Bart & Fleming: How Bad Was Movie Summer 2017?
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.
BART: Summer forecasts are risky. In the year-end stories of 2016, studio mavens predicted that summer 2017 would embrace a parade of hits. Whoops: box office last weekend was down 32% from a year earlier, and summer overall was down 14%, the worst summer in 25 years by some… Read
‘Gravity’ Helmer Alfonso Cuaron Exits WME; Anonymous Content Will Be Primary Rep
EXCLUSIVE: Alfonso Cuaron, the Mexican-born helmer who won the Best Director Oscar for Gravity, today left WME. It looks like he won’t rebound with another agency. He recently signed with Anonymous Content for management, where he has a long relationship with principal and producer Steve Golin, which grew out of Fallen Angels. Cuaron will likely just stay with the management company. It was unclear what prompted the move, but I have confirmed it happened.
Cuaron is a… Read
Indie Comedy ‘The Truth About Lies’ Scores Deal With Newcomer Blue Fox
EXCLUSIVE: Newbie distributor Blue Fox Entertainment has made its second acquisition, scoring North American rights to The Truth About Lies, a comedy from first-time feature film director Phil Allocco that stars Fran Kranz, Supergirl‘s Odette Annable and Colleen Camp. It has set an October 27 theatrical and on-demand release date.
Blue Fox’s first theatrical distribution deal came last month for Big Bear, a comedy starring Adam Brody and Pablo Schreiber from first-time… Read
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
‘Ingrid Goes West’ Makes Robust Start; ‘Good Time’ Strong – Specialty Box Office
Neon's comedy-drama Ingrid Goes West by Matt Spicer opened in three theaters to very solid numbers over the weekend. Starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen, the Sundance debut grossed $141,216. The film was one of a pack of Specialty releases that debuted Friday, including A24's Good Time starring Robert Pattinson, which also had a strong start at $137,625 in its initial several runs. IFC Films' The Trip to Spain, the third installment in a series starring Steve Coogan… Read
Officials Angry At Billboard Ban For ‘Architects Of Denial’ Film
A California State Senator has weighed in on a controversial decision to ban a billboard advertisement for the film documentary Architects of Denial, which covers the Armenian genocide as told by survivors.
Caruso Affiliated Holdings, which runs the Americana at Brand mall in heavily Armenian Glendale, California, reportedly denied an outdoor billboard ad at the mall because it was “too political,” according to the marketing firm that handles its advertising. The film is… Read
Jeff Bridges Nurtures ‘The Only Living Boy in New York’; Robert Pattinson Has ‘Good Time’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Behind hooligan make-up, Robert Pattinson plays a New York low-life in the Safdie Brothers' latest film Good Time, which A24 is opening this weekend. Pattinson received rave reviews for his turn in the Cannes competition title, which also stars Oscar-nominees Jennifer Jason Leigh and Barkhad Abdi. The film along with Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions' The Only Living Boy in New York starring Callum Turner, Jeff Bridges, Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan and Cynthia Nixon… 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
New York Film Festival Main Slate: ‘The Square’, ‘The Rider’, ‘Mudbound’, ‘Meyerowitz Stories’ & More
The Film Society of Lincoln Center unveiled the 25-picture Main Slate today for the 55th New York Film Festival with a roster that features hometown stories from U.S. filmmakers and a host of international festival award winners. Among the directors whose work will be showcased are 2017 Cannes laureates Ruben Ostlund (The Square) and Robin Campillo (BPM (Beats Per Minute)); as well as NYFF veterans Aki Kaurismäki (The Other Side Of Hope) and Agnieszka Holland (Spoor) who… Read
Shocker! Stuart Ford Forced Out As IM Global CEO
EXCLUSIVE, updated with statement from Stuart lawyer: While Tang Media Partners today added Open Road to its company portfolio, there is major exit news involving its other major entertainment media property, IM Global. CEO Stuart Ford, face of the sales and distribution company for the last 10 years, was forced out of the company late last Friday in what is described to me as an acrimonious exit. The dispute had to do with disagreements between Ford and IM Global’s board… Read
Skydance Extends Paramount Deal Four Years: Jim Cameron & Tim Miller ‘Terminator’ On Boards
Despite vehement denials late last year that Skydance’s long relationship with Paramount Pictures would be extended, the company announced that it has in fact reupped its producing and co-financing relationship with the studio for another four years. This gives Paramount much needed cash to try and launch tent pole films and franchises, something it sorely needs. Pictures on the docket include Mission: Impossible, the Joseph Kosinski-Tom Cruise collaboration Top Gun, and… Read
Taylor Sheridan’s ‘Wind River’ Opens Robust; ‘Step’ OK – Specialty Box Office
TWC appears to have a hit with Wind River. The Sundance fest debut and second feature directing outing for Taylor Sheridan, starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, grossed over $164K in its initial four locations. Searchlight rolled out its Sundance acquisition Step in 29 theaters Friday to the tune of $145K. The two films headlined another fairly busy weekend of new Specialty roll-outs on par with the week prior which was headlined by Paramount/Participant Media's Al… Read