EXCLUSIVE: The appetite for scripts and partially finished films is soaring. Lionsgate is tying up a deal today to pay $7 million to pre-buy U.S. distribution rights to American Ultra, the action comedy that begins shooting in New Orleans …
Grove Atlantic will publish the tentatively titled collection Bream Gives Me Hiccups: And Other Stories from actor and playwright Jesse Eisenberg in spring 2015, the publishing house said today. The book will include pieces Eisenberg has written for the New Yorker and McSweeney’s as well as never-before-published stories. The title comes from a series of stories Eisenberg wrote from the point of view of a 9-year-old boy whose mother brings him to expensive LA restaurants so she can bill her ex-husband for the meals. Other stories imagine discussions in ancient Pompeii just before the volcanic eruption, explore post-gender-normative dating in NYC, and chart a marriage counselor’s heckling at a Knicks game. “In different ways, the stories explore what it means to be navigating the modern world, and are all illuminated by Eisenberg’s ironic wit and gift for writing,” Grove Atlantic said in the release announcing the deal, which was brokered by his agency CAA.
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Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor & Jeremy Irons As Alfred In Superman-Batman Pic
By The Deadline Team – Two more key roles have been cast in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman-Batman movie for Warner Bros. Jesse Eisenberg will play Superman’s arch enemy Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Bruce Wayne’s butler/mentor Alfred in the pic, which is set for a May 6, 2016 release.
Box Office: ‘Ride Along’ No. 1, Will ‘Frozen’ Sing-A-Long Skate Around ‘That Awkward Moment’?
By Anita Busch – Ride Along wins the weekend, as expected, but the No. 2 spot is at issue. Will the position go to That Awkward Moment or will Frozen skate by it?
BREAKING: Two more key roles have been cast in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman-Batman movie for Warner Bros. Jesse Eisenberg will play Superman’s arch enemy Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Bruce Wayne’s butler/mentor Alfred in the pic, which is set for a May 6, 2016 release. They join Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman/Clark Kent in what Warners is billing as a sequel to its Man Of Steel; Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne; and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. Man of Steel stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane also are in the new pic.
Both castings show the young-ification of the DC Comics franchise; Caine is 15 years older than Irons, and Gene Hackman, the most prominent of past big-screen Lex Luthors, was in his late 40s and early 50s when he played the role. Eisenberg is 30. Irons, who takes over from Michael Caine who played the role in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, joins fellow Oscar winner Affleck and Oscar nominees Adams, Fishburne and Lane in the movie; Eisenberg was nominated for an Oscar for The Social Network.
Apsara Distribution has inked multi-territory rights to a pair of films out of AFM. The pan-Asian division of IM Global locked rights to Project X helmer Nima Nourizadeh’s American Ultra, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart as a small town stoner and his girlfriend who are targeted by a government operation. Apsara will release the pic in nine territories: Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, and India. The action comedy, scripted by Chronicle‘s Max Landis, is produced by Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman and Circle of Confusion. FilmNation’s Rob Carney negotiated the deal with Ben Rekhi of Apsara and Darius Kapfer of DK Media.
Apsara also nabbed multiple Asian rights to The Night Comes For Us, from VHS 2‘s Timo Tjahjanto and The Raid‘s Gareth Evans. Tjahjanto will direct the pic about a Triad enforcer who returns home to the Jakarta crime world, which Evans co-wrote and will produce for his own PT Merantau Films alongside XYZ Films. Earlier this year the pair co-wrote and co-directed the VHS 2 segment “Safe Haven” to critical acclaim. Evans, who is finishing post on his own action sequel The Raid 2 for Sony Classics, will work on Night next and will distribute it in Indonesia through his own distribution banner.
More titles slated for the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival were revealed Thursday. The 11th-annual event unveiled films screening in its Spotlight and genre-centered Cinemania section as well as Special Screenings and its Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival lineup. Spotlight includes 34 films, 22 narratives and 12 documentaries, with 19 films having their world premieres. Seven narratives make up the international group of Tribeca’s Cinemania titles. Earlier this week, the festival released its competition slate. The 2012 festival is April 18-29 in New York. Here are the latest titles:
2 Days in New York, directed and written by Julie Delpy. (France) – New York Premiere, Narrative. This deliriously witty follow-up to 2 Days in Paris finds Marion (writer/director Julie Delpy) living a comfortable life in New York with her latest hipster boyfriend, Mingus (Chris Rock, brilliantly playing it straight), and their two young kids from prior relationships. A riotous comedy of cultural errors ensues when Marion’s totally unhinged, gleefully unfiltered family arrives from Paris to meet Mingus for the first time. In English, French with subtitles. A Magnolia Pictures release.
Any Day Now, directed by Travis Fine, written by Travis Fine and George Arthur Bloom. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. In the late 1970s, when a mentally handicapped teenager is abandoned, a gay couple takes him in and becomes the family he’s never had. But once the unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men must fight a biased legal system to adopt the child they have come to love as their own. Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt star in TFF alum Travis Fine’s (The Space Between) touching and occasionally incendiary drama.
Sony Pictures has released a new Red Band trailer for 30 Minutes Or Less, which reunites Zombieland star Jesse Eisenberg with director Ruben Fleischer and also stars Danny McBride, Nick Swardson and Aziz Ansari. The R-rated film will be released August 12.