Novice ‘American Psycho’ Producer Finds Broadway Label Has More Cachet Than Nonprofit
The unholy alliance between commercial theater producers and subsidized theaters – where shows often try out en route to Broadway – took a bizarre twist Wednesday with news that Duncan Sheik's musical adaptation of American Psycho was heading directly to Broadway.
The change of plan, reported in the New York Times, follows the announcement last week that the musical's Los Angeles-based producer, Act 4 Entertainment, had pulled the plug on a planned U.S. premiere of the… Read
James Cameron Wins Another ‘Avatar’ Lawsuit
Litigants seeking to cash in on the global popularity of James Cameron's uber-blockbuster are now 0-for-4 in the past year. A New York judge today threw out a copyright-infringement suit by artist Roger Dean — who has created album covers for the likes of Yes, Asia and Uriah Heep — that claimed his fantasy artwork inspired Avatar. “The similarities of each such work are substantial, continuing, and direct so as to rule out any accidental copying or similarity in scenes… Read
Hot Trailer: Jason Reitman’s ‘Men, Women & Children’
Here's the new trailer for the pic starring Ansel Elgort, Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris and Adam Sandler as a group of high schoolers and their parents navigating life, love, and relationships in the age of social media and online obsession. Men, Women & Children, Jason Reitman's follow-up to Labor Day had its world premiere at Toronto this month, and Paramount has set an October 1 limited release. The R-rated pic from Right of… Read
Annika Marks Joins ABC Family’s ‘The Fosters'; Rotimi Akinosho In Starz’s ‘Power’
Annika Marks (The Sessions) has landed a recurring role on ABC Family's The Fosters, produced by Jennifer Lopez's Nuyorican Productions. Marks will play Monte, the principal at Anchor Beach Community Charter School. An attractive, personable professional woman, Monte wants to focus on administration, budget and finance, giving Lena (Sherri Saum) control over student curriculum, but she is shocked when Lena suddenly quits. Marks is repped by APA and Greenlight Management.
TECH Bits: Microsoft’s Mojang Deal A Bet On Community Building?
Lots of eyebrows shot upward this week on the news that Microsoft would spend $2.5 billion to buy Mojang, a little Swedish company that happens to be behind the big game franchise Minecraft. And maybe they should have.
Digi-Capital's analysis of the deal suggests Microsoft spent at least twice as much for Mojang compared with other one-hit-wonder game companies. Just take a peek at their chart showing ratios of price to sales, and profits to sales, for Mojang and some… Read
‘Let’s Be Cops’ Helmer Luke Greenfield Closes Fox Deal For Next Pic
EXCLUSIVE: Luke Greenfield, who wrote, produced and directed the Fox sleeper Let's Be Cops, is back in business with the studio for his next film. He's made a deal to direct and produce an untitled suspense thriller that, like his recent outing, depicts normal people using a loophole to empower themselves to live different lives. Here, a group of twentysomethings have diplomatic immunity because their parents are government officials. Since they literally cannot get… Read
Toronto: ‘Ruth & Alex’ Goes To Focus World
Focus World has picked up domestic rights to the Diane Keaton-Morgan Freeman pic Ruth & Alex following its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Directed by Richard Loncraine (Wimbledon, My One And Only) from a script by Charlie Peters, the adaptation of Jill Ciment's Heroic Measures also stars Cynthia Nixon in the story of a NYC couple (Keaton and Freeman) deciding whether to sell their longtime Brooklyn home.
Focus World, the alternative distribution arm of Focus… Read
Liam Neeson Sweet On Harlan Coben’s ‘Tell No One’
EXCLUSIVE: As Universal Pictures prepares for Friday's opening of the Scott Frank-directed adaptation of the Lawrence Block novel A Walk Among The Tombstones, the studio is courting its star Liam Neeson for another thriller novel it is percolating. It's Tell No One, the thriller by bestselling novelist Harlan Coben. There is a script by Oscar-winning Argo scribe Chris Terrio, but they are going to do some work before Neeson will officially attach. I hear it's going to… Read
‘TMZ Hollywood Sports’ To Anchor Reelz Primetime
Talk about great timing — Reelz said today it has bought TMZ Hollywood Sports to anchor its weekday primetime lineup, at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT, starting Monday, September 29.
Reelz called the newly created program “one of the freshest, most respected and energizing journalism brands in the country.” Everyone else is calling it the prettiest dress in the TV News store since TMZ got its hands on the video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice clocking his then fiancee in a… Read
Kate Mara Offered Role In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’
EXCLUSIVE: Following an Emmy-nominated run on Netflix's House Of Cards, Kate Mara has been offered a role in Ridley Scott's The Martian. The 20th Century Fox sci-fier is picking up steam: Deadline reported this month that Jessica Chastain and Kristin Wiig are circling lead roles opposite Matt Damon in the saga of an astronaut marooned on Mars. The script is adapted by Cabin In The Woods' Drew Goddard from the book by Andy Weir, which sold to publisher Crown in 2013 after… Read
Relativity Sets Thrillers ‘The Disappointments Room’ & ‘Kidnap’ For Fall 2015
Relativity Studios is set for a busy couple of weeks about a year from now. The company today slated its Kate Beckinsale thriller The Disappointments Room for September 25, 2015, and Halle Berry pic Kidnap for two weeks later. Director D.J. Caruso's Disappointments Room — about a couple who move into a new house with their young son only to discover a secret room within the attic where terrible horrors are unlocked — will go up against an untitled Blumhouse horror pic… Read
Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio Acquire Faith-Based ‘Embraced By The Light’
EXCLUSIVE: Ridley Scott and Giannina Facio have acquired screen rights to Embraced By The Light, the bestselling book by Betty J. Eadie. Scott and Facio will produce with Colet Abedi. While films like Heaven Is For Real have overachieved at the box office, this was the book that started the trend of people describing near death experiences where the subject glimpsed the afterlife before being pulled back to life. Eadie, at age 31, died for four hours after complications… Read