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Thora Birch joins 'Public Affairs'

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The latest casting piece has slotted into the political thriller from School Pictures and American Film Productions set to start production this month in Norfolk, Virginia.

13 Films handles international sales on Public Affairs and introduced the project to buyers in Cannes last month.

Birch will join previously announced Adrian Grenier and Mimi Rogers

Eric Bross directs Public Affairs from a screenplay by Tom Cudworth about a campaign aide who must fight for his life after he sleeps with the wife of a presidential candidate.

School PicturesStephen Israel and George Voskericyan of American Film Productions serve as producers.

Birch took a break from acting after she broke out in American Beauty and earned a Golden Globe nomination for Ghost World.

She is shooting Above Suspicion and recently wrapped The Etruscan Smile.
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Thora Birch Joins ‘Public Affairs’, Gravitas Acquires ‘The Anthropologist’, Zeitgeist Lands ‘Theo Who Lived’

Thora Birch Joins ‘Public Affairs’, Gravitas Acquires ‘The Anthropologist’, Zeitgeist Lands ‘Theo Who Lived’
Thora Birch has joined Adrian Grenier and Mimi Rogers in the political thriller Public Affairs, about a young campaign aide who gets in over his head after he sleeps with the wife of a presidential candidate. The film is being directed by Sundance alum and DGA-Award winner Eric Bross (USA Network’s Traffic) and was scripted by Tom Cudworth. Produced by School Pictures' Stephen Israel (Swimming with Sharks) and George Voskericyan (Echoes of War) of American Film…
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Thora Birch Joins Adrian Grenier Thriller ‘Public Affairs’

Thora Birch Joins Adrian Grenier Thriller ‘Public Affairs’
Thora Birch has joined Adrian Grenier and Mimi Rogers in the political thriller Public Affairs, Variety has learned exclusively.

Eric Bross is directing from a script by Tom Cudworth. Producers are School PicturesStephen Israel (“Swimming With Sharks”) and George Voskericyan (“Helicopter Mom”) of American Film Productions. Shooting starts this month in Norfolk, Va.

13 Films has international rights to the project, which was introduced to buyers in Cannes.

“Public Affairs” follows a young campaign aide who sleeps with a presidential candidate’s wife — a mistake that sends him into a downward spiral of corruption and blackmail. He is left fighting not only for his career, but also his life.

“I’ve long-admired Thora’s raw talent and am thrilled that she has joined the team,” said Israel. “Her honesty and depth will truly complement an already-strong cast.”

Birch’s credits include “Patriot Games,” “American Beauty” and “Ghost World.” She took
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Grenier, Rogers Set To Join "Public Affairs"

"Entourage" star Adrian Grenier and "Hope Springs" actress Mimi Rogers have joined the cast of Eric Bross' political thriller "Public Affairs".

The story centers on a young campaign aide who sleeps with the wife of a presidential candidate - a mistake that threatens his career and endangers his life, and exposes him to blackmail.

Tom Cudworth penned the film. Stephen Israel and George Voskericyan will produce with shooting to begin in June.

Source: Screen
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Adrian Grenier joins 'Public Affairs' for 13 Films

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Adrian Grenier joins 'Public Affairs' for 13 Films
Adrian Grenier and Mimi Rogers have joined the cast of the political thriller, which 13 Films has introduced to Cannes buyers.

Public Affairs follows a young campaign aide in over his head when he sleeps with the wife of a presidential candidate and is left fighting for his life.

Principal photography is earmarked for June when Eric Bross will direct from a screenplay by Tom Cudworth.

School PicturesStephen Israel is producing with George Voskericyan of American Film Productions.

13 Films’ Cannes slate includes UK dark comedy Croak written by David Thewlis, and Worlds Apart starring J.K. Simmons.

In pre-production are sci-fi Spectrum, thriller Every Good Boy Does Fine, and action thriller Entry Level.
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Adrien Grenier joins 'Public Affairs' for 13 Films

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Adrien Grenier joins 'Public Affairs' for 13 Films
Adrian Grenier and Mimi Rogers have joined the cast of the political thriller, which 13 Films has introduced to Cannes buyers.

