Jennifer Aniston’s ‘Cake’ Impresses Auds, Bateman: “I Never Knew You Could Do This”
During the Q&A following Thursday's American Cinematheque screening of the new Jennifer Aniston drama Cake, a woman in the audience exclaimed to the former Friends star, “I've been dealing with chronic pain for over several years and you nailed every mannerism, every emotion as well as the experience of living with it: People often think we're faking it, and we're not.” The woman was the second in the crowd who battled chronic pain, to applaud Aniston's turn as Claire… Read
‘Mockingjay Part I’ Wings Way To $67.5M After 3-Days: Int’l Box Office Update
UPDATE SATURDAY AM PT: With an estimated $55M at the domestic box office on Friday, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I fell about 22% shy of Catching Fire's $70.95M first day in 2013. However, the international rollout is providing some serious wind beneath Mockingjay's wings. It's playing on 17,000 screens in 85 overseas markets, including key European and Latin American dates. It won't hit China until 2015, but Asia has not been a massive bullseye for Katniss & Co over… Read
Hobbit Sings Sweet Farewell To Middle Earth
Billy Boyd, who played the precocious hobbit Pippin in The Lord Of The Rings, has sung a swan song for Peter Jackson's Middle Earth obsession that ends after six films with The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies. It certainly brings back memories. While I've heard sentiments that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, like Twilight Saga, need not have stretched its final book into two films–it's all about profit–the trailer for the Hobbit finale indicates that audiences as… Read
Charles Sipkins Exiting Sony As Corporate PR Head
Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton just issued an internal notice that SVP Communications Charles Sipkins has resigned to pursue other opportunities. “We thank him for his contributions and wish him success in the future,” the memo said.
Sipkins, whom I always found to be an effective, stand up guy, came aboard in August 2013 after working with several media companies in his role at crisis PR firm Sard Verbinnen, including advising for Yahoo and… Read
Exhibitors Agree To “Landmark” ADA Compromise On Closed Captioning
Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act could have cost movie exhibitors as much as $275 million for equipment and services. That burden may lighten, however, as a result of a compromise proposed today by the National Association of Theatre Owners and five groups representing the hearing-impaired. The groups will urge the Department Of Justice to tweak its proposed rules to give theaters more flexibility to offer closed captioning and equipment.
The agreement… Read
SAG Pension & Health Plan Whistleblower Craig Simmons Wasn’t First To Ring Alarms
EXCLUSIVE: Fully two years before whistleblower Craig Simmons alerted the U.S. Department of Labor to alleged malfeasance at the $3 billion SAG Pension & Health Plans, fellow employee Gary Mathis made virtually identical allegations to the federal agency, Deadline has learned.
Mathis and Simmons both filed claims and wrongful-termination suits, with decidedly different outcomes. Mathis' claims were rejected by an arbitrator, but Simmons' claims went public, with coverage… Read
WME Signs ‘Starry Eyes’ Directing Duo
EXCLUSIVE: Writing and directing partners Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer have signed with WME as their dark thriller Starry Eyes continues to climb the iTunes charts. The partially crowdfunded indie about a wannabe Hollywood actress (Alexandra Essoe) who makes a demonic pact for fame debuted in select theaters and digital platforms last weekend via Dark Sky Films, which snapped up the pic after the film's well-received debut at Austin's South By Southwest this March… Read
Jean-Marc Vallee To Direct Amy Adams In Janis Joplin Biopic
BREAKING: Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-Marc Vallee is signing on to direct Amy Adams as Janis Joplin in Get It While You Can, the working title for the biographical film that has a script by Ron and Theresa Terry and will shoot mid-2015. It will be the next film by Vallee, who helmed Reese Witherspoon in Wild and just wrapped Demolition with Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper.
They will finalize a distributor shortlym and Dallas Buyers Club's Craig Borten and… Read
‘NSYNC’s JC Chasez Cast In Topher Grace Movie Musical
EXCLUSIVE: Topher Grace's musical comedy One Shot has added another crooner to its cast. Singer-songwriter and record producer JC Chasez, a founding member of the seminal boy band *NSYNC, will join Grace and Taye Diggs in the film about a failed Broadway performer turned stage manager who must wrangle the eccentric cast and crew of a new play to save the show's opening night.
Grace is starring as said stage manager in addition to producing the indie film, which shoots… Read
Brenton Thwaites Boards ‘Pirates 5′ Ship For Disney
We reported on Halloween that Brenton Thwaites was among a handful of heartthrobs Disney was courting for the role of British soldier Henry in the fifth Pirates Of The Caribbean romp. Now the studio in is final negotiations with the young Aussie, who played Prince Philip in the studio's Maleficent this year. The studio has set a July 7, 2017, release date for the next installment of the multibillion-dollar franchise starring Johnny Depp.
Thwaites has had a busy year… Read
Finding The Kid Who Could Stand Up To Bill Murray: Ted Melfi On ‘St. Vincent’ At The Contenders
St. Vincent writer/director/producer Ted Melfi talks with Pete Hammond at Deadline's The Contenders event about, literally, first having to track down the notoriously elusive Bill Murray.
That task behind him, Melfi then had to find, as he puts it in this video shot at Deadline's Oscar showcase The Contenders, a kid who could stand up to Bill Murray. It took 1,600 candidates to find 'The Kid,' Jaeden Lieberher.
Other stars of the comedy, which came out last month, include… Read
‘Strange Magic’ Trailer: George Lucas’ Animated Fairy Tale
The first trailer has dropped for Lucasfilm's next project, animated fairy tale Strange Magic. Goblins, elves, fairies and imps collide, sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph and Sam Palladio provide the voices and Gary Rydstrom directs and co-wrote the screenplay with David Berenbaum (Elf),and Irene Mecchi (Brave) based on a story by George Lucas. Strange Magic will be released January 23 via… Read