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Exclusive: Hinting at a long-term relationship in the making, Christopher Woodrow’s Vendian Entertainment has emerged as a key partner with Wild Bunch on Flag Day and has come on board to co-finance and produce Sean Penn’s upcoming drama.
Penn has been in town meeting buyers to talk up the project, which Wild Bunch’s fledgling Los Angeles-based sales arm Insiders is selling here.
Production is scheduled to begin in early 2016, with Penn lined up to direct and star alongside his daughter Dylan Penn.
Flag Day tells of a young journalist who struggles to come to terms with the dark legacy of her father, a loving conman who was eventually arrested for one of the largest counterfeit money operations in Us history.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
A classic rags-to-riches story, Rosario Dawson began her career penniless, with no hopes of ever being an actor. Basically homeless, she was discovered on the streets and cast in her first film at the age of 15. She enjoyed the experience so much that she used her pay to take acting classes, and that’s how she ended up playing Night Nurse in Daredevil.
Her accomplishments sound a little less impressive when you put it like that, but Dawson’s performance as Claire Temple in Netflix’s first Marvel series was one of the highlights of that show. It was just the latest in a long line of great, complex and diverse roles she’s played over the years, starring in everything from Oliver Stone’s ill-fated Alexander to Rent.
Over the course of her career Dawson has played a death-defying make-up artist in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, the »
- Tom Baker
Screenplay for the feature film is being written by the Us screenwriter Matthew Wilder
Berlin-based producer Sandor Söth of Intuit Pictures has secured the rights for a fiction feature film inspired by Marcus Vetter and Karin Steinberger’s documentary thriller The Forecaster about one of the world’s most famous economic forecasters, Martin Armstrong, who the FBI tried to silence
The Forecaster is currently screening on 52 screens throughout Germany and is being sold internationally by Autlook Film Sales who has posted sales to France (Jupiter), Canada (Blue Ice), Spain (P40), Poland (Against Gravity), Italy (iWonder) and USA (Random Media), among others.
In addition, TV sales have been concluded with Al Jazeera Balcan, Tvo Canada, Vrt Belgium, Yle Finland, Tvo, Dbs Israel »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
Nothing underscored the significance of “Mad Men” on the professional and personal lives of its key stars like a simple fact that Jon Hamm noted about Kiernan Shipka on Sunday afternoon when cast and crew members gathered for a farewell gabfest hosted by the Television Academy.
During the Q&A session moderated by Variety’s Debra Birnbaum at Hollywood’s Montalban Theater, Hamm observed that his 15-year-old co-star “has been on ‘Mad Men’ longer than she hasn’t been on ‘Mad Men’ in her life.”
The emotional process of making, and ending, the landmark period drama that airs its finale tonight on AMC was evident in the discussion that also included January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser and Jessica Pare. Following the cast members, creator Matt Weiner took the stage with nine key production staffers.
The actors couldn’t say enough about the depth of their »
- Cynthia Littleton
The upcoming crime thriller is based on Eddie Bunker's celebrated novel of the same name, Variety reports.
Dog Eat Dog focuses on a group of ex-cons in Los Angeles, who end up on the run after a botched kidnapping.
Schrader co-writes and directs the film, which launches at this year's Cannes film festival and is sold by Arclight Films.
Gary Hamilton, Managing Director of Arclight, said: "We're absolutely thrilled to be working with industry legends like Paul Schrader and Nicolas Cage as well as accomplished producers Mark Earl Burman and David Hilary of Pure Dopamine."
Stone’s son Sean Stone adapted the screenplay and will direct the coming-of-age feature, which the producers are touting in Cannes as they look for co-production partners.
