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Fledgling indie distributor Broad Green Pictures, which has staffed up to around 60, has acquired U.S. distribution rights at the Cannes market for "The Infiltrator," starring Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") as undercover U.S. Customs agent Robert Mazur, who used mob ties to make his way into some of the world's largest drug cartels during the 1980s. Adapted by Ellen Brown Furman from Mazur's autobiography and directed by Brad Furman ("The Lincoln Lawyer"), "The Infiltrator" is one of several recent high-profile pickups by the company, including Ramin Bahrani's "99 Homes," with Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern, and Michael Shannon, and Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups," starring Christian Bale and natalie Portman, which debuted in Berlin. In addition to Cranston, the cast includes Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, and Amy Ryan. Good Films' Miriam Segal produced. Broad Green will finally open its first »
- Anne Thompson and Matt Brennan
Broad Green Pictures has announced the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to Brad Furman's "The Infiltrator." Adapted by Ellen Brown Furman and based on the autobiography by Robert Mazur, “The Infiltrator" stars Emmy and Golden Globe winner Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, Yul Vazquez and Amy Ryan. The film's synopsis reads: "Based on the true story of a fearless operative, 'The Infiltrator' is a heart-stopping account of one of history's largest and most elaborate stings. Set amidst the lavish excess of the 1980's, 'The Infiltrator' tells the story of undercover Us Customs agent Robert Mazur (Cranston) Aka Robert Musella, who became a pivotal player for drug lords cleaning their dirty cash. He traded on mob connections to become the confidant to scores of the international underworld, and the bankers who enabled them. Laying his life on the line, he infiltrated the »
- Casey Cipriani
Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston is back in the narcotics business, only this time he’ll be on the other side of the fence. The Infiltrator sees him take the true life role of Robert Mazur, who famously went undercover to expose drug cartels operating in league with supposedly legitimate banks around the world in the 1980s.
While this news ain’t new, the announcement that Broad Green Pictures are to distribute the movie in the Us is hot off the press. The deal was brokered at Cannes, and should see the nail-biting chronicle of Mazur’s operation reach a wide audience and get it within range of awards season in 2016. Dylan Wiley and Chris Tricarico negotiated for Bg’s Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, while Wme went in the room on behalf of producers Good Films.
Featuring a mix of international intrigue and sweat-inducing subterfuge against the backdrop of the »
- Steve Palace
The deal, struck during the Cannes market this week, will see Broad Green add the film to its 2016 slate.
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston plays Mazur, a customs and excise agent who went undercover as Robert Musella and traded on mob connections to become the confidant to scores of the international underworld, and the bankers who enabled them.
In an elaborate sting, the operation reeled in key players in a chain stretching all the way »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The deal was closed Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, where Wme and Relativity International have been selling rights.
Brad Furman directed the film, based on Robert Mazur’s autobiography of the same name. “The Infiltrator” stars Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, Yul Vazquez and Amy Ryan. Good Films’ Miriam Segal is producing with Bank Leumi, Good Films and LipSync co-financing.
Cranston portrays undercover U.S. Customs agent Robert Mazur, who became a pivotal player for drug lords in the 1980s after cleaning their dirty cash by trading on mob connections to become confidant to the international underworld, and the bankers who enabled them. The operation reeled in key players in a chain stretching all the way to Pablo Escobar, with arrests leading to the »
- Dave McNary
Broad Green Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Brad Furman’s “The Infiltrator,” which stars Bryan Cranston as an undercover U.S. Customs agent who became a pivotal player for drug lords cleaning their dirty cash. Bgp announced the deal on Thursday after negotiating the terms at Cannes, and said it plans to add the film to its growing 2016 slate. “The Infiltrator,” which Ellen Brown Furman adapted from the autobiography by Robert Mazur, co-stars Diane Kruger (“Inglourious Basterds”), John Leguizamo (“Chef”), Benjamin Bratt (“Traffic”), Yul Vazquez (“Captain Phillips”), and Oscar nominee Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone”). Also Read: Jon Hamm »
- Jeff Sneider
Broad Green Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Brad Furman's adaption of The Infiltrator, starring Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad,) and Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds). Deal is believed to be $4 million with a commitment for a wide theatrical release. Wme Global sold it off a promo at Cannes. In the Ellen Brown Furman-scripted drama, Cranston plays a U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Miriam Segal and… »
Fans of the hit AMC crime drama may have a hard time imagining anyone other than Anna Gunn play Skyler, the fraught and fierce wife to Bryan Cranston’s Walter White. But before two Emmy Awards and some of the loudest critical acclaim in television history, Gunn was just another actor showing up. As she told Backstage two years ago, her audition for Vince Gilligan involved miming the handjob Skyler gives Walter in the pilot episode. You can see in the video below a fully fleshed-out person, a distracted wife at the end of a long day casually giving her husband some attention. It plays as flat-out comedy as Gunn hits every beat—especially “I just, I really need you to mow at some point.” Cranston is not even in the frame and you can feel their breezy chemistry (no pun intended). With an audition this good, casting becomes a cinch. »
Jon Hamm has never won an Emmy. When he reaped his seventh consecutive Best Drama Actor bid last year as Don Draper in “Mad Men”, he distinguished himself from a half dozen of the most iconic leading men of the twenty-first century who had scored six nominations each: Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”, “Six Feet Under”), Hugh Laurie (“House”), Martin Sheen (“The West Wing”) and Kiefer Sutherland (“24”). Cranston won the race four times, Gandolfini three times and Sutherland once apiece. Hall, Laurie and Sheen were snubbed year after year like Hamm. -Break- "Mad Men" poll: Which episode should Jon Hamm submit to Emmy judges? But to equate Hamm with Hall, Laurie and Sheen would be to assume that Hamm’s bad awards luck is limited to the Emmys. Yes, he holds the record »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Mills wrote and will direct the new film, which Megan Ellison is producing through Annapurna, alongside Anne Carey of Archer Gray and Youree Henley. Annapurna’s Chelsea Barnard will serve as executive producer.
The film is set in Santa Barbara, Calif. during the summer of 1979. It tells the story of a mother who’s trying her best to raise her teenage son while looking for answers from two other remarkable women in her life.
Mills, who directed “Beginners,” set up the project in January with Annapurna. “The film is an ode to the women who raised me; my mom, my sisters, the girls I was in love with or looked up to at school and in the punk rock scene where I really learned about the world,” Mills said at the time. »
- Dave McNary
It is standard practice for studios to try and shop broadcast pilots that didn’t go forward. In the case of Bryan Cranston and David Shore’s drama Sneaky Pete, which just got a pass from CBS, I hear there have been incoming inquiries, with multiple cable networks expressing interest. It is too early to talk specifics, but it won’t be surprising if AMC is among the nets that would like to take a peek, given its relationship with Cranston, star of its hit series Breaking Bad… »
Archie Panjabi will be urging on The Good Wife at the BAFTA Television Awards on Sunday - where she's also handing out an honour - but we imagine it might be a bit strange for her. Because after six seasons as investigator Kalinda, Panjabi has left the hit show. What better time for a catch-up?
Are you excited about Sunday?
"Yeah, I think we've got a chance! And I've never handed out an award for BAFTA before so I'm really chuffed that they asked me and quite excited. It's weird, because I'm British, and yet I've done all the American ceremonies and this is my first time doing the British one! It's quite exciting. »
“Battle Creek” is no more. CBS has canceled the cop drama, from “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and “House” boss David Shore after one season punctuated by disappointing ratings. The network has also decided to pass on the pilot “Sneaky Pete,” which counts “Breaking Bad” alum Bryan Cranston as a co-writer and executive producer. Also Read: 'Rush Hour,' 'Limitless,' 'Criminal Minds' Spinoff Among CBS Series Orders “Battle Creek,” which starred Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters as a pair of mismatched lawmen in Battle Creek, Michigan, originated with Gilligan years before the success of “Breaking Bad »
- Tim Kenneally
CBS has lowered the ax on “Battle Creek,” the high-profile cop drama series that landed a rare straight-to-series commitment from the Eye on the strength of the auspices of David Shore and Vince Gilligan.
Meanwhile, the the rest of CBS’ bubble series are expected to be back, including fledgling comedy “The Odd Couple” and “CSI,” probably with a short order for a 16th and final season. “Hawaii Five-0″ had been on the fence but is expected to be back for season six.
