Anthony Mackie, Helmer Justin Simien ‘Make A Wish’ At Paramount
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has acquired a spec package with Captain America star Anthony Mackie, Dear White People helmer Justin Simien and the 2013 Black List comedy script Make A Wish at its center. The studio has acquired the script by first-timer Zach Frenkel as a star vehicle for Mackie, directed by Simien, whose Sundance prize-winning film got Independent Spirit and Gotham Award nominations for Best Director. Robert Teitel and Jason Spire will produce it and… Read
Paramount Cancels ‘Team America’ Showings, Theaters Say
Forget those plans by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and other theaters to run Team America: World Police in place of The Interview. The Austin-based chain says that Paramount has now decided not to offer South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's 2004 satire that focuses on Kim Jong-il, the late father of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Alamo says that the cancellation at its Dallas theater is “due to circumstances beyond our control” and says it will offer refunds to… Read
‘American Sniper’ Trailer: Bradley Cooper At His Best?
In what's being hailed as a career standout turn, Bradley Cooper stars in the true story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle – family man, one-time rodeo cowboy, and the undisputed most lethal sniper in U.S. history.
Clint Eastwood directs Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes, Navid Negahban and Keir O'Donnell in the Christmas Day drama adapted by Jason Hall from Kyle's memoir. Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow premiered the film at AFI Fest on Veterans Day and wrapped… Read
Sony Hack Needs Tempered Response, White House Says
It's important the United States government not play into the hands of those responsible for the cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment by over-reacting, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at today's White House press briefing.
Earnest declined to pin the attack on the North Korean government — an announcement the media is expecting to come today from the Justice Department. The investigation by the FBI and the Department of Justice in to who is… Read
Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist: A Preview Of Possibilities, Part 3
Here's the final entry in my annual assessment of movies that have a chance to pass the first stage of the Foreign Language Oscar race. We expect the shortlist to come out tomorrow and I'm expecting a number of the films I've profiled below, and here and here, will make the grade. I spoke with the directors of the films about their inspirations and expectations and I also checked in with the U.S. distributors about why they bought the movies. Below is a look at the final… Read
Andrew Lloyd Webber Will Bring ‘School of Rock’ Musical To Broadway
Cuba-U.S. detente has nothing on the hotly competitive Shubert and Nederlander organizations. Broadway's two biggest landlords are suddenly looking like BFF's as co-producers on hoped-for blockbuster shows (not for the first time, it should be noted; in 1981 they famously co-produced The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby, among others. But still…).
They're teaming with Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group and the Warner Music Group for the world premier of a new… Read
Fox News Should Air All Of ‘The Interview,’ Says Kimmel “Campaign” – Video
Fox News Channel rising star Megyn Kelly was ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel's guest last night when the big news was the Justice Department's upcoming announcement that the Sony hacking attack, and subsequent threats to movie theaters, are believed to be the work of the North Korean government, in retaliation for the studio's movie The Interview.
Kelly and Kimmel agreed Sony needed to get the movie - a now-mothballed comedy about a bumbling talk show host and his… Read
Graham Norton, ‘Modern Family’ Lead British Comedy Awards; Sony TV Ad Sales Inks With Jewish Life TV
Graham Norton scored a pair of awards and Jack Whitehall was named King of Comedy for a third straight year at the British Comedy Awards in London. Norton took home the trophies for Best Comedy Entertainment Personality and Best Comedy Entertainment Program for The Graham Norton Show, which airs on BBC America in the U.S. Modern Family was named Best International Program, and Moone Boy scored Best Sitcom. The Inbetweeners 2 won for Best Comedy Film. And now for something… Read
‘The Interview’ A No-Go Internationally As Well
Deadline can confirm that international audiences won't get to see The Interview either. Sony's statement Wednesday that the studio was pulling the U.S. Christmas Day release of the Seth Rogen-James Franco picture did not explicitly mention the film's international roll-out, which had been set for after the New Year.
We have now learned that Sony has no plans to release the film anywhere for the foreseeable future. The news comes despite the lack- at least in public- of… Read
Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist: A Preview Of Possibilities, Part 2
Below is Part 2 of my annual look at the films that have a shot at making the Foreign Language Oscar shortlist. There are 83 submissions this year with some truly remarkable films in the bunch — and no 100% frontrunner. Here's a refresher on how the nine films are chosen for the shortlist which is expected to be revealed tomorrow: The phase one committee determines six of the candidates, and the other three entries are selected by the Foreign Language Film Award Executive… Read
Japan-North Korea Talks Seen Unaffected By Sony Hack Attack Revelations
As Deadline reported yesterday, the U.S. Justice Department is expected to imminently announce that North Korean leaders did indeed order the cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. Among many other things, the attack led to the studio's move to scrap all plans to release The Interview — which features an assassination attempt on North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un. With the dust hardly settled in this ongoing situation, the effect on geopolitics remains a… Read
‘Team America: World Police’ Replaces ‘The Interview’ At Texas Theater
Now that Sony has yanked The Interview amid threats of violence from hackers, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's Dallas theater has programmed a Christmastime replacement — Team America: World Police, co-written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The 2004 satire happens to center on Kim Jong-il, the late father of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Check out the clip from Team America above. And here's a tweet from the irreverent Alamo Drafthouse, which once banne… Read