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Jim Parsons Options Film Rights To TVLine Chief Michael Ausiello Memoir ‘Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies’

Jim Parsons Options Film Rights To TVLine Chief Michael Ausiello Memoir ‘Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies’
Exclusive: In a competitive situation. Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak's That's Wonderful Productions has optioned the film rights to Michael Ausiello's acclaimed memoir Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies, with Parsons attached to star. Parsons and Spiewak will be producers, and Ausiello — the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Deadline’s sister site TVLine.com — will be executive producer. In his heartbreaking, tragicomic memoir, Ausiello told the story of the eleven month span…
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Ryan Reynolds’ Silly Disney-Fox Merger Tweet Leads Hollywood Response to Massive Deal

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Ryan Reynolds’ Silly Disney-Fox Merger Tweet Leads Hollywood Response to Massive Deal
Disney announced on Thursday that it would acquire much of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion in stock, which would include the “X-Men” and “Deadpool” properties and make it possible for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include those characters in their cinematic fold.

In response, Fox’s “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds tweeted a picture of himself being escorted out of Disneyland with the caption
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‘Stranger Things’ Actor Finn Wolfhard to Star in Haunted House Film ‘The Turning’ (Exclusive)

‘Stranger Things’ Actor Finn Wolfhard to Star in Haunted House Film ‘The Turning’ (Exclusive)
Finn Wolfhard, best known for his star-making turn as Mike on “Stranger Things,” is set to star opposite Mackenzie Davis in Amblin’s haunted house film “The Turning.”

Floria Sigismondi is on board to direct with Scott Bernstein and Roy Lee producing.

In this adaptation of Henry James’s novella “The Turn of the Screw,” a young woman hired as the nanny to two orphans is convinced that the country mansion they live in is haunted. Wolfhard will play one of the orphans.
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‘Coco’ Tops $400 Million at Worldwide Box Office

‘Coco’ Tops $400 Million at Worldwide Box Office
Disney-Pixar’s animated “Coco” has topped the $400 million mark at the worldwide box office, earning $138.6 million domestically and $263 million internationally.

Disney made the announcement on Wednesday, noting that it still has about a third of the international market to launch in, including Australia (Dec. 26), Italy (Dec. 28), Brazil (Jan. 4), Korea (Jan. 11), the U.K. (Jan. 19), and Japan (March 16).

The top international market has been China, which has nearly matched the North American total with $133 million. “Coco” has stayed strong in China following its opening weekend of $18 million, following with an impressive $43.7 million in its second frame and declining by only 21% in its third weekend.

The film, which focuses on a 12-year-old boy and the celebration of the Day of the Dead and its music, set a box office record in Mexico with $56.8 million following a late October launch ahead of the holiday.

“Coco” is also getting awards-season traction, winning the best animated feature award from the National Board of
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Hugh Jackman to Perform ‘Greatest Showman’ Song Live During Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story Live’ Telecast

Hugh Jackman to Perform ‘Greatest Showman’ Song Live During Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story Live’ Telecast
Hugh Jackman will perform a song from 20th Century Fox’s “The Greatest Showman” live as part of a commercial spot to run Sunday during Fox’s presentation of the musical “A Christmas Story Live.”

Jackman and co-stars Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Keala Settle will perform “Come Alive” from the P.T. Barnum biopic during a commercial break in the three-hour telecast of “A Christmas Story Live.” The tune was penned by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who also wrote the score and songs for “Christmas Story.”

The two-and-a-half minute spot will feature elaborate staging with 150 dancers, and will be directed by “Showman” helmer Michael Gracey along with live TV vet Beth McCarthy-Miller. “Christmas Story” will originate from a soundstage on the Warner Bros. lot. Jackman and Co. will perform from an adjacent soundstage. “Showman” opens Dec. 20.

“We are creating what we expect will be a memorable performance providing energy and excitement to viewers that drives them to
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Kevin Hart to Play Hitman in Universal Comedy 'On the Run'

Kevin Hart to Play Hitman in Universal Comedy 'On the Run'
Kevin Hart will star in the newly announced Universal action-comedy On the Run, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Aeysha Carr (Carmichael Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will pen the movie, which was picked up as a pitch and follows a hitman (Hart) whose assignment goes awry when the target isn’t who he expects. Kristen Lowe will oversee production for the studio.

Girls Trip producer Will Packer will produce via his Will Packer Productions alongside Hart through his Hartbeat banner. On the Run will be the latest in a long partnership for the producer and star, which includes the Ride Along franchise and the upcoming Universal...
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Tiffany Haddish, John Cho Join Ike Barinholtz in Satirical Thriller 'The Oath' (Exclusive)

Tiffany Haddish, John Cho Join Ike Barinholtz in Satirical Thriller 'The Oath' (Exclusive)
Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish has joined Ike Barinholtz in The Oath, a satirical thriller Barinholtz wrote and is also directing.

