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Sundance Film Festival 2018: Guide to Events, Parties and More

Sundance Film Festival 2018: Guide to Events, Parties and More
Hollywood is taking over Park City's Main Street for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, scheduled for Jan. 18-28. Here's a guide to the must-visit spots — from panel discussions and eco-lounges to A-list parties and VIP gifting suites — at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Thursday, Jan. 18

Sundance: Day One Press Conference

Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., 1 p.m.

Sundance Institute founder and president Robert Redford, Sundance Institute executive director Keri Putnam and Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper take stage in front of members of the media to discuss the 2018 event and other fest initiatives. Barbara Chai, MarketWatch entertainment editor and head of arts and culture coverage for Dow Jones Media Group will moderate.

The two versions are delivered in the same theaters and fans have been split 50-50 on whether to experience the film from the light or dark side. The vibrations, tilts, wind, fog, strobe and other effects enhance differing aspects of the on-screen action for the light and dark side of the theaters. Light saber battles create differing reverb effects for the two sides, while the atmosphere...
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Trevor Jackson & Jason Mitchell To Star In Sony’s ‘Superfly’ Remake From Director X; Future, Steven R. Shore To Produce

Trevor Jackson & Jason Mitchell To Star In Sony’s ‘Superfly’ Remake From Director X; Future, Steven R. Shore To Produce
Exclusive: Sony’s Superfly film is assembling a team aptly fit for its title. As Deadline previously reported, Director X is officially attached to direct the remake with Trevor Jackson confirmed to star as Youngblood Priest. In addition, Mudbound and Straight Outta Compton star Jason Mitchell has signed on to co-star as Eddie, along with Lex Scott Davis as Georgia, Andrea Londo as Cynthia, Jacob Ming-Trent (Showtime's White Famous) as Fat Freddy, and Omar Chapparo as…
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‘Catastrophe,’ ‘Divorce’ Co-Creator Sharon Horgan Inks Overall Deal With Amazon

‘Catastrophe,’ ‘Divorce’ Co-Creator Sharon Horgan Inks Overall Deal With Amazon
Sharon Horgan has inked a two-year overall deal with Amazon Studios. Amazon has also struck a first-look deal with Merman, the production company Horgan founded with Clelia Mountford.

The pair already have a relationship with Amazon, which has exclusively acquired all seasons of “Catastrophe” for the U.S. Produced by Avalon, Birdbath, and Merman, the comedy series about an unexpected pregnancy and a dysfunctional relationship was co-created by Horgan and Rob Delaney, her co-star on the show, which airs on Channel 4 in Britain.

“Sharon Horgan is one of the sharpest and most engaging actresses, writers, and directors working in television today. We are thrilled she is expanding her collaboration with us at Amazon to create new groundbreaking content,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series for Amazon Studios. “Her strong creative voice and storytelling sensibility have resonated with audiences globally and will make for outstanding shows for our Prime members.”

Horgan earned
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‘Stargate’ Alums Attached to Syfy International Original ‘The Outpost’

‘Stargate’ Alums Attached to Syfy International Original ‘The Outpost’
Syfy has greenlit “The Outpost,” an original fantasy series for its international networks. “Stargate” producer Dean Devlin and “Stargate SG-1” showrunner Jonathan Glassner will executive produce the 10-part series.

It will bow on NBCUniversal’s Syfy channel across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Latin America, and Australia. Production got underway Tuesday, in Utah, for delivery later in 2018.

The Outpost” will star Jessica Green (“Ash vs. Evil Dead”) as Talon, the lone survivor of a race called the Blackbloods. After her village is destroyed by mercenaries, she sets out to find the killers of her family, discovering along the way that she has mysterious powers, which ultimately she must use to battle a fanatical religious dictator.
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'Creed 2' Casts Boxer Florian Munteanu as Ivan Drago's Son

'Creed 2' Casts Boxer Florian Munteanu as Ivan Drago's Son
Creed has found his opponent.

