LOS ANGELES (June 4, 2013) – Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent, in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. LIVE, announced its annual Sunday “Coffee Talks” programming for June 16. The four talks will take place over the course of one day and feature Directors, Actors, Composers and Screenwriters, including Shane Black (Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), Virginia Madsen (Sideways, Hell on Wheels), Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Magic Mike), Drew Pearce (Pacific Rim, Iron Man 3), Karen McCullah (Legally Blonde, The Ugly Truth), Atticus Ross (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network) and more. Additionally, the Festival announced KCRW’s The Treatment at the Los Angeles Film Festival will take place on June 19 with Host/Film Independent at LACMA Curator Elvis Mitchell and filmmaker Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6, Better Luck Tomorrow). The Festival will celebrate the 20 anniversary of Film Independent’s Project Involve, which will include the world premiere of Life of a King, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. on June 22. READ MORE »
BREAKING: Sony has just closed a deal with Shane Black to co-write and direct Doc Savage, a movie based on the 1930s and ’40s pulp novel hero. He co-wrote the screenplay with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, and Columbia Pictures says he’s eyeing it as his next project. Neal H. Moritz is producing the project with Ori Marmur through his Original Film banner. Michael Uslan will also be a producer. “We couldn’t be more excited to be building a franchise from the ground up with Shane and this team”, said Columbia production president Hannah Hannah Minghella, who made the announcement today with Columbia president Doug Belgrad. “Shane and Neal have a fantastic understanding of the character and a great take on the material and we can’t wait to get this production up and running.”
Doc Savage was a multiplatformer even back in the day, popularized on radio, film and TV. He was a scientist, physician, adventurer, inventor, explorer and researcher with outstanding strength, a photographic memory, and vast knowledge and intelligence. He uses those skills and powers to fight evil.
EXCLUSIVE: Drew Pearce has been chosen by Marvel Studios to write Iron Man 3. Robert Downey Jr. will reprise his signature Tony Stark role, and Marvel recently locked Downey’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang helmer Shane Black to direct. Pearce …