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'Magic Mike XXL' begins filming, non-director Steven Soderbergh tweets
For a man who’s retired from directing movies, Steven Soderbergh keeps finding increasingly creative ways to circumvent his vow. Behind the Candelabra was technically a TV movie (though it played in theaters in many foreign territories) and The Knick is a Cinemax TV series, but clearly, he has no intention to stop working.
The Oscar winner recently tweeted an image of a clapperboard indicating that production had begun on the Magic Mike sequel, a project he handed off to his long-time collaborator Gregory Jacobs. But Soderbergh hasn’t exactly stepped off the stage—his pseudonym as a cinematographer is Peter Andrews. »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Politician: Vince Vaughn Could Be on the Upswing in New Comedy
It looks like Vince Vaughn is willing himself out of a career rut with some of the projects he’s been signing onto recently, which is something I’m pretty happy about. I’ve always loved his comic timing and have found him to be a relatable, charismatic and funny screen presence more often than not. But the shine started to come off of him over the past few years as his comedies grew more formulaic (in my opinion this fallow period stretches from Fred Claus up until Delivery Man). But with a role in Season 2 of True Detective and what sounds like a darker film coming up in Term Life, maybe Vaughn truly is taking back his career á la Matthew McConaughey. The Politician could be another step back in the right direction. At first glance, it appears possible that this studio project could be another paycheck gig, but »
- Evan Dickson
Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout Inks 3-Year Universal Deal
Universal’s making room for Alex Kurtzman and his Secret Hideout shingle. They’ve signed a three-year production deal with the writer-director-producer’s new banner, which is expanding its operations on the studio lot. Kurtzman, who first pacted with Universal in a two-year deal in 2012 with Star Trek co-scribe Roberto Orci and their K/O Paper Products, will be joined by Focus Features’ Jeb Brody and K/O’s Bobby Cohen as producers at Secret Hideout. Kim Rosen is also moving over to the new company from K/O Paper Products to serve as head of digital and interactive. Kurtzman & Co. will be adding additional offices on the Universal lot while developing filmmaker-driven projects with franchise and multi-quadrant potential.
Kurtzman continues to spearhead Universal’s relaunch of its classic monster franchises with Chris Morgan, starting with the Mummy reboot he’s helming for a summer 2016 release. He is also producing »
- Jen Yamato
Warner Bros. Slates Russell Crowe-Ryan Gosling Pic ‘Nice Guys’ For 2016
The film takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired leg-breaker Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.
“Ever since we did ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,’ I’ve been eager to work with Shane again, and with this film we made it happen,” Silver said. “It’s a terrific script written in Shane’s great cinematic voice. With Russell and Ryan on board, I know we’re in for another wild ride.”
Black co-wrote the script with Anthony Bagarozzi. »
- Justin Kroll
Rio Fest unveils Première Brasil
Top brass at the festival, set to run from September 24-October 8, have announced the line-up for the sidebar of 41 features and 28 shorts.
This year sees the introduction of new prizes for best direction of a documentary and a special jury prize for New Trends.
Last year the Premiere Brasil award for best fiction was shared for the first time between two films – Caru Alves de Souza’s De Menor (Underage) and Fernando Coimbra’s O Lobo Atrás Da Porta (Wolf At The Door (pictured).
Première Brasil 2014 fiction competition entries are: Ausência; Casa Grande; Love Film Festival; O Fim De Uma Era; O Fim E Os Meios; O Outro Lado Do Paraíso; Último Cine Drive-in; Obra; Prometo Um Dia Deixar Essa Cidade; and Sangue Azul.
Première Brasil documentary competition entries are: À Queima Roupa; A Vida Privada Dos Hipopótamos; Campo De Jogo; Esse Viver Ninguém Me Tira; Favela Gay; Meia Hora E As Manchetes Que Viram Manchete; My Name »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Park Chan-wook to Shoot Sexy Crime Story ‘Fingersmith’
The film is to begin shooting early in 2015 with casting for the main leads currently in progress.
Waters’ novel is set in Victorian England and revolves around a young, female petty thief and an heiress who fall in love. Published in 2002, it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In 2005, it was adapted for TV into a 2-part drama series for the BBC starring Sally Hawkins (“Happy-Go-Lucky”). Park will geographically and temporally relocate it to early 20th century Korea, when the country was under Japanese rule. The Korean title is “Agassi” which translates as “young lady
The film will be Park’s first Korean-language feature in 6 years, following 2009’s “Thirst” starring Song Kang-ho. In between he directed “Stoker,” with Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode, »
- Nemo Kim
Guillermo Del Toro To Preside Over Legendary’s Promo/Talent Hunt On YouTube
Legendary Entertainment will combine a talent hunt with subtle promotion of its upcoming Guillermo Del Toro horror film Crimson Peak in a contest announced in concert with Google’s YouTube Spaces, which provide production and post-production facilities for YouTube creators in four big cities.
The deal is a successor to a Legendary/Warner Bros. project earlier this year for Godzilla. Sets from that film were installed at the YouTube Space L.A., located in the Playa Vista neighborhood, and 30 YouTube creators were chosen based on their proposals to make a wide variety of videos with Godzilla involved in some fashion.
