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May 22, 2013
So why did a videogame based on “Fast & Furious 6” race to big success on mobile platforms, while a long-in-development console game based on the new “Star Trek Into Darkness” crash like the Enterprise did in the movie?
Deadline’s Nikki Finke and Jen Yamato have the inside scoop, part of a much bigger trend in Hollywood toward mobile and browser-based movie-based games. Read all the details here:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt may have dropped the “addiction” from the title of his writer/director debut, but “Don Jon” still features the same hot cast and enough promise that it was snapped up for $4 million at Sundance a couple of months ago.
The second trailer has surfaced for “The World’s End,” the latest collaboration between Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. That trio previously unleashed “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” on an unsuspecting public. Now comes this drinking game/middle-aged buddy reunion/end of the world mashup that appears to have at least a few amusing moments.
"It’s hard for me to use this as an example people should follow. I knew that as ideas go that this was Haley’s Comet. I just knew Channing in a stripper movie, that’s gold. I wouldn’t do that all the time. I had to borrow money from my accountant in the last month of post. To hold up my end, it took everything I had. I didn’t get out the second mortgages, but it took every dollar I had in the bank."
Steven Soderbergh talks to Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. about betting big on last year’s indie hit “Magic Mike.” He also talks in the extended interview with Mike about “Behind the Candelabra,” the HBO film that Soderbergh says will be his last, featuring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas as Liberace and his lover, Scott Thorson.
It’s really terrific, as always when Mike finds the time in his crazy busy schedule (he’s helping cover the Cannes Film Festival for Deadline right now) for a long takeout with an industry notable. Check it out.
Straight off the Croisette, Deadline International Editor Nancy Tartaglione talks to me about the hot films, producers and projects at the Cannes Film Festival in our latest “Deadline Festivals & Markets Watch” podcast.
Among today’s topics: Can Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut help the booming Chinese film business bust through the Great Wall seemingly keeping its movies from worldwide success? How did the producers of “The Gunman,” starring Sean Penn, manage to get all their territories sold before a scene was shot? And what’s with that crime wave sweeping across the festival, led by a million-dollar heist of Chopard diamonds?
We have the trailer for “As Cool As I Am,” an IFC indie film with Sarah Bolger as a seriously underappreciated teen and Claire Danes and James Marsden as the one-time teen couple who play her wholly inadequate parents.
In MacFarlane’s defense, Deadline’s Pete Hammond told me in one of our recent podcasts that MacFarlane was FAR more involved in the show’s creation than most hosts, functioning closer to a writer-producer himself.
And that kind of four-month commitment while he’s getting his new comedy Western up and on screen just wasn’t feasible this year.
What do you think? Glad he’s not hosting? Thinking maybe Joaquin Phoenix might be a bad choice? Have someone else in mind?