Magnolia Entertainment And Kylin Pictures Set Up Development & Production Funds
EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia Entertainment, the Beverly Hills-based management and production company, is launching two new companies together with Chinese financier and production company Kylin Pictures. With access to $100 million in production financing, of which $10 million will be dedicated to development, the new companies will focus on both U.S.-Chinese co-productions as well as English language international projects. There may also be the scope for gap financing on a… Read
Lionsgate Teams With Hasbro To Develop Movie Based On ‘Monopoly’ Board Game
Here’s a concept that just passed “Go.” Lionsgate says it is teaming with Hasbro to create a movie based on Monopoly, the board game developed more than a century ago to illustrate a Progressive critique of economic concentration. Lionsgate will finance the movie and co-produce it with Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures.
The screenplay will come from Andrew Niccol, whose credits include The Truman Show, Gattaca, and The Terminal. They say that this will be “a film for all ages… Read
Tony Winner ‘Spring Awakening’ Heading For Fall Broadway Reprise
EXCLUSIVE: An acclaimed revival of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s musical Spring Awakening is transferring to Broadway in the fall, I’m told, as soon as a theater can be locked up. The lead producer is Ken Davenport (Godspell), who declined to comment, but I hear it’s in the bag and casting notices will go up later today.
The revival is a co-production of Los Angeles-based Deaf West Theatre and Forest Of Arden, whose founder, Michael Arden, directs; with choreography… Read
Michael Keaton And JK Simmons Exit Legendary’s ‘Kong: Skull Island’
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Keaton and JK Simmons have exited Legendary Pictures’ Kong: Skull Island. Scheduling conflicts are believed to be the principal reason behind both actors’ departures. The project, which has Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing from a script written by John Gatins and Max Borenstein, pushed back its production start by a few weeks from the fall to before the end of the year. That, and the fact that it is likely to be a demanding shoot in terms of time, didn’t… Read
Michael Ian Black, Missi Pyle Join Indie Comedy ‘Slash’
Michael Ian Black (The State, Wet Hot American Summer, They Came Together) and Missi Pyle (Gone Girl) have joined the indie comedy ‘Slash’, currently filming in Austin. The cast also includes Sarah Ramos (Parenthood), Peter Vack (Mozart In The Jungle), Jessie Ennis (Veep) and Matt Peters (Orange Is The New Black).
Directed by Clay Liford (Earthling), who also wrote the screenplay, the coming of age drama focuses on a teenage erotic fan fic author; the title is a reference… Read
‘American Odyssey’ Cancelled By NBC After One Season
NBC is not commenting, but I’ve learned it’s now a done deal — low-rated freshman drama American Odyssey is over. I hear the series co-creator/director/executive producer Peter Horton, for whom the globe-spanning thriller had been a passion project, personally called the cast to give them the news.
The decision comes two days after the midseason series aired its season – and now series – finale as the options on the cast expire tonight. The serialized drama starring Anna… Read
FilmLA Sued By Hollywood Nightclub Over NBC’s ‘The Player’ Shoot
The non-profit permitting group got a notice of its own today and it may see them set up shop in court. A Hollywood nightclub filed a complaint for unspecified damages Tuesday against FilmLA for some last minute production shooting that basically closed them down for two days in April. Time that left the owners of The Cosmos nightclub out some mid-week dough. And that's money they want to see some of now.
"Upon the aforementioned notification at 10:00 p.m., on March 30… Read
Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis Anchor Garry Marshall’s ‘Mother’s Day’ Package
EXCLUSIVE: Here is a fresh movie package that will stir up some pre-July 4th fireworks among studios. Julia Roberts is set and Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, and Jason Sudeikis are in negotiations for Mother’s Day, a ensemble film that Garry Marshall is set to direct from a script by Anya Kochoff-Romano and Lily Hollander. The pic tells intertwining stories about the lives of several mothers as the title holiday approaches. It is the latest in Marshall’s holiday movie… Read
Donald Trump To Bill O’Reilly: Reason NBC Dumped His Beauty Pageants Will Come Out In Litigation
Updated throughout: Hours after suing Univision for $500 million for bailing on its broadcast of Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump indicated he will do same to NBC, telling Bill O’Reilly the reason NBC also cut ties to both pageants “will come out in ligitation.” Trump already had said he may sue NBC as well.
“Why do you think NBC pulled the plug on your beauty pageant. You had already resigned from Celebrity Apprentice,” the… Read
‘The Goldbergs’ Hayley Orrantia Joins ‘God’s Not Dead 2′
The Goldbergs costar Hayley Orrantia is set to lead God's Not Dead 2, sequel to the hugely profitable 2014 religious drama. As with its predecessor, God’s Not Dead 2 depicts the debate between a skeptic and an evangelical Christian who come into conflict in an educational setting, but in this outing the roles will be reversed. Orrantia will star as "Brooke," a high school student whose teacher, played by Melissa Joan Hart, quotes bible verses in class, causing Brooke’s… Read
Kevin Costner Walks Away From Amazon Drama ‘Trial’
It wasn’t meant to be. After weeks of courtship and a week of negotiations, Kevin Costner has opted not to proceed with Trial, the Amazon Studios drama from The Practice, Ally McBeal and Picket Fences creator David E. Kelley. For a few days, it looked like Costner was well on his way to toplining his first TV series (Amazon has been eyeing a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Trial). But negotiations ultimately unraveled. Word is that Amazon is now moving on… Read
‘Creed’ Trailer: Latest ‘Rocky’ Sequel Enters The Ring And This One Has Punch
This is two minutes and forty three seconds of just pure sublimity. It’s Ryan Coogler’s Creed, the MGM/New Line film that Warner Bros will release this fall. This isn’t just another installment of Rocky. After Coogler and Michael B Jordan teamed on the Sundance sensation Fruitvale Station, each of these young guys had their pick of projects. Coogler used his currency on his dream to make Creed. Turns out that while he was growing up, Coogler’s father showed him the Rocky… Read