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United Talent Agency (UTA) has hired ICM Partners agent Nigel Meiojas, the agency announced Tuesday. Meiojas will join UTA as an agent in the talent department. He spent the past six years as an agent at ICM after joining the company as an agent trainee. Meiojas’ clients include Robert Duvall, Alexander Ludwig, Jonny Weston, Annabelle Wallis, Allen Leech, Genesis Rodriguez, Lucas Black, Kevin Zegers, Virginia Gardner, Josh Stewart, Jencarlos Canela and Alyssa Sutherland. They are expected to follow him to UTA. Also Read: Michael De Luca Staffs Up New Company, Hires Elishia Holmes, Lucy Kitada (Exclusive) “Nigel is a great »
- Jeff Sneider and Joe Otterson
Holmes, Kitada and Pariseau will report directly to De Luca and will be based at the company’s West Hollywood offices.
De Luca called the hires a “dream team of executives.”
Holmes most recently served as svp of production and development at Scott Free where she developed the Blade Runner sequel and Exodus.
Prior to Scott Free Holmes served as a production executive at Warner Brothers. She began her career at William Morris Agency, and got her first break as a story editor at Parkes-MacDonald.
Kitada was most recently the director of development at Global Produce, working in features and television. Prior to that she was at Disney, DreamWorks and Gran Via Productions and has worked on Saving Mr Banks, The Help and Breaking Bad.
Pariseau arrives from UTA, where he was an agent in the book department and represented authors, journalists and non-traditional »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Elishia Holmes, former Svp Production/Development at Scott Free, Lucy Kitada (Global Produce) and former UTA agent Johnny Pariseau have been hired at Michael De Luca’s company to serve as production executives. All three will start immediately and report directly to De Luca, and be based at the company's West Hollywood offices. After the hacking scandal that triggered a management shakeup at Sony Pictures Entertainment, De Luca left Sony as president of production earlier… »
Michael De Luca has assembled his production team after signing a three-year first-look deal with Universal, hiring Elishia Holmes, Lucy Kitada and Johnny Pariseau as executives at Michael De Luca Productions, TheWrap has exclusively learned. Holmes, Kitada and Pariseau will report directly to De Luca and be based at the company’s West Hollywood offices. “I am delighted to say that we have assembled a dream team of executives who bring diverse expertise, impeccable taste and first-rate production experience,” said De Luca. “I am thrilled about having Elishia, Lucy and Johnny on the team.” Also Read: Mike De Luca Leaves Sony for Producing. »
- Jeff Sneider
Producer Michael De Luca, Acme Filmworks founder Ron Diamond and screenwriter Graham Moore will be honored at the 24th annual UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Film Festival, which takes place June 5-10.
Diamond, whose Acme Filmworks brings together notable animators with advertising agencies, will receive the Crystal Anvil Award at the Festival of Animation on June 6.
Moore, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for “The Imitation Game” in February, will be honored with the Distinguished Achievement in Screenwriting Award during the Screenwriters Showcase on June 8.
De Luca, who in his 30 years in show business has produced such films as “The Social Network,” “Captain Phillips” and the “Fifty Shades of Grey” adaptation for Universal, will receive Vision Award on June 9 during the Producers Marketplace.
More information about the festival is available at here.
- Terry Flores
The American Film Showcase will host its first annual International Filmmaker Exchange Program in Los Angeles from June 6-18.
The event, a partnership between USC’s School Of Cinematic Arts and the U.S. State Department, will enable 12 documentary filmmakers from all over Europe, Asia and Africa to visit the Us.
The selected filmmakers will also attend meetings with executives from the Academy, the Sundance Institute and the International Documentary Association.
The visitors were selected by a collective of international documentary filmmakers in concert with various Us Embassies throughout the world.
In other news, the UCLA School Of Theater, Film and Television will honour producer Michael DeLuca, Acme Filmworks founder Ron Diamond and Oscar-winning screenwriter Graham Moore at its 24th Annual Film Festival in Los Angeles from June 5-10. »
“Now You See Me” director Louis Leterrier has exited Sony’s shark attack movie “In the Deep,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Leterrier signed on to direct “In the Deep” back when Michael De Luca was co-president of production at Columbia Pictures. His exit stems from the recent regime change at Sony and the fact that the budget for “In the Deep” was recently reduced, while other key creative elements changed during development. According to insiders, it was no longer the film Leterrier has signed up for. A representative for Sony did not immediately respond to a request. »
- Jeff Sneider
Cover Story: After being pushed to the margins of power when he was unceremoniously dumped from the top job at Fox Filmed Entertainment, Tom Rothman is back.
