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Who Gets the Dog? is an effort that falls in line thematically (sort of) with the plethora of holiday movies that hit places like Lifetime Movie Network every year and are loaded with actors you recognize, but aren’t quite on the A-list anymore.
Alicia Silverstone might be a surprise in such a film, but beyond that this one is – minus the holiday theme – just the sort of “friendly” effort that demands you play along with a simpler kind of story. If that isn’t clear from the premise, the film sets the stage in its opening, as Clay (Ryan Kwanten) and Olive (Silverstone) explain their divorce to their dog.
You don’t have to be a serious dog person to get something out of this one, but it doesn’t hurt, and the film may well become unwatchable for those who aren’t willing to play along with dog »
- Marc Eastman
The 10 clients follow talent agent Sean Grumman, who moved to Wme last month.
The total roster includes Ventimiglia; Garity; Kwanten; “Deadbeat” star Tyler Labine; “Agent Carter’s” James D’Arcy; “Rosewood” star Jaina Lee Ortiz; CW staple Chris Wood; Hayes MacArthur of “Angie Tribeca;” “The Originals” star Claire Holt; and Andrew J. West of “Greek” and “The Walking Dead.”
Grumman has worked closely with the 10 clients, and has been instrumental in the launch of many of their careers, such as Wood who’s currently on CW’s “Supergirl” and previously starred on “Containment,” “The Vampire Diaries »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
About a dozen actors have committed to joining their agent, Sean Grumman, at Wme. The talent representative landed at Wme last month after a long stint at CAA. Following him to Wme are Milo Ventimiglia, star of NBC's breakout new drama This Is Us; Troy Garity (Ballers, Boss); Ryan Kwanten (True Blood); Rosewood star Jaina Lee Ortiz; Tyler Labine (Deadbeat, Super Troopers 2); James D’Arcy (Agent Carter, Hitchcock); Chris Wood (Supergirl); Hayes MacArthur (Angle Tribeca, Sup… »
Amid a brutally fast-changing environment for movies, the American Film Market opens its 37th edition Wednesday at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.
Forecasts are for mostly sunny weather — unlike the unpredictable conditions for the independent sector for both buyers and sellers, with majors focusing on franchise tentpoles and questions surrounding traditional distribution through theaters.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty on both sides,” said Madriver’s Kim Fox, who also handles Annapurna sales. “I don’t think it’s a horrible thing; you just can’t keep doing what you used to. It’s still a thriving business and there are gems out there.”
There’s still some sizzle to Afm. On Oct. 29, Tom Hardy came on board as gangster Al Capone in “Fonzo” with “Chronicle” director Josh Trank helming from his own script. The film will be produced by Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder for Addictive Pictures alongside “Pulp Fiction” producer Lawrence Bender. »
- Dave McNary
Keep up with the glitzy film awards world with our weekly Film Awards Roundup column.
– The Environmental Media Association (Ema) will honor actress and activist Shailene Woodley with the Female Ema Futures Award at the 26thAnnual Ema Awards on Saturday, October 22 at Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, California.
“As an influencer and activist, [Woodley] has used her celebrity status to motivate and activate her fans and supporters to take action in their own lives,” said Debbie Levin, CEO of Ema. “A strong proponent of climate change and individual responsibility, we couldn’t be more proud to honor and share this young woman’s authentic commitment and ‘boots on the ground’ rallying for social and environmental justice issues.”
– The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that James N. Kienitz Wilkins will receive the 2016 Kazuko Trust Award. »
- Graham Winfrey
Australians in Film (AiF) has announced it will honour actor Jai Courtney (Suicide Squad, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Jack Reacher) and director Garth Davis (Top of the Lake, Lion) with Breakthrough Awards at the upcoming Aif Awards and Benefit Dinner in La.
The AiF Awards and Benefit Dinner is aimed at supporting the organisation.s goals of ushering Australian filmmakers into the international market and providing career development. This years. event, to be held October 19 at the NeueHouse Hollywood, will be hosted by Tim Minchin.
