16 items from 2015
The company — which produced “The Blind Side,” “P.S., I Love You,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and the upcoming “The 33” and “Point Break” — raised the $200 million in a senior secured credit facility via a structured finance transaction involving a bank syndicate led by Jp Morgan Chase, Cit Bank and Bank of America.
Alcon’s distribution partnership with Warner Bros. began in 1998, the year after Alcon was founded. The agreement has been extended five times.
Under the new pact, Warner Bros. will release a minimum of 10 new films from Alcon Entertainment. Alcon has the option to distribute its pictures internationally through Warner Bros., but also has the flexibility instead to presell rights through its long-standing partner Lionsgate International.
- Dave McNary
The director of the Robert Redford-Nick Nolte comedy A Walk in the Woods learned hands-on during the shoot that Nolte's upper-body strength is as impressive than ever. Woods, which hits theaters on Wed., Sept. 2, centers on writer Bill Bryson (Redford) and estranged pal Stephen Katz's effort to hike the Appalachian Trail. Based on the best-selling 1998 memoir by travel writer Bryson, it also stars Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Kristen Schall and Nick Offerman. Director Ken Kwapis, who has helmed such previous films as Follow That Bird (1985), The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005), He's Just Not That
- Ryan Gajewski
With Labor Day less than a week away, it’s not too late to explore the “great outdoors”, at least at your local multiplex. This past Winter, Reese Witherspoon earned an Oscar nomination in the true life tale of a woman, Cheryl Strayed, who recently hiked the long, arduous Pacific Crest Trail all by herself in the drama Wild. Her journey seemed to be a way of exorcising her own personal demons. This new true life nature hike isn’t quite so somber, but it’s equally daunting. Around the time that Reese was hitting the road (cinema-wise), Robert Redford was also going solo, but on an aquatic voyage (which turned into a fight for survival) in All Is Lost. Now he’s on land and on foot at the East Coast near equivalent, the Appalachian Trail. But the Sundance Kid is more than twice Reese’s age. Does he stand a chance there? »
- Jim Batts
Read More: Meet the 2015 Sundance Flmmakers #52: A Star-Studded Cast Gathers for 'A Walk in the Woods' It's not a post-modern musical written by Sondheim -- it's the new trailer for "A Walk in the Woods," the new biopic comedy from director Ken Kwapis ("He’s Just Not That Into You," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," "The Office"). Based on the memoir by travel writer Bill Bryson, the film premiered in January at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Here’s the official synopsis: "A Walk In The Woods is a road trip comedy about an aging travel writer who decides to hike the 2000-mile Appalachian Trail, accompanied by a long estranged high school buddy he’s been avoiding for years. Along the way, the duo face off with each other, nature and an eccentric assortment of characters only to discover that some roads are better left untraveled." "A Walk in »
- Becca Nadler
David Letterman's two-decade-long run as the Late Show host comes to an end this week, when his last show airs on Wednesday. He's interviewed thousands of famous guests over the years, including some like Julia Roberts who keep coming back for more, but there's nothing quite like a star's first time in the hot seat. Case in point: Blake Lively's first appearance in 2008, after she'd already starred in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and had one season of Gossip Girl under her belt. Watch as Blake nervously reveals that Dave was one of her childhood crushes and then shares a smiley story about a trip to Greece. »
— Vanessa Williams (@VWOfficial) April 20, 2015 Betty gets more beautiful by the day! The cast of Ugly Betty reunited to celebrate America Ferrera's 31st birthday on Sunday, April 19. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star looked overjoyed to be joined by her former TV family, which included Vanessa Williams, Mark Indelicato, Judith Light, Tony Plana, and costume designer Patricia Field. Happy Birthday my love A photo posted by Mark Indelicato (@markindelicato) on Apr 18, 2015 at 9:42pm Pdt "#UglyBetty gang reunites @AmericaFerrera's bday!" Williams, 52, captioned a group snapshot [...] »
When it was confirmed in February that Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in Alcon Entertainment's Blade Runner sequel, you may have immediately started wondering who would join him in the new neo-noir, as Deckard's sure to run into memorable characters of both the human and replicant varieties. Though we don't know who he'd play, it's been revealed that Ryan Gosling is in talks to star alongside Ford in Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner sequel that's slated to start shooting next summer:
Press Release (via The Hollywood News) -- "Los Angeles, CA, April 16, 2015 – Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to star in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Blade Runner, being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) and executive produced by Ridley Scott.
Principal photography is set to start in summer of »
- Derek Anderson
Mo’ne Davis is getting her own movie!
Disney Channel is moving forward with Throw Like Mo, a television movie chronicling the 13-year-old baseball prodigy’s inspiring story. In August 2014, Davis made headlines when she became the first female to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series.
Davis, who is the first Little League player to land the cover of Sports Illustrated, will serve as a consultant, along with the female-focused espnW.
As expected, Davis was beyond ecstatic by the new project, which she hopes “will encourage other viewers to believe that dreams really do come true.”
