STX President Sophie Watts Stepping Down
STX Entertainment president Sophie Watts is exiting her post “to focus on new business opportunities,” STX said today. She had been president since the company’s beginning, and will remain a strategic advisor. STX said that for the time being all divisions previously reporting to Watts will now report directly to CEO Bob Simonds or COO Thomas B. McGrath.
"Sophie is a force of nature. She is an incredibly talented, versatile executive who has
been central to every aspect… Read
Jane Fonda, Common & Gloria Allred To Speak At Sundance Respect Rally
EXCLUSIVE: Jane Fonda, Common and Gloria Allred rarely do things by half and this weekend the frequently outspoken trio will be among the speakers at the Respect Rally set to happen at the Sundance Film Festival.
All with films at the Robert Redford founded fest this year, the two Oscar winners and the relentless attorney at the heart of the Seeing Allred documentary will be joined by the likes of Daveed Diggs, Nick Offerman, Sage Trudell, Rafael Casal and Bart Powaikee… Read
Hugh Wilson Dies: ‘WKRP In Cincinnati’ Creator Who Helmed ‘Police Academy’ & ‘First Wives Club’ Was 74
Hugh Wilson, an Emmy-winning writer-producer and WKRP in Cincinnati series creator who also directed several features including The First Wives Club and the original Police Academy, has died. He was 74. WCAV-TV Charlottesville, VA, reported that he died over the weekend in Albemarle County.
Wilson started his TV writing career on The Bob Newhart Show and The Tony Randall Show in the mid-1970s. He then created the influential sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, which aired for four… Read
The Flash Movie: John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein In Talks To Direct
Warner Bros has just entered into negotiations with John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to direct Flashpoint, the studio’s DC stand-alone movie centered on The Flash. Ezra Miler stars as the speedy one after playing the role in last summer’s franchise mashup Justice League.
The potential tie-up signals a comedic bent to the latest superhero pic from DC and Warners. The pair, who know a thing or two about the genre having penned Sony/Marvel’s franchise reboot Spider-M… Read
MPAA: Hollywood Is Key Driver Of U.S. Economy With $49 Billion Payout, Salaries Much Higher Than Nat’l Average
The Motion Picture Association of America released economic figures today culled from an analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 report — only made available in late 2017 — which shows that the American film and TV industry accounted for supporting 2.1 million jobs and 400,000 local businesses across this country. It says that the industry “continues to be a key driver of the U.S. economy, adding high quality domestic jobs and paying out $49 billion to… Read
Sam Rockwell To Receive Santa Barbara’s American Riviera Honor
Sam Rockwell, who is piling up awards for his supporting turn in Fox Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, is set as this year’s recipient of the Santa Barbara Film Festival’s American Riviera Award. The honor, recognizing actors who have made a significant contribution to American cinema, will be presented February 7 during the fest’s January 31-February 10 run.
Rockwell plays a disgruntled, jaded police officer who faces off against Frances McDormand… Read
‘Hal’: Watch The First Three Minutes Of Sundance-Bound Hal Ashby Documentary
The Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Documentary competition is the launch pad for Hal, Amy Scott’s feature-length docu about iconoclast director Hal Ashby. Cinetic Media is aboard to sell the title at the fest, and the film premieres Monday in Park City. Sundance kicks off Thursday and runs through January 28.
As befits a subject whose stretch of work especially in the 1970s included Harold & Maude, The Last Detail, Shampoo and Coming Home (he was Oscar-nominated for that… Read
Sundance Names Jada Pinkett Smith, Octavia Spencer & Chaz Ebert To Jury; Jason Mantzoukas To Host Awards Show
Hot off a big win for Girls Trip at the NAACP Image Awards last night, Jada Pinkett Smith will make some awards decisions of her own as a juror at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Unveiling the juror list today, organizers also said that The Good Place's Jason Mantzoukas is set to host the January 27 awards ceremony. He is in Park City this year starring in the fest-premiering The Long Dumb Road.
Pinkett Smith will be joined on the seven juries at this year's January… Read
Saban Films Will Release ‘Black Water’ In Second Quarter 2018
Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Pasha Patriki's action thriller Black Water which stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren. Saban Films is planning a theatrical release the second quarter of 2018 for what is the fifth collaboration between Van Damme and Lundgren.
Black Water tells the story of a deep cover operative who awakens to find himself imprisoned in a CIA black site on a submarine. With the help of a fellow prisoner and an amateur agent… Read
James L. Brooks To Receive WGA West’s Laurel Award For Screenwriting
James L. Brooks, the three-time Oscar winner with writing credits including Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News and As Good As It Gets, and the Emmy-winning co-creator behind TV series including The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Taxi, will receive WGA West's 2018 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement. The career film honor will be bestowed February 11 at the WGA Awards’ Los Angeles ceremony at the Beverly Hilton.
"James L. Brooks looms large for writers in our business,”… Read
Saudi Arabia: ‘The Emoji Movie’ & ‘Captain Underpants’ Are First Films To Screen
This past weekend saw the first official public film screenings in Saudi Arabia since the cinema ban was lifted in December after 35 years. While the first multiplexes are still a way off, a makeshift moviehouse was sponsored at the state-run Culture and Arts Society in Jeddah, Reuters reported. Sony's The Emoji Movie and DreamWorks Animation's Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie were the first films to be shown.
Mamdouh Salim, whose Cinema 70 organized a week of… Read
Gigi Pritzker & Clint Kisker’s MWM Invests In Ben Proudfoot’s Breakwater Studios
EXCLUSIVE: Gigi Pritzker and Clint Kisker’s MWM (formerly Madison Wells Media) has just completed an investment in Breakwater Studios, the digital short and documentary content company founded by CEO Ben Proudfoot. The Series A transaction expands MWM's portfolio as it streamlines its operations under one company umbrella.
Co-founded in 2015 and then re-branded to reflect a different management approach, MWM is a diversified media and entertainment company that allows… Read