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Toy giant Hasbro to buy film and TV group eOne in $4bn deal

The acquisition could affect eOne film and TV companies such as Sierra/Affinity and Les Filmes Seville.

In a deal driven by Peppa Pig and other IP but having implications for independent film and TV operations in a number of territories, toy giant Hasbro has agreed to acquire global media group Entertainment One (eOne) for around $4bn (£3.3bn).

The surprise, all-cash deal is expected to close during the fourth quarter of this year and represents a premium of 31% over the current price of eOne shares. The deal comes three years after eOne rejected a $1.3bn buyout deal from UK TV giant ITV.
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‘The Report’ First Trailer: Adam Driver and Annette Bening Expose the CIA in Oscar Hopeful

‘The Report’ First Trailer: Adam Driver and Annette Bening Expose the CIA in Oscar Hopeful
The summer of Adam Driver trailers continues, prepping us for a luxurious fall of hypnotic performances from the Oscar nominee. After he breaks hearts in Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story,” Driver will head into another Oscar season with a star-studded political thriller under his belt. Written and directed by “The Informant!” screenwriter Scott Z. Burns and based on real events, “The Report” tells the story of a government report on the CIA’s excessive use of torture in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Amazon Studios will give the movie a mid-November release, strongly positioning it as an awards contender.

Here’s the official synopsis: “Idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones (Driver) is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was created in the aftermath of 9/11. Jones’ relentless pursuit of the truth leads to explosive findings
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Actress (Updated: August 22)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Actress (Updated: August 22)
Historically the Best Actress Oscar has usually been awarded to an ingenue while the Best Actor prize is typically taken by a veteran. But these age biases could be changing. While a whopping 32 of the 92 Best Actress champs at the have been in their 20s when they picked up their Oscars, the last two women to win were 60-year-old Frances McDormand and 45-year-old Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”). And Colman’s closest rival was Glenn Close (“The Wife”), who was hoping for her first win at age 71. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Actress.)

Fifteen of the 92 Best Actress winners, including Colman, were in their 40s when they took to the stage while 34 were thirtysomething. Julianne Moore was 54 when she finally won after four losses for “Still Alice” in 2015. The only other Best Actress winner in her 50s was theater veteran Shirley Booth who won for reprising
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Kriv Stenders’ ‘Danger Close’ typifies the conundrum facing Australian films

Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan.’

Most Australian films are caught in a catch-22: Independent distributors are constrained in how much they can spend on P&a. The upshot: Films suffer from lack of visibility and find it tough, if not impossible, to achieve their box office potential.

That’s according to Red Dune Productions’ Martin Walsh, who produced Kriv Stenders’ Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan with Deeper Water Films’ Michael and John Schwarz.

The Vietnam War movie starring Travis Fimmel, Luke Bracey, Richard Roxburgh, Daniel Webber, Nicholas Hamilton, Aaron Glenane and Anthony Hayes has grossed $1.75 million in 13 days on 235 screens.

Walsh has no quarrel with the distributor Transmission Films, telling If: “They have done a sterling job with the resources they have, we love working with them and they were the only distributor willing to support our film.

“There would be no Danger Close without
See full article at IF.com.au »

Aussie Bo: Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood’ notches his biggest opening

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.’

Quentin Tarantino’s ninth movie Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood posted the biggest debut of his career in Australia last weekend, emulating its Us success.

The 1969-set drama/thriller starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and Damon Herriman opened 68 per cent bigger than his previous best effort Django Unchained in 2012.

The downside: The Sony Pictures release sucked a lot of air from the second weekends of Universal’s Palm Beach and Transmission Films’ Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan.

The top 20 titles raked in $14.4 million, 3 per cent up on the previous frame, according to Numero. Mind Blowing Films’ Bollywood film Mission Mangal and Magnum Films’ Hong Kong thriller Line Walker 2 had buoyant launches while Universal’s A Dog’s Journey opened with neither bark nor bite, mirroring its Us fate.

