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‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Screenwriter Mark Boal Settles First Amendment Case With U.S. Government

13 December 2016 1:57 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Mark Boal, writer and producer of “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker,” has settled his case with the U.S. government over the protection of unpublished material and confidential information.

The decision is being celebrated by First Amendment experts and more than 36 major national media organizations, as it calls for the government to drop its subpoena of Boal’s tapes, allowing him to protect all confidential material on them.

Boal filed his suit in Los Angeles federal court against President Barack Obama and U.S Army Prosecutor Major Justin Oshana after Oshana threatened to subpoena all 25 hours of Boal’s taped interviews with accused Army deserter and prisoner-of-war Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Several of the tapes were used as the basis of the recent “Serial” podcast that Boal produced.

“I’m happy that the Army ultimately agreed to uphold the traditions of a free civilian press,” Boal said in a statement. »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘Graves’ Star Skyler Astin on How Donald Trump Stole Their Thunder (Exclusive Video)

19 November 2016 4:26 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Graves” star Skyler Astin had the surreal experience of filming a political satire series as the 2016 election was unfolding. “One of our executive producers, Greg Shapiro, was saying he thinks Trump was like stealing our thunder at times,” the actor told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “We were filming and then we’d hear something he’d say and it would be so weirdly similar to what our episode was about.” Astin, who plays a young Republican protege to Nick Nolte’s former president character on the Epix political comedy, cited episodes dealing with the North Dakota pipeline currently being protested and gay rights. »

- Linda Ge

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Epix Renews ‘Berlin Station,’ ‘Graves’ for Second Seasons

17 November 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Premium cable network Epix has renewed its first two original series for second seasons. “Berlin Station” and “Graves” have both received 10-episode orders, with production scheduled to start in early 2017.

“These ambitious series represent the level of prestigious, cinematic and authentic storytelling we are committed to offering our subscribers,” said Epix president and CEO Mark S. Greenberg. “Both series are particularly timely and relevant and quickly found their place in the competitive TV landscape. We couldn’t be more excited to continue to tell these unique and compelling stories.”

Berlin Station,” which centers on a new arrival at the CIA’s Berlin outpost who is on a clandestine mission to uncover the source of a leak, stars Richard Armitage, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Forbes, Valerie Edwards, Rhys Ifans and others.

Comedy “Graves” follows former two-term Republican president Richard Graves (Nick Nolte) as he attempts to right the wrongs of his administration 25 years after leaving the White House. Sela Ward »

- Oriana Schwindt

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Afm: Im Global to fully finance Drake Doremus romance 'Zoe'

25 October 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The company has joined Scott Free Productions on the previously untitled project starring Charlie Hunnam and Léa Seydoux and will commence international sales at the Santa Monica market next week.

Zoe marks the follow-up to Doremus’ collaboration with Scott Free on Equals and is scheduled to commence production in April in Montreal. UTA Independent Film Group represents Us rights.

Scott Free’s Michael Pruss will produce with Doremus and Robert George. Ridley Scott will serve as executive producer alongside Im Global founder and CEO Ford, the company’s recently appointed president of production Greg Shapiro, and Kate Buckley. 

Rich Greenberg wrote the screenplay about two colleagues at a research lab who make profound discoveries in their work to perfect romance through technology.

Hunnam stars in The Lost City Of Z, which just received its world premiere at the New York Film Festival. Seydoux starred in Spectre and, most recently, It’s Only The End Of The World.

“Greg »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Im Global to fully finance Drake Doremus romance 'Zoe'

25 October 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The company has joined Scott Free Productions on the previously untitled project starring Charlie Hunnam and Léa Seydoux and will commence international sales at the Afm next week.

Zoe marks the follow-up to Doremus’ collaboration with Scott Free on Equals and is scheduled to commence production in April in Montreal. UTA Independent Film Group represents Us rights.

Scott Free’s Michael Pruss will produce with Doremus and Robert George. Ridley Scott will serve as executive producer alongside Im Global founder and CEO Ford, the company’s recently appointed president of production Greg Shapiro, and Kate Buckley. 

