WME Vet Cliff Roberts Exiting; Will He End Up At CAA?
EXCLUSIVE: This is unfolding in real time. Longtime WME agent Cliff Roberts has just parted company with the agency after 10 years there (with another six years spent as an agent at WMA after starting in the mailroom). The word is that CAA is his likely landing place, but that part hasn’t yet happened.
Roberts has a stellar client list. His longtime clients include Oscar-winning The Big Short co-writer and director Adam McKay, Central Intelligence helmer Rawson Thurber, Th… Read
Josh Hartnett In Talks To Star In Indie ‘A Moment To Remember’
EXCLUSIVE: Penny Dreadful star Josh Hartnett is in talks to star in A Moment to Remember, an indie drama to be directed by Ben Lewin (The Sessions). Lewin penned the screenplay with Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) about a young woman who falls in love with a brusque but sweet man, but their marriage is destroyed after she develops a rare case of early-onset Alzheimer’s. Production is set to begin in November.
Jena Malone joined in May as the female lead and remains… Read
‘Underground’ Exec Producer Mike Jackson On Challenging “Homogeneous” Hollywood & Having John Legend As A Partner
EXCLUSIVE: "As far as the type of projects that we're doing at Get Lifted, we just really like to shine a light on really important moments in time, and people that help create those moments," Underground executive producer Mike Jackson says of where his company is coming from — and going. In the five years since Get Lifted Film Co. started, the partnership launched by Jackson, John Legend and Ty Stiklorius has grown on to the big screen with the just-opened Southside With… Read
Tao Okamoto, Japanese Pop Star Kihiro, And Haruka Abe Cast In ‘She’s Just A Shadow’
EXCLUSIVE: Tao Okamoto, who co-starred in this summer’s Batman v. Superman: The Dawn of Justice, has been cast along with Haruka Abe (47 Ronin) and Kihiro — the front-man for the Japanese punk group Loka — in Adam Sherman’s She’s Just A Shadow. The film marks the acting debut for Kihiro. The gangster drama just got underway in Tokyo.
Japanese actress and model Okamoto was one of the faces of Ralph Lauren before she started her acting career with her debut in The Wolverine… Read
‘Insidious: Chapter 4’ Rounds Out Final Cast
EXCLUSIVE: Kirk Acevedo, Bruce Davison, Spencer Locke and Caitlin Gerard have joined the cast of Universal/Blumhouse’s Insidious: Chapter 4, which is filming and scheduled to open on October 20, 2017. Their characters are being kept under wraps.
The latest installment to the $370M microbudget franchise is being helmed by series newcomer Adam Robitel. The four join Lin Shaye as parapsychologist Elise Rainier as well as franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson… Read
‘Arrow’s Colton Haynes Cast In ‘Rock That Body’
EXCLUSIVE: Colton Haynes has joined the ensemble cast of Rock That Body, Sony’s female-driven R-rated comedy that stars Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer and Zoe Kravitz. Ty Burrell and Demi Moore also recently joined the cast of the pic, which is being directed by Lucia Aniello from a script she wrote with Paul W. Downs. Shooting is underway ahead of a June 23 release date.
The movie revolves around five friends who get a beach house in Miami… Read
New Richard Linklater Film ‘Detail’: Carell, Cranston & Fishbourne In Talks
Richard Linklater’s next film will be Last Flag Flying, a movie that will act as a sequel to Jack Nicholson’s 1973 film The Last Detail. Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne are in talks to topline the pic, though we’re told those are in early days. The original film, based on a book by Darryl Ponicsan, was about two member of the Navy who must shepherd a third to prison but have fun along the way. Last Flag Flying, also the title of Ponicsan’s follow-up… Read
‘Ordinary World’ Gets Fall Release Date; ‘Walden’ Adds Demián Bichir & T.J. Miller
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group has set an October 14 day-and-date release for Ordinary World, fka Geezer, a comedic drama starring Billie Joe Armstrong that premiered at Tribeca in April. The Green Day frontman plays Perry, an aging former punk rocker who’s now a married father of two. He leads a sedate life in Queens until his brother (Chris Messina) gives him money to throw a huge 40th birthday rockstar bash in a fancy Manhattan hotel — a chance to… Read
Belgium Selects ‘The Ardennes’ For Foreign Language Oscar Race; Korea Taps Spy Film ‘Age Of Shadows’
Belgium has tapped Robin Pront’s The Ardennes as it selection for this year’s Oscar Foreign Language race. The pic, which premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, was acquired by Film Movement earlier this year and a fall U.S. debut is in the works. The movie, from Belgium's 2012 Foreign Language Oscar nominee Bullhead producer Savage Films, kicks off when a brutal robbery goes hopelessly wrong. Dave, one of the two robbers, manages to run off leaving his brother… Read
Kaitlyn Dever & Hannah Murray Joins Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riots Pic; Indie ‘Walden’ Adds Demián Bichir & T.J. Miller
Kaitlyn Dever and Hannah Murray are the latest cast additions to Kathryn Bigelow’s film set against the Detroit race riots of a half-century ago. No details about their roles, but the pair join Jacob Latimore, Algee Smith, Will Poulter, Ben O'Toole, Jack Reynor and John Boyega in the pic scripted by Mark Boal and funded by Annapurna. Exploring the systemic racism in urban Detroit, the crime drama is set against the backdrop of the city's devastating riots that took place… Read
Kathryn Bigelow Adds Cast To Mark Boal-Scripted Detroit Movie
Kaitlyn Dever and Hannah Murray have been cast in Kathryn Bigelow's untitled Detroit movie, a crime drama from an original screenplay by her Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker collaborator Mark Boal. The Detroit story which is set against the riots that took place over five days in 1967, is Bigelow’s next project and is being financed by Annapurna Pictures. It’s set to go before the cameras this summer with John Boyega in a leading role.
The film explores systemic… Read
Chris Parnell Enrolls In New Line’s ‘Life Of The Party’; Nicky Whelan Joins ‘Tragedy Girls’
EXCLUSIVE: Chris Parnell is continuing his education and has signed on to Melissa McCarthy’s college-set comedy Life of the Party, which began filming last week in Atlanta. Described as in the vein of the 1986 Rodney Dangerfield comedy Back to School, Life of the Party stars McCarthy as an adult attending university much later in life, with Parnell playing one of her professors. Maya Rudolph, Gillian Jacobs, Jacki Weaver, Molly Gordon, Jessie Ennis, Jimmy O. Yang and… Read