Barry Levinson On ‘Wizard Of Lies’, Bernie Madoff And The Modern American Crime
"Do you think I'm a sociopath?" Bernie Madoff asks, in HBO TV movie The Wizard of Lies—a question posed to journalist Diana Henriques, but equally, to himself. Sentenced to 150 years in prison in 2009 at the age of 71, Bernie Madoff is one of America's most reviled and mythologized villains. As seen in Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson's film, based on the book by Henriques, Madoff is a man who lies constantly, every day, even to those he loves most.
A Ponzi schemer… Read
Eli Roth & Jack Black In Talks For ‘The House With A Clock In Its Walls’
EXCLUSIVE: Amblin Entertainment and Mythology Entertainment have set Eli Roth to direct and Jack Black to star in The House With A Clock In Its Walls, an adaptation of the 1973 John Bellairs book illustrated by Edward Gorey. It is part of a 12-book series. Eric Kripke wrote the script. Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt will produce with Kripke. The exec producers include William Sherak, Tracey Nyberg and Laeta Kalogridis.
The novel tells the tale of a recently orphaned… Read
Sony Acquires ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’; 21 Laps Producing
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has picked up rights to Drew Daywalt's bestselling children's picture book The Day the Crayons Quit. 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen will produce what is envisioned as a live-action/animation hybrid. Daywalt and illustrator Oliver Jeffers will be executive producers and VP Brittany Morrissey will oversee for the studio.
The book follows a box of crayons whose inhabitants go on strike against their young owner after growing sick of how they're… Read
Donald Trump’s Financial Disclosure Has Hollywood Starpower
President Donald Trump’s financial disclosure released today by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics has provided the greatest detail yet of the CEO-turned-Commander-in-Chief since he ran and became President of the United States. The 98-page filing dropped today doesn’t include his much-discussed still-private tax returns, but it does show Trump’s income related to his Hollywood interests, including his annual SAG pension totaling $84,292, and monies from his production… Read
Boom! Studios Sells Minority Stake To Fox After Investment Banker Hire
EXCLUSIVE: 2oth Century Fox has acquired what we have heard is “a significant minority stake” in Boom! Studios, where the company has had a first-look feature film deal and a similar deal with Fox television studio.
Boom! has some high-profile comic book IPs and had been shopping itself since February, when we heard it hired investment bankers Houlihan Lokey to help it. It also comes as they shopped around town to other potential parties this year including… Read
Publisher Little, Brown & The Gotham Group Pact To Develop Film, TV Projects
EXCLUSIVE: We all grew up reading the books. Now Little, Brown Books For Young Readers — a leading publisher of children’s books — is pacting with The Gotham Group to develop original IP properties for film and TV. The partnership will actually launch next spring with the paperback publication of the YA thriller Phantom Wheel from NY Times bestselling author Tracy Deebs (Ruined, Addicted, Exposed).
Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, founder and CEO of The Gotham Group and Gotham’s… Read
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ And ‘Westworld’ Costume Designer Ane Crabtree: Dystopia Is In Fashion
The opportunity to design costumes for Hulu’s dystopian drama series The Handmaid’s Tale—based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, and created by Bruce Miller (The 100)—was a full-circle moment for Ane Crabtree. Having read the novel many years ago, upon it’s initial release, and seen the 1990 film adaption in theaters, Crabtree was tremendously inspired, feeling nonetheless that the events in the novel were too unreal to ever be acted out in real life.
30 years later… Read
Joel Edgerton To Direct, Lucas Hedges To Star In Gay Deprogram Drama ‘Boy Erased’
EXCLUSIVE: Multiple distributors are bidding for Boy Erased, a provocative drama Joel Edgerton has scripted and will direct based on the memoir by Garrard Conley. Edgerton will star with Manchester By The Sea‘s Lucas Hedges, and Edgerton is courting Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman for supporting roles, I’m told. Edgerton is producing with Anonymous Content’s Kerry Roberts and Steve Golin. Tony Lipp, Kim Hodgert Rebecca Yeldham and Ann Ruark are the exec producers… Read
Kevin Bacon’s ’70s Goodbye To Television, And His Triumphant Return With ‘I Love Dick’
Casting the title role of Dick—a mysterious, caustic artist and cowboy—in Amazon original series I Love Dick, it’s easy to see how series creators Jill Soloway (Transparent) and Sarah Gubbins arrived at Golden Globe-winner Kevin Bacon. Seeing so many of his films become regarded as classics over the course of his career, Bacon has so often appeared as a model of masculinity, of various shades, from Footloose to Tremors to Apollo 13.
Joining the parade of movie stars… Read
Lauren Graham Picks Up YA Novel ‘Windfall’ And Will Adapt As Feature
EXCLUSIVE: Lauren Graham, actress and New York Times best-selling author, has optioned the just-released novel Windfall by prolific YA author Jennifer E. Smith. Graham will adapt the book into a feature-length screenplay for her production company, Good Game Productions.
Published by Delacorte Press, Windfall is the story of Alice, who has been in love with her best friend, Teddy, for years. On his 18th birthday, she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark, and to their… Read
Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Alex Rider’ Novels Spy TV Adaptation With Eleventh Hour
Busy UK-based indie Eleventh Hour Films has optioned the screen rights to Anthony Horowitz's bestselling Alex Rider novels. BAFTA winner Guy Burt is attached to script a large-scale family series based on the YA books that chart the adventures of a reluctant teenage super-spy on his missions to save the world. The 10th book in Horowitz’s Rider collection, Never Say Die, was published today.
Eleventh Hour is currently developing the idea with ITV, and is also in discussion… Read
Ericson Core To Direct ‘The Translator’ About Darfur Genocide For Zero Gravity
EXCLUSIVE: There has been mass slaughter going on in the Western Sudan for years and outside of George Clooney using his celebrity (with his Dad) to draw attention to the atrocities, not much has been done in Hollywood. Now, a film is being made about the genocide based on an international bestselling book from Daoud Hari entitled The Translator. Ericson Core, who established himself as the cinematographer of The Fast and the Furious and then directed Disney’s Invincible… Read