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Josh Greenstein, Tony Sella Top Names In Sony Marketing Search

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Paramount marketing chief Josh Greenstein and former Fox marketing guru Tony Sella are two of the leading contenders Sony brass are eyeing to come into their executive ranks following the exit of distribution and marketing executive Jeff Blake this week. Insiders caution that there are several others are in the mix too, including execs currently at the studio. Sony CEO Michael Lynton and chair of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group’s Amy Pascal said as much on Tuesday. Specifically, Lynton said, “Right now we are going to leave the existing structure under Jeff in place, and we will be looking both internally and […] »


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Euro Mash: Indie Biggies Wild Bunch & Senator Join Forces

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Major pan-European distributor Wild Bunch and Germany indie bigwig Senator Entertainment have agreed to combine their businesses. The resulting company will be a top European film distributor and producer with a library of about 2,200 films and consolidated revenues of more than $250 million (based on 2013 figures). The existing management teams will take over the operational leadership of the group, with Wild Bunch’s Chairman and CEO Vincent Grimond becoming CEO, Brahim Chioua as COO, Vincent Maraval as Chief Content Officer, and Senator’s Max Sturm as CFO. The two companies have a common history, teaming on the joint-venture operation Central […] »


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Goldwyn Uncorks ‘A Year In Champagne’

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Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to A Year In Champagne. Writer-director David Kennard’s follow-up to A Year In Burgundy focuses on France’s most famous beverage and was bought after screening at the Santa Barbara and Palm Beach fests. Pic will be released in the spring. We like drinking it but watching it? There is a lot of ground covered here. Pic covers the beverage’s history, grim and bloody, swept by war and destruction from Attila the Hun to the filthy trenches of Wwi and the Nazi depredations of WWII. The environment for winemaking is desperately hard — northerly […] »


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Venice Chief Alberto Barbera: “I Don’t Like The Idea Of A War Amongst Festivals”

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Following the announcement of the Venice lineup today, I sat down with fest chief Alberto Barbera in Rome. He’s got what looks like a very solid roster of 55 films across the official selection that will unspool between August 27 and September 6 on the Lido. It all kicks off with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman on opening night. Barbera told me he was excited for the film, which he says marks a departure for the helmer of Babel, 21 Grams and Biutiful. “It’s inventive and light” and full of surprises. After a truly out-of-this-world festival last year which blasted off […] »


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Bradley Cooper’s Chef Pic Whips Up New Title, Adds Uma Thurman

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The Weinstein Company has kicked off production today on Adam Jones, the culinary pic that stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller about a bad-boy Michelin chef who must turn it around. The project was originally titled The Chef until Jon Favreau’s food truck pic Chef came along; there was confusion among buyers that led to a cease-and-desist order and eventually a resolution. Adam Jones has added Uma Thurman as the final ingredient in an ensemble that includes Daniel Bruhl, Riccardo Scarmacio, Emma Thompson, Lily James, Omar Sy, Jamie Dornan, Sam Keeley, Sarah Greene and Alicia Vikander. The plot: Chef Adam […] »


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‘Dragon Tattoo’ Helmer Niels Arden Oplev Revs ‘Kahaani’ Remake

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Yrf Entertainment will remake the hit 2012 Indian film Kahaani, and the company has landed Jose Rivera and Richard Regen to script it for Niels Arden Oplev, helmer of the Swedish trilogy that began with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Written and directed by Sujoy Ghosh, Kahaani was a big hit in India that grossed 16 times its budget in that country alone. The remake is titled Deity, and it’s described as a thriller about an American woman who goes to Calcutta in search of her missing husband. As she gets closer to the truth, she finds herself at […] »


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Woody Allen Adds Parker Posey, Jamie Blackley To Next Pic

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After setting Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone to star in his next untitled film, Woody Allen has just added Parker Posey and Snow White And The Huntsman‘s Jamie Blackley to the cast of the film currently shooting in Rhode Island. Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum are producing. Allen’s Magic In The Moonlight will be released this week by Sony Pictures Classics. »


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Comic-Con: Hammer Sets Michael & Peter Spierig To Helm Firearm Family Fright Film ‘Winchester’

