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USA Network Orders 'American Rust' Drama Series From Michael De Luca

USA Network has found its next drama.

The network has given a straight-to-series order to an adaptation of Philipp Meyer's book American Rust, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama of the same name is set in a small Pennsylvania rust belt town and follows the rise and fall of a crime-riddled community as seen through the eyes of a sheriff with a history of violence.

This is the second series adaptation of Meyer's work following AMC's period drama The Son, starring Pierce Brosnan. The Son writers Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman penned the pilot with Meyer and will executive produce...
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The Loft Film Festival 2017

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The Loft Film Festival 2017
Better than ever, now in its seventh year, the spectacular program with its filmmaking guests and a committed community of dedicated and intellectually alive filmgoers invigorates the mind and activist tendencies already in play.

Take for instance, University of Arizona Professor Noam Chomsky, one of the most influential public intellectuals in the world, speaking with Regents’ Professor Toni Massaro about social justice and the environment. Here he is, in person, being honored as every word he speaks is treated as a jewel. Considered the founder of modern linguistics, Chomsky has written more than 100 books, his most recent being Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power. An ardent free speech advocate, Chomsky has published and lectured widely on U.S. foreign policy, Mideast politics, terrorism, democratic society and war. Chomsky, who joined the UA faculty this fall, is a laureate professor in the Department of
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Texas Now Casting: Roles Available for Extras on AMC's "The Son" Starring Pierce Brosnan

Casting is currently underway for season two of AMC’s “The Son,” and you could grab a gig as an extra. Starring Pierce Brosnan, “The Son” is “a multi-generational epic telling of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas oil empire.” The series is currently seeking male and female talent, aged 18 and older, of all ethnicities for extras this season. The production is and will continue shooting in Austin, Texas. Some pay will be provided. Ready to apply? Head to the notice and do so directly at Backstage here! Check out Backstage’s Texas audition listings!
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Craig Conway to Direct South African Survival Thriller ‘Kruger’

Craig Conway to Direct South African Survival Thriller ‘Kruger’
Kaleidoscope Film Distribution and Goldfinch Studios are partnering on the upcoming psychological thriller “Kruger,” to be shot in South Africa in March.

“Kruger” marks the directorial debut for British actor-producer Craig Conway (“Giantland”). The project is fully financed by Goldfinch Entertainment, and produced by Kirsty Bell and Craig Conway of Bird Box Pictures, a Goldfinch Studio company.

The movie is set within the vast and dangerous backdrop of South Africa’s Kruger National Park, focusing on a dysfunctional family’s attempts to survive. Casting is under way. “Kruger” was unveiled Saturday at the American Film Market in Santa Monica.

Kaleidoscope’s Spencer Pollard said: “We are excited to be working with Goldfinch Studios on this highly commercial genre film that we believe stands every chance of standing out in the marketplace next year. Craig’s vision and the team behind the film should lead to a lot of interest as we package the film and announce cast in
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Ron Shelton Directing ‘Escape Artist’ Movie on Ed ‘Hacksaw’ Jones

Ron Shelton Directing ‘Escape Artist’ Movie on Ed ‘Hacksaw’ Jones
Gold Star Films and Signature Films have hired Ron Shelton to direct “Escape Artist,” a project about Ed “Hacksaw” Jones, whose claim to fame is that he broke out of 14 prisons.

Jones became the first person to ever be put on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list without ever committing a violent crime. The project was announced Friday at the American Film Market.

Gold Star Films co-chairman, Joey Tufaro, Signature Films founder, Marc Goldberg, and production executive Sarah Gabriel are producing the film. John Watson and Kellie Davis will also be producing alongside Gold Star Films co-chairman, Todd Trosclair, who will serve as an executive producer. The film is slated to be shot in the greater New Orleans area.

The story will center on Jones being falsely sentenced to 10 years of hard labor in a chain gang, then escaping and beginning a life on the run as a master escape artist. Described as handsome,
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Afm: Stx Sells ‘All the Money in the World’ to China’s HiShow

Afm: Stx Sells ‘All the Money in the World’ to China’s HiShow
Stx Intl., the sales arm of budding studio Stx Entertainment, has struck a deal that sees HiShow Entertainment set as the exclusive rights holder and China distributor of its Kevin Spacey-starring John Paul Getty kidnap drama “All the Money in the World.”

