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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: John Carney’s Sing Street

25 November 2015 1:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Could acoustic lightening strike twice? 2006 was a mythical, magical year for John Carney when Once took the Sundance Film Festival and film world by storm. With buffer items Zonad (2009) and The Rafters (2012) only whetting our appetite for another Carney gem, 2013’s surprise box office indie hit Begin Again (with Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine) sort of got us back in the saddle. We now come full circle back to another micro film with potentially lots of heart. Considered a cousin to Once, Carney enlists U2’s Bono and The Edge for the this when Irish eyes are smiling coming-of-ager romance. Currently in the midst of a certain restructuring, the Weinsteins picked up Sing Street in at the Cannes Film Fest in 2014 and it was kept off the 2015 slate. Could this semi-biographical tale be tuned up as a crowd-pleasing Park City item?

Gist: This tells the story of 14-year-old Cosmo, »

- Eric Lavallee

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Richard Linklater Baseball Comedy to Release April 15

27 July 2015 11:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount has set Richard Linklater’s baseball comedy — formerly titled “That’s What I’m Talking About” — for an April 15 release.

The studio also moved its untitled comedy, which had been starring Leslie Mann, out of that release slot with no new date set.

Megan Ellison is producing the baseball movie along with Sean Daniel, Linklater, Sandra Adair, John Sloss and Ginger Sledge. Daniel and the late Jim Jacks partnered with Linklater on his breakout 1993 teen comedy “Dazed and Confused.”

The pic is the first film for Linklater following his Oscar-nominated family drama “Boyhood.”

Blake Jenner stars as a new pitcher on a highly ranked college baseball team that also parties extensively. Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch, Will Brittain and Glen Powell also star.

The movie — set in the 198os in Texas — has also been informally titled “Everybody Wants Some.” It’s Linklater’s second baseball comedy »

- Dave McNary

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Leslie Mann Comedy from 'Hangover' Writers Goes to Paramount

8 May 2015 5:14 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Paramount Pictures has acquired the Us distribution rights to the currently Untitled Leslie Mann/Judd Apatow Comedy, a new female comedy from renowned filmmaking duo Jon Lucas & Scott Moore (writers of 21 & Over, The Hangover) and starring Leslie Mann. Jon Lucas & Scott Moore will direct the film which is based on their original screenplay.&#160Paramount will release the film in theaters on April 15, 2016.

Block Entertainment and Merced Media are producing alongside Judd Apatow&#160and Josh Church for Apatow Productions.&#160&#160 Lensing begins this summer in New York, with plot details for this female comedy being kept under wraps. Merced Media is fully financing the project with Bill Block and Merced's Raj Brinder Singh producing. Block Entertainment partner, John Friedberg, will executive produce.

Marc Evans, President of Paramount Pictures' Motion Picture Group said:

"We are excited to be partnering with Judd, Bill and their teams for this great project. Leslie, Jon and »

- MovieWeb

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Paramount Picks Up Judd Apatow-Produced Comedy Starring Leslie Mann

8 May 2015 3:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Pictures has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the currently untitled comedy from “The Hangover” writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore starring Leslie Mann.

Judd Apatow and Josh Church are producing along with Block Entertainment and Merced Media with Lucas and Moore writing and directing. Merced Media is fully financing the project with Bill Block and Merced’s Raj Brinder Singh producing.

Plot details are being kept under wraps. Production begins this summer.

Paramount has dated the pic for April 15, 2016.

“We are excited to be partnering with Judd, Bill and their teams for this great project,” said Marc Evans, president of Paramount Pictures’ Motion Picture Group. Leslie, Jon and Scott are among the best comedic talents working today and their combined forces will no doubt make for an incredibly funny movie that the whole team here is excited to be a part of.”

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- Justin Kroll

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Paramount Pictures Acquires Untitled Leslie Mann/Judd Apatow Comedy

8 May 2015 3:15 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Paramount Pictures just acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the female comedy from The Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and starring Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, Knocked Up). The project is the first big package from Bill Block’s Block Entertainment and Raj Brinder Singh's Merced Capital and Kevin Frakes' PalmStar Media Capital. Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr broke the story last week that the comedy had been packaged and was going out to studios. Lucas and… »

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Leslie Mann Comedy Picked Up by Paramount

8 May 2015 2:48 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paramount Pictures has snapped up the U.S. distribution rights to a new, untitled comedy that is being written for Leslie Mann by The Hangover writing team of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Lucas and Moore will also direct the film from their original screenplay, which Block Entertainment and Merced Media are producing alongside Judd Apatow. Paramount is targeting an April 15, 2016 release for the film, with shooting scheduled to begin this summer in New York. Merced Media is fully financing the female-centric project with Block Entertainment’s Bill Block and Merced’s Raj Brinder Singh serving as producers. Block

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Paramount acquires Leslie Mann comedy

8 May 2015 8:41 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The studio has swooped on Us rights to the untitled Lucas & Moore Project in a timely move for international rights holder Bill Block on the eve of Cannes.

