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Tagline: Come celebrate the mother of all holidays.

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Open: April 29, 2016 (wide—2,800+ theaters)

Starring: Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Brit Robertson, Jason Sudeikis, Timothy Olyphant

Romance Comedy Drama
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Tagline: Kitten, please.

Open: April 29, 2016 (wide—2,600+ theaters)

Crime Comedy
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Tagline: Everybody’s back for a fresh cut

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currently showing nationwide—2,676 U.S. theaters

Comedy Sequel
ASSIGNED TO:
Margeaux Gibson by May 1

Open: April 29, 2016 (wide—2,800+ theaters)

Animation Sci-Fi Action Adventure Kids
ASSIGNED TO:
Raphael Vera by May 8
Alternate:
  • Curtis McParland
  • Alexander Malsan
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Open: May 6, 2016 (wide)

Superhero Action Adventure Sci-Fi Thriller 3D IMAX Sequel
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
ASSIGNED TO:
Alexander Malsan
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DVD release: May 10, 2016

Crime Mystery Drama
Friday, May 13, 2016
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Love and FriendshipPG
also known as “Love & Friendship”

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Open: ?-May 13, 2016

Roadside Attractions—Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Fry, Xavier Samuel, Chloe Sevigny / Director: Whit Stillman

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Set in the opulent drawing rooms of eighteenth-century English society, ‘Love and Friendship’ focuses on the machinations of a beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), who, while waiting for social chatter about a personal indiscretion to pass, takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate.

While there, the intelligent, flirtatious, and amusingly egotistical Lady Vernon is determined to be a matchmaker for her rather reluctant debutante daughter Frederica—and herself too, naturally. She enlists the assistance of her old friend Alicia (Chloë Sevigny), but two particularly handsome suitors (Xavier Samuel and Tom Bennett) complicate her orchestrations.

Kate Beckinsale excels in her role as the deliciously devious Lady Vernon and delivers each line with relish. With exquisite period detail and a script teeming with bon mots and witty dialogue, ‘Love and Friendship’ is a rare—and rarified—treat.
Drama Romance Comedy
Applicants:
  • Alexander Malsan
  • Laura robinson
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Open: May 13, 2016 (wide)

Crime Thriller Drama
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The Darkness

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Open: May 13, 2016 (wide)

High Top ReleasingKevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne on “Gotham”), Ming-Na Wen (of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Jennifer Morrison (of “House M.D.”), Lucy Fry, Matt Walsh / Director: Greg McLean

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a family that unwittingly brings a fear-feeding supernatural force with them when they return from a Grand Canyon vacation
Supernatural Horror Thriller
Friday, May 20, 2016
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Open: May 20, 2016 (wide)

—Starring: Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

Crime Mystery Thriller Comedy
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Tagline: Parenthood vs. Sisterhood

Open: May 20, 2016 (wide)

Comedy Sequel
ASSIGNED TO:
Samuel Chetty by May 20
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Open: May 20, 2016 (wide)

Animation Action Family Comedy 3D Adaptation
Friday, May 27, 2016
ASSIGNED TO:
Curtis McParland by May 29
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Alice Through the Looking GlassPG
also known as “Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass,” “Alice in Wonderland 2,” “Through the Looking Glass”

Open: May 27, 2016 (wide)

Fantasy Family Adventure Sequel Imax
ASSIGNED TO:
Raphael Vera by May 29
Alternate:
  • Pamela Gardner
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Open: May 27, 2016 (wide)

Superhero Sci-Fi Action Adventure Adaptation Sequel
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
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The Neon Demon

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Open: June 1, 2016

Amazon Studios—Starring: Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote / Director: Nicolas Winding Refn—“Only God Forgives”

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When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.
Horror Thriller
Friday, June 3, 2016
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Blake Wilson by Jun 7
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
also known as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2,” “TMNT 2”

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Open: June 3, 2016 (wide)

Paramount Pictures —Starring: Stephen Amell, Megan Fox, Brian Tee, Laura Linney, Alan Ritchson, William Fichtner, Johnny Knoxville, Will Arnett, Alessandra Ambrosio, Noel Fisher, Tyler Perry, Tony Shalhoub / Director: Dave Green—“Earth to Echo” (2014)

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Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to theaters this summer to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O'Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen ‘Sheamus’ Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.
Sci-Fi Superhero Action Sequel
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Me Before YouPG-13

Open: June 3, 2016 (wide)

New Line Cinema, division of Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Charles Dance, Jenna Coleman / Director: Thea Sharrock

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A small town girl is caught between dead-end jobs. A high-profile, successful man becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. The man decides his life is not worth living until the girl is hired for six months to be his new caretaker. Worlds apart and trapped together by circumstance, the two get off to a rocky start. But,the girl becomes determined to prove to the man that life is worth living and as they embark on a series of adventures together, each finds their world changing in ways neither of them could begin to imagine.

Based on Jojo Moyes’ critically-acclaimed, bestselling novel Me Before You. The book tells the story of two very different characters: Lou, a small town girl caught between dead-end jobs and Will, a high-profile, successful man who becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. Will has decided his life is not worth living until Lou is hired for six months to be his new caretaker. Worlds apart and trapped together by circumstance, the two get off to a rocky start. But, Lou becomes determined to prove to Will that life is worth living and as they embark on a series of adventures together, each finds their world changing in ways neither of them could begin to imagine.
Romance Drama Adaptation
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Popstar: Never Stop Never StoppingR

Open: June 3, 2016 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Sarah Silverman, Imogen Poots / Directors: Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone

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When his new album fails to sell records, pop/rap superstar Conner4Real (Andy Samberg) goes into a major tailspin and watches his celebrity high life begin to collapse. He’ll try anything to bounce back, anything except reuniting with his old rap group The Style Boyz.

Universal Pictures’ ‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’ is headlined by musical digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, collectively known as The Lonely Island. The comedy goes behind the scenes as singer/rapper Conner4Real faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops, leaving his fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when he’s no longer the dopest star of all.

The latest comedy from blockbuster producer Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Superbad, Knocked Up) co-stars Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows and Maya Rudolph and many of the biggest names in comedy and music in cameo performances. Co-directed by Schaffer and Taccone and written by The Lonely Island trio, Popstar is also produced by Rodney Rothman (producer of Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall; co-writer of 22 Jump Street), as well as Samberg, Schaffer and Taccone.
Music Comedy
Friday, June 10, 2016
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WarCraftPG-13
also known as “War Craft,” “Warcraft”

Tagline: Two worlds. One destiny.

