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Canada nets 'Smart' telepic

26 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TORONTO -- CBS' Elizabeth Smart telepic is to start shooting Sept. 2 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Elizabeth Smart Story, based on family accounts of last year's Utah kidnapping ordeal, will star Canadian actor Amber Marshall (Super Rupert, Monk) in the lead role and will be shot at the Tour Tech East soundstage over 22 days. Frank von Zernek (Heart of a Stranger) is producing the two-hour movie, with Patricia Clifford, Jeff Morton and Robert Sertner getting the executive producer credits. The screenplay was written by Nancey Silvers (One Special Night). The biopic's cast also includes Dylan Baker (Road to Perdition), as Ed Smart, and Lindsay Frost (Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke), as Lois Smart. "Elizabeth Smart's frightening kidnapping and the search to find her captivated the nation," CBS Entertainment senior vp movie and miniseries Bela Bajaria said in a statement. "And her subsequent safe return created a collective celebration." »

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Hicks eyeing Fine Line 'Dollars'

12 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Scott Hicks is in talks to direct Fine Line Features' Five Dollars More, sources have confirmed. The project would reunite Hicks with the same studio for which he directed and co-wrote Shine, the 1996 drama that earned him Academy Award nominations in the directing and screenplay categories. The project, by writing duo Neal H. Dobrofsky and Tippi Dobrofsky, is the tale of a son forced to reunite with his con-artist father for a cross-country odyssey. Dollars will be produced by Carol Baum (The Good Girl, My First Mister) and Jane Goldenring (Heart of a Stranger, My First Mister). Guy Stodel will oversee the project for Fine Line along with Meredith Finn. Fine Line picked up the project in the fall for low- against mid-six figures (HR 10/22). Hicks, repped by CAA, directed Hearts in Atlantis and Snow Falling on Cedars. »

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