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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 »

- Anjelica Oswald

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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.

Also Read: SAG Awards 2015: Red Carpet »

- Linda Ge

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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, »

- MovieWeb

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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, »

- MovieWeb

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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 »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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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 »

- Dave McNary

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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 »

- Dave McNary

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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 »

- Tony Maglio

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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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Casting: Elgort, Raw, Banquero, Rossi, Tucker

8 January 2015 6:28 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

November Criminals

Ansel Elgort ("The Fault in Our Stars") will star with Chloe Grace Moretz in Sacha Gervasi's teen thriller "November Criminals" at Lotus Entertainment. Steven Knight ("Locke," "Eastern Promises") adapted the script from Sam Munson’s 2011 novel.

The story follows 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. [Source: Deadline]

Free State of Jones

Gugu Mbatha-Raw ("Belle," "Beyond the Lights") will star opposite Matthew McConaughey in Gary Ross' $65 million Civil War movie "Free State of Jones" for Stx Entertainment. Scott Stuber and Jon Kilik are producing.

Based on a true story, McConaughey plays Newton Knight and Mbatha-Raw is Rachel, a slave whose relationship with Knight played a central part in his life and in his armed rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War. [Source: The Wrap]

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Belle's Gugu Mbatha-Raw joins McConaughey's The Free State of Jones

7 January 2015 4:43 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Gugu Mbatha-Raw has been cast in The Free State of Jones.

The Belle actress and BAFTA Rising Star 2015 nominee will star opposite Matthew McConaughey in Hunger Games director Gary Ross's American Civil War film, reports The Wrap.

The Free State of Jones will tell the little-known true story of military leader Newton Knight.

McConaughey is in line to play the Confederate solider, who defected and attempted to establish his own state in Mississippi at the height of the conflict.

Mbatha-Raw will play Rachel, a slave whose relationship with Knight played a central part in his rebellion.

The actress starred in Beyond the Lights and will next be seen in Jupiter Ascending and The Whole Truth.

Watch a trailer for Belle below: »

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw Heads For Free State Of Jones

6 January 2015 9:47 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

She enjoyed a successful 2014 between period drama Belle and music pic Beyond The Lights, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s 2015 is shaping up fairly well too. She’s now landed a role in Free State Of Jones opposite Matthew McConaughey.Gary 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.Now that he’s locked down the crucial two lead roles, »

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Casting Net: Gugu Mbatha-Raw joins Matthew McConaughey in 'Free State of Jones'

6 January 2015 7:18 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Gugu Mbatha-Raw—known for Belle and Beyond the Lights—will star alongside Matthew McConaughey in Free State of Jones. The film, based on a true story, tracks the relationship between Newton Knight (McConaughey) and a slave, Rachel (Mbatha-Raw), exploring the impact Rachel had on Knight's life and the Civil War-set rebellion he led against the Confederacy. Gary Ross wrote the script and is producing alongside Scott Stuber and Jon Kilik. [The Wrap] • Arrow's Cynthia Addai-Robinson has signed on for The Accountant. The film stars Ben Affleck as an accountant who transforms into an assassin at night. Robinson takes the role of a treasury department analyst. »

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw to Star Opposite Matthew McConaughey in Gary Ross’ ‘Free State of Jones’ (Exclusive)

6 January 2015 4:52 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Hot off a pair of acclaimed performances in “Beyond the Lights” and “Belle,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw will star opposite Matthew McConaughey in Gary Ross’ Civil War movie “Free State of Jones,” TheWrap has learned.

Robert SimondsStx Entertainment is producing the $65 million movie and co-financing with foreign sales company Im Global. Stx will handle domestic distribution, while Im Global will handle foreign rights. CAA brokered the domestic deal.

Also Read: ‘Beyond the Lights’ Review: Gugu Mbatha-Raw Portrays Divadom With Honesty and Compassion

Scott Stuber and Jon Kilik are producing with Ross, for whom the project has been a longtime passion project. »

- Jeff Sneider

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A 16-Year Wait Finally Pays Off for ‘Unbroken’s’ Matthew Baer

1 January 2015 11:47 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The socko box office for “Unbroken” (the third-highest Christmas opening ever) is a testament to Louis Zamperini — and to the persistence of Universal and producer Matthew Baer.

Baer first optioned rights to Zamperini’s life story in 1998, long before Laura Hillenbrand’s book became a bestseller. Baer brought the project to Universal 16 years ago, and they stayed with it through multiple owners and studio administrations.

“Universal’s support was always there; that was never an issue,” says Baer. “The main problem was finding the right director. Plus, it’s not a traditional studio-tentpole movie.”

The pricetag was lower than the traditional tentpole: $65 million, with a chunk of that going to above-the-line work, including a half-dozen high-profile screenwriters. (Final credits go to Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard Lagravenese and William Nicholson.)

That budget is modest for a film that spans several decades and continents, features big-scale air battles and a lot of lensing on water. »

- Tim Gray

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