Paul Dano, Travis Fimmel, Anson Mount, Anton Yelchin On ‘Warcraft’ Short List

By | Monday September 23, 2013 @ 10:00am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE UPDATE, 10 AM: Here is the short list of actors going up for the other lead roles in Warcraft, the Legendary Pictures/Atlas Entertainment adaptation of the vidgame World Of Warcraft. I’m told that on the short list is Paul Dano, fresh from the weekend openers Prisoners; Travis Fimmel, a revelation as the star of the History Channel series Vikings; Anson Mount, who stars in the AMC series Hell on Wheels; and Star Trek‘s Anton Yelchin. Paula Patton is in advanced negotiations and Colin Farrell has been offered one of the leads.

EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, SUNDAY PM: Legendary Pictures and Atlas Entertainment are casting up Warcraft, the movie adaptation of the hit Blizzard video game World Of Warcraft that Duncan Jones will direct. I’m told that Paula Patton is negotiating for a lead role and that another lead has been offered to Colin Farrell. I’m not sure that Farrell is going to make a deal — sources said it’s 50/50 — and Jones is testing other actors for the major roles. Production will begin in January and Charles Leavitt wrote the script.

The role-playing game takes place in a medieval-like setting where players control avatars that take on gryphons, dragons, zombies, werewolves and elves. Time travel and alien worlds also are part of the mix. The project is one of Legendary’s biggest and was supposed to be made at Warner Bros. Since Thomas Tull’s financing/production company moved over to Universal Pictures, I expect the film to be located there as well. Read More »

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Paul Dano To Play Brian Wilson In Bill Pohlad-Directed Biopic

By | Thursday January 17, 2013 @ 3:48pm PST

River Road Entertainment picked up the project in June, and now company founder Bill Pohlad has decided to direct Love And Mercy himself, casting Paul Dano as the young version of the Beach Boys frontman. Pohlad is still looking for someone to play the older version. Here’s today’s release:

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 17, 2013 – Bill Pohlad, Academy Award® nominated producer, is set to direct Love & Mercy with Paul Dano (Looper, Ruby Sparks, There Will Be Blood) starring as legendary musician Brian Wilson in his early years. Pohlad is also casting an actor to play Brian Wilson later in his life.

Academy Award® winning composer Atticus Ross (The Social Network) is in talks to work on the sound design of the film and the soundtrack, which will include the music of Brian Wilson.

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Paul Dano Joins ‘Prisoners’ Cast

By | Monday October 8, 2012 @ 4:04pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Paul Dano had a choice between Prisoners and the Jon Favreau-directed Jersey Boys and opted for the former, a kidnapping thriller that stars Hugh Jackman, Melissa Leo and Jake … Read More »

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WME Signs Five Of Warren Zavala’s Biggest Clients, Including Joseph Gordon-Levitt

By | Monday June 11, 2012 @ 5:57pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: That didn’t take long. Just a day after Warren Zavala left CAA to go to WME, he has brought with him Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Paul Dano, Big Bang Theory‘s Johnny Galecki, Amber Heard and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Zavala, who … Read More »

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Paul Dano Cast In ‘Twelve Years A Slave’

By | Monday May 21, 2012 @ 3:22pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Paul Dano Twelve Years A SlaveEXCLUSIVE: Paul Dano has joined the cast of Twelve Years A Slave, the Steve McQueen-directed  adaptation of Solomon Northup’s novel about a free black man who, promised a job playing violin in the … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Zoe Kazan Is ‘Ruby Sparks’

By | Friday April 20, 2012 @ 2:05pm PDT

Little Miss Sunshine co-directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have delivered an unusual rom-com written by Zoe Kazan who also stars as the title character in Ruby Sparks. A character in novels by struggling writer Calvin, played by Paul Dano, suddenly materializes in the flesh. Complications ensue. Cast … Read More »

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Berlin Forum Lines Up 26 World Premieres, Films Starring Melissa Leo, Paul Dano

By | Thursday January 19, 2012 @ 5:01am PST

The Berlin Film Festival has announced titles for its Forum program next month including 26 world premieres and 8 international premieres. Among the group is the latest from La Zona director Rodrigo Plá, the Melissa Leo-starrer Francine and So Yong Kim’s For Ellen with Paul Dano. According to the festival, the sidebar will be marked by films showcasing differing life plans, generational conflicts and the ambivalence of so-called progress. The main program list follows:

Al Juma Al Akheira (The Last Friday)
By Yahya Alabdallah, Jordan/United Arab Emirates
International Premiere

Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank (The Woman in the Septic Tank)
By Marlon N. Rivera, The Philippines

By Axel Petersén, Sweden

Bagrut Lochamim (Soldier/Citizen)
By Silvina Landsmann, Israel
World Premiere

By Denis Côté, Canada/France

Beziehungsweisen (Negotiating Love)
By Calle Overweg, Germany
World Premiere

La Demora (The Wait)
By Rodrigo Plá, Uruguay/Mexico/France
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Hot Trailer: ‘Being Flynn’

By | Monday November 14, 2011 @ 7:50pm PST

Writer-director Paul Weitz (About a Boy) adapted Nick Flynn’s memoir Another Bullshit Night In Suck City, about a young man (Paul Dano) whose longtime missing-in-action father (Robert De Niro) turns up at the homeless shelter where the son works. Focus Features plans a spring 2012 release.

