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10 items from 2014


After 21 Years, Natalie Portman And Aleen Keshishian Change Rep Relationship

11 July 2014 5:17 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

One of the longest running talent-rep relationships in Hollywood has come to a climax. As Natalie Portman transitions to a move to Paris, she and Brillstein Entertainment partner Aleen Keshishian will be parting ways, sort of. Portman is relocating to be with husband Benjamin Millepied. A dancer she met while making Black Swan, Millepied is taking the job as director of the Paris Opera Ballet. Portman, who just made her directorial debut on the Hebrew-language adaptation of the Amos Oz novel A Tale Of Love And Darkness, will continue to star in Hollywood movies, and maybe some European films. She […] »

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Preljocaj in Cannes for TF1’s Polina

17 May 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Renowned choreographer to make feature debut with ballet drama Polina.

Renowned French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj will be in Cannes today (May 18) to unveil his upcoming ballet-based drama Polina.

Preljocaj, who is known globally for his high-profile productions with companies such as Sadler’s Wells and the New York City Ballet, will direct the work with Valerie Muller.  

“Preljocaj is very filmic and cinematic in his choreography so it’s exciting to be working on this film with him,” says TF1 sales agent Sabine Chemaly.

On a more mainstream level, Preljocaj is also known for choreographing Air France’s award-winning ad featuring Benjamin Millepied and Virginie Caussin dancing a metaphor to flight.

Polina follows the tale of a young girl from a modest background, growing up in Moscow in the early 1990s. A talented ballerina she manages to get into the prestigious Bolshoi ballet school but love takes her to France where she discovers contemporary dance.

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Casting Net: Charlize Theron in talks to star in, produce 'American Express'; Plus, Alec Baldwin, more

9 May 2014 5:35 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Charlize Theron is reportedly in talks to star in and produce American Express, an indie for director Nash Edgerton. Plot details are being kept under wraps as the film is shopped at Cannes. Theron can be seen next in Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West (May 30). [The Wrap]

Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) has been cast in Warren Beatty’s untitled Howard Hughes pic about the reclusive mogul’s assistant (Alden Erenreich) and his burgeoning relationship with Lily Collins. Baldwin will play Hughes’ lawyer Bob Mayhew. Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, and Matthew Broderick will also star. [Deadline]

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Cannes: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard to Star in ‘Prima’

9 May 2014 2:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard are set to star in “Prima,” produced by Daniel Dubiecki (“Juno,” “Up in the Air”) and Lara Alameddine of Los Angeles-based The Allegiance Theater. Embankment is selling international territories.

Farmiga’s credits include “The Conjuring,” “Safe House,” “Up in the Air” and “Orphan,” while Sarsgaard has appeared in “Blue Jasmine,” “Orphan,” “An Education” and “Jarhead.”

Farmiga stars as a mother who will stop at nothing to realize her daughter Jesse’s ballet dancing dream to play the coveted role of Sleeping Beauty. Sarsgaard plays a “devil in dance-shoes” instructor. The feel-good comedy about a badass just-teen ballerina starts pre-production this summer. The search for a 13-year-old newcomer is already under way.

Evan Greenberg, a NYC musical-theater director, will helm the pic. Choreography will be provided by Benjamin Millepied (“Black Swan,” “Paris National Ballet”) and Kurt Froman (“Black Swan,” “Billy Elliot” on Broadway).

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Sarsgaard, Millepied join ballet comedy

8 May 2014 12:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Embankment boards ballet comedy also starring Vera Farmiga.

Peter Sarsgaard and Vera Farmiga are due to star in ballet comedy Prima, which sales outfit Embankment Films has newly boarded ahead of Cannes.

Choreography will come from acclaimed Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied, recently appointed director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet, and Billy Elliot on Broadway choreographer Kurt Froman.

Farmiga has been cast as a mother who will stop at nothing to realise her daughter ballet dancing dream of playing Sleeping Beauty, while The Killing star Sarsgaard will play a ‘devil in dance-shoes’ instructor.

Producers are Daniel Dubiecki (Juno, Up in the Air) and Lara Alameddine of Los Angeles based The Allegiance Theater.

As previously announced, musical-theatre director Evan Greenberg will direct the project, a version of which was formerly with Highland Film Group.

Pre-production is due to get underway this summer, with the search underway for the role of the 13 year-old newcomer.

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Benjamin Millepied's L.A. Dance Project Finds New Home at the Theatre at Ace

20 February 2014 11:07 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied (Black Swan) may be jetting off this fall to begin his tenure as director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet, but his company, L.A. Dance Project, is staying put on the West Coast and moving into a new home, the Theatre at Ace, at the newly-restored Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Story: 'Animal Kingdom' Director Boards Starz's 'Flesh and Bone' Ballet Drama From this Thursday through Saturday, the L.A. Dance Project will perform three new works there --  two of them U.S. premieres, including Reflections, choreographed by Millepied. Reflections

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Berlin: Drama ‘Mad’ Toplines Robust Slate From Paris-Based MK2 (Exclusive)

6 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Having seen robust sales last year on Jia Zhangke’s “A Touch of Sin,” Xavier Dolan’s “Tom at the Farm” and Lisa Langseth’s “Hotell,” Paris-based MK2 is looking for further resilient arthouse business on “Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad” the next film by Robert Guediguian.

The pick-up comes as MK2 preps a new program, Mk Live, a movie-series aimed at cinema theaters of the best of recent Paris theaters, musicals and operas.

Produced by France’s Agat Films & Cie, “Mad” shoots July through October in France and Beirut.

Diaphana, MK2’s distribution partner in France, handles French release.

“In the vein of classic Guediguian movies,” said MK2 CEO Nathanael Karmitz, “Mad” has, like many of the director’s films, a social – here also political – subtext, but has a broader canvas and faster-moving plot.

Written with Gilles Taurand (“Farewell, My Queen”), “Fou” begins with a young »

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Natalie Portman's Husband Benjamin Millepied Is Converting to Judaism

1 February 2014 2:33 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Mazel Tov to the Millepieds! Natalie Portman's husband Benjamin Millepied is currently in the process of converting to Judaism, the French-born dancer-choreographer revealed to Israeli newspaper Yediot Acharonot this week. The Oscar-winning actress, 32, is currently living in her native Israel until March with her husband and their baby son Aleph, 2, as she works on her directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness. Portman's hubby told the local paper that he had fallen "in love with this country" and becoming Jewish is "very important for [...] »

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Natalie Portman's Husband Benjamin Millepied Reveals He's Converting to Judaism

30 January 2014 1:38 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Mazel tov! Natalie Portman's husband, Benjamin Millepied, just revealed that he's in the midst of converting to Judaism. In an interview with Israeli newspaper Yediot Acharanot this week, the ballet choreographer explained that becoming Jewish is "very important" to him. Natalie, Benjamin and their son Aleph are all in Israel until March as she's working on casting her directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness. The drama is based on the memoir of Amos Oz, an Israeli author who advocated a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. Portman was born in Jerusalem but moved to the United States when she was just three years old. Natalie and »

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Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied: All the right moves

7 January 2014 | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

Benjamin Millepied met his wife, Hollywood star Natalie Portman when he choreographed her for the film Black Swan. Now they are set to become France's new golden couple, when Millepied takes over the helm at Paris Opera Ballet later this year. The couple who married in 2012 in an intimate Jewish ceremony in Big Sur, California, will relocate to Paris from La full-time, with their two-year-old son named Aleph, the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. »

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