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Eddie Redmayne Offered Lead in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'


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Eddie Redmayne has been offered the lead role of Newt Scamander in Warner Bros' Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Redmayne has always been the frontrunner for the role though wanted to look over a finished script before committing.

Eddie RedmayneEddie Redmayne [R] won the Oscar for best actor for The Theory of Everything

According to Variety, the Oscar-winning actor is happy with what he has read and is close to signing on for the project. J.K Rowling is making her screenwriting debut on the triology, with David Yates directing.

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Time Warner And Dish Network Strike Deal To Make HBO Programming Available


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Media empire Time Warner Inc. and satellite TV network provider Dish Network Corp. have agreed a new distribution deal which will apparently include making HBO available through Dish’s new online TV streaming offering.

Those with Sling TV, which is Dish’s web TV service, will be able to subscribe to HBO for an extra $15 per month. However, newcomers will not be able to subscribe to HBO using this method unless they also purchase the existing $20 per month online service that already includes other Time Warner channels (like CNN, TBS and ESPN) and add the HBO subscription on top of it, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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HBO shows like 'Game of Thrones' are to be available for Dish Network subscribers very soon

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Warner Bros. Set To Turn Cartoon Network's 'Adventure Time' Into A Movie


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Adventure Time is being made into an animated feature film. The hugely popular Cartoon Network show is currently being developed by Warner Bros. The news comes after years of speculation about the possibility of adapting the series for the big screen but the project has officially been confirmed, according to Deadline. Details remain sketchy but the show's creator Pendleton Ward is rumoured to be involved in the project and the producers' names have been revealed.

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John Di Maggio provides the voice for Jake the Dog.

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Andy Serkis Gets His Very Own Precious: 'The Jungle Book'


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Andy Serkis, who hit worldwide notoriety for portraying the character of Gollum in The Lord of The Rings films, is to direct ‘The Jungle Book’ for Warner Bros., who will be under extra pressure to deliver a faithful version of the iconic tale with Disney also working on a live-action adaptation, directed by Jon Favreau.

Andy SerkisAndy Serkis is set to direct 'The Jungle Book'

Serkis is thought to be the final turn in what has been a winding road towards finding a director. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel) left the project due to scheduling conflicts while Ron Howard was briefly in talks to take the helm – they proved to be fruitless. Serkis will also produce the movie with ‘Harry Potter’ writer Steve Kloves and Jonathan Cavendish, who is Serkis’ partner at The Imaginarium - his Fox-based production company.

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Ryan Gosling: Hey Girl, Let's Make A Busby Berkeley Biopic


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Ryan Gosling is to produce and possibly direct and star in Warner Bros' biopic about Busby Berkeley, the famous director and choreographer of musicals during Hollywood's golden age.

Ryan GoslingRyan Gosling Could Produce, Direct and Star in the Busby Berkeley Biopic

The studio has already optioned Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley by Jeffrey Spivak for an adaptation to be produced by Gosling and Marc Platt, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The pair have previously worked together on the 2011 crime thriller Drive.

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'Veronica Mars' Contributors To Be Refunded Following Flixter Technical Issues


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Contributors to the Veronica Mars movie have been disappointed after they encountered problems watching the movie on an online platform, Flixter. Warner Bros, the studio behind the film, have promised disappointed backers a refund but this may be too little too late.

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Kristen Bell at the L.A. premiere of Veronica Mars.

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'Batman: Arkham Knight' Will Serve As The Series' Next Gen Conclusion


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While hysteria surrounding Microsoft and Sony’s next generation of consoles has certainly been palpable, it’s been dampened somewhat by the lack of stellar titles available on the XBOX ONE and PS4. Titanfall, Watchdogs and The Witcher 3 are all nice promises to look forward to, but Dead Rising 3, Knack and Killzone 4 weren’t exactly titles worthy of ushering in the latest specification of hardware.

Batman: Arkham OriginsBatman fights the bad guys in Arkham Origins

But it was only a matter of time before the big, next-gen only titles were going to be announced, and the fourth instalment of the Arkham series is certainly that: a triple A, blockbuster title for the new generation of consoles. “Invest in Gotham,” says Bruce Wayne’s dead father in the trailer’s voiceover. “Treat its people like family. Watch over them. Use this money to safeguard them from forces beyond their control.”

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From Sandbox to Box Office: Minecraft The Movie Is Happening!


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Despite being released back in 2009 in beta, Minecraft is one of the most widely played games today. The indie title has been nothing short of a phenomenon, racking up millions of sales and dominating gaming news over the past 5 years. And these well-documented success stories (established markets) don’t avoid Hollywood for long – a Minecraft movie is in production.

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Warner Bros. – who recently enjoyed critical and fiscal success with The Lego Movie – have acquired the rights from Mojang, the Swedish company behind the game, whose name means ‘Gadget’ in English. Minecraft’s creator, Notch, revealed the news on Twitter. "Someone is trying leak the fact that we're working with Warner Brothers on a potential Minecraft Movie," said Markus Persson. "I wanted to be the leak!"

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Warner Brothers Building Lego Sequel, Want it Done by May 2017


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The Lego Movie went down so well with the critics and fans alike, Warner Bros. have set a release date for its sequel while the first one is still in cinemas. May 26, 2017 is the magic day the studio confirmed on Friday.

