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Coco Chanel 1883-1971 From book to movie The life and times of legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel are headed to the big screen. The film “Coco Avant Chanel” is set to start filming in Paris in mid-September and scheduled for release next year. Chanel is known for a classic style that has staying power. She introduced the perfume Chanel No.5 in 1922, her signature cardigan jacket in 1925, and the  “little black dress” in 1926 — a few of her fashion achievements that are still popular today. Also, Coco Chanel... Read More →

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F. Scott Fitzgerald & Brad Pitt

          F. Scott Fitzgerald                              Brad Pitt Author F. Scott Fitzgerald made some serious money, but had little real success as a screenwriter during his time in Hollywood. His only screen credit was for the drama “Three Comrades,” in 1938. Decades later, Fitzgerald’s storytelling is very much in demand in Tinseltown. A movie based on Fitzgerald’s 1922 short story, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” is coming out in December. It stars Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button who is born in his eighties and ages backwards!  Life gets complicated when... Read More →

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“Tropic Thunder” rolls by “The Dark Knight”

After four weeks of riding high as the number one film in the country, “The Dark Knight” got bumped down a notch over the weekend. The new adult comedy “Tropic Thunder” debuted in first place with an estimated $26 million. It opened on Wednesday, so those additional screenings lifted the comedy’s total to about $37 million. The Batman sequel rang up around $16.8 million bringing its total to $471.5 million. The new earnings should move “The Dark Knight” into the number two spot on the list of top box office champs, right behind the mighty... Read More →

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Hilary Swank to produce romantic comedy

Google Image The book sold more than three million copies in the U.S. and worldwide, now two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank has bought movie rights to “French Women Don’t Get Fat.”   In the snappy diet book, former champagne executive Mireille Guiliano shares her philosophy on how French women manage to drink wine and eat calorie-rich foods and still stay slim. Swank reportedly will turn the nonfiction book into a romantic comedy about the exploits of a champagne company manager. Swank may star in the film. Swank’s 2S Films will... Read More →

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Newbie screenwriter makes six-figure deal

Screenwriter Jason Sullivan is probably somewhere whooping it up and I don’t blame him one bit. Sullivan sold a comedy pitch to Columbia Pictures for real money, six-figures according to reports. This is his first screenplay sale. The Sullivan comedy is about three friends in their 30s who try to make up for an experience they missed — summer camp.  So they rent a camp and invite some adult friends to share the fun. Sullivan reportedly has been kicking around town, writing spec scripts and holding down several jobs. His car... Read More →

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Screenplay deals

Another superhero project is on the fast track to the Big Screen. Recently, Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson sold a pitch called, “The Transplants” to Walt Disney Pictures for mid-six against high-six figures. The action-adventure comedy focuses on four superheroes. I know, the logline is lacking in details, but this very brief description of the story is all that is being reported. Prolific actor/writer/producer/director Sam Raimi will produce. Raimi directed the extremely successful “Spider-Man” trilogy. Script sold by dead screenwriter. Philip Railsback’s dark comedy, “Barstow” has been picked up by... Read More →

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Top Five at the Box Office

  “The Dark Knight” continues its record-breaking romp at the box office. For the third straight week, the Batman sequel is the number one film in the country with $42.6 million. On Monday, “The Dark Knight” leaped over the $400 million mark in only 18 days — the fastest any movie has reached that level. The last holder of that record, “Shrek 2,” took 43 days to get to that point.  Meanwhile, the third installment of the Mummy series, “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” starring Brendan Fraser debuted with $40.4... Read More →

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Top Five at the Box Office

No joke.  “The Dark Knight” has leaped over the $300 million mark without slowing down one bit. “The Dark Knight” continued to break-records and dominate the domestic box office over the weekend. The Batman sequel grabbed the title of best second weekend ever with a $75.6 million haul to hold onto the number one spot at the box office.  That pushed the film’s domestic total to $314.2 million and the superhero flick is still going strong. “The Dark Knight” crossed the $300 million mark in 10 days beating the 2006 record set by “Pirates of the... Read More →

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Movie Deals

Tyler Perry          Tobey Maguire A number of film deals announced this week. Here are some that caught my attention. Tyler Perry signs a new three-year first-look deal with Lionsgate for at least three more films. Lionsgate has distributed five Perry films starting with “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” in 2005. The prolific filmmaker has “The Family That Preys,” coming out in September. According to Lionsgate, Perry films have grossed nearly $250 million at the box office and sold more than 25 million units on... Read More →

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“The Dark Knight”: mo’ money, ticket deals & Bale’s arrest

“The Dark Knight” continues to surpass expectations. On Monday, the Batman sequel’s record-breaking domestic weekend box office got bumped up from $155 million to a mighty $158.3 million. “The Dark Knight” is racking up other records as well to go along with the biggest opening ever for a three-day weekend. Also on Monday, the film earned $24.6 million — that’s the best gross ever for a non-holiday Monday. “The Dark Knight” broke through the $200 million barrier on Tuesday and rung-up more than $18 million for screenings yesterday.... Read More →

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The Dark Knight rolls into history

Google Image “The Dark Knight” is the new king of the box office. The Batman sequel became the event movie to see this weekend. The film rolled right over the competition for a money haul estimated at a staggering $155.4 million for the highest weekend opening ever. “The Dark Knight” snatched the title from the previous winner, “Spider-Man 3” which opened at $151.1 million in May 2007. More later on “The Dark Knight” and the weekend box office.  

