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Dan Stevens on 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' and Talk of a 'Beauty and the Beast' Sequel (Exclusive)

Dan Stevens on 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' and Talk of a 'Beauty and the Beast' Sequel (Exclusive)
Dan Stevens loves Christmas. Not in the way that everybody who Christmases loves Christmas, no, he is a Christmas tree up, hang the lights after Halloween kind of Christmas guy. "We enjoy it very much in our house. I have three kids now, so that's three times the fun," he says of daughters Willow, 7, and Eden, 1, and son Aubrey, 5, with his wife, jazz singer Susie Hariet. "It's a lot of board games, classic movies. We always screen The Muppet Christmas Carol every Christmas Eve. For us, it's a special time of year."

Their Christmas Eve screening may soon become a double feature, as the actor's new movie, The Man Who Invented Christmas, out Nov. 22, makes a fitting follow-up to Kermit the Frog's starring role as Bob Cratchit, with The Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens. In it, Stevens plays Dickens as he sets out to write a Christmas book on a six-week deadline and dreams up his unexpectedly
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Dan Stevens on 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' and a 'Beauty and the Beast' Sequel (Exclusive)

Dan Stevens on 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' and a 'Beauty and the Beast' Sequel (Exclusive)
Dan Stevens loves Christmas. Not in the way that everybody who Christmases loves Christmas, no, he is a Christmas tree up, hang the lights after Halloween kind of Christmas guy. "We enjoy it very much in our house. I have three kids now, so that's three times the fun," he says of daughters Willow, 7, and Eden, 1, and son Aubrey, 5, with his wife, jazz singer Susie Hariet. "It's a lot of board games, classic movies. We always screen The Muppet Christmas Carol every Christmas Eve. For us, it's a special time of year."

Their Christmas Eve screening may soon become a double feature, as the actor's new movie, The Man Who Invented Christmas, out Nov. 22, makes a fitting follow-up to Kermit the Frog's starring role as Bob Cratchit, with The Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens. In it, Stevens plays Dickens as he sets out to write a Christmas book on a six-week deadline and dreams up his unexpectedly
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Kevin Campbell Joins 20th Century Fox Film as Marketing Co-President

Veteran marketing executive Kevin Campbell has been named co-president of worldwide theatrical marketing at 20th Century Fox Film.

Campbell, who previously held executive marketing roles at Fox from 2005-08, rejoins the studio after most recently serving as head of marketing for Amblin Partners. His appointment will become effective before the end of this year.

Campbell will work with Pam Levine, who became head of marketing last year.

“Kevin’s leadership will be instrumental as he collaborates closely with Pam on both shaping and implementing the vision we have for our studio’s marketing group,” said Stacey Snider, chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox Film. “Kevin has had extensive experience working with some of the best filmmakers in our business; and with some of Hollywood’s best studio marketing groups. We are fortunate to take advantage of all of these many assets so that we can make sure that Twentieth Century Fox’s marketing prowess is future
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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ to Continue Box Office Reign Over Newcomers With $63 Million

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ to Continue Box Office Reign Over Newcomers With $63 Million
Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” is still booming at the box office with a projected $63 million at 4,038 North American sites in its second weekend, early estimates showed Friday.

Fox’s detective drama “Murder on the Orient Express” is leading the rest of the pack with about $25 million at 3,341 locations, while Paramount’s family comedy “Daddy’s Home 2” will wind up with about $21 million at 3,575 venues. Both new entries are performing within expectations.

Should the projection for “Thor: Ragnarok” hold, the tentpole would wind up with one of the top 15 second weekends of all time. The third Thor movie ended a monthlong box office slump last weekend when it opened strongly with $122.7 million, the fourth-best launch of 2017, so a decline of under 50% is well above the norm.