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Open: June 10, 2016

Universal Pictures, Legendary Pictures—Starring: Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Daniel Wu, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Robert Kazinsky, Dominic Cooper, Clancy Brown / Director: Duncan Jones —“Moon,” “Source Code,” “Whistle”

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This is the big screen, live-action adaptation of popular fantasy video game franchise ‘Warcraft.’ The story takes place about a year before the events in ‘World of Warcraft,’ and is told from the Alliance perspective.

Blizzard Entertainment's ‘Warcraft’ universe is a rich fantasy setting that revolves around the epic conflict between the opposing forces of the Horde and the Alliance. The massively multiplayer online role-playing game set is the most popular game of its kind in the world.
Fantasy Action Adventure Adaptation
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Pamela Gardner
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GeniusPG-13

Tagline: Max Perkins discovered Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. But he never met anyone like Thomas Wolfe.

Open: June 10, 2016

Lionsgate—Starring: Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Dominic West, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce / Director: Michael Grandage

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From Academy Award-nominated screenwriter JOHN LOGAN (Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo, Skyfall) and acclaimed, Tony Award-winning director MICHAEL GRANDAGE in his feature film debut, comes ‘Genius,’ a stirring drama about the complex friendship and transformative professional relationship between the world-renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins (who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway) and the larger-than-life literary giant Thomas Wolfe. Based on the inspirational biography Max Perkins: Editor of Geniusby Pulitzer Prize winner A. SCOTT BERG, Genius stars COLIN FIRTH as Perkins, JUDE LAW as Wolfe, NICOLE KIDMAN as Aline Bernstein, a costume designer sharing a tumultuous relationship with Wolfe, LAURA LINNEY as Louise Perkins, Max's wife and a talented playwright, GUY PEARCE as F. Scott Fitzgerald and DOMINIC WEST as Ernest Hemingway.

Finding fame and critical success at a young age, Wolfe was a blazing talent with a larger-than-life personality to match. Perkins was one of the most respected and well-known literary editors of all time.

Biography Drama Adaptation
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Alexander Malsan
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The Conjuring 2: The Enfield PoltergeistR

Tagline: The next true story from the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren

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Open: June 10, 2016 (wide)

New Line Cinema, division of Warner Bros. Pictures—Director: James Wan / Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O'Connor

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Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (‘Up in the Air,’ TV’s ‘Bates Motel’) and Patrick Wilson (the ‘Insidious’ films), star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
Supernatural Horror Suspense Thriller Sequel
ASSIGNED TO:
Jessica D. Lovett
Alternate:
  • Pamela Gardner
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Now You See Me: The Second ActPG-13
also known as “Now You See Me 2”

Open: June 10, 2016 (wide)

Action Crime Thriller Comedy Sequel
Friday, June 17, 2016
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Central IntelligencePG-13

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Open: June 17, 2016 (wide)

New Line Cinema, division of Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Aaron Paul, Amy Ryan, Ed Helms, Danielle Nicolet, Bobby Brown / Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber—“We’re the Millers” (2013), “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” (2004)

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Kevin Hart plays a former high school sports star turned accountant who, on the eve of a class reunion, is contacted by a former classmate (Dwayne Johnson) who used to be a bullied “loser,” but who is now a contract killer for the CIA and who wants Hart’s character’s help to foil a plot to sell classified military secrets.

‘Central Intelligence’ follows a one-time bullied geek who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent (Johnson), coming home for his high school reunion. Claiming to be on a top-secret case, he enlists the help of the former ‘big man on campus’ (Hart), now an accountant who misses his glory days. But before the staid numbers-cruncher realizes what he’s getting into it’s too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than he can count.
Spy Action Comedy
Applicants:
  • Curtis McParland
  • Samuel Chetty
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Finding Dory

Tagline: An unforgettable journey she probably won’t remember.

Open: June 17, 2016 (wide)

Animation Family Adventure Comedy 3D IMAX
Friday, June 24, 2016
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The Shallows

Tagline: What was once in the deep is now in the shallows

Open: June 24, 2016 (wide)

TriStar Pictures, a division of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment—Starring: Blake Lively, Óscar Jaenada, Sedona Legge / Director: Jaume Collet-Serra—“Unknown” (2011), “Non-Stop” (2014), “Orphan” (2009)

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While vacationing in Central America, a young woman is stranded alone on a buoy with a great white shark circling the waters between her and the shore of a local ‘secret’ surf spot. With limited resources, she must determine how to out-think the shark to survive and return home to her family.

When Nancy (Blake Lively) is attacked by a great white shark while surfing alone, she is stranded just a short distance from shore. Though she is only 200 yards from her survival, getting there proves the ultimate contest of wills—stranded alone on a buoy with a great white shark circling the waters between her and the shore.
Thriller
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Jeremy Landes
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The Free State of Jones

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Open: June 24, 2016 (wide)

STX Entertainment—Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell / Writer/Director: Gary Ross

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Written and directed by four-time Oscar® nominee Gary Ross (‘The Hunger Games,’ ‘Seabiscuit,’ ‘Pleasantville’), and starring Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey, ‘Free State of Jones’ is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.

Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones.

Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.

As civil war divides the nation, a poor, but definant, Southern farmer, Newt Knight, leads a group of rebels against the Confederate army. Banding together with other small farmers, and with the assistance of local slaves, Knight launches an uprising that leads Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. His marriage to a former slave, Rachel, and his subsequent establishment of a mixed race community is unique in the post-war South. Knight continues his struggle into Reconstruction, which distinguishes him as a compelling figure of defiance long beyond the War.

BASED ON A TRUE STORY—The Knight Company Rebellion has been a source of great interest for over a hundred years. Though often debated, most now see it as an economic revolt—poor farmers who didn’t want to shoulder the burden of a war fought to benefit rich slave-holders. They called it a ‘poor man’s fight and a rich man's war.’

The Knight Company was organized and surprisingly effective. There is clear and compelling evidence that the area around Jones County declared “independence” toward the end of the Civil War. In 1934, Newt Knight’s son wrote the following:

‘They did not want to be put under a slave government. They believed in a free government, equal rights to all people, rich or poor. It should not make any difference who they were. So as my father told us, [of] the 375 men that voted to stay with the Union about 250 of them met together with the understanding they would come together and bind themselves together and to constitute a Free State of Jones.’ —Tom Knight
Biography History Thriller Drama
Applicants:
  • Bob Subjenski
  • Raphael Vera
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Independence Day: Resurgence
also known as “Independence Day 2”

Open: June 24, 2016 (wide)

Sci-Fi Action Adventure Sequel
Friday, July 1, 2016
Applicants:
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  • Bob Subjenski
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The Legend of TarzanPG-13

Tagline: Human. Nature.

