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NBC Sets Dates For ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Mini

By | Thursday April 10, 2014 @ 4:55pm PDT

200px-logonbc-2__130325215616The four-hour miniseries will premiere over two nights next month. NBC airs Rosemary’s Baby, its adaptation of Ira Levin’s 1967 best-seller, from 9-11 PM May 11 and May 15. It revolves around a young married couple (Zoe Saldana, Patrick J. Adams) who move into a Paris apartment that has a haunted past. After getting pregnant, the wife becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their neighbors will have ulterior motives when her child is born. Jason Isaacs and Carole Bouquet also star in the mini from Lionsgate Television. Here’s a little teaser:

Related: NBC Signals Push Into Longform Arena

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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’

By | Saturday February 1, 2014 @ 7:20am PST

infinitely polar bearSony Pictures Classics confirmed that it has acquired distrib rights to Infinitely Polar Bear, starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, the film that marks the directorial debut of Maya Forbes (who also scripted the autobiographical story). The film, set in the 1970s, follows an eccentric father who tries to win back his wife by taking responsibility for their two young, hard-to-handle daughters. Sony will distribute the picture in North America, Germany, the UK, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Russia. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Read More »

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Carole Bouquet, Christina Cole Join NBC’s ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Miniseries

By | Friday January 31, 2014 @ 12:00pm PST

carolebouquet1christinacole2Carole Bouquet and Christina Cole have signed on to NBC‘s four-hour miniseries Rosemary’s Baby, an adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin. It centers on Rosemary Woodhouse (Zoe Saldana), a young wife and would-be mother who, with her husband Guy (Patrick J. Adams), moves into a Paris apartment that has a dark past. After finally getting pregnant, she becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their mysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child. Bouquet has been cast as Margaux Castevet, a sophisticated and beautiful Parisian socialite who befriends young Rosemary, and Cole will play Julie, Rosemary’s spirited girlfriend. Jason Isaacs also has been cast in the mini, directed by Agnieska Holland and produced by Lionsgate TV. Bouquet is repped by Agence Adequat in France; Cole is with ICM Partners and Conway van Gelder Grant.

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UPDATED: Sam Worthington & Zoë Saldana To Return For ‘Avatar’ Sequels; Fox Eyeing End Of Year Start

Zoe Saldana Sam WorthingtonUPDATED: Avatar stars Sam Worthington and Zoë Saldana will reprise their roles in the next three sequels to James Cameron‘s 2009 sci-fi fantasy blockbuster, Fox announced today. Worthington returns to the franchise as Jake Sully, the wheelchair-bound Marine who finds new life on the alien world of Pandora with the Na’vi people and Neytiri, a Na’vi huntress, in the first $2.8 billion-scoring film. Saldana will reprise her Neytiri role joining Worthington in Avatar 2, Avatar 3, and Avatar 4 which Cameron and Jon Landau will produce via Lightstorm Entertainment. These are new deals for Worthington and Saldana but are basically in line with their previous deals, Deadline is hearing. When a third sequel was added to Cameron’s grand plan, renegotiations were in order.

Avatar sequelsThe currently untitled sequels will be filmed back to back with Avatar 2 set to release in December 2016. The subsequent sequels will follow in December 2017 and 2018, respectively. A start date is still TBA but Fox is eyeing December 2014/January 2015 to begin filming through March 2015. They have to give the actors four months of prep. Deadline hears the plan is to shoot the films’ extensive motion capture scenes first, then film all the live-action footage. But a source with knowledge of the production says it’s ultimately up to … Read More »

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Zoe Saldana To Topline NBC Miniseries ‘Rosemary’s Baby’

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 2:15pm PST
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saldanaAvatar and Star Trek star Zoe Saldana has been tapped as the lead in NBC’s four-hour miniseries Rosemary’s Baby, an adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin. The mini centers on Rosemary (Saldana), a young wife and would-be mother who, with her husband, moves into a Paris apartment that has a dark past. After finally getting pregnant, she becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their mysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child. Mia Farrow played the role in Roman Polanski’s 1968 feature adaptation. “Zoe has proven that she is one of our most gifted actresses, and we think she has the perfect combination of spirit and gravitas to take on the title role from Ira Levin’s infamous novel,” said NBC’s head of longform Quinn Taylor. “With Zoe leading the cast under the direction of Agnieszka Holland, this reimagined event miniseries is off to a great start.” Holland is directing the mini from a script by Scott Abbott. Production is set to begin shortly in Paris. ICM Partners-repped Saldana recently appeared in the Christian Bale drama Out Of The Furnace, and her upcoming projects include Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy and Blood Ties. Rosemary’s Baby is the first miniseries greenlighted by NBC as part of its renewed push in the longform arena. It was followed shortly by an order for The Bible sequel A.D.

