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CBS Films Sets Diamond & Weissman For ‘Last Vegas’ Sequel

By | Wednesday July 23, 2014 @ 1:58pm PDT
Mike Fleming

CBS Films Sets Diamond & Weissman For ‘Last Vegas’ SequelCBS Films is moving aggressively on a sequel to its biggest-grossing film Last Vegas. David Diamond & David Weissman have been hired to write the second installment of the AARP comedy. The intent is to bring back director Jon Turteltaub, and the film’s stars Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. The sequel will focus on the quartet’s return to their old stomping grounds in Brooklyn. They discover that borough has changed more than a little since the four grew up there.

Laurence Mark and Amy Baer will be returning as producers. Scripted by Dan Fogelman, Last Vegas was a true sleeper, hitting an underserved demographic and enjoying a long theatrical run. The film topped out at $134 million in global grosses, including $63 million domestic, and has been a strong performer on home video and VOD.

Diamond & Weissman’s scripts include The Family Man, Evolution, Old Dogs, and When In Rome. The scribes are repped by WME.

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Box Office Top 10: ‘Ender’s Game’ Wins #1, ‘Last Vegas’ Shuffles Into 3rd (UPDATED)

By | Sunday November 3, 2013 @ 10:15am PST
Mike Fleming

UPDATED: We expect to have analysis from Nikki but want to give you some numbers to chew on. Updated numbers are below.

PREVIOUS, SATURDAY PM: Lionsgate’s Ender’s Game topped Friday with $9.9M on track to a projected $29.4M cume. But for a film designed to start a franchise it’d better giddyap, especially with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire bound to hoover up all that young demo box office cash. Paramount’s Bad Grandpa slid into second with $18M and should land at a $59.7M 2-week take, followed by CBS‘s older-skewing Last Vegas heading for a $15.5M weekend. Relativity’s animated Free Birds snagged 4th with $15.1M and is slow-cooking its way to the Thanksgiving holiday. Meanwhile Disney Int’l raked in $45.2M with Wednesday overseas opener Thor: The Dark World before it hammers its way stateside next week. Read More »

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‘Last Vegas’ Rating Changed To PG-13 After Appeal

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 2:31pm PDT

The MPAA‘s Classification and Rating appeals board has overturned the R rating given to the CBS Films pic Last Vegas, which is set to open November 1. The pic starring Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Robert De Niro as old buddies hitting Las Vegas for a bachelor party had been assigned an R rating for “brief sexual content.” The film is now rated PG-13 for “sexual content and language.” Director Jon Turteltaub and producer Amy Baer repped CBS Films in the hearing.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Last Vegas’

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 10:51am PDT

Michael Douglas scored an Emmy nomination today for playing a staple of the Las Vegas strip in Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra. In November, he hits Sin City again for CBS FilmsLast Vegas. The film sees four pals hold a bachelor party for Douglas’ last–single-man-standing. Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline round out the group of cronies. Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara, Romany Malco and Roger Bart also star. Jon Turteltaub directed the pic from an original screenplay by Dan Fogelman. The domestic release is November 1:

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Hot Trailer: CBS Films’ ‘Last Vegas’

By | Friday May 17, 2013 @ 8:41am PDT

Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline are headed to Sin City in CBS Films’ Last Vegas. The comedy sees the four pals hold a bachelor party for the last of the gang to remain single (Douglas). Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara, Romany Malco and Roger Bart also star. Jon Turteltaub directed the pic from an original screenplay by Dan Fogelman. The domestic release is set for November 1. Check out the teaser trailer:

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CBS Films’ ‘Last Vegas’ Shifts Release Date

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:58am PST

The buddy comedy starring the killer foursome of Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline had been set for a December 20, 2013 release but is now moving back to November 1. Last Vegas now exits the Christmas frame in favor of a fall date that currently houses Summit’s Ender’s Game. The CBS Films pic centers on what happens when the old friends decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the last remaining single pal. Jon Turteltaub directed the Dan Fogelman script, and Laurence Mark and Amy Baer produced.

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First Photo: CBS Films’ ‘Last Vegas’

By | Monday November 5, 2012 @ 6:24am PST

The whole gang is in Sin City. The first photo from CBS Films and Good Universe‘s Last Vegas shows Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline in some fine threads for a good time in the town. The comedy about four friends who throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for the last of the gang to remain single (played by Douglas) packs a lot of seasoned star power is scheduled to be released on December 20, 2013. Mary Steenburgen is in Last Vegas too, as is Jerry Ferrara, Romany Malco and Roger Bart. Jon Turteltaub directs from an original screenplay by Dan Fogelman. Last Vegas is shooting in Sin City and then moving on to Atlanta.

