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Hey Tom Cruise, Johnny Carson, George Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Channing Tatum And Others: SAG Owes You Money But Can’t Find You

Hey Tom Cruise, Johnny Carson, George Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Channing Tatum And Others: SAG Owes You Money But Can’t Find YouEXCLUSIVE: The Screen Actors Guild exists to collect wages and benefits and disperse them to dues-paying members, but a Deadline investigation begs a multimillion-dollar question: Why are so many living and deceased thesps owed unclaimed residual checks worth $40 million, money that is drawing interest for the union’s general fund? The roll call of Who’s Owed is a Hollywood Who’s Who, including more than 75 Oscar-winning actors or their estates and dozens of Emmy winners who likely are unaware they are owed residuals. A union spokesperson tells Deadline the union is working to locate those members, but it is difficult because people change agents and don’t notify the union, or they move and mailed checks are returned by the post office and never cashed.

Still, could it really be that hard to find some of these performers? Deadline found that if you threw a rock on the red carpet of any major industry event, chances are you’d hit somebody SAG owes money to.

Jodie Foster Warren BeattyLike: reigning Best Actress Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, and Tom Cruise, George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, David O. Russell, and former Oscar host Steve Martin. Or Michael Douglas, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Taylor, Jodie Foster, Warren Beatty, Jay Leno, Sally Field, Sean Connery, Christopher Plummer, Channing Tatum, James Franco, Jim Carrey, Sharon Stone, Owen Wilson, Justin Timberlake, Melissa McCarthy, Julianne Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Zac Efron and Andrew Garfield.

The music side of the ledger of Who’s Owed reads like a wing … Read More »

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‘Mission: Impossible 5′ Female Lead Goes To Rebecca Ferguson

Mike Fleming

‘Mission: Impossible 5′ Female Lead Goes To Rebecca FergusonSwedish up-and-comer Rebecca Ferguson, who got a Golden Globe nom for her English-language debut in the title role of BBC’s The White Queen, has been set to play the female lead opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 5 for Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions and Bad Robot. This comes after Deadline revealed that Alec Baldwin is in talks to play the head of the CIA in the film, which Chris McQuarrie will direct with shooting to begin in August. This was a coveted role.

Ferguson was raised in Sweden and became established in London. The actress, who next will be seen in the Brett Ratner-directed Hercules, is repped by Charlies Collier at Tavistock Wood and Actors in Scandinavia. I would imagine there might be a Hollywood agency or five courting her after they read this. Cruise, who’ll reprise his role as Ethan Hunt, is producing with J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk, and David Ellison, Dana Goldberg & Don Granger exec producing the fifth installment of a franchise that has grossed north of $2 billion worldwide. Read More »

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Alec Baldwin Circles ‘M:I-5′; Football Concussions And A Rob Ford-Type Mayor Also In The Offing

By | Wednesday July 9, 2014 @ 1:52pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Alec Baldwin Circles ‘M:I-5′; Football Concussions And A Rob Ford-Type Mayor Also In The OffingEXCLUSIVE: Alec Baldwin has two killer movie projects lined up, along with a possible TV successor to his Emmy-winning turn in 30 Rock. He’s in talks to star in Mission: Impossible 5, playing the head of the CIA. He’s also in talks to join Will Smith in the Peter Landesman-directed movie about football concussions at Sony Pictures. Here’s the capper, though: Baldwin is developing a new TV show with NBC Productions, in which he would play the central character, a Rob Ford-type Mayor of New York City.

Ford is the buffoonish Toronto, Ontario mayor who has had his troubles with the crack pipe and behaves outlandishly on a fairly regular basis. That should be edgy stuff, since it is being fashioned as a one-hour cable series. Wells Tower is writing the pilot, and Baldwin will exec producer with Cary Brokaw.

Baldwin teamed with James Toback on the hilarious Cannes documentary Seduced And Abandoned. He turned down numerous roles to stay close to home while his wife was pregnant, but is starring in the untitled Warren Beatty project on Howard Hughes (he also starred in Martin Scorsese’s movie about the renowned billionaire recluse), and stars in the upcoming Cameron Crowe-directed untitled film. He has generated headlines for his clashes with paparazzi and recently announced in New York magazine that he was through with public life. I wish he wouldn’t take the bait, but his penchant for rising to the occasion does somehow make that TV series seem pretty promising.

