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GreaterPGleave your comments

Tagline: The incredible true story of the greatest walk-on in the history of college football / His brother’s life was both the question… and the answer

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Open: August 26, 2016 • theater list

Hammond Entertainment—Starring: Neal McDonough, Chris Severio, Chris Severio, Leslie Easterbrook, Quinton Aaron

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Brandon Burlsworth is perhaps the greatest walk-on in the history of college football. Brandon dreamed of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but was told he wasn’t good enough to play Division I ball. Undeterred, Brandon took a risk and walked on in 1994. Written off by fellow teammates and coaches, Brandon displayed dogged determination in the face of staggering odds. The awkward kid who once was an embarrassment to his teammates and an annoyance to his coaches, ended up becoming the most respected player in the history of the program, changing the lives of all he touched.

Brandon Burlsworth never cursed, drank or smoked, and he returned home every weekend of his college career to see his mother and attend church with his family. This was a guy who did everything ‘right.’

On April 28, 1999, on a lonely Arkansas highway, a wreck claimed the life of a young man who was bound for glory in the NFL. Brandon Burlsworth, widely considered the greatest walk-on in the history of college football, was a man of hard work, integrity, and commitment, who took no short cuts in life. He was a shining example of a fleeting life lived well. Burlsworth's astonishing physical, mental, and spiritual gifts made him the kind of player that opponents are afraid to line up against. An almost unreal blend of power and speed, Brandon wanted to be the best.

He was.

Brandon was not born with the athletic gifts that are normally required to reach the elite levels of football. Though he desperately wanted to fulfill his dream of playing Division 1 ball, nobody would give him a chance and he failed to receive any D-1 scholarship offers. Risking everything to walk-on at the University of Arkansas, Burlsworth worked harder than anybody else, on or off the field. He would eventually become the first Razorback to earn a master's degree while playing football, achieved first-team All-American honors, and in 1999 was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts and expected to be a first-year starter and anchor the Colts' line for the next dozen years.

Brandon's trademark black glasses has inspired children for over 15 years to live by Brandon's motto, ‘Do things the right way.’ Since his passing, the University of Arkansas has honored the Burls’ Kids, a non profit charity, at an Arkansas Razorback home football game.

Related book: Through the Eyes of a Champion - The Brandon Burlsworth Story by Jeff Kinley (New Leaf Press: 1 September 2001)

Christian Sports Biography Family
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Open: August 26, 2016 (wide—2,200+ theaters)

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Action Crime Thriller Sequel
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Tagline: Justice isn’t a crime.

Open: August 31, 2016 (2nd Expansion)

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster

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Crime Drama
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Open: August 26, 2016 (wide—806 theaters)

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Biography Romance Drama
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The Sea of TreesPG-13

Open: August 26, 2016

A24—Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts, Ken Watanabe / Director: Gus Van Sant

film about self-reflection, despair, crisis of faith, survival and the meaning of life

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Matthew McConaughey stars as an American man by the name of Arthur Brennan who visits Japan to kill himself. He goes to Aokigahara Forest, one of the world's most notorious suicide destinations, and accidentally meets a Japanese man named Takumi Nakamura (Ken Watanabe) who intends to end his life, too.

While in the forest, they talk about the matter of life and death while juggling the rough terrains. ‘Things are not what they seem here,’ Nakamura says. ‘This place is what you call purgatory.’ The suicidal American befriends the Japanese, and the two search for a way out.
Drama
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currently showing nationwide—441 U.S. theaters

Biography War History Thriller
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Tagline: The quest begins

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currently showing nationwide—3,260 U.S. theaters

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Animation Adventure Kids Family
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currently showing nationwide—1,364 U.S. theaters

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Family Comedy Fantasy
ASSIGNED TO:
Jessica Langston

Open: August 26, 2016 (wide—2,000+ theaters)

Action Sports Biography Drama
Friday, September 2, 2016
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Open: September 2, 2016 (wide)

Starring: Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rose Leslie, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Giamatti, Toby Jones, Michelle Yeoh

The script for this film was on the 2014 Black List, the annual list of best unproduced screenplays. trailer »
Sci-Fi Horror Mystery
ASSIGNED TO:
Shawna Ellis by Sep 4
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  • Pamela Gardner
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Open: September 2, 2016 (wide)

Romance Drama Adaptation
Friday, September 9, 2016
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When the Bough BreaksPG-13leave your comments

Tagline: She’s carrying more than just a secret.