Rich Greenberg wrote the screenplay about two colleagues at a research lab who make profound discoveries in their work to perfect romance through technology.

Hunnam stars in The Lost City Of Z, which just received its world premiere at the New York Film Festival. Seydoux starred in Spectre and, most recently, It’s Only The End Of The World.

“Greg and I are »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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IM Global Backs Charlie Hunnam and Lea Seydoux’s Romance ‘Zoe’

25 October 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Im Global will fully finance the love story “Zoe,” starring Lea Seydoux and Charlie Hunnam with Drake Doremus directing.

The picture will be produced by Scott Free’s Michael Pruss alongside Doremus, and Robert George. Ridley Scott will executive produce along with Im Global CEO Stuart Ford, President of Production Greg Shapiro and Kate Buckley.

Im Global is also handling international sales starting at the American Film Market next week with UTA representing domestic rights. Production is planned to start in Montreal in April, 2017.

Doremus’ credits include “Like Crazy,” “Equals” and “Breath In.” He is directing “Zoe” from a script by Rich Greenberg, in which two colleagues at a revolutionary research lab design technology to improve and perfect romantic relationships. As their work progresses, their discoveries become more profound.

Hunnam starred in “Pacific Rim” and “Sons of Anarchy.” He will be seen next year in “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword »

- Dave McNary

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Im Global Boards Drake Doremus’ Love Story ‘Zoe,’ Starring Charlie Hunnam & Léa Seydoux

25 October 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Stuart Ford's Im Global has come aboard to fully finance Drake Doremus' love story starring Charlie Hunnam and Léa Seydoux, which is set to be called Zoe. The film, which will begin shooting in Montreal in April 2017, is produced by Scott Free's Michael Pruss alongside Doremus and Robert George. Ridley Scott will exec produce along with Ford, Im Global president of production Greg Shapiro and 42's Kate Buckley. Im Global will be handling international sales for the… »

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Kathryn Bigelow Rounds Out Ensemble Cast for Detroit Riots Film (Exclusive)

18 October 2016 11:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jeremy Strong, Chris Chalk, Austin Hébert, Ephraim Sykes, Laz Alonso, Nathan Davis Jr., Malcolm David Kelley, Peyton Alex Smith, and Leon Thomas III have rounded out the cast in Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled film centered on the 1967 Detroit Riots.

They join previously-announced stars John Boyega, John Krasinski, Jason Mitchell, Anthony Mackie, Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole, Jack Reynor, Jacob Latimore, Joseph David-Jones, Algee Smith, Kaitlyn Dever, and Hannah Murray. Bigelow is directing the crime drama from an original screenplay by Mark Boal. She’s also producing with Boal, Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman, and Colin Wilson, with Greg Shapiro executive producing.

The pic, Bigelow’s 10th as a director, is currently in production. The film is being financed and produced by Annapurna Pictures.

The drama is set against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five haunting summer days in 1967. The film explores systemic racism in urban Detroit. »

- Justin Kroll

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Oscar-Winning Producer Greg Shapiro Joins Im Global as President of Feature Film Production

26 September 2016 7:33 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Oscar-winning producer Greg Shapiro has joined Im Global as president of feature film production, the company’s founder and CEO Stuart Ford announced Monday. Shapiro will oversee all feature film production and financing activity. The indie studio is a partner on upcoming projects like “Hacksaw Ridge” from director Mel Gibson and Martin Scorsese‘s “Silence.” Shapiro executive produced “Zero Dark Thirty” and produced “The Hurt Locker,” which earned him an Academy Award when it won Best Picture in 2010. More recently, Shapiro produced “Child 44,” starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, as well as James Gray‘s “The Immigrant,” starring Marion Cotillard, »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Greg Shapiro Joins Im Global As President Of Feature Film Production

26 September 2016 7:33 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Stuart Ford’s Im Global has been on a growth drive in recent months, accelerated by Tang Media Partners’ acquisition of a controlling stake in the company this past June. In its latest key move, the sales/finance/production outfit has set Oscar-winning producer Greg Shapiro as President of Feature Film Production. This is a significant step for Im Global which is coming off of a strong Fall Festival circuit that saw the world premiere of Mel Gibson’s awards season contende… »

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‘Hurt Locker’ Producer Greg Shapiro Joins IM Global as Production President

26 September 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Hurt Locker” producer Greg Shapiro has joined the independent studio IM Global as president of feature film production.