Back greenlighting films, haggling over budgets, and coming off as the smartest, and, his detractors say, cockiest, person in the room — in his latest role as chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group.
Every studio eventually becomes a reflection of the man or woman running it, so in the case of Sony, that image stands to be a blur of contradictions. Rothman is a cineaste who launched arthouse label Fox Searchlight, and the man who greenlit “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.” An executive of expansive vision, and petty grievances. A risk taker and penny-pincher. A creative force who often clashes with talent.
Tim McDonagh for Variety
Rothman’s second rise to the top of a major studio is not a »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
The Real Coke
"Zombieland" and "Deadpool" scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are reportedly penning a feature about the disastrous launch of New Coke thirty years ago. The drink attempted to adjust classic Coke's secret formula for a younger generation - it performed so badly it threatened the original soft drink's market leadership.
The scribes have optioned the Thomas Oliver book "The Real Coke, The Real Story" and will pen this 1980s period piece which will also deal with how No. 2 rival Pepsi launched the 'Pepsi Challenge' that led to corporate panic at Coke. [Source: Deadline]
The Dukes Of Oxy
Angel Elgort is being lined up to star in a film version about the Rolling Stone article "Dukes Of Oxy" at New Line. The article deals with a pair of teen high school wrestlers from Florida who built a multimillion-dollar business smuggling OxyContin and other painkillers.
Elgort would play Dodd, the more »
- Garth Franklin
New Line has acquired the true crime saga, Dukes of Oxy, with Michael De Luca in talks to produce and Ansel Elgort circling a leading role. Based on the 'Rolling Stone' article by Guy Lawson (who also wrote the article that inspired Todd Phillips' Arms and Dudes), Dukes of Oxy recounts the true-life story of Doug Dodd and Lance Barabas, a pair of Florida-based teenagers who built a multi-million dollar drug-smuggling business, blackmarketing OxyContin and other painkillers. Per Deadline, Elgort is in talks to star as Dodd, the level-headed member of the drug smuggling duo. At the start of their enterprise, Dodd sought advice from an ex-con family member, who did time for dealing drugs, and learned a set of useful rules - don't talk on the phone, no guns, cut ties with anyone under investigation - sensible drug dealing stuff. [caption id="attachment_450635" align="alignright" width="348"] Image via Rolling Stone/Doug Dodd[/caption] The pair »
- Haleigh Foutch
Exclusive: In what will be his first collaboration at New Line in a very long time, Michael De Luca is at the center of a deal for Dukes Of Oxy, an article in the April 23 issue of Rolling Stone about a pair of teen high school wrestlers from Florida who built a multimillion-dollar business smuggling OxyContin and other painkillers. The deal is coming together quickly for De Luca to produce the film with Ansel Elgort and Emily Gerson Saines (Temple Grandin). The hope is… »
The article has only just been published in Rolling Stone magazine, but The Fault In Our Stars' Ansel Elgort and producer Michael De Luca have already snapped The Dukes Of Oxy up for screen adaptation. They're setting up the drug smuggling drama at New Line.Still on news stands in the Rolling Stone issue with Kurt Cobain on the cover, The Dukes Of Oxy is the unlikely story of some high-school wrestlers who built a multi-million dollar sideline smuggling prescription painkillers out of Florida in exchange for teddy bears stuffed with cash. Doug Dodd and his wrestling partner Lance Barabas were the principal playas, with Elgort eyeing the role of Dodd, apparently the more rational of the two.The article itself is by Guy Lawson, who also wrote Arms And The Dudes for Rolling Stone, which is currently underway as a film with Todd Phillips directing and Miles Teller »
On Thursday, Universal Pictures announced the sequel release dates to Fifty Shades Of Grey. Fifty Shades Darker will be released on February 10, 2017 and Fifty Shades Freed will bow on February 9, 2018.
To celebrate the official announcement, Wamg is giving away copies of the film.