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Open: July 1, 2016 (wide)

Village Roadshow Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures—$180-million budget / Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Djimon Hounsou, John Hurt / Director: David Yates—“Harry Potter”

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It has been years since John Clayton III, the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård), left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie) at his side. Now, he's asked by Queen Victoria to investigate the activities at a mining encampment in the Congo and to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash. Tarzan teams with an ex-mercenary named George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson) to save the Congo from a warlord who controls a massive diamond mine.
Action Adventure Fantasy Family Drama 3D IMAX Adaptation
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Our Kind of Traitor

Tagline: Who can you trust with the truth?

Open: July 1 2016

Roadside Attractions, a division of Lionsgate Films—Starring: Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Stellan Skarsgard, Damian Lewis / Director: Susanna White

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A young Oxford academic and his attorney girlfriend holiday on Antigua. They bump into a Russian millionaire who owns a peninsula and a diamond watch… The couple find themselves lured into the Russian oligarch's plans to defect and soon find themselves positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust. Dima, the Russwian, leads them in a tortuous journey through Paris, the Swiss Alps and London.

An adaptation of the novel by John le Carre.
Thriller Adaptation
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EqualsPG-13

Tagline: Find your equal

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Open: July 1, 2016

A24—Starring: Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Bel Powley, Guy Pearce, Kate Lyn Sheil / Director: Drake Doremus

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Equals takes place in a utopian society where violence and crime have been virtually eradicated—via the genetic elimination of human emotion. People like Nia (Kristen Stewart) and Silas (Nicholas Hoult) live calm, uneventful, drone-like lives. The two work alongside each other in a large office, creating informational publications and exchanging the occasional pleasantry. Life is simple, until a rumour starts to circulate: a disease has broken out, one that causes people to manifest emotions. If discovered by the powers that be, the infected are sent away, never to return.

Silas suspects he carries the disease, and when this is confirmed, he becomes an outcast. But he is drawn back to Nia, who is also infected but has managed to hide the symptoms far better than he. Upon discovering that they are similarly stricken, they need to decide whether to stay and hide or to run for freedom.
Sci-Fi Romance
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The Purge: Election Year
also known as “The Purge 3”

Open: July 1, 2016 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Edwin Hodge, Betty Gabriel, JJ Soria, Mykelti Williamson / Director: James DeMonaco

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Expanding the universe introduced in the hit franchise that electrified the culture and earned $200 million at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures’ The Purge: Election Year reveals the next terrifying chapter that occurs over 12 hours of annual lawlessness sanctioned by the New Founders of America to keep this country great.

It’s been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn…or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.

Once again returning to collaborate with franchise creator James DeMonaco on The Purge: Election Year are the series’ producers: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Insidious and Ouija series, The Visit), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ouija series, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and writer/director DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers).
Sci-Fi Action Horror Thriller Sequel
Alternate:
  • Blake Wilson
  • Curtis McParland
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The BFG

Open: July 1, 2016 (wide)

Kids Family Fantasy Adaptation
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
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Dear EleanorPG-13

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Open on Internet: July 5, 2016

Starring: Jessica Alba, Isabelle Fuhrman, Liana Liberato, Josh Lucas, Luke Wilson, Patrick Schwarzenegger / Director: Kevin Connolly

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In this coming-of-age story set in 1962 (during the chaos of the Cuban missile crisis), Isabelle Fuhrman and Liana Liberato are best friends who go on a cross-country road trip to meet former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Along the way, they meet a host of characters - portrayed by Jessica Alba, Josh Lucas, Ione Skye, Joel Courtney and Patrick Schwarzenegger - while trying to stay one step ahead of Ellie's dad (Luke Wilson) and the police. Their Thelma and Louise cross-country adventure is a mix of hilarious joy ride and an empowering personal odyssey that not only tests their friendship for the first time but also lands the girls in jail.
Adventure Teen Comedy Drama
Friday, July 8, 2016
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Captain Fantastic

Tagline: He prepared them for everything except the outside world

Open: July 8, 2016

Bleecker Street Media—Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Steve Zahn, Kathryn Hahn, Missi Pyle, Erin Moriarty, George MacKay, Annalise Basso, Samantha Isler, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell / Director: Matt Ross

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Said Bleecker Street Media CEO Andrew Karpen: “Seeing the reaction to the film at Sundance, including three standing ovations at the Eccles, we knew this film had to play in the summertime when audiences are looking for this kind of crowd-pleaser.”

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father (Viggo Mortensen) devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent.

‘Captain Fantastic,” the comedy-drama centers on a passionate father (Viggo Mortensen), who is so devoted to teaching his six children how to live, be free, and survive in the world that he has moved them deep into the remote forests of the Pacific Northwest. He spends his days teaching them combat skills, training them like professional athletes, homeschooling them in a rigorous classical education, and introducing them to the beauty of the natural world. However, when he is forced to leave their self-created paradise and confront the real world, he begins a journey that challenges his unorthodox parenting.
Comedy Drama
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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
also known as “Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates”

Tagline: They needed hot dates. They got hot messes.

Open: July 8, 2016 (wide)

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring: Anna Kendrick, Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza, Adam DeVine / Director: Jake Szymanski—“Despicable Me 2” (2013), “Despicable Me” (2010), “The Lorax” (2012)

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Two brothers place an online ad to find dates for a wedding and the ad goes viral.
Comedy
Applicants:
  • Bob Subjenski
  • Blake Wilson by Jul 12
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The Secret Life of PetsPG

Open: July 8, 2016 (wide)

Animation Family Comedy 3D
Friday, July 15, 2016
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Café SocietyPG-13
also known as “Cafe Society”

Open: July 15, 2016

Lionsgate, Amazon Studios—Director: Woody Allen / Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell, Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Jeannie Berline, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott

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A young man arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry. There, he falls in love, and finds himself swept up in the vibrant café society that defined the spirit of the age.
Romance Comedy Drama
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Ghostbusters

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Open: July 15, 2016 (wide)

Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures—Starring: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong, Andy Garcia, Charles Dance / Director: Paul Feig—“Bridesmaids” (2011), “Spy” (2015), “The Heat” (2013) / Producer: Ivan Reitman, Amy Pascal

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Thirty years after the original film took the world by storm, Ghostbusters is back and fully rebooted for a new generation. Director Paul Feig combines all the paranormal fighting elements that made the original franchise so beloved with a cast of new characters, played by the funniest actors working today. Get ready to watch them save the world this summer!

