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15 items from 2014


China moves on Hollywood with deal to fund two fantasy epics

15 April 2014 5:42 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

World of Warcraft adaptation directed by Duncan Jones and swords-and-sorcery flick Seventh Son will both be part-funded by the state-owned China Film Group, after eight-figure deal

News: China hints that it may relax film quota for arthouse titles

China Film Group has made the first major investment in Hollywood by a state-owned firm, with an eight-figure deal to part-fund the fantasy epics Warcraft and Seventh Son, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The corporation, which is responsible for the vast majority of Chinese movie production and is the only authorised importer of foreign films, will work with Us firm Legendary Pictures on the pair of movies. Warcraft, an adaptation of the hugely popular World of Warcraft multiplayer online video game from Source Code director Duncan Jones, is due in March 2016. Seventh Son, a long-delayed swords and sorcery film starring Ben Barnes and Jeff Bridges, will precede it in cinemas with a »

- Ben Child

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Seventh Son, Warcraft gets Chinese backing

14 April 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

China Film Co has put money into its first Hollywood films, paying what is believed to be in excess of an eight-figure equity investment in the pair of Legendary projects.

The deal is pursuant to the May 2013 framework agreement between Legendary East and China Film Co outlining the partners’ vision of producing commercial films for the global market.

Should the films get approval from state censors, China Film Co will distribute in China with distribution and marketing support from Legendary East and global distribution partner Universal Pictures.

China Film Co will be credited on the films and its equity recouped on a worldwide basis. China Film Co is the largest producer and distributor of Chinese content.

“These investments are an important step in the evolution of our partnership with China Film Co, Ltd,” said Legendary Entertainment founder and CEO Thomas Tull.

“China Film Co, Ltd has been paying close attention and great devotion to expanding its overseas »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Ben Barnes Joins ABC Drama Pilot ‘Exposed’; Daniel Henney In ‘Agatha’

17 March 2014 11:04 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Ben Barnes (The Chronicles Of Narnia franchise) has been tapped as a male lead opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in ABC‘s drama pilot Exposed, from writer Charles Randolph, Peter Traugott’s Tbd Entertainment, Sweden-based Yellow Bird Entertainment and Universal TV. Based on the best-selling Swedish novels by Liza Marklund, Exposed centers on Anna (Winstead), an investigative journalist who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth, including making questionable alliances. Barnes, repped by Wme and Luber Roklin, will play Stoya, a mysterious man who develops an intimate relationship with Anna. He claims to be a pilot but is in fact an Nsa whistleblower who is being hunted by the U.S. government because he knows too much. Daniel Henney (X Men Origins: Wolverine) has been cast opposite Bojana Novakovic in ABC’s drama pilot Agatha, from ABC Studios and Mark Gordon Co. It centers on former convict-turned-big-city criminologist Agatha (Novakovic »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Katherine Heigl Signs With Wme

11 March 2014 5:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Katherine Heigl has inked with Wme.

The signing comes as Heigl makes her return to TV in NBC’s “State of Affairs,” which has been picked up for pilot by the network, that she will also produce.

Heigl can also be seen next in “Your Right Mind” with Ben Barnes, “North of Hell” with Patrick Wilson and “Jenny’s Wedding” with Alexis Bledel.

Heigl was most recently seen in “Big Wedding” with Robert De Niro and also voiced one of the characters in Open Road’s “The Nut Job.”

Besides her work on film and television, Heigl has founded the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, which aims to eliminate cruelty to animals and promote pet welfare.

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- Justin Kroll

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Senior debt fund hits Efm

10 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

First project to receive backing will be Ami Canaan Mann’s Your Right Mind, starring Katherine Heigl [pictured] and Ben Barnes.

UK-based film production outfit The Electric Shadow Company has launched a $4.5m fund to invest in films in the $3-15m budget range.

Electric Shadow Fund (Esf) aims to invest in 3-5 films in the next year with investments of $150,000 to $750,000.

The first project to receive backing will be Ami Canaan Mann’s contemporary romance Your Right Mind, starring Katherine Heigl and Ben Barnes, which is currently shooting in Utah.

Esf will focus on productions based outside the UK, offering senior debt finance.

The fund is headed up by Esf head John Jencks with Jay Taylor and Alexa Seligman of The Electric Shadow Company.

The company is at the Efm with a slate of five projects including a comedy adaptation of Stephen Fry’s The Hippopotamus and Media-funded period film Beeswing. »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Nicolaou earns Main Street stripes

8 February 2014 10:19 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fledgling production, acquisitions and distribution company Main Street Films has promoted Sophie Nicolaou to vp of marketing and communications.

