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George Clooney Acquires “Three Minutes to Doomsday.”

12 April 2015 5:16 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Abrams Artists Agency is pleased to announce that George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures has acquired the film rights for Joe Navarro’s Three Minutes to Doomsday. The North American rights for the book were recently acquired by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster. As the FBI’s leading body language expert, Joe Navarro was sent to track down Rod Ramsey to report on his knowledge or association with Clyde Lee Conrad. It all started with a trembling cigarette: when Navarro asked Ramsay about Conrad, his cigarette shook. Navarro’s expertise enabled him to decipher the meaning behind Ramsay’s tic. Noticing this miniscule movement led him to a series of interviews in an increasingly complex relationship that would uncover one escalating revelation after another, until he eventually uncovered the most dangerous security breach in Us history. Along the way Navarro had to develop Ramsay’s trust, engage »

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George Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures Acquires Film Rights to ‘Three Minutes to Doomsday’

12 April 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures has picked up the film rights to Joe Navarro’s “Three Minutes to Doomsday.”

The book follows the FBI’s leading body language expert, Navarro, who was sent to track down Rod Ramsey to report on his knowledge or association with Clyde Lee Conrad, an U.S. Army officer who sold top-secret classified information to the People’s Republic of Hungary. It documents Navarro and Ramsey’s relationship and interviews against the backdrop of the Cold War.

Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, recently acquired North American rights for the book.

Howards Means, who collaborated with Robert Baer on “See No Evil” and “Sleeping With the Devil,” assisted Navarro in his writing. “Syriana,” for which Clooney won an Oscar, was based on Baer’s books.

Smokehouse most recently produced “August: Osage County,” starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, the Clooney-directed “Monuments Men »

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Alex Garland of 'Ex Machina' follows others who took a writing-to-directing leap

11 April 2015 | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Alex Garland, screenwriter of “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine” and “Never Let Me Go,” makes an impressive directorial debut with cerebral sci-fi thriller “Ex Machina” (in theaters today), but Garland waves off the achievement of leaping to directing as “just next in a continuum.” “The truth was that there was no epiphany moment about directing, because I just don’t dignify the directing role the way we’re supposed to,” the British filmmaker told The Dissolve. “There are a few people — like Woody Allen, he’s an auteur, and I’m cool with that. But for me, directing is about collaboration.” Whether directing is a logical next step or a hard-sought achievement for screenwriters, it’s often done by telling studios, “Hey, here’s my next screenplay. You can have it as long as I get to direct.” Preston Sturges — at the time the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood — is noted for »

- Emily Rome

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Jeff Skoll Aims to Fix Participant’s ‘Broken’ Parts

31 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jeff Skoll had been working frenetically with epidemiologists, NGOs and diplomats for weeks last fall. The experts were racing to contain the wildfire spread of Ebola, only to have their benefactor, the California billionaire and media mogul, suddenly suffer his own collapse. An intestinal wrecking ball sent Skoll reeling. His fever spiked to 105, knocking him flat on his back. “I just had to close my eyes for eight days,” he recalls, “and hang on.”

Skoll, already slight in build, lost 10 pounds to what doctors diagnosed as yellow fever, perhaps contracted from Ebola caregivers. For the introspective Canadian, facing his own mortality on the brink of his 50th birthday, the medical crisis seemed to be a sign: The time had come to reassess his 10-year-old entertainment company, Participant Media, to ensure its sustainability for the long haul.

“This was part of my wake-up call,” Skoll says of his debilitating illness. “At Participant, »

- James Rainey

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Matthew McConaughey's 'Gold' Goes to TWC-Dimension

30 March 2015 4:56 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein announced today that they have acquired the highly sought after mining drama Gold, inspired by the true story about the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corporation mining scandal where large amounts of gold were reportedly discovered in the Indonesian jungle. The film will be released under their TWC-Dimension banner. &#160Directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana), Gold stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey as a failing businessman and prospector that teams up with a luckless geologist/explorer played by Edgar Ramirez. &#160The duo heads into the Indonesian jungle on the trail of undiscovered gold. &#160&#8232&#160

