‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Checks In With New Trailer
The sequel to Fox Searchlight's 2012 sleeper hit, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, has registered a new trailer today that pulls the curtain back a bit more than the one we saw back in August. Richard Gere, Tamsin Greig and David Strathairn are the newest guests at the Indian inn for the “elderly and beautiful” which Dev Patel and Maggie Smith are successfully running. Patel's Sonny is looking to expand, but it's making more claims on his time than he has available —… Read
Jackie Chan’s Cameraman Drowns While Filming ‘Skiptrace’
A cameraman working on the latest Jackie Chan pic Skiptrace has drowned while filming, according to local reports. Fifty-one-year-old Chan Kwok-hung died after a vessel carrying his film crew capsized off Lantau Island this morning, writes the South China Morning Post.
Chan Kwok-hung and Jackie Chan had previously worked together on Stephen Chow Sing-chi's 1996 comedy God of Cookery. Chan Kwok-hung had also previously worked as an assistant cinematographer for directors… Read
‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Ferris Bueller’ & More Added To National Film Registry
Spanning the years 1913-2004, the 25 films to be added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry for 2014 include Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, Arthur Penn's Little Big Man, John Hughes' Ferris Bueller's Day Off and the Coen brothers' The Big Lebowski. The annual selection helps to ensure that the movies will be preserved for all time. This year's list brings the number of films in the registry to 650.
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‘The Interview’ NYC Premiere Canceled
BREAKING: Landmark Theatres said tonight that the New York premiere of Sony's controversial comedy The Interview has been canceled. The event was set for Thursday night at the Sunshine Cinema on the Lower East Side. Earlier tonight, Sony had told exhibitors that they could pull the Seth Rogen-James Franco pic if they were worried about the terrorist threat issued this morning by the group that attacked Sony Pictures. Carmike Cinemas was the first chain to say it wouldn't s… Read
Roadshow Grabs One-Third Interest In FilmNation
Australia's Village Roadshow Ltd said its distribution unit has acquired a roughly one-third stake in FilmNation, the U.S.-based film sales and output unit run by CEO Glen Basnet. Village Roadshow will inject $18M worth of equity into the company during calendar 2015, with the lion's share of the investment going to expand FilmNation's development slate and the rest slated for content creation and/or acquisitions. The deal takes effect January 1.
Roadshow Films will… Read
Writers Guild “Concerned” About Intellectual Property Leaks In Sony Hack
Concerned that its members' scripts and personal data have been compromised, the Writers Guild of America West says it is following the attack on Sony Pictures very closely. "The security of the intellectual property created by guild members and the protection of their personal information are very important issues for us," a WGA spokesman told Deadline. "We are also concerned about the effects that a breach like this has on Sony and other legitimate businesses." Deadline… Read
‘Dear White People’s Tessa Thompson Lands ‘Creed’ Lead
EXCLUSIVE: MGM's Rocky spinoff Creed has found its female lead in Tessa Thompson, the actress who broke out this year in the Sundance hit Dear White People and also can be seen in Ava DuVernay's upcoming Oscar contender Selma.
Thompson will star opposite Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in the film from Fruitvale Station's Ryan Coogler, which will see Stallone reprise his iconic character Rocky Balboa, now a trainer and mentor to the grandson (Jordan) of his… Read
Sony Hack: “Christmas Gift” Reveals Michael Lynton Emails Stolen Days Before Attack
The big “Christmas gift” promised by Sony's cyber-attackers turned out to be just the thing everyone in Hollywood has been waiting for: Thousands of emails stolen from Sony Pictures co-Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton.
Emails belonging to Sony Pictures' Amy Pascal were released in previous days, exposing confidential company documents and embarrassing messages about Hollywood celebrities including Angelina Jolie and Screen Gems star Kevin Hart, and a damaging exchange… Read
No Credible Intelligence To Support Movie Theater Threat, Says Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security says it has no credible intelligence suggesting a threat this morning against movie theaters showing The Interview: "DHS is aware of a threat made online targeting movie theaters in the United States. We are still analyzing the credibility of these statements, but at this time there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States," the agency said.
This in response to the turn the… Read
Norman Bridwell Dies; Creator Of Clifford The Big Red Dog
Norman Bridwell, creator of the beloved children's book character Clifford the Big Red Dog, has died. He was 86. Scholastic Trade Book Publishing said the author and illustrator died Friday on Martha's Vineyard.
"Norman Bridwell's books about Clifford, childhood's most loveable dog, could only have been written by a gentle man with a great sense of humor," Scholastic chief Dick Robinson said. "Norman personified the values that we as parents and educators hope to… Read
Stefanie Scott Boards Indies ‘Life At These Speeds’ & ‘Caught’
Stefanie Scott's already busy year has just gotten a lot busier with roles in two independent films: Content's Life At These Speeds and Marvista Entertainment's Caught. Life At These Speeds centers on a young man (Graham Rogers) who, after his best friends die in an accident, finds that running allows him to remember them perfectly. He soon finds himself caught between keeping the past alive and making new memories in the present. Scott will play the supporting role of… Read
Khadija Al-Salami Wins Top Prize At The Dubai Film Festival
Yemeni filmmaker Khadija Al-Salami won the top prize at the Dubai International Film Festival for her powerful I Am Nujoom, Age 10 And Divorced, about Yemeni child brides. Adapted from the book of the same name, the film won a rave review from Jury President Lee Daniels. “I love this film so much,” he commented at the fest's awards ceremony.
The award marks a spectacular redemptive arc for Al-Salami, who was herself a child bride in her native Yemen before escaping the… Read