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John Carpenter Q&A: Why ‘Halloween’ Didn’t Need Sequels & What Scares The Master Of Horror

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John Carpenter keeps his office in a converted hillside Hollywood home, on a quiet tree-lined street evocative of the sleepy suburb Michael Myers terrorized in 1978's Halloween. Inside, the walls are lined with memories marking Carpenter's four decades in film: original prints, awards, figurines of Kurt Russell as Snake Plisskin and the Creature From The Black Lagoon movie Carpenter spent years trying to make at Universal, a sculpture commemorating the prankster goosings… Read

OSCARS: 134 Pics Vie For Best Feature Documentary

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its list of 134 film vying for the Best Feature Documentary Oscar at the 87th Annual Academy Awards in February. A number of the nonfic hopefuls have yet to get their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. Those that don't will be cut from the contention. A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December. Oscar noms will be revealed January 15, and ABC will broadcast Hollywood's Big Night… Read

‘Midnight Rider': New Photos Show Crew On Train Tracks Before Sarah Jones Death

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Never-before-seen photos show the last known images of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones on the Georgia set where she lost her life in February. In one, Jones (in green) is seen slating a shot with actor William Hurt lying in the hospital bed that later was laid across train tracks and struck, leaving Jones dead and several others injured. Another shows the crew with equipment on the south end of the Doctortown train trestle moments after a train has passed… Read

Channing Tatum’s ‘X-Men’ Character ‘Gambit’ Spinoff Moving Forward

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EXCLUSIVE: In a move that makes official that the X-Men character Gambit is getting his own spinoff movie with Channing Tatum as the card-savvy protagonist, Fox has set Robocop scribe Josh Zetumer to write the screenplay. The studio has officially attached Tatum as star, and to produce with his Free Association partner Reid Carolin, The Donners Company's Lauren Shuler Donner, and Genre Films' Simon Kinberg. The screenplay will be based on a treatment penned by legendary Ma… Read

Oh, Henry! Disney Chasing Hearththrobs For Next ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’

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The hot role to be had at Disney right now is Henry in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Here are the actors who I'm hearing are being courted to test for the dashing young lead (others might be added): Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), George Mackay (Pride) and Brenton Thwaites (The Giver, Maleficent), Mitchell Hope (Descendants'), Ansel Elgort (The Fault In Our Stars) and Sam Keeley (In The Heart Of The Sea). Joachim Rønning and Espen… Read

Feature-Hungry Netflix Courts Weinstein Marketing Head Stephen Bruno

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EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Bruno, the well-regarded head of marketing for The Weinstein Company, has been offered a lucrative position to take a leadership post in marketing at Netflix. It comes at a time when the subscription service's commitment to original programming is growing to the point where it is determined to build a program to generate 10-12 feature-caliber films per year. I'm told Bruno is likely to take the job after serving a total of seven years at TWC, with a… Read

‘Riddick’s David Twohy To Direct Relativity Sci-Fier ‘Replay’

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EXCLUSIVE: Riddick helmer David Twohy has been tapped to direct time-travel pic Replay at Relativity, I'm hearing. This is the previously untitled sci-fi script that the studio snapped up in July from screenwriter Joe Gazzam, who sold action-thriller Shadow Run to Sony and is scripting the Cliffhanger remake for Neal Moritz and StudioCanal. Story tracks Tyler Vaughn, a test subject in a quantum experiment who's sent four days into the future, only to discover his son has… Read

‘Magic City’ Becomes Feature; Bruce Willis & Bill Murray Join Original Starz Cast

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The Mitch Glazer-created period Miami casino mob series Magic City, which Starz canceled last year after a two-season run, is moving to the big screen. Glazer wrote the script and will direct series regulars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danny Huston, Olga Kurylenko and Kelly Lynch, who'll be joined by Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and others. Len Blavatnik of AI Film, Brett Ratner of RatPac and Gerry Schwartz of Onex Corporation will produce and finance, with Steve Bing of Shangri-La… Read

Chris Rock’s ‘Top Five’ Gets Wide Release; ‘Interstellar’ Lifts Off 2 Days Early

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Paramount has shifted Chris Rock's Toronto smash Top Five to a wide release on December 12, instead of a previously scheduled limited bow a week earlier. And Christopher Nolan's Interstellar will open in limited release on November 5, expanding wide two days later on November 7. The sci-fi Matthew McConaughey starrer will face off  that weekend against Disney's animated Big Hero 6, Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything and horror pic Jessabelle, among others. Top… Read

Hollywood Media Bridge Gets $25M Infusion – AFM

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Hollywood Media Bridge has just been infused with a $25 million equity investment from Canadian entrepreneur Jonathan Kitzen and his Kajanga Syndicate, which are increasing their investment in the HMB fund founded by Phillip Goldfine. Hollywood Media Bridge has produced 15 films in the past two years, including the Academy Award-winning documentary short The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life. Kitzen invested in that documentary and was its co-producer. “I've been on… Read

‘Nightcrawler’ Spooks Up $515k In Thursday Sneaks: Box Office Update

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UPDATED FRIDAY 9:23 a.m.: Nightcrawler crept to a half-million head start in the weekend box office. The Jake Gyllenhaal thriller collected $515k in screenings that began at 7 p.m. in some markets. It's nowhere near the Thursday haul of Dracula Untold, which sucked up $1.3 million earlier this month. But for an $8.5 million pic, the opening is solid-if-unspectacular. The question is whether Gyllenhaal will continue to establish himself as a solid lead in dark thrillers… Read

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ewan McGregor Find ‘The Real Thing’ Elusive In Broadway Debuts

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UPDATE October 31: Adds Barb Jungr's show at end. Tom Stoppard's 1982 dazzler gets the matinee-comedy treatment from director-of-the-moment Sam Gold in a revival that leaves its attractive stars, both in their Broadway bows, deeply in the lurch. Glib and weirdly chilly for a literate comedy-drama about love, commitment, the sanctity of words and the enduring perfection of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," the Roundabout Theatre Company production is as full of ideas as… Read

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