‘Kill Me, Deadly’ Trailer: ‘Criminal Minds’ Crew’s Noir Comedy Gets April 1 Release Date
Indican Pictures has acquired the Kill Me Deadly, a spoofy noir comedy based on satire playwright Bill Robens’ stage play. Robens adapted the feature which was directed by Darrett Sanders and produced by the group behind the NOTE theater, which originally produced the play in 2009. The indie distributor plans an extremely on-the-nose April 1 theatrical release in the top five U.S. markets, Canada and the UK followed by a nationwide digital/VOD platform bow April 26.
Film Movement Bringing France’s ‘My King’ To U.S.
Film Movement has usurped U.S. rights to My King, director Maïwenn’s pic that is up for eight Cesar Awards including Best Film. The company plans a 2016 theatrical release for the drama, which premiered at Cannes and will make its Stateside bow at NYC’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in March.
In My King, Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) is recovering from a skiing accident at a rehabilitation center that heals the physical body as well as emotional psyche. During this time, she… Read
Universal Wins ‘The Grownup’; ‘Gone Girl’ Author Gillian Flynn Short Story Sells In High-Six-Figure Deal
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures is tying down a deal to make a movie out of The Grownup, a package built around the short story by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Natalie Krinsky is attached to adapt the tale, and Mike De Luca and Flynn will produce together what is her first big project since Gone Girl became a big hit movie. Studios read the short story and were pitched the material earlier this week, and the bids are hitting the table today. Sources tell me the deal will… Read
Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Oscar Voting Begins As Contenders Make Final Pitch
A weekly column talking up the season with dispatches from the awards circuit. Final Oscar balloting begins today. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel with a deadline for voting by 5 PM PT on Tuesday, February 23, just days before Oscar Sunday. And so the final push for those votes also begins with endless TV ads and lots of double-truck color ads appearing in trades and newspapers for the likes of Open Road’s Spotlight, The Revenant, The Big Short and Mad Max: F… Read
BAFTA Awards: London Teed Up For Royal Party Weekend
The BAFTA Film Awards fall this year on Valentine's Day, Sunday February 14. While nominees wait to find out who will get the British Academy's biggest love, events and soirées have been in full swing this week – and will continue through the wee hours of Monday morning. A prestigious stop on the awards season circuit, BAFTA weekend is also the last major chance for nominees to rub shoulders and be seen ahead of Oscar ballots closing on February 23. There's at least a… Read
‘Zoolander 2’ Review: Ben Stiller’s Misguided Sequel Is A Fashion Disaster
I wanted to like Zoolander 2 so much. It has been 15 long years since the original made me laugh a lot and added another great character to star-director Ben Stiller’s canon of memorable comic creations — plus, the fact that he was directing gave me hope. Stiller’s Tropic Thunder was a gem, and he’s a very smart filmmaker. Not this time.
Perhaps it was too many cooks in the kitchen (the script is credited to Stiller and Justin Theroux — another smart guy — & John Hamburg… Read
Oscars: Third Group Of Presenters Includes Cate Blanchett, Michael B. Jordan & Louis C.K.
2ND UPDATE, 3:25 PM: Sixteen more folks suddenly have plans for two weeks from Sunday. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just unveiled the latest batch of presenters for the 88th Annual Academy Awards. Newly set to dole out hardware are Abraham Attah, Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, Louis C.K., Common, Russell Crowe, Chris Evans, Jennifer Garner, Louis Gossett, Jr, Michael B. Jordan, Rachel McAdams, Dev Patel, Eddie Redmayne, Daisy Ridley, Sarah Silverman and… Read
‘The Simpsons’ Nancy Cartwright Launches Production Banner Spotted Cow With First Projects In Place – Berlin
The Simpsons voice actress Nancy Cartwright has announced the launch of her new film and television production company, Spotted Cow. With an eye on global audiences, the outfit will look to finance, produce and acquire live action and animated films, television series, as well as entertainment for digital platforms with budgets up to $15M.
Heading up Spotted Cow: Producer and longtime collaborator with Cartwright Peter Kjenaas in onboard as President, while producer… Read
Barack Obama First-Date Movie ‘Southside With You’ Near Deal With Miramax, Roadside Attractions
EXCLUSIVE: Southside With You, the film that chronicles the first date between future U.S. President Barack Obama and future First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, is near closing with Miramax and Roadside Attractions in a North American rights deal around $2 million. They are finishing the deal in Berlin tonight, sources tell me. There is also a mid-seven-figure P&A and a substantial screen count that promises a wide release for one of the most popular films to premiere… Read
Oscars: Pete Hammond Handicaps The Best Actor Race – AwardsLine
It seems to be the case every year now that the Best Actor race is extremely competitive, and there are always very worthy contenders left at the starting gate. As recently as October, you would have been hard-pressed to find someone who didn't think that Johnny Depp was a shoo-in for a nomination as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. But where was he on nominations morning? Stunner, but these races are all about momentum, and somewhere along the way that film just lost it… Read
‘Rebel In The Rye’ Adds Laura Dern, Brian d’Arcy James & Hope Davis – Berlin
EXCLUSIVE: Laura Dern, Brian d'Arcy James and Hope Davis have been added to the cast of Rebel In The Rye, Danny Strong’s J.D. Salinger biopic starring Nicholas Hoult and Kevin Spacey. This comes ahead of the pic’s planned start of production in April.
Bloom is handling international sales at the European Film Market in Berlin, where they helped spearhead Paramount’s deal for the George Clooney starrer Suburbicon. CAA is repping North American rights on Rye.
Strong penned… Read
Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi & Joe Manganiello Work Blue In ‘Smurfs’ Sequel; Betty Gabriel Joins ‘Get Out’
Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi and Joe Manganiello will lend their voices to Smurfs: The Lost Village, Sony Pictures Animation’s sequel set for March 2017. McBrayer (30 Rock) will play the sweet, awkward and honest-to-a-fault Clumsy, who’s forever trying his best and missing the mark; Pudi (Community) is book-smart and geek-proud Brainy, who’s long on knowledge but short on interpersonal skills; and Manganiello (True Blood) is the strong and super-positive Hefty, a loyal… Read