German-Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu will square off against Michael B. Jordan in Creed 2, MGM and Warner Bros.’ sequel to the 2015 hit that updated Rocky for a new generation, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Steven Caple will direct the movie, which is set to begin shooting in March in Philadelphia.

Creed starred Sylvester Stallone as boxer Rocky Balboa, who mentors Adonis Johnson (Jordan), the son of his rival, Apollo Creed.

The new pic also features a blast-from-the-past update: Munteanu will play the son of Ivan Drago, the ruthless Soviet boxer from Rocky IV, which...
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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List

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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List
The 49th NAACP Image Awards ceremony is underway, hosted by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Nine awards will be handed out during the Monday broadcast, including Entertainer of the Year, with nominees Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Ava DuVernay and Chadwick Boseman.

47 other Image Awards were handed out Sunday night during a non-televised gala dinner, including Outstanding New Artist for singer SZA, and writing and directing wins for “Get Out” director Jordan Peele. Idris Elba, Bruno Mars, Tiffany Haddish, and Kendrick Lamar among the night’s other big winners. For the complete list of winners from Sunday...
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Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary from Woody Allen Film to Time's Up Fund

Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary from Woody Allen Film to Time's Up Fund
Timothée Chalamet announced on Instagram Monday night that he will be donating his salary from his work on the upcoming Woody Allen film A Rainy Day in New York to three charities: Time's Up, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN, an anti-sexual violence organization.

"I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer ... What I can say is this: I don't want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary," Chalamet said in his...
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Daniel Day-Lewis’ ‘Phantom Thread’ Scores at MLK Weekend Box Office

Daniel Day-Lewis’ ‘Phantom Thread’ Scores at MLK Weekend Box Office
Daniel Day-Lewis’ fashion drama “Phantom Thread” has performed impressively in its expansion with $1.4 million at 62 locations during the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

Phantom Thread” posted an impressive $22,984 per-screen average — by far the highest average on the domestic chart as Focus Features expanded the run from six screens. Focus plans to screen the film in more than 500 locations next weekend.

Phantom Thread,” which opened Christmas Day, has now grossed a total of $2.5 million. The awards contender is expected to be Day-Lewis’ final film. The movie — set in 1950s post-war London — follows Day-Lewis’ character, a renowned dressmaker at the center of British fashion. His life is disrupted by a strong-willed woman, played by Vicky Krieps, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover.

“Phantom Thread” earned director Paul Thomas Anderson the National Board of Review’s best screenplay award and Day-Lewis a Golden Globe nomination. It received four BAFTA nominations,
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‘Heathers’ Series Creator Promises ‘Major’ Changes to Cult Classic, Teases Shannen Doherty Cameo

‘Heathers’ Series Creator Promises ‘Major’ Changes to Cult Classic, Teases Shannen Doherty Cameo
Paramount Network’s “Heathers” is technically an adaptation of the 1988 cult comedy starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, but series creator Jason Micallef said the show will still find ways to put a new spin on the story. “It’s 2018, it’s not 1988,” Micallef told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday. “No one’s going to want to watch a girl for 10 episodes follow a guy around, murder people and then whine about it.” So Micallef said he created some “very, very major character changes” for the lead character Veronica Sawyer, played by Ryder in the original movie...
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Arnold Schwarzenegger "Shocked and Saddened" by Eliza Dushku's 'True Lies' Assault Claims

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger said he is "shocked and saddened" to learn of Eliza Dushku's alleged sexual assault during the filming of True Lies.

The action star, who toplined James Cameron's 1994 action thriller, tweeted on Monday evening that had he known about the incident at the time "you bet your ass all of us would have done something." Schwarzenegger also tweeted his support to and expressed his pride in Dushku, who played his daughter in the film, for coming forward.

