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Brie Larson’s “Unicorn Store” to Be First Film Produced by Gender Balanced Prod Co.

Brie Larson’s “Unicorn Store” to Be First Film Produced by Gender Balanced Prod Co. 51 EntertainmentBrie Larson on the set of “Unicorn Store,” 51 Entertainment’s first film: Larson’s Instagram account

Producer Lynette Howell Taylor (“Big Eyes,” “Captain Fantastic”) has launched 51 Entertainment, a production company dedicated to making films with better gender representation and diversity. ScreenDaily confirms that the first project 51 Entertainment will produce is Brie Larson’s feature directorial debut, “Unicorn Store.”

“The name 51 is associated with the idea of majority,” Howell Taylor explained. “Women are still the majority in the United States and yet the balance is greatly tipped against us in the entertainment industry when it comes to opportunities.”

The Gotham Award winner continued, “Part of the mission for 51 will be to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion in hiring practices across all areas of film and TV, both in front of, and behind the camera, in every department. It is a not a female content company or a company focusing only on female filmmakers; instead it is a company that will aim to achieve greater balance.”

Howell Taylor is joined by frequent collaborators Samantha Housman and Derek Iger at 51 Entertainment. She will continue to work with Jamie Patricof at Electric City Entertainment in addition to producing projects for 51.

Written by Samantha McIntyre (“Married,” “People of Earth”), “Unicorn Store” stars Larson and Samuel L. Jackson. Not much is known about the plot except that Larson will play Kit, a young woman who is invited to the store of her childhood dreams.

51 Entertainment seems to be the perfect fit for Larson, who has been outspoken about the need for inclusivity onscreen and behind the scenes. “I love that we’re seeing stronger women on the screen — but I don’t think that’s the end of this conversation,” the Oscar winner said. “We need more intersectionality. We need more unique voices because what directing is, is saying: ‘This is how I view the world,’ and I think the way we can connect and learn more is seeing the world through other people’s eyes.”

Howell Taylor is a member of Women In Film and the Los Angeles Women’s Collective Pac, and is a Sundance Creative Producing Initiative adviser. She created the Horizon Award for female filmmakers with producers Cassian Elwes (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Christine Vachon (“Carol”) as well.

The “Star Is Born” remake starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper and Marja-Lewis Ryan’s addiction drama “6 Balloons” are among Howell Taylor’s upcoming projects. Houseman is also producing the latter.

You can catch Larson next in “The Glass Castle,” a film adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ memoir of the same name. Larson stars as the adult Walls, who is trying to break away from her dysfunctional parents (Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson). The drama opens August 11.

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Brie Larson’s Feature Directorial Debut Lands at New Equality-Driven Production Company

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Brie Larson’s Feature Directorial Debut Lands at New Equality-Driven Production Company
Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson has long been eager to get behind the camera — she’s already helmed a pair of short films, including the Sundance award-winning “The Arm,” which she made alongside Jessie Ennis and Sarah Ramos — and her feature directorial debut, “Unicorn Store,” is reportedly set to bow sometime later this year. And now the film has snagged the backing of a brand new production shingle, one that sounds very much in line with Larson’s own outspoken and equality-driven attitude.

Long-time producer Lynette Howell Taylor has now launched a new production banner called 51 Entertainment, with a focus on filmmaker-driven content, and “Unicorn Store” is set up as its first feature. Larson directed the film from Samantha McIntyre’s script, and she also stars in the feature alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Bradley Whitford, Joan Cusack, and Martha MacIsaac. The film also boasts a crew that was mostly made up of female professionals.
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51 Entertainment to launch with Brie Larson's 'Unicorn Store'

Lynette Howell Taylor’s newly formed 51 Entertainment aims for gender parity and greater diversity in its projects.

Producer Lynette Howell Taylor has announced the formation of a new production banner called 51 Entertainment that focuses on filmmaker driven content, and will utilise multiple platorms.

Independent producer Samantha Housman has been hired to join the company, serving alongside Taylor and creative executive Derek Iger.

Unicorn Store, directed by Brie Larson from a script by Samantha McIntyre, will be the first film produced under the new banner. Larson also stars in the film alongside Samuel L Jackson.

The story centres on a woman who moves back in with her parents and receives an invitation to a store that will test her ideas of what it really means to grow up.

Howell Taylor most recently wrapped the Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga film A Star Is Born. She produced Matt Ross’ 28 Hotel Rooms and Captain Fantastic, and is developing
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Lynette Howell Taylor Launches 51 Entertainment; Brie Larson’s ‘Unicorn Store’ First Up

Exclusive: Veteran indie producer Lynette Howell Taylor is launching 51 Entertainment, a new production shingle that will focus on filmmaker-driven content with an inclusive female sensibility that will span multiple platforms. She has hired producer Samantha Housman and creative executive Derek Iger to join her. The first film to carry the new company’s logo will be the recently wrapped Unicorn Store. The film marks the directorial debut of Oscar-winning Room star Brie La…
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51 Entertainment to launch with Brie Larson's 'Unicorn Store'

Lynette Howell Taylor’s company aims for gender parity and greater diversity in its projects.

