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Deadline’s Best Film Stories Of The Week

The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off this week, Telluride and Venice wrapped up and Fifty Shades of Grey got its leads. If you missed these and Deadline’s other top film stories this week, here’s your chance to check them out now:

Toronto 2013: Will Deals Take Back Seat As Buyers Focus On Fest Oscar Hopefuls?
By Mike Fleming Jr - The Toronto Film Festival got underway last night with the Gala premiere of the Bill Condon-directed DreamWorks Julian Assange film The Fifth Estate.

Vin Diesel’s ‘Riddick’ Opens Weak Weekend
By Nikki Finke - Welcome to one of the slowest weekends at the domestic box office. The movie season is off to a weak start – just $70M total filmgoing

Dakota Johnson Lands ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Role
By Mike Fleming Jr - EXCLUSIVE: The coveted role of Anastasia Steele has gone to Dakota Johnson in the Universal Pictures and Focus Features adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Related: Charlie Hunnam Cast As Christian Grey In ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Read More »

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Toronto: Katee Sackhoff To Star In ‘Somnia’

By | Sunday September 8, 2013 @ 8:41am PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: Katee Sackhoff, here at Toronto starring in the Mike Flanagan-directed Midnight Madness Section pic Oculus, has signed on to Flanagan’s next film, Somnia. That pic begins production later this fall, with Focus Features International handling international sales on the psychological horror film scripted by Flanagan and Jeff Howard. Trevor Macy is producing through Intrepid Pictures banner with William D. Johnson and Sam Englebardt of Demarest Films. Demarest will co-finance with MICA Entertainment. Mali Elfman is exec producer.

Somnia is described as a haunting, emotionally absorbing horror film about an orphaned child whose dreams — and nightmares — manifest physically as he sleeps. The film explores the enduring bonds between parent and child and is punctuated by sequences of intense, visceral terror that only a child’s imagination could conjure. APA and Affirmative Entertainment rep the director and scribe.

Sackhoff also stars with Vin Diesel in the weekend’s top grossing film Riddick. She is managed by Bleu’s Leland LaBarre.

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Vin Diesel’s ‘Riddick’ Opens Weak Weekend

By | Sunday September 8, 2013 @ 6:02am PDT

Box Office Riddick Vin DieselSUNDAY 6 AM, 4TH UPDATE: Welcome to one of the slowest weekends at the domestic box office. The movie season is off to a weak start – just $70M total filmgoing. Yes, that’s +20% over last year but only because of higher ticket prices and more 3D premiums. And no don’t blame this on some outages at online ticketseller Fandango on Saturday – because the studios aren’t. It doesn’t help that Hollywood once again is determined to churn out unnecessary sequels and threequels.

#1 - In this case, blame Vin Diesel who now owns the Riddick role and is keeping the $38M independently financed sci-fi franchise on life support. He leveraged a lot of his own assets because he loves this galactic ex-con character or hopes to earn more coin from it or both. Universal released in 3,107 U.S. theaters while eOne Entertainment is distributing in Canada. The R-rated pic opened mediocre with $7.3M Friday and $7.1M Saturday for what Universal says is a mediocre $18.6M weekend (but Hollywood estimates at $19.2M). it opened on 314 IMAX screens in North America, delivering about $2.5M. That’s after earning a middling ‘B’ CinemaScore from audiences and grossing an unimpressive $900K from Thursday night’s domestic late shows and Friday’s midnights. Even though this actioner had this first fall weekend all to itself, it took in only 1/2 what the original made and 1/3 what the sequel earned. The 3rd installment clearly didn’t expand beyond core fanboys since the outlaw character hasn’t been featured in a film in 9 years – although it’s been in a succession of DVDs and video games. Exit polls showed the audience was 59% male/41% female, 47% under age 30/53% age 30+, and 37% Hispanic/31% Caucasian. Written and directed (again) by David Twohy, produced (again) by Ted Fields, and starring Diesel (again), Riddick follows 2000′s Pitch Black which earned $39.5M and then 2004′s The Chronicles Of Riddick whose bloated budget made $57.8M gross. Diesel has been both savvy and stupid behind the scenes of this pic. When Universal wanted him for a cameo in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, he asked for the rights to the Riddick character instead of an acting fee. Diesel and Twohy tackled the script problems and went into production on the threequel. When a completion bond fell through, Diesel personally advanced funds until bank loans were secured. Eventually Universal came back in with an equity position but also insisted on a PG13 rating. Diesel fought the studio for an R rating – and the result is more bone-crushing and blood gushing violence. Oh joy. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Riddick’

By | Friday August 2, 2013 @ 9:01pm PDT

The newest trailer for Riddick has dropped. It follows a red band version that was released at Comic-Con last month. The third pic in the franchise reunites The Chronicles Of Riddick writer-director David Twohy and star Vin Diesel, who plays the escaped convict antihero for the third time. Universal releases Riddick on September 6. Check it out:

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Hot Comic-Con Trailer: ‘Riddick’

By | Friday July 19, 2013 @ 1:56pm PDT

Here’s the red band trailer for the Vin Diesel-starring Riddick that Universal just dropped during its Comic-Con panel:

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Vin Diesel Teases ‘Riddick’ Comic-Con 2013 Appearance

By | Sunday June 16, 2013 @ 12:41pm PDT

The official Comic-Con 2013 line-up won’t be unveiled for another few weeks, but Vin Diesel‘s given his sizable social media following a sneak peek. The Fast & Furious star debuted a teaser for September’s Riddick, the third film in Diesel’s other hit Universal Pictures franchise. “It’s been over decade, since I’ve been to Comic-Con…,” Diesel posted to his Facebook page. With a whopping 43M followers, he’s one of few stars whose own Facebook pull eclipses that of entire movie studios. David Twohy (Pitch Black, The Chronicles Of Riddick) returns to helm the threequel. Comic-Con’s 2013 edition runs July 18-21 in San Diego. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Vin Diesel’s ‘Riddick’

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 10:56am PDT

This is the latest Riddick pic after 2000’s Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles Of Riddick and reunites the latter’s writer-director David Twohy and star Vin Diesel, who plays the escaped convict antihero for a third time. Universal is releasing Riddick on September 6.

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Hot Teaser Trailer: ‘Riddick’

By | Friday March 22, 2013 @ 3:32pm PDT

Vin Diesel has posted this teaser on Facebook for the third movie featuring his Pitch Black character. Like that first film, it’s written and directed by David Twohy. It also stars Karl Urban and Katee Sackhoff as a mercenary who’s tracking Riddick. The Universal release is slated to open September 6th. Riddick asks, “You’re not afraid of the dark, are you?”:

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