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Tony Scott Estate Rejects CAA Commissions Claim

By | Thursday March 14, 2013 @ 12:52pm PDT

The estate of the late Tony Scott has officially rejected CAA’s efforts to seek more than $1 million in commissions. In a Rejection of Creditor’s Claims document (read it here) dated March 8, estate representative R. Dennis Luderer ticked the box next to “the claim is rejected for $1,040,522 + contingent costs.” The estate rep gave no reason for the action. The only other new information on the form was that the value of the late director’s estate was estimated as $1.25 million. CAA now has 90 days to respond to the estate’s rejection. The 68-year-old Scott died August 19, 2012, jumping off LA County’s Vincent Thomas Bridge that spans San Pedro and Terminal Island. The agency filed the claim in LA Superior Court on January 28 for the standard 10% cut from their client’s work on the films Man On Fire, Unstoppable, The Taking Of Pelham 123, Deju Vu and his directing duties on the video game Criminal. “This is a standard legal procedure. Tony had a wonderful relationship with CAA for 20 years and the estate will settle this as quickly as possible. This is nothing out of the ordinary,” a spokesperson for the estate told Deadline at the time. At present, the only hearing for the estate is scheduled for May 16, 2014.

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CAA Seeks $1M In Commissions From Tony Scott Estate

By | Wednesday January 30, 2013 @ 5:10pm PST

Creative Artists Agency is seeking $1,040,522 from the estate of the late Tony Scott over commissions CAA says it is due. The agency wants the standard 10% cut from Scott’s work on the films Man On Fire, Unstoppable, The Taking Of Pelham 123, Deju Vu and his directing duties on the video game Criminal. ”This is a standard legal procedure. Tony had a wonderful relationship with CAA for 20 years and the estate will settle this as quickly as possible. This is nothing out of the ordinary,” a spokesperson for the estate told Deadline. It is a fairly common practice for creditors to file such legal claims against an estate if monies are owned. The 68-year old Scott died on August 19, 2012, jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles County that spans San Pedro and Terminal Island.The agency filed the Creditor’s Claim on January 28 in LA Superior Court (read it here).

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Hot Trailer: ‘Top Gun 3D’

By | Wednesday January 23, 2013 @ 5:54pm PST

Here’s the trailer for the 3D version of the iconic 1986 Tom Cruise pic. Top Gun 3D hits IMAX theaters February 8 for an exclusive six-day engagement. Some of the classic movies re-mastered in 3D have been more successful than others, but the Paramount film directed by the late Tony Scott was a lynchpin in Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer’s venerable action stable. It grossed $350 million-plus in worldwide box office, not adjusted for inflation, and cemented Cruise as one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars. It’ll be released on Blu-ray on February 19th. Check it out:

WATCH IT ON YOUTUBE: Top Gun 3D – Official Trailer

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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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Mike Fleming: My Playboy Interview With Quentin, And Some Outtakes On Tony Scott

By | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 6:53pm PST
Mike Fleming

I recently spent time with Quentin Tarantino as we did the December Playboy Interview for his latest film, Django Unchained. This was my second Playboy Q&A with Quentin. The first time happened before the release of Kill Bill, and it became clear to me during that interview that my subject was determined to make it as good as it could possibly be. He told me he’d grown up without a father, and at around 10 years old, his mother gave him a Playboy subscription to help make him a man. What he did was memorize the interviews with great actors and directors, and he made sure his Q&A stacked up. I came with questions, but felt like my biggest contribution was putting fresh batteries in the tape recorder.

So here we were at it again, years later when the former outsider and rule breaker had proven he was no flash in the pan, and who has grown into acceptance as a respected member of Hollywood’s film making elite. You can read our entire Playboy interview by clicking this link, and find out everything there is to know about how he put together Django Unchained, and the actors he considered before choosing Jamie Foxx to play the title character. And how one of the perks of being Quentin is the ability to cruise around Hollywood in the “Pussy Wagon,” the neon yellow Chevy Silverado SS that Uma Thurman drove in Kill Read More »

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Tony Scott Only Had “Therapeutic” Levels Of Drugs In System

By | Monday October 22, 2012 @ 3:52pm PDT

A preliminary autopsy report released today by the LA County Coroner says director Tony Scott had a “therapeutic level of Mirtazipine (Remeron) which is an anti-depressant and zopiclone (Lunesta), a sleep-aid” in his system on the day of his death August 19. The report said the 68-year-old died from injuries suffered when he leaped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro. Drowning was listed as another “significant condition” in what is being formally labeled a suicide. The autopsy was conducted August 20. The final autopsy report will be issued in a couple of weeks, the coroner said.

