Pluto TV Preps 24/7 James Bond Pop-Up Channel Ahead Of New Movie Launch

Pluto is a noteworthy asset in the forthcoming merger between Viacom and CBS. While CBS has mounted several ad-supported streaming networks, Pluto offers a broader environment for programming and ad revenue.
The channel is slated to go live on Sunday. Timed to the ramp-up of interest in the super-spy ahead of No Time to Die, the 25th installment in the franchise due out on April 8, the channel will offer 18 Bond films in heavy rotation.
In addition to news, entertainment and sports offerings like a new channel created with NFL Films, Pluto has often done limited-time pop-up channels. Recent ones have focused on Viacom properties like the VMAs and the Comedy Central Roast.
EXCLUSIVE: Pluto TV, the ad-supported live streaming offering owned by Viacom, has lined up its latest pop-up channel: Pluto TV 007, a 24/7 streaming network dedicated to James Bond.
From 12 million monthly unique users at the time of the transaction, Pluto has grown to 18 million as of July, according to company figures. It has scaled quickly since Viacom acquired the company for $340 million in January. Pluto delivers more than 160 networks across genres, packaging them with an on-screen programming guide that emulates the pay-TV experience. The app is free to download and does not require a subscription, though.
Broccoli’s EON Productions and MGM.” /> The 007 channel was made possible through a licensing arrangement Albert R.

‘Candyman’: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Colman Domingo Join Jordan Peele’s Spiritual Sequel To Classic Horror

release date set for June 12, 2020. The two actors have joined Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Us) and Teyonah Parris (If Beale Street Could Talk) in MGM and Jordan Peele's forthcoming reboot of the classic horror film Candyman, which has begun principal photography this week in Chicago. Universal Pictures will distribute Candyman globally with the U.S. EXCLUSIVE: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits) and Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead) are ready to say his name five times in the mirror.
He has also appeared in Black Mirror, The Get Down, Aquaman and The Greatest Showman. Abdul-Mateen II can next be seen in HBO's forthcoming Watchmen. It was recently revealed that she will join the cast of Marvel’s upcoming WandaVision series for Disney+, starring as the iconic superhero "Monica Rambeau." Parris starred in Justin Simien's Dear White People feature which inspired the Netflix series. She also starred in Spike Lee's Chi-raq and appeared in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk alongside Domingo.
Abdul-Mateen II is repped by Gersh, Anonymous Content and Bloom Hergott. Domingo is repped by Gersh and Liebman Entertainment. Stewart-Jarrett is repped by ICM Partners, Silver Lining Entertainment, Curtis Brown (U.K.) and Jackoway Tyerman Wetheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein Tyerman. Parris is repped by CAA and Fox Rothschild.” />
In 2018 he starred on Broadway in the Tony Award-Winning revival of Angels in America. A Tony and Lawrence Olivier-nominated actor and playwright, Domingo is known for his role as Victor Strand on Fear the Walking Dead. He can next be seen in A24’s Zola, Noah Hawley's Lucy in the Sky and The God Committee alongside Kelsey Grammar and Julia Stiles. He is currently filming Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom with Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. Stewart-Jarrett is best known for his roles on British TV series Misfits and Utopia. He also appears on HBO's Euphoria.
The film will be shot entirely in Chicago and feature various locations throughout the city, including the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified North Side where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood. The film from MGM and Peele and Win Rosenfeld’s Monkeypaw Productions will be directed by Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) and will be a spiritual sequel to Benard Rose's 1992 gothic horror movie which was originally based on Clive Barker’s short story The Forbidden.
MGM will co-finance Candyman with BRON Creative, headed by BRON’s Aaron L. Ian Cooper (Us) will produce for Monkeypaw and Adam Rosenberg, MGM’s Co-President of Production and Tabitha Shick, MGM’s Vice President of Production will oversee the project on behalf of the studio. Gilbert and Creative Wealth Media's Jason Cloth, as part of their larger slate deal.
Because of this forbidden relationship, his lover's father hired a lynch mob to kill him. The story of his death became an urban legend and by saying his name five times in the mirror, he comes and murders you. The original movie followed the urban legend of the titular character and starred Tony Todd as Candyman, a former slave turned artist who fell in love and with a white woman and fathered a child during the late 1800s. He was smeared with honey and bees attacked him. The horror became popular among the masses and spawned two sequels. He was burned to death and his ashes were scattered upon what became the present-day the Cabrini-Green housing project.

