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Brett Ratner and Ben Silverman combined their powerful movie and TV forces to headline the Anti-Defamation League’s annual Entertainment Industry Dinner, reminding the the room full of Hollywood insiders that they are not uniquely in command of mass media. “We are in a war,” Silverman said in referencing to Isis’ use of mass media for terror. “This war (is) being fought on social media and through video, it’s co-opting our language.” In the room to hear the message, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara, UTA’s Jim Berkus, producer Avi Lerner, and several non- »
- Mikey Glazer
Russell Crowe’s “The Water Diviner” might be seen as just another film struggling to get a look from American audiences during a spring movie season dominated by the latest installments in the “Avengers” and “Furious” franchises.
But for the film community Down Under, and especially first-time director Crowe, the war epic amounts to something much larger – another chance for Australia to reassert itself as a maker of mass-appeal films and for the actor to shift from leading man to the man leading production.
Crowe did not try to downplay the stakes — or his ambition, at age 51, to shift at least a portion of his career to behind the camera — in an interview before the film’s American premiere last week.
“That’s the gamble, man. It’s three years of my life. And that’s what’s on the line,” he said outside the Tcl Chinese Theater. “The two »
- James Rainey
“The Water Diviner” has already won three Academy Awards and been tops at the box office, but those victories came Down Under. The Australian-made period picture debuted in Hollywood Thursday night, with high hopes from cast and crew that their winning streak will continue on American soil.
Star Russell Crowe, who makes his directorial debut in the story about a man coping with the losses of war, called it “a much more intimate thing” to be helming a movie for the first time.
He expressed high hopes for a box office breakthrough in America to go with the film’s success in Australia, where it was the top-grossing home-grown movie of 2014. “The Water Diviner” has made $12 million so far worldwide, on a budget of $22.5 million.
“It’s three years of my life and that’s what’s on the line,” Crowe said outside the Tcl Chinese Theatre. “The two things that come out of this, »
- James Rainey
National Geographic Channel and sister network Wild rolled out their upfront slates on Wednesday — and the big story at Nat Geo is a science-centric anthology that's bringing in a different Hollywood heavyweight to direct each of the first six installments. Breakthrough, set for a fall launch, comes to the network from Imagine Entertainment's Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and Asylum Entertainment. Focusing on a different arena of innovation in each of the one-hour installments, Angela Bassett, Peter Berg, Paul Giamatti, Akiva Goldsman, Brett Ratner and Howard himself are all on board to helm. Read More In the Desert
- Michael O'Connell
A Summer movie preview feature has gone up at USA Today including a bunch of first look photos from all sorts of movies scheduled to open over the next few months including "Southpaw," "Fantastic Four," "Inside Out," "Pixels," "Entourage," "Spy," "Magic Mike Xxl," "Mission Impossible Rogue Nation," "Masterminds," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "Ricki and the Flash" and many more. Click here for the full gallery.
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Lions gate has scored the movie rights to Jessica Knoll's debut novel "Luckiest Girl Alive”. The story follows a 28-year-old New Yorker who appears to have a perfect life until a dark trauma from her past resurfaces. Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea will produce through their Pacific Standard company. [Source: Variety]
Anonymous Content has picked up rights to Mary Kubica's debut novel "The Good Girl". The story depicts the kidnapping of a judge’s daughter gone really wrong. »
- Garth Franklin
Hot of the heels of the news he's teaming with Mariah Carey for a Christmas movie, filmmaker Brett Ratner and his RatPac Entertainment are teaming with Warner Bros. Pictures for a film version of Ben Mezrich's upcoming book "Once Upon a Time in Russia".
The upcoming work centers on Russian billionaires Boris Berezovsky and Roman Abramovich. The former made his fortune privatising Government property in the 1990s, teaming with his protege Abramovich on various hugely profitable investments.
