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Good Fear Developing Attica Riots Feature

1 July 2016 8:03 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Good Fear Films is developing a film about the legal battle that followed the 1971 prisoner revolt at the Attica Correctional Facility.

The life rights to Elizabeth Fink, the lead counsel in the federal civil rights case, and ex-con Frank 'Big Black' Smith have been obtained by the company.

In 1974, Fink filed a $2.8 billion civil suit on behalf of inmates against prison guards for torture and abuse during the riot. The revolt left 33 prisoners, and 10 corrections officers and civil employees dead at the maximum-security state prison in western New York. Fink won a $12 million settlement from the state in 2000.

Kristen Buckley has been hired to adapt the script which will look at Fink and Smith's work to expose the state cover-up of prisoner abuse. The project will also have access to key players and documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Chris Bender and Jake Weiner set to produce.

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- Garth Franklin

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Movie in the Works on Attica Prison Riots Legal Fight

30 June 2016 4:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chris Bender’s newly-minted Good Fear Films is developing a movie about the legal battle that followed the 1971 prisoner revolt at the Attica Correctional Facility.

Good Fear has obtained the life rights of Elizabeth Fink, who was the lead counsel in the federal civil rights case, and ex-con Frank “Big Black” Smith. Bender and Jake Weiner are producing.

In 1974, Fink filed a $2.8 billion civil suit on behalf of inmates against prison guards for torture and abuse during the riot. The five-day revolt left 33 prisoners, and 10 corrections officers and civil employees dead at the maximum-security state prison in western New York.

Fink, who was the lead counsel in the case, won a $12 million settlement from the state in 2000.

Good Fear has tapped Kristen Buckley to adapt the story, which follows Fink and Smith’s work to expose the state cover-up of prisoner abuse. The project has the cooperation of the estates of Fink and Smith, »

- Dave McNary

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Attica Prison Riot & Cover-Up Movie Developed By Good Fear Film

30 June 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Attica Prison riot in 1971 is one of the most well-known and significant prisoner uprisings in American history, as 1,000 inmates rioted and seized control of the prison, taking 42 hostages in the process, in order to demand better living conditions and political rights. When the uprising was over, 43 people were dead, including 10 correctional officers and 33 inmates, and the state began a massive cover up of the true events.

Read More: Career Moves: Casey Bloys Upped at HBO, Chris Bender Starts Up Good Fear

Now, Deadline reports that Good Fear Film’s Chris Bender and Jake Weiner will bring the story of Attica and its aftermath to the big screen. The film will tell the story of Frank “Big Black” Smith, the coach of prison football team and was chief of inmate security during the riot; after the riot was over, Smith was implicated as a ring leader and was tortured by »

- Vikram Murthi

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Good Fear Sets Kristen Buckley To Adapt Attica Prison Cover-Up Drama

30 June 2016 7:54 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Good Fear Film’s Chris Bender and Jake Weiner have acquired life rights to Elizabeth Fink and Frank "Big Black" Smith to tell the story of the infamous 1971 Attica prison riots and its aftermath. Kristen Buckley (How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days) is set to adapt. The movie will follow the life of the 29-year-old radical lawyer, Fink, as she works with ex-con Smith to uncover the massive state cover-up following the riots. Smith, who died in 2004, was the coach of… »

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Career Moves: Ephraim Walker Heads to D Street Media Group, Courtney Ott Leaves Film Society for Cinetic and More

24 June 2016 7:45 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the revolving door that is the film industry with our weekly Career Moves column that tracks all the comings and goings of the industry leaders that make Hollywood tick. Check out last week’s Career Moves to find out who went where, when and why.

– The independent production and distribution company D Street Media Group has tapped Ephraim Walker to serve as President of Production of D Street Pictures. He will oversee the company’s film projects and its production unit. Previously, Walker worked closely with “Fruitvale Station” filmmaker Ryan Coogler to develop the successful indie film based on the 2008 killing of Oscar Grant by an Oakland Bart police officer.

“We’re excited to have Ephraim join our team to oversee D Street’s exciting slate of films and work closely with the development department. His appointment comes at a time when the company continues to expand our international reach, »

- Kate Erbland

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Why R-Rated Comedies Have More Fun and More Highlights From Greenwich’s Comedy of Business Panel

13 June 2016 1:16 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

How do you make money being funny? Last weekend, the Greenwich International Film Festival’s Comedy Of Business Panel featured a selection of industry luminaries to talk about that exact topic. Actor Will Arnett (“Flaked”) joined producers Richard Brener (“Wedding Crashers”), Stuart Cornfeld (“Tropic Thunder”) and Chris Bender (“American Pie”) to talk about the process behind making a truly great comedy.

