Oscar Bait Fassbender-Vikander Film ‘The Light Between Oceans’ Dated For Next Awards Season
DreamWorks and Disney have announced that Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans will be released wide on September 2. This is film that the town has been wondering about for some time. Some believed that the film was to be released last year, but stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander had films in the awards season race — with Steve Jobs and The Danish Girl, respectively. Production for The Light Between Oceans started back in September 2014 in New Zealand and… Read
Johnny Depp To Star In ‘The Invisible Man’ At Universal
EXCLUSIVE: Johnny Depp has been set to star in The Invisible Man for Universal Pictures, part of the studio's new production initiative to reestablish the classic movie monsters that is a cornerstone legacy for the studio. That effort is being led by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, who’ll produce.
Universal’s first foray into the character was a 1933 adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel that starred Claude Rains as a scientist who finds a way to become invisible. The price… Read
‘Fast 8’ Will Ride With A New Female Villain
EXCLUSIVE: In a time when females are stepping into superhero roles and Ghostbusters was remade with a cast of women, now comes word that the eighth installment of the Fast And Furious franchise will have a sole female villain. The script is not even done, but sources tell Deadline that newly minted Fast 8 director F. Gary Gray and screenwriter Chris Morgan are inserting a fierce female villain into the story. They are said to have their eye on a particular actress, too: C… Read
Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult & Thandie Newton Board Xavier Dolan’s ‘The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan’ – Berlin
EXCLUSIVE: Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult and Thandie Newton have boarded the already-starry cast of Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s English-language debut The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan. The trio join the previously announced Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Michael Gambon, Bella Thorne, Chris Zylka and Emily Hampshire. It is a measure of Dolan’s pulling power with talent that the 26-year-old has assembled such an impressive… Read
Disney Theatricals Sets Broadway Timeline For Fresh ‘Frozen’ Musical In 2018
Disney Theatrical Productions chief Thomas Schumacher made it official today: Frozen, the musical based on the Mouse’s blockbuster, Oscar-winning animated film from 2014, will come to Broadway in the spring of 2018 at a theater to be announced. Presumably, it will join Aladdin, at Disney’s Broadway flagship, the New Amsterdam Theatre, and The Lion King, which is at the Nederlander Organization’s Minskoff Theatre; both shows are long runs and among the highest-grossing… Read
Paladin Nabs Dance Pic ‘High Strung’; FilmBuff Acquires Sister Dramedy ‘Jane Wants A Boyfriend’
Paladin has acquired rights to Michael Damian's dance-driven drama High Strung after the pic premiered over the weekend at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. The plan is to release the film theatrically on more than 100 screens nationwide April 8. The Orchard has home entertainment rights and will launch the film later this spring. Bloom Media handled worldwide sales, with Disney International acquiring the majority of international rights.
Written and produced by Damian… Read
Amy Schumer Takes Serious Turn In ‘Thank You For Your Service;’ PTSD Drama By ‘American Sniper’ Scribe Jason Hall
EXCLUSIVE: Hot off her acclaimed breakout performance in Trainwreck, Amy Schumer is taking a detour into drama. She has joined the cast of the DreamWorks Pictures adaptation of David Finkel's book Thank You For Your Service, a film that has just gone into production. American Sniper scribe Jason Hall makes his directorial debut on his adapted script, in a film that stars Miles Teller (Whiplash), Haley Bennett (The Girl On The Train), Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders), Beulah… Read
Super Bowl: ‘Bourne’ Explodes On Social Media But Isn’t The ‘Captain’
EXCLUSIVE: A pregame Super Bowl spot that aired just before kickoff certainly has paid off for Disney and Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. The trailer for the film, which bows summer, was shown to have had the most social activity of all trailers from the major studios in the 24-hour window after the Big Game.
Of all of the spots aired, the 30-second trailer for the Captain took the trophy in the social media universe with 292M across FB, Twitter, YouTube and… Read
‘The Killing’s Veena Sud To Pen Remake Of ‘We Monsters’ For Broad Green
Broad Green Pictures said that Veena Sud, who created the AMC crime series The Killing, has signed on to write a remake of We Monsters, the Sebastian Ko film that played at the Toronto Film Festival last year.
In We Monsters, a husband and wife struggle with their consciences after they try to conceal a terrible crime committed by their teenage daughter. The suspense drama made its North American premiere at TIFF in the Discovery sidebar.
Alix Madigan and Shary Shirazi… Read
Josh Gad Set To Star In ‘Heavy Duty’ Comedy From Paramount, Based On His Idea
Paramount Pictures today announced that the comedian (Frozen, The Wedding Ringer, Broadway’s The Book Of Mormon) will star in "Heavy Duty,” a comedy based on Gad’s original idea and scripted by Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit (1600 Penn, Super Fun Night). Disruption Entertainment's Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce with Gad. Drew Pearce (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Iron Man 3) will executive produce.
Pic is the story of an ordinary guy who believes losing… Read
‘Star Wars’ Helps Disney To Beat Year-End Financial Expectations But ESPN Slips
Time to break out all your jokes about The Force. Star Wars: The Force Awakens helped Disney to soar past Wall Street’s financial expectations for the last three months of 2015. We’ll have to see, though, whether that’s enough to outweigh concerns about the continuing slippage at ESPN — a much bigger force for Disney’s bottom line. Company shares were up initially in post-market trading, but then dropped 4.8%.
Disney reported net income of $2.88 billion, up 32% vs the… Read
Wall Street Clobbers Viacom Shares Following Disappointing Reports
Wall Street delivered its response to Viacom’s recent performance, and CEO Philippe Dauman’s latest forecasts for the company, and it’s ugly: Traders drove Viacom’s share price down 21.5% today to $32.86, the lowest it’s closed since mid-2010.
The pummeling slashed $3.5 billion from Viacom’s market value. At $12.7 billion, the entertainment company that owns MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET and Paramount Pictures is worth less than Nielsen and Liberty Interactive… Read