Shirley Jones And Robert Wagner Join ‘Together’ With Paul Duddridge At Helm
EXCLUSIVE: Director Paul Duddridge (Mothers and Daughters) has set Shirley Jones and Robert Wagner as the leads in his upcoming indie Together, described as a Romeo and Juliet love story for seniors. The pic will begin shooting in January.
The film centers on elderly married couple Phil and Rose. When Rose finds herself in the hospital after a minor injury, Phil must fight the doctors, social workers, and even their own children to prevent his wife for over 60 years from… Read
Altitude Picks Up Peter Mackie Burns’ ‘Daphne’ Starring Emily Beecham
EXCLUSIVE: Will Clarke's Altitude Film Distribution has picked up UK rights to Daphne, the directorial debut from Scottish filmmaker Peter Mackie Burns.
The film stars up-and-coming actress Emily Beecham, who was recently seen in the Coen Brothers' Hail Caesar! and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, two-time IFTA best actor winner for his performance in hit crime drama Love/Hate. Vaughn-Lawlor also had roles in Brad Furman's The Infiltrator with Bryan Cranston and Jim Sheridan's The Secr… Read
Rachel Weisz Fights ‘Denial’, Shia LaBeouf Leads Mad Band Of Kids In ‘American Honey’ – Specialty Box Office Preview
Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall star in Bleecker Street's Denial, opening this weekend only weeks after its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. The New York-based distributor is targeting its core adult audience for the bio-drama based on a true story. A24, meanwhile, will bow filmmaker Andrea Arnold's Cannes Jury Prize-winner American Honey, starring newcomer Sasha Lane along with Shia LaBeouf and Riley Keough. After a raucous party in… Read
Sony Pictures Classics Acquires ‘Maudie’, Period Romancer Starring Sally Hawkins & Ethan Hawke
Sony Pictures Classics is brushing up on its Canadian art history. The specialty unit has acquired U.S. and other territory rights to Maudie, which bowed at Telluride and went on to screen at Toronto. It tells the true story of Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins) who overcame the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become one of Canada's premier folk artists.
SPC also has rights in Latin America, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal, Scandinavia, Turkey, the UK… Read
‘Counterpart’: Olivia Williams & Harry Lloyd To Co-Star In Starz Drama Series
Manhattan alumna Olivia Williams and Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones) are set to star opposite J.K. Simmons in Counterpart, a sci-fi thriller drama series for Starz from MRC, Anonymous Content and Gilbert Films. The Imitation Game‘s Morten Tyldum executive produces and will direct the first episode. This is the first major movement on the series since Simmons came aboard more than a year ago, with active casting now underway as the project gears up for production.
‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ Latest Paramount Pic To Bond With China
Paramount Pictures today unveiled its latest China investment deal on a movie, saying its upcoming Tom Cruise sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back will receive a significant investment from a joint venture of Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Group. The China companies also will join Paramount China as marketing partner on the movie, from Paramount and Skydance, which will open October 21 in China and U.S. theaters.
This deal follows similar tie-ups with Huahua Media on the… Read
‘Nocturnal Animals’ Ellie Bamber Set For Disney’s ‘Nutcracker And The Four Realms’
EXCLUSIVE: Ellie Bamber, the British actress who plays the entitled daughter of Jake Gyllenhaal’s character in Tom Ford’s upcoming Nocturnal Animals, is adding to her dance card with Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The film, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, is a live-action retelling of E.T.A. Hoffmann's 1816 story The Nutcracker And The Mouse King which was the source material for the classic 1892 ballet scored by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
In the original Nutcrac… Read
‘Notorious’ & ‘Pitch’ Hold Steady In Week 2 With No ‘TNF’ On CBS, ‘Grey’s’ Still Hot
Snapshot: New series Week 2: ABC's Notorious (1.1 in 18-49, down 0.1 from fast national, even with final), Fox's Pitch (1.1, down 0.1); Returning series all down, with the exception of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (2.4, even with its premiere fast national) and Fox’s Rosewood (0.8, up +0.1); Chicago Med (1.3) hits new series low; Grey's Anatomy (2.4, 8.34 million viewers) is night’s highest-rated and most-watched program.
Rookies Notorious and Pitch and sophomore Rosewood got… Read
Fox Searchlight Bringing ‘A United Kingdom’ To North America
Fox Searchlight confirmed today that it has scooped up North American rights to A United Kingdom, Amma Asante’s historical drama about forbidden love starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. The film, which premiered at Toronto and will open the London Film Festival next week, is set for release February 17.
Written by Guy Hibbert, A United Kingdom recounts the story King Seretse Khama of Botswana (Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Pike), a white woman from London, which… Read
‘Westworld’ EPs On HBO Series’ Evolution, Robot Ethics, Nude Extras & Season 2 Possibilities
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of HBO’s upcoming Westworld series.
For several years, Hollywood has had an obsession with robots, no more so than those in Michael Crichton’s 1973 feature directorial Westworld. Long before executive producer J.J. Abrams and showrunners Jonathan Nolan and wife Lisa Joy began developing a TV series inspired by the film, many in town tried to reboot the sci-fi cult film, hooked by its multi-allegorical high concept about a theme… Read
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp In Talks To Sell Multiplex Business To Gaumont-Pathé
Luc Besson's EuropaCorp has entered exclusive negotiations with France's largest exhibitor, Cinémas Gaumont-Pathé, to sell off its multiplex business. The company announced the news Friday, a day after it unveiled that China's Fundamental Films was set to become the company's second-biggest shareholder (behind Besson) in a $67 million (€60M) deal.
The potential sale of the exhibition business represents another part of EuropaCorp's strategy to refocus on its core business… Read
‘Star’: Naomi Campbell Joins Lee Daniels’ Fox Series As Recurring
Naomi Campbell has been tapped for a recurring role on Fox series Star, created/executive produced by Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy.
Set in Atlanta, Star revolves around three talented young singers (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O'Grady) who navigate the cut-throat music business on their road to success. The series, whose pilot was directed by Daniels, will feature original music, along with musical fantasy sequences, as the girls dream of their future. Its… Read