Tom, you bet your ass all of us would have done something. I’m shocked and...
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Sen. Orrin Hatch Has Perfect Response After He’s Called Out for Removing Imaginary Glasses

On Tuesday Utah Senator Orrin Hatch removed a pair of glasses that he wasn’t wearing. The moment took place during a hearing with Secretary of Homeland Security Kristjen Nielsen. As the footage ripped across the internet, the senator’s campaign office, known for its snark, responded on Twitter, joking that the octogenarian who has spent more than four decades in the Senate was just too chic for the rest of us. “Oh you mean his invisible glasses from Warby Parker?,” said his official office account. “They’re new, you’ve probably never heard of them.” Also Read: Oops! Sen. Orrin Hatch Thanks Salt Lake Tribune for...
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‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Planet of the Apes’ Lead Visual Effects Nominations

‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Planet of the Apes’ Lead Visual Effects Nominations
Blade Runner 2049” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” led all films in nominations for the Visual Effects Society’s 16th Annual Ves Awards, with “Game of Thrones” topping all TV programs and landing the most nominations overall. “Blade Runner” and “Planet of the Apes” each scored seven nominations, including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, the category that most closely corresponds to the Oscars Best Visual Effects category. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” were also nominated in that category. “Game of Thrones” received 11 nominations. “Despicable Me 3”...
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Apple’s App Store Revenues Could Top Global Box Office in 2018

Hollywood studios might want to pick up a computer science class or two, with a new report predicting that Apple’s App Store could overtake the global box office in total revenue in 2018. Apple is poised to rake in at least $100 million per day from the App Store this year, according to Asymyco analyst Horace Dediu. He argued that the app revenues would be enough to surpass the $39.9 billion in global movie ticket sales that comScore reported for 2017. “As of this year the App Store alone will overtake Global Box Office revenues,” said Dediu. “The App Store, and Apple...
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Telefilms Heads, Former Televisa Exec Form New Prodco, THR3, Announce First Production, ‘Santo, El Enmascarado de Plata’

The Mexican media market is buzzing as a new challenger has entered the ring in the increasingly competitive world of high-end TV and film production. Telefilms executives Tomás Darcyl, Ricardo Costianovsky and former Televisa vice-president Bruce Boren have joined together to create THR3, a new production company that the three-way tag team says will focus on high commercial value content for the Spanish-speaking market in film, TV, VOD and other digital platforms.

They are coming out swinging with their lucha libre-inspired first series “Santo, El Enmascarado de Plata” (Santo, The Silver-Masked Man).

With it, audiences will see for the first time the authorized story of one of lucha libre’s most iconic figures, Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta, better known as Santo, El Enmascarado de Plata.

Santo began his career in 1942, and owned the spotlight for four decades. In addition to ushering in the golden era of the luchador in Mexico, he also starred in 54 films which played in more
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Greg Berlanti Opens Up About Andrew Kreisberg: ‘I Was Shocked, I Was Disappointed, I Was Confused’ (Exclusive)

Greg Berlanti Opens Up About Andrew Kreisberg: ‘I Was Shocked, I Was Disappointed, I Was Confused’ (Exclusive)
It’s been just about two months since the revelations about producer Andrew Kreisberg’s misconduct came to light, leading to his dismissal from his role as showrunner of “The Flash” and “Supergirl.”

In an extensive interview with Variety in his office on the Warner Bros. lot, it’s clear Greg Berlanti — whose Berlanti Productions banner oversees those series, among others — is still coming to terms with what he might have done differently. (Kreisberg has denied the allegations.) With 10 series in production across broadcast, cable, and streaming, along with directing an upcoming movie, “Love, Simon” (based on the novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda”), Berlanti has been juggling the demands of those multiple productions alongside addressing the workplace issues raised by the Kreisberg reports.

