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From Home Alone to Frozen: Check Out All the Christmas Movies and Shows Airing on Freeform

From Home Alone to Frozen: Check Out All the Christmas Movies and Shows Airing on Freeform
‘Tis the season!

It’s almost that time of year again — and Freeform has all the movies and original shows for Christmastime lovers to cuddle up and watch starting in November.

Along with featuring Christmas staples like Home Alone, Frozen and Miracle on 34th Street, the “Kickoff to Christmas” celebration will premiering two original projects: the film Turkey Drop and a competition series called Wrap Battle.

Hosted by Sheryl Underwood and judged by RuPauls’ Drag Race’s Carson Kressley, the show will follow nine contestants as they battle to become the best gift wrapper and take home $50,000. The series debuts Nov.
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The Art of Racing in the Rain Is Based on a Book, and It's Just as Heartbreaking as the Movie

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From the minute you saw "From the studio that brought you Marley & Me" in the trailer for The Art of Racing in the Rain, you probably knew you were in trouble. Honestly, has there ever been a movie about a dog that wasn't a tearjerker? The flick - which stars Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried, and a very cute Golden Retriever voiced by Kevin Costner - looks like a total sob fest, and the This Is Us star basically already confirmed as much. "It's a really, really beautiful film," Ventimiglia said during his interview at at Popsugar Play/Ground. "I'm in the business of tears because of my role on This Is Us. Even I cried a little bit." Oh, jeez. We're toast.

Just like Marley & Me, The Art of Racing in the Rain is based on a bestselling novel of the same name. Gareth Stein's 2008 novel tells the story
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‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ Review: Dir. Simon Curtis (2019)

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Garth Stein’s beloved 2008 novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, is perhaps best described as Marley & Me meets Formula 1. It has the ingredients to be a surefire success so it’s no surprise that director Simon Curtis leaped at the opportunity to give it the silver-screen treatment.

And it plays exactly like that summation. Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia) is a hot-shot driver on the verge of making it big; he finds himself inclined to get a puppy one day on his way to work, picking up a golden retriever he names Enzo – after the car, of course – and, from there, the film follows Enzo navigating this newfound life. From Denny’s pursuit to race in Formula 1 into his marriage with Eve (Amanda Seyfriend), their subsequent child Zoe (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) to Eve’s tragic illness, it’s all told through Enzo’s eyes – and mouth,
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Former Fox 2000 chief Elizabeth Gabler relocates entire team to Sony, will produce HarperCollins adaptations

Spe gets first-look, although it is understood Gabler can make content for any streaming or television platform.

Former Fox 2000 chief Elizabeth Gabler, whose division made global hits such as Life Of Pi and The Devil Wears Prada, has landed at Sony Pictures Entertainment (Spe), where she and her entire Fox 2000 development team will produce content from a wide range of sources including the HarperCollins catalogue.

Spe and HarperCollins are co-funding the new partnership, which remains unnamed for now. Spe gets first-look at projects, although it is understood Gabler can make content for any streaming or television platform.

Gabler and her team,
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Book Savvy Elizabeth Gabler To Turn HarperCollins Books Into Movies; Sony In Talks To Distribute

  • Deadline
Update: More clarity on Elizabeth Gabler and the HarperCollins and Sony situation. She’ll bring her whole Fox 2000 exec team to this new venture, unnamed, that will move her to the Sony lot. It’s a partnership between Sony and HarperCollins Publishers and the goal is to generate productions across multiple platforms from books in the HarperCollins catalog. Gabler had strong relationships both at Sony and HarperCollins, the latter of which is NewsCorp owned, with a straight pipeline from publisher to the studio. Sony will have first look at the projects, with the studio and book publisher cofinancing the relationship. Gabler’s team members moving to the new venture includes Erin Sinimoff, Marisa Paiva, Nikki Ramey and Molly Saffron.

Sony just issued a release, with quote that indicate that not surprisingly, everyone is thrilled. Release is at bottom of original story.

Earlier, 10:50 Am Pst: Sources said that former
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Karen Lunder Promoted to President of Imagine Features

  • The Wrap
Imagine Entertainment has promoted Karen Lunder to president of Imagine Features, the company’s chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard announced on Thursday.

In her new position, Lunder will continue to oversee the company’s feature film production and development. Lunder joined Imagine in the film division in 2017 and most recently served as the company’s executive vice president of production, which she was promoted to last August.

