Zoe Soul Joins ‘The Purge 2′; David Dobkin To Helm WB’s Hugh Hefner Pic; ‘AWOL 72′ Adds Heather Roop

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 4:42pm PST

zoe soulEXCLUSIVE: Zoe Soul (Prisoners) has been cast in the Universal/Blumhouse/Platinum dunes sequel The Next Chapter Of The Purge, the follow-up to this year’s hit thriller set on the one day a year when crime is legal. James DeMonaco will again write and direct with Blumhouse’s Jason Blum producing alongside Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sebastien Lemercier. Frank Grillo stars in the pic, which has also added Michael K. Williams, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, and Kiele Sanchez to its cast. Soul is an alumnus of BET’s Reed Between The Lines who has a role in current awards season hopeful Prisoners with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. The singer-actress is currently writing and developing her own music with producer Justin Gray and also J Bynum, with whom she performs as Zoe & The Bear. The Purge 2 is due in theaters June 20, 2014. Soul is repped by Untitled, Allegory and Alex Kohner of Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein & Kohner.

david dobkinDavid Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) is in talks to direct Warner Bros.’ Hugh Hefner biopic, which Peter Morgan is scripting. The untitled Playboy project first originated at Universal via Imagine Entertainment and will be produced by Jerry Weintraub while Lynn Harris oversees for WB. Coming off a string of comedies including Fred Claus and The Change-Up, Dobkin most recently wrapped drama The Judge with Robert Downey Jr., who was once in contention for the Hef role. He’s repped by WME and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern. Read More »

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David Dobkin Signs With WME

By | Tuesday April 24, 2012 @ 12:34pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: In a move that was expected, writer/director David Dobkin has moved from CAA to WME, rejoining his longtime agent Dan Aloni. The Wedding Crashers helmer is right in the midst of casting Arthur & Lancelot, his rendering of the … Read More »

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Warner Bros ‘The Judge’ Collars Scribe Bill Dubuque To Script Robert Downey Jr-Starrer

By | Wednesday April 4, 2012 @ 4:35pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and Team Downey have set Bill Dubuque to write a new draft of The Judge, a dramedy that’s planned as a star vehicle for Robert Downey Jr., with David Dobkin directing. The drama centers on a big-city … Read More »

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Colin Farrell Not Starring In ‘Arthur & Lancelot’

By | Thursday March 29, 2012 @ 6:58pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Setting the leads for Arthur & Lancelot is proving as elusive as pulling the sword from the stone. Colin Farrell, who’d been in early talks to play Lancelot in the latest configuration of the David Dobkin-directed film for … Read More »

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Warner Bros Reconsidering ‘Arthur & Lancelot,’ With Colin Farrell In Lead Role

By | Wednesday March 14, 2012 @ 10:49am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Warner Bros, which late last year put the brakes on David Dobkin’s Arthur & Lancelot, is once again in active talks to make the movie. I’m hearing that Colin Farrell is in the center of talks that aim to … Read More »

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‘Arthur & Lancelot’ In Warner Bros Budget Crisis: Projected $130M Cost Too High

Mike Fleming

STUNNER! Legendary Pictures Postpones January Start Of ‘Paradise Lost’

EXCLUSIVE: Legendary Pictures’ Paradise Lost isn’t the only film being readied on the Warner Bros lot to face a budget crisis. Arthur & Lancelot, the David Dobkin script that Warner … Read More »

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Gary Oldman Coveted By Warner Bros For ‘Akira’ And ‘Arthur & Lancelot’

By | Thursday November 3, 2011 @ 4:13pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The advance accolades for Gary Oldman’s work in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has put the actor in high demand. He’s Warner Bros’ choice not only to play the role of The Colonel in Akira (Garrett Hedlund will star in … Read More »

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Universal Tries Enterprising Ways To Sell ‘The Change-Up’; Anyone For $6 Tickets?

Mike Fleming

Universal Pictures is thinking outside the box in trying to raise awareness for its David Dobkin-directed body-switching comedy The Change-Up, which opens Friday against Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The Change-Up has been tracking a bit softly, and the studio today sent a promo that highlights the chemistry and appeal of the film’s stars, Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds. The studio has done something else that caught my eye: Similar to when Lionsgate sold $6 tickets to The Lincoln Lawyer through Groupon, Universal is offering $6 tickets to the movie through DailyCandy Deals, the Comcast-owned online daily newsletter that offers discounts from jewelry to restaurants. Here’s the offer as it was sent to me through an email from movie site Fandango: “As a Fandango fan, you’re invited to score a special deal from our friends at DailyCandy Los Angeles. Round up the gals this weekend and ogle Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman in The Change-Up for just $6 (up to a $14 value). Even more swoon-worthy: DailyCandy will send new Deals at 40-70% off straight to your inbox, along with insider info on Los Angeles restaurants, spas, boutiques, and more.” Read More »

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Warner Bros Hot For ‘Arthur & Lancelot’

Mike Fleming

When Deadline broke news last month that Warner Bros has paid $2 million to acquire the David Dobkin spec script Arthur & Lancelot in a bidding war that involved Universal and Fox, insiders said the project would be fast-tracked. … Read More »

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Warner Bros Buys David Dobkin’s ‘Arthur & Lancelot’ For $2 Million

By | Friday June 17, 2011 @ 4:57pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has locked a deal to acquire the David Dobkin spec script Arthur & Lancelot for $2 million in a bidding war that involved Universal and Fox. Script is a $90 million budget contemporary re-imagining of the classic … Read More »

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Theater Owners Fight Premium VOD In Canada, As Chris Nolan, Quentin Tarantino And Others Join Outcry

In a keynote speech at industry confab ShowCanada, NATO President & CEO John Fithian today urged Canadian movie theater operators to be vigilant in their focus on theatrical release windows. Challenging a recently announced proposal from four Hollywood studios to release movies early to the home on “premium” VOD, Fithian explained the dangers of the model. “Early VOD releases to the home could damage the movie industry in two significant ways,” Fithian asserted. “Early releases will reduce movie ticket sales, and will exacerbate movie theft by giving pirates an early pristine copy of movies.” Fithian also reiterated NATO’s call for the participating studios to release sales data from their experiment. “How can the industry evaluate the studios’ test if they continue to hide the facts.”

Fithian’s remarks at ShowCanada marked an expanded, global phase in NATO’s work to preserve the theatrical release window. Beginning with Canada this week, moving to Europe later in the month and onto Australia in August, Fithian will hold dozens of meetings with leading international exhibitors on the topic. “We hope that this early VOD experiment begins and ends in the U.S.,” Fithian continued. “But if not, we want exhibitors everywhere to be prepared.”

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Hot Red Band Trailer: ‘The Change-Up’

By | Wednesday April 20, 2011 @ 4:36pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Universal Pictures has released a Red Band trailer for the raunchy body-switching comedy The Change-Up, where Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman switch identities and have to deal with the ramifications. Scripted by The Hangover scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and directed by Wedding Crashers helmer David Dobkin, the film … Read More »

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