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In a speech both touching and funny at Friday’s March of Dimes Celebration of Babies, Chris Pratt shared about his son Jack’s premature birth, born nine weeks early at just 3 pounds, 12 ounces. “That’s a decent-sized bass,” he said to laughs from the star-studded crowd at the Beverly Wilshire. “Very small for a human.”
“I’ve done all kinds of cool things as an actor — I’ve jumped out of helicopters and done some daring stunts and played baseball in a professional stadium, but none of it means anything compared to being somebody’s daddy,” Pratt said. While Jack was in the Nicu, Pratt said he cherished moments where he’d cradle his son skin-to-skin. “I made promises in that moment about what kind of dad I wanted to be and I just prayed that he’d live long enough that I could keep them.”
Pratt and his »
- Janine Lew
These ladies are ready to pop!Kourtney Kardashian flaunted her big baby bump as she ran errands with Khloe Kardshian in Woodland Hills, Calif. on Saturday.Sporting a fitted, long-sleeved black dress, black booties and a green beanie, the reality star looked cute and comfortable as she put her pregnancy curves on display. The eldest Kardashian sister, who's expecting her third child with longtime love Scott Disick, revealed the new addition is due next month in a new interview with Fit Pregnancy. When asked if she's concerned about her Ob-gyn being away for the holidays, she said, "No. I'm going to keep him handcuffed to me! With Mason, I was due on December 24 and my mom said, 'No, not on the night of my Christmas Eve party!' But he was born 10 days early, so we'll see what happens this time."Another celeb to show off her blossoming baby belly is Vanessa Lachey! »
- tooFab Staff
Exclusive: With the Afm wrapped late last week, Im Global is reporting robust sales despite what many considered to be a lackluster market. Stuart Ford’s Reliance-backed production, financing and sales company had what Ford says was one of the strongest AFMs in Im Global’s 7.5 year history. The success is part of a strategy of building relationships and a profile in growth markets like Latin America and Asia — bringing filmmakers to market to speak directly to buyers doesn’t hurt either.
The company had one of the more sought-after titles at the Loews in The Free State Of Jones. Gary Ross’ epic wartime action romance that stars Matthew McConaughey was presented to buyers on the first day of the market by Ross and producer Scott Stuber, as well as Adam Fogelson and Oren Aviv of Stx which is distributing in the U.S.
Ford closed deals on Free State »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Hart will play a former high school sports star turned accountant who, on the eve of a class reunion, is contacted by a former classmate who used to be a bullied "loser" but is now a contract killer for the CIA. The latter will be played by Johnson, who will recruit Hart's character to help foil a plot to sell classified military secrets.
Central Intelligence will begin shooting in the spring.
Source: Variety »
- Laura Frances
Dwayne Johnson is looking to follow up his eye-catching role in 2013’s outrageous Pain & Gain with fellow action-comedy Central Intelligence, after the wrestler-turned-moviestar has signed on to star in New Line’s project alongside comedian Kevin Hart.
According to the report by Variety, the film will be directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball, We Are The Millers), and has been described as the studio’s 21 Jump Street-styled move into the buddy comedy genre.
Hardest workin’ man in the room, talkin’ to… the other hardest workin’ man in the room… http://t.co/Fdfq8ZE5YM
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 8, 2014
I see you big fella….The world is not ready for what we are about to hit them with @TheRock ……Let’s … http://t.co/qp4uOq7To1
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) November 8, 2014
In fact, Central Intelligence will even go so far as to involve a high school reunion, one which »
- Michael Briers
Central Intelligence hasn’t even gone into production yet, but it seems as though New Line could have a potential heavy hitter on their hands. It’s being reported that Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart will step in front of the lens for Rawson Marshall Thurber in the spring. Hart will play a high school sports star-turned-accountant who’s gearing up for a class reunion. Prior to the event, he’s contacted by an old classmate (Johnson) who was the school bullies’ prime target back in the day. Now, however, Johnson’s character is a CIA contract killer and he winds up recruiting Hart’s character to help him stop a plot to sell military secrets. It's a good thing those behind the film took their time with this one, whether it was intentional or not. There's no way a Dean Parisot-directed rendition with Ed Helms in Hart's role »
- Perri Nemiroff
We reported back in March 2010 that shooting was scheduled to start in April of that year with Ed Helms, but Universal had halted production as the actor went on to shoot The Hangover Part II. The project resurfaced in December when Rawson Marshall Thurber came on board to direct, but now it seems that Ed Helms will only serve as an executive producer.
