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Filmmaker Forum participants named

18 September 2008 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Directors Arthur Dong, Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, Chris Eska, Clark Gregg, Davis Guggenheim and Freida Lee Mock are among the participants in Film Independent's fourth annual Filmmaker Forum, which will be held Sept. 26-28 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles.

Producer Ted Hope will deliver this year's keynote address at the three-day event, which focusses on the latest developments in independent filmmaking.

The forum will kick off on Sept. 26 with a screening of Rian Anderson's "The Brothers Bloom," followed by a Q&A with producer Ram Bergman and other members of the creative team and a reception in the DGA atrium.

On Sept. 27 and 28, panel discussions will be held on such topics as "Finding the Financial Sweet Spot"; "What's Up Doc?"; "The Micro Budget Film as a Calling Card; New Tools for Audience Building; The Cost of Cutting Corners: Production Dos and Don'ts"; "Keeping Your Documentary on »

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'Gallery' of stars join Darko action comedy

27 July 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Ving Rhames, Ellen Barkin, Rob Corddry, Bob Odenkirk, Jeffrey Tambor and Maggie Q are all in "Rogue's Gallery," an action comedy directed by Paris-based filmmaker Fouad Mikati.

The film, written by Brian Watanabe and Abe Levy, is being produced by Michael Ohoven and Kevin Turen of Infinity Films and Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick and Ted Hamm of Darko Entertainment. Chadwick Clough, an executive producer on the film, brought the project to Darko; Darko executive Jeff Culotta will oversee the project.

"Rogue's Gallery" details the battle that ensues among groups of government spy teams in an underground facility after their boss is assassinated. The movie began shooting in and around downtown Los Angeles last week.

Joe Anderson, Odette Yustman, Adam Scott and Emilie de Ravin also star in the film.

"It's very rare that you can find a script which combines dry, witty humor with high intensity action," Ohoven said. "In spite of the impending actors strike, we are confident in our decision to begin production."

Infinity's recent releases include the Oscar-nominated "Capote" and "Just Friends." Darko is finishing up production on Kelly's thriller "The Box" and moving forward with "World's Greatest Dad" starring Robin Williams and "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell," an adaptation of Tucker Max's best-seller. »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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Robin Williams, Alexie Gilmore lead 'Dad'

16 July 2008 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Alexie Gilmore is set to teach Robin Williams a lesson. The two have signed to star in the indie feature "World's Greatest Dad."

Williams plays Lance, a high school poetry teacher who copes with his son's death from a freak masturbation accident by faking a suicide note to spare the family shame. The note, published without his permission, ends up becoming a sensation, and Lance reignites his writing career by penning a personal journal he claims was written by his son (Daryl Sabara).

Gilmore plays Claire, a teacher who has an affair with Lance.

Bob Goldthwait penned the script and is directing the project, which began filming Tuesday in Seattle.

Howard Gertler and Sean McKittrick are producing. CAA and Cinetic Media are handling the North American rights to the film.

Williams' upcoming projects include the indie comedy "Shrink" and Disney's "Old Dogs." He is repped by CAA and Morra Brezner Steinberg & Tenenbaum Entertainment.

Gilmore next stars opposite Matthew McConaughey in "Surfer Dude." She is repped by Paradigm and the Group Entertainment.

Sabara is repped by Apa and manager Lynda Goodfriend. »

- By Leslie Simmons and Gregg Goldstein

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Three in can for 'Beer in Hell'

8 July 2008 9:08 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Matt Czuchry, Jesse Bradford and Geoff Stults are raising their steins for "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell," the adaptation of the bawdy best-selling memoir of Tucker Max. Bob Gosse is directing.

Max rose to fame after launching in 2002, garnering millions of unique site visitors to read his short stories and a $300,000 advance for his alcohol-fueled memoir for Penguin Books.

The film, written by Max and Nils Parker, follows his trip to a friend's bachelor party, where he ensnares the groom in a lie that threatens the wedding, then abandons him to pursue further carnal knowledge. After being banned from the nuptials, Max attempts to get back into his friend's good graces.

Czuchry will play Tucker Max, marking the actor's first starring role in a feature film. Bradford and Stults will play Max's best friends.

Rounding out the cast are Keri Lynn Pratt (ABC's "Brothers & Sisters") and Denise Quinones ("The Bedford Diaries"). The film begins principal photography July 21 on location in Shreveport, La.

Darko Entertainment's Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick and Ted Hamm along with Max and his partner Parker's Rudius Films. Max Wong and Karen Firestone of Pinkslip Pictures also will produce along with Aaron Ray of the Collective. Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield of the Collective are executive producers.

Darko is financing "Beer in Hell," with the Collective handling the North American rights.

Czuchry ("Gilmore Girls") is repped by Gersh and the Collective.

Uta-repped Bradford recently completed Oliver Stone's "W" and next stars in horror thriller "The Echo." Bradford is also repped by Alchemy Entertainment.

Stults ("October Road") has "The Express" and "She's Out of My League" in the can. He is repped by Uta and the Collective. »

- By Borys Kit

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Actress defends 'Darko' sequel

12 June 2008 11:04 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Briana Evigan has defended director Chris Fisher for making a sequel to Donnie Darko. S. Darko has been disowned by Richard Kelly, the writer/director of the original, who earlier wrote in his blog: "I haven't read this script. I have absolutely no involvement with this production, nor will I ever be involved. "I have no control over the rights from our original film, and neither I nor my producing partner Sean McKittrick stand to make any money from this film." However, Evigan praised the sequel's director, telling MTV: "Chris Fisher is the coolest director." She added: "This (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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