New York-based producer Rose Ganguzza is on board the story of a New York teenager who undergoes a spiritual awakening after experiencing 9/11 and the Iraq War. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Mike Figgis has tapped Nicolas Cage to star in his thriller "Exit 147," THR reports. Written by Travis Milloy ("Pandorum"), the darkly humorous film follows Cage as a corrupt policeman who arrests a woman's abusive partner, only to become entangled in a series of sick mind games. The film will weave various story strands with multiple characters. "This is the kind of story that turns up once in a blue moon," Higgis told THR of this "dream project for a small ensemble." Figgis hasn't had a film hit quite as hard since his "Leaving Las Vegas," a deeply depressing story of a failed screenwriter (Cage, unhinged and sympathetic, won the Oscar that year) who meets a heart-of-gold prostitute (Elisabeth Shue, also nominated that year) on his way to rock bottom. Cage will soon be seen in Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden biopic opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt. “Exit 147″ is produced by Lenny Beckerman of Uber Content, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of "clunky," JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, dishonest, moving, irritating, paranoid, and, more frequently than one might expect, outright brilliant. In sum, Oliver Stone's 1991 political thriller about a determined district attorney's investigation of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy is a slick piece of propaganda that mostly works both dramatically and cinematically. If only some of the facts hadn't gotten trampled on the way to film illustriousness. With the exception of John Williams' overemphatic score – Oliver Stone films need anything but overemphasis – JFK's technical and artistic details are put in place to extraordinary effect. Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia's editing »
- Andre Soares
Scott Eastwood and Teresa Palmer will receive the Rising Star Award at the Maui Film Festival, running June 3-7 at the Wailea Resort. The awards will be presented at the opening night at the outdoor Celestial Cinema.
Eastwood currently stars in “The Longest Ride,” adapted from the Nicholas Sparks novel, and will soon be seen in the David Ayer-directed “Suicide Squad” and the untitled Oliver Stone film about Edward Snowden. Palmer stars in the upcoming remake of “Point Break” as well as “Triple Nine” with Kate Winslet and the Terrence Malick film “Knight of Cups” with Christian Bale.
- Tim Gray
Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101). As usual, Wizard World has an impressive line-up of celebrity guests including Elvira, Christian Kane, and George Romero, but the star I’m most excited to meet is actor Michael Rooker.
Michael Rooker was born in Jasper, Alabama in 1955. He has eight brothers and sisters. His parents divorced when he was 13 years old, and he moved with his mother and siblings to Chicago, Illinois, where he studied at the Goodman School of Drama. Rooker made his feature film debut by playing the title character in the gritty 1985 horror classic Henry Portrait Of A Serial Killer. He followed this with significant big-screen roles in Tombstone, Days Of Thunder, Cliffhanger, JFK, Mississippi Burning, Sea Of Love, The Dark Half, Mallrats, »
- Tom Stockman
Exclusive: Christopher Woodrow flies into Cannes with a new finance and production venture that has raised $100m in equity and got behind six of the biggest titles to hit the market in the last two years.
The former CEO of Worldview will continue to raise funds to enable Vendian Entertainment to grow into a global media company capable of mounting six or more star-driven commercial films a year in the $15-65m range.
CAA advised on the formation of the La and New York-based company, which will seek to greenlight projects with North American distribution in place.
The first six projects on which Vendian will co-finance and serve as executive producer include Oliver Stone’s potential awards contender Snowden starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which Open Road will distribute in the Us on December 25.
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Wild Bunch has closed major pre-sales on a pair of anticipated movies: Mel Gibson starrer “Blood Father” and Olivier Stone’s untitled Edward Snowden project. Wild Bunch will unveil exclusive footage of both films at Cannes.
Wild Bunch pre-sold Stone’s film to about 40 territories including France (Pathe), Canada (Elevation), Germany (Universum/Rtl), Spain (Vertigo), Italy (Bim), Scandinavia (Scanbox), the Cis (Central Partnership), Latin America and Australia (Kick In), Japan (Gaga), Korea (Activers) and Hong Kong (Edko).
“Blood Father” has been snatched up for more than 50 territories including France (Snd), Germany (Splendid), Spain (Vertigo), Cis (Central Partnership), Switzerland (Impuls), Canada (Remstar), Latin America (California) and Australia (Icon).
Stone’s movie, which toplines Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden, was picked up for the U.S. by Open Road, which has committed to giving the movie a wide release on Dec. 25. Meanwhile, “Blood Father,” directed by Jean-Francois Richet (“Mesrine”), was acquired at script stage by Lionsgate. »
- Elsa Keslassy
The Santa Monica-based sales agent will handle international rights in Cannes on the documentary that recently opened SXSW.
“We were so impressed with Ondi Timoner’s provocative and at times even shocking portrait of Russell Brand”, said Myriad president and CEO Kirk D’Amico. “She was able to get truly amazing footage that shows us this extraordinarily brilliant comedian – warts and all.”
