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Nick Robinson, Jason Clarke to star in 'Silk Road' for Sierra/Affinity (exclusive)

Berlin-bound sales title based on Rolling Stone article.

Jason Clarke will star opposite Love, Simon lead Nick Robinson in the true crime drama Silk Road, which Sierra/Affinity will launch at the Efm next week.

Tiller Russell directs from his adapted screenplay based on David Kushner’s Rolling Stone article ‘Dead End on Silk Road’ about Ross Ulbricht, the hacker and narcotics trafficker who used the nom de guerre Dread Pirate Roberts and ran a vast online black market.

Silk Road focuses on Ulbricht and the ’Jurassic Narc’ who resolved to bring down the young kingpin’s billion-dollar empire.

Duncan Montgomery
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Entertainment Studios Surfs Choppy Theatrical Waters

  • Variety
Some big things have come from sharks — Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, Steven Spielberg’s career and “Sharknado,” to name a few. Showbiz mogul Byron Allen used one to launch his theatrical distribution company, Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures.

“I studied all of the release patterns, genres and movies, and noticed that a shark movie opening in the summer never fails,” Allen says. So less than a year after his company purchased vet distributor Freestyle Releasing in 2015, he walked down the beach to his Malibu neighbor Bob Weinstein, having heard that Dimension’s “47 Meters Down” was having trouble getting released, and went in for the kill.

“I said, ‘If I [offer] 3 million bucks, are we done?’ Next thing I know, he calls and says, ‘You know that movie you bought from me on the beach? There are 10,000 DVD units on trucks heading to video stores all across America.’ ”

Allen wired the payment,
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Snakes Rattle in the First Listen of the Score for Sundance-Bound ‘Them That Follow’

An outsider’s look into strange communities seem to be a running theme when it comes to Sundance premieres and the most promising one this year is Them That Follow. Starring Olivia Colman, Kaitlyn Dever, Alice Englert, Jim Gaffigan, Walton Goggins, and Thomas Mann, the film follows a community of Pentecostal snake handlers in rural Appalachia.

Ahead of the premiere, we are excited to give you an exclusive first listen to the score from composer Garth Stevenson (Chappaquiddick). Listen to the track “Leaving the Mountain” below, which features real rattlesnake rattles to tie into the film’s snake handler community.



Them That Follow takes place in the rugged wilderness of Appalachia, where the members of an isolated community of Pentecostal snake handlers led by Pastor Lemuel (Walton Goggins) risk their lives to attest themselves before God. Lemuel’s daughter Mara (Alice Englert) prepares for her upcoming wedding to the young
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Amazon Enters Stand-Up Comedy With New Jim Gaffigan Special

  • Variety
Amazon is getting into stand-up comedy.

The streamer has ordered its first original stand-up special: Jim Gaffigan’s “Quality Time,” which will launch on the service in late 2019.

“I am so honored to be Amazon’s first original stand-up special,” Gaffigan said. “This is going to be exciting.”

“Quality Time” will be recorded live at the State Theatre in Minneapolis on March 9. It is directed by Jeannie Gaffigan, and executive produced by Brian Volk-Weiss and Cisco Henson of Comedy Dynamics along with Alex Murray of Brillstein Entertainment Partners. The special is distributed and produced by Comedy Dynamics.

Gaffigan’s previous hour-long stand-up specials include “Beyond the Pale,” “King Baby,” “Mr. Universe,” “Obsessed,” “Cinco,” and “Noble Ape,” the last four of which were produced by Comedy Dynamics and garnered Grammy nominations for best comedy album.

The comedian will next be seen in projects like the Amazon Studios film “Troop Zero” opposite Viola Davis and Allison Janney,
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The Black List 2018 Ranked: Disgruntled Snapchat Employee Story ‘Frat Boy Genius’ Leads; Scripts About Matt Drudge & Young Samuel L. Jackson Round Out Survey

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The Black List 2018 Ranked: Disgruntled Snapchat Employee Story ‘Frat Boy Genius’ Leads; Scripts About Matt Drudge & Young Samuel L. Jackson Round Out Survey
Final ranked with storylines and reps info after noon post: The Black List, Hollywood’s annual rundown of unproduced screenplays, unveiled its titles today in Easter Egg fashion, hiding all 73 screenplay selections in a six minute-42 second second short The Last Days of Tj Staggs which starred Paul Scheer as an agent who pulls a Rip Van Winkle in 1998, wakes up 20 years later, and realizes how the town has changed.

The short was directed and co-written by Noga Pnueli (who also has the script Meet Cute on the list with 12 votes). Danya Jimenez, Hannah McMechan and Kevin Oeser also wrote as well and the short featured such talent as Sunita Mani, Constance Wu, Jay Ellis and Yvette Nicole Brown.

