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Gillian Flynn Joins Steve McQueen To Script New Regency Heist Thriller

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EXCLUSIVE: After she adapted her novel Gone Girl for New Regency, Gillian Flynn has been set by the financier/producer to join 12 Years A Slave helmer Steve McQueen to co-write a heist thriller that McQueen will direct. Deal was made by New Regency president/CEO Brad Weston, and the thriller is based on the 2002 British miniseries Widows, which was written by Prime Suspect‘s Lynda La Plante. That mini focused on a caper gone wrong, where four armed robbers get killed in a… Read

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‘Southpaw’ Trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal’s Gritty Boxing Pic Could Be A Knockout

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Here is the result of Jake Gyllenhaal’s hard work transforming his body into Junior Middleweight champ Billy “The Great” Hope for Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw, the Kurt Sutter- and Richard Wenk-scripted pic that the Weinstein Company will release July 31. Gyllenhaal dropped jaws in November when the first photo from the movie was released, showing he had gained 15 pounds of pure muscle to leave his Nightcrawler character — for which he earned a Golden Globe nom — well in the… Read

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‘Spectre’ Bonding With Imax In November

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The 24th James Bond film Spectre from Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures will be released in Imax when it hits theaters worldwide on November 6. The previous 007 pic Skyfall also received the Imax treatment and grossed $12.75M during its opening weekend in 320 U.S./Canada Imax hubs, which repped 14% of its $88.4M opening weekend. At that time, the actioner’s $40K theater average marked Imax’s best nonsummer opening… Read

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Vivendi Chairman Vincent Bollore Ups His Stake To 10.2%

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Vivendi chairman Vincent Bollore has upped his stake in the French media giant to 10.2% only days after an activist investor challenged his strategy for the company. Bollore acquired an extra 27.7 million shares for $687 million, and his stake is now double what it was only a few weeks ago. Bollore is consolidating his grip on Vivendi in advance of an expected showdown next month with activist investor P Schoenfeld Asset Management, which has been calling for Vivendi’s… Read

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‘Get Hard’ Grabs $1.8M Thursday, Beats Preview B.O. For Kevin Hart’s ‘Ride Along’

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Warner Bros’ R-rated Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard had a great Thursday, grossing $1.8M. That figure beats the $1.1M generated by Hart’s Ride Along during its Thursday preview in January 2014. That film went on to make $41.5M over three days during its MLK weekend bow. In addition, Get Hard outstrips the $800K Thursday night posted by Hart’s The Wedding Ringer, which ultimately made $20.6M during this year’s MLK holiday weekend. DreamWorks Animation’s Home Read

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Don Mischer To Return As Producer Of Primetime Emmy Awards

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While there will be a change at the helm of the Oscars, with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announcing yesterday that they won’t be coming back, there will be continuity at the Primetime Emmy Awards. Don Mischer, who produced last year’s telecast and four of the past six, is set to return. He will produce the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards with partners Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare through Don Mischer Prods. Hosted by Andy Samberg, the Primetime Emmys will air live on Fox on… Read

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Sony Pictures TV Buys Dutch Pay TV Group Film1 From Liberty Media

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Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPT) announced today it has closed a deal to acquire Dutch Pay TV group Film1 from John Malone’s Liberty Global. Under the deal, which still needs to get regulatory approval, SPT will fully own and operate the five Pay TV channels under the Film1 umbrella along with its Film1 Go service. Film1 offers both local language movies as well as titles from Dreamworks, Fox, Paramount, MGM and Warners. All five Film1 channels will continue to be… Read

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‘Fancy Nancy’ Books To Be Developed As Animated TV Movie & Series By Disney Jr

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Disney Junior has optioned Fancy Nancy, the New York Times best-selling book series by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, to develop as an original animated TV movie and series for premiere in 2017. Also included is a licensing deal with Disney Consumer Products for related role-play items and other consumer products. In addition, the books’ publisher HarperCollins and Disney Publishing will collaborate on future books based on the television series. The stories… Read

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WWE, Gene Simmons Tag-Team To Launch Horror Label

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The sultans of slam and God of Thunder are conspiring to terrify you. WWE Studios and Kiss mogul Gene Simmons have paired up to launch Erebus Pictures, which will finance and produce horror films. The venture has pinned a three-picture co-production deal that will kick off with writer Matt Savelloni’s Temple. Erebus, named for the Greek god of darkness, will shop worldwide rights on all titles and will use WWE's numerous platforms to market its titles. "The horror genre… Read

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Feds Probing Former Paramount Exec Over Embezzlement Allegations

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The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating allegations that former Paramount labor relations executive Stephen Koppekin embezzled money from three of the union pension and health plans that he served on as a management trustee. Two years ago, Paramount announced that Koppekin had retired after many years as the studio's SVP Labor Relations. On Thursday, however, the studio acknowledged that he'd been fired for the allegedly embezzlement. "As soon as this was brought to… Read

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Matthew McConaughey Has Taste For ‘Billionaire’s Vinegar’

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EXCLUSIVE: Matthew McConaughey has become attached to star in The Billionaire’s Vinegar, the Sony Pictures film about the scandal that ensued when an auctioned cache of wine bottles purported to have been owned by Thomas Jefferson were called fakes. Script is by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, the team behind Wanted, 3:10 To Yuma and Chicago Fire. Escape Artists and Overbrook Entertainment have been developing the project for several years, based on the book by Benjamin… Read