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Movie Castings: Rio Mangini In ‘Little Rascals’, Bre Blair In ‘Last Vegas’, Lauren Bowles In ‘Starving Games’

By | Thursday November 1, 2012 @ 11:04pm PDT

Piano prodigy Rio Mangini has joined the Alex Zamm-directed reboot of The Little Rascals from Universal Pictures and 1440 Productions. Doris Roberts and Greg Germann also star in addition to Jet Jurgensmeyer and Eden Wood. Mangini, son of three-time Oscar-nominated sound designer Mark Mangini (Aladdin, The Fifth Element), is also a classical pianist who’s performed twice at Carnegie Hall. Earlier this year Mangini played an autistic child in the short Six Letter Word which also starred Rumer Willis. He’s repped by Abrams Artists Agency and PMG.

Bre Blair will play Michael Douglas’ fiancé in Last Vegas. Blair has appeared in numerous TV shows including Two And A Half Men, Make It Or Break It and 90210. Last Vegas is directed by Jon Turteltaub, and Dan Fogelman wrote the script about four childhood friends who hook up for a wild Las Vegas bachelor party. Lawrence Mark, Amy Baer and Good Universe are producing the CBS Films release. It also stars Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, Romany Malco and Mary Steenburgin. Blair is represented by SDB and Manager Lisa DiSante-Frank. Read More »

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Romany Malco Joins ‘Last Vegas’

By | Tuesday October 30, 2012 @ 5:50pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Romany Malco has just closed a deal to co-star in the CBS Films/Good Universe comedy Last Vegas alongside Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Klein. Jon Turteltaub is directing and Dan Fogelman wrote the script, about four childhood friends who hook up for a wild Las Vegas bachelor party but old tensions crop up. Lawrence Mark, Amy Baer and Good Universe are producing the pic, which is slated for a December 20, 2013 release. Malco will play Lonnie, the concierge at the MGM Aria where the friends are staying. Malco, whose recent credits include Think Like A Man and the Showtime series Weeds, is repped by the Kohner Agency and Principato Young.

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‘Last Vegas’ Gets December 20, 2013 Release Date

By | Wednesday September 5, 2012 @ 1:57pm PDT

It’s an early holiday gift from Sin City. CBS Films and Good Universe’s Last Vegas will be hitting theatres on December 20, 2013. The comedy about four friends who throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for the last of the gang to remain single packs a lot of seasoned star power. Michael Douglas and Robert DeNiro star, with the former playing the remaining bachelor among the pals. Kevin Kline is also in the cast and Morgan Freeman stars as well. The guys are joined by Mary Steenburgen as a lounge singing love interest for both Douglas and DeNiro’s characters. Jon Turteltaub directs from an original screenplay by Dan Fogelman. Laurence Mark and Amy Baer are producing, with Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane executive producing. Matt Leonetti will co-produce. Filming is set to start later this month in Atlanta and Las Vegas.

Related: ‘Last Vegas’ Adds Mary Steenburgen

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‘Last Vegas’ Adds Mary Steenburgen

By | Friday August 10, 2012 @ 5:44pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Last Vegas has a love triangle and the guys are fighting over Oscar winner Mary Steenburgen. The actress joins the cast of the CBS Films and Good Universe comedy about a group of old pals who throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single all these years. Steenburgen will play Diana in the Jon Turteltaub-directed film. The character is a Sin City lounge singer who gets close to the soon-to-be-married Billy character played by Michael Douglas. Diana then becomes the object of both the affections of his and co-star Robert DeNiro’s Paddy character. Playing the character of Archie, Morgan Freeman is also in Last Vegas. Kevin Kline rounds out the cast of the four buddies. Dan Fogelman wrote the screenplay for Last Vegas. Laurence Mark and Amy Baer are producing, with Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane executive producing with Lawrence Grey. Matt Leonetti will co-produce. Production is scheduled to start this fall. Steenburgen, who won a Best Support Actress Academy Award for 1980’s Melvin and Howard, recently starred in 2011’s The Help with Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Sissy Spacek and Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Octavia Spencer. The actress also made a four-episode appearance on 30 Rock this year Steenburgen is repped by the Gersh Agency and Management 360.

Related: Kevin Kline To Join Cast Of ‘Last Vegas’

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Good Universe Continues Ramp-Up With Promotions

By | Monday July 23, 2012 @ 6:05pm PDT

Joe Drake Nathan Kahane Good UniverseEXCLUSIVE: Good Universe, the full-service movie financing, production and sales company launched by Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane just ahead of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, has promoted a trio of execs. Audrey Chon has been upped to VP Production, where she will continue to oversee the development of the Spike Lee remake of Oldboy, which is set to kick off production in the fall with Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley starring. Meryl Emmerton has been promoted to VP Physical Production; she was director of physical production previously, the same title she held at Good Universe predecessor Mandate Pictures. She is working on Oldboy and Last Vegas, the buddy comedy the company is making with partner CBS Films that stars Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and the just-added Kevin Kline. Also promoted is onetime Mandate controllor Jeremy Needelman to VP Strategy, Finance and Accounting.

