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Julia Stiles Is Heading Back To The New York Stage

Julia Stiles. There’s a name you haven’t heard in a while. Remember when she broke out as the meanest girl in school who managed to steal Heath Ledger’s heart in 10 Things I Hate About You? Then she did some romantic comedies, the Bourne movies and had a recurring role on Dexter.

Along with her movie roles Stiles has also had a couple of flings with theatre and now she is set to return to the New York stage starring Off Broadway in director Jennifer DeLia‘s production of Scott Organ‘s dark romantic comedy, Phoenix. Stiles was last on stage in 2009 in Oleanna; a role which she also played on the London stage in 2004 alongside Aaron Eckhart.

Here’s the intriguing synopsis for Phoenix:

When Bruce and Sue meet four weeks after an uncharacteristic one-night-stand, Sue has this to say to him: one, I had a great
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Julia Stiles Returns to New York Stage in 'Phoenix'

Julia Stiles Returns to New York Stage in 'Phoenix'
New York – Julia Stiles will return to the New York stage for the first time in five years, starring off-Broadway in director Jennifer DeLia's production of Scott Organ's dark romantic comedy, Phoenix. Co-starring with Stiles in the two-hander is James Wirt, who is also slated to appear with the actress in DeLia's upcoming film The First, with Lily Rabe, Michael Pitt, Billy Magnussen and Louisa Krause. In Phoenix, Stiles and Wirt play a mismatched couple who meet again four weeks after a one-night stand. She had a good time but prefers to close the door on the

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Soho Film Festival 2013 Report

The 2013 Soho Film Fest took place between April 5th to April 12th at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in Soho, New York. The fourth year in existence, the Soho Film Fest celebrates all types of filmmakers- from pros to amateurs and anything in between- to help promote the arts and the works of filmmakers everywhere. Anything from 2 minute shorts to full length feature films are shown, and it doesn’t matter who made them since all are shown to get the passion of filmmaking out throughout the world.

The following shorts and films were shown:

A Second Thought: Choice Skinner directed the 2 minute silent short, about a man’s encounter with a woman.

King Tigermore in Strawberry Fields: Tunde Reid-Kapo directed the 3 minute short, which is about a eight year who fell asleep during a chest match to find himself in another world.

Dance of the Books: directed by Lorena Fernandez,
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Julia Stiles To Star In Mary Pickford biopic – The First!

As you already see from our title – Julia Stiles is set to star in an upcoming Mary Pickford biopic The First, which comes from director Jennifer DeLia. Stiles will join previously announced Lily Rabe, Michael Pitt and Ryan Simpkins, and accodring to the latest reports – she will come on board to play Frances Marion, one of the top screenwriters during the early 20th Century!

So, at this moment we know that Jennifer DeLia will direct The First from Josh Fagin‘s script which is based on Eileen Whitfield‘s biography Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood which will tell us the story of a woman so ahead of her time who was living one of the most romantic love stories of all time.

As for the above mentioed cast – Lily Rabe is already set to play Pickford, while Michael Pitt is set to play Owen Moore.

When it comes to
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Julia Stiles Joins Jennifer DeLia's Mary Pickford Biopic 'The First' to Play Oscar Winner Frances Marion

Julia Stiles Joins Jennifer DeLia's Mary Pickford Biopic 'The First' to Play Oscar Winner Frances Marion
Julia Stiles, who re-emerged with a great supporting turn in "Silver Linings Playbook," has signed on to play screenwriter Frances Marion--the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay--in Jennifer DeLia's "The First," based on Eileen Whitfield's biography on Mary Pickford, "Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood." Marion's Oscar was for "The Big House" in 1930. Pickford was muse to Marion during their collaborations, including “Rebecca from Sunnybrook Farm” and “Poor Little Rich Girl.” Other characters in the film will include Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith, and Lillian Gish. Lily Rabe is set to play Pickford, and "Boardwalk Empire"'s Michael Pitt is set to play Owen Moore. Julie Pacino is producing with Said Zahraoui and Dominick Fairbanks; she'll shopping the film at Berlin with Poverty Row's Billy Bates. Last November DeLia told Indiewire, "I didn't...
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Julia Stiles Joins Mary Pickford Biopic

Julia Stiles has joined the cast of "The First," Jennifer DeLia's biopic about Mary Pickford.

