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‘Maze Runner’ Sequel to Hit Theaters in 2015

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A sequel to “The Maze Runner” will arrive in theaters next September, 20th Century Fox announced on the heels of the first film’s impressive debut. The follow-up to the young adult hit, “The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials” races into theaters on Sept. 18, 2015. There’s potential for more “Maze Runners” beyond that. Author James Dashner… Read more »

Daytime Talk: ‘Wendy Williams’ Grows, ‘The Real’ Skews Young, ‘Meredith’ Helps ‘Steve Harvey’

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Upgrades matter. That’s the lesson from last week as new and returning syndicated talkshows duke it out for what’s left of broadcast TV’s ever-shrinking daytime audience. Debmar-Mercury’s “The Wendy Williams Show” (pictured) is off to a hot start in its sixth season as it reaps the ratings benefits of station upgrades in heartland markets. After… Read more »

TV Review: ‘The Good Wife’ Is the New Black For Network TV

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In broadcast circles, “The Good Wife” is the new black, which makes events set in motion by its sixth-season premiere particularly appropriate. After the operatic highs of season five – which saw the death of a major character, and in the wrenching grief that followed, earned an Emmy for Julianna Margulies – there were legitimate… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Maze Runner’ Sprints Past Liam Neeson With $32.5 Million

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“The Maze Runner” showed that sometimes the weekend box office is a marathon, not a sprint. Twentieth Century Fox’s adaptation of James Dashner’s post-apocalyptic novel took awhile to build up steam, but found its core audience by the weekend’s midpoint. It debuted to $32.5 million from 3,604 locations, in line with projections. That’s good news… Read more »

Labadie’s Le Pacte Takes ‘Marshland’ For France (EXCLUSIVE)

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distribution-sales companies, has acquired all French rights to Alberto Rodriguez’s noirish period cop thriller “Marshland,“ an early competition favorite at San Sebastian. Warner Bros. will release “Marshland” in Spain on Sept. 26. Struck by Le Pacte and “Marshland’s” sales company, Vicente Canales’ Film Factory Entertainment, deal is the first major territory sale announced on “Marshland,”… Read more »

Morena Films: Thinking Outside the Box

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SAN SEBASTIAN– Founded in 1999 by Alvaro Longoria, Juan Gordon and Lucrecia Botin, Morena Films is now a strapping 15, celebrating its fifteenth anni with vigorous international expansion and early moves into TV production. As Spain – indeed, the world’s – indie film sector seeks ways to maintain a sustainable business model, Morena is a… Read more »

Denzel Washington: Not Thinking About Playing Barack Obama

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SAN SEBASTIAN – At Spain’s 62nd San Sebastian to accept a career-achievement Donostia Award and present, alongside Antoine Fuqua, Sony Pictures’ fest opener, “The Equalizer,” Denzel Washington denied any idea of playing President Barack Obama. “Barack Obama is a story that hasn’t finished yet. It’s not something I’m thinking about, and he’s busy. said Washinton,… Read more »

Scott Gaffney, Richard Permin on ‘Days of My Youth’

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Playing the San Sebastián Festival’s Savage Cinema, one of the awaited ski films of 2014, “Days of My Youth,” is the latest film from Red Bull Media House and Matchstick Productions, which partnered on documentary “McConkey.” Made by director Scott Gaffney over two years, “Youth’s” novelty goes two ways: Spectacular lensing and the attempt to… Read more »

San Sebastian’s Workshop Analyzes Day-and-Date Releases

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Aimed to give industry players more insight on a trend that gains ground in the film business, Europa Distribution organizes a three-day workshop at the San Sebastian Film Festival, focused on the practices of day-and-date releases throughout Europe. The E.U. backed indie distributors network, which represents more than 140 members from 28 countries in Europe… Read more »

Peruvian Thesp Salvador del Solar Explores the Past with Directorial Debut

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Peru’s Pendulo Films and Tondero Films – the latter one of the key forces behind recent Peruvian blockbusters “Asu Mare” and “At 40” – has teamed up with Cepa Audiovisual, a producer on Argentine-Spanish hit “Seventh Floor,” and Colombia’s Cinerama and Proyectil to co-produce $600,000 drama “Magallanes.” Drama is Peruvian thesp Salvador del Solar’s directorial… Read more »