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Paramount Beats Class Action Lawsuit Over Credit Checks For Job Applicants

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Just under three months after Michael Peikoff first went after the Viacom-owned studio in federal court for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the case is over. Judge Vince Chhabria ruled last week that while Paramount Pictures may have not been totally upfront in its intention to run credit report checks on potential employment seekers like Peikoff, it didn't disregard federal law requirements. "Accordingly, the motion to dismiss is granted," the U.S. District… Read

Fox Searchlight Picks Up ‘He Named Me Malala’ About Youngest Nobel Winner

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Fox’s specialty arm acquired worldwide rights minus France and other French-speaking territories to He Named Me Malala, according to a statement from Fox Searchlight Pictures presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula. Studiocanal will distribute the Davis Guggenheim pic in France. The film is slated for release this year. Produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald under their long-term production partnership with Image Nation Abu Dhabi and co-financed by Participant… Read

DreamWorks Animation Shares Score On ‘Home,’ But Is It Enough?

Weekend Box Office: 'Home' Leads 'Get Hard'

Home is where the heart is for DreamWorks Animation investors this morning: The studio’s shares are up more than 7% in pre-market trading following the successful opening weekend for its only major 2015 release. Home‘s $54 million domestic box office gross trounced the Street’s expectations for about $30 million and broke a streak of disappointments that included write-downs for Penguins Of Madagascar, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Turbo, and Rise Of The Guardians. It was DWA’s… Read

‘Cinderella’ Returns To Top Of Offshore Box Office; ‘Home’ Rounds $48M – Update

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UPDATE, SUNDAY PM PT: Across the Top 10 studio titles, international box office was down about 8% versus last week which had been led by Insurgent. Tris & co changed places with Cinderella this frame as the live-action Disney film opened in the UK and France among others and held well in Italy, taking a total $38.7M and handily crossing $300M global with $336.2M. DreamWorks Animation's Home, meanwhile, gave the studio its biggest domestic debut since Fox began handling… Read

New ‘Jurassic World’ Teaser: Bystanders Carried Off By Pterosaurs

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Taking advantage of tonight’s The Walking Dead season 5 finale, Universal has released a new TV spot teaser for this summer’s Chris Pratt-fronted Jurassic World. The film picks up 22 years after the original Jurassic Park, with a fully functional dinosaur theme park built on the island of Isla Nubar. When attendance begins to decline, the corporate overlords behind the park commission the creation of a genetically modified Velociraptor hybrid; predictably, the new beast… Read

Bart & Fleming: A Mea Culpa; Frank Sinatra Re-Cast; Tent Pole Assembly Line

Sammy Davis Jr. Pals Around with Frank Sinatra

Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.  FLEMING: I need to start off on a serious note. Deadline ran an article last week that generated controversy and hurt feelings. An unfortunate headline–Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings – About Time or Too Much of Good Thing?—created a context from which no article could recover… Read

Miroslav Ondříček Dies: Oscar-Nominated Cinematographer Of ‘Amadeus’ Was 80

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Miroslav Ondříček, a leading member of the Czech New Wave and Oscar-nominated cinematographer behind the camera on Amadeus, Silkwood, and A League of Their Own, has died at age 80. Born in Prague, in what was then Czechoslovakia, in 1934, Ondříček was a graduate of the Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He began his career in film shooting documentaries and newsreel footage, before joining the Barrandov Studios training school in the late 1950s. It was at… Read

‘While We’re Young’ Springs To Lively Debut For Noah Baumbach

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Noah Baumbach ruled the specialty box-office weekend with While We’re Young – his latest film starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts – which had a robust debut in four theaters. The filmmaker joked Monday that the film  was his “most accessible” and “the happiest I get.” The numbers back that up, with While We’re Young topping the debut of It Follows as 2015’s best specialty debut. Among other newcomers, Sony Classics opened its Oscar-nominated The Salt Of The Earth to… Read

Academy Museum Buys Rare ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Model For $344,000

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Proving the Academy is serious about getting top-drawer content for its new Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures, AMPAS has added a biggie by successfully bidding $344,000 yesterday for a rare visual-effects model of the Aries 1B Trans-Lunar Space Shuttle used in shooting 2001: A Space Odyssey.   Most of the props, sets, costumes and models for this landmark 1968 film were purposely destroyed by director Stanley Kubrick to keep them from being used in other movies. This… Read

Gene Saks Is Dead At 93; Directed Neil Simon’s ‘Barefoot In The Park,’ ‘Odd Couple’ Films

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UPDATE, Sunday noon with more information throughout. Gene Saks, an actor-turned-director whose long kinship with Neil Simon led to the film versions of two of the most successful comedies of their time, Barefoot in The Park (1967) and The Odd Couple, and whose screen performances include playing Chuckles The Chipmunk host Leo in the Jason Robards film of Herb Gardner’s A Thousand Clowns, died Saturday of pneumonia at his home in East Hampton, Long Island. He’s survived… Read

Star Power Propels DWA’s ‘Home’ To $54M; ‘Get Hard’ To $34.6M – Final Sunday AM Box Office Update

Weekend Box Office: 'Home' Beating 'Get Hard'

Final Update, Sunday 10 AM: Star power actually worked at the box office this weekend. For weeks, we’ve seen stars who couldn’t open films with their names: Johnny Depp, Liam Neeson and Vince Vaughn. The films failed for an array of reasons from mismatched genres to fatigued formulas. But this weekend, it was clear – star power can still drive a film’s success. While we can’t see the stars onscreen in DreamWorks Animation’s Home (distributed by 20th Century Fox), the… Read

‘Shooting Clerks’ Trailer For Biopic of Kevin Smith Arrives

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This amusing black-and-white trailer dropped over the weekend for Shooting Clerkswhich tells the tale of an underemployed college drop-out working in a convenience store in New Jersey, selling beef jerky and Slurpee equivalents to his more successful former classmates. Add facial hair, a trench coat, a hockey jersey, a video camera and a few other ingredients, however, and you have … director Kevin Smith. The film tells the story of how Smith and a rag-tag group of… Read