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Pics With Jason Sudeikis & Rebecca Hall, Ethan Hawke & Emma Watson Battle Horror Fare – Specialty Preview


Oscar hopefuls continue to dominate the specialty space, though counterprogramming is in full swing as some distributors hope to tap awards-weary audiences. Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis star in Tumbledown from Starz Digital. The company is opening the date movie in New York and L.A. before a fairly hefty expansion into about three dozen new markets the following week. TWC is opening Regression with Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson in about a hundred locations Friday, the… Read


Fox Orders ‘The Enforcers’ Female Buddy Comedy Pilot, Chris Case Family Comedy

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Fox has greenlighted two more single-camera comedy pilots, The Enforcers, from I Hate My Teenage Daughter creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Kreamer and Warner Bros. TV; and an untitled half-hour from Sin City Saints co-creator Chris Case and 20th Century Fox TV. Written by Bilsing-Graham & Kreamer and to be directed by Gail Mancuso, Emmy winner for Modern Family, The Enforcers is a female buddy comedy about two wildly different single mothers with dreams of being… Read


Channing Tatum & Joseph Gordon-Levitt Comedy Musical Pitch Set Up At Universal

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Universal Pictures has acquired an untitled comedy musical pitch based on an original idea from 21 Jump Street scribe Michael Bacall and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum are attached to star, and Bacall will write the screenplay. The plot is under wraps. This is for Marc Platt Productions which is coming off producing Fox’s musical Grease Live. Its Marc Platt and Adam Siegel are producing with Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan of Free Association… Read


Ethan Hawke To Star In ‘24 Hours To Live’ For Fundamental Films And Thunder Road Pictures

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Ethan Hawke will star in thriller 24 Hours To Live, which will mark the feature directing debut of second unit director Brian Smrz. Chinese distributor and financier Mark Gao’s Fundamental Films and Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures will produce. Fundamental international chairman Gregory Ouanhon is also producing. The Chinese company, which recently set Harald Swart to direct Keanu Reeves-starrer Rally Car, will fully finance the film. Fundamental's Gary Glushon and… Read


‘Half Life’ Trailer: Epic Pictures Lands Sci-Fi Thriller Along With SXSW Hit ‘Uncle Kent 2’

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EXCLUSIVE: For those who like their science fiction deeply unsettling, the upcoming thriller Half Life combines echos of the Chernobyl disaster with paranoia about hidden conspiracies as well as modern worries about fuel scarcity. Set in the near future, Half Life follows a safety inspector sent to find out why a remote nuclear power plant has suddenly gone offline. Once there, she encounters the sole employee at the plant, a paranoid, distrustful recluse, along with an… Read


Mark Damon’s Foresight Boards Alec Baldwin-Demi Moore Drama ‘Blind’

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EXCLUSIVE: Mark Damon's Foresight Unlimited has picked up international sales rights on Michael Mailer's drama Blind, starring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott. Mailer directed and produced alongside Diane Fisher, Jennifer Gelfer, Pamela Thur and Martin Tuchman. Foresight's Mark Damon and Tamara Birkemoe exec produced alongside Baldwin and Mallory Schwartz. Foresight Unlimited and CAA are repping U.S. rights. Penned by John Buffalo Mailer (Wall Street: Money Ne… Read


‘Training Day’: Will Ethan Hawke’s Jake Hoyt Return For TV Series Reboot?


Training Day, CBS’ present-day reimagining of Antoine Fuqua’s acclaimed 2001 feature that starred Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, could become a true sequel, featuring the surviving main characters from the movie. I have learned that Hawke has been approached to reprise his role as Jake Hoyt in the TV series, which hails from Fuqua, Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Bros. TV. It is unclear at the moment whether it will happen or not as talks are ongoing. If he does, it… Read


Bernie Sanders Heading to ‘SNL’ To Join Larry David

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Bernie Sanders campaign says he’s going to New York to appear on Saturday Night Live this weekend with his doppelganger, aka host Larry David. “He is going,” CNN  senior Washington correspondent Jeff Zeleny reported moments ago, citing a senior campaign advisor.  “He has been invited,”  Zeleny said, but quickly added, “there are no official announcements because Saturday Night Live keeps its programming close to the vest. But he is heading there and he believes he will be… Read


Bella Heathcote To Play Christian Grey’s Ex Leila In ‘Fifty Shades Darker’

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EXCLUSIVE: Bella Heathcote has been set to join the cast of Fifty Shades Darker, the second installment of the trilogy based on E L James' worldwide bestselling Fifty Shades Of Grey book series. Heathcote, who starred in Dark Shadows, opens today in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. James Foley is directing both Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed with Niall Leonard adapting the screenplay for the next two films. Heathcote joins Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, who… Read


Former Top Fox Exec Joe Earley Named President Of Gail Berman’s Jackal Group


A month after Joe Earley left Fox following a 21-year executive tenure, he is back in the company fold as president of The Jackal Group, Gail Berman’s joint production venture with Fox TV Group. Earley will oversee all areas of The Jackal Group’s television, film, theater and digital divisions, reporting to chairman and CEO Berman in a reunion of the two executives who worked together at Fox Broadcasting Co. when Berman was entertainment president there. “Joe is an… Read

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Reaches Unprecedented Height At Domestic B.O. With $900M, $2B Worldwide

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Today, the highest grossing film in domestic box office history, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will click past $900M after 50 days in release. In addition, the Disney pic is crossing the $2 billion worldwide mark tomorrow in its 53rd day of global release, still the third-highest on a worldwide basis after James Cameron’s Avatar ($2.78B) and Titanic ($2.19B). By comparison, former all-time champ Avatar stood at $612.7M at the same point in time in its domestic run; it… Read


‘Shades Of Blue’ Ratings Down, ‘Life In Pieces’ Rises, ‘Madoff’ Night 2 Drops

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Maybe it was the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton debate face-off on MSNBC, but Thursday was one of those nights when almost no one on primetime among the Big 4 saw any significant upward movement in the ratings. Emphasis on the almost –  because for Life In Pieces (2.3/7) it was a good night with a 15% rise among adults 18-49. That's the best the CBS freshman comedy has done in the key demo since its September 15, 2015 debut and saw LIP tied with Thursday's 2-hour Ameri… Read