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Lionsgate Buys Mel Gibson’s ‘Blood Father’ for U.S. Release

9 December 2014 4:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate has bought U.S. distribution rights to action-thriller “Blood Father,” starring Mel Gibson.

Jean-Francois Richet directed “Blood Father” from a script by Peter Craig (“The Town”), who adapted his novel of the same name. The film was shot in the late spring in New Mexico.

Gibson plays an ex-con who reunites with his estranged 16-year-old daughter, and vows to protect her from the drug dealers who are trying to kill her. The daughter is played by Erin Moriarty, who portrayed Woody Harrelson’s daughter in HBO’s “True Detective.”

Elisabeth Rohm, William H. Macy and Diego Luna also star.

Why Not Productions produced. Wild Bunch launched international sales at Cannes.

Gibson and Andrew Garfield have been in talks to come on board World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge.” If the deals go through, Gibson will direct the movie, based on the life of Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious »

- Dave McNary

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Spotlight on the Stars: Jennifer Lawrence

19 November 2014 3:51 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

For this week’s new spotlight piece, I wanted to again take a look at one of the biggest A listers in the industry…Jennifer Lawrence. I’ve written about her once or twice before, but as a legitimate megastar who’s also still a bit of an up and comer, I figured she was perfect for this piece once again. She’s someone who’s powerful in Hollywood, grounded in a way that most young stars aren’t, and above all else…one of the best actresses in the business, bar none, with an Oscar on her mantle to prove it. Lawrence consistently does interesting work and is more than worth checking in on here and there. As such, she’s perfect for the spotlight today, so let us dive in. Lawrence first got her start, like many young up and comers, on television. Guest spots on Cold Case, »

- Joey Magidson

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George Clooney's New Movie Money Monster Has A Stacked Cast

17 November 2014 11:29 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

"Oh, what's that? George Clooney is in your movie? Count me in!" says just about the whole of Hollywood. The affable leading man is a magnet for attracting other A-list talent whether he's writing, directing, producing, or starring. So you better believe he's drawing stellar celebs to his soon to shoot thriller Money Monster. The Wrap reports Julia Roberts and Jack O'Connell are in talks to join Money Monster, which will star George Clooney and be helmed by Jodie Foster. The film will be Foster's follow-up to her controversial Mel Gibson vehicle The Beaver. Money Monster will follow a dastardly anti-hero named Lee Gates, a television personality who is considered a guru on all things Wall Street on his titular show "Money Monster." But when he gives his viewers some bad advice, one storms his show and takes Gates hostage on air. Instead of shutting the shoot down, cameras roll »

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Jack O' Connell & Julia Roberts could join Money Monster with George Clooney

14 November 2014 1:37 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Jodie Foster’s upcoming Money Monster continues to take shape with the possibility of two more names being added to the project. Jack O’Connell who will star in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken next month and just last week landed the lead role in Terry Gilliam’s Don Quixote is now up for a role in Fosters first directorial effort since The Beaver in 2011. The other name looking at joining is Julia Roberts who would be in familiar company with the »

- Graham McMorrow

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Jodie Foster will Not direct any Hannibal episodes, says Bryan Fuller

28 August 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller ran into The Silence of the Lambs star Jodie Foster at an Emmys after-party, and Tweeted an image that ignited enthusiastic fan speculation that Fuller was courting her to direct some episodes of his hit series.

Foster has taken on less acting roles over the last few years, and has instead turned her attention toward directing. She’s directed films like The Beaver and Home for the Holidays, and recently helmed a few episodes of popular Netflix shows House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. The role of Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs is perhaps her most iconic, and fans would love to see her involved in the newest iteration of the series.

According to Fuller, however, it’s not in the cards. Not only does Foster have a full slate of upcoming projects (including the film Money Monster »

- James Garcia

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‘Expendables 3′: Measuring The Sum Of Its Star Parts In Key Overseas Markets

16 August 2014 4:12 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Expendables 3 is debuting this weekend in 40 territories including Russia, the UK, Mexico and Australia — and features a powerhouse ensemble that includes Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer and Kellan Lutz.

