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The Academy Awards reminded actress/writer Jeanne Marie Spicuzza about what could be. After all, her screenplay “Breath of God” was a semi-finalist in the Academy sponsored Nicholl Fellowship, a prestigious competition that found sourced screenplays for films such as “Arlington Road” and Aqueelah and the Bea.” Having just finished shooting her second feature length film, “Night Rain”, in January, which aims for release later in 2017, Spicuzza is set to make “Breath of God” as a European co-production, eyeing a start date in 2018. For her Master’s degree in philosophy at one of the top two programs in the U.S., Spicuzza had spent seven years researching the life and work of Hildegard von Bingen, even traveling to Bingen, Germany, for that purpose, and made Hildegard,...
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Director Mark Pellington’s (Arlington Road) feature follows a retired businesswoman (MacLaine) who tries to control everything around her. When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist (Seyfried) takes up the task of finding out the truth resulting in a life-altering friendship.
The film is likely to get a June or July 2017 release.
Caffrey said: “We’re very excited to be working with Kirk and the whole team behind The Last Word on the UK release. Shirley MacLaine is Hollywood royalty and delivers a fantastic performance that we’re confident will really travel.”
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Shirley MacLaine, who had been with ICM Partners for more than a decade, has left the agency to sign with CAA. The actress-author, one of the longest working actors in Hollywood, just had her latest movie premiere at the Sundance Film Festival: The Last Word, a comedy that also stars Amanda Seyfried and was directed by Arlington Road helmer Mark Pellington. That one opens in theaters March 3. The move to CAA from her longtime agent comes as a surprise, though Jack… »
Shirley MacLaine, who had been with ICM Partners for more than a decade, has left the agency to sign with CAA. The actress/author, one of the longest working actors in Hollywood, just had her latest movie premiere yesterday at the Sundance Film Festival: The Last Word, a comedy that also stars Amanda Seyfriend and was directed by Arlington Road helmer Mark Pellington. That one opens in theaters March 3. The move to CAA from her longtime agent comes as a surprise, although… »
Bleecker Street has nabbed North American distribution rights to “Nostalgia,” a drama about the memories that certain artifacts evoke. Mark Pellington (“Arlington Road”) directs the film with a cast that includes Jon Hamm, Ellen Burstyn, Catherine Keener, Bruce Dern, Nick Offerman, Amber Tamblyn, John Ortiz, and James LeGros. Alex Ross Perry (“Listen Up Philip”) wrote the screenplay.
Bleecker Street already has a relationship with Pellington. The indie label is distributing “The Last Word,” a drama with Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried that premieres at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film makes its way to theaters in March. Bleecker Street’s films include “Denial,” “Captain Fantastic,” and “Eye in the Sky.”
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“Mark has assembled an incredible cast to share this story of family, memories and loss,” said Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen in a statement. “‘Nostalgia’ is one »
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5 items from 2017
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