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Brian Grazer Shares Career Tips With French Producers at Deauville Fest

13 September 2014 1:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While in Deauville to receive an homage and present his James Brown biopic “Get on Up,” Hollywood producer Brian Grazer shared thoughts and wise advice on moviemaking with French producers during a discussion hosted by the PGA, the French Producers Guild (Apc), the Ile de France Film Commission, and backed by Variety. Grazer, who was in an upbeat mood, spoke candidly about the business before a captive audience of local producers. His latest movie,”Get on Up,” directed by Tate Taylor, will come out in France on Sept. 24.

Here are some highlights from this conversation:

What drives your inspiration as a producer? What do you look for in a story? 

Many of the movies that I’ve produced have a common denominator: They’re usually about self-worth and they’re often about men who have drive and talent but are emotionally handicaped and they have to solve or work to »

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Deauville: Brian Grazer Honored Before European Premiere of 'Get on Up'

13 September 2014 8:03 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Brian Grazer got on up in Deauville to accept a career honor from the film festival before the European premiere of Get on Up. Grazer accepted the award from Alain Terzian, president of the French academy, before he was joined on stage by co-producer Mick Jagger, director Tate Taylor and star Chadwick Boseman. The Oscar winner joked that he hired a professional translator to take his French test in college, but he still gamely thanked the many French film figures that were in the audience. He also thanked his "partner and best friend, Ron Howard" for their many collaborations. Before

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Zurich Film Festival Completes Lineup

12 September 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Zurich International Film Festival has completed its lineup for its 10th edition, which runs from Sept. 25 to Oct. 5. Zurich named a few last-minute editions to its schedule, including Craig Johnson's Sundance-winning drama The Skeleton Twins, starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader; Nima Javidi-directed drama Melbourne, which premiered in Venice; and Toronto titles including Michael R Roskam’s The Drop, starring Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini, and Life in a Fishbowl from Icelandic director Baldvin Zophoniasson. Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic Get on Up starring Chadwick Boseman will open the festival. Zurich hasn't yet

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Zurich unveils 2014 line-up

11 September 2014 7:42 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

International and documentary competitions include The Skeleton Twins, ‘71 and The Look of Silence. A total of 17 world premieres secured for the festival, which has received a budget boost.

The 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 – Oct 5) has revealed its full line-up, which comprises 145 features – up from 122 last year – from 29 countries.

Co-director Nadja Schildknecht revealed a rise in budget for the festival as well as growth in anticipated guest numbers.

“This year, we expect some 500 guests (previous year 450) from around the world to accompany their films,” she said.

“And the budget has increased accordingly to CHF6.9m ($7.4m) (previous year CHF6.1m/$6.5m).”

As previously announced, Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic Get On Up will open the festival on Sept 25. The closing film has yet to be revealed.

International competition

The International Feature Film Competition includes 14 titles, some of which have received critical acclaim at previous festivals such as Yann Demange’s action thriller ‘71, which debuted at the »

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

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Grading Mojo's Summer 2014 Forecast (cont.)

10 September 2014 3:44 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

<< Continued from "Grading Mojo's Summer 2014 Forecast"NeighborsForecast: $140 millionActual: $150.1 millionDifference: 7.2%Grade: ANeighbors always seemed well-positioned to be a comedy hit: the concept was relatable and easily explainable, the previews were laugh-out-loud funny, and early reactions were very positive. Still, to out-gross fellow Seth Rogen comedy Knocked Up ($148 million) is pretty impressive.22 Jump StreetForecast: $135 millionActual: $192 million (est.)Difference: 42%Grade: FIt was clear that 21 Jump Street movie was very well-liked, and that the sequel's previews delivered the laughs. We incorrectly assumed, though, that a more competitive Summer schedule would keep 22 Jump Street on roughly the same level as its predecessor. Instead, it wound up dramatically exceeding the forecast on its way to becoming the highest-grossing live-action comedy of the year so far.Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesForecast: $130 millionActual: $190 million (est.)Difference: 46%Grade: FAt the time these predictions were made, there was only a brief teaser trailer available for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that focused »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Ben Browning Joins FilmNation as Co-President of Production, Acquisitions

