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Parkes/MacDonald, Image Nation Extend Joint Venture for 5 Years

3 December 2014 10:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Parkes/MacDonald Productions and Image Nation Abu Dhabi have extended their joint venture with a new five year deal.

The new deal includes the appointment of Evan Hayes as president of production at Parkes/Macdonald, headed by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. He will oversee the company’s slate of feature film projects as well as supervise all aspects of production and creative development.

The deal extends a relationship which began in 2010 with a $10 million revolving financing fund. The relationship expanded in 2012 when Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation was formed. The next Parkes+Macdonald/Image Nation project is the untitled feature-length documentary about Malala Yousafzai directed by Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”).

The partnership has included  “Flight,” “Men In Black 3″ and the upcoming “Keeping Up with the Joneses,” written by Mike LeSieur, which the partnership developed through their $10 million fund, with Greg Mottola (“Superbad”) directing and Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher starring. »

- Dave McNary

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Parkes/MacDonald And Image Nation Abu Dhabi Seal New Five-Year Deal

3 December 2014 9:47 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and Image Nation Abu Dhabi are extending their deal for another five years and have named Evan Hayes as president of production at Parkes/Macdonald. Hayes was formerly the president of production at Story Mining & Supply Co. The extension of their joint venture expands the relationship first born in 2010 when the production company was given a $10 million revolving financial fund. Two years later the Men in Black producers and their partners formed a stronger union as Parks+Macdonald/Image Nation.

The next project from them is the untitled feature-length documentary about the courageous Pakastani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who stood up to the Taliban after getting shot multiple times and is the youngest recipient ever of the Nobel Peace Prize. Directed by Oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth), the Malala film follows the features Flight and Men in Black 3.  Also on the slate is Keeping Up with the Joneses, »

- Anita Busch

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Parkes/MacDonald, Image Nation extend joint venture

3 December 2014 9:01 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

As a result of the expansion, Evan Hayes has been appointed president of production at Parkes/MacDonald.

Parkes/MacDonald Productions and Image Nation Abu Dhabu have extended their joint venture with a new five year deal.

The new deal extends and expands on the relationship between the two entities, which began in 2010 with a $10m revolving financing fund. It expanded in 2012 when Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation was formed, building on the fund by providing overhead and a first-look deal to develop, acquire and produce projects.

As a result of this expansion, Evan Hayes has been appointed president of production at Parkes/MacDonald. In his new role, Hayes will oversee the company’s slate of feature film projects and supervise all aspects of production and creative development.

Most recently, Hayes was partner and president of production at Story Mining & Supply Co where he oversaw projects such as Starz original series Outlander and true crime thriller The Fence, written »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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What’s Up Doc?: Crocodile Gennadiy Among Top Sundance Hopefuls (November 2014)

27 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Turkey or no turkey, these next couple of days lucky filmmakers who’ve been selected to screen as part of the Sundance Film Festival will get the invitation notice straight from John Cooper and the Park City programming team, and thus, those that we’re betting have made the cut have also inched up the list a bit. One of those that seem an obvious choice to premiere at the fest is director Steve Hoover and producer Danny Yourd’s Crocodile Gennadiy. Following up their Grand Jury Prize winning Blood Brother with incredible turnaround time, our new most anticipated film tracks the delicate operations of Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a Ukrainian activist, orphanage manager and savior of countless children whose addict parents favor injected cold medicine and alcohol over them. Part heartwrenching domestic drama, part sleuth thriller, the film looks to use the Ukrainian uprising as a backdrop to highlight its protagonist »

- Jordan M. Smith

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Davis Guggenheim’s Untitled Malala Yousafzai Project

14 November 2014 10:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Sundance like their share of star-studded world premiere screenings and I can’t think of a bigger one than this Nobel Peace prize winner. Davis Guggenheim began filming the docu-portrait on Pakistani student activist Malala Yousafzai back in July of 2012, and her timeline only got filled with more film “content” worthy moments including her being the youngest winner in the history of the prize. A favorite filmmaker of the festival with showings of his An Inconvenient Truth, It Might Get Loud, and Waiting For Superman, this became a mega philanthropic project when Participant Media jumped aboard.

