15 items from 2015
I sit down with Anonymous Content veteran manager Michael Sugar, who handles the careers of Joe Wright, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Winona Ryder, Richard Linklater, Marc Webb, Gavin Hood, Patty Jenkins, Scott Burns, Cary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh, among others. HBO's 2014 drama series "True Detective," entirely directed by Fukunaga, won three Emmys including director, and now has a second season coming up with new directors and a new cast. And Soderbergh not only directed the 2013 Liberace movie "Behind the Candelabra" for HBO (which won 11 Emmys) but directed the elegant 2014 Cinemax series "The Knick," starring Clive Owen as a forward-thinking surgeon in 1900 trying to save lives under primitive conditions at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital. Both series follow innovative new models for director-driven television. Soderbergh will also direct all of "The Knick" Season Two, which returns with Owen in fall 2015. Also coming up...
- Anne Thompson
I sit down with Anonymous Content veteran manager Michael Sugar, who handles the careers of Joe Wright, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Winona Ryder, Richard Linklater, Marc Webb, Gavin Hood, Patty Jenkins, Scott Burns, Cary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh, among others. HBO's 2014 drama series "True Detective," entirely directed by Fukunaga, won three Emmys including director, and now has a second season coming up with new directors and a new cast. And Soderbergh not only directed the 2013 Liberace movie "Behind the Candelabra" for HBO (which won 11 Emmys) but directed the elegant 2014 Cinemax series "The Knick," starring Clive Owen as a forward-thinking surgeon in 1900 trying to save lives under primitive conditions at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital. Both series follow innovative new models for director-driven television. Soderbergh will also direct all of "The Knick" Season Two, which returns with Owen in fall 2015. Also coming up »
- Anne Thompson
The film is the true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great opera singer. But while the voice she heard in her head was beautiful, to everyone else it was awful.
Tim Caplan, Union co-owner and lead visual-effects executive producer, said the company would “help create pre-war New York” on the film, which is being shot in the UK.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Story of amateur sailor who attempted to sail around the world begins UK shoot.
A feature based on the true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his attempt to win the first Golden Globe round the world yacht race in 1968 has begun shooting in the UK this week.
The support cast includes Rachel Weisz as his wife Clare Crowhurst, David Thewlis as his press agent Rodney Hallworth, Ken Stott as Crowhurst’s sponsor Stanley Best and Jonathan Bailey as rookie reporter Wheeler.
Produced by Pete Czernin and Graham Broadbent through Blueprint Pictures and Scott Z. Burns, alongside Nicolas Mauvernay and Jacques Perrin of Galatee, the project has been developed with Christine Langan from BBC Films and StudioCanal.
Marsh said: “Donald Crowhurst »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Barbara Dreyfus, the well-liked head of motion pictures for Will Packer’s production company and a longtime agent, died Friday morning at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles of unknown causes. She was 55.
“Barbara had an amazing spirit and passion for her family and her career,” Packer said. “She will be missed for her creativity and fearlessness as an executive, but more importantly for her incredibly giving nature as a person.”
Dreyfus had led the development of comedy and drama projects through Packer’s first look deal with Universal Pictures since its inception in 2013. Prior to taking the production job, she was a senior agent in the motion picture literary department of United Talent Agency, where she represented a broad range of prominent screenwriters and directors.
“Barbara Dreyfus was a tremendous colleague, agent and friend,” UTA said in a statement. “We were lucky to have her as part of the »
- Dave McNary
The story is based on the true tale of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his attempt to win the first round of the World Yacht Race in 1968.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Rachel Weisz (The Light Between Oceans) is in talks to star opposite Colin Firth in director James Marsh’s untitled Donald Crowhurst biopic. The story is based on the true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his attempt to win the first round of the World Yacht Race in 1968. The film is produced by Blueprint Pictures’ Pete Czernin and Graham Broadbent with Scott Z. Burns, who wrote the script. Also on board as producers are Nicolas Mauvernay and… »
London — BBC Films, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary at a party in London today, has revealed its latest slate, which includes new projects from the directors of “The Theory of Everything” and “The Lunchbox,” as well as films by Armando Iannucci and Ricky Gervais.
James Marsh, the director of “The Theory of Everything,” is helming a film recounting the true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, and his attempt to win the first single-handed round-the-world yacht race in 1968. Pic is produced by Blueprint Pictures; it is written by Scott Z. Burns and stars Colin Firth.
Ritesh Batra, who helmed “The Lunchbox,” will direct an adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize-winning novel “The Sense of an Ending.” The adaptation is the debut screenplay of playwright Nick Payne, whose play “Constellations” has recently been on Broadway starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The film tells the story of Tony Webster, whose comfortable world »
- Leo Barraclough
The December release of the U.S. Senate Select Intelligence Committee's so-called "torture report" shocked the nation with the gruesome accounts of extreme interrogation tactics employed by the CIA in the war on terror. HBO Films is examining the origins of the brutal tactics with Rorschach And Awe, a movie in development, which will be written and directed by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Bourne Ultimatum). Based on the 2007 Vanity Fair article of the same name by… »
Would you like to know how Weta Digital was able to make those computer-generated apes in 20th Century Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes looks so darn good? Well, just click on the video below to see all the advancemed technology that was utilized to render them apes. A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), from a screenplay written by Mark Bomback, Scott Z. Burns, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. The cast includes: Andy Serkis (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, »
This weekend's "Kingsman: The Secret Service" might be the first big spy movie of 2015, but it's far from the last. This August, Warner Bros will unleash "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," based on the television series that ran for more than a hundred episodes from 1965 - 1968 (to tell you what a technologically trippy period this was, the first season's episodes were in black-and-white, the rest in color). This new version retains the period setting but seems to be ruder and more action-packed. Would you expect anything less from director Guy Ritchie?
In the new "Man from U.N.C.L.E.," Henry Cavill (summoning considerable more charm than he ever exhibited in "Man of Steel") plays Napoleon Solo, an American secret agent forced to partner with a Russian agent named Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer, forever the handsome straight man). Hugh Grant and Jared Harris are British agents and the almost painfully »
- Drew Taylor
Director: Michael Wenning
Producers: Rashidi Hendrix, Daniel Ziskind
Cast: Amr Waked
Five international thieves meet in Berlin to steal the most valuable stamp in the world.
Director: Gerard Barrett
Cast: Dakota Fanning
Based on Susannah Cahalan’s bestselling memoir.
Sales: Mister Smith Entertainment (international); Wme (U.S.)
Director: Steven C. Miller
Cast: Bruce Willis
Thriller involving super-weapons and conspiracies.
Sales: Highland Film Group
Elvis & Nixon
Director: Liza Johnson
The morning when President Nixon met Elvis Presley in 1970.
Director: Stephen Gaghan
Cast: Matthew McConaughey
The story of the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corp. mining scandal.
Sales: Sierra/Affinity (international); CAA (domestic)
- Variety Staff
After his stellar work on acclaimed Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, James Marsh is taking on another tale of a flawed individual battling against seemingly insurmountable odds. Blueprint Pictures and BBC Films have just set the helmer, whose 2008 documentary Man on Wire won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, to direct Colin Firth in a feature about amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, who set off in 1968 to win the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, a non-stop, single-handed, round-the-world yacht race.
While The Theory of Everything told the story of Hawking’s rise to prominence even as his relationship with first wife Jane Wilde eventually crumbled, this new pic will be much more tragic than inspirational. After all, Crowhurst’s efforts to win the race and claim a cash prize, in hopes of aiding his failing business, soon led him to falsify log books and plot to deceive the race »
- Isaac Feldberg
Rolling off “The Theory of Everything,” James Marsh (“Man on a Wire”) is now officially attached to direct a film based on another singular British personality, fated amateur yachtsman Donald Crowhurst. Colin Firth stars in the story of Crowhurst’s desperate attempt to win the first round of the Golden Globe Yacht Race in 1968.
Studiocanal will sell the project at the European Film Market.
Pete Czernin, Graham Broadbent and pic’s screenwriter Scott Z. Burns produce, alongside Nicolas Mauvernay and Jacques Perrin of Galatee. Studiocanal will distribute in the five territories where it operates direct distribution operations: the U.K., France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
- John Hopewell
Oscar Isaac is having quite the year. Not only is he receiving high praise for his work in J.C. Chandor’s latest, A Most Violent Year, but, of course, he’s also got a little something called Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming out on December 18th. The day after Isaac nabbed the National Board of Review’s best actor award and his A Most Violent Year co-star, Jessica Chastain, snagged the best supporting actress title, I got the opportunity to sit down with the pair to discuss that movie and also got to talk a little Star Wars, too. Find out what Chastain thought of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer after the jump. Assuming just about everyone is asking Isaac about Episode VII, I opted to get Chastain’s thoughts on the film’s first teaser trailer instead: “I loved it. I’ve probably watched it 12 times, »
- Perri Nemiroff
15 items from 2015
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