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Bill Block, Kevin Frakes Partner on $500 Million Film Slate with Merced

8 October 2014 10:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Production-financing veterans Bill Block (“Fury”) and Kevin Frakes have teamed with hedge fund Merced Capital L.P. to launch a $500 million slate of films under the Merced Media moniker.

The new venture will be a development, production and financing vehicle and unveil its first projects shortly.

The formation of Merced Media represents a vote of confidence in the independent sector with plans to produce a “filmmaker and star-driven”  slate over the next three to five years.

Merced Capital has already invested in “The November Man,” “Rush,” “Term Life,” “American Ultra” and “Sing Street.”

Block is CEO of production and sales company Qed International, financed by Media Content Capital, and producer of the upcoming Brad Pitt actioner “Fury,” Bill Murray’s “Rock the Kasbah,” “Elysium” and “District 9.”

Frakes is the CEO of PalmStar Media Capital and has been a film financing advisor to Merced Capital since 2012 with producing credits on »

- Dave McNary

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Todd Phillips Targets Jesse Eisenberg and Shia Labeouf for Arms And The Dudes

4 September 2014 5:58 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It's been well over two years since we talked about director Todd Phillips' project Arms and the Dudes, but with today's major casting news, it's likely we'll be talking about it a lot more in the coming months.  Shia Labeouf and Jesse Eisenberg are reported as being in talks to star in the film, which is based on Guy Lawson's Rolling Stone article about a pair of stoners who land a $300 million military contract to supply arms to America's allies in Afghanistan.  If that wasn't weird enough, the story takes another turn when Pentagon turns on the dudes.  Hit the jump for more. As The Wrap reports, Labeouf and Eisenberg are in talks to play the pair of characters inspired by real-life arms dealers David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli. No offers are currently on the table, but this pairing is certainly an interesting one.  The story is compelling enough to warrant a big-screen treatment, »

- Dave Trumbore

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In the War Zone: Trailer for Guantanamo-Set Drama Starring Stewart, Maadi

8 August 2014 4:56 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Camp X-Ray’ trailer 2014: Kristen Stewart and Payman Maadi in Guantanamo’s ‘war zone’ (photo: Kristen Stewart in ‘Camp X-Ray’) The official Camp X-Ray trailer is out. "Make no mistake about it. This is a war zone," a male voice tells the recruits (and us) at the start of the movie trailer, set in Guantanamo’s temporary detention center Camp X-Ray. A "war zone" in more ways than one; he’s referring not only to the physical danger faced by the U.S. military guards (and their Muslim prisoners — or rather, "detainees"), but also, and more ominously, to a war of minds and mindsets between the two groups, who may have more in common with each other than is apparent on the surface. Private Amy Cole aka Kristen Stewart is forewarned: "You can talk to ‘em, but do not let these guys learn anything about you. Do not let them get inside your head. »

- Andre Soares

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Snow White Prequel (Stupidly) Drops Snow White, Gets New Title and Release Date

31 July 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

‘The Huntsman’ release date announced as ‘Snow White and the Huntsman 2′ drops Snow White aka Kristen Stewart (photo: Chris Hemsworth in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’) Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman 2 has a new title, as the "sequel" to Rupert Sanders’ 2012 fantasy adventure Snow White and the Huntsman is scheduled to arrive on screens in 2016 without Snow White — played by Kristen Stewart as an armor-clad Joan of Arc-ish heroine (minus the burning at the stake) in the original film. So, Snow White and the Huntsman 2 has now been renamed The Huntsman. Now, does it sound idiotic to drop Snow White from what was purportedly going to be a Snow White movie sequel? Well, it does — and that’s because it is. So, instead of calling Snow White and the Huntsman 2, or rather, The Huntsman, a "sequel," the film is now being referred to as a "spin-off" — or, to be more precise, »

- Zac Gille

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Snow White Spin-Off Gets New Title, Release Date - But (Stupidly) Lacks Snow White and Stewart

31 July 2014 3:59 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

‘The Huntsman’ release date announced as ‘Snow White and the Huntsman 2′ drops Snow White aka Kristen Stewart (photo: Chris Hemsworth in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’) Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman 2 has a new title, as the "sequel" to Rupert Sanders’ 2012 fantasy adventure Snow White and the Huntsman is scheduled to arrive on screens in 2016 without Snow White — played by Kristen Stewart as an armor-clad Joan of Arc-ish heroine (minus the burning at the stake) in the original film. So, Snow White and the Huntsman 2 has now been renamed The Huntsman. Now, does it sound idiotic to drop Snow White from what was purportedly going to be a Snow White movie sequel? Well, it does — and that’s because it is. So, instead of calling Snow White and the Huntsman 2, or rather, The Huntsman, a "sequel," the film is now being referred to as a "spin-off" — or, to be more precise, »

- Zac Gille

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Kristen Stewart Chops Off Her Hair -- See Short New 'Do!

