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Michael Nyqvist Signs With ICM Partners

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Exclusive: Michael Nyqvist has signed with ICM Partners. The Sweden-born actor, previously at Wme, played Mikael Blomkvist in the original Swedish version of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movie series alongside Noomi Rapace, then jumped to the U.S. for roles including Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol with Tom Cruise and the Keanu Reeves actioner John Wick. Nyqvist recently joined the cast of I.T., an indie revenge thriller starring Pierce Brosnan. In the John… »


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Universal Hires Telemundo Film Music Exec; Starz Acquires ‘Tumbledown’ – Film Briefs

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Tanya Greig Perara has joined Universal Pictures as Svp Business Affairs, Film Music. She will spearhead the business affairs for anything involving film music, including talent deals, licensing negotiations, oversight over current and past soundtrack projects, partnering with record labels, and Universal's in-house Back Lot Music label. She will work with Mike Knobloch, President of Film Music and Publishing. The move comes during a rocking time for the unit, which has… »


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‘Aloha’ Review: Cameron Crowe Fights Bad Buzz, Summer Tentpoles With Hawaii-Set Romantic Comedy

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If ever there was a movie that came to its release date with what affectionately is known in the industry as bad buzz, it’s Cameron Crowe’s romantic comedy Aloha. Of course, it didn’t help that Sony was hacked and negative comments went viral in leaked emails from then-studio head Amy Pascal that certainly damaged the perception of the film from the Oscar-winning writer-director of Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous and Say Anything (that is really something since she presided… »


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Peter Heller Novel ‘The Painter’ Lands With ‘Fighter’ Scribe Paul Tamasy, ‘Blackfish’ Helmer Gabriela Cowperthwaite

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Exclusive: Peter Heller’s novel The Painter is packaging up with The Fighter scribe Paul Tamasy writing the script and Gabriela Cowperthwaite directing. She made a splash with the award-winning docu Blackfish. Tamasy will produce. The Painter focuses on a famous artist with a blinding temper who returns to a quiet life after serving time for shooting a man in a Sante Fe bar. That is until he sees a hunting guide beating a small horse, and the artist soon finds himself on… »


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CAA Adds Maren Olson To Film Finance & Sales Group

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CAA has hired Maren Olson to join the company's Film Finance & Sales Group. She will be based out of the agency’s Century City headquarters and focus on the group's expanding packaging business, which has put together such films as the Cannes premiere Sicario, The Imitation Game, American Hustle, Still Alice, John Wick, and many, many others. Olson joins from independent film production company Traction Media, where she served as president and oversaw the creative… »


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‘Pawn Sacrifice’ Trailer: Bobby Fischer Vs. The World In Bleecker Street’s Chess Drama

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Bleecker Street jumped into the acquisitions fray for the first time in a splashy way at last fall’s Toronto Film Festival, sealing a seven-figure deal for Pawn Sacrifice. The Ed Zwick-directed drama that stars Tobey Maguire as iconic U.S. chess champion Bobby Fischer and Liev Schreiber as Russian champ Boris Spassky, whom Fischer challenged in a historic match that captured the world's attention in 1972 at the height of the Cold War. Now its Bleecker Street’s most… »


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Robert E. Howard’s Conan The Barbarian, Kull And Other Creations Acquired By Fredrik Malmberg

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Exclusive: Fredrik Malmberg, who for years was the Hollywood face of Swedish company Paradox Entertainment’s campaign to turn Robert E. Howard properties Conan, Kull The Conqueror, Solomon Kane and others into features, has reconnected with all those properties. Malmberg, who last year left the company after 15 years to hatch the producing shingle Cabinet Entertainment, has acquired Paradox Entertainment Inc in a stock deal. Between the purchase of assets and the… »


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SXSW Comedy ‘Addicted To Fresno’ Lands At Gravitas Ventures

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Exclusive: Gravitas Ventures has secured North American rights to Addicted To Fresno, the comedy starring Natasha Lyonne and Judy Greer and directed by Jamie Babbit that premiered in March at SXSW with the title Fresno. A fall 2015 release is planned. Lyonne, who starred in Babbit’s 1999 feature debut But I’m A Cheerleader, stars alongside Greer as co-dependent sisters — a recovering sex addict and a lonely lesbian — who work as hotel maids in Fresno and go to ludicrous… »


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Is Bollywood’s Eros International Preparing A Dealmaking Campaign?

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That’s the way things look this morning: The Indian film power announced that long-time dealmaker Prem Parameswaran is about to become its new Group CFO — and assume a new position as President – North America. Parameswaran was Global Head of Media and Telecommunications Investment Banking at Jefferies, following stints at Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and Salomon Brothers. His resume includes transactions involving Comcast, Cablevision, Relativity Media, Reliance, At&T… »


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Joe Wright In Talks To Board ‘The Lifeboat’ With Anne Hathaway, Working Title & Focus Features

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Exclusive: Joe Wright is in talks to direct The Lifeboat with Anne Hathaway attached to star in the adaptation of Charlotte Rogan’s book. Hathaway is also producing alongside Working Title, Film 360 and Focus Features, which acquired the rights to and are developing Rogan’s book. It’s about a young newlywed-turned-widow standing trial in 1914 for murder. The story recounts how with the help of her new husband she survived the sinking of the Empress, a transatlantic ocean… »


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Imax Shares Leap As It Announces Hong Kong Ipo Plan

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Imax shares are up more than 7% in pre-market trading — potentially headed for a new all-time high — following the long-expected formal announcement of an Ipo for its Chinese venues that could boost the parent company’s valuation. The large screen theater company says that a Cayman Islands subsidiary, Imax China Holding, filed for the public offering with shares to be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Imax will own 80% of the entity. Last year two local companies… »

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Paramount, Mary Parent To Turn ‘Beyblade’ Into Live-Action Feature

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Exclusive: After turning the Hasbro toys Transformers and G.I. Joe into hit feature franchises, Paramount Pictures will try again with Beyblade. The studio has acquired rights to turn Beyblade into a live-action feature that will be produced by Mary Parent through her Disruption Entertainment banner. Beyblade is a line of customizable toys modeled after traditional Japanese fighting tops, developed and manufactured by Takaratomy, the creator of Transformers. The toys have… »


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‘The End Of The Tour’ Trailer: Jason Segel As David Foster Wallace

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Here’s another hot ticket out of this year’s Sundance, acquired by distributor A24 as the fest was getting under way. The End of the Tour is based on David Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace. The trip was arranged as an interview Lipsky undertook for Rolling Stone after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s Infinite Jest. The movie stars an almost unrecognizable (and seemingly unlikely) Jason Segel as the… »


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Sky To Invest $20M In Milan Hub For Arts; Fremantle Picks Up Jude Law’s ‘The Young Pope': Global Briefs

27 May 2015 5:21 PM, PDT

Europe’s largest pan-continental pay TV platform Sky is setting up a dedicated Sky Arts Production Hub in Milan to bring new dedicated content its 21 million customers across Italy, Germany, Austria, Ireland and the UK.  The move, which carries with it a commitment of $20 million in new spending, is one of the first moves since BSkyB completed its acquisition in November last year of Sky Italia and majority interest in Sky Deutschland to create a European TV giant in a… »


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‘How He Fell In Love’ Clip: Exploring Faithfulness And Betrayal

27 May 2015 5:03 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Los Angeles Film Festival entry How He Fell In Love is a drama about a young musician (Matt McGorry) who is coping with the death of his bandmate and begins an affair with a married yoga teacher (Amy Hargreaves). Their relationship tests her marriage and his ability to move forward. In the clip here, the two lead characters discuss their relationship, edging but then retreating from polyamory in favor of a kind of faithful infidelity. Written and directed by Mar… »


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Utkarsh Ambudkar Joins ‘Barbershop 3′

27 May 2015 4:28 PM, PDT

Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect) has joined the cast of Barbershop 3, the MGM sequel that New Line will distribute. He will play Samir, an extremely talented barber from Detroit who is picked on constantly for his Indian-American roots — though always taking the hits in stride with swag and humor. Ambudkar joins Ice Cube, Common and Cedric the Entertainer in the cast for director Malcolm D. Lee. Cube Vision is producing, and MGM will run production. Bob Teitel and George… »


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‘A Walk In The Woods’ Trailer: Redford & Nolte Take A Hike

27 May 2015 3:50 PM, PDT

Robert Redford decides it would be great idea to undertake a trek along the 2100-plus-mile Appalachian Trail with old high school buddy Nick Nolte in this Sundance 2015 entry. Before too long the two estranged chums discover the hike through 14 states from Georgia to Maine is going to be an uphill struggle. Literally and figuratively. The movie sparked heated bidding that upstart distributor Broad Green Pictures won with a whopping high-seven-figure P&A commitment… »


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Ex-Focus Head James Schamus Resurfaces In China First Look With Meridian Entertainment

27 May 2015 3:05 PM, PDT

James Schamus, the longtime head of Focus Features, has set his production company Symbolic Exchange in a first-look and strategic cooperation agreement with Chinese start-up Meridian Entertainment. The agreement will provide development and production funding for Symbolic's English-language slate, while also providing for co-development of Chinese projects. Schamus will also serve as a chief creative and strategic adviser to Meridian as it seeks to widen its investments… »


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Jason Reitman Takes On ‘Beekle’ Book Adaptation For DreamWorks Animation

27 May 2015 1:23 PM, PDT

He’s been up in the air and hung out with young adults, but Jason Reitman never has gotten animated — until now. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker is writing and directing an adaptation of the book The Adventures Of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend for DreamWorks Animation. This is also the first project to be put into development by Dwa’s recently appointed Co-Presidents of Feature Animation Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria following the restructuring and resulting layoffs… »


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‘Vampire Diaries’ Star Kat Graham Toplines Tammi Terrell Biopic

27 May 2015 1:04 PM, PDT

Exclusive: The woman who teamed with Marvin Gaye on a string of 1960s Motown hits before dying of a brain tumor at age 24 is getting her own biopic. Tammi Terrell will be played by The Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham, who also is working her debut album with producer Babyface. Maryam Myika Day wrote the untitled project, which marks Graham’s feature debut and is being produced by Robert Teitel, Rose Ganguzza and Hilary Shor. Shooting is set for next year. The film follows… »


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