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15 items from 2015


Jay Z & Will Smith Teaming With Producer Aaron Kaplan for HBO Miniseries on Emmett Till

24 July 2015 5:48 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jay Z and Will Smith are teaming with Aaron Kaplan to produce an HBO miniseries about Emmett Till, the African American teenager who was tragically and brutally murdered in 1955 for reportedly asking a white woman on a date.

After allegedly flirting with a 21-year-old white co-owner of a Mississippi grocery store, Carolyn Bryant, Till was killed when Bryant’s husband Roy and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, showed up at the house of the 14-year-old teen’s great uncle and took him away, gouged out one of his eyes, shot him in the head and threw his body in the Tallahatchie River. Till’s family had an open-casket funeral so everyone could see the brutal attack on his body.

Jay Brown and James Lassiter will also serve as exec producers, alongside Jay-z, Smith and Kaplan. Kaplan originally pitched the idea to the A-list duo, who immediately jumped at the chance to tell the story. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Will Smith and Jay Z Are Making an Emmett Till Mini-series for HBO

24 July 2015 7:40 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

On the heels of their collaboration last year for the musical Annie, Jay Z and Will Smith are teaming up once again: They've signed on to executive-produce a mini-series about Emmett Till for HBO. In 1955, 14-year-old Till was lynched by a white mob in Mississippi in what's known as one of America's most brutal hate crimes. His mother famously had an open-casket funeral for her son so that newspapers would print photos of the gruesome nature of Till's attack. Till's killers were acquitted but later confessed to murdering the teen. Smith and Jay Z, along with Jay Brown, James Lassiter, and Aaron Kaplan, will bring "an immersive and in depth exploration" of Till's story to HBO for what's expected to be a six-hour series. So far the mini-series is untitled and has no writers onboard. Also in the works are two competing Emmett Till movies: one spearheaded by Roger »

- Dee Lockett

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Will Smith and Overbrook Entertainment to Produce High School Comedy ‘Ultra’

18 July 2015 7:57 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Will Smith and his production company, Overbrook Entertainment, have struck a deal with Sony Pictures to produce the high school comedy “Ultra”. According to sources, the actual premise of the film project is being “kept under wraps” except to say that it will be a “R-rated event movie starring teenagers”. The film will be produced by Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and James Lassiter for Overbrook, with Sandy Stern of Single Cell Pictures. The film will be written by Hollywood wunderkind twin brothers Shea Mirzai and his brother Evan, who, for the last three years in a row, have had a script on the prestigious “Black List” of the best unproduced screenplays. They did »

- Sergio

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Will Smith to Produce High School Comedy ‘Ultra’ Written by Black List Alums (Exclusive)

13 July 2015 11:49 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Black List alums Shea Mirzai and Evan Mirzai have been hired to write the high school comedy “Ultra” for Sony Pictures and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment, TheWrap has learned. Plot details are being kept under wraps but the project is described as an R-rated event movie starring teenagers. The idea was hatched internally at Overbrook before the Mirzai twins pitched Caleeb Pinkett during production of Sony’s football drama “Concussion,” who bought it then and there. Will Smith, James Lassiter and Pinkett will produce for Overbrook along with Sandy Stern, who runs R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe’s company Single Cell Pictures. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Overbrook Partners With Alpine Labs On True Crime Series ‘Coffin Point’

2 April 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and multimedia production outfit Alpine Labs have signed an agreement to co-produce Coffin Point, a new one-hour TV series based on the true crime book Coffin Point: The Strange Cases Of Ed McTeer, Witch Doctor Sheriff, by Baynard Woods. Overbrook’s Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and James Lassiter will share executive producer credits with Alpine LabsKevin Abrams and Jamie Denenberg. The deal was struck by Lassiter and Denenberg… »

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Matthew McConaughey's New Movie Sounds Great, Involves An Elaborate Scheme

27 March 2015 10:51 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Matthew McConaughey.s recent cinematic renaissance looks set to continue after it was confirmed that he.d become attached to The Billionaire.s Vinegar, an intriguing tale of deception, wine and Thomas Jefferson.  Deadline was the first to reveal that the Academy Award-winning actor has signed up to star in The Billionare.s Vinegar, which will come from Sony Pictures and revolve around an auctioned cache of wine bottles that were allegedly owned by Thomas Jefferson. It turns out that they actually never belonged to the third President of the United States, and this revelation soon leads to all-out mayhem. Matthew McConaughey is the first actor to sign up for The Billionaire.s Vinegar, but the producers and scribes involved suggest that he is in very good hands. The team of Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Will Smith, who were previously behind The Pursuit Of Happyness »

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Matthew McConaughey to star in The Billionaire's Vinegar

27 March 2015 5:58 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Matthew McConaughey is to star in The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery Of The World's Most Expensive Bottle Of Wine.

The actor is attached to appear in the film, which tells the story of a real-life scandal involving wine bottles thought to have been owned by Thomas Jefferson.

The film focuses on the case of a bottle of 1787 Château Lafite Bordeaux which was bought for $156,000 by billionaire Bill Koch, Deadline reports.

It's claimed that the wine was once owned by the American Founding Father, but was revealed to be a fake following a lengthy private investigation.

The script comes from Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, who previously worked together on Wanted, 3:10 To Yuma and Chicago Fire.

Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Will Smith will produce the film.

It was previously announced that McConaughey will star in Born to Run, which is based on Christopher McDougall's novel. »

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McConaughey Drinks "Billionaire's Vinegar"

27 March 2015 5:50 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Matthew McConaughey us attached to star in "The Billionaire's Vinegar" for Sony Pictures, Escape Artists and Overbrook Entertainment.

Based on the novel by Benjamin Wallace, the story deals with the scandal that ensued when an auctioned cache of wine bottles purported to have been owned by Thomas Jefferson were called fakes.

