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Casting Bits: Clint Eastwood Wants Leonardo DiCaprio for ‘A Star is Born’, Haley Joel Osment Will ‘Wake the Dead’, Jamie Chung Nabs Indie Drama ‘Eden’

29 June 2011 5:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Clint Eastwood cast [2] Beyonce Knowles as the female lead in his A Star is Born remake some time ago, but he's been searching for someone to take on the male lead. Now it's being reported that his top choice for the part is Leonardo DiCaprio, who worked with Eastwood on the biopic J. Edgar. DiCaprio is just the latest of several candidates who have been named for the part over the past couple of years -- Russell Crowe, Gerard Butler, and Will Smith are among the actors once rumored for or attached to the film. DiCaprio would presumably be playing the role of Norman Maine, a fading star with a drinking problem who helps to launch the young starlet's (Knowles) career. DiCaprio isn't the first actor I would've thought of for the part, but I'm all the more intrigued for it. We already know DiCaprio can do gloomy and brooding, »

- Angie Han

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Jamie Chung To Star In Indie Film Eden

28 June 2011 4:35 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

According to CinemaBlend, “The Hangover, Part II” star Jamie Chung has managed to land another film role; this time, however, Chung will be doing all of the heavy lifting. She’s been cast as the lead in the indie drama “Eden,” directed by Megan Griffiths. The film will center around a girl who’s been kidnapped by human traffickers and forced into prostitution for two years. The film is based on real events and written by Griffiths and Richard B. Phillips. Scroot McNairy, who has worked with Griffiths before in “The Off Hours,” will also be in this film. Chung, who initially started in MTV’s “The Real World,” will have a lot »

- monique

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Jamie Chung and Scoot McNairy Heading to Eden

28 June 2011 11:39 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Reality TV gal made good Jamie Chung and “Monsters’” Scoot McNairy will headline indie filmmaker Megan Griffiths’ latest film, the gritty drama “Eden”, about a subject matter that is anything but Eden-ish. In the film, co-written by Griffiths with Richard B. Phillips, Chung will play “a young Korean-American girl who is abducted and forced into prostitution by domestic human traffickers. Throughout the two years she is held, she ensures her own survival by carving out power and influence within the very organization that has imprisoned her.” No word on McNairy’s role, but he’s the male lead opposite Chung. Chung is one busy gal. Besides co-starring roles in “The Hangover II”, “Burning Palms”, and “Sucker Punch”, plus the upcoming “Knife Fight” with Rob Lowe and “The Man with the Iron Fists” with Russell Crowe and RZA, she’s also got something called “Premium Rush” on the way, in »

- Nix

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Jamie Chung Moving From Hangover Sequel To Human Trafficking Drama Eden

28 June 2011 9:45 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Jamie Chung had a bit part in Todd Phillips. Hangover sequel, playing Ed Helms. fiancé who convinces the guys to enjoy one last drink on the beach and, while you.re at it, take young Teddy (Mason Lee) with you. She then disappeared from the film until the very end, but the actress still is parlaying her performance in the money-making summer hit into additional work. Chung has signed on to headline Megan Griffiths. gritty independent drama Eden, as noted in The Hollywood Reporter. Though the title hints at paradise, the plot suggests anything but, as Chung would play a girl kidnapped by human traffickers who is forced into prostitution for two very long years. The story, which is based on actual events, will be shaped into a shootable screenplay by Richard B. Phillips and Griffiths, who previously directed the 2011 Sundance drama The Off Hours with actor Scoot McNairy. Sticking »

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Jamie Chung, Scoot McNairy Visit "Eden"

28 June 2011 9:34 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Jamie Chung ("The Hangover Part II") has signed and Scoot McNairy ("Monsters") is in negotiations to join the gritty indie thriller "Eden" says The Hollywood Reporter.

Megan Griffiths ("The Off Hours") directs the story of a young Korean-American girl who is abducted and forced into prostitution by domestic human traffickers.

Throughout the two years she is held, she ensures her own survival by carving out power and influence within the very organization that has imprisoned her.

