James Schamus On Screenwriting: “124 Pages Of Begging For Money & Attention”
When James Schamus is on a bill, he can generally be trusted to deliver an intellectual reality check to the motion picture business. That's just what he did tonight in London as the first guest of BAFTA's 2014 Screenwriters' Lectures series. Introduced as "renowned autodidact and multihyphenate," the former Focus Features boss and the author of dozens of screenplays in 25 years of making movies used his 60 minutes at the lectern to reject the use of the word "art" as… Read
Disney Slams Expanding Autistic Kids Lawsuit — Claims “Irrelevant” Action More About Media Attention
This is not the happiest place on Earth by far for either side. Not only does Walt Disney Parks and Resorts want an Americans With Disabilities Act lawsuit from the families of children with developmental disorders tossed, it also really doesn't want to see any more plaintiffs added to the controversial case. "Most of the proposed complaint is repetitive, argumentative, inflammatory, irrelevant and unnecessary," said the media giant's parks and resorts division in… Read
Fox Moves ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Out of 2015; Sets ‘Deadpool’ For Feb. 2016
Assassin's Creed, 20th Century Fox's feature adaptation of the hit Ubisoft videogame franchise, originally scheduled for next Aug. 7, has been moved off 2015's schedule, but looks to resurface at some point in 2016. Assassin's Creed has Michael Fassbender attached to star and his Macbeth director Justin Kurzel helming.
The studio also shifted release dates for Fantastic Four and Paper Towns next summer and officially dated its Marvel X-Men spinoff Deadpool for February… Read
Alexa Platt Returns To Open Road Films After Stint At AwesomenessTV
Alexa Platt has been named SVP Strategic Planning and business development of Open Road Films, reporting to chief financial officer Steven Andriuzzo. Platt moves to Open Road from AwesomenessTV, which was acquired by DreamWorks Animation in 2013. She had previously been at Open Road in 2011 as VP Financial Planning and Analysis, so is returning to her old stomping grounds.
At AwesomenessTV, she was responsible for the financial operations and strategic planning for the… Read
Screens Entertainment Association Launches For Multi-Multi-Platform Executives
The Screens Entertainment Association has launched, designed to help top industry executives navigate the proliferating distribution platforms for entertainment. The SEA is planning a conference called the Vidify Market and Summit. The conference likely will occur in the second half of the year, somewhere in Southern California.
The group's board includes a number of prominent entertainment execs, led by former Fox Broadcasting chairwoman Lucie Salhany, Sandy Climan of Ent… Read
Hooray For Hollywood! Gov. Brown Signs Film & TV Tax Credit Bill Extension
Look out Louisiana, Georgia and Canada, runaway productions are coming back to the home of Hollywood. At least that's the intention of the massive expansion to California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program. “California is on the move and Hollywood is a very important part of that,” said Gov. Jerry Brown just before signing the legislation into law today outside of Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre — and behind a sign that read “Keep Cameras Rolling In… Read
Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio Acquire Faith-Based ‘Embraced By The Light’
EXCLUSIVE: Ridley Scott and Giannina Facio have acquired screen rights to Embraced By The Light, the bestselling book by Betty J. Eadie. Scott and Facio will produce with Colet Abedi. While films like Heaven Is For Real have overachieved at the box office, this was the book that started the trend of people describing near death experiences where the subject glimpsed the afterlife before being pulled back to life. Eadie, at age 31, died for four hours after complications… Read
UPDATE: Gov. Brown Signing Tax Credits Bill Thursday In Hollywood
UPDATE, 3:10 PM: We told you earlier this week when Gov. Jerry Brown would be putting pen to paper to the legislation to greatly increase California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program and now it's official. In a made-in-Hollywood event, the Governor and a plethora of state and local pols plus industry and union figures will be at the TCL Chinese Theatre tomorrow morning to make the overwhelmingly passed Film and Television Job Creation and Retention Act and its… Read
RatPac Entertainment Sets Paul Neinstein To Be COO
EXCLUSIVE: As RatPac Entertainment partners Brett Ratner and James Packer branch beyond co-financing the Warner Bros slate to create their own film and TV slates, they've hired Paul Neinstein to be COO. Neinstein, who reports to Ratner and Packer, comes from Paramount, where he was EVP Business Affairs for the past eight years making deals in financing, acquisitions and talent for Par's live-action, animated and micro-budget fare.
Before that, Neinstein was EVP at… Read
NBCU & Bravo Delaying ‘Shahs Of Sunset’ Contract Talks Amid Strike
EXCLUSIVE: One week after the postproduction crew of Bravo's Shahs Of Sunset went on strike, picket lines remain up at the offices of Ryan Seacrest Productions in LA. But no one is talking. This comes after Ryan Seacrest Prods declared on September 7 that it has "every intention of engaging in a discussion as soon as possible" with the Motion Picture Editors Guild regarding a union contract for the more than a dozen post crew members. But sources tell me today the delay… Read
‘Sons Of Anarchy’s Katey Sagal Mothers Vinny Pazienza In Fight Pic ‘Bleed For This’
EXCLUSIVE: Katey Sagal has been set to star in Bleed For This. She will play Louise Pazienza, the mother of fighter Vinny Pazienza in the film directed and scripted by Ben Younger. She joins Whiplash star Miles Teller, who'll play the former world champ known as the Pazmanian Devil, with Aaron Eckhart playing trainer Kevin Rooney, Amanda Clayton playing Doreen Pazienza, and Ciaran Hinds and Tom DeNucci also starring.
Sagal takes the role as her character continues to be… Read
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Utopia’ & ‘America’s Got Talent’ Rise, ‘New Girl’ & ‘Mindy Project’ Return Down, ‘Big Brother’ Even
Now it truly begins. The new NFL season kicked off last week in primetime on NBC, ESPN and CBS and now the Big 4 really start rolling out the new and returning shows of the new TV season. On Fox it was a combo on Tuesday of an already launched newbie and two sitcom staples with Utopia (1.0/3) beginning the night. After a freefalling first week, the second Tuesday airing of the social experiment reality show saw one pioneer exit and another join the team. It also saw Utopia… Read