Appeals Court Affirms $12M Award To ‘Crash’ Director Paul Haggis, Brendan Fraser & Producers

By | Monday February 3, 2014 @ 6:51pm PST

DJP LEGAL BADGEA nearly seven-year lawsuit over profits from the Oscar-winning Crash finally might be putting on the brakes. Late last week, a three-judge appeals court panel found in favor of the 2004 film’s director/co-writer Paul Haggis, co-writer/producer Bobby Moresco, producer Mark Harris and actor Brendan Fraser and Celebrating Haitian Heroes Of The St. Luke Foundationconcurred with a December 2011 lower court ruling that awarded the four $12 million. “In a bench trial the court found for the plaintiffs and awarded them over $12,000,000 in damages and prejudgment interest,” the 2nd Appellate Court said in its January 31 ruling (read it here). “We conclude that appellants have not carried their burden of showing prejudicial error, and we therefore affirm,” Judges Frances Rothschild, Jeffrey Miller and Victoria Chaney added. Since its wide release on May 6, 2005, Crash — which won Best Picture and two other Academy Awards has made more than $98 million worldwide.
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UPDATED: AFM Briefs: Vertical Entertainment Gets U.S. On ‘Dark Hearts’ & ‘Hairbrained’; The Exchange Shopping Gregg Allman Biopic

By | Friday November 1, 2013 @ 4:19pm PDT

UPDATED, 5:25 PM: Vertical Entertainment has grabbed U.S. rights ahead of AFM to Dark Hearts, a pulp thriller set in LA’s underground art scene. Lucas Till, Kyle Schmid, Goran Visnjic and … Read More »

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Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser Lend Voices To Animated ‘The Nut Job’

By | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 1:04pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The animated feature The Nut Job has drawn a voice cast that will be led by Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Stephen Lang, Sarah Gadon, and Jeff Dunham. The feature, which Peter LepeniotisRead More »

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Brendan Fraser Exits TNT Pilot ‘Legends’

By | Thursday November 1, 2012 @ 2:00pm PDT
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Brendan Fraser Exits Legends TNT Pilot Brendan Fraser has departed TNT’s drama pilot Legends. The Mummy star was set to make his series debut with the project, developed by Howard Gordon, Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Mark Bomback from the novel by Robert Littell. He was to play the lead, Martin Odum, a deep-cover operative who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job. The parting of the ways happened after the actor and showrunner Gordon did not see eye to eye on the character and couldn’t bridge their creative differences. The role will now be recast. Read More »

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Producer Todd Moyer Files Lawsuit Against Brendan Fraser, After Fraser Sued Moyer

By | Friday July 13, 2012 @ 10:15am PDT

We told you a couple of months ago that Brendan Fraser sued producer Todd Moyer over a planned movie about William Tell. Now Moyer is firing back with a complaint of his own. Moyer filed a lawsuit (read it here) yesterday in L.A. Superior Court against Fraser alleging assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Moyer claims Fraser punched him repeatedly in the chest on two different occasions, the first time in a hotel in Indianapolis where he and Fraser had been working with screenwriters on The Legend Of William Tell. According to the complaint, Fraser “in an intoxicated state began to physically push, verbally threaten and punch Plaintiff repeatedly in the chest”. The second time happened about a year later during a production meeting on Tell. Read More »

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Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Elijah Wood, Vincent D’Onofrio Join Wayne Kramer’s ‘Pawn Shop Chronicles’

By | Monday June 4, 2012 @ 2:18pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Director Wayne Kramer has set Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Elijah Wood, Vincent D’Onofrio, Pell James, Thomas Jane, Lukas Haas, Chi McBride, Ashlee Simpson, Kevin Rankin, DJ Qualls, Michael Cudlitz … Read More »

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Brendan Fraser Files Suit Over William Tell Project, Seeks $3M In Damages

By | Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 4:49pm PDT

Brendan Fraser has filed suit in Superior Court in Santa Monica against producer Todd Moyer over a planned movie about William Tell. Arclight Pictures approached Fraser in early 2011 about starring in William Tell … The Legend 3D. According to the suit, after Fraser became attached to star, Moyer took over development of the movie. Fraser contends that subsequently Moyer assured him that principal photography would begin by October 11, and as a result Fraser turned down other offers. Meanwhile, the suit alleges, Moyer and Fraser agreed the script was too “dark and serious” and needed a substantial amount of work to transform the project into a family-friendly action adventure. At Fraser’s suggestion Moyer hired Eric Brevig, who directed Fraser in Journey To The Center Of the Earth. Moyer also used Fraser’s involvement to attempt to raise financing for the project, the suit continues, but movie never advanced to production. Fraser’s suit contends Moyer never had sufficient financing and he either refused to sign agreements or alienated potential investors. Read More »

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Bob Yari Owes ‘Crash’ Participants $12M In Profits Dispute, Judge Rules

