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7 items from 2015

‘Contempt of Court’ Movie About 1906 Lynching in the Works

14 December 2015 10:46 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jonah M. Hirsch’s Fixed Point Films is developing a movie about the 1906 lynching of a black man in Tennessee and the landmark legal battle that followed, Variety has learned exclusively.

The banner, in a low six-figure deal, has acquired rights to Mark Curriden and Leroy Phillips, Jr.’s book “Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism.” Hirsch will produce and Stuart Stout’s Mfwh Productions will executive produce.

The victim, Ed Johnson, was murdered in his home town of Chattanooga, Tenn., after being sentenced to death for the alleged rape of a white woman. Johnsons’s court-appointed attorneys decided not to appeal the ruling, but two local black attorneys — Noah Parden and Styles Hutchins — took up the case, going first to federal court and then to the Supreme Court to argue that Johnson’s constitutional rights had been violated.

Parden traveled to Washington, »

- Dave McNary

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Berlin’s Top Buzz Titles

5 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Blue Mauritius

Director: Michael Wenning

Producers: Rashidi Hendrix, Daniel Ziskind

Cast: Amr Waked

Five international thieves meet in Berlin to steal the most valuable stamp in the world.

Sales: Ddi

Brain On Fire

Director: Gerard Barrett

Producers: Charlize Theron, Beth Kono, Aj Dix, Rob Merilees

Cast: Dakota Fanning

Based on Susannah Cahalan’s bestselling memoir.

Sales: Mister Smith Entertainment (international); Wme (U.S.)


Director: Steven C. Miller

Producers: Randall Emmett, George Furla, Adam Goldworm

Cast: Bruce Willis

Thriller involving super-weapons and conspiracies.

Sales: Highland Film Group

Elvis & Nixon

Director: Liza Johnson

Producers: Cassian Elwes and Holly Wiersma

Cast: Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey, Alex Pettyfer

The morning when President Nixon met Elvis Presley in 1970.

Sales: Bloom


Director: Stephen Gaghan

Producers: Teddy Schwarzman, Michael Nozik, Patrick Massett, John Zinman, Matthew McConaughey

Cast: Matthew McConaughey

The story of the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corp. mining scandal.

Sales: Sierra/Affinity (international); CAA (domestic)

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- Variety Staff

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Octavia Spencer On Course To Lead Seacole

29 January 2015 8:55 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer is attached to star in Seacole – a historical biopic about the legendary woman who defied discrimination to nurse soldiers in the Crimean War. With Charlie Stratton (In Secret) set to direct a script written by Dianne Houston (Take The Lead) and Marnie Dickens (Ripper Street), the project is being packaged for sale at the Berlin Film Festival.

Producer Brunson Green (The Help) reflected on the film, and the casting of Spencer, in conversation with The Hollywood Reporter.

“Mary Seacole was a dynamic, complex and charming woman, and knowing Octavia and her immense talent, there is no one better to embody this impressive and courageous historical figure.”

Having been born to a Jamaican woman and a Scottish officer from the British Army, Seacole grew up studying the healing techniques used by her mother in the boarding house she ran. Later in life, after the death »

- Sarah Myles

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Casting Net: Octavia Spencer reteams with 'The Help' producer for 'Seacole'

27 January 2015 7:18 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Octavia Spencer is attached to star in Seacole, a period biopic about "a pioneering Jamaican doctress who battled prejudice to play a key role in the Crimean War, rivaling Florence Nightingale." The film will reteam Spencer with producer of The Help, Brunson Green, and is set to be directed by Charlie Stratton (In Secret).  [The Hollywood Reporter] Emma Roberts and Dave Franco will star in Nerve, Lionsgate’s adaptation of Jeanne Ryan's young adult novel. Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish), will direct and the script was penned by Jessica Sharzer. The book told the story of a high school wallflower who »

- Jennifer Maas

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Berlin 2015: Octavia Spencer Reteaming w/ 'The Help' Producer for Mary Seacole Biopic

27 January 2015 4:19 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Details on a new project Octavia Spencer is now attached to, which will be shopped at the upcoming European Film Market, which runs in conjunction with the Berlin Film Festival... Brian O'Shea, CEO of The Exchange, announced today that Octavia Spencer is attached to Brunson Green's "Seacole." The pair last worked together on "The Help," which Spencer co-starred in, and Green produced. Via the press release, the project is described as an epic drama that will be directed by acclaimed theater and filmmaker Charlie Stratton, from a screenplay written by Academy Award nominee Dianne Houston and Marnie Dickens. It'll tell the widely unknown, inspirational true story »

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Casting: Franco, Oyelowo, Arkin, Spencer

27 January 2015 5:04 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »


Dave Franco and Emma Roberts have closed deals to star in Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman's young adult thriller "Nerve" at Lionsgate. Allison Shearmur and Anthony Katagas are producing.

Based on the Jeanne Ryan novel, the story follows a high school senior who finds herself immersed in an online game of truth of dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of voyeurs. Jessica Sharzer adapted the script. [Source: Variety]

Untitled Hurricane Katrina Film

"Selma" director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo are teaming for an untitled romance/murder mystery film set around Hurricane Katrina which is set up at Participant Media.

DuVernay will write, produce, and direct, whilst Oyelowo is in negotiations to produce and star. No schedule has yet been set. [Source: Variety]

Let It Snow

Alan Arkin, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Anthony Mackie, John Goodman, Ed Helms, June Squibb and Marisa Tomei »

- Garth Franklin

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The Exchange boards Seacole for Efm

26 January 2015 4:11 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Octavia Spencer is attached to star and will reunite with The Help producer Brunson Green on the biopic, which The Exchange will introduce to buyers next week.

Charlie Stratton will direct Seacole from a screenplay by Dianne Houston and Marnie Dickens about Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse and contemporary of Florence Nightingale who tended to the sick during the 19th century Crimean War.

The film will focus on battlefield action as Seacole fights to take care of British soldiers during and after the war. Umedia finances the project and is on board as co-producer.

“It is time to bring Mary Seacole’s story to the big screen,” said The Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea. “Octavia Spencer will bring her wit and determination to this strong character.”

“It’s exciting to be working with Octavia again to bring this important and moving story to life,” said Green. “Mary Seacole was a dynamic, complex and charming »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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