“Battle Creek,” from Sony Pictures TV, starred Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters as maverick cops working the mean streets of Battle Creek, Mich. Gilligan wrote the pilot script years ago, and it was revived shortly after “Breaking Bad” ended its run in »
- Cynthia Littleton
All eyes will be on director Jon M. Chu this October when the G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer pulls back the curtain on his other Hasbro toy adaptation – music-themed Jem and the Holograms – but Chu is already thinking further ahead. Over at Paramount, where he last worked behind the camera on the Joe sequel, the director has become attached to produce action-adventure thriller Escape, from a script by Tze Chun (TV’s Once Upon a Time).
The story is being kept mostly under wraps but centers on an unlikely team of tech whizzes with criminal pasts who come together for a top-secret mission. In addition to writing for ABC’s popular fantasy series, Chun penned the script for an taut, little thriller back in 2013 called Cold Comes the Night, which starred a newly post-Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston and Alice Eve. It’s more that gig than his TV work that »
- Isaac Feldberg
Currently finishing up Now You See Me: The Second Act, Jon M. Chu already has his sights on a future project. He'll be a producer on Escape, an action adventure by director, screenwriter and cinematographer Tze Chun.Not many details are yet out there about Escape's plot, other than that it involves "tech-savvy criminals who are recruited on a mission". But there's obviously something there, since Paramount have seen fit to give the project a studio home.Tze Chun previously wrote and directed the indie drama Children Of Invention and the thriller Cold Comes The Night, which starred Bryan Cranston and Alice Eve. So it looks likely that he'll man Escape's cameras too, with Chu overseeing. Chu's Now You See Me sequel is out in the UK on June 10, 2016. »
Not content with directing, writing and starring in his own TV show, Louis C.K. will be bringing his triple-threat of talents to the big screen with indie comedy I’m A Cop.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will follow the story of “a depressed middle-aged man who is a volunteer police officer living in the shadow of his mother, a highly-decorated retired officer. When she dies, her continued influence forces him to become a real police officer, which is something he never wanted to be.”
There’s no schedule for the movie yet, however the comedian will be hoping this fares a lot better than his previous attempt at directing for the big screen. While his sitcom Louis has enjoyed tremendous success, the last time he was behind the camera on a movie was 2001’s bomb Pootie Tang, from which he was actually removed during editing.
Scott Rudin, »
- James Hunt
The Collider Weekly TV Guide is a rundown of notable episodes, premieres, returns, finales, and opportunities to catch up on great shows (or cast an eye to the occasional TV train wreck). Here are the picks for the week beginning Monday, May 4th: Monday 5/4 Gotham, "All Happy Families Are Alike" (Fox, 8 p.m.) -- The Season 1 finale finds Gotham City in the midst of a gang war, which culminates in a showdown between Fish Mooney and Maroni. Meanwhile, Bruce searches Wayne manner for any clues his father may have left. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (HBO, 9 p.m.) -- Brett Morgan directs this first authorized biography of the Nirvana frontman, using found footage to curate the story in Cobain's own words and through his art. Tuesday 5/5 [caption id="attachment_415828" align="alignright" width="350"] Image (of a barely-visible Grodd) via The CW[/caption] The Flash, "Grodd Lives" (CW, 8 p.m.) -- Gorilla Grodd is unleashed and Joe is put in peril, »
- Allison Keene
Gwyneth Paltrow silver dress on the Oscars' Red Carpet Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards Donning a shining silver dress, Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Paltrow's latest movie, Country Strong, was up for a Best Song Oscar. It lost to the Toy Story 3 ditty "We Belong Together," by Randy Newman. More than a decade ago, Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress Oscar for John Madden's Shakespeare in Love (1998), a romantic comedy-drama also featuring Joseph Fiennes (as William Shakespeare), Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and this year's Best Actor Oscar winner, Colin Firth (The King's Speech). Paltrow's (moderately) gender-bending Shakespeare in Love heroine remains her only Oscar-nominated performance to date. Directed by Shana Feste, Country Strong fared decently at the U.S. box office, but not as well as some had expected. Besides Gwyneth Paltrow, the cast includes »
- D. Zhea
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