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Spencer Baumgarten to Leave CAA for ICM Partners

18 November 2016 5:47 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veteran literary agent Spencer Baumgarten has joined ICM Partners as a partner.

“Spencer is an exceptional agent who’s passionate about his role in guiding the careers of his clients,” the ICM partnership said in a joint statement. “He is highly regarded in the entertainment community and will be a great addition to our partnership.”

He comes to the agency from CAA. Although it’s still unknown which of his clients will follow, Baumgarten repped Neil Burger, John Woo, Kurt Wimmer, Zhang Yimou, Michael Polish, Shekhar Kapur, and Pierre Morel.

He was was at CAA for 12 years, and prior to that, he was an agent at Endeavor for six years.

Talent agents Kim Hodgert and Kami Putnam-Heist also recently left CAA to join Anonymous Content.

Related storiesFan Bingbing Exits Wme for CAAHollywood Companies Give Time Off for Tuesday's ElectionAre Megyn Kelly and Fox News Better Together Than Apart? »

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Longtime Film Lit Agent Spencer Baumgarten Leaves CAA for ICM Partners

18 November 2016 2:25 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Veteran Motion Picture Literary agent Spencer Baumgarten has left CAA for ICM Partners, TheWrap has learned. ICM Partners announced Friday that Baumgarten has joined the agency’s Los Angeles office as a partner. Baumgarten represents a notable roster of film directors, writers, and producers that includes Gore Verbinski (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), Pierre Morel (“Taken”), Kurt Wimmer (“Point Break”), Donnie Yen (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”), and Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book”). Also Read: Johnny Depp Signs With CAA, Leaving UTA “Spencer is an exceptional agent who’s passionate about his role in guiding the careers of his clients, »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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Paramount looking to launch new spy franchise with Alex Hawke

27 October 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Paramount Pictures is looking to launch a new spy franchise, with the studio snapping up the rights to American author Ted Bell’s bestselling Alex Hawke book series and tapping screenwriter Kurt Wimmer (Salt) and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers) to develop a big screen adaptation.

Launching in 2003 with the publication of Hawke (which has since between followed by a further eight books), the series follows Lord Alexander Hawke, one of Britain’s most decorated naval heroes. As you’d expect, comparisons have naturally been drawn with Ian Fleming’s iconic spy James Bond, although unlike 007 Hawke has found himself in conflict with real people, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin. »

- Gary Collinson

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Newswire: Paging Idris Elba: There’s a new British spy movie franchise in the works

25 October 2016 3:15 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

If the recent casting rumors circling the James Bond franchise have proven anything, it’s that Britain is clearly suffering from a deficit of spy franchises to keep its most handsome actors in suits and shaken drinks. Luckily, it sounds like Paramount might have Q-ed up a solution to this spy-labor crisis, picking up the rights to another Brit-based espionage franchise that’s been compared to Ian Fleming’s Bond books.

Deadline reports that the studio has acquired the rights to Ted Bell’s Sir Alexander Hawke books, a nine-volume series centered on “terrorism’s worst nightmare,” a hard-fighting military man who battles pirates, Vladimir Putin, and, of course, cannibals. Kurt Wimmer, whose last espionage script was the enjoyably dumb Angelina Jolie vehicle Salt, will write the film, while Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is producing. The announcement will presumably come as a relief to the work-starved Idris Elbas and Tom Hiddlestons »

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Move Over 007: Paramount Plans Pic Series On Brit Spy Alex Hawke

25 October 2016 11:06 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Paramount Pictures has acquired rights to the Ted Bell action espionage novel series based on British MI6 agent Sir Alexander Hawke. The studio has set Salt scribe Kurt Wimmer to adapt it, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing. The series began in 2003 with Hawke, and has spanned nine bestsellers. The most recent, Patriot, pitted Hawke against Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who has been a frequent nemesis in the series. The next book, Overkill, will be… »

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‘Point Break’ (2015) Review

8 June 2016 6:38 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez, Ray Winstone, Teresa Palmer, Matias Varela, Clemens Schick, Tobias Santelmann, Max Thieriot, Delroy Lindo | Written by Rick King, W. Peter Iliff, Kurt Wimmer | Directed by Ericson Core

Now I’m not that adverse to remakes and reboots as some and, if I’m honest, the 1991 version of Point Break is not as special to me as it is to others – in fact Bigelow’s film never really gelled with me, so I approached this redux with a really open mind. Turns out I shouldn’t have bothered!

