The IFP have announced that Kathryn Bigelow, Natalie Portman, Stanley Tucci and Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will receive career tributes at the 19th Gotham Independent Film Awards on Nov. 30th at Cipriani Wall Street in NYC. All the Tributes have either had big years already or are lined up to have them by the end. Bigelow has received rave reviews and Oscar buzz for The Hurt Locker, Tucci starred in Nora Ephron's Julie and Julia and will be in Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones, Portman stars in the Jim Sheridan remake of Brothers and Bevan and Fellner are producing the Coen brothers' A Simple Man (executive producing) and Richard Curtis's Pirate Radio. Gotham nominees will be announced Oct. 19. Learn more about the »
- Jason Guerrasio
Glenn here from Stale Popcorn here. Nathaniel is still sick (I know what he's got, I had it a couple of months back and it lasted weeks!) and when the going gets sick the sick get to bed. Or something. Let's move on.
I like to consider myself a fairly good follower of awards season, but there are organisations that I admit I have to plead ignorance over. The Gotham Independent Film Awards is one such example. I don't think, in the eight years (or so) that I've been following the Oscars, that I have ever actually figured out who these people are. And yet year after year they seem to throw up such a wonderful, varied and oft left-of-centre list of nominees for their annual awards. Misunderstood or just-not-loved-enough titles like Margot at the Wedding, Marie Antoinette, Frozen River, Me & You & Everyone We Know and others have had the Gotham's spotlight shined on them, »
- Glenn Dunks
Another day, another set of awards season tributes. This time, the highly reputable Gotham Independent Film Awards announced this year's career tribute recipients. Being recognized for their work are Natalie Portman (coincidentally starring in the upcoming "Brothers"), Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"), Stanley Tucci ("Julia & Julia" and "The Lovely Bones") and producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner who have a ridiculously long list of impressive credits through their Working Title label including the upcoming "A Serious Man," "Frost/Nixon," "Fargo," "Atonement," "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and many, many more (both are long overdue for Oscars by the way).Considered the first »
The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) are making me happy today announcing today that director Kathryn Bigelow, actors Natalie Portman and Stanley Tucci, and producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, will each be presented with a career Tribute at the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on Monday November 30th in New York. Earlier today I made note in my latest Oscar predictions I was feeling Stanley Tucci was something of a hot property following his fantastic performance in Julie and Julia and my anticipation for his upcoming role in Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones and this just adds fuel to the fire. Michelle Byrd, executive director of Ifp released comments on each honoree with the following notes. Natalie Portman From a young age it has always been obvious that Natalie was a unique talent... Her maturity was evident from the beginning, both in the roles she chose and the quality of her performances. »
- Brad Brevet
Director Kathryn Bigelow, actors Natalie Portman and Stanley Tucci, and producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner have been announced as recipients of tributes at the upcoming Gotham Independent Film Awards. All of the honorees for the awards - put on by Independent Film Project (Ifp) - are involved with a 2009 release: Bigelow directed “The Hurt Locker,” Tucci stars in both Nora Ephron’s “Julie and Julia” and Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely … »
The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp), the nation's oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, announced today that director Kathryn Bigelow, actors Natalie Portman and Stanley Tucci, and producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, will each be presented with a career Tribute at the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on Monday November 30th in New York. Ifp also announced it has moved the gala awards ceremony to Monday, November 30 at Cipriani Wall Street, from the previously announced date of Tuesday, December 1st.
Signaling the official kick-off to the film awards season, the Gotham Independent Film Awards is one of the leading awards for independent film. Anchoring the evening's six competitive awards for Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor, Best Ensemble Performance and Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You, are four Tributes to film community icons.
This year's Tribute selection represents a range of individuals - »
- I wish there was some kind of graph out there, charting the careers of those who starred in Judd Apatow's short-lived television show: Freaks and Geeks. I mean the show is sort of a factory for actors, apart from Rogen, Franco and Cardllini, we have Martin Starr who was in Adventureland, Samm Levine can be found in Inglorious Basterds, and Jason Segel has been racking up the comedy roles left and right since Knocked Up. Segel will be joining Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman in the globe-trotting comedy The Adventurer's Handbook, and making it hard on helmer Akiva Schaffer to direct a scene where two Jasons are involved. Inspired by the book by Mick Conefrey and scripted by Jonah Hill, Matt Spicer and Max Winkler, this is about a quartet of pals go on a global adventure, inspired by the hardcore stories of explorers whose tales are chronicled in Conefrey's book. »
4 August 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Hill, Matt Spicer and Max Winkler wrote the script, about four childhood friends who are bored with the monotony of their lives and embark on a global adventure inspired by the stories of explorers detailed in Mick Conefrey's book "The Adventurer's Handbook: Life Lessons From History's Great Explorers."
Universal picked up the book rights as well as the script in February.
Segel would play a talented musician who never got his act together, becoming a backup piano player and an alcoholic; Hill plays an engineer, isolated from his family; Schwartzman is a spoiled and cowardly three-time Grammy winner.
The studio hopes to be in production by early next year.
- By Borys Kit
Working Title has confirmed there will be a third installment in the Bridget Jones series starring Renee Zellweger. The British producer also attached Cate Blanchett for a lead role in director Joe Wright's Indian Summer.
According to Variety, the untitled third Bridget Jones pic, which is still in its early stages and probably won't go into production until the end of next year, will see Zellweger reprise her role as a British publishing exec struggling to find love.
It will likely be based on the weekly columns author Helen Fielding wrote in 2005 for British newspaper the Independent in which Bridget, now in her 40s, attempts to have a baby before it's too late.
13 July 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
London -- Universal-owned and U.K.-based production banner Working Title is in consultation on redundancy with six staffers here from its 45-strong workforce.
The company offered no official statement on the job cuts but sources close to the company played down any talk of restructuring the company.
Owned by NBC Universal, Working Title's recent big screen outings include Richard Curtis's "The Boat That Rocked" and "Frost/Nixon." The company also has "The Soloist," "The Green Zone" and "A Serious Man'" arriving in theaters in the coming months.
Working Title, founded in 1984, has made more than 90 films that have grossed over $4.5 billion worldwide.
Working Title recently said award-winning Swedish director Tomas Alfredson has signed on as director on its upcoming flick "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, »
- By Stuart Kemp
While Hollywood tries to remake his vampire horror movie “Let the Right One In” with those guys from “Cloverfield”, Swedish director Tomas Alfredson has already moved on to his next project: adapting the John Le Carre spy novel “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” for Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. The original novel was set in the aftermath of the cold war, and tells the tale of a spy-hunt within the highest echelons of the British Secret Intelligence Service. THR says Peter Morgan (”Frost/Nixon,” “The Queen”) will do the actual adapting, while Alfredson will get ready to direct the film sometime next year. The book was previously adapted into a British TV series in the 1970s starring Alec Guinness as George Smiley, the retired former British intelligence officer called in to track down a double agent within the spy agency. The series co-starred Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate, George Sewell, »
- You can bet that Swedish helmer Tomas Alfredson had to field tons of requests for his next directing gig since the international success of Let the Right One In – the pic that was so popular that an American remake was commissioned quickly during the craze (Let Me In is going to be released in January of next year). Today, the director follows in the footsteps of Fernando Meirelles, who after giving us breakout City of God also took on a John Le Carré novel (The Constant Gardener). Alfredson has been paired with the very busy Peter Morgan on the adaptation of Le Carré’s Cold War spy novel, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Here is Wiki's entry description for the novel and reasoning for the title: First published in 1974. It is the first volume of a three-book series informally known as The Karla Trilogy, followed by The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People. »
Award-winning Swedish director Tomas Alfredson ( Let the Right One In ) will helm Working Title's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy . The feature adaptation of John Le Carre's seminal cold war best-seller is being produced by Working Title's co-chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and marks their next collaboration with Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Peter Morgan ( Frost/Nixon , The Queen ) and will be executive-produced by Debra Hayward, Liza Chasin, John Le Carre and Peter Morgan. Set in the aftermath of the cold war, the thriller tells the tale of a spy-hunt within the highest echelons of the British Secret Intelligence Service. A 1970s British television series starred Alec Guinness as George Smiley the retired former British intelligence officer called in to track »
9 July 2009 5:01 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
London -- Fresh from the success of highly acclaimed vampire movie "Let The Right One In," award-winning Swedish director Tomas Alfredson has signed on as director on Working Title upcoming project "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," the company announced Thursday.