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The Dark Knight – A Record Breaker!

Google Image   The first day out of the gate, the new Batman movie exploded and raced into the record books. “The Dark Knight” opened yesterday and Warner Bros. says the film earned an estimated $66.4 million. That’s a new single-day box office record! Another film headlined by a comic book crusader, “Spider-Man 3” set the previous record of $59. 8 million, last year. “The Dark Knight” has a good chance of crashing through some other records as well this weekend. The demand for this film... Read More →

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Bat Fever!

Google Image The new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight,” starring Christian Bale opens today and it has all the makings of a box office mega-hit. Interest in this follow-up to “Batman Begins” has been running high for months. Then the untimely death of actor Heath Ledger in January at the age of 28 ramped up interest even more. Ledger reportedly gives a powerful performance as Batman nemesis, The Joker. News stories are coming out today about huge advance ticket sales and long lines at early morning screenings of “The Dark... Read More →

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Another deal for screenwriter Diablo Cody

             Google Images Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody has sealed another script deal with movie mogul, Steven Spielberg. Cody is the blogger, former ad agency typist, ex-stripper, and ex-phone sex worker who wrote the screenplay for the movie, “Juno.” It was Cody’s first script. “Juno” won the gold statuette for best original screenplay at the 80th Annual Academy Awards ceremony back in March. Since then Cody has been racking up the deals in Hollywood. Today Variety described the new deal as an untitled comedy script for DreamWorks that is based on... Read More →

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New anti-smoking campaign for some Hollywood movies

Movies aimed at the younger generation will soon carry anti-smoking public service announcements when they are released on DVD. The Los Angeles-based Entertainment Industry Foundation announced a new initiative to include the special PSAs on movies that have scenes of tobacco use and are rated G, PG, and PG-13. The PSAs will appear in the opening minutes of all new youth-friendly films released by Paramount, Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, the Walt Disney Company, and Warner Bros. At the end of each thirty second anti-smoking PSA there will... Read More →

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Hellboy II burns rubber on the competition at the box office

Google Images A really hot time at the movie theaters this weekend for some films. At the top of the list, a weird red demon/superhero with a surly attitude played by Ron Perlman. The number one movie in the U.S. is “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” with an estimated haul of $35.9 million. Will Smith’s “Hancock” came in second with $33 million, followed by the new 3-D version of “Journey to the Center of the Earth” with $20.6 million and starring Brendan... Read More →

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Screenwriter starts successful Los Angeles based publishing company

Debbie Bishop launched Angel Gate in 2003 and it’s a hit. So far, the publishing company has released novels, graphic novels, YA fiction, children’s books, and cookbooks. Among her publishing successes; a children’s picture book series called “This One ‘n’ That One” written by actress Jane Seymour. Bishop is a screenwriter, producer, novelist, and graphic designer. She is developing films based on Angel Gate books through another of her companies, Left Field Films. Bishop says her goal is to “… to publish fun entertainment for the whole family.” See full... Read More →

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Will Smith dusts competition in the July 4th box office race

  Google Image Will Smith’s new anti-superhero flick, “Hancock,” made a killing during the long 4th of July holiday weekend easily grabbing the number one spot at the box office. “Hancock” pulled in an estimated $107.3 million over the five and a half days. That’s the third biggest July opener and Smith’s eighth film in a row to open Stateside as number one. The brother is on a serious roll! The animated feature”Wall-E” took the number two spot, followed by the comic book inspired actioner “Wanted” in third... Read More →

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July 4th holiday weekend movie fans head to the theaters

Moviegoers line up to buy tickets in Burbank. The theaters are packed this July 4th holiday weekend and many folks are buying tickets to see Will Smith as an irreverent superhero in “Hancock.” The film has received mostly negative reviews, but Smith still owns the July 4th weekend. In its first three days , “Hancock” has raked in $60.1 million dollars at the box office. That total includes Tuesday previews, along with Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday receipts. That haul is ahead of the two “Men in Black” film... Read More →

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“Marley & Me” author writes memoir

Author of the bestselling “Marley & Me” John Grogan’s new memoir, “The Longest Trip Home”, has been announced for publication on October 21 by William Morrow. “From his troublemaking childhood to his courtship of a fiery blond named Jenny, Grogan writes about how he came to terms with who he is and what he believes.” It’s called the “story of a son in the making, and of growing up in a loving, but comically old-school Catholic family.” The film version of “Marley & Me” starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson... Read More →

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Big Hollywood Screenplay Money

Big Hollywood Screenplay Money Rogue Pictures reportedly shells out seven figures for writer Ehren Kruger’s script, “The Keep.” The screenplay is an adaptation of the Jennifer Egan novel of the same name. The thriller is about a mysterious prisoner who seduces a local woman with his tale of a supernatural secret that can transform her life. Kruger is in demand. He wrote “The Ring,” “The Ring Two,” and the recent sequel to the mega-hit “Transformers” among other movie scripts. See Variety.com

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