January 21, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah -- In a deal for about $2 million, the Weinstein Co. has acquired rights to the drama “Fruitvale,” shown at the Sundance Film Festival, according to a person close to the film who was not authorized to speak on the record. The deal comes as Relativity Media bought Joseph Gordon-Levitt's sexual obsession story “Don Jon's Addiction” for about $4 million. “Fruitvale” is based on the 2009 shooting of 22-year-old African American father Oscar Grant by a BART police officer in Oakland, an event that sparked outrage among community activists.
October 4, 2012 |
Hollywood continues to go crazy for toys and games. Hasbro, the company behind the hits "Transformers" and "G.I. Joe" and the flop "Battleship," has signed a deal with independent production and finance company Emmett/Furla Films to make movies based on the board games Hungry Hungry Hippos and Monopoly and the toy Action Man. Rhode Island-headquartered Hasbro, which has a film production office at the Universal Pictures lot, announced the...
September 20, 2012 |
The horror film "House at the End of the Street" should top a crowded but rather lackluster weekend at the box office. Other new movies likely to fall short of the top spots include the baseball film "Trouble With the Curve," starring Clint Eastwood; the British science-fiction action flick "Dredd 3D;" and the police drama "End of Watch. " All of the new movies are expected to have openings of less than $20 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
September 9, 2012 |
Noted film industry executive Geoff Ammer died Sunday morning after suffering a heart attack. He was 62. Ammer had an extensive resume that included a brief stint as the worldwide president of marketing for Relativity Media, as well as a similar title at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he worked on hit films such as "Spider-Man," "Spider-Man 2" and "Panic Room. " Ammer also worked at Walt Disney Co. and 20th Century Fox. For the last year Ammer headed his own Clarius Entertainment, a marketing and distribution firm.
July 1, 2012 |
"Magic Mike" was stripped of the top spot at the box office by a debaucherous teddy bear, as "Ted" dominated ticket sales at the multiplex this weekend. "Ted," an R-rated raunchfest from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, debuted with a strong $54.1 million, according to an estimate from distributor Universal Pictures. "Magic Mike," loosely based on star Channing Tatum's own experience as a stripper, also overperformed with a robust opening of $39.2 million. Meanwhile, Tyler Perry's "Madea's Witness Protection" - the filmmaker's first movie to hit theaters during the summer - launched with a solid $26.4 million.
May 31, 2012 |
Independent studio Relativity Media has received a much-needed infusion of cash thanks to its new billionaire patron, Ron Burkle. The supermarket magnate, who acquired a large minority share in the movie company behind"Immortals"and"Mirror Mirror"in January, anchored a new $350-million debt-financing round that Relativity has finalized. The money will allow Relativity and its chief executive, Ryan Kavanaugh, to get back into producing movies and start building out the company's 2013 slate.
April 27, 2012 |
It may take half a decade for the couple in "The Five-Year Engagement"to make it to the altar, but the romantic comedy will quickly outrun the competition to the top of the box office this weekend. The movie starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt is expected to debut with a solid sum of $18 million to $20 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. The film about a troubled relationship is likely to perform far better than three other movies hitting theaters this weekend.
February 27, 2012 |
Most of Hollywood spent the weekend preparing for the Oscars, but moviegoers preferred to go to war. "Act of Valor," a military action movie featuring real Navy SEALs, opened to a solid $24.7 million, according to an estimate from distributor Relativity Media, making it by far the most popular choice for audiences. "Good Deeds," the latest movie from writer-director Tyler Perry, opened to a decent $16 million. It's the second-smallest opening ever for the prolific filmmaker and actor, ahead of only 2007's "Daddy's Little Girls.
February 24, 2012 |
Heading into this weekend's box-office battle,"Act of Valor"has the competition in its cross hairs. The action film featuring about a dozen active-duty Navy SEALs is poised to pick off its rivals at the multiplex, claiming the No. 1 position with roughly $23 million in ticket sales, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. The film's distributor, Relativity Media, is projecting a softer opening of no more than $17 million. Tyler Perry's latest film, the romantic drama "Good Deeds," is likely to be the runner-up with about $17 million.
February 9, 2012 |
A Los Angeles film company that invested in a $500-million fund to co-finance Sony Pictures movies filed a lawsuit alleging that the fund's manager and a later investor cheated it out of at least $44 million. Aramid Entertainment Fund alleged in a lawsuit Wednesday that the Sony fund, which co-financed 18 movies since 2008, was shut down late last year in a manner that benefited both fund manager Relativity Media in West Hollywood and the investor, New York money management firm Fortress Investment Group, at Aramid's expense.