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Sajid Nadiadwala ropes in Sushant Singh Rajput for an action thriller

23 April 2015 5:41 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Right after Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, Sushant Singh Rajput shifted his attention to M S Dhoni: The Untold Story, considering the kind of training and research the actor requires to play the real life character. While there is no update on the ambitious Shekhar Kapur directorial Paani which was supposed to be the star's next, Sushant has now signed a film producer Sajid Nadiadwala. Sources reveal that filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala has roped in the young actor for one of his upcoming untitled projects after he was left impressed by his performance in Detective Byomkesh Bakshy. It is said to be a big budget romantic actioner and the details of the cast, director and modalities are being worked out. As of now, the final draft of the script is being finalized. Also, Sushant Singh Rajput will be seen doing a lot of action and hand-to-hand combats in the film for which he will undergo training. »

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Sushant Singh Rajput becomes the face of automobile brand Nissan

10 April 2015 5:12 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

While the actor has impressed many with his acting skills in Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, Sushant Singh Rajput has also been tasting success on the endorsement front. Just like his contemporaries, Sushant will now be the face of an automobile brand. The actor has replaced Ranbir Kapoor as the brand ambassador for Nissan. Sushant Singh Rajput, who is excited about the latest development in his life especially after the release of the Dibakar Banerjee directorial, revealed about his passion for cars and was more than happy to endorse the brand. Moreover, the actor is also thrilled about the fact that he will get a chance to dance in the television commercial of the car. Readers may be aware that Sushant Singh Rajput has time and again flaunted his dancing skills on many reality shows like 'Jhalak Dikhla Jaa' and 'Zara Nachke Dikha' and the actor has always been very open about his love for the art. »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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‘Spectacular Now’ Producer Andrew Lauren Taps D.J. Gugenheim as President

9 April 2015 12:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Spectacular Now” producer Andrew Lauren is expanding his company and has hired veteran executive D.J. Gugenheim as president of production at Andrew Lauren Prods.

Lauren and Gugenheim will develop a film slate focusing on director-driven and commercial films. They also plan to invest in up to three films a year with a seven-figure fund for production and early stage pre-production, as well as equity to back films in the $5 to $15 million range. The duo is working with David Boyle as part of the company’s growth.

Variety named Gugenheim one of its Up-and-Coming Dealmakers last year.

Gugenheim was most recently exec VP of production and operations at Lotus Entertainment, where he oversaw production on “Kidnap,” starring Halle Berry, and brought in “Replicas,” starring Keanu Reeves, and “Tiger’s Curse,” with Shekhar Kapur directing. He’s also worked for Joel Zwick, CAA, Paramount Vantage and Universal-based Captivate Entertainment.

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- Dave McNary

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D J Gugenheim joins Andrew Lauren Productions

9 April 2015 9:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The former Lotus Entertainment executive arrives as president of production and will get to work on a director-driven, commercial slate.

The company will also invest in up to three films a year backed by a seven-figure fund for production, pre-production and equity investment in the $5-15m range.

Lauren and Gugenheim will work with David Boyle, who will continue to be integral to the company’s investments, productions and business development. 

Gugenheim most recently served as evp of production and operations at Lotus Entertainment where he oversaw production on Kidnap starring Halle Berry and brought in Replicas starring Keanu Reeves as well as Tigers Curse with Shekhar Kapur directing. 

He started his career working for Joel Zwick followed by stints at CAA and Paramount Vantage.

Red Wagon Entertainment co-heads Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher have promoted Charlie Morrison to vice-president. Morrison will work alongside vice-president of motion picture and television Nicki Cortese and creative executive Lucas Wiesendanger »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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David Strathairn Joins 'November Criminals'

23 March 2015 5:06 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Academy Award nominee David Strathairn will join Ansel Elgort, Chloe Moretz and Academy Award Nominee Catherine Keener in Sacha Gervasi's November Criminals for Lotus Entertainment.&#160Based on an adapted screenplay by Academy Award Nominee Steven Knight from Sam Munson's novel, the film begins production in Rhode Island and Washington, D.C. today.

Beth O'Neil is producing alongside Erika Olde of Black Bicycle Entertainment and Lotus Entertainment, who is also handling international sales. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired the film for the English-speaking world, as well as numerous international territories. Lotus Entertainment's Ara Keshishian along with Spwa's Executive Vice President Joe Matukewicz are overseeing production.

