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
‘Glitch’ Season 2 Gets Netflix Premiere Date & Trailer For Paranormal Saga
EXCLUSIVE: Award-winning Australian drama Glitch was confirmed for a second season ahead of its Season 1 global launch on Netflix in fall 2016. The streaming service now has set a Season 2 premiere date of November 28, and today we have a first trailer — check it out above.
The paranormal saga has been highly praised. It’s set in the small town of Yoorana, where police officer James Hayes (Patrick Brammall) is called to the local cemetery in the middle of the night after… 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
Another ‘Game Of Thrones’ Episode Leaks Online
In what's sure to be another devastating turn of events for HBO, the newest episode of Game Of Thrones has leaked online, four days ahead of schedule. HBO España and HBO Nordic accidentally dropped Season 7’s Episode 6, titled “Beyond The Wall,” online in Spanish and Nordic territories, where it was available to on-demand subscribers for a full hour before it was removed.
The leak left enough time for footage from the episode to be ripped and shared. Footage was posted to… 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
‘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
Uni Lands Evan Spiliotopoulos Genghis Khan Tomb Hunt Script, Dwayne Johnson Exec Producer
EXCLUSIVE: Universal has acquired an untitled contemporary action adventure script about the hunt for Genghis Khan’s mysterious tomb. Studio bought a script by Evan Spiliotopoulos, who co-wrote the live action Beauty And The Beast, as well as The Huntsman: Winter’s War. ImageMovers’ Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine will produce along with Seven Bucks Productions production president Hiram Garcia. Seven Bucks’ Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia will be exec producers with… Read
‘Cupid’s Match’: CW Seed Eyes Viral Supernatural Romance From Wattpad & Tongal; Filmmakers Urged To Pitch Ideas
EXCLUSIVE: A digital pilot adaptation of the viral supernatural romance stories Cupid's Match is being developed by Tongal and Wattpad for CW Seed, the companies announced today, putting out a call for filmmakers to pitch how they would bring the viral tale to series.
Tongal, the Santa Monica-based global network of 120,000 professional creatives and a proprietary development platform, develops content strategies and produces video. Wattpad is a Toronto-based… 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
How ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Became The Year’s Most Politically-Charged Show
There is plenty of catching up when Elisabeth Moss and director Reed Morano reunite for Deadline's photoshoot for The Handmaid's Tale at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood. After all, even before the show they made together aired, they were having respective moments on their continued ascendance to the upper echelons of film and television. Morano has recently wrapped production on I Think We're Alone Now, a feature starring Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning, while… Read
Kurt Sutter Joins ‘Chaos Walking’ Cast
EXCLUSIVE: Sons of Anarchy‘s Kurt Sutter has joined Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley in Chaos Walking, Lionsgate's upcoming film directed by Doug Liman. Based on the book from Carnegie Award-winning author Patrick Ness, is about a guy (Holland) who lives on the distant planet of New World — a new hope for humanity until struck by "The Noise," a virus which inflicts immersive visions of one’s every thought.
The cacophony drives many mad until Todd makes a hidden, silent… Read