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Produced By NY: Jake Gyllenhaal Interviewed By Hawk Koch: ‘I Love The Abrasion’

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The first NYC edition of the PGA’s `Produced By’ confab launched this morning with a conversation between former PGA president and producer Hawk Koch and Nightcrawler‘s Jake Gyllenhaal, also in town prepping for his Broadway debut in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Constellations.

Pointing out that Gyllenhaal already is a certified film star (with an Oscar nomination for Brokeback Mountain behind him all the way up through his “amazing performance” in Nightcrawler) Koch started off by asking him that, with all the problems associated with the job, Why become a producer?

“I think that headaches and heartbreak are part of any job if you put your heart into it,” Gyllenhaal responded. “I grew up with my parents behind the camera and that was the language that I knew. It wasn’t until later that I became an actor. I’ve aways been fascinated with the abrasion between »


- Jeremy Gerard

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‘Ouija’ May Scare Up $20M, ‘John Wick,’ No. 2 With A Bullet, Bill Murray Graces ‘St. Vincent’ In Box Office Weekend

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2nd Update, Saturday 7:53 Am: This morning’s estimates are pretty much on the money with what we had last night with few exceptions. Ouija could actually pull off a $20M weekend for Universal and Blumhouse if their audiences hold today, and the Keanu Reeves’ actioner John Wick from Lionsgate will likely come in right around $15M, as we predicted. For a micro-budgeted film, this horror film — talking Ouija, not the ultra-violent John Wick — should end up yet another profitable horror entry for the studio despite its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad C CinemaScore. St. Vincent, in its expansion, is holding its own for The Weinstein Co. and Chernin Entertainment could end up with around $7.8M. With an A- CinemaScore, this dramedy with Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy headlining should continue to generate good word-of-mouth. The Michael Keaton comeback film Birdman could end the weekend with around a $28K »


- Anita Busch

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Hot Red Band Trailer: ‘Nightcrawler’

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Open Road has released a new red band trailer for the Dan Gilroy-directed thriller Nightcrawler. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a driven, soulless wannabe who gets a fast car, a cheap camera and a police scanner and chases traffic accidents, murders and other violent incidents in hopes of getting film he can sell to a cellar-dwelling Los Angeles TV news producer. The pace is manic as the anti-hero proves there are no moral bounds to his ambition. The pic opens October 31.

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- Mike Fleming Jr

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‘Zeroville’ Adds Seth Rogen, Megan Fox & More; Brad Carter Lands ‘The Revenant;’ Noah Segan Enlists In ‘War Pigs’

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James Franco has recruited a cabal of pals for his “proto-punk Forrest Gump goes to 1970’s Hollywood” lit adaptation Zeroville, now filming in La. Joining Franco and the recently announced Jacki Weaver are Franco’s The Interview co-star Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King, and Horatio Sanz. Franco is directing and stars as a naive loner who’s drawn to the film business, becomes mistaken for a Manson family member and gets hired as a film editor. Paul Felton and Ian Olds adapted the script from Steve Erickson’s 2007 novel. Franco is producing with Vince Jolivette for Rabbit Bandini Productions, Caroline Aragon, and Michael Mendelsohn for Patriot Pictures. Union Patriot Capital Management financed the pic and Embankment is selling internationally next month at Afm.

Brad Carter (True Detective, Sons of Anarchy) has been cast in Fox and New Regency’s The Revenant opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. »


- Jen Yamato

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‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Trailer Smashes Viewing Record; More Footage Coming

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Despite scrambling to post its Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer a week early after a leaked version went viral Wednesday, Marvel broke viewing records with the first peek at its 2015 summer blockbuster. The company said today the Avengers 2 trailer notched 34.3 million views globally in its first 24 hours. Over 26.7 million of those came after the initial leak when Marvel responded by posting a high-resolution HD version to its official YouTube channel. The previous Marvel record holder was 2013’s Iron Man 3, which Avengers 2 easily eclipsed by over 20 million views.

Promotional corporate synergy in the ABC-Disney family is still in the stars for next week. The highly anticipated Avengers 2 trailer was originally set to debut during the October 28 episode of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Instead, Marvel said today it will unveil new footage from the May 1, 2015 release in its place. Another Age Of Ultron peek is scheduled to air on ABC »


- Jen Yamato

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Dark Sky Dips Into Postapocalyptic Thriller ‘The Well’

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Exclusive: Mpi Media Group has acquired U.S. rights to Tom Hammock’s The Well, a postapocalyptic thriller starring Haley Lu Richardson (MTV’s Awkward, Ravenswood). The Federighi Films pic is set in a once-lush Oregon valley turned dry by a decade-long drought, where a teenage girl fights to protect the last working well from a greedy water baron. Twilight co-stars Booboo Stewart (X-Men: Days Of Future Past) and Michael Welch (Z Nation), Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite) and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) also star.

