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Christian Bale’s ‘The Promise’ to Launch Kirk Kerkorian’s Company (Exclusive)
Tracinda Corp., the holding company founded by the late Kirk Kerkorian, has unveiled production company Survival Pictures with the Christian Bale-Oscar Isaac drama “The Promise” as its first project, Variety has learned exclusively.
Survival is described as telling stories of “perseverance, endurance and the inextinguishable fire of the human spirit” to reflect Kerkorian’s values. Kerkorian, who bought and sold MGM and United Artists three times, died on June 16 at the age of 98.
“The Promise” will be produced and financed by Survival Pictures managers Eric Esrailian and Anthony Mandekic, with “Hotel Rwanda” director Terry George helming from a script he wrote with Robin Swicord.
The story is set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, which was dissolved in 1922, with shooting in Portugal and the Canary Islands scheduled for the fall. Mike Medavoy (“Black Swan”) is producing for his Phoenix Pictures banner with Esrailian, Ralph Winter (“X-Men »
- Dave McNary
‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Finds Its Bad Guy: Neil Casey
Exclusive: Neil Casey has been set to play the villain in Ghostbusters, Sony’s female-driven reboot of the comedy franchise that is being directed by Paul Feig from a script by Feig and Kate Dippold. Shooting is already underway. Casey is a writer and actor whose scribe credits include Saturday Night Live, where three of the film’s leads — Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones — came from. (The fourth, Melissa McCarthy, has been one of SNL‘s best guest hosts over… »
First Look: Chris Messina, Abigail Spencer in Suicide Dramedy ‘The Sweet Life’
Rob Spera directed from Jared Rappaport’s script, in which a couple meets in Chicago and makes a pact to drive to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge to commit suicide. Tyson Ritter (“Parenthood”) and Maggie Siff (“Sons of Anarchy”) also star.
There has been a decades-long effort to install a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge. Steel nets will be put below the bridge over the next few years.
“We were unaware of the suicide barrier and the future construction of the nets when we first began to prepare our film,” Curtis said. “We are now deeply aware and applaud the heroic efforts of the men and women who fight daily to save lives at the Bridge. »
- Dave McNary
Kristen Wiig Has Been Ignoring the Ghostbusters Hubbub; Plus, Watch Her ‘Lost’ Sex Scene From The Spoils Before Dying
Lust. Murder. Jazz. Dicks. (The private kind.) IFC’s new mini-series The Spoils Before Dying has a surreal good time making fun of all that, along with pretentious art films, late-career Orson Welles, old-timey cop slang, and a bunch of other madcap targets. (For a sample, check out the exclusive clip below, in which the series' auteur Eric Jonrosh, played by Will Ferrell, unveils a "lost" sex scene between Kristen Wiig's jazz singer Delores O'Dell and Michael K. Williams's pianist-p.I. Rock Banyon.) Premiering on July 8, the six-parter is a follow-up to last year’s similarly cuckoo mock-sweeping epic The Spoils of Babylon, and yet it only just maybe makes it into the top three oddest things Kristen Wiig has done on TV over the last year. In case you somehow forgot, Wiig also got her ya-yas out dancing to Sia’s “Chandelier” with Maddie Ziegler at the Grammys in February, »
- David Marchese
Collider Movie Talk – Henry Cavill Talks Man Of Steel 2, Inside Out Wins Box Office
On this episode of Collider Movie Talk, John Campea, Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis discuss the following: Henry Cavill comments on Man of Steel 2 Inside Out takes #1 at the box office Possible Prince Charming movie New Hunger Games Mockingjay - Part 2 character posters Andy Garcia and Michael K Williams joining Ghostbusters Michael K Williams joining Assassin's Creed Will Movie Talk come to NY Comic-Con? Why are boxing movies so similar? ...and a few things more! Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ColliderVideo Follow us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/ColliderVideo Follow John: http://www.twitter.com/JohnCampea Follow Kristian: http://www.twitter.com/KristianHarloff Follow Mark: http://www.twitter.com/5150Ellis Follow Ashley: http://www.twitter.com/AshleyMova As the online source for movies, television, breaking news, incisive content, and imminent trends, Collider Videos is more than an essential destination; it’s the homepage for young »
- Collider Video
Amy Pascal Hires Ian Dalrymple To Run Gotham Office For Pascal Pictures
