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Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions has acquired the worldwide rights and given the go ahead to Money Monster, a fast-paced, character-driven thriller written by Jamie Linden. Daniel Dubiecki, who worked with George Clooney on Up In The Air, and Lara Alameddine developed the script along with Jodie Foster, who will direct the film. Dubiecki and Alameddine’s The Allegiance Theater will produce together with Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov. Alan Difore and Jim Kouf wrote the original draft of the script.
Principal photography is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015.
Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic television stock huckster, whose program (the titular “Money Monster”), and life, are taken hostage by an outraged gunman. As much of the world watches live, Gates must keep himself alive and, with help from the woman who produces the show, uncover the truth behind a tangle of big money lies. »
- Michelle McCue
London – The U.K. advertising watchdog has banned a Jaguar spot featuring Thor star Tom Hiddleston for encouraging irresponsible driving. The latest installment of carmaker Jaguar Land Rover's online ad campaign with the slogan “It's good to be bad" was entitled “The Art of Villainy” and promoted the Jaguar F-type coupe. "They say Brits play the best villains," Hiddleston says in the spot before exploring what makes a great villain. Photos Inside Warner's Chamber of Secrets The ad campaign, which was kicked off during the Super Bowl, has also featured Ben Kingsley and Mark Strong (Syriana, Tinker
- Georg Szalai
By Robert Welkos Name: Jeff Skoll Net Worth: $2.7 billion (TheRichest.com) to $3.8 billion (Forbes) Source Of Wealth: eBay ‘Bio: Born to a middle-class family in Canada, Skoll graduated with honors in electrical engineering program at the University of Toronto, then went backpacking around the world before entering Stanford Business School, where he earned an Mba degree. He was the first full-time employee and first president of eBay, the Internet auction firm. He sold a portion of his company holdings for $2 billion. In 1999. he created the Skoll Foundation, which quickly became the world’s largest foundation for social entrepreneurship. In 2004, he created the movie production company Participant Media. In 2009. he founded the Skoll Global Threats Fund, focusing on issues that could bring the world to its knees: climate change, water scarcity, pandemics, nuclear proliferation and Middle East conflict. Marital Status: Single Hollywood Connections: Participant Media seeks to make films that »
- Robert W. Welkos
Egyptian star Amr Waked (best known internationally for his performances in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Syriana) has joined the cast of the Weinstein Company/Netflix TV series collab, Marco Polo, which follows the travels of the 13th Century explorer. Currently shooting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Waked joins star Lorenzo Richelmy, who is playing Marco Polo, as well as Benedict Wong, Zhu Zhu, Tom Wu, Remy Hii and Rick Yune. The 10-episode drama was created by John Fusco, and focuses on the famed explorer's journey that takes him to the center of a brutal war in 13th century China - "a world replete with astonishing martial arts, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Foresight Unlimited has brought onto the market one of the biggest – if not the biggest – of new projects at Cannes: the sci-fi action film “Inversion,” Mark Damon, chairman-ceo of Foresight Unlimited announced Sunday at Cannes.
Foresight Unlimited is handling international sales on the epic. It is budgeted at $120 million, Damon added.
“Inversion” turns on a scenario where the Earth suddenly loses its gravity, the catastrophic results of such a phenomenon and what could be done, if anything, to restore gravity and save the Earth and its six billion inhabitants.
The epic is written by Bragi Schut and Academy Award nominee David Arata (“Children of Men”). It charts a global chase against the clock with the narrative traveling across continents from China to Europe to the U.S. culminating in a startling gravity inverted NYC.
- John Hopewell
(Inversion – Concept Art)
Becoming one of the most talked about films at Cannes 2014, Foresight Unlimited invigorates a low key market with the big budget sci-fi action film Inversion, it was announced today by Mark Damon, Chairman and CEO of Foresight Unlimited which is handling international sales.
What would happen if Earth suddenly lost its gravity? The unique story revolves around the catastrophic results of such a phenomenon and what could be done, if anything, to restore gravity and save Earth and its 6 billion inhabitants.
The epic $120 million budgeted film, is written by Bragi Schut and Academy Award Nominee David Arata (Children Of Men) and is a global chase against the clock traveling across continents from China to Europe to the United States culminating in a startling gravity inverted NYC.
- Michelle McCue
Some quick sales news has hit our desks coming out of Cannes 2014. The Highland Group has joined forces with Anchor Bay UK to work together on several titles including the long talked about World War Dead. Read on for details.
