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Ice Cream Truck Trailer Will Give You the Chills

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Ice Cream Truck Trailer Will Give You the Chills
Uncork'd Entertainment has released the new trailer and poster for The Ice Cream Truck, the studio's upcoming horror-thriller that will arrive in select theaters and on VOD formats August 18. This haunting trailer shows that the ice cream man, bringer of joy for kids and adults alike in the summertime months, may also have a sinister agenda aside from handing out soft-serve treats. In this neighborhood, the ice cream man is the most dangerous man in town.

The story centers on Mary (Deanna Russo), whose husband gets relocated for work which allows her to move back to her suburban hometown. As her family ties up loose ends back home, Mary moves into their new house all alone and waits. Although her familiar suburb is a constant reminder of her youth, something seems strange. A local Ice Cream Man (Emil Johnsen) with a love of nostalgia starts to kill some of her neighbors.
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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Vince Vaughn (‘Hacksaw Ridge’)

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Vince Vaughn (Courtesy: AP Images)

By: Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

“I think what happened to me after The Break-Up was I was kind of more ‘booking jobs’ and not working from that same catalyst of, ‘I really believe in this and we all want to make the same movie,'” acknowledges the actor Vince Vaughn as we sit down at the London West Hollywood hotel to discuss his career on The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. Following a remarkable run of hit comedies in the early 2000s — among them, 2003’s Old School, 2004’s Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and Starsky & Hutch and 2005’s Wedding Crashers — Vaughn had deliberately pivoted towards drama with the 2006 dramedy.

“But I didn’t follow through on it,” the 46-year-old says with unmistakable regret. Instead, he lost his way for a decade, during which he was humbled by critical and commercial disappointments — see Fred Claus
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Stacey Snider Expected to Succeed Jim Gianopulos at Fox Despite Rocky Start (Exclusive)

Stacey Snider Expected to Succeed Jim Gianopulos at Fox Despite Rocky Start (Exclusive)
Twentieth Century Fox Co-Chairman Stacey Snider is in position to succeed Jim Gianopulos as sole head of the film studio, where she has yet to make a significant mark after 17 months as his No. 2, Variety has learned.

The power shift was expected to take place next June, when Gianopulos’ contract expires, but it appears that timetable is being expedited, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.

The long-gestating transition — that Fox has yet to acknowledge publicly — is causing unease among fellow executives who are loyalists to chairman and CEO Gianopulos. Having been hand-picked for the job by Rupert Murdoch, Snider has failed to define a role for herself on the studio’s Century City lot, which has left many insiders confused, frustrated and in some cases resentful.

Over the years, Snider, 55, had built a reputation as a smart executive with creative chops and strong talent relationships. She’s held top posts from TriStar Pictures to Universal Pictures and most recently had an eight year run at Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks studio. But Fox sources said Snider has not carved out a significant perch at a studio whose multi-division structure already features strong, decisive leaders: Elizabeth Gabler, running Fox 2000; Emma Watts, heading production at the main studio; Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley overseeing Fox Searchlight.

Insiders suggest that seasoned executives at the studio have chafed under the prospect of an outsider calling the shots at an operation that was viewed as well-oiled before her arrival at the studio in November, 2014.

Snider’s hire, orchestrated by Fox supreme leader Rupert Murdoch, suffered from awkward timing. She joined Fox at the end of a year when the studio had won the box office wars for the first time in three decades with a record $3 billion in global ticket sales. Although Gianopulos announced Snider’s hiring and publicly embraced it, he and his lieutenants privately were mystified by her appointment, believing that the studio was running smoothly, sources said.

Even as she was brought on board, a press account quoted an unnamed studio executive asking “Why do we need her?” If more evidence was needed that not everyone wanted a spot on Team Stacey, it came with the revelation that Fox veteran Gabler had no intention of changing the terms of her contract that stipulated she reported directly to Gianopulos.

Snider told people that she would take a year to study the Fox system and ease her way into leadership. She didn’t want to threaten “the finest group of executives and filmmakers in the business,” as she described the Fox incumbents.

Snider has since been scrambling to find an open seat at the Fox table. From the get-go and into recent weeks, Snider has complained to agents and business associates that her role at Fox was undefined and that her underlings have made it difficult for her to assert herself. But, some insiders view that as Snider unfairly playing the victim rather than being more pro-active in landing big projects and making her own mark. Some suggest that perhaps Snider’s lack of assertiveness is a function of her simply biding her time and choosing not to step on her colleagues’ toes, believing that she was poised to replace Gianopulos as head of the studio.

