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Jon Hamm Joins Tony Gilroy’s Political Thriller ‘High Wire Act’
Jon Hamm has signed on to star in Tony Gilroy‘s political thriller “High Wire Act,” production company Radar Pictures announced on Wednesday. Brad Anderson (“The Machinist”) is directing the film in which Hamm (“Mad Men”) will play a former U.S. diplomat who is called back into service in the 1980s to save a former colleague from the group possibly responsible for his own family’s death. Gilroy (“Michael Clayton”), who wrote the screenplay, is producing with Ted Field and Mike Weber. Good Universe is handling international sales. See video: Jon Hamm Lost a '90s Game Show, Fabulously »
- Greg Gilman
Jennifer Lawrence's Salary Drama: $20M 'Passengers' Pay Tests Sony
This story first appeared in the May 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. If a person were to try to design a movie project that could simultaneously attract and repel a fiscally prudent studio executive like Sony Pictures' new film chief Tom Rothman, it might be the space drama Passengers. Rothman found Passengers awaiting his green light when he replaced Amy Pascal in the top job at the studio in late February. And while the project has obvious attractions — with red-hot Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt set to star in
- Kim Masters
Your Mean Tweets Didn’t Make Joss Whedon Quit Twitter
When Joss Whedon deleted his Twitter account shortly after Avengers: Age of Ultron opened, fans like Patton Oswalt were quick to lay the blame on an army of online liberals and feminists who had supposedly harassed the director into leaving. Now, in an interview with BuzzFeed, Whedon calls that idea "horseshit." "Believe me, I have been attacked by militant feminists since I got on Twitter," he explained. "That’s something I’m used to." The real reason, he tells BuzzFeed, was his need to get back in the zone after Age of Ultron nearly killed him. As he recalled, "I just thought, Wait a minute, if I’m going to start writing again, I have to go to the quiet place. And [Twitter] is the least quiet place I’ve ever been in my life … It’s like taking the bar exam at Coachella." Comparing his Twitter addiction to an addict who hit "rock bottom, »
- Nate Jones
Cannes: 15 Market Titles Generating Early Buzz
A version of this story first appeared in the May 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. It used to be that U.S. distributors didn't make an offer for an independent film until it had played at a festival and been reviewed. Now there's so much competition, they're having to roll the dice and make daring prebuys before a movie is finished. There is no better hunting ground than Cannes and other international film markets, where projects first are touted to foreign buyers. (Harvey Weinstein's shop paid $7 million for U.
- Pamela McClintock, Rebecca Ford
Watch: Robert Duvall and James Franco Are Prime Suspects in 'Wild Horses' Trailer
Read More: SXSW Review: Robert Duvall Directs James Franco and Josh Hartnett in Middling 'Wild Horses' Fans of rural-set murder mysteries will want to check out this trailer for Robert Duvall's new directorial venture, "Wild Horses." The film follows a Texas ranger who reopens a cold case and suspects a wealthy ranch owner and his family are somehow involved, especially after an estranged son returns home. Duvall, who wrote the screenplay with a story by Michael Shell, also stars as the Texas patriarch who will stop at nothing to protect his family. James Franco and Josh Hartnett play his onscreen sons and his real-life wife, Luciana Duvall, stars opposite as the Texas Ranger. 'Wild Horses' was an official selection at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival where it was picked up for distribution by Entertainment One Films. It will be released in theaters and on VOD on »
- Becca Nadler
Fox Cancels The Mindy Project, But Hulu Might Bring It Back
The impending wave of renewal and cancellation confirmations coming from the TV upfront presentations (where networks present their schedules for advertisers) has started early, and with a surprise. Despite it getting into sweet syndication money territory after three seasons, Fox has decided to cancel The Mindy Project. This isn't perhaps a huge surprise, since the show has struggled in the ratings from the start, although it's always held fairly steady even with its low numbers (showing that it has a dedicated fanbase). [caption id="attachment_241261" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Fox[/caption] That fanbase is what Hulu may be hoping to reach if it decides to revive the series, which according to THR, it is in talks to do. Hulu has been making a big push regarding original content recently, as reported in our story about it developing a fantasy series with Legenday, based on the 1990s computer game Myst. But, since Hulu already owns the streaming rights to Mindy, »
- Allison Keene
Cannes: Vietnam’s ‘Yellow Flowers’ Picked by Fortissimo
Fortissimo Films has picked up rights to Vietnamese social drama “Yellow Flowers on The Green Grass.” The 1980s set picture about two brothers who are rivals as well as best friends is directed by Victor Vu, one of Vietnam’s most prolific and successful film makers.
