Keith Levine Exits Dimension For Prexy Post At David Goyer’s Phantom Four
EXCLUSIVE: David Goyer’s Phantom Four has hired Keith Levine to be president of the production company. Levine joins from Dimension Films, where he spent the past eight years and rose to senior vice president of production. Among the films he worked on closely was 47 Meters Down, which became a hit for Entertainment Studios, and on which Levine received exec producer credit. He also worked closely on the upcoming Dimension genre film Polaroid, which bows Thanksgiving… Read
Brian Nitzkin Joins Myriad Pictures As SVP Business Affairs
Myriad Pictures has hired Brian Nitzkin as SVP Business Affairs to oversee contracts and legal work for its slate of films, as well as oversee all business affairs with Myriad’s international distributors. He joins the indie production, financing and distribution company from IM Global.
“Brian’s many years of experience working with production, distribution and financing are very much appreciated,” said Myriad President Kirk D’Amico. “We welcome him as a member of our… Read
‘Big Guns,’ A Satirical Novel About The Gun Lobby By Former NY Congressman Steve Israel, Picked Up For Feature
EXCLUSIVE: Indie producer J. Todd Harris and his company, Branded Pictures Entertainment have optioned the motion picture rights to Big Guns, a satirical novel about the gun industry by former New York congressman Steve Israel. The book, which has a street date of April 17, 2018 from Simon & Schuster, is on a fast-track for development, as gun legislation continues to be a galvanizing national issue.
This country suffered its largest mass shooting in Las Vegas only 19… Read
Hot Josh Gad, Luke Evans, Daisy Ridley Pitch; ‘Adrift’s Aaron & Jordan Kandell To Write
EXCLUSIVE: The hot new pitch du jour that studios are circling is an untitled comedy that will be written by Aaron & Jordan Kandell, who worked on Moana and whose last spec script, Adrift, netted an STX deal with Baltasar Kormakur directing Shailene Woodley in the survival tale. The new pitch has Josh Gad, Luke Evans and Star Wars‘ Daisy Ridley attached and it is expected to land quickly. I’m told the best way to describe it is a character-driven comedy that takes an… Read
Alexandra Shipp Talks ‘Tragedy Girls’, Subverting Female Roles In Horror Films, Teases ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’
In Tyler MacIntyre’s horror-comedy Tragedy Girls (in theaters October 20), Alexandra Shipp plays McKayala, the perfect mix of an outgoing, popular homecoming queen hopeful and deviant sociopath who enjoys the occasional act of Final Destination-inspired homicide. Along with her BFF Sadie (Brianna Hildebrand), the two are amateur crime reporters on their “Tragedy Girls” blog and hellbent on boosting their social media popularity.
To do that, they kidnap a serial killer so… Read
Netflix Pre-empts ‘Kate’, Eyes April Start And $25M Budget For Female-Centric Action Script
EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of Ted Sarandos’ startling revelation to the financial community that Netflix aims to generate 80 feature films in 2018, the streaming service just took off the table a hot script by giving it basically a production commitment and a $25 million budget, sources said. Scripted by Umair Aleem, Kate is a hard action film with a female protagonist that sources said is evocative of Kill Bill and La Femme Nikita. The writer’s vision of the film is this… Read
Megyn Kelly Not So Sure Harvey Weinstein Scandal Will Bring Sea Change
NBC News host Megyn Kelly’s reaction to those who say the Harvey Weinstein scandal marks the start of a sea change?
In a piece for Time magazine, Kelly, who was among the women who came forward claiming to have been sexually harassed by the late Fox News Chief Roger Ailes, said she thought his ouster marked the start of a sea change. And, she thought so again, when Silicon Valley began to disgorge its own stories of harassment against women.
“Now that we are in… Read
Harvey Weinstein Stripped Of 2002 BFI Fellowship
The British Film Institute has joined other film organizations in severing ties with Harvey Weinstein, announcing today its decision to withdraw its BFI Fellowship that was awarded to the Oscar-winning producer in 2002.
It follows similar decisions by the likes of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild and fellow UK org BAFTA in cutting off Weinstein, who was fired from the The Weinstein Company earlier this month after an onslaught of investi… Read
‘I, Tonya’ Teaser: Margot Robbie As Tonya Harding Dark Comedy Hits The Ice
With the Winter Olympics on the horizon, the timing of the release of I, Tonya (it opens beginning December 8 in New York and Los Angeles) couldn’t be any more perfect — and now with the first teaser, we have the first look at the sensational take on the story of polarizing U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding and the attack on Nancy Kerrigan before the 1994 Winter Olympics that captivated a nation.
Directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, The Finest Hours) from a… Read
Chiwetel Ejiofor’s ‘The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind’ Sails Into Production
Chiwetel Ejiofor’s The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind which marks the actor’s directorial debut has started production in Malawi. Ejiofor will star in the project he also adapted from the book written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.
Participant Media, BBC Films and BFI, with funds from the National Lottery, are lead financiers on the project, along with Head Gear, Econet and LipSync. Participant will be handling the sale of North American distribution rights, while… Read
Howard Stern Offers Jimmy Kimmel His Dirty Laundry And Thoughts On Harvey Weinstein
Howard Stern brought Jimmy Kimmel his dirty laundry, after learning David Letterman had given the ABC late-night host a box of his ties when he retired.
Stern complained he watched Kimmel “fawning all over Dave” the previous night, as Jimmy Kimmel Live broadcasts from Brooklyn this week, though he himself has been a bigger influence on Kimmel. “So I brought you a gift,” he snarked, dumping a bag of underwear, socks, and T-shirts on his desk.
Stern’s radio program has… Read
‘Get Out’ Tops IFP Gotham Awards Nominations; ‘Mudbound’ Voted Special Jury Award
Blumhouse/Universal’s feature Get Out from filmmaker Jordan Peele fired up awards season this morning with its first set of nominations at the 27th annual IFP Gotham Awards.
The $4.5 million-budgeted movie that made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival as a secret screening received four nominations — more than any other indie title — including best feature, best screenplay by Peele, breakthrough director for Peele and best actor Daniel Kaluuya. To date, Get Out has… Read