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    Norman Jewison’s Best Picture Oscar winner In the Heat of the Night, a searing and sadly timeless study of race relations through the prism of a murder investigation in a small Southern town, had its New York premiere August 2, 1967 — about the same time the infamous Detroit riots took place. It also was during the same exact week where, 50 years later, a new movie putting the spotlight on that time is set to open. I have seen Jewison’s powerful and enlightening movie…

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    Amazon has released a trailer for Brad’s Status, the Mike White movie starring Ben Stiller that will hit theaters September 15 via Annapurna. The comedic drama was co-financed by Amazon with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Stiller stars a Brad, who despite a good career and happy family is obsessed with the better fortunes of his old friends from school. While escorting his son Troy (Austin Abrams) on an East Coast tour of colleges, Brad is forced to confront his friends and…

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    EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Wash, an openly gay black debater from Kansas who won the 2013 Cross Examination Association and National Debate Tournament championships, will be the subject of a feature film that has been set up with powerhouse backers. Daniel Barnz has been set to direct and co-write the script with Wash and Ned Zeman, in a co-production between Plan B, Annapurna, MACRO and We’re Not Brothers, which Barnz runs with Ben Barnz. Annapurna will distribute the coming of age…

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    Saturday 8AM writethru after 3rd Update 1:50 AM:  For Sunday update on the box office click here After the first weekend of August delivered two record openings over the last three years with Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad ($133.7M) and Disney/Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy ($94.3M), the majors decided against scheduling any full-bodied, four-quad franchise titles that could carry us into summer’s last chapter. This left a hole on the calendar for Sony/Media Rights…

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    Annapurna announced that it has completed a $350M evolving credit facility to help in the company’s expansion in all areas of production, development, distribution and new mediums. J.P. Morgan is the sole bookrunner for the facility as well as co-lead arranger with Comerica Bank. Other parties included in the bank syndicate (put together by JP Morgan) include City National Bank, First Republic Bank, HSBC, MUFG Union Bank, SunTrust Bank and Wells Fargo. "We are grateful…

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    EXCLUSIVE: The Practice alumna LisaGay Hamilton has landed the role of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in Annapurna’s Adam McKay-helmed Dick Cheney biopic, which has Christian Bale and Amy Adams attached to star. The film details the career of Dick Cheney, from Halliburton CEO to the most power Vice President in history. Rice served the 20th National Security Advisor in President George W. Bush's first term and the 66th U.S. Secretary of State during Bush's…

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    EXCLUSIVE: Lily Rabe has joined Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell and Tyler Perry in Adam McKay’s untitled Dick Cheney pic for Annapurna. Rabe will portray the 46th VP’s eldest daughter Liz Cheney who is the current Republican Rep. out of Wyoming. The film, which is being produced by Annapurna Pictures, Plan B and Gary Sanchez, is currently in production. Rabe, who was nominated for a Tony nominee for her work on Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, recently…

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    EXCLUSIVE: Regina King (RayJerry Maguire) has joined Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talkwhich marks the writer/director's next film following his Oscar-winning Best Motion Moonlight. King, who is also a filmmaker, will play a key role in the film opposite Stephan James and newcomer KiKi Layne in the film which is underway in New York. Adapted from the 1974 James Baldwin novel by the same name, the story is about a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the…

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    Colman Domingo has joined the cast of If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins' follow-up to his Oscar Best Picture winner Moonlight that he adapted from James Baldwin’s novel. He joins newcomer KiKi Layne, Stephan James and Regina King in the pic, which is set up at Annapurna Pictures. Production is slated to begin this month. Adapted from the 1974 Baldwin novel, the story centers on a newly engaged Harlem woman, Tish (Layne), who races against the clock to prove the…

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    MGM — one of the most recognizable brands in the world — is starting to roar. First they relaunched Orion Pictures and now this: MGM and Annapurna Pictures have formed a new joint venture for theatrical distribution in the U.S. With MGM moving back into distribution, it seems like the natural set-up to distribute the next Bond film. Although no one would comment on that, by joining together, they are actually bringing back a team into MGM that has a history in marketing…