Lego MovieThe Lego movie has been a smash hit

Will Ferrell, Will Arnett and Elizabeth Banks all enjoyed voice roles in The Lego Movie, which opened with nearly $70m at the domestic box office. It then went on to gross more than $200m in the global market in what was a remarkable success story. It didn’t just stun on a fiscal level, though. The critics were equally impressed, lauding the film’s original style and refreshing dynamic. It soon accumulated a very respectable 96% on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.

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Hey 11 to 13-Year-Old Boys, Come on Down and Audition For 'Peter Pan'


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Ironically, the majority of people reading this will be too old to audition for Peter Pan – the boy who would never grow up, but get your sons to pop down and audition. You never know.

Peter Pan David HasselhoffDon't worry Peter Pan fans, David Hasselhoff won't be involved one bit

Boys of all ethnicities – it would be quite cool to see a Middle Eastern Peter Pan – are being invited, provided they’re aged 11 to 13, to come down and audition for the role.

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China Finally Pays Hollywood Studios For 'Life of Pi' And Others


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The Chinese government has paid six major Hollywood studios in full, following a lengthy dispute over box-office payments, the Motion Picture Association of America announced on Tuesday, reports the Wall Street Journal.

"We are pleased to hear that the Chinese government has addressed the matter and all money due will be paid in full. It is our understanding that the payment process has recommenced," said Chris Dodd, head of the MPAA.

The dispute concerns a 2 per cent luxury tax that China wanted to impose on box-office receipts. According to The Wrap, that tax was not part of the new more Hollywood-friendly trade agreement the sides had hammered out last year and the major studios saw it as a violation of the pact.

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'Pacific Rim' Dubbed One Of The Most Memorable Movies In Years


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Guillermo Del Toro's big-budget sci-fi action movie Pacific Rim should have been horrible. I mean, it really should have been horrible. It costs hundreds of millions to make, it's about monstrous creatures called Kaiju rising from the sea and beginning a war with humanity and, well, it's called Pacific Rim - which just sounds weird.

The problem is, it's not that horrible, apparently. Critics have been weighing in on del Toro's movie for the past couple of days and the consensus appears to be that the Mexican filmmaker has done a pretty good job. "Pacific Rim is just the kind of big-ticket sci-fi adventure you'd want del Toro to make -- provided you'd want him to make one at all," said Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice. Matthew Toomey of ABC Radio Brisbane was the most effusive in his praise for the all-action film, he said: "I'd strongly argue that Pacific Rim is one of the more memorable, distinctive action releases in recent years."

Ian Nathan of Empire magazine continued the plaudits, "Del Toro is giving scope to a boyhood lust for mayhem, the multi-million-dollar equivalent of kicking over sandcastles and torturing insects. There is something infectiously juvenile in that. Catch his Drift and you'll have a brawl," he said.

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Happy Birthday! Here's Your Lawsuit! Warner Brothers Facing Legal Action Over Famous Song


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Good Morning to You is filming a documentary about the origins of the song - the documentary (originally enough) shares the same name. The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan on the grounds the copyright is invalid thus should be declared void and refunds issued to all those who paid royalties. Considering Warner Brothers collects around $2 million of royalties from the use of the song every year this will not be a small sum. Those who neglect to pay the $1500 licencing fee face a fine of $150,000 for breaching Warner Brother's copyright.

The song originates from Kentucky where it was created by the Hill Sisters and published in 1893. It was only in 1935 that the lyrics and score were copyrighted. They have belonged and will continue (until 2030) to belong to Warner Brothers. This is the issue underpinning the whole case. This version of the song is copyrighted by Warner yet others may have pre-existed this score allowing Good Morning to You (and others) to use a previously un-copyrighted version. 

Owing to the obscure origins of the song, Good Morning to You have been forced to delve into copyrighting archives around the US including those of an Indiana school which attempted to have the song copyrighted in 1912. 

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Kevin Tsujihara Named The Next CEO Of Warner Bros.


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Time Warner named their next CEO to take the helm of Warner Bros. Entertainment, USA understands. 

Jeff Bewkes, the chief executive of Warner Bros. parent Time Warner Inc., said in a statement Monday that Kevin Tsujihara was the right leader for the studio, combining strategic thinking with financial discipline. "Kevin is one of the most effective and respected executives within Time Warner," Bewkes said. Tsujihara said in a statement it was an honor to lead the studio."We're at a pivotal moment in the histories of Hollywood and entertainment: technology is changing the canvas we use to create theatrical releases," he said. Meyer, 69, will continue on as chairman of the studio through 2013. It was a move that caught people by surprise, especially considering TV Group chief, Bruce Rosenblum, was considered odds-on favourite. He issued a frank statement conveying his thoughts on the appointment. "Obviously I'm disappointed; who wouldn't be?" he explained. 

The studio accounted for $12.6 billion in revenue, about 43 percent of the entire company's revenue, and $1.3 billion in operating profit, about 22 percent of the total. Time Warner shares fell 31 cents to $50.09 in late afternoon trading Monday in a mixed overall market. Time Warner shares have traded in a 52-week range of $33.62 to $51.29.

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Josh Berger, Warner Bros, President and Stephen Mangan - Josh Berger (Warner Bros. UK President) and Stephen Mangan Monday 5th November 2012 The 24th Chickenshed Annual Fundraising Gala at The Guildhall

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