The Ridley Scott-directed film is set for its premiere this month at the AFI Festival and is set for North American release on Dec. 22. Sony Pictures is handling the North American release. Stx, present at this week’s American Film Market, is overseeing international.

International openings will largely follow the domestic outing, and, as is normal with the release of foreign titles in China, no date has yet been set. Neither Stx or HiShow were able to confirm if the pictures has yet cleared censorship in China, or whether it will be treated as a revenue-sharing film or a flat-fee import.

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China Opportunities for Hollywood Still Big, Says EastWest Bank’s Dominic Ng (Exclusive)

China Opportunities for Hollywood Still Big, Says EastWest Bank’s Dominic Ng (Exclusive)
Collapsed acquisitions and halted payments have gripped the imagination in Hollywood, just as the U.S. film industry had come to regard China as its biggest source of external capital. But if the deal talk has been scaled back, there are still numerous reasons why Hollywood and the Chinese film industry are going to be working ever closer.

That is the view of Dominic Ng, chairman of EastWest Bank, the company which has been involved in most of the major China-Hollywood transactions of the past five years. Writing in the bank’s Reach Further in-house magazine, Ng explains “How Hollywood Can Still Capitalize on the Chinese Market.”

Deal flow has fallen from some $5 billion in 2016, to less than $500 million in 2017. And there have been no major acquisitions since February.

However, he argues that “the fundamentals continue to support greater cooperation between Chinese and U.S. entertainment companies.” PwC projects that China’s Entertainment and Media sector will grow
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‘Spinning Man’ Clip: Pierce Brosnan Confronts Guy Pearce In A Missing Person Investigation — Afm

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‘Spinning Man’ Clip: Pierce Brosnan Confronts Guy Pearce In A Missing Person Investigation — Afm
Exclusive: Here’s a clip from the upcoming Pierce Brosnan and Guy Pearce starring thriller, Spinning Man, which is going to buyers next month at the American Film Market in Santa Monica. Simon Kaijser directed the pic, from a script by Matt Aldrich, which follows a charming professor Evan Birch (Pearce), who appears to be living an idyllic life until a young woman goes missing and he struggles to come up with an alibi to clear his name. “College professor Evan Birch has…
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China Box Office: ‘Kingsman’ Dominates With $39 Million Opening

China Box Office: ‘Kingsman’ Dominates With $39 Million Opening
As the only significant new release, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” opened strongly on top of the China box office. It enjoyed a 54% market share.

“Golden Circle” played some 100,000 screenings per day and scooped $39 million according to data from Ent Group. Fox reported that as $40.3 million, and as a score 73% better than the first “Kingsman” film “The Secret Service.” IMAX reported that it scored $3.5 million of the China total on its screens.

In second place, holdover, “Never Say Die” added a further $14.4 million in its fourth week. It has now accumulated $308 million after 23 days.

Thai thriller, “Bad Genius” was third earning $7.61 million in its second week. It has $32.9 million in China after 10 days.

“City of Rock” played on in fourth place. It scored $3.7 million in its fourth week, for a cumulative of $62.1 million after 24 days.

Chasing the Dragon” held on in fifth. It managed $2.35 million for a cumulative of $83.5 after 23 days.

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Cher joins the cast of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!

A few days ago music superstar Cher took to social media to tease an appearance in the upcoming sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, and now her casting has been confirmed by Variety. Here’s the original tweet that Cher shared…

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Cher (@cher) October 15, 2017

Cher’s role in the film is being kept under wraps, but it will mark the Oscar winner’s first big screen appearance since 2010’s Burlesque. Her only other credits since the turn of the millennium include a voice role in 2011’s Zookeeper, and an appearance as herself in the 2003 comedy Stuck on You.

