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Longtime 20th Century Fox exec Chris Goldberg is joining Sony Pictures’ Studio 8 as a development executive. Also officially coming aboard is Jon Silk, formerly of James Vanderbilt, Brad Fischer and Laeta Kalogridis’ Mythology Entertainment. Goldberg will report to boss Jeff Robinov and he and Silk are the second and third creative hires at the new shingle joining Robert Brassel, the former WB exec who became the new outfit’s first hire.
Goldberg was Director Of Literary Affairs at Fox and worked in the New York office scouting books for the feature film divisions including Gone Girl and The Fault In Our Stars and the upcoming The Martian being directed by Ridley Scott. Goldberg moved to La last year.
- The Deadline Team
After Amazon's unsuccessful attempt to turn it into a TV show and director Ruben Fleischer's disappointing follow-ups, 30 Minutes Or Less and Gangster Squad, it makes sense that Sony are nutting up once more. That's right, hold on to all your remaining Twinkies, because Zombieland 2 is a-coming.With Fleischer definitely back on board, you'd hope the writers of the 2009 zom-comedy would be too, but Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have moved on to other things: they're making Deadpool, the Watch Dogs game adaptation and, um, G.I. Joe Retaliation. Taking their place for the zee-quel is David Callaham, hot off doing a rewrite for Ant-Man as well as penning Godzilla.Zombieland's worldwide gross came in at $102 million (off a $23.6 million budget), and until World War Z it was the highest grossing zombie flim ever released in America. Sony and Fleischer will be hoping for something similarly successful second time around, »
Leonardo DiCaprio is to produce American Wolf.
The film will be an adaptation of Nate Blakeslee's book about O-Six, the famous female leader of a wolfpack at Yellowstone National Park.
In 2010, there was an outcry as she was legally shot by a hunter, which led many to campaign for new hunting regulations.
The book has yet to be completed, but the Wolf of Wall Street star has already signed on to produce the film version.
DiCaprio will produce alongside Kevin McCormick (Gangster Squad), but while publishing rights were recently bought for a seven-figure sum by Crown in the Us and Knopf in Canada, no further details of the project have been announced.
DiCaprio has recently been appointed Messenger of Peace for the United Nations.
Just days after a seven-figure book deal was made for American Wolf, Hollywood is now also trapping the canis lupus murder mystery. Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way production banner are partnering with Kevin McCormick's Langley Park to pick up the movie rights to the book proposal by Nate Blakeslee. The book generated plenty of interest on both the publishing side and the movie side, with New Regency and Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers also in on the bidding. McCormick, who spearheaded the hunt for the rights, is the Warners-based producer of Gangster Squad who recently wrapped the independent Mickey
- Borys Kit
Tribeca Film and Well Go USA Entertainment have jointly acquired North American rights to Scott Foley's directorial debut Let's Kill Ward’s Wife. Foley, who also wrote the screenplay, stars alongside Amy Acker (Much Ado About Nothing), James Carpinello (Gangster Squad), Dagmara Dominczyk (The Immigrant), Marika Dominczyk (Brothers & Sisters), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Greg Grunberg (Heroes), Nicollette Sheridan (Desperate Housewives) and Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring). See more 'Scandal': Everything to Know About ABC's Buzzy Drama From A-z Let's Kill Ward's Wife is a dark comedy about helping a friend out of a bad relationship by any means necessary. Everyone hates Ward's wife (Dagmara Dominczyk)
- Tatiana Siegel
Hong Kong – Malaysian actress and martial arts superstar Michelle Yeoh, recently shooting “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II,” and Will Yun Lee will give a significant Asian angle to the fourth season of Cinemax action drama series “Strike Back.”
The final series of ten episodes is now shooting in Europe after a break enforced by an injury sustained off set by returning series star Sullivan Stapleton. Production will continue towards the end of the year with additional filming in Thailand.
Season four is directed by Michael J. Bassett (who also serves as co-executive producer), Julian Holmes and Brendan Maher, and written by Bassett, Jack Lothian, James Dormer, Richard Zajdlic, Ed Whitmore and Tim Vaughan.
The series sees Stapleton (“300: The Rise of an Empire,” “Gangster Squad”) and Philip Winchester (“Crusoe”) return as a pair of counter-terrorism operatives. They are joined by Robson Green (“Wire in the Blood,”), Michelle Lukes (“Doctors”) and »
- Patrick Frater
Indie romcom “Two Night Stand” features a wealth of players on a path to making a bigger name for themselves, from former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant Analeigh Tipton to Scott Mescudi, better known as hip hop artist Kid Cudi. But perhaps the most notable rising star at film’s Tuesday premiere at the Tcl Chinese Theatre was director Max Nichols, son of director Mike Nichols.
