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17 items from 2015

Production Executive Barbara Dreyfus Dies at 55

15 May 2015 3:02 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Barbara Dreyfus, the well-liked head of motion pictures for Will Packer’s production company and a longtime agent, died Friday morning at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles of unknown causes. She was 55.

“Barbara had an amazing spirit and passion for her family and her career,” Packer said. “She will be missed for her creativity and fearlessness as an executive, but more importantly for her incredibly giving nature as a person.”

Dreyfus had led the development of comedy and drama projects through Packer’s first look deal with Universal Pictures since its inception in 2013. Prior to taking the production job, she was a senior agent in the motion picture literary department of United Talent Agency, where she represented a broad range of prominent screenwriters and directors.

Barbara Dreyfus was a tremendous colleague, agent and friend,” UTA said in a statement. “We were lucky to have her as part of the »

- Dave McNary

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Luke Greenfield To Direct Destiny

12 May 2015 11:35 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

DreamWorks has set Luke Greenfield, the director behind Let’s Be Cops and The Girl Next Door, to direct a script he co-wrote with Dana Stevens (The Dive) called Destiny. The deal brings him under the wing of Steven Spielberg, the legendary helmer who encouraged a teenage Greenfield to pursue filmmaking way back in the ’90s.

At the age of 16, Greenfield began an unlikely correspondence with Spielberg when the teen’s mother sent him a package containing Greenfield’s Super-8 films and asked whether her son had the stuff of a future filmmaker. Spielberg received the films, watched them and replied with a two-page letter offering storytelling tips and pushing Greenfield to pursue his passion – which he did.

When The Girl Next Door came out 16 years later, Spielberg asked Greenfield to come in for a meeting. On realizing that their paths had indirectly crossed before, the Jurassic Park helmer asked »

- Isaac Feldberg

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DreamWorks Sets ‘Let’s Be Cops’ Helmer Luke Greenfield To Direct ‘Destiny'; Filmmaker Finds Way Back To Spielberg

12 May 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Luke Greenfield, director of the sleepers The Girl Next Door and Let’s Be Cops, has made a deal at DreamWorks to direct Destiny, a script he’s co-writing with Dana Stevens, who most recently scripted The Dive for producer James Cameron, director Francis Lawrence and Jennifer Lawrence. Greenfield has a few projects percolating — The Holiday Club at Fox/Chernin Entertainment and Slingshot with Gulfstream Pictures among them — but this one is exceptional because… »

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The Lumière Brothers' First Public Screening

19 April 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Sebastian here, stealing sharing a great find by Slate's Dana Stevens, who tweeted out a video of the ten short films by the Lumière Brothers that were first shown to the paying public of Paris on December 28, 1895.

On their website, the Institut Llumière offers a look at the screening's program, handed out to the patrons of Le Salon Indien, a room in the basement of the Grand Café on Boulevard des Capucines.

Unfortunately the Institut's image is tiny and barely legible. So presented here, brought to you with the help of all the latest text-formatting technology, a reproduction, updated to include links to watch the films on YouTube:



Salon Indien

Grand CAFÉ

14, Boulevard des Capucines, 14


Cel appareil, inventé par Mm. Auguste et Louis Lumière, permet de recueillir, par des séries d'épreuves instantantées, tous les mouvements qui, pendant un temps donné, se sont succédé devant l'objectif, et de »

- Sebastian Nebel

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Peter Dinklage and Nicola Peltz Join 'Deep Blue Good-by'

13 March 2015 6:08 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and Nicola Peltz (Transformers: Age of Extinction) are in talks to join Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike in 20th Century Fox's adaptation The Deep Blue Good-by. The novel of the same name by John D. MacDonald was published in 1964, and was the first in his 21-book series of mystery-adventure books centering on Travis McGee (Christian Bale). Leonardo DiCaprio was once attached to play McGee before Christian Bale signed on.

In the novels, McGee made his living as a "salvage consultant," living as a bachelor on a houseboat. The adaptation will be set in modern day, portraying McGee as an Afghanistan war veteran, who tries to track down stolen sapphires which leads him to a "sadistic torturer." Peter Dinklage is playing a mathematician who struck it rich after developing an app, and becomes McGee's new sidekick. Nicola Peltz is playing the woman who hires McGee to find the sapphires. »

- MovieWeb

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Reckless: Find out when red-hot Us legal thriller comes to the UK

12 March 2015 5:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Red-hot Us thriller Reckless is coming to Alibi in the UK next month.

But to find out exactly when it premieres, you'll have to watch our sizzling sizzle reel below:

Airing on CBS in the Us, Reckless stars Cam Gigandet (Twilight), Georgina Haig (Once Upon a Time) and Adam Rodríguez (Magic Mike).

A steamy legal drama, the show follows the relationship between a prosecutor (Gigandet) and his opposing counsel (Anna Wood) in a police scandal.

