Paramount Stakes Graham King GK Films To 3-Year First Look
EXCLUSIVE: As Paramount Pictures chairman/CEO Jim Gianopulos bolsters his film ranks, he has staked Graham King and his GK Films to a three year first look deal to make movies for the studio. King will move his company onto the Paramount lot right away. The studio confirmed the deal to Deadline. Even though they’ve yet to collaborate on a movie, King and Gianopulos have had a close relationship for years, going back to King’s origins in distribution.
Said King: "Jim is… Read
Broad Green Shuts Production; 15 Layoffs, 50 Projects In Turnaround As Founders Regroup
EXCLUSIVE: Slumping distributor-producer-financier Broad Green Pictures this morning will shutter its production division, a move that will mean layoffs of about 15 of Broad Green’s 75 employees, along with the exit of most of about 50 development projects being kicked back to filmmakers to be set up elsewhere. CEO Gabriel Hammond confirmed this to Deadline, but despite rumors to the contrary, stressed that he and his brother, Broad Green Chief Creative Officer Daniel Hamm… Read
Toronto Film Festival 2017 Unveils Strong Slate
UPDATED with full slate so far: Living up to its stature as the premier international awards-season launch pad, The Toronto Film Festival today unveiled the first part of its slate that is strong, adventurous and chock-full of depictions of adversity and human struggle. TIFF chief Cameron Bailey said the festival is tighter this year, with fewer films than in the past. But they seem to have secured many of the films most often mentioned as Oscar bait. The fest runs… Read
Tory Metzger Named Production President Of Levantine Films
EXCLUSIVE: Tory Metzger has been named President of Production of Levantine Films, the New York-based producer/financier behind Hidden Figures and Beasts of No Nation. Metzger leaves Lava Bear, where she was president of the production concern formed by David Linde with backing from Reliance. She took the helm when Linde left for Participant. While Lava Bear produced Best Picture nominee Arrival, exec produced the David Michod-directed The Rover and Naomi Watts-starrer Shu… Read
Scythia Films & Stellar Citizens Launch Fund To Coin Pics; ‘The Eden Express’ Up First
EXCLUSIVE: Scythia Films and Stellar Citizens have launched a development fund designed to back five to seven film/TV projects within the next year. The first project will be an adaptation of the Mark Vonnegut book The Eden Express: A Memoir Of Insanity. The author, son of Kurt Vonnegut, chronicled his experience in the 1970s building a commune in search of paradise, only to be undermined by his battles with bipolar disorder. Helped by his father and friends, Vonnegut… Read
Sophie Okonedo & James Harkness Join Tom Harper-Helmed ‘Country Music’ For Fable Pictures
EXCLUSIVE: Sophie Okonedo and James Harkness have joined the cast of Faye Ward's much-anticipated comedy-drama Country Music, which has just begun shooting. They will join stars Jessie Buckley (Taboo, War & Peace) and Julie Walters (Billy Elliot, Paddington 2) in the tale about a young singer from Glasgow who dreams of making it to Nashville.
Peaky Blinders helmer Tom Harper, one of the hottest directors coming out of UK at the moment, is directing the feature from a… Read
Joel Zadak Makes Partner At Principato-Young Entertainment
EXCLUSIVE: Joel Zadak has been promoted to Partner at Principato-Young Entertainment, joining Peter Principato, Paul Young, Brian Dobbins, Allen Fischer and David Gardner in the brain trust of the management/production company. Those partners surprised Zadak during a company-wide pilot season celebration at the racetrack at Santa Anita Park, flashing Zadak’s promotion on the Jumbotron.
Zadak has been a manager-producer there over a decade, managing clients that include Get… Read
‘Black Mirror’ Creator Charlie Brooker On His Affinity For “Idea-Based Dramas” And What’s To Come In Season 4
An English broadcaster and comedic personality, Charlie Brooker is best known internationally for creating Black Mirror, the BAFTA Award-winning, Netflix original anthology series that has shaken the world with its varied, ever daunting portraits of a technologically-driven near future.
In the series—a wide-ranging work of speculative fiction, which has proven prescient more than once—each episode employs a different cast of actors to explore themes linked to the… Read
WME Signs John Malkovich
EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed John Malkovich, the two-time Academy Award nominee and Emmy-winning actor, writer, producer and director. Malkovich has appeared in more than 70 films, even one that was named after him — Being John Malkovich.
He is just as industrious on the stage, directing and starring in London, New York and Chicago stage productions. He most recently received the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Director for the Zach Helm play The Good Canary in… Read
‘The Only Living Boy In New York’ Trailer: A Young Man’s Life Is Upended By His Dad’s Mistress
“New York has lost its soul,” a young man says at the dinner table. A few comments by fellow diners later, he adds, “New York’s most vibrant neighborhood at the moment is Philadelphia.” Youch.
Here is the first trailer for The Only Living Boy in New York, a coming-of-age story set in the Big Apple starring Callum Turner as Thomas, a recent college grad adrift in the big city. When an eccentric new neighbor (Jeff Bridges) moves into his building, the kid seeks his guidance… Read
‘Humor Me’ LAFF Clip: Happy Fathers Day From Elliott Gould & Jemaine Clement
EXCLUSIVE: Here’s the first look at Humor Me, the film from writer-director Sam Hoffman that toplines Elliott Gould and Jemaine Clement. It’s having its world premiere tonight at the Los Angeles Film Festival in the Premieres section. Inspired by Hoffman’s web series Old Jews Telling Jokes, the pic centers on an aging father who refuses to engage emotionally with his son, who is desperate for approval. Ingrid Michaelson, Annie Potts, Bebe Neuwirth, Priscilla Lopez and… Read
Peter Bart: Can ‘The Big Sick’ Grab Healthy Box Office Take Among Summer Tentpoles?
When The Big Sick opens June 23, it will defy box office odds in several notable ways: The $5 million rom-com has a problematic title, it stars a Pakistani stand-up who opened his publicity swing this week by urging college students to "have sex with an immigrant," and it will platform in only two theaters in pursuit of critical support followed by a slow ’70s-style rollout wedged between a clump of $100 million-plus franchise pictures including Transformers: The Last Knig… Read