Mary (played by Lily Rabe) was one of the early Canadian pioneers in Hollywood and went on to found the United Artists studio with other stars including Charlie Chaplin.

She also had a troubled marriage, blighted by the alcoholism and insecurity of her husband (played by Michael Pitt).

Stiles will play Frances Marion, one of the top screenwriters during the early 20th Century who collaborated on numerous projects with Pickford.

Ryan Simpkins also stars in the Josh Fagin-scripted film. Julie Pacino, Said Zahraoui and Dominick Fairbanks will produce.

Shooting kicks off later this year.

Source: Variety
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Julia Stiles cast as Frances Marion in Mary Pickford biopic The First

Julia Stiles has landed a role in The First.

The Bourne Identity and Silver Linings Playbook actress will portray iconic screenwriter Frances Marion in the Mary Pickford biopic, Poverty Row Entertainment has confirmed.

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[Julia Stiles at the 24th annual Producers Guild of America Awards]

Marion was one of Pickford's frequent collaborators and became the first woman in history to win an Oscar in 1930, taking the 'Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)' award for The Big House.

She later won the 'Best Story' Oscar in 1932 for The Champ.

The First is based on the Eileen Whitfield biography entitled Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood, and is directed by Jennifer DeLia (Billy Bates).

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[Frances Marion photographed in 1937]

"Julia is someone I could instantly envision in that era and within the world of Old Hollywood," said DeLia. "I've watched her work since I was a kid in the mid '90s when she was emerging as a very cool and very talented actress.
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Berlin 2013: Julia Stiles Joins Cast of 'The First'

Berlin 2013: Julia Stiles Joins Cast of 'The First'
Julia Stiles is joining the cast of The First, a film about Mary Pickford that director Jennifer DeLia and producer Julie Pacino of Poverty Row Entertainment will be promoting at the Berlin International Film Festival. Stiles will play screenwriter Frances Marion, who often collaborated with Pickford, who will be played by Lily Rabe. The cast of the film, which is expected to begin production this year, also includes Michael Pitt as actor Owen Moore and Ryan Simpkins as a young Pickford. DeLia will direct a script by Josh Fagin, based on Eileen Whitfield’s biography Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood. Pacino

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Why You Should Care About the Mary Pickford Biopic

Girls on Film is a weekly column that tackles anything and everything pertaining to women and cinema. It can be found here every Thursday night, and be sure to follow the Girls on Film Twitter Feed for additional femme-con. For all of her many gender-defying achievements, Mary Pickford is often forgotten during discourse about Hollywood’s early days. Most discussion seems to revolve around the talent of Charlie Chaplin, the controversy that cloaks D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation, and the swashbuckling fervor of Douglas Fairbanks. She is but a footnote, a woman whose achievements rest outside the public consciousness. Jennifer DeLia’s upcoming biopic, The First, might change that – a film striving to follow the actress’ life from a poor Canadian...

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Will You See This Movie? Mary Pickford, Hollywood's First Movie Star, Gets the Biopic Treatment

  • Indiewire
When Jennifer DeLia was doing post-production on her last feature, "Billy Bates," she had a meeting in Toronto's Lighbox movie theater. After the meeting, DeLia walked into an exhibit that explored the life of Mary Pickford, widely acknowledged as Hollywood's first movie star. It was then that DeLia, who had only a passing knowledge of Pickford's role in film history, decided that a film of her life needed to be made. "I didn't know that Pickford was the pioneer that she was and that she had the journey from childhood that she had," DeLia says now. "I knew she was a silent screen legend and the first movie star. I didn't realize that she had helped make Hollywood culture as a fierce businesswoman." The film, titled "The First" and based on Eileen Whitfield's biography "Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood," is currently in development. DeLia, her producer Julie Pacino and co-writer Josh Fagin.
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Douglas Fairbanks' Great-Grandson Joins Mary Pickford Project 'The First' (Exclusive)

