Jul 15 (TheWrap.com) - “Midnight Rider” director Randall Miller and producer Jody Savin have surrendered to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office for charges stemming from the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones, a spokesperson for the department told TheWrap.
Both made bail and were released a short time later.
Jay Sedrish, an executive producer of the Gregg Allman biopic, is also facing the same involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass charges that Georgia prosecutors announced earlier this month.
Jul 13 (TheWrap.com) - Richard Linklater‘s adventurous and unconventional “Boyhood,” which was filmed over a period of 12 years as a young boy aged from preschool to high school graduation, broke out at the specialty box office this weekend.
Distributor IFC Films opened “Boyhood” on five screens in New York and Los Angeles and it grossed $359,000 for a per-screen average of $71,800, the year's second-best limited debut, behind only “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
“Boyhood” was written and directed by Linklater and stars Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as the parents of newcomer Ellar Coltrane; the cast and crew reconvened for a few weeks each year to shoot new scenes, which were then assembled into a casual but singular portrait of a life.
Nick Vadala, Philly.com
About a decade ago, Tina Fey released Mean Girls—a film that ultimately came to define the teenage experience for a generation, thanks mainly to the Upper Darby High School-influenced antics shown on screen. Now, Fey returns to Delco for the film’s tenth anniversary with a special screening and Q&A session.
The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center will host Fey’s Mean Girls screening August 16, with proceeds from the event going to purchase the center a new sound system at the cost of around $300,000. Tickets for the event run $100, with passes for the Q&A session having already sold out since going on sale yesterday.
As PAC marketing director Lauren Yacina told Mainline Media News:
Jul 06 (TheWrap.com) - Even in its second week, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” was way too much for Melissa McCarthy‘s comedy “Tammy” and two other wide openers at a feeble July 4 weekend box office.
Michael Bay's rampaging toy-bots became the first summer movie to hold onto the No. 1 spot at the box office, bringing in an estimated $53 million over the five days. “Tammy” took in a lackluster $32.9 million over the five days.
The overall holiday weekend was a major dud, down roughly 45 percent from last year when “Despicable Me 2” led the way with $143 million over the five days. With Independence Day falling on a Friday, fireworks stole potential moviegoers’ attention. And the lack of a tentpole movie opening hurt, too. The winning three-day total of $36.4 million for “Age of Extinction” was the lowest on a July 4 weekend since 1998, when Bay's “Armageddon” copped the top spot with $36 million.
Jul 02 (TheWrap.com) - Tina Fey is attached to star in an Untitled Witch Project for Disney — though it's not the Hocus Pocus sequel that many nostalgic fans had hoped for, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap.
Fey will produce through her Little Stranger banner along with Allison Shearmur, though the project remains in early development at Disney, whose Tendo Nagenda will oversee for the studio.
While many film fans clamor for more “original” movies that aren't based on existing IP and pre-branded material, in this case, a Hocus Pocus sequel would actually make sense for Disney, especially with Fey involved both behind and in front of the camera. The title is simply too good, and there's a lot of goodwill for the original movie — the sort that would boost interest in a sequel/spinoff/reboot with a revamped cast.
Jul 02 (TheWrap.com) - Great news, fans of “The Notebook” who are still depressed that they just can't seem to replicate that burning love between stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams: They hated each other at first.
Celebrities, they're just like us!
In an interview with VH1 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the film, director Nick Cassavetes explains that the two stars got very heated early in production, and not in the way that had been intended.
Nick Vadala, Philly.com
Jul 01 (TheWrap.com) - Johnny Depp‘s Whitey Bulger biopic may not have a title yet, but it has a release date. Warner Bros. Pictures Domestic Distribution will release the film to theaters on Friday, September 18, 2015.
The film, which is currently known as Black Mass, is the story of the notorious Boston gangster, played by Depp. It is his fourth film with director Scott Cooper, who also helmed Donnie Brasco, The Ninth Gate, and Public Enemies.
Depp is flanked in the film by Benedict Cumberbatch as his brother Massachusetts Senator Billy Bulger, Joel Edgerton as Whitey's associate FBI Agent John Connolly, Jesse Plemons as his right-hand Kevin Weeks, Sienna Miller as girlfriend Catherine Greig, and Scott Cooper as FBI Agent Scott Garriola, one of the men who took Bulger down.
Jun 30 (TheWrap.com) - Tom Hardy is set to join Leonardo DiCaprio in New Regency's The Revenant.
Alejandro González Iñárritu is directing the film, which will be shot by Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity). Iñárritu and Mark L. Smith wrote the script, which is based on Michael Punke's novel The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge.
Will Poulter is in negotiations to co-star in the movie, which RatPac is co-financing with New Regency.