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Updated: Herb Allen’s Sun Valley Retreat: Well-Heeled Moguls Walk Red Carpet For Muzzelled Media

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Updated, Thursday, 2:58 Pm: Hearing that it’s a bit ho-hum this year as far as the panels go, nothing really earthshaking — Google’s Larry Page talking about robotic cars, Barry Diller, Brian Roberts and James Murdoch yakking on about distributing content via wireless vs. non-wireless. Sounds pretty boiler plate. As one attendee said, “You know, nothing — no big deals — really actually happen here. People have said the ABC/Cap Cities deal happened here, but it really didn’t.” So who’s there from Hollywood? Those mentioned (and pictured) below as well as usual suspects: Viacom’s Philippe Dauman, Time-Warner’s Jeff Bewkes, Comcast’s […] »


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Dakota Johnson To Star In, Ep Romantic Drama ‘Forever, Interrupted’

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Fifty Shades Of Grey star Dakota Johnson has lined up her next lit to screen project. She’s attached to star in a film adaptation of Forever, Interrupted, the debut novel by author Taylor Jenkins Reid about Elsie, a young woman who elopes after a whirlwind romance and forges an unlikely relationship with her mother-in-law after her husband suddenly dies. Gidden Media’s Amy Baer (Last Vegas) is producer on the novel adaptation, which Johnson will also executive produce. Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake are also exec producing with John Middleton and Roy Lee. Erin Westerman is overseeing for Good […] »


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Hot Trailer: Reese Witherspoon In Jean-Marc Vallee’s ‘Wild’

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Here’s the first trailer for Jean-Marc Vallee’s follow-up to Dallas Buyers Club. It’s an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir about her 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. Reese Witherspoon stars as Strayed, an inexperienced hiker who embarked on the trek after her marriage tanked and her mother died. Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Gaby Hoffman, Kevin Rankin and Michiel Huisman co-star in the pic written by Nick Hornby. Fox Searchlight opens Wild on December 5. Have a look: »


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R.I.P. Legendary Cameraman Sonny Miller

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Sonny Miller, known in the surfing world as one of the best cameramen around and who worked on Alcon Entertainment’s remake Point Break for a few days in February, has died of a heart attack, it was confirmed by an Alcon spokeswoman. Miller was 53. He was a specialist in filming in the water and surf, and he worked on Die Another Day and on the surf movie Blue Crush. He was best known for his masterful camera maneuvers for such surf films as The Search, Tripping The Planet, and Searching For Tom Curren, about the legendary surfer. He first began […] »


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CBS Films Takes ‘Pride’ After Cannes Berth

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CBS Films has closed a U.S. rights deal for Pride, the comedy that premiered at Cannes. CBS Films has skedded the film to open September 19. Directed by Tony-winning God of Carnage helmer Matthew Warchus from a screenplay by Stephen Beresford, the film takes place summer of 1984, when Margaret Thatcher went head to head against the striking National Union of Mineworkers. That prompted a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their […] »


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‘Fast & Furious 7′ Wraps Filming, Thanks Fans On Eve Of Original Release Date

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It’s been a long and emotional road for Fast & Furious 7, which had its premiere postponed from this weekend’s original release date to April 2015 following the death of Paul Walker. Now the Universal sequel has wrapped its Los Angeles shoot under director James Wan, with the help of Walker’s brothers Caleb and Cody. Universal’s official Fast 7 Facebook page today thanked fans for riding with them in what’s been a vocal and loyal campaign of support through the pic’s tumultuous production. The post, accompanied by a shot of star Vin Diesel, has garnered over 120K Facebook likes in […] »


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‘Boyhood’: 39 Shooting Days, A 4,200-Day Production Schedule

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The first thing that catches you about Richard Linklater‘s new movie, Boyhood, is the gimmick: It took 12 years to make. And this wasn’t some Orson Welles-like fight with a studio or money people or an artistic fugue state like those afflicting early Terrence Malick or late Stanley Kubrick. It was done on purpose. And the studio behind the project, IFC, was all for it, doling out about $200,000 a year so Linklater could annually gather his cast and crew to shoot a few days at a time for a dozen years followed by, as Linklater put it, “a big chunk at the end” to finish the film. But […] »


