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This story first appeared in the May 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. It was a deal struck over vegemite. While dining on that Australian paste (spread over toast) aboard James Packer’s yacht May 17, Brett Ratner and Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker closed a $6 million pact for U.S. rights to one of the splashiest films available in Cannes: director James Vanderbilt’s Truth, about CBS News anchor Dan Rather’s resignation and the events leading to it. Ratner and Barker toasted with Foster’s lager (for Barker) and water
- Tatiana Siegel
It wasn't just the weather that was sunnier this Cannes. The market also bounced back, with U.S. distributors in particular opening their checkbooks for finished films and foreign buyers finding ample pre-buy offerings. The $20 million price tag for Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals, which sold for worldwide rights to Focus Features/Universal, was one of the biggest deals of the market. But Sony Pictures Classics set a record by plunking down $6 million for U.S. rights to the James Vanderbilt-helmed Truth -- the most ever paid by the specialty label (the film chronicles the lead up to CBS
- Scott Roxborough, Tatiana Siegel
THR reports that Sony Pictures Classics has snagged North American rights to "Truth," starring Robert Redford as Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as his producer, Mary Mapes, whose 2005 memoir "Truth and Duty" serves as the basis for this film. "Truth" centers on the firestorm that broke out in September 2004 when the former CBS Evening News anchor made libelous claims that President Bush received special treatment during his Air National Guard tenure in Vietnam. The authenticity of Rather's sources was called into question, Mapes was swiftly fired and Rather resigned in 2005. Elisabeth Moss, Topher Grace and Dennis Quaid also appear in "Truth," the directorial debut of "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "White House Down" screenwriter James Vanderbilt. Brad Fischer, William Sherak, Vanderbilt and Mikkel Bondesen produce with Brett Ratner, Doug Mankoff and Andy Spaulding, and Mythology Entertainment. Sony Pictures Classics has »
- Ryan Lattanzio
FilmNation represents international rights to Truth, centres on a 2004 report by veteran Us newsman Dan Rather claiming the then President George W Bush received special treatment in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War.
It later transpired the report was based on documents that may have been forged.
Rather’s producer Mapes wrote the book Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power on which the project is based.
James Vanderbilt makes his directorial debut with the project and produces through his Mythology Entertainment with Brad Fischer, William Sherak, Mikkel Bondesen, Brett Ratner, Doug Mankoff and Andy Spaulding.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
We have reached the halfway point in this year’s prestigious Cannes Film Festival over in France, and a big portion of talk across the Channel is focused on Cate Blanchett and her performance alongside Rooney Mara in Todd Hayne’s critically-acclaimed Carol. And her good form continues today with Deadline reporting that her next project, Truth, has been sold to Sony Pictures Classics for $6 million.
The film, directed by screenwriter James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) co-stars Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow), Topher Grace (Interstellar) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and tells the story of “Rathergate”, a famous scandal from the 1960’s which involved CBS news anchor Dan Rather and 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes. Redford plays Rather whilst Blanchett stars as Mapes.
Truth is based on a 2005 memoir by Mary Mapes entitled Truth And Duty: The Press, The President And The Privilege Of Power. Early indications »
- Scott J. Davis
Five years ago, the business at Cannes was powered by movies selling out worldwide, and U.S. distribution sales were something of a sideshow.
Now it’s the U.S. and China driving the business forward, with 2015 Cannes fueled by U.S. and China, both galvanized by new players. Europe remains depressed by eroding ancillary markets.
Trouble is, while the U.S. is helping to make up for the weakness in the market, its growth doesn’t cover all of Europe’s slack, said Lotus Entertainment’s Bill Johnson.
But some big late market additions, new players and one spectacular deal added brio to an far more upbeat market.
“Though there were no tentpoles, in terms of volume, this was a good hectic market, with big movies and big companies’ slates pretty well selling out,” said Ivan Boeing at Imagem.
More big projects could still come onto the market, he added.
