Sony Pictures got a rousing ovation when it premiered the Paul Greengrass-directed Captain Phillips as the New York Film Festival’s opening night film last Friday. The bullish studio will now try to build some extra buzz by sneaking the film on 800 screens this Saturday, Deadline has learned. The Tom Hanks-starrer opens wide on Friday, October 11. The film dramatizes the hijacking of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama by a group of Somali pirates. I saw the film at its NYFF bow and Greengrass’s hyperkinetic shooting style conveys the desperation of the pirates and the horror felt by the unarmed crew and a captain who ends up alone with the gunman in a tiny lifeboat while awaiting help from a Navy SEAL Team.
LOS ANGELES – Sept. 30, 2013 – IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX), in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment, a division of Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE), today announced that Captain Phillips will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in select IMAX® theatres worldwide beginning October 11.
Deadline revealed yesterday that Sony had offered the top domestic marketing job to Dwight Caines and the studio just made it official. Caines might well be the very first marketing head at a major studio to come from the digital marketing division. Here’s the release:
Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that it has named Dwight Caines as President of Theatrical Marketing for the Columbia TriStar Motion Pictures Group. Caines will report to Jeff Blake, Vice Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution. Caines will continue to oversee worldwide digital marketing for the studio, working closely on theatrical marketing with Nigel Clark, President of Marketing for Sony Pictures Releasing International, who will now also report to Blake.
Caines has served as head of the studio’s global digital motion picture marketing since 2005, leading all strategic planning, creative and campaign development including website implementation, media placement, social media and integration of third party promotions.
EXCLUSIVE: One day after the surprise exit of Marc Weinstock as head of marketing at Sony Pictures, the studio has offered Dwight Caines the job of head of domestic marketing. He’s expected to take the post before the week is out. Weinstock headed both domestic and foreign, and I am hearing that Amy Pascal and Michael Lynton will likely have Nigel Clark step up in that post. He worked under Weinstock.
Deadline was first to report yesterday that the job would likely be offered to Caines, who is president of Worldwide Digital Marketing for the studio, where he oversees all of the global media spending and strategies to promote digital marketing efforts. He has worked on over 200 digital marketing campaigns for films that include the Spider-Man and The Da Vinci Code franchises, Casino Royale, the Underworld and Resident Evil franchises and District 9.
He came to Sony in 1997 from JP Morgan Chase, where he was part of the team that developed the company’s online banking business. He came to Sony as director, Market Research and has climbed the ladder. Sony likes to promote from within, and it has been known that Caines was well regarded internally and that this opportunity might come his way at some point. Actually, heir apparent was the description I’d heard.
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has just acquired what’s described to me as a Canadian maple syrup heist comedy pitch. Jason Segel is attached to star, and Identity Thief helmer Seth Gordon will direct. Family Guy vet Chris Sheridan is writing the script. Barry Josephson is producing with Gordon and Segel. The comedy with dramatic overtones is inspired by real events reported in the Montreal Gazette by journalist Anne Sutherland. Over $20 million worth of maple syrup was stolen in 2012 from Quebec’s Federation of Maple Syrup Producers and to date, over 20 individuals have been arrested in conjunction with the heist as prosecutors try to make the charges stick.
Sony seems to be fattening up in the culinary genre after making the Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs films and today announcing the Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg animated film Sausage Party, that topped by Canadian maple syrup. Wait, is Sausage Party a raunchy reference and not about the delectable meat? No, even though Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are behind it, it is actually about one sausage’s quest to discover the purpose of life (spoiler alert: to be barbecued and eaten?). WME brokered the heist pic deal for Gordon, Segel and Sheridan.
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Sony Pictures said today it is re-releasing the Sony/Columbia raunch comedy in about 2000 theaters beginning Friday. The ensemble comedy about what happens to six pals trapped in a house as the apocalypse begins outside stars James Franco, Jonah …
The Watch Dogs video game is scheduled to debut later this year on Sony Pictures‘ parent Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 4, which just got a November 15 release date in the U.S. The collaboration on the “blockbuster movie” with New Regency is the latest deal for Ubisoft‘s movie unit Ubisoft Motion Pictures, which is also teaming with New Regency on a Splinter Cell movie starring Tom Hardy and an Assassin’s Creed adaptation with Michael Fassbender toplining among other projects. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillamot said onstage during Sony’s press event at GamesCon in Germany that in 20 years, he and PlayStation executives would look back on the tie-up as a game changer in the game space. Here’s Sony’s release:
Culver City, CA August 20, 2013 – Today at the Sony Computer Entertainment press conference at GamesCom, Ubisoft® announced that its film and television division, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, is collaborating with Sony Pictures Entertainment and New Regency on development of a feature film based on Watch Dogs™, Ubisoft’s highly anticipated open world action-adventure video game, available for Sony’s PlayStation 4 this holiday.
“Sony Pictures and New Regency are ideal partners for us,” said Jean-Julien Baronnet, chief executive officer, Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “Their deep production expertise and willingness to allow us to maintain a strong creative voice in the film means that we’re on track to deliver a movie that can build upon the excitement that Watch Dogs already is generating as a game.”
Commenting on the announcement, Hannah Minghella, president of Production for Columbia Pictures, said, “The themes and open gameplay of ‘Watch Dogs’ lends itself perfectly to the big screen. The game has intense action and adventure, but the story focuses on information and the control of information, which we think will lead to an exciting thriller. It has tremendous potential as a motion picture and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with Ubisoft’s internal creative team on the development of the project.”
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures is setting Patton Oswalt, Bob Oedenkirk and Ian Roberts to round out the cast of Kitchen Sink, the genre mash-up that stars Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, newcomer Josh Fadem, Joan Cusack Keegan-Michael Key, Ed Westwick, Vanessa Hudgens and Denis Leary. The pic, directed by Robbie Pickering from a script by Oren Uziel, is just getting underway in Los Angeles. Matt Tolmach is producing with Ron Schmidt and Jonah Hill exec producing.
The action takes place in Dilford, a place where vampires were at the top of the social order, zombies were at the bottom, and the humans were in the middle. This all goes awry and it’s a battle, and it’s up to three reps of those groups to restore harmony.
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment have set Bobby Cannavale to star in Annie. He joins Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne in the Will Gluck-directed film. Cannavale is coming off Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and turned in an epic villain performance in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. He’s Emmy nominated for that and a stint in Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. He will play a bulldog political adviser to Foxx’s character as he makes a mayoral run in New York. The film is set for release Christmas Day 2014.
Gluck is producing with James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith through Overbrook Entertainment, and by Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Jay Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith through Marcy Media. Gluck is currently revising the film’s screenplay, which was written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna. It’s based on the comic strip and the musical stage play Annie, with book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin. The film is being overseen at the studio by Andrea Giannetti and Devon Franklin.