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Monday, March 18, 2019

Writers Guild Blasts Talent Agencies CAA, WME for ‘Soaring’ Profits by Dave McNary

The Writers Guild of America has singled out Hollywood’s largest talent agencies, William Morris Endeavor and Creative Artists Agency, for allegedly soaring profits. The WGA, in an acrimon…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

David Mamet Expresses Sympathy for Felicity Huffman Amid College Bribery Scandal by Dave McNary

Playwright David Mamet has expressed sympathy for his longtime friend Felicity Huffman and her husband, fellow actor William H. Macy, following her indictment in a widespread college admiss…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Audiences Bought More Movie Tickets Online in 2018 by Dave McNary

More audiences are opting to buy movie tickets online as opposed to in theaters, a new study shows. Online movie ticket purchases rose 18.7% in 2018 and in-theater buying of tickets slid 5.4…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

AMC Theatres Subscription Service Stubs A-List Hits 700,000 Subscribers by Dave McNary

AMC Theatres’ Stubs A-List program, the subscription service that allows customers to see three movies a week for $19.95 a month, has hit 700,000 subscribers. That figure is well ahead of …

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‘A Star Is Born’ Re-Release to Feature 12 Minutes of Additional Footage by Dave McNary

Warner Bros. has set a one-week release of “A Star Is Born” with almost 12 minutes of additional footage, including extended musical performances, on 1,150 screens in North America. The …

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Apollo Theater Documentary Selected as Tribeca Festival Opener by Dave McNary

The Tribeca Film Festival will open its 18th edition with the world premiere of the HBO Documentary Film “The Apollo,” directed by Roger Ross Williams. The film will debut at the…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Elisabeth Moss, Brandi Carlile, John Boehner Added as SXSW Speakers by Dave McNary

The Beastie Boys, Brandi Carlile, Elisabeth Moss, T Bone Burnett and former House Speaker John Boehner have been added as speakers at the SXSW Conference during March 8–17 in Austin, Texas…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

‘Wicked’ Movie Gets 2021 Holiday Season Release Date by Dave McNary

Universal Pictures has set its “Wicked” movie for the Christmas season with a release date of Dec. 22, 2021. Stephen Daldry will direct and Marc Platt will produce. The three-tim…

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‘A Star Is Born’ Co-Writer Eric Roth Suggested Lady Gaga Study Cher in ‘Moonstruck’ to Play Ally by Dave McNary

Eric Roth, who won an Academy Award a quarter century ago for “Forrest Gump,” went even further back when he was working with Lady Gaga on “A Star Is Born.” Roth, spe…

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Bradley Cooper Remembers Auditioning for Spike Lee at Directors Guild Panel by Dave McNary

Bradley Cooper left Spike Lee stunned and delighted at the Directors Guild Theatre on Saturday morning by recalling auditioning for Lee long before Cooper became famous. Lee was discussing h…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

‘Black Panther’ Returning to AMC Theaters for a Week of Free Showings by Dave McNary

Disney has set a one-week engagement for “Black Panther” to return to theaters to celebrate Black History Month during Feb. 1-7 at 250 participating AMC locations. Tickets are free for e…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

‘West Side Story’ Remake Casts Newcomer as Maria by Dave McNary

Steven Spielberg has cast 17-year-old high schooler Rachel Zegler as Maria in his remake of “West Side Story.” She will make her film debut opposite Ansel Elgort as Tony. Broadwa…

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Kevin Smith to Host Stan Lee Tribute at Chinese Theatre by Dave McNary

A tribute to the late Stan Lee has been set for Jan. 30 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood with Kevin Smith hosting. Proceeds from the event, dubbed Excelsior! A Stan Lee Celebration, w…

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Directors Guild Nominees Include Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuaron by Dave McNary

The Directors Guild of America has nominated Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma,” Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born,” Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” Adam McKay fo…

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Writers Guild Awards Nominees Include ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Green Book,’ ‘Roma’ by Dave McNary

Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” has landed a Writers Guild of America nomination for original screenplay, along with Adam McKay’s “Vice,” Bo Burnham’s ̶…

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Producers Guild Awards Nominees Include ‘Black Panther,’ ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Vice’ by Dave McNary

“BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “A Q…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

‘The Notebook’ to Become a Broadway Musical by Dave McNary

So it’s not gonna be easy, it’s gonna be really hard. And we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I wanna do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever. On …

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'The Notebook' to become a Broadway musical by Dave McNary

So it's not gonna be easy, it's gonna be really hard. And we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I wanna do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever. On Broadway. Nichola…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Mrs. Maisel,’ ‘Ozark’ Lead SAG Nominations by Dave McNary

“A Star Is Born” led the way with four SAG feature film nominations while “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Ozark” each scored a quartet of TV nominations.…

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‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘My Fair Lady’ Added to National Film Registry by Dave McNary

“Brokeback Mountain,” “Jurassic Park,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Shining,” “Hud” and “Monterey Pop” are among the best know…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Bryan Cranston Backs SAG-AFTRA’s ‘Ads Go Union’ Campaign by Dave McNary

SAG-AFTRA has brought on Bryan Cranston to back its “Ads Go Union” campaign to persuade advertisers to stop using non-union actors. “Whether you’re working on a Broad…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Landmark Theatres Chain Sold to Cohen Media Group by Dave McNary

Arthouse specialist Landmark Theatres has been sold by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban to Cohen Media Group for an undisclosed price. The sale ends months of speculation about Landmark’s f…

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Entertainment One President of International Film Alex Hamilton to Exit by Dave McNary

Entertainment One’s Alex Hamilton is stepping down from his post as president of international film at the end of March. Hamilton joined eOne in 2008 to launch the company’s film busines…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Film News Roundup: ‘A Star Is Born’ Slated for One-Week Imax Release by Dave McNary

In today’s film news roundup, “A Star Is Born” gets an Imax release, Oscar winner Stephen Flick gets an honor and Jeremy Renner’s “Arctic Dogs” is set for…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Bradley Cooper to Receive Palm Springs Festival Honor for ‘A Star Is Born’ by Dave McNary

Bradley Cooper has been selected as director of the year by the Palm Springs International Film Festival for “A Star Is Born.” The honor will be presented at the festival’s…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Film News Roundup: Rita Moreno Joins Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Reboot by Dave McNary

In today’s film news roundup, Rita Moreno joins the “West Side Story” reboot, “Justified Vengeance” unveils its cast, Zane Holtz’s “Beyond the Night…

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Aubrey Plaza’s ‘Child’s Play’ Reboot to Hit Theaters in June 2019 by Dave McNary

Orion Pictures will release the reboot of “Child’s Play,” starring Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, and Gabriel Bateman, on June 21, 2019. Plaza will portray the mother who giv…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

‘Hamilton’ Star Anthony Ramos Joins Liam Neeson’s ‘Honest Thief’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Dave McNary

“Hamilton” and “A Star Is Born” actor Anthony Ramos is joining Liam Neeson and Kate Walsh in the independent action-thriller “Honest Thief,” Variety has l…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

‘Hamilton’ Actor Javier Munoz to Star in Comedy ‘Monuments’ by Dave McNary

“Hamilton” actor Javier Munoz, David Sullivan, and Marguerite Moreau will star in the independent comedy “Monuments,” which has started shooting, Variety has learned …

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Friday, October 19, 2018

DGA Accused of Bias Toward Female Directing Teams by ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Director by Dave McNary

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” writer-producer Audrey Wauchope has accused the Directors Guild of America of bias against female directing teams. Wauchope leveled the assertions Friday in the wak…

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

‘Venom,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ Repeat Box Office Wins, ‘First Man’ Launches to $16.6 Million by Dave McNary

Tom Hardy’s “Venom” grabbed $35.7 million to repeat as the winner of the North American box office, followed by Lady Gaga’s “A Star Is Born” with $28 mill…

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