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FX Acquires ‘Venom’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’, ‘Green Book’ & More Movies

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FX Networks continues to snap up all marquee movie titles that become available. Over the past six months, the network has acquired such commercial and critical hits as Venom and the Oscar-nominated Bohemian Rhapsody, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and Green Book.

FX, whose movie deals also include streaming rights to make the films available on the network’s digital platforms, several years ago pulled away from off-network series, opting to spend the bulk of its acquisition budget on theatrical films instead. With a few rare exceptions, most notably The Big Bang Theory, movies significantly outperform off-network series on basic cable, they have longer shelf lives and deliver a wide range of audiences that can sample new original series launching behind them.

The list of recent FX movie acquisitions include Halloween, Bumblebee, Night School, The First Purge, Peter Rabbit, First Man, BlacKkKlansman, Book Club, The Meg, Breaking In, The House with a Clock In Its Walls,
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In the Shadow of Oscars Controversy, Kevin Hart Says The Upside's Success Is a Win: 'It's Good to Be Good'

In the Shadow of Oscars Controversy, Kevin Hart Says The Upside's Success Is a Win: 'It's Good to Be Good'
Kevin Hart has faced a lot of social media backlash recently over old anti-gay comments, for which he apologized, but at the box office he’s finding nothing but success.

The 39-year-old actor and comedian found himself at the center of an imbroglio when he was announced as the host for this year’s Oscars, after which many pointed to years-old homophobic tweets and jokes in his standup routines.

Hart subsequently gave up the hosting gig, issued an apology and gave a lengthy and contrite interview to Ellen DeGeneres.

But the scrutiny has not let up.

Last week, when he
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Netflix Wins Auction For Atlantic Article ‘Dr. Rapp’; John Hamburg Eyeing To Write, Direct

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In a heated auction with multiple studios bidding, Netflix won movie rights to Dr. Rapp, and already is eyeing for John Hamburg to write the script and direct the film. The Atlantic magazine article by Jeff Maysh was published in January under How a Stroke Turned a 63-Year-Old Into a Rap Legend. It became the year’s first heated material acquisition.

David Klawans (Argo) will produce with Michael Sugar (Spotlight) and Ashley Zalta through Sugar23’s first-look Netflix deal.

Article tells the story of Dr. Sherman Hershfield, a respected neurologist from Beverly Hills who practiced medicine in the San Fernando Valley. When Hershfield suffered a stroke, an unusual side effect changed his life forever: He couldn’t stop speaking in rhyme. Remarkably, Hershfield then emerged in South Central as a freestyle performer, Dr. Rapp.

Hamburg’s scripting credits include Night School and Little Fockers. Films he has directed include Along Came Polly,
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Early Screenings for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part to Hit 500 Theatres Two Weeks Pre-Release

Warner Bros. has announced that they are bringing The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part to theaters two weeks early for a one day screening this Saturday, January 26.

This has been a more widely used practice recently in trying to build buzz for upcoming movies, and is part of the studio’s “Awesome Week” celebration in anticipation of the sequel. Although, with how well the first film and its spin-offs did, and the fan base that has been established with the fans of the Lego movie universe, I doubt they needed to generate more buzz than was already there. I know my family is excited!

The sequel will see original cast members return, including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, and Alison Brie. New cast members to join the movie are Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, and Arturo Castro.

Here’s a synopsis for the movie:

The citizens of
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Untitled Will Packer Romance Pic Eyes Valentine’s Day 2020 Release

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Universal has just announced that an untitled Will Packer romance feature will open next year on Valentine’s Day.

The movie will square off with a Disney untitled live action movie, Fox’s Blue Sky Animation feature Nimonia and MGM’s Bond 25, the latter of which Uni is handling overseas. Traditionally, Bond films get an early start abroad over the domestic market.

Packer had the highest opening for a traditional comedy last year with Night School debuting to $27.2M via Uni. Night School became the tenth Packer production to open No. 1 at the domestic box office.

His Girls Trip production was the highest grossing traditional comedy of 2017 with $115.1M.