Also boarding the ensemble project are Star Trek star John Cho, Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia), Billy Magnussen (Ingrid Goes West), Meredith Hagner (Search Party), Jon Barinholtz (Superstore), Nora Dunn (The Guilt Trip), and veteran actor Chris Ellis (Murder in the First). 

QC Entertainment, one of the companies behind Get Out, is financing and producing the movie, with 23/34 Pictures, the outfit run by Barinholtz and David Stassen. It begins shooting this week.

The timely script, set in a politically divided America...
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Warner Bros. Settles $900M Lawsuit Over 'The Conjuring'

Warner Bros. Settles $900M Lawsuit Over 'The Conjuring'
Warner Bros. and New Line have settled a big ticket lawsuit that was brought by an author who claimed The Conjuring franchise infringed his exclusive rights to tell the story of the ghost hunters portrayed in the films — and the studios are close to resolving their counterclaims against him.

Gerald Brittle sued in 2016, claiming The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2 and the Annabelle spin-offs infringe on his exclusive rights to create derivative works based on case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Brittle and New Line released this joint statement Wednesday: "Mr. Brittle has agreed to...
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‘The Commuter’ Final Trailer Has Liam Neeson Punching Everybody on a Train

Lionsgate has released the final The Commuter trailer. The film stars Liam Neeson as an average insurance salesman who gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy that forces him to uncover the identity of one of his fellow passengers. Punching ensues. This looks about as silly and fun as Neeson’s other collaborations with director Jaume Collet-Serra, and while it probably won’t end up on anyone’s Best of 2018 list, that doesn’t mean it’s not a fun way to kick off the new year, especially since it looks like Neeson is retiring from the action-…
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Rian Johnson Interviews Paul Thomas Anderson About ‘Phantom Thread’

If you’re looking for some distraction from the Disney/Fox chatter (that will be going for some time yet), and eager to keep away from any “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” spoilers, there’s 32 minutes you can’t miss it.

Rian Johnson sat down with Paul Thomas Anderson in Los Angeles on December 2nd to discuss “Phantom Thread.” Johnson has already gone on record about his admiration of Daniel Day-Lewis’ final movie, here he gets to go deep.

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Warner Animation Group Sets Allison Abbate & Chris Leahy As Toppers

Warner Animation Group said today that Allison Abbate and Chris Leahy will take the roles of senior-level creative executives at the animated film production arm of Warner Bros Pictures. Abbate has been named Evp, while Leahy has been named Svp. Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures, who shares oversight of Warner Animation Group with Courtenay Valenti, President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Pictures, said of the…
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First Poster for ‘Ocean’s 8’ Assembles a New Team

Warner Bros. has released the first Ocean’s 8 poster for the upcoming spinoff film, and although it’s only tangentially related to Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy, it appears the suave and stylish spirit of the series is still intact. The Hunger Games and Pleasantville filmmaker Gary Ross directs the new film, which stars Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, the sister of George Clooney’s Danny Ocean. When this film begins she’s fresh out of prison and assembles a team of her own to pull off a unique heist at the Met Gala. While one may think …
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Golden Globes Go Heavy on Adaptation Nominations in TV but Not Film

Golden Globes Go Heavy on Adaptation Nominations in TV but Not Film
In a world of 500 scripted television series, one way creators are vying for the very limited attention of the audience — and to attract big-name talent — is by adapting already well-known works. Rather than having to start from the ground up when it comes to building the world, creating its characters and hooking viewers, adaptations come with a lot of the work already done. And with less risk, the rewards that are reaped automatically look that much bigger.

“It’s a massive draw because you have so much more information than you do when you just have a pilot script or a couple of episodes or even a full season. With the book, the format is so totally different [and] you have the ability to describe and develop and have so much character backstory, so it’s rife with things to help you bring these characters to life and tell the story really thoroughly,” says [link=nm
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Movie Talk: Disney/Fox Deal Now Official; George Lucas Talks ‘The Last Jedi’

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (Thursday December 14th, 2017) Mark Ellis, Mark Reilly, John Rocha, Natasha Martinez discuss the following: Disney acquires 20th Century Fox for $52.4 billion. Die Hard, Titanic, Memento, Superman, The Goonies, Field of Dreams, and more added to National Film Registry SAG Award nominations announced George Lucas thinks Star Wars: The Last Jedi was "beautifully made" New trailer for Annihilation further reveals Alex Garland’s surreal sci-fi First trailer released for Clint Eastwood’s 15:17 to Paris Mail Bag Live Twitter Questions [caption id="attachment_680406" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via …
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Mark Millar Concerned About Disney/Fox Deal, Says It Could Be Good For X-Men

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” arrives everywhere tomorrow, and while Disney thought it was probably savvy to officially announce their Fox deal today, perhaps they didn’t anticipate that the conversation would pretty much overwhelm the press cycle. Everyone in weighing in on what this might mean for the future of movies and, at least for the purposes of this article, Marvel.

