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‘Game Of Thrones’ Actor Neil Fingleton Dies: UK’s Tallest Man Was 36

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English actor and basketball player Neil Fingleton has died. Named Britain's tallest man in 2007, Fingleton turned professional actor with roles in 2011’s X-Men: First Class and in 2013's 47 Ronin. In what is his best-known turn, he played Mag the Mighty in HBO’s Game Of Thrones. A rep for the actor could not confirm how Fingleton died, although multiple reports say he suffered heart failure on Saturday. He was 36. A statement posted to the Tall Persons Club group… Read

Hollywood Mourns Bill Paxton: “A Wonderful Man”, Says Tom Hanks

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Refresh for new tweets Hollywood reacted today to the shocking news of Bill Paxton’s death from surgery complications. “Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man. A wonderful man,” tweeted Tom Hanks, Paxton’s costar in the upcoming The Circle. Deadline will update this post as responses and remembrances arrive. Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man. A wonderful man… Hanx. — Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 26, 2017 Devastated by the sudden loss of my close… Read

Universal/Blumhouse’s ‘Get Out’ Now Grabbing A $30M+ Opening: Sunday Postmortem

BETTY GABRIEL as Georgina in Universal Pictures’ “Get Out,” a speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of “The Visit,” “Insidious” series and “The Gift”) and the mind of Jordan Peele.  When a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.

5th Writethru Sunday AM: More moviegoers got out of the house on Saturday to get into Universal/Blumhouse’s Get Out. By textbook box office definitions, horror films are frontloaded. Genre fans typically show up in bulk on Thursday and Friday, then taper off on Saturday. Not this one. The Jordan Peele feature directorial earned $12.7M yesterday, repping an 17% jump over Friday’s $10.8M. That’s a bigger Friday-to-Saturday climb percent wise than Uni/Blumhouse’s previous… Read

‘Resident Evil’ Rocks China With Record $94.3M Debut – International Box Office

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Refresh for latest: Screen Gems/Constantin Films' Resident Evil: The Final Chapter blazed into China this weekend with a $94.3M debut to score the biggest-ever FSS opening in the market for an import. The Milla Jovovich-led epic zombie battle is also the No. 2 FSS launch for all films, behind 2015's Lost In Hong Kong. As Anita Busch reported on Friday, the Paul W.S. Anderson-helmed sixth installment had an opening day Middle Kingdom gross of $33M, the third-highest ever… Read

Bill Paxton Dies: ‘Twister’, ‘Big Love’ Actor Was 61

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Actor Bill Paxton, star of film hits like Twister and Near Dark and TV’s Big Love and Hatfields & McCoys, died Saturday due to complications from surgery. He was 61. Paxton is survived by Louise Newbury, his wife of 30 years, and children James and Lydia Paxton. The 22-year-old James recently filmed a guest-starring role on Paxton’s Training Day series. “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” his… Read

Spirit Awards: Casey Affleck Slams “Abhorrent” and “Un-American” Trump Policies – Watch

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Political discourse was not a heavy topic at Saturday's Film Independent Spirit Awards, which seemed to be an apolitical ceremony compared to previous award shows this season. Casey Affleck won the Best Lead Actor for his role in Manchester By the Sea and upon taking the stage took a moment to slam Donald Trump's "abhorrent" and "un-American" policies. “The policies of this administration are abhorrent and they will not last. You don't have to clap out of obligation… Read

Indie Spirit Awards: ‘Moonlight’ Sweeps Day, Takes Best Feature – Full Winners List

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UPDATE with full winners list: A24’s Moonlight swept all five competitive awards it was up for at the 32nd annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, wrapping the day on the Santa Monica beach with a win for Best Feature. With Oscar frontrunner La La Land not eligible for these awards (its budget was above the Spirit Award cutoff of $20 million), it was Barry Jenkins’ drama who stole the spotlight, with Jenkins winning for Director and Screenplay in addition to wins for… Read

WGA Members “Ready To Strike” After Round Of Pre-Contract Talks Meetings

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The threat of a writers strike continued to mount today as the WGA held the last of 11 membership informational meetings in advance of next month's negotiations for a new film and TV contract. "We're always ready for a strike," a TV writer laughed as he left the meeting at the Beverly Hilton. "Television is in another Golden Age and the companies are reaping record profits, but writers aren't sharing in that. Our incomes are going down, so it's going to be a tough… Read

Academy Rescinds Sound Mixing Nomination for Greg P. Russell of ‘13 Hours’

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The Academy's Board of Governors rescinded a Sound Mixing nomination from Greg P. Russell for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi for violation of Academy campaign regulations, it was announced on Saturday. The decision, voted on Thursday, was made after they discovered that Russell had called his fellow members of the Sound Branch during the nominations phase to make them aware of his work on the film, which is a direct violation of a campaign regulation that… Read

Pondering The Imponderable: How A Restructured Hollywood Would Deal With Striking Writers

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While pre-Oscar limousines squeezed in and out of the Peninsula and a political crowd rallied at UTA, an industry power player (who will remain nameless), was fretting over lunch about another problem on Friday: Will the coming months bring a Hollywood writers strike? And, more precisely, which companies will be most exposed if labor peace breaks down? It's too early to worry in any serious way about a possible strike by the Writers Guild of America, East and West… Read

Syrian Cinematographer For ‘The White Helmets’ Denied Entry Into U.S. To Attend Oscars

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U.S. immigration authorities have denied Khaled Khateeb, the 21-year-old cinematographer and Syrian national who filmed Netflix's Oscar-nominated The White Helmets, entry into the country for tomorrow's Academy Awards. According to internal Trump administration correspondence seen by the Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security has decided to block Khateeb from the country after reportedly finding "derogatory" information about him, an official term that can… Read

Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Meryl Makes Another Speech; Walmart Cozies Up To Oscar; Razzies Get Political

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A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. It’s down to one day and counting. That’s right, it all comes down to this as the six month long awards season that started with the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals in early September culminates Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre with the 89th Annual Academy Awards. No more campaigning. No more Q&As. No more critics awards. No more Guild ceremonies. With today’s Independent Spirit Awards on… Read