Taking its cue from Kathryn Bigelow’s original movie, this remake of Point Break once again tells the story of Johnny Utah (Bracey), a young FBI agent who infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes – led by the charismatic Bodhi (Ramirez) – who are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways…

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- Phil Wheat

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Stylish Equals Trailer Sees Nicholas Hoult And Kristen Stewart Find Love In A Hopeless Place

18 April 2016 8:42 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Dystopian setting? Check. Futuristic and sterile aesthetic? Check. A young couple fighting for love? You betcha. For in Drake Doremus’ sci-fi romance Equals, it is Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Kristen Stewart (American Ultra) that find themselves revolting against a totalitarian regime.

But whereas the Ya demographic has been bombarded with tales of cruel dystopias and kingdom-shaking heroines, today’s first trailer sheds a clinical white light on the intimate tenets of Equals. Rooted in a similar world to that of Kurt Wimmer’s Equilibrium, Hoult and Stewart live in a world where all emotion has ostensibly been removed, paving the way for a dour and mind-numbing existence.

But there are fleeting signs of hope within the pure white walls of the facility, and despite the fact that any kind of affection is strictly forbidden, Hoult and Stewart’s relationship begins to flourish in the shadows. Written and directed by Doremus, »

- Michael Briers

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Point Break review

8 February 2016 3:32 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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It's no disaster, but there's still not much point to the remake of Point Break...

Kathryn Bigelow's Point Break was fairly successful when it hit cinemas back in 1991, pitting Keanu Reeves' rookie FBI agent against Patrick Swayze's impossibly cool surfing bank robber in a film that landed with audiences but was largely dismissed by critics.

Its uniquely sensitive spin on macho action movies has led to its reappraisal as a cult classic, thus making this remake pretty much inevitable. Few of us would have predicted that director/cinematographer Ericson Core would convert it into an extreme sports movie, but that's one of the only surprises to be had here.

After a tragic accident, former poly-athlete Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) leaves the adrenaline junkie scene behind and applies to join the FBI. He's still on probation when he discovers that a daring gang of bank »

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Point Break review

8 February 2016 3:32 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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It's no disaster, but there's still not much point to the remake of Point Break...

Kathryn Bigelow's Point Break was fairly successful when it hit cinemas back in 1991, pitting Keanu Reeves' rookie FBI agent against Patrick Swayze's impossibly cool surfing bank robber in a film that landed with audiences but was largely dismissed by critics.

Its uniquely sensitive spin on macho action movies has led to its reappraisal as a cult classic, thus making this remake pretty much inevitable. Few of us would have predicted that director/cinematographer Ericson Core would convert it into an extreme sports movie, but that's one of the only surprises to be had here.

After a tragic accident, former poly-athlete Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) leaves the adrenaline junkie scene behind and applies to join the FBI. He's still on probation when he discovers that a daring gang of bank »

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‘Point Break’ review: “A huge misfire. Completely pointless”

2 February 2016 12:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Point Break remake review: High-octane stunts do not a good movie make. Point Break remake review

There’s an argument that the remake of Point Break shouldn’t really exist – believe me, we’ve had it out here at Thn Towers everyday since the project was announced. 25 years have passed since the Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves original graced our screens, which, let’s face it, was nigh on perfect. Perfect script, perfect direction, bromantic action aplenty, great stunts, and one of the best Swayze performances of all time (bar Road House and Dirty Dancing of course). They say that it’s too soon. They say it ain’t right. They say the original is one of those films that should never be remade. Ever. They say, they say. This argument is irrelevant. This Point Break remake review will see it graded and examined on its own merit.

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- Paul Heath

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