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Paul Brooks’ Gold Circle Films and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions have combined forces to form Angle Films. The companies simultaneously announced on Tuesday a first-look distribution deal for their new production company with Universal Pictures. The new company has been tasked with financing and producing genre films with budgets ranging from $15 - $30 million. Blumhouse is best known for his success producing ultra low-budget films such as the "Paranormal Activity" franchise. Gold Circle is responsible for horror films such as "White Noise" and "The Haunting in Connecticut." Both Blumhouse and Gold Circle »
- Brent Lang
Los Angeles, CA, November 1, 2011—Universal Pictures and Angle Films today announced a first-look distribution deal between the two companies. The newly formed Angle Films is jointly owned and operated by Paul Brooks’ Gold Circle Films and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions. Its mandate is to finance and produce genre films with budgets ranging from $15 to $30 million. The distribution pact was announced today by Brooks, Blum and Universal Chairman Adam Fogelson and Co-Chairman Donna Langley. Both Blumhouse and Gold Circle have separate deals at Universal for their respective core businesses, which will continue at the studio. “Jason and Paul are at the top of their game in producing genre films, which is why the teaming of these two talented filmmakers is such an attractive proposition for Universal,” said Fogelson and Langley. “Building on these relationships to find exciting new projects is a great opportunity for both of our companies.” Blumhouse is »
- MIKE FLEMING
The Toronto International Film Festival (alias Tiff) is not simply a place to showcase completed films, but also to shop films currently in development. Such is the case with Penthouse North, a psychological thriller which is set to star Michelle Monaghan and Michael Keaton according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will begin production in Ottawa in November. The plot of Penthouse North will revolve around a criminal (Keaton) who torments a photojournalist (Monoghan) while trying to obtain a fortune hidden in the penthouse in which she lives. Monaghan.s current film Machine Gun Preacher, co-starring Gerard Butler, is currently playing the festival. It.s about damn time Michael Keaton landed a starring role in a film again. Keaton hasn.t headlined a film since 2005.s White Noise. Since then he.s been popping up in supporting roles and cameos as well as voicing animated characters for Disney.s Cars »
Angels. Demons. Doesn't matter what they are. A troublemaker is a troublemaker, and that's exactly what the fine folks in The Called will be facing off against.
UK filmmaker Niall Johnson will direct and has written the screenplay "about two men whose experience with a demonized angel in their youth comes back to haunt them."
Johnson previously wrote another supernatural thriller, White Noise.
Dennison, who produced Mutant Chronicles with Ed Pressman in 2008 before going out on his own earlier this year, is currently in talks with financiers with a view to shooting the film in London and a coastal location in spring 2012.
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- Uncle Creepy
By Akshay Bhansali
Was Lavo New York ready to do the Dada this morning? As regularly is the case for New York's most exclusive nightclub, by midnight, beauties and ballers alike had amassed in front of gatekeeper Cristian Achirili's door in pursuit of bottles and big-tune bangers. Whether they had planned on it or not, dance-music DJ/producers Dada Life ended up driving models and city tycoons to tear the roof off of the Strategic Group's New York dance-music mecca — almost literally.
As you can see from the photo, Dada's Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom were welcomed with open arms even before they took to the decks with silver glittered "Dada Life" letters firmly affixed to the ceiling. That changed very quickly ...
After DJ Jeffrey Tonnesen spun a pretty stellar opening set, which included David Guetta's bombastic unreleased gem "Bass Line" (off his electronic disc Nothing but the Beat »
- MTV News
Whoopi Goldberg is helping to produce a "provocative" new rock musical about a teenage singing group that performs songs with hidden messages promoting white supremacy.
The show was previously featured at the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival, and was a sold-out engagement at New Orleans, Louisiana's Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre in 2009.
Broadway veteran Sergio Trujillo will direct and choreograph the production, which producers have described as "provocative". The cast has yet to be announced.
"The producing team looks forward to bring this unflinchingly honest new production to Chicago where audiences are sophisticated, aware and open to a musical that will certainly remind them of today's headlines and might awaken a new awareness of current social issues."
Previews for White Noise will begin on 1 April and will officially open at the city's Royal George Theatre on 9 April for an eight-week run. »
True Grit claimed the top spot, ending the reign of Little Fockers over a quiet start to 2011, while new nationwide releases Season of the Witch and Country Strong posted modest results. Overall business was off a precipitous 29 percent from the same weekend last year, when Avatar led. Steadily galloping along, True Grit collected an estimated $15 million, cooling 39 percent from New Year's weekend. The Western has racked up a mighty $110.4 million in 19 days, surpassing the final grosses of Unforgiven and Maverick. In terms of estimated attendance, it topped Brokeback Mountain on Saturday, and it eclipsed Tombstone on Sunday (Unforgiven and Maverick will likely prove insurmountable on this front). Little Fockers claimed an estimated $13.8 million, off 46 percent for a $124 million sum in 19 days. Predecessor Meet the Fockers grossed $28.5 million on the same weekend (day and date) in 2005, was down 32 percent and had tallied $204.3 million to date with more than double the attendance. »
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7 items from 2011
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