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MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- STRONG SUMMER -- 3/20/17

Strong summer: Last week's North East blizzard left millions of people in the mood for summer. Although Mother Nature can't deliver summer until its official Wed., June 21 start at 12:24 a.m./ET, Hollywood can and will be pumping up the action to summertime levels with high profile event films much sooner than that – starting with Disney and Marvel's May 5 launch of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2." More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- MARCH MADNESS -- 3/13/17

March madness: Spring doesn't start until next week, but there's already a summer heat wave at the boxoffice. With "Logan" grossing $152.7 million in 10 days, "Kong: Skull Island" opening last weekend to a much better than expected $61... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- ACADEMY AFTERMATH -- 3/6/17

Academy aftermath: Although the Wrong Envelope snafu is the big story in the aftermath of the 89th Academy Awards, it's really not Oscar's biggest problem. The embarrassing envelope mix-up certainly threw cold water on an otherwise sparkling night of Oscar glamour that worked beautifully thanks to Jimmy Kimmel's... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OSCAR OUTCOME -- 2/27/17

Oscar outcome: The Oscar bellwethers that were ringing for months have stopped and now that we know how Academy members voted we can decide whom to trust next year. Of course, with "La La Land" winning and then finding out that it actually lost best picture to "Moonlight," it makes looking back at how other awards givers voted a great way to end... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OSCAR OUTLOOK -- 2/20/17

Oscar outlook: It's all over, but the shouting – and we'll be hearing plenty of that Feb. 26 at the 89th annual Oscars. The Academy's final voting ends Tuesday (Feb. 21), closing a long drawn-out season of awards campaigning that started at last May's Cannes Film Festival and continued at festivals in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York. An onslaught of honors followed from critics across the country, guilds representing... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- AWARDS ACTIVITY -- 2/13/17

Awards activity: Academy members are doing their final voting from Feb. 13-21 and their choices are the ones that will turn up in the sealed envelopes Feb. 26 at the 89th annual Oscars. Other awards givers' choices, of course, have been making news since late last November. The latest winners were announced Sunday at the British Academy's 70th annual BAFTA Awards at London's Royal Albert... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- FEBRUARY FOCUS -- 2/6/17

February focus: The dark cold days of February should turn brighter at this weekend's boxoffice thanks to "Fifty Shades Darker" and "The LEGO Batman Movie." The openings are targeted to adult women and to families, respectively, and should deliver a one-two... More >>


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DISNEY·PIXAR’S “CARS 3” ROLLS OUT KEY CAST & CHARACTERS

BURBANK, Calif. (March 9, 2017) -- Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3” reveals key voice cast and characters, featuring award-winning stars. According to director Brian Fee, the roster includes both new and returning characters. “We’re introducing some fun and really appealing characters in ‘Cars 3,’” said Fee, “so we really wanted to find the right voices to help us breathe life into them. We hit a homerun with this group; I couldn’t be happier”... More >>

16th ANNUAL TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES EPIC BACK-TO-BACK SCREENINGS OF THE GODFATHER AND THE GODFATHER PART II TO CLOSE FESTIVAL, ALONG WITH EXCITING GALAS AND SPECIAL SCREENINGS

New York, NY [March 8, 2017] – Unprecedented screenings and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including the reunion of talent and creators from iconic films and musical acts, will be showcased at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T. The 16th edition of the annual cultural festival today announced the program’s Closing Night, Galas, Special... More >>

GOLDEN GATE AWARD FEATURE FILM COMPETITIONS ANNOUNCED FOR 60TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

San Francisco, CA — The San Francisco Film Society today announced the films in competition for the Golden Gate Awards (GGAs), which will distribute nearly $40,000 in total prizes this year in various narrative and documentary categories. Among the most significant awards for emerging global film artists in the United States, the Golden Gate Awards, first presented at the... More >>

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FEATURE FILM LINE UP FOR THE COMPETITION, SPOTLIGHT, VIEWPOINTS AND MIDNIGHT SECTIONS OF THE 16TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL APRIL 19-30

New York, NY [March 2, 2017] – An exciting slate of films that showcases the breadth of contemporary filmmaking across a range of styles will premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T. The Festival today announced the feature films across the following programs: Competition... More >>

IMAX® AND DISNEY EXTEND BLOCKBUSTER SLATE DEAL THROUGH 2019

LOS ANGELES – Feb. 22, 2017 – Building on their existing long-standing relationship, IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) and The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), announced today that both companies have extended their multi-faceted agreement with a new multi-picture deal — beginning this year and extending through 2019 — that includes the... More >>


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HAN SOLO - SMUGGLER. SCOUNDREL. HERO. A NEW STAR WARS STORY BEGINS

The adventure-filled past of the iconic scoundrel and everyone’s favorite Wookiee is going before cameras this month when principal photography on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story officially began February 20th at Pinewood Studios, London... More >>

LEGENDARY PERFORMER ANGELA LANSBURY JOINS CAST OF “MARY POPPINS RETURNS”

BURBANK, Calif. (February 17, 2017) – Angela Lansbury has joined the cast of “Mary Poppins Returns,” the all-new sequel to Disney’s 1964 film “Mary Poppins” currently filming at Shepperton Studios. She will feature as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from PL Travers’... More >>

2017 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH WORLD PREMIERE OF CLIVE DAVIS: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19

New York, NY (February 2, 2017) – The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, will open the 16th edition with the world premiere of the feature length documentary Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The premiere will be followed by a special concert featuring performances by Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind & Fire, and more, taking opening night beyond the screen to honor the legendary music executive and producer. The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 19 to April 30... More >>

SHORTSHD™TO RELEASE OSCAR® NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2017 IN THEATRES IN NEW YORK ON WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 8th, NATIONALLY ON FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10

Los Angeles, CA January 31, 2017--- ShortsHD™, the Only Short Film Channel, working with Magnolia Pictures, will open “THE OSCAR®NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2017 in over 500 screens across the United States, Canada, Europe and Latin America on Friday February 10, 2017. In New York, the film will open for a special preview starting Wednesday, February 8th... More >>