‘Frat Pack’ Producers Say Cast & Crew Have Been Paid After Delay – Updated
UPDATED, 10:55 AM: Producers of the indie road-trip comedy Frat Pack say they now have paid their cast and crew, many of whom hadn't been paid because completion funds had been tied up pending the settlement of a lawsuit in Ontario, where the film was shot.
"It was an awful situation, because despite our best efforts to quickly resolve this unforeseen issue, it didn't reflect well," producer Jo Marr tells Deadline. "Cast and crew, rightly so, just wanted to get paid. They… Read
Christopher McQuarrie Accepts ‘Mission: Impossible 6’
The writer-director of the summer hit Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation made it official today: He’ll be back for Tom Cruise’s next mission. Christopher McQuarrie tweeted that he is set for the sixth installment in the lucrative action franchise but didn’t specify whether he’s directing, scripting or both:
— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) November 30, 2015
Cruise has committed to the project produced by Paramount and Skydance, which… Read
The Weinstein Co. Puts ‘The Alchemist’ In Turnaround
EXCLUSIVE: The Weinstein Co. has put its long-gestating adaptation of Paolo Coelho’s global bestseller The Alchemist into a 12-month turnaround. The decision marks the end, for now at least, of a near-decade long attempt to get the New Age page-turner to the big screen. Deadline understands that the rights now have reverted to Laurence Fishburne, who has been involved with the project even longer than the Weinsteins have.
Coelho's book is something of a publishing… Read
RealD Says Potential Bidders Backed Off Over Concerns About 3D’s Prospects
What scared away all but one of the potential bidders in RealD? That’s still unclear, although a new SEC filing from the 3D technology company cites others’ concerns about “perceived risks around consumer appetite for 3D films,” as well as fears that theaters might not renew their deals to license RealD technology.
Early this month RealD wrapped up a hunt for a buyer, which began in February, by accepting Rizvi Traverse Management’s offer of $551 million, including… Read
Fullscreen Taps Ex-Hulu Boss Andy Forssell As COO
Andy Forssell, the longtime Hulu executive who in 2013 served a stint as interim CEO, has joined online video company Fullscreen as Chief Operating Officer. He will oversee day-to-day operations of the company's three divisions — serving creators, brands and consumers — as well as shared services including marketing, technology and product development. He also joins the board of directors.
At Hulu, Forssell rose to SVP Content, while also overseeing tech and operations… Read
Slamdance Film Festival Slate Announced
The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled the Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition lineup for its 22nd edition, set for January 22-28 in Park City. The ultra-indie fest’s competition program includes 12 world premieres, three North American premieres and a U.S. premiere. Jury Awards are presented to feature films and all films are eligible for Audience Awards and the Spirit of Slamdance Award, judged by the filmmakers, who in the past have included the likes… Read
Russian Film Director Eldar Ryazanov, Icon Of Romantic Satire, Dies At 88
One of the iconic Russian movie directors from the Soviet era, Eldar Ryazanov, has died. He was 88. According to Russian news agency reports, Ryazanov died at a Moscow hospital of cardiac failure following a lengthy illness.
Born in Samara in 1927, Ryazanov wrote or co-write many of his movies. He became one of the Soviet Union’s biggest hitmakers of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. Ryazanov’s first narrative film, the 1956 Carnival in Moscow (Karnavalnaya Noch), was a breakout… Read
China Makes Space For ‘The Martian’ As ‘Good Dinosaur’ Snatches Eggs From No. 1 ‘Mockingjay 2’ – Intl B.O. Update
UPDATE, 4:15 PM PT: There's a lot this weekend that's reminiscent of last year's comparable frame, which again has a Hunger Games movie atop the heap, and a space sci-fi epic coming in at No. 2 across the globe. And yet, there are shifts to watch. The Martian seemed to have a strong China debut all but assured this weekend given the performance of recent comps, its own stellar run elsewhere and a plotline that puts the Chinese in nice light. Debuting in the Middle Kingdom… Read
’The Danish Girl’ Bows With Style; ‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’ Solid In Debut; ‘Carol’ Dominates Thanksgiving: Specialty B.O.
Focus Features' The Danish Girl had a robust beginning to its theatrical run during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, but it was The Weinstein Company's Carol that held the reins as the top per theater average champ. Open Road's Spotlight and Fox Searchlight's Brooklyn continued to show muscle as both added theaters over the holiday weekend, landing the awards contenders in the top 10 overall box office, while Bleecker Street's Trumbo surpassed a $2.6M cume after a big… Read
‘The Assassin’, ‘Carol’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Top BFI Sight & Sound’s Best Of 2015
Taiwan’s The Assassin, from this year’s Cannes Film Festival best director Hou Hsiao-Hsien, has been voted the top movie of 2015 in the British Film Institute’s poll of 168 critics for the organization’s Sight & Sound magazine. No. 2 and 3 were Todd Haynes’ Carol and George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road.
Sight & Sound editor Nick James described The Assassin, released in the U.S. by Well Go USA, as “a gorgeous work of revenge, magic and delicate restraint – a work of… Read
Will DiCaprio, Depp Or Smith Nab Best Actor Oscar Or Does Redmayne Take It Again? — Awardsline
Two years ago the Best Actor race was so crowded that such surefire contenders as Robert Redford (All Is Lost) and Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips) saw their hopes dashed right out of the gate when both were overlooked for even a nomination. Competition was lethal, as it has been for the past few years in this category. Unlike what is usually the case in the Best Actress race—though not this year—it seems there are just too many great male performances fighting for one of… Read
‘Gods Of Egypt’: ‘Selma’ Director Ava DuVernay Responds To Alex Proyas & Lionsgate Apology For Lack Of Diversity – Update
UPDATED, 3:01PM Saturday: Selma director Ava DuVernay took time out today to Tweet her responses to Friday’s post about the conspicuously non-diverse casting of Gods Of Egypt, and Lionsgate and Alex Proyas’ uncharacteristically quick public acknowledgement of the matter.
This kind of apology never happens – for something that happens all the time. An unusual occurrence worth noting. https://t.co/xRTEy7woWs
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) November 28, 2015
GODS OF EGYPT makes… Read