Starz Ballet Drama ‘Flesh And Bone’ To Become Limited Series
With filming on the upcoming eight-episode Starz drama series Flesh and Bone completed, the pay cable network has decided to air the project as a limited series. The format switch will require no script changes, reshoots or additional footage, with the eight episodes airing as originally written and the current finale standing as a suitable conclusion of the limited series.
Created/executive produced by Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) and executive produced by Lawrence… Read
‘Ouija’ Review: Pete Hammond On Hasbro’s Stiff Board Game Pic
Just in time for Halloween comes the latest attempt by Hasbro to turn one of its iconic board games into a hit movie after previous failures including mega-bomb Battleship and Clue. But now, after dialing down plans and budgets for a more elaborate version with Michael Bay attached, Hasbro — again with the help of Universal Pictures as well as Jason Blum's Blumhouse — is unleashing a cheapo scream version of Ouija, based on its game that purports to raise spirits from… Read
‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Trailer Smashes Viewing Record; More Footage Coming
Despite scrambling to post its Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer a week early after a leaked version went viral Wednesday, Marvel broke viewing records with the first peek at its 2015 summer blockbuster. The company said today the Avengers 2 trailer notched 34.3 million views globally in its first 24 hours. Over 26.7 million of those came after the initial leak when Marvel responded by posting a high-resolution HD version to its official YouTube channel. The previous Marvel… Read
‘Ouija,’ ‘John Wick,’ Lead Top Five In Matinees: Box Office Weekend
Matinee numbers are coming in with Universal/Blumhouse's PG-13 rated horror film Ouija leading the pack for what looks now like an $8M Friday (which includes the late night grosses of $911K) on its way to a $19.2M weekend and it may struggle to get to $20M+. The horror crowd doesn't really arrive in theater until this evening and tonight. These horror films do best on the front-fan-loaded Fridays which might be the case here as well and then falling a bit flat on Saturday… Read
Dark Sky Dips Into Postapocalyptic Thriller ‘The Well’
EXCLUSIVE: MPI Media Group has acquired U.S. rights to Tom Hammock's The Well, a postapocalyptic thriller starring Haley Lu Richardson (MTV's Awkward, Ravenswood). The Federighi Films pic is set in a once-lush Oregon valley turned dry by a decade-long drought, where a teenage girl fights to protect the last working well from a greedy water baron. Twilight co-stars Booboo Stewart (X-Men: Days Of Future Past) and Michael Welch (Z Nation), Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite) and… Read
Expanded Filming Hours In Downtown L.A. Shelved Amid Opposition
EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles is gearing up for a significant increase in film and TV production once the new California production tax incentives kick in next year, but one group that isn't so excited about the coming boom is the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, a private organization that represents downtown businesses and residents. In April, the City Council asked city officials to report on the possibility of expanding filming hours in downtown. The DLANC… Read
Warner Bros To Remake ‘Who Am I’; Pic Is German Box Office Sensation
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has closed a deal to remake Who Am I, the latest film by German-based helmer Baran “Bo” Odar, who made his directorial debut on The Silence. Who Am I, which premiered in Toronto, is a visual thriller that stars Tom Schilling as a young man who gets pulled into the world of an Anonymous-like hacking group. Pic starts with him telling his story to Europol investigator after he and his cohorts perpetrated a crime spree that pissed off the Russian mob… Read
FCC Postpones Auction Of Broadcast TV Spectrum To 2016
Television station owners have more time than some probably ever imagined to decide whether to let wireless broadband providers buy airwave spectrum that they use to transmit programming. The FCC has been working on a voluntary auction for years with plans to have it take place in mid-2015. But today the agency says it will postpone the sale to early 2016 as it grapples with a lawsuit from the National Association of Broadcasters that says the plan will hurt stations that… Read
Paul Giamatti & Damian Lewis To Topline Showtime Pilot ‘Billions’
Emmy-winning Homeland star Damian Lewis is returning to Showtime with a lead role in another drama project. Lewis and fellow Emmy winner Paul Giamatti have been tapped as the two leads in Showtime's Wall Street drama pilot Billions, which will be directed by Neil Burger (Divergent).
Written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman and David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin, Billions is a fictional drama that takes a close look at the world of high finance by tracking the… Read
Film Independent Spirit Awards 2015 To Be Broadcast Live On IFC
Those who can't make it to the 2015 Spirit Awards won't have to wait until later in the evening to watch a delayed broadcast. For the first time, the Film Independent-produced trophy show, which honors the best in independent film, will air live on IFC at 2 PM PT/ 5 PM ET on February 21.
"We wanted to shake things up to mark the 30th anniversary," said Film Independent President Josh Welsh, "and I think by broadcasting live from the beach we'll do just that. I could not… Read
Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor Joining DC Comics Pic ‘Suicide Squad’?
EXCLUSIVE: On the DC Comics-heavy slate that Warner Bros laid out for Wall Street last week, the film Suicide Squad was the only one lacking a clear identification to the superhero-themed franchises that will dominate the slate through 2020. That might change. I hear that Warner Bros is in discussions with Jesse Eisenberg to take the Lex Luthor character he will unveil in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and transfer the villain character to Suicide Squad. As Deadline… Read
‘Act Of Killing’ Helmer Joshua Oppenheimer Signs With UTA
EXCLUSIVE: UTA has signed Joshua Oppenheimer, who burst on the scene as a major documentary directing voice for The Act Of Killing. The provocative and shocking docu featured interviews with members of death squads responsible for the mass killings of close to a million people during a military coup in Indonesia during the 1960s. Nominated for an Oscar and winner of the BAFTA and over 70 international awards, Oppenheimer got these architects of genocide to reenact their… Read