The biggest deal in the market was the $acquisition of world rights for a reported $20 million to Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals” by Focus from CAA/FilmNation. Drama is a relationship mystery thriller with Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams. »
- John Hopewell and Ramin Setoodeh
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the U.S. rights to “Truth,” a Robert Redford/Cate Blanchett film about the scandal that led to the departure of Dan Rather from CBS News, TheWrap has confirmed. Screenwriter James Vanderbilt made his directorial debut on the film, which stars Redford as Rather and Blamchett as “60 Minutes” producer Mary Mapes. Mapes worked with Rather on a story about how George W. Bush avoided serving in Vietnam in 1968, but relied on possibly forged documents. The film is based on Mapes’ memoir “Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power.” The cast also. »
- Steve Pond
Sony Pictures Classics is making a big $6 million U.S. deal for Truth, the James Vanderbilt-directed film about the “Rathergate” scandal that ended the careers of veteran CBS newsman Dan Rather and 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes. This after they spearheaded a 60 Minutes II expose that then-u.S. president George W. Bush had ducked serving in Vietnam after graduating Yale in 1968 by getting a cushy no-show post in the National Guard through the clout of his father, an… »
The story this time around reportedly sees the nations of Earth collaborate using recovered alien technology to develop a defense program to protect the planet from invading aliens.
Ward previously worked with Emmerich on "The Day After Tomorrow" and was last seen on screen last year in David Fincher's "Gone Girl". Ward joins a cast that includes Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Liam Hemsworth and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
It Follows' Maika Monroe will go from evading supernatural entities to dodging vengeful aliens. Also included in our latest round-up are two new promo teasers for The Strain Season 2 and details on 20th Century Fox releasing new videos for Poltergeist via the "My Idol" app.
Independence Day 2: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Maika Monroe (It Follows, The Guest) will play a lead role in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day 2. She could be playing Patricia Whitmore, the daughter of Thomas J. Whitmore (the President of the United States in 1996's Independence Day), a role originally played by Mae Whitman.
Monroe joins a cast that includes Liam Hemsworth (whose character is set to have a romantic relationship with Monroe's character), Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jessie Usher, as well as Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Judd Hirsch reprising their roles from the first film.
Independence Day 2 is slated to »
- Derek Anderson
A video of Dennis Quaid going ballistic on set has gone viral along with questions over its legitimacy as many are believing this to be yet another Jimmy Kimmel-esque prank. The video finds Quaid questioning the professionalism of the set, which he would seem to be well within reason to criticize if there is someone on said set recording via a cell phone camera. We can only assume Quaid is yelling at the director and complaining about commotion in the background while he's trying to perform and it must take quite a bit to get someone to this level of frustration, that is if it's real. This, obviously, isn't the first time we've seen/heard something like this as Christian Bale was caught in a similar situation during the filming of Terminator Salvation and we're all familiar with Lily Tomlin's back-and-forth with David O. Russell on the set of I Heart Huckabees. »
- Brad Brevet
Independence Day 2 director Roland Emmerich took to his Twitter page yesterday to confirm two more cast members for his sequel, Brent Spiner and Joey King. Brent Spiner is reprising his role from the original 1996 classic Independence Day as Dr. Brackish Okun, although it isn't known who Joey King may be playing. In the original, Dr. Okun was one of the scientists working on a secret government program that examined the aliens that crashed several years before the invasion in the movie.
Brent Spiner and Joey King join a cast that includes original Independence Day stars Jeff Goldblum (David Levinson) and Vivica A. Fox (Jasmine Dubrow), with Bill Pullman's Thomas Whitmore expected to reprise his role as well. New cast members include Jessie Usher, Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Travis Tope. Will Smith will not reprise his role as pilot Stephen Hiller for the sequel.
Roland Emmerich is directing »
The cast of Independence Day 2 has swelled further this week, with director Roland Emmerich revealing via Twitter that actress Joey King (Oz The Great and Powerful, Wish I Was Here) has joined the sequel, as well as confirming the return of Brent Spiner, who featured in the 1996 original as Dr. Brackish Okun.
The duo will join a cast that already includes Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Travis Tope, as well as the returning Jeff Goldblum and Vivica A. Fox. Bill Pullman is also rumoured to reprise his role as President James Whitmore.
Set to start production in May, Independence Day 2 is written by Emmerich and Dean Devlin, with rewrites from James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Carter Blanchard (G vs E), and produced by Devlin and Harald Kloser.
Independence Day 2 opens June 24th 2016.
- Scott J. Davis
Just one day after we reported that Independence Day star Vivica A. Fox will return for Independence Day 2, Boardwalk Empire actor Travis Tope is in negotiations to join the cast. The actor will play a character named Charlie, although no further details were given. Independence Day star Will Smith is not returning, although Bill Pullman (Thomas Whitmore) and Jeff Goldblum (David Levinson) are reprising their roles from the original, alongside Vivica A. Fox.
