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Indie ‘Dope Queens’ Casts Alexandra Grey, Pierson Fodé and Trace Lysette

“Dope Queens,” a new indie film celebrating San Francisco’s famed Tenderloin neighborhood, has set its lead cast.Alexandra Grey, Pierson Fodé and Trace Lysette (“Hustlers”) will star in the project from writer-director Grafton Doyle.Described as a romantic thriller, the film will follow three friends — Goldie (Grey), Blake (Fodé), and Angel (Lysette) — over the course […]

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STX Entertainment Exploring Sale 16 Months After Eros International Merger

STX Entertainment is up for sale only 16 months after it merged with Indian studio Eros International.The combined entity, ErosSTX Global, announced Tuesday that it was engaged in talks with a third party to sell the division behind films like “Bad Moms” and Jennifer Lopez’s “Hustlers.” The company has hired Lazard as a financial advisor […]

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‘Hustlers’ Studio STX Films is Looking to Sell 46-Film Library to Resolve $150 Million Debt

STXfilms, which scored big box-office successes with the likes of Hustlers and Bad Moms, recently struck a streaming deal with Tubi, Fox Entertainment’s free, ad-supported service. However, the studio has $150 million in debt, so it is looking for other ways to leverage its film library. A new report indicates that it is in talks […]

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Universal’s Cinemark Deal Is Exhibition’s Future: Studios Set Rules, Theaters Follow

Covid-19 shifted the power dynamics between studios and theaters for good. With AMC, Universal negotiated the option to place releases on PVOD after the third weekend of release. Now Universal has a deal with Cinemark that adds a new wrinkle: The PVOD option extends to five weeks if the film opens to more than $50 […]

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Jennifer Lopez Says ‘Hustlers’ Oscar Snub ‘Felt Like I Let Everyone Down’

Throughout the 2019-2020 awards season, a narrative had been building that Jennifer Lopez would receive her overdue, first-ever Academy Award nomination for her already iconic turn as a stripper in Lorene Scafaria’s “Hustlers.” Oscar buzz around the actress began in earnest when the film popped at the Toronto International Film Festival, and then carried well […]

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Jennifer Lopez Calls Her ‘Hustlers’ Oscar Snub ‘A Little Bit of a Letdown’

Jennifer Lopez opened up on her snub at this year’s Oscars during a discussion with Oprah Winfrey, admitting she felt disappointed about not getting nominated.Many expected the “Hustlers” star to have her name called out during this year’s nominations for supporting actress, but Lopez was missing from the list. Kathy Bates (“Richard Jewell”), Laura Dern […]

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Oscars: How the Doc Branch Puts Women and International Stories Front and Centre (Column)

For female filmmakers in the industry, this year’s round of Oscar nominations – in which acclaimed female-helmed films such as “Hustlers” and “The Farewell” were shut out in place of male-directed Best Picture nominees predominantly centred on stories of white men – told a frustratingly familiar story. But in the Academy’s non-fiction branch, a different […]

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