7 items from 2015
In the frantic days leading up to Relativity Media’s much-anticipated bankruptcy, producers have been scrambling to remove their film projects from the mini-studio — in hopes that the pics won’t become hopelessly mired in what could be a protracted legal proceeding.
The makers of a Jesse Owens biopic to star Anthony Mackie, set to begin production in the fall, have reportedly succeeded at the 11th hour in pulling their film from the troubled mini-studio. Sources close to the project said Wednesday evening that they had been successful in pulling the project out of the struggling Relativity operation, just hours ahead of what is expected to be a Thursday bankruptcy filing.
Sources close to the project said that lawyers representing the film — centered on the American hero of the 1936 Olympic Games — sent a letter to Relativity to terminate negotiations that would have made the mini-studio the distributor. The talks were »
- Justin Kroll and James Rainey
Owens, the son of an Alabama sharecropper, shattered Adolf Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy by winning a record four gold medals in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the long jump and the 400-meter relay in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
Hitler had insisted Jewish people and African-Americans not be allowed in the games, but relented when threatened with a boycott. He shook hands only with the German victors on the first day of competition and then skipped all further medal presentations.
- Dave McNary
Giancarlo Esposito, known by Breaking Bad fans as the villainous Gus Fring, is continuing his transition into big-screen features with TriStar’s next star-studded drama. Directed by Jodie Foster, Money Monster has slowly been collecting A-listers to populate what’s expected to be a serious awards contender.
Written by Jim Kouf, Alan Difiore and Jamie Linden, the film delves into the world of insider trading through gregarious television personality Lee Gates (George Clooney). On his show, Money Monster, he offers stock market hints and tips to members of the public and miscalculates an estimate – causing stock to plummet. One member of the public whom is extremely dissatisfied with Gates’ behavior storms the TV studio with a gun in tow. The disgruntled man, Kyle Budwell – thought to be played by Unbroken‘s Jack O’Connell – holds Gates at gunpoint, demanding that he enforce a profitable stock rise by the end of the day, »
- Gem Seddon
Enjoying the award-winning success of his latest television series, The Affair, Dominic West is set to capitalize on that exposure by joining the high profile Money Monster – a dramatic thriller to be directed by Jodie Foster, for TriStar Pictures. The script for the movie comes from Alan Difiore (The Bridge), Jim Kouf (Grimm) and Jamie Linden (10 Years), and has George Clooney pulling double duty as producer and star.
Clooney will play Lee Gates – the influential host of a stock investment television show, who gets a report wrong and causes a previously buoyant stock to plummet. An unhappy, armed investor forces his way into the studio while the show is live on air, and threatens the life of the host – demanding he undo the damage he has done and make the stock rise back to profitable levels before the closing bell.
West has joined the project as the CEO of the stricken company, »
- Sarah Myles
Pechenik popped the question on Saturday, People reports.
The news comes just one week after the 35-year-old actress revealed that she and Pechenik are expecting their first child.
Deschanel and Pechenik are due to welcome their baby in the summer.
Love, marriage, and a baby carriage! Pregnant Zooey Deschanel is engaged to boyfriend Jacob Pechenik, her rep confirms to Us Weekly. The happy news comes one week after the New Girl actress, 35, and her producer fiance, 42, confirmed that they're expecting their first child together. Deschanel is due to give birth to the little one this summer. Pechenik and the She & Him singer first stepped out together in August 2014, after her split from screenwriter Jamie Linden, whom she dated for two years. They made their red [...] »
Double Deschanel babies! Zooey Deschanel is pregnant and expecting her first child with her boyfriend Jacob Pechenik, her rep confirms to Us Weekly. The quirky New Girl actress, 34, and the producer, 42, are eagerly anticipating the arrival of their little one this summer. Us confirmed that the two were dating last August, after Deschanel split from her boyfriend of two years, screenwriter Jamie Linden. Later that month, Deschanel and Pechenik made their red carpet debut together at the 2014 Emmys at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. (Deschanel [...] »
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