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Of the seven feature films in his just under two decade filmography, Todd Solondz has landed in Park City twice with 1996’s Welcome to the Dollhouse (Grand Jury Prize Dramatic winner) and 2002’s Storytelling. In our books, Wiener-Dog is the most anticipated sequel for 2016 and perhaps the elusive Cannes Main Comp berth (Solondz has only shown in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard and Directors’ Fortnight sections) will make this a Sundance longshot. Principal photography began in June with a zany cast comprised of Brie Larson, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn, Julie Delpy, Greta Gerwig (see takes on the updated version of Heather Matarazzo’s Dawn character from Welcome to the Dollhouse), Zosia Mamet, Kieran Culkin, Michael James Shaw, Tracy Letts and Devin Druid (Louder Than Bombs). It’ll be fun to see where the Wiener family tree updates occur and to be expected a generous dose of discomfort and joy marinated in »
- Eric Lavallee
Sarah Jessica Parker is returning to HBO with yet another New York City-set comedy. This one’s called Divorce and was created by Sharon Horgan. As you probably surmise, the generic sounding plot follows Parker’s Frances, a woman who reassesses her marriage and life and decides to make a clean break in order to start fresh. However, doing so is a lot harder than she initially thought.
The first image from the upcoming series was released earlier this week, and aside from showing us that the actress still looks good even at age 50, it doesn’t really reveal a whole lot. We do know though that aside from Parker, Thomas Hayden Church is on board to play Frances’ husband, while Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam and Tracy Letts will also co-star.
While the cast is certainly solid, we’re not expecting a whole lot out of this one. Sure, Sex and the City »
- Josh Wilding
The first official photo was just revealed and it seems like they are openly courting comparisons to HBO's "Sex and the City." Yawn if you want, but we're fine with that!
Sjp's "Divorce" character, Frances, is a stylish New Yorker struggling in her love life, like Carrie Bradshaw. Here's Frances:
She looks pretty familiar, doesn't she? Frances is described as "a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought." It's like Carrie after a few years with Big.
The show recently started production in NYC, with Sjp as an executive producer in her first major TV role since Satc ended in 2004."Divorce" was created »
- Gina Carbone
Billed as “the story of a very, very long divorce,” Parker exec produces and stars in the series. She plays Frances, a woman reassessing her life and her marriage. Unfortunately for her, the character finds that making a clean break and getting a fresh start are harder than she thought. Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam and Tracy Letts are also series regulars.
“Divorce” was created by Irish actor-writer-director Sharon Horgan, who gained attention stateside earlier this year for co-creating the relationship comedy “Catastrophe” with Rob Delaney. Horgan also exec produces, as do Paul Simms, Alison Benson and Aaron Kaplan.
- Whitney Friedlander
Sarah Jessica Parker is making divorce look, well, pretty stylish.
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The actress, who is also serving as an executive producer, is playing Frances, “a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought.”
Other stars of »
It arrives in tandem with a new featurette for the picture, welcoming leading players such as Steve Carell, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling in front of the camera to discuss the finer details of The Big Short and how it represents a creative departure for McKay as a director. Indeed, it does – up until now, McKay has carved out a financially-sound niche in the comedy genre, what with hits such as Anchorman, Talladega Nights and the irreverent Step Brothers. But if there was ever any doubt that the director is out of his depth with The Big Short, today’s featurette ought to put any lingering doubt to bed.
In adapting Michael Lewis’ titular novel – the »
- Michael Briers
Sales activity for the first four days at the 36th American Film Market has matched the moderate weather in Santa Monica.
Business could heat up in coming days, thanks to recent burst of high-profile projects being unveiled: an Amy Winehouse biopic, starring Noomi Rapace; the “Billionaire Boys Club” with Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Kevin Spacey and Emma Roberts; shipping drama “The Modern Ocean” with Anne Hathaway and Daniel Radcliffe; and Elizabeth Banks’ World War II drama “Rita Hayworth With a Hand Grenade.”
“We didn’t think we’d have the deals done by Afm,” said Jim Seibel of Lotus Entertainment, which is financing and producing the untitled Winehouse project. “We’ve had massive interest so far from all the distributors who handled the documentary. And everyone knows her music.”