Public Affairs follows a young campaign aide in over his head when he sleeps with the wife of a presidential candidate and is left fighting for his life.

Principal photography is earmarked for June when Eric Bross will direct from a screenplay by Tom Cudworth.

School PicturesStephen Israel is producing with George Voskericyan of American Film Productions.

13 Films’ Cannes slate includes UK dark comedy Croak written by David Thewlis, and Worlds Apart starring J.K. Simmons.

In pre-production are sci-fi Spectrum, thriller Every Good Boy Does Fine, and action thriller Entry Level.
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Cannes: Adrian Grenier, Mimi Rogers Star in ‘Public Affairs’ (Exclusive)

Cannes: Adrian Grenier, Mimi Rogers Star in ‘Public Affairs’ (Exclusive)
Entourage” star Adrian Grenier and “Hope Springs” actress Mimi Rogers have joined the cast of “Public Affairs,” Variety has learned.

The political thriller centers on a young campaign aide who sleeps with the wife of a presidential candidate — a mistake that threatens his career and endangers his life, and exposes him to blackmail.

The film is directed by Eric Bross, whose credits include “Restaurant” and “On the Line.” Tom Cudworth, who previously partnered with Bross on “Restaurant,” wrote the film.

Produced by School PicturesStephen Israel (“Swimming With Sharks”) and George Voskericyan (“Echoes of War”), the film is set to start principal photography in June. 13 Films is handling international rights to the project and will introduce the film to buyers at Cannes.
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A Goliath Heading Our Way This January

As if prison wasn't a dangerous enough place, picture if you will a twelve-foot tall robot guard gone haywire and rampaging through the halls. Sounds insane, right? Well, ladies and gents, allow us to introduce you to Goliath.

From filmmakers Eric Bross, Sean Albertson, and Matt Lazarus, the 10-minute short film will be available worldwide to watch for free this coming January. Be on the lookout for an exact date soon! The flick stars Fernanda Andrade as Jena Ortiz and Luis and Daniel Moncada as the Capablanca brothers with a cameo by Sully Erna.

The short film is based on an original concept by Bross and his brothers, Jonathan and Scott Bross. Goliath was written by Lazarus, directed by Bross, and co-produced by Albertson, Bross, and Lazarus. Kenny Roy oversaw visual effects duties along with visual effects supervisor Rob Stauffer.

Synopsis

A prison with a gang problem installs a 12′ robot guard: Goliath.
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We Have Your Husband, starring Esai Morales, premieres tonight (8 pm, Lifetime)

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Just a reminder that Esai Morales gets kidnapped in the Lifetime film We Have Your Husband tonight at 8 pm.

If you're in the right region, you can see the trailer on Lifetime's site.

Esai was on Ktla News the other day to talk about the film and some of the issues it raises. You can watch the interview here. It includes a couple of clips from the film.

Here is the synopsis:

The chilling true story of one woman’s fight to get her husband released from the hands of kidnappers in Mexico is brought to life in the Lifetime Original Movie, “We Have Your Husband.”

American-born Jayne Valseca (Teri Polo, Meet the Parents, Man Up), her husband Eduardo (Esai Morales, NYPD Blue), the son of a legendary Mexican newspaper publisher, and their two children live an idyllic life on their 1,000 acre ranch outside of a peaceful Mexico town. But
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Blood & Chrome update, new film for Esai Morales, Leah Gibson in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, new interviews with Sasha Roiz and Scott Porter

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Airlock Alpha has the first report from the Battlestar panel at Comic-Con. Richard Hatch, Kevin Grazier, Michael Nankin and Lili Bordan were there, and Michael Taylor had to skip because of surgery. Get better soon, Michael Taylor.

Here is what is happening with Blood and Chrome:

The pilot is not expected to be completed until at least October, especially since the sets were extremely minimal, Bordan said. Hatch told the crowd that Syfy plans to air "Blood & Chrome" as a movie event first, and a backdoor pilot, similar to what was done with "Caprica." It looks like the network is not spending the money to do a miniseries, like it did with "Battlestar Galactica."Also, unless there was a misunderstanding at the panel, they are/were exploring the possibility of showing it in 3D. Read the whole article for more details.

