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Sofia Coppola Abandons The Little Mermaid

18 hours ago | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

One day, someone will finally crack and make a documentary called Creative Differences where they sit directors and executives down, inject them with truth serum and have them explain exactly what the term actual means. The term is being bandied about again as Sofia Coppola has dropped out of making The Little Mermaid. It’s the latest director departure for the Universal and Working Title project, which has already seen Pan man Joe Wright considering the job and then move on. Coppola was reported as interested in March, but has decided that her vision didn’t match the studio’s ideas.Undaunted, Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are pushing on with the idea, with Caroline Thompson rewriting the script based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale – brought to memorable, Oscar-winning animated life in 1989 by Disney – in which a young mermaid falls in love with a human »

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Sofia Coppola pulls out of directing The Little Mermaid due to creative differences

20 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid is looking for a new director.

Sofia Coppola was signed on to direct the film, but has pulled out due to creative differences, according to Deadline.

The film has been written by Edward Scissorhands screenwriter Caroline Thompson, and is said to be based around the darker Hans Christian Andersen fairytale rather than Disney's version.

The story follows a mermaid who wishes to become human after falling in love with a man she saved from drowning.

Universal has been looking for a perfect Ariel for some time and it seems like the choice of actress may have been the issue that caused the partnership split.

The studio and Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, who are producing, are still moving forward with the project, though no other director has been announced.

Coppola's previous directorial credits include The Bling Ring, Lost in Translation and The Virgin Suicides. »

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Sofia Coppola Has Dropped Out of Little Mermaid

20 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Sofia Coppola looked at the stuff and thought it wasn't so neat: The director dropped out of the live-action version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid over creative differences, reports Deadline. According to Variety, Coppola was keen on Maya Thurman Hawke, the daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, for the part of Ariel, but studio executives were nervous. Producers Universal, Tim Bevan, and Eric Fellner are reportedly forging ahead with a rewrite of the script by Caroline Thompson. Those druggy mermaids listening to Bow Wow Wow will just be part of another world. »

- E. Alex Jung

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Sofia Coppola Exits 'The Little Mermaid'

21 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sofia Coppola will no longer direct Universal and Working Titles' The Little Mermaid movie due to creative differences. Caroline Thompson wrote the script for the live-action fairytale adaptation, which centers on a mermaid who gives up her life in the sea after she falls in love with a prince. Read More 'Cinderella': The Best and Worst Adaptations of the Classic Fairytale (Photos) Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing the project. Sources say casting was underway for the film, with Coppola meeting with Bevan and Fellner recently in London. The studio is still very keen to move

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Sofia Coppola Is No Longer Directing ‘The Little Mermaid’

21 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After months of trying to determine who would play the title character in Working Title and Universal’s live-action version of “The Little Mermaid,” director Sofia Coppola has exited the project over creative differences.

Universal and Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, who were producing, are still moving forward with the project.

According to insiders, the studio and Coppola had been going back and forth on who should play the lead role of Aerial. The “Lost in Translation” director had been meeting with girls since the spring and was said to be very high on newcomer Maya Thurman Hawke, the daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, while studio brass were weary about the pick.

A spokesman for Universal declined to comment.

Coppola, who last helmed “Somewhere,” currently has no other project lined up though she did recently finish the Netflix special ” A Very Murray Christmas,” which she »

- Justin Kroll

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Sofia Coppola Drops Out Of ‘The Little Mermaid’

22 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Sofia Coppola, who in March aligned herself to direct the live-action Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale The Little Mermaid, has just dropped out of the Universal Pictures and Working Title film. The all-encompassing “creative differences” is being cited. Universal and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are pressing ahead, with a Caroline Thompson rewrite on the story of the mermaid willing to make a Faustian bargain to live on land after she falls in love. Previous… »

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Coppola Drops Out Of "Little Mermaid"

23 hours ago | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation," "The Bling Ring") will no longer direct "The Little Mermaid" live-action film at Universal Pictures and Working Title.

Coppola has departed the movie due to creative differences. Coppola met with producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner recently in London and casting is already well underway on the film.

Caroline Thompson wrote the script for this story of a mermaid who gives up her life in the sea after she falls in love with a prince.

The studio is still said to be keen to move forward with the project and keep it on track.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Pan’s’ Joe Wright in Talks to Direct Anne Hathaway in ‘The Lifeboat’ for Working Title, Focus

28 May 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — “Pan” director Joe Wright is reported to be in talks to direct period drama “The Lifeboat,” in which Anne Hathaway is attached to star.

Hathaway is producing the film, which is an adaptation of Charlotte Rogan’s novel, alongside Working Title and Focus Features.

The story centers on a newly-wed young woman who is put on trial for murder in 1914, and recounts her story to her lawyer. The woman had been a passenger on a ship sailing across the Atlantic. When an explosion sinks the liner, she is transferred to a lifeboat, which is overloaded. A power struggle develops between the passengers when it becomes clear that not everyone can survive.