Nicolaou is promoted from communications director and will oversee marketing and communications for the ambitious company’s feature slate.

The pipeline includes action-comedy Barely Lethal starring Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba, Sophie Turner and Samuel L Jackson and Ami Canaan Mann’s contemporary romance Your Right Mind starring Katherine Heigl and Ben Barnes.

On the distribution side Nicolaou will oversee marketing and communications strategies for John Doe: Vigilante, college comedy Bank$tas; recent Slamdance pick-up La Bare; and Barely Lethal.

“We are entering a period of significant growth and having a bold marketing and publicity team lead by Sophie is a great asset to the company,” said Main Street Films president Harrison Kordestani.

Nicolaou previously served as vp of marketing and communications at Untitled Idea and was a director of international publicity at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Sophie Nicolaou earns Main Street stripes

8 February 2014 10:19 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fledgling production, acquisitions and distribution company Main Street Films has promoted Sophie Nicolaou to vp of marketing and communications.

Nicolaou is promoted from communications director and will oversee marketing and communications for the ambitious company’s feature slate.

The pipeline includes action-comedy Barely Lethal starring Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba, Sophie Turner and Samuel L Jackson and Ami Canaan Mann’s contemporary romance Your Right Mind starring Katherine Heigl and Ben Barnes.

On the distribution side Nicolaou will oversee marketing and communications strategies for John Doe: Vigilante, college comedy Bank$tas; recent Slamdance pick-up La Bare; and Barely Lethal.

“We are entering a period of significant growth and having a bold marketing and publicity team lead by Sophie is a great asset to the company,” said Main Street Films president Harrison Kordestani.

Nicolaou previously served as vp of marketing and communications at Untitled Idea and was a director of international publicity at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Casting: McShane, Farmiga, Carell, Duvall

7 February 2014 2:28 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Man on Carrion Road

Ian McShane has joined Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego's "The Man On Carrion Road" for Atlas Independent. Filming begins in April.

McShane plays an aging retired sheriff of a small border town with violent tendencies. Patrick Wilson also stars in the Nils Lyew-scripted film. [Source: Screen]

Prima

Vera Farmiga ("Bates Moel") has joined the relationship comedy "Prima". Evan Greenberg helms the film which begins shooting in March.

The story follows a young girl who gets accepted to an elite and snobbish dance academy. [Source: Screen]

Lunatics

Steve Carell is attached to the film adaptation of SNL's Alan Zweibel and humorist Dave Barry's novel "Lunatics". The pair have also penned the script adaptation.

Jack Black is being talked about for the other lead in a comedy about two suburban dads, one of whom runs a pet store called The Wine Shop. [Source: Showbiz 411]

Your Right Mind

Clea DuVall, Sheryl Lee, Emily Alyn Lind »

- Garth Franklin

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Berlin: Vera Farmiga Boards ‘Prima’ Comedy

6 February 2014 12:35 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Vera Farmiga is set to star in relationship comedy “Prima,” which was written by Evan Greenberg (“Sex Farce”), who will also direct.

“Prima” (aka “Dance of the Mirlitons”) turns on 12-year-old Jesse Urchin, who shocks everyone when she gets into to a posh dance school, forcing her mother to adapt to her daughter’s new milieu.

Producer Daniel Dubiecki (“Up in the Air,” “Juno”) and Lara Alameddine produce along with Canadian Screen Awards winning producer Karine Martin (“Moth Diaries,” “Maina”) under her Mediamax banner.

Highland Film Group (Hfg) reps worldwide sales rights at the Berlin Festival’s European Film Market.

Clea DuVall, Sheryl Lee, Emily Alyn Lind and Ryan Bingham have joined the cast of contemporary romance “Your Right Mind,” which Hfg title is also repping in Berlin.

“Mind” stars Katherine Heigl and Ben Barnes. Ami Canaan Mann directs from her own screenplay. Principal photography is currently under way in Utah. »

- John Hopewell

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Vera Farmiga Stars in Prima; Clea Duvall Joins Your Right Mind; Jeremy Sumpter in Talks for Take Down

6 February 2014 10:06 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Here's the latest casting news out of the Berlin International Film Festival: Vera Farmiga will star in writer-director Evan Greenburg's ballet-themed relationship comedy, Prima. Clea DuVall (Argo), Sheryl Lee (Winter's Bone), Emily Alyn Lind (J. Edgar), and Ryan Bingham (Crazy Heart) join writer-director Ami Canaan Mann's drama, Your Right Mind, starring Katherine Heigl and Ben Barnes. Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights), Phoebe Tonkin (The Originals) and Sebastian Koch (A Good Day to Die Hard) are in talks for Jim Gillespie's young-adult thriller, Take Down. Hit the jump for more. Check out the full details on each film via the following press releases with synopses in bold: Prima Vera Farmiga To Star In The Allegiance Theater’S Ballet Comedy “Prima” Highland Film Group (Hfg) to Handle Worldwide Sales at Efm in Berlin Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 6, 2014 – The Allegiance Theater and MediaBiz International announced that Vera Farmiga (Up In The Air, »

