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John David Washington Replaces Michael B. Jordan in David O. Russell’s New Movie

John David Washington Replaces Michael B. Jordan in David O. Russell’s New Movie
Tenet star John David Washington has added what will surely be another big project to his plate. Earlier this week, it was reported Washington would replace Michael B. Jordan in director/writer David O. Russell's new movie. The untitled project joins a strong, albeit small, line-up of new projects on Washington's schedule: The black-and-white Netflix romance Malcolm & Marie, co-starring Zendaya, and Born to Be Murdered, co-starring Alicia Vikander and Boyd Holbrook. [caption id="attachment_921329" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Warner Bros./caption] On Friday, Deadline was the first to report Washington …
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John David Washington Joins Christian Bale, Margot Robbie in David O. Russell’s Next Film

John David Washington Joins Christian Bale, Margot Robbie in David O. Russell’s Next Film
John David Washington has joined Christian Bale and Margot Robbie in David O. Russell’s untitled new film at New Regency.

Russell will direct from his own script. Plot details are being kept under wraps.

Executive are planning to start production in Los Angeles in January. Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki will serve as cinematographer. The film will be distributed via New Regency’s deal with 20th Century Studios, owned by Disney. Matthew Budman is producing.

Earlier this year, Michael B. Jordan had been attached to the project, but that’s no longer the case.

Russell was nominated for directing and screenplay Oscars for both “American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” His most recent directing effort was Jennifer Lawrence’s 2015 drama “Joy” for Fox. His other credits include “Spanking the Monkey,” “Flirting with Disaster,” “Three Kings” and “I Heart Huckabees.”

Washington broke into the entertainment business as part of the main cast
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John David Washington Joins Margot Robbie, Christian Bale in David O Russell’s Next Film

John David Washington Joins Margot Robbie, Christian Bale in David O Russell’s Next Film
John David Washington has joined Christian Bale and Margot Robbie in David O. Russell’s next film that is set up at New Regency, an individual with knowledge of deal told TheWrap.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it was previously reported that it would follow the unlikely partnership between a doctor and a lawyer. The film does not have a title yet, either. Michael B. Jordan is also starring.

Russell is writing, directing and producing. Matthew Budman will produce.

This is Russell’s first film since his 2015 movie “Joy,” which starred Jennifer Lawrence. His other credits include “American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Fighter.” Bale and Russell previously worked together in “American Hustle” and “The Fighter.”

Washington most recently starred in Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” after breaking out in Spike Lee’s “BlackKklansman.” He next stars in “Malcolm & Marie” opposite Zendaya — the film just sold
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John David Washington Joins Christian Bale & Margot Robbie In David O Russell Film For New Regency

John David Washington Joins Christian Bale & Margot Robbie In David O Russell Film For New Regency
Exclusive: John David Washington has been set to star with Christian Bale and Margot Robbie in David O. Russell’s new film for New Regency. The pic doesn’t have a title or a logline, but Deadline can reveal it will shoot in Los Angeles in January.

Three-time Oscar winning cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki also is aboard. The project is based on an original idea from the multihyphenate writer-director-producer. New Regency will produce, and Matthew Budman will also produce. The film will be distributed via New Regency’s deal with 20th Century Studios.

Washington, whose bigscreen breakout came in the Spike Lee-directed BlackKklansman, is currently onscreen starring in the Christopher Nolan-directed Tenet, and he also stars with Zendaya in the Sam Levinson-directed/scripted drama Malcolm & Marie. That black and white two-hander drama was shot during the pandemic and sold to Netflix in a $30 million deal amid heavy bidding,
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Zendaya In Talks to Play Ronnie Spector In Biopic

Zendaya In Talks to Play Ronnie Spector In Biopic
Zendaya will play Ronnie Spector in A24’s upcoming adaptation of the iconic rock and roll singer’s 1990 biography Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, And Madness, according to Variety. The 24-year-old Zendaya recently made history as the youngest actress to win an Emmy lead actress in a drama series. She is only the second Black woman to win the award, after Viola Davis for her role on How to Get Away with Murder in 2015. Spector personally chose Zendaya to portray her.

Former Disney Channel star Zendaya won the Emmy for her role as Rue in HBO’s Euphoria, which is produced by A24. The independent entertainment company is teaming with New Regency again. They are also working with them on the Malcolm & Marie film and previously worked together on The Lighthouse, which was directed by Robert Eggers. Zendaya is also one of producers, along with Marc Platt,
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Zendaya to play Ronnie Spector in new biopic

Zendaya to play Ronnie Spector in new biopic
Zendaya is reportedly in talks to star in a big movie.