Budget: $154 million (estimated) / a comedic reboot featuring female leads instead of males
Sci-Fi Action Horror Comedy
Friday, July 22, 2016
Distributor: A24. Trademark logo.
Into the ForestR

Open: July 22, 2016

A24—Starring: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella / Director: Patricia Rozema—“Mansfield Park” (1999), “When Night Is Falling” (1995), “I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing” (1987)

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Adaptation of Jean Hegland’s novel of the same name, ‘Into the Forest’ recounts the story of two sisters (Page and Wood) struggling to survive after the collapse of society in the not too distant future. In the not too distant future, two young women who live in a remote ancient forest discover the world around them is on the brink of an apocalypse. Informed only by rumor, they fight intruders, disease, loneliness and starvation.
Sci-Fi Drama Adaptation
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Ice Age: Collision Course
also known as “Ice Age 5”

Tagline: One small step. One giant mess.

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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring: Simon Pegg, Melissa Rauch, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Offerman, Stephanie Beatriz, Adam DeVine, John Leguizamo, Ray Romano, Keke Palmer, Max Greenfield, Denis Leary, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Wanda Sykes / Director: Mike Thurmeier

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Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters. ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE stars returning cast members Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Wanda Sykes, and Jennifer Lopez. Joining the herd are Stephanie Beatriz, Adam DeVine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Melissa Rauch, Michael Strahan and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Animation Action Adventure Comedy Family Sequel 3D
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Lights OutPG-13

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Open: July 22, 2016

New Line Cinema, division of Warner Bros. Pictures—From producer James Wan, director of “The Conjuring” / Starring: Teresa Palmer, Emily Alyn Lind, Billy Burke / Director: David F. Sandberg

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When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn't real when the lights went out… and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety.

A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged.

But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger… once the lights go out.
Supernatural Horror Thriller
Applicants:
  • Raphael Vera
  • Curtis McParland
  • Samuel A. Torcasio
Distributor: Paramount Pictures Corporation. Trademark logo.
Star Trek Beyond
also known as “Star Trek 3”

Open: July 22, 2016 (wide)

Sci-Fi Action Adventure Sequel
Friday, July 29, 2016
Applicants:
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  • Alexander Malsan
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Jason Bourne
also known as “Bourne 5”

Tagline: You know his name.

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Open: July 29, 2016 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Vincent Cassel / Director: Paul Greengrass

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Matt Damon’s Bourne is back, and he claims he remembers everything. The new movie takes Bourne “through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world.” It also stars Vincent Cassel as a deadly assassin and Alicia Vikander in an undisclosed role.
Spy Action Adventure Suspense Thriller Sequel
Distributor: Roadside Attractions. Trademark logo.
Indignation

Open: July 29, 2016

Roadside Attractions—Starring: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts / Director: James Schamus

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It’s 1951, and among the new arrivals at Winesburg College in Ohio are Marcus the son of a kosher butcher from New Jersey and the beautiful, brilliant daughter of a prominent alum. For a brief moment, their lives converge in this emotionally soaring film based on the novel by Philip Roth. The girl is a survivor of a suicide attempt.

Marcus has an adversarial relationship with the dean of men, Hawes Caudwell. In a meeting in Dean Caudwell’s office, Marcus objects to the chapel attendance requirement on the grounds that he is an atheist. In this meeting, he quotes extensively from Bertrand Russell's essay ‘Why I Am Not a Christian.’ Later, the dean finds Marcus guilty of hiring another student to attend chapel in his place; when Marcus refuses to attend double the amount of chapel services as punishment, the dean expels him. His expulsion allows the U.S. Army to draft him and send him to fight in Korea.
Drama Adaptation
Distributor: STX Entertainment. Trademark logo.
Bad Moms

Open: July 29, 2016

STX Entertainment—Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Jada Pinkett Smith, Christina Applegate, Kathryn Hahn, Lilly Singh, Kesha / Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

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A woman with a seemingly perfect life—a great marriage, overachieving kids, beautiful home, stunning looks and still holding down a career. However she’s over-worked, over committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms and all go on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities, going on a wild un-mom like binge of freedom, fun and self-indulgence—putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.
Comedy
Friday, August 5, 2016
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Jeremy Landes
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The FounderPG-13

tagline: He took someone else’s idea and America ate it up.

Open: August 5, 2016

Weinstein Company—Starring: Michael Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, John Carroll Lynch, Nick Offerman / Director: John Lee Hancock—“The Blind Side” (2009), “Saving Mr. Banks” (2013), “The Alamo” (2004)

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the story of McDonald's founder, Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), and how he turned McDonald’s into a global fast food empire.

Written by Robert Siegel (‘Big Fan’), ‘The Founder’ is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He subtly maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire and one of the most powerful brands in the world.

The McDonald brothers are portrayed by Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch. Laura Dern plays Ray’s first wife Ethel Fleming Kroc (divorced 1961—the year Ray bought McDonalds). Linda Cardellini plays Joan Mansfield Kroc, Ray’s third wife; the duo met in 1957 and married in 1969.

Reportedly, the film was developed in the same vein as “There Will Be Blood” and “The Social Network.”
Biography Drama
Applicants:
  • ___________
  • Bob Subjenski
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Nine LivesPG

Open: August 5, 2016

EuropaCorp USA—Starring: Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walken, Robbie Amell, Cheryl Hines / Director: Barry Sonnenfeld—“Men in Black” (1997)

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a stuffy, workaholic executive finds himself trapped inside the body of his family’s pet cat
Comedy
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Suicide Squad

Open: August 5, 2016 (wide)

Warner Bros.—Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Jesse Eisenberg, Ben Affleck, Viola Davis, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jay Hernandez, Common / Director: David Ayer—“Fury” (2014), “End of Watch” (2012), “Training Day” (2001)

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Adapted from DC Comics, this film follows imprisoned supervillains recruited by a secret U.S. government agency to do a high-risk black op (deemed too dangerous for superheroes) in order to gain redemption and shorter prison sentences, although the mission will probably kill them all. They include Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn, etc., who must bury their own interpersonal conflicts and agendas to form a cohesive unit to take on a singular task.