Related: Tony Scott: An Appreciation

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Ridley Scott Resumes ‘The Counselor’ Monday

The filmmaker put the movie on hiatus for two weeks. He left the set of The Counselor so he could travel from London to Hollywood and handle his brother’s affairs after Tony Scott’s tragic death. Now director/producer Ridley Scott is starting production back up on The Counselor for Fox Monday, with Michael Fassbender back on set Tuesday in London. Film moves to Alicante, Spain, in a couple weeks.

Related: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Cormac McCarthy Sells His First Spec Script

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Tony Scott’s Family Sets Up AFI Scholarship Fund In His Honor

By | Monday August 27, 2012 @ 10:50am PDT
Mike Fleming

To honor the life and work of filmmaker Tony Scott, the Scott family has created The Tony Scott Scholarship Fund at AFI to celebrate his creative legacy. The family ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the fund to help encourage and engage future generations of filmmakers.

AFI is a non-profit educational and cultural organization whose key aims are to preserve the history of the motion picture, honor artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI provides leadership in film, television and digital media and is dedicated to initiatives that engage the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts.

Contributions to the Tony Scott Scholarship Fund may be sent to:

American Film Institute

Tony Scott Scholarship Fund

2021 North Western Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Private Family-Only Burial For Tony Scott: Celebration Of His Life And Work Planned

By | Wednesday August 22, 2012 @ 4:21pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has been asked to release this statement from the Scott family, their first since Tony Scott’s tragic death:

Tony Scott will be honored at a private, family only ceremony this weekend in Los Angeles. The family will announce plans after Labor Day for a gathering to celebrate the life and work of Mr. Scott. Details will be forthcoming once they are formalized.

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Tony Scott Got Close To Production On ‘Lucky Strike’

By | Tuesday August 21, 2012 @ 8:12am PDT
Mike Fleming

I just can’t get past the shock that Tony Scott passed away and won’t be practicing his kinetic style of film making anymore. The people who worked on projects with him and are left to pick up the pieces are certainly more devastated than any fan. One film that was getting close to the starting gate was the Henry Bean-scripted Lucky Strike, an action drama in which a DEA agent teams with a drug runner to take down a drug cartel. The film had an $80 million commitment from Emmett/Furla Films, distribution from Fox and Vince Vaughn in one of the starring roles. While reports had Scott circling several other projects and even doing prep work with Tom Cruise on Top Gun 2, producer Randall Emmett told me he was confident they had a strong shot at going into production next year. That was a dream scenario, Emmett said, since the filmmaker was an idol to him.

Related: Denzel Washington Among Film Community Mourning Tragic Passing Of Tony Scott

“I was reduced to the 15 year old kid when I first met Tony last year as we were putting together Lucky Strike,” Emmett said. “I have an original Top Gun poster in my office, and his work remains one of my main inspirations. I’ll never forget at our first meeting, telling him how working with him was a dream come true, and just gushing like a … Read More »

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Tony Scott Did Not Have Brain Cancer: Now ABC Saying Its Claim “Appears In Doubt”

By and | Monday August 20, 2012 @ 5:58pm PDT

BREAKING… EXCLUSIVE… UPDATED: Tony Scott’s widow Donna has told police that the famed filmmaker/TV producer did not have brain cancer,  informed insiders tell Deadline. That makes erroneous this morning’s Good Morning America report that he “had inoperable brain cancer” and quoting “a source close to him”. The ABC claim was widely picked up by media outlets globally and all the Hollywood press (but not Deadline) as the reason why Scott committed suicide Sunday by jumping off a Los Angeles County bridge at 12:35 PM. Within half an hour ABC was backing off its story (see below). This is the third time in a month that ABC News has erroneously reported on a sensitive news story. During the Aurora movie theater shooting tragedy, ABC News first claimed the gunman was a Tea Party member which was not true. And then the shooter’s mother accused ABC News of mischaracterizing a quote from her. The issues all seem the same: ABC News is not properly vetting its reporting.

Around 6:30 PM, a half-hour after Deadline corrected the ABC morning report, ABC News put out this new headline, “Tony Scott Brain Cancer Report Appears in Doubt” and this new text backing off its story:

“The family of director Tony Scott, who died Sunday after jumping off a Los Angeles bridge, was not aware Scott had cancer, Los Angeles County Coroner Ed

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Denzel Washington Among Film Community Mourning Tragic Passing Of Tony Scott

By | Monday August 20, 2012 @ 5:53pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The film community is waking up to the shocking news of Tony Scott’s tragic death. Some filmmakers reacted on their Twitter accounts–Ron Howard wrote “No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day”–and there will likely be reactions from Guilds and from stars, directors, producers and studios that Scott worked with during his long career. Deadline will bring them to you as they come in. There are speculative reports about Scott’s death and I’m just not biting until I can confirm them. Tony’s brother Ridley left the set of The Counselor, the film he’s directing. It has been shut down for at least a week, so he could travel from London to Hollywood and handle his brother’s affairs. I will have answers soon and will convey them when I’m sure. Here are some of the tributes so far:

