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Van Houten joins Cruise for 'Valkyrie'

Van Houten joins Cruise for 'Valkyrie'
Carice Van Houten is set to play the female lead opposite Tom Cruise in Bryan Singer's Valkyrie for United Artists. Tom Wilkinson also has joined the World War II-set drama.

Penned by Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander, the story is based on the true-life attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Kenneth Branagh already has joined the cast.

Singer, Paula Wagner and McQuarrie are producing the film, which will begin shooting in July in Berlin.

Van Houten, who will play the love interest to Cruise's character in the film, enjoyed a breakout performance in Paul Verhoeven's Nazi drama Black Book. The classically trained actress also is a theater veteran in her native Netherlands.

She is repped by CAA.

Wilkinson, whose recent credits include Batman Begins, Separate Lies and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, was nominated for an Academy Award for 2002's In the Bedroom.

He is repped by Lou Coulson in the U.K. and Larry Taube at Principal Entertainment.

Marcus new executive vp at Relativity

CANNES -- Andrew Marcus has been promoted to executive vp at Relativity Media.

The move was announced from by the company's principal, Ryan Kavanaugh.

Marcus joined Relativity in summer 2005 and helped Kavanaugh structure and oversee several transactions, including the financing packages Gun Hill Road I, Gun Hill Road II and Beverly Blvd., Relativity's five-year co-financing deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment.

"Andrew has proven himself to be a very valuable asset to Relativity," Kavanaugh said.

Marcus worked as an independent producer and financial consultant and as a production executive at GreeneStreet Films, where he helped manage production on such films as In the Bedroom and Swimfan. He began his career at Miramax Films.

Higgins to vp publicity post at WB

Veteran marketing and publicity executive Dennis Higgins has been named vp national publicity at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Higgins will head one of the department's three publicity teams, reporting to Juli Goodwin, who was recently promoted to senior vp national publicity.

"Dennis Higgins brings more than 20 years' experience in entertainment publicity and marketing to our publicity group," Warners domestic theatrical marketing president Dawn Taubin said. "He has worked on films of every genre, both large and small, and has earned the respect and admiration of both his colleagues and the media."

Higgins moves to Warners from Bauer Martinez Entertainment, the production and distribution company that has been downsizing quickly in recent months. He had been the company's senior vp publicity since 2005.

Before that, Higgins had been at Intermedia Entertainment, where he was senior vp marketing and corporate communications for two years. He joined Intermedia from Miramax, where from 2001-02 he worked on a variety of projects, including the Oscar-winning Chicago and In the Bedroom.

From 1989-2001, Higgins was senior vp publicity at Columbia Pictures, where he was involved in the campaigns of As Good as It Gets, Jerry Maguire and Philadelphia. He also worked on such blockbusters as Charlie's Angels, Men in Black, Air Force One, My Best Friend's Wedding, Sleepless in Seattle and Basic Instinct.

Higgins also had stints at 20th Century Fox and MGM/UA.

'Strange' deal reunites Katz, GreeneStreet

NEW YORK -- GreeneStreet Films and producer Ross Katz are reteaming to create a feature adaptation of John Searles' offbeat mystery novel Strange but True.

GreeneStreet purchased Searles' screenplay and film rights to the author's 2004 sophomore book and plans to finance the project. It will bring the production company behind A Prairie Home Companion together with Katz (Marie Antoinette) for the third time, after Todd Field's 2001 drama In the Bedroom and their upcoming adaptation of Adverbs, Daniel Handler's romantic novel revolving around gay and straight affairs.

New York-based Katz brought GreeneStreet the Strange project, which begins when a teenager's girlfriend arrives at his family's home five years after his death insisting that she is pregnant with his child.

Searles is deputy editor of Cosmopolitan magazine. His writing credits include the coming-of-age novel Boy Still Missing. The author recently signed a two-book contract with HarperCollins and is now at work on his third novel.

GreeneStreet's upcoming projects include Wedding Daze (formerly known as The Pleasure of Your Company), set for release this year through MGM.

Colleagues honor Hope at Hamptons

Colleagues honor Hope at Hamptons
EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. -- The Hamptons International Film Festival feted indie producer Ted Hope on Thursday night at its third annual Industry Toast, the unofficial kickoff to the fest for many top members of the New York film industry. Former and present colleagues, from Focus Features CEO James Schamus and directors John Waters and Todd Solondz to fellow producers Christine Vachon, Ross Katz, Anthony Bregman and Anne Carey turned out to honor Hope's career, which includes such films as The Ice Storm, In the Bedroom, Happiness and 21 Grams. The tribute comes at a pivotal moment in the history of the company he founded, This Is That Prods. Hope's longtime partner Bregman (who started as the producer's unpaid assistant at Good Machine in 1992) left on good terms this month to form his own production company, Likely Story, leaving the This Is That reins to Hope and fellow partner Carey.

