Thanks to the nose dive in the economy and, even more troubling to the movie industry, declining DVD sales, studios are hammering down the generous financial deals long enjoyed by the most established stars and filmmakers.
The financial scrutiny once reserved for big-budget movies now is getting applied to the studios’ chief staple – the mid-size picture – which constitutes the bulk of the films made in Hollywood.
Few movie projects illustrate the new economic reality better than Morning Glory, a comedy about a grizzled TV anchorman played by Harrison Ford who is hired to co-host a struggling morning talk show for a hard-driving producer portrayed by Rachel McAdams. It’s the kind of movie by a noted screenwriter, Aline Brosh McKenna, who hit it big with The Devil Wears Prada, that until recently a studio never would have balked at making.
But Paramount Pictures, the studio behind Morning Glory, did balk, agreeing to make the movie only under the condition that Ford, producer J.J. Abrams and others cut their fees and adjust the formulas that let them earn profits on the picture.
For years actors, directors, producers and writers have ridden the rising crest of the entertainment business by commanding lavish paychecks as the studios have been willing to pay ever-higher sums for their services. They routinely dictated financial terms to the studios, which had little choice but to accept them if they wanted to make the movie.
Category: Movie News
THE LUCKY ONES will be available on DVD January 27th 2009. THE LUCKY ONES starring Rachel McAdams (The Notebook), Academy Award winner Tim Robbins (Mystic River, 2004) and Michael Peña (Crash), is the humorous, yet gripping drama about three soldiers on leave who take an unexpected road trip across the United States.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
“A Look Inside The Lucky Ones” featurette
Rachel McAdams: Red Eye, The Family Stone, Wedding Crashers, The Notebook
Tim Robbins: Mystic River , The Player, Bull Durham , The Shawshank Redemption
Michael Peña: Crash, World Trade Center, Shooter, Lions for Lambs
Year of Production: 2008
Title Copyright: © 2008 Return Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for language and some sexual content
Closed Captioned: English
Subtitles: English and Spanish
Feature Running Time: 115 minutes
DVD Audio Status: 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital
Rachel will be in a new project. Read more below…
Harrison Ford has given the hi-sign to TV wunderkind J.J. Abrams to star in “Morning Glory,” a film about an aspiring news producer who attempts to save a failing morning show be quelling the tempers of its anchors.
According to Variety, Abrams will produce the piece for Paramount. Ford will play one of the anchors, an old-school journalism vet, and the studio is in talks with Rachel McAdams to take the producer role.
Ford was last seen on screen in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” this summer. McAdams was last seen in “The Lucky Ones” with Tim Robbins this fall. She will be seen in “State of Play” in spring 2009 with such stars as Helen Mirren, Russell Crowe, and Jason Bateman.
Source – zap2it.com
Rachel McAdams has confessed she was a bit nervous at the prospect of starring in the new Sherlock Holmes movie.
“I always get nervous before I start – at the beginning even,” the actress, who plays Sherlock’s love interest Irene Adler in the Guy Ritchie film, tells Access Hollywood.
“Fortunately, I think Irene isn’t as well known to the general public so we have a little bit of room to experiment with her which leaves the door wide open.”
Rachel will star opposite Robert Downey Jr who plays Holmes and Jude Law as Dr Watson.
“Irene is mentioned in the book as ‘the woman‘ and the only woman Sherlock has ever mentioned,” says Rachel.
The entire cast emphasized the fact that this will be a sexier, more action-packed Holmes, but also made reference to the fact that his bare-knuckle boxing and martial arts skills are deeply rooted in the writing of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
For her part, McAdams describes her character as an underworld adventuress with a criminal mind, but who also has her romantic and “delicious” sides. She says it will be a pleasure working with Downey Jr. and Ritchie, whom she calls a “collaborative, experimental director.”
While the character only appeared in that one story, McAdams’ personage would return for any possible sequel.
Warner Bros. Pictures has set a November 20, 2009 release date for the Guy Ritchie-directed Sherlock Holmes movie.
Rachel McAdams has joined the cast of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes revamp, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The Notebook actress will play Irene Adler, Holmes’s enigmatic love interest. The character appeared in one Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel, 1891’s A Scandal In Bohemia, but the film incarnation is envisioned as a recurring character in a franchise.
Also among the cast are Robert Downey Jr. as the Baker Street sleuth, Mark Strong as the villainous Blackwood and Jude Law as Holmes’s confidante Watson.
Sherlock Holmes is scheduled for release in 2010.
Edit: 70 pictures from the Sherlock Holmes Pre-Production Press Conference have been added to the gallery.