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Outfest Pic ‘Tucked’ Lands Gravitas Ventures Deal Ahead Of Premiere

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EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights outside the UK to Tucked, the dramedy written and directed by Jamie Patterson that is having its world premiere Saturday at the Outfest LGBTQ Film Festival. Gravitas now plans an early 2019 release to coincide with the British theatrical bow. The film, which stars Jordan Stephens, Derren Nesbitt, Steve Oram and April Pearson, screens at Outfest tomorrow at 7 PM at the DGA Theater. The fest wraps Sunday with a… Read

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Jon Schnepp Dies: Writer And Director For ‘Metalocalypse’ Was 51

Filmmaker Jon Schnepp,, a key writer and director for Adult Swim’s Metalocalypsehas died from complications following a stroke last week. He was 51 and passed yesterday, according to his fiance. Metalocalypse aired from 2006 through 2012. The program centered on a melodic death metal band, Dethklok, using their music and black comedy to weave a parody of metal culture. “It is with a broken heart the Schnepp family and I must announce the passing of our beloved Jon… Read

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Jackson White To Star With Kelsey Grammer In ‘The Space Between’

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EXCLUSIVE: Jackson White has been tapped for the lead role opposite Kelsey Grammer in The Space Between, an music industry coming-of-age pic being directed by Dallas Buyers Club producer Rachel Winter. Shooting on the indie feature is now underway in Los Angeles. The film, set during the mid-1990s L.A. music scene, centers on wannabe record exec Charlie Porter (White) who, struggling to get out of the mail room, is tasked with forcing forgotten rock star Micky Adams… Read

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‘Blindspotting’ Review: Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casal Duel Brilliantly In A Fierce, Blistering Explosion Of Words

It's not difficult to see how Blindspotting emerged as one of the true sensations of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and as I say in my video review above, the answer is its startling originality and fearlessness in confronting some uncomfortable truths of our lives now. Even though this highly dramatic, often funny movie borders on familiar genres like the time-honored buddy comedy, it blows them up in a fusion of rap rhymes mixed with straight dialogue to make it… Read

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‘Eighth Grade’ Graduates to Best Opening Per Theater Average of 2018 at $63K; ’Sorry To Bother You’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office

Eighth Grade

Bo Burnham's Sundance debut Eighth Grade opened with the best debut weekend per theater average of the year. Released via A24, the feature grossed over $252K in four locations, giving it a robust $63,071 PTA. The figure tops Searchlight's Isle Of Dogs, which now holds the second-highest opening weekend average of 2018 at $60,011. Amazon Studios launched Gus Van Sant's latest, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot, starring Joaquin Phoenix, also in four theaters Friday… Read

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‘Eighth Grade’ Review: A Star Is Born As Elsie Fisher Leads Perceptive & Heartwarming Coming-Of-Age Story

Elsie Fisher. Remember that name. She’s going to be a star. As I say in my video review above, that is just one of the many affirmative facts coming out of Bo Burnham’s superb writing-directing debut feature Eighth Grade, which explores 13-year-old Kayla Day’s awkward final days of middle school before embarking on what inevitably will be a life-changing journey to high school. Fisher, until now best known as the voice of Agnes in the Despicable Me movies, is… Read

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SFFILM Rainin Grants For Indie Narrative Films Set, Funding Ten Teams

San Francisco Bay Area film festival promoters SFFILM, in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, has announced the development projects that will receive a total of $250,000 in funding in the latest round of SFFILM Rainin Grants. The organization has backed a prominent slate of past grant winners, including current buzz films Sorry To Bother You and Blindspotting, as well as prominent alumni films Fruitvale Station and Beasts of the Southern Wild. "Our track… Read

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Aggregate’s Jason Bateman Teams With Michael Costigan In Multi-Year Netflix Deal For Film & Television

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EXCLUSIVE: Already a staple of the Netflix queue with Ozark and Arrested Development, Jason Bateman has deepened his relationship with the global streaming service. He has partnered with seasoned producer and executive Michael Costigan, and they have set Aggregate Films in a first-look, multiyear deal with Netflix to generate film and TV projects. This becomes the latest big overall deal for Netflix, after recently making massive deals with Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy… Read

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‘Dying To Survive’: China’s Black Comedy & Social Drama Thrives At Local Box Office

Dying To Survive, a Chinese black comedy with social drama overtones that we’ve been talking about for the past few weeks as a potential breakout during the July blackout on Hollywood movies, is showing serious signs of life in the Middle Kingdom. What’s more, it’s not the sort of film we’ve seen before during this period, and has spurred debate on serious issues. Four days of previews began last weekend with the official July 6 release date backed up to July 5 as buzz… Read

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‘Three Identical Strangers’ Makes 3 Doc Stars for 2018; ‘Leave No Trace’ Solid; ’Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ in Top 10: Specialty Box Office

Three Identical Strangers

Docs are trailblazing the alternative content sphere. The debut of Neon/CNN Films' Three Identical Strangers this weekend has given non-fiction another star.  The Sundance debut by Tim Wardle snagged bragging rights to the highest opening weekend per theater average for a doc this year. The title grossed $163,023, averaging $32,605. Fellow Sundance box office stars RBG and Won't You Be My Neighbor? opened comparatively wider and have continued to bank audiences… Read

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Damon Wolf Named Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Marketing President

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EXCLUSIVE: Damon Wolf has been set to become president of worldwide marketing for the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. Wolf is the current co-head of marketing at TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. He will make the move January 1, and will replace Tim Palen. Palen, the longtime marketing chief and the brains behind such lauded film launch campaigns as The Hunger Games and La La Land, will continue to steer marketing for Lionsgate until… Read

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Will Smith, Marc Forster Acquire German Film Distributor Telepool GmbH

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Will Smith and director Marc Forster have teamed up to acquire Telepool GmbH, the German licensing and distribution company that is a major European player in theatrical and multi-platform distribution. Beyond that preexisting business, Telepool will become a development, financing and distribution partner for projects involving the duo. The acquisition was made by The Smith Family Circle, Will and Jada Smith's Family Office, and Elysian Fields, a Zurich-based investment… Read