USC Dedicates Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg Center For Animation
The dedication is tomorrow. Besides the Katzenbergs, also expected are Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, who will both speak, as well as Jack Black, USC President Max Nikias, and USC School of Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth M. Daley.
James Gray's 'Low Life' Script Draws Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner
EXCLUSIVE: We Own The Night writer/director James Gray is fast mobilizing his next film. It's called Low Life, and it will star Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix, with Jeremy Renner in discussions to play the third lead. The project is being packaged by CAA. Several financiers are in the mix, but I hear that Wild Bunch will likely get it. Discussions are also taking place with domestic distributors, and deal is expected to be sealed shortly. The Hurt Locker's Greg… Read
Hot Drama Series Spec With Halle Berry Attached To Star Eyes Pay Cable Networks
EXCLUSIVE: Could Halle Berry be doing a TV series? TV industry people are buzzing this afternoon about a hot drama spec that has Halle Berry attached to star. Word is the spec, titled Higher Learning, was sent out today to pay cable networks, with HBO and Showtime among those targeted. I hear that the project, from DreamWorks TV, is eying a quick turnaround, and a decision could come as early as tomorrow. The script, which I hear would have the Oscar winner starring as a… Read
Hot Trailer: 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark'
FilmDistrict has released a full-length trailer for Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, the remake of the creepy 1973 telepic made at a time when ABC was cranking out the scares with such films as Bad Ronald and Trilogy of Terror. Troy Nixey directed it and Guillermo del Toro produced with Mark Johnson. Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison star. The film will close the Los Angeles Film Festival and opens wide in theaters Aug… Read
RYAN GOES OFF THE RAILS! Kavanaugh Trying To Sell Elliott's Stake In Relativity When Investment Group Isn't Selling
EXCLUSIVE: I fear that Ryan Kavanaugh is having a nervous breakdown. I've just confirmed with Elliott Associates that their stake in his Relativity Media is not for sale. “Elliott is not selling. They are not shopping,” the investment group told me exclusively just now as an update their reining in Relativity. Interesting that Ryan today has gone public about buying something that is not for sale. I have learned that Kavanaugh does have a call option where he can buy… Read
California State Assembly Votes To Extend Film Tax Credit To 2014
California's film and television tax credits would be extended five more years if the State Assembly has its way, after a bill that would add an extra $500 million to the program was approved today by a 72-1 vote. The state Senate will vote on the legislation, enacted in 2009 to slow runaway production, later in the summer. “What we're doing with this bill is retaining and creating jobs by leveling the playing field and making California competitive again,” bill… Read
UTA Signs Paul Bettany
EXCLUSIVE: Paul Bettany, who's currently starring in the Screen Gems genre thriller Priest, has just signed with UTA. Since his breakthrough on Gangster No. 1, the Royal Shakespeare Company-trained Bettany has starred in a wide range of films, from The Da Vinci Code to A Beautiful Mind, Wimbledon, Master & Commander, Creation and The Tourist. He next stars in the Sundance Film Festival financial-crisis drama Margin Call, coming in the fall. Bettany had been repped by WME… Read
'V' Star Morena Baccarin Joins Showtime Drama Series 'Homeland' As Regular
EXCLUSIVE: Just two weeks after ABC canceled cult favorite V, the show's standout Morena Baccarin has joined another drama series, Showtime's Homeland. The upcoming thriller, from 24 executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, centers on Marine Sergeant Scott Brody (Damian Lewis), who returns home eight years after going missing in Iraq, and Carrie Anderson (Claire Danes), a driven CIA officer who suspects he might be plotting an attack on America. Baccarin will… Read
Sam Waterston Joins Aaron Sorkin's HBO Pilot
Law & Order veteran Sam Waterston has booked his first post-L&O series regular role: a supporting part in the Aaron Sorkin's drama pilot for HBO tentatively titled More As This Story Develops. The project centers on cable news anchor Will McCallister (Jeff Daniels), who has his own show, as well as the show's female executive producer and staff. Emily Mortimer is yet to close her deal for the female lead of the executive producer, MacKenzie. Waterston will play… Read
$200 Million Opening Weekend Has Warner Bros Thinking Third 'Hangover'
FX Nabs Rights To 'Hangover Part II'
In a move that seems to be about commerce as much as comedy, Warner Bros has started the process on a third installment of The Hangover. Though my sources say there are no deals and that the players involved won't really get cracking on it for months, it seems likely that Craig Mazin will be writing the three-quel. Reports are surfacing based on an interview he did to promote the film; others involved have hinted at the third… Read
DC Comics Taking Superhero Titles Digital
DC Comics will release Justice League Issue 1 digitally on Aug. 31, kick-starting an initiative in which the company will renumber its entire line of superhero comics from No. 1 and launch them day-and-date with their print debuts. Justice League marks the first collaboration between DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee; the pair will introduce an origin story for the legendary superhero team. DC Comics says it is the… Read