From director David Ayer (‘Fury,” ‘End of Watch’) comes ‘Suicide Squad,” starring Oscar nominee Will Smith (‘Ali,” ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’), Oscar winner Jared Leto (‘Dallas Buyers Club’), Margot Robbie (‘The Wolf of Wall Street,” ‘Focus’), Joel Kinnaman (‘Run All Night,” ‘The Killing’) and Oscar nominee Viola Davis (‘The Help,” ‘Doubt’).
It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Written and directed by Ayer based on the characters from DC Comics, the film also stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (‘Thor: The Dark World’), Jay Hernandez (‘Takers’), Ike Barinholtz (‘Neighbors’), Jai Courtney (‘Insurgent’) and Scott Eastwood (‘Fury’). It is produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

Ayer’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Roman Vasyanov (‘Fury,” ‘End of Watch’), production designer Oliver Scholl (‘Edge of Tomorrow’), editor John Gilroy (‘Pacific Rim’), costume designer Kate Hawley (‘The Hobbit‘ Trilogy) and Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Jerome Chen (‘Stuart Little,” ‘Fury,” ‘The Amazing Spider-Man‘ films). The music is by Oscar-winning composer Steven Price (‘Gravity’).

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, an Atlas Entertainment production, a film by David Ayer, ‘Suicide Squad.”
Action Adventure Adaptation 3D IMAX
Friday, August 12, 2016
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Florence Foster Jenkins

Tagline: The inspiring true story of the world’s worst singer

Open: August 12, 2016

Paramount Pictures Corporation—Starring: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Rebecca Ferguson / Director: Stephen Frears—“High Fidelity” (2000), “The Queen” (2006), “Philomena” (2013)

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The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress and socialite, who dreamed of becoming a great opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.
Biography Comedy Drama
Distributor: Universal Pictures. Trademark logo.
Spectral

Open: August 12, 2016 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Produced by: Legendary Pictures, Thomas Tull / Starring: James Badge Dale, Bruce Greenwood, Emily Mortimer / Director: Nic Mathieu

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A sci-fi/thriller story centered on a special-ops team, trained in hunting the supernatural, that is dispatched to fight supernatural beings that have taken over Manhattan

‘Spectral’ is describe as a ‘dark’ and ‘gritty’ take on the Ghostbusters formula.
Sci-Fi Action Supernatural Thriller 3D
Distributor: Columbia Pictures. Trademark logo.
Sausage Party

Open: August 12, 2016 (wide)

Warning: Based on the trailer and comments by the producers, this animated film is aimed at adults (NOT kids); it appears this is a vulgar film aiming for an R-rating.

Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures—Starring: Jonah Hill as Carl (voice), Seth Rogen as Frank (voice), James Franco as (voice), Kristen Wiig (voice), Michael Cera as Barry (voice), Edward Norton as Sammy Bagel Jr. (voice), Salma Hayek as Teresa the Taco (voice), Paul Rudd (voice), Danny McBride (voice), Bill Hader (voice), David Krumholtz as Vash (voice) / Directors: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon

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An animated movie about one sausage’s quest to discover the truth about his existence. Reportedly, “it is also a film that questions the existence of god—and the harm religion can breed.”

After falling out of a shopping cart, a sausage and his new friends embark on a perilous journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the 4th of July sale.
Animation Comedy
Applicants:
  • Blake Wilson
  • Jessica D. Lovett
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Pete's DragonPG

Open: August 12, 2016 (wide)

Family Adventure Fantasy Remake 3D
Friday, August 19, 2016
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Kubo and the Two Strings

Tagline: The quest begins

• Official site

Open: August 19, 2016 (wide)

Focus Features—Starring: Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro / Director: Travis Knight / Writers: Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (“ParaNorman”)

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Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of ‘Game of Thrones’) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta.

Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen—a magical musical instrument—Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.
Animation
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War DogsR
also known as “Arms and the Dudes,” “Arms & the Dudes”

Tagline: An American dream

Open: August 19, 2016 (wide)

Warner Bros.—Starring: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, JB Blanc, Shaun Toub / Director: Todd Phillips

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The true story of two Miami stoners, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan. The duo made 85 deliveries of munitions to Afghanistan worth more than $66 million before their arms-dealing careers were cut short when federal agents raided their Miami Beach offices in Aug. 2007, culminating in 71 counts of fraud.

Based on a Rolling Stone article entitled ‘Arms and the Dudes.’ Written by Guy Lawson, the article recalls the true story of two men from Miami Beach who wound up becoming international arms dealers.
Comedy Thriller Drama Adaptation
ASSIGNED TO:
Raphael Vera by Aug 14
Alternate:
  • Curtis McParland
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Ben-Hur
also known as “Ben Hur,” “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ”

Tagline: First to finish. Last to die. Brother against brother. Slave against empire.

Open: August 19, 2016 (wide)

Faith-based Action Drama Remake Adaptation 3D
Friday, August 26, 2016
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Mechanic: ResurrectionR
also known as “The Mechanic 2”

• Official site

Open: August 26, 2016 (wide)

Summit Entertainment, a division of Lionsgate Films—Starring: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh / Director: Dennis Gansel—“We Are the Night” (2010)

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Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) thought he had put his murderous past behind him, after he faked his own death in order to lead a peaceful and quiet retirement. Now his most formidable foe kidnaps the love of his life, and he is forced to travel the globe to complete three impossible assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world, and do what he does best, make them look like accidents.
Action Crime Thriller Sequel
Distributor: Roadside Attractions. Trademark logo.
Southside with You

Open: August 26, 2016

Roadside Attractions, Miramax—Starring: Parker Sawyers, Tika Sumpter / Director: Richard Tanne, Vanessa Bell Calloway

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This romantic drama chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States of America, BARACK OBAMA, wooed his future First Lady (Michelle Obama) on an epic first date across Chicago’s South Side. Barack is a young associate lawyer. On their first date, the pair see Spike Lee's “Do the Right Thing”. Their date also includes a trip to the Art Institute of Chicago and the couple's first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.
Biography Romance Drama
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Hands of Stone

Tagline: No más. No surrender.