David Kaminow Exits President of Marketing Post At United Artists Releasing

This business has a funny way of bringing people together that are meant to be together so I know our paths will cross again.
However, I have come to realize that I haven’t given myself the proper time to grieve and for that I am paying a personal price. As a single dad to two extraordinary little girls, I have had to put on a brave face and charge forward.
"As many of you know, these past couple of months have been very challenging for me on a personal level with the loss of my mother. After much consideration, I have made one of the hardest decisions ever, and that is to step down from my post. As a single dad to two extraordinary little girls, I have had to put on a brave face and charge forward," he said in the statement. "However, I have come to realize that I haven’t given myself the proper time to grieve and for that I am paying a personal price.
Before Sony, Kaminow was SVP Marketing and Research at Miramax Films.
With love and respect,
Read the full memo below:
And while I wish I could stay on and see through some of the upcoming titles with you, I know in my heart that you will all thrive under new leadership and continue to show everyone just how awesome you can be.
After much consideration, I have made one of the hardest decisions ever, and that is to step down from my post. Everyone always tells you that life is too short, and while the recent realization of this has been heartbreaking, I see the value more than ever in taking the time to be with my family.
aka Mollie and Charlotte’s Dad” />
In a memo to his colleagues, Kaminow revealed the personal reason behind his decision to leave the company. David Kaminow is stepping down as President of Marketing at United Artists Releasing, the recently revived MGM and Annapurna Pictures joint distribution venture.
Kaminow managed the joint venture with Erik Lomis, President of Distribution, and United Artists Releasing Chief Operating Officer Pam Kunath. Kaminow, who previously served as president of Worldwide Strategic Marketing and Research at Sony Pictures, came to Annapurna in 2015 to oversee all global marketing and publicity. Back in February of this year, it was announced that the revived UAR label would combine distribution resources of Annapurna, MGM and Orion with an aim to release 10-14 films through the new distribution label.
As many of you know, these past couple of months have been very challenging for me on a personal level with the loss of my mother.
To my beloved UAR Colleagues,
You are all the brightest and the best this crazy business has to offer and you all carry yourselves with grace, dignity and class. I cannot express my gratitude enough, especially to those who followed me here to start this adventure. Working with each and every one of you over these past four years has been one of the greatest privileges of my career.

‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Taking Out ‘Avengers’ At No. 1 With $55M-$60M Opening Frame – Midday B.O. Update

Universal/Amblin/Reliance's A Dog’s Journey is eyeing $2.5M today (including an estimated $250,000 from Thursday shows) for an estimated three-day of $8M-$10M.
This is a franchise that has grown with age thanks in large part to its play in the home ancillary market. The first John Wick on October 24, 2014 opened to $14.4M, and John Wick 2 opened to $30.4M. We hear that early PostTrak results for John Wick 3 are similar to part 2: largely males over 25, then females over 25, followed by males under 25 and females under 25.
Warner Bros/MGM/Alloy's The Sun Is Also a Star is seeing $1.4M today (including an estimated $180K from Thursday shows) for a three-day today of $4M.
PREVIOUSLY, Friday, 7:23 AM: Lionsgate's John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum grossed a great $5.9 million last night, a figure that blows away the R-rated action pic's previous previews. That ranks it as the highest Thursday night preview gross in Lionsgate history outside of Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2 and The Hunger Games films. The pic opened on 3,000 screens.
1 at the domestic box office for a fourth weekend in a row, it is Lionsgate's John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum, which is looking at a $25 million Friday including $5.9M from Thursday previews for a $55M-$60M weekend. UPDATE, 1:35 PM: If there is a film that is stopping Disney/Marvel's Avengers: Endgame from taking No. And we hear it could go higher.
John Wick 3's Thursday is even higher than the previews for Sony/MGM's last James Bond movie Spectre, which made $5.25M (and went on to earn a $27.4M Friday), and even 2012's Skyfall ($4.6M Thursday, $30.5M Friday), though both of those pics were PG-13. The first John Wick Thursday previews earned $950,000, while John Wick 2 made $2.2M, which repped 20% of its $10.95M Friday.
Warner Bros also has the MGM/Alloy Entertainment teen pic The Sun Is Also a Star based on the Nicola Yoon novel and directed by Ry Russo-Young. Previews started at 4 PM last night for the pic which is expected to do between $6M-$9M. Film follows a teenager who finds love at a difficult time in her family's life.
The Marvel epic is expected to do $30M at 4,220 theaters, and led all titles Thursday with $3.4M at 4,662 sites bringing its three-week running total to $741.38M. The Keanu Reeves' R-rated action threequel from director Chad Stahelski (who helmed John Wick: Chapter 2) is poised to see the series' highest domestic opening this weekend with $50M at 3,850 theaters, finally unseating Disney's Avengers: Endgame in its fourth weekend.
Warner Bros/Legendary's Pokémon Detective Pikachu, meanwhile, is looking at $6M today for a three-day total of $24M and $93.1M by Sunday.
If that $30M estimate sticks by Sunday, Avengers: Endgame will topple Avatar as the second-highest grossing film at the domestic box office ($760.5M) with a cume that's north of $771M.
Endgame will take a fourth Friday with $8M for a fourth-weekend take of $30M, which will send it past Avatar on Sunday to become the second highest-grossing movie of all time domestically with $771M
5 overall. MGM's The Hustle looks like $1.7M today for a three-day of $6M and 10-day of $23M, good for No.
Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon, and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky, and is based on Cameron's bestselling novel. A Dog's Purpose from Uni/Amblin opened to $18.2M and finaled at $64.5M.” /> Directed by Emmy winner Gail Mancuso, A Dog’s Journey is produced by Gavin Polone and written by W. Universal Pictures has Amblin/ Reliance/Walden Media/Alibaba's A Dog’s Journey in roughly 3,200 North American theaters with a mid-teens opening expected.
Halle Berry and Ian McShane also star. In part 3, the assassin is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin's guild, and has a $14M price tag on his head — he is the target of hit men and hit women everywhere.
The Ryan Reynolds-voiced pic ended its first week with $69.1M after a Thursday take of $2.7M. Warner Bros/Legendary's Pokemon Detective Pikachu is looking at a second weekend of $20M in third place. MGM's The Hustle was third yesterday with $797K and a first week of $17.06M.

