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YA Novel ‘Wicked Lovely’ Gains Movie Momentum

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 5:11pm PDT
Mike Fleming

YA Novel ‘Wicked Lovely’ Gains Movie MomentumThe movie adaptation of the Melissa Marr novel Wicked Lovely has conjured up a second wind. Originally set up at Universal by Wild West Picture Show Productions, the project is now freed up and WWPSP has brought in indie production house Pukeko Pictures to produce and oversee special effects, and Weta Workshop for design and physical effects. They will set a director shortly and then CAA will shop the project.

WWPSP’s Vince Vaughn, Valeri Vaughn and Peter Billingsley are producing with Pukeko’s Martin Baynton and Adam Fratto, and Richard Taylor is exec producing. The project was grabbed back from turnaround by WWPSP, and it rears up again at a time when there is a strong market for female driven YA adaptations, after Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars. Marr’s book series has a global following and has been published in 26 languages. The script was written by Caroline Thompson, the scribe behind Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas. In the novel, a teen girl who has seen dangerous faeries her entire life much suddenly go against everything she was taught to confront a world she was raised to fear.

Pukeko Pictures is co-owned by Baynton, Tania Rodger and Taylor, the latter an Oscar and BAFTA Award winner. New Zealand-based Weta has The Lord Of The Rings and Avatar among its credits. CAA brokered the book deal for Marr with Writers House, and the agency reps WWPSP and Pukeko Pictures.

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Cécile De France Joins Vince Vaughn, Hailee Steinfeld In ‘Term Life’

By | Wednesday April 30, 2014 @ 4:30pm PDT

Cecile De France Term LifeEXCLUSIVE: Belgian actress Cécile De France has rounded out the cast of Vince Vaughn starrer Term Life, which is being directed by Peter Billingsley. The pic, scripted by A.J. Lieberman from his own graphic novel with Nick Thornborrow, tracks a crook (Vaughn) who takes out a life insurance policy on himself before going on the run with his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) with mob bosses, contract killers, and dirty cops on their trail. De France plays Lucy, the down on her luck mother to Steinfeld’s Cate and estranged wife of Vaughn’s Nick Barrow. Filming recently wrapped on the Universal Pictures-distributed pic, which was financed by PalmStar Media Capital and Merced Media. Vaughn, Micah Mason, and Victoria Vaughn are producing for Wild West Picture Show Productions. Kevin Frakes is exec producing alongside Raj Brinder Singh. De France is repped by The Artists Partnership, Artmedia, and Margrit Polak Management.

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Chuck Hogan On The Case For Vince Vaughn And ‘The Rockford Files’

By | Friday April 4, 2014 @ 11:20am PDT
Mike Fleming

jimrockfordvinceyEXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures is bringing in Chuck Hogan to rewrite The Rockford Files for Vince Vaughn to star.  Hogan takes on the job as FX has set The Strain, his collaboration with Guillermo del Toro, for summer, and he adapts Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account Of What Really Happened In Benghazi for Paramount, the book that author Mitchell Zuckoff wrote with surviving members of the Annex Security Team who fought the battle that led to the death of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Read More »

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Jon Favreau Joins Universal Crime Thriller ‘Term Life’

By | Monday March 10, 2014 @ 2:44pm PDT

Jon FavreauEXCLUSIVE: Hot off the debut of his most recent film at SXSW, the multihyphenate has booked his next acting gig. Jon Favreau will co-star in Universal‘s crime thriller Term Life, which stars Vince Vaughn as a thief who plans and sells heists to the highest bidder. He takes his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) on the lam when a job goes bad. Hunted by mob bosses, contract killers and dirty cops, he takes out a life insuranceUniversal Pictures logo 2013 policy on himself to leave something for his kid. One problem: It doesn’t take effect for 21 days. Production began March 1 on the pic, which Vaughn, Micah Mason Victoria Vaughn and Kevin Frakes are producing with Raj Brinder Singh exec producing. Peter Billingsley will direct from a screenplay by A.J. Lieberman, who created the original graphic novel with Nick Thornborrow. PalmStar Media Capital and Merced Media financed Term Life. Favreau most recently directed and stars in Chef, which bowed Friday at the Austin fest. His recent onscreen credits include The Wolf Of Wall Street, Iron Man 3, Identity Thief and People Like Us. He is repped by CAA and attorney Geoffrey Oblath.