The story centers on a former high school sports star turned accountant (Kevin Hart) who is contacted by a classmate (Dwayne Johnson). While he was described as a loser who was always bullied and humiliated during their school days, the classmate is now a highly-trained contract killer for the CIA. The assassin ropes the accountant in to help him stop a »
Hart plays a former high school sports star turned accountant who is contacted by an old classmate (Johnson) whom he bullied and humiliated back in the day.
That 'loser' is now a CIA contract killer who ropes the accountant into helping him stop someone who is selling classified military secrets.
Rawson Marshall Thurber ("We're the Millers") is helming while Scott Stuber, Peter Principato and Paul Young are producing. Ike Barinholtz and Dave Stassen penned the original script which Sean Anders, John Morris and later Thurber himself rewrote.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Following the success of Sony’s “Jump Street” franchise, New Line plans to investigate its own buddy action-comedy, enlisting two of Hollywood’s hottest stars: Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. Sources confirm to Variety the duo will star in “Central Intelligence,” with “We’re the Millers” filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber directing the movie.
The story begins with a class reunion approaching, as a former high school sports star turned accountant (Hart) is contacted by a classmate (Johnson) who was bullied and humiliated back in the day. The “loser” that the accountant remembers is now a CIA contract killer who ropes him into helping foil a plot to sell classified military secrets.
- Justin Kroll
Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey is said to be starring in "The Hunger Games" director Gary Ross' $65 million-budget Civil War drama "The Free State Of Jones" at Im Global and Stx Entertainment. Filming begins in the first quarter of 2015 with Scott Stuber on board to produce.
Ross wrote the screenplay which follows Newton Knight, a Southern unionist who fled the battlefield and rallied Confederate Army deserters to his so-called Knight Company against the Confederacy. Knight went on to marry the former slave of his grandfather and is still a divisive figure to this day . [Source: Screen]
Damon plays a man who comes to the realization that his life would be much better if he shrunk himself. Payne and Jim Taylor co-wrote the screenplay. »
- Garth Franklin
Matthew McConaughey is in early talks to star in civil war drama, Free State Of Jones, with Gary Ross attached to direct. The feature is only in the preliminary stages of development, as co-financiers Stx Entertainment and Im Global are currently brokering a deal at the American Film Market to discuss the particulars. Regardless, we understand that the aim is to begin shooting in the first quarter of next year.
Set during the 1920s, Free State Of Jones tells the story of a Confederate soldier, Newton Knight (McConaughey), who has since gone on to become a legendary figure after leading one of the biggest rebellions of the Civil War. The film will chronicle Knight’s journey as he defected from the Confederate army and formed his own band of deserters dubbed, The Knight Company. Together, they rallied against the Confederacy and aimed to establish their own place – the Free State of Jones. »
- Gem Seddon
Stx will distribute The Free State Of Jones in the Us. CAA brokered the deal.
Production is set to begin in the first quarter of 2015 with Scott Stuber on board to produce the true story of Newton Knight, a Southern unionist who fled the battlefield and rallied Confederate Army deserters to his so-called Knight Company against the Confederacy.
Knight, who went on to marry the former slave of his grandfather, has been a divisive historical figure.
Some regard him as a principled man who took a stand against a war he did not believe in while in the eyes of others he was an outlaw »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Gary Ross' The Free State of Jones is coming together, attaching Matthew McConaughey to star as real-life Civil War soldier Newton Knight, who turned against the Confederacy. In what would mark its first project to be announced, Bob Simonds' new studio is in advanced talks to co-finance the biopic with foreign sales outfit Im Global. Insiders stress that the deal isn't done, but other sources say Simonds and his team are especially keen on the Scott Stuber-produced film. Simonds' company would release the movie in the U.S., while Im Global would sell it internationally. CAA is representing
- Pamela McClintock, Borys Kit
Scott Stuber is producing the $65 million project that is shooting in the first quarter of next year.
If the deal goes through, Stx would be taking domestic rights and Im Global would have international rights, which are being discussed at Afm. CAA is brokering the domestic deal.
