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Record Sales For ‘Book Of Mormon’ London Bow

23 March 2013 9:49 AM, PDT

Breaking: The producers of The Book Of Mormon opened the Tony winning hit Thursday night at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre. They’ve announced that the show set a record for the biggest single day of sales in West End and Broadway history on the day following. Yesterday, between 10:00 Am and Midnight, the box office did £2,107,972, or $3,210,019 in ticket sales. Some 150,000 additional tickets have been made available and the show is now booking until January 11, 2014. Cameron Mackintosh, who owns the theater and has had his share of big stage hits said: “After a phenomenal opening night I am delighted to see a phenomenal record-breaking post opening box office of over £2m. The Mormons have truly delivered a Heavenly hit!” The Book Of Mormon, with book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, is produced in London by Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin, Important Musicals and Sonia Friedman Productions. »


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Relativity Media Acquires ‘Scare Me,’ Sets Wentworth Miller To Adapt Novel

22 March 2013 1:20 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Relativity Media has acquired Scare Me, a psychological thriller novel, and is setting Wentworth Miller to write the script. Miller is the actor who starred in the Fox series Prison Break who made his screenwriting debut on Stoker, the Chan-wook Park-directed thriller for Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush. It was brought in by Relativity Media production president Robbie Brenner. The book is in the vein of Se7en, and it will be published in the spring by Angry Robot. Gotham Group brokered the book deal and reps Wentworth along with ICM Partners and attorney Harris Hartman. »


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Marvel Surprise: Robert Redford In Talks To Star In ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

22 March 2013 10:52 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Here is a fun Marvel scoop. I’m hearing that Robert Redford is in discussions to join the cast of Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the sequel that brings Chris Evans back as the shield-carrying superhero. Redford is in talks to play a senior leadership role in S.H.I.E.L.D., the superhero collective run by Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury character. Joe and Anthony Russo are directing the film from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, whose Marvel script credits include Captain America: The First Avenger and the upcoming Thor: The Dark World. The sequel will be released by Disney on April 4, 2014. In between running his Sundance empire, Redford most recently starred in All Is Lost, the J.C. Chandor-scripted and directed survival tale. While Marvel was predictably mum as Kevin Feige’s unit always is on casting matters, Marvel characters have a tendency to show up in other superhero movies, »


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Focus World, Screen Media Acquire Kristen Bell-Starrer ‘The Lifeguard’

22 March 2013 9:06 AM, PDT

Focus World, the alternative distribution initiative of Focus Features, is partnering with Screen Media Films on acquiring U.S. rights to The Lifeguard, the Kristen Bell-starrer that debuted at Sundance. The film will hit theaters and digital platforms. Written and directed by Liz W. Garcia, the pic stars Bell as a 30-year-old whose career and love life fall into crisis. She retreats home and regresses back into high school life, hanging with her old pals and reclaiming her old job as a condo complex lifeguard. Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr and Amy Madigan also star. Bell, who stars in Showtime’s House Of Lies, just spearheaded a successful Kickstarter funding campaign that means she’ll also star in a movie version of her series Veronica Mars. CAA repped Lifeguard. »


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‘Hunger Games 2′s Alan Ritchson To Play Raphael In ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

22 March 2013 8:54 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Now that Paramount and Platinum Dunes has set Megan Fox as the female lead in the Jonathan Liebesman-directed live-action/CGI feature Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, they are working on the turtles. First to be cast: Alan Ritchson, who’ll play Raphael. He’ll be coming off playing Gloss, the deadly dagger-wielding male tribute from District One in the upcoming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Now, the original movie series put its actors in bulky turtle suits, but this one will be more like the performance capture in Avatar, making this a good role. The Tmnt reboot is dated for a June 6, 2014 release after it was pushed back to cut the budget to around $125M. Ritchson is repped by UTA and manager Michael Yanni. »


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Web Buddies Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse Join ‘Townies’