&#8232Written by Patrick Massett & John Zinman, Gold is being produced and financed by Black Bear Pictures. &#160Black Bear's Teddy Schwarzman will produce alongside Hwy61's Michael Nozik, Massett, Zinman and McConaughey. &#160Hwy61 partner Paul Haggis will executive produce with Richard Middleton and Black Bear's Ben Stillman. Said Schwarzman and Nozik:&#8232&#8232&#160"We are beyond thrilled to »

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Bre-x Marks the Spot: Weinsteins Mining for Stephen Gaghan’s “Gold”

30 March 2015 12:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The movie business has a lot in common with the speculative stock market. Those that get a piece of the action early can hope for a huge payday in the long run. The Weinsteins are building their 2016 slate, getting into the game prior to lensing with The Founder and now, Gold. Deadline reports that the Weinstein Co. won the derby over for the domestic rights to Stephen Gaghan‘s third feature film starring Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez and packaged by Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures (they started with Ramin Bahrani’s At Any Price and most recently preemed Eli Roth’s Knock Knock). The film would receive an assured 2500 screen release. The film which was described as a sort of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre has already been picked up in several territories and will begin lensing this June in Thailand, New York and New Mexico. Look »

- Eric Lavallee

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With ‘Aisa Yeh Jahaan’, India Gets its First Carbon Neutral Film

26 March 2015 9:13 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Carbon Neutral Films have been made all over the world, and now with Aisa Yeh Jahaan, India is all set to join the list. The film stars Palash Sen, the singer of the much-loved Indian band – Euphoria, opposite Ira Dubey in the lead along with talented actors Yashpal Sharma, Tinu Anand, Kymsleen Kholie,  Prisha Dabbas, Saurabh Pandey and Carol Grasias. Written and directed by Biswajeet Bora and produced by Maya Kholie under Kholie Entertainment, the film is set to release in April 2015.

Aisa Yeh Jahaan joins the likes of other international carbon neutral movies, 24, the Emmy award-winning series from Imagine and Twentieth Century Fox Television, George Clooney’s Syriana, Day the Earth Stood Still and The Day After Tomorrow, to name a few.

Biswajeet Bora, the director of the film, who has worked with filmmaker Jahnu Barua, said, “It is a socio-environmental film, which tells the story of an urban »

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Édgar Ramírez joins Matthew McConaughey in mining drama Gold

20 March 2015 12:35 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Édgar Ramírez has been cast in upcoming Black Bear Pictures drama Gold.

The Zero Dark Thirty actor will star alongside Matthew McConaughey in the Patrick Massett and John Zinman-penned film.

According to Deadline, Ramírez will play geologist Michael Acosta, with McConaughey taking on the role of a prospector named Walsh.

The plot - based on the true story of the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corporation mining scandal - sees the pair team up to uncover huge deposits of gold in the heart of the Indonesian jungle.

Their new riches fast-track Acosta and Walsh into the boardrooms of America's biggest corporations on Wall Street, before suspicions of fraud bring their worlds crashing down.

Executive produced by Paul Haggis and Richard Middleton, Gold is to be produced by Teddy Schwarzman (The Imitation Game) and Michael Nozik (Quiz Show, Syriana) as well as Massett, Zinman and McConaughey.

The production is due to begin filming in June, »

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Venezuelan 'Liberator' and 'Carlos' Star Édgar Ramírez Grooming for Hollywood

19 March 2015 9:48 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Venezuela-born actor, Golden Globe-nominated for Olivier Assayas' sprawling 2011 crime miniseries "Carlos," will join Matthew McConaughey in Black Bear Pictures' mining drama "Gold," Deadline reports. Directed by Stephen Gaghan, Oscar-winning writer of "Traffic" who went his own way to steer 2005 oil drama "Syriana," and written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman, "Gold" revolves around the true story of the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corporation mining scandal. Ramírez plays geologist Michael Acosta who, alongside McConaughey as prospector Walsh, journeys to Indonesia in search of the titular soft metal. Filming launches in June and will occur in New York, New Mexico and Thailand. Ramírez's globally revered performance in Oscar-shortlisted "The Liberator" didn't land the film a foreign nom this year, but he does have a lot of Hollywood projects now on the docket including David O. Russell's »

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Edgar Ramirez Joins Matthew McConaughey in Mining Drama ‘Gold’

18 March 2015 4:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Zero Dark Thirty” actor Edgar Ramirez will star opposite Matthew McConaughey in Black Bear Pictures’ mining drama “Gold,” set to start shooting in June in New York, New Mexico and Thailand.

