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Leslie Moonves joins USC school board

17 December 2014 2:04 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The president and CEO of CBS Corporation has joined the USC School Of Cinematic Arts board of councillors, Dean Elizabeth M Daley announced.

“Les is an innovator whose insights and creative energy are legendary,” said Daley. “His experience spans the entire media landscape so in addition to contributing to the overall vision and goals of the school, Les has the kind of practical knowledge that will benefit all our divisions.”

Board councillors include chair Frank Price, Frank Biondi, Jr, Barry Diller, Lee Gabler, David Geffen, Jim Gianopulos, Brian Grazer, Brad Grey, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Alan Levine, George Lucas, Michael Lynton, Don Mattrick, Bill Mechanic, Barry Meyer, Sidney Poitier, John Riccitiello, Barney Rosenzweig, Scott Sassa, Steven Spielberg, John Wells, Jim Wiatt, Paul Junger Witt and Robert Zemeckis.

“The board of councillors is dedicated to making sure students at the School Of Cinematic Arts have the resources they need to prepare for careers in the industry,” said Price. “Les »

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Gibson, Garfield Team For A "Hacksaw"

20 November 2014 9:20 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Early talks are underway for Mel Gibson to direct and Andrew Garfield to star in the World War II drama "Hacksaw Ridge" at Cross Creek Pictures.

The story will be based on the life of Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to win the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving dozens of soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa while serving as a medic. He received two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.

David Permut, Bill Mechanic, Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson are producing. Walden Media had been involved with the project, but is now out.

Source: Variety »

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Mel Gibson, Andrew Garfield in Talks for World War II Drama ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

20 November 2014 2:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield are in early talks to come on board World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge.”

If the deals go through, Gibson will direct the movie, based on the life of Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to win the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving dozens of soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa while serving as a medic.

Garfield would portray Doss, who was a Seventh Day Adventist and received two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.

David Permut and Bill Mechanic are producing with Cross Creek PicturesBrian Oliver and Tyler Thompson. Cross Creek is also financing.

Walden Media had been involved with backing the project but is no longer doing so.

Doss’ story was made into the 2004 TV documentary “The Conscientious Objector.”

Garfield starred in “99 Homes,” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Gibson’s directing credits include “Apocalypto,” “Braveheart” and “The Passion of the Christ. »

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Mel Gibson In Talks To Direct ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ With Andrew Garfield Starring In War Hero Pic

20 November 2014 10:26 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Mel Gibson is in talks to take on directing duties on Hacksaw Ridge, based on the true story of Desmond T Doss, the first conscientious objector in U.S. history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Andrew Garfield is also in discussions to play the lead role.

Doss was a U.S. Army medic who served in World War II during the Battle of Okinawa and refused to kill. President Truman awarded him the Medal of Honor for saving so many lives.

This is not a done deal yet, and Deadline understands that talks are moving forward delicately and slowly. If Gibson does step back into the director’s chair, the subject matter would seem to suit his tastes to a tee. Throughout his career in front of and behind the camera, Gibson has shown an abiding fascination with protagonists prepared to suffer for their principles but ultimately prevailing over hardship. »

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Screen Nsw boards Teresa Palmer thriller

7 October 2014 3:23 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Screen Nsw is investing $400,000 in 2:22, a psychological thriller from Australian writer-director Paul Currie.

Teresa Palmer will star as a woman who gets involved with a guy who is drawn by a bizarre pattern of events to Central Station every day at 2:22pm and. discovers this is the time and location of a murder 27 years ago..

Currie told If he has pushed back the start of production until early next year while the search continues for the lead male and another key character, the ex-boyfriend of Palmer.s character.

Icon will release in Australia and Good Universe is handling international sales. According to Screen Nsw the production will spend nearly $8.1 million in Nsw. Currie said the budget will be $11 million- $12 million.

In the latest funding round Screen Nsw is also investing $25,000 from the production finance fund and $50,000 from the regional filming fund in Outback ER, Screentime.s 8 x 30. observational documentary series for ABC TV, »

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Looking back at David Fincher's Fight Club

3 October 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With Gone Girl out now, and Fight Club about to turn 15, we take a look back at David Fincher's controversial and bravura cult film...