Gist: This is a look at the events leading up to the Taliban’s attack on the young Pakistani school girl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls’ education and the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.

Production Co./Producers: Laurie MacDonaldWalter F. Parkes.

Prediction: Documentary Premieres section.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Uma Thurman to Replace Mary-Louise Parker in NBC’s ‘The Slap’

31 October 2014 6:11 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Uma Thurman will replace Mary-Louise Parker in the NBC miniseries “The Slap,” a remake of an Australian hit.

Thurman was recruited at the last minute because Parker is recovering from pneumonia, according to a report on TV Line. 

NBC has ordered eight episodes of the family drama about the fallout when a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. Melissa George, Thandie Newton, Peter Sarsgaard and Zachary Quinto also star. Lisa Cholodenko is directing from a script by playwright Jon Robin Baitz. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are also exec producing.

Filming on “The Slap” is under way in New York. Universal Television is producing along with Matchbox Pictures, an Oz production company owned by NBC Universal Intl. Television.

Thurman logged a five-episode guest arc on the NBC drama “Smash” in 2012.

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- Variety Staff

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NBC Recast Scoop: Uma Thurman In, Mary-Louise Parker Out in The Slap

31 October 2014 4:31 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

In a last-minute switch, Uma Thurman has replaced Mary-Louise Parker in NBC’s upcoming all-star miniseries The Slap, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Parker was forced to step aside due to health reasons (the actress is recovering from a bout of pneumonia).

An eight-hour take on the 2011 Australian series, The Slap is about how one man’s punishment of another couple’s child explodes into a complex family drama.

The Oscar-nominated Thurman takes over the role of Anouk, a TV writer who is dating her show’s young leading man (Gossip Girl‘s Penn Badgley).

The cast also includes Peter Sarsgaard, »

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Casting Net: Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon board 'Three Generations'

30 October 2014 6:35 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon have signed on for Three Generations. Gaby Dellal is directing the indie from a script by Nikole Beckwith. The story follows a New York City teen, Ray (Fanning), who is transitioning from female to male and her mother, Maggie (Watts), who must come to terms with Ray’s transition. Meanwhile, Maggie’s mother, Dolly (Sarandon), a music manager who lives with her lesbian partner, Frances, has trouble understanding Ray’s decision and Maggie’s inability to move out of the house she grew up in. Big Beach co-founders Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub »

- C. Molly Smith

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Isla Fisher Joins Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis in ‘Keeping Up With the Joneses’

29 October 2014 6:37 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Isla Fisher is joining Fox 2000's spy comedy “Keeping Up With the Joneses,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. See photos: ‘Hangover Part III’ Poster Parodies ‘Harry Potter’ (Photos) Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis are already cast in the film, which follows a suburban couple who discover their picture-perfect new neighbors are actually undercover spies. Galifianakis and Fisher play the couple, while Hamm plays one of the spy neighbors. Also read: Isla Fisher Joins Husband Sacha Baron Cohen in Sony's Spy Spoof ‘Grimsby’ (Exclusive) “Adventureland” helmer Greg Mottola is directing from a script by Mike LeSieur. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are. »

- Linda Ge

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Abu Dhabi: Image Nation Sets Doc Slate for Tyro Division

24 October 2014 6:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Abu Dhabi’s Image Nation is delving into documentary production with pics on strong societal topics, such as “Every Last Child,” pictured above, by U.K. director Tom Roberts, which examines efforts to fight the polio epidemic in Pakistan, where the Taliban have imposed a ban on the vaccine. “Child” is set to have its world premiere at the Doc NYC fest in November.

The first Image Nation doc out of the gate is “As One: The Autism Project,” a joint effort between Emirati director Hana Makki and Tricia Regan (“Autism: The Musical”), which will launch Saturday at the Abu Dhabi fest with a red carpet gala. It’s about how the UAE’s multi-ethnic society is contending with autism, which in the Arab world, is viewed by some as a shameful condition.

“The (documentary) division was started to tackle issue that are important locally and also globally,” said Image Nation’s Danielle Perissi, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Carell, Kaufman Team On "Iq 83"

22 October 2014 6:08 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Charlie Kaufman has signed to do a page one rewrite of the film adaptation of Arthur Herzog's classic 1978 science fiction novel "I.Q. 83" at Paramount Pictures.