Telluride peeks at Oscar

Telluride peeks at Oscar
The 33rd Telluride Film Festival, which gets under way Friday, will spotlight such Oscar hopefuls as Douglas McGrath's Infamous, the second Truman Capote biopic in two years; Todd Field's Little Children, the director's follow-up to In the Bedroom; Kevin Macdonald's The Last King of Scotland, starring Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin; and Steven Shainberg's Diane Arbus biopic Fur, starring Nicole Kidman. Festival directors Bill Pence and Tom Luddy, who always keep the details of their four days of programming under wraps until the last possible minute, unveiled this year's lineup Thursday. Like last year's edition, which debuted eventual Oscar winners Capote, Brokeback Mountain and Walk the Line, this year's program boasts a bevy of "unofficial" world premieres. Movies including Fur, Infamous and Scotland are holding their official premieres at festivals in Venice, Toronto and Rome, but Luddy has developed cordial relationships with programmers at the other fests, allowing him to preview the pics. However, he did steer clear of such films as The Black Dahlia and The Queen, which are opening in Venice and the New York Film Festival, respectively.

IFP/NY group to nurture indie prod'n

IFP/NY group to nurture indie prod'n
NEW YORK -- IFP/New York said Tuesday that Ira Deutchman will serve as its new board chairman and also unveiled a new initiative called IFP/New York's Producers' Group, which is designed to represent the interests of New York-based film producers. Deutchman, president and CEO of Emerging Pictures, will replace departing chair Ed Carroll, president of Rainbow Entertainment Services. Joining the IFP board are producers Anthony Bregman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Tim Williams (In the Bedroom), financier Paul Trijbits and marketing consultant Jeanne Berney. Although New York's independent producers are not known for presenting a unified front, IFP/NY has taken the lead in organizing New York-based producers since the 2003 MPAA screener ban controversy. The Producers' Group has emerged from those efforts.

Leto 'Awake' for indie operation

Jared Leto will star in Awake, an independent feature written and directed by Joby Harold. GreeneStreet Films is producing. In Awake, Leto will play Clay, a scion of a huge family fortune who needs a heart transplant. During the operation, he becomes aware of a conspiracy involving the entire surgical team in order to get his money, and he must outthink and outmaneuver them in order to survive. Awake begins shooting in November in New York. GreeneStreet is the company behind In the Bedroom, and Pinero. Leto is filming Lord of War opposite Nicolas Cage for director Andrew Niccol. In November, he will appear as historical figure Hephaestion in Oliver Stone's Alexander. Other credits include Panic Room, Requiem for a Dream and Fight Club. He is repped by CAA and the Firm.

Marisa Tomei Caught in Gunfire

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Marisa Tomei Caught in Gunfire
Hollywood star Marisa Tomei was caught up in real life gang warfare in Los Angeles' notorious South Central district at the weekend. The In The Bedroom star, 39, was attending artist Kenny Scharf's show at his studios when gunshots were heard outside - just after she had left the exhibition. A photographer covering the event says, "I went out to have a cigarette. No sooner do I light up do I hear five gunshots. I see Marisa running back from the valet station. Two security guards come running and telling everyone to go inside. Then there were more gunshots on the other side of the street." Tomei reportedly told the photographer that, "If I die and you get the exclusive, you better give the money to my family." And Tomei's representative Cari Ross confirms, "This is true." Scharf notes the neighborhood is tough and not for the faint-hearted. He tells website Pagesix, "We always have lots of helicopters flying overhead and gunshots going on. I don't even notice it anymore. When the incident happened, I said, 'Oh good, it makes you stay at the party longer.'"

'Bat'-casting for Wilkinson, Hauer

'Bat'-casting for Wilkinson, Hauer
Oscar nominee Tom Wilkinson and Rutger Hauer have joined the cast of Warner Bros. Pictures' Batman Begins. Christopher Nolan is directing the latest incarnation of Warners' Caped Crusader franchise, which is being produced by Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Larry Franco. Wilkinson plays Falcone, one of the leading crime figures in Gotham City, while Hauer portrays Earle, a business contemporary of Bruce Wayne's murdered father who has designs on the Wayne corporate empire. The actors join Christian Bale as Wayne/Batman; Michael Caine as Wayne's trusted butler, Alfred; Katie Holmes as a childhood friend of Wayne's; Liam Neeson as Wayne's mentor, Henri Ducard; Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, a former board member and sidelined employee of Wayne Enterprises; Gary Oldman as Lt. James Gordon; and Ken Watanabe as the villainous Ra's Al Ghul. Wilkinson, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in In the Bedroom, appears in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The actor, who is repped by Gersh and Lou Coulson in London, received an Emmy nomination last year for his work in HBO's Normal. Hauer recently appeared in the TV series Alias and Smallville and in the film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. He next appears in TNT's Salem's Lot opposite Rob Lowe and James Cromwell. He is repped by Innovative Artists, Joan Hyler, and Steve Kenis and Co. in London.

