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Patricia Richardson’s challenge to SAG-aftra president Ken Howard has attracted endorsements from Elliot Gould, Valerie Harper, Ed Harris, Robert Hays, Amy Madigan, Ken McCord, Nick Nolte, Martin Sheen and Nancy Sinatra.
About 140,000 ballots went out this week to the SAG-aftra membership, with results due to be tabulated on Aug. 20. Richardson, best known as Tim Allen’s co-star on “Home Improvement,” announced her candidacy on June 25 as head of the self-styled progressive Membership First slate.
Howard won elections in 2009 and 2011 for the SAG presidency and then won the post in 2013 against Esai Morales in the first election for the merged SAG-aftra, running each time as the head of the moderate Unite for Strength slate. He announced June 1 that he would seek re-election with Jenny O’Hara as his running mate for secretary-treasurer.
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures Animation has emerged victorious in a bidding war for a project based on the social media icons known as Emoji. Warner Bros. and Paramount were also vying for the project, but Deadline reports that Sony Pictures Animation was much more aggressive in their pursuit of the animated movie. Anthony Leondis (B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations) is attached to direct and he is co-writing the screenplay with Eric Siegel.
What makes this project unique is there are no underlying rights to purchase, because the Emoji icons are in public domain. There is reportedly another pitch that will be shopped to the studios soon centering on Emoji, but it isn't clear who is behind that project quite yet. No details were given about how the story will be brought to life, but director Anthony Leondis pitched the studios using storyboards that explained how the movie would play out.
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One of the most commercially successful young adult franchises over the past decade has been the Twilight franchise, as the adaptations of the novels by Stephenie Meyer have drawn a sizable audience of the course of its four-movie run. With the last feature coming in 2012, news emerged last year that Meyer and Producing company Lionsgate would be revisiting the show’s universe with a number of short films.
This time around, however, the shorts themselves would be based on original stories set in the franchise’s universe, rather than adaptations of Meyer’s existing work. Joining Meyer and Lionsgate was the crowdsourcing platform Tongal and the organisation Women in Film, as the four groups combined to set up the contest. From over a thousand applications, the entries were whittled down to seven filmmakers, each of whom received $50,000 to make their short. A winner will be selected from the seven films, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
In what promises to be a contentious contest, SAG-aftra’s national board election has drawn an array of high-profile candidates including Amy Aquino, Ed Asner, Ellen Crawford, Frances Fisher, Diane Ladd and Lisa Vidal.
The union, which reps about 160,000 performers disclosed its official candidates list Thursday night. Ballots go out July 21 to dues-current members and will be counted on Aug. 20.
Patricia Richardson is challenging Ken Howard for the presidency of SAG-aftra as the head of the progressive-leaning Membership First slate. Howard is heading the moderate Unite for Strength and United Screen Actors Nationwide slates, which controlled SAG starting 2009 and have dominated SAG-aftra politics since the 2012 merger.
Howard touted his accomplishments in his statement: “With your support, I will continue fighting relentlessly to protect us– it is my passion and mission. Since I’ve been president,members have approved contracts that putover $800 million of increased wages in performers’ pockets, organized new »
- Dave McNary
After 14,000 votes, nearly 1,300 writing submissions, and 150 director pitches, eight finalists (six individuals, and one team of sisters) have created seven incredible short films set in the dynamic world of Twilight. For the last several months, these eight winners have worked closely with Lionsgate, Tongal, Women In Film, and Stephenie Meyer in exploring the origin stories of the characters from The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide. Now, the finished films have finally been posted exclusively to Facebook and you can Vote for the grand prize winner! Over the next two weeks You have the power to vote for your favorite short while the star-studded group of female panelists including Stephenie Meyer, actress Kristen Stewart, Academy Award winners Kate Winslet and Octavia Spencer, Jennifer Lee, the award-winning writer and co-director of Frozen, Emmy Award-winning actress Julie Bowen, and Women In Film »
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After 14,000 votes, nearly 1,300 writing submissions, and 150 director pitches, eight finalists (six individuals, and one team of sisters) have created seven incredible short films set in the dynamic world of Twilight.
For the last several months, these eight winners have worked closely with Lionsgate, Tongal, Women In Film, and Stephenie Meyer in exploring the origin stories of the characters from The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide.
Now, the finished films have finally been posted exclusively to Facebook and you can Vote for the grand prize winner!
Over the next two weeks You have the power to vote for your favorite short while the star-studded group of female panelists including Stephenie Meyer, actress Kristen Stewart, Academy Award winners Kate Winslet and Octavia Spencer, Jennifer Lee, the award-winning writer and co-director of Frozen, »
- Michelle McCue
Stars Kate Winslet (Jeanine), Miles Teller (Peter), Zoë Kravitz (Christina), Theo James (Four) and producer Lucy Fisher discuss how the relationship between Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four has evolved in our exclusive preview from The Divergent Series: Insurgent, debuting on Digital HD July 21 before its release on Blu-ray and DVD August 4. Both Theo James and Miles Teller discuss how much more at ease the cast was with each other in the sequel, since there is a level of familiarity, while Kate Winslet discusses how much Shailene Woodley has grown as a person since the last film, and how it shows on screen. This exclusive video also offers plenty of behind-the-scenes footage from this beloved sequel.
Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars, The Descendants) and Theo James (Underworld Awakening) pack a powerful one-two punch in the blockbuster action-adventure, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, arriving on Digital HD July 21 and on »
Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, Kathryn Peddrew, Sue Wilder, Eunice Smith and Barbara Holley – all names that have been largely forgotten by the American public. And yet these black, female mathematicians were crucial in the success of the Nasa space missions during the 1950s and 60s. Now their story is being placed back into the public eye in a new film.
Shakespeare in Love producer Donna Gigliotti, screenwriter Allison Schroeder and St Vincent director Ted Melfi are adapting Margot Lee Shetterly’s forthcoming book Hidden Figures for the big screen, according to Deadline. Actors rumoured for the lead roles include Oprah Winfrey, Taraji P Henson, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.
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- Ascanio Branza
From The Andromeda Strain to Jurassic Park to Prey and beyond, the late Michael Crichton offered readers numerous gateways to intelligent escapism on the printed page. Published posthumously, 2011's Micro is no exception. DreamWorks Studios seems to agree, as the company has picked up the film rights to the thriller.
Press Release: "Los Angeles--(Business Wire)--DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to the Michael Crichton novel, “Micro,” it was announced today by Michael Wright, CEO of DreamWorks Studios. Frank Marshall is on board to produce, with Sherri Crichton and Laurent Bouzereau set as executive producers for CrichtonSun LLC.
The high-concept thriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company—only to find themselves miniaturized and cast out into the rain forest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.
"Micro" was unfinished when Michael Crichton passed »
- Derek Anderson
Membership First has been quietly gathering signatures in recent days for its nominating petitions, which are due at 5 p.m. Pdt on Friday.
Howard announced on June 1 that he would seek re-election with endorsements coming from George Clooney, Bryan Cranston, Betty White, Rita Moreno, Octavia Spencer, Ron Perlman, Clark Gregg and Josh Gad. SAG-aftra Los Angeles VP Jenny O’Hara joined Howard for secretary-treasurer as part of the Unite for Strength and United Screen Actors Nationwide slates.
Election ballots will be mailed to members who are paid up on dues on July 21 and tabulated on August 20. Turnout in the 2013 election — the first for the merged »
- Dave McNary
Sumire Matsubara has joined the cast of The Shack, the faith-based pic based on William Paul Young’s best-seller. It centers on a man (Sam Worthington) who receives a mysterious note inviting him to the Shack. The letter is signed Papa, his wife's nickname for God. Mack responds and finds himself in the presence of God (Octavia Spencer) and takes a life-transforming journey of truth, forgiveness and ultimately acceptance. Matsubara will play Sarayu, aka the Holy Spirit… »
Lionsgate has announced that six filmmaker finalists and one wildcard winner of The Storytellers – New Voices Of The Twilight Saga were presented with plaques by Stephenie Meyer and Kristen Stewart at the Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards last night in Los Angeles.
This contest was made part by Lionsgate teaming up with Facebook, Women In Film, Tongal, and Stephenie Meyer to create short films based on characters from the World of Twilight, creating a unique opportunity for fans and female filmmakers.
The Storytellers – New Voices Of The Twilight Saga were chosen through Tongal, a crowd source site, where fans voted on their favorite characters and aspiring female filmmakers submitted screenplays and director pitches. The six winning shorts were financed through production advances, and fans, »
- Michelle McCue
Tim McGraw has been added to the cast of The Shack, an upcoming film based on the 2007 bestselling novel by William Paul Young. The faith-based drama stars Sam Worthington as a father whose young daughter was kidnapped and believed to have been murdered while on a family camping trip. Years later, he receives a note from "Papa" — which is his wife's nickname for God — asking him to return to the shack where his daughter's bloodied clothes were found. It is there where his mourning is met with a spiritual epiphany. »
When Corey Stoll accepted the guest role of Pakistan station captain Sandy Bachman on Showtime’s “Homeland,” he knew his biggest challenge would be convincing the audience that Bachman was a cool, confident professional with a long career ahead of him, although that wasn’t actually true.