5 September 2014 8:26 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ben Browning has joined FilmNation Entertainment as co-president of production and acquisitions, a newly-created position that will further the company's synergy between production and acquisitions, it was announced Friday by FilmNation CEO Glen Basner. Browning will relocate from New York to join Aaron Ryder (also co-president of production and acquisitions) in FilmNation's La office as the company's development and production slate continues to grow.   Also read: Ben Browning to Exit Start Motion Pictures (Exclusive) FilmNation is currently in development on the Meryl Streep-Robert De Niro movie “The Good House” and Tate Taylor's “In the Event of a Moon Disaster, »

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Toronto: FilmNation Beefs Up With Ben Browning

5 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Aiming to grow its slate, FilmNation Entertainment has hired veteran producer Ben Browning as co-president of production and acquisitions.

The hire was announced at the Toronto Film Festival. Browning will relocate from New York to Los Angeles to join co-president Aaron Ryder.

Browning exec produced underwater adventure “Sanctum” with James Cameron and developed, produced and financed “Europa Report,” Zach Galifianakis starrer “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” and “Ondine,” starring Colin Farrell.

FilmNation is currently in development on “The Good House,” to star Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, and “In the Event of a Moon Disaster,” with Tate Taylor directing. It’s in pre-production on Denis Villeneuve’s “Story of Your Life,” starring Amy Adams.

Browning and Ryder will report to FilmNation topper Glen Basner.

Browning co-founded Wayfare Entertainment in 2008 and became CEO in 2010 until Wayfare was absorbed into Start Media in 2013.

FilmNation negotiated $50 million in additional capital last year with an equity-backed, »

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Toronto: FilmNation Hires Vet Ben Browning

5 September 2014 5:44 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

FilmNation CEO Glen Basner comes to Toronto with several films in the festival, a crowded slate of percolating pictures, and a new co-president of Production & Acquisitions to help handle that volume. FilmNation has hired indie film finance fixture Ben Browning to take that newly created position, relocating to La to join co-president Aaron Ryder. This comes as Basner’s projects continue to get more ambitious. They include The Good House, which will reunite Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, the Tate Taylor-directed In The Event Of A Moon Disaster, and the Denis Villeneuve-directed Amy Adams-starrer Story Of Your Life, the film that sold for a precedent setting $20 million in Cannes.

After sealing $50 million in additional capital with an equity-backed, revolving multi-bank credit facility with Bank Of America Merrill Lynch and Union Bank, FilmNation’s scope has expanded. In Toronto here, they’re selling the Noah Baumbach-directed »

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Ben Browning joins FilmNation

5 September 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Wayfare Entertainment co-founder and former CEO has joined FilmNation Entertainment in the new position of co-president of production and acquisitions.

Browning will attend Toronto scouting for projects for the company to produce, sell and finance. He relocates from New York to Los Angeles to join co-president of production and acquisitions Aaron Ryder.

Both Browning and Ryder will report to FilmNation CEO Glen Basner.

FilmNation, in town selling The Imitation Game, While We’re Young and Top Five, is in development on The Good House to star Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro and In The Event Of A Moon Disaster, which Tate Taylor will direct.

The company is in pre-production on Cannes market sensation Story Of Your Life, which triggered a $20m acquisition by Paramount.

“We have successfully collaborated with Ben in the past, and I know that his joining our team will be key in continuing to propel FilmNation forward,” said Basner »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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HBO Slates James Brown Doc from Alex Gibney

4 September 2014 10:56 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Workhorse Alex Gibney's latest documentary "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown," from producer Mick Jagger, will debut on HBO this Fall, Monday, October 27. The film played Tribeca as a work-in-progress earlier this year, and will hit HBO right around the time Tate Taylor's Brown biopic "Get On Up," and star Chadwick Boswick, will begin lobbying for awards. Gibney also wrapped another music doc this year, "Finding Fela," centered on Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, which premiered at Sundance in January and played this summer from Kino Lorber. (Our interview here, Indiewire feature here.) More on "Mr. Dynamite":  James Brown changed the face of American music. Soul Brother Number One, as he was known, pioneered the journey from rhythm and blues to funk.  More than that, this American legend—who willed himself to life after he was stillborn—was a classic embodiment of the American dream.  The son of a. »

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Zurich adds Gone Girl to galas

2 September 2014 6:58 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other new additions include St. Vincent starring Bill Murray and Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer with Denzel Washington.

