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CAA Signs “Carmen Sandiego” Stars Gina Rodriguez, Finn Wolfhard Following Their APA Exits

Gina FinnRodriguez is preparing for a major year, as not only does she co-star alongside Natalie Portman in Alex Gardland’s sci-fi movie Annihilation, but she’s also the lead in Sony’s remake of the acclaimed Mexican thriller Miss Bala.

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Warner Bros. Shake-up: Toby Emmerich Promoted, Sue Kroll Leaving Job as Exec to Become Producer on the Lot

Sue Kroll OutIt will now fall on Emmerich, newly-crowned marketing chief Blair Rich and new DC Films president Walter Hamada to restore luster to the DC brand following the critical and commercial failure of Justice League.

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“Jumanji” Keeps Blowing Up Expectations While “Insidious: The Last Key” Also Does Decently

JumanjiInsidiousBOStar Wars: The Last Jedi is now the sixth highest grossing movie ever domestically and 13th-highest worldwide, yet it still didn’t do as well in China as other recent movies.

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Have we Learned Our Lesson Yet About Making Sequels Past Their Prime?

SequelsPastPrimeIn the past couple years, making sequels years even decades after their popular predecessors has proven to be folly for anyone involved. And yet, 2018 offers more than a couple sequels being released an insanely long time after the original movies.

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2017 Box Office Power Players, Missed Opportunities and Straight-Up Bombs

wonder womanWarner Bros’ Wonder Woman movie was one of the bigger surprises at the 2017 box office, but it wasn’t the only one, and hopefully, lessons will be learned from the bigger mistakes and disasters.

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Weekend Update: “Jumanji” Dominates, “Insidious: The Last Key” Doing Better Than Expected

JumanjiMattTolmach1Star Wars: The Last Jedi is likely to end up in third place as positive word-of-mouth from the holiday releases helps Sony’s family hit and Hugh Jackman’s The Greatest Showman.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (1.05.18)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMFollowing Mark Pedowitz’s contract extension at The CW, the network has also up head of scripted development, Gaye Hirsch, to EVP of Development. 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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“Planet of the Apes” Helmer Matt Reeves Signs First Look Deal With Netflix

MattExcerpt Matt Reeves just wrapped the final installment in the Apes trilogy with War for the Planet of the Apes in July of 2017. The franchise has grossed over $1.5 billion at the global box office.

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“Insidious: The Last Key” Won’t Get Past the “Jumanji,” “The Last Jedi” Blockbusters

Insidious4Review32018 kicks off with a possible three-way race for first place while Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game, starring Jessica Chastain, expands to the rest of the country.

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“It” Production Exec. Walter Hamada Promoted to Head Up DC Films

WalterHamadaDCThe New Line production exec. worked with Aquaman director James Wan on The Conjuring movies and their spin-offs, but the success of the Stephen King adaptation made him the perfect choice.

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Golden Globes Party List: Netflix and HBO Have Their Champagne Ready, But Where Art Thou A24?

Brooklynn PrinceThe only prediction we’re willing to make at this time is that The Florida Project star Brooklynn Prince is going to stay up late dancing the night away.

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“Call Me By Your Name” Director Luca Guadagnino on the Coming-of-Age Drama and His “Radical Feminist” Remake of “Suspiria” (Interview)

lucacmbyn2The Italian filmmaker who first received international attention for 2010’s I Am Love with Tilda Swinton, tackles André Aciman’s novel, working from a script by James Ivory.

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“Jumanji” Gained Ground on “The Last Jedi” Leading up to New Year’s Day

JumanjiStarWarsBOThe latest Star Wars episode has already crossed $500 million, but the Dwayne Johnson-Kevin Hart adventure-comedy has grossed $185 million over the past two weeks.

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“Star Wars,” “Jumanji” Were Very Good Over Pre-XMas Weekend… Most Other Movies Received Coal

StarWarsJumanjiPitch Perfect 3 disappoints and Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, starring Matt Damon, and Warners’ Father Figures outright bomb.

