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Cannes: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Gwyneth Paltrow To Keep ‘The Secret In Their Eyes’; Billy Ray Helming Remake For Bustling IM Global

chiwetel ejioforgwyneth paltrowIM Global is coming to the Riviera with its biggest Cannes slate ever, and has just added a project that’s got a big awards pedigree. Oscar nominated writer Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, The Hunger Games) is set to helm The Secret In Their Eyes from his own screenplay that’s adapted from Juan José Campanella’s 2009 Foreign Language Film Oscar winner. Best Actor Oscar nominee and BAFTA winner Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow are im globalplaying the lead roles in the crime thriller. Oscar and Emmy winner Mark Johnson (Rain Man, Breaking Bad) is producing along with John Ufland. IM Global starts sales on the project in Cannes with production scheduled to start this fall in Boston.

Cannes2014_badgeEjiofor will play a former MI-5 agent who returns to Boston on a joint task force with the FBI, still obsessed by the unsolved murder that continues to haunt him. As he inches closer to solving the crime, he uncovers a shocking truth that will shed a terrifying new light on past events. IM Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford says, “Billy has written a wonderfully intelligent, twisting screenplay and we’re lucky enough to have attached two world class acting talents at the top of their game for Secret. We’re confident of bringing further great cast on board as we move towards production.” Johnson adds, “The thought of combining the originality of the original film with the talent of Billy Ray and the support off IM Global is irresistible.” Ford, Matt Jackson and Campanella are exec producing. CAA arranged financing for the film and reps domestic rights. Ray is repped by CAA and Management 360; Ejiofor is repped by CAA and Alex Irwin at Markham, Froggatt and Irwin; and Paltrow is repped by Shani Rosenzweig and Tracey Jacobs at UTA and Aleen Keshishian at Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

As IM Global evolves into what founder and CEO Stuart Ford calls “an international facing studio,” the company continues to work with diverse filmmakers from all corners. Ford says, “It’s very exciting and a real privilege to be the platform for so many great movies and such phenomenal talent.”

The Secret In Their Eyes joins a host of other IM Global titles including Forsaken from Gravity co-writer Jonas Cuaron. Formerly known as Desierto, the thriller stars Gael García Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Thanks For Sharing’

By | Wednesday June 26, 2013 @ 10:46am PDT

Sex addiction. “Isn’t that just something that guys say when they get caught cheating?” Now that life-straining, family-ruining blight on American society has its own comedy feature in Thanks For Sharing. Stuart Blumberg’s directorial debut follows three addicts as they wade through a 12-step recovery program and try to manage actual romantic relationships. Written by Blumberg and Matt Winston, the film stars Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad, Joely Richardson, Patrick Fugit and Alecia Moore. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, who teamed to acquire the pic after its premiere at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, open it September 20. Watch the first trailer here:

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Hot TV Spot: ‘Iron Man 3′

By | Tuesday March 26, 2013 @ 10:31am PDT

Marvel has been rolling out TV ads for Iron Man 3 the past couple of days, but this one features Gwyneth Paltrow‘s Pepper Potts trying on a certain piece of designer clothing for size. The Shane Black-directed pic from Disney hits theaters May 3.

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Jeweler To The Stars Harry Winston Acquired By Swatch For $1B

By | Tuesday January 15, 2013 @ 8:06am PST

Swatch watches don’t exactly conjure an image of old Hollywood glamour, but the Swiss company best known for its affordable timepieces has just acquired jeweler to the stars, Harry Winston. The Swatch Group, which has been expanding its portfolio of luxury brands, has purchased 100% of HW Holdings, the owner of the venerable bauble boutique, for $750M and the assumption of $250M in debt. The 70-year-old Winston has a long history in Hollywood. It was famously referred to by Marilyn Monroe in the song “Diamond’s Are A Girl’s Best Friend” from 1953’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. But even earlier, it was the first jeweler to loan pieces to celebrities for the Oscars beginning with Jennifer Jones in 1943 when she won a Best Actress Academy Award for The Song Of Bernadette. Winston diamonds have also appeared on Halle Berry (when she won the Best Actress Oscar for Monster’s Ball) and Gwyneth Paltrow, who wore a 40-carat diamond necklace when she accepted her Oscar for Shakespeare In Love. Last year, Natalie Portman and Shailene Woodley both donned Winston bling on the Oscar red carpet. In making the acquisition announcement, Swatch board president Nayla Hayek noted that Harry Winston “brilliantly complements” the Prestige division of the group, adding “Diamonds are still a girl’s best friend.”

