Johnny Knoxville Brings ‘Being Evel’ To Sundance
Not known for subtlety, Jackass impresario Johnny Knoxville is here in Park City to debut Being Evel, the documentary he produced about the self-made American legend Evel Knievel.
Not one known for making a subtle entrance, Johnny and the Knievel clan are making sure the picture doesn’t get caught in the clutter of documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival. They’ve been parading a scale model of the rocket ship that Knievel used to propel himself across the Snake River… Read
Jack Black On Sundance As “Indie Mecca;” The “Miracle” Of Getting Small Movies Made
We all know about Jack Black the actor, but he’s also wearing the producer hat at Sundance this year with The D Train, formerly called D-Train.
He stars in the film – which sold to IFC today – as a guy organizing a high school reunion in hopes of shedding the loser tag from his teenage years.
Why Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Door’ Opened, And Depp’s ‘Mortdecai’ Didn’t: B.O. Breakdown
It was the tale of two stars at the weekend box office, one who opened a film — Jennifer Lopez with Universal’s The Boy Next Door at $15M — and one who tanked — Johnny Depp with Lionsgate’s Mortdecai at $4.1M. The discrepancy between the two films showed one star, Lopez, who kept it cheap and met her audience's wants head-on, and another, Depp, who at a high price lost himself in a zany caricature disconnected from reality.
Universal's Blumhouse production Boy Next Door… Read
Stephanie Langhoff Set For Sundance Institute Producer’s Honor
Sundance Institute said today that Stephanie Langhoff will receive this year’s Red Crown Producer’s Award. She is producing partners with the prolific filmmaking team of Jay and Mark Duplass and also has produced films including The Skeleton Twins and Safety Not Guaranteed. But Langhoff is at Park City this year with The Bronze, starring Melissa Rauch as an embittered and foul-mouthed gymnast who finished third at the 2004 Olympics and still lives in her small Midwestern… Read
Harvey Weinstein On ‘The Imitation Game,’ Best Picture Dissing, Sony Hack, Netflix And Quentin Tarantino
Yesterday morning, Harvey Weinstein sat down for what has become our annual look at his business, the Oscars and just about every other topic we can think of. Buckle up.
DEADLINE: Big Saturday morning New York Times story on you firing your Broadway publicist, and him firing back on Finding Neverland. He claims you demanded the GQ cover. Beyond the question of whether a flack firing is Timesworthy, can I take this as a sign you haven’t lost your fire?
HARVEY WEINSTEIN… Read
Craig Zobel On How He Landed Ejiofor, Pine & Robbie For Sundance Pic ‘Z For Zachariah’ – Video
Craig Zobel is back at Sundance for a third time after 2007’s Great World Of Sound and 2012’s Compliance. This time he’s got a little film with three big stars: Z For Zachariah features Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine and Margot Robbie as the last known survivors of a global calamity. The pic was picked up ahead of the fest by Roadside Attractions, and Zobel tells me: “There’s a lot of anxiety when you bring a movie here. You hope that it’ll find both an audience and an… Read
‘Cake’ Cuts Piece Of Specialty Box Office Amid Holdover Contenders
With this year’s Sundance Film Festival occupying indie minds and pocketbooks, the weekend’s specialty box office was dominated by holdovers, the lone exception Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston, which had by far the weekend’s biggest debut.
Despite a relentless awards campaign, Aniston missed out on an Oscar nomination, but Cake found some icing anyway with a decent theatrical bow. The drama about a woman with chronic pain and a resulting painkiller addiction – which also… Read
‘Hobbit’ Storms China; ‘Sniper’ Takes Out More Records: International Box Office
HIGHLIGHTS: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (WB) plants $49.5M footprint in China debut; American Sniper (WB) picks off more records for Clint Eastwood as it approaches $50M; Mortdecai (LGF/VAR) is less with lackluster start; Taken 3 (FOX/EUR) sets Neeson milestone; Big Hero 6 (DIS) still big in Japan; Penguins (FOX) holds fast to Latin American No. 1s…
With a record-breaking China bow of $49.5M, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies was the top movie this… Read
‘People, Places, Things’ Trailer From Sundance Premiere
Watch the trailer for People, Places, Things, written and directed by Jim Strouse (Grace is Gone) and making its world premiere in Sundance’s dramatic competition.
The film tells the tale of a newly divorced man, a graphic artist named Will Henry (Jemaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords), trying to navigate his new life a year after discovering his wife (Jessica Williams (The Daily Show, Girls) is having an affair with his best friend (Michael Chernus, Orange is the New… Read
Deadline Studios @ Sundance Day Two Photos: Jack Black, James Franco And More
Day two at our first-ever Deadline Studios @ Sundance '15 got underway yesterday with the cast and director of Z for Zachariah. Photographer Mark Mann was busy as ever in the photo studio, using the Leica S-System and Rotolight lighting, while Deadline's Dominic Patten conducted videos interviews with above- and below-the-line talent that we will continue to post on the website. We're having a good, busy time just off Main Street, teaming with Social House, Eveleigh… Read
IFC Pays $3 Million For Jack Black Comedy ‘The D Train’ – Sundance
EXCLUSIVE: IFC Films closed a $3 million deal for the U.S. rights to The D Train, the Jarrad Paul/Andrew Mogel-directed film that stars Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor, Mike White, and Kyle Bornheimer. That ties the high-water mark at this festival so far, matching the deal brokered for The Bronze.
Brokered by UTA and WME, The D Train piqued bidders from its debut screening Friday night. Lionsgate and Fox Searchlight were two others in the mix as… Read
Joe Franklin, Talk Show Pioneer, Dies At 88
Joe Franklin, a pioneering host of talk shows on both radio and TV whose spotlight helped jumpstart careers for many notable performers, died Saturday, at the age of 88, of cancer. He had been fighting the disease for several years, a friend said.
Franklin is credited with creating what’s become the standard talk-show trope – an urbane and curious host behind a desk, interviewing a range of the famous, the interesting and those somewhere in between.
He started in TV in… Read