, the studio said. The siblings won’t direct. Several filmmakers are up for the job, notably Hell or High Water‘s David Mackenzie and Patriots’ Day’s Peter Berg. It’s a Bluegrass Films and Global Produce production, produced by Marc Shmuger (Lucy), Scott Stuber (Ted) and Dylan Clark (Planet of the Apes… Read

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Weinstein Co.’s Ballerina Animated Pic ‘Leap!’ Jumps To April


Weinstein Co.’s animated feature Leap! is hopping from March 3 to April 21, which is the weekend after Easter. Pic directed by Eric Summer and Eric Warin follows an orphan girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house. The movie is already in overseas release, and has accumulated close to $34M; its original title being Ballerina. A bulk of the… Read


Animatsu’s ‘In This Corner Of The World’ To Be Released By Shout! Factory


EXCLUSIVE: Animatsu Entertainment’s new animated feature In This Corner of the World, based on the award-winning manga by Fumiyo Kouno and written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi, will be released in North America by Shout! Factory. The award-winning story follows a young lady named Suzu Urano who, in 1944, moves to the small town of Kure in Hiroshima to live with her husband's family. Suzu's life is thrown into chaos when her town is bombed during World War II. Her… Read


James Franco’s ‘The Institute’ Gets March 3 Release Date

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The James Franco, directed and produced period piece The Institute, which which he also stars, will be released on March 3 by Momentum Pictures both theatrically and on VOD.  The film marks the third collaboration between co-directors Franco and Pamela Romanowsky. Set in 19th century Baltimore, thee film tells the story of Isabel Porter (Allie Gallerani) who, stricken with grief from her parents' untimely death, voluntarily checks herself into the Rosewood Institute… Read


‘Lavender’ Thriller To Bow Via Samuel Goldwyn & AMBI Group


Samuel Goldwyn Films and AMBI Group will partner on the domestic release of Lavender, the Ed Gass-Donnelly thriller starring Abbie Cornish that bowed last year at the Tribeca Film Festival. The pic will bow exclusively on Dish Network on February 3, 2017, one month before a March 3 theatrical and VOD bow. The movie penned by Gass-Donnelly and Colin Frizzell centers on a photographer (Cornish) who suffers severe memory loss after a traumatic accident, and strange clues… Read


Universal Dates ‘Sing 2’ & ‘Minions 2,’ Moves ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ Back A Year


So many successful franchises, so much time. Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment are mixing it up with the sequels of three of their most successful animated IPs. First, The Secret Life of Pets 2 is being pushed by a year from July 13, 2018, to Fourth of July weekend a year later. In addition, Minions 2 is moving up a weekend from July 10, 2020, to a week earlier — Fourth of July weekend (yet again). And not to be upstaged, Sing 2 will get the spotlight on… Read


Bel Powley-Starrer ‘Carrie Pilby’ Gets March Release Date


Carrie Pilby, the Bel Powley-starring pic that The Orchard acquired in the fall after its bow at the Toronto Film Festival, will hit theaters March 31, the distributor said today. It will be followed by a digital and VOD release April 4. The movie, directed by Susan Johnson and written by Kara Holden who adapted Caren Lissner’s bestseller, stars Powley as Carrie, a genius who graduated Harvard at 18 and is convinced the world is populated by oversexed hypocrites. She has… Read


‘Greenleaf’ Season 2 Gets Spring Premiere Date On OWN


Megachurch will be back in session on the Ides of March. OWN said today that the drama series that was its most-watched premiere ever willreturn for Season 2 on March 15. The second half of the 16-episode sophomore session will air in the summer. Watch a teaser for S2 above. Greenleaf focuses on the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. In Season 2, the… Read