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Universal international marketing head Simon Hewlett to depart next year

Executive expected to stay with the studio until summer 2021, assist in transition.Universal’s president of international marketing Simon Hewlett will leave the company in 2021.It is understood the announcement comes as the studio consolidates its leadership in Los Angeles. While Universal had hoped he would relocate, London-based Hewlett chose to keep his family in the […]

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‘Middlesex’ TV Series Based on Jeffrey Eugenides’ Novel in the Works With Sam Taylor-Johnson Set to Direct

Jeffrey Eugenides, the author of The Virgin Suicides, is about to have one of his other bestselling novels receive an adaptation — this time on the small screen. Eugenides’ coming-of-age novel meets immigrant drama Middlesex is being adapted into a TV series by Paramount Television Studios, with Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson set […]

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How High Will Harley Quinn and ‘Birds of Prey’ Fly This Oscar Weekend?

After three straight weeks of Bad Boys for Life topping the weekend box office, Warner Bros. is bringing their own R-rated actioner to the fray with Birds of Prey featuring Margot Robbie back as Harley Quinn, a character she first brought to life in 2016’s Suicide Squad. The film will easily top this Oscar weekend, […]

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Jamie Dornan and Holliday Grainger to Star in John Patrick Shanley’s ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’

Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) and Holliday Grainger (“Animals”) have been tapped to star in John Patrick Shanley’s romance “Wild Mountain Thyme,” an adaptation of his Tony-nominated 2014 play “Outside Mulingar.”HanWay Films has acquired the international sales rights and will commence sales at Cannes, with CAA Media Finance handling the North American rights.“Wild Mountain […]

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Film Review: ‘Robin Hood’

If you’re a purist about Robin Hood, then you probably won’t go for “Robin Hood.” It’s a let’s-retrofit-the-legend-for-the-kids movie, and it’s not shy about its fast and furious action-and-attitude makeover tendencies. The battle scenes, fought with bows and arrows, really are battles, in which the arrows land with the force of bullets, destroying on contact. […]

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Can ‘Book Club’s’ Star Power Lure Older Moviegoers From ‘Deadpool 2’?

Jane Fonda and Candice Bergen were some of the most seductive stars of the 1970s, with boundary-pushing fare like “Klute,” “Barbarella,” and “Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice” winning critical acclaim and filling theaters.Five decades later, the question is whether their fanbase will turn for the decidedly more commercial “Book Club,” set to open […]

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Taron Egerton-Jamie Foxx’s Tights-Free ‘Robin Hood’ Closes CinemaCon

Jamie Foxx had a clear message for the nation’s theater owners Thursday: his upcoming “Robin Hood” movie is plenty serious.“There are no tights,” he asserted to the crowd at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. “This is grown-man business.”“Robin Hood” was the final movie footage to be shown at the four-day CinemaCon as the final title […]

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