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CBeebies: the top 12 shows

Seb Patrick Nov 23, 2017

Are your kids Bing fans, or more partial to Sarah & Duck? We count down a dozen of CBeebies' finest...

There’s arguably no more important television than children’s television. Sure, you could be one of those parents who doesn’t let their child anywhere near a screen – but chances are, if you’re the kind of person to read Den of Geek, the idea of doing so would utterly horrify you.

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Besides, children can learn so much from watching television – not as a substitute for actual parenting or schooling, of course, but as an addition to it. It can be damaging to rely solely on it, to park them in front of it for several hours a day – but in healthy doses,
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Bryan Cranston Remembers Jonathan Demme and The Film They Never Got To Do Together

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Bryan Cranston Remembers Jonathan Demme and The Film They Never Got To Do Together
Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston and director Jonathan Demme had long wanted to work together, and came close in 2013.

Demme had tapped Cranston to star in “Old Fires,” playing a man who emerges from a coma and discovers that his family has moved on. Jason Segel and Jennifer Ehle were also attached to the film, which was written by Heather McGowan (“Tadpole”).

“It made me very sad this morning to hear the news [of Demme’s death],” Cranston told IndieWire on Wednesday. “He was such a kind man and I was so looking forward to working with him. Even though that project didn’t materialize, we were talking about other projects to do together.”

Old Fires” ultimately didn’t move forward when Demme couldn’t secure the proper funding for the film.

Read More: Jonathan Demme’s Last Project, ‘Shots Fired,’ Airs Tonight — Remembering His Best TV Work

“There are so many aspects to putting a film together,
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Keshet Launches Film Division With ‘Skinny Dip,’ ‘Newburgh Sting’

Keshet Launches Film Division With ‘Skinny Dip,’ ‘Newburgh Sting’
Keshet Studios has launched a feature film development and production division, co-headed by veteran independent producers Mandy Tagger-Brockey and Adi Ezroni.

The new Keshet Films will produce features budgeted between $10 million and $20 million for the U.S. and international markets. Its inaugural development slate includes a feature adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen caper novel, “Skinny Dip,” and “The Newburgh Sting,” a fictional adaptation of the HBO documentary.

“Skinny Dip” is set in South Florida in 2003 and centers on a woman who takes revenge on her cheating husband after he has tried to murder her. “The Newburgh Sting” is a 2014 film about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s sting operation on four Muslim men involved in a 2009 terrorism plot in the Bronx.

Alon Shtruzman, CEO of parent Keshet International, said, “Ki is a premium content company that is always on the lookout for the best creative talent, and that is
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Keshet Launches Film Division With ‘Skinny Dip,’ ‘Newburgh Sting’

Keshet Launches Film Division With ‘Skinny Dip,’ ‘Newburgh Sting’
Keshet Studios has launched a feature film development and production division, co-headed by veteran independent producers Mandy Tagger-Brockey and Adi Ezroni.

The new Keshet Films will produce features budgeted between $10 million and $20 million for the U.S. and international markets. Its inaugural development slate includes a feature adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen caper novel, “Skinny Dip,” and “The Newburgh Sting,” a fictional adaptation of the HBO documentary.

“Skinny Dip” is set in South Florida in 2003 and centers on a woman who takes revenge on her cheating husband after he has tried to murder her. “The Newburgh Sting” is a 2014 film about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s sting operation on four Muslim men involved in a 2009 terrorism plot in the Bronx.

Alon Shtruzman, CEO of parent Keshet International, said, “Ki is a premium content company that is always on the lookout for the best creative talent, and that is exactly what we have in Mandy and
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Toronto Facetime: Jonathan Demme on Jt, and Not Retiring

Toronto Facetime: Jonathan Demme on Jt, and Not Retiring
Since his groundbreaking 1984 Talking Heads film “Stop Making Sense,” Jonathan Demme has forged parallel paths directing studio fare (“The Silence of the Lambs”), docs (“The Agronomist”), and rockumentaries featuring the likes of Neil Young, Robyn Hitchcock, Kenny Chesney and Italian saxophonist Enzo Avitabile. As he unveils his most commercial concert movie to date—the dazzling, dynamically shot “Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids”—Demme talks to Variety about his remarkable career.