Richard B. Phillips and Megan Griffiths penned the script based on a story by Phillips and Chong Kim. Shooting kicks off in August in Seattle. »

- Garth Franklin

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Jamie Chung & Scoot McNairy To Star In Megan Griffith's Indie-Drama 'Eden'

28 June 2011 7:23 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After bit part roles in such films as "Grown Ups," "Sucker Punch" and the 'The Hangover' sequel, Jamie Chung is now set for quite the 180 degree turn top-lining "Eden," an ironically-titled indie-drama by Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths which also co-stars Scoot McNairy. Chung will play a young Korean-American girl who is abducted and forced into prostitution by domestic human traffickers. Throughout the two years she is held, she ensures her own survival by carving out power and influence within the very organization that has imprisoned her. No word on what kind of role McNairy will be taking but it… »

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Jamie Chung and Scoot McNairy Enter Eden

28 June 2011 12:07 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Hangover Part II's Jamie Chung and Cogan's Trade's Scoot McNairy have boarded the gritty indie Eden, directed by Megan Griffiths.

Eden, based on a true story, centers on a young Korean-American girl who is abducted and forced into prostitution by domestic human traffickers. Throughout the two years she is held, she ensures her own survival by carving out power and influence within the very organization that has imprisoned her.

Richard B. Phillips and Megan Griffiths wrote the script based on a story by Phillips and Chong Kim.

Production will take place in Seattle and eastern Washington in August. »

- MovieWeb

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Jamie Chung Joins Eden!

27 June 2011 10:49 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Jaime Chung boosted her profile recently in studio releases including the Zack Snyder fantasy Sucker Punch and the smash comedy The Hangover Part II where she played the new fiancée to the character played by Ed Helms. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chung signed on to play the female lead in director Megan Griffiths’ indie drama Eden. Chung joined co-star Scoot McNairy (Coogan’s Bluff) on Eden; playing a Korean-America girl kidnapped by human traffickers and forced into slavery. Richard B. Phillips and Griffiths wrote the script from a story by Phillips and Chong Kim. Griffiths announced an August production start in Seattle and eastern Washington State. »

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Jamie Chung Joins Eden!

27 June 2011 10:49 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Jaime Chung boosted her profile recently in studio releases including the Zack Snyder fantasy Sucker Punch and the smash comedy The Hangover Part II where she played the new fiancée to the character played by Ed Helms. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chung signed on to play the female lead in director Megan Griffiths’ indie drama Eden. Chung joined co-star Scoot McNairy (Coogan’s Bluff) on Eden; playing a Korean-America girl kidnapped by human traffickers and forced into slavery. Richard B. Phillips and Griffiths wrote the script from a story by Phillips and Chong Kim. Griffiths announced an August production start in Seattle and eastern Washington State. »

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Jamie Chung Joins Eden!

27 June 2011 10:49 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Jaime Chung boosted her profile recently in studio releases including the Zack Snyder fantasy Sucker Punch and the smash comedy The Hangover Part II where she played the new fiancée to the character played by Ed Helms. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chung signed on to play the female lead in director Megan Griffiths’ indie drama Eden. Chung joined co-star Scoot McNairy (Coogan’s Bluff) on Eden; playing a Korean-America girl kidnapped by human traffickers and forced into slavery. Richard B. Phillips and Griffiths wrote the script from a story by Phillips and Chong Kim. Griffiths announced an August production start in Seattle and eastern Washington State. »

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Jamie Chung and Scoot McNairy to Star in Eden, an Indie Drama About Human Trafficking

27 June 2011 8:29 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Most recently seen playing Ed Helms’ fiancée in The Hangover Part II, Jamie Chung is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces. Early roles in such clunkers as Dragonball: Evolution and Sorority Row led Chung to small parts in the widely viewed Adam Sandler/Kevin James flicks I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and Grown Ups. Now, Chung has a chance to topline in Eden, an indie flick directed by Megan Griffiths (The Off Hours), in a true-to-life story about a Korean-American girl who is abducted by human traffickers and sold into prostitution. Eden tells not only the story of her abduction, but also how she spent two years of imprisonment manipulating and influencing her captors to gain power and stay alive. Scoot McNairy, who starred in Griffith’s The Off Hours, is in negotiations to co-star alongside Chung. The script, written by Griffiths and Richard B. »

