‘Everly’ Producers Eye Black List Action-Thriller ‘Dig’
EXCLUSIVE: Vega, Baby!, the new production and finance outfit from Ricky Budhrani and Everly producer Adam Ripp, has optioned Black List 2013 genre script Dig, by scribe Adam Taylor Barker. The action-thriller set in the Appalachian Mountains tracks Sol, a tough-as-nails grave digger out for revenge after his father-in-law kidnaps his daughters.
Vega, Baby! opened up shop in August with backing from Singapore-based financiers and recently added an acquisitions and… Read
‘Reach Me,’ A Dozen More Reach Out To Specialty Film Audiences This Weekend
A long time in the making, Reach Me, from filmmaker/actor John Herzfeld brings 'positive thinking' and 'self-help' to the big screen. It stars a bevy of Herzfeld's actor friends and friends of friends, including Sylvester Stallone, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Connolly.
The title is one of a dozen or so newcomers opening in limited release this weekend. Music Box's Happy Valley and Kino Lorber's Monk With A Camera are among Friday's debuting documentaries.
Happy Valley, named… Read
‘You’ll Be The Death Of Me’ Hooks Evan Katz As Director
E.L. “Evan” Katz has signed on to direct You'll Be The Death Of Me for Lionsgate. Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Alex Young at Mandeville are producing from a script by Mark Hammer. The comedy thriller follows two single New Yorkers whose budding romance is complicated by the attention of a masked knife-wielding psychopath. Katz is repped by Gersh, manager Jeremy Platt and attorney Kim Stenton. The director's film Cheap Thrills, about a scheming couple who put a… Read
‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Trailer: Anna Kendrick & The Barden Bellas Are Back
A new trailer has dropped for Pitch Perfect 2. Check out the Barden Bellas' performance of Anna Kendrick's hit “Cup” in the second installment of the musical which grossed more than $113 million worldwide. Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, and Ester Dean are all back for round 2. Elizabeth Banks-helmed Pitch Perfect 2 bows on May… Read
OSCARS: Live Action Shorts Shortlist Set
LOS ANGELES, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 87th Academy Awards®. One hundred forty-one pictures had originally qualified in the category.
The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:
"Aya," Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis, directors (Chasis Films)
"Baghdad Messi," Sahim Omar Kalifa, director, and Kobe Van… Read
Taye Diggs Joins Topher Grace Musical Comedy ‘One Shot’
Topher Grace's backstage musical comedy One Shot is getting a Broadway vet in Taye Diggs. The singer-actor has joined the cast of the indie film, about a failed star turned stage manager (Grace) who must wrangle the eccentric cast and crew of a new production to save the show's opening night. Isaac Rentz is directing from a script by Gerry De Leon and Greg Lisi; Grace, who's currently in theaters in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, is also producing.
Diggs will play… Read
Thai Exhibitor Pulls ‘Mockingjay’ As Coup Protesters Resurface Salute: Update
UPDATE: A day after five students were detained in Thailand for flashing the Hunger Games salute at Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha, three more students were detained by police today at the opening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I in Bangkok, the Associated Press reports. A cinema chain in Bangkok also canceled all screenings of the movie ahead of its opening today. Activists told the AP that police pressured the chain to stop showing the movie but Apex Group… Read
Mel Gibson In Talks To Direct ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ With Andrew Garfield Starring In War Hero Pic
EXCLUSIVE: Mel Gibson is in talks to take on directing duties on Hacksaw Ridge, based on the true story of Desmond T Doss, the first conscientious objector in U.S. history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Andrew Garfield is also in discussions to play the lead role.
Doss was a U.S. Army medic who served in World War II during the Battle of Okinawa and refused to kill. President Truman awarded him the Medal of Honor for saving so many lives.
This is not a done deal… Read
‘The Theory Of Everything’: A Brief History Of Stephen and Jane Hawking At The Contenders
The producers of The Theory of Everything - Anthony McCarten (also the screenwriter) and Lisa Bruce - talk in this video shot at Deadline's The Contenders event about the years-long process of filming the love story of physicist Stephen Hawking and first wife Jane Hawking. Bruce also talks here with Deadline's Pete Hammond about the strong female character at the film's heart whose presence (and memoir) made this biopic unusual among so many Hollywood movies.
James Marsh… Read
Oscar- & Tony-Winning Director Mike Nichols Dead At 83
UPDATED: Legendary film and theater director, writer and producer Mike Nichols has passed away. An Oscar winner for 1967′s seminal The Graduate, he also was nominated for such films as Working Girl, Silkwood and Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? For his stage work, he amassed 10 Tony Awards including as director for such plays as Barefoot In The Park, The Odd Couple, The Prisoner Of Second Avenue and Death Of A Salesman; and as producer of Annie and The Real Thing.
Steve McQueen’s Next Movie: Heist Pic Based On ’80s UK Mini ‘Widows’
Steve McQueen has been set to write and direct a heist thriller based on the 1980s British miniseries Widows for New Regency. Iain Canning and Emile Sherman will produce with McQueen, and preproduction likely will kick off before year's end. In the 1983 ITV six-part series written by Prime Suspect scribe Lynda La Plante, four armed robbers are killed during a robbery and their surviving widows come together to try to finish the failed job. A sequel mini came two years… Read
‘Matinee Idol’ & ‘Gateway 6′ Top Annual Brit List
Unrepped writer Richard Galazka's romantic comedy Matinee Idol and Malachi Smyth's Gateway 6 topped the annual Brit List of best unproduced screenplays. Both projects received nine votes. The list is compiled by UK producers, agents, distributors and sales companies, who aren't allowed to vote for their own projects. Other qualifying criteria include receiving a minimum of three votes and not having featured on previous Brit Lists.
Previous films to appear on the Brit… Read