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‘Think Aaron’ Movie Based On Life Of “Hacktivist’ Aaron Swartz In Works At HBO Films

HBO Films is developing Think Aaron, based on the tragic story of “hacktivist” Aaron Swartz, from Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Productions, husband-and-wife producing duo Eric Roth and Debra Greenfield, writer Andy Bellin and director Elliott Lester. In Think Aaron, child prodigy and programming genius Swartz becomes his generation's most important and influential "hacktivist," a political activist using his expertise in technology to fight for open and…
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Maggie Betts to Co-Write and Direct Political Drama for Focus Features

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Novitiate” writer-director Maggie Betts has booked her follow-up to the coming-of-age nun drama. Deadline reports that she’s sold an untitled original pitch to Focus Features. Little is known about the project except that it’s a contemporary political drama and Betts will direct. She’ll also pen the script along with Andy Bellin (“Lovelace”).

Maven PicturesCeline Rattray and Trudie Styler are set to produce, while Josh McLaughlin will oversee the movie for Focus.

Novitiate,” Betts’ first narrative feature, premiered at Sundance back in January. She won the Breakthrough Director award at the fest. Sony Pictures Classics snagged the rights to the film and is planning a release this fall. The 1960s-set drama follows Cathleen (Margaret Qualley, “The Leftovers”), a young woman who is raised by a non-religious single mother in rural Tennessee. A scholarship to a Catholic School leads Cathleen down a religious path where she pursues a life devoted to God, but on her journey to becoming a nun, she begins to question her faith. The nearly-all-female cast includes Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”), Dianna Agron (“Glee”), Julianne Nicholson (“Masters of Sex”), and Morgan Saylor (“White Girl,” “Homeland”).

“Focus has made a concerted effort to bolster its roster of female directors,” Deadline observes. “Counting the new deal with Betts, it has put six such films in the mix: the Niki Caro-directed ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife,’ the Julia Decournau-directed ‘Raw,’ the Sofia Coppola-directed ‘The Beguiled,’ the Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre-directed ‘Mustang’ and most recently the Massy Tadjedin-directed ‘Circle Of Treason.’” In 2016 Focus released women-directed titles such as Lorene Scafaria’s “The Meddler,” Rebecca Miller’s “Maggie’s Plan,” Meera Menon’s “Equity,” and Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann.”

Betts previously helmed the documentary “The Carrier,” a portrait of an HIV-positive and pregnant mother, and “Engram,” a short about an elderly man and woman who reconnect after many years.

Check out a video of Betts and the stars of “Novitiate” discussing what drew them to the project. They explain how rare — and appealing — it was to work on a female-led story.

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Focus Buys Political Drama Pitch From ‘Novitiate’ Helmer Maggie Betts

Exclusive: Focus Features has bought an untitled original pitch for a contemporary political drama from Maggie Betts, who’ll co-write the script with Andy Bellin. Betts will direct it. Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler of Maven Pictures will produce. Josh McLaughlin will oversee the movie for Focus. Betts wrote and directed Novitiate, the Maven Pictures-produced film that won her the Breakthrough Director Award when it premiered at Sundance. Sony Pictures Classics bought it…
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Box Office: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Launches With $5.5 Million on Tuesday

Box Office: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Launches With $5.5 Million on Tuesday
Paramount and Hasbro’s “Transformers: The Last Knight” has launched with a solid $5.5 million from about 3,000 North American locations in Tuesday night previews.

Transformers: The Last Knight,” starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Michael Bay, opened at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at 546 locations for 3D Imax and RealD large format showings, then expanded to the remaining locations an hour later. The sci-fi action tentpole expands Wednesday to 4,069 venues domestically and is the only new wide release this weekend.

The preview number of $5.5 million is a match for the Thursday night previews from May 26 on Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”
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Michael Bay’s Drone Warrior gets a screenwriter

Michael Bay’s Drone Warrior has gained Andy Bellin (Trust, Lovelace) as its screenwriter.

