Fran Drescher & Peter Bogdanovich Join ‘The Creatress’; Tilda Del Toro Boards ‘Night School’; Jaden Piner Cast In ‘BOO!’
Fran Drescher and legendary director/actor Peter Bogdanovich will co-star in The Creatress, a drama co-produced by Café Oscuro Films and Digital Cuvee. Written and directed by Jason Cook, the film centers on best-selling author Eryn Bellow who concludes her bookstore tour with her agent selling film rights and closing a six figure advance for her follow-up. Headwinds arise as critics get offended by the claims that Eryn is being declared a living literary legend. The… Read
Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ Going A Week Earlier In November
After logging a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score coming out of Telluride and Toronto, Greta Gerwig’s semi-autobiographical film Lady Bird will open Nov. 3 in limited theaters instead of Nov. 10. The A24 title will also break wide over Thanksgiving.
Lady Bird follows a fiercely independent high school senior (Saoirse Ronan) who yearns to go to college in New York so that she can get out of her humdrum Sacramento home town and away from her tormenting mom (Laurie Metcalf).
Lady Bi… Read
Rob Morrow Joins War Drama ‘The Kill Team’
EXCLUSIVE: Rob Morrow is set to join Nat Wolff and Alexander Skarsgård in The Kill Team, the Afghanistan War drama from writer-director Dan Krauss based on his 2013 documentary. Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing.
Based on the true story told in the docu, The Kill Team centers on Adam (Wolff), an eager American soldier who doesn’t fit in with his rowdy, trigger-happy squad and is coerced by his new sergeant (Skarsgård) into killing civilians against his will — or… Read
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’: Aaron McCusker Cast As Freddie Mercury Boyfriend Jim Hutton
EXCLUSIVE: Aaron McCusker has been cast as Freddie Mercury’s lover Jim Hutton in 20th Century Fox's Bohemian Rhapsody, which is being directed by Bryan Singer. Hutton was a key figure in Mercury's life — a hairdresser and boyfriend who was with Mercury for the last six years of Queen frontman’s life. Hutton nursed him when he was ill and was by his side when he died in 1991. Mercury died wearing a wedding ring that Hutton had given him.
After they developed a relationship… Read
Elaine Brown’s ‘A Taste Of Power’ About Only Woman To Lead Black Panther Party Acquired By The Firm, Robbie Brenner
EXCLUSIVE: The Firm has acquired the rights to Elaine Brown's 1992 memoir, A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story about the first (and only) woman to lead the Black Panther Party. Brown led the party from 1974 to 1977 while co-founder Huey Newton was in exile in Cuba. Newton founded the party with Bobby Seale in 1966 and Brown joined as a member just two years later. The Firm is currently in negotiations with a writer to adapt Brown’s book, which will then be produced by… Read
‘Jane’ First Look: Doc On Jane Goodall’s Early Work With Chimps Culled From 100 Hours Of Unseen Footage
EXCLUSIVE: One of the highlights of the recent Toronto Film Festival (and sure to be at the upcoming New York Film Festival) was the premiere of the extraordinary National Geographic documentary Jane which is based on 100 hours of recently discovered 16MM film footage of Jane Goodall’s first foray into the world of chimpanzees in 1962. Long thought lost, the footage shows a brave young woman at the beginning of what would become a remarkable lifelong journey with these… Read
Murders of Two Location Scouts Mourned By Location Managers Guild
Carlos Munoz Portal, 37, was murdered as he scouted locations in Mexico for the Netflix series Narcos. Ed French, 71, was scouting a commercial shoot at Twin Peaks in San Francisco when he was robbed and murdered in July. The Location Managers Guild International put out a statement about both of these colleagues:
“The Location Managers Guild International is deeply saddened by the recent loss of our professional colleagues Carlos Munoz Portal and Ed French. Both men were… Read
Liam McIntyre, ‘GLOW’s Sydelle Noel To Star In ‘The Clearing’; John D. Hickman Joins ‘The Escape of Prisoner 614’
Spartacus: War of the Damned alum Liam McIntyre, Sydelle Noel (Netflix series GLOW, Disney’s Black Panther) Steven Swadling (Kickboxer franchise), and newcomer Aundrea Smith are set to co-star in The Clearing, the feature directorial debut from Dave Matalon, who also wrote the screenplay. The pic, set at the dawn of the zombie apocalypse, follows Tom (McIntyre) who, amid tensions with his wife (Noel) over the time he spends with his young daughter Mira (Smith), takes Mira… Read
‘It’ & ‘Stranger Things’ Star Finn Wolfhard Cast In ‘Dog Days’
EXCLUSIVE: Finn Wolfhard, who is riding with the recent blockbuster horror pic It, has set his next film project. The young actor has come aboard the Ken Marino-directed film Dog Days, from LD Entertainment. Written by Elissa Matsueda and Erica Oyama, the pic follows a group of interconnected humans brought together by their canine counterparts as each faces hardships in life with their trusty pets at their side.
Wolfhard will play Tyler, an altruistic and thoughtful… Read
‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ Sequel Adds David Sakurai
EXCLUSIVE: Danish-Japanese actor David Sakurai is set for Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them sequel, the second film in J.K. Rowling's five picture Harry Potter prequel series. David Yates is at the helm once again, along with star Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Johnny Depp as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, and franchise newcomer Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore.
The film opens in 1927, a few months after magizoologist Scamander helped to unveil… Read
YouTube Red Closes $3.5M Deal For Morgan Spurlock’s Toronto Docu ‘Super Size Me 2’
UPDATED, 10:38 AM: In its biggest festival film buy, YouTube Red closed the $3.5 million deal for the Morgan Spurlock-directed Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!, as Deadline scooped on September 8. They’ve confirmed the deal this morning, and the press release is below the original break, which came early in the Toronto Film Festival just as the first screening of the docu was getting underway.
EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, September 8, 12:08 PM: The Morgan Spurlock-directed Super Size… Read
Tyler Labine, ‘Insecure’s Jay Ellis & Nik Dodani Join Sony’s ‘The Maze’
EXCLUSIVE: Tyler Labine, Jay Ellis, and Nik Dodani have enlisted in Sony’s The Maze, the psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to survive. The trio joins previously announced cast Deborah Ann Woll, Logan Miller and Taylor Russell in the film, which Adam Robitel is directing.
The project, said to be in the vein of David Fincher’s 1997 film The Game, is being produced by Neal Moritz and… Read