Shapiro will oversee all feature film production and financing activity.

“It’s a tremendous boost for our already vibrant film production and financing operation to have such a highly respected and commercially successful heavyweight as Greg join to head the team,” Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford said on Monday. “We have an exciting slate of filmmaker-driven productions in the pipeline for 2017 and we hope Greg’s arrival will give us even greater momentum as we end 2016 on a high note.”

Shapiro won a best picture Academy Award as a producer on Kathryn Bigelow’s 2008 drama “The Hurt Locker.” He was also an executive producer on Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” and is producing her untitled project, currently filming in Boston.

Shapiro most recently produced “Child 44,” starring Tom Hardy »

- Dave McNary

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John Krasinski Joins Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riots Film

13 September 2016 11:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Krasinski has joined the ensemble of Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming pic revolving around the Detroit Riots.

John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole, Jack Reynor, Jason Mitchell, Kaitlyn Dever and Hannah Murray also star with Bigelow directing. Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” scribe Mark Boal penned the script.

Character descriptions are being kept under wraps.

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is financing with Bigelow and Boal producing along with Ellison, Matthew Budman, and Colin Wilson. Greg Shapiro will executive produce.

The crime drama is set against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five haunting summer days in 1967. Although no studio is currently attached, producers are targeting a release in 2017 — the 50th anniversary of the riots.

Following the end of his TV sitcom “The Office”, Krasinski has spent the last couple years reshaping his career with more action heavy and dramatic roles like »

- Justin Kroll

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John Krasinski Signs On to Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riot Drama

13 September 2016 11:24 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Office” and “13 Hours” star John Krasinski has joined Kathryn Bigelow‘s upcoming untitled drama about the 1967 Detroit riots. The film is currently in production and also features John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jacob Latimore, Algee Smith, Ben O’Toole, Jack Reynor, Kaitlyn Dever, Jason Mitchell and Hannah Murray. It will follow the five-day riots that swept the Motor City in 1967 and explore issues of systemic racism in the city. Mark Boal, who worked with Bigelow on “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker,” wrote the script. Bigelow is producing the movie alongside Boal, Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman, »

- Matt Pressberg

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North American Briefs: Ewan McGregor to receive Britannia Humanitarian Award

13 September 2016 8:22 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Scottish star, who unveiled the world premiere of his feature directorial American Pastoral in Toronto, will collect the honour at BAFTA La’s awards show on October 28.

The Britannia Humanitarian Award is presented to someone “who has used the art form of the moving image or their position in the entertainment industry to create positive social change, and actively shine a light on important humanitarian issues.”

McGregor has worked with Unicef to help children in conflict zones in Iraq and Syria.

As previously announced, Ang Lee will collect the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, Samuel L. Jackson the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment, and Ricky Gervais the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.  

McGregor recently wrapped production on Trainspotting 2, in which he reprises his role as Renton opposite Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle. Sony will release the film on February 3, 2017.

Several audience members »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Star Jason Mitchell Boards Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riots Film

9 September 2016 12:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Straight Outta Compton” star Jason Mitchell has joined the ensemble for Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled film set around the 1967 Detroit Riots.

John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole, and Jack Reynor also star with Bigelow directing. Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” scribe Mark Boal penned the script.

Character descriptions are being kept under wraps.

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is financing with Bigelow and Boal producing along with Ellison, Matthew Budman, and Colin Wilson. Greg Shapiro will executive produce.

The crime drama is set against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five haunting summer days in 1967. Although no studio is currently attached, producers are targeting a release in 2017 — the 50th anniversary of the riots.

