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Universal Wins ‘The Grownup’; ‘Gone Girl’ Author Gillian Flynn Short Story Sells In High-Six-Figure Deal
Exclusive: Universal Pictures is tying down a deal to make a movie out of The Grownup, a package built around the short story by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Natalie Krinsky is attached to adapt the tale, and Mike De Luca and Flynn will produce together what is her first big project since Gone Girl became a big hit movie. Studios read the short story and were pitched the material earlier this week, and the bids are hitting the table today. Sources tell me the deal will… »
Transformers 5, 6 and 7 release dates confirmed
The Transformers are going to be arriving annually, starting in 2017.
Well, we're getting three Transformers films in three years starting in 2017. And, we'd imagine, this is just the beginning.
Michael Bay has already confirmed that he's going to direct one of them - Transformers 5 - and then he plans to hand the series over to someone else. Paramount has an aggressive plan for a movie universe of Transformers features, and the announcement of three release dates suggests that the series is going to move to an annual schedule.
Transformers 5 is now confirmed in the U.S. for June 23, 2017. Then, Transformers 6 will follow on June 8, 2018. Transformers 7, meanwhile, will follow on June 28, 2019. June, it seems, will be Transformers month for the next few years. We'd imagine the UK release dates will mirror their Us counterparts.
We don't know yet who's directing Transformers 6 and Transformers 7, but we'll keep you posted. »
Lethal Weapon Pilot Ordered at Fox, Damon Wayans Sr. to Star
Wayans will follow in Glover’s footsteps by playing Det. Murtaugh, who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life. Casting for the role of Riggs is underway.
The project represents a bit of a homecoming for Wayans, »
Janusz Kaminski Grabs Director’s Chair for ‘The Postcard Killings’ (Exclusive)
Steven Spielberg’s regular cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, who has been Oscar-nominated six times and won twice, is attached to direct crime thriller “The Postcard Killings,” which Good Films will finance and produce. Sierra Affinity is handling international sales.
The pic centers on New York detective Jacob Kanon, who joins forces with Swedish art critic Dessie Larsson to investigate a seemingly senseless sequence of killings of couples across Europe. Picture postcards are sent to apparently random journalists by the killer, each heralding the next horrific crime. Larsson has just received such a postcard, and she and Kanon must piece together the clues to catch the killer.
- Leo Barraclough
New Film Death House Is Billed As The Expendables Of Horror
A new horror film will unite all of the icons of the genre in one epic, bloody fight for survival, similar to the lassoing in of action legends in The Expendables franchise. Dubbed Death House, the movie will focus on the “Area 51 of evil,” where a government facility holds all of humanity’s worst death-dealers underground.
Who are they? You’ll probably recognize a bunch of icons from movies like A Nightmare on Elm Street and Re-Animator: Robert Englund, Danny Trejo, Michael Berryman, Kane Hodder, Dee Wallace, Bill Moseley, Barbara Crampton, Doug Bradley, Ken Foree, Camille Keaton and Don Shanks, among others.
Gunnar Hansen, the face of Leatherface in the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, was set to be in the film before he passed away last November from pancreatic cancer. Hansen wrote the script for the film before he died, while Harrison Smith is set to direct the mayhem. »
- Mitchel Broussard
Margot Robbie Set To Headline Vaughn Stein’s Noir Thriller Terminal
News emerges from the ongoing Berlin Film Festival, revealing that Robbie joins the Vaughn Stein feature as Annie. Less a femme fatale and more a complex, morally ambiguous lead, the little details that were disclosed indicate that her character will cross paths with a pair of hitmen – or, rather, they cross paths with her.
Embarking on a suicide gig, the two hired guns are tasked with completing a mysterious mission, and the introduction of Robbie looks set to throw a spanner in the works, as she could be more involved in their employer’s devious plan than first thought.
- Michael Briers
Record Breaker? Some Box Office Records 'Deadpool' May Be Hunting
Deadpool is the weekend's most anticipated new release and it will begin screening tonight, Thursday, at 7Pm in theaters across the country. As a result, talk of the film breaking records is one thing we didn't focus on in our weekend preview, but there could be a few up for grabs for the newest comic book adaptation. BoxOfficeMojo remained conservative in its opening weekend projection for the film, expecting something in the $62 million range for the three-day and $72 million for the four-day weekend. As impressive as those numbers are, there is a possibility Deadpool busts down the front-door and starts blowing away records right away. For starters, the record for the largest Thursday preshow in the month of February is currently held by Fifty Shades of Grey at $8.6 million from 2,830 theaters starting at 8 Pm. Deadpool will begin its run an hour earlier and is expected to play in 2,500+ theaters, some »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Michael Pena Adds Voice to Oscar Diversity Controversy
Asked if it would change anything, Pena said: “I think it’s going to make a difference because there’s a dialogue now and we are all talking about it. I think it’ll change.”