How did you get involved with this project?

It’s one of the chestnut truisms of the movie industry: you try to do your best work, get it out there and then maybe someone will think you’re a good idea for something. Justin was a fan of “Stop Making Sense,” so I got a call from him, wondering if it was possible to make a performance movie out of his 20/20 Experience tour. I flipped for what I saw. The ironic thing is,
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2 Films by Agnes Varda Starring Jane Birkin | Blu-ray Review

One of the best double features you could treat yourself to this year would be a back-to-back viewing of two Agnes Varda films starring Jane Birkin, rescued from obscurity in 2015 thanks to Cinelicious Pics. Both released originally in 1988, the imaginary bio-pic Jane B. Par Agnes V. and the provocative fictional narrative Kung-Fu Master! are available on a lovingly restored disc set (as the playful Venn diagram cover art implies, the titles are more inextricably connected than initially seems apparent). Both titles received a theatrical release at New York’s Lincoln Center, followed by a VOD release.

Jane B. Par Agnes V.

A playful exploration of the multi-faceted actress, singer, and icon Jane Birkin as she balances career choices and motherhood long after the initial scandals that brought her international attention. Filmed in tandem with their other collaboration, the fictional narrative Kung Fu Master!, both titles were released theatrically in 1988 when
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Kung Fu Master! (Le petit amour) | Varda Retrospective Review

Oedipus at the Arcade: Varda’s Empathetic Exploration of Taboo

Invariably, most conversations concerning Agnes Varda, the sole female auteur amongst the prized clutch of men whose names project like immortal pillars from the fog of the Nouvelle Vague, reference her two most renowned titles, Cleo From 5 to 7 (1962) and Vagabond (1985). But in-between and after these two iconic moments from her filmography lies a sea of titles waiting to be re-discovered (a recent disc-set from Criterion’s Eclipse series several weeks ago was a first step in exploring her more obscure works).

Boutique distributor Cinelicious Pics continues in this vein with two digital restorations of Varda’s from 1988, both inextricably linked via star Jane Birkin (after a theatrical bow in New York, both titles will move on to Los Angeles). The more textually subversive of these is Kung Fu Master!, a sympathetic tale of doomed love between a 40-year-old
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Cinereach Welcomes Caroline Kaplan as Head of Creative Initiatives

Caroline Kaplan has joined the Cinereach staff as the Head of Creative Initiatives. A well-known figure throughout the indie film community, Kaplan was a key architect of IFC Productions ("Monsoon Wedding," "Me and You and Everyone We Know") as well as the digital company InDigEnt ("Tadpole," "Pieces of April"). Her work as a producer has spanned Errol Morris' "Mr. Death" to the upcoming Richard Gere-starring "Time Out of Mind." In her new role, Kaplan will oversee filmmaker support and strategic partnerships. "Each film we support faces unique creative and financial challenges," said Cinereach Founder and Executive Director Philipp Engelhorn. "Our approach is to tailor our support to those challenges and Caroline's experience and perspective will greatly expand what we can offer in terms of resources for filmmakers. She will also be a major influence on how Cinereach responds to the evolving independent film...
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'12 Monkeys' Cast Interview | Exclusive

'12 Monkeys' Cast Interview | Exclusive
We're kicking off 2015 by traveling to the future and back with 12 Monkeys stars Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull. Inspired by the movie, which commemorates its 20th anniversary next year, the highly anticipated series 12 Monkeys debuts on Syfy and tells the provocative story of a time traveler from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race.