Open: September 9, 2016

Screen Gems, a division of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment—Starring: Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Romany Malco, Michael K. Williams, with Theo Rossi, Jaz Sinclair / Director: Jon Cassar—“24,” “The Kennedys”

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John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall) are a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby. After exhausting all other options, they finally hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair), the perfect woman to be their surrogate—but, as she gets further along in her pregnancy, so too does her psychotic and dangerous fixation on the husband. The couple becomes caught up in Anna's deadly game and must fight to regain control of their future before it's too late.

Director Cassar is best known for his work on the TV series “24.”
Thriller
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Curtis McParland by Sep 12
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  • Jeremy Landes
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Open: September 9, 2016 (wide)

Biography Drama Adaptation IMAX
ASSIGNED TO:
Bob Subjenski by Sep 12
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Open: September 9, 2016 (limited)

Animation Adventure Comedy Kids Family 3D
Friday, September 16, 2016
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Open: September 16, 2016

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Drama
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Tagline: There’s something evil hiding in the woods

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Open: September 16, 2016

Horror
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Open: September 16, 2016

Romance Comedy
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Open: September 16, 2016

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Christian Music Documentary
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Curtis McParland by Sep 18
Alternate:
  • Jeremy Landes
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Open: September 16, 2016

Biography Political Thriller Drama Adaptation
Friday, September 23, 2016
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  • Blake Wilson by Sep 27
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StorksPGleave your comments

Tagline: Find your flock

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Open: September 23, 2016 (wide)

Warner Bros. Pictures—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
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The Magnificent SevenPG-13leave your comments

Open: September 23, 2016 (wide)

Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures—Starring: Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Haley Bennett, Peter Sarsgaard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Luke Grimes, Lee Byung-hun, Cam Gigandet / Director: Antoine Fuqua—“Training Day” (2001), “Shooter” (2007), “The Equalizer” (2014)

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In the old West, seven American gunmen are hired to protect a small Mexican village from a group of savage bandits.

With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' and Columbia Pictures' The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns - Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D'Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

re-imagining of the classic 1960 film, ‘The Magnificent Seven,’ which was a remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 ‘Seven Samurai’

Despite the fact the the new version of The Magnificent Seven will a re-imagining rather than a remake, the filmmakers personally hired Walter Mirisch to executive produce The Magnificent Seven. Mirisch, one of the most successful independent film producers in Hollywood in the 1960s, worked alongside actor Yul Brynner, producer Lou Morheim, director John Sturges, and screenwriter Walter Newman to get Akira Kurosawa's legendary masterpiece Seven Samurai to be remade in America. Their efforts have been really successful in The Magnificent Seven. Many decades after its release, Mirisch still holds the American version of The Magnificent Seven in high regard.
Action Western
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Samuel Chetty
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  • Andrea McAteer
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Open: September 28, 2016

Action Adventure Christian Teen Drama
Friday, September 30, 2016
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Deepwater HorizonPG-13leave your comments
also known as “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour”

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

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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 IMAX
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Tagline: Get stupid rich

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Open: September 30, 2016

Action Crime Comedy Drama
ASSIGNED TO:
Blake Wilson by Oct 3
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Queen of KatwePGleave your comments

Open:September 30, 2016 (wide), September 23, 2016 (select)

Sports Biography Drama Adaptation
Applicants:
  • Charity Bishop
  • Pamela Gardner
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Childrenleave your comments
also known as “Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children”

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Open: September 30, 2016 (wide)

Fantasy Adventure Teens Family Adaptation
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Hannah NeCamp by Oct 1
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DenialPG-13leave your comments

Open: September 30, 2016

Biography Histroy Drama
Friday, October 7, 2016
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Middle School: The Worst Years of My LifePG

Tagline: Rules aren’t for everyone

Open: October 7, 2016

CBS Films—Starring: Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, Isabela Moner, Adam Pally, Thomas Barbusca, Rob Riggle, Retta / Director: Steve Carr—“Paul Blart: Mall Cop” (2009)

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Rafe Khatchadorian must use all of his wits to battle bullies, hormones and a tyrannical principal at Hills Village Middle School. A quiet teenage artist Rafe Katchadorian has a wild imagination and is sick of middle school and the rules that have been put before him. Rafe and his best friend Leo have come up with a plan; break every rule in the school hand book and as you expect trouble follows.

