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Jennifer Lawrence Reuniting With David O Russell For Abscam Pic

15 February 2013 11:17 AM, PST

Exclusive: Jennifer Lawrence has been tapped to star opposite Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper in the David O Russell pic formerly known as American Bullshit, the drama written by Eric Singer and Russell about the ’70s FBI sting operation Abscam that took down a bunch of U.S. congressmen. That puts Lawrence back in business with Russell and Cooper, her cohorts on The Weinstein Company’s Silver Linings Playbook that landed them all Oscar nominations; she already has won the SAG Award and a Golden Globe for the role. She will play Bale’s wife in the Abscam movie, which is being produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle through Atlas Entertainment, which developed the film at Sony Pictures. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner co-star in the ensemble, which is being fully financed by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures. Ellison also is producing and has been developing the script. »


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IFC Acquires Controversial Lindsay Lohan Pic ‘The Canyons’

15 February 2013 8:43 AM, PST

Breaking: IFC has acquired rights to The Canyons, the Paul Schrader-directed film that pairs Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen in a drama about decadence and debauchery in Los Angeles. The film has gotten a lot of attention lately, including a very public rejection by the SXSW festival, which prompted an angry response on Deadline from Schrader over the festival’s lack of discretion. The challenges of making the film with its high-maintenance star Lohan was also the subject of a New York Times article. Related: Paul Schrader Cuffs SXSW Organizers For Rejecting And Trashing ‘The Canyons’ At the time Schrader was sounding off on SXSW, the film’s reps at Wme Global were already fielding offers for the movie, and so it did not need a festival to build the kind of awareness needed to make a sale these days. If anything, a provocative sexy film with Lohan at this point needed, »


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Tribeca Film Acquires North American On Irish Pic ‘What Richard Did’

15 February 2013 8:01 AM, PST

Tribeca Film today announced it has concluded a deal with Protagonist Pictures to acquire all North American rights to Irish director Lenny Abrahamson’s drama What Richard Did – which swept this past weekend’s Irish Film & Television Awards, taking home five IFTAs for Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, Best Actor and Best Editing. Newcomer Jack Reynor (to be seen in the upcoming Transformers sequel) and Róisín Murphy star alongside Sam Keeley (The Other Side of Sleep, Misfits), and Lars Mikkelsen (The Killing) in this striking portrait adapted from Kevin Powers’ award-winning book Bad Day in Blackrock. The world is bright and everything seems possible for Richard Karlsen, the golden boy of his privileged set of Dublin teens, until he does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. Featuring extraordinary performances from its largely young cast, What Richard Did is a quietly »


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Warner Bros Publicity Exec David Mortimer Joins ID-pr

14 February 2013 3:08 PM, PST

Breaking: ID has tapped longtime Warner Bros film publicity executive David Mortimer as VP in Los Angeles, joining a film team that is led by New York-based Sara Serlen. Mortimer spent the last 11 years at Warner Bros as VP of National Publicity, where he oversaw campaigns for films including The Blind Side, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2, Beautiful Creatures, Dolphin Tale, Sex And The City 2, New Year’s Eve, A Nightmare On Elm Street, and Crazy, Stupid, Love. Other projects he worked in included Zack Snyder’s 300 and Watchmen, Get Smart, Scooby Doo, Insomnia, Happy Feet, and Michael Clayton. “I’ve worked with David for many years, and his professionalism and expertise will fit in beautifully with our company culture,” said ID CEO Kelly Bush. “Sara and our film team have done a terrific job representing an array of films across all genres. We pride ourselves on »


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CAA Signs Keira Knightley

14 February 2013 12:09 PM, PST

Exclusive: CAA has just signed Keira Knightley. The actress is coming off the Joe Wright-directed Anna Karenina, and next stars opposite Chris Pine in the franchise reboot Jack Ryan, and in the John Carney-directed Can A Song Save Your Life?  Knightley had been repped by Wme. Her longtime agent, Adam Isaacs, recently left the agency to become a manager at The Schiff Company. Isaacs continues to rep her, as manager at Schiff Co., and she’s repped from the UK by Lindy King at United Agents. Knightley, whose breakout film was Bend It Like Beckham, has starred in films including Love Actually, Pride And Prejudice, Atonement and the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise. »


