Blogroll

Thompson on Hollywood

Weintraub Talks His Way: from Presley, Sinatra, the Mafia and Soderbergh to His Two Women

Weintraub Talks His Way: from Presley, Sinatra, the Mafia and Soderbergh to His Two Women
Jerry Weintraub is one of those larger-than-life Hollywood figures who helped to define the image of what a movie producer is. At age 73 he 's enjoying a resurgence of sorts that began with Steven Soderbergh's Oceans Eleven series and continued with his autobiography When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead (back on top of paperback bestseller lists) and now, the entertaining Doug McGrath TV doc His Way, which debuts on HBO April 4.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • April 4, 2011 7:15 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Casting Watch: Hemsworth & Hutcherson Cast In Hunger Games, Renner vs. Evans for Bourne

- UPDATE: The Hunger Games's Jennifer Lawrence now has two male co-stars: Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson have just been cast as characters Gale Hawthorne and Peeta Mellark, respectively. The former is Katniss Everdeen's (Lawrence) hunting partner and the latter is her competitor in the fight-to-the-death televised competition. Hemsworth and Hutcherson were included in THR's March 25 short list of actors being considered. Hutcherson was also on Moviefone's March 8 list of Five Actors Better Than Alex Pettyfer for the Lionsgate franchise. The film adaptation of Suzanne Collins's novels is slated to start shooting with director Gary Ross in late May. Whoever lands these coveted roles will play second fiddle to Lawrence; here are more details on her character.
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • April 4, 2011 5:27 AM
  • |
  • 3 Comments

Oscar-Winner In a Better World's Box Office Slashed by Harsh Reviews UPDATED

Oscar-Winner In a Better World's Box Office Slashed by Harsh Reviews UPDATED
Since when is winning an Oscar a bad thing? In his disparaging NYT review of In a Better World, A.O. Scott uses its recent foreign Oscar win as a warning sign: “In a Better World,” directed by the Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier and written by Anders Thomas Jensen, is an elegant, somber scourge for the guilty conscience of the affluent, liberal West. Or, to put it another way, “In a Better World” is the winner of the 2011 Academy Award for best foreign language film...Everything about In a Better World feels just a little too easy: a better movie might have let in more of the messiness of the world as it is. This one falls into cheap manipulation, winding up the audience with foreboding music and the spectacle of blond children in peril.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • April 4, 2011 5:15 AM
  • |
  • 13 Comments

Relativity to Hire New Marketing and Distribution Head to Sell Summer Slate

The departure of Relativity Media marketing and distribution chief Peter Adee June 1 after ten months is a typical "blame the messenger" move. In other words, it's age-old industry practice to scapegoat marketing heads when movies aren't working. Adee came in when Relativity acquired Overture's distribution and marketing infrastructure and staff of 43. The MGM and Universal marketing vet knows his stuff. That said, the LAT's use of the word "outspoken" speaks volumes. Part of Adee's job was to figure out how to get along with Relativity's "outspoken" CEO, Ryan Kavanaugh (pictured).
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • April 4, 2011 3:46 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Cannes 2011 Poster Revealed, Stars Faye Dunaway 1970

Cannes 2011 Poster Revealed, Stars Faye Dunaway 1970
The Cannes Film Festival takes place May 11-22. Details on the poster and image of Faye Dunaway, taken by Jerry Schatzberg in 1970, are below.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • April 4, 2011 3:34 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Weekend Box Office: Hop Best Opener of Year, Followed by Solid Thrillers Source Code and Insidious

Weekend Box Office: Hop Best Opener of Year, Followed by Solid Thrillers Source Code and Insidious
Weekend box office was up 6 percent over last weekend, led by Russell Brand family pic Hop, which exceeded expectations with the best opening of the year so far, followed by strong ticket sales for indie thrillers Source Code and Insidious. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:Universal’s live-action toon Hop leaped past its industry projections this weekend and bore a litter of cash with $38.1 million – the best bow to date, inching past Rango’s first frame which grossed a few thousand less. Although the frame also served up a number of competitors to Hop--Summit Entertainment’s Source Code earned $15 million in second, FilmDistrict’s horror film Insidious stabbed $13.5 million in third and the PG-13 re-release of Weinstein Co.’s The King’s Speech fell outside the top 10 with $1.19 million--the Easter Bunny comedy had a lock on families.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
  • |
  • April 3, 2011 4:30 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Must See Doc: How the Japanese Tsunami Happened

This smart C4 documentary explores what happened--talking to scientists and collecting reportage--during the 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Japan and the subsequent devastating tsunami. Posted by Film Detail, which collects some mind-boggling facts (below).
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • April 2, 2011 8:23 AM
  • |
  • 3 Comments

HBO, Tandem & Scott Free Team for Cinemax Crime Series The Sector, about Genetically Enhanced Humans

HBO, Tandem Communications and Scott Free Productions are developing an action-crime series to run on Cinemax. The one-hour series is "in the vein of Blade Runner/District 9" and "tracks the commander of a paramilitary unit who pursues a dangerous new race of genetically-enhanced humans." Criminal Minds's Simon Mirren will serve as exec-producer and showrunner for the project, from writer-creators Aaron Benay and Matthew Benay. Tandem is also behind Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth series, which also has a follow up series in the works with Scott Free, based on Follett's World Without End.
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • April 1, 2011 8:46 AM
  • |
  • 2 Comments

Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain & Sam Worthington Star in The Debt's New International Poster

Focus will finally release The Debt, the war crime thriller from director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, Proof), this August after lingering in Miramax distribution limbo. Check out the international poster with stars Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain (Tree of Life) and Sam Worthington. Tom Wilkinson also stars. Here's our interview with Mirren and our profile on rising star Chastain. The trailer is below. [IMPA]
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • April 1, 2011 8:35 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Filmmakers Bewail Twilight: Breaking Dawn Photo Leaks: "Stop Posting"

No leaked photos here. Summit has released a statement from Stephenie Meyer, Bill Condon, Wyck Godfrey and Summit Entertainment regarding leaked images from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: As some of you may know, pictures and screen grabs of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn as a work in progress have leaked on the internet. We are extremely proud of this film and also extremely heartbroken to see it out there at this stage.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • April 1, 2011 8:08 AM
  • |
  • 2 Comments

Email Updates