- Dave McNary
Green-Light has completed a multi-territory deal with Universal Pictures Intl. in Benelux, Scandinavia, Latin America, Hungary, Poland, India, Indonesia and Iceland. In addition, the company has sold Germany and Switzerland to Ascot Elite, the U.K. to Signature, the Middle East to Shootings and Turkey to Filmdom.
“Coming to our first market with such a great title has been the perfect way to start our new company,” said president of Green-Light Intl. Christian de Gallegos. “The enthusiasm we’ve seen from buyers is exciting and reassuring for the space we’re looking to fill in the marketplace.”
Shooting recently wrapped in Virginia.
Daniel Ragussis is directing “Imperium,” which follows Radcliffe’s character, a special agent with the FBI who specializes in domestic terrorism and covert operations. Radcliffe’s character goes undercover and joins »
- Dave McNary
Drawing attention to the four leading cast members as much as it does the actual plot, McKay’s picture brings together Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt as four willing outsiders, who believe they’ve struck gold just as the housing market teeters on the edge of a crash in 2008. With the media fanning the flame of a banking crisis, the group whip the titular organization into shape in order to jump through the legal loopholes of the system, as they venture into the dark underbelly of modern banking unabated in search of a quick and easy profit.
Chips come down, morals are questioned and arguments ensue, but as the initial trailer revealed last month, it is »
- Michael Briers
The story follows an FBI special agent (Daniel Radcliffe) who specializes in domestic terrorism and covert operations. He goes undercover and joins a white supremacist group in order to expose a sizable terrorist plot to create a bomb.
Collette portrays a veteran battle-hardened colleague, Letts plays a leader of the white supremacy movement and Trammell a seemingly normal suburban dad who is also the local Aryan youth recruiter.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
As the cameras start cranking in Virginia, director Daniel Ragussis is adding more cast members to FBI thriller Imperium, which also features another Daniel – Radcliffe – in its lead role. Toni Collette, Sam Trammell and Tracy Letts are all joining him in the film. Co-scripted by Ragussis and Michael German, an FBI agent who spent years undercover in neo-Nazi and militia groups in the States, the film’s story is inspired by German’s own experiences. Radcliffe’s character, Nate Foster, will be similarly embedded, trying to stop a bunch of chaos-happy white supremacists constructing a dirty bomb. Collette is aboard to play a hardened colleague in the agency who works alongside Foster. Letts will be the leader of the white supremacy movement in the film and Trammell’s seemingly ordinary suburban dad will secretly be working as an Aryan youth recruiter. Lionsgate is handling the film in the Us and »
Daniel Ragussis is directing “Imperium,” which follows Radcliffe’s character, a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation who specializes in domestic terrorism and covert operations. Collette portrays a veteran battle-hardened colleague, Letts is playing a leader of the white supremacy movement and Trammell is a seemingly normal suburban dad who is also the local Aryan youth recruiter.
Radcliffe’s character goes undercover and joins a white supremacist group in order to expose a sizable terrorist plot to create a bomb.
The script was co-written by Ragussis and former FBI agent Mike German whose counterterrorism activities inspired the movie’s plot.
Newly launched Green-Light International is »
- Dave McNary
Daniel Radcliffe now has both an ally and an adversary for the upcoming thriller "Imperium": Toni Collette ("Little Miss Sunshine"), as FBI vet Angela Zampino, and Tracy Letts ("Homeland"), as white supremacist Dallas Wolf. "True Blood" heartthrob Sam Trammel also joins the cast as Jerry Conrad, a suburban father and Aryan youth recruiter. Radcliffe stars as Nate Foster, a young FBI agent who goes undercover in a white supremacist group in order to expose a plot to detonate a dirty bomb. The script, co-written by former FBI agent Mike German and director Daniel Ragussis, is inspired by German's 16-year career in counter-terrorism. Production on the film, which will be distributed by Lionsgate Premiere, the company's new multi-platform specialty label, begins this week in Virginia. »
- Matt Brennan
Exclusive: Toni Collette, Homeland‘s Tracy Letts and Sam Trammell have joined the cast of Daniel Ragussis’ Imperium, the Lionsgate Premiere thriller that stars Daniel Radcliffe. Radcliffe plays an FBI agent who goes undercover and infiltrates a white supremacist group to expose a terrorist plot to create a dirty bomb. While investigating the group, he is faced with the challenges of maintaining his principles while trying not to blow his cover. Collettte will play Angela… »
Michael Lewis, writer of both The Blind Side and Moneyball, has quickly become of one Hollywood’s go-to authors when it comes to award-worthy pitches; after all, both of the scribe’s previous adaptations muscled their way into the Oscar race in their respective year of release. Now, Paramount has laid claim to Lewis’ financial drama, The Big Short, a star-studded, fast-talking picture that centers on the housing market crash of 2008.
