The man who brought the tourism horror of Hostel to the big screen is bringing a whole new type of fright to Sin City. Eli Roth’s Goretorium haunted house is scheduled to open on September 27 in Las Vegas, right in time for Halloween. “Horror fans know that with my name on it,” Roth told Deadline, “it won’t be for little kids. They know it will be a very scary experience.” Aiming to tap into the $7 billion a year Halloween industry, the 24/7 all year round mult-leveled Goretorium, situated at the corner of Strip and Harmon in Vegas, aspires to become “the world mecca for horror fans,” says Roth. Last year, Roth’s Hostel maze was the one of the most highly attended attractions at Universal Horror Nights. Roth, who’s heading off to Pennsylvania next week to start shooting his Netflix mystery series Hemlock Grove, says he’s already had pre-opening offers to franchise the Goretorium in London, Tokyo and New York, as well as elsewhere in America.
Here’s Warner Bros‘ third and final theatrical trailer for The Dark Knight Rises before the movie opens July 20. As expected the trailer will have prime theatrical positioning in front of Disney-Marvel’s The Avengers when that hotly anticipated movie officially kicks off summer season late Thursday/early Friday.
Tom Cruise shows a new hard rocking side of himself in New Line Cinema’s June 15 release Rock Of Ages. The film version of the stage musical tells the story of the music scene on the Sunset Strip in the 1980s through hit songs of the period by Bon Jovi, Journey, Def Leppard, Poison, Twisted Sister, Joan Jett, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake and more. Cruise is not the only film star displaying rock moves; the cast includes Russell Brand (who played rock god Aldous Snow in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To The Greek), Malin Akerman, Paul Giamatti, Alex Baldwin and Catherine Zeta-Jones (she already showed her singing chops in the best picture Oscar winner Chicago). The Rock Of Ages soundtrack drops June 5 from WaterTower Music. Rock Of Ages also co-stars and features musical performances from Julianne hough, Diego Boneta and Mary J. Blige. Cruise plays hair band icon Stacee Jaxx and according to Deadline’s Mike Fleming, he”crushes” the role, belting out Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive,” Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City.” Cruise also duets with Akerman on Foreigner’s power ballad, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and with Hough on The Scorpions’ “Rock You Like A Hurricane.”
Adam Shankman directs from a screenplay by Justin Theroux and Chris D’Arienzo and Allan Loeb, based on D’Arienzo’s musical. Rock Of Ages is produced by Matthew Weaver, Scott Prisand, …
George Clooney’s $10M Obama Fundraiser: Now Single Biggest Obama Campaign Event; Is Hollywood Help Going To Hurt?
Insiders tell Deadline that the May 10th fundraiser at George Clooney’s Malibu Studio City home has sold out for $6 million and raised over $4 million for the accompanying raffle. But is this Hollywood fundraising giving red meat to Republicans starting to lambast Obama as the ‘Celebrity President’?
On Saturday, Clooney told the Wall Street Journal that his fundraising dinner, co-hosted by Obama bundler Jeffrey Katzenberg and organized by his political right-hand Andy Spahn, would raise $10 million for the president’s re-election. “Which is about double anything that’s ever been done before,” Clooney explained to the WSJ at the White House Correspondents Dunner. (Where Obama greeted the actor with a “Hey, George”). News reports confirm that the $10M is the largest amount ever for a single Obama campaign event. And that exceeds the sum that the Obama campaign raised from the entire entertainment industry in the 2008 presidential race when Hollywood types were slow to embrace Obama as their candidate over Hillary Clinton. But today’s political media outlet The Hill reports:
Republicans are once again seeking to portray President Obama as a ‘celebrity’ — an out-of-touch leader who hobnobs with actress Eva Longoria, considers Oprah a pal and ‘slow-jams’ with comedian Jimmy Fallon before an adoring crowd. Linking Obama to Tinseltown is a strategy that failed to work in 2008. But three and a half years into the Obama administration, Republicans believe they now have enough material to work with
EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, True Detective, an eight-part event drama series project starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, has landed at HBO with a straight-to-series order. I hear the pay cable network is finalizing a deal for an eight-episode order to the high-concept cop drama written on spec by Nic Pizzolatto, with Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) on board to direct all episodes.
