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‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Trial Ends; Will Warner Bros Or Universal Cast Magic Sequel Spell?

deadline.com – The legal battle over whether production company Sweetpea Entertainment or toy giant Hasbro owns sequel rights to Dungeons & Dragons came has come to an end — at least for now. But the seven-day trial that wrapped late Tuesday in federal court in downtown LA did not end quietly. "Hasbro cannot have it both ways," attorney Patricia Glaser said in her closing statement, calling out the company for disputing a 2010 D&D movie sequel but not a 2005 one and dragging her client… 1 week 4 hours ago via theothersenhman
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Millennium Entertainment Closes $40M Credit Facilities As Ramp-Up Continues

deadline.com – Millennium Entertainment is continuing to make moves following its deal to become a stand-alone distribution and catalog company. Today CEO Bill Lee unveiled that the soon-to-be-renamed outfit has closed a senior revolving credit facility and term loan facility worth $40 million. The facilities helped finance Millennium and Virgo Investment Group's August buyout of previous owners including Avi Lerner's Nu Image, and will help Millennium going forward to acquire films for… 1 week 4 hours ago via donnieyen
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Universal, Penguin Random House In 2-Year First-Look Pact

deadline.com – Penguin Random House and Universal Pictures said today that the studio has signed a two-year first-look production agreement with the newly minted mega-publisher. Peter Gethers, President of Random House Studio, the publisher's entertainment division, will oversee the new deal on behalf of Penguin Random House. Random House Studio will be a producer on the projects developed and filmed under the agreement.

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Italy Picks Paolo Virzi’s ‘Human Capital’ As Its Foreign Oscar Contender

variety.com – Paolo Virzi’s stylish economic crisis murder mystery “Human Capital” is Italy’s candidate for the foreign-language Academy Award race. “Capital” transposes U.S. novelist Stephen Amidon’s eponymous novel about capitalist greed from Connecticut to Italy’s wealthy region of Brianza, near Milan. It competed at Tribeca, has been a hit at the local box office scoring around $7.5... 1 week 9 hours ago via jackiechan
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Seth Rogen, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton Should Attract Fall Auds, Survey Finds (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com – Matching the right actor with the perfect project is a tricky (but tested) formula for box office success. Take “The Interview.” The upcoming story of two newsmen tapped to assassinate a ruthless military dictator didn’t really move the needle with moviegoers until they found out that the film starred James Franco and Seth Rogen, a... 1 week 1 day ago via jackiechan
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Warner Bros., After Shake-Up and Shaky Summer, Digs In

rss.nytimes.com – Over a year into a shake-up that put Kevin Tsujihara in the chief executive’s seat at Warner, the studio has yet to find its footing. 1 week 2 days ago via donnieyen
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Analyst: Lionsgate Pushing Redbox for Better Terms

homemediamagazine.com – In a switch, Lionsgate apparently is pressuring Redbox for better terms to rent its movies via the latter’s network of more than 42,000 kiosks. 1 week 2 days ago via jetli
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Lionsgate Acquires Worldwide Rights to ‘The Smosh Movie,’ Starring YouTube Comedy Duo

variety.com – Lionsgate has picked up global distribution rights to “The Smosh Movie,” starring the YouTube comedy duo of Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, banking on their Internet celebrity to drive audiences to the feature-length film. Production was jointly financed by DreamWorks Animation’s AwesomenessTV, headed by Brian Robbins, and Defy Media, a digital media company in which... 1 week 6 days ago via jackiechan
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Tobey Maguire: "Movies Now Have More To Do With An Aesthetic, Than They Do With A Performance"

fb.indiewire.com – There has already been a lot written about the studio shift to blockbuster movies, which has made the playing field for smaller films — at least among the majors — a more rarified ground. And that of course has a direct affect on the kinds of films that audiences get to choose from, but it also means that as an actor, there are fewer parts with depth and complexity going around. 1 week 6 days ago via jetli
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Oscars: Czechs Nominate Andrea Sedlackova's 'Fair Play' in Foreign-Language Category

feedproxy.google.com – Polished coming-of-age drama premiered at Karlovy Vary film festival in July 1 week 6 days ago via jetli
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Warner Bros. Expected to Cut as Many as 1,000 Jobs (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com – Warner Bros. Entertainment is expected to cut as many as 900 to 1,000 jobs worldwide as part of a studio-wide cost-cutting move, according to people familiar with the company’s plans. The estimated reductions would amount to more than 10% of the studio’s 9,000-person workforce. The cuts will be made in late October or early November.... 1 week 6 days ago via theothersenhman
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'Expendables 3' Torrent Downloaders Now Being Targeted for Copyright Infringement

feedproxy.google.com – Those who downloaded the film are being told to settle up — or else 1 week 6 days ago via jackiechan
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Franchise-powered Disney can't rest on laurels, studio president says

feedproxy.google.com – Walt Disney Studios is riding its big tent-pole movies to box-office success, having put out the two biggest movies of the year so far: "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." 2 weeks 41 min ago via jackiechan
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RatPac Entertainment Sets Paul Neinstein To Be COO

deadline.com – EXCLUSIVE: As RatPac Entertainment partners Brett Ratner and James Packer branch beyond co-financing the Warner Bros slate to create their own film and TV slates, they've hired Paul Neinstein to be COO. Neinstein, who reports to Ratner and Packer, comes from Paramount where he was executive vice president of Business Affairs for the past eight years making deals in financing, acquisitions and talent for Par's live action, animated and micro-budget fare. 2 weeks 2 hours ago via jetli
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Imax CEO Says Audiences Are "A Little Sick Of The Post-Apocalyptic, Dark, Angst-Ridden, Suicidal Movies"

fb.indiewire.com – Hazarding his opinion on studio trends of which audiences may have grown weary, Imax Entertainment CEO Greg Foster told those assembled at the Bank of America 2014 Media, Communications and Entertainment Conferencethat, “Maybe people are getting a little sick of the post-apocalyptic, dark, angst-ridden, suicidal movies.” Now, here’s a guy whose business partly depends on the studios’ success, but who doesn’t spend his days interpreting audience analytics and agonizing over what to feed us next. 2 weeks 4 hours ago via theothersenhman
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