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Eastwood Talks Impact Of ‘American Sniper’ At PGA Nominees Breakfast

Four Oscar nominations and two wins over the years and a DGA nomination this year but despite Best Picture and Best Actor noms there was no Best Director to make the American Sniper helmer’s day.

This morning's Producers Guild Nominees Awards breakfast at the Saban Theatre was more about congratulations than controversy. But panelist Clint Eastwood said his film American Sniper and other war films —  including his other favorite, Letters from Iwo Jima —  make “the strongest anti-war statement”  in their depiction of families back at home and the fallout of soldiers’ PTSD. These films show “what it (war) does to the people left behind.” The producer/director said… Read


Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson Reunite In ‘She’s Funny That Way’ – Hot Trailer

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While Jennifer Aniston’s Cake was heating up at the Toronto Film Festival, her other indie feature this fall which played at Venice was Peter Bogdanovich’s screwball comedy She’s Funny That Way, the Oscar-nominated director’s first feature film in 13 years since the semi-true William Randolph Heart yacht murder pic The Cat’s Meow. She’s Funny That Way follows a married Broadway director (Owen Wilson) who falls for a prostitute-turned-actress and works to help her advance… Read


Threatened Teamsters Strike Against TV Commercials Industry Averted

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A threatened Teamsters strike against the TV commercials industry has been averted, as members of Teamsters Local 399 ratified a new commercials contract in voting conducted today. Two weeks ago, the local's members overwhelmingly rejected an earlier proposal, which put the union on a strike footing. After returning to the bargaining table with the Alliance of Independent Commercial Producers, union leaders gained concessions on low-budget projects, and unanimously… Read


Deadline Studios @ Sundance Day One Photos: Ethan Hawke, Jason Segel, Eli Roth And More

James Ponsoldt, Mamie Gummer, Mickey Sumner and Jason Segel

For the first time ever, Deadline Studios @ Sundance ’15 is capturing talent and filmmakers from this year’s hottest films to hit Park City, Utah. Photographer Mark Mann is in the photo studio, using the Leica S-System and Rotolight lighting, while Deadline’s Dominic Patten is conducting quick, intimate videos interviews with above- and below-the-line talent. We’ve set up shop just off Main Street, teaming with Social House, Eveleigh, Beats by Dre and ManyOne. Click… Read


UPDATE: Relativity Sticks The Landing: $3 Million For Sundance Opener ‘The Bronze’


UPDATE: Well, the first major deal made on the ground at Sundance is officially in the books. Relativity paid around $3 million for U.S. rights to the opening night film The Bronze, following an all-night negotiation. As I reported earlier, there’s a nice screen commitment and P&A. While Rauch is practically unrecognizable from her sweet Big Bang Theory persona–and man, she’s got a potty mouth–there is an opportunity to carve out a new identity for a talented performer… Read


Rupert Murdoch Raves About ‘American Sniper’, Slams Hollywood Leftists

'American Sniper' Praised By Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch, who weeks ago was defending the white cast in 20th Century Fox’s Exodus: Gods and Kingshas taken to Twitter praising Clint Eastwood’s Chris Kyle biopic, exclaiming, “Yes, American Sniper!!”  But, the News Corp. chairman and CEO also took time to target those who he sees are the film’s biggest cynics: Hollywood liberals. Check it out: Yes, American Sniper!! — Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 24, 2015 Hollywood leftists trash American… Read


‘Constantine’ & ‘Hart Of Dixie’ Tick Up In Ratings On Quiet Friday


There was little movement last night as ABC and CBS opted for mostly repeats on the Friday before the start of the February sweep. NBC’s Constantine (0.9 in adults 18-49, 3.48 million viewers) showed signs of recovery from the scheduling move to 8 PM, which pushed the series’ ratings down by -20%. In its second airing in the new 8 PM slot, Constantine was up +13% (.1), drawing its largest audience since Nov. 21. NBC likely looked at Gotham‘s successful run at 8 PM as… Read


Indiegogo, Vimeo Partner Up On Film Fund & Distribution

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Indiegogo and Vimeo are joining forces with the latter to serve as the preferred distribution platform for the film funding site. In addition, Vimeo has also committed to a film fund for select Indiegogo feature campaigns in exchange for exclusive distribution on Vimeo On Demand. Additionally, there will be a dedicated Vimeo VOD storefront on Indiegogo’s site with titles funded by their crowdfunding campaigns available for purchase. Vimeo will also feature a dedicated… Read


Vertical Climbs Into Distribution With ‘Dial A Prayer’ Deal


Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Maggie Kiley's Dial A Prayer, a film that stars Brittany Snow, William H. Macy, Glenne Headly, Tom Lipinski, and Kate Flannery. Co-President's Rich Goldberg and Mitch Budin closed on the terms of the deal during a meeting at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival with producer Jason Potash, Paul Finkel, and representatives from XYZ Films and Preferred Content. Vertical plans to release the film in theaters in late… Read


Bill Maher Blasts ‘American Sniper’ – Video

Bill Maher Advises Hillary Clinton to Go Away Before U.S. Presidency Bid

Bill Maher joined the war over American Sniper, saying the movie portrayed Chris Kyle as a “psychopath patriot and we love him.” American Sniper, he said, painted an unsubtle black-and-white/good versus evil/"we're good, they're bad" picture. American Sniper has made more than $154 million in box office. "Hurt Locker made $17 million because it was a little ambiguous, and thoughtful," Maher noted, "And this one was just, 'American hero! He's a psychopath patriot – and we… Read


Tom Bernard, Luc Robitaille Among Those In Sunday Hockey Game: Sundance


While we wait for the puck to drop on all these films sales I expect to happen here in Sundance, tomorrow marks the 8th year of the Luc Robitaille Celebrity Shootout hockey game for the Echoes of Hope charity. The game always brings an unexpected mix of celebs and the movie crowd. This year, Andie MacDowell & Taylor Dayne are coaching teams that include Neal McDonough, Jason Priestly, Vampire Diaries' Steven R. McQueen, David Boreanaz, Alan Thicke, Five for Fighting's… Read

Box Office

‘American Sniper’ Thrives As Johnny Depp’s ‘Mortdecai’ Dies – Late Night B.O. Update


UPDATE, SATURDAY 3AM: With Warner Bros./Village Roadshow's American Sniper shooting down more box office records this weekend with an updated industry projection of $61.2M, another star-studded bomb went off at the B.O. following last weekend's Blackhat debacle: Johnny Depp's $60M R-rated comedy Mortdecai flatlined with an estimated $1.6M on Friday at 2,648 theaters, on track for a horrendous $4.6M weekend in eighth place – far below the $10-$12M that distributor… Read