Topping this year’s list is a Social Network-like story, Elissa Karasik’s Frat Boy Genius, which follows a disgruntled employee of Snapchat who tells the story about the rise of her former Stanford classmate,
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Black List 2018 Includes Scripts About Snapchat Founder, Matt Drudge and Williams Sisters’ Dad

  • Variety
Elissa Karasik’s Snapchat drama “Frat Boy Genius,” and scripts about Matt Drudge and the father of the Williams sisters are at the top of the 2018 version of the Black List.

“Frat Boy Genius” is a fictional story centering on a Snapchat employee, who chronicles the rise of her former Stanford classmate — “preeminent douchebag” and current boss Evan Spiegel.

The list, now in its 13th year, was unveiled on Monday and compiled by Franklin Leonard’s Black List organization. The list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood is based on suggestions of more than 300 film executives, each of whom contributed the names of up to 10 favorite scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2018, and will not have begun principal photography during this calendar year. Scripts had to receive at least seven mentions to be included on the Black List.

Karasik is a Mexican-Jewish writer and
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The Best Films of 2018

  • Variety
Variety chief film critics — and cinema omnivores — Owen Gleiberman and Peter Debruge spend the year devouring everything from superhero movies to subtitled festival gems, which leaves a wealth of exceptional films to savor at year’s end. While “A Star Is Born” scored high with both critics, and “Eighth Grade” and “The Rider” each make the cut (the latter topped Debruge’s 2017 list), their taste otherwise ran in different directions. Click through to read the reasoning behind each of the critics’ selections.

Peter Debruge’s Top 10 Films of 2018 | Read more

1. “Blindspotting”

2. “A Star Is Born

3. “Shoplifters

4. “The Hate U Give

5. “Eighth Grade

6. “Museo

7. “Life and Nothing More”

8. “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”

9. “Burning”

10. “In Syria”

Owen Gleiberman’s Top 10 Films of 2018 | Read more

1. “A Star Is Born

2. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

3. “The Rider

4. “Green Book

5. “Chappaquiddick

6. “Red Sparrow

7. “If Beale Street Could Talk”

8. “First Man

9. “Wild, Wild Country”

10. “Eighth Grade
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Owen Gleiberman’s 10 Best Films of 2018

  • Variety
Owen Gleiberman’s 10 Best Films of 2018
1. “A Star Is Born

The beauty of Bradley Cooper’s romantic drama is that it finds a way to re-imagine old-school Hollywood classicism as something contemporary yet timeless. The soap-opera beats are all in place, and they pay off with all the grandeur you hope for, but as directed by Cooper with a slow-burn voyeuristic spaciousness, “A Star Is Born” is like something from the ’70s — not just a melodramatic weeper but a journey. Lady Gaga, in her captivating movie-star debut, plays the beguiling songstress Ally — innocent, spirited, calculating, loving — as someone who echoes Gaga herself while remaining her own mystery creation. (Does Ally hold onto herself as an artist or become part of the machine? The answer is both.) And Cooper, in a performance of broken-down shaggy power, creates the most lived-in hellbent movie rock star in a generation. Their acting meshes so intimately that the entire movie feels like a dance.
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Jeremy Renner’s Animated Movie ‘Arctic Dogs’ Acquired by Entertainment Studios for 2019 Release

  • The Wrap
Jeremy Renner’s Animated Movie ‘Arctic Dogs’ Acquired by Entertainment Studios for 2019 Release
Byron Allen’s theatrical arm Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures acquired the U.S. rights to animated feature “Arctic Dogs,” the company announced Monday.

The film, previously titled “Arctic Justice,” was picked up by Entertainment Studios at the American Film Market and will be scheduled for wide theatrical release on over 3,500 screens in 2019.

“Arctic Dogs” was written by Cal Brunker and Bob Barlen. It was was produced by Monika Bacardi and Andrea Iervolino, and executive produced by Byron Allen, Jennifer Lucas, Carolyn Folks, A.K. Madhavan, Danielle Maloni, and Francesca Silvani. Giovanni Cova is co-executive producer.

Also Read: Mark Borde Exits as Movie President of Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios

“Arctic Dogs” tells the story of Swifty the Arctic fox (Jeremy Renner), who stumbles upon a dark scheme to melt the Arctic. Swifty decides he must team up with his ragtag group of friends to try and save the day. The film also
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Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch Returns to Whistler Film Festival

The Whistler Film Festival (November 28 — December 2) is hosting the industry’s top screenwriters at highly anticipated 7th consecutive event in Whistler.