* Denzel Washington, who made the spectacular Man on Fire with Scott as well as Crimson Tide, Deja Vu, The Taking of Pelham 123 and Unstoppable, has just released a statement on the late director: “Tony Scott was a great director, a genuine friend and it is unfathomable to think that he is now gone. He had a tremendous passion for life and for the art of filmmaking and was able to share this passion with all of us through his cinematic brilliance. My family sends their prayers and deepest condolences to the entire Scott family.”

* EARLIER: 12:3O PM: Tom Cruise, who made … Read More »

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Tony Scott Left Behind Some Fine Projects

By | Monday August 20, 2012 @ 12:44pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Aside from Top Gun 2, Tony Scott has left behind some very promising development projects. The ones that were closest to the start line were Narco Sub at Fox and Lucky Strike with Vince Vaughn starring, Emmett/Furla funding and Fox distributing and a remake of The Wild Bunch at Warner Bros. The one I was most intrigued by was his plan to remake the Walter Hill-directed The Warriors, the 1979 drama about the street gang framed for murdering a gang leader, who are hunted by assorted street gangs as they try to make their way back to the safety of their home turf. Under Scott’s direction, that would have been something to see.

Related: Tom Cruise Among Film Community Mourning Tragic Passing Of Tony Scott
Hammond On Tony Scott: An Appreciation
Director-Producer Tony Scott Jumped To Death From San Pedro Bridge In Suicide

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UPDATE: Julianna Margulies, David Krumholtz & CBS Pay Tribute To Tony Scott

By | Monday August 20, 2012 @ 10:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Tributes to Tony Scott from the Hollywood community have been pouring in following the director-producer’s tragic death. They include remembrances by the stars of the TV series he produced: The Good Wife‘s Julianna Margulies and NumbersDavid Krumholtz. Numbers marked the first TV series for Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Prods. It was followed by CBS’ acclaimed legal drama The Good Wife, with the duo also behind The Pillars Of The Earth limited series and its sequel, World Without End, History’s Gettysburg special and the upcoming A&E miniseries Coma, which debuts in two weeks, on Labor Day. (There are no plans to shift the premiere date in light of Tony Scott’s passing.) CBS and CBS Studios, the network and studio behind both Numbers and The Good Wife, also issued a statement (below):

Related: Hammond On Tony Scott: An Appreciation

ER alumna Julianna Margulies scored a rare second successful TV series with The Good Wife, which has earned her an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award. Here is her statement released to Deadline:

I was so deeply saddened to hear the news today of Tony Scott’s death.
I have had the pleasure of working with him for the past 4 years on The Good Wife and I couldn’t have asked for a  more wonderful producer. His kindness, intelligence and talent inspired all of us. We will miss him every

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Hammond On Tony Scott: An Appreciation

Pete Hammond

It is doubly sad and ironic that action movie maestro Tony Scott would apparently choose to end his life by jumping from a bridge. This is the kind of scene you would more likely see because he was calling the shots from behind the camera – not the stuff of his life. The industry is going to have a very hard time accepting his death now or that there won’t be any more Tony Scott movies in the future. Even though he was 68 years old (an advanced age in youth-obsessed Hollywood), his career as a director, producer, and partner with brother Ridley was still so vital on all fronts. His career in fact seemed to reflect the name of his terrific final feature, Unstoppable (2010). To me, it seemed he was getting better, more accomplished, more defined with each passing year. What a shame we won’t see where he might have gone with the long-awaited sequel to his first major hit Top Gun (1986) 25-plus years after the first one. He was even hoping to tackle a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s classic western The Wild Bunch. Not sure if that was a good idea – but if anyone could have pulled it off, Scott probably could have.

Related: Tony Scott Jumped To Death From Bridge In Suicide

It was exactly one year ago, almost to the day, that I spoke to Scott and his brother Ridley about their enormously successful TV/film production company Scot Free … Read More »

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Director-Producer Tony Scott Jumped To Death From San Pedro Bridge In Suicide

By | Sunday August 19, 2012 @ 8:56pm PDT

Tony Scott3RD UPDATE, WRITETHRU: A source close to the Scott family just confirmed to Deadline that famed movie director and TV producer Tony Scott “has passed away. We ask that the family’s privacy be respected at this time.” Hollywood is shocked by this tragic news that he committed suicide because British-born Scott was well-liked personally and professionally and had a lauded and thriving career. “He was the loveliest guy. Genuinely,” a family friend tells Deadline. “He was one of the good ones.” Scott was best known for classic action films like Top Gun, Days Of Thunder, Beverly Hills Cop II,  True Romance, and Crimson Tide, and the most recent Unstoppable. He also is a credited producer on this summer’s Fox blockbuster Prometheus directed by his brother Ridley Scott.

