How Warner Bros And Andrew Lazar Won War Photog Book Scrum
EXCLUSIVE: How did Warner Bros win the most hotly contested book auction in a long time, closing a deal last night for It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life Of Love And War, the memoir of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Lynsey Addario? I’m hearing they were in a dead heat with several other suitors, until they executed the equivalent of a Hail Mary pass to get Steven Spielberg. Warner Bros, led by Greg Silverman, Racheline Benveniste and Julia Spiro, was squarely in… Read
Warner Bros Shifts ‘Max’ To June; RLJ Entertainment Ups One Exec, Hires Another
Call it the dog days of summer. Warner Bros has moved the release of its Boaz Yakin-directed pic Max up by two months to June 26. The film about a wayward teen who befriends the military dog that was partnered to his older brother, a Marine killed in action in Afghanistan, was set to bow August 21. Josh Wiggins, Thomas Haden Church and Lauren Graham star. It now will face off against a pair of comedies: Universal’s Seth MacFarlane sequel Ted 2 and Clarius Entertainment’s T… Read
‘He Never Died’ Clip: Henry Rollins Even More Badass In SXSW Midnight Pic
Henry Rollins is an actor, musician, author, journalist, radio host, world traveler, publisher and a whole lot more — but Los Angeles folks of a certain age might remember him best at the ’80s frontman for punk legends Black Flag. Regardless, it’s unlikely anyone has seen him like this: with a hunger for human flesh. Welcome to He Never Died, writer-director Jason Krawczyk’s film about Jack (Rollins), an outcast and recluse with a violent past who battles his eternal… Read
Steve Martin To Take ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ With Ang Lee
EXCLUSIVE: Steve Martin is joining the cast of the Ang Lee-directed Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk for TriStar. Martin will join newcomer Joe Alwyn, with Garrett Hedlund in line for another key role. The adaptation of the Ben Fountain novel starts shooting in April.
In the film, Bravo Company, and 19-year-old private Billy Lynn, survive a harrowing Iraq battle that is captured by news cameras. They are brought home by the U.S. administration for a promotional tour… Read
‘Captain America’s Russo Brothers Enter Sony First-Look Deal
Sony Pictures just landed Captain America filmmaking brothers Joe Russo and Anthony Russo for a three-year, first-look features deal with the studio, starting in April. Their film Captain America: The Winter Soldier banked a whopping $714.7M worldwide for Disney and Marvel. Given the success of that property, they will next direct Captain America: Civil War for Marvel and Disney. Marvel is also circling the brothers to direct the next installments of The Avengers, sources… Read
Fox Buys ‘Foxcatcher’ Co-Writer Dan Futterman Spec ‘A Shot In The Eye'; Matt Reeves Producing
EXCLUSIVE: Boy, is it a good time to be out there selling material with A-list elements. 20th Century Fox has closed a deal on A Shot In The Eye, a spec script by Dan Futterman. He is the actor-writer who scripted Capote and with E. Max Frye scripted Foxcatcher – and was Oscar nominated for both.
The spec is a science fiction action movie in a dystopian setting, but they’re keeping the exact logline under wraps. The film will be produced by Matt Reeves, under his Sixth… Read
Skydance Gets Its Own Marketing Maven: Anne Globe Hired As CMO
Skydance Productions has hired Anne Globe to be its first Chief Marketing Officer. She’ll oversee marketing, publicity, branding, licensing and promotion for all Skydance projects and report to CEO David Ellison. She consulted on a number of live-action and animated films and was CMO for DreamWorks Animation. Among the films she worked on there were Shrek, Madagascar, and How to Train Your Dragon, and myriad other tie-ins and initiatives in features and TV projects.
Producer Will Not Re-Post Bond Parody After MGM Cries Foul – Update
UPDATE, 11:52 AM: Producer Adi Shankar will not re-post his James Bond fan film online after MGM shut it down on YouTube over copyright complaints. The producer behind the Power Rangers fan film just issued the following statement on the matter: “I have the utmost respect for MGM and the iconic character of James Bond, and although I believe my video is clearly a parody of James Bond, I will refrain from reposting it online out of respect.” The Bond parody showed the Bond… Read
Tribeca Film Festival Firms World Narrative, Docus And Viewpoint Titles
The Tribeca Film Festival has set part of the slate for its 14th annual edition, running April 15-26 in New York. They will add more premieres and sexier titles as they get closer, but here’s the partial slate:
World Narrative Feature Competition
The Adderall Diaries, directed and written by Pamela Romanowsky. (USA) – World Premiere. James Franco plays a writer who tries to rise from being blocked and Adderall addicted by jumping into a high profile murder case. Amber… Read
‘Snowden’ First-Look Photos: Joseph Gordon-Levitt In Oliver Stone’s Biopic
UPDATED with more photos: Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks ready for battle in the first-look image from Oliver Stone’s buzzy Edward Snowden biopic. Shailene Woodley and Scott Eastwood also star in the movie alongside Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant. Open Road is set to open the pic on December 25.
Interest in the NSA whistleblower remains high. CitizenFour, the chilling documentary by Laura… Read
‘Jasmine’ Trailer: Hong Kong Film Festival Pic Looks To Thrill
EXCLUSIVE: Jasmine is a psychological thriller from Shanghai Street Films that has been selected as part of the official lineup at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. It will have its world premiere on March 25 there. A Hong Kong-U.S. co-production, the English-language film marks the directorial debut of Dax Phelan who’s helming from his own script. Byron Mann (The Man With The Iron Fists), Jason Tobin (The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift), Eugenia Yuan (Memoirs… Read
UK-China Co-Production Treaty Ratified
The UK government’s culture secretary Sajid Javad today announced that the co-production treaty between the UK and China has been formally ratified.
Javid made the announcement while attending at the GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai, China alongside Miao Xiaotian, president of the China Film Co-production Corporation.
The deal, negotiated by the British Film Institute (BFI) and China's Film Bureau and China Film Co-production Corporation, with support from the… Read