VISIT VARIETY'S SUNDANCE 2000 There hasn't been much snowfall in Park City yet, but there has been a flurry of acquisitions activity. Sony Pictures Classics struck first on Saturday, closing a deal…
It's quiet in Park City, the kind of quiet that comes before a blizzard -- or before a stampede of SUV-driving Hollywood types invade the town for the Sundance Film Festival. With the local forecasts…
Fox-based producer Arnold Kopelson has kicked off the new year by snapping up 160-page psychosexual thriller book proposal "The Decoy" by Tony Strong.
In a unique marriage between the advertising and showbiz creative communities, ad powerhouse J. Walter Thompson and production/manage-ment twins Basic Entertainment and Brillstein-Grey Management…
Bridgette Wilson has inked to play the third lead, opposite Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey, in the romantic comedy "The Wedding Planner." Lensing began Sunday in Los Angeles.
Dave Fleming has joined management team Atlas Entertainment/Gold Miller/Third Rail.
Upstart German film player Helkon Media has scored a coup by buying a 19% stake in L.A.-based boutique financier Newmarket Capital.
The William Morris Agency was on a signing spree late last week. In a surprise move, Hilary Swank, who recently signed with CAA on the strength of her perf as Brandon Teena in the gender-bender pic…
Beacon Pictures has acquired "In a Dark Wood," a pitch from writers Gregg Chabot and Kevin Peterka. "Wood" is inspired by a book of the same name written by Michael Cadnum, also optioned by Beacon.
Freshman writing-directing team Drew Daywalt and David Schneider are set to helm the youth-market heist comedy "Stark Raving Mad" for producer John Baldecchi at Lawrence Bender Prods.
Roth is out, Schneider is in, and the Mouse House is caught up in a frenzy of speculation. Joe Roth on Wednesday announced his exit as Walt Disney Studios chairman to form an independent film…