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Rebecca Hall Up For ‘Iron Man 3’ Role Jessica Chastain Declined

Rebecca Hall is in talks to join Iron Man 3.  The Town star would take over the role in the Marvel franchise that Jessica Chastain was up for until this weekend. “I’m sorry to say that Iron Man 3 isn’t going to work out. My schedule is jammed packed and I can’t fit anything else in,” Chastain announced on her Facebook page on Sunday. If Hall steps into the role Chastain was considering, she will not be playing Iron Man 3’s female lead. Gwyneth Paltrow will return as Pepper Potts. Paltrow, who was in both previous Iron Man movies, made a short appearance as Potts with Iron Man himself Tony Stark AKA Robert Downey Jr. in the recently released The Avengers. Hall’s likely role will be that of a scientist rivaling Stark in her genius and skills. Shane Black is directing Iron Man 3. The sequel, which will shoot in China and in North Carolina, is scheduled to be released on May 3, 2013. Iron Man isn’t the only member of the record-breaking box office sales Avengers team with a sequel in the pipeline for next year. Thor 2 is expected out on November 15, 2013. Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed today that an Avengers 2 is in development.

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Ryan Murphy Plans ‘One Hit Wonders’ With Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Beyonce And Andy Samberg

By | Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 1:59pm PST
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Beyonce’s camp says that she isn’t attached to One Hit Wonders, so perhaps this was a bit of over-exuberance on the part of the filmmakers. Still a crazy good cast if you ask me.

EXCLUSIVE: In a seven-figure preemptive deal, Sony Pictures is collaborating with Ryan Murphy on One Hit Wonders, a musical comedy pitch that will be written as a star vehicle for Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Beyonce and Andy Samberg.

Murphy is attached to direct, and he will write the script with his Glee cohorts Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Murphy will produce with Paltrow (who has practically become a Glee cast member) and the latter makes her debut as a producer on this film. Murphy hopes to direct it after he completes The Normal Heart.

Paltrow, Witherspoon and Diaz will play three singers who each scored a top hit song in the 1990s before watching their careers go down the drain. They decide to form a super group. Samberg and his Lonely Island cohorts will be involved in generating music for the film, I’m told. The project came out of a dinner Murphy had at the Soho House with Paltrow, Diaz and Witherspoon. They wanted to do something fun together and kicked around ideas until they settled on One Hit Wonders. Murphy, who made Eat Pray Love with Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, took the pitch to her. Pascal bought it 10 minutes in. Read More »

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EMMYS: Final Presenters Unveiled

Loretta Devine, Paul McCrane, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jimmy Fallon, Hugh Laurie, Drew Barrymore, Maria Bello, David Boreanaz, Katie Holmes, Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly, Jimmy Kimmel, William H. Macy, Anna Paquin, David Spade, Rachael Taylor and Anna Torv were announced today as the final group of presenters for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, which are set for Sunday at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The awards show is being aired live on Fox. (Previous presenters were set here and here and here.)

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Participant Media Can Boast ‘Contagion’ #1 & ‘The Help’ #2; ‘Warrior’ #3 Disappoints; ‘Bucky Larson’ Bombs; Kevin Hart Still #10?

SATURDAY PM: This is shaping up as 2011′s lousiest box office weekend in North America with only $70M total grosses. Yes, even worse than Hurricane Irene’s. A lot of surprises in this weekend’s numbers and a fuller analysis is coming. But no surprise which new North American movie is No. 1:

1. With $8M Friday and +20% for $9.7M Saturday, it’s a $24M weekend for Warner Bros’ Contagion playing in 42% more theaters — 3,222 — than its nearest newcomer. This Participant Media-backed disease movie looked like yet another yikes-you’re-all-going-to-die formula pic. But I’m surprised it didn’t generate more appeal what with Oscar-winning Steven Soderbergh directing 6 Academy Award winners or nominees: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, and Laurence Fishburne. (Readers are urging me to include Oscar-honored John Hawke and Elliott Gould as well…) That added oomph to credited screenplay writer Scott Burns’ material. “Yes, it was important to be provocative and to scare people,” a Warner Bros exec tells me about the $60M-budget pic. “But both the print and trailer and TV campaign present a more well-rounded view of the mystery. We did sell the visceral experience — a smart and thrilling look at a  killer virus, the science behind it, and the aftermath.” Warner Bros took the film to Venice to solid reviews and conducted an aggressive consumer campaign. Besides, adult movies are working at the box office.