Related: Hammond On Tony Scott: An Appreciation

According to insiders who’d just spoken to Tony Scott last week, he was busy developing a Top Gun sequel re-teaming with Tom Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer despite a 25-plus-year gap between movies. Paramount confirmed to Deadline tonight that Scott was still attached to direct, and just on Friday Cruise was touring the naval Air Station nearby Fallon, Nevada, as part of prep work. But before that project Scott planned to direct as his next movie the drug-centric action thriller Narco Sub based on a spec script by David Guggenheim for Twentieth Century Fox. Scott also was trying to make Hells Angels, The Movie happen.

Both … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Scott Free Hires Michael Schaefer As President

By | Monday July 23, 2012 @ 6:35pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Scott Free has made official news that Deadline broke on July 5. Former Summit Entertainment executive Michael Schaefer has been named president of the Fox-based company run by Ridley and Tony Scott. The post became vacant when longtime president Michael Costigan left to become a producer. Here’s the announcement:

In an announcement today, Ridley and Tony Scott appointed Michael Schaefer to the position of President, Scott Free Films. In his new position, Schaefer will oversee production and development for all projects under the Scott Free banner. Schaefer most recently served as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at Summit Entertainment. Movies he worked on during his time there include the Academy-Award winning film The Hurt Locker, 50/50 and Source Code. Prior to Summit, Schaefer worked at The Weinstein Company as VP of Production and Development.

“I am very excited to join Scott Free, one of the most dynamic and respected production companies in the business. Having the chance to work with two visionary film makers like Ridley and Tony, plus Justin, Jules and the entire team, is a dream come true, ” said Schaefer

“We are delighted that Michael has agreed to join us here at Scott Free,” said partners Ridley and Tony Scott. “He has impeccable taste, strong relationships and great business instincts and we look forward to working with him.”

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Scott Free President Michael Costigan Leaving To Be Producer; Will Ex-Summit Exec Michael Schaefer Take Post?

By | Thursday July 5, 2012 @ 6:08pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Michael Costigan Scott Free

UPDATE: Doesn’t look like it will take Ridley and Tony Scott long to name a new president for Scott Free. The name I’m hearing on the short list is Michael Schaefer, the former senior vice president of acquisitions and co-productions at Summit Entertainment who left that company after the consolidation of staff in the spring after the company was acquired by Lionsgate. Stay tuned.

EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, 2:13 PM: Michael Costigan will be leaving his post as president of Scott Free, I’m told. Costigan will move into full-time producing after spending the past seven years with the Fox-based company run by directors Ridley and Tony Scott. Costigan, a former production executive at Columbia Pictures, has already been doing a lot of producing along with managing the considerable volume of directing vehicles for the Scott brothers. I’m told Costigan’s exit is amicable and that the company expects to set a new top executive before the summer is over.

Costigan is currently producing Out Of The Furnace, the Scott Cooper-directed revenge thriller that began as a Brad Ingelsby spec script that initially had Ridley Scott prepared to direct Leonardo DiCaprio. It just wrapped, with Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck and Zoe Saldana heading the cast. He also produced Stoker, the Park Chan-wook-directed drama that stars Nicole Kidman, and he’s also producing The East, which was scripted by The Sound Of My Voice team of Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, with Marling starring with Ellen Page and Alexander Sarsgaard. Costigan also produced Cyrus and Welcome To The Rileys. Read More »

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Is ‘Lucky Strike’ Next Up For Tony Scott, With Vince Vaughn?

By | Wednesday February 15, 2012 @ 12:42pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Might we finally have an answer to the question: what film will Tony Scott next direct? Things are starting to look up for Lucky Strike, a project that is gaining steam. In the configuration I’m hearing about, Vince Vaughn would star, with a potential late summer or early fall start date and Emmett/Furla Films funding the $80 million film and 20th Century Fox distributing. That’s where Scott Free has its deal, and Scott Free will produce with Randall Emmett and George Furla. The latter have been footing the bill for a group of high profile projects, the most recent 2 Guns, the drama that has come together with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, with Universal is distributing domestically and Sony World Wide Acquisitions buying most territories around the world.

Henry Bean wrote Lucky Strike, an action film in which a DEA agent teams with a drug runner to take down a drug cartel. Scott, who last directed Unstoppable, has liked this project for a long time. He has also been working hard on Hell’s Angels, which was scripted by Scott Frank. And what about that remake of Walter Hill’s The Warriors?

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