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Carole King Broadway musical ‘Beautiful’ getting big screen adaptation

23 March 2015 10:06 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

If you caught Carole King performing with Sara Bareilles at the 2014 Grammys, you’d know just how timeless an artist King and her work are. Her Diamond graded pop-album Tapestry from 1971 is a masterpiece, and one of the best selling albums of all time. And though today King maybe doesn’t get the indie cred as some of her ’70s, singer/songwriter female contemporaries like say, Joni Mitchell, that may be about to change.

Broadway World was the first to report that Sony has just secured the rights to adapt the Broadway hit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, along with King’s life rights, her songwriting collaborators’ life rights, and the rights to many of her hit songs including “The Locomotion,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “So Far Away,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” and “You’ve Got a Friend.”

Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, »

- Brian Welk

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Signature signs six including 'Dear White People'

17 March 2015 3:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Deals include The Trust and Dear White People.

UK distributor Signature Entertainment has added six titles to add to its slate for 2015, including action-thriller The Trust, starring Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood, and Sundance 2014 comedy Dear White People.

Violent crime-caper The Trust, about two corrupt cops, was acquired from Highland Film Group.

Dear White People, about a group of African American students navigating campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college, was acquired from The Exchange.

Also new to the slate is supernatural thriller Daughter of God from Fortitude International, starring Keanu Reeves as a detective investigating his partner’s mysterious death, and from 6 Sales and Moonrise Pictures, the Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko and James Purefoy action-thriller Momentum, about a ruthless femme fatale on the run from a deadly assassin squad.

Rounding out the new acquisitions are Damascus Cover from Carnaby International, in which Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars alongside John Hurt and Olivia Thirlby, in the »

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

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Watch: Producer Adi Shankar Explains How To Make Dredd 2

6 March 2015 8:12 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Fans of 2012’s Dredd haven’t yet given up on their quest to get a sequel greenlit for the gritty, dystopian actioner, despite the original’s lackluster box office returns. The noise “Dredd-heads” have been making, including an international Day of Dredd, has been significant enough to draw reactions from stars Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby, both of whom urged fans to keep on fighting. Now, executive producer Adi Shankar has taken a break from making bootleg riffs on other properties to provide an update on the situation.

Giving viewers a crash course in movie financing, Shankar explains the road to Dredd 2 would be paved with some huge obstacles. What it really boils down to is convincing distributors around the world to get on board (despite the fact that they lost money on the first movie) by slashing the budget, recruiting a big name director who can fill seats »

- Isaac Feldberg

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IFC Films Locks Up ‘Stanford Prison Experiment'; Jb Blanc Joins ‘Arms And The Dudes’ — Film Briefs

5 March 2015 2:25 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

IFC Films has booked U.S. rights to The Stanford Prison Experiment, which won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance. Kyle Patrick Alvarez's drama is based on Stanford professor Philip Zimbardo’s social experiment using college kids as prison guards and inmates that became one of the most shocking and famous of all time. It stars Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons and Olivia Thirlby… »

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IFC Grabs Intense Sundance Winner 'The Stanford Prison Experiment'

5 March 2015 1:22 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

At last, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's nerve-prickling drama "The Stanford Prison Experiment" has been acquired for Us release by IFC Films, which has slated a 2015 release for this winner of Sundance's best screenplay and Alfred P. Sloan prizes. This exasperating film tells the real-life story of Dr. Zimbardo's 1971 simulated prison study involving 18 male undergrads randomly assigned the role of prisoner or guard who are stripped of their humanity (among other things) by each other—and by the psychologist's sadistic, power-playing mind games. Name a hot young indie rising star and he's probably in this terrific cast, including Ezra Miller, Keir Gilchrist, Jack Kilmer, Michael Angarano, James Wolk, Tye Sheridan and fresh-faced Sundance breakout Logan Miller. Billy Crudup astutely leads the ensemble as Philip Zimbardo, whose ill-conceived faux prison breaks them down and throws them into degrading, even uncomfortably erotic scenarios. Olivia Thirlby co-stars as Zimbardo's »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Pilot News: Peter Gallagher Joins Fox's Collegiate Comedy Detour

5 March 2015 1:12 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Peter Gallagher is going back to college — sort of.

