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Filmmakers Slam Alec Baldwin’s Claim That He Didn’t Know Nikki Reed Was Underage During Racy 2006 Movie

Filmmakers Slam Alec Baldwin’s Claim That He Didn’t Know Nikki Reed Was Underage During Racy 2006 Movie
A Hollywood producer has accused Alec Baldwin of lying in his new memoir, claiming the actor was well aware that Nikki Reed, his costar in the R-rated 2006 indie film Mini’s First Time, was underage while filming.

In the movie, Baldwin played a man having an affair with his step-daughter, played by Reed.

“I was 47, and it never occurred to me to ask how old Nikki Reed was,” Baldwin wrote in Nevertheless, released Tuesday. “When I found out, just as we finished, that she was 17, I flipped out on the producers, who had told me something different.”

On Tuesday, producer Dana Brunetti,
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That Time Alec Baldwin Didn’t Know His Romantic Co-Star Was Underage

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That Time Alec Baldwin Didn’t Know His Romantic Co-Star Was Underage
Alec Baldwin didn’t know his co-star Nikki Reed was under age when he filmed the indie movie “Mini’s First Time” with her in 2006. “I was forty-seven, and it never occurred to me to ask how old Nikki Reed was,” Baldwin writes in his new memoir “Nevertheless.” “When I found out, just as we finished, that she was seventeen, I flipped out on the producers, who had told me something different.” The 2006 indie dramedy, written and directed by Nick Guthe, stars Reed as an adventurous high school senior who has an affair with her stepfather, played by Baldwin. Though the.
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John Travolta's 'A Three Dog Night' Adds Veronica Ferres

John Travolta's 'A Three Dog Night' Adds Veronica Ferres
German actress Veronica Ferres has joined John Travolta and Salma Hayek in the adaptation A Three Dog Life.

The project is based on Abigail Thomas' memoir about a tragic car accident that left her husband without his memory. No details were given for Veronica Ferres' role.

Nick Guthe is directing from his own screenplay, with The Solution Entertainment Group's Lisa Wilson selling the project at Cannes on behalf of producers J. Todd Harris, Clark Peterson and Nick Guthe.

Here's what Lisa Wilson had to say about Veronica Ferres in a statement.

"As a multi-award-winning actress, Veronica Ferres' attachment delightfully elevates what is already a phenomenal cast with the talented Salma Hayek and incomparable John Travolta already on board. All of these actors are perfectly cast to breathe life into Abigail's touching story."

Veronica Ferres will next be seen in Hector and the Search for Happiness alongside Simon Pegg.
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Halle Berry to Star in Kidnap; Jason Sudeikis, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas, and Natasha Lyonne Join Sleeping With Other People

Here's today's latest casting news: Halle Berry will star in Luis Prieto's thriller, Kidnap. Jason Sudeikis, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas, and Natasha Lyonne join writer-director Leslye Headland's comedy Sleeping with Other People, joining Alison Brie and Adam Scott. Veronica Ferres joins writer-director Nick Guthe's A Three Dog Life, which stars Salma Hayek and John Travolta. Hit the jump for more on each project. From screenwriter Knate Gwaltney, Kidnap is described as "a heart-stopping action thriller following a mother (Berry) who will stop at nothing to rescue her kidnapped son." Lotus Entertainment will shop the picture to buyers at Cannes. This marks the second collaborative effort for Lotus, Lorenzo di Bonaventura's production company, and Silver Reel, which currently have the remake of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance in development. We previously reported that Brie and Scott were in talks to join Sleeping with Other People, but now it looks like a done deal.
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Casting: Watts, Blanchett, Westwick, Ferres

Sea of Trees

Naomi Watts is in talks to join Matthew McConaughey in Gus Van Sant's "Sea of Trees". McConaughey will play a man who travels to a famous forest at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan where many go to commit suicide.

