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12 items from 2014


Revisiting Band Of Brothers

23 February 2014 8:29 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Robert Keeling 24 Feb 2014 - 07:00

Over the next fortnight, we revisit each episode of HBO's superlative war drama, Band Of Brothers. Here's Rob's look at the series opener...

It’s been over twelve years since the ten-part miniseries Band Of Brothers first aired and it remains an incredibly visceral and evocative piece of war drama. Over the course of its ten episodes, the series allows us to become immersed in the difficult and often terrifying experiences the men of Easy Company faced during World War Two and brings into sharp focus the brutal and horrific reality of armed conflict.

The series traces its roots back to American historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s book of the same name. Ambrose’s Band of Brothers was an insightful piece of military history focusing on one specific cog in the wider military machine of World War Two. That crucial cog was Easy Company, »

- louisamellor

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‘Act of Valor’ Adaptation Isn’t Moving Forward at National Geographic Channel

17 February 2014 11:17 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

National Geographic Channel isn’t moving forward on its TV adaptation of “Act of Valor.” Announced last October as the cable network’s first scripted series produced with Relativity Television and Tandem Communications, “Act of Valor” was to be based on Relativity’s feature film of the same name. “Ngc is unfortunately not moving forward with ‘Act of Valor’ in favor of other scripted projects we have under consideration that will be announced soon,” a network representative told TheWrap in a statement. Also read: National Geographic, Relativity Team on ‘Act of Valor’ TV Series The series was to be written »

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Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan Are Reuniting for 'Ithaca'

30 January 2014 8:15 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

America's former favorite cinematic sweethearts, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, are reuniting for a new movie -- though unfortunately for fans of their crackling chemistry, it won't be onscreen.

Instead, Ryan will direct and Hanks will executive produce a World War II drama called "Ithaca." It will be Ryan's feature directorial debut, and the first time the pair has worked together since 1998's "You've Got Mail."

"Ithaca," based on a 1943 William Saroyan novel, "The Human Comedy," tells the story of a teenaged telegram delivery boy who witnesses the upheaval of WWII through those he ferries messages to in his small hometown. Ryan will also star in the film, alongside Melanie Griffith, Sam Shepard, and Ryan's son, Jack Quaid ("The Hunger Games").

"'Ithaca' is a deceptively simple story, by turns stark and lyrical," Ryan said of the film. "It's sometimes shockingly unsentimental and yet, by some little miracle, never cynical. I »

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Tom Hanks And Meg Ryan Team Up For Ithaca

30 January 2014 5:36 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Meg Ryan is gearing up for her directorial debut – Ithaca – with long-time collaborator Tom Hanks on producing duties.

The film is an adaptation of the novel ‘The Human Comedy’ by William Saroyan, which was first published in 1943. Exploring themes of fractured families, loss, childhood and coming-of-age, the story centres on Homer – a young boy left at home to care for his widowed mother, older sister and younger brother when his oldest brother goes to war. Harbouring ambitions to become the fastest bicycle messenger of all time, Homer spends the summer of 1942 delivering messages of all kinds to the residents of Ithaca. One day, however, a message arrives that will change his world forever.

Ithaca will mark a return to the big screen for Ryan, who has most recently been guest-starring in TV shows such as Web Therapy and Curb Your Enthusiasm. She will both star in and direct the project, »

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Meg Ryan to make directing debut with Ithaca

30 January 2014 1:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor will team with her two-time romcom partner Tom Hanks on Ithaca, a World War II drama in which she will also star

Meg Ryan is directing her first feature film, Ithaca, an adaptation of the 1943 William Saroyan novel The Human Comedy.

She will also star in the film alongside Sam Shepard and Melanie Griffith, while Tom Hanks, who Ryan memorably starred alongside in Sleepless In Seattle and You've Got Mail, will be executive producer. Also starring will be Meg Ryan's son Jack Quaid, best known for his role as Marvel in The Hunger Games movies.

The Human Comedy, written for the Ryan version by Band of Brothers producer Erik Jendresen, is about a teenage telegram delivery boy in small-town America during World War II, witnessing the impact of the conflict on those he delivers messages to. The novel was actually originally written as a screenplay by Saroyan, »

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Meg Ryan to make directing debut with Ithaca

30 January 2014 1:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The actor will team with her two-time romcom partner Tom Hanks on Ithaca, a World War II drama in which she will also star

Meg Ryan is directing her first feature film, Ithaca, an adaptation of the 1943 William Saroyan novel The Human Comedy.

She will also star in the film alongside Sam Shepard and Melanie Griffith, while Tom Hanks, who Ryan memorably starred alongside in Sleepless In Seattle and You've Got Mail, will be executive producer. Also starring will be Meg Ryan's son Jack Quaid, best known for his role as Marvel in The Hunger Games movies.

The Human Comedy, written for the Ryan version by Band of Brothers producer Erik Jendresen, is about a teenage telegram delivery boy in small-town America during World War II, witnessing the impact of the conflict on those he delivers messages to. The novel was actually originally written as a screenplay by Saroyan, »

- Ben Beaumont-Thomas

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Hanks, Ryan Reunite For "Ithaca"

29 January 2014 8:55 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail" duo Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are set to re-team for "Ithaca" on which Ryan makes her directorial debut.

