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‘Get Out’ to Be Honored by Producers Guild With Stanley Kramer Award

‘Get Out’ to Be Honored by Producers Guild With Stanley Kramer Award
Jordan Peele’s horror-comedy “Get Out” will receive the Producers Guild of America’s 2018 Stanley Kramer Award.

The prize will be presented on Jan. 20 at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a production, producer, or other individuals whose contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues.

Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said, “The electrifying response to ‘Get Out’ demonstrates that the power of motion pictures to crystallize and reflect our collective social anxieties remains stronger than ever. It’s hard to imagine two more different sensibilities approaching the problem of race in America than Stanley Kramer and Jordan Peele, but despite the different paths their stories take, their power springs from the same outrage, fearlessness, and passion.”

Kramer’s producing credits include “Inherit the Wind,” “On the Beach,” “The Defiant Ones,” and “Guess
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Indiana Jones Makes $25 Million In A Day - In America Alone

Indiana Jones Makes $25 Million In A Day - In America Alone
The new Indiana Jones movie has whipped up a ticket storm in North America, raking in $25 million (GBP12.5 million) from its first full day at the box office.

That's the fourth highest-grossing Thursday debut on record, and keeps Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on course to become the biggest Memorial Day weekend release ever.

The film is expected to make up to $170 million (GBP85 million) over the five day period, breaking the box office record set last year by Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

'Some' way for Hounsou at Summit

NEW YORK -- Djimon Hounsou will star in Jeff Wadlow's action drama Get Some, the first film to be launched from new indie studio Summit Entertainment.

Hounsou plays a mixed martial arts coach and mentor to an Iowa native (Sean Faris) who moves to Orlando and joins a no-holds-barred Fight Club-style group for teens. Amber Heard (Alpha Dog) plays his girlfriend, and Cam Gigandet (The O.C.) has been cast as his best friend.

The actor earned a best supporting actor Oscar nomination this year for Ed Zwick's Blood Diamond, four years after receiving his first nom in the same category for Jim Sheridan's In America. His other film credits include Amistad, Gladiator, Constantine and Eragon.

The Mandalay Independent Pictures production will be produced by Mandalay executive vp David Zelon and Craig Baumgarten. Chris Hauty wrote the screenplay, with Robert Munic and Gavin O'Connor penning later drafts.

Summit president of production Erik Feig and vp production Jean Song will oversee the film. Principal photography is set to begin this month.

Hounsou is repped by the Gersh Agency.

Hounsou set to load 'Trunk' with White

NEW YORK -- Djimon Hounsou is attached to star in the drama The Trunk, which Sylvain White is slated to direct. The Oscar-nominated actor (In America) will play an aspiring concert pianist who fights to escape the ghetto as his jealous friends try to hold him back. Brian White, Boris Kodjoe and Thomas Krestchmann are attached as co-stars on the film, scheduled to begin filming by December in Oakland. Bryan Turner's Melee Entertainment is producing the project from Joseph A. Elmore Jr.'s script. Kodjoe, White and Melee's Scott Aronson and Melina Kevorkian are set as producers.

Lappin tapped to speak at SPADA confab

Lappin tapped to speak at SPADA confab
SYDNEY -- Irish producer Arthur Lappin -- managing director of Hell's Kitchen, the production company he established with director Jim Sheridan in 1992 -- has been confirmed as one of the keynote speakers for the 13th annual Small Country: Big Picture conference. The confab, sponsored by industry agency the Screen Production and Development Assn., will run Nov.17-19. Held in Wellington, New Zealand, Lappin's work with Sheridan includes My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father and In America.

Sheridan 'Locked' up for 50 Cent pic

Jim Sheridan has signed on to direct gangster movie Locked and Loaded for Paramount Pictures and MTV. The film, which stars rapper 50 Cent, is the first to fall under a three-year, first-look deal the studio struck with Interscope Geffen A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine and Eminem manager Paul Rosenberg. Interscope and MTV will be producing with Iovine and Rosenberg producing and Wendy Japhet overseeing for the studio. Locked and Loaded tells the story of an orphaned kid who turns away from crime and lands a successful musical career. The Sopranos scribe Terence Winter penned the script. "A movie starring 50 Cent and directed by an acclaimed talent like Jim Sheridan is exactly what audiences have come to expect from MTV Films," said MTV Films president Van Toffler. "We're thrilled to be working with our old friends at Interscope and these two amazing artists." Van Toffler is producing along with executive vp David Gale and Heather Perry, Eminem, Dr. Dre and Chris Lighty. Sheridan most recently directed In America, his semi-autobiographical tale of growing up in a colorful tenement building in New York filled with weird and wacky underground characters. He has also signed on to direct a remake of Ikiru. Sheridan is repped by CAA.

