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Hannah Minghella leaves TriStar for top film post at Bad Robot

Nicole Brown to assume oversight of TriStar’s film development, production.

Hannah Minghella has left TriStar to become head of motion pictures at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, which last month announced a five-year film and TV deal with WarnerMedia that industry observers have valued at up to $500m.

Minghella served the past 14 years at TriStar, most recently as president of TriStar Pictures and TriStar Television. Nicole Brown, who was recently promoted to executive vice-president at TriStar, will assume oversight of film development and production activities.

Minghella will oversee development and production at Bad Robot and manage the current slate as
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Nicole Brown To Lead TriStar In Wake Of Hannah Minghella Exit To Bad Robot

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In the wake of TriStar boss Hannah Minghella heading to lead Bad Robot’s film department, Sony Motion Pictures Group Chairman Tom Rothman this morning promptly announced that TriStar Evp Nicole Brown will be taking over the division, an organic order of progression. Brown came to TriStar from Good Universe six years ago as Svp.

Brown’s career in the independent world focused on discovering new talent and working with first time directors like Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Drew Barrymore, Lorene Scafaria and Diablo Cody. At Good Universe she served as Evp of Production, and executive produced Rogen comedies including This Is The End in addition to developing features like Last Vegas and Neighbors.

Here is Rothman’s email to staff:

Dear colleagues,

I want to make you aware of some changes affecting our TriStar label.

After 14 terrific years of dedicated service to the company, Hannah Minghella will be
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Hannah Minghella Exits Sony’s TriStar to Head Motion Pictures for JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot

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Hannah Minghella Exits Sony’s TriStar to Head Motion Pictures for JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot
Hannah Minghella, the former president with TriStar Pictures and Television, has left the studio and been named the head of motion pictures for J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, Bad Robot announced Thursday.

Nicole Brown, who was recently promoted to an Evp role at TriStar, will be Minghella’s successor and will handle TriStar’s film development and production activities, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group chairman Tom Rothman told the staff in a company-wide memo on Thursday.

“Hannah will spend the next few weeks helping to insure a smooth transition,” Rothman said in a memo obtained by TheWrap. “I know I speak for all of us when I say we thank her for everything and wish her the very best going forward.”

Also Read: 'Guys and Dolls' Remake Rights Picked Up at TriStar

In January, Minghella expanded her role at TriStar to include TV. She most recently oversaw the Mister
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Bad Robot Hires TriStar’s Hannah Minghella As Its Motion Pictures Chief

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Bad Robot Hires TriStar’s Hannah Minghella As Its Motion Pictures Chief
Bad Robot has hired TriStar Pictures and TriStar Television president Hannah Minghella as Head of Motion Pictures. In the new role she will steer the film division of JJ Abrams’ company, and she will work in partnership with chairman and CEO Abrams and co-ceo Katie McGrath, to whom she will report.

The move, which just broke, comes just more than a month after Bad Robot closed a five-year mega-deal to keep its TV business and move its film business under the WarnerMedia umbrella. The wide-ranging pact, which runs through 2024, includes games and digital content. On the movie side, it also means the company will be developing original theatrical films for the divisions of the Warner Bros. Pictures Group including Warner Bros and New Line Cinema. Those relationships will now be a key focus for Minghella.

“It is, essentially, a dream come true to welcome Hannah to Bad Robot,” Abrams said in a release Thursday.
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Zoe Kravitz to Play Catwoman in ‘The Batman’

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Zoe Kravitz to Play Catwoman in ‘The Batman’
Big Little Lies” star Zoe Kravitz has been tapped to play Catwoman, the antiheroine and sometime love interest of the Caped Crusader, in Matt Reeves’ upcoming “The Batman.”

Kravitz will star opposite Robert Pattinson as Batman.

In recent weeks, the role came down to Kravitz, Zazie Beetz of “Atlanta,” “Deadpool 2” and “Joker,” “Baby Driver’s” Eiza Gonzalez and Oscar winner Alicia Vikander. Ultimately, Kravitz won out, despite some worry about scheduling issues with “Fantastic Beasts.”

Pre-production on the Warner Bros.-DC Comics pic is expected to start this summer. No official start date has been set, although insiders tell Variety that filming could start in late 2019 or early 2020. “The Batman” is scheduled to hit theaters June 25, 2021.