“She was hired by Rupert Murdoch and brought here without a mandate,” said one Fox executive, who declined to be named discussing corporate intrigue that he described as “a minefield.” “She has certain allies who support her. But there is speculation and great fear within this organization that the Murdochs may be unaware (that) she (was) able to sell them a bill of goods that she cannot deliver.”

Rupert Murdoch and his sons and heirs James and Lachlan, who now oversee Fox, declined interview requests.

People at Fox said Gianopulos loves his job and is not ready to be replaced, any more than former Warner Bros. president Alan Horn was ready to pass the baton to a younger generation of managers when Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes pulled the cord on his highly successful 12-year run.

Gianopulos, 65, who may be elevated to Fox parent 21st Century Fox, has been a strong leader from his earlier days building the studio’s international business into the industry gold standard to his 16 years at the helm of Fox. He has guided Fox amidst massive industry changes and technological disruption as the studio’s conduit to Silicon Valley.

Sources said he has been very supportive of Snider’s desire to step up in areas in which she thought the studio was deficient, including franchise development and animation. “She’s been testing the fence throughout the organization to try to find a hole she can get through,” said one Fox insider. Three other executives close to the studio independently offered the same commentary on Snider’s tenure, saying, “I don’t know what she does.”

Some initially viewed Snider as moving slowly and deliberately, like a diplomat navigating a new land, but many of those people say she remains an ambassador largely without portfolio. She has not produced a signature project, acquired significant intellectual property or changed Fox’s world view – as might have been expected for the executive once described as the entertainment business’s “next Sherry Lansing.”

After their own period of becoming more acquainted with the empire built by their father, James and Lachlan Murdoch are now seen as beginning to assert themselves. They pushed for a buyback program at Fox’s film and television units that shed as many as 400 jobs, and recently ousted Greg Gelfan, the studio’s longtime head of the studio’s business affairs, over Gianopulos’ objections, sources say.

The removal of Gelfan was viewed by many as a major break with the old guard. The tough-talking lawyer negotiated many deals with film talent and kept costs low – making him a hero to his overseers inside Fox and an enemy to agents and others who struggled to get top dollar from Fox for their clients. “Nobody knew the business better than Greg,” said one executive intimately familiar with the studio’s operations.

Supporters of Snider say that Fox executives have not done enough to integrate her into the studio’s hierarchy. There are reports that other executives have tried to keep her on the periphery.

“I have utmost respect for her. I think she is a really great manager and leader,” said an executive who has worked with Snider before and has followed the saga closely. “I get the feeling they didn’t want her and they have made it clear they didn’t want her.”

But those arguments cut no ice with other studio veterans.

“She started in an era when just having the chairman’s title meant that everyone rolled out the red carpet. But now you have to be a little more entrepreneurial,” said the executive, who declined to be named. “The chairman’s title, alone, gives you the wherewithal to get things done.”

One agent described his excitement in November, 2014 when Snider arrived at Fox, hoping that the new boss would open avenues for his clients. But he contrasted that with a recent meeting in which Snider agreed he had a good talent prospect but declined to find a project at Fox that suited the newcomer. Instead, Snider told the agent he should work through production chief Watts. The agent remains hopeful that Snider’s powers will expand. “It’s sad in that it’s been a year and half and there is not one movie that has been a ‘Stacey movie…at least that I know of,’” he said.

“That is so frustrating,” he added. “If Stacey can’t drive something forward herself and has to work through Emma then she seems like a lame duck at the studio. And she has been.”

There has been no love lost between the two executives, according to multiple sources at the studio. Watts’ future prospects at the studio under a Snider regime remain unclear. Speculation among insiders ranges from Snider promoting her and bringing in her own production chief to showing her the door.

Snider’s style has also irked people on and off the lot. Even as she tried to delegate decision-making to staffers, her notes to filmmakers and her constant invocation of Spielberg (“Steven would have done it this way”) have rubbed some top directors the wrong way, according to two insiders. Those sources said there was a lot of tension between Snider and “Independence Day” director Roland Emmerich, which he denies.

