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Surfing Doc ‘Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable’ Lands At Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable

Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable, the documentary that catches the world up on Hamilton, the pro surfer who returned to competition a year after she lost an arm in a shark attack when she was just 13. The film from Aaron Lieber shows Hamilton more than a decade after that attack. She’s taking on a new challenge — being a mom — which frames a story about bravery, perseverance, athleticism and inspiration… Read

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‘Mary Magdalene’ With Rooney Mara (And Joaquin Phoenix As Jesus) Resurrected For U.S. Theaters By IFC Films

Mary Magdalene

IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Mary Magdalene, the biopic from Lion director Garth Davis that had been in the clutches of The Weinstein Company in the midst of its collapse and eventual sale. Now the pic starring Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix and Chiwetel Ejiofor joins the likes of Hotel Mumbai as a former TWC pic that has found a new home, and IFC has set an April 12 theatrical release date for it. The pic, which depicts the life of perhaps the most trusted… Read

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Paramount Titles James Cameron Produced ‘Terminator’ Sequel; Pic Will Stay Put On Nov. 1 Against ‘Charlie’s Angels’

The Tim Miller-directed and James Cameron-produced Terminator movie will now be known as Terminator: Dark FateAnd by the way, Novomber 1 looks to still be a blood bath with two franchise movies, Paramount/Skydance’s Terminator: Dark Fate and Sony’s Charlie’s Angels fighting for the masses. As far as we hear, Paramount has no intentions whatsoever of moving Terminator: Dark Fate. They’re extremely confident in the movie.  Let’s face it, both titles are aimed at older… Read

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Warner Bros Titles ‘Annabelle’ Sequel, Dates ‘Space Jam 2’, Shifts ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ – Update

UPDATED, 5:01 PM: Warner Bros said today that its next installment in The Conjuring/Allabelle franchise will be titled Annabelle Comes Home. PREVIOUSLY, February 21: Warner Bros set a release date for one sequel tonight and moved up a couple of its franchise pics. The studio’s Space Jam 2 will hit the court on July 16, 2021, taking the slot that had been penciled in as Untitled WB Event Film. Meanwhile, New Line’s untitled Annabelle sequel was bumped up by a week from… Read

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Paramount Moves ‘Limited Partners’ To 2020 & Dates ‘The Tiger’s Apprentice’ Toon

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Paramount has moved the release of its Tiffany Haddish-Rose Byrne buddy comedy Limited Partners back by six months to January 10 and dated its literary-adaptation toon The Tiger’s Apprentice for 2020. Limited Partners, which the studio acquired as a pitch in July, had been set to roll out on June 28 but no will open January 10. That frame is where STX launched another buddy comedy this year: The Upside, which went on to gross $105 million. The Haddish-Byrne directed by… Read

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Warner Bros Dates ‘Sopranos’ Prequel ‘The Many Saints Of Newark’ For Fall 2020 – Update

The Sporanos Ending

UPDATED with official title: New Line’s Sopranos prequel feature now officially titled The Many Saints of Newark will hit theaters on September 25, 2020, the studio said. It hails from The Sopranos series creator David Chase who is co-producing and writing with Lawrence Konner. The pic, directed by Alan Taylor, stars Alesandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Ray Liotta, Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, John Magaro and Michael Gandolfini; the latter is playing the younger… Read

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‘Shazam!’ Secures Day-And-Date China Release

Warner Bros/New Line's Shazam! has been confirmed for a China release on April 5. That's day-and-date with the DC pic's domestic release and comes during a lucrative period at Middle Kingdom turnstiles. April 5 kicks off the Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day. The holiday was an extra boon for WB's Ready Player One last year. I understand Shazam! is a relatively new character for the market, but am told that shouldn't be a major concern. Star Zachary Levi… Read

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‘Sesame Street’, Tim Story-Directed ‘Tom & Jerry’ Movies Set At Warner Bros For 2021

Warner Bros just announced two new films starring children’s characters rooted in the mid-20th century. The studio said today that it has dated untitled Sesame Street and Tom & Jerry movies for release in two years. The live-action Sesame Street musical is set for January 15, 2021, and starts shooting in July with MGM co-financing with WB. The hybrid T&J, directed by Tim Story, will arrive three months later on April 16. Portlandia co-creator Jonathan Krisel is set to… Read

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Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’ Gets Release Date From MGM

Aretha Franklin

MGM has dated its Aretha Franklin biopic Respect for August 14, 2020. The pic, directed by Liesl Tommy and scripted by Oscar winner Callie Khouri, follows the 17-time Grammy winner from her childhood days singing in her father’s church’s choir to mega stardom and the performer of such hit songs as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools.” Dreamgirls Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will play Franklin. Tradecraft's Scott Bernstein, who produced Straight Outta Compton, and Harvey Mason… Read

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Universal Shifts Damon Lindelof’s ‘The Hunt’ To October; ‘Addams Family’ Moves Up A Week – Update

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UPDATED, 11:12 AM: Universal has moved its Damon Lindelof-penned The Hunt from September 27 to October 18, swapping dates with an untitled Blumhouse horror pic. In its new slot, the political thriller will open against Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, which just claimed that slot today. MGM’s The Addams Family also had been set for October 18, but the studio moved it up to October 11 today. The Hunt had been set to battle Universal toon Abominable and Fox drama The A… Read

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Jay Roach’s Roger Ailes Movie Gets Release Date From Lionsgate

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Jay Roach’s film about the late Fox News founder Roger Ailes still doesn’t have a title, but now it has a release date. Lionsgate said tonight that the flick starring Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron, and Nicole Kidman — with John Lithgow playing Ailes — will open wide on December 20. Oscar-winning The Big Short screenwriter Charles Randolph penned the script for the movie, which is is produced and financed by BRON Studios. It charts the story of the women who took on the… Read

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Finn Wittrock & Josh Peck Pic ‘Locating Silver Lake’ Hits Digital This Month

Eric Bilitch's coming of age film, Locating Silver Lake from Gunpowder & Sky will hit all digital platforms including iTunes on March 22. The Josh Peck and Finn Wittrock feature made its world premiere at Cinequest Film Festival and its International premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival and went on to play the Newport Beach Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, Phoenix Film Festival, and many others. Locating Silver Lake follows recent college grad Daniel… Read