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Mike Leigh On Painting Timothy Spall Into ‘Mr. Turner:’ The Contenders

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Mr. Turner writer-director Mike Leigh, who has been nominated for Oscars five times, knew exactly who he wanted to play the lead role in his new biopic about the revered and irascible English Romantic painter J.M.W. Turner. That was, as he tells Deadline's Pete Hammond in this video clip from our recent Oscar showcase The Contenders, veteran character actor Timothy Spall. Spall was the only actor Leigh said he considered for the role, and he's perhaps best known for his… Read

Frank Yablans, Former Paramount President, Dead At 79

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Frank Yablans was president of Paramount during some of the studio's most golden years from 1971 to 1975. Working under notorious owner Charlie Bludhorn, Yablans' tenure included such Oscar winners and nominees as The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Serpico, Paper Moon, Chinatown and Murder On The Orient Express. He died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes this morning, his son, ICM Partners' Eddy Yablans, told Deadline. Frank Yablans worked in his early years… Read

Plan For Imposing Quota On Hollywood Movies Scrapped By Russian Parliament

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Proposed legislation that would have cut the current number of Hollywood films playing in Russian theaters by as much as half is dead, according to Leonid Levin, head of the information policy committee of the Russian Duma quoted by local media. He called regulating the features that hit Russian theaters by imposing a quota unnecessary. “If there are good Russian movies, people turn out to see them anyway,” he said. Levin's announcement comes on the heels of Russian… Read

P.D. James, Veteran British Crime Novelist & ‘Children Of Men’ Author, Dies At 94

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One of the most prolific and beloved of British crime novelists, P.D. James, passed away today in Oxford, England. Best known for her series of detective novels centering around Scotland Yard Commander/poet Adam Dagliesh, James was 94. Her non-Dagliesh book, Children Of Men, was the basis for Alfonso Cuaron's 2006 Oscar nominated film of the same name. She also recently was the impetus for Death Comes To Pemberley, a BBC and Masterpiece miniseries based on her novel that… Read

‘Mockingjay’, ‘Penguins’ & ‘Horrible Bosses 2′ Cook Up T-Giving Box Office

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While the Penguins Of Madagascar have already been flapping their way through China for two frames, this is the weekend when Kowalski and crew will look to carve out a domestic niche. In their first full day of release on Wednesday, the DreamWorks Animation spin-off creatures waddled away with $6.25M at 3,654 locations, taking less than half of what Katniss Everdeen stuffed into the Hunger Games franchise quiver. Mockingjay Part 1 added an estimated $14.55M at 4,151 North… Read

James Cameron On ‘Avatar’ Sequels: ‘You Will Sh*t Yourself With Your Mouth Wide Open’

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After blowing past his Titanic budget by 100% and watching that become history's highest-grossing film and then surpassing that budget and worldwide gross with Avatar, James Cameron routinely sets a high bar for himself. He's not letting up with the three Avatar sequels he's prepping in New Zealand, strangely predicting that viewers will experience Close Encounters Of The Turd Kind. Cameron told Empire magazine: “I can tell you one thing about them: They're gonna be… Read

‘Star Wars’ Teaser Will Be Online Friday – Update

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3RD UPDATE, 3:18 PM: For those of you scoring along at home, that first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available online Friday, the same day it hits theaters. Here's a new tweet from the official Star Wars account: The Force is with you on #BlackFriday when #TheForceAwakens teaser hits @iTunesTrailers. — Star Wars (@starwars) November 26, 2014 2ND UPDATE: After Regal jumped the gun announcing Friday's Star Wars sneak peek, Disney and Lucasfilm have… Read

‘The Imitation Game’ Review: Pete Hammond On Cumberbatch’s Enigma

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley sparkle in this tremendous telling of the story of Alan Turing, the cryptology and computer-science pioneer whose work broke Germany's Enigma code during World War II but who later was hounded into suicide by the English government because he was gay. As I say in my video review, this is easily one of the year's best films, and I'm particularly impressed by the work of Cumberbatch and Knightley. The film also stars Mark Strong, Rory… Read

Fox Green Light Starts ‘Independence Day’ Sequel Countdown

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EXCLUSIVE: Top brass at 20th Century Fox got some work done this week, giving a green light to the long-awaited Independence Day sequel. The film has been slotted for a May production start, and the studio now will move to close Roland Emmerich's directing deal. Now, Fox staked a June 24, 2016, release date, so this isn't a shock, but these dates get recalibrated all the time. From what I'm told, Will Smith regrettably isn't reprising (though if he said yes, I'm sure Fox… Read

‘Manson Girls’ To Go Helter Skelter

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EXCLUSIVE: As Charles Manson gears up for his behind-bars nuptials to a young follower named Star, a February shoot has been set for long-gestating indie drama Manson Girls. Susanna Lo is directing the film about the female devotees who joined Manson's flock in the 1960s and helped carry out brutal killings meant to start an apocalyptic race war. Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects) will portray Manson in the film, which TriCoast Worldwide boarded this month at AFM. Rather… Read

Making ‘The Boxtrolls:’ “Like 18 Months Of Opening Nights” – The Contenders

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The Boxtrolls producer Travis Knight (ParaNorman, Coraline) and director Anthony Stacchi (Open Season) talk with Deadline's Pete Hammond about the challenges and joys of stop-motion animation, a creation process nearly as old (and beloved) as cinema itself, in this video from Deadline's recent Oscar showcase, The Contenders. Actually making a film with the stop-motion process, however, can be incredibly stressful, says Stacchi. It's like ” 18 months of opening nights with… Read

Natalie Portman In Talks To Join Steve Jobs Biopic

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EXCLUSIVE: Natalie Portman is in talks to join Universal's Steve Jobs biopic. Character details were not revealed, but it is expected to be a major role. Should a deal get done, the Oscar winner's casting would mark another positive reversal of fortune for the Danny Boyle-helmed project. Deadline revealed last week that it had been put in turnaround by Sony Pictures, to the shock of many in the industry. Universal picked it up Monday. Michael Fassbender is being courted to… Read

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