Bart & Fleming: Johnny Depp, Natalie Portman Drive Tempting Packages As Strike Talk Looms
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.
FLEMING: Why does it seem like every week in Hollywood starts with such tumultuous twists and turns? Sure, Scott Stuber is now steering Netflix's movie moves, Jim Gianopulos starts the rebuild of Paramount Pictures, and Sony seems to have its list of candidates to replace Michael Lynton… Read
George Lucas Family Foundation Donates An Additional $10M To USC In Support of Student Diversity
The George Lucas Family Foundation has donated an additional $10 million to USC's School of Cinematic Arts, expanding its support of student diversity, announced Dean Elizabeth M. Daley. The new endowment raises the Foundation's total donation to $20 million.
Established in the fall 2016 semester with an initial $10 million, the George Lucas Family Foundation Endowed Student Support Fund for Diversity was created for students from underrepresented communities who qualify… Read
‘The Boss Baby’ Review: Alec Baldwin Is Newborn On A Mission In Funny & Frenetic Toon
It seems that most animated movies aimed at kids these days are mostly exclusively laden with animal characters with human traits, but DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby has other ideas, and as I say in my video review above for lovers of genuinely amusing toons it is a wildly funny, original and entertaining flick for all ages. In fact it really seems a throwback to a zanier Chuck Jones-Ward Kimball form of animated treat — one full of non-stop antics, comic action and… Read
Roman Polanski Lashes Out As Judge Ponders Possible U.S. Return
EXCLUSIVE: Roman Polanski might not find out for several weeks what the next step is in his efforts to return to the U.S. nearly 40 years after fleeing American justice for the rape of a 13-year-old girl. But today his lawyer certainly wants to rev up the process and put the system on notice.
"Court expressed disbelief of why Roman Polanski would hesitate to trust the Court to sentence him after what the Court called an 'open plea,' " reads a second supplemental argument… Read
‘Ness’ Locks Up Paul Greengrass And Brian Helgeland For Paramount Pictures
EXCLUSIVE: An updated version telling the story of one of America’s bravest and incorruptible lawman has grabbed the attention of Bourne franchise director Paul Greengrass who is negotiating to direct the project Ness, written by Brian Helgeland for Paramount Pictures. Helgeland won and Oscar for his LA Confidential screenplay and worked with Greengrass on The Bourne Supremacy. The project is based on the graphic novel Torso by Brian Michael Bendis and Marc… Read
Jim Gianopulos Takes Reins Of Paramount As Chairman & CEO
Former Fox Filmed Entertainment Group chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos is (finally) taking the reins of Paramount Pictures. He has been hired as chairman and CEO steps into the role left vacant by Brad Grey, who was pushed out of the company after multiple financial failures. The hiring puts an end to weeks of speculation and negotiations that often took place in the media. Sources said the hiring was just announced internally. Gianopulos will report directly to Viacom… Read
MGM & Annapurna Seal Multi-Year Movie Distribution Deal
MGM is partnering with Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures to distribute all of Annapurna's films in select international territories. The multi-year partnership will kick off with Annapurna's first distribution title, Kathryn Bigelow's Untitled Detroit Project, which is slated for an August 4 release in the U.S.
Bigelow’s film, written by Mark Boal and set against the backdrop of the 1967 Detroit riots, is the first project to launch out of Annapurna’s new marketing and… Read
Fox Lands Pharrell Williams-Inspired Musical Movie Pitch
20th Century Fox has acquired a pitch for a musical movie inspired by the life of Pharrell Williams, Deadline has confirmed. The project extends the relationship between the studio and the Grammy-winning singer-record producer, who was a producer and supervised the music for Best Picture Oscar nominee Hidden Figures. The musical project is said to be a take on Williams’ childhood in Virginia Beach, VA. Tony-winning Spring Awakening director Michael Mayer is attached to… Read
Huayi Brothers CEO Eyes Expansion Of STX Entertainment Relationship
The CEO of China's largest privately held film firm, Huayi Brothers Media Corp, says he’s eager to "renew and deepen” his company’s cooperation with Robert Simonds' STX Entertainment.
Huayi's James Wang told Bloomberg over the weekend that — with their landmark three-year co-production and distribution deal due to expire in early 2018 — he wants to expand the relationship “beyond slate financing." The companies have held in-depth discussions about further investment and… Read
‘Beauty And The Beast’ Nears $700M WW; ‘Kong’ Has Mighty $72M China Bow, Tops $250M Offshore – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: The international box office waltz was led again this frame by Disney's Beauty And The Beast with a $119.2M sophomore session — down less than 35% from opening last weekend. The global cume is $690.3M through Sunday, making the Bill Condon-directed live-action tuner the No. 1 movie of 2017 to date worldwide. It's also tops internationally ($373.3M) and domestically ($317M).
BATB now becomes the 4th consecutive Walt Disney Studios release to pass $600M… Read
Family-Branded Films On Fire: ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Headed To $90M+; ‘Power Rangers’ Mighty With $40M+
4th Writethru Sunday AM following Saturday 11:45PM post: If there’s a tale as old as time at the box office this weekend, it’s the non-stop trend that premium brands are much bigger stars than the talent on the poster.
Disney says Beauty and the Beast‘s second weekend is $88.3M, but the industry believes it’s higher at $90.4M. The Burbank studio likes to play it safe with their Sunday AM reporting. Last week, Monday, of course, showed that Beauty and the Beast was much… Read
Jazz Doc ‘I Called Him Morgan’ Hits Solid Note; ‘Wilson’ Walks Slow – Specialty B.O.
The first weekend of spring was mostly a chill at the Specialty box office, with only some new and holdovers films getting decent numbers Friday to Sunday. Even some stalwarts were showing signs of fatigue. Newcomer I Called Him Morgan from Submarine Deluxe and FilmRise had the best per theater average from its single New York location, grossing $14K. FIP bowed India's Phillauri in 74 North American theaters Friday, grossing an estimated $265K, while Searchlight's Wilson… Read