‘White Like Her’ Optioned For TV Series By FGW Productions
EXCLUSIVE: The bestselling book White Like Her, author Gail Lukasik’s personal exploration about her mother’s decision to hide her African American heritage and pass for white, has been optioned by FGW Productions (Who Killed Tupac?). White Like Her will be adapted as a dramatic TV series.
The book, published last year by Skyhorse Publishing, was inspired by Lukasik’s appearance on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow. Vowed to secrecy until her mother’s death, Lukasik revealed on… Read
Verna Bloom Dies: ‘Animal House’ Actress Was 80
Verna Bloom, whose memorable turn as Marion Wormer in the 1979 comedy classic Animal House saw her immortalize cucumber innuendo, has died. She passed Wednesday in Bar Harbor, Maine from dementia complications, according to a family spokesperson.
Bloom had a long career in film, television and on the stage, spanning a wide range of roles in drama and comedy. She made her film debut in Medium Cool as a single mother mixed up in the violence of the 1968 Democratic National… Read
Millennium Films Adds Russian Businessman As Investor On Film Slate, Including Pic Based On Book By CNN’s Jake Tapper
EXCLUSIVE: Millennium Films has pacted with Russian businessman Andrey Georgiev on its upcoming slate of films as an investor and executive producer, including The Outpost, a film about American military valor based on CNN anchor and Chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper’s best-selling book about one of the deadliest battles in Afghanistan.
Georgiev works in the field of energy-exploration and the production of gas condensate and is said to be a patron of the… Read
Leonardo DiCaprio Testifies To Federal Grand Jury In Malaysian Fund Probe: Report
Leonardo DiCaprio has reportedly secretly testified before a Washington, DC grand jury as part of a federal investigation into a Malaysian government investment fund.
The case, which involves some of the highest members of the Malaysian government and some major U.S. investors, centers on financier Low Taek Jho. Low allegedly stole and laundered billions of dollars from the investment fund, then financed a lobbying campaign to end the federal investigation.
Mark R. Harris Options ‘Darby Holland’ Crime Series, Kate Orsini To Adapt
EXCLUSIVE: Mark R. Harris’ Los Angeles-based production shingle, The Harris Company, has optioned the crime series Darby Holland from veteran tattoo artist and crime novelist Jeff Johnson for six-figures in a bidding war that took place over the holiday.
Harris, whose credits include Gods and Monsters (which won Best Adapted Screenplay for Bill Condon) and the Academy-Award winning Best Picture Crash (2004), is producing. Kate Orsini (The Bold and the Beautiful, The Honor… Read
In Multi-Part Anime Series, Producer Hisaaki Takeuchi Takes On ‘The Laws Of The Universe’
As the producer of The Laws of the Universe—a series of anime features from Isamu Imakake—Hisaaki Takeuchi has had grand ambitions. While Part 0 launched in 2015, Part I hit theaters this year, unfurling a mythology of the universe where humans and invading aliens strive to coexist.
In creating this film series, Takeuchi and his team saw that they were filling a creative gap. While there are endless mythologies from various cultures representing the world in their own… Read
‘Capernaum’ Composer Khaled Mouzanar Taps Into “Divine Curse” On Underground City – Exclusive Video
EXCLUSIVE: Three years ago, Lebanese composer Khaled Mouzanar set out on Capernaum, with no real idea where the film would take him. Directed by his wife, Nadine Labaki, the drama centers on Zain, a 12-year-old Lebanese boy serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime. Taking his own parents to court, the child sues them for their abuse and neglect. In the mind of this fiercely intelligent and angry young man, the very fact that he was brought into the unforgiving… Read
Rosa Parks Feature Biopic Coming From Winter State Entertainment
EXCLUSIVE: A feature film about the courageous U.S. activist Rosa Parks is on its way and it just may mark the first time a biopic about Parks will make it into this nation’s theaters. The filmmakers — Winter State Entertainment and a large producing team– are fast-tracking the project to go before the cameras in 2019.
There have been some projects in the past, but not a feature biopic: In the early 2000s, there was an Academy Award nominated documentary Mighty Times: The… Read
Roger And Julie Corman Docu Series ‘Cormans’ Hollywood’ Set By Shout Studios, Ace Film HK And Friendship Films
Cormans’ Hollywood, a 13-episode documentary series teeming with archival footage and insights from seven decades of filmmaking by Roger Corman and his wife, Julie, has been set by Shout! Studios, Ace Film HK Co. and Friendship Films.
Thirteen 50-minute episodes were shot over four months in LA, drawing heavily on the library of the Cormans’ New Horizons Pictures, which Shout! and Ace acquired earlier this year. The series traces the Cormans’ trail-blazing path as… Read
With ‘Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms,’ Producer Kenji Horikawa Stands Behind Talent Of Visionary Newcomer
After working with screenwriter Mari Okada for a number of years, producer Kenji Horikawa needed to learn to work with the artist in a different way, as she set out to make her directorial debut with Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms. An ambitious anime that conjures up a singular, fantastical world, the Oscar-shortlisted feature centers on Maquia, an immortal girl who takes a newborn baby boy out of dire circumstances, raising him as her own, and watching the… Read
NBA Star Dwight Howard, Grasshopper + Marks To Exec Produce ‘Percy’ Movie Starring Christopher Walken
EXCLUSIVE: Following in the footsteps of fellow ballers like Kobe Bryant (Kobe Studios), Lebron James (SpringHill Entertainment), and Stephen Curry (Unanimous Media), NBA All-Star and Dwight Howard is getting into the film business. The Washington Wizards center, via Mansa Productions, has come aboard as an executive producer of Percy, an anti-GMO indie film starring Oscar-winner Christopher Walken, Christina Ricci, and Zach Braff.
Grasshopper + Marks Productions (Brewmast… Read
Before Trump Entered Presidential Race, ‘Tito And The Birds’ Director Cast Him As His Villain, Teaching Kids About The Weaponization Of Fear
With Tito and the Birds, his first animated feature, Gustavo Steinberg took on the most timely and complex of themes, striving to make them accessible to children. Based in a dystopian city that looks a lot like São Paulo—but could really be any metropolis—Shout! Factory’s Brazilian Oscar entry watches as the world is overcome by a disease of fear. Seeking a cure for the contagion in birds—creatures of mythological weight, which have quietly observed human life since the… Read