MGM Television Adds Exec Trio To Its Unscripted Team

Before her stint at 495 Productions, Gambel held producing roles at several daytime shows including Maury and Judge Judy, earning two Daytime Emmy nominations for the latter.” /> Prior to joining MGM, she served as a development executive at 495 Productions, where she developed unscripted docuseries and talk shows including The Real and The Untitled Action Bronson Show. Gambel will be responsible for developing and selling new MGM shows across network, cable, and digital platforms, in addition to overseeing the studio’s court shows.
“We are thrilled to welcome Justin, Zena and Kitty to the MGM Television team," said Barry Poznick, MGM TV's President of Unscripted Television. "I look forward to working with them as we continue to build on MGM’s solid foundation in order to broaden the scope of our business to provide worldwide audiences with innovative and original unscripted content."
Dudek oversaw all productions at Electus, including NBC's Running Wild with Bear Grylls and Netflix’s Flaked. He joins MGM from Electus, where he served as head of production and launched the company’s physical production arm. In his new role, Dudek will oversee all aspects of physical productions for the studio’s unscripted television titles. production start-up Angel City Factory. Prior to Electus, he served as head of production for Banijay Entertainment’s U.S.
She joins from NBCUniversal International Studios, where she served as head of the U.S. Prior to that, Van Ackeren worked at CMT/Viacom as Vice President, Talent Development, and Shed Media (US) as Head of Casting for series and development. division of Monkey Kingdom. An unscripted television veteran with 20 years of experience, Van Ackeren will oversee talent and casting for the studio’s unscripted TV unit.
MGM Television has hired three executives in its unscripted unit. Justin Dudek has joined as SVP Physical Production; Zena Van Ackeren as VP Talent & Casting, Unscripted Television Development; and Kitty Gambel as VP Unscripted Television Development.

John DeLorean Pic Vehicle Revs For George Clooney In MGM Smokehouse First Look Deal

First up is an untitled film that Clooney will direct and possibly star in about controversial car engineer and designer John DeLorean. MGM Motion Picture Group president Jonathan Glickman made the deal. MGM has signed Smokehouse Pictures partners George Clooney and Grant Heslov to a two year first look deal.
Then he started his own line anchored by the vehicle best remembered for its appearance in Back to the Future. Depending on how it all turns out, Clooney might play DeLorean. This was all set up by a neighbor, a career criminal looking to bargain leniency on his own upcoming trial on drug trafficking charges. DeLorean oversaw development of numerous cars and the first muscle car, the Pontiac GTO. He was later charged with trafficking cocaine following a sting operation in which he was recorded by undercover federal agents agreeing to bankroll a smuggling operation. It took eight years to ready the car line named after him and soon he watched his company fall into dire financial straits. DeLorean was eventually acquitted as the evidence pointed to entrapment, as DeLorean hadn't committed crimes before but was sought out because he was vulnerable to temptation over the financial problems he was experiencing. The film will be written by Keith Bunin is writing the script based on Saint John, an article for Epic Magazine written by Alex Pappademas. Then the youngest division head in General Motors history, DeLorean left to start his company in 1973.
"Smokehouse has an undeniable pedigree, representing the high quality and entertaining slate of talent we look to work with as we expand the MGM slate,” Glickman said.
From Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, the 6-part series stars Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler Upcoming for Smokehouse is Hulu’s highly anticipated upcoming limited series, Catch-22, based on the Joseph Heller novel, debuting on May 17.
Clooney and Grant Heslov are the exec producers for Smokehouse Pictures, and each of the directed two of the series episodes.” /> and Clooney.
Clooney and Heslov said they looked forward “to a long and successful partnership.”

Rachel Zoe & Mark Burnett Team On International Fashion Competition Series

Zoe starred for five seasons in her series The Rachel Zoe Project on Bravo, which followed her career as a celebrity stylist. Zoe also serves as CEO and designer of her eponymous ready-to-wear and footwear collection, as well as Box of Style, her luxury fashion and beauty subscription service.
The as-yet untitled show will be produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by MGM.” />
Burnett, Zoe, Barry Poznick will executive produce along with Kelly and Hughes. The original format was created by Sean Kelly and Steve Hughes of Shaggy Entertainment.
“I have the utmost respect for Mark Burnett and the team at MGM –– this is my dream partnership.” "This is the show I have always wanted to make. The show will spotlight some of the most talented designers from around the world and I am thrilled to be able to highlight their work,” said Zoe.
"I love fashion and have wanted to do a show in this space for quite some time. We are thrilled to have Rachel Zoe on board for this epic global fashion showdown that will bring trendsetting designs to your doorstep," added Burnett, Worldwide Television Group chairman.
Throughout the series, contestants are challenged to create original designs with a new and unique look, and will compete for the opportunity to have their creations made available immediately following each episode.
Rachel Zoe (The Rachel Zoe Project), Mark Burnett and MGM TV are teaming on an international fashion competition series aimed at undiscovered designers.