Fifty Shades Of Grey, the global phenomenon that grossed more than $500 million globally, comes to Digital HD Friday, May 1, 2015 and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand Friday, May 8, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Based on E. L. James’ best-selling novel, the Blu-ray and Digital HD include an exclusive unrated version that features a never-before-seen alternate ending along with almost two hours of all-new bonus features that go behind the scenes of this year’s hottest romance.
Shy and unassuming literature student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) finds her life forever altered when she interviews the enigmatic Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and is dazzled by the charismatic entrepreneur and his high-flying lifestyle. »
- Movie Geeks
After the big box office success of the first film, which has grossed more than $500 million worldwide since its release in February, it looks like Universal is sticking with the Valentine’s Day draw.
It was revealed earlier this week that Niall Leonard, husband of “Fifty Shades” author E.L. James, will write the screenplay for “Fifty Shades Darker.” Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are still attached to reprise their lead roles, with Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca producing.
- Alex Stedman
Niall Leonard, the husband of Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James, will pen the screenplay for the movie adaptation of the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. E.L. James’ Husband Writing ‘Fifty Shades’ Sequel Fifty Shades producer Michael De Luca confirmed Leonard’s hiring Wednesday. “Niall is an outstanding writer in his own right, with multiple established […]
The post E.L. James’ Husband To Pen ‘Fifty Shades’ Sequel Screenplay appeared first on uInterview. »
- Chelsea Regan
"Fifty Shades of Grey" author E.L. James has enlisted her husband Niall Leonard to pen the script for "Fifty Shades Darker," the upcoming film adaptation of the second book in her 'Fifty Shades' novel trilogy.
Leonard worked on the script for the first 'Fifty Shades' film but was not credited. In a statement, producer Michael De Luca says: "Niall is an outstanding writer in his own right, with multiple established credits, and we are lucky to have him join Team Fifty."
Neither the first film's director Sam Taylor-Johnson or screenwriter Kelly Marcel are returning for the sequel. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are attached to reprise their roles in the film which has yet to set a production start date.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
I have to admit, I never saw this coming, but with the mass exodus from the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise following the release of the first film -- both screenwriter Kelly Marcel and director Sam Taylor-Johnson are not returning -- word was author E.L. James wanted to write the screenplay for the film's sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. Well, it turns out that ain't happening, but in James' case it seems they may have got the next best thing, her husband, Niall Leonard. THR has the news and come to learn Leonard has written for several TV shows since the mid-'90s, though, admittedly none I'd ever heard of. The film' producer, Michael De Luca, however seems on the Leonard train saying, "Niall is an outstanding writer in his own right, with multiple established credits, and we are lucky to have him join Team Fifty." I don't know, in the »
- Brad Brevet
Less than one month after it was revealed that Sam Taylor-Johnson will not direct the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, the follow-up film's scriptwriter has been announced—and E.L. James is keeping it in the family. The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy author has enlisted husband Niall Leonard to pen the script for the forthcoming film Fifty Shades Darker, which will once again star Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. "Niall is an outstanding writer in his own right, with multiple established credits, and we are lucky to have him join Team Fifty," producer Michael De Luca said in a statement to THR, which was first to report the »
The studio got a $567 million global grosser out of that deal, but finally they have to deal with a writer with a lot of power. For the second installment "Fifty Shades Darker," they lost director Sam Taylor-Johnson, who fought with the opinionated James during production. Many wondered if studio chief Donna Langley, who pursued the project and landed it, would give James the assignment to write the next screenplay. Now Variety reports that James's husband Niall Leonard (British TV's “Wild at Heart” and “Wire in the Blood") will adapt the screenplay for “Fifty Shades Darker.” Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will return as the kinky lovers of the piece, as James, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca produce. De Luca recently left his job as Sony production chief to return to full-time producing, moving his production shingle to Universal. Next up: finding a director who can handle intimate sex scenes and work cooperatively with James. »
- Anne Thompson
The Fifty Shades of Grey sequel has just become a family affair. After the film's director Sam Taylor-Johnson left the franchise in March, the new screenwriter has been announced as Niall Leonard, who happens to be author E L James's husband. Leonard reportedly had an uncredited hand in Fifty Shades of Grey, and his writing credits include work on a number of British TV shows and the Crusher book series. The franchise's producer Michael De Luca told The Hollywood Reporter, "Niall is an outstanding writer in his own right, with multiple established credits, and we are lucky to have him join Team Fifty." »
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