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Stx Entertainment Dates Films With Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, Jason Blum

25 February 2015 10:47 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Less than a year after it launched, Stx Entertainment has announced release dates for four films starring the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Jason Bateman, Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman.

The first of these films, an untitled thriller from micro-budget maestro Jason Blum (“The Purge”), will debut on July 31. It stars Bateman and Rebecca Hall (“Iron Man 3″) as a married couple whose lives are upended when a high school acquaintance reappears in their lives. It will face off against “Mission: Impossible 5,” sci-fi thriller “Self/Less” and boxing drama “Southpaw” with Jake Gyllenhaal.

That will be followed on October 23 by “The Secret in Their Eyes,” a remake of the Oscar-winning Argentinian film of the same name, with Roberts, Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”). The film centers on a team of FBI investigators who must search for the killer of a colleague’s teenage daughter. “The Secret in Their »

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Keri Russell, Mahershala Ali Join Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Free State of Jones’

12 February 2015 6:43 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali have joined Matthew McConaughey’s Civil War drama “The Free State of Jones” for Stx Entertainment.

The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross is producing and directing “Jones” from his own script. Scott Stuber and Jon Kilik are also producing.

Route One/Union Investment Partners and Vendian Entertainment are co-financing. Im Global, which introduced the project at the American Film Market, is overseeing international distribution.

The film is currently in production in Louisiana. Russell is set to play the wife of McConaughey’s character, Newt Knight, while Ali will play an escaped slave who becomes an ally of Knight’s rebellion against the Confederacy.

Russell stars in “The Americans,” and Ali stars in “House of Cards.”

News was first reported by The Wrap.

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Casting: Russell, Bates, Dafoe, Matteo

12 February 2015 6:21 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A Message From the King

Keri Russell ("The Americans") and Mahershala Ali ("House of Cards") have scored key roles in Gary Ross' historical drama "The Free State of Jones". Pre-production is currently underway in Louisiana.

Matthew McConaughey plays a soldier for the Confederacy during the Civil War who became disillusioned with the South's cause, fled the battlefield, rallied supporters and declared a safe haven in an area of southeastern Mississippi. Russell will play his first wife, Ali will play a runaway slave. [Source: THR]

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Kathy Bates is set to join Melissa McCarthy in Ben Falcone's upcoming comedy "Michelle Darnell" at Universal Pictures. Bates will play the tough, wealthy and eccentric mentor of McCarthy's character. Filming begins in March.

The story centers on a titan of industry (McCarthy) who is sent to prison after she’s caught insider trading. When she emerges ready to re-brand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, »

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Keri Russell Joins 'The Free State of Jones'

12 February 2015 3:02 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali have signed on to join Matthew McConaughey and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the Civil War drama The Free State of Jones. The plot is based on the true story of Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey), a Southern farmer who fell in love with a slave named Rachel (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). This relationship lead him to rebel against the Confederate Army.

Actress Keri Russell is set to play Newton's wife Serena, while Mahershala Ali is portraying Moses Washington, an escaped slave who becomes Newton's ally in his fight to secede from the Confederacy. Production is already under way in Louisiana, although no other cast members have been confirmed at this time.

Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) is directing from his own screenplay and producing alongside Scott Stuber and Jon Kilik. Robert Simonds' new production venture Stx Entertainment is also producing, with Route One/Union Investment Partners and Vendian Entertainment providing the financing. »

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Keri Russell Books A Trip To The Free State Of Jones

12 February 2015 11:30 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With Matthew McConaughey and Gugu Mbatha-Raw aboard in the lead roles, writer Gary Ross is busy finding other cast members for his historical drama The Free State Of Jones. Dawn Of The Planet Of The ApesKeri Russell and House Of CardsMahershala Ali have now signed up.Ross has been developing the American Civil War drama for several years now, planning to bring to the screen the story of Newton Knight. A Mississippi man who had been a loyal Confederate recruit, he defected from the army and took a group of like-minded troops with him to create the Free State of Jones. Knight later married a slave (Mbatha-Raw’s Rachel), creating one of the first ever publicised mixed-race unions in the South, fought against the Confederates from within his new state and led a daring raid to free children who were still enslaved following the end of the conflict. »

