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Bob & Co partners with 'Shakespeare In Love' producer David Parfitt

18 July 2016 3:52 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Trademark Films’ Parfitt will act as a creative consultant for the UK production and financing outfit.

UK producer David Parfitt (Shakespeare In Love) is set to partner with London-based media company Bob & Co as a creative consultant.

Parfitt will sit on the company’s Jersey-based Investment Committee for the Cultural Capital Fund, helping to guide ongoing media investments, which include film, TV and theatre projects.

He will also consult across Bob & Co’s media partners including newly-launched TV outfit Duchess Street Productions and Lilting production company Sums Film & Media.

Bob & Co has been working with Parfitt on its adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ The Girl At The Lion d’Or, which is currently in development.

Parfitt will continue to work on his Trademark Films slate, which has in the past produced titles including My Week With Marilyn and BBC-hbo TV mini-series Parade’s End.

Parfitt commented: “I have worked closely with Bob & Co on their brilliant adaptation of Sebastian »

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Gun Lobby Movie Miss Sloane Set For Awards Season

15 July 2016 4:04 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It usually takes Hollywood two years or more to turn out theatrical movies about real events and issues, but the subject of gun legislation in the U.S has been rumbling on for so long, it’s surprising a film like Miss Sloane hasn’t arrived sooner. It will surely benefit from the currently heightened profile of the gun law debate, however, and this sharp social relevance may well have influenced the decision to set its release date for the midst of awards season this year.

Directed by Academy Award nominee John Madden (Shakespeare In Love), Miss Sloane is the debut screenplay of newcomer Jonathan Perera. It stars Jessica Chastain – who has an Oscar nomination of her own – as the titular Elizabeth Sloane, who works as a lobbyist in Washington D.C. As she seeks to follow her ambitions, she takes on the influential national gun lobby and tries to »

- Sarah Myles

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John Madden’ Miss Sloane Starring Jessica Chastain To Be Released December 9, 2016

14 July 2016 9:25 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

EuropaCorp and FilmNation announced today that Miss Sloane will be released on December 9. The film is directed by Oscar-nominated John Madden (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Shakespeare In Love) and is based on the original screenplay by Jonathan Perera.

Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar) stars in the title role of Elizabeth Sloane. The film is produced by FilmNation’s Ben Browning and Archery PicturesKris Thykier along with EuropaCorp’s Ariel Zeitoun, FilmNation’s Patrick Chu and Aaron Ryder serves as the executive producers.

Also starring in the film are Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond The Lights, Belle), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man), Alison Pill (The Newsroom), Jake Lacy (Carol), Oscar-nominated actor Sam Waterston (The Killing Fields, Law & Order), and Oscar-nominated John Lithgow (Interstellar, Dexter).

Miss Sloane is the story a ruthless lobbyist (Jessica Chastain) who is notorious for her unparalleled talent and »

- Michelle McCue

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Jessica Chastain as Miss Sloane: A Story in Gifs

14 July 2016 6:43 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Jessica Chastain's upcoming movies have been shuffled around. The Zookeeper’s Wife - a WW2 drama directed by Niki Caro - will be released next March while Miss Sloane is coming this December. In the John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, The Debt) directed movie, Chastain is Elizabeth Sloane, a DC lobbyist battling for gun control legislation. It's a timely topic that we hope is handled with the care it deserves. The supporting cast includes Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alison Pill, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jake Lacy, Sam Waterston and John Lithgow.

Good cast Jessica, are you excited? (A Gif story after the jump) »

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Us Briefs: 'Blade Runner' cast additions

13 July 2016 10:43 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Miss Sloane gets Us awards season release date; Freestyle Digital Media acquires Autumn Lights; and more

David Dastmalchian and Hiam Abbass are to join the previously announced cast on Alcon Entertainment’s Untitled Blade Runner sequel.

Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi and Dave Bautista star in the sci-fi that Denis Villeneuve directs.

The Blade Runner sequel will open on October 6, 2017, via Warner Bros in North America. Sony handles international distribution.