The Covert Affairs actor has joined Fox’s potential comedy series Detour, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Inspired by the real-life story of Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo, Detour stars Ben Aldridge (Reign) as Michael, a rock star who makes the unexpected choice quit his band and go back to college at age 30.

RelatedPilot Season ’15: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

Gallagher will play Professor Zaring, a highly respected (and feared) educator with whom Michael has a complex relationship.

Additionally, Olivia Thirlby (Bored to Death) has been cast as Gabrielle, »

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Peter Gallagher & Olivia Thirlby Join Fox Pilot ‘Detour’ Inspired By Rivers Cuomo

5 March 2015 12:30 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Peter Gallagher and Olivia Thirlby will co-star opposite Ben Aldridge in Fox's single-camera comedy pilot Detour, from 20th Century Fox TV. Inspired by the real-life story of Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo, Detour centers on Michael Sturges (Aldridge), a charming rock star who made the unexpected choice at age 30 to quit his band and go back to college. Gallagher plays the notorious Professor Zaring, while Thirlby plays Gabrielle, his confident teaching assistant. The… »

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Peter Gallagher, Olivia Thirlby to Co-Star in Fox's Rivers Cuomo Comedy

5 March 2015 12:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Fox is rounding out the world of its comedy inspired by the life of Rivers Cuomo. Peter Gallagher and Olivia Thirlby have joined the cast of DeTour, the network's comedy pilot inspired by the life of the Weezer lead singer, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. See more The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 The single-camera comedy centers on Michael Sturges (Ben Aldridge), a rock star who, at age 30, makes the unexpected choice to quit his band and go back to college. Gallagher (Togetherness, Covert Affairs) will play Professor Zaring, Tate University's most respected and feared instructor with whom

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- Lesley Goldberg

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IFC Films buys Stanford Prison Experiment

5 March 2015 10:04 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The distributor has acquired Us rights to Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s recent Sundance premiere and plans a 2015 theatrical release.

The Stanford Prison Experiment won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and The Alfred P Sloan Feature Film Prize in Park City.

The story centres on the real-life research of Dr Zimbardo’s infamous 1971 psychological tests in which 18 male undergraduates were assigned the role of guards and prisoners.

Billy Crudup stars alongside Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons, Olivia Thirlby, Nick Braun, Thomas Mann, Ki Hong Lee, James Wolk, James Frecheville and Moises Arias.

Abandon Features produced with Sandbar PicturesLizzie Friedman and Greg Little, Coup d’État Films’ Brent Emery and Lauren Bratman. Brian Geraghty is the executive producer. Abandon Features, Sandbar Pictures and Vineyard Point Productions financed.

Arianna Bocco brokered the deal with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the film-makers. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Second Opinion – The Wedding Ringer (2015)

22 February 2015 12:55 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Wedding Ringer, 2015.

Directed by Jeremy Garelick.

Starring Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Olivia Thirlby, Ken Howard, Alan Ritchson, Dan Gill, Jorge Garcia, and Cloris Leachman.

Synopsis:

Two weeks shy of his wedding, a socially awkward guy enters into a charade by hiring the owner of a company that provides best men for grooms in need.

In a week which saw long-running NBC show Saturday Night Live celebrate its 40th anniversary as the staple of American comedy, it seems apt that a comedy starring Kevin Hart, who auditioned for the show a few years back similarly to Jim Carrey and Zach Galifianakis, is released. Like Ride Along and Think Like A Man, The Wedding Ringer relies heavily of Hart’s usual charm and comedic talents to carry a somewhat mediocre concept through to box office glory, but with a less than stellar box office take in the Us thus far (the No. »

- Scott J. Davis

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Rhys Meyers thriller sold in Europe, Asia

9 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Carnaby inks multiple deals on espionage thriller.

London-based Carnaby International has inked deals on espionage thriller Damascus Cover, set to star Jonathan Rhys Meyers, John Hurt and Olivia Thirlby.

Deals have closed with Flins y Piniculas (Spain), Gulf Films (Middle East), Pt Prima Cinema (Indonesia), ​Discovery (Former Yugoslavia), Mountain Pictures (South Korea) and Kru Group (Malaysia).

Xeitgeist Entertainment Group has joined UK-based Big Book Media as investment and production partner on the film, about a veteran spy sent to Syria to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist and his family out of Damascus.

Xeitgeist founder Joe Thomas takes on a producer role alongside Hannah Leader (Lucky Number Slevin) and Huw Jones.

