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A Hollywood Horror Story Unfolds In ‘Starry Eyes': Trailer

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Newcomer Alexandra Essoe is audaciously animalistic as a fame-hungry actress who makes a deal with the devil — a Hollywood producer, naturally — in Starry Eyes, the stylish dark thriller from writer-directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer. After Deadline posted the first Starry Eyes teaser ahead of its SXSW Midnighters premiere, Kolsch and Widmyer snagged distribution with Mpi. Since then, the film has racked up raves from genre and festival press and hits iTunes, VOD and a limited theatrical release on November 14. Get a glimpse at the darkly comic Hollywood horror story in the new Starry Eyes trailer above.

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Open Road Goes Global With FilmNation Partnership – Afm

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Exclusive: Open Road Films is expanding into the international sales and distribution business after inking a strategic partnership with Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment.

The deal, announced today by Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg and FilmNation CEO Basner, will allow Open Road to acquire worldwide rights on selected feature projects, with Film Nation selling and servicing international. The move will allow Open Road to offer filmmakers equity and bank financing for productions. The company will also continue to acquire films for U.S. distribution. The pact also gives the well-respected Basner a domestic base to his burgeoning international business.

The companies will be operating together next month at the American Film Market, meeting with buyers, producers and filmmakers. Details of the first projects to emanate from the new partnership are expected in the coming weeks.

“As Open Road Films grows, expanding our domestic footprint to international sales was a natural progression, »


- Ali Jaafar

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‘Midnight Rider': Open Road & Gregg Allman Dropped From Civil Suit

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The family of Sarah Jones said today that it has reached an agreement with Midnight Rider distributor Open Road Films and producers Gregg Allman and Michael Lehman to be dropped from their civil lawsuit over the death of the camera assistant on the set of the Allman biopic.

The news comes after lawyers for Open Road told a Georgia judge on Tuesday during a motions hearing that it was close to an agreement with Jones’ family. The hearing was continued to November 13.

“This [suit] is about the production and Open Road is a distributor — we only deal with things once the film is made, there is no reason for us to be here,” Open Road lawyer Marvin Putnam said following Tuesday’s hearing in Savannah. “And I think that is what the recordings and the papers will reflect.”

Said Jones family attorney Jeff Harris today in a release: “This firm was »


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Trick Or Treat? ‘Tales Of Halloween’ Horror Anthology Taps Neil Marshall, Darren Bousman & More – Afm

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Exclusive: Now that horror hits V/H/S and The ABCs Of Death have shown that the omnibus film can live again, a new anthology is assembling with the likes of Neil Marshall (The Descent) and Darren Bousman (Saw II, III and IV) behind the camera. Epic Pictures Group has come aboard to finance and produce Tales Of Halloween, which will collect ten segments from eleven directors into one interconnected series of stories, all set in a sleepy American suburb terrorized by ghouls, aliens, and killers one Halloween night.

Tapped to helm segments alongside Marshall and Bousman are Joe Begos (Almost Human), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night Of The Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy) and John Skipp (Stay At Home Dad), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), and Paul Solet (Grace). Carolyn conceived of the project »


- Jen Yamato

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‘Nightcrawler’, ‘Ouija’ To Pick Over Slim Halloween Pickings: Box Office Preview

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Halloween is typically a frightful time for the box office, but with it landing on a Friday, the big studios are avoiding the weekend like a black cat. That will leave Open Road’s newcomer Nightcrawler and Universal’s Ouija in its second frame to pick over the remains left by trick-or-treating parents and costume-clad weekend partiers.

Likely to lead the flimsy Halloween parade is Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal’s indie thriller about a crime videographer with a questionable moral compass investigating a Los Angeles underworld without one. Produced and financed by Bold Films for about $8.5M, the R-rated thriller will open on 2,766 screens and should stash $12M to $14M. The movie, which enticed Gyllenhaal and co-star Bill Paxton to train with real freelance video journalists, also stars Rene Russo and Riz Ahmed. The movie, which opens at 7 Pm Thursday in some markets, has accounted for 71% of Fandango’s pre-sales this weekend. »


- Scott Bowles

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Why Are DreamWorks Animation Shares Down After It Beat Earnings Expectations?