2. Entering its 5th weekend in release, DreamWorks/Disney’s hit dramedy The Help which is also backed by Participant Media made $2.7M Friday and $4M Saturday going to $9.4M from 2,935 locations for the weekend. It’s estimated new cume of $137.8M by Monday.

3. This seemingly anticipated mixed martial arts drama Warrior starring Tom Hardy (Bane in the next Batman) and Joel Edgerton was only released for 1,869 runs. It opened with $1.8M Friday and $2.1M Saturday for what was just a dismal $4.8M weekend. Another very disappointing opening for Lionsgate which was very high on this actioner. Did last weekend’s sneaks let some wannasee steam escape? Will this hurt Hardy whom Hollywood execs consider a hot soon-to-be-star?

4. Focus Features’ adult holdover The Debt earned $1.4M Friday (-45% from a week ago) from 1,874 theaters and a projected $4.5M weekend for an estimated $21.6M cume by Monday.

5. Sony Pictures’ holdover Colombiana made $1.1M Friday and $1.9M Saturday from 2,354 runs for a $4M weekend and $29.8M cume.

But I have it on good authority that Sony execs were hiding out at the Toronto Film Festival (where better-than-expected Moneyball officially premiered Friday night) rather than get tagged by its Columbia Pictures’ R-rated Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star which had one of the most annoying TV ad campaigns I’ve ever been assaulted by. Mercifully, its box office take was miniscule: $540K Friday and $570K Saturday for only a $1.2M weekend. That wasn’t even enough to make it into the Top 10 much less Sony’s hoped-for $4M. Fortunately the budget is purportedly just $10M. Usually Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production banner gives Sony box office gold: stupid pics popular with audiences. But this was fool’s gold.

Before I give you the rest of the Top 10, you should know that Kevin Hart’s Laugh At My Pain was No. 10 Friday despite Hartbeat Productions and Codeblack Entertainment releasing it into only 99 theaters. It opened to $758K Friday and an estimated weekend of $2M. But it may ultimately be beaten by The Weinstein Co’s Spy Kids 4D. (I’ll know Sunday AM.) Hart’s fans turned out for this profanity-filled film version of his recent stand-up tour. It offers less than an hour of Hart onstage but also includes such bonus footage as Hart touring his old neighborhood in Philadelphia and faking a bank heist. Directed by Leslie Small, this 1-hour, 28-minute pic and its entry into the Top 10 now establishes Hart as a bonafide star beyond just his YouTube videos which have drawn tens of millions of views. Look for the major studios to take notice.

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‘Glee’ News: Gwyneth Paltrow To Return Next Season, Show Will Do Album Episode

By | Thursday March 17, 2011 @ 12:50am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

There was some news at the Glee PaleyFest panel tonight. Here are a few highlights, courtesy of our sister site TVLine, which has full coverage:

Glee co-creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy said that he’s making plans for Gwyneth Paltrow, who is set to appear in one more episode, her third, this season, ”to come back next year.” “Gwyneth is sort of the muse of the show,” Murphy said. “She’s  somebody who I write on the weekends and say, ‘What do you think about this for an episode even if you’re not in it?’ She has opinions. She’s great.”

Murphy also said that the show’s creators had long wanted to do an episode devoted to an album as opposed to an artist. They will now do it with Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors for an episode now in the works.

Additionally, Murphy confirmed that Kristin Chenoweth’s April Rhodes will return this season, and she’ll sing the Glee original, “It’s 10 am, I’m Drunk.”

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TV Teaser: Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘Glee’ Return

Nellie Andreeva

Gwyneth Paltrow returns to Fox’s Glee next week reprising her role as substitute teacher Holly Holiday. Here is a clip of her rocking to Gary Glitter/Joan Jett’s Do You Wanna Touch Me?