Baldwin is repped by … Read More »

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Billion-Dollar ‘Ghost Protocol’ Lawsuit Against Tom Cruise, Paramount, J.J. Abrams & Skydance Dismissed

Billion-Dollar ‘Ghost Protocol’ Lawsuit Against Tom Cruise, Paramount, J.J. Abrams & Skydance DismissedWell, looks like someone’s 4th of July celebrations are starting a bit early. A federal judge today tossed a $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against Tom Cruise, JJ Abrams , Paramount Pictures, CEO Brad Grey, Skydance Productions and David EllisonJJ Abrams and others. “IT IS ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the above-entitled case is dismissed, without prejudice, for lack of prosecution and for failure to comply with the orders of the Court,” said a 1-page order from Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell today (read it here).

The ending of the case in U.S. District Court comes nearly six months after Timothy Patrick McLanahan formally sued the notables and the studio claiming that 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was lifted off of his script. In an error-filled January 13 complaint demanding a jury trial, the plaintiff alleged that the fourth flick in the MI franchise was really derived from a script he wrote more than 15 years ago titled Head On. Cruise’s longtime lawyer Bert Fields called the wide-ranging legal action in early February “bizarre.” While O’Connell never went that far, the fact that the self-representing McLanahan never submitted required or demanded paperwork after making such a big claim and seeking such a big payout was a little extraordinary.

On June 4, the judge gave McLanahan one last chance to “show cause why this case should not be dismissed.” As evident from today’s order, the plaintiff never did and this case, as I predicted, went nowhere. Happy Holidays guys!

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UPDATE: Int’l Box Office: ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ Cruises To $60.3M Through Friday; Saturday Lifts China Haul To $16.5M

International Box Office-cUPDATE, SATURDAY 12:31 PM PT: After opening at No. 1 in China on Friday, Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt-starrer Edge Of Tomorrow added an estimated $9.6M on Saturday to bring its local cume to $16.56M. The screen count has been modified from yesterday’s 4,000 to 6,272, or about a third of the available real estate. The two-day haul is nearly double what Cruise’s Oblivion did in its first three days in China which went on to be that film’s biggest non-U.S. territory last year at $23.7M. It’s also a Friday-Saturday increase, something EOT experienced last weekend in several territories. In all, the Friday gross across 36 international markets was an estimated $19.3M, taking the total to $60.3M — that figure does not include the Saturday numbers from China. Next weekend, EOT will face competition from Godzilla in the Middle Kingdom, followed by Maleficent on June 20.

Related: International Box Office: ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ Dawns To $3.8M In Korea; Overseas Cume At $33M As Rollout Ramps Up Read More »

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International Box Office: ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ Dawns To $3.8M In Korea; Overseas Cume At $33M As Rollout Ramps Up

cinemaworldAfter bowing in 28 overseas territories last weekend, Warner BrosTom Cruise-starrer Edge Of Tomorrow is storming into a further 36 this frame. The initial weekend was worth $20.1M to the Doug Liman-directed pic. Openings yesterday brought in an estimated $6.2M, taking the cume to $33M. The sci-fi actioner had a terrific debut in Korea on Wednesday where it was a public holiday. On 681 screens, it grossed an estimated $3.8M (KRW 3.9B). Excluding Tuesday sneaks, the Wednesday gross was KRW 3.2B, giving Warner Bros’ its biggest opening of all time there. It also ranks as the 4th biggest industry opening, and the XXX EOT-TRL2-01925R.JPG D ENTbiggest ever bow for a Tom Cruise movie — outperforming Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol by 70%. With a five-day holiday afoot, Warner says it’s poised for a record-breaking debut. As I noted last week, Edge Of Tomorrow already had No. 1 starts in parts of Asia including Indonesia (also Cruise’s best opening ever) and Taiwan. It heads to China tomorrow which gave Cruise’s Oblivion its best ex-U.S. perf last year with $23.7M.