Related: Universal’s ‘Term Life’ Adds Mike Epps, Jordi Molla, William Levy

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Box Office Top 10: ‘Catching Fire’s Global Opening Gross Will Hit $307.7 Million

Mike Fleming

Hunger Games Catching Fire Box Office7TH UPDATE: The 1 PM football games are starting, so I will be brief. International numbers for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are pouring in now, and they are as good as the domestic numbers. The film has grossed $146.6 million in 63 territories, which puts its global opening weekend gross at $307.7 in 65 territories. That’s 45% better than the $211.8 million worldwide that The Hunger Games grossed in its opening weekend. That puts the film halfway to matching the $286.3 million international gross of that original film. It opened in the top spot in nearly all markets, more than doubling The Hunger Games in most markets according to Rentrak. Germany and Denmark tripled their opening weekend numbers while UK, Netherlands and Sweden were 2.5 times better. Russia was 1.5 times better than the original’s opening. Meanwhile WB’s Gravity opened to $35.5 million in China. Like I said, a good weekend for everyone except Carl Icahn.

Related: Specialty Box Office: ‘Philomena’ Debuts Strong; Is It This Year’s ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’?

6TH UPDATE, 9:29 am PST: Well, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hit the Saturday numbers Deadline reported in timely fashion for insomniacs, and the film is now expected to hit $161.1 million. Besides trouncing the competition, and beating Twilight Saga: Full Moon for biggest November opening, how does it rate for other records? According to Rentrak, here’s the deal: Catching Fire generated the 2nd best debut of 2013 behind Iron Man 3‘s $174.1 million; it marks the fourth best opening weekend of all time, trailing The Avengers‘ $207 million, Iron Man 3 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2‘s $169.2M. Catching Fire did better than The Dark Knight Rises $160.9 million. In IMAX, Catching Fire’s domestic weekend gross is an estimated $12.6M on 347 screens, also a record for November 3-day launch as it passed Skyfall‘s $12.5 million. It certainly positions the film to surpass the $408 million grossed domestically by the first film, given there’s a long holiday weekend coming up. Lionsgate gets two more bites at the apple, as it is telling the three-book tale in four movies in a blatant cash grab. I have yet to see where this dilution of a crackling three novel story benefits anyone other than the studio when it is stretched out into another film (I think it hurt The Twilight Saga, because the third installment, Bella’s pregnancy, was excruciating.) Author Suzanne Collins is in the mix on these films, so maybe they’ll add stuff. But if these authors wanted to tell trilogies in four installments, they would have written four books, right?

Analyzing far in Catching Fire‘s rear view mirror, the other major release, Delivery Man, didn’t deliver much at all as counter-programming. Maybe the film (studio insiders said it cost $22 million) would have fared better had it opened one week ago against The Best Man Holiday, because clearly Catching Fire consumed most of the oxygen this weekend. Maybe it would have been better to simply avoid such a competitive time period. Thor: The Dark World saw a 61% drop since last weekend, and The Best Man Holiday was off 58%, showing Catching Fire fatigue. How are the Oscar films faring? 12 Years A Slave is running out of steam, Dallas Buyers Club is working in core areas and breakout potential seems dubious. Nebraska bowed just okay and Book Thief a little less than that while Philomena got off to a more encouraging start. The next big family film, Disney’s Frozen, did great in one house and opens wide November 27. The other animation juggernaut, Despicable Me 2, got a bit of new life in 295 theaters, squeaking out $342,000. Speaking of the record books, the $76 million film is at $916.5 million worldwide gross. Universal’s all-time record holder is Jurassic Park, which grossed $118 million worldwide in a 3D re-release which put it just over the $1 billion mark. In order to crack that record, Despicable Me 2 will need to open in China, which should be in the cards but hasn’t yet been solidified. Here is an updated look at how the Top 10 films will finish the weekend:

1) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

PG-13/ Lionsgate/ New/ Runs: 4,163/ Friday: $70.1 million; Saturday: $52.8 million. Sunday: $36.9 million. Weekend Total: $160.6 million. Per-screen average: $36,586. Total domestic gross: $160.6 million. Read More »

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Vince Vaughn Changes Pace And Delivers For DreamWorks At ‘Delivery Man’ Premiere

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 2:14pm PST
Pete Hammond

Hoping to gain some traction not only at the box office but also this awards season, DreamWorks and Disney unveiled their holiday comedy Delivery Man on Sunday night at the El Capitan in Hollywood. And judging from audience reaction (which included several members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association), star Vince Vaughn could find himself in the running for a Golden Globe as Lead Actor in a Musical or Comedy. It’s a career-best change-of-pace role for him as this is a rare studio comedy — or “dramedy,” or he puts it — that’s full of heart and poignant moments mixed with the laughs. Vaughn plays a meat truck driver who unknowingly fathered 533 kids thanks to endless sperm bank donations he made in the early ’90s to earn cash to pay off debts. Now about 150 of them have filed a class action to try to determine the true identity of the biological father they know only as Starbuck. It is based on writer-director Ken Scott’s 2011 Canadian film Starbuck. Scott helmed the American version as well.

Related: Hot Trailer: ‘Delivery Man’

DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider and Disney Chair Alan Horn were among those gauging reaction to the November 22 release, which goes head to head that day against juggernaut sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Snider told me … Read More »

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AFM: QED Revives Vince Vaughn-Hailee Steinfeld Pic ‘Term Life’

By | Friday November 1, 2013 @ 6:40pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Weeks after Deadline revealed that Universal put the brakes on the Peter Billingsley-directed Term Life with Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld, QED International and Worldview Entertainment have signed on to finance and produce the crime thriller. Universal, which developed the film, will handle U.S. distribution. Andy Lieberman wrote the script and Vince Vaughn, Victoria Vaughn and Micah Mason are producing through Wild West Picture Show Productions along with QED’s Bill Block and Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners. Anton Lessine and Sasha Shapiro will executive produce with Worldview’s Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson. Principal photography will start next year.

Related: Universal Cancels Vince Vaughn Drama ‘Term Life’

Vaughn plays a man, being hunted by a ruthless mob, who takes out a life insurance policy on himself to benefit his estranged daughter, and must survive the next three weeks until it kicks in. It is based on a graphic novel by Lieberman and Nick Thornborrow, which was published by Image Comics. QED will introduce the film to buyers at the AFM. CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for the film, brokered the deal.

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Sienna Miller Packs For ‘Business Trip’ With Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson

By | Thursday October 24, 2013 @ 4:26am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Sienna Miller is headed to Berlin this week to start work on Business Trip. She’s joining Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson and June Diane Raphael who are starring in the Ken Scott-directed comedy from New Regency. Steve Conrad wrote the script about a struggling Midwestern businessman (Vaughn) who takes his team on an eventful cross-country journey in a bid to win a contract. Wilkinson is playing one of Vaughn’s travel companions and Miller is joining as a businesswoman. Miller is next up in November release A Case Of You and plays Nancy Schultz in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher. She’s repped by WME and the UK’s United Agents.

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June Diane Raphael To Co-Star In ‘Business Trip’ Opposite Vince Vaughn

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 3:39pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: June Diane Raphael has been set co-star as Vince Vaughn’s wife in Business Trip, the Ken Scott-directed comedy from New Regency. Steve Conrad wrote the script, which centers on a struggling Midwestern businessman (Vaughn) who takes his team cross-country to win a contract but everything seems to go wrong along the way. His wife (Raphael) wants him to spend more time with his family and kids. Tom Wilkinson is already aboard as one of Vaughn’s travel companions. Raphael and longtime writing partners Casey Wilson recently co-wrote and starred in the Sundance comedy Ass Backwards, which Gravitas Ventures picked up and will release theatrically next month. On the TV side, she and Wilson recently inked a premium blind script deal with ABC Studios for a new comedy series project to star Raphael, who also entered a talent hold deal with the studio. Last month, Raphael, Wilson and Jonathan Groff sold half-hour pilot pitch DINKS (Double Income, No Kids) to ABC with a pilot production commitment and Raphael set to star. She is repped by UTA, Silver Lining Entertainment and attorney PJ Shapiro.

