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‘Last Vegas’ Rating Changed To PG-13 After Appeal

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 2:31pm PDT

The MPAA‘s Classification and Rating appeals board has overturned the R rating given to the CBS Films pic Last Vegas, which is set to open November 1. The pic starring Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Robert De Niro as old buddies hitting Las Vegas for a bachelor party had been assigned an R rating for “brief sexual content.” The film is now rated PG-13 for “sexual content and language.” Director Jon Turteltaub and producer Amy Baer repped CBS Films in the hearing.

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CBS Films Options ‘Children Of Paranoia’

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 9:57am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: CBS Films has acquired screen rights to Children Of Paranoia, a debut novel by Trevor Shane for Dutton. The book will be adapted by Mark Verheiden, whose credits include Falling Skies and Battlestar Galactica. Akiva Goldsman is producing through his Weed Road banner. The first in a trilogy, Children Of Paranoia follows a young assassin caught up in a global clandestine war that’s been raging for centuries. Everything changes when he falls in love with a woman who calls into question the world as he knows it. As he desperately fights to uncover the elusive truth behind the conflict, he begins to wonder which side he’s really on — good or evil. The sequel novel, Children Of The Underground, came out in April. Read More »

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Andy Fickman Helms ‘The Exes’ At CBS Films

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 11:56am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: CBS Films has set Andy Fickman to helm The Exes, the romantic comedy based on the Jane Moore novel The Ex Files. Kelly Bowe wrote the script and Leonard Goldberg is producing. The plot: The ex-girlfriend of the groom reluctantly agrees to attend his destination wedding for closure and for friendship. Once there, she finds herself trapped at an island resort filled with couples’ exes. Old flames are rekindled, new romances are born and complete chaos ensues. “I absolutely love this project,” said Fickman, who most recently helmed Parental Guidance. “It’s a fun and fresh unique perspective within the romantic comedy world. Every time I mention the story to someone they immediately respond with how it relates to their own life — which makes this such a universal experience… anyone who has loved before has lost before.” Fickman is repped by WME and Management 360, and CBS execs Mark Ross and Alex Ginno are overseeing the project.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Last Vegas’

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 10:51am PDT

Michael Douglas scored an Emmy nomination today for playing a staple of the Las Vegas strip in Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra. In November, he hits Sin City again for CBS FilmsLast Vegas. The film sees four pals hold a bachelor party for Douglas’ last–single-man-standing. Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline round out the group of cronies. Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara, Romany Malco and Roger Bart also star. Jon Turteltaub directed the pic from an original screenplay by Dan Fogelman. The domestic release is November 1:

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Comic-Con: Regal, CBS Films, Foursquare Team For ‘To Do List’ Promotion

By | Wednesday July 17, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT
Mike Fleming

In an inventive way to try and get the Comic-Con crowd behind a small comedy entering the fray alongside the blockbusters later this month, CBS Films has joined with Regal Entertainment Group and Foursquare to marketing The To Do List directly to the Con crowd. It is the first time Foursquare has worked directly with a film studio to promote a movie directly to users. When users of the service check in at the convention center, some will get freebies to see the film opening weekend at Regal Cinemas, United Artists or Edwards Theatres. The promotion runs through Sunday. The Maggie Carey-directed film opens July 26. “Foursquare is the app that helps our users make the most of where they are, and where they are going. People love checking in when they go to the movies, so this partnership was a natural fit,” said Foursquare’s Steven Rosenblatt. “Foursquare users who check in at Comic-Con events during the show will receive more information about The To Do List in the app, and get free tickets to see the movie. It’s another way for Foursquare users to be engaged and rewarded for using our service.” Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

By | Monday July 1, 2013 @ 1:22pm PDT

Oscar Isaac stars as a struggling musician ambling his way through NYC’s 1960s folk scene in Joel and Ethan Coen‘s December pic, which nabbed the Grand Prix at Cannes in May. Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, and F. Murray Abraham co-star. CBS Films releases Inside Llewyn Davis December 6. Watch the latest trailer:

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Hot Trailer: ‘The To Do List’

