‘Resident Evil’ Sets Ali Larter To Reprise Opposite Milla Jovovich
EXCLUSIVE: Ali Larter is set to reprise as Claire Redfield in the final chapter of the Screen Gems post apocalyptic franchise Resident Evil, with Paul W.S. Anderson back to direct a script he wrote. Constantin Film's Robert Kulzer, Impact Pictures' Jeremy Bolt, Davis-Films' Samuel Hadida, and Anderson are producing and Martin Moszkowicz serving as executive producer. The film starts shooting this September in South Africa. The story picks up after the events of Resident Ev… Read
New Line Buys Fast-Tracked Thriller Pitch ‘The Children’
EXCLUSIVE: New Line has just closed a deal to acquire The Children, a pitch by the writing team of Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis. This is being fast-tracked; New Line is looking to get it into production early next year. The general gist: a social worker investigating the mysterious disappearance of two children discovers her own family might also be in jeopardy.
The scribes made the 2013 Black List for their spec Elsewhere, and they just adapted the Spanish film Sleep T… Read
‘Mission: Impossible’ Accepted At FX – Along With ‘Trainwreck’, ‘Pixels’ & Others
FX Networks continues to gobble up TV rights to hit movies. This time the slew of pickups includes Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which dominated the domestic and overseas box office over the weekend. The Tom Cruise-led sequel is headed to the company’s suite of networks – FX, FXX and FXM and FXNow for VOD, along with the Judd Apatow-Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck, Adam Sandler’s Pixels, the John Green adaptation Paper Towns and recent No. 1 opener Spy, starring… Read
‘Shaun The Sheep’ Review: Shear Genius From Oscar-Winning Aardman
EDITORS NOTE: Due to technical issues, the video version of this review will accompany the article later in the week.
Aardman, the great animation outfit responsible for such clever ‘toons as Chicken Run, The Pirates! and Wallace & Gromit, have done it again with Shaun The Sheep, the first starring feature for the infamous character who appeared in Wallace & Gromit and had his own TV series. But nothing could prepare us for the ultimate delight and charm of this new film… Read
‘Rogue Nation’ Puts Cruise In Control At $64.5M Offshore; Sets Career & ‘M:I’ Franchise Bests – Intl Box Office Final
3rd UPDATE, 12:27 PM PT: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation opened to No. 1 in most of its 40 markets and the highest opening ever in those same markets and it will log in as highest ever weekend opening for a Tom Cruise movie in 25 countries. It rode in with about $600K less than estimated over the weekend but still stellar and has yet to bow in China.
Final updates are also in for Universal Studios’ comedy Trainwreck, their animated family film Minions and the rest of… Read
Alec Baldwin & Ex NYC Deputy Mayor Randy Mastro Ride Next Wave At Hamptons Film Fest Board
Alec Baldwin and Randy Mastro have been elected as co-chairmen of the Hamptons International Film Festival board of directors, taking over after the 23rd annual event ends on October 12. Stuart Match Suna, a founder of the festival in 1992, will be stepping down from his position as chairman after 18 years but will continue to support HIFF as Chair Emeritus.
"Both Alec and Randy have been instrumental to the festival over the past decade, and I'm very pleased to see them… Read
Aurora Theater Shooting Jury Votes Unanimously For Death Sentence; Penalty Phase Moves To Final Stage – Update
UPDATED 11:36 AM: Less than three weeks after James Holmes was convicted on all counts in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, the same jury has voted unanimously that he should get the death penalty. The nine women and three men were tasked with deciding whether mitigating factors such as the mental illness and the shooter’s lack of a criminal record were in play, in which case they could have given him life without parole. The penalty phase now moves to the third stage… Read
Deadline Founder Nikki Finke Starts Fiction Site Hollywood Dementia: Excerpt
Deadline founder and former editor-in-chief Nikki Finke is up and running with Hollywood Dementia, a new website devoted to fiction showbiz stories written by Hollywood insiders. She tells me the site gets off the ground today with offerings from Hollywood lawyer Bertram Fields, David Letterman's head writer Bill Scheft, Antonio Bogdanovich (daughter of Peter Bogdanovich and Polly Platt), and TV and feature writers Peter Lefcourt, Cynthia Mort, Jay Abramowitz & Tom Musca… Read
Dakota Johnson Pic ‘Chloe And Theo’ Lands At ARC Entertainment; Monterey Media Acquires ‘Of Mind And Music’
ARC Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights for the global warming-themed drama Chloe And Theo. The film will hit theaters and VOD simultaneously on September 4, 2015. The story follows an Inuit man named Theo who travels to New York as part of an effort to draw attention to the destructive effects of global warming. While there, he meets a young homeless woman with a zest for life and an obsession with Bruce Lee – forming an unlikely friendship, the two join forces to… Read
Warner Bros Sets ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Pic As Lawsuit Ends
Over 10 months after the final arguments in the lawsuit over whether production company Sweetpea Entertainment or toy giant Hasbro owned the sequel rights to Dungeons & Dragons, Warner Bros today announced that everything is resolved and they are making a D& D movie. "We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life on the big screen," said WB Pictures’ Creative Development and Worldwide Production boss Greg Silverman. "This is far and away the… Read
PEZ, The Animated Candy, Will Spin Out PEZ, The Animated Movie
Just imagine the theme-park ride. Envision Media Arts has entered an exclusive agreement with PEZ Candy Inc. to develop an animated feature based on the spring-loaded lozenge dispensers with the flip-up heads. Cameron Fay (The Three Stooges Movie, Brother In Law) has popped up to script it. Lee Nelson and David Buelow will produce for EMA. Gregg Rossen, Brian Sawyer and Jonathan Hung brought the project to EMA and will executive produce along with EMA's David… Read
‘Criminal’, ‘Dirty Grandpa’ & ‘Mechanic: Resurrection’ Get New Release Dates
EXCLUSIVE: Two action thrillers. Both set in London. Both from Millennium Films. On the same release date. Until now. Lionsgate just moved Criminal, starring Gary Oldman, Kevin Costner and Ryan Reynolds, off the same release date that London Has Fallen occupied after Gramercy and Focus staked out the same weekend a couple of months ago in a bit of schedule swap of its own. The Olympus Has Fallen follow-up, which returns stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhardt and Morgan… Read