Gabrielle Carteris Re-Elected As EVP Of SAG-AFTRA, National VP/LA Is Clyde Kusatsu – Update
UPDATE, 8:35PM (adds national VPs): Clyde Kusatsu has been elected SAG-AFTRA’s national VP, Los Angeles, the guild announced this evening at its ongoing biennial convention at which delegates nominated and elected eight national vice presidents, including the EVP Gabrielle Carteris, whose victory was announced earlier today. Ilyssa Fradin was elected national vice president, mid-sized locals and Samantha Mathis was chosen national VP, actors/performers.
National VPs who… Read
Paramount Pulls In Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ With Matt Damon, Reese Witherspoon
Alexander Payne is heading back to Nebraska and to Paramount for his next film, Downsizing. The project was previously set up at Fox and the project (and trio) was reported exclusively by Deadline several months ago here. In what marks the third collaboration with the studio, Payne, Matt Damon and Reese Witherspoon will pull together to do the story about an Omaha man who joins the throngs of people undergoing a new process that reduces them to a tiny fraction of their… Read
‘The Martian’ Review: Matt Damon Proves There Is Life On Mars In This Sci-Fi Gem
It might be just a coincidence, but the announcement this week that water has been discovered on Mars sounds too good not to be a publicity stunt by 20th Century Fox for its new sci-fi film, The Martian. The film is about an abandoned astronaut who has to find ways to grow life on the Red Planet in order to survive. But water or not, The Martian actually presents a credible premise that conceivably could be true eventually. That’s thanks to not only the stylish direction… Read
20th Century Fox Names Sirena Liu As Head Of China Office
BREAKING: Sirena Liu has been hired by Twentieth Century Fox to the newly created position of Managing Director, China. She most recently ran entertainment marketing company FilMworks China, which she founded in 2010 and sold two years later to global advertising conglomerate WPP. She will be based in China and will supervise the studio's Beijing office. She begins her position on October 5th. The announcement was just made by Fox Chairman and CEO, Jim Gianopulos, to whom… Read
Trudie Styler To Direct Bette Midler, Others In LGBT Film ‘Freak Show’
EXCLUSIVE: Trudie Styler will produce and direct the film adaptation of James St. James best-seller Freak Show which already has Bette Midler, AnnaSophia Robb, Ian Nelson and Lorraine Toussaint on board. The film is in pre-production and is expected to roll before the cameras at month’s end. The lead role has not yet been set … wish we were a fly on the wall for that casting session. Would be fun.
The book was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT… Read
Kodak Names Cinematographer-in-Residence at UCLA; Tribeca Shortlist, New SVOD Service Launched
Kodak has named Bradford Young as the 2015 Cinematographer-In-Residence at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Young, whose credits include Pawn Sacrifice, A Most Violent Year, Selma, and Ain't Them Bodies Saints, is the 16th recipient of the honor, which aims to to “enhance the learning experience of students with insight from renowned cinematographers”. His residency begins in December with hands-on workshops for students, and will continue through the end… Read
‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Hammering Out Director Deal With Taika Waititi
We’re hearing that Taika Waititi, the New Zealand-born director whose credits include the indie Eagle Vs Shark and last year’s Sundance vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows, is in negotiations with Marvel to direct Thor: Ragnarok, the third pic in Disney/Marvel superhero franchise. Marvel declined comment.
Disney has already staked out a November 3, 2017, release date for Thor 3 amid its Marvel catalog. Of course Thor is part of The Avengers so Chris Hemsworth’s… Read
’99 Homes’ Trailer: Michael Shannon & Andrew Garfield Mine The Darkest Depths Of The Foreclosure Industry
Evictors assemble. Here’s the final trailer for 99 Homes, the topical thriller starring Michael Shannon as Rick Carver, a ruthless Florida real estate magnate who kicks Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) out of his house before the jobless single father can battle the bank that has cheated him. Nash becomes determined to get his family's home back and protect his mother (Laura Dern) and son (newcomer Noah Lomax) from the fallout. He resorts to teaming up with the guy who… Read
‘Spectre’ Trailer: James Bond Is Coming, And Stuff Is Exploding
When you ask James Bond, “Why did you come?” and he replies, “I came here to kill you,” it’s generally time to start getting your affairs in order. Probate sales can be so messy. But Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) isn’t shaken, or stirred. “And I thought you came here to die.” Welcome to the final trailer for Spectre, the latest 007 adventure starring Daniel Craig in his fourth outing as the British superspy with a license to kill. Our well-tailored hero is out to… Read
‘Lost In Hong Kong’ Rises To $167M+ After Only 7 Days In China — Int’l Box Office
After a record-breaking box office weekend in China, the Zheng Xu comedy Lost In Hong Kong is heading into this box office weekend already logging in with a whopping $167M after only seven days in release. It was the highest ever opening for a Chinese film with $107M over the weekend. The blockbuster about a man who becomes involved in a murder investigation while on a sightseeing trip in Hong Kong with his wife and brother-in-law grossed almost $20M yesterday alone and… Read
James McAvoy In Talks To Replace Joaquin Phoenix In M. Night Shyamalan’s New Film
EXCLUSIVE: James McAvoy is in talks to set into the role previously being eyed by Joaquin Phoenix in M. Night Shyamalan’s new feature project, which will go before the cameras in November. Jason Blum, who paired with the director on Universal’s recent horror film The Visit, is producing the project. Marc Bienstock also produces, while Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider are on board as exec producers.
The logline for the new project is being kept under wraps, but Deadline… Read
Jeremy Irons & Brendan Gleeson Join ‘Assassin’s Creed’
EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson are joining the cast of Assassin’s Creed starring opposite Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard for director Justin Kurzel, New Regency and UbiSoft Motion Pictures; Fox is distributing. The live-action film is an adaptation of the wildly popular Ubisoft video game. Irons plays Cotillard’s father. Gleeson plays Fassbender’s father. This is one heck of a lineup as the production companies are very smartly reaching beyond the… Read