MGM & Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Team For ‘Candyman’ Sequel; Nia DaCosta To Direct; Universal To Release In 2020

“The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre. Alongside Night of the Living Dead, Candyman was a major inspiration for me as filmmaker — and to have a bold new talent like Nia at the helm of this project is truly exciting. We are honored to bring the next chapter in the Candyman canon to life and eager to provide new audiences with an entry point to Clive Barker’s legend,” said Peele.
The announcement was made today by MGM's Motion Picture Group President Jonathan Glickman today.
There's been buzz out there on the internet about Peele circling a Candyman remake but MGM, Universal and Monkeypaw made the news official today, and what's new is DaCosta as director and Universal's summer release. The original movie spawned a 1995 sequel Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh and 1999 one Candyman 3: Day of the Dead, the latter which was direct to video.” />
MGM is producing and financing. Cameras will roll this spring and Universal Pictures will release Candyman in the U.S. on June 12, 2020. Adam Rosenberg, MGM’s Co-President of Production and Tabitha Shick, MGM’s Vice President of Production will oversee the project on behalf of the studio and Ian Cooper will produce for Monkeypaw.
DaCosta's recent crime drama feature Little Woods starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James made its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and earned her the Nora Ephron Award. Nia DaCosta will direct from a screenplay by Peele and Rosenfeld. Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures is partnering with Monkeypaw Productions’ Jordan Peele & Win Rosenfeld to produce a reboot of Candyman, the 1992 horror classic adapted from Clive Barker’s short story The Forbidden.
Meanwhile, MGM is coming off of a fantastic weekend with Creed II which turned in the best 5-day Thanksgiving opening ever for a live action feature with $56M. Peele wrote and directed Get Out which earned $250M worldwide for Universal and Blumhouse and reaped four Oscar noms including Best Actor, Best Director, Best Picture and a Best Original Screenplay win for the filmmaker.
“We cannot wait for the world to see what the mind blowing combination of Jordan, Win and Nia bring to the legend of Candyman. They have created a story that will not only pay reverence to Clive Barker’s haunting and brilliant source material but is also thoroughly modern and will bring in a whole new generation of fans,” said Glickman.
Tony Todd originated the role of Candyman aka Daniel Robitaille, an urban legend who is summoned to kill when his name is said five times by a person facing a mirror. The new Candyman is being billed as a 'spiritual sequel' to the original and returns to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.

‘Ralph’ Breaking The B.O. With $18M Weds., Potential Record $94M Five-Day; ‘Creed II’ Pumping $11M Opening Day, $59M Five-Day

Creed II finished strongly on the West Coast last night with solid numbers across the nation in such cities as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Miami,  Orlando, Boston, Tampa, Cleveland, Baltimore, and more.
Warner Bros.' Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald eyeing $7M today, between $41M-$43M from Wednesday to Sunday and a running cume by then between $115.5M-$117.5M.
Will Netflix report on a gross? We'll see. We're hearing that seats for Roma in its NY/LA limited run are selling out.
Thanksgiving will recess from Wednesday in regards to moviegoing activity for all films, then spike again on Black Friday which is one of the more lucrative times of the year.
This is the fifth time in the Rocky/Creed franchise that one of its pugilist pics has played the Thanksgiving period following the original 1976 Rocky, 1985’s Rocky IV, 1990’s Rocky V and 2015’s Creed. The first Creed, distributed by Warner Bros, posted a first day of $6M and a five-day of $42.1M. Never underestimate Adonis Creed. New Line co-financed the movie, and Warners has overseas and Canada. In fact Creed II is a nod to Rocky IV as the son of Apollo Creed comes up against the son of Rocky Balboa's former Russian foe Ivan Drago. Creed II's cash will be rolled into today's opening number. Creed II, rated PG-13, is looking to punch $55M. MGM's Creed II is off to a fantastic start grossing $3.659M last night, a figure that beats Creed's $1.4M pre-Thanksgiving Tuesday night by 64%.
The pic also held Monday night paid sneaks which grossed $400K, so between the two days the remake counts $1.2M. Robin Hood is expected to die with a five-day in the teens. The movie is booked at 2,715 locations today and will increase to 2,827 locations by Friday. Lionsgate's Robin Hood, which cost just under $100M though funded via the distributor's foreign sales method, earned $800K at 2,100 locations.
Further down, Uni/Participant Media/DreamWorks' Green Book eyeing $1M today and $6.5M from Wednesday through Sunday.
Rotten Tomatoes score is high at 87% certified fresh but top critics are loving it at 90%. Wednesday 7:18 AM Update:Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet smashed $3.8M last night in previews that started at 6PM, a figure that beats the Tuesday pre-Thanksgiving nights of Disney's Coco ($2.3M) and Moana ($2.6M) which both respectively legged out to 5-day openings of $72.9M and $82M. Tracking had Ralph Breaks the Internet in the high $60Ms, but there's a strong feeling around town that this movie is going to surf past $70M+ quite feasibly.
20th Century Fox/New Regency/GK Films' Bohemian Rhapsody is looking at a $2.8M third Wednesday and a Thanksgiving stretch take of $19M, running total of $151.6M by Sunday.
Universal's The Grinch seeing a $6.4M Wednesday, $38.5M over the 5-day spread and a cume of $176.9M by Sunday through its third weekend.
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In addition to Fox Searchlight's The Favourite opening at the Landmark West LA, Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles, and Lincoln Square and Union Square in New York on Friday, Netflix is opening Roma for a qualifying run at the Landmark in LA, and Landmark W. 57th and IFC Center in NYC today.
If these numbers stay in line, then we have a new Thanksgiving opening record at the domestic B.O., besting Frozen's $93.6M. midday update: Ralph Breaks the Internet in early Wednesday figures is eyeing an estimated $18M today, including last night's $3.8M. That's higher than the Wednesday Thanksgiving eve debuts of Moana ($15.5M) and Coco ($13.1M). Weds. In terms of pure record gross over 5-days for the holiday, that belongs to Lionsgate's Hunger Games: Catching Fire which made $109.9M over its Wednesday through Sunday, following a debt on the weekend prior to Thanksgiving. Those films respectively soared to $82M and $72.9M over the Thanksgiving five-day and the thinking is that the Wreck-It Ralph sequel is poised to clock $94M.
Many are expecting the film to file in the high single digits over the next five days. In its limited five-day run, the Peter Farrelly-directed movie is up to an estimated $400K. As we reported yesterday, Universal/Participant Media/DreamWorks Green Book is expanding from 25 big city runs to 1,050 venues.
MGM/New Line's Creed II is spotting $11M today, including last night's $3.7M, for a five day of $59M.
Lionsgate's Robin Hood is projected to file between $3M and $3.5M today including previews, on track for a $16M-$18M opening from Wednesday to Sunday.
Last night was also a strong night for Warner Bros.' Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald which made $7M, +38% over its $5M Monday for a five-day of $74.2M. Currently, Grindelwald is pacing behind FB1 by 18%. Grindelwald's Tuesday, though great, was -25% from FB1's $9.3M Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The first chapter finaled at $234M stateside.
Creed II is also nickels and dimes from the preview night of Mad Max: Fury Road ($3.7M, $45.5M 3-day, $55.7M Friday-Tuesday). Even more amazing Creed II's preview numbers beat those of MGM's Quantum of Solace ($2.5M off shows that started at 8PM, not 7PM), and a slew of sequels (even if it's not an exact demo-to-demo comp) such as Blade Runner 2049 ($3.5M) and Kingsman: The Golden Circle ($3.4M).

Peter Bart: After Election Season Where Truth Was Casualty, Hollywood Chases Truth With Fact-Based Films

To some critics, Green Book is inflicted with Driving-Miss-Daisy sentimentality – it is the polar opposite of 12 Years a Slave. In fact, Green Book was co-written by Tony Vallelonga, the son of the driver-bodyguard based on his father’s letters which could not be referenced before his death. But Farrelly’s showmanship, and the skills of his cast, help him overcome that challenge. As the road movie unfolds, each character puts himself at risk in saving the other.
The healthiest antidote to months of political noise, of course, is to avoid the genre completely and bask in vintage MGM musicals, or perhaps Abbott and Costello clips. This is mind-healing fare; but then there’s the less cowardly option: Getting real.
The movie’s title stems from the actual survival guide called The Green Book, created by black travelers of that period who were forced to navigate "whites only" hotels and restaurants. The trek in this case involves a rough-hewn Mafia-style driver and bodyguard, played by a surprising Viggo Mortensen, and a brilliant concert pianist (Mahershala Ali, who won plaudits in Moonlight).
Fact-based movies offer an authenticity and verisimilitude (that ugly word from school) that are missing from Hollywood dramas like A Star Is Born. Still, having been trained as a newsman, I habitually welcome films like Green Book, The Front Runner, Roma and First Man — stories forcefully based on real lives and real events. But the genre also offers its own afflictions: Films can be pedantic, or by contrast, aggressively ambiguous, and hence particularly vulnerable to critics. Pure fiction can be attacked as dopey; a fact-based movie can be dismissed as "fake news."
In Roma, Cuarón summons up his extraordinary filmmaking gifts to depict a family caught up in fires, earthquakes, student riots and personal betrayal, but his focus is on the nuances of humble Mexican family life – clearly Cuarón's. Hence there is no hint of resolution. As some critics point out, its characters never come to grips with their destinies, their aim is simply to quietly endure.
In his own quirky way, Farrelly has a more defined story to spin in Green Book, but he, too, has been hassled by some critics for doing so. He and his brother, Bobby, gave us There’s Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumber, and glints of comedy spark the harrowing road movie he’s now fostered. “If I see an opportunity for a joke, I can’t resist,” Peter concedes, and to my taste, the comedic asides reinforce the story. Farrelly is himself odd casting for this movie.
All have this in common: They are based on first hand accounts, whether letters (Green Book) or books by insiders (Front Runner). After the film was shot, we learned that Hart’s fall was, in fact, carefully crafted by Republican hit men, not the result of sharp investigative reporting. Shot in the cinema verite style of The Candidate (the Robert Redford film directed by Michael Ritchie), Reitman’s movie dotes on ambiguities. But if their voices are vivid, even painfully so, they’re often frustrating. Reporters are the good guys, as in Spotlight, but also the hiding-in-the-bushes bad guys, bent on invading Hart’s privacy. In The Front Runner, Jason Reitman retreats from taking a point of view on Gary Hart.
After months of political noise, facts have become something like black holes in our public conversation – rhetoric in search of truth. There’s a certain perversity in the decision to open "fact-based" movies at the close of an election season.
First Man focuses on the psyche of Neil Armstrong, the moon-walker. The Front Runner focuses on the obliteration of Gary Hart’s political career in 1988. Roma is a cinematic meditation on Alfonso Cuarón’s youth. The four films I cited are studies in contrast: Green Book, directed by Peter Farrelly, is a male-bonding road movie set in the racially divided ‘60s South.
So do facts survive their ambiguities? Surveying these movies, I would argue that they embellish them. But I think I’ll still need those old MGM musicals.” />
Ryan Gosling is convincingly chilly — the death of a child is suggested as the trigger. Ambiguities also impact First Man. Scrupulously researched and superbly shot, its key scenes focus on a man who is an emotional void. But as Anthony Lane points up in the New Yorker, the movie becomes as chilly as its protagonist.

