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Oscar-nominated actress Toni Collette is continuing to spread her wings. Back in May, the former “United States of Tara” star nabbed the rights to “The Rosie Project” author Graeme Simsion’s novel and screenplay for “The Best of Adam Sharp,” marking the first project under her newly-launched production company with Jen Turner, Vocab Films. Now Collette and Vocab Films are teaming up with RadicalMedia to develop Julia Dahl’s award-winning novel “Invisible City” for TV, a press release announced. In addition to optioning the murder mystery, Collette penned the pilot and is among the project’s executive producers.
Set in Brooklyn’s old-world, ultra orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, “Invisible City” centers on Rebekah Roberts, “an aspiring young journalist new to New York City, whose mother, a wayward Hasidic Jew from Borough Park, Brooklyn, abandoned her and her Christian father shortly after she was born in order to return to her religion and community,” the release details. “Neither Rebekah nor her father have heard from her since, but when Rebekah is called to cover the story of a murdered Hasidic woman she finds that the search for the truth will draw her deep into the cloistered world where her mother grew up — a world where it’s clear Rebekah is not welcome and everyone has secrets to keep from outsiders, even if it means the murderer could go free.”
“I love Julia Dahl’s novel because it’s about fighting for personal freedom and living an authentic life,” Collette commented. “It couldn’t be a more relevant time to tell this story about acceptance and integration, or lack thereof. These complex female characters are honest, flawed, and inspiring. We can always use more of those.”
RadicalMedia’s President of Entertainment, Justin Wilkes, added, “We are beyond excited to be teaming up with Toni as we continue our expansion into scripted work. We are storytellers at heart and so Toni is the perfect artistic collaborator — she’s passionate, smart, and knows what makes a great complex character and an absorbing story.”
Collette received an Oscar nomination in 2000 for “The Sixth Sense.” Her other film credits include “Miss You Already,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” and “Muriel’s Wedding.” She won a Golden Globe and Emmy for her role in “United States of Tara,” a comedy about a woman with dissociative identity disorder that ran on Showtime from 2009–2011. “Juno” screenwriter Diablo Cody created the series.
Toni Collette to Ep and Write TV Adaptation of Julia Dahl’s “Invisible City” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Hugh Jackman is ready to trade in slashing bad guys for shaking hands and kissing babies (and possibly some other, more scandalous stuff), with Variety reporting that the Logan star has signed on for the title role in Jason Reitman’s new film The Frontrunner. Jackman will star as Senator Gary Hart, the 1988 Democratic candidate whose hopes for the presidency were destroyed when allegations arose that he was engaged in an extramarital affair. Although Hart attempted to weather the accusations, his credibility was damaged, leaving opponent Michael Dukakis to get crushed in the ’88 campaign against George H.W. Bush.
The Frontrunner marks a return to more political film-making for Reitman, who made a name for himself with 2005’s Thank You For Smoking. The Oscar-nominated director is currently finishing up work on his latest feature, Tully, with Charlize Theron and Juno writer Diablo Cody. »
- William Hughes
Hart was the frontrunner during the early stages of the 1988 race for the Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was rocked by revelations of an extramarital affair with Donna Rice. The Colorado senator then dropped out of the race.
Matt Bai, Jay Carson, and Reitman wrote the screenplay, based on Bai’s book “All the Truth Is Out,” which chronicles Hart’s rise and dramatic fall. Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who had been trailing Hart, won the Democratic nomination and then lost to Republican George H.W. Bush.
Jackman starred in Fox’s “Logan,” which grossed $618 million worldwide for Fox. He »
- Dave McNary
Now more than ever, the world could use a laugh. This bizarre, in-progress century has already produced any number of great comedies, which is to say that many of your (and our) favorites were left out: sorry, “Toy Story 3”; sorry, “Knocked Up.” As we tend to lean toward the indie side — and away from certain men-behaving-badly movies — there are also some titles on here that you might not have seen.
There are even some you may not consider to be straightforward comedies. You may not think of “Lost in Translation” or “Mistress America” as laugh riots, but we felt it best to be broad in our approach — any movie that balances its darker shades with cathartic humor was eligible. You’ll notice that we like women and Working Title (the British production company responsible for several titles on this list), which is to say: This is less a definitive »
- Michael Nordine and Anne Thompson
Idina Menzel: idinamenzel.com
Idina Menzel is switching from “Let It Go” to “You Oughta Know.” Per The Hollywood Reporter, the Tony and Obie Award-winning actress will lead a reading of “Jagged Little Pill,” Diablo Cody’s stage musical adaptation of Alanis Morissette’s iconic album of the same name.