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Fox Searchlight Brings Back ‘Sunshine’ Gang

By | Wednesday May 25, 2011 @ 6:44am PDT
Mike Fleming

When I met with Fox Searchlight presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley at the Cannes Film Festival, it seemed clear that they were not going to take part in one of the most aggressive acquisitions market that Cannes has seen in years. But not only did they walk away with the Palme d’Or prestige badge that will help Terrence Malick’s visionary The Tree of Life find its way when Searchlight releases it in theaters beginning Friday, they also greenlit the first film by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris since Little Miss Sunshine. The new film, He Loves Me, is a reunion. Besides being back in the Searchlight fold, they’ve set as star Paul Dano, whose career was launched by Sunshine. Dano will be paired alongside his girlfriend, Zoe Kazan, who wrote the script. The film also reunites Dayton and Faris with Sunshine producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa. Jeff Bridges is being courted to play another role. After Little Miss Sunshine won two Oscars and was a Best Picture nominee, Dayton and Faris were courted like crazy by studios and became attached to a number of projects that didn’t pan. It has been five years since the release of that film, but they start production in July. Read More »

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CANNES: FilmDistrict Acquires U.S. Rights To Joe Gordon-Levitt/Bruce Willis Sci-Fi Action Film ‘Looper’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: A frenzied Saturday auction on the Croisette has ended with FilmDistrict in final negotiations for U.S. distribution rights to Looper, the Rian Johnson-directed science fiction film that stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt and Bruce Willis. There were at least six bidders spanning major studios and independents, and it sounds like some serious upfront money was paid. But the intriguing part is that the deal orchestrated between CAA and FilmDistrict’s Peter Schlessel will likely end in FilmDistrict using an option with Sony Pictures, which would release and market the film through the TriStar label. That replicates the distribution structure of District 9, which Schlessel acquired while he was at Sony. The picture has a similarly brainy construct and is also reminiscent of the first Terminator.

Johnson wrote the script, about a contract killer who works for the mob of the future, and who kills victims  that are sent back in time 30 years, so there is no trace of the crime in the future. It’s a great gig, until the killer (Gordon-Levitt) recognizes that one of his targets (Willis) is a futuristic version of himself. Piper Perabo, Paul Dano and Jeff Daniels also star. The film was financed by Endgame’s James Stern, who produced with Johnson’s partner Ram Bergman.

CAA still has to paper the deal, but that likely gives Sony and Amy Pascal its second release schedule addition in the last 24 hours. As Deadline revealed early Saturday, the studio acquired the David Frankel-directed Great Hope Springs with Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell starring. Read More »

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Anonymous Content Lands Management Trio To Bolster Talent Roster

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Management/production company Anonymous Content is about to make a major play in the talent game. I’m hearing that Doug Wald is leaving his partnership at Raw Talent, Sandra Chang is leaving as partner at Industry Entertainment, and Tony Lipp is leaving CAA. The trio will lead Anonymous Content’s talent division and create a major infusion of acting clients. It is all taking shape today.

Lipp announced internally on Tuesday that he would leave CAA to be a manager. Wald and Chang dropped the bombshells this morning at their respective management companies. Anonymous has a modest talent business that included four managers and clients like Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright, Katie Cassidy, Omar Epps and Adrianne Palicki (just cast as Wonder Woman). The newcomers will greatly expand that list, and a lot of it is emerging talent. Among the actors already set to join: Sam Worthington, Paul Dano, Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Anna Faris, Max Minghella, Jack Quaid, Patrick Wilson, Justin Chambers, Jessica Walter, Jaime King, Matt Bomer, John Cleese, Blythe Danner, Jonathan Groff, Mamie Gummer, Nathan Lane, Simon Russell Beale and Stanley Tucci. Read More »

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Robert De Niro Set For ‘Freelancers’ & Forest Whitaker Negotiating To Join Him

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Robert De Niro is set to star in the Jessy Terrero-directed Freelancers, and Forest Whitaker is in talks to join him and Curtis Jackson in the cop drama. The film begins production April 18 in New Orleans. Jackson plays … Read More »

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Julianne Moore Joins ‘Another Bullshit Night In Suck City’

By | Friday March 4, 2011 @ 11:27am PST
Mike Fleming

Julianne Moore will play a small role in Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, joining Robert De Niro, Paul Dano and Olivia Thirlby in the Nick Flynn memoir that has been adapted and will be directed by Paul Weitz for … Read More »

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Olivia Thirlby Finds Good Role In ‘Another Bullshit Night In Suck City’

Mike Fleming

Olivia Thirlby has been set to star with Robert De Niro and Paul Dano in Another Bullshit Night In Suck City, the Nick Flynn memoir that has been adapted and will be directed by Paul Weitz for Focus Features. Expect … Read More »

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Tony Gilroy Casts Net For ‘Bourne’ Spinoff

Mike Fleming

The hot role for young actors right now is the lead in The Bourne Identity spinoff that will start production this fall with Tony Gilroy directing his script for Universal. Here are the names I’ve heard have met with Gilroy or are  otherwise in the mix: Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, … Read More »

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