Between jokes about Twitter “correctness” and losing the script for “The Hangover” (which would go on to gross around $50 million), the seasoned assembly got down to the heart of what comedic films are today. Here are the three of their most interesting insights they had to offer.

Let the Douche Be the Fall Guy

“All of us are constantly being painted further and further into a corner,” said Arnett on the topic of political correctness in feature comedies.

In a time when Twitter backlash can ruin a career over an off color joke, the industry leaders had quite a bit to say about finding where to draw the line. When asked about Ben Stiller’s infamous “Tropic Thunder,” Cornfeld admitted it would be difficult to produce today, especially when it comes to the movie’s “full retard” sequence, of which Cornfeld said, “I can’t believe you would tell a joke like that now.” Richard Brener added, “or then.”

He later added, “Don’t aim low and miss. If there’s no joke behind the joke and it’s just mean spirited you’re going to fall on your face.” The panel revealed that it was this very reason that so many comedies feature an unlikable character saying horrendous things, like ‘American Pie’s douche extraordinaire Stiffler. If the audience knows the joke is coming from a bad person, they are less likely to take offense.

“I play a lot of dumb characters on purpose so I can say a lot of shitty things,” Arnett joked.

Read More: Greenwich International Film Festival Hires New Executive Director Colin Stanfield

R-Rated Movies Have More Fun

With difficulty to create comedy that would be inoffensive to anyone, the speakers agreed that R-rated comedy was the place to find freedom. Nearly everyone on the panel had taken part in making a movie that was acclaimed as bringing R-ratings back into style. From box office successes like the “Wedding Crashers” and “Zoolander” to the more recent giant “The Hangover,” the popularity of R is cyclical every few years.

Speaking from his own experience with “American Pie,” Chris Bender noted that, “R is so much more freeing, both in, like, being more truthful and real in language.” PG-13 may be more attractive to studios that want as many people to see a movie as possible, but language constraints can often stunt comedy. Brener, who works for the studio New Line Cinema confirmed, “You only get one non-sexual ‘fuck.’”

Read More: ‘Arrested Development’ Season 5 to be a ‘Serialized Murder Mystery,’ Could Premiere By November 2016

Make A Comedy For the Joy and the Pain

When you boil it down, comedies are perhaps the most difficult (and wonderful) movies to make.

For Arnett, “it’s always about the experience of it. I know that for me, as a performer, if you’re going to have a good experience and feel like you’re a part of something you are really into, the other person is going to raise their game. So, you want to do that because that’s kind of the recipe for success.” The panel agreed, if it looks like the audience was having fun making it, they probably were.

However, as a producer, that is not always the case. For Cornfeld, the Tenacious D movie was the best experience, but never yielded returns like he thought. Whereas on the set of “Zoolander,” his money problems with the studio went as far as debt collectors leaving him threatening messages at his home.

But it does feel good to look back and laugh. Brenner and Bender certainly do when they remember how they almost made “The Hangover.” After workshopping the script, and even providing the key plot point of the groom disappearing (something that really happened to a friend), the script went to another studio. They both admitted it would not be the same wonderful movie if they had made it.

In fact, it’s Brenner’s dad’s favorite movie. “He brings it up every time I see him,” he laughed at the lowest point of his career.

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D Films snaps up 'Under The Silver Lake'

25 May 2016 11:41 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The Canadian distributor has added one of the most sought-after projects from the Cannes Marché to its slate.

David Robert Mitchell’s follow-up to his cult hit It Follows is scheduled to begin production this summer with Andrew Garfield and Dakota Johnson in the lead roles.

Under The Silver Lake is based on an original screenplay by Mitchell and described as a modern noir crime thriller set in Los Angeles.

Michael De Luca is producing alongside Chris Bender and Adele Romanski. As previously reported on Screendaily, A24 has come on board for Us distribution.

“I was absolutely blown away by the Under The Silver Lake script,” said D Films senior vice-president of acquisitions and business development Michael Robson. “David Robert Mitchell is an exciting, original film-maker and I can’t wait to see what he has next for us.”

Robson brokered the deal with Noémie Devide of Insiders.

D Films has been assembling a dynamic slate that »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Greenwich Film Festival Adds Comedy Panel & More Events

25 May 2016 11:20 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Greenwich Film Festival unveiled its lineup of events that includes Lol: The Big Business Of Comedy, a panel discussion June 11 to be moderated by Deadline co-Editor-in-Chief Mike Fleming Jr. Panelists include New Line production president Richard Brener, producer Chris Bender, manager-producer Peter Principato, Red Hour principal Stuart Cornfeld and Will Arnett. Also on the docket is a Children's Acting Workshop panel and a Spotlight On conversation with fest honoree… »

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Chris Bender Launches Good Fear Film + Management

23 May 2016 4:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A week after dissolving 18-year-old Benderspink, producer Chris Bender has launched his new shingle, Good Fear Film + Management.

