Jaden Smith To Star In Slavery Drama 'The Good Lord Bird'
So, let's say you've optioned the critically acclaimed, National Book Award-winning novel "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. Now you're on the tough path of development, hoping to find somebody to finance, produce and distribute the slavery-era drama, and you want to put together an attractive package to lure deep pocket investors. And now, let's pretend you cast Jaden Smith. Curiously, it's McBride himself who is producing the film (he's also the screenwriter of "Miracle At St. Anna" and "Red Hook Summer," Fyi) so we'll give him the benefit here of seeing something in Smith that we clearly, do not. Liev Schreiber is also on board for this tale of a young slave and an abolitionist who team up and travel the country, trying to survive. Here's the Amazon synopsis: Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Open Road Acquires U.S. On ‘Tupac’, John Singleton-Directed Pic On Hip-Hop Icon
Exclusive: Open Road Films has acquired U.S. rights to Tupac, the long-awaited and highly anticipated feature on the life of Tupac Shakur directed by John Singleton. Scripted by Jeremy Haft & Ed Gonzalez and Singleton, the film traces Shakur’s life from growing up in East Harlem the son of activist Black Panther Party members, to reaching superstardom as a songwriter, hip-hop and movie star, to his vocal position as a leader in the East Coast/West Coast rap war, to his death. Shakur, leaving a Mike Tyson fight at the MGM Grand In Las Vegas, was murdered in a drive by shooting, dying at age 25 in 1996. Related: All Eyez On John Singleton As Director Boards Tupac Shakur Biopic The film is being produced and financed by Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. The deal was set by Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg, Morgan Creek chairman and CEO James G. Robinson, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
‘Spider-Man 2′ Facing Formidable Foes at Foreign Box Office
But when the upcoming sequel debuts in theaters abroad (April 16) and in the U.S. (May 2), Spidey will find himself entangled with even more formidable foes — Marvel rivals Captain America and Wolverine— not to mention a terrifying Japanese monster named Godzilla.
Of all the studios in summer 2014’s battle of the superheroes, Sony Pictures, which backs “Spider-Man 2,” arguably has the most at stake. Chairman Michael Lynton and co-chair Amy Pascal need the latest installment of their web-slinging franchise to deliver outsized grosses to offset the studio’s substantial investment, and reverse a recent string of domestic duds that include “RoboCop” and “The Monuments Men.”
Aside from the necessary financial boost, Sony is desperate to lift morale at the studio, which has been reeling from an onslaught of »
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Banff honour for Henry Winkler
Henry Winkler will be the recipient of the 2014 Banff World Media Festival (Banff) Award Of Excellence.
Winkler will accept the honour at the June 10 Rockie Awards Gala held during the festival, which runs from June 8-11 in Banff, Canada.
Winkler is best known for his portrayal of The Fonz in the television series Happy Days. His recent television credits include roles in Arrested Development and Royal Pains. He is also the co-author of a series of 26 bestselling children’s books.
“Having the opportunity to entertain audiences for over 40 years has been a blessing,” said Winkler. “I am grateful and very humbled to be recognised by this great festival.”
“We are very excited to present the 2014 Award of Excellence to Henry Winkler,” said Banff executive director Ferne Cohen. “The award is in recognition of his inspiring work both on the TV screen and in making the world a more entertaining place for future generations.”
Fox 2000 Planning ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Sequel
Fox 2000 has tapped “Elf” scribe David Berenbaum to write a sequel to the 1993 comedy hit “Mrs. Doubtfire” with Robin Williams attached to reprise his starring role and Chris Columbus to return as director.
The original movie, which was based on the Anne Fine book, followed Williams’ struggling actor and divorced father who disguises himself as a elderly nanny and housekeeper in order to see his kids while his ex-wife has custody. Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan also starred.
The pic went on to make more than $400 million worldwide and Fox has tried to get a sequel into production ever since. Elizabeth Gabler and Marisa Paiva are overseeing for Fox 2000.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
- Justin Kroll
Raymond Wagner, TV Producer, Exec, Dies at 85
Raymond Wagner, a producer of films including “Petulia” and, later, “Turner and Hooch” and formerly a top executive at Universal Studios and MGM, died of natural causes March 12 in Westwood, Calif. He was 85.
Wagner oversaw TV pilots for Universal during the 1960s and produced an early movie of the week, 1964′s “The Hanged Man.” He began his feature producing career with director Richard Lester’s 1968 film “Petulia,” starring Julie Christie and George C. Scott, followed by Irvin Kershner’s “Loving,” starring George Segal and Eva Marie Saint, in 1970.
As VP of production at MGM during the 1970s, Wagner oversaw the production of films including “Network,” “Fame,” “The Champ,” “The Passenger,” “The Sunshine Boys,” “Coma” and “Logan’s Run.”
- Carmel Dagan
Dwayne Johnson Shows Off Some New Skills In New San Andreas Training Photo
Helo rappelling techniques for our earthquake disaster film San Andreas. Shooting starts next week. #Lafd #AirSquad pic.twitter.com/eEthf00FXQ. Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 16, 2014 If there's one thing that Dwayne Johnson knows how to do - other than be one of the most charismatic action heroes in modern Hollywood - it's train. At 6'5 and about 260 pounds, the dude is built like a house, and has spent years diligently maintaining his figure with plenty of strenuous work. While this typically involves quite a bit of weight lifting, for his next film, San Andreas, Johnson has been doing a much different kind of training, as shown in the Tweet you see above. Just because Twitter compresses its images in its embeds, you can get a full-size look at the image below: As Johnson mentions in the message with the photo, San Andreas is a big earthquake disaster movie, and production »
Casting Net: Adam Pally signs on for indie rom-com 'Bad Boys Crazy Girls'; Plus, Colton Haynes, more
• Happy Endings’ Adam Pally has signed on to star in the upcoming indie romantic comedy Bad Boys Crazy Girls. Helmed by The Art of the Stealth director Don Argott, the upcoming film focuses on two friends who are unlucky in love and decide to help each other alter their personalities in order to become “bad” and “crazy.” [The Hollywood Reporter]
• Teen Wolf actor Colton Haynes has joined the cast of the upcoming earthquake action drama San Andreas. Haynes will star alongside Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 7), Carla Gugino (Watchmen), and Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) in the upcoming film about an ex- »
- Pamela Gocobachi
'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Gets Early Start Overseas
Two weeks ahead of its U.S. debut, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 begins its international roll-out this weekend. It opens in 15 markets, including major territories like Australia, Germany, Mexico, Spain and the U.K.The sequel arrives less than two years after The Amazing Spider-Man, a franchise reboot that earned over $750 million worldwide. While that's an impressive tally, it marked a new low for the Spider-Man character. That drop can be attributed in large part to declining interest in the U.S., where each movie has earned less than its predecessor (this one was down 22 percent). With franchise fatigue in full effect, it would be surprising if The Amazing Spider-Man 2 bucked this trend.As is commonplace nowadays, it's up to international markets to pick up the slack. All four previous Spider-Man movies have earned over $400 million outside of the U.S., and the last one ranks second with $490 million. »
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Possible At-at Spotted on Tatooine Set of ‘Star Wars Episode VII’
The All Terrain Armored Transport, better known as an At-at, was first seen on the snow planet of Hoth. It was then seen guarding Imperial bases on the forest moon of Endor. Now, it’s been spotted in the deserts of Tatooine…maybe. After reports arrived of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII shooting in Abu Dhabi, new photos […]
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- Germain Lussier
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