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9 items from 2004


'Fog' producer London pacts at Paramount

21 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Michael London Prods. has entered into a three-year first-look production deal with Paramount Pictures. London's recent films include Vadim Perelman's House and Sand and Fog, from DreamWorks, and Catherine Hardwicke's thirteen, from Fox Searchlight. Both films received Academy Award nominations, with House earning three and thirteen claiming one. London recently completed production on Alexander Payne's Sideways, starring Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church. Searchlight has scheduled an Oct. 20 release. A former executive vp production at 20th Century Fox, London became an independent producer, working on such films as 40 Days and 40 Nights and The Guru. Jane Garnett, who joined Michael London Prods. in November, will oversee Paramount projects for the company. »

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IFC has Reed at 'Gun'-point

29 June 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Nikki Reed, who co-penned and starred in Fox Searchlight's teen drama thirteen, is negotiating to land a role in another edgy indie feature, IFC Films' American Gun, sources said. Gun is being executive produced by Forest Whitaker along with IFC's Jonathan Sehring, Caroline Kaplan and Holly Becker. Whitaker also stars in the project, which follows a series of interweaving story lines focusing on the proliferation of guns in America. Helmer Aric Avelino is making his feature debut on Gun. He co-wrote the script with Steven Bagatourian. Ted Kroeber is producing, with Arlene Gibbs as a co-producer. Reed recently reteamed with her thirteen director and co-writer, Catherine Hardwicke, on Columbia Pictures' Lords of Dogtown (HR 3/3). American Gun, the film's working title, starts filming next month in Los Angeles. Reed is repped by CAA, manager Booh Schut and attorney Steve Warren. »

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Koepp lauded at UCLA fest

18 June 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

David Koepp has been honored with the Distinguished Achievement in Screenwriting Award by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television at the UCLA Screenwriters Showcase, held this week at the WGA West Theater in Beverly Hills. The event was part of UCLA Festival 2004: New Student Work in Theater, Film and Television, which runs through Friday. Gore Verbinski received the UCLA Filmmaker of the Year Award at a Tuesday ceremony hosted by Robert Rosen, dean of the school, at the DGA Theatre in Los Angeles. On Wednesday, Catherine Hardwicke was honored by UCLA Film, Television and Digital Media Department chair Barbara Boyle at the DGA Theatre. Monday night's showcase honoring Koepp, which was hosted by Mike Werb, also featured staged readings from five winners of the annual graduate student screenwriting competition. They were Mike Armbruster, Tammy Duffy, Greg Kennerson, Katherine Ruppe and Julie Ann Sipos. »

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Ledger in mood for 'Casanova'

15 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Lasse Hallstrom has found his Casanova. Heath Ledger has signed on to topline the helmer's Walt Disney Co. period tale, with shooting set to start in August in Venice, Italy. The casting continues Ledger's busy work slate for 2004. Later this month, he's due to step in front of the cameras on Lords of Dogtown for Columbia Pictures and helmer Catherine Hardwicke. He'll then follow that up with a lead role opposite Jake Gyllenhaal as a pair of love-crossed cowboys in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain for Focus Features. He then segues to Hallstrom's Casanova, a romantic comedy about the legendary Casanova and his pursuit of the one woman in Venice who doesn't fall prey to his charm. »

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Ledger in mood for 'Casanova'

15 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Lasse Hallstrom has found his Casanova. Heath Ledger has signed on to topline the helmer's Walt Disney Co. period tale, with shooting set to start in August in Venice, Italy. The casting continues Ledger's busy work slate for 2004. Later this month, he's due to step in front of the cameras on Lords of Dogtown for Columbia Pictures and helmer Catherine Hardwicke. He'll then follow that up with a lead role opposite Jake Gyllenhaal as a pair of love-crossed cowboys in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain for Focus Features. He then segues to Hallstrom's Casanova, a romantic comedy about the legendary Casanova and his pursuit of the one woman in Venice who doesn't fall prey to his charm. »

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Renner skates to Col 'Dogtown'

12 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jeremy Renner, who starred in last summer's S.W.A.T. for helmer Clark Johnson and Columbia Pictures, is set to reteam with the studio on Catherine Hardwicke's Lords of Dogtown. The project, a fictionalized version of Stacy Peralta's documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys, is based on a Spin magazine article that explored 1970s skateboarding culture. Peralta wrote the screenplay, with revisions by Hardwicke. The story follows a group of young California surfers who take their style to the streets as skateboarders, thereby launching a new sport that defined a generation. Renner will play a respected surf veteran and close friend of Heath Ledger's character. Ledger, Emile Hirsch, John Robinson, Victor Rasuk and Nikki Reed also star. John Linson is producing, with David Fincher, Art Linson and Joe Drake serving as executive producers. At the studio, the project is being overseen by co-presdient of production Columbia's Matt Tolmach and executive vp production Andrea Gianetti. Renner is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment's Beth Holden-Garland and attorney Patti Felker. The Dahmer star next appears in Love Comes to the Executioner and Asia Argento's The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things. »

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'Thirteen' leads Prism nominees

11 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Thirteen, director Catherine Hardwicke's unnerving portrait of teenage girls and their accelerated adolescence, has earned multiple nominations for the eighth annual Prism Awards. Thirteen, from Fox Searchlight Pictures/Working Title Films, earned noms for feature film as well as acting bids for stars Holly Hunter, Evan Rachel Wood and Nikki Reed. The Prism Awards, administered by the nonprofit Entertainment Industries Council, honor film, TV and musical works that include accurate portrayals of the pitfalls of drug and alcohol abuse. Joining thirteen in the feature film category are Miramax's City of God, Chilmark Prods.' Love and Diane, Focus Features' 21 Grams and Lions Gate Films' Wonderland. Benicio Del Toro was nominated in the feature acting category for his performance in 21 Grams, as was Dylan McDermott for his role in Wonderland. »

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Reed rolls into 'Dogtown' for Col, Hardwicke

3 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fresh off her win for best debut performance at Saturday afternoon's IFP Independent Spirit Awards, Nikki Reed is set to reteam with her "thirteen" helmer, Catherine Hardwicke, on Lords of Dogtown for Columbia Pictures. The project, a fictionalized version of Stacy Peralta's documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys, is based on a Spin magazine article that explored 1970s skateboarding culture. Peralta wrote the screenplay, with revisions by Hardwicke. The story follows a group of young California surfers who take their style to the streets as skateboarders, thereby launching a new sport that defined a generation. Reed will play the kid sister of one of the skateboarders. »

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Hirsch, Ledger skate into 'Dogtown'

13 February 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Emile Hirsch, the lead in the upcoming comedy The Girl Next Door for 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises, and Heath Ledger are poised to star in The Lords of Dogtown for Columbia Pictures and thirteen helmer Catherine Hardwicke. The project is a fictionalized version of Stacy Peralta's documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys and is based on a Spin magazine article that explored 1970s skateboarding culture. Peralta wrote the screenplay, with revisions by Hardwicke. The story follows a group of young California surfers who take their style to the streets as skateboarders, thereby launching a new sport that defined a generation. Hirsch and Ledger will play part of the revolutionary clan. »

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