About that Thing with Richard Gere and the Gerbil ...

Several years ago, “they” say, actor Richard Gere was admitted into the emergency room of a Los Angeles hospital with a foreign object lodged in his rectum: a gerbil.

I DON’T MEAN to sound cranky, but all too often when I tell folks I debunk urban legends for a living, the first question that pops out of their mouths is: “What about that thing with Richard Gere and the gerbil? Is that true?”

13 July

Richard Gere Smolders In Trailer For Sundance Hit Arbitrage

We’ve been covering Nicholas Jarecki’s Arbitrage — and Richard Gere’s mesmerizing performance in the drama – since it made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival. Now that Roadside Attractions has circled a September release date for the possible awards-bait feature, the promotional campaign can ramp up, starting with this new trailer.

01 July

Richard Gere Still Upset 2010 Movie Didn't Get Cinema Release

Richard Gere is still upset his 2010 movie Hachi A Dong’s Tale never made it to theatres – because he considers it one of the best films he has made.

The Lasse Hallstrom drama about a professor who adopts a lost Akita puppy went straight to DVD and Gere, who played the academic, still can’t understand why the moving movie wasn’t picked up by a distributor.

25 June

A Little Pre-Cannes ‘Double’ Dealing As Image Acquires Richard Gere Thriller

EXCLUSIVE: A pre-Cannes domestic distribution deal was closed last night by Image Entertainment for The Double, the Hyde Park/Imagenation thriller that marked the directing debut of Michael Brandt. Brand wrote the script with Derek Haas, his writing partner on such films as Wanted and 3:10 To Yuma. The film was expected to be auctioned during the Cannes Film Festival, but WME Global’s Graham Taylor and Hyde Park’s Ashok Amritraj snuck the picture for domestic distributors Friday night. They went with Image, the recapitalized distributor that is emerging as a player in the revived independent film sector. The deal was over $2 million minimum guarantee and a P&A commitment for an October rollout. Haas produced it with Amritraj, Patrick Aiello and Andrew Deane.

Image released the Peter Weir-directed The Way Back and the Hilary Swank-starrer The Resident. The Double stars Richard Gere, Topher Grace and Martin Sheen. A retired CIA operative is paired with a young FBI agent to figure out who killed a senator. The clues indicate that he might have been a victim of a Soviet assassin. Amritraj will screen the film in Cannes. Already, Tele Munchen has bought Germany, Aurum has bought Spain and D’Al Angelo has acquired Italian rights. Brandt and Haas are repped by WME, Industry and attorney Adam Kaller.

13 May

Tim Roth Joins ‘Arbitrage’ Cast

Tim Roth has closed a deal to costar in Arbitrage, the Nicholas Jarecki-directed drama that begins shooting shortly in New York. Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon star. Roth will play Michael Gower, a detective investigating a murder. Jarecki’s script focuses on a troubled hedge fund magnate, so desperate to sell his trading empire that when he makes a mistake he turns to an unlikely person for help and that leads him down a dangerous trail. Laura Bickford is producing with Kevin Turen, Bob Salerno and Justin Nappi. CAA-repped Roth is working the role around his lead role in the FBC drama Lie To Me.

07 April