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Keri Russell, Mahershala Ali Join Matthew McConaughey in Civil War Drama

12 February 2015 11:05 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali, who plays Remy Danton on Netflix’s House of Cards, have nabbed a key roles in The Free State of Jones, the Matthew McConaughey historical drama being directed by Gary Ross. Robert Simonds’ newly launched film and television studio Stx Entertainment is co-financing the project and will distribute. Route One/ Union Investment Partners and Vendian Entertainment are co-financing, with Im Global overseeing international distribution. The film is currently in preproduction in Louisiana. McConaughey is portraying Newton Knight, a soldier for the Confederacy during the Civil War who became disillusioned with the South's cause, fled

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Keri Russell, Mahershala Ali Join Matthew McConaughey in ‘Free State of Jones’ (Exclusive)

12 February 2015 10:51 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Golden Globe winner Keri Russell (“The Americans”) and Mahershala Ali (“House of Cards”) will join Matthew McConaughey and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Gary Ross’ Civil War movie “The Free State of Jones,” TheWrap has learned. “Free State of Jones” is a historical action epic based on the true story of defiant Southern farmer Newt Knight (McConaughey) and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War. See photos: The Evolution of Matthew McConaughey: From Shirtless Surfer Dude to HIV Drug Dealer (Photos) Russell is set to play Knight’s wife, Serena, while Ali will play Moses Washington, an »

- Jeff Sneider

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Jennifer Lawrence Revealed In "Vanity Fair"

7 February 2015 6:28 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, in a revealing photo and video shoot for "Vanity Fair" magazine, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, including a nude Lawrence posing in homage to Richard Avedon's 1981 Vogue portrait of Nastassja Kinski:

Besides her continued representation of the "Dior" fashion line, Lawrence will star in and produce the film adaptation of author Claire Bidwell Smith's memoir "The Rules of Inheritance", to be directed by Susanne Bier

She will also star in the adaptation of the novel "East of Eden" for director Gary Ross, based on author John Steinbeck's novel.

Lawrence will also star in "Burial Rites", a film adaptation of author Hannah Kent's debut novel, followed by the film "The Ends of the Earth"...

...described as a fact-based love story about a powerful oil tycoon caught in an affair.

Lawrence will also play 'Jeannette Walls' in the film »

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Damien Chazelle or Paul Thomas Anderson Could Become Fifth Adapted Screenplay Winner to Also Direct the Film

29 January 2015 6:42 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Adapted screenplay nominees Damien Chazelle and Paul Thomas Anderson have been nominated for films that they also directed.

Chazelle’s Whiplash, about an aspiring jazz drummer and his sadistic instructor, is his second feature film and is adapted from a short film of the same name that he also wrote and directed. The short won the jury award for short films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Whiplash was nominated for four other awards, including best picture.

Anderson received his second adapted screenplay nomination for Inherent Vice, based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name. The film was also nominated for costume design. Anderson previously received an adapted screenplay nomination for 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which he also directed. He received a best director nomination, and the film was nominated for best picture.

If either wins, they will become the fifth adapted screenplay »

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Matthew McConaughey Attached to Star in Running Drama ‘Born to Run’

28 January 2015 1:27 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Matthew McConaughey is attached to star in an adaptation of Christopher McDougall’s best-selling book “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

McDougall’s book follows the author as he digs into how the Tarahumara Indians, who live in Mexico’s Copper Canyons, have trained themselves to run for hundreds of miles without rest or injury. The story culminates in a race that pits the tribe against some of America’s top ultra-runners.

