Catch up with the best of Deadline’s Top Film stories you may have missed this week:
OSCARS: ‘Foxcatcher’ Becomes Latest Film To Drop Out Of This Year’s Race
By Pete Hammond – Scratch off another potential Oscar contender. Sony Pictures Classics has announced the planned December release of the Bennett Miller-directed drama Foxcatcher has been moved out of this year’s awards race and into 2014 so filmmakers “can have more time to finish the film”.
Tom Sherak Named As LA Film Czar By Mayor
By Dominic Patten – The former AMPAS President today was appointed to the new LA Film Czar post by Mayor Eric Garcetti. The announcement of Tom Sherak‘s immediate appointment to the $1 a year position comes close to the 100 day deadline Garcetti gave himself to find someone to lead the effort to halt runaway production and work with the industry soon after being sworn into office in late June.
Tom Sherak Q&A: Cancer Battle And $1 Salary Not Stopping New L.A. Film Czar’s Latest Quest
By Pete Hammond – Former Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak has been named to the new post of LA Film Czar by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Sherak will be paid only $1 a year (“an infinity compared to what the Academy paid,” he laughed about his previous nonpaying gig) in the post designed to bring a halt to runaway production and put it back in Los Angeles, capital of the film world.
‘Cloudy With Meatballs 2′ Beefs Up For $35M And Easy #1, ‘Rush’ Slows To Small $10.6M, ‘Baggage Claim’ Gets Lost With $9.2M, And ‘Don Jon’ Can’t Seduce Past $8.8M Weekend
By Nikki Finke – A total of 4 major releases this weekend amounted to a soft domestic box office with total moviegoing slightly below last year’s.
Fleming Q&A’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt On Taking ‘Don Jon’ From Sundance To 2400 Screens
By Mike Fleming Jr. – EXCLUSIVE: It seems a long time ago that Don Jon’s Addiction announced Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a writer/director to be reckoned with, after the film followed its January Sundance debut with a late night bidding battle that ended with Relativity paying a $4 million advance and a $25 million P&A commitment.
Living Legend David Picker’s Movie Memoir
By Nikki Finke – Here’s a wonderful reason to interrupt my vacation: my longtime pal David V. Picker has finally published his Hollywood memoir – Musts, Maybes And Nevers. A one-time wunderkind who is 3rd generation film royalty, David Picker Hollywood MemoirPicker at age 82 looks back on a legendary career that included running four different studios…
Gregory Plotkin Scares Up Directing Debut On ‘Paranormal 5′
By Mike Fleming Jr. – EXCLUSIVE: After serving as the editor and co-producer of the last three Paranormal Activity films and the spinoff The Marked Ones that is being released in January, Gregory Plotkin is going to make his directorial debut on Paranormal Activity 5.
Disney Plans Film On Chess Wiz Garry Kasparov Vs. Computer
By Mike Fleming Jr. – EXCLUSIVE: Disney has acquired screen rights to the Matthew Charman play The Machine for Disney-based Mandeville producing partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.
Denmark Selects ‘The Hunt’ As Foreign Language Oscar Candidate
By Nancy Tartaglione – Make it two in a row for Mads Mikkelsen. Denmark has chosen Thomas Vinterberg‘s Mikkelsen-starrer The Hunt as its submission for the Foreign Language Oscar. Mikkelsen also starred in last year’s entry — and eventual nominee — A Royal Affair. The Hunt, a Cannes contender in 2012, focuses on a man whose life is turned upside down when a lie is spread about him in his small town.
‘Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence, Gary Ross To Re-Team On Steinbeck’s ‘East Of Eden’ For Universal And Brian Grazer
By Mike Fleming Jr. – EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer have closed a deal with the John Steinbeck estate for a new version of his seminal novel East Of Eden that will be developed as a re-team for The Hunger Games director Gary Ross and Jennifer Lawrence.
TOLDJA! Sony Names Dwight Caines President Of Theatrical Marketing
By Mike Fleming Jr. – Deadline revealed yesterday that Sony had offered the top domestic marketing job to Dwight Caines and the studio just made it official.
More Culinary Fare On Sony Menu: Studio Buys Maple Syrup Heist Pic For Jason Segel
By Mike Fleming Jr. – Sony Pictures has just acquired what’s described to me as a Canadian maple syrup heist comedy pitch. Jason Segel is attached to star, and Identity Thief helmer Seth Gordon will direct.
Gerard Butler Circling Summit’s ‘Gods Of Egypt’
By Mike Fleming Jr. – Olympus Has Fallen star Gerard Butler is in discussions to join Game Of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Gods Of Egypt, the Summit Entertainment film to be directed by Alex Proyas.
Jeff Robinov Free Of Warner Bros And Ready To Resurface In Hollywood
By Mike Fleming Jr. – EXCLUSIVE: Sidelined since ending his long run as president of the Warner Bros Motion Picture Group in June, Jeff Robinov has become free and clear of the studio and is now able to plan his next move.