Source: Variety

Brian De Palma is set to direct Passion, a remake of the French psychological thriller Crime d'amour, directed by the late Alain Corneau. The film will be bankrolled by SBS Films, the company that is currently producing Roman Polanski's next film, God of Carnage. De Palma's previous film was the Iraq War drama Redacted, and he told Variety that the film offers him a great opportunity to explore many of the receuurent themes in his earlier work, all at the same time. "Not since Dressed to Kill have I had a chance to combine eroticism, suspense, mystery and murder into one spell-binding cinematic experience," he said.

It remains to be seen whether De Palma can resurrect his career, but the project certainly sounds like it falls into his wheelhouse, giving him material that allows him to exercise his technical expertise and considerable experience with many of the story's themes. SBS head Said Ben Said indicated that the production can flourish precisely because it is being undertaken outside the American studio system. "Movies of this kind are very difficult to make today in the U.S.," he said. "Because the U.S doesn't have coproductions and the studios are not interested in making them."

The original Crime d'amour featured actresses Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier. No casting announcements were made for Passion as of press time.

 

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Source: THR

Not content to just make their son Jaden a movie star, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith are developing a starring vehicle for daughter Willow, who scored a surprise hit last year with the single "Whip My Hair." Following the almost unimaginably successful remake of Karate Kid in the summer of 2010, the Smiths along with their Overbrook Entertainment partners James Lassiter Ken Stovitz enlisted rapper and former Def Jam Records CEO Jay-Z to produce a remake of the Broadway musical Annie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the partnership emerged from a recent dinner attended by Jay-Z, Lassiter, and the Smiths. They previously collaborated on the Boradway show Fela! and invested in a line of beauty products named Carol's Daughter. Jay-Z's 1998 hit single "Hard Knock Life" featured a sample of "It's The Hard Knock Life" from Annie, and while that may or may not make Jay (real name: Sean Carter) exceptionally qualified to help develop the project, his integrity and pop savvy, combined with the Will Smith's own talent and business savvy developing projects for himself and his family members, makes this an interesting and potentially lucrative endeavor in an era where genre pastiche has become standard fare on the radio.

In a statement, Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad said, "The time is right to bring back Annie to the big screen. Of course, we're true believers in Willow's talent and believe she will be perfect in this role." Belgrad referenced Karate Kid as an indicator of the success that the studio will be building upon. "Combining Willow with the Overbrook team that reimagined Karate Kid and the spectacular Jay-Z makes this a dream project. A decade ago, Jay-Z proved that the power of the underlying Broadway property remains, by showing how these songs could be reinterpreted for a new generation with Hard-Knock Life."

 

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kingspeechnews.jpgAs of Noon PT, The King's Speech represents 21% of daily sales on Fandango.com. The historical drama has seen a 76% jump in sales since the Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday.

"The Academy Award nominations clearly gave the film a little Oscar bump," says Fandango editor Chuck Walton. "By end of day Tuesday, this little movie moved up to the top slot as Fandango's top daily ticket-seller, a nice feat considering that the film opened almost nine weeks ago. This King shows no signs of slowing down, as it continues to receive more ‘Must Go' fan ratings on Fandango than any other film of the last few months."

The King's Speech has currently earned more than $58 million domestically.

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New York, NY -- Screenvision, a leading innovator in cinema advertising, announced today a partnership with Women of the Storm, a non-political, non-profit grassroots organization formed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Through the partnership, Screenvision will run Women of the Storm's Be the One PSA within its cinematic preshow, touting the importance of the Gulf Coast region in the wake of the BP oil spill. Be the One is set to run on over 6,400 screens nationwide beginning January 28th through February 24th. The Be the One PSA features celebrities including John Goodman, Wendell Pierce, Alfre Woodard, Bryan Batt, Drew Brees, Peyton and Eli Manning, James Carville and Harry Shearer.