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Relativity Unlocks ‘The Disappointments Room’ With Kate Beckinsale, DJ Caruso

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Relativity has closed a deal to to fully finance The Disappointments Room, a psychological thriller in the vein of The Shining that will begin shooting in August with Kate Beckinsale starring for director DJ Caruso. Geyer Kosinski is producing and Robbie Brenner will oversee for Relativity. Inspired by a true event, The Disappointments Room tells the story of one family’s terror-filled encounter within their own home. Looking for a fresh start, Dana (Kate Beckinsale) and David, together with their 5-year-old son Jeremy, move into their dream house, a beautiful old rural home. Hidden within the attic was a secret room. […] »


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Resolution Adds Agents Rachel Sheedy & Jennifer Good

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Two new agents have joined Jeff Berg’s Resolution as the agency builds up following a number of departures in recent months. Talent agent Rachel Sheedy comes to Resolution after spending sixteen years repping actors in film, TV, and theater for Don Buchwald & Associates in New York. She’ll now work out of Resolution’s La office on Century Park East. Along with Sheedy, Jennifer Good recently joined the company’s TV lit department after departing The Alpern Group, where she repped writers and directors in TV and film with an emphasis on the international marketplace. She also did stints at Susan Smith […] »


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Elizabeth Ashley, Byron Jennings Head To Broadway; Teens In Jail, Love, Lust Figure In New Plays From Lincoln Center, Signature

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Stage and screen veterans Elizabeth Ashley and Byron Jennings have joined the ever-expanding cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of You Can’t Take It With You, already set to star James Earl Jones, Rose Byrne, Annaleigh Ashford and Mark-Linn Baker, among others. The show begins previews August 26 at the Longacre Theatre and opens September 28. Scott Ellis directs. Meanwhile, Lincoln Center Theater and the Signature added new plays to their upcoming season lineups this morning, and young folks under stress — from love or lawlessness, take your pick — are prominent. Coming up first, at the Pershing Square Signature […] »


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Comic-Con: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Won’t Be There, Only ‘Rebels’ Will Be

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Fans hoping to catch footage from Star Wars: Episode VII or autographs from its casts will have to wait. Director J.J. Abrams and the Episode VII cast, who are knee-deep in production over at Pinewood Studios in London, will not heading to San Diego’s Comic-Con this month sources close to the production and at Comic-Con told Deadline. Instead, Star Wars fans at Comic-Con can elbow their way into the Disney Channel’s panel for its animated Star Wars Rebels series on Thursday, July 24 from 6-7 Pm in Room 6Bcf. Executive producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg along with actors Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan), […] »


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Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’: First Trailer For Louis Zamperini WWII Drama

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Universal has unveiled the first trailer for Angelina Jolie‘s Unbroken, the true story of World War II hero and former Olympic long distance runner Louis Zamperini. Unbroken tracks the life of the young Olympian, who enlisted in the Air Force after war broke out in 1941. After his plane went down in the Pacific, Zamperini and two crew mates survived on a raft for 47 days before being taken prisoner by the Japanese. Last week Zamperini passed away at the age of 97. Universal first bought rights to Zamperini’s life story in the 1950s. It will finally hit theaters this […] »


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Venice Fest Eyes Awards Season Perch With Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘Birdman’ Competing As Opener

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Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman, or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance, has been selected for opening honors at the Venice Film Festival. When Fox Searchlight set an October 17 North American release, and when Birdman didn’t appear in Cannes, we expected it would get a berth at one of the fall festivals. I felt particularly strongly about Venice, especially as it makes a nice dovetail to last year when Iñárritu’s pal Alfonso Cuaron did opening night honors with Gravity. That film went on to a huge awards season run, but it was not in competition in Venice, and that was lamented […] »


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Frances Fisher Joins Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds In ‘Woman In Gold’

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Exclusive: With filming underway in La, The Woman In Gold has added Frances Fisher to its cast. Fisher, whose ABC freshman hit Resurrection was renewed for a second season, joins Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, Daniel Brühl, and Katie Holmes in the fact-based drama about a Holocaust survivor who sets out to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, including Gustav Klimt’s famous painting The Lady In Gold. Mirren plays real-life heroine Maria Altmann, Reynolds stars as her lawyer, and Fisher will play Reynolds’ mother in the film helmed by BAFTA- and Emmy-nominated Simon Curtis. Curtis’ most […] »


