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Film Acquisition Rundown: Fox Searchlight Picks Up ‘The Spy With No Name,’ FilmRise Buys ‘Marjorie Prime’ and More

Film Acquisition Rundown: Fox Searchlight Picks Up ‘The Spy With No Name,’ FilmRise Buys ‘Marjorie Prime’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Fox Searchlight has bought the rights to “The Spy With No Name,” an ebook written by Jeff Maysh and published by Amazon Kindle Single, Deadline reports. Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert of Emjag Productions will produce alongside “Argo” executive producer David Klawans.

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The true story centers on Erwin van Haarlem, a Cold War secret agent who stole the identity of a Dutch man whose mother had given him up for adoption. The Communist spy pretended to be Johanna van Haarlem’s long lost son for 11 years before being caught.

– FilmRise has acquired the U.S. rights to Michael Almereyda’s “Marjorie Prime,
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Fox Searchlight Lands Cold War Thriller ‘The Spy With No Name’

Exclusive: Fox Searchlight has acquired the rights to The Spy With No Name, a Jeff Maysh eBook published under the Amazon Kindle Single label. Emjag’s Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert will produce alongside Argo‘s David Klawans. The book tells the true story of Erwin van Haarlem, a Cold War secret agent whose stolen identity broke the heart of an innocent woman who thought she'd found her long-lost son. When Johanna van Haarlem finally tracked down the son she was…
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Amazon spring 2017 pilots include Richard Madden drama

Amazon spring 2017 pilots include Richard Madden drama
Streaming giant’s slate also includes comedy from creator of Gilmore Girls.

Amazon has announced its 2017 pilot slate, which includes space drama Oasis, with Game Of Thrones star Richard Madden, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, a comedy from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.

Five pilots will debut on 17th March in the UK, Us, Germany, Austria and Japan.

Customer reviews will help determine if the pilots are turned into a series.

The pilots are:

The Legend of Master Legend (half-hour)

A dark comedy about the life of a homemade superhero whose mission is to protect the people of Las Vegas from evil doers. Executive produced by Youree Henley (20th Century Women), Joshuah Bearman (Argo) and David Klawans (Argo), along with executive producers and writers Micah Fitzerman-Blue (Transparent) and Noah Harpster (Transparent). The pilot is directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) and stars John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), Dawnn Lewis (Major Crimes), Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire) and newcomer
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Amazon Sets 2017 Pilot Season Lineup With Projects From Amy Sherman-Palladino, ‘Game of Thrones’ Actors

Amazon Sets 2017 Pilot Season Lineup With Projects From Amy Sherman-Palladino, ‘Game of Thrones’ Actors
Amazon’s 2017 pilot season will kick off on March 17, Variety has learned.

The streaming service will put up five pilots — two hourlongs and three half-hours. One of the hourlongs, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” comes from “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino; the other, “Oasis,” boasts both Richard Madden and Mark Addy from “Game of Thrones.” Amazon is also entering the adult animated space with “The New V.I.P.’s” from “The Life and Times of Tim” creator Steve Dildarian.

Here’s a full rundown of what Amazon users will be able to vote on starting March 17:

Hourlongs:

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

It’s 1958 Manhattan and Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan, “House of Cards)” has everything she’s ever wanted — the perfect husband, two kids, and an elegant Upper West Side apartment perfect for hosting Yom Kippur dinner. But her perfect life suddenly takes an unexpected turn and Midge discovers a previously unknown talent
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Cahn To Pen Coronado High For George Clooney And Columbia

The name Debora Cahn is not one that enjoys instant recognition among audiences, but she has been working steadily and with impressive results since her days as an award-winning writer on The West Wing. Eventually rising to the ranks of producer on that show, she went on to replicate the same success on Grey’s Anatomy. With a feature script having ranked highly on the 2013 Black List (The Special Program), her work has drawn attention from notable places – including Smokehouse Productions and Columbia Pictures, who have recruited her to write Coronado High.

Based on an article by Joshua Bearman, the story will focus on a laid-back teacher in Coronado, California in 1969, who collaborated with some local high school students to smuggle pot from Mexico, using swimming and paddle surfboards. From this supposedly simple idea rose a sizable 1970s criminal empire, which was ultimately taken down by the Drug Enforcement Agency.
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George Clooney teaming up with Grey’s Anatomy writer for drug smuggling film Coronado High

According to THR, George Clooney has set his sights on his next project, a drug smuggling film called Coronado High.

Clooney will produce the film along with Grant Heslov (The Monuments Men) and David Klawans (Argo). Grey’s Anatomy and The West Wing writer Debora Cahn will pen the screenplay, which is an adaptation of a Atavist article by Joshua Bearman. The piece told of a hippie teacher who teamed up with high school students in the beach town of Coronado, California in 1969 to smuggle pot from Mexico to the Us by swimming and paddling surfboards. They successfully created a criminal empire that stretched into the 1970s, before being taken down by the DEA.