Reeves, the filmmaker behind the last two “Planet of the Apes” sequels, took over “Batman” directing duties from Ben Affleck in January 2017. Affleck departed his role as Batman following “Justice League,” allowing
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Spring Aspers Promoted to President of Music for Sony Pictures

  • Variety
Spring Aspers has been promoted to President of Music for Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, where she has worked for the last decade. She’ll be tasked with overseeing creative, licensing and publishing, production, and promotion of all Sony Pictures-related music endeavors.

Aspers is credited with assembling all-star collaborations for the Oscar-winning animated film, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” including the song “Sunflower” by Swae Lee and Post Malone, which has been certified at over 8 times platinum with more than 2 billion streams. For the forthcoming movie “Charlie’s Angels,” Aspers has teamed with Ariana Grande to executive produce the soundtrack and first single, “Don’t Call Me Angel,” with Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey. Also coming up for Aspers is Epic Records’ “Bad Boys for Life” soundtrack.

Said Sanford Panitch, President of Columbia Pictures: “Spring is simply an irrepressible power source. Sitting atop a large platform that includes overseeing composers,
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Stuntmen React to and Discuss the Stunts in Batman V Superman, Baby Driver, Point Break, and More

We’ve got a new Stuntmen React video from Corridor Crew for you to watch today. The guys brought in professional stuntman Eric Linden to watch and discuss the good and bad stunts of several films. Those films include Baby Driver, Batman v Superman, Hot Rod, The Lone Survivor, Point Break, and Django Unchained.

These guys point out a lot of interesting stuff regarding the stunts in these films that you may not have ever thought about or noticed before. I enjoy watching these videos as they offer some great insight on the stunt work that we see done in the movies. It’s also amazing to see the crazy shit that these stuntmen and stuntwomen will do for our entertainment.
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Win A Special Film-Themed Gift Bundle To Celebrate The Release Of ‘The Goldfinch’

The last time 13-year-old Theo Decker saw his mother, she was gliding away from him into another gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Seconds later, a terrorist bomb exploded destroying priceless pieces of art…and shattering Theo’s life forever. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, friendship and even love.

Throughout the turbulent years, as he grows into adulthood, Theo secretly clings to a single, precious object—his one tangible connection to the mother he lost on that terrible day—a priceless painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch. The Goldfinch.

A beautifully wrought coming-of-age story, intimate in its emotion and sweeping in its design, “The Goldfinch” is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel.

Directed by BAFTA Award winner John Crowley (“Brooklyn”), the film features a multigenerational cast led by
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The Morning Watch: ‘Mortal Kombat’ Stars Play ‘Mortal Kombat’, Analyzing Stunts from ‘Baby Driver’ & More

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, watch as two of the stars from the […]

The post The Morning Watch: ‘Mortal Kombat’ Stars Play ‘Mortal Kombat’, Analyzing Stunts from ‘Baby Driver’ & More appeared first on /Film.
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‘Hustlers’ Shows Strength of Female-Centered Fare as ‘The Goldfinch’ Fails to Fly

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‘Hustlers’ Shows Strength of Female-Centered Fare as ‘The Goldfinch’ Fails to Fly
Mid-September is not normally prime box office, but this weekend provided some encouragement as we move into a fall that will determine whether the market will reverse the trend that has domestic results 6% below last year.

“Hustlers” planted the flag for the cause of comedies, original projects, and women front and center with a stronger-than-anticipated $33 million. That was good enough for second place, behind “It: Chapter Two,” which managed to keep its second-weekend drop to reasonable levels and a total just under $41 million that maintained the #1 slot. A particularly strong group of small-drop holdovers also added to decent results.

And then there was the absolutely dreadful #8 with “The Goldfinch,” which grossed $2.64 million. Its failure, which Warner Bros. can sustain, will have more long-term impact than most similar high-end duds.