Thor: Ragnarok,” starring Chris Hemsworth, has topped $154 million in its first seven days. It will become the ninth-highest domestic grosser of 2017 this weekend and wind up the weekend with around $215 million domestically
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Shawn Levy to Direct ‘Crater’, a Sci-Fi Coming-of-Age Film Set on the Moon

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Shawn Levy to Direct ‘Crater’, a Sci-Fi Coming-of-Age Film Set on the Moon
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of director Shawn Levy? For many movie-literate fans, the answer is probably the uber-bankable Night at the Museum film franchise. But lately, Levy has earned some Cool Points™ as a producer of Netflix’s mega-hit series Stranger Things, and now it sounds like he’s found a sci-fi coming-of-age […]

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Afm: Brian O’Shea Talks Social Drama With ‘Girl From Mogadishu’

Afm: Brian O’Shea Talks Social Drama With ‘Girl From Mogadishu’
Brian O’Shea has led the Exchange to strong growth. Launched in 2011, the self-funded finance-sales company has sold and/or financed such notable films as the award-winning documentary “Gleason,” “Chocolate City,” “A Street Cat Named Bob,” “The Spectacular Now” and “Dear White People.” O’Shea recently talked to Variety about the company,

You’re currently working on “A Girl From Mogadishu” from writer-director Mary McGuckian, which tells the story of Somali social activist Ifrah Ahmed and her fight against the horrors of female genital mutilation. It couldn’t be more timely.

Absolutely, and we’ve always been drawn to and driven by unique powerful stories like this, which are a core part of breakout independent filmmaking. Nothing is more truthful than a real life story, and the activist, who’s in the film, is just so inspiring. So we felt this was so relevant in so many ways — women’s rights, globalization, the oppression of minorities,
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See New 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Photo; Here's What We Know So Far

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Director Bryan Singer (X-Men Apocalypse) shared an amazing new photo of Rami Malek (above in Buster's Mal Heart) as Freddie Mercury (below) and it looks like a snapshot from a concert video of the famed singer during his glory days leading Queen. If those names are not instantly familiar to you, however, we're here to help with a quick catch-up on the movie.   Couldn't help myself and had to post this iPhone pic A post shared by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Oct 16, 2017 at 6:30pm Pdt   Who stars? Rami Malek, who broke out big time in TV's Mr. Robot, now in its third season. He's been acting for more than 10 years, building up an impressive resume that includes roles in the Night at the Museum movies, TV...

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Incredible Bohemian Rhapsody Pic Sees Rami Malek’s Freddie Mercury Own The Stage

Prior to his involvement in USA’s excellent Mr. Robot series (our review), Rami Malek was often restricted to tertiary roles. From Night at the Museum to The Pacific to Short Term 12, the 36-year-old has no shortage of credits for supporting characters, and even played a small, yet fairly crucial role in Supermassive’s video game sleeper hit, Until Dawn.

That all changes with the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, though, which is poised to place Rami Malek front and center as the great Freddie Mercury. And though a handful of film fans expressed some concern about his casting, those fears were quickly silenced following the unveiling of the actor as Queen’s former frontman.

Whether it’s the signature white vest and blue jeans ensemble, or the way in which Malek channels Mercury’s flamboyant performances, the attention to detail here is uncanny, and Bohemian Rhapsody is now among
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Hollywood Confronts a Copyright Argument With Potential for Mass Disruption

Hollywood Confronts a Copyright Argument With Potential for Mass Disruption
Are some of Hollywood's biggest movies from the past decade — Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Deadpool and Night at the Museum, among others — all copyright infringements because they were allegedly created with stolen technology? The question seems outlandish, and yet, that's exactly what a California federal judge was told on Monday in a case that can't be shrugged off as a crank even if it is now treading on some fantastic territory including a scholar's search for hidden codes in the Hebrew Bible.

Rearden LLC is the plaintiff. The firm was founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve...
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Brad’S Status – Review

With awards season approaching it’s time to get serious at the multiplex, at least for some actors that may be best known for rowdy raunchy comedies. That may be the case for Ben Stiller who’s playing this flick’s title character. Mind you, there’s still some funny stuff in this story, we’re not in heavy, somber tragedy territory at all. It’s just that Ben is playing an “everyman”. a fellow that many of us know, or “down deep” the person staring back at us from the mirror. Oddly, this man is constantly reflecting on his past, his regrets, and choices. These concerns and worries make up the bulk of Brad’S Status.

The title Brad is played by Mr. Stiller. Brad Sloan is sliding toward the big “5-0” and shares a home in Sacramento, CA with his lovely wife Melanie (Jenna Fisher) and their eighteen
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The Croods 2 Finally Gets a Release Date

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DreamWorks has firmed up some of their upcoming slate and it is a little surprising, for various reasons. Croods 2 is now set for release on September 18, 2020, and Spooky Jack is set for a September 17, 2021, release. Last year, it was reported that the studio canceled The Croods 2, despite the fact that the movie was a big financial success. For some reason, that has changed and now the sequel is on track for release in a few years.

