FilmDistrict Hires Jim Orr As President Of Distribution

By | Thursday April 12, 2012 @ 4:32pm PDT Orr has joined FilmDistrict as the new president of distribution, CEO Peter Schlessel announced this afternoon. Orr will oversee all aspects of FilmDistrict’s feature distribution and will report directly to Schlessel. This follows Sclessel’s recent hiring of Christine Birch as president of marketing, and positions key executives at FilmDistrict as the company prepares for the Cannes Film Festival and market next month. Orr will oversee distribution of FilmDistrict’s slate, including Lockout (via Open Road) which opens tomorrow, Safety Not Guaranteed (June 8), Looper, in conjunction with Endgame Entertainment and Sony Pictures (September 28), Red Dawn (also via Open Road, November 2) Playing the Field (December 25) and Parker (January 25, 2013). Also in the works is a “reimagining” of the horror cult classic Evil Dead, in conjunction with Ghost House Pictures and Sony Pictures, and a sequel to Insidious, distributed by FilmDistrict. Read More »

Comments (10)

First Five Minutes: Guy Pearce In ‘Lockout’

By | Saturday April 7, 2012 @ 4:43pm PDT

Europa posted roughly the first five minutes of Lockout, which features star Guy Pearce being pummeled while he’s interrogated about “what happened in that hotel room.” What happened was a big fight scene during which credits unfold. Kind of over the top but OK. (In English with French … Read More »

Comments 26

Hot Trailer: Guy Pearce And Maggie Grace In ‘Lockout’

By | Friday January 27, 2012 @ 12:21am PST

Wrongly convicted of espionage, Guy Pearce turns out to be the government’s go-to guy when the president’s daughter is trapped aboard an orbital maximum security prison. Maggie Grace also stars. Executive producer Luc Besson co-wrote with first-time feature directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger. Known under other names abroad … Read More »

Comments 37

Fingers Crossed, NBC Releases Schedule For Its ‘Sunday Night Football’ Franchise

By | Tuesday April 19, 2011 @ 5:30pm PDT

While the NFL and its locked-out players continued court-mandated mediation sessions today in Minneapolis, the league went ahead and released its schedule for the 2011 season and so did NBC for its flagship Sunday Night Football. If the NFL finalizes a new collective bargaining agreement in time, the season will begin Thursday, Sept. 8 on NBC with the New Orleans Saints vs. the Green Bay Packers, the first of 17 games on the network. (Last year’s Thursday opener drew 27.5 million viewers, the network’s most-watched regular-season primetime NFL game to date.)

The Sunday Night Football franchise has become a major force in NBC’s fall schedule and a key to the ratings turnaround the new regime at the network is aiming for, so it would be extra rough on NBC if the season was scrapped (broadcast nets Fox and CBS and cable nets ESPN and NFL Network also have rights to games but Fox and CBS’ games are in the afternoon, so the impact on primetime wouldn’t be as big as it would be at NBC). SNF was the No. 1 show on Sunday all 18 nights last season, averaging 21.8 million viewers, up 12% over 2009, and dominating across all male demos and scoring well in some female ones too. It’s also the network’s turn to host the Super Bowl this year. Read More »

Comments (9)

NFL Announces Preseason Schedule Despite Lockout

By | Tuesday April 12, 2011 @ 4:24pm PDT

The networks are set to to televise 11 preseason games according to the NFL’s just-released preseason schedule, which supposedly kicks off Aug. 7 when NBC airs the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, that pits Chicago against St. Louis. … Read More »

Comments (1)

NFL Players, Owners Ordered To Start Federal Mediation

By | Monday April 11, 2011 @ 2:01pm PDT

The order today by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson does not mean a ruling on the players’ injunction to stop the owners’ lockout is coming anytime soon. But U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan will meet with players tomorrow in Minneapolis and the league on Wednesday to get … Read More »

Comments (0)

UPDATE: No Ruling On NFL Lockout At Hearing; Judge Offers Federal Mediator

2ND UPDATE, 3:35 PM: A federal court said it could take weeks before it decides whether to grant an injunction sought by NFL players to stop a league-imposed lockout. That’s because the judge wants both sides to agree to federal mediation to help resolve an impasse in finalizing a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Bloomberg. “Both sides are at risk. This is a good time to come back to the table,” the judge said. “This is really a matter to be resolved, in my view, with the services of the federal court.” Today’s hearing in St. Paul lasted five hours. Read More »

Comments (9)

IT’S ON! NFL Owners Lock Out Players

By | Friday March 11, 2011 @ 10:47pm PST

UPDATE, 10:45 PM: The NFL and its owners have officially locked out the players, marking the league’s first work stoppage since the players went on strike in 1987. Both sides seem so far apart, it’s unclear when … Read More »

Comments 59

FilmDistrict Nabs EuropaCorp Pic ‘Lockout’

By | Sunday November 7, 2010 @ 3:00pm PST
Mike Fleming

NEW YORK, November 7, 2010 – FilmDistrict, the recently announced company founded by Graham King, Tim Headington and Peter Schlessel, has acquired all US rights to EuropaCorp’s sci-fi action adventure film, starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace. James Mather and Stephen St. Leger will direct LOCKOUT from their script

Read More »

Comments (0)

Maggie Grace In ‘Lockout’ Mode With Luc Besson

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Frenchman Luc Besson has built Europacorp by hatching moderately priced thrillers, and populating them with casts, writers and directors he works with over and over. Maggie Grace, last seen as the kidnapped teenager in the Besson-Robert Mark Kamen collaboration Taken that launched director Pierre Morel’s star, has signed on for Lockout, a drama that Sony Pictures Entertainment is in talks to distribute. The picture transports a Taken-like premise to outer space. Besson hatched the script with directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger. Guy Pearce
Read More »

Comments (15)