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James Schamus readies directing debut

12 November 2014 10:39 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Former Focus Features CEO has written screenplays and directed a short but never a feature —- now that is about to change with his Philip Roth adaptation Indignation.

Likely Story is attached to produce and James Schamus will serve as a producer alongside Anthony Bregman.

Production is set to commence in summer 2015 in New York on the 1951-set story of the idealistic son of a kosher butcher who leaves New Jersey for a conservative Ohio college where he battles anti-semitism, sexual repression and lusts after a troubled girl.

Avy Eschenasy and Stefanie Azpiazu will serve as executive producers on Indignation for Likely Story.

“Marcus Messner is an extraordinary character, heartbreakingly open and alive, and Anthony Bregman is an extraordinary producer, heartstoppingly economical,” said Schamus. “Bringing them together for my first feature as a director is as felicitous a match as I could ever hope for.”

Bregman added: “It’s been two decades since I met and first »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Seismic Productions: 25 Years of Shaking Up the Business

30 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It was a saturday in 1992, and Seismic Productions co-owner David Schneiderman was sweeping his porch in preparation for his birthday party when the phone rang with a call from Bob Weinstein, asking for changes on the trailer for his Miramax political satire “Bob Roberts.” Schneiderman told him he’d tackle it when he got back to the office on Monday. Weinstein told him he needed to do it right away.

“I said, ‘But Bob it’s my birthday and I’m having a party or 50 people in a few hours,’ ” Schneiderman remembers. “And he said ‘Well, what better way to celebrate your birthday.’ and I hightailed it into the office!”

At the time of Weinstein’s call, Seismic was a scrappy boutique trailer house, competing with big companies like Kaleidoscope, Intralink and the Cimarron Group, and ascendant Miramax was a key client.

Today, Seismic has 40 employees and a reputation as »

- Todd Longwell

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Seismic Productions: 25 Years of Shaking Up the Business

30 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It was a saturday in 1992, and Seismic Productions co-owner David Schneiderman was sweeping his porch in preparation for his birthday party when the phone rang with a call from Bob Weinstein, asking for changes on the trailer for his Miramax political satire “Bob Roberts.” Schneiderman told him he’d tackle it when he got back to the office on Monday. Weinstein told him he needed to do it right away.

“I said, ‘But Bob it’s my birthday and I’m having a party or 50 people in a few hours,’ ” Schneiderman remembers. “And he said ‘Well, what better way to celebrate your birthday.’ and I hightailed it into the office!”

At the time of Weinstein’s call, Seismic was a scrappy boutique trailer house, competing with big companies like Kaleidoscope, Intralink and the Cimarron Group, and ascendant Miramax was a key client.

Today, Seismic has 40 employees and a reputation as »

- Todd Longwell

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Ang Lee To Direct Billy Lynn’S Long Halftime Walk

18 September 2014 5:35 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions and Film4 announced today that the three-time Oscar-winner Ang Lee has chosen an adaptation of Ben Fountain’s acclaimed novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk as his next film, his first since winning the Academy Award for directing the groundbreaking Life of Pi

The film will be produced by Lee, Ink Factory’s Stephen CornwellRhodri Thomas and Simon Cornwell and by Film4, who originally optioned the book.  Simon Beaufoy wrote the script. TriStar has been developing the project with Film4 and Ink Factory since opening its doors at the end of last year. Tessa Ross, who oversaw Film and Drama for Film4 until recently being named to run the UK’s National Theatre, was instrumental on behalf of that studio.

Making the movie for TriStar returns Lee to the Sony Pictures umbrella, where he enjoyed great success with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Sense and Sensibility. »

- Michelle McCue

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Excerpt: Ted Hope Memoir Relives Good Machine Days With Schamus And Linde

6 September 2014 4:54 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Ted Hope partnered with James Schamus and David Linde in Good Machine, the prolific director-centric indie company behind Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Y Tu Mama Tambien, In The Bedroom, Brokeback Mountain, Happiness, The Ice Storm and The Brothers McMullen. In this excerpt from his new book Hope For Film (Soft Skull Press), Hope writes about that seminal moment when the indie business changed and larger companies looked to swallow the prestige film factories. The principals all went in exceptional directions after Good Machine was swallowed by Universal Pictures back in 2000: Schamus ran Focus Features with Linde before the latter became Universal Pictures co-chairman; Hope formed This Is That with future taste making producers Anne Carey and Anthony Bregman. Here, Hope, who is currently CEO of film streaming platform Fandor, describes the feeding frenzy for Good Machine, and how the principals tried to better capitalize a company while navigating the collision between indies and studios. »

- Ted Hope

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Producer Ted Hope: Indies Need to Take the Next Step

29 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One of the pivotal figures of independent filmmaking during the fertile period of the 1990s and 2000s, Ted Hope has produced films by auteurs including Ang Lee, Nicole Holofcener, Todd Solondz, Todd Haynes, Bart Freundlich, Todd Fields and Michel Gondry. Last year, he wrote he would no longer depend on producing to make a living, but he remains passionate about creating, and about helping the indie movie business model evolve. “I want to make films that lift the world and our culture higher — and our current way of doing things does just the opposite,” he wrote at the time. After serving for a year as director of the San Francisco Film Festival, he became CEO of San Francisco-based Fandor, an online subscription film service. “Hope for Film” grew out of his writing on his longtime blog.

