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Exclusive: Cooley High has been set for a remake at MGM with DeVon Franklin, Common and Tony Krantz partnering on the seminal 1975 coming-of-age drama. Seth Rosenfeld will write the script. Set in 1960s Chicago and focused on a group of high school pals with big dreams of getting out of the South Side, Cooley High fell in with a series of terrific coming-of-age films that included American Graffiti, The Lords Of Flatbush and The Wanderers. Beyond that, the original became… »
Ed Lachman 's first credit as a cinematographer was on the 1974 film "The Lords of Flatbush," which introduced both Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler. More than four decades later, both he and Stalllone are nominated for the second Oscars of their respective careers. While Stallone contends again for reprising his role as Rocky Balboa in "Creed," the lenser is nominated for "Carol," another collaboration with director Todd Haynes with whom he worked on "Far From Heaven" (2002). He contended for an Oscar for that film and reaped an Emmy bid for Haynes' 2011 remake of "Mildred Pierce." -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions During our recent conversation (listen above), Lachman reflected on the changing landscape of movie-making from film to digital, from images created on set to images manipulated during post-production. & »
Read: Interview: Martin Davidson's "Echo"; A Hollywood Vet's Tale of Dashed Dreams The established studio executive Fred Bernstein is launching a new production and financing company, Astute Films. The newly formed company is kicking off its campaign with $50 million in private equity funding. Bernstein's venture has already made use of the capital by snatching up the distribution rights to Albert French's acclaimed, race-driven novel, "Billy." Martin Davidson ("The Lords of Flatbush") will produce, direct and adapt the work, while Wendell Pierce ("The Wire") has signed on to produce. The novel is set in rural 1947 Mississippi during a time when returning ethnic soldiers did not receive the respect and admiration they deserved, particularly in the South. It is during this time that the story unfolds, going through the events in which a young 10-year-old boy becomes tragically involved with the death of a 14-year-old white girl. The »
- Riyad Mammadyarov
Veteran Hollywood executive Fred Bernstein has launched Los Angeles-based Astute Films as a motion picture financing and production company, Variety has learned.
Bernstein, who headed production at Columbia and Universal, has assembled an initial $50 million of private equity financing and is looking to back films with mid-range budgets rather than franchises.
“We’ll be very judicious and strategic as to our spending,” Bernstein told Variety.
The company has acquired movie rights to Albert French’s novel “Billy” and set up the project with Marty Davidson (“The Lords of Flatbush”), Wendell Pierce (Selma,” “Treme”) and Jerry Leider (“On the Road”) to produce with Davidson directing from his own script.
Set in rural Mississippi in 1947, the film depicts a racially-charged incident of taunting and bullying that results in the tragic death of a 14-year-old white girl at the hands of a 10-year-old black boy named Billy. The values of the community are »
- Dave McNary
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