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3 items from 2016

Merle Haggard Biopic Next Up For ‘Cinderella Man’ Scribe

12 April 2016 2:53 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Merle Haggard’s life may be made into a feature film. Gmh Productions has optioned the script Done It All, about the life of the legendary country singer/songwriter/musician, written by Cinderella Man scribe Cliff Hollingsworth. The project, named after one of the country legend’s hit songs, was developed in conjunction with Carl Cooper, a friend who Haggard put in charge of helping to develop a movie about his life with the screenwriter. The idea for the… »

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Ethan Hawke’s Baseball Drama ‘The Phenom’ Sold to RLJ Entertainment

5 April 2016 5:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

RLJ Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to baseball drama “The Phenom,” starring Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti, Johnny Simmons and Sophie Kennedy Clark.

The film, written and directed by Noah Buschel (“The Missing Person”) will have its world premiere on April 17 at the Tribeca Film Festival. Rlj will release “The Phenom” in theaters and on demand on June 24.

Simmons portrays a Major League rookie pitcher who loses control over his pitching and is sent down to the minor leagues, where he begins sessions with an unorthodox sports psychologist, played by Giamatti. In the process, hidden conflicts with his overbearing father — played by Hawke — are brought to light.

Producers are Antonia Bogdanovich (“Phantom Halo”), Jeff Elliott, Kim Jose (“Precious”) and Jeff Rice (“Lone Survivor”). Bogdanovich is the daughter of Peter Bogdanovich.

“As an avid baseball fan, I was immediately drawn to this story, but it is about much more than just the sport, »

- Dave McNary

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Why Leonardo DiCaprio Ditched Warner Bros. for Paramount: It's About Relationships

31 March 2016 6:38 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It's one of the oldest truisms in Hollywood. Pact with talent for an overhead deal and they'll make their cash cows somewhere else. Universal carries Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's deluxe Imagine deal for years through "The Missing," "Inside Deep Throat" and "Cinderella Man" and where do they make "The Da Vinci Code" and its sequels? Sony. (Since the recession, that deal has been reduced.)  In 2006, Sumner Redstone got so mad at gross player Tom Cruise for making more money on "Mission: Impossible III" than Paramount that he kicked him off the lot. Soon after, MGM, in a desperate bid to look good in front of investors, handed Cruise and then producing partner Paula Wagner the keys to the United Artists kingdom. In two years they produced two Cruise vehicles: box-office disaster "Lions for Lambs" and widely panned "Valkyrie," which returned some profits overseas.   In fact, the studios have been shedding. »

- Anne Thompson

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