Francis Ford Coppola’s first film since 1997, Youth Without Youth, might be acquired by Tom Cruise’s United Artists. The film is based on a novel by Romanian anthropologist/historian Mircea Eliade. Coppola shot the film in Romania in 2006 for around $5 million. It’s said to be an “arty Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
Pride, while following the script for inspirational sports movies, is better than most. First timer Sunu Gonera (he’d been a commercial director in Cape Town)directs Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac in the story of an African-American swim team that beats the odds.
National Geographic re-ups the Dog Whisperer and schedules Dino Autopsy, Fight Schience II, Naked Science and Taboo.
Preternaturally perky producer Lynda Obst re-teams with Marc Rosen for a new production company, housed at Paramount. While the usual Kate Hudson chick-flix are on the roster, they’re also doing Interstellar, a Spielberg-directed sci-fi movie.
Apple will release the entire new season of The Andy Milonakis Show on iTunes, before the show airs on MTV. This time, Milonakis cavorts in LA.
Deanna Brown leaves Yahoo for Scripps where she’ll oversee the HGTV and Food Network sites as the president of the Interactive Group. She was another of those Yahoo hires who couldn’t seem to get anything really innovative greenlit. Is anyone left at Yahoo?
Stan Lee vs. Marvel in Super Hero Legal Battle.
Peter Bogdonovich and his biz manager are sued by some guy who claims he paid $100,000 to get his kid a PA job with the director. You’d think 100K would buy some sort of producer credit.
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