Aaron Stanford (X Men: The Last Stand, Nikita) stars as time-traveler James Cole. He received critical acclaim for his feature film debut in Tadpole opposite Sigourney Weaver and Bebe Neuwirth. His other varied credits include Winter Solstice, Woody Allen's Hollywood Endings, Spike Lee's 25th Hour; X-Men 2 and X-Men 3 and the remake of The Hills Have Eyes.
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Casting: Hoult, Tope, Gere, Upton, Stevens

Autobahn

Nicholas Hoult ("X-Men: First Class," "Warm Bodies") has replaced Zac Efron in "Welcome To The Punch" director Eran Creevy's upcoming thriller "Autobahn." Filming begins next spring.

Hoult plays a backpacker and his girlfriend (Amber Heard), who is hired by German drug smugglers, only for the job to go south and be forced to flee along the famed no speed limit freeways. [Source: Screen]

November Criminals

Newcomer Travis Tope and Catherine Keener are set to star opposite Chloe Moretz in Sacha Gervasi's adaptation of Sam Munson's 2011 novel "November Criminals" at Indian Paintbrush.

Set in Washington D.C., the story follows a rebellious teenager (Tope) who finds himself leading his own investigation into the murder of a classmate. Keener will play Moretz’s mother. [Source: The Wrap]

Old Fires

Richard Gere is attached to star in the indie family dramedy "Old Fires" for Anonymous Content. Heather McGowan ("Tadpole") wrote the script. Jonathan Demme was previously
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Richard Gere to Star in Dramedy Old Fires; Dan Stevens Joins Shawn Levy’s Night At The Museum 3 and Thomas McCarthy’s The Cobbler

Here's today's casting update: Richard Gere (Arbitrage) is set to star in the Anonymous Content dramedy, Old Fires. Dan Stevens (The Fifth Estate) has landed a pair of pictures: Shawn Levy's Night at the Museum 3 and writer-director Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler, starring Adam Sandler. Hit the jump for more on each picture. First up from The Wrap is news that Gere is joining Old Fires. Scripted by Heather McGowan (Tadpole), the film "follows a world-renowned architect (Gere) who emerges from a coma in need of both physical and mental rehabilitation. With the help of his snarky female physical therapist, he tries to repair his damaged relationship with his children and win back his wife’s love." Currently, there's no start date in place and director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) is no longer attached. Deadline reports that Stevens will star in Night at the Museum 3. The
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Richard Gere Stokes Old Fires

Richard Gere Stokes Old Fires
Despite having Oscar-winning cachet behind him, Jonathan Demme still struggles, like everyone in Hollywood, to get projects off the ground. A case in point is indie drama Old Fires, which was announced in 2012, and scheduled to shoot this year before financing issues shut down development. It appears to be back on, because Richard Gere is attached to star.Tadpole’s Heather McGowan wrote the script, which finds a famous, respected architect falling into a coma after an accident. When he emerges, he needs physical and mental rehabilitation, and gets help from a snarky female physical therapist. Slowly but surely, she nurses him back to health as he rebuilds his damaged relationship with his kids and wins his wife back.When he first became attached late last year, Demme rounded up Bryan Cranston, Jason Segel and Jennifer Ehle to star, but there’s no mention in The Wrap’s report whether
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Richard Gere to Star in Anonymous Content’s Dramedy ‘Old Fires’ (Exclusive)

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Anonymous Content’s family dramedy “Old Fires” is heating back up, as Golden Globe winner Richard Gere is now attached to star in the indie movie, TheWrap has learned. Heather McGowan (“Tadpole”) wrote the script, which follows a world-renowned architect (Gere) who emerges from a coma in need of both physical and mental rehabilitation. With the help of his snarky female physical therapist, he tries to repair his damaged relationship with his children and win back his wife’s love. Rosalie Swedlin will produce for Anonymous Content...
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Goodson-Thomas joins Ingenious

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Goodson-Thomas joins Ingenious
Production exec Katie Goodson-Thomas joins as director of production and acquisitions.

Production executive Katie Goodson-Thomas has joined UK financier Ingenious as director of production and acquisitions.

Goodson-Thomas has previously worked with Jon Finn, Graham Broadbent, Damian Jones and David Thompson. She was most recently head of film for Chris Coen.