Filming on the Mamma Mia sequel got underway last month, with Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) directing returning stars Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard and Colin Firth and new additions Lily James Alexa Davies, Jessica Keenan Wynn,
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Five reasons to see The Foreigner

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Five reasons to see The ForeignerFive reasons to see The ForeignerScott Goodyer10/17/2017 3:42:00 Pm

Jackie Chan karate kicks his way back on the big screen in The Foreigner!

The action movie has Chan playing a humble businessman with a buried past who seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. Pierce Brosnan also stars, teaming up again with GoldenEye director Martin Campbell.

Here are 5 reasons why you need to check this movie out:

1. The Stunts

Jackie Chan has endured many years of long, hard work and a ton of injuries to establish international success via his early beginnings in Hong Kong's martial arts movie industry. Making his way to North American audiences in 1995 with Rumble in the Bronx, this was the first time we saw an action star do his own stunts as he ran up walls and bounced off cars. It was very impressive and Jackie hasn't slowed down.
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From Meryl to Cher, Bask in the Glory of the Mamma Mia! Sequel's A-List Cast

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Now that production on the Mamma Mia! sequel, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, has officially kicked off, we have free rein to freak out over how incredible the cast is. Not only does the sequel bring back all of the major players from the 2008 musical romance - like Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, and more - but it's also introducing us to a whole new set of faces. Since the movie is going to transition from present day on the Greek island of Kalokairi to flashbacks, we'll get to see what Donna, Sam, and the rest of the older characters were like in their heyday (aka shots of the Dynamos in all their glory). Read on to see everyone who's joined the cast! RelatedSee the First Adorable Photos of Lily James as Donna in the Mamma Mia Sequel
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Cher Is Officially Joining Meryl Streep in the Mamma Mia! Sequel - We Are Not Worthy

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Ten years after 2008's Mamma Mia! The Movie sang its way into theaters and raked in millions at the box office, a sequel - Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! - will grace us with its presence. According to Deadline, original cast members Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper, Julie Walters, and Christine Baranski are all slated to return to belt out more Abba hits. There will also be a few new faces, including Baby Driver's Lily James. The Hollywood Reporter revealed she's playing a younger version of Meryl Streep's character, Donna, since the narrative structure of the sequel will shift back and forth in time to add some context to some of the relationships among characters in present day. Jeremy Irvine is also signed on as a young Sam, and Josh Dylan will play young Bill. None other than Cher (yes,
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Cher Has Joined The Cast Of The ‘Mamma Mia’ Sequel

In quite remarkable and truly wonderful casting news, it appears that Cher has joined the cast of the Mamma Mia sequel. The film, titled Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, is currently in production for a release in 2018. The news was announced via Variety, though previously Cher tweeted the following image, alluding to her involvement.

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— Cher (@cher) October 15, 2017

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again sees Meryl Streep return as Donna, Julie Walters as Rosie and Christine Baranski as Tanya. Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper are also amongst the cast as Sophie and Sky, while Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård and Oscar winner Colin Firth all return to play Sophie’s three dads: Sam, Bill and Harry. It is not known presently as to who Cher will play in the production.

The original film grossed over $600 million around the world when it was released in 2008. It
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Cher Joins Mamma Mia 2

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The Universal Pictures sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again has been filming since late August, but it's never too late to add an iconic new cast member. A report reveals that showbiz icon Cher has joined the cast, although no details about her character have been revealed. The actress/singer hinted about starring in the Mamma Mia sequel in a cryptic tweet over the weekend, and now her casting has been confirmed.

Unfortunately, no details were given about the character Cher will be playing, but this this will mark her first live-action movie role in seven years, since 2010's Burlesque, where she starred alongside Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell and Alan Cumming. She also provided the voice of Janet the Lioness in the 2011 Kevin James comedy Zookeeper, and, most recently, voiced a character called Chercophonie on the Netflix animated TV series Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh. Regardless of who she's playing,
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Cher Joins Meryl Streep, Colin Firth in 'Mamma Mia!' Sequel

Cher Joins Meryl Streep, Colin Firth in 'Mamma Mia!' Sequel
Cher is heading back to the big screen for the first time in seven years.