William Broyles Jr. is penning the script, and takes an exec producer credit. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin produce for Working Title, alongside Suzan Bymel and Ben Forkner for Film 360.

Wright recently directed Warner Bros.’ Peter Pan movie “Pan, »

- Leo Barraclough

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The First Trailer Is Here For Zac Efron’s We Are Your Friends

19 May 2015 9:32 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

From writer/director Max Joseph, here’s a first look at the trailer for We Are Your Friends starring Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski and Wes Bentley.

The film marks Max Joseph’s (MTV’s “Catfish: The TV Show”) feature film directorial debut.

We Are Your Friends is about what it takes to find your voice. Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole (Efron) spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James (Bentley), who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James’ much younger girlfriend, Sophie (Ratajkowski). With Cole’s forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for. »

- Melissa Thompson

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Ben Pugh And Rory Aitken’s 42 Comes Of Age: New Projects With Working Title, Im Global And BBC: Cannes

16 May 2015 11:30 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive – Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken’s UK-based production and management entity 42 is poised for the big time with new projects lined up with Working Title, Im Global, the BBC and ITV. In little over two years the duo, along with founding partners Kate Buckley and Josh Varney,  have established their company as one of the British film industry’s most dynamic. In the pipelines is One Night, Six Parties with Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner’s Working Title, who remain by some… »

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Ben Pugh And Rory Aitken’s 42 Comes Of Age: New Projects With Working Title, Im Global And BBC: Cannes

16 May 2015 11:30 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive – Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken’s UK-based production and management entity 42 is poised for the big time with new projects lined up with Working Title, Im Global, the BBC and ITV. In little over two years the duo, along with founding partners Kate Buckley and Josh Varney,  have established their company as one of the British film industry’s most dynamic. In the pipelines is One Night, Six Parties with Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner’s Working Title, who remain by some… »

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Tom Hardy’s Gangster Thriller ‘Legend’ Set for Oct. 2

14 May 2015 4:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal has set an awards season launch for crime thriller “Legend” with an Oct. 2 platform debut.

Legend,” directed by Brian Helgeland from his own script, is based on the rise and fall of Reggie and Ronnie Kray, twins who dominated organized crime in London during the 1960s before their 1969 convictions for murder. Hardy, who stars in “Mad Max: Fury Road,” portrays both Kray brothers.

The brothers were widely feared and involved in armed robberies, arson, protection rackets, assaults and the murders of Jack “the Hat” McVitie and George Cornell. Both were sentenced to life imprisonment.

Productions companies are Studiocanal, Working Title Films and Cross Creek Pictures. Producers are Working Title Film’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver, Chris Clark and Quentin Curtis.

Legend” co-stars Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri, Tara Fitzgerald and Taron Egerton. Universal will release the thriller in the U. »

- Dave McNary

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Lionsgate Buys Literary Cannes Market Title 'Genius' Starring Colin Firth

13 May 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Lionsgate has acquired the Us rights to hot Cannes market title, literary biopic "Genius," starring Colin Firth ("The King's Speech"), Jude Law ("Spy"), Nicole Kidman ("The Hours"), Laura Linney ("The Big C"), Guy Pearce ("The Rover") and Dominic West ("The Affair"). The Affair). John Logan ("Penny Dreadful," "The Aviator") adapted the A.Scott Berg biography of editor-to-the-stars Maxwell Perkins. Tony-winning theater director Michael Grandage ("Red," "Frost/Nixon") makes his feature film debut. Producers are James Bierman, Grandage and Logan with Deepak Nayar, Nik Bower, James J. Bagley, Berg, Tim Bevan, Steve Christian, Ivan Dunleavy and Arielle Tepper Madover serving as executive producers. The film was financed by Riverstone Pictures and Pinewood Pictures.  The film "Genius" centers on the real-life relationship between Perkins (Colin Forth) and »

- Anne Thompson

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NBC Announces 2015-2016 Fall TV Schedule with Trailers

11 May 2015 10:11 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

As it closes in on its second consecutive season-long victory in the key adult 18-49 demographic, NBC unveils a new 2015-16 primetime schedule that combines popular returning series, edge-of-your-seat new dramas, inventive new comedies and season nine of the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice. NBC is on track to win the traditional September-to-May primetime season in adults 18-49 for the second year in a row after having gone the prior 10 years without an 18-49 win. Through 32 completed weeks of the season, NBC also ranks #1 or tied for #1 among the Big 4 networks in adults and men 18-34 and men and women 18-49.