“There are so many great things happening to me right now,” she said in a statement. “A year ago, I never would have thought that Disney Channel would make a movie about me.”
Development is underway on a Disney Channel Original Movie titled "Throw Like Mo" – a biopic that will tell the inspiring story of Mo'ne Davis, the 13-year-old sports prodigy who made history in August 2014 as the first female to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series. Davis, a member of Philadelphia's Taney Dragons and the first Little League player to make the cover of Sports Illustrated, will consult on the movie, along with espnW, which has extensively covered her achievements. "Throw Like Mo" will be executive-produced by Emmy Award-nominated producer Debra Martin Chase ("The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," "The »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Disney Channel is developing an original movie based on the life of 13-year-old baseball player Mo’Ne Davis, who made history in 2014 by becoming the first female to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series. “Throw Like Mo,” written by Sheldon Candis and Justin Wilson (“Luv,” “A Slave in the White House”), will be executive produced by Debra Martin Chase (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” Disney Channel’s “The Cheetah Girls” series). Davis and the female-centric Espnw will consult on the film. “There are so many great things happening to me right now, and it’s a very exciting time. »
- L.A. Ross
After all these years, the story of Rick Deckard will continue. A Blade Runner sequel started to pick up steam back in 2011 when it was announced that Ridley Scott would return to direct. While Scott is still creatively involved, it has been revealed that he'll be passing the torch to another director. What is still a big surprise, even after his involvement in the latest Star Wars film, is that Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Deckard:
Press Release via /Film: "Los Angeles, CA, February 26, 2015 — Harrison Ford will reprise his celebrated role of Rick Deckard in the sequel to Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner and Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve to (Prisoners, Incendies) is in negotiations to direct, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Film is scheduled to start principle photography in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the »
- Jonathan James
Deadline is reporting that at long last, the Blade Runner sequel has been confirmed, with Harrison Ford set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard. Unfortunately, Ridley Scott will not return as director, but in his place will be Prisoners helmer Denis Villeneuve.
The plan is for production to get underway in summer 2016 with Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original) and Michael Green penning the script. Plot details are, of course, scarce, but from what we understand the sequel will take place several decades after the events of the original (which makes sense given Ford’s age).
“We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners,” Alcon Entertainment’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said. “Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most »
- Matt Joseph
Is it true? Could The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants gang be coming back to the big screen for a third time? If America Ferrera has her way, the answer is an absolute yes! "There's no green light, but it's definitely in the works," she teased fans on Thursday's all-new Meredith Vieira Show. "There is a script being written. They're my girls, three of my best friends to this day." Those girls turned adults are none other than Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel and new mom Blake Lively. After more than 10 years since the first film was released, Ferrera assures both Meredith Vieira and fans that they are still closer than ever. "I was 20 when I met them. I am 30 now »
Robert Redford and Nick Nolte go for “A Walk in the Woods” in Ken Kwapis’ broad, bland adaptation of Bill Bryson’s 1998 tome. Like that mildly amusing travel-memoir-cum-elongated-humor-column, there’s light diversion but little substance in this tale of two grumpy old men making a predictable hash of their effort to hike the Appalachian Trail. The appeal of the cast names and the equally venerable scenic vistas should lure older audiences, though whether they’ll get out to theaters or wait for home-format delivery is an open question.
With his grandkids coming of age and peers dying off, Bill (Redford) here worries he’s losing his mojo with little time to spare; ergo his very random decision to hike the 2,200-mile trail, a determined whim that his English wife, Cathy (Emma Thompson), considers foolish and dangerous at his age. She insists that at least he not travel alone. No one »
- Dennis Harvey
Chicago – This Thursday marks the beginning of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and yours truly will be in attendance to cover the fest for HollywoodChicago.com. Last year, the Park City, Utah event introduced the world to its 2014-defining sensations like “Whiplash” and “Boyhood”.
Those titles followed in the paths of indie landmarks such as “sex, lies and videotape,” “Clerks,” “Hoop Dreams,” “American Movie,” “Memento,” “Frozen River,” “Winter’s Bone,” and “Fruitvale Station,” among many others.
In pursuit of new favorite films for a new year, I’ve composed a relatively solid schedule so that I can devour as much diverse Sundance goodness as possible. Narratives, documentaries, white supremacists, nasty babies, Neil Hamburger, Chiwetel Ejiofor, stolen cop cars, and much, much more are all in play. But with hopes that everything I witness is the next “Boyhood”-like zeitgeist, I’ll be sure to report back here on what’s worth, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Long live the sisterhood! Ten years after America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, and Amber Tamblyn first pledged their loyalty to one another in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, a third film about the quartet may be on its way. Asked whether a sequel to the sequel — The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 — might be coming to theaters in the not-too-distant future, Ferrera told Us Weekly, "Potentially. There's a third project in the works! We'll see what happens with that." The Sisterhood movies are [...] »
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