Following four outsiders who each kept one eye trained on the status of the global economy, The Big Short is the name of an organization that the quartet – rounded out by Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt – form when they unearth a banking loophole that could gift them extraordinary wealth.
With director Adam McKay behind the lens, the film in many ways represents a dramatic departure for the filmmaker, who has established an audience in the »
- Michael Briers
The story follows Frank Machianno, a mob hitman who has retired to run a bait shop. He agrees to help the son of a mob boss resolve a dispute with another Mafioso but is forced to turn into Frankie Machine again when he realizes he’s been set up to be killed.
Friedkin will reportedly start fresh with a script that Winslow will either write or co-write and hopes to make the project on a sub-$15 million budget and in the same way he did "Killer Joe," the gritty indie thriller adaptation of the Tracy Letts play starring Matthew McConaughey. »
- Garth Franklin
With production underway on Todd Solondz’s (Happiness) new film Wiener-Dog, Deadline is reporting that Kieran Culkin, Danny DeVito, Brie Larson, Ellen Burstyn, Zosia Mamet and Tracy Letts have signed on to the cast alongside Julie Delpy and Greta Gerwig.
Wiener-Dog will feature some characters from Solondz’s 1995 film Welcome to the Dollhouse, and is set to tell several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund.
The film is shooting now, with Annapurna Picture and Killer Films producing.
- Gary Collinson
"Claire Denis is teaming with British writer Zadie Smith on her first English-language film, which is set in space," reports Screen's Andreas Wiseman. She'll also be working with Olafur Eliasson, astrophysicist Aurélien Barrau and, once again, with Stuart Staples of Tindersticks. Also in the works: Todd Solondz's Wiener-Dog, a sort-of sequel to Welcome to the Dollhouse, with Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy, Kieran Culkin, Danny DeVito, Brie Larson, Ellen Burstyn, Zosia Mamet and Tracy Letts. William Friedkin will direct and executive produce a TV adaptation of his 1985 film To Live and Die in L.A. Miroslav Slaboshpitsky's followup to The Tribe, Luxembourg, gets funding. And more. » - David Hudson »
Todd Solondz has indeed assembled a thoroughly Solondz-esque cast for his next film "Wiener-Dog." As previously announced, Julie Delpy and Greta Gerwig will lead an ensemble that now features Kieran Culkin, Danny DeVito, Brie Larson, Ellen Burstyn, Zosia Mamet and playwright Tracy Letts. The film tells several stories revolving around one particular dachshund who, according to Annapurna Pictures, "seems to be spreading comfort and joy." Let it be known that in Solondz's world grotesque yet lovable misanthropes, from "Happiness" to "Storytelling" and most recently "Dark Horse," all is never what it seems. Read More: Todd Solondz on 'Dark Horse' and His Career: 'Expectations work against me' One character returning from his cabinet of weirdos is Dawn Wiener (Gerwig), the unpopular, scrunchy-wearing, sourly nicknamed 7th grade suburbanite immortalized by Heather Matarazzo in 1995 cult black comedy "Welcome to the »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The film is a follow-up to Solondz’s 1996 drama “Welcome to the Dollhouse,” in which the main character, Dawn Wiener — played by Heather Matarazzo — was teased with the nickname “Wiener Dog.” The castings of Gerwig, who will be playing the adult version of Dawn Weiner, and Delpy had been previously announced.
Megan Ellison is producing through her Annapurna Pictures alongside Christine Vachon of Killer Films. David Distenfeld is the executive overseeing the project for Annapurna Pictures, and David Hinojosa is overseeing for Killer Films.
The film tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading comfort and joy.
- Dave McNary
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