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, … Read More »

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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’

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 … Read More »

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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 … 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 … Read More »

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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

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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 … Read More »

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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

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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),

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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