“It was important that the audience not think that I was going to die in the first episode,” Stoll says. “Part of what the creators wanted was for the audience to assume that I was going to be a major part of the story moving forward.”
Though Bachman did not survive that season four premiere, Stoll says he read as much as he could about the life of a spy in the short time he had to prep.
“I don’t really speak that much in the one episode I’m in, but it was important for me have a sense of a biography, »
- Christy Grosz
Shailene Woodley and co. are hard at work! The actress was photographed shooting scenes for The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1 in Atlanta Monday, and was joined by co-stars Ansel Elgort, Zoë Kravitz, Keiynan Lonsdale and Octavia Spencer. The Summit Entertainment movie, directed by Robert Schwentke, is scheduled for release on March 18, 2016. The second sequel picks up right after the events of 2014's The Divergent Series: Insurgent, in which a video was released to the public at the end of the Erudite headquarters raid and revealed the truth about the faction system. It also announced that Divergent were needed outside the city's walls. In Allegiant – Part 1, factionless »
“Tomorrowland’s” Tim McGraw and “Elyisum” star Alice Braga will join Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer in Lionsgate’s adaptation of “The Shack,” director Stuart Hazeldine revealed on Facebook on Sunday.Based on the bestselling 2007 novel by William Paul Young, “The Shack” is a faith-based drama stars Worthington as a man whose youngest daughter is abducted during a family vacation. Evidence found in an abandoned shack leads authorities to believe she was murdered. Four years later, the man receives a note, apparently from God, inviting him back to the shack. Against his better judgment, he accepts the invitation and finds something there. »
- Jeff Sneider
Exclusive: Graham Greene, most recently on the A&E (and now Netflix) crime drama Longmire, has joined Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer in Lionsgate’s faith-based feature film The Shack. The pic is based on the bestselling Christian novel by William Paul Young; the book was initially self-published in 2007 and has sold more than 10 million copies. Initially, Forest Whitaker was circling to adapt, star and direct, but he left to do The Story Of Your Life. Stuart… »
After drawing out sensational performances from Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone and Chadwick Boseman in his last films, Tate Taylor has zeroed in on Emily Blunt to star in his latest, Paul Hawkins adaptation The Girl on the Train.
DreamWorks is behind the buzzy project, which tells the story of a lonely, alcoholic divorcee named Rachel, who fantasizes about the idyllic lives of a young couple whose home her train passes each day on her way to work. When she witnesses a shocking event in the home one morning, Rachel finds a new sense of purpose in trying to get to the bottom of the ensuing mystery.
Kate Mara is apparently also being courted for one of the other lead female roles (there are three). Though neither Blunt nor Mara have signed a deal, they’re the preferred choices of both DreamWorks and Taylor, who are expected to make »
- Isaac Feldberg
Over the course of its 202 episodes, The X Files attracted many notable guest stars. Some appeared before they hit the big time (Ryan Reynolds, Jack Black, Seth Green, Felicity Huffman, Shia Labeouf, James Franco, Jane Lynch, Bradley Whitford, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Luke Wilson, Grant Heslov, Giovanni Ribisi and Titus Welliver), while many appearances were made by people who were already legends in their own fields, with talented performers such as Lily Tomlin, Ed Asner, Michael McKean, Peter Boyle, Gary Shandling, Lance Henriksen, Roy Thinnes, Veronica Cartwright, Floyd ‘Red Crow’ Westerman, Brad Dourif, Kathy Griffin and Ricky Jay providing some of the show’s most memorable moments. With six new episodes about to shoot for a limited series event, that prestigious list of guest stars is already expanding, with Joel McHale being the latest addition.
The plot of the brief new series remains unknown, but Deadline is reporting »
- Sarah Myles
SAG-aftra Los Angeles VP Jenny O’Hara will join Howard as she runs for secretary-treasurer as part of the Unite for Strength and United Screen Actors Nationwide slates. Election ballots will be mailed to members on July 21 and tabulated on August 20.
Current secretary-treasurer Amy Aquino is not part of the slates.
Rhea Perlman, S. Epatha Merkerson, Chris Messina, Stephen Wallem and Tom Bergeron also endorsed Howard and O’Hara, along with union officers executive vice president Gabrielle Carteris, Los Angeles president Clyde Kusatsu, New York president Mike Hodge and national vice president for recording artists Dan Navarro.
“I love my work — both as an actor and as SAG-aftra president,” said the Emmy and Tony Award-winning Howard. “But while entertainment and media have always been tough businesses, »
- Dave McNary
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