In the PSA, the featured stars individually express their commitment to coastal restoration and urge the viewer to Be the One by signing an e-petition (www.restorethegulf.com) requesting funding for and the implementation of coastal restoration. Within select theatres the PSA will boast a state-of-the-art scantag which allows audience members to sign the petition via cell phone directly from their theatre seats. Women of the Storm intend to take these signatures to Washington, D.C. to demonstrate the broad national support for restoration of the Gulf Coast. The non-profit has amassed over 130,000 signatures since the campaign launched 10 weeks ago.

"It's our honor to partner with Women of the Storm in support of its Be the One PSA Campaign," said Darryl Schaffer, Executive Vice President, Operations and Exhibitor Relations, Screenvision. "We've learned that the Gulf Coast accounts for 40% of all shipping and commerce, 30% of all seafood, and 33% of the energy supplied to our country therefore truly affecting this nation as a whole. Our extensive network of screens will allow the Be the One message to reach a vast audience and, undoubtedly will assist in raising awareness of the importance of Gulf Coast ecosystem restoration."

Anne Milling, founder of Women of the Storm adds, "We are so grateful to Screenvision. Its far-reaching exhibitor network means we are able to reach, and actively engage, a huge new audience with our Be the One PSA, which is sure to resonate deeply with all Americans. We're confident the exposure we'll receive through Screenvision's network will exponentially increase the number of signatures on our petition, catch the attention of policymakers and opinion leaders and move us ever closer to coastal restoration goals."

 

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, announces its "Red Carpet Dreams Sweepstakes" in which loyal moviegoers have the extraordinary opportunity to win a trip to L.A. to see the stars. Regal Crown Club members are entered for their chance to win the trip by attending Oscar(R) nominated films at any Regal Entertainment Group theatre nationwide.

"Thanks to our partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences we are able to offer this fantastic contest to our most loyal patrons. Regal Crown Club members will certainly be thrilled by the opportunity to be a part of the Academy Awards in 2012. This sweepstakes has been an annual tradition at Regal since 2005 and we are excited to continue to offer this amazing trip to two lucky pairs of movie fans," stated Dick Westerling, Regal Entertainment Group Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising.

"The Academy Awards is a celebration of excellence in movies from the past year and with our continued slate of ten Best Picture nominees, there will be something for everyone," offered Academy President Tom Sherak. "There is nothing quite like the thrill of sitting in a darkened theater, and sharing the most memorable movie moments of the year. The opportunity to win a trip to the Oscars red carpet is every movie lover's dream."

Through a promotional partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Regal is able to offer a grand prize package for two sets of winners which includes access to view the Red Carpet Arrivals from the fan bleachers at the 84th Academy Awards(R) Ceremony in 2012. With more than 6-million active members, Regal Crown Club is the number one theatre loyalty program in the country.

To enter the sweepstakes, moviegoers can sign up now or use their existing Regal Crown Club card when purchasing tickets to any of the 2010 Academy Award(R) nominated films in the following categories: Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Directing, Animated Feature Film, Music (Original Score), Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Writing (Original Screenplay). The sweepstakes is available at Regal Entertainment Group theatres across the country from January 28 through February 27, 2011. The grand prize is an all expense paid trip for two to view the Red Carpet Arrivals at the 84th Academy Awards Ceremony in 2012. The grand prize will be awarded to two sets of winners.

As an added incentive, Regal Crown Club members will receive 5 Extra Credits for each ticket they purchase to a nominated film in any of the above mentioned categories during the sweepstakes dates. The Regal Crown Club allows moviegoers to accumulate credits at the box office and concession stand to earn free popcorn, soft drinks and movies. In addition, Regal Crown Club members can participate in the following benefits:

* Free membership to America's most popular movie theatre loyalty program.
* Enjoy Discount Days - $2 selected candy every Monday and $2 small popcorn on Tuesdays.
* Create a personal online account to watch RCC credits build and view exclusive offers.
* Receive monthly online Regal Crown Club newsletter communications.
* Receive emails about special movie promotions and programs in your area.
* Win great prizes through various member sweepstakes throughout the year.
* Earn Extra Credits toward free popcorn, soft drinks and movies.

Regal Crown Club membership is free and open to everyone 13 years of age and older. Membership is obtainable at any Regal Entertainment Group theatre or online at www.REGmovies.com. Full contest rules are also available online.

 

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