Saturday, June 22, 2024

Nicole Kidman’s “Rabbit Hole” to Lions Gate


Yes, I told you yesterday that Nicole Kidman‘s “Rabbit Hole” was going to Lions Gate. Norton Herrick is helping with the financing. “Rabbit Hole” will go right into Oscar contention. Nicole is a shoo in for Best Actress.

Alas, that blog I call “Deadline Yesterday” is reporting it today with the word Exclusive. Hello? Read much? I love seeing them take up our material. Dear Jay Penske: cut out the middle man, just pay us directly. We’ll give you a good price.

Here’s something you might want know about Norton Herrick, Mr. Penske: he wrote the check for “Spider Man: Turn off the Dark.” Like over $30 million. Herrick is the reason the show is up and running and heading for its November 14 preview.

So much bad reporting from Toronto, so much on these “exclusive” blogs taken from other places or press releases. Another one: the new Pedro Almodovar movie going to Sony Pictures Classics. Yes, that was always the case.

Here’s something else I read somewhere: “Can “The Town” Help Ben Affleck‘s Rocky Career?” This is really funny. I’d like to have Ben Affleck’s rocky career! An Oscar for writing “Good Will Hunting.” Mucho kudos for directing “Gone Baby Gone.” Now he’s directed “The Town” to great reviews and lots of praise with today’s hottest star, Jon Hamm. Hello? Am I missing something here?

The funniest thing about the blogs is the Oscar prognostication. Many of these little read diaries are devoted year round just to this minute subject. And the funny thing is, they are almost all wrong. After months and months of verbal diarrhea on this sole subject, the big night comes, and –whoops!–it’s all been for naught. Very amusing.

Just so we’re clear here, Deadline Yesterday, we also reported this week on the unknown existence of a new Kevin Kline-Larry Kasdan movie called “Darling Companion,” which starts shooting in Utah soon. “Beginners” will likely also go to SPC.  More to come, Mr. P…

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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