8 July 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Kristen Stewart has a chic new 'do! The "Twilight" star debuted her shorter tresses on Tuesday during Paris Fashion Week at Chanel's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 runway show. The freshly cropped cut features choppy layers with longer pieces in front. The actress seems to be growing out her orange hair, which she dyed for her role in Nima Nourizadeh's "American Ultra," due out next year. Her new look stood out against her all-white outfit and simple makeup. The 24-year-old beauty's ads for Chanel's Métiers d'Art Collection Paris-Dallas 2013/14 campaign debuted in May.In a Q&A with Grazia, Stewart praised Karl Lagerfeld, the label's head designer and creative director. "The only intimidating thing about him really is that scary unapproachable façade, which is something people project onto him, I think," she said. "Because when you meet him or you have the opportunity to watch him work, or in my case 'work with him, »

- tooFab Staff

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Nashville's Connie Britton joins Jesse Eisenberg in American Ultra

2 May 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Connie Britton has been cast in American Ultra.

The Nashville actress will appear alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in the action comedy.

Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Walton Goggins will also feature in the Nima Nourizadeh-directed film, which was written by Chronicle's Max Landis.

The movie centres around small-town stoner Mike (Eisenberg) and his girlfriend Phoebe (Stewart), whose lives are turned upside down when he is revealed to be a deadly sleeper agent.

Britton will play Victoria Lasseter - the founder of the project that created him - in a role that Uma Thurman was formerly in negotiations for.

The actress is also known for her roles in Friday Night Lights and American Horror Story: Murder House.

American Ultra is yet to announce its release dates. »

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Connie Britton Recruited To American Ultra

2 May 2014 3:36 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though production is apparently already underway on Nima Nourizadeh’s next film – American Ultra – the cast is still being expanded, with the latest addition being Connie Britton.

The actress – who garnered numerous awards nominations for her performances in Nashville and American Horror Story – joins Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in this action-comedy, scripted by Max Landis (Chronicle). In the film, an aimless, small-town stoner (Eisenberg) is suddenly revealed to be a talented sleeper agent for a covert Government program, and must go on the run with his girlfriend (Stewart) when operatives are tasked with ‘cleaning house’, as the program is discontinued.

Connie Britton will play the creator of the program, in a role that was previously rumoured to have been circled by Uma Thurman. While she is best known for her work on the small-screen, this role will be her biggest, most high profile foray into movies yet.

The script, »

- Sarah Myles

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Connie Britton Joins "American Ultra"

1 May 2014 11:18 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Connie Britton ("Nashville," "Friday Night Lights") is set to replace Sharon Stone in the action comedy "American Ultra" for Lionsgate.

Filming kicked off earlier this month on Nima Nourizadeh's project which follows an unmotivated stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend (Kirsten Stewart) is suddenly turned upside down.

Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent in a government program created by Victoria Lasseter (Britton). In the blink of an eye, he is thrust into the middle of a deadly operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero to survive.

Stone herself replaced the originally cast Uma Thurman only last month. Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Walton Goggins also star.

Source: Vulture »

- Garth Franklin

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Connie Britton Replaces Sharon Stone in American Ultra

1 May 2014 9:47 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Deadline reports that Connie Britton is taking over Sharon Stone's role in the action-comedy American Ultra, directed by Project X's Nima Nourizadeh. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg as a hapless stoner with a small-town girlfriend (Kristen Stewart) and a big secret: He is actually a lethal sleeper agent in a government program. Britton will play Victoria Lassetter, the founder of that program who tracks him down and pulls him back into the fray. Great choice. We would definitely trust Connie Britton to mentor us in a a covert government operation. And, you know, in life. »

- Anna Silman

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Connie Britton Replaces Sharon Stone in 'American Ultra'

1 May 2014 5:33 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last month, we reported that actress Sharon Stone was replacing Uma Thurman in the action comedy American Ultra, which is currently in production. Today, Lionsgate announced that Nashville star Connie Britton is stepping in for Sharon Stone to play Victoria Lassetter, the head of a government program who tracks down a sleeper agent, played by Jesse Eisenberg. Take a look at the official press release for more information.