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Weekend Update: “Star Wars” Still Riding High with “Jumanji,” “Pitch Perfect” In Pursuit

LastjediBoxOfficeThe top three films look to bring in roughly $180 million over the four-day weekend. Hugh Jackman’s The Greatest Showman looking at a distant fourth place.

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“Jumanji,” “Pitch Perfect 3” Take on the “Star Wars” Juggernaut Over Holiday Break

BOPreview122217New movies starring Matt Damon, Owen Wilson and Hugh Jackman may be scraping for business against stronger movies this pre-Xmas weekend.

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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Achieves Second Biggest Opening Weekend Ever

StarWarsBOReport1The Lucasfilm sequel is estimated to have made $450 million worldwide over the weekend. Fox’s animated Ferdinand comes in a distant second.

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Career Therapist: What Shall We Do with Antonio Banderas?

AntonioBanderasGettyThe Spanish actor has been making a series of bad thrillers and action films for Saban Films and Lionsgate Premiere lately, killing any credibility he had as a serious theatrical draw in the ’90s.

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Malcolm D. Lee May Be the Most Underrated Filmmaker in Hollywood… But That’s Changing

GirlsTripWith the success of this year’s Girls Trip and 2013’s The Best Man Holiday, the director has set himself up to direct even bigger movies through his deal with Universal.

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What’s a Foreign Language Oscar Really Worth?

thesquareExamining what some of the Oscar-winning filmmakers went on to do after winning the Oscar in the foreign language category.

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Weekend Update: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Makes Almost $105 Million Opening Day

LastJediBOOpeningAlready the second biggest opening day for a domestic release, although that includes $45 million from Thursday previews. Fox’s Ferdinand is taking a distant second place.

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Willem Dafoe on His Oscar-Worthy Role in Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” (Interview)

WillemDafoeFloridaProject1Playing the manager of a run-down Orlando motel is the culmination of an amazing career of film roles for the twice Oscar-nominated actor.

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The Time Has Come for a Hollywood Hall of Fame, But Who Would Be Inducted First?

Halls of FameNames like Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, Louis B. Mayer, Mary Pickford and Jack Warner come to mind for the inaugural class, just to name five people who were integral to the birth and growth of the medium.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: Paul Walter Hauser On His Scene-Stealing Turn in “I, Tonya” and Working With Margot Robbie

Shawn EckhardtThe actor opens up about his role as Shawn Eckhardt and what it’s like to be a bigger guy in Hollywood, as well as his recent experience on the set of Spike Lee’s Black Klansman.

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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Racks Up $45 Million on Thursday Night

LastjediBoxOfficeThe sequel, directed by Looper‘s Rian Johnson, opens nationwide in over 4,200 theaters where it’s likely to be the biggest opener of the year, surpassing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

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Disney-Fox Deal Is the Rotten Cherry On Top of a Miserable 2017 For Everyone But Theater Owners and the X-Men

Disney Fox 2Here’s the other elephant in the room: Is Disney even done buying right now? After all, the company isn’t just battling current threats like Netflix and Amazon, but future ones like Apple.

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Producer Matt Tolmach on “Jumanji,” “Venom,” “Silver and Black” and More (Interview)

JumanjiMattTolmach1The former President of Columbia Pictures continues to work with Sony producing films like the holiday family action-adventure starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black.

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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Set to Revive an Ailing Box Office

star wars last jedi poster smallWhat’s likely to be the biggest movie of 2017 is shooting for a $200 million-plus opening, while Fox releases the animated Ferdinand as counter-programming.

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Disney Buying Most of 21st Century Fox’s Assets for $52.4 Billion

DisneyFoxThe Fox News Channel and other Fox broadcast networks will be spun-off into a new company with this new company retaining Fox’s 20th

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Does Bitcoin Hold the Key to Hollywood’s Financial Future, Or Is It Another False Savior?

Bitcoin Hollywood“People may be designing and buying Bitcoin, but the fact that it is not tangible would seem to imply that it remains open to potential sabotage, especially in a digital world without any regulation,” writes Neil Turitz.

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