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Aziz Ansari, Zoe Saldana & Olivia Wilde Tapped To Announce Golden Globe Noms

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 12:17pm PST

Golden Globe trophyHOLLYWOOD, CA, December 10, 2013 – Aziz Ansari, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde and Miss Golden Globe Sosie Bacon will join Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Theo Kingma to announce the nominations for The 71st Annual Golden Globe® Awards on Thursday morning, December 12, 2013 at approximately *5:38 a.m.(PST)/8:38 a.m.(EST) at the Beverly Hilton airing live on NBC’s The Today Show. Nominations will be announced in 25 categories.  The 71st Annual Golden Globe® Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the second year in a row, will air on Sunday, January 13, 2014, LIVE coast-to-coast on NBC with the pre-show from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (PST)/7:00-8:00 p.m. (EST), and main telecast from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (PST)/8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST) from the Beverly Hilton. The 71st Annual Golden Globe® Awards will be seen in more than 160 countries and is produced by dick clark productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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Aneurin Barnard Joins ‘The Devil’s Harvest’; Animated ‘Book Of Life’ Sets Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana & More

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 5:57pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE:The White Queen‘s Aneurin Barnard has been cast in The Devil’s Harvest. The drama from director George Mendeluk also stars Ben Kingsley, Terence Stamp, Max Irons and Les Misérables‘ Samantha Barks. Barnard, who’s also got Mary Queen Of Scots coming up, will play Mykola in the story about a young man growing up in rural Ukraine who finds his life changed forever by the invasion of the Red Army and the subsequent persecution of his family and fellow countrymen as Stalin’s regime extends into Eastern Europe. Jaye Gazeley is producing, Camilla Storey is co-producer. Shooting is currently underway in Romania and Ukraine. Barnard is repped by Ken McReddie Associates in the UK and by UTA.

20th Century Fox Animation‘s Guillermo del Toro-produced Book of Life has set its voice cast. Channing Tatum, Zoë Saldana, Diego Luna, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Kate del Castillo and Ron Perlman lead the pic along with Cheech Marin, Hector Elizondo, Placido Domingo, Ana de la Reguera (Nacho Libre, Eastbound and Down), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), comedian Gabriel Iglesias (Stand-up Revolution), radio personality Ricardo (“El Mandril”) Sanchez, and Danny Trejo. Jorge Gutierrez is directing the pic which 20th and Reel FX has set for an October 17, 2014 release.

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Chris Pine & Zoe Saldana To Host Sci-Tech Awards

By | Wednesday January 16, 2013 @ 12:37pm PST

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Actors Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday, February 9, at The Beverly Hills Hotel. They will present nine awards to 25 individual recipients during the evening. Portions of the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation, produced this year by David Friendly, will be included in the Oscar® telecast. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network.

Related: Nine Sci-Tech Award Winners Unveiled

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Zoe Saldana & Partners Option ‘Hell Or High Water’ Novel

By | Friday December 7, 2012 @ 11:51am PST

EXCLUSIVE: Zoe Saldana has teamed with producers Jane Startz and Aida Bernal to option the mystery thriller Hell Or High Water. The Avatar actress and her sister Cisley’s Saldana Productions will work with Jane Startz Productions and Bernal’s Spellbound Entertainment to bring the novel to the screen. The companies are determining whether Joy Castro‘s debut novel will be a feature or better positioned as a TV series. Hell Or High Water follows New Orleans reporter Nola Céspedes as she is dragged into the city’s post-Katrina underworld on the trail of what she thinks will be her big scoop. The novel was released July 17 by Thomas Dunne Books and was called one of the best books of 2012 by The Kirkus Review. Read More »

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Anna Kendrick, Zoe Saldana & Common To Unveil Spirit Award Nominees Nov. 27

By | Friday November 16, 2012 @ 10:41am PST

LOS ANGELES (November 16, 2012) – Film Independent Co-Presidents Sean Mc Manus and Josh Welsh jointly announced today this year’s 2013 Spirit Award nominees will be presented by actors Anna Kendrick (End Of Watch, Up In The Air), Zoe Saldana (Star Trek, Out Of The Furnace), and Common (Just Wright, Smokin’ Aces) in a press conference at 10:00 am PT on Tuesday, November 27 at The W Hollywood.

