National Lampoon & Stage 32 Launch Comedy Screenwriting Competition

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National Lampoon has partnered with online film and TV creatives platform Stage 32 to launch the National Lampoon & Stage 32 Comedy Screenwriting Competition, with the winning script to receive a $5,000 option of 18 months by NL and the winning writer or writers placed into its mentoring program.

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Paul Rudd’s ‘The Catcher Was a Spy’ Picked Up by IFC Films

The Wrap

IFC Films has acquired the U.S. rights to “The Catcher Was a Spy,” starring Paul Rudd and Sienna Miller, the distribution company announced Tuesday.

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Poor Kiddos: Aussie Cinema Shows Horror Movie Trailer Before ‘Peter Rabbit’

Fox FM

Cinema goers at Events Cinemas Innaloo, Perth, were treated to a terrifying sight this week, when the trailer for R-rated horror flick Hereditary aired before the PG-rated Peter Rabbit

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Watch The Trailer For The Scariest Film Of This Year

LAD Bible

Just one month into 2018, critics are already hedging their bets about the scariest film of the year, tipped to be the forthcoming American horror flick that recently terrified Sundance.

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Hereditary’

Variety

Ari Aster’s disturbing spook show, featuring a bravura Toni Collette, is a domestic thriller about the scariest ghosts of all: the spirits within.

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PalmStar Media Closes Near $12M National Lampoon Deal; Can Laugh Brand Regain Luster?

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In a deal worth just under $12 million, PalmStar Media has acquired all the assets of National Lampoon.

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Can Anyone Repair National Lampoon’s Devastated Brand?

Vanity Fair

Over the past 15 years, three devotees of the comedy institution have attempted to restore the humor brand to its former glory. What happened instead was direct-to-video movies, lawsuits, crippling debt, and two prison sentences.

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Jeremy Renner To Play Doc Holliday In New Biopic

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Palmstar Media has optioned rights to a pair Mary Doria Russell books on gunslinger Doc Holliday for a movie that will star Jeremy Renner. PalmStar’s Kevin Frakes will produce with Renner and Don Handfield’s The Combine.

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Tom Wilkinson, Connie Nielsen & Shea Whigham Board ‘Catcher Was A Spy’

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Tom Wilkinson, Connie Nielsen and Shea Whigham have joined war drama Catcher Was A Spy, with Ben Lewin at the helm. The script, by Saving Private Ryan scribe Robert Rodat, is based on Nicholas Dawidoff’s New York Times’ bestselling book and follows the true story of Moe Berg, professional baseball player turned top-secret spy for the OSS.

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Bart & Fleming: Johnny Depp, Natalie Portman Drive Tempting Packages As Strike Talk Looms

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Why does it seem like every week in Hollywood starts with such tumultuous twists and turns? Sure, Scott Stuber is now steering Netflix’s movie moves, Jim Gianopulos starts the rebuild of Paramount Pictures, and Sony seems to have its list of candidates to replace Michael Lynton.

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