SEOUL (Reuters) - Asia's top companies have become more optimistic about their business outlook with the retail and shipping industries rebounding sharply in the second quarter of 2013, the latest Thomson Reuters/INSEAD Asia Business Sentiment Survey shows.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has closed a deal for domestic distribution on Dumb And Dumber To, the sequel to the classic comedy that brings back Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, with Peter and Bobby Farrelly directing their rewrite of the script by Sean Anders and John Morris. Wolf Of Wall Street financier Red Granite is stepping up to finance the $35 million budget film and sell foreign territories. Deadline reported this is how it would likely go after Warner Bros finally stepped away from the project, after hovering over it like a dark cloud since January. That studio will retain a participation stake in the film, but its exit made all this possible. All this is going down as we speak, and now the scheduling will begin for a movie that will find its way into production very quickly, with Conundrum’s Bradley Thomas and The Farrellys producing with Charlie Wessler. The film will be PG-13 like the original, and once again it puts Lloyd (Carrey) and Harry (Daniels) back on a road trip. The urgency has to do with scheduling: Daniels needs to do it soon before returning for his Aaron Sorkin HBO series The Newsroom. Carrey also has that bank heist comedy at Relativity with Jared Hess directing and Owen Wilson co-starring. For physical comedy fans, this is a real win. ... Read More »
Russell Crowe already has quite a few job titles: actor, singer, rugby team owner, Superman's dad....and now he's going to add one more gig to his lengthy CV. Deadline reports that Jor-El has returned from planet Krypton, taken the form of "Russell Crowe" and will make his directorial debut with "The Water Diviners." Penned by Aussie TV and movie veteran Andrew Knight and newcomer Andrew Anastasios, the period drama will find Crowe playing a father who searches for his sons in Turkey following the Gallipoli war. So, let's get this clear: father/son story? Check. Historical backdrop? Yep. Potentially poignant tale? Sure seems like it. So yeah, Crowe is swinging pretty hard for the fences on his first time out. While this will be Crowe's solo feature-length debut, some will note that Crowe does have a co-directing credit on the "Texas" a 2002 live concert of his band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, but comparatively, these two tasks are galaxies apart. No word yet on when it will...
EXCLUSIVE: Hot off the opening of the Superman reboot Man Of Steel in which he plays Jor-El, Russell Crowe has firmed his long-held plans to make his feature directorial debut. He is in talks to helm and star in The Water Diviner, a film scripted by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios that will shoot in Australia and Turkey later this year. It is set in 1919, and an Australian father travels to Turkey to find his two sons, who are missing after the battle of Gallipoli. The film will be produced by Troy Lum and Andrew Mason for Hopscotch Features and by Keith Rodger for Fear Of God Films. Over the years, Crowe has considered several films for his directing debut, and they have all been Australian stories that have included The Long Green Shore and Bra Boys. He has been on quite a roll. After Les Miserables, he will star in the title role of the Darren Aronofsky-directed Biblical epic Noah. It seems like the right time for Crowe to get behind the camera. He is repped by WME.
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