‘Chappaquiddick’ Filmmakers Option ‘Woman Who Shot At Gerald Ford’ Book
EXCLUSIVE: Producers Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan, who are developing the indie feature Chappaquiddick, just optioned the film rights to Geri Spieler's award-winning book, Taking Aim At The President: The Remarkable Story Of The Woman Who Shot At Gerald Ford.
Spieler's book is the true account of Sara Jane Moore, who unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate President Ford and remains the only woman in U.S. history to fire a bullet at a sitting president. Lynette “Squeaky”… Read
‘Southbound’ Exclusive Clip: Sins, Fear & Strangers Haunt The Open Road
The anthology horror pic Southbound has been making waves on the festival circuit since its TIFF debut in September, but it finally sees theatrical release Friday from The Orchard. That’s good news for horror fans but terrible news for the film’s protagonists, whose mistakes and bad actions come back to haunt them in a series of five interlocking morality plays set on a desolate stretch of desert highway.
Part Tales From The Crypt and part Twilight Zone, the film features… Read
‘Spotlight’ Kicks Off Vatican Clerical Sex Abuse Commission
As the Tom McCarthy-directed Spotlight heads toward $40 million U.S. gross and rolls out overseas, the Best Picture nominee continues to have an impact on the disclosure of predator priests. Dioceses in Australia, Minneapolis and Washington State are among those that have made public the kinds of records that the Boston Globe Spotlight team won a Pulitzer Prize exposing in Boston. Today, a Vatican commission on clerical sex abuse started the proceedings with a private… Read
Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Making $10 Million+ HarperCollins Memoir Deal
EXCLUSIVE: Who said there is no upside being on the wrong side of Donald Trump? Fox News Channel star Megyn Kelly is closing on a deal with HarperCollins to write a book at what sources said is in the range of a whopping $10 million for world rights. Her reps are denying that number — I heard it’s closer to $11 million — but they confirm she has made the deal for a book to be published in the fall. They’re not calling it a memoir, but that’s what I heard on the book… Read
Michael Pitt In Talks To Join ‘Ghost In The Shell’
Michael Pitt is in negotiations for a key role in Ghost In The Shell, the DreamWorks pic based on the Japanese sci-fi manga that Scarlett Johansson is aboard to star in. Paramount has set a March 31, 2017, release date. They’re still keeping the logline under wraps, but word is Pitt is not necessarily playing the baddie as others have reported. Stay… Read
Dave Mirra Dies: X Games Legend & Former MTV Host Was 41
Updated with statement from Mirra’s family.
David Michael “Dave” Mirra, a legend in the extreme sports world as a BMX athlete who hosted two seasons of MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge and later became a business owner and rally car driver died today in Greenville, North Carolina. Local law enforcement have confirmed Mirra was found earlier this afternoon in his truck, dead from a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide. He was 41.
Mirra received medals in every X Game… Read
‘The Interestings’: Jessica Collins & Corey Cott Join Amazon Drama Pilot
Jessica Collins (Rubicon, Zero Dark Thirty) and Corey Cott (Public Morals) have booked series regular roles on Amazon pilot The Interestings, from Sony TV's TriStar Television.
Written by Nip/Tuck alums Lyn Greene and Richard Levine and directed by Mike Newell, The Interestings is described as a grounded. character-driven drama based on Meg Wolitzer's novel about a group of friends who meet at an arts camp when they're 15 in 1974. The series chronicles their relationships… Read
Scott Mann To Direct Thriller ‘Final Score’; Mr Smith Boards ‘Ain’t No Half Steppin’ & More – EFM Briefs
UPDATE with more news: Scott Mann (Heist) has been attached to direct Final Score, an action thriller set during a major sporting event when the stadium is seized by a group of heavily armed criminals demanding ransom. An ex-soldier must save the 35,000 in the crowd — one of which is the daughter of his fallen comrade. The script is from the Brothers Lynch. Highland Film Group will executive producer and handle international sales rights at the upcoming European Film… Read
Peter Bart: Would Studio Titans Of Old Be Bewildered By Coen Brothers’ Hollywood Frolic?
At a climactic moment in Hail, Caesar! — the droll new comedy (or almost comedy) by Joel and Ethan Coen set in vintage Hollywood — a studio chief (Josh Brolin) shouts at a struggling George Clooney, "Go out there and be a star."
The problem is that Clooney plays the star both of Hail, Caesar! and of the absurd Biblical epic that takes place within Hail, Caesar! (the movie-within-a-movie), but he has been kidnapped by a band of Communist intellectuals…well, I'm not going… Read
Viacom Reinforces Culture Of Cronyism With CEO As Chairman: Commentary
Every time you think Viacom’s board couldn’t be more indifferent to the people it’s supposed to represent, along comes a day like today.
With the company’s ailing 92-year-old controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone stepping aside as executive chairman, the board had a chance to acknowledge Wall Street and employees’ concerns about Viacom’s prospects by giving the job to an independent director.
That would have signaled that board members might entertain fresh ideas about… Read
Zelda Williams, Alberto Frezza & Eli Goree Join ‘Dead Of Summer’ Freeform Drama Series
Zelda Williams (Teen Wolf), Alberto Frezza (Charlie’s Angels) and Eli Goree (The 100) have joined the cast of Freeform’s Dead Of Summer horror drama series. In addition, the network announced that series creators/executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis (Once Upon A Time) will direct the first episode. Williams, Frezza and Goree join previously announced cast members Mark Indelicato (Ugly Betty), Ronen Rubinstein (Orange Is The New Black) and Paulina Singer (Got… Read
FilmNation Lands ‘Leverage’ Spec By Oliver Kramer
EXCLUSIVE: FilmNation moved quickly to acquire Leverage, a New York-set legal thriller spec script by Oliver Kramer. FilmNation made the deal in a competitive situation and now will move to package it. If Kramer’s name is familiar, it’s because he was the former head of film for Raindog Films, Colin Firth’s London-based production company. This is his first script.
Set in the summer of 1974, it wraps a murder mystery around the beginnings of modern Wall Street… Read