Alex Wolff To Star In Thriller ‘The Line’; John Malkovich, Scoot McNairy Also Aboard
Alex Wolff has been set to star in The Line, a thriller in the works that will be directed by Ethan Berger in his feature narrative debut. John Malkovich, Scoot McNairy, Jessica Barden and Lewis Pullman have also joined the cast of the movie.
Lije Sarki, who won the SXSW audience award for Peanut Butter Falcon, is producing with Valparaiso Pictures’ David Carrico and Adam Paulsen. Bobby Hoppey is executive producer. A fall shooting start is being eyed.
The film… Read
Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi Lands Top CAA Agent Jim Toth To Lead Content Acquisition And Talent
EXCLUSIVE: In a shocker, top CAA agent Jim Toth is leaving the agency to join Jeffrey Katzenberg's short-form content incubator Quibi. Toth has just given notice at the agency, I'm told. He will take the title of Head of Content Acquisition and Talent at Quibi.
Toth has worked at the agency for moer than 23 years – working up from the CAA mailroom after ending a run as a financial consultant — and he is a senior motion picture talent agent. Toth decided to leave when the… Read
‘The Umbrella Academy’s Tom Hopper Joins ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Sequel At Lionsgate
EXCLUSIVE: Tom Hopper, one of the stars of Netflix’s hit freshman series The Umbrella Academy, has signed on for The Hitman's Bodyguard sequel from Lionsgate and Millennium Media. Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek and Richard E. Grant are returning for the follow-up along with director Patrick Hughes. Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas, and Frank Grillo are also on board as filming is underway.
Set on the Amalfi coast, the pic follows the mismatched, high-octane… Read
Lil Rel Howery, Teyonah Parris, Rob Morgan To Co-Star In ‘The Photograph’ From Director Stella Meghie
EXCLUSIVE: More casting news for Universal’s The Photograph. The Stella Meghie-helmed romantic drama has added Lil Rel Howery, star of Fox’s sitcom Rel, If Beale Street Could Talk’s Teyonah Parris and Daredevil and Luke Cage actor Rob Morgan. The latest additions join Issa Rae, LaKeith Stanfield, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chante Adams, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Y'lan Noel and Chelsea Peretti.
Written by Meghie, the Will Packer Productions film explores intertwining love stories in… Read
Shunori Ramanthan, Victor Slezak Join Michael Keaton In ‘What Is Life Worth’
EXCLUSIVE: Shunori Ramanthan and Victor Slezak have joined the cast of the Michael Keaton-starrer What Is Life Worth. The true-life biographical drama is directed by The Kindergarten Teacher‘s Sara Colangelo and also stars Stanley Tucci. Principal photography is set to begin next month in New York.
The Black List script from Max Borenstein is based on Kenneth Feinberg's memoir. It's described as being in the vein of Erin Brockovich and the Oscar-winning Keaton- and… Read
Kelly Oxford-Directed ‘Pink Skies Ahead’ Greg Silverman’s First Stampede Pic
Ex-Warner Bros president Greg Silverman has set Pink Skies Ahead as the first film to be made through his Stampede label. Kelly Oxford wrote the script and will make her feature directing debut, and Jessica Barden will star.
Pink Skies Ahead tells the story of a wild young woman whose life unravels after dropping out of college, moving in with her parents, and being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. The film is based on the essay No Real Danger from Oxford's second… Read
Veteran Disney France Chief Jean-François Camilleri Announces Departure
Long-serving Disney executive Jean-François Camilleri has announced his departure from the company. In social media posts Tuesday morning, Camilleri, whose most recent title was Country Manager, The Walt Disney Company, France, Benelux & French-Speaking Africa, said, "After 30 extraordinary years, I have decided to leave Disney. It's a family that I love and that I will never forget… The journey was in every way exceptional."
This is a big move in French industry circles… Read
Jeremy Thomas Relocates RPC & HanWay Films From Iconic Soho Building To West London Venue Steeped In Music History
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor) is relocating his revered Recorded Picture Company and HanWay Films labels from Soho to a new west London home.
The Hanway Street office has served as the HQ for RPC and HanWay for more than 25 years, during which time Thomas has produced movies including Crash, Sexy Beast, The Dreamers and Dogman and HanWay has sold films such as Match Point, Shame, Brooklyn, Carol and Colette.
Staff will relocate next… Read
Cannes: ‘Capernaum’s Nadine Labaki Named President Of Un Certain Regard Jury
Filmmaker Nadine Labaki has been named president of the Un Certain Regard jury for the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival. The helmer of Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Capernaum, she will chair the section that’s considered the alternate competition of the Official Selection and runs from May 15-May 24 this year.
Labaki is a Cannes regular whose Capernaum last year scooped the Jury Prize. The social drama then went from the Riviera to global awards season… Read
Elaborate ‘Alien’ High School Production Gets Hollywood’s Attention
A New Jersey high school’s adaptation of the classic 1979 film Alien has gotten a stamp of approval from Hollywood insiders.
Drama students at North Bergen High School staged the elaborate production of “Alien: The Play” this past week, according to NJ.com.
After pictures and video of the space-themed set and costumes went viral on social media, the production got the attention of the people behind the official Alien Twitter Page.
“We are impressed! 40 years and still… Read
Jordan Peele Talks Being A Black Auteur And Disproving Myths Of Representation In Hollywood
Fresh off a well-deserved, scare-the-money-out-your-pockets box office weekend for his horror film Us and a PaleyFest panel for his forthcoming revival of the iconic Twilight Zone, Jordan Peele scaled down the spectacle and participated in the Upright Citizens Brigade’s Q&A series in Los Angeles. In a conversation moderated by UCB co-founder Ian Roberts in front of UCB training center students, Peele talked about his career and his role as a black auteur in a renaissance… Read
Women In Film Los Angeles Adds Five New Board Members
Women In Film, Los Angeles announced today that they have elected five new members to its Board of Directors. Syrinthia Studer, Andrea Nelson Meigs, Talitha Watkins, Vanessa Morrison and Tracy McGrath have joined the board of industry leaders who represent diverse aspects of the screen industries.
“The 2019 Board of Directors will bring valuable guidance to our organization's programming and advocacy work,” said WIF Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer. “They share our… Read