Principal photography on the Daniel Berk-directed feature got underway in Morocco last week. »

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

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Buyers seek Rhys Meyers thriller

9 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Carnaby inks multiple deals on espionage thriller.

London-based Carnaby International has inked deals on espionage thriller Damascus Cover, set to star Jonathan Rhys Meyers, John Hurt and Olivia Thirlby.

Deals have closed with Flins y Piniculas (Spain), Gulf Films (Middle East), Pt Prima Cinema (Indonesia), ​Discovery (Former Yugoslavia), Mountain Pictures (South Korea) and Kru Group (Malaysia).

Xeitgeist Entertainment Group has joined UK-based Big Book Media as investment and production partner on the film, about a veteran spy sent to Syria to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist and his family out of Damascus.

Xeitgeist founder Joe Thomas takes on a producer role alongside Hannah Leader (Lucky Number Slevin) and Huw Jones.

Principal photography on the Daniel Berk-directed feature got underway in Morocco last week. »

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

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Hot projects on Screenbase

9 February 2015 6:23 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Hot projects on Screenbase this week include German-Canadian co-production In The Lost Lands, twin brothers Mohammed Abou Nasser and Ahmad Abou Nasser’s Dégradé, spy-thriller Damascus Cover and documentary Tomorrow.

Fantasy adventure In The Lost Lands

Milla Jovovich will star alongside Justin Chatwin in this new feature based on short stories from the creator of Game Of Thrones. The German-Canadian co-production is directed by Constantin Werner.

The story revolves around a series of magical and fantastic tales centring on a sorceress in search of a spell, a warrior girl on a quest and a young barbarian who encounters a witch in a spacecraft.

Steve Hoban, Oliver Luer and Nico Bruinsma produce. Myriad Pictures chief Kirk D’Amico will serve as an executive producer.

Terrence Malick’s Voyage Of Time

Malick’s documentary features the voices of Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. Dede Gardner, Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad and [link »

- maud.le-rest@sciencespo-toulouse.net (Maud Le Rest)

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Filming Begins On ‘Damascus Cover’ With Jonathan Rhys Meyers & Sir John Hurt

4 February 2015 2:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Even though they’ve got the tagline ‘Trust No One’ *coughs* X-Files *coughs*, the espionage thriller Damascus Cover has started production this week in Morocco and it stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers plus Olivia Thirlby, recently knighted Sir John Hurt, Igal Naor, Jurgen Prochnow and Navid Negahban.

Damascus Cover is based on best-selling 1977 novel by Howard Kaplan, with direction by Daniel Berk (Public Enemies), with a screenplay by Samantha Newton and Berk. It’s also been perfectly setup for Berlinale 2015, where they’ll be launching their sales pitch and spy thrillers are definitely still in-fashion at the moment. Producer, Hannah Leader had this to say:

Damascus Cover is a great script – believable and brilliant. The characters and situations are vividly drawn and the Middle East setting really brings to life this spellbinding moment in history, which is both topical and timely. With Daniel at the helm, it’s going to be a beautiful picture. »

- Dan Bullock

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers Set For Spy Thriller Damascus Cover

3 February 2015 9:03 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With the 65th Berlin Film festival primed to kick off later this week, we can readily expect studio execs to offer up their movies in a bid to secure those all-important distribution rights. And of those attendees is Daniel Zelik Berk’s Damascus Cover, which recently tapped The Tudors star Jonathan Rhys Meyers for the lead role.

Based on Howard Kaplan’s eponymous novel, the film will tell the true-life tale of a veteran spy (Rhys Meyers) who infiltrates a dangerous area in Syria in order to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist and his family out of the country. However, not all is what it seems after our protagonist partner is Awol before the mission can even begin, leaving Rhys Meyer’s character stranded and, in what is perhaps the movie’s most interesting sub-plot, caught in the midst of a possible conspiracy theory.

Set against the collapse of the »

- Michael Briers

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Casting: Fimmel, Eastwood, Abbott, Rush, Meyers

3 February 2015 3:07 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Maggie's Plan

Travis Fimmel ("Vikings") is set to join Greta Gerwig, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore in Rebecca Miller's rom-com "Maggie’s Plan" for Round Films.

