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To celebrate the release of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty on DVD and Blu-ray release on April 21st, we’ve a great insight into the film thanks to the star and director Ben Stiller and screenwriter Steve Conrad.
The film focuses around the life of Walter Mitty (Stiller), a modern day-dreamer, and an ordinary magazine photo editor who takes a regular mental vacation from his normal existence by disappearing into a world of fantasies electrified by dashing heroism, passionate romance and constant triumphs over danger. But when Mitty and the co-worker he secretly adores (Kristen Wiig) stand in actual peril of losing their jobs, Walter must do the unimaginable: take real action – sparking a global journey more extraordinary than anything he could have ever dreamed up.
- Dan Bullock
The 33 jury members will be split into seven groups, one for each competition category: World Narrative Competition, World Documentary Competition, Best New Narrative Director, Best New Documentary Director, Narrative Short Film, Documentary and the Student Visionary Award. Two other awards, the Bombay Sapphire Award for Transmedia and the Norah Ephron Prize, will also be awarded. Winners of the seven festival categories will receive $150,000 and prizes, and eight of the winners will also get to take home an original artwork. Winner of the second annual Nora Ephron Prize, which recognizes a female writer or director, will receive $25,000.
Seven Juries Will Award Prizes At 2014 Tribeca Film Fest
The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival revealed its 33 jurors, and it's an eclectic bunch made up of some of today's top filmmakers, writers, producers and actors. Jurors include Whoopi Goldberg, Toni Collette, Catherine Hardwicke, Lake Bell, Anton Yelchin, film critic David Edelstein, and "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross. The winning films in each of the seven competitive festival categories will be announced at the Tff Awards Night ceremony on April 24. The festival runs April 16-27. Below is the full list of 2014 jurors divided by category (bios courtesy of Tribeca): World Competition Categories The jurors for the 2014 World Narrative Competition are: Lake Bell: Independent Spirit Award-nominated triple threat whose recent film, In A World…, she directed, wrote, and starred in. Other acting credits include Black Rock, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and the soon-to-be released Million Dollar Arm, The Coup, and Man Up. Steve Conrad: Screenwriter and director whose. »
- Nigel M Smith
The Tribeca Film Festival announced its jurors for this year’s event, which runs from April 16-27. The list includes Toni Collette, Lake Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, Catherine Hardwicke, Heather Graham, Anton Yelchin, Paul Wesley and 26 other leaders of the filmmaking community.
In addition to the Festival’s main competition juries in seven categories, Tribeca named Delia Ephron, Natasha Lyonne, and Gary Ross to select the second annual Nora Ephron Prize, which awards $25,000 to a female writer or director.
Click below for the entire list of jurors, with biographical information courtesy of the Tribeca festival:
World Competition Categories
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- Jeff Labrecque
Organizers of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival have tapped a roster of industry types including Sheila Nevins, Anton Yelchin, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Wesley, Catherine Hardwicke, Toni Collette and Natasha Lyonne, among others, to serve as jurors for the fest’s seven competitive categories.
Hardwicke will judge the world narrative competish with a jury that includes Lake Bell and Steven Conrad (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”), while the world doc winner will be selected by a team that includes New York magazine’s David Edelstein and BBC journo Nick Fraser.
Thesps Jeff Goldblum and Adepero Oduyo are part of the jury to pick the award winner for new narrative director, while Heather Graham and Michael Stuhlbarg are among those selecting the recipient of the new doc helmer laurel.
- Gordon Cox
Variety reports that Ferrell will play Riggs, the loud-mouthed, 55-year-old tennis star who came out of retirement to play 29-year-old up-and-comer King, claiming that he could beat the woman precisely because she was female. The 1973 match was a huge television event, and King prevailed, silencing Riggs and other male critics worldwide.
