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‘Devil Inside’ Helmer William Brent Bell Set To Direct ‘The Inhabitant’

By | Monday July 14, 2014 @ 11:54am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: The Devil Inside‘s helmer William Brent Bell been hired to direct a supernatural thriller called The Inhabitant said to be in the vein of The Conjuring. Lakeshore Entertainment’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Vertigo’s Roy Lee, Matt Berenson (A Place Beyond The Pines), Jim Wedaa and Adam Stone are producing from a script by Stacey Menear.

William_Brent_BellThe Devil Inside was released last year and did incredible business. The movie was done on a shoestring budget ($1M+) and made over $101.7M worldwide for the filmmakers and distributor Paramount. Talk about a profitable film. Bell is repped by ICM Partners and Jackoway Tyerman (Karl Austen). Menear is repped by WME.

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Producer Steve Golin Sues Lakeshore Over Harrison Ford Pic ‘Adaline’

By | Tuesday March 11, 2014 @ 5:47pm PDT

DJP LEGAL BADGEThe CEO of Anonymous Content today let loose against Lakeshore Entertainment over its firing of him last year from the romantic drama Adaline. “There is no polite way to put it: Lakeshore tried to pull a fast one to avoid honoring its obligations to prominent film, television, and commercial producer [Steve] Golin in connection with the upcoming film Adaline, featuring Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, and Blake Lively,” says the breach of contract and Lakeshore-logo__130408224807-200x179unjust enrichment complaint Golin filed today by in LA Superior Court (read it here). Golin and his Overt Operations claim that he is owed “no less than $450,000 and no more than $1,000,000” under a Loanout Agreement with Lakeshore as well as a hefty backend on the pic. The talent and management company boss also says he had no idea about a section of the agreement that seems to give Lakeshore the right to can him as they did. Requesting a jury trial, Golin, who is an EP on HBO’s True Detective among his many credits, and his company are seeking unspecified damages, proper credit and a change in the agreement plus legal costs and the usual “for such other and further relief as the Court deems proper and just” in the 5-claim complaint. Read More »

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Lakeshore & Sierra/Affinity Team On Worldwide Rights Venture For Indie Films

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 3:07pm PST

Lakeshore EntertainmentLos Angeles, CA – January 13, 2014 – Lakeshore Entertainment announced the launch of their partnership with Sierra/Affinity to acquire worldwide distribution rights from independent film producers. The new venture will provide producers and financiers with a unique one-stop-shop alternative to license all or a portion of their worldwide territories.

SIERRA_AFFINITY_LOGO_FINALIt will be financed and operated under Lakeshore’s long-standing international sales, distribution and marketing division, Lakeshore International. Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity will work with Lakeshore to identify projects to acquire and the international sub-distributors to exploit the rights. The company will provide producers with levels of speed and certainty to sell their international distribution rights that do not currently exist in the marketplace.

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Lakeshore Entertainment Launches TV Division, Sets Up First Two Projects

By | Wednesday October 9, 2013 @ 11:59am PDT

Former ABC exec Chad Hoffman has come aboard to spearhead television strategy for Lakeshore Entertainment as the indie film production, finance, sales, and distribution company moves into the small screen biz. Lakeshore’s TV division launches with a pair of shows. The Sebastian Maniscalo Project, recently sold to NBC through Sony Pictures Television, will be executive produced by Lakeshore. The company is also producing the pilot Blanco for Cinemax in association with Fox TV Studios, which Lakeshore Chairman and CEO Tom Rosenberg is also producing. Lakeshore’s Gary Lucchesi will exec produce. As part of their expansion into TV, Lakeshore will look to solicit and develop new original materials and will tap their own film library for potential series adaptations. While at ABC Hoffman developed Twin Peaks, China Beach, and thirtysomething. He also exec produced Eerie, Indiana for Hearst Entertainment Productions before stints at Sony and start-up Permission TV.

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‘I, Frankenstein’ Set For IMAX Release

By | Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 7:54am PDT

Lionsgate and Lakeshore/Hopscotch’s Aaron Eckhart-starring I, Frankenstein will be released in IMAX theaters around the U.S. and in select overseas territories on January 24, 2014. That’s the same day as the CG-heavy dystopian thriller’s regular domestic release. The 3D pic written and helmed by Stuart Beattie stars Eckhart, Bill Nighy and Yvonne Strahovski in a story based on the Darkstorm Studios graphic novel about the monster in present day who finds himself in the middle of a war between immortal clans.

