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Castle Rock Extends Funding Relationship With ‘Before Midnight’ Backer Venture Forth

5 August 2013 10:15 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: After a strong start with the Richard Linklater-directed Before Midnight, Castle Rock Entertainment is extending its relationship with Jacob Pechenik’s Venture Forth Productions to finance more films. The next two film projects in this burgeoning relationship are the Amy Herzog-scripted Daughter Of The Bride and the Frank Baldwin-scripted crime thriller Pure. They are out to directors and intend to shoot both films early next year. Crp retains its first look deal at Warner Bros, where it has long been based. Scripted by Obie Award-winning playwright Herzog, Daughter Of The Bride is a romantic comedy is a romantic comedy centering on a fiercely independent single woman whose values are shaken when her similarly independent mother impulsively decides to get remarried and asks her daughter to plan the wedding. Herzog’s plays include 4000 Miles and Belleville and this is her first film script. Marc Lawrence and his Banter »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Mayor Bloomberg Keeps New York Humming with Thriving Showbiz Sector

23 April 2013 5:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Michael Bloomberg became the mayor of New York on Jan. 1, 2002, he took the reins of a city still reeling from the devastating aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks just four months earlier. Having built his eponymously named company into a global giant, he naturally rolled up his sleeves and set out to revitalize the Gotham economy.

High on his list: film and TV production. “Diversifying the city’s economy has always been a top priority for our administration — and the film and television industry has been an important part of our strategy,” he tells Variety.

He tapped former Bloomberg Radio and Television general manager Katherine Oliver as commissioner of the longstanding Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting, and under their leadership the office worked to make production in New York more attractive with initiatives such as the Made in NY marketing credits that help to lower costs alongside the state’s tax incentives. »

- Gordon Cox

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RomCom Filming in NY: Grant, Tomei Star for Director Lawrence

18 April 2013 3:36 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

RomCom Filming in NY: Grant, Tomei Star for Director Lawrence Marc Lawrence’s as-yet untitled, New York-set romantic comedy toplining Hugh Grant and Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei began principal photography yesterday, April 17, producer Martin Shafer announced. -- Pictured above: Marisa Tomei, looking more beautiful than ever. Here's the plot, as per the film's press release: In 1998, Keith Michaels, played by Hugh Grant, was on top of the world -- a witty, sexy, Englishman in Hollywood who had just won a major screenwriter’s award. Fifteen years later, he’s creatively washed up, divorced, and broke. With no other options, he takes a job teaching screenwriting at a small college in Binghamton, New York. Although the idea of teaching is less than thrilling, he hopes to make some easy money and enjoy the favors of impressionable young co-eds. What he doesn’t expect to find is romance »

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Marc Lawrence’s Untitled Romantic Comedy Begins Photography – Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei Star

17 April 2013 5:04 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Producer Martin Shafer announced today that principal photography has begun on Marc Lawrence’s untitled romantic comedy in New York.  The film shooting in and around New York City as well as Binghamton, New York, stars Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, Bella Heathcote, Chris Elliott, J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney. Shafer is producing with Liz Glotzer for Castle Rock Entertainment. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales for all territories outside the U.S.

Producer Martin Shafer commented on working in New York, “New York is a favorite location of ours to shoot. It has a combination of great crews, a wide variety of beautiful and interesting locations, and a very helpful State Film office, but ultimately it is the State’s film incentive program that tips the scale and allows us to return to this great location.”

In 1998, Keith Michaels (Grant) was on top of the world — a witty, sexy, Englishman »

- Michelle McCue

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Simmons, Elliott In Marc Lawrence's Next

27 March 2013 9:51 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

J.K. Simmons ("Spider-Man," "The Closer") and comedian Chris Elliott have joined the cast of Marc Lawrence’s untitled indie rom-com at Castle Rock Entertainment.

The story follows an Oscar-winning screenwriter (Grant) who is now creatively washed up, divorced and broke. With no other options, he takes a job teaching screenwriting at a small college on the East Coast.

