Sharon Stone Joins Jesse Eisenberg-Kristen Stewart Action Comedy ‘American Ultra’

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 10:35am PDT

Sharon Stone is the latest to snag a rolesharonstone in the Jesse Eisenberg-Kristen Stewart starrer American Ultra. Production began yesterday in New Orleans. The action comedy that Lionsgate ponied up $7M for in March focuses on Mike (Eisenberg), … Read More »

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Sharon Stone Sues Bob Yari Over Aborted Cuba Trip To Shoot Hemingway Biopic

By | Wednesday February 19, 2014 @ 8:40pm PST

Bob Yari Sharon StoneThe actress claims the director-producer wanted her to falsify documents and turn down other jobs to shoot Papa in Cuba in late 2012. Sharon Stone names Bob Yari and his production companies Magenta Light Productions and Sixth Floor Literary Properties as defendants in a lawsuit filed today in LA Superior Court. The suit claims that Yari and his companies “lied to [Stone] and attempted to lure her into being a participant in their fraudulent scheme to avoid the legal licensing requirements of the United States government.” It also alleges that she was induced “to forego other projects and commit to making [Papa] based on Yari’s false representation that Defendants had obtained the necessary documentation to shoot the Picture in Cuba and to enable Ms. Stone to travel to Cuba to render acting services.” Read More »

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Sharon Stone To Topline TNT Drama Pilot ‘Agent X’ As U.S. Vice President

By | Friday January 24, 2014 @ 11:21am PST
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Sharon Stone Vice President TNT SeriesSelina Meyer, meet Natalie Maccabee. After a long courtship, Sharon Stone has signed on to star in TNT‘s action-drama pilot Agent X (working title). Penned by The Bourne Identity scribe William Blake Herron, Agent X centers on America’s first female Vice President, Maccabee (Stone), a woman with brains, beauty, and a cool composure that belies a restless mind. After the death of her husband, a Senate candidate, Natalie opted to run in his place, and after a rapid political TNT-logo__130925223204rise, she now finds herself the newly elected Vice President of the United States. Initially apprehensive that her job will be ceremonial in nature, she soon learns that it comes with a top secret duty: protecting the Constitution in times of great crisis with the aid of her Chief Steward and a secret operative designated “Agent X.” The pilot is produced by Beacon Pictures, with Armyan Bernstein executive producing. Agent X joins HBO comedy Veep, which also centers on the U.S.’ first female Vice President, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Read More »

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Can ‘Lovelace’ And Its Stars Help Bring VOD Movies Front And Center At The Oscars?

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 1:51pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Lawsuits aside, can Lovelace become the latest high profile theatrical/VOD release to also get Oscar attention? I was thinking about that after attending the splashy Monday night Hollywood premiere of the Radius/TWC – Millennium film at the Egyptian. The movie has a name ensemble cast all delivering terrific performances, but two are true standouts. Amanda Seyfried as notorious Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace  and a de-glammed supporting turn by Sharon Stone as her mother could have strong appeal to the Academy’s actors branch. The film is not the type to gain traction in the Best Picture race but the actors might go for it if they see it. Radius (the VOD arm of The Weinstein Company) co-President Tom Quinn tells me the company quietly opened the film in Encino for a week in order to make sure it qualifies before the big simultaneous theatrical/VOD run starts Friday. However Academy rules, as I read them, seem to indicate the film would be eligible anyway so long as the VOD premiere does not precede the opening day of the theatrical run.

In any event with the Video On Demand component for increasingly high profile movies such as Lovelace  or the Ryan Gosling starrer, Only God Forgives which Radius opened day and date with VOD in July after playing in competition in Cannes, awards talk would seem to be a natural. The Academy’s rules only seem to punish a film that first plays VOD or other non-theatrical formats and arrives in theaters later. Nevertheless most distributors still play it safe and qualify these movies in traditional ways. With the Academy, you don’t want to take a chance. Quinn says they also did a week-long qualifying run for Only God Forgives in Encino and grossed $7000 without anyone really even knowing it was playing there. Read More »

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Wacky Weekend For Hollywood Media On Sharon Stone, Scientology

By | Sunday June 2, 2013 @ 9:32am PDT
Mike Fleming

Must be a case of spring fever this weekend after both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter posted head-scratcher stories that prompted extreme reactions. First, Variety, under the guise of something called “Hollywood and Swine,” labels Sharon Stone the prime Read More »

