“I want to last. I want to be an actor,” Daniel Radcliffe said Friday at his very first Comic-Con, where the erstwhile Harry Potter was promoting his dark horror pic Horns. French horror maven Alexandre Aja directs the tale of Ig Perrish, who awakens one morning to find a pair of demonic horns growing out of his skull in the wake of his girlfriend’s murder. Radcliffe, Aja, and author Joe Hill showed off the premiere of the U.S. trailer and an extended scene that had been edited for the young eyes and ears in the audience. Two f-bombs in the span of a single reel? Accio adulthood, Potterites.
Pic is adapted by Keith Bunin from Hill’s 2010 novel, a genre-bender he described as a “tragicomic-horror-dy.” In the footage, Radcliffe’s Ig has developed the power to compel others to express their worst impulses and persuades a scrum of journalists to brawl in exchange for an exclusive interview. “Getting journalists to fight … I took pleasure in that scene,” Radcliffe laughed. He admitted the heavy media scrutiny on the young Potter cast eventually took its toll. “Towards the end of time on Potter, I did start to get worried,” he said. “I wasn’t before but journalists started asking, ‘Do you think your best years are behind you?’ — at 20.”
Radcliffe said he was determined “to have a career after Potter” and sought out mature stage and film works “that sent a message to people that I wanted to challenge myself as an actor.” He came to the filmmakers in pursuit of the Ig role. “That was before Woman In Black, so I didn’t really know about your work,” said Aja to Radcliffe. “I was really impressed that you were so skilled as an actor.” Read More »
The Oscar-nominated actress will lend her voice to the raunchy animated tale of a sausage’s quest to discover the truth about his existence. Salma Hayek will play Teresa the Taco in Sausage Party, the R-rated toon written by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir. She joins a voice cast that includes Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Edward Norton, and David Krumholtz. After falling out of a shopping cart, the hero sausage and his new friends embark on a journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the Fourth of July sale. Sony and Annapurna Pictures are co-financing and producing. Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan direct. Sony is releasing worldwide and eyeing a 2015 date. Hayek most recently appeared in Grown Ups 2 and Here Comes The Boom and next stars in How To Make Love Like An Englishman and Everly.
Earlier today, Radius-TWC plunked down for upcoming Salma Hayek Pinault thriller Everly. The actress is now lining up A Three Dog Life, opposite John Travolta. The drama is based on the best-selling memoir by Abigail Thomas. Nick Guthe penned the adaptation of the book about Thomas’ life in the aftermath of her husbandd’s devastating car accident. Guthe also directs. Producers are J. Todd Harris and Clark Peterson. The Solution is handling international rights with CAA and WME Global co-representing the U.S. Travolta is up next in The Forger, opposite Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan. It emerged today that he’ll voice Gummy Bear in an upcoming pic. Hayek Pinault will be seen in Everly later this year, and also has How To Make Love Like An Englishman opposite Pierce Brosnan and Jessica Alba. She was recently cast in Matteo Garrone’s next, The Tale Of Tales. The pair co-starred in 2006′s Lonely Hearts and more recently in Oliver Stone’s 2012 pic Savages. Travolta is repped by WME and Principato Young Entertainment and Hayek Pinault by CAA and Management 360. Guthe is with APA and Echo Lake Management.
After last night’s massive Weinstein Co acquisition of The Imitation Game, domestic action has perked up slightly today. Dimension and Radius-TWC have made a preemptive move on Everly, acquiring U.S. rights to the Salma Hayek thriller. Joe Lynch is directing the pic that’s from the Black List script by Yale Hannon. It’s described as an intense action thriller aboout a down-on-her-luck woman who is forced to fend off waves of assassins sent by her ex, a dangerous mob boss, while trying to save her estranged mother and daughter. Togo Igawa (Last Samurai), Masashi Fujimoto (Sympathy For Mr Vengeance) and veteran Hiroyuki Watanabe also star. Dimension and Radius have set a fourth quarter 2014 release.
Radius co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego said, “We’ve been on the hunt for a female driven action franchise and we’ve finally found it in Everly. Salma is utterly transcendent.”