EuropaCorp and FilmNation announced that Miss Sloane will open in the Us on December 9, positioning it for a potential awards run. John Madden directed Jessica Chastain and Mark Strong in the political lobbyist drama. EuropaCorp handles worldwide distribution.Freestyle Digital Media, the recently acquired digital film distribution division of Entertainment Studios, has acquired North American rights to Angad Aulakh’s feature Autumn Lights, which the producers say is the first Us-Icelandic co-production to be shot »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Jessica Chastain’s ‘Miss Sloane’ Set for December Release

13 July 2016 7:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

EuropaCorp and FilmNation have given Jessica Chastain’s thriller “Miss Sloane” an awards-season release of Dec. 9.

The film is directed by John Madden from a Jonathan Perera script. Chastain stars in the title role as a ruthless lobbyist notorious for her unparalleled talent and her desire to win at all costs, even when it puts her own career at risk.

The film is produced by FilmNation’s Ben Browning and Archery PicturesKris Thykier. EuropaCorp’s Ariel Zeitoun, FilmNation’s Patrick Chu and Aaron Ryder serve as the executive producers.

Also starring are Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alison Pill, Jake Lacy, Sam Waterston and John Lithgow.

Chastain has been nominated for Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress for “The Help” and Best Actress for “Zero Dark Thirty.”

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Jessica Chastain Thriller ‘Miss Sloane’ To Debut During Awards Season

13 July 2016 6:08 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Europacorp and FilmNation’s John Madden thriller Miss Sloane will hit the marquee on December 9. Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain stars as Elizabeth Sloane, a ruthless lobbyist who is notorious for her unparalleled talent and her desire to win at all costs, even when it puts her own career at risk. The pic pulls back the curtain on how Capitol Hill games are played and won as Sloane faces off against the most influential powers in D.C. Mark StrongGugu Mbatha-Raw, Alison… »

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John Zois to lead Im Global acquisitions

12 July 2016 10:22 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The executive becomes senior vice-president of acquisitions after most recently serving as director of worldwide acquisitions at EuropaCorp.

Zois will report to company founder and CEO Stuart Ford and work alongside director of acquisitions Jr Smith.

At EuropaCorp, Zois acquired films for distribution in the Us, France and the rest of the world. 

His credits included James Ponsoldt’s The Circle starring Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega, which Im Global subsequently acquired for international territories. The executive also worked on The Nice Guys for French distribution, and John Madden’s Miss Sloane.

Prior to EuropaCorp, Zois worked in acquisitions and sales at FilmNation. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Finding Dory Beats Tarzan, Bfg, Purge in Weekend #3

3 July 2016 1:58 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The 4th of July holiday weekend is typically a big one at the box office, with fans flocking to their local theaters to beat the heat. This year, three new movies opened, The Bfg, The Legend of Tarzan and The Purge: Election Year, going up against the winner for the past two weekends, Finding Dory. Unfortunately, none of these newcomers could defeat the champ, with Finding Dory winning for a third week in a row with $41.9 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that Finding Dory dropped just 42.6% this weekend. The Legend of Tarzan opened in 3,561 theaters, followed by The Bfg in 3,357 theaters and The Purge: Election Year in 2,796 theaters. The Bfg is the only new release to have a positive Rotten Tomatoes rating, with a solid 71% Fresh, with The Legend of Tarzan scoring just 35% and The Purge: Election Year getting 54%. The Legend of Tarzan debuted in second place with $38.1 million, followed »

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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Posts $31 Million Loss in ‘Transition Year’

1 July 2016 2:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In what it termed a “transition year,” with no new “Taken” or “Lucy” and nine English-language movies still to release, EuropaCorp posted an annual net loss of €27.7 million ($30.8 million) for 2015-16, the company announced Friday. Operating losses were €22.3 million ($24.8 million).

The downbeat results for the financial year ending March 31 are broadly in line with expectations: EuropaCorp, led by Luc Besson, had already issued a profit warning before posting its numbers. Its share price edged down in early-morning trading Friday on the Paris bourse, losing 1.8%. EuropaCorp stock has already fallen by 17.7% in 2016.

The company’s losses come after a 2014-15 financial year when it registered €16.2 million ($18 million) in net profit thanks to returns from “Taken 3” and Scarlett Johansson-starrer “Lucy.” By contrast, EuropaCorp released just five movies in 2015-16, only one of which received global distribution.

