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7 items from 2007

Biz types fire up Blowtorch

16 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A group of Madison Avenue and Hollywood veterans are joining forces to launch a new media company targeting the young adult market, with content including an upcoming feature-length film from producer Paul Schiff.

Dubbed Blowtorch, the company, which has raised $50 million in financing, will focus on the 18- to 24-year-old market, create and distribute content ranging from feature-length films and shorts to mobile offerings and have an online social community. It will also develop branded entertainment for live events.

Currently in negotiations with theater owners, Blowtorch plans to distribute its content -- including its own films -- to hundreds of screens geographically concentrated in major cities and large college markets.

Its first feature film release, set for a spring debut, is You Are Here, produced by Schiff, directed by Henry Pincus and featuring Bijou Phillips, Danny Masterson and Michael Biehn.

Additionally, Blowtorch has partnered with Vivendi Visual Entertainment to distribute Blowtorch films on DVD.

Schiff, whose producing credits include Date Movie and Mona Lisa Smile, serves as a board member and advisor, while interactive marketing executive Kelly Rodriques is the company's CEO. »

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Interview: Mike Newell

14 November 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Mike Newell is a director who's dabbled in many genres over the years. Although he's worked steadily in both television and film since the mid- sixties, Newell jumped over to the A list with the smash hit, Four Weddings and a Funeral, which introduced the world to Hugh Grant. Since then he's directed a string of mostly successful American films, including Donnie Brasco, Pushing Tin, and Mona Lisa Smile. In 2005, he directed his largest scale film to date, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire- and now turns his attention to another book to film adaptation, Gabriel García Márquez's classic Love in the Time of Cholera. The Nobel Prize-winning author had an estimated 50 film offers over the years for the film rights to the story that sees Florentino Ariza (Bardem)and Fermino Daza (Mezzogiorno) fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, »

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Pregnant Roberts Didn't Want To Appear in Bikini

16 October 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Julia Roberts was mortified when she realized she'd have to don a bikini for a swimming pool scene in new film Charlie Wilson's War - because she was four months pregnant with her third child Henry. The actress had hoped the revealing scene would not be necessary, or that a double would strip down on her behalf - but instead she had to "suck it in" and grin and 'bare' it. The Mona Lisa Smile star says, "I was so pregnant then that I was really hoping that they would let me out of that scene."


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Roberts To Receive Career Honor

25 July 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood actress Julia Roberts has been named the winner of the 2007 American Cinematheque award. The Mona Lisa Smile star was chosen unanimously by the non-profit organization's selection committee which honors career achievements, Variety magazine reports. Roberts, who won an Oscar for Erin Brockovich in 2001, will collect the prize at a ceremony in Beverly Hills on 12 October. Actors, directors and writers - including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman - have been honored at the ceremony every year since its inception in 1986. Last year, Roberts presented fellow actor and Ocean's Eleven co-star George Clooney with the award after he landed the annual honor. »

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Goldsmith-Thomas, MGM pact

20 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MGM has inked an overall production pact with former Revolution Studios partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and her Goldsmith-Thomas Prods.

During her seven years at Revolution, Goldsmith-Thomas produced such female-driven films as Mona Lisa Smile and Maid in Manhattan.

It marks one of the first production deals inked by the revamped studio. MGM also has a producing pact with Robert Simonds, among others that carried over from the studio's former regime.

"It's a statement to the industry that MGM will be making movies, not just distributing them," said Goldsmith-Thomas, who is negotiating to bring about a half-dozen projects from Revolution with her.

While at Revolution, Goldsmith-Thomas developed and produced a slate of films that included the Brittany Murphy starrer Little Black Book, the Halle Berry topliner Perfect Stranger and several telefilms based on the American Girl dolls.

"The key for me is that they opened up their library to us (for potential remakes)," she said. "When you don't have to get the rights, then you are one step closer to making that movie a reality."

Additionally, Ian Mohr and Jared Mass will join Marisa Yeres as vps development at the shingle. »

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Goodwin goes in 'Motion' for indie comedy

4 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Ginnifer Goodwin has joined the cast of the indie comedy Laws of Motion.

Matthew Perry, Hilary Swank and Ben Foster already have boarded the Craig Lucas-helmed project, which is being produced by Plum Pictures, Ideal Partners Film Fund and Hilary Swank Prods.

Penned by Elyse Friedman, the story centers on a husband (Perry) struggling with life in a repressive career and community and enduring headaches caused by his free-spirited brother (Foster) and sister (Goodwin). Swank will play a supporting role as the all-too-perfect neighbor of Perry's harried character.

Plum Pictures partners Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Celine Rattray and Galt Niederhoffer are producing alongside Ideal's Jana Edelbaum and Swank.

The film is shooting in Connecticut.

Goodwin, whose credits include Walk the Line and Mona Lisa Smile, stars on the HBO series Big Love.

She is repped by WMA, John Carrabino Management and attorney Michael Gendler. »

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Three riding with 'Talmadge'

14 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Gary Cole, Jennifer Coolidge and Agnes Bruckner are starring in writer-director David Moreton's road-trip comedy Say Hello to Stan Talmadge.

Set in 1979 and told in flashback, the film follows the misadventures of the title character (Cole), an estranged ex-husband who tries to reunite his family with a cross-country motor-home trip to a Family Feud-style game show called Beat Your Neighbor.

Coolidge plays his boozing, acid-tongued ex-wife. Bruckner plays his daughter, who is traumatized by the disastrous trip. Tina Holmes (Half Nelson) plays Stan's new wife, who comes along for the ride, and Jordan Bridges (Mona Lisa Smile) plays the game show host.

"Stan hopes that by getting his family on TV, it will make them a real family again," said Moreton, who is producing the project with Rob Aitro and Jenny Hinkey. Aitro describes the screenplay, based on Rick Barrett's unpublished short story Feud, as "a charming indie in the tone of 'Little Miss Sunshine.' "

Moreton's directorial credits include the gay-themed films Edge of Seventeen and Testosterone. Hello is shooting on location in Azusa, Calif. »

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