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Scott Rudin picks up film rights to 'We Are Not Ourselves'

30 September 2014 11:02 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Matthew Thomas’s critically acclaimed and bestselling debut We Are Not Ourselves is headed to the screen. Producer Scott Rudin has optioned the film rights to Thomas’s novel, EW has learned exclusively. 

The book traces its protagonist Eileen Tumulty, the daughter of Irish immigrants, from childhood through her adult life.

“As Thomas follows her through six decades, Eileen emerges as a richly observed character, a fascinating case study whose path shows how immigration, suburbanization, and upward mobility changed many American families after World War II,” EW’s Melissa Maerz wrote in her review. “This isn’t just Eileen’s story. »

- Esther Zuckerman

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How 1991's The Addams Family nearly got derailed

26 September 2014 3:06 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Addams Family looked a seamless project to bring to the screen. But the film, starring Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston, was anything but.

When we talk about difficult film productions, the same names seem to come through. Apocalypse Now and The Deer Hunter, for instance, are productions with well-told stories of how those behind the scenes went to proverbial hell and back. In more recent times, most of us are more than familiar with the hell that those behind World War Z went through to get it to the screen.

What I though would be a bit different though is take a generally very successful film, and dig a bit deeper to see if there was a troubled story there. One where behind the scenes issues are rarely talked about. Given that I've come to this piece straight after writing about 1991's movies, here, I settled on The Addams Family. »

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Contender Countdown: 'Gone Girl' and 'A Most Violent Year' enter the fray

25 September 2014 11:43 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There's been barely a moment to breathe since "The Imitation Game," "Birdman" and "The Theory of Everything" showed their wares at Venice, Telluride and Toronto, but there's rarely any rest for the weary during awards season. Three films are making noise in the Best Picture rankings this week and all for different reasons. David Fincher's "Gone Girl" has already received some strong early reviews, but its big closeup will be Friday when it opens the 2014 New York Film Festival and a theater full of prestige pundits finally get to see it. Pre-release polling shows a strong $25 million-plus opening for the big screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel and the flood of reviews this weekend "should" give the film an even bigger boost (no doubt part of 20th Century Fox's plan). "Girl" is one contender that will likely need to solidify its standing from both critical and moviegoer response. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Paramount Sets December Release Date for Chris Rock's 'Top Five'

18 September 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

One of the buzziest titles from this year's Toronto Film Festival was unfortunately a movie I didn't actually see, Chris Rock's Top Five, which Paramount Pictures acquired for somewhere around $12.5-15 million and they aren't wasting time getting the ensemble comedy into theaters. The studio announced today a December 5 limited release with a December 12 wide release to follow. Written, directed by, and starring Rock, Top Five tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen (Rock), whose unexpected encounter with a journalist forces him to confront both the career that made him famous and the life he left behind. From what I've been told the film is great not only for those that are in it, but also for the unexpected cameos. I don't know who else would be left, but the cast list includes Rosario Dawson, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, »

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Paramount Sets ‘Top Five’ for Dec. 5 Release; Chris Rock Pushes Rosario Dawson Nom

18 September 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount has given Chris Rock’s comedy “Top Five” a release date of Dec. 5 in the U.S. followed by a wide release on Dec. 12.

The studio acquired worldwide distribution of “Top Five” a week ago following its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival to strong reviews.

At the Variety Studio in Toronto, Rock said he hoped the film would get a release this year so Rosario Dawson can get an actress nomination. Dawson beamed and laughed, and thanked her costar-director.

The “Top Five” dates follow closely on Sony Classics’ announcement that it will open the Julianne Moore vehicle “Still Alice” this year as well.

Though the best-actor derby is already overcrowded, the five Oscar slots for best actress have fewer contenders, with strong possiblities so far including Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”; Shailene Woodley, “The Fault in Our Stars”; Hillary Swank, “The Homesman”; and Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything.”

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- Tim Gray and Dave McNary

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Paramount preps Chris Rock's 'Top Five' for December 2014 release

17 September 2014 10:23 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The moment Paramount Pictures plopped down a hefty chunk of change for Chris Rock's "Top Five" in Toronto, all eyes turned toward it as a potential awards player. After all, it was wildly loved out of the fest. One even wonders if it was a significant threat in the People's Choice Award situation up there. But the studio has a ton on its plate for the end of the year. Could it really take on another end-of-year opener? "Oh well," they seem to be saying on Melrose. "Let's go for it." A December release it shall be. Dec. 5, to be exact. I know the gears are turning internally with things like "it's Chris Rock's 'Annie Hall'" being thrown about. That certainly makes it sound even more enticing that Greg Ellwood's rave from the festival already did. The acquisition left would-be distributors "heartbroken," according to The Hollywood Reporter in an inside-the-wheeling-and-dealing piece today. »

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Oscars News: Can Chris Rock make an awards comeback with raunchy comedy 'Top Five'?