McConaughey will play Newton Knight, a soldier who flees the battlefields after being disillusioned by the horrors that touched his own family. On the run, he rallies the support of fellow deserters to lead an uprising against their former comrades, in the process creating a free safe haven.
News was first reported by Deadline.com.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Matthew McConaughey and writer-director Gary Ross are the catalysts for a project called Free State Of Jones, which is getting some serious attention from Stx Entertainment, the new mini-studio founded by investors Tpg Growth, Gigi Pritzker, Hony and Robert Simonds. We hear that company reps, financial partner Im Global (who is handling foreign), and the filmmakers are heading to Afm this afternoon to discuss pre-sales. This is one of many projects Stx is considering pushing through as part of its first slate. They are looking to go before the cameras in the first quarter of 2015.
Free State Of Jones is based on the untold and extraordinary story of Newton Knight, the leader of one of the greatest rebellions in Civil War history, and we hear that Stx may finance (up to $20M) for the $65M-budgeted story of one of the most controversial men from the that era. McConaughey is »
- Mike Fleming Jr and Anita Busch
'Idol's Eye' production shut down: Robert De Niro, Robert Pattinson and Rachel Weisz to have starred in Olivier Assayas' action-thriller (photo: Robert Pattinson) Production on screenwriter-director Olivier Assayas' action-thriller Idol's Eye, which was to have starred two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro (The Godfather: Part II, Raging Bull), Robert Pattinson (the Twilight movies, The Rover), and Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), has been shut down, officially due to financing woes. Michael Benaroya's Beverly Hills-based Benaroya Pictures announced the bad news earlier today, November 3, 2014. “Due to the criteria for financing not being met by producers, Benaroya Pictures has formally decided to discontinue financing the motion picture titled Idol's Eye. The company cannot continue to put its investment at risk and has been forced to stop cash flowing [to] the production. “This is something all of us wanted to avoid, but due to the producers missing »
- Zac Gille
The company moved to close down production on Monday as filming was set to commence in Toronto. Benaroya’s sales company International Film Trust was due to start selling foreign markets on “Idol’s Eye” at this week’s American Film Market.
“Due to the criteria for financing not being met by producers, Benaroya Pictures has formally decided to discontinue financing the motion picture titled ‘Idol’s Eye,'” the production company said in a statement. “The company cannot continue to put its investment at risk and has been forced to stop cash flowing the production.”
The actors and Benaroya had come on board the production in late May following the Cannes Film Festival. Rachel Weisz was also cast.
- Dave McNary
Benaroya Pictures has shut down the Robert De Niro, Robert Pattinson, and Rachel Weisz heist thriller Idol’s Eye, just as filming was set to commence in Toronto. “Due to the criteria for financing not being met by producers, Benaroya Pictures has formally decided to discontinue financing the motion picture titled Idol’s Eye,” the production company said in a statement today.
Idol’s Eye was to be director Olivier Assayas’s next film following Cannes entry Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche and another Twilight star, Kristen Stewart. Benaroya came aboard as producer and financer in May, when De Niro also signed on to star. The film was originally developed by Charles Gillibert who was producing with CG Cinema, Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, Film 360’s Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan and Michael Benaroya.
- Jen Yamato
Mommy-to-be chic! Molly Sims pulled a Kerry Washington at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards presented by Reveal Calvin Klein on Monday, Oct. 20. Just like the Scandal star who famously wore a crop top to the 2014 SAG Awards on Jan. 18, Sims opted for a similar style, albeit more modest, to the Beverly Hills event. Photos: Pregnant in heels The veteran supermodel, 41, expecting her second child with husband Scott Stuber, put her growing bump on display in a white crop top paired with a tight-fitting maxi [...] »
Set in a world where corporations have seemingly unlimited power, the story will focus on one man’s efforts to beat the system. David and Alex Pastor (“Selfless”, “The Last Days”) will write the pilot. Ted Humphrey (“The Good Wife”) will serve as executive producer/showrunner, with Damon, Affleck and Jennifer Todd also executive producing. Pearl Street Film’s Margaret Chernin will serve as associate producer.
Although it is still known for campy projects like “Sharknado,” the deal is another example of how Syfy has been upping its game in scripted content. The cabler recently ordered the alien series “Hunters” from “The Walking Dead’s” Gale Anne Hurd and it is developing “Ghost Brigades,” which is based on the “Old Man’s War” universe book series, »
- Whitney Friedlander
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