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Lakeshore & Hopscotch Tap ‘X-Men’ Scribe For ‘Adaptation Of The Sword’ Graphic Novel

By | Monday July 8, 2013 @ 11:33am PDT

David Hayter has been brought on board by Lakeshore Entertainment and Hopscotch Features to write the screenplay for The Sword. The adaptation of what could be a potential franchise for the companies, as Deadline reported back in February, is based on Jonathan and Joshua Luna’s multi volume graphic novel of the same name The Sword, which was first published in 2007, tells the story of the orphaned and paraplegic Dara Brighton and the ancient sword she discovers to seek revenge on the killers of family. By the sound of it, the story fits well within Hayter’s wheelhouse with his previous credits of the likes of 2000’s X-Men, 2003’s X2, 2007’s The Scorpion King and 2009’s Watchmen. “David has a proven track record of bringing the multifaceted, beloved characters of graphic novels to mainstream audiences and we’re excited that he’ll be joining us for The Sword,” said Lakeshore Chairman and CEO Tom Rosenberg in a statement Monday. Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi, along with Skip Williamson, and Hopscotch’s Andrew Mason, will produce the adventure pic with Hopscotch’s Troy Lum as Executive Producer. This marks the second collaboration between Lakeshore and Hopscotch. The duo have previously partnered on upcoming I, Frankenstein, out early next year. CAA represents the Luna Brothers, as well as the graphic novel rights to The Sword. David Hayter is represented by UTA and attorney David Feldman.

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Michael Pena Joins Thriller ‘The Vatican Tapes’

By | Friday June 28, 2013 @ 10:08am PDT

Michael Pena has a very busy dance card. Today Lakeshore Entertainment and Lionsgate announced that the actor has boarded The Vatican Tapes. Pena will play Father Lozano in the demonic thriller directed by Mark Neveldine. The Lakeshore-produced pic will start filming next month with Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Kathleen Robertson, Peter Andersson, John Patrick Amedori, Alex Sparrow and Olivia Dudley also in the cast. Dudley plays a twentysomething who seems to cause death and destruction to those around her. Pena’s character is the local priest who first tries to help. In April, my colleague Mike Fleming Jr, revealed that Pena was joining David O Russell’s con-artist film with Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence. Last month it was announced that the End of Watch actor would reunite with the cop drama’s director David Ayer for Fury with Brad Pitt. Pena also will be heard as Tito in the upcoming Turbo from DreamWorks Animation. Read More »

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Lakeshore Launches Digital Distribution

By | Monday April 8, 2013 @ 3:43pm PDT

Lakeshore Premium Digital Content will harness the company’s existing library of film titles under the guidance of new Senior Vice President of Lakeshore International Todd Olsson, formerly of Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Lakeshore Entertainment, founded in 1994, currently has 500 films in its catalogue which are being converted to digital formats for iTunes, Netflix, and additional digital services. Upcoming Lakeshore films include the Aaron Eckhart starrer I, Frankenstein and Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden’s Walk Of Shame.

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Lakeshore Acquires Movie Rights To Graphic Novel ‘The Sword’

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 1:59am PST

In a bid to build a new franchise akin to its Underworld series, Lakeshore Entertainment has secured rights to Jonathan and Joshua Luna’s graphic novel, The Sword. The female-led revenge story is divided into four volumes and the first installment is expected to go into production this year with Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi producing.

Story follows a young paraplegic who leads an ordinary existence until her family is brutally murdered by a mysterious trio. Escaping from the assassins, she discovers a sword that restores her ability to walk and grants her physical powers. With her new weapon she sets out on a journey of brutal retribution. The Luna Brothers are known for their penchant for female protagonists including Spider-Woman, Ultra Girls and The Sword. They and the graphic novel rights to The Sword are repped by CAA.

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‘Walk Of Shame’ Pic Adds To Cast

By | Tuesday December 18, 2012 @ 2:40pm PST

Bill Burr, Liz Carey, Willie Garson, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, Oliver Hudson, Alphonso McAuley, Kevin Nealon, Tig Notaro, Ethan Suplee and Sarah Wright will join Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden in Lakeshore and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment‘s Walk Of Shame. Steven Brill wrote and is directing the comedy, about a high-strung news anchor (Banks) who, after a wild night out, finds herself locked out on the street with no phone, money, ID or car, and embarks on a series of misadventures as she finds her way to the most important job interview of her life. Gillian Jacobs and Ken Davitian also are aboard. Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing with Sidney Kimmel.

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Lakeshore To Finance ‘Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?’ Remake

By | Thursday September 27, 2012 @ 10:10am PDT
Mike Fleming

We now have an answer to the question, who is going to produce and finance the remake of the Bette Davis-Joan Crawford classic Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? The answer is Lakeshore partners Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi, who’ll produce with The Aldrich Company’s Adell Aldrich. Robert Aldrich helmed the 1962 original, and as Deadline revealed during Comic-Con, Walter Hill is helming the remake.

Hill, who most recently wrapped the Sylvester Stallone-starrer Bullet To The Head, partnered with The Aldrich Company to develop the remake, which Lukas Heller adapted from the Henry Farrell novel.

Lakeshore will help Hill re-create the nightmarish relationship between two sisters in a crumbling Hollywood mansion, where former child star Jane Hudson (Davis) holds captive her crippled former movie-queen sister (Crawford). “The idea is to make a modern film without modernizing the period,” Hill told me at the time. “It needs to resonate the golden age of Hollywood.” Hill is repped by ICM Partners as is The Aldrich Company.

