‘Exodus’ Scribes Adam Cooper & Bill Collage Take ‘Assassin’s Creed’

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 3:32pm PDT
Mike Fleming

assEXCLUSIVE: Adam Cooper and Bill Collage are rewriting for New Regency and Ubisoft Assassin’s Creed, the live-action adaptation of the Ubisoft vidgame that is coming together as a vehicle for 12 Years A Slave star Michael Fassbender. Cooper and Collage have been on a roll of late. They most recently scripted the original draft of Exodus: Gods & Kings, with Steve Zaillian rewriting the biblical epic that Ridley Scott is directing with Christian Bale starring as Moses. They also scripted the George Washington pic The General for Noah helmer Darren Aronofsky and his Protozoa Pictures banner. That film is set at Red Granite.

The scribes take on this high-profile job as they are adapting the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Devil In The Grove for producer Allison Shearmur at Lionsgate, and the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced earthquake movie Shake at Paramount. They also are working with Aronofsky and Protozoa on the epic The Maccabee for New Regency Television, as well as the limited event series Pinkerton for FX Studios and Fox, which is produced by Marc Abrams and Michael Benson. The scribes are repped by WME and lawyered by McKuin Frankel Whitehead.

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Keanu Reeves, Eli Roth To Team On Thriller ‘Knock Knock’

By | Friday April 4, 2014 @ 12:58pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Keanu Reeves 1EXCLUSIVE: There are going to be plenty of film packages that spark buyers at Cannes, and here’s a fresh one that isn’t even waiting for the Croisette. Keanu Reeves has just committed to star for Eli Roth in Knock Knock, a psychological thriller that Roth wrote and will rothedirect.  Reeves will play a happily married family man who’s left alone for the weekend. Two beautiful girls show up at his house, and turn his life upside down. Those femme fatales will be played by Lorenza Izzo, who just starred for Roth in the September 5 release The Green Inferno, and Ana de Armas, who just played Robert Duran’s wife in Hands Of Stone opposite Edgar Ramirez and Robert De Niro. Ignacia Allamand, who also starred in Green Inferno, plays the man’s wife. Colleen Camp, a catalyst in assembling this film as producer, will also play a role, as will Aaron Burns, who also just worked with Roth in The Green Inferno. Read More »

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‘House Of Cards’, ‘Scandal’, ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘The Bridge’, ‘Key & Peele’, ‘Orphan Black’, ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Win Peabodys

By | Wednesday April 2, 2014 @ 7:08am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Netflix and BBC America each has two scripted series on the list PeabodyAwardsof a record 46 programs to receive Peabody Awards this year. Joining Netflix’s Washington drama House Of Cards and prison comedy Orange Is The New Black is another DC drama, ABC’s soapy Scandal; BBC America’s clone thriller Orphan Black and Broadchurch, which is being remade by Fox as an event series; FX’s The Bridge, which itself is a remake of the Danish-Swedish series; Danish political drama Borgen; acclaimed French zombie drama The Returned; AMC’s Breaking Bad, awarded a second Peabody for its final season; Comedy Central’s hit sketch comedy Key & Peele; CNN’s travel docu-series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown; as well as Burka Avenger, the Pakistani animated series about a girl superhero; and two documentaries from newcomer Al Jazeera America. Additionally, former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, who recently announced he is battling cancer, will receive an individual Peabody Award. Here is the full list of recipients of the 73rd Peabody Awards, bestowed by the University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism. They will be presented May 19 at a luncheon ceremony hosted by Ira Glass at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. A special on the Peabodys will air later on Pivot, which recently inked a rights deal through 2016: Read More »

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Toby Kebbell Joining ‘Fantastic Four’; Archie Panjabi Set For ‘San Andreas’; Gabriel Basso Stars In ‘The Whole Truth’

By | Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 4:47pm PDT

Toby Kebbell squareToby Kebbell is in negotiations for the main villain role in Fox’s reboot of Fantastic Four. He will play Doctor Doom, aka Viktor von Doom, a genius scientist who has a history with the superhero quartet’s leader Reed Richards (Miles Teller). Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell also star for director Josh Trank. Kebbell recently starred in the British miniseries The Escape Artist, and his credits also include War Horse, Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time and Rockarolla. The actor next appears in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and has a role in 2016′s Warcraft. He is repped by CAA.