- Dave Trumbore

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Jamie Chung to Star in ‘Eden’

27 June 2011 6:33 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Actress Jamie Chung will star in “Eden,” an independent film being directed by Megan Griffiths (“The Off Hours,” “First Aid for Choking”). The film is based on a true story. It’s about a Korean-American girl who was abducted and forced into prostitution. She manages to survive her two year ordeal by establishing power and influence within the organization that imprisoned her. Richard B. Phillips (“Kimchi Warrior,” “The Last Eve”) and Griffiths wrote the script. It is based on the story by Phillips and Chong Kim. Chung has appeared recently this year in “Sucker Punch” and “The Hangover 2.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor Scoot McNairy is also in negotiations to star in the film. He recently wrapped filming “Cogan’s Trade,” which starred Brad Pitt. McNairy has appeared in several films including “In Search of a Midnight Kiss,” “Herbie Fully Loaded,” “Bobby” and “Wonderland.”Source: The Hollywood Reporter »

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Seattle: Catacysm

10 June 2011 12:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Six months after it premiered in the midnight section of the Sundance Film Festival, Todd Rohal's "The Catacysm Cataclysm" screened to a lively response at the Seattle International Film Festival, in the city where it was shot last fall. Members of the cast and crew attended screenings on Wednesday and Thursday, including goofy leading man Steve Little (right, from HBO's "Eastbound and Down") and producer Megan Griffiths (left), whose directorial »

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The Off Hours movie trailer.

4 April 2011 8:09 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See the trailer for The Off Hours, starring Amy Seimetz, Ross Partridge, Lynn Shelton and Scoot McNairy. Megan Griffiths directs as well as writing the screenplay for the indie film, drawing complex characters and staying true to them, respecting their shortcomings and yearnings for connection. The film premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and also stars Tony Doupe, Bret Roberts and Gergana Mellin. You're awake when everyone else is asleep. You're standing still as traffic is whipping by at 70mph. Your off hours are spent trying to figure out why you're here, whether you want to stay, and how to leave. In The Off Hours, Amy Seimetz (Tiny Furniture) alluringly commands the screen as Francine, a waitress whose liberation from her mundane existence is long overdue. In the dreamlike and restless world of the night shift at a highway diner, Francine's life consists of casual encounters and transient. »

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The Off Hours movie trailer.

4 April 2011 8:09 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See the trailer for The Off Hours, starring Amy Seimetz, Ross Partridge, Lynn Shelton and Scoot McNairy. Megan Griffiths directs as well as writing the screenplay for the indie film, drawing complex characters and staying true to them, respecting their shortcomings and yearnings for connection. The film premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and also stars Tony Doupe, Bret Roberts and Gergana Mellin. You're awake when everyone else is asleep. You're standing still as traffic is whipping by at 70mph. Your off hours are spent trying to figure out why you're here, whether you want to stay, and how to leave. In The Off Hours, Amy Seimetz (Tiny Furniture) alluringly commands the screen as Francine, a waitress whose liberation from her mundane existence is long overdue. In the dreamlike and restless world of the night shift at a highway diner, Francine's life consists of casual encounters and transient. »

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Jamie Stuart’S Sundance “Masterpiece”

14 February 2011 9:10 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

From the shards of our experience shooting interviews and seeing movies at Sundance 2011 comes Jamie Stuart’s “Masterpiece.” With appearances by: Miguel Arteta, Alrick Brown, David Carr, Paddy Considine, Nekisa Cooper, Phife Dawg, Danfung Dennis, Andrew Donsunmu, Sean Durkin, Liz Garbus, Paul Giamatti, Megan Griffiths, Colin Goddard, Rutger Hauer, John Hawkes, Azazel Jacobs, Miranda July, Tom McCarthy, Peter Mullan, Adepero Oduye, Elizabeth Olsen, Jessica Oreck, Lindsay Pulsipher, Michael Rapaport, Calvin Reeder, Dee Rees, Amy Seimetz, Kim Wayans, Vilmos Zsigmond. Shot on the Canon 7D. Download the Quicktime here. (Contains adult language — Nsfw.)

Look for the longer edits of these individual pieces throughout the year. »

- Scott Macaulay

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Wrapping Sundance. 1. Dramatic Competitions

7 February 2011 1:32 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Jamie Stuart spent much of his time in Park City during the Sundance Film Festival shooting interviews for Filmmaker and has now edited his "Masterpiece" (Quicktime here). As for who you'll be looking at — and it is strongly advised that you do watch — Scott Macaulay has the role call: "Miguel Arteta, Alrick Brown, David Carr, Paddy Considine, Nekisa Cooper, Phife Dawg, Danfung Dennis, Andrew Dosunmu, Sean Durkin, Liz Garbus, Paul Giamatti, Megan Griffiths, Colin Goddard, Rutger Hauer, John Hawkes, Azazel Jacobs, Miranda July, Tom McCarthy, Peter Mullan, Adepero Oduye, Elizabeth Olsen, Jessica Oreck, Lindsay Pulsipher, Michael Rapaport, Calvin Reeder, Dee Rees, Amy Seimetz, Kim Wayans, Vilmos Zsigmond." If you're at work, put on the headphones.

So during this brief lull between Rotterdam and the Berlinale, we're going to be spending the next four days wrapping coverage of the coverage of Sundance. If it's any consolation, the general consensus among critics »

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Sundance 2011: The Words Of 10 Filmmakers

30 January 2011 11:21 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

At the 30th Sundance Awards Ceremony last night, I walked around the hall and asked filmmakers a simple question, and requested a short response. My question was: “What does Sundance mean to you?” Their answers were incredibly diverse — in fact none were identical. I shouldn’t have been surprised.

Out of varied thoughts are born unique visions that can become great films. Of course not great films for everyone, but great for someone, or for a group of someones. For an audience taken on a journey where they have never been, or have not been for a long time, films open eyes and minds and souls. Films make their audiences more human. And isn’t making us more human the essence of great film?

I can categorize these ten filmmakers’ replies as about money, a warm sense of community, reaching an audience, confirmation of their self and their work, the uniqueness of this festival, »

- Stewart Nusbaumer

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“The Off Hours” Director Megan Griffiths

22 January 2011 9:53 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Good things come to those who wait, as writer-director Megan Griffiths will attest. The debut feature from the Seattle-based filmmaker, The Off-Hours, was seven years in the making before it finally went into production last spring. Inspired by Griffiths’ own experiences working the night shift, this moody, atmospheric indie captures the lives of the people who frequent a diner in a nowhere truckstop town, including pretty young waitress Francine (Amy Seimetz), her foster brother Corey (Scoot McNairy), soft-spoken truck driver Oliver (Ross Partridge), and alcoholic diner owner Stu (Tony Doupe). There are also cameos from fellow directors Lynn Shelton (whose Humpday stormed Sundance in 2009, and who is a consulting producer on this film) and Calvin Reeder, who also has his first feature, The Oregonian, playing in Park City this January.

In addition to The Off-Hours, Griffiths has another film at Sundance this year as she is one of the producers »

- Nick Dawson

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Sundance '11: Amy Seimetz

21 January 2011 7:05 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Amy Seimetz's performance in "The Off Hours" is already one of the more buzzed about at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. So it's too bad that she doesn't know what the fuss is about. When the film premieres next week in Park City, Utah, it won't just be the first time that Seimetz has seen it with an audience—it will be the first time that she has seen it at all. Recently, the actor vowed not to view any of her movies until she could watch them with an audience in a theater."I was working on films and getting all these DVDs," Seimetz says. "I was watching them on television and computers, and I was like, 'This isn't any fun.' "Part of the fun Seimetz has watching a film on the big screen comes from the fact that she's a filmmaker herself, having directed several shorts and a feature, »

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