‘Doctor Strange’ Shot New Scenes Written by Dan Harmon After Production Wrapped
Doctor Strange wrapped principal photography back in April, where Benedict Cumberbatch spent part of his last day of shooting making a surprise appearance at a comic book shop in his full Sorcerer Supreme wardrobe. However, just recently when a rumor popped up about a potential cameo from one of The Avengers in Doctor Strange, it […]
- Ethan Anderton
Ben Wheatley’s ‘Free Fire’ Not Opening Until 2017, Director Talks Influence Of Sam Peckinpah
Ben Wheatley’s previous film, the enigmatic “High Rise,” was quite the head trip with its high-minded look at societal collapse, finding its fair share of both supporters and detractors. With his stylish display of class war anarchy at work, Wheatley nonetheless solidified his status as a visionary. Now, one year later, a new Ben Wheatley […]
- Jason Osiason
AFI Cancels ‘Birth of a Nation’ Screening, Nate Parker Q&A
The American Film Institute has canceled its Friday screening of “Birth of a Nation,” which was to be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker and star Nate Parker, whose 1999 rape case has put the filmmaker and distributor Fox Searchlight on the defensive this past week.
AFI dean Jan Schuette made the announcement to students late Tuesday. The AFI screening would have been Parker’s first public event since the story about the rape case became widely known earlier this month.
“I have been the recipient of many different passionate points of view about the screening, and I believe it is essential that we discuss these issues together — messenger and message, gender, race and more — before we see the film,” Schuette said. “Next week, we will be scheduling a special moderated discussion so we may explore these issues together as artists and audience.”
Fox will hold a different AFI screening of “Birth” later this year. »
- Dave McNary
Doug Liman to Direct ‘Justice League Dark’ for Warner Bros., DC Entertainment
Doug Liman will direct “Justice League Dark” for DC Entertainment and Warner Bros., an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Scott Rudin is producing the project. Michael Gilio is writing the script. The story follows a dark Justice League team consisting of Det. John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon. Plot details are being kept under wraps. Also Read: Kevin Smith Thinks 'Justice League' Gets the Message: 'We Don't Want Doom and Gloom' Keanu Reeves played Constantine in a 2005 movies and by Matt Ryan in the NBC Series “Constantine,” which was canceled »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Bleiberg Entertainment boards 'Past Life' sales for Tiff
Exclusive: The Los Angeles-based production and sales outfit has acquired worldwide rights to Avi Nesher’s historical drama heading into the Toronto International Film Festival.
Past Life will receive its world premiere in Contemporary World Cinema on September 12 and is inspired by the 1977 trans-European odyssey of two sisters.
The Israeli film follows the siblings – an introverted, ambitious classical music composer and a combative liberal magazine editor – as they try to unravel a wartime mystery that has troubled their lives.
Nesher directed Past Life from his own screenplay inspired by Baruch Milch’s autobiography Can Heaven Be Void?
Bleiberg currently »
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Hollywood Rallies In Support Of Leslie Jones Following Hack
Following the vicious doxing of comedian Leslie Jones this morning, friends and peers within the entertainment industry have expressed support for her and outrage about the attack, which saw sensitive and highly personal information posted to the Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live star’s personal website by hackers. Ghostbusters director Paul Feig was among the first to weigh in, calling the attack “an absolute outrage,” and blasting possible suspects angrily. Jones… »
Andrea Jaffe Dies: Former PR Powerhouse And Studio Exec Was 66
Andrea Jaffe, a prominent publicist in the 1980s who later became a studio executive and was herself a member of one of Hollywood’s most storied dynasties died today in Wilmington, North Carolina after a lengthy battle with illness. She was 66. The daughter of former Columbia Pictures chairman Leo Jaffe and sister to producer and former Paramount executive Stanley Jaffe, Jaffe started her career as an assistant at Rogers & Cowan, going on to found her own publicity… »
Review: ‘Mr. Robot’ Anoints A New Madam Executioner
Last Week’S Review: ‘Mr. Robot’ Gives Us A Literal Garbage Fire
In Elliot’s Head, Two’s A Crowd
Having revealed that Elliot has been in prison, with his release imminent, you might think that this week’s installment would drop him back into the world and start moving all of the various storylines towards a convergence, or at least the start of a new phase. But Elliot and Mr. Robot are nowhere to be seen, nor are Tyrell or Joanna Wellick; instead get an fsociety-centric episode.