The singer-actress has joined the cast of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the all-star sequel to the global musical hit.

Cher’s character details are being kept under wraps. She teased out the news over the weekend with several tweets.

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— Cher (@cher) October 15, 2017

Here We Go Again reunites Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard and Colin Firth.

The movie also has younger versions of...
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Our Favorite Faces Of Jackie Chan

This week saw the North American wide release of Martin Campbell's thriller The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan. For Jackie, it's actually his second film in the current box office top-10, as he also voices one of the characters in The Lego Ninjago Movie. At 63 years of age, Jackie Chan can of course no longer be expected to show his legendary acrobatic martial arts prowess of thirty (or more than forty) years ago, so to see him diversify towards animated films and serious thrillers makes sense. But legendary he rightfully is, as amazing he was. He has performed in more than 130 films, using a large variety of names and spellings (IMDb lists Jacky Chan, Yuan Lung Chan, Yuen-Lung Chan, Jakkî Chen,...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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China Box Office: ‘Never Say Die’ Wins Third Weekend Ahead of ‘Bad Genius’

China Box Office: ‘Never Say Die’ Wins Third Weekend Ahead of ‘Bad Genius’
Martial arts comedy “Never Say Die” took the top spot at the Chinese box office for the third week in a row, while the best-performing new release was Thailand’s “Bad Genius.”

Never Say Die” earned $30.9 million, according to data from Ent Group. That lifted its cumulative B.O. to $281 million after 16 days.

Bad Genius,” a dark thriller about a school exams cheating system, opened in second place and earned $17.6 million in three days. The film was released in Thailand in May and has become the top local film of the year. It has since gone on to have success on the international festival circuit, and at the box office in Asian territories including Hong Kong and Taiwan. According to ComScore, the film’s total gross is $26.4 million so far.

The weekend score in China was good enough to make “Bad Genius” the sixth-ranked film globally, according to ComScore. The China release is handled by Huaxia Films.

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Blumhouse's 'Happy Death Day' Debuts with Excellent $26.5 Million

Blumhouse's 'Happy Death Day' Debuts with Excellent $26.5 Million
Universal and Blumhouse score yet again, this time with Happy Death Day. The horror film easily topped the weekend box office, adding to the production house's impressive stable of original horror films including the likes of The Visit, Split and Get Out. At the same time, Blade Runner 2049 dropped over 50% in its second weekend, Stx's The Foreigner topped Mojo's weekend forecast, Open Road's Marshall delivered on expectations and Annapurna's Professor Marston and the Wonder Women crashed and burned. With an estimated $26.5 million, Happy Death Day topped the weekend box office, outperforming the opening weekend for The Visit, which went on to gross $65.2 million in 2015. Based on averages for Blumhouse titles debuting over $20 million, it seems reasonable to expect Happy Death Day to also push toward a $60 million run domestically, especially with Halloween still around the corner. The film scored a "B" CinemaScore from opening day audiences which broke down 54% female vs.
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Box Office: ‘Happy Death Day’ Crushes ‘Blade Runner 2049’ With $26.5 Million

Box Office: ‘Happy Death Day’ Crushes ‘Blade Runner 2049’ With $26.5 Million
Happy Death Day” has cause for celebration.

The latest from Blumhouse and Universal is leading the box office this weekend with $26.5 million from 3,149 locations. That puts it far ahead of “Blade Runner 2049,” which is skidding to $15.1 million during its second weekend at 4,058 locations, down 54% from its disappointing opening weekend.

A horror spin on “Groundhog Day,” “Happy Death Day” centers on Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) as a woman who wakes up to the same day — her birthday — every day, and is murdered every time. Christopher B. Landon directed the film based on a script by Scott Lobdell. The film, which earned a B CinemaScore (good for a horror flick), particularly appealed to female and younger moviegoers — the audience was split 54% female, as opposed to 46% male, and 63% was under age 25. The release date was pegged to Friday the 13th and the weeks leading up to Halloween.

“We’re obviously thrilled with the release,” said Universal
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