Together, the cast outweighs the sum of its parts, but the parts are actually quite interesting when looked at in terms of international box-office drawing power, especially in mega markets like China, Korea, Russia, Brazil, and parts of Western Europe. Below, I’ve broken out numbers for some of the individual stars across those markets with a nifty slideshow that covers their last three major titles outside the franchise in these key territories.* The first Expendables film did about $274M worldwide, with $171M from overseas. In an unusual turn of events for a sequel, the franchise’s second film saw its earnings drop in the U. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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George Clooney to star in Jodie Foster’s latest directorial effort

29 July 2014 1:06 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed the news that Academy Award winner George Clooney (Gravity) will appear in the latest film directed by Jodie Foster (Elysium) entitled Money Monster.

Described as a “media and money thriller”, Clooney “will play the host of a finance show taken hostage by a man who loses his life savings after following the TV personality’s advice. The man demands that Clooney’s character make the stock he invested in shoot through the roof by the end of the day, otherwise, the TV host will be killed. Whether the latter can successfully manipulate the market remains to be seen; what is certain, however, is that a live-hostage situation makes for must-see TV.”

The film will be Foster’s fourth directorial offering, with her most recent effort, The Beaver, which starred Foster alongside Mel Gibson (The Expendables 3) and Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men: Days of Future Past)

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George Clooney To Star In Jodie Foster’s Money Monster

28 July 2014 5:29 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions has acquired the worldwide rights and given the go ahead to Money Monster, a fast-paced, character-driven thriller written by Jamie Linden. Daniel Dubiecki, who worked with George Clooney on Up In The Air, and Lara Alameddine developed the script along with Jodie Foster, who will direct the film. Dubiecki and Alameddine’s The Allegiance Theater will produce together with Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov. Alan Difore and Jim Kouf wrote the original draft of the script.

Principal photography is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015.

Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic television stock huckster, whose program (the titular “Money Monster”), and life, are taken hostage by an outraged gunman. As much of the world watches live, Gates must keep himself alive and, with help from the woman who produces the show, uncover the truth behind a tangle of big money lies. »

- Michelle McCue

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George Clooney to star in Jodie Foster-directed thriller 'Money Monster'

28 July 2014 2:23 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

George Clooney is set to star in Money Monster, a thriller directed by Jodie Foster.

Money Monster will follow a TV show host (Clooney) who gets taken hostage by a gunman while on-air and is forced to reveal high-stakes secrets to his (steadily increasing) audience in order to survive.

Foster most recently directed an episode of the Netflix political thriller House of Cards, has directed three movies including 2011’s The Beaver starring Mel Gibson and Jennifer Lawrence, and scored an Emmy nod in 2013 for directing an episode of Orange Is the New Black. This will be her first time directing Clooney. »

- Ariana Bacle

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George Clooney’s ‘Money Monster’ Set Up at TriStar

25 July 2014 1:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

TriStar Pictures will finance and release “Money Monster,” starring George Clooney as a stock picker held hostage on TV.

Jodi Foster is directing the project from Jamie Linden’s script, in which the hostage taker is a man who lost his money after following the tout’s advice — and threatens to kill him if the cameras are turned off.

Plans are for production in the spring after Clooney completes shooting on “Hail Caesar” for the Coens.

Producers are The Allegiance Theater’s Daniel Dubiecki, Lara Alameddine and Smokehouse’s Clooney and Grant Heslov. “Money Monster” has a budget of $30 million.

Clooney will be seen next in Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” which Disney will release in May.

Foster, who’s been attached to “Money Monster” since 2012, has directed “The Beaver” starring Mel Gibson, “Home for the Holidays” and “Little Man Tate.”

TriStar, headed by Tom Rothman in a joint venture with Sony, »

- Dave McNary

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Sherry Lansing on Female Film Execs, Hollywood Movies, Cancer Research, Education, and Mel Gibson

13 July 2014 10:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sherry Lansing, the former prexy of 20th Century Fox, and chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures for 12 years, was at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival this week with her husband, William Friedkin, who received the Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema.