The new feature film adaptation of John Le Carre's seminal cold war best-seller is being produced by Working Title's co-chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and marks their next collaboration with Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Peter Morgan ("Frost/Nixon," "The Queen") and will be exec-produced by Debra Hayward, Liza Chasin, John Le Carre and Peter Morgan.
Set in the aftermath of the cold war, the thriller tells the tale of a spy-hunt within the highest echelons of the British Secret Intelligence Service.
A 1970s British television series starred Alec Guinness as George Smiley the retired former British intelligence officer called in to track down the double agent within the spy agency.
- By Mimi Turner
Focus Features is picking up the domestic distribution of Working Title's The Boat That Rocked from parent studio Universal and is having filmmaker Richard Curtis create a leaner version for American audiences after the film's mixed run overseas, according to Variety.
Universal was set to release the ensemble comedy in the U.S. on Aug. 28, but Focus has pushed back the release to some time in November.
The film's so-so performance at the international box office this spring marked a rare disappointment for Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner's Working Title. The film, which cost upward of $50 million to produce, was expected to play like a broad comedy.
But it drew poor reviews and came in below expectations in the U.K., where it cumed $9.1 million. International gross to date is $25.1 million. It did show promise in France and Australia, indicating that there's a specialized audience for the film.
Focus Features is taking over domestic distribution of Working Title's The Boat That Rocked from parent studio Universal Pictures and is working with filmmaker Richard Curtis to create a leaner version for American audiences after the film's mixed run overseas. Universal was set to release the ensemble comedy in the U.S. on Aug. 28, but Variety says that Focus has pushed back the release to some time in November. The film's so-so performance at the international box office this spring marked a rare disappointment for Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner's Working Title. The film, which cost upward of $50 million to produce, was expected to play like a broad comedy. International gross to date is $25.1 million. The trade says that Focus president James Schamus said his team is »
Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz funny men Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are going to take their beloved geekery to a whole new level with their next film, Paul. The feature, which will be produced by Universal Pictures and Working Title Films, had long been rumored to be the duo’s next project.
Although it has only been two years, it feels like it »
- Nick Allen
Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Jane Lynch have been added to the cast of "Paul."The road trip comedy stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and will be directed by Greg Mottola.Pegg and Frost, who wrote the script, will play two science-fiction fanatics on a road trip whose conspiracy dreams come true when they trek to Area 51 and encounter the title character, an escaped alien.Rogen will provide the voice of the alien.According to Variety, Working Title partners Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce with Nira Park of Big Talk Productions. Pegg and Frost starred together previously in the Working Title-produced "Hot Fuzz" and "Shaun of the Dead."Shooting begins in June. »
- Adnan Tezer
Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Jane Lynch have been cast in Paul , a Working Title film for Universal Pictures, it was announced today. Rogen will play the voice of Paul. Greg Mottola ( Superbad , Adventureland ) will direct the comedy adventure, while Simon Pegg and Nick Frost ( Shaun of the Dead , Hot Fuzz ), who co-wrote the screenplay, will serve as the film's leads. Paul will be produced by Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan from Working Title and Nira Park for Big Talk Productions. In the comedy adventure, Pegg and Frost play two sci-fi fanatics on a road trip whose conspiracy dreams come true when they encounter an escaped alien near Area 51. As they try to reunite him with his mother ship, they find Paul has many more opinions than your typical Et. »
- I've lost sight of what Asif Kapadia is up to ever since Miramax gave up on his immaculately well-designed 2001 film The Warrior. He has since took on the frigid Arctic (Far North) and done a horror film remake (The Return), but his next project is bound to finally give this talented filmmaker some well-deserved attention. I'm not sure how I missed the headline, but THR reports that Kapadia will direct a life-sized documentary film on perhaps the greatest F1 pilot in history. Working Title Films' Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Kevin Macdonald and Midfield Films' James Gay-Rees will produce the project temporarily referred to as the Untitled Ayrton Senna Documentary. For anyone who loves F1 car racing, the name Senna is synonymous with the greats of the sport. Along with Pele, in Brazil, the name is synonymous with God. I had the chance to watch the driver several »
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