Samuel Goldwyn Films and AMBI Group have partnered on a domestic theatrical release for Simon Aboud's This Beautiful Fantastic, which stars Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and Anna Chancellor (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). The film, which has been pre-sold in about 150 territories, will be released in early 2017.
This Beautiful Fantastic has been described as “a contemporary fairy tale”…
They won’t be able to hold extravagant parties at the Playboy Mansion. But longtime entertainment execs Jeff Sagansky and Harry Sloan soon might own what’s left of the Playboy Enterprises empire that Hugh Hefner created.
They’re in advanced talks with Rizvi Traverse about a deal that would include Playboy and possibly other assets the private-equity firm owns.
Typically when a big film like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits tracking boards, we’ll scream to the sky some big number. But tracking really indicates a stateside opening range of $68M-$85M for the first title in the Harry Potter spinoff series.
NRG has the David Yates-directed movie at $75M, so I hear, and the film is strong among females under and over 25.
Johnny Depp has signed with CAA, the agency announced this morning. This is a shocker, and an exceptional development on multiple levels starting with the fact that stars long tenured with one agency, who’ve carried billion-dollar franchises, don’t often move. Some will simply read this as a big “get” for CAA in a continuing rivalry with UTA that ratcheted up last year when nearly a dozen CAA agents jumped to UTA and took clients including Will Ferrell and rising star…
Samara Weaving and Ismael Cruz Cordova have joined the cast of Showtime’s comedy pilot SMILF. Frankie Shaw writes, directs and stars in the project, which is based on her film that won the Short Film Jury Award at Sundance last year.
Set in Boston, SMILF takes a raw look at a single twentysomething (Shaw) whose desires for relationships, sex and a career collide with the realities of being a young single mother.
The Peabody Awards has added to its advisory board, and some big-names TV execs made the grade. Joining the nearly two dozen existing board members are Kevin Reilly, president of TBS and TNT and Chief Creative Officer at Turner Entertainment; Zack Van Amburg, president of Sony Pictures Television; and Craig Erwich, SVP and Head of Content at Hulu.