‘Dumb & Dumber To’ Financiers Steeped In “Illegal Activity”, Producers Claim; Red Granite Says Claims Are “Baseless”

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 6:36pm PDT

DJP LEGAL BADGEThe long-simmering Dumb & Dumber To producers’ lawsuit has really heated up in recent weeks. Noting allegations that I reported back in late January, Steve Stabler and Brad Krevoy are now claiming that financiers Red Granite is awash in “ill-gotten gains” and dirty money. “Red Granite is funded with monies that include proceeds from unlawful activities,” says an amended Red_Granite_Pictures_Logocomplaint filed late last month by the two producers (read it here). “Defendants have engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity, in that they have engaged in multiple financial transactions within the United States — including financing of The Wolf Of Wall Street and then separately financing Dumb And Dumber To — with knowledge that the property involved represented the proceeds of unlawful activity and with knowledge that the transactions were designed to conceal the nature, location, source, ownership, or control of the proceeds of the illegal activity,” the 25-page March 25 filing adds alleging violations of much Mob-used RICO Act. Red Granite principal Riza Aziz is the stepson of the Prime Minister of Malaysia and has been accused by the likes of former UK PM Gordon Brown’s sister-in-law of financing the company through illicit funds from that country and others.

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‘Dumb And Dumber To Hit Theaters In November 2014

By | Monday November 18, 2013 @ 5:04pm PST

The L-O-N-G-time-coming sequel will arrive in less than a year — well, four days less. Universal said today that Dumb And Dumber To, starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Read More »

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Taylor Swift Joins Weinstein’s ‘The Giver’; Rob Riggle Cast In ‘Dumb And Dumber To’

By | Friday September 27, 2013 @ 12:00pm PDT

Taylor Swift has been cast in The Giver, the feature adaptation of Lois Lowry’s dystopian young adult novel that kicks off production October 7 in South Africa ahead of a planned August 15, 2014 … Read More »

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Jim Carrey And Jeff Daniels On The ‘Dumb And Dumber To’ Set: First Photo

By | Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 8:10pm PDT

And now the moment a few of you might have been waiting for: Here’s the first look of the stars on the set of Dumb And Dumber To: Jeff Daniels, hot off his Best Actor Emmy win on Sunday, and Jim Carrey, hot off — well, … Read More »

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‘Walking Dead’s Laurie Holden Lands Female Lead In ‘Dumb And Dumber To’

By | Monday September 16, 2013 @ 11:17am PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: The Walking Dead cast member Laurie Holden has landed a co-starring role in Dumb And Dumber To, starring alongside Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in the Peter and Bobby Farrelly-directed sequel that is being financed … Read More »

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Red Granite Pictures Appoints Head Of Physical Production & Development

By | Monday August 12, 2013 @ 3:38pm PDT

David Koplan has joined upstart production, finance, and international sales outfit Red Granite Pictures as Head of Physical Production and Development. Koplan, whose producing credits include Sundance pic Chrystal and Tim Blake Nelson’s Leaves of Grass (as exec producer), is exec producing Marc Lawrence’s untitled Hugh Grant and … Read More »

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Red Granite Sues To Exclude Original ‘Dumb & Dumber’ Producers From Sequel

By | Monday July 15, 2013 @ 6:57pm PDT

Just a month after Universal locked its deal to distribute Dumb & Dumber To, the sequel to 1994′s Dumb & Dumber, financier-producer Red Granite Pictures is attempting to freeze out the franchise’s original producers. A lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles seeks the court’s declaration that Red Granite owes no contractual obligation to Dumb & Dumber producers Steve Stabler and Brad Krevoy and that the duo are not entitled to any producer fees or credits they claim they’re contractually owed on the sequel. (Read the complaint here.) The volley marks the second time in the span of a year that neophyte outfit Red Granite has scuffled with producers over prior agreements on projects it has taken over; just last year the company filed a similar suit attempting to cut producer Alexandra Milchan out of Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf Of Wall Street despite her contract with Warner Bros, from whom Red Granite assumed the pic. Milchan countersued, and the scuffle was settled with Milchan retaining exec producer credit on the film. Read More »

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TOLDJA! ‘Dumb And Dumber To’ Proves No-Brainer For Universal; Studio Locks Deal For Farrellys, Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels Pic

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has closed a deal for domestic distribution on Dumb And Dumber To, the sequel to the classic comedy that brings back Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, with Peter and Bobby Farrelly directing their rewrite of the … Read More »

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Will Red Granite Save ‘Dumb And Dumber To’ With Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Farrellys?

Mike Fleming

The news that Warner Bros exited Dumb And Dumber To is hardly surprising. The studio has hovered over this sequel package like a wet blanket since January, unable to decide what it wanted to do with the property that originated through its production label New Line. Warners execs have hemmed and hawed over whether to let someone else finance while they distributed, or let it go completely. That apathy finally led to Warner Bros bailing a few days ago. At Cannes, the project was being discussed a lot, and I’m told that Wolf Of Wall Street financier Red Granite is in first position to finance the film and sell foreign. That company launched in Cannes with a Kanye West concert and fireworks on the beach a couple of years ago with a solid sales team headed by Danny Dimbort. But everybody’s waiting for them to start committing to splashy projects beyond the Martin Scorsese-Leo DiCaprio stockbroker film. This might be the moment for Red Granite to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. There are about five distributors ready to take domestic. Keep an eye on Universal! Read More »

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