Produced By NY:Harvey Weinstein Says “I’m Not Competitive, I Sing Kumbaya”
For the final act of the PGA's first New York Produced By confab, Harvey Weinstein took a career tour from his life-altering teenage encounter with Francois Truffaut's The 400 Blows through some shots he's he's received for releasing the next installment of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in theaters and on Netflix. There was even an eyebrow-raising revelation when the Weinstein Company co-chairman (with brother Bob) admitted that during the 1994 Oscar best-picture race… Read
Aronofsky: Auds Expecting “Playmobil Toy” Take On ‘Noah’, Would Be Offended
Whither the 90-minute dramatic feature? Even though Darren Aronofsky's students at NYU, where he is teaching these days, tell him they want to make movies, the director of Noah and Black Swan told the crowd at Produced By NY today that the future of movie-going is relegated to horror, comedy and event films.
Interviewed by Lakeshore Films President Gary Lucchesi –who was forced to wear it when Aronofsky and his producing partner Scott Franklin teased him about how… Read
‘Lego Movie’ Sequel Gets Phil Lord, Chris Miller Script Commitment
EXCLUSIVE: Phil Lord and Chris Miller have signed on with Warner Bros to write The Lego Movie sequel. They wrote and directed the first film, but it has been an open question of whether they would return beyond producing the sequel. It's a big step for Warner Bros to broaden the franchise. No word on whether they'll direct it. The first film grossed $468 million worldwide, the third highest grossing film of the year so far. It was also a stylish transfer of a branded toy… Read
James Schamus On Bad Advice, Data Flow & The Four Most Important Words In The Business — Produced By NY
Leading off the second Produced By NY 2014 interview session, producer Bill Horberg (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Disconnect) led an often hilarious conversation with film-biz polymath James Schamus, who started out by playing the devil's advocate on the theme of advice to young producers. As usual in such scenes, the question began with a reference to William Goldman's endlessly quoted observation of that in filmmaking, "nobody knows anything.”
"Here's the thing about… Read
Women Break Through On TV & B.O., But Glass Ceiling Remains – Produced By NY
Producer Cathy Schulman held up a list of more than a dozen titles on a sheet of paper: They were the movies made, since Bridesmaids that were about and for women.
This was progress, Schulman, president of Mandalay Pictures, noted, joking that her list could formerly be contained on a gum wrapper. Things are getting better for women in Hollywood, onscreen and below the line. That's the good news. The other news is that when a movie is produced or directed by a woman it's… Read
Jake Gyllenhaal Interviewed By Hawk Koch: “I Love The Abrasion” – Produced By NY
The first NYC edition of the PGA's `Produced By' confab launched this morning with a conversation between former PGA president and producer Hawk Koch and Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal, also in town prepping for his Broadway debut in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Constellations.
Pointing out that Gyllenhaal already is a certified film star (with an Oscar nomination for Brokeback Mountain behind him all the way up through his "amazing performance" in Nightcrawler… Read
‘Ouija’ Box Office May Scare Up $20M, ‘John Wick’ No. 2 With A Bullet, Bill Murray Graces ‘St. Vincent’ – B.O. Weekend
2nd UPDATE, Saturday 7:53 AM: This morning's estimates are pretty much on the money with what we had last night with few exceptions. Ouija could actually pull off a $20M weekend for Universal and Blumhouse if their audiences hold today, and the Keanu Reeves' actioner John Wick from Lionsgate will likely come in right around $15M, as we predicted. For a micro-budgeted film, this horror film — talking Ouija, not the ultra-violent John Wick — should end up yet another… Read
Hot Red Band Trailer: ‘Nightcrawler’
Open Road has released a new red band trailer for the Dan Gilroy-directed thriller Nightcrawler. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a driven, soulless wannabe who gets a fast car, a cheap camera and a police scanner and chases traffic accidents, murders and other violent incidents in hopes of getting film he can sell to a cellar-dwelling Los Angeles TV news producer. The pace is manic as the anti-hero proves there are no moral bounds to his ambition. The pic opens October… Read
UPDATE: Warner Bros Moves Up ‘Entourage’ Release By A Week
UPDATED, 6:30 PM: For those who just can't wait to see what the old gang is up to, now you won't have to wait quite as long. Warner Bros said today that has moved up the release date for the Entourage movie by a week to June 5. The adventures of Vincent, E, Drama, Turtle and Ari now will go up against the DreamWorks Animation pic B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations instead of Universal's tentpole Jurassic World.
PREVIOUSLY, February 25: Paul Thomas Anderson's next… Read
ICM Partners’ Interns Lawsuit Mediation Set For December
UPDATE, 5:08 PM: Two days after NBCUniversal settled a potential class action lawsuit by former Saturday Night Live interns for $6.4 million, ICM Partners has moved one step closer to possibly resolving its own labor issue. As expected, the agency and representatives for ex-interns Kimberly Behzadi and Jason Rindenau have agreed to mediation, now scheduled for December 15.
ICM Partners attorney Steven Herd said in a letter from both sides sent to U.S. District Court Judge… Read
‘Zeroville’ Adds Seth Rogen, Megan Fox & More; Brad Carter Lands ‘The Revenant;’ Noah Segan Enlists In ‘War Pigs’
James Franco has recruited a cabal of pals for his “proto-punk Forrest Gump goes to 1970's Hollywood” lit adaptation Zeroville, now filming in LA. Joining Franco and the recently announced Jacki Weaver are Franco's The Interview co-star Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King, and Horatio Sanz. Franco is directing and stars as a naive loner who's drawn to the film business, becomes mistaken for a Manson family member and gets hired as… Read
Does Alibaba Plan To Take Control Of Lionsgate?
Lionsgate shares rose 5.3% to $33.00 today after The New York Post reported that the Chinese e-retail giant is eager to buy Mark Rachesky's 37.4% stake in the independent studio. Although Lionsgate isn't commenting, there's enough in the wind to make the scenario plausible. Alibaba is flush with cash after its record-setting $25B IPO last month — and founder Jack Ma will be in Hollywood next week to talk with different studios. He already knows Lionsgate: Alibaba… Read