Screenwriter-Director Allison Burnett Signs With Paradigm
EXCLUSIVE: Allison Burnett, who has been behind such screenplays as Autumn in New York starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder as well as the Kate Beckinsale vampire warrior sequel Underworld: Awakening has inked with Paradigm Talent Agency.
Among Burnett’s projects in development are Oxford, which he sold on spec to Screen Gems with Temple Hill producing, as well as A Beautiful Disaster, which he is writing for EuropaCorp. Other Burnett writing credits include Feast of Lov… Read
Power Rangers Bootleg Fan Film Returns To YouTube, Vimeo
EXCLUSIVE: The Power Rangers fan film dispute has been settled. Following an agreement late Friday, the fan video is back on YouTube and Vimeo after a legal chest bumping between lawyers for franchise copyright holder Haim Saban and film fan producer Adi Shankar. Both hosting sites had pulled the video due to copyright concerns. Vimeo came down first on its own, and then Saban’s lawyers notified YouTube that director Joseph Kahn’s bloody take on the children’s show was in… Read
Paramount In Talks To Acquire Rights To Sci-Fi Classic ‘The Stars My Destination’
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is talks to acquire the feature film rights for the classic sci-fi novel The Stars My Destination for producer Mary Parent. Written by Alfred Bester, the story (which often is referred to as Tiger! Tiger!) follows a man who is shipwrecked in space for years when one day a rescue crew passes him by. Angered, he channels his energies into seeking revenge and begins scheming. The key art of the book is enough to get anyone intrigued.
The Stars My… Read
Julianne Moore Leads ‘Maps To The Stars’ Into Theaters: Special B.O. Preview
In the wake of awards season, the specialty arena is revving up with a diverse and numerous slate. Focus World’s Maps To The Stars by David Cronenberg features its own bevy of named talent. Oscar winner Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson star in the Hollywood-set drama. The film will screen in a surprisingly large number of theaters for a day-and-date release. Pantelion/Lionsgate is heading out with romantic-comedy A La Mala, which will… Read
Josh Duhamel, Ernie Hudson Suit Up For ‘The Wrong Stuff’
EXCLUSIVE: Josh Duhamel and Ernie Hudson, who last worked together opposite Hilary Swank and Loretta Devine in the ensemble drama You’re Not You from eOne, are coming together again in the baseball drama The Wrong Stuff, based on the bestselling memoir by ex-pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee and Richard Lally. The film is being directed by Brett Rapkin and produced by Stephen Nemeth, co-produced by Betsy Stahl and executive produced by Ron Shelton (White Men Can’t Jump) and… Read
Kristen Stewart Joins Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project
EXCLUSIVE: Kristen Stewart has joined Michelle Williams and Laura Dern in the hot indie drama known as the Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project. Written and directed by Reichardt, the film is a series of vignettes that revolve around the lives of people in small-town Montana.
Stewart will play a young lawyer from Boise who takes a teaching job several hours from her house. Despite her nerves about teaching, she's determined to prove to herself that she can do it. Soon after… Read
Cartoon Network’s ‘Adventure Time’ Heads To Big Screen At Warner Bros.
EXCLUSIVE: Adventure Time, one of the most popular shows on Cartoon Network, is being developed at Warner Bros. for the big screen as an animated feature. Created by Pendleton Ward at Cartoon Networks Studios, Adventure Time follows the escapades of 12-year-old boy Finn and best friend dog Jake who fight fiercely in a quest to protect their beloved Land of Ooo, usually from the Ice King who is searching high and low for his Princess Bubblegum. The project will be produced… Read
Lily Bedrossian Is New DGA Spokeswoman
EXCLUSIVE: The Directors Guild of America has a new spokeswoman. Lily Bedrossian, who spent nearly nine years in the corporate and interactive media relations divisions at the Walt Disney Company, has been named the DGA's Director of Media Relations. She will report to Morgan Rumpf, the guild's Associate Executive Director of Communications.
Bedrossian replaces Sahar Moridani as the guild's spokesperson. Moridani, who is well known for promptly returning reporters' phone… Read
Robert Townsend Re-counting ‘Brewster’s Millions’
The last time we checked on Brewster’s Millions, Richard Pryor and John Candy were rolling in it. That was 1985. Now Robert Townsend has signed on to direct a remake scripted by Michael William Schmidt and produced by Joseph and Jack Nasser. The story, based George Barr McCutcheon’s 1902 novel, centers on Monty Brewster, who is set to inherit $1 billion, with one key caveat: He must spend $100 million in one week or end up right back where he started – with nothing more… Read
New Regency Acquires Film For ’71’s Yann Demange To Direct, Plan B To Produce
EXCLUSIVE: New Regency has acquired an untitled dramatic thriller that will be helmed by BAFTA-nominated ’71 director Yann Demange. Producing are the Plan B trio of Dede Gardner, Brad Pitt and Jeremy Kleiner along with Angus Lamont and Molly Smith. The fast-tracked project is scripted by ’71 scribe Gregory Burke.
Demange is in high demand after his feature debut ’71, a drama about a British soldier (Jack O’Connell) accidentally left behind after a riot in Belfast. The… Read
Bruce Lee Family Plans New Film Biopic
EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Lee, who became pound for pound the best action hero Hollywood has ever produced even though he died at age 32 when he was just getting started, is such an iconic figure that when his daughter Shannon held meetings with prospective Chinese production partners on a biopic, she was told that when it came to revered Chinese cultural heroes, her father was right up there with Confucius.
Given Hollywood’s hot pursuit of projects that can draw a vast audience… Read
Peacock Productions Jumps With Brian Banks Into ‘Serial’-esque Real-Time True Crime Series Derby
Add NBC News’ Peacock Productions to the growing list of unscripted-TV producers trying to do their own iteration of the wildly successful Serial podcast. Peacock Prods’ hook? Its series will be developed with Brian Banks, whose life as a wrongly convicted man is being turned into a movie directed by Lee Daniels.
Last August, Daniels announced he’d signed to The Brian Banks Story for Amy Baer's Gidden Media. Profiled in a 60 Minutes piece, Banks was a high school… Read