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Little Starring Marsai Martin, Regina Hall & Issa Rae – On Digital June 25th and Blu-ray July 9th

The big boss gets a small dose of karma when Little, an inventive new twist on the “body swap” comedy, arrives on Digital June 25 and Blu-ray July 9. The irreverent comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and having a second chance to grow up – and glow up – right stars Regina Hall (Girls Trip),Marsai Martin (“Black-ish”) and Issa Rae (“Insecure”).

The big boss gets a small dose of karma in Little, an inventive new twist on the “body swap” comedy. The film arrives on Digital and the all-new digital movie app Movies Anywhere on June 25, 2019 and on Blu-Ray, DVD, and On Demand July 9, 2019 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed by critics as “big fun”, Little shines a bright light on the incredible talent of the three female leads and shows the true meaning of Black Girl Magic. This light-hearted, comedic and heartwarming film on Blu-rayTM, DVD and
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Paramount pounces on hot Cannes market title 'Down Under Cover' with Chris Hemsworth, Tiffany Haddish

Acquisition continues impressive week on Croisette for studio.

In the first giant on-site studio acquisition, Paramount Pictures is understood to be closing a deal in the $40m-$50m region for worldwide rights to the Chris Hemsworth and Tiffany Haddish action comedy Down Under Cover.

Peter Hoare’s screenplay pitches the Marvel Cinematic Universe star as an undercover cop who teams up with Haddish’s lone wolf to crack a string of casino heists in which the prime suspects are a troupe of Australian male erotic dancers.

According to reports, the studio is lining up a first quarter 2020 production start. FilmNation
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Chris Hemsworth and Tiffany Haddish to team up for buddy cop comedy ‘Down Under Cover’

Chris Hemsworth and Tiffany Haddish are to team up for a brand new buddy cop comedy going by the name of ‘Down Under Cover’ and has a theme that involves stripping.

Hemsworth will play a detective who goes undercover to crack a series of baffling casino heists in which the prime suspects are a troupe of Australian male erotic dancers.

He’s forced to take the partner no one else will, a lone wolf played by Haddish who does things only one way: hers. Together they have to work as an unlikely duo to solve the crime of their careers.

The film is said to be in the same vein as ’48 Hours’ and Rush Hour. Peter Hoare will pen the script.

Haddish will also produce the film alongside Hemsworth’s Thematic Entertainment.

Also in news – Benedict Cumberbatch & Elizabeth Moss join Jane Campion’s ‘The Power of the Dog

Over the past couple of years,
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UTA Signs Comedian And Actor Rob Riggle

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Exclusive: UTA announced today that they have signed comedian, actor, writer and podcaster Rob Riggle in all areas. Riggle is known for a slew of roles in numerous comedic TV series and films such as Night School, The Hangover, 21 Jump Street, The Other Guys and Step Brothers. Once a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Riggle also had stints on Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart where he served as a correspondent.

Next up for Riggle is the series Rob Riggle: Global Investigator on Discovery Channel, where he will travel the globe to solve some of world’s biggest mysteries. He will also hit the green as a co-commentator in Steph Curry’s upcoming extreme mini-golf series Holey Moley on ABC. He recently snagged an Emmy nod for his voice-over role in Disney’s Prep Landing: Naughty vs. Nice. He also created and stars in
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'Game of Thrones' Finale to 'Deadwood' Movie: What's Coming to HBO in May

Throughout May, some of HBO's hit shows are going to roll their final credits for the season (Barry) and the series (Game of Thrones, Veep), but the network's making up for the losses with a slew of movies and shows. 

2018 thrillers like Halloween and The Predator and comedies like Game Night and Night School are just a few of the titles coming to HBO this month.

But the selection of new films extends beyond the past year's titles. 1982's Conan the Barbarian and 2004's The Stepford Wives will join the diverse collection of titles on HBO's streaming ...
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Frank Grillo, Taryn Manning Among Those Joining Olivia Munn in ‘The Gateway’ (Exclusive)

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Frank Grillo, Taryn Manning Among Those Joining Olivia Munn in ‘The Gateway’ (Exclusive)
Frank Grillo, Keith David, Taryn Manning and Mark Boone Junior have joined the ensemble cast of “The Gateway.”

