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Long-simmering reports of financial strains at Relativity Media broke into the open Friday when the company accused one of its backers of privately badmouthing its economic condition in an attempt to take control of the mini-studio.
Relativity said in a statement that New York-based Colbeck Capital had engaged in a “play…to try to seize control of Relativity by trying to spread false rumors about the state of the company.” Relativity chief executive Ryan Kavanaugh remains “fully in control,” the statement said.
The film and television company also said that Colbeck’s two members on the Relativity board “will be removed from the board next week.”
The New York Post reported early Friday that Kavanaugh needed to raise $200 million by the end of the month and risked losing control of his company. Relativity denied that, issuing a statement that said: “Under Ryan Kavanaugh’s leadership, Relativity has successfully recapitalized its »
- James Rainey
Are there any directors hotter at the moment than Chad Stahelski and David Leitch? The duo behind "John Wick" have "Bloodshot" set up over at Sony, are rumored for a DC Comics project, and officially have "John Wick 2" in the works. Now, they've got yet another gig brewing, with a big star attached. Read More: Review: 'John Wick' Is A B-Movie Pleasure, Anchored By Keanu Reeves' Raw Charisma Deadline reports that Charlize Theron will star in "The Coldest City," with a movie set up at Focus Features, everything's raring to go for a fall shoot. Kurt Johnstad (both "300" movies, "Act Of Valor") has adapted the graphic novel by Antony Johnston which is set just before the fall of the Berlin Wall and follows a super spy who springs into action when an MI6 agent is killed. Here's the book synopsis: November 1989. Communism is collapsing, and soon »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If she survives George Miller’s barren Aussie wasteland in Mad Max: Fury Road, Charlize Theron will star in the new Cold War–era spy film from John Wick co-directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. ScreenCrush reports that the dynamic duo responsible for the gorgeously gory action flick will turn Anthony Johnston's novel The Coldest City into another gorgeous, but presumably less gory, flick. Kurt Johnstead (300, Act of Valor, the upcoming Aquaman) is writing the screenplay.As our own Bilge Ebiri eloquently puts it, John Wick is a violent, violent, violent film, but oh so beautiful. The surprise hit, which stars the ageless humanitarian known as Keanu Reeves and, for a few brief minutes, an adorable puppy named Daisy, features some of the cleanest editing and most carefully calculated carnage to splatter the screen in recent years. The title character (Reeves) goes on an ass-kicking spree when some Russian »
- Greg Cwik
There are some excellent videogame-influenced movies out there. They're just not based on videogames...
No, no, this isn’t a list of the worst movies ever made. It’s a choice selection of films from the last 20 years that have been based on videogames. And as you can see, it makes for grim reading. But why is that?
But before we get into that, some brief history.
“Videogames can never be art.”
Despite the huge success of the gaming industry, which is now the most profitable form of entertainment, videogames are still seen an inferior art form. The late, great Roger Ebert famously kicked a beehive in 2010 when he proclaimed that “Videogames can never be art.”, Long story short, »
The plot details are being kept under wraps, with insiders describing the super-secret concept only as a big sci-fi action idea. The hope is that the project can turn into a potential franchise.
Tolmach would produce through his production banner, with Johnstad penning the script.
Tolmach’s executive VP of production, David Manpearl, brought the pitch to Tolmach who, like so many producers in town, wanted to work with Johnstad following his success on “Act of Valor” and “300: Rise of an Empire.” The two then took the pitch to Columbia Pictures president of production Michael De Luca and senior VP of production Jonathan Kadin, who were so excited by the idea that they bought the pitch in the room.
De Luca has been »
- Justin Kroll
Marvel Studios & Konami
The video game medium is frequently said to owe a lot to cinema, given how so many games attempt to evoke the style of a classic Hollywood movie: after all, is Uncharted really anything more than a modern Indiana Jones? However, as gaming has become a more socially acceptable and respected endeavour over the last decade, filmmakers have started taking it more seriously too, and as a result, some of Hollywood’s biggest movies appear to have drawn inspiration from classic games.
Once upon a time, the term “video game-esque” was used to refer to movies in only a strictly negative sense, but that simply isn’t true anymore. These 12 movies are either stylistically or thematically indebted to a famous video game, whether the creators themselves care to admit it or not. And no, the likes of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Act Of Valor won’t be appearing here, »
- Jack Pooley
Sunday, February 22, 2015 ratings — New episodes: 60 Minutes. Specials: Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet, Act of Valor (movie) and 87th Annual Academy Awards. Sports: PGA Northern Trust Open. Reruns: Dateline NBC, Chicago Fire, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Chicago Pd, The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, and Bob's Burgers.
