Hot Trailer: ‘Austenland’

By | Monday July 8, 2013 @ 1:26pm PDT

Keri Russell strays just a weensy bit from her badass Soviet spy character in FX’s The Americans for her latest film role. In the Sundance rom-com Austenland, she plays Jane, a single gal with a borderline-unhealthy Jane Austen obsession who’s looking for her very own Mr. Darcy. She books … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Host’

By | Wednesday March 27, 2013 @ 11:30am PDT

Open Road is gunning for a Twilight-sized hit with their adaptation of Stephenie Meyer‘s other romance bestseller. Saoirse Ronan stars as Melanie, a human whose mind is partially possessed when aliens invade the planet. Jake Abel and Max Irons flesh out the … Read More »

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Hot Featurette: Stephenie Meyer’s ‘The Host’

By | Friday February 15, 2013 @ 7:27pm PST

“This is the future and humanity is all but extinct” in The Twilight Saga creator’s next novel-to-movie adaptation. Here’s a glimpse of the tale of alien possession with commentary by Meyer and stars Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons. Andrew Niccol directed The Host which also stars Diane Kruger … Read More »

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Sundance: Famous Behind & In Front Of The Camera

On its fourth day, the Sundance Film Festival is wall to wall with some of Hollywood’s best known actors and actresses — and we don’t mean the ones who show up just to party hop. While the festival can be a great launching pad for emerging filmmakers, Park City has never been shy about letting the already well known show their wares there too. It was created by Robert Redford after all. This year sees a number of famous faces and names get behind the camera with new films. As buyers begin to dig in, expect to see these marquee names generating some serious interest as they play out of their regular position. And then there’s the plethora of Oscar winners and nominees, blockbuster and TV stars and indie superstars in front of the camera — check out our comprehensive list below.

James Franco – Executive Producer, kink; Co-director, Interior. Leather Bar.  - Actor, director, conceptual artist, grad student and failed Oscar host, Franco wears many hats. This year, he’s adding producer and co-director for two separate films for Sundance. Franco produced kink, a documentary directed by Christina Voros about the Internet’s biggest producer of BDSM. Franco also co-directed Interior. Leather Bar with Travis Matthews. The film seeks to re-create the 40 minutes of Gay S&M footage rumored to be cut from 1980’s Cruising staring Al Pacino to avoid an X rating. Sure the sexual subject matter of both films is similar but Franco’s ambition is wide ranging. Franco also makes an appearance in front of the camera in Interior. Leather Bar and Lovelace.

Alicia Keys – Executive Producer, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete - The multi-platinum singer/songwriter is no stranger to cinema. More than a few films feature her tunes on their soundtracks and Keys was in front of the camera in 2006’s Smokin’ Aces. However, this Sundance is Keys’ debut as a producer. Directed George Tillman Jr. and starring Skylan Brooks, Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson and Anthony Mackie, the coming of age film could be the start of a whole new career for Keys.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Director/Writer, Don Jon’s Addiction He sings, he dances, he starred in The Dark Knight Rises and Looper last year, and now Gordon-Levitt slips into the director’s role on the comedy Don Jon’s Addiction. The actor’s directorial debut, which he also wrote the script for, stars Gordon-Levitt himself as a lady’s man who begins seeking a more fulfilling emotional life. Scarlett Jonansson, Julianne Moore, Brie Larson and Tony Danza co-star in the film.

Related: Sundance: Fleming Q&As Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Dave Grohl – Director/Producer, Sound City - No stranger to movie soundtracks, the Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer has now moved into the director’s chair with his debut documentary Sound City.  Debuting early in the Festival, the film is about the famous Van Nuys studio where Nirvana, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns and Roses and others have recorded. Even before the Festival began, Gravitas Ventures acquired worldwide VOD to Grohl’s movie.