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Peter Rogers To Head UMedia’s New International Sales Operation UConnect

By | Wednesday May 2, 2012 @ 3:09am PDT

BRUSSELS. uMedia, co-producer of the multi Oscar-winning The Artist has hired former Lakeshore International President Peter Rogers to head up its new international sales division uConnect, part of the company’s expanding London based operations.

uMedia, the production, finance and distribution powerhouse behind films including The Artist, Luc Besson produced A Monster in Paris and most recently Cloclo starring Jérémie Renier, already produces, finances and distributes. It also has a prolific VFX division. uConnect will manage international sales and finance for selected uMedia productions and will also look to invest in a number of new third party projects.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: UK, Africa, Australia

‘Arthur Christmas’ Slays ‘Em In The UK
Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman’s Arthur Christmas jumped to the top of the UK box office this weekend – in its fourth week of release. This bit of holiday magic came courtesy of a £1.9 million weekend take for a cume of £11.5 million. The film has been holding steady in second place since it bowed on November 11 and this weekend faced off against Happy Feet Two for the family audience. Largely positive notices and the British voice cast — including James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton — have no doubt been a local draw. Sony Pictures Releasing UK’s Peter Taylor said: “Opening a movie at No. 1 in such a competitive market as the UK is difficult enough, but to reach the top of the chart in the fourth week of release is almost unprecedented. We are all delighted.”

Tom Hooper Decides Against 3D For ‘Les Miserables’
Although director Tom Hooper flirted with the idea of filming the new movie version of the hit stage musical Les Miserables in 3D, the Oscar-winning helmer of The King’s Speech has decided to stick with 2D. Hooper told the BBC he had been “very tempted” to use 3D but worried that some audiences might “physically struggle” with the format. Not to worry, purists. “I can definitely announce it’s good old-fashioned 2D,” Hooper said at the British Independent Film Awards. “I wanted to make a film that would touch everyone. I believe the story is so strong, 3D is not essential.” Hooper added that the casting of Eponine and Cosette would be announced soon. “I’ve never done a film where big star actors are as obsessed with being in it as this.” Starring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as Javert, Read More »

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Castings: Jessica Chastain Joins Tom Cruise In Apocalyptic Drama; Eric Bana Is ‘Brilliant’

Jessica Chastain will star with Tom Cruise in the untitled Universal film that Tron: Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski will direct. The film was developed at Disney under Oblivion and retitled Horizons, but the sci-fi action film is currently untitled. Cruise plays the last man on Earth who patrols and blasts predatory aliens until he discovers a beautiful intruder who makes him question his role on Earth, which has become a practically uninhabitable place. I think they still have to set the intruder. …

Eric Bana is in talks to star in Lakeshore’s Brilliant, a thriller that Robert Luketic will direct from a Gillian Gorfil script. The film revolves around a small-time crook who joins accomplished thieves in a diamond heist. WME and Robert Offer rep Bana.

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Sony Launches Online Casting Call Service

By | Friday November 19, 2010 @ 9:04am PST

CULVER CITY, Calif., November 19, 2010 – Moviegoers and TV viewers can now get closer to their favorite projects than ever before with Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Face of the Fan®, a new initiative for virtual talent sourcing. By visiting, users nationwide can participate in online casting calls and contests for Sony Pictures’ properties – turning today’s fans into tomorrow’s stars™.  With this ongoing program, crossing all of Sony’s platforms — film, television, and online – Face of the Fan will give the biggest fans a chance to get involved with Sony’s most popular franchises.

Face of the Fan launches with a casting call for Screen Gems’ and Lakeshore Entertainment’s successful action franchise Underworld, for which the filmmakers are searching for a fresh talent to play a pivotal role as a female teenager. Users from across the country can log onto the website, download select pages from a script to rehearse, and then upload their audition video and other credentials for submission. The submitted videos will then be reviewed by a panel of studio and production executives; selected participants may be contacted by casting agents for future roles.  The site will also help users spread the word and expand the conversation by providing them with the tools to share the programs with their family and friends through social networking.

“The Face of the Fan program enables us to source people from all over the country to find unknown talent and give them a shot at something they

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Another Katherine Heigl Film For Sidney Kimmel And Lakeshore

Mike Fleming

katherine_heigl_112Sidney Kimmel, the schmatta magnate who verged on quitting the movie biz after making a bunch of good indie films that flopped, seems reinvigorated with a new strategy: make every film possible with Katherine Heigl.

Kimmel has joined forces with Lakeshore Entertainment on Adaline, an “epic romance” that will star Heigl, with Andy Tennant directing. This comes as Kimmel and Lakeshore have Heigl set to play bounty hunter Stephanie Plum in One for the Money, with Julie Anne Robinson directing the adaptation of the Janet Evanovich novel, with Lionsgate distributing. Adaline, written by Mills Goodloe and Sal Paskowitz and revised by Allison Burnett, revolves around a beautiful woman who hasn’t aged in 100 years but hasn’t found love, either. She finally meets that guy who might be worth embracing mortality, and all the wrinkles and sagging that comes with it. Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Alix Madigan are producing with Kimmel and Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi. Heigl, Nancy Heigl and Jim Tauber are exec producers. They hope to shoot early next year.

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