This isn’t the first of Bearman’s articles to get the Hollywood treatment. He wrote a story for Wired that became the basis for Ben Affleck’s Academy Award winning film Argo. Cahn, on the other hand,
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George Clooney's 'Coronado High' Brings on 'Grey's Anatomy' Writer

Debora Cahn, a longtime writer and producer on ABC's Grey's Anatomy, has signed on to pen the screenplay for George Clooney's Coronado High.

Based on an Atavist article by Joshuah Bearman, the plot tells the true story of a hippie teacher and his students in the sleepy town of Coronado, California, who, in 1969, came up with the idea of smuggling marijuana in from Mexico by swimming and paddling surfboards. The notion turned into a criminal empire, which was eventually taken down by the DEA in the 1970s.

George Clooney is producing alongside his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov and David Klawans. Joshuah Bearman wrote the Wired Magazine article that eventually became Best Picture winner Argo, which both George Clooney and Grant Heslov produced.

Debora Cahn got her start on the writing staff of The West Wing before moving on to Grey's Anatomy. She also landed on The Blacklist last
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'Grey's Anatomy' Writer Tapped to Adapt Drug Smuggling Movie for George Clooney (Exclusive)

Debora Cahn, who was a longtime writer/consulting producer on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, has been tapped to pen Coronado High for Columbia Pictures. George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing via their Smokehouse banner, as is David Klawans. List Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Coronado High is based on an article by Joshua Bearman, the same journalist whose article for Wired became the basis for the Oscar-winning movie Argo (which Clooney and Heslov produced with Ben Affleck). Bearman's Coronado piece, first published on the Atavist, told of how starting in 1969, a hippie teacher in the sleepy naval beach town of

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George Clooney and Grant Heslov to Make Coronado High?

They just won the Oscar for Argo and are currently filming The Monuments Men , but George Clooney and Grant Heslov are already working their next project. According to The Wrap , the duo will produce Coronado High , an adaptation of Joshuah Bearman's upcoming article. Bearman's Wired magazine article served as the basis for Argo . According to the site, the story for Coronado High "involves a group of teenagers who are used to smuggle drugs in Coronado, which is an affluent resort city near San Diego, California." Sony Pictures is in talks to acquire the project and develop it as a potential directing vehicle for Clooney. Clooney and Heslov will produce with David Klawans, who executive produced Argo . (Photo Credit: Ian Wilson/WENN.com)
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"Argo" Team Heads To "Coronado"

Producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov are developing an adaptation of Joshuah Bearman's upcoming article "Coronado High".

Sony Pictures is in talks to acquire the project which would be a potential directing vehicle for Clooney.

The story involves a group of teenagers who are used to smuggle drugs in Coronado, an affluent resort city near San Diego.

Clooney and Heslov will produce with David Klawans. Clooney and Heslov previously produced a film based on another Bearman article - that film was Best Picture Oscar winner "Argo".

Source: The Wrap
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George Clooney and Grant Heslov Team Again for Coronado High

George Clooney and Grant Heslov Team Again for Coronado High
George Clooney and Grant Heslov are teaming up again to produce an upcoming adaptation of Joshuah Bearman's Wired magazine article Coronado High.

The article tells the story of a group of teenagers who were being used as mules to bring illegal drugs across the border near San Diego, California.

Sony Pictures is looking to acquire the film and set it up as a directing vehicle for George Clooney. The duo is producing alongside Argo's David Klawans.

George Clooney and Grant Heslov are currently working on their drama The Monuments Men. Joshuah Bearman also wrote the story behind Ben Affleck's Argo.

No production schedule has been released.
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Passes to ‘Argo’ From Director Ben Affleck

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 50 pairs of movie passes up for grabs to the advance screening of the highly anticipated “Argo” from “The Town” director Ben Affleck!

Argo,” which opens on Oct. 12, 2012 and is rated “R,” stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Chris Messina, Kyle Chandler, Taylor Schilling, Zeljko Ivanek, Clea DuVall, Adrienne Barbeau, Tate Donovan, Titus Welliver, Victor Garber, Bob Gunton and Rory Cochrane from director Ben Affleck and writer Chris Terrio based on the article by Joshuah Bearman.

To win your free “Argo” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our unique Hookup technology below. That’s it! This screening is on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! You must be 17+ to win this “R”-rated Hookup.
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of Argo In St. Louis

Critic Roger Ebert proclaimed, “The winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture will be Ben Affleck’s tense new thriller Argo.”

Based on true events, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Gk Films’ dramatic thriller Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis – the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. Academy Award® winner Ben Affleck (“The Town,” “Good Will Hunting”) directs and stars in the film, which is being produced by Academy Award® winner George Clooney (“Syriana”.), Oscar® nominee Grant Heslov (“Good Night, and Good Luck.”.) and Affleck. Argo will be in theaters on October 12.

