Box Office Friday: ‘Maze Runner’ Over $30M; Liam’s Leisurely ‘Walk’ To $14M; ‘Where I Leave You’ Stays Put At No. 3
UPDATED, Saturday 7:30 AM: This morning, The Maze Runner is right in line with our estimates last night, given that we think today will be a strong moviegoing time for this YA offering from Fox. While it looked much softer in matinees yesterday, we held off reporting because we knew that the audience for this picture was going to come out in the evening and late night showings. They did. If this gains tonight by around 10%, Fox will see the weekend end at $30M to $32M (as… Read
David Fincher Talks Boxed Heads, “Silliness” Of Movies & Breaking Rules At BAFTA Event
As awards season begins to roll out, BAFTA hosted director David Fincher for its Life in Pictures series tonight in London. The prestigious lineup of career interviews in the past has featured such talent as Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes and Tom Hanks.
Discussing a career on the big screen that has spanned nearly 25 years, Fincher waxed lyrical on his work past and present, engaging the industry audience — of whom many are not only BAFTA members but also Academy voters —… Read
Roberto Orci’s ‘Star Trek 3′ Commitment Knocks Him Out Of ‘Power Rangers’ Pic
EXCLUSIVE: Roberto Orci has dropped out of Power Rangers because his Star Trek 3 directing obligation has created a scheduling conflict. He'll no longer be exec producer of the film. It doesn't change Lionsgate and Haim Saban's intention to release Power Rangers worldwide on July 22, 2016. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who penned the screenplays for X-Men: First Class and Thor, will continue to write the script. Saban, who hatched the Power Rangers franchise, is… Read
Aussie Thriller ‘Kill Me Three Times’ Sells To Magnolia: TIFF
EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia is closing a low-seven-figure deal on Kill Me Three Times, the Kriv Stenders-directed genre film that premiered at Toronto in the Contemporary World Cinema section. The James McFarland-scripted film has a strong cast. It stars Alice Braga, Luke Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer, Simon Pegg, and Sullivan Stapleton. Magnolia's plan is for a big theatrical push for a pic that's a raucous and violent ride in the spirit of films like Seven Psychopaths.
The tale… Read
Charles Manson Book ‘The Family’ To Become Movie With ‘American Psycho’ Screenwriter Penning It
Roxwell Films has optioned rights to produce Ed Sanders' 1971 book The Family, which described the arc of Charles Manson's life leading to the notorious 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders. Roxwell's Jeremy Rosen and Kevin Shulman are producing and already are into development of the pic, which will be adapted by Guinevere Turner and is set to start preproduction this year. Turner co-wrote with director Mary Harron the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel American Psycho,… Read
‘Midnight Rider’ Location Manager: No Plan “To Film A Scene On Active Railroad Tracks”
EXCLUSIVE: Midnight Rider location manager Charles Baxter today denied having anything to do with the railroad trestle shoot on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic, which was the setting of the February 20 death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones. In fact, in a court filing made by his lawyer Kirk Schroeder on Friday (read it here), Baxter revealed publicly for the first time that he was unable to get permission from property owner CSX to conduct filming on the… Read
HBO Suspends Pre-Production On Joe Paterno Movie With Brian De Palma & Al Pacino
It's been 20 months since Deadline broke the story of the Scarface duo of director Brian De Palma and Al Pacino's re-teaming for Happy Valley. The film chronicles the fall of Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, whose legend was undone by revelations he and others in the football program were aware that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was molesting children, and did little to stop it.
We can exclusively report that the project, based on the bestselling… Read
Peter Kujawski Named Managing Director Of Universal Pictures Int’l Productions
Peter Kujawski is moving from EVP Worldwide Acquisitions at Universal Pictures to a newly created position. He'll become Managing Director of Universal Pictures International Productions, the division that expands the studio's overseas presence through local production, financing partnerships, acquisitions in emerging markets and the acquisition of English-language films for the studio on a worldwide basis. Kujawski will continue to report to Universal Pictures Chairman… Read
Actress Who Leapt To Death From Hollywood Sign Finally Getting Her Movie
EXCLUSIVE: Arthur Sarkissian and writer-director Tony Kaye are teaming to bring the story of Peg Entwistle to light as a movie. She is the blond-haired, blue-eyed actress who committed suicide by jumping off the 'H' of the Hollywood sign in 1932 after she was cut out of the David O. Selznick film Thirteen Women. She was only 24.
Sarkissian (Rush Hour) will produce the picture, and Kaye will write and plans to direct.
The Wales-born Entwistle started her career on Broadway… Read
‘Mommy’ To Rep Canada In Foreign-Lingo Oscar Race; Belgium Picks ‘Two Days, One Night’
Canadian wunderkind director Xavier Dolan scored the Jury Prize in his first time in the main Cannes Competition earlier this year with Mommy. The film has now been selected to represent Canada in the Foreign Language Oscar race. While the last Canadian film to win an Oscar was 2003's The Barbarian Invasions, the country has had a strong showing with four nominees since 2006. Mommy is 25-year-old Dolan's fifth film as director and his second to rep Canada after his 2009… Read
Ever After High Mattel Property Being Developed As Film
EXCLUSIVE: Chernin Entertainment is working with Mattel to help develop an Ever After High feature film based on the popular toy line (and which has already morphed into an animated kids series). The brand is ripe for a feature film franchise. It's based on the make-believe teenage sons and daughters of famous fairy tale parents such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, The Big Bad Wolf, Goldilocks, King Charming, Rapunzel, the Frog Prince, the Swan Princess, the… Read
Anthony Hopkins Boards Pacific Northwest Thriller ‘Go With Me’
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins is re-teaming with his Kidnapping Freddy Heineken helmer Daniel Alfredson (The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest) on Go With Me, a joint production between Enderby Entertainment and The Gotham Group. Pic is adapted from the 2008 novel by Castle Freeman Jr. about a young woman who returns to her hometown in the Pacific Northwest only to be harassed by an ex-cop turned crimelord named Blackway. Forsaken… Read