LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Oliver Platt, Molly Parker, Barbara Hershey and Aiden Longworth have joined indie supernatural thriller "The 9th Life of Louis Drax" opposite Jamie Dornan, Aaron Paul and Sarah Gadon.
Alexandre Aja began shooting Monday for Miramax, AntColony Films and Brightlight Pictures. Sierra/Affinity is selling international rights at the American Film Market.
Longworth is portraying the title character. Platt will play Louis Drax's psychologist, Parker will appear as a detective and Hershey will play Louis' grandmother.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Disney has released an extended featurette for "Into the Woods" that not only offers a new look at the iconic characters, but a sneak preview of the iconic music.
Meryl Streep's Witch and Anna Kendrick's Cinderella sing in the video, which also includes interviews with director Rob Marshall and stars Streep, Johnny Depp, who plays The Wolf, and Emily Blunt, who's The Baker's Wife.
"It's not just a musical, it's not just a comedy, it's not just a drama," Marshall says. "It's all of those things interwoven."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Harvey Weinstein came out swinging in defense of Netflix at the Produced By: New York conference on Saturday.
The company's recent forays into the film business cast a shadow over the gathering of producers, but Weinstein welcomed the company's encroachment.
Of course, he has a vested interest in the streaming service's success. Weinstein is producing a sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" that will premiere simultaneously on Netflix and on Imax.
"Ouija" benefited from audiences looking to get into the Halloween spirit by topping charts with $20 million from 2,858 locations. The brain child of Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes and "Paranormal Activity" maestro Jason Blum, "Ouija" cost less than $5 million to produce, setting Universal Pictures, the studio behind the seance horror film, up for some enviable profit margins.
It marks the seventh of Blum's micro-budgeted horror films to open in first place.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Martin Scorsese will exec produce an authorized documentary on The Grateful Dead, aimed at coinciding with the band's 50th anniversary next year.
The documentary will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev, whose credits include "The Tillman Story" and "Happy Valley."
Scorsese has been involved in music documentaries dating back to serving as an assistant director and editor on Michael Wadleigh's "Woodstock" in 1970. He directed 1978's "The Last Waltz" and 2011's "George Harrison: Living in the Material World."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Aaron Sorkin has confirmed that Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs in Sony's upcoming biopic about the Apple co-founder. Sorkin penned the script and Danny Boyle is attached to direct.
In an interview with Bloomberg, the Oscar-winning screenwriter revealed that Bale wasn't required to audition for the role. "There was a meeting. The role is an extremely difficult role; he has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined. There isn't a scene or frame that he's not in," Sorkin explained.
For Sorkin, Bale was apparently the clear choice: "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that's Chris Bale," he said. "It's an extremely difficult part and he's gonna crush it."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Margot Robbie looks ready to reteam with her "Focus" directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa: The "The Wolf of Wall Street" actress is in talks to join Tina Fey in their next pic, "The Taliban Shuffle."
Paramount is distributing with Fey and Lorne Michaels producing.
The film is based on Kim Barker's memoir, "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan," which recounts her years as a journalist in Afghanistan and Pakistan after arriving in the region in 2002.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Marvel and Disney's first trailer for "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" arrived Thursday night after being leaked online earlier in the day.
The clip, which features never-before-seen footage including scenes with the villainous Ultron (James Spader), was expected to debut during next week's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" on ABC.
Marvel acknowledged the leak via a meta Tweet: