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Deadline’s 10 Best Film Stories Of The Week

By | Sunday August 11, 2013 @ 2:03pm PDT

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The fallout from the box office flop of The Lone Ranger continues for Disney with a big expected write down in the offering while stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer complain that it was the critics that killed the film. That, along with Steven Spielberg departing the director’s chair on American Sniper and investor Daniel Loeb retreating from his demand that Sony sell off its entertainment assets, make up some of the top film stories that Deadline ran the past week. Take a read here:

Hollywood Blues: ‘Smurfs 2′ Bombs Here And Blah Overseas; Denzel-Mark’s ’2 Guns’ Wins Weekend, ‘Wolverine’ Holds For #2

By Nikki Finke – SUNDAY AM, 7TH UPDATEThis is yet another weekend that confounded and confused Hollywood as domestic numbers are coming in lower than projected and only international grosses are saving Summer 2013.

Disney Expects To Write Down As Much As $190M For ‘Lone Ranger’

By David Lieberman - CFO Jay Rasulo just told analysts that the company is “disappointed” in the film’s performance and likely will take a charge of anywhere from $160M … Read More »

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 38

Pete Hammond

Listen to (and share) episode 38 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist talks with host David Bloom about whether Lovelace can do for VOD movies what House Of Cards did for VOD TV; the below-the-line boost that may have put Cheryl Boone Isaacs at the top of the Motion Picture Academy; what to expect from Ellen DeGeneres as the Oscar host; and the latest Emmy chat as final-round voting gets underway. Pete also gives his take on the week’s movie debuts, including Neil Blomkamp’s thinking man’s sci-fi film Elysium, Pixar’s animated sort-of sequel Planes, and young-adult book adaptation Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

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UPDATE: ‘Lovelace’ Injunction Rejected By Federal Judge In $10M Copyright Suit

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 5:10pm PDT

UPDATE, 5:10 PM: Despite a $10 million copyright and trademark suit field on Tuesday, Lovelace is still coming out on Friday. US District Judge Thomas Griesa today rejected Arrow Productions request for a temporary injunction to stop the August 9 release of the biopic of Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace. “Radius couldn’t be more pleased the world will finally get a chance to see Linda’s real story unfold on screen in Lovelace. Never again will she be silenced by the producers and distributors of Deep Throat,” said the company’s co-Presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego in a statement Wednesday. Radius­ TWC were named as defendants, along with the Weinstein Company, Millennium Films, Nu Image, Inc., Animus Films, Untitled Entertainment, Inc., Eclectic Pictures, Inc., Avi Lerner And Laura Rister, in the suit filed on August 6 by the Deep Throat copyright holders.

PREVIOUSLY, 8:22 AM: Harvey Weinstein and Avi Lerner may be in deep trouble over Deep Throat. That’s $10 million dollars and an injunction against the upcoming biopic Lovelace worth of trouble to be exact. In a complaint filed on Tuesday in federal court in New York (read it here), that’s what the owners of the rights to the 1972 skin flick are demanding. Arrow Productions say that the bio of Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace copies more than five minutes of the original film, uses the … Read More »

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Can ‘Lovelace’ And Its Stars Help Bring VOD Movies Front And Center At The Oscars?

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 1:51pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Lawsuits aside, can Lovelace become the latest high profile theatrical/VOD release to also get Oscar attention? I was thinking about that after attending the splashy Monday night Hollywood premiere of the Radius/TWC – Millennium film at the Egyptian. The movie has a name ensemble cast all delivering terrific performances, but two are true standouts. Amanda Seyfried as notorious Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace  and a de-glammed supporting turn by Sharon Stone as her mother could have strong appeal to the Academy’s actors branch. The film is not the type to gain traction in the Best Picture race but the actors might go for it if they see it. Radius (the VOD arm of The Weinstein Company) co-President Tom Quinn tells me the company quietly opened the film in Encino for a week in order to make sure it qualifies before the big simultaneous theatrical/VOD run starts Friday. However Academy rules, as I read them, seem to indicate the film would be eligible anyway so long as the VOD premiere does not precede the opening day of the theatrical run.

