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EXCLUSIVE: Joel Silver And Warner Bros Pictures Severing 25-Year Relationship

EXCLUSIVE: It’s the end of a modern Hollywood era, the quiet finish to one of the most long-term, big-time, noisy, up and down, and ultimately dysfunctional relationships between a film producer and a movie studio. I have learned that Joel Silver will no longer have a production deal at Warner Bros at the end of 2012. His Silver Pictures also won’t be housed on the studio’s Burbank lot after then — famously in the offices built for Frank Sinatra in 1963 — which is why the producer right now is looking for buildings in Santa Monica and Venice Beach. So what happened? I can tell you that the tipping point came during Christmas 2011 when Silver began loudly complaining around Hollywood, and using surrogates to grouse directly to showbiz media, about Warner Bros’ handling of Sherlock Holmes 2‘s release. Silver was a producer on the sequel, which was playing catch up to that holiday’s runaway No. 1, Paramount’s Mission: Impossible 4. Silver and his surrogates bitched about everything, from the studio’s marketing and distribution to the fact that Warner Bros shouldn’t have paired a first glimpse of its hot The Dark Knight Rises footage with M:I4‘s IMAX release. They claimed the move goosed M:I4 grosses to the detriment of Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows. (It had PR value but proved revenue neutral.) They claimed Sherlock Holmes 2 star Robert Downey Jr was so furious he would never work again for … Read More »

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And In Other Film Deals…

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Universal has bought screen rights to the Richard Aleas crime novel Little Girl Lost and has attached I’m With Cancer helmer Jonathan Levine to direct. Michael Bacall is writing the script. An NYU dropout-turned private eye learns that the high school girlfriend he thought went to medical school instead became a stripper, and was murdered…

The website Latino Review got the drop on the festering question of who would play arch-nemesis Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes 2. It will be Jared Harris, the son of Richard Harris and a Mad Men cast member. Rumors were the studio was looking to star cast for the role, with Daniel Day-Lewis and Colin Firth mentioned. Jude Law reprises, while Noomi Rapace and Stephen Fry are in the cast, the latter playing Holmes’ older brother…

Paul Haggis is reportedly going to write the script for The Equalizer, the CBS drama that’s had Russell Crowe attached…

Lost hunk Josh Holloway is joining M:I4 cast of Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, reprising thesps Simon Pegg and  Ving Rhames, and newcomers Vladimir Mashkov and Michael Nykvist.

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TOLDJA! Noomi Cast In ‘Sherlock Holmes 2′

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Reps for Noomi Rapace have closed a deal to make her English language and studio debut playing the female lead in Sherlock Holmes 2, which is just getting underway in the UK. But Noomi hasn’t even read the script yet (and will do so this weekend). After her performance as Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, Nikki told you that Warner Bros’ Greg Silverman wanted her for Sherlock Holmes 2. (Noomi Rapace Up For ‘Sherlock Holmes 2′ & ‘Mission Impossible 4′) So now Rapace has officially gone Hollywood.

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Oscar Talk For Noomi Rapace; She’s Up For ‘Sherlock Holmes 2′ & ‘Mission Impossible 4′



Oscar season officially begins September 1st. And already I hear Hollywood types everywhere discussing the films from Stieg Larsson book The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, they’re wondering aloud if breakout star Noomi Rapace could get an Academy Award for playing Lisbeth Salander. After all, Sweden’s Yellow Bird released the film back in 2009, and the other two pics in the trilogy were made for television and cut down for the big screen. I’ve now confirmed that she is eligible. Because  Music Box Films released director Niels Arden Oplev’s Dragon Tattoo version in a Los Angeles County theater for a qualifying run this past March, thus making Rapace’s performance eligible. I’ve learned that Music Box Films is about to hire an Oscar publicist, probably Melody Korenbrot, to promote Noomi for a Best Actress nomination. That’s right, Best Actress. She’s already won the Swedish equivalency of that for the film. Her new agents at UTA and managers at Magnolia are comparing her to Marion Cotillard, who appeared in a small foreign film, came out of nowhere to be nominated and then win the Best Actress Academy Award, then landed big roles in major studio tentpoles. ”You can have that same journey. You speak English better than she does,” she’s been told.

These are the kinds of Hollywood success stories I love. “She is realizing a dream,” an insider tells me. Since arriving in town over the weekend, Rapace has been taking meetings with a slew of directors, producers,  and studio production execs.” I’m told that, already, Warner Bros’ Greg Silverman wants … Read More »

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