July 2013 Archive

Film

David Yates In Final Talks For ‘Scarface’ Helm Now Universal “Very High” On Script

EXCLUSIVE: There's a ton of curiosity and criticism about Universal's Scarface reboot since both the 1932 Chicago bootlegging film and 1983 Miami cocaine-dealing versions were so iconic. Understanding that, the studio according to my sources has been refining the script with several screenwriters and drafts while keeping all names and details under wraps. “Universal has been through a couple of drafts and now is very high on the current draft. The first stop is the… Read

Film

Global Showbiz Briefs: Dominique Lavant Set For ‘Le Petit Nicolas’ Sequel, JK Rowling Prevails In ‘Cuckoo’s Calling’ Case, Heightened Police Presence In Cannes

Dominique Lavanant Takes Over Role Following Lafont Death Dominique Lavanant has replaced the late Bernadette Lafont in Les Vacances Du Petit Nicolas, Laurent Tirard's sequel to his 2009 French hit comedy Le Petit Nicolas. Lafont, a veteran of some 120 films, passed away last week. She was to have played the grandmother of the titular tyke. Lavanant, Le Parisien reports, is taking over the role for the film which is currently shooting. Lavanant and Lafont previously… Read

TV

TCA: ‘Lost Angels’ First Season Sets Up A “Fantastic Mystery”, Says TNT Exec

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline's TCA coverage. At today's TCA panel on Frank Darabont's new TNT series Lost Angels, Michael Wright, President, Head of Programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, said he hopes the period noir crime series will return after its 6-episode first season, but never for more than, say, 12 episodes at a time. After the late afternoon panel at Red Studios in Hollywood, the executive joked "never say never," but said he would like… Read

Film

Sony Pictures Classics Expands ‘Before Midnight’ Run

Sony Pictures Classics is bumping up the Richard Linklater relationship sequel after a fruitful two month run. The pic has taken in $7.7M domestic and $10.6M globally so far, besting box office grosses for predecessors Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. Before Midnight stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy (who also both co-wrote) reprising their characters nearly twenty years after their first all-nighter meet cute. After an initial expansion that hit nearly 900 screens in… Read

TV

TCA: Queen Latifah Says Her New Talk Show Won’t Be Political, But President Obama Is Welcome

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline's TCA coverage. At today's TCA conference on the Sony lot introducing her new daytme talk show, Queen Latifah said she had "already invited the Prez and Mrs." to be guests on the show during a visit to the White House. Latifah did not say whether POTUS and the first lady had agreed or declined to make an appearance on The Queen Latifah Show, which makes its debut September 16. The new talk host added bluntly when asked if she could… Read

Film

Alec Baldwin Joining Cameron Crowe Pic

EXCLUSIVE: When I saw him in Cannes while he and Jim Toback were unveiling their hilarious documentary Seduced And Abandoned, Alec Baldwin made it clear that any roles he takes in the near future would have to square with his commitment to being a new dad. His wife Hilaria was close by, looking adorably pregnant. It looks like the Cameron Crowe-directed untitled film for Sony fits that bill because I hear that Baldwin is negotiating. Crowe and producer Scott Rudin have… Read

TV

Martin Henderson To Topline Sundance Original Series ‘The Red Road’

EXCLUSIVE: Martin Henderson is set for the lead in Sundance Channel's second original scripted series The Red Road. The project, formerly known as The Descendants, has a straight-to-series six-episode order. It's described as a hard-hitting drama that revolves around Harold Jensen (Henderson), a sheriff struggling to keep his family together while simultaneously policing two clashing communities: the small town where he grew up and the neighboring Ramapo Mountains, home… Read

Box Office

‘Pacific Rim’ $9M Opening In China Biggest Ever For Warner Bros: Sequel Likely Now

EXCLUSIVE… UPDATED: I've just learned that momentum is building for a Pacific Rim sequel based on the international box office for the Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros summer tentpole. The latest development is the 3D sci-fi actioner's Wednesday opening in China to a record-breaking $9M from an estimated 5,700 digital 3D screens, 117 digital 3D IMAX screens, and 22 China Giant Screen sites. That's a new high for any Warner Bros release and 23% bigger than for any Harry… Read

Film

Ryan Kwanten & ‘Knights Of Badassdom’ Director Team For Marvel Fan Film ‘Truth In Journalism': Video

First unveiled at Comic-Con, the 17-minute short Truth in Journalism is scoring with the geek crowd after debuting online today with a Marvel-ous twist. Filmmaker Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2) tapped his Knights of Badassdom star Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) for the faux cinema verite pic, which is shot through the lens of a foreign docu crew shadowing a reporter from crime scene to crime scene a la 1992's Man Bites Dog. That reporter is Eddie Brock, a name that should perk up… Read

TV

TCA: Hulu Pitches New Seth Meyers Animated Series

Hulu came to the press tour today to preach New Model and show off some of its new programming. TV critics showed up in dribs and drabs. Those who came stuck around until the final session — but that's only because it included Seth Meyers and they wanted to ask him about — NBC's Saturday Night Live. This morning, Hulu was pitching: *The Wrong Mans - a comedy/thriller from James Corden and Matthew Baynton about two lowly office workers who become caught in a deadly… Read

Film

Warner Bros’ Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore Rom-Com Gets New Name

They've previously done two movies together and now Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore's upcoming Warner Bros romantic comedy about blended families forced together has gotten its second name. The pic formerly known as Blended will now be called The Familymoon, I've learned. The reason for the change? Marketing liked it better than the previous title, sources say. Produced by Sandler's Happy Madison and Mike Karz's Gulfstream Pictures, the movie follows a couple that, after… Read

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