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9 items from 2014

Edgy Fare is Often the Path to Future Oscar Wins

11 December 2014 11:42 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Jennifer Lawrence skinned a squirrel in “Winter’s Bone,” she proved she wasn’t just another ingenue. And while she got a lead actress nomination for that backcountry role (and a ticket to “The Hunger Games”), she won for “Silver Linings Playbook” two years later. Her path follows a pattern of early breakthroughs in independent films that mark a future Oscar contender: Reese Witherspoon in “Election,” Julianne Moore in “Boogie Nights” and Mark Ruffalo in “You Can Count on Me.”

As these performers have become Oscar contenders, they open a door for a new crop of actors who may not get an Oscar nomination this year but could call 2014 a breakthrough year in their careers thanks to indie success. This group ranges from unknown Tony Revolori (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) to Ellar Coltrane (“Boyhood”), multihyphenate Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”) to Chadwick Boseman (“Get on Up”) and Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything »

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Focus Features sets Us date for Race

1 October 2014 2:24 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The studio said it will open the Jesse Owens film wide on April 8, 2016, and announced that William Hurt has joined the cast. Mister Smith handles international sales.

Hurt joins Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis, Carice van Houten and rising star Stephan James.

Stephen Hopkins directs the $32m drama and is about to wrap the Berlin segment at the Olympic Stadium, the site of Owens’ quadruple gold medal haul in 1936 that defied Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy at the Games.

Hurt will portray Jeremiah Mahoney, president of the Amateur Athletic Union, who led efforts to boycott the 1936 Olympics. Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel wrote the screenplay.

Jean Charles Lévy produces for Forecast Pictures with sports entrepreneur Luc Dayan for ID+, Kate Garwood and Hopkins for Totally Commercial Films, Louis-Philippe Rochon and Dominique Séguin for Canada’s Solofilms and Karsten Brünig and Thierry Potok for Germany’s Trinity Race GmbH.

Executive producers include Christopher Charlier, Ben Grass, [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Race producers plan to re-team

1 October 2014 7:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Four producers on Stephen HopkinsJesse Owens biopic Race have joined forces to produce English-language features in the future for the international market.

Jean-Charles Lévy, sports entrepreneur Luc Dayan, Karsten Brünig and Thierry Potok are partners in the Berlin-based production house Trinity Race GmbH, which has served as the German producer on Race.

The film wraps principal photography in the German capital’s historic Olympic Stadium on Sunday. Stephan James plays Owens.

Trinity’s partners on the $31.6m German-Canadian co-production are Lévy’s Forecast Pictures, Dayan’s ID+, Kate Garwood and Hopkins’ Totally Commercial Films, and Canadian producers Louis-Philippe Rochon and Dominique Séguin of Solofilms.

David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment is handling international distribution and now only has sales deal pending for Japan, France and the UK. Square One Entertainment will distribute theatrically in Germany and eOne in Canada. Focus Features will release the film in the Us.

“Originally, it had been »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Focus goes for gold with Race

16 July 2014 12:40 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Jason Sudeikis has joined Jeremy Irons and Stephan James in the true story of the Olympic legend. Focus acquired Us rights in a deal with world sales agent Mister Smith Entertainment.

Director Stephen Hopkins is scheduled to begin principal photography on July 24 in Montreal and on location at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

Square One will distribute in Germany and is a co-producer. eOne will release Race in Canada.

Owens claimed a record-breaking four Olympic gold medals at the 1936 Games in Germany, much to the chagrin of German Chancellor Adolph Hitler and his cohorts who had intended the event to be a showcase of Aryan supremacy.

The project has the support of the Owens family, the Jesse Owens Foundation, the Jesse Owens Trust and the Luminary Group.

Sudeikis will play Owens’ obsessive coach and mentor Larry Snyder, while Irons will portray Avery Brundage, head of the American Olympic committee who fought to stage the Games in Berlin »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons Join Jesse Owens Biopic 'Race'

16 July 2014 12:21 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Focus Features has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the drama Race. Jason Sudeikis is joining fellow cast member, Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, in the spectacular true story of Olympic legend Jesse Owens, who will be portrayed by rising star Stephan James. Mister Smith Entertainment is handling worldwide sales on Race.

Race, to be directed by Emmy Award winner Stephen Hopkins, begins principal photography on July 24th in Montreal and on location at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, where the real-life hero won a record-breaking four Olympic gold medals in 1936. The new film has the support of the Owens family, the Jesse Owens Foundation, the Jesse Owens Trust and the Luminary Group.

Race is based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where »

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Ellen Page in Talks to Play John Belushi's Wife Opposite Emile Hirsch (Exclusive)

21 March 2014 3:13 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In what would be her first new role since coming out as a lesbian last month, Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page is in talks to play John Belushi's wife, Judith Jacklin, opposite Emile Hirsch in Steve Conrad's upcoming biopic, TheWrap has learned. Jacklin was Belushi's loving high school girlfriend who eventually married the comedian and was left devastated by his death. She is now known as Judy Belushi Pisano, who is producing the movie with Emjag's Alexandra Milchan and Bonnie Timmermann, as well as Film 360's Scott Lambert. Also read: Ellen Page Says She's Gay on Valentine's Day: »

- Jeff Sneider

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Jesse Owens Biopic Finds Its Leading Man (Exclusive)

24 January 2014 8:28 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British actor John Boyega will portray Olympic athlete Jesse Owens in the biopic “Race,” with shooting set to start in May in Berlin and Montreal.

Forecast Pictures’ Jean Charles Levy and ID+’s Luc Dayan made the announcement Friday.

“Race” will be introduced to buyers at next month’s Berlin Film Market, with Mister Smith Entertainment handling international sales. Stephen Hopkins (“The Life and Death of Peter Sellers”) will direct from a script by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel.

“Race” will focus on how Owens, the son of an Alabama sharecropper, shattered Adolf Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by winning a record four gold medals in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the long jump and the 400-meter relay. Owens’ victories are considered among the greatest atlhetic feats of all time.

Hitler had insisted Jews and Blacks not be allowed to participate in the games, »

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Miles Teller Offered Dan Aykroyd Role in John Belushi Biopic

19 January 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

The Hollywood Reporter has learned at the Sundance Film Festival that Whiplash star Miles Teller ( Divergent ) has been offered the Dan Aykroyd role in the upcoming John Belushi biopic , starring Emile Hirsch. In fact, it was Hirsch who revealed it a party for the Creative Coalition Saturday night. "A shout-out to Miles Teller! We're going to be working together soon. He's playing Dan Aykroyd in the Belushi movie," he said. Teller's agency CAA, however, is saying that while the actor does have the offer, he won't be committing to a new project until after Sundance and after he finishes press duties for the upcoming That Awkward Moment . Aykroyd is an executive producer on the movie. Emjag's Alexandra Milchan and Bonnie Timmermann, Film 360's Scott Lambert, »

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Liza Minnelli to Matthew McConaughey: 'If You Don't Win the Academy Award, I'm Giving You Mine'

6 January 2014 12:36 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

On Monday afternoon, with the Oscar nomination voting period winding down -- voting ends at 5 p.m. Pt on Wednesday, Jan. 8 -- Focus Features threw a Peggy Siegal-coordinated luncheon for East Coast Academy members at New York City's Monkey Bar restaurant to celebrate its primary Oscar contender, Dallas Buyers Club, and its stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, who were in attendance. The gathering was hosted by legendary Oscar winner Liza Minnelli, who welcomed guests -- including several dozen voters from across the branches of the Academy, among them actress Dana Ivey, animator Jimmy Picker, casting director Bonnie Timmermann, writer

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