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Box Office: ‘Miss Peregrine’s’ Aims for $26 Million, ‘Deepwater Horizon’ to Drill $19 Million

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Fox’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” has cast a spell on audiences, as it leads Lionsgate’s “Deepwater Horizon” at this weekend’s box office following Friday matinee totals. “Miss Peregrine’s” is aiming for a $9 million Friday, and an opening weekend in the $25 – $27 million range at 3,522 locations. Meanwhile, “Deepwater Horizon” should make… Read more »

Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon to Star in Afghanistan War Drama ‘Horse Soldiers’

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Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon are set to star in the Afghanistan War drama “Horse Soldiers” for Black Label Media. Nicolai Fuslig is directing the film from a script by Peter Craig and Ted Tally. Black Label Media is co-financing the project. Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill are producing with Jerry Bruckheimer and… Read more »

Facebook Messenger Next to Borrow Snapchat’s Stories Format

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Facebook’s Messenger team has been experimenting with ephemeral media sharing similar to Snapchat’s Stories, according to a TechCrunch report. Messenger started to test a new feature dubbed Messenger Day with users in Poland Friday. Messenger Day offers users a way to share photos and videos with their contacts, complete with filters and stickers. Media shared… Read more »

‘Alchemist’ Movie Adaptation Lands at TriStar and PalmStar

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TriStar and PalmStar are teaming up to produce an adaptation of the classic Paulo Coelho novel “The Alchemist.” PalmStar acquired worldwide rights to the book several weeks ago and TriStar moved quickly to ensure the project ended up at their studio. Hannah Minghella, who spearheaded the deal for TriStar, will oversee the project along with Nicole Brown. PalmStar… Read more »

John Oates Sells Nashville Condo, Buys House Once Owned by Taylor Swift (EXCLUSIVE)

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SELLER: John Oates LOCATION: Nashville, TN PRICE: $520,000 SIZE: 1,108 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: The always vigilant Bizzy Boys at Celebrity Address Aerial sent word that musician John Oates, one half of the top selling late ‘70s and early ‘80s rock and soul duo Hall & Oates, recently sold a… Read more »

Stand-Up Producer Comedy Dynamics Hires Griffin Gmelich, Former Hulu Exec, to Head Biz Dev and Distribution

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Indie stand-up comedy production and distribution firm Comedy Dynamics has hired Griffin Gmelich, who has 18 years of experience in the entertainment biz,  as senior VP of business development and distribution. In the newly created position, Gmelich will oversee existing partnerships and is tasked with developing new business opportunities with both established and rising platforms and accounts. He will work at the company’s L.A. headquarters… Read more »

John Legend to Play Frederick Douglass on ‘Underground’

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John Legend will guest star as Frederick Douglass on the upcoming season of WGN America’s “Underground.” The singer-songwriter, who also serves as executive producer on the series, will star as the history-making abolitionist in the show’s upcoming second season, which is set to premiere in early 2017. Season 2 is currently being shot in Atlanta. Speaking… Read more »

Bertrand Tavernier’s Dramatic ‘Journey’ Through French Cinema

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Few cineastes exude a greater passion for French cinema than celebrated writer/director Bertrand Tavernier, who broke through in 1974 with his debut feature, “The Clockmaker of St. Paul.” So it’s fitting that this year’s Retrospective section of the New York Film Festival will focus on Tavernier’s three-hour-plus documentary “My Journey Through French Cinema,” which details… Read more »

Ang Lee Pushes Technological Barriers in ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’

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There’s a movie hitting theaters this fall that pushes the technical limits of the filmmaking process to new extremes. But the filmmaker isn’t using his tech in the service of an effects-laden blockbuster about aliens or superheroes or hobbits. He’s harnessing it for the intimate story of a young Iraq war vet and the memories… Read more »