Shawn Hatosy (Southland) and Michael Gladis (Mad Men) also appear in the 13-part series.

Reckless was co-created by legendary movie producer Joel Silver and Safe Haven writer Dana Stevens. »

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Joshua Oppenheimer's Documentary Manifesto

12 March 2015 9:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Joshua Oppenheimer's appearance at the Based on a True Story conference (Boats) at the University of Missouri's journalism school wasn't an official keynote address. But his 90-minute interview, conducted by Slate's Dana Stevens, had the force of an aesthetic manifesto, a true vision of what documentaries can do — and what they can't. Oppenheimer, who also screened his new film, "The Look of Silence" and the director's cut of his 2013 Oscar nominee "The Act of Killing" in Columbia as part of the True/False Film Festival, could be spotted all over town throughout the long weekend, nodding intently as festivalgoers seized their chance to chat up a MacArthur fellow. But given the floor, as he was at Boats, Oppenheimer responded not with soft-spoken sentences or even paragraphs but whole pages of thoughts, cogent and neatly organized, and deeply fascinating. Both "Act" and "Look" deal with the Indonesian mass killings of. »

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Rosamund Pike set for The Deep Blue Good-By opposite Christian Bale

27 February 2015 7:25 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having enjoyed critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for her work in the superb Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike has wasted no time in choosing her next project.

Variety is reporting that the British actress is set to join Oscar winner Christian Bale (The Fighter, The Dark Knight Trilogy) in The Deep Blue Good-By, an adaptation of a Travis McGee novel to be directed by James Mangold, who worked with Bale in his 3:10 To Yuma remake in 2007.

Travis McGee is a detective in John D. MacDonald’s popular mystery series, and The Deep Blue Good-by was first published in 1964. The official synopsis of the story is:

Travis McGee is a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He.s also a knight-errant who.s wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule »

- Scott J. Davis

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IFC Midnight & Scream Factory Team For ‘The Babadook’ Release 4/14!

30 January 2015 9:55 AM, PST | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

We’d heard early rumors that the fine folks over at Scream Factory might be putting out one of the most acclaimed horror films of the last year on home video. Turns out those rumors were half right. Scream Factory is actually teaming up with IFC Midnight to release the Blu-Ray/ DVD or The Babadook on April 14th, 2015!

Here are the full details and a list of the bonus features!

If it’s in a word, or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of The Babadook. This chillingly prophetic refrain haunts the worldwide sleeper hit The Babdook, the engrossingly eerie tale of a widowed  mother and her troubled young son.  On April 14th, 2015, this critically acclaimed psychological thriller makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut from Scream Factory, in partnership with IFC Midnight. The Special Edition Blu-ray, housed in a striking limited run pop-up package, comes loaded with bonus features, »

- Rob Galluzzo

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Scream Factory Details Blu-ray / DVD Release of The Babadook

30 January 2015 9:22 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory is teaming up with IFC Midnight to bring The Babadook to Blu-ray. They’ve announced release plans that include a standard Blu-ray and DVD edition, along with a special edition version with deleted scenes and additional bonus features:

“If it’s in a word, or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of The Babadook. This chillingly prophetic refrain haunts the worldwide sleeper hit The Babdook, the engrossingly eerie tale of a widowed mother and her troubled young son. On April 14th, 2015, this critically acclaimed psychological thriller makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut from Scream Factory, in partnership with IFC Midnight. The Special Edition Blu-ray, housed in a striking limited run pop-up package, comes loaded with bonus features, including theatrical trailers and an in-depth look behind-the-scenes of the making of The Babadook with cast and crew interviews (Creating The Book with illustrator Alex Juhasz, A Tour of the House Set, »

- Jonathan James

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Jennifer Lawrence and Francis Lawrence Reteaming For The James Cameron-produced Film, 'The Dive'

19 January 2015 12:04 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Actress Jennifer Lawrence and Director Francis Lawrence are joining forces again for The Dive, a film that will be produced by James Cameron. Both Lawrences have previously worked together in Catching Fire and Mockinjay, parts 1 & 2, which are part of the popular Hunger Games franchise.

The Dive tells the tragic true story of freedivers and married couple Francisco “Pippin” Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre, who competed to dive as deep as possible with a single breath of air. Mestre tragically died while attempting to beat her own record of 557.7 feet. Ferraras paid her a tribute by diving the same depth, an attempt that was filmed by Cameron.

Dana Stevens have penned the most recent draft of the script. Stay tuned for additional details.

The Dive doesn’t have a release date yet.

