Catch up with the best of this week’s film stories on Deadline:
The Day JFK Was Shot: 50 Years Later, Hollywood Remembers
By Dominic Patten – In remembrance of the 35th president, I asked some of the industry’s most notable and insightful individuals — a few of whom had seen JFK just before his death — where they were when they heard the news of the shooting and what they experienced that day. Here’s what they told me…
AFM: Schlock Still Rocks In Santa Monica
By Dominic Patten – Allow me to butcher a Mark Twain quote and say that rumors of schlock’s demise have been greatly exaggerated…
Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Partner Jack Giarraputo Plots Retirement
By Mike Fleming Jr. – EXCLUSIVE: This week, Jack Giarraputo has been telling associates at studios like Sony and Paramount that he will retire after he finishes producing the Warner Bros. comedy Blended, and after that the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels for Sony.
Facts Be Damned! How Traffic Trumped Factual Reporting On Tom Cruise-Mark Wahlberg Non-Story
By Mike Fleming Jr. – The digital age has made entertainment industry coverage more exciting, but the race to post and the hunger for eyeballs leads to increasingly shameful reporting of innuendo and flat-out falsehoods.
Did Sacha Baron Cohen Paint His Masterpiece With Charlie Chaplin Stunt?
By Mike Fleming Jr. – Sacha Baron Cohen is most certainly keeping the spirit of Andy Kaufman alive, and I think that this week he set the bar to a level even he will be hard pressed to top. Here is his Britannia stunt in two segments, and below that is his MTV Awards and Oscar handiwork.
‘Thor’ Shows Saturday Staying Power And Eyes $38.5 Million Weekend; ‘Best Man Holiday’ Should Reach $31 Million
By Mike Fleming Jr. – Looks like the top two films of the weekend will finish strongly, and most particularly Thor: The Dark World. The film will outpace early estimates and after a $17 million Saturday gross, and it will likely finish $38.5 million for the weekend.
OSCARS: Hey Academy, Don’t Forget ‘The Way Way Back’s’ Sam Rockwell (Interview)
By Pete Hammond – Fox Searchlight has a contender who might be forgotten since his film came out way way back in June. Right. June. Can we remember back that far?
MGM & Bond Producer End Long Legal Battle Royale With ‘Thunderball’ Co-Scribe
By Dominic Patten – MGM and the producer of the James Bond movies have finally acquired all of the rights to the 007 franchise.
Paul Feig Hatches ‘The Heat’ Spinoff, Focusing On Jamie Denbo And Jessica Chaffin’s Characters From Melissa McCarthy-Sandra Bullock Comedy
By Mike Fleming Jr. – EXCLUSIVE: The Heat team of Fox, Chernin Entertainment and Paul Feig are developing a spinoff of last summer’s hit, creating a comic vehicle that will focus on the characters played by Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin.
‘Key & Peele’ Partners Team With Judd Apatow For Universal Pitch Deal
By Mike Fleming Jr. – EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has made a deal with Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Judd Apatow to write an untitled feature comedy vehicle for the two stars of the Comedy Central show Key & Peele.