He soon finds romance with a single mom (Tomei) who’s gone back to school. Elliott will portray Jim, a Shakespeare professor and next-door neighbor to Grant's character.

Simmons will play Dr. Lerner, chairman of the university’s English department. He's also a family man who takes Michaels under his wing.

Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, Bella Heathcote and Allison Janney also star. Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer are producing, with shooting kicking off in April in New York.

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- Garth Franklin

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J.K. Simmons & Chris Elliott To Star In Hugh Grant Romantic Comedy

27 March 2013 4:14 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Producer Martin Shafer announced today that J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott will join writer / director Marc Lawrence’s new untitled romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant with Marissa Tomei, Bella Heathcote and Allison Janney. The film will begin shooting in New York in April. Shafer will produce with Liz Glotzer for Castle Rock Entertainment. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales for all territories outside the U.S.

In 1998, Ray Michaels (Grant) was on top of the world — a witty, sexy, Englishman in Hollywood who had just won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Fifteen years later, he’s creatively washed up, divorced, and broke. With no other options, he takes a job teaching screenwriting at a small college on the East Coast. Although the idea of teaching is less than thrilling, he hopes to make some easy money and enjoy the favors of impressionable young co-eds. What he doesn’t expect »

- Michelle McCue

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J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott Join Marc Lawrence's New Comedy

27 March 2013 1:09 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Producer Martin Shafer announced today that J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott will join writer/director Marc Lawrence's new untitled romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant with Marisa Tomei, Bella Heathcote and Allison Janney. The film will begin shooting in New York in April. Shafer will produce with Liz Glotzer for Castle Rock Entertainment. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales for all territories outside the U.S.

In 1998, Ray Michaels (Grant) was on top of the world -- a witty, sexy, Englishman in Hollywood who had just won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Fifteen years later, he's creatively washed up, divorced, and broke. With no other options, he takes a job teaching screenwriting at a small college on the East Coast. Although the idea of teaching is less than thrilling, he hopes to make some easy money and enjoy the favors of impressionable young co-eds. What he doesn't expect to »

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J.K. Simmons, Chris Elliott to Co-Star in Hugh Grant Rom-Com

27 March 2013 11:31 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott have joined the cast of writer-director Marc Lawrence’s untitled indie starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei. Bella Heathcote and Allison Janney have already boarded the romantic comedy, which will begin shooting in New York in April. Martin Shafer is producing with Liz Glotzer for Castle Rock Entertainment. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales for all territories outside the United States. The story is set in 1998, when Ray Michaels (Grant) was on top of the world -- a witty, sexy Englishman in Hollywood who had just won an Academy Award for best screenplay. Fifteen years later,

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J.K. Simmons, Chris Elliot Board Untitled Hugh Grant Comedy

27 March 2013 11:13 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott are joining Marisa Tomei and Hugh Grant in Castle Rock Entertainment's untitled romantic comedy from director Marc Lawrence ("Did You Hear About The Morgans?"), producer Martin Shafer announced on Wednesday. The film follows Grant as a screenwriter who, thanks to an Academy Award for Best Screenplay, was on top of the world in 1998. Flash forward fifteen years later: His creativity has disappeared along with his wife and money, so he takes a gig teaching screenwriting at a small college on the East Coast. He expects to »

- Greg Gilman

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J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliot Board Martin Shafer's Untitled Comedy

27 March 2013 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott are both set to join writer/director Marc Lawrence.s new untitled romantic comedy, producer Martin Shafer announced today. They will join the previously-announced Hugh Grant, Marissa Tomei, Bella Heathcote and Allison Janney. In 1998, Ray Michaels (Grant) was on top of the world -- a witty, sexy, Englishman in Hollywood who had just won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Fifteen years later, he.s creatively washed up, divorced, and broke. With no other options, he takes a job teaching screenwriting at a small college on the East Coast. Although the idea of teaching is less than thrilling, he hopes to make some easy money and enjoy the favors of impressionable young co-eds. What he doesn.t expect to find is romance with a single mom (Tomei) who.s »

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"Silver Linings Playbook" Tops Independent Spirit Awards, Big Win for "Amour," Matthew McConaughey Too!