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Kevin Kline To Join Cast Of ‘Last Vegas’

By | Wednesday July 18, 2012 @ 3:06pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Kevin Kline Last Vegas CastingKevin Kline is joining Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Michael Douglas as the fourth buddy in the CBS Films and Good Universe comedy about old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single. Jon Turteltaub is directing Last Vegas from a screenplay by Dan Fogelman, with production set to start in the fall. Laurence Mark and Amy Baer are producing, with Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane executive producing with Lawrence Grey. Matt Leonetti will co-produce. Kline most recently appeared in Lawrence Kasdan’s Darling Companion, and also is circling a role in Charlie Kaufman’s Frank Or Francis.

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It’s Official: Morgan Freeman Joins ‘Last Vegas’

By | Thursday May 17, 2012 @ 12:14pm PDT

Related: Morgan Freeman In Talks For ‘Last Vegas’

LOS ANGELES – May 17, 2012 – CBS Films and Good Universe announced today that Oscar®-winner Morgan Freeman will join fellow Oscar®-winners Michael Douglas and Robert De Niro in the comedy LAST VEGAS.

Directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure, While You Were Sleeping) from a screenplay by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love, Tangled), LAST VEGAS is a comedy about four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single.

Freeman is set to play Archie Clay, an army veteran, who looks to escape the watchful eyes of his son and daughter-in-law and accompany his best friends on a trip to Vegas.

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Morgan Freeman In Talks For ‘Last Vegas’

Morgan Freeman Last VegasEXCLUSIVE: Morgan Freeman is in negotiations to join the cast of Last Vegas. The film, which already has Michael Douglas and Robert De Niro on board, is about four friends of retirement age who reunite in Sin City for one last blowout at the bachelor party of the only one of the pals who has stayed single. Jon Turtletaub will direct. Laurence Mark and Amy Baer are producing with CBS Films and Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane’s newly announced Good Universe. Kahane and Nicole Brown will executive produce. Matt Leonetti is co-producing. Morgan Freeman is repped by CAA.

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Robert De Niro Joins Michael Douglas In ‘Last Vegas;’ Joe Drake Brokering Offshore Deals At Cannes

By | Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 4:24pm PDT
Mike Fleming

CBS Films has formalized its deal for Robert De Niro to join Michael Douglas in Last Vegas, the Jon Turtletaub-directed comedy about four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one among them who hasn’t married. Douglas plays the lifelong bachelor finally taking the plunge and De Niro plays his party-averse friend who reluctantly flies to Vegas to see his pals. Dan Fogelman wrote the script.

CBS Films is making the film with Good Universe, the new company that is launching its offshore sales operation at Cannes, headed by former Lionsgate executive Joe Drake. Laurence Mark and Amy Baer are producing and Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Nicole Brown are executive producers.

Drake and Kahane kick off their Cannes operations with Last Vegas and Oldboy, the Spike Lee-directed remake of the Chan-wook Park film. Josh Brolin stars.

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CBS Films’ Amy Baer Exiting As President And CEO As Focus Shifts To Acquisitions

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Les Moonves has just released a statement on the exit of Amy Baer from CBS Films: “We thank Amy for her important role in building CBS Films. Going forward, we remain fully committed to the division’s focus on a targeted slate of smart acquisitions and quality homegrown productions in all genres. CBS Films is small in the overall size and scope of our company, but continues to fit nicely with the Corporation’s premium content strategy. We’re excited about its future and to start its next chapter.”

EXCLUSIVE, 2:57 PM: Amy Baer will transition out of the post of president and CEO of CBS Films, ending her four-year tenure at the start-up production/distribution company in late October. Baer will immediately join Laurence Mark as producer of the Jon Turteltaub-directed Last Vegas, CBS Films’ Dan Fogelman-scripted comedy that revolves around four best friends in their late 60s who decide to escape retirement and throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who stayed single. Read More »

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Jon Turteltaub In Talks For ‘Last Vegas’

By | Tuesday September 20, 2011 @ 2:05pm PDT

Jon Turteltaub is in negotiations to direct CBS Films and Mandate Pictures’ comedy Last Vegas, which revolves around four best friends in their late 60s who decide to escape retirement and throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who stayed single. Dan Fogelman wrote the script; the project will be produced by Larry Mark and Mandate, with Mandate president Nathan Kahane executive producing. Maria Faillace and Alex Ginno are overseeing for CBS Films, and Nicole Brown is overseeing for Mandate. Turteltaub, repped by WME and Oasis Media Group, directed the National Treasure movies and most recently helmed The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

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