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London — The Sundance Institute and Mumbai Mantra, the media and entertainment arm of Indian conglomerate the Mahindra Group, have announced the eight projects picked for their annual screenwriters lab, now in its third year.
The projects are selected from more than 500 submissions from India and the Indian diaspora. This year’s picks are Navneet Behal’s “Experiments with Truth”, Ashvin Kumar’s “Noor”, Bornila Chatterjee’s “Nuclear Hearts”, Gaurav Madan’s “Shaktipur Crude”, Deepanjali B Sarkar’s “Svadharma”, Dylan Mohan Gray’s “The Last Day of Winter”, Sanjay Talreja “The River Murder” and Neeraj Ghaywan and Varun Grover’s “Fly Away”.
The projects are being mentored by writers Naomi Foner (“Very Good Girls”), Michael Handelman (“Dinner for Schmucks”), James V Hart (“Epic”), Malia Scotch Marmo (“Good Morning Karachi”), Anjum Rajabali (“Satyagraha”), Elena Soarez (“Xingu”), Rose Troche (“The Safety of Objects”), Sooni Taraporevala (“The Namesake”) and multi-hyphenate Dante Harper (“The Delicate Art of the Rifle »
- Naman Ramachandran
The Mumbai Mantra Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab announced the eight fellows of the 2014 lab today.
Ashvin Kumar (Noor) Bornila Chatterjee (Nuclear Hearts) Neeraj Ghaywan and Varun Grover (Fly Away Solo) Gaurav Madan (Shaktipur Crude) Deepanjali B Sarkar (Svadharma) Sanjay Talreja (The River Murder) Navneet Behal (Experiments with Truth), co-written with Maitrey Bajpai and Ramiz Ilham Khan Dylan Mohan Gray (The Last Day of Winter), co-written with Vikramaditya Motwane)
The selected writers will be mentored by American and Indian screenwriters such as Golden Globe winner Naomi Foner (Running on Empty, Golden Globe for Best Screenplay and Oscar nomination in the same category), Sooni Taraporevala (Salaam Bombay). Here is the complete list of mentors:-
James V Hart
Though five years have passed since the second Night at the Museum opened, 20th Century Fox is still convinced that fans of the first two films in their family-friendly adventure series will turn out in droves for a third installment, and so the studio is busily working away on Night at the Museum 3. The Shawn Levy-directed threequel, set for release this Christmas, has been quickly assembling a main cast over the past few months. Now, Deadline has news that the film has landed venerated British thesp Ben Kingsley for the main villainous role.
Kingsley will play “a formidable Egyptian pharaoh on display in the British Museum,” who is revived by the magical tablet that similarly brought exhibits to life in 2006′s Night at Museum and its 2009 sequel Battle of the Smithsonian.
We already knew that Night at the Museum 3 would be moving the action to London, but »
- Isaac Feldberg
Shawn Levy has turned the act-o-tron up to full power for his third Night At The Museum movie, drawing the likes of Dan Stevens and Rebel Wilson to join the returning regulars, which of course includes main man Ben Stiller. Now the device has targeted Ben Kingsley.Kingsley is set to play a formidable Egyptian pharaoh on display in the British Museum, who is awoken thanks to the usual magical madness. Whether he’ll end up being a force for good or ill remains to be seen (though Hank Azaria’s Kahmunrah in Battle Of The Smithsonian was a wrong ‘un, so perhaps writers Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, David Guion and Michael Handelman are going another way with the Kingsley character.)Stevens’ Lancelot has been described as more of a threat this time, so he’s likely to be the one causing trouble for Stiller’s Larry Daley, Robin Williams »
The actor will portray an Egyptian pharaoh on display in a British museum, who comes to life through a magical tablet. Ben Stiller is reprising his role as Larry Daley from Night at the Museum, set in New York City, and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, which took place at the famous Washington D.C. attraction. No plot details have been released, although the sequel will be shot in and set in London. There are several famous museums that could be utilized, such the Natural History Museum, although it isn't known what exactly brings Larry Daley across the pond.
Ben Stiller is returning in the lead with Shawn Levy back as director and producer through his 21 Laps banner. The script is written by Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, David Guion and Michael Handelman.
Fox will release the family adventure on Dec. 19. The first film grossed $574 million worldwide and the second took in $417 million.