The Foxtel Breakthrough Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate rising Australian talent. Previous honourees include fellow Margot Robbie, Liam Hemsworth, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Debicki, Jacki Weaver, Teresa Palmer, Joel Edgerton, James Wan and Ryan Kwanten. ..The AiF Awards began as the Breakthrough Awards in 2005. It was a very intimate affair in Beverly Hills where we honoured Melissa George and Robert Luketic. The »
- Staff Writer
Shout! Factory Kids said today that its CGI Australian toon Blinky Bill: The Movie will get a platform release starting October 7 in Los Angeles. The character is widely popular Down Under — with credits including a 1992 film and a local TV series the following year — and the distributor is hoping to ride that wave to American shores. The pic originally was set to arrive here this month. Your logline: Blinky Bill (voiced by Ryan Kwanten) is a little koala with a big… »
Veteran showrunner Ken Sanzel has signed with ICM Partners. The former New York City cop, who was a member of the Decoy Squad in the NYC Transit Police Department, has served as executive producer/showrunner on the CBS drama series Numbers, Blue Bloods and The 2-2 and on NBC’s Ironside. He was under overall deals at CBS TV Studios and more recently at Universal TV. Sanzel, who wrote and directed the indie feature Blunt Force Trauma starring Ryan Kwanten and Freida… »
Exclusive: Christopher Plummer features in the story of a Un interpreter caught between the FBI and a criminal dynasty.
Goldove and Chechik are finalising a cast list ahead of an anticipated 2017 shoot; Christopher Plummer is already signed to play the antagonist.
The story centres on a seemingly innocent Un interpreter caught up in a war between the FBI and a criminal dynasty.
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Chicago – The Chicago Premiere of the new film “Who Gets the Dog?” will be co-presented on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016, by the Midwest Independent Film Festival. The Midwest Indie is a year round film fest that convenes every first Tuesday, and for this special presentation will screen at the historic Music Box Theatre in Chicago. For more details and ticket purchasing information, click here.
’Who Gets the Dog?’ at the Midwest Independent Film Festival
Photo credit: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Alicia Silverstone (“Clueless”) and Ryan Kwanten star in “Who Gets the Dog,” a romantic comedy about a just-about-to-be-divorced couple who cannot decide on who gets custody of their beloved dog Wesley. Is it possible that humankind’s best friend can find a way to reunite the couple? The film also features Amy J, Carle, Randall Batinkoff and Rachel Cerda, and is directed by Huck Botko. The film is set in Chicagoland, and »
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Plus: Ileen Reich assumes corp comms role at Participant Media; and more…
The Weinstein Company (TWC) has promoted Nicole Quenqua and Marguerite Michael to co-heads of TWC publicity.
Quenqua will run the department’s New York office and Michael will lead the publicity team in La.
TWC-Dimension has promoted Pantea Ghaderi to executive vice-president of publicity.
TWC top brass made the announcements as it emerged that president of publicity Dani Weinstein was departing after 16 years.
Ileen Reich has joined Participant Media as senior vice president of publicity and corporate communications. She arrives from Sony Pictures Entertainment where she served as senior vice-president of national publicity and reports to Christina Kounelias, executive vice-president of worldwide marketing and communications.George Blagden, Charleene Closshey, Robbie Kay, Stelio Savante, Michael Beach, and Raymond J. Barry have joined No Postage Necessary. The story of a hacktivist who tries to win the heart of a young widow is shooting in Florida until the end »
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Linking two of Latin America’s high-profile producers, Argentina’s Az Films has boarded “El Duende” (The Elf), a horror parable lead-produced by Bogota and Cali-based 64A Films, the Colombian producer of Sundance entry “All Your Dead Ones,” TV smash hit “Pablo Escobar: The Drug Lord“ and now “Blanca,” one of Vivendi’s Studio Plus mobile-first premium web series.
64A Films co-founder Diego Ramirez has also announced some of the most ambitious TV plans of any independent movie production house in Latin America: Production of 10 one-hour TV series and 10 10-minute-per-episode series. Carlos Moreno’s one-hour “El Dorado,” the story of the Spanish Conquest, based on William Ospina’s “The Amazon Trilogy,” is now in advanced development.
“The Elf” will shoot in English, said Ramirez, whose producer credits also include Carlos Moreno’s “Dog Eat Dog.” It marks the second solo feature from Jorge Navas, who debuted with 2009 Venice Days player “Blood and Rain,” described »
- John Hopewell
Ryan Kwanten has joined Maggie Grace and John Malcovich in Supercon, the comedy heist pic from Zak Knutson. The casting reunites the Aussie-born Kwanten and Grace, who also team in Rob Cohen’s action thriller Category 5. Supercon follows a motley group of comic book artists and former TV stars earning a living working fan conventions who set out to rob a crooked promoter and an overbearing former TV icon. Kwanten (True Blood) plays a voice actor who comes up with the plan… »
True Blood may have ended on television, but the hit show is set to become a new stage musical.
