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Horror Specialist Daniel Farrands Signs With Abrams Artists Agency

Horror genre filmmaker Daniel Farrands has signed with Abrams Artists Agency and will be represented under the Agency's Literary Department. Farrands has a multifaceted career as a writer, producer and director both within the genre as well as with high-profile, non-fiction projects about the genre. He partnered with Dimension Films and producer Jason Blum on Amityville: The Awakening and wrote for films such as Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, The Tooth Fairy, The G… Read

Business

Amazon Reveals “Technical Error” That Exposed Customer Names, Emails – Just In Time For Holiday Shopping

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As the holiday shopping season kicks into gear, Amazon has disclosed to select customers that their names and email addresses were “inadvertently disclosed” due to a “technical error.” According to numerous posts circulating on social media, the company offered scant detail and context for the disclosure. There were no estimates of the number of customers affected or the duration. After informing customers that their name and email had been revealed, the email from Amazon… Read

Box Office

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Swinging To $30M-$40M Start – Early Tracking

Once Christmas day arrives, moviegoing explodes until New Year’s Day, and without a big 10-quad pic like Star Wars in the marketplace, projections will be tempered this season. As such, Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the first big movie to hit the marquee following Thanksgiving, and should the film –which we hear is great– comes up short in its opening weekend, it will likely find an audience in the post-season holiday. We’re hearing a $30M+ start is… Read

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Stephen Colbert On Trump Covering For A Murderer: Maybe He Did, Maybe He Didn’t

The late night comics continued the annual Thanksgiving tradition of stuffing their monologues with White House-pardoned turkey jokes. The tastiest? Hard to beat Colbert’s. "Every year,” Colbert said on CBS’ The Late Show, “the American people get a choice between sparing two birds. This year they're named Peas and Carrots. The turkeys disguised themselves as vegetables so Trump would not be tempted to eat them." And while the fat freedom-loving birds were obvious and… Read

Box Office

‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ Takes $3.8M Besting ‘Coco’ & ‘Moana’; MGM’s ‘Creed II’ Knocks Out $3.7M — Tuesday Night Previews

Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet smashed $3.8M last night in previews that started at 6PM, a figure that beats the Tuesday pre-Thanksgiving nights of Disney’s Coco ($2.3M) and Moana ($2.6M) which both respectively legged out to 5-day openings of $72.9M and $82M. Tracking had Ralph Breaks the Internet in the high $60Ms, but there’s a strong feeling around town that this movie is going to surf past $70M+ quite feasibly. Rotten Tomatoes score is high at 87% certified fresh… Read

International

Accountants To Examine Records Of ‘Vikings’ & ‘The Tudors’ Producers Who Deny Claim They Diverted Up To €40M

Accountants will investigate the financial records of leading Irish firm Octagon Films, a producer on hit series such as Vikings and The Tudors and movies such as Calvary, in the latest twist to a lengthy legal battle between the company’s founders and its German shareholder W2 Filmproduktion. W2, a 49% shareholder in Octagon since 2002, alleges that producers Morgan O’Sullivan and James Flynn diverted tens of millions of euros out of the company to either themselves or… Read

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‘Iron Fist’ Actor Sacha Dhawan And ‘Bounty Hunters’ Actress Charity Wakefield Join Hulu’s ‘The Great’

EXCLUSIVE: Iron Fist actor Sacha Dhawan and Bounty Hunters actress Charity Wakefield have been set for Hulu drama series pilot The Great, starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult. Shoot is underway in Yorkshire, UK. Written and executive produced by Tony McNamara (The Favourite), the series charts the rise to power of Catherine the Great (Fanning) and her explosive relationship with husband Peter (Hoult), the emperor of Russia. Phoebe Fox will play third lead Marial… Read

Box Office

‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Snares China Date As Hollywood Packs Year-End

With Venom still coursing through China, December is now heating up as a busy time at the Middle Kingdom box office — but, contrary to tradition, not necessarily for local films. Sony has just confirmed that sleeper hit Searching has secured a December 14 release, while anticipated animated family action adventure Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse will go on December 21. Part of what’s seen as a push to keep turnstiles spinning in the face of a lackluster crop of… Read

International

RTL Deutschland CEO Anke Schäferkordt To Leave German Media Group After 27 Years

Anke Schäferkordt is set to leave German commercial broadcaster RTL after 27 years. Schäferkordt has been CEO of RTL Deutschland for 13 years. Bernd Reichart, currently Managing Director of Vox, will become the new CEO of RTL Deutschland with a new boss of Vox announced in "due course". Schäferkordt joined RTL in 1991 and from 1993 to 1995 she was a Director in charge of the Corporate Planning and Controlling division. In 1995, she joined RTL-owned Vox, serving as CFO… Read

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Sony Pictures Television Hires Sky Exec Holly Comiskey As Country Manager For UK & Ireland

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has hired Sky exec Holly Comiskey as Country Manager for the UK and Ireland. The Hollywood studio has appointed Comiskey to run its television and home entertainment distribution in the UK as well as overseeing management of SPT's networks. She joins after seven years with the pay-TV giant, where she was Head of Acquisitions for the Sky Cinema service. During her time at Sky, Holly led the negotiation of multiple film output deals, including… Read

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‘LA92’ Producer Lightbox Scores California-Set Netflix True Crime Doc Series ‘Murder Mountain’

LA92 producer Lightbox is keeping its attention on California with a true crime doc set in the remote region of Humboldt County for Netflix. The company, which also made Captive for the SVOD service, is producing six-part series Murder Mountain. The doc series, which will launch on December 28, is set in the county north of San Francisco and close to the Oregon border, a place of incredible natural beauty and dark secrecy, where marijuana has become the dominant local… Read

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Swiss Oscar-Nominated Director Returns To Refugee Crisis 37 Years Later In Documentary ‘Eldorado’

Filmmaker Markus Imhoof’s 1981 drama The Boat Is Full, which was Oscar nominated in the foreign film category, told the story of post-World War II refugees –four Jewish people, a French child and German soldier–who seek asylum in a rigid-Switzerland. Thirty-seven years later, Imhoof returns to the same subject, but through a documentary lens, and learns that the attitudes in his homeland and Europe haven’t changed much. His latest movie Eldorado, Switzerland’s foreign… Read