“It’s not accurate,” Emmerich told Variety. “Me and Stacey are a lot in sync.” He added that he’s known her for 25 years and considered her a friend.

Emmerich credited Snider with helping him remain calm during a difficult “Independence Day: Resurgence” shoot. The film scrambled to make its summer 2016 release date, requiring crew members to spend the final month of production completing a massive 1,000 visual effects shots.

“We got greenlit a little bit too late,” said Emmerich, adding, “I looked at the schedule and went ‘my god we’re missing two months.”

Snider, Emmerich said, was “my cheerleader,” and kept telling him, “you’re going to make it. You can do this.”

Director Ridley Scott’s publicist Simon Halls refuted a rumor that his director client had a run in with Snider over “The Martian.”

“Stacey, in my opinion, is one of the brightest, most talented executives in the business,” said Halls. “I have known and admired her for years. She worked very closely with us on ‘The Martian’ and she was extremely effective in her efforts to help the studio mount a robust and, ultimately effective, Oscar campaign for the film.”

To be sure, Snider has many fans in the creative and business circles, not the least of which are her former bosses, Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.

“I have no idea about the gossip in town but I can tell you it’s not very valuable,” said Geffen by phone Thursday from Italy. “It’s laced with envy or jealousy or whatever. She is an extraordinarily talented executive. I worked with her for years and I can tell you, she is as good as it gets.”

He said that DreamWorks suffered financial challenges, like many companies, during the Great Recession but that the studio’s principal,Spielberg, remained so high on Snider that he would not let her out of her contract, when Fox came calling. “I don’t know if these other people talk to Rupert Murdoch and Jim Gianopulos, but I do frequently,” added Geffen. “and I only get great reports about Stacey from them.”

Any recriminations would have been hard to imagine at the storybook opening of Snider’s Hollywood career. She was the rare executive who managed to be both a canny player of studio politics and a favorite in the creative community. The combination helped her, while still in her early 30s, to drive Universal from an also-ran to near the top of the box office heap.

However, her years as the top executive at DreamWorks were much shakier. Snider had a decidedly mixed track record with her movie slates. Films such as “Lincoln” and “The Help” — which had notable partners including Fox and Participant Media — connected with audiences, but they were weighed down by laggards such as “Delivery Man,” “Need for Speed,” and “The Fifth Estate,” all of which hemorrhaged millions.

Time will tell what Snider’s ultimate measure of success will be during her tenure at Fox. What does seem certain is that her ascension to No. 1 will not be without a lot of tumult and further executive changes before the dust settles.
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New images from the Eli Roth-produced Cabin Fever remake

Ahead of its release this Friday, eight new images have arrived online for Travis Zariwny’s remake of Eli Roth’s 2002 horror Cabin Fever. Check them out below…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Cabin Fever remake

Executive producer Eli Roth presents this reboot of his instant classic gorefest, which features all new characters and all new kills. This story is familiar: fresh out of college, a group of five friends retreat to a remote cabin in the woods for one last week of partying- only to become snacks for a gruesome, flesh-eating virus. What’s surprising are the ingenious new deaths, which offer a fresh spin on a horror-comedy milestone. With Gage Golightly (Teen Wolf) and Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3).

Cabin Fever is set for release on February 12th and stars Gage Golightly (Teen Wolf), Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3), Samuel Davis (From Dusk Till Dawn), Matthew Daddario
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New Scorpion Season 2,Episode 17 Official Spoilers,Description Hit The Net

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Recently, CBS delivered the new,official synopsis/description for their upcoming "Scorpion" episode 17 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "Adaptation," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting and drama-filled stuff take place as Walter and company have to find a way to stop drones from smuggling in drugs. We'll also see Walter giving Happy and Toby an ultimatum, and more! In the new, 17th episode press release: Team Scorpion Must Stop An Influx Of Drugs Being Smuggled Into The Country Via Drones, On "Scorpion," Monday, Feb. 22. Press release number 2: While Team Scorpion works to stop an influx of drugs being smuggled into the country via drones, Walter is going to give Happy and Toby an ultimatum on their new relationship. Penn Jillette will end up returning as Toby and Walter's couples counselor. Guest stars feature: Penn Jillette (Dr. Cecil Rizzuto), Jorge-Luis Pallo (DEA Sanchez
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First poster for Cabin Fever remake

Last week we got the first trailer for Travis Zariwny’s remake of Eli Roth’s 2002 horror Cabin Fever [watch it here], and now ahead of its release next week a poster has arrived online, which we have for you here…

Executive producer Eli Roth presents this reboot of his instant classic gorefest, which features all new characters and all new kills. This story is familiar: fresh out of college, a group of five friends retreat to a remote cabin in the woods for one last week of partying- only to become snacks for a gruesome, flesh-eating virus. What’s surprising are the ingenious new deaths, which offer a fresh spin on a horror-comedy milestone. With Gage Golightly (Teen Wolf) and Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3).

