‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri’ To Close London Film Festival
The 61st BFI London Film Festival has set Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri as its closing night gala. The dark comedy will screen on October 15 at the Odeon Leicester Square with McDonagh and stars Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell in attendance. The LFF slot marks the film’s UK premiere after it launches in Venice and then heads to Toronto. Fox Searchlight has set an October 13 domestic release date.
McDormand plays Mildred Hayes, a mother who… Read
Hollywood Studios Prevail In China Copyright Infringement Case
The Hollywood studios scored a piracy victory in China on Monday when the Shenzhen Nanshan District People's Court found Shenzhen Xunlei Networking Technologies Co, a large online content and service provider, liable for copyright infringement. The decision stems from civil actions launched back in 2015 by the MPAA member companies. Xunlei was judged to have infringed copyright by providing 28 studio titles to the public on two of its websites without authorization.
Alicia Silverstone, Tommy Dewey & Katie Aselton Cast In ‘Book Club’
EXCLUSIVE: Alicia Silverstone, Casual star Tommy Dewey and Katie Aselton are set to appear in June Pictures’ upcoming film Book Club, joining Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley Jr and Wallace Shawn. The pic is from first-time director Bill Holderman, who co-worte the screenplay with Erin Simms.
It follows four lifelong friends in their 60s — Keaton, Fonda, Bergen and… Read
Leslie Zemeckis Joins Untitled Robert Zemeckis Project Based On Docu ‘Marwencol’
Leslie Zemeckis has joined Steve Carell, Diane Kruger and Leslie Mann in her husband’s Untitled Robert Zemeckis Project, set to release for Universal on November 21, 2018. The film is based on Jeff Malmberg's 2010 documentary Marwencol and directed by Robert Zemeckis from a script he wrote with Caroline Thompson.
The story follows a man (Carell) who recovers from an assault by building a miniature World War II-era village in his backyard. It’s being produced through… Read
SAG-AFTRA Presidential Candidate Peter Antico Has Plan To Reshape Union
EXCLUSIVE: Peter Antico is fighting an uphill battle to become the next president of SAG-AFTRA, but he believes he has enough support from members to push him over the top when votes are counted Thursday. His supporters include Sylvester Stallone, Cuba Gooding Jr, Mickey Rourke, Andrew Dice Clay and Morgan Brittany.
Long an outspoken critic of the union's current regime, he split from the main opposition group, Membership First, because he said they weren't doing enough… Read
Comedy Dynamics Acquires ‘The Mix,’ ‘Waiting On Mary,’ More Award-Winning Titles & Comedy Specials
Comedy Dynamics has added six more titles to its growing slate. The production company has acquired award-winning comedies The Mix, The Shickles and Waiting on Mary as well as a trio of comedy specials: Ophira Eisenberg’s Inside Joke, Bryan Callen’s Never Grow Up and Laffghanistan: Comedy Down Range by Graham Elwood.
The Mix from Chris Mollica and Greg Townsend is a dark comedy that follows Sal (Mollica), the owner of a homegrown cookie company. With his business riding a… Read
Andrew Hotz Moves From Google To Exec VP Digital Marketing At Warner Bros
Andrew Hotz has been named EVP Worldwide Digital Marketing at Warner Bros. Pictures. The executive, who previously was head of industry at Google, will oversee the division's domestic and international digital teams and work with marketing executives on the design and deployment of digital campaigns of feature releases from Warner Bros Pictures and New Line Cinema.
He will report to JP Richards, EVP Worldwide Marketing and Chief Data Strategist at Warner Bros Pictures… Read
‘Patti Cake$’ Review: A Star Is Born In Hip-Hop Charmer
Danielle Macdonald hadn’t rapped a single note before stepping into the role of Patricia Dombrowski (aka Killa P, aka Patti Cake$), but you would never believe it for a minute after seeing the Sundance and Cannes sensation Patti Cake$, which began its domestic theatrical run in a handful of theaters over the weekend. Macdonald, from Australia, plays a New Jersey girl working as a bartender but dreaming of stardom as a dynamite white female rapper who has the talent, if… Read
Screen Gems Lands Bodycam Cop Thriller Spec
EXCLUSIVE: Screen Gems has acquired the Peter A. Dowling action spec script that went around town under the title Exposure. The film, which will be retitled, seems timely and provocative: A rookie African-American female cop in Detroit rounds the corner just as corrupt officers are murdering several drug dealers, an event captured by her body cam. They try to kill her, and she is hunted throughout the night by the narcs who are desperate to destroy the incriminating… Read
1inMM Prods. Raises $5M In Funds For Genre Films
EXCLUSIVE: 1inMM Productions' Julio and Diego Hallivis (The Hallivis Brothers) and Zach Horwitz have raised a new film fund to produce and finance two-to-three elevated genre films under $5M per year for global audiences. The availability of the funds were confirmed by Deadline with City National Bank.
"We created 1inMM Productions to produce high concept genre films with an edgy and unique approach to storytelling,” the Hallivis Brothers said in a statement to Deadline.… Read
‘How To Be A Latin Lover’s Ken Marino To Next Helm ‘Dog Days’ For LD Entertainment
EXCLUSIVE: Ken Marino, whose directorial debut was on the Eugenio Derbez hit How To Be A Latin Lover, will next direct the comedy Dog Days for LD Entertainment, the company that brought Megan Leavey and the three-time Oscar nominated Jackie to the big screen.
Dog Days, which is readying to go before the cameras in Los Angeles in October, follows a group of interconnected people in Los Angeles brought together by their lovable canine counterparts. The script was written by… Read
Adam Bergerman Upped To Exec Veep, General Sales Mgr At Sony
EXCLUSIVE: Adam Bergerman has been promoted to Executive Vice President, General Sales Manager at Sony Pictures. The promotion was made by Adrian Smith, President of Domestic Distribution. "Put simply, Adam is an industry leader,” Smith said. “For over 20 years, he has not only played an important role in the success of major Sony franchises such as Spider-Man, Men in Black, and the James Bond franchise, but has garnered a level of respect that reverberates… Read