20 items from 2013
Walden Media and Anschutz Film Group has promoted general counsel Frank Smith to the position of COO as part of a broader corporate restructuring, the “Chronicles of Narnia” producer said Thursday. Smith will oversee day-to-day operations as the company behind “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and “Bridge to Terabithia” expands into television and animation. Afg CEO David Weil is stepping down at the end of the year, so Smith will run the show with the help of Walden co-founder and President Micheal Flaherty, publishing chief Chip Flaherty, CFO Ryan Jones and Naja Cucukov, VP of production and development. »
- Lucas Shaw
Philip Anschutz’s Walden Media, which specializes in family movies, is expanding its feature-film activities with the goal of financing a slate of high-end, star-driven commercial projects along with moving into TV and animation.
Anschutz is also revamping the executive suite with David Weil stepping aside as CEO of Anchustz Film Group at the end of the year. Frank Smith, Walden’s longtime general counsel and head of business affairs, will become Walden’s chief operating officer and oversee all aspects of Walden’s operations.
Walden, founded in 2001 by the reclusive financier Anschutz, did not disclose specifics on TV or animation projects.
Walden said it will finance the expansion through a replenishing media fund, backed by Anschutz Film Group, which allows it to not only finance production of feature films, TV series and animated content, but also provide P&A funding and gap financing for select projects.
Walden President and »
- Dave McNary
This is where we start a war. We'll lose friends, and cause controversy. Because somewhere on this list below is something you're dying to see. In fact, you might be fanatical about some of these inclusions (Christopher Nolan fans, we're staring straight at you). But it's inevitable. And unavoidable. Hollywood is releasing hundreds of movies in 2014. Some of them will be good. Some of them will be bad. And some will be box office disasters. In compiling this list, we're not declaring that all, or even any, of these movies will be unwatchable. Some will be quite good. Maybe even a masterpiece or a classic in the making. There are a few that we're desperate to see ourselves. We really want them to succeed. But every movie here is a risk taker. And some of this shit? Hollywood should clearly know better. These are the 14 Biggest Potential Bombs of 2014.
This week on ABC’s Scandal, Olivia confronted Fitz about Operation Remington while also readying his election rival for a fight, and Jake’s search for the truth led to a dead end.
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The hour opens in flashback, to 12-year-old Olivia reading Bridge to Terabithia and saying what would wind up being a final “bye” to her mother (Hi, Khandi Alexander, in white!), who was leaving for a business trip. As Liv reflects on that memory in her office, the Gladiators are outside wondering which client she will choose — the White House, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
No stranger to the family film director Robert Zemeckis has signed in to bring children’s book The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane to life.
Written by Kate Dicamillo, the novel tells the story of porcelain rabbit Edward Tulane. Edward is extremely vain and only loves himself. Whilst on a voyage to London, Edward falls overboard and from there embarks on an amazing journey. He travels with hobos, works as a scarecrow, comforts a dying child and finally learns what it is to truly love.
No more details have been released as of yet but we will keep you posted.
The post Robert Zemeckis To Embark On ‘The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Turlane’ appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Kat Smith
Coming up in the first weekend of October, the 4th -6th, is the return of Fan Days, presented by Dallas Comic Con! The guest line-up covers the whole gamut of popular sci-fi/fantasy genre, featuring Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman, Torchwood and Arrow’s John Barrowman, Harry Potter’s Tom Felton, Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun, Defiance’s Grant Bowler and Stephanie Leonidas, Star Wars’ Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Tom Kane, Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff and Jamie Bamber, Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito and Charles Baker, Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum, Green ranger Jason David Frank, comic legend Neal Adams, legendary artist Simon Bisley, horror artist icon Bernie Wrightson, 30 Days of Night writer Steve Niles, FaceOff artist Rj Haddy, and so many more!
Make sure you can get in to see your fave stars, artists, and creators and buy your tickets online by Monday, September 30, 2013 to guarantee pre-registration for your admission tickets. »
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
Best Week Ever is back! Your favorite funny friends return to the small screen this Friday, September 20 at 10/9 C! Unfortunately, their triumphant return is not without sorrow. For even as the Best Week Ever cast unites once more, they are gathered together to pay their respects to one trend gone too soon…Twerking.
How did twerking die? Was it of old age? Was it because of some horrific accident involving a frayed rope and a shallow river like in Bridge to Terabithia? Was it simply too good for this world? Alas, none of these things claimed the life of twerking. As Best Week Ever‘s Michelle Buteau explains it was all because of Miley Cyrus and a giant foam finger.
After you’ve paid your respects to twerking, be sure to tune in to Best Week Ever this Friday, September 20 at 10/9 C. Set Your DVR!
