Court Frees Steven Mnuchin From Relativity Media-Related Fraud Case
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s off the hook in a fraud charge tied to his tenure on the board of Relativity Media in a seven-month period leading up to its 2015 filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The New York State Supreme Court yesterday granted his motion to dismiss fraud charges against him by RKA Film Financing. But the court rejected Mnuchin’s motion to slap sanctions on RKA.
The bank consortium alleged in February that Mnuchin and 11 others at… Read
Film Academy Invites Record 774 New Members, From Gal Gadot To Betty White
UPDATED with Cheryl Boone Isaacs interview: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have unveiled 774 new members (although 30 0f those names are duplicates over several branches) invited to join the Oscars organization, bringing the total membership closer to 8,500 -ish. This is a record number, up from last
year’s 683. The invitees come from 57 countries, the organization says in unveiling its list, with the list comprising 39% female and 30% people of color… Read
BFI Teams With EON & Lucasfilm To Launch $25.5M Plan To Support Future Film Skills In UK
The British Film Institute has joined forces with a raft of film industry leaders, including Eon Productions and Lucasfilm, to launch a new venture geared towards attracting new entrants into the UK film sector whilst also equipping them with the skills needed for the country's booming business. The new plan, called Future Film Skills – An Action Plan, has already earmarked £20 million ($25.5 million) of national lottery investment to kickstart proceedings.
Speaking at… Read
Beau Willimon Will Be Next WGA East President
House of Cards creator Beau Willimon will be the next president of the WGA East. Michael Winship, the guild's president since 2007, isn't seeking re-election, and Willimon is running unopposed in the guild's upcoming officers and council election. Also running unopposed are incumbent Vice President Jeremy Pikser and incumbent Secretary-Treasurer Bob Schneider.
In the council races, the 10 candidates vying for six open freelance seats are Amy Sohn, David Handelman, Stu… Read
Universal, Mike De Luca Win ‘Spiderwick Chronicles’ Holly Black Novel ‘The Cruel Prince’
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has won an auction for screen rights to The Cruel Prince, the new fantasy novel by The Spiderwick Chronicles author Holly Black. Michael De Luca will produce through his Michael De Luca Productions banner. The novel, which will be published in January by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, is the kick off to a fantasy novel series the author is calling Folk of the Air. The Cruel Prince follows the journey of a human girl who is abducted… Read
Newbie Smith Global Media Acquires Animated Pics ‘Gnome Alone’ & ‘Charming’
Smith Global Media, the nascent distribution company founded by Will Smith’s brother Harry Smith, has acquired distribution rights to the animated family features Charming with a voice cast including Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama, and Gnome Alone. Both hail from Shrek producer John H. Williams and are financed and produced by 3QU Media in association with SC Films International.
Fresh off inking a home entertainment deal at Sony, Smith Global Media plans a late 2017… Read
James Gunn Dispels Rumors He’s Producing A ‘Howard The Duck’ Movie For Marvel
Guardians of the Galaxy franchise director James Gunn put to rest social media rumors this morning that he will produce a Howard the Duck movie for Marvel. The classic comic-book character is a favorite of Gunn’s, with Howard making cameos in both GOTG films.
But in regards to producing, Gunn tweeted today:
There is NO Howard the Duck movie at the present time. There are a lot of comic characters I love but I'm not making films of them all. https://t.co/IYNzo9R2hq… Read
‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ Redband Trailer: It’s The Mother Of All Holidays
Bad Moms pounced on an unsuspecting box office last year, pulling down $113M from a $20M budget. It was the first $100M domestic hit for STXfilms, which quickly greenlighted a sequel. And with late-June thermometers redder than a Utah primary map, here’s the first redband trailer for A Bad Moms Christmas.
Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn are reprising their roles as fed-up mothers who tend to the children, wrestle with the PTA hierarchy and stray to commit… Read
Aidan Turner Joins Sam Elliott In ‘The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot’
EXCLUSIVE: Poldark star Aidan Turner has been set to co-star in The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot, the film already toplined by Sam Elliott from writer-director Robert D. Krzykowski and executive producer John Sayles. Shooting is now set to begin August 1 on the East Coast.
The film tells the story of American soldier Calvin Barr (Turner), who leaves his true love behind to infiltrate enemy lines and kill Adolph Hitler in the heart of World War II. Decades… Read
‘Game Of Thrones’ Carice Van Houten On Duty For Brian De Palma’s ‘Domino’
EXCLUSIVE: Carice van Houten is teaming with fellow Game Of Thrones regular Nicolaj Coster-Waldau to star in Domino, the suspense thriller from Brian De Palma penned by Kon-Tiki scribe Petter Skavlan. Production got underway this month and will travel to locations in Belgium, Spain, Denmark and The Netherlands befitting its international auspices.
Coster-Waldau and van Houten now star as police officers who go rogue while tracking down the killer of their police partner… Read
Talent Agent Danielle Shebby Moves From WME To CAA
Danielle Shebby has joined CAA as an agent in the Motion Picture Talent department. She moves from WME, where she had been since 2010, and where she was promoted to agent in December 2013. She is a well regarded up-and-coming dealmaker, who at WME worked with actors such as Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bill Skarsgård (It), Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth), Odessa Young (Assassination Nation), Naomi Scott (Power Rangers), Kristine Froseth (A… Read
‘The Greatest Showman’ Trailer: Hugh Jackman Invents Show Business
Twentieth Century Fox unwraps P.T. Barnum-inspired musical The Greatest Showman on December 25 this year, and today has dropped the first trailer for the Hugh Jackman-starrer. Directed by Michael Gracey, the showbiz origins story features original songs by La La Land‘s Oscar winning lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
Jackman plays Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. The actor made a surprise appearance at… Read