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“A Quiet Place” Should Pull Off a Surprise Second Weekend Win over The Rock’s “Rampage”

AQuietPlaceBluntRampage will win Friday with $11.5 million including $2.4 million from Thursday previews, but A Quiet Place should still be able to steal a second weekend victory.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (04.13.18)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKeep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go.

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Warner Bros. Hires Former Google Exec Michelle Slavich as EVP of Global Publicity and Strategy

Michelle Slavich WBSlavich is leaving her post as head of entertainment communications for YouTube to join the studio, where she’ll report to Blair Rich, WB’s president of worldwide marketing.

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“The Rider” Filmmaker Chloé Zhao on Writing For and Working With Non-Actors (Interview)

TheRiderBOPZhao’s feature about a badly-injured cowboy, played by real-life cowboy Brady Jandreau, was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, and has played dozens of film festivals since its Cannes debut.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s “Rampage” to Run Rampant at Box Office This Weekend

RampageTruthOrDareFriday the 13th should give a big boost to last week’s “A Quiet Place” and might keep “Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare” from completely bombing.

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Cannes Needs Netflix A Lot More Than Netflix Needs Cannes, So Why Can’t the Elitist Film Festival See That?

NetCanThe idea that Cannes is telling filmmakers like Alfonso Cuarón and Paul Greengrass to take their new movies elsewhere is mind-boggling to me. It’s not like Netflix is offering the festival a bunch of Adam Sandler movies. No, the streaming service is offering Cannes the cream of their crop, so to speak, and yet, somehow, that still isn’t good enough.

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“Chappaquiddick” Writers Taylor Allen, Andrew Logan on Separating Truth from Rumor (Interview)

ChappaquiddickWritersThe duo’s first produced screenplay unwraps the mystery surrounding a fateful night for Senator Ted Kennedy in 1969 that would affect the rest of his political career.

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Joel Coen to Support Inclusion Riders After Taking Wife Frances McDormand’s Fiery Words to Heart (Exclusive)

Coens and FranIt’s a relief to see the Coen brothers leading by example when it comes to this important issue. The effort will begin with the Coens’ next project, since their upcoming series The Ballad of Buster Scruggs was already in production at Netflix when the inclusion rider movement began gaining traction in Hollywood.

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“Rampage” Director Brad Peyton on Pairing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson with Giant, Mutated Animals (Interview)

RampageDwayneGeorgeBased on the ‘80s arcade game, the filmmaker behind San Andreas continues his attempt at making “elevated genre” with one of the world’s biggest A-list stars.

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Watch the “Westworld” Team Rickroll the Internet (Video)

WestworldExcerpt Jonathan Nolan and the Westworld team are Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you…

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Tony Gilroy, Brad Anderson Discuss Their Political Thriller “Beirut” Starring Jon Hamm (Interview)

JonHammBeirut2The screenwriter and director of the period thriller talk about how Gilroy’s script, written 27 years ago, was revived and revised for modern audiences.

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“Sweet Country” Director Warwick Thornton On Documenting Australian History Through Indigenous Eyes (Interview)

SweetCountryUTR1The acclaimed award-winning Australian Western, co-starring Sam Neill and Bryan Brown, is finally released in the States after playing on the festival circuit.

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“A Quiet Place” Blows Up the Box Office with $50 Million, “Blockers” Also Does Well

QuietPlaceBlockersBoxOfficeREportThe top 3 movies grossed $96 million, while Marvel’s Black Panther became the third-highest grossing movie domestically as it surpassed Titanic.

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“A Quiet Place” Kicks Off April with $19 Million Opening Day

A Quiet Place JKUniversal’s R-rated comedy Blockers will probably have to settle for third place behind Spielberg’s Ready Player One, even though it took second place Friday with $7.8 million.

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Writers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods Make Noise With “A Quiet Place,” Years After All the Agencies Passed On Them

Beck and Woods A Quiet Place“There are certain set pieces that we have discarded in Microsoft Word documents on our computers dating back five years, so we certainly would be open to putting those into something new,” one of the writer says of a potential sequel.

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“The Endless” Filmmakers, Stars Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead on Making Micro-Budget Genre Films That Are Big on Ideas (Interview)

TheEndlessFeature2The filmmakers behind indie thrillers Spring and Resolution offer another quizzical mind-twisting thriller, one that has connections to their earlier work.