Rafe has an epic imagination…and a slight problem with authority. Both collide when he transfers to an oppressive, rule-crazy middle school. Drowning in do’s and don’ts, Rafe and his scheming best friend Leo hatch a plan to break every rule in the school’s Code of Conduct. It’s Ferris Bueller meets Home Alone as their battle with Principal Dwight explodes into chaos both real and imagined. But Dwight displays his own fiendish creativity, striking back at the rulebreakers. Meanwhile, Rafe struggles to hide his misbehavior from Jeanne, the straight-A, overachieving girl of his dreams, and at home, his mother’s boyfriend—a moochy, jack-of-no-trades named Bear—threatens to become his stepfather.

based on the bestselling seven novel series by James Patterson
Teen Comedy Adaptation
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The Girl on the TrainR

Tagline: What you see can hurt you.

Open: October 7, 2016 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudrow, Laura Prepon / Director: Tate Taylor—“The Help”

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In the thriller, Rachel (Emily Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. This film is based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller.

Every day, she takes the train in to work in London, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down—Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.
Mystery Thriller Adaptation
Friday, October 14, 2016
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Priceless

Tagline: She’s worth fighting for

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Open: October 14, 2016

Roadside Attractions—Starring: David Koechner, Bianca A. Santos, Jim Parrack, Lora Martinez-Cunningham, Sarah Minnich / Director: Ben Smallbone

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From the creative minds behind the two-time Grammy Award-winning band, for KING & COUNTRY, PRICELESS stars Joel Smallbone (for KING & COUNTRY), Bianca Santos (THE DUFF), Amber Midthunder (‘Longmire’) with Jim Parrack (SUICIDE SQUAD, ‘True Blood’) and David Koechner (ANCHORMAN, ‘The Goldbergs’). PRICELESS is the first film from the Smallbone Brothers. Ben Smallbone directs from the script by Chris Dowling and Tyler Poelle. The film was produced by Steve Barnett (300). David Smallbone and Luke Smallbone serve as executive producers, and Jacob ‘Cubbie’ Fink is a co-producer. Roadside will release the film in theatres nationwide on October 14.

Inspired by true events, PRICELESS is the powerful drama/thriller about James Stevens who at one time was a good man with a great life—but this has drastically changed. After the tragic death of his wife and losing custody of his little girl, James now finds himself at the darkest crossroad of his life. Angry, desperate, and unable to hold down a steady job, he agrees to drive a box truck on a one-time trip cross country for cash—no questions asked. But when he discovers what he is delivering, he is faced with a life-changing choice. Can love, strength, and faith redefine his past and change the course of his future? This unlikely hero must risk it all, confront the forces that oppose him, and ultimately discover the life he was meant to live.

The film is a natural extension for the Smallbone Brothers brand. ‘Part of the DNA of for KING & COUNTRY is this idea of respect and honor in relationships and women being priceless,’ Joel Smallbone says. ‘What we’ve found in our beliefs as men is that people are made equal. The film continues the idea that no one is a commodity and everyone deserves to be loved and loved well. And we are fortunate to have our family on board for this journey—our brother Ben directed the film while our father David and brother Luke produced.’

Roadside Attractions” Howard Cohen said: ‘PRICELESS is a film that will push those emotional buttons which can engage and transform. We're thrilled to work with the Smallbone Brothers on their feature film debut and look forward to bringing this powerful story to the big screen for audiences to enjoy from coast to coast.’

Producer Steve Barnett adds, ‘Ben and Joel are incredibly talented artists. The brothers have done a masterful job of delivering a film that is not only compelling and entertaining, but also important. I expect that we will be seeing more films like ‘PRICELESS’ from them in the years to come.’

For KING & COUNTRY’s ‘Priceless’ single has quickly risen since its debut and currently is #1 on both the Billboard and CHR charts. Following a headline stent on the arena-filled Winter Jam Spectacular and a summer of packed festival dates, this fall, the band embarks on ‘Priceless|The Tour [Fall 2016],‘ their largest headline tour to date.
Christian Romance Drama
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  • Jeremy Landes by Oct 16
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The AccountantR

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Open: October 14, 2016

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

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Ben Affleck plays Christian Wolff, a genius accountant with a secret identity. He's compared to Einstein, Mozart and Picasso when he was a child. ‘Can our son lead a normal life,’ asks his father.