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Hammond On Cannes: Leo DiCaprio’s Moon Trip Tops ‘Cinema Against AIDS’ Auction

Pete Hammond

Would you pay €1.5 million ($1.94 million) to spend a weekend at Oscar parties? Or €1.8 million to fly to the moon on Virgin Galactic with Leonardo DiCaprio?  Someone did — and more. That happened at amFAR’s annual Cinema Against AIDS Cannes Film Festival gala’s very special 20th anniversary Thursday night. Co-hosts Weinstein and Kenneth Cole announced to a roomful of very high rollers that the event, held of the Hotel Du Cap, raised €25 million ($32.3 million), smashing last year’s record total of over €10 million. The ultra-high style party is a two  decades long staple of the Cannes festival, and Weinstein told me if it just made a dollar more than the previous year they’d be happy. But these multimillionaires and billionaires obviously came to play this year and really stepped up at the auction that featured numerous stars including jury members Nicole Kidman and Christoph Waltz, along with Jessica Chastain, Jeremy Renner, Rosario Dawson, Heidi Klum, Goldie Hawn, Janet Jackson, Adrien Brody and major fundraiser/auctioneer Sharon Stone.

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Cannes: Vision Films Takes Global Rights To Sharon Stone-Produced Docu ‘Femme’

By | Monday May 13, 2013 @ 11:00am PDT

Sharon Stone FemmeWorldwide rights to director Emmanuel Itier’s inspirational documentary Femme have gone to Vision Films ahead of Cannes, where executive producer and narrator Sharon Stone will be promoting the film this week. The female-driven … Read More »

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Movie Casting Round-Up: ‘JOBS’ Adds Actors, Lorraine Nicholson on ‘Attachment,’

By | Friday July 13, 2012 @ 6:35am PDT

Lorraine Nicholson has signed on to Attachment. The daughter of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Lorraine will play Sharon Stone’s daughter onscreen in the Tony Kaye-directed film. Attachment tells the tale of a good girl gone bad after be set up by her mother’s rotten lover. Christopher Denham wrote the script for Attachment. Panther Films’ Brad Epstein is producing. Adam Krentzman and W2 Media will executive produce.  Nicholson, who recently starred in Soul Surfer, is repped by ICM Partners and managed by Trilogy Talent. Read More »

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Sharon Stone Joins ‘Mother’s Day’

By | Tuesday July 3, 2012 @ 1:00pm PDT

Sharon Stone Mother's DaySharon Stone is celebrating Mother’s Day. She joins Andie MacDowell and her real-life daughter Rainey Qualley, who were announced yesterday, in the indie drama about the relationship between 12 mothers and their daughters. … Read More »

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Sharon Stone To Star In Thriller ‘Attachment’

By | Thursday February 2, 2012 @ 12:30pm PST

Sharon Stone is set to star in the thriller Attachment, directed by Tony Kaye (American History X) from a script by Chris Denham. L.A.- and Vancouver-based film distribution, financing and international sales company W2 Media will fully fund the project … Read More »

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Sharon Stone Joins Cast Of ‘Lovelace’

Sharon Stone confirmed that she is set to play the mother of Linda Lovelace in Lovelace, a biopic about the porn star from Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Amanda Seyfried is already aboard to play Lovelace, one of the … Read More »

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Kate Beckinsale Offered ‘Total Recall’ Role

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Insiders are telling me I jumped the gun on this, but I’m sticking with my story about Kate Beckinsale being asked to join the film. I am persuaded that she will be starring alongside Jessica Biel when … Read More »

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Who’s Reading For ‘Total Recall’ Gals?

Mike Fleming

Sony Pictures is casting up its Total Recall remake, which Len Wiseman will direct with Colin Farrell starring in the role originated by Arnold Schwarzenegger. There are two major female roles in the film, and several top actresses are vying … Read More »

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Sharon Stone Set For ‘Sweet Baby Jesus’

SharonStoneEXCLUSIVE: The Basic Instinct star is set to play Pixie Lott’s mother in the 70s comedy. Adrien Brody is in final negotiations to play Joseph. Sweet Baby Jesus is due to start filming in September. The joke of the film is … Read More »

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