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Nal Hopes For ‘Fifty Shades’ Audience, Acquires Steamy Fan Fiction Trilogy ‘The Submissive’

14 February 2013 7:03 AM, PST

Fifty Shades Of Grey has made it open season for online erotic fan fiction. After Tara Sue Me (with a name like that, you’ve got to be a feisty writer) began posting what she calls The Submissive Trilogy and got more than 8.5 million views, New American Library closed a fat three-book deal before you could say “Bring out the gimp.” Now we’ll have to see if those studios that missed out on Fifty Shades Of Grey jump on this one. Here’s the news: New York, NY, February 14, 2013—New American Library (Nal), an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), will publish Tara Sue Me’s fan fiction sensation, the Submissive Trilogy, it was announced today by Nal Publisher Kara Welsh. Claire Zion, Vice President and Editorial Director of Nal, acquired World print and e-book rights to the trilogy in a deal with Red Publishing (Australia). Nal will make the »


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Jonathan Demme Puts His Tag On Graffiti-Filled Indie ‘Gimme The Loot’

14 February 2013 6:50 AM, PST

Exclusive: When you see a filmmaker like Martin Scorsese or Jonathan Demme put their brand names on movies, you wonder how involved they get. Scorsese put his imprimatur on two films this month – Luc Besson’s Malavita and Andy Lau’s Revenge of the Green Dragons. Now, Demme has taken a “presenting” credit on Adam Leon‘s Gimme The Loot, hoping his contribution will be that people notice a worthy indie when it gets released in late March by IFC Films/Sundance Selects. Gimme The Loot won Best Narrative Feature at last year’s SXSW. Leon is a current nominee for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Film. Said Demme: “Knowing that Gimme The Loot is — astonishingly — Adam Leon’s first feature most certainly adds to the film’s extraordinary sense of achievement. But the sheer entertainment value of this very smart, hilarious, and heartfelt movie made by young filmmakers about contemporary young people, »


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Berlin: Magnolia, TrustNordisk Link Up Again On ‘Pioneer’

14 February 2013 6:25 AM, PST

Breaking: For the second time this Berlinale, Magnolia Pictures has bagged U.S. rights to a NordiskTrust film from a sizzle reel. Magnolia has secured the Norwegian thriller Pioneer, which is being produced by Christian Fredrik Martin from Friland Film, the team behind Morten Tyldum’s 2011 sleeper Headhunters, which Magnolia also released. The deal comes right after Magnolia wrapped up a deal for Lars von Trier’s provocative film Nymphomaniac. The Pioneer deal was negotiated between Magnolia’s Dori Begley and Peter van Steemburg and TrustNordisk’s Rikke Ennis and Susan Wendt. Directed by Erik Skjoldbærg, the film stars Aksel Hennie, Wes Bentley and Stephen Lang in a high-octane conspiracy thriller inspired by 70s classics The Conversation, Three Days Of The Condor and Chinatown. The director helmed Insomnia. Miss Bala‘s Stephanie Sigman, Jonathan Lapaglia, Andre Eriksen, Jørgen Langhelle, Ane Dahl Torp, Eirik Stubø and David A. Jørgensen are also in the cast. »


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Oscars: Frontrunners Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence Join Presenter Parade

14 February 2013 6:10 AM, PST

Breaking: Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence all hope they will take the Oscars stage at some point to accept a golden trophy and thank their agents and everybody else they know. But we’re now guaranteed to see them onstage. The trio has joined the lengthy list of Oscar presenters, the Academy has announced. With so much star power milling around backstage, will it blunt host Seth MacFarlane’s ability to make fun of them as he does on Family Guy? It’s so much easier when they are not in proximity to punch you or at least give you the fish eye. Beverly Hills, CA – Academy Award® nominees Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence will present on the Oscar telecast, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. Academy Award-winner Affleck, who is nominated this year for producing the Best Picture nominee “Argo,” won the »


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Bryan Singer Eyes Peter Dinklage For ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’

13 February 2013 6:50 PM, PST

Exclusive: For X-Man: Days Of Future Past, director Bryan Singer has assembled a collision of his original X-Men cast with the returning cast of X-Men First Class, but here’s an intriguing development: I hear he’s bringing in Game Of Thrones star Peter Dinklage into the mix for a key role. Dinklage, who won the Emmy for his work as Tyrion Lannister, arguably the only sane member of that sordid royal clan. Singer has become infatuated with announcing his cast through Twitter (he’s got everyone from Jennifer Lawrence to Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen and James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender in the mix), but I’ll try to find out what role Dinklage will play. »


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Qed Pays $1 Million For David Ayer WWII Spec Script ‘Fury’

13 February 2013 6:07 PM, PST

Breaking: In what amounts to the biggest spec deal so far this year, Bill Block‘s Qed International has paid $1 million for Fury, a WWII spec script by End Of Watch writer/director David Ayer. Ayer will direct, and Qed will produce with John Lesher and his Le Grisbi Productions banner. Ethan Smith, Block and Lesher are producing and they are eyeing a fall production start. Qed is selling foreign. The action takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime collapses and the five man crew of an American tank called Fury battles a desperate German army. Ayer and Qed reteam after the action thriller Ten, which Ayer directed and which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington and Mireille Enos. Open Road will release it next January. Lesher produced Ayer’s End Of Watch. Describing his project, Ayer said his goal is to “bring a fresh execution to the genre. What these »


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Warner Bros Moving Full Speed On ‘Spy Hunter’: Ruben Fleischer To Helm, Carter Blanchard Writing

13 February 2013 5:16 PM, PST

Breaking: Looks like Warner Bros now has a handle on Spy Hunter, the action film based on the best selling vidgame The studio, which has attached Ruben Fleischer to direct the film, just closed a deal with Carter Blanchard to write the script. Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producing. Fleischer most recently helmed Gangster Squad for the studio and directed Zombieland. Blanchard wrote Glimmer, a spec script that sold to DreamWorks and now has Ringan Ledwidge directing. The video game has had a long history of film development, with turns taken on versions with Dwayne Johnson and directors including John Woo and Paul W.S. AndersonMark Bauch will be co-producer and Doug Davison will be exec producer along with John Middleton and Fleischer. Blanchard is repped by Paradigm and Madhouse, while Fleischer is repped by UTA. »


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Tide-Turning WWII Battle ‘Dunkirk’ Getting Screen Treatment From Working Title UK

13 February 2013 4:44 PM, PST

Exclusive: Working Title UK has acquired Dunkirk, a spec script by Gavin Scott that has Oliver Parker attached to direct. The script chronicles the courage of British civilians, men and women who used small boats to cross the English Channel and rescue 200,000 British troops and 140,000 French troops from the advancing Germans. Dunkirk was one of the battles that changed the course of WWII. Scott wrote the script and brought to Parker, whose credits include Dorian Gray, and Johnny English Reborn. Scott’s script work includes Small Soldiers and The Borrowers and series that include Young Indiana Jones. He’s currently teamed with Terry Jones on an adaptation of Good Omens, the Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett comic novel. He and Jones also scripted Absolutely Anything, which Jones is directing with his Monty Python mates and Robin Williams. Scott is repped by Original Artists in the Us and Linda Seifert Management in the UK, »


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Universal Moving Toward Altar On Steve Carell FBI Wedding Comedy

13 February 2013 4:29 PM, PST

Exclusive: Universal Pictures has set David Flebotte to rewrite its untitled FBI Wedding comedy, the one that has Steve Carell attached to star and his Carousel Productions partners Charlie Hartsock and Vance Degeneres producing with Sparkler Entertainment’s Charles Segers and Landscape Entertainment’s Bob Cooper. The scribe takes over a script originated by Phil Alden Robinson. It’s in the vein of Stakeout and My Best Friend’s Wedding. Universal production veep Kristin Lowe will oversee the comedy. Flebotte is represented by CAA and attorney Philip Klein. Carell and his Carousel cohorts produced The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which New Line opens March 15. He’s repped by Wme, Media Four’s Steve Sauer and attorneys Sam Fischer and Bryan Wolf. »


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In Hotly Contested Game Of Movie Tag, Todd Garner Is Declared “It”

