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H Collective Lands Aaron W. Sala Horror Spec ‘The Beast’

EXCLUSIVE: In a preemptive mid-six figure deal, The H Collective has acquired the Aaron W. Sala's horror thriller spec The Beast. Busted Shark Productions' Sherryl Clark (Cloverfield, Super 8) will produce alongside The H Collective, who will also fully finance the feature. After a passenger plane goes down in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a woman finds herself washed ashore and the sole survivor on a mysterious island where she faces her worst fears. A search for a… Read


Universal Wins ‘Good Boys:’ Edgy Comedy Stars Jacob Tremblay With Eisenberg & Stupnitsky Directing

Jacob Tremblay

EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, Universal Pictures acquired Good Boys, a randy comedy vehicle for Jacob Tremblay — the young star of Room and Wonder — with a script by Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky and the duo set to make its directorial debut. Universal acquired a package that came with a green light and a July production start with a budget in the $20 million range. Tremblay has proven himself to be an adorable screen presence in his first two films. This film… Read

Box Office

‘Tomb Raider’ Tops $105M Offshore, Digs $41M In China – International Box Office

Tomb Raider

TUESDAY AM UPDATE, writethru with actuals: In its 2nd weekend of overseas play, Warner Bros/MGM's Tomb Raider unearthed $87.2M across 65 markets, coming in well ahead of the Sunday estimate. That includes China where the No. 1 debut was a solid $41.3M, ranking as Warner Bros' 7th biggest opener ever and landing on par with Wonder Woman and Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. The full cume at the international box office is $105.2M for $129M worldwide through Sunday. Rival… Read


Steven Spielberg Reveals 2019 UK Shoot For ‘Indiana Jones’

Steven Spielberg Indiana Jones

Steven Spielberg was on revelatory form this weekend at the Rakuten Empire Awards in London. As we reported yesterday, the director was full of praise for the Time’s Up movement at the event but another nugget to emerge from his appearance at the ceremony was an update on Indiana 5. The director revealed that he will be shooting the next Indiana Jones movie in April 2019 in the UK. Spielberg said, "It's always worth the trip when I get to work with this deep bench of… Read


‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Trailer: Benicio Del Toro & Josh Brolin Are Locked And Loaded For A New Cartel War

Just when you thought the drug war was over, a new trailer for Sicario: Day of the Soldado has been released and it looks like the cartels still aren’t getting along. Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin reprise their roles in the sequel to 2015’s critically acclaimed Denis Villeneuve-directed action drama. Academy Award-nominated Taylor Sheridan returns as the screenwriter for Soldado with Stefano Sollima in the director’s chair and a new roster of actors including Catherine… Read


Peter Bart: Donald Trump’s Nightmare, Stormy Daniels Has A Secret Side As Prolific Film Director With Skills

Stormy Daniels

Along with the compelling stage name Stormy Daniels, Stephanie Clifford has more sides to her than the ones for which she has become best known – porn film star and giant thorn in the side of the President of the United States. Clifford’s lesser known side is that she is a prolific director of movies, albeit porn titles that include Sex Door Neighbors, Lust on the Prairie, and Space Nuts. At a moment where women are gaining ever greater recognition for their ability to… Read


UK Production Firm Goldfinch Launches Asian Arm With Sergei Bodrov Martial Arts Movie

UK production firm Goldfinch Studios has launched a Hong Kong arm with a slate of projects including a Sergei Bodrov (Mongol: The Rise Of Genghis Khan) martial arts movie. Goldfinch Neon is launching in earnest at this week’s Hong Kong film market Filmart. The firm is headed up by CEO Kirsty Bell (Le Mans:  3D) and Marketing and Operations Director Phil McKenzie (The Ice King) and will be run locally by Michael Leeder (Fearless), a producer and consultant who has been… Read


SAG-AFTRA Establishes “Standards And Practices” For Stunt Coordinators

EXCLUSIVE: In a move to bolster safety and foster diversity and gender equality, SAG-AFTRA's national board of directors has established a new set of "standards and practices" for film and TV stunt coordinators. The move comes in the wake of two-stunt related deaths last year, and a growing outcry from stuntwomen about stuntmen donning wigs and women's clothes to double for actresses – an age-old practice known as "wigging." The union's contract with employers has long… Read


‘Tomb Raider’ Review: Alicia Vikander’s In On The Action In Far-Fetched But Fun Reboot

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Apparently after winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar all roads lead to Lara Croft. That certainly was the case with Angelina Jolie after she won for Girl, Interrupted in 2000 and then starred in the first of two Lara Croft Tomb Raider movies in 2001 and 2003. Now, Alicia Vikander , after picking up the same Oscar for The Danish Girl, is showing off her action-hero cred in the new reboot simply called Tomb Raider. This one from director Roar Uthaug actually takes its… Read


‘Logan’ Team Reunites On Don Winslow’s ‘The Force:’ Scott Frank Rewriting For James Mangold

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EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has set Scott Frank to rewrite The Force, the adaptation of the bestselling NYPD corrupt cop thriller novel by Don Winslow. James Mangold has been developing to direct, and this reunites him with Frank after they shared a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination with Michael Green for Logan, Hugh Jackman’s farewell to his signature X-Men character Wolverine. Scott Free's Ridley Scott, The Story Factory's Shane Salerno and Kevin Walsh are… Read


Shout! Factory & China’s Ace Film Acquire Roger Corman Library; Remakes Ahead

Shout! Factory and China-based Ace Film HK Company Limited have acquired the New Horizons Picture library from Roger and Julie Corman. The catalogue encompasses 270 Roger Corman films and an action sci-fi TV series. The partners plan on developing new content and remakes out of the vast roster that includes Rock'N'Roll High School, Piranha, Bloodfist, Black Scorpion, Eat My Dust! and Humanoids From The Deep. The deal gives Shout all rights in North America, Europe… Read


‘Baby Driver’s Eiza Gonzalez Set For ‘Paradise Hills’

Eiza Gonzalez

EXCLUSIVE: Eiza Gonzalez is set to star with Emma Roberts and Danielle Macdonald in Paradise Hills, the directorial debut of Spanish helmer Alice Waddington. The pic is a sci-fi thriller written by Brian DeLeeuw, Nacho Vigalondo and Sofia Cuenca. Gonzalez is coming off a breakout turn in the Edgar Wright-directed Baby Driver. A presenter at last week's Oscars, she next has the untitled Robert Zemeckis-directed Steve Carell starrer coming this fall, and she stars in the… Read