- Meghan O'Keefe
Film Independent, the parent organization of the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has selected 10 screenwriting fellows for its 14th annual screenwriting lab. The intensive five-week program aspires to encourage the writers to refine and improve their craft while instilling in them the professional and creative knowledge to take their current screenplay projects forward. This year's returning mentors include writer/director Robin Swicord ("The Jane Austen Book Club," "Memoirs of a Geisha") and writer Jeff Stockwell ("Bridge to Terabithia", "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys"). Guest speakers Destin Daniel Cretton ("Short Term 12") and Sian Heder ("Orange is the New Black") are expected to contribute their knowledge of the practice and industry. The Selected 2013 Screenwriting Fellows and their Current Screenplay Projects: 1. Broad Street Diner (Fred Thomas Jr.) - Three elderly male friends who meet daily at a neighborhood diner, find that 70 is the new 40 as »
- Ramzi De Coster
Film Independent has selected 10 fellows for its 14th annual Screenwriting Lab, the non-profit that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Fest announced on Thursday.
This year’s honorees and their projects are Fred Thomas Jr. (“Broad Street Diner”), Iram Parveen Bilal (“Forbidden Steps”), Tarik Karam (“Jamie and Jackie”), Natalija Vekic (“Jane”), Dana Turken (“Love on the Tundra”), Elliott Williams (“The Murch”), Andrew Ahn (“Spa Night”), Thymaya Payne (“Sugar”), Edi Ibok (“Trauma”), and Shripriya Mahesh (“Varenya”).
The Screenwriting Lab, which is sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, West, is a five-week intensive workshop designed to help budding scripters move their current projects forward.
Fellows are advised on the craft and business of screenwriting by guest speakers and one-on-one advisers. This year’s mentors are writer-helmer Robin Swicord (“The Jane Austen Book Club,” “Memoirs of a Geisha”) and scribe Jeff Stockwell (” Bridge to Terabithia,” “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys »
- Allegra Tepper
Film Independent has announced the screenwriters selected for its 14th annual Screenwriting Lab. The Lab is an intensive five-week program designed to help writers improve their craft, via the tutelage of Lab Mentors, industry professionals who serve as guests speakers and one-on-one advisors. Full list of newly selected fellows below.This year's mentors include writer-director Robin Swicord ("The Jane Austen Book Club," "Memoirs of a Geisha") and writer Jeff Stockwell ("Bridge to Terabithia," "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys"). Guest speakers include Destin Daniel Cretton ("Short Term 12") and Sian Heder ("Orange is the New Black")The 2013 Screenwriters Lab participants and their projects are: 1.Broad Street Diner (written by Fred Thomas Jr.) - Three elderly male friends who meet daily at a neighborhood diner, find that 70 is the new 40 as they deal with friendship, new love, sickness and fatherhood, making it hard for them to retire from “Life. 2. Forbidden »
- Beth Hanna
Exclusive: The studio specializing in children’s fare and backed by Philip Anschutz’s Anschutz Film Group is laying off over a dozen employees across multiple departments, I’m told, as Walden Media restructures. That’s a significant number for a company that only has about 50 staffers on the payroll. Walden, whose hits include the Chronicles Of Narnia films, Bridge To Terabithia, and Charlotte’s Web, is axing development of original content and will instead focus on co-financing studio-submitted and third party-produced film and TV projects. Some of the layoffs are effective immediately and others will roll out in the next few weeks. Here’s a statement from Walden Media on the staffing cuts and new content focus: Anschutz Film Group (Walden Media and Bristol Bay Productions) will immediately restructure its film and television co-financing activities to focus primarily on projects submitted and produced by third parties. The company will »
- JEN YAMATO
On some level, big screen adaptations of beloved novels are always doomed. Hew too closely to the source material, and they’re accused of slavish fan service; diverge too much from the original story, and they risk inciting mobs of obsessives who demand to see S.P.E.W. in all its glory. A successful adaptation must show respect for its root without attempting to translate it literally — something that would be impossible to do anyway, since every reader will necessarily imagine that book’s characters and settings differently.
That, of course, is why book fans often react with violent »
- Hillary Busis
Here at EW, we’re reminiscing about the pop culture moments that we still can’t get over — no matter how much time has passed.
Fact #1: A great book you read as a kid will always affect you more deeply than a great book read at any other age.
