Fox’s Lines Up Super Bowl Ad For ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ – Video
Here’s a look at the spot for Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service that will air during pregame for Sunday’s Super Bowl. The stylishly comic espionage actioner follows a veteran secret agent (Colin Firth) who leads a young protege (Taron Egerton) into the shadowy business. The kid gets into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a twisted tech genius threatens the world. Samuel L. Jackson also stars.
Fox shifted the release date a few times before settling o… Read
Sony Nabs Rights To Sci-Fi Comic Book Series ‘Descender’
The first issue of Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s comic book series isn’t even published yet, but they already have a studio for potential movie adaptations. Sony Pictures said today that it has picked up feature film rights to Descender, which debuts March 4 from Image Comics. Josh Bratman will produce the film with Lemire and Nguyen attached to executive produce. Michael De Luca and Rachel O’Connor will oversee the project for Sony.
Descender is described as a… Read
Busy Philipps Joins HBO Comedy Series ‘Vice Principals’
With Cougar Town wrapping its six-season run, the comedy’s co-star Busy Philipps has joined Vice Principals, HBO's 18-episode comedy series from Eastbound & Down creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill. Vice Principals tells the story of a high school and the people who almost run it: the vice principals, Neal Gamby (McBride) and Lee Russell. Philipps will play Gale Liptrapp, ex-wife of Neal Gamby and loving mother to his child who has remarried and has no tolerance for… Read
‘Reversal’ Sells To IFC Midnight – Sundance
IFC Midnight said it is acquiring U.S. rights to Dark Factory Entertainment's Reversal. The revenge thriller is directed by JM Cravioto and stars Tina Ivlev and Richard Tyson. The pic, written by Rock Shaink Jr. and Keith Kjornes, centers on a young woman who fights back and manages to escape a malicious abductor. After discovering she may not be the only victim, she decides to turn the tables on her captor.
Reversal is its first film for Daniel Posada’s Dark Factory… Read
Sundance Docu ‘Fresh Dressed’ Sells To Samuel Goldwyn & StyleHaul
Samuel Goldwyn Films and StyleHaul have acquired North American rights to first-time filmmaker Sacha Jenkins' Fresh Dressed, the documentary about the importance of fashion in NYC hip-hop culture that premiered last weekend at the Sundance Film Festival. It is a Mass Appeal production in partnership with CNN Films, and the cable news network already plans to air it later this year after a theatrical release.
The companies also said there will be an exclusive transactional… Read
‘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