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Universal’s making room for Alex Kurtzman and his Secret Hideout shingle. They’ve signed a three-year production deal with the writer-director-producer’s new banner, which is expanding its operations on the studio lot. Kurtzman, who first pacted with Universal in a two-year deal in 2012 with Star Trek co-scribe Roberto Orci and their K/O Paper Products, will be joined by Focus Features’ Jeb Brody and K/O’s Bobby Cohen as producers at Secret Hideout. Kim Rosen is also moving over to the new company from K/O Paper Products to serve as head of digital and interactive. Kurtzman & Co. will be adding additional offices on the Universal lot while developing filmmaker-driven projects with franchise and multi-quadrant potential.
Kurtzman continues to spearhead Universal’s relaunch of its classic monster franchises with Chris Morgan, starting with the Mummy reboot he’s helming for a summer 2016 release. He is also producing »
- Jen Yamato
Festival, whose lineup was unveiled Wednesday in Zagreb.
Among competish titles are Jessica Hausner’s “Amour Fou,” Tudor Cristian Jurgiu’s “Japanese Dog,” Ken Loach’s “Jimmy’s Hall,” Xavier Dolan’s “Tom at the Farm,” Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo,” Ralph Fiennes’ “The Invisible Woman” and “Bridges of Sarajevo,” which has multiple directors.
The Croatian program includes Darko Lungulov’s “Monument to Michael Jackson,” Branko Istvancic’s “The Bridge at the End of the World,” Darko Suvak’s “Happy Endings,” Filip Peruzovic’s “Walk the Dog,” and Peter Kerekes, »
- Variety Staff
Sometimes there’s a little bit of legwork involved in being a Jason Ritter fan. With a career that’s toggled between interesting character roles in limited-release movies (2005’s Happy Endings, 2008’s Good Dick) and bigger parts in short-lived TV shows (Joan of Arcadia, The Class, The Event), his always-nuanced performances can often prove hard to catch. That changes today with the Vimeo On Demand release of I Am I, a Kickstarter-funded movie about a woman posing as her recently deceased mother in order to get to know her long-lost father, who is suffering from memory loss. The actor co-stars with Jocelyn Towne, who also wrote and directed the film, and her husband The Big Bang Theory's Simon Helberg, who has been a friend of Ritter’s since high school. Next week will see the release of The Big Ask, another indie Ritter shot with a cast of TV thespians, »
- Rose Maura Lorre
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