Hounsou and Buscemi plan 'Island' retreat

Djimon Hounsou and Steve Buscemi are headed to The Island for DreamWorks and Michael Bay. Hounsou, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Jim Sheridan's In America, will play the head of security for the utopian community where the story takes place. No details were available on the Buscemi role. The film stars Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson in a story penned by Caspian Tredwell-Owen about a harvested being who becomes self-aware and tries to escape the utopia where he is being kept. Johansson plays the only person he can trust and the carrier of the sponsor's child. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci also co-wrote the script. Marc Haimes is overseeing for the studio. Hounsou, whose other recent credits include Beauty Shop and Constantine, is repped by the Gersh Agency and Brillstein Grey.

Morton Hits Out at Oldman

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Morton Hits Out at Oldman
British actress Samantha Morton has hit out at countryman Gary Oldman - for refusing to read a low-budget film script. The In America star, 27, has blasted big-budget actors for being swayed only by cash when choosing their next film role. And is furious her own reputation has suffered simply because she's eager to make honest and credible films. Morton says, "I used to be, and still am, considered very difficult. I think, 'What is difficult?' If I'm put in an uncomfortable environment, I become defensive. We really want Gary Oldman for a part in my next film, River Queen, but we cannot even get him a script because he won't read anything we send him unless we offer him a million. I mean, how sad is that? These actors get people to do everything for them and five years down the line they don't know how to pay their bills or even cook their own food."

Sheridans to make drama for NBC, Par

After earning Oscar nominations earlier this year for their collaboration on In America, filmmaker Jim Sheridan and his daughter Naomi Sheridan have set their sights on the small screen. The Sheridans have cut a deal with NBC and Paramount Network TV to develop a drama series about a large Irish family struggling to run a restaurant in the United States, reps for NBC and Paramount confirmed. Naomi Sheridan is set to write the pilot script and executive produce the project alongside her father, who might also direct the pilot if his schedule permits.

Sheridan gets BAFTA/LA nod

Six-time Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan has been chosen to receive this year's John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Artistic Excellence from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles. BAFTA/LA said Tuesday that the honor will be bestowed on Sheridan -- the writer (with his daughters), director and producer of the multiple prize-winning film In America -- on Nov. 4 at the Beverly Hills Hotel as part of BAFTA/LA's annual Britannia Awards ceremony. The award for artistic excellence, now in its second year, is named after the acclaimed late British director-producer John Schlesinger (Darling, Midnight Cowboy), who was honored by BAFTA/LA in May 2002. Last year's award went to director Peter Weir. BAFTA/LA announced earlier that Tom Hanks will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at this year's awards presentations.

Hounsou to receive ShoWest supporting nod

Djimon Hounsou, nominated for a best supporting actor Academy Award for his performance as an artist dealing with AIDS in In America, will be honored as ShoWest 2004 Supporting Actor of the Year. "Djimon Hounsou was a true joy to watch in 'In America, ' and we could not be more excited about honoring his performance," said Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the convention, which screened In America at last year's confab. "It's always special to be able to screen a film at ShoWest well in advance of its release date and to have it go on to receive such critical and commercial success."

Considine on fight card for 'Cinderella'

Being In America has been good for Paddy Considine. The English actor, who stars in Jim Sheridan's In America, is in negotiations to make his major studio debut starring opposite Russell Crowe in Universal Pictures/Miramax Films' period boxing project Cinderella Man. Ron Howard is directing and producing along with Brian Grazer and Penny Marshall. Cinderella Man tells the tale of real-life heavyweight boxing champ Jim Braddock (Crowe). During the 1930s, Braddock was an aging boxer who made a comeback while trying to provide for his family during the Depression. Considine would star as Hank, Braddock's best friend and fellow dockworker. Considine joins a cast that includes Renee Zellweger, Paul Giamatti and Craig Bierko. Written by Cliff Hollingsworth, C. Gaby Mitchell and Akiva Goldsman, Cinderella Man is a Universal/Miramax co-production of an Imagine Entertainment presentation. Universal is distributing domestically, with Buena Vista International handling international distribution for Miramax. Considine is repped by Writers and Artists Group International and ICM London. For In America, Considine has been nominated for a British Independent Film Award, a Golden Satellite Award and joins his castmates for a SAG nomination in the outstanding performance by a cast category.

Smaller pics penciled for WGA nominations

Smaller films from specialty film companies dominated the nominees for original screenplay Thursday in the 56th annual Writers Guild Awards, while several of the year's larger releases, including The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Cold Mountain, featured prominently among the best adapted screenplays. Original screenplay nominees are Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges and Guljit Bindra for Fox Searchlight Pictures' Bend It Like Beckham, a lighthearted look at women's competitive soccer; Steven Knight for Miramax Films' Dirty Pretty Things, a gritty immigrant story; Jim Sheridan and daughters Naomi Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan for Fox Searchlight's In America, an intimate portrait of a family struggling with the loss of a child; Sofia Coppola for Focus Features' much-honored Lost in Translation; and Tom McCarthy for Miramax's moody drama The Station Agent. Adapted screenplay nominees are Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman for HBO Films/Fine Line Features' American Splendor, based on the comic book series by Harvey Pekar and novel by Pekar and Joyce Brabner; Anthony Minghella for Miramax Films' Civil War-era drama Cold Mountain, based on the novel by Charles Frazier; Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson for New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien; Brian Helgeland for Warner Bros. Pictures' Mystic River, based on the novel by Dennis Lehane; and Gary Ross for Universal Pictures' Seabiscuit, based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand.