Lynette Howell Taylor has announced the formation of 51 Entertainment to focus on filmmaker-driven content across multiple platforms.

Samantha Housman (pictured at bottom) has joined the company and will serve alongside Taylor and creative executive Derek Iger.

Unicorn Store, directed by Brie Larson from a script by Samantha McIntyre, will be the first film produced under the new company. Larson also stars in the film alongside Samuel L Jackson.

Larson’s directoral debut centres on a woman who moves back in with her parents and receives an invitation to a store that will test her ideas of what it really means to grow up.

Howell Taylor most recently wrapped the Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga film A Star Is Born. She produced Matt Ross’ 28 Hotel Rooms and Captain Fantastic, and is developing Tomorrow And Tomorrow for Ross to direct.

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Broad City Star Abbi Jacobson Joins Netflix's Heroin Drama 6 Balloons

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Broad City Star Abbi Jacobson Joins Netflix's Heroin Drama 6 Balloons
Best known for her role on Comedy Central's Broad City, Abbi Jacobson is about to get very serious in the new Netflix drama 6 Balloons. She will appear alongside Dave Franco in the lead. The rest of the ensemble cast includes Jane Kaczmarek and Tim Matheson. There is no set launch date at this time.

Deadline reports that the drama series will delve deep into the subject of upper-middle class heroin addiction. The script is coming from Marja-Lewis Ryan. She will also direct. The synopsis reads as such.

"The drama unfolds on July 4, as Katie (Jacobson) discovers her brother Seth (Franco) has relapsed on heroin while his two-year old daughter is in his care."

That sounds pretty heavy, especially with Abbi Jacobson in the lead, as she has become known for her comedic talents. Campfire's Samantha Housman and Ross Dinerstein will produce alongside Free Association's Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan.
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Netflix Sets ‘Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson & Dave Franco For Heroin Drama ‘6 Balloons’

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Netflix Sets ‘Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson & Dave Franco For Heroin Drama ‘6 Balloons’
Exclusive: Netflix has set Broad City star Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco, Jane Kaczmarek and Tim Matheson to star in 6 Balloons, a drama on the topical subject of the upper-middle-class heroin epidemic. Marja-Lewis Ryan wrote the script and will direct. The drama unfolds on July 4, as Katie (Jacobson) discovers her brother Seth (Franco) has relapsed on heroin while his 2-year old daughter is in his care. Campfire’s Samantha Housman and Ross Dinerstein are producing with Free…
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SXSW: Compaq Documentary ‘Silicon Cowboys’ Bought by FilmRise

FilmRise has acquired worldwide distribution rights for the SXSW documentary “Silicon Cowboys” and plans for a fall theatrical release.

The film, directed by Jason Cohen and produced by Ross Dinerstein and Glen Zipper, chronicles the story of Compaq Computer’s founding and the explosive rise of the 1980s PC industry. Compaq was launched in 1982 by three friends in a Houston diner with the aim of building a portable PC to rival Ibm, then the world’s most powerful tech company.

Compaq was the first company to legally reverse engineer the Ibm Personal Computer and became the largest supplier of PC systems during the 1990s. It was purchased by Hewlett Packard in 2002 for $25 billion. Hp discontinued used of the Compaq name several years ago.

Silicon Cowboys” traces the rise, and eventual demise, of the unlikely startup. The film had its world premiere at SXSW.

“The story of Compaq Computer is a
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Myriad Snags Corey Stoll Boxing Noir ‘Glass Chin’ – Afm Briefs

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Myriad Snags Corey Stoll Boxing Noir ‘Glass Chin’ – Afm Briefs
Santa Monica-based Myriad Pictures has added boxing crime thriller Glass Chin to its Afm roster for all worldwide sales outside the U.S. House of CardsCorey Stoll stars in the neo-noir Tribeca Film Festival entry as an ex-pugilist desperate to get back in the game who starts training a young fighter and gets involved in crooked dealings with a local restaurateur (Billy Crudup). Yul Vazquez (Kill the Messenger, Captain Phillips), Marin Ireland (I Am Legend, Hope Springs), and Kelly Lynch (The Jacket, Charlie’s Angels) also star. Noah Buschel (The Missing Person) wrote and directed the film which is produced by Louise Runge and Samantha Housman of Onezero Films, Susan Stover, and Sara Woodhatch. Lois J. Drabkin is exec producer. Myriad’s Audrey Delaney, Svp of Marketing & Acquisition, negotiated the deal with Cinetic on behalf of the filmmakers.

Oscar winner Chris Cooper is set to play J.D. Salinger in Coming Through The Rye,
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Myriad gets in ring with Glass Chin

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Myriad gets in ring with Glass Chin
Noah Buschel directed Glass Chin, which premiered at Tribeca and tells of a former boxing champion who falls on hard times and makes a deal with a crooked restaurateur to get back in the game.

