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Fred Armisen to Guest Star on Fox’s Midseason Comedy ‘Making History’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Months before its midseason premiere, Fox’s “Making History” has tapped its first high-profile guest star: Fred Armisen. “Making History” chronicles three friends from two different centuries, as they try to balance the thrill of time travel with the mundane concerns of their present-day lives. The big-swing comedy is described as two shows in one — a rollicking… Read more »

‘The Shepherd’ Takes Home Flock of Awards From Raindance Film Festival

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LONDON — Jonathan Cenzual Burley’s “The Shepherd” hooked awards for film, director and actor at the 24th Raindance Film Festival, which wraps Sunday. The Spain/U.K. co-production is about a small-time farmer facing a land grab by a major construction firm. The actress prize went to Camila Romagnolo for Argentina’s “Hortensia.” directed by Diego Lublinsky and… Read more »

John Singleton’s ‘Snowfall’ Ordered to Series at FX

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FX has given a series order to “Snowfall” from Academy Award-nominee John Singleton. Set against the dawn of the crack-cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in 1983, the 10-episode first season is set to premiere in 2017. Production on the series is scheduled to begin in October. Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood”) will executive produce with… Read more »

8 Movies For Theater Fans at the 2016 New York Film Festival

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The 2016 New York Film Festival is a big draw for the city’s movie lovers — and this year, it may attract a crowd of theater fans, too. From the premiere of a “Hamilton” documentary to an immersive, multiplatform storytelling experiment with live actors, here’s what theater lovers and performing-arts avids should check out at the Film Society… Read more »

Box Office: Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s’ Charms $1.2 Million on Thursday

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Fox’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” conjured up $1.2 million during Thursday night previews at 3,000 locations. Following a recent string of underperforming films at the box office from Tim Burton — notably “Big Eyes” and “Frankenweenie” — “Miss Peregrine’s” could serve as at least partial redemption for the director as it heads toward a solid… Read more »

‘PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator’ Game Servers Crash as It Hits No. 1 on Apple’s App Store Chart

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PewDiePie’s new game parodying life as a full-time YouTube creator immediately shot to the top of Apple’s App Store ranking of free-to-download games after it was released Thursday — and the demand from PewDiePie fans (aka “bros”) overwhelmed the servers of the game’s publisher, Outerminds. Many users on social media reported receiving an error message when… Read more »

Rome Film Fest Will Open With ‘Moonlight’, Close With ‘Lion,’ Include Some World Premieres

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ROME — The Rome Film Festival has unveiled the lineup of it’s 11th edition which will feature a selection of hot Fall fest circuit titles sandwiched between its opening film, Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” and the closer, Garth Davis’ “Lion,” plus 24 world premieres. Films set to play in Rome that have not screened at other fests… Read more »

Argentina Chooses ‘The Distinguished Citizen’ as Its Foreign-Language Oscar Entry

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Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn’s “El ciudadano ilustre” (The Distinguished Citizen), a Venice Festival best actor winner, will represent Argentina as its foreign-language Academy Award entry. A dramedy which builds into a finally swinging put-down of small-town provincialism, “The Distinguished Citizen” has several things going for it: It won Oscar Martinez a Volpi Cup best… Read more »

Daniel Craig ‘Absolutely First Choice’ for Bond Producers

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The producers of the James Bond movies, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, want Daniel Craig to return as 007, according to a senior production executive on the franchise. Callum McDougall, executive producer on the last four Bond films, told the BBC Friday that Craig is the “first choice” of Broccoli and Wilson, who run… Read more »

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Negotiates Sale of Its Exhibition Business to Cinemas Gaumont-Pathe

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Refocusing on its core production and distribution activities, Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has entered into exclusive negotiations with Cinemas Gaumont-Pathe, France’s biggest exhibition chain, for the sale of Europacorp’s three-year-old exhibition business. Aiming to drive into a premium end of the exhibition business, EuropaCorp launched its cinema theater investment in October 2013 at its Aeroville 12-screen… Read more »