After Pena’s “War on Everyone” co-star Alexander Skarsgard said “those are like champagne problems,” Pena added: “There are 20 actors nominated and they are all white, so… I can’t point to one performance and say: that guy or that girl should have been nominated, but systemically, yeah, I think it is a problem that there is not more diversity, and that there are not more great characters in movies and television for people who aren’t white.”
- Leo Barraclough
Candice Bergen Says Her Date with Donald Trump Was 'Short' - but She Does Remember His Burgundy Limo
Candice Bergen could have been a Trump. "We had a blind date in college," the actress told People at the American Songbook Gala Thursday evening in New York City about her brief encounter with Donald Trump. For Bergen, 70, the sparks just didn't fly. "It was a very short evening," Bergen said. Trump revealed last August that he had asked Bergen out when they were both attending the prestigious Wharton School of Business. And she still doesn't feel much of a connection to the Republican presidential hopeful. Bergen told reporters that she is a supporter of Hillary Clinton. "I have no memory of it, »
- Maggie Parker
Berlin: Charlotte Rampling Boards 'Valley of the Gods'
Charlotte Rampling's bumper year continues. With one new European Film Market project already in the bag (the Jane Austen adaptation Sanditon) and a best actress Oscar nomination for 45 Years (for which she won the Golden Bear at last year's Berlinale), the British actress has scored herself another high-profile feature. Announced Saturday, the actress will star alongside Josh Hartnett and John Rhys-Davies in Lech Majewski's Valley of the Gods, a sci-fi fantasy following the narratives of three characters attempting to escape the inevitable drama about to unfold when supernatural visions clash with impending reality. Principal photography is
- Alex Ritman
Charlotte Rampling, John Rhys-Davies Visit ‘Valley of the Gods’
The high concept fantasy film, which will shoot from May, is directed by Lech Majewski (“The Mill and the Cross”.)
The film is represented by Fortissimo Films in international territories outside North America.
The narrative features the story of the richest man on earth (Hartnett) who possesses an unbridled imagination and has the ability to alter reality, and characters who attempt to escape the drama that follows when supernatural visions clash with reality.
Veteran British theater, TV and screen star Rhys-Davies, »
- Patrick Frater
Why did the success of 'The Avengers' almost kill 'Deadpool' as a movie?
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick did something superheroic on Deadpool: they stayed attached as the screenwriters of the film for six full years. To understand just how weird that is, keep in mind that the way the studios are doing things these days, they will occasionally hire totally different writers to work parallel to one another, writing totally different scripts, only to shuffle those scripts together into weird-ass Frankenstein creations. Or they'll go from writer to writer to writer to writer until they finally end up hiring one of the eight or nine "closers" who seem to put their name on everything these days. Not Reese and Wernick, though. Deadpool belongs equally to them, to star Ryan Reynolds, and to director Tim Miller. The final film is a genuine collaboration between that entire team, and they were all involved heavily in making it the film that you'll see in theaters tonight. »
- Drew McWeeny
Berlin: Lunchtime Talk With Mongrel Intl.’s Charlotte Mickie
Sales agent Charlotte Mickie has been a regular at Efm since 1991. She first came with Alliance and has since worked with Celluloid Dreams, Maximum Films, eOne, and is now the president of Toronto-based Mongrel Intl. That shingle picks up some of the best of world independent cinema, including “Rams,” “Where to Invade Next,” “The Bronze” and “The Wave.”
Where do you like to go eat?
I like Storch (now called Renger-Patzsch) because it’s so idiosyncratic, and I love the Flammkuchen. Also Paris Moskau. It’s kind of expensive but it’s very intimate and the food is really, really excellent. The other thing worth mentioning is the sausage venders on the street at Potsdamer Platz. Those are amazing sausages!
Do you go to parties?
- Andrew Horn
Berlin: Why 'Midnight Special' Director Wanted More Michael Shannon, Less Dialogue Onscreen (Q&A)
Jeff Nichols’ first film festival was the 2007 Berlinale, where Shotgun Stories, his directorial debut, premiered. So it’s fitting that the writer-director is returning with his fourth film — and most ambitious project to date — the sci-fi chase film Midnight Special. In the years since that inaugural Berlinale, the Little Rock, Ark., native has continued to create critically acclaimed films, including 2011’s apocalyptic drama Take Shelter and the Southern crime drama Mud, which kicked off Matthew McConaughey’s now-famous career rebirth. Along with Midnight Special, which follows a father (Nichols’ consistent collaborator Michael Shannon) who tries to protect his
- Rebecca Ford
Berlin: ‘A Prophet’ Star Tahar Rahim Joins Harrison Ford in ‘Official Secrets’ (Exclusive)
Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, Paul Bettany, Natalie Dormer and Martin Freeman have already joined the project, produced by Elizabeth Fowler. Justin Chadwick will direct from a screenplay by Sara and Gregory Bernstein based on the book “The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion.”