This year’s honoured screenwriters will share their personal stories and challenges related to succeeding in today’s film industry at an afternoon conversation on December 1 as part of Wff’s Signature Series as well as receive their coveted award at Wff’s Awards Celebration on December 2.

Hosted by Canadian broadcast veteran George Stroumboulopoulos, festival goers will join this prestigious class of film scribes as they discuss tips and tricks for navigating the film landscape in 2018. The group will also share a behind the scenes look at their current and future projects during this intimate conversation.

Variety’s class of 2018 screenwriters and notable credits include:

Joe Robert Cole, Black PantherBryan Woods and Scott Beck, A Quiet PlaceAshleigh Powell, The Nutcracker And The Four RealmsJay Longino, Uncle DrewElizabeth Chomko, What They HadSofia Alvarez,
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Byron Allen Interested In Buying Tribune Media: Report

  • Deadline
Entertainment Studios boss Byron Allen is seriously interested in buying Tribune Media, The New York Post reports.

Allen shelled out $300 million for the Weather Channel in April, and he’ll be up against three other bidders for Tribune. It’s the company’s second go-round on the auction block.

The FCC blocked Tribune’s sale to Sinclair Broadcasting three months ago in what was to be a $3.9 billion deal. The market cap for Tribune, which includes New York-based Wpix-tv and Chicago’s Wgn, is at $3.4 billion.

Tom Hicks Jr., the head of private equity firm Hicks Equity Partners, and head of America First, a super Pac connected with President Trump, has submitted a joint bid for Tribune with Cerberus Capital. The Post reports that Allen’s rival bid has backing from Citigroup and Goldman Sachs.

Also vying for Tribune Media is Nexstar Media Group and Leon Black’s Apollo Global Management.
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Producer-Manager Chris Cowles Joins Alldayeveryday

  • Deadline
Chris Cowles, formerly an executive at Dmg Entertainment whose producing credits include 2017’s Blockers and Chappaquiddick, has joined Alldayeveryday, the production company now expanding its auspices into scripted entertainment.

Cowles will be based in Los Angeles and become an Alldayeveryday partner alongside John Kaplan, Arrow Kruse, Michael Karbelnikoff, working with them and executive producer Peter Kline across the company’s entertainment slate. He brings with him a management roster of writer-directors clients including Patrick Aison, F. Scott Frazier, Chris Borrelli, Taylor Allen & Andrew Logan (Chappaquiddick), Justin Malen, and Ryan O’Nan.

Before Dmg, he worked in production for Judd Apatow and Scott Rudin among others.

“Over the years, Allday has been defined by passionate directors and creative collaborators who lead with a strong artistic point-of-view,” said Kaplan, Allday’s president.
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Saban Films announces deal on thriller 'American Dreamer'

Xyz Films represented filmmakers in deal.

Saban Films announced at Afm on Monday (5) it has acquired North American rights to London Town and The Joneses director Derrick Borte’s thriller American Dreamer starring comedian and actor Jim Gaffigan from Chappaquiddick.

Gaffigan makes his debut as a leading man in the story about a down-on-his-luck ride share driver who makes cash on the side chauffeuring a low-level drug dealer around town. When he finds himself in financial dire straits, the driver kidnaps the dealer’s child.

American Dreamer premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and also stars Robbie Jones, Isabel Arraiza,
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Mark Borde Exits as Movie President of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios

  • The Wrap
Mark Borde Exits as Movie President of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios
Mark Borde, president of the theatrical motion picture distribution unit at Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, is leaving the company after three years in the position, the company announced Monday.

In 2015, Borde sold his Freestyle Releasing to Allen, who then formed Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures. Borde was an executive producer behind Entertainment Studios’ “47 Meters Down,” Christian Bale’s “Hostiles” and the Ted Kennedy thriller “Chappaquiddick.”

Back in October, TheWrap reported that Entertainment Studios was “aggressively” pursuing mergers after launching an international sales and distribution division and raising $500 million in credit facilities. The company said the money raised would be used for general business purposes: productions, co-productions and acquisitions.

Also Read: Mel Gibson's 'Boss Level' Lands at Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios

Borde has been a part of the independent movie business as a distributor, a film producer, a theater owner, and is a voting member of the Academy.
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Now Stream This: ‘Chappaquiddick’, ‘Strangers: Prey at Night’, ‘Apostle’, ‘Rope’, ‘Rbg’, ‘Dead Man’ and More

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) It’s that time again! I’ve gathered some not-so-obvious streaming options for you to enjoy this upcoming weekend, and beyond, because I’m just that kind of person. When I put together Now Stream […]

The post Now Stream This: ‘Chappaquiddick’, ‘Strangers: Prey at Night’, ‘Apostle’, ‘Rope’, ‘Rbg’, ‘Dead Man’ and More appeared first on /Film.
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Anya Taylor-Joy, Meghan Trainor, Adam Lambert & Daniel Radcliffe Among Voice Cast For ‘Playmobil: The Movie’

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Anya Taylor-Joy, Meghan Trainor, Adam Lambert & Daniel Radcliffe Among Voice Cast For ‘Playmobil: The Movie’
Exclusive: Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Gabriel Bateman (Lights Out), Daniel Radcliffe, comic-turned-actor Jim Gaffigan (Chappaquiddick) and singers Meghan Trainor and Adam Lambert lead the voice cast for family pic Playmobil: The Movie.

Trainor and Lambert will also sing original songs for the film.

The animation-live action hybrid movie, based on the popular kids toy line, is due out next year. The film will follow the adventures of siblings Charlie (Bateman) and Marla (Taylor-Joy). When the former unexpectedly disappears into the animated universe of Playmobil, Marla must go on a quest to bring him home. During her adventures she teams up with some unlikely new friends, including smooth-talking food truck driver Del (Gaffigan), dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher (Radcliffe), a wholehearted misfit robot and an extravagant fairy-godmother (Trainor). Lambert will voice the character of villain Emperor Maximus.

Director and story creator is Disney veteran Lino Disalvo, who served as
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Laff 2018 Review: American Dreamer

  • DailyDead
Whenever a comedian takes on a dramatic role, critics and audiences alike react one of two ways: they either reject the performance outright for being anything but what the comic is famous for being, or they celebrate it like they’ve just seen a bear doing a card trick. Bill Murray’s turn in The Razor’s Edge? Rejected. Jim Carrey’s performance in The Truman Show? Bear doing a card trick. Comedians are so boxed in to being funny that we either won’t let them out of the box or we fall all over ourselves when they demonstrate the ability to do more than one thing.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan has had dramatic roles before, as recently as Chappaquiddick earlier this year. But he’s never had a dramatic role as substantial or as unbelievably dark as in American Dreamer, the latest film from director Derrick Borte (The Joneses
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Bruce Dern Replaces Burt Reynolds in Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

  • Variety
Bruce Dern Replaces Burt Reynolds in Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
Quentin Tarantino has found a legendary replacement for the late Burt Reynolds in his Hollywood-centric new film.

Veteran screen star Bruce Dern will step in for Reynolds in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” an impossibly starry ensemble tale about an actor and his stunt double navigating a changing Hollywood as the Manson family terrorizes Los Angeles. It’s set to hit theaters on July 26, 2019.

Reynolds was expected to play George Spahn, a canyon ranch owner who rented his land spread to Charles Manson and his followers. Many historical accounts said the ranch served as a headquarters of sorts, and was the site of Manson’s indoctrination for the wayward young people he convinced to do his bidding.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt play the actor and stunt man, respectively. The film marks Tarantino’s first ever major studio effort after a long relationship with disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The
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Bruce Dern Replaces His Friend Burt Reynolds In Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’

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Bruce Dern Replaces His Friend Burt Reynolds In Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’
Exclusive: Quentin Tarantino is setting Bruce Dern to play George Spahn in Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. That was the role that Dern’s longtime friend Burt Reynolds was going to play but was unable to shoot before he died on September 6.

Dern, who played the most pissed-off man in the world as former Confederate general Sanford Smithers in Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, will join a stellar cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, James Mardsen, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis, Lena Dunham, Emile Hirsch, Luke Perry, Scoot McNairy and James Remar. The film is a Pulp Fiction-esque tapestry of stories in an around Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, when Charles Manson and his followers massacred Sharon Tate and others. The film will be released July 26 by Sony Pictures. David Heyman is producing with Shannon McIntosh and Tarantino.
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‘American Dreamer’ L.A. Film Festival Clip: Don’t Make Jim Gaffigan Pull This Car Over

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‘American Dreamer’ L.A. Film Festival Clip: Don’t Make Jim Gaffigan Pull This Car Over
Exclusive: Here’s the first look at American Dreamer, the new thriller directed by London Town helmer Derrick Borte and starring Jim Gaffigan. The pic from Storyland Pictures is having its world premiere Thursday at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Gaffigan, who made his bones as a stand-up comic, takes another jump into more dramatic fare. In this movie (and especially in this exclusive clip — don’t turn it up too loud at work) you almost can’t tell that’s Gaffigan playing Cam, a down-on-his-luck rideshare driver who makes extra cash chauffeuring a low-level drug dealer around town. He finds himself in a serious financial bind and, amid growing desperation, decides to kidnap the dealer’s child.

Robbie Jones, Tammy Blanchard, Alejenadro Hernandez, Eric Hill Jr and Isabel Arraiza co-star.

Borte
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