‘Ten Thousand Saints’ Sells To Screen Media – Sundance
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s Ten Thousand Saints has been sold to Screen Media Films at the Sundance Film Festival, where it had its world premiere a week ago in the Premieres section. No deal details on this one, but the 1980s-set drama will get a late-summer 2015 theatrical release in 25 markets day-and-date with VOD.
Asa Butterfield, Ethan Hawke, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, Hailee Steinfeld and Emile Hirsch star in the pic, set in New York City… Read
‘Game Of Thrones’ Official Season 5 Trailer
UPDATED with official trailer from HBO: There’s lots of buzz on the Web surrounding Game Of Thrones‘ Season 5 trailer, which debuted last night during IMAX screenings of the series at 150 theaters across the country. It shows quite a bit of what’s coming up including the Sand Snakes, another wedding, Dany claiming she won’t “break the wheel,” she’ll “stop the wheel”, and more.
The unofficial video apparently was shot by a moviegoer at one of the screenings. You can even… Read
Elle Fanning & Diego Luna Topline Sundance-Seeded Sci-Fi Pic ‘IO’
EXCLUSIVE: Elle Fanning and Diego Luna have joined the cast of Clay Jeter’s sci-fi pic IO, a project that was developed at the Sundance Institute’s Writers Lab and Sundance Catalyst Forum. Jeter, who made the 2011 Sundance Film Festival pic Jess + Moss, wrote the script with Will Basanta and Charles Spano.
The character-driven IO, slated to begin production sometime this year, tells the story of a girl's coming of age while examining the dangers of humanity's current… Read
Super Bowl Ads: Less Snark, More Uplift This Year
Super Bowl XLIX will be played Sunday at the end of a season in which the NFL was pounded with reports of abuse against women, children and even footballs. Maybe not coincidentally, this year's Super Bowl advertising is expected to be a lot less snarky and more mom-ified — lighter on the testosterone and heavier on the uplifting.
Characterizing this year's crop of ads in advance of the game is tougher than in years past, what with more companies holding back their spots… Read
Medical Drama ‘LFE’ Gets CBS Pilot Order
Medical dramas' hot streak during pitch season is extending into pilot pickup time. CBS, which bought some half-dozen medical shows, has given a pilot order to LFE from The Dan Jinks Co. and CBS TV Studios. It follows the network’s pilot order to ER drama Code Black.
Written/co-executive produced by Paul Downs Colaizzo, LFE is described as a high-octane medical procedural centering on second-year residents at New York City’s top hospital as they attempt to balance… Read
‘Lewis And Clark’ Miniseries Gets Formal Greenlight By HBO; Matthias Schoenaerts To Star With Casey Affleck
HBO’s long-gestating miniseries Lewis And Clark has gotten a formal green light, along with Matthias Schoenaerts (upcoming Far From The Madding Crowd) in a co-starring role with previously announced Casey Affleck (Interstellar). They will play William Clark and Meriwether Lewis, respectively. Production is slated to begin this summer on the six-hour miniseries executive produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Tim Kelly and Adam… Read
Warner Bros Gets Dismissal Of $10M ‘Gravity’ Lawsuit From ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Author
A judge has dismissed Rizzoli & Isles author Tess Gerritsen’s lawsuit against Warner Bros that claims her 1999 Gravity novel and the 2013 Alfonso Cuaron-directed film might be related. There’s still a chance, however, that she could resurrect a new complaint in the $10 million breach-of-contract action.
"The court grants defendants' motion to dismiss Gerritsen's complaint," said Judge Margaret Murrow in her order in WB's favor (read it here). However, while the studio is… Read
‘American Sniper’ Estimated Weekend At $29.4M, ‘Project Almanac’ Logging $12.2M In 2nd – Friday Update
UPDATE, FRIDAY 1:30PM: Midday industry estimates show Warner Bros/Village Roadshow’s American Sniper in first place with $9.8M on Friday and a projected FSS of $29.4M at 3,885 theaters. Box office analysts are expecting the film to spike 55% on Saturday night with $15.2M and falling 71% on Super Bowl Sunday with $4.4M. Domestic B.O. through six weekends is projected to be at $246.5M through Sunday.
Paramount’s Project Almanac is looking to bow in second with $4.8M today… Read
Sundance Pic ‘Digging For Fire’ Acquired By The Orchard & Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions – Update
UPDATE, 1:17 PM: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has taken international rights to Digging For Fire.
PREVIOUSLY, 12:21 PM: The Orchard said today it is acquiring North American rights to Joe Swanberg’s Digging For Fire. The film is co-written by Jake Johnson and Swanberg and stars Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick and Mike Birbiglia.
The pic, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, was produced by… Read
Jamie Foxx & Michelle Monaghan To Star In ‘Sleepless Night’ For Open Road – Berlin Briefs
Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan have signed on to star in Sleepless Night, a Vertigo Entertainment action thriller that will be directed by Baran Bo Odar. Open Road Films will finance production and take worldwide distribution rights under their recently announced partnership with FilmNation.
The pic is a “reinvention” of the 2011 French film Nuit Blanche, directed by Frédéric Jardin. The new take centers on a seemingly corrupt Las Vegas cop (Foxx). When gangsters kidnap… Read
Steinbeck’s ‘In Dubious Battle’ Helmed By James Franco With Strong Cast – Berlin
James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D'Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride will star together in the feature film In Dubious Battle, which will be directed by Franco.
AMBI Group, the movie development, finance, production and distribution group owned and run by Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi, is financing the film and producing with Rabbit Bandini Productions and That's Hollywood Pictures Production. Producers are Andrea Iervolino… Read
Peter Berg In Talks To Replace JC Chandor On ‘Deepwater Horizon’ – Update
EXCLUSIVE UPDATE, 12:13 PM : Multiple sources tell me Peter Berg will replace JC Chandor and reteam with his Lone Survivor star Mark Wahlberg on Deepwater Horizon. Berg has a strong relationship with writer Matthew Michael Carnahan in The Kingdom and of course with Wahlberg on the hit heroic tale Lone Survivor.
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, 11:43 AM: JC Chandor is leaving Deepwater Horizon, the Summit Entertainment pic detailing the true-story account of the devastating 2010 BP oil… Read