Sony Pictures Classics Will Win Annette Bening-Starrer ‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’
EXCLUSIVE: One of the plum acquisition titles at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival is about to be taken off the table and will premiere in Canada with an eye toward launching in awards season. After a mad pursuit by prestige distributors, Sony Pictures Classics is in negotiations on a deal for the Annette Bening-starrer Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool. I’m told the deal will be done before the fest, and is in the $2 million range for North American rights… Read
Who’s On The James Bond Director Short List?
EXCLUSIVE: James Bond has a release date for his next film, and he will soon have a director. We’ve known for months that Daniel Craig was going to return and finish his run as 007 with the one film commitment he has left on his deal, so that is hardly a surprise. While there has been published speculation about Dunkirk‘s Christopher Nolan and Baby Driver‘s Edgar Wright possibly surfacing as each did the press tour on those hit films, I’m hearing that the three… Read
‘The Star’ Trailer: Animals Save The First Christmas In The Greatest Story Never Told
It’s the story of the first Christmas told from “an entirely different perspective.” Here is the first trailer for The Star, Sony Animation’s holiday entry in which the animals run the asylum — or village, in this case.
The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yuen stars as Bo, a donkey who years for a life beyond his daily grind. When finally he summons the courage to break free, his adventure leads to making friends with a flockless sheep (Aidy Bryant) and ambitious dove… Read
Verve Launches Communications Arm, Hires Sarah Shulman To Run It
Verve has taken the wraps off Verve Communications, a new division of the growing literary agency that will be run by Sarah Shulman. Shulman came aboard this week after spending the past five years at ICM Partners, where she was a manager in the corporate communications department.
At Verve, Shulman will oversee external and internal communications, media strategy, advertising, special events and corporate philanthropy. She also will oversee publicity for the agency's… Read
SXSW Award Winner ‘Assholes’ Acquired By Breaking Glass For Theatrical Release
EXCLUSIVE: The controversial film Assholes from writer/director Peter Vack, who was an actor in Mozart in the Jungle has been acquired for theatrical release by Breaking Glass from Vack and producer Max Landis (Chronicle, An American Werewolf in London). Breaking Glass then pacted with Factory 25 to release the picture theatrically (in conjunction) this fall into New York, Los Angeles, and other markets prior to a DVD/VOD release. The film had its world premiere… Read
Venice Film Festival Adds ‘Casa D’Altri’ Doc About 2016 Earthquake In Amatrice
Just as last year’s Venice Film Festival was about to get underway, a devastating earthquake hit 85 miles east of Rome. That led to the fest cancelling its traditional opening night gala dinner and reception in solidarity with the communities struck. Today, the festival says it has set an August 31 Special Event screening of eyewitness documentary Casa D’Altri which depicts the “sorrow and civil consequences” of the August 24, 2016 tragedy.
The film, by veteran Italian… Read
Danny Glover, David Cross And Patton Oswalt Join ‘Sorry To Bother You’
EXCLUSIVE: Danny Glover, David Cross and Patton Oswalt have joined the cast of writer/director Boots Riley’s directorial debut Sorry to Bother You which is currently shooting in Oakland.
The feature drama is about a black telemarketer with self-esteem issues who discovers a magical key to business success, propelling him to the upper echelons of the hierarchy just as his activist comrades are rising up against unjust labor practices. When he uncovers the macabre secret of… Read
‘The Sound’ Acquired By Orion & Samuel Goldwyn
Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have teamed again for their latest acquisition The Sound, the directorial debut of Jenna Mattison. The thriller stars Rose McGowan, Christopher Lloyd, Michael Eklund, Richard Gunn and Jane Moffat.
Written and directed by Mattison, the pic centers on Kelly (McGowan), a writer and a skeptic of the supernatural. As a specialist in acoustic physics she uses low-frequency tactile sound waves to debunk reported paranormal activities for… Read
‘Wonder Woman 2’ Gets 2019 Release Date
Diana Prince has a Christmas gift for you — but you can’t peek for 2 1/2 years. Warner Bros said today that its sequel Wonder Woman 2 starring Gal Gadot will crash into megaplexes and Imax theaters on December 13, 2019. No director is set for Round 2.
The studio had announced its DC slate at Comic-Con over the weekend, but no WW2 date was announced. Warners had staked that date for “Untitled WB Event Film III.” The flick has that date to itself for now, But Sony’s Masters… Read
‘Bloodline’ Actor Owen Teague Joins YA Romance ‘Every Day’
EXCLUSIVE: Owen Teague has signed on to join the upcoming YA romance Every Day. The Bloodline breakout joins a cast that includes The Beguiled‘s Angourie Rice in the lead role of Rhiannon, Golden Globe-nominated actress Maria Bello, Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Jacob Batalon and Justice Smith from The Get Down. Also starring in the project are Debby Ryan and Lucas Jade Zumann.
Based on the New York Times best-selling novel by David Levithan, the story follows 16-year-old… Read
Jared Leto In Talks For ‘Bloodshot’ At Sony
EXCLUSIVE: Jared Leto is in talks to star in Sony’s Bloodshot which is based on indie comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment’s IP. The project, which is being produced by Neal Moritz, is being directed by Dave Wilson who is partnered with Deadpool director Tim Miller’s at Blur Studios.
This is the second film from a five-picture deal that was the result of a deal between Beverly Hills-based DMG and Valiant. Sony acquired the Bloodshot series from Valiant back in 2012… Read
Ric Roman Waugh Nears Deal To Direct ‘Angel Has Fallen’, Next Installment Of The ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Series
Ric Roman Waugh is eyeing the director’s chair to Angel Has Fallen, the next installment of the Olympus Has Fallen franchise. Gerard Butler is set to reprise his role as secret service agent Mike Banning with Morgan Freeman on board to return as well.
Angel Has Fallen follows Banning as he continues to be a target of terrorists, this time while mid-flight on Air Force One. This marks the third installment of the Fallen franchise. Olympus Has Fallen premiered in 2013 and… Read