Related: Sundance: Dave Grohl’s ‘Sound City’ Concert Rocks Park City

Julie Delpy/Ethan Hawke – Writers, Before Midnight - This one’s a bit of a cheat because the duo are actually on both sides of the camera at this year’s Sundance. Premiering tonight, the Richard Linklater directed Before Midnight sees Delpy and Hawke return to their roles as Jesse and Celine from 1995’s Before Sunrise and 2004’s Before Sunset. The onscreen duo also retuned to their off screen roles as writers. Like Before Sunset, which was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay, Delpy and Hawke crafted Before Midnight’s script with Linklater. This year marks the second time the trio have premiered their tale of the perpetually unfulfilled lovers to Sundance –Before Sunrise debuted at the Festival in 1995. Read More »

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Sundance: Stephenie Meyer Q&A On Her ‘Austenland’ Producing Debut & What’s Next

Best known as the author of The Twilight Saga novels, Stephenie Meyer has brought the first feature from her Fickle Fish Films to the Sundance Film Festival this year. Based on Shannon Hale’s novel of the same name, Austenland focuses an obsessed Jane Austen fan’s search for love and visit to a theme park based on the famous author. Selected for the U.S. Dramatic competition, the comedy stars Keri Russell, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour and Bret McKenzie and marks the directorial debut of Napoleon Dynamite co-writer Jerusha Hess. Austenland premiered at the Festival on January 18 with a sold out screening yesterday and four more screenings planned, all of which are sold out too. A producer on all The Twilight Saga movies as well as the upcoming The Host, Meyer sat down with Deadline at Sundance to talk about producing a film not based on a book she wrote, adaptations and an Austenland sequel.

Deadline: How did Austenland come together as Fickle Fish’s first feature?
Stephenie Meyer: Austenland happened because years ago my good friend and author Shannon Hale sent me the manuscript for her book. I loved it obviously and I thought it read like a movie to me. You could see everything, it’s very visual. And I got halfway through and thought how much fun it would be to go and make it real. So I figured 10 years down the road, we’re going to go to England and film it ourselves. Which my partner Meghan Hibbett and I did but a little earlier than scheduled and a little more elaborately than we planned. I’ve always loved book adaptations. I don’t always love what comes out of it but I love the idea of it. Every time I read a book I’m casting it in my head. So producing for me started out as really cool hobby and Austenland was the perfect place to start.  Read More »

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Sundance: Five Producers To Watch

By | Friday January 18, 2013 @ 1:35pm PST

One day in, the Sundance Film Festival is already packed with producers gauging audience reaction at screenings and meeting with potential distributors. As the sale today of Twenty Feet From Stardom to Radius/TWC shows, this is where the art of the deal becomes reality. This year’s festival sees some producing veterans return and some relative newcomers put their shingle out. Here are a few worth noting and watching both at Sundance and afterward.

Related: Mike Fleming’s Sundance 2013 Preview

Stephenie Meyer, Austenland: Though she’s been a producer on all the adaptations of her best-selling The Twilight Saga books, Meyer is branching out to other material this Sundance. Premiering today, Austenland is the first project from Meyer’s Fickle Fish production company. The Jerusha Hess-directed film is an adaption of Shannon Hale’s novel about an obsessed Jane Austen fan’s search for love and visit to a theme park based on the famous author. Meyer is producing with Gina Mingacci, and Robert Fernandez and Dan Levinson are executive producers.

Sundance: Five Directors To Watch
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Hot Trailer: ‘The Host’

By | Tuesday November 13, 2012 @ 8:42am PST

A day after the final installment of her Twilight films had its world premiere, Stephenie Meyer‘s next book-turned-movie dropped its trailer. The sci-fi pic The Host stars Saoirse Ronan as one of the last humans on Earth trying to resist an alien invasion. When an alien parasite … Read More »

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UTA Promotes Literary Agent Kassie Evashevski To Partner

By | Friday November 9, 2012 @ 12:03pm PST

UTA Book Department Co-Head and literary agent Kassie Evashevski has been made Partner at the agency, it was announced today. “Her partner promotion reflects her invaluable contributions to the agency over the years and the … Read More »

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Comic-Con: ‘Twilight’ Finale, ‘Host’ Footage, Star Power Panel Don’t Disappoint

Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of Comic-Con.