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The strong box office for How to Train Your Dragon 2 that helped DreamWorks Animation beat Q3 earnings forecasts in its report last night wasn’t enough to keep the studio out of Wall Street’s doghouse. Its stock is down 6.6% in afternoon trading – a reversal from last night when shares rose about 5.5% post-market. What changed? CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg’s refusal in a conference call to discuss the reported buyout talks with Softbank disappointed some who had hoped for a deal. But it seems that several details among the numbers pushed a lot of hot buttons, once analysts had a good chance to look at them.

Janney Capital Markets’ Tony Wible found enough reasons to abandon his “buy” recommendation today, downgrading Dwa to “neutral.” The company, he says, “faces a rough 2015 and now needs to cope with higher cost, a delay in [consumer products] sales, a slower ramp of TV [profit] margin, and lingering impairment risk. »


- David Lieberman

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Eva Longoria & Lily Collins Rev Up For Low Riders Movie

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Exclusive: Eva Longoria and Lily Collins are in talks to star opposite Demian Bichir in the untitled Low Riders movie for Universal Pictures, Blumhouse and Imagine Entertainment. Bichir was already tapped to play the lead in the pic, which takes place in the East La world of lowrider cars and street tagging.

Ricardo de Montreuil is on board to direct the script, written by Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tipping. Previous drafts were written by Cheo Hodari Coker and Elgin James.

Collins just came off Warren Beatty’s untitled Howard Hughes project. Longoria is now filming Bichir’s directorial debut Refugio, a Mexico City-set drama about a young dreamer who’s born in the circus and embarks on a search to find his long lost true love. Longoria plays a horse acrobat who joins the circus trying to heal a broken heart.

Imagine’s Brian Grazer will produce the Low Riders »


- Ali Jaafar

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‘Interstellar': Time Mag Cover Coup

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Interstellar just got the cover of Time magazine. Was it because Warner Bros., which spun off Time Inc this year, is a co-partner with Paramount Pictures? Maybe, so. Regardless, it’s still a really nice piece of marketing for the Christopher Nolan-directed sci-fi action/drama which is bowing next Tuesday on 250 locals. It rolls out wide November 7.

The last time the news magazine put a movie on its cover was for Zero Dark Thirty on February 4, 2013 when it featured director Kathryn Bigelow. Before that, it was Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln on November 5, 2012. The reach of the magazine is 3.3 million in print circulation … so that’s a lot of eyes.

Time editor at large Jeffrey Kluger, who co-authored Apollo 13 with astronaut Jim Lovell, penned the cover story.

 

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- Anita Busch

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‘Mockingjay’ Advance Ticket Sales Set 2014 Record

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The Hunger Games franchise is still winning the game. The first day of advance-ticket sales for Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 set a record, selling more than any other movie in 2014 so far, according to both Fandango and MovieTickets.com. Tickets went on sale yesterday, three weeks in advance of the film’s November 21 release. The previous advance sale record-holder this year for Fandango was also a Lionsgate film — Divergent.

MovieTickets.com also reported an advance ticket sales record for 2014 on Mockingjay, noting that it far exceeded the first-day advance sales of Guardians Of The Galaxy which opened to $93.4M in August. Mockingjay accounted for almost 70% of Fandango’s daily ticket sales yesterday and is the same percentage they reported for pre-sales for Catching Fire.

However, it must be noted that there were many more films in the marketplace during the the time Catching Fire went on sale last year. »


- Anita Busch

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Alex Garland’s ‘Ex Machina’ Gives New Life To Artificial Intelligence: Hot Trailer

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Alex Garland’s feature helming debut, Ex Machina, was picked up for U.S. distribution by A24 on Wednesday, just in time for the first trailer to drop. Garland, who penned 28 Days Later and Sunshine, also wrote the psychological thriller that stars Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander.

Gleeson plays a 24-year-old coder at the world’s largest Internet company who wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat belonging to the company’s reclusive CEO (Isaac). But when he arrives, he finds that he is participating in an experiment with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot woman (Vikander). Her emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, seductive and deceptive than the two men could have imagined.

