Want Full California Tax Credit? Bill Says Keep The Music Scoring Local
A bill introduced in the California Assembly seeks to change the state's pending $330 million film incentives program by requiring that more of a film project's music scoring be performed in California to qualify for the full amount of the rebates being offered. Assembly Bill 1199 is being applauded by Musicians Local 47, but it remains to be seen if it has the backing of the MPAA or by state and local politicians, who might see it as a disincentive to film here.
An MPAA… Read
Paramount Whistleblower: Emails Reveal Studio Officials Tried To “Freak Her Out”
EXCLUSIVE: The Paramount Pictures whistleblower who accused the studio's longtime labor relations chief of embezzling union funds claims that the studio engaged in a "cover-up" and then terminated her in retaliation for reporting him. The studio denies it, but internal Paramount emails reveal that shortly after she blew the whistle, Paramount officials devised a plan to "try to freak her out," apparently in the hope that she'd accept a severance package and leave the… Read
‘Woman In Gold’ Review: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds A Great Pair In Remarkable Story
It may have had a bumpy start with certain cranky critics at Berlin, but as I say in my video review above, Woman In Gold is very fine indeed, a triumph of storytelling and a compelling real-life tale likely to have smart, grownup audiences cheering. And though the film debuts April 1, that’s NO April Fool’s joke.
The story begins in 1998 with Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), an elderly Jewish woman who fled her native Vienna 60 years earlier to avoid Nazi persecution just… Read
Sony Taps Nielsen NRG Exec For Film Research Role
Sony Pictures has named John Restall as EVP Domestic Marketing Research. The lawyer by training had been SVP Client Consulting at Nielsen NRG, where he was the lead account representative for several studio clients overseeing design, analysis and management of ad testing, tracking, screenings, positioning studies, brand studies, exit polls, and focus groups.
In his new role, he will oversee domestic theatrical market research efforts for the studio's marketing department… Read
Colin Trevorrow’s Next Page? Helming ‘Book Of Henry’ For SKE
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has set up his next move after that dinosaur tentpole’s June 12 premiere. The helmer has signed on with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment to direct Book Of Henry, based on an original screenplay by novelist Gregg Hurwitz. SKE will finance and co-produce the pic with Double Nickel Entertainment. Sidney Kimmel will produce with Double Nickel's Jenette Kahn and Adam Richman. SKE's Carla Hacken and Jim Tauber are executive producers.
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Emily Blunt Takes Bite Of ‘Animal Crackers'; ‘Neon Demon’ Cast Is Set – Film Briefs
Emily Blunt is joining the Blue Dream Studios animated feature Animal Crackers, whose voice cast includes John Krasinski, Danny DeVito, Sylvester Stallone and Ian McKellen. Blunt and Krasinski will play Zoe and Owen Huntington, a couple who inherits a run-down circus and a mysterious box of Animal Crackers that magically turns anyone who eats them into an animal. Animal Crackers is co-directed by Scott Christian Sava and Tony Bancroft from a script by Sava and Dean Lorey… Read
Sony Taps Jay Basu To Write ‘Metal Gear Solid’
EXCLUSIVE: In-demand Brit writer Jay Basu has closed a deal with Sony Pictures to write the feature adaptation of fanboy favorite video game Metal Gear Solid. The project is produced by Avi and Ari Arad and is being steered by production president Michael De Luca. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings Of Summer) is attached to direct.
Created by Hideo Kojima, the game was first launched on PlayStation in 1998 and follows the fortunes of Solid Snake, a soldier who infiltrates a… Read
‘Cinderella’ Returns To Top Of Offshore Box Office; ‘Home’ Brings $49M+ To Pass $100M Worldwide – Update
UPDATE, 1:10 PM Monday: DreamWorks Animation’s Home and Disney’s Cinderella both pulled in better than expected grosses from their overseas markets this past weekend, with Home tipping its worldwide take just past $100M. Despite better-than-expected numbers on its international frame, Wall Street continues to be wary of endorsing DreamWorks Animation stock given that the company’s box office numbers have not been in line with analysts’ expectations. That, despite the… Read
Warner Bros Renews Redbox Distribution Deal With 28-Day Delay
Redbox customers once again will have to wait about a month to see Warner Bros home video releases. Following a three-month period without a distribution deal, the kiosk company and studio said today that they’ve agreed to a two-year renewal of a previous arrangement that enables Redbox to rent Warner DVDs and Blu-ray discs 28 days after they’re released.
Since previous pact expired at the end of 2014, Redbox has acquired Warner Bros releases through third parties — which… Read
Weinstein Company Wins 8-Figure U.S. Rights Auction For Matthew McConaughey Starrer ‘Gold’
EXCLUSIVE: The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. rights to Gold, the Stephen Gaghan-directed film that will star Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez. The deal is in the vicinity of a $15 million minimum guarantee and a P&A guarantee north of $20 million to properly market a release on at least 2500 screens. That is one of the biggest commitments of it kind for a picture package that is ready to go into production. CAA brokered the deal in a hot and heavy auction, and… Read
Paramount Beats Class Action Lawsuit Over Credit Checks For Job Applicants
Just under three months after Michael Peikoff first went after the Viacom-owned studio in federal court for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the case is over. Judge Vince Chhabria ruled last week that while Paramount Pictures may have not been totally upfront in its intention to run credit report checks on potential employment seekers like Peikoff, it didn't disregard federal law requirements. "Accordingly, the motion to dismiss is granted," the U.S. District… Read
Fox Searchlight Picks Up ‘He Named Me Malala’ About Youngest Nobel Winner
Fox’s specialty arm acquired worldwide rights minus France and other French-speaking territories to He Named Me Malala, according to a statement from Fox Searchlight Pictures presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula. Studiocanal will distribute the Davis Guggenheim pic in France. The film is slated for release this year.
Produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald under their long-term production partnership with Image Nation Abu Dhabi and co-financed by Participant… Read