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Fast National ratings for Sunday, February 22, 2015. Whether it was lack of interest in the nominated films, lack of interest in host Neil Patrick Harris or a third thing that could cause disinterest, overnight ratings for the 2015 Academy Awards were down double-digits from last year's telecast in most measures. Of course, ABC's Oscars coverage still dominated Sunday, which featured only low-rated installments of "60 Minutes" and "Dateline" as new competition. Remember the usual provisos: These are time period-specific numbers for ABC and *not* numbers for the Academy Awards telecast. On the East Coast, the show went over an hour over outside of primetime. On the West Coast, the first 90 minutes of the show were outside of Sunday primetime. The actual numbers for the Oscars will adjust up. They always do. Stay tuned for those real Oscars ratings a bit later. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged an 8.8 rating for Sunday night, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Coming off a massive holiday weekend, Fifty Shades of Grey plummeted 74 percent in its second outing. Still, the movie easily held on the top spot this weekend with $22.3 million.Among the new releases, McFarland, USA and The Duff did solid business, while Hot Tub Time Machine 2 flopped.Fifty Shades of Grey's 74 percent drop is steeper than the second weekend declines for The Fault in our Stars, Valentine's Day, and all five Twilight movies. It's the second-biggest decline ever for a movie playing at over 3,000 locations; the worst belongs to the Friday the 13th remake, which fell 80 percent on this same weekend in 2009.Adapted from an immensely popular book and opening on Valentine's Day weekend, Fifty Shades of Grey was always going to be fairly front-loaded. Still, the movie's horrible reviews (25 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and weak word-of-mouth ("C+" CinemaScore) surely contributed in some way.Fifty Shades has now earned $129.2 million, »
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Fifty Shades of Grey held on to first place at the international box office this weekend with $68.1 million.That's off 56 percent from last weekend, which is a far better that the movie's hold in the U.S. (down 73 percent). To date, it's already earned $280.5 million, which is ahead of Sex and the City and the first Twilight ($263 million and $200 million, respectively).In the next day or two, it will pass the first Hunger Games movie ($283 million). With South Korea on the way, Fifty Shades could theoretically reach $400 million overseas.Playing in 53 markets, Kingsman: The Secret Service earned $32.8 million this weekend, which brings its total to $86.4 million. Thanks to the Chinese New Year holiday, the movie jumped 86 percent to $8.9 million in South Korea; it's already earned $17.8 million there, which puts it ahead of all Bond and Bourne movies.It opened to $3.5 million in France*a very solid result*and scored a »
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CBS’ tribute to its correspondent Bob Simon will run 90 minutes this Sunday, 7-8:30 Pm Et/Pt. Steve Kroft anchors this 90-minute 60 minutes, which will be followed by the 2½ hour movie Act Of Valor. This past Sunday, 60 Minutes opened with a report Simon finished the day he died in a car crash on New York City's West Side Highway. Simon was killed February 11 when the Town Car in which he was a passenger sideswiped another car on the highway, reportedly while doing 55 mph… »
Berlin — Relativity Intl. has signed output deals in Germany, Austria and the Philippines, and extended its deal in Latin America.
In Germany and Austria, Tele Munchen Gruppe will now distribute Relativity Studios’ films. In Latin America, Imagem will continue to distribute both Relativity films and third-party films overseen by Relativity Intl.
In the Philippines, Viva will now distribute both Relativity films and third-party films overseen by Relativity Intl.
“Relativity Intl. continues to expand its ability to bring both Relativity Studios’ films and our partners’ films to audiences around the world,” said Camela Galano, president of Relativity Intl. “Tmg, Imagem and Viva are all leaders in their respective territories, and we are proud to be working with them.”
Herbert Kloiber, owner and CEO of Tmg, said: “I am delighted that Tmg/Concorde is going to be the new home for Relativity Studio’s feature film slate for the coming years.”
Relativity Studios has produced, »
- Leo Barraclough
Right before last weekend began, something truly unexpected happened. Yes, Clint Eastwood’s controversial but hugely popular and profitable war film American Sniper passed Steven Spielberg’s classic Saving Private Ryan to become the number one movie of its ilk of all time at the box office. In short, not only is it the top grossing film about the post 9/11 terrorism related wars, which have been iffy at the box office to date, it’s surpassed all the films about World War II and every other conflict as well, taking in an estimated $249 million, as of today (it also just had the second biggest Super Bowl weekend take ever). Just a month or so ago, no one would have ever dreamed about this. If you’re looking for the main reason why American Sniper is a dark horse in all of its Oscar categories, this is why. Money can talk. »
- Joey Magidson
Expanding its in-house marketing capabilities, Relativity Media has made an investment in Say Media and will use the firm to promote its films and TV shows, music, fashion, sports and branded entertainment divisions.
Relativity Media’s chief marketing officer Angela Courtin has joined the board of directors of New York-based Say Media, as part of the undisclosed investment, which gives it a minority stake in the company.
Courtin has been looking for more ways to exploit the company’s various departments digitally since joining Relativity last summer as Cmo. As more consumers turn to online platforms for entertainment, Relativity sees Say Media’s technology as a way to connect with its target audience.
Say Media’s Tempest publishing platform essentially creates digital magazines, with the company also handling advertising sales. It helped launched online publications for xoJane, xoVain, Fashionista, Gear Patrol, Remodelista, Not Impossible Now, ReadWrite, LifetimeMoms, and Bio — many popular with millennials. »
- Marc Graser
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