The executive will work closely with Fox Searchlight president of production Claudia Lewis and La-based director of production, Richard Gold, and she will be tasked with searching the UK for new investment projects.

She will also manage Ingenious and Fox Searchlight’s existing slate of joint development projects, including Shimmy written by Gwyneth Hughes (The Girl, Miss Austen Regrets, Five Days); I Dreamed A Dream, based on the Susan Boyle biographical stage musical, currently being adapted by Neil McKay (Appropriate Adult, Mo); and Season To Taste, based on the memoir by Molly Birnbaum and currently being adapted by Heather McGowan (Tadpole, Old Fires).

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Jonathan Demme's "Old Fires" On Hold

Actress Jennifer Ehle says that filmmaker Jonathan Demme says that his "Old Fires" project is "definitely postponed".

At last report, the family drama that centers around a middle-aged guy who emerges from a coma that he’s been in for many months and discovers that his family have kind of moved on from him, and he wants them back.

Heather McGowan ("Tadpole") penned the script. Ehle indicates Bryan Cranston & Jason Segel would also be starring.

Source: Twitter (via The Playlist)
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Jonathan Demme's 'Old Fires' With Bryan Cranston, Jason Segel & Jennifer Ehle Put On Hold

It just doesn’t seem to be going right for Jonathan Demme recently. He had been working on an adaptation of Stephen King’s “11/22/63” alongside the author, but that fell apart last December with King and Demme unable to agree on the correct direction for the film to take (it's now being developed for TV). Now another one of Demme’s projects seems to have fallen by the wayside, and that’s the Heather McGowan (“Tadpole”) scripted “Old Fires.” When we caught up with Demme last December he was talking very passionately about the project and was hoping to get it in front of cameras at some point this year. Thanks to Jennifer Ehle we now know that’s not happening, with the actress sending out the following tweet last week: “So Old Fires’s definitely postponed. If Demme can’t get $ for truly great script w/Brian Cranston & Jason Segal
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Film Bitch Awards Best Supporting Actress Prizes (2000-2011)

I'll announce 2012's nominees the second the write-ups are done (working on them this week). But until then another listy flashblack to year's past here at The Film Experience. My opinions have changed somewhat over the years (as many opinions should if we continue to evolve) and perhaps I'll detail which changes those were in the future but mostly I like to think of Awards, both mine and other people's as time capsules of What We Valued At That Moment.

So here you go... 

Nominees in Alpha Order

Sally Field, Lincoln

Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables

Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy 

Diane Kruger, Farewell My Queen

Lorraine Toussaint, Middle of Nowhere

write ups here 

Gold: Vanessa RedgraveCoriolanus

Silver: Sarah Bayet, A Separation

Bronze: Carey MulliganShame

Also Nominated

Jessica ChastainThe Help

Melissa McCarthyBridesmaids

Gold: Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Silver: Melissa LeoThe Fighter

Bronze: Amy AdamsThe Fighter

Also Nominated

Kimberly Elise,
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Plus Camerimage- Film Festival Competition Winners

The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, Plus Camerimage, is the greatest and most recognized festival dedicated to the art of cinematography and its creators - cinematographers. Plus Camerimage contributes to the growth of cinematographers' prestige. The unconventional format of the Festival, which awards films according to their visual, aesthetic and technical values, has turned out to be an alternative for traditional film festivals. As all our guests emphasize - Plus Camerimage is unique. The Festival proves to be a great forum not only for presentation but also for further development of international moviemaking. Plus Camerimage helps young filmmakers and integrates the community of those already recognized, allowing them to explore new artistic areas.

The following competition winners for Plus Camerimage, were revealed in grand fashion as the milestone 20thanniversary edition came to a close at the Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz:

Student Films Competition

Golden Tadpole winner: Blackstory

The most original and innovative film that opens the gate to the future. Christoph Brunner and Stefan Brunner directors, Robert Oberreiner, cinematographer. Institut fur Film und Fersehen Filmakadmie Wien, Austria and Switzerland.