“It’s an exciting time to be at Imagine and to be a part of such a powerhouse group of people,” Lunder said in a statement. “Imagine has long been an important home for filmmakers and talent and I’m thrilled to [be] working with Brian and Ron to expand on the ways these exceptional storytellers can bring their ideas to the screen.”

Also Read: Imagine Entertainment Launches Kids and Family Division, Stephanie Sperber to Lead

Lunder is currently overseeing production of “Hillbilly Elegy,
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Disney Dumps Fox 2000 Label as Studio Restructuring Begins

It's the end of the media world as we know it and nobody should feel fine. That may sound dramatic but with the Disney / Fox merger complete and the ramifications now coming to light, it's clear this isn't going to be sunshine and rainbows. Case in point, it's been revealed that Disney is shutting down the Fox 2000 label, a label responsible for making mid-budget movies that are already having a tough time finding a home in the marketplace these days.

According to a new report, Fox 2000, which has been run quite successfully by executive Elizabeth Gabler, is getting the ax as Disney starts their layoffs and restructuring. It's expected that 4,000 employees will be laid off as the now massive media empire tries to do away with redundancies within their corporate structure. Disney now owns 11 different studio labels and at some point, that may qualify as redundant. As such, Fox 2000 will soon be no more.
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Heads roll at Fox after Disney takeover closes

Andrew Cripps.

Andrew Cripps, Chris Aronson, Heather Phillips, Mike Dunn and Greg Meidel are among the first wave of senior layoffs at 20th Century Fox following the Walt Disney Co’s $US71.3 billion purchase of Fox’s crown jewels.

A former executive at Paramount, IMAX and United International Pictures, the highly regarded Cripps was hired as Fox’s international theatrical distribution president in 2017.

During his reign the home runs in international markets included Bohemian Rhapsody ($663.7 million), The Greatest Showman ($260.6 million), Deadpool 2 ($460.4 million), Murder on the Orient Express ($250 million) and The Kingsman: The Golden Circle ($310.7 million).

While the $170 million James Cameron production Alita: Battle Angel has struggled in the Us, taking $81 million, the Cripps-led international team was far more effective, generating $312.2 million.

Aronson was the president of domestic distribution, Phillips was executive VP and head of domestic publicity, Dunn was president of product strategy and consumer business development and Meidel was president of Twentieth Television.
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Elizabeth Gabler’s Fox 2000 To Shutter As Disney Takes Over

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Exclusive: In a surprise move, sources said that Disney will be shuttering the Fox 2000 label run by Elizabeth Gabler. It was believed that Gabler, who made a slew of mid-budget elegant tastemaker films, would continue to lead the executive team who make up her label, but sources said that isn’t going to be the case.

It remains unclear if Gabler will become a producer, but sources said that division will cease after The Woman in the Window, the Joe Wright-directed thriller that stars Amy Adams and Gary Oldman.

RelatedSeveral Top Execs Laid Off After Disney-Fox Merger: Deadline’s Complete Coverage

Gabler’s division would seem a strong fit for a hybrid making pictures for theatrical and streaming. Her highlights include Hidden Figures, The Fault In Our Stars, The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me, Love, Simon and The Hate U Give. But then again, Disney will have 11 film labels and at some point,
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Director Damien Power to make Hollywood debut on Fox thriller

Damien Power (Photo credit: Shutterstock).

In his Hollywood debut Damien Power will direct No Exit, a thriller based on a novel by Taylor Adams, for 20th Century Fox.

Adapted by Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari (Ant-Man and the Wasp), the plot follows college student Darby Thorne, who, while on the way home to visit her mother, gets stranded in a blizzard at a highway rest stop with four strangers.

During the night Thorne discovers a little girl locked in the boot of one of the cars but she doesn’t know whose car. Without cell or phone reception and trapped by the snow, she must figure out who is the kidnapper.

The producer is Scott Frank, who wrote the screenplay of Fox’s Wolverine adventure Logan, which starred Hugh Jackman. Frank also created, wrote and directed Netflix’s Western series Godless.

It will be Power’s second feature following his debut Killing Ground,
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Damien Power Tapped To Direct ‘No Exit’ Thriller For 20th Century Fox

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Damien Power Tapped To Direct ‘No Exit’ Thriller For 20th Century Fox
Exclusive: Killing Ground helmer Damien Power is attached to direct 20th Century Fox’s No Exit, a thriller based on the novel of the same name by Taylor Adams. Logan scribe Scott Frank is producing the film, which was adapted by Ant-Man scripters Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari.