Archie Panjabi squareArchie Panjabi has been cast in New Line’s action thriller San Andreas from director Brad Peyton. Dwayne Johnson stars as a rescue worker trying to save his ex-wife and daughter during the largest earthquake in California history. Panjabi will play Serena, a reporter doing an investigation on the disaster. She won an Emmy for playing Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife, and her credits also include The Widower and The Fall. She next appears in Fox Searchlight’s I Origins. Panjabi is repped by Gersh. Read More »

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BOX OFFICE FINAL: ‘Noah’ Rises, ‘God’s Not Dead’ Surprises As Schwarzenegger Brought To Knees; ‘Budapest Hotel’ Checks In Again; ‘300′ Passes $100M

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 1:25pm PDT

OPENING: Noah (PAR) estimated around $43.7M for weekend’s No. 1; Sabotage (OPRD) tanks in No. 7 with maybe $5.2M; Cesar Chavez (LGF) in limited release. NOTEWORTHY: The Grand Budapest Hotel (FSL) expands for about $8.5M and another strong per screen; Bad Words (FOC) expands to weak result.

Box officeUPDATED, MONDAY, 1:25 PM: The final numbers are in and Paramount’s Noah grossed $43.7M (which includes strong Thursday late nights that started at 7 PM of $1.6M). Freestyle Releasing’s God’s Not Dead did, in fact, rise into the Top 5 and was down only 5% from last weekend, having added theaters, but still a very respectable showing in its second weekend with a solid $7,468 per screen. “It took a village to market the movie,” said Freestyle co-president Mark Borde. “On every conference call there were about 20 people on the conference call.” Gods-Not-Dead-FacebookPure Flix, a faith-based producer of product, produced this picture and it used a marketing company called Working Title Agency in Tennessee to come up with a very arresting one-sheet. “They also had a pre-sales group for tickets and a social media team, just various individuals that managed the YouTube and Twitter and Facebook. To be honest, there is no way to quantify the results of social media, but in this case, I have to say that I believe the social media aspect is a very strong contributor,” Borde said. “The Facebook had over a million likes and they weren’t bought. Not one penny was spent and at any given time, there were over 700,000 talking it at any given time.” It was also trending on Twitter No. 5 and Fandango as No. 3, said Borde, who added God’s Not Dead was actually tracking in the past two weeks.

Related: Biblical and Faith-Based Movies: In Hollywood To Stay?

“We knew that when we showed up in tracking we were going to do OK, but not this OK,” said Borde. “If you add all that together, we had a sense that we were going to be very strong in the marketplace. But the key to success in this movie is word-of-mouth. It’s the reason it’s held. We had the smallest drop of any movie from Saturday to Sunday on the first weekend and on the second weekend – Son Of God was our model and we had the smallest drop again. What that tells me is — we didn’t increase the buys or advertising — that’s word of mouth. That’s better than anything you can buy. There’s a lot of luck in the movie business, but Duck Dynasty stars were embroiled in a big controversy right before this happened and they were on the front page and we had the first movie they were in.”  They also had the very popular Chrstian pop rock band Newsboys. Freestyle Releasing will add about 200 theaters this weekend.

The Grand Budapest Hotel from Fox Searchlight expanded well with an $8.5M take for a per-screen average of $8,741. Opening next weekend is the Disney/Marvel franchise Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is expected to take all of the air out of the box office as it opens wide and pull in the same demo as Divergent which had two good weekends in a row for Lionsgate and Summit grossing a total of $94.3M. Tracking already shows Captain America at anywhere from $80M-$85M or higher and it has already grossed more than $75M internationally since bowing this past weekend. It’s a total shoot-em-up and more bullets than there are extras in the film. Keeping the previous chart below so anyone who wants to can compare the estimates with the final numbers. Here are the final grosses for the Top 20 via Rentrak:

1). Noah (PAR), 3,567 theaters / 3-day cume: $43.7M / Per screen average: $12,257 / Wk 1

2). Divergent (LGF), 3,936 theaters (0) / 3-day cume: $2.6 (-53%) / Per screen: $6,509 / Total cume: $94.3M / Wk 2

3). Muppets Most Wanted (DIS), 3,194 theaters (0) / $3-day cume: $11.2M (-34%) / Per screen: 3,531/ Total Cume: $33.1M to $33.8M / Wk 2

