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The Crow Reboot Lands Director

Relativity Media and producer Edward R. Pressman have hired Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct their remake of Alex Proyas's 1994's The Crow for a fall production start. The original starred Brandon Lee, who died in tragic set accident involving a prop gun loaded with blanks.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 7, 2011 11:58 AM
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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
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  • April 4, 2011 3:46 AM
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Relativity Finds Prince Armie Hammer for Snow White

Someday Snow White's prince will come, and it looks like it's The Social Network's Armie Hammer. Relativity has cast Hammer as Prince Andrew Alcott in its untitled adventure Snow White, a contemporary retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale to be directed by Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell). Hammer joins Julia Roberts as the evil Queen. Saoirse Ronan is in talks for the title role.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 26, 2011 6:25 AM
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Relativity's Movie Network Adds ScreenRant Movie Site

Relativity Media’s advertising and promotion network, The Movie Network, has added Vic Holtreman's popular fanboy site ScreenRant.com, which grew its base by covering sci-fi, superhero and fantasy films. Per ComScore, ScreenRant now reaches 800,000 unique users per month. ScreenRant.com joins a growing list of sites that sign on with Q1Media-managed TheMovieNetwork to increase their ad sales.
The Movie Network is a part of entertainment advertising and promotional network The Rogue Network, which is managed by Q1Media.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 9, 2011 6:04 AM
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Relativity Hires Noyce to Direct Hunter Killer

While Relativity may not be the answer to all of Hollywood's prayers, the upstart distrib is putting some movies into production. CEO Ryan Kavanaugh has hired respected veteran A-list director Philip Noyce (Salt, Clear and Present Danger) to direct Hunter Killer, set to start shooting late this year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 17, 2011 9:51 AM
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Dueling Snow Whites: Kavanaugh Lands Roberts as Evil Queen

Relativity has landed Julia Roberts to star as the evil Queen in Tarsem Singh's untitled contemporary comedy adventure based on the Grimm fairy tale Snow White. The neophyte distrib starts principal photography in April with a planned June 29, 2012 release date, which puts it ahead in the race to start two rival Snow White projects. Charlize Theron is in talks to play the wicked Queen in Snow White and the Huntsman for Universal, which is negotiating to sign Viggo Mortensen and Kristen Stewart. Meanwhile, The Playlist reports that Famke Jannsen is joining the Paramount fairy tale remake, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, starring Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2011 2:22 AM
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Weekend Box Office: The Roommate Decks Cameron's 3-D Sanctum; Oscar Hits Hold

Super Bowl weekend is not primetime for moviegoing, thus low-ball thriller The Roommate topped the box office frame, followed by Sanctum, James Cameron's bid to support quality 3-D (and keep courting deep sea danger). Anthony D'Alessandro does the numbers: Gossip Girl vamp Leighton Meester lured audiences with stalker thriller The Roommate, stealing $15.6 million at 2,534 venues in what was a sleepy Super Bowl weekend.  The frame’s second wide release, Universal/Relativity Media’s deep-sea actioner Sanctum was B.O. plankton, excavating $9.2 million from 2,787.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • February 6, 2011 5:16 AM
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Relativity and Alliance Renew Distribution Partnership; Limitless, Haywire and Immortals Up Next

Relativity Media and Canadian Alliance Films have renewed their output deal through 2015. Alliance Films president Charles Layton says Relativity "consists of great guys, partners and entrepreneurs.  We look forward to helping them build Relativity in the coming years.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 4, 2011 8:10 AM
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Exec Watch: Relativity Adds Steve Bertram as COO, CFO

As he continues to beef up his burgeoning company, Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh has hired Steve Bertram, who was president of Business Operations for Paramount Home Entertainment for five years, as Relativity's new COO and CFO, supervising day-to-day company operations. He will oversee Relativity's domestic and international distribution operation and will report on those areas to Relativity president Michael Joe. In the financial arena he will report to Kavanaugh.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 27, 2011 9:01 AM
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Relativity Hits Sundance with Ex-Paramount Star Acquisition Exec Matukewicz in Tow

In a piece of acquisition news second only to SnagFilms' pick-up of veteran indie star Bingham Ray, new distrib on the block Relativity has poached Paramount acquisitions exec Joe Matukewicz as SVP of Worldwide Acquisitions. Matukewicz put in nine years as a Paramount exec, winding up as VP Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Paramount Vantage and Paramount Worldwide Acquisitions Group. He head acquisitions and work closely with the Relativity production team, reporting to Relativity production chief Tucker Tooley and marketing and distribution head Peter Adee. Matukewicz has already acquired for Relativity David Ellis’ Untitled 3D Shark Thriller from his old Vantage boss Nick Meyer’s Sierra Pictures.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 19, 2011 10:16 AM
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