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Exclusive: Company racks up sales on Margarethe von Trotta’s The Misplaced World ahead of Berlinale premiere.
Paris-based sales powerhouse Wild Bunch has unveiled a packed Efm slate, including Margarethe von Trotta’s The Misplaced World, Michel Franco’s English-language debut Chronic and The Goetz Brothers’ Martyrs.
The company is already reporting strong business ahead of the Berlinale Special premiere for The Misplaced World, about a German jazz singer who discovers a family secret when she heads to New York to track down an opera singer who resembles her late mother.
It is von Trotta’s first film since her 2012 Hannah Arendt, which played successfully in theatres worldwide.
So far, The Misplaced World has been picked up for Spain (Golem Distribucion), Greece (Strada Films) Portugal (Leopardo Filmes), Hungary (Vertigo Films), Israel (Nachshon Films), Turkey (Calinos Film), Brazil (Mares Films) and Japan (Gaga Corporation). Van Trotta’s long-time distributor Concorde will release the film in Germany.
Wild Bunch co-chief »
Did Woody Allen suffer an attack of angst? Or was he merely feeling it was time for a change?
With his 80th birthday approaching, Woody had been shooting movies (and raising financing) in just about every country in Europe from Italy to Spain, and was running out of propitious locations. So he made a big decision: By signing a deal with Amazon a couple of weeks ago, he was not only shifting platforms, but also casting his lot with a new player in the TV universe. The last time Woody was involved in TV was when he wrote incidental dialogue for Ed Sullivan.
I admire Woody for accommodating change. The media gurus keep reminding us that the ground is shifting beneath us, but I have lately been noticing several examples of resistance to that concept at different levels of the business.
I encountered a producer friend this week who applauded »
- Peter Bart
Ryan Guzman talked about going dark for his role opposite Jennifer Lopez in Rob Cohen’s “The Boy Next Door” and then showing his lighter side in an upcoming baseball comedy written and directed by Oscar-nominated Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”).
Guzman became known for roles in the “Step Up” films and on the ABC Family television series “Pretty Little Liars,” but “The Boy Next Door” offered him a chance to delve into a different place as an actor.
- Jason Hughes
Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski wrote the script, which was voted to the 2012 Blood List. Blum and Kaplan are producing alongside Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Adrienne Biddle, while Nate Matteson, Eric Robinson and Bryan Bertino will serve as executive producers. »
- Jeff Sneider
Frank Grillo was just announced as the male lead, and now actresses Anna Torv ("Fringe") and Shree Crooks ("Extant") are set to join him in Akiva Goldsman‘s horror-thriller "Stephanie" at Universal Pictures, Blumhouse and Chapter One.
Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski wrote the script in which Shree will play Stephanie, a young woman abandoned by her parents in their remote home where a dark supernatural force looms in the background.
When her mother (Torv) and father (Grillo) return to claim her, the malevolent power spins out of control with Stephanie at the center. Jason Blum, Matt Kaplan, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Adrienne Biddle are producing.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Laine would do anything to get one more chance to talk with Debbie. But her best friend is dead, and it looks like they will never communicate again… until Laine finds the Ouija board in Debbie’s room. From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Ouija stars Bates Motel’s Olivia Cooke and hits home media on February 3rd, and we’ve been provided with two Blu-ray copies to give away.
“After Debbie (Shelley Hennig, “Teen Wolf”) suddenly dies, her best friend Laine (Olivia Cooke, “Bates Motel,”) attempts to contact her using an antique Ouija board she finds in Debbie’s room. When the curious teen begins asking the board questions and stumbles upon the mystery of her friend’s death, Laine discovers a resident spirit calling itself Dz, and eerie, inexplicable events begin to follow her. The group of friends digs deeper into the history of Debbie’s house and are »
- Derek Anderson
Paramount Pictures has decided to mix up the release dates for its upcoming horror slate. Shortly after moving the Friday the 13th reboot from it's original November 13 slot, they have now slid Rings, a reboot/sequel hybrid of The Ring franchise, into that old space. And they have shifted Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, the fifth film in the series (sixth if you count the spinoff Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones), away from its March 13 date, which it was never going to make. It will now open in time for Halloween.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension will reportedly follow a video game designer who moves his family from New York to Palo Alto, where they are greeted by the infamous Demon of the franchise. It is believed the sequel will be the first movie in the series to be released in 3D. While it was originally set to open this spring, »
Pining for those long summer days and blood-splattered nights at Camp Crystal Lake? Looking forward to the next found footage entry in the Paranormal Activity franchise? If so, you’ll have to wait longer than expected, as Paramount Pictures has delayed the release of their new Friday the 13th movie and Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, while also slating Rings, the next installment in The Ring franchise, to hit theaters on one of the vacated dates.
Deadline reports that the new Friday the 13th movie, which last May was rescheduled to come out this November 13th, has now been pushed back to a May 13th, 2016 release.
Casting and plot details for the next installment in the Friday the 13th franchise are still unknown, but David Bruckner (V/H/S, The Signal) is still expected to direct, with Platinum Dunes’ Brad Fuller and Andrew Form producing.
Initially penciled in for a March 13th, »
- Derek Anderson
“The Ghost Dimension,” the sixth installment of the “Paranormal Activity” horror franchise, will now open on Oct. 23, 2015, pushed from its original March 13, 2015 date.
Also Read: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Spectre’
Gregory Plotkin directed the latest chapter in the supernatural franchise, which is produced by Jason Blum and original “Paranormal” director Oren Peli. Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark wrote the script. »
- Linda Ge
Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski penned the script in which a young girl has been abandoned by her parents in their remote home. At the same time, a dark supernatural force looms in the background.