Reeling with despair over the death of his terminally ill wife (likely Watts), he meets another lost soul (Ken Watanabe) and ultimately rekindles his desire to live. Shooting will begin around July or August. [Source: Screen]

Voyage of Time

Cate Blanchett will join Brad Pitt in recording narration for Terrence Malick's long in the works documentary "Voyage of Time". The film is said to showcase "the history of humanity from the Big Bang until to today." [Source: Screen]

Take Down

Ed Westwick ("Gossip Girl"), Dominic Sherwood ("The Cut"), Jeremy Sumpter ("Peter Pan") and Phoebe Tonkin ("The Originals") have joined the cast of Jim Gillespie's "Toy Soldiers"-esque
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Cannes Exclusive: Germany's Veronica Ferres Joins 'A Three Dog Life'

Cannes Exclusive: Germany's Veronica Ferres Joins 'A Three Dog Life'
Cannes – Well-known German film and television actress Veronica Ferres has joined the cast of A Three Dog Life, from writer-director Nick Guthe. John Travolta and Salma Hayek are already set to play the leads in the big-screen adaptation of Abigail Thomas' best-selling memoir about a car accident that leaves her husband with no memory. Photos: Cannes: The Complete 2014 Official Selection The Solution Entertainment Group's Lisa Wilson is selling the film internationally for producers J. Todd Harris, Clark Peterson and Guthe. "As a multi-award-winning actress, Veronica Ferres' attachment delightfully elevates what is already a

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John Travolta To Play "Gummybear"

John Travolta is set to play Gummybear (aka. Gummibar), the multi-lingual digital character that has generated 3.6+ billion downloads and become an established global brand, in a $30 million CG animated feature film spin-off.

A phenomenon similar to the 'Crazy Frog', the character is known for performing the Gummy bear-related series of songs on various albums with the help of content partners like Emi, Universal, Warner Music and Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

The 3D feature will be produced in Montreal by Oscar Generale ("Casino Jack"), Transfilm's Jonathan Vanger ("Upside Down") and the UK Spice Factory's ("The Merchant of Venice"). Animation houses in Montreal, China and Korea and are in discussions with directors.

George Gallo ("Bad Boys") penned the script in which Gummy and his friends - a vegetarian vampire bat, a cat and a chameleon -fighting to save an alien planet from destruction. Production is slated to begin on September 29th.
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John Travolta and Salma Hayek Join A Three Dog Life

John Travolta and Salma Hayek will star in the drama A Three Dog Life, based on the best-selling memoir by Abigail Thomas, it was announced by producers J. Todd Harris and Clark Peterson.

The film is written and will be directed by Nick Guthe (Mini's First Time), who also produces.

The Solution Entertainment Group ("The Solution") will represent international rights at the ongoing European Film Market in Berlin. CAA and Wme Global are co-representing Us rights.

In the film, when Abigail Thomas' (Hayek) husband, Rich (Travolta), gets hit by a car, his brain is shattered and he has no memory of his past life. Subject to hallucinations, rage and terror, he is forced to live in an isolated institution to control the side effects of his near-death accident. In order to be close to her husband, Abigail reinvents her life and moves from New York City to the small country town,
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John Travolta Will Live A Three Dog Life

John Travolta Will Live A Three Dog Life
The last time John Travolta and Salma Hayek were in the same cast, it was for Oliver Stone’s Savages and they didn’t share the screen. For Nick Guthe’s adaptation of big-selling memoir A Three Dog Life, however, that will not be a problem.Guthe has written and will direct the film based on Abigail Thomas’ book. When her husband, Rich, was hit by a car, his brain is shattered and he's left subject to rages and hallucinations. He has to live the rest of his life in an institu­tion with no memory of what he did in the hours and days before. Abigail had to build a new life, moving to a small country town and forming a new family from "three dogs, knitting, and friendship". The story also covers her relationship with Rich, who only lives in the present, and "the eerie poetry of his
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John Travolta and Salma Hayek to Star in A Three Dog Life

John Travolta and Salma Hayek will star in the drama A Three Dog Life , based on thebest-selling memoir by Abigail Thomas, it was announced by producers J. Todd Harris and Clark Peterson. The film is written and will be directed by Nick Guthe ( Mini's First Time ), who also produces. The Solution Entertainment Group ("The Solution") will represent international rights at the ongoing European Film Market in Berlin. CAA and Wme Global are co-representing Us rights. In the film, when Abigail Thomas' (Hayek) husband, Rich (Travolta), gets hit by a car, his brain is shattered and he has no memory of his past life. Subject to hallucinations, rage and terror, he is forced to live in an isolated institution to control the side effects of his near-death accident. In order...
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Salma Hayek, John Travolta to star in big screen 'A Three Dog Life' adaptation

Salma Hayek, John Travolta to star in big screen 'A Three Dog Life' adaptation
Washington, February 9: Salma Hayek and John Travolta are set to star in the upcoming adaptation of 2006 memoir 'A Three Dog Life'.

The drama, which is based on the best-selling memoir by Abigail Thomas, is penned by Nick Guthe and revolves around Thomas' life in the aftermath of her husband's devastating car accident, Deadline.com reported.

The film will be produced by Guthe, J. Todd Harris and Clark Peterson. (Ani)
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John Travolta and Salma Hayek Pinault To Star In A Three Dog Life

Two-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty) and Academy Award nominee Salma Hayek Pinault (Savages, upcoming The Prophet) will star in the drama A Three Dog Life, based on thebest-selling memoir by Abigail Thomas, it was announced today by producers J. Todd Harris (The Kids Are All Right) and Clark Peterson (Monster).

The film is written and will be directed by Nick Guthe (Mini’S First Time), who also produces.

The Solution Entertainment Group (“The Solution”) will represent international rights at the ongoing European Film Market in Berlin. CAA and Wme Global are co-representing Us rights.

When Abigail Thomas’ (Hayek Pinault) husband, Rich (Travolta), gets hit by a car, his brain is shattered and he has no memory of his past life. Subject to hallucinations, rage and terror, he is forced to live in an isolated institution to control the side effects of his near-death accident.
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Berlin: John Travolta, Salma Hayek Join ‘A Three Dog Life’

Berlin: John Travolta, Salma Hayek Join ‘A Three Dog Life’
John Travolta and Salma Hayek are to star in “A Three Dog Life,” a drama based on the memoirs of Abigail Thomas.

Thomas reinvented her life to live near her husband, who suffered major hallucinations after a near-fatal car accident.

The film is written, produced and directed by Nick Guthe. J. Todd Harris (“The Kids Are All Right”) and Clark Peterson (“Monster”) also produce.

Sales outside the U.S. are by the Solution Group, while CAA and Wme co-represent the film in the U.S.

“Nick has adapted Thomas’ heart-wrenching memoir flawlessly, capturing the intimate details of how her marriage is put to the test following a life-changing accident,” said the Solution’s co-founders and partners, Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel. “John and Salma are the perfect pair to portray this couple’s journey over the course of several years.”
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Travolta, Hayek board Three Dog Life

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Travolta, Hayek board Three Dog Life
Efm: John Travolta and Salma Hayek Pinault will star in the drama, which The Solution Entertainment Group is shopping at the Efm.

Nick Guthe will direct from his adaptation of Abigail Thomas’ memoir about a New York woman who relocates with her dogs to a small country town to be near her husband, who has been confined to an isolated institution after a serious accident.

J Todd Harris and Clark Peterson will produce A Three Dog Life with Guthe.

“Nick’s adaptation of Abigail’s emotional memoir is incredibly moving,” said Harris. “It’s rare to find such dramatic and honest material.”

“With Nick directing this cast, the ingredients are in place for a poignant and engrossing movie,” said Peterson.

“Nick has adapted Thomas’ heart-wrenching memoir flawlessly, capturing the intimate details of how her marriage is put to the test following a life-changing accident,” said The Solution co-founders and partners Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel. “John and Salma
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Berlin: John Travolta, Salma Hayek Team for 'A Three Dog Life'

Berlin: John Travolta, Salma Hayek Team for 'A Three Dog Life'
John Travolta and Salma Hayek are set to star in A Three Dog Life, based on the best-selling memoir by Abigail Thomas about a car accident that leaves her husband with no memory. J. Todd Harris (The Kids Are All Right) and Clark Peterson (Monster) are producing the film, which The Solution Entertainment is shopping to foreign buyers at the European Film Market. Nick Guthe, who is directing from his adapted script, also will produce. CAA and Wme Global are co-representing U.S. rights.   Hayek will play Abigail Thomas, while Travolta will play her husband. After the

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Travolta, Hayek board A Three Dog Life

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Travolta, Hayek board A Three Dog Life
Efm: John Travolta and Salma Hayek will star in the drama, which The Solution Entertainment Group is shopping at the Efm.

