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Ted Hope Expanding Fandor in Festivals, Filmmakers (Exclusive)

17 July 2014 6:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Six months after joining Fandor, independent producing stalwart Ted Hope has launched an ambitious expansion of the online service — with the goal of aiding filmmakers, audiences and festivals.

The company is announcing a pair of initiatives: the Fandor Festival Alliance to use Fandor’s technology to help festivals grow their audiences, improve ticket sales and expand sponsorship; and Fix, designed to help filmmakers showcase their work on Fandor.

“Like the best filmmakers and most inquisitive audience members, we are never satisfied with the existing state of things and are always looking to improve the experience of our members, as well as the film community at large,” Hope said. “These new initiatives indicate our dedication to being the community’s conversation starter.”

Hope departed last year as head of the San Francisco Film Society, which runs the San Francisco Film Festival. He’s produced or exec produced nearly 70 films, including Todd Solondz’s “Dark Horse, »

- Dave McNary

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Recommended: ‘Hope for Film: From the Frontlines of the Independent Cinema Revolutions’ By Ted Hope & Anthony Kaufman

15 July 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Thn are always eager to share details of interesting film-related goodness, so this new book by Ted Hope (with Anthony Kaufman), should be right up everyone’s street.

Described as an ‘inspiring, tell-all look at the independent film business’ book, it’s by one of the industry’s most passionate producers, Hope for Film: From the Frontlines of the Independent Cinema Revolutions (on sale: August 12th) captures the rebellious punk spirit of the indie film boom in 1990s New York City, its collapse two decades later, and its current moment of technology-fuelled regeneration.

Ted Hope, whose films have garnered twelve Oscar nominations, draws from his own personal experiences working on the early films of Ang Lee, Eddie Burns, Alan Ball, Todd Field, Hal Hartley, Michel Gondry, Nicole Holofcener, Todd Solondz, and other mavericks, relating those decisions that brought him success as well as the occasional failure.

Whether navigating negotiations with »

- Dan Bullock

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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – July 14th 2014

14 July 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »


In a canny move surprising few, Amazon have gone and echoed a pattern Netflix began around a year ago and nabbed a series from the Us where they will add an episode each week the day after its Us broadcast. This practice worked well with Breaking Bad and From Dusk Till Dawn in the past year and the publicity it got could well be the reason why you might encounter so many people who are only now making their way through five seasons of Breaking Bad via Netflix. So the show in question which be all exclusive up in here is the new Steven Spielberg/Halle Berry joint called Extant.

I knew nothing about this show going in and that is perhaps the best way to view it. I’m not going to claim this is the new Lost or whatever at this point but the first episode was ‘promising »

- Chris Holt

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SundanceTV Revs Development with Projects from Alan Cumming, Todd Field, Patrick Dempsey

25 June 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

SundanceTV is embracing television’s auteur moment with an ambitious development slate that aims to capitalize on the new flexibility offered by limited-run series.

The cabler is building on the foundation of its first two original series, “Rectify” and this year’s “The Red Road,” as it looks to greenlight its next wave of original series. The glowing reviews for the second season of “Rectify,” which bowed earlier this month, have gone a long way to convincing creative talent that a six-episode order on SundanceTV can make a big splash, if the material has the goods.

Sarah Barnett, SundanceTV prexy, said the combination of new revenue sources from Svod and international players and the openness of creative talent to taking non-traditional approaches to scripted production has greatly expanded the horizons for niche cablers.

“We are at a fantastic moment in the business where we no longer just have to monetize our shows through advertising on-air. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Netflix starts making movies: The Battered Bastards of Baseball trailer

25 June 2014 2:27 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Netflix has already reshaped the TV landscape thanks to House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, and now the on-demand giant is taking its first steps into feature films.

The Battered Bastards of Baseball, a documentary from Chapman Way and Maclain Way, tells the incredible true story of actor Bing Russell's (father of Kurt Russell) Minor League Baseball team the Portland Mavericks.