Deadline reports that Bellin will adapt the script from the upcoming book Drone Warrior: An Elite Soldier’s Inside Account of the Hunt for America’s Most Dangerous Enemies for Paramount Pictures, while Bay is directing and producing.

Drone Warrior “is about the U.S. Army’s highly trained soldiers who hunt and kill terrorists with drones and told from the viewpoint of one of them: insider Brett Velicovich.” He was a member of the U.S. Army’s elite Delta Force and his team successfully captured or killed several of America’s most wanted terrorists.

Next up from Michael Bay is Transformers: The Last Knight, which is set for release on June 21st.
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Michael Bay’s ‘Drone Warrior’ Biopic Finds Writer in Andy Bellin

Screenwriter Andy Bellin will adapt the military action movie “Drone Warrior” for Michael Bay and Paramount.

Variety first reported last year that production company Bay Films was developing a biopic of former U.S. Army intelligence analyst and drone warfare expert Brett Velicovich for Paramount Pictures, in a story of how the Iraq War vet and one-time U.S. intelligence specialist used his drone skills to fight terrorists. Paramount optioned Velicovich’s life rights and upcoming memoir, co-written with Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal reporter Christopher S. Stewart, for Bay Films to develop.

The book — titled “Drone Warrior: An Elite Soldier’s Inside Account of the Hunt for America’s Most Dangerous Enemies” — will be published by Dey Street Books on June 27. Velicovich spent nearly a decade as a member of Delta Force, the U.S. Army’s most elite unit.

The project doesn’t currently have a director attached.
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Andy Bellin Comes Aboard To Adapt ‘Drone Warrior’ For Michael Bay

Exclusive: Given what has happened in Manchester, it is not surprising that this project is moving forward — who doesn’t want to obliterate Isis? Andy Bellin has been signed by director and producer Michael Bay to adapt the action thriller Drone Warrior, based on the book of the same name from author and Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal writer Christopher S. Stewart. The project, which is about a small group of elite soldiers, is set up at Paramount…
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Bryan Singer Developing Drama for Spike TV

Bryan Singer Developing Drama for Spike TV
Bryan Singer is developing “World War III,” a drama series for Spike TV, the cabler announced Tuesday.

World War III” will follow one man with a troubled past who will galvanize a resistance movement, calling upon ordinary citizens to become the heroes of Wwiii. When the world’s geopolitical balance shifts and the next global conflict explodes, America’s heartland will become Occupied Territory. Along with the “X-Men” director, the series hails from Benay Bros. and Bad Hat Harry with writer-creators Aaron and Matthew Benay.

As part of Spike’s push into scripted territory, the cable net also announced four more scripted series in development.

“Our slate is indicative of our goal to be a network that creates high-quality and dynamic scripted entertainment with a distinctive edge and point of view,” said Sharon Levy, exec vice president of original series at Spike.

Psychological horror series “Bad Medicine” centers around a
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‘Lovelace’: When Reality Is Substituted For Bad “Artistic License”

Lovelace

Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

Written by Andy Bellin

USA, 2013

In Billy Wilder’s excellent 1951 drama Ace in the Hole, which is a classic showcase of media manipulation, ambitious city-slicker reporter Chuck Tatum (played by an enthusiastic Kirk Douglas) finds himself stuck in Albuquerque, New Mexico with hopes to find that one big story that will jettison him to the big-leagues again. Tatum lucks out when he is informed about a man trapped in a cave-in and uses this opportunity to break big. When Tatum’s photographer asks why this will make a big story, Tatum responds that it’s a “human interest” subject and that if you can get readers to sympathize with the narrative then you have the reader’s attention. But, he also elaborates that a human interest story has to focus on one person; if you focus on others involved with the story,
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‘Lovelace’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, Chris Noth, Bobby Cannavale, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, Chloë Sevigny, James Franco, Debi Mazar, Wes Bentley, Eric Roberts, Ron Pritchard | Written by Andy Bellin | Directed by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

Amanda Seyfried, arguably best known for her wide-eyed performances in films such as Mean Girls andMama Mia!, is perhaps not who you might expect to be cast as Linda Lovelace in a serious and confrontational film about spousal abuse. Defying expectations, however, is usually a good thing.