In any event with the Video On Demand component for increasingly high profile movies such as Lovelace  or the Ryan Gosling starrer, Only God Forgives which Radius opened day and date with VOD in July after playing in competition in Cannes, awards talk would seem to be a natural. The Academy’s rules only seem to punish a film that first plays VOD or other non-theatrical formats and arrives in theaters later. Nevertheless most distributors still play it safe and qualify these movies in traditional ways. With the Academy, you don’t want to take a chance. Quinn says they also did a week-long qualifying run for Only God Forgives in Encino and grossed $7000 without anyone really even knowing it was playing there. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Lovelace’

By | Tuesday July 9, 2013 @ 7:38am PDT

Radius-TWC has posted the official trailer for Sundance premiere Lovelace. Amanda Seyfried plays Linda Lovelace, the star of Deep Throat, the 1972 pornographic film that became an international phenomenon. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman directed the pic, a tale of fame, abuse and betrayal set against the sexual revolution of the 1970s. Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Debi Mazar, Chloë Sevigny, James Franco, Chris Noth and Sharon Stone also star. Radius-TWC has set an August 9 limited release:

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R.I.P. Harry Reems

By | Thursday March 21, 2013 @ 5:32am PDT

Harry Reems, who starred in the classic 1972 pornographic feature hit Deep Throat, died in Salt Lake City on Tuesday. He was 65. Reems was a Marine before acting in off-off-Broadway plays and starting in adult films. He was hired as a lighting director on Deep Throat but took over the lead role of Dr. Young when the actor originally cast did not turn up to work. The film became an international phenomenon, earning some $600M and a place in cinema history. Lovelace, about Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace, debuted in Sundance this year; Adam Brody plays Reems in the movie. In 2005, Reems appeared in the documentary Inside Deep Throat, which also had its premiere in Sundance. Read More »

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Sundance: Radius-TWC Seduced By ‘Lovelace;’ $3 Million Deal Closed

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: The deal is official, with Radius-TWC planning a fall 2013 release date. The company’s release is after the original story.

EXCLUSIVE: After a late-night Sundance courtship, Radius-TWC is closing a deal to acquire Lovelace in a deal that will climax in the range of $3 million, I hear. Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the film stars Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace, who headlined the 1972 pornographic film hit Deep Throat, which captured the zeitgeist. But she was manipulated and bullied into participating in a film which became a financial juggernaut by her coercive boyfriend Chuck Traynor, who is played by Peter Sarsgaard. Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, James Franco and Sharon Stone also star.

The picture, which premiered Tuesday night at the Eccles Theatre, had several buyers massing, but Radius-TWC heads Tom Quinn and Jason Janego moved aggressively to make a deal with Millennium Films heads Avi Lerner and Mark Gill. Millennium financed a film whose edgy, racy subject matter and star casting should hit a strong mark as a multi-platform title. This goes down as the third Sundance deal for the multi-platform division of The Weinstein Company, which got underway last year as it landed Bachelorette and made that edgy comedy a big VOD hit.  Radius-TWC got this fest off to a start when it acquired the acclaimed docu on backup singers Twenty Feet From Stardom, and then bought the drama Concussion. Read More »

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Fest Films With Highest Wanna-See From Buyers: Mike Fleming On 2013 Sundance

Mike Fleming

Related: Part I: Sundance Forecast: Small Deals Galore, And More Chances For Filmmakers

Foot traffic on Main Street is building, and the deals are starting to go down. In the second part of my 2013 Sundance Film Festival opener, here are the films that have been mentioned most often by the buyers who’ll determine whether or not this will be a good festival for the filmmakers. There are some good-sounding films with strong casts, the kind that ring up decent numbers.

DON JON’S ADDICTION:  Writer-director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Cast: Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly. Gordon-Levitt plays a porn addict who becomes torn between two women. This one premieres tonight, 6:30 PM at Eccles, and it will likely be the fest’s first real auction.

AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS: Writer-director: David Lowery. Cast: Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Nate Parker, Keith Carradine. The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met. Killer title and good cast. 1st Screening – Sunday, January 20th, 12:15pm – Eccles

Related: Sundance: Five Actors & Actresses To Watch

THE WAY, WAY BACK: Writer-director: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash. Cast: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph. An introverted 14-year-old comes into his own over the course of a comedic summer when he forms unlikely friendships with the gregarious manager of a rundown water park and the misfits who work there. Carell’s last festival film like this was Little Miss Sunshine. 1st Screening – Monday, January 21st, 3:30pm – Eccles

BREATHE IN: Writer-director: Drake Doremus. Cast: Guy Pearce, Amy Ryan, Felicity Jones, Mackenzie Davis. A teacher falls for one of his students, the one who just transferred from London. Doremus and Jones reteam from Like Crazy. 1st Screening – Saturday, January 19th, 3:00pm – Eccles

Related: Sundance: Five Directors To Watch

BEFORE MIDNIGHT: Writer-director: Richard Linklater (written with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke). Sure it might be the lowest-grossing film franchise in film history, but buyers are sparked for the third installment which picks up Jesse and Celine nine years later in Greece, some two decades after they first met on a train bound for Vienna. 1st Screening – Sunday, January 20th, 9:45pm – Eccles

THE LIFEGUARD: Writer-director: Liz W. Garcia. Cast: Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, Amy Madigan. Bell plays an ex-valedictorian who bails on her journo job in Gotham to return to her last happy place. That’s the family home in Connecticut, and she gets a lifeguard job and falls into a dangerous relationship with a troubled teen. 1st Screening – Saturday, January 19th, 5:30pm – Library

THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN: Director: Fredrik Bond. Writer, Matt Drake. Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Rupert Grint, Til Schweiger. Countryman is a young man who’s traveling abroad. When he falls for a beauty he becomes determined to find his way into her heart. That means  taking brutal punishment from her violent ex. 1st Screening – Monday, January 21st, 6:30pm – Eccles

PRINCE AVALANCHE: Writer-director: David Gordon Green. Cast: Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind. 1st Screening – Sunday, January 20th, 2:30pm – Library

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Don Jon’s Addiction’ Selected For Berlin Panorama

The Berlin Film Festival has unveiled the first titles for 2013′s Panorama section. The sidebar will include works from European, Asian, Latin and North American filmmakers. Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s feature directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction will have its international premiere in Berlin after it debuts at Sundance in January. Fellow Sundance premiere Lovelace, from directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, will also make its offshore bow in Berlin. The section screens dramatic and documentary features and this year adds the $5,000 Heiner Carow Prize for “a film that employs extraordinary aesthetic means to deal with social and political issues, past or present.” Following is the list of confirmed Panorama titles to date: Read More »

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Bobby Cannavale Joins Woody Allen Film

By | Tuesday May 22, 2012 @ 7:36am PDT
Mike Fleming

Bobby Cannavale Woody AllenBobby Cannavale has been added to the cast of Woody Allen’s upcoming comedy. He joins Cate Blanchett, Bradley Cooper and Alec Baldwin. Cannavale just boarded the cast of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and will star in the Broadway revival of The Big Knife, which opens next April. Cannavale most recently completed the Jeffrey Friedman-Rob Epstein-directed Lovelace, which is being shopped at the Cannes Film Festival by Nu Image. He is repped by ICM and Peg Donnegan.

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Sarah Jessica Parker To Replace Demi Moore In ‘Lovelace’

By | Friday January 27, 2012 @ 2:28pm PST

Sarah Jessica Parker has signed on to the role of Gloria Steinem in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Lovelace, the Millennium Films biopic about the iconic adult-film star that toplines Amanda Seyfried along with Peter Skarsgaard. Demi Moore was set to play Steinem before pulling out this week to seek treatment for exhaustion. The film has already begun production.

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Chloe Sevigny Joins ‘Lovelace’ Cast; Replacement For Demi Moore Still Needed

By | Wednesday January 25, 2012 @ 10:53am PST

Demi Moore Drops Out Of ‘Lovelace’ Role

Chloë Sevigny has been added to the cast of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Lovelace, the biopic of iconic adult film star Linda Lovelace. Sevigny will play a feminist journalist assigned to write a story about Lovelace, who is being played by Amanda Seyfried. Peter Sarsgaard, Debi Mazar, Cory Hardrict, Adam Brody, Eric Roberts, Hank Azaria, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth, Robert Patrick, Wes Bentley, Sharon Stone and Juno Temple also star. The project — from Eclectic Pictures, Untitled Entertainment Animus Films and Nu Image/Millennium — still needs a replacement for Demi Moore, who dropped out yesterday; she had been set to cameo as Gloria Steinem. Shooting began last month in Los Angeles.