In this latest deal, Gothic-horror sets “inspired by” Del Toro’s work on Crimson Peak will be installed in YouTube Spaces in Los Angeles, Tokyo, London and the soon-to-open New York. The sets will vary by site, but are billed as the sorts of creepy backdrops worthy of any Gothic horror film, »
- David Bloom
'Frozen Fever': Disney to bring back Elsa and Anna for animated short
Winter is coming … back.
Walt Disney Animation Studios is returning to the world of Frozen by featuring Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and the warmth-craving snowman Olaf in a new short film.
Frozen Fever, due in Spring 2015, will take place on Anna’s birthday as Kristoff the reindeer-preferring ice-gatherer and the mystical, chill-inducing Elsa try to stage a royal celebration. Although Elsa’s icy powers are no longer a secret in the kingdom, her control of them is still a bit iffy. (Let’s just hope they decided to go with an ice cream cake.)
The short will reunite the key forces »
- Anthony Breznican
Warner Bros Plans Buyouts, Potential Layoffs
There’s word tonight that the Burbank studio will offer buyouts to some workers in an effort to boost profit in the wake of Rupert Murdoch’s withdrawn takeover bid. Citing inside sources, Bloomberg reports that Warner Bros might pink-slip employees if not enough staffers accept the buyouts. The cutbacks are expected to affect the film, TV and home entertainment units and will go beyond personnel. Warner Bros reps contacted by Deadline declined comment. The news comes a week-plus after corporate sibling Turner Broadcasting unveiled a buyout package for about 600 of its eligible employees.
Related: Turner CEO Says Plans For More “Streamlined, Nimble” Company Coming In Next Two Months
- The Deadline Team
Disney Reveals Next Three Animated Shorts
The next three animated shorts from Disney will star the characters of “Frozen,” a puppy and singing volcano.
“Frozen Fever,” announced Tuesday in a special on ABC about the making of the blockbuster toon, will revolve around Anna’s birthday and the complications that ensue when Elsa’s icy powers get in the way of throwing a celebration. The short, which will reunite “Frozen” directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, as well as songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, will debut in Spring 2015.
Next summer, Pixar Animation Studios’ “Lava,” directed by James Ford Murphy, will feature a Hawaiian volcano named Uku who sings a version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and is looking for love. Singer Kuana Torres Kahele provides the volcano’s voice, whose look was inspired in part by Jackie Gleeson, Murphy has said. The short will be attached to Pixar’s “Inside Out,” on June 19, 2015.
Meanwhile, “Feast »
- Marc Graser
The CHiPs Movie Is Moving Forward And Has Already Found Its Two Stars
Hollywood has been threatening a movie based on the cops television series CHiPs for nearly a full decade, but only now does the project seem like it actually has some real direction. Dax Shepard, the actor best known for playing Frito in Mike Judge's Idiocracy, has been hired by Warner Bros. to not only write and direct a feature version of the late-'70s/early-'80s series, but also star. He will be playing Officer Jon Baker in the film, a role originated by Larry Wilcox, but the film has already found its new Ponch as well: The comedy/drama double threat Michael Pena has signed on for the part that introduced the world to Erik Estrada. Pena has been pretty damn busy of late, not only starring in movies like Cesar Chavez, Amercan Hustle and the upcoming Fury, but also working on the television series Gracepoint. Along with »
Big Hero 6 Clip Introduces Unlikely Friends Hiro and Baymax
Disney has released a new Big Hero 6 clip online. Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt) directed the adaptation of the Marvel comic, which takes place in the high-tech city of San Fransokyo, and tells the story of a robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) who, with his robot companion Baymax (Scott Adsit) in tow, teams up with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters to save the metropolis from destruction. I’m not familiar with the source material, but I really dug the trailer and am looking forward to seeing this movie next month. I think it’s interesting that a lot of the more clever writing on the studio end of things these days is for animated projects. This clip is most certainly from earlier in the film considering it seems to be the scene where Hiro and Baymax first meet. Hit »
- Evan Dickson
Chris Dodd Sets Summit Meeting for Film Commissioners
Motion Picture Association of America chief Christopher Dodd has invited the nation’s film commissioners to attend a Sept. 29 summit in Washington, D.C., to discuss production incentives.
“We will discuss how to better partner to garner additional legislative and other political support for your jurisdiction’s production incentive program,” the MPAA invitation said. “Hear from film commissioners how (the) MPAA can help with your production incentive program. Learn about MPAA’s exciting new marketing and social media campaigns/initiatives.”
Kate Bedingfield, a spokeswoman for the MPAA, said the meeting was scheduled several weeks ago prior to the California Legislature’s Aug. 29 approval of an enhanced incentive program covering $1.65 billion over five years. By contrast, North Carolina lawmakers decided in mid-August to cut the state’s longstanding incentive program from $60 million this year to $10 million next year.
She also noted that the event has been scheduled to coincide with the Oct. »
- Dave McNary
Warner Bros. Offers Buyouts to Employees, Layoffs Possible
Warner Bros. is offering buyouts to an unspecified number of employees across all divisions in an effort to cut costs.
