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13 items from 2014

Toronto: FilmNation Hires Vet Ben Browning

5 September 2014 5:44 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

FilmNation CEO Glen Basner comes to Toronto with several films in the festival, a crowded slate of percolating pictures, and a new co-president of Production & Acquisitions to help handle that volume. FilmNation has hired indie film finance fixture Ben Browning to take that newly created position, relocating to La to join co-president Aaron Ryder. This comes as Basner’s projects continue to get more ambitious. They include The Good House, which will reunite Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, the Tate Taylor-directed In The Event Of A Moon Disaster, and the Denis Villeneuve-directed Amy Adams-starrer Story Of Your Life, the film that sold for a precedent setting $20 million in Cannes.

After sealing $50 million in additional capital with an equity-backed, revolving multi-bank credit facility with Bank Of America Merrill Lynch and Union Bank, FilmNation’s scope has expanded. In Toronto here, they’re selling the Noah Baumbach-directed »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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10 best baseball movies of all time: League of Their Own, Moneyball

30 August 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A great sports movie should also appeal to those who have no particular interest in sports. Accordingly, some of the best baseball movies could just as easily slot into other genres – they're comedies like The Bad News Bears, historical dramas like Eight Men Out, weepies, biopics, coming-of-age dramas and everything in between.

With this week's release of based-on-a-true-story feel-good drama Million Dollar Arm, Digital Spy takes a look at the ten best baseball movies.

1. Eight Men Out (1988)

John Sayles' 1988 drama tackles Major League Baseball's Black Sox scandal, in which eight underpaid members of the Chicago White Sox (including 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson) conspired with gamblers to intentionally lose the 1919 World Series. Sayles' terrific script perfectly captures the time and place and does a superb job of dramatising several elements of a complex story, with impressive attention to detail.

Very much an ensemble piece, the eclectic cast includes John Cusack (as »

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Ryan Reynolds added to Kevin Costner thriller 'Criminal'

4 August 2014 4:27 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Ryan Reynolds has joined the cast of the upcoming CIA thriller Criminal, starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones.

Directed by Ariel Vromen (The Iceman), the film focuses on an unpredictable prisoner who has the memories, secrets, and skills of a dead CIA operative implanted into his mind. Douglas Cook and David Weisberg wrote the script, reuniting them with Jones, the star of their 1999 film Double Jeopardy

Reynolds will next appear in the drama Mississippi Grind from writer/directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (It’s Kind of a Funny Story) and is currently filming The Woman in »

- Jake Perlman

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First Look: New Films Starring Ryan Reynolds, Nicholas Hoult, Brit Marling, Asa Butterfield, Kit Harington & More

16 May 2014 11:16 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The Cannes Film Festival is in full swing, and that means lots of deals, attachments, signings, news and yes, first looks. And there’s a bunch. First up is probably our most anticipated of the lot because of the filmmakers involved. Here’s a first look at “Mississippi Grind” from Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the directors of “Half Nelson” and “Sugar.” They stumbled a little with “It's Kind of a Funny Story,” but everyone can stumble when your taste seems to be as omnivorous and diverse as theirs (they’ve done a drama, a sports film and a mental illness comedy so far). In a movie about con-men and gamblers, Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn feature as a pair of “oddball strangers” who hit the road together to try to make a high-stakes poker tournament in New Orleans. Evidently the influences included ‘70s classics like Robert Altman’s “California Split »

- Edward Davis

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'Mississippi Grind' Photo Delivers First Look at Ryan Reynolds

15 May 2014 3:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The first photo for Mississippi Grind has arrived, offering a look at Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds. The pair plays two unlikely gamblers who form a bond while on a road trip to New Orleans, where they hope to continue a winning streak. Along the way, they reconnect with old girlfriends, have a run-in with a loan shark, and end up losing some of their winnings in a most unfortunate way as they make a few ill-advised bets. Check out the duo as they head for the tracks, in this drama also starring Analeigh Tipton, Sienna Miller, Robin Weigert and Alfre Woodard.

Mississippi Grind comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Ryan Reynolds, Analeigh Tipton, Sienna Miller, Robin Weigert, Ben Mendelsohn, Alfre Woodard, Teri Wyble, Jane McNeill. The film is directed by Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck. »

- MovieWeb

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First Look: Ryan Reynolds does the 'Mississippi Grind' -- Exclusive

15 May 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Southern drifters, gamblers, lost souls, and con-men populate the seedy world of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s Mississippi Grind.

Starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn as a pair of “oddball strangers” who hit the road together to try to make a high-stakes poker tournament in New Orleans, Fleck says he and Boden just wanted to make a film that felt like those that continue to inspire them — including classic ’70s fare like Robert Altman’s California Split and Jerry Schatzberg’s Scarecrow.

In Mississippi Grind, Reynolds’ Curtis is a charismatic nomad. “He drifts from town to town and casino »

- Lindsey Bahr

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A Damsel in Distress; Analeigh Tipton Comes Under Attack in Joost/Schulman’s “Viral”

29 April 2014 8:10 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Only a couple of weeks after landing their directing team in Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the formerly titled “Peste” has according to Variety secured it’s lead in Analeigh Tipton for Viral. Blumhouse ProductionsJason Blum, Chapter One Films’ Matt Kaplan and Busted Shark’s Sherryl Clark are producing the Dimension Films thriller which will probably get released sometime in 2015.