Ferrell is no stranger to sports both on and off the big screen; he's played a figure skater in "Blades of Glory," and soccer and basketball players in "Kicking and Screaming" and "Semi-Pro," and is a big fan of USC football and the Los Angeles Lakers. It was precisely Ferrell's love of sports, and tennis in particular, that led producer Peter Chernin »
- Katie Roberts
Will Ferrell already starred in movies about basketball and soccer, and has now signed on to take the lead in a tennis drama, called "Match Makers," about tennis' legendary battle of the sexes match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Based on Don Van Natta Jr's Espn.com article, "The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, the Mafia and the Battle of the Sexes," the story follows the high profile rivalry between the two tennis pros and their iconic 1973 tennis match. The match was watched by 50 million Americans, who tuned in to see whether a 29-year-old female King could beat the retired 55-year-old Riggs. The new movie will be written by Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Pursuit of Happyness). »
The Anchorman actor will lead the cast of the film centred around the 1973 Battle of the Sexes match between Riggs and Billie Jean King.
The original article claimed that Riggs lost the match on purpose in order to pay gambling debts, but others have denied the allegations.
Ferrell previously attended the premiere of a documentary about the famous match, titled Battle of the Sexes.
Danny Boyle was recently linked with directing the project, but his involvement is yet to be confirmed.
The article focuses on a 1973 tennis match, where tennis star King, then 29, faced off against 55-year-old Riggs, and took him down.
The match had drawn 50 million TV viewers.
- Ketali Mehta
It follows the news in February that director Danny Boyle and writer Simon Beaufoy met with King in New York to discuss the project; Boyle had previously been seen at the premiere of a documentary on the match, entitled Battle of the Sexes. It isn't clear whether Boyle is still in the running, but Beaufoy will not pen the script, which will be taken on by Steve Conrad, writer of last year's Secret Life of Walter Mitty remake as well as The Pursuit of Happyness and a forthcoming John Belushi biopic.
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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
The already legendary Will Ferrell is set to take on new Tennis-based comedy-drama Match Maker that’s being written by The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’S Steven Conrad. It’s an adaption of the Espn Magazine article ‘The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, The Mafia and The Battle of the Sexes‘ by Don Van Natta Jr. that looks at the real-life sport conflict between Riggs and Billie Jean King.
The story is about the infamous rivalry between retired Tennis-star Bobby Riggs who came back to the game just to challenge women’s tennis player Billie Jean King in 1973. The game at the time was sold as ‘The Battle of the Sexes’. America was hooked and tens of millions tuned in to watch King beat Riggs and take the £100k jackpot. But that’s not the whole story, as there were also rumours that Riggs threw the game to pay off/ignore Mob gambling debts but, »
- Dan Bullock
Based on Don Van Natta Jr.'s Espn.com article, "The Match Maker" the story follows the high profile rivalry between the two tennis pros and their iconic 1973 tennis match watched by 90 million worldwide.
55-year-old Riggs claimed female tennis was inferior and challenged King to a match. She declined, but women's tennis top player Margaret Court accepted. Riggs beat her 6-2 6-1 thanks to his tricky use of drop shots and lobs, he then went on to taunt all female tennis players.
This prompted King to accept the offer to play Riggs in the nationally televised match. Having learned from Court's loss, King was prepared for Riggs' game and easily beat him 6–4 6–3 6–3. Some have claimed Riggs' loss »
- Garth Franklin
• Will Ferrell is attached to star in the tennis drama Match Maker, about the famous 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) is writing the screenplay based on an Espn.com article by Don Van Natta Jr. [Variety]
• Johnny Knoxville (Bad Grandpa) will voice the part of Leonardo and Monk’s Tony Shalhoub will voice Splinter in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Pete Ploszek and Danny Woodburn played the parts during filming. The Michael Bay-produced pic stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and William Fichtner »
- Lindsey Bahr
Will Ferrell is no stranger to sports movies: he’s appeared in Semi-Pro, Blades Of Glory, Talladega Nights and Kicking & Screaming. Now he’s set to combine one of his real-life passions with a true tale and a comedy drama script for Match Maker.The project comes from Walter Mitty writer Steve Conrad, based on an article by Don Van Natta Jr. called The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, The Mafia And The Battle Of The Sexes. It’ll chronicle the rivalry between former tennis pro Riggs and his 29-year-old opponent Billie Jean King, who hit the court for a legendary match in 1973 that - it was claimed - would establish if a female pro could ever beat a male in the sport. The event drew a huge audience of more than 50 million Americans, eager to see who would triumph.Ferrell would bring his own tennis skills to the court, with »
Variety is reporting that Will Ferrell will be taking a bit of a departure from comedy to headline Match Maker, a tennis drama about the 1973 Battles of the Sexes tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. No director has been set just yet but The Secret Life of Walter Mitty scribe Steven Conrad is on board to pen the screenplay (based on the Espn article, “The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, the Mafia and the Battle of the Sexes”), which will focus on the iconic sporting event that was watched by nearly 50 million Americans. It should also be noted that this project is different than the one that Danny Boyle is working on.
