Anne Heche Plays Killer’s Mom In ‘My Friend Dahmer’
EXCLUSIVE: Anne Heche has drawn the role of the mother of cannibalistic murderer Jeffrey Dahmer in My Friend Dahmer, an adaptation of the award-winning graphic novel by John Backderf that has begun production. Ross Lynch plays Dahmer in his formative years. Marc Meyers wrote the Black List script and is directing. Heche is in negotiations. Alex Wolff plays the role of a graphic artist, and Vincent Kartheiser is also starring.
The pic begins shooting shortly in Akron… Read
‘The Life And Death Of John Gotti’ Cast Locked
Emmet/Furla/Oasis and director Kevin Connolly have started production on The Life And Death Of John Gotti, and found some actors to play the literal and figurative family around John Travolta’s John Gotti, with Kelly Preston playing his wife, Victoria.
Stacey Keach is playing Neil Dellacroce, the famed underboss for the Gambino family who mentored Gotti; Emmy winner Pruitt Taylor Vince has been set as Gotti enforcer Angelo Ruggeiro; Unbroken’s Spencer Lofranco plays John… Read
Ben Foster Rounds Out Scott Cooper’s ‘Hostiles’ Cast As Shooting Starts
Ben Foster has joined the cast of Hostiles, the frontier drama that Scott Cooper began filming this week in Sante Fe. Pic, produced by John Lesher and Ken Kao, stars Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Adam Beach, Q'orianka Kilcher, Jonathan Majors, Timothée Chalamet, Paul Anderson, Stephen Lang, Bill Camp, Peter Mullan, Michael Parks and Ryan Bingham. Bigham was in Cooper’s Crazy Heart and is writing some original songs for Hostiles.
Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the… Read
John Leonetti To Direct Broad Green Horror Thriller ‘Wish Upon’
Annabelle director John Leonetti has been tapped to helm Wish Upon, a Broad Green horror thriller pic from the Black List script by Barbara Marshall. No cast has been set, but a fall production start is in the works.
The plot: When 16-year-old misfit Claire finds a magic box that promises a chance at the life she's always wanted, she never could have guessed that each wish would demand a deadly payment. Busted Shark Productions’ Sherryl Clark (Cloverfield) is… Read
Karen Gillan Lands Female Lead In Indie ‘All Creatures Here Below’
EXCLUSIVE: Karen Gillan has been set as the female lead in All Creatures Here Below, the indie drama written by and starring David Dastmalchian. Collin Schiffli, who teamed with Dastmalchian on the 2014 SXSW pic Animals, is directing.
Dastmalchian and Gillan will play a desperate young couple on the run who seek refuge in Kansas City. Amy Greene, Ignacio Arenas and Chris Stinson are producing.
Gillan is reprising her role as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which just… Read
‘Split’ Trailer: James McAvoy Feeds The Beast And Many Others
After making bank with M. Night Shyamalan and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse’s collaboration The Visit last fall, Universal Pictures is ramping up for the latest team-up of the pair. Here’s the first trailer for Split, the supernatural suspense thriller that shows off James McAvoy as Kevin, a man who has revealed 23 individual personalities to his shrink (Betty Buckley) that also happen to manifest via body chemistry. But Personality No. 24 is the nasty one, compelling Kevin to… Read
Pierce Brosnan’s ‘I.T.’ Acquired By RLJ Entertainment For September Bow
RLJ Entertainment has acquired North American rights to I.T., the Pierce Brosnan thriller from Voltage Pictures directed by Good Day To Die Hard helmer John Moore and penned by Dan Kay and William Wisher Jr (Terminator 2: Judgment Day). Anna Friel, Stefanie Scott and James Frecheville co-star, and a September 2016 theatrical and on-demand release is planned.
The pic tells the story of Mike Regan (Brosnan), a successful, self-made man who has it all: a gorgeous wife, a… Read
‘American Sniper’ Scribe Jason Hall Signs With UTA
EXCLUSIVE: Jason Hall has signed with UTA. Hall is the actor-turned screenwriter whose breakthrough came with American Sniper, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. He has since drawn such plum writing jobs as drafting a film about Rasputin as a potential starring vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio for Warner Bros and Appian Way. He also made his directorial debut on Thank You For Your Service, an adaptation of the David Finkel book for Amblin Entertainment that touches on… Read
‘Nerve’ Box Office Starts With $1M In Tuesday Previews
Lionsgate’s thriller Nerve previewed in theaters last night to $1.06 million in about 1,700 theaters as it prepares to push into 800 more theaters today. The launch of the film on a Tuesday, and then having a Wednesday jump, gives the film a nice lead-in as it heads into its three-day weekend. In essence, Wednesday and Thursdays become like sneak previews. The audience for the PG-13 film, which stars Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, is skewing heavily young female — the… Read
Mike Mills’ ’20th Century Women’ Selected As New York Film Fest Centerpiece
Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women, starring Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig, will have its world premiere as this year’s New York Film Festival centerpiece. The announcement was made today by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The 54th NYFF runs September 30-October 16. The gala screening of Mills’ film, the story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s, will take place October 8. Also in the cast are Billy Crudup, Elle… Read
Wanda Acquires China’s Leading Movie Portal Mtime For $350 Million
China's largest theater group Wanda has acquired China’s leading movie portal Mtime for $350 million. The move gives the ever-expanding Wanda a stronger digital presence. That’s particularly key in China, where digital ticket sales are the primary platform for consumers to buy tickets. Mtime’s business covers media, online movie ticketing, merchandising, e-commerce and movie marketing. Following on from the acquisition, Mtime teams will now oversee those aspects of… Read
Warner Bros Japan Names Masami Takahashi As President
Kevin Tsujihara has a new top man in Japan. Masami Takahashi has been named President of Warner Bros Japan, effective September 1.
Takahashi will have general oversight of Warner Bros’ businesses in the country, including theatrical distribution, television distribution, home entertainment, consumer products, games, and local production. He will work closely with in-place executives in each of these divisions as well as divisional management to fully optimize every… Read