Silver Tadpole winner: The Zone

Brave, bold story, told with cinematographic teamwork. Lauri Randla, director, Mikko Kaumunen, cinematographer. University of Art and Design, Finland.

Bronze Tadpole winner: Without Snow

A gentle, beautifully told story, made with sensibility and maturity. Magnus von Horn, director & Magnus Borge, cinematographer. PWSFTiT, Łódź, Poland.

Directors’ Debuts Competition

For having the confidence to trust the audience and to tell a story of unflinching honesty with the simplicity and grace of an artist, the Directors’ Debuts Competition Award goes to Miguel Angel Jimenez for the film Chaika.

Cinematographers’ Debuts Competition

The Golden Frog Award goes to Chaika. This film deserves the award for the best cinematographer’s debut, because it dares to fulfill the dream of cinema on the big canvas that takes your breath away with beautifully composed vistas in which an intimate human drama unfolds.

Best Music Video

For the best music video award the jury chose a unique video that is using simple means to achieve complex ends, and a startlingly coherent effect. The Best Music Video Award goes to: Roger Ballen and Ninja for Die Antwoord ‘I Fink U Freeky’

Best Cinematography in Music Video

Best Cinematography in a Music Video award goes to an extraordinary video – poetic and with beautiful and original imagery – transcending its location and bitter history. Best Cinematography in a Music Video Award for goes to: Matthew J. Lloyd for Flying Lotus ‘Until The Quiet Comes’

Documentary Shorts Competition

The Jury awards the Golden Frog – Grand Prix to Lorenzo Castore and Adam Cohen for their originality, fearlessness and disturbing weirdness in: No Peace Without War.

The Jury awards the Special Mention to Jacek Bławut and Paweł Chorzępa for a film that captured the madness, mystery and paranoia of art in: The Loneliness Of Sound.

Documentary Features Competition

The Jury awards the Golden Frog – Grand Prix to the Cinematographer Seung-Jun Yi and Director Seung-Jun Yi for the sensitive camera work and intimate approach to the subject in: Planet Of Snail.

The Jury awards the Special Mention to Ester Martin Bergsmark and Minka Jakerson for their extraordinary accomplishment of director’s vision and their creative approach to questions of identity in: She Male Snails

Polish Films Competition

This emotionally compelling film, open to complex interpretations along with outstanding performances and craftsmanship, makes the Jury’s choice for the Best Polish Film at Plus Camerimage 2012: To Kill A Beaver.

Main Competition

Golden Frog winner: War Witch

Director: Kim Nguyen / Canada / 2012 / Cinematographer: Nicolas Bolduc

Silver Frog winner: Holy Motors

Director: Leos Carax / France / 2012 / Cinematographer: Caroline Champetier

Bronze Frog winner: Rhino Season

Director: Bahman Ghobadi / Turkey, Kurdistan, Iraq / 2012 / Cinematographer: Touraj Aslani

As promised, the 20th edition of the Festival was the biggest yet, with a lineup of hot new films and considerable star power. 314 films from around the world were showcased from November 24 to December 1 as industry attention turned to Bydgoszcz for a Festival that has earned its stature as one of Europe’s marquee film festivals and destinations for the biggest films, most recognizable talent and the best cinematographers in the world.

The Festival began last Saturday with Keanu Reeves’ new documentary “Side by Side”, followed by the Polish premiere of Ang Lee’s critically acclaimed “Life of Pi.” Both Reeves and ”Life of Pi” cinematographer Claudio Miranda were in attendance for the exciting opening gala.

Special guests this year included four-time Academy Award® nominated director, writer and producer David Lynch (“Mulholland Dr.,” “The Elephant Man,” “Blue Velvet”); Academy Award®winning film editor Alan Heim (“All That Jazz,” “Network,” “The Notebook,” “American History X”);Academy Award® winning director Steven Okazaki (“Day of Waiting,” “The Mushroom Club,” “Unfinished Business”); and Two-time Primetime Emmy nominated director Michael Lindsay-Hogg (“Let It Be,” “The Object of Beauty,” “Master Harold…and the Boys”).