Myriad director of production and acquisitions Theresa Won brought the project to the company. Senior vice-president of business and legal affairs Thomas Loftus negotiated international sales rights with Wme Global »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Paramount Pictures has acquired the Us distribution rights to the currently Untitled Leslie Mann/Judd Apatow Comedy, a new female comedy from renowned filmmaking duo Jon Lucas & Scott Moore (writers of 21 & Over, The Hangover) and starring Leslie Mann. Jon Lucas & Scott Moore will direct the film which is based on their original screenplay. Paramount will release the film in theaters on April 15, 2016.
Block Entertainment and Merced Media are producing alongside Judd Apatow and Josh Church for Apatow Productions.   Lensing begins this summer in New York, with plot details for this female comedy being kept under wraps. Merced Media is fully financing the project with Bill Block and Merced's Raj Brinder Singh producing. Block Entertainment partner, John Friedberg, will executive produce.
"We are excited to be partnering with Judd, Bill and their teams for this great project. Leslie, Jon and »
Im Global and producers Robert Teitel, Tika Sumpter and Richard Tanne announced that they have cast Parker Sawyers as the young Barack Obama in Southside with You. The romantic dramedy was inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama's first date. Parker Sawyers joins Tika Sumpter who will play Michelle.
The film covers the eventful date in 1989 when a young associate named Barack Obama was trying to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson on a summer afternoon and evening, that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.
Parker Sawyers, an American actor based in the UK, recently completed Oliver Stone's Snowden with Joseph Gordon Levitt and is about to shoot a supporting role in the feature The Autopsy of Jane Doe, opposite Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch. »
If Quantum Leap has always been on your 'to-watch' list but you've never had the time, here are a few suggestions to get you started...
Maps to TV shows: Is there a popular show you’d really like to watch but you just don’t have time to wade through years of it all at once? Do you just want to know why that one character keeps turning up on Tumblr? Do the fans all tell you ‘season one is a bit iffy but stick with it, it gets great!’, leaving you with absolutely zero desire ever to watch the boring/silly/just plain weird season one? Then Maps To TV Shows is for you!
In these articles, we’ll outline routes through popular TV shows focusing on particular characters, story arcs or episode types. Are you really into the Klingon episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do you »
The film covers the eventful date in 1989, when a young associate named Barack Obama was trying to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson on a summer afternoon and evening, which took them through the Art Institute of Chicago, a screening of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.
- Dave McNary
Parker Sawyers has been cast to play a young Barack Obama in Southside With You. The romantic dramedy cast the U.K.-based American actor opposite Get On Up star Tike Sumpter as a young Michelle Obama. Sawyers' can next be seen in Oliver Stone’s Snowden and The Autopsy of Jane Doe, opposite Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch. Southside With You covers the eventful evening in 1989 when a young associate named Barack Obama tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson on a date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. The
- Etan Vlessing
Home of the Brave: Duran’s Debut a Neutered Examination of Grief During Wartime
There’s a war going on, though not one specifically referenced, mentioned or discussed. But then Daniel Duran’s directorial debut, Bravetown, seems happy examining exactly that, the ways in which people are unable to communicate clearly their emotions relating to the traumas that war has inflicted on them. Perhaps in an effort to elevate the material to a timeless realm, screenwriter Oscar Orlando Torres (Instructions Not Included) remains curiously vague on details, the only definitive reference pertaining to the Gulf War.
Josh Harvest (Josh Till) is a moderately troubled teen living with his single mother (Maria Bello) in New York. A rising DJ, a mistaken overdose lands him in court with a mandated sentence of twelve months rehabilitation. His overworked mother is done worrying about him and sends him off to live with his »
- Nicholas Bell
Blake Lively, favorite of auteur directors? Don't laugh, because the "Gossip Girl" star has found her way onto the sets of some interesting filmmakers. Granted, "Savages" was awful, but it was directed Oliver Stone. She made those Gucci spots with Nicolas Winding Refn, soon she'll be teaming with Marc Forster on "All I See Is You," and her latest "Age Of Adaline" was helmed by rising indie filmmaker Lee Toland Krieger ("The Vicious Kind," "Celeste & Jesse Forever"). So perhaps the leap to Woody Allen isn't so drastic as you might think. Yep, the actress is joining the prolific filmmaker's next movie that already has Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and Bruce Willis attached. Naturally, there are no plot details, but it will probably concern some kind of existential crisis, romance, and be either a drama or comedy. Production will begin this summer, you'll probably see it in 2016, and Sony Pictures Classics will. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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