4). Mr. Peabody And Sherman (FOX), 3,299 theaters (-308) / 3-day cume: $9M (-23%) / Per screen: $2,750/ Total cume: $94.4M / Wk 4

5). God’s Not Dead (FREE), 1,178 theaters (+362) / 3-day cume: $8.7M (-5%) / Per screen: $7,468 / Total cume: $21.7M / Wk 2

6). The Grand Budapest Hotel (FSL), 977 theaters (+673) / 3-day cume: $8.5M (+26%) / Per screen: $8,741 / Total cume: $24.1M / Wk 4

7). Sabotage (OPRD), 2,486 theaters / 3-day cume: $5.2M / Per screen: $2,121 / Wk 1

8). Need For Speed (DIS), 2,705 theaters (-410) /3-day cume: $4.2M (-47%) / Per screen: $1,562 / Total cume: $37.6M / Wk 3

9). 300: Rise Of An Empire (WB), 2,601 theaters (-484) / 3-day cume: $4.2 (-51%) / Per screen: 1,618 / Total cume: $101M / Wk 4

10). Non-Stop (UNI), 2,515 theaters (-430) / 3-day cume: $4M (-38%) / Per screen: 1,595 / Total cume: $85M / Wk 5

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hannibal’ Surges, ‘Rake’ Hits New Low, ‘Whose Line’ Down, CBS Wins Night With NCAA Basketball

By | Saturday March 29, 2014 @ 10:37am PDT

Hannibal - Season 2It was a primetime of blood, basketball and some serious shaking out on the West Coast last night. The latter was the 5.1 earthquake that rocked southern Californian just after 9 PM PT on Friday. In terms of TV, that led to all the networks in the LA-area preempting regular programming with news coverage of the quake for the rest of the night. It also means that there will more than likely be greater adjustments than usual in the final numbers on Monday. Having said that, it was a very tasty night for Hannibal (1.1/3). With a return appearance by Eddie Izzard, some cutting and a hanging of a sort, the often blood soaked NBC thriller series leaped up 22% among adults 18-49 over its March 21 show. That’s the best Hannibal has done in the key demo since its February 28 Season 2 debut. In terms of viewers, with 3.6 million watching, Hannibal rose 36% over last week to hit its biggest audience since the 4.4 million who tuned in for its second show on April 11, 2013. Of course, Hannibal probably got a bit of a helping hand viewershipwise from its 2-hour Dateline (1.4/5) lead-in. While even with last week’s show among the 18-49 demo, the NBC news mag series hit its highest Friday audience since March 25, 2011 with 8.0 million watching.

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Networks Interrupt Programming To Cover 5.1 Earthquake And Aftershocks; Disneyland Shuts Down Rides

By | Friday March 28, 2014 @ 10:23pm PDT

CBS QuakeThe local TV networks went into quake mode tonight — but not immediately. KCBS, KNBC and KABC continued with their regular 9 PM programming after a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck the Southland at 9:09 PM. KCAL 9 did go live with news within about 15 minutes, and one of its co-anchors was Kent Shockneck — who famously doing a live newscast on KNBC when the 5.9 1987 Whittier Narrows quake struck and promptly got under his newsdesk. (Relive video of that incident below). Interestingly, tonight’s temblor occurred on same thrust fault that caused the ’87 quake, according to preliminary data. For their part, the three network O&Os went to their news teams by 10 PM — pre-empting The Insider on CBS, Hannibal on NBC and 20/20 on ABC. Fox 11 went with its regular 10 PM newscast.

disneylandThis was the second small-to-moderate earthquake to strike the Greater Los Angeles area in less than two weeks. Disneyland shut down its rides after the main quake, which was followed by a series of more than a half-dozen aftershocks ranging in magnitude from 2.6 to 3.6. This is standard protocol for the Anaheim theme park, which is less than 10 miles from La Habra, the epicenter of the main temblor. Disneyland typically cycles through its attraction after a quake hits then inspects them after parkgoers have disembarked. … Read More »

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PaleyFest: Michael Chiklis Joining FX’s ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’

By | Friday March 28, 2014 @ 8:48pm PDT

TFreak Showhe biggest news on the closing night of PaleyFest was the reveal that Michael Chiklis is joining the American Horror Story cast for the fourth season. Series co-creator Ryan Murphy said the Emmy winner will make his AMS debut playing the father of Evan Peters’ character and the ex-husband of Kathy Bates’ character on American Horror Story: Freak Show, the title of which Murphy announced in a tweet this week.

