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Box Office Friday: ‘If I Stay’ Sinks, ‘Sin City 2′ Bombs, ‘Game’ Scrambles As ‘Guardians’ Steps Up To No. 1

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UPDATED, Friday, 11:30 PM: Talk about a rough weekend at the nation's box office. No one cares about the new offerings and Sin City 2 is a total bomb in a weekend where all the newcomers are crashing. Although Warner Bros.' If I Stay debuted with the best Friday night (see chart below), it won't take the weekend. Marvel fans will be happy as Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy is expected take the No. 1 box office spot after trailing Turtles for three weeks running. It looks… Read

SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify TV/Theatrical Contract

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The rank and file has voted overwhelmingly to approve the new, three-year contracts covering movie, primetime and basic cable TV production. The balloting was a lopsided 92%-8%. The deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers was hammered out in the wee hours of the Fourth of July after two months of tough bargaining amid a media blackout and three 24-hour extensions after the June 30 deadline. The national board approved it eight days later. Related… Read

Ken Loach Calls For Cultural Boycott Of Israel, Labels U.S. A “Bully”: Reports

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The Sarajevo Film Festival, which concludes Saturday, has been the scene of yet another hard stance from a filmmaker regarding the conflict in Gaza. Late Thursday, outspoken British director Ken Loach gave a speech at the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Award Ceremony honoring Palestinian directors Abdel Salam Shehadeh and Ashraf Mashharawi, and called for an "absolute boycott of all the cultural happenings supported by the Israeli state." According to Screen Daily, he Read

Does TV Hurt Movie Careers? ‘True Detective’s Matthew McConaughey Coveted For ‘The Stand’ And ‘Gold’

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EXCLUSIVE: Remember how a movie actor's stock dropped when they slummed on the small screen? Matthew McConaughey heads into the weekend as a favorite to win an Emmy for HBO's True Detective. His performance as Rust Cohle, stacked on top of his Oscar winning Dallas Buyers Club role, is  so impressive he is being chased for numerous plum film roles. I'm told that Warner Bros covets him to play the role of Randall Flagg in The Stand, the adaptation of Stephen King's… Read

Judy Greer, Natasha Lyonne Head To Jamie Babbit’s ‘Fresno’

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EXCLUSIVE: Judy Greer and 2014 Orange is the New Black Emmy nominee Natasha Lyonne are set for sisterly shenanigans in Fresno, the latest feature from director Jamie Babbit (But I'm A Cheerleader, Itty Bitty Titty Committee). The comedy follows lonely but stoic lesbian Martha (Lyonne), whose sister Shannon (Greer), a sex addict with no impulse control and a long history of poor decisions, winds up back in Fresno cleaning hotel rooms with her. When they accidentally kill a… Read

Tobey Maguire’s Material Signs Oscar Sharp To Blind Deal Off Short Pic ‘The Karman Line’

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EXCLUSIVE: Oscar Sharp has been signed to a blind deal to hatch a film through Tobey Maguire's development financing arm of Material Pictures. This comes after Sharp's short film, The Karman Line, made it into SXSW and organically became a viral sensation. I can remember when clever short films like Saving Ryan's Privates would be passed around via cassette, in hopes that agents or studio execs would notice. The digital age means that aspiring filmmakers need only to post… Read

Circle Of Confusion’s Brad Mendelsohn To Head Lit Department

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EXCLUSIVE: Management/production company Circle of Confusion has promoted Brad Mendelsohn to the newly created post Head of Literary. He has been with the company two years, based out of its L.A. office. The company, which produces The Walking Dead and just wrapped American Ultra, has been on an expansion kick since combining two years ago with D/F Management. In a joint statement, the partners of Circle of Confusion, David Alpert, David Engel, Frank Frattaroli and… Read

Andrew Dominik To Script ‘Shaolin Temple’ For Helmer Justin Lin

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EXCLUSIVE: Here's a China-set project worth getting excited about. Andrew Dominik, the writer-director of Chopper and Killing Them Softly, has been set to write the script for Shaolin Temple for Fast And Furious' Justin Lin to direct. The film is backed by Perfect Storm Entertainment and Beijing Enlight Pictures with Beijing Enlight also distributing. Troy Craig Poon of Perfect Storm Entertainment, Bruno Wu of Seven Stars and Wang Changtian of Beijing Enlight are… Read

Brad Grey Takes ALS Plunge With Help From Johnny Knoxville

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This ALS ice bucket challenge is hitting the highest echelons in Hollywood. Here, Paramount chief Brad Grey takes the plunge, egged on by Tom Cruise and Chris McQuarrie. He in turn nominated Chris Nolan, Brad Pitt, Michael Bay and Howard Stern. Grey was helped by Johnny Knoxville, and you can tell Grey's stature by the ice bucket aftermath: Knoxville always punctuates a prank like this with a nut shot to the victim. Here, he demurred. And that is why we might yet see Bad G… Read

Relativity Teams With Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley On ‘All Day And A Night’

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Relativity Studios will co-produce All Day And A Night with Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley and also will finance and distribute the pic. Paul Ruehl and the late Lester Lewis penned the script, based on an idea from Goldstein and Daley. The title All Day And A Night is prison slang for “life without parole.” The action-comedy follows a TV news crew doing a story on a day in the life of two prison guards. Unfortunately for them, on this day a violent prison riot… Read

Kevin Costner Movie ‘McFarland’ Moves Out Of 2014

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Disney is moving McFarland USA, the sports biopic starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, out of Thanksgiving weekend and into a slot early next year. McFarland, whose title has been lengthened to McFarland USA, moves out of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay weekend (not that the demos compete for it) and moves to February 20, 2015 — a weekend populated by two films with the word gun in their titles: Relativity's Jane's Got A Gun starring Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman and… Read

Box Office Late Nights: ‘If I Stay’ A Strong $1.1M; ‘Sin City’ Underwhelms

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Warner Bros.' If I Stay grossed $1.1M in late nights which began at 7 PM — a strong showing for this picture based on a YA novel and starring Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass 1 and 2, Carrie). For comparisons, last weekend's YA offering The Giver opened at 8 PM, grossed $750K and went on to gross $12.3M for the weekend. The Fault In Our Stars, which opened in June and had a phenomenal social media presence and two stars coming off of a big movie (Divergent), had a late-night… Read

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