Kevin Costner suing over profits from his movie Open Range

Kevin Costner has filed a $12 million (£9.7 million) lawsuit relating to the profits of his movie Open Range.The 2003 Western film, which Costner directed, co-produced, and starred in, cost less than $28 million (£23 million) to make, with the develo…

Kevin Costner has filed a $12 million (£9.7 million) lawsuit relating to the profits of his movie Open Range.

The 2003 Western film, which Costner directed, co-produced, and starred in, cost less than $28 million (£23 million) to make, with the development of the project personally funded by the actor.

However, according to legal documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Costner is now suing distributor Cobalt Pictures, Kew Media Group, and several other associates, via his Open Range Productions company. He has claimed to have lost out in regards to millions of dollars worth of profits and alleged that he has never been given an accounting statement.

Costner, 64, described the movie, which also featured Robert Duvall and Annette Bening, as “one of the best and most popular Western movies of all time”, and claimed Open Range brought in “well over $1 billion in worldwide gross revenue”.

His attorney Howard Kaplan asserted that Costner negotiated to finance part of the movie and took a significant pay cut to ensure “that profit participants could start collecting their earnings sooner”.

Under the deal, Open Range Productions would collect 70 per cent of the revenue in perpetuity.

Costner estimates the shortfall in profits is at least $9.7 million and alleges that Cobalt Pictures failed to provide the accounting statements required by their agreement, and also went on to negotiate distribution rights online without the Dances with Wolves star’s consent.

The two-time Oscar winner is suing for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of the obligation of good faith and fair dealing and conversion, and is seeking $12 million in general and special damages, plus punitive damages.

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Kevin Costner eyeing return to directing with ‘Western saga’

Kevin Costner is planning to make a return directing with a new “Western saga”.The Hollywood star has previously stepped behind the camera to make 2003’s Open Range, 1997’s The Postman, and of course, 1990’s Dances with Wolves, for which he won two Osc…

Kevin Costner is planning to make a return directing with a new “Western saga”.

The Hollywood star has previously stepped behind the camera to make 2003’s Open Range, 1997’s The Postman, and of course, 1990’s Dances with Wolves, for which he won two Oscars. The film also scored another five Academy Awards.

Costner is currently featuring as John Dutton in U.S. drama series Yellowstone, and he has now shared that he is plotting a return to filmmaking, with the potential project one that could be translated on both the small and big screen.

“I have a Western saga in mind where I’d like to shoot all three as features and have them come out every three months, because it’s a continuum,” he told Deadline. “It’s four (movies), and then let it go to TV, and I don’t see why it wouldn’t even be thought of as a premiere there because all the groups of people that don’t go to the theatre can now sit home and go, ‘I’m going to watch this all, in a pure way.'”

Costner went on to explain that the Western genre lends itself to his moviemaking aesthetic and also noted that he is willing to discuss his ideas with executives at streaming services, as he likes how such companies are more open film ratings.

“I’m going to figure out how to get it financed. I’m going to go find the right partners, or I’m going to do it myself because I do think it should be a feature. I have to look at the realities, though that’s never really stopped me before with most of the things I have pushed uphill. This is a big screen epic,” the 64-year-old added.

Costner was most recently seen onscreen in The Highwaymen alongside Woody Harrelson and Kathy Bates, and is currently working on Let Him Go, a drama about a retired sheriff and his wife who set out to find their only grandson.

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Charlie Hunnam: ‘Netflix fear is unfounded’

Charlie Hunnam has labelled the debate surrounding Netflix films being considered for Oscars glory “unfounded fear”.English actor Hunnam’s latest project is Netflix flick Triple Frontier, which co-stars Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund a…

Charlie Hunnam has labelled the debate surrounding Netflix films being considered for Oscars glory “unfounded fear”.

English actor Hunnam’s latest project is Netflix flick Triple Frontier, which co-stars Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal.

And asked his views on the Netflix/ Oscars argument, which has seen Steven Spielberg campaign to get Academy officials to block films made for streaming services, Hunnam predictably voiced his support for the media company.

“My view is yes they should (be eligible) because my experience of making these films is that the aspiration and the work done to create them, to make them, is no different,” he told the Press Association (PA). “But I understand, people have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo if they are on that side of this debate, so I understand why people are quite vocal about it.