Some Kind Of A Revolutionary
With the stars of the show taking a break, we get more time with Mobley (Azhar Khan) and Trenton (Sunita Mani). In a flashback to the beginning of the series we see their hacker version of a meet-cute, which involves her pwning him while waiting to meet Elliot. Instead, its Darlene who arrives, and reads them a »
- Liz Shannon Miller
‘Mr. Robot’ – The 5 People We Care About in “Successor”
We’ve had a week now to come to terms with the big reveal in the last Mr. Robot. I will admit even I have continued to feel trepidation over the twist we got—not that I didn’t think it was well handled, but it might’ve been one stone throw too far. I’ve seen some propose that […]
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- Corey Atad
Publicity Executive Andrea Jaffee Dies at 66
Longtime publicity and marketing executive Andrea Jaffe, who was once called the “iron-fisted personal publicist” of Tom Cruise and also worked closely with Oliver Stone, died Wednesday in Wilmington, N.C. after a lengthy illness.
In addition to Stone and Cruise, her publicity firm Andrea Jaffe and Associates represented high profile clients in the 1980s and 1990s including Richard Gere, Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, Farrah Fawcett, Bette Midler, Sissy Spacek and filmmaker Michael Apted. She also repped production firms including Sherry Lansing Productions and Largo Entertainment. Among the films she handled publicity for were “Platoon” “Fatal Attraction” “Rain Man,” “The Grifters,” “The Doors” and “JFK.”
In January 1992, she closed her firm to become president of marketing at 20th Century Fox, where she oversaw creative advertising, publicity and »
- Pat Saperstein
Jeanne Martin Dies: Model & Second Wife Of Dean Martin Was 89
Jeanne Martin, the second wife of legendary crooner Dean Martin, and in her early life a model and Orange Bowl queen, died on Wednesday, August 24 at her home in Beverly Hills following a battle with cancer. She was 89. Born in 1927 in Coral Gables, Fla., she broke into modeling in Miami, posing for magazines, catalogs and calendars and at age 20 was voted Orange Bowl queen, appearing in its New Year's Eve parade and at the Jan. 1, 1948 Georgia Tech vs. Kansas football… »
FilmRise Acquires Domestic On ‘From Nowhere’; Freestyle Digital Celebrates ‘Dependent’s Day’
FilmRise has nabbed North American rights to From Nowhere, a drama about undocumented teenagers in NYC that won the Narrative Spotlight prize at SXSW. It follows a Dominican girl, an African boy and a Peruvian girl who are about to graduate high school in the Bronx. Like most teens, all they want to do is hang out with their friends, fall in love, and figure out where to go to college, but unlike their American classmates, these three live with the threat of being… »
More Foreign Film Shoots May Be in Norway’s Production Plans
For 40 years, the oil and gas industry has been a driving force in Norway’s economy — the country has 860 billion in its oil fund — but the drop of oil prices in the international market have drastically reduced the earnings: some 100,000 jobs have been lost, and 30,000 within the last year. But is film production Norway’s new oil? That question arose during a seminar at the Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund when it was reported that the country’s 10-month old production incentives program drew two international features: Working Title’s “The Snowman,” a U.K./U.S. production, and Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing,” a U.S. title, with a direct $24 million expenditure in the country.
Despite the early success, no, film cannot possibly replace oil — the proportions are totally different, said Sindre Guldvog, managing director of the Norwegian Film Institute. “The annual turnover of the Norwegian cinemas is $145 million, »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
“The Snowman,” “Downsizing” Tap Into Norwegian Film Incentives
Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s U.K.-U.S. production of “The Snowman,” starring Michael Fassbender, and “Downsizing” from U.S. helmer Alexander Payne directly spent $24 million in Norway during their Norwegian location shoots. They were the first two international features shot in Norway to receive funding from the new state incentive program to attract foreign film and TV productions.