November Criminals follows two teenagers into the dangerous underbelly of Washington, D.C. as they investigate the murder of their friend while falling in love for the first time. Lotus Entertainment's current slate includes: Jeff Buhler's spec Descendant; Xavier Gens' thriller The »

- MovieWeb

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Bollywood celebs pay tribute to martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev

23 March 2015 4:46 AM, PDT | GlamSham | See recent GlamSham news »

While the freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev sacrificed their life for the nation on March 23, 1931, our B-town celebs got onto a micro-blogging site to pay their tribute on their death anniversary. Here's what they wrote for the martyrs:

Rishi Kapoor: Thank you Bhagat Singh,Sukhdev Rajguru and all others. March 23rd 1931. Jai Ho!

Lata Mangeshkar: Aaj ke din Bharat Mata ke mahan Veer Saput Bhagat Singh ji, Rajguru ji aur Sukhdev ji Ko Faansi ki saza di gayi thi. Aaj hum jo Aazad Bharat mein jee rahe hai iski neev in jaise kai angeenat veero'n ki qurbaani hai. In Veeron ko main Shraddhanjali arpan karti hun, koti koti pranam karti hun. (India's brave sons Bhagat Singh ji, Rajguru ji and Sukhdev ji were hanged today. We are living in an independent India due to sacrifices by brave souls like them. I pay tribute to such legends. »

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Round-Up: Barbara Hershey Joins Damien, Wes Bentley to Star in American Horror Story: Hotel, Hap and Leonard Update

17 March 2015 1:02 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

For our latest round-up, we have three casting updates for three different series: Lifetime's Damien, FX's American Horror Story: Hotel, and SundanceTV's Hap and Leonard.

Damien: The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Barbara Hershey (Insidious: Chapter 2, Black Swan, The 9th Life of Louis Drax, Once Upon a Time) has joined the cast of Lifetime's Damien, the sequel series to the 1976 horror film, The Omen, from former The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara.

Hershey will play "the series regular role of Ann Rutledge, the world's most powerful woman who has been tasked with making sure Damien fulfills his destiny as the Antichrist."

Hershey joins a cast that includes Bradley James as an adult Damien Thorn and Omid Abtahi as Amani Golkar, "a close co-worker of Damien whose loyalty will be tested when he realizes who his brother-in-arms actually is."

The six-episode series is written and executive produced by Mazzara and »

- Derek Anderson

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Barbara Hershey To Co-Star In "Damien"

17 March 2015 6:11 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Barbara Hershey has been tapped to co-star in Lifetime's TV drama series follow-up to "The Omen".

Bradley James plays the now adult version of the mysterious child Damien Thorn who has grown up unaware of the satanic forces around him. He must now come to terms with his true destiny - that he is the Antichrist.

Hershey will portray Ann Rutledge, the world's most powerful woman who has been tasked with making sure Damien fulfils his destiny as the Antichrist.

Also onboard is Omid Abtahi ("Better Call Saul") who plays Amani Golkar, a close co-worker of Damien whose loyalty will be tested when he realizes who his brother-in-arms actually is.

Shekhar Kapur will helm the premiere episode of the six-episode first season run. The season is expected to commence shortly ahead of an airing later this year.

Source: The Live Feed »

- Garth Franklin

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Remembering Actress Wright: Made Oscar History in Unmatched Feat to This Day

4 March 2015 9:02 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Teresa Wright movies: Actress made Oscar history Teresa Wright, best remembered for her Oscar-winning performance in the World War II melodrama Mrs. Miniver and for her deceptively fragile, small-town heroine in Alfred Hitchcock's mystery-drama Shadow of a Doubt, died at age 86 ten years ago – on March 6, 2005. Throughout her nearly six-decade show business career, Wright was featured in nearly 30 films, dozens of television series and made-for-tv movies, and a whole array of stage productions. On the big screen, she played opposite some of the most important stars of the '40s and '50s. It's a long list, including Bette Davis, Greer Garson, Gary Cooper, Myrna Loy, Ray Milland, Fredric March, Jean Simmons, Marlon Brando, Dana Andrews, Lew Ayres, Cornel Wilde, Robert Mitchum, Spencer Tracy, Joseph Cotten, and David Niven. Also of note, Teresa Wright made Oscar history in the early '40s, when she was nominated for each of her first three movie roles. »

- Andre Soares

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Berlin: Lotus Sells Keanu Reeves Starrer ‘Replicas’ to Multiple Territories (Exclusive)

9 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel’s Lotus Entertainment has sold Tanya Wexler’s sci-fi thriller “Replicas,” which stars Keanu Reeves, to multiple territories.