The studio’s new corporate communications chief Dee Dee Meyers, whose first day on the job was Tuesday, had no comment about the move, first reported by Bloomberg News.
Studio parent Time Warner is under pressure from Wall Street to reduce costs in the wake of turning down Rupert Murdoch’s $80 billion takeover bid. The stock, which had jumped after the offer was unveiled on July 16, plummeted following the Aug. 5 withdrawal by Murdoch.
Time Warner’s Turner division, which includes CNN and TBS, began offering buyouts to between 500 and 600 of its U.S. employees last month.
Warner Bros. operating profit gained 29% to $234 million in the second quarter due to increases in home entertainment and TV. »
- Dave McNary
Frozen Fever Short Brings Back Familiar Faces With a New Song
On the heels of Frozen’s billion dollar global gross last year comes the new Disney short, Frozen Fever, which you can check out next year. Since it will be a while before we get a sequel to that film, this will likely be your only opportunity in the near future to get caught up with Anna, Elsa, Krista and Olaf. Frozen Fever will be directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, who also helmed the original film. It will also feature a new song by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who are working together again for the first time since collaborating on Frozen in 2013. Hit the jump for more on Frozen Fever. Here’s the official synopsis for Frozen Fever: In “Frozen Fever,” it's Anna's birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa's icy powers may put more than just the party at risk. »
- Evan Dickson
Rice, Settle to star in Kelvin Tong horror
The film is produced by Peter Poon, Leon Tong and Kat Goh under the Boku Films banner. Andre Morgan is executive producing through Ruddy Morgan Organization, along with Hong Kong-based Sun Entertainment Culture’s Alvin Chau and Alex Dong. Singapore’s Media Development Authority is supporting the film.
Scheduled to start shooting in early September, the film follows a female crime reporter who travels from Chicago to Asia to investigate the apparent suicide of her sister. At her sister’s house she encounters a string of other bizarre suicides involving emails, internet videos and allusions to the Tower of Babel.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
Fall 2014 Horror Preview: Annabelle, Ouija, The Guest, Abcs Of Death 2, and More
It’s been a rather rough year for horror. So far, there hasn’t been a surprise hit like The Conjuring or very many strong films at all for that matter. The Purge: Anarchy and The Sacrament are good enough, but if I’m tallying up the 2014 releases that I’ll probably watch again in the coming years, there’d only be three on the list – Stage Fright, Afflicted and Oculus. But the good thing is we’ve still got four more months to go, and September and October alone have a lot to offer. Hit the jump to find out which upcoming horror movies could be worth checking out in our Fall 2014 Horror Preview. Honeymoon In Theaters, On Demand & iTunes September 12th What It’s About: Penny Dreadful’s Harry Treadaway and Game of Thrones’ Rose Leslie lead as Paul and Bea, newlyweds heading off to a remote cabin for their honeymoon. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Frozen Is Getting A Theatrical Follow-Up, Here's What To Expect
We know Frozen's gotten a lot of hype since its release last year, but we just can't let it go. Not even in summer. Sorry. Apparently, Disney's not ready to let Frozen go either, as they've announced the return of Frozen's Anna and Elsa for a new animated short, titled Frozen Fever. We have details and some speculation about what it'll be about and when we'll see it... Disney made the announcement tonight within the ABC Television Network special The Story of Frozen: Making an Animated Classic. The short will reunite directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck with song writers Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the latter of whom are cooking up an all-new original song. Frozen Fever Is set to debut in Spring 2015 and will be set during Anna's birthday. Elsa and Kristoff. "Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but »
New Set Photos Could Tell Us Everything We Need To Know About Batman v Superman's Lex Luthor
Comic book movies and Easter eggs go together like peanut butter and jelly. When it comes to telling superhero stories, directors really love including little tidbits and details from the source material, and usually do so by hiding them in the background - leaving them to only be found by die-hard fans. Looking at recent photos from the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it appears that director Zack Snyder has a very interesting one of these planned for his film- and if it means what we think it means, it could actually tell us a lot about the direction the movie is taking for its portrayal of legendary villain Lex Luthor. Hygrade Deli has become Ralli's Diner for a day. #BatmanvSuperman @treinman pic.twitter.com/ngXqmrELcB. Tim Malin (@D3T0N8R) August 28, 2014 A Twitter user named Tim Malen (via Movie Pilot) recently posted some photos on »
Summer Film Budgets vs. Total Worldwide Grosses
While studios tout records, market share and No. 1 status based on box office grosses, we thought it’d be a good idea to look at some of this year’s summer films (tentpoles and not) to see how their budgets stacked up against their worldwide grosses to date. These budget numbers do not include domestic/international marketing and distribution costs, nor do they take into account the splits with exhibitors, but they do give an idea of outlay and income. Bear in mind, that while some of the biggest offshore grosses come from China, the studios are only getting a 25% cut from that territory. Also, some of these pictures will end up doing well in home entertainment and may make a profit over time — as in, a few years.
Here are some of the films we were able to compile from smallest to highest budgets with worldwide grosses (and percentage »
- Anita Busch and Nancy Tartaglione
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