Box Office Friday: ‘Maze Runner’ Outpaces Liam’s Leisurely ‘Walk'; ‘This is Where I Leave You’ Not Going Anywhere
After what were soft matinees today, the sci-fi action thriller The Maze Runner took off this evening and is expected to chase in an estimated $11M today (that includes the $1.1M from last night) for a three-day weekend gross of around $30M to $32M. Saturday should be another decent moviegoing night for this YA picture which stars MTV's Teen Wolf star Dylan O'Brien. It also got an A- CinemaScore from its core audience which should give a nice multiple.
With a budget of… Read
David Fincher Talks Boxed Heads, “Silliness” Of Movies & Breaking Rules At BAFTA Event
As awards season begins to roll out, BAFTA hosted director David Fincher for its Life in Pictures series tonight in London. The prestigious lineup of career interviews in the past has featured such talent as Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes and Tom Hanks.
Discussing a career on the big screen that has spanned nearly 25 years, Fincher waxed lyrical on his work past and present, engaging the industry audience — of whom many are not only BAFTA members but also Academy voters —… Read
‘The Blacklist’ Season 2: Hot TV Trailer
“Things are at a tipping point,” Red says in this preview of Season 2 of NBC's The Blacklist. James Spader's anti-hero and the FBI profilers he works with are still after the elusive ex-KGB operative Berlin (Peter Stormare), and the ante is upped by the arrival in town of the mysterious Lord Baltimore. But this guy isn't after Reddington; no, he's out to grab Liz (Megan Boone). And when he does, Berlin has just the bait to lure Red. Krysten Ritter and Mary-Louise Parker… Read
Roberto Orci’s ‘Star Trek 3′ Commitment Knocks Him Out Of ‘Power Rangers’ Pic
EXCLUSIVE: Roberto Orci has dropped out of Power Rangers because his Star Trek 3 directing obligation has created a scheduling conflict. He'll no longer be exec producer of the film. It doesn't change Lionsgate and Haim Saban's intention to release Power Rangers worldwide on July 22, 2016. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who penned the screenplays for X-Men: First Class and Thor, will continue to write the script. Saban, who hatched the Power Rangers franchise, is… Read
Duo Of Writers Sell Assassin & Auto-Theft Dramas Produced By Chris Morgan To Fox
Chris Morgan is backing two feature writers — Patrick Aison and Greg Russo — in their first network sales. Fox has bought both drama projects, from 20th Century Fox TV and Morgan's studio-based Chris Morgan Prods. The untitled Patrick Aison project centers on a vengeful young woman and a master assassin who form an unlikely partnership; as he teaches her the art of the kill, their personal lives become entangled. The Greg Russo project is set in the underground world of… Read
Shonda Rhimes Flames NYTimes TV Critic For “Angry Black Woman” Reference
New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley learned today that when you suggest that How To Get Away With Murder exec producer Shonda Rhimes call her autobiography How To Get Away With Being An Angry Black Woman because of Rhimes' ability to embrace "the trite but persistent caricature of the Angry Black Woman, recast it in her own image and [make] it enviable" — Rhimes will not simper like a flattered schoolgirl. She will torch you on Twitter:
Confused why @nytimes… Read
Aussie Thriller ‘Kill Me Three Times’ Sells To Magnolia: TIFF
EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia is closing a low-seven-figure deal on Kill Me Three Times, the Kriv Stenders-directed genre film that premiered at Toronto in the Contemporary World Cinema section. The James McFarland-scripted film has a strong cast. It stars Alice Braga, Luke Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer, Simon Pegg, and Sullivan Stapleton. Magnolia's plan is for a big theatrical push for a pic that's a raucous and violent ride in the spirit of films like Seven Psychopaths.
The tale… Read
Academy Unveils Finalists For Nicholl Fellowships In Screenwriting
About half of the finalists for the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting are from the Los Angeles area, but the rest span four states and three continents. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today released its list of 10 screenplays whose writers are on the shortlist for as many as five $35,000 fellowships. The winners, judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, will be announced during a November 13 ceremony and live read at the… Read
Brian Williams Corrects NBC’s Bridgegate Coverage: Video
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams tonight dialed back his Thursday report about the U.S. Justice Department investigation into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's alleged role in the September 2013 George Washington Bridge lane closures, in which Williams mistakenly said investigators have “ruled out” charges against Christie.
“We may have added confusion to some complex reporting last night — and it has to do with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the multiple… Read
Charles Manson Book ‘The Family’ To Become Movie With ‘American Psycho’ Screenwriter Penning It
Roxwell Films has optioned rights to produce Ed Sanders' 1971 book The Family, which described the arc of Charles Manson's life leading to the notorious 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders. Roxwell's Jeremy Rosen and Kevin Shulman are producing and already are into development of the pic, which will be adapted by Guinevere Turner and is set to start preproduction this year. Turner co-wrote with director Mary Harron the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel American Psycho,… Read
‘Simpsons’ Duo Adapting Spanish Blended Family Comedy ‘Los Serrano’ For Fox
On the heels of the premiere of Red Band Society, based on the praised Spanish drama, Fox has put in development another adaptation of a successful Spanish series, comedy Los Serrano. The multicamera comedy will be written by The Simpsons veteran Mike Scully and his wife, former Simpsons writer-producer Julie Scully. 20th TV, where Mike Scully has been based for more than two decades, is producing.
Created by Daniel Écija Bernal and produced by Globomedia and Mediaset, Los… Read
Bravo Advertisers Targeted In ‘Shahs Of Sunset’ Strike
EXCLUSIVE: The labor battle between the Ryan Seacrest Productions series and the Motion Picture Editors Guild has moved into a whole new arena. While still manning the picket line in front of RSP's Miracle Mile offices, the IATSE Local 700 has now set its sights on Bravo's bottom line by focusing on advertisers and sponsors of Shahs Of Sunset, I've learned.
"We encourage you to advise your clients that we retain our right to communicate with our members, members of… Read