22 March 2013 8:38 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who’ve developed chemistry in a popular series of Funny Or Die web videos, are joining forces onscreen. They’re joining Universal PicturesNicholas Stoller-directed comedy Townies, the upcoming Seth Rogen and Zac Efron comedy that will also star Rose Byrne. Efron plays a frat president and Franco plays his best pal and vice president. Pic is produced by Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver for Point Grey Pictures and Good Universe’s Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane are exec producers with Andrew Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. Gu’s Matt Leonetti and Nicole Brown are co-producers. Franco is coming off Warm Bodies and has Now You See Me coming out in May from Summit. Mintz-Plasse just wrapped Kick Ass 2 and worked with Rogen in Superbad. Franco is repped by CAA and Miles Levy at James Levy Management, and Mintz-Plasse is repped by UTA and Principato Young. »


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Hollywood Gets Soccer Crazy

22 March 2013 8:24 AM, PDT

A group of 40 showbiz companies have assembled teams for a youth showcase and celeb match this weekend with soccer stars like Mia Hamm, Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach, and soccer-capable actors including Diego Luna, Demian Bichir, Anthony Lapaglia, Alessandro Nivola, The Bachelor host Chris Harrison and Mike Medavoy. Event co-founder and Sony Pictures Classics exec Dylan Leiner said the event will be held Sunday at Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, and that companies including CAA, ICM Partners, Gersh, Paradigm, Spc, Lionsgate, Endgame, Anonymous Content, The Amazing Race, Survivor, The Bachelor and others rallied to take part in support of The Mia Hamm Foundation and Grassrootsoccer. Info at LAFest.net. »


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Richie Kern Joins Thomas Dunne Books; Also Will Generate Projects For Macmillan Films

22 March 2013 8:17 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Richie Kern, former Endeavor and Wme intellectual property rights agent, has become an editor at Thomas Dunne Books, a division of St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan Publishers. Kern will be acquiring and developing novels and nonfiction books with an eye toward film and television development. He will work closely with Brendan Deneen, also an editor at Thomas Dunne, who launched Macmillan Films in 2010. Deneen worked in development and production for Scott Rudin and Harvey Weinstein. Macmillan Films has a number of feature film and television projects in development, including the supernatural thriller Seal Team 666 at MGM, the fish-out-of-water soap New Money at Sony TV with Laurence Mark producing, the teen mystery thriller Prep School Confidential with Juno producer Dan Dubiecki’s The Allegiance Theater, and the supernatural horror/thriller Reviver at Legendary Pictures among others. As an agent, Kern specialized in packaging underlying rights with Wme’s roster of writers, »


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‘Sapphires’ Star Chris O’Dowd In ‘St. Vincent De Van Nuys’ Talks

22 March 2013 8:09 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Chris O’Dowd, who opens today in The Sapphires, is in early talks to join Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy in St. Vincent De Van Nuys, the film that Ted Melfi will direct from his script for The Weinstein Company and Chernin Entertainment. O’Dowd will play a sympathetic Catholic priest shocked to see the influence that the title character has on an angelic 12-year-old boy whose hardworking single mother (McCarthy) foists the child care duties on Murray’s character. He is a cantankerous train wreck who takes the kid under his corrupt wing. The project, which Chernin Entertainment developed for two years with Melfi’s Black List script, has been compared to As Good As It Gets or even TWC’s recent Silver Linings Playbook for the way it mixes comedy and human pathos. Related: Melissa McCarthy To Get Offer For Coveted Female Lead In ‘St. Vincent De Van Nuys »


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Good Universe Buys Sascha Penn Action Crime Pitch

22 March 2013 8:07 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Good Universe, the upstart shingle run by former Mandate men Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane, have acquired an untitled pitch from Sascha Penn. It’s described as an action-heavy film that pits the criminal organizations the Yakuza and the Mafia against one another in a winner-take-all battle. Oasis Media’s David Lonner and Ben Rowe will produce and Nicole Brown is overseeing for Good Universe. Penn is creator and exec producer of Secret Lives Of Husbands & Wives, a pilot for Jerry Bruckheimer and NBC that is a candidate for a fall series pickup and stars Martin Henderson, Jesse L. Martin and Perry Reeves. He’s also writing a sci-fi project for Andrew Adamson’s Strange Weather and sold his feature sci-fi action thriller The Ditch to Warner Bros with Madhouse Entertainment producing. Penn is repped by CAA and Madhouse. »


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‘A Royal Affair’s Nikolaj Arcel To Direct DreamWorks’ Redo Of Hitchcock’s ‘Rebecca’

