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CAA’s David O’Connor to Become CEO of Madison Square Garden

22 June 2015 6:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madison Square Garden Company is hiring longtime CAA partner David “Doc” O’Connor as its CEO, with the board vote set for Tuesday, Variety has learned.

O’Connor was actively involved in the creation of 9-year-old CAA Sports, which has had a close relationship with Msg. The agency represents many players on the Msg-owned New York Knicks including star forward Carmelo Anthony.

CAA also negotiated Msg’s partnership with JPMorgan Chase in 2010, touted by the agency as “the most lucrative building deal in sports history.”

The Msg CEO position has been vacant since Tad Smith left in March to become president and CEO of Sotheby’s. Msg executive chairman James Dolan assumed Msg leadership at that point while it searched for a new CEO.

Msg filed an initial registration statement in March with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to split its Msg Media regional sports network from its sports-entertainment holdings, »

- Dave McNary

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Trailer Completes the Revolution

9 June 2015 8:23 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Just days after the final scene was shot, Lionsgate has released the first The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 trailer for director Francis Lawrence's final installment of the franchise. In the conclusion, Panem has gone to war, and Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) have come to their final confrontation. As this is just a teaser trailer it doesn't reveal too much, but it's clear that Francis Lawrence is closing out this franchise with an honest-to-goodness war picture. We see glimpses of the rebels preparing for battle, as well as the descent upon the Capitol and even a look at Gwendoline Christie's character, and it all looks fantastic.  I've been incredibly impressed with how this series has turned out thus far. Gary Ross kicked things off with a thoughtful and visceral first picture, and Lawrence picked up the baton and continued to explore serious and weighty themes in the subsequent sequels. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Lionsgate’s The Odyssey Adaptation Will Be At Least Two Movies

22 May 2015 12:03 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

This year, Lionsgate finds itself in the same position that Warner Bros. was in a few years back. Its golden goose franchise—The Hunger Games—is coming to an end, and the studio is trying to find ways to bolster up its slate. Given that Catching Fire and Mockingjay – Part 1 were the #1 and #2 movies, respectively, of 2013 and 2014, it’s certainly gonna hurt not to have that kind of revenue coming in next year. But the studio is doing all it can to get some new franchises going, and fresh off this morning’s news that Now You See Me 3 is already in development comes word that the studio’s upcoming adaptation of The Odyssey will span a number of films. We learned last month that director Francis Lawrence—who has helmed every Hunger Games film except the first—is reteaming with Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson and Lionsgate on an »

- Adam Chitwood

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‘Hunger Games’ Team Developing Multiple ‘Odyssey’ Movies for Lionsgate

22 May 2015 7:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate is planning to develop at least two movies from Homer’s “The Odyssey” with “Hunger Games” director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson attached.

CEO Jon Feltheimer made the disclosure Friday in response to a question during the company’s conference call with analysts to discuss quarterly earnings. “Our deal with Francis contemplates more than one movie,” he said.

Lionsgate announced on April 6 that it was launching development of “The Odyssey” with Lawrence directing and Jacobson producing, but made no mention of more than one movie at that point.

Lawrence took over directing duties on the final three “Hunger Games” movies (including the upcoming “Mockingjay — Part 2”) after Gary Ross exited following the first film. Jacobson has also produced all four films through her Color Force producing banner.

Peter Craig, who co-wrote the two “Mockingjay” films, is penning the script for “The Odyssey.”

“The Odyssey” is believed to have been »

- Dave McNary

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Ellen Page, Allison Janney to star in 'Tallulah'

19 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Ellen Page and Allison Janney will star in Route One Entertainment’s dramatic comedy, with Good Universe has been touting to buyers on the Croisette.

Sian Heder will direct Tallulah from her screenplay about a free spirit whom everybody thinks has kidnapped a baby after she rescues the child from her reckless mother.

The woman pretends the baby is hers with the mother of her ex-boyfriend. When the baby is returned to her rightful mother the three women forge an unbreakable bond. ICM Partners represents Us rights.

