UTA Rally: “This Is Our Time To Resist,” Jodie Foster Tells Crowd; Asghar Farhadi Speaks Via Video – Watch
UPDATED with video montage and more quotes, 7:45 PM: “The rights of the press and artists and the right to seek a better life is what this country is about,” UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer told a crowd gathered in the heart of Beverly Hills as his agency hosted a rally at its headquarters. He also joked about getting a tweet from President Donald Trump that read, “UTA best company in the world. Rally so sad.”
Check out a video montage of the days events above.
Jodie Foster was… Read
George Clooney & Jean Dujardin Ding Donald Trump In César Awards Riff
George Clooney and Jean Dujardin brought a much-appreciated comedic diversion into the three-hour-plus César Awards ceremony this evening in Paris — even while delivering a sometimes serious message. Dujardin presented pal Clooney with an Honorary César at France's equivalent of the Oscars, then helped "translate" his acceptance speech, injecting digs at U.S. President Donald Trump.
For example, Clooney said: “Over the course of my career, I've had the great fortune of… Read
‘Get Out’ Star Daniel Kaluuya To Topline Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’
EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Kaluuya, who’s starring in Jordan Peele’s Get Out which is scoring at the box office already since bowing last night in previews, has been set to star in Widows, the Steve McQueen-directed film from New Regency. Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Erivo are already aboard.
The plot centers on the aftermath of four armed robbers killed during a failed heist, and their surviving widows join forces and resolve to pull off the raid themselves… Read
Oscar-Nominated Foreign Language Directors Denounce “Climate Of Fanaticism”
As the Oscars loom on Sunday, the six nominated directors in the Best Foreign Language Film category have collectively released a statement expressing their “emphatic disapproval of the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the U.S. and in so many other countries.” The filmmakers include Denmark’s Martin Zandvliet, Sweden’s Hannes Holm, Iran’s Asghar Farhadi, Germany’s Maren Ade and Australia’s Bentley Dean and Martin Butler. Together, they say that… Read
California Explores Expansion of State Tax Credits to Include Incentives for Women and Minorities
African-Americans got only 4% of the below-the-line jobs created during the first phase of California's film tax incentives program, and women only got 29% of those jobs, according Amy Lemisch, executive director of the California Film Commission. In testimony at a hearing today before two committees of the state Legislature, she noted that Hispanics fared considerably better, landing 11% of the below-the-line jobs.
Asian-Americans got only 2% of the below-the-line jobs… Read
Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway Among Final Round Of Oscar Presenters
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway – fifty years after the release of their classic Bonnie & Clyde – are among the final slate of Oscar presenters confirmed today by producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd.
Also joining the presenter roster: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Sofia Boutella, Matt Damon, Michael J. Fox, Ryan Gosling, Salma Hayek, Taraji P. Henson, Dev Patel, Seth Rogen, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep and Vince Vaughn.
The latest slate joins a line-up of… Read
‘The Perfect Wife’ Book Deal Another Perfect Fit For Imagine
EXCLUSIVE: Ballantine Bantam Dell has acquired world rights to JP Delaney’s next novel The Perfect Wife, a psychological thriller from the author of The Girl Before and like that novel is being developed as a feature film by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment. The new book is tentatively scheduled for a summer 2018 release.
Imagine was a big part of The Perfect Wife: the company’s Tyler Mitchell approached Delaney with the idea for the story, said to be… Read
César Awards Winners: ‘Elle’ Best Film, Isabelle Huppert Best Actress – Full List
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Paul Verhoeven's psychological drama Elle triumphed at the César Awards tonight in Paris, scooping Best Film and Best Actress for Isabelle Huppert. The wins come despite Elle not having made the Foreign Lanuguage Oscar shortlist but as Huppert heads to Los Angeles for tomorrow's Indie Spirit Awards and Sunday's Academy Awards where she is also nominated.
Verhoeven spoke only briefly on taking the big prize, reiterating his love for Huppert and turning… Read
Publicists Guild Awards: ‘This Is Us’, ‘Deadpool’ Among Winners
The publicists branch of the International Cinematographers Guild unveiled winners today during its 54th annual Publicists Awards luncheon at the Beverly Hilton. The teams from NBC’s This Is Us and XXX took home Showmanship honors among seven competitive categories.
The guild also honored Denzel Washington (Motion Picture Showman of the Year), Ryan Murphy (Television Showman of the Year), DreamWorks New Media chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg (Lifetime Achievement Award) and… Read
Oscar Jaenada Cast In ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’; Jordan Bridges Joins STX’s ‘Den Of Thieves’
Oscar Jaenada has boarded Terry Gilliam’s long-delayed pic The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, joining Adam Driver and Olga Kurylenko. It’s about an advertising exec who returns to his Spanish village, where as a student he made a film based on Don Quixote, only to get entangled in a series of catastrophes. Gilliam co-wrote the script with Tony Grisoni and Amazon Studios will distribute the film domestically. Repped by Paradigm, Grandview and Ziffren, Jaenada’s upcoming film… Read
Viacom’s Bob Bakish Completes First Week Of Meetings For Brad Grey’s Paramount Successor
The week began with the exit of Brad Grey as Paramount chairman and CEO, and ends with a flurry of meetings that Viacom chief Bob Bakish and HR guy Scott Mills conducted with a swelling list of potential replacements. Here’s a little gossip that people will be talking about this weekend, along with a collective dread associated with a possible WGA strike when that contract ends in May.
The list of candidates who either met with Bakish, or will on his next trip to LA… Read
Encore: Oscar Producers Mike De Luca & Jennifer Todd Ponder Trump, Hopes & Anxieties Going Into Hollywood’s Big Night
Editors Note: This story originally ran on February 15, 2017.
EXCLUSIVE: The long relationship between Academy Awards producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd goes back to his storied tenure as New Line’s wunderkind bad-boy production president, when she produced the first of three Austin Powers films. De Luca is now the Oscar-nominated producer of the Fifty Shades Of Grey trilogy, Moneyball and The Social Network. He’s forever shortlisted for every big studio… Read