11 items from 2010
As the casting director for the Geffen Playhouse, Phyllis Schuringa has one of the best jobs in Los Angeles. The crème de la crème walks through the doors there, albeit nervously clutching scripts in hand. And Schuringa happily puts them at ease and draws the best from them.A recent task has been to find replacements for the Geffen's co-production with the Intiman Theatre of Lynn Nottage's "Ruined." (See related story.) Back Stage spoke with Schuringa about the task she set for herself and the results she found. Back Stage: What was your assignment on this one?Phyllis Schuringa: It was really interesting because it wasn't from scratch. They started looking for three roles, and then it turned into four roles, and then it turned back to two roles. They put out offers to the people who did it [in its world premiere] at the Goodman Theatre and then in New York, and »
Michelle Monaghan, Madeline Carroll, Kathy Baker and Souleymane Sy Savane have joined the cast of Lionsgate.s "Machine Gun Preacher."According to Variety, Gerard Butler and Michael Shannon have already been cast. The film is based on the true story of Sam Childers (Butler), a drug-dealing biker who would go on to spend time in the most dangerous parts of Sudan and Uganda rescuing young war victims.Marc Forster will direct from a Jason Keller screenplay with shooting set to begin July 5 in Detroit and South Africa. A fall 2011 release date has been set.Forster will produce through his Apparatus production company with Robbie Brenner; Gary Safady and Craig Chapman of Kaushi Entertainment; and Deborah Giarratana of Gg Filmz. »
- Adnan Tezer
Lionsgate today announced that it has acquired North American distribution rights to the fact-based action drama Machine Gun Preacher, directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace). The film is the studio’s first collaboration with Forster since the Oscar-winning Monster’s Ball.
Synopsis: After renouncing his outlaw ways, Sam Childers embarks on a spiritual path, becoming a warrior for the desperate and helpless children in a war-torn country in Africa.
Gerard Butler (Law Abiding Citizen, 300) stars as Reverend Sam Childers, known as “the machine gun preacher.” Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, Gone Baby Gone) co-stars as his wife, Lynn Childers; Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (The Runaways, Revolutionary Road) portrays Childers’s best friend, Donnie; Madeline Carroll (The Spy Nex Door, Swing Vote) plays Childers’s daughter, Paige; Kathy Baker (Last Chance Harvey, Street Smart) plays Childers’s mother, Daisy Childers; and Souleymane Sy Savane (Goodbye Solo, Damages) plays Deng, Childers’s right hand in Africa. »
- Allan Ford
The release also revealed an impressive cast for this story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been kidnapped and pressed into duty as soldiers in the Lord’s Resistance Army.
Childers established an orphanage to house 200 children, then formed a militia to protect them, recover other kidnapped kids, and dispense outlaw justice on their captors.
As previously reported, Gerard Butler plays the title character, while Michelle Monaghan plays his wife and Michael Shannon his best friend. Joining them are Madeline Carroll as his daughter, Kathy Baker as his mother and Souleymane Sy Savane as his right-hand man in Africa.
- Garth Franklin
Lionsgate will distribute the true-story film Machine Gun Preacher Lionsgate, the leading next generation studio, today announced that it has acquired North American distribution rights to the fact-based action drama Machine Gun Preacher, directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace). The film is the studio's first collaboration with Forster since the Oscar-winning Monster's Ball. Gerard Butler (Law Abiding Citizen, 300) stars as Reverend Sam Childers, known as "the machine gun preacher." Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, Gone Baby Gone) co-stars as his wife, Lynn Childers; Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (The Runaways, Revolutionary Road) portrays Childers's best friend, Donnie; Madeline Carroll (The Spy Next Door, Swing Vote) plays Childers's daughter, Paige; Kathy Baker (Last Chance Harvey, Street Smart) plays Childers's mother, Daisy Childers; and Souleymane Sy Savane (Goodbye Solo, Damages) plays Deng, Childers's right hand in Africa. The screenwriter is Jason D. Keller. Forster will produce under his Apparatus shingle alongside Robbie Brenner »
The cast for the upcoming Machine Gun Preacher has been confirmed: Michael Shannon (Jonah Hex), Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, Source Code), Madeline Carroll (the upcoming Rob Reiner joint Flipped), Kathy Baker (Revolutionary Road) and Souleymane Sy Savane (Solo in the incredible Goodbye Solo) will all star alongside Gerard Butler in the Marc Forster-directed adaptation of the much-talked about Jason Keller screenplay.
