Omar Miller Joins ‘Above Suspicion’; Rooster Teeth Kickstarts Another $1M; ‘The Last Gold’ Swims With Tugg
Omar Miller (HBO’s Ballers) is set to join Jack Huston and Emilia Clarke in Phillip Noyce's Above Suspicion, a thriller that has been adapted from the book by New York Times columnist Joe Sharkey. Miller will portray Denver Rhodes, a hard-working criminal who tips off the FBI over a sour deal. Chris Gerolmo adapted the true story of a newly married FBI poster boy assigned to an Appalachian mountain town in Kentucky where he is drawn into an illicit affair with an… Read
‘Nobody Knows Anything (Except William Goldman)’: First Look At Docu About Groundbreaking Writer
Here’s a first look at a documentary on “arguably the greatest American screenwriter,” as Rob Reiner calls William Goldman. He’s the guy Aaron Sorkin says “is responsible for inventing the modern screenplay as we know it.” Also a novelist and nonfiction writer, he’s the pen behind such Hollywood classics as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men — scoring Oscars for both — along with such disparate films as Misery, Heat, The Stepford Wives, Maverick… Read
‘Con Man’ With Alan Tudyk & Nathan Fillion Landing At New Comic-Con HQ Streaming Service
Con Man, the sci-fi web series from Alan Tudyk, Nathan Fillion and PJ Haarsma, will stream exclusively this summer on the soon-to-launch Comic-Con HQ, the ad-free subscription streaming VOD platform from Lionsgate and Comic-Con International.
The web series, created by Tudyk (Firefly, Frozen) and exec produced by Tudyk, Fillion (Castle, Firefly) and author Haarsma, is loosely based on Tudyk's and Fillion's experiences with Firefly, and follows Wray Nerely (Tudyk), co-star… Read
‘Arrow’ Star & ‘Flash’ Villain Talk Crowdfunding Superpowered ‘Code 8’ Pic With ‘Fast & Furious’ Actor
EXCLUSIVE: Arrow star Stephen Amell has spent four seasons fighting the bad guys of Star City on the CW, but he wants to bring some original action of his own to the big screen – and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows actor may be well on the way. Halfway through its run on Indiegogo and offering perks galore, Amell and The Flash actor Robbie Amell's feature Code 8 has surpassed its $200,000 crowdfunding goal by 323%.
With just over $646,000 raised so… Read
Don Cheadle On ‘Miles Ahead’ & The “Financial Imperative” Of A White Co-Star – Berlin
Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle's "impressionistic" days-in-the-life drama about jazz giant Miles Davis, continued its festival tour here in Berlin today where it's screening as a Special Gala. This is famously a film that Cheadle — who directs, stars in, co-wrote and produces — had been trying to get made for a decade. In 2014, he turned to Indiegogo to crowdsource a funding gap, ultimately raising about $370K he told the press today. Without that money, the film wouldn't have… Read
‘Good Times’ Cast Crowdfunds Original Movie, Says It Doesn’t Need Sony TV Signoff
The original cast of Norman Lear’s groundbreaking 1970s sitcom Good Times has taken to Kickstarter to fund an original movie the includes the same characters. The Original Good Times Cast Movie brings together all the original stars (sans Esther Rolle, who died in 1998). The project, which Jimmie “Dyn-o-mite” Walker calls a docu-drama-comedy, is being done to give fans closure on what happened to Lear’s fictional Chicago family. The cast is doing this together outside of… Read
After Indiegogo Record, Movie ‘Lazer Team’ Grabs $1M In Pre-Sales As New Distribution Model Unfolds
After collecting a record-breaking $2.4M on Indiegogo two years ago to become one of the top crowd-sourcing funds ever in film for its live-action, sci-fi movie Lazer Team, the Austin-based Rooster Teeth can now tout that the film has sold $1M in pre-sales for a theatrical release. And, no, that’s not a typo. It’s actually done so via an interesting distribution model that has grabbed the millennials and online junkies. Basically, cinema on demand. Rooster Teeth, the… Read
‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Raises $6.3M For 14-Episode Revival
The cult classic comedy series has raised enough money to create 14 new episodes. Including a Kickstarter campaign that raised $5.76 million, Mystery Science Theater 3000 mastermind Joel Hodgson and his supporters have raised $6.3 million.
MST3K‘s Kickstarter fundraising narrowly beat the previous crowd-sourcing champ, the Veronica Mars movie, which garnered $5.7 million in 2013. The beloved MST3K featuring stranded space travelers forced to watch bad movies — adding… Read
Ridley Scott And Google Team Up With Richie Mehta And Anurag Kashyap For ‘India In A Day’
Google is partnering with Ridley Scott, Richie Mehta and Anurag Kashyap to launch the latest version of the “…In A Day' franchise with India in a Day. The project will be open to all budding filmmakers across India to film a snapshot of their day on 10 October.
Participants can shoot their footage and upload it on http://indiainaday.withgoogle.com on Saturday, 10th October 2015. Those whose footage makes it into the finished film will be credited as a co-director. The pic… Read
‘Gosnell’ Movie Producers Want “Volunteers”, Not Paid Extras
A crowdfunded film about abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell that started production today is looking for hundreds of "volunteer" extras to fill a church for a wedding scene in Oklahoma City on Saturday. Trouble is, Federal minimum-wage laws require that all workers be paid at least $7.25 an hour — even extras.
"Please remember that this a volunteering opportunity and we are not able to provide any accommodation, transportation or reimbursement for any expenses incurred," the… Read
Slash Launches Crowdfunding Call For His Horror Pic ‘The Hell Within’
Guitar god and now film producer Slash has unveiled a crowdfunding campaign for his second horror film The Hell Within, which he is producing under his SlashFiction banner in partnership with Benito Mueller and Wolfgang Mueller of Barry Films. Directed by Dennison Ramalho (ABCs Of Death 2) and written by The Midnight Meat Train scribe Jeff Buhler, it centers on a woman from New York on a quest into the heart of the Brazilian jungle to save a missing girl, only to discover… Read
New Tupac Film ‘7Dayz’ Launches Crowdfunding Campaign
Morgan Creek might have some competition in its long-delayed efforts to bring a Tupac Shakur film to the big screen. Another project is also in the works, this one from Tupac's former producing partner Gobi Rahimi, who has just launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for his own long-delayed film about the rapper's last days.
Rahimi, who directed two of Tupac's music videos and produced several others for Death Row Records, is trying to raise $500,000 in seed money… Read