Google, Samsung And The Future of Mobile Entertainment
With deep apologies to Shakespeare, would a phone by any other name call so sweet? That was the question, more or less, for me when I tried out phones and other Android-based devices from Google and Samsung in recent days. I wanted to explore some of the most notable mobile devices made by two giant companies not named Apple, and see what they suggest about where entertainment is headed.
As this year's holiday season hits full frenzy today, Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 and… Read
The China-Hollywood Poker Play: Is There A Sucker At This Table?
The first rule of China is you don't talk about China. Unless, of course, you live in Hollywood, in which case all you do is talk about China as execs find themselves in the midst of a historic shift in the global balance of power.
After more than a century, the studios are no longer the senior partner at the table, able to dictate terms at will, at least with respect to what will soon be the world's largest single theatrical market. China's box office, which annually… Read
Jake Gyllenhaal’s Startling ‘Southpaw’ Makeover: Exclusive Photo
EXCLUSIVE: Jake Gyllenhaal won fans for his dedication and commitment in losing 25 pounds to play the sociopathic nocturnal adrenaline junkie and camera man Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler. He's remade himself in a whole different physical fashion to play a championship prize fighter next year in Southpaw, and I'm betting it will have Gyllenhaal in the conversation with past actors who've trained to turn in memorable ring performances, a list that includes Raging Bull's Robert D… Read
Turkey Day Domestic Box Office Dips As ‘Mockingjay’ Flies Past $200M Overseas
UPDATE, FRIDAY AM: As is traditionally the case, box office for Thanksgiving Thursday was softer than on Wednesday across the top films. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 still leads the pack, grossing an estimated $11.05M on Thursday, down from Wednesday's $14.55M. The domestic cume is now $168.6M. On the international front, however, the Jennifer Lawrence-starrer has flown past $200M for an estimated worldwide cume of $370M thus far.
Penguins Of Madagascar, in 3,654… Read
Making Music In ‘Whiplash:’ Teller, Simmons, Chazelle On Playing The Room
In this video from our Oscar showcase The Contenders, Whiplash stars Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons talk about their own surprisingly substantial music backgrounds and how that helped shape writer/director Damien Chazelle's intense, mostly autobiographical tale of the relationship between a teacher and a jazz drummer.
“We were making music in the room,” says Simmons of the film's performance segments, shot alongside professional jazz musicians. “It was really cool.”
‘Paddington': Potential Game-Changer For Studiocanal; Euro Major Bares Ambition
Darkest Peru may seem an unlikely place to find the inspiration to become a global player. For Studiocanal, however, the jungles of the Latin American country may just have led them to a game-changer in the guise of a lovable bear called Paddington.
Based on Brit author Michael Bond's much-loved series of books, Paddington the film is, by some margin, Studiocanal's most ambitious project ever. (See trailer below.) In addition to cementing its position as Europe's leading… Read
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Brings The Dark Side, And The Light: Hot Teaser
Stormtroopers, droids, X-wing fighters, light sabers, John Williams' iconic theme and the Millennium Falcon (!) all make an appearance in the first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The 88-second sneak (above) just dropped this morning after beginning to unspool in 30 North American theaters bright and early. Secrecy has shrouded JJ Abrams' hugely anticipated Episode VII and this brief look doesn't give much away in terms of plot. But every element is already being… Read
Cannes Pics Vie For Delluc Prize; China Plans 6 ‘Three Body’ Films: Global Showbiz Briefs
The shortlist for France's Louis Delluc Prize, one of the country's highest film honors, has been released with 14 films making the cut across two categories: Best Film and Best Debut Feature. Among the eight main movies, six hail from this year's Cannes crop. Saint Laurent - which is France's entry for the Foreign Language Oscar - by Bertrand Bonello; Olivier Assayas' Juliette Binoche/Kristen Stewart-starrer Clouds Of Sils Maria; veteran Jean-Luc Godard's 3D Goodbye To La… Read
Mike Leigh On Painting Timothy Spall Into ‘Mr. Turner:’ The Contenders
Mr. Turner writer-director Mike Leigh, who has been nominated for Oscars five times, knew exactly who he wanted to play the lead role in his new biopic about the revered and irascible English Romantic painter J.M.W. Turner.
That was, as he tells Deadline's Pete Hammond in this video clip from our recent Oscar showcase The Contenders, veteran character actor Timothy Spall.
Spall was the only actor Leigh said he considered for the role, and he's perhaps best known for his… Read
Frank Yablans, Former Paramount President, Dead At 79
Frank Yablans was president of Paramount during some of the studio's most golden years from 1971 to 1975. Working under notorious owner Charlie Bludhorn, Yablans' tenure included such Oscar winners and nominees as The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Serpico, Paper Moon, Chinatown and Murder On The Orient Express. He died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes this morning, his son, ICM Partners' Eddy Yablans, told Deadline.
Frank Yablans worked in his early years… Read
Plan For Imposing Quota On Hollywood Movies Scrapped By Russian Parliament
Proposed legislation that would have cut the current number of Hollywood films playing in Russian theaters by as much as half is dead, according to Leonid Levin, head of the information policy committee of the Russian Duma quoted by local media. He called regulating the features that hit Russian theaters by imposing a quota unnecessary. “If there are good Russian movies, people turn out to see them anyway,” he said.
Levin's announcement comes on the heels of Russian… Read
P.D. James, Veteran British Crime Novelist & ‘Children Of Men’ Author, Dies At 94
One of the most prolific and beloved of British crime novelists, P.D. James, passed away today in Oxford, England. Best known for her series of detective novels centering around Scotland Yard Commander/poet Adam Dagliesh, James was 94. Her non-Dagliesh book, Children Of Men, was the basis for Alfonso Cuaron's 2006 Oscar nominated film of the same name. She also recently was the impetus for Death Comes To Pemberley, a BBC and Masterpiece miniseries based on her novel that… Read