Marcia Gay Harden Signs With ICM Partners
EXCLUSIVE: Actress Marcia Gay Harden has signed with ICM Partners. Harden won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her turn in 2000's Pollock and was again nominated for 2003's Mystic River. She next appears opposite Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer in Millenium's Elsa & Fred and will play mother to Christian Grey in Universal's Valentine's Day 2015 tentpole Fifty Shades of Grey. Harden recently starred on ABC's Trophy Wife and will return to HBO's The Newsroo… Read
Newbie Picture Company On The Case For ‘Tracking Of A Russian Spy’
EXCLUSIVE: Studiocanal has snapped up rights to journalist Mitch Swenson's true-story novella The Tracking Of A Russian Spy that will be produced by Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman's The Picture Company. It marks the second deal for the new shingle since its formation; earlier this month, Studiocanal acquired rights to Tom Wood's Victor The Assassin books for Pierre Morel to helm and Picture Company to produce with Sentient Entertainment.
Russian Spy, first published on the… Read
Hamptons Fest Gets ‘St. Vincent’ Opener; Now They Pray For St. Bill
EXCLUSIVE: The Hamptons Film Festival just got a good one for its opening night on October 9. It will premiere St. Vincent, the Ted Melfi-directed comedy that had a rousing opening-night World Premiere at Toronto, was just slotted into the first night of the Long Island festival. This fest launch fit nicely into The Weinstein Company's release strategy that begins October 10. Now, of course, the question becomes whether the Hamptons is fortunate enough to get a dose of… Read
‘The Admiral: Roaring Currents’ Becomes Top Grossing Korean Film In U.S.
After taking South Korea by storm, The Admiral: Roaring Currents — the story about the real-life battle of Myeong-Nyang in 1597 when the Japanese invaded Korea — has broken an eight-year record to become the highest-grossing Korean-language film ever in North America. This comes after it whipped up 17M admissions to become the most-watched film of all time in South Korea, where it broke numerous box office records. To date, the period actioner has grossed $2.5M stateside… Read
‘Maze Runner’ Adds $38M Internationally With No. 1s In 50 Countries; ‘Apes’ Crosses $100M In China
UPDATED, Monday, 12:47 PM: We have all 29 films' final totals updated so far, including this weekend's big box office king, The Maze Runner. Updated so far (besides Maze Runner) are Universal's The Boxtrolls and Lucy, Disney/Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy, and the Fox titles Let's Be Cops, How To Train Your Dragon 2 from DreamWorks' Animation, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Paramount's newly revamped franchises Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Hercules, Fox's YA… Read
Universal Changes Course On International Stewardship; Duncan Clark To Head Ops From London
A few months after Universal announced a restructure of its international operations that intended to see a then-unnamed head of international theatrical operations located in Los Angeles, the studio has decided to keep the point person for overseas in London. Duncan Clark, who has been President of Distribution for Universal Pictures International since June 2011, will expand his role to lead the international team from his current perch in the British capital.
Box Office FINAL: ‘Maze Runner’ Finds $32.5M; Liam’s ‘Walk’ Limps In With $12.7M; ‘Where I Leave You,’ $11.5M
FINAL UPDATE, Monday, 2:12 PM: The fall season is off to a good start, thanks to Fox's The Maze Runner which opened nicely to $32.5M for the three-day weekend. The next installment of the film, The Maze Runner 2: Scorch Trials, is already set to bow September 18, 2015. While Fox has created another franchise for the industry, Liam Neeson and Universal weren't so lucky with A Walk Among The Tombstones. The picture didn't appeal to the female audience — that same demo which… Read
Casting Society Artios Awards Nominees Announced; Rob Marshall, Ellen Lewis To Receive Special Honors
The Casting Society of America has announced nominees for its 30th annual Artios Awards, including “special honors” for director Rob Marshall and casting director Ellen Lewis. The awards honor casting achievements in film, TV and theater, and for the first time, in a web series. The awards are set for January 22 with dual ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and New York City's 42West nightclub.
Here's the list of honorees and nominees:
New York Apple Award for special… Read
Bryan Cranston In ‘The Great Wall’ Talks
EXCLUSIVE: Heisenberg, on the Great Wall of China? Bryan Cranston is in early talks to co-star in The Great Wall, the Legendary Pictures film the great Chinese helmer Zhang Yimou signed on to direct. This development closely follows Deadline's Saturday scoop that Legendary and Matt Damon are trying to see if they can work out his busy schedule (he shoots Ridley Scott's The Martian and likely follows with the Paul Greengrass-directed Bourne Identity sequel) so that he can… Read
Bryan Singer Set To Helm ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’
EXCLUSIVE: Fox has just closed a deal with Bryan Singer to direct X-Men: Apocalypse, the next installment of its billion-dollar Marvel mutants franchise. This will be Singer's fourth installment as director; he hatched the franchise with the first two films for Fox, and came back to direct this year's X-Men: Days Of Future Past. That latter film, which meshed the original trilogy cast with the one from X-Men: First Class, grossed $746 million worldwide, the most of any of… Read
MGM Buys 55% Of Roma Downey And Mark Burnett’s Empire; Relaunches United Artists
In a deal that follows Roma Downey and Mark Burnett coming aboard the MGM/Paramount epic Ben-Hur that Timur Bekmambetov will direct with Jack Huston in the title role, MGM has acquired a 55% interest in Downey, Burnett and Hearst Entertainment's One Three Media and LightWorkers Media, including all of their interests in such hit shows as Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, The Bible and The Apprentice. All this will be consolidated into a new media venture called United Artis… Read
Fantastic Fest: Drafthouse & FilmBuff Acquire Sci-Fi Horror Romance ‘Spring’
EXCLUSIVE: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's Italy-set horror romance Spring has been acquired by Drafthouse Films and FilmBuff in the first sale out of this year's Fantastic Fest. The sophomore feature from Resolution co-directors Benson and Moorhead stars Lou Taylor Pucci (Thumbsucker, Evil Dead) as a troubled American backpacker in Italy whose romance with a local girl (Nadia Hilker) turns into an unexpected nightmare when her dark, primordial secret threatens to… Read