Nick Guthe will direct from his adaptation of Abigail Thomas’ memoir about a New York woman who relocates with her dogs to a small country town to be near her husband, who has been confined to an isolated institution after a serious accident.

J Todd Harris and Clark Peterson will produce A Three Dog Life.

“Nick’s adaptation of Abigail’s emotional memoir is incredibly moving,” said Harris. “It’s rare to find such dramatic and honest material.”

“With Nick directing this cast, the ingredients are in place for a poignant and engrossing movie,” said Peterson.

“Nick has adapted Thomas’ heart-wrenching memoir flawlessly, capturing the intimate details of how her marriage is put to the test following a life-changing accident,” said The Solution co-founders and partners Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel. “John and Salma
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Mini's First Time

Mini's First Time
Beginning promisingly as a darkly comic and witty social satire a la American Beauty, Nick Guthe's Mini's First Time unfortunately degenerates into a sexed-up version of a Law & Order episode. This modern-day film noir about a sultry teen teaming with her stepfather to get rid of her mother boasts an uncommon stylization and some first-rate comic performances. But its provocative setup is undercut by its lengthy depiction of an all-too-familiar game of cat and mouse between the culprits and a dogged detective.

The film recently had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it was picked up for theatrical distribution.

Nikki Reed ("thirteen") plays the title role of Mini, a hot high-schooler who has devoted herself to pursuing new experiences or, as she puts it, "firsts." She has plenty of time and money to accomplish this, as she has little in the way of parental attention from her sex- and drug-obsessed mother, Diane (Carrie-Anne Moss), or her neglectful stepfather, Martin (Alec Baldwin).

Things become a bit more complicated when Mini decides as a lark to try her hand at high-class hooking. In the process, she winds up servicing the oblivious Martin, who is horrified when he learns who she is shortly thereafter. But not so horrified that he doesn't wind up having a torrid affair with his stepdaughter under his wife's nose.

Mini begins playing mind games on her increasingly distraught mother in the hopes of driving her to a mental institution. But things soon get out of hand, and the mother winds up dead. While attempting to dodge the ever increasing suspicions of the investigating detective (a nicely underplaying Luke Wilson), the pair's relationship begins to unravel.

There is a lot to appreciate in the film, from the screenplay's wittily provocative dialogue and situations to the visual stylization with which the filmmaker infuses the proceedings. The first-rate cast delivers some of their best work in ages: Moss is a comic revelation as the high-strung mother; Baldwin provides surprisingly complex emotional shadings to what could have been a stock character; and Reed, in addition to being devastatingly alluring, displays a strong presence as the precocious Mini. In a smaller role as a too-nosy neighbor, Jeff Goldblum uses his smarmy persona to hilarious effect.

Too bad, then, that the film eventually succumbs to the sort of cliched plotting that wouldn't be out of place in any of the police procedurals dominating the television lineup.

Mini's First Time

Bold Films/Trigger Street Prods.

Credits:

Director-screenwriter: Nick Guthe

Producers: Edward Bass, Evan Astrowsky, Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti

Executive producers: Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, Dan Grodnik

Cinematographer: Dan Stoloff

Editor: Michael Ruscio

Production designer: Linda Burton

Costume designer: Johanna Argan

Music: Cato

Cast:

Martin: Alec Baldwin

Mini: Nikki Reed

John Garson: Luke Wilson

Diane: Carrie-Anne Moss

No MPAA rating

Running time -- 91 minutes

MGM, Gooding put contract on 'Don Cornelius'

MGM, Gooding put contract on 'Don Cornelius'
MGM has picked up Nick Guthe's spec script Don Cornelius, to be produced by Cuba Gooding Jr. and Tierre Turner through their Feel Good Films along with Tollin/Robbins Prods. The project reunites Gooding with Tollin/Robbins partners Brian Robbins and Michael Tollin as the trio is in preproduction on Revolution Studios' Radio, which Gooding will star in with Tollin directing and producing with Robbins. Cornelius, a potential starring vehicle for Gooding, centers on a repressed suburban accountant who finds out that his biological father is the head of the New York Mafia. When an attempt is made on the father's life, Cornelius ends up taking over the position.

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