Despite the wave of bad press that plagued World War Z before its release, the zombie flick turns out to be Brad Pitt‘s highest-grossing movie with $500M worldwide and counting. That, along with the MPAA declaring victory in its revenue war with China and Bradley Cooper producing the Lance Armstrong biopic and eyeing the lead role, make up some of the top film stories that Deadline ran during the past week. Take a read here:
By Nikki Finke – MONDAY 7 AM, 7TH UPDATE: This weekend’s total moviegoing was $158M which is +11% from last year. Overall a too-crowded marketplace.
By Mike Fleming Jr. – EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros, Atlas Entertainment and director Jay Roach are making their move in the race to mount a feature on Lance Armstrong, the 7-time Tour de France champion who was defrocked and disgraced when he finally admitted he was doping
The Deadline Team – UPDATE: MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd declared Tuesday evening that Hollywood’s revenue beef with the Chinese government has been settled in favor of the studios: “The MPAA understands that the China Film Group stopped payments owed to MPAA studios in China pending resolution of the application of a new value-added tax (VAT) due to be implemented nationwide as of August 1.”
By Mike Fleming Jr. – BREAKING: Seventh Son, the Sergei Bedrov-directed fantasy that stars Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, is on the move.
By Mike Fleming Jr. – EXCLUSIVE: While I was exiting a panel at Comic-Con in San Diego last month, a voice over the loudspeaker in Hall H said there was going to be a surprise look at The Zero Theorem, the new film by Terry Gilliam.