WGA movie noms: niche originals, adapted giants

WGA movie noms: niche originals, adapted giants
Smaller films from specialty film companies dominated the nominees Thursday for original screenplay at the 56th annual Writers Guild Awards, while adapted screenplays were nominated from several of the year's bigger releases including The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Cold Mountain. Nominated for original screenplay were Gurinder Chadha, Paul Berges and Guljit Bindra for Fox Searchlight Pictures' Bend It Like Beckham, Steven Knight for Miramax Films' Dirty Pretty Things, Jim Sheridan and daughters Naomi Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan for Fox Searchlight Pictures' In America, Sofia Coppola for Focus Features' Lost in Translation, and Tom McCarthy for Miramax Films' The Station Agent. Adapted screenplay nominees were: Robert Pulcini and Shari Berman for HBO Films/Fine Line Features' American Splendor, based on the comic book series by Harvey Pekar and novel by Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner; Anthony Minghella for Miramax Films' Cold Mountain, based on the novel by Charles Frazier; Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson for New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien; Brian Helgeland for Warner Bros. Pictures' Mystic River, based on the novel by Dennis Lehane; and Gary Ross for Universal Pictures' Seabiscuit based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand.

'In America' gets Kramer nod

The Producers Guild of America has selected In America to receive the Stanley Kramer Award, an honor recognizing a company, individual or production that addresses provocative social issues in an uplifting fashion. The award will be presented to producers Jim Sheridan and Arthur Lappin at the 15th annual PGA Awards on Jan. 17 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City. "In honoring Jim Sheridan and Arthur Lappin for 'In America, ' we honor the fierce humanity of Stanley Kramer and his determination to find the essential human truths at work on both sides of our social, political and cultural divides," said PGA Awards co-chairs Lawrence Gordon and Debra Hill. "It has long been accepted that America is a nation of immigrants, but rarely has the immigrant experience been captured with such heartbreaking immediacy as in 'In America.' "

World on display at Bangkok fest

The 2004 Bangkok International Film Festival will feature more than 100 films from 40 countries, including screenings of The Barbarian Invasions, In America and Lost in Translation. The festival, which runs from Jan. 22-Feb. 2, will feature 12 films in international competition, including festival opener The Siamese Renaissance. "This year, we will continue to mark the growing significance of Bangkok to the world's motion picture community as a prime launching platform for quality international filmmaking," said Juthamas Siriwan, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and festival president. In addition to the competition screenings, the festival also will feature cultural events, conferences, industry workshops and lectures. The complete festival lineup is available at www.bangkokfilm.org.

'Mystic' leads BFCA Awards with 8 noms

Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, a dark tale of tragedy affecting a tightknit Boston community, leads the list of nominees for the ninth annual Critics' Choice Awards, announced Tuesday by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. The Warner Bros. Pictures release scored eight noms, including best picture, best director and composer for Eastwood, best actor for Sean Penn, best supporting actor for Tim Robbins, best supporting actress for Marcia Gay Harden, best acting ensemble and best writer for Brian Helgeland, who adapted Dennis Lehane's novel on which the film is based. Other leading contenders include In America with seven nominations, Big Fish and Lost in Translation with five noms each, Cold Mountain and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King with four noms each and The Last Samurai and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World with three noms each.

Satellites tune in Fox, Warners

Fox Searchlight and Warner Bros. Pictures each scored two nominations among the seven films cited for best motion picture drama by the International Press Academy on Tuesday as IPA unveiled its nominations for the eighth annual Satellite Awards. The drama nominees include Fox Searchlight's In America and thirteen, Warners' The Last Samurai and Mystic River, Newmarket Films' Whale Rider, 20th Century Fox's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

'Mystic' leads BFCA Awards with 8 noms

Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, a dark tale of tragedy affecting a tightknit Boston community, leads the list of nominees for the ninth annual Critics' Choice Awards, announced Tuesday by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. The Warner Bros. Pictures release scored eight noms, including best picture, best director and composer for Eastwood, best actor for Sean Penn, best supporting actor for Tim Robbins, best supporting actress for Marcia Gay Harden, best acting ensemble and best writer for Brian Helgeland, who adapted Dennis Lehane's novel on which the film is based. Other leading contenders include In America with seven nominations, Big Fish and Lost in Translation with five noms each, Cold Mountain and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King with four noms each and The Last Samurai and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World with three noms each.
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