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7 items from 2016


Trailer For ‘Author: The Jt LeRoy Story’ Proves Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

20 July 2016 6:18 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Before Kristen Stewart, James Franco, Helena Bonham Carter, and writer-director Justin Kelly turn it into a narrative drama, this fall the documentary Author: The Jt LeRoy Story will arrive. Acclaimed since its Sundance premiere, Jeff Feuerzeig’s documentary follows a writer and actor who fooled the world with a man who identifies as transgender, tricking the rich and famous in Hollywood, the fashion world and elite literary circles. Ahead of a September release, the first trailer has now arrived.

We said in our review, “Author: The Jt LeRoy Story relives the literary hoax of the early aughts, the truly weird and out of control tale of Jt LeRoy. An allegedly gender-fluid HIV positive son of a West Virginia truck stop hooker, he rose to the heights of indie stardom befriending the likes of Courtney Love, Shirley Manson, Lou Reed, Michael Pitt, Billy Corgan and filmmakers Gus Van Saint and Asia Argento »

- Jordan Raup

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‘The Girlfriend Experience’: Why Riley Keough Sizzles (Emmy Video)

11 July 2016 1:04 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

You know it when you see it. A star on the rise.

Casting “Magic Mike,” Steven Soderbergh saw an audition tape for then-22-year-old model-actress Riley Keough—whose genetic blessings from grandfather Elvis Presley and mother Lisa Marie are self evident—and hired her sight unseen for a small role as stripper Nora, where she learned all about “underwear and spray tans,” she told me in our video interview. She first met Soderbergh at a “Magic Mike” staff dinner with her co-stars Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and her romantic interest Alex Pettyfer, to whom she was briefly engaged.

Five years later, “The Girlfriend Experience” producer Soderbergh cast Keough to carry the 13-part Starz half-hour series “The Girlfriend Experience,” now adapted from his 2009 film by indie writer-directors, Amy Seimetz (“Sun Don’t Shine”) and Lodge Kerrigan (“Claire Dolan”). Reviews and Emmy buzz are strong.

Keough had some discomfort after reading the »

- Anne Thompson

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Buyer’s Guide to Tribeca Titles With Buzz

13 April 2016 12:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Major theatrical acquisitions are rare at Tribeca, but the festival has supplied a steady stream of product (some 400 films in its history) to a host of buyers, including, most recently, A24, Saban Films, IFC and the Orchard. Here are a dozen target titles.

Between Us

Olivia Thirlby stars in this romantic dramedy about an L.A. couple on the rocks. Featuring Adam Goldberg, Peter Bogdanovich and Lesley Ann Warren.

Sales: CAA

Betting on Zero

A doc following hedge fund titan Bill Ackman’s crusade to expose global nutritional giant Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history.

Sales: Cinetic

Custody

Starring Viola Davis as a beleaguered judge, this courtroom drama from Tony Award winner James Lapine (“Into the Woods”) focuses on a high-stakes child custody battle.

Sales: CAA

“Keep Quiet”

A doc about an anti-Semitic Hungarian politician who later discovered he was Jewish.

Sales: The Film

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King Cobra »

- Anthony Kaufman

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Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival to Open With Anna Gunn’s ‘Equity’

6 April 2016 1:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The second edition of Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival will open May 3 with Wall Street drama “Equity,” starring Anna Gunn, Alysia Reiner and Sarah Morgan Thomas.

Directed by Meera Menon, “Equity” debuted at Sundance in January. Worldwide rights sold to Sony Classics shortly before its premiere.

The festival’s closing film on May 7 will be “Maggie’s Plan,” directed by Rebecca Miller and starring Greta Gerwig, Julianne Moore and Ethan Hawke. Sony Classics bought domestic rights following its premiere in September at the Toronto Film Festival.

Davis launched the Bentonville Film Festival last year as a way to champion women and diverse voices in media. The festival announced Wednesday that it will feature approximately 34 films in competition, including 16 documentaries and 18 narrative films along with a new short film competition.

The festival is sponsored by Walmart, Coca-Cola and distribution partners AMC Theatres, Lifetime and Starz. It offers guaranteed distribution to the winning festival films for audience, »

- Dave McNary

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Thor Bradwell Exits Lbi To Form Thirty Three Management

18 March 2016 6:22 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Thor Bradwell has amicably exited Lbi to form Thirty Three Management, a new shingle. Bradwell, who spent two and one-half years at Lbi and 10 years at Wme before that, is in the process of moving his clients over with him. They include Xavier Dolan, Riley Keough, Bella Thorne, Ashley Benson, Dianna Agron, Chris Zylka and Justin Kelly. Said Bradwell: "My clients are talented artists and smart story tellers. I am looking forward to supporting their producing… »

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Thor Bradwell Exits Lbi To Form Thirty Three Management

18 March 2016 6:22 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Thor Bradwell has amicably exited Lbi to form Thirty Three Management, a new shingle. Bradwell, who spent two and one-half years at Lbi and 10 years at Wme before that, is in the process of moving his clients over with him. They include Xavier Dolan, Riley Keough, Bella Thorne, Ashley Benson, Dianna Agron, Chris Zylka and Justin Kelly. Said Bradwell: "My clients are talented artists and smart story tellers. I am looking forward to supporting their producing… »

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Franco, K-Stew Team On Jt LeRoy Film

9 February 2016 7:11 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

James Franco is attached and Kristen Stewart and Helena Bonham Carter are in negotiations to join the Justin Kelly-directed author hoax story "Jt LeRoy" for Lbi Entertainment, Aquarius and Rabbit Bandini Productions.

The behind-the-scenes true story tale will be based on the memoir "Girl Boy Girl" and life rights from Savannah Knoop. Knoop and her sister-in-law Laura Albert were behind an elaborate ruse - the creation of the literary persona Jeremiah 'Terminator' LeRoy (J.T. LeRoy), a gay-male-ex-truck-stop-prostitute-turned literary-wunderkind.

For a decade Albert penned the books under the pseudonym and over several years Knoop attended public events as the character, leading to a bizarre double life of the latter pretending to be a transgender author who was embraced by the fashion, film and literary world elite.

Filming aims to begin later this year.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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