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'Mockingjay' Beats 'Guardians' as Biggest Movie of 2014

22 January 2015 11:59 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

For the second year in a row, Katniss Everdeen stands alone atop the box office heap. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which opened in November and is still playing in over 1,200 theaters, has earned $333.18 million as of yesterday, surpassing the Marvel blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy as the top-grossing movie of 2014. Despite already being released on Blu-ray and DVD, Guardians of the Galaxy is still playing, though it was only screening in 65 theaters nationwide last weekend, meaning its domestic take of $333.17 million won't increase too much over the next few weeks.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 still has some work to do if it wants to surpass its predecessor, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which was 2013's top movie at the box office with $424.7 million. While That movie's take was bolstered by 3D and IMAX screenings, Deadline's sources claim that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was screened in, »

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Stx Partners with Showtime for Upcoming Movie Slate

20 January 2015 11:57 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Showtime Networks and Stx Entertainment, the newly launched film, television and multimedia studio, announced today that they have closed a multi-year output agreement to bring motion pictures distributed theatrically by Stx exclusively to Showtime Networks during the premium television window. The deal will begin in 2015 and covers the studio's theatrical releases through 2019, which will be shown exclusively on Showtime Networks and its multiplex channels including Showtime, The Movie Channel and Flix.

Additionally, Stx Entertainment is commencing production on its initial film slate, with more titles to be revealed in the coming months. The first four features include projects from Academy Award nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit), Oscar nominee Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, The Hunger Games), Oscar winner Mark Johnson (Rain Man, Breaking Bad) and Oscar nominee Jason Blum (Whiplash). The announced projects will star Academy Award winners Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman, as well as Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, »

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Stx secures Showtime window

20 January 2015 10:30 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Robert Simonds’ nascent studio has closed an exclusive, four-year premium television deal with Showtime starting this year as it moves ahead with its first four features.

Gary Ross will direct Matthew McConaughey (pictured) in Civil War drama The Free State Of Jones, which Route One / Union Investment Partners and Vendian Entertainment are co-financing and Im Global sells internationally.

Billy Ray will commence production this month on The Secret In Their Eyes based on his adapted screenplay from the Argentinian Oscar-winning thriller. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts star and Mark Johnson produces.

Stx is producing in association with Im Global, while co-financiers are Route One / Union Investment Partners.

Shooting is also scheduled to begin this month on Joel Edgerton’s untitled feature directorial and writing debut. The thriller from producers Rebecca Yeldham and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse explores whether bygones can ever truly be bygones.

Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Edgerton star. Blumhouse International, which »

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Stx Entertainment, Showtime Announce TV Output Deal and First 4 Films

20 January 2015 10:13 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Robert Simonds’ newly launched Stx Entertainment has signed Showtime Networks for a multiyear output agreement to release its movies exclusively to Showtime during the premium television window.

The deal will begin in 2015 and covers the studio’s theatrical releases through 2019.

Simonds and Gigi Pritzker partnered in March with private equity giant Tpg and China’s Hony Capital on an ambitious production venture that aims to generate as many as 10 movies a year.

Stx Entertainment also announced Tuesday that Matthew McConaughey starrer “The Free State of Jones,” based on the true story of defiant Southern farmer Newt Knight, will be among its first titles. “Jones,” unveiled during the American Film Market in November, is written, directed and produced by Gary Ross, and produced by Scott Stuber and Jon Kilik.

Route One/Union Investment Partners and Vendian Entertainment are co-financing, with Im Global overseeing international distribution.

Stx also said that its remake »

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Stx Entertainment, Showtime Announce TV Output Deal and First 4 Films

20 January 2015 10:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robert Simonds’ newly launched Stx Entertainment has signed Showtime Networks for a multiyear output agreement to release its movies exclusively to Showtime during the premium television window.

The deal will begin in 2015 and covers the studio’s theatrical releases through 2019.

Simonds and Gigi Pritzker partnered in March with private equity giant Tpg and China’s Hony Capital on an ambitious production venture that aims to generate as many as 10 movies a year.

