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Broadway Box Office: Summer Heats Up As ‘Lion’ Hits $2.4M, ‘Mice’ Breaks House Record At $929,000

By | Monday July 21, 2014 @ 12:47pm PDT

Broadway Box Office: Summer Heats Up As ‘Lion’ Hits $2.4M, ‘Mice’ Breaks House Record At $929,000Disney’s inexhaustible Lion King continued to roar last week, ringing up $2.43 million in ticket sales at the 1,700-seat Minskoff Theatre as Broadway jumped $2.23 million over the week before. Total receipts were $27,867, 272 for 29 shows for the week ending Sunday, as the Street bid farewell to Holler If Ya Hear Me and The Cripple Of Inishmaan. Both of those shows benefited from theatergoers knowing it was their final chance before bye-bye, translating into increases of $112,037 for Holler and $144,081 for Daniel Radcliffe’s Cripple, per figures released by the Broadway League trade group.

"What If" Screening - 2014 New York Film Critics SeriesAs reported earlier, several shows broke house records: At the Longacre, James Franco and Chris O’Dowd whipped Of Mice And Men up to $929,343, an increase of $66,481 over the week before. Hedwig And The Angry Inch  broke the Belasco house record for the fifth time, ringing up $1,088,660 in sales, a slight increase over the week before. And Beautiful: The Carole King Musical jumped $46,627 to $1,300,153 at the Sondheim.

Only one show posted a decline: If/Then, the Idina Menzel starrer, was off $27,115, to $773,533, about 60% of its gross potential at the Richard Rodgers and not a great sign for the rest of the summer. Longterm survivor Phantom Of The Opera was up an impressive $137,410 to $1,114,417 at the Majestic; Kinky Boots kicked up … Read More »

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Broadway Box Office: Slow But Steady, ‘Mice’, ‘Cripple’ Leap $100K-plus

By | Tuesday July 15, 2014 @ 12:00pm PDT

Broadway Box Office: Slow But Steady, ‘Mice’, ‘Cripple’ Leap $100K-plusUPDATE: CORRECTED FIGURES The Broadway League released corrected figures for Cabaret that changed the weekly totals. Correct figures  are: Week 7 of the Broadway season held fairly steady over the previous week, showing a gain of $517,224 over the week before to a total take of $25,634,839, according to figures released by the trade group the Broadway League

More than half the uptick came from increases for two star-driven dramas. Of Mice And Men, featuring James Franco and  Chris O’Dowd in the John Steinbeck revival, took in $862,862, an increase of $107,506 over the week before at the Longacre  Theatre, with nearly every one of its 1,073 seats filled for all eight performances. Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple Of Inishmaan, at the 1,073-seat Cort, was up $129,241 to $596,630. That’s 61% of its $970,200 gross potential; the show played to 85 percent of capacity.

Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, AWalter Kerr TheatreTony best musical winner A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder gained again, by $14,841, to $901,681 and played to full houses. Also at or near SRO: Aladdin, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Matilda, Newsies, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King (which advanced again, to a Street-topping tally of $2,151,409), and Wicked.

Total season-to-date gross was $196,147,592, up 17.7% from the same week last season. Priciest average ducat was Book Of Mormon ($185.25), followed by Lion King ($160.74) Beautiful ($151.87)  and Hedwig ($148.66).

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Comic-Con: Daniel Radcliffe Making First Appearance At Fanboy Confab With ‘Horns’

By | Wednesday July 9, 2014 @ 4:44pm PDT

Comic-Con: Daniel Radcliffe Making First Appearance At Fanboy Confab With ‘Horns’Daniel Radcliffe is attending Comic-Con for the first time in conjunction with Horns, the Radius-TWC fantasy horror release that he is toplining. Radcliffe will appear alongside Horns director Alexandre Aja and novelist Joe Hill in Hall H from 3-4PM Friday, July 25, to show off the trailer for the film, which follows “Ig” Perrish, a young man who sprouts horns following his girlfriend’s (Juno Temple) murder. Ig’s horns have the power to put people in a trance and trigger them to speak unspeakable thoughts. Horns premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. In 2010, eager Harry Potter fans clad in Hogwarts robes waited hours to see him at Comic-Con’s Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows panel, but Radcliffe was a no-show due to postproduction work, later apologizing to the franchise’s devotees. In addition, Salma Hayek will be showing brand-new footage from Radius-TWC’s action-thriller Everly directed by Joe Lynch. Hayek plays a woman who faces down assassins sent by her ex, a mob moss, while being stuck in her apartment.

