‘Triple 9’ Redband Trailer: Cops, Robbers, Bloodshed, Nudity
People hankering for a Training Day fix might have their needs met by Triple 9, the upcoming heist thriller from director John Hillcoat and starring Casey Affleck, that sees a posse of corrupt cops blackmailed into serious criminal shenanigans by a sleazy Russian mobster. Into the mix comes rookie cop Chris Allen (Affleck), set up to be merked (hence the film’s title – 999 being code for officer down) by the corrupt cops as a distraction while they pull off the job, only… Read
Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Fonda, Blanchett, Lionel Richie & Oscars For Sale To The Highest Bidder
A new weekly column talking up the season with bits and pieces from the awards circuit.
On Monday night Sony Pictures Classics hosted a “special screening” of their October 16 critically acclaimed drama, Truth, at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to very good response from an Oscar-voter-heavy crowd who swarmed stars Cate Blanchett, Elisabeth Moss and writer-director James Vanderbilt at the reception afterwards in the lobby.
Co-star Robert Redford was… Read
Feds Officially Probing Hollywood’s Lack Of Female Directors
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will begin interviewing dozens of female directors next week in an effort to see what action, if any, it should take to combat discrimination against female film and TV directors. A letter from the EEOC went out to some 50 women late last week.
It could be the first step toward a class-action lawsuit against the industry.
"I would like the EEOC to take legal action against the studios, the networks and the commercial… Read
Cannes Hits ‘Son Of Saul’, ‘Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words’ Score In Gotham: New York Film Festival
Screenings of two Cannes favorites — Grand Prix winner Son Of Saul and Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words, which won a special citation, drew emotional crowds to Lincoln Center in this second week of the New York Film Festival. The two movies couldn’t be more different: Son Of Saul sheds light on the darkest of the dark stories: the Zonderkommando, Jews who were forced to do the cruelest work at Auschwitz-Birkenau and other Nazi extermination camps — before being murdered… Read
Larry Brezner Dies: Longtime Manager And Producer Was 73
Larry Brezner, a very well-known manager-producer who was one of the principals of Brezner Steinberg Partners, died Monday night of complications from leukemia. He was 73. Brezner was diagnosed with the disease months ago and was undergoing treatment when he passed.
Brezner, always affable, was a kind-hearted man who was involved in the careers of Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Martin Short and Bette Midler. He helped put together the 1986 fundraiser Comic Relief, which… Read
‘Bridge Of Spies’ Review: Spielberg, Hanks & The Coen Brothers Team For Landmark Cold War Thriller
When the names Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Joel and Ethan Coen are on the same film you might imagine you would have something special, and certainly Oscar worthy. In the case of Bridge Of Spies, the new Cold War thriller that premiered over the weekend at the New York Film Festival, you will not be disappointed.
As I said in my initial report on the NYFF unveiling Sunday, this is a masterful achievement from Spielberg, a film that may be his finest ever. That’s a… Read
‘Desierto’ Finds A Home At STX – Toronto
Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto was one of the titles to watch at the just-wrapped Toronto Film Festival. Now the immigration drama starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan has landed at STX Entertainment, which made the biggest splash at the fest this year when it acquired the Ilya Naishuller-directed POV thriller Hardcore for $10 million after a big auction. The deal is for North American… Read
Carmike Agrees To Pay $36M For Sundance Cinemas
Sundance Cinemas — part of Robert Redford's Sundance Group — hired investment bank Salem Partners in June to find a buyer. And today it has one: Carmike agreed to pay $36 million for Sundance’s 37 screens at five theaters in West Hollywood, San Francisco, Houston, Seattle and Madison, WI.
When the deal closes, Carmike will have 274 theaters with 2,909 screens — closing in on its goal of 300 and 3,000.
Carmike says the deal will add $24 million to its annual… Read
Those Hacked Sony Emails? Michael Lynton Says “I Never Read ‘Em”
And you shouldn’t have, either, the Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO said today at a panel in San Francisco sponsored by Vanity Fair. Addressing the massive cyber attack that crippled his company and leaked, among other things, his own personal e-mails for public consumption, Michael Lynton said, "The part that was distressing was the extent to which people decided to go through it…People come up to me at lunch and say, 'I just read your e-mails with so-and-so, and it was… Read
‘Standoff’ Thriller Acquired By Saban Films
Saban Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to writer-director Adam Alleca’s Standoff, a thriller starring Laurence Fishburne and Thomas Jane. An early 2016 release is planned. Jane plays Carter, a troubled veteran who gets a chance at redemption by protecting a 12-year-old girl from a vicious assassin (Fishburne) after she witnesses a murder. Holding a shotgun with a single shell, he engages in physical and psychological warfare in a fight for the girl’s life.
New Tax Credits Boost Filming In L.A. In Q3
California's new film tax credit already is paying dividends in Los Angeles, which saw a 3.8% increase in on-location filming during the third quarter of 2015 compared with the same period last year. The first round of TV projects that qualified under the incentives program entered production during the quarter, and the impact was dramatic, with on-location TV shoot days hitting a five-year high. According to FilmLA, the city's film office, incentive-qualified projects… Read
Jack Huston & Jennifer Aniston Join War Pic ‘The Yellow Birds’
EXCLUSIVE: Jack Huston is stepping into the role previously eyed by Benedict Cumberbatch in war drama The Yellow Birds opposite Tye Sheridan and Alden Ehrenreich. Jennifer Aniston also is joining the film directed by the project’s new director, Alexandre Moors. Based on the novel by Iraq War vet Kevin Powers, the film marks the second project to go before the cameras for Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon’s Cinelou Films.
It was first announced for sale at Cannes with… Read