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Fox Searchlight Plays 'The Do-Deca Pentathlon'; Oscilloscope Says 'Hello I Must Be Going'; Lionsgate Likes 'Hummingbird' & SModcast Takes 'Bindlestiffs'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2012 3:03 PM
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Some dealmaking has gone down over the past 24 hours, with a handful of indie movies now finding homes and plotting their ways to a screen near you.

'Rambo 5' Is Apparently Happening, Will Be Either Like 'Unforgiven' Or A "Passing Of The Torch"

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 11, 2012 9:35 AM
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Even though David Morrell was the original author of "First Blood," star Sylvester Stallone has co-opted the popular character of John Rambo to the point where 2008's "Rambo," co-written and directed by Stallone, was near-autobiographical. Retiring the violent soldier hero made sense, as Stallone is now 65 years old. But legally speaking, the onscreen John Rambo doesn't belong to Morrell or Stallone, but rather Lionsgate, who released the last 'Rambo' film to a $113 million worldwide gross. In other words, a new 'Rambo' movie will happen with or without Stallone.

Lionsgate Honcho Says There Will Be Another 'Twilight' Movie If Stephenie Meyer Writes The Book

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2012 10:55 AM
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Keep hope alive Bella and RPatz fans and start getting that petition together for Stephenie Meyer! Ever since Lionsgate swooped in a bought Summit, the biggest question has been what their plans are for the latter's biggest franchise and most valuable asset -- the "Twilight" films. Last month Lionsgate chief Jon Feltheimer said "Boy I hope so," when asked if the lucrative series would continue past the final film, 'Breaking Dawn Part 2' when it arrives this fall. And it might.

Weekend Box Office: 'The Grey' Sees Green, While Audiences Stay Away From The 'Ledge'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 29, 2012 12:14 PM
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Good ole’ dependable Liam Neeson. This is the third straight early-year period where the character actor turned badass leading man has scored a number one hit. While “The Grey” couldn’t pull in the same numbers as “Taken” or “Unknown,” it did top $20 million. Not a bad figure considering this was a much less commercial beast, with an R-rating, and it’s arguable that few leading men could have gotten a man-vs.-wilderness drama into an eight figure debut. This is distributor Open Road’s second ever release. Their first, last year’s “Killer Elite,” seemed like a surefire commercial proposition, but it pulled in half of what “The Grey” is looking to make on this opening weekend. You could argue this was a bait and switch, as the ads centered around spoiling, and misinterpreting, the film’s ending -- Cinemascore was a not-entirely-kind B-. But everyone got the opening they wanted -- this puts Open Road on the map, it gets Joe Carnahan out of Director Jail following “The A-Team” and it continues Neeson’s winning streak. Also worth noting: throughout each week in 2012 so far, the number one slot at the box office has been filled by R-rated fare.

Sundance: Buzz Films 'Arbitrage,' 'Liberal Arts,' 'Robot & Frank' & 'V/H/S' All Find Distribution

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 26, 2012 10:40 AM
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As ever, Park City is quieting down again, with many journalists heading home after a week of Sundance madness. We've still got plenty of coverage to come, don't get us wrong, but as is so often the case with festivals, things tend to be a little front-loaded. Except, that is, on the business end; now that most films have unspooled, the acquisitions folk are ready to start handing out the checks. We've already seen a few big sales: Fox Searchlight took two of the best-reviewed films of the festival, "The Surrogate" and "Beasts Of The Southern Wild," while "For A Good Time Call," "Lay The Favorite," "Black Rock," "Celeste and Jesse Forever" and "Red Lights," among others, have all found homes.

Lionsgate Wants To Keep 'Twilight' Franchise Going After 5th Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2012 1:47 PM
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$412.5 million. That's how much Lionsgate just paid to acquire Summit in a deal that closed this week. Summit have made a name for themselves thanks to the massive global box office of the "Twilight" series of the films, and other the years, stamped themselves as players thanks to small films that exceeded expectations: "Knowing," "50/50," "Red," "Source Code," "Letters To Juliet" and Best Picture winner "The Hurt Locker" (which won Oscar despite a terrible reception at the box office). But let's be honest,  Lionsgate didn't buy Summit for those. They want the bloodsuckers and werewolves.

'American Psycho' Is Getting A Remake Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 1:50 PM
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Fresh off the news of a remake of "Starship Troopers" for no good reason, here comes another terrible idea.

Pantelion Films To Release Will Ferrell's Spanish Comedy 'Casa De Mi Padre' On March 16, 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 3, 2011 3:17 AM
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While Anchor Bay Nab Starry Channing Tatum-Led Ensemble Drama 'Ten Year'For a while, we were starting to wonder if we'd dreamed the Will Ferrell comedy "Casa De Mi Padre." On almost no one's radar before the start of this year, a surprise trailer for the project, a Spanish-language film co-starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, debuted back in the spring, but nothing's been heard from the film since, and we had to double check our archives to make sure it was a real thing, and not something that we'd imagined after a night with too many telenovelas and too much meth.

'Black Swan' Scribe Mark Heyman's Darren Aronofsky-Produced Thriller 'XOXO' Finds Home At Lionsgate

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 27, 2011 2:35 AM
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If you're in with Darren Aronofsky, you're certainly in our good books. The writer-director has a keen eye for talent, shining a light on names like Sean Gullette, Clint Mansell, Matthew Libatique and Robert D. Siegel. And let's not forget the revitalization of Mickey Rourke.

Weekend Box Office: 'Dolphin Tale' Flips Over Another Batch Of Weak New Releases To Score #1

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 2, 2011 4:38 AM
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Break it down however you want, but its simple economics. The last month has been absolutely saturated with product, so few of it appealing to mainstream America. These movies aren’t bad. And, in most cases, the marketing isn’t all that faulty. It’s pure numbers. The market can’t withstand this over-saturation. In September, eighteen films entered wide release of 1500 or more theaters, and only six crossed $30 million domestic, two of them benefiting from inflated 3D prices. That’s a poor record of success, even as we keep the bar exactly that low.

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