MGM Worldwide Communications EVP Kristin Cotich Leaving Studio

“Kristin has been a stalwart executive for the company and has made many valuable contributions. She will be missed and we wish her well in her future endeavors,” said Brearton in a statement.
theatrical distribution through its joint venture with Annapurna Pictures and the relaunch of Orion Pictures. Cotich previously held theatrical publicity and communications positions at Relativity Media, Overture Films and DreamWorks SKG. Cotich joined MGM in 2013 as VP, Communications and was promoted to SVP in 2015 before stepping into the role of EVP earlier this year.  Cotich developed and implemented communications strategies across all of MGM’s business units and its transformative growth initiatives, including the acquisition of EPIX, MGM’s return to U.S.
At this point in time, no replacement has been named for Cotich. Kristin Cotich, MGM's EVP of Worldwide Communications will be exiting the studio, it was announced today by Christopher Brearton, MGM's Chief Operating Officer.
The next James Bond movie is still sitting on its release date of Nov. 8, 2019 until a new director is found. 18. In March, former Fox Searchlight-Weinstein Co.-Relativity Media vet Emmy Chang was named as VP of theatrical publicity, overseeing the PR campaigns on their upcoming slate which includes tomorrow's Operation Finale directed by Chris Weitz and Creed II on Nov. 21., and the Dwayne Johnson pic Fighting With My Family on March 1, 2019 and the Anne Hathaway-Rebel Wilson comedy The Hustle on May 10 and The Addams Family on Oct. In March MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber parted ways with MGM Holdings  over differences with the direction of the studio.” />
I am grateful to MGM’s senior management for supporting my decision to explore other opportunities and look forward to what lies ahead,” said Cotich. It has been a tremendous honor to be a part of the company’s growth and success. “For the last 5 ½ years, I had the privilege of working alongside a talented and collaborative team at MGM.

Big $260M Payout For MGM’s Former Chairman/CEO Gary Barber In Official Resolution With Company

The company said in a statement posted today, that "it will purchase Mr. Barber’s remaining equity stake in MGM for $260 million, which included 274,392 shares of common stock and 3,883,529 stock options, which were equivalent to 2,302,572 shares of common stock on a net basis …. the transaction will be funded by a combination of MGM’s cash on hand and utilization of its credit."
Gary Barber and MGM have officially parted ways in a resolution between the two parties that has MGM Holdings paying out $260M to its former chairman/CEO of eight years. This comes only three months after Barber was ousted from the company in a firing that shocked employees and the town. The moves comes after both MSNBC and Reuters reported in the past month that Barber was trying to make a run at the studio and had been meeting with investments bankers to do so.
Ulrich did not want a sale and Barber thought it would be good to entertain offers for one. However, Ulrich’s New York investment firm Anchorage Capital Group is the largest owner of MGM with a 34% stake, which came when their debt was turned to equity during the 2010 bankruptcy. At issue was what was best as a long-term play for the company and a difference of opinion between Kevin Ulrich, chairman of the board of directors, the board and Barber.
In addition, under his leadership, MGM took hold of 100% of United Artists, bought the 45% stake the studio didn’t own in its United Artists Media Group joint venture from partners Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, and Hearst, and put Burnett in charge of the MGM Television and Digital Group. He also lead the charge in buying out Lionsgate and Viacom's share of Epix for $1.2 billion, which translated to MGM's carrying the debt.
it cited concerns on MGM’s expanded debt load after increasing its revolving credit facility to $1.6 billion, up from $1 billion (that comes due in 2023), plus it has term loans of $400M and $500M due in 2025 and 2026. Earlier this week, Moody's Investor Service downgraded MGM on two key ratings due to the company's increased spending on film and TV projects.
Barber had come into MGM while the company was struggling to get out of bankruptcy and served as its CEO for almost a decade while working to build the studio to a going concern.
Under the agreement, Barber pledged not to engage with MGM for three years, which would preclude an acquisition.
MGM has been valued at around $4.3 billion (that included debt), so it stood to reason that Barber walked away with a considerable sum after building MGM into the company it is now. Barber could not be reached for comment at presstime.
There are numerous scenarios being talked about around town but none of them include retirement.” /> The question now is what will Barber do next and the executive isn't talking.
On a side note, one of the films greenlit during Barber's stint was Creed which was writer/director Ryan Coogler's first film after his impactful indie Fruitvale Station. Creed earned Slyvester Stallone an Oscar nomination and also helped to launch Coogler's Hollywood career. 3 film of all time domestically ($699.4M) and No. 9 worldwide with a $1.34B box office take. Coogler went on to direct Black Panther which smashed records as it quickly rose to become the No.
2022). The executive was well-loved by his employees and the company had turned around from bankruptcy so the firing was entirely unexpected. Barber was fired in March with four years left on his contract (in October of last year, the board extended Barber's contract to Dec.
Delivering the box office bonanza The Hobbit series, restoring the crown jewel IP of James Bond and maintaining strong relationships with title holders Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, helping forge the Sony deal with such titles as 21 Jump Street, and Bond, and hiring Steve Stark as President, Television Production and Development to develop scripted series that produced Vikings on A&E, Fargo on FX and The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu which were all highly successful and critically acclaimed. Some of the deals Barber credited with?

