Mariah Carey Joins The Butler; Lionsgate Aims for Time and Again: Biz Break
Also in Thursday afternoon's round-up of news briefs, audiences came out in droves for the first weekend of The Dark Knight Rises, but a sizable number are still hesitant to head to theaters in its second round. Terrence Howard and Dawn Olivieri board a Schwarzenegger pic and a doc about an unlikely Filipino turned U.S. rock star heads to the States.
Mariah Carey Joins The Butler; Quincy Jones Tapped for Music
Carey will play an unspecified role in Lee Daniel's White House servant feature The Butler. She appeared in his Oscar-nominated film Precious. Forest Whitaker plays the lead in the story based on the real-life butler who served under multiple presidential administrations. Music for the feature, which also includes Robin Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Live Schreiber and Vanessa Redgrave, will be by Quincy Jones, Blackfilm.com reports.
25% of Moviegoers Still "Very Hesitant" This Weekend
TDKR has cumed $211.8M from 4,404 theaters in North America in its six days of release, but a research group found that 20 - 25% of domestic moviegoers are hesitant to attend this weekend because of the tragedy in Aurora, CO, Deadline reports.
Lionsgate Takes Rights to Time and Again
It's not the first time an effort has been made to bring it to the screen, but Lionsgate has picked up rights to Jack Finney's classic Time and Again with Doug Liman set to direct, Variety reports.
Terrence Howard and Dawn Olivieri Eye Schwarzenegger's Breacher
The two are in talks to join the action thriller, directed by David Ayer. The story centers on 10 DEA agents who pull off a heist during an enforcement operation, then start dying one by one. Howard and Olivieri star as part of the group of DEA agents, THR reports.
Music Doc Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey Headed to U.S.
Cinedigm Entertainment Group will bring the doc to the U.S. next Spring. The film is the true rock n' roll story of Filipino singer Arnel Pineda, a formerly homeless teen who was discovered via YouTube by lead guitarist and founding Journey member Neal Schon to become the front man for the rock band, Deadline reports.