Production is lined up for June, with Heather Rae producing alongside Route One CEO Russell Levine, Maiden Voyage’s Chris Columbus and Eleanor Columbus and Todd Traina.

Route One is the financier with Ocean Blue Entertainment on board as co-financier.

“We believe in emotionally charged stories with universal themes,” said Levine. “This project has award-winning talent teamed up with a gifted young writer-director who wrote a brilliant script.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Matthew McConaughey Open To Playing Marvel Or DC Superhero

18 May 2015 10:29 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Even with his Oscar beside him, Matthew McConaughey showed he's still open to more than small-to-mid budget features today with last year's Interstellar. Of course, not every movie is directed by Christopher Nolan, but certainly that's not going to stop studio executives from coming up to him and his agent with new hot properties. That is, unless they read the reviews to his new Cannes feature. But the actor remains open to the prospects -- even some certain franchise properties -- if they can provide the goods he wants. In an interview with Variety to discuss his much maligned Gus Van Sant feature Sea of Trees, the conversation transitioned to talk to superhero movies today when the actor discussed how he and his Dallas Buyers Club cast and crew were allotted $5 million and 27 days to make their Oscar-winning film, yet tentpole projects like superhero movies get free reign. When asked »

- Will Ashton

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Christopher Woodrow launches Vendian

12 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Christopher Woodrow flies into Cannes with a new finance and production venture that has raised $100m in equity and got behind six of the biggest titles to hit the market in the last two years.

The former CEO of Worldview will continue to raise funds to enable Vendian Entertainment to grow into a global media company capable of mounting six or more star-driven commercial films a year in the $15-65m range.

CAA advised on the formation of the La and New York-based company, which will seek to greenlight projects with North American distribution in place.

The first six projects on which Vendian will co-finance and serve as executive producer include Oliver Stone’s potential awards contender Snowden starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which Open Road will distribute in the Us on December 25.

Gary Ross’ Civil War drama The Free State Of Jones is shooting now with Matthew McConaughey and is set to open in the Us in March »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Im Global Seeks to Stand Out at Cannes

12 May 2015 2:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Eight years after founding Im Global, Stuart Ford is coming to Cannes with a cautiously optimistic outlook as his company seeks to stand out in the volatile independent sector.

“The greatest challenge that we face is to keep evolving,” he said in a recent interview as his company prepped for Cannes with 20 completed titles for the marketplace, including“The Secret in Their Eyes,” directed by Billy Ray and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts; “The Free State of Jones,” helmed by Gary Ross and toplining Matthew McConaughey and Keri Russell; and “Silence,” from Martin Scorsese with Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.

Indeed, Im Global is among the top tier of sales-financing-production outfits along with FilmNation, Sierra/Affinity and Mister Smith Entertainment. The movie business has undergone deep changes with Hollywood majors focusing more on tentpoles, opening up screen doors to the indie sector, which has seen a steady growth in such sales-financing-producing shingles. »

- Dave McNary

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Im Global Gearing Up With Mid-Budget Films

12 May 2015 12:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At a time when the six major studios continue to focus most of their attention on blockbusters, Im Global’s production and financing unit is gearing up to fill the gap for mid-budget films.

Stuart Ford’s 8-year-old banner is now producing and financing five to seven films annually, ranging from micro-budgeted, specialty genre to commercial features. The current slate includes the recently completed “The Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, and two projects in mid-production: “The Free State of Jones,” directed by Gary Ross and starring Matthew McConaughey and Keri Russell, plus “Silence,” from Martin Scorsese and starring Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.

Robert Simonds’ newly minted Stx Entertainment has acquired “Secret” for an Oct. 23 awards season release, and “Free State” for a March 11 release. Paramount hasn’t dated “Silence” yet.

“When I came on in the fall of 2013, Stuart and I talked »

- Dave McNary

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Can Stx Entertainment be the Next Major Studio in Hollywood?

6 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From its new offices atop the tallest building in Burbank, Stx Entertainment literally towers over the competition.

Backlots at Warner Bros., Disney and Universal can be glimpsed from the windows of the start-up company’s gleaming headquarters. The view is emblematic of Stx’s immense ambitions — to carve out a place for itself as the next major Hollywood studio.