“Jagged Little Pill” is directed by Diane Paulus (“Waitress”) and includes orchestrations and arrangements from Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”). Cody (“Juno,” “One Mississippi”) wrote the book in close collaboration with Morissette. Featuring songs like “Ironic” and “Hand in My Pocket,” the show “revolves around a modern, multigenerational family and their complex dynamics, touching on issues of gender identity and race,” THR summarizes.
Menzel is not attached to star in the show’s 2018 debut at Cambridge’s American Repertory Theater.
The actress and singer won a Tony in 2004 for the lead role of Elphaba in Broadway’s “Wicked,” a musical retelling of “The Wizard of Oz.” Menzel’s other stage credits include “Rent,” “Funny Girl,” and “If/Then.” She collaborated with Kitt on the latter. “Frozen,” Lifetime’s remake of “Beaches,” and “Glee” are among her screen roles. Next, Menzel is set to star in the Off Broadway production “Skintight.”
Idina Menzel to Lead Reading of “Jagged Little Pill” Musical was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
With dozens of castings announced and new projects coming down the pipeline each week across television, film, and theater, it can be near-impossible to keep up. Luckily, Backstage is here to help. Every Friday, we’re rounding up the week's industry news you shouldn’t miss so you can be sure you're firmly in the know! 1990s angst will set the stage ablaze.Alanis Morissette has developed a musical based on her successful (and Grammy winning) album, “Jagged Little Pill,” and it now has a date in place for its world premiere. The show will debut at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts in May 2018, and will be helmed by Tony Award winning director, Diane Paulus. Diablo Cody of “Juno” renown will pen the book, making her own stage musical debut. Many shows which have previously opened at A.R.T. have gone on to Broadway including, recently, the Tony nominated “Waitress. »
Alanis Morissette‘s Jagged Little Pill, which has sold over 15 million copies in the U.S. since 1995, is being adapted for the stage. In 2018, the musical from Tony-winning director Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland) and Academy Award-winning writer Diablo Cody (Young Adult) will premiere at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Below, learn more about the Jagged Little Pill […]
- Jack Giroux
Alanis Morissette's massively popular Jagged Little Pill album is officially getting its stage time.
The Grammy winner's 1995 multi-platinum record is being turned into a musical to debut in May 2018, the producers announced on Tuesday.
Related: How ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Changed Everything & What Alanis Morissette Thinks About It Now
"This team that has come together for this Jagged Little Pill musical is my musical theatre dream come true," said Morissette in a statement to Et. "The chemistry between all of us is crackling and I feel honored to be diving into these songs again, surrounded by all of this searing talent. Diablo and Diane are already taking these deeply personal songs that are part of my soul’s marrow to a whole other level of hope, freedom and complexity."
Alanis Morissette: Morissette’s Twitter account
Alanis Morissette’s breakout album “Jagged Little Pill” is set to reach a whole new generation. The 1995 album serves as the basis of an upcoming stage musical of the same name, debuting at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. in May 2018. “Waitress’” Diane Paulus will direct from a book by Diablo Cody (“Juno,” “Young Adult”). Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”) will provide orchestrations and arrangements. Thrillist broke the news via Twitter.
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“This team that has come together for this ‘Jagged Little Pill’ musical is my musical theater dream come true,” Morissette said. “The chemistry between all of us is crackling and I feel honored to be diving into these songs again, surrounded by all of this searing talent. Diablo and Diane are already taking these deeply personal songs that are part of my soul’s marrow to a whole other level of hope, freedom, and complexity.”
“‘Jagged Little Pill’ defined a generation,” Paulus added. “Yet the raw, emotional honesty of Alanis’ songs feels more needed now than ever.”
The seminal album has sold over 33 million copies worldwide. Featuring songs like “You Oughta Know,” “All I Really Want,” and “Ironic,” it nabbed nine Grammy nods and won for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album. Since then, Morissette has released five other albums. Also an actress, she has appeared in films like “Dogma,” series such as “Sex and the City” and Jenji Kohan’s “Weeds,” and theater productions of Eve Ensler’s “The Vaginia Monologues” and “The Exonerated.”
The “Jagged Little Pill” musical is expected to eventually open on Broadway, but no official date has been set yet.