Related: Spirit Awards 2013 Set For February 23

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Paramount Teaming Megan Fox And Zoe Saldana: Buys Heist Script ‘Swindle’

By | Thursday March 15, 2012 @ 4:51pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has acquired the action-heist spec script Swindle, which will be developed by Moneyball producer Michael De Luca as a star vehicle for Megan Fox and Zoe Saldana. The actresses will produce with De Luca. Enzo Mileti and Scott Wilson wrote the script. The storyline is being kept under wraps but the spec sold after both Universal and Paramount chased it. The project came out of a desire by Fox and Saldana to do a movie together. Read More »

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Hurricane Irene: Worst Movie Weekend Of 2011? ‘The Help’ #1 Again, ‘Colombiana’ #2, ‘Afraid Of The Dark’ #3, ‘Our Idiot Brother’ #6

SATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM, 4TH UPDATE: This weekend’s numbers bounced around, especially after Rentrak, the box office reporting service, sent out the following advisory: “We wanted to make you aware that a possible 1,000 theatres could be affected by the weather on the East Coast. We’ve been hearing about closures at many theatres and wanted to advise you that both Saturday and Sunday grosses will be affected.” This is turning into the worst moviegoing weekend of 2011, in a race with only Super Bowl weekend, because of the expected miniscule $80M expected for total North American box office grosses. Theater chains like AMC, Regal, and Clearview Cinemas were closing, location counts were dropping, and major releases were finding cover. Hurricane Irene came ashore along the Atlantic Seaboard on Saturday starting in North Carolina and heading due north. Mass transit was suspended in many areas while heavy rains and high winds pounded the region, causing one studio exec to complain to me, ”Business is in the crapper right now. Any way you slice it business is getting creamed this weekend.” The storm, at one point bigger than the size of Europe, created a state of emergency up the East Coast from North Carolina to Massachusetts and will depress box office by 10%, 20%, or more. Considering that this weekend’s 3 major opening movies were only expected to debut modestly even in fair weather, studios and distributors have a Mother Nature excuse when their films underperform at the North American box office. So I can’t humiliate them for not hitting double digits. Drats!)

1. DreamWorks/Disney’s The Help is a lock again for #1 with $4.4M Friday and $5.9M Saturday for a $14.3M weekend as the bestselling book-turned-pic enters its 3.5th week into 2,778 originally booked theaters. The cume is estimated at $96.6M and should pass the $100M plateau mid-week.

2. Sony Pictures/TriStar’s Luc Besson-produced and co-written PG-13 actioner Colombiana starring Zoe Saldana as the female assassin. It did the best of the newcomers opening to $3.7M Friday and also $3.7M Saturday to a $10.3M weekend with an original booking into 2,614 theaters. It earned an ‘A-’ CinemaScore from audiences. “Given the devastating weather system on the East Coast, the film performed better than expected and is off to a solid start and should hold well for the coming holiday weekend and into the Fall,” the studio said. Sony Pictures did a distribution deal for Colombiana which was fully financed by EuropaCorp and partners TF1 Films Production, Grive Productions with the participation of Canal+ and Cinecinema. They also put up the P&A for this title. For the media and promo campaign, Sony tied into the revenge theme of the movie with custom branded promotions and tie-ins with outlets like BET where there was “back to payback” stunt. The studio placed sneak peaks of the film in programming blocks where the cable channel was broadcasting revenge-oriented titles like Romeo Must Die and A Man Apart. Zoe Saldana shot custom interstitials. On channels like G4, a sweepstakes gave the winner time with Zoe’s trainer and to remake a scene from the film. Activities also specifically targeted urban audiences and Spanish language press. TriStar Pictures and Stage 6 Films present a coproduction EuropaCorp. Directed by Olivier Megaton, Colombiana gave writing credits to Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen, and produced by Luc Besson and Ariel Zeitoun.

3. FilmDistrict’s Guillermo del Toro-written and co-produced haunted house movie Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark, starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce was originally booked into 2,760 theaters. It debuted with $3.6M Friday and $2.9M Saturday and will make $8.6M this weekend. It earned an unfortunate ‘C-’ CinemaScore from audiences. “All things considered, not a bad Saturday and ultimately the weekend total was good despite the hurricane,” said FilmDistrict’s Bob Berney. ”Our key large urban East Coast markets were really killed.” Females under 25 responded strongest to Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark and in markets with large Latino populations. Berney has known Guillermo since distributing his Academy Award-winning Pan’s Labyrinth at Picturehouse. that’s also where Berney released The Orphanage which del Toro exec-produced. Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark had been in the works for some time ever since del Toro made Mimic for the original Miramax. Guillermo based the new movie on a 1973 TV pic that had “scared the crap” out of him as a kid in Mexico. Del Toro chose director Troy Nixey from his work in comic books and a short film that Guillermo really responded to. Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark was shot while Guillermo was in New Zealand preparing The Hobbit (remember that?) and would fly over to Melbourne where Nixey was shooting and remained very involved in the $28M production. After Disney sold Miramax to the Colony Capital/Ron Tutor group, FilmDistrict acquired Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark around Sundance this year. It was the closing night pic at the LA Film Festival and put together a Comic-Con panel with del Toro and Guy Pearce. Attendees called it the most highbrow discussion of the Con steeped in both film history and profanity. Guillermo has a “Presents” credit on the film and his pedigree has been one of the key marketing points of the film. “Jeanne and I were really happy to be working with Guillermo again,” Berney emailed me. “He really is the ’hardest working man in show business’ and the most generous and nicest guy as well. Not to mention that he holds the record for ‘F bombs’ at Q&As and panels around the world.”

4. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (Fox) Week 4 [3,374? Theaters]
Friday $2.6M, Saturday $3.6M, Weekend $8.6M, Cume $148.4M

5. Spy Kids 4D (Dimension/Weinstein Co) Week 2 (3,305? Theaters)
Friday $1.5M, Saturday $2.5M, Weekend $5.7M (-51%), Cume $21.7M

6. The Weinstein Co’s not-so-raunchy R-rated comedy Our Idiot Brother showcasing Paul Rudd surrounded by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer originally booked into 2,555 theaters. It opened to $2.3M and $2.5M Saturday for a $5.7M weekend. It earned a disappointing ‘C+’ CinemaScores from audiences. This film was acquired by TWC and Ron Burkle’s YUK Films at the Sundance Film Festival for $6 million in exchange for U.S., Germany, France, Japan, and Benelux rights. Alliance has Canada via their recent acquisition of Maple Films. Directed by Jesse Peretz from a script he wrote with his sister Evgenia, he reached out to producer Anthony Bregman (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) who in turn enlisted producer Peter Saraf (Little Miss Sunshine) and they put the whole deal together in a few weeks. TWC’s marketing campaign involved not only the traditional media buys but a lot of extras on the Internet as well — like the Funny Or Die video with Harvey Weinstein and Paul Rudd. Rudd went on MLB.com talking sports. There also was a ’Search for Willie Nelson’ (the dog’s name in the film) viral campaign. And an Idiot Photo Booth social campaign. Our Idiot Brother gave writing credits to Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall and producing credits to Stefanie Azpiazu, Caroline Jaczko, Aleen Keshishian, Anthony Bregman, Peter Saraf, and Marc Turtletaub. Read More »

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Zoe Saldana Sets ‘Dominion’ At Paramount

By | Friday August 26, 2011 @ 4:32pm PDT

News that Zoe Saldana will star in and produce the supernatural thriller Dominion was confirmed  today by Paramount. Meanwhile, the actress hits screens nationwide today in TriStar’s Colombiana, in which she stars as a vengeful hit woman. Robbie Brenner (Machine Gun Preacher) is attached to produce Dominion with Saldana, from a pitch by writers Dean McCreary and Chester Hastings. Saldana recently wrapped production on another thriller, The Words.

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Sony Pictures Sets Date For ‘Colombiana’

By | Tuesday May 17, 2011 @ 3:35pm PDT

Sony Pictures has slated Tristar’s action thriller Colombiana, which stars Zoe Saldana as a stone-cold killer, for wide release on Aug. 26, 2011. The film is directed by Olivier Megaton and written by the Taken team of Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Colombiana’

Mike Fleming

Sony Pictures has issued a trailer for Colombiana, which stars Avatar’s Zoe Saldana as a stone-cold assassin. It’s directed by Olivier Megaton, whom Deadline was the first to tell you would be directing Liam Neeson in Taken 2. The pic is written by the Taken team of Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen.

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From The Halls Of AFM…

Jenna Fischer will star in The Giant Mechanical Man, which she will also produce alongside Molly Hassell, Michael Nardelli and Brent Stiefel. Written and directed by Lee Kirk, the film also stars Topher Grace, Chris Messina and Malin Akerman. It’s a romantic comedy about a misunderstood street performer and the zoo worker who falls for him. New Films has acquired worldwide rights to writer-director Christopher B. Landon’s Burning Palms. The film stars Zoe Saldana, Dylan McDermott, Lake Bell, Paz Vega and Rosamund Pike and is a dark comedy featuring five stories set in different Los Angeles neighborhoods … Warner Bros UK has acquired all UK rights to ContentFilm’s medieval action thriller Ironclad. Directed by Jonathan English, the film, about a crew of tough battle warriors who withstood brutal months under siege from King John, stars Paul Giamatti, James Purefoy and Brian Cox … The Media Development Authority of Singapore has teamed with CJ Entertainment, Bang Singapore and Asia Media & Technology Capital (AMTC) for a $50 million slate of films to be produced out of Singapore over five years.

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