Big Sean – I Don’t Fuck With You lyrics

Say you want me to win, but hope I lose
Ass never rock with other ****as in the crew
But them ****as cool, it’s just that
[Hook: Big Sean]
[Verse 3: Big Sean]
I got a new chick that I gotta thank God for
I got a new whip that I gotta thank a lot for
Yeah I got a lot but want a lot more
Yeah we in the buildin’ but I’m tryna take it to the top floor
I swear I hear some new bullshit every day I’m wakin’ up
It seems like nowadays everybody breakin’ up
That **** can break you down if you lose a good girl
I guess you need a bad **** to come around and make it up
I guess drama makes for the best content
Everything got a bad side, even a conscience
Now you’re drinkin’ ’til your unconscious
Feel me when you get a fine ****
Just don’t forget to read the fine print
Life got me meditatin’ like I’m in the Himalayas
Keep it G with the L lit on me like the elevator
Yeah I know that karma’s too real so I hope you doin’ cool
But still stupid ass **** I ain’t ****in’ with you
Little stupid ass I ain’t ****in with
I ain’t ****in’, I ain’t I ain’t ****in’ with you
I ain’t ****in’ with you Cause I just dodged a bullet from a crazy ****
I stuck to my guns, that’s what made me rich
That’s what put me on, that’s what got me here
That’s what made me this
And everything that I do is my first name
These hoes chase bread, aw damn, she got a bird brain
Ain’t nothin’ but trill in me, aw man, silly me
I just bought a crib, three stories, that **** a trilogy
And you know I’m rollin’ weed that’s ****in’ up the ozone
I got a **** that text me, she ain’t got no clothes on
And then another one text, then your ass next
And I’m gonna text your ass back like “I don’t ****with you”
[Hook: Big Sean]
[Verse 2: E-40]
Got a million things on my mind
Executive deals online, limited amount of time
Chasin’ these dollar signs and you ain’t on your grind
You might be able to find me up in the MGM casino in the D
****in’ off fetti I coulda put on property
From the Bay to the Murder Mitten, my ****as put murder missions
She choose him, that’s her decision, free my ****as in prison
On the phone with a **** who can’t do ****
For a pimp but make a ****a hella rich
Got a blunt in my dental, goin’ H.A.M in a rental
On my way, to Sacramento, late night, Arsenio
I’m never sentimental, go hard or go home, listen
Barely Harley, I’m chromeless, you might end up domeless
I bet you she into me, her cheddar, she givin’ me
I make a **** stand outside forever like the Statue of Liberty
Rest in pimp, Pimp C, underground king of the South
I raise my Styrofoam up, and pour some drank in my mouth
Why you always coming around with bad news? [Hook: Big Sean]
I don’t ****with you
You little stupid ass ****, I ain’t ****in’ with you
You little dumb ass ****, I ain’t ****in’ with you
I got a million trillion things I’d rather ****in’ do
Than to be ****in’ with you
Little stupid ass, I don’t give a ****
I don’t give a ****, I don’t I don’t I don’t give a ****
**** I don’t give a ****about you or anything that you do
Don’t give a ****about you or anything that you do
[Verse 1: Big Sean]
I heard you got a new man, I see you takin’ a pic
Then you post it up, thinkin’ that its makin’ me sick
I see you calling, I be makin’ it quick
I’ma answer that **** like: “I don’t ****with you”
**** I got no feelings to go
I swear I had it up to here, I got no ceilings to go
I mean for real, ****how you feel
****your 2 cents if it ain’t goin’ towards the bill
And everyday I wake up celebratin’ ****, why?