The lurid tale of a TV actor (DiCaprio) who wants
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Why ‘Blinded by the Light’ and ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Opened Wide

  • Indiewire
Two wide releases from top directors with appeal to adult audiences are specialty films, even if their distributors opted to open them in over 2,000 theaters. Warner Bros. had strong reasons for wide-releasing New Line Cinema’s Bruce Springsteen-infused Sundance pickup “Blinded by the Light” this weekend, as did United Artists with Annapurna’s long-delayed Cate Blanchett vehicle “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.”

The question is how to find audiences for these films, as studios and indies alike wrestle with deeply rooted issues in today’s theatrical market. Even Sony Pictures Classics, which has pivoted to documentaries, found a weak initial arthouse audience for fast-frame-rate “Aquarela,” despite top-end reviews and theaters.

In wider release, “The Farewell” (A24) continues to add to its impressive totals. So does Roadside Attractions’ crowdpleasing “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” which showed a strong second weekend with non-specialized audiences as a key element.

Opening

Blinded by the Light (Warner Bros.
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‘Daily Show With Trevor Noah’ To Go Live On Next Dem Debate Night

‘Daily Show With Trevor Noah’ To Go Live On Next Dem Debate Night
Exclusive The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will go live following the next round of Democratic debates on Thursday, September 12, giving the host the first opportunity among late-night shows to take on the presidential hopefuls.

Noah will air live at 11 p.m. Et on Comedy Central as part of his show’s ongoing Votegasm 2020 coverage. The Daily Show also will react to the debate in real time across its social media accounts.

According to Comedy Central, The Daily Show’s digital content during the first four debates were the most engaged series on social media among the competitive late-night lineup. Noah’s show, the network says, was overall the most socially engaged late-night show in 2019, as well as the most social cable comedy.

The upcoming live episode will be the 14th for Noah’s Daily Show. Others were the previous four 2020 Democratic debates, the 2018 and 2019 State of the Union Addresses,
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Joss Whedon’s ‘The Nevers’ Rounds Out Cast – Read HBO’s Character Descriptions Here

  • The Wrap
Joss Whedon’s ‘The Nevers’ Rounds Out Cast – Read HBO’s Character Descriptions Here
Six more actors have joined Joss Whedon’s upcoming HBO sci-fi drama series “The Nevers,” including Kiran Sonia Sawar (“Black Mirror”), Elizabeth Berrington (“Waterloo Road”), Ella Smith (“Babylon”), Viola Prettejohn (“Counterpart”), Anna Devlin (“Hanna”) and Martyn Ford (“Kingsman: The Golden Circle”).

Ford is a recurring character, while the rest are series regulars.

HBO has also released the newly added stars’ character descriptions — and yes, they are as Whedonesque as you could possibly imagine.

This group joins previously announced lead Laura Donnelly, who plays Amalia True on the series about “a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world.”

Also Read: Joss Whedon's 'The Nevers' Adds Olivia Williams, James Norton, Ann Skelly, Denis O'Hare and 8 More

Last month, the pay-tv channel revealed the first round of actors that had been cast on the Donnelly-led drama: Olivia Williams
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Michael Che Says Democrats Should Be "More Prepared" Ahead of 2020 Election

Michael Che Says Democrats Should Be
Michael Che criticized Democrats for not being prepared ahead of the debates for the upcoming 2020 election when he stopped by Late Night on Wednesday.

After he admitted that he hasn't watched all the debates, he shared that he purposely watched one just to see Bill de Blasio. "De Blasio's funny here, but to see the rest of the country reject him just feels like, 'Oh, it's not just us, dude. No one likes you,'" he said of the mayor of New York City. "It was great."

He added that he likes ...
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Last Christmas Trailer: Emilia Clarke Stars in George Michael Inspired Holiday Rom-Com

Last Christmas Trailer: Emilia Clarke Stars in George Michael Inspired Holiday Rom-Com
Ever wondered what a Christmas-themed romantic comedy inspired by the songs of George Michael might look like? And what if that very same movie was directed by the guy who made Bridesmaids and starred Khaleesi from Game of Thrones as a singing elf? We need no longer wonder, as Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for Last Christmas, which is exactly that.

