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“The Tiger Company”
Lena Khan’s feature directorial debut has secured distribution. Deadline reports that Shout! Factory has acquired all of the North American rights to “The Tiger Hunter,” a timely comedy about a young immigrant’s life in the U.S.
Set in the 1970s, “The Tiger Hunter” follows Sami Malik (Danny Pudi, “Community”), a young Indian man who travels to to the U.S. with the hopes of becoming an an engineer, a job that will help him live up to the legacy of his father, who is a legendary tiger hunter, and impress his childhood crush. “When Sami’s job falls through, he takes a low-end job and joins with a gang of oddball friends in hopes of convincing his childhood sweetheart that he’s far more successful than he truly is … or perhaps ever could be,” the project’s logline reads.
“The Tiger Hunter” was partly “inspired both by my grandfather, who was a larger than life tiger hunter in India, and also from growing up hearing so much about what it was like for so many young immigrants like my father to come to America in the 1970s,” Khan has explained in an interview. “My dad, for example, once told me how he stole a stool sample from some Europeans in order to get an expedited Visa to America! And from there, I interviewed dozens of immigrants who came at the same time, and they had tons of heartfelt and hilarious stories that worked with the narrative I wanted to tell.” Since launching her career in the film industry, her goal has been “to make entertainment that calls attention to some of the more salient and overlooked social issues of our society.
Lena Khan’s “The Tiger Hunter” Picked Up by Shout! Factory was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Venture targets four to five commercial theatrical films a year; signs deal with Red Granite.
Sales veteran Christian Mercuri is heading to Cannes next month with his new venture, the financing, production and full service international sales company Capstone Group.
The Beverly Hills-based company is backed by private equity, in partnership with Jeanette Zhou of Jaguar Entertainment, and aims to handle an annual roster of four to five big-budget, theatrical films across all genres.
While Mercuri said he was not ready to announce any tiles yet, this will be music to the ears of buyers who fear the impact of disruptors like Netflix and, to a lesser extent, Amazon Studios.
“I’m a traditionalist,” Mercuri told Screen. “There’s a place for cinema and that’s the focus of this company – to make films that have value in the theatrical window and of course bring value on ancillary platforms.”
The executive has also struck a three-year deal to »
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Christian Mercuri, the former co-president of Red Granite International, has formed Capstone Group — a film production and finance outfit that will launch at next month’s Cannes Film Festival market. Based in Beverly Hills, Mercuri’s Capstone is targeting 4-5 original “big budget commercial theatrical films per year,” an announcement said. The group will also provide international sales for Red Granite Pictures, whose past projects include “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Dumb and Dumber To.” “You have to be more than just a sales agent to be in a position to bring the very best theatrical titles to the buyers, »
- Matt Donnelly
In a pre-Cannes Film Festival move, international sales executive and producer Christian Mercuri has formed Capstone Group as a financing, production and full service international sales company.
Capstone, based in Beverly Hills, will debut at the Cannes market next month. The entity is funded through private equity, in partnership with Jeanette Zhou of Jaguar Entertainment.
Capstone Group said it offers filmmakers access to development funding, production funding as well as international distribution. The company anticipates to handle four to five big-budget commercial theatrical films per year.
The company has entered into a three-year deal with Red Granite Pictures handling the international sales for the production company. Danny Dimbort, longtime partner and colleague of Mercuri, will serve as a sales consultant for Capstone Group.
“In today’s world you have to be more than just a sales agent to be in a position to bring the very best theatrical titles to the buyers, »
- Dave McNary
Production company Playground, founded by former HBO Films president Colin Callender, has optioned rights to narrative nonfiction book “The Spider Network” by award-winning Wall Street Journal writer David Enrich.
Playground produces for film, television and stage but has yet to announce what formats would be developed for “The Spider Network,” an expose of the interest-rate-fixing scandal that rocked London and other global financial centers. Playground produced both the TV and theater adaptations of “Wolf Hall” and helped produce smash hit “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which recently won a record nine Olivier Awards in Britain.
The company will develop “The Spider Network” from its New York offices under the stewardship of senior vice president of development and production Scott Huff and director of development and production Elyse Dolbec.