The 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 - Oct 5) has added seven titles to its Gala Premieres section. They are:

Eden, Mia Hansen-LøveGone Girl, David FincherGood Kill, Andrew NiccolIn the Basement, Ulrich SeidlSt. Vincent, Theodore MelfiThe Equalizer, Antoine FuquaThe New Girlfriend, François Ozon

The titles add to an already strong line-up of gala screenings at this year’s Zurich, which will open on Sept 25 with Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic, Get On Up.

Previously announced titles to screen in Zurich’s Gala Premieres section include:

And So It Goes, Rob ReinerBirdman, Alejandro González IñárrituThe Cut, Fatih AkinManglehorn, David Gordon GreenMy Old Lady, Israel HorovitzNational Gallery, Frederick WisemanNorthmen - A Viking Saga, Claudio FähA Walk Among the Tombstones, Scott FrankWhiplash, Damien ChazelleWish I Was Here, Zach BraffThe Wonders, Alice Rohrwacher »

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

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James Brown Biopic ‘Get on Up’ To Open Zurich Festival

1 September 2014 5:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Zurich Film Festival will open with James Brown biopic “Get on Up,” helmer Tate Taylor’s follow up to Oscar-winning “The Help.”

Taylor, Chadwick Boseman, who plays Brown, and Octavia Spencer, who stars as the singer’s aunt, will be in Zurich to attend the premiere.

The film chronicles Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to his status as a superstar of the music industry and Godfather of Soul.

Taylor is familiar with Zurich, having presented there “The Help” in 2011, ahead of its Oscar win.

The cast of “Get on Up” is completed by Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis and Lennie James. It was produced by Brian Grazer and Rolling Stones’ lead singer Mick Jagger.

Pic will be distributed in French-speaking Switzerland on Sept. 26, and in German-speaking Switzerland on Oct. 9. Universal released it on Aug. 1 in the U.S., where it has so far grossed over $29.5 million.

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James Brown biopic to open Zurich

1 September 2014 3:43 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Music biopic is director Tate Taylor’s follow-up to Oscar-winner The Help.

The Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 - Oct 5) is to open its 10th edition with James Brown biopic Get On Up on Sept 25, a day before its release in Switzerland.

Director Tate Taylor and star Chadwick Boseman will be in Zurich to attend the premiere.

Taylor previously walked Zurich’s green carpet with The Help, which closed Zurich in 2011 and went on to win an Oscar for supporting actress Octavia Spencer.

Boseman is best known for playing Us baseball legend Jackie Robinson in sports biopic 42.

Get On Up follows James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to his status as the Godfather of Soul. The musician, who died in 2006 aged 73, is best known for songs such as Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag , I Got You (I Feel Good) and Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine.

The film also »

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

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James Brown Biopic ‘Get On Up’ to Open Zurich

1 September 2014 3:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic “Get On Up” will open the Zurich Film Festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Taylor and Chadwick Boseman, who plays the singer, will be in Zurich to attend the premiere.

The film, which follows the soul musician’s rise from poverty to stardom, also stars Octavia Spencer. The cast also includes Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis and Lennie James.

Taylor previously attended the fest with “The Help,” which was the closing film in 2011.

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James Brown Biopic 'Get On Up' to Open Zurich Film Fest

1 September 2014 12:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Get On Up, the biopic of legendary performer James Brown, will open this year's Zurich International Film Festival. The feature from The Help director Tate Taylor looks at Brown's rags-to-riches rise from extreme poverty to topping the music charts as a soul and funk superstar and proponent of black pride. Chadwick Boseman, who played another African American legend, Jackie Robinson, in Brian Helgeland's 42, is the Godfather of Soul in Get On Up. Boseman and Taylor will be in Zurich for the festival premiere on Sept. 25. Taylor is no stranger to Zurich. His Oscar-winning hit The

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'In the Heat of the Night' TV Series Reboot in Development at MGM

27 August 2014 4:28 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Help director Tate Taylor is teaming up with Warren Littlefield to develop a new TV series based on the 1967 Best Picture winner In The Heat Of The Night.