Why were the 1990s such a fertile period for indies?

It was clear people »

- Pat Saperstein

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What I Learned Producing Ang Lee’s 1st Breakout Hit

14 August 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | Hope for Film | See recent Hope for Film news »

One of the pleasures of writing my book “Hope For Film” was examining many of my films for the lessons I’ve learned. The book is structured around ten core lessons although most of them include many different films.  I learned a lot more than I could ever fit in one book. In going back and looking at my notes I realize of all my films, I might have learned most from Ang Lee’s 2nd film “The Wedding Banquet”.

We wanted to make the film for $1.5 million but could only raise less than half but made it anyways. It may well have been the first narrative feature cut on an Avid, one of the first non-linear digital editing system, which may not have been ready for it when we used it. Every sales agent we approached to rep it, turned it down. We sold it ourselves despite never having »

- Ted Hope

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James Schamus Is 2014 Outfest Achievement Award Honoree

24 June 2014 10:32 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Screenwriter, producer and former Focus Features exec James Schamus is set to receive the 18th annual Outfest Achievement Award at this year's edition of Outfest Los Angeles. As a screenwriter, and producer, Schamus most closely collaborated with Ang Lee on "The Ice Storm," "The Wedding Banquet" and the Oscar-nominated gay romance classic "Brokeback Mountain"; as CEO of Focus Features, his mark is indelibly felt on the quality of the output during his tenure.  His next screenplay, "The Moon and the Sun," a period romantic fantasy, will be seen onscreen in 2015. As we saw last year at the Legacy Award event for Lee Daniels, Outfest knows how to throw a party. Schamus will be honored on Thursday, July 10 at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. Past honorees include Kimberly Peirce, John Waters, Jane Lynch, Bill Condon, Gregg Araki, Todd Haynes, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman ,Gus Van Sant and Ian McKellen -- in other words, »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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‘Brokeback Mountain’ Producer James Schamus Tapped for Outfest Award

24 June 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Outfest has selected screenwriter and producer James Schamus (“Brokeback Mountain,” “The Ice Storm,” “The Wedding Banquet”) as the recipient of the 18th annual Outfest Achievement Award.

The award is presented in recognition of a body of work that has made a significant contribution to Lgbt film and media.

Schamus will receive the award prior to Outfest’s opening night gala screening of “Life Partners” on July 10 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.

Schamus co-founded Focus Features in 2002 and departed last October as part of a restructuring.

“The scope and the depth of James’s work as a writer, producer and studio head, has had a tremendous impact on the Lgbt community,” said Kirsten Schaffer, exec director of Outfest. “He has shepherded stories and storytellers who have defined the Lgbt experience for three decades — from the new queer cinema films of Tom Kalin and Todd Haynes to the boundary-pushing ‘Pariah »

- Dave McNary

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Village Roadshow Asia, Warner team for Zhong Kui

15 June 2014 3:18 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Crouching Tiger cinematographer Peter Pau produces with Desen’s Ann An.

Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Warner Bros. Pictures have signed on as co-financiers and co-producers of Desen International Media’s 3D fantasy adventure Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, it was announced today in Shanghai.

The film is set for release in China on February 19, 2015, the first day of the Chinese New Year.

Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Warner will profit from the film’s revenues in mainland China, and Village Roadshow Pictures Asia will have distribution rights in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand; while Warner Bros. will handle distribution in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Beijing Enlight Pictures has also joined the project as a co-financier and Mainland China co-distributor. Other Chinese co-financiers include actor Chen Kun’s production company K. Pictures and Shenzhen-based Wu’s Entertainment.

Zhao Tianyu (The Law of Atttraction) [pictured] will direct a cast including Chen Kun (The Painted »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Village Roadshow and Warner Bros. Fall for China’s ‘Snow Girl’

14 June 2014 10:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Shanghai — Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Warner Bros. Pictures are to co-finance and co-produce 3-D Chinese fantasy film “Zhong Kui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal.”

The film is now in production and is produced by Desen International Media. It is set for release in Feb. 2015 in time for a major Chinese New Year outing.

Directed by Zhao Tianyu (“The Law of Attraction”), “Snow Girl” stars Chen Kun (“The Painted Skin,” “Bends”), Li Bingbing (“Transformers 4”,) Winston Chao (“Eat Drink Man Woman,” “The Wedding Banquet”,) Yang Zishan (“So Young”,) Bao Bei-er (“So Young”,) and Jike Junyi (“Outcast”).