According to a preliminary report by Norway’s Olsberg Spi Consultancy, which was published Aug. 22 at a production seminar during the 44th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, the two productions also created 142 full-time equivalent jobs with a total of $12.7 million payroll costs (generating $4 millon tax income for the state).
Financial consultant Andrew Barnes, of Olsberg Spi, presented the report, which was based on the budgets of the two films, recommending the incentive scheme be expanded from $5.5 million in the first year started March 1, 2016, to cover up to four international productions. »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
Im Global launches Go Global in Beijing
Im Global has launched a Beijing-based venture, Go Global, which aims to connect the booming Chinese film industry to the rest of the world, and will make its debut at the upcoming Venice Film Festival.
Headed by industry veteran Clement Magar (pictured), the new venture will maximise exposure of Chinese cinema overseas and represent non-Chinese films on the Chinese festival circuit.
Backed by the distribution experience and network of La-based Im Global, Go Global will offer Chinese producers, financiers and talent a wide range of services including festival strategy, festival booking, festival media promotion and event production.
Go Global will kick off its activities at the Venice Film Festival, where it will be a sponsor of the Bridging The Dragon co-production event and be the press agent of Chinese-Italian co-production Coffee, which has been selected for the Venice Days section.
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Im Global China Launches New Venture, Go Global
Im Global China has announced the launch of Go Global, a new venture that aims to increase the exposure of Chinese cinema worldwide while also representing non-Chinese films inside the middle kingdom. Led by Clément Magar, the Go Global team will be based in Beijing and will offer a range of services to local producers, financiers and talent including festival strategy, festival booking, festival media promotion and event production. The new concern will also take… »
Im Global Launches China-Based Festival Marketing Unit
International film and TV studio, Im Global has launched Go Global, a China-based festival marketing operation.
Go Global will support Chinese films on the international festival circuit and help foreign films on Chinese festivals. The unit is headed by Clement Magar, an industry veteran, now based in Beijing.
Its activities will kick off at next month’s Venice festival. There it will sponsor the Bridging the Dragon, event bringing together Chinese and European producers, and also handle press relations for “Coffee.” Directed by Cristiano Bortone, the film is one of the first Italian-Chinese co-productions and will appear in the Venice days section of the festival.
The launch of Go Global is seen as part of the wider development of Im Global in China. The company, which ranges from film finance to international sales, has had a film sales and acquisitions office in China since 2013. That has helped bring Im Global »
- Patrick Frater
Prolific ‘Cave’ Helmer Looks Ahead to Three More Projects
A trained projectionist but self-taught director, Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken’s third feature, “Cave,” closes the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund. It will be the 27-year-old Norwegian’s third film in two years — and he has another three to come.
“Of course it is a question of coincidences, but also of a will — and a need — to tell these stories. As long as you thrive with what you do, you can have a rather high level of production,” said Dahlsbakken, who started making films when he was 8 years old.
“My best friend’s father had a video camera, which we used to make slapstick comedies and horror thrillers. We took it very seriously and spent a lot of time working on it,” he said. At 19, he tried to get into the Norwegian Film School in Lillehammer but was rejected as he was “too young.”
“In retrospect, I couldn’t agree more, »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
‘Angry Birds’ Bows at No. 1 on Blu-ray Disc, DVD Sales Chart
“Angry Birds,” a computer-generated film based on the popular video game franchise that earned $107.5 million in U.S. theaters, debuted at No. 1 on Npd VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart as well as the research firm’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
“God’s Not Dead 2,” a sequel to the 2014 Christian drama “God’s Not Dead,” debuted at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.
The film earned just under $21 million at the box office and, according to Npd data, sold 48% as many units its first week of availability on disc as “Angry Birds,” counting both the film and a two-pack with the original and sequel.
The Blu-ray Disc and DVD release »
- Thomas K. Arnold
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