Consolidated annual revenues were down 35% to €147.3 million ($163.7 million) from €226.9 million ($252.2 million) in 2014-15.

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Can Finding Dory Fend Off Tarzan and Bfg at the Box Office?

28 June 2016 10:05 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Pixar's Finding Dory helped resuscitate a sagging summer box office earlier this month, with a record-breaking $135 million, the highest debut ever for an animated movie. The sequel easily took down Independence Day: Resurgence, The Shallows and Free State of Jones in its second weekend, but it faces some much stiffer competition heading into the extended holiday. Disney's The Bfg, Warner Bros.' The Legend of Tarzan and Universal's The Purge: Election Year all debut this Friday. While it will likely be fairly close, Finding Dory is expected to hold onto its crown for a third weekend in a row, with $38.7 million.

If this prediction holds true, it will represent a 53.5% drop for Finding Dory in its third weekend, and push it past $300 million domestic. While $38.7 million isn't a terribly high figure for a winning summer weekend, none of the three new releases have been tracking very high with box office pundits. »

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First Bfg Clips Introduce Fleshlumpeater and Phizzwizard

27 June 2016 8:04 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

This weekend, one of the biggest adventures of the summer will hit theaters when The Bfg arrives July 1. To get fans ready for this release, we have five new clips that give us some new insight into Giant Country in this highly-anticipated adaptation. This long-awaited movie will go up against Universal's The Purge: Anarchy and Warner Bros.' The Legend of Tarzan this weekend.

The talents of three of the world's greatest storytellers - Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg - finally come together to bring The Bfg to life. Directed by the three-time Academy Award winner from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison based on the best-selling book by Dahl, The Bfg tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country and stars three-time Tony Award, two-time Olivier Award and Oscar winner Mark Rylance, newcomer Ruby Barnhill, »

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Judi Dench to reprise Queen Victoria role in Stephen Frears' 'Victoria and Abdul'

17 June 2016 4:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Working Title Films to make Victoria and Abdul; Focus Features, Universal to distribute.

Nearly 20 years after her Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning performance as Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown, Dame Judi Dench is to return to the role for a film directed by Stephen Frears.

Victoria and Abdul will tell the true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s reign.

Working Title Films will make the film, set to go into production this year for a 2017 release, to which Focus Features will hold worldwide rights.

Focus will release the movie domestically and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film around the world. Victoria and Abdul is being co-financed by Focus in association with BBC Films.

The screenplay is by Lee Hall, an Academy Award nominee and Tony Award winner for Billy Elliot; and is based on Shrabani Basu’s book Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant.

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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'The Bfg' Trailer #2 Introduces Spielberg's Big Friendly Giant

5 April 2016 9:36 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The talents of three of the world's greatest storytellers, Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg, finally unite to bring Roald Dahl's beloved classic The Bfg to life. Walt Disney Studios is thrilled to share the latest trailer for "The Bfg, which includes new, never-before-seen footage of the Bfg (Big Friendly Giant) in action. The film hits theaters nationwide&#160on July 1.&#160And be on the lookout for the next trailer, which will have even more of the The Bfg as well as the other giants from Giant Country!

Directed by Steven Spielberg, Disney's The Bfg tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The Bfg (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, »

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Casting: Deutch, Fahy, Allen, Monae

9 March 2016 11:42 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Rebel in the Rye

Zoey Deutch has landed the sought-after role of Oona O'Neill in Danny Strong's J.D. Salinger biopic "Rebel In The Rye" starring Nicholas Hoult as the author alongside Kevin Spacey, Laura Dern, Brian D'Arcy James and Hope Davis.

Oona O'Neill was the daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill and the toast of the New York City social scene, a fixture in gossip columns. She and a young Salinger dated and had a tumultuous relationship. [Source: EW]

Miss Sloane

Meghann Fahy ("Next to Normal") has joined the cast of John Madden's "Miss Sloane" at EuropaCorp and FilmNation. The story follows a ruthless and highly successful political strategist (Jessica Chastain) who exposes the cutthroat world of D.C lobbyists on both sides of the gun legislation debate.