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Michael and Peter Spierig have in their crosshairs the Hammer Films’ supernatural thriller Winchester, about an heir to that firearms family fortune who believes she has been cursed by the victims and the lethal legacy of the “gun that won the West.” The Spierig siblings will rewrite to direct the film, which will be shot in the world famous Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. The story revolves around heir Sarah Winchester who in 1884 began 38 years of construction on the 24,000 square foot, 160-room Gothic mansion. It was after the sudden deaths of her husband and child that […] »


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Comic-Con 2014: What You Can’t Afford To Miss

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Comic-Con 2014 officially opens today and tens of thousands are descending on San Diego to pick up their passes and prepare for four days of special screenings, studio and network panels, and previews. Having already hit the ground running, Deadline is here with Mike Fleming Jr leading our film coverage along with Jen, while Dominic and Anthony D’Alessandro handle the TV side. (Dominic will also be moderating FX’s Archer panel this year.) Of course, veteran heavyweights like HBO’s Game Of Thrones and AMC’s The Walking Dead will be packing the mammoth Hall H on the TV side. HBO’s True Blood, a longtime fave in its final season, is set […] »


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London Critics Heart ‘Shakespeare In Love’; NY Times Not So Much

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The stage adaptation of Oscar winner Shakespeare In Love has opened at London’s Noel Coward Theatre to raves from many of the UK critics but a big ho-hum from the New York Times‘s Ben Brantley, which could throw a wet blanket over plans for a Broadway transfer by co-producers Disney and Sonia Friedman. “I’ve often attacked our modern mania for turning movies into plays. But, in the case of Shakespeare In Love, the transformation is fully justified,” wrote Michael Billington in The Guardian. “Even more than the original screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, Lee Hall’s new version is a […] »


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FilmBuff Falls For ‘The Heart Machine’

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Exclusive: FilmBuff has acquired newcomer Zach Wigon’s debut feature The Heart Machine, starring Newsroom‘s John Gallagher Jr. and House Of CardsKate Lyn Sheil. The digital-age romantic thriller stars Gallagher Jr. as Cody, a Brooklynite who begins to suspect that the woman he fell for online, Virginia, might not actually live in Berlin. Wigon wrote and helmed the pic, which debuted in competition earlier this year at SXSW. The Heart Machine is based on Wigon’s award-winning 2012 short Someone Else’s Heart and was completed with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign. Exec producers are Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, […] »


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Heather Graham Signs On For Neil Labute’s ‘The Money Shot’

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Heather Graham, absent from the New York stage since 2003′s Recent Tragic Events at Playwrights Horizons, will return to off-Broadway next month to star in the world premiere of Neil Labute‘s new play, The Money Shot, directed by Terry Kinney. The play is the season opener at Bernard Telsey and Robert LuPone’s McC Theater, which operates at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Greenwich Village. Performances begin September 4, with an official opening on September 22 for a limited run slated to end October 12. Labute is McC’s Playwright-In-Residence. Graham (Boogie Nights, Drugstore Cowboy, etc.) co-stars with Gia Crovatin, Callie Thorne and Frederick […] »


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Hot Hot Trailer: ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’

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Mr. Grey will see you now. But when has there been a major studio film with two less recognizable actors playing the leads? Universal and Focus Features are squarely banking on the numbers here — the E.L. James erotic novel Fifty Shades Of Grey has sold over 100 million steamy copies around the world — and less concerned that, as they deliver those signature bawdy lines in the erotic love story, newcomers Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey (“I don’t do romance”) and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele (“Enlighten me then”) are less recognizable than some of the actors you see […] »


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Chinese Sponsor Files $3.36M Suit Against ‘Transformers’ Producers

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While a dispute with Transformers: Age Of Extinction sponsor Pangu Investments was swiftly resolved around the time of the film’s release, the folks at the Wulong Karst National Park are not relenting. Earlier this month, the tourism group said it was going ahead with legal action against the producers of the highest-grossing film of all time in China. Unhappy with its portrayal in the film, the Unesco World Heritage site has now filed a lawsuit at Chongqing No. 3 Intermediate People’s Court, accusing Paramount Pictures and Beijing-based 1905 Internet Technology, of violating their contract. The State-owned Xinhua new agency reports […] »


