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Sony Pictures Entertainment has closed a $200 million slate deal, co-financed by LStar Capital, a credit lending affiliate Lone Star Funds, and Citigroup. Ben Waisbren, formerly of Virtual Studios, was the broker behind this deal, according to sources. Andrew Gumpert and Stefan Litt worked the deal on behalf of Sony.
The multi-year agreement closed Tuesday, and the $200 million includes both equity and bank debt to be applied to Sony’s upcoming slate including “22 Jump Street,” with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, “Think Like A Man Too,” “Sex Tape,” with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, “The Equalizer” with Denzel Washington and “The Interview,” to name a few.
The studio had previously been in talks with Blue Anchor Entertainment and was looking to raise more $350 million-$400 million in equity and another $300 million in bank debt. Those discussions never resulted in a deal. John Laviolette did not immediately return a request seeking comment.
- Alexandra Cheney
London, Jan 23: Kurt Russell, who has joined the cast of 'Fast and Furious' franchise, has revealed that Paul Walker's death has created a "catastrophic situation" for the writers of the latest installment.
The 62-year-old actor said at the Sundance Film Festival that writers have to rewrite the script and are doing whatever they can to do to deal with the untimely death of Walker, the Daily Star reported.
Russell asserted that rewriting is the worst thing that could happen to a movie but it's not as bad as what happened to Walker who died in November 2013 in a horrific car crash.
The 'Poseidon' star added that. »
- Leon David
With the news that the African Queen has become a tourist boat on the Nile, we look at other screen boats that have captured film fans' imaginations
Boats and films go together like the seaside and scampi. There's the 320-tonne steamboat in Fitzcarraldo that Werner Herzog famously had the film's extras cart over a hill to get it from one tributary of the Amazon to another. Then there's Kevin Costner's trusty trimaran in Waterworld, the U-96 of Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot, Forrest Gump's shrimping vessel, and Jenny and One-Eyed Willy's ship, The Inferno, which the truffle-shuffling gang come across in The Goonies. This year, we'll be popping our life-jackets on again in readiness for another boat film, Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic Noah.
With the original African Queen now reincarnated as a tourist boat on the river Nile, we decided to take a look at what other »
- Ellie Violet Bramley
This isn’t the first movie to get nods from both ends of the spectrum. Since the Razzies first began back in 1981, 47 movies have been nominated for both “awards”– some even for the same exact person or song. Here’s a look at the club The Lone Ranger just joined:
Oscar nods: Film editing, music (original song) for “People Alone” with music by Lalo Schifrin and lyrics by Wilbur »
- Ariana Bacle
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