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TCA: Jon Hamm AWOL As Daniel Radcliffe Says He’s Too Young To Play Graying Harry Potter

TCA: Jon Hamm AWOL As Daniel Radcliffe Says He’s Too Young To Play Graying Harry Potter“My inclination is to say no,” Daniel Radcliffe told TV critics this afternoon when asked if he’d be interested in playing a graying Harry Potter. The question came out of J.K. Rowling publishing on her website today a new, 1,500-word story about Potter, married, in his mid-30s and going gray — the first update since Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows published in 2007.

Radcliffe was at the TCA’s Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton to talk about the four-episode next batch of Ovation’s black comedy A Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories, in which he plays a younger, morphine-addicted version of a doctor played by Jon Hamm. Since Radcliffe’s the guy most closely associated with Potter on the screen, naturally he took a question about a possible new Potter movie, based on Rowling’s post.

“I don’t think it’s a question that’s even –  not even hypothetical,” Radcliffe said nervously. “As I understand, it’s a very short piece, not of itself worthy of adaptation to film.  And he’s at least 12 years older than I am now. I don’t think I’ll have to worry about that for a long time,” he concluded, dodgily. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Dartmoor Killing’ Casts Up; Radcliffe’s ‘Velocity’ Sells Out; Rare Television Acquires 360Production

gemma leah devereuxUK director Peter Nicholson (Nuremberg: Goering’s Last Stand, Pompeii: The Last Day) is prepping feature psychological thriller Dartmoor Killing with principal photography to begin on June 10th. Isabelle Grey (Accused) wrote the script about two twentysomething friends who are led into a web of mind games, sexual deceit and betrayal when they meet an enigmatic stranger on a weekend trip. Gemma-Leah Devereux (The Tudors), Rebecca Night (Lark Rise To Candleford) and Callum Blue (Colombiana, Smallville) star with David Hayman (Queen And Country, Jack Ryan) and theater actress Olivia Morgan also in the cast. Producer is Jayne Chard with Penny Wolf and Luke Randolph exec producing. The film was developed with the support of Film London’s Build Your Audience and Micro- Market. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Daniel Radcliffe In ‘What If’

By | Friday May 30, 2014 @ 5:55am PDT

CBS Films acquired Daniel Radcliffe romantic comedy What If back in Toronto when it was still going by the title The F Word. The Michael Dowse-directed pic was one of the major buzz acquisition titles at the festival and is getting a U.S. release on August 1. Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan play star-crossed lovers who meet as he’s recovering from a failed relationship and she’s involved with a serious boyfriend. The two then attempt the challenge of merely being friends. Elan Mastai wrote the script. Adam Driver, Rafe Spall, Mackenzie Davis, Megan Park and Oona Chaplin co-star. At present, What If is slated for a handful of international markets, including the UK on August 22.

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Over The Cannes Transom: ‘Wolf Creek’ Director Greg McLean Heads To ‘Jungle’; ‘Gutshot Straight’ Sold To 12 Territories; Cargo Rides With ‘Beautiful Jim Key’; ‘House Of Last Things’ Sold In U.S., Canada, UK, & Germany; Daniel Radcliffe Says ‘You Shall Know Our Velocity’; More

Cannes2014_badgeGreg McLean (6 Miranda Drive, Wolf Creek) will direct Jungle, a thriller based on the international best-selling memoir written by Yossi Ghinsberg. Yossi is an enthusiastic young man with adventurous Greg McLeandreams who heads into the Bolivian jungle with two friends and a fraudulent guide. Their journey turns into a frightening psychological test of faith and human fortitude. Dana Lustig, Gary Hamilton and Mike Gabrawy are producing. Arclight Films has come on board to handle sales worldwide and will present the project to buyers in Cannes. CAA is packaging the film and represents the U.S. distribution rights. Shooting is set to begin toward the end of the year.

The crime action thriller Gutshot Straight has been sold to a dozen Gutshot_StraightPosterterritories. The film centers on a pro poker player (George Eads) who gets mixed up with the underworld when he takes a wager proposed by a mysterious gambler (Stephen Lang). The cast also includes AnnaLynne McCord, Tia Carrere and Steven Seagal as a loan shark. Archstone Distribution said today that it has closed deals for the pic in the UK (Solo), Japan (Prisidio), Middle East (Italia Film), Poland (Kino Swiat), Scandinavia (Lucky Dogs), Pan Latin America (Polarstar), Germany (Maritim Pictures), Thailand (Mono), Ex-Yugo (Stars Media), Czech Republic (Pa-Dora), Benelux (Premiere TV) and Africa (SQN).