They join Shea Whigham, Olivia Munn, Bruce Dern and Zach Avery with Michele Civetta directing. Andrew Levitas is producing under his Metalwork Pictures banner alongside Stephen Israel.

The pic follows Parker, a downtrodden social worker in the grips of alcoholism, assigned to oversee care of the daughter of single mother, Dahlia, in this neo-noir thriller.

Grillo is fresh off the success of the acclaimed Netflix documentary series “Fight World,” an inside look at fight culture all over the globe that he produced and starred in as well as the brawl-thriller “Donnybrook” with Jamie Bell and Margaret Qualley that opened the Toronto Film Festival. He has a slew of projects set to bow in 2019, starting with the Netflix project “Point Blank” followed by the thriller “Boss Level” opposite Mel Gibson and Naomi Watts,
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Trailer for Weird and Wacky Netflix Series Tuca & Bertie

Here’s a super weird trailer for you to watch for the upcoming Netflix series Tuca & Bertie. The series stars Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong as two 30-year old bird women who live in the same apartment building. Yep, you read that right. Bird women. It looks super weird and super hilarious. It has an awesome supporting cast that includes Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Nicole Byer (*Loosely Exactly Nicole), John Early (Search Party), Jermaine Fowler (Crashing), Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Tig Notaro (Star Trek: Discovery), Amber Ruffin (Late Night With Seth Meyers), Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok), and Reggie Watts (The Electric Company).

Watch the trailer below and let us know if you’ll be watching Tuca and Bertie when it comes to Netflix on May 3!
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Box Office: ‘Shazam!’ Remains Victorious as ‘Little’ Beats ‘Hellboy’

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Box Office: ‘Shazam!’ Remains Victorious as ‘Little’ Beats ‘Hellboy’
Warner Bros.’ superhero adventure “Shazam!” took a victory lap at the domestic box office, retaining the No. 1 spot for the second weekend in a row.

“Shazam!” added another $25 million in its sophomore outing, bringing its North American haul to $94 million. That sum was easily enough to top a crop of newcomers including Universal’s comedy “Little,” Lionsgate’s remake of “Hellboy,” and Lakai’s stop-motion animation “Missing Link.”

While “Shazam!” continued to entice comic-book fans, “Hellboy” wasn’t as fortunate. The R-rated fantasy film, based on Mike Mignola’s graphic novel, debuted below expectations with $12 million from 3,303 locations. Neil Marshall directed the reboot of “Hellboy,” which sees “Stranger Things” actor David Harbour assume the role of the red-skinned superhero. The movie was skewered by critics and audiences alike. It holds an abysmal 15% on Rotten Tomatoes, along with a disappointing C CinemaScore.

Males accounted for 56% of opening weekend crowds for “Hellboy,
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‘Shazam!’ Heads for Another Box Office Victory as ‘Little’ Looks Bigger Than ‘Hellboy’

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‘Shazam!’ Heads for Another Box Office Victory as ‘Little’ Looks Bigger Than ‘Hellboy’
“Shazam!” is still showing box office power as it heads for a repeat victory in North American, with about $21 million, early estimates showed on Friday.

Universal’s body-swap comedy “Little” is eyeing second place with about $14 million, narrowly topping another newcomer, Lionsgate’s “Hellboy” remake, at around $12 million. The second weekend of “Pet Sematary” and the third frame of “Dumbo” will battle for fourth at about $8 million each. Laika’s animated “Missing Link” and Avrion’s romantic drama “After” are both debuting quietly in the $6 million range.

“Shazam!” will likely have the year’s lowest gross for a domestic box office winner since the third weekend of “Glass” topped the chart during Super Bowl weekend with $9.5 million.

“Shazam!,” starring Zachary Levi as the boyish superhero, is declining about 61% from its opening. The DC Comics tentpole, which carries an $80 million budget, should wind up the frame with more than $90 million domestically in its first 10 days.
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Box Office: ‘Hellboy’ Powers to $1.4 Million on Thursday Night

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Box Office: ‘Hellboy’ Powers to $1.4 Million on Thursday Night
Lionsgate’s “Hellboy” remake launched to $1.4 million at 2,700 North American locations on Thursday night.

The number compares favorably with 2017’s “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” which scored $1 million in previews and opened with $13.6 million.