There’s been rampant speculation about what Berlanti knew and when, and whether he protected the producer. But while Berlanti says he was aware of Kreisberg’s anger management issues, and had worked
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‘Fifty Shades Freed,’ Gabrielle Union’s ‘Breaking In’ Build Social Media Buzz

‘Fifty Shades Freed,’ Gabrielle Union’s ‘Breaking In’ Build Social Media Buzz
A pair of Universal films — “Breaking In” and “Fifty Shades Freed” — dominated social media buzz last week with a combined 189,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.

Breaking In,” a home-invasion drama starring Gabrielle Union, generated 97,000 new conversations in the wake of the release of a trailer on Jan. 11, shortly after announcing a May 11 release date for the film. “V for Vendetta” director James McTeigue helms from a script by Ryan Engle, based on a pitch from Jaime Primak Sullivan about a woman fighting to protect her family during a home invasion.

Fifty Shades Freed” drew 92,000 new conversations last week. A new trailer released on Jan. 2 revealed in the final five seconds that Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele is pregnant. The pregnancy announcement isn’t news to those who read the final installment of E.L. James’ erotic trilogy, published in 2012, but it had not been hinted at in the two previous films, “[link
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Swedish Comedy ‘Solsidan’ Smashes Scandinavian Box Office

Swedish Comedy ‘Solsidan’ Smashes Scandinavian Box Office
“Solsidan,” Felix Herngren and Måns Herngren’s comedy feature based on the TV series hit with the same name, has scored 1.2 million admissions across Sweden, Norway and Finland.

The film bowed in Scandinavia on Dec.1, and sold 1 million admissions in Sweden alone, as of Jan.15. Budgeted in the 3.5 million euros range, “Solsidan” has so far grossed more than $12.4 million at the box office in Sweden, surpassing even “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” to take the lead of the chart.

Produced by thriving Swedish banner Flx and co-produced by Jarowskij and TV4, “Solsidan” is on track to break the box office record set by the “Millennium” trilogy films and become one of the five highest-grossing Swedish films of the last 20 years.

A comedy boasting a darker edge than the series, the movie follows three couples through divorces, love, child longing and unusual parenting habits in Torekov, an idyllic town known as the Swedish Riviera.

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Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan’s Death Not ‘Suspicious,’ Police Say

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Police are not treating Monday’s death of Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan at age 46 as suspicious, NBC News reports. A police spokeswoman told NBC, “Her death is not being treated as suspicious.” According to the spokeswoman, police responded at a hotel where “a 46-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.” Police have declined to release her name. Also Read: Dolores O'Riordan's Cranberries Bandmates Are 'Devastated' by Her Death A publicist for the “Linger” singer confirmed her death Monday, saying that she had been recording in London. “Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. The lead singer with the...
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John Carpenter Assures Fans He's Alive After Errant Tweet

John Carpenter Assures Fans He's Alive After Errant Tweet
John Carpenter is very much alive and his sense of humor is as well. 

The horror master on Tuesday responded to an errant tweet posted by Rotten Tomatoes earlier in the morning saying the iconic Halloween director was dead. 

Fans were quick to point out he was alive and had a chuckle at the irony. 

"To Rotten Tomatoes, despite how it appears, I'm actually not dead," Carpenter tweeted. 

It does not appear Rotten Tomatoes did a story on Carpenter's alleged death, but rather said he was deceased in a tweet promoting a gallery of his work as Tuesday is his 70th birthday. 

The Rotten Tomatoes tweet was...
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HBO Documentary Films Acquires Rights to ‘The Price of Everything’ Ahead of Sundance Premiere

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HBO Documentary Films has picked up the rights to “The Price of Everything” ahead of its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The premium cable network acquired both the U.S. TV and theatrical rights to the Nathaniel Kahn-directed film, and plans to open it in theaters in a minimum of 12 U.S. markets prior to its HBO premiere. The flick, a deep dive into the contemporary art world, will bow in the Sundance U.S. Documentary Competition on Jan. 19. Also Read: Sundance Parties 2018: Highlights of the Starry Scene Invading Park City “I couldn’t think of a better home for the film...
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