The trailer above looks similar to one I saw in Barcelona this summer where the reception was positive. A24 has set an April »


- Nancy Tartaglione

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Undaunted, Hong Kong Stars Court China Ire With Occupy Central Support

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At the beginning of October, Hong Kong actor and international star Chow Yun-fat became one of the few high-profile local celebrities to speak out on the pro-democracy protests in his native country. Over the past week, a backlash has started to brew against Chow and others who have lent their support to the demonstrators. The stars, of whom Chow is arguably the most famous outside Asia, are the latest this year to take potentially risky positions on global political issues. This summer, Spanish and Korean filmmakers including Pedro Almodovar and Park Chan-wook, denounced Israel’s involvement in the violence in Gaza, sparking ire from onlookers around the world, but no visible impact on their careers. In this case, the Hong Kong bold-faced names are speaking out about a situation that is right in their own backyard — and that backyard belongs to an increasingly disgruntled China where much of their money is made. »


- Nancy Tartaglione

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‘Midnight Rider’ Crew Kept In Dark Over Safety, Federal Investigation Reveals

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Exclusive: New, surprising details have emerged about the on-set death of 27-year-old camerawoman Sarah Jones during the first day of filming on Midnight Rider. Crew members were not told about an email from railroad owner Csx denying them permission to shoot on the Doctortown train trestle in rural Georgia, as at least 20 members piled onto the tracks 25 to 30 feet above the water under dangerous conditions led by director Randall Miller. See newly released pictures below to see (up close) the train tracks they shot on and the small walkway. The train accident left Jones dead and eight others injured, three of them hospitalized. Specific details of what happened on the tracks on the afternoon of February 20 were revealed in a play-by-play report by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration, which was considered the lead investigating body on the case.

The 182-page investigative report (read it here »


- Anita Busch and Jen Yamato

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‘The Fall’ Season 2; Red Planet Prize Winners & More Global Showbiz Briefs

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Gillian Anderson’s UK crime drama The Fall has set its second-season debut. BBC Two tweeted that the show will return at 9Pm November 13. The psychological thriller that also stars Fifty Shades Of Grey’s Jamie Dornan was a hit in the UK last year, and the second season also will be coming soon to Netflix in the U.S. Created by Allan Cubitt, The Fall focuses on a game of cat and mouse between Anderson’s highly driven detective and the sexually motivated serial killer she’s tracking in Belfast. The Good Wife‘s Archie Panjabi also stars.

Tony Jordan’s London-based Red Planet Pictures has named two aspiring screenwriters as joint winners of the company’s annual writing competition. The Red Planet Prize 2014, held in partnership with Shine’s Kudos, has gone to documentary editor Paul McIntyre and former film art executive Tracy Ann Baines. McIntyre’s tense »


- Nancy Tartaglione

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Coen Brothers’ ‘Hail, Caesar!’ To Bow February 2016

29 October 2014 3:37 PM, PDT

Universal Pictures has slotted Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1950s-set Hollywood film Hail, Caesar! for release February 5, 2016. Right now, it has the date to itself. Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill star in the pic that follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix. The Coen brothers wrote, direct and are producing under their Mike Zoss Prods banner, with Working Title Films and Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan.

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‘Nightcrawler’ Review: Pete Hammond On Jake Gyllenhaal’s Local News Creep

29 October 2014 3:13 PM, PDT

Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo star in ‘Nightcrawler,’ about an unscrupulous videographer trolling the streets of Los Angeles for bloody crime-scene footage he can sell to a local TV news operation. It also stars Bill Paxton, James Huang and a raft of current and former Los Angeles TV news anchors and reporters, including Kent Shocknek, Pat Harvey and Sharon Tay.

Watch my video review above for more about the film, but know that I think it features Gyllenhaal’s best performance maybe ever, and a fine one by Russo as well.

The film is written and directed by Dan Gilroy, and produced by Gyllenhaal, Tony Gilroy, Jennifer Fox, David Lancaster and Michael Litvak. Open Road Films is handling distribution in the U.S. Yes, the project is a family affair, featuring work by brothers Dan, Tony (The Bourne Legacy, Michael Clayton) and editor John (Pacific Rim, Warrior) Gilroy.

