Anonymous Content Makes Long-Term First-Look With Michael Sugar’s Sugar23 Productions
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Sugar, longtime manager-producer at Anonymous Content, has formed Sugar23, a producing shingle that launches with a multi-year first-look deal with Anonymous Content. The deal allows for Sugar’s growing producing ambitions while keeping him in the AC fold. Sugar, the Oscar-winning producer of Spotlight and whose credits include The Knick, The OA, the upcoming Maniac and One Day She'll Darken, will continue to manage his clients through the Anonymous… Read
AFI Fest Centerpieces Set: ‘Call Me By Your Name’, ‘The Disaster Artist’ & ‘Hostiles’
Sony Pictures Classics’ Call Me By Your Name, A24’s The Disaster Artist and Entertainment Studios’ Hostiles have been set as the Centerpiece Galas for this year’s AFI Fest, which runs November 9-16.
The festival also said it is hosting a tribute to Errol Morris after the screening of his Wormwood.
Gala screenings will take place at the TCL Chinese Theatre and the Morris tribute will take place at the Egyptian Theatre.
The fest already announced the Dee Rees’ Mudbound will… Read
‘Big Guns,’ A Satirical Novel About The Gun Lobby By Former NY Congressman Steve Israel, Picked Up For Feature
EXCLUSIVE: Indie producer J. Todd Harris and his company, Branded Pictures Entertainment have optioned the motion picture rights to Big Guns, a satirical novel about the gun industry by former New York congressman Steve Israel. The book, which has a street date of April 17, 2018 from Simon & Schuster, is on a fast-track for development, as gun legislation continues to be a galvanizing national issue.
This country suffered its largest mass shooting in Las Vegas only 19… Read
WME | IMG Finance, Sales Become Endeavor Content; TWC’s Negeen Yazdi, MRC’s Joe Hipps Join
WME and IMG’s film and scripted television finance and sales groups have been brought together under Endeavor Content, a label that will be steered by co-presidents and WME partners Graham Taylor and Chris Rice. The move comes a week after WME | IMG revived the Endeavor label as a holding company, bringing back the name of the agency steered by Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell that merged with WMA eight years ago. WME will continue to be the name of the talent agency… Read
Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Sets Win Rosenfeld As President
EXCLUSIVE: Jordan Peele has hired Win Rosenfeld to be president of his Monkeypaw Productions, the company Peele set at Universal Pictures in a first-look deal following his smash directing debut Get Out. Rosenfeld will oversee all aspects of Monkeypaw projects across film, television and digital.
Rosenfeld, who will move from New York to take the job, has a resume that matches well with Peele’s multi-platform ambitions. He has worked independently in multiple mediums… Read
Dustin Hoffman Talks Making Art, Good Luck & ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ – The Contenders London
Flanked by co-star Adam Sandler and director Noah Baumbach, Hollywood icon Dustin Hoffman stole the show today at Deadline’s The Contenders London, during a panel to showcase the trio's new film The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), which premieres next week on Netflix.
Speaking to Deadline's Mike Fleming in front of a packed BAFTA audience, Baumbach explained that the original idea for the film stemmed from a lunch meeting with Sandler and co-star Ben Stiller, at… Read
‘Last Flag Flying’ Review: Richard Linklater Enlists Superb Ensemble In Dramedy Of War And Words
Most war movies offer lots of action, explosions and perilous life-and-death situations, but not Last Flag Flying from director and co-writer Richard Linklater. As he has proven in the past, Linklater is one of the rare filmmakers who loves words and lets them breathe onscreen — think his Before Sunset trilogy in which Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy wander around talking about their relationship for three movies, or the 12-year gestation of his unquestionable masterpiece Boyh… Read
‘This Is Us’ Season 2 Premiere: Creator & Cast On Jack’s Death Revelation & What’s Ahead
Spoiler Alert: This story contains details about the Season 2 premiere of This Is Us.
All those This is Us fans clinging to the idea that Jack might not actually die–you may now officially abandon all hope. In Tuesday night’s Season 2 premiere episode, entitled My Father’s Advice, we finally see solid proof of Jack (Milo Ventimiglia)’s demise. First there was his confession to wife Rebecca (Mandy Moore) that he was an alcoholic, then we saw his personal effects in a… Read
Big Lit News: Howie Sanders, Kassie Evashevski Exit UTA For Anonymous Content
EXCLUSIVE: Longtime UTA partners and book department co-heads Howie Sanders and Kassie Evashevski are leaving the agency. They are moving to the Anonymous Content, where they will transition to producer/managers and establish a dedicated literary rights division. Agency staff is being told right now.
Sanders has been at UTA around two decades, and Evashevski half that long, joining in 2007 after a decade as a manager at Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Before that she… Read
Mike Myers Exits ‘Del’, Biopic About His Second City Mentor, As Financing Collapses
Del, the biopic about Second City’s Del Close in which alum Mike Myers was to set star, is on hold due to financing for the film falling apart. Myers has exited the pic, and producers now will regroup and recast the lead as they figure out their next moves. But the film will not go forward this year.
It is known that John Malkovich had shown interest in playing Close, the feared taskmaster of Chicago’s Second City comedy troupe whose alumni also include Betty Thomas (who… Read
‘The Greatest American Hero’ Reboot With Female Lead Gets Big ABC Commitment
EXCLUSIVE: A re-imagining of Steven J. Cannell's 1981 cult classic The Greatest American Hero is flying back to development with a new creative team, a big new commitment and a big twist.
ABC has given a put pilot commitment to the half-hour single-camera project. In it, the unlikely (super)hero at the center — Ralph Hinkley (played by William Katt) in the original series — is Meera, an Indian-American woman. The Greatest American Hero comes from Fresh Off the Boat… Read
Toronto Hot Acquisition Titles 2017: Will Buyers Bite?
Will the dreadful summer put a chill on acquisitions at the Toronto Film Festival getting underway today? I'd be surprised. This despite several buyers telling me they will be cautious, and that they only see a handful of highly desirable titles and that this Toronto will primarily be for distributors to launch titles in Oscar season. A look at the inventory not only of the festival slate but a slew of scripts, packages and promo reels should lead to enough commerce to… Read