Cabin Fever is set for release on February 12th and stars Gage Golightly (Teen Wolf), Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3), Samuel Davis (From Dusk Till Dawn), Matthew Daddario
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First trailer for the Eli Roth-produced Cabin Fever remake

With just two weeks to go before its release, the first trailer has arrived online for the remake of Eli Roth’s 2002 horror Cabin Fever. The new film is directed by Travis Zariwny and sees Roth returning as executive producer; take a look below after the official synopsis…

Executive producer Eli Roth presents this reboot of his instant classic gorefest, which features all new characters and all new kills. This story is familiar: fresh out of college, a group of five friends retreat to a remote cabin in the woods for one last week of partying- only to become snacks for a gruesome, flesh-eating virus. What’s surprising are the ingenious new deaths, which offer a fresh spin on a horror-comedy milestone. With Gage Golightly (Teen Wolf) and Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3).

Cabin Fever is set for release on February 12th and stars Gage Golightly (Teen Wolf), Dustin Ingram
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'Cabin Fever' Remake Trailer: The Flesh-Eating Virus Is Back

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'Cabin Fever' Remake Trailer: The Flesh-Eating Virus Is Back
Yesterday, we gave you the first look at IFC Films' upcoming horror remake Cabin Fever, with the first photo that featured a new version of The Bunny Man. Thankfully, horror fans don't have to wait too long for the first footage, because Bloody-Disgusting debuted the trailer today. While none of the stars of the original Cabin Fever are present, this remake offers a new take on writer-director Eli Roth's script.

Executive producer Eli Roth presents this reboot of his instant classic gorefest, which features all new characters and all new kills. This story is familiar: fresh out of college, a group of five friends retreat to a remote cabin in the woods for one last week of partying- only to become snacks for a gruesome, flesh-eating virus. What's surprising are the ingenious new deaths, which offer a fresh spin on a horror-comedy milestone. The photo that debuted yesterday
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First Look at 'Cabin Fever' Remake from Producer Eli Roth

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First Look at 'Cabin Fever' Remake from Producer Eli Roth
Back in September, we reported that IFC Films has acquired the distribution rights for the highly-anticipated Cabin Fever remake, which was directed by Travis Zariwny, a.k.a. Travis Z. The announcement revealed the studio would release this horror movie in 2016, although a specific release date was not given. Today we have the first official photo from this remake, which has been given a February 12 release date, putting it up against Deadpool, How to Be Single and Zoolander 2.

Executive producer Eli Roth presents this reboot of his instant classic gorefest, which features all new characters and all new kills. This story is familiar: fresh out of college, a group of five friends retreat to a remote cabin in the woods for one last week of partying- only to become snacks for a gruesome, flesh-eating virus. What's surprising are the ingenious new deaths, which offer a fresh spin on a horror-comedy milestone.
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Steven Spielberg, Jeff Skoll Bring Amblin Partners to Universal

Steven Spielberg, Jeff Skoll Bring Amblin Partners to Universal
Steven Spielberg is coming home and he’s bringing his newly rechristened company to the studio that made him the most famous director in movies.

Universal Pictures and Amblin Partners, a new company announced today by DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One (eOne), will enter into a multi-year partnership in which Universal will market and distribute films its produces domestically and in select international territories. The companies did not provide details on the size of their investment.

The DreamWorks name is not being retired, according to sources close to the companies. Films will still be released under that banner. The name change was undertaken to signal the company’s move into a wider range of genres beyond the prestige films it is most commonly associated with making.

Under terms of the agreement, Universal Pictures and Focus Features will handle distribution and marketing for approximately four to seven Amblin Partners films each year.
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Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks To Reboot with $200 Million From Participant and Universal Deal

Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks To Reboot with $200 Million From Participant and Universal Deal
A deal will be announced before the end of the year that will deliver Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios a $200 million equity infusion from Participant Media, while also shifting the studio’s distribution deal from Disney to the director’s longtime home at Universal Pictures, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.