The film was produced and financed by recently launched Singapore venture Vega, Baby! and produced via Adam Ripp and Rob Paris’ Crime Scene Pictures. Luke Rivett of Anonymous Content and Andrew Pfeffer also produced. Rizal Risjad, Ricky Budhrani and Paul Green are the executive producers. Brett Hedblom is the co-producer. and Sierra/Affinity has international sales Quinn and Janego negotiated the deal with CAA, Paris and … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Salma Hayek is joining Pierce Brosnan and Jessica Alba in How To Make Love Like An Englishman, the sexually charged romantic comedy that Tom Vaughan will direct. In the Matthew Newman-scripted indie comedy, Brosnan plays a Cambridge University prof who finds a woman who is his ideal match (Hayek), forcing him to reevaluate his life of hedonistic excess. This comes after he impregnates her grad student stepsister (Alba). The film’s produced by Richard B. Lewis, Beau St. Clair and Kevin Frakes and is a co-production between Palmstar Media Capital, Southpaw Entertainment, Irish Dreamtime and Envision. Brosnan will be exec producer with Raj Brinder Singh, Lisa Wilson, Myles Nestel and Remington Chase. The film is being funded by Merced Media Partners and Palmstar, with CAA handling U.S. distribution and The Solution Entertainment Group handling offshore sales. Hayek is repped by CAA and Management 360.
EXCLUSIVE: Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and Quvenzhané Wallis have all joined the voice cast of Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet, the animated feature film written and directed by Roger Allers, whose animation credits include directing Disney’s The Lion King and Open Season and whose writing and storyboard work encompasses such films as Aladdin, Beauty And The Beast, and The Little Mermaid. The film is being produced by Hayek, Clark Peterson, and Ron Senkowski. Participant Media and Doha Film Institute are financing and are exec producers.
Allers’ script was inspired by The Prophet, the iconic book that is one of the biggest sellers in history, north of 100 million copies in over 40 languages since it was first published by Alfred Knopf in 1923. Allers is directing the narrative story, while individual chapters based on Gibran’s poems are being helmed by animation directors from around the world, including Tomm Moore (The Secret Of Kells), Joan Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending A Staircase), Bill Plympton (Guard Dog And Your Face), Nina Paley (Sita Sings The Blues), Joann Sfar (The Rabbi’s Cat), Paul and Gaetan Brizzi (Fantasia 2000), Michal Socha (Chick) and Mohammed Harib (Freej).
The Prophet is on track for completion in spring of 2014.
EXCLUSIVE: Salma Hayek has signed to star in Everly, which Joe Lynch will direct from a Black List script by Yale Hannon. The movie will be shot in Belgrade, Serbia this summer. Pic is an intense action thriller centered on a down-on-her-luck woman who is forced to fend off waves of assassins sent by her ex, a dangerous mob boss. The film is set entirely in one room. Hayek, repped by CAA and Management 360, is producing the animated film The Prophet with Participant Media Films and reprises with Adam Sandler in Grown Ups 2. Singapore-based Vega, Baby! will produce via Everly Productions in conjunction with Adam Ripp, Rob Paris and Luke Rivett. Rizal Risjad will executive produce and Brett Hedblom is co-producing. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales and CAA is representing U.S. rights.
Monica Corcoran Harel is contributing to Deadline’s Oscar coverage.
As I like to say, you’re only as good as your last gown. And while no one really spilled blood on the red carpet at the Oscars, a few actresses missed the mark today. Mostly because they just didn’t seem to care enough or try very hard. Jennifer Aniston’s matronly tomato-red Valentino reminded me of a sad little bowl of vanilla ice cream when I’m on a PMS snack binge. Yawn. The classic silhouette also called for more effort with her hair and makeup. She looked like she came straight from Zuma Beach. Kristen Stewart’s cream strapless Reem Acra gown felt like a wishy-washy afterthought for the edgy, young star who fronts for Balenciaga. She appeared sullen, like she was heading for an arranged marriage.
