Will Paramount Replace Chinese Slate Partner With U.S. $$$? Dallas-Based Investors Circling
UPDATED, 10:25 AM: We hear the guy behind these talks is Dallas-based billionaire Tom Dundon, who made all his money in the subprime market. He was considered to be a possible back-pocket fix at Sony. One of the LStar funds was part of the Dundon funds and was run by Sam Loughlin, who did not get along with the Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Motion Picture Group Tom Rothman. Once Loughlin was out of the mix (he stepped out of Lone Star Funds in July), it was… Read
David Tennant & Elisabeth Moss’ ‘Mad To Be Normal’ Headed To Samuel Goldwyn Films
Mad to Be Normal, the biopic about 1960s celebrity psychologist R.D. Laing that stars David Tennant and newly minted Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, has been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films. The pic written and directed by Robert Mullan had its world premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival in February, and a winter 2018 theatrical release is being eyed.
The Scotland-born Laing rose to fame for his treatment of people diagnosed as “mad,” performing various daring experiments on… Read
‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Scribe Simon Beaufoy Signs With WME
EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed the illustrious writer-producer Simon Beaufoy, who until several months ago had been repped in the U.S. by the late agent Susan Landau. Beaufoy in the past two decades has won Oscars, Golden Globes, WGA and other awards for such films as The Full Monty, Slumdog Millionaire, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and 127 Hours. His latest scripted effort, the Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris-directed Emma Stone-Steve Carell starrer Battle of the Sexes… Read
‘I, Tonya’ To Close Hamptons Film Festival As Lineup Set
I, Tonya, the Margot Robbie-starring movie about the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan figure-skating scandal that just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and scored a big distribution deal from Neon and 30West, is headed to the Hamptons. The Hamptons Film Festival today said the Craig Gillespie-helped pic will serve as the closing-night film of the fest, which runs October 5-9.
The fest announced its full slate today for its 25th edition, which will highlight more than 65… Read
Ben Stiller’s ’Brad’s Status’ Bows Solid – Specialty Box Office
Toronto fest debut Brad's Status starring Ben Stiller reigned over the weekend's Specialties with a solid start. The Amazon Studios/Annapurna Pictures release by Mike White grossed over $100K from several locations Friday to Sunday, the highest absolute gross and per theater average among the reporting newcomer titles as of Sunday morning. Prolific documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman's latest Ex Libris: The New York Public Library bowed with an exclusive New York… Read
Ben Stiller Is Dad In ‘Brad’s Status’; Glenn Close & John Malkovich Hit ‘The Wilde Wedding’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
The Fall roll-outs begin ramping up this weekend as Toronto winds down, kicking the theatrical runs of the year's awards hopefuls into gear. Mike White's Brad's Status, from Amazon Studios/Annapurna Pictures, starring Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams and Luke Wilson is opening in New York and Los Angeles Friday on the heels of its Toronto bow. Vertical Entertainment is rolling out Damian Harris' The Wilde Wedding starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Patrick Stewart and Minnie… Read
‘Disobedience – Toronto Film Festival Panel Livestream
Deadline's Cocktails & Conversation panel series at the Toronto Film Festival continues at 11:15 AM ET today with Disobedience, the movie adaptation of Naomi Alderman's novel about a woman who returns home to her orthodox Jewish community in London and rekindles a romance with the wife of her longtime friend. Sebastián Lelio directs Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.
The film is coming off its world premiere last night in the festival’s Special… Read
‘Rebel In The Rye’ Tops Slow Weekend; ‘Dolores’ Stays Strong – Specialty B.O.
Buzz mounts at the Toronto Film Festival, but for theatrical releases, the specialties have been taking it slow this weekend. IFC Films' J.D. Salinger biopic Rebel In the Rye easily had the best start among the few reporting newcomers, grossing $44,280 in its initial four locations. The Orchard opened documentary Trophy with an exclusive run Friday taking in $3,474, while China Lion bowed its last-minute pick-up Twenty Two with 11 runs for a $20K weekend. A bright spot… Read
‘Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart’ Trailer: Lorraine Hansberry Docu Hits Toronto
EXCLUSIVE: The Toronto Film Festival is hosting the world premiere of the first feature-length documentary on playwright Lorraine Hansberry, who penned the iconic A Raisin In The Sun. The docu, Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, is directed by Tracy Heather Strain, with LaTanya Richardson Jackson narrating and Anika Noni Rose as the voice of Hansberry. Both Richardson Jackson and Rose performed and were Tony-nominated in the 2014 revival of the Tony-winning play alongside Denzel… Read
Charlie Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg in ‘9/11’ Drama; Nicholas Hoult Is Young Salinger – Specialty B.O. Preview
Atlas Distribution will open 9/11 in several hundred locations this weekend, timed to the 16th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon as well as United Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, PA. The latter was itself detailed in Paul Greengrass’ 2006 film United 93. In 9/11, Charlie Sheen and Whoopi Goldberg are part of a group of people who find themselves trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center's North Tower. Industry folks will be… Read
Opening-Night Premieres ‘Borg/McEnroe’ And ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Are A Love Match As Toronto Gets Underway
The Toronto Film Festival kicked off tonight with the world premiere of Borg/McEnroe, the Neon 2018 release that centers on the Wimbledon final of all Wimbledon finals in 1980 between Bjorn Borg going for his fifth men’s singles title there versus outspoken upstart John McEnroe. But at this packed festival it isn’t enough to have just one opening-night movie, there have to be at least two or three.
So it was, with a number of films including the excellent On Chesil… Read
Genres Rule As 2017 Beyond Fest Showcases Vince Vaughn, Paul Williams And Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vince Vaughn, Dario Argento, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Edgar Wright, Tommy Wiseau and Paul Williams are spotlighted in the films of the 2017 Beyond Fest, which kicks off late this month.
Billed as the biggest genre festival in Los Angeles, the slate features 23 west coast premieres and 32 events, including opening night’s Brawl in Cell Block 99 (featuring Vaughn as a former boxer turned drug-runner, directed by S. Craig Zahler) and closing night’s The K… Read