What’s Your Gut: Are The Oscars Headed For A ‘Hollywood Ending’?
Back in 2000, we self-appointed geniuses at Inside.com built an elaborate statistical tracker for Oscar contenders. We measured factors large and small—hair color, past awards record, relatives in the business, daily publicity breaks, whatever. Then we turned the crank once a day, and assigned a numerical score to the pictures, actors and filmmakers. On the advice of Michael Hirschorn, one of Inside's founders, we ran the point system all the way out to the first decimal… Read
Brazilian Filmmaker Kleber Mendonca Filho Inks With ICM Partners
EXCLUSIVE: ICM Partners has signed Brazilian writer-director Kleber Mendonca Filho, whose second feature film Aquarius starring Sonia Braga played in competition at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival to critical acclaim.
Filho started out as a film critic and eventually ended up writing, directing, producing, and editing several short films before making his feature film debut with the 2012 pic Neighboring Sounds.
Aquarius centers on a 65-year-old widow (Braga) who is the last… Read
Steve Mnuchin On China, The FBI And Relativity, Cayman Island Accounts — Confirmation Hearing Updated Final
Steve Mnuchin, the former finance director for Trump’s presidential campaign, a former partner in Goldman Sachs, co-owner of OneWest Bank and who has been involved in several Hollywood films via Dune Capital Management and also Relativity Media prior to its bankruptcy, covered an array of topics during his Senate Finance Committee during confirmation hearings for the job of Treasury Secretary. Some surprising information about Relativity and the FBI emerged from the… Read
Robert Redford Sanguine About Donald Trump But “Depressed” About Partisan Politics At Sundance Opening Presser
"Presidents come and go, the pendulum swings back and forth," said Robert Redford today at the opening of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. "We try to stay away from politics we stay focused on the stories of the filmmakers," the low key Oscar winner and recent Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient added at the opening press conference of SFF'17 of the festival’s role in the Age of Donald Trump
"There was a time when two sides worked together and that makes me depressed… Read
‘Claws’: Dean Norris Joins New TNT Dramedy Series In Recasting
Breaking Bad alum Dean Norris has been cast as a regular on Claws, TNT’s darkly comedic drama starring Niecy Nash that recently was picked up to series with a 10-episode order. Set in a South Florida nail salon, the dramedy hails from executive producers Rashida Jones, Will McCormack and Janine Sherman Barrois, who serves as showrunner.
Written/co-executive produced by Eliot Laurence and directed by Nicole Kassell, Claws follows the rise of five diverse and treacherous… Read
Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson Are The ‘Nasty Women’ In MGM’s ‘Dirty Rotten Soundrels’ Remake
EXCLUSIVE: MGM is in talks with Anne Hathaway to team with Rebel Wilson in Nasty Women, the title of the Jac Schaeffer-scripted remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The comedy gender-reverses the 1988 Frank Oz-directed film that starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine as con men who try to swindle an heiress.
The title is clever, given the awareness it received when Donald Trump gave Hillary Clinton that moniker during the presidential debates. Hathaway and Wilson play the… Read
‘My Life As A Zucchini’ Trailer: Will Forte & Ellen Page Voice English-Language Version
Gkids has released the trailer for the English-language version to the French animated film My Life as a Zucchini featuring the voices of Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page and Amy Sedaris.
Helmed by Swiss director Claude Barras, the film was nominated for a Golden Globe and was selected as Switzerland’s entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Here’s the synopsis: After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies… Read
Paramount Gets China Infusion: $1 Billion, 3-Year Slate Co-Financing Deal With Shanghai Film Group & Huahua Media
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has made its most significant long-term alliance in China since Viacom chief Shari Redstone nixed a 49% stake sale to Dalian Wanda for $4.9 billion last year. The studio has closed deals with Shanghai Film Group Corp and Beijing-based Huahua Media for those companies to fund 25% or more of the studio’s entire film slate for the next three years, with an option for a fourth.
The deal is worth a potential $1 billion in slate funds, which is… Read
Shazam! To Split Into Two Films: Dwayne Johnson To Star As ‘Black Adam’
The New Line DC property Shazam! has morphed into two pictures. Black Adam has proved vibrant enough to become its own film, to star Dwayne Johnson. Originally, the plan was for him to play the character in Shazam!, which is the tale of a teen boy who can transform himself into a superhero by speaking the word “Shazam!” Black Adam is his arch-nemesis and a complex antihero with a rich history of his own. As the studio began to figure out the movie, they realized, why not… Read
Michael Offer To Direct Marc Cherry ABC Pilot Starring Reba McEntire
Michael Offer, one of the go-to drama pilot directors for ABC and ABC Studios, has been tapped to helm another high-profile pilot for the network and studio, a crime drama from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry toplined by country star Reba McEntire.
Written by Cherry, the untitled project — the first ABC drama pilot ordered by ABC this season — centers on Ruby Adair (McEntire), the sheriff of colorful small town Oxblood, KY, who finds her red state outlook… Read
Susannah Grant To Receive WGA West’s Paul Selvin Award For ‘Confirmation’ Script
Susannah Grant is set to receive the WGA West’s 2017 Paul Selvin Award for her Emmy-nominated Confirmation script. The award named for the guild’s late longtime general counsel is being presented for a work that "best embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere."
An Oscar nominee for her original screenplay for Erin Brockovich, Grant’s writing credits also include The 5th Wave, The Soloi… Read
Monty Silver Dies: Longtime Talent Agent Was 83
Longtime talent agent Monty Silver died early this morning of bladder cancer in Springs, East Hampton, NY. He was 83.
Born in Brooklyn in 1933, Silver started the Monty Silver Agency in New York in the 1950s and kept working until only a few years ago. During the 1990s, he took on partners Robbie Kass and Donna Massetti to open a Los Angeles office and launch SMS Talent.
Silver worked with Jon Voight when he got his Equity card and with Fyvush Finkel when he won an Emmy… Read