The team operated from 1973 to 1977, with Kurt himself playing for them and serving as vice president. Oscar-nominated director Todd Field (Little Children) also played for the Mavericks.

The Battered Bastards of Baseball premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January to rave reviews, and will air exclusively through Netflix on July 11.

A narrative feature based on the story is currently in the works with Fast & Furious filmmaker Justin Lin attached to direct. »

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Watch: Kurt Russell Steps Up to the Plate for Netflix Sports Doc 'The Battered Bastards of Baseball'

24 June 2014 10:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"The Battered Bastards of Baseball," a Netflix-exclusive documentary about the independent baseball team created by actor Bing Russell, has just received its first trailer.  Read More: Sundance Review: Baseball Maven (And Kurt Russell's Dad) Bing Russell Saluted By His Grandsons In 'The Battered Bastards of Baseball' The film takes a look at the creation of the Portland Mavericks, which was founded by the veteran actor, and features interviews with his son Kurt Russell and actor/director Todd Field ("Little Children) -- both who played for the team.  "The Battered Bastards of Baseball" is directed by Bing's grandsons Maclain and Chapman Way, and will premiere on Netflix July 11th. Check out the trailer below.   »

- Eric Eidelstein

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Exclusive 'Battered Bastards' trailer: Kurt Russell and the misfits that rocked baseball

24 June 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Kevin Costner’s Durham Bulls. Charlie Sheen’s Cleveland Indians. Walter Matthau’s Bad News Bears. Wildly rambunctious baseball teams that became beloved cinematic all-stars. But they were no Portland Mavericks, the real-deal franchise that grabbed minor-league baseball by the short hairs in the mid 1970s.

In the Netflix documentary, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, directors Chapman and Maclain Way turn back the clock to 1973, when their grandfather, Hollywood actor Bing Russell (Bonanza), purchased the Class A Portland franchise and fielded a completely independent team against a league of teams stocked with Major League Baseball prospects. He held open tryouts »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Kathryn Bigelow and Todd Field line up rival Bowe Bergdahl movie projects

17 June 2014 8:42 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has been free for less than three weeks, but two major Hollywood filmmakers are already prepping movies about his controversial service in Afghanistan and the five years he was held captive by the Taliban. Todd Field (Little Children) will adapt the late Michael Hasting’s story about Bergdahl, “America’s Last Prisoner of War,” which ran in Rolling Stone magazine in 2012. A rep for Field confirmed that the Oscar-nominated filmmaker will produce and direct it for Fox Searchlight.

Meanwhile, Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal are also developing a Bergdahl project. The two creative collaborators, who »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Kathryn Bigelow, Todd Field Are Making Competing Bowe Bergdahl Movies

17 June 2014 7:48 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The nation has been consumed with the story of Bowe Bergdahl in recent weeks. The soldier was a Pow of the Taliban for five years before he was released to the American public, though his situation was awash in controversy. And now, Bowe Bergdahl's story will be observed in two possible new movies, both by highly respected filmmakers. Deadline reports that Kathryn Bigelow is gearing up to tell Bergdahl's story, while Fox Searchlight will be collaborating with Todd Field on a possible film about the story. Bergdahl has fascinated and riled up many, to the point where the story is still ongoing, so it will be interesting to see where the filmmakers take it. Will their films deal with his imprisonment? Perhaps they will be about the accusations that he deserted his fellow troops before being taken? Or will it deal with the media fallout, when suddenly the famous statement »

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Script News: Bergdahl, Chazelle, Leviathan, Go

17 June 2014 6:23 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Untitled Bowe Bergdahl Project

"Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal are re-teaming again for a new project at Annapurna Pictures concentrating on recently released American P.O.W. Bowe Bergdahl. The pair are reportedly taking their time to figure out how this could work as a film.

They have competition though as Fox Searchlight has bought a Rolling Stone article about the case and is planning a rival project - one with "Little Children" director Todd Field involved.

