If you missed Deadline’s top film stories this week, check them out here:
UNIVERSAL SHAKEUP: Adam Fogelson Out, Donna Langley Sideways, Jeff Shell In, And Ron Meyer Up As Studio Taken By Surprise
By Mike Fleming Jr – BREAKING… SHOCKER! In a shocking development, Adam Fogelson will exit his post as Universal Pictures chairman, with Jeff Shell taking over Universal Studios. Ron Meyer is becoming the sole vice chairman of NBC Universal through 2017, and Donna Langley has been promoted chairman of Universal Pictures.
‘Insidious 2′ Stuns As Sept’s 2nd Biggest With $41M For Year’s 2nd Best Horror Pic; De Niro’s ‘The Family’ Forgotten For $13.9M
By Nikki Finke – No surprise that a genre scarer did so well on a weekend frontloaded by Friday The 13th…
Toronto: Ron Howard’s ‘Rush’ Takes Victory Lap At Emotional Fest Debut
By Pete Hammond – And the hits just keep on coming. You could tell from the smiles on the faces of Universal executives that Sunday night’s Toronto Film Festival premiere of the Formula 1 racing drama Rush was a smash hit at the Roy Thomson Hall.
Relativity To Distribute ‘King Of Cocaine’; How John Leguizamo Won Pablo Escobar Role
By Mike Fleming Jr – EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Media has signed on for King Of Cocaine, and the long–gestating Brad Furman-directed biopic of Medellin Cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar is finally in shape to start production in Colombia in January.
Warner Bros, J.K Rowling Team For New ‘Harry Potter’-Inspired Film Series
By Nancy Tartaglione – Expanding their longterm, lucrative partnership on the Harry Potter franchise, Warner Bros and author J.K. Rowling are putting a new film series in the works.
Oscars: Another Cannes-Winning Sundance Selects Film Ruled Out of Foreign Language Race
By Pete Hammond – When it comes to this year’s Foreign Language Film Oscar race, it seems Sundance Selects just can’t catch a break.
‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Universal & Hasbro Get Counterclaim From Producer
By Dominic Patten – The legal maneuvering over who actually owns movie rights to Dungeons & Dragons has gone to another level.
Toronto: CBS Films Nearing $2 Million + U.S. Rights Deal For ‘The F Word’
By Mike Fleming Jr – EXCLUSIVE: CBS Films is in final talks to acquire U.S. rights to The F Word, the Michael Dowse-directed romantic comedy that has been one of the buzz acquisition titles here at Toronto.
Toronto: Fest Scrutinized Over Cell Phones In Movie Theaters After 911 Flap
By Jen Yamato – The latest battle in the theater etiquette wars went down Monday in Toronto — of all places, in a Press & Industry screening that pitted press vs. the fest and ended in a call to 911.
Toronto: Weinstein’s Premiere Marathon Delivers Huge Reaction For Oscar-Bait ‘August: Osage County’ – But Will It Divide Audiences?
By Pete Hammond – Just call it Weinstein Premiere-O-Rama. The company launched four movies with splashy galas at the Toronto International Film Festival in the span of 48 hours (is this some sort of weird record?).
Martin Scorsese, Harry Belafonte Huddle On Limited Series About King Leopold II & Atrocity-Filled Congo Reign
By Mike Fleming Jr – EXCLUSIVE: While Martin Scorsese has just finished The Wolf Of Wall Street and next helms his passion project Silence, the filmmaker has been brainstorming a limited series with Harry Belafonte
R.I.P. Ray Dolby
By Deadline Team – Audio pioneer Ray Dolby, founder of Dolby Laboratories, has died at his home in San Francisco.
Disney Delays Voyage Of ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean 5’; Eyeing 2016
By Mike Fleming Jr – BREAKING: Disney has moved off its summer 2015 release date with Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, and the studio is now looking to slot it for summer 2016.
Harvey Weinstein & Ryan Kavanaugh Extortionist Get 7 Years In Prison
By Dominic Patten – A little more than a year after he was arrested for threatening to kill members of the families of Harvey Weinstein and Ryan Kavanaugh unless he was paid millions, Vivek Shah today was given a stiff sentence behind bars by a federal judge.
Is Lionsgate’s Stock Boom About To End?
By David Lieberman – Cowen and Company analyst Doug Creutz raises that concern this morning in a report that downgrades Lionsgate to “market perform” from “buy.”
Toronto: Corsan NV Invests $125 Million In Emmett/Furla/Oasis Slate
By Mike Fleming Jr – EXCLUSIVE: Corsan NV has made a deal with financier/producer Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films that will see Corsan invest $125 million in EFO slate films that include the Martin Scorsese-directed Silence, the Bruce Willis-starrer Expiration, the Vin Diesel-starrer The Last Witch Hunter, Scorsese’s The Irishman and the Baltasar Kormakur-directed Everest.
Briana Evigan & Ryan Guzman Return For ‘Step Up 5′
By Jen Yamato – Despite being rumored for another franchise appearance, original Step Up star Channing Tatum is not among the returning cast confirmed today by the studio…
Disney Says It Will Repurchase As Much As $8B Of Its Stock
By David Lieberman – Disney shares just shot up close to 3% after CFO Jay Rasulo announced the plan at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference.