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Hollywood’s New Leaders: 10 Assistants to Watch

28 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Olivia Blaustein, 26

Coordinator, scripted television, CAA

Blaustein, a USC grad, joined CAA in 2011 as an assistant to TV packaging agent Peter Micelli and developed relationships with writer-producers Jenji Kohan, Brian McGreevy, Lee Shipman and Peter Lenkov. She also played an integral role in the deal for client Lauren Bachelis, creator of the “Hollywood Assistants” Tumblr blog, with Fox TV. In 2013 Blaustein entered CAA’s agent training program, working for TV agent Tiffany Ward before being upped to coordinator. She’s a member of CAA’s Assistant Task Force.

Shirit Bradley, 32

Assistant to Alex Garcia, exec VP of creative affairs, and coordinator in the features creative dept., Legendary Pictures

Having worked at Innovative Artists, Bradley brought agency experience to her role at Legendary. When the company embarked on the production of Godzilla, she transitioned to that film’s production team, relocating to Vancouver and assisting producers Patty Whitcher and Mary Parent as well as Alex Garcia. »

- Variety Staff

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Production Begins on Alexandre Aja’s ‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’

27 October 2014 10:24 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With movies like the revenge-via-circular-saw High Tension and the skin-shredding Piranha remake, director Alexandre Aja has memorably dunked his characters in the blood bucket. But Aja’s next project, an adaptation of The 9th Life of Louis Drax, is more a supernatural thriller than a blood-and-bones picture, and principal photography on the film has now begun.

“Vancouver and London, October 27, 2014 – Miramax, the global film and television producer and distributor, along with the film’s producers AntColony Films and Brightlight Pictures announced today the start of principal photography on the supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Need for Speed, Triple Nine) and Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold, The Amazing Spider-man 2).

Joining Dornan, Paul and Gadon in supporting roles are Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class, Chef, Frost/Nixon) playing Louis Drax’s psychologist, Dr. Perez; Molly Parker (House of Cards, »

- Derek Anderson

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Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher To Script Wwi Tale ‘Megiddo’ For Warner Bros, Weimaraner

14 October 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Playwright-scribe Jeffrey Hatcher has been set to script Megiddo, the Wwi tale that Warner Bros is developing with Weimaraner Republic Pictures, the new producing shingle from longtime Warner Bros exec Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem. The film is an epic adventure set against the Sinai Campaign of World War I and is based on a treatment by Leshem, who’ll produce with Harris. Greg Ostrin is executive producer. Courtenay Valenti and Racheline Benveniste are steering for the studio.

Related: Ex-wb Exec Lynn Harris Launches Weimaraner With Husband Matti Leshem

Hatcher, who wrote the play Compleat Female Stage Beauty and its feature transfer, most recently scripted Mr. Holmes, which just wrapped production with director Bill Condon and Ian McKellen. Hatcher is repped by Anonymous Content and Paradigm

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- Mike Fleming Jr

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How to Cast Conjoined Twins on Broadway

10 October 2014 2:16 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Bill Condon has always been drawn to outsiders in his work. He won an adapted screenplay Oscar for his breakout film, Gods and Monsters, a complex character study of Frankenstein director James Whale. His script unlocked the challenges of filming Chicago by staging the musical numbers inside the heads of its celebrity murderesses. He followed with Kinsey, about the controversial sexual behavior researcher; Dreamgirls, which revolves around a cruelly ousted Motown girl-group singer; and The Fifth Estate, about exiled whistleblower Julian Assange.

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- David Rooney

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NBCUniversal Sets Growing Broadway Ventures Under Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt

7 October 2014 2:23 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Just a few weeks after the Disney Company roared that The Lion King had become the highest-grossing entertainment of all time, NBCUniversal today announced that Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, will oversee the company’s live-theater division, Universal Stage Productions. Jimmy Horowitz, Universal Pictures President, will “continue to run” Usp, while expanding its reach into NBCUni properties throughout film, TV and digital.

Chris Herzberger, Universal’s Executive of Live Theatricals, will continue in that position as hands-on with works in progress and a growing roster of developmental projects.

The company is not exactly a carpetbagger on Broadway, with a major stake in the long-running Wicked, a global box office phenomenon. Greenblatt is a producer of the most recent Tony Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder and of a “revisal” of Meredith Willson’s The Unsinkable Molly Brown at the Denver Center Theatre Company. The company »

- Jeremy Gerard

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NBC’s Robert Greenblatt to Oversee Universal’s Expanding Stage Division (Exclusive)

7 October 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robert Greenblatt, the NBC Entertainment chairman who is also one of the producers of Broadway Tony winner “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” has added oversight of NBCUniversal’s stage division to his portfolio of NBCU duties.

Universal Pictures president Jimmy Horowitz, who will continue to lead Universal Stage Prods., will now work with Greenblatt to expand the division’s focus to incorporate all NBCUniversal properties rather than just its film catalog.

The growth of Universal’s stage arm comes as Hollywood as a whole has begun to take an increasing interest in Broadway, spurred by the significant revenue a couple of major hits have minted for studios. Last month Disney Theatrical Prods.’ musical version of “The Lion King” became the top-grossing single title of all time (at $6.2 billion and counting), and Universal itself has seen the global success of Broadway’s “Wicked” turn the title into one »

- Gordon Cox

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NBC’s Robert Greenblatt to Oversee Universal’s Expanding Stage Division (Exclusive)

7 October 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Robert Greenblatt, the NBC Entertainment chairman who is also one of the producers of Broadway Tony winner “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” has added oversight of NBCUniversal’s stage division to his portfolio of NBCU duties.

Universal Pictures president Jimmy Horowitz, who will continue to lead Universal Stage Prods., will now work with Greenblatt to expand the division’s focus to incorporate all NBCUniversal properties rather than just its film catalog.

The growth of Universal’s stage arm comes as Hollywood as a whole has begun to take an increasing interest in Broadway, spurred by the significant revenue a couple of major hits have minted for studios. Last month Disney Theatrical Prods.’ musical version of “The Lion King” became the top-grossing single title of all time (at $6.2 billion and counting), and Universal itself has seen the global success of Broadway’s “Wicked” turn the title into one »

- Gordon Cox

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Long Before Downey Jr. There Was Gillette: Lost Holmes Movie Has Been Unearthed

2 October 2014 7:02 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Sherlock Holmes' movie found at Cinémathèque Française (image: William Gillette in 'Sherlock Holmes') Sherlock Holmes, a long-thought-lost 1916 feature starring stage performer and playwright William Gillette in the title role, has been discovered in the vaults of the Cinémathèque Française. Directed by the all-but-forgotten Arthur Berthelet for the Chicago-based Essanay production company, the approximately 90-minute movie is supposed to be not only the sole record of William Gillette's celebrated performance as Arthur Conan Doyle's detective, but also the only surviving Gillette film.* In the late 19th century, William Gillette himself wrote the play Sherlock Holmes, which turned out to be a mash-up of various stories and novels featuring the detective, chiefly the short stories "A Scandal in Bohemia" and "The Final Problem." ("May I marry Holmes?" Gillette, while vying for the role, telegraphed Conan Doyle. The latter replied, "You may marry or murder or do What you like with him. »

- Andre Soares

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Say Hello to Angsty Belle as Stephen Chbosky is Now Writing the Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’

1 October 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

If you were a teenager or adjacent to a teenager anytime since 1999, you are likely familiar with writer Stephen Chbosky and his tear-stained book found in the back of many a geometry classroom, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” It’s the epitome of teen angst, the coming-of-age story about an introverted boy named Charlie and the events that he goes through — some normally adolescent, some traumatic — during his freshman year of high school. You know, just a great time. The book was adapted into a film by Chbosky in 2012, so if you heard any wailing in the theater next door or saw some disheveled 15 year olds grasping each other by the concession stand, you know what’s up. Now Chbosky (who also wrote Rent) is heading to Disney, where he’ll pen Bill Condon‘s live-action Beauty and the Beast. Sure, it’s a tale as old as time, but »

- Samantha Wilson

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'Twilight Saga' Short Films Coming To Facebook, Will Be Directed By Aspiring Female Directors

30 September 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Twilight Saga will live on with five short films produced by Lions Gate in partnership with Facebook, each of which will be created by a female director.

Twilight Saga Short Films On Facebook

Each short film will be based on the characters originated in Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series and embodied onscreen in The Twilight Saga that launched the careers of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. None of the films will star members of the original cast, and it is unclear who will pen the scripts or which stories will be explored.

The short films will be released exclusively on Facebook, creating a partnership that Lions Gate hopes to continue in the future. “We think Facebook is a great way for us to introduce the world of Twilight to a whole new audience while re-energizing existing fans,” said Lions Gate Vice Chariman Michael Burns.

Each short will be directed by »

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Disney's New 'Beauty and the Beast' Gets 'Perks' Scribe

30 September 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

If I had to pick my favorite animated film of all time, I would probably end up going with Disney's Beauty And The Beast. It was not one I watched much as a kid. The Lion King and The Hunchback of Notre Dame are where my Disney nostalgia attachments lie. However, when I was about fifteen or sixteen, I revisited the movie and took on a whole new appreciation for it, particularly considering that I learned so much about how musicals should operate. The music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman is lush and filled with character. It drives conflict and story in a way that makes its pace never let up. The film never sits back and spins its wheels in a redundant song, which is why the extended edition of the movie that came out including the song "Human Again" does not work as well. Upon first hearing »

- Mike Shutt

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Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Getting Rewrite From ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’ Writer

30 September 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast is getting a polish from a guy who should know a thing or two about bookish, attractive outsiders. Stephen Chbosky, the author/screenwriter/director behind Ya classic The Perks of Being a Wallflower, has just come aboard to rewrite the live-action adaptation. Bill Condon is directing. Interestingly, the hire pits Chbosky […]

The post Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Getting Rewrite From ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’ Writer appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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'Perks of Being a Wallflower' Scribe Tackling 'Beauty and the Beast'

30 September 2014 8:02 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

After bringing his own iconic coming-of-age book The Perks of Being a Wallflower to the big screen, Stephen Chbosky is tackling another big screen adaptation. EW has learned that the author turned screenwriter and director has come on board Disney's live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, adapted from the studio's 1991 animated musical. Dreamgirls director Bill Condon is still getting behind the camera for the film, but Chbosky will write a new draft of the script. Previously we heard the film would be a "straight-forward, live-action, large-budget movie musical," but could that change with Chbosky on board? It's unlikely that the musical elements of the film will go away, especially since they plan to use most of the songs written by Alan Menken, Tim Rice and Howard Ashman from the stage play and the animated Disney film. But maybe the young adult angle will be played up more than it »

- Ethan Anderton

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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Gets ‘Wallflower’ Writer

30 September 2014 6:32 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Beauty and the Beast is among the centuries-old fairy tales that Walt Disney Pictures previously adapted into an animated feature – and now, the studio is re-inventing the story as a modern live-action movie. The project has a director in Oscar-winner Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Breaking Dawn – Part 1 & 2), along with an initial script draft put together by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Hercules); according to the latest update, though, the screenplay is getting a rewrite.

EW is reporting that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast retelling is going to get a fresh script draft penned by Stephen Chbosky, the author/filmmaker whose past work includes the critically-acclaimed movie adaptation of his own teen coming of age novel, ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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"Beauty," "Invisibility" Score New Scribes

30 September 2014 1:24 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" writer/director Stephen Chbosky is set to pen a new draft of the upcoming live-action take on Disney's animated classic "Beauty and the Beast".

Bill Condon helms the new version which includes music from both the iconic animated feature and Disney's long-running Broadway musical. Evan Spiliotopoulos ("Hercules," "Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure") penned the original draft.

Meanwhile, Kristina Lauren Anderson has been set to pen the adaptation of the Warner Bros. Pictures feature "Invisibility" based on the young adult supernatural romance novel by David Levithan and Andrea Creme.

The story is described as a romance between a boy cursed with invisibility and the one girl who can see him.

Sources: EW & Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Disney's live action Beauty And The Beast secures a writer

29 September 2014 10:40 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

After Maleficent and Cinderella, Beauty And The Beast is getting the live action treatment from Disney...

Earlier this year, it was confirmed that one of the live action tellings of a classic tale that Disney is working on is Beauty And The Beast. This follows the studio's success with Alice In Wonderland and Maleficent, with live action takes on The Jungle Book and Cinderella already on the way.

Beauty And The Beast is to be directed by Bill Condon (Gods And Monsters, the last two Twilight films), and we learn now that it's going to be written by Stephen Chbosky. Chboskey previously penned The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (directing the movie too), and EW reports that his screenplay will be based largely on Disney's superb 1991 animated telling of the Beauty And The Beast story.

There's no word yet as to when to expect the film. We'll keep you posted, »

- simonbrew

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Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' Lands 'Wallflower' Writer

29 September 2014 10:14 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney is continuing the trend of turning it's most iconic animated fairy tales into live-action adventures, and after adapting a number of original classics it goes after one of it's more recent movies. Though more than 20 years old, 1991's Beauty and the Beast help redefine what Disney animation could be, and it is now getting retold with human actors, courtesy of a screenplay by Stephen Chbosky.

Stephen Chbosky is best know for penning The Perks of Being a Wallflower screenplay, adapted from his own novel of the same name. It's because of him that Emma Watson may actually sign on for the lead in this take on the tale to be directed by The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 director Bill Condon.

At this time, Emma Watson is not officially signed on. She is still loosely attached to Warner Bros. »

- MovieWeb

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Perks of Being a Wallflower author to pen Beauty and the Beast script?

29 September 2014 10:02 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The author behind The Perks of Being a Wallflower is reportedly being lined up to pen the script of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast movie.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Stephen Chbosky will write the adaptation of the 1991 animated classic.

The news comes after it was confirmed that Twilight's Bill Condon would bring the live-action movie to the big screen as director.

Disney is hoping to capitalise on re-imagining some of its greatest movies, following the success of Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, based on Sleeping Beauty.

The next live-action project planned by the studio is Cinderella, which will focus on the tale's famous lost slipper.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros is planning a Beauty and the Beast movie of its own, which is rumoured to star Emma Watson. Its adaptation is currently without a director, after Guillermo del Toro pulled out.

The traditional Beauty and the Beast fairytale was »

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Katniss Is Subversive Revolutionary Leader in Thg Trailer

29 September 2014 8:35 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' trailer (image: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' poster) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay trailer — or more specifically, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer — has been around for a little while. So this is one of those better-late-than-never posts. Directed by Francis Lawrence, who also handled the previous film in the franchise, Catching Fire, Mockingjay – Part 1 brings back Best Actress Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne. Below you can watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay trailer titled “The Mockingjay Lives.” As you can see in the trailer, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 revolves around subversive revolutionary and freedom fighter Katniss Everdeen, who sets out to rescue Peeta, a sort of prisoner whose "uniform" is a funky white costume. Four-time Academy »

- Zac Gille

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Stephen Chbosky To Rewrite Disney’s Live Action Beauty And The Beast Adaptation

29 September 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Are Disney trying to jump aboard the young adult bandwagon with the latest piece of news? Or is this just another attempt at rejuvenating properties that are guaranteed to rake it in at the box office? You decide. According to EW, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower author-screenwriter-director-teenage saviour, Stephen Chbosky, has signed on to redraft a new version of the script for the studio’s upcoming Beauty And The Beast remake.

After the success of Wallflower, the move to enlist Chbosky might see a shift from the source material and into more adolescent waters. His take on growing up was one of those rare indie gems that truly captures what it means to have your younger years defined by music, friends and heavy, heavy introspection. He’s an author who’s got a grasp of what it means to be a kid, making him an ideal candidate to imbue »

- Gem Seddon

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