Stx was launched last year by film producer Robert Simonds and Tpg managing partner Bill McGlashan with a mission to fill a hole in an entertainment business that has become fixated on budget-busting superhero epics. Instead of cooking up its own answer to the Marvel universe, the studio plans to produce films in the $20 million to $80 million budget range with big-name actors. It aims to release as many as 15 films annually by 2017, and already has lined up projects with Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, director Gary Ross and “The Purge” producer Jason Blum. »

- Brent Lang

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Time Machine: Lawrence Is Dazzling Woman in Red

24 April 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jennifer Lawrence in a long, red dress at the Oscars Jennifer Lawrence at the Academy Awards Stunning in a red dress, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Lawrence was a first-time Best Actress Oscar nominee for her first major film role: a near-destitute, young Ozark woman looking for her missing drug-dealing father in Winter's Bone, Debra Granik's generally well-received indie drama. Winter's Bone also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini; based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell). Jennifer Lawrence's competitors in the Best Actress Oscar race were: Annette Bening for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole. Natalie Portman, the eventual winner, for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. »

- D. Zhea

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New images from The Free State of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey

24 April 2015 6:51 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Stx Entertainment has released two new images from its upcoming Civil War drama The Free State of Jones, starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar).

Set during the Civil War, The Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and with the assistance of local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. His marriage to a former slave, Rachel, and his subsequent establishment of a mixed race community was unique in the post-war South. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.

Written and directed by Oscar nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit), the film co-stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Keri Russell (The Americans »

- Scott J. Davis

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New Images Of Matthew McConaughey In The Free State Of Jones

23 April 2015 11:52 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

After spending a few years in development (and taking time out to direct the first Hunger Games film), Gary Ross has finally had the chance to work on one of his passion projects. New images from the film, The Free State Of Jones, are now online. Matthew McConaughey stars in the American Civil War drama, playing real-life advocate Newton Knight. A Mississippi man who had been a loyal Confederate recruit, he defected from the army and took a group of like-minded troops with him to create the Free State of Jones. Knight later married a slave (Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Rachel), creating one of the first ever publicised mixed race unions in the South, fought against the Confederates from within his new state and led a daring raid to free children who were still enslaved following the end of the conflict.Stx Entertainment is backing this one, which Ross wrote as well as directed. »

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Matthew McConaughey Is On The Run In New Stills For Civil War Drama Free State Of Jones

23 April 2015 10:37 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Stx Entertainment and Im Global’s financial partnership for civil war drama Free State of Jones is beginning to bear fruit, as the studios have unveiled a pair of new stills for Gary Ross’ feature that showcase Interstellar star Matthew McConaughey in action.

For the film, he’ll assume the role of Newton Knight, a confederate soldier who spearheads one of the largest, and most significant rebellions in the bloody history of the four-year battle. Opposite McConaughey for the film is Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights), a slave named Rachel who wins the heart of the iconic protagonist, paving the way for one of the first mixed-race marriages in the state. Rachel’s relationship with Newton has been documented as one of the defining periods of his life, and it’ll be fascinating to see that play out on the big screen under Ross’ astute eye. »

- Michael Briers

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New The Free State Of Jones Images Show Matthew McConaughey Leading a Confederate Rebellion

23 April 2015 9:58 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Two more The Free State of Jones images have landed online. Written and directed by four-time Oscar-nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games), the Civil War movie is based on the true story of Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey), a Southern farmer who led a rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War. It’s a fascinating story that stretches into his marriage with a former slave (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the establishment of a mixed-raced community in the South, and Knight’s continued efforts through Reconstruction. While I’m definitely excited to see how Ross will follow up The Hunger Games and this is a fascinating story, I hope it doesn’t fall into the “White Savior” trap. Check out The Free State of Jones images below. The film opens March 11, 2016 and also stars Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali. [caption id="attachment_448789" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Stx Entertainment[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_448793" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Stx Entertainment[/caption] Here’s the official »