Lansing, who played a leading role in the success of such films as “Forrest Gump,” “Braveheart” and Titanic,” spoke to Variety about the prospects for talented female executives in international territories, the quality of Hollywood movies today, her objectives in the field of philanthropy, and Mel Gibson.

In 1980, you earned the status of trailblazer when you became the first woman to head a Hollywood studio. Although many female execs have followed in your footsteps Stateside, in international territories it is far less common to find female heads of leading film companies. What are the key factors that would change that and help talented female executives rise worldwide? »

- Leo Barraclough

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Czech Jews criticise Mel Gibson's Lifetime Achievement Award

6 July 2014 11:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mel Gibson's Lifetime Achievement Award has been slammed by the Czech Jewish community.

On Friday (July 4), Gibson accepted the Crystal Globe honors at the 49th Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic, for his contribution to film, reports Bloomberg.

In a letter to the festival, the Jewish Federation singled out Gibson's 2014 film The Passion of Christ for depicting Jews in "classic stereotypes" as "evil and blood-thirsty" people who were responsible for Jesus's death.

Petr Papousek, the head of the Jewish federation, added: "At the time of increasing anti-Semitism, Mr Gibson's work can be easily used to justify anti-Jewish hatred."

The letter also stated: "By granting this award, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival becomes another of the very arguable platforms that are gradually changing the atmosphere of our country from a traditional, relatively tolerant society" into one "where space is given to hostility, xenophobia, and anti-Semitic ideas. »

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Czech Jews criticises Mel Gibson's Lifetime Achievement Award

6 July 2014 11:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mel Gibson's Lifetime Achievement Award has been slammed by the Czech Jewish community.

On Friday (July 4), Gibson accepted the Crystal Globe honors at the 49th Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic, for his contribution to film, reports Bloomberg.

In a letter to the festival, the Jewish Federation singled out Gibson's 2014 film The Passion of Christ for depicting Jews in "classic stereotypes" as "evil and blood-thirsty" people who were responsible for Jesus's death.

Petr Papousek, the head of the Jewish federation, added: "At the time of increasing anti-Semitism, Mr Gibson's work can be easily used to justify anti-Jewish hatred."

The letter also stated: "By granting this award, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival becomes another of the very arguable platforms that are gradually changing the atmosphere of our country from a traditional, relatively tolerant society" into one "where space is given to hostility, xenophobia, and anti-Semitic ideas. »

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Mel Gibson Comeback? Gary Oldman Defends Him, Karlovy Vary Fest Awards Crystal Globe

24 June 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Mel Gibson hasn't been too much in the news lately--he's a bit of a tarnished commodity--which makes it all the more interesting that the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has decided to to award him the Crystal Globe this year. The award, presented to its recipient for an 'outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema,' is the festival's top honor.  Gibson will also present a special screening of "Apocalypto," his controversial --and fabulously shot--2006 follow-up to "The Passion of the Christ," set in the twilight years of the Mayan empire. Of course, Mel Gibson is a two-time Oscar winner: he won best director and best picture awards for "Braveheart," so he's not an unserious filmmaker in any way. But he has acted in just one film a year since 2010--from his performance as a mentally troubled man using a puppet to communicate in Foster's "The Beaver," which was rejected by audiences, »

- Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs

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Emmys: Jodie Foster on Why She Wanted to Direct 'Orange Is the New Black' (Q&A)

3 June 2014 2:38 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in a special Emmy issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. There was little that Jodie Foster hadn't done as an actor, director and writer, which is why she jumped at the chance to broaden her résumé last year with two TV directing gigs. Here, the two-time Oscar-winning actress (The Accused, Silence of the Lambs) and feature director (The Beaver) shares the lessons she has learned as a TV newbie and why it's Ok to sometimes just let things happen. How did you get the gig to direct Orange Is the New Black? Interestingly, I

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- Stacey Wilson

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Toni Collette, Gary Ross, Whoopi Goldberg named to Tribeca festival juries

8 April 2014 9:01 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its jurors for this year’s event, which runs from April 16-27. The list includes Toni Collette, Lake Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, Catherine Hardwicke, Heather GrahamAnton Yelchin, Paul Wesley and 26 other leaders of the filmmaking community.