Hammock makes his debut as director after serving as production designer on a number of notable genre indies including All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, You’re Next and The Guest. He also co-scripted with Jacob Forman, who wrote Mandy Lane. The Well premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June and will get a theatrical/VOD release early next year through Mpi’s Dark Sky Films. »


- Jen Yamato

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Warner Bros To Remake ‘Who Am I’; Pic Is German Box Office Sensation

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Exclusive: Warner Bros has closed a deal to remake Who Am I, the latest film by German-based helmer Baran “Bo” Odar, who made his directorial debut on The Silence. Who Am I, which premiered in Toronto, is a visual thriller that stars Tom Schilling as a young man who gets pulled into the world of an Anonymous-like hacking group. Pic starts with him telling his story to Europol investigator after he and his cohorts perpetrated a crime spree that pissed off the Russian mob, which butchered up three of the hackers in a hotel room.

The film is playing gangbusters in Germany, where in its fourth week it has earned the equivalent of $11 million on a budget of $4 million euros. It has been doing business there that is comparable to Gone Girl and Dracula Untold.

Kevin McCormick will produce the remake through his Langley Park banner. WB’s Jesse Ehrman and Nik Mavinkurve will oversee. »


- Mike Fleming Jr

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Film Independent Spirit Awards 2015 To Be Broadcast Live On IFC

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Those who can’t make it to the 2015 Spirit Awards won’t have to wait until later in the evening to watch a delayed broadcast. For the first time, the Film Independent-produced trophy show, which honors the best in independent film, will air live on IFC at 2 Pm Pt/ 5 Pm Et on February 21.

“We wanted to shake things up to mark the 30th anniversary,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh, “and I think by broadcasting live from the beach we’ll do just that. I could not be more excited to be working with (exec producer) Joel Gallen on this year’s show, and thrilled to be back on IFC, our longtime home.”

Last year’s winners included 12 Years A Slave (best feature, screenplay, director), Cate Blanchett, best female lead for Blue Jasmine and Matthew McConaughey, best male lead for Dallas Buyers Club.

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‘Act Of Killing’ Helmer Joshua Oppenheimer Signs With UTA

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Exclusive: UTA has signed Joshua Oppenheimer, who burst on the scene as a major documentary directing voice for The Act Of Killing. The provocative and shocking docu featured interviews with members of death squads responsible for the mass killings of close to a million people during a military coup in Indonesia during the 1960s. Nominated for an Oscar and winner of the BAFTA and over 70 international awards, Oppenheimer got these architects of genocide to reenact their horrific deeds as musical numbers or in whatever film genre they wanted.

UTA is the first agency to rep Oppenheimer, a recipient of a 2014 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. The film was released theatrically in 30 countries and screened in countless film festivals including Telluride, Toronto, and Berlin. Oppenheimer’s companion film, The Look of Silence, goes back to the scene of these crimes to follow the family of one of the victims confronting the killers 50 years later. »


- Mike Fleming Jr

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‘The Last Witch Hunter’ Starring Vin Diesel Gets 2015 Release Date

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The witching hour will begin a year from now. An October 23, 2015, release has been set for Summit Entertainment’s supernatural actioner The Last Witch Hunter, from director Breck Eisner. The pic follows an immortal witch hunter (Vin Diesel) who partners with his natural enemy, a female witch, to stop the covens of NYC from unleashing a plague on humanity. The cast also includes Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Michael Caine and Julie Engelbrecht. Summit is releasing the film the weekend before Halloween against New Line’s untitled horror pic and Universal’s Jem And The Holograms. It will arrive a week after Universal horror flick Crimson Peak from Guillermo del Toro.

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- Erik Pedersen

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‘Banshee Chapter’ First Virtual Reality Film To Hit Oculus Rift

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Facebook’s Oculus Rift is getting its first 3D virtual reality feature film in Banshee Chapter, an indie sci-fi horror executive produced by Star Trek‘s Zachary Quinto that’s hitting the next-gen virtual reality platform today – for free.

