Warren Beatty’s Untitled Howard Hughes Pic Finally Takes Flight Financed By Billionaire Boys’ Club; Ehrenreich, Collins To Star In Love Story; Bening And Broderick Also In

Warren-BeattyjpgEXCLUSIVE: It took two decades, but it’s finally getting off the ground thanks to billionaires Ron Burkle and Steve Bing, Windsor Media’s Terry Semel, Arnon Milchan’s New Regency and James Packer’s and Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment. The heavies have come together to finance Warren Beatty’s long-gestating Howard Hughes-based project. The roughly $26.7M production, which Beatty will direct and star in as Hughes, will revolve around Hughes’ assistant (Alden Ehrenreich, Beautiful Creatures) and his love interest (Lily Collins, Mirror, Mirror). New Regency, Beatty and Ratner are producing, with Packer executive producing. Regency will handle foreign through Fox. Bing, BurkleThey’ve already shot a small amount of film on the picture, but it starts rolling in earnest today. Beatty’s wife Annette Bening and Matthew Broderick and other surprises are expected (a la Jack Nicholson, maybe? One can only hope). The focus of the film is the love story of the two younger characters. Read More »

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AFM: Michel Hazanavicius’s ‘Artist’ Follow-Up ‘The Search’ Sells To Worldview

By | Wednesday November 6, 2013 @ 11:40am PST

The Artist helmer Michel Hazanavicius just inked actresses Bérénice Bejo and Annette Bening for his next film, a Chechnya-set adaptation of 1948 Oscar-winner The Search. … Read More »

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Bérénice Bejo & Annette Bening To Star In Michel Hazanavicius’ ‘The Search’

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 4:30pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Annette Bening and The Artist‘s Bérénice Bejo have signed on to star in Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius‘ drama The Search. Hazanavicius also penned … Read More »

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Hot Toronto Clip: ‘The Face Of Love’

By | Friday September 6, 2013 @ 6:11am PDT
Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: In what promises to be a moving, adult romance (remember those?) Annette Bening stars as a widow who learns to love again with an art teacher played by Ed Harris who is a near-double for the  husband she lost. What happens leads … Read More »

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Annette Bening To Topline Jay Roach Comedy Series Project Eyed By HBO

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 11:18am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: A potential single-camera comedy series for HBO is building a formidable team. Jay Roach is set to direct the project, titled The Third Coast, which has Annette Bening attached to star. I hear … Read More »

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Cannes: IFC Lands ‘The Face Of Love’

Mike Fleming

BREAKING: IFC Films acquired U.S. rights to the Arie Posin-directed The Face Of Love, which stars Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Robin Williams, Jess Weixler and … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Kristen Wiig’s ‘Girl Most Likely’

By | Thursday May 2, 2013 @ 5:20pm PDT

One the splashiest pickups at Toronto last year was the forgettably titled Imogene. The Kristen Wiig-Annette Bening comedy now known as Girl Most Likely is hitting theaters July 19 via Roadside and Lionsgate. The American Splendor duo of Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini directed the … Read More »

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‘Hemingway & Fuentes’ Set To Go With Anthony Hopkins, Andy Garcia & Annette Bening

The financing is in place and Anthony Hopkins and Annette Bening are on board for Andy Garcia in Hemingway & Fuentes. Hopkins … Read More »

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Amy Brenneman, Jess Weixler Join Annette Bening, Ed Harris And Robin Williams In ‘Look Of Love’

By | Thursday April 5, 2012 @ 8:38am PDT
Mike Fleming

Amy Brenneman and Jess Weixler have joined Annette Bening, Ed Harris and Robin Williams in the Arie Posin-directed romantic drama Look Of Love. Posin wrote the script with Matthew McDuffie. … Read More »

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Disney’s Bob Iger To Chair Academy Film Museum Capital Campaign With Tom Hanks and Annette Bening

Beverly Hills, CA – Academy President Tom Sherak announced today that Walt Disney Co. President and CEO Bob Iger will serve as chairman of the capital campaign for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Actress Annette Bening and actor-producer Tom Hanks will join as co-chairs. “With Bob, Annette, and Tom’s leadership, our dream of finally opening a world-class film museum in Los Angeles will become a reality,” Sherak said.

As Academy CEO Dawn Hudson noted, “The momentum has been building for a long time, and with the enthusiasm Bob, Annette, and Tom all bring—and the respect they are accorded throughout the industry—we have marked the beginning of a new chapter for this project.”

Earlier this fall, the Academy and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced their intention to work together in establishing the Academy-run museum in the historic May Co. building, currently known as LACMA West. With permanent and rotating exhibitions, the museum is intended to provide an interactive experience that will explore how motion pictures have evolved and how they continue to change.