Ratner reportedly provided the origins of the idea for the book and pitched it to Mezrich whose previous works became the films "21" and "The Social Network". James Packer and John Cheng will executive produce.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Brett Ratner has teamed up with Mariah Carey to develop a new Christmas movie, which New Line Cinema already bought. At this point, very little is known about the project, except that it will focus on the holiday and a message that music can transport you back to happy times. The new movie is being written by David Diamond and David Weissman, who previously worked with Ratner on "The Family Man," starring Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni. The plan is to include songs from different artists, including Carrey. The Christmas holiday is special for Carey, who wrote and performed "All I Want for Christmas Is You," a 1994 tune that has sold more than 14 million copies globally to become the biggest holiday son in recent memory and the biggest international hit of Carey's career. »
Mariah Carey is developing a Christmas movie.
New Line has bought the rights to the singer's festive film idea from RatPac Entertainment, Deadline reports.
It is expected that Carey - who enjoys an annual chart boost with her festive hit 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' - will play a major role in the film.
The film will be a musical, and will likely feature songs from Carey and a range of other artists.
Carey's friend Brett Ratner is on board to produce the film, with a director yet to be confirmed.
Last month, Carey signed a new recording contract with Epic Records, rejoining forces with Antonio 'La' Reid for a multi-album deal. »
Deadline is now reporting that Carey's fusing her two favourite pastimes with a new movie project, which will be set at Christmas.
Currently untitled, the top-secret film will deal with the theme of "how the power of music can transport you back in time to your truest and most authentic feelings."
And, indeed, transport us back to 1994 - the year when Carey dominated the charts with her biggest hit, All I Want For Christmas Is You. With Carey starring and singing in the forthcoming festive movie, produced by Brett Ratner, a reprise of that chart-topper seems all but inevitable.
It may be April, but evidently that.s not stopping New Line Cinemas from getting into the Christmas spirit. We know this because they have reportedly bought a pitch for an untitled Mariah Carey holiday movie. If the festive film isn.t entitled "All I Want For Christmas" then someone has made a huge mistake. Deadline was the first to report that the studio has purchased the idea from RatPac Entertainment . the production company created by Brett Ratner . and it.s believed that Mariah Carey will play a huge part in the film. But who is responsible? Well, it turns out that the hugely successful singer is behind the plan herself. Mariah Carey, who obviously has a thing for the Yuletide season, took her idea to Ratner herself. Clearly intrigued by the idea, Ratner got into contact with screenwriters David Diamond and David Weissman, as well as producer Jon Shestack. »
Warner Bros. and Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment are developing a movie based on Ben Mezrich’s upcoming book “Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs — A True Story of Ambition, Wealth, Betrayal, and Murder.”
It’s the first Mezrich project set up at Warner Bros., which has a first-look deal with RatPac. Mezrich’s books “The Accidental Billionaires” and “Bringing Down the House” were the basis for the Sony movies “The Social Network” and “21”; Mezrich’s “Seven Wonders” is set at Fox.
“Once Upon a Time in Russia,” to be published June 2 by Atria Books, centers on Russian billionaires Boris Berezovsky and Roman Abramovich. Berezovsky made his fortune during the privatization of government property during the 1990s, teaming with his protege Abramovich in a variety of hugely profitable investments.
Ratner provided the origins of the idea for the book and pitched it to Mezrich. Ratner »
- Dave McNary
With the exception of staple Christmas carols, perhaps the most well-known holiday song is "All I Want for Christmas is You" by chart-topping singer Mariah Carey. And now she'll be heading into holiday territory on the big screen as Deadline reports New Line has picked up a pitch from Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainment that would see her starring in a Christmas movie. At this time, the plot of the holiday film is being kept under wraps, but Carey will likely be able to use her musical talents because it's said to feature the theme of how the power of music can transport you back in time to your truest, most authentic feelings. Sounds pretty cheesy, but that's Christmas movies for ya. The script will come from David Diamond and David Weissman, who previously scripted The Family Man for Brett Ratner to direct, though the filmmaker will only be producing this time. »
- Ethan Anderton
All Mariah Carey wants for Christmas… is for you to check out her new holiday movie. New Line is developing an untitled Yuletide project to star Carey and center on the power of music. Brett Ratner will produce through RatPac Entertainment. Get all the details on the upcoming Mariah Carey Christmas movie after the jump. New […]
- Angie Han
David Diamond and David Weissman's pitch, an idea hatched by Carey herself and supported by filmmaker/producer Brett Ratner, deals with the theme of the ability of music to transport people back in time to find their truest feelings.