Film Independent announced today that Salma Hayek and Jeremy Renner will serve as honorary co-chairs for the 2013 Spirit Awards. The honor is bestowed on those who exemplify outstanding artistic achievement and embody Film Independent’s mission to nurture and support independent filmmaking. Hayek and Renner will attend the Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch on January 12 at BOA restaurant in West Hollywood where they will announce Film Independent’s grant winners for 2013. The 28th Film Independent Spirit Awards will be handed out at a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 23 with the premiere broadcast airing later that evening at 10 PM on IFC.
EXCLUSIVE: Six years after the debut ofUgly Betty, two of the key auspices behind the successful dramedy are reuniting for another light drama at ABC and ABC Studios about a Latino family. In a last-minute buy, the network has put in development Bastards, from Ugly Betty executive producer Salma Hayek and the show’s creator/executive producer Silvio Horta. Completing the A-list team behind the show is producer Mark Gordon, who will also executive produce. Written by Horta, Bastards centers on a colorful Cuban-American family who have their lives turned upside down when it’s revealed that the family patriarch had a child with the family maid over 25 years ago. Now his wife will do anything to protect her children’s inheritance and prevent her family’s deep dark secrets from ever seeing the light of day.
Bastards originated with an idea by Hayek. She and Jose Tamez, her producing partner at their ABC-Studios based Ventanarosa, had been trying to tackle the premise for awhile and had teamed with Gordon’s Mark Gordon Prods., which also is under a deal at ABC Studios. Horta, who is of Cuban- American descent, recently received a call from Tamez and Mark Gordon Prods.’ drama executive Nicholas Pepper who was once Horta’s ABC executive on Ugly Betty. “I immediately sparked to the concept — it was fun and juicy and had the opportunity for both a lot of salacious situations and humor as well as a lot of heart and emotions, hitting that sweet spot I like to write,” Horta said. After some very fast deal-making, the team sold the project at ABC. Back in 2005, others had taken a stab at adapting the popular telenovela Ugly Betty for American audiences before Horta, but his version stuck. “I hope history will repeat itself,” he quipped. Horta, Hayek, Tamez, Gordon and Pepper are executive producing. Read More »
Written by Diego Gutierrez (The Shield), The Cisco Kid is described as a modern day re-retelling of the classic story of a handsome outlaw and his faithful sidekick in the vein of Lethal Weapon. It follows Cisco as he returns to Los Angeles after serving several tours as a Marine in Afghanistan. After witnessing the murder of his father, Cisco and his best friend/fellow Marine, Sam, team up to solve the case and subsequently find themselves doing what the authorities can’t — defending the city’s oppressed and disenfranchised. Executive producing alongside Gutierrez are Hayek and Jose Tamez through their Ventanarosa production company, as well as Donners’ Co.’s Donner and Jack Leslie. CBS TV Studios is producing.
First introduced in O. Henry’s 1907 short story The Caballero’s Way, the Cisco Kid became a fixture of 20th century pop culture — a rare feat for a Latino character. He went on to headline more than dozen movies, beginning with the 1914 silent film The Caballero’s Way and most recently the 1994 TV movie starring Jimmy Smits as Cisco and Cheech Marin as his sidekick Pancho. The role won an Oscar for Warner Baxter, who played Cisco in several movies. The Cisco character also spawned radio shows, comic books as well as an oft-covered song by War. On TV, The Cisco Kid syndicated series starring Duncan Renaldo ran from 1950-56. CBS has been looking to do Latino-themed projects in the last few years with such efforts as drama series Cane and comedy Rob. This is the fourth high-profile reboot in the works at the network this season, which also has Beverly Hills Cop, from Shawn Ryan and Eddie Murphy; the Vince Vaughn-produced The Brady Bunch; and Have Gun, Will Travel, from David Mamet. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Doha Tribeca Film Festival and Doha Film Institute executive director Amanda Palmer is setting out on her own to represent and promote Arab talent in front of and behind the camera. The Qatar-based executive has yet to reveal the name of the new agency but tells me she and her Qatari and Dubai partners are self-financing the venture which is expected to be fully operational in November. Palmer launched the first Doha Tribeca film fest in 2009 and took over as director of the DFI in 2010. During her tenure, she’s been involved in packaging myriad projects including Ziad Doueiri’s festival-circuit title The Attack; Salma Hayek and Participant Media’s feature adaptation of Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet;Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist; and Cruel Summer, a 30-minute film installation directed by Kanye West which the rapper unveiled in Cannes this past May and which Palmer exec produced. Building on that experience, Palmer intends to “create a one-stop-shop for U.S. agencies looking to connect with Middle East filmmakers, actors and other relevant talent”. The production outfit will act as a consultant and liaison for producers and studios looking to film in the region. Read More »