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Douglas Fairbanks' Great-Grandson Joins Mary Pickford Project 'The First' (Exclusive)
Dominick Fairbanks, the great grandson of Hollywood legend, Douglas Fairbanks, has joined the upcoming Mary Pickford film "The First," as a co-producer. Fairbanks is the grandson of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and great grandson of Douglas Fairbanks, who was Pickford's second husband, as well as one of the original owners of United Artists.   His British-based company, Fairbanks Productions, will co-produce "The First," alongside the producers, Poverty Row Entertainment, the filmmakers told TheWrap on Thursday.   Fairbanks will join Poverty Row's Jennifer DeLia and Julie Pacino at this week's Afm, as they gear up
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Mary Pickford: The Angelina Jolie of her day, but much more famous

Mary Pickford: The Angelina Jolie of her day, but much more famous
Big eyes, a luscious mouth, Oscar-winning star of dozens of movies, fame on an enormous, worldwide scale, the daughter of actor parents, a feisty, independent and ambitious nature, one half of an enviously beautiful Hollywood power couple, trailed by fans and paparazzi.

Sounds like Angelina Jolie, right?

Actually, it also describes the woman who, many years earlier, when movies were black-and-white, emotionally gut-punching and entirely silent, staked her claim as “America’s sweetheart” and paved the way for Jolie, for Brangelina, for Hollywood as we know it: Mary Pickford.

You may hear Pickford’s name more and more these days,
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Michael Pitt Joins Mary Pickford Biopic

Here's a little fun fact to start off your Friday: one of early Hollywood's brightest female stars was born in Toronto. Yep, the great Mary Pickford who helped build the American concept of movie star and transcended movie stardom by co-founding the film production company United Artists with D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks was Canadian. And so this groundbreaking actress will be toasted at this year's Toronto International Film Festival by writer-director Jennifer DeLia to promote her soon-to-shoot biopic about Pickford titled The First. The celebration will showcase some rare footage on loan from the Pickford Foundation as well as some of The First's cast, including Lily Rabe (American Horror Story) and the newly added Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) as reported by Deadline. The film will chart Pickford's unlikely rise through the boys' club of Hollywood business through the creation of United Artists, which was intended as
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Casting Net: Michael Pitt to play Hollywood legend's husband. Plus: Brie Larson, Thomas Ian Nicholas

Casting Net: Michael Pitt to play Hollywood legend's husband. Plus: Brie Larson, Thomas Ian Nicholas
Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Pitt has joined The First, a biopic about the trailblazing silent film actress Mary Pickford (Lily Rabe). Pitt will play Pickford’s first husband, Owen Moore, who had a tumultuous relationship with Pickford before she took up with, and eventually married, actor Douglas Fairbanks. Jennifer DeLia (Billy Bates) is directing. [Deadline]

Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) will headline Short Term 12, an indie about a woman who grapples with working at a home for foster children. Writer-director Destin Cretton (I Am Not a Hipster) adapted the film from his 2008 short film of the same name. [Deadline]

Thomas Ian Nicholas
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Michael Pitt Joins The First

Michael Pitt Joins The First
He might not be part of the Boardwalk Empire cast any more, but Michael Pitt isn’t sitting around the house eating crisps and watching the Paralympics. He’s signed on to The First, which will chronicle the life story of legendary actress Mary Pickford. Jennifer DeLia is directing the film from Josh Fagin’s script, itself adapted from Eileen Whitfield’s biography Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood.Born in Toronto as Gladys Marie Smith, Pickford’s life was certainly an interesting one. An actor in plays and musicals from an early age, she nearly gave up on her aspirations when the family suffered six impoverished years on the road. But a combination of luck and real talent saw her working with Cecil B DeMille (when he was an unknown actor) and later Dw Griffith, who gave Pickford her first big screen break. Eventually, she became a huge international
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Michael Pitt Goes Period Again for Mary Pickford Film ‘The First’; Claudia Lee Lands ‘Kick-Ass 2’

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Like the great John Slattery before him, Michael Pitt has sort of established himself as a man of period productions. There was Boardwalk Empire, we have You Can’t Win to look forward to, and he’s now going back to the old days of Hollywood. The old, old days.