The movie is headlined by Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) and comes from director Paul Feig. The romantic comedy was indeed inspired by the songs of the Grammy-winning artist.

The trailer kicks off by setting up Emilia Clarke's character, who is clearly not having the time of her life currently. She then has a chance encounter with Henry Golding and, despite getting some bird poop in her eye at first, the two strike up an unlikely romance. There are quite a
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Why ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Deserves to Be This Summer’s Indie Breakout

  • Variety
Why ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Deserves to Be This Summer’s Indie Breakout
Jillian Bell is a comedic force who steals scenes with a delivery that slides effortlessly between perky and profane. She’s been an unlikely drug dealer in “22 Jump Street,” a shrewd pimp in “Office Christmas Party,” even an aunt who gets attacked by a vampire poodle in “Goosebumps.” What she’s never played, however, is the lead role.

“A lot of times my character comes in, says something funny and then roots on the leading woman before leaving after talking about her cats or something,” says Bell.

Those days of appearing as the best friend or the quirky neighbor changed with “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” an inspirational comedy about a twentysomething woman who turns her life around when she decides to give up a hard-partying lifestyle and start training. The little indie electrified the Sundance Film Festival, winning the audience award and igniting a bidding war that culminated in
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With Five More New Releases, Can Any Movie Break Through at the Box Office in August?

  • Variety
August’s box office traffic jam is turning into full-on pileup. After five new nationwide releases last weekend, most of which failed in spectacular fashion, five more newcomers are arriving on movie theater marquees. It could mean another rough outing for Hollywood studios.

Universal’s raunchy comedy “Good Boys,” Sony’s animated “Angry Birds” sequel and Entertainment Studio’s shark thriller “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” look to have the best start among fresh offerings, but there’s a chance those will be the only films to hit double-digit debuts.

The Angry Birds Movie 2” is getting a jump on the weekend by launching on Tuesday for a projected $16 million to $18 million from 3,800 theaters during its first six days of release. Some box office watchers estimate the film could reach $20 million, but even those numbers would be a huge drop from its predecessor, 2016’s “Angry Birds.” The first film, based on
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Teen Choice Awards 2019: See the Complete List of Winners

Teen Choice Awards 2019: See the Complete List of Winners
There were plenty of surfboards to go around to celebrate the 2019 Teen Choice Awards.

For weeks, fans voted both online and via social media for their favorite celebrities, movies, TV shows, songs and more to win. On Sunday, the results were presented, for the first time ever, at Hermosa Beach, California, to honor those that came out on top.

Pretty Little LiarsLucy Hale and YouTuber David Dobrik co-hosted the live show, which included performances from OneRepublic, Mabel and Jordan McGraw and Sarah Hyland.

Check out the full list of winners below. (Winners are bolded.)

Movies

Choice Action Movie

Ant-Man
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Bo Report: ‘Palm Beach’ squares off against ‘Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan’

‘Palm Beach.’

The head-to-head clash between Universal’s Palm Beach and Transmission Films’ Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan last weekend was far from ideal, but both films are positioned to have leggy runs thanks to word of mouth.

Rachel Ward’s Palm Beach opened in third spot behind the fourth weekend of Disney’s blockbuster The Lion King and the second lap of Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

Scripted by Ward and Joanna Murray-Smith, the comedy-drama about a group of lifelong friends reuniting to celebrate a special birthday rang up $1.14 million on 250 locations and $1.23 million with previews.

Starring Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Greta Scacchi, Richard E Grant, Jacqueline McKenzie, Claire van der Boom, Aaron Jeffrey, Heather Mitchell and Matilda Brown, the film opened 3 per cent ahead of Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding, which finished with $5.2 million, and at the same level as Jeremy SimsLast Cab to Darwin,
See full article at IF.com.au »

Ron Burgundy Appears on Six Late Night Talk Shows Last Night To Perform Stand Up Comedy

Last night, Will Ferrell did something totally unexpected and incredibly awesome! He appeared as his Anchorman character, Ron Burgundy, on six different late night talk shows to perform stand-up comedy and talk about the second season of his Ron Burgundy Podcast, which is on iHeartRadio.

