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
‘Wolf’ Whistles To $685M; ‘Annabelle’ Conjures $35M+; ‘Spider-Man’ Leaps Past $700M WW – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU with actuals: New Line/Warner Bros’ Annabelle: Creation came to life at the international box office this weekend with $35.4M in her first wide frame. That was a slight bump for the doll versus Sunday estimates. The prequel spinoff was the major expanded title in overseas markets, while pictures like Spider-Man: Homecoming, Dunkirk, Valerian and more passed new milestones. Nevertheless, offshore play continued to be dominated by China‘s action phenom, Wol… Read
‘Dear White People’ Team Reunites On Justin Simien-Directed ‘Bad Hair’
EXCLUSIVE: Justin Simien, who wrote and directed the lauded Sundance indie Dear White People which he turned into the Netflix series, will next write and direct Bad Hair. He will team with Sight Unseen, the newly formed production shingle of Julia Lebedev, Eddie Vaisman, and Oren Moverman. Lebedev and Angel Lopez produced Dear White People, and Lebedev is exec producer of the Netflix series spinoff.
Paralleling the rise of New Jack Swing in 1989, Bad Hair is a horror… Read
‘Stranger Things’ Casting Director Carmen Cuba On Finding The Child Actors Who Drove The Netflix Series
Boasting such repeat collaborators as Steven Soderbergh and Ridley Scott, who better to usher in the new generation of visionaries than casting director Carmen Cuba? This is precisely what the Emmy winner has done with Stranger Things, the “little project that could” from creators Matt and Ross Duffer that took the world by storm last year.
Rooted in the Duffer brothers’ nostalgia for ’80s Amblin classics, the genre bender challenged Cuba to find a group of child actors… Read
Annapurna Television Acquires ‘The Changeling’ Novel To Develop As TV Series
Annapurna Television, the TV division of Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, has acquired Victor LaValle's new novel The Changeling to develop as a television series. The book, described as a mix of horror, fantasy and realism, was published on June 13 by Spiegel & Grau.
In The Challenging, when Apollo and Emma have their baby, Brian, it feels like both a reward and a challenge for the new dad. Apollo, the son of a single mother, had been scraping by as a bookseller who… Read
‘Stranger Things’ Star Millie Bobby Brown Talks “Deeper And Darker” Season 2 & Becoming An Instant Icon With Eleven
If you’d strenuously avoided hearing anything about the second season of Netflix’s runaway genre hit, Stranger Things, it would have been a surprise to turn up to the set of the show’s second season, in Atlanta, GA, and see Millie Bobby Brown at crafty. After all, her character, Eleven, seemed to… depart in the finale of the first season, or at least move on, sacrificing herself to save her friends. But when you’re dealing with a world of upside-down monsters, throw out… Read
Brendan Gleeson On The Drive From ‘Braveheart’ To Debut Series Vehicle ‘Mr. Mercedes’
It has been 30 years since Brendan Gleeson faced a career crossroads and chose acting over teaching, beginning a slow build toward a run of great movie performances. He has starred in films ranging from Braveheart to In Bruges, Gangs of New York, 28 Days Later, The Guard, Safe House and several Harry Potter films. Tonight, Gleeson stars in his first major American television series, the Audience Network drama Mr. Mercedes. Gleeson plays Bill Hodges, a retired homicide… Read
Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell Enter ‘The Maze’
Sony Pictures is in talks with Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll and Taylor Russell to star in The Maze, the Adam Robitel-directed thriller. The film is in the vein of The Game, an elevated psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, who must use their wits to survive. Bragi Schut wrote the first script draft and Maria Melnik did the rewrite. Neil Moritz and Ori Marmur are producing for Original Film. Robitel is CAA… Read
Toronto Film Fest’s Canada Slate Includes Premiere Of Netflix’s ‘Alias Grace’ – Full List
Touting homegrown talent, the Toronto Film Festival today unveiled the 26 titles that make up its Canadian slate. The lineup includes 25 features and one TV series, with the latter the world premiere of Alias Grace, the six-hour mini from Netflix, the CBC and Sarah Polley and Noreen Halpern's Halfire Entertainment.
Directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho), Alias Grace is inspired by the true story of convicted murderer Grace Marks and based on the novel by Margaret… Read
Unholy Alliance: How Hackers Conspire With Pirate Websites In Malware Extortion Schemes
Hackers have become an inescapable part of the Hollywood narrative, on and off the screen. HBO is reeling from the worst data breach since the North Koreans hacked Sony Pictures, with the culprits demanding heavy ransom payments after putting scripts and executive emails online each day. The plot of the hot movie/TV series property, the Bill Clinton-James Patterson novel The President Is Missing that has several studios vying for movie rights, and networks like CBS… Read
Milla Jovovich To Play Blood Queen In ‘Hellboy’ Reboot
EXCLUSIVE: Director Neil Marshall has found his Blood Queen. Milla Jovovich is in final talks to join the Marshall-directed reboot of Hellboy, sources said. The plan is for her to join Stranger Things‘ David Harbour (playing the red-skinned creature originated by Ron Perlman in the Guillermo del Toro films), and Ian McShane, who’s also set to play Professor Broom. Andrew Cosby is working on the latest draft of a script by Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike… Read
‘Mother!’ Trailer: Jennifer Lawrence Fends Off Uninvited Houseguests
Paramount has released the first full-length trailer to the Jennifer Lawrence-starring psychological horror film Mother!, from Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky. The pic, also starring Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer, will have world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and will bow in Toronto before its wide release on September 15.
“What do they want?” questions a paranoid Lawrence as the married couple’s relationship is tested when eerie uninvited… Read