Michael Chiklis“What a way to come back to my home network,” Chiklis told the screaming crowd at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. “We’re going to freak you and scare you!” Said Murphy: “Every person on this stage is coming back,” referring to Bates, Emma Roberts (Madison Montgomery), Angela Bassett (Marie Laveau), Sarah Paulson (Cordelia Grove), Gabourey Sidibe (Queenie), Frances Conroy (Myrtle Snow), Jamie Brewer (Nan), Denis O’Hare (Spalding) and Evan Peters (Kyle Spencer). While most of the castmembers were announced in the press recently, Roberts and O’Hare were known to be holdouts. Prior to the panel tonight, both actors told Deadline that they were still in talks.

Related: FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ Renewed For Fourth Cycle

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Hot Trailer: ‘Godzilla’

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 3:46pm PDT

Something caused all that damage. Earthquake? Typhoon? Bryan Cranston says the authorities are lying about what really happened. But you and I know it’s Godzilla. Warner Bros has released a new international trailer for this latest reboot of the classic kaiju property. The military is doing its best, but history shows again and again how nature points up the folly of man. Or, as Ken Watanabe puts it, “The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in our control — and not the other way around.” The Legendary Pictures actioner from director Gareth Edwards and writer Max Borenstein also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn, Juliette Binoche and Sally Hawkins. It arrives May 16:

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Earthquake Hits LA, Local TV Anchors Keep Calm And Carry On — Or Not: Video

By | Monday March 17, 2014 @ 8:42am PDT

There are a couple ways TV on-air talent can go when faced with a 4.4-magnitude earthquake hitting their market. This morning, KTLA, which is the Tribune-owned CW affiliate in Los Angeles, and the market’s CBS O&O demonstrated the two. The quake struck at 6:26 AM PT during live morning newscasts.

Watch KTLA here:

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Bill Whitaker Joins ‘60 Minutes’ As Correspondent

By | Thursday March 6, 2014 @ 12:15pm PST

BillWhitakerCBS News has named veteran Bill Whitaker a 60 Minutes correspondent, it was announced today by Jeff Fager, the executive producer of the newsmag and the chairman of CBS News. Whitaker, who has been based in Los Angeles, will move to the New York area and begin appearing in the fall on the CBS newsmagazine, which is America’s most-watched news program. The newsmag got nicked in its reputation when Lara Logan took  a leave in the wake of the program’s since-discredited story on the Benghazi attacks. Read More »

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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘The Bag Man’, ‘Repentance’, ‘Stalingrad’, ‘The Lunchbox’, ‘Fatal Assistance’

By | Thursday February 27, 2014 @ 6:00pm PST

boxoffice-specialty__111212022432-200x150 (1)Big Sony is opening Russian epic Stalingrad in a record number of IMAX theaters this weekend. The roll out may be a watershed for Russian filmmaking in the U.S. and it marks another blending of “specialty” and “Hollywood” though that isn’t really new as the grey areas have mounted for years. Hollywood’s biggest stars have long had indies intervals between studio cash cows. Cinedigm will open The Bag Man with Robert De Niro and John Cusack theatrically, while the Universal acquisition will remain with the studio’s non-theatrical lineup. Lionsgate/Codeblack will bow Repentance with Anthony Mackie and Forest Whitaker in over 150 theaters, targeting its primarily African-American audience. On the traditional end, Sony Classics will platform Cannes debut The Lunchbox this weekend, while Velvet Films will open an exclusive engagement at Film Society of Lincoln Center for Raoul Peck’s Fatal Assistance.

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Director-writer: David Grovic
Writers: Paul Conway, James Russo, Marie-Louise von Franz (inspired by her short story, The Cat)
Cast: John Cusack, Rebecca Da Costa, Robert De Niro, Crispin Glover, Dominic Purcell
Distributor: Cinedigm

First-time feature filmmaker David Grovic landed quite a cast for his crime thriller The Bag Man. Starring John Cusack, Rebecca Da Costa and Robert De Niro, the title centers on a criminal who bides his time at a seedy motel, waiting for his boss after killing several men and making away with a mystery bag. “We were incredibly fortunate to get essentially first choices in all the roles,” said Grovic. “Unless you’re a studio paying huge money, I think the only way you can get this quality of cast is by making it a passion project.” Grovic said that the cast responded to the script’s non-stereotypical traits including De Niro’s hair and eccentric dialog as well as Da Costa’s wonder woman outfit for starters. Read More »