What the hell is Fight Club anyway? A horror film about a Jekyll-and-Hyde office worker who becomes a terrorist? A drama about late 20th century masculinity in crisis? A warped romance about a man trying to change himself into someone as interesting as the woman he loves? A thriller about a decadent generation goading itself into extremism?

Executives at 20th Century Fox certainly struggled with Fight Club. Unsure how to market a film in which young men beat one another to a pulp and stole bags of fat from the bins of liposuction clinics, the studio placed ads for it during World Wrestling Federation matches. Meanwhile, Fight Club's posters, dreamed up by an expensive design firm, featured a pink bar of soap with the »

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Pirates 5 confirmed for Queensland

1 October 2014 6:19 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is set to shoot in Queensland in early 2015 in a major economic boost for the State.

Confirming the Walt Disney Studios. decision, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said the production would bring in about $100 million and create thousands of local jobs. Pre-production will start this month with principal photography due to begin in February, shooting in part at the Village Roadshow Studios. As If had reported, Australia.s chances of landing the project, which has a reported budget of more than $200 million, soared. when the federal government agreed to give Disney the $21.6 million incentive offered by the previous government as an inducement to shoot the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake in Oz. Arts Minister George Brandis described this as Australia.s largest ever contribution to the financing of a major film. .The fifth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will »

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35 Things We Learned from the ‘Coraline’ Commentary

25 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Stop-motion animation is a dying art of cinema. Fortunately, the good folks at Laika have been keeping the artistry alive for years. The Boxtrolls is their latest selection to come to theaters, but the process started with Coraline in 2009 and then ParaNorman in 2012. While these movies have not been a mega-money-makers that we see with the Pixar and DreamWorks films, Laika’s films have made enough money to justify making more of the movies, and that’s a great thing for cinema. Coraline, based on Neil Gaiman’s visionary book, started the Laika ball rolling, and at the helm was The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick. For the 2009 Blu-ray and DVD release of the film, Selick sat down to talk over the film and give some personal insight. Composer Bruno Coulais is also listed as one of the commentators, and he does show up over the final credits to talk about the music, but »

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David Fincher talks Gone Girl, film career

20 September 2014 7:18 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Director discussed being “sodomised ritualistically” on Alien3, his reputation for multiple takes, the opportunities of TV and his latest film, Gone Girl.

Us director David Fincher opened up about his career to date at BAFTA in London last night, entertaining the sold-out ‘A Life In Pictures’ event with anecdotes surrounding the highs and lows of his filmmaking.

The visionary director behind Se7en, Fight Club and The Social Network is on the promotion trail with his latest feature, Gone Girl, a psychological thriller based on Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel that stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.

Flynn also wrote the screenplay based on her own novel, about a man who becomes a suspect in his wife’s disappearance after being the focus of an intense media circus.

“It begins as a mystery, it becomes an absurdist thriller and is ultimately a satire,” said Fincher. “I’d never seen someone try to juggle those things and actually do it. It »

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Inside Pictures unveils La participants

27 August 2014 9:31 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The European film industry business training programme has selected its 16 producers and executives for the week-long sessions with senior industry professionals in Los Angeles from September 15-19.

The participants span nine countries and represent all areas of the industry and will hear from and interact with Los Angeles-based studios executive and other professionals.

This year’s participants are:

Conor Barry, producer, Savage Production Ltd;

Sara Boss, senior sales executive, K5 International;

Morgan Bushe, co-owner, Fastnet Films / WildCard Distribution;

Helena Danielsson, executive producer, producer and CEO, Hepp Film International;

Katie Ellen, senior distribution manager, film fund, British Film Institute;

Simon Gillis, associate director, legal and business affairs, Universal Pictures International Entertainment;

Teun Hilte, managing director, Under The Milky Way UK;

Mark Lane, producer and company director, The Tea Shop & Film Company;

Graeme Law, finance director, Prescience Film Finance;

Anthony Mestriner, agent, Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltd;

Claire Mundell, producer, Synchronicity Film Ltd;

Natja Rosner, head of sales »

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Paramount nabs Louis Xiv drama

15 August 2014 4:04 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The studio has acquired Us rights to The Moon And The Sun starring Pierce Brosnan and will release on April 10, 2015.

