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Nate Parker: Earlier Comments Made “From A Standpoint Of Ignorance”

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In a new interview with Ebony magazine, Birth of a Nation director Nate Parker says his comments from two weeks ago – when he spoke to Deadline, Variety and on Facebook – about the now-infamous 1999 college rape charges were made “from a standpoint of ignorance.” In today’s Ebony Q&A, he says, “It's like, if I don't know how to swim and two weeks later I know how to swim, I know how to swim. Honestly, when I started reading them comments I had to call some people and say… Read

First Look At ‘Downton’s Dan Stevens As Golden-Locked ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Prince

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Dan Stevens, his hair — or someone’s – considerably longer than his floppy Downton Abbey style, looks pretty charming in this set photo from Bill Condon’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast live-action film. Co-producer Jack Morrissey posted the photo on his Facebook page yesterday, noting that the reveal comes “One year to the day after the completion of principal photography,” and adding, “here is your very first look at Dan Stevens as the Prince/Beast.” Morrissey also… Read

‘Don’t Breathe’ $22M+ Opening Is An August Record For Screen Gems – Saturday Update

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6TH Writethru, Saturday AM:  Over 60% K-12 schools and colleges are back in session, but there’s nothing like a decent horror film to dynamite students away from their books, and this weekend there’s Sony Screen Gems/Stage 6’s Don’t Breathe which is overperforming with a $22.4M opening. Sony’s genre label has tapped this late August period before, and knows that with a thrifty-budgeted pic that jibes with the 18-35 demo, there’s cash to be made. Don’t Breathe is on its… Read

‘Hands Of Stone’ Review: Roberto Duran Boxing Biopic Takes Too Many Swings

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Robert De Niro’s presence in the new Roberto Duran boxing bio Hands Of Stone only served to remind me how inferior this picture is to many other films revolving around the sport including Martin Scorsese’s 1980 classic Raging Bull, which won De Niro an Oscar for his immortal portrayal of Jake La Motta. As I say in my video review above, there is nothing horribly wrong with this story of Duran’s life and times in and out of the ring, it’s just that as a standard biopic… Read

Ty Burrell Latest To Join ‘Rock That Body’

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EXCLUSIVE: Emmy-winning Modern Family star Ty Burrell has joined the cast of Rock That Body, the R-rated comedy at Sony Pictures starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, Zoe Kravitz and Demi Moore. Shooting is now underway on the pic in New York and the Hamptons. The movie centers on five friends who get a beach house in Miami for a wild bachelorette weekend that goes completely off the rails. Moore and Burrell are in supporting roles and… Read

Edward Snowden To Appear Via Satellite In U.S. Theaters Ahead Of ‘Snowden’ Opening

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After making a Google chat appearance at Comic-Con for Snowden, the upcoming movie about his life, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will appear via satellite from Moscow for “Snowden Live,” a Fathom Events/Open Road event that will include Oliver Stone, who’ll be beamed in from New York. The event will occur in 700 select stateside theaters Wednesday, September 14 at 7:30 PM ET/6:30 PM CT, and ticket buyers will get the chance to see the movie in advance followed by a… Read

‘Complete Unknown’ Clip: “Your Farsi Is Getting Much Better”

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How would you react if someone you thought you’d never see again suddenly reappeared in your life pretending not to know you? That’s the premise of Amazon Studios and IFC FilmsComplete Unknown, which offers up a challenging character study of two people at serious crossroads in their lives. Though the premise might suggest a vibe somewhat similar to Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy, it tilts decidedly toward mystery and thriller, beginning at a dinner party where Tom… Read

Viacom Board Voices Confidence In Paramount’s Brad Grey After Thursday Grilling By Board

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In December, Brad Grey and his crew at Paramount Pictures were closing up a miserable quarter. Filmed entertainment revenue at the studio's Viacom parent – which mostly reflects Paramount's performance – was down 15 percent, to $612 million from $720 million in the year-earlier quarter. Theatrical sales, some from the late-year release of The Big Short, were off 44 percent from the year before, when Interstellar was a contributor. Domestic theatrical sales had slid even… Read

Two Dozen Film Crew Cars Damaged During ‘Leisure Seeker’ Shoot In Atlanta

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EXCLUSIVE: Crew members on the Atlanta set of the Donald Sutherland-Helen Mirren movie The Leisure Seeker are furious after they found their cars filled with water in a parking lot where they were told they had to park or be towed. About 20-25 cars were flooded in a downpour, and two crew members told us a handful of those cars were totaled. Those working on the film also were told (in writing) that they would have to get relief from their own insurance companies as the… Read

‘Miss Hokusai’ Trailer: Japanese Toon From Gkids’ & ‘Ghost In The Shell’ Creators

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Gkids has amassed eight Oscar nominations for Best Animated Feature since 2009 including two last year — but no wins — and here is the first trailer for its latest pic. Set in 1814 Edo (now Tokyo), Miss Hokusai tells the story of O-Ei, the daughter behind one of the most famous artists in Japanese history. Director Keiichi Hara’s coming-of-age film sees people coming from throughout the city to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai — while his daughter toils inside… Read

Tom Holland Set To Direct ‘Rock Paper Dead’; Well-Known Horror Team On Board

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EXCLUSIVE: Fright Night and Child’s Play helmer Tom Holland will next direct the horror film Rock Paper Dead. He will be joined by a respected team of talent from that genre that includes Emmy-nominated Vincent Guastini (Requiem For A Dream), who will provide special makeup effects; the film's co-writer Victor Miller (Friday The 13th); and composer Harry Manfredini (Friday The 13th). The film will start production next month for a 2017 release. There also will be a major… Read

The Obamas Walk ‘Southside With You’; Gus Van Sant Plants ‘The Sea Of Trees’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

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One of the summer's widest Specialty releases — oxymoron acknowledged — is today's bow of Roadside Attractions/Miramax's Southside With You. Directed by first-timer Richard Tanne and starring Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers, the Sundance feature will open in eight hundred theaters. Southside With You headlines a pack of newcomers now entering late summer, traditionally a pre-fall period when distributors open some of the year's left-overs in the waning days of vacation… Read