21 March 2013 3:46 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Dreamworks has set Nikolaj Arcel to direct Rebecca, a remake of the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock film. The picture, which has a script draft by Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight, is being produced by Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Arcel is coming off A Royal Affair, a film that was Oscar nominated for  Best Foreign Language Film, about the queen of an erratic king of Denmark who carries on with her husband’s private doctor in a dangerous affair. Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg also scripted the Swedish The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Based on the Daphne Du Maurier novel, the original Rebecca focused on a naive young woman who marries a rich widower and moves into his mansion, only to discover that the memory of the first wife is maintaining a grip on her husband and the servants. It starred Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, and it won the Best Picture Oscar. »


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Sundance Institute’s Cullen Conly Becomes ICM Partners Motion Picture Lit Agent

21 March 2013 3:30 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Cullen Conly, who has been Manager of the Feature Film Program of the Sundance Institute, has joined ICM Partners as a lit agent in its Motion Picture Department. At Sundance, he was involved in selection and project support for the Screenwriters Labs, Directors Labs and the New Frontier Story Labs. Among the filmmakers he helped nurture there are Beasts Of The Southern Wild‘s Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, Fruitvale‘s Ryan Coogler, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ David Lowery, Martha Marcy May Marlene‘s Sean Durkin, Compliance‘s Craig Zobel and Nobody WalksLena Dunham and Ry Russo-Young. Before Sundance, Conly worked in development and production at Paramount Vantage. He joins ICM Partners in May. »


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Toldja! Weinstein Company Confirms Worldwide Rights Deal For Shane Salerno Docu ‘Salinger;’ Sets September 6 Release

21 March 2013 1:52 PM, PDT

Breaking: The Weinstein Company finally confirmed what Deadline told you exclusively on January 27: that the studio acquired theatrical rights to Salinger, the Shane Salerno-directed feature documentary on Jd Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher In The Rye. TWC has set a September 6 theatrical release for the film. As Deadline reported, the deal is seven figures, around $2 million, and covers world rights except for the previous deal that licensed U.S. television rights to PBS’ American Masters. This was one of the most unusual deals in awhile, and came after Harvey Weinstein, David Glasser and the acquisition team were shown the film on the morning of the Academy Awards. Related: J.D. Salinger Documentary Acquired By Harvey Weinstein Secret J.D. Salinger Documentary & Book Revealed TWC was the only distributor that saw the finished film, and closed the deal right after. Salerno and his lawyer Robert Offer made three big deals for the movie, »


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Jesse Andrews Set To Script ‘Crazy U’ For Will Ferrell At New Line

21 March 2013 11:06 AM, PDT

Exclusive: New Line has set Jesse Andrews to adapt Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course In Getting His Kid Into College, an adaptation of the Andrew Ferguson book that is being fashioned as a star vehicle for Will Ferrell by producers Gary Sanchez and Kevin Misher. Andrews wrote the Black List script Me, Earl And The Dying Girl, which he adapted from his own novel. Dan Fogelman is producing that one Indian Paintbrush is financing, and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is directing for a fall start. Misher FilmsKevin Misher will produce with Gary Sanchez’s Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum. The book is about one father’s adventures trying to brave the cutthroat competition to get his son accepted into the perfect college. Obsessed with keeping his son from making that one wrong step that could dash the youth’s dreams, dad tries to get an audience with »

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Tribeca Adds Clint Eastwood, Darren Aronofsky And Jay Roach To Lineup

21 March 2013 11:00 AM, PDT

The Tribeca Film Festival‘s Tribeca Talks section will feature conversations with Clint Eastwood interviewed by Darren Aronofsky, Richard Linklater with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, director Mira Nair with actress Bryce Dallas Howard, and Jay Roach with Ben Stiller. Among the Tribeca Talks: After The Movie event panelists are Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen Page, Gloria Steinem and Adrian Grenier. The Tribeca Talks panel series is open to the public and will take place throughout the festival, which will run from April 17-28, 2013 at locations around New York City. Related: Tribeca Hits Hollywood Trying To Drum Up Interest Tribeca also unveiled four new titles that will screen at this year’s festival, all followed by conversations with the respective filmmakers and topical experts. Paul Verhoeven’s groundbreaking film Tricked, whose script was crowd-sourced, will screen as part of the Tribeca Talks: After The Movie series, as will documentaries How To Make Money Selling Drugs »