Esai Morales has a new film in the works.
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TV Movie News: Lifetime Greenlights Kidnapping Saga With Teri Polo & Esai Morales, TNT's 'Innocent' Casts Bill Pullman

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Exclusive: Lifetime has greenlighted We Have Your Husband, an original movie starring Teri Polo and Esai Morales based on the true story of American Jayne Valseca (Polo) and her fight to free her husband Eduardo (Morales) who spent 7 and a half months at the hands of brutal kidnappers in Mexico. Eduardo, a Mexican businessman, was kidnapped at gunpoint close to the ranch where he lived with his wife Jayne and their kids, launching a race for Jayne to raise ransom money while Eduardo clings to life as he is starved, tortured and shot several times. We Have Your Husband, based on the book of the same name by Jayne Valseca and Mark Ebner, is produced by Johnson Production Group and Sc Pictures and executive produced by Tim Johnson and Jean AbounaderEric Bross will direct from a script by Jb White. Polo, repped by Gersh and manager Bob McGowan, just
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Tom Hooper Dominates The DGA Awards

The SAG Awards wasn't the only big show that was taking place during this previous weekend. The annual DGA Awards took place this past Saturday, filled with a some-what unlikely win from Tom Hooper. "The King's Speech" director went home with the coveted Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film award. Only a few times has the recipient of this award gone on to loose the Best Director Oscar, which means this guy certainly has a great shot of taking a golden boy home next month. Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film Tom Hooper - "The King's Speech" (The Weinstein Company) Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Television or Mini-Series Mick Jackson - "Temple Grandin" (HBO) Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Documentary Charles Ferguson - "Inside Job" (Representational Pictures/Sony Pictures Classics) Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series Martin Scorsese - "Boardwalk Empire" ("Boardwalk Empire") Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a
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63rd Annual DGA Award Winners!

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The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2010 were announced tonight during the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Tom Hooper won the DGA's Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The King's Speech.

Following the welcome by DGA President Taylor Hackford to an audience of more than 1,600 guests, director/actor Carl Reiner hosted the ceremony.

Here is the full list of winners below:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2010:

Tom Hooper, The King's Speech (The Weinstein Co.)

Tom Hooper's Directorial Team:Production Manager: Erica BenslyFirst Assistant Director: Martin HarrisonSecond Assistant Director: Chris Stoaling

This is Mr. Hooper's first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination. He was previously nominated for the DGA Award for Movies for Television/Miniseries for John Adams in 2008.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2010:

Charles Ferguson, Inside Job Representational Pictures,
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Directors Guild Awards Announced

The closer we get to the Oscars, the more likely The Social Network may just lose out to the King’s Speech. The Director’s Guild has selected The King’s Speech’s director Tom Hooper as the winner of Outstanding Directorial Achievement this year.

Since 1948, the Academy and the DGA have only disagreed on Best Director six times.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2010:

Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Co.)

Mr. Hooper’s Directorial Team:

Production Manager: Erica Bensly First Assistant Director: Martin Harrison Second Assistant Director: Chris Stoaling

This is Hooper’s first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination. He was previously nominated for the DGA Award for Movies for Television/Miniseries for John Adams in 2008.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for 2010:

Mick Jackson, Temple Grandin (HBO)

Mr. Jackson’s
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'The King's Speech' wins Directors Guild Award

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Tom Hooper of "The King's Speech" has been named the best film director of 2010 by his peers.

Hooper won the Directors Guild of America Award for best feature-film director at the awards Saturday night (Jan. 29), beating out Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan"), Christopher Nolan ("Inception"), David O. Russell ("The Fighter") and David Fincher ("The Social Network"). And if history holds, Hooper may now be the front-runner to win the Academy Award for best director as well.

Only six times since the DGA began its awards in 1948 has the guild's winner not won the Oscar for best director that year; the last time was in 2002, when Roman Polanski ("The Pianist') beat out DGA winner Rob Marshall of "Chicago." Fincher, Russell, Aronofsky and "True Grit's" Joel and Ethan Coen are the other Oscar nominees for best director.