James Gray To Direct MGM’s ‘I Am Pilgrim’ Spy Franchise From Terry Hayes Novel

Gray is repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman, Hayes by WME.” />
MGM, which recently went through the exit of Gary Barber, is doubling down on building its TV and film production and its Epix service, and this is being eyed as an important piece of the film slate being assembled under Jonathan Glickman. The intention is for Gray to make it his next film after Ad Astra, the sci-fi epic he just finished that stars Brad Pitt for New Regency and Fox.
Now in anonymous retirement, he is called upon to lend his expertise to an unusual investigation but ultimately is caught in a race against-time to save America from oblivion. espionage unit. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed a secret U.S. Pilgrim is the code name for a man who doesn’t exist.
MGM has been mobilizing this one for several years, and it is high priority for the studio best known for 007. Lloyd Braun is producing. Hayes, whose credits include the early Road Warrior films, as well as Dead Calm, Payback and From Hell, has adapted the novel. EXCLUSIVE: MGM has just closed a deal for James Gray to direct I Am Pilgrim, an adaptation of the espionage novel trilogy by Terry Hayes.

Keith Levine Exits Dimension For Prexy Post At David Goyer’s Phantom Four

EXCLUSIVE: David Goyer's Phantom Four has hired Keith Levine to be president of the production company. Among the films he worked on closely was 47 Meters Down, which became a hit for Entertainment Studios, and on which Levine received exec producer credit. Levine joins from Dimension Films, where he spent the past eight years and rose to senior vice president of production. Before Dimension, Levine started his career at Submarine Entertainment. He also worked closely on the upcoming Dimension genre film Polaroid, which bows Thanksgiving, and on the Spy Kids, Scream, Scary Movie, Sin City and Paddington franchises, as well as Gold and Spike TV's The Mist.
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Goyer is also working with xLab on a Star Wars VR Project, writing and exec producing. On the TV side, Phantom Four is producing Krypton for Syfy to premiere in 2018; Goyer also adapted Neil Gaiman’s novel Neverwhere and is co-writing an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s science fiction trilogy, Foundation with Josh Friedman for Skydance Television.
Levine arrives at an industrious time for Phantom Four that on the feature side includes the Oliver Daly-directed Miles for Open Road and Lakeshore, the Federico D'Alessandro-directed Tau, and the soon to start production Deeper, the MGM thriller scripted by Max Landis and Bradley Cooper starring for White God helmer Kornél Mundruczó. Goyer is co-writing the new Terminator film with James Cameron and Tim Miler, as well as co-writing, and executive producing Masters of the Universe at Sony, and co-writing and executive producing Fantastic Voyage with Guillermo Del Toro directing, and James Cameron producing. Goyer is also producing Outer Limits at MGM, which he is developing to direct.
I couldn't be more thrilled to start the next chapter of Phantom Four with Keith at the helm.” Said Goyer: “Keith has impeccable taste and filmmaker relationships and his experience really straddles the genre bending and elevated fare that Phantom Four stands for.

Omega Crosby – Till We Gone lyrics

We hot, you cold, whats wrong
I just got the feelin we on
I’ma keep it lit till we gone
Till we gone

We hot, you cold, whats wrong
I just got the feelin we on
I’ma keep it lit till we gone
Till we gone, We hot

[Verse 1]
In the MGM on my deathrow shit
MC Hammer but I don’t wanna go broke shit
I’ve seen it all like I lived twice
Fingers thru the sunroof, Thug Life

Hollywood, Paparazi’s straight star struck
I got bitches waitin on me like the mail truck
Its the land of the free but we feel cuffed
Loyal to the game even when it feel rough

Modesto California, i live it by the second
Everyone want the 411 no, april eleven
All i want is the bread like a toaster
Life ain’t fair but its full of rollercoasters

How we gon make it through if yo brain on quit
How you burnin my desire if that flame ain’t lit
How we gon make it even if that cake don’t split
Gotta put it all together if that piece don’t fit

We hot, you cold, whats wrong
I just got the feelin we on
I’ma keep it lit till we gone
Till we gone

We hot, you cold, whats wrong
I just got the feelin we on
I’ma keep it lit till we gone
Till we gone, We hot

[Verse 2]
Life ain’t no vaycay but them hoes gon trip
New faces new places its the same old shit
I got an uncle in county, I got a cousin in state
Rest in peace Real but which one of us fake

I hear more talk then cell phones
I’ma count this paper like my nails long
My name could be right and I’m still wrong
I keep my Jesus piece till all the sin is gone

I got attitude like I’m Ruthless
I’m in that oldschool like I’m youthless
You ain’t even know how this shit ends
I stay in these bitches heads like split ends

My nigga Mak got a Tec, my nigga Tek gotta Mac
All the cases and fees they ain’t neva comin back
Modo two oh, nine, yea I put on like jeezy
This ones for them young ones who know livin life ain’t easy

We hot, you cold, whats wrong
I just got the feelin we on
I’ma keep it lit till we gone
Till we gone

We hot, you cold, whats wrong
I just got the feelin we on
I’ma keep it lit till we gone
Till we gone, We hot