From The Press Release
Highland Film Group has joined forces with Anchor Bay UK to introduce three genre titles to international buyers at the upcoming Marché du Film at Cannes. The slate of UK produced titles includes World War Dead, We Still Kill The Old Way, and Age Of Kill.
World War Dead stars Ray Panthaki (28 Days Later), Wendy Glenn (You’re Next) and Kacey Barnfield (Resident Evil) and is about a TV documentary team travelling to the Somme to uncover new mysteries in relation to World War I. However, what they unearth is far from a new story, but an army of the undead and a brand new war. »
- Steve Barton
About a year and a half ago, writer Stephen Gaghan (best known for Traffic and Syriana), announced his intentions to direct a film titled Candy Store. It was an extremely hot project, with names like Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Matt Damon and Christian Bale all flirting with it at one point or another. Now, it looks like casting is almost finalized as the previously rumored Robert De Niro and Omar Sy have been confirmed for their roles, with Keira Knightley and Matthias Schoenaerts joining them.
We had heard in the past that Jason Clarke and Christoph Waltz were on board as well, but the press release makes no mention of them. It does, however, give us a very detailed plot summary, which you can check out below:
- Matt Joseph
Sometimes life gets in the way. Actors have to struggle to maintain their image and visibility with fans, a task that offers many challenges as far as staying in shape, keeping active, and not over-exposing yourself. But sometimes people get injured, they change body types, they age: George Clooney credits a major back injury on the set of Syriana for why he never does action-intensive parts anymore. With actresses, those issues become even tougher because of the issue of pregnancy, and right now one of our biggest stars has a bun in the oven. The prolific Scarlett Johansson is currently expecting a child, one of the highlights of her life, no doubt. And fortunately for movie fans, that little miracle isn.t going to impede the filming of Avengers: Age Of Ultron, according to the Huffington Post. The Captain America: The Winter Soldier star is currently shooting the superhero sequel, »
The duo, who began working together in the 1980s, will depart Friday, according to a spokeswoman. Each held the title of exec VP of marketing, and the pair were based at Participant’s headquarters in Beverly Hills.
Participant was founded a decade ago ago by former eBay exec Jeff Skoll with the aim of backing films with a social message. The company’s co-financed “The Help,” “Lincoln,” “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “Syriana” as well as docu “An Inconvenient Truth.” “Lincoln” has been Participant’s top grosser with $275 million worldwide.
Participant’s “The Fifth Estate” performed poorly after it premiered as the opening night film at the Toronto Film Festival last September. The WikiLeaks drama took in only $3.2 million in the U.S. and another $5 million overseas.
Shutt and Jones were hired at »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Buffy Shutt and Kathy Jones are out as heads of marketing at Participant Media. They leave Friday after being there for more than eight of the company’s 10 years, a milestone Participant hits after being formed by eBay founder Jeff Skoll, with Jim Berk as CEO. Shutt and Jones grew up in features, together running marketing for TriStar and Universal, and they helped Participant market with social media campaigns issue-oriented films that include The Help and Lincoln, and the Oscar-winning The Inconvenient Truth and The Cove, Good Night, And Good Luck, and Syriana, and Waiting For Superman. Participant has evolved into a more diversified company and that is why this is happening. I’ve confirmed the exit, which was attributed to a restructuring, and officially I’m told it was a mutual decision to part ways. The company will hire a new marketing head who’ll come in as senior vice president, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Participant Media's film marketing chiefs Kathy Jones and Buffy Shutt are exiting the financing and production company at the end of the week. The longtime business partners joined Participant in 2007 as executive vp marketing after working as consultants for the company, helping to guide some of Participant's first releases, including Good Night and Good Luck, Syriana and An Inconvenient Truth. Photos: 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' 'Mockingjay,' 'Spider-Man 2' Participant was founded in 2004 by former eBay executive Jeff Skoll with a mandate to co-finance and co-produce
- Pamela McClintock
Academy awards winners have namechecked Streep, God and Sidney Poitier – in that order
Meryl Streep to play Emmeline Pankhurst in Suffragette
She may be the queen of the Oscars, with a staggering 18 nominations and three wins over a 35-year period, but Meryl Streep might be surprised to hear that she is also unsurpassed when it comes to being mentioned in acceptance speeches at the ceremony. A new survey by Slate magazine suggests that winners over the past dozen years have namechecked the star more times than they have thanked God.
Streep topped the list of individual luminaries named during acceptance speeches, ahead of God, Sidney Poitier and Oprah Winfrey. She was thanked by four out of the 47 individual Oscar-winners since 2002, compared with three for the Almighty and two each for Poitier and Winfrey.