Bob Iger has already said that Disney won’t try and mess with the R-rated success of “Deadpool,” but the larger question is whether or not a behemoth sized mouse house would even dare to make something like that movie to start with.

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First-Time Director Michael Gracey on Working With Hugh Jackman on ‘The Greatest Showman’

First-Time Director Michael Gracey on Working With Hugh Jackman on ‘The Greatest Showman’
For first-time director Michael Gracey, transitioning from commercials and music videos to feature-length films was “the difference between sprinting and a marathon.” The Aussie got his start working in visual effects but developed a knack for directing after working on music video “Karma” by 1200 Techniques. He combines his talents for musical biopic “The Greatest Showman.”

How did you start in visual effects?

Classically, it’s the child who looks up at their parents who says, “This is how the future is going to be,” and it’s the parents who don’t understand because they’re set in their ways. For me, it was the exact opposite. My dad sat me down at an Ibm At with a black screen and green text and said, “This is going to change the way that all image making is done in the future.” I looked up at him, the classic teenager, and said, “Yeah, Dad, everyone
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Sports Illustrated TV, Filmmaker Mike Tollin To Release Docu ‘We Town’

Sports Illustrated TV, Filmmaker Mike Tollin To Release Docu ‘We Town’
Sports Illustrated TV (Si TV) is set to collaborate with award-winning filmmaker and co-chair of Mandalay Sports Media, Mike Tollin, and Gary Cohen's Triple Threat TV to produce the documentary, We Town. This will be the first original film for the newly launched streaming network. "Si TV is a one-stop shop for any sports lover, and We Town is a terrific example of our commitment to bringing premium original programming to the service," said Josh Oshinsky, VP of…
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Disney/Fox Deal: How The Battle to Beat Netflix Starts Today, What Happens to the Fox Network, And Other Burning Questions

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Rupert Murdoch is cashing out. The idea of 21st Century Fox being consumed by Disney in a $52.4 billion all-stock deal has shocked Hollywood, where industry players never thought they’d see the powerful Fox behemoth be largely consumed, rather than do the consuming. But as one insider noted, Murdoch is looking toward his final legacy — and cashing out while the getting’s good.

“Rupert is 86. He’s looking toward setting up [his family],” one observer said. The industry is rapidly changing, and as the Disney deal currently values the 21st Century Fox assets at more than $66 billion, it’s probably never going to get better than that. Fox shareholders, including the Murdochs, could hold around 25 percent of a new mega-Disney, which will now be supremely positioned to face off with Netflix and other giants in the new media landscape.

The Murdochs got their start in the newspaper business, so it’s only
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Will Disney’s Hyperdrive ‘Star Wars’ Release Slate Put the Franchise at Risk?

Will Disney’s Hyperdrive ‘Star Wars’ Release Slate Put the Franchise at Risk?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which premieres this weekend, is the third Lucasfilm title to hit theaters in the span of two years. It emerges as an important test of whether the studio’s aggressive release schedule will diminish the specialness for which the storied franchise has long been known.

Until 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” “Star Wars” movies arrived infrequently and were treated as major cultural events. Kids skipped school and braved long lines to fill multiplexes. The films were spaced three years apart, building anticipation in between pictures. Even the poorly reviewed prequel trilogy, starting with “The Phantom Menace” in 1999, had three-year gaps; “Phantom Menace” came 16 years after 1983’s “Return of the Jedi.” “The Force Awakens” bowed 10 years after “Revenge of the Sith,” the last of the prequels.

Now, Disney plans to release a new “Star Wars” film every year through at least 2019. “The Last Jedi” will be followed next May by “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” the
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‘Loving Vincent’ Director Hugh Welchman Trained An Army Of Oil Painters For The First Fully-Painted Feature Film

‘Loving Vincent’ Director Hugh Welchman Trained An Army Of Oil Painters For The First Fully-Painted Feature Film
Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman’s Loving Vincent is the first fully-painted animated feature in cinema history. Partially funded through the Polish Film Institute and a Kickstarter campaign, the idea with the drama was to tell the story of Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh’s final years in the artist’s own complicated visual style. In order to pull this film off, the directors had to track down painters working at such a high level that they could…
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