Notable clients include “It Follows” director David Robert Mitchell and “Gleason” director Clay Tweel.

The new company will include Jake Weiner as a partner. Managers Jake Wagner, Daniel Vang, Scott Stoops and talent manager Ryan Revel will join Bender at the new company along with creative executives David Baggelaar and Matthew Reis.

Management clients of the new company include Jennifer Weiner (“In Her Shoes”), Allison Schroeder (“Hidden Figures”), Billy Brown (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Eddie Jemison (“Ocean’s Eleven,” “Hung”), Matt Gerald (Netflix’s “Daredevil”), Adam Busch (“Colony”) and Tiffany Dupont (“Murder in the First”).

Other clients include eight primary cast members from the Bravo series “Vanderpump Rules”: Jordan Ross (“Cruel Intentions”), Ashleigh Powell (“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”), Victoria Aveyard (“Red Queen”), Evan Daugherty (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles »

- Dave McNary

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Chris Bender, Jc Spink to Split Up After Nearly 2 Decades at BenderSpink

17 May 2016 3:20 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

After two decades in the Hollywood trenches together, Chris Bender and J.C. Spink are splitting up and dissolving their management-production company BenderSpink, TheWrap has learned. The duo have been considering a split for several months, though it is said to be amicable. Both Bender and Spink intend to start their own management-production companies. It’s unclear whether BenderSpink executives Jake Weiner and Jake Wagner or rising star Scott Stoops will follow either Bender or Spink to their new companies. Also Read: How Ed Helms' 'Vacation' Role Could (Finally) Make Him a Movie Star After meeting at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, »

- Jeff Sneider

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Benderspink Breaking Up After 18-Year Run

17 May 2016 3:01 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Update with statement: Chris Bender and Jc Spink announced today they are calling it quits on Benderspink, the pair’s 18-year-old management and production company. Both will start new ventures, we’re told; Spink no longer works at the company’s offices. "We started Benderspink in our late 20's almost 18 years ago,” a joint statement said. “We could not be more proud of what we've worked on together and are excited for the next chapter in each of our lives." The duo’s… »

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Benderspink Breaking Up After 18-Year Run

17 May 2016 3:01 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Update with statement: Chris Bender and Jc Spink announced today they are calling it quits on Benderspink, the pair’s 18-year-old management and production company. Both will start new ventures, we’re told; Spink no longer works at the company’s offices. "We started Benderspink in our late 20's almost 18 years ago,” a joint statement said. “We could not be more proud of what we've worked on together and are excited for the next chapter in each of our lives." The duo’s… »

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Benderspink Dissolving Production-Management Company After 18 Years

17 May 2016 2:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

JC Spink and Chris Bender are dissolving their 18-year-old management-production company Benderspink, which has been involved in “The Hangover” trilogy, “We’re the Millers,” “A History of Violence” and “Zombeavers.”

The duo said the split is amicable in a statement issued Tuesday: “We started Benderspink in our late 20s almost 18 years ago. We could not be more proud of what we’ve achieved together and are excited for this next chapter in each of our lives.”

The statement did not elaborate on what they will do next.

Spink focused mostly on management while Bender focused on producing. The company was formed in 1998 after the two had worked as assistants at Zide-Perry Productions, where Bender received a co-producing credit on “American Pie.”

The duo, who met at Bucknell University, had a long-time first-look deal through New Line that launched in 2001. They delivered mid-budget titles such as “Horrible Bosses” and “The Butterfly Effect” franchises, »

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Cannes 2016: Dakota Johnson goes from Grey to Silver for ‘It Follows’ helmer

13 May 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

After suffering at the hands of Christian Grey for the Fifty Shades franchise, Dakota Johnson may be seeking out something lighter for pastures new.

It’s not clear if she’ll be getting it for her just-announced project, but Under The Silver Lake is shaping up to be a juicy prospect, with not a blindfold or rubber attachment in sight. She’ll co-star with Andrew Garfield in what’s being described as an La-based “modern noir crime thriller”.

No plot details are forthcoming, but the movie will be written and directed by David Robert Mitchell: he who put the fear of God back into us via It Follows.