Adapted from William Saroyan's novel "The Human Comedy," the story is set in 1942 in a small California town where a fourteen-year-old teen is determined to be the best bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen.

His older brother has gone to war, leaving him to look after his widowed mother, his older sister and his 4-year-old brother. He also struggles with a message that will change him forever.

Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith and Jack Quaid also star. Erik Jendresen ("Band Of Brothers") wrote the screenplay while Janet Brenner, Laura Ivey, Ryan and Jendresen are producing.

Hanks and Gary Goetzman will executive produce. Filming aims to begin this summer.

Source: Deadline »

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Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan Reunite For 'Ithaca'

29 January 2014 3:34 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The younger readers out there may not remember how much of a box office powerhouse Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan once were. What started as playful chemistry in "Joe Versus The Volanco," erupted into a pair of romantic comedy classics, "Sleepless In Seattle" and "You've Got Mail." Now, sixteen years after they traded emails on the big screen, Hanks and Ryan are back together again, though not quite in the capacity you might expect. Tom Hanks is set to produce "Ithaca," the directorial debut of Meg Ryan. Based on the novel "The Human Comedy" by William Saroyan, and adapted by Erik Jendresen ("Band of Brothers"), the film tells the story of 14-year-old Homer Macauley, who is determined to be the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen. His older brother has gone to war leaving Homer to look after his widowed mother, his older sister and his 4-year-old brother, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Synopses for Meg Ryan’s Directorial Debut Ithaca and the Thriller The Free World Starring Cillian Murphy and Bryce Dallas Howard

29 January 2014 11:11 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Sales are starting to go down because of the Berlin Film Festival, so be prepared for on onslaught of press releases.  For the most part, these press releases are boilerplate about how happy everyone is to be working with each other, acquiring projects, etc.  However, these press releases also tend to include the first synopsis for the film in question.  Today, The Exchange announced they had acquired Meg Ryan's directorial debut, Ithaca, which will star Ryan, Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith, and Jack Quaid, with more casting to be announced as the summer start date approaches. There's also a release for Jason Lew's thriller, The Free World.  Cillian Murphy stars as a recently released convict whose freedom is put in jeopardy when he meets a tragic, mysterious woman (Bryce Dallas Howard) with a violent past.  Hit the jump for the press releases. I've put the synopses in bold. The »

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The Exchange, Content target Efm

29 January 2014 10:23 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Exchange heads to Berlin with worldwide rights Ithaca, Meg Ryan’s feature directorial debut with Tom Hanks on board as executive producer. Separately, Content is reteaming with Red & Black Films on Don’t Knock Twice.

Erik Jendresen adapted the screenplay to Ithaca from William Saroyan’s novel The Human Comedy. The WW2 rites-of-passage story centres on a teenage bicycle messenger.

Ryan will star alongside Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith and Jack Quaid. Janet Brenner, Laura Ivey, Ryan and Jendresen produce. Shooting is set to begin this summer.

Content has reunited with Caradog James and John Giwa-Amu of Red & Black Films on their latest title Don’t Knock Twice and will commence world sales at the Efm.

James will direct from Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler’s screenplay based on an urban legend in the vein of Candyman.

Pre-production is scheduled for spring. Giwa-Amu will produce with Seymour Films’ Claire Moorsom, while Content »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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The Exchange, Content target Berlin

29 January 2014 10:23 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Exchange heads to Berlin with worldwide rights Ithaca, Meg Ryan’s feature directorial debut with Tom Hanks on board as executive producer. Separately, Content is reteaming with Red & Black Films on Don’t Knock Twice.

Erik Jendresen adapted the screenplay to Ithaca from William Saroyan’s novel The Human Comedy. The WW2 rites-of-passage story centres on a teenage bicycle messenger.

Ryan will star alongside Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith and Jack Quaid. Janet Brenner, Laura Ivey, Ryan and Jendresen produce. Shooting is set to begin this summer.

Content has reunited with Caradog James and John Giwa-Amu of Red & Black Films on their latest title Don’t Knock Twice and will commence world sales at the Efm.

James will direct from Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler’s screenplay based on an urban legend in the vein of Candyman.

Pre-production is scheduled for spring. Giwa-Amu will produce with Seymour Films’ Claire Moorsom, while Content »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Berlin: Exchange Claims Worldwide Sales Rights to Meg Ryan’s ‘Ithaca’

29 January 2014 10:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In the lead-up to the European Film Market at the Berlin Film Festival, international sales and finance company The Exchange has acquired worldwide sales rights to Meg Ryan’s directorial debut “Ithaca,” which she also stars in alongside Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith and Jack Quaid.

Exchange will begin selling rights to buyers in Berlin.

‘Ithaca’ is a deceptively simple story, by turns stark and lyrical,” Ryan said. “It’s sometimes shockingly unsentimental and yet, by some little miracle, never cynical.”

Set in a small town in California’s San Joaquin Valley in 1942, “Ithaca” follows a teenage boy, who aspires to be the fastest bicycle messenger ever. His life is changed as he delivers messages to the town’s residents during WWII.

Erik Jendresen (“Band of Brothers”) wrote the screenplay, based on William Saroyan’s novel, “The Human Comedy.”

“‘Ithaca’ is a story all can relate to: a quintessential coming-of-age story, »

- Andrew Stewart

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