What emerged was a weekend total that should end up over $110 million, enough to slightly surpass the same date last year.
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Ansel Elgort Recalls ‘Terrible’ Han Solo Audition, Losing Out on Elvis

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Ansel Elgort Recalls ‘Terrible’ Han Solo Audition, Losing Out on Elvis
Ansel Elgort returns to theaters this weekend in “The Goldfinch,” his widest release since 2017’s “Baby Driver.” Excoriated by critics after its Toronto International Film Festival world premiere, “The Goldfinch” stars Elgort as the troubled Theodore Decker, whose mother’s death ripples through a coming-of-age that finds him on the art-theft circuit and tumbling into drug addiction. It’s based on Donna Tartt’s bestselling tome.

It’s Golden Globe nominee Elgort’s meatiest role in a while, and in a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Elgort revealed the roles he lost out on in order to get here. Probably the biggest loss was as Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming biopic, set to open in October 2021 from Warner Bros.

“With Elvis, I think it just wasn’t right. Or so they thought. That’s fine. Baz has a vision,” Elgort said. He recalled thinking, “If I don’t get Elvis,
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‘The Goldfinch’: A Miscast Leading Man & A Crushing Runtime Sink This Literary Adaptation [Tiff Review]

At the risk of putting too fine a point on it, Ansel Elgort cannot really act. In most of his work, that doesn’t matter much; he’s a perfectly adequate Unthreateningly Handsome Teen in something like “Divergent” or “The Fault in Our Stars,” and in “Baby Driver,” he’s basically a puppet in the hands of a stylish director who’s figured out how to manipulate him into something resembling a human being.

Continue reading ‘The Goldfinch’: A Miscast Leading Man & A Crushing Runtime Sink This Literary Adaptation [Tiff Review] at The Playlist.
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‘Knives Out’ Review: Rian Johnson’s Hugely Entertaining Whodunnit Offers Sharp Takedown of White Entitlement

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‘Knives Out’ Review: Rian Johnson’s Hugely Entertaining Whodunnit Offers Sharp Takedown of White Entitlement
Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” — — wants you to know that it takes place in the world of today. In fact, it wants you to know that it wants you to know. Hardly a minute goes by without some reference to the here and now of it all. When legendary crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead the morning after his 85th birthday, it’s as if the past dies with him and the present comes rushing in to replace it, eager to claim the inheritance to which it always felt entitled.

Walt (Michael Shannon), who runs his late father’s publishing house, can be heard yammering on about selling all the movie rights to Netflix; technically that moment takes place in one of the film’s many seamless flashbacks, but it’s not as if Harlan’s kids were ever shy about their intentions. When famed detective Benoit
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Lily James: "Burberry"

"Baby Driver" actress Lily James is currently showcased in a new campaign promoting "Burberry Matte Glow", photographed by Inez & Vinoodh:

James began her professional acting career in the Brit TV series "Just William" (2010).

Following her supporting role in the period drama series "Downton Abbey" (2012–15), she had her feature film breakthrough in the romance fantasy "Cinderella" (2015).

James went on to play 'Natasha Rostova' in the period TV series "War & Peace" (2016), and took on starring roles in several films, including "Baby Driver" (2017), war drama "Darkest Hour" (2017), historical drama "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" (2018) and the musicals "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" (2018) and "Yesterday" (2019).

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Lily James...
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Film News Roundup: Lily James Eyes British Drama ‘The Dig’ With Carey Mulligan

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Film News Roundup: Lily James Eyes British Drama ‘The Dig’ With Carey Mulligan
In today’s film news roundup, Lily James circles a British drama role, “Blackjack: The Jackie Ryan Story” has started production, Laika makes a veteran hire and “Beanpole” and “Just Noise” get distribution.

Castings

Lily James is in negotiations to join Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes in the British historical drama “Dig,” set up at Netflix.

Based on a true story, James will portray an archaeology student. Mulligan will play a widow who believes her land contains buried riches and then turns her property into an archaeological site. Fiennes will portray a local archaeologist.

Simon Stone is directing with Gabrielle Tana producing. The project was previously set up for BBC Films with Nicole Kidman attached.

James starred in “Baby Driver” and “Yesterday” and has been shooting a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rebecca” alongside Armie Hammer. James is repped by UTA and U.K.’s Tavistock Wood.

