Nina Dobrev Goes From ‘Vampire Diaries’ To ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’

EXCLUSIVE: As Deadline told you, Summit Entertainment post-Twilight Saga is continuing to bet heavily on books for its future franchises. Most are conducive to young casts. Now I can report that another young actress to watch is making the transition … Read More »

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MGM Re-Ups DVD Deal With Fox Through 2016

Mike Fleming

One day after making a deal to co-finance the next two James Bond films and other feature films over the next five years, MGM chiefs Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum solidified another piece of the reawakening studio’s puzzle by renewing its DVD deal with Fox through 2016. Here’s the official announcement:

LOS ANGELES, CA April 14, 2011 – MGM announced today that the company has renewed its worldwide Blu-ray Disc and DVD distribution pact with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment through 2016. As part of the new agreement, Fox will now oversee electronic-sell-through for MGM titles and will continue to handle MGM’s vast and extensive movie and television library, as well as distribute several upcoming new release productions in the home entertainment market, including the next JAMES BOND film, set for global theatrical release on November 9, 2012.”

“Twentieth Century Fox is a valued partner that has taken great care of the MGM library for many years with the highest degree of integrity,” said Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of MGM. “They are a tremendous asset to the studio as we look towards the future.”

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Relativity Acquires ‘House At The End Of The Street’

Mike Fleming

Relativity Media bought U.S. distribution rights to House at the End of the Street, the Mark Tonderai-directed drama that stars Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue and Max Theriot. The film’s about a mother and daughter who move into a new community … Read More »

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Lionsgate Acquires U.S. Rights To Barry Levinson Thriller ‘The Bay’

By | Thursday April 14, 2011 @ 12:57pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Lionsgate picked up U.S. distribution rights to the Barry Levinson-directed eco-horror film The Bay from Alliance Films. Michael Wallach wrote the script, and among the producers is the Paranormal Activity team. The pic chronicles a biological disaster unleashed from the … Read More »

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Scott Free Lands Sharon Maguire To Helm ‘Fly Me To The Moon’

By | Thursday April 14, 2011 @ 12:44pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Bridget Jones’s Diary helmer Sharon Maguire has signed on with Scott Free to direct her scripted adaptation of Fly Me To The Moon, based on the Alyson Noel novel. The book takes a Bridget Jones-like approach to the misadventures of … Read More »

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Bradley Cooper In Talks To Star In Relativity’s ‘The Crow’

Bradley Cooper is in early negotiations to play the lead role in Relativity Media and Edward R. Pressman’s reinvention of The Crow, the 1994 adaptation of the James O’Barr comic book series that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) has been … Read More »

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Paramount Options Ray Bradbury’s ‘The Martian Chronicles’

By | Tuesday April 12, 2011 @ 2:33pm PDT

Paramount said today that it has optioned Ray Bradbury’s seminal sc-fi short story collection The Martian Chronicles, which loosely revolves around humans colonizing the Red Planet and their conflict with the martians they encounter there. The studio is seeking a writer for the project, which at one point had been in development … Read More »

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James McAvoy Set For ‘Welcome To The Punch’

By | Tuesday April 12, 2011 @ 7:26am PDT

The X-Men: First Class star is in final negotiations to star in Welcome to the Punch, a thriller set in London due to start filming in July. Eran Creevy is the writer-director, and the producers are Rory Aitken, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones … Read More »

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Walking Dead Spec ‘Maggie’ Back On Market

By | Monday April 11, 2011 @ 4:46pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Maggie, the John Scott 3-penned spec script about the six-week metamorphosis of a 16-year-old teenage girl into a zombie, is back on the market. The spec was close to a deal with Timur Bekmambetov (I’d heard it closed), but … Read More »

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‘Crazy Heart’s Scott Cooper Takes On ‘The Low Dweller’ For Relativity Media

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Relativity Media has confirmed the deal, and they’ve retitled the script Out of the Furnace.

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Media is making a deal with Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper to rewrite and direct The Low Dweller, one … Read More »

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James Cameron & Vince Pace Unveil New 3D Venture At NAB Convention

The Cameron-Pace Group, announced today at the start of the National Association of Broadcasters confab in Las Vegas, “seeks to accelerate worldwide growth of 3D across all entertainment platforms including features, episodic and live television, sports, advertising and … Read More »

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‘Eastern Promises’ Writer To Make Directing Debut

After scripting such films as David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises and Stephen Frears’ Dirty Pretty Things, Steven Knight is set to make his directorial debut on his script Hummingbird. The film is set at Shine Pictures, the movie arm of Liz … Read More »

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eOne Acquires Australian Film Distributor

By | Sunday April 10, 2011 @ 11:37pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

International company Entertainment One, known primarily for its TV production and distribution business, has acquired Australian independent feature film distributor Hopscotch. Hopscotch released 15 titles theatrically in 2010 and has a library of 300-plus film and television titles. Recent releases include The Wrestler, The Kids Are All Right, Vicky Cristina BarcelonaRead More »

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Tobey Maguire Cast In ‘Life Of Pi’

Tobey Maguire has been cast in Ang Lee’s novel adaptation Life of Pi, the Fox movie that is shooting in India ahead of a December 2012 bow. Yann Martel’s bestseller centers on an Indian boy who escapes a shipwreck but is stranded on a life raft with a zebra, an … Read More »

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VFX Wiz Tim Miller To Direct ‘Deadpool’

By | Friday April 8, 2011 @ 2:51pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Tim Miller, who has done strong visual effects work through his VFX house Blur Films, was just set by 20th Century Fox to make his feature directing debut on X-Men Origins:  Deadpool, the X-Men spinoff film expected to star … Read More »

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Director Jake Scott Tunes Up For Feature Biopic Of Singer Jeff Buckley

By | Friday April 8, 2011 @ 1:21pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Welcome To The Rileys helmer Jake Scott has been set to direct an untitled film about Jeff Buckley, the rising star musician who died tragically at age 30 in 1997. Scott will direct a script by Ryan Jaffe (The Rocker). Michelle Sy and Orian Williams are producing, and Buckley’s mother Mary Guibert will be exec producer.

Buckley, son of the famed but troubled folk musician Tim Buckley, became an influence on musicians from Kurt Cobain to Coldplay. He shunned the spotlight, though, preferring to play small clubs and who for a long time played as a session guitarist to make a living. He recorded one hit album, Grace, and was on his way to doing another when he jumped into Tennessee’s Wolf River, fully clothed, for a spontaneous swim. He got caught in the wake of a passing boat and drowned. Read More »

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Bankruptcy Court Approves Blockbuster Sale

Mike Fleming

Despite the objections of 111 parties including plenty of creditors, U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge Burton Lifland approved Dish Network’s $320 million offer for the beleaguered vid chain. According to, the deal assumes $11.5 million in debt to studios.

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Mark Gordon Signs New Deal With ABC Studios, Inks First-Look Pact With Disney

Nellie Andreeva

Mark Gordon has renewed his deal with ABC Studios, where he has been for 10 years. Additionally, he has inked a first-look pact  with Walt Disney Studios. The four-year Disney deal covers overhead for Gordon’s banner, Mark Gordon Company, on … Read More »

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Walter Hill Courted To Direct Sly Stallone In ‘Headshot’

By | Wednesday April 6, 2011 @ 12:14pm PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: While Sly Stallone is eager to work with Walter Hill, Headshot backer IM Global claims Hill is one of several helmers being discussed for the job.

EXCLUSIVE: Sylvester Stallone has met with Walter Hill about directing Headshot, a … Read More »

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