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‘All The Money In The World’ Posters: Severed Ear, No Spacey

A severed, bloody, ear-shaped image — but no trace of Kevin Spacey. Two new posters for TriStar Pictures’ upcoming All the Money in the World substitute Christopher Plummer’s name where the now-disgraced Spacey’s would have been had he not been sacked from the film after those sexual harassment allegations. (See the full posters below.) Hitting theaters nationwide on December 22, the movie follows the 1973 kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer)… Read


Paramount Pictures Taps Writer Barbara Curry For Dating App Killer Feature ‘Gasp’

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has tapped screenwriter Barbara Curry to pen their upcoming feature Gasp, the dramatic investigative thriller is inspired by several true stories of women who were killed by men they met on dating apps. Kind of like a modern day Looking for Mr. Goodbar, it seems. And what better writer to script: Curry segued to screenwriting after a decade serving as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office. Produced by Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman's… Read

Box Office

‘Justice League’ Currently Stumbling With $97M+ Opening: Are ‘Wonder’ & ‘Thor’ Cutting Into Business?

Justice League

2ND UPDATE, Friday midday: It’s still early and right now Justice League‘s Friday, including its $13 million last night, is between $36.6M-$38.5M for today. At the top end, that’s $300K higher than Wonder Woman’s Friday, and she was boosted by an $11M Thursday night. This puts Justice League around $97M-plus per industry estimates, far lower than the $110M-$120M on tracking. Why? Because Justice League‘s morning sales weren’t as robust as many expected. To avoid such… Read


‘The Greatest Showman’ Songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul On The Revitalization Of The Original Hollywood Musical

Upon cursory examination of the films taken on by Broadway songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, a theme emerges. Oscar winners last year for La La Land, whose P.T. Barnum pic The Greatest Showman bows later this year, the pair are suckers for larger-than-life stories of show business trials and triumphs, who have played an integral role in reviving the original Hollywood musical. While the films are both enamored with the glow of showbiz, The Greatest Showman is also a… Read


Oscars 2018: A Look At Contenders In The Best Animated Feature Race

With only a handful of Oscar-nominated directors in the running for Best Animated Feature this year, the race feels wide open, with no obvious frontrunners and the potential for any number of up-and-coming helmers to break through. Winning for Zootopia last year, Walt Disney Studios should be in the mix with Lee Unkrich's anticipated Pixar entry Coco—a Day of the Dead- themed musical feature centering on a young boy's journey through the Land of the Dead. Another… Read


Costume Designer-Turned-Helmer Courtney Hoffman To Direct Feature From Her ‘The Good Time Girls’ Short

Hateful Eight costume designer Courtney Hoffman

EXCLUSIVE: Argent Pictures has acquired the feature rights to The Good Time Girls, Courtney Hoffman's widely acclaimed feminist western short film. The film production/financing company run by Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens and Ben Renzo, will finance and produce the feature remake, and they've set a February start date in New Mexico. That means that Hoffman, who scripted the film adaptation of the short with Lucy Teitler, and who directed the while establishing herself as a… Read


Mahershala Ali To Star In Anonymous Content’s A.J. Wolfe Crime Tale ‘Burn’

EXCLUSIVE: Anonymous Content has acquired Burn, the upcoming true-crime thriller by A.J. Wolfe. The producer is teamed on the feature film adaptation with Oscar winning Moonlight star Mahershala Ali. He will star in the film and be executive producer. Anonymous Content’s Nicole Clemens and Kevin Cotter will produce it. The book will be adapted by Fredrick Kotto, the former detective-turned-screenwriter. Kotto and Artillery Creative's Tom Carter will also be executive… Read


‘Get Out’ Director Jordan Peele: Scaring Up Racial Dialogue By Fusing Genre With Polemic

While he built an Emmy-winning career in socially aware comedy, those who knew Jordan Peele weren't surprised when he married a polemical theme to the horror genre for his feature directorial debut Get Out. Peele grew up a self-described movie nerd, with an encyclopedic knowledge of horror films, and after Get Out became one of the most wildly profitable films in memory, with a $253 million global gross on a $4.5 million budget, the film's clever play on race relations in… Read


Bryan Cranston Talks ‘Last Flag Flying’ And His Upcoming Turn As Howard Beale In ‘Network’ On The London Stage

Bryan Cranston is living in London right now, starring in the National Theatre’s production of Network for director Ivo van Hove. And, earlier this month, his new film Last Flag Flying, directed by Richard Linklater, opened in the US. The two projects could not be more different. In the first, he is the mad as hell Howard Beale, determined not to take it anymore. And in Last Flag Flying he is Sal Nealon, a Vietnam vet whose larger-than-life personality lights up every… Read


Viola Davis, Malcolm D. Lee In Universal Deal For Terry McMillan Novel ‘I Almost Forgot About You’

Viola Davis

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has has won an auction and has optioned from The Jackal Group the rights to Terry McMillan’s bestseller I Almost Forgot About You, which the studio will mount a star vehicle for Oscar-winning Fences star Viola Davis, with Girls Trip helmer Malcolm D. Lee directing. The Jackal Group's Gail Berman and Joe Earley, who acquired McMillan’s novel back back in May, are producing alongside Davis, her husband and JuVee Productions partner Julius… Read

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Fandango Reports Sensational Advance Group Ticket Sales For ‘Wonder’


EXCLUSIVE: Despite a behemoth like Warner Bros/DC’s Justice League in the marketplace this weekend, which is poised to make north of $110 million, many are betting that Lionsgate’s Wonder overperforms. Even though it chalked up a $740,000 Thursday night preview from 7 PM showtimes, there’s been a huge amount of advance group sales, fueled by Lionsgate’s outreach to schools. Fandango reports that Wonder is the No. 2 ticket-seller for today and the weekend, behind Justice Le… Read


Sony Pictures Confirms Quentin Tarantino Deal; Margot Robbie, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio Circling

Quentin Tarantino

UPDATED with Sony confirmation: Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman just validated Deadline’s morning scoop that the studio won worldwide rights on Quentin Tarantino’s new film, the first of his long career to not be directed for either Miramax or The Weinstein Company. This email was just dispersed internally on the Culver City lot. Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to report that late last night, Sony did indeed succeed in securing the worldwide rights in all media to Quentin Ta… Read