Untitled Chazelle Project

20th Century Fox has acquired an untitled pitch from "Whiplash" writer/director Damien Chazelle. The project is described as a "high-concept and character-driven genre film" inspired by 1970s paranoia thrillers.

Story specifics are being kept secret. Shawn Levy will produce. Chazelle is expected to next direct "La La Land" with Emma Watson and Miles Teller.


Sony Pictures has acquired Cole Haddon's sci-fi spec »

- Garth Franklin

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Kathryn Bigelow is Working on a Film About Bowe Bergdahl

17 June 2014 5:22 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow is looking to make a film about Bowe Bergdahl.

In case you're not familiar with his story, here's a brief history on Bergdahl from The Hollywood Reporter:

"An idealistic young man who was home schooled by his religious parents in Idaho, Bergdahl tried to join the French Foreign Legion and spent time at a Buddhist monastery before joining the Army. Not long after being deployed in Afghanistan, he became disillusioned with the bureaucracy and what he saw as incompetence of those around him. He reportedly left the base, wandering around until he was captured by the Taliban. He spent five years as the lone U.S. soldier in captivity, until he was traded for five Taliban higher-ups held at Guantanamo Bay."

Bigelow will retrain with producer/writer Mark Boal, whom she previously collaborated with on Zero Dark Thirty and Best Picture winner The Hurt Locker. »

- Philip Sticco

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Zero Dark Thirty's Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal eye Bowe Bergdahl film

17 June 2014 3:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal are considering a film based on the story of Bowe Bergdahl.

The Zero Dark Thirty director and writer-producer are in line for the film about the Us Army sergeant who was held hostage by the Taliban for five years, reports Deadline

Boal's new Page One shingle will team with Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures on the project.

Fox Searchlight is working on a rival project based on Michael Hastings's article 'America's Last Prisoner of War' with In the Bedroom and Little Children director Todd Field attached.

Bergdahl was reportedly disillusioned by his time in the military, and was kidnapped in 2009 after leaving his base Afghanistan.

He was freed earlier this year in return for five Taliban members held at Guantanamo Bay.

Bigelow and Boal also collaborated on 2008's The Hurt Locker. »

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Kathryn Bigelow and Todd Field Plan Competing Bowe Bergdahl Films

16 June 2014 8:43 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In the wake of U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl's release from Taliban captivity just over two weeks ago, two competing production teams are vying to bring the controversial story to the big screen. Zero Dark Thirty/Hurt Locker duo Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal are developing one of the projects, which will be written by Boal and produced by his new Megan Ellison–backed Page One production company (Bigelow apparently has no plans to direct at this point). The other film comes from Fox Searchlight, which acquired the rights to a Rolling Stone article about Bergdahl titled "Last Prisoner of War" written by the late journalist Michael Hastings. Little Children's Todd Field will write and produce, and The Wrap reports that he intends to direct as well. No word on whether either project has taken CNN's suggestion and asked Damian Lewis to play Bergdahl, but we're anticipating a heated bidding war. »

- Anna Silman

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Mark Boal, Todd Field Writing Competing Bowe Bergdahl Movies

16 June 2014 6:50 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Snow White, terrorist attacks on the White House and Jesse Owens have all been the subject of competing projects in recent Hollywood history but who knew that U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl would be next in line? Bergdahl, who was released from Taliban captivity less than three weeks ago, is the subject of two projects — one from the “Zero Dark Thirty” team of Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, and one from writer-producer Todd Field (“Little Children”), who also intends to direct the film for Fox Searchlight. Also read: Tom Hardy to Star in Kathryn Bigelow's ‘True American’ From Megan Ellison's Annapurna. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Kathryn Bigelow and Todd Field Plan Dueling Bowe Bergdahl Pics

16 June 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal are returning once again to the War on Terror. The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty duo are developing a new feature based on the story of Bowe Bergdahl, the recently freed Pow. But they aren’t the only ones. Todd Field is reportedly working on his own Bergdahl movie, […]

The post Kathryn Bigelow and Todd Field Plan Dueling Bowe Bergdahl Pics appeared first on /Film. »

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Directors Kathryn Bigelow and Todd Field Set Up Competing Bowe Bergdahl Projects

16 June 2014 4:54 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal are teaming up for a new feature based on the life of U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl, with filmmaker Todd Field and Fox Searchlight also mounting a competing project based on his story.

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal's project will be backed by Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, although no story have been released. In 2009, 26-year-old U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban and spent five years in captivity after wandering off his base, reportedly upset about the incompetence of others around him and the bureaucracy surrounding the war.

He was released on May 31, 2014, in exchange for five Taliban prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, which touched off a heated debate among political insiders about whether President Barack Obama gave up too much for a man who some are calling a deserter. »

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Bowe Bergdahl projects in race to screen

16 June 2014 3:51 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Two very different projects centring on the Us soldier at the centre of the recent Pow swap with the Taliban are headed to the screen, according to reports in the Hollywood trade press.

Todd Field is understood to have acquired rights to America’s Last Prisoner Of War, an article about Bergdahl, 28, that appeared in Rolling Stone magazine by the late Michael Hastings.

Field is said to be developing the story with Fox Searchlight.

Meanwhile Mark Boal’s fledgling Page 1 production outfit is understood to be lining up a project surrounding events that led to the Army sergeant’s extraction after five years in captivity and the swap for five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.

The extraction authorised by President Obama has become a political hot potato in the Us. »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Dueling Bowe Bergdahl Movies in the Works

16 June 2014 2:46 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Deadline reports there are a pair of films in development centering on recently released Taliban Pow Bowe Bergdahl, one with The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty duo Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal and another from Todd Field (Little Children) directing based on the "Rolling Stone" article "America's Last Prisoner of War" written by the late Michael Hastings. The film with Field attached is set up at Fox Searchlight while the other is being set up at Boal's Megan Ellison-supported production house Page One, giving Ellison's Annapurna a first look at Boal's screenplay once completed. That said, it sounds to me like the adaptation of the Hastings article would be the most likely to go into production first, considering it's based on an article and may not take current events into consideration. I have a hard time believing Boal would have a screenplay finished until all the information was on the table, »

- Brad Brevet

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Bigelow and Boal Chase Ripped-from-Headlines Bergdahl Movie--As Do Fox Searchlight and Todd Field

16 June 2014 2:28 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

During the 2012/2013 marketing swing on "Zero Dark Thirty," for whatever reason, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal tried to separate themselves as distinct entities. She was the director who collaborated with him as her writing and producing partner. And they didn't want to be seen as a romantic couple, either.  Recently, when "Zero Dark Thirty" backer, Annapurna chief Megan Ellison, announced that she was backing  Page One, a new production company to be run by Boal, Bigelow's name was conspicuously missing. But when the projects were revealed, she and Boal were working on something together after all. Well, now they're actively pursuing something they'd been tracking for some time, another ripped-from-the-headlines movie, this time about rescued Pow Bowe Bergdahl. And they are in a race to beat out others who are also in hot pursuit of the unfolding story: Fox Searchlight and Todd Field ("Little Children").  These filmmakers will be »

- Anne Thompson

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Todd Field & Kathryn Bigelow Plan Competing Bowe Bergdahl Films

16 June 2014 2:25 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

For the past couple weeks, Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has been the focus of headlines and 24-hour cable news networks after the United States government exchanged five captured, high-ranking Taliban operatives in order to get the captured American prisoner of war back from Taliban captivity. However, controversy has erupted with accusations of Bergdahl deserting his base voluntarily, questioning the war in which he was fighting, not to mention the supposed value of the prisoners who were exchanged in order to get him back. Now the news story has proven to be provocative enough for two feature films. More below! Deadline has word that Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow is looking to reteam with writer and producer Mark Boal for a drama about Bergdahl's struggle and the ensuing controversy. But they're not the only ones. Little Children director Todd Field is also attached to direct a film being set up »

- Ethan Anderton

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