In years past, Uni has reaped great success on the Valentine’s Day holiday with its Fifty Shades franchise, which last year crossed $1 billion worldwide.
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Kevin Hart Partnering With Stx on Two Comedies (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Kevin Hart Partnering With Stx on Two Comedies (Exclusive)
Kevin Hart is partnering with STXfilms to produce on a pair of comedy movies through his HartBeat Productions with an eye to star in both projects, Variety has learned exclusively.

The announcement comes on the heels of Hart’s solid box office performance in “The Upside,” in which he co-stars with Bryan Cranston. Stx’s comedic drama, co-produced with Lantern Entertainment, topped expectations by opening in first place at the North American box office and has generated $47 million in its first 11 days of release.

“Stx came in to make ‘The Upside’ the success it is. Their strategy, execution and collaborative approach are perfectly aligned with HartBeat Productions’ values,” said Hart. “It was an easy ‘yes’ when they pitched us two new ideas to produce together.”

The first project is a body switching comedy titled “Black Friday” and based on a story by Doan La. The second is an untitled international
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Kevin Hart Starring in Paul Weitz’s ‘Fatherhood’

  • Variety
Kevin Hart Starring in Paul Weitz’s ‘Fatherhood’
Kevin Hart is ready to show off his serious side.

The comedian will star in Sony Pictures’ “Fatherhood,” a big screen adaptation of the Matt Logelin best-seller “Two Kisses For Maddy: A Memoir Of Loss & Love.” The film, which centers on a widower who must raise his daughter after his wife dies in child birth, is directed by Paul Weitz (“About a Boy”).

Hart just scored a box office hit with “The Upside,” another change-of-pace role. Its success came despite controversy surrounding Hart’s selection as Oscar host. He abandoned the emcee gig amidst blow-back over homophobic jokes he made earlier in his career. Hart had been alternately apologetic and defiant while promoting “The Upside,” a stance that further inflamed the controversy.

Hart will shoot “Fatherhood” after he wraps up the sequel to “Jumanji.” Hart’s other films include “Night School,” “Get Hard,” and “Central Intelligence.”

Dana Stevens adapted Logelin’s book,
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Kevin Hart to pass go and collect $200 for Tim Story's Monopoly

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For whatever reason, Hollywood has been chomping at the bit to transform the extremely popular boardgame Monopoly into a movie; hell, Ridley Scott spent years trying to get a Monopoly film off the ground, but it seems that Tim Story and Kevin Hart may have succeeded where he failed. Deadline reports that Kevin Hart (Night School) is set to star in Lionsgate and Hasbro's live-action…
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Kevin Hart in Talks to Star in Monopoly Movie

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Kevin Hart in Talks to Star in Monopoly Movie
Kevin Hart is in talks to star in Lionsgate and Hasbro’s Monopoly live-action movie, which he will also produce through his HartBeat Productions label.

Tim Story is in final negotiations to direct the film and also produce through his Story Company banner. HartBeat’s John Cheng will also produce and oversee the pic with Carli Haney. Story Company president Sharla Sumpter Bridgett will produce as well.

Lionsgate and Hasbro have been attempting to produce a Monopoly movie since 2015, when they hired Andrew Niccol (“The Truman Show”) to write the screenplay about a boy from the game’s Baltic Avenue embarking on a quest to make a fortune.

Hasbro will co-produce the untitled film through its Allspark Pictures label. Hasbro’s Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis, and Greg Mooradian will serve as producers.

Hart’s currently starring in the comedy-drama “The Upside” with Bryan Cranston. The film led the box office last weekend,
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Kevin Hart to Star in ‘Monopoly’ Movie for Lionsgate, Hasbro

  • The Wrap
Kevin Hart to Star in ‘Monopoly’ Movie for Lionsgate, Hasbro
Kevin Hart isn’t hosting the Oscars, but he will be putting on a top hat and tuxedo very soon.

Hart is in final negotiations to star in Lionsgate’s and Hasbro’s movie based on the board game “Monopoly,” and Tim Story, Hart’s longtime collaborator on “Ride Along” and other stand-up specials, is in final negotiations to direct, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Hart will also produce through his HartBeat Productions label. HartBeat’s John Cheng will also produce and HartBeat’s Carli Haney will oversee with John Cheng. Story will produce as well through his The Story Company banner. Sharla Sumpter Bridgett, President of The Story Company, will also produce.