Exclusive: While she is busy in Boston producing the Paul Feig-directed Ghostbusters, Amy Pascal and her production chief Rachel O’Connor have secured Ian Dalrymple to open and run a New York outpost for her Sony-based Pascal Pictures banner. Dalrymple has just started, joining the company after most recently serving as a creative executive at Scott Rudin Productions. He worked before that at Fox 2000, Paramount and in the lit department at Wme. Pascal was always… »
Marvel Casts Elektra For 'Daredevil' Season 2
Marvel is bringing the supersize approach of the movies to "Daredevil." Following the well received first season, they are expanding the world for season two. Jon Bernthal is signed up to play Punisher, who will apparently be the villain the next batch of episodes, but it looks like Matt Murdock might have an (eventual) ally. EW reports that Elodie Yung — who you might remember (or not) as Jinx from "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" — has been cast as the ninja assassin Elektra Natchios. The character was teased briefly in a throwaway line in the first season, with Matt referring to a relationship that "didn't work out," but it looks like circumstances will bring Elektra back into his life. And we're sure this incarnation will be better than the feature film that Marvel would like you to forget ever existed. "Daredevil" returns to Netflix for season 2 in 2016. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Netflix Sets Premiere Dates for Beasts Of No Nation, Pee-wee, and More Original Films
Many were understandably wary about Netflix getting into the original series game. The Golden Age of Television was alive and kicking, but could a streaming service really provide formidable competition in that arena? They could indeed, as House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black quickly took off, and now with a number of original shows under its belt, Netflix is expanding into original films—and it’s probably best not to underestimate them this time. Today, Netflix announced premiere dates for a number of highly anticipated original features. The child soldier drama Beasts of No Nation, from director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) and starring Idris Elba, was acquired by the streaming giant in March, and it will debut in all Netflix territories and in select theaters on October 16th of this year. The prestigious drama is getting a theatrical release in addition to the streaming release in order to qualify for awards recognition, »
- Adam Chitwood
Oscar Submission Deadlines Loom
The Oscar submission process may be initiated online. (The entire list of key dates and complete rules are here.) Submissions for individual categories and the General Entry/Official Screen Credits (Osc) form are due by 5 p.m. Pt on the following dates: Scientific and Technical Awards Friday, July 10Documentary Short Subject Tuesday, September 1Documentary Feature Monday, September 21Animated Short Film Thursday, October 1 Live Action Short Film Thursday, October 1Foreign Language Film Thursday, October 1Animated Feature Film Friday, October 30Original Score Wednesday, December 2Original Song Wednesday, December 2General Entry/Osc Form Wednesday, December 2 The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network »
- Anne Thompson
Ghostbusters Set Photos Reveal Melissa McCarthy in New Uniform
The pieces are starting to come together regarding Paul Feig’s highly anticipated Ghostbusters reboot. We’ve recently seen a few behind-the-scenes photos of cast members Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Kate McKinnon, as well as a photo of the Ghostbusters jumpsuits, but this is the first time we’ve seen the two as one. Finally! Vulture has procured a photo of McCarthy in the jumpsuit (also sporting some fantastic frames): Your first look at @MelissaMcCarthy in her #Ghostbusters uniform: http://t.co/WiLvRVPzbG pic.twitter.com/jZWXVHIloI — Vulture (@vulture) July 7, 2015 With another side-shot coming from last week via the Boston Globe: First look at Melissa McCarthy in her ‘Ghostbusters’ uniform in Boston http://t.co/vJgeipnlZkpic.twitter.com/YDZzS52oHu — Boston Globe Arts (@BostonGlobeArts) June 30, 2015 Personally, I think McCarthy looks both cute and totally badass in the new getup (let’s tackle some ghost science!) Also, in case you missed it, »
- Allison Keene
Greek Film ‘Park’ Wins Works-in-Progress Prize at Karlovy Vary Film Festival
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic — Fourteen Central and Eastern European projects, plus a bonus project from this year’s country-in-focus, Lebanon, were pitched as part of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival’s Works-in-Progress competition on July 6. The jury, comprised of New Europe Film Sales honcho Jan Naszewski, German producer Titus Kreyenberg, and the Berlinale’s Paz Lazaro, selected the Greek pic “Park,” written and helmed by Sofia Exarchou, to receive €10,000 ($13,600) in services from Barrandov Studios.