Author Enrich is currently financial enterprise editor at The Wall Street Journal. Subtitled “The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers and One of »
- Robert Mitchell
A new video looks beyond Fincher at the Evil Men Do
Sin, as defined by most major religions and moral institutions, is as old as man. It is inherent to our nature, because ultimately sin is self-serving, and at the end of the day we are all self-serving creatures. Wrath, pride, sloth, lust, envy, gluttony, greed — as opposed to the Ten Commandments of Christianity which include distinct acts like adultery and murder, the seven deadly sins are things of which most all of us are guilty of multiple times over. We’ve all committed them, even on a minor scale. Ever think someone has a nicer car than you? Envy. Ever gotten a touch of road rage? Wrath. Ever hit the snooze button more than once? Sloth.
These are petty examples to be sure, but they illustrate how commonplace the seven deadly sins are in our daily lives, and thus they prove why the seven deadly sins »
- H. Perry Horton
Lena Khan's comedy feature, The Tiger Hunter has been acquired by the Shout! Factory for all distribution avenues in North America, including theatrical. Written by Sameer Gardezi and directed by Khan (who co-wrote), the film is a very timely story about a young immigrant's pursuit for success, love and the American dream. The Tiger Hunter stars Danny Pudi (Community) , Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) , Rizwan Manji (The Wolf of Wall Street), Karen David (Once Upon a Time)… »
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Josef von Sternberg called Anatahan his best film. Borne from more than a decade’s worth of frustration with the studio system, it was, as the last picture he completed, his stamp on his time as a director. Even then, when released in 1953, it was only released in a butchered format, and, as it often goes in such cases, was subsequently abandoned by popular consciousness. But a few times each year, cinephiles (at least »
- The Film Stage
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill formed quite a special bond while filming 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street, and honestly, how could they not? When you spend your days pretending to do hardcore drugs and have orgies with women aboard airplanes, we imagine you become friends pretty quickly. During the film's press tour and that year's award season, we got to see Leo and Jonah's bond in real life. They hit red carpets together, shared a few cocktails, and made each other laugh while goofing off during fancy events. But that was just the beginning. Leo made a surprise appearance during Jonah's Saturday Night Live opening monologue in 2014 (they re-created that famous "Jack, I'm flying" scene from Titanic), and he pulled an epic prank on Jonah when he pretended to be an excited fan taking pictures on the streets of NYC in 2016. Leo is known for his large group of guy friends, »
- Caitlin Hacker
Jon Bernthal is a huge name in comic book lore right now and for good reason. Bernthal’s anticipated starring role in The Punisher is creating a ton of buzz. Ever since Bernthal took the role of Frank Castle on the show Daredevil people have been wanting a Punisher spin-off solo series. Fans got their wish and now we’re just eagerly awaiting its release on Netflix. Until we see Bernthal manning the leading role on that show, I just don’t think any role in his career can come close to him playing Brad in The Wolf of Wall Street. Part of
- Nat Berman
How the actress’s upcoming projects look to expand her image.
There’s no denying that Margot Robbie’s sex appeal has played a role in the trajectory of her acting career. However, while she’s often listed among Hollywood’s rising stars, her sex symbol status has not come without a price, as perhaps best exemplified by Vanity Fair’s obnoxiously terrible profile of the actress, which should not perhaps be counted as journalism so much as patronizing sexist ooze. The article mentions that Robbie is a talented actress, but mostly focuses on trying to describe her physical appearance as extensively and creepily as possible, with seemingly a secondary goal of irritating the entire country of Australia, or as Rich Cohen calls it, “America 50 years ago.”
- Ciara Wardlow
Screen legends Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio may be set to team with director Martin Scorsese on a new film. Both actors have worked with Scorsese multiple times in the past; De Niro on Mean Streets, Casino, Goodfellas and more and DiCaprio on Shutter Island, The Wolf Of Wall Street and The Aviator amongst many others, but they have never worked with each other on a Scorsese film, so reports Deadline.
Here’s the story from book’s synopsis:
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. »
- Paul Heath
The Wolf Of Wall Street, Focus and Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie is set to play Queen Elizabeth in a new drama from Working Title Films. Robbie will be the former monarch opposite Saiorse Ronan in Mary Queen Of Scots for Working Title and Focus Features with Ronan assuming the role of Mary Stuart.