The Croods was released in 2013 and made a very impressive $587.2 million worldwide. Even though it seemed, for whatever reason, they weren't going to do the sequel, DreamWorks Animation has had a change of heart and The Croods 2 is back on. Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke are all set to reprise their roles for the sequel, with Leslie Mann set to join the cast this time around.
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How Creative Arts Wins For ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Westworld’ Might Predict the Biggest 2017 Emmy Races

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How Creative Arts Wins For ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Westworld’ Might Predict the Biggest 2017 Emmy Races
As expected, the Creative Arts Emmy competition Sunday turned out to be a sci-fi smackdown between Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and HBO’s “Westworld,” and each split the night with five awards apiece.

The Duffer Brothers’ ’80s homage to Steven Spielberg and Stephen King, “Stranger Things” won for outstanding editing, main title theme music, main title design, sound editing, and casting. The Jonathan Nolan/ Lisa Joy sci-fi/western, “Westworld,” earned outstanding special visual effects (the domain of “Game of Thrones” five years running), makeup (non-prosthetic), hairstyling, sound mixing, and creative achievement in interactive media.

However, if recent history proves a reliable harbinger, “Stranger Things” has the edge in the race for next Sunday’s Outstanding Series competition because of its editing victory. That’s because the last five outstanding editing winners have also taken home the big prize.

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‘Stranger Things’ & ‘Westworld’: How a Sci-Fi Editing Race Could Lead to a Best Drama Win

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‘Stranger Things’ & ‘Westworld’: How a Sci-Fi Editing Race Could Lead to a Best Drama Win
For the past five seasons, the Best Drama editing winner has gone on to win the Best Drama prize as well. So if you want a potential barometer for this year’s big prize, the three crucial editing nominees are “Stranger Things,” “Westworld,” and “Better Call Saul.”

This doesn’t mean that “The Crown” or “The Handmaid’s Tale” won’t win Best Drama, but it’s noteworthy that they weren’t among the editing nominees. Neither were “House of Cards” or “This Is Us,” the other Best Drama nominees, as “Stranger Things” and “Better Call Saul” each got nominated for two episodes.

However, while “Better Call Saul” significantly saw Jimmy (nominated Bob Odenkirk) getting more Saul-like from “Breaking Bad,” it’s very much the dark horse. The real smackdown is between the dueling sci-fi newcomers, “Stranger Things” and “Westworld.” Both have their advantages (the Upside Down versus the robot
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Shawn Levy’s Uncharted movie will aim to be Indiana Jones for a new generation

It looks like Nathan Drake’s first on-screen outing will, in fact, be taking a few notes from the film series it’s been likened to several times in the past: Indiana Jones. Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum), the director of the upcoming Tom Holland-led Uncharted movie, sat down with the folks over at Nerdist (via Entertainment Weekly), where questions were raised about the Naughty Dog video game franchise adaptation towards the end of their chat.

When asked about what attracted him to the project and his approach, Levy first made it a point to express that he was completely aware of Hollywood’s spotty history with video game adaptations, saying that, typically, they’re “either bad, or decent, but still unsuccessful.” He continued, “For me, it was the fact that the game is awesome — the spirit of the game, with its action set pieces, its imaginative settings,
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‘Stranger Things’ Editor Talks About the ‘Very Collaborative’ Duffer Brothers Set

‘Stranger Things’ Editor Talks About the ‘Very Collaborative’ Duffer Brothers Set
First-time Emmy nominee for his work on “Stranger Things,” editor Dean Zimmerman grew up immersed not just in Hollywood but also in the specific career path of editing, thanks to his father, the Oscar-nominated Don Zimmerman. Being in that environment from such a young age, Zimmerman was able to learn about a variety of genres and watch the industry change with emerging technology, which helped lead him to such big-budget features as “Rush Hour 3” and the “Night at the Museum” franchise before turning his attention to TV. “I owe everything to my father,” Zimmerman says. “He has been very blessed to have worked really hard and become as big as he is, and my influence is 100% him. He taught me everything I know, and I credit everything to him.”

