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11 items from 2016


James Franco, Sundance’s John Cooper Tapped for Outfest Awards

7 July 2016 4:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Outfest has announced that James Franco and Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper will receive the festival’s honorary awards.

Franco has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural James Schamus Ally Award, created to honor the efforts of an individual in bringing Lgbtq stories to the forefront. The award, given to a straight ally of the Lgbtq community, will be presented by Gus Van Sant to Franco prior to the Special Centerpiece screening of “King Cobra” on July 16 at the DGA.

“The only thing more moving to me than being honored by Outfest is having an honor named after me by Outfest,” said Schamus. “That James Franco will be the first recipient of this new award makes this doubly an honor. Also, this means I am really old.”

Franco said, “I am thrilled to have my name linked with such a Hollywood legend and someone who shepherded all kinds of stories. »

- Dave McNary

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Steve Rabineau Moves To Wme From UTA, Reuniting With Top Partners

7 July 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Steve Rabineau has just jumped from UTA to join Wme as a partner in the agency's Motion Picture Literary department. Rabineau, who represents directors and writers, has a strong list that is expected to follow him. That includes Oscar-winning Gravity helmer Alfonso Cuaron, Roger Donaldson, Todd Graff, Gavin Hood, Ron Hutchinson, Phillip Noyce, John Romano, Don Roos, Brad Silberling, John Waters and Simon West. Rabineau had been a partner at UTA, where he spent… »

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‘The Devil Wears Prada’ At 10: Meryl Streep and More on How Their Risky Project Became a Massive Hit

1 July 2016 1:43 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ten years ago, “The Devil Wears Prada” surprised even the people that made it. The movie opened over the July 4th weekend in 2006 as a counter-programmer aimed primarily at women. But it played far broader than that, all over the world. Based on the bestseller written by Lauren Weisberger, the ex-Vogue assistant to editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, it was an anomaly that influenced movies to come but remained a rare bird, hard to categorize or imitate.

It wasn’t a standard-issue studio genre, neither a romantic comedy centered around a young woman’s choice of mate, a biopic, nor a revenge plot. Aspiring young assistant Andy (Anne Hathaway) and her powerful editrix boss Miranda (Meryl Streep) were dual protagonists in a coming-of-age workplace fairy tale about the trials of a first job and finding your identity.

The other players behind the $41-million film, which shot over 57 days in New York and »

- Anne Thompson

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‘The Devil Wears Prada’ At 10: Meryl Streep and More on How Their Risky Project Became a Massive Hit

1 July 2016 1:43 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Ten years ago, “The Devil Wears Prada” surprised even the people that made it. The movie opened over the July 4th weekend in 2006 as a counter-programmer aimed primarily at women. But it played far broader than that, all over the world. Based on the bestseller written by Lauren Weisberger, the ex-Vogue assistant to editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, it was an anomaly that influenced movies to come but remained a rare bird, hard to categorize or imitate.

It wasn’t a standard-issue studio genre, neither a romantic comedy centered around a young woman’s choice of mate, a biopic, nor a revenge plot. Aspiring young assistant Andy (Anne Hathaway) and her powerful editrix boss Miranda (Meryl Streep) were dual protagonists in a coming-of-age workplace fairy tale about the trials of a first job and finding your identity.

The other players behind the $41-million film, which shot over 57 days in New York and »

- Anne Thompson

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Freeform Upfront: Selena Gomez, Will Packer, ‘Gossip Girl’ Duo and Andy Samberg Developing Projects

7 April 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Freeform is hitting the gas on original series development, pacting with a slew of producers — from Selena Gomez to Will Packer to Mila Kunis to Andy Samberg to the “Gossip Girl” team of Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage — as the Disney-owned cabler hunts for shows to reinforce its revamped brand image.

The network formerly known as ABC Family relaunched in January with a moniker designed to appeal to millennial viewers and their younger siblings. Losing the “ABC” and “Family” designations was meant to allow the channel to expand the horizons of its original series and separate it from the established Alphabet network. The channel has also sought to expand its digital horizons with original content and by making its TV shows more readily available on its authenticated streaming app.