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.
Action Crime Thriller
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The Lennon Report

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Open: October 14, 2016 (wide), October 7 (10 markets: NYC, LA, CHI, DAL, SEA, TMP, SF, DEN, ATL, CLV)

Emerging Pictures—Starring: The film stars Richard Kind as Dr. Stephan Lynn, Evan Jonigkeit as Dr. David Halleran and Walter Vincent as Alan B. Weiss, the ABC news producer who broke the news about Lennon. Adrienne C. Moore (“Orange is the New Black”), David Zayas, Stephen Spinella and Devin Ratray (“Blue Ruin”) also star. / Director: Jeremy Profe

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re-creates the aftermath of the 1980 murder of John Lennon

The events on the night John Lennon was killed, seen through the eyes of those who lived it. The great men and women of NYC who did all they could to save a life, some without even knowing it was John Lennon himself. Based on a true story.

On December 8th 1980, John Lennon was shot outside of the Dakota apartment building in New York City. The Lennon Report follows the unbelievable true story of those who were part of his attempted rescue and witnesses to the human cost of tragedy.

When Emergency Department Nurses Barbara Kammerer (Stef Dawson) and Deatra Sato (Ashley Atkinson) paged Dr. David Halleran (Evan Jonigkeit) about a John Doe shooting victim, they had no idea he would turn out to be the world’s biggest rock star.

​Alan Weiss (Walter Vincent), an ambitious young news producer awaiting treatment following a motorcycle accident, finds himself in a position to break the biggest story of his life.

Dr. Halleran, with the help of surgeon Dr. Marks (Tony award winner Stephen Spinella), attempts to resuscitate John Lennon. This dramatic surgery is done under the watchful eye of the Emergency Department Director, Dr. Lynn (Richard Kind).

Alan Weiss ignores the orders of his doctor (Adrienne C. Moore) and struggles with Security Officer Medina (David Zayas) to break the story and tell the world what’s happened.
History Drama
Friday, October 21, 2016
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Boo! A Madea HalloweenPG-13

Open: October 21, 2016

Lionsgate—Starring: Tyler Perry, Bella Thorne, John West Jr. / Director: Tyler Perry

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Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.
Comedy Horror Drama
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
also known as “Jack Reacher 2”

Tagline: Never give in. Never give up. Never go back.

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Open: October 21, 2016

Paramount Pictures—Starring: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh, Patrick Heusinger, Holt McCallany, Robert Knepper / Director: Edward Zwick—“The Last Samurai” (2003), “Courage Under Fire,” “The Siege,” “Blood Diamond,” “Shakespeare in Love”

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Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns with his particular brand of justice in the highly anticipated sequel JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK. Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) is the Army Major who heads Reacher's old investigative unit. She is arrested for Treason and knowing that she is innocent, Reacher must break her out of prison and uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear their names and save their lives. On the run as fugitives from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever. Based upon JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK, author Lee Child's 18th novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series, that has seen 100 million books sold worldwide.

based on the novel of the same name which is the 18th book in the series
Crime Action Drama Sequel Adaptation
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I'm Not AshamedPG-13leave your comments

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Open: October 21, 2016 (wide—1500+ theaters), then widens if successful

Pure Flix Entertainment—Starring: Masey McLain, Sadie Robertson, Ben Davies, Bella Robertson, Korie Robertson, Matthew Schuler / Director: Brian Baugh

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‘I'm Not Ashamed’ is the story of Columbine victim, Rachel Joy Scott. She was not ashamed to share her faith in Jesus, even to her killers. The Columbine Massacre of April 20,1999 completely redefined America's view of the life of high school students. The I'M NOT ASHAMED film is the ‘story inside the story.’ Drawn straight from Rachel Joy Scott's words, through the insight of her mother, Beth Nimmo, it is the story of a high school student whose compassionate, caring faith caused her to reach out to fellow students including her killers and made her a target of their murderous plan.

See: Christian Film News article
Christian Biography Drama
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A Monster CallsPG-13
Tagline: “Stories are wild creatures.”

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Open: October 21, 2016

Focus Features—Starring: Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Geraldine Chaplin, Lewis MacDougall / Director: J.A. Bayona (Juan Antonio Bayona)

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a boy seeks the help of a tree monster (huge tree that has been standing for thousands of years) to cope with his single mother’s (Felicity Jones) terminal illness

Based on the award-winning children's fantasy novel by Patrick Ness (the Chaos Walking trilogy), this visually spectacular film follows 12-year-old Conor's attempts to deal with his mother's illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss and faith. Liam Neeson stars in performance-capture and voiceover as the nocturnally visiting monster of the title.
Fantasy Adventure Drama Adaptation
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Ouija: Origin of EvilPG-13
also known as “Ouija 2”

Tagline: When you talk to the other side, you never know who will be listening.

