12 items from 2017
Friends and family of J.C. Spink will gather in Beverly Hills on Thursday to remember the manager and producer’s life and legacy.
Spink’s death last month at the age of 45 has left many members of the Hollywood community deeply shaken, both because he was still young, and because of the deep relationships he developed over his nearly two decades in the movie business. Spink’s producer credits include “The Hangover,” The “Horrible Bosses” and “The Butterfly Effect” franchises, “Vacation,” and “A History of Violence.”
He also helped a number of prominent screenwriters break into the movie business through Benderspink, the management company he ran with Chris Bender until last year when it was dissolved. His clients included John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (“Bad Santa”), Brian Lynch (“The Secret Life of Pets”) and Eric Bress (“The Butterfly Effect”).
- Brent Lang
Benderspink co-founder specialised in spec scripts.
No cause of death was immediately known and an autopsy has yet to be carried out.
Originally from Philadelphia, Spink co-founded the management-production company Benderspink with his partner, fellow Bucknell University graduate and fellow Zide-Perry Productions assistant Chris Bender.
The two ran the company together for 18 years, until they parted ways last year.
In their first year of operation, the producing-management duo, who specialised in spec screenplays, sold more than 20 scripts and helped set up American Pie, which grossed $235m globally.
Benderspink’s big spec sales led to the latter two films, as well as »
Manager and producer J.C. Spink, who founded Benderspink with Chis Bender and produced comedies like “The Hangover,” died Tuesday at his home in West Hollywood, the Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed to Variety. He was 45.
Spink was found unresponsive in his home by his brother and pronounced dead at 8:18 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the coroner. A cause of death has not yet been revealed. An autopsy will be conducted, and he appeared to have died of natural causes. Foul play is not currently suspected.
The relentlessly upbeat Spink was well-liked by the Hollywood community for his good humor and industriousness. Even as the spec market began to dry up in Hollywood over the past decade, Spink remained as active as ever with dozen of projects in development. And while he was known for his ability to package specs, Spink also made sure to stay busy on branded material, »
- Dave McNary
Kyle Gallner, Alan Ritchson, Billy Zane, and Shaun Toub have joined the cast of “Ghosts of War,” an upcoming psychological thriller. The film follows five American soldiers tasked with guarding a French chateau at the end of World War II. The home was previously occupied by Nazi commanders, and the soldiers soon find that there is a terrifying, supernatural force within its walls.
The actors join a cast that includes Brenton Thwaites (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”), Theo Rossi (“Sons of Anarchy”), and Skylar Astin of the Pitch Perfect franchise. The five soldiers will be played by Thwaites, Rossi, Astin, Gallner, and Ritchson. Zane will play an undisclosed role. Toub’s character is called Mr. Helwig.
Eric Bress (“The Butterfly Effect”) writes and directs the film. Principal photography has commenced in Bulgaria. Miscellaneous Entertainment’s D. Todd Shepherd, Shelley Madison, and Joe Simpson are producing and »
- Brent Lang
Just as one supernatural war thriller begins to take strides toward production – yesterday brought news that Overlord, Paramount and Bad Robot’s WWII pic, had added Wyatt Russell and Fences breakout Jovan Adepo – Deadline is reporting that Luke Cage star Theo Rossi has climbed aboard Ghosts of War.
There, he’ll join Brenton Thwaites (Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) and Skylar Astin as Kirk, a “God-fearing solider who has no problem killing Nazis but faces inexplicable paranormal events that make him tweaked and unhinged.” Those inexplicable paranormal events are the supernatural fuel driving Eric Bress’ (The Butterfly Effect) wartime thriller. Directing from his own screenplay, it’s understood the Ghosts of War will be summoned before the cameras before the year’s end, so expect one or two additional casting announcements to be made between now and then.
As for the film’s official logline, Deadline »
- Michael Briers
Amy Smart‘s 2017 is continuing to bring her joy.