Coming from the world of feature films, what made you want to make the jump to the smaller screen with a project like “Stranger Things?”

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Blumhouse Teams With DreamWorks Animation on Dark Comedy ‘Spooky Jack’

Horror specialist Blumhouse Productions is moving into animation, teaming with DreamWorks Animation on a feature film: a dark comedy tentatively titled “Spooky Jack.”

The companies have tapped Robert Ben Garant to write the script, based on his original idea about three siblings who move into a new house and accidentally finding monsters — and discover that the monsters are as afraid of humans as humans are of monsters.

DreamWorks Animation’s Damon Ross will produce and Blumhouse’s Jason Blum will exec produce. The project had been in the works at Blumhouse as a live-action feature script by Garant.

Blumhouse has a 10-year first-look deal with Universal, while the studio’s parent, Comcast, bought DreamWorks Animation last year for $3.8 billion. Analysts believe that DreamWorks Animation will give Universal added clout in competing with rivals like Disney, Time Warner, and Viacom in competing for family audiences.

Blumhouse has a formidable record in horror with “Split” and “Get Out” scoring
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DreamWorks Animation, Blumhouse Team For Animated Pic ‘Spooky Jack’

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Exclusive: Blumhouse Productions is making its first foray into feature animation, teaming with sister Universal-based label DreamWorks Animation to develop a feature tentatively titled Spooky Jack. The script is being written by Night at the Museum‘s Robert Ben Garant, based on his original idea. The concept is a darkly comedic look at the world of "eerie" things that are conjured from the imaginations of children – from the Monsters Under Your Bed to Leprechauns…
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Dick Van Dyke to receive Britannia award

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Dick Van Dyke to receive Britannia award
Comedian ‘apologises’ for Cockney accent in Mary Poppins.

Dick Van Dyke will receive the Britannia Award For Excellence In Television from BAFTA La in October.

The celebrated actor and comedian will collect his honour at the 2017 Amd British Academy Britannia Awards on October 27 in Beverly Hills.

The 91-year-old entertainer has earned five Emmys, a Tony, a Grammy, the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into in Television Hall of Fame in a career spanning more than seven decades.

Television credits include The Dick Van Dyke Show, Jake And The Fatman, and Diagnosis Murder. In film he famously appeared in Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as well as Dick Tracy, and more recently the Night At The Museum films. He won a Tony for Bye Bye Birdie.

“I appreciate this opportunity to apologise to the members of BAFTA for inflicting on them the most atrocious Cockney accent in the history of cinema,” Van Dyke said
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Dick Van Dyke to Receive Britannia Award From BAFTA Los Angeles

Dick Van Dyke to Receive Britannia Award From BAFTA Los Angeles
Dick Van Dyke will receive this year’s Britannia Award for excellence in television from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles.

This year’s event will take place on Oct. 27 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Referring to his role in “Mary Poppins,” Van Dyke said, “I appreciate this opportunity to apologize to the members of BAFTA for inflicting on them the most atrocious Cockney accent in the history of cinema.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to honor the iconic Dick Van Dyke at this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards,” said Chantal Rickards, CEO of BAFTA Los Angeles. “We truly are in a golden age of television and we couldn’t think of a better way to recognize this than by celebrating someone who was at the forefront of making it the global medium that it has become. We look forward to his acceptance speech in whatever accent he chooses
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Mark O'Connor to head production at Sidney Kimmel Entertainment

Former CAA agent also worked at Fox, Scott Rudin Productions.

Mark O’Connor is stepping up to head the feature film development and production division of Los Angeles-based independent finance and production company Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.

Ske is the English-language finance and production division of the recently formed Sk Global, a merger of Ske and Ivanhoe Pictures.

Sidney Kimmel and Ivanhoe’s Robert Friedland serve as co-chairs of Sk Global, while John Penotti is the president of Sk Global.

O’Connor, who has been at Ske since early last year, assumes the duties and responsibilities previously held by Carla Hacken, who left the company last month to form her own production company, Paper Pictures. Hacken will continue to produce select films for Ske.

Before joining Ske, O’Connor was a senior executive at Green Hat Films, which he joined in 2009, working on such projects as Nima Nourizadeh’s Project X and Todd PhillipsWar Dogs.

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