Other awards at Saturday's ceremony went to Martin Scorsese for the pilot of "Boardwalk Empire,
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Winners of the 63rd Annual DGA Awards

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The Directors Guild of America presented the 63rd Annual DGA Awards on Saturday night, January 29, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The King’s Speech won a key award from Hollywood directors, four days after the British royals drama picked up a leading 12 Oscar nominations.

The film’s director, Tom Hooper, was named winner of the union’s prize for outstanding achievement in feature film at a ceremony in Hollywood, beating competition that included another Oscar favorite, The Social Network director David Fincher. The Directors Guild of America contest also included Christopher Nolan for Inception, Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan and David O. Russell for The Fighter. The second of two movies on thing mentioned also received Oscar nominations, along with Joel and Ethan Coen for True Grit, who were unnoticed by the DGA.

And the six times in 62 years has the winner of the DGA prize not gone
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Tom Hooper wins the DGA Award for The King's Speech

The Director's Guild of America announced the recipients of their awards last night, with English filmmaker Tom Hooper taking home the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for his work on the acclaimed period drama The King's Speech.

It was believed that The Social Network's David Fincher was a strong favourite to receive the accolade, particularly after his success at the Golden Globes earlier this month, while Hooper also fended off competition from fellow nominees Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Christopher Nolan (Inception) and David O. Russell (The Fighter).

It is very rare that the winner of the DGA's top prize doesn't go on to claim the Best Director gong at the Academy Awards (in fact, it's only happened on six occasions to date), and Hooper must now be considered favourite to collect the Oscar. The King's Speech received the most nominations with twelve including Best Picture,
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DGA Honors ‘The King’s Speech’ Director Tom Hooper as Best Director of 2010

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DGA Honors ‘The King’s Speech’ Director Tom Hooper as Best Director of 2010
The Directors Guild of America announced its award winners for achievement in 2010 last night, and the big winner was Tom Hooper, director of The King's Speech. That, in conjunction with the film's victory [1] at the Producers Guild awards, puts the movie as the odds-on favorite to win the Best Picture Oscar, and makes Mr. Hooper a likely win for Best Director as well. The DGA and Academy have gone different ways for Best Director only six times in the past six decades, and I'm not certain this year will make it seven. In Contention [2] points to the difference at the 2003 Oscars, where the relatively young Rob Marshall won the DGA award for Chicago over directors like Martin Scorsese and Roman Polanski. But the Academy went with Roman Polanski as Best Director for The Pianist, even as Chicago won Best Picture. So will a more experienced director like Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell
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Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” Wins DGA Awards

HollywoodNews.com: The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2010 were announced tonight during the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Tom Hooper won the DGA’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The King’s Speech.

Following the welcome by DGA President Taylor Hackford to an audience of more than 1,600 guests, director/actor Carl Reiner hosted the ceremony.

Presenters included (in alphabetical order): Amy Adams (The Fighter); DGA 75th Anniversary Chair Michael Apted; DGA First Vice President Paris Barclay; 75th Anniversary Co-Chair and 2009 DGA Feature Film Award winner Kathryn Bigelow; Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire); 75th Anniversary Co-Chair James Cameron; Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech); DGA Secretary/Treasurer Gil Cates; 75th Anniversary Co-Chair Francis Ford Coppola; Claire Danes (Temple Grandin); Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception); 75th Anniversary Co-Chair Clint Eastwood; Colin Firth (The King
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Tom Hooper Wins DGA Feature Film Award for The King’S Speech

Los Angeles .The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2010 were announced tonight during the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Tom Hooper won the DGA’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The King’s Speech

Following the welcome by DGA President Taylor Hackford to an audience of more than 1,600 guests, director/actor Carl Reiner hosted the ceremony.

Presenters included (in alphabetical order): Amy Adams (The Fighter); DGA 75th Anniversary Chair Michael Apted; DGA First Vice President Paris Barclay; 75th Anniversary Co-Chair and 2009 DGA Feature Film Award winner Kathryn Bigelow; Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire); 75th Anniversary Co-Chair James Cameron; Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech); DGA Secretary/Treasurer Gil Cates; 75th Anniversary Co-Chair Francis Ford Coppola; Claire Danes (Temple Grandin); Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception); 75th Anniversary Co-Chair Clint Eastwood; Colin Firth (The King
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