Today’s Twilight panel screened the first seven minutes of final installment and it looks as wildly over the top as director Bill Condon’s previous installment. As promised there was … Read More »

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Comic-Con: An Eyeful For ‘Twilight’ Fans

Lionsgate-Summit delivered 28 actors from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, and Twilight fans converged on Comic-Con ahead of the movie’s panel Thursday to get a glimpse of their heroes and the woman … Read More »

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‘Twilight Saga’s Stephenie Meyer Planning Comic-Con Surprise For ‘The Host’

By | Wednesday July 11, 2012 @ 2:38pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Author Stephenie Meyer, whose Twilight Saga franchise helped make Comic-Con such an important cog in movie marketing, has something dramatic planned when she and the film’s cast gather tomorrow for their final Comic-Con panel for Twilight Read More »

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Hot Teaser: Stephenie Meyer’s ‘The Host’

By | Thursday March 22, 2012 @ 6:01pm PDT

With the tween-focused The Hunger Games opening imminently, Open Road is hoping to whet the appetite of that audience for another film in that vein, with the first teaser trailer from the adaptation of Twilight writer Stephenie Meyer‘s sci-fi novel. The Host stars Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, … Read More »

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Frances Fisher Joins Cast Of ‘The Host’

By | Friday February 24, 2012 @ 2:40pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Fisher will star in the sic-fi feature written by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. Fisher joins Diane Kruger, Saoirse Ronan and Jake Abel in the cast and will play Maggie, a stern aunt to Melanie (Ronan) and sister to Uncle Jeb (William Hurt). … Read More »

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Diane Kruger To Play The Seeker In Stephenie Meyer’s ‘The Host’

By | Friday January 20, 2012 @ 1:16pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Diane Kruger is negotiating to star alongside Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and Jake Abel in The Host, the Andrew Niccol-directed adaptation of the Stephenie Meyer science fiction novel. The film takes place at a time when a parasitic alien … Read More »

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‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part I’ Surpasses $500 Million In Global Box Office

Mike Fleming

If Summit Entertainment is actually serious about a merger or a sale, the company has the benefit of wheeling and dealing while it is at a high-water mark. Summit announced today that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1, flew past $500 million in global box office in just 12 days. The film is at $508 million today. It was released November 18 and single-handedly has brightened the overall box office picture. The film has generated $223 million domestic, making it one of only 12 films to reach $220 million in 10 days. Creatively, I thought the movie would have been much better had director Bill Condon finished Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn book in one movie. Let’s face it, the Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) wedding and subsequent pregnancy were sooooo drawn out, and nothing much happened. But then again, I am not a teenage girl or a Summit executive looking at another half-billion dollar haul once the second installment comes out next November 16. Read More »

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Max Irons Other Male Lead In ‘The Host’

By | Thursday November 10, 2011 @ 2:21pm PST
Mike Fleming

Max Irons is getting the role of Jared in The Host, the adaptation of the science fiction novel by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer that will star Saoirse Ronan and be directed by Andrew Niccol, who wrote the script. This … Read More »

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Jake Abel Is Frontrunner For Male Lead In ‘Twilight’ Author Stephenie Meyer’s ‘The Host’

By | Tuesday November 8, 2011 @ 6:32pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Actor Jake Abel is frontrunner to play one of the two male lead roles in The Host, the adaptation of the science fiction novel by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer that will star Saoirse Ronan and be directed by … Read More »

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Summit Targets Alleged ‘Twilight Saga’ Hacker In Argentina

By | Monday August 1, 2011 @ 11:26am PDT
Mike Fleming

Los Angeles, CA August 1, 2011 – In an action that further communicates that those who steal images, video and other intellectual property will be identified and prosecuted globally, Summit Entertainment communicated today that it has identified the principal hacker who earlier this year stole unreleased materials from THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN which were then distributed on the internet. Civil actions in the United States and Argentina name Daiana Santia, along with others, as being involved in stealing photographs, unfinished images and video from both parts of the yet to be released THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN which first appeared on the internet of March 31 of this year. Criminal action in Argentina has also been filed.

The investigation, which utilized the services of Kroll Inc. and the law firm of Keats McFarland & Wilson LLP, spanned four continents (North America, South America, Europe and Australia) and has led to the town of Posadas in northern Argentina. It is believed that others may also be involved in the crime and thus the investigation is on-going.

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TOLDJA! Open Road Films Acquires Screen Adaptation Of Stephenie Meyer’s ‘The Host’

Mike Fleming

A week after Deadline told you that upstart distributor Open Road had closed a splashy deal for the Andrew Niccol-directed adaptation of Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer’s scifi novel The Host, Open Road has confirmed the scoop. They’ve also dated the film for Easter weekend 2013 release, with the … Read More »

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