Final details of the arrangement are still being ironed out, but the deal is expected to be wrapped up within days, bringing Spielberg’s operation a much-needed jump start, both economically and strategically. The transaction will bolster DreamWorks’ finances at a time when the continued commitment of its key equity investor, Reliance Ada Group of India, has come into question. However, one source cautioned that Reliance is expected to remain an active investor under the new deal.

DreamWorks Studios is trying to reboot itself after a series of disappointing films and lack of direction. While he remains
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Bel Powley Stars In A Royal Night Out Trailer

Every girl deserves a “girls night out” – even the future Queen of England.

A Royal Night Out is a charming, Cinderella in reverse type film that follows one evening in the lives of princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Windsor on V-e Night, May 8th, 1945, respectively played by Sarah Gadon (Maps to the Stars, Dracula Untold, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Bel Powley (Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch 2015, The Diary of a Teenage Girl).

Premiering at the 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival, A Royal Night Out will open in New York City and Los Angeles on December 4th, 2015 and additional cities throughout December.

As the whole of London is on the streets to celebrate the official end of World War II in Europe, it is known that the young princesses, aged 19 and 14, slipped out of the palace to join the communal euphoria, returning to Buckingham Palace just after midnight.

Directed by UK director Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane,
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Simon Delaney And Maria Doyle Kennedy Join The Cast Of The Conjuring 2

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With principal photography underway in Los Angeles, highly anticipated horror sequel The Conjuring 2 has announced its full cast list, and joining the returning Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, once again playing real life paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren, are Ireland’s own Simon Delaney (Roy, Bachelor’s Walk, The Delivery Man) and Maria Doyle Kennedy (Orphan Black) in a tale that sees The Warren’s travel to North London to help a single mother raising four children alone in house plagued by malicious spirits, echoing the real life Enfield Poltergeist case that captured Britain’s attention from 1977 to 1979. Rounding out the cast are Frances O’Connor (The Missing), Madison Wolfe (Zoo), Franka Poente (The Bridge), Simon McBurney (Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation), and newcomers Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley, and Benjamin Haigh. Written by Wan, Carey & Chad Hayes, and David Leslie Johnson, The Conjuring 2 is set for release June 10th 2016.
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'Cabin Fever' Remake Is Coming in 2016

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'Cabin Fever' Remake Is Coming in 2016
IFC Films has acquired the distribution rights for the highly-anticipated Cabin Fever remake, which was directed by Travis Zariwny, a.k.a. Travis Z. IFC will release this horror movie in 2016, although a specific release date was not given at this time. Here's what director Travis Z had to say about his film getting picked up by IFC Films.

"It was a great opportunity to recreate an iconic film for a new generation of horror fans. I am a die hard fan of horror films and the king of horror Eli Roth trusted me to re-imagine his film. I was not going to fail."

We first reported on the Cabin Fever remake back in October 2014, when it was announced that Travis Zariwny will direct from Eli Roth and Randy Pearlstein's original script that was turned into the 2002 movie. The original movie and the remake follow a group of five
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Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks to split from Disney next year

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that DreamWorks’s distribution deal with The Walt Disney Company is set to expire after the release of Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg in July 2016, with Disney opting against a renewal.

At this point, it’s unclear which studio DreamWorks will partner up with for future releases, although THR is reporting that the likely home will be Universal given its close ties with Spielberg, who most recently executive produced Universal’s monster hit Jurassic World.

DreamWorks – which was founded in 1994 by Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen – has struggled somewhat as of late to secure financing for its projects, while recent releases such as Need for Speed, The Fifth Estate and Delivery Man have failed to set the box office alight.
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Spielberg's DreamWorks May Split from Disney and Go to Universal

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Spielberg's DreamWorks May Split from Disney and Go to Universal
Ever since 2009, when Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks parted ways with Paramount, Disney has distributed the studio's films, but that may all come to an end when their deal expires next year. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the director's upcoming adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Bfg, which hits theaters July 1, 2016, will be the last film Disney releases through its contract with DreamWorks, which expires in August 2016. The report reveals that Steven Spielberg may bring DreamWorks over to Universal Pictures, after the Disney pact runs out.

