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January 2010 Archive

Sundance: IFC Buys 'The Killer Inside Me'

After a marathon negotiation session that ended this morning, IFC acquired screen rights to The Killer Inside Me, the Michael Winterbottom-directed adaptation of Jim Thompson’s best known work, the 1952 pulp fiction novel. Wild Bunch's Carole Baraton and WME Global head Graham Taylor closed a deal worth between $1 million and $2 million for U.S. rights only and a late summer/early fall release. WME had its 3rd big deal in 3 days, after Wednesday's sale of Hesher… Read

Disney Exits Euro TV Managing Director

LONDON — I've learned that Stephen Moore, TV managing director for Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Canada, has been made redundant. He'd been in the job for less than a year. Moore was in charge of distributing Disney/ABC/ESPN programming to 240 territories worldwide. Shows included such ubiquitous Disney hits as Desperate Housewives, Lost, and Ugly Betty. Disney has confirmed Moore is being made redundant. It has no plans to replace him with somebody else overseeing fore… Read

Sundance: Pyramide Buys 'Holy Rollers'

PARK CITY, UT (January 28, 2010) – Flache Pyramide has acquired from Cinetic International the French distribution rights to the 2010 Sundance Film Festival hit “Holy Rollers.” Kevin Asch makes his directorial debut in the gritty coming of age story set against the backdrop of the international drug trade. Written by Antonio Macia, and starring Justin Bartha (“The Hangover”), Jesse Eisenberg (“Zombieland”), and Danny A. Abeckaser, the film made its worldwide debut at the… Read

Secret J.D. Salinger Documentary & Book, Now Revealed (Mike Has Seen The Film)

EXCLUSIVE: Judging by the J.D. Salinger obituaries and tributes, there is just as much interest in the Catcher in the Rye author after his death as there was during his life when he shunned the spotlight for reclusion in Cornish, New Hampshire. Now I can report that Shane Salerno, a 37-year-old screenwriter who's currently writing Fantastic Voyage for Fox and James Cameron, has directed and produced Salinger, a 2-hour documentary locked late last year after 5 years in the… Read

Sundance Sales Update: 'Blue Valentine'

As the Sundance fest comes to a close, Harvey Weinstein acquired Blue Valentine in a WME-brokered deal. While IFC, Goldwyn and Oscilloscope made offers, The Weinstein Co was particularly aggressive with a low 7-figure offer. While the film isn’t easy — director Derek Cianfrance has shot an often painfully honest autopsy of a dead marriage — Weinstein Co decisionmakers were convinced that the performance by Michelle Williams opposite Ryan Gosling is her strongest since Brok… Read

MGM Gets More Time From Lenders – Until March 31 – While Sale Continues

The studio issued the following statement: “MGM said today its lenders have agreed to extend the forbearance period until March 31, 2010. The lenders took this action in support of the Company's efforts to strengthen its financial position and to facilitate the Company's ongoing process of exploring strategic alternatives, which include continuing to operate as a standalone entity and evaluating a potential sale of the Company. MGM appreciates the continued support of… Read

Complete Transcript Of Jay Leno On Oprah

Here’s the complete transcript of Jay Leno’s interview with Oprah as supplied by her show. (Mea culpa, but yesterday was such a busy news day that I failed to post it…) What’s amazing is how many untruths Leno tells and the oh-woe-is-me way he tells them. (Of course he made Letterman jokes — I posted those videos.) He thinks he deserves our sympathy because he was NBC’s victim just as much as Conan was. Bullshit. Jay lost me when he decided to become NBC’s pathetic… Read

'Tillman Story' Docu At Sundance Goal Line

In the latest Sundance development, The Tillman Story is on the goal line for a distribution deal. The film — about the tragic friendly fire death of gridiron star-turned Army ranger Pat Tillman and the dogged efforts of his family to find the truth of the cover-up — is one of several documentaries which have captivated buyers. By late Thursday, The Weinstein Company had emerged the clear front-runner. I’ve learned Harvey Weinstein bid a minimum guarantee and P&A… Read

Summit Expressing “Very Preliminary” Interest In Miramax Name & Film Library

EXCLUSIVE: Disney’s Miramax is shutting its doors today, and staffers are packing up their belongings. Yet the big question in Hollywood is who will walk away with the company’s name and film library? Our already reported this week that the Weinsteins Want Miramax Name Back. As Harvey just told us: "We founded Miramax 29 years ago, naming it after our parents Miriam and Max. If there is ever an opportunity to make a deal to buy it back, we would certainly… Read

Tom Cruise Fires Another PR Agency: This Time Exits Rogers & Cowan For 42 West

BREAKING NEWS! EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: So my sources just told me. He’d been with Paul Bloch and Arnold Robinson at Rogers & Cowan. He’ll now be repped by 42 West’s Amanda Lundberg, who also personally reps MGM CEO Mary Parent. Cruise is still the titular head of United Artists although the studio is now seemingly dormant because of MGM’s financial problems teetering on the bring of bankruptcy. “42West handles MGM's movies, and Tom was impressed by Amanda's work on Valkyrie,”… Read