Green-Light Launches International Sales Arm Led By Christian De Gallegos – AFM
Jeff Elliott and Chad Moore’s production company The Green-Light Group has launched Green-Light International, a new overseas sales, distribution and financing company. Former International Film Trust president and Voltage Pictures exec Christian de Gallegos has been appointed president of the new venture, which opens its doors just in time for next month’s American Film Market in Santa Monica.
Three films are already on Green-Light’s slate exec produced by Elliott and… Read
Oscars: Academy Finalizes Foreign-Language Film Contenders
Eighty-one countries have submitted official entries for the Foreign-Language Film Oscar race. The only first-time entrant this is Paraguay. Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards will be announced January 14 at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, and the hardware will be doled out February 29 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
Here is the full list from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:
Afghanistan, “Utopia,” Hassan Nazer… Read
Murdoch Apologizes For “Real Black President” Tweet But Ben Carson Defends It
Rupert Murdoch this morning scurried away from his radioactive President-Obama-not-a-real-black-president tweet:
Apologies! No offence meant. Personally find both men charming.
— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) October 8, 2015
That after causing a major uproar yesterday when he tweeted this:
Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else.
— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) Octob… Read
Focus Buys ‘Boomtown’ Spec With Marc Platt Producing
EXCLUSIVE: Focus Features has tapped the spec script Boomtown, an oil-soaked thriller from Matt King. Marc Platt is set to produce the story of a slick corporate investigator with a closely guarded secret who discovers a sinister criminal conspiracy in North Dakota oil boom country. The deal is in the six figures.
It’s the first sale for King, a former journalist who has written for The Village Voice, American Lawyer and Focus Europe and worked with PBS’ Frontline. He is… Read
Matt Charman And Nina Jacobson Close Deal With Fox 2000 On ‘Wilderness’
EXCLUSIVE: Screenwriter Matt Charman and Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson have closed a deal with Fox 2000 for Wilderness. The logline, which is believed to have a particularly original take and does have YA elements, is being kept closely under wraps. It is high concept enough for Fox to have moved so pre-emptively and decisively. Jacobson initially brought the idea to Charman, who fleshed it out enough for her to pitch- successfully- to Fox execs. Brad Simpson (World… Read
Hy Hollinger Dies: Longtime Hollywood Trade Reporter Was 97
Hy Hollinger, one of the last of the old-school Daily Variety "mugs," died late Wednesday at Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 97. A longtime reporter and editor, Hollinger was the one of the industry's longest-serving trade reporters, covering international news, first for Variety and then for The Hollywood Reporter, for close to 50 years.
Hollinger worked for Variety in New York for many years – when its reporters were affectionately referred to as "mugs"… Read
‘Rosewood’ Gets Order For 3 More Scripts
Fox has ordered three backup scripts for freshman drama Rosewood. The crime procedural starring Morris Chestnut had flown largely under the radar, getting a fraction of the marketing budgets of high-profile new Fox entries like Scream Queens, Minority Report and starring comedy vehicles Grandfathered and The Grinder. Yet, with juggernaut Empire as a lead-out, Rosewood impressed with a strong launch, pulling in a 2.4 adults 18-49 for the premiere in Live+same day, rising… Read
‘American Horror Story’s Taissa Farmiga Joins Ed Harris, Amy Madigan In ‘Buried Child’ Revival
EXCLUSIVE: I hear that Farmiga (FX’s American Horror Story: Murder House; 2011’s Higher Ground) will make her New York stage debut in The New Group's revival of Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize winner from 1978. Scott Elliott, artistic director of the first-rate off-Broadway company, is directing the offbeat drama about a near-destitute Illinois farm couple (Harris and Madigan, who recently co-starred in Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian) and their two grown sons.
They’re visited… Read
John Boehner Cancels On ‘Tonight Show’ After Kevin McCarthy Bails On Speaker Race
Jimmy Fallon's guest lineup tonight just got nuked thanks to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who stunned Washington and TV news networks this morning by dropping his bid to succeed John Boehner as Speaker of the House. The vote to replace Boehner, aka third in line for the White House, has been postponed, and shocked cable news network on-air talent broke into regularly scheduled programming to announce.
Just yesterday, NBC announced that the Tonight Show had… Read
F. Gary Gray Confirms He Will Direct ‘Furious 8’
UPDATE, 11:18 AM: F. Gary Gray made it official today, confirming via Twitter that he will direct Universal’s Furious 8. The studio and the Straight Outta Compton helmer have been working to close a deal over the past three days after beginning negotiations Monday. That’s when Gray and star Vin Diesel met and meshed.
Cant ask for better partners than Vin, Neal & Universal. Excited to bring u the next chapter of the #FastFamily saga pic.twitter.com/zRGre14kKO
— F Gary… Read
Netflix Raises Rate For Standard Service By $1 To $9.99 A Month
Sorry, consumers — but a price hike is something that Wall Street has wanted for a while at Netflix.
The company’s web site shows today that it raised the monthly price for its Standard streaming service by $1 to $9.99 for new subscribers in the U.S., Canada, and some Latin American countries.
Netflix says that it’s “modestly raising the price” so it can “continue adding more TV shows and movies including many Netflix original titles.” It adds that “As a thank you to… Read
‘Tyrant’ Renewed For Season 3 On FX
FX has ordered a 10-episode third season of drama series Tyrant for premiere in 2016.
Season 2 of Tyrant, executive produced by Howard Gordon, along with Glenn Gordon Caron, Chris Keyser, David Fury, Gideon Raff, Avi Nir and Hugh Fitzpatrick, has been better received creatively and has done well in delayed viewing, averaging 2.47 million total viewers and 1.05 million adults 18-49 in Live+7. Its June Season 2 premiere posted the highest Live+ Same Day to Live+3 lift of… Read