True Detective, which sparked heated bidding after it was taken out to the top cable networks earlier this month, is descried as an elevated serial narrative with multiple perspectives and time frames. It centers on two detectives, Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson), whose lives collide and entwine during a seventeen-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. The investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 is framed and interlaced with testimony from the detectives in 2012, when the case has been reopened. The concept is for the 8-episode first season to resolve the mystery at hand, with subsequent seasons using same structure but new characters and story. True Detective is gearing up to start production right away. It is ready to do so with director and stars already on board as well as two written episodes and a bible, which were part of the project’s pitch. Anonymous Content, which manages Pizzolatto and Fukunaga, developed True Detective in-house and will be producing the series for HBO. Anonymous president Paul Green negotiated the …
Stargate and Star Trek composer Joel Goldsmith died on April 29 from cancer. Goldsmith was 54. A three-time Emmy nominee, Goldsmith composed music for over 330 episodes of the long running Stargate sci-fi franchise, created by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin. Goldsmith’s music appears in Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate Universe, as well as two direct-to-DVD 2009 films, Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Continuum.The son of composer Jerry Goldsmith, who won an Academy Award in 1977 for his score of The Omen, Joel Goldsmith was nominated for Emmys for an episode of Stargate SG-1, as well as for the Stargate Atlantis theme and for an episode of that series. Goldsmith worked on several other TV series including the 1990’s The Outer Limits reboot. He also did the music for films such as Kull the Conqueror and 2006’s hugely successful Call of Duty 3 videogame. The younger Goldsmith and his father, who died in 2004, eventually worked together as composers for 1996’s Star Trek: First Contact, to which Joel contributed over 20 minutes of his own music.
I hear that ABC is in talks to pick up Private Practice for a 13-episode sixth and final season. I hear a final renewal decision on the bubble series has not been made yet but the series’ chances have been helped by its strong ratings performance last week. In its second airing in its new Tuesday 10 PM slot, the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff posted a 2.2/6 in adults 18-49, up 29% from its modest premiere on the night the week before, to log its most-watched telecast in more than a year and a half and its best 18-49 result in more than two months. While sources don’t completely rule out an 18-episode or even 22-episode pickup, I hear the conversation has focused on a 13-epsiode order and that star Kate Walsh, whose current deal is coming up, has committed to 13 more episodes. If Private Practice is renewed, creator Shonda Rhimes could potentially have four series on the air next season: veteran Grey’s Anatomy, spinoff Private Practice, her freshman drama Scandal, which has garnered praise and done well enough to earn consideration for fall, and period drama Gilded Lilys, a pilot Rhimes executive produces with creator KJ Steinberg, which is in serious consideration for a series pickup. As for ABC’s two other bubble dramas, the Dana Delany starrer Body of Proof and the midseason soap GCB, both are still in contention. And both are owned by ABC Studios. Body Of …
UPDATED: Judge Howard A. Matz has found in favor of defendant Dick Clark Productions in the trial with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association over who owns TV rights to the Golden Globes. DCP now can continue to produce the Globes, which are organized by the HFPA. In Matz’s 89-page ruling announced today (read it here), he affirmed a 1993 perpetuity amendment that the production company says gave it the right to make a 2010 deal with NBC that will keep the annual awards show on the network until 2018. The HFPA had contended that dcp, which is owned by Red Zone Capital, did not have that right and all its options on the show had expired. “We are extremely pleased with the results,” dcp lawyer Marty Katz told Deadline this afternoon. “It is entirely consistent with the evidence and our witnesses and shows Judge Matz took both into deep consideration.” Said the production company: “We are pleased the court affirmed our contract and look forward to working with the HFPA and NBC to nurture and expand the Golden Globes franchise for years to come.”
The two-week non-jury trial concluded February 10 and saw a series of past and current HFPA presidents and dcp executives take the stand. Dick Clark did not appear, but CBS Corp CEO Les Moonves did via video deposition.
