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Hollywood Weekly News Review

April 26, 2008

Here in Mississippi we may not be breaking the news stories, but we can at least condense the film industry news coverage from Hollywood Reporter, Variety and a ton of movie blogs all down to a much more readable size for ya! Check back every Saturday for the news! Know something I don’t – be sure to comment and add to the discussion!

Our Loss

Kate Phillips April 18th

Joy Page April 18th

Bud Stone April 18th

Bebe Barron April 20th

The Bond Car – RIP Aston Martin

Stephan Phillips – trainer for the bear in Semi- Pro

Pet Projects:

The most exciting news is Guillermo Del Toro is set to direct The Hobbit!

Lifeboat 13 will be made by Michael Shane and Anthony Romano after they purchased the screenplay from Michael Justiz and Steven Sikes.

Robert Ward is exec producing three stage adaptations to be released in Australia.

Virginia Madsen joined the cast of the upcoming biopic on Amelia Earhart. She joins Richard Gere and Hilary Swank.

Carlos Acosta is adapting his autobiography about growing up in the slums of Havana into a movie to shoot later this year. Surprise, Acosta will play himself as the adult version. Hmm.

Jordana Beatty has been cast as the new Eloise in Paris starring alongside Uma Thurman.

Rose McGowan is the new Barbarella. Conveniently she is engaged to the director, Robert Rodriguez.

Tilda Swinton starts shooting I Am Love this summer in Milan.

Ewan McGregor is considering the prequel Angels and Demons.

Tom Cruise’ son playing a young Will Smith in upcoming film.

A doc is being produced on the great clarinetist Tony Scott.

Studio Works

A new web based movie studio has launched.

Disney announced on Earth Day the opening of Disneynature, a shingle focused on environmental documentaries.

Alain Goldman has expanded his Paris based production house Legende to the U.S.

Nu Image broke ground on their new Shreveport studio on Tuesday.

The brand new UFA Cinema production/distribution company has claimed that their first film will be an adaptation of Mein Kampf. The film will release in Germany next year.

Columbia just bought an untitled buddy comedy pitch from writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore for 1.5 million. They also purchased Winter’s Discontent, a Paul Fruchbom comedy.

MGM won the bid on the comedy Zookeeper. Walt Becker will direct. MGM also acquired domestic rights on Simon Pegg’s new film, How To Lose Friends and Alienate People. The film is set for a US release on October 3rd.

Focus features teams Ang Lee and James Schamus for the new comedy Taking Woodstock.

Momentum have signed a first look deal for UK rights to See Saw films projects. The Salt Co (formerly Lumina Films) has done the same with Alcove Entertainment. Warp Films will be working with Madman distribution company for several upcoming films. Warner Brothers has teamed up with Ocher Studios to produce four Indian films in Southern Indian languages rather than Hindi.

Valhalla Motion Pictures has hired David O’Leary as director of development.

Sparkler Entertainment acquired feature rights to a political action thriller series including Executive Actions and Executive Treason.

IFC bought Strangers which recently played at Sundance and Tribeca.

Sony bought rights for the biopic on English soccer coach Brian Clough, Damned United.

Fox 2000 is remaking The Fury.

Mark Urman is the new head of Thinkfilm.

Lionsgate hired Curt Marvis to oversee digital distribution.

Bold Films just signed Joseph Ruben to direct the new medical thriller, Jack.

Paramount just bought Hot for Teacher with JJ Abrams producing with his Bad Robot shingle.

Film Fest Updates

Edinburgh announced its documentary lineup.

The first Gulf Film Festival in Dubai announced winners as did the 10th annual Buenos Aires International Film Festival and the Istanbul International Film Festival and Lleida Latin American Film Festival and London Independent Film Festival.

Nantucket film festival, set for June 19-22, will be honoring Judd Apatow and Meg Ryan. This week the Pilsen Film Festival in Prague honored Vaclav Taborsky.

The Sarajevo Film Festival announced the twelve projects that will participate in their Cine Link co-production and project development market during the last four days of the fest.

Tribeca Film Festival has been going all week. Variety listed the ten films generating the most buzz at the fest.

Toronto Film Festival hired Matthew Hays to its feature programming team.

Industry in Trouble

The Kino Otok Isola Cinema Film festival may close due to losing half its funding from the Slovenian film fund.

On a positive note, SAG and studios involved in negotiations on the strike may resurface after the weekend break with some positive news.

Other Tidbits:

Golden Globes 2009 have been set for January 11th.

One Comment leave one →
  1. filmdebauchery permalink
    July 22, 2010 2:47 am

    Thanks for the informative Blogg!

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