Producers are Louise Runge and Samantha Housman of Onezero Films, Susan Stover and Sara Woodhatch. Lois J Drabkin served as executive producer.

Noah Buschel has done a masterful job of creating a suspenseful tale and strong characters in this neo-noir crime thriller,” said Myriad president Kirk D’Amico. “This film has a highly distinctive style which should resonate with the international distributors.”

Myriad svp of marketing and acquisition Audrey Delaney negotiated the deal with Cinetic on behalf of the filmmakers.
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Helen Hunt’s Surf Comedy ‘Ride’ Gets North American Distribution

Helen Hunt’s Surf Comedy ‘Ride’ Gets North American Distribution
Screen Media Films has acquired North American rights to Helen Hunt’s comedy “Ride,” which stars Hunt, Brenton Thwaites, Luke Wilson and David Zayas.

Screen Media will release the film in theaters nationwide in the second quarter of 2015.

Ride” is the second film Hunt has directed, following “Then She Found Me” in 2007. She portrays an editor from The New Yorker who follows her son (Thwaites) to Los Angeles after he drops out of college to surf. Hunt’s character rediscovers her sexuality with a surf instructor, played by Wilson.

“I made this movie for mothers, sons, fathers, daughters, surfers and people who fall apart and come back together,” she said. “Screen Media is the perfect place to get ‘Ride’ to its audience.”

Hunt also produced and wrote the script. Other producers are Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder, Greg Little and Moon Blauner.

Executive producers are Louise Runge, Samantha Housman, Matthew Carnahan,
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Helen Hunt’s ‘Ride’ Gets Screen Media Deal

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Helen Hunt’s ‘Ride’ Gets Screen Media Deal
Screen Media Films has closed a deal for North American distribution rights to Ride, the film Helen Hunt wrote, directed and produced, and stars in alongside Brenton Thwaites, Luke Wilson, and David Zayas. Pic is Hunt’s follow-up to her helming debut Then She Found Me. In this comedy, she plays an editor from The New Yorker who follows her son (Thwaites) to La after he drops out of college to surf and find himself, but she ends up being the one thrust into a sea change of self-discovery. She befriends a limo driver (Zayas) and soon rediscovers her sexuality with a younger surf instructor (Wilson) and begins to heal her fractured relationship with her son and herself. Sandbar Pictures, Abandon Features, Big Block Ventures and @TheMovies Entertainment financed and UltraMedia is handling foreign sales.

“I made this movie for mothers, sons, fathers, daughters, surfers and people who fall apart and come back together,
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Screen Media Acquires Chris Messina-Helmed ‘Alex Of Venice’

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Exclusive: Screen Media Films acquired worldwide rights to Alex Of Venice, the directing debut of Chris Messina. He stars in the film with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Don Johnson, Derek Luke, and Katie Nehra. According to Screen Media president Suzanne Blach, the pic will be released via multiplatform early next year after playing the Deauville, Napa Valley and Hollywood film festivals.

Winstead plays a workaholic environmental attorney forced to reinvent herself after her husband (Messina) bails. Add an aging father (Johnson) who’s still an aspiring actor, an eccentric sister (Nehra) and an extremely shy son (Sklar Gaertner), the lawyer is up against it but grows through adversity.

Pic’s produced by Electric City Entertainment’s Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell, executive produced by Samantha Housman and Louise Runge, and co-produced by Crystal Powell. Preferred Content brokered the deal.
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Chris Messina’s ‘Alex of Venice’ Gets Distribution

Screen Media Films has acquired worldwide rights to “Alex of Venice,” actor Chris Messina’s directorial debut, for a release in the first half of 2015.

Messina also stars, along with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Don Johnson, Derek Luke and Katie Nehra.

Winstead plays a workaholic attorney forced to reinvent herself after her husband (Messina) suddenly leaves the family. She’s forced to deal with an aging father (Johnson), an eccentric sister (Nehra) and an extremely shy son (Skylar Gaertner).

The drama has played at the Tribeca, Seattle and San Francisco Film Festivals and is scheduled to appear at the Deauville, Napa Valley and Hollywood Film Festivals.

Ronnie Schieb said in her Tribeca review that Winstead’s performance is “extraordinary.”

“Alex” is produced by Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell and exec produced by Samantha Housman and Louise Runge. The production company is Electric City Entertainment, which has produced “Half Nelson,” “Blue Valentine,
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Sundance 2012: Oscilloscope Books '28 Hotel Rooms'

Sundance 2012: Oscilloscope Books '28 Hotel Rooms'
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to 28 Hotel Rooms, written and directed by Matt Ross. The drama had its world premiere in the Next <=> section of the Sundance Film Festival in January and will receive a premium VOD release followed by a national theatrical release later this year. Photos: The Scene at Sundance Film Festival 2012 Starring Chris Messina and Marin Ireland, the film tracks an affair between the two main characters as it grows into a deeper relationship in the titular locations. Lynette HowellLouise Runge and Samantha Housman produced the project; Messina, Andrew MeieranStefan NowickiJoey Carey and Alex Sagalchik are executive

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