‘The Wife’, ‘Juliet, Naked’ Bring Glenn Close, Rose Byrne & Ethan Hawke This Weekend – Specialty B.O. Preview
Sony Pictures Classics expects summer blockbuster fatigue to help its weekend newcomer The Wife starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce, opening New York and Los Angeles Friday. The film is one of a fairly busy slate of limited release newcomers, perhaps hinting at another busy fall as awards season looms. Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate is bowing Juliet, Naked Friday in NYC and L.A., starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O'Dowd. Sundance favorite We The Animals by… Read
Excel Entertainment Acquires Faith-Based ‘Jane & Emma’, Unveils Trailer
EXCLUSIVE: Utah-based distribution company Excel Entertainment has acquired distribution rights to the faith-based feature Jane & Emma, and released the first-look trailer. Directed by Chantelle Squires, the film touches on the Mormon Church’s early history of racially discriminatory practices, telling the story of two women: Emma Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, and Jane Manning, one of the church’s first black members.
The pic will bow in… Read
James Hong, 89-Year-Old Chinese American Actor: “I Never Thought It Would Take This Long”
EXCLUSIVE: James Hong who has been acting since the 1950s has been fighting for parity for Asian actors for decades. With the success of Warner Bros.’ Crazy Rich Asians this weekend employing an Asian cast in all leading roles, the 89 year-old Hong said, “I never thought it would take this long.”
It is, indeed, a watershed moment for Hollywood as this now becomes only one of the few films ever released by a major studio that heralds a full Asian cast. Hong, who has around… Read
On My Screen: ‘The Sinner’s Jessica Biel Discusses Her Film & TV Favorites
As Cora Tannetti in USA's The Sinner, Jessica Biel brutally stabs a young man to death in front of dozens of people on a beach. Why would she do that? Cora doesn't know exactly, but what ensues is a twisting ride on the coattails of a fantastically unreliable protagonist. As each thread of the mystery is pulled, Biel is believable, vulnerable, and deliberately unreadable all at once. As she says, "There's almost like a multiple personality in one person. I do feel that… Read
Stampede Taps JP Sarni As WW Content Acquisitions Head; Snaps Up Novels ‘Revenge Of Magic’ & ‘Star-Crossed’
EXCLUSIVE: Greg Silverman’s Stampede has hired JP Sarni as Head of Worldwide Content Acquisitions, a role in which he’ll negotiate deals and oversee the development of all IP for the film & TV production label, working closely with the former Warner Bros. Pictures president who serves as the company’s CEO, Co-Chairman and founder.
Sarni was previously the Head of Development at Laurence Fishburne's Cinema Gypsy Productions, in which he served as an executive on ABC’s Black… Read
‘Albert Nobbs’ Star Glenn Close Weighs In On Scarlett Johansson Transgender Casting Controversy
Glenn Close, who starred in the 2011 film Albert Nobbs as a woman living life as the male title character, weighed in on the recent controversy over Scarlett Johansson’s casting in a transgender role.
"My thinking right now is that people who are producing and directing properties like that need to go out of their way to get trans actors jobs,” Close said in a podcast with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, “but they also should have the opportunity to cast the best… Read
‘The Oath’ Teaser: Ike Barinholtz, Tiffany Haddish Comedy Serves Up Thanksgiving Fracas
Can’t wait for Thanksgiving turkey, fixings and dinner-table flare-ups over Washington’s latest folly? This might tide you over: A teaser trailer for The Oath, starring writer-director Ike Barinholtz and Tiffany Haddish in a comedy that reimagines the holiday family film for the era of political tribalism.
From the producers of Get Out and BlacKkKlansman, The Oath stars Barinholtz and Haddish as a progressive couple – he’s high-strung, she’s more level-headed – who are… Read
Jafar Panahi’s Drama ‘3 Faces’ To Get U.S. Theatrical Run After Kino Lorber Strikes Deal
Jafar Panahi's drama 3 Faces, which won the best screenplay award at this year's Cannes Film Festival, is getting a theatrical release in the U.S. after Kino Lorber picked up the feature.
The company will roll out the film, which stars Panahi and Behnaz Jafari, in theaters in March 2019 followed by a VOD and home vide release.
The film is set to have its North American premiere at next month's Toronto International Film Festival and will have its U.S. premiere at the New… Read
BFI Deputy Head Of Press Emma Hewitt Joins BBC Films To Head Up Communications
The BFI’s Deputy Head Of Press Emma Hewitt is joining BBC Films in a newly created role to head up communications.
BBC Films is bringing comms in-house and Hewitt, who has served at the BFI since 2011, will be responsible for overall brand strategy and delivery across the division's press, marketing and digital outreach. She begins after the LFF in October.
At the BFI she worked on comms across the BFI's corporate and industry remits including the BFI Film Fund, cultural… Read
Broadway’s ‘Pretty Woman’ Musical: All Dressed Up With No Place To Go – Review
I might not be the target audience for Pretty Woman – The Musical, seeing as how I was never a fan of Pretty Woman – The Movie. Just never thought it was cute, funny or charming when Richard Gere, in that 1990 star-making movie, jokingly snapped shut that proffered jewelry box, drawing the startled, wide-mouthed guffaw that transformed Julia Roberts into Julia Roberts.
And that was 10 years before the Millennium, well before the Laugh became schtick, and well well before… Read
IATSE President Accuses Editors Guild Leader Of Violating Federal Labor Law
In what could be a precursor to placing IATSE Editors Guild Local 700 into trusteeship, IATSE president Matthew Loeb has fired off a blistering letter (read it here) accusing Local 700 executive director Cathy Repola of violating federal labor law, of waging a "propaganda campaign" against ratification of the union's new film and TV contract, and of possibly breaching her duties as a director of the union's pension and health plans. He also accused her of being "selfish… Read
John Landis, Who Directed Aretha Franklin’s Only Two Movies, Remembers Her ‘Blues Brothers’ Turns
EXCLUSIVE: Her signature songs have been part of dozens of movies going back to Coming Home and More American Graffiti, and she hand-picked Jennifer Hudson to play her in an MGM film biopic earlier this year. But Aretha Franklin has only acted on screen twice, and John Landis directed her both times in short bursts, in The Blues Brothers and its 2000 sequel. On the day Franklin died of pancreatic cancer at age 76, Landis took the time to share with Deadline his cherished… Read