Per Deadline’s word, it’s been announced that Pitt will co-star in The First, a recently-developed biopic of silent film star Mary Pickford; the talent is locked to play her first husband, Owen Moore. Although previous reports had named Lily Rabe (All Good Things, American Horror Story) as director Jennifer DeLia‘s main star, it’s since been announced that Ryan Simpkins (A Single Man) will also play the icon — only, in her younger years. (Flashback scenes, I’d wager.) It’s a fine pair of choices, with Pitt, in particular, standing out. Much as his early work would
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Michael Pitt and Ryan Simpkins Join Mary Pickford Feature, 'The First'

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Michael Pitt and Ryan Simpkins Join Mary Pickford Feature, 'The First'
Michael Pitt and Ryan Simpkins have joined the cast of "The First," a feature film about the life of iconic screen star Mary Pickford that is set to shoot in 2013, the Toronto International Film Festival announced on Thursday. Pitt (pictured) has been cast as Owen Moore, Pickford's first husband, and Simpkins will play a young Mary Pickford. The adult Pickford will be played by Lily Rabe, as previously reported. "The First" is being produced by Julie Pacino and Jennifer DeLia's Poverty Row Entertainment. DeLia is directing.  Also read: Mary Pickford Returns to the
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Toronto: Michael Pitt Joins Mary Pickford Pic ‘The First’

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Toronto: Michael Pitt Joins Mary Pickford Pic ‘The First’
Exclusive: I’ve watched the first five hours of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, and it took that many hours for me to get past the unequivocal exit of Michael Pitt’s Jimmy Darmody character. Pitt has committed to star in The First, a new feature film about the life of Hollywood legend Mary Pickford that will begin production in 2013. He will play Owen Moore, Pickford’s first husband. Ryan Simpkins has been cast to play a young Pickford. Lily Rabe was already set to play Mary Pickford in her salad years. Rabe and Pitt will join filmmakers Julie Pacino and Jennifer DeLia and their partner Said Zaharoui in Toronto next week. They will co-host an opening night party September 6th at the Tiff Bell Lightbox. The party is meant to fete the memory of the Toronto-born Pickford and create awareness for the film, which will be produced by Pacino and DeLia’s Poverty Row Entertainment,
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Mary Pickford Film Gets a Title -- 'The First'; Producers to Host Party at Tiff

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Mary Pickford Film Gets a Title -- 'The First'; Producers to Host Party at Tiff
The first feature film on Hollywood legend Mary Pickford has revealed its name: "The First." Producers Julie Pacino and Jennifer DeLia of Poverty Row Entertainment made the announcement Thursday along with additional producer Said Zahraoui. Lily Rabe ("All Good Things," "American Horror Story") has been cast in the title role.  Pacino and DeLia will be hosting a party with Paramax Films and Monde Quest on the opening night of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. The event will take place at the Tiff Bell Lightbox September 6 and will celebrate Pickford, who was Canadian. Read More: Tiff List 2012: A Complete List of All Films at the Toronto International Film Festival Based on Eileen Whitfield's biography "Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood," the film will begin production in 2013 with DeLia directing from a Josh Fagin script. Whitfield said of the title, "As young, independent artists and...
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Mary Pickford Biopic Now Has a Title: 'The First'

Mary Pickford Biopic Now Has a Title: 'The First'
Poverty Row Entertainment has finalized a title for its upcoming Mary Pickford biopic, "The First," which highlights the primacy of the legendary actress in early Hollywood. The film, based on Eileen Whitfield's biography, "Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood," will star Lily Rabe (pictured left) as Pickford.  Jennifer DeLia will direct from a script currently being worked on by Josh Fagin. Fagin is expected to finish within the next month or two. "There's something very powerful and definitive about the words 'the first,'" DeLia said in a statement. "Mary Pickford was one of the
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