Gist: Written by Barbara Marshall with rewrites by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity 3) , this follows Emma Drakeford, struggling after a recent family tragedy, who begins a video documentary about her life for a school project. But when their county succumbs to the spread of a parasitic virus, they’re put to the test to survive a city-wide quarantine.

Worth Noting: Analeigh Tipton is currently padding her indie film resume with upcoming parts in Charles-Olivier Michaud’s 4 Minute Mile, Max NicholsTwo Night Stand, and the highly anticipated Mississippi Grind »

- Eric Lavallee

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Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl Tapped For ‘Woman In Gold’

3 April 2014 6:34 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: The Weinstein Company has set Ryan Reynolds and is negotiating with Daniel Bruhl to join Helen Mirren in Woman In Gold, a fact-based story that Simon Curtis will direct in May. Mirren will play real-life heroine Maria Altmann, a Jewish WWII survivor who fought the Austrian government to get back several paintings by Gustav Klimt that were pilfered from her family during wartime. Reynolds will play the attorney who took his case despite knowing little about art, and Bruhl will play his adversary. David Thompson and Kris Thykier are producing, while the executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein for TWC, Christine Langan for BBC and Ed Rubin. The script was written by Alexi Kay Campbell. The film reunites Harvey Weinstein with Curtis, who most recently directed My Week With Marilyn for TWC. Reynolds just finished Mississippi Grind for directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and he is the »


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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #48. Mia Hansen-Love’s Eden

28 February 2014 6:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »


Director: Mia Hansen-Love

Writers: Mia Hansen-Love, Sven Hansen-Love

Producers: Charles Gillibert, Jimmy Price

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Greta Gerwig, Brady Corbet, Laura Smet, Golshifteh Farahani, Pauline Etienne

After winning the Un Certain Regard Grand Jury prize for her 2009 sophomore feature The Father of My Children, Mia Hansen-Love (who is married to Olivier Assayas), has quickly become one of the most notable directors working with her lauded trio of films. Her latest was co-written by her brother, who was a deejaying in France in the 90s. An exciting and internationally mixed cast (American notables Gerwig and Corbet join Iranian actress Farhani and a slew of known French players, like Smet and up and comer Etienne) should help broaden interests here as well.

Gist: A chronicle of the electronic music boom of the 1990s.

Release Date: We’re hoping to see Hansen-Love invited to the Main Competition at Cannes. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #49. Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck’s Mississippi Grind

28 February 2014 6:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Mississippi Grind

Directors: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

Writers: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

Producers: Electric City Ent.’s Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof, Sycamore PicturesBen Nearn and Tom Rice

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Analeigh Tipton, Sienna Miller, Ben Mendelsohn, Alfre Woodard

In our books, the Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are two for three in their relatively young filmmaking career. The tonally deficient adaptation of Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010) landed like a dud, but this doesn’t take away from the pure, almost direct cinema portraits in Half Nelson (2006) and sophomore film Sugar (2008), both of those films are like riding your bike without holding onto the handles: unfiltered worlds captured with a graceful air of unknown. The key ingredient here with Mississippi Grind is Ben Mendelsohn – we’ve yet to see him in an off performance since Animal Kingdom »

- Eric Lavallee

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #50. Jessica Hausner’s Amour Fou

28 February 2014 6:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Amour Fou

Director: Jessica Hausner

Writer: Jessica Hausner

Producers: Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner, Bady Minck, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Philippe Bober

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Christian Friedel, Birte Schnoeink, Stephan Grossmann

We’re excited to see Hausner’s followup to her excellent third feature, 2009’s Lourdes, which starred Sylvie Testud and Lea Seydoux. While many had been hoping her latest would have been ready for a late 2013 release, we can look forward to seeing her latest get a prime slot at a major festival. Starring Christian Friedel, who many will recognize from The White Ribbon, Hausner seems to be positioning a new take on the period piece.

Gist: Amour Fou is inspired by the life and death of the poet Heinrich von Kleist and his partner in death, Henriette Vogel. However, rather than being a biographical portrait, the film is to be understood as a parallel about the ambivalence of love. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Casting Net: Julianne Nicholson to play Ethan Hawke's ex-wife; Plus, Albert Brooks joins 'A Most Violent Year,' more

27 January 2014 6:04 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage County) and Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom) have joined the coming-of-age pic Ten Thousand Saints, set in the ’80s in New York City’s Lower East Side. American Splendor directing team Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman have assembled a fairly big cast for the project including Ethan HawkeEmile Hirsch, and Ender’s Game co-stars Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld. Mortimer will be playing Hawke’s girlfriend and Steinfeld’s mother, while Nicholson has been cast as Hawke’s ex-wife and mother of Butterfield. [THR]

Albert Brooks, who recently appeared in This Is 40, will play Oscar Isaac »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Analeigh Tipton Joins Ryan Reynolds, Sienna Miller in ‘Mississippi Grind’ (Exclusive)

27 January 2014 10:21 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Fresh off working with Scarlett Johansson on Luc Besson’s action movie “Lucy,” Analeigh Tipton has signed on to join Ryan Reynolds in Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s drama “Mississippi Grind,” TheWrap has learned. Fleck and Boden will direct from their own original screenplay. The filmmakers previously collaborated on the critically acclaimed dramas “Half Nelson” and “Sugar,” as well as “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.” Reynolds stars as Curtis, a charismatic drifter who sets off with a down-on-his-luck poker player named Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) on a road trip through the South, where the duo plan to win back what they’ve already. »

- Jeff Sneider

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