The Lion King director Roger Allers has signed on to adapt and direct The Prophet, an animated film Salma Hayek’s Ventanarosa Productions will produce with Clark Peterson and Ron Senkowski. Pepe Tamez and Steve Hanson are executive producing. The feature is based on the classic book by Khalil Gibran, which has sold over 100 million copies. In addition to overseeing the the film creatively with other filmmakers who will direct individual chapters of the film, Allers will direct the opening, closing and framing story parts of the omnibus feature. Other filmmakers who are signed or in discussions on the project include Tomm Moore (The Secret Of Kells ), Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets Of Belleville), John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda), Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), Chris Landreth (Oscar-winning short Ryan), Nina Paley (Sita Sings The Blues), Bill Plympton (Guard Dog And Your Face) and Kunio Kato (Oscar-winning short Tsumiki No Ie). The Prophet will begin pre-production later this month. Hayek was recently nominated for a Spanish Goya for La Chispa De La Vida.
The latest feature from the UK’s Wallace & Gromit gang Aardman Animations arrives in the US in partnership with Sony Pictures Animation. Directed by Peter Lord and co-directed by Jeff Newitt, the stop-motion 3D adventure is based on books by Gideon Defoe, who also scripted. With the voices of Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Piven, Imelda Staunton and David Tennant, it opens March 30.
Cari Ross, the New York-based publicist who just left ID-PR after eight years as senior vice president, has established her new company. It will be called Balance Public Relations, and her clients include Jennifer Connelly, Alyson Hannigan, Salma Hayek, Julianna Margulies, Dylan McDermott, Arian Moayed, Sarah Paulson, Paul Schneider and Save the Children.
EXCLUSIVE: Simon & Schuster has made a deal for Don Winslow to write a prequel novel to Savages, his bestseller that forms the basis of the film that Oliver Stone will begin shooting for Universal Pictures July 6, with Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Emile Hirsch, Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro starring. Simon & Schuster’s Jofie Ferrari-Adler acquired the book from CAA. The Story Factory made his publishing deal.
Savages, a book that got wide acclaim last year before its paperback publication (The New York Times named it one of the top 10 books of 2010), focuses on a couple of Laguna-based pot growers who are muscled by a Mexican drug cartel that kidnaps O, a young woman who’s their best friend and occasional bed partner. Faced with an impossibly high ransom, the growers begin hijacking the cartel’s own shipments to ransom back their friend. That book has something of a Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid climax, so a sequel wasn’t in the cards. The idea of the prequel book came from Shane Salerno, who wrote the movie script with Winslow and Stone. The prequel fleshes out the relationship between the pot growers (played by Kitsch and Johnson) and O (played by Lively), and will add interaction with characters from Winslow’s other novels that include The Winter of Frankie Machine and The Power of the Dog. Winslow is already deep into the writing and … Read More »
Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman Animations announced they’ve set Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey and Ashley Jenson to provide the voices in The Pirates! Band of Misfits, a stop-motion 3D animated pic that will be released March 30, 2012. Aardman’s Peter Lord is directing a script by Gideon Dafoe.
Grant’s character? A bearded pirate captain who is vying for the Pirate of the Year Award. When I got a missive about a Hugh Grant film, I got a little excited. Because he doesn’t work much and his last few films have been underwhelming Hollywood comedies like Did You Hear About the Morgans and Music and Lyrics. This is the guy who owns the British romantic comedy, from Four Weddings and a Funeral to Love Actually (his British prime minister character wears well even if you’ve seen the film 50 times), Notting Hill, About A Boy and those Bridget Jones films. So, great to see Grant working and who wouldn’t want to be a cartoon pirate? But can somebody please lock Grant and Richard Curtis in a room and not let them out until they’ve come up with something in the way of a live action British comedy?