Not surprisingly, the projects on Freeform’s slate feature multicultural families, fantasy vehicles and rags-to-riches aspirational tales. The slate includes the »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Joel Silver Transgender Drama ‘New People’ Is in the Works at Freeform

21 March 2016 6:22 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Freeform is developing “New People,” a drama series from writer Don Roos, who is executive producing with Joel Silver and Rodney Ferrell. Freeform has given a script order to the project, which is produced by Lionsgate Television and Silver’s shingle Silver Pictures.

The series is based on the novel “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family,” which tells the story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother and their family.

The book was a New York Times best seller. It was named one of the 10 best books of the year by People and Men’s Journal magazines.

Roos is the writer and director of the film “The Opposite of Sex.” His other writing credits include the movies “The Other Woman,” “Marley & Me,” “Happy Endings” and “Bounce.”

Silver’s most recent feature film, “The Nice Guys,” which he produced for Warner Bros., stars Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling »

- Daniel Holloway

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Transgender Drama ‘New People’ In the Works at Freeform

21 March 2016 6:21 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The transgender family drama “New People” is currently in development at Freeform. “The Opposite of Sex” director Don Roos is attached to write and executive produce the series based on the book “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family” by Amy Ellis Nutt. Both the series and the New York Times bestseller are inspired by the true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother and their ordinary family’s extraordinary journey to celebrate the uniqueness in all of us. The script deal follows last summer’s “Becoming Us,” the unscripted series following the Lehwald family, whose father recently came out as transgender. »

- Reid Nakamura

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Transgender Family Drama From Joel Silver & Don Roos In Works At Freeform

21 March 2016 5:22 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Freeform has put in development New People, a family drama from The Opposite Of Sex writer-director Don Roos, Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures and Lionsgate Television. The series is inspired by the bestselling and well-received nonfiction book Becoming Nicole: The Transformation Of An American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt, which in turn was inspired by the true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother and their family’s journey. New People falls under Silver… »

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Mike Newell’s Adaptation Guernsey Eyes Rosamund Pike For Lead Role

5 February 2016 12:49 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Few would argue that Rosamund Pike stole the show in David Fincher’s psychological thriller Gone Girl, portraying an unhinged sociopath that still sends shivers down our spines to this day. Imagine our disappointment, then, when the Oscar-nominated actress followed up Fincher’s opus with middling thriller Return To Sender.

No matter, because Deadline reports that Pike is circling her next potential project, and it’s one that goes by the name Guernsey. Mike Newell of Four Weddings and a Funeral fame is behind the camera, and it’s understood that Pike is currently in contention to play the role of Juliet Ashton – a role that’s attracted the likes of Kate Winslet, Lily James and Rebecca Ferguson in recent times.

Billed as an adaptation of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ best-seller, Guernsey is the name of a quaint island off the British coast, with the story chronicling Ashton »

- Michael Briers

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Rosamund Pike, Mike Newell Circle "Guernsey"

5 February 2016 6:03 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Rosamund Pike is circling the long-gestating feature "Guernsey" while Mike Newell ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire") is in talks to direct the project.

Based on Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows's novel, the story follows a writer as she forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.

The likes of Kate Winslet, Lily James and Rebecca Ferguson have been attached to the project at one point or another. Don Roos adapted the script while Mitchell Kaplan and Paula Mazur are producing.

The project has yet to be green lit, and financing is still coming together.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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FremantleMedia, Telefonica’s Movistar Adapt ‘Web Therapy’ for Spain

20 January 2016 6:22 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In an early foray into TV fiction production in Spain, TV giant FremantleMedia has teamed with country’s leading pay TV service, Telefonica’s Movistar Plus, to adapt Lisa Kudrow’s “Web Therapy,” the comedy series aired by Showtime in the U.S.

The Spanish version, set to premiere in February on Movistar’s upcoming premium channel #0, is being distributed globally by FremantleMedia International, which has brought the show to Natpe.

Improvised TV series toplines a local actress, stand-up comedian and TV host Eva Hache (“Got Talent Espana”), who plays Rebeca Miller, a narcissistic therapist of unspecified credentials with limited patience for others’ problems, as she develops a new brand of therapy for a three minute-online session via webcam. Miller will show an uncanny ability to turn almost every session into an opportunity to talk about herself.

Gonzalo de Castro (“ByB,” “Doctor Mateo”) plays Miller’s husband, Federico Pinto, a man of dubious ethics. »

- Emiliano De Pablos

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