The film has been in development for over a decade with Ronan reportedly attached since 2012. The film has not officially been greenlit as yet, but the star-power of Robbie is sure to help its cause. Phillip Noyce had been attached to direct the film, but now celebrated theatre director Josie Rourke will helm, directing from a rewritten screenplay by House Of Cards’ Beau Willimon, who adapts John Guy’s The True Life Of Mary Stuart. »
- Paul Heath
The visual effects wizards at ImageworksVFX have released two VFX breakdown videos for last year’s hit DC supervillain ensemble Suicide Squad, which showcase their work on the Enchantress, as well as the climactic showdown between her brother Incubus and Diablo; check them out here…
It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?
- Gary Collinson
One would have a difficult time disputing the notion that Martin Scorsese’s two most notable onscreen collaborators are Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. The three of them have made any number of classics together — “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” “Gangs of New York,” “The Departed,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” — but, to date, the two leading men have never worked with ol’ Marty on the same picture together. (They did come close once, though.) Deadline reports that that could soon change with an adaptation of David Grann’s “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.”
Imperative Entertainment purchased the rights to the book for $5 million last year and is now trying to assemble a high-profile team; they’ve got their hearts set on Scorsese, DiCaprio and De Niro, »
- Michael Nordine
Hollywood heavyweights Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio are possibly teaming up to make the highly-anticipated adaptation Killers Of the Flower Moon, based on the book by David Grann which will be published this week by Doubleday. The book was first picked up for a whopping $5 million by Imperative Entertainment last year, after a bidding war emerged, with Leonardo DiCaprio originally set to produce alongside J.J. Abrams, but it doesn't appear that Abrams is involved anymore. Our first report revealed that Paramount had the top bid at the time with $2 million, but they were eventually beat out by Imperative Entertainment's $5 million bid.
Deadline reports that no deals are in place with Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert DeNiro or Martin Scorsese, but all three parties are "seriously considering" taking on the project. Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) wrote the screenplay adaptation based on David Grann's book, with Imperative Entertainment »
Tony Sokol Apr 24, 2017
David Grann's true-crime novel Killers Of The Flower Moon: The Osage Murders And The Birth Of The FBI may be adapted in a film that would bring together Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Variations on this teaming have, of course, brought us classic movies like Mean Streets, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Gangs Of New York, New York, New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, The Wolf Of Wall Street and the upcoming The Devil In The White City.
Imperative Entertainment bought the film rights to Killers Of The Flower Moon: The Osage Murders And The Birth Of The FBI for $5 million last year and want an A-list cast.
The story digs deep into a string of mysterious deaths that happened on »
Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are obviously a little attached at the hip. They’ve made five movies together — “Gangs of New York,“ “The Aviator,” “The Departed,” “Shutter Island” and “The Wolf Of Wall Street” and the short, “The Audition” — but it feels like any time a Scorsese project is announced, DiCaprio’s name is not far behind.
- Rodrigo Perez
Watch the latest movie trailer for the upcoming film Pilgrimage from director Brendan Muldowney (Savage, Love Eternal) and written by Jamie Hannigan, Pilgrimage stars Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Captain America: Civil War), Jon Bernthal (The Wolf of Wall Street, Sicario) and Richard Armitage (The Hobbit franchise, Captain America: The First Avenger). Synopsis: Ireland, 1209. A […]
- Jeff Stevens
Sideshow and Prime 1 Studio have revealed their upcoming Joker statue which is based on the Jared Leto incarnation of the Clown Prince of Crime from last year’s supervillain team-up Suicide Squad. The DC collectible is limited to 750 pieces and is available to pre-order now, priced at $974.99.; take a look here…
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Sideshow and Prime 1 Studio are proud to present The Joker from Suicide Squad Movie (2016). The Joker is an extreme and infamously formidable psychopathic criminal from Gotham City, being at the very top of the city’s criminal underworld, and greatly feared by other crime bosses. Devoid of empathy or pity for anybody, he takes part in his wicked schemes either by intimidation or fraud. The Joker does, however, adore his girlfriend and partner in crime Harley Quinn, doing his utmost to rescue her from the Suicide Squad and clutches of Amanda Waller, with eventual success. »
- Amie Cranswick
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