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Venice Film Festival Lineup Announced: ‘Manglehorn’, ‘Good Kill’ In Competition; Bogdanovich, Franco, Levinson, Von Trier Also In Official Selection

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I’m here at Rome’s St Regis Hotel where Biennale president Paolo Baratta and Venice chief Alberto Barbera are announcing the lineup for the 71st edition of the world’s oldest international film festival. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s Birdman world premieres in competition as the opener on August 27 and we’ll see 55 movies across the Official Selection through September 6. Yesterday, I wrote a primer for today’s reveal with such films as David Gordon Green‘s Manglehorn and Peter Bogdanovich‘s Squirrels To The Nuts expected to be announced today; and they have been. Twenty films will compete in the main competition, 19 of […] »


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Global Showbiz Briefs: First Trailer For Fox’s Indian ‘Knight And Day’ Remake ‘Bang Bang’; Will Ferrell Getting Deauville Fest Tribute; More

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Bang Bang, Fox’s anticipated Indian remake of Knight And Day, has dropped a teaser in what is shaping up to be a hot week for Bollywood. The film stars Hrithik Roshan, who underwent brain surgery last year to remove a blood clot, causing a delay in production and moving the release date from May to October 2 this year — the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. It’s also the start of the four-day Dussehra Hindu festival weekend holiday. Siddharth Anand directs Bang Bang, which also stars Katrina Kaif. Roshan, who’s a bona fide star at home with a growing international […] »


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Comic-Con: TV Promos Dominate As San Diego Marketing Blitz Begins

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Once again it’s the networks that have poured big money into blanketing downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter in promo materials, with a few exceptions. Besides Showtime’s Penny Dreadful being on all the lanyards for the more than 130,000 attendees, here’s what’s greeting Comic-Congoers on the ground as Wednesday’s Preview Night kicks into gear ahead of the Thursday-to-Sunday rush (check back for more glimpses from geek ground zero throughout the week): Related: Comic-Con 2013: TV Outrunning Film As Race To Blanket San Diego Hits High Gear (Photos) NBC’s Constantine (above) has a blazing standee of star Matt Ryan on display to get audiences […] »


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Comic-Con: Legendary Unveils ‘Warcraft’ Title Card (Photo)

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Last year at Comic-Con, Legendary confirmed Duncan Jones as director of its videogame adaptation. During Preview Night at this year’s confab, it unveiled the title card for Warcraft, which Universal has slated for March 2016. The Warcraft reveal was part of an invite-only event tonight where Crimson Peak director Guillermo del Toro walked participants through a Gothic Gallery based on one of the sets from the upcoming pic. Needless to say, it was a bit of time and space bender that made a very small space seem very long and dark. Also there was an Oculus Vr Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot […] »


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Hot Trailer: ‘The Toy Soldiers’

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The trailer is out for the feature The Toy Soldiers, a set of five interwoven coming-of-age stories set in the 1980s and skating around a particular location, the Toy Soldiers Roller Rink, as it prepares to close permanently. The film features Najarra Townsend, Nick Frangione, Constance Brenneman, and Jeanette May Steiner and was directed by Erik Peter Carlson (Transatlantic Coffee). After a run in VOD and other digital platforms, the film will open in theaters Nov. 14 from Mance Media, which just acquired the film and announced it will show the title at Afm. Here’s the trailer: The Toy Soldiers […] »


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Former UTA Agent Steven Fisher Joins Underground As Manager

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Exclusive: Former UTA and ICM talent agent Steven Fisher has joined management and production company Underground as a manager. Fisher exited UTA last month after working out of the agency’s NYC office for three years. Before that he was at ICM for seven years. Fisher’s making the move cross-country with his family to L.A., where he’ll work with Underground’s Trevor Engelson, Evan Silverberg, Chris Dennis, and Josh Turner McGuire while Noah Rothman works out of Underground’s NYC offices. “I wanted to get back to L.A. and roll up my sleeves, and most of my clients are writer-performers in L.A.,” said […] »


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