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


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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Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal Go ‘Blindspotting’; Bleecker Street Opens ‘McQueen’ – Specialty B.O. Preview


Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate is opening Blindspotting with Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal in limited locations this weekend ahead of a wider roll out. Starring Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, who co-wrote the comedy/drama, the feature came together after a decade of planning. Blindspotting is the highest-profile narrative opening in select locations this weekend. Friday will also see the arrival of several documentaries. Bleecker Street is opening McQueen by Ian Bonhôte… Read


Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born’ Headed To Venice After First Hollywood Screening Impresses Exhibitors

A Star Is Born

EXCLUSIVE: Multiple sources tell Deadline that Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born is headed to the Venice Film Festival. Although no one is officially confirming it, we have been told the festival will screen the Warner Bros movie out of competition as a world premiere on Friday, August 31. That will be one of several major awards films to launch in Venice, with the Yorgos Lanthimos-directed The Favourite starring Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz also on premiering there along… Read


Peter Bart: Scotty Bowers, Whether Maverick Or Outlaw, May Challenge Hollywood Zeitgeist With His Tales

Scotty Bowers And The Secret History Of Hollywood

Was he just a sexual outlaw or an underground hero? Was his mission simply to defy the cops or to extend help to a persecuted minority? Those questions may be debated by some next week with the theatrical release of Matt Tyrnauer's documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood. Set in the 1950s and early ’60s when blacklists, both sexual and political, darkened the Hollywood landscape, the doc's focus seems relevant to today's zeitgeist, when the blacklist… Read


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

Jackson White

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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Ed Sheeran’s ‘Songwriter’ Gets A Trailer And Release Dates

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran's documentary Songwriter, which Apple Music acquired in a seven-figure deal before the film’s Tribeca Film Festival deal this spring, is getting ready to hit the stage. The film from Sheeran’s filmmaker cousin Murry Cummings that chronicles the making of his 2017 album Divide will hit theaters via Abramorama beginning August 17 at the IFC Center and in Los Angeles at the ArcLight Hollywood on August 24, followed by streaming exclusively on Apple Music on August… 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


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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Joaquin Phoenix Teams With Gus Van Sant; Rob Reiner Gives ’Shock And Awe’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot

Joaquin Phoenix stars in his second Specialty release in the last few months with Gus Van Sant's Don't Worry He Won't Get Far On Foot, with Jonah Hill and Rooney Mara. Amazon Studios is opening the title in several locations in New York and Los Angeles ahead of a wider roll out. The title will likely headline a fairly busy weekend of Specialty newcomers given the tentpole season. Rob Reiner put up his own money to finance, in part, his latest directorial effort Shock And A… Read


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


Matt Smith’s ‘Mapplethorpe’ Acquired By Samuel Goldwyn Films For Fall Release


Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to Mapplethorpe, Ondi Timoner's biopic that stars Matt Smith as artist Robert Mapplethorpe. The company is eyeing a late fall release date. The film, which bowed at the Tribeca Film Festival, explores Mapplethorpe's life from moments before he and Patti Smith moved into the famed Chelsea hotel in the early ’70s, where he begins photographing its inhabitants and newfound circle of friends including artists and… Read

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‘Sorry To Bother You’ Opens Strong; ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Is Year’s Highest Grossing Doc – Specialty B.O.

Boots Riley's Sundance fest debut Sorry To Bother You opened in seven markets, playing strong everywhere. Distributor Annapurna, which picked up the title out of the festival earlier this year, was rightfully thrilled with the opening weekend numbers. The fantasy/science fiction title starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler and Danny Glover grossed over $717K in 16 locations for an impressive $44,831 per theater average, the fourth-highest among the… Read