The movie, that’s got a $178M production budget, is taking advantage of a potentially lucrative pre-World Cup slot and has been expected to build internationally. It’s gotten strong reviews, has good word of mouth, and showed Friday-Saturday increases in important markets last weekend including … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 1:29pm PDT

WB and Village Roadshow unveil more in the latest trailer for sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow, playing up the Groundhog Day element in the tale of a military officer (Tom Cruise) stuck in a time loop that restarts his day every time he dies, allowing him to slowly turn into the ultimate weapon to fight invading alien hordes. Emily Blunt co-stars in the June 6 release helmed by Doug Liman and adapted by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, and John-Henry Butterworth from Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel All You Need Is Kill:

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Hot MTV Movie Awards Trailer: ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’

By | Sunday April 13, 2014 @ 7:34pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Here is one of the many trailers teased during the MTV Movie Awards telecast. It’s the Tom Cruise-starrer Edge Of Tomorrow. Looks like Tom still knows how to blow shit up.

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Hot Trailer: Tom Cruise In ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 10:11am PDT

Doug Liman‘s futuristic sci-fi actioner Edge Of Tomorrow stars Tom Cruise as Major William Cage, a neophyte officer who is dropped into combat to battle an alien race that has hit Earth in an unrelenting assault. Killed within minutes, Cage finds himself thrown into a Groundhog Day-type time loop, living out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying — over and over again. Emily Blunt is the Special Forces warrior who joins Cruise in the fight. Warner Bros and Village Roadshow release the pic June 6.

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UPDATE: Bert Fields Slams “Bizarre” $1B ‘Ghost Protocol’ Lawsuit Against Tom Cruise, Paramount & Others

DJP LEGAL BADGEUPDATE, 10:12 AM: Tom Cruise’s longtime lawyer wasted little time responding to the $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit filed against his client, Paramount Pictures, CEO Brad Grey, Skydance and David EllisonJJ Abrams and others over 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. “Tom Cruise has never stolen anything from anyone. This bizarre lawsuit against 13 people for combined copyright infringement and ‘age discrimination’ will be quickly dismissed by the Court,” Bert Fields said in a statement just sent to Deadline.

PREVIOUS, 8:14 AM: Accusations of stolen screenplay ideas and the lawsuits that follow are pretty standard stuff in Hollywood. Some come from established writers but many come from creditless claimants banging on the gates for big bucks seeking what they say is rightfully theirs. In that vein, Timothy Patrick McLanahan has filed a $1 billion copyright mi 4infringement suit (read it here) against Tom Cruise, Paramount Pictures, studio CEO Brad Grey, Skydance Pictures and David Ellison, JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk (who is called Brian Burke in the suit) and their Bad Robot company and more over 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Representing himself, McLanahan is alleging that the successful fourth MI pic was based on a script he wrote more than 15 years ago titled Head On. “Upon reviewing and watching the script and movie of Ghost Protocol, I immediately recognized that the scripts for this movie had been illegally written and produced from Head On’s 1998 copyright. Ghost Protocol was released on December 16, 2010 and this lawsuit is being filed within three years of when that movie was released,” he states in the 10-page-plus exhibits federal court filing in California. In the suit, lodged December 20, 2013 and filed on January 13, McLanahan also claims intellectual property theft and age discrimination and basing his damages claim on the more than $694 million the pic has made worldwide and what he says is “were DVD and blu-ray sales of $144,500,000.”

Related: Writers Sue Fox, Peter Chernin, WME and Others Claiming ‘New Girl’ Is A Ripoff Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Tom Cruise In ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’

By | Wednesday December 11, 2013 @ 10:20am PST

Coming off April’s Oblivion, Tom Cruise stars in Doug Liman‘s futuristic sci-fier as an officer in a brutal alien war who becomes stuck in a time loop and is forced to re-live the same combat mission over and over. Emily Blunt is the lethal soldier who helps Cruise become a warrior while he’s trapped in his Groundhog Day-style existential crisis. WB and Village Roadshow release Edge of Tomorrow on June 6. Check out the first trailer for the pic formerly known as All You Need Is Kill:

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Jack Reacher’s Back; Tom Cruise Developing New Bestseller ‘Never Go Back’

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 3:31pm PST
Mike Fleming

nevergoEXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions are moving ahead with a sequel to Jack Reacher, the 2012 film that starred Tom Cruise and is based on Lee Child’s bestselling novel series. A rumor went around that the studio might be trying to squeeze in a Reacher film before Mission: Impossible 5. Paramount has denied that, but I’ve learned it’s trying to fast track another installment. This one will be based on Never Go Back, which was published earlier this fall. In it, Reacher heads back to his old military base in Virginia to take a woman to dinner who is now the commanding officer. By the time he gets there, she has been arrested, and Reacher finds himself being charged with pummeling one guy and fathering a child with a woman. He can’t remember either transgression but gets to the bottom of it with cunning and sometimes brute force.