Mitchell was most recently seen in the New Line comedy “Keanu” after breaking out as Eazy-e in “Straight Outta Compton.” He just wrapped production on Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” which »

- Justin Kroll

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Star Jason Mitchell Signs On to Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riot Drama

9 September 2016 12:38 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jason Mitchell, who starred as late rapper Eazy-e in “Straight Outta Compton,” has joined the untitled drama about the 1967 Detroit riots directed by Kathryn Bigelow. The film is currently in production and also features John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jacob Latimore, Algee Smith, Ben O’Toole, Jack Reynor, Kaitlyn Dever and Hannah Murray. It doesn’t have a title yet, but it will cover the five-day riots that swept the Motor City in 1967 and explore issues of systemic racism in the city. Mark Boal wrote the script. Bigelow is producing the movie alongside Boal, Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman, »

- Matt Pressberg

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Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riots Film Casts ‘Legends of Tomorrow’s’ Joseph David-Jones

8 August 2016 8:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joseph David-Jones has been cast in a lead role in Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming film about the 1967 Detroit riots, Variety has learned exclusively.

The actor joins John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jack Reynor, and Ben O’Toole in the ensemble. Character descriptions are being kept under wraps.

Bigelow is directing from Mark Boal’s script. Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is financing with Bigelow and Boal producing along with Ellison, Matthew Budman, and Colin Wilson. Greg Shapiro will executive produce.

The untitled crime drama is set against the backdrop of Detroit’s riots, which took place over five summer days. Producers are targeting a release in 2017 — the 50th anniversary of the riots.

David-Jones plays Green Arrow — aka Connor Hawke — in the CW series “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.” He recently appeared in Lionsgate’s “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” as an officer in the Factionless Army.

David-Jones is represented by Prestige Talent Agency and Luber Roklin Entertainment. »

- Dave McNary

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Three Join Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riots Pic; Fox Searchlight Sets ‘Wilson’ For March

3 August 2016 7:02 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Will Poulter, Ben O'Toole and Jack Reynor are joining John Boyega in Kathryn Bigelow's untitled film about the 1967 Detroit race riots. Mark Boal wrote the screenplay for the film and will produce with Bigelow, Annapurna's Megan EllisonMatthew Budman and Colin Wilson. Greg Shapiro is exec producing. Set against the riots that took place over five hot summer days in 1967, the crime drama explores systemic racism in urban Detroit. Production is set to begin in the… »

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Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riots Film Casts Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole, Jack Reynor (Exclusive)

3 August 2016 5:02 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole, and Jack Reynor have joined the ensemble for Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming film about the 1967 Detroit Riots.

Bigelow is directing with Mark Boal penning the script. John Boyega recently joined the ensemble as well.

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is financing with Bigelow and Boal producing along with Ellison, Matthew Budman, and Colin Wilson. Greg Shapiro will executive produce.

The crime drama is set against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five haunting summer days in 1967. Although no studio is yet attached, producers are targeting a release in 2017, the 50th anniversary of the riots.

Character descriptions are being kept under wraps. While this is considered an ensemble piece, Poulter, O’Toole, and Reynor are expected to have the most screen time in the movie.

After his breakout role in “We’re the Millers,” Poulter has become more drawn to adult-driven material with awards-season draw, »

- Justin Kroll

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Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole, Jack Reynor join 'Untitled Detroit Project'

2 August 2016 7:44 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The trio of up-and-comers have boarded Kathryn Bigelow’s crime drama that is scheduled to shoot later this summer.

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is backing the project and represents worldwide rights.

It marks Bigelow’s (pictured) tenth feature and is based on an original screenplay by her regular collaborator Mark Boal.

Untitled Detroit Project takes place against the backdrop Detroit’s summer riots in 1967 and the impact of racism on its protagonists.

The producers are aiming for a 50th anniversary release in 2017. No studio is on board at time of writing.

Poulter has starred in The Revenant and Glassland and will be seen alongside Brad Pitt in Netflix’s War Machine.

Australia’s O’Toole starred opposite Russell Crowe in The Water Diviner and will next be seen in Hacksaw Ridge.

Rising Irish star Reynor also starred in Glassland and his upcoming credits include Toronto world premiere The Secret Scripture, BFI London »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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