“Park” was presented by Exarchou and producer Amanda Livanou. It follows a group of youths wilding in Athens’ decaying Olympic Village. The jury statement reads: “Set in the ruins of past glory, this film takes us to the bottom of society and ignites a firework of raw energy. A portrayal of a young generation that has been betrayed and deprived of its future.”
Variety’s Choice: Our Selection of Notable Projects in the Works-in-Progress Section
- Alissa Simon
Enter Our Giveaway and Win a Roku 3, Now with Viki Free Streaming
Roku is partnering with global television provider Viki to launch one of the only free channels on Roku. Their partnership offers thousands of hours of free international programing to Roku subscribers around the world, including popular Korean dramas My Love from the Star and God's Gift - 14 Days, both of which are currently being adapted for American TV. In anticipation of the Roku/Viki partnership, we’ve been provided with a Roku 3, the latest Roku streaming device, to give away to three lucky readers. The Roku 3 offers an industry-leading lineup of more than 2,000 streaming entertainment channels available in the U.S., Viki adds to that lineup with free primetime global TV shows and movies. To put yourself in the running to snag one of the Roku 3 streaming devices, just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address and include Roku 3 Giveaway in the headline. You also »
- Haleigh Foutch
Hollywood Screenwriter Earnings Fall 5.4%, TV Gains 2.3%
Hollywood screenwriter earnings slid 5.4% last year to $313.9 million — the fifth straight year of decline — while TV writing earnings rose 2.3% to $725.6 million, according to the Writers Guild of America West.
Total covered earnings for WGA West members topped $1 billion for the third consecutive year, edging down 0.2% to $1.053 billion, the guild disclosed in its annual report to members via its membership and finance committee chaired by Carl Gottlieb. But the stats in the report — which began hitting member mailboxes in recent days — underscore the uncertain state of show business economics.
Total employment slid slightly by 0.9% to 4,745, a decline of 43 slots from the 2013 number. The WGA said that late reports in coming months will likely result in a slight increase in employment levels and earnings.
A total of 3,888 writers reported TV earnings, a gain of 39 slots. Feature film employment fell 5.6% to 1,556 writers, or 96 fewer than in 2013 — the fifth straight year of decline in »
- Dave McNary
'James Bond: The Musical' Could Spell Another Screen-to-Stage Disaster
The queen's most intrepid secret agent is jumping off the screen and onto the stage in his first ever Broadway musical. Per Playbill, "James Bond: The Musical" will be written by novelist Dave Clarke, with music and lyrics by country singer Jay Henry Weisz (um, what?). With an array of new villains, new Bond girls, and new narrative heights, Bond on Broadway may well be a crowd-pleaser, if not a casualty of cultural and corporate stratagem. Aiming for a 2017-2018 release, producer Merry Saltzman (daughter of longtime Bond producer Harry Saltzman) hopes to invigorate the franchise with some highbrow thrills and lowbrow panache. Take Our Poll: Who Should Play the Next James Bond? No word yet on who will play the legendary spy, but he'll have some big (and expertly fitted) shoes to fill. Broadway has been ponying up for Hollywood properties recently -- to varying success. (This year's Tony Awards, »
- Ruben Guevara
Rumor: Classic 'Star Wars' Character To Appear In 'Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One'
Obviously, it shouldn't need to be said but **spoilers ahead**. At any rate, "Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One" is now filming with Gareth Edwards directing a cast that includes Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, and probably Ben Mendelsohn even though he keeps dancing around it in interviews. We already know the basic plot will revolve around a group of rebels who hatch a plan to steal the blueprints of the Death Star. However, while the movie is being touted as a standalone, it looks like a once iconic character will be making an appearance. According to Birth Movies Death, Darth Vader will step into view "via viewscreen or holo projection or something," although a face-to-face, flesh and blood appearance as well, isn't ruled out. Meanwhile, word about Grand Moff Tarkin — the big honcho who runs the Death Star once it's up and running — and a possible pop »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Today in Streaming: Netflix Dates First Original Features, Showtime Debuts Streaming Service and More