Related: Tom Cruise On ‘Jack Reacher’

jackrThe studio is out to writers; Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie adapted the first one, but is too busy prepping MI5 for a summer production start. Cruise and the studio hope McQuarrie will direct the sequel. Why are they making a sequel? The original cost around $57 million in production costs, grossed $218 million worldwide and has done well in ancillaries. Before studios got tentpole crazy, trying to … Read More »

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Deadline’s Best Film Stories Of The Week

By | Sunday November 17, 2013 @ 4:54pm PST

Catch up with the best of this week’s film stories on Deadline:

JFK Assassination 50th AnniversaryThe Day JFK Was Shot: 50 Years Later, Hollywood Remembers
By Dominic Patten - In remembrance of the 35th president, I asked some of the industry’s most notable and insightful individuals — a few of whom had seen JFK just before his death — where they were when they heard the news of the shooting and what they experienced that day. Here’s what they told me…

AFM: Schlock Still Rocks In Santa Monica
By Dominic Patten – Allow me to butcher a Mark Twain quote and say that rumors of schlock’s demise have been greatly exaggerated…

Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Partner Jack Giarraputo Plots Retirement
By Mike Fleming Jr.EXCLUSIVE: This week, Jack Giarraputo has been telling associates at studios like Sony and Paramount that he will retire after he finishes producing the Warner Bros. comedy Blended, and after that the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels for Sony.

Facts Be Damned! How Traffic Trumped Factual Reporting On Tom Cruise-Mark Wahlberg Non-Story
By Mike Fleming Jr. – The digital age has made entertainment industry coverage more exciting, but the race to post and the hunger for eyeballs leads to increasingly shameful reporting of innuendo and flat-out falsehoods. Read More »

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Facts Be Damned! How Traffic Trumped Factual Reporting On Tom Cruise-Mark Wahlberg Non-Story

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 12:10pm PST
Mike Fleming

The digital age has made entertainment industry coverage more exciting, but the race to post and the hunger for eyeballs leads to increasingly shameful reporting of innuendo and flat-out falsehoods. Last Saturday, I attended a premiere of Out Of The Furnace when The Wrap’s Sharon Waxman comes up to me to scold me for attacking her and her publication. I hadn’t done that in awhile, but I asked if she was specifically sore that I quoted George Clooney accurately when he singled her out for what he said was a 100% false story that his movie The Monuments Men had been pushed to next year because of a pacing problem. She said something about me carrying George’s water. I said I would consider her complaint. Driving away that night, I was thinking, wait a minute, isn’t this the same person who blasted a story in early June proclaiming that Nikki Finke had been fired at Deadline by Jay Penske (100% false) and that she would leave by the end of the week (also 100% false)? And wait, didn’t The Wrap two weeks ago write a breathless exclusive that exposed the anonymous scribe behind the Scandal411 blog as an ABC reporter, only to retract it when ABC proved it was the network employee’s former roommate? Read More »

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‘Mission: Impossible 5′ Gets Christmas 2015 Date

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 5:08pm PST

Paramount will deliver a tentpole sequel to good little boys and girls a couple of Christmases from now. The studio said today that Mission: Impossible 5this one directed by Christopher McQuarrie — will hit megaplexes on December 25, 2015. It’ll go up against Ben Affleck’s Live By Night and DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3, which arrives two days earlier. There’s also a little picture known as Star Wars: Episode VII to contend with. Disney announced last week that its juggernaut will bow the weekend before. Tom Cruise is returning for another go-round as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 5, and as producer, a job he’ll share with J.J. Abrams. Drew Pearce is scripting the pic for Paramount and Skydance Productions.