You can bet there’ll be a fair amount of sinister developments afoot, bolstered by enough rising young talent to fill a sleazy nightclub. Michael De Luca, Lucy Kitada, Chris Bender, Jake Weiner and Adele Romanski are on production duties. Cameras roll in the Summer. »

- Steve Palace

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Dakota Johnson Heads Under The Silver Lake With Andrew Garfield

13 May 2016 9:02 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Occupying a spot between the actress’ ongoing commitment to the lucrative Fifty Shades franchise, The Hollywood Reporter brings word from Cannes that Dakota Johnson has closed a deal to star opposite Andrew Garfield in Under the Silver Lake, a “modern-day-noir crime thriller” hailing from David Robert Mitchell.

In case you weren’t aware, that’s the filmmaker behind last year’s horrific sleeper hit It Follows, not to mention The Myth of the American Sleepover. For Mitchell’s latest, the celebrated writer-director is working from his own script, shipping Garfield off to the bright lights of La in a journey that is being kept largely under wraps for now.

What we do know is that A24 has snapped up domestic rights for Under the Silver Lake, eyeing a production start in the City of Angels at some point during the summer. Michael De Luca – reuniting with Andrew Garfield following his »

- Michael Briers

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Dakota Johnson Boards ‘Under the Silver Lake’ With Andrew Garfield

13 May 2016 7:31 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Dakota Johnson is joining Andrew Garfield in David Robert Mitchell‘s crime thriller “Under the Silver Lake.” On Thursday, it was announced that A24 has acquired the domestic rights, and production will begin in Los Angeles this summer. The noir crime thriller set in L.A. is writer-director Mitchell‘s follow-up to his critically acclaimed indie horror film “It Follows,” which premiered at Cannes in 2014. Also Read: Andrew Garfield's 'Under the Silver Lake' Picked Up by A24 Michael De Luca (“The Social Network,” “Moneyball,” “50 Shades of Grey” trilogy) is producing. Chris Bender and Jake Weiner (“A History of Violence »

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Dakota Johnson joins 'Under The Silver Lake'

13 May 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Dakota Johnson is joining Andrew Garfield in David Robert Mitchell’s modern-day noir crime thriller Under The Silver Lake that A24 has picked up for the Us.

Insiders handles international sales on Mitchell’s next film after he broke out with Cannes 2014 selection and 2015 release It Follows.

Johnson stars in Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash opposite Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Matthias Schoenaerts and is filming Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.

Michael De Luca is producing Under The Silver Lake via his Michael De Luca Productions alongside Chris Bender, Jake Weiner and Adele Romanski.

Lucy Kitada is overseeing the project for Michael De Luca Productions.

CAA, which represents Mitchell and Garfield, packaged the project and brokered the deal. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Cannes: Dakota Johnson Joins Andrew Garfield in ‘Under the Silver Lake’

13 May 2016 12:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fifty Shades of Grey’s” Dakota Johnson will star opposite Andrew Garfield in “Under the Silver Lake.” The film is directed by David Robert Mitchell, who caused a stir with last year’s low-budget horror hit, “It Follows.”

A24 acquired domestic rights to the thriller out of Cannes this week. Production is slated to begin in Los Angeles the summer.

Johnson will reprise her role as Anastasia Steele in “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed,” both of which are currently filming. She is currently starring in Luca Guadagnino’s “A Bigger Splash” opposite Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Matthias Schoenaerts. Other credits include “How To Be Single” and “Black Mass.”

Michael De Luca, who worked with Johnson on “Fifty Shades of Grey,” is producing under his Michael De Luca Productions banner. Chris Bender, Jake Weiner and Adele Romanski are also producing.

Johnson is represented by Wme and attorney Pj Shapiro. »

- Brent Lang

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Cannes: Dakota Johnson Joins Andrew Garfield in 'Under the Silver Lake'

13 May 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Dakota Johnson is joining Andrew Garfield in Under the Silver Lake, described as a "modern-day-noir crime thriller." The film is the next project from David Robert Mitchell, director of sleeper hit It Follows. A24 has acquired domestic rights on the title, which is et to start production in Los Angeles this summer. Michael De Luca (The Social Network) will produce under his Michael De Luca Productions banner with Chris Bender, Jake Weiner and Adele Romanski also attached as producers. Lucy Kitada will oversee the film for Michael De Luca Productions. Insiders will handle international sales on the

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Dakota Johnson Joins Andrew Garfield In ‘Under The Silver Lake’ – Cannes

12 May 2016 11:59 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

50 Shades Of Grey star Dakota Johnson is joining Andrew Garfield in David Robert Mitchell’s Under The Silver Lake, a modern noir crime thriller set in Los Angeles that Mitchell is writing and directing. A24 has acquired domestic rights to the the pic here in Cannes. The project will be Mitchell’s follow-up to his breakou indie horror hit It Follows. Michael De Luca is producing this under his Michael De Luca Productions banner, with Chris Bender and Jake Weiner and Adele… »

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