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NoahBiblical and Faith-Based Movies: In Hollywood to Stay?
By Anita Busch
After this weekend’s successful opening for Noahis there any doubt anymore that if Hollywood builds it, they will come?

 

Writers Rail As Talks Resume: A Deadline Survey
By Mike Fleming, Jr.
As talks are about to resume Monday on the final elements that many hope will lead to a new deal for the Writers Guild Of America, we wanted to lend some perspective and give voice to the TV and feature writers whose fortunes will be tied directly to the deal their union makes. Deadline spoke with 10 film and TV scribes and asked them the following questions: Read More »

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Q&A: Richard Linklater Firms Summer Release, Talks 12 Years Making ‘Boyhood’

By | Thursday March 27, 2014 @ 4:47pm PDT
Mike Fleming

ricklinkEXCLUSIVE: Boyhood, a time-lapse narrative feature film that Richard Linklater shot over a 12-year period, has been set for a July 11 release through IFC Films, which has stepped up and committed to a theatrical platform rollout and awards campaign. The film played Sundance and Berlin and its makers have positioned it for what they hope will be a long summer run as audiences watch actor Ellar Coltrane and his supporting cast actually grow up before their eyes, and adults Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette mature as his parents.

Related: Berlin Film Festival: Richard Linklater Named Best Director; More

At Sundance, there had been some question of whether a large distributor would take the film off the table, but it only seems right that IFC stepped up. After all, as IFC President Jonathan Sehring told me back then, he was the one who wrote an annual check to Linklater for over a decade, and when his bosses would ask him to explain the expenditure and when they would see a payoff, he’d shrug his shoulders. Sehring’s a producer on the film, and so is John Sloss, who made this deal. “We went to Sundance with the understanding we would talk to other distributors,” Sloss said. “You have to understand when they committed to fund this, IFC didn’t have a distribution arm. So they didn’t have distribution rights, even though they are a co-owner along with Rick and the filmmaking team. This is a very special movie, and we wanted to make sure it has every opportunity for success. We’ve realized this film plays for a young audience and it will need word-of-mouth that comes from staying in theaters for a long time. IFC really stepped up.”

Related: SXSW Unveils Jury Award Winners

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Diane Ladd & Newcomer Eden Brolin To Star In ‘I Dream Too Much’

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 8:02am PST

Diane-Ladd-589272-1-402Diane Ladd and Eden Brolin have signed on to star in writer-director Katie Cokinos’ comedic drama I Dream Too Much. This is Cokinos’ debuedenbrolinfeature. Danielle Brooks (Orange Is The New Black, Girls) Christina Rouner and James McCaffrey (Rescue Me, Revenge) co-star in the pic that tells the story of an imaginitive college student (Brolin) who volunteers to care for her formidable great aunt (Ladd), as they both face challenges that threaten their independence. Brooks plays Abbey, a singer looking for her big break, Rouner plays Helen, a closet legal eagle and Brolin’s mother, and McCaffrey plays Nikki Sommers, a legendary music producer.

Richard Linklater is executive producing with producers Jay Thames for 77 Films and Ed McWilliams for Attic Lights Films in association with Pantheon of Women. The film will begin photography in New York in February. Read More »

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Sundance: Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ Sparks Buyers

By | Sunday January 19, 2014 @ 1:31pm PST
Mike Fleming

Sundance2014_badge__140109214059__140116020608In many ways, the debut of Richard Linklater‘s new film Boyhood at the Eccles Theater personifies the independent spirit. In a studio movie like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Brad Pitt was aged with makeup and VFX … Read More »

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Berlin Film Festival Completes Competition Roster; Adds Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’

berlinaleofficialposterThere are 20 films out of 23 in the Competition section that will vie for the Golden and Silver Bears at the Berlin Film Festival. Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, with Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, will … Read More »

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Sundance: Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ Joins Lineup

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 10:01am PST

BoyhoodSundance has added the 121st feature film to its 2014 festival that starts Thursday. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood will have its premiere Sunday, January 19 at the Eccles Theatre as part of special preview screenings Read More »

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Richard Linklater Set For Gotham Awards Director Tribute

By | Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 7:00am PDT

The IFP said today that Richard Linklater will receive the Director Tribute at the 23rd annual Gotham Awards in December. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker most recently helmed Before Midnight, the third film in a drawn-out trilogy … Read More »

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Venice: FilmBuff To Release ‘Double Play: James Benning And Richard Linklater’

Just ahead of its premiere here in Venice, documentary Double Play: James Benning And Richard Linklater has been set by FilmBuff for a 2014 digital U.S. release. Gabe Klinger directed the docu that follows the eponymous … Read More »

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EFM Roundup: Richard Linklater’s Surprise Prize, XYZ International

Before Midnight director Richard Linklater was awarded a special surprise Berlinale Camera trophy on Monday night. The film festival began awarding Cameras in 1986 to Read More »

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Sundance Update: Well After Midnight, Sony Pictures Classics Closes ‘Before Midnight’

Mike Fleming

UPDATE, 12 PM: Sony Pictures Classics has confirmed Deadline’s Sundance scoop that it acquired North American and UK rights to Before Midnight, the Richard Linklater-directed film that captivated fest audiences and continues the relationship between characters played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as the travel the world. The official release appears at the bottom of the original exclusive break.

EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, 10:52 AM: I hear Sony Pictures Classics has closed a Sundance deal for Before Midnight, the third installment of the Richard Linklater-directed series that began with 1995′s Before Sunrise and continued with 2004′s Before Sunset. You don’t get many trilogies at Sundance, but this one premiered to raves last Sunday at Eccles Theatre in the Premiere category, and seven buyers have slowly been nipping at it ever since when they haven’t been distracted by the other auctions. This deal is well into seven-figures for North America and multiple territories including the UK, I hear. It shapes up as one of the big deals of the fest. SPC partners Michael Barker and Tom Bernard also bought Kill Your Darlings and Austenland (which was bought by Sony Worldwide Acquisitions), so it was a most productive festival for them. Read More »

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Sundance: Filmmakers Say Cable TV & Online A Good Place To Land

Traditional methods of getting a project made and finding an audience are evolving rapidly toward smaller screens, a panel of directors and producers agreed today at the Sundance Film Festival  “Every time I’ve had a movie I couldn’t get financing for recently, the next question is always ‘could this be a TV series?’ It’s a business model. It’s boring but it’s real,” said Richard Linklater. “It does feel like great quality is going to TV and online… because the studios make tentpoles and not adult dramas,” added Fast Five director Justin Lin, who also co-created the YOMYOMF YouTube channel. Linklater and Lin were appearing on the Power of Story: Independence Unleashed panel along with Enlightened co-creator Mike White and director Jane Campion. Linklater is back at Sundance this year to premiere his Before Midnight, the second sequel to 1995’s Before Sunrise. Campion also returns to the Festival with her seven-part crime mystery BBC/Sundance Channel TV series Top of the Lake starring Holly Hunter and Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss. White is at the Festival as one of the producers of Writer/director Sebastián Silva’s Magic Magic. Lin is a Sundance alumni, having had his directorial debut Better Luck Tomorrow premiere here back in 2002.
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Toronto: Richard Linklater Completes ‘Before Midnight’ Just Before Fest Begins

By | Wednesday September 5, 2012 @ 10:24am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Buyers arriving at the Toronto Film Festival tomorrow already have a lot of sales titles to consider (more on that tomorrow). Here’s another title to add to the mix: Richard Linklater just wrapped shooting in Messinia, Greece on Before Midnight, the third film in a series that began with Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.

Before Midnight, which has Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke reprising their roles as star-crossed lovers Celine and Jesse, was once again scripted by Linklater, Delpy and Hawke, the same team that got an Oscar nom in 2005 for Before Sunset. Linklater shot the film quietly, as many didn’t think it would happen before 2013.

There won’t be a sizzle reel or script to read at Toronto, because the film wrapped late last night. But Cinetic Media’s John Sloss will be handling domestic sales once again and he will be at Toronto with other films. Before Midnight is produced by Linklater’s Detour Filmproduction, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos and Sara Woodhatch of Faliro House and Jacob Pechenik of Venture 4TH, together with Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer of Castle Rock Entertainment. Sloss is exec producer. Read More »

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Specialty Box Office: ‘Bernie’ Bows Hot; Others Not So Much; Holdovers OK

Millennium Entertainment scored one of the highest limited release debuts of 2012 in terms of per screen average over the weekend with director Richard Linklater‘s latest feature. Starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Shirley MacLaine, … Read More »

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Specialty Box Office: ‘96 Minutes,’ ‘Bernie,’ ‘Elles,’ ‘Inventing Our Life,’ ‘Restless City’

By | Thursday April 26, 2012 @ 10:41pm PDT

Financing wasn’t the overriding hurdle for at least two of this weekend’s specialty debuts. The crews from 96 Minutes and Bernie contended with other challenges beyond funding to bring their projects to the screen. Meanwhile, the writer/director … Read More »

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Hulu Upfronts Present Shows By Morgan Spurlock, Richard Linklater, Seth Meyers

By | Thursday April 19, 2012 @ 2:51pm PDT

Hulu kicked off the so-called digital upfronts today with presentations for its expanding stable of originals. Documentarian Morgan Spurlock, Saturday Night Live‘s Seth Meyers and Entourage‘s Adrian Grenier were on hand to schmooze with advertisers. Producers hope to lure away some of the billions of dollars that go to cable and TV networks; Vevo, Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo and Disney Interactive are expected to pitch their shows to advertisers next week. In addition to Spurlock, Meyers and Grenier, talent on hand to boost Hulu included Megan Hilty from Smash, Speed Levitch of Up To Speed, JD Walsh and Jay Hayden from Battleground, Michael “Dooma” Wendschuh from Flow and Mayer Hawthorne with Live From The Artist’s Den. Hulu says paid subscribers for Hulu Plus surpassed 2 million during first-quarter 2012 and claims that Hulu represents 20% of the overall online video market and 40% of the premium online market. Here are the site’s upcoming projects: Read More »

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Millennium Entertainment Taps Vicky Eguia To Run Publicity

Mike Fleming

Vicky Eguia has been named vice president of publicity at Millennium Entertainment, reporting to marketing head Brooke Ford. Eguia most recently had been publicity veep at Apparition and before that served stints at Newmarket Films and Picturehouse with former Apparition chief Bob Berney. Under CEO Bill Lee, Millennium has gotten … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Jack Black Pic ‘Bernie’ Acquired By Millennium Entertainment

Mike Fleming

Deadline revealed in July that Millennium Entertainment was buying U.S. distribution rights to the Los Angeles Film Festival’s opening film Bernie, the Richard Linklater-directed movie that stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey, for a low-seven-figure minimum guarantee and $1 million P&A commitment. Millennium has finally confirmed the deal. Here’s the official announcement: Read More »

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Millennium Buying ‘Bernie’ With Jack Black

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: A deal is near for Millennium Entertainment to acquire U.S. distribution rights to the Los Angeles Film Festival opening-night pic Bernie. I’m told that it will be the first significant grab for former Film Department co-head Mark Gill since … 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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