He will play a geologist whom McConaughey’s prospector teams with to find gold in the uncharted Indonesian jungle.

Stephen Gaghan (“Syriana”) is directing from a script by Patrick Massett and John Zinman.

Producers are Teddy Schwarzman (“The Imitation Game”), Michael Nozik through his Hwy61 company, Massett, Zinman and McConaughey. Exec producers are Paul Haggis and Richard Middleton.

Ramirez will appear in two films opening at Christmas: David O. Russell’s “Joy” and in Alcon’s reboot of “Point Break.” He also stars as Roberto Duran in the biopic “Hands of Stone.”

He is repped by CAA, Impression Entertainment and attorney Bob Wallerstein.

The news was first reported by Deadline.com.

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Desplat To Score "Star Wars: Rogue One"

16 March 2015 5:34 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Composer Alexandre Desplat, who has just come off an Oscar win for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," has been hired to do the score for Disney and Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: Rogue One".

Desplat previously worked with the film's director Gareth Edwards on last year's "Godzilla". 'Rogue One' is the first "Star Wars" standalone spin-off film that Disney is putting into production ahead of a December 16th 2016 release. It will begin shooting this Summer.

Desplat is no stranger to major franchises or awards films, having done the scores for the likes of "Argo," "Unbroken," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," ""The Twilight Saga: New Moon," "The King's Speech," "Zero Dark Thirty," "The Imitation Game," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Queen," "A Prophet," and "Syriana".

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Alexandre Desplat on winning a Grammy and the lesson of masters like John Williams

12 February 2015 3:48 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Nine Oscar seasons ago, composer Alexandre Desplat earned what already felt like an overdue first nomination for "The Queen." (He already had "Girl With a Pearl Earring," "Birth," "Syriana" and "The Painted Veil" to his credit.) Eight years and as many Oscar nominations later, the prolific Desplat has cemented himself as the go-to composer of his generation, with the hottest producers and directors clamoring to collaborate with him. This is not surprising, given his talent and his extraordinary knowledge of both world cinema and world music. This year, he is a double Oscar nominee for "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "The Imitation Game" and has already won a British Academy Award and a Grammy for the former. And that elusive first Oscar may well be within his grasp. HitFix recently caught up with Desplat to discuss Anderson's latest melancholic comic romp and the awards success he has experienced of late. »

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Sierra/Affinity Strikes ‘Gold’ At Efm — Berlin

12 February 2015 7:11 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity is near to selling out on Stephen Gaghan’s Gold starring Matthew McConaughey in one of the most robust sales titles at this year’s Efm.

Euro powerhouse Studio Canal has acquired the UK, France, Germany Australia and New Zealand. Eagle Pictures and Leone Film Group have acquired the title for Italy. Scanbox has Scandinavia, Feel Good (Greece), Myndform (Iceland), Ascot Elite (Switzerland), Tripictures (Spain), Sun Distribution (Latin America), Apsara (select pan-Asian territories, Able Entertainment (South Korea), Tohokushinsha Film (Japan), United King (Israel), Eagle Films (Middle East), Tanweer (Turkey), Acme (Baltics), Freeman/Monolith/Blitz (select central and eastern Europe), Tandem Film (Bulgaria), Star-Kinekor (South Africa), Lusomundo (Portugal) and Remain in Light (Benelux).

