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Daddy's Home

Will Ferrell: Legendary Entertainment, known for large-scale action movies like the upcoming Kong: Skull Island, will produce a comedy set in the world of eSports. Will Ferrell (above in Daddy’s Home) will star as a team member who is an anomaly because of his advanced age for the sport. Reportedly, the movie is aiming to match the spirit and tone of Ferrell’s NASCAR comedy Talladega Nights. [Variety]

13th

Academy Awards: The short list of contenders for an Academy Award nomination as Best Documentary has been narrowed from 145 eligible titles to 15. The list includes well-publicized movies such as 13th (above), O.J.: Made in America, Tower and Weiner. Members of the Academy’s documentary branch will now select the final five nominees, which will be announced on January 24. [Deadline]

The Founder

The Founder: Michael Keaton’s The Founder has moved up its limited release from later in the month to today — but only at a single theater in Los Angeles. Its nationwide release is still set for January 20. Further down the road, Warner Bros. has shifted Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur from March 24 to May 12, 2017, positioning it early in the summer movie season. In its place on March 24, Dax Shepard’s comic adaptation of TV series CHiPS has been moved from its previous summer perch. [The Wrap]

La La Land

La La Land Clip: Aspiring actress Emma Stone shares good news with her friend, musician Ryan Gosling, in a new clip from La La Land. The musical drama opens in select theaters on Friday and then expands nationwide on December 16. [Movieclips]

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