- Dave Trumbore

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Berlin: Four Actors Join Katherine Heigl in 'Your Right Mind'

6 February 2014 8:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Berlin -- Clea DuVall, Sheryl Lee, Emily Alyn Lind and musician/actor Ryan Bingham have joined Katherine Heigl and Ben Barnes in the romance film Your Right Mind. Ami Canaan Mann (Texas Killing Fields) wrote and will direct the film, which is currently shooting in Utah. Highland Film Group (Hfg) is shopping the film to buyers at Efm in Berlin. Story: Berlin: Bruce Willis Sci-Fi Action Pic 'Vice' to Be Shopped to Buyers Molly Hassell is producing with Mann and John Jencks. Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia, Hfg's Arianne Fraser while Delphine Perrier and Main Street FilmsCraig Chang are serving as

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Vera Farmiga boards Prima

6 February 2014 8:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Highland Film Group also announces further cast for romance Your Right Mind.

Two Highland Film Group (Hfg) sales titles have cast up, with Vera Farmiga [pictured] joining relationship comedy Prima and new additions on the Katherine Heigl-Ben Barnes romance Your Right Mind.

Evan Greenberg is set to direct The Allegiance Theater and MediaBiz International’s Prima in March based on his screenplay about a young girl who gets accepted to a snobby dance academy.

The Allegiance Theater’s Daniel Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine produce with Karine Martin through Mediamax. Renn Hawkey and The Allegiance Theater’s Tim Crane are executive producers.

Meanwhile Clea DuVall, Sheryl Lee, Emily Alyn Lind and Ryan Bingham have joined the romance Your Right Mind, currently shooting in Utah.

Ami Canaan Mann directs from her screenplay about an itinerant folk singer who falls for a former country singer fighting for custody of her daughter.

Molly Hassell produces with Mann and John Jencks. [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Duvall, Lee, Lind and Bingham Join Your Right Mind

6 February 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Clea DuVall ( Argo , pictured), Sheryl Lee ( Winter's Bone ), Emily Alyn Lind ( J. Edgar ), and Academy Award Winning musician/actor Ryan Bingham have joined the cast of the contemporary romance Your Right Mind starring, Katherine Heigl ( Knocked Up ) and Ben Barnes ( The Chronicles of Narnia ). Ami Canaan Mann ( Texas Killing Fields ) is directing her script with principal photography currently underway in Utah. Molly Hassell is producing with Ami Canaan Mann and John Jencks. Jon Avnet ( Black Swan ), Rodrigo Garcia ("In Treatment"), Highland Film Group's (Hfg) Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier, and Main Street Films' Craig Chang are serving as executive producers. Hfg represents the worldwide rights and will continue to shop it to buyers at Efm in Berlin. Your »

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Kevin Hart's The Wedding Ringer Moves To January 2015

27 January 2014 6:49 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

I can't say that I enjoyed Tim Story's Ride Along all that much, but there's no denying its success. Despite coming out in January, which is typically regarded as one of the worst months of the year to release a film, the comedy has already made $75 million domestically on a $25 million budget, completely owning the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The big numbers are a tribute to the growing star power of Kevin Hart, so it's no surprise that of one of his next movies will be following a very similar release schedule. Variety has learned that The Wedding Ringer, originally slated to come out on February 6th, has now been moved by Sony to the 2015 Mlk holiday weekend on January 16, 2015. While the film was originally set to go up against the fantasy thriller Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes, weirdly the project will »

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A working-class hero is something to be … but not in Britain's posh culture

25 January 2014 5:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

British culture was once open to 'messy kids' from secondary moderns. But if you want to make it in 21st century Britain, you'd best have a cut-glass accent and public school pedigree

Last week the actor Stephen McGann spoke out about how difficult it is for young people from working-class backgrounds to enter his profession. "Opportunities are closing down," he said in an interview with the Independent. "If you're a messy kid from a council estate today, I think the chances of you making it as a successful actor are a lot worse than they were."

McGann, 50, youngest of the family of acting brothers, grew up on the edge of Toxteth in Liverpool and was educated at a Catholic grammar school. "What counted for me and my brothers – and for mates of ours like David Morrissey and Ian Hart, all growing up in Dingle and Toxteth – was the real change in education, »

- Sean O'Hagan

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