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Open: October 21, 2016 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, Doug Jones, Parker Mack, Sam Anderson, Kate Siegel, Annalise Basso, Lulu Wilson / Director: Mike Flanagan

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It was never just a game. Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’ tells a terrifying new tale as the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit that opened at number one. In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’ was produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ ‘The Purge’ series, ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’), Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (‘The Purge’ and ‘Insidious’ series), alongside Hasbro’s Brian Goldner (‘Transformers’ and ‘G.I. Joe’ series) and Stephen Davis (‘Ouija’). Mike Flanagan directed from a screenplay he wrote with his ‘Oculus’ and ‘Before I Wake’ collaborator, Jeff Howard, and Universal will distribute the film worldwide.
Supernatural Horror Thriller Sequel
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Trademark logo.
Keeping Up with the JonesesPG-13

Open: October 21, 2016

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring: Isla Fisher, Gal Gadot, Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm / Director: Greg Mottola

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A quiet, suburban cul de sac is turned upside down when an unfulfilled married couple begins to suspect that there’s something nefarious afoot with their new neighbors. An ordinary suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) finds it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses (Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot)—their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors—especially when they discover that Mr. and Mrs. ‘Jones‘ are covert operatives. The couple becomes embroiled in an international espionage plot.
Spy Comedy
Friday, October 28, 2016
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InfernoPG-13
also known as “The Da Vinci Code 3”

Tagline: Every clue will take him deeper

Open: October 28, 2016 (wide)

Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures—Starring: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Ben Foster, Omar Sy, Sidse Babett Knudsen / Director: Ron Howard

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Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world’s population.The film’s screenplay is by David Koepp, based upon the novel by Dan Brown. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are the producers.

An adaptation of Dan Brown’s latest Robert Langdon book, ‘Inferno’ continues the Harvard symbologist’s adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s Inferno.

After waking up in a hospital room in Florence, in a amnesic state, Robert Langdon finds himself the target of a manhunt. With the help of Sienna Brooks, a nurse, and his knowledge of symbology he will try to escape whilst they have to solve the most intricate riddle Langdon never faced.
Mystery Suspense Thriller Drama Adaptation Sequel
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  • Pamela Gardner
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Rings
also known as “The Ring 3”

Tagline: Evil is born

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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Gabriel (Johnny Galecki), a handsome, pleasure-seeking professor mentors and helps boyfriend and girlfriend duo, Holt (Alex Roe) and Julia (Matilda Lutz).

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 Prequel/Sequel 3D
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American PastoralR

Tagline: A radically ordinary story.

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Open: October 28, 2016 (wide)
October 21, 2016 (select cities)

Lionsgate—Studio: Lakeshore Entertainment / Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, David Strathairn, Molly Parker / Director: Ewan McGregor

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In the 1960s, a successful businessman (Ewan McGregor) tries to find his missing beloved daughter (Dakota Fanning) after police accuse her of a violent bombing.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Phillip Roth novel, AMERICAN PASTORAL follows an all American family across several decades, as their idyllic existence is shattered by social and political turmoil that will change the fabric of American culture forever. Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Beginners) makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life. When his beloved daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the modern world around him: no American family will ever be the same. AMERICAN PASTORAL also stars Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) as Dawn, Dakota Fanning (The Runaways, The Twilight Saga) as Merry, Emmy® winner Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black), and Academy Award® nominee David Strathairn (Lincoln, Good Night, and Good Luck).

‘I have dreamt of directing a feature for the last 15 years and never found the ‘right” story. I wanted to direct, not for the sake of being a director, but because there was a story I HAD to tell. Well American Pastoral gave me everything I was looking for. I was incredibly lucky that I had Lakeshore’s trust and incredible talent in front of and behind the camera to make Roth’s story the film I thought it should be. The creative collaboration with the cast and the crew was as thrilling as I had hoped it would be. I was a very happy man making this film and it is the film I wanted it to be.’
—Ewan McGregor, director and actor, ‘American Pastoral’
Drama Adaptation
Friday, November 4, 2016
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TrollsPG

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Open: November 4, 2016 (wide)

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Director: Mike Mitchell (“Shrek Forever After”), co-directed by Walt Dohrn / Starring: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor, John Cleese, Gwen Stefani

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“From the creators of “Shrek” comes the most smart, funny and irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks' “Trolls.” This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. DreamWorks' “Trolls” is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures.