Pic has been sold to Benelux, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Portugal, Scandinavia, Turkey, Cis, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Asian pay TV, Taiwan, Thailand, Middle East, South Africa, Australia/New Zealand and airlines.

Replicas” is based on a screenplay by Chad St. John, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Stephen Hamel, Reeves and Fundamental Films. Company Films’ partners Hamel and Reeves developed the script based on Hamel’s treatment. Lotus introduced the pic to foreign buyers at Afm.

Replicas” is the third collaboration between Lotus and Di Bonaventura following Luis Prieto’s “Kidnap,” starring Halle Berry, and the remake of “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance,” which is in development.

Lotus recently sold rights for the English-speaking world, including the U. »

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Pinnacle realigns its game plan

15 January 2015 1:15 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Responding to the tough outlook for most independent films, Pinnacle Films is moving away from releasing a large slate of small theatrical titles and instead plans to focus on two or three wide- release commercial films per year. . Augmenting that will be a handful of smaller overseas and local .passion projects. such as the Spierig brothers. .Predestination and Craig Monahan.s Healing. . Pinnacle now looks to pick up films with name casts that have a guaranteed wide release in the Us, handled either by the major studios or the larger indies... . Its 2015 slate is headed by.Autobahn, an action thriller starring Anthony Hopkins,.Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Nicholas Hoult and Ben Kingsley; and The Legend of Barney Thomson, a comedy-thriller directed by and starring Robert Carlyle, with Emma Thompson and Ray Winstone. . .Our smaller films were struggling to get exposure with exhibitors, who have limited space for independent product, »

- Don Groves

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Ansel Elgort Joins Chloe Moretz in 'November Criminals'

7 January 2015 4:58 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Ansel Elgort has been tapped to star opposite Chloe Moretz in Sacha Gervasi's November Criminals for Lotus Entertainment.&#160Based on an adapted screenplay by Academy Award Nominee Steven Knight from Sam Munson's novel, the film will also star two-time Academy Award Nominee Catherine Keener.

Beth O'Neil will produce alongside Lotus, who is also handling international sales.&#160Caa and Wme are co-repping the domestic sale. November Criminals follows two teenagers into the dangerous underbelly of Washington DC as they investigate the murder of their friend while falling in love for the first time.

Lotus Entertainment's current slate includes: Xavier Gens thriller The Crucifixion from a screenplay by Chad and Carey Hayes; Shekhar Kapur's epic adventure Tiger's Curse, based on the first in a series of New York Times bestselling novels; and Tanya Wexler's Replicas starring Keanu Reeves.&#160

The company is in post-production on: Luis Prieto's Kidnap starring »

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Ansel Elgort Joins Chloë Moretz In ‘November Criminals’

7 January 2015 3:43 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Ansel Elgort has inked his next major role after enjoying a breakout 2014 with hits The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent, both opposite the Golden Globes-nominated Shailene Woodley. Now he’s set to star with Chloë Grace Moretz in November Criminals, the teen thriller adaptation that Hitchcock‘s Sacha Gervasi is directing for Lotus Entertainment.

Steven Knight (Locke, Eastern Promises) adapted the script from Sam Munson’s 2011 novel about two teenagers who venture into the seedy underbelly of Washington, D.C. to investigate a friend’s murder while falling in love for the first time.

Catherine Keener also stars in the film, which Lotus came aboard to co-finance and co-produce during November’s Afm. Beth O’Neil (Jack Goes Boating) is also producing. CAA and Wme are jointly repping domestic rights and Lotus will handle international sales.

Elgort, the 20 year-old son of an opera director and a photographer, burst »

- Jen Yamato

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Imitation Game wins best film in Capri

5 January 2015 4:19 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Italian Film of the Year goes to Marco Martone’s Leopardi.

The Imitation Game picked up Best Picture and a Best Director award for Morten Tyldum at the 19th Capri Hollywood International Film Festival, which wrapped in Italy on Friday (Jan 2).

Other awards went to TimothySpall for Mr. Turner while Jennifer Aniston and Amy Adams tied as Best Female Actors for Cake and Big Eyes respectively.

Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood) and Gugu Mbarta Raw (Beyond the Lights) were selected as Rising Stars and Ida was named Best Foreign Film.

The Italian American Icon Award was presented to director David O. Russell and the Lifetime Achievement Award went to English actress Brenda Blethyn.

The event, which incorporates a slightly bewildering array of prizes, was presented under the
auspices of the Capri in the World Institute which is chaired by Italian director Lina Wertmuller and Indian director Shekhar Kapur. The festival is produced by Pascal Vicedomini.

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