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Alden Ehrenreich’s War Drama ‘The Yellow Birds’ to Be Released by Saban in 2018

Alden Ehrenreich’s War Drama ‘The Yellow Birds’ to Be Released by Saban in 2018
Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Alexandre Moors’ Iraq War drama “The Yellow Birds,” starring Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Toni Collette, Jason Patric, Jack Huston, and Jennifer Aniston.

Saban is planning a spring release. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and won the special jury award for best cinematography. It was produced by Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton for Cinelou Films, and Jeff Sharp for Story Mining & Supply Co.

Written by David Lowery and R.F.I. Porto, and based on the novel by Iraq War veteran Kevin Powers, “Yellow Birds” follows two young soldiers (played by Ehrenreich and Sheridan), who face the terrors of the Iraq War under the command of a troubled sergeant (portrayed by Huston).

“Alexandre’s style is so unique, he has created a visual chef-d’oeuvre with ‘The Yellow Birds,'” Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley said. “The performances are emotional and revelatory of those directly impacted by the tolls
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Dove Cameron, Luke Benward, Bex Taylor-Klaus & More Added To Comedy Film ‘Dumplin’

Dove Cameron, Luke Benward, Bex Taylor-Klaus & More Added To Comedy Film ‘Dumplin’
Exclusive: The Anne Fletcher-helmed pageant musical comedy film Dumplin is rounding out its cast as production has officially commenced today in Atlanta. Liv and Maddie alum Dove Cameron, Luke Benward, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Maddie Baillio, Georgie Flores, and Ginger Minj (RuPaul’s Drag Race) have come aboard the pic, joining previously announced topliners Jennifer Aniston and Danielle Macdonald as well as Odeya Rush. Kristin Hahn wrote the screenplay, which based on Julie…
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Anne Fletcher’s Comedy Dumplin’ Taps Jennifer Aniston To Headline

Jennifer Aniston has located her next project – and it’s moving at a brisk clip.

First reported by Deadline, the actress has signed on for Dumplin’, a music-driven comedy said to be similar in tone to that of Pitch Perfect and Bring It On. Anne Fletcher (Hot Pursuit, 27 Dresses, The Proposal) is behind the lens, directing a script from Kristin Hahn. Aniston, meanwhile has reportedly landed the role of Rosie, a former beauty pageant queen who now runs the local Texas pageant.

Despite initially finding a home at Disney, Dumplin’ has now uprooted for the indie route, with Deadline noting that Michael Costigan’s (Ghost In the Shell) Cota Films is attached to produce. Any other project would have struggled to gain a sense of momentum, but now that Aniston has climbed aboard, it’s understood Fletcher and Co. are eyeing a summer shoot ahead of a theatrical release in
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Jennifer Aniston and Anne Fletcher Team Up for Teen Comedy

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Jennifer Aniston played a Prom Queen and Homecoming Queen in “Friends,” and now she’ll take on the role of a former beauty queen. Variety reports that the expert tiara-wearer has joined the cast of “Dumplin,’” an indie teen comedy directed by Anne Fletcher (“27 Dresses”).

Based on Julie Murphy’s 2015 book of the same name, the Texas-set story follows “a confident teen girl — named Dumplin’ by her former beauty queen mom (Aniston) — taking a job at the local fast-food joint,” the source summarizes. “She meets a former jock whom she likes and he seems to like her back, but when she begins to doubt herself, she sets out to take back her confidence by entering a beauty pageant and gaining respect for her mother.” No word on who will play Dumplin’.

Kristin Hahn, who penned Catherine Hardwicke’s next movie, “Stargirl,” adapted the script and is producing along with Michael Costigan (“Stoker,” “Ghost in the Shell”) of Cota Films.

“Dumplin’” marks Fletcher’s first foray into the teen genre. She most recently helmed “Hot Pursuit,” an action comedy starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara. “The Guilt Trip,” “The Proposal,” and “Step Up” are among her other credits.

Aniston’s recent films include “Mother’s Day,” “Horrible Bosses 2,” and “Cake,” the latter of which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.

“The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing. The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty,” Aniston wrote in a candid essay published by The Huffington Post last summer. On that note, we’re betting “Dumplin’” won’t depict an idealized version of beauty pageants.

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Jennifer Aniston Joins Cast of Anne Fletcher’s ‘Pitch Perfect’-Esque Indie Teen Comedy

Jennifer Aniston Joins Cast of Anne Fletcher’s ‘Pitch Perfect’-Esque Indie Teen Comedy
Anne Fletcher (“Step Up,” “27 Dresses,” the massive box office juggernaut that was “The Proposal”) is getting back behind the camera with an all-new indie offering: “Dumplin,'” based on the well-received Ya novel by Julie Murphy.

Dumplin'” follows Willowdean, the daughter of Rosie, a former beauty pageant queen who now runs the local Texas pageant. To get back at her (very different) mother, Willowdean and her friends ban together to join the pageant and presumably throw it into disarray. What begins as a prank for Willowdean suddenly turns into her leading a group of misfit teenagers into the vicious realms of pageantry. The film is reportedly “music-driven” and in the realm of “Bring It On” and “Pitch Perfect.”

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Deadline reports that Jennifer Aniston has now joined the project as Rosie.
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Jennifer Aniston signs on for Dumplin’

Deadline is reporting that Jennifer Aniston has signed on to star in the music-driven comedy Dumplin’, which is slated to go into production this summer under director Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses).

Dumplin’ follows a confident, plus-sized teen called Willowdean, who tries to spite her mom (Aniston) – a former beauty pageant queen now running the local Texas pageant – by enlisting some friends to take part. What starts as an impulsive one-day protest snowballs as Will inadvertently becomes the inspiration for a ragtag group of teenage outcasts joining the pageant. Given her “insider” perspective on her mother’s pageant world she had long scorned, Will gains new respect for her mom who, in turn, comes to admire a daughter she’s finally able to see, and love, for who she really is.

The film has been scripted by Kristin Hahn, who served as producer on the Aniston-headlined Cake, and is based
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Jennifer Aniston to Star in Teen Comedy ‘Dumplin”

Jennifer Aniston to Star in Teen Comedy ‘Dumplin”
Jennifer Aniston will star in the independent teen comedy “Dumplin'” with Anne Fletcher directing.

Variety first reported in 2015 that Disney acquired the movie rights preemptively prior to publication of Julie Murphy’s Texas-set novel with Michael Costigan producing. Disney decided not to go ahead with the project.

The story centers on a confident teen girl — named Dumplin’ by her former beauty queen mom (Aniston) — taking a job at the local fast-food joint. She meets a former jock whom she likes and he seems to like her back, but when she begins to doubt herself, she sets out to take back her confidence by entering a beauty pageant and gaining respect for her mother.

Kristin Hahn wrote the adaptation and will produce along with Costigan, who will produce under his Cota Films production company. Costigan was
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Jennifer Aniston To Star In Anne Fletcher-Helmed ‘Dumplin’

Jennifer Aniston To Star In Anne Fletcher-Helmed ‘Dumplin’
Exclusive: Jennifer Aniston will star in the Anne Fletcher-directed comedy Dumplin', a film that is eyeing a summer shoot. Imr will be launching international sales. The film is scripted by Kristin Hahn, and Aniston will star as Rosie, a former beauty pageant queen who now runs the local Texas pageant. Michael Costigan (Ghost In The Shell) will produce under his Cota Films banner, and Hahn will also produce. Fletcher has directed The Proposal and 27 Dresses. Pic is a…
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Jennifer Aniston Defends NFL Stars In "Fixer"

Fox 2000 has acquired "The Fixer," a film starring Jennifer Aniston as former Miss USA contestant Denise White who rose to the top of the male-dominated world of professional sports management.

"Dallas Buyers Club" screenwriter Melisa Wallack created the pitch for the project which the studio acquired, along with White's life rights and a Men's Journal article "The Woman Who Bails Out The NFL's Bad Boys".

White became famous for establishing herself as a unflagging defender of her high-profile clients when their public images were in serious jeopardy.

There has been very early preliminary talks about James Gray possibly directing, but that seems too early to call. Aniston, Kristin Hahn, Steve Barnett and Bernie Goldmann will produce through Echo Films.

Source: Deadline
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Jennifer Aniston Starring in Sports Drama ‘The Fixer’

Jennifer Aniston Starring in Sports Drama ‘The Fixer’
Jennifer Aniston will play professional sports manager Denise White in “The Fixer.”

In addition to starring, Aniston will also produce the movie for Fox 2000.

The studio has acquired White’s life rights, Paul Solotaroff’s 2014 Men’s Journal article “The Woman Who Bails Out the NFL’s Bad Boys” and a pitch by “Dallas Buyers Club” writer Melisa Wallack.

Aniston and Kristin Hahn will produce through their Echo Films label along with Steve Barnett and Bernie Goldmann. Aleen Keshishian will be an executive producer and Zack Morgenroth is a co-producer.

White was a contestant in the Miss USA pageant, where she won Miss Congeniality in 1994, and has been a sports manager for more than a decade with clients including NFL stars Vince Young, Jared Allen, Brandon Marshall and DeSean Jackson. She told Solotaroff that her clients need a mother figure.

“You know, people made a fuss about the ‘Blind Side’ kid,
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Napa Valley Film Festival 2015 Day One

Napa Valley Film Festival kicked off with (what else?) a wine movie. “Somm: Into the Bottle," the second documentary exploring the Exclusive Court of Master Sommeliers. To be distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films, "Somm: Into the Bottle", as told through the eyes of the world’s greatest sommeliers and winemakers, raises the curtain on the seldom-seen world that surrounds the wine we drink and gives viewers close-up access to the most accomplished sommeliers in the world and to some of the most prestigious winemakers working today. By opening some of the world’s most rare bottles of wine, the viewer understands how a wine ages and just what happens in a cellar.

At the festival’s gala opening night party, filled with vintners pouring their wines accompanied by some of the best restaurants in the world supplying bite size hors d’oevres, Peter Goldwyn pointed out that the film is already number 22 on iTunes because of the fan base built up by Jason Wise’s previous film, “Somm” in which four sommeliers attempt to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world. As Peter circulated through the crowd of the local bourgeoisie and filmmakers like Eric Troung whose 30 minute short is also screening here, I felt right at home…I love seeing new friends and old at these events.

So far, as a jury member, I have seen one film, “Life in Color” directed, written and produced by Katherine Emmer, along with producers Jason Berman, Anne Carey, Lance Johnson and Giles Clark and starring, as a lovable slob who grows up, Josh McDermitt, Katharine Emmer herself who could play a spoiled rich girl as well as the miserably inattentive nanny she plays in this movie, Adam Lustick a really perfect button-down successful comedian buddy of Josh, Fortune Feimster and Jim O’Heir. Katharine's directorial feature film debut, “Life in Color”, world premiered at South by Southwest 2015. It won Best of Fest - The L.E.S. Prix D'Or at The Lower East Side Film Festival 2015 in New York City.

I am now about to see the second film, “Tumbledown," directed by Sean Mewshaw, produced by Aaron Gilbert, Kristin Hahn and Margo Hand, written by Desi Van Til and Sean Mewshaw and starring Jason Dudikis, Rebecca Hall, Blythe Danner (!), Dianna Agron, Griffin Dunne (“Dallas Buyers Club” and “After Hours”!) son of Dominick Dunne and older brother of Dominique Dunne, Joe Manganiello and Richard Masur. Starz will release the film stateside. Director-writer Sean Mewshaw was raised in Rome, Italy and spent a decade in L.A. working on film sets where he was mentored by some of his heroes. He made a short starring Frances McDomand (one of my favorite actors btw), then moved to Portland, Maine with his wife Desi (who cowrote “Tumbledown”), where he directs theater wile developing film projects. “Tumbledown is his feature debut.

End of Day One and Beginning of Day Two, signing off, Sydney Levine, working in her suite at the Embassy Suites with my partner Peter Belsito sitting on the other side of the table after he hosted a pitch session with Scott Mandille.
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King, Plummer Set For Hardwicke's "Stargirl"

Young actors Joey King ("Ramona and Beezus") and Charlie Plummer ("Boardwalk Empire") will serve as the leads in the film adaptation of Jerry Spinelli's 2000 novel "Stargirl" for Gotham Group, Hahnscape Entertainment, and Bcdf Pictures.

Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight") helms the story of a homeschooled teenage girl (King) who enrolls in an Arizona high school and through her non-conformity alters the ecosystem of the student body.

As the same time she wins the heart of star-struck boy (Plummer). When the student body turns on her, the boy tells her to try to fit in.

Kristin Hahn penned the script and filming begins in New Mexico in the Fall.

Source: THR
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Catherine Hardwicke Casts Two For Stargirl

Two months after Catherine Hardwicke came aboard as director, Stargirl now has its first principal cast members. Rising stars Joey King and Charlie Plummer have both joined the project, which is adapted from the kids' novel by Jerry Spinelli.Kristin Hahn (a producer on Cake and The Switch) wrote the screenplay, which follows a home-schooled teenage girl who has to enrol in an Arizona high school, and has a big impact on the facility’s culture with her non-conformist ways.King, who's had roles in Crazy Stupid Love, The Dark Knight Rises and the Fargo TV series is our girl (the Stargirl of the title). Plummer, who arrives via Boardwalk Empire, Granite Falls and a near miss in the casting of the new Spider-Man, is the star-struck boy who loves her and narrates the story.It seems like a good fit for Hardwicke, who helped kick off the massive Twilight
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Catherine Hardwicke Directing Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl

After directing Stephanie Meyer adaptation Twilight to blockbuster numbers, Catherine Hardwicke is again trying her hand at adapting a beloved Ya novel. Variety reports that the director, who recently shot comedy-drama Miss You Already with Drew Barrymore, has signed on to tackle Jerry Spinelli’s bestselling book Stargirl.

Cake producer Kristin Hahn adapted Spinelli’s book, and it was apparently her script that convinced Hardwicke to come aboard. Hahn will also produce alongside Gotham Group, Hahnscape Entertainment and Bcdf Productions.

First published in 2000, Stargirl follows a homeschooled teen who enrolls in an Arizona high school. Quickly, the differences between her idiosyncratic approach to life and the relative normality of her peers becomes clear.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with just one smile.
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Catherine Hardwicke Finds Stargirl

Catherine Hardwicke Finds Stargirl
Though it sounds like a sci-fi drama (or a sequel to 1984 John Carpenter film Starman), Stargirl in fact has a much more down-to-earth concept. And now, it also has a director, with Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke on board to call the shots.Kristin Hahn has written the adaptation of Jerry Spinelli’s book, which first hit shelves back in 2000 and won plenty of praise. It follows a home-schooled teenage girl who has to enrol in an Arizona high school, and has a big impact on the facility’s culture with her non-conformist ways.It seems like a good fit for Hardwicke, who helped kick off the massive Twilight film franchise and has shown a sensitivity about offbeat teenage stories with the likes of Thirteen. She most recently made the Drew Barrymore/Toni Collette drama Miss You Already, which will be out in the UK on September 25. As for Stargirl, it
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‘Twilight’s’ Catherine Hardwicke to Direct YA Novel Adaptation ‘Stargirl’ (Exclusive)

‘Twilight’s’ Catherine Hardwicke to Direct YA Novel Adaptation ‘Stargirl’ (Exclusive)
Catherine Hardwicke is on board to direct an adaptation of the bestselling Ya novel “Stargirl.”

Kristin Hahn will adapt Jerry Spinelli’s book and produce the film, along with Gotham Group, Hahnscape Entertainment and Bcdf Productions. Bcdf is financing the movie with plans for a fall production start date.

Hardwicke was quick to sign on for the project after reading Hahn’s script, sources tell Variety.

First published in 2000, the critically-acclaimed story follows a homeschooled teenage girl who enrolls in an Arizona high school, altering the ecosystem of the student body with her nonconformity.

CAA will handle domestic sales while Red Granite handles international ones.

Hardwicke just wrapped production on Lionsgate’s Drew Barrymore rom-com “Miss You Already.” She directed one of the biggest Ya novel adaptations of all, “Twilight,” in 2008.

Hardwicke and Hahn are both represented by CAA. Spinelli is repped by Hogan Lovells.
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Campbell, Hardwicke Score New Projects

Martin Campbell ("Casino Royale," "Goldeneye") is in talks to direct a now untitled Jackie Chan film, previously known as "The Foreigner," for Stx Entertainment. David Marconi and Peter Buchman penned the adaptation of the Stephen Leather novel.

Chan will play a humble restaurant owner in London's Chinatown who is forced to push his moral and physical boundaries to track down the group of rogue Irish terrorists responsible for the death of his beloved daughter after the justice system fails him.

Meanwhile, Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight," "Red Riding Hood") is set to direct a film adaptation of Jerry Spinelli's bestselling 2000 young adult novel "Stargirl" for Gotham Group, Hahnscape Entertainment and Bcdf Productions.

The story follows a homeschooled teenager who enrolls in an Arizona high school, altering the ecosystem of the student body with her nonconformity. Kristin Hahn will adapt the script and produce with filming to begin this Fall.

Source: Variety
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Rebecca Hall-Jason Sudeikis Romance ‘Tumbledown’ Set for Valentine’s Day

Rebecca Hall-Jason Sudeikis Romance ‘Tumbledown’ Set for Valentine’s Day
Starz has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the comedic love story “Tumbledown,” starring Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis, and set a Valentine’s weekend release.

The film premiered last month at the Tribeca Film Festival. Dianna Agron, Blythe Danner, Griffin Dunne, Joe Manganiello and Richard Masur also star.

Tumbledown” is Sean Mewshaw’s feature directorial debut. He directed from a script by Desiree Van Til, who is also an executive producer.

Hall portrays a widow unable to move on after the death of her husband, an acclaimed musician and the subject of a biography she’s struggling to write, when she meets a brash New York academic who has a different take on her husband’s life.

Producers are Kristin Hahn of Hahnscape Entertainment, Bron StudiosAaron L. Gilbert and Margot Hand. Jason Cloth is an executive producer.

Starz said it is planning a “significant” nationwide theatrical release around Valentine’s Day,
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Starz acquires ‘Tumbledown’ for Us

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Starz acquires ‘Tumbledown’ for Us
Starz has picked up all Us rights to the comedic love story starring Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis.

Tumbledown premiered in Tribeca and follows a widow who gains a new lease on life when she meets an academic with a startling appraisal of her late musician husband’s life.

Dianna Agron, Blythe Danner, Griffin Dunne, Joe Manganiello and Richard Masur also star in Sean Mewshaw’s feature directorial debut.

Desi Van Til wrote the screenplay and serves as executive producer alongside Jason Cloth.

Kristin Hahn of Hahnscape Entertainment, Bron Studios’ Aaron L Gilbert and Margot Hand produced the film.

Starz Digital plans a “significant” nationwide theatrical release around Valentine’s Day 2016 followed by an on-demand release and pay-tv premiere on Starz. CAA represented the filmmakers in the deal.
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