GreeneStreet kicks up soccer film

GreeneStreet kicks up soccer film
NEW YORK -- GreeneStreet Films -- the indie banner whose credits include Swimfan and In the Bedroom -- is embarking on its first nonfiction feature, Once in a Lifetime, to be produced by Oscar winner John Battsek. To be financed by GreeneStreet and the BBC, Lifetime will follow the rise and fall of 1970s pro soccer team the New York Cosmos. The film also will explore New York in that famously decadent and creative era and the culture of American celebrity. Lifetime is being executive produced by Passion Pictures' Andrew Ruhemann and Michael Davies. The Cactus Three shingle's Krysanne Katsoolis, Julie Goldman and Caroline Stevens are co-executive producing. "It's exciting to be working with a company of the caliber of GreeneStreet," said Battsek (One Day in September). "Their enthusiasm shows that the currency of feature docs is continuing to appreciate." GreeneStreet Films International, the sales arm of GreeneStreet headed by Cedric Jeanson, will be handling rights to the film at the upcoming AFM. GreeneStreet's upcoming slate includes Sally Potter's Yes, starring Joan Allen and Sam Neill; the thriller Slow Burn, starring Ray Liotta, LL Cool J, Mekhi Phifer and Taye Diggs; and the Killer Films co-production Positively Fifth Street.

GreeneStreet says 'Yes'

GreeneStreet says 'Yes'
NEW YORK -- GreeneStreet Films -- the New York-based indie film banner behind In the Bedroom and Swimfan-- has sealed a deal to acquire worldwide rights to Orlando writer-director Sally Potter's latest feature, Yes. In production in the United Kingdom, the project stars Joan Allen, Simon Abkarian, Sam Neill and Shirley Henderson in the story of a love affair between a married American scientist and a Lebanese cook living in exile in London. The U.K. Film Council's New Cinema Fund is partially financing, and GreeneStreet's John Penotti and Cedric Jeanson will rep the film at the Festival de Cannes next month. The deal marks GreeneStreet's first foray into the international sales arena.

4 couple up for indie 'Anymore'

4 couple up for indie 'Anymore'
Naomi Watts, Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern and Peter Krause are in negotiations to topline the tentatively titled indie feature Anymore for Front Street Pictures. Production begins April 6 in Vancouver with John Curran directing. The project is based on two short stories written by In the Bedroom author Andre Dubus -- Adultery and We Don't Live Here Anymore. Larry Gross adapted the screenplay, which looks at two couples who are friends and whose relationships are intertwined. Watts and Krause play one couple, while Dern and Ruffalo are another. Harvey Kahn and Jonas Goodman are producing Anymore. The project, budgeted in the $2 million-$3.5 million range, is being financed through Front Street Films Llc., a private equity group of investors. Watts and Ruffalo are negotiating for producing credits on Anymore. Watts, Dern and Krause are repped by CAA. Watts and Dern are additionally repped by Untitled Entertainment. Ruffalo is repped by WMA and manager Robert Stein. Curran is repped by UTA and the Firm. Gross, Kahn and Goodman are repped by the Gotham Group.

4 couple up for indie 'Anymore'

4 couple up for indie 'Anymore'
Naomi Watts, Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern and Peter Krause are in negotiations to topline the tentatively titled indie feature Anymore for Front Street Pictures. Production begins April 6 in Vancouver with John Curran directing. The project is based on two short stories written by In the Bedroom author Andre Dubus -- Adultery and We Don't Live Here Anymore. Larry Gross adapted the screenplay, which looks at two couples who are friends and whose relationships are intertwined. Watts and Krause play one couple, while Dern and Ruffalo are another. Harvey Kahn and Jonas Goodman are producing Anymore. The project, budgeted in the $2 million-$3.5 million range, is being financed through Front Street Films Llc., a private equity group of investors. Watts and Ruffalo are negotiating for producing credits on Anymore. Watts, Dern and Krause are repped by CAA. Watts and Dern are additionally repped by Untitled Entertainment. Ruffalo is repped by WMA and manager Robert Stein. Curran is repped by UTA and the Firm. Gross, Kahn and Goodman are repped by the Gotham Group.

Coppola's 'Lost' finds way to Focus Features

Focus Features, the specialty arm of Universal Pictures, has sealed a pact to acquire North American rights to writer-director Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation, sources said. The project stars Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson (Ghost World), Anna Faris (the Scary Movie trilogy) and Giovanni Ribisi. Focus is also the international rights holder of Lost, which follows two Americans who meet in Tokyo. Murray stars as an actor in Japan shooting a whiskey ad, while Johansson is the wife of a workaholic photographer. The unlikely duo become friends at hotel bar on a sleepless night and embark on a series of adventures. Lost was produced by Coppola and Ross Katz (In the Bedroom) through the Elemental Films banner. The film, currently in postproduction, was repped by ICM.

