‘Miss Peregrine’ Eyes $27M-$28M; ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Drilling $21M-$22M – Midday B.O. Update
Friday, 2nd Update Noon: Two fall wide releases both with production costs over $100M, both set to open in the $20M range. We’re talking about 20th Century Fox’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Lionsgate/Summit/Participant Media’s Peter Berg action drama Deepwater Horizon. Projected off of industry matinees today, Fox/Chernin Entertainment’s Tim Burton-directed movie is looking at a $9M-$9.5M Friday (including $1.2M Thursday) and a three-day debut that’s… Read
Chris Hemsworth & Michael Shannon Saddle Up For Black Label Media’s ‘Horse Soldiers’
EXCLUSIVE: Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon are set to star in the Nicolai Fuglsig-directed Horse Soldiers, the tense true story of a U.S. Special Forces team and their untested captain sent to a rugged, mountainous region of Afghanistan in the weeks after 9/11. They were assigned to join forces with a Northern Alliance warlord to fight against overwhelming odds to drive out the Taliban. The film is being co-financed by Black Label Media, whose Molly Smith, Trent… Read
Oscars & The New York Film Festival: How Will The Big Apple Event Affect The Race?
When the 54th annual New York Film Festival opens tonight, it will be making history. Ava DuVernay’s powerful 13th, which explores the history of race relations through the prism of prisons and the preponderance of young black and Latino men who make up a large part of their population, only will become the first documentary to open the Big Apple festival. It also will be the first one that will become available on television just a week later when it debuts on Netflix… Read
Ralph Macchio Pic ‘Lost Cat Corona’ Acquired By Virgil Films; Cinelicious Pics Nabs ‘Dark Night’
Virgil Films (Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, I Am Chris Farley) has acquired North American rights to Lost Cat Corona, the indie comedy starring Ralph Macchio and Gina Gershon. Anthony Tarsitano wrote and directed the pic about a hardworking, play-it-safe guy living in the Corona section of Queens who just wants to relax on his day off. But he's ordered by his distressed wife, Connie (Gershon), to go out and find their cat Leonard, who has disappeared. When he ventures into… Read
‘Underground’: John Legend To Guest Star As Abolitionist Frederick Douglass In Season 2
Underground executive producer John Legend is set for a guest starring role in WGN America’s hit series, playing the iconic abolitionist Frederick Douglass in Season 2.
Born into slavery, Douglass refused to let his circumstance determine his future. After he daringly escaped bondage in Maryland, he went on to become one of the most revolutionary leaders of the nineteenth century. A prominent writer, celebrated speaker and progressive political reformist, Douglass was a… Read
Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters Sell Series Projects To ABC, Freeform & Amazon
Veteran showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters (Agent Carter) have ramped up development through their pod deal at ABC Studios. The duo’s Fazekas & Butters production company has sold two hourlong projects to ABC — one written by them with a Disney theme parks tie-in and one penned by filmmaker Nisha Ganatra. Additionally, the company has set up projects at Freeform and Amazon with writers Nick Towne and Heath Corson and is developing a series based on Wesley Chu’s… Read
‘Twin Peaks’ Teaser Features Composer Angelo Badalamenti’s Theme Music
Haunting. Unsettling. Foreboding. Showtime has dropped a new teaser for Twin Peaks, the follow-up to David Lynch’s cult ABC series, featuring composer Angelo Badalamenti and his Grammy-winning theme music from the original series. Badalamenti is returning to score the follow-up series.
Badalamenti has had a longtime collaboration with Lynch. In addition to receiving the Grammy Award for the theme music of the original series, the "Soundtrack Album from Twin Peaks"… Read
Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’ Movie To Be Made By TriStar & PalmStar
EXCLUSIVE: Sony-based TriStar has stepped up to make a worldwide rights deal to turn the Paulo Coelho novel The Alchemist into a feature film. The book has been guided creatively for years by Cinema Gypsy's Laurence Fishburne, who will take it the rest of the way in partnership with fellow producer, PalmStar Media's Kevin Frakes, and TriStar president Hannah Minghella. "I'm thrilled to be moving this project forward after all these years," Fishburne said.
All this… Read
Ioan Gruffudd Joins Mel Gibson & Sean Penn For ‘The Professor And The Madman’
EXCLUSIVE: Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd is set to join Mel Gibson and Sean Penn in The Professor and the Madman, a film about James Murray, the 19th century professor who started to compile the Oxford English Dictionary.
Gruffudd will play the role of Henry Bradley, a particular and demanding philologist who helps Murray (played by Gibson) assemble words for the compilation of the Oxford Dictionary. Extremely officious and easily exasperated, Bradley's attention to detail is… Read
How Paramount’s ‘Ghost In The Shell’ Hacked ‘Mr. Robot’s Season 2 Finale & Took Social Media By Storm
EXCLUSIVE: In an age when millennials are the most prized moviegoing demo, and the hardest for studios to court as the audience indulges in digital distractions, it pays to get clever and catch them off guard.
And that’s exactly what Paramount did for its DreamWorks co-production Ghost in the Shell starring Scarlett Johansson, which hits theaters on March 31.
During the commercial breaks of this week’s Season 2 finale for USA’s Mr. Robot, Paramount dropped a total of five… Read
Shirley Jones And Robert Wagner Join ‘Together’ With Paul Duddridge At Helm
EXCLUSIVE: Director Paul Duddridge (Mothers and Daughters) has set Shirley Jones and Robert Wagner as the leads in his upcoming indie Together, described as a Romeo and Juliet love story for seniors. The pic will begin shooting in January.
The film centers on elderly married couple Phil and Rose. When Rose finds herself in the hospital after a minor injury, Phil must fight the doctors, social workers, and even their own children to prevent his wife for over 60 years from… Read
Altitude Picks Up Peter Mackie Burns’ ‘Daphne’ Starring Emily Beecham
EXCLUSIVE: Will Clarke's Altitude Film Distribution has picked up UK rights to Daphne, the directorial debut from Scottish filmmaker Peter Mackie Burns.
The film stars up-and-coming actress Emily Beecham, who recently was seen in the Coen brothers' Hail, Caesar!, and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, two-time IFTA best actor winner for his performance in hit crime drama Love/Hate. Vaughan-Lawlor also had roles in Brad Furman's The Infiltrator with Bryan Cranston and Jim Sheridan's The S… Read