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Vince Lombardi Biopic Gets ‘All Is Lost’ Director

The life of Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi is headed for the big screen with Legendary Pictures tapping “All Is Lost” director J.C. Chandor to write and possibly direct his biopic.

Legendary topper Thomas Tull, part owner of the National Football League’s Pittsburgh Steelers, will produce with Mary Parent. Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser will exec produce.

Legendary has acquired the movie rights via deals with the Lombardi estate and producers of the Broadway play “Lombardi,” based on the David Marannis book “When Pride Still Mattered.”

Lombardi won five NFL titles in nine years of coaching the Packers. He has long been a part of the NFL’s image; the award given to the winner of the Super Bowl is the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Lombardi died in 1970 at the age of 57.

The NFL launched development of its own Lombardi biopic in 2007 with Andrew Hauptman’s Andell Entertainment (“Lions for Lambs”) and Chris Olsen.
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Vince Lombardi movie in the works

State Of Play producer Andrew Hauptman has revealed that he is hoping to make a movie about legendary American football coach Vince Lombardi. Speaking to Digital Spy at the movie's UK premiere, Hauptman described Lombardi, who won five league championships for the Green Bay Packers during his nine-year stewardship of the NFL team, as "the most famous coach ever in the Us". Hauptman conceded that selling (more)
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"State of Play" - Interview clips and film clips from the film starring Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams and Hellen Mirren!

Movie Jungle has new clips in from Universal Pictures' "State of Play," including interview clips with Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, director Kevin MacDonald ("The Last King of Scotland, "Touching the Void") and producer Andrew Hauptman ("Lions for Lambs").   We also have the following clips installed in the very same player below:   - B-roll- Cameron Shastises Cal and Della for Not Being First on the Collins Scandal- Della Fights Cameron to Stay- Cal Comforts Della After She Witnesses a Shooting- Collins Tells Cal to Bring Him the Evidence- Collins Confronts Cal About His Trustworthiness and Integrity- Cal Starts Questioning Dominic         State of Play (2008) Released date: April 17, 2009 - Rate & Review this! - Get Showtimes & Tickets on MovieJungle.com!Starring: Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, Jason Bateman, Jeff Daniels and Harry Lenix.
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"State of Play" - Interview clips and film clips from the film starring Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams and Hellen Mirren!

Movie Jungle has new clips in from Universal Pictures' "State of Play," including interview clips with Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, director Kevin MacDonald ("The Last King of Scotland, "Touching the Void") and producer Andrew Hauptman ("Lions for Lambs"). We also have the following clips installed in the very same player below: - B-roll - Cameron Shastises Cal and Della for Not Being First on the Collins Scandal - Della Fights Cameron to Stay - Cal Comforts Della After She Witnesses a Shooting...
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"State of Play" - Interview clips and film clips from the film starring Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams and Hellen Mirren!

Movie Jungle has new clips in from Universal Pictures' "State of Play," including interview clips with Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, director Kevin MacDonald ("The Last King of Scotland, "Touching the Void") and producer Andrew Hauptman ("Lions for Lambs"). We also have the following clips installed in the very same player below: - B-roll - Cameron Shastises Cal and Della for Not Being First on the Collins Scandal - Della Fights Cameron to Stay - Cal Comforts Della After She Witnesses a Shooting...
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2009 Universal Pictures Preview: ‘Duplicity,’ ‘The Wolfman,’ ‘State of Play,’ ‘Drag Me to Hell,’ ‘Land of the Lost,’ More

Chicago – This new HollywoodChicago.com slideshow features production stills for films in the recently released 2009 Universal Pictures film slate.

These 2009 Universal Pictures films include “Duplicity,” “The Wolfman,” “State of Play,” “Wild Child,” “Drag Me to Hell,” “Land of the Lost,” “Fast and Furious,” “Funny People” and “Cirque du Freak”. The release dates, cast lists and filmmaker information for these Universal films can be found below.

Duplicity

Release date: March 20, 2009

Genre: Caper

Cast: Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti

Written and directed by: Tony Gilroy

Produced by: Jennifer Fox, Kerry Orent and Laura Bickford

Executive producer: Ryan Kavanaugh

The Wolfman

Release date: April 3, 2009

Genre: Action/Horror

Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving and Art Malik

Directed by: Joe Johnston

Screenplay by: Andrew Kevin Walker and David Self

Based on the motion picture screenplay by: Curt Siodmak

Produced by: Scott Stuber, Benicio Del Toro, Rick Yorn
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Universal Pictures' 2009 Preview Synopses! Fast and Furious, The Wolf Man, Cirque du Freak, State of Play, Duplicity, Wild Child and more!

We have fresh synopses and updated cast and crew in from various Universal Pictures releases. Universal has a strong slate of upcoming releases including "Fast and the Furious," "Funny People," "Duplicity," "Drag Me to Hell," "Land of the Lost," "Wild Child," "State of Play," "The Wolfman" and "Cirque du Freak." Of these, I'm looking forward to "The Wolfman," "Cirque du Freak," "State of Play" and "Duplicity" the most. Starting with the Julia Roberts and Clive Owen starrer "Duplicity" and ending with "Cirque du Freak," here are the various synopses and cast and crew information. Duplicity - March 20, 2009 Genre: Caper Cast: Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti Written and Directed by: Tony Gilroy Produced by: Jennifer Fox, Kerry Orent, Laura Bickford Executive Producer: Ryan Kavanaugh Oscar® winner Julia Roberts and Clive Owen reunite for Duplicity, from writer/director Tony Gilroy (seven-time Oscar®-nominated Michael Clayton). In the film,
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Lions for Lambs

Lions for Lambs
This review was written for the theatrical release of "Lions for Lambs".LONDON -- The title of Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs" comes from a comment made by a German officer in World War I about the bravery of British soldiers compared to the criminal stupidity of their commanders. The film, which had its world premiere Monday at the London Film Festival, makes clear that Redford feels the same way about the current political leadership of the U.S. and the men and women fighting and dying in the name of their country.

In sober and unemotional fashion, Redford and writer Matthew Michael Carnahan set out the arguments for and against America's military incursions in Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving it for the audience to ponder a response. They leave no doubt, however, where they stand.

Boxoffice response to films dealing with the U.S. government's strategies in the Middle East so far suggests that the public is not eager to grapple with the topic onscreen. Redford's film will appeal to those who feel that today's military sacrifices are being made on false premises, but its responsible tone could draw a more widely appreciative audience.

Clocking in at 90 minutes, the film has three settings, two of which involve discussions on the merits of commitment to activism and politics far removed from the field of battle. The third shows two Special Forces volunteers trapped on a snowy mountain in Afghanistan and surrounded by the enemy.

Redford plays Dr. Stephen Malley, a lecturer at an unnamed California university who is attempting to convince a bright but undisciplined student named Todd (Andrew Garfield) that he should apply his talents to help solving the problems of the day.

Meryl Streep is Janine Roth, a veteran television reporter whose skills include taking shorthand and the ability to land an exclusive interview with hotshot Sen. Jasper Irving (Tom Cruise). Irving has his eye on the White House, and what he has to reveal is a new strategy that involves sending small Special Forces teams deep into mountainous territory to prevent Sunni and Shia insurgents from uniting.

In fact, that strategy already has been launched. When a Chinook helicopter attempts a landing in a dangerous area, it comes under fire and two soldiers are pitched out into harm's way. Arian Finch (Derek Luke) and Ernest Rodriguez (Michael Pena), both from deprived communities but believers in the American dream, are exactly the kind of youngsters that Malley lionizes.

The film cuts back and forth between the three scenarios as the senator tries to convince the reporter that his way is right, the professor does the same with the student and the two grunts try to stay alive.

The debate between the politician and the journalist comes off best as both actors get under the skin of their characters, with Cruise snapping out details with charming efficiency and Streep showing the reporter's increasing skepticism with typical subtlety.

Pena and Luke are fine in a classroom sequence that reveals their selfless idealism, and they do what's required in combat scenes made uglier by also being viewed via satellite.

Redford wears his heart on his sleeve in the scenes between the professor and the effortlessly smart kid. Garfield is also fine, but the encounter suffers from being polemical and as a result lacks drama.

Politicians, the media, educators, military commanders and a docile public all come under fire in a well-made movie that offers no answers but raises many important questions.

LIONS FOR LAMBS

MGM/United Artists

Wildwood Enterprises, Brat Na Pont, Andell Entertainment

Credits:

Director: Robert Redford

Screenwriter: Matthew Michael Carnahan

Producers: Robert Redford, Matthew Michael Carnahan, Andrew Hauptman, Tracy Falco

Executive producers: Tom Cruise, Daniel Lupi, Paula Wagner

Director of photography: Philippe Rousselot; Production designer: Jan Roelfs

Music: Mark Isham

Costume designer: Mary Zophres

Editor: Joe Hutshing

Cast:

Dr. Stephen Malley: Robert Redford

Janine Roth: Meryl Streep

Sen. Jasper Irving: Tom Cruise

Wirey Pink: Peter Berg

Ernest Rodriguez: Michael Pena

Arian Finch: Derek Luke

Todd: Andrew Garfield

Entourage: Tracy Dali

Miss M: Louise Linton

Student: Rustee Rutherford

Running time -- 90 minutes

MPAA rating: R

Lions for Lambs

Lions for Lambs
LONDON -- The title of Robert Redford's Lions for Lambs comes from a comment made by a German officer in World War I about the bravery of British soldiers compared to the criminal stupidity of their commanders. The film, which had its world premiere Monday at the London Film Festival, makes clear that Redford feels the same way about the current political leadership of the U.S. and the men and women fighting and dying in the name of their country.

In sober and unemotional fashion, Redford and writer Matthew Michael Carnahan set out the arguments for and against America's military incursions in Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving it for the audience to ponder a response. They leave no doubt, however, where they stand.

Boxoffice response to films dealing with the U.S. government's strategies in the Middle East so far suggests that the public is not eager to grapple with the topic onscreen. Redford's film will appeal to those who feel that today's military sacrifices are being made on false premises, but its responsible tone could draw a more widely appreciative audience.

Clocking in at 90 minutes, the film has three settings, two of which involve discussions on the merits of commitment to activism and politics far removed from the field of battle. The third shows two Special Forces volunteers trapped on a snowy mountain in Afghanistan and surrounded by the enemy.

Redford plays Dr. Stephen Malley, a lecturer at an unnamed California university who is attempting to convince a bright but undisciplined student named Todd (Andrew Garfield) that he should apply his talents to help solving the problems of the day.

Meryl Streep is Janine Roth, a veteran television reporter whose skills include taking shorthand and the ability to land an exclusive interview with hotshot Sen. Jasper Irving (Tom Cruise). Irving has his eye on the White House, and what he has to reveal is a new strategy that involves sending small Special Forces teams deep into mountainous territory to prevent Sunni and Shia insurgents from uniting.

In fact, that strategy already has been launched. When a Chinook helicopter attempts a landing in a dangerous area, it comes under fire and two soldiers are pitched out into harm's way. Arian Finch (Derek Luke) and Ernest Rodriguez (Michael Pena), both from deprived communities but believers in the American dream, are exactly the kind of youngsters that Malley lionizes.

The film cuts back and forth between the three scenarios as the senator tries to convince the reporter that his way is right, the professor does the same with the student and the two grunts try to stay alive.

The debate between the politician and the journalist comes off best as both actors get under the skin of their characters, with Cruise snapping out details with charming efficiency and Streep showing the reporter's increasing skepticism with typical subtlety.

Pena and Luke are fine in a classroom sequence that reveals their selfless idealism, and they do what's required in combat scenes made uglier by also being viewed via satellite.

Redford wears his heart on his sleeve in the scenes between the professor and the effortlessly smart kid. Garfield is also fine, but the encounter suffers from being polemical and as a result lacks drama.

Politicians, the media, educators, military commanders and a docile public all come under fire in a well-made movie that offers no answers but raises many important questions.

LIONS FOR LAMBS

MGM/United Artists

Wildwood Enterprises, Brat Na Pont, Andell Entertainment

Credits:

Director: Robert Redford

Screenwriter: Matthew Michael Carnahan

Producers: Robert Redford, Matthew Michael Carnahan, Andrew Hauptman, Tracy Falco

Executive producers: Tom Cruise, Daniel Lupi, Paula Wagner

Director of photography: Philippe Rousselot; Production designer: Jan Roelfs

Music: Mark Isham

Costume designer: Mary Zophres

Editor: Joe Hutshing

Cast:

Dr. Stephen Malley: Robert Redford

Janine Roth: Meryl Streep

Sen. Jasper Irving: Tom Cruise

Wirey Pink: Peter Berg

Ernest Rodriguez: Michael Pena

Arian Finch: Derek Luke

Todd: Andrew Garfield

Entourage: Tracy Dali

Miss M: Louise Linton

Student: Rustee Rutherford

Running time -- 90 minutes

MPAA rating: R

'Play' date: McAdams, Mirren, Wright Penn

'Play' date: McAdams, Mirren, Wright Penn
Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren and Robin Wright Penn are in negotiations to join Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Jason Bateman in "State of Play", Working Title and Universal's adaptation of the BBC miniseries. Kevin Macdonald is directing.

The story follows a congressman (Norton) and his former campaign manager-turned journalist (Pitt) who find themselves on opposite sides after the politician's research assistant and mistress turns up dead.

McAdams will play the youngest reporter at Washington Globe, who gets caught up in a murder conspiracy. Mirren is the newspaper's tough editor, and Wright Penn is the congressman's ex-wife.

Matthew Michael Carnahan and Tony Gilroy worked on the script.

Working Title's Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan are producing along with Andrew Hauptman. Paul Abbott is exec producing.

McAdams is shooting "The Time Traveler's Wife" for New Line, in which she stars opposite Eric Bana. She recently wrapped Neil Burger's "The Return" opposite Tim Robbins and Michael Pena. She is repped by UTA, Magnolia Entertainment and attorney Howard Fishman.

Macdonald pushes 'Play' for Universal

Macdonald pushes 'Play' for Universal
Kevin Macdonald, who directed Forest Whitaker to an Oscar in The Last King of Scotland, has signed on to helm State of Play for Universal Pictures. Working Title's Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan have joined Andell Entertainment's Andrew Hauptman as producers on the thriller, which has Brad Pitt attached to star.

State of Play is an adaptation of an award-winning BBC miniseries that revolves around an elected government official and his former campaign manager (Pitt), who is now a journalist for a high-profile national paper. When two seemingly unrelated slayings are linked by a single phone call, the friends find themselves on opposite sides of the investigation. Matthew Michael Carnahan wrote the adaptation, which moves the action to Washington.

Paul Abbott, who created the 2003 series, is executive producing. A late 2007 start date is eyed.

Macdonald's Scotland won BAFTA awards for best actor, adapted screenplay and the Alexander Korda Award for best British film. He is repped by Endeavor and Peters Fraser & Dunlop in the U.K.

November is in like 'Lions' at UA

MGM will bow United Artists' first production, Lions for Lambs, nationwide on Nov. 9. Helmed by Robert Redford, the multilayered drama starring Meryl Streep, UA co-head Tom Cruise and Redford will bow opposite the Warner Bros. Pictures comedy Fred Claus.

Principal photography on the film began Jan. 29. Based on an original screenplay from Matthew Michael Carnahan, Lions is being produced by Carnahan, Redford, Tracy Falco and Andrew Hauptman.

"Robert Redford has a remarkable ability to tell moving stories and capture the essence of the human experience," United Artists CEO Paula Wagner said. "We are very proud to have him at the helm of our inaugural production."

Derek Luke, Michael Pena, Andrew Garfield and Peter Berg co-star in the film following three plot lines, all converging on the themes surrounding the U.S.' war on terrorism.

United Artists was relaunched in November as a partnership among Cruise, Wagner and MGM after Cruise/Wagner Prods. ended its deal at Paramount Pictures.

Lions is the first film to enter production for the studio.

Garfield has the chops for 'Lambs'

Garfield has the chops for 'Lambs'
British newcomer Andrew Garfield has landed one of the leads in United Artists ensemble drama "Lions for Lambs".

The Robert Redford-directed film marks theater maven Garfield's feature film debut, in which he will appear opposite co-stars Redford, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep.

Based on a screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, the story features three interconnected plotlines: a congressman who interacts with a journalist; an idealistic professor who attempts to inspire a privileged student in his class; and a pair of American soldiers wounded in enemy territory in Afghanistan, one of whom is the professor's former student.

Andrew Hauptman, Carnahan, Tracy Falco and Redford are producing. MGM will distribute the film worldwide.

Garfield recently was tapped most promising newcomer at the Critics Circle Theatre Awards and outstanding newcomer at the Evening Standard Awards for his work at the Royal National Theatre.

He is repped by the Collective and Kate Bryden of Gordon French in the U.K.

2006 Blacklist: The Top 10 Unproduced Screenplays

  • Last year, it surfaced on a couple of sites and was featured in Entertainment Weekly. The Black List is a top 10 best unproduced screenplays complied by (you fill in the blank) insiders at talent agencies, management companies, and film studios. 2 of last year’s top 3 are far from being shelved under a pile of other scripts – Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)Things We Lost in the Fire
[/link] is in post prod and the number 3 consensus pick Lars And The Real Girl is being produced by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and is currently filming. Juno is lining up for a January shoot in Vancouver. Posted on the blog site www.spinandstir.com, this year the Top 10 list surfaces once again, however many of the scripts are already being produced by big studios. Since it comes from an undisclosed source it’s hard to take it at face value, but for the pure fun of it we
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Uni taking BBC 'State' to theaters

Uni taking BBC 'State' to theaters
The award-winning BBC miniseries State of Play will get the big-screen treatment courtesy of Universal Pictures. Universal has acquired the feature rights from producer Andrew Hauptman and his Mission Pictures, which secured the film rights from the series' creator, Paul Abbott. Hauptman and Tracy Falco will produce the project. State, which tackles the intersection of politics and journalism, revolves around an elected government official and his former campaign manager-turned-journalist for a high-profile national paper. When two seemingly unrelated slayings are linked by a single phone call, the two friends find themselves on opposite sides of an investigation.