Lovelace is a different film to what you might expect based on its poster campaign, which seems to suggest a frothy, saucy take on the subject matter and you might be forgiven for viewing the film in this way for its first half. Linda is introduced as a fairly shy young woman, who gets mixed up with a very unpleasant man in
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’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Fruitvale Station’ Excluded From WGA Awards

The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”

The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.

Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.

Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Lovelace

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 5, 2013

Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $39.99

Studio: Anchor Bay

Amanda Seyfried is adult film icon Linda Lovelace in Lovelace.

Amanda Seyfried (In Time) and Peter Sarsgaard (Green Lantern) star in a 2013 film drama about the iconic Seventies adult film star Linda Lovelace in the drama Lovelace.

In 1972—before the internet, before the adult film explosion—Deep Throat was a phenomenon: the first scripted adult theatrical feature film, featuring a story, some jokes, and an unknown and unlikely star, Linda Lovelace (Seyfried). Escaping a strict religious family, Linda discovered freedom and the high-life when she fell for and married charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor (Sarsgaard). As Linda Lovelace, she became an international sensation—less centerfold fantasy than a charming girl-next-door with an impressive capacity for fellatio. After struggling to break free from Traynor whose endless abuse nearly killed her, Linda made it her life’s mission to fight violence against women.
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Lovelace Comes Home November 5th

Lovelace, the moderately controversial film about porn legend Linda Lovelace is making its way to Blu-Ray and DVD on November 5th. It’s a cast that’s hard to argue with, and a film that is sure to get people talking.

There doesn’t seem to be word on the bonus features yet, and that could be a wild meeting in itself. Get all the info below, and mark your calendars.

From Academy Award® winning directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Best Documentary, Features, Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, 1989) comes the harrowing true story Lovelace, debuting on Blu-ray™ and DVD on November 5th from Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS-twc. The true story of fame, abuse and betrayal set against the sexual revolution of the 1970s stars Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables, In Time) as icon Linda Lovelace and Golden Globe® nominee Peter Sarsgaard (Green Lantern, Jar Head, Flightplan) as her abusive husband,
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Lovelace – review

The story of Linda Lovelace unfashionably links blue movies with domestic violence, and owes a lot to Boogie Nights – but it raises a deeper issue, too

Amanda Seyfried interviewed

Peter Sarsgaard interviewed

It's sometimes said that in the smiling face of every Hollywood star something awful can be glimpsed if you look hard enough. Something in the glaze of the eyes, or the set of the teeth – the suppressed memory of that entry fee paid at the beginning of a movie career: the casting-couch humiliation or nauseating debasement long ago, when the star was a powerless youth. That came back to me watching this interesting, heartfelt if flawed study of Linda Boreman, who as "Linda Lovelace" was the star of the smash hit 1972 porn film Deep Throat; she was briefly in the celebrity vanguard of that porno chic which famously failed to impress Cybill Shepherd in Taxi Driver (1976) and whose
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‘Lovelace’ [Jack's] Review

Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, Chris Noth, Bobby Cannavale, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, Chloë Sevigny, James Franco, Debi Mazar, Wes Bentley, Eric Roberts, Ron Pritchard | Written by Andy Bellin | Directed by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

Amanda Seyfried, arguably best known for her wide-eyed performances in films such as Mean Girls and Mama Mia!, is perhaps not who you might expect to be cast as Linda Lovelace in a serious and confrontational film about spousal abuse. Defying expectations, however, is usually a good thing.