The low budget frightener, loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft’s From Beyond, tracks a journalist investigating the disappearance of her old college friend and his ties to a secret experimental drug. Silence of the Lambs‘ Ted Levine, Sleepy Hollow‘s Katia Winter and True Blood‘s Michael McMillian star for first time director Blair Erickson in the film produced by Sunchaser Entertainment’s Stephanie Riggs and Before the Door’s Corey Moosa and Sean Akers, and Christian Arnold-Beutel.

Banshee Chapter debuted last December on VOD to modest fanfare. But that was before Facebook bought Oculus Rift in a $2 billion deal, heralding it as the next big thing in social communications and entertainment. »


- Jen Yamato

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Lily James & Sam Claflin Clock In For Lone Scherfig’s ‘Their Finest Hour And A Half’

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Exclusive: Lily James (Disney’s Cinderella) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) are circling to star in Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest Hour And A Half. James, currently filming Burr Steer’s Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, is one of Britain’s hottest young actresses and is also attached to the plum role of Natasha in The Weinstein Company’s War And Peace miniseries.

Their Finest Hour And A Half, based on Lissa Evans’ 2009 novel that was nominated for Britain’s prestigious Orange literary prize, follows the misadventures of a British movie crew trying to make a patriotic film to boost morale after the Blitz during World War II. TV writer Gabby Chiappe is adapting. Principal photography is set for summer 2015.

The prestige picture is being produced by Wild Gaze’s Amanda Posey (A Long Way Down) and longtime associate Stephen Wooley (Byzantium) through his Number 9 Films. The pair previously »


- Ali Jaafar

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‘Ouija’ Box Office Starts With $911K, ‘John Wick’ $870K – B.O. Late Nights

24 October 2014 8:36 AM, PDT

Ouija opened last night at 8 Pm in 2,061 houses and scared in $911K to start its weekend off in what is expected to be a spirited opening for the micro-budgeted Blumhouse horror film. It is expected to best the other newcomer, the Lionsgate actioner John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves, which pulled $870K in over 2000 locales. A couple of comps to look at for this violent, R-rated film is last year’s Escape Plan (also R-rated and also opened in October), which ended up pulling in $258K for a $9M opening, and then the PG-13 rated Red 2 which bowed this summer to $825K for an $18M opening weekend. Others are looking at November Man which opened in August on a Wednesday grossing $862K and opened to $7.9M, but that had a very different demographic makeup — it skewed much, much older with both males and females.

Comps for Ouija are Blumhouse’s own »


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‘Madam Secretary’ Coming To U.K. On Sky Living; NBCUniversal International Television Production Pacts With TV3 Group Ireland: Global Briefs

23 October 2014 10:00 PM, PDT

CBS Studios International and Sky have inked a deal for the exclusive U.K. broadcast rights to the new drama series Madam Secretary, which will premiere in the coming months on Sky Living. Téa Leoni stars as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined, newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home. Bebe Neuwirth, Geoffrey Arend, Patina Miller, Erich Bergen, Željko Ivanek and Tim Daly co-star. “I knew as soon as I saw Madam Secretary at this year’s L.A. Screenings it was perfect for Sky Living,” said Channel Director Antonia Hurford-Jones. “It’s a smart, pacy quality drama which has you hooked from the start. I feel confident our customers are going to love it.”

NBCUniversal International Television Production and TV3 Group Ireland are partnering to »


- The Deadline Team

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‘Interstellar’ & ‘Penguins': Late-2014 China Slots Pit Christopher Nolan Vs. Dwa

23 October 2014 4:20 PM, PDT

I recently wrote about China packing a slew of Hollywood movies into October ahead of a push toward local films that will crowd December and ensure that market share for China exceeds that of its frenemy. But there are a couple of movies from the majors that will still look to hop the wall in November — and they’ll do it in a direct face-off. DreamWorks Animation’s Penguins Of Madagascar recently was slated for a November 14 release, and I’ve now learned that Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar will go out two days before, on November 12.

Dwa thought it would bow a week after Interstellar, so the close proximity of the date was a bit of a surprise. Still, according to a DreamWorks Animation spokeswoman, “Given the quota and the shortage of Western movies, we think there’s enough room in the marketplace for both movies.”

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- Nancy Tartaglione

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Edward Snowden Documentary ‘Citizenfour’, Sweden’s ‘Force Majeure': Specialty Box Office Preview

23 October 2014 3:33 PM, PDT

Last year, RADiUS scored at the box office and in Awards Season with its documentary 20 Feet From Stardom (nearly $4.95 million and Best Documentary Feature Oscar win). This year, it may have another non-fiction awards behemoth, hitting theaters this weekend.

