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Reese Witherspoon to Star in, Produce Disney’s New Tinker Bell Movie

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Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon is attached to star in and produce “Tink,” a live-action Tinker Bell movie in development at Disney, which is already developing a separate project under the same title with Elizabeth Banks, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap.
Victoria Strouse (“Finding Dory”) wrote the script, and while details of the project remain under ...
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How Cannes Films Have Fared at the Box Office: The Hits and Misses

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The wave of movie rights deals coming out of the Cannes Film Festival this week begs the question: How do films acquired during the annual gathering in southern France do at the box office?
The answer to that is so-so at best, but that comes with an asterisk.
The majority of the most high-profile and most commercial movies — like Disney’s “Inside Out” and Warner B ...
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Chris Rock on Instagram traffic stops: ‘Cops stop black guys who drive nice cars’

Posted 2 weeks ago
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Chris Rock is promoting the seemingly overdue UK release of Top Five. The film did well in North America and should pick up some tidy receipts in Europe too. Professionally, Rock is doing fantastic. He’s preparing to direct Amy Shumer’s upcoming HBO special and has a few production gigs in the chute. In a new interview with the Guardian, Rock discusses how he mentors up-and-comers like ...
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Alexander Payne May Like the Odds on SEPTILLION TO ONE

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Alexander Payne is currently in pre-production on his next film, Downsizing, but he might already be looking ahead to a future project. According to The Wrap, OddLot has just won a bidding war on the spec script Septillion to One and Payne is circling the director’s chair.

The story is based on the true story of Joan Ginther, who won the Texas State Lottery four times, taking home ...
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Isaiah Washington Ripped on Twitter for Telling Chris Rock: ‘Adapt’ to Racial Profiling

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Isaiah Washington is no stranger to controversy. But the outspoken actor seems to have met his match on Twitter.
Washington landed in the cross hairs of the social media mob on Wednesday after he tweeted a little unsolicited advice to Chris Rock on how to deal with alleged police profiling.
“I sold my $90,000.00 Mercedes G500 and bought 3 Prius’s, because I got tired of being ...
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OddLot Wins Heated Auction for ‘Septillion to One'; Alexander Payne Circling to Direct (Exclusive)

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OddLot Entertainment has won a heated auction for rights to Adam R. Perlman and Graham Sack’s spec script “Septillion to One,” which has Alexander Payne circling to direct, TheWrap has learned.
OddLot will produce and finance the romantic comedy, which the company intends to fast-track as its deal features aggressive progress-to-production language.
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Telluride Film Festival: ‘Flamethrowers’ Author Rachel Kushner Named 2015 Guest Director

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The Telluride Film Festival has named decorated author Rachel Kushner as its 2015 Creative Director.
Kushner, most recently a National Book Award finalist for her novel “The Flamethrowers,” joins previous directors like Alexander Payne, Salman Rushdie, Peter Bogdanovich, Laurie Anderson and Stephen Sondheim.
“Rachel was a natural choice as the 42nd TFF Guest Director,&# ...
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SXSW Review: Sally Field Delivers a Winning Performance in 'Hello, My Name is Doris'

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If the younger Edith Beale in "Grey Gardens" — the insular middle-aged socialite still living at home with her mother — ventured beyond her insular world and pursued romance with a younger man, she might resemble the adorable, melancholic figure played by Sally Field in "Hello, My Name is Doris." Directed by "Wet Hot American Summer" co-writer Michael Showalter ...
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Meet the 2015 SXSW Filmmakers #8: Timothy Wheeler Exposes the Strange, Serious Problem of Egg Theft in 'Poached'

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With "Poached," Timothy Wheeler wanted to tackle a problem as unusual and underreported as it is serious and fascinating. In this informative, detailed and surprisingly illuminative documentary, egg thieves -- yes, people who steal eggs -- are identified, profiled and then examined. Taking inspiration from such character-focused filmmakers as Alexander Payne and the Coen Brothers, Wheeler ...
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Focus Features Names Jim Burke President of Production

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Veteran producer Jim Burke has been named President of Production at Focus Features, the company announced Wednesday.
“I have known Jim for many years and not only does he have a tremendous talent for both developing and producing films, he’s also a passionate advocate for filmmaking talent,” said Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel in a statement. “Jim’s breadth of ...
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