Lovelace is a different film to what you might expect based on its poster campaign, which seems to suggest a frothy, saucy take on the subject matter and you might be forgiven for viewing the film in this way for its first half. Linda is introduced as a fairly shy young woman, who gets mixed up with a very unpleasant man
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Film Review: 'Lovelace'

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★★☆☆☆ In 1972, Gerard Damiano's cult porno Deep Throat launched the short-lived but infamous career of Linda Lovelace, as well as pushing 'adult entertainment' into the American public consciousness after the film went on to become a box office smash. Now, Amanda Seyfried takes on the role of the doe-eyed girl next door turned scandalous sex symbol in Lovelace (2013). We open as the sweet and innocent 21-year-old Linda meets the seemingly charming Chuck Traynor (a moustachioed Peter Sarsgaard) at a local skate rink. Fast-forward a couple of months and the pair are happily married, but extremely short on cash.

Sadly, Lovelace's mutton-chopped husband soon shows his dark side when he convinces her to become a porn star. Saturated in a kitschy 70s aesthetic, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (the duo behind Ginsberg biopic Howl) quickly show their true colours, more concerned with aesthetics and narrative gimmickry - provided by writer Andy Bellin
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‘Lovelace’ Review

Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, Chris Noth, Bobby Cannavale, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, Chloë Sevigny, James Franco, Debi Mazar, Wes Bentley, Eric Roberts, Ron Pritchard | Written by Andy Bellin | Directed by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

Another example of Hollywood trying to develop two similar projects at the same time, Lovelace beats rival biopic Inferno to the big screen. A document of the rise to fame of fledgling porn star Linda Lovelace and the abuse suffered by her at the hands of husband Chuck Traynor, Lovelace is a fairly stock biopic illuminated by its case and a somewhat surface level increase in interest due to its narrative structure.

Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s film is one of two halves, mixing the usual template of a biopic up by offering two different perspectives, a slightly more “Hollywood” version of events where Linda and Chuck have a romance,
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Lovelace: 5 Ways the Biopic Swings Thanks to Its Powerful Cast

Lovelace: 5 Ways the Biopic Swings Thanks to Its Powerful Cast
When Deep Throat was released in 1971, no one thought it would become industry's first mainstream triple X. The story was about Linda, a woman born with an only-in-porn medical condition. Her doctor quickly suggests what she can do with that special talent. Ah, the '70s: as silly as skin flicks ever were. Linda Lovelace became a star, going on talk shows, even debuting her own product line. To many, she was seen as a feminist icon, but her real life was much more complicated. Bullied by a tyrannical husband into an industry that never really cared for women, Linda struggled for years to escape the institution that made her famous. The new biopic Lovelace has a pretty by-the-numbers script by Andy Bellin....
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Film Review: Notoriety Triggers the Breaking Point in ‘Lovelace’

Chicago – It was one of the strangest star-is-born stories in show business history. One porn film – “Deep Throat” – permeates the American consciousness at precisely the right time. The “lead” actress in the film becomes a household name – and then becomes a victim of it – in ‘Lovelace.’

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The film is the story of Linda Boreman, Aka Linda Lovelace, during a crucial ten years of her existence. “Deep Throat” was released in 1972, and “Lovelace” chronicles the before and after effect of that film on Linda Boreman. This is brutal stuff, for the world of pornography isn’t exactly sunshine and rainbows. The new crowned Linda Lovelace is manipulated by her husband Chuck Traynor, and forced into a celebrity that involves an exaggerated skill set (as all pornography portrays), virtually no pay (despite the film making several hundred million dollars) and a husband willing to sell her into essential prostitution. Amanda Seyfried
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Lovelace

I don't suppose any biopic of 1970s porn star Linda Lovelace could be definitive--there were too many facets to her life, before and after she achieved worldwide notoriety for her "performance" in Deep Throat—but Lovelace makes a good stab. Amanda Seyfried delivers a fearless and sympathetic portrayal of the young woman who is led into very dark places by a smooth-talking hustler named Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard). Her unusual prowess at fellatio becomes her stepping stone to fame, propelling Deep Throat to unprecedented success at a time when pornographic films were still screened in movie theaters and the Internet was not yet on the horizon. Screenwriter Andy Bellin...

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