Kevin Smith To Donate Dividends From Weinstein-Made Movies To Women In Film
In response to the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, filmmaker Kevin Smith, whose career was launched and propped by the New York-based mogul, is donating all the residuals going forward from his Miramax and Weinstein Co.-produced canon to the non-profit Women in Film.
Women in Film per their mission statement “advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screen industries to achieve parity and transform culture.” The organization monitors… Read
Los Angeles Film Festival Moving To Fall Starting In 2018
The Los Angeles Film Festival said today that beginning next year the fest will take place in September, setting itself up to be involved in the heated and crowded fall festival season that includes the Telluride, Venice, Toronto and New York film fests. The L.A. fest had been held in June.
The fest, run by Film Independant, said today the 2018 edition will bow in late September; the New York fest this year ran September 28-October 5, which could mean a West Coast-East… Read
Melanie Liburd Cast In ‘Brian Banks’ Movie
EXCLUSIVE: Melanie Liburd, who co-stars on Netflix’s Gypsy, has been set to join the cast of Brian Banks, a biopic starring Aldis Hodge and Greg Kinnear. The Tom Shadyac-directed biopic tells the story of Banks (Hodge), an All-American high school football player committed to USC whose life was upended in 2002 when he was falsely accused of rape. Despite maintaining his innocence, Banks was railroaded through the system and sentenced to a decade of prison and… Read
Twitter Policy Changes Under Review: Glorification Of Violence, Unwanted Sexual Advances Targeted
Protests and boycotts followed ’s blundering overreaction to Rose McGowan last week, when the social-media platform temporarily suspended the actress’s account after she posted a phone number during her ongoing campaign against sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood.
Now, CEO Jack Dorsey is going public with a slew of pending policy and enforcement changes.
After pledging to “take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them,” Dorsey has… Read
Zac Brown Bands Together With Propagate For Film & TV Deal, Eyes Reality Series
Country music star Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band fame is teaming with Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens’ Propagate on a deal with Brown’s Southern Reel production company. The plan is to develop and produce projects for TV, film and digital that speaks to Brown’s vision of life in the South.
Among the projects in the early stages of development moving forward is a reality series focused on Southern Ground, Brown’s lifestyle brand headquarters. The show will follow the team… Read
‘Mary And The Witch’s Flower’ Sets Special One-Night Event For Nationwide Premiere
Studio Ponoc is pulling out all the stops for their debut feature Mary and the Witch’s Flower. On January 18, 2018, Studio Ponoc will team with Fathom Events and Gkids for a one-night special event for the film’s national premiere prior to its wide theatrical release.
The premiere event will be nationwide in select theaters with showings at 7 PM (dubbed in English) and 8 PM (subtitled in English) local time. The event will also feature additional content including an… Read
Bill Nighy, Jack Lowden Step Into ‘Made In Italy’
Bill Nighy and Jack Lowden (Mary Queen of Scots, Dunkirk) are now attached to James D'Arcy's feature screenplay and directorial debut Made In Italy. The comedy, set in Tuscany, is about a bohemian London artist Robert (Nighy), who returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack (Lowden) to make a quick sale of the house they inherited from his late wife. The film is slated to go before the cameras next year in both Tuscany and London.
The film was developed by London-based… Read
Retrial! How Dan Gilroy & Denzel Trimmed 12 Minutes Of ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq’ Following Toronto Bow
EXCLUSIVE: The creative team behind the legal thriller Roman J. Israel, Esq is appealing for a retrial. After a Toronto International Film Festival premiere, the drama has been substantially reconfigured by writer/director Dan Gilroy and star Denzel Washington, to become what they feel is a much leaner, tighter and more focused drama. They dropped a dozen minutes from the running time, moved up a key scene, dropped another, and radically changed the musical backdrop. Sony… Read
‘Boo 2!’ To Shut Down Expensive ‘Geostorm’ In Crowded Weekend – Box Office Preview
For a second weekend in a row, a low-budget movie will take out an exorbitantly-budgeted one for the top spot. Lionsgate’s Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, the sequel to last autumn’s surprise hit, is expected to make $20 million-$25 million in a crowded weekend that includes such wide entries as Warner Bros/Skydance Media’s $120M-plus disaster film Geostorm (some say that the movie is way over that figure), Universal/Working Title’s The Snowman, Sony/Black Label… Read
Los Angeles City Attorney “Will Prosecute” Harvey Weinstein If Victims Come Forward
On a day that saw Harvey Weinstein resign from the board of directors at The Weinstein Company amid an ever-growing sexual harassment scandal, the Los Angeles City Attorney is asking victims to contact his office with their stories.
“Please come forward so your cases — and justice — can be pursued,” said Mike Feuer on Tuesday as the LAPD requested victims of the Oscar-winning producer to go public. “We take allegations like these very seriously, and where the facts… Read
‘Blade Runner 2049’ Actor Dave Bautista Joins Jaime Foxx In Animated Film ‘Groove Tails’
EXCLUSIVE: Dave Bautista, of Blade Runner 2049 and Guardians of the Galaxy, will lend his voice in multiple roles on the animated action-comedy Groove Tails, which has Jamie Foxx starring and producing. It’s set in a world where mice engage in a competitive street dance competition.
How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda 2 animator Cameron Hood is attached to direct the project. Johnny Mack developed the story and wrote the first draft of the script with the most… Read
Vanessa Hudgens & Annaleigh Ashford Board Jennifer Lopez-Starring Film ‘Second Act’
High School musical alumna Vanessa Hudgens and Masters of Sex actress Annaleigh Ashford have joined Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini in the romantic comedy Second Act, from STXfilms. Peter Segal is attached to direct the pic, which STX and Lopez, put together, based on an idea by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham, both of whom drafted the screenplay.
Said to be along the lines of Lopez’s previous rom-com, Maid In Manhattan, and classic comedy Working Girl, the pic… Read