“Trolls” stars Anna Kendrick as Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, and her polar opposite, Branch, played by Justin Timberlake. Together, this unlikely pair of Trolls must embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they’ve ever known.

Featuring original music from Justin Timberlake.”
Animation Adventure Musical Fantasy Comedy Family 3D IMAX
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LovingPG-13

Tagline: All love is created equal.

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Open: November 4, 2016

Focus Features—Starring: Joel Edgerton, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Michael Shannon, Ruth Negga, Ruth Wilson / Director: Jeff Nichols

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Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, are sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married.

Inspired by the documentary “The Loving Story,” the film follows the courtship and marriage in June 1958 of Mildred Jeter, a black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man. They were arrested, thrown into jail and exiled from the state because their interracial marriage violates the state's anti-miscegenation laws. Exiled to Washington DC, for the next nine years, the couple fought for their marriage and the right to return home as a family.
Biography Romance Drama
ASSIGNED TO:
Curtis McParland by Nov 6
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Hacksaw Ridge

Open: November 4, 2016

Biography War History Drama
ASSIGNED TO:
Jessica D. Lovett by Nov 6
Alternate:
  • Curtis McParland
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Doctor Strange
also known as “Dr. Strange,” “Doctor Extraño”

Tagline: The impossibilities are endless.

Open: November 4, 2016 (wide)

Superhero Sci-Fi Action Adventure Fantasy Thriller
Friday, November 11, 2016
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Arrival

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Open: November 11, 2016

Paramount Pictures Corporation—Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma / Director: Denis Villeneuve—“Sicario” (2015), “Prisoners” (2013)

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When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team—lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams)—is brought together to investigate—and determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. She is accompanied by an expert physicist named Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) who helps interpret the extraterrestrials’ language. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers—and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
Sci-Fi Thriller
Applicants:
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  • Jeremy Landes by Nov 13
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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Open: November 11, 2016

TriStar Pictures, a division of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment—Director: Ang Lee—“Life of Pi” (2012), “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000), “Brokeback Mountain” (2005) / Starring: Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel, Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin, Chris Tucker, Tim Blake Nelson

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19-year-old soldier Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks the film shows what really happened to his squad—contrasting the realities of war with America’s perceptions. The film tells the story of Billy and his squad, who survive an Iraq battle that is captured by embedded news cameras, causing them to become celebrated as heroes. They are brought home by the US administration for a promotional tour that culminates at the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game in Texas, before they are returned to the war. Almost the entire movie takes place during the game, with flashes away to other events.

This film is an adaptation of Ben Fountain’s 2012 novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. This is reportedly the first film in history to be shot at 120 frames per second, which the director says will create a greater sense of immediacy and help the film’s 3D crackle. The film is said to be poignant, riotously funny, and exquisitely heartbreaking.
War Drama Adaptation 3D
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Almost ChristmasPG-13

Tagline: Five days together? Oh joy.

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Open: November 11, 2016

Universal Pictures—Starring: Danny Glover, Jessie T. Usher, Gabrielle Union, Nicole Ari Parker, Romany Malco, Omar Epps, Kimberly Elise, J.B. Smoove, Mo'Nique / Director: David E. Talbert

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An estranged family faces their first Thanksgiving together since the death of the family matriarch.

A new comedy from writer/director David E. Talbert (“Baggage Claim”) and producer Will Packer (“Ride Along,” “Think Like a Man” series, “This Christmas”), “Almost Christmas” tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle.
Christmas Comedy
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Rules Don't Apply

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Open: November 11, 2016

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring: Lily Collins, Warren Beatty (as Howard Hughes), Haley Bennett, Taissa Farmiga, Matthew Broderick, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Annette Bening, Oliver Platt, Steve Coogan, Candice Bergen, Alden Ehrenreich / Director: Warren Beatty

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An unconventional love story of an aspiring actress, her determined driver, and the eccentric billionaire who they work for. This film centers on an affair Howard Hughes had in the late years of his life with a younger woman.
Biography Romance Comedy Drama
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Shut In

Tagline: Don’t believe everything you see

Open: November 11, 2016

EuropaCorp—Starring: Naomi Watts, Oliver Platt, Charlie Heaton, Jacob Tremblay / 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, November 18, 2016
Distributor: Roadside Attractions. Trademark logo.
Manchester by the SeaR
also known as “Manchester-By-The-Sea”

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Open: November 18, 2016

Roadside Attractions—Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Matthew Broderick, Gretchen Mol, Tate Donovan / Director: Kenneth Lonergan

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In ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ an uncle (Casey Affleck) learns his brother has passed away and is forced to move back to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew. There, he finds himself thrust into the care of the man’s 16-year old son, but finds himself crumbling due to a secret tragedy in his past. As a result, the life of the solitary Boston janitor is transformed. This is the latest film from award-winning writer and director Kenneth Lonergan. The story of the Chandlers, a working-class family living in a Massachusetts fishing village for generations, Manchester by the Sea is a deeply poignant, unexpectedly funny exploration of the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope.
Drama
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The Edge of Seventeen

Tagline: You’re only young once… is it over yet?