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Comic-Con: Daniel Radcliffe Making First Appearance At Fanboy Confab With ‘Horns’

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Daniel Radcliffe is attending Comic-Con for the first time in conjunction with Horns, the Radius-twc fantasy horror release that he is toplining. Radcliffe will appear alongside Horns director Alexandre Aja and novelist Joe Hill in Hall H from 3-4Pm Friday, July 25, to show off the trailer for the film, which follows “Ig” Perrish, a young man who sprouts horns following his girlfriend’s (Juno Temple) murder. Ig’s horns have the power to put people in a trance and trigger them to speak unspeakable thoughts. Horns premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. In 2010, eager Harry Potter fans clad in Hogwarts robes waited […] »


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R.I.P. Rosemary Murphy, ‘Mockingbird’, Broadway, Emmy-Winning Legend

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Rosemary Murphy, thrice nominated for Tony Awards and a favorite of writers as disparate as Edward Albee, Horton Foote and Woody Allen, died July 5 at home in New York City. She was 89. The Germany-born actress had a distinguished film career that began in 1957 with That Night and included key supporting roles in Foote’s Oscar-winning 1962 adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird and the Broadway (1964) and screen (1966) versions of Any Wednesday. For Allen, she had roles in September, the telefilm of Don’t Drink The Water (1994) and Mighty Aphrodite (1995). Adept in comedy and drama, she was best known on […] »


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‘Jem’ Star Joins ‘Equals’; Comedy ‘This Is Happening’ Sets Cloris Leachman & More

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Exclusive: Aurora Perrineau has been cast in sci-fi romance Equals following her gig rocking out as Shana in the upcoming Jem And The Holograms movie. Equals, from director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy), is set in a future society where emotions have been eradicated and one man, Silas (Nicholas Hoult), finds himself suffering from “Switched-On Syndrome.” Kristen Stewart plays Nia, another of the “infected” who is able to hide her condition. Perrineau’s credits include Pretty Little Liars and indie thriller A House Is Not A Home. She’ll play Iris, a new mother whose baby is born crying — a sign the […] »


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Hiroyuki Sanada Joins Sherlock Holmes Drama ‘A Slight Trick Of The Mind’

9 July 2014 3:01 PM, PDT

Exclusive: 47 Ronin and The Wolverine star Hiroyuki Sanada has been tapped to join Ian McKellen in A Slight Trick of the Mind, the drama about an aging Sherlock Holmes that Bill Condon is directing this summer in London. Sanada will play Umezaki, a Prickly Ash plant enthusiast who Holmes (McKellen) visits in Japan. He joins McKellen and Laura Linney as Holmes’ housekeeper, who with her young son is regaled with the tale of the unsolved mystery that ended Holmes’ career. Script was adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess, Casanova, Stage Beauty) from Mitch Cullin’s novel. Anne Carey is producing […] »


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‘Mission: Impossible 5′ Female Lead Goes To Rebecca Ferguson

9 July 2014 2:49 PM, PDT

Swedish up-and-comer Rebecca Ferguson, who got a Golden Globe nom for her English-language debut in the title role of BBC’s The White Queen, has been set to play the female lead opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 5 for Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions and Bad Robot. This comes after Deadline revealed that Alec Baldwin is in talks to play the head of the CIA in the film, which Chris McQuarrie will direct with shooting to begin in August. This was a coveted role. Ferguson was raised in Sweden and became established in London. The actress, who next will be seen […] »


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Alec Baldwin Circles ‘M:i-5′; Football Concussions And A Rob Ford-Type Mayor Also In The Offing

9 July 2014 1:52 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Alec Baldwin has two killer movie projects lined up, along with a possible TV successor to his Emmy-winning turn in 30 Rock. He’s in talks to star in Mission: Impossible 5, playing the head of the CIA. He’s also in talks to join Will Smith in the Peter Landesman-directed movie about football concussions at Sony Pictures. Here’s the capper, though: Baldwin is developing a new TV show with NBC Productions, in which he would play the central character, a Rob Ford-type Mayor of New York City. Ford is the buffoonish Toronto, Ontario mayor who has had his troubles with the crack […] »


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