The actress and her husband Carter Oosterhouse welcomed their first child, daughter Flora, the day after Christmas. And luckily for her Instagram followers, they’re getting to see how cute little Flora is as she grows.
“Good morning from this lil nugget,” Smart, 40, wrote alongside a Wednesday snap of Oosterhouse, 40, and their baby girl, looking into the lens as her dad gazes down lovingly at her sweet face.
“2 months old and getting some pretty yummy cheeks,” added The Butterfly Effect star of her dark-haired daughter.
Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, »
- Jen Juneau
The up-and-coming Brenton Thwaites has developed a taste for supernatural action.
On May 26th, the Aussie actor will be part of the star-studded crew to feature in Disney’s Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, a suitably swashbuckling sequel that finds Captian Jack Sparrow hunted to within an inch of his life by Salazar, an undead pirate played with great menace by the great Javier Bardem. Thwaites is attached to the part of Henry, a young man traversing the high seas in search of his missing father.
Looking further afield and Variety is reporting that Brenton Thwaites has come attached to decidedly different breed of supernatural action. It’s called Ghosts of War, and follows “five battle-hardened American soldiers assigned to hold a French chateau near the end of World War II. Formerly occupied by the Nazi high command, this respite quickly descends into madness when they »
- Michael Briers
The film will follow “five battle-hardened American soldiers assigned to hold a French chateau near the end of World War II. Formerly occupied by the Nazi high command, this respite quickly descends into madness when they encounter a supernatural enemy far more terrifying than anything seen on the battlefield.”
Thwaites has recently wrapped the drama An Interview with God and zom-com Office Uprising, and will next be seen alongside Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush and Javier Bardem in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
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- Gary Collinson
Highland Film Group will handle international sales and introduce the movie to buyers this week at the Berlin Film Festival’s European Film Market. CAA will represent the North America rights.
“Ghosts of War” follows five battle-hardened American soldiers assigned to hold a French chateau near the end of World War II. Formerly occupied by the Nazi high command, this respite quickly descends into madness when they encounter a supernatural enemy far more »
- Dave McNary
6 February 2017 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales star will topline the supernatural psychological thriller to be launched to international buyers at Efm in Berlin by the Highland Film Group.
The indie from Miscellaneous Entertainment is based on an original script by Eric Bress (The Butterfly Effect), who will also direct. Ghosts of War follows five battle-hardened American soldiers assigned to hold a French chateau near the end of World War II.
- Etan Vlessing
Groundhog Day and 10 more films about time, dreams, and perceptionGroundhog Day and 10 more films about time, dreams, and perceptionAdriana Floridia2/2/2017 10:30:00 Am
Today is Groundhog Day, where the myth lives on that a groundhog who sees his shadow will doom us to a longer winter than we deserve. Then there is Harold Ramis’ Groundhog Day, the film in which Bill Murray’s weatherman, Phil Connors mysteriously finds himself living the same day over and over again. On a traditional level the movie is a comedy, but it actually touches upon some really dark philosophical themes. It’s estimated by the filmmakers that Phil lives the same day for 10 years.
In honour of Groundhog Day, we’re taking a look back at ten other films that deal with time, memory, dreams, and repeated experiences. While there may be no film that tackles the topic as precisely as Groundhog Day, these »
- Adriana Floridia
Natalie Portman is arguably one of the most respected actresses working in film today. Aside from having the giant franchises of both Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe on her resume, she has a lengthy list of impressive titles whose cast lists bear name – beginning with the remarkable Leon back in 1994, when she was just 11 years of age. So, as she promotes her latest project – the award-winning Jackie – we pay close attention when Portman draws back the curtain to reveal the reality about the gender pay gap, using her 2011 film No Strings Attached as an example.
“I knew and I went along with it because there’s this thing with ‘quotes’ in Hollywood. His [quote] was three times higher than mine, so they said he should get three times more. I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been. I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain, »
- Sarah Myles
12 items from 2017
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