‘The Walk’ Star Charlotte Le Bon Joins Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac in ‘The Promise’ (Exclusive)
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
Weinstein Co.’s ‘Macbeth’ Gets Exclusive Amazon Deal
The Weinstein Co. has not set the exact release date on Amazon for “Macbeth.” TWC bought North American rights in 2013 from Studiocanal.
The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.
- Marianne Zumberge
Frank Grillo to Return for ‘Purge 3′ (Exclusive)
“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.
- Justin Kroll
Eran Creevy’s Thriller ‘Collide’ Reverses Out of U.S. Release with Relativity: Report
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.
- Leo Barraclough
Ronda Rousey to Star in Film Based on Her Autobiography (Exclusive)
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.
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.
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- Justin Kroll
Major Relativity Lender Faces Struggle to Collect $137 Million Loan
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
Attention, Filmmakers: Get Your Short Film Made with This Short Film Production Grant of Up to $20,000
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
Billy Crudup Lands Lead In ’20th Century Women’
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… »
Escaped Minion stops traffic in Dublin
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
‘Pirates’ Scribe Terry Rossio Hit With Commissions Non-Payment Lawsuit
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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