Novellist Elizabeth Scott is writing the lyrics and the book for the planned production, while Nathan Barr, who provided much of the music on the original show, will be handling the music aspect of the new show.
HBO’s True Blood by Alan Ball, based on the The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, ran for seven seasons and ended in 2014. It revolved around the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a telepathic waitress with an otherworldly quality. Alexander Skarsgard, Stephen Moyer and Ryan Kwanten were also amongst the primary cast.
No news on when the potential musical will land, but we’ll keep you updated.
The post ‘True Blood’ is set to become a stage musical appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
Book and lyrics for the piece are reportedly being written by novelist Elizabeth Scott while Nathan Barr, who worked on the music for the series, will handle the music. No news on the specific story or characters to be included.
Source: TV Line »
- Garth Franklin
Shout! Factory has acquired a package of rights to the Australian animated feature and plans a multi-platform release.
Shout! Factory has picked up Australian animated feature Blinky Bill: The Movie for North America from Munich-based sales agency Studio 100 Film.
With a package of exclusive rights including theatrical, broadcast, video-on-demand, digital and home entertainment, Shout! Factory plans a strategic launch of the film across multiple platforms through its Shout! Factory Kids imprint.
Produced by Studio 100’s Sydney-based animation studio Flying Bark Productions, Blinky Bill: The Movie has a voice cast headed by Ryan Kwanten, Rufus Sewell, Toni Collette and David Wenham. It tells the story of mischievous koala Bill’s search for his dad in the outback, in the company of a zoo koala and a frill-necked lizard. Deane Taylor directed and Alexs Stadermann co-directed.
Introduced in a 1933 book series, the character has appeared in 1992 film Blinky Bill, The Mischievous »
The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen has settled on his latest pair of storm-chasers, with news emerging today that Ryan Kwanten and Taken star Maggie Grace have landed roles in upcoming disaster pic, Category 5.
Kwanten and Grace now join a cast that already features Ben-Hur and Fantastic Four‘s Toby Kebbell, who closed a deal to headline the drama late last month. He’ll play the part of a meteorologist who, alongside his ex-Marine brother (Kwanten) and a Us Treasury agent (Grace), must pull together to thwart a devastating hack on the U.S. Mint Facility during one of the greatest storms on record.
Blending genres in the hope of creating a pulse-pounding thriller, Category 5 is based on an original script penned by Cohen himself, with help from Scott Windhauser, Jeff Dixon, Anthony Fingleton, and Carlos Davis.
Here’s the official pitch for the feature film: »
- Michael Briers
The story follows a team of tech hackers embarking on a $600 million robbery from a coastal U.S. Mint facility the same time a disastrous Category 5 storm is set to strike.
Kebbel plays a meteorologist left in the deserted beach town along with a treasury agent (Grace) and his brother, an ex-Marine (Kwanten). Ineson heads the team of thieves trying to accomplish the heist.
Cohen helms from a script he co-wrote with Scott Windhauser, Jeff Dixon, Anthony Fingleton, and Carlos Davis. Damiano Tucci, Danny Roth, Karen Baldwin, Howard Baldwin, Michael Tadross Jr. and Rob Cohen will produce.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
As we pointed out this morning, it’s been 15 years since The Fast and the Furious opened in theaters. Now the director of that first film in the franchise is capitalizing on that anniversary and announcing the casting for his new movie by invoking the street racing movie that launched what’s now a behemoth of a heist action franchise. “Coinciding with the 15 Year Anniversary of Rob Cohen’s 2001 blockbuster hit…” this press release begins. Maggie Grace (Taken, Lost) and Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) are joining Cohen’s Category 5. Here’s what the upcoming action-thriller is about: Category 5 follows a team of tech hackers embarking on a $600 million robbery from a coastal U.S. Mint facility the same time a disastrous Category 5 storm is set to strike. The remaining people left in the deserted beach town are a meteorologist (Toby Kebbel), a treasury agent (Grace), and the »
- Emily Rome
Maggie Grace, who starred opposite Liam Neeson in the Taken trilogy, Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and Ralph Ineson (The Witch, The Huntsman: Winter’s War) have been set to star alongside Toby Kebbell (Ben-Hur) in Rob Cohen’ new action/thriller Category 5. Scripted by Cohen, Scott Windhauser, Jeff Dixon, Anthony Fingleton, and Carlos Davis, Category 5 follows a team of tech hackers embarking on a $600 million robbery from a coastal U.S. Mint facility the same time a… »
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