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Fox Searchlight’s ‘Tolkien’ Takes Early Summer Release Date

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Fox Searchlight’s Tolkien about the legendary Lord of the Rings author will open in theaters on May 10. The movie, directed by Dome Karukoski, and starring Nicholas Hoult as J.R.R. Tolkien and Lily Collins as his muse and wife Edith Bratt, explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the… Read

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Diane Keaton Comedy ‘Poms’ To Spur Cheers Over Mother’s Day Weekend

STXfilms will open their AFM acquisition Poms on May 10, Mother’s Day weekend. The Diane Keaton movie opens close to a year after her previous hit spring comedy Book Club which earned $90M WW. When it comes to launching female-skewing fare, studios try to capitalize on Mother’s Day weekend as a launch pad. It’s where such pics as Melissa McCarthy’s mother-daughter comedy Life of the Party opened a year ago ($17.9M), and where Fox’s Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn comedy Snatche… Read

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‘Creed II’ Sets China Release Date; First ‘Rocky’ Saga Pic To Weigh In Theatrically

MGM and has set an agreement with JL Vision Film Co to release Creed II in China on January 4. This is the first movie in the Rocky saga to get a theatrical date in the Middle Kingdom, although previous titles have been available via other media. The sequel to 2015's $174M worldwide grossing Creed was released domestically in late November and has cumed $133.7M globally through last weekend. MGM controls the China distribution rights. Creed II is directed by Steven Caple… Read

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Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ Film Getting A Limited Theatrical Release In 70mm

Alfonso Cuarón's critically lauded period piece Roma, which was just announced of part of the short for the Oscar Best Foreign Language Film category, is getting a  70mm film release in select theaters. The pic, which has been touted as an Oscar Best Picture frontrunner since its debut at the Venice Film Festival, was released for a limited theatrical run on November 21 and is currently available to stream on Netflix. Cuarón portrays an intimate examination of his… Read

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Breaking Glass Pictures Acquires Rights To ‘Naples In Veils’ For 2019 Theatrical Release

EXCLUSIVE: Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to the mystery thriller and noir feature Naples in Veils from writer/director Ferzan Ozpetek (Steam: The Turkish BathHis Secret Life). The film will get a  theatrical release in the first half of 2019 in English with Italian subtitles, followed by a DVD/VOD release. The film held its world premiere at the Moscow Film Festival where it took home the Best Actress Prize for star Giovanna Mezzogiorno, and… Read

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Guillermo Del Toro & André Øvredal’s ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’ Gets Summer Release Date

CBS Films/eOne’s feature take on Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark from Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro, who is co-writing and producing, will open on Aug. 9 next year. André Øvredal is directing the movie about a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in a small town. Pic is based on Alvin Schwartz's YA novel series, which Del Toro has long been a fan of and owns ten of the books' original illustrations by Stephen… Read

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STX’s ‘UglyDolls’ To Launch First Weekend Of May

With Disney making it official that for a second year in a row summer will start during the last weekend of April with Avengers: Endgame, STX Entertainment is jumping its family animated feature UglyDolls to May 3, up a week from May 10. UglyDolls will now be the only wide entry May 3 and moves away from Warner Bros’ Pokemon Detective Pikachu which was planted on May 10. Kelly Asbury directs the animated pic based off David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim’s plush toy line. Voice… Read

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Universal Dates Sam Mendes’ ‘1917’ For Christmas 2019

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Universal has dated Amblin’s Sam Mendes’ World War I movie 1917 for a limited release on Wednesday, December 25 next year, followed by a wide break on January 10, 2020. Deadline exclusively reported that Amblin Partners won the pitched spec package to finance 1917 in a battle with New Regency, Paramount and Sony. The plot is being kept under wraps. The film will begin production next April. Mendes wrote the original script with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, and will direct and… Read

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Thanksgiving 2019: Lionsgate To Release MRC’s Rian Johnson Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’ With Daniel Craig & Killer Cast

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate is set to partner with MRC and distribute worldwide Knives Out, the contemporary murder mystery that Looper and Star Wars: The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson wrote and is directing. Daniel Craig stars as a detective trying to solve a murder and the killer ensemble cast includes Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford and Don Johnson. Lionsgate has dated the… Read

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Focus Features Sets Chloë Grace Moretz-Isabelle Huppert Pic ‘Greta’s Release Date

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Greta, the suspense thriller starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert that Focus Features acquired at the last Toronto Film Festival for $6 million after winning a bidding battle, now has a release date. The pic will hit theaters on March 1, 2019. In the film directed by Oscar winner Neil Jordan, Moretz plays a woman who just lost her mother and moves to New York City. She does a kind turn for a recently widowed woman named Greta (Huppert) and the two become fast… Read

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Sony RSVPs Two 2020 Dates For Its Marvel Universe: Is This For ‘Morbius’ & ‘Venom 2’?

Sony today marked July 10, 2020, and October 2, 2020 for two movies in its Marvel universe. The studio is mum regarding what titles specifically will play in those spots, but logic would dictate that the first date — which is for an original Marvel movie — would be Morbius, the pic about the vampire antihero that goes into production next month with director Daniel Espinosa and Jared Leto playing the title character. Appearing as a Spider-Man villain in an October 1971… Read

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‘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