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Open: August 26, 2016

The Weinstein Company—Starring: Robert De Niro, Andy Garcia, Édgar Ramírez, Ellen Barkin, Usher Raymond, Gael García Bernal, John Turturro / Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz

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This film is about the life of Roberto ‘Hands of Stone’ Duran, five-time world boxing champ. The legendary Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel change each other’s lives. The movie will tell the inside story of the ‘No Mas’ fight. In the closing seconds of the fight's last round, Duran turned his back to Leonard and quit, saying ‘no mas’ (‘no more’). Duran beat Leonard in an earlier welterweight championship bout. They would meet again in a 1989 middleweight championship fight in Las Vegas. Leonard won that fight in 12 rounds.
Action Sports Biography Drama
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Don't Breathe

Open: August 26, 2016

Screen Gems, a division of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment—Starring: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette / Director: Fede Alvarez—“Evil Dead” (2013), “Panic Attack!” (2009)

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A group of teens break (Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto) into a blind man’s home thinking they’ll get away with the perfect crime. They’re wrong.

The three young thieves end up fighting for their lives after breaking into the home of a blind veteran (Stephen Lang) who has a dark side.
Horror Thriller
Friday, September 2, 2016
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Pamela Gardner
Distributor: Touchstone Pictures (a division of Disney). Trademark logo.
The Light Between OceansPG-13

Open: September 2, 2016 (wide)

Touchstone Pictures, a division of Walt Disney Studios—Starring: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Caren Pistorius / Producer: Amblin Partners / Director: Derek Cianfrance—“The Place Beyond the Pines” (2012), “Blue Valentine” (2010)

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After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel (Alicia Vikander)insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy (Caren Pistorius). When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

Based on The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, the novel is an international bestseller.
Drama Adaptation
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SolaceR

Open: September 2, 2016

Relativity Media—Starring: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Abbie Cornish, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Marley Shelton, Janine Turner, Xander Berkeley / Director: Afonso Poyart

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A former doctor with psychic abilities who is drawn into a serial killer case for the FBI, only to find that the killer also is a psychic, leading to a showdown between the two who can detect each other’s every move.
Crime Mystery Thriller
Distributor: Columbia Pictures. Trademark logo.
Patient Zero

Open: September 2, 2016 (wide)

Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures—Starring: Natalie Dormer, Matt Smith, Stanley Tucci, Clive Standen / Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky—“The Counterfeiters” (2007), “Deadfall” (2012)

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After an unprecedented global pandemic has turned the majority of humankind into violent Infected (zombies), a man gifted with the ability to speak the Infected's new language leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure. He hopes to use his gift to discover a cure for his infected wife.
Action Horror Thriller
Friday, September 9, 2016
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The Wild Life
also known as “Robinson Crusoe”

Tagline: Just because you’re stranded… doesn’t mean you can’t make some friends.

Open: September 9, 2016 (limited)

Summit Entertainment, a division of Lionsgate Films—Directors: Vincent Kesteloot, Ben Stassen

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From the over-exuberant parrot Tuesday to the snack-obsessed tapir Rosie, from the persnickety echidna Epi to the acrobatic pangolin Pango, from the ditzy goat Scrubby to the commonsensical kingfisher Kiki and the always-cool chameleon Carmello, things are larger than life on a tropical isle that is pure wild animal paradise. Then Robinson Crusoe, a marooned human, arrives in the midst of a furious storm, and their lives are forever changed by this bewildering new “creature.” No matter their differences, castaway human and quirky animals embark on an hilarious new adventure, building the island’s first tree house and surviving together. But when two conniving members of the animal kingdom—the savage cats Mal and May—pounce into a battle for control of the island, Crusoe and his animal posse must uncover the true power of friendship against all odds (even savage cats).

On a tiny exotic island, Tuesday, an outgoing parrot lives with his quirky animal friends in paradise. However, Tuesday can’t stop dreaming about discovering the world. After a violent storm, Tuesday and his friends wake up to find a strange creature on the beach: Robinson Crusoe. Tuesday immediately views Crusoe as his ticket off the island to explore new lands. Likewise, Crusoe soon realizes that the key to surviving on the island is through the help of Tuesday and the other animals.

It isn’t always easy at first, as the animals dont’t speak ‘human.’ Slowly but surely, they all start living together in harmony, until one day, when their comfortable life is overturned by two savage cats, who wish to take control of the island. A battle ensues between the cats and the group of friends but Crusoe and the animals soon discover the true power of friendship up against all odds (even savage cats).
Animation Adventure Comedy
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Jeremy Landes
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures. Trademark logo.
Sully

Open: September 9, 2016 (wide)

Warner Bros.—Director: Clint Eastwood / Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

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On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the ‘Miracle on the Hudson‘ when Captain ‘Sully‘ Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
Based on Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters by Capt. Chesley ‘Sully‘ Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow, the story takes a closer look at the man who became a national hero after his plane began to malfunction shortly after takeoff, and he was forced to take drastic measures in order to save all those on the plane. For accuracy, Sullenberger and his wife Lorrie served as consultants on the film.
Biography Drama Adaptation IMAX
Distributor: EuropaCorp. Trademark logo.
Shut In

Open: September 9, 2016

EuropaCorp—Starring: Naomi Watts, Oliver Platt, Tim Post / Director: Farren Blackburn

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A heart-pounding thriller about a widowed child psychologist who lives in an isolated existence in rural New England. She discovers a terrifying secret about her troubled catatonic son. Caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find a way to rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.
Psychological Thriller Drama
Friday, September 16, 2016
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Jeremy Landes
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Snowden
also known as “The Snowden Files”

Tagline: The only safe place is on the run

Official site

Open: September 16, 2016

Open Road Films—Director/Writer: Oliver Stone / Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Shailene Woodley, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Olyphant, Rhys Ifans, Scott Eastwood, Zachary Quinto, Joely Richardson

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29-year-old Edward Snowden discloses to several media outlets thousands of classified documents that he acquired while working as an NSA contractor for Dell and Booz Allen Hamilton. The leaked documents uncover the existence of numerous global surveillance programs, many of them run by the NSA and the Five Eyes with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments.

based on the book The Snowden Files, The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man written by journalist Luke Harding It began with a tantalizing, anonymous e-mail: ‘I am a senior member of the intelligence community.’ What followed was the most spectacular intelligence breach ever, brought about by one extraordinary man. Edward Snowden was a 29-year-old computer genius working for the National Security Agency when he shocked the world by exposing the near-universal mass surveillance programs of the United States government. His whistleblowing has shaken the leaders of nations worldwide, and generated a passionate public debate on the dangers of global monitoring and the threat to individual privacy.
Biography Political Thriller Drama Adaptation
Friday, September 23, 2016
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Blake Wilson by Sep 27
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Storks

• Official site

Open: September 23, 2016 (wide)

Warner Bros.—Starring: Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key / Director: Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland

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Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl.

Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop—in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.

The animated adventure ‘Storks’ stars Andy Samberg (‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,’ ‘Hotel Transylvania’), Kelsey Grammer (‘Toy Story 2,’ ‘The Simpsons’), Katie Crown (Cartoon Network’s ‘Clarence’), Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele (Comedy Central’s ‘Key & Peele’), and Danny Trejo (‘The Book of Life’).

The film is directed by Nicholas Stoller (‘Neighbors,’ BAFTA nominee for ‘Muppets Most Wanted’), and Doug Sweetland (supervising animator on ‘Cars,’ Oscar-nominated director of the animated short ‘Presto’).

Stoller also wrote the ‘Storks’ screenplay, and serves as a producer along with Brad Lewis (‘Ratatouille’). The executive producers are Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Glenn Ficarra, John Requa and Jared Stern.
Animation Comedy Family 3D
Friday, September 30, 2016
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
also known as “Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children”

Open: September 30, 2016 (wide)

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Director: Tim Burton / Starring: Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Asa Butterfield, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney

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From director Tim Burton and based upon the best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs, comes an unforgettable, thrilling and haunting tale. When teenager Jake follows clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a mysterious island with a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive. Sixteen-year-old Jacob must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures who are out to destroy them.

As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.
Fantasy Adventure Teens Family Adaptation
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Deepwater Horizon
also known as “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour”

Tagline: When faced with our darkest hour, hope is not a tactic

Open: September 30, 2016 (wide)

Summit Entertainment, a division of Lionsgate Films—Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Dylan O’Brien, Gina Rodriguez, and Kate Hudson / Director: Peter Berg—“Lone Survivor” (2013), “Collateral” (2004)

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Based on the true events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, the story chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history.

based on The New York Times article titled “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour,” published December 25, 2010 and written by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul
Action History Drama
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Tagline: Get stupid rich

Official site

Open: September 30, 2016

Action Crime Comedy Drama
Friday, October 14, 2016
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures. Trademark logo.
The AccountantR

Open: October 14, 2016

Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, John Lithgow, Jeffrey Tambor, Cynthia Addai-Robinson / Director: Gavin O’Connor

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‘The Accountant’ centers on a mild-mannered accountant who moonlights as a lethal assassin.
Action Crime Thriller
Friday, October 28, 2016
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Pamela Gardner
Distributor: Paramount Pictures Corporation. Trademark logo.
Rings
also known as “The Ring 3”

Open: October 28, 2016

Paramount Pictures—Produced by DreamWorks SKG / Starring: Alex Roe, Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, David Dorfman, Johnny Galecki

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Roe is Holt, a young man who begins to become distant from his girlfriend, Julia (Lutz) after watching the infamous deadly videotape the series is known for. The story takes place 13 years after ‘The Ring,’ as Samar’s reign of terror returns.
Supernatural Fantasy Horror Thriller Sequel
Friday, November 4, 2016
Applicants:
  • Curtis McParland
  • Jessica D. Lovett
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Doctor Strange
also known as “Dr. Strange,” “Doctor Extraño”

Open: November 4, 2016 (wide)

Superhero Sci-Fi Action Adventure Fantasy Thriller
Friday, November 23, 2016
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Moana

Open: November 23, 2016

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures—Starring: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (voice), Alan Tudyk (voice), Auli'i Cravalho (voice) / Director: Ron Clements, John Muskern

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Disney’s first Polynesian princess

In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui (Johnson), to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.

Animation Adventure Family Comedy 3D
Friday, December 2, 2016
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Jeremy Landes
Distributor: Lionsgate Films. Trademark logo.
La La Land

Open: December 2, 2016 (wide)

Lionsgate—Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J.K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, Rosemarie DeWitt / Director: Damien Chazelle—“Whiplash”

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A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles

Ryan Gosling portrays a jazz pianist and Emma Stone plays an aspiring actress in the story, in which the duo fall in love but face difficulties as they become more successful.
Music Comedy Drama
Friday, December 9, 2016
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The Bye Bye Man

Open: December 9, 2016

STX Entertainment—Starring: Faye Dunaway, Carrie-Anne Moss, Douglas Smith, Doug Jones / Director: Stacy Title

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In 1990s Wisconsin, three college students move into an old, off-campus house, where they find themselves hunted by a sinister supernatural entity called The Bye Bye Man (Doug Jones). This film is an adaptation of a short story called ‘The Bridge to Body Island’ by Robert Damon Schneck.
Supernatural Horror Thriller Adaptation
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Applicants:
  • _____________
  • Jeremy Landes
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Open: December 15, 2016

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures—Starring: Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen / Director: Gareth Edwards

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rebels set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star
Sci-Fi Action Adventure War 3D IMAX
Friday, December 21, 2016
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Alexander Malsan
  • Pamela Gardner
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Assassin's Creed

Open: December 21, 2016

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson / Director: Justin Kurzel

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based on the popular video game / A bartender is captured by a large corporation and is forced into a machine, named ‘The Animus,’ allowing him to relive the memories of his ancestors—most of whom are assassins—to retrieve powerful and dangerous artifacts. When Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.
Sci-Fi Action Adventure 3D Adaptation
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Blake Wilson by Dec 28
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Sing

Open: December 21, 2016 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Voices of: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Nick Offerman, Leslie Jones, Peter Serafinowicz / Director: Garth Jennings

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A koala named Buster recruits his best friend to help him drum up business for his theater by hosting a singing competition.

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, ‘Sing’ stars Buster Moon (Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to break free of his family’s felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo. Each animal arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.

Featuring more than 85 hit songs.
Animation Music Comedy Family
Friday, January 6, 2017
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Amityville: The ReawakeningR
also known as “The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes,” “Amityville: The Awakening”

Tagline: Every house has a history. This one has a legend.

Open: January 6, 2017

Dimension Films—The Weinstein Company—Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, Thomas Mann / Director: Franck Khalfoun

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Belle, her little sister, and her comatose twin brother move into a new house with their single mother Joan in order to save money to help pay for her brother’s expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house including the miraculous recovery of her brother, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn’t telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.
Supernatural Horror Thriller
Friday, February 3, 2017
Distributor: Paramount Pictures Corporation. Trademark logo.
Same Kind of Different as Meleave your comments

Open: February 3, 2017

Paramount Pictures—Starring: Renee Zellweger, Greg Kinnear, Jon Voight, Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Holt / Director: Michael Carney

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Paramount assembled a topnotch cast for this true story film based on Denver Moore’s memoir, telling the story of a modern-day slave, an international art dealer, and the unlikely woman who bound them together.

