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    Missing Link has found its release date. Annapurna said today that the Laika toon starring Zach Galifianakis, Hugh Jackman, and Zoe Saldana will hit theaters on April 19. Written and directed by Chris Butler, the plot follows Mr. Link (Galifianakis), the slightly silly, surprisingly smart and soulful beast who is the last living remnant of Man’s primitive ancestry, the Missing Link. As species go, he couldn’t be more endangered; he’s the last of his kind and he’s lonely…

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    John Lithgow (The Crown) has been tapped to portray Roger Ailes, the late Fox News brass, in Annapurna's Untitled Charles Randolph Project, which will focus on the point of view of the women who took on the toxic male culture of Fox News and helped depose its chief architect. Charlize Theron is attached to star as Megyn Kelly. Jay Roach is directing the pic from a script by Randolph, an Oscar winner for adapting The Big Short. Annapurna is producing the film along with…

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    EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winner Allison Janney will play trailblazing feminist lawyer Susan Estrich in Annapurna’s untitled Charles Randolph project about the women who took on Fox News kingpin Roger Ailes and the toxic male culture at the network. Author and liberal commentator Estrich, who was the first female President of the Harvard Law Review and the first woman to manage a presidential campaign, surprised many by representing Ailes even after a slew of sexual harassment…

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    Annapurna’s Adam McKay-directed Dick Cheney movie has been officially titled Viceand the pic now will go wide on Christmas Day instead of an original platform release that was to begin on December 14. There have been heavy whispers of this title on the web; IMDb has had the title listed as such for weeks, but the studio made it official today. Christian Bale gained weight to play the role of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Here is the pic’s logline: “Epic story about…

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    Tuesday’s news about Annapurna shockingly pulling out of two projects –Jay Roach’s untitled Roger Ailes movie and the Jennifer Lopez feature Hustlers — in addition to its head of production Chelsea Barnard exiting, has raised serious questions in Hollywood about the independent studio’s financial livelihood moving forward. Barnard’s departure comes roughly four months after the Megan Ellison-run company lost its CFO Josh Small and President Marc Weinstock at the same…

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    Karyn Kusama’s Destroyer places Nicole Kidman into the grisly underbelly of Los Angeles, playing an undercover detective struggling to come to grips with an assignment that went sour some 20 years previous. Evoking a modern-day film noir, Kusama’s film is an intense ride, with a gift of a part for Kidman, who leaped at the chance to add a post-feminist twist to a storied genre. “This sort of film [is] usually centered around a man,” Kidman said at Deadline’s The…

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    Any fan of Nicole Kidman would have recognized the willowy, red-headed Australian actress as soon as she appeared on stage this weekend for the Annapurna presentation at Deadline’s The Contenders award-season event in Los Angeles. That wasn’t the case a few minutes later, however, when the DGA Theater’s screen showed scenes from Destroyer with a visage of Kidman that was startlingly unfamiliar. In Destroyer Kidman portrays Erin Bell,  who as a young police officer…

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    EXCLUSIVE: I understand Lionsgate is selling Jay Roach’s Roger Ailes-Fox News harassment movie here at the AFM. As we’ve reported in recent weeks, Lionsgate has been moving towards a deal for the movie, which was previously set up with Annapurna. The expectation is that Lionsgate will take worldwide rights and handle U.S. and UK itself, and Latin America via its JV IDC. A number of international markets are seemingly up for grabs. BRON Studios is producing and financing…

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    With the Woolsey Fire still burning after a recent flare-up this morning and evacuations reissued in the Lake Sherwood and Hidden Valley areas, Hollywood continues to turn down the volume on its celebration factor out of respect for the victims, those who’ve lost their homes and the first responders who continue to battle the fire which has burned close to 100,000 acres. As such, Annapurna’s AFI Fest premiere for the Nicole Kidman LAPD noir Destroyer won’t be holding a…

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    EXCLUSIVE: The knockout $55 million Thanksgiving holiday weekend opening of the Michael B. Jordan-Sylvester Stallone starrer Creed II has MGM feeling validated about its decision last summer to not put a “for sale” sign on the lawn and instead double down on a future as a theatrical release company that demonstrated the benefit of better control of its marketing and distribution because of its joint venture with Annapurna. To mix sports metaphors, the fight film was the…

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    For writer-director Barry Jenkins, the story of If Beale Street Could Talk isn’t entirely found in its plot, but rather in its impressionistic, sometimes dialogue-free scenes that unfold for minutes at a time. “I think they advance the emotion in a very concrete way,” he said at Deadline’s Contenders New York event. “When you read a novel, you read the dialogue between characters but then the author will go on this riff. That’s the interior life of these characters…

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    Amy Adams had a good morning with the Golden Globes nominations, one of only two people this year nominated three times. The other is Alfonso Cuarón, nominated in Best Foreign Film and in the writing and directing categories for Roma. Adams is nominated in the Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Lynne Cheney in the Adam McKay-directed Annapurna drama Vice. She’s also nominated for Best Actress in a Limited Series for her lead role in Sharp Objects. She’s also a…

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