Sony Pictures Classics Confirms ‘Diary Of A Teenage Girl’ Deal – Sundance
UPDATE, 10:45 AM: Sony Pictures Classics has just confirmed my scoop on a busy Sunday night at the Sundance Film Festival that it has acquired The Diary Of A Teenage Girl, from writer-director Marielle Heller based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel. K5 International is handling sales in all overseas territories, and SPC’s deal includes deals for Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Eastern Europe excluding Russia, Asia, Scandinavia and Germany. See the full release… Read
Alcon Acquires Upcoming Kids Fantasy Books ‘Darkmouth’
Alcon Entertainment has acquired film rights to Darkmouth, an upcoming series of comedic fantasy-adventure novels written by Irish author Shane Hegarty. HarperCollins Children's Books will publish the debut novel, Darkmouth #1: The Legends Begin, in the UK, Ireland and Australia at the end of the month and in the U.S. in April.
The series tells the story of the last town on Earth where monsters (known as Legends) still invade. Finn, the 12-year-old son of the last… Read
Bobby Farrelly Set To Direct ‘One Night Stan’ For Mark Damon’s Foresight
Bobby Farrelly (Dumb And Dumber) has signed on to direct One Night Stan for Mark Damon’s Foresight Unlimited. The comedy follows Stan, a serial commitment-phobe, who falls hard for a beautiful girl named Amy. When he decides to change his ways, he discovers that Amy has her own ideas about relationships.
The script is written by Kevin Barnett (Heartbreak Kid), Chris Pappas, and Mike Bernier. Producers are Bobby Farrelly, Foresight's Mark Damon, Serafini Pictures' Susanne… Read
eOne Television CEO John Morayniss Inks New Long-Term Contract
John Morayniss has signed a new long-term agreement with Entertainment One to continue as Chief Executive Officer of eOne Television. Morayniss has led the division since its inception in 2008. Over the past six years, the eOne TV business has grown from approximately $100 million to over $300 million in revenue. He will continue to oversee all aspects of eOne Television’s development, production, financing, licensing and worldwide distribution activities in both original… Read
Team Downey Enlists Tate Taylor For USS Indianapolis Shark Attack Ordeal Project
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. and Team Downey principals Robert Downey Jr and Susan Downey have enlisted Tate Taylor to direct and Mike Jones to script their untitled project on the USS Indianapolis. This is the harrowing WWII shark tale made famous by the chilling speech Robert Shaw's Quint character delivered to shipmates Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss in Jaws.
Set in 1996, the film tells the true story of 11-year old Hunter Scott, who needed a project with which to… Read
Craig Ferguson Signs TV Deal With Lionsgate
Craig Ferguson and his production company, Green Mountain West, have entered into a multi-year overall television agreement with Lionsgate. Ferguson will develop and produce scripted and unscripted programming, working with Green Mountain's president Phil Cottone and former The Late Late Show producer Michael Naidus.
The announcement comes on the heels of the Season 2 pickup of Ferguson-hosted Celebrity Name Game, which is co-produced by Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury and… Read
Common, John Legend To Perform ‘Selma’ Song “Glory” At Oscars
Following yesterday’s news that Begin Again star Adam Levine will perform the Oscar-nominated best song “Lost Stars” from that film, Common and John Legend will be crooning together on their Oscar-nominated song "Glory" from the Paramount Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma at the 87th Oscars on Feb. 22. The news was announced by Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Common and Legend have already won a Golden Globe for their on “Glory”.
"Common and John Legend are… Read
Broadway Shows Return But Jasmine, Simba Get Extra Snow Day
UPDATE, 10:15 A.M.: Shows are beginning to promote “snow day” specials. Honeymoon In Vegas, at the Nederlander Theatre, is hawking $79 orchestra and front mezzanine seats to gamblers who mention the “storm special.”
There’s snow business on Broadway tonight as most shows return to their normal schedules while NYC emerges from the Blizzard That Wasn’t. The exception is Disney’s two big family shows, Aladdin and The Lion King, which will take a second night off, according… Read
Alan Ball’s Salieri Tale ‘Virtuoso’ Gets HBO Pilot Order With Elton John Producing
The long-gestating HBO classical music drama Virtuoso, from True Blood creator Alan Ball, is moving forward with a pilot order and Elton John among the executive producers.
Written by Ball based on a story he co-wrote with his partner, actor Peter Macdissi, and Steve Hamilton Shaw, Virtuoso is set against the complex and volatile backdrop of 18th century Vienna and follows a class of young musical prodigies from all over Europe at the prestigious Academy of Musical… Read
Katie Holmes Joins Showtime Drama ‘Ray Donovan’
In her most extensive series gig since Dawson’s Creek, Katie Holmes has signed on for a season-long recurring role on the third season of Showtime drama Ray Donovan. She will play shrewd and chic businesswoman Paige, the daughter of billionaire producer Andrew Finney (Ian McShane), who enlists Ray's service. Also joining Season 3 is Guy Burnet (Mortdecai) as Casey, Finney’s prodigal son. Holmes will next be seen in the feature Woman In Gold opposite Ryan Reynolds and… Read
FilmsDistribution Picks ‘An Italian Name'; Content Has ‘Pandemic': Berlin Briefs
Refresh for latest… Ahead of the EFM next week, Paris-based Films Distribution has picks up Italian box-office success An Italian Name (Il Nome Del Figlio) by Francesca Archibugi. The sales company will handle world rights on the film which is based on Pathé's French hit What's In A Name?. It tells the story of extrovert Paolo and the beautiful Simona who are expecting a child. At a dinner with friends, one question will lead to an argument that will shake the night: the… Read
Larry Wilmore Tackles ‘American Sniper’ On ‘The Nightly Show’
Larry Wilmore’s The Nightly Show focused on American Sniper last night, including two Iraq vets on his panel, one of whom was a sniper:
The episode ended with kind of a thud, however, when Wilmore took his Keep It 100 question: If you knew it would guarantee massive success of your show, would you do a tour in Afghanistan as a soldier? “I would do a tour as a soldier, whether or not it has to do with my show or not. That's just how I feel about it,” Wilmore said, adding,… Read