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- Pete Hammond

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‘Ex Machina’ Acquired By A24 For April 2015 Release

29 October 2014 2:47 PM, PDT

A24 has acquired U.S. rights to Alex Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina and has set a release date of April 10, 2015. Garland, who penned 28 Days Later and Sunshine, also wrote the thriller, which stars Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander.

The plot centers on a programmer (Gleeson) at an Internet-search giant who wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO (Isaac). Upon his arrival, he learns he has been chose to be the human component in a Turing Test — charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of the CEO’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Vikander), whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, seductive and deceptive than the two men could have imagined.

DNA’s Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich produced, and Scott Rudin and Eli Bush executive produced with former Film4 head Tessa Ross. »


- The Deadline Team

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John Boorman’s Last Film Picked Up By BBC Worldwide North America

29 October 2014 1:41 PM, PDT

The last film from the director of Deliverance has found a domestic partner. BBC Worldwide North America said today that it has acquired rights to John Boorman’s Queen And Country. Not to be confused with the Ellen Page spy starrer Queen & Country from Chernin Entertainment, Boorman’s pic is a portrait of post-wwii England, a time of National Service and continued rationing. David Thewlis, X-Men First Class’ Caleb Landry Jones and Ripper actor Callum Turner star. In many ways it is a follow-up to Boorman’s acclaimed 1987 film Hope And Glory, based on his childhood during the London Blitz.

BBC Worldwide Na will release the film in the U.S. and Canada next year. The still-living filmmaker has said Queen And Country would be the last movie he would direct. It debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May and BBC picked up the pic after its North American »


- Dominic Patten

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L.M. Kit Carson Is Dead: ‘Paris, Texas’ Writer, USA Film Fest Co-Founder

29 October 2014 12:27 PM, PDT

An iconoclast in the worlds of independent film and journalism who embodied — and celibrated — Texas individualism, Carson died October 20 in Dallas following a long battle with osteoporosis and other illnesses. He was 73.

A Dallas native whose career took him to Austin, Houston, New York, Los Angeles and many places far afield and in between, Lewis Minor Carson was best known as co-author with Sam Shepard of the Wim Wenders film Paris, Texas (Carson’s official credit was for “adaptation”), which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1984. Known universally as Kit, after his Texas Ranger grandfather, he is credited with helping create the”mockumentary” genre for writing and playing the title role in David Holtzman’s Diary, the Jim McBride film about a navel-gazer who decides to film every moment of his unmomentous life. The 1967 film anticipated such disparate touchstones as the film This Is Spinal Tap and the »


- Jeremy Gerard

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Movie Theaters And Studios Maintain “Zero-Tolerance” For Smart Wearable Devices

29 October 2014 9:56 AM, PDT

Be prepared to stash your Google Glass next time you head to the movies. The Motion Picture Association of America and National Association of Theatre Owners just updated their joint anti-theft policy to address the fast-growing number of wearable computer-connected devices. And they took a hard line, maintaining “a zero-tolerance policy toward using any recording device while movies are being shown.” That means “all phones must be silenced and other recording devices, including wearable devices, must be turned off and put away at show time.” Those who refuse to “put the recording devices away may be asked to leave.” If the user is actually recording then theaters “will alert law enforcement authorities when appropriate, who will determine what further action should be taken.”

In January, a theater in Columbus, Ohio called in the Department of Homeland Security, which handles movie theft cases, which detained a visitor who was wearing his »


- David Lieberman

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Disney’s ‘The Finest Hours’ Gets 2016 Release Date

29 October 2014 9:49 AM, PDT

Disney has set the release date for its disaster-at-sea feature The Finest Hours for April 15, 2016. The 3-D drama from filmmaker Craig Gillespie chronicles the massive rescue mission that’s launched when a pair of oil tankers split in two off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952. The feature, based on the best-selling book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias, stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Eric Bana. Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson wrote the initial draft of The Finest Hours, and Scott Silver wrote the latest greenlit version.

 

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