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With Ewan McGregor busy preparing to make the Philip Roth adaptation American Pastoral as his directorial debut, he’s adding more cast members to the ensemble. In his latest round of hires, he has Orange Is The New Black’s Uzo Aduba ready to jump aboard alongside David Strathairn, Peter Riegert and Valorie Curry.Set during the Vietnam War years, American Pastoral follows Seymour ‘Swede’ Levov (McGregor), a once all-conquering high-school athlete, who’s married to a beauty queen (Jennifer Connelly) and runs the business he’s inherited from his dad. All seems well in Swede’s world until his daughter Merry (Dakota Fanning) joins the countercultural clamour of the time, signing up as a revolutionary and committing a fatal act of violence that throws all their lives into chaos.Lakeshore Entertainment has been trying to get this one on to screens since 2003, as it had been languishing at Paramount »
Lakeshore Entertainment announced additional casting on American Pastoral with David Strathairn as “Nathan Zuckerman,” Peter Riegert as “Lou Levov,” Uzo Aduba as “Vicky” and Valorie Curry as “Rita Cohen.”
American Pastoral follows Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete, who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. Swede’s seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.
American Pastoral’s adapted screenplay was written by John Romano (Lincoln Lawyer) with filming scheduled for September 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pa. American Pastoral will be produced by Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi.
Strathairn won the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival and earned nominations from the Academy, »
- Michelle McCue
Lakeshore Entertainment’s American Pastoral has beefed up its cast, adding David Strathairn, Uzo Aduba, Peter Riegert and Valorie Curry, who join Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, and Dakota Fanning in the Vietnam War drama, Based on the Pulitzer-winning novel by Phillip Roth, the film follows a family torn apart when a legendary former high school athlete’s seemingly perfect life is shattered after his rebellious daughter’s antiwar activism turns to violent political… »
Uzo Aduba, David Strathairn, Peter Riegert and Valorie Curry will join Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning in McGregor’s adaptation of Philip Roth‘s novel “American Pastoral,” Lakeshore Entertainment announced Wednesday. Strathairn will play Nathan Zuckerman, the Roth alter ego and former classmate of Jewish American businessman at the center of the story. Aduba will play Vicky, Riegert will play Lou Levov and Curry will play Rita Cohen. Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing “American Pastoral,” which was adapted by John Romano. Production is about to start in Pittsburgh, with McGregor making his directorial debut. »
- Jeff Sneider
Lakeshore Entertainment has added David Strathairn, Peter Riegert, “Orange Is the New Black” star Uzo Aduba and Valorie Curry to the cast of “American Pastoral,” with Ewan McGregor directing and starring.
Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning have been previously announced as the female leads. McGregor will direct from John Romano’s adaptation of the Philip Roth novel, with filming scheduled for later this month in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The story follows Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. His perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.
- Dave McNary
Uzo Aduba is attached to co-star in Lakeshore Entertainment's adaptation of "American Pastoral," the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Philip Roth, which follows Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete, who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. Swede’s seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War. Aduba joins David Strathairn, Peter Riegert, Valorie Curry, Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning, in a film that will be directed by McGregor, from a script penned by John Romano »
- Tambay A. Obenson
John Romano adapted the screenplay to American Pastoral, Roth’sPulitzer Prize-winner about an immigrant whose daughter brings tragedy and shame upon the family when she joins an anti-Vietnam terror group.
Patton Oswalt, Ana Gasteyer, Jon Cryer, Mira Sorvino, Brandon Routh, June Diane Raphael, Adam Pally, Dean Cain, Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro and Jenny Slate have joined the Netflix single camera original comedy series Lady Dynamite.The film will stream in 2016. »
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Elle Fanning's not exactly hauling in Jennifer Lawrence money yet -- she's only 17 -- but she's got a shot at earning that kinda scratch from her next job ... If she turns in an award winning performance. Luckily for Dakota Fanning's kid sis there's already some Oscar buzz for "About Ray" -- a movie she's only getting $65,000 to make -- base salary, anyway. That's the bad news. The good news is Elle's playing a »
- TMZ Staff
When Jesse Eisenberg was announced as Lex Luthor in Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice, it made instant sense. Not because he was bald, not because he looks like or Gene Hackman or anything, but just because he’s one of those actors whose screen presence is so perfectly formed. You know exactly what they’re going for with their Luthor, just by Eisenberg’s name. It’s Mark Zuckerberg vs Superman, the supergod vs the awkward genius.
