Gerard Butler In Talks For ‘The Raven’

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 10:58am PDT

The Raven is looking closer to achieving lift off. Gerard Butler is in deep negotiations to play the lead in the sci-fi conspiracy thriller that Ricardo de Montreuil is set to direct for Gold Circle Films … Read More »

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Liam Hemsworth Is So ‘The Raven’

By | Wednesday April 3, 2013 @ 12:13pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Studio is not confirming, but I’m hearing that The Hunger Games‘ star Liam Hemsworth is close to being set for the lead in The Raven, which Ricardo de Montreuil is set to direct at Universal Read More »

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Apatow’s ‘Five-Year Engagement’ Bombs Behind #1 ‘Think Like A Man’, #2 ‘Pirates!’, #3 ‘The Lucky One’, And #4 ‘Hunger Games’; Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ Now $178.4M Overseas

April 27-29 Weekend Actuals

1. Think Like A Man (Screen Gems/Sony) Week 2 [2,015 Theaters] PG13
Friday $5.5M, Saturday $7.7, Sunday $4.4M Weekend $17.6M (-48%), Cume $60.5M

2. Pirates! Band of Misfits 3D (Aardman/Sony) NEW [3,358 Theaters] PG
Friday $2.7M, Saturday $5.1M, Sunday $3.3M Weekend $11.1M

3. The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) Week 6 [3,572 Theaters] PG13
Friday $3M, Saturday $5.0 M, Sunday

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Relativity Shifts ‘The Raven’, ‘The House At The End Of The Street’

By | Tuesday January 24, 2012 @ 6:04pm PST

Relativity Media today announced a couple of additional release schedule changes. The Edgar Allan Poe serial killer thriller The Raven is shifting to April 27 where the other wide releases will be Universal’s comedy The Five-Year EngagementRead More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Raven’

By | Saturday October 8, 2011 @ 9:35am PDT

This is the first trailer for Relativity’s period thriller The Raven. The James McTeigue-directed thriller stars John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe, who joins with a Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) to hunt down a serial killer using Poe’s works as the basis for a string of brutal murders — a … Read More »

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COMIC-CON: Some Film Studios Sitting Out

Deadline Comic-Con Movie Contributor Luke Y Thompson reports:

It’s the story every media outlet is dying to tell every year: “Comic-Con just ain’t what it used to be.” This year, however, the event — set for July 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center — comes with some alarmist (and circumstantial) evidence: Warner Bros won’t be doing a movie presentation. Marvel Studios won’t be either, even though the tiniest teaser for The Avengers last year made for the most memorable panel. Disney initially appeared absent too. So what’s going on? Did the failure of Scott Pilgrim to triumph at the box office following a massive Con promotion last year leave studios leery?

Well, you’d think if that were the case, Universal would feel the most burned — yet they’re doubling down by holding the premiere of Cowboys and Aliens there, inviting many of the fans to attend; one would imagine the big names like Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig will at least attend.

Disney, which now owns the Muppets and Marvel Studios, is likely saving those properties for its own D23 Expo in Anaheim toward the end of August. They are, however, bringing the DreamWorks pickup Fright Night to Comic-Con (in presentation and screening form) — notably, this is a movie that will open Aug. 19, the same day the D23 Expo begins, so it makes sense to hype it sooner. Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are the big names attending; curiously, the publicity has consistently downplayed the presence of former Doctor Who star David Tenant, and he has not been mentioned as attending, though he’d be given a hero’s welcome if he did.

Warner Bros’ lack of a movie panel may largely be due to the fact that the next Superman and Batman movies aren’t ready to show much yet — Man of Steel star Henry Cavill will be there, but on behalf of Relativity’s Immortals (also Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz and Mickey Rourke; director Tarsem Singh is not currently expected). Certainly WB is showing a ton of TV previews, but I’ll leave that to my colleague Gary Hodges to discuss. The biggest question mark in my mind is what Time Warner-owned Entertainment Weekly will put on the cover of their Comic-Con issue now: traditionally, it’s been a big reveal from a Warners movie.

The biggest name being batted about right now as a possibility is Steven Spielberg, to present footage from his The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Certainly, a Tintin presentation would be wise, as the teaser has left many (myself included) highly skeptical. The fanbase needs persuading, and since it’s Spielberg, there’s probably at least one kickass scene that can get people hyped. But Paramount’s still playing things close to the vest — when I asked a publicist there about Comic-Con plans, I was told “It’s uncertain what or if we’re bringing anything.” That’s not a denial. And there has been talk of a Captain America screening — whether that translates into an actual panel is uncertain, as the regular press junkets and such will already be in full swing for the movie, opening that week. Read More »

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‘The Raven’ Wings Its Way To Relativity

By | Thursday January 20, 2011 @ 9:00am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Media has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to The Raven, the Intrepid Pictures’ thriller that stars John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe. James McTiegue directed, and Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson and Oliver Jackson-Cohen also star. Scripted … Read More »

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Luke Evans Joins Poe Pic ‘The Raven’

Mike Fleming

Luke Evans has been set to star alongside John Cusack in The Raven, the drama that will be directed by V for Vendetta’s James McTeigue. Production starts later this year in Eastern Europe. Cusack plays Edgar Allan Poe in stylized … Read More »

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What Is John Cusack ‘Raven’ About? Poe

Mike Fleming

John Cusack blurted out on Twitter that he’ll play Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven. Since I can’t clear my throat in less than 140 characters, I’ll spend the extra … Read More »

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CASTING: ‘M:I4′, ‘Wanderlust’, ‘The Sitter’

Mike Fleming

Now that Jeremy Renner snagged the big male lead opposite Tom Cruise in the next Mission: Impossible, the focus of Paramount Pictures, director Brad Bird and producers Cruise and JJ Abrams are intent on filling the role of a young female operative. I’m … Read More »

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‘Raven’ Scribe Justin Marks Signs With CAA

By | Monday July 26, 2010 @ 12:34pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Justin Marks had been at WME. He’s writing the Universal pic The Raven, a feature based on the 6-minute short film by Ricardo de Montreuil. Mark Wahlberg is attached. Marks also adapted the DC Comics series Super Max aka The Green Arrow for David Goyer, and Shadow of the Colossus for … Read More »

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