CAA Signs Mickey Rourke

By | Thursday September 12, 2013 @ 3:57pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed Mickey Rourke, the actor who reprises his tough guy role in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Rourke has had an up-and-down long career, but his resurgence over the past few years … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Java Heat’

By | Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 6:17pm PDT

Before Twilight‘s Kellan Lutz tackles Nu Image/Millenium’s Hercules he makes his bid for action hero status with Indonesia-set Java Heat. IFC‘s May 10 release pairs Lutz’s wisecracking American with a Muslim cop (Ario Bayu) who team up to bring down a terrorist (Mickey Rourke). … Read More »

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2ND UPDATE: David Unger Leaves ICM Partners For Resolution; Also Robert Lazar

2ND UPDATE, 6:20 PM Writethru: It’s official. Resolution Agency Chairman Jeff Berg announced just now that, after 15 years at ICM, talent and literary agent David Unger is joining. Unger is the first ICM agent to … Read More »

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AFM: IFC Acquires Mickey Rourke Starrer ‘Java Heat’

By | Friday November 2, 2012 @ 6:50pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: IFC Films has picked up the U.S rights to Java Heat. They plan a nationwide theatrical release for the action thriller in 2013.  Java Heat is directed by Conor Allyn, who wrote the screenplay with his … Read More »

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Mickey Rourke Puts ‘Motor City’ And ‘Sin City 2′ On His GPS

By | Monday August 6, 2012 @ 3:32pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Mickey Rourke is in talks to join Gerard Butler in the Albert Hughes-directed Motor City, which is being financed by Emmett/Furla Films and produced by Joel Silver’s Dark Castle. The drama, which centers on a man who … Read More »

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Anthony Michael Hall, Danny Trejo, Mickey Rourke Set For ‘Dead In Tombstone’

By | Thursday March 15, 2012 @ 8:38am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Michael Hall, Danny Trejo and Mickey Rourke will star in Dead in Tombstone, the Roel Reine-directed action adventure film that begins filming next week. Mike Elliott and Glenn … Read More »

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Woody Harrelson Joins Martin McDonagh’s ‘Seven Psychopaths’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Woody Harrelson, Tom Waits and Olga Kurylenko have joined Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken in Seven Psychopaths. Directed and scripted by In Bruges’ Martin McDonagh, the film began production this week in Los Angeles. CBS Films is … Read More »

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No ‘Expendables’ Sequel For Mickey Rourke; He’s In Talks For Martin McDonagh’s ‘Seven Psychopaths’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Mickey Rourke is negotiating to star with Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken in Seven Psychopaths, the next film by In Bruges writer/director Martin McDonagh. That means Rourke will not be reprising his role in the Simon West-directed … Read More »

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Barry Levinson Books ‘Diner’ For Broadway Bow, Sheryl Crow To Write Music

By | Tuesday September 20, 2011 @ 8:28am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Barry Levinson’s 1982 film Diner is headed for Broadway in fall 2012. Base Entertainment’s Scott Zeiger and Brian Becker have announced a musical adaptation with book by Levinson and music and lyrics by Sheryl Crow. The musical marks the … Read More »

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Toronto: Anchor Bay Acquires Thriller Remake ’13′

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Anchor Bay Films just acquired U.S. distribution rights to 13, Gela Babluani’s remake of his 2005 thriller 13 Tzameti. The film isn’t playing here at Toronto, but it will be one of a flurry of titles being … Read More »

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2011 Toronto: ‘Shame’ Will Start Dealmaking Flurry, But Buyers Wait To Be Blown Away

Mike Fleming

Last year’s Toronto Film Festival started slow for acquisitions, but finished with a flurry of modest distribution deals that served notice the specialty film business had finally pulled out of its nosedive. This year’s festival hasn’t started and … Read More »

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‘Expendables 2′ Sets Action Dream Trio: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis Join Sly Stallone

Mike Fleming

After The Expendables turned in a surprisingly strong $275 million worldwide gross, many have wondered what they would do for an encore. How’s this? Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis have just closed deals to take “substantial” roles in The Expendables Read More »

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Simon West To Direct ‘Expendables 2′

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After a long search, Simon West is the choice to direct The Expendables 2, the sequel to the 2010 surprise hit action film. West, who most recently directed the CBS Films remake of The Mechanic with … Read More »

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Sly Stallone: I’m Not Directing ‘Expendables’ Sequel!

Mike Fleming

Sylvester Stallone wants it known that despite reports to the contrary, he will not be directing the sequel to The Expendables. Stallone, who directed and starred in the crowd-pleasing original that grossed around $275 million for Millennium and Lionsgate, is … Read More »

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UPDATE: Liam Neeson Now Ready For ‘Taken 2′ Encore

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Liam Neeson and Luc Besson have come to a meeting of the minds and they have worked out the scheduling snafu that made him iffy for Taken 2. Neeson’s reps at CAA are now closing the deal … Read More »

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Image To Release ‘Passion Play’ On May 6

By | Friday March 11, 2011 @ 2:22pm PST

The Toronto pickup, a noirish thriller starring Mickey Rourke, Bill Murray and Megan Fox and written and directed by Mitch Glazer, begins its platform rollout in New York and Los Angeles. That’s a little less than two months before the rollout of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which Fox fell … Read More »

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Pair Of AFM Projects Telling Killer Tale

Mike Fleming

There are two AFM project packages being shopped on the same subject: Richard Kuklinski, the notorious New Jersey mob hit man. Nu Image has Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Shannon to play Kuklinski and Benicio Del Toro and (maybe) James Franco attached to The Iceman, a film that will be directed by Ariel Vromen that is eyeing a production start next summer. Natural Selection CEO Matty Beckerman comes to AFM with a rival project, on which he said he has just closed a deal for life rights of Kuklinski’s wife, Barbara, and Pat Kane, the cop who brought Kuklinski to justice. The project, based on the Philip Carlo book The Ice Man: Confessions Of A Mafia Contract Killer, is being scripted by American History X‘s David McKenna and has Mickey Rourke attached to play Kuklinski. Beckerman is producing and said his Natural Selection will fully fund a movie that will start production in the spring.  No director has yet been set. Read More »

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TORONTO: Image Buys Mickey Rourke & Megan Fox Starrer ‘Passion Play’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In a 7-figure deal for one of the last star-driven pictures to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Image Entertainment has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Passion Play, the Mitch Glazer-directed drama that stars Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox … Read More »

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Mickey Rourke Finds Killer Role In Mafia

By | Sunday September 12, 2010 @ 10:52am PDT
Mike Fleming

TORONTO: As buyers ponder Mickey Rourke’s Toronto Film Festival submission Passion Play, the Mick has pacted to play a Mafia contract killer in The Ice Man. How this squares with the likelihood he next stars as Sonny Barger in … Read More »

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