Gold is a Black Bear Pictures film written by Patrick Massett & John Zinman, based on a true story about the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corporation mining scandal in which vast amounts of gold were reportedly discovered in the Indonesian jungle. »

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Movie News: Matthew McConaughey to Star in 'Born to Run' and 'Gold'; Watch a Powerful 'Two Men in Town' Trailer

29 January 2015 12:18 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Born to Run/Gold: Matthew McConaughey has lined up two starring roles. Born to Run is an adaptation of Christopher McDougall's best-selling book about a tribe of Indians in Mexico who became renowned for their ability to "run hundreds of miles without rest or injury." The other movie, Gold, is based on a true story and is set to begin filming in June under the direction of Stephen Gaghan (Syriana); McConaughey will play a modern-day prospector who heads to Indonesia in search of treasure. [Deadline/Collider]   Blunt Talk: Patrick Stewart makes a yellow jacket look good in a new photo from Blunt Talk. He stars as a British news personality who moves to the U.S. to host a talk show, experiencing a series of comic travails along his intended path to stardom...

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News Briefs: Matthew McConaughey's Next Two Movies Will Be...

28 January 2015 10:56 PM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Born to Run/Gold: Matthew McConaughey has lined up two starring roles. Born to Run is an adaptation of Christopher McDougall's best-selling book about a tribe of Indians in Mexico that became renowned for their ability to "run hundreds of miles without rest or injury." The other movie, Gold, is based on a true story and is set to begin filming in June under the direction of Stephen Gaghan (Syriana). McConaughey will play a modern-day prospector who heads to Indonesia in search of...

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News Briefs: Matthew McConaughey's Next Two Movies;' Watch the Powerful 'Two Men in Town' Trailer

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Born to Run/Gold: Matthew McConaughey has lined up two starring roles. Born to Run is an adaptation of Christopher McDougall's best-selling book about a tribe of Indians in Mexico who became renowned for their ability to "run hundreds of miles without rest or injury." The other movie, Gold, is based on a true story and is set to begin filming in June under the direction of Stephen Gaghan (Syriana). McConaughey will play a modern-day prospector who heads to Indonesia in search of...

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Sierra/Affinity Boards Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Gold’ – Berlin

28 January 2015 10:49 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

As Deadline revealed exclusively in August last year, Matthew McConaughey will star in Stephen Gaghan’s Gold, a Black Bear Pictures film written by Patrick Massett & John Zinman, based on a true story about the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corporation mining scandal in which vast amounts of gold were reportedly discovered in the Indonesian jungle.

Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity has come on-board to handle sales at Berlin.

Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman (The Imitation Game) will produce alongside Michael Nozik (Quiz Show, Syriana) via his Hwy61 banner, Massett, Zinman and McConaughey. Hwy61 partner Paul Haggis will exec produce along with Richard Middleton (Hitchcock, The Artist).

Principal photography is slated to commence in June 2015 with Thailand, New York and New Mexico among the locations, and Black Bear Pictures is fully financing the film.

McConaughey, Gaghan and Hwy61 are represented by CAA which is also representing the domestic distribution rights of the film. »

- Ali Jaafar

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Matthew McConaughey’s Drama ‘Gold’ Heads to European Film Market, Sets Production Date

28 January 2015 8:28 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Matthew McConaughey‘s next drama, “Gold,” will begin production in June, and producers hope to sell foreign rights to the film directed by Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan at the European Film Market in February.

“Imitation Game” producer Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures announced on Wednesday that Sierra/Affinity will be representing the project at Efm, which runs concurrent to the Berlin International Film Festival.

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Gold” is based on the real-life experience of a modern day prospector, played by McConaughey, who teams up with »

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Berlin: Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Gold’ Starts Shooting in June

28 January 2015 8:21 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Black Bear Pictures’ upcoming mining drama “Gold,” starring Matthew McConaughey and directed by Stephen Gaghan, will launch foreign sales at next week’s European Film Market in Berlin.

Sierra/Affinity will oversee foreign sales of the project, which will begin shooting in June in New York, New Mexico and Thailand, while CAA handles domestic rights. Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures is fully financing.

The film, written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman, covers the story of the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corp. mining scandal.

Producers are Schwarzman (“The Imitation Game”), Michael Nozik through his Hwy61 banner, Massett, Zinman and McConaughey. Paul Haggis will executive produce along with Richard Middleton.

McConaughey is also attached to Im Global’s Civil War drama “The Free State of Jones.” Gaghan previously directed “Syriana.”

McConaughey, Gaghan and Hwy61 are represented by CAