Jason Momoa To Star In Action Movie ‘Braven’ – Toronto
Jason Momoa will swap out his Aquaman suit for a lumberjack shirt for Braven, set to star in the action thriller being directed by Lin Oeding. The casting sets up its sales plan for the upcoming Toronto Film Festival, where Highland Film Group handling will handle international sales.
The pic, scripted by Thomas Pa'a Sibbett from an original story by Mike Nilon, centers a humble logger residing along the U.S./Canada border who is confronted by a group of deadly drug… Read
‘Spotlight’ Shines; Mark Ruffalo Calls On Vatican To “Heal Wounds” With Film – Venice
In what's been the warmest reception I’ve seen for a film this year in Venice, Tom McCarthy's Spotlight hit the Lido today, bringing awards buzz, and leaving the press corps exclaiming ‘Bellissima!’. Given this is a film whose subjects the audience knows a thing or two about — journalism and the Catholic church — the sustained press screening applause sounded a ringing endorsement for the out-of-competition title. Afterwards, McCarthy and stars Mark Ruffalo and Stanley… Read
Telluride Announces Slate As Fest Helps Launch Awards Season With Keaton, Streep, Winslet, Mara & More
The Telluride Film Festival has just officially announced the lineup for its 42nd edition beginning tomorrow and running through Labor Day. However, much of this schedule has been largely known, even though the festival swears all participants to secrecy until its big reveal just before the fest begins. Actually since their dust-up last year, the announcement of the lineup for the Toronto Film Festival (which is blasted out two to three weeks earlier than Telluride) has… Read
Vincent Bolloré Tightens Grip On Canal Plus, Becomes Chairman And Ousts Chief Exec Bertrand Meheut
Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré consolidated his grip on French pay TV giant Canal Plus on Thursday by naming himself chairman and also ousting long-serving chairman of the supervisory board and Canal Plus Group chief exec Bertrand Meheut in favor of Jean-Christophe Thiery. Thiery is a longtime Bolloré Group executive, having worked in the French billionaire’s media businesses for over a decade. He currently oversees assets such as the Direct Matin free daily newspaper… Read
Cohen Media Group In Tune With ‘Marguerite’ – Venice
In the first U.S. acquisition of the Venice Film Festival, Cohen Media Group has picked up competition title Marguerite. Helmed by Xavier Giannoli, the French language pic stars Catherine Frot. She plays the titular character who’s loosely based on Florence Foster Jenkins, a 1920s socialite who wanted to be an opera singer despite a distinct lack of vocal talent. It’s a popular subject right now – Stephen Frears is currently in production on Florence Foster Jenkins… Read
Gerard Butler Stars As Job Recruiter With A Family Crisis In ‘The Headhunter’s Calling’
Gerard Butler is trading his action-hero stripes for a dramatic turn in The Headhunter’s Calling, from first-time director Mark Williams. The Olympus Has Fallen and 300 series star will play Dane Jensen, a corporate headhunter who works at Blackrock Recruiting arranging jobs for engineers. He is well on his way to achieving his longtime work goal of taking over the company when his 10-year-old son falls ill and his personal and professional priorities clash. The Judge… Read
Paul Haggis On Sweating Awards Season: “It’s So Childish”
We all hate being judged — or, at least I do — but most of us don’t have that as a months-long requirement. If you’re a filmmaker though, that’s half your year. Double Oscar winner Paul Haggis (Crash) has some experience with that, and in an exclusive clip from this week’s episode of Colaborator’s ongoing Gatekeepers series, he spills on the awards-season rat race and (politely) poxes the whole thing.
Calling the trophy-show crush “childish,” Haggis makes it clear he’s… Read
Sony Hacking Class Action Lawsuit Reaches Settlement
EXCLUSIVE: Ten months after the studio was ripped apart by a massive hack attack and thousands of employees’ personal information ended up exposed online, Sony Pictures has reached a tentative deal to end the lawsuits stemming from the breach.
"On September 1, 2015, Plaintiffs and SPE reached an agreement in principle to settle all of the claims of the putative class against SPE, subject to final documentation, which will be submitted for the Court's approval in… Read
Cate Blanchett Attached To Lucille Ball Biopic With Aaron Sorkin In Talks To Write; Who Should Play Desi?
Cate Blanchett is putting her red locks to good use, boarding a Lucille Ball biopic project to star as the iconic comedic actress in a script that would be written by Steve Jobs scribe Aaron Sorkin. We’re hearing there is no deal yet for Sorkin, but it would be Sony-based Escape Artists behind the movie that is in early development. It would center on the marriage of Ball and Desi Arnaz, her co-star on the seminal sitcom I Love Lucy and partner in powerhouse Desilu… Read
Dean Jones Dies: Star Of Disney’s ‘The Love Bug’ And Sondheim’s ‘Company’ Was 84
UPDATE Thursday morning: Larry Kert was Tony-nominated, but didn’t win for Company.
Dean Jones, the affable actor best known for leading roles in several family Disney films of the 1960s and ’70s including The Love Bug and That Darn Cat! — as well as creating one of Stephen Sondheim’s iconic leading roles on Broadway in Company — died Tuesday from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. He was 84.
Born on January 25, 1931, in Decatur, AL, Jones began singing and… Read
Wim Wenders’ ‘Every Thing Will Be Fine’ Finds Home At IFC Films – Toronto
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Wim Wenders' Every Thing Will Be Fine, the pic that stars James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams, Marie-Josée Croze, Robert Naylor, Patrick Bauchau and Peter Stormare. IFC plans a December 4 release date after the film makes its North American premiere in Toronto next month in the Masters section. It had its world premiere earlier this year in Berlin.
The 3D drama centers on a tragic car accident links the lives of a… Read
Rare VOD Glimpse: Radius Says ‘Before We Go’ Grosses $1.5M+ Ahead Of Theatrical Bow
EXCLUSIVE: Chris Evans’ directorial debut, Before We Go from Radius-TWC, is coming off its ultra-VOD window with a notable $1.53M prior to its 15-city domestic opening on Friday.
Since its July 21 availability on cable and digital platforms, Before We Go is the first pre-theatrical film this year to crack both the top 5 on iTunes and the top 10 on Rentrak’s weekly digital chart. For three weeks in a row, the Chris Evans film has been in Rentrak’s top 20. Before We… Read