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Michael Sheen, Michelle Monaghan to Star in Thriller ‘Price of Admission’

Michael Sheen, Michelle Monaghan to Star in Thriller ‘Price of Admission’
Michael Sheen and Michelle Monaghan will star in Peter Glanz’s dramedy/thriller “The Price of Admission.”

John Powers Middleton and Alex Foster of The Middleton Media Group, Neda Armian (“Rachel Getting Married”) of Armian Pictures, Adrian Politowski’s Umedia, and Glanz will produce. Casey Affleck, nominated for a best actor Academy Award for “Manchester by the Sea,” will executive produce through his company’s partnership with Middleton, The Affleck/Middleton Project.

Radiant Films is launching international sales at the Berlin Film Festival’s European Film Market this week.

“The Price of Admission” is in the tradition of “Being John Malkovich” and “Birdman” — a unique story that’s part dramedy and part existential thriller. Sheen will portray a middling playwright undergoing a midlife crisis whose wife (Monaghan) grows tired of being second-fiddle to his work.

Glanz is directing the film from his own screenplay. He also wrote and helmed the comedy “The Longest Week,
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Efm: Michael Sheen, Michelle Monaghan join 'The Price Of Admission'

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Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International has come on board to commence international sales in Berlin this week.

Peter Glanz will direct for producers John Powers Middleton and Alex Foster of The Middleton Media Group, Neda Armian of Armian Pictures and Adrian Politowski’s Umedia.

Oscar frontrunner Casey is on board as executive producer through his company partnership with Middleton, The Affleck/Middleton Project.

The parties said The Price Of Admission will play like a part dramedy, part existential thriller in the vein of Being John Malkovich and Birdman.

Sheen will play a playwright in the throes of a mid-life crisis and failing marriage whose life tumbles into a limbo state between fiction and reality.

International film group Umedia is co-financing the picture and ICM packaged the film and handles Us rights.

Glanz wrote the screenplay and also produces. Known primarily for commercials, he also wrote and directed comedy The Longest Week starring Jason Bateman as well
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Scorsese On Janis Film, "Vinyl" Involvement

Martin Scorsese is set to produce a new biopic based on the life of classical pianist Byron Janis for Paramount Pictures. Peter Glanz pitched the project and will pen the script basd on Janis' book "Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal".

A student of Vladimir Horowitz and selected in 1960 by the U.S. to perform in the Soviet Union, he represented the start of a successful cultural exchange between the Cold War adversaries. His extensive repertoire included Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev.

Scorsese also says he anticipates his involvement in the day-to-day running of his new HBO drama "Vinyl" will be more hands-on than it was on his previous effort with the network - "Boardwalk Empire". Speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour this week via THR, he talked about helming the two-hour pilot and hopes to direct several more episodes as
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Martin Scorsese and Aaron Sorkin Both Moving Forward With New Projects

Martin Scorsese and Aaron Sorkin Both Moving Forward With New Projects
Two of the busiest names in the business, Aaron Sorkin and Martin Scorsese, are keeping the ball moving on their careers by lining up enticing new projects. Scorsese, who was present at the TCAs in Hollywood yesterday to tease his new HBO show, "Vinyl," is developing a biopic drama centered on the classical pianist Byron Janis with Paramount Pictures. Variety reports the director will only be a producer on the film, though the subject matter fits in line with the many music-oriented films he has directed. The studio bought a pitch from Peter Glanz, who is writing the script, based on Janis’ book "Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal." Paramount released Scorsese’s last three films: "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Hugo" and "Shutter Island." They're currently collaborating on his passion project, "Silence," though no release date has been.
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Martin Scorsese developing biopic of classical pianist Byron Janis

The Oscar-winning director is producing a drama about the American musician chosen to perform in the Soviet Union in the 1960s

Martin Scorsese is developing a biopic of the classical pianist Byron Janis, in a project that extends the director’s interest in music throughout his career.

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Martin Scorsese Developing Byron Janis Biopic at Paramount (Exclusive)

Martin Scorsese Developing Byron Janis Biopic at Paramount (Exclusive)
Paramount is developing a biopic based on the life of classical pianist Byron Janis with Martin Scorsese producing, Variety has learned exclusively.

The studio has bought a pitch from Peter Glanz, who is writing the script. The project is based on Janis’ book “Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal.”

Janis has been widely honored for his extensive repertoire, which includes Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev, with a special affinity for the music of 19th century composer Frederic Chopin. He discovered two previously unknown Chopin manuscripts in 1967.

He was student of Vladimir Horowitz and was selected in 1960 by the U.S. to perform in the Soviet Union, representing the start of a successful cultural exchange between the Cold War adversaries.

Scorsese has been working on the historical drama “Silence” with Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver starring. The film, based on the novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo,
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Film Review: ‘Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen’

Film Review: ‘Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen’
From the 20-year-strong friendship between Gary Cooper and Ernest Hemingway, helmer John Mulholland has fashioned a dual biography that traces its two protagonists’ timelines, evolving separately and sporadically intersecting. Unfortunately, once Mulholland has established that both men hark back to a bygone, Teddy Roosevelt-fostered image of laconic masculinity, his peculiar vantage point generates little insight into the psychology and accomplishments of either man, as “The True Gen” abandons biographical logic in favor of a catalogue of arbitrary differences and similarities. At almost two-and-a-half hours, Mulholland’s back-and-forth approach proves as exhausting as it is exhaustive. Opened Oct. 10 in New York, the film begins a Los Angeles run Dec. 6.

Mulholland starts by exaggerating the distinctions between his two macho icons, the better to bring them both back together into congruency. Thus, the fact that Cooper was brought up on a ranch and rode and roped at the age of 6, while
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Byron Janis Reads from Chopin and Beyond

Renowned concert pianist Byron Janis—the first student of Vladimir Horowitz at age 16—has had quite a remarkable career, making headlines around the world when he discovered two long–lost original Chopin manuscripts. In his new autobiography, Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal (Wiley; November 1), Janis and his wife Maria Cooper Janis (the daughter of actor Gary Cooper) chronicle his struggle to overcome severe arthritis and retrace his profound—and paranormal—relationship with Chopin. Below, Janis recalls the first of many unexpected events linked to the great composer and the secret scores he left behind. Listen to the podcast after the jump.
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Cooper Janis To Document Musician Husband's Life

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Cooper Janis To Document Musician Husband's Life
The daughter of late movie legend Gary Cooper is writing a new novel about her piano prodigy husband Byron Janis.

Maria Cooper Janis will tell the story of how her spouse became a child star, despite losing feeling in a finger after a car crash when he was 11.

The book will also document Janis' battle with arthritis and experiences with the paranormal, according to the New York Post.

The as-yet-unnamed book will be released alongside a U.S. TV documentary about Janis' life.

Cooper Janis is Gary Cooper's only child from his marriage to actress Veronica Balfe.

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