Citizenfour, directed by journalist and filmmaker Laura Poitras, tells the story of Nsa leaker Edward Snowden as he disclosed massive domestic U.S. government spying. The film unfolds in real time as Poitras and Guardian colleague Glenn Greenwald, working on a long-term project about government surveillance, were contacted online by a mysterious source calling himself “Citizenfour.” The film, completed in secret while Poitras was in self-imposed virtual exile, alleges even more Nsa overreaching at home and abroad than just what came out of the massive pile of U.S. documents Snowden leaked.

Another potential awards contender also arrives in U.S. theaters this weekend: Sweden’s entry for Foreign Language Oscar, »


- Brian Brooks

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‘Insidious: Chapter 3′ Scares Up First Teaser – Video

23 October 2014 3:15 PM, PDT

Focus Features has launched its Insidious: Chapter 3 marketing campaign by dropping a first teaser for Insidious 3, right in the midst of October’s horror season. The film marks the directorial debut of writer Leigh Whannell, who cut his teeth penning the first three Saw flicks and the first two Insidiouses for director James Wan. The first Insidious grossed $97 million on a $1.5 million budget; Insidious 2 was made for $5 million and took in $161 million. Now Insidious: Chapter 3 is gearing up to rake in the early summer dough when it opens on May 29, 2015. Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Whannell star in the prequel, which tracks a teenage girl (Scott) targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity whose family enlists the help of the gifted but reluctant psychic Elise Rainier (Shaye). Watch it above.

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- Jen Yamato

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Kiernan Shipka, Meg Ryan Board Teen Comedy ‘Fan Girl’

23 October 2014 1:46 PM, PDT

Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka has been joined by Meg Ryan and Moonrise Kingdom‘s Kara Hayward in Fan Girl, about a 15-year-old post-Millennial teen who lives for making movies and idolizing her favorite band. Given only a few days to complete a final film project, she comes up with an idea that could bring her two passions together.

Pop punk band All Time Low lends its music to the Fan Girl soundtrack and will also appear as themselves. Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Big Hero 6), Joshua Boone, and Bill Sage (We Are What We Are) also star. Paul Jarrett is making his directorial debut with the semi-autobiographical film scripted by Gina O’Brien, whose own Sundance entry Once More With Feeling was produced by Jarrett. Jarrett, Nick Huston, and Adam Spielberg in association with Rosetta Films, Filament Productions and Literally Films are producing. O’Brien and Jonathan Gray are exec producers. »


- Jen Yamato

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‘Ouija’ To Scare Up No. 1 At Box Office, ‘John Wick’ Another Test For Keanu – B.O. Preview

23 October 2014 11:55 AM, PDT

Ouija, another micro-budget pic from Blumhouse Prods., is likely to take the weekend, despite Universal keeping this one away from the critics (Danger, Will Robinson!). It opens tonight at 8 Pm in over 2,000 theaters before its Friday run of 2,857. Universal is thinking it could do high-teens, but the horror crowd comes out in force the first weekend and this one is appealing to teen girls and the Hispanic and African American sectors which tend to come out in groups to see films. Good news for this one, so if that happens, figure it could do anywhere from $20M-$24M. The audiences for horror films always seem to come out in force and then the drop-off comes the second weekend. But this second weekend will be Halloween.

Based on the Hasbro toy of the same name, Ouija had been in development for some time and back in 2008, it was originally envisioned as »


- Anita Busch

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Craig Zadan & Neil Meron In Development Deal With Broadway’s Shubert Organization

23 October 2014 11:26 AM, PDT

Update 11:25 With exclusive interviews and information:

It’s been nearly four decades since tyro producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan were working for Joseph Papp when he moved A Chorus Line from the Public Theater to Broadway. That singular sensation revived an industry gasping for breath; the show went on to a make millions for everyone involved, including the Shubert Organization, in whose namesake theater A Chorus Line ran for 6,137 performances.

Storyline Entertainment, the Meron/Zadan partnership, went on to become enormously successful on the opposite coast, producing feature or TV films of Annie, Chicago, Hairspray and, in stunning defiance of prognostications, The Sound Of Music Live for NBCUniversal. Now in the final weeks of prepping the follow-up, Peter Pan Live, which will be broadcast December 4 with a cast led by Allison Williams and Christopher Walken,  Meron and Zadan have signed a three year development and production deal with »


- Jeremy Gerard

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