The original film starred Sidney Poitier as an Africa-American detective named Virgil Tibbs, who is asked to investigate a murder in a racially volatile Southern town. Rod Steiger won an Oscar for playing the small-town sheriff who objects to Mr. Tibbs' presence.

The new series will be set in present day Mississippi, Tate Taylor's home state, examining race, inequality and prejudice through contemporary characters. The project will be shopped to cable networks over the next few weeks.

During his time as an NBC programming executive, Warren Littlefield developed an earlier version of In the Heat of the Night TV series which starred Carroll O'Connor and Howard E. Rollins Jr. The show ran between 1988 and 1995, with four seasons airing on NBC »

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"In the Heat of the Night" Returns To TV

27 August 2014 2:16 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

MGM is continuing plans to make money out of its old catalogue titles and has announced plans for a new TV series adaptation of 1967 cinematic classic "In the Heat of the Night".

Set in the present day, the series aims to examine issues of race, justice and inequality through the eyes of characters in Mississippi. "Fargo" TV series producer Warren Littlefield and "The Help" director Tate Taylor are serving as executive producers.

Norman Jewison's Oscar-winning original film starred Sidney Poitier as a police detective sent to investigate a murder in a small Southern town in the face of hostility from the local sheriff (Rod Steiger).

The film was previously adapted into a successful TV series which ran for eight seasons across NBC and CBS from 1988 to 1995 which Littlefield was also involved in.

Source: Variety »

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An 'In the Heat of the Night' TV Series Reboot is Coming, Courtesy of 'The Help' Director Tate Taylor

27 August 2014 11:57 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

MGM, seemingly uninterested in fresh, novel, original ideas, continues to mine its library for remakes/reboots. You'll recall the recent "RoboCop" and "Carrie" reboots, with remakes of "Poltergeist," "WarGames," "Death Wish," "The Magnificent Seven" and others all in development. Today brings word that the studio is developing a drama series based on its 1967 classic drama "In the Hear of the Night," with none-other-than Tate Taylor (director of "The Help" and "Get on Up") directing. Keep in mind that there has already been a television series based on the film and novel of the same name, »

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MGM TV Prepping ‘In The Heat of the Night’ Series with Tate Taylor, Warren Littlefield (Exclusive)

27 August 2014 10:19 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

MGM TV is in the early stages of developing a drama series based on the 1967 pic “In the Heat of the Night,” with Tate Taylor and Warren Littlefield as exec producers.

Taylor, writer and director of “The Help,” and director of the James Brown biopic “Get On Up,” is set to adapt and direct the new incarnation of “Heat.” Set in the present day, the series aims to examine issues of race, justice and inequality through the eyes of characters in Mississippi, where Taylor is from. Project is expected to be shopped to cable buyers in the coming weeks.

The Help’s” John Norris is also on board as an exec producer with Taylor and Littlefield, who just won an Emmy for shepherding the MGM TV adaptation of “Fargo” for FX.

The 1967 pic (pictured), helmed by Norman Jewison, was a landmark film in the civil rights era as it starred »

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Participant Joins DreamWorks' Spielberg Cold War Thriller and 'The Light Between Oceans'

26 August 2014 2:36 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Social action producer Participant Media and DreamWorks Studios have partnered six times, including two Oscar contenders, Tate Taylor's "The Help" and Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." So it's no surprise that Participant is joining DreamWorks on two upcoming films that will start filming next month. They are Spielberg’s “Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller,” written by Joel and Ethan Coen from an original script by Matt Charman, and starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance and Amy Ryan; and writer-director Derek Cianfrance's period drama "The Light Between Oceans," based on the fiction best-seller by M.L. Stedman, and starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz.hanks Spielberg's spy thriller tells the true story of attorney James Donovan (Hanks), who is pushed into the Cold War when the CIA sends him on a mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. It »

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