Producers are planning to include songs from Carey and other artists. Ratner and Jon Shestack are slated to produce.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The Warner Bros. division acquired a pitch from writers David Diamond and David Weissman, based on an idea that Carey brought to Ratner. The theme will include the ability of music to transport people back in time to find their truest feelings.
Producers are planning to include songs from Carey and other artists. Carey wrote and performed 1994’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” which sold more than 14 million copies.
Ratner worked with Diamond and Weissman in 2000 when he directed »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: New Line has pre-emptively bought an untitled Mariah Carey Christmas pitch from RatPac Entertainment, writers David Diamond and David Weissman and producer Jon Shestack. The plan is for Carey to play a major role in the film. The project came about when Carey brought an idea to RatPac principal and her pal Brett Ratner for a movie about Christmas. The yuletide season is special for Carey, who wrote and performed “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” a 1994 tune… »
If you believe in movie-based curses like I do, there’s a poltergeist walking around Manila looking for a new group of friends to haunt. After a prolonged bout of fighting and hearing the word whore shouted more times than a year’s worth of Sundays at a Baptist church, Kenya and Phaedra finally made up. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but Phaedra might have apologized by saying, “I haven’t called you a whore this year. Not even once. I called you Satan, but I didn’t call you a whore,” and I might have slid off my couch and rolled all the way out the door and onto the street in excitement.But a lot of stuff happened before that! Claudia wore a leggings-and-wrap-dress outfit in olive green that confused my eyeballs more than watching Mariah Carey kiss Brett Ratner, Cynthia admitted that she only »
- Danielle Henderson
Everyone knows Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, but did you know he was the king of set visits as well? A few videos have surfaced recently showing the legendary musician on the set of Brett Ratner’s Red Dragon, Richard Donner’s The Goonies and Chris Columbus’ Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. The […]
- Germain Lussier
Will this upcoming awards season be the year of Tom Hiddleston? The popular Brit already has Guillermo Del Toro's "Crimson Peak" on tap for October and, now, he's officially in the mix for his performance as the iconic Hank Williams in Marc Abraham's "I Saw The Light." "Light" is based on Colin Escott's 1994 novel "Hank Williams: The Biography" and chronicles his rise to superstardom and tragic death at the age of 29. An autopsy revealed he died of a heart attack, but he was also a known alcoholic who had also developed addictions to morphine and other painkillers. Williams had 11 no. 1 hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart including two posthumously. The cast also includes Elizabeth Olsen as William's wife Audrey Mae and Bradley Whitford as Fred Rose (founder of the legendary Acruff-Rose Music which published Williams songs) as well as David Krumholtz, Cherry Jones, Wrenn Schmidt and Josh Pais. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The focus will be on an adult version of the book’s Christopher Robin. Perry was hired after pitching a take on the story to the studio.
The Winnie the Pooh bear character was created by A.A. Milne for a collection of stories in the books “Winnie-the-Pooh” (1926) and “The House at Pooh Corner” (1928). Disney licensed the rights to the character in 1961, leading to TV shows and four feature films: “The Tigger Movie,” “Piglet’s Big Movie,” “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie” and “Winnie the Pooh.”
Variety reported last year that Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment acquired rights to the book “Finding Winnie.” Written by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall, that book tells the story of the bear that inspired the Pooh character.
- Dave McNary
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