Universal’s body-swap comedy “Little” opened with $735,000 at 2,200 sites during Thursday previews.

“Shazam!” will probably repeat as the box office champ in North America after the DC Comics superhero tentpole debuted with $53 million. As of Wednesday, it had earned $67 million at the domestic box office. “Shazam!” launched at the top end of forecasts with an “A” Cinemascore from audiences. It could add another $24 to $28 million in its sophomore frame at 4,306 sites.

Hellboy,” starring “Stranger Things” actor David Harbour, is expected to take in between $16 million to $20 million when it hits 3,303 screens. Directer by Neil Marshall, “Hellboy” is the third movie based on the Dark Horse comic about the half-demon superhero. The cast includes Ian McShane, Sasha Lane and Daniel Dae Kim.
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How Billion-Dollar Producer Will Packer Gives Audiences What They Want

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How Billion-Dollar Producer Will Packer Gives Audiences What They Want
In the upcoming comedy “Little,” Regina Hall stars as the alpha adult version of the character and Marsai Martin (“Black-ish”) is her 13-year-old bespectacled inner nerd. The movie is already garnering attention because it turned Martin into Hollywood’s youngest executive producer. Will Packer, another exec producer on the film, helped Martin make history and is no stranger to success. His Will Packer Prods. has a cluster of blockbusters — including 10 that premiered at No. 1 — with a combined gross of more than $1 billion worldwide.

“I spend a lot of time thinking about audiences and holes in the marketplace for those who aren’t being served,” says Packer, a jaunty old soul whose wise smile and natty collection of hats and pocket squares belie his age. He turns 45 this month. “That’s the manifestation of me spending a lot of time instinctually being involved with creating stuff that’s going to speak
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‘Hellboy’ Battles ‘Shazam!’ at Weekend Box Office

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It’s about to get crowded at multiplexes.

That’s because four movies — Lionsgate’s “Hellboy” remake, Universal’s comedy “Little,” Laika’s stop-motion animation “Missing Link” and Aviron’s romantic drama “After” — are all opening nationwide. The quartet of films joins an already packed box office marquee that includes last week’s champ “Shazam!” and Paramount’s horror pic “Pet Sematary.”

Unless one of this weekend’s newcomers becomes a surprise hit, it’s likely that “Shazam!” will repeat No. 1 in North America. The comic-book tentpole debuted with $53 million, along with $102 million overseas. As of Wednesday, it has earned $162 million worldwide, including $59 million at the domestic box office. If “Shazam!” sees holdover similar to other recent superhero origin stories like “Ant-Man,” “Wonder Woman,” and “Captain Marvel,” it could add another $24 to $28 million in its second weekend of release.

Hellboy,” the reboot that sees “Stranger Things” actor David Harbour take
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Movie Review – Little (2019)

Little, 2019

Directed by Tina Gordon.

Starring Regina Hall, Issa Rae, and Marsai Martin.


A ruthless tech mogul (Regina Hall) transforms into a child version of herself (Marsai Martin) overnight, and it’s up to her assistant April (Issa Rae) to help her switch back.

No matter your feelings on the film Little, the success story of 14-year-old executive producer and star Marsai Martin is impressive on its own. At the age of ten, Martin pitched her modern spin on Big to Universal Pictures in hopes to create work for young women like herself. While Marsai Martin found success on the hit television show Black-ish, there are not too many other roles for young black women in Hollywood, so she set out to change that.

Here we are four years after that pitch, and Little is hitting cinemas with Martin leading the charge. From her own company Genius Productions and
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Win Free Passes To The St. Louis Advance Screening Of Little

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. 1 at the U.S. box office, including Night School, No Good Deed and Think Like a Man, brings an all-new perspective to the body-swap comedy.
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The Value Of Streaming Challenges Moviegoing: Tickets Too Expensive, But Monthly Sub Fees Just Right, Nrg/Deadline Study Finds – CinemaCon

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Exclusive: Heading to the movies or staying home and streaming one — is it a Sophie’s Choice on the weekend? A recent Nrg-Deadline study about moviegoers’ habits has revealed that 66% of those polled frequently watch movies at home on the weekend via streaming, versus 33% who frequently attend the theater. In addition, 60% said they’ve been streaming more over the past year, versus 34% who said they were going to the cinema more.