Published in 2017, the story follows several strangers stranded at a rest stop during a blizzard, where a young woman discovers a kidnapped girl and must determine who the kidnapper is and plot their escape.

Power marked his feature directorial debut with Killing Ground, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The modern thriller, which Power also wrote, follows two campers who, after arriving at an isolated campsite, discover a distressed child wandering in the woods which leads to a terrifying chain of events that will test them to a breaking point.

Frank is the creator, writer, and director behind Netflix’s seven-part western limited series,
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Valentine’s Day Viewing Guide: 10 Movies for All Relationship Statuses (Photos)

  • The Wrap
Valentine’s Day is a typical date night, and in case couples are looking to save some money by spending the evening snuggled up in front of a television, TheWrap compiled a home movie viewing guide with suggestions for all tastes, ages and romantic situations.

From the most obvious to most obscure, here are 10 romantic movies worth considering — for one reason or another.

Don’T Think Too Hard: “Valentine’s Day”

It’s Valentine’s Day, and this movie is called “Valentine’s Day,” so it must be the perfect movie to watch. Right? Well, no. It was actually critically panned when it was released in 2010, but hey, you don’t care about that. You just want to pop in a movie that seems like appropriately timed viewing so you have an excuse to make a move on that special someone sitting next to you on the couch.

Snuggle Bait: “The Conjuring

It’s true,
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Propagate Taps Veteran Executive Rodney Ferrell to Head Scripted TV

  • The Wrap
Indie production and distribution studio, Propagate, announced on Monday that it has hired veteran studio and development executive Rodney Ferrell as executive vice president of scripted TV.

Ferrell joins Propagate from Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures Television, where he served as president since 2015 and helped to build a slate of scripted and non-scripted properties for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.

In his new role, Ferrell will be responsible for expanding Propagate’s scripted platform. Propagate has an emerging portfolio of content that includes “November 13: Attack on Paris” for Netflix, “Lore” for Amazon, “Charmed” for the CW, “Haunted” for Netflix, “In Search Of” for the History Channel, “Blood and Treasure” for CBS and “Planet of the Apps” for Apple.

Also Read: Propagate Promotes Isabel San Vargas to President of Production and Operations

“Rodney has earned a well-deserved reputation for his strength as a developer of literary adaptations,” Propagate co-ceo Howard T. Owens
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Propagate Taps Rodney Ferrell As Evp Scripted Television

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Propagate Taps Rodney Ferrell As Evp Scripted Television
Exclusive: Ben Silverman and Howard Owens’ Propagate has hired veteran development executive Rodney Ferrell to lead the company’s scripted efforts. Ferrell, most recently president of Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures Television, has been named Evp Scripted Television at Propagate. In his new role, he will work to expand the company’s scripted portfolio, working with writers, talent and intellectual property.

Scripted programming has been a priority for Propagate, whose current series slate includes Lore (Amazon), Charmed (the CW) and Blood and Treasure (CBS).

Ferrell most recently served as president of Silver Pictures Television since 2015. Before that, he spent 14 years at Fox 2000 as Svp Development and Production. During his tenure there he oversaw such films as Marley & Me, 27 Dresses, Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Water for Elephants, among others.

“Rodney has earned a well-deserved reputation for his strength as a developer of literary adaptations,” said
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Grand-Daddy Day Care Trailer: Danny Trejo Needs a Babysitter

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Redbox. Universal Pictures and Revolution Studios have announced the comedy sequel you weren't ready for. Coming this winter is Grand-Daddy Day Care. Which just goes to prove, you don't put Danny Trejo in a corner, no matter how big of a baby he's acting like.

A hilarious comedy for the whole family to enjoy, Grand-Daddy Day Care arrives on DVD, Digital and On Demand February 5th, 2019 from Revolution Studios, a subsidiary of Content Partners, and Universal 1440, the original content production arm of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

When Frank Collins (Reno Wilson) suffers from writer's block, he decides to start a day care for his father-in-law (Danny Trejo) and other seniors as a way to make quick cash, while giving him time to still work on his next book. Eventually getting a small group to care for, Frank soon
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Tony Gilroy & Scott Frank Tell How William Goldman’s Mentorship Left As Lasting A Hollywood Legacy As Oscars & Dialogue

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Tony Gilroy & Scott Frank Tell How William Goldman’s Mentorship Left As Lasting A Hollywood Legacy As Oscars & Dialogue
Exclusive: There are dozens of dialogue lines that made William Goldman an iconic screenwriter — “Follow the money” from All the President’s Men, and “Is it safe?” from Marathon Man among them — but to a legion of top screenwriters whom Goldman helped find their voices, here’s a lesser-known signature line just as memorable: “I’m in the book.”

