From Deadline|London editor Tim Adler: Revolver Entertainment, the British distribution company, plans to make 3 low-budget youth or urban movies a year. Each film will be budgeted up to £1 million. The company is high on its first in-house production, Shank, a futuristic gang thriller which sales agent AV Pictures has already sold to Benelux, France, Germany and the Middle East and will be released in the UK on 80 screens on March 26. A tie-in pop video sung by London rap star Bashy, featuring movie clips, has been viewed by 80,000 within a week of it being posted on YouTube, putting it 3rd on the website’s Most Viewed list this week. Revolver is releasing its next urban title about basketball Freestyle this weekend. The distributor helped finance the film. Revolver has already decided on its next project, which its production arm Gunslinger will start filming in June. And a Shank sequel is in the works.
“Ideally, we’re looking to produce films which speak to a British youth audience,” said Revolver’s CEO Justin Marciano. He told me that he and his team have been “reverse engineering” these films by deciding what sort of movies audiences want to see and then making them. “It’s something the studios do all the time, just with several noughts on the end of the budget,” he told me. But Marciano was booed when he talked about reverse engineering at a recent film festival. Still, it’s possible that Gunslinger could become a Roger Corman-like lab for young filmmaking talent. Nothing like that really exists here despite official government schemes aimed at older arthouse filmmakers.
From Deadline|London editor Tim Adler:The UK’s biggest movie theatre chain Odeon has now ended its standoff with the Walt Disney Co. It joined exhibitors Vue and Cineworld to show Alice In Wonderland as scheduled. What a win … Read More »
Bradley Cooper has fallen out of This Means War because the July start date overlapped the Warners comedy The Hangover 2, which is a big payday for Cooper. This Means War, the McG-directed Fox comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, now needs to find both of the best friends who become enemies … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: This may not be the best of times to develop a lovable whale tale considering the tragic death of that trainer by an Orca. Universal is making Everybody Loves Whales, a fact-based story of the 1988 rescue of a trio of California gray whales trapped under the ice of … Read More »
Halle Berry, who left ICM two weeks ago, is back for the 2nd time with CAA. She left there to join WME and then moved to ICM. Berry continues to be managed by longtime rep Vince Cirrincione.
EXCLUSIVE: What’s better than being really, really ridiculously good-looking like Zoolander? Being really, really ridiculously good-looking in the 2001 cult classic’s sequel. Finally, Paramount and Ben Stiller are pulling together a PG-13 Zoolander 2 with Tropic Thunder and Iron … Read More »
Now that his career is resurrected from the ashes thanks to Darren Aronofsky and The Wrestler, Mickey Rourke is deservedly hot again and in demand. Currently, he’s being courted by Millennium Films and Lionsgate to join the remake of … Read More »
So The $32 Million Man has signed a new employment agreement that will keep him in place as president and CEO of CBS Corp through Feb. 22, 2015. His previous contract was set to expire in 2011. Under the … Read More »
UPDATE: I’ve learned that Marvel Studios and director Joe Johnston are testing candidates for The First Avenger: Captain America which Paramount will distribute on July 22, 2011. I’ve scooped their wish list: most but by no means all of the contenders … Read More »
What’s bizarre is that Matt Labov’s decision to start his own flackery follows B|W|R last month promoting him to co-president with Leslie Sloane Zelnik. This is a major, major loss. Labov joined B|W|R in 1994 and built a comedy roster of Jack Black, Steve Carell, Sacha Baron Cohen, Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Seth … Read More »
Last month, I told you that Deadline|Hollywood, after just four years in existence, has a larger readership than Variety and The Hollywood Reporter print and online combined. Now I can tell you that, according to comScore, DH from January 1st-31st doubled its own … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: In this tough marketplace, if you want to make another movie about a complex historical figure like Robert F Kennedy, you’d better bring to the table an actor with chops and bankability to excite a financier. Matt Damon does both … Read More »
2ND UPDATE 3:30 PM: Here is the CBS/Warner Bros/Chuck Lorre statement.
(February 23, 2010) — Joint statement from Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment; Peter Roth, President, Warner Bros. Television; Chuck Lorre, Creator/Executive Producer of Two And A Half Men:
“CBS, Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre support Charlie Sheen
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This is the Hardball host who commented, after President Obama’s first State of the Union Address, “You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour.”
The Los Angeles Times must be desperate. Rachel Abramowitz is peddling the story of Angelina Jolie-as-Kay Scarpetta (novelist Patricia Cornwall’s signature character) as news when Mike Fleming wrote it for Variety back on April 21, 2009. By the way, his Deadline|New York site debuts on March 2nd. I’m going to miss sharing … Read More »