Sofia Coppola On Working With Family & Pulling ‘The Beguiled’ Out Of The Universal Archive – Cannes
Quite often there’s a relaxed mood during the second week of the Cannes Film Festival, however, this year Sofia Coppola is keeping the excitement high as her sixth feature directorial The Beguiled, her fourth here at the fest, makes its premiere tonight in competition.
Press screenings literally are just coming out, and the word is that it’s amazing. Here in our conversation with her, the Lost in Translation Oscar-winner talks about the lessons she learned from her father… Read
Doug Liman Exits ‘Justice League Dark’ Movie
Doug Liman has backed out of directing Warner Bros’ Justice League Dark, the film that was to be a cog in the studio’s DC Universe of movies. The move is not surprising, as Liman’s schedule is officially tied up for the time being: As we reported, Lionsgate is moving forward with the Daisy Ridley-Tom Holland movie Chaos Walking based on Patrick Ness’ YA novel, with a franchise play being eyed and Liman at the helm. It is now in preproduction and is currently on offer at… Read
Tom Cruise Says ‘Top Gun 2’ Will Be Filming “In The Next Year”
Tom Cruise told the a morning talk show in London today that the long-rumored Top Gun 2 will be heading to the cameras sometime “in the next year.” That admission comes a little over a year after Jerry Bruckheimer and the actor met on the Louisiana set of his JackReacher: Never Go Back to discuss plotline and fitting it into his schedule. In fact, Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted about it in January 2016 saying they were together to “discuss a little Top Gun.” They were, in… Read
Sony Pegs Release Dates For ‘The Nightingale’ And ‘Charlie’s Angels’
Sony has slotted in TriStar Pictures' The Nightingale, Columbia Pictures’ Charlie’s Angels and an untitled animated franchise pic to its release schedule. First up is The Nightingale, based on the bestselling book by Kristin Hannah about two sisters living in France at the beginning of World War II. The picture, directed by Michelle MacLaren, will be released August 10, 2018, as ounterprogramming to Universal’s Scarface, Warner Bros.’ Meg and Paramount’s animated hopeful A… Read
Bona Film Group Stakes $80M On Roland Emmerich/Mark Gordon WWII Battle Pic ‘Midway:’ Cannes
EXCLUSIVE: In the biggest deal made at this Cannes Film Festival, Bona Film Group has closed a deal near $80 million to lead the investment on director Roland Emmerich's next feature Midway, based on the seminal WWII battle, for The Mark Gordon Company.
The Chinese company has acquired worldwide distribution rights excluding the U.S., and Bona will release the film in China. Wes Tooke wrote the script, and Bona's Yu Dong will produce with Emmerich, MGC's Mark Gordon and… Read
Film Allman Loses Case Against New York Marine Insurer: “No New Info From FBI”
Film Allman has lost big in a ruling concerning insurer New York Marine who had settled with the family of Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old camera assistant killed on the set after Randall Miller put his crew on live train tracks. Film Allman, last month, filed a motion saying that the FBI was investigating whether Miller’s civil rights had been violated and whether he had been properly incarcerated — a move that was seen as a desperate attempt to positively affect the… Read
Youth Revolution On The Croisette As Screen Kids Take Over Cannes
There is a youth surge going on in Cannes and it is all up on the screen. I have been to many of these Cannes fests, but I can’t remember one that featured so many outstanding performances from the under-21 set, and most of them are in movies their age group are not even old enough to see.
I was reminded of this Monday as I saw a doubleheader of two very fine films: Yorgos Lanthimos’ chilling thriller The Killing of a Sacred Deer in the main competition and then Sean… Read
Damien Chazelle Finds The “Fertile Terrain” Of An Industry In Upheaval – Deadline Disruptors
Damien Chazelle has never been one to take the path of least resistance. That was certainly the case when he was mounting La La Land, his ode to the musical's golden age. At every turn he was told that a project like that, on the scale he wanted, would be an impossible sell. And yet he persevered, delivering to the fall festivals a movie that captured the hearts of all who saw it.
He was the youngest-ever winner of the Best Director Oscar in February when, at just 32, he… Read
Lukas Haas Cast In Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’
EXCLUSIVE: Lukas Haas has signed on for Steve McQueen’s forthcoming bank heist thriller Widows from New Regency and 20th Century Fox. He joins the admirable roster of actors that includes Viola Davis, Robert Duvall, Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell. The film, written by McQueen and Gillian Flynn, will hit theaters November 16, 2018.
Based on the British miniseries, Widows begins when four armed robbers are killed during a robbery and their surviving widows come together to… Read
California’s Tax Incentives Losing Battle For Blockbusters
Only three of the 100 top-grossing films of 2016 were shot in California with state tax incentives, according to a new report from FilmL.A. It's another reminder that the state's program isn't doing much to capture big-budget blockbusters, which generally produce the most jobs and generate the greatest economic impact – the two main goals of the $330 million-a-year program.
As the report released today makes clear, California's incentive program just isn't set up to… Read
LA Film Festival Adds ‘The Beguiled’, ‘Annabelle: Creation’ & More Screenings
The LA Film Festival will host the gala screening of New Line Cinema's horror film Annabelle: Creation which takes place this year June 14th through the 22nd at the ArcLight Cinemas Culver City, with additional screenings at ArcLight Hollywood and ArcLight Santa Monica and other theaters.
The latest Annabelle was directed by David F. Sandberg and starring Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, and Lulu Wilson. Also getting their world premieres at the festival will be Kyra… Read
Anne Hathaway Boards Untitled Romantic Comedy From STXfilms
EXCLUSIVE: Anne Hathaway has boarded an untitled contemporary romantic comedy being developed at STXfilms from screenwriters Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. Hathaway will star in and produce the project about dating in the 21st century when technology has overtaken — well, pretty much everything. The company had been looking for a project for the actress for some time. Kohn and Silverstein previously scripted How to Be Single, The Vow and He's Just Not That Into You.