“My whole life I’ve had this incredible ongoing conversation with my dad about art and films and life and love,” said the younger Nichols, “and here was an opportunity to take all those amazing years around the dinner table and actually channel it into a specific work.”
“Two Night Stand” marks Nichols’ debut feature effort, having mainly worked on music videos throughout his career. Producer Ruben Fleischer, whose directing credits include “Zombieland” and “Gangster Squad,” felt he was being overshadowed as a »
- Sebastian Torrelio
Studio 8 closed its distribution deal with Sony on Sept. 8 with plans to release six films a year. Robinov, the former Warner Bros. studio chief, said at that point that he expected to raise $1 billion from financiers and a partnership China’s Fosun Group.
Brassel joined Warner Bros. in 1986 and oversaw “The Fugitive,” “Outbreak,” Oliver Stone’s “Alexander” and “Interview With The Vampire.” He became a VP of production at DreamWorks Skg, then returned to Warner Bros. in 2001.
Robinov carries a strong reputation for maintaining strong relationships with filmmakers such as Christopher Nolan and Ben Affleck. He oversaw “Gravity” and “The Dark Knight” franchise during his tenure at Warner Bros.
Prior to taking the Mythology gig, Silk worked at Warner-based Lin Pictures and co-produced “Gangster Squad. »
- Dave McNary
Jon Silk has left Mythology Entertainment and joined Jeff Robinov at Studio 8, an individual familiar with the executive's plans has told TheWrap. Silk most recently served as executive VP of production and development at Mythology, which he joined in October 2013 from Lin Pictures. It's not immediately clear what Silk's title will be at Studio 8, but he is one of the company's first hires. Silk served as senior VP of production at Lin Pictures, where he co-produced “Gangster Squad” He previously served as director of development at Benderspink, having gotten his start serving as an assistant to producer Scott. »
- Jeff Sneider
Following History’s broadcast airing of the larger-than-life miniseries event on September 1st and 2nd, Houdini is now available on Digital HD. Then, unveil even more of the secrets behind the greatest magician of all time in the extended version of Houdini on two-disc Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and two-disc DVD (plus Digital) October 7 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Boasting an all-star cast including Academy Award winner Adrien Brody (Best Actor in a Leading Role, The Pianist, 2002) as The Great Harry Houdini, Kristen Connolly (Netflix’s “House of Cards”) and Evan Jones (Gangster Squad), the scripted four-hour event chronicles Houdini’s extraordinary life as he finds fame while defying death with his incredible stunts and illusions.
His ability to escape from handcuffs, strait-jackets and water tanks is legendary - breaking the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
There have been a lot of rumors about Warner Bros' upcoming slate of superhero films. The studio has yet to confirm anything, but there have been promises that an official announcement will soon be made. It seems that Warner Bros wasn't lying, because we're now seeing a plan being executed in the form of registering domain names. Tech Times has learned that the studio just registered JusticeLeagueFilm.com, ShazamMovie.com, WonderWomanTheMovie.com, and AquamanMovie.com. We already know that "Justice League" is in development. "Wonder Woman" is all but greenlit and Dwayne Johnson has been strongly hinting that "Shazam" is in the works. And just recently, it was reported that the studio hired Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300) to write separate "Aquaman" scripts. »
It is confirmed: Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are teaming up for a mystery noir film from Iron Man 3 director Shane Black. Nice Guys, co-written by Black and Anthony Bagarozzi, will also be getting a prime spot in the middle of Warner Bros summer slate in 2016. Produced by Joel Silver, there is no word on whether Nice Guys is going to be a dark and violent film along the lines of L.A. Confidential or Gangster Squad, the two noir films starring Gosling and Crowe, but seeing as the movie is »
- Alex Maidy
It's no secret that stars aren't always on their best behaviour at all times. After all, when the whole world worships you, it can pretty easily go straight to your head. It can make you believe that the same rules of etiquette (and even the law) don't apply to you. You're above it.
We've all heard whispers of Mariah's demands for white furniture, Beyonce's insistence on brand-new toilet seats and Britney's strict orders for Cheetos and cheeseburgers. But diva behavior isn't limited to divas. A handful of actors have infamously worn out their welcome on the Toronto Film Festival's red carpet with their diva antics and entitled behaviour. And hey, we're Canadian; that kind of attitude doesn't really fly at the film festival renowned for bringing stars and regular folks together to bask in a mutual love of cinema.
While most stars are nothing but gracious at Tiff, there are a few whose ridiculous demands, »
- Moviefone Staff
Starting tonight, History is bringing you the story of Houdini’s life. Starring Adrien Brody, the 2-night special covers a wide variety of the components that made up the multi-faceted man, and it’s something you don’t want to miss.
In the spirit of the History Channel and, you know, history, they’ve released some very cool posters which put Adrien Brody into some of the classic promotional posters used to promote Houdini himself. You probably recognize at least one of these, and the changes are wonderfully subtle.