Open: November 18, 2016

STX Entertainment—Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Blake Jenner, Kyra Sedgwick / Director: Kelly Fremon—writer of “Post Grad” (2009)

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‘The Edge of Seventeen’ is a new coming-of-age movie in the vein of ‘Sixteen Candles’ and ‘The Breakfast Club’—an honest, candid, often hilarious look at what it's like to grow up as a young woman in today's modern world.

Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson).

All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all.

The film also stars Kyra Sedgwick as Nadine's well-meaning but completely ineffective mother, and Woody Harrelson as Nadine's History teacher, mentor and reluctant sounding board.

‘The Edge of Seventeen’ marks the feature film directorial debut of writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig and is produced by Academy Award® winner James L. Brooks—the filmmaker behind big-screen, character-driven classics such as ‘Terms of Endearment,’ ‘Broadcast News,’ ‘Big,’ ‘Say Anything,’ ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Jerry Maguire’ and ‘As Good as It Gets.’
Comedy
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Charity Bishop
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Open: November 18, 2016

Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Katherine Waterston, Gemma Chan, Carmen Ejogo / Screenwriter: J.K. Rowling / Director: David Yates—“Harry Potter…” franchise

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The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

Set in New York roughly seven decades before Harry Potter’s saga starts, “Fantastic Beasts” is based on the Hogwarts textbook of the same name and follows the adventures of its author, Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne)—which in the “Harry Potter” realm is a person who studies magical creatures. He stops in the city on his travels to find and document magical creatures. Scamander meets Tina, short for Porpentina (Katherine Waterston), a witch who works her magic in the U.S.
Action Adventure Fantasy Family
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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Allied

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Open: November 23, 2016 (wide)

Paramount Pictures—Director: Robert Zemeckis—“Back to the Future” franchise,“ The Polar Express,” “Cast Away,” “Beowulf,” “The Walk,” “Flight” / Starring: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode, Jared Harris

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This is the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.

The two assassins fall in love with each other. Their future, however, is thrown off course when secrets from their past come to the light. Vatan, an Allied counter-intelligence agent, is quietly notified that the woman he has married and had a baby with is likely a Nazi spy.
Spy Action War Romance Drama
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Blake Wilson by Nov 28
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Moana

Open: November 23, 2016

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures—Starring: Auli'i Cravalho (voice), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (voice), Alan Tudyk (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
Distributor: Relativity Media. Trademark logo.
Kidnap

Open: December 2, 2016

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
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
ASSIGNED TO:
Raphael Vera by Dec 17
Alternate:
  • Curtis McParland
  • Jeremy Landes
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Open: December 15, 2016

Sci-Fi Action Adventure War 3D IMAX
Friday, December 16, 2016
Applicants:
  • Curtis McParland
  • Jeremy Landes
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La La Land

Open: December 16, 2016 (expanded), December 2, 2016 (limited)

Music Romance Drama
Friday, December 21, 2016
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The Space Between UsPG-13

Open: December 21, 2016

STX Entertainment—Starring: Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, BD Wong, Asa Butterfield / Director: Peter Chelsom

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In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet—never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot—an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing.

While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an on-line friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars—from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere.

Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on

Described as a ‘Romeo and Juliet’ story that centers on the first human born on Mars. In this star-crossed science fiction love story about two teens from different worlds, Gardner Elliot, the first human born on Mars, is secretly raised in an experimental colony after his astronaut mother dies during childbirth. Sixteen years later, Gardner hatches a plan to travel across the universe to meet her. Now, on the run, with Earth’s gravity threatening his very existence, Gardner must race against time and nature to find his love and win her heart. Once united, the two teens venture to seek out the enigmatic billionaire who funded the original expedition to Mars, in hopes of uncovering information about Gardner’s mother and the mysterious circumstances surrounding how Gardner came into existence.