“I think it’s fear and whenever you’re in a massively competitive industry there is an element of fear involved in it always but I think it’s unfounded fear.”

The debate was stirred after Alfonso Cuaron’s Netflix-made drama Roma was one of the big winners during awards season.

Kathy Bates recently threw her weight behind Spielberg’s stance, with Kevin Costner also revealing he’s a big fan of theatre releases when it comes to awards recognition.

Continuing his chat with PA, Hunnam added: “I think that the perception of the argument that can be made is that the streaming platforms are going to provide the death blow to the theatrical experience and I personally don’t think that is the case and I don’t think that so far there is any evidence that suggests that is occurring.

“Box office revenues continue to be robust and so I think it is a fear, I just don’t know how founded it is.”

Triple Frontier is available to stream now.

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Kathy Bates and Kevin Costner support movies remaining in theatres

Kathy Bates and Kevin Costner added their opinions to the ongoing debate over theatrical releases versus streaming at the premiere of their Netflix movie The Highwaymen on Sunday (10Mar19).Veteran filmmaker Steven Spielberg has been vocal in his critic…

Kathy Bates and Kevin Costner added their opinions to the ongoing debate over theatrical releases versus streaming at the premiere of their Netflix movie The Highwaymen on Sunday (10Mar19).

Veteran filmmaker Steven Spielberg has been vocal in his criticism of Netflix and how Netflix bosses give some of their films, like Oscar-nominated movie Roma, a short theatrical run to make them eligible for awards even though they are available to watch at home the same day.

Spielberg, the Academy’s directors branch governor, reportedly wants to call for a change in eligibility rules at an upcoming board meeting, in which he will push for films to have an exclusive theatrical window of at least four weeks to qualify for major Oscars.

And on Sunday, as their film premiered at the South by Southwest festival, stars Costner and Bates were quizzed about their opinions on the debate.

“I guess I’m kind of old-fashioned, I’m like Mr. Spielberg,” the 70-year-old actress, who plays Governor Miriam Ferguson in the release, told Variety. “I just read about (the debate) in the news the other day and I thought, ‘C’mon, y’all, that’s not fair.'”

The Misery star then questioned the tactic of giving streaming films a one-week theatrical window to qualify for awards.

“I just think, showing them for a week just to qualify, people don’t seem… I don’t know, I kind of think that’s dirty pool,” she said. “I shouldn’t say ’cause Netflix has been very, very good to me. I just think that the streaming is one thing, but theatre’s another.”

However, she did defend streaming services for allowing film fans to make up their own minds “and not be influenced” by film critics.

Meanwhile, Costner, 64, who plays Texas Ranger Frank Hamer in the film about the hunt for outlaws Bonnie and Clyde, which also stars Woody Harrelson, is equally in favour of seeing movies in a theatre.

“I believe in the Oscars, I’m a romantic about our business,” Costner said. “I love the theater, the theater experience…”

“I think movies are for theaters, and as long as they can stay in them,” he continued. “As long as they can stay in them, and thank God for these downstream ways of viewing movies, but now there’s this level of competition and I’m just trying to think of how to end my last story here.”

The Highwaymen is now streaming on Netflix.

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Kevin Costner and Diane Lane reteaming for new drama

Kevin Costner is reuniting with his Man of Steel co-star Diane Lane on a new thriller.The two Hollywood stars played Superman’s mum and dad Jonathan and Martha Kent in the 2013 movie, with them both reprising their roles three years later in Batman v S…

Kevin Costner is reuniting with his Man of Steel co-star Diane Lane on a new thriller.

The two Hollywood stars played Superman’s mum and dad Jonathan and Martha Kent in the 2013 movie, with them both reprising their roles three years later in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

They’ve now been tapped by The Family Stone filmmaker Thomas Bezucha for Let Him Go, with Bezucha serving as both writer and director on the project.

According to Deadline, Costner and Lane star as retired sheriff George Blackledge and his wife Margaret who, following the loss of their son, leave their Montana ranch to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a dangerous family living off the grid in the Dakotas, headed by matriarch Blanche Weboy. When they discover the Weboys have no intention of letting the child go, George and Margaret are left with no choice but to fight for their family.