Producer and Pandemonium Films CEO Bill Mechanic shopped the project to the studio. Good Universe has been selling international rights.

Brosnan plays the so-called Sun King, whose quest for immortality is challenged by his daughter after he captures and steals the life-force of a mermaid.

Sean McNamara directs from the novel of the same name by Vonda N McIntyre. Laura Harrington adapted the screenplay with revisions by Mechanic, Barry Berman, Harrington, James Schamus and Ron Bass.

Mechanic produces alongside Hong Pang, Wei Han, Paul Currie, McNamara, and David Brookwell.

The cast includes William Hurt, Benjamin Walker, Kaya Scodelario, Pablo Schreiber and Fan Bingbing. »

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Paramount acquires Louis Xiv drama

15 August 2014 4:04 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The studio has acquired Us rights to The Moon And The Sun starring Pierce Brosnan and will release on April 10, 2015.

Producer and Pandemonium Films CEO Bill Mechanic shopped the project to the studio. Good Universe has been selling international rights.

Brosnan plays the so-called Sun King, whose quest for immortality is challenged by hisn daughter after he captures and steals the life force of a mermaid, only to be

Sean McNamara directs from the novel of the same name by Vonda N McIntyre. Laura Harrington adapted the screenplay with revisions by Mechanic, Barry Berman, Harrington, James Schamus and Ron Bass.

Mechanic produces alongside Hong Pang, Wei Han, Paul Currie, McNamara, and David Brookwell.

The cast includes William Hurt, Benjamin Walker, Kaya Scodelario, Pablo Schreiber and Fan Bingbing. »

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Paramount Lands Rights to Sean McNamara’s Louis Xiv Drama

15 August 2014 2:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Pictures has secured the domestic distribution rights to the pic “The Moon and the Sun” from Sean McNamara.

Paramount will release the film on April 10, 2015.

McNamara will direct the film, which stars Pierce Brosnan, William Hurt, Benjamin Walker, Kaya Scodelario, Pablo Schreiber and Fan Bingbing.

The story follows King Louis Xiv’s quest for immortality that leads him to capture and steal the life force of a mermaid. But Louis’ plans are complicated by his daughter, who befriends the creature and defies the most powerful monarch on earth.

The film is produced by Bill Mechanic, Hong Pang, Wei Han, Paul Currie, McNamara and David Brookwell.

International sales are being handled by Good Universe.

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Paramount Sets Release for Pierce Brosnan's 'The Moon and the Sun'

15 August 2014 2:33 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paramount Pictures has picked up U.S. distribution rights to The Moon and The Sun, starring Pierce Brosnan as King Louis Xiv in a tale of how the French monarch tries to achieve immortality by stealing the life force from a mermaid. The studio is slating the historical fantasy for a wide release on April 10, 2015. The cast also includes William Hurt, Benjamin Walker, Kaya Scodelario, Pablo Schreiber and Bingbing Fan. Sean McNamara has directed the film from the novel same name by Vonda N. McIntyre, with a script by Laura Harrington, with revisions by Bill Mechanic and Barry Berman, Harrington,

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Paramount Sets 2015 Date For ‘The Moon And The Sun’

15 August 2014 2:11 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Paramount has locked U.S. distribution on period fantasy adventure The Moon And The Sun, starring Pierce Brosnan and Kaya Scodelario. The adaptation of Vonda N. McIntyre’s 1997 Nebula Award-winning novel follows King Louis Xiv’s quest for immortality as he captures and tries to steal the lifeforce of a mermaid, a quest complicated when his daughter befriends the creature. William Hurt, Benjamin Walker, Pablo Schreiber and Bingbing Fan also star in the film helmed by Soul Surfer‘s Sean McNamara, which Paramount has slotted for April 10 against Fox’s Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride. Pandemonium Films’ Bill Mechanic (Coraline) brought the pic to Paramount and produced alongside Hong Pang, Wei Han, Paul Currie, McNamara, and David Brookwell. Script is by Laura Harrington, with revisions by Mechanic, and Barry Berman, Laura Harrington, James Schamus and Ron Bass. Good Universe is handling international sales.