The Solution Entertainment Group’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel are executive producing, and handling the financing and international sales at the European Film Market in Berlin. UTA Independent Film Group packaged the project and represents domestic rights.
The film is slated to begin shooting in May in the U.K. The story is set in 2003 in the months before the Iraq War with Dormer playing a British intelligence officer and Rahim in the role of her husband. »
- Dave McNary
'Carol' composer Carter Burwell on his first Oscar nomination & academy's embrace of the new (Exclusive Video)'
"A couple of decades ago I stopped waiting for it to happen," says "Carol" composer Carter Burwell about earning his first Oscar nomination for Best Score. In our recent video chat (watch above, or click here), he discusses what it's like to finally be recognized by the academy after decades of scoring awards contenders like "Fargo," "Adaptation," "No Country for Old Men" and many more. -Break- Oscar predictions: Will Ennio Morricone finally win Best Score for 'The Hateful Eight'? He partly credits the awards success of his "Carol" score to its traditional orchestral style and its prominence in the film. "There are basically two characters in the movie, and the music plays the role of a third character," Burwell explains of how director Todd Haynes used his score to evoke the blossoming romance between shopgirl Therese (Rooney Mara) and socialite Carol (Cate Blanche...' »
‘Deadpool’ Heading to $100 Million Holiday Weekend
Estimates showed an opening day of $35 million on Friday, which includes $12.7 million from Thursday night screenings that set a record for an R-rated film.
Fox’s “Deadpool,” a comic book adaptation about a wise-cracking mercenary, toppled the consensus forecast of $70 million over the four-day weekend at 3,558 locations. Fox had been pegging a debut between $60 million and $65 million.
Fox produced the movie under its licensing deal with Marvel Enterprises, which allows it to use the X-Men characters. The studio has run what appears to be a masterful marketing campaign »
- Dave McNary
Chris Rock Debuts New Shonda Rhimes-Themed Oscars Promos
Chris Rock is returning to host the Oscars on Feb. 28, which is airing on ABC, and he is very aware of who is really in charge at the network. In two new Oscar promos, the comedian calls out Shonda Rhimes, who has three (soon to be four) shows on the network already (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder). "Watch the Oscars," Rock says in the promo. "The only show on ABC Shonda Rhimes doesn't own ... Yet." In the other recent Oscars spot, Rock sits down to create a Tgit-themed promo like the ones
- Jennifer Konerman
EuropaCorp Shakeup: Christophe Lambert’s Journey From Ad Man to Bullfighter to Dethroned CEO
But the spotlight turned to the CEO himself this week following his shocking departure from the Paris-based film and production company. In France and much of Europe, the news resonated even more loudly, echoing from the Berlin Film Festival to the office of the Cite du Cinema film complex in the French capitol.
Lambert is known in France as a successful advertising executive who transformed himself into a filmmaking force, an amateur bullfighter, husband of powerful women and confidant of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Lambert’s star still burned bright up until this week, when the L.A.-based CEO met with his bosses on the EuropaCorp board in Paris, and his reign came to an abrupt end six years after »
- James Rainey and Brent Lang
Berlin: Benedict Cumberbatch to Narrate Doc ‘Naples ’44’ (Exclusive)
Benedict Cumberbatch has been recruited as voice talent to narrate high-profile docu “Naples ’44” by Italian director Francesco Patierno, based on the eponymous diary by British travel writer Norman Lewis about his experience as a British intelligence officer in the southern Italian port city following its liberation from Nazi forces.
Cumberbatch is voicing Lewis who wrote the memoir while he was a sergeant in the Field Security Service of the British Army Intelligence Corps in southern Italy from September 1943 to October 1944. In his widely sold book he recorded the desperate lives of Neapolitan civilians who survived by relying on all types of subterfuges, and also prostitution, thievery, and beliefs in miracles and cures.
Patierno, who is known for gritty drama “Pater Familias” and docu “The War of the Volcanoes” about how Roberto Rossellini left Anna Magnani for Ingrid Bergman, is directing “Naples” using both archive and feature film footage, accompanied by Cumberbatch’s narration. »
- Nick Vivarelli
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