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Susanne Bier Oscar winner 'In a Better World' director Susanne Bier Susanne Bier, whose In a Better World won the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, is seen above on the 83rd Academy Awards' Red Carpet, just outside the Kodak Theatre. The other 2011 Oscar nominees in the Best Foreign Language Film category were: Rachid Bouchareb's Outside the Law / Hors-la-loi (Algeria). Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful (Mexico). Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth (Greece). Denis Villeneuve's Incendies (Canada). As in previous years, several international favorites were left out of the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar competition. Among these were the following: Xavier Beauvois' French Academy César winner Of Gods and Men / Des hommes et des dieux (France). Semih Kaplanoglu's 2010 Berlin Film Festival winner Bal / Honey (Turkey). Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 2010 Cannes Film Festival winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives / Loong Boonmee raleuk chat (Thailand). Prior to In a Better World, »
- D. Zhea
Just a few weeks after the upcoming TV series Damien went from Lifetime to A&E, the show's new network home has released the first trailer, giving us our first dark look at Damien Thorn, played by Bradley James (Merlin, Homeland). The series is based on the 1976 classic horror film The Omen, following his life as an adult as he must come to grips with the haunting events of his past. Production is currently under way in Toronto on the 10-episode first season, debuting sometime next year on A&E.
Damien follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture who has grown up seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny -- that he is the Antichrist. Barbara Hershey stars as Ann Rutledge, the world's most powerful woman who has »
It’s not surprising that “Carol” was locked away in Hollywood’s development closet for 15 years. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s scandalous 1952 novel “The Price of Salt,” Todd Haynes’ latest movie is a double whammy by industry standards: it’s headlined by two women, who fall in love with each other.
The film, which stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and premieres at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, arrives at a pivotal, yet paradoxical, time for female-driven stories. There has been a string of hits this year that celebrate female empowerment — from “Insurgent” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” to “Cinderella,” and the upcoming “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and the final installment of “The Hunger Games.” That said, gender inequality both in front of and behind the camera is a hot-button issue in the global entertainment business.
As one of cinema’s most prominent stars, Blanchett, whose recent roles include the evil stepmother in “Cinderella, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
"An 18th century explorer sets out on an epic journey to map the forbidden uncharted lands of Transylvania only to discover its dark secrets and dangerous creatures hidden in a cursed, fantastical forest."
"A pre-apocalyptic comedy, Doomsdays follows the misadventures of Dirty Fred (Justin Rice) and Bruho (Leo Fitzpatrick), a pair of free-wheeling squatters with a taste for unoccupied vacation homes in the Catskills. Their commitment to the lifestyle is challenged, however, when a runaway teen and an aimless young woman join their peculiar tribe. »
- Derek Anderson
The book recounts E! news correspondent Baker’s experience of going through puberty for the first time at age 30 after having a pituitary tumor removed. The project was previously set up at Alcon Entertainment.
Producers are Raphael Kryszek and Jesse Israel of Ineffable Pictures with Heidi Jo Markel (“Olympus Has Fallen”) of Eclectic Pictures. Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgove rewrote Joe Nussbaum’s original draft of the script.
Pollak’s first outing as a director was the comedy doc “Misery Loves Comedy,” which was picked up by Tribeca Film just before its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. He will star in Netflix’s “Special Correspondents” with Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana, and recently finished »
- Dave McNary
Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams at the Oscars, with a purple-garbed Scarlett Johansson in the background Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams at the 83rd Academy Awards A bit of newfangled Old Hollywood glamour as five-time Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett, who presented the 2011 Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Make-Up, and two-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams are seen chatting backstage during the live broadcast of the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Cate Blanchett Oscar nominations Cate Blanchett took home the 2004 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her work in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, in which she plays Katharine Hepburn opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Howard Hughes. Blanchett's other Oscar nominations were the following: Best Actress for Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth (1998). Best Supporting Actress for Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal (2006). Best Actress for Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). Best »
- D. Zhea
Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson will commence sales in Cannes on the Starz original TV series adaptation starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Danny Huston, and Kelly Lynch.
Magic City was originally introduced by Qed International at Afm and takes place in 1962 Miami as a powerful Miami Beach hotel owner fights the mob, CIA and Cuban mercenaries.
Production is scheduled to begin in August.
Lotus Entertainment’s slate includes: Sacha Gervasi’s November Criminals with Chloë Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort; Xavier Gens’ thriller The Crucifixion; Shekhar Kapur’s adventure Tiger’s Curse; and Tanya Wexler’s Replicas starring Keanu Reeves.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
A&E continues to become a small screen horror hub. Not long after the network announced they are moving forward on a TV series adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's world-renowned Sweden-set vampire novel, Let the Right One In, A&E has now revealed that they will air The Omen sequel series, Damien. The follow-up show to the 1976 horror film was originally going to air on Lifetime, but the series has moved to its sister network and has also seen an increase from six to ten episodes on its first season order:
Press Release (via TV by the Numbers) -- "New York, NY— April 29, 2015 — A&E Network will premiere the new original scripted drama series, “Damien.” The hour-long drama from Fox 21 Television Studios and executive producer Glen Mazzara is a follow-up to the classic horror film, The Omen. Currently in production in Toronto, “Damien” will premiere a 10-episode season on A&E, »
- Derek Anderson
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. »
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
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.
- Dave McNary
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 »
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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. Based 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 »
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:
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. »
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
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.
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
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
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.
Lotus recently sold rights for the English-speaking world, including the U. »
- Leo Barraclough and John Hopewell
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
Ansel Elgort has been tapped to star opposite Chloe Moretz in Sacha Gervasi's November Criminals for Lotus Entertainment. Based 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. Caa 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.
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