Two-time Academy Award® nominee Gus Van Sant (“Good Will Hunting,” “Milk,” “Elephant”) was present to accept the Festival’s Director Duo Award on behalf of his late friend, Harris Savides (“American Gangster,” “Zodiac,” “The Game,” “Milk”).

The 20th Plus Camerimage Film Festival was proud to have an illustrious jury that included Joel Schumacher, two-time Academy Award® nominated director, writer and producer Alan Parker, Primetime Emmy nominated director and producer Roger Spottiswoode, Primetime Emmy nominated director Michael Lindsay, award-winning director Paweł Łoziński, Academy Award®winning director Steven Okazaki, Academy Award® winning film editor Alan Heim and cinematographer Karl Walter Lindenlaub.

About Plus Camerimage

Celebrating its landmark 20th anniversary this year, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, Plus Camerimage is the most recognized festival dedicated to the art of cinematography and the biggest international film festival in Poland. The unconventional format of the Festival, which awards films according to their visual, aesthetic and technical values, is a unique alternative to traditional film festivals.

Plus Camerimage proves to be a great forum not only for presentation but also for further development of international moviemaking and provides a platform for young filmmakers to explore new artistic areas.

In addition to the main competition, the Festival offers a Polish Films Competition, Student Etudes Competition, Documentary Films Competition, Feature Debuts Competition, Music Videos Competition, Plus Camerimage Market, Plus Camerimage Forum, special screenings and premieres, various reviews, retrospectives, meetings and also accompanying events such as art exhibitions and music performances.

Various presentations of modern film equipment and of the latest production and postproduction technologies (both traditional and digital) are also an inherent aspect of the Festival and have been organized with cooperation from companies such as Plus, Arri, Panavision, Kodak, Hawk, K5600, J.L. Fisher, Sony, Panasonic, KinoFlo, Technicolor and Zeiss.

Plus Camerimage is an extraordinary event where art and technology meet, creating a unique and unforgettable atmosphere. Please visit http://www.pluscamerimage.pl for more information.
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Producer Dolly Hall and Filmmaker Michael Walker Launch Fog Cutter Films; 'Jenny Speck' to Shoot Next Year

Producer Dolly Hall and Filmmaker Michael Walker Launch Fog Cutter Films; 'Jenny Speck' to Shoot Next Year
While gearing up for the release of the Parker Posey starring indie comedy "Price Check" this week, filmmaker Michael Walker also celebrates the forming of a new production company with producer collaborator Dolly Hall. The new banner, dubbed Fog Cutter Films, has begun casting and will start shooting its first film "The Revolution of Jenny Speck," a psychological thriller about the numbing effects of pop culture. Hall has over 20 producing credits to her name, with titles including Lisa Cholodenko's "High Art," Gary Winnick's "Tadpole," and Griffin Dunne's "Lisa Piscard is Famous," and Walker is the writer and director of the Jeff Daniels starrer "Chasing Sheep," "Price Check," and the forthcoming "The Maid's Room." The two have collaborated on the last two.
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Jonathan Demme Could Finally Return To Fiction Films With Old Fire

Since 2008's critically heralded Rachel Getting Married, Jonathan Demme has had some hardships getting back into the swing of narrative features. He followed the Oscar-nominated film with three documentaries, and was set up to helm the Black List screenplay Honeymoon With Harry until Robert De Niro pulled out, causing the project to lose its footing. Thankfully, Demme seems to be back on track as Anonymous Content has attached him to Old Fires. Variety reports the flick, penned by Tadpole's Heather McGowan, centers on a world-renowned architect who requires intense mental and physical rehabilitation after waking from a coma. With the help of his snarky female physical therapist, he will not only attempt to heal his body and mind, but also reconnect with his children and his wife. Demme, who has helmed such riveting dramas as Philadelphia and The Silence of the Lambs, seems a sharp choice for this project.
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