‘The Danish Girl’ Review: Eddie Redmayne & Alicia Vikander Turn Transgender Tale Into Universal Love Story
Talk about hitting the zeitgeist. The Danish Girl, which details the story of the first known transgender in the 1920s, opened over the weekend to very good box office numbers in its limited platform release in New York and Los Angeles. Some of that might be attributable to its hot-button topic, which has made headlines recently with among others Caitlyn Jenner and the Emmy-winning Amazon series Transparent. But make no mistake about it, at its heart, The Danish Girl is… Read
Indie Producer Big Beach Opens L.A. Outpost
EXCLUSIVE: Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf’s New York-based indie production and finance company Big Beach is opening a Los Angeles office, to be led by executive Dani Melia. The new outpost will be headquartered at the Venice offices of Big Beach’s micro-budget producer Beachside, and the move will give the company an increased in-person connection to Hollywood-based agencies and creatives.
Melia, an eight-year veteran of Big Beach who most recently served as an… Read
Sumner Redstone Wins Round 1 Of Competency & Health Care Agent Lawsuit
Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone is in charge of his faculties, a Los Angeles judge ruled today, and can decide who he wants his health care agent to be. “I find no urgency,” Superior Court Judge Clifford Klein said Monday, blunting an immediate examination of the media mogul as requested by his former health care agent. Klein cited no emergency in the matter due in great part to Redstone’s around-the-clock care plus the fact that his current designated health care agent… Read
‘Shallow Hal’ Actor Joshua Shintani Dead At 32
Joshua Shintani, known for his ukulele performance in the 2001 movie Shallow Hal, has died. His mother told TMZ that Shintani died Wednesday of pneumonia in his native Hawaii. He was 32.
Shintani was discovered by Shallow Hal‘s co-director Peter Farrelly as Shintani strummed his ukelele outside a library in Hawaii. Farrelly immediately cast him in the film starring Gywneth Paltrow and Jack Black. Shintani went on to become a local legend following his performance of… Read
Christmas Pic ’12/24′ Moves Forward With ZAG Joining 1492 & Ocean Blue
Family entertainment company ZAG is joining Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures and Ocean Blue Entertainment to finance and produce the live-action/hybrid Christmas pic 12/24. Matt Lieberman penned the script based on an original idea by David Guggenheim. 1492 and Ocean Blue pre-emptively purchased the spec by Lieberman (Mr Toad’s Wild Ride) in June 2013.
The logline: When some old home video is discovered, two brothers set out to prove Santa Claus is real, setting an elaborate… Read
Deadline’s The Contenders: Saoirse Ronan & Director John Crowley On How ‘Brooklyn’ Became A Personal Movie For Them
The Irish spirit came to our big awards-season event The Contenders Presented By Deadline, which took place earlier this month in front of a packed DGA theater full of AMPAS and guild members. Director John Crowley, producer Fiona Dwyer and star Saoirse Ronan joined me for a conversation about their luminous and romantic drama Brooklyn, which Fox Searchlight brought as part of their Contenders presentation. The movie, which details the choice a young woman must make… Read
‘Frat Pack’ Producers Say Cast & Crew Have Been Paid After Delay – Updated
UPDATED, 10:55 AM: Producers of the indie road-trip comedy Frat Pack say they now have paid their cast and crew, many of whom hadn't been paid because completion funds had been tied up pending the settlement of a lawsuit in Ontario, where the film was shot.
"It was an awful situation, because despite our best efforts to quickly resolve this unforeseen issue, it didn't reflect well," producer Jo Marr tells Deadline. "Cast and crew, rightly so, just wanted to get paid. They… Read
Christopher McQuarrie Back To Write & Direct ‘Mission: Impossible 6’
The writer-director of the summer hit Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation made it official today: He’ll be back for Tom Cruise’s next mission. Christopher McQuarrie will write and direct the next chapter in the venerable action franchise, becoming the first repeat director in the film series’ two-decade history. He also will produce alongside Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams and Skydance's David Ellison and Dana Goldberg. He tweeted the news this morning:
The Weinstein Co. Puts ‘The Alchemist’ In Turnaround
EXCLUSIVE: The Weinstein Co. has put its long-gestating adaptation of Paolo Coelho’s global bestseller The Alchemist into a 12-month turnaround. The decision marks the end, for now at least, of a near-decade long attempt to get the New Age page-turner to the big screen. Deadline understands that the rights now have reverted to Laurence Fishburne, who has been involved with the project even longer than the Weinsteins have.
Coelho's book is something of a publishing… Read
RealD Says Potential Bidders Backed Off Over Concerns About 3D’s Prospects
What scared away all but one of the potential bidders in RealD? That’s still unclear, although a new SEC filing from the 3D technology company cites others’ concerns about “perceived risks around consumer appetite for 3D films,” as well as fears that theaters might not renew their deals to license RealD technology.
Early this month RealD wrapped up a hunt for a buyer, which began in February, by accepting Rizvi Traverse Management’s offer of $551 million, including… Read
Fullscreen Taps Ex-Hulu Boss Andy Forssell As COO
Andy Forssell, the longtime Hulu executive who in 2013 served a stint as interim CEO, has joined online video company Fullscreen as Chief Operating Officer. He will oversee day-to-day operations of the company's three divisions — serving creators, brands and consumers — as well as shared services including marketing, technology and product development. He also joins the board of directors.
At Hulu, Forssell rose to SVP Content, while also overseeing tech and operations… Read
Slamdance Film Festival Slate Announced
The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled the Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition lineup for its 22nd edition, set for January 22-28 in Park City. The ultra-indie fest’s competition program includes 12 world premieres, three North American premieres and a U.S. premiere. Jury Awards are presented to feature films and all films are eligible for Audience Awards and the Spirit of Slamdance Award, judged by the filmmakers, who in the past have included the likes… Read