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Krasinski-Blunt Horror Flick “A Quiet Place” Will Dominate, but Can “Blockers” Pull off a Second Place Win over Spielberg?

BoxOffice4618BannerThe box office should pick up in April as stronger offerings are released before Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War at the end of the month.

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Sony Marketing Exec Christine Birch Exits Studio Under a Cloud of Controversy; Was It Pot or Not?

Birch and BassettHigh Times cover boys Seth Rogen and Snoop Dogg both have offices on the Sony lot, where like the rest of Hollywood, there seems to be a real double standard, not just between men and women, but between talent and executives, who used to be able to get away with just as much as their famous collaborators.

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Sue Kroll Launches Kroll & Co. Shingle on Warners Lot; Mark Wahlberg, Sandra Bullock to Star in First Projects

Kroll and Co.Kroll will serve as an executive producer on Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star is Born and Edward Norton’s directorial debut Motherless Brooklyn, as well as John Crowley’s adaptation of The Goldfinch.

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Jay and Silent Bob to Return With New VR Series Shot From Kevin Smith’s POV

Silent Bob VRShot entirely from the perspective of Bob (Kevin Smith), viewers will embody the silent fanboy himself while alpha-slacker Jay (Jason Mewes) leads the way through a string of idiotic adventures.

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Andrew Haigh, Charlie Plummer Explore Teen Struggles in Coming-of-Age Drama “Lean on Pete” (Interview)

CharliePlummerLeanOnPete4The filmmaker behind 45 Years and Weekend tells the story of a boy and the horse with whom he bonds, along with the young star of Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World.

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Despite a Bold New Suggestion for Crediting Screenwriters, the WGA Shouldn’t Change a Thing

Additional Writing ByMultiple WGA members are lobbying for an “Additional Writing By” credit section, naming everyone who had a hand in a film’s screenplay. The general concept behind this is that, if you were hired to write and you wrote, you should get credit for that work, whether or not said work was used. But is that really a good idea?

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: Geraldine Viswanathan on Avoiding Racial Stereotypes and Why “Blockers” Wouldn’t Land If It Were About Boys

Geraldine ViswanathanThe rising Aussie actress talks about her new raunchy comedy, plus emojis, keg stands, inclusion riders and whether or not she reads her own reviews.

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“Pitch Perfect” Writer Kay Cannon on Making Her Hilarious Directorial Debut With “Blockers” (Interview)

KayCannonBlockers3The high concept comedy stars Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena as the parents of three teen girls planning to lose their virginity on prom night.

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Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” Scores More than $181 Million Globally

ReadyPlayerOneBO2Spielberg had his biggest opening at the box office in almost ten years, as he returns to the big screen adventure for which he became famous. Tyler Perry’s Acrimony took second place with $17.1 million.

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“Ready Player One” Kicks Off Easter Weekend on High Note

Ready9PlayerOneBOUpdateTyler Perry’s Acrimony looks to take second place with $7.3 million on Good Friday, while Pacific Rim: Uprising dive bombs in its second weekend.

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Inside the Drama Surrounding Fox’s “New Mutants,” Including a Top Secret New Cast Member (Exclusive)

New MutantsDirector Josh Boone filmed material that led up to the reveal of Jon Hamm as Mr. Sinister, only for Fox to change their minds after shooting had been completed. Now it’ll be Antonio Banderas playing an unspecified villain at the end of New Mutants, sources tell the Tracking Board.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (03.30.18)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKathleen Gallagher replaces longtime Universal Pictures Home Entertainment exec Dick Longwell who is retiring after 20 years in senior sales and distribution. Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go.

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“Chappaquiddick”: Filmmaker John Curran Explores the History and Mystery Behind Ted Kennedy’s 1969 Scandal (Interview)

Chappaquiddickstill2Starring Jason Clarke as the Massachusetts politician, whose car went off a bridge into the bay, killing Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara) and raising questions that affected the Kennedy family.

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A24 Is a Prime Acquisition Target In a Buyer’s Market, So Who’s Interested? Maybe Apple, Maybe Not

AppleExcerptWhile insiders have denied that a deal is in the works, one would make sense since Apple is preparing to make a formidable entrance into Hollywood production, and it could use a library to build around.

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