The story is based on the hit novel “I See Yellow Flowers Upon The Green Grass,” by Nguyen Nhat Anh. It sees the pair vie for the attentions of the same girl and leads to a violent climax.
The multi-million dollar production is backed by Galaxy Media & Entertainment, one of Vietnam’s largest integrated movie groups with interests spanning production, distribution and exhibition. The film is currently in post-production and Galaxy plans an end of year, holiday season release. During Cannes, Fortissimo will show footage at its Croisette office.
“There is a whole new wave of cinema emanating from Vietnam that captures the energy, »
- Patrick Frater
The Moment All Of Jj Abrams' Childhood Star Wars Memories Came Rushing Back
Many of us have strong childhood memories tied to Star Wars. Hell, many of us never lived in a world without Star Wars. With the franchise expanding more rapidly than it ever has before, many of the people working on the upcoming movies are lifelong fans, which is bound to lead to some surreal moments. This extends all the way to J.J. Abrams, director of the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and one incident made his childhood come rushing back like no other. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Abrams was asked what it was like, as a lifelong fan, to work on Star Wars. With everything going on, there are a million things that could have stuck out in his mind, but the moment that really stood out for him isn.t what you might expect. It didn.t even happen during filming. He said: Maybe »
Focus Boards ‘Head Full of Ghosts’ With Robert Downey Jr.
Focus won an auction for the rights, topping several bidders including TriStar.
“A Head Full of Ghosts,” to be published in June by HarperCollins’ William Morrow imprint, centers on a normal suburban New England family being torn apart when the 14-year-old begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia — leading to tragedy as the family attempts an exorcism and finds themselves the subject of a reality TV show.
The writing team of Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski will write the adaptation. Tremblay, who specializes in dark fiction and fantasy, has authored “In the Mean Time,” “The Harlequin and The Train” and “The Little Sleep.”
- Dave McNary
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Counts ‘Twice’ For ‘Mesrine’ Helmer Jean-Francois Richet
Exclusive: Mesrine helmer Jean-Francois Richet has boarded the new action thriller Twice. It’s based on an original idea from Luc Besson, whose EuropaCorp will finance, produce and distribute the film Besson co-wrote with Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt. The pic revolves around a woman who’s been happily married for 20 years and suddenly finds a real-life military arsenal hidden in her home. She soon learns that her darling husband isn’t the guy she thought he… »
Altitude in ‘Tall Grass’ for Cannes
Altitude Film Sales managing director Mike Runagall and his team will kick off pre-sales next week on the story of a young man and his pregnant sister on a road trip who end up fighting for their lives in a field after they respond to a boy’s cries for help.
Natali adapted the screenplay from the novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill, which first appeared as a story in Esquire. Paradigm represents Us rights to the project.
Steve Hoban of Copperheart, which is producing in association with Mosaic Media, serves as producer and Gloria Fan is executive producer. Principal photography is scheduled for September in the Toronto area.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Altitude Cannes-bound with ‘In The Tall Grass’
Altitude Film Sales managing director Mike Runagall and his team will kick off pre-sales next week on In The Tall Grass, about a young man and his pregnant sister on a road trip who end up fighting for their lives in a field after they answer a boy’s cries for help.
Paradigm represents Us rights to the project, which first appeared as a story in Esquire. Natali adapted the screenplay.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
‘Ricki and the Flash’ Trailer: Meryl Streep Put Rock Before Family
In Ricki and the Flash, Meryl Streep plays a woman whose career as the frontwoman of a rock band seems to be kind of fading (she’s playing clubs, not massive stadiums), but a trip home in order to support her adult child in a for a moment of crisis forces her to confront the many aftereffects […]
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- Russ Fischer
Arrow Recap: “This Is Your Sword”
Let's start things off in the recent past in Hong Kong, shall we? The Yamashiros rush an afflicted Akio to a nearby pharmacy with the hopes of quelling his fever. He tries to swallow down some Ibuprofen with a mouthful of blood as Tatsu sings to him. Maseo and Oliver head after Shrieve in the hopes of finding a cure. Oliver brings out his inner killer as they storm the base. They demand the cure from Shrieve, who tries to explain world politics and economies before Maseo shoots him. He offers up the cure and they take him along to show them how to administer it. By the time they reach the pharmacy, Akio is already dead. Shrieve played them, revealing that there's no cure. Instead, Shrieve turns the tables and captures them. [caption id="attachment_455037" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via The CW[/caption] The flashbacks are finally starting to pay off this season in that »
- Dave Trumbore
Beverly Hills Cop 4 Pulled From Paramount’s Release Schedule
Paramount has removed Beverly Hills Cop 4 from their release schedule. The film chronicling he further adventures of Detective Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) was set to hit theaters March 25, 2016, but The Wrap is reporting that the project has been delayed indefinitely. Brett Ratner is set to direct the sequel, with Jerry Bruckheimer returning as producer. While Paramount may be making moves to avoid going head-to-head with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at the box office, the fact that there's no replacement release date indicates a deeper issue. Most likely, the delay is due to script concerns. Back in January, Murphy made it very clear that he's not going to touch a Beverly HillsCop sequel until the script is in perfect form. [caption id="attachment_92586" align="alignright" width="320"] Image via Paramount[/caption] Murphy told Rolling Stone: “They’re still trying to get that script right. I’m not doing a Beverly Hills Cop unless they have a really incredible script. »
- Haleigh Foutch
China’s ‘Poet on a Business Trip’ Wins Jeonju Festival Award
Chinese documentary “Poet on a Business Trip” won the Grand Prize and $19,000 at the Jeonju International Film Festival, Korea’s second biggest film festival. Directed by Ju Anqi, “Poet” was lauded by the festival jury as “simple, curious, artful and ultimately very moving.”