The project is being developed as a star vehicle for Steve Carell who would play Dr. James Healey, the leader of a group of scientists that conducted DNA experiments that unleashed an airborne virus that ravages the populous.

The affliction progressively lowers the Iq of the afflicted, and a race against time begins as scientists struggle for a cure, even as they rapidly grow dumber.

Though written as serious science fiction, the film adaptation plans a "Doctor Strangelove"-style scathing satire. Andrew Lazar and Walter Parkes are producing the project which won't set a director until Kaufman's done the script.

Kaufman is just the latest to attempt the script, the project has been in development for almost two decades with several scribes having »

- Garth Franklin

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Thandie Newton, Melissa George Join NBC’s ‘The Slap’

3 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Thandie Newton and Melissa George have been cast in “The Slap,” NBC’s upcoming eight-part miniseries, joining the previously announced Peter Sarsgaard, Mary-Louise Parker, Zachary Quinto and Brian Cox.

Based on an Australian series of the same name — which itself is based on a novel from Australian author Christos Tsiolkas — “The Slap” depicts the spiraling aftermath of a man slapping another couple’s child. Newton will play Aisha, a “stressed but philosophical” doctor as well as Hector’s (Sarsgaard) wife and mother to their two children. George will play Rosie, the overbearing mother of Hugo, the slapped child. George won a Logie Award, Australia’s Emmy equivalent, for her performance in the same role in the Australian original in 2012.

All eight episodes are written by “Brothers & Sisters” creator/Ep Jon Robin Baitz and produced by Universal Television. Joining Baitz as executive producers are Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Ted Gold and Tony Ayres. »

- Kevin Noonan

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Zachary Quinto, Brian Cox Join NBC Miniseries ‘The Slap’

9 September 2014 1:46 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Zachary Quinto and Brian Cox will join Peter Sarsgaard and Mary-Louise Parker in upcoming NBC miniseries “The Slap,” the network announced Tuesday.

Quinto will play Harry, a mechanic/dealer specializing in expensive European automobiles who lives in Brooklyn with his family. He’s married with a 15-year-old son, and is apparently “always trying to a pick a fight.” Problems arise when the mechanic slaps a misbehaving child of another couple, which explodes into a conflict that pulls his family apart, exposes secrets and ignites a lawsuit.

Cox will play Manolis, the patriarch and peacemaker of the family. He’s described as a “stern yet magnanimous man” with old world values.

Quinto’s last foray into television was his role in the first two seasons of “American Horror Story” — he was nominated for an Emmy for the second season. Cox won an Emmy and was nominated for a Golden Globe for “Nuremberg, »

- Alex Stedman

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Oscar-Winning Writer Heading Down the Well for The Ring 3D

21 August 2014 11:21 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Last month we learned that Paramount Pictures is working on a third installment in The Ring's American franchise, which is now being titled The Ring 3D. In addition to the title and dimensional change, a new writer has come on board, so read on for the latest!

Deadline reports that Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman is in talks to pen a new draft of the second sequel's screenplay, working off an existing script by David Loucka. F. Javier Gutierrez was previously announced as the project's director.

Goldman's previous writing credits include I Am Legend, Batman & Robin and I, Robot; and he also executive produced the first three sequels in the Paranormal Activity franchise.

Based on a Japanese cult success, the first U.S. film went on to gross $249 million at the worldwide box office. That was enough to justify a sequel, which didn’t match the first one’s B. »

- John Squires

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'The Ring 3D' Brings on 'I Am Legend' Writer Akiva Goldsman

21 August 2014 10:52 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just one month after F. Javier Guti&#233rrez signed on to direct Paramount's horror sequel The Ring 3D, Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has signed on to rewrite the script.

David Loucka (Dream House, House at the End of the Street) wrote the original script, which follows the return of an ominous video tape that, upon watching, will lead to the viewer's death from the nefarious spirit Samara. The project was initially envisioned as a 3D sequel, although it wasn't clear when F. Javier Guti&#233rrez joined the project if it will be crafted in 3D or not. Now it seems Paramount is aiming for a 3D release, although it isn't known if it will be shot in native 3D, or converted in post-production.