13 February 2013 4:07 PM, PST

Exclusive: Since they got a big write up in the Wall Street Journal late last month, the “Tag Brothers” have been swarmed by movie producers hoping they would tell one of them, “you’re it.” Meaning he gets the chance to translate their story to the movie screen. Who are the “Tag Brothers?” They are the 10 classmates at Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, Washington 23 years ago whose long-running game of tag got national attention, thanks to the Russell Adams article. Now in their 40s, the former classmates have spread across the country in various fields (one’s a priest), but they stay in touch during the month of February by chasing each other across the country in an obsessive game of tag. They will jet cross country, break into each other’s homes, hide in the bushes until a target appears, or leave for a long vacation to avoid being tagged, »


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Oscilloscope Acquires Sundance Pic ‘A Teacher’

13 February 2013 9:59 AM, PST

Breaking: Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Hannah Fidell’s feature directorial debut A Teacher, which premiered last month at Sundance and heads to Austin next for SXSW. The distributor plans a theatrical, video-on-demand and digital release later this year. The film stars Lindsay Burdge as an unraveling young high school teacher who starts an affair with one of her teenage students, played by Will Brittain. What starts as a seemingly innocent fling becomes increasingly complex—and dangerous as she begins to melt down. Said O-Scope’s David Laub and Dan Berger: “A Teacher is a remarkably assured debut, and demonstrates two immense new talents, one in front of and one behind the camera. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome the film into O-Scope’s ranks and present it to the world.” Kim Sherman and Fidell produced the film and ICM Partners made the deal. »


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Relativity Media On For ‘Brick Mansions,’ The ‘Banlieue 13′ Remake With Paul Walker

13 February 2013 9:41 AM, PST

Exclusive: Furthering its commitment to co-finance action films from Luc Besson‘s EuropaCorp, Relativity Media has signed on to co-finance and be domestic distributor for Brick Mansions, the American-ized remake of the Paris-set Banlieue 13. The film will star Paul Walker, and it will be directed by Camille Delamarre, a protege of Besson. Besson, who co-wrote the original, scripted the remake with his Taken collaborator Robert Mark Kamen. Walker will star with David Belle, who starred in the original and the sequel District 13: Ultimatum. He is also the guy credited with creating Parkour, a sport that involves agility and leaping and climbing around obstacles. There will be plenty of that in these films. The film will be set in America. Walker will play an undercover detective chasing a weapon of mass destruction that was stolen by a drug dealer in the ghetto known as Brick Mansions. He seeks help »


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CAA Signs Actress Paula Patton

13 February 2013 9:10 AM, PST

Exclusive: Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol’s Paula Patton has signed with CAA. She had been repped at Wme. Patton, whose credits include Deja Vu and Precious, makes the rep switch after completing Disconnect opposite Jason Bateman and Alexander Skarsgård (the film opens April 19); Two Guns opposite Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington (opening August 16); and the Fox Searchlight romantic comedy Baggage Claim, which opens in October. Her husband, singer Robin Thicke, is also repped at CAA. She continues to be lawyered by Jason Sloane and Shelby Weiser. »


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Vendome Cooks Up ‘El Bulli’ Pic On Spanish Chef Ferran Adria

13 February 2013 7:28 AM, PST

Vendome Pictures will produce and finance El Bulli, a film based on the life of Spanish chef Ferran Adria and the last year in his iconic restaurant elBulli in Spain. David Wilson wrote the script, inspired by the Lisa Abend book The Sorcerer’s Apprentices: A Season In The Kitchen At Ferran Adria’s ElBulli. Vendome’s Philippe Rousselet will produce with Jeff Kleeman and John Lesher. Wilson scripted The Man From U.N.C.L.E. for Warner Bros. »


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R.I.P. Manager Gerry Harrington

12 February 2013 9:58 AM, PST

Here is a sad story. I’ve confirmed that Gerry Harrington passed away yesterday, but at this point I don’t know much more than that. Harrington was a well liked deal maker I knew when he was at Brillstein/Grey managing clients including Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise and director Rod Lurie, among others. He left that management company in 2005 and more recently has been working in the music business. I’ll tell you more when I learn it. »

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