UTA & ‘Trouble With The Curve’ Writer Hit With New $5M Lawsuit Over Clint Eastwood Pic
EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Brooks is proof that if at first you don't succeed in Hollywood, try, try again - especially in the courts. Just over eight months after his first multimillion-dollar Trouble With The Curve copyright infringement lawsuit was tossed, Brooks and his Gold Glove Productions launched today a new $5 million breach of contract complaint over the pic in LA Superior Court (read it here).
With different lawyers than last time, Brooks isn't claiming now that Warner Br… Read
Resolution Agent Jennifer Good Goes To Paradigm
After a three-month stay at Resolution, Jennifer Good has joined Paradigm as an agent in the TV Lit department. Among the clients Good will bring to Paradigm are Sue Tenney, showrunner of Hallmark Channel's Cedar Cove and The Good Witch, Diane Ademu-John, co-executive producer of “The Originals“, director Grant Harvey (Helix, Orphan Black), Declan DeBarra (The Originals) and Mark Fellows (100 Things to do Before High School). Good joined Resolution in the summer from The… Read
R.I.P. Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta, Dead At 82
For over 50 years, he dressed everyone from first ladies such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Hillary Clinton to A-list celebrities like Sandra Bullock and Jessica Chastain. Oscar de la Renta died at 82 after a long battle with cancer, a family member confirmed to media sources. Born into the high society of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on July 22, 1932, de la Renta became known for swathing women in silk-taffeta and chiffon gowns that were praised as pieces of… Read
Well Go USA, Rumble Board Halle Berry Thriller ‘Kidnap'; China Rights Set
EXCLUSIVE: With cameras set to roll tomorrow in New Orleans, Well Go USA and Rumble Entertainment have come aboard as producers/financiers on the Halle Berry starrer Kidnap. Luis Prieto (Pusher) is directing the action-thriller from a Knate Gwaltney script about a mother who will stop at nothing to save her abducted son.
Rumble Entertainment's Gregory Chou is joining Di Bonaventura Pictures' Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Erik Howsam and Joey Tufaro of Gold Star Films as… Read
‘Conjuring 2′ Moves To 2016; New Line Sets Untitled Horror Film In October 2015 Spot
In the wake of The Conjuring spinoff Annabelle screaming up close to $167M worldwide, Warner Bros. is moving New Line's sequel The Conjuring 2, out of its Oct. 23, 2015 spot into 2016. In place of Conjuring 2's old spot, Warner Bros./New Line will be releasing an untitled horror film on Oct. 23. The first Conjuring was a global success, minting $318M off a $20M production budget. Annabelle, which is currently in release in 52 overseas markets in addition to the… Read
‘John Wick’ Review: Pete Hammond on Keanu Reeves’ Killer Film
Watch my video review above of Keanu Reeves's new action film, John Wick, where he plays a one-time hit man goaded back into action by (as I mentioned in an earlier column) the heinous acts of some completely expendable (and soon-to-be expended) Russian mobsters.
Reeves, now 50, returns to the action genre years after his heyday in The Matrix trilogy, and he's in fine form. I think fans will love his work here. That said, I'm less certain about the rest of the movie… Read
AMPTP’s Jesse Hiestand Exits For FX Networks PR Post
Jesse Hiestand, longtime spokesman for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, has been hired as Director of Corporate Communications at FX Networks and FX Productions. He started today. The move comes after longtime FX head of communications John Solberg recently expanded his portfolio to include rebranded FX Networks FXX and FXM as well as FX Prods. This is part of a plan to staff up the ranks under him.
Prior to joining the AMPTP he worked in… Read
Michelle Williams Exits CAA For WME
On the heels of CAA's $225 million majority-stake deal with TPG, three-time Oscar nominee and client Michelle Williams has jumped to WME, signing with the rival agency in all areas. The Oz the Great and Powerful and Take This Waltz star earned her Oscar nods for acclaimed turns in Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine, and most recently My Week With Marilyn, in which she played the iconic Marilyn Monroe. She's currently on Broadway playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret for Rob… Read
Lucas Hedges & Penn Badgley Join ‘The Slap’ Miniseries On NBC; ‘Full Circle’ Sets Cast
UPDATED: NBC's The Slap is rounding out its cast. Lucas Hedges (Kill The Messenger) has signed on as a regular and Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl) is set as a recurring in the 8-episode miniseries starring Peter Sarsgaard and Mary Louise-Parker. Based on the 2011 Australian short-run series, The Slap is described as a complex family drama that explodes from one small incident where a man slaps another couple's misbehaving child. This seemingly minor domestic dispute pulls the… Read
Safety For Sarah: Local 600 Launches Own App For Reporting Unsafe Sets
The death of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones continues to spark a safety movement in Hollywood. Today the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) launched their own “ICG Safety” app designed to help members anonymously report unsafe working conditions on film and TV sets across the world. Jones, who was killed at the age of 27 in February in a train accident on set in Georgia, was an ICG member.
Like the “Set Safety” app released earlier thi… Read
Leslie Jones Named ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cast Member
EXCLUSIVE: Saturday Night Live loves to promote from within, and the late-night sketch show has done it again, pinning featured player stripes on a member of the writing staff. Starting with this week's show hosted by Jim Carrey, Leslie Jones will be joining the cast of SNL, where she has been a writer since early 2014.
Actress-comedian Jones took part in the talent search for a new SNL cast member last fall. She was one of 12 finalists invited to audition on the SNL… Read
Renee Zellweger Set For ‘Same Kind Of Different As Me’
EXCLUSIVE: Renee Zellweger has boarded Paramount's faith-based drama Same Kind Of Different As Me, adapted from the 2006 nonfiction best-seller about the unlikely friendship between wealthy white art dealer Ron Hall and former sharecropper-turned-drifter Denver Moore. Introduced by Hall's wife Deborah, the two men from opposite walks of life met at a homeless shelter where Hall was volunteering. Their self-published book Same Kind Of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, An… Read