Fahy steps into the part of Clara, a lobbyist on Chastain's team who gets bamboozled by one of her bosses' ploys. [Source: Deadline]

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Meghann Fahy Joins Jessica Chastain’s Team In ‘Miss Sloane’

8 March 2016 10:46 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Meghann Fahy (Next to Normal, Lost Girls) has joined EuropaCorp and FilmNation’s feature film Miss Sloane in what is a fairly substantial role. Headlined by Jessica Chastain and directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love), Fahy steps into the part of Clara, a lobbyist on Chastain’s team who gets bamboozled by one of her bosses’ ploys. Miss Sloane follows the story of a ruthless and highly successful political strategist named Elizabeth Sloane (Chastain) who… »

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Jessica Chastain Explains Why She Started 'Freckle,' Her Production Company

19 February 2016 5:56 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Jessica Chastain leaves no stone unturned. She's got quite a few things coming up: she's a warrior opposite Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt in "The Huntsman: Winter's War," she recently shot  "The Zookeeper's Wife" in Prague and now she's in talks to do Susanna White's "Woman Walks Ahead" and Aaron Sorkin's feature debut "Molly's Game." While shooting John Madden's Washington lobbyist drama "Miss Sloane," Chastain dropped the news that she is launching her own production company, Freckle Films. (@jes_chastain recently tweeted: "Nothing but my freckles. At least I'll be on time," about her Piaget photo, above.) Chastain joins the likes of Entertainment Weekly cover subjects Reese Witherspoon ("Gone Girl," "Wild") and Elizabeth Banks ("Pitch Perfect 2") as an actress unwilling to rely just on the projects studios offer. Famously, she starred in Kathryn »

- Anne Thompson

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Jessica Chastain Launching Freckle Films Production Company

18 February 2016 10:11 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jessica Chastain has launched Freckle Films as her own production company where she will serve as president alongside development executive Elise Siegel.

Freckle Films has entered into a first-look overhead deal with Maven Pictures, headed by Celine Rattray (“The Kids Are All Right”) and Trudie Styler (“Still Alice,” “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”) along with Charlotte Ubben.

Maven will provide development funds and cover overhead costs to acquire projects such as books, screenplays, plays and intellectual properties for Freckle Films and Maven to jointly produce. Jacqui Lewis, Leili Gerami, Clemens Pongratz and Elise Siegel will serve as executive producers on these films.

“I’m excited to launch Freckle Films, and I can’t imagine a better production partner than Maven Pictures,” said Chastain. “Trudie and Celine are not only both highly experienced and successful producers, but the projects they’ve created demonstrate their tenacious dedication to strong characters and »

- Dave McNary

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Casting News: Marano, Dern, Smith, Hurt

12 February 2016 2:20 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Gilmore Girls

Vanessa Marano ("Switched at Birth") has joined the cast of Netflix's "Gilmore Girls" revival, the latest original cast member to join the revival. Marano will reprise her role as April Nardini, daughter of Luke (Scott Patterson).

The polarizing character appeared in the final two seasons and is often blamed for Lorelai's (Lauren Graham) breakup with Luke. It’s not been made clear in which or how many of the four episodes Marano will appear. [Source: Variety]

Untitled Death Row Drama

HBO is developing a drama series penned and directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney who makes his narrative debut on the project.

Laura Dern is attached to star and executive produce the untitled drama which centers on a court-appointed psychiatrist (Dern) who must determine from her twisted yet humanizing diagnostic exchanges with death row inmates if they are sane enough to be killed by the state. [Source: Deadline]

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Douglas Smith Joins Jessica Chastain’s Team In ‘Miss Sloane’

11 February 2016 12:23 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Douglas Smith has joined the FilmNation feature Miss Sloane, which is headlined by Jessica Chastain and directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love). Smith, who recurs on the HBO drama Vinyl that premieres Sunday, will play Alex, a young lobbyist named who joins a coalition to try to help pass important gun control legislation. His is one of the key roles in Miss Sloane. Others already cast are Mark Strong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, John Lithgow, Sam… »

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