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London — Film producer Michael Besman (“About Schmidt”) has been tapped to head up the L.A. office of Caryn Mandabach, the U.K.-based Hollywood producer, whose credits include “The Cosby Show,” “Roseanne,” “Third Rock from the Sun,” “That 70s Show” and “Nurse Jackie.”
Besman, who joins Caryn Mandabach Prods. with the remit to develop and produce premium television content for the U.S., U.K. and international broadcasters, is a veteran studio exec with credits including “Batman,” “Jumanji,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “As Good as It Gets,” “About Schmidt,” “Seven Years in Tibet,” “The Opposite of Sex” and “Bounce.”
Caryn Mandabach Prods., which has offices on both sides of the Atlantic, is in active development with comedy and drama series for the BBC and Channel 4 in the U.K.; and HBO and USA Network in the U.S.
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- Leo Barraclough
Producer Michael Besman is coming aboard Caryn Mandabach Productions, the company behind Nurse Jackie, to run its West Coast shop. The film exec segues into television with the move and has a mandate to develop and produce premimum content for the U.S., UK and international markets. Mandabach, which also has offices in Britain, is currently in pre-production on the second season of Peaky Blinders. That BBC2 period gangster drama was recommissioned in October and will return in 2014. Created by Steven Knight and starring Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill and Helen McCrory, it has been optioned by The Weinstein Company. Mandabach is also in active development with comedy and drama series for the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK; and HBO and USA Network in the States. Among Besman’s credits are About Schmidt, Seven Years In Tibet, The Opposite Of Sex and Bounce. »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
He may be an acclaimed filmmaker, but even Ben Affleck himself would tell you he's starred in a few flops in his time. From forgettable rom-coms like "Bounce," "Jersey Girl" and "Forces of Nature," to action and horror duds like "Reindeer Games" and "Phantoms", and of course - "Gigli".
Yet in an interview with Playboy, Affleck says that while he'd "probably have two or three" roles he regrets, it's only one failure that still really haunts him - the Marvel superhero film "Daredevil":
"The only movie I actually regret is Daredevil. It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got fucked up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that’s part of the motivation to do Batman."
In fact it's because of Daredevil's failure that he understands the online backlash against him playing Batman:
"I understand I’m at a disadvantage with the internet. »
- Garth Franklin
"I admire her so much. It (the criticism) doesn't faze her. I think it probably did initially. She said, 'Mom, I'm going to get this all my life. This is how they see me'," eonline.com quoted Danner as saying.
"I feel she's just extraordinarily accomplished in every area and people don't like that, some people don't like that, people who are bored and sit on their a**es. »
- Shiva Prakash
Odd List Simon Brew 22 Nov 2013 - 06:34
Ben Affleck's enjoyed a career resurgence as well as internet ire of late. Here's a look at a few of his underappreciated films...
Ben Affleck doesn't need us. He's got a directorial career of three strong movies from three outings. He has a movie star spouse. He has two Oscars, one for both his downstairs and upstairs toilet, and he gets to tell his kids that he's Batman without having to lie. Furthermore, it's scary to think how good the boxset of his directorial work is going to be in 30 years' time.
But the resurgence of the Affleck, culminating in his Best Picture winning movie Argo, and his casting as Batman in Batman Vs Superman, overlooks the fact that his CV is hardly short of really good films, really good choices, and some really good performances. Whilst most of the press he's »
We told you earlier this week that while production had fully begun in Chicago for the movie adaptation of Veronica Roth’s book Divergent, Tris’ (Shailene Woodley) mother (Ashley Judd) had just been cast, and now a star from the political drama Scandal has joined as her husband.
Tony Goldwyn will be playing the selfless and charitable Abnegation member and father to our lead character, according to Deadline. His other works include Bounce, Ghost and Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI.
We will keep you posted on the latest for Summit’s Divergent.
Divergent, starring Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley, Ashley Judd, Ray Stevenson, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Miles Teller, Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen and Tony Goldwyn is slated to hit theaters on March 21, 2014. »
- Jess Orso
The new edition of the Indie Spotlight contains the latest independent horror news sent our way. In this week’s feature, we have the first information on this year’s CineMayhem Film Festival, details on Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. I & II, the first photos from Warhouse, and much more:
CineMayhem Film Festival Announced: “Created as a way to pay homage to and celebrate the spirit of independent filmmaking and those unafraid to take risks with their storytelling, CineMayhem’s diverse line-up includes advanced screenings of two highly anticipated genre projects including Magnet Releasing’s visceral horror anthology The ABC’s Of Death and Breaking Glass Pictures’ mindbending drama K-11 directed by Jules Stewart (Crank: High Voltage, Mortal Kombat).
- Tamika Jones
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