Steven Spielberg has always had his offices on the Universal Pictures lot, even while his DreamWorks company had distribution deals with Paramount and Disney. The report also claims that Steven Spielberg was a "hands-on" executive producer on the studio's massive box office hit Jurassic World, and he is also a vital part of the studio's plans for the sequel, Jurassic World 2, and their future theme park plans for the franchise.
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DreamWorks Deal at Disney Soured as Conglomerate Focused on Bigger Fish

DreamWorks Deal at Disney Soured as Conglomerate Focused on Bigger Fish
When DreamWorks signed a deal in 2009 for its films to be distributed and partly funded by Disney, it appeared to be a victory for both sides. The addition of Steven Spielberg’s studio would give a then stripped-down Disney film slate a considerable boost, and DreamWorks would have a strong partner to help promote its brand worldwide.

Within just seven months, though, the Disney executive who drove the deal was gone, the Mouse House had made the second of three big deals that would put it firmly in the tentpole business, and one of Hollywood’s most celebrated directors felt like he was nowhere near a top priority for the entertainment conglomerate.

That reversal of allegiances comes front and center now, as sources confirm that Disney will not renew the pact with DreamWorks. Although several studios are discussing the possibility of bringing DreamWorks into the fold, insiders say that Universal
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Lasse Hallstrom Helming Walden Media And DreamWorks Studios’ A Dog’S Purpose – Stars Dennis Quaid And Britt Robertson

Walden Media, producer of such hit films as “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, “Bridge to Terabithia,” “Charlotte’s Web,” and the “Journey to the Center of the Earth” series, will co-finance and co-produce DreamWorks Studios’ upcoming film A Dog’S Purpose.

Based on the best-selling novel, “A Dog’s Purpose” is an inspirational story of one devoted dog finding his purpose in the lives of the humans he loves.

Dennis Quaid (“Far From Heaven,” “The Rookie”), Britt Robertson (“Tomorrowland,” “Delivery Man”), K.J. Apa (“Shortland Street”), Juliet Rylance (“The Knick,” “Frances Ha”) and Peggy Lipton (“Mod Squad,” “Twin Peaks”) join the film, which is being directed by Academy Award nominated director Lasse Hallstrom (“The Hundred-Foot Journey,” “Chocolat”).

Based on the beloved book by W. Bruce Cameron, the screenplay was written by Cameron & Cathryn Michon and Audrey Wells. Gavin Polone is producing with Alan Blomquist and Mark Sourian serving as executive producers.
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Will 'True Detective' Revive Vince Vaughn? Actor Joins Mel Gibson Drama

Will 'True Detective' Revive Vince Vaughn? Actor Joins Mel Gibson Drama
If you're watching "True Detective," it's hard to buy that Vince Vaughn's performance as crooked Vinci ringleader Frank Semyon could put the defibrillators on his career. The actor, long known for his goofy comic turns, postures a faux-seriousness that whiffs of Matthew McConaughey's brooding season one turn, and a face that says, "I'm thinking about Emmys." (When "Delivery Man" opened in 2013, we called him a "toxic comedian" who "has burned many smart moviegoers over the years.") But Vaughn clearly wants to buff his dramatic chops. After "True Detective," he will usher into Mel Gibson's World War II drama "Hacksaw Ridge," Deadline reports. He's set to star opposite Andrew Garfield and Sam Worthington in Gibson's first film since 2006's "Apocalypto." Distributed by Lionsgate, "Hacksaw" will shoot in Australia. Read More: Lionsgate Nearing Mel Gibson's 'Hacksaw Ridge,' Starring Andrew...
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The Longest Ride movie review: romantic bargaining

For once, a movie based on a Nicholas Sparks book appears to be populated by relatively realistic approximations of human beings dealing with relationship conflict in realistic ways. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of Nicholas Sparks

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I think this might be the first movie based on a Nicholas Sparks novel that I haven’t hated. Oh, sure, it’s set in an American South — specifically, North Carolina — where there are, impossibly, no black people (see also: Safe Haven), and where it only ever rains as an expression of manly sadness that cannot be articulated in any other way. It uses a motif similar to The Notebook’s, in which romantic handwritten documents of a relationship — in this case, love letters — allow for flashbacks to the 1940s,
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