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Russo Brothers ‘Captain America 3,’ Directing ‘Community’ Season Six Premiere

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The Russo Brothers are officially returning to Greendale. Joe and Anthony Russo, who were behind one of the highest-grossing films of the year with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” will be directing the upcoming season six premiere of “Community” on Yahoo. “We’re doing the first episode back, the first episode with Yahoo,” Joe Russo told… Read more »

Venice: Ez, Nukleus and Pan Join Forces to Produce ‘Stage Fright’

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France’s Ez Films and Croatia’s Nukleus Film has joined Athens-based producer Pan Entertainment to produce “Stage Fright,” from tyro Greek director Yorgos Zois. Zois’ latest short, “Out of Frame,” was nominated for a European Film Academy award in 2012 and won best European Short Film at Venice that same year. “Stage Fright” is being presented… Read more »

Venice: Cinedea Acquires Italian Rights to Dakota Johnson-Ethan Hawke’s ‘Cymbeline’

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Cinedea, a distributor-producer-talent agency, has acquired Italian rights to Michael Almereyda’s romantic adventure “Cymbeline,” starring Dakota Johnson, Ethan Hawke, Penn Badgley, Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich and Anton Yelchin. Repped by International Film Trust, the international sales arm of Michael Benaroya’s Benaroya Pictures, “Cymbeline” world premieres Wednesday at Venice. The Italy deal adds to multiple major… Read more »

Venice: Steven Okazaki Directing Doc on Legendary Japanese Actor Toshiro Mifune

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Prominent Japanese/American director Steven Okazaki is set to shoot “Mifune: Last Samurai,” a high-profile feature docu on Toshiro Mifune, the most prominent actor of Japan’s golden age of cinema. Mifune made nearly 170 movies, 16 of which with Akira Kurosawa. He won the best actor award twice at Venice, in 1961 for “Yojimbo,” and in… Read more »

Elvis Mitchell, UNICEF Help Launch Greenwich Film Fest

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The Greenwich International Film Festival, which will hold its inaugural edition June 4-7, has tapped Elvis Mitchell as marquee director and has created a charity partnership with UNICEF. The fest will schedule over 25 films; the call for entry opens Sept. 1. There will be cash prizes and awards including one for best socially conscious… Read more »

Venice: ‘Game of Thrones’ Actress, Gabriel Byrne to Star in ‘Book of Vision’

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Gabriel Byrne and Carice van Houten (“Game of Thrones”) are attached to star in “The Book of Vision,” a time-shifting fantasy/mystery centered around the history of the doctor/patient relationship that Italian helmer Carlo Hintermann will direct and Terrence Malick will executive produce. Van Houten, who plays Melisandre in “Thrones,” will play Eva, an Italian doctor… Read more »

Venice: Al Pacino’s ‘The Humbling’ Scores Major Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

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Top major territory distribs count among pre-sales struck by Millennium on Barry Levinson’s Al Pacino-starrer “The Humbling.” France’s Metropolitan Film Export, Italy’s Ambi, Lionsgate U.K., AOne Films for the CIS and Latin America’s California Filmes are among the territories snapping up the film. ICM Partners handles U.S rights; Canadian distributor is VVS Films. “The Humbling,”… Read more »

Believe It or Not: ‘The Greatest American Hero’ Joins TV’s Parade of Remakes

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Stephen J. Cannell’s “The Greatest American Hero” is suiting up for a revival at Fox, a network that didn’t exist during the show’s initial run on ABC in 1981-83. The quirky action-comedy is one of a spate of classic-TV remakes percolating at the major networks. Rodney Rothman (“22 Jump Street”) is penning the script for… Read more »