It isn't clear if The Ring and The Ring Two star Naomi Watts will return for the follow-up. Walter F. Parkes and Laurie McDonald are producing, although »

- MovieWeb

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'The Ring 3D' Brings on 'I Am Legend' Writer Akiva Goldsman

21 August 2014 10:52 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just one month after F. Javier Guti&#233rrez signed on to direct Paramount's horror sequel The Ring 3D, Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has signed on to rewrite the script.

David Loucka (Dream House, House at the End of the Street) wrote the original script, which follows the return of an ominous video tape that, upon watching, will lead to the viewer's death from the nefarious spirit Samara. The project was initially envisioned as a 3D sequel, although it wasn't clear when F. Javier Guti&#233rrez joined the project if it will be crafted in 3D or not. Now it seems Paramount is aiming for a 3D release, although it isn't known if it will be shot in native 3D, or converted in post-production.

It isn't clear if The Ring and The Ring Two star Naomi Watts will return for the follow-up. Walter F. Parkes and Laurie McDonald are producing, although »

- MovieWeb

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Akiva Goldsman Circling ‘Ring 3′ Rewrite

21 August 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Paramount is in talks with Akiva Goldsman to write the next draft of the horror franchise, which will be called The Ring 3. The Oscar winning scribe recently did a rewrite of Insurgent, the sequel to the Lionsgate franchise hit Divergent. Based on the novel by Koji Suzuku, the film was first scripted by David Loucka, and Mean Creek‘s Jacob Estes did a substantial amount of work on the most recent draft, which convinced Paramount to make the film. with F. Javier Gutierrez directing. In the pic, Samara returns with a familiar video tape to strike terror again. Goldsman’s repped by Wme.  Goldsman, who most recently wrote and directed Winter’s Tale and produced Lone Survivor, is booked to direct the Blumhouse thriller Stephanie, about an orphaned young girl with girl with unworldly powers who is taken in by a man and woman who claim to be her parents. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Robin Williams: Fears of a Clown

11 August 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

This story was originally published in the February 21st, 1991 issue of Rolling Stone.

Mr. and Mrs. Robin Williams are slow dancing. The time: a winter afternoon. The place: a photographer's studio in the Chelsea section of New York. The music: high-decibel funk. Everybody else in the studio is abuzz — adjusting lights, fussing with props, running back and forth from the kitchen with sushi. Still, Williams and his wife, Marsha, keep coming together in these quick, sweet tableaux. It's strange to see the thirty-nine-year-old actor and comedian with his guard down »

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Leads cast in The Slap remake

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

Peter Sarsgaard and Mary-Louise Parker will star in NBC.s eight-hour remake of Matchbox Pictures. The Slap. Sarsgaard will play Hector, a guy who loves his wife and family but is tempted by his wife.s teenage receptionist at a party where his cousin slaps a child. Parker will play Anouk, a close friend of Hector.s who.s the head writer on a TV show. Jonathan Lapaglia and Essie Davis played those roles in the original. Matchbox Pictures and Universal Television are producing the Us version adapted by Brothers & Sisters creator Jon Robin Baitz for NBC. Lisa Cholodenko will direct the first two hours. The executive producers are Baitz, Matchbox.s Tony Ayres, Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ted Gold. Sarsgaard has just finished shooting Warner Bros.. gangster drama Black Mass with Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson and Joel Edgerton. Parker has landed a recurring role in »

- Don Groves

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Mary-Louise Parker, Peter Sarsgaard Board NBC Miniseries The Slap

25 July 2014 3:11 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Mary-Louise Parker and Peter Sarsgaard now have a hand in The Slap.

The Weeds and Killing stars, respectively, have joined NBC’s miniseries about a family that falls apart after one man slaps another couple’s naughty child, our sister site Deadline reports.

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Sarsgaard will play Hector, cousin to the slapper. Hector is a husband and father tempted by his wife’s teenage receptionist during a party.

Parker’s role, Anouk, is a head writer who’s dating the series’ young leading man. Anouk and Hector are good friends. »

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