Stx Entertainment also announced Tuesday that Matthew McConaughey starrer “The Free State of Jones,” based on the true story of defiant Southern farmer Newt Knight, will be among its first titles. “Jones,” unveiled during the American Film Market in November, is written, directed and produced by Gary Ross, and produced by Scott Stuber and Jon Kilik.

Route One/Union Investment Partners and Vendian Entertainment are co-financing, with Im Global overseeing international distribution.

Stx also said that its remake »

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Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, Jason Bateman Headline Projects for Showtime, Stx Multiyear Deal

20 January 2015 10:01 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The premium TV window film pact also includes film starring Nicole Kidman, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Will Ferrell

Showtime Networks and the newly launched Stx Entertainment have closed a multiyear deal to bring movies distributed theatrically by the latter to the former’s pay-tv channels during the so-called premium television window.

The agreement begins this year and covers releases through 2019.

Also Read: 19 Exclusive Portraits From TheWrap’s Awards Contender Series (Photos)

Also as part of the joint announcement, Stx revealed that it has begun production on its initial slate of films, including “The Free State of Jones,” which is based on the »

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Uber, 20th Century Fox Partner to Promote Colin Firth’s ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’

12 January 2015 12:01 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Uber and 20th Century Fox are partnering to bring Uber riders exclusive access to Matthew Vaughn‘s spy thriller “Kingsman: The Secret Service” in 50 cities on Jan. 15, one month before the film hits theaters on Feb. 13.

Users in participating cities will have the opportunity to enter to win two passes to an advance screening by entering a designated code in the Uber app starting on Jan. 12 until 10 a.m. local time on Jan. 15. Winners will receive an email confirmation and theater directions for the screening.

See photos: Instagram Reveals Most-Liked Pics, Biggest Hashtag of 2014 (Photos)

“Uber is the perfect partner »

- Jeff Sneider

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Entertainment One Films International President Harold van Lier Steps Down

12 January 2015 8:37 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Entertainment One Films International president Harold van Lier is leaving the company, eOne announced on Monday while sharing its decision to consolidate the international sales operation with its film production arm.

Following his departure, Charlotte van Weede, senior vice president of international sales for eOne Films International and vice president Anick Poirier will continue to direct international sales.

Also Read: Entertainment One and The Mark Gordon Company Form Independent Film and Television Studio

“We wish to thank Harold for his leadership in building out our International sales capabilities. We wish him the best as he takes on his next challenge, »

- Greg Gilman

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw To Appear In Free State Of Jones Opposite Matthew McConaughey

8 January 2015 1:00 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Gary Ross’s Civil War drama, Free State Of Jones, has added rising star Gugu Mbatha-Raw to its ranks. The actress, who’s currently receiving widespread critical praise for her turns in Beyond The Lights and Belle, will be starring opposite Matthew McConaughey in the period drama.

Set during the 1920s and based on a true story, the film revolves around a Confederate soldier named Newton Knight (McConaughey), who defected from the army and chose to kickstart a rebellion. Now considered somewhat of a legendary figurehead during that period of conflict, his band of deserters – The Knight Company – set about creating their own place to call home: the free state of Jones.

In the first role cast outside of McConaughey’s leading part, Mbatha-Raw will be sticking by his side as “Rachel, a slave whose relationship with Knight played a central part in his life.” Their relationship went down in the history books, »

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw Joins Matthew McConaughey in 'The Free State of Jones'

8 January 2015 8:55 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Gugu Mbatha-Raw had a pretty good 2014, with a pair of critically acclaimed performances that put her in the eyes of a lot of filmgoers. Belle is the one I have seen (the other being Beyond the Lights), and I totally agree with all the raves she has been getting. I do want to see Beyond the Lights as soon as I can, even if I did not hear the best things about it, just to see what she does. With these raves, it was only a matter of time before the Oxford native started getting parts left and right. Gary Ross (Pleasantville, The Hunger Games) has selected Mbatha-Raw to star opposite Matthew McConaughey in The Free State of Jones. If you want a sense of what the film is about, take a gander at the synopsis: Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey), a Confederate Army soldier in the Civil War, flees the »

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