Steven Spielberg’s Cannes Jury Duty Leads DreamWorks To Remake Deal On ‘Like Father, Like Son’
By Mike Fleming Jr – EXCLUSIVE: Who says jury duty is a waste of time? DreamWorks is negotiating right now with Fuji TV for remake rights to the Japanese film Like Father, Like Son (Soshite Chichi Ni Naru).
R.I.P. Talent Manager J.J. Harris
By Nikki Finke – Motion picture and television talent agent/manager J.J. Harris died of what is believed to be natural causes on Friday afternoon and was found today in her Beverly Hills home by her staff. She was 62
MPAA Wins Hotfile Copyright Lawsuit
By Dominic Patten – Nearly two years and a half years after first filing their suit on behalf of several studios, the MPAA today scored a victory against file-sharing service Hotfile.
Venice Film Festival: Will The Lido Shuffle Biz Into Awards Season?
By Nancy Tartaglione – The Venice Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, and with it a renewed second outing for fest chief Alberto Barbera.
Labor Day Box Office: ‘One Direction’ Winning 3-Day Weekend But Will ‘The Butler’ Take 4-Day Holiday?
By Nikki Finke – This is too close to call right now. And film order is up in the air as well. Every Hollywood studio except Sony seems certain that Lee Daniels’ The Butler from The Weinstein Company will threepeat for #1 at the end of the 4-day Labor Day holiday.
Telluride: Oscar Contenders Flock To Rookies As Festival Season Arrives
By Pete Hammond – As per custom, organizers of the Telluride Film Festival held their schedule back and announced the lineup for its 40th edition this morning — just as a planeload of stars, filmmakers, journalists, executives, publicists and many Academy members were on the runway headed for the Colorado resort town.
Harvey Weinstein Giving Telluride Sneak Peek At Shane Salerno’s ‘Salinger’ Docu
By Mike Fleming Jr – EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing there will be a surprise late entry to the Telluride lineup that was announced earlier this week.
UPDATE: Reddit Now Says Warner Bros Didn’t Goose ‘Getaway’ Comments After All
By Dominic Patten – Reddit is looking a little red-faced today. After alleging Wednesday that someone at Warner Bros was trying to game comments and postings about the about-to-open driving thriller Getaway on the social news and entertainment site, Reddit is now changing its tune.
Universal, Judd Apatow A Make Movie Bet On Comedian Amy Schumer
By Mike Fleming Jr – EXCLUSIVE: Always on the lookout for actresses with breakout potential for R-rated comedies, Judd Apatow thinks he has found a winner in Amy Schumer, and Universal Pictures agrees.
Telluride: Coen Brothers & T Bone Burnett Let Loose At Lively Tributes
By Pete Hammond – Joel and Ethan Coen have a ton of Oscars and other awards on their shelves, but the duo is fairly elusive when it comes to touting themselves and their work.
Warner Bros’ “Man Of Steel’ Sequel Scores $35M Michigan Tax Credit For Detroit Shoot
By Dominic Patten – Look out Eminem — Superman and Batman are heading to Detroit. The Michigan Film Office today announced that Warner Bros’ untitled Man Of Steel sequel has been awarded a state incentive of $35 million to film there in early 2014.
Variance Takes John Sayles Border Thriller ‘Go For Sisters’
By Jen Yamato – EXCLUSIVE: The latest indie pic from Oscar nominee John Sayles has found a home at Variance Films.
Venice: ‘Philomena’ Wows Lido, Debuts To Thunderous Applause
By Nancy Tartaglione – One of the most anticipated films in the Venice competition, Stephen Frears’ Philomena blew a breath of fresh air onto the Lido this morning.
James Spader Joins Marvel’s Avengers Sequel As Ultron
By Dominic Patten – The Avengers sequel has its villain. James Spader will play Ultron in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron,Marvel announced today online.
Universal’s ‘Dracula: Year Zero’ Could Be First On Legendary’s To-Do List
By Deadline Team – Universal and its new co-production/co-finance partner Legendary Entertainment are in serious discussions about Thomas Tull’s company coming aboard Dracula: Year Zero, the origin pic that has Gary Shore aboard to direct and Luke Evans starring as the immortal bloodsucker from Bram Stoker’s iconic novel.
Vincent Cassel Replacing Philip Seymour Hoffman In ‘Child 44′
By Jen Yamato – EXCLUSIVE: Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Mesrine, Ocean’s Twelve and Thirteen) has been tapped as a last-minute addition to Summit’s now-filming Soviet thriller Child 44.
China’s Bona Film Sets Film & TV Fund: Will Finance Fox Co-Pro “Moscow Mission’
By Nancy Tartaglione – In what it’s touting as the first fund dedicated exclusively to film and television in China, Bona Film Group has launched a 1B Renminbi fund ($163.4M) to develop and produce projects over the next two years.
‘Pacific Rim’ Is “American Propoganda’, Chinese Military Official Says
By Dominic Patten – The Guillermo del Toro-directed robots vs. monsters movie may be doing monster box office in China, but an officer in the People’s Liberation Army is no fan.
Drafthouse, VICE To Bring Genocide Docu ‘Act of Killing’ To Indonesia
By Jen Yamato – EXCLUSIVE: Joshua Oppenheimer’s award-winning The Act of Killinggarnered wide acclaim and the year’s best nonfiction debut this summer.
Fox Searchlight Scores Partial Win In ‘Black Swans’ Interns Lawsuit
By Dominic Patten – Days after yet another round of filings in the Black Swan interns’ class action, Fox Searchlight and Fox Entertainment Group got some traction and some status quo out of the overseeing federal judge.
Venice: William Friedkin Talks ‘Sorcerer’, Projects & Hollywood’s Gambling Problem
By Nancy Taraglione – William Friedkin has arrived in Venice to receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.