On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador.
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Argo Poster Lands – Will It Win Best Picture?

With a month to go until the premiere at the London Film Festival, here’s the new poster for the film everyone was talking about at Toronto, Argo. Can’t you picture this one-sheet framed in some cinema in the early 1970′s? With the official release date of October 12th, Argo is directed by and stars Ben Affleck as well as being produced by Academy Award® winner George Clooney, Oscar® nominee Grant Heslov and Ben Affleck. Warner Bros. Pictures will release the film in the UK on November 7th.

After seeing the movie at the Telluride FIlm Festival, Sasha Stone over at Awards Daily said, “I think it is one of those rare perfect films that give you a satisfying cinematic experience. It.s funny, suspenseful and ultimately moving. It is filled with great dialogue and performances. It.s, to my mind, perfect.”

Roger Ebert has already called the race:
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Argo TV Spot No 1 – In Theaters October 12

Photo by Claire Folger. Bryan Cranston as Jack O’Donnell and Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Gk Films’ dramatic thriller “Argo,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Watch the first TV spot for director Ben Affleck’s Argo. The dramatic thriller opened over the Labor Day weekend at the Telluride Film Festival to rave reviews. The film stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, and Chris Messina.

Based on true events, “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis.the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos,
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Watch the trailer for Ben Affleck's Argo in High Definition

Argo starring and directed by Ben Affleck, gets a trailer Also in the cast of the thriller are Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, John Goodman, Clea DuVall, Michael Parks, Alan Arkin, Tate Donovan, Adrienne Barbeau, Chris Messina, Titus Welliver, Richard Kind and Taylor Schilling. Chris Terrio scripts from the article written by Joshuah Bearman, while Smokehouse's George Clooney and Grant Heslov produce along with David Klawans. Warner Bros. Pictures sends this intriguing film to theatres on October 12th. Affleck stars as CIA hostage expert Tony Mendez, who led the covert mission to free the six U.S. embassy employees
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Watch the trailer for Ben Affleck's Argo in High Definition

Argo starring and directed by Ben Affleck, gets a trailer Also in the cast of the thriller are Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, John Goodman, Clea DuVall, Michael Parks, Alan Arkin, Tate Donovan, Adrienne Barbeau, Chris Messina, Titus Welliver, Richard Kind and Taylor Schilling. Chris Terrio scripts from the article written by Joshuah Bearman, while Smokehouse's George Clooney and Grant Heslov produce along with David Klawans. Warner Bros. Pictures sends this intriguing film to theatres on October 12th. Affleck stars as CIA hostage expert Tony Mendez, who led the covert mission to free the six U.S. embassy employees
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Ben Affleck Stars In New Argo Trailer – In Theaters October 12

Photo by Claire Folger

Here’s your first look at Warner Bros. Pictures. and Gk Films. dramatic thriller Argo, directed by and starring Academy Award winner Ben Affleck (.The Town,. .Good Will Hunting.). The film is being produced by Academy Award winner George Clooney (.Syriana.), Oscar nominee Grant Heslov (.Good Night, and Good Luck..) and Affleck.

Based on true events, Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis.the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed,
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2012: #64. Ben Affleck's Argo

#64. Argo Director: Ben AffleckWriter: Chris TerrioProducers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov and David Klawans Distributor: Warner Bros. The Gist: Written by Chris Terrio, this is about how the CIA teamed with the Canadian government to rescue six U.S. diplomats who'd been taken hostage at the American embassy by a group of Iranians in 1979 by pretending that they were part of a Hollywood film crew scouting a movie called "Argo."...(more) Cast: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, Taylor Schilling, Alan Arkin, Clea DuVall, Kerry Bishé, Tate Donovan List Worthy Reasons...: A top 2010 Blacklist script (ranked right after Stoker and Margin Call) that Clooney's politically inclined prod label Smoke House backed, after years of paycheck roles on action films and displaying his double duty skill-set on The Town, Ben Affleck is poised to deliver a career best here with a story that was especially gripping on paper and
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Warner Bros. Pictures 2012 Preview Includes Descriptions & HD Images Of The Dark Knight Rises, Argo, The Gangster Squad, The Hobbit & The Great Gatsby

Christian Bale as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action thriller The Dark Knight Rises, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Tm and © DC Comics Photo by Ron Phillips

Just in time for the new year, Warner Bros. has released their slate of films scheduled from January 2012 through December 2012. Some noticeables on the list include Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, Wrath Of The Titans, The Gangster Squad, Ben Affleck’s Argo, The Untitled Jay Roach Comedy on August 10th, Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Below are a few new images, along with descriptions and trailers. From the lineup below, appears that Warner Bros. will be box office champs by year end.

Joyful Noise

(L-r) Dolly Parton as G.G. Sparrow and Queen Latifah as Vi Rose Hill in Alcon Entertainment’s “Joyful Noise,
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