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It’s a sad Sunday for the Weekend Movie News Wrap Up, with the passing of Hollywood Legend Paul Newman. However, the beauty with Hollywood is that great films and great actors will live on forever. Newman has left a great body of work as his legacy, but lets not forget that the man also was hugely charitable, giving millions away from the profits of his Newman’s Own brand. It’s a real shame.
In this week’s wrap up:
Shia Labeouf consolidated his standing on the A-list with a gross of around $29 million for Eagle Eye. The film has the fifth highest September weekend opening in history. Richard Gere and Diane Lane will »
- Niall Browne
Toronto -- Even before the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival kicked off Thursday with a gala premiere of Paul Gross' wartime romance "Passchendaele," a number of films in the lineup, ranging from the horror film "Vinyan" to the lyrical documentary "Of Time and the City," found buyers.
In the first of what sellers hope will be a flood of Toronto buys, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group acquired domestic and Australian rights to "Vinyan." Fabrice Du Welz's film stars Rufus Sewell and Emmanuelle Beart as a couple searching for their missing son in a jungle filled with feral children.
Wild Bunch is repping sales for the France-u.K.-Belgium co-production, which premiered last weekend at the Venice Film Festival and bows in Toronto tonight. Release plans haven't yet been determined.
At the opening-night screening of "Passchendaele" at Roy Thomas Hall, the invitation-only audience embraced the epic romance as a crowd-pleaser, »
- By Etan Vlessing and Gregg Goldstein
The Canadian network CTV has renewed Flashpoint for a second season and will go back into production in early 2009. Will CBS viewers get to see year two as well?
Flashpoint began as a CTV project that encouraged actors to submit scripts to the network. It was originally conceived as a two-hour movie but was reworked into a series in December 2007. The following month, during the writers strike, CBS purchased the rights to air Flashpoint's initial 13 episodes in the states.
The series debuted on CBS on July 11th and follows the challenges of the Strategic Response Unit (Sru), an elite group of Canadian police who are assigned extremely dangerous situations. It's the first Canadian series to air in U.S. primetime since Due South, nearly 10 years ago.
Flashpoint's premiere attracted 8.1 million viewers; a solid performance considering it aired on a Friday night in the summer months. Though the following week's episode »
And according to U.S. tabloid Star, Spelling is desperate to add her actor-husband to the roster.
A source tells the magazine: "Tori asked the producers to find a spot for him, maybe a guest-starring role that could turn into something permanent.
"Tori would love to work with Dean on 90210. They could carpool to the set and bring their kids."
4 items from 2008
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