Cargo Entertainment has boarded Beautiful Jim Key, an early 20th century period film that marks the directorial debut of Saving Private Ryan scribe Robert Rodat. Cargo will handle international sales and finance with Two Ton Films. The Mark Gordon Company and Revelations Entertainment will produce. Morgan Freeman stars in the true story of Dr. William Key and his brilliant trained horse, Beautiful Jim Key. Production starts early next year.

Double Dutch Internationalhouseoflastthings has sold distribution rights to thriller House Of Last Things in the U.S. and Canada (Revolver), UK (Signature Entertainment) and Germany (MiG), and is in the process of selling remaining territories at Cannes. The project marks the directorial debut of Michael Bartlett (The Little Girl Who Fell From The Tree), who also wrote the film. Lindsey Haun, Blake Berris, and RJ Mitte star. Set in Portland, OR, the film centers on an unspoken tragedy and its effects on a house, its temporary caretakers and the owners, a classical music critic and his wife on a recuperative trip to Italy. The Revolver deal was negotiated by Ron Moring for Double Dutch and Daniel Brandt for Revolver.
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Broadway Loses `Velocity’, Gains Gladys Knight As Tony Awards Hit Silly Season

By | Wednesday April 30, 2014 @ 2:14pm PDT

"The Velocity Of Autumn" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain CallEstelle Parsons earned her fifth Tony Award nomination yesterday. Her reward? Unemployment. Parsons, who is 86 and made her Broadway debut in 1957, is the star of The Velocity Of Autumn, in which she plays a youngster of a mere 79 years who has outfitted her Brooklyn brownstone with Molotov cocktails should anyone try to move her into a home. Despite sterling reviews for the indomitable actress, the play got middling reviews. The producers posted a closing notice of this Sunday. It will have played 22 previews and 16 regular performances at the Booth Theatre.

Related: Tony Noms’ Many Celebrity Snubs Leaves CBS Mulling What Might Have Been

The closing, along with several weird Tony nominations in a season ripe with them, has consequences beyond just the Velocity company. Why? Because Velocity is one of six shows that received Tony nominations but closed before, or will close immediately in the wake of, yesterday’s announcement of the nominees. So many of the 800-plus Tony voters, most of them producers scattered around the U.S., will not have seen the nominated shows. That means they’re not supposed to vote in any category that includes a show they haven’t seen. And since those producers are thinking about prospective ticket sales (OK, and quality), they’re also not likely to cast a vote in favor of a show unlikely to make money at their box offices.

Related: Tony Noms Show Complicated Affair Between Broadway And Hollywood

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CBS Films Dates Daniel Radcliffe-Zoe Kazan Pic ‘What If’

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 12:26pm PDT

WhatIfThe Michael Dowse-directed What If was formerly known as The F Word when CBS Films acquired one of the buzzier titles from last fall’s Toronto Film Festival in a big deal. The pic will now be released August 1, 2014 in NY and LA before expanding the following two weekends. Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan star as a star-crossed couple who meet by chance at a party and feel chemistry. But he is recovering from a failed relationship and she has a serious boyfriend (Rafe Spall), so they attempt to confront the challenge of merely being friends. Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis, Megan Park and Oona Chaplin co-star. Elan Mastai wrote the script. That August 1 date is getting crowded: the wide openers set for that Friday are Disney’s Guardians Of The Galaxy and Universal’s James Brown biopic Get On Up.

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EFM: Daniel Radcliffe Attached To Killer’s ‘Brooklyn Bridge; Goldcrest Selling In Berlin

daniel-radcliffeDouglas McGrath is directing and Killer Films‘ Christine Vachon is producing Brooklyn Bridge, a period pic about the construction of the famous span that links Brooklyn to Manhattan. Daniel Radcliffe is attached to play Washington Roebling, the civil engineer son of the bridge’s original architect, John A. Roebling. When the younger Roebling is left to oversee the project, his obsession threatens his health and his family until he discovers he has an improbable ally in his charming and shrewd wife Emily. McGrath (Emma, Bullets Over Broadway) wrote the screenplay. London- and New York-based Goldcrest Films will finance, distribute and sell all international rights to the movie, kicking off sales at the European Film Market in Berlin next month. Rose Ganguzza is also producing and Goldcrest’s Nick Quested and Pascal Degove along with Jill Samuels are executive producers. Shooting is planned for August 2014. Read More »