But that’s not the only big action movie he’s got coming up. First he’s going to be in American Ultra, a unique stoner/sci-fi mash-up where he stars alongside Kristen Stewart (it's released in the UK on September 4th). Eisenberg first really burst into our consciousness in 2009 and 2010, where »
The co-founder and former COO of Qed International has teamed up with Media Content Capital on the production, financing and distribution company.
Covert Media’s initial mandate is to make three or four films a year in the $10-50m range before broadening the parameters and exploring episodic content.
Covert will service and support the library and upcoming projects for Qed, although details about sales personnel were not forthcoming at time of writing. Shapiro and Lessine engaged Fortitude International to oversee the slate prior to Cannes in a temporary arragement.
The Qed roster includes Barry Levinson’s comedy Rock The Kasbah starring Bill Murray, Jason Bateman’s The Family Fang with Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken, Franny starring Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning and Theo James, Time Out of Mind also with »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Three weeks before the opening of the Toronto Film Festival, Media Content Capital and veteran film exec Paul Hanson are launching Covert Media to produce, finance and distribute three to four films a year.
The films will carry budgets in the $10 million to $50 million range, which is less popular with the six major studios, given their focus on tentpoles and franchises.
Media Content is led by financiers Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine. Hanson is the former co-founder and chief operating officer of Qed International and served as chief operating officer of Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures for the past two years.
He will serve as co-founder and CEO of the new company. The company said Wednesday that it will expand into a broader spectrum of budget sizes and into other media such as episodic content.
Covert will also service and support the library and upcoming projects for Qed, which has »
- Dave McNary
Dakota Fanning in any Italian fashion starts pulses racing. But pose her in sexy boyish shoes by Italian shoemaker Agl and she’ll make anyone a foot lover. who gazes on her sexy toes and long ivory legs. Her latest film, “Franny,” starring Richard Gere and Theo James, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. She’s also starring in an upcoming western drama “Brimstone,” with Guy Pearce. She plays a single mom who is accused of a crime by a vengeful preacher. ...Read More
Made in Chelsea feels like it's been off our screens for ages, so the La series couldn't come quickly enough. Luckily, it all kicked off in style last night, so read on for our 10 favourite moments - from Jamie turning out to be a goodie not a baddie to Mark-Francis actually getting a storyline (and potentially a romantic one at that...)
1. The moment when the girls land in La.
With no luggage. It's almost as if they didn't really fly in on that private plane. Ahem.
2. Jp just saw a fit girl!
"You are ridiiiiiiiiiiculous," Jp told him (you can take the boy »
From the producer of Foxcatcher and based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Laura Lippman, Every Secret Thing is a gripping psychological thriller about the chilling consequences of the secrets we keep. Detective Nancy Porter (Banks) is still haunted by her failure to save the life of a missing child from the hands of two young girls.
Eight years later, another child goes missing in the same town just days after Ronnie and Alice (Fanning and Macdonald), the two girls convicted of the former crime, were released from juvenile detention. Porter and her partner (Parker) must race against the clock to prevent history from repeating itself. But as they begin to investigate the girls and their families, especially Alice’s protective mother (Lane), they unearth a web of secrets and deceptions that calls everything into question.
Available Now On Demand and Digital HD and on DVD August »
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Funds Mdm and Fff Bayern are providing more than $9.4m (€8.6m).