The film tells the “based on a true” story of Sam Childers, “a once violent drug-dealing biker who went on to spend time in the most dangerous parts of Sudan and Uganda rescuing the youngest victims of war.” [Variety]
Shooting will start on July 5th, in Detroit then South Africa.
That title is something, eh? One can imagine a world in which Keller went into a pitch meeting with the title alone, and sold the thing. Hopefully it’s not this world, but hey, hope’s cheap these day. »
- Dan Mecca
While clearly not as closely followed as the Guild Awards, let alone the Golden Globes, the Independent Spirit Awards casts a much wider net in terms of nominees by accepting any film that is screened at various festivals, even if it's not released in theatres. It does, however, limit the film's budget to $20 million.
Precious won Best Feature and Lee Daniels nabbed the Best Director award. Precious ladies, Gabourey Sidibe and Mo'Nique also won the female acting awards while Jeff Bridges and Woody Harrelson got the male acting gongs.
Here's the full list of the nominess and winners...
500 Days of Summer
Best First Feature
Lee Daniels - Precious
Last night the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards at La Live's panoramic event deck in downtown Los Angeles and talk about predictable as I nailed 12 of the 13 winners in the categories I predicted, with Precious being the night's biggest winner taking home Best Feature, Director, Actress, Supporting Actress and First Screenplay. The only category I missed was Best First Feature, which I predicted Oren Moverman's The Messenger would take home the award, but instead it went to Scott Cooper's Crazy Heart, which also won for Best Actor, awarding Jeff Bridges on his way to an Oscar win this Sunday.
I have listed all the winners below, see you Sunday for the Oscars.
Best Feature Amreeka (500) Days of Summer The Last Station Precious Sin Nombre Best Director Michael Hoffman, The Last Station Lee Daniels, Precious Joel and Ethan Coen, A Serious Man Cary Fukunaga, Sin Nombre James Gray, Two Lovers Best Actor Jeff Bridges, »
- Brad Brevet
"Precious" took home five major honors at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards including Gabourey Sidibe's first Best Actress win.
The Coen Brothers for A Serious Man
Lee Daniels for Precious
Best First Feature
John Cassavetes Award
Film Independent's Spirit Awards marked their 25th anniversary this year and shook things up by trading their afternoon beachside luncheon for a nighttime party downtown. The show was hosted by comedian Eddie Izzard and a handful of the actors who attended and presented were Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker"), Maggie Gyllenhaal ("Crazy Heart"), Carey Mulligan ("An Education") and Vera Farmiga ("Up in the Air"). Best Actor winner Jeff Bridges performed a song from his film "Crazy Heart" with Oscar-nominated songwriters T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham. The rock band Anvil whose career was chronicled in the independent film "Anvil: The Story of Anvil" also performed live and took home Best Documentary.
The Spirit Awards have supported and rewarded independent films throughout the years and MakingOf is proud to have interviewed many of this year's nominees and winners. I've included the full list of nominated films and talent below along with links to our exclusive interviews. »
I haven't talked about them since announcing the nominees back in December 2009, but tomorrow night, March 5, Film Independent will hold the 25th Annual Spirit Awards at La Live's panoramic event deck in downtown Los Angeles. The show will air live and uncut at 8:00 p.m. Pst/11:00 p.m. Est on IFC (Independent Film Channel).
I am going to be taking in a showing of the Broadway musical "Chicago" tomorrow night so I won't be reporting on the winners until late or possibly even Saturday morning, but for now here are my predictions for who will take home the Spirit Awards. Any of you disagree with my choices?
My winner predictions are bold and in red.
Best Feature Amreeka (500) Days of Summer The Last Station Precious Sin Nombre Best Director Michael Hoffman, The Last Station Lee Daniels, Precious Joel and Ethan Coen, A Serious Man Cary Fukunaga, Sin Nombre James Gray, »
- Brad Brevet
11 items from 2010
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