However, when given a choice, 61% would rather see a movie they’re interested in on the big screen than via a streaming service.

While the price of a movie ticket has always been heralded as the most economical form of entertainment next to sporting and concert events, 58% of those polled believe movie ticket prices are too expensive, whereas the monthly price of streaming
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Tiffany Haddish to Produce Stand Up Comedy Series for Netflix

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Tiffany Haddish to Produce Stand Up Comedy Series for Netflix
Tiffany Haddish has partnered with Netflix to curate a new stand up comedy series.

The series is titled “Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready,” which will introduce a diverse group of six up-and-coming stand-up comedians doing half-hour specials. All six comedians were personally chosen by Haddish. She shares a history with each after working together on the stand up scene or in television.

Comedians include Chaunté Wayans, April Macie, Tracey Ashley, Aida Rodriguez, Flame Monroe, and Marlo Williams. Haddish serves as executive producer for She Ready Productions alongside Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz. Sykes’ and Hurwitz’s Push It Productions will produce.

“I am introducing six of my favorite comedians – in my eyes, they are super stars,” Haddish said. “The epitome of They Ready.”

The title of the series calls back to Haddish’s “She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood,” which debuted on Showtime shortly after Haddish debuted in her
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‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ Trailer Takes You on a Treasure Hunt

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Dora and the Lost City of Gold, the live-action film based on Nickelodeon's long-running animated series, Dora the Explorer. James Bobin (Alice Through the Looking Glass) directs a script by Nicholas Stoller (Night School), with Transformers: The Last Knight star Isabela Moner swinging into the title role. This actually looks like a ton of fun for any kids out there still just a bit too young for Raiders of the Lost Ark or the Brendan Fraser Mummy movies. Plus, for the parents, Michael Peña is a constant treasure …
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Fat Joe Joins ‘New York Undercover’ Pilot at ABC (Exclusive)

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Fat Joe has been cast in the “New York Undercover” pilot currently in the works at ABC, Variety has learned exclusively.

Picking up 20 years after the end of the original series, “New York Undercover” will follow detectives Nat Gilmore (Toby Sandeman) and Melissa Ortiz (Otmara Marrero) as they investigate the city’s most dangerous criminals from Harlem to Battery Park. This time around, Williams is overseeing the unit and the next generation of detectives.

Fat Joe, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, will play Beto, described as a villainous gangster. He joins previously announced cast members Sandeman, Marrero, Anna Enger, Mc Lyte, Octavio Pizano, Malik Yoba, and Luna Lauren Velez, with the final two set to reprise their roles from the original show.

Fat Joe is primarily known for his rap career, with his recent single “All The Way Up” from the 2017 “Plata O Plomo” joint album with Remy Ma earning two Grammy nominations.
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‘Kevin Hart: Irresponsible’ Comedy Special Trailer Bows From Netflix

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‘Kevin Hart: Irresponsible’ Comedy Special Trailer Bows From Netflix
We’re getting the first look at Kevin Hart’s new comedy special Kevin Hart: Irresponsible, , which is available on Netflix as of April 2.

The actor/producer returns to his comedy roots following the winter’s mishigas over whether he would or would not host the Oscars, delivering the styles that launched his career in New England clubs.

He has since gone on to TV and film stardom in such flicks as Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Night School, and Central Intelligence.

Watch the preview above for a taste of the Netflix special.
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Will Packer Productions Appoints Heather Washington To Director of Development

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Exclusive: Will Packer Productions, the company behind 100+ million grossing comedies Girls Trip and Night School, has named Heather Washington as Director of Development, after previously serving a Creative Executive for the past two years. Washington’s new role involves identifying content, filmmakers, and talent for feature film development and production. She’ll report to James Lopez, President of Wpp.

“Heather is an integral part of our team and her input is invaluable in putting together our future slate,” said Lopez. “We look forward to working with her in building our feature business.”

Before joining Wpp, Washington managed the Universal Pictures Emerging Writers Fellowship and was also part of Universal’s Leadership Program, a studio executive training program. Previously, she practiced entertainment and corporate law.

“I am very excited about my new role and continuing to work with Will, James and the Wpp team to bring compelling and entertaining stories to life,
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