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OSCARS: Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’ Clip

By | Thursday February 20, 2014 @ 2:32pm PST
Pete Hammond

Oscar-winning Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki, who won the Best Animated Feature Academy Award in 2002 for Spirited Away, is back in contention this year with The Wind Rises, the film he says will be his last as a director. Could that be a factor in how the Academy votes? The film — about the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II — is nominated for its original Japanese version, but Disney on Friday will be releasing the English-language version featuring a starry voice cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Martin Short, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin and others. Here’s an exclusive clip that doesn’t depend on dialogue at all, a harrowing earthquake sequence that shows off Miyazaki’s true gifts as an artist. If this is his last hurrah as a director, you can see why he will be missed:

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Berlin Briefs: Rob Cohen To Helm ‘Risk’; Umedia Digs ‘Deep’; Buyers Show Up For Competition’s ‘In Order Of Disappearance’

By | Friday, 7 February 2014 13:14 UK

BerlinFilmFestival_badge__140204155938Alex Cross and The Fast And The Furious director Rob Cohen is set to helm Umedia‘s action heist thriller Risk. A summer production start is eyed. The film follows a brilliant thief who’s sprung early from prison to execute a nearly impossible art heist. Reluctant to follow the same path that put him in jail in the first place, he’s drawn into a dangerous triangle with a crime boss and a beautiful and mysterious accomplice. Brussels-based Umedia’s Adrian Politowski and Karl Richards will produce with Tim Kwok, Ksana Golod and George Parra. The screenplay is by Eric Harlacher. Umedia International will handle sales.

deepIn other Umedia news, the company’s international sales arm has boarded Spanish animation studio The Thinklab’s family feature Deep. From a script by former DreamWorks story consultant Mike de Seve of Baboon Animation, the film is directed by Julio Soto (Fluffs!). Umedia is showing a sizzle reel to buyers. The story is set in a deep-sea world of the future where humans have abandoned the earth and the oceans have risen. An adventurous octopus named Deep, and his two best friends, angler fish Evo, and neurotic shrimp Alice, must set off on a perilous journey when an earthquake destroys their home. Deep is produced by Adriana Malfatti and Jorge Bazaco, Character development is managed by Spa Studios, the original story creators of Despicable Me, and the company’s owner Sergio Pablos who has designed characters for Disney’s Tarzan, Blue Sky’s Rio, Hunchback Of Notre Dame and Hercules. Read More »

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Up And Comer Alexandra Daddario Lands ‘San Andreas’ Lead Opposite The Rock

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 2:14pm PST
Mike Fleming

daddarioEXCLUSIVE: Alexandra Daddario just landed the female lead opposite Dwayne Johnson on San Andreas, which New Line hopes will be its next big tentpole. In the Brad Peyton-directed film, Johnson plays a chopper pilot who sets out to rescue his estranged daughter after a massive earthquake hits California. Beau Flynn is producing and Village Roadshow Pictures is co-financing. Watch for Daddario; she is gaining notice for her role in HBO’s True Detective and is being courted for a role in the Entourage movie at Warner Bros. Daddario, who starred in Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, is repped by UTA and McKeon-Myones Management.

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Sundance: Sundance Institute Pulls Back Curtain On Global Short-Film Challenge

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 4:15pm PST

sundance-headerPark City, UT — Sundance Institute, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, today announced a new project that will harness the power of independent film to create a global conversation about extreme hunger and poverty. The Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge will spur the production of documentary and narrative films – through a global open call for three-to-eight-minute submissions – that will celebrate imaginative solutions real people are creating to overcome the challenges of extreme hunger and poverty.

The project supports Sundance Institute’s mission to empower independent storytellers and connect their work to communities around. The Institute is working with Tongal.com to manage the online call for entries. Winning films will receive a $10,000 grant and premiere at a private event at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Users can submit through July 1, 2014. There is no fee to apply. More information can be found at www.tongal.com/sundance.

