Global Showbiz Briefs: Tom Cruise, ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ Score Japan Cool Prizes; Bloomsbury Set Circled For ‘Life In Squares’
The Japan External Trade Organization, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Consulate General of Japan are set to honor the Tom Cruise sci-fi action flick Edge Of Tomorrow with a pair of prizes at the second annual Japan Cool Content Contribution Awards Ceremony. On September 13 at the official residence of the Consul General of Japan in LA, Cruise will receive the J3C Acting Award and EOT helmer Doug Liman will be given the J3C Director Award… Read
Produced By Conference Unveils NYC Version
The Producers Guild of America is taking its Produced By conference on the road to New York City in October, marking the first time the confab will be held outside of Los Angeles. The Weinstein Company's Bob and Harvey Weinstein will be among the speakers at the one-day event, which will be held October 25 at the Time Warner Center.
"The Produced By conference has proven to be an industry-defining event which offers unparalleled networking opportunities, as well as a wide… Read
A ‘Sophie’s Choice': ‘Jaws’ Or ‘Goodfellas’?
We write about the film business cynically as a business, but we're a bunch of film geeks, really. I thought this when I experienced moments ago the closest thing a guy on his couch will face to a “Sophie's Choice.” On Spike TV, there was the incomparable Roy Scheider slinging chum off the back of a boat, and a giant great white shark surfacing in Jaws, and Scheider telling Robert Shaw, “You're gonna need a bigger boat.” And on AMC, at the same time, there's Goodfellas,… Read
Zoe Cassavetes Ponders Plight Of The L.A. Actress In ‘Day Out Of Days’
EXCLUSIVE: After her debut feature Broken English snagged distribution out of Sundance and a pair of Independent Spirit Award nominations, filmmaker Zoe Cassavetes linked up with actress pal Alexia Landeau to write her sophomore feature. Landeau, who appeared in Cassavetes' first film, the 2000 short Men Make Women Crazy Theory, now leads the Day Out Of Days cast as a 40-year-old actress struggling to make it in the cutthroat business of Hollywood while contending with… Read
Matthew Weiner On Directing His 2nd Film: “Everyone Always Knew This Was An Independent Film”
After several cast changes and an eight-year journey to the screen, Matthew Weiner's feature directorial Are You Here finally made its Hollywood premiere last night at the Arclight on Sunset Blvd. This Friday, Millennium Entertainment will unspool the film, which stars Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler, in limited theaters as well as on DVD.
“Like most of what I do, this is a genre-less film,” Weiner told the audience before the projector rolled, “Laugh where… Read
Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide Ending After 45 Years – Internet Kills Iconic Print Paperback
Another print icon bites the dust. Leonard Maltin's 2015 Movie Guide will be the final edition of this film lovers' guide which started in 1969 under the title TV MOVIES. But in recent years the annual guide, which now numbers 1,611 pages and features nearly 16,000 capsule movie reviews, has become a victim of the changing times and the way information is consumed by a new generation. The new edition, which comes out on September 2nd is the last and that will be bad news… Read
Universal & Legendary Date ‘Krampus,’ ‘Spectral'; Open Road Shifts ‘Nightcrawler’
Universal Pictures has set a 2015 date for horror comedy Krampus, the Christmas-set flick to be directed by Trick 'R Treat's Michael Dougherty. The yuletide frightener co-written by Dougherty, Todd Casey and Zach Shields is based on the ancient legend of a pagan demon who punishes wicked children – a really bad Santa. Producers are Legendary's Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Alex Garcia. Krampus will hit theaters Wednesday, November 25, 2015 just in time to go up against… Read
Paula Wagner Tags Film Rights To Hip-Hop Mama Sylvia Robinson’s Story
Hollywood and Broadway producer Paula Wagner has acquired the film rights to the life story of the late Sylvia Robinson, the singer, songwriter, record producer, publisher, and record company head known as “the Mother of Hip-Hop.” The film will feature rap music owned by Robinson's family and administered by Universal Music Publishing Group. Rights were acquired directly from the family. Sylvia's son, Joey Robinson, will exec produce and consult on the project… Read
Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick Push ‘It’s Only A Play’ To An $8M Broadway Opening
EXCLUSIVE: Terrence McNally's onstage, backstage, offstage comedy It's Only A Play will begin performances September 28 on Broadway with about $8 million in the bank, producer Tom Kirdahy told Deadline today. Chalk up the strong advance for the $3.5 million show to one of the starriest marquees in memory, with someone on the bill for every theatergoer.
Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane — the killer duo who made Broadway history with The Producers in 2001 — star as a… Read
Jason Reitman’s ‘Men, Women & Children’ Pacts With Secret-Spiller Whisper
Paramount has unveiled the first trailer for Jason Reitman's Labor Day follow-up Men, Women & Children, launching a campaign tailored to digital-age moviegoers. Adapted by Reitman and Erin Cressida Wilson from the Chad Kultgen novel, the ensemble drama stars Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, and Adam Sandler as a group of high schoolers and their parents navigating life, love, and relationships in the age of social med… Read
‘Chef’ Cooks Up Awards Plan With Labor Day Weekend Re-Release
Open Road Films had a critical hit on its hands when it released the Jon Favreau-directed Chef in May. Now, in an awards-season play, it will rerelease the pic nationally August 29 for a Labor Day weekend run that will shove its box office cume past $30M (it stands at $29.3M today). Eyeing a shot at a Golden Globes best comedy/musical nom, among others, Open Road will offer free admission to members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as well as the Movie Academy… Read
DreamWorks Animation Finance Exec To Join Robert Simonds’ STX Venture
EXCLUSIVE: New movie studio STX is quickly ramping up its operations. Rich Sullivan, who has long served in finance under Jeffrey Katzenberg at DreamWorks Animation, is expected to join STX as chief financial officer, Deadline has learned. Sullivan, who had been with DreamWorks since 2005, is said to be in advanced talks with the new company led by Robert Simonds. This comes a day after DreamWorks Animation named former DirectTV exec Fazal Merchant to its CFO… Read