‘San Andreas’ Rocks Offshore Friday; Cume Reaches $21.4M – Intl Box Office
Dwayne Johnson was 2013’s top international box office draw among Hollywood stars, and this year sees him continue to add — especially with his participation in Furious 7 — to his overseas cachet. His latest lead role is in Warner Bros’ San Andreas which is dominating domestic play. Internationally, the disaster pic has taken $21.4M through Friday after beginning rollout on Wednesday. Johnson helped raise the quakes overseas by participating in a two-week worldwide… Read
Why Horror TV Succeeds, And The Difficulty Of A Good Wig – Produced By
Why is horror so successful on television? We’ll get to that, but first make note – Grimm is planning some kind of reboot in its fifth season. The Zombie-as-metaphor has evolved into a reflection of American office culture. And the hardest special effect of all is a good toupee. Those revelations and more spewed forth like rivers of blood from the unfocused but highly entertaining Scary 3.0: The New Horror panel, held today in the Paramount Theater at the start of the… Read
‘Hot Girls Wanted’ Trailer: Amateur Porn Doc Debuted Today On Netflix
This Rashida Jones-produced documentary looks at the amateur porn industry and the young women it attracts as performers. Directed by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, Hot Girls Wanted looks at the lives of several 18- and 19-year-olds and how they were recruited — plus how reality stacks up against their expectations as they decided to pursue this line of work. The picture debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it was picked up by Netflix. Bauer, Gradus and… Read
Russell Wolfe Dies: Producer Of ‘God’s Not Dead’ Was 50
Filmmaker Russell Wolfe, one of the producers of the successful indie Christian movie God’s Not Dead, died this week in Scottsdale, AZ. Wolfe, who was 50, died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Wolfe was a co-founder of the faith-based production company Pure Flix. God’s Not Dead, released last year, grossed more than $60 million and was made for a reported budget of $2 million. Wolfe was diagnosed with ALS in December 2013 while the movie was in production, according… Read
Game Over For Disney’s ‘Tron 3′
The digital gladiatorial games will no longer take up space on anyone’s hard drive, as sources have confirmed that Disney has cancelled Tron 3. Although the film apparently never had been officially greenlighted, we’ve heard that it had been in development for several months. In fact, as recently as early April, reports had it that stars Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund were set to reprise their Tron: Legacy roles, with director Joseph Kosinski on board to direct.
‘2016: Obama’s America’ Co-Director Slaps $10M Lawsuit On ‘God’s Not Dead’ Producers For Allegedly Lifting Idea
Over a year after its release and with a sequel supposedly in the works, the faith-based hit starring Kevin Sorbo has been hit with a lawsuit claiming producers took its premise in bad faith. John Sullivan and Brad Stine today sued Pure Flix Entertainment and its CEO David A.R. White, seeking at least $10 million in damages and alleging that God's Not Dead was based on a “faith-based Dead Poets’ Society” concept called Proof that they came up with back in 2009. "God's Not… Read
Oscars: With Cannes Behind Us, Serious 2015 Contenders Start To Come Into Play
As I have slowly emerged during the past week from my French fog into the harsher realities of Hollywood, the likely effect of the 68th Cannes Film Festival on this year’s Oscar race has come more into focus. I consider Cannes a “soft start” to the awards season, not as key obviously as the fall trifecta of Venice/Telluride/Toronto but one that puts some early players in the game. Last year in the official Competition, Foxcatcher managed to win a Best Director prize for… Read
James Frey Sci-Fi Book Proposal Has Fox 2000 & Publishers In Launch Mode
EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a tasty one to end the week. I’m hearing that James Frey has hatched a proposal for an untitled science fiction space franchise: book publishers are hot and bothered, and Fox 2000 is in talks to set it up as a feature with Marisa Paiva overseeing for the studio. The working title is Space Runners, but I don’t have any more specific information than that. This would be produced by Joe and Anthony Russo, who’d be producing with Frey and Mike Larocca. from… Read
Andrew Lloyd Webber Sets ‘School Of Rock’ Pre-Previews With Invited Audiences
In past summers, Andrew Lloyd Webber has invited a select group of friends to his Sydmonton estate for a festival of works-in-progress by Andrew Lloyd Webber. But with his adaptation of the 2003 Jack Black-starring film slated to begin previews in November at the Shubert-owned Winter Garden Theatre, he’s changed tack. Several hundred carefully culled strangers will get to pre-preview the show beginning next week at at Manhattan’s Gramercy Theatre, where the musical will… Read
Michael Chiklis Joins Sci-Fi Pic ‘Rupture’ To Torment Noomi Rapace
Michael Chiklis has joined the cast of Rupture, the Steven Shainberg-directed sci-fi thriller starring Noomi Rapace that is the next project of American Sniper producer Andrew Lazar.
The pic centers on a single mother (Rapace) struggling to raise her 12-year-old son alone who is abducted by a mysterious organization. Tied up in their lab, they question her about her medical history, eventually revealing that she has a genetic abnormality that her worst fear can cause her… Read
STX Entertainment Taps Ex-Marvel Exec As Physical Production Chief
EXCLUSIVE: STX Entertainment continues to ramp up its exec staff, today tapping Ross Fanger as EVP and Head of Physical Production for the STX Entertainment Motion Picture Group. He will begin work immediately on the studio's slate of 12-15 motion pictures annually, responsible for physical and postproduction on all new projects produced by the film studio.
Fanger has been an executive producer and production manager for nearly three decades beginning at Disney. As head… Read
‘San Andreas’ Review: Dwayne Johnson’s Heroics Save Everything But The Script In This Disaster (Movie)
If the Warner Bros advertising department would like a quote on the new disaster movie, San Andreas here’s mine: “The funniest movie of 2015! I have never laughed out loud so much in years!” Of course San Andreas is not meant to be a comedy, but I just couldn’t help myself. As I say in my video review above, every time super serious seismologist Paul Giamatti looked at the screen assessing the impending destruction of California by saying “this isn’t good”, I felt he… Read