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R.I.P. Film Mogul Run Run Shaw

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 6:22pm PST

run run shaw deadThe billionaire media mogul and co-founder of Shaw Studios, which produced hundreds of influential martial arts pics along with the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner, died early Tuesday local time in Hong Kong. Sir Run Run Shaw was 106. He started the Shaw Organization with brother Runme in 1926, and it evolved from an exhibition entity into one of the biggest producers of Asian features and television shows. He was a force of nature, and his name is synonymous with Hong Kong Cinema and TV. In fact, much of Hong Kong’s culture can be attributed to Shaw and his Studios. During his 44 years at the helm, his Shaw Studios produced thousands of television programs/films. He also was a philanthropist and helped start many schools and hospitals in the country.

Related: Weinstein Co. To Remake Shaw Bros. Classics ‘The Avenging Eagle’ & ‘Come Drink With Me’

Starting in the early 1950s and peaking during the 1970s and ’80s, Shaw Brothers Studios made such popular and influential martial arts films as The One-Armed 36th-chamberSwordsman — directed by Shaw Brothers regular Chang Cheh, the first Hong Kong movie to gross HK$1 million — and its sequels; The 36 Chambers of Shaolin and Eight Diagram Pole Fighter, both directed by Lau Kar-leung and starring Gordon Liu; Come Drink With Me with Cheng Pei Pei, one of Shaw Brothers’ most popular female stars; the cult classic Five Deadly Venoms; The Flying Guillotine; and Five Fingers Of Death. His company produced as many as 40 films a year. The movies coming out of Hong Kong inspired many filmmakers worldwide and helped launch the career of director John Woo. In fact, Woo started his career as an assistant director at Shaw Studios working with Chang Cheh.

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UPDATE: Paul Walker’s Charity To Receive Some Proceeds From ‘Hours’ Box Office And Soundtrack, ‘Fast & Furious 6′ Home Video Release

By | Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 6:15pm PST

paul-walker-photo__131201214231-275x342__1312022057352nd UPDATE 6:10 PM: Pantelion Films, the joint venture between Lionsgate and Grupo Televisa, said today that it will donate a portion of its box office take for Paul Walker-starring drama Hours to the late star’s charity, Reach Out Worldwide. The company, which will bow the movie Friday in 16 theaters and on VOD, did not specify what percentage of the gross it will donate nor exactly when that would happen. Walker died November 30 in a car crash near Los Angeles.

Related: Paul Walker’s ‘Fast & Furious’ Family Mourns His Death

UPDATED 1:55 PM Friday: Benjamin Wallfisch, who composed the music for the upcoming Paul Walker drama Hours, said today that he and Varèse Sarabande Records will donate a portion of the soundtrack’s sales and royalties to the late actor’s nonprofit, Reach Out WorldWide. The film, which stars Walker as a father struggling to keep his daughter alive in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, opens Friday.

Related: Photos: Paul Walker, 1973-2013

PREVIOUSLY: The studio hasn’t made any decisions about the future of Fast & Furious 7 yet in the wake of the death of Paul Walker on November 30. But Universal said today that it will donate some of the proceeds from the upcoming Fast & Furious 6 DVD, Blu-ray and digital release to Walker’s charity Reach Out WorldWide. Here’s the release:
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NBC Greenlights ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Miniseries With Agnieszka Holland Directing

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 10:25am PST
Nellie Andreeva

rosemarysbaby1Four months after NBC signaled a push in the longform arena with a development slate of several miniseries and event series, the network has greenlighted the first project from that slate, four-hour miniseries Rosemary’s Baby,  an adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin. Agnieszka Holland, who has been nominated for both an Oscar (Europa, Europa) and an Emmy (Treme), has come on board to direct the mini, written by Scott Abbott (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge) and James Wong (American Horror Story). Casting begins immediately, with filming set to begin in January in Paris. Lionsgate Television is producing, with Joshua Maurer, Alix Witlin agneszkahollandand David Stern serving as executive producers. “Ira Levin’s mesmerizing book was a groundbreaking reflection on how effective and influential a psychological thriller could be,” said Quinn Taylor, NBC’s EVP, Movies, Miniseries and International Co-Productions, who has been shepherding NBC’s longform strategy since joining the network from ABC in June. Added NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, “As we move into the event movie and miniseries space, Rosemary’s Baby represents the kind of attention-getting, surprising project that will make noise for us. The story has been updated and moved to Paris, but it’s faithful to the spirit of Ira Levin’s classic novel.”

Rosemary’s Baby centers on a young married couple who move into a Paris apartment that has a haunted past. After getting pregnant, the wife becomes … Read More »

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