By | Tuesday December 20, 2011 @ 8:38pm PST

In a long-running dispute over profits from the Oscar-winning movie Crash, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that companies controlled by Bob Yari owe about $12 million to director/co-writer Paul Haggis, co-writer Bobby Moresco and Brendan Fraser a member … Read More »

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AFM: Myriad Acquires Mike Figgis-Directed ‘Seconds Of Pleasure’

Mike Fleming

Myriad Pictures has acquired worldwide rights outside the UK for the Neil LaBute-scripted Seconds Of Pleasure. Mike Figgis will direct a film that will star Matt Dillon, Julia Stiles, Brendan Fraser, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Hendricks. Seconds Of Pleasure explores a series of intimate and emotionally charged events that occur among a small group of people traveling together on a trans-Atlantic flight from Chicago to London. LaBute adapted it from his novel, which weaves together the intertwined yet separate stories of the six couples searching for those moments that make life worth living. Seconds Of Pleasure is a production of Scotland broadcasting giant STV. Margaret Enefer, STV Productions’ Head of Drama, Bill Shapter and LaBute are the producers. Read More »

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Eric Brevig Will Reteam With Brendan Fraser To Direct ‘William Tell: 3D’

By | Wednesday September 7, 2011 @ 7:39pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Eric Brevig has been set to direct Brendan Fraser in William Tell: 3D, the historical family action adventure that will be shot next spring in Romania. Brevig replaces Nick Hurran. Brevig previously directed Fraser in the 3D hit Journey 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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Animated Film ‘Escape From Planet Earth’ Gets Voice Cast

Mike Fleming

NEW YORK, NY August 2, 2011 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Rainmaker Entertainment announced today the all-star voice cast for ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH which includes Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Rob Corddry, James Gandolfini and Craig Robinson. The 3D animated family comedy is currently in full production.

The announcement was made today by Donna Gigliotti, TWC’s President of Production, and Catherine Winder, President and Executive Producer, Rainmaker Entertainment. Both Gigliotti and Winder serve as producers on the animated feature film.

ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH is directed by Cal Brunker, best known for his work on the animated feature films DESPICABLE ME, 9 and HORTON HEARS A WHO! Producers Gigliotti and Winder are joined by Rainmaker’s Luke Carroll as a producer on the film. TWC Co-Chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein are executive producers. The film was written by Cal Brunker and Bob Barlen based on an original screenplay by Tony Leech and Cory Edwards.

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‘Freaky Deaky’ Gets Cast And Start Date

Mike Fleming

Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, William H. Macy and Craig Robinson are in talks to star in Freaky Deaky, the Charlie Matthau-directed adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel. Shooting starts June 27 in Detroit. The novel has caught the eye of … Read More »

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Brendan Fraser Kicks Career Into Overdrive Shooting ‘Four Kings’, ‘Escape From Planet Earth’ & ‘Gimme Shelter’ All This Summer

EXCLUSIVE: You remember Brendan Fraser, right? Whose movie career has been in the witness protection program since CBS Films’ Extraordinary Measures and hasn’t had a major hit since 2008′s Journey To The Center Of The Earth 3D and The Mummy 3. But whose roles remain as eclectic as anyone’s in Hollywood? Well, he hasn’t changed his ways even though he’s been absent from the box office recently. Fraser will star in what’s being billed to me as a “sweeping epic historical drama” that starts production in Toronto in August. Four Kings is set against the French and Indian War that essentially divided North America. Executive produced by Todd Moyer and James Holt, the film is produced by Jeff Sackman (American Psycho) from a project developed by Telefilm Canada. Fraser, himself a Canadian-American, stars as Colonel Lord Francis Nicholson, a vastly wealthy Brit who self-finances the war in the hope of creating a utopian society in what is now Canada. Writer/director Damian Lee of Alchemist Entertainment is attached. 

Fraser will also voice the role of Scorch in The Weinstein Company’s much-delayed 3D animated film, Escape From Planet Earth, about a group of aliens plotting to escape that top-secret Nevada compound popular with conspiracists known as Area 51. It was first announced back in 2006, no kidding! The film is Read More »

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Christina Hendricks Uses ‘Mad Men’ Hiatus For ‘Seconds Of Pleasure’

Mike Fleming

Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks has signed on to star in Seconds of Pleasure, which Mike Figgis is directing from a Neil LaBute script. The story takes place on an airplane and connects the lives of people on the plane through … Read More »

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Brendan Fraser Heads Back To CAA, Signs On For Neil LaBute’s Next

By | Monday January 10, 2011 @ 4:33pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Brendan Fraser has returned to CAA, after spending the past half decade at WME. Move comes just as Fraser is signing on for Seconds of Pleasure, a drama which Neil LaBute is prepping to shoot in the UK in … Read More »

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