The story sees legendary anti-hero Zhong Kui as a young man endowed with mysterious powers, forced into a battle among the realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell in order to save his countrymen and the woman he loves.

Production is by Ann An (“Ip Man 2,” “Tiny Times”) and Oscar-winning cinematographer Peter Pau (“Crouching Tiger, »

- Patrick Frater

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'Game Of Thrones' Recap: 'Breaker Of Chains' (Season 4, Episode 3)

20 April 2014 7:42 PM, PDT | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

"Game of Thrones" returned on Sunday night, and in the aftermath of King Joffrey Baratheon's murder, Tyrion found himself in trouble, Tywin forged a new alliance, and there was a disturbing interaction between Cersei and Jaime.

Sansa sailed free with someone who appeared to be involved in Joffrey's death, Jon Snow warned The Wall again of Mance Rayder, and The Hound broke his code in Season 4, Episode 3 - "Breaker of Chains."

Here's our blow-by-blow recap of the episode:

Photos: 'Game Of Thrones' Characters Who Have Died On The Show

The Wedding Banquet, King's Landing: ...

Copyright 2014 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. »

- access.hollywood@nbcuni.com (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)

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CAAMFest Week Two Yields Ang Lee Tribute, Great Docs, an Oscar Contender and More (Clips)

27 March 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Between its two weekends, CAAMFest adheres to a civilized program of evening screenings that begin at 6 pm or later and encourage you to see one or two movies an evening -- civilized, except for the fact that driving over the bridge from the East Bay in order to arrive in Japantown by showtime required an hour.  I planned to leave earlier in order to savor a bowl of freshly-made noodles at the delightful Suzu Noodle House right next door to the Kabuki, as well as cut down on the actual drive time, but that never happened.  I was lucky enough to grab a package of gyoza from the takeout area of the excellent Nijiya Market, halfway in-between the Kabuki and the New People Cinema. And I needed it for Monday's first film, Ang Lee's 1994 "Eat Drink Man Woman," charmingly introduced by Ted Hope -- erstwhile Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society, »

- Meredith Brody

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Asian triumph at the Berlinale

16 February 2014 5:15 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Asia was the big winner at the 64th Berlin Film Festival, taking home four Bears, including the Golden Bear for Best Film and Silver Bear for Best Actor (Liao Fan) for Diao Yinan’s Black Coal, Thin Ice (Bai Ri Yan Huo).Click here for full list of winners

Another of the three Chinese titles, Blind Massage, picked up the Silver Bear for Outstanding Achievement, which again went to a cinematographer, Zeng Jian. Last year had seen DoP Aziz Zhambakiyev receive the prize for his camerawork on Harmony Lessons.

At the ceremony on Saturday night, the Silver Bear for Best Actress was presented to Haru Kuroki for her performance in The Little House by veteran Japanese director Yoji Yamada.

There were a further six prizes or special mentions for films from Asia in the decisions of the Generation and independent juries (Fipresci and Netpac).

Black Coal, Thin Ice is the fourth Chinese film to win the Golden »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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James Schamus Will Head Berlin Jury That Includes Christoph Waltz, Greta Gerwig and Michel Gondry

14 January 2014 7:03 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

James Schamus will serve as president of the International Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival next month. With an impressive fellow jury including Barbara Broccoli, Trine Dyrholm, Mitra Faharani, Greta Gerwig, Michel Gondry, Tony Leung and Christoph Waltz, Schamus and company will decide who will receive the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the 2014 Berlinale Competition. Schamus made news late last year when he left a restructuring Focus Features, the company he led since 2002. Full list of  jury members below, with bios care of the Berlinale. James Schamus, Jury President, USA In his capacity as a producer, James Schamus has been responsible not only for the Academy Award-winning film Brokeback Mountain, but also for numerous other Ang Lee films, including The Wedding Banquet, which won the Berlinale Golden Bear in 1993. James Schamus also wrote the script for the Ang Lee film The Ice Storm and was co-writer of Crouching Tiger, »

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Schamus to Head Jury at Berlin Film Festival

14 January 2014 3:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — American screenwriter, producer and former Focus Features chief James Schamus will serve as prexy of the international jury at the Berlin Film Festival.

The other members of the jury, which will pick the winners of the Golden Bear and Silver Bears, will be Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, 007 producer Barbara Broccoli, Danish actress Trine Dyrholm, Iranian filmmaker Mitra Faharani, American thesp-scribe Greta Gerwig, French filmmaker Michel Gondry and Hong Kong-born thesp Tony Leung Chiu-wai.

Schamus’ credits include “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Wedding Banquet,” which won the Golden Bear in 1993, “The Ice Storm,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Lust, Caution.”

As head of Focus Features, he backed such pics as “Far from Heaven,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Lost in Translation,” “Milk,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “The Kids Are All Right,” which won Berlin’s Teddy Award.

Waltz’s credits include “Inglourious Basterds,” “Carnage” and “Django Unchained.” He can next be »

- Leo Barraclough

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