- Hillary Busis
Here's today's latest casting news: Tye Sheridan has graduated from Mud and will move on to Grass Stains, a coming-of-age indie from writer-director Kyle Wilamowski. Kaitlyn Dever (Last Man Standing) is also in negotiations to star. Community co-stars Chevy Chase and Gillian Jacobs will reunite in Hot Tub Time Machine 2. Chase will reprise his role as the advice-dispensing repairman while Jacobs will take on the female lead. Bill Irwin (Rachel Getting Married) will join Christopher Nolan's upcoming sci-fi film, Interstellar. Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. THR reports that Sheridan is in negotiations to star in Grass Stains as a teen discovering his first love (Dever). However, "a prank goes awry and causes the death of his girlfriend’s older brother. The boy must balance this secret, his guilt and his feelings for the girl." Sounds like Grass Stains has shades of Bridge to Terabithia »
- Dave Trumbore
This starlet has been everywhere since her hit TV series became all the rage — and you can check out her adorable shoot right here! Read on to find out how she dealt with drama in high school.
Carrie Diaries star AnnaSophia Robb, 19, has made quite the shift since her Bridge to Terabithia days. The teen was chosen for the cover for Seventeen‘s May 2013 issue, and she’s showing off a slew of fun summer swimwear.
Annasophia Robb Seventeen Magazine Cover:
The star’s blonde locks are tousled as she poses in a vintage floral swimsuit paired with a cute yellow cardigan on the mag’s cover. She’s definitely owning the flirty looks. In another shot, the gorgeous gal is featured in a striped bikini top and polka-dot bottom that shows off her midriff…something we’re not too used to seeing on the star! She holds back her »
- HL Intern
"It's not a place you can get to by a boat or a train. It's far, far away. Behind the moon, beyond the rain..."
With Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful opening in theaters nationwide today, moviegoers will finally have the opportunity to return to the incredible fantasy world created by L. Frank Baum in his Land of Oz books. For those who have never ventured to Oz before, there are all manner of wonders in store, from talking dolls and toothy fairies, to flying monkeys and witches, both good and wicked. What's great about fantasy movies like Oz: The Great and Powerful is that they offer so much more than colorful characters and an entertaining story — they provide an entire new world to explore. If you could book a vacation to any fictional land depicted in fantasy movies, where would you go?
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- BrentJS Sprecher
After a few very slow weeks at the box office, four new nationwide releases should help bolster business over the long Presidents Day weekend. Among the Valentine's Day openers, A Good Day to Die Hard*which is the fifth entry in the decades-old franchise*should have no problem claiming the top spot, though Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven and fantasy adaptation Beautiful Creatures are also poised to do well. Animated feature Escape From Planet Earth also lands in theaters this weekend, though it's unclear if family audiences even know it's coming out.The Die Hard franchise has been a consistent box office performer since its inception nearly 25 years ago. The first movie*which is widely considered one of the best action movies ever*earned $83 million, which made it the seventh-highest-grossing movie of 1988. Die Hard 2: Die Harder and Die Hard: With A Vengeance weren't as widely liked, but they both »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
There's going to be a movie of The Great Gilly Hopkins, Katherine Paterson's Newbery-winning middle-reader book about a frustrated but determined 11-year-old girl in foster care. According to Screen Daily, Kathy Bates and Danny Glover will co-star as Trotter (Gilly's foster mother) and presumably Mr. Randolph, their neighbor. (There's no Gilly just yet.) Paterson's son, David Paterson, who adapted her book Bridge to Terabithia in 2007, is writing the screenplay, so expect a pretty faithful take on the most intense book you read in third grade. Families, you guys. Sometimes you're born into them, sometimes you find them. »
- Margaret Lyons
Much like Cannes, the Berlin film market has many movies up for sale. But they don't all end up getting made. Just saying. A sampling of Berlin 2013 projects hoping for a start-date is below. - Westend Films is teaming with Bob Barney's new label Picturehouse for "The Great Gilly Project," the latest adaptation from "Bridge to Terabithia" author Katherine Paterson. Kathy Bates and Danny Glover are attached to star, while Stephen Herek ("101 Dalmations") is set to helm. The film centers on a wise-cracking foster child who meets her match in unconventional foster mom Maime Trotter (Bates). - Jessica Alba is in final talks to star in "Weightless," believe it or not, as American astronaut Maysie Overall. The original screenlay is penned by Oscar-nominated writer and first-time director Milo Addica ("Monster's Ball"). Myriad Pictures is pre-selling the film at the Berlinale market this week. - Synchronicity »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
It's judgment day for "Terminator 2" mega-villain Robert Patrick ... 'cause the State of CA says he needs to cough up almost $170,000 in back taxes ... Or Else. Patrick -- best known as Arnold Schwarzenegger's nemesis T-1000 -- was slapped with a tax lien earlier this year ... claiming he and his wife didn't pay all their taxes for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009 .... to the tune of $168,338.79. Makes sense considering from 2007 to 2009 Patrick was raking it in -- he »
- TMZ Staff
20 items from 2013
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