Stage Musical Based on Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” to Bow in May 2018 was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Alanis Morissette’s quintessential 1995 album “Jagged Little Pill” is being adapted into a musical set to open in May 2018. Oscar winner Diablo Cody (“Juno”) and Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (“Waitress”) are working to bring the world premiere to the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. Paulus will direct based on a book written by Cody. Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (“American Idiot”) will be providing the orchestrations and arrangements. “The team that has come together for this Jagged Little Pill musical is my musical theatre dream come true,” Morissette said in a statement. “The chemistry between all of us. »
- Carli Velocci
History nerds, rejoice: Amazon Studios is developing a drama about Egypt’s most famous queen, Cleopatra. Described as a revisionist take “on one of history’s most misunderstood women,” “Cleopatra” takes place after its titular character nearly dies in a bloody coup. Deadline summarizes, “Cleopatra must use her natural wit and political genius to take back her throne and restore honor to her family and kingdom.”
Drama About Cleopatra in the Works at Amazon was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Toni Collette has nabbed the rights to Graeme Simsion’s novel and screenplay for “The Best of Adam Sharp,” Deadline reports. The romance marks Collette’s first project under her newly-launched production company with Jen Turner, Vocab Films.
Published earlier this year, “The Best of Adam Sharp” centers on an unhappily married man who’s nearing 50. Adam “can’t quite forget a romance he had 20 years ago with an intelligent and strong-willed woman named Angelina Brown who taught him what it meant to find — and then lose — love,” Deadline summarizes. “He wonders how different his life would be if he hadn’t let her go. Out of the blue, he gets a one word email from Angelina. He responds and his life takes a significant turn.”
Golden Globe and Emmy winner Collette would take on the role of Angelina. She previously served as a co-executive producer on “United States of Tara,” a Showtime series she also starred in about a woman with dissociative identity disorder. The show was created by “Juno” screenwriter Diablo Cody and ran from 2009–2011.
“I’ve recently realized that I really am a feminist,” Collette said in 2013. “For years people would say to me, ‘You are! You are! You really are!’ And I’d say, ‘No, I’m not. I’m a humanist. I think it’s sexist to say I’m a feminist.’ Now, I see a great imbalance not only in my industry, but also in the world at large. I want to change it,” she explained.
Toni Collette Options “The Best of Adam Sharp” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
“I just jumped on it,” reveals Nicole Holofcener during our recent interview when asked about her involvement with Tig Notaro‘s “One Mississippi.” The comedienne co-created this Amazon original with Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (“Juno”), basing it on her own experiences of returning home following the sudden death of her mother. Holofcener directed the first three episodes, calling the experience, “a great […] »
- Chris Beachum
During the 2000s, Nick Meyer, who as the head of Sierra/Affinity, is the recipient of Variety’s Achievement in International Film Awards at this year’s Cannes festival, experienced a career’s worth of film-market fluctuations, a heady period when he headed international for Lionsgate and then led Paramount Vantage.
When Meyer decided to form Sierra Pictures in 2009, he faced even stiffer headwinds, as the global financial crisis and dramatic changes in technology and audience viewing habits rewired the industry.
Transition gradually revealed openings for his new company, though, as major studios stepped back from the very films that Meyer knew how to mount: mid-budget prestige and genre fare. It wasn’t that those kinds of films had ever gone out of fashion; it was their financial model that no longer made sense for large multinational backers. Eventually, Sierra/Affinity (rebranded after a 2011 merger with OddLot-Bold Films sales outfit Affinity Intl. »
- Dade Hayes
Simon Brew May 9, 2017
With summer blockbuster season 2017 in full swing, and with Fast & Furious 8 speeding over the $1bn mark already, a bunch of filmmakers are furiously putting together their films for release this time next year (or thereabouts). Here, as things stand, is the state of summer blockbuster season 2018. We’ve veered towards UK release dates on the whole, but as always, things can quickly change.
Also, we’ve not included unnamed films: Universal, for instance, has reserved a slot for one of its classic monster universe movies, but not told anybody what it is yet. As more information pops up, we’ll keep this list up to date…
March Tomb Raider (March 16th)
Summer blockbuster season effectively kicks off in March in 2018, with the Warner Bros-backed big »
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– Focus Features has acquired the North American and select international rights to Jason Reitman’s “Tully.” Written by Diablo Cody, the comedy stars Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass and Ron Livingston.
“Tully” tells the story of Marlo (Theron), a mother of three who is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Duplass). Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Davis). The film will premiere in U.S. theaters on April 20, 2018.
Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Oscilloscope Picks Up ‘November,’ The Orchard Buys ‘Flower’ and More
- Graham Winfrey
Mark your calendars: release dates for the Charlize Theron-toplined “Tully” and the Brie Larson-starrer “The Glass Castle” have been announced. Variety writes that “Glass Castle,” an adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ 2005 memoir, will hit theaters August 11. “Tully,” Theron’s second collaboration with writing-directing team Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman, will bow April 20, 2018, Deadline reports.
Shot in West Virginia, “The Glass Castle” revolves around the dysfunctional Walls family as they face poverty, addiction, mental health issues, and skirmishes with the law. Larson portrays Jeannette Walls as an adult, while Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson (“Hunger Games” franchise) play her parents, Rose Mary and Rex. “Glass Castle” also stars Sarah Snook (“The Dressmaker”), Ella Anderson (“The Boss”), and Max Greenfield (“New Girl”).
The comedic drama sees Larson reuniting with her “Short Term 12” director, Destin Daniel Cretton, who wrote the script with Andrew Lanham. IMDb also lists “UnREAL’s” Marti Noxon as a screenwriter. Noxon wrote a previous draft of the script when Jennifer Lawrence was attached to the project, but it’s unclear how much of a role Noxon played once Lanham came on board.
Lionsgate will release “The Glass Castle” on August 11, a weekend that in recent years has been dominated by Meryl Streep. Films like “Florence Foster Jenkins,” “Ricki and the Flash,” “The Giver,” “Hope Springs,” and “Julie & Julia” all had early August openings, and Streep eventually received Oscar nods for “Florence” and “Julie & Julia.” An August 11 premiere could mean good things for Larson come awards season.
Meanwhile, “Tully” centers on Marlo (Theron), a mother of three, and her night nanny, Tully (Mackenzie Davis, “Halt and Catch Fire”). “Hesitant to the extravagance at first,” Deadline details, “Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny.”
Theron last collaborated with “Tully” screenwriter Cody and director Reitman on 2011’s “Young Adult,” a dark comedy about an emotionally-stunted woman in her 30s (Theron) who decides to win back her high school sweetheart.
You can next catch Theron in “Atomic Blonde,” in theaters July 28. The Oscar winner plays Lorraine Broughton, an undercover MI6 agent working in Berlin during the Cold War. The action-thriller is based on “The Coldest City,” a graphic novel by Antony Johnston and Sam Hart.
Larson can currently be seen in theaters in the action pics “Free Fire” and “Kong: Skull Island.” The “Room” actress’ directorial debut, “Unicorn Store” is currently in post-production, but a release date hasn’t been announced just yet. The Oscar winner will star as Carol Danvers in 2019’s “Captain Marvel,”which will be helmed by “Half Nelson’s” Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
Charlize Theron’s “Tully” and Brie Larson’s “The Glass Castle” Receive Release Dates was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
A few years ago, filmmaker Jason Reitman could do no wrong. The man who made an impressive debut with Thank You For Smoking had followed it up with the Academy Award winning Juno and then the phenomenal Up in the Air, which for a brief moment was the Oscar frontrunner in Best Picture. Since then, Reitman’s movies have gotten a more mixed reception, between Young Adult, Labor Day, and the deeply divisive Men, Women, and Children. His films remain something to look forward to though, and his next one has found a home. Focus Features has announced that they’ve picked it up and will be putting it out next April. We’re less than a year out now from a new Reitman work. Fans should rejoice about that. His new movie is Tully, another collaboration with screenwriter Diablo Cody. Not a whole lot is known about it right now, »
- Joey Magidson
Distributor acquires North America and multiple territories to upcoming Jason Reitman feature.
Focus acquired North America, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania.
Wme Global represented North American rights and Sierra/Affinity handles international sales. Tully will open in the Us on April 20, 2018.
Reitman directs from a screenplay by Cody about a mother of three, including a newborn, who forms a bond with a new night nanny gifted to her by her brother.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
News broke a year ago that Theron, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody were teaming on the then-untitled project. The trio last worked together on 2011’s “Young Adult.” Bron Studios came on to finance last May.
Focus disclosed Thursday that it had also bought international rights including U.K., Italy, Spain, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania.
“Tully” also stars Mackenzie Davis (“The Martian”), Mark Duplass (“The League”) and Ron Livingston. Theron plays a mother of three including a newborn, who is gifted a night nanny — played by Davis — by her brother, played by Duplass. The two women eventually form a unique bond.
- Dave McNary
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