The 24-year-old actress has been tapped to play the role of Ronnie Spector, the lead singer of iconic girl group The Ronettes in an upcoming biopic film.

The new biopic will focus on the early stages of Spector’s career, especially on the formation of the Ronettes band. The upcoming movie will also feature her divorce from Phil Spector and her famous fight for her rights to the music of The Ronettes in the divorce proceedings.

The film, which is yet to be titled, will be handled by A24 and New Regency, and Marc Platt will serve as a producer, reports Deadline. Jonathan Greenfield and Ronnie

Spector will be serving as executive producers along with Zendaya herself.

According to the agency, the production companies have procured Ronnie Spector’s life rights along with the rights to her autobiography Be My Baby,
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Zendaya Is Ronettes Singer Ronnie Spector in Be My Baby Biopic

Zendaya Is Ronettes Singer Ronnie Spector in Be My Baby Biopic
Actress and singer Zendaya will play Ronnie Spector in an upcoming biopic after she was personally hand-picked by the singer herself. The announcement follows the closure of a deal to secure Spector's life rights and music catalogue, with Spector's biography Be My Baby serving as inspiration. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jackie Sibblies Drury is reportedly in talks to pen the screenplay.

The Little Mermaid remake producer Marc Platt is producing the project, and Zendaya Coleman is also set to produce in addition to starring in the movie. Spector and Jonathan Greenfield will executive produce. A24 is developing the project in collaboration with New Regency, following their previous partnership working on the hit movie The Lighthouse.

Ronnie Spector personally chose Zendaya to play her in the biopic, and it's not difficult to see why. Just recently, Zendaya became the youngest woman to ever win the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama
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Zendaya in Talks to Play Singer Ronnie Spector in Biopic From A24 and New Regency

Zendaya in Talks to Play Singer Ronnie Spector in Biopic From A24 and New Regency
Zendaya is in talks to star in a biopic about the life and career of Ronnie Spector, The Ronettes singer known for songs like “Be My Baby” and “The Best Part of Breakin’ Up,” that A24 and New Regency are teaming up on.

Marc Platt would produce the film, and A24 has acquired the life rights for Spector and the rights to Spector’s autobiography “Be My Baby,” which she wrote with Vince Waldron. No director or writer is formally attached.

Zendaya would also produce the film if her deal closes, and Spector would also executive produce with Johnathan Greenfield.

Ronnie Spector was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Ronettes in 2007 as the original “bad girl of rock and roll,” and the trio produced two Top 100 hits in 1965 after being signed by Phil Spector, whom she married in 1968. After the group broke up, she launched
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Zendaya In Talks To Play Ronnie Spector In A24 Film About Iconic Singer; Label Acquires Life Rights & ‘Be My Baby’ Autobiography

Zendaya In Talks To Play Ronnie Spector In A24 Film About Iconic Singer; Label Acquires Life Rights & ‘Be My Baby’ Autobiography
Updated: I’ve learned that A24 will team on the Ronnie Spector film with New Regency. The two partnered previously on the Robert Eggers-directed The Lighthouse, and they are part of the Malcolm & Marie film.

Exclusive: A24 is putting together a film package that will have Emmy-winning Euphoria star Zendaya attached to play singer Ronnie Spector in a film about her life. Deals have just closed for Spector’s life rights and for Be My Baby, the memoir she wrote with Vince Waldron. I’m hearing that early conversations are happening with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury to write the script.

The film will be produced by Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Mark Itkin, Tom Shelly and Zendaya. Jonathan Greenfield and Spector will be the exec producers.

Much the way that Aretha Franklin personally endorsed Jennifer Hudson to play her in the upcoming MGM biopic Respect, Spector chose
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Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, Jurnee Smollett Starring in Netflix’s ‘Spiderhead’

Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, Jurnee Smollett Starring in Netflix’s ‘Spiderhead’
Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, and Jurnee Smollett will lend their combined star wattage to Netflix’s “Spiderhead,” Variety has confirmed.

The film is an adaptation of a George Saunders short story that first ran in The New Yorker and was later included in the author’s book, “Tenth of December.” It unfolds in the near future and follows two convicts who are housed in a facility run by a doctor who experiments on inmates with powerful drugs that alter emotions.

