Say what you will about Tom Cruise, but the 49 year-old actor will do anything (and I mean anything) to entertain auds.
Case in point--this "Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol" featurette, which shows Cruise, himself, not a bunch of stunt men, dangling from the exterior of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, to get some very cool shots.
Brad Pitt has come on board to star in Steve McQueen's "Twelve Years a Slave" with River Road producing and financing.
Deal for Bill Pohlad's River Road to join "Slave" closed Monday. Summit will handle international sales at the American Film Market.
Michael Fassbender, who toplined McQueen's "Shame," signed on for "Twelve Years a Slave" two weeks ago.
McQueen will direct from a script he co-wrote with John Ridley. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Pitt will also star in the true story of Solomon Northup, a New York citizen who was kidnapped in Washington in 1841 and rescued from a cotton plantation in Louisiana in 1853.
Pitt is also producing through Plan B with Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner along with Pohlad and the film is expected to start production early next year. CAA is arranging financing for the pic and representing U.S. rights. -- Dave McNary
Actress Milla Jovovich went all "Resident Evil" on Summit Entertainment today, tweeting that "The Three Musketeers" distributor is hardly promoting the family adventure pic, which opens today in the U.S.
"Are they resting on their laurels from 'Twilight' n making no effort?" she tweeted. "SHAME ON U 'SUMMIT'! SHAME ON U!"
Summit had no comment.
Jovovich, who co-stars with Luke Evans and Matthew Macfayden in the pic, was on her way to the Japanese Film Festival to promote the "Musketeers" when she made the allegations.
"The Three Musketeers," directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, bows on 2,200 3D screens today.
Beverly Hills, CA – Seven writers have been selected as winners for the 26th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each writer (or writing team) will receive a $30,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on November 3.
The 2011 Nicholl Fellows are (listed alphabetically by author):
Chris Bessounian & Tianna Langham, Los Angeles, Calif., “Guns and Saris”
Dion Cook, Altus, Okla., “Cutter”
John MacInnes, Los Angeles, Calif., “Outside the Wire”
Matthew Murphy, Culver City, Calif., “Unicorn”
Abel Vang & Burlee Vang, Fresno, Calif., “The Tiger’s Child”
The winners were selected from a record 6,730 scripts submitted for this year’s competition. The competition is open to any individual who has not sold or optioned a screenplay or teleplay for more than $5,000, or received a fellowship or prize that includes a “first look” clause, an option, or any other quid pro quo involving the writer’s work.
The Nicholl Committee, chaired by producer Gale Anne Hurd, is composed of writers Naomi Foner, Daniel Petrie, Jr., Tom Rickman and Dana Stevens; actor Eva Marie Saint; cinematographers John Bailey and Steven B. Poster; costume designer Vicki Sanchez; executive Bill Mechanic; producers Peter Samuelson and Robert W. Shapiro; marketing executive Buffy Shutt, and agent Ronald R. Mardigian.
This Thanksgiving, Disney will introduce “The Muppets” to a new generation of kids.
Starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Jim Henson’s myriad of loveable puppets, the family comedy hails from “Flight of the Conchords” co-creator James Bobin, who is also making his feature directing debut (Bobin passed on Universal's "Bridesmaids" in order to direct "The Muppets").
"It's not cynical comedy. It's comedy with heart," Bobin toldVariety last month. "Comedy can be very generous and warm."
“The Muppets,” written by Segel and Nicholas Stoller, arrives November 23.
Glenn Close plays a 19th Century woman posing as a butler in director Rodrigo Garcia's Irish drama "Albert Nobbs." The pic, which premiered in Telluride, still doesn't have a release date, although Roadside Attractions is expected to release the pic in December, in time for an awards push for Glenn Close.
Paramount and Marvel Studios have released the first teaser for “The Avengers,” the superhero mash-up featuring Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk.
Directed by Joss Whedon and based on Marvel's comicbook series, “The Avengers” was produced by Marvel's Kevin Feige and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo.
Ben Stiller played host of this past weekend's "SNL," which has been off to a pretty solid start this season. Stiller, who appeared in a hilarious fashion-infused Digital Short earlier in the night, later crashed Weekend Update as Derek Zoolander and showed off his new "Cold Coffee" look.
“Juno” director Jason Reitman and scribe Diablo Cody are returning to theaters with another “Young Adult,” this time starring Charlize Theron.
The Paramount/Mandate dark comedy stars Theron as a divorced fiction writer who returns to her hometown to chase an ex-boyfiend, who has just fathered a baby. Patrick Wilson and Patton Oswalt co-star.
Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith of Mr. Mudd Prods. are producing "Young Adult" with Mason Novick, Cody, Reitman and Theron's Denver & Delilah Films. Reitman produces through his banner Right of Way Films.
“Young Adult” hits theaters Dec. 9.
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