In total viewers, NBC is running #2 for the season and within 7% of its year-ago Olympics-boosted average (8.8 million vs. 9.5 million), making this season and last NBC's two top-scoring seasons in total viewers since 2006-07. NBC has won the last three November sweeps in adults 18-49, as well as »

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‘Cinderella’s Lily James to Join Ansel Elgort in Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’

7 May 2015 3:33 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Cinderella” star Lily James is in negotiations to play the female lead opposite Ansel Elgort in Edgar Wright‘s “Baby Driver,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Elgort will play a skilled getaway driver who is coerced into working for a crime boss on a doomed heist that threatens his life and freedom, as well as his love interest, who will be played by James. Sony’s TriStar label is co-financing “Baby Driver” with Mrc and will handle worldwide distribution. Also Read: 'Cinderella' Dances Past $500 Million at Global Box Office for Disney Working Title’s »

- Jeff Sneider

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Lily James to Co-Star in Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’

7 May 2015 3:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cinderella” star Lily James has found her next big role, landing the female lead in Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver.”

Negotiations are ongoing, but if a deal closes, she would join Ansel Elgort in the TriStar film.

The story concerns a young, talented getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best. After being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

Wright will write and direct “Baby Driver,” with Working Title principals Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan producing along with Nira Park through her Big Talk Productions.

Baby Driver” will see a 50/50 financing split between Mrc and TriStar, with TriStar handling worldwide distribution.

James was in the spotlight thanks to her part in “Downton Abbey,” but her “Cinderella” role made her leading lady material, with the Disney live-action film »

- Justin Kroll

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Zac Efron’s ‘We Are Your Friends’ Set for Aug. 28 Release

28 April 2015 4:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. has set Zac Efron starrer “We Are Your Friends” for an Aug. 28 release in the U.S.

We Are Your Friends” is a Working Title film also starring Emily Ratajkowski (“Gone Girl”) and Wes Bentley (“Interstellar”). Max Joseph directs the drama.

Studiocanal financed the film and sold it to Warner Bros. last fall at the American Film Market. Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, “We Are Your Friends” explores the tormented friendship between an aspiring 23-year-old DJ (Efron) and a damaged older DJ (Bentley) who takes him under his wing.

The script was co-written by Joseph and Meaghan Oppenheimer based on a story by Richard Silverman. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin are producing.

We Are Your Friends” is the third title to be set for Aug. 28 after Fox’s “Hitman: Agent 47″ and TWC-Dimension’s “Regression.”

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- Dave McNary

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Universal’s Duncan Clark to Champion Inside Pictures

27 April 2015 1:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Duncan Clark, president of distribution at Universal Pictures Intl., has been appointed as an industry ambassador to Inside Pictures, the film industry training and leadership skills development program. Clark will act as a “champion” for the program.

The program is comprised of three intensive one-week modules, taking place in London and Los Angeles between June 2015 and January 2016.

Inside Pictures has selected the 20 participants for this year’s edition, who were selected from more than 100 applicants from various sections of the industry. The program is open to applicants from around the world who “demonstrate a firm commitment to the European film industry.”

This year’s cohort come from the U.K., Belgium, Croatia, Finland, France, Greece, Holland, Italy, New Zealand and Spain. They are:

• Agathe Theodore, VP international sales, Pathe Distribution

• Aleksi Hyvarinen, producer and CEO, Don Films

Amit Dey, acquisitions manager, Uphe Content Group

• Anna Godas, CEO, Dogwoof

Caroline Couret-Delegue, »

- Leo Barraclough

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The Criterion Collection announces June Blu-ray releases

22 April 2015 7:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Criterion Collection has announced its new release line-up for June with five new titles set for a Blu-ray release in June.

On July 7, it will release Robert Siodmak’s The Killers (1946) and Don Siegel’s The Killers (1964). On July 14, it will release Alain ResnaisHiroshima mon amour, Jan Troell’s Here’s Your Life, and Carroll Ballard’s The Black Stallion. And on July 21, it will release Stephen FrearsMy Beautiful Laundrette and Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.

The Killers

Ernest Hemingway’s simple but gripping short tale The Killers is a model of economical storytelling. Two directors adapted it into unforgettably virile features: Robert Siodmak, in a 1946 film that helped define the noir style and launch the acting careers of Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner; and Don Siegel, in a brutal 1964 version, starring Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, and John Cassavetes, that was intended for television but deemed too »

- Scott J. Davis

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The Danish Girl gets Us release date

4 March 2015 1:24 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Focus Features has secured a prime awards season slot for the Working Title drama starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander.

The Danish Girl will open in the Us on November 27. Universal Pictures International handles territories outside the Us.

The film reunites Redmayne and director Tom Hooper from Working Title’s Les Misérables. Redmayne just won the lead actor Academy Award for his turn as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, which has grossed more than $110m worldwide via Focus and Universal Pictures International.

The Danish Girl is a love story inspired by the lives of artists Einar and Gerda Wegener. Redmayne portrays the former (pictured), who become one of the world’s first transgender women, Lili Elbe.

Rounding out the cast are Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw and Amber Heard.

Lucinda Coxon adapted the screenplay from the novel of the same name by David Ebershoff.

Gail Mutrux produces through her Pretty Pictures alongside Anne Harrison via Harrison Productions »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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