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‘Fifty Shades’ Star Dakota Johnson Ties Up New Role (EXCLUSIVE)

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“Fifty Shades of Grey” doesn’t bow for another seven months but in the meantime, Dakota Johnson is setting up her future slate of films. Johnson is set to star in “I Am Love” helmer Luca Guadagnino’s “A Bigger Splash.” Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes join Johnson with Michael Costigan producing. Based on the 1969 French… Read more »

Will ‘Expendables 3’ Pre-Release Piracy Hurt Box-Office Revenue?

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A pirated copy of Sylvester Stallone-starrer “The Expendables 3” hit the Internet last Wednesday. There have already been nearly 2 million illegal downloads of the film so far, with its theatrical debut still 16 days away. Could this — counterintuitively — actually be a boon for the movie’s distributor, Lionsgate, and put more butts in… Read more »

Chili Pepper Chad Smith Picks Up Venice Pied-a-Terre

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BUYER: Chad Smith LOCATION: Venice, CA PRICE: $2,755,000 SIZE: 2,800 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Several of the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been in the mood to change up their residential property portfolios lately. Last summer lead singer Anthony Kiedis coughed up $3.65 million for a bolthole just above the… Read more »

Thomas Lesinski Out as Digital Chief of Legendary Entertainment

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Thomas Lesinski is stepping down as president of digital content and distribution at Legendary Entertainment. While a reason for his departure was not given, the former Paramount digital exec will now focus on launching a digital production shingle that will have a first look deal at Legendary once he leaves the company over the next several… Read more »

Animated Movie ‘Thunder and the House of Magic’ Opening on VOD, Theatrically in September

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“Thunder and the House of Magic” will open theatrically and on video-on-demand in September, the animated picture’s distributor Shout! Factory said. The film centers on an abandoned cat set loose in a retired magician’s mansion. After the magician lands in the hospital, his scheming nephew puts the home up for sale. “Thunder and the House… Read more »

‘Star Wars’ Actor Joins Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Revenant’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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“Star Wars” and “Harry Potter” thesp Domhnall Gleeson is in negotiations to join Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in New Regency’s “The Revenant,” sources confirm. Will Poulter also stars in the Western with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu directing. Pic will shoot this fall. Based on the Michael Punke novel, “The Revenant” centers on a 1820s frontiersman… Read more »