Though entering the world of sports may seem like an odd move for Ferrell, it actually makes sense to see him boarding Match Maker. Not only is he an avid tennis player, but he’s dabbled »
- Matt Joseph
Back in February we learned that Danny Boyle was developing a film about the famous "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in 1973. And since Hollywood likes movies in pairs every year now, it only makes sense that another film focusing on the same subject is in the works. THR has word that Will Ferrell is currently attached to a comedy called Match Maker that will focus on the tennis rivalry with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty writer Steven Conrad writing the script based on the Espn Magazine article "The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, The Mafia & The Battle of the Sexes." What's interesting is that the film is described as a comedy. Of course, even Danny Boyle's film would likely have some humor in it since there's plety of fun to be had in the rivalry itself. More than likely this will »
- Ethan Anderton
Comedian Will Ferrell is a known sports enthusiast, who has oft been spotted on the sidelines of USC football games as well as courtside at La Lakers games. But when it comes to tennis, Ferrell is getting serious for Match Maker. Variety reports Ferrell has signed on to star in Match Maker, a docudrama about the pivotal 1973 showdown of tennis legends Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. Ferrell will front the feature as Riggs. Beyond that, he and Adam McKay will produce through Gary Sanchez Productions, in co-ordination with Chernin Entertainment. It has not yet been announced who will co-star as King. Based on Don Van Natta Jr..s Espn magazine article, "The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, the Mafia and the Battle of the Sexes," Match Maker boasts a script from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty's screenwriter, Steve Conrad. Its story will follow the rivalry that evolved between »
The script, written by Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), is based on the 2013 Espn article "The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, the Mafia and the Battle of the Sexes," which follows the high-profile rivalry between between the 29-year-old Billie Jean King and 55-year-old Bobby Riggs that lead to their match dubbed "The Battle of the Sexes."
The televised match, which Billie Jean King won, was watched by over 50 million viewers. No plot details were revealed, but the Espn article brought to light several of the behind-the-scenes issues that most viewers didn't know about.
Will Ferrell's last two attempts at sports comedy—Semi-Pro and Blades of Glory—have been disappointing, but he's giving games another shot with Match Maker. According to THR, Ferrell will star in the tennis comedy, which is based on the Espn Magazine article "The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, The Mafia and The Battle of the Sexes". The true story "told of the infamous rivalry between Riggs, a tennis champ past his prime who came out of retirement to challenge women’s tennis player Billie Jean King in a 1973 game that became known as The Battle of the Sexes. Over 50 million Americans tuned in to watch King beat Riggs and win the $100,000 prize." It's possible Riggs threw the match to pay off some gambling debts to the mob. Yep. This definitely sounds like a Will Ferrell movie. I'm curious to see what actress they'll get for King, but I don't »
- Matt Goldberg
Anchorman star Will Ferrell is going back to the ’70s — but this time, he’ll be the guy making the news, not reporting it. Ferrell is attached to star in Match Maker, a drama about the legendary 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. Steve Conrad (The Secret […]
The post Will Ferrell Joins ’70s Tennis Drama ‘Match Maker’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
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