3-genre threat Murphy signs with DreamWorks

3-genre threat Murphy signs with DreamWorks
Following a successful collaboration on the blockbuster feature Shrek, for which a sequel is due out in the summer, the film's co-star Eddie Murphy has inked a two-year, first-look production deal with DreamWorks Pictures. The deal cements a long-standing relationship between the star and studio topper Jeffrey Katzenberg that goes back 20 years to when Katzenberg was an executive at Paramount and Murphy was a rising comedian making his big-screen debut in the studio's 1982 feature film 48 HRS. Their relationship continued on such Paramount features as Trading Places and Beverly Hills Cop before Katzenberg left to join the Walt Disney Co. in 1984. In addition to Murphy, DreamWorks has signed In the Bedroom writer-director Todd Field to a two-year deal. Details of the deal -- which does include overhead -- are being kept under wraps.

Terminator 3 Shaping Up

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Terminator 3 Shaping Up
Terminator 3 star Nick Stahl is relieved the new film is so good - because he's the sci-fi movie series' biggest fan. Stahl, who replaces Edward Furlong as John Connor in the latest sequel, calls 1991's Terminator 2 his favorite movie when he was growing up - so he's delighted Rise of the Machines, which is currently filming, looks even better than its predecessor. He says, "I saw the first one when I was really young. The second one was probably one of my favorite movies growing up. So I've seen that many times. It was a really interestingly conceived sort of story. And it's a great kind of commercial mix of dark, dark action and comedy. But I think the main aim was to basically up the stakes from the last one and to make the newest one even more groundbreaking. Because the second one, really nothing like that had been done before. And so I think in order to match that kind of enthusiasm, they have to really try that much harder as far as the story and the actual filming goes. And the effects, there's a lot of effects that are done these days that weren't available 10 years ago. In that way, visually, it's gonna be more realistic. It's hard to know how it's going to turn out, but if the script says anything I would say that it's definitely as good, if not better, than the last one." And Stahl, star of indie hits In the Bedroom and Bully, is unconcerned about replacing Furlong's notable performance as Connor in the previous Terminator. He adds, "I'm not trying to imitate anything about the character that's been done. I just don't think that that's really realistic or that's even possible. You have to kind of use your own arsenal. So I've really just tried to kind of make it my own," he says.

Danes Lands Terminator Role

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Danes Lands Terminator Role
Claire Danes has joined the cast of Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines after newcomer Sophia Bush was deemed too young to play hero John Conner's love interest in the action movie. Director Jonathan Mostow was forced to dismiss Bush after dailies showed she was too young to play the girlfriend of In The Bedroom star Nick Stahl's character. Mostow says, "Sophia is a talented and charismatic performer but her appearance and manner play younger than what we wanted for the role." Danes started shooting on the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie yesterday.

Tom Wilkinson: "I Won't Win Oscar"

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British star Tom Wilkinson is still in shock at the news of his Oscar nomination - but he's convinced he has no chance of winning. The British star has been picked in the Best Actor category for his role alongside Sissy Spacek in In The Bedroom. And Wilkinson says he hasn't yet recovered from the shock of hearing about his nomination. He says, "It's such a great honor to be nominated for an Oscar. It hasn't really hit me. Half the thrill is the nomination, it is a reward to my going to Hollywood and taking a chance." But Tom is remaining realistic about his chances of getting the award at next month's ceremony. He adds, "The competition in my group - oh my goodness. I think I know who is going to win it and his name isn't Tom Wilkinson."

Tomei's Disbelief At Oscars Nod

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Tomei's Disbelief At Oscars Nod
Oscar nominee Marisa Tomei sat glued to her TV set Tuesday morning because she didn't believe her In The Bedroom role had been honored. A pal woke Tomei to tell her she had been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress gong, but the actress missed the live TV broadcast and was left flicking through news channels to make sure. Tomei, who picked up a Best Supporting Actress prize for My Cousin Vinny at the 1993 Academy Awards, says, "I was thrilled. My friend called me from Los Angeles and she told me. I went to the television because it's not until you actually see it, you really believe it." Tomei says the Oscars on March 24th will be extra special for her because the cast of In The Bedroom will be reunited - director/screenwriter Todd Field and the film's stars Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek have also been nominated. Tomei adds, "We got to know each other so well and enjoy each other's company so much. It's such a thrill to know that Tom will be there, and Todd and Sissy - that we'll all be there together. It really makes it special."
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