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We at Indiewire are hearing rumors that audiences are leaving "The Fault in Our Stars" full-out, ugly sob crying. Made for $12 million and focusing more on characters than on the usual summer explosions, "Fault" sure feels like an independent film. So if it's put you in the mood to shed even more tears, check our our list of favorite sob-inducing indies below. [List is in alphabetical order.] "50/ 50" Dir. Jonathan Levine (2011) Jonathan Levine's dramedy "50/50" draws heavily from screenwriter Will Reiser's personal experience facing a potentially fatal diagnosis. It examines the struggles of a 27-year-old public radio journalist named Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who is diagnosed with cancer. To pull at your heartstrings, the film cleverly focuses more on his daily experiences and social dramas (like his sweet Bromance with Seth Rogan's character Kyle) rather than being too headily concentrated on the darker elements of »
In today.s edition of "New Hollywood Besties," we.ll be discussing the recent business ventures of mega-producer Scott Rudin and Seth Rogen, whose production companies . Scott Rudin Productions and Point Grey, respectively . are set up for three films to be co-produced and distributed by Sony Pictures and Eli Bush. That.s quite the lucrative partnership. One of the projects they.ll be focusing on is a feature adaptation of the acclaimed 2012 chess-centered documentary Brooklyn Castle, for which 50/50 director Jonathan Levine will be reteaming with that film.s screenwriter, Will Reiser. Get ready to experience the feels on an eight-by-eight gameboard. Katie Dellamaggiore directed the documentary, which followed a chess team from the Brooklyn junior high school I.S. 318 that were seemingly unbeatable. While part of the film focuses on the kids. extreme skills in what is commonly thought of as one of the brainiest board games out there, attention »
Seth Rogen is a busy man. When he is not testifying before a Senate Committee to highlight the desperate need for Alzheimer’s research and funding, he is making three-picture deals through his production company, Point Grey, with the prolific Scott Rudin Productions. The commitment will see Point Grey (Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver) team up with Scott Rudin Productions (Scott Rudin and Eli Bush) to create two narrative versions of documentaries for Sony, and a comedy feature with the gang from Workaholics.
Firstly, there’s Brooklyn Castle. Screenwriter Will Reiser and director Jonathan Levine (both from the 2011 Point Grey production 50/50) will make a narrative version of the award-winning 2012 documentary of the same name, which was directed by Katie Dellamagiore. It tells the story of Intermediate School 318 in Brooklyn, New York, and its after-school chess program. Despite deep budget cuts to the inner-city public school – where 65% students live »
- Sarah Myles
The story centers on a team of dominant chess champions who hail from the inner-city Brooklyn school I.S. 318, as budget cuts threaten to take the team away from these students.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Just days after Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg signed on to direct Console Wars for Sony, the filmmakers have joined forces with the studio once again to produce the documentary adaptation Brooklyn Castle, which has Jonathan Levine attached to direct.
The producers and director are reuniting with their 50/50 screenwriter Will Reiser, who is writing the script based on the 2012 documentary Brooklyn Castle, which was directed by Katie Dellamaggiore. The original film centers on a team of dominant chess champions who hail from the inner-city Brooklyn school I.S. 318, as budget cuts threaten to take the team away from these students.
This project, along with Console Wars, is part of a three-picture deal Point Grey, Scott Rudin Productions and Sony recently signed. The deal »
Brooklyn Castle is being turned into a narrative feature, courtesy of Seth Rogen and his 50/50 team. His Point Grey has set up an adaptation of the junior high chess documentary at Sony, with 50/50 helmer Jonathan Levine and 50/50 scribe Will Reiser on board. Directed by Katie Dellamaggiore, the original film centered on the […]
- Angie Han
In 2012, after its SXSW Film Festival premiere, Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin purchased remake rights to Brooklyn Castle, director Katie Dallamaggiore's feature-length documentary about I.S. 318, an inner-city public school that's home to the most winning junior high school chess team in the country. But a series of deep public school budget cuts threaten to undermine its hard-won success. It's been announced today that Sony Pictures has set Will Reiser and Jonathan Levine to pen the feature film adaptation of Brooklyn Castle, which won the Audience Award at SXSW. Reiser and Levine previously worked together on the Joseph »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Exclusive: Scott Rudin Productions’ Scott Rudin and Eli Bush and Point Grey’s Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver have together set up a trio of feature collaborations. Two of the films are based on documentaries and will be made for Sony, where Rudin has his deal. All three will be produced by Rudin and Eli Bush along the the Point Grey trio. Sony Pictures has just set 50/50 writer Will Reiser and that film’s director Jonathan Levine to craft a feature from Brooklyn Castle, based on the Katie Dellamaggiore-directed docu about the trials and tribulations of the junior unbeatable champion chess team at I.S. 318. That’s an inner-city junior high school where more than 65% of students come from homes with incomes below the federal poverty level and where budget cuts threaten to derail its chessboard dominance. The docu won the Audience Award at SXSW, and it »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Team 50/50 clearly cannot get enough of working together. Earlier this month, we learned that director Jonathan Levine and stars Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were planning a reunion for an untitled Christmas comedy. Levine and Rogen are also involved in another project, an adaptation of chess documentary Brooklyn Castle.The 50/50 connection doesn’t end there. Sony has that film’s writer, Will Reiser, set to write a film based on Katie Dellamaggiore’s documentary. Brooklyn Castle followed the trials and triumphs of the students from I.S. 318, an inner city junior high school in New York where more than 65 percent of the students comes from homes living below the U.S. government poverty level. Budget cuts constantly threaten the school’s chess programme and the kids must battle their own personal issues while perfecting their game.It’s all part of a trio of film collaborations between Rogen and Evan Goldberg »
Sony Pictures is developing a narrative take on director Katie Dellamaggiore's recent documentary Brooklyn Castle . Jonathan Levine ( Warm Bodies ) is planning to direct, re-teaming with 50/50 scribe Will Reiser and producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver. The original film, released in 2012, is officially described as follows: Brooklyn Castle tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are also »
10 items from 2014
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