1. Netflix has set dates for its first slate of original feature films. Leading the pack is Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts of No Nation," which Netflix pushes into the awards corridor day-and-date on October 16. Since Netflix outbid Fox Searchlight for the film back in March, ticked-off exhibitors have dropped out of screening "Beasts," which shares its opening date with Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies" and Guillermo del Toro's "Crimson Peak," and will be distributed in theaters by Netflix partner Bleecker Street. The first of four Adam Sandler vehicles set for Netflix, "The Ridiculous Six," will premiere in time for the holidays on December 11. A sendup of classic Westerns, the film is directed by co-writer Sandler's buddy Frank Coraci. Read More: Why Netflix Shelled Out for Cary Fukunaga's 'Beasts of No Nation,' Shunned by Exhibitors Two titles, however, we won't see until next year. "Pee-wee's Big Holiday" »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Star Wars spin-off about young Han Solo to be directed by Lego Movie team
Sources tell the Hollywood Reporter that Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, the duo behind the two hit 21 Jump Street movies, are taking charge of a Star Wars anthology film. It’s rumoured that the film-making team will direct an instalment focused on a young Han Solo. Miller and Lord previously toyed with Star Wars lore in their biggest hit, The Lego Movie.
Related: Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer – a return to the series' strengths
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- Nigel M Smith
New X-Files Marathon Trailer Teases New Show Footage
Fox is, smartly, running “201 Days of The X-Files” campaign to count down its newly rebooted series. In a new promo for “201 Days” — a social media-driven initiative encouraging fans to watch all of the series’ episodes in order, once a day, leading up to the premiere — there are a few short glimpses of new footage. Blink and you’ll miss it! But Mulder and Scully still believe the truth is out there (specifically, "in the X-Files"). But Scully says she's ready for answers. Both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will be reprising their roles in the revival, which is set to premiere Sunday, January 24th, 2016. Check out the new promo trailer below, and let us know if you are planning on watching all 201 episodes before the new series premiere! You can also browse our recent X-Files coverage below. The X-Files Revival Series: First Photos Reveal Mulder and Scully Back in Action »
- Allison Keene
Ralph Macchio Remembers Jerry Weintraub and Making ‘The Karate Kid’ (Guest Column)
I don’t think anyone forgets the first time they meet Jerry Weintraub. For me, one of my earliest memories of him was on the set of the original “The Karate Kid” in 1983. He was in his office at Bungalow 1 of the Columbia Pictures lot. He had a golf car with a Rolls Royce grille parked out right in front, whereas everybody else had a standard beige golf cart. On that day, Jerry strutted past me and called out loudly to his assistant, “Get me George Bush on the phone.” He was wearing this khaki safari-like jacket, big sunglasses and he always had swagger in his walk.
While I was making the first three “Karate Kid” movies, Jerry was an influential figure in my career. He’d say to me as recently as our last conversation, “I love you like a son.” But he was more like an uncle. After »
- Ralph Macchio
‘Masterminds’ Pushed to October by Struggling Relativity Studios
Relativity Studios, which has been struggling to cover debts by refinancing and taking on new partners, announced Tuesday that it would postpone the release of “Masterminds” from Aug. 19 to Oct. 9.
The rescheduling is an effort “to allow the company to focus on its recapitalization and give this film the proper attention and support it deserves,” according to a statement from Relativity.
The release from the company did not elaborate, but the postponement appears to be the first obvious impact of Relativity’s financial struggles, which caused it to take on a new financial partner, Toronto-based Catalyst Capital Group, this week.
The company has high hopes for “Masterminds,” a comedy about a night guard at an armored car company who tries to pull off one of the biggest bank heists in U.S. history. The film is directed by Jared Hess, who helmed “Napoleon Dynamite,” and stars Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, »
- James Rainey
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