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Universal Cancels Vince Vaughn Drama ‘Term Life’

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 1:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has abruptly canceled Term Life, the crime drama that had Vince Vaughn starring and producing with partner Victoria Vaughn through their Wild West Picture Show Productions banner. This comes after the studio recently set Hailee Steinfeld to co-star. Vaughn was to play a guy on the run who tries to stay out of the crosshairs of mob hit men long enough for his life insurance policy to kick in so his daughter can get the dough. Peter Billingsley had been set to direct. So many things have changed in such a short time at the studio — from the exits of Adam Fogelson and James Schamus and Andrew Karpen to the elevation of Jeff Shell to run the studio and Peter Schlessel to run Focus Features — that slate scrutiny seems inevitable. Studio insiders deny that’s what happened here. Despite the moves toward casting up the picture, Term Life just didn’t quite come together strongly enough to get greenlighted.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Delivery Man’

By | Tuesday July 2, 2013 @ 10:50am PDT

Here’s the first full trailer for Disney/DreamWorksDelivery Man, starring Vince Vaughn as a slacker who discovers he’s fathered 533 children through sperm donations and must decide whether or not to reveal his identity. The November 22 release is directed by Ken Scott with Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders co-starring and is based on Scott’s 2011 film Starbuck:

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Hot Teaser Trailer: ‘Delivery Man’

By | Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 10:01am PDT

Vince Vaughn is a slacker who learns he’s fathered over 500 children as a result of a sperm bank snafu. Ken Scott writes and directs the remake of his own 2011 French Canadian film Starbuck, with Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders co-starring. Disney/DreamWorks release the comedy November 22 opposite Lionsgate’s franchise sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire so they’ve attempted to get buzz rolling with a new teaser trailer:

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Vince Vaughn To Star Alongside Will Ferrell in Paramount’s ‘Daddy’s Home’

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 6:20pm PDT

HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 9, 2013) – Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today that Vince Vaughn has been cast in the comedy “DADDY’S HOME,” directed by Etan Cohen and starring Will Ferrell. The film is set to begin production in early fall 2013. The film, written by Brian Burns and Adam McKay & Chris Henchy and Cohen, is the story of a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad ever to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling, freeloading real father (Vaughn) arrives, forcing stepdad to compete for the affection of the kids. Ferrell and McKay will produce through Gary Sanchez Productions, along with Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane through Good Universe, whose Matt Leonetti and Spencer Wong will co-produce. Gary Sanchez’s Henchy and Jessica Elbaum will executive produce. Vaughn is represented by CAA.

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Ken Scott In Talks To Re-Team With Vince Vaughn In ‘Business Trip’

By | Wednesday May 1, 2013 @ 12:22pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After directing Vince Vaughn as a sperm-prolific donor who fathers hundreds of kids in the upcoming DreamWorks comedy Delivery Man, Ken Scott is in early talks to once again team with Vaughn. He’s in talks to helm Business Trip, a Steve Conrad-scripted comedy that New Regency is financing and will distribute worldwide through Fox. Escape Artists’ principals Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch are the producers. They’re keeping the log line under wraps, but the intention is to start production early this fall. Vaughn is about to open opposite Owen Wilson in The Internship, and both he and Scott (who’s best known for the 2011 pic Starbuck) are repped by CAA.

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Vince Vaughn, Scott Stuber Set Family Comedy At Universal

By | Wednesday April 10, 2013 @ 11:40am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has acquired an untitled family comedy pitch from scribes Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka that will be developed as a star vehicle for Vince Vaughn. The film will be produced by Scott Stuber and his Bluegrass Films banner and Vaughn and his Wild West Picture Show banner.

