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‘Black Panther’ Items To Be Displayed At Smithsonian African-American Museum

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture has acquired several objects from the Black Panther¬†film, including the costume worn by star Chadwick Boseman. The Smithsonian NMAAHC announced the acquisitions on its website and via Twitter with the hashtag #WakandaForever. The museum did not indicate when the display would go live. In addition to the costume, also acquired were a shooting script signed by Black Panther co-writer/director Ryan… Read


Netflix Acquires Korean Drama Series ‘Mr. Sunshine’ For July Premiere

Netflix has licensed the new Korean original drama series Mr. Sunshine, from Descendants of the Sun creators Kim Eun-sook and Lee Eung-bok, for a worldwide premiere next month. Written by Kim and directed by Lee, the 24-episode Mr. Sunshine will premiere exclusively on Netflix starting July 7, with episodes streaming on the same day of its Korean broadcast in the U.S. and Asian territories excluding Korea. The series will then premiere in Japan on July 8 and the rest of… Read


Wolfe Releasing Nabs SXSW Texas Drama ‘1985’; Paladin Tunes ‘40 Years In The Making: The Magic Music Movie’ Doc

Wolfe Releasing has obtained the theatrical distribution rights to writer-director Yen Tan's Texas-set family drama 1985 following its world premiere at SXSW this year. Gotham‘s Cory Michael Smith stars alongside Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Golden Globe winner Michael Chiklis (The Shield), and Jamie Chung (Fox’s The Gifted). The pic is set for release in October. Inspired by Tan’s short film of the same name, the plot follows Adrian (Smith), a closeted young… Read


‘The Black Room’ Picked Up By MajorJazz, Based On Co-Writer’s Experience In Psychic Research Institute

EXCLUSIVE: MajorJazz, a development and finance company with ties to Wall Street and Silicon Valley has acquired The Black Room, a paranormal horror spec about marriage, deceit, and the constant intrusion of the past into the present written by Grady Hendrix and Nicholas Rucka. The inspiration for the script came from Hendrix's experience in New York City taking incident reports at parapsychology research organization in New York City. Rucka is an editor currently working… Read


‘Crime + Punishment’: Hulu Acquires Sundance-Winning Docu For August Bow

Crime + Punishment

Hulu has acquired rights to Crime + Punishment, the Stephen Maing-directed documentary that won this year’s U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival. The streaming service will team with IFC Films to release the docu simultaneously August 24 in theaters and on Hulu. The deal marks the latest Hulu-IFC Films tie-up, which includes an output agreement for non-documentary, narrative films. The docu offers fly-on-the-wall… Read


Peter Facinelli’s Directorial Debut ‘Breaking & Exiting’ Acquired By Freestyle

Breaking & Exiting

EXCLUSIVE: Freestyle Digital Media has acquired domestic rights to Breaking & Exiting, the directorial debut of Peter Facinelli. Milo Gibson stars alongside Jordan Hinson and Adam Huber in the dark comedy romance that centers on the world of suicide prevention. An August 17 theatrical release in 10 cities including Los Angeles and New York is planned. Gibson, the son of Mel Gibson, plays Harry, a charming house thief who gets more than he bargains for during an attempted… Read


Neon Acquires Nia DaCosta’s ‘Little Woods’ After Tribeca Bow

Little Woods

Neon has acquired North American rights to Little Woods, the feminist Western pic written and directed by Nia DaCosta that had its world premiere at this spring’s Tribeca Film Festival. Tessa Thompson, Lily James, Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale and Lance Reddick star. The plot centers on two sisters, Ollie (Thompson) and Deb (James), who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives. For years, Ollie has illicitly helped the struggling residents of her North… Read


Ike Barinholtz’s Dark Comedy ‘The Oath’ Lands At Roadside & Topic Studios

The Oath

Roadside Attractions and Topic Studios have teamed to acquire North American rights to The Oath, the debut feature directorial debut of Ike Barinholtz who also stars alongside Tiffany Haddish. A fall theatrical release is in the works. The pic centers on Barinholtz and Haddish as a husband and wife whose Thanksgiving takes a turn when two federal agents — being held captive in their living room — give the extended family something to worry about beyond their typical… Read


Comcast-Fox: Wall Street Expects A Bid Any Minute Now


Investors anticipate that Comcast will launch a rival bid for 21st Century Fox in the wake of today’s federal court ruling clearing the way for the AT&T-Time Warner mega-merger. Fox’s stock rocketed in after-hours trading, rising 7% to $43.42 tonight, in a sign that Wall Street expects the U.S. cable giant to challenge Disney for the prized media asset, with its valuable international holdings, lucrative cinematic franchises and well-regarded cable networks. Indeed… Read


Orion Classics Acquires ‘Clara’s Ghost’ For Fall Bow

Clara's Ghost

Orion Classics has acquired North American and Latin American rights to Clara’s Ghost, a drama directed by Bridey Elliott in her feature helming debut. It’s a family affair: Elliott also stars with sister Abby Elliott, dad Chris Elliott, Isidora Goreshter, Haley Joel Osment and mom Paula Niedert Elliott. The pic, which bowed at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, will hit theaters, VOD and digital in the fall. Set during the course of one evening in the Reynolds family… Read


Bob Hope Estate Sold To Supermarket Mogul Ron Burkle For $15M

The Bob and Delores Hope estate in Toluca Lake, California has been sold to supermarket magnate Ron Burkle, who reportedly is planning on preserving and restoring the main residence. Real estate reports said the 5.2 acres estate was sold for $15 million, far below its initial asking price of $27.5 million when it first went up for sale in 2013. In 2017,¬† a developer obtained an escrow on the property and submitted permits to demolish outlying buildings, presumably to… Read


Netflix Acquires Romantic Comedy ‘The Last Summer’ With K.J. Apa, Maia Mitchell & More

KJ Apa Maia Mitchell

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to The Last Summer, an ensemble romantic comedy from Gulfstream Pictures loaded with young actors including Riverdale‘s K.J. Apa, The FostersMaia Mitchell and Teen Wolf‘s Tyler Posey among others. Shooting began last month in Cleveland and Netflix is eyeing a 2019 release. Bill Bindley co-wrote with Scott Bindley and also directed the pic, which revolves around group of teens navigating relationships with family and friends over a… Read