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Daniel Radcliffe, Chevy Chase Among Celeb Guests For Sky’s Reboot Of ‘The Kumars’

By | Thursday December 19, 2013 @ 3:30am PST

the kumarsThe follow-up to International Emmy and Peabody Award-winning comedy/talk show hybrid The Kumars At No. 42 will bring the Kumar clan back to television after a seven-year break. The new show, titled The Kumars, is a six-part series that will air on the UK’s Sky1 HD from January 15th. The original ran on the BBC for 53 episodes and was also broadcast on BBC America. There is no U.S. deal yet, but given the earlier show’s popularity and the caliber of guests, it wouldn’t be surprising to see it land Stateside. The original scripted and improvised show centered on three generations of a British Indian family. Sanjeev Bhaskar played the thirtysomething son whose parents support his dream of being a talk show host by building a TV studio onto the back of their home. Celebrity guests were greeted with fanfare at the family’s front door, sometimes making a pit-stop on the living room couch for nibbles (see video below), before being ushered into the TV studio for a chat with Bhaskar while his parents and grandmother offered inappropriate questions from the peanut gallery. The new series will kick off with Daniel Radcliffe, Chevy Chase and Broadchurch‘s Olivia Colman as guests. Returning cast include Bhaskar, Vincent Ibrahim and Meera Syal. But fortunes have shifted and the family now lives in a flat behind a homewares and gift shop that the father … Read More »

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AFM: FilmNation Boards True-Crime Thriller ‘Tokyo Vice’ Starring Daniel Radcliffe

By | Tuesday November 5, 2013 @ 6:24pm PST

Daniel Radcliffe is starring as an American journalist who covers the Japanese underworld in Tokyo Vice. FilmNation Entertainment will finance and sell international rights at AFM to the thriller, which is based on the memoir of reporter Jake Adelstein. His beat includes covering stories of the yakuza, extortion, murder, human trafficking, and fiscal corruption. Commercials and video director Anthony Mandler will helming the pic from a script being written by J.T. Rogers. John Lesher and Adam Kassan will produce the film, with Binn Jakupi aboard as executive producer. UTA is repping U.S. rights to Tokyo Vice, which is set to shoot in mid-2014. Radcliffe is represented by Sue Latimer at ARG in the UK and by UTA in the U.S. and attorney Fred Toczek.  Mandler is represented by UTA and Management 360.  Rogers is represented by WME.  Adelstein is represented by UTA and William Clark Associates.

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AFM: Daniel Radcliffe To Play Sebastian Coe In Sports Drama ‘Gold’

By | Wednesday October 30, 2013 @ 4:31am PDT

The rivalry of Olympic middle-distance runners Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett in the years leading up to the 1980 Moscow Games will be the focus of Gold, a drama project revving up for next week’s AFM. Embankment Films, which is handling world sales, says Daniel Radcliffe is confirmed to play Coe. The British movie will reunite the actor with his The Woman In Black director James Watkins. Simon Beaufoy and How To Train Your Dragon‘s Will Davies wrote the script that’s based on Pat Butcher’s book The Perfect Distance. Coe and Ovett started racing against each other in 1972 and traded records for years. In Moscow in 1980, each won the other’s specialty. A UK and Russia shoot is gearing up for April. Joanna Anderson, Vicky Licorish and Kevin Loader are producing. The project was developed by BBC Films and the BFI with AL Films. Radcliffe is repped by the UK’s ARG and by UTA.

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RADiUS- TWC, Dimension Acquire Daniel Radcliffe Toronto Thriller ‘Horns’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In what might well be the last major deal for a buzz title that world premiered at last month’s Toronto Film Festival, Dimension and RADiUS-TWC have acquired U.S. rights to Horns, the Alexandre Aja-directed thriller that stars Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, Heather Graham, David Morse, Kathleen Quinlan and James Remar. The deal was for multiple millions, rivaling the largest deals made for the other Toronto films.

Keith Bunin wrote the script, based on the novel by comic book author Joe Hill. The logline: After being blamed for the death of his longtime girlfriend (Temple), a small-town guy (Radcliffe) awakens one morning to find a pair of horns growing from his head. The film was produced by Red Granite Pictures founders and producing partners Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland in addition to Mandalay’s Cathy Shulman. Aja is also a producer.

