Diva Renée Fleming Makes Broadway Debut As Diva in ‘Living On Love’ – Review
Sometimes, what happens in Williamstown really oughtta stay in Williamstown. That Berkshires berg with its annual summer theater festival has been sending shows to Broadway left (The Elephant Man, a hit earlier this season) and right (The Visit, opening later this week). Last year’s The Bridges of Madison County started off at Williamstown, a siren call to stars looking for a summer fling or a producers angling for a cheap tryout in country surroundings. So the Broadway… Read
Cathy Schulman Heads To STX Entertainment As Top Production Exec
Cathy Schulman, who has overseen Mandalay Entertainment’s production slate for eight years, has exited her post and will be named as the top production exec at upstart studio STX Entertainment, effective immediately. She is expected to oversee production of the 12 to 15 films planned for the STX slate as well as its feature development. She arrived at the offices today.
Schulman, a producer on the Academy Award-winning Best Picture Crash in 2004, was brought in by STX’s… Read
Christopher Nolan: “‘Snow White’ Absolutely Terrified Me” – Tribeca Film Fest
Director Bennett Miller went mano a mano with director Christopher Nolan Monday evening before a packed, film-crazy crowd at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Actually, the Tribeca Film Festival event was more bromance than smackdown, as Miller (Foxcatcher, Moneyball, Capote) played admiring interlocutor to the amiable Nolan (Interstellar, Inception, Memento). Their only prior work together had been in the area of keeping the use of film stock alive.
After running… Read
‘The Overnight’ Trailer: Schwartzman, Schilling, Scott As SoCal Swingers
After several years spent playing the most wholesome man in Indiana on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, it makes sense that Adam Scott’s resume is now filling up with roles that go a full 180-degree turn away from his Ben Wyatt. His latest, The Overnight, a very well-received sex comedy that provoked a minor bidding war this year at Sundance, finally has a trailer. And it’s hilarious.
The film follows a married couple (Scott, and Orange Is The New Black star Taylor Schilling)… Read
‘Chicago Fire’s Taylor Kinney Lights Up ‘The Forest’
EXCLUSIVE: Chicago Fire‘s Taylor Kinney will spend his series hiatus starring in The Forest, the Jason Zada-directed thriller for Focus Features and Lava Bear. He’ll star alongside Game Of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer in a film that is based on an original idea by David Goyer, and incorporates the mythology of Japan’s Aokigahara Forest. Scripted by Sarah Cronwell and Nick Antosca, the film shoots in Serbia in May. Dormer plays an American woman who ventures into Japan's… Read
Adrianne Palicki & Nick Blood Eyed To Topline ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Spinoff
EXCLUSIVE: As ABC and Marvel are prepping a spinoff from sophomore drama Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., I have learned that Season 2 cast additions to the mothership series Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood are finalizing deals to headline the offshoot.
Palicki and Blood’s characters Lance Hunter and Barbara “Bobbi” Morse aka Mockingbird have quickly become fan favorites since joining Phil Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) team early this season. Lance is a quick-witted mercenary… Read
W. Peter Iliff & Adam Small Sign With APA
Writer-director W. Peter Iliff has signed with APA for film and television. Iliff is best known for his original screenplay Point Break, which starred Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. Warner Bros is working on a remake of the cult classic to open on Christmas Day. Iliff sold his surfer crime thriller Glass Axes to Netflix last year and is attached to three scripted series set up at UCP, Relativity, and Electus and reality series Hot To Engage at Lighthouse Entertainment… Read
Tribeca Sale: The Orchard Acquires N.A. Rights To Docu ‘Crocodile Gennadiy’
EXCLUSIVE: Following its premiere at Tribeca, the Animal Media Group documentary Crocodile Gennadiy has been acquired by The Orchard, which picked up North American rights to the Steve Hoover-directed film. Pic is about Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a controversial pastor who made a name for himself by forcibly removing homeless drug-addicted kids from the streets of Mariupol, Ukraine and housing them in his own self-styled rehab facility. Pic is produced by Danny Yourd, and… Read
Hugh Jackman’s ‘Pan’ Pushed To October
Here’s yet another juggle of Warner Bros’ release schedule — the third one today. Pan, the live-action film about Peter Pan that stars Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara, won’t make its July 24 release date, so the studio is moving the 2D-and-3D picture to the fall. Now it will bow October 9 in theaters, including Imax. In making the announcement, the studio said it is “giving both the film and the filmmakers some extra breathing room.”
Director Joe Wright expressed his… Read
‘Furious 7′ Drives To $1.12B Global To Bust Records in China; ‘Dragon Ball’ Trumps ‘F7′ In Japan – Intl B.O. Update
6th UPDATE: 1:44 PM and 4:00 PM PT: Final grosses for all 25 films have been updated below. All final tallies are in from all studios.
5th UPDATE, 11:04 AM PT: Fast & Furious 7 final numbers are in and did a bit less than anticipated to race in with $166.9M for a 19-day international total of $857.9M. It has broken records in China to become the highest-grossing opening week for any film ever in China. The worldwide total stands at $1.52B. This weekend it played in 67… Read
IATSE Reaches Deal With Producers For New Film & TV Contract
EXCLUSIVE: A tentative agreement has been reached on a new three-year contract covering some 38,000 Hollywood-based members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Details of the new film and TV pact, which now must be ratified by the union's members, have not yet been disclosed, but pay increases are believed to be in line with those that management's Alliance of Motion Picture & Television recently negotiated with the DGA, the WGA and SAG-AFTRA.
The Ink Factory Options David Vann’s Novel ‘Aquarium’
EXCLUSIVE– The Ink Factory, the London- and LA-based production and finance company that goes into production shortly on Ang Lee's Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, has optioned David Vann’s critically acclaimed new novel Aquarium and plans to adapt it as a feature film.
Set in Seattle, the book tells the story of Caitlin, a 12-year-old girl who lives alone with her mother, Sheri. When an estranged family member re-enters their lives looking for forgiveness, he offers… Read