New films by Gore Verbinski, Steve Barron and Margarethe von Trotta are among the projects backed with more than $9.4m (€8.6m) by two German regional funds, Mdm and Fff Bayern, in their latest funding sessions.
Mdm stumped up $437,000 (€400,000) production support for Verbinski’s horror film A Cure For Wellness, which wraps shooting today (July 24) at the Hohenzollern Castle in Baden-Württemberg’s Hechingen, the ancestral seat of the imperial House of Hohenzollern.
The cast for the production by Blind Wink Productions, New Regency and Studio Babelsberg includes Dane deHaan, Mia Goth and Jason Isaacs, and 20th Century Fox is planning a Us theatrical release in September 2016.
A Cure For Wellness is the third major international project co-produced by Studio Babelsberg this year after serving as a partner on Eddie The Eagle, starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman, and for the fifth season of the Us series Homeland »
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With Chloë Moretz in place as the lead in Brain On Fire – taking over from a suddenly busy Dakota Fanning – the rest of the cast is being announced. Richard Armitage and Carrie-Anne Moss are the latest recruits. Brain On Fire has been adapted from Susannah Cahalan’s memoir, which was subtitled My Month Of Madness. The book chronicles Cahalan’s real-life experiences being diagnosed with a mystery illness that left her labelled psychotic, violent, and a dangerous flight risk. She woke up alone in a hospital room confined to the bed, unable to speak or move and with no memory of what happened. In the maelstrom, she’d lost everything: a promising newspaper career and her first serious relationship, and it took an intuitive doctor, a lot of strength and the support of her family to get through it.And now we know who will be making up the key components of that family, »
Hillary Clinton has raised $47.5 million to date toward her presidential bid, according to her campaign’s first finance report, filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission. Much of the haul came from Hollywood, with Barbra Streisand, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Reese Witherspoon, Tobey Maguire, HBO’s Michael Lombardo and husband Sonny Ward, Comcast executive VP David L. Cohen and wife Rhonda, Newsweb Corp. chairman Fred Eychaner, Creative Artists Agency’s (CAA) Michael Kives and Haim and Cheryl Saban all donating. Others included Magic Johnson, Dakota Fanning, Ari Emanuel, Marcy Carsey, Chris Meledandri, Adam Shankman, Gail Berman, Amy Ziering and Larry Flynt. »
- Jordan Chariton
Elle Fanning is getting cozy during her movie nights! Dakota Fanning's sister, 17, was spotted cuddling up with Zalman Band during Cinespia's screening of Hard Day's Night over the weekend. Both put on ear-to-ear grins as they smiled for the camera while sitting comfortably on a blanket. There's nothing like outdoor movies in the summer, is there? Elle looked great, dressed casually in flared jeans and a black off-the-shoulder top. She donned an au naturel-looking face, opting for a mostly makeup-free look. Her new friend also went with a casual look, wearing jeans, a gray T-shirt and zip-up fleece jacket. Band has his arm draped around his gal-pal while she has his hand in hers. So »
Even though Robert Pattinson is already busy planning a wedding, his schedule is about to get even more jam-packed. E! News confirms the Remember Me actor will be starring in Good Time. The film, which will be directed by brothers Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie, follows a bank robber's efforts to evade police capture. Pattinson stars as Connie. That's not all he'll be up to later this year, though! A source tells E! News that he will also be starring in The Trap with James Franco, which is filming in Miami. Although Pattinson was set to appear in the upcoming thriller Brimstone with Dakota Fanning, Kit Harrington ended up replacing him. Goodbye, Game of Thrones, hello movies! Should he find an »
Broad Green Pictures is teaming with Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah and Foundation Features to produce and finance Brain On Fire, the film based on Susannah Cahalan's bestselling memoir. Chloë Grace Moretz has been tapped to play the lead role of a young woman's terrifying descent into insanity. When Denver & Delilah acquired rights to the book back in May 2014, it had Dakota Fanning attached. Gerard Barrett (Glassland) will direct the pic, which still co-stars Jenny… »
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