Warner Bros Japan Names Masami Takahashi As President
Kevin Tsujihara has a new top man in Japan. Masami Takahashi has been named President of Warner Bros Japan, effective September 1.
Takahashi will have general oversight of Warner Bros’ businesses in the country, including theatrical distribution, television distribution, home entertainment, consumer products, games, and local production. He will work closely with in-place executives in each of these divisions as well as divisional management to fully optimize every… Read
Hollywood’s Historic Egyptian Theatre Undergoes Retrofit For “Rare” 35mm Nitrate Film Projection
Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre will soon have the capability to screen “rare and fragile” 35mm nitrate film prints thanks to a film preservation project undertaken by The Film Foundation, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and Turner Classic Movies, in conjunction with the American Cinematheque.
"When I was told that one of the most beautiful movie theaters in the country could be retrofitted for nitrate projection, I was overjoyed, moved, and excited by the… Read
Shonda Rhimes, Bryan Cranston & Dozens Of Other Celebrities Join Anti-Trump Campaign
More than 100 actors, producers and others from the entertainment industry are banding together in an effort to keep reality TV star-turned-GOP nominee Donald Trump out of the White House. Artists United Against Hate is backed by the likes of Bryan Cranston, Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy, Ilene Chaiken, Michael Moore, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Lena Dunham, Neil Patrick Harris, Rashida Jones, Russell Simmons, Chloe Grace Moritz and… Read
Oprah Winfrey To Star In ‘A Wrinkle In Time’, Re-Teaming With ‘Selma’ Helmer Ava DuVernay
Disney and Selma director Ava DuVernay are setting Oprah Winfrey to star in A Wrinkle In Time, an adaptation of the 1963 Newbery Medal-winning Madeleine L'Engle fantasy classic novel that has a script by Oscar-winning Frozen writer and co-director Jennifer Lee. Winfrey will play the role of Mrs. Which. The studio is moving quickly to cast the film, with actors including Amy Adams and Kevin Hart chief among those circling. Winfrey is in final negotiations. She starred for… Read
Louisiana Tax Incentive Cuts Create Hard Times For Local Film Crews
Louisiana's scaled-back film tax incentives program put a huge dent in jobs for film crews there. Facing a severe budget crunch, the state last year slashed its annual budget for the incentives to $180 million – down from $222 million spent in 2014. That 19% reduction, however, triggered a 75% loss of jobs for union film crews.
"In April, we were down 75% from the previous April," said Cory Parker, business agent of IATSE Local 478, the New Orleans film workers union. But… Read
‘Nerve’ Review: Hey Kids, Don’t Try This At Home
Lionsgate just can’t seem to get enough of those YA novel adaptations. After the likes of The Hunger Games, Twilight and Divergent, along comes another. But this one strikes a different kind of nerve, which is why it is probably called, well, Nerve. It is actually a smart premise for a film targeted to the app-obsessed teen audience — basically this is Truth Or Dare for the new digital age. As I say in my video review above, this is a movie that rewards risk and divides… Read
Pierce Brosnan Joins Scott Mann’s ‘Final Score’ With Dave Bautista
Pierce Brosnan, who just recently completed Martin Campbell’s The Foreigner opposite Jackie Chan, has signed on to Scott Mann's actioner Final Score with Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy). Final Score, written by the brothers Lynch and Jonathan Frank, takes place at a major sporting event when stadium is suddenly seized by a group of heavily armed criminals demanding ransom. An ex-soldier must use all his military skills to save the 35,000 capacity crowd, one of… Read
Jacki Weaver, Robert Forster, Others Join E.L. Katz’s ‘Small Crimes’
EXCLUSIVE: Two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook, Animal Kingdom), Oscar nominee Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) along with Emmy nominees Gary Cole (Veep) and Molly Parker (House of Cards) have joined Game of Thrones’ actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in director E.L. Katz's crime thriller, Small Crimes. The Rumble Films productions is being financed by U.K.’s Rooks Nest (The Witch, Obvious Child) and French-based Backup and Paradise City.
The film, which… Read
Paramount Film Vet Eben Davidson Moves To TV Division As SVP Development
Paramount Pictures’ Eben Davidson is moving from the film side to sister Paramount TV as SVP of Development.
Davidson, who most recently served SVP of Acquisitions and Development, Paramount Pictures, will lead the company’s foray into unscripted television and oversee the development of cross format content including scripted and live programming. The announcement was made by Amy Powell, President of Paramount Television.
"With the tremendous success of our Emmy… Read
Toronto Lineup Offers Lots Of Potential Oscar Contenders And Clues About Telluride
With today’s announcement of the first (and biggest) batch of galas and special presentations for the 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival, is it too early for me to say the movie awards season is off and running? Just on the surface it appears that TIFF will be showing off even more expected Oscar contenders than usual. Lots of them are World Premieres, while others are “International, “North American” or “Canadian” premieres. Those designations will help you… Read
‘Before I Fall’ Gets April 2017 Release Date From Open Road
Awesomeness Films’ Before I Fall, the film based on the bestselling YA novel by Lauren Oliver, will get a wide release theatrically by Open Road Films on April 7, 2017. Directed by Ry Russo-Young, the film follows a young woman who has it all: the crush-worthy boyfriend, amazing best friends and drop dead gorgeous looks. One day is just another charmed one in Sam's life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day during one inexplicable week, Sam… Read
‘Walking Dead’s Lennie James Joins ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel
Lennie James is joining the cast of the Blade Runner sequel, which ss set several decades after the 1982 original, with Harrison Ford returning to play Rick Deckard. The cast also includes Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi, David Dastmalchian, Hiam Abbass and Dave Bautista. Still no character or plot details from producer Alcon Entertainment.
Denis Villeneuve is directing the script by Hampton Fancher and… Read