The logline is under wraps, but the film is inspired by Hasbro’s popular board game franchise. Hasbro
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Kevin Hart To Star In ‘Monopoly’ Movie For Lionsgate & Hasbro, Tim Story To Direct

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Exclusive: Lionsgate and Hasbro’s live-action feature Monopoly is passing Go with Kevin Hart set to star and the actor’s Ride Along collaborator Tim Story due to direct. The hot package, inspired by the iconic board game, is in final negotiations, I understand.

Hart, John Cheng and Carli Haney will produce for Hart’s HartBeat Productions label. Story and Prince Of Peoria exec producer Sharla Sumpter Bridgett will produce for The Story Company. Hasbro is co-producing via its Allspark Pictures label with the company’s Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis and Greg Mooradian serving as producers.

Logline is being kept under wraps for now and a writer and shoot date have not been set. A previous version of the project centered on a young man from the game’s modest Baltic Avenue on a quest to make a fortune.

The Oscar hosting saga has been a forgettable episode for Hart
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‘The Upside’ Opened at #1, But $20 Million Is Low for a Kevin Hart Movie

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‘The Upside’ Opened at #1, But $20 Million Is Low for a Kevin Hart Movie
The opening weekend of “The Upside,” the Kevin Hart-Bryan Cranston remake of the worldwide French hit “Intouchables,” ended the three-week reign of “Aquaman.” It made just over of $20 million — besting estimates — and comes after a few weeks of controversy for Hart that suggested the long-delayed film might take a hit.

The odd-couple pairing of a wealthy and paraplegic New Yorker and the ex-con hired to care for him is a curious inverse of “Green Book.”

Initially a Weinstein film, it premiered to mixed critical response at Toronto 2017, with plans for an early 2018 opening upended by the company’s demise. Its pickup by Stx, a totally capable distributor with access to top theaters, still suggested to some a limit to its, shall we say, upside. The company has had several successes, but only one opening over $20 million. And Hart’s promo tours for the film got more attention for
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Regina Hall gets her comeuppance in Us trailer for ‘Little’

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Universal Pictures has debuted the first trailer for coming of age comedy ‘Little’, with an all-too-familiar story you might think you have seen before.

Directed by Tina Gordon with a story by Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip) and a screenplay by Oliver and Gordon, based on an idea by teen actress Marsai Martin. The film is produced by Packer and his producing partner James Lopez and by Kenya Barris, and is executive produced by Preston Holmes (Night School), Hall, Marsai Martin and Josh Martin.

Girls Trip’s Regina Hall and Black-ish’s Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders — Hall as the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan and Martin as the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self’s penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation.

Insecure’s Issa Rae plays Jordan’s long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily
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New Trailer For Universal’s Upcoming Body-Swap Comedy ‘Little’

Girls Trip’s Regina Hall and Black-ish’s Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders in new movie Little — Hall as the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan and Martin as the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self’s penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation. The new trailer has just gone live.

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Insecure’s Issa Rae plays Jordan’s long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body just as everything is on the line. Little is an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and having a second chance to grow up — and glow up — right.

Will Packer, blockbuster producer of Girls Trip, the Ride Along franchise, Night School, No Good Deed and Think Like a Man, brings an all-new perspective to the body-swap comedy.
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Trailer And Poster For Director Tina Gordon’s Little Starring Marsai Martin, Issa Rae And Regina Hall

Hitting theaters on April 12 is Universal PIctures upcoming film Little, starring Starring Marsai Martin, Issa Rae And Regina Hall. Check out the brand new trailer.

Girls Trip’s Regina Hall and Black-ish’s Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders — Hall as the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan and Martin as the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self’s penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation.

Insecure’s Issa Rae plays Jordan’s long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body just as everything is on the line. Little is an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and having a second chance to grow up — and glow up — right.

