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If a celebrity asked me for money to make a film without a profit sharing scheme in place and with no hope of ever getting my money back, I’d probably tell them to stick a boom mic somewhere rather painful. But if you starred in Scrubs and do it over the internet, people you’ve never met will throw up to thousands of dollars at you.
In the past few weeks, a lot has been said (including a very fair defence on this site) about Scrubs star Zach Braff using crowd-funding website Kickstarter to fund his film Wish I Was Here, a comedy he is directing and starring in. Over 39,000 people have given him money, even more couldn’t care less, and a small number of people including Screen Junkies think that him asking people to donate money for his film is a load of bull. I’m one »
- James T. Cornish
Brosnan portrays an ex-cia operative pitted against his former pupil (Bracey). The two are in a race to find a woman (Kurylenko) hiding from her past and who holds the key to an international conspiracy. Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek penned the script. [Source: Variety]
Into the Woods
Emily Blunt and Christine Baranski are in negotiations to join Rob Marshall's Broadway musical adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" for Disney Pictures. Details of Baranski's role are unknown.
The musical revolves around a childless baker and his wife (Blunt) who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch (Meryl Streep) that put the spell on them. [Source: Variety]
Terry Gilliam has been cast in »
- Garth Franklin
The lovely and talented Lake Bell has been a mainstay of film and television for over a decade, stealing scenes in films like "No Strings Attached" and on television series such as "Childrens Hospital" and "How to Make it in America." This week she's an average girl out for a weekend of fun who finds herself in a battle for survival in the indie thriller "Black Rock."
We had an exclusive 1-on-1 with Bell to discuss shooting a film without bathrooms, girl talk during life or death situations, her directorial debut "In a World ... " and her continuing quest to one day play Wonder Woman.
Was the shoot for "Black Rock" as isolated as it looks? Were you guys confined to this island location?
We shot in Milbridge, Maine, which is an incredibly tiny town. Not only is it really tiny but we were sequestered to the girl's cabin and then »
- Max Evry
The producer, whose Imagine Entertainment made the original 2004 movie and its subsequent TV series, revealed that the fresh film spinoff could utilise the crowdfunding model recently used by Veronica Mars and Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here.
"We made a terrific feature with Peter Berg, turned it into a terrific TV series and will now make a movie from that series," Grazer told Deadline. "I'm not sure such a thing has been done before."
Battleship director Berg told Digital »
Braff launched the film on Kickstarter late last month, and received pledges beyond the $2m. goal within a matter of days.
“Wish I Was Here” tells the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, husband and dad who at 35 is still trying to find his true place in life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially, and Aidan passes his time fantasizing about being the futuristic Space Knight he always dreamed he’d be as a little kid. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Zach Braff’s “Garden State” is a film that means a lot to me. It is a movie that I enjoy on a superficial level where I find it funny and entertaining and also on a deeper level, in that its themes of isolation and losing a sense of home have felt uncannily relevant as I enter my twenties. I wouldn’t say that “Garden State” falls within my top ten favourite movies of all time, but I would say that the connection I feel to it is very rare, and only a handful of films have engaged me in this way previously. Also, I can’t stress enough how much I love Scrubs, that show is essential late afternoon viewing in my university household.