EXCLUSIVE: A former Beatle and a former Eurythmic are making a musical with Paramount. The studio has picked up Hole In The Fence from Ringo Starr and Dave Stewart. The coming-of-age drama is about a group of kids who form a band to escape their depressing mining town. Stewart and Starr, who have worked together as musicians, will serve as executive producers along with Pam Williams. David Harris is writing the script based on Starr and Stewart’s music and original idea. Harris is already working with Stewart and his production company Weapons of Mass Entertainment. The writer is turning the Zombie Broadway graphic novel that he, Stewart and Christine Schenley created into a feature. Jonas Akerlund is scheduled to direct Zombie Broadway. Stewart, the creator and an executive producer on the ABC pilot Malibu Country starring Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin, recently signed with ICM for all his initiatives in film, television, music, theater, publications, new media and branding. Starr is repped by Special Artists Agency in the U.S. and Primary Talent International in the UK.
The No. 1 satellite company promoted Paul Guyardo to be Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer, continuing to report to CEO Mike White. Guyardo will pick up ad sales, which will expand as DirecTV begins to sell local ads. As a result, the company says, he’ll oversee ”all functions that drive the Company’s $22 billion in U.S. revenue.” His universe already included marketing, branding, public relations, pricing and packaging, directv.com, sports, premium channels and on-demand businesses, customer retention, consumer research and analytics and creative services. The company also promoted Keith Kazerman to SVP Ad Sales, reporting to Guyardo. He’ll focus on interactive ads. Meanwhile, DirecTV created a Digital Entertainment Products unit, pulling together several existing operations, to develop the company’s strategy on initiatives including TV Everywhere. It will be run by SVP Tony Goncalves, who used to report to Guyardo, and now also will report to White. “As technology changes at a rapid pace, we must constantly challenge ourselves to think in new and creative ways to meet the evolving needs of our customers,” the CEO says.
The U.S. Trade Representative’s annual list of the countries on America’s official piracy radar was released today, with Spain and Malaysia dropping off the roster and Ukraine coming aboard. The highest Priority Watch List includes thirteen countries: Algeria, Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine, and Venezuela. The report says online piracy is “rapidly supplanting physical piracy in many markets around the world” and nowhere more so than in China, where 99% of all music downloads are illegal. Streaming sites with pirated content also have become the preferred venues to watch TV shows, movies, and live sports events. “Strong copyright protection and enforcement are vital to our industry’s ability to create U.S. jobs, grow our own economy, and expand U.S. exports,” MPAA chairman Chris Dodd said today in commending the Special 301 report.
Peter Berg’s military vs aliens actioner from Universal moved into its 3rd weekend of international release and grossed an estimated $22.5M at 9,604 dates in 50 territories. That now brings the international total grosses for Battleship to $170.9M. Or, to put it in perspective, still less than what Marvel’s The Avengers from Disney made in its first 5 days of release in 39 territories last week. And with Russia and China and Japan still to come! Rival studios tell me that Battleship‘s foreign progress slowed considerably overseas because of The Avengers. But there was still some good news. Russia held at #1 for the second week in a row. In Japan, Battleship is the #1 English-language film for the 3rd week in a row. And China should do well on the Tuesday holiday May Day there and in Russia. The pic has 14 territories still to release — including Israel on May 3, South Africa on May 4 and Latin America starting on May 10 — until it opens in the U.S. and Canada on May 18. The studio set a strategy to open overseas first because of its advance bad buzz and very expensive budget. (The studio claims the cost was $209M.)
Robert Zemeckis’ 3D remake of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine may have sunk to the bottom of the movie development ocean, but the title is very much alive. The original 1968 animated Yellow Submarine feature has been restored and is rolling out in select markets, starting Saturday at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. It plays May 10, 17 and 19 at Arclight Theatres around Southern California. Previously out of print, Yellow Submarine was cleaned up and restored in 4K digital resolution. EMI and the Beatles’ Apple Corps brought on D&E Entertainment to handle the project. The spiffed-up film will released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 4 outside the U.S., and on June 5 domestically.