Not surprisingly, the Us Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is high up on the list of those thanked, »
- Ben Child
Few might realize that last year George Clooney won his second Oscar. While his first was earned with a superb supporting turn as an actor in the politically charged thriller Syriana, the second came courtesy of the producing credit he was owed for the creation of Best Picture winner Argo. Now, he and fellow winner/producing partner Grant Heslov are now gearing up for a new collaboration under their Smokehouse banner, and this one finds its inspiration a bit farther from home, Hollywood or Washington. THR reports Clooney and Heslov are looking to produce a remake of the 2013 Norwegian thriller Pioneer. Sony is currently in talks to buy the remake rights for the project, which Sony's Elizabeth Cantillon will oversee. Clooney is attached to produce, but it is unknown if he plans to star and/or helm the feature as well. The original Pioneer was directed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg and »
As of Feb. 5, 2014, the film had reached $48.6 million in 330 IMAX 3D theatres domestically and $51.5 million from 309 theatres internationally. Gravity represents the third IMAX Hollywood film to cross the $100-million threshold, following Avatar in 2010 and The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.
The film will be released on Blu-ray February 25, but see it on the big screen and in IMAX 3D!
Filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron’s internationally lauded drama, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, has been a hit with audiences and critics alike, closing in on the $700 million mark at the global box office, while receiving 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, »
- Michelle McCue
It was a huge technological leap into the unknown – and a physical and psychological challenge for stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Here, she and director Alfonso Cuarón talk about how they made Gravity an Oscar favourite
The makers of Gravity won't really come back down to Earth till the awards season is over, but even if the movie doesn't win any Baftas or Academy Awards, there is a sense of triumph in their simply having got the film made. They can also console themselves with the wall-to-wall acclaim and the $700m-odd in worldwide box office, but it's inarguable that, more than any other movie of the past year, Alfonso Cuarón's space epic pushed back the frontiers of film-making – to the extent that most viewers couldn't fathom how on earth (or elsewhere) the film was even made. What is easy to forget is that, initially, Cuarón and his team »
- Steve Rose
The Monuments Men is old-fashioned in the fullest sense of that term. In dramatizing the remarkable true-life initiative to save precious works of art during the waning days of World War II in Europe, George Clooney (who directed, co-produced, co-wrote, and stars in the film) and Grant Heslov (his writing and producing partner) have taken a sharp turn from such provocative films as Syriana and Good Night, and Good Luck. by consciously evoking Hollywood movies of the past. There is no cynicism here; the leading characters are genuinely, unabashedly heroic. (In the opening scene, President Roosevelt is even shown, respectfully, from behind, his face obscured, just as it was in...
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- Leonard Maltin
Washington, Feb 6: George Clooney has revealed that he will never join the social networking site Twitter because he likes to drink at night.
The 'Syriana' actor explained to Variety that he could easily say something stupid in his tweet, and he doesn't think he needs to be that available.
Clooney wondered what if he took a sleeping pill and woke up and found that his tweet doesn't even make sense, before adding that it would be. »
- Anita Agarwal
At the height of fighting during World War II, the allied forces invading Nazi-occupied Europe found themselves with a challenging predicament on their hands: fighting across this particular theatre would mean putting some of the greatest artistic treasures of the western world in harm’s way. The advent of bombers, tanks, and all manner of explosives made cultural collateral damage more likely than ever, but weighed against the greatest threat the free world had ever known, art preservation was low on the list of priorities for most. Not so for The Monuments Men, a group of socialites-turned-soldiers that went to Europe specifically to save and steal art from Nazi hands, ensuring some of the world’s irreplaceable works of art would be cherished by generations beyond just the greatest one.
And just as every generation of filmgoers gets the James Bond and Batman it deserves, now every generation of audience »
- Sam Woolf
George Clooney, this week’s Variety cover subject, wears so many different hats, it’s hard to keep track. He’s won Oscars for producing (“Argo”) and acting (“Syriana”) and critical acclaim for directing (“Good Night, and Good Luck”) and screenwriting (“The Ides of March”).
When he’s not working on a movie, he’s trying to help save the world—as a human rights advocate on the genocide in Darfur. Is there anything George can’t do?
Yes, it’s called Twitter.
Clooney, who has written all his scripts by hand, said he’ll never join the social networking platform. “Just because, I like to have a drink at night,” Clooney told Variety during a lengthy interview at his Studio City home. “I could easily say something stupid, and I also don’t think you need to be that available. I don’t see Matt [Damon] or Brad [Pitt] or myself »
- Ramin Setoodeh
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