Production Starts

Production has
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Toronto: ‘Knives Out’ Duo Rian Johnson & Ram Bergman Form T-Street With Funding From Valence Media/Mrc

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Toronto: ‘Knives Out’ Duo Rian Johnson & Ram Bergman Form T-Street With Funding From Valence Media/Mrc
Exclusive: Here in Toronto for the Saturday premier of Knives Out, writer/director Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman have launched T-Street, an entrepreneurial new company that will generate original content for film and TV shows. The venture is fully capitalized by global media company Valence Media, and longtime picture partners Johnson and Bergman have the financial ability to develop, produce and finance projects, with T-Street holding a substantial financial stake.

T-Street launches with a first look deal with Valence Media’s Mrc for film and television projects. Valence Media will hold a substantial minority equity stake in the company.

Johnson and Bergman said they will soon be opening offices, and staffing up to hit the ground running. They intend to make their own original creations through the company, and produce others.

T-Street comes directly out of the experience Johnson and Bergman had in making Knives Out, a package that
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Edgar Wright Shares Spooky ‘Last Night in Soho’ First Look as Production Wraps

Edgar Wright Shares Spooky ‘Last Night in Soho’ First Look as Production Wraps
There’s one less night until we get to see Edgar Wright‘s upcoming thriller Last Night in Soho. The Baby Driver director announced that his upcoming psychological horror movie wrapped production with a first look image featuring star Thomasin McKenzie looking a little spooked. Last Night in Soho First Look That is a wrap on main unit photography on my next feature […]

The post Edgar Wright Shares Spooky ‘Last Night in Soho’ First Look as Production Wraps appeared first on /Film.
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Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho wraps filming, first look image revealed

Shaun of the Dead and Baby Driver helmer Edgar Wright has taken to Twitter to update fans on his next project Last Night in Soho, with the filmmaker announcing that he has wrapped principal photography on the movie ahead of its release next September.

That is a wrap on main unit photography on my next feature film, 'Last Night in Soho’. Can't wait for you all to see @lastnightinsoho on a big screen near you, September 25th, 2020… pic.twitter.com/JTvSB7SEDB

— edgarwright (@edgarwright) August 30, 2019

Plot details for Last Night in Soho are being kept tightly under wraps, and all we really know about the film is that it is being described as a “psychological horror-thriller” taking place in London’s Soho district.

Wright has co-written the script for the film with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Penny Dreadful) and the cast includes Anya Taylor-Joy (Glass), Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie (Leave NoTrace), Matt Smith
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Edgar Wright's Last Night in Soho First Look Arrives as Shooting Wraps

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Edgar Wright's Last Night in Soho First Look Arrives as Shooting Wraps
Edgar Wright's Last Night in Soho has officially wrapped production. In honor of the occasion, we have our first look at the highly anticipated thriller. Wright posted the image on social media and it features a rather unsettling visual of Anya Taylor-Joy's character in black clothing with black eye makeup on. There's nothing else to really get from the image since it is taken out of context, but Wright is looking forward to people seeing it in theaters next September. Wright had this to say about the movie.

"That is a wrap on main unit photography on my next feature film, Last Night in Soho. Can't wait for you all to see Last Night in Soho on a big screen near you, September 25th, 2020..."

Last Night in Soho is Edgar Wright's first project since releasing the highly acclaimed Baby Driver in 2017. The new thriller started production back at
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Summer 2019 B.O. Rings Up $4.8B+: After Being Slaughtered By Disney, Rival Studios Ponder ‘What’s Theatrical?’

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People left their homes and went to the movies this summer, shelling out what is expected to be $4.83 billion by Monday, +1% from the same period last year, which started at the end of April and lasted through Labor Day, and a few dollars shy of 2013’s $4.872B all-time record, per Comscore.

True, close to 50% of this summer’s ticket sales came from Disney branded IP ($2.2B), and 18% from their Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame (which opened on April 26), leaving a slew of lower-to-mid-sized budgeted films gasping.

As Netflix gets ready to launch a premium awards season lineup that includes Martin Scorsese’s near-$200M The Irishman, Eddie Murphy’s Dolemite Is My Name, and Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat, studios executives left for Labor Day weekend wondering: Just what is theatrical nowadays?

Yes, of course, big branded IP, superhero projects, Disney characters work, duh. And older IP that hasn’t really
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