Both of those producing shingles are based at Universal, and this marks the third collaboration between Stuber and Vaughn. They also teamed on The Break-Up and Couples Retreat. Vaughn stars next with Wedding Crashers co-star Owen Wilson in the Shawn Levy-directed The Internship, which Vaughn’s Wild West Picture Show produced and which Vaughn co-wrote.

Stuber has had the hot hand in comedy lately. He produced the last two comedies to make over $100 million domestically, with the Seth MacFarlane-directed Ted and the Jason Bateman/Melissa McCarthy comedy Identity Thief. After Ted became the highest grossing R-rated comedy in history, Stuber has reteamed with MacFarlane for A Million Ways To Die In The West. MacFarlane co-wrote the laffer and stars in it with Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried and Liam Neeson. Stuber and MacFarlane are also working on a Ted sequel. Vaughn’s repped by CAA.

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Vince Vaughn To Host ‘SNL’ On April 13

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 12:16pm PDT

Vince Vaughn, who co-stars with Owen Wilson in Fox’s The Internship, which is due out June 7, will return as Saturday Night Live host April 13 with musical guest Miguel. NBC made the announcement today and confirmed that Melissa McCarthy returns as host April 6. She scored high ratings and rave reviews when she hosted back in October.

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Internship’

By | Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 4:22pm PST

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play a couple of 40-ish sales guys who find themselves suddenly obsolete and out of jobs. Desperate to remain relevant and employable, they try to land internships at Google. With (naturally) Google+ as a promotional partner 20th Century Fox rolls out the movie June 7. Directed by Shawn Levy and written by Vaughn and Jared Stern, The Internship also features Max Minghella, Rose Byrne, John Goodman, Josh Gad, B.J. Novak, Aasif Mandvi, and Will Ferrell among others.

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Glenn Beck & Vince Vaughn Join For Online Reality Series ‘Pursuit Of The Truth’

By | Wednesday December 5, 2012 @ 2:05pm PST

Glenn Beck and Vince Vaughn are going into the reality TV business together. The former Fox News host and the actor-producer will be executive producers of Pursuit Of The Truth, a competition series for Beck’s online network TheBlaze. Beck announced the deal on his radio show today. “That should make everybody’s head spin. What the hell is Vince Vaughn doing with a crazy man? I know, that’s what my friends say. Glenn, what are you doing with the crazy man Vince Vaughn,” said the host. TheBlaze, Vaughn’s Wild West Picture Show Prods and Go Go Lucky Entertainment will produce the show, which will see 20 contestants fight for the prize of financing and global distribution for their documentary feature. “Our goal is to create a powerful annual platform to help filmmakers tell important and engaging stories,” said Wild West’s Peter Billingsley. The series is currently taking applications online until January 31. Go Go will lead the production of the nine-episode Truth, and producers say the series will debut on TheBlaze in spring 2013. Read More »

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ABC’s Tony Danza/Vince Vaughn Comedy Finds Writers

By | Wednesday October 31, 2012 @ 12:53pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Tony DanzaABC has tapped veteran comedy writer-producers David Richardson (Two And A Half Men) and Ian Gurvitz (Frasier) to write the script for The Guys, a multi-camera comedy starring and executive produced by Tony Danza and executive produced by Vince Vaughn. The project revolves around three longtime male friends in Act Three of their lives. Danza is set to play one of the guys, with John Goodman eyed for another lead. The Guys reunites Danza with Gurvitz who created/executive produced the 1997 Danza sitcom The Tony Danza Show on NBC.

ABC originally bought The Guys, based on an idea by Danza and his manager Dan Farah, in April for this development cycle. Vaughn is executive producing the ABC Studios-produced comedy with his producing partner at Wild West Picture Show Prods. Peter Billingsley as well as Danza and Farah. Richardson is with UTA and Industry; Gurvitz with APA and Brillstein.

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