Therefore, when a chance to help to finance Zach’s follow up film, “Wish I Was Here” presented itself, I jumped at the opportunity. On »
- Sam Whittingham
What is Casting Couch? It’s the news column that’s got its ear to the ground, listening for any juicy tidbits coming out of Cannes. Today people like Uma Thurman, Seann William Scott, Amanda Seyfried, and Bruce Willis all got new jobs. Zach Braff hasn’t yet had much of a career as a film director, but if there’s one thing he’s got more experience shooting than most people, it’s tiny girls wearing giant headphones. So chances are Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick will be a perfect fit for the cast of his new movie, Wish I Was Here. The Wrap is reporting that she’s just joined the film in the role of Janine, a chick who’s into cosplay and who the Josh Gad character becomes enamored with. However you feel about the controversy surrounding Braff’s Kickstarter funding of this film, you have to admit, added »
- Nathan Adams
Here's a bit more casting news for you today: Hugo co-stars Asa Butterfield and Chloë Grace Moretz will reunite for The White Circus, the debut feature from the writing-directing team of Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, known collectively as Clyde Henry. Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air) will join Zach Braff's successfully Kickstarted movie, Wish I Was Here. Hit the jump for more on both casting announcements. First up from Screen Daily comes the news that Butterfield and Moretz will be joining the dark fantasy tale, The White Circus. Also on board are Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion) and Christian Friedel (The White Ribbon). The movie is described as “a dark fairytale of with moments of brilliant black comedy” and it centers on a young pilot who crashes his plane in a war-torn town and "befriends a talking circus bear, falls in love with a cabaret singer and challenges a maniacal despot. »
- Dave Trumbore
Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here has now exceeded its initial $2 million Kickstarter goal despite a continuing debate about who should and should not be using online fundraising. Braff has previously stated that the $2 million raised from fans is only a portion of the film's budget, and at Cannes, a big-time backer announced its involvement in the project. Worldview Entertainment, a leading film financier, will provide gap financing to help fill in Braff's budget. Braff noted in a recent interview that he plans to put "an ass-ton of [his] own money" towards to project, and with Worldview's involvement, the budget for Wish I Was Here is now estimated to be slightly more than $5 million. For comparison, Garden State's budget was $2.5 million and $3 million when adjusted for inflation--meaning that the budget difference between the two films is exactly the amount Braff sought on Kickstarter. Braff continues to face heavy criticism for his decision to use Kickstarter, »
- Sam Gutelle
With the funds in place from Kickstarter, his own pocket and now financing to hold him over until he sells the distribution rights, Zach Braff continues to gather the cast for his indie pic Wish I Was Here. Mandy Patinkin signed on earlier this week and Anna Kendrick is the latest recruit.Braff co-wrote the script with his brother Adam and is calling the shots. He's also starring as Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his purpose in life.He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasising about being the great futuristic Space-Knight he'd always dreamed he'd be as a little kid. When his ailing dad (Patinkin) can no longer afford to pay for private school for his two kids and the only available public school is on its last legs, Aidan reluctantly »
Producer Brian Grazer, and his company Imagine Entertainment, would very much like to crowd-fund the long-rumored Friday Night Lights movie. (The series, itself adapted from a film, ran for five seasons on NBC, ending in 2011.) “We made a terrific feature with Pete Berg, turned it into a terrific TV series and will now make a movie from that series. I’m not sure such a thing has been done before,” Grazer told Deadline. Grazer is out of the country and unavailable for comment, though Imagine told us that while discussions are ongoing, there are no plans yet.
The question isn’t really, »
- Adam Carlson
Clear eyes, full hearts: According to a new report from Deadline.com, Imagine Entertainment producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are planning to use crowdfunding to help bring "Friday Night Lights" back to the big screen. Imagine is the studio that produced five seasons of the acclaimed television series, which itself started as a book by Buzz Bissinger and a movie from director Peter Berg.
"We made a terrific feature with Pete Berg, turned it into a terrific TV series and will now make a movie from that series," Grazer told Deadline.com. "I'm not sure such a thing has been done before."
For fans, the idea that the future of "Friday Night Lights" rests in the interiors of their wallets should be of little surprise. After Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell used Kickstarter to fund a big-screen version of cult series "Veronica Mars," "Friday Night Lights" co-star Adrianne Palicki »
- The Huffington Post
Hollywood has invaded France - no, not like that - and with A-listers making their way to La Croisette for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, there's been plenty of gossip and glamour, with Leo's The Great Gatsby providing the requisite glitter and Sofia Coppola's Emma Watson-led The Bling Ring shining bright like a diamond.
Many celebs are still commenting on the news of Angelina Jolie's preventative double mastectomy and Zach Braff's somewhat ill-received Kickstarter movie funding campaign with breakout stars and ones to watch starting to make themselves known as the fest gets underway.
Here now is a compilation of what's been Seen & Heard so far at the Cannes Film Festival. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Think of it this way: if Zach Braff had gone about making his latest movie in the usual way, none of us would probably be talking about it right now. But after a successful Kickstarter campaign, then the arrangement of financing that seemed to violate the whole spirit of the thing, Braff is at the center of a mini firestorm about modern ways of financing movies-- and as much as it might suck for him right now, it's getting his movie Wish I Was Here more attention than it ever would have had otherwise. So now we've got two updates on the project that everybody has an opinion on before it even exists. First up, The Wrap reports that Anna Kendrick has joined the cast of the film, which also added Josh Gad and Mandy Patinkin yesterday. On the other hand, there's this fascinating piece at Flavorwire that breaks down »
Catch up with the last seven days in the world of film
The more observant among you may have noticed the Cannes film festival has started, not that we want to make a big thing of it. Loafing about on the Cote d'Azur for a fortnight, eyeing arthouse films while stroking our collective chins has never held much appeal for us. Oh no. But force ourselves we must.
Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard played in the sand like schoolchildren, as they discussed the films they're looking forward to. Xan Brooks rued the absence of Lars von Trier, but did his best to compensate by sternly holding Leonardo DiCaprio to task.
Well, sort of. But what of the films, you ask? The films! Peter had a
Update: Zach Braff's successful if controversial Kickstarter campaign for his next project "Wish I Was Here" -- which has raised over $2.6 million still with days to go -- has now helped the writer-director to land millions of dollars in traditional funding for the project, from Worldview Entertainment. The budget of the film is reportedly less than $10 million, with funds coming from Kickstarter, and gap funds from Worldview and foreign pre-sales from Wild Bunch.Braff was criticized harshly for his decision to Kickstart the film, with many claiming that crowd-funding should be for those projects without the possibility of traditional financing. Braff mentions in his Kickstarter mission statement that "financing an independent film the traditional way often means having to give away your right to 'final cut.'" This new development will no doubt fuel the fire of his critics' grievances.In other multi-millionaires-who-turn-to-crowdfunding news, reportedly Ron Howard and Howard. »
- Beth Hanna and Maggie Lange
For a few months now, the words 'crowdfunding' and 'Kickstarter' have been on the lips of producers and studio executives all over Hollywood. The tremendous success of the "Veronica Mars' movie on the crowd-funding platform has seemingly opened the way to all kinds of other projects, most notably Zach Braff and his second feature "Wish I Was Here." But we've always been a little worried that it could be a double-edged sword; that executives would stop rolling the dice on risky projects and simply go straight to the fans to root through their wallets. And lo, it came to pass. Deadline reports that Ron Howard (estimated net worth: $140 million) and Brian Grazer (estimated net worth: $100 million) were in Cannes to introduce their slate for their company Imagine Entertainment, and among the news is that the duo are planning to use crowdfunding to raise money for the movie version of »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Damn it. Just when we thought we were going to be able to ignore Zach Braff's controversially crowd-sourced sophomore feature, he goes and casts Anna Kendrick. According to The Wrap, the "Pitch Perfect" star, so often the best thing in whatever she's in, has joined the cast of Braff's currently-prepping "Wish I Was Here." The actress will play the love interest of Braff's character's brother (Josh Gad), a young cosplayer named Janine. Manic Pixie Dream Girl alert! Mandy Patinkin is also in the cast (Mandy Patinkin Dream Girl alert!), and Kendrick will next be seen in the questionable-looking "Rapturepalooza," which opens on June 7th. Someone else we're a big fan of is British director Eran Creevy, who made an ace debut a few years back with "Shifty," and followed it up earlier this year with homegrown actioner "Welcome To The Punch." We've been tipping the filmmaker, who was one »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Worldview Entertainment is closing in on a four-year, $30 million credit facility with Comerica Bank, and has received a new $40 million equity infusion from its existing investors.
Deal nearly doubles the company’s existing capital base, and gives the “Devil’s Knot” production shingle more financing muscle to compete in an increasingly crowded indie sector.
Comerica, an active lender in the single-picture space, will provide coin that can be used for gap financing and to back up foreign presales and tax credits.
As more sales and production outfits have entered the independent film world in the past two years, it’s become increasingly important for producers to leverage their own capital sources to access the best talent and projects. Worldview’s chief executive officer Christopher Woodrow and chief operating officer Molly Conners typically select projects with budgets up to $50 million.
Worldview is producing Cannes title “Blood Ties,” screening out of competition, »
- Rachel Abrams
Traditional investment takes total backing for Wish I Was Here to $10m, raising further questions about $2.6m Kickstarter funds
It was Scrubs star Zach Braff who announced that his new comedy – the follow-up to 2004's well-received Garden State – could not get made without the help of fans' financial support on crowdfunding site Kickstarter. But a month on from launching a high-profile campaign to raise funding for independent film Wish I Was Here, Braff has not only hit his $2m Kickstarter target but secured millions of dollars in extra support from a traditional film financier.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Wednesday that Worldview Entertainment is stepping in with extra funds that will take the film's total budget to about $10m. "Zach has proven again that he is a creative force in independent film, and we were immediately drawn to his powerful and unique story," Worldview CEO Christopher Woodrow told the site at the Cannes film festival. »
- Ben Child
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