It’s the latest high-profile project for Netflix, which has been spending freely in recent weeks to land buzzy films. At the Toronto International Film Festival, it shelled out $30 million for “Malcolm & Marie” with Zendaya and John David Washington, $20 million for Halle Berry’s directorial debut “Bruised” and an undisclosed, but almost certainly eye-popping, sum for “Pieces of a Woman” with Vanessa Kirby and Shia Labeouf. It’s not
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Rosamund Pike, Eiza Gonzalez Thriller ‘I Care A Lot’ Acquired by Netflix

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Rosamund Pike, Eiza Gonzalez Thriller ‘I Care A Lot’ Acquired by Netflix
Netflix has made its fourth acquisition from the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival with “I Care A Lot,” the thriller starring Rosamund Pike and Eiza González.

Netflix, which paid around $10 million for the film, will own the U.S. rights and the rights to countries like Germany, Latin America, South Africa, the Middle East, India and a few others.

I Care A Lot” follows Marla (Pike) as she sets herself up as the legal guardian of elderly people when they don’t have someone who will take care of them. But soon, she makes a big mistake when she takes on the wrong elderly client. Peter Dinklage, Chris Messina and Dianne Wiest also star in the film written and directed by J Blakeson.

See Video: 'I Care a Lot' Stars Rosamund Pike, Eiza Gonzalez on How Their 'Abhorrent' Characters Break Stereotypes

Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures financed the film,
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Netflix Lands Fourth Big Toronto Film Festival Market Title With ‘I Care A Lot’ Deal

Netflix Lands Fourth Big Toronto Film Festival Market Title With ‘I Care A Lot’ Deal
Exclusive: Netflix has taken its fourth major title in the 2020 Toronto Film Festival Market with a deal for I Care a Lot, the J Blakeson-directed dark comic satire that stars Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza Gonzalez and Chris Messina. I’m told the deal is near $10 million for U.S. rights and the rights to select countries including Germany, Latin America, South Africa, the Middle East, and India.

Pike plays asteely con woman who targets the elderly by using legal machinations to become their legal guardian. She throws them into care facilities, takes away their cell phones and siphons their assets. But an ideal mark turns out to be less than that when it turns out the senior has someone in her life (Dinklage) who is as lawless and as ruthless as the guardian. These bad people go mano a mano in a series of lethal twists and turns
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Netflix buys fourth TIFF film ‘I Care A Lot’

Netflix buys fourth TIFF film ‘I Care A Lot’
Deal brings Netflix’s total TIFF spend to roughly $70m.

Netflix has snapped up its fourth TIFF sales title, taking worldwide rights to the satire I Care A Lot starring Rosamund Pike for the US and multiple territories.

The streamer picked up rights including Germany, Latin America, South Africa, the Middle East, India and a few others.

The deal was reported to be in the region of $10m, bringing Netflix’s total TIFF spend so far to roughly $70m.

Black Bear Pictures financed the film about a legal guardian who cons elderly clients and eventually lands in deep water.

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Netflix’s $30M Buy for ‘Malcolm and Marie’ Overshadows Toronto Dealmaking

Netflix’s $30M Buy for ‘Malcolm and Marie’ Overshadows Toronto Dealmaking
Netflix had no film titles at the Toronto Film Festival this year but set the tone at the virtual sales market by buying the Zendaya starrer Malcolm & Marie for $30 million, paying $20 million for Halle Berry’s directorial debut, Bruised, and an undisclosed sum for Pieces of a Woman, which stars Shia Labeouf and The Crown star Vanessa Kirby, after its Venice debut. And Solstice Studios cut its own big check for Mark Wahlberg’s road movie Good Joe Bell from director Reinaldo Marcus Green, while Vertical Entertainment and Redbox Entertainment nabbed Roseanne Liang’s Shadow in the Cloud.

But despite the eight-figure deals that lit up ...
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Netflix buys Antoine Fuqua, Jake Gyllenhaal remake of Danish thriller ‘The Guilty’

Netflix buys Antoine Fuqua, Jake Gyllenhaal remake of Danish thriller ‘The Guilty’
Bold Films financing project with Amet Entertainment.

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the upcoming thriller package The Guilty that reunites director Antoine Fuqua and Jake Gyllenhaal in a deal believed to be around $30m.

True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto is writing the film based on Gustav Moller’s acclaimed Danish Sundance 2018 selection Den Skyldige.

Gyllenhaal will play a call operator at a 911 dispatch centre who, over the course of a single morning, tries to save a caller who appears to be in danger.

Bold Films is financing the drama with Amet Entertainment.

Gyllenhaal and his Nine Stories partner Riva Marker are producing The Guilty,
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Netflix acquires Antoine Fuqua, Jake Gyllenhaal package ‘The Guilty’

Netflix acquires Antoine Fuqua, Jake Gyllenhaal package ‘The Guilty’
Bold Films financing project with Amet Entertainment.

