‘Game Of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer Heads To ‘The Forest’
Game Of Thrones and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay star Natalie Dormer will lead the David Goyer-produced supernatural thriller The Forest, about an American woman who ventures into Japan's legendary Aokigahara forest in search of her missing twin sister. Jason Zada is directing from a script by Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca, based on a Goyer idea. Goyer is producing for Phantom Four alongside Lava Bear Films, whose Tory Metzger is overseeing for the company.
Focus has… Read
‘Drug Lord: The Legend Of Shorty’ Docu Set For Fall Release
Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty made its world premiere earlier this year at the SXSW Film Festival and its European premiere at the Biografilm Festival in Italy. Now Gravitas Ventures, PBS' Frontline and Submarine Deluxe are teaming up to release the docu this fall. Submarine release theatrically on November 14,with Gravitas handling VOD day and date. PBS will broadcast the Frontline film in 2015.
Directed by BAFTA and Emmy winner Angus Macqueen and Guillermo Galdos and… Read
Meryl Streep & Hugh Grant Tune Up For Stephen Frears’ ‘Florence’ – AFM
Philomena director Stephen Frears is reteaming with Pathé for another project about an eponymous real-life female protagonist. Currently in pre-production, Florence is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress and socialite who coveted a career as a great opera singer, but who lacked any real ability. Meryl Streep is attached to play the title role with Hugh Grant also attached for the role of her partner and manager St Clair Bayfield. Bayfield was an… Read
Michael Keaton Will Be Lauded At 30th SBIFF With Modern Master Award
The 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival will bestow its highest festival honor, The Modern Master Award, to Michael Keaton who is receiving rave reviews for his portrayal of a down-on-his-luck Hollywood star, who is trying to resurge himself on Broadway in Fox Searchlight's Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance). The tribute to Keaton will take place on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Arlington Theatre. SBIFF runs from January 27 – February 7… Read
Pitt Honors Soldiers; BBC Takes To ‘London Spy’, ‘Passing Bells'; More: Global Briefs
The BFI London Film Festival closed with a bang Sunday night as Brad Pitt, Shia Lebeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal hit town for the European premiere of David Ayer's WW2 drama Fury. Speaking to reporters, Pitt paid tribute to the sacrifices so many soldiers had made. "We all walked away absolutely enriched and for me, specifically, it was a real study in leadership, earning one's respect and being responsible for others. I walk away knowing I'm a better… Read
Oscar De La Renta Dies: Fashion Icon Was 82 – Update
Update 9:50PM: Hollywood reacts to the death of their beloved designer, who died at 82 after a long battle with cancer:
Said Taylor Swift on Instagram, “My all-time favorite designer has passed away. Oscar, it was an honor to wear your creations and to know you. In loving memory.”
Iconic legendary genius, gone but definitely not forgotten #OscarDeLaRenta My heart goes out to the De La Renta family. -ZS
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) October 21, 2014
Sad to hear of… Read
UTA & ‘Trouble With The Curve’ Writer Hit With New $5M Lawsuit Over Clint Eastwood Pic
EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Brooks is proof that if at first you don't succeed in Hollywood, try, try again - especially in the courts. Just over eight months after his first multimillion-dollar Trouble With The Curve copyright infringement lawsuit was tossed, Brooks and his Gold Glove Productions launched today a new $5 million breach of contract complaint over the pic in LA Superior Court (read it here).
With different lawyers than last time, Brooks isn't claiming now that Warner Br… Read
Well Go USA, Rumble Board Halle Berry Thriller ‘Kidnap'; China Rights Set
EXCLUSIVE: With cameras set to roll tomorrow in New Orleans, Well Go USA and Rumble Entertainment have come aboard as producers/financiers on the Halle Berry starrer Kidnap. Luis Prieto (Pusher) is directing the action-thriller from a Knate Gwaltney script about a mother who will stop at nothing to save her abducted son.
Rumble Entertainment's Gregory Chou is joining Di Bonaventura Pictures' Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Erik Howsam and Joey Tufaro of Gold Star Films as… Read
‘Conjuring 2′ Moves To 2016; New Line Sets Untitled Horror Film In October 2015 Spot
In the wake of The Conjuring spinoff Annabelle screaming up close to $167M worldwide, Warner Bros. is moving New Line's sequel The Conjuring 2, out of its Oct. 23, 2015 spot into 2016. In place of Conjuring 2's old spot, Warner Bros./New Line will be releasing an untitled horror film on Oct. 23. The first Conjuring was a global success, minting $318M off a $20M production budget. Annabelle, which is currently in release in 52 overseas markets in addition to the… Read
‘John Wick’ Review: Pete Hammond on Keanu Reeves’ Killer Film
Watch my video review above of Keanu Reeves's new action film, John Wick, where he plays a one-time hit man goaded back into action by (as I mentioned in an earlier column) the heinous acts of some completely expendable (and soon-to-be expended) Russian mobsters.
Reeves, now 50, returns to the action genre years after his heyday in The Matrix trilogy, and he's in fine form. I think fans will love his work here. That said, I'm less certain about the rest of the movie… Read
Michelle Williams Exits CAA For WME
On the heels of CAA's $225 million majority-stake deal with TPG, three-time Oscar nominee and client Michelle Williams has jumped to WME, signing with the rival agency in all areas. The Oz the Great and Powerful and Take This Waltz star earned her Oscar nods for acclaimed turns in Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine, and most recently My Week With Marilyn, in which she played the iconic Marilyn Monroe. She's currently on Broadway playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret for Rob… Read
Safety For Sarah: Local 600 Launches Own App For Reporting Unsafe Sets
The death of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones continues to spark a safety movement in Hollywood. Today the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) launched their own “ICG Safety” app designed to help members anonymously report unsafe working conditions on film and TV sets across the world. Jones, who was killed at the age of 27 in February in a train accident on set in Georgia, was an ICG member.
Like the “Set Safety” app released earlier thi… Read