Janelle Monáe To Star In Lionsgate Pic From Activist Filmmakers Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz
EXCLUSIVE: Janelle Monáe is set to star in an upcoming Lionsgate movie project from visionary activist filmmaking duo Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz. Details of the feature are being cloaked in secrecy, but it will rep Bush + Renz’s feature film writing and directing debut.
Bush + Renz are known for their deep creative layers, highlighting social issues as a hallmark of their innovative, edgy approach. They have worked on campaigns partnering with the MLK Memorial… Read
Peter Bart: Billionaires Find Their Hollywood Ambition Greenlights Political Scrutiny
The billionaire set has always looked upon movies as diverting toys. They offer glitz and glamour, but also pose one ominous trap: public scrutiny. This was underscored by breaking news this week involving three high-profile billionaires: Steven Mnuchin, Arnon Milchan and Rupert Murdoch.
Mnuchin, the very social but publicity-shy Secretary of the Treasury, has co-financed and produced movies like Gravity and Dunkirk while hanging with Brett Ratner and his Warner Bros… Read
‘Emma’: Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Callum Turner & More Round Out Cast Of Focus Features/Working Title Film
Bill Nighy (Page Eight), Mia Goth (Suspiria), Callum Turner (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) and Miranda Hart (Miranda) are set to co-star in Emma, the latest adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel. The Focus Features and Working Title pic is being directed by Autumn de Wilde, with Anya Taylor-Joy starring in the titular role.
Josh O'Connor, Rupert Graves, Amber Anderson, and Tanya Reynolds have also been cast in the film… Read
Fox Domestic Distribution Boss Chris Aronson Among First Round Of Exec Cuts In Disney-Fox Merger
Esteemed Fox Domestic Distribution president Chris Aronson is leaving the studio as the Disney-Fox merger comes to fruition, Deadline has confirmed. The news comes as the new combined conglomerate cuts employees at the SVP, EVP and president levels, with Fox being hit first.
“I am extremely grateful for my time at Twentieth Century Fox under the leadership of Tom, Jim, and Stacey. It has been an honor and a privilege to lead the domestic distribution team, which I… Read
‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Chelsea Peretti Joins Issa Rae & LaKeith Stanfield In ‘The Photograph’
EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea Peretti, best known for her role as Gina Linetti on Fox/NBC's Brooklyn Nine-Nine, has come aboard Universal’s The Photograph, a romantic drama written and directed by Stella Meghie with Will Packer and James Lopez producing for Packer's eponymous production company.
Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield also star in the film, which is centered on intertwining love stories in the past and present.
Meghie will serve as an executive producer along with Rae. Sara… Read
Justin Baldoni Inks With WME & Management 360
EXCLUSIVE: Justin Baldoni, the Jane the Virgin co-star whose feature film directorial debut Five Feet Apart hit theaters last weekend, has signed with WME and Management 360.
Five Feet Apart, the romantic drama starring Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse as teenagers with terminal illnesses who meet at the hospital and fall in love, opened via CBS Films and Lionsgate in third place at the domestic box office last week, over-indexing at the top end of its tracking; it… Read
MGM Names Netflix’s Stephen Bruno To Chief Marketing Officer Post
MGM has hired veteran entertainment marketing exec Stephen Bruno to be its chief marketing officer. He will leave Netflix to take the post and he starts at the studio in April.
Bruno has solid experience both in theatrical film and television series launches. He spent the past four years as VP Creative Marketing at Netflix, which hired him away from The Weinstein Company. He cut his teeth in features at TWC, where he spearheaded the marketing campaigns behind films that… Read
Emily Blunt In Talks To Star In ‘Not Fade Away’ At Annapurna; John Krasinski & David O. Russell Producing
EXCLUSIVE: Emily Blunt is in talks to star in Not Fade Away, a feature from Annapurna Pictures that has David O. Russell and John Krasinski attached as producers. It’s based on a 2015 memoir Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found by Rebecca Alexander who, born with a rare genetic mutation that caused her to lose her sight and hearing over time, beat the odds and expectations of her prognosis.
Lindsey Ferrentino is adapting the screenplay.
We hear that neither… Read
Lincoln Center 50th Gala Adds Scorsese, Aronofsky, Gyllenhaal, Dee Rees
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has added Darren Aronofsky, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dee Rees, and Martin Scorsese as guest speakers for the 50th Anniversary Gala on Monday, April 29, 2019 in Alice Tully Hall. They will join previously announced Pedro Almodóvar, Marielle Heller, Tilda Swinton, and John Waters, who will also be feted.
All have a connection with the New York Film Festival and FSLC. Darren Aronofsky's feature debut Pi (1998) was chosen for the 27th New… Read
Rom-Com ‘Plus One’ Acquired By RLJE Films Ahead Of Tribeca Premiere
RLJE Films has scooped up rights to Plus One, Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer’s romantic comedy that will have its world premiere next month at the Tribeca Film Festival. The distributor, which recently released the Sundance revenge pic Mandy starring Nicolas Cage, acquired Plus One preemptively in a low-seven-figure deal, and is eyeing a summer 2019 release.
Starring Maya Erskine (Hulu’s Pen15) and Jack Quaid (Rampage), the pic revolves around longtime friends Alice and Ben… Read
Disney’s Alan Horn & Alan Bergman Set Out “New Chapter” For Walt Disney & Fox
Disney chiefs Alan Horn & Alan Bergman visited the Fox lot yesterday, meeting with executives who are on tenterhooks wondering what will become of Fox’s vaunted feature film program. I hear there will be clarity certainly before the week is out, on exactly how the prolific staffs of Fox Proper, Fox 2000 and Fox Searchlight will be worked into a Disney film program that already seems at max capacity with its theatrical release slate. Here is an internal memo just sent out… Read
Surfing Doc ‘Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable’ Lands At Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable, the documentary that catches the world up on Hamilton, the pro surfer who returned to competition a year after she lost an arm in a shark attack when she was just 13.
The film from Aaron Lieber shows Hamilton more than a decade after that attack. She’s taking on a new challenge — being a mom — which frames a story about bravery, perseverance, athleticism and inspiration… Read