• Fri, 22 May 2015 06:29:44 +0000
    Cohen Media Group has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to French social drama “Standing Tall,” the Opening Night selection for this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The announcement was made early Friday by Cohen Media Group Chairman and CEO Charles S. Cohen. Cohen Media plans a theatrical release in late 2015. Emmanuelle Bercot’s “Standing Tall” is... Read more »
  • Fri, 22 May 2015 04:41:08 +0000
    “Do something funny for money” was the slogan of NBC’s inaugural “Red Nose Day” telecast, a live three-hour show that helped raise more than $10 million to aid children living in poverty in the U.S. and abroad. The telecast that originated Thursday from New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom went off with only a few minor... Read more »
  • Fri, 22 May 2015 02:00:22 +0000
    Watch out for Kim, the protagonist of “The Other Thing,” Emily Schwend’s slow-to-launch but gratifyingly sanguinary play about ghost hunters — and the ghosts who come when they call. And watch out for Samantha Soule, who gives a mesmerizing performance as a woman in constant battle with her own demons. What you really have to watch... Read more »
  • Fri, 22 May 2015 01:33:13 +0000
    Paramount Pictures has set a June 9, 2017, release date for the sequel to “World War Z.” Variety reported a year ago that the studio had hired Steven Knight to write the sequel, which is co-financed by Skydance. J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”) will direct the zombie tentpole with Brad Pitt returning in the starring role.... Read more »
  • Fri, 22 May 2015 01:16:41 +0000
    Celebrities far and wide, including Reese Witherspoon and Neil Patrick Harris, took over social media Thursday to show support for children’s charities by wearing red noses. Red Nose Day was launched in the U.K. in 1988 as a Comic Relief event to help the disadvantaged. Nearly three decades later, the charity drive comes to the U.S.... Read more »
  • Fri, 22 May 2015 01:11:04 +0000
    Universal Pictures has slated “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” for March 25 — setting up a box office showdown with Warner Bros. tentpole “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Universal announced the sequel to the 2002 comedy last November. Nia Vardalos is returning as star and screenwriter. The revelation of a big family secret... Read more »
  • Fri, 22 May 2015 01:08:51 +0000
    Michael Campus, director of seminal African-American dramas “The Mack” and “The Education of Sonny Carson,” died May 15 at his Encino home of natural causes. He was 80. Campus, a Manhattan native, graduated from U. of Wisconsin and served as a U.S. Army lieutenant in Berlin after WWII. He broke into the business as a... Read more »
  • Fri, 22 May 2015 00:15:34 +0000
    Maybe even “Mad Men” deserve a happy ending. In a new video posted on AMC’s site, “Mad Men” creator and executive producer Matt Weiner offered more explanation of his iconic show’s series finale. In the end, he says, “We leave everybody slightly improved.” The episode begins with Don racing a car across the Bonneville Salt... Read more »
  • Thu, 21 May 2015 23:16:23 +0000
    Film and TV thesp Maggie Gyllenhaal is making headlines for a story as old as showbiz that has gained new resonance with the recent focus on sexism in Hollywood. “The Honourable Woman” star told the Wrap, “There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time.” Gyllenhaal... Read more »
  • Thu, 21 May 2015 23:02:28 +0000
    Fast-growing Broad Green Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to “The Infiltrator,” starring Bryan Cranston, and set the drug drama for release next year. The deal was closed Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, where WME and Relativity International have been selling rights. Brad Furman directed the film, based on Robert Mazur’s autobiography of the same... Read more »
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