By | Tuesday June 4, 2013 @ 8:35pm PDT

Those who know Aubrey Plaza from her deadpan ex-intern on Parks and Recreation will see a decidedly different side of her in CBS Films’ The To Do List. The redband trailer has arrived, complete with raunchy jokes, sight gags and “other”. Plaza’s Brandy was her class valedictorian but managed to finish high school with her virginity intact. One raucous graduation party later, she decides to remedy the situation before starting college in the fall. Watch for Brandy stumbling over her unfamiliarity with certain terms of, er, endearment. Director Maggie Carey’s 1993-set comedy boasts the tagline, “From straight A’s to her first F.” Co-starring Bill Hader, Alia Shawkar and Johnny Simmons, it opens July 26:

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Hot Trailer: CBS Films’ ‘Last Vegas’

By | Friday May 17, 2013 @ 8:41am PDT

Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline are headed to Sin City in CBS Films’ Last Vegas. The comedy sees the four pals hold a bachelor party for the last of the gang to remain single (Douglas). Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara, Romany Malco and Roger Bart also star. Jon Turteltaub directed the pic from an original screenplay by Dan Fogelman. The domestic release is set for November 1. Check out the teaser trailer:

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CBS Films Moves Up Aubrey Plaza Comedy ‘The To-Do List’

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 4:20pm PDT

Audrey Plaza, The To-Do List, Parks and RecreationBusy day for Aubrey Plaza: First, her NBC sitcom Parks And Recreation got picked up for a sixth season, then CBS Films set a new domestic release date for her next movie. The To Do List, a comedy about an awkward overachiever who tries to make up for her sexual underachieving in high school before she heads to college, has been moved up from August 16 to July 26. Instead of going up against Universal’s action-comedy sequel Kick-Ass 2, it now will be counterprogramming to Fox’s tentpole The Wolverine. Writer-director Maggie Carey’s film also stars Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat, Rachel Bilson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Andy Samberg and Connie Britton. It is produced by Jennifer Todd, Brian Robbins and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett, with Mark Gordon, Greg Walter, Tom Lassally, Maggie Carey, Bill Hader and Tracy McGrath aboard as exec producers.

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Coen Bros’ Red Band Trailer: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

By | Wednesday May 8, 2013 @ 11:17am PDT

The latest from Joel and Ethan Coen screens in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off next week. Inside Llewyn Davis stars Oscar Isaac as a singer-songwriter looking for a break in the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene. Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, Justin Timberlake, F. Murray Abraham, Adam Driver and Alex Karpovsky also star. CBS Films acquired the film in February and has set a December 6 domestic release. Here’s the latest trailer:

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‘Snabba Cash 2′ Helmer Babak Najafi Joins CBS Films Thriller ‘Inside The Machine’

By | Monday May 6, 2013 @ 3:14pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CBS Films has attached Babak Najafi to direct the action thriller Inside The Machine. Najafi, who just helmed Snabba Cash 2 (aka Easy Money 2), will helm a drama that follows an El Paso-based undercover ATF agent who risks his life to destroy a murder-for-hire gang that is run from within a prison by an untouchable criminal mastermind. The script is by Marc Maurino, and Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson of Contrafilms are producing. Vinson called Najafi “an incredibly talented filmmaker who is going to blow audiences away with his ability to deliver an adrenaline-fueled thriller.” Najafiu will work closely with Maurino on developing the script. Najafi made his directorial debut with Sebbe, which won Best Debut Film at Berlin in 2010. He’s separately attached to Unlocked for Endgame. UTA and manager Shelley Browning of Magnolia Entertainment rep him, and CBS’ Mark Ross and Ryan Conroy are overseeing the project.

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Coen Brothers’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Set For December 6 Release

By | Friday May 3, 2013 @ 2:28pm PDT

CBS Films announced today that Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis will see a limited release December 6 and expand out December 20 — during the heart of awards season. Oscar Isaac stars in the pic, which takes place in the folk-music circuit in New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1960s. Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, Murray Abraham and Justin Timberlake co-star. Scott Rudin and the Coen brothers produced. The film will also play in competition at Cannes this year.

CBS Films landed domestic distribution rights to the heavily buzzed-about film in February. Its first screening on the Sony lot drew a music crowd, a lot of movie stars and numerous studio execs, resulting in a ton of interest. Word is CBS Films got the U.S. rights for close to $4 million after beating out two other bidders.

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CBS Films Moves Up ‘Kings Of Summer’ Release Date: Video

By | Thursday March 21, 2013 @ 3:30pm PDT

CBS Films said today that it will be releasing The Kings Of Summer two weeks earlier than first announced. The film, previously known as Toy’s House, will now come out May 31 as opposed to June 14, 2013. CBS Films picked up domestic rights to the coming-of-age film in January after it premiered at the Sundance Film FestivalDirected by Jordan Vogt-Robert and written by Chris Galletta, the film follows three friends as they decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Alison Brie star. Tyler Davidson, Peter Saraf and John Hodges produced. Here’s the just-released trailer:

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CBS Films Dates ‘Kings Of Summer’

By | Wednesday February 27, 2013 @ 11:59am PST

The comedy starring Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moises Arias as teenagers who head into the wilderness to build a house and live off the land will bow June 14. The Kings Of Summer, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts in his feature debut, was originally titled Toy’s House when CBS Films acquired domestic rights last month after its Sundance Film Festival debut. Chris Galletta wrote the script, and Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Alison Brie co-star. Tyler Davidson, Peter Saraf and John Hodges are producers.

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‘Last Exorcism II’ Goes For Hair-Raising: Video

By | Wednesday February 27, 2013 @ 10:58am PST

CBS Films tricked out a beauty salon to help promote The Last Exorcism Part II, which opens Friday, and filmed the patrons’ reactions. Not sure all the prank’s victims will be attending opening night after this. Check it out:

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CBS Films Acquires Coen Brothers’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 10:01am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CBS Films has landed domestic distribution rights to Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis. The film attracted heavy interest after its first screening was held last week on the Sony lot, one that drew a music crowd, a constellation of movie stars and numerous studio execs. The result was, everybody got hot and bothered about the film. I’m hearing there were three bidders for the pic and CBS Films got the film for close to $4 million for U.S. rights. Oscar Isaac stars in the pic, which takes place in the folk-music circuit in downtown New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1960s. Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham and Justin Timberlake co-star.

The Coens and producer Scott Rudin, reteaming after True Grit and No Country For Old Men, made the film without a domestic distributor; Studio Canal fully financed and is releasing in some international territories and brokering offshore deals in other territories. UTA negotiated the CBS Films deal on behalf of the filmmakers. Read More »

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CBS Films’ ‘Last Vegas’ Shifts Release Date

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:58am PST

The buddy comedy starring the killer foursome of Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline had been set for a December 20, 2013 release but is now moving back to November 1. Last Vegas now exits the Christmas frame in favor of a fall date that currently houses Summit’s Ender’s Game. The CBS Films pic centers on what happens when the old friends decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the last remaining single pal. Jon Turteltaub directed the Dan Fogelman script, and Laurence Mark and Amy Baer produced.

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Sundance: CBS Films Acquires Domestic Rights To ‘Toy’s House’

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 6:46pm PST
Mike Fleming

CBS Films announced today it has acquired domestic rights to the coming-of-age comedy TOY’S HOUSE. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts from a screenplay by Chris Galletta, the movie premiered to rave reviews on Saturday, January 19th at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

TOY’S HOUSE stars Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Erin Moriarty, Marc Evan Jackson, Thomas Middleditch and Tony Hale. TOY’S HOUSE follows three teenage boys (Robinson, Basso and Arias) as they head into the wilderness with a plan to build a house and live off the land. The film marks the feature directorial debut of Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Last Exorcism Part II’

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 9:43am PST
Mike Fleming

CBS Films has released a trailer from The Last Exorcism Part II, a film that basically picks up where the first one left off. Ashley Bell is back as the young woman tormented by a demon. The first one, released by Lionsgate, grossed $67 million worldwide on a $1.8 million budget, and after how well Texas Chainsaw 3D did last weekend, the audience for scare fare seems to be just waiting for the next jolt. This one, opening March 1, is produced by Eli Roth, Eric Newman and Marc Abraham.

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