23 February 2013 5:22 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" was the big winner at the 28th annual Independent Spirit Awards held in Santa Monica, CA this afternoon and hosted by Andy Samberg. "Silver Linings" took home the Best Feature, Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Director, and Screenplay trophies.

McConaughey, who nearly stole the show in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," won the Best Supporting Male award for a performance that was largely ignored by the Academy Awards. As Samberg astutely observed, "We've got Matthew McConaughey...Hollywood fuck you!"

Jennifer Lawrence won the Best Female Lead award for "Silver Linings Playbook," while John Hawkes took home the Best Male Lead trophy for "Sessions." His co-star, Helen Hunt, won the Best Supporting Female award.

Michael Haneke's "Amour," a darling of the 85th Academy Awards, deservingly won Best International Film.

The awards show can be seen on IFC tonight at 10 pm (Est).

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- Manny

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2013 Spirit Award Winners - 'Silver Linings Playbook' Dominates

23 February 2013 2:40 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Today the 2013 Spirit Awards were handed out and it was a dominating effort from Silver Linings Playbook as it won Best Picture, Director (David O. Russell), Actress (Jennifer Lawrence) and Screenplay (Russell). The only award it was nominated for and didn't win was Best Actor where Bradley Cooper lost to John Hawkes for The Sessions, but that's only a minor blip on the radar when you win this big. Among the early awards handed out, Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower won for Best First Feature while Derek Connolly won for Best First Screenplay for the romantic sci-fi film Safety Not Guaranteed. Then the Twitterverse exploded with a Best Supporting Actor win for Matthew McConaughey and his work in Magic Mike, which, for a time, seemed like it may be able to eek into that last Supporting slot at the Oscars. No dice, a Spirit Award it will have to be. »

- Brad Brevet

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Independent Spirit Awards 2013: Winners List

23 February 2013 1:26 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The 28th annual Independent Spirit Awards gala, hosted by Andy Samberg, was held as a luncheon in a tent on Santa Monica beach on Saturday, Feb 23. The awards will be broadcast on IFC at 10 pm Est. The Hollywood Reporter's live blog of the event can be found here.  Video: THR's Independent Spirit Awards 2013 Diaries Below is a list of the nominees, with the winners marked in red and with an asterisk: Best Feature Beasts of the Southern Wild -- Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey and Josh Penn Bernie -- Producers: Liz Glotzer, Richard Linklater, David McFadzean, Dete Meserve, Judd Payne, Celine Rattray, Martin Shafer, Ginger Sledge, Matt Williams

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Before Midnight Lands at Sony Pictures Classics

25 January 2013 10:55 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired director Richard Linklater's Before Midnight at the Sundance Film Festival. The drama starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy is the third film centering on their beloved Jesse and Celine characters, following 1995's Before Sunrise and 2004's Before Sunset. Here's what the studio had to say about their acquisition in a statement.

""In 1991 we were in Sundance with Slacker and we witnessed the birth of a major American filmmaker. At Sundance 2013 with Before Midnight, we have further confirmation that Richard Linklater is a film master at the peak of his form. This one has it all as entertainment and as a work of cinematic art. It is a perfect movie made by not one but three auteurs, Rick, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy. This movie will be incredibly successful around the world. And the acquisition is all the sweeter for our being back with Rick and producers Martin Shafer, »

- MovieWeb

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Berlin 2013: FilmNation to Shop Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei Romantic Comedy

23 January 2013 2:06 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

FilmNation Entertainment will commence foreign sales on Marc Lawrence's untitled romantic comedy -- headlining Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei -- at the upcoming European Film Market Berlin. News that Castle Rock Entertainment has brought aboard FilmNation to shop the project signals that the film is moving forward. Castle Rock's Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer are producing. Based on Lawrence's script, the rom com centers around a washed-up British screenwriter who once ruled the world, even winning an Oscar. Divorced and broke, he takes a job teaching screenwriting at a small college on the East Coast.  Although the idea of teaching

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- Pamela McClintock

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