Filming is due to begin in the spring (19), with Bezucha also co-producing, alongside Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan of The Mazur Kaplan Company.

Let Him Go is based on Larry Watson’s 2013 novel of the same name, and is being made at Focus Features.

Costner, 64, will soon be hitting the promo trail for new Bonnie & Clyde movie The Highwaymen, with co-stars Woody Harrelson and Kathy Bates. The Netflix production follows Costner and Harrelson, who play two cops who come out of retirement to track down Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in 1930s America. And he’ll be seen opposite Amanda Seyfried and Milo Ventimiglia in The Art of Racing in the Rain later this year.

Lane has most recently been seen in Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway’s sci-fi drama Serenity. She’s also working on an untitled Reed Morano film and new TV series Y.

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Taron Egerton sang Elton John’s Your Song to get into drama school

An Elton John song helped land Taron Egerton a place in drama school, and now he gets to play the music legend in a new biopic.Talking about how his career has come “full circle”, Welsh actor Taron explained to British newspaper Metro that he was a…

An Elton John song helped land Taron Egerton a place in drama school, and now he gets to play the music legend in a new biopic.

Talking about how his career has come “full circle”, Welsh actor Taron explained to British newspaper Metro that he was an Elton fan long before he was cast as the I’m Still Standing star in Dexter Fletcher’s Rocketman.

“I’m from a family of music lovers,” he smiled. “My stepfather and I used to listen to Elton John every day in the car. I sang Your Song to get into drama school. It’s a weird full circle thing.”

And the pair even crossed paths when Elton landed a cameo in Taron’s 2017 movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Rocketman won’t be the first time the 29-year-old has shown off his vocal abilities; he belted out songs on animated movie Sing. And he worked with his Sing teacher at London’s famous Abbey Road Studios to make sure his voice was up to scratch for his latest project.

“That’s one of those things. It’s not like, ‘Now I’m a singer.’ You’re always working on it. Like pianists… they do it every day. You never arrive,” he explained.

Before Rocketman hits screens in May (19), Taron can be seen as Robin Hood in Otto Bathurst’s retelling of the heroic outlaw.

“Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves is one my favourite films from when I was a kid and I love it but it has a Robin Hoodiness to it!” he enthused. “That’s lovely and it’s a movie I watch every few years because it’s nostalgic. But I wanted to make something with a bit more of a modern feeling.”

Robin Hood began hitting cinemas on Wednesday (21Nov18).

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Whitney Houston’s The Bodyguard costume up for auction

The iconic costume Whitney Houston wore in The Bodyguard is set to be auctioned off.The item, known as the Queen of the Night outfit, was worn by the late singer when she played Rachel Marron in the 1992 drama and was used to create the video shown in …

The iconic costume Whitney Houston wore in The Bodyguard is set to be auctioned off.

The item, known as the Queen of the Night outfit, was worn by the late singer when she played Rachel Marron in the 1992 drama and was used to create the video shown in the background of one of the movie’s scenes as well as the live concert footage of her on stage.

It’s also the outfit worn by Whitney in the poster image for the film, in which she is depicted being carried by her co-star Kevin Costner.

The costume consists of a chrome finish plastic chest piece, a cloth corset with various trim pieces, a metallic grey undersuit with some holes and rips from wear during filming, a large collar piece made of chrome balls, a belt with attached strings of chrome beads, a waist attachment with a metallic silver partial skirt, long gloves with attached decorations, metal arm cuffs, tall high heel boots with diamond shaped decoration down the side, and a silver plastic and metal headpiece.

Bidding for the piece will be held through the website ScreenUsed.com as part of its Hollywood Memorabilia Auction, and has a start price of $10,000 (£7,800), with the auction concluding on 25 August (18).

The Bodyguard was nominated for two Oscars at the 1993 Academy Awards, with the lead song, I Will Always Love You, winning Whitney a Grammy.

Other notable film memorabilia that will be up for sale through the site includes a suit worn by Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part III, boxing trunks worn by Will Smith in Ali and the pyjamas Johnny Depp wore in Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands.

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