Hardy Rodenstock was a music manager-turned-wine dealer who unearthed the bottles. Billionaire Bill Koch bought them for a half a million, spend double that investigating them, and then sued Rodenstock.

Michael Brandt and Derek Haas ("Wanted," "3:10 To Yuma") penned the film which Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Will Smith will produce.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Matthew McConaughey Joins The Billionaire’S Vinegar for Sony Pictures

26 March 2015 8:12 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Matthew McConaughey is attached to star in Sony Picture's The Billionaire's Vinegar. Based on Benjamin Wallace's book The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine. The film centers on the scandal surrounding several fraudulent bottles of wine allegedly owned by Thomas Jefferson. Hardy Rodenstock, a music manager-turned-wine dealer supplied the wine. Billionaire Bill Koch payed $500,000 for the Jefferson bottles, before coughing up twice that amount for an investigation to confirm their origins and a lawsuit against Rodenstock. What else are you going to do when you're a billionaire? [caption id="attachment_340263" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Warner Brothers[/caption] Per Deadline,The script is by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas  (Wanted, 3:10 To Yuma) with no director attached at this time. Escape Artists and Overbrook Entertainment have been developing the project for years; Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Will Smith and Steve Tisch will produce. They have previously »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Matthew McConaughey to Star in ‘Billionaire’s Vinegar’

26 March 2015 7:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Matthew McConaughey will star in Sony’s “The Billionaire's Vinegar,” with Escape Artists and Overbrook Entertainment producing.

The project is based on the Benjamin Wallace book, which traces the history of vintage Bordeaux bottles believed to have belonged to Thomas Jefferson that were auctioned by wine company Christie’s for exorbitant prices. Many experts have concluded that the bottles were never Jefferson’s.

The film will be produced by Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Will Smith. Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, whose credits include “3:10 to Yuma” and “Wanted,” are writing the adaptation.

The project has been in development since 2008, when the producers acquired rights to Wallace’s book before it was published.

The book centers on a Forbes family member paying $156,000 at auction for a bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux, which Christie’s asserted was part of a Jefferson cache discovered in France. That »

- Dave McNary

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David Unger forms Three Six Zero Entertainment

12 February 2015 1:30 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Talent agent David Unger has joined Three Six Zero Group co-founders Mark Gillespie and Dean Wilson to form Three Six Zero Entertainment.

Unger will serve as co-ceo of the new venture alongside Gillespie and guide Three Six Zero Group’s expansion into film, TV and digital production as well as financial and branding advisory services to the global entertainment and media industries.

As co-CEOs Unger and Gillespie will oversee offices in Los Angeles, New York and London for Three Six Zero Entertainment, which will operate in partnership with Shawn “Jay Z” Carter’s entertainment company Roc Nation.

Three Six Zero Group, whose music management clients include Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean and Deadmau5, signed a worldwide partnership deal with Roc Nation in 2010.

As previously reported, an HBO series about the world of electronic music is in development, with Harris, Gillespie, Dean Wilson, James Lassiter, Will Smith and Carter producing.

Three Six Zero Entertainment will continue to develop hybrid »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Vet Talent Agent David Unger Launches Three Six Zero; Foray Into Film/TV Rep Biz

12 February 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Breaking: David Unger has become co-ceo of Three Six Zero Entertainment, a new venture that will create a bridge for the youth music-centric company to branch into entertainment management and production. He’ll run the venture with Mark Gillespie and Dean Wilson, who run Three Six Zero Group and manage such Edm music powerhouse clients as Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, Deadmau5 and Duke Dumont. The venture will operate in partnership with Shawn “Jay Z” Carter’s Roc Nation.

Unger had been a long time talent agent at ICM, and took a leap with Jeff Berg when the latter formed the talent agency Resolution. Launching a traditional talent agency without multiple revenue streams is a near impossible pursuit, and Resolution hit the wall when a promise of funding from China didn’t materialize in time. Despite the crash and burn–Unger didn’t jump, he went down with the ship–his »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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25 surprising side businesses from Hollywood stars

15 January 2015 8:54 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Paul Newman’s salad dressing enterprise is common knowledge, but did you know about these 25 businesses run by Hollywood stars?

What do big-time movie stars get up to in their spare time? While their fictional counterparts might enjoy chopping wood or getting hosed down by friendly females (more on that here), actors themselves have a tendency towards wacky entrepreneurial ideas and hefty industrial investments.

Looking at our findings from some rigorous research (read: Googling), it seems that you can divide famous actors into a handful of groups – those who are trying to do something good for the world, those who are trying to break into internet megabucks and those who like opening restaurants.

Without further chit-chat, here’s a breakdown of which stars are behind which brands which you may or may not know and love…

1. Kevin CostnerOcean Therapy Solutions

Here’s a brilliant one to start off with »

- simonbrew

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Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees

14 January 2015 12:24 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

American Sniper,” “Big Hero 6,” “Birdman,” “The Lego Movie” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” have been nominated by the Motion Picture Sound Editors for the 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, to be held Feb. 15 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

The Mpse announced nominees in 20 categories Wednesday.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

Darren Aronofsky will receive the filmmaker award, and Skip Lievsay will receive the career achievement award.

The entire nominations list:

Feature Animation

Big Hero 6

Walt Disney Animation Studios »

- Dave McNary

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‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations

14 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Hollywood’s sound pros nominated Birdman and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for three awards apiece as the Motion Picture Sound Editors unveiled nods for its 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, honoring the best feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment work of the year.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

This year’s Golden Reels will additionally honor Noah director Darren Aronofsky with the Mpse’s annual Filmmaker Award. Oscar winner Skip Lievsay, known for his work »

- Jen Yamato

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