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‘The Walk’ Star Charlotte Le Bon Joins Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac in ‘The Promise’ (Exclusive)

3 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Fresh off working with Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk,” French-Canadian actress Charlotte Le Bon has landed the female lead alongside Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac in the epic love story “The Promise,” TheWrap has learned. Oscar-winning filmmaker Terry George (“Hotel Rwanda”) will direct from a script he co-wrote with Robin Swicord (“Memoirs of a Geisha”). Mike Medavoy (“Black Swan”) is producing “The Promise” with Eric Esrailian, Ralph Winter (“X-Men”) and William Horberg (Milk”). Production is slated to start this fall in Southern Europe, including Portugal and the Canary Islands. Also Read: Spielberg, Oprah Cast French Model Charlotte Le Bon in. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Weinstein Co.’s ‘Macbeth’ Gets Exclusive Amazon Deal

10 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Michael Fassbender-Marion Cotillard starrer “Macbeth” will stream exclusively on Amazon soon after its December theatrical release.

The Weinstein Co. has not set the exact release date on Amazon for “Macbeth.” TWC bought North American rights in 2013 from Studiocanal.

Fassbender stars as the power-hungry Scot with Cotillard playing Lady Macbeth. Justin Kurzel directed from a script by Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso.

Studiocanal financed and produced the film. Film4 helped develop the project, with See-Saw FilmsIain Canning and Emile Sherman (“The King’s Speech”) also producing.

TWC will release “Macbeth” through its Radius arm, which also handled documentaries “Citizenfour” and “Twenty Feet From Stardom.”

The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.


- Marianne Zumberge

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Frank Grillo to Return for ‘Purge 3′ (Exclusive)

4 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Frank Grillo is in final negotiations to return to star in Universal, Platinum Dunes and Blumhouse’s “The Purge 3.”

The Purge” series creator James DeMonaco is back to write and direct the latest sequel. Jason Blum is producing along with Sebastien Lemercier and Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller through their Platinum Dunes banner.

The films take place in a future where there is one day each year when all crime is legalized for a 12-hour period, described by the government as “The Purge.” In “Anarchy,” Grillo played Sergeant, a man who seeks revenge on the night of The Purge, only to get pulled into protecting a group of people who are left without shelter as purging begins.

The pic is set to bow on July 1, 2016. 2013’s “The Purge” was Blumhouse’s first production under its first-look deal with Universal. The sci-fi thriller, starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey »

- Justin Kroll

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Eran Creevy’s Thriller ‘Collide’ Reverses Out of U.S. Release with Relativity: Report

15 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The U.S. rights for Eran Creevy’s action thriller “Collide,” which was due for release Stateside by Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity on Oct. 30, have allegedly reverted to the producers, according to a report Monday. The news follows Relativity’s entry into Chapter 11 last week.

The movie, which stars Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Ben Kingsley and Anthony Hopkins, is now seeking a new U.S. distributor, Deadline reported Monday. Stuart Ford’s Im Global is handling the U.S. deal.

“Collide,” which was formerly titled “Autobahn,” is produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (“Insidious 2,” “Dead Man Down,” “Sinister”), Ben Pugh (“Welcome to the Punch”) and Rory Aitken (“Welcome to the Punch”), but Pugh told Variety Monday that he could not confirm that the U.S. rights had reverted to the producers.

The screenplay, which was written by Creevy (“Welcome to the Punch”) and F. Scott Frazier (“The Numbers Station”), kicks »

- Leo Barraclough

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Ronda Rousey to Star in Film Based on Her Autobiography (Exclusive)

10 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following her dominating win Saturday night in Brazil, where she knocked out Bethe Correia in 34 seconds, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey is already making moves for her film career and this latest project hits close to home.

Paramount Pictures has secured the rights to Ronda Rousey’s New York Times best-selling autobiography “My Fight/Your Fight” with Rousey attached to star in the pic and Mark Bomback on board to adapt.

Mary Parent is producing along with Rousey, with Bomback serving as exec producer.

“It’s a real honor to be a part of bringing Ronda’s incredible story to the big screen,” Parent said.

Written by Rousey with her sister Maria Burns Ortiz, “My Fight/Your Fight” is an inspirational story celebrating the accomplishments of Rousey, who was faced with extraordinary challenges on her path to glory. The book was published this spring by ReganArts.

No timetable has been set »

- Justin Kroll

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Major Relativity Lender Faces Struggle to Collect $137 Million Loan

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Among the long list of creditors scrambling to recover money in the Relativity Media bankruptcy is one lender that helped put the mini-studio on the map: Elliott Associates, the giant New York hedge fund.

It was Elliott’s loans of hundreds of millions of dollars that first funded Relativity-arranged film slates at major studios and then gave the upstart studio the wherewithal to produce and distribute its own films. And it is now Elliott, listed under subsidiary Manchester Securities Corp. in last week’s bankruptcy filing, that stands to lose as much as $137 million, plus interest.

An Elliott spokesman declined to comment and a lawyer for Manchester Securities did not respond to a call for comment Monday. A spokesman for Relativity Media also declined to comment.

But the giant fund, which has $19 billion under management, stands in the same position as many creditors in the unfolding bankruptcy — in a long »

- James Rainey

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Attention, Filmmakers: Get Your Short Film Made with This Short Film Production Grant of Up to $20,000

2 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

ScreenCraft, the media company and screenplay development consultancy has partnered with Bondit, the Beverly Hills-based media hedge fund, to form a short film production grant program. Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: Apply to This Short Film Contest ScreenCraft is accepting rolling short film screenplay submissions in all genres for consideration, guaranteeing production on at least one project per quarter and up to ten projects per year. Grants will range from $10,000 to $20,000 based on the scale and merit of each selected short film production.  This short film production grant program comes on the heels of ScreenCraft’s inaugural short screenplay competition, which featured judges from Vimeo, the Cannes Film Festival and Maker Studios. "In administering the short screenplay competition it became exceedingly clear to us that there is an underserved international community of writers and filmmakers with exceptional short film projects in need of funding and »

- Paula Bernstein

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Billy Crudup Lands Lead In ’20th Century Women’

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Exclusive: Hot off starring in The Stanford Prison Experiment, Billy Crudup has just been set for the male lead in 20th Century Women, the film that Beginners helmer Mike Mills wrote and will direct for Annapurna. Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig play the female leads. Annapurna and Anne Carey are producing. The pic is set in 1979 and follows a single mother named Dorothea (Bening) as she struggles to raise her troubled teenage son. Crudup plays one of her… »

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Escaped Minion stops traffic in Dublin

3 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Giant yellow inflatable breaks loose from fairground to land on a busy road before being let down by police and passers-by

A 12 metre (40ft) Minion caused traffic chaos in Dublin after it escaped from a nearby fairground and landed on a busy road.

The Gardai – the Irish police – were called to the Santry area of Dublin at 3pm on Monday. With the help of passers-by they managed to let the air out of the yellow inflatable, a promotional character from the film Minions which began life in the hit animation Despicable Me.

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- Rebecca Ratcliffe

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‘Pirates’ Scribe Terry Rossio Hit With Commissions Non-Payment Lawsuit

3 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Dead men tell no tales, to riff off the title of the next Pirates Of The Caribbean pic, but old managers certainly can – and they can sue too. And that is exactly what Dodie Gold Management and Dodie Herskovitz has done to its former client Terry Rossio over 10% commissions they say they are owed the past two years for his writing and other work on the Pirates pics, Instant Karma, The Lone Ranger and more. These cases come up all the time in Tinseltown and usually get… »

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