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‘Like Crazy’s Felicity Jones Is Warren Beatty’s Choice For Howard Hughes Film

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After a long search, Warren Beatty has chosen Like Crazy star Felicity Jones to play the female lead in the untitled film about reclusive industrialist Howard Hughes. The film is still mobilizing its financing, with New Regency in place … Read More »

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HBO Turning ‘The Kids Are All Right’ Into Series Pilot

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: HBO has made a deal to develop  the Oscar-nominated comedy The Kids Are All Right as an hour-long series. Lisa Cholodenko, who co-wrote and directed the Focus Features release, will write the pilot script. I’m told that it will … Read More »

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Matt Dillon Set For Indie Comedy ‘Imogene’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Dillon has been set to co-star in Imogene, joining Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening in the indie comedy that started shooting this week in New York. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini are directing, and Trudie Styler and … Read More »

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OSCARS: Tom Sherak Wins Third Term As Academy President

Mike Fleming

Beverly Hills, CA – Tom Sherak was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight (August 2) by the organization’s Board of Governors. This will be his third consecutive one-year term in the office. Sherak is beginning his ninth year as a governor representing the Executives Branch. He had previously also served as treasurer for the Academy. In addition, Producers Branch governor Hawk Koch was elected first vice president; Executives Branch governor Robert Rehme was elected to one vice president post and Writers Branch governor Phil Robinson was re-elected to the other vice president post; Short Films and Feature Animation Branch governor John Lasseter was elected treasurer; and Actors Branch governor Annette Bening was re-elected secretary.

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Annette Bening Joins Kristen Wiig In ‘Imogene’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Annette Bening has signed on to star with Kristen Wiig in Imogene for  American Splendor helmers Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini. Shooting starts in late summer. Wiig plays a moderately successful Gotham playwright who stages a fake suicide … Read More »

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Warren Beatty Playing Howard Hughes, Great Cast Circling

Mike Fleming

Deadline told you Monday that Warren Beatty was getting behind the camera for the first time since Bulworth. Paramount and Beatty are keeping details under wraps, but here’s what I’ve heard: He will play Howard Hughes, but it’s not … Read More »

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MOTION PICTURE ACADEMY SHOCKER! EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENE DETAILS: Indie Queen Dawn Hudson Named CEO; Insider Ric Robertson Passed Over; Board Of Governors Was Deadlocked

By | Thursday April 7, 2011 @ 11:59pm PDT

THURSDAY 11:59 PM BREAKING NEWS… 2ND UPDATE WITH MORE EXCLUSIVE DETAILS… FRIDAY 2 AM WRITETHRU: This is a huge surprise: not just that Film Independent czarina Dawn Hudson was chosen as the new CEO by the uber-establishment Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Board Of Governors. But also that AMPAS insider Ric Robertson, who thought he was a shoo-in for the job to replace retiring executive director Bruce Davis, was passed over and now has to report to someone else again. I’d been hearing for weeks ever since the most recent and wretched Oscars that certain board members wanted an outsider to tranfuse anemic AMPAS with fresh blood in the form of an experienced film executive with new ideas. That’s certainly Hudson “who not only brings tremendous credibility but turned the Spirit Awards from basically nothing to the terrific event it is today,” one insider just told me. “AMPAS almost always promoted from within. But the Board was just so impressed with Dawn.” 

So here’s what happened, according to my insiders: Tonight the Board Of Governors had “the” meeting to vote on a new top executive to run the Academy. The Board last Thursday also met in secret and that was supposed to be the deciding confab. But it wasn’t. The reason is that there were two factions on the Board — one wanting to keep the status quo, the other wanting a clean sweep. 

“There was some feeling to keep Bruce Davis’s deputy Ric Robertson who assumed the job was his. But that would have been a continuation of the old line, etc. And the Academy Board realized they couldn’t do business as usual anymore,” another insider gives me the scoop. “Tom Sherak, Annette Bening, Jim Brooks, Sid Ganis liked Dawn Hudson a lot. She talked about the creative side of movies, her involvement with filmmakers, the academy’s need to shape an updated identity. And that disasterous [Oscar] show helped her because they realized fresh blood was needed.” Read More »

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Hammond At The Oscars & Governors Ball

Pete Hammond

Before I focus on last night’s 83rd Academy Award winners, let me describe my conversations with the “losers”, only some of whom seemed to take the news in stride. Clearly, The Social Network filmmakers were licking their wounds. To the point that hands-on producer … Read More »

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OSCAR: Annette Bening Q&A

Pete Hammond

Few actresses have the chops to alternate between comedy and drama like 52-year-old Annette Bening. Hollywood really took notice of her in The Grifters which resulted in the first of what would be four career Oscar nominations including … Read More »

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