Paramount has set an April 15, 2016, release date as Jon Lucas and Scott Moore prepare to start shooting in New York this summer with Leslie Mann in the lead.

Bill Block of sales agent Block Entertainment and Merced Media, the $500m fund Block launched late last year with Merced Capital’s Raj Brinder Singh and PalmStar Media Capital’s Kevin Frakes, produces alongside Singh, Mann’s husband Judd Apatow and his Apatow Productions associate Josh Church.

Lucas and Moore will direct from their original screenplay and their writing credits include The Hangover and 21 & Over.

Block Entertainment partner John Friedberg serves as executive producer. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Kevin James to star in ‘Assassin’ action comedy

6 May 2015 1:06 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Merced Media has put its second sales title into the market and brought on Good Universe to handle pre-sales on comedy The True Memoirs Of An International Assassin.

Kevin James will play a mild-mannered accountant who is mistaken for a killer and becomes embroiled in an assassination plot in Belize after his novel about a hitman is published as a true story.

Jeff Wadlow directs from a Black List screenplay by Jeff Morris.  

PalmStar Media and Global Film Group will produce the project, set to begin production in September. Merced Media and PalmStar will finance. Wme Global represents Us rights.

Todd Garner and Merced Media principal and PalmStar Media CEO Kevin Frakes produce with Raja Collins and Justin Begnaud of Global Film Group and Raj Brinder Singh of Merced Media.

Hey Eddie’s Jeff Sussman and PalmStar Media’s Mark Fasano and Buddy Patrick are executive producers.

Merced Media, the $500m fund launched late last year by »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Kevin James to Star in ‘True Memoirs of an International Assassin’

6 May 2015 11:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a pre-Cannes move, Kevin James has come on board to star in action-comedy “The True Memoirs of an International Assassin” for PalmStar Media and Global Film Group, with production starting in September.

Merced Media and PalmStar will finance. Good Universe will launch international sales at the upcoming Cannes market. Wme is handling U.S. rights.

The film will be directed by “Kick Ass 2″ helmer Jeff Wadlow from a Black List script by Jeff Morris.

Todd Garner and Kevin Frakes will produce alongside Raja Collins and Justin Begnaud of Global Film Group and Raj Brinder Singh of Merced Media. Hey Eddie’s Jeff Sussman and PalmStar Media’s Mark Fasano and Buddy Patrick will exec produce.

James will play a mild-mannered accountant and would-be author who is mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. Trying to escape his sudden fame and celebrity, »

- Dave McNary

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Bill Block to sell Leslie Mann comedy in Cannes

30 April 2015 11:17 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Merced Media and Block Entertainment announced the untitled female comedy to be produce by Judd Apatow that Bill Block will introduce to buyers on the Croisette.

Leslie Mann will star for Jon Lucas and Scott Moore directing from their original screenplay.

Block Entertainment and Merced Media are producing alongside Apatow and Josh Church for Apatow Productions. Principal photography begins this summer in New York.

Merced Media is fully financing the project with Block and Merced’s Raj Brinder Singh serving as individual producers. Block Entertainment partner John Friedberg will serve as executive producer.

“Lucas and Moore have written a funny and heartfelt script about women and the challenges of motherhood,” said Mann. “I am thrilled to be working with them on this film, and to collaborate for the first time with Block Entertainment and Merced Media.”

Block added: “When we read Lucas and Moore’s script we knew it was a hit and a global female comedy »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Leslie Mann Set To Star, ‘Hangover’ Scribes Jon Lucas & Scott Moore To Direct Untitled Comedy

30 April 2015 7:52 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Bill Block has readied his first big package since forming Block Entertainment with Raj Brinder Singh’s Merced Capital and Kevin FrakesPalmStar Media Capital. They are going out to studios today with a package that has Leslie Mann set to anchor an untitled R-rated female-driven comedy that was written and will be directed by The Hangover scribes Jon Lucas & Scott Moore. Pic is being produced by Apatow ProductionsJudd Apatow and Josh Church, alongside Block… »

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