Four-time Emmy-nominated Connie Britton will appear as Victoria Lasseter in Lionsgate's action comedy film American Ultra. The film started production earlier this month.

Britton, who has received accolades for her work in television and film, earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress for her role as Rayna Jaymes on Lionsgate and ABC Studios' critically-acclaimed drama Nashville, currently in its second season on ABC. After stand-out roles on series such as Spin City, 24 and The West Wing, she starred on »

- MovieWeb

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Casting Net: Felicity Jones and Nicholas Hoult brave the 'Autobahn'; Plus, Anna Kendrick, more

1 May 2014 5:32 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) and Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies) will play an American couple on the run from two criminals (Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley) in Autobahn. Joel Silver is producing the action-thriller which begins production next week. Evan Creevy (Welcome To The Punch) will direct. [THR]

Anna Kendrick is set to re-team with her Drinking Buddies director Joe Swanberg and co-star Jake Johnson in Digging for Fire. Orlando Bloom, Jenny Slate, and Mike Birbiglia have also boarded the ensemble cast, joining Rosemarie DeWitt, Sam Rockwell, and Brie Larson. Plot details were not available. [The Wrap]

Clive Owen will star opposite his Children of Men »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins, and Ben Kingsley Join Autobahn; Connie Britton Replaces Sharon Stone in American Ultra

1 May 2014 3:38 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We’ve got a couple of casting stories to attend to this evening.  First up, ScreenDaily reports that Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins, and Ben Kingsley have joined Nicholas Hoult in the action-thriller Autobahn as production is set to get underway on Monday.  Directed by Eran Creevy (Welcome to the Punch), the story revolves around a young American couple who find themselves plunged into a game of cat-and-mouse across Germany when they become caught between two ruthless criminals.  F. Scott Frazier (The Numbers Station) wrote the script and Joel Silver will produce. Hit the jump for casting news concerning the nutty action comedy American Ultra. Additionally, Lionsgate has announced that Friday Night Lights star Connie Britton has replaced Sharon Stone in director Nima Nourizadeh’s (Project X) comedic actioner American Ultra.  Scripted by Max Landis (Chronicle), the film stars Jesse Eisenberg as an unmotivated stoner living in a small town with »

- Adam Chitwood

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Connie Britton Replaces Sharon Stone in Kristen Stewart Comedy ‘American Ultra’

1 May 2014 3:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Connie Britton has replaced Sharon Stone in Lionsgate’s action comedy film “American Ultra,” which recently began shooting in New Orleans.

Lionsgate acquired U.S. distribution rights in March for $7 million for “American Ultra,” starring Kirsten Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg with “Project X” director Nima Nourizadeh helming from a script by Max Landis.

Eisenberg will portray a stoner and Stewart will play his girlfriend in a small town. His life takes an unexpected turn when his past comes back to haunt him as a sleeper agent in a government operation created by Britton’s character. Stone left due to a scheduling conflict.

Britton stars in Lionsgate’s “Nashville,” currently in its second season on ABC.

Ultra”producers are Anthony Bregman, Kevin Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh, David Alpert and Britton Rizzio, with Ray Angelic as executive producer.

Britton is repped by Wme and Untitled Entertainment.

 

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- Dave McNary

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Connie Britton Replaces Sharon Stone in Kristen Stewart Movie ‘American Ultra’

1 May 2014 3:11 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In a last-minute casting switch, Connie Britton has signed on to replace Sharon Stone in Lionsgate's action-comedy “American Ultra,” which stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, the studio announced Thursday. Stone exited the project due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. Uma Thurman was originally linked to the role, though she never had a formal deal in place. Nima Nourizadeh (“Project X”) is directing from a script by Max Landis (“Chronicle”). Also read: Connie Britton Talks ‘Friday Night Lights’ Movie Eisenberg stars as Mike, a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, »