- Matt Goldberg

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New Images of ‘Free State of Jones’ and Cannes Premieres From Jacques Audiard, Hou Hsiao-Hsien & Jia Zhangke

22 April 2015 4:30 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After the first look at Gary Ross‘ Civil War drama The Free State of Jones, we now have more images from the 2016-bound film starring Matthew McConaughey. Also including Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell, and Mahershala Ali, the story follows our lead as a Mississippi farmer who brought forth a southern rebellion against the Confederates during the Civil War. Following those we […] »

- Jordan Raup

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Michael Winterbottom Eyed to Direct Will Ferrell’s ‘Russ & Roger Go Beyond’ (Exclusive)

21 April 2015 2:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael Winterbottom is in talks to direct the comedy “Russ & Roger Go Beyond” starring Will Ferrell.

Bob SimondsStx Entertainment will finance and distribute the pic, which is based on the true story about how softcore porn maestro Russ Meyer teamed with Roger Ebert on “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls,” the first X-rated film to be released by a studio.

The film is being produced by Mark Amin’s Sobini Films, David Permut and Richard Waltzer, with a script by Emmy-winning “Saturday Night Live” and “The Simpsons” scribe Christopher Cluess.

Production is set to start later this year.

“Russ & Roger Go Beyond” joins a slate of Stx films that include Civil War pic “Free State of Jones,” starring Matthew McConaughey with Gary Ross directing, and “The Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Winterbottom has recently directed the BBC drama “The Faces of an Angel,” starring Kate Beckinsale, »

- Justin Kroll

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Scarlett Johansson linked to Creature from the Black Lagoon remake

10 April 2015 1:57 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

According to The Tracking Board, Universal Pictures is eyeing Scarlett Johansson (Avengers: Age of Ultron) for a role in its Universal Monster shared universe, with the site reporting that she has been offered the female lead in a remake of Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Directed by Jack Arnold and released in 1954, Creature from the Black Lagoon told the story of a group of scientists who discover a human/fish hybrid during an expedition to the Amazon. The new remake will apparently be produced by Gary Ross, Robin Bissell, Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, from a screenplay by Ross, Jeff Blitz, Tedi Sarafian and Paul Schering.

Universal launched its shared monster universe last year with Dracula Untold, and has The Mummy set for June 24th 2016. An as-yet-untitled release is slated for April 27th, 2017, which you’d have to assume would be this project if casting is underway.

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- Gary Collinson

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'Creature from the Black Lagoon' Wants Scarlett Johansson?

9 April 2015 4:24 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in October 2012, Universal Pictures set David Kajganich to work on the script for their Creature from the Black Lagoon remake, although that was the last we heard of the project. Today, The Tracking Board reports that Scarlett Johansson is the studio's top choice to star in the remake, but it isn't known if an official offer has been made quite yet. The studio is developing a Universal Monsters Shared Universe franchise, which is being spearheaded by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, but it isn't known if this project is part of that initiative yet.

Last year's Dracula Untold was confirmed as the first entry into this universe, with the Untitled Mummy Reboot, set for release on June 24, 2016, slated to be the next, although it isn't clear what project will follow from here. The studio did set an April 21, 2017 release date for one of their monster movies, but it was »

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Scarlett Johansson Being Eyed For The Creature From The Black Lagoon Remake

9 April 2015 3:30 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

According to The Tracking Board, Scarlett Johansson is Universal’s top choice to star in the Creature From The Black Lagoon remake, and is apparently being "courted for the lead role". That wouldn't be the prehistoric man-fish of the title, but the lady (played by Julia Adams in the original movie) he takes a shine to. This remake of the incredibly influential 1954 classic will be produced by Gary Ross, Robin Bissell, Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, with a screenplay by Jeff Blitz, Gary Ross, Tedi Sarafian and Paul Schering. It's reportedly being lined up to be a part of Universal's shared monster universe, which would also include their planned remake of The Mummy and last year's Dracula Untold. Of course, even if Johansson is Universal's pick, there's no indication that she'll be interested so we'll have to wait and see how this shakes out. The highly in-demand actress will next »

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