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OSCARS: Nervous Anticipation To The End

Pete Hammond

There’s no question this was Hollywood’s biggest week of the year. But now it’s all coming to a close tonight — and not a moment too soon for a lot of nominees at the end of a looooong campaign trail. “Thank God,”  said The King’s Speech’s 73-year-old screenwriter David Seidler when I asked him Saturday night at The Weinstein Co bash at Soho House how he felt about nearing the end. After tonight, he plans to spend a month fishing. At the same party I caught up with the ultimate class act, Colin Firth, who between last year’s A Single Man and this year’s The King’s Speech has been on the awards circuit for the better part of two seasons. I asked him about being heavily favored to take Best Actor, and he replied, “I’m told I am”. He’s next making lighter fare: a Coen Brothers-penned version of the 1966 movie Gambit that starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. He said the film, to be directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station), is not a remake and that there’s barely a line of dialogue in common between the two films. Cameron Diaz will co-star. The Weinstein party filled up fast and brought out the entire King’s Speech crowd except for Geoffrey Rush who was on stage in New York for Diary Of A Madman but will be at tonight’s Oscars.

At a Society Of Lyricists And Composers reception Saturday afternoon, many-times nominated and Inception Best Music Score nominee Hans Zimmer told me he’s been too … Read More »

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In Other Film News: Oscarcast Songs Back, Peter Jackson Back Helming ‘The Hobbit,’ Sly Stallone Back Hoping For ‘Head Shot’

Mike Fleming

– Oscarcast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer have endeared themselves to the music crowd by restoring the performances of Best Original song, something that last year’s producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic dumped to speed up the show. Gwyneth Paltrow will performing Coming Home from the film Country Strong, AR Rahman and Florence Welch will perform If I Rise from 127 Hours, Alan Menken, Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi will perform I See the Light from Tangled, and Randy Newman will perform We Belong Together from Toy Story 3. Translation for me and most of the world unfamiliar with the songs: four more opportunities for Oscarcast bathroom breaks…

– Peter Jackson is back on his feet after being hospitalized for a perforated ulcer, and the company announced that production on The Hobbit will begin March 21 in New Zealand…

– IM Global announced it will sell the Sylvester Stallone pic Headshot in Berlin. Not sure how good it is: sources tell me Warner Bros put it in turnaround, and the studio rarely jettisons anything…

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Gwyneth Paltrow Duets With Jimmy Fallon, Set To Host ‘Saturday Night Live’

Nellie Andreeva

NBC this morning announced that Gwyneth Paltrow will host Saturday Night Live on January 15 with musical guest Cee Lo Green. After Paltrow’s rendition of Green’s breakout hit, F**k You on Fox’s Glee, the two are bound to collaborate  on SNL. As a warm-up, here is another comedic duet Paltrow just did with with Jimmy Fallon on the SNL alum’s late-night show, also on NBC and also executive produced by SNL honcho Lorne Michaels. It is a take on Shazzazz’s 90′s R&B hit We Did It. Paltrow is out promoting her new movie Country Strong, in which she also sings.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Is ‘Country Strong’

Mike Fleming

Gwyneth Paltrow held her own alongside Huey Lewis when they sang the Smokey Robinson tune Cruisin’ in Duets, the 2000 karaoke film directed by her father, Bruce Paltrow. But she really stepped it up last night at the Country Music Association Awards. Backed by Vince Gill, she sang Country Strong, the title tune to her upcoming movie. Somebody put this girl in a movie musical.

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Hot TV Shot: Gwyneth Paltrow On ‘Glee’

Nellie Andreeva

Here is an exclusive look at the highest-profile guest star on Glee so far this season, Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow, who will play substitute teacher Holly Holliday on several episodes beginning Nov. 16. Here she is performing Singing in the Rain with Glee co-stars Amber Riley and Heather Morris. (Paltrow is also set to perform a PG version of Cee-Lo’s F**k You aka Forget You.) A video of her singing on the show won’t be available until sometime next week, so below the photo is the video for Paltrow’s country singing debut, Country Strong, from her upcoming movie of the same name.
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Hollywood Has To Stop Behaving Like This

Jeez, what is Hollywood thinking when it comes to its past and present terrible treatment of women? Turns out even Gwyneth Paltrow, who’s always been well known in showbiz circles as the daughter of the late (and great) TV producer and director Bruce Paltrow (St Elsewhere, The White Shadow), answers in the affirmative when asked if she’s ever had a casting couch experience. ”Yup,” she tells Elle magazine in its new ”Women In Hollywood” issue. “When I was just starting out, someone suggested that we finish a meeting in the bedroom. I left. I was pretty shocked. I could see how someone who didn’t know better might worry, ‘My career will be ruined if I don’t give this guy a blow job!’”

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