New Mission: London team being recruited

New Mission: London team being recruited
LONDON -- Independent U.K. development and production company Mission Pictures is set to recruit a new London team following the departure of co-founder Graham Broadbent, production exec Pete Czernin and development chief Sophie Meyer, the company said Tuesday. Broadbent's departure follows the exit of co-founder Damian Jones, who left the company in June. Jones and Broadbent set up the venture in August 2001 with Andrew Hauptman, a former director of business development and strategic planning at Universal Studios, backed by an undisclosed amount of cash from Hauptman's private investment company Andell Entertainment (HR 8/29). Hauptman said in a statement Tuesday that he has promoted Tracy Falco to senior vp at Mission Pictures, aiming to fulfill the company's "original remit to develop and produce studio-level motion pictures." A spokesman for the company said the Los Angeles-based Falco, previously vp development and production at Ted Demme's Spanky Pictures, would recruit a team to work from the London office with that original aim in mind. The company has offices in London and Los Angeles.

Film review: 'Safe Men'

Film review: 'Safe Men'
With higher-profile "Mafia!" coming up lame at the boxoffice and comedies of all kinds flooding the theatrical market, it's doubtful that modestly budgeted, unevenly funny gangster spoof "Safe Men" will make off with more than chump change. The small October Films release might find a bigger, undemanding audience on cable.

Sam Rockwell ("Lawn Dogs") and Steve Zahn ("That Thing You Do!") head an ensemble cast in the debut of writer-director John Hamburg, an NYU alum who made the short "Tick". Set in the Jewish underworld of Providence, R.I., "Safe Men" has a few good laughs and memorable moments but not enough flair or pizazz to boost its reputation over time.

Sam Rockwell) and Eddie (Zahn) are lousy singer-songwriters mistaken for master safecrackers and shanghaied by a mobster known around town as Veal Chop (Paul Giamatti). Mr. Chop works for Big Fat Bernie Gayle (Michael Lerner), a bully who accuses the bewildered leads of trying to rob his house in an obvious setup and demands that they break into three safes.

Of course, Sam and Eddie have no clue how to meet that obligation, but feeling sufficiently threatened, they give it a try. Meanwhile, there is a two-man team of real thieves (Josh Pais, Mark Ruffalo) who cross their paths, the looming bar mitzvah of Big Fat Bernie Jr. (Michael Schmidt) and Bernie Sr.'s rivalry with scheming fence Good Stuff Leo (Harvey Fierstein).

Sam and Eddie often get stuck on small details of their befuddled existence; in one scene, their silly arguing is interrupted by one of their robbery victims. But Hannah (Christina Kirk) is the crimewise daughter of Leo and takes an instant liking to Sam. Knowing that she has given up dating crooks, Sam tries to lie, but like practically everything else, he's not good at it.

Lerner and Giamatti go for broad strokes. The not-at-all-fresh ethnic angle is exploited with repetitive jokes but nothing too offensive. Rockwell and Zahn are either whiny babies or wily risk takers, and their nerdy charisma and dumb-guys shtick are likewise predictable after the first few rounds. Newcomer Kirk is a bit tentative but alluring as the lone female.

SAFE MEN

October Films

An Andell Entertainment production in association with Blue Guitar Films

Writer-director: John Hamburg

Producers: Andrew Hauptman, Ellen Bronfman, Jeffrey Clifford, Jonathan Cohen

Director of photography: Michael Barrett

Production designer: Anthony Gasparro

Editor: Suzanne Pillsbury

Costume designer: Cat Thomas

Music: Theodore Shapiro

Casting: Avy Kaufman

Color/stereo

Cast:

Sam: Sam Rockwell

Eddie: Steve Zahn

Veal Chop: Paul Giamatti

Big Fat Bernie Gayle: Michael Lerner

Hannah: Christina Kirk

Good Stuff Leo: Harvey Fierstein

Bernie Jr.: Michael Schmidt

Frank: Mark Ruffalo

Mitchell: Josh Pais

Running time -- 88 minutes

MPAA rating: R

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