When her mother and father return to claim her, the malevolent power spins out of control with the girl at the center. Jason Blum and Matthew Kaplan will produce, though no word on when production will begin. »
- Garth Franklin
TheWrap is reporting that Crossbones himself, Frank Grillo, will take the lead in Stephanie, the new horror-thriller from director Akiva Goldsman (Winter’s Tale) that will be a co-production between Universal Pictures, Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse Productions and Matt Kaplan’s Chapter One. Here’s the synopsis: Abandoned by her parents in their remote home, Stephanie survives on peanut…
- Max Evry
Following his starring turn in last year's The Purge: Anarchy, Frank Grillo is teaming up with Blumhouse Productions once again for the thriller Stephanie, which will be directed by Akiva Goldsman. Universal Pictures is distributing with Blumhouse's Jason Blum producing alongside Chapter One's Matthew Kaplan (Jessabelle). Here's the official synopsis revealed by The Wrap.
"Abandoned by her parents in their remote home, Stephanie survives on peanut butter and conversations with her toy turtle, while a dark supernatural force looms in the background. When her mother and father return to claim her, the malevolent power spins out of control with Stephanie at the center."
Akiva Goldsman is directing from a screenplay by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, which landed on the Blood List in 2012 as one of the top unproduced horror screenplays. Jason Blum and Matthew Kaplan will produce alongside Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Adrienne Biddle, with Nate Matteson, Eric Robinson and »
“The Purge: Anarchy” hero Frank Grillo is set to star in Akiva Goldsman‘s horror-thriller “Stephanie,” which Universal Pictures has acquired from Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse Productions and Matt Kaplan’s Chapter One, TheWrap has learned.
First announced last summer, the film was written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, whose script was voted to the 2012 Blood List.
Abandoned by her parents in their remote home, Stephanie survives on peanut butter and conversations with her toy turtle, while a dark supernatural force looms in the background. »
- Jeff Sneider
2Nd Update, Tuesday 4 Am Pt: Actuals are in for the international weekend with no major discrepancies save for a big drop on Taken 3. After Sunday’s report of a $57.2M total in non-Fox markets, the confirmed total came in at $39.8M. The difference was down to an incorrect cume provided to Fox by EuropaCorp for those territories. The overseas total is now a corrected $134M. In new pics, both JLo-starrer The Boy Next Door and Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai saw small bumps (up a respective $23K and $70K). American Sniper reloaded to $18M from a previously projected $17.6M.
Updated below are final numbers on those films along with: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Penguins Of Madagascar, The Theory Of Everything, Unbroken, Seventh Son, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Ouija, The Imitation Game, Birdman, Ex Machina, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The Iraq War saga has turned January, a month that for years has been a box office dead zone, into a hot spot. It’s blitzed the domestic box office for $200 million in 10 days, obliterating records for R-rated movies, holiday weekends and the month in the process. »
- Todd Cunningham
"The Lego Movie" took home the Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures for producer Dan Lin while "Life Itself" won the Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures for producers Garrett Basch, Steve James, and Zak Piper.
Meanwhile, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, and James W. Skotchdopole took the Oscar glitter away from Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" when "Birdman" was awarded the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
In TV land, NBC was the big winner of the evening with two of their shows taking home trophies for Competition Television ("The Voice") and Live Entertainment & Talk Television ("The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon »
It was the tale of two stars at the weekend box office, one who opened a film — Jennifer Lopez with Universal’s The Boy Next Door at $15M — and one who tanked — Johnny Depp with Lionsgate’s Mortdecai at $4.1M. The discrepancy between the two films showed one star, Lopez, who kept it cheap and met her audience’s wants head-on, and another, Depp, who at a high price lost himself in a zany caricature disconnected from reality.
Universal’s Blumhouse production Boy Next Door kept it lean and mean with a production budget of $4M, while Lionsgate/OddLot spent $60M on Mortdecai, a figure many still consider exorbitant for an avant garde Depp film in the wake of his spring sci-fi bomb Transcendence which cost $100M.
One studio executive summed it up perfectly today, saying, “Depp should take a page from Jennifer Lopez’s book and do a low-budget »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
The Iraq War saga “American Sniper” soared like a superhero movie at the box office, with a $64.3 million second weekend in wide release that would make any caped crusader proud.
The Clint Eastwood-directed telling of the tough return home by Navy Seal Chris Kyle, played in the movie by Bradley Cooper, continued its electrifying run with the best second weekend ever by an R-rated movie. In the process, “American Sniper” hit the $200 million mark in domestic grosses just 10 days after earning nominations for Best Picture, »
- Todd Cunningham
Depp’s latest exercise in cinematic oddities, “Mortdecai,” left audiences cold, earning a paltry $4.1 million across 2,648 locations and coming in ninth on box office charts. It’s an embarrassing performance for a star of his caliber and comes on the heels of box office disasters such as “The Lone Ranger” and “Transcendence.”
“Something needs to click soon,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “It’s a couple of misses in a row and that always stings.”
“Mortdecai” cost $60 million to make and was backed by OddLot Entertainment and released by Lionsgate. It had been expected to gross in the neighborhood of $10 million.
Much of the Sunday afternoon box office quarterbacking will center on Depp’s deflating career, but “American Sniper’s” endurance was the true stunner. »
- Brent Lang
The road to the Oscars continued last night in Los Angeles as the Producers Guild of America presented the 2015 PGA Awards, with Birdman scooping the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
Despite being snubbed by the Oscars, The Lego Movie was victorious in the Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures category, while the television winners including Breaking Bad (Episodic Television, Drama), Orange Is the New Black (Episodic Television, Comedy) and Fargo (Long-Form Television).
Check out a full list of the winners (highlighted in red) here…
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:
American Sniper (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Producers: Richard Linklater, »
- Gary Collinson
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