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the upcoming thriller package The Guilty that reunites director Antoine Fuqua and Jake Gyllenhaal in a deal believed to be around $30m.

True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto is writing the film based on Gustav Moller’s acclaimed Danish drama and Sundance 2018 selection Den Skyldige.

Gyllenhaal will play a call operator at a 911 dispatch centre who, over the course of a single morning, tries to save a caller who appears to be in danger.

Bold Films is financing the drama with Amet Entertainment.

Gyllenhaal and his Nine Stories
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From TIFF to Oscars: How the Audience Award Translates to Best Picture

From TIFF to Oscars: How the Audience Award Translates to Best Picture
The Toronto International Film Festival’s Grolsch People’s Choice Award is one of the first indicators for a film heading towards the Dolby Theatre during an awards season. On Sunday, “Nomadland” from Chloé Zhao won the TIFF audience award, joining a list of epic pictures that have gone on to Oscar attention.

The Searchlight Pictures film stars Frances McDormand as a woman who sets off on the road to live as a modern-day nomad, and it has received near-universal acclaim. One of the brightest spots of TIFF and Venice, the film has emerged as one of the frontrunners for next year’s Academy Awards, which are still seven months away. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences extended their eligibility calendar to Feb. 28, 2021, and moved the ceremony to April 25, 2021.

This marks Searchlight’s second win in a row following last year’s “Jojo Rabbit,
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TIFF 2020 Was a Slimmed-Down Success, Complete with Oscar Contenders and Solid Sales

TIFF 2020 Was a Slimmed-Down Success, Complete with Oscar Contenders and Solid Sales
The film industry needed TIFF to happen in this challenging pandemic year, and the Toronto International Film Festival obliged, despite logistical as well as financial hurdles. In March the festival let go all part-time staff and 30 full-time employees, with more layoffs to follow in June. But with support from the Canadian government’s subsidy program and some loyal sponsors, TIFF mounted a slimmer, hybrid 45th edition, September 10-20, which kicked off with Spike Lee’s ebullient David Byrne concert film “American Utopia” and wrapped Saturday night with a drive-in showing of Mira Nair’s “A Suitable Boy.”

TIFF also launched a sales market, screening an array of fiction and nonfiction titles to the press and industry online, and to the public in both indoor (limit 60 people) and more expansive outdoor venues in Toronto, and virtually across Canada.

“As we talked to industry and press and filmmakers and sponsors,” said TIFF co-head Joana Vicente,
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TIFF 2020 Was a Slimmed-Down Success, Complete with Oscar Contenders and Solid Sales

TIFF 2020 Was a Slimmed-Down Success, Complete with Oscar Contenders and Solid Sales
The film industry needed TIFF to happen in this challenging pandemic year, and the Toronto International Film Festival obliged, despite logistical as well as financial hurdles. In March the festival let go all part-time staff and 30 full-time employees, with more layoffs to follow in June. But with support from the Canadian government’s subsidy program and some loyal sponsors, TIFF mounted a slimmer, hybrid 45th edition, September 10-20, which kicked off with Spike Lee’s ebullient David Byrne concert film “American Utopia” and wrapped Saturday night with a drive-in showing of Mira Nair’s “A Suitable Boy.”

TIFF also launched a sales market, screening an array of fiction and nonfiction titles to the press and industry online, and to the public in both indoor (limit 60 people) and more expansive outdoor venues in Toronto, and virtually across Canada.

“As we talked to industry and press and filmmakers and sponsors,” said TIFF co-head Joana Vicente,
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Mark Wahlberg-Starrer ‘Good Joe Bell’ Landed By Solstice Studios In $20 Million WW Deal: Awards Season Push For Toronto Drama

Mark Wahlberg-Starrer ‘Good Joe Bell’ Landed By Solstice Studios In $20 Million WW Deal: Awards Season Push For Toronto Drama
Exclusive: Upstart Solstice Studios has won an auction for the Toronto buzz title Good Joe Bell, the Reinaldo Marcus Green-directed drama scripted by the Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain team of Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as the title character. Sources said the deal is around $20 million for worldwide rights, and that the film will get a proper theatrical release in the upcoming awards season. It becomes yet another big deal in the mostly virtual Toronto Film Festival.

The film also stars Reid Miller, Connie Britton and Gary Sinise, and tells the heartbreaking true story of Joe Bell, an average guy from the heartland who has difficulty showing support and acceptance of his teen son Jadin when the youth reveals he is gay. As a sophomore and a member of the high school cheerleading squad, the teen was subjected to unmerciful bullying by school jocks. Joe
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