Ahn Gooc-jin’s “Alice in Earnestland” took the grand prize in the separate competition for Korean films. Jury member Tony Rayns described the film as “funny, shocking and sometimes cruel, with enough invention and energy to take your breath away.”
Earlier, Park Jung-bum’s “Monk” was awarded the top prize for feature film pitching at the festival’s project market, Jeonju Project Promotion.
Ma Min-ji’s “Bubble Family” won the grand prize for documentary pitching and Kim Jung-in’s “Her Album” took »
- Sonia Kil
Watch: Meryl Streep Gets Her Rock N’ Roll On In The First Trailer For Jonathan Demme’s ‘Ricki And The Flash’
Meryl Streep, Jonathan Demme and Diablo Cody: now that’s an intriguing creative trio to be sure. They all certainly know from damaged characters, see their most recent examples “Young Adult” (Cody), “August: Osage County” (Streep) and “Rachel Getting Married” (Demme) and now they’ve teamed-up for “ Ricki And The Flash.” Written by Diablo Cody (“Juno” et al), the movie centers on an aging rock star (played by Streep) named Ricki, who abandoned her family when she was younger to find fame and fortune in California and did so by fronting the band The Flash. Decades later, she returns home to be a mother again only to find her family completely estranged from her. Is it all a little too late? It all sounds like perfect serio-comic dramedy which is kind of Cody’s bread and butter. The film stars Meryl Streep, Mamie Gummer (Streep’s daughter), Kevin Kline »
- Edward Davis
What Joss Whedon Originally Wanted To Do With The Hulk In Avengers 2
Warning: There are spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron ahead! While it was clear where we left off with most of Earth.s Mightiest Heroes at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Hulk.s conclusion was more ambiguous. After throwing Ultron out of the Quinjet during the battle in Sokovia, the Green Goliath decided to stay in the aircraft so that he wouldn.t be able to harm anyone else. Our last shot of the Hulk was him looking at the sky as the Quinjet flew to parts unknown. Over a year before Age of Ultron was released, it was rumored that the film would see Hulk shot into space, but director Joss Whedon confirmed that, although that was never the plan, he did have a slightly different ending in mind for the Big Green Guy. Whedon told Empire Online that it was never his intention to directly »
‘Ricki And The Flash’ Trailer: Rocker Meryl Streep Seeks Redemption From The Family She Left Behind
Here’s the first trailer for the first film from Tom Rothman’s revived TriStar Pictures. Ricki And The Flash stars Meryl Streep as Ricki Rendazzo, a hard-rocking singer-guitarist trying to make things right with the family she left behind in her quest for musical stardom. The Oscar perennial’s real-life daughter Mamie Gummer plays her kid, whose significant other has split on her. “She’s gonna be alright,” Ricki tells the current wife (Audra McDonald) of her ex-husband (Ke… »
‘Age Of Adaline’s Blake Lively Joining Woody Allen’s Next Film
Exclusive: Fresh from opening The Age Of Adaline, Blake Lively will join the ensemble cast of Woody Allen’s next film. She will join Jesse Eisenberg, Bruce Willis and Kristen Stewart, I'm told. As usual, the film is untitled and there are no plot details, but the picture is being produced by Letty Arsonson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson, his usual collaborators. Allen is casting the film as he prepares for the Cannes premiere of Irrational Man, which stars Emma… »
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