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    EXCLUSIVE: Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story, The Big Short) and Aunjanue Ellis (The Birth of a Nation, Quantico) are set for Barry Jenkins’next film If Beale Street Could Talk. Currently in production, the drama is based on James Baldwin's novel about Tish (newcomer KiKi Layne), a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first child to term. The two join an already impressive cast roster that…

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    EXCLUSIVE: In a move sure to make the Lion purr, MGM and Annapurna are thisclose to announcing they will team on the domestic release of the next James Bond movie. This all should be finalized this week, and rumors are flying today. This follows the announcement that MGM was joining forces with Annapurna in a joint venture, and the way this 007 deal will work is MGM’s Gary Barber and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are calling the shots, with Erik Lomis…

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    Plan B has acquired the rights to Landscape with Invisible Hand and will adapt the often humorous vignette novel by National Book Award-winning author M.T. Anderson. Published last month to rave reviews and compared to films such as District 8 and The Truman Show, Landscape with Invisible Hand depict a near-future in which an alien species known as the Vuvv has taken over Earth. After the Vuvv’s labor-saving technology causes Earth’s job market and global economy to…

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    MGM Holdings, the film and TV studio’s privately held parent company, reported a sizable gain in third-quarter net income even as revenue drifted down. Net income of $112.8 million in the period ending Sept. 30 marked a dramatic increase from the prior year’s $12.4 million, though revenue of $267.7 million slid 10% from $298.7 million a year ago. During a conference call to discuss the results, chairman and CEO Gary Barber touted several new initiatives at the company…

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    Chris Addison’s untitled Anne Hathaway-Rebel Wilson MGM comedy will see a wide release on August 10. In the pic scripted by Jac Schaeffer, Hathaway and Wilson play two female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, who compete to swindle a naive tech prodigy out of his fortune. Wilson and Roger Birnbaum are producing along with Cave 76 Productions and Camp Sugar Productions. Also playing against the MGM comedy on that date is Warner Bros’ The…

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    Michael Pavlic, previously President of World Wide Creative Advertising at Sony Pictures, has been named President of Creative Advertising at Annapurna. He will oversee all advertising materials for the distributor’s titles as well as on upcoming MGM films through their joint distribution venture. At Sony, Pavlic worked often with Annapurna on campaigns for films including Zero Dark Thirty, American Hustle and Sausage Party, and with MGM on 22 Jump Street and The Magnifice…

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    Annapurna will release Adam McKay’s next feature on Dec. 14 in limited theaters with a wide expansion on Dec. 21. This is the movie with Christian Bale playing Dick Cheney, Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, and Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld. We are informed that the McKay scripted movie is not titled Backseat nor is it solely about Cheney. Bale has physically transformed himself to play the former Vice President, bleaching his eyebrows, shaving…

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    Miranda July has taken the wraps off her next feature film, her third overall and first since 2011. The untitled pic will be produced by Plan B and Annapurna, and is set to begin production in May. Annapurna unveiled the news this morning. Details are mostly under wraps, but the plot centers on Old Dolio, and how her world is turned upside down when her criminal parents invite an outsider to join their biggest heist yet. The pic will mark the first time July will not…

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    Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) and Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) have been tapped to star in Miranda July’s untitled heist film, along with Richard Jenkins and Debra Winger. Annapurna is once again teaming with Brad Pitt’s Plan B as the project is slated to begin shooting in May. The plot follows Old Dolio, a woman raised by con artists, whose life is interrupted when an outsider is invited to take part in the family’s latest heist. The Beguiled producer Youree Henley…

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    Brad William Henke (Orange Is The New Black) and Karl Glusman (Nocturnal Animals) have joined Armie Hammer, Dakota Johnson, and Zazie Beetz in Annapurna’s yet to be titled Babak Anvari project, which officially started filming this week in New Orleans. Based on Nathan Ballingrud’s The Visible Filth, the pic follows a New Orleans bartender who, after picking up a cell phone left behind in his bar, experiences a series of disturbing and inexplicable events begin to unravel…

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