Kingsley was seen “Iron Man 3″ and “Ender’s Game.”
Deadline.com first reported the news.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Fox and director Shawn Levy have set Ben Kingsley to join the ensemble cast of Night At The Museum 3. Kingsley will play a formidable Egyptian pharaoh on display in the British museum, and he is revived by a magical tablet. He joins Rebel Wilson, Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais in the third installment of the Levy-directed and -produced franchise which has topped $1 billion in worldwide grosses. Levy is directing from the script written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant and David Guion and Michael Handelman, and Fox will release Xmas 2014. Now, this sounds like a fun role for Kingsley. His iconic turn will always be Gandhi, of course, and he was an unforgettable maniac in Sexy Beast. But I have to say, my favorite role was his turn as The Mandarin in Iron Man 3. Related: Hot Clip: Marvel Extends ‘Iron Man 3 »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Following on from a brilliant few years, Rebel Wilson is lining up two more projects for her upcoming slate, both of which promise to keep her very much on the map as one of the best-known young actresses in comedy in the years to come.
Ben Stiller of course returns to lead another brilliant ensemble, with Wilson now also set to star alongside Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Skyler Gisondo, Rachael Harris, Dan Stevens, and no doubt plenty more, and here’s to hoping there’ll be plenty more cameos along the way.
Wilson is set to play the role of a security guard in a British museum here in London, and I’m keen to see if she »
- Kenji Lloyd
Much like the previous titles in the series, Shawn Levy's upcoming Night At The Museum 3 has managed to assemble a talented ensemble cast to feature around star Ben Stiller. Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, and Steve Coogan are all set to reprise their roles from the earlier and it's already been reported that both Ricky Gervais and Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens will be new additions to the franchise, but now Deadline is reporting that comedienne Rebel Wilson is set to join the party as well. While the first movie was set in New York City's American Museum of Natural History and the second took place in Washington DC's Smithsonian Institution, the next sequel will be sending the characters to London's British Museum. The script has been worked on by both Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant and David Guion & Michael Handelman, but at this time there isn't much information »
• Bruce Willis (Die Hard) is set to star in the action thriller Captive, taking over for the previously rumored Arnold Schwarzenegger. Simon Brand (Unknown) is directing with a script by Benjamin van der Even (Che: Part Two) and Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks) from a story by Nicolai Fuglsig. Willis will play a real estate developer who gets kidnapped and held for ransom while at work in Brazil. Production is set to begin in March. [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
Ben Stiller is famous for having three - count 'em - billion-dollar franchises to his name and one of them, Night At The Museum, is gearing up for a third instalment. Today's news is that Rebel Wilson has joined the cast. Deadline reports that Australia's comic actress of the moment will be coming off all Pommie to play a night guard at the British Museum. This news further confirms the rumour that Stiller and director Shawn Levy would be bringing their comic shingle over to these shores. With Daniel Stevens playing Lancelot and Robin Williams back on board as President Teddy Roosevelt, there's plenty of scope for a big cross-cultural hoedown. Just add Winston Churchill, Lord Lucan, Herman's Hermits, Hamburglar, The Fonz and Ichabod Crane and we're away.The third Museum movie has been scripted by Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, David Guion and Michael Handelman, and should be underway »
Here's a look at the latest casting news from some upcoming films: Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) is set to join Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais in Shawn Levy's Night At The Museum 3, opening Christmas Day. Elijah Wood (Sin City) will lead a British cast in the indie 1950s period picture, Set Fire to the Stars, with Andy Goddard co-writing and directing. James Marsden (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) has been offered the lead in the Michael Hoffman-directed Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Best of Me, replacing the late Paul Walker. Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. First up from Deadline is news that Wilson will be joining the third installment in the Night at the Museum franchise. Scripted by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, and David Guion and Michael Handelman, this version sees the action taking place overseas in London. »
- Dave Trumbore
Exclusive: Rebel Wilson has been set to join Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais in Night At The Museum 3, which Shawn Levy is directing from the script written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant and David Guion and Michael Handelman for Fox. Wilson will play the night guard at the British museum where the action takes place this time around. Fox has slotted the film for Christmas 2014. On the film side, Wme-repped Wilson is coming off Pitch Perfect and Pain & Gain. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
13 items from 2014
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