Related: Tom Cruise Getting Gang Back Together For ‘Mission: Impossible 5′

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Tom Cruise, Joseph Kosinski Circle ‘Go Like Hell;’ Cruise To Play Carroll Shelby

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 4:30pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Oblivion star Tom Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski are looking to work together again. They are circling Go Like Hell for 20th Century Fox. This is the battle between Ford and Ferrari for dominance in the sports car marketplace. Cruise will play Caroll Shelby. The intention is to make the movie after Cruise completes Mission: Impossible 5. It will be produced by Lucas Foster and Alex Young. This is the project that Foster sold to young back in 2009 when the latter was production president. At the time, Brad Pitt wanted to play Shelby.

It’s based on Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, And Their Battle For Speed And Glory At Le Mans, the A.J. Baime book. The book tells the story of the decision by Henry Ford II to go against Enzo Ferrari’s dominance on the Le Mans track in 1966. Ford challenged Ferrari with a car designed by racer-turned-car designer Carroll Shelby. It plays out like The Right Stuff on the race track as Ford was able to turn around its fortunes in the sports-car marketplace, elevating the automaker’s fortunes under Lee Iacocca. This is early days, but it’s a cool project. Jason Keller was among the scribes who’ve done drafts. CAA reps Cruise, Verve reps Kosinski.

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Hugh Jackman Brings In $1.85 Million In Major Saturday Night Dolby Theatre Benefit For MPTF

By | Sunday October 13, 2013 @ 2:12am PDT
Pete Hammond

Hugh Jackman proved Wolverine has the stuff as his “One Night Only” concert at the Dolby Theatre raised $1.85 million dollars for the Motion Picture & Television Fund Saturday night in Hollywood. Each year the MPTF has produced a musical evening saluting the best of Broadway shows turned into movies, but this year 20th Century Fox Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos decided to shake it up and ask frequent host Jackman to stage his hit Broadway one-man show as a benefit for the fund. To say it was a hit is an understatement. Many in the audience had flown in from as far away as Sydney, Australia  for the opportunity of seeing Jackman (who is also again a Best Actor Oscar contender this year for his wrenching role in Prisoners) perform his act and it also drew a major Hollywood contingent including stars like Tom Cruise and studio heads such as MPTF topper Jeffrey Katzenberg and Universal’s Donna Langley who watched her Les Miserables star perform a song from that film to a standing ovation.

Among other highlights Jackman reprised his Tony winning performance in a medley of Peter Allen songs from The Boy From Oz. He also performed numbers from Guys And Dolls  and Carousel, both iconic musicals he had been … Read More »

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Jeremy Piven Is A Very Late Addition To The Cast Of Tom Cruise’s ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’

By | Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 10:25am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Piven has just been cast in Edge Of Tomorrow, the Doug Liman-directed Warner Brothers film which stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt and was formerly known as All You Need Is Kill. Wait, you are thinking, hasn’t this movie wrapped? The answer is yes, but they have gone back to shoot some extra scenes. Piven, who is shooting his Col. Walter Marx role right now, was already over there in the UK, on summer hiatus from Mr. Selfridge. A Warner Bros spokesman confirmed all this, but stressed that the plan was always to come back and shoot this extra stuff, meaning the movie is not to be confused with World War Z, which got a whole new third act. No word on when Piven will reprise his Ari Gold role in the Entourage movie that Warner Bros has committed to make. Piven is repped by CAA and Patti Felker.

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Universal Posts $1.8B Best Year Ever At International Box Office

By | Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 3:10pm PDT

Universal Pictures International has enjoyed a record-breaking 2013, notching $1.8 billion internationally, which breaks the studio’s previous record of $1.794 billion from 2012. That makes this the biggest year in UPI’s history with 14 scheduled releases to go including three wide releases. The banner year was built on global hits Les Miserables ($293M), Fast & Furious 6 ($544.4M), and Despicable Me 2 ($410M) while smaller openers like Latin hit Mama ($75.9M) and the Tom Cruise-fronted Oblivion ($197.1M) added to the bounty. Franchise sequels Fast & Furious 6 and Despicable Me 2 are currently the second and third highest grossing films internationally and worldwide. The latter is the highest-grossing animated pic of 2013 and opened at #1 in 41 territories, notching the highest grosses of all time in 15 of those territories. Uni’s supercharged Fast & Furious sequel meanwhile opened at #1 in 65 territories and earned the studio’s biggest openings of all time in 41 of them; it’s also their second highest-grossing pic in studio history behind only Jurassic Park.

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