Will Packer, blockbuster producer of Girls Trip, the Ride Along franchise, and ten movies that have opened No.
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Little Trailer: Regina Hall and Marsai Martin Pull the Old Body-Swap Switcheroo

Little Trailer: Regina Hall and Marsai Martin Pull the Old Body-Swap Switcheroo
Fans of 13 Going on 30 finally have a new reason to get up in the morning. While it's not exactly a remake, Little follows basically the same premise, with one woman swapping bodies with her younger self. It's been awhile since a good old fashion switcheroo comedy has landed on our stoop. We'll enjoy it while we can.

Girls Trip star Regina King and Black-ish star Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders. Hall is the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan, and Martin is the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self's penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation.

Insecure star Issa Rae plays Jordan's long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body just as everything is on the line. Little is an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the
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Blu-Ray Spotlight: Kevin Hart Gets A Much Needed Education In ‘Night School’

Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish are the stars behind the comedy Night School, but it’s a talented ensemble cast that basically steals the show. Fans of the stars will probably satisfied by their banter, but there are a ton of jokes to go around in the comedy.

Teddy Walker (Hart) is a BBQ salesman who accidentally [...]

The post Blu-Ray Spotlight: Kevin Hart Gets A Much Needed Education In ‘Night School’ appeared first on Hollywood Outbreak.
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Tiffany Haddish Defended by Patton Oswalt, Kathy Griffin, and More After Bombing Comedy Set

Tiffany Haddish Defended by Patton Oswalt, Kathy Griffin, and More After Bombing Comedy Set
Comics and industry professionals are sticking up for Tiffany Haddish on social media after the “Girls Trip” actress faced negative press due to a botched New Year’s Eve comedy set. Haddish performed December 31 at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida and bombed her performance, with reports saying many fans walked out of the show in frustration as Haddish flubbed some jokes and forgot others. The comedian challenged audience members to be funny while she drank on stage.

Responding on Twitter to an article from The Root titled “Tiffany Haddish Bombs, Drinks with Fans Instead,” Haddish admitted her New Year’s Eve set did not go as planned. “Yes this happened,” the comedian wrote. “I wish it was better Miami. I prayed on it and I have a strong feeling this will never happened [sic] again.”

While Haddish owned up to bombing her comedy set, fellow comics such as Marlon Wayans,
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Universal Landed a Wide Range of Hits, From ‘Jurassic World’ to ‘Halloween’

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To understand the success that Universal has kept up over the past decade, you need only look at the production budgets and genres for the studio’s three highest grossing films in 2018: $170 million for the dinosaur blockbuster “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” $75 million for the animated Dr. Seuss adaptation “The Grinch,” and $10 million for a belated installment in the venerable horror series “Halloween.”

The result was a domestic annual total of more than $1.7 billion, 17 percent more than 2017’s total gross. And that gross jumps to $1.9 billion if you factor in Universal’s indie distribution wing, Focus Features. “The most consistent performers are obviously Disney, that has been in a league of its own, Universal and Warner Bros. have been back-to-back 2 and 3,” said Tuna Amobi, media analyst at Cfra Research.

Universal’s big moneymaker was “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” a sequel that proved the 2015 revival of “Jurassic Park” was so much
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10 Busiest Movie Actors of 2018, From Tessa Thompson to Michael B Jordan (Photos)

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10 Busiest Movie Actors of 2018, From Tessa Thompson to Michael B Jordan (Photos)
Michael B Jordan

The actor is in serious awards contention for his role in “Black Panther,” but also most recently starred in “Creed II,” “Fahrenheit 451” and “Kin.”

Josh Brolin

We all know Josh Brolin played the villain in both “Deadpool 2” And “Avengers: Infinity War” (which is a feat in itself), but he also starred in “Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado” and “The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter.”

Tessa Thompson

Thompson seems to have been in every movie this year, and that’s for good reason: She starred in “Annihilation” alongside Natalie Portman, as well as “Sorry to Bother You,” “Little Woods,” “Furlough” and “Creed II.”

Patrick Wilson

Wilson is now just making the rounds as King Orm in James Wan’s “Aquaman,” but the actor also starred in “Insidious: The Last Key,” “”The Commuter,” “The Nun,” “Nightmare Cinema” and he is currently filming the Untitled “Annabelle” film.
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