Dimension chief Bob Weinstein and RADiUS-TWC co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego have been working on this deal since the festival. It was certainly a talked-up title that several distributors pursued. They haven’t figured out the release configuration but are looking at 2014. Read More »

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Toronto: CBS Films Nearing $2 Million + U.S. Rights Deal For ‘The F Word’

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 6:40am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CBS Films is in final talks to acquire U.S. rights to The F Word, the Michael Dowse-directed romantic comedy that has been one of the buzz acquisition titles here at Toronto. They were negotiating all night and are still working on final details, but I’m hearing the deal will approach $2.5 million minimum guarantee. The film premiered Saturday at the Ryerson. Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan star as a star-crossed couple. They meet by chance at a party and feel chemistry, but he is recovering from a failed relationship and she has a serious boyfriend (Rafe Spall). So they attempt to confront the challenge of merely being friends. The F Word is one of two acquisition titles that star Radcliffe as he creates distance from his Harry Potter childhood days. Also up for grabs here in Toronto is Horns. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Kill Your Darlings’

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 11:18am PDT

Daniel Radcliffe stars in the John Krokidas-directed Kill Your Darlings, the previously untold story of murder that brought together a young Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs at Columbia University in 1944, providing the spark that led to the birth of the Beat generation. Ben Foster, Elizabeth Olsen, Dane Dehaan and Jack Huston also star in addition to Michael C. Hall, Kyra Sedgwick, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Check out the new trailer:

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Venice: Daniel Radcliffe Fans Storm The Lido As Harry Potter Heat Lives On

By | Sunday September 1, 2013 @ 5:38pm PDT

The Harry Potter movie franchise may have ended in 2011, but it’s still a big worldwide draw. This was especially evidenced in Venice today where a throng of teenagers “stampeded” the Lido for a glimpse of erstwhile Boy Wizard Daniel Radcliffe – and even reportedly accosted him in a bathroom. Meanwhile, stars like George Clooney, Sandra Bullock and Nicolas Cage have made it through town senza incidente. Radcliffe was here in support of Venice Days title Kill Your Darlings in which he plays Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. He was cool about the unabashed crowd of Italian Harry-boppers who, AFP says, “thumped on the walls and rattled the windows” as they tried to get into a press conference. Radcliffe said, “I’ve been dealing with it in various ways since I was 11… I’m incredibly grateful for the swirl of support behind me. My fans seem excited by the unconventional path I am taking.”

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Cory Monteith Drama ‘All The Wrong Reasons’ Slated For Toronto Premiere

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 2:23pm PDT

The late Glee actor’s pic was among 20 Canadian features added to the Toronto International Film Festival lineup today. Cory Monteith leads an ensemble cast in the Myriad Pictures drama All The Wrong Reasons, from writer and rookie helmer Gia Milani, which will have its world premiere at the fest. Monteith, a Calgary native who died July 13 of a drug overdose at 31, plays a store manager whose wife (Karine Vanasse) struggles with posttraumatic stress disorder brought on by a family tragedy. Other world debuts announced during a news conference today include Enemy, a psychological thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal from director Denis Villeneuve, whose Incendies won Best Canadian Film at Toronto in 2011 en route to an Oscar nom, and The F Word, Michael Dowse’s romcom starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. The festival, which runs September 5-15, will announce its full schedule August 20.

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James McAvoy Tapped By Fox To Play Victor Von Frankenstein

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 11:23am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Fox‘s search for the right actor to play Victor Von Frankenstein alongside Daniel Radliffe’s Igor in the Paul McGuigan-directed film has ended. The studio has chosen its X-Men: First Class star James McAvoy and the dealmaking is underway. This was a coveted role, and the studio recently tested actors that included Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston, and Toby Kebbell, whose breakout was the Guy Ritchie-directed RocknRolla. John Davis’ Davis Entertainment is producing.

While Marvel’s Hall H Comic-Con panel is always the one to beat, McAvoy was part of a Fox panel that preceded it and might well have upstaged the day when, after Hugh Jackman and James Mangold talked about The Wolverine, Jackman brought out Bryan Singer and the entire cast of X-Men: Days Of Future Past. McAvoy most recently appeared in the Danny Boyle-directed Trance, and wrapped Filth and The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Him And Her. He is repped by UTA and United Agents.

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