EYE ON FILM
Dec. 7 – Dec. 14
20th Century Fox – Jeffrey Godsick named president of marketing at new joint
venture between Fox and Walden Media.
Warner Independent Pictures – Erin O’Neil upped to senior VP of creative
advertising; has been with WIP since inception.
Sony Pictures Entertainment – Mitch Singer named to the newly created post
of chief technology office; has been head of SPE’s digital policy group
The Weinstein Co. is forming a faith-based distribution label and inking a
first-look production deal with Christian shingle Impact Entertainment. TWC
will finance, co-produce and distribute the theatrical pics under the
multiyear deal. Goal is eventually to release six theatrical titles per
“The Express” – Universal Pictures, Peter Cramer and Erik Baiers; dir. by
Gary Fleder; stars Dennis Quaid; latest draft of script by Charles Leavitt
(“Blood Diamond”); shooting scheduled to begin in March.
“In the Valley of Elah” – new additions to cast: James Franco, Frances
Fisher, Tim McGraw, Jason Patric and Mehcad Brooks.
“L.A. Riots” – Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment; Brian Grazer
producing; writer John Ridley; dir. by Spike Lee; goal is to have script
“Bunny Lake is Missing” (remake) – Columbia Pictures, Mark Gordan; Spyglass
Entertainment, Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber; Type A Films, Reese
Witherspoon and Jennifer Simpson; Joe Carnahan in talks to direct; starring
vehicle for Reese Witherspoon.
“Semi-Pro” – New Line Cinema, Toby Emmerich and Cale Boyter; directorial
debut of Kent Alterman; Andre Benjamin joins the cast which already includes
Will Ferrell and Woody Harrelson.
“Prodigal Son” - Universal Pictures, Brian Grazer; Imagine Entertainment;
Gigi Levangie Grazer will write with Mimi James.
“The Abstinence Teacher” – Warner Independent Pictures, Bona Fide Prods.,
Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa; reunites “Little Miss Sunshine” team: directing
duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris with producers Berger and Yerxa.
“One of the Guys” – 20th Century Fox; Broken Road Prods., Todd Garner;
Fortis Films, Sandra Bullock; Bullock attached to produce and star;
currently in pitch stage.
The Shadow – Columbia Pictures, Sam Dickerman; Buckaroo Entertainment, Sam
Raimi and Josh Donen; Comic Book Movies Llc./Branded Entertainment, Michael
Uslan; Siavash Farahani to write the screenplay.
“Since Walker Left” – Focus Features; Vertigo Entertainment, Roy Lee and
Doug Davison, Sonny Mallhi (exec. prod.); Jessica Goldberg hired to write
“Krater” – Warner Bros. Pictures, Sarah Schecter; Jason Lee set to star in
and produce; hope to begin in May.
“I, Thalus” – Universal Pictures, Scott Stuber and Mary Parent; Callahan
Filmworks, Peter Segal and Michael Ewing; dir. by Peter Segal; plot details
are being kept under wraps.
“Happiness Sold Separately” – Fox Searchlight, Claudia Lewis and Jeremy
Steckler; Team Todd, Suzanne and Jennifer Todd and Joe Roth; Red Om Films,
Julia Roberts; Roberts may star.
“The Prince” – Intrepid Pictures, Trevor Macy and Marc Evans; screenplay
just purchased; plan to finalize production deal by mid-2007.
“The Last Night in October” – National Lampoon and Half Shell Entertainment;
Conundrum Entertainment, the Farrelly brothers; Robbie Chafitz is writing.
“Gold Bandits” – Twentieth Century Fox; Ciwen Digital Oriental Film & TV
Production (Beijing), Ma Zhong-jun; Fortune Star Entertainment (Hong Kong),
Peter E. Poon; dir. by Andrew Lau; production scheduled for June/July;
casting has yet to be finalized.
“Passengers” – Columbia Pictures; Mandate Pictures, Joe Drake and Nathan
Kahane; Persistent Entertainment, Judd Payne, Matthew Rhodes and Keri Selig;
Mockingbird Pictures, Julie Lynn; dir. by Rodrigo Garcia; Anne Hathaway set
to star; production to begin early next year.
“Cleaner” – Millenium Films; Anonymous Content, Eli Selden; dir. by Renny
Harlin; stars Samuel L. Jackson, who will also be producing; Ed Harris and
Keke Palmer (“Akeelah and the Bee”) in negotiations to join cast; shooting
to begin next month in Shreveport, La.
“The Awakening of Jean-Luc Barbara” – Warner Bros. Pictures; Tapestry Films,
Andrew Panay, Peter Abrams and Robert L. Levy; dir. by Justin Reardon;
details of storyline under wraps;
National Board of Review (Top 10 Films) –
Letters From Iwo Jima (film of the year honoree)
The Devil Wears Prada
Flags of Our Fathers
The History Boys
Little Miss Sunshine
Notes on a Scandal
The Painted Veil
Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. –
Best Picture – “Letters From Iwo Jima”
Best Director (runner up) – Clint Eastwood (“Flags” and “Iwo Jima”)
Best Cinematography (runner up) – Tom Stern (“Flags” and “Iwo
Bauer Martinez Entertainment has laid off more than a quarter of its
employees after its most recent films “Harsh Times” and “National Lampoon’s
Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj” bombed at the boxoffice. The Century
City-based company let go of eight of its 30 staffers across all divisions.