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Jason Blum Says He’s Meeting With Women Directors After Claiming ‘There Aren’t A Lot’ (Watch)

Jason Blum took the opportunity at Wednesday’s L.A. premiere of “Halloween” to clarify his comments about the availability of female directors that made headlines earlier in the day. “I totally misspoke,” Blum told Variety on the red carpet. “I made a mistake about it. Our audience is 55% women; the executives at the company we have […]

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‘Mirai’ Filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda on Family, Imagination and Academy Invite

Family is an important theme for Japanese animation director Mamoru Hosoda, and his new film, “Mirai,” is no exception. The film, one of his most intimate, is about a young boy who comes to terms with becoming a big brother when his parents bring home his new baby sister, something Hosoda’s family experienced not too […]

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Anna Brewster, Sharlto Copley and Michael Pitt Join Netflix’s ‘Last Days of American Crime’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Anna Brewster, Michael Pitt, and Sharlto Copley have rounded out the cast of the Netflix pic “The Last Days of American Crime” starring Edgar Ramirez. “Taken 2” director Olivier Megaton is helming with Karl Gajdusek adapting the script. Based on the Radical Publishing graphic novel “The Last Days of American Crime” by Rick Remender and […]

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Film News Roundup: Diana Silvers Joins Jessica Chastain’s Actioner ‘Eve’

In today’s film news roundup, Diana Silvers joins Jessica Chastain’s “Eve,” “Halloween” outpaces “The Nun’s” Fandango pre-sales, and RLJE Films nabs the horror-thriller “Monster Party.” CASTING Newcomer Diana Silvers has been cast in Tate Taylor’s action movie “Eve” opposite Jessica Chastain, John Malkovich, and Colin Farrell, Variety has learned exclusively. Taylor replaced Matthew Newton as director of “Eve” after […]

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Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks’ Album Getting Movie Treatment

Bob Dylan’s album “Blood on the Tracks” is headed to the big screen, thanks to “Call Me by Your Name” director Luca Guadagnino. The Oscar nominee is retreaming with RT Features on a movie inspired by Dylan’s seminal 1975 album. Richard LaGravenese will pen the script of the drama, which is based on an idea by […]

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AT&T Cranks Up Promo Engine for ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

Corporate synergy, meet J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. AT&T and Warner Bros. are hoping some magic transpires with their first large-scale marketing campaign together — for next month’s “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” — since the telecom giant closed the Time Warner acquisition in June. The multi-pronged push will include AT&T retail stores being decked […]

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Women In Film’s Kirsten Schaffer Looks to ReFrame Inclusion at MIA

Kirsten Schaffer, executive director of Women In Film, Los Angeles, heads to Rome’s MIA Market this week to join key representatives of the Italian media as they push for systemic changes in the local entertainment industry. On Oct. 21, Schaffer will be joined at MIA by Paul Feig and prominent Italian bizzers on a panel, […]

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Michael B. Jordan to Star in, Produce Hitman Drama ‘The Silver Bear’

Michael B. Jordan will star in and produce Lionsgate’s film adaptation of assassin story “The Silver Bear.” A director has not yet been attached to the project, announced Wednesday. “The Silver Bear” is based on the book series by Derek Haas, the screenwriter for “Wanted” and “3:10 to Yuma.” The novel centers on an assassin […]

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