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Highland Film Group Locks Key Sales For Bruce Willis Starrer ‘Reprisal’ – Cannes

EXCLUSIVE: Highland Film Group has locked several international territories on Bruce Willis-starrer Reprisal, directed by Brian A. Miller. Project is written by Bryce Hammons and produced by Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films' Randall Emmett, George Furla and Mark Stewart. Sold territories for the pic include France (Studiocanal), Spain (Inopia), Greece and Turkey (Italia), Italy (IIF), Japan (New Select), Middle East (Italia), Pan Asia (Fox), EE (Daro), GSE (Splendid) and Airlines… Read


Nat Wolff Joins Sam Claflin In Crime Thriller ‘Semper Fi’ – Cannes

Nat Wolff has joined Sam Claflin in Henry-Alex Rubin's crime thriller Semper Fi. Cornerstone Films is handling sales for the title here in Cannes, with CAA co-repping domestic. Rubin pens the script with Sean Mullin and project is produced by Whiplash and Nightcrawler producer David Lancaster of Rumble Films and Karina Miller from Sparkhouse Media. Claflin leads the cast as Hopper, and Wolff joins as his younger brother Oyster. Hopper is a straight-laced cop who fills his… Read


‘The Commune’ Clip: House Rules Explained In Thomas Vinterberg’s Personal Period Pic

EXCLUSIVE: The Hunt helmer Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last year and is being released by Magnolia this weekend in New York and Los Angeles. The period drama is loosely based on Vinterberg’s childhood experiences growing up as part of a collective in 1970s Copenhagen. Above is a clip that discusses “house rules” with some cheeky input by one of the young potential renters. Magnolia expands next weekend with further theatrical runs… Read


‘The Rider’ Helmer Chloé Zhao On Her Portrait Of The Demonized American Heartland — Cannes Ones To Watch Clip

EXCLUSIVE: Chinese filmmaker Chloé Zhao is making her second trip to the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors' Fortnight this year, with sophomore feature The Rider. Born in Beijing, Zhao went to school in the UK and college in the U.S. before settling in Denver, basing her first two feature films on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation. Zhao's 2015 drama, Songs My Brothers Taught Me, was developed at the Sundance Institute and premiered in Park City that year. It centers on… Read


How Director Fede Alvarez Got Ownership Stake In His Genre Smash ‘Don’t Breathe’ — Deadline Disruptors

Which of Deadline's disruptors has taken more advantage of shifts in the movie business than Uruguayan writer-director Fede Alvarez? By doing his second film on spec, he managed to own a majority stake in Don't Breathe, a horror film that cost $7 million and grossed $157 million worldwide. That brought him a payday well into eight-figures, making him wealthy similar to the circumstance that left George Lucas the owner of his Star Wars creation. And this happened after his… Read


Jessica Chastain To Play Ingrid Bergman In Tale Of Torrid Affair With Robert Capa – Cannes

EXCLUSIVE: Two-time Academy Award nominee and Cannes jury member Jessica Chastain will star in Seducing Ingrid Bergman, and she and her Freckle Films has joined YRF Entertainment to produce it. Arash Amel wrote the script and is also producing. It’s based on the 2012 novel by Chris Greenhalgh which tells the story of the torrid romance between the Casablanca actress and celebrated war photographer Robert Capa. Their relationship began in Paris immediately following WWII… Read


How Scott Stuber Will Steer Netflix Ambition To Make 40-50 Feature Films Per Year – Deadline Disruptors

Scott Stuber

When Scott Stuber took himself out of contention to replace the late Brad Grey as Paramount chairman, and instead accepted an offer from Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos to run Netflix's feature film division, many felt he'd taken the more exciting job. Why? While Jim Gianopulos has to dig Paramount out of a deep hole, Stuber has a blank slate and the financial backing to make Netflix as aggressive a film studio as it is on the television front—try 40-50 films per year… Read


‘Real Time’: Bill Maher Asks Sinclair’s Boris Epshteyn “Whose Side Are You On?”

UPDATED with video: Boris Epshteyn, the former Donald Trump adviser who’s now a public face for Sinclair Broadcast Group, insists his new boss is “straight down the middle” politically, repeatedly drawing gasps and laughs on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher tonight. “That’s not true,” Epshteyn said when Maher described Sinclair as wanting “to be to the right of Fox News.” “Fox is a cable channel,” Epshteyn said. “This is different.” Sinclair, he said, provides local… Read


Upfronts 2017: Networks Bet On Religious Themes For Next Season

The Gospel of Kevin

After the November presidential election, the broadcast networks — some publicly, some privately — had vowed to better reflect the lives and values of people in the Heartland. The two hottest themes this pilot season were military dramas — NBC’s The Brave (originally For God And Country), CBS’ SEAL Team, Fox’s Behind Enemy Lines and the CW’s Valor — and religious projects that tackle the Bible with the comedy By The Book (originally titled Living Biblically) and light… Read


Preliminary Talks Underway For New SAG-AFTRA Film & TV Contract

Preliminary discussions already are underway for a new SAG-AFTRA film and TV contract. Working groups met Wednesday and Thursday, and will meet again next week, to lay the groundwork for the negotiations, which are scheduled to start May 31, when the full negotiating committees from labor and management meet for the first time. The union's current contract expires June 30, so the two sides will have about a month to reach an agreement on a new pact. If so-called "pattern… Read


‘Tour De Pharmacy’ Trailer: HBO Sets Andy Samberg’s Bike Race Mockumentary For Summer

Hold on to your helmets, biking fans: HBO is bringing the none-too-serious Tour de Pharmacy to a circuit near you. The premium channel said today the one-off mockumentary starring Andy Samberg will premiere at 10 PM July 8. Watch the teaser trailer above. Written by Murray Miller (Girls), the comedy special details the Tour de France during “a dark and fictitious time in cycling history.” Here’s the logline: In 1982, the sport's most venerable, time-honored race was… Read


Netflix Makes Red Carpet Debut On The French Riviera With Strong Response For ‘Okja’ – Cannes

Netflix might have had a spotty day in Cannes, what with a technically challenged early-morning press screening for its first Cannes Film Festival contender Okjaas well as some trade and newspaper headlines that quite frankly misrepresented that incident. But Friday evening’s Okja gala at the Grand Lumiere Theatre of the Palais went off without a hitch and, most important, there was no booing. The movie from revered South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho (Snowpiercer, The H… Read