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Fox, Hutch Parker Acquire Heist Pitch From Scribe Matt Cook

21 March 2013 10:46 AM, PDT

Exclusive: 20th Century Fox and Hutch Parker Entertainment have acquired an untitled heist film from screenwriter Matt Cook, whose percolating scripts include Triple Nine and By Way Of Helena. It’s the second project between the script and Parker, who is developing at FX an original prison-set drama called Keepers. Parker, who came back to the Fox lot as producer after leaving New Regency, just produced Wolverine and recently joined the producing roster for X-Men: Days Of Future Past, which Bryan Singer is directing for the studio shortly. Parker exec Dan Wilson is spearheading the heist project along with Fox exec Jason Young. Cook is repped by Wme and Anonymous Content. »


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Antoine Fuqua Eyes ‘Training Day’ Re-Team With Denzel Washington In ‘The Equalizer’

21 March 2013 10:30 AM, PDT

Exclusive: On the eve of the opening of his latest film Olympus Has Fallen, director Antoine Fuqua is in early talks to re-team with his Training Day star Denzel Washington on The Equalizer for Sony Pictures and Escape Artists. That is the film that has had a lot of helmers chasing after the script by Richard Wenk prompted the studio to expedite Washington’s deal and set a late spring start date, likely in Boston. The film is a smartly budgeted thriller based on the TV series that will come in around $50 million and is designed to launch the first franchise for Washington, who’s coming off an Oscar-nominated turn in Flight. Fuqua directed Washington to an Academy Award for Best Actor in Training Day for his portrayal of a crooked cop who creates havoc for a recruit (Ethan Hawke) he’s supposed to be training to join an elite undercover force. »


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Resolution Signs Stephen Dorff

21 March 2013 9:59 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Resolution has signed Stephen Dorff. The actor recently starred in Alan & Gabe Polsky’s Motel Life opposite Emile Hirsch, which premiered at this year’s Rome Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Film. Dorff also stars in David Jacobson’s Tomorrow You’re Gone and Eran RiklisZaytoun, which premiered in Toronto, the Ariel Vromen-directed Iceman, and Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside The Mind of Charles Swan III with Charlie Sheen and Bill Murray. Dorff moved from Gersh to return to his longtime agent David Unger, who signed him along with Steve Alexander at Resolution. He continues to be managed by Untitled Entertainment. »


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Rufus Sewell Joining Dwayne Johnson In MGM’s ‘Hercules’

20 March 2013 3:43 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Rufus Sewell is set to star as Autolycus alongside Dwayne Johnson in Hercules for MGM. Ryan Condal has written the film and Evan Spiliotopoulos rewrite it and Brett Ratner is directing. Ratner will produce with Barry Levine and Beau Flynn. After renouncing his mythological origins, Hercules lives in exile and fights as a mercenary for hire alongside his loyal but weary comrades. Hercules and his crew will face their most challenging labor yet when one battle forces the man behind the myth to question everything he once believed, and reconsider the truth behind his own legend. The pic has been set to open July 25, 2014. Sewell is currently starring in the play Old Times at the Harold Pinter Theater in London. He is repped by Wme, Parseghian Planco and Julian Belfrage & Associates. »


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Fox 2000 Lands J. Courtney Sullivan Novel ‘The Engagements’ For Reese Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard

20 March 2013 3:31 PM, PDT

Fox 2000 is in final negotiations to acquire film rights to J. Courtney Sullivan’s upcoming novel The Engagements. Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea of Pacific Standard will produce. Marisa Paiva is the exec at the studio. Sullivan is the author of Maine and Commencement, and The Engagements will be published by Knopf in June. The novel tells a deeply romantic story that follows a diamond engagement ring from the 1930s to the present, connecting five very different relationships in surprising and unexpected ways. Witherspoon might be part of an ensemble cast. The book deal was brokered by ICM Partners on behalf of Brettne Bloom at Kneerim, Williams & Bloom. Among the projects Witherspoon and Papandrea have at Fox is the Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl. That project is looking more and more like David Fincher’s next film, and with Witherspoon producing but not starring, it has become a coveted project among actresses. »


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