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“Jersey Boys” doo-wopping their way to the big screen

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Following in the tap-dancing footsteps of “Chicago,” “Hairspray” and countless other stage-to-screen adaptations, the smash Broadway sensation “Jersey Boys” will make the leap to movie theaters. Graham King’s GK Films acquired film rights to the show, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Tony Award-winner documents the rise and fall[...]

Will Sly Stallone direct a movie based on mobster John “Junior” Gotti?

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Get me Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro on the phone, stat! Legendary mobster John “Junior” Gotti has sold the rights for his life story to indie production company Fiore Films. A movie based on the mobster’s career has been greenlit with a production budget of $15 million,[...]

Ben Affleck’s ‘The Town’ takes the weekend with $23.8M

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: In a stupidly crowded weekend at the box office, we had four major wide releases and at least two major limited debuts. Without further ado, let’s dive in. Coming in at number one was Ben Affleck’s crime thriller “The Town.” With $23.8 million, the Affleck-directed picture out-grossed[...]

Michelle WIlliams’ ‘Meek’s Cutoff’ lassoed by Oscilloscope

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American distribution rights to Kelly Reichardt’s western drama, “Meek’s Cutoff,” which played this year’s Venice and Toronto film festivals to positive reviews. Ocilloscope worked with Reichardt on her 2008 release, “Wendy and Lucy,” which also starred Michelle Williams. Set in 1845, “Cutoff” follows[...]

Awards Season Roundup: ‘Toy Story 3’ wins first of what’s sure to be many trophies

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: HollywoodNews.com’s Awards Season Roundup collects insights from around the Internet on films that are running in the Oscar race. The Hollywood Film Festival began announcing its winners today. “Toy Story 3,” “Iron Man 2” and “Inception” cinematographer Wally Pfister were recognized. More announcements are on the way. This[...]

Richard Ayoade’s ‘Submarine’ acquired by Weinstein

HollywoodNews.com: After the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Richard Ayoade’s ‘Submarine,’ Weinstein Company made the move to acquire the rights of the film for its North American release. The film is a coming-of-age comedy starring Craig Roberts as a teenager who is dealing with his parents ending their relationship while[...]

Weinstein picks up ‘Dirty Girl’ at TIFF while critics weigh in

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Abe Sylvia’s “Dirty Girl,” a Toronto entry that stars Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy, Mary Steenburgen, Dwight Yoakam, Tim McGraw and up-and-comer Juno Temple, was acquired by the Weinstein Company, the studio confirmed. No word on when the film will be released. “I am thrilled to be part[...]

Michael Swan’s “White Lion” acquired by Screen Media

HollywoodNews.com: Robert Baruc, President of Screen Media, announced today the acquisition of North American rights to “White Lion,” a live-action family adventure film about a rare white lion cub who rises above many challenges to become one of the most powerful and revered lions in all of Africa. Directed[...]

Martin Scorsese’s “Letter to Elia” acquired by Fox

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: An anticipated documentary which screened at a few hefty film festivals was just acquired by a major studio. The picture is “A Letter to Elia,” Martin Scorsese’s new documentary exploring the life and talent of Oscar-winning director Elia Kazan. The film, co-directed by Scorsese and Kent Jones, was[...]

Peter Weir’s “The Way Back” acquired by Newmarket

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Deals are starting to come together as filmmakers bring anticipated titles to major fall festivals. With the Telluride festival about to kick off, Newmarket Films has announced that it has acquired the rights to Peter Weir’s World War II drama “The Way Back,” which will have its world[...]
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