In addition to the Festival’s main competition juries in seven categories, Tribeca named Delia Ephron, Natasha Lyonne, and Gary Ross to select the second annual Nora Ephron Prize, which awards $25,000 to a female writer or director.

Click below for the entire list of jurors, with biographical information courtesy of the Tribeca festival:

World Competition Categories

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Mel Gibson in talks to star in action thriller Blood Father

29 March 2014 8:54 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mel Gibson has become attached to Blood Father.

The Hollywood star is in talks to star in the action thriller, reports Deadline.

Blood Father, directed by Jean-Francois Richet and written by Peter Craig, is described as a Taken-style movie about an ex-con who reunites with his estranged, wayward 16-year old daughter, and who must protect her from drug dealers attempting to kill her.

The project will start production in May in New Mexico.

Richet previously helmed the 2008 movie Mesrine about the French gangster Jacques Mesrine.

Gibson's classic movie Mad Max has been revamped with Tom Hardy in the title role. Gibson will not be making a cameo in the reboot.

In the last few years, Gibson has starred in Machete Kills, Get the Gringo and The Beaver. He will appear in the third Expendables movie. »

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Mel Gibson Wants Some of That Liam Neeson Money, Joins ‘Taken’-Like Thriller ‘Blood Father’

28 March 2014 7:11 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Is there any hope for Mel Gibson? It was almost four years ago that a string of obscene voicemail messages obliterated the actor’s career and then salted the very earth it sprung from. But Gibson hasn’t given up. He’s actually done the opposite, making a new movie every year since 2010 – Edge of Darkness, The Beaver, Get the Gringo and Machete Kills, with The Expendables 3 due out this year. Add another onto that list, because Gibson has just signed onto something called Blood Father. According to Deadline, the film has just put all its major pieces in place: Gibson will star, Jean-Francoise Richet (of Mesrine and 2005′s Assault on Precinct 13 remake) will direct and Peter Craig (The Town) will write the screenplay, based on his own novel. The story sounds just like every other “grizzled old man kills people for some reason” action movie these days: a teenage girl witnesses a murder and »

- Adam Bellotto

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Some positivity about Jennifer Lawrence for a change

25 March 2014 6:41 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Maybe I’m nuts, but it seems to me that everyone is out to get Jennifer Lawrence these days, and I’m not sure why. She’s an incredibly talented young actress, reportedly a nice person, and has good taste in the projects she chooses to work on, so what gives? Especially this past year with her Supporting Actress candidacy for American Hustle, it became the sort of situation where it appeared that the world would end if she won a second Oscar. It makes no sense to me, but I figured I’d take this opportunity to praise her a bit and turn the tide back towards respect for the Academy Award winning thespian. It was only a few short years ago that Lawrence was being heralded for her breakthrough work in Winter’s Bone. That first Academy Award nomination she received for that film led to her winning »

- Joey Magidson

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Mel Gibson: Journalist Asks Hollywood To Remove Him From Blacklist

18 March 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Entertainment journalist Allison Hope Weiner’s public plea to take Mel Gibson off the Hollywood blacklist inspires debate on the nature of Hollywood forgiveness.

Gibson's Anti-Semitic Remarks, Recorded Outbursts

Weiner, a longtime journalist, published the piece on Deadline Tuesday, March 11, partly titled “Hollywood, Take Mel Gibson Off Your Blacklist.” The article was timed to coincide with the 10-year-anniversary of Gibson’s controversial film The Passion of the Christ, which caused a huge uproar among Hollywood elite and viewers due to its version of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, which many deemed anti-Semitic. Gibson defended the film against such allegations and claimed The Passion of the Christ was an accurate description of the events as described in the Bible.

Soon after the film’s 2004 release, Gibson’s career began to dwindle. In 2006, Gibson was arrested on a DUI in Florida and reports of the offensive, drunken tirade he leveled at the arresting officers was leaked. »

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