- Jeff Sneider

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Connie Britton Joins Lionsgate's American Ultra

1 May 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Four-time Emmy-nominated Connie Britton ("Nashville," "Friday Night Lights," "Spin City," "24," "The West Wing") will appear as Victoria Lasseter in Lionsgate.s action comedy film American Ultra . The film started production earlier this month. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh ( Project X ) and written by Max Landis ( Chronicle and the upcoming Frankenstein ), American Ultra stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Walton Goggins. A PalmStar/Likely Story/Circle of Confusion production, the film is produced by Anthony Bregman ( Begin Again , Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ), Kevin Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh, David Alpert ("The Walking Dead") and Britton »

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Sharon Stone Joins ‘American Ultra’

16 April 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Hollywood heavyweight Sharon Stone has joined the cast of action comedy American Ultra.

Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) stars as Mike, a hapless, lazy stoner, happy with his boring life with girlfriend Phoebe (Kristen Stewart – Twilight). However, unknown to Mike and everyone around him he’s actually a secret agent. When his past flashes before his eyes the realities of the responsibility of his power surface, especially when he’s called in to support a deadly government operation. Co-starring Topher Grace (That ’70s Show), John Leguizamo (Kick-ass 2), Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Bill Pullman (Independence Day) and Walton Goggins (Django Unchained), Stone joins the cast as Victoria Lasseter.

With Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) directing and Max Landis (Chronicle) behind the script this could go either way – brilliantly witty and action-packed…or a little lacklustre. We’ll have to wait and see.

American Ultra is already in production. It currently has »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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Sharon Stone Heads For American Ultra

15 April 2014 3:23 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Sometimes when casting rumours emerge, everything works out: deals are struck, hands shook and ink hits paper. Other times, such as with recent indications that Uma Thurman would join action comedy American Ultra, events simply don’t go that way. So now we have Sharon Stone taking on the role instead.American Ultra, which will find Project X's Nima Nourizadeh directing a Max Landis script, follows what happens when a small-town stoner called Mike (Jesse Eisenberg) discovers that he’s not quite the man he thinks he is. Happily living an unmotivated life with his girlfriend Phoebe, Mike suddenly learns that he’s not simply a joint-happy slacker; he is, in fact, a highly trained, sharp-shooting, fist-flinging sleeper.Of course, upon learning that he’s essentially Bourne with a bong, Mike’s life is instantly in danger and he’s forced to summon all his sublimated skills to survive. »

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Sharon Stone Replaces Uma Thurman in 'American Ultra'

15 April 2014 2:09 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just one day after production officially started on the Lionsgate action-comedy American Ultra, Sharon Stone has joined the cast, replacing Uma Thurman.

We reported last month that Uma Thurman was in talks to play a government agent who creates a top-secret program that trains sleeper agents, but now Sharon Stone will portray this character, named Victoria Lasseter. Jesse Eisenberg stars as Mike, a lazy stoner who learns the he is actually a highly-trained assassin within this program, as he must summon his inner hero to survive a deadly operation. Kristen Stewart plays his live-in girlfriend, with Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Walton Goggins starring in unspecified roles.

Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) is directing from a screenplay by Max Landis, with Anthony Bregman, Kevin Scott Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh, David Alpert and Britton Rizzio producing.

Sharon Stone will next be seen in Fading Gigolo, which opens in theaters this weekend. »

- MovieWeb

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Sharon Stone, Bill Pullman And Tony Hale Join American Ultra

15 April 2014 1:58 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

I think that there’s a rule in Hollywood that movies that start with the word “American” must have amazing ensemble casts (see: American Hustle, American Beauty, American Pie, American Gangster, American Graffiti). This week, the action-comedy American Ultra adds three new members to an already bustling line-up: Sharon Stone, Bill Pullman and Arrested Development‘s Tony Hale. They join Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Justified‘s Walton Goggins, Topher Grace and John Leguizamo in a film for Project X director Nima Nourizadeh.

The low-budget Lionsgate movie, picked up for a cool $7 million in March, stars Eisenberg as Mike, a stoner and slacker living in a small town whose past as a highly-trained secret agent comes back to interfere with his new, quieter existence. He becomes the target of a top secret government operation, which naturally does not sit well with his girlfriend, Phoebe (played by Eisenberg’s Adventureland co-star, Stewart »

- Jordan Adler

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