Give them a look, and be sure to tune in.
Houdini, a new two-night scripted miniseries airing on September 1 and 2 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on History®, is the story of a man who can defy death, but who really was the man behind the escapes? The event miniseries follows the epic tales of Harry Houdini as he emerges as America’s first bonafide world-renowned superstar. »
- Marc Eastman
Josh Brolin‘s performance in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For isn’t wildly dissimilar to his work in Men in Black III. They’re very different films and performances, of course, but both prequels feature Brolin inheriting a role from another actor. Brolin eerily embodied Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K, while in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For he’s channeling Clive Owen’s work as Dwight McCarthy from the first movie. This is Dwight before he had to change his face, which, in case you haven’t read Frank Miller‘s comics, is why Owen isn’t back playing the character. Whether Josh Brolin studied Clive Owen’s performance never came up in our wide-ranging conversation with the actor, who’s clearly pleased with both the film and his performance. With the exception of Labor Day – a film I’ll readily go to bat for — it’s the first time since True Grit »
- Jack Giroux
Following History’s broadcast airing of the larger-than-life miniseries event on September 1 and 2, Houdini will be available on Digital HD the following day on September 3rd. Then, unveil even more of the secrets behind the greatest magician of all time in the extended version of Houdini on two-disc Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and two-disc DVD (plus Digital) October 7 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Boasting an all-star cast including Academy Award winner Adrien Brody (Best Actor in a Leading Role, The Pianist, 2002) as The Great Harry Houdini, Kristen Connolly (Netflix’s “House of Cards”) and Evan Jones (Gangster Squad), the scripted four-hour event chronicles Houdini’s extraordinary life as he finds fame while defying death with his incredible stunts and illusions.
His ability to escape from handcuffs, strait-jackets and water tanks is legendary – breaking the shackles of his past proved more challenging. History’s Houdini follows the world-renowned master of escape’s »
- Melissa Thompson
To say that there has been quite a large amount of hype surrounding superhero franchises lately, would be an understatement larger than the Incredible Hulk’s biceps. With Marvel Studios’ cinematic future mapped out farther than we could even imagine, Warner Bros surprised (and delighted) movie fans earlier this month, with the long overdue announcement of a catalogue of DC Comics film adaptions.
Although the titles of these films remain a mystery, we can quite easily make a few educated guesses as to what they may be. Based on the numerous cameo appearances lined up for 2016′s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, it’s long been assumed that Wonder Woman and Aquaman will receive their own spin-off films after Justice League hits theatres. Jason Momoa has still not been officially confirmed for the role of Aquaman in Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel sequel, however at this point it »
- Ben Read
Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Aquaman, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Batman: Assault on Akrham, Constantine, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Inhumans, Captain America 3, Luke Cage, Big Hero 6, The Sinister Six, Powers, Henchmen and more….
We’ll kick things off this week with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and as filming continues on the Zack Snyder-directed superhero ensemble a few more set photos have arrived online from Detroit, showing Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne [see images here and video here], as well as our first look at returning Man of Steel star Amy Adams as Lois Lane [see here]. Meanwhile, executive producer Michael E. Uslan dismissed the rumour that Affleck’s Batman would be in his 50s, revealing that he is in fact mid-40s in the film, while Affleck himself took a moment to once again »
- Gary Collinson
Warners has hired competing screenwriters for their post-Dawn of Justice Aquaman movie. That’s super crappy for the writers (and really all writers), but it’s also another sign that the studio hasn’t planned out their break-neck push into connected superhero universes beyond cameo (and subplot) introductions for a shotgun blast of potential Justice League members in a movie supposedly focused on Batman and Superman. Drew McWeeny compared the process to a reality show (picture an anthropomorphic script doing a rose-less walk of shame), and I agree 100%. While far from conclusive, the method points to another shaky element of Warners’ planning. Specifically, that they have no firm planning. Meanwhile, they’re pointing their bat to the bleachers. To be fair, while they’ve hired differently-skilled (yet pulpy) writers in Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300), it’s unlikely that their personal styles will stray too far from each other. The »
- Scott Beggs
Warner Bros. is wasting no time in trying to do with DC what Marvel has been able to do with its movies. The Hollywood Reporter reports two writers, Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire), are set to take on scripting an Aquaman movie. Here's the fun part: They aren't working together. Each will be writing a separate movie, and Warner Bros. will pick the best one. It's a script-off! There is no exact date set for Aquaman, but Warner Bros. has stuck its flag in many dates over the next few years, so this might be coming as early as summer 2016. This news comes after speculation about Jason Momoa's casting made its way around the internet again earlier this week. That still has yet to be confirmed. It's almost like the producers are leaking that rumor just to gain a negotiating upper hand »
- Jesse David Fox
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