EXCLUSIVE: Joel Kinnaman (The Suicide Squad) and Cara Jade Myers (Killers of the Flower Moon) are set to star in the thriller Ice Fall.
Stefan Ruzowitzky, director of Oscar-winning crime-drama The Counterfeiters, will helm the film which is written by George Mahaffey (Chief Of Station). Production is set to start in March in Europe. Read More
Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix franchise, Memento), Douglas Smith (Don’t Worry Darling, Big Little Lies) and Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) are teaming up for post-apocalyptic feature Die Alone.
Lowell Dean (WolfCop) is writing and directing the feature, for which Archstone has acquired international rights. The company has begun sales in Cannes. Principal photography will begin this June in Saskatchewan, Canada. Read More
EXCLUSIVE: Tom Hiddleston (Thor franchise) and Mark Hamill (Star Wars) are set to star in new Stephen King adaptation The Life Of Chuck, which will be a hot package at the upcoming Cannes market.
Doctor Sleep and The Haunting Of Hill House helmer Mike Flanagan is directing, scripting and producing for Intrepid Pictures alongside fellow producer Trevor Macy. Read More
EXCLUSIVE: Sony’s 3000 Pictures has acquired Delia Ephron’s New York Times best-selling memoir Left On Tenth. Ephron will adapt, with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Laurence Mark producing the feature. Daryl Roth is executive producing. Ephron will simultaneously write and develop the memoir as a play for Roth to produce and Susan Stroman to direct, marking the first time both a feature and play adaptation will be developed at the same time. Read More
EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios has signed a first-look deal with actor, writer, and filmmaker Sylvester Stallone and his company Balboa Productions.
Under the multi-year pact, Stallone will write, direct, produce, and star in film and television projects — both scripted and unscripted — developed through Balboa Productions, which he founded with Braden Aftergood. They will stream on Prime Video, with movies likely to get a theatrical release first. The company already is working on the genre film Scavenger Hunt, written and directed by Elle Callahan (Witch Hunt) for MGM/Amazon. Read More
The powerful combination of composer Justin Hurwitz and film director Damien Chazelle was once again triumphant at Tuesday’s (Jan. 10) 2023 Golden Globes, where Hurwitz took home best original score for Chazelle’s Babylon.
This is hardly the duo’s first success story: Hurwitz is now four-for-four at the Globes working on Chazelle films exclusively, previously winning best original score and best original song (“City of Stars”) for La La Land in 2017 and best original score for First Man in 2019. Read More
The prequel series beat out the final seasons of Better Call Saul and Ozark, Netflix’s The Crown (a two-time past winner) and Apple TV+’s Severance for the award at the 2023 Golden Globes on Tuesday. House of the Dragon‘s win for its first season is also the first series win for the HBO franchise at the Golden Globes. Despite five nominations for best drama (and four Emmy wins), Game of Thrones ended its run on HBO without a series trophy at the awards. Read More
The Matthew Kennedy (Inheritance) script will see Beckinsale play top level CIA agent Avery Graves who is blackmailed by terrorists into betraying her own country to save her kidnapped husband. Cut off from her team, she turns to her underworld contacts to survive and help locate the coveted intelligence that the kidnappers want. Read More
Ken Kleinberg was recently quoted in Robert Marich’s Los Angeles Business Journal article “Streaming Services Are Upending Hollywood’s Business Culture.” The article discusses how streaming services have affected the landscape of Hollywood in recent years. Ken offered his insight on the topic.
“It’s dawning on a lot of people in the business that you can’t replace the avalanche of cash that is generated by a global box office smash…So there has to be a new way to share in the ‘upside’ of movies and, so far, what has happened is much of that upside has gone to streamers who are taking the risk with some very expensive projects. It hasn’t settled down yet, and I think we’ll see different paradigms emerge.”
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Streaming Services Are Upending Hollywood’s Business Culture
Firm partner Jill Smith was recently profiled in the cover story of the 2021 edition of Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, entitled “The Big Picture.” Introducing Jill as “the hip, sardonic attorney making deals for Lego, Rube Goldberg and Godzilla,” the feature spotlights Jill’s extensive career in entertainment law and her perspective on COVID-19’s impact on the industry.
“You have to be able to think about things in an expansive way,” Jill says of her approach towards dealmaking. “You certainly have to think about your client’s needs. But my goal is always to make a deal, not kill a deal, and that means thinking about what does the other side want to get out of a deal? What are they trying to do?”
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