It’s about an unlikely friendship between wealthy white art dealer Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear) and former sharecropper-turned-drifter Denver Moore (Djimon Hounsou). Introduced by Hall’s wife Deborah (Renee Zellweger), the two men from opposite walks of life met at a homeless shelter where Hall was volunteering.

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Christian Drama Adaptation
Friday, April 7, 2017
Distributor: New Line Cinema. Trademark logo.
Going in Style

Open: April 7, 2017

New Line Cinema, division of Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Christopher Lloyd, Alan Arkin, Matt Dillon, Joey King, Ann-Margret / Director: Zach Braff—“Garden State” (2004)

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Three retired men lose their pensions when the company they’ve worked for their entire lives is sold to a foreign corporation. Desperate for money to survive, they set out to rob the very bank that’s withholding their money.
Crime Comedy Remake
Friday, May 19, 2017
Applicants:
  • Emily Piburn
  • Andrea Lopez
Distributor: Open Road Films. Trademark logo.
The Nut Job 2

Open: May 19, 2017

Open Road Films—Starring: Will Arnett (Surly), Katherine Heigl (Andy), Maya Rudolph (Precious the Dog), Gabriel Iglesias (Jimmy) and Jeff Dunham (Mole) / Director: Cal Brunker

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The sequel takes audiences back to the town of Oakton, where the evil mayor decides to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly Squirrel and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor and take back the park.
Animation Adventure Family Comedy Sequel
To be announced
ASSIGNED TO:
Nicole Granath
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I'm Not Ashamed: The Rachel Joy Scott Columbine Storyleave your comments

Open: September __, 2016 (wide—1500+ theaters), then widens if successful

Christian Biography Drama
ASSIGNED TO:
Samuel Chetty
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Official siteFacebook page

Open: Fall 2016

Action Adventure Christian Teen Drama
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Hillsong: Let Hope RisePG leave your comments
also known as “Hillsong—Let Hope Rise”

Official site

Open: ______________, 2016

Relativity Media

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HILLSONG - LET HOPE RISE is the first theatrical worship experience to ever be released in theaters nationwide. The music of Hillsong Church is so popular it is estimated that on any given Sunday, more than 50 million churchgoers around the world are singing their songs. The film follows the band as they labor to record their next album and explores the history of Hillsong, a 30-year journey from a tiny church in the Sydney suburbs to a vibrant international ministry. The movie culminates in a transformational concert experience spotlighting the humble hearts behind this worldwide sensation.
Christian Documentary
ASSIGNED TO:
Pamela Gardner

REVIEW IT AT HOME—video release: __________ (available from Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Flixter, MGo, VuDu, Xbox Video, U-verse, DirectTV, pay per view, video stores, etc.)

Biography Crime Thriller
ASSIGNED TO:
Emily Saur
Alternate:
  • Samuel Chetty
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DVD: ___________

Animation Family Sports Adventure
ASSIGNED TO:
Alexander Malsan
Alternate:

DVD release: __________

Suspense Thriller
ASSIGNED TO:
Samuel Chetty
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Netflix: ________

Animation Fantasy Adaptation 3D
Distributor: Relativity Media. Trademark logo.
The Disappointments Roomleave your comments

Open:

Relativity Media—Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Lucas Till, Duncan Joiner / Director: D.J. Caruso / Screenwriter Wentworth Miller

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In this psychological thriller from the director of ‘Eagle Eye’ and ‘Disturbia,’ Dana (Kate Beckinsale) and David move from Brooklyn to a once-grand Southern mansion with their 5 year old son looking for a fresh start. But Dana’s discovery of a secret room that hadn't appeared in the house’s blueprints unleashes unexplainable events that test her sanity and slowly reveal the home’s terrifying past. The ghost of a young girl appears and beckons her to open the door. But the spirits of those who protect the room’s terrifying secret return to make sure that the room remains closed forever.

Inspired by a true event, ‘The Disappointments Room’ tells the story of one family's terror-filled encounter within their own home. The husband and wife, together with their 5-year-old son Jeremy, move into their dream house, a beautiful old rural home. When frightening and unexplainable events lead Dana to discover the long lost key to this room, she accidentally unlocks a host of unimaginable horrors that reveal the house’s past is terrifyingly tied with her own.
Supernatural Suspense Horror Thriller
Distributor: Open Road Films. Trademark logo.
CollidePG-13
also known as “Autobahn”

Open: __________, 2016

Open Road Films—Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley, Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones / Director: Eran Creevy

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A desperate American backpacker (Nicholas Hoult) schemes to pull a drug heist on an eccentric gangster (Kingsley) in order to pay for his girlfriend’s medical emergency gets involved with a ring of drug smugglers as their driver, though he winds up on the run from his employers across Munich’s high-speed freeways.
Action Adventure Suspense Thriller
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Only God CanPG

• Official site

Opening: April 4, 2016 through June 2016

Inspire You Entertainment / Sweet Carolina Film, LLC

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The movie “Only God Can” explores the lifetime bond of five friends struggling through life’s challenges that become more difficult with each passing year. Tragedy strikes and the women are thrust into questioning their decisions, relationships, and even God. As they begin to transform, the Women soon discover through faith that Only God Can empower them to be the people they truly desire to be.

There are very few films made specifically for and about Christian women, and we see “Only God Can” as a beacon of light that will encourage women to continue exemplifying Christ’s love and commitment in their lives.

Our hope is that “Only God Can” will inspire you to reflect upon your own standing in faith and your willingness to delve in deeper. This film will offer viewers encouragement and an understanding about the role faith plays in overcoming life’s hardships. “Only God Can is truly a reminder that God’s love conquers all.
Christian Drama
ASSIGNED TO:
Pamela Gardner
Alternate:
  • ______________

Open: ___________ (delayed due to Relativity Media bankruptcy)

Supernatural Horror Thriller
Distributor: Relativity Media. Trademark logo.
Kidnap

Open: ___________ (delayed due to Relativity Media bankruptcy)

Relativity Studios—Starring: Halle Berry / Director: Luis Prieto

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‘Kidnap’ is a heart-stopping action thriller following a mother (Halle Berry) who will stop at nothing to rescue her kidnapped son.
Crime Thriller Drama

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