Fimmel will play the role of Gary about a young woman tries to make it on her own in New York City. Filming is slated to begin this month. [Source: Deadline]

Snowden

Scott Eastwood will join Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley in Oliver Stone's untitled film about Nsa leaker Edward Snowden for Open Road and Endgame. Eastwood will play an Nsa agent who leads the group. [Source: Deadline]

The Taliban Shuffle

Christopher Abbott ("Girls," "James White") has scored a role in Tina Fey's untitled project based on Kim Barker’s wartime memoir "The Taliban Shuffle" at Paramount Pictures. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are directing and shooting begins in New Mexico this month.

The dark comedy is fish-out-of-water experience about the »

- Garth Franklin

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Jonathan Rhys Myers to star in Damascus Cover

2 February 2015 5:15 PM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Jonathan Rhys Myers is to star in 'Damascus Cover'. The 'Mission Impossible III' star will take on the lead role in the espionage thriller, which is based on the 1977 novel by Howard Kaplan. He said: ''I'm enormously excited about this role. This was a hugely significant time in the conflict in the Middle East, post-cold war and with the collapse of the Berlin Wall when an amount of spies were redeployed to the Middle East, where the theatre of covert operations would now take precedence. ''With a highly thoughtful and intelligent script by Daniel Berk and Samantha Newton I'm thrilled to be a part of this project and can't wait to start shooting with a very gifted international cast and crew.'' The 37-year-old actor has already joined Olivia Thirlby, Sir John Hurt and others in Morocco, as filming begins in the African country this week. Speaking about her role, »

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers joins Middle East spy thriller Damascus Cover

2 February 2015 9:12 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jonathan Rhys Meyers will star in Damascus Cover.

The actor was announced for the Middle East spy thriller alongside a cast including Olivia Thirlby, John Hurt, Igal Naor and Navid Negahban.

Daniel Berk (Sometimes They Come Back... for More) will direct the film based on Howard Kaplan's 1977 novel.

The film is based on true events, and set in 1989 as the Berlin Wall falls.

It centres around a spy in Syria attempting to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist and his family out of the country.

"I'm enormously excited about this role," said Meyers.

"This was a hugely significant time in the conflict in the Middle East, post-Cold War and with the collapse of the Berlin Wall, when an amount of spies were redeployed to the Middle East, where the theatre of covert operations would now take precedence."

The actor will next be seen in Roland Emmerich's gay rights movie Stonewall. »

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Berlin: Jonathan Rhys Meyers to Star in ‘Damascus Cover’

2 February 2015 3:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Jonathan Rhys Meyers is to star in espionage thriller “Damascus Cover,” which starts production this week in Morocco. Carnaby Intl. launches worldwide sales in Berlin.

Pic’s cast also features Olivia Thirlby, John Hurt, Igal Naor, Jurgen Prochnow and Navid Negahban.

Film is based on Howard Kaplan’s best-selling 1977 novel. Set in 1989, the plot focuses on a veteran spy sent undercover in Syria to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist and his family out of Damascus. Within days of his arrival he realizes he’s being followed. His partner doesn’t show, his local contact disappears, and a group of men are trying to kill him. It’s not long before his routine mission unravels to reveal a string of murderous conspirators. The events and people in the script are based on true-life events.

The film is directed by Daniel Berk and produced by Hannah Leader for Big Book Media. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Efm: Jonathan Rhys Meyers to star in spy thriller

2 February 2015 3:23 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Carnaby International to begin sales of Damacus Cover in Berlin this week as filming commences in Morocco.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, star of The Tudors, has taken the lead role in Middle Eastern espionage thriller Damascus Cover.

The film, which begins production in Morocco this week, will also star Olivia Thirlby (Juno, Dredd), Sir John Hurt, Igal Naor (Green Zone), Jurgen Prochnow (The Da Vinci Code) and Navid Negahban (Homeland).

London-based Carnaby International will handle worldwide sales and will begin pre-sales negotiations at Berlin’s European Film Market (Efm) this week.

Deals have already been struck in several major territories and will be announced soon, according to a spokesman for the production.

The film, produced by UK-based Big Book Media, is based on the best-selling 1977 novel by Howard Kaplan.

Directed by Daniel Berk (Public Enemies) and produced by Hannah Leader (Lucky Number Slevin, Gosford Park), the film is an espionage action thriller set in the Syrian capital. Berk co-wrote »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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