He showed up on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Late Show with James Corden and Conan. His stand up comedy on all of the shows is pretty damn funny and they are sure to entertain you!

I love that he was able to pull off this blitz of late night talk show comedy! You can watch all of his appearances below. Enjoy!
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Votd: Ron Burgundy Did Stand-Up on Six Late Night Shows Last Night

Votd: Ron Burgundy Did Stand-Up on Six Late Night Shows Last Night
Last night, Will Ferrell appeared in character as Anchorman character Ron Burgundy on five different late night talk shows to do stand-up comedy and stick around for an interview with the host. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Late […]

The post Votd: Ron Burgundy Did Stand-Up on Six Late Night Shows Last Night appeared first on /Film.
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Will Ferrell Raids Late Night Talkers As Ron Burgundy Schmoozes Into TV Record Books

Will Ferrell Raids Late Night Talkers As Ron Burgundy Schmoozes Into TV Record Books
A list of Will Ferrell’s great late night talk show appearances would be a long one, but the roster grew by an apparently unprecedented six network-spanning drop-bys last night.

Ending a couple days of internet speculation as to the identity of a late-night “mystery guest,” Ferrell, promoting the second season debut of The Ron Burgundy Podcast made in-character appearances on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers, CBSThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and TBS’ Conan.

See videos below.

As San Diego’s fake news anchorman Ron Burgundy, Ferrell deadpanned his way through a wide range
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Ron Burgundy Is Back! Will Ferrell Reprises Iconic Anchorman Character on Every Late Night Show

Ron Burgundy Is Back! Will Ferrell Reprises Iconic Anchorman Character on Every Late Night Show
Will Ferrell hasn’t left his Anchorman character Ron Burgundy too far behind since creating the bumbling broadcaster in the 2004 hit comedy.

After reprising the role for the 2013 sequel, the Saturday Night Live vet, 52, has stepped back into Burgundy’s shoes from time to time over the years — doing everything from anchoring a Los Angeles Kings NHL game to making an appearance at a charity gala.

In January, he even went as far as to launch The Ron Burgundy Podcast, a wide-ranging iHeartRadio Original chat show co-produced by Funny Or Die.

But none of that could top what Ferrell did on Thursday.
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Sundance Faces Existential Questions in Search for New Leadership

In late June, the Sundance Film Festival announced that after running the festival for 11 years, the 2020 edition would be John Cooper’s last. Sundance declined to offer specific plans on the hiring process as the festival searches for a new director, but sources with knowledge of its plans say that the board hopes to fill Cooper’s role by the end of the fall. The festival has been known to promote from within, but Sundance is engaged in a broader search, and only a few candidates have stepped forward.

“We’re talking to candidates from a broad array of backgrounds — and those conversations are going to continue for at least several months,” said Sundance Institute CEO Keri Putnam. “The festival is dynamic and evolving, and we look forward to finding the right new director to lead us forward. In the meantime, we’re all excited to celebrate Cooper and his
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Watch Will Ferrell Invade ‘Kimmel,’ ‘Colbert,’ ‘Fallon’ as Ron Burgundy

Watch Will Ferrell Invade ‘Kimmel,’ ‘Colbert,’ ‘Fallon’ as Ron Burgundy
Will Ferrell donned the iconic mustache of Anchorman‘s Ron Burgundy to dominate the entire late-night universe on Thursday. The actor appeared in-character with pre-recorded bits on six shows: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth Meyers, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show With James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Conan.

On The Tonight Show, Ferrell performed a set of stand up as Burgundy, taking aim at Shawn Mendes and the Yankees, and also detailed his knife fight with Kylie Minogue to Fallon.
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