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Screen Australia greenlights 12 projects

5 August 2014 9:08 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The ailing screen production sector is set to get a major boost with more than $80 million worth of films, TV dramas and a documentary receiving funding from Screen Australia.

The agency is investing more than $12 million in four features, four adult dramas, two children.s dramas and a theatrical doc. In addition Scroz is providing completion funding to sex comedy The Little Deaths, writer-director Josh Lawson.s feature debut.

The projects include a Blinky Bill animated movie, a comedy set during the Cronulla race riots, the long-mooted Molly Meldrum TV drama and The Principal, the first drama commissioned by Sbs since Better Man.

.We have backed some of our great contemporary writers, directors and producers, alongside some exciting new voices, . said Screen Australia head of production Sally Caplan.

.The projects target audiences as diverse as Australia is today, with projects which are ambitious, risk-taking and culturally important, revealing we have »

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China's Kylin ploughs $20.5m into Brosnan film

29 May 2014 8:57 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Investors say their contribution to period drama The Moon And The Sun is China’s biggest financial contribution to a non-studio movie produced outside mainland China. [Exclusive first image]

Kylin Films’ investment in The Moon And The Sun, currently being filmed in Melbourne with Pierce Brosnan, is China’s biggest financial contribution to a non-studio movie produced outside Mainland China.

Speaking on behalf of James Pang, who owns 75% of the private film production and finance company, Leo Shi Young said: “The total investment (budget) is Us$40.5m and we, Kylin Films, put in $20.5m.”

He said an additional $3m has come from Evergrande Pictures, an unrelated Chinese player.

Director Sean McNamara’s The Moon And The Sun is based on Vanda McIntrye’s novel of the same name and is set in the court of Louis Xiv of France in 1682.

It is about a king (Pierce Brosnan), whose quest for immortality leads him to try and capture the life »

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Aacta hikes membership fees with expanded events

27 May 2014 10:59 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts is raising full membership fees by 18%--- but people can beat the price rise by joining or renewing their membership before July 1.

AFI|Aacta CEO Damian Trewhella justifies the increase by pointing to the added benefits of year-round events for members in Sydney and Melbourne as well as access to the Aacta Awards screenings and films streamed online on Aacta TV, and discounted cinema tickets.

Also, the organisation has just stipulated that only Aacta members can apply to sit on the juries. There was no fee increase last year.

.The value equation has increased enormously,. he tells If, citing the 8 or 9 events that have been staged in Sydney this year at the AFI.s base at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction, with 15-20 planned for the full year.

The annual fee for members from July 1 goes up from $110 to $130 and for guild members »

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Aacta hikes membership fees

27 May 2014 10:59 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts is raising full membership fees by 18%--- but people can beat the price rise by joining or renewing their membership before July 1.

AFI|Aacta CEO Damian Trewhella justifies the increase by pointing to the added benefits of year-round events for members in Sydney and Melbourne as well as access to the Aacta Awards screenings and films streamed online on Aacta TV, and discounted cinema tickets.

Also, the organisation has just stipulated that only Aacta members can apply to sit on the juries. There was no fee increase last year.

.The value equation has increased enormously,. he tells If, citing the 8 or 9 events that have been staged in Sydney this year at the AFI.s base at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction, with 15-20 planned for the full year.

The annual fee for members from July 1 goes up from $110 to $130 and for guild members »

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Walker, Palmer cast in Oz thriller

13 May 2014 2:45 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.s Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer will play the leads in 2:22, a psychological thriller from Australian director Paul Currie.

Walker will play an air traffic controller who is spooked by an ominous pattern of events that repeats itself every day, ending at 2:22 pm.

Palmer is cast as the director of an art gallery who meets Walker's character after being a passenger in a plane which was involved in a near miss with another aircraft. Her life is threatened by these strange events and he must solve the mystery to save her. It's set in an unnamed Us city.

Shooting is due to start in either Melbourne or Sydney in October/November. International sales agent Good Universe is pitching the project to buyers at the Cannes Film Market.

It will be the La-based Currie.s second film as director; his first was One Perfect Day »

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