17 September 2014 8:44 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Pamela McClintock says that almost every studio wanted the new Chris Rock film "Top Five" after its Toronto debut. With Rock directing and Scott Rudin producing, they ultimately chose Paramount for distribution after being offered the full asking price of $12.5 million plus a marketing budget of at least $20 million. That made it the biggest deal from this year's Toronto festival. Paramount worldwide president Megan Colligan called the comedy "an awesome blend of heart, raunch and classic New York filmmaking." The R-rated movie will now open in December starring Rock as a comic who wants to become a serious actor. After such an enthusiastic response, it could at least be a strong contender in the Golden Globe comedy categories. Hollywood Reporter -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Thelma Adams proclaims that "The Imitation Game" has "risen to the top of the Oscar pac. »

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‘Pride’ Angles for Golden Globe Musical-Comedy Categories

16 September 2014 2:52 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

On Monday night, most of New York’s acting community, on their night off from the boards, could be found in one of two places. Many were attending the American Theatre Wing’s annual gala at the Plaza Hotel, where the legendary Angela Lansbury was feted. And the rest, it seemed, could be found at the historic Ziegfeld Theatre, where Stephen Sondheim, Mike Nichols and Scott Rudin — a Big Apple all-star trio, if ever there was one — hosted a special advance screening of Pride, a feel-good dramedy about a little-known slice of U.K. history which CBS Films will release on Sept. 26.

It had its world premiere as the closing night film of the Directors’ Fortnight section of the May’s Cannes Film Festival and its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, and now joins a relatively thin field »

- Anjelica Oswald

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'Pride' Angles for Golden Globe Musical-Comedy Categories

15 September 2014 9:14 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

On Monday night, most of New York's acting community, on their night off from the boards, could be found in one of two places. Many were attending the American Theatre Wing's annual gala at the Plaza Hotel, where the legendary Angela Lansbury was feted. And the rest, it seemed, could be found at the historic Ziegfeld Theatre, where Stephen Sondheim, Mike Nichols and Scott Rudin — a Big Apple all-star trio, if ever there was one — hosted a special advance screening of Pride, a feel-good dramedy about a little-known slice of U.K. history which CBS

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- Scott Feinberg

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Contender Countdown: 'Imitation Game' gets the early love for best picture

11 September 2014 9:38 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Toronto — If it's September, not only is it fall film festival time, but it's also time for the return of the Contender Countdown. Yes, your weekly snapshot of the Best Picture race is back and who knew 2014 might actually deliver another real race? By this point last season, the showdown between "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" was well under way. There were some films on the horizon that had a chance at joining the fray, but it never really came to pass. The 2015 season is markedly different. Venice, Telluride and Toronto have ended with only two major contenders having been vetted by pundits and audiences alike, "The Imitation Game" and "Birdman." Neither is the frontrunner yet, although the former may jump into the lead fairly quickly. Toronto's major honor, the People's Choice Award, will be announced on Sunday. Over the past six years three winners went on to win the Best Picture Oscar ("Slumdog Millionaire, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Paramount Pictures to Distribute Chris Rock’s Top Five

11 September 2014 9:07 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, announced on September 10, 2014 that it will distribute writer/director Chris Rock’s Top Five worldwide. The news comes as the film from producer Scott Rudin, and his Iacf partner Barry Diller, earned rave reviews at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, such as Scott Foundas’ comments in Variety: “Rock has finally found a big-screen vehicle for himself that comes close to capturing the electric wit, shrewd social observations and deeply autobiographical vein of his standup comedy.”

Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson in “Top Five.”

“Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades. This film showcases brilliantly how talented Chris is as a filmmaker and storyteller and we are thrilled to be partnering with him, Scott Rudin and my longtime friend, the legendary Barry Diller »

- Mike Tyrkus

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Chris Rock’s Toronto Favorite Top Five To Be Distributed By Paramount Pictures

10 September 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Paramount Pictures announced it will distribute writer / director Chris Rock’s Top Five worldwide. The news comes as the film from producer Scott Rudin, and his Iacf partner Barry Diller, earned rave reviews at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

“Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades. This film showcases brilliantly how talented Chris is as a filmmaker and storyteller and we are thrilled to be partnering with him, Scott Rudin and my longtime friend, the legendary Barry Diller and Iacf for its worldwide launch,” said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures.

Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, Top Five tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career »

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Chris Rock Comedy 'Top Five' Heads to Paramount

10 September 2014 10:07 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, announced it will distribute writer/director Chris Rock's Top Five worldwide. The news comes as the film from producer Scott Rudin, and his Iacf partner Barry Diller, earned rave reviews at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

Here's what Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, had to say about the project.

"Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades. This film showcases brilliantly how talented Chris is as a filmmaker and storyteller and we are thrilled to be partnering with him, Scott Rudin and my longtime friend, the legendary Barry Diller and Iacf for its worldwide launch."

Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, Top Five tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with »

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Chris Rock's 'Top Five,' other Toronto films land distribution deals (Updated)

10 September 2014 10:05 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

For studios looking to buy at the Toronto International Film Festival, Chris Rock emerged a very hot property. The comedian’s Top Five sparked a bidding war, according to multiple reports, with Paramount emerging the victor and scoring the worldwide rights to the film, the studio announced today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio paid around $12.5 million for the film.

“Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades,” Paramount Chairman and CEO Brad Grey said in a statement. »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Paramount buys Chris Rock's Top Five

10 September 2014 9:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Paramount Pictures has secured worldwide distribution rights to Chris Rock’s Top Five. The comedy – written, directed by and starring Rock – received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last Saturday.

The studio reportedly paid in the region of $12.5m for the film, the only available title at the festival to earn near unanimous acclaim and create buzz in what has been a low-key Toronto for acquisitions.

Review: Top Five

Top Five also stars Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J B Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che and Jay Pharoah.  

Scott Rudin and Eli Bush produced and Barry Diller and Scott Rudin’s Iacf financed. Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter and Kanye West are co-producers and Questlove is the executive music producer. UTA negotiated the deal on behalf of the Iacf and the filmmakers.

Elsewhere, Saban Films acquired its third film since launching prior to Cannes. The distributor »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Par buys Chris Rock's Top Five

10 September 2014 9:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Paramount Pictures has secured worldwide distribution rights to Chris Rock’s Top Five. The comedy – written, directed by and starring Rock – received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last Saturday.

The studio reportedly paid in the region of $12.5m for the film, the only available title at the festival to earn near unanimous acclaim and create buzz in what has been a low-key Toronto for acquisitions.

Review: Top Five

Top Five also stars Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J B Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che and Jay Pharoah.  

Scott Rudin and Eli Bush produced and Barry Diller and Scott Rudin’s Iacf financed. Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter and Kanye West are co-producers and Questlove is the executive music producer. UTA negotiated the deal on behalf of the Iacf and the filmmakers.

Elsewhere, Saban Films acquired its third film since launching prior to Cannes. The distributor »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Paramount to distribute Chris Rock's Top Five

10 September 2014 9:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Comedy written and directed by Chris Rock received its world premiere in Toronto at the weekend.

Paramount Pictures has secured worldwide distribution rights to Chris Rock’s Top Five. The comedy - written, directed by and starring Rock - received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last Saturday.

Review: Top Five

Brad Grey, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, said: “Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades.

“This film showcases brilliantly how talented Chris is as a filmmaker and storyteller and we are thrilled to be partnering with him, [producer] Scott Rudin and my longtime friend, the legendary Barry Diller and Iacf for its worldwide launch.”

Top Five tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen (Rock), whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Paramount To Distribute Chris Rock’s ‘Top Five’

10 September 2014 9:23 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, announced it will distribute writer / director Chris Rock's "Top Five" worldwide. The news comes as the film from producer Scott Rudin, and his Iacf partner Barry Diller, earned rave reviews at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures said:

"Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades. This film showcases brilliantly how talented Chris is as a filmmaker and storyteller and we are thrilled to be partnering with him, Scott Rudin and my longtime friend, the legendary Barry Diller and Iacf for its worldwide launch."

Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, “Top Five” tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Toronto: Paramount Pictures Acquires ‘Top Five’ for Worldwide Distribution

10 September 2014 8:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Pictures announced on Wednesday that it had acquired worldwide distribution of the Chris Rock comedy “Top Five,” which premiered at Toronto to rave reviews over the weekend.

The deal, according to sources, was said to close at a whopping $12.5 million, which will likely make it the biggest out of the festival. The studio has agreed to spend another $20 million on P&A, Variety has learned.

Rock directed and starred in the film about a comedian-movie star which is told over the course of a single day. Scott Rudin and Barry Diller financed the picture, which had a budget of more than $10 million.

“Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades,” Paramount CEO Brad Grey said in a statement.

The deal was negotiated by UTA and Paramount’s Eben Davidson and Rona Cosgrove. »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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It's a Done Deal - Paramount Pictures Will Distribute Chris Rock's 'Top Five' Worldwide

10 September 2014 8:16 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

It's now a done deal, after what was said to be an intense bidding war between the various studios, for rights to the film. Details via press release from Paramount below: Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, announced it will distribute writer / director Chris Rock's "Top Five" worldwide. The news comes as the film from producer Scott Rudin, and his Iacf partner Barry Diller, earned rave reviews at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. "Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades. This film showcases brilliantly how talented Chris is as »

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