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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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“Outside In” Filmmaker Lynn Shelton Returns to the Big Screen After Four Years of Directing TV (Interview)

OutsideInBOPThe director of Humpday, You Sister’s Sister and more has been quite successful directing shows like Fresh Off the Boat, New Girl, and Netflix series Glow and Love.

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Steven Spielberg’s Nostalgic “Ready Player One” Hopes to Salvage the March Doldrums

BOPreview33018Tyler Perry’s Acrimony and God’s Not Dead: Light in the Darkness will also open over the Easter weekend, and returning movies will have a hard time competing.

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Steven Spielberg Steps Into the Future With “Ready Player One,” So Why Can’t He See That the Future Includes Netflix?

Spielberg Netflix“Steven Spielberg doesn’t think that Netflix movies should be eligible for Oscars. So would Spielberg, who has been such an enormous supporter of the #MeToo movement, begrudge Mudbound cinematographer Rachel Morrison her history-making nomination? In the words of my therapist, ‘there’s a lot to unpack here,'” writes Neil Turitz.

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“Gemini” Filmmaker Aaron Katz Explores L.A. to Create Contemporary Noir (Interview)

LolaKirkeGemini2Winner of the John Cassavetes Award for Land Ho!, Katz’s new noir thriller stars Lola Kirke (Mozart in the Jungle) as the personal assistant of a young starlet (Zoe Kravitz), who gets caught up in a murder mystery.

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A24 Co-Founder John Hodges Exits as Sale Rumors Plague Indie Studio Behind “Moonlight,” “Lady Bird”

John Hodges A24Surely David Fenkel and Daniel Katz have learned by now that there’s a ceiling for arthouse films these days. A24’s biggest success, Lady Bird, grossed $49 million domestically, so can that ceiling support the duo’s ambitions, or will a larger distributor make them an offer they can’t refuse?

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DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson Taking Leave of Absence

Diane NelsonNelson’s leave of absence comes just as Justice League ends its theatrical run as the lowest-grossing entry in the DCEU. According to reports, she needs time to deal with personal matters, including recovering from a recent back surgery.

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“Pacific Rim” is #1 with $28 Million, while “Black Panther” Achieves Another Milestone

PacRimBOExcerptFour other wide releases disappointed, while Wes Anderson’s animated Isle of Dogs blew up with $1.6 million in just 27 theaters.

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Is Netflix Going Overboard on the Amount of Content?

netflix excerptEast Coast Editor Edward Douglas opines about the fact that sometimes having too many options means you’ll never have time to watch some of the less-publicized content.

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“Pacific Rim: Uprising” Will Win What’s Looking Like a Crappy Weekend

PacRimTrailerTNThe other four new wide releases are underperforming with last week’s surprise hit I Can Only Imagine holding up well in its second weekend.

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“Isle of Dogs”: Renaissance Man Bob Balaban on Voicing a Dog in Wes Anderson’s Second Animated Film

BobBalabanIsleOfDogs2From Close Encounters of the Third Kind to Gosford Park, Balaban has experience on both sides of the camera, and Isle of Dogs is his third time working with Anderson.

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“Pacific Rim: Uprising” Will Do Its Best to Try Dethroning “Black Panther” This Weekend

BOPreview32318CollageFive new movies open in wide release on Friday including a Soderbergh thriller, a Bella Thorne Y.A. romance, another Christian movie and the animated Sherlock Gnomes.

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Joshua Leonard Returns to Low Budget Horror with Steven Soderbergh’s “Unsane” (Interview)

UnsaneJoshLeonard1The star of The Blair Witch Project and Humpday talks about woring on Soderbergh’s latest low-budget thriller, starring Claire Foy, his next film as director and even a possible Humpday sequel!

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Inside the MGM Coup That Led to Gary Barber’s Firing and a Studio Without Leadership

Gary Barber MGMBarber relaunched Orion Pictures, led the company’s $1 billion acquisition of Epix, cut costs across divisions, and squeezed every penny possible out of MGM’s library with the help of streaming platforms that were hungry for content. So what’s behind his abrupt exit?

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Steven S. DeKnight Transitions from TV To Films with “Pacific Rim: Uprising” (Interview)

PacRimUprising4The creator of Starz’s Spartacus series and showrunner for the first season of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix talks about following Guillermo del Toro on the giant robot (and monster) sequel.

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Director José Padilha Addresses his Controversial “7 Days in Entebbe” (Interview)

PadilhaEntebbe3The Brazilian filmmaker behind Elite Squad and Robocop goes back in time to document the ’77 Air France hijack that had many nations on edge.

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“Black Panther” Will Achieve Several Milestones, but the Real Story This Weekend is “I Can Only Imagine”

pantherimaginetombRaiderBoxOfficeThe faith-based drama based on a popular Christian song came out just ahead of Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time over the weekend, while Tomb Raider disappointed in second place.

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What Sort of Records Might “Avengers: Infinity War” Set for Marvel Studios?

AvengersInfinityWarRunningHeroesEast Coast Editor Edward Douglas takes an early look at the box office prospects of what should be one of the year’s biggest blockbusters, and whether it will it do as well or better than Black Panther.

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“Black Panther” Aiming for an Easy 5th Weekend at #1 Over “Tomb Raider”

PantherRaiderBoxOfficeFaith-based film I Can Only Imagine might pull off a surprise fourth place win over Fox’s Love, Simon, as both receive positive responses from audiences.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (03.16.18)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMIn an attempt to broaden their appeal and do some damage control following sexual harassment allegations, Vice Media has hired Nance Duboc to replace CEO Shane Smith. 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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Rachel Israel on Her Daring Debut “Keep the Change,” An Unconventional Rom-Com Starring Neuro-Diverse Non-Actors (Interview)

KeepTheChange2The first-time filmmaker talks about crafting a film around her friend Brandon Polansky and working with him and Samantha Elisofon to tell a beautiful, crowd-pleasing film.

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