EXCLUSIVE: Brenton Thwaites and Matt Barr have signed with WME in all areas. Thwaites, best known as Stu Henderson on Home And Away in his native Australia, stars as male lead Dean McMullen in Lifetime’s upcoming Blue Lagoon TV movie, which is slated to premiere in June. Most recently seen in the CW’s Hellcats and CBS’s Harper’s Island, Barr co-stars in Kevin Costner’s Hatfields & McCoys miniseries on History with Costner, Bill Paxton and Tom Berenger. Barr plays Johnse Hatfield. Barr continues to be repped by Matt Luber of Luber/Rockin. Thwaites continues to be repped by Dan Spilo of Industry Entertainment.
ABC has picked up The Glass House, a competition reality series in the vein of Big Brother. It is set to premiere June 18 and is executive produced by former Big Brother producer Kenny Rosen. Described as an interactive real-life and real-time reality competition, Glass House features 14 contestants living and competing for a quarter million dollars in a wired, state-of-the-art house, playing against each other as well as for the viewers’ online votes that will help determine which contestants are sent home and also which eliminated players will earn the chance to return.
Also like Big Brother, Glass House will have an online component as several times a week viewers can watch a live online feed of the players. In this case, the audience can vote and decide everything from what players wear and eat to the games they play, even where they sleep. Viewers will also have the chance to give their favorite contestants feedback on their game from outside the house.
Dark comedy Revenge For Jolly! premiered at Tribeca earlier this month. It’s produced by Atlas Independent, the division of Charles Roven’s Atlas Entertainment that’s headed by William Green. Highland Film Group is now on board to handle international sales on the film about a guy who goes on a hunt for the person who killed his beloved Miniature Pinscher. Chadd Harbold makes his feature directing debut while Brian Petsos, in his screenwriting debut, stars. He’s joined by Oscar Isaac – who’ll next be seen in the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis – and a group of actors that includes Elijah Wood, Adam Brody, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Gillian Jacobs, Bobby Moynihan, Garret Dillahunt, Kevin Corrigan, David Rasche and Jayne Atkinson. Green produced along with Aaron Ginsburg and Petsos. Atlas Independent is on track to produce three pics per year with such other upcoming titles as Sacha Bennett’s Get Lucky in post-production and Apollo 18 director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego’s Open Grave starting principal photography on May 4. William Monahan’s Mojave is also due to start filming later this year.
NBC‘s freshman drama Grimm received a very early renewal in mid-March. And the network’s comedy pilot Go On starring Matthew Perry was given an unusually early series pickup 10 days ago. I hear both are being eyed for an early launch in August, following NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics in London. NBC, which is seeking a ratings turnaround, had been contemplating an early rollout for a number of series to take advantage of the monster promotional platform the Olympics provide. To make an August launch date, Grimm and Go On are expected to start production early. I hear Grimm writers are already working, while writers on Go On, created by Scott Silveri and directed by Todd Holland, will convene as early as next week.The single-camera Go On stars Perry as an irreverent yet charming sportscaster who, trying to move on from a loss, finds solace from the members of his mandatory support group. An August premiere will certainly get the comedy on the air ahead of similarly themed single-camera pilot Rebounding, which is in serious consideration for a series pickup at Fox. In addition to Grimm, also expected to return earlier than this season are NBC’s midseason reality flagship The Voice and Broadway drama Smash, which are being considered for a …
TruTV‘s slate of development titles announced today include a Howie Mandel-produced game show set on an airplane and a funny-video pilot from the producers of America’s Funniest Home Videos and Tosh.0 starring Shaquille O’Neal and Gary Owen. There are four series on the production slate, including the cast-contingent auction title Container Wars, in which experts compete against each other to buy the contents of huge shipping containers whose contents are unknown only until the last minute before bids are due. TruTV also announced the return dates for six series, with hit Hardcore Pawn and Vegas Strip coming sometime in July. Here’s the full slate:
EXCLUSIVE: Add Isabelle Huppert to the cast of Dead Man Down. The two-time Cannes Film Festival Best Actress winner will join Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard and Dominic Cooper in the underworld thriller. Niels Arden Oplev, who helmed the original 2009 Swedish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, is directing. The movie started filming last week in Philadelphia; Huppert begins her filming later in May.