Source: The Wrap  »

- Munir Abedrabbo

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Jennifer Lawrence and Director Francis Lawrence Are the Latest to Take Over James Cameron’s The Dive

17 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

In the fall of 2003, James Cameron filmed the record-breaking “no limits” free dive of Pipin Ferreras, which was a special event commemorating the death of Ferreras’s wife, Audrey Mestre. A year earlier, she drowned attempting the same feat of reaching a depth of 170 meters (557.7 feet) while holding her breath. During the press conference for the 2003 dive, Cameron confirmed earlier reports from that summer that he would be making a movie about the couple, and it would wind up being based on Ferreras’s 2004 memoir, “The Dive: A Story of Love and Obsession.” More than a decade later, Cameron has been focusing his directorial interests on the Avatar movies, but he’s continued developing the project with other filmmakers coming on board to take the helm. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) became attached back in 2012, and now Francis Lawrence is the latest substitution, according to The Wrap. He also has an actress joining him for the role »

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Jennifer Lawrence Takes ‘The Dive’ For James Cameron

17 January 2015 4:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Jennifer Lawrence is reteaming with her Hunger Games director and namesake Francis Lawrence for a tale that may quite literally leave you gasping for breath.

The Dive is a movie version of the life of couple Francisco “Pipin” Ferreras and Audrey Mestre. They submerged themselves for daredevil free-dives to see who could last the longest underwater on one puff of sweet, sweet oxygen. Appropriately enough the producer is James Cameron, who’s no stranger to deep sea antics. The Abyss famously depicted experiments in breathing below the surface, not to mention his fictional and actual exploration of the wreck of the Titanic.

Cameron co-produces with Rae Sanchini via Lightstorm Entertainment, alongside Barry Josephson. The script is by Dana Stevens. Lawrence certainly likes to mix it up a bit as the project likely follows her Magic Mop creator biopic Joy, co-starring Robert De Niro.


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Jennifer Lawrence Signs Up For James Cameron-Produced The Dive

17 January 2015 3:03 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When the actress with the most box office success signs up to collaborate with the filmmaker that enjoys the same status, it becomes big news very quickly – and so, we have The Dive. The project has been on James Cameron’s back-burner for many years, but never really ccrystallized In 2012, the director officially vacated the helm – a move that opened the door to director Francis Lawrence, riding high after making the majority of the Hunger Games franchise. With Cameron now firmly ensconced in the producer’s chair, Francis Lawrence will shoot The Dive with his Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role.

The film tells the true story of ambition and tragedy, centred on the record-breaking French free-diver, Audrey Mestre, and Francisco “Pipin” Ferreras. Having grown up in a family of diving enthusiasts, Mestre accrued vast experience in underwater sports, and studied marine biology. After meeting the famed free diver, »

- Sarah Myles

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Jennifer Lawrence Dives Into James Cameron-Produced Biopic

16 January 2015 4:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

20th Century Fox has tapped Jennifer Lawrence to star in biopic “The Dive,” with her “Hunger Games” helmer, Francis Lawrence, set to direct.

James Cameron will produce through his Lightstorm Entertainment banner along with Rae Sanchini and Barry Josephson.

Dana Stevens penned the script.

Pic is based on the true story of free-divers Francisco “Pipin” Ferreras and his wife Audrey Mestre, who competed to travel as deeply as possible underwater on a single breath of air. Lawrence will play Mestre.

It’s unknown when Lawrence would shoot the film as the actress is about to begin work on another biopic, “Joy,” which starts lensing next month.

Both Jennifer and Francis Lawrence are repped by CAA, while Francis is also repped by 3 Arts. The news was first reported by the Wrap.


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Jennifer Lawrence, Francis Lawrence Teaming with James Cameron on ‘The Dive’ (Exclusive)

16 January 2015 4:09 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The “Hunger Games” duo will tackle the tragic true tale of Francisco “Pipin” Ferraras and Audrey Mestre

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and her “Hunger Games” director Francis Lawrence are reteaming on “The Dive,” which is being produced by James Cameron, TheWrap has learned.

Representatives for Jennifer Lawrence and Francis Lawrence did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

The Dive” tells the tragic true story of freedivers Francisco “Pipin” Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre, who competed to travel as deep as possible underwater on a single breath of air.

Also Read: Jennifer Lawrence Tops Chris Pratt as 2014’s Highest »

- Jeff Sneider

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Oscar Snub of the Year: No 'Lego Movie' in Animated Feature

15 January 2015 6:56 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

With the possible exception of Ava DuVernay losing out on a Best Direction nomination for "Selma," the most shocking snub of the 2014 Oscar nominations was "The Lego Movie" not picking up a nomination in the Best Animated Feature category. The five movies chosen instead in that category were "Big Hero 6," "The Boxtrolls," "How to Train Your Dragon 2," "Song of the Sea," and "The Tale of Princess Kaguya." The Oscars faked out "Lego" fans with false hope during nominations by revealing Best Original Song category first and nominating the film's standout tune "Everything is Awesome!!!" It would be the film's only nomination. Twitter responded with some fierce dissent, and "Lego" writer/director Phil Lord began the proceedings with polite acceptance: It's okay. Made my own! — philip lord (@philiplord) January 15, 2015 tbh lego movie probably got snubbed because it stars lego people of color pic.twitter. »

- Louis Virtel

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