‘This is a unique, well-crafted personal story set against an expansive landscape, and we are thrilled to be a part of this film and work with this enormously talented cast,’ said Adam Fogelson, Chairman of the STX Entertainment Motion Picture Group. ‘The film has a completely authentic voice and the kinds of nuanced characters who are distinctive and truly memorable. We were drawn in by this story and its universal themes of longing for community and love.’
Sci-Fi Adventure Romance
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  • Blake Wilson by Dec 28
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Sing

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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.

Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history. Following the release of The Secret Life of Pets in summer 2016, Illumination presents Sing at the holidays. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly star in a musical comedy about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.

Featuring more than 85 hit songs, Sing is written and directed by Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy.
Animation Music Comedy Family
ASSIGNED TO:
Alexander Malsan by Dec 21
Alternate:
  • 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
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, January 20, 2017
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Jeremy Landes
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The FounderPG-13

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

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Open: January 20, 2017 (wide), December 16, 2016 (limited)

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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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 maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar 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
Friday, January 27, 2017
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A Dog's Purpose

Tagline: Every dog happens for a reason

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Open: January 27, 2017

Universal Pictures with Walden Media, Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks SKG—Starring: Britt Robertson, Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby / Director: Lasse Hallström (Lasse Hallstrom)—“Chocolat” (2000), “Hachi: A Dog's Tale” (2009), “The Hundred-Foot Journey” (2014)

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A dog goes on quest to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes with multiple owners. “A Dog’s Purpose” asks “What is the meaning of life?”

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (‘The Cider House Rules,’ ‘Dear John,’ ‘The 100-Foot Journey’), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, John Ortiz, Juilet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Peggy Lipton and Pooch Hall.

‘A Dog’s Purpose’ is produced by Gavin Polone (Zombieland, TV’s Gilmore Girls). The film from Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media is executive produced by Alan Blomquist and Mark Sourian, and it will be distributed by Universal Pictures.
Comedy Drama Adaptation
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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Open: January 27, 2017

Screen Gems, a division of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment—Starring: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ruby Rose / Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

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Based on Capcom's hugely popular video game series comes the final installment in the most successful video game film franchise ever, which has grossed over $1 billion worldwide to date.

Picking up immediately after the events in ‘Resident Evil: Retribution,’ Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began - The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

In a race against time Alice joins forces with old friends, and an unlikely ally, in an action packed battle with undead hordes and new mutant monsters. Between losing her superhuman abilities and Umbrella’s impending attack, this will be Alice’s most difficult adventure as she fights to save humanity, which is on the brink of oblivion.
Sci-Fi Action Horror Sequel
Friday, February 3, 2017
Distributor: Paramount Pictures Corporation. Trademark logo.
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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 StylePG-13

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), Jackie Chan, 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
Friday, June 16, 2017
Distributor: Focus Features. Trademark logo.
The Book of HenryPG-13

Open: June 16, 2017

Focus Features—Director: Colin Trevorrow—“Jurassic World” (2015), “Safety Not Guaranteed” (2012), “Home Base” (2002) / Starring: Naomi Watts, Lee Pace, Jacob Tremblay, Jaden Lieberher, Dean Norris, Sarah Silverman

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‘Book of Henry’ centers on a story of a single mother raising two boys, one of whom is a genius. / an original screenplay written by best-selling novelist Gregg Hurwitz (Tell No Lies, Don’t Look Back)
Drama Comedy
To be announced
ASSIGNED TO:
Pamela Gardner
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Supernatural Horror Thriller
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SolaceR

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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 psychic doctor, John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins), works with an FBI special agent (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in search of serial killer Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell). After having lived two years in isolation since the death of his daughter, Clancy is asked by his friend Joe, an FBI special agent, to help him solve several murders committed by a serial killer. The problem is that Ambrose is also psychic, and far ahead of Clancy—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: _____________, 2017

Screen Gems, a division of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment—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
Distributor: Universal Pictures. Trademark logo.
SpectralPG-13

Open: TBD

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 and fighting supernatural beings

‘Spectral’ is describe as a ‘dark’ and ‘gritty’ take on the Ghostbusters formula. It is a 3D action thriller that tracks an elite Spec Ops team on a mission to take down an aggressive phantom threat that cannot be explained. Supernatural beings have taken over Manhattan. Directed by Nic Mathieu and starring James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer, Max Martini and Bruce Greenwood. Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni produced the film from writers Ian Fried, George Nolfi and John Gatins that is executive produced by Jillian Share and Guy Riedel. ‘Spectral’ is released by Universal Pictures.
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