That is what Goldman said to many young screenwriters who dared ask a legend for help, back when people actually thumbed through the white pages of the New York City phone book. That’s where Goldman left his Manhattan number, which led to tutorials over lunches at places like The Carlyle Hotel, where Goldman held court and spread the gospel of good writing to so many. Even though he wrote many a withering column about movies he didn’t love — the manipulative bookend-ed start and end of Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan
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Mark A. Livolsi Dies: ‘Jungle Book’ & Live-Action ‘Lion King’ Editor Was 56

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Mark A. Livolsi Dies: ‘Jungle Book’ & Live-Action ‘Lion King’ Editor Was 56
Mark A. Livolsi, a veteran film editor who worked such films as The Jungle Book, The Devil Wears Prada and Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of The Lion King, has died. He was 56. Livolsi unexpectedly on September 23 at his Pasadena home. The cause was not revealed.

Nominated for four Ace Eddie Awards, his many film credits also include Wonder, The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks, We Bought a Zoo, Marley & Me, Wedding Crashers, Almost Famous and Vanilla Sky.

Born on April 10, 1962, in New Jersey, he grew up with a love of movies, making films with neighborhood kids using his father’s 8mm camera. After graduating with a film degree from Penn State in 1984, he moved to New York and learned his craft working with some of the industry’s top directors. In 1987, he was a second assistant editor on Arthur Penn’s Dead of Winter and an apprentice editor Oliver Stone’s Wall Street.
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Levantine Films, Netter Films Option HuffPo Feature ‘Jerry And Marge Go Large’

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Exclusive: Levantine Films has optioned Jerry and Marge Go Large, an article by Jason Fagone for Huffington Post’s Highline. Brad Copeland will write the script. Gil Netter will produce alongside Levantine.

Fagone’s article focuses on Jerry and Marge, a couple married for over 60 years who found a nifty way to finance retirement. A mildly dyslexic cereal company materials analyst with a penchant for puzzles and patterns named Gerald Selbee figured out a loophole in the Michigan Cash WinFall state lottery game. Essentially, when the jackpot reaches roughly $2 million and no one wins, payoffs for smaller prizes swell dramatically, which basically assures a profit for anyone who buys at least $100,000 worth of tickets. He used it to enrich family and friends. After Michigan did away with the WinFall, Jerry turned his attention to one in Massachusetts.

Along the way, he bumped up against a group of MIT students who discovered the same loophole,
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Exclusive: Owen Wilson on playing Lightning McQueen in Cars 3 & how even he got emotional during Marley & Me

Author: Stefan Pape

Much like with Toy Story, Cars is yet another Pixar franchise to be entering in to its third movie – and we had the pleasure of sitting down with the trilogy’s leading star Owen Wilson – who voices Lightning McQueen.

We discussed with Wilson what he believes it is about this series, and these characters, which keeps drawing audiences back in, and whether there was a challenge in ensuring this latest production not only appealed to established fans, but newcomers too.

He goes on to speak about his closeness to this character of Lightning, and how much of his own input he was allowed during the making of the feature. On the same topic we ask which character he’d most like to revisit again on screen, while also – and following on from a theme in the movie – we ask about getting older, and whether he resents it,
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‘Megan Leavey’ Review: Story Of A Marine And Her Warrior Dog Won’t Leave A Dry Eye

‘Megan Leavey’ Review: Story Of A Marine And Her Warrior Dog Won’t Leave A Dry Eye
Ever since returning from the Cannes Film Festival I have been dutifully trying to catch up to screenings and openings of June releases I missed along the way. In this one particular case I want to single out a Friday opening, Megan Leavey, which I finally caught up with Saturday. As I say in my video review above, I am a sucker for boy, girl, or anybody and their dog movies. From Old Yeller to My Dog Skip to Marley And Me to anything starring Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, Benji…
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