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Demi Moore Drops Out Of ‘Lovelace’ Role

By | Tuesday January 24, 2012 @ 9:55pm PST

Demi Moore has dropped out of the Linda Lovelace biopic entitled Lovelace, her publicist confirmed tonight. She had a small role as feminist activist-author Gloria Steinem. According to a statement released by her publicity firm, “Because of the stresses in her life right now, Demi has chosen to seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health. She looks forward to getting well and is grateful for the support of her family and friends.”

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‘Lovelace’ Adds Adam Brody, Demi Moore

By | Monday January 2, 2012 @ 5:19pm PST

Eric Roberts, Adam Brody and Demi Moore have joined the cast of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Lovelace. Brody will play Deep Throat co-star Harry Reems, Roberts is coming aboard as lie detector expert Nat Laurendi and Moore will do a turn as play feminist author-activist Gloria Steinem. Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard head the continually expanding cast as former porn star Linda Lovelace her husband Chuck Traynor.

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Four Join Amanda Seyfried In ‘Lovelace’

By | Tuesday December 20, 2011 @ 9:37am PST

Hank Azaria, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth and Robert Patrick have joined the cast of Lovelace, the Millennium Films biopic about porn star Linda Lovelace from directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Shooting is set to begin today on location in Los Angeles. Amanda Seyfried has been set to play the lead role, and Peter Sarsgaard is playing her husband Chuck Traynor. Azaria will play Jerry Damiano, director of Lovelace’s iconic film Deep Throat; Cannavale and Noth will play the film’s financiers Butchie Peraino and Anthony Romano, respectively; and Patrick will play Lovelace’s father. Wes Bentley, Sharon Stone and Juno Temple also are in the cast. Andy Bellin wrote the script, and the film is being made with the cooperation of the Lovelace estate.

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Sharon Stone Joins Cast Of ‘Lovelace’

Sharon Stone confirmed that she is set to play the mother of Linda Lovelace in Lovelace, a biopic about the porn star from Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Amanda Seyfried is already aboard to play Lovelace, one of the most famous adult film stars whose Deep Throat is the genre’s most iconic movie and one of the all-time highest-grossing indie films. The script centers on Lovelace’s relationship with her husband Chuck Traynor, who steered her into the business; she subsequently quit porn and divorced Traynor. Peter Sarsgaard is in negotiations for the husband. The script is by Andy Bellin and W. Merritt Johnson, based on the book The Complete Linda Lovelace by Eric Danville. Partners on the project are Millennium Films, Eclectic Pictures and Untitled Entertainment. Stone told the Associated Press that she is shooting the Voltage Pictures thriller The Mule before starting work on the Lovelace film, which is expected to begin production in January.

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Amanda Seyfried Cast As Linda Lovelace

Amanda Seyfried, currently in theaters in Andrew Niccol’s In Time, has been cast as Linda Lovelace in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s movie about the infamous porn star, Lovelace. Peter Sarsgaard is in negotiations to play her husband Chuck Traynor, the pornographer who coaxed her into becoming an adult film actress. Lovelace went on to appear in Deep Throat, one of the most famous and all-time highest-grossing independent movies. She subsequently quit porn and divorced Traynor. The script is by Andy Bellin and W. Merritt Johnson, based on the book The Complete Linda Lovelace by Eric Danville. Partners on the project are Millennium Films, Eclectic Pictures and Untitled Entertainment. Eclectic’s Heidi Jo Markel, Animus Films’ Jim Young and Untitled’s Laura Rister and Jason Weinberg are producing. Millennium’s Avi Lerner is exec producing. Actors previously attached to star were James Franco, who starred in Epstein and Friedman’s Howl, and Kate Hudson before she became pregnant. Filming on Lovelace is expected to start in January.

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