The new cast members coming on board for the sequel include Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher and Charlotte Gainsbourg. When Jessie Usher was originally cast, it was revealed that he is playing the son of Will Smith's Stephen Hiller. However, The Wrap reports that he is actually playing Jasmine Dubrow's son Dylan, originally played by Ross Bagley in Independence Day. In the original movie, Hiller was dating Dubrow, but he was not the father of Dylan. »
Exciting news for both Independence Day and Vivica A. Fox fans! The actress is set to reprise her role as stripper-turned-alien freedom fighter Jasmine Dubrow in the upcoming sequel Independence Day 2. The news was announced by both director Roland Emmerich and the actress herself, who provides a nice collage of images from her previous stint as Jasmine.
Independence Day 2 is already set with a June 24, 2016 release date. Shooting is expected to begin this summer, with original star Jeff Goldblum also returning as David Levinson. New cast members include Jessie Usher, who is playing the son of Will Smith's Captain Steven Hiller, though it has not been confirmed that Jasmine is his mother. Liam Hemsworth will play the son-in-law of Bill Pullman's President Thomas J. Whitmore. And singer Charlotte Gainsbourg is playing an as-yet unrevealed character. Bill Pullman is expected to return, but has not yet been confirmed. »
Charlotte Gainsbourg, who most recently starred in director Lars von Trier's controversial Nymphomaniac Volume I and Nymphomaniac Volume II, is in negotiations to join the cast of 20th Century Fox's sci-fi action sequel Independence Day 2. No details were given for her character, but if a deal is finalized, she will join Jessie Usher, Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum, who reprises his David Levinson role from 1996's Independence Day. While Will Smith is not returning as Air Force pilot Stephen Hiller for the follow-up, it is believed that Bill Pullman will be back as Thomas Whitmore.
We reported earlier this month that Jessie Usher is playing the son of Will Smith's Stephen Hiller, but in the original Independence Day, it was never revealed that Hiller had a son. His girlfriend, Jasmine Dubrow (Vivica A. Fox) did have a young son named Dylan (Ross Bagley), but Hiller was not the father. »
In one of the most interesting pieces of casting news to land this week, THR reports that Charlotte Gainsbourg has entered talks to appear in sci-fi sequel Independence Day 2. The actress is known for her aggressively method performances in Lars Von Trier’s back catalogue of works including Nymphomaniac, Antichrist and Melancholia, so stepping away from character-driven pieces and into the realm of blockbuster fare is certainly an unexpected move for Gainsbourg.
The long-gestating follow-up to Roland Emmerich’s 1996 box office behemoth has hit headlines in recent weeks due to an influx of new cast members. In addition to today’s news, Emmerich – who’s back at the helm – took to Twitter not long ago to announce Jeff Goldblum’s return as scientist David Levinson. Along with original star Will Smith (who won’t be reprising his role), Goldblum knocked out the alien threat by administering a digital virus »
- Gem Seddon
Mythology Entertainment has inked a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios.
Under the pact with 20th and Fox 21, the production company will develop and produce broadcast, cable and digital scripted series wit the studios.
“We are thrilled to have a home at Fox for Mythology’s television business, which we look forward to building under Julia Gunn’s leadership along with our new partners at 20th and Fox 21,” Fischer and Vanderbilt said .
Of the inhouse expansion, the duo said: “We are also excited to welcome the incomparable Tracey Nyberg »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Mythology Entertainment signed a first look deal on Thursday with 20th Century Fox Television and newly formed Fox 21 Television Studios to develop and produce broadcast, cable, and digital scripted series. The production company also announced the hire of two new department heads, Julia Gunn as Executive Vice President of Television and Tracey Nyberg as Executive Vice President of Film. They will report to company co-founders Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt, and William Sherak who serves as a consultant and producer in both film and television. See Photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 “We are thrilled to have a home at Fox. »
- Travis Reilly
As always, March is too early to get any kind of firm grasp on what will or won't be an Oscar contender come the end of the year, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun to speculate. Last year, only two of the nine films I predicted out of the gates actually ended up receiving Best Picture nominations at the 2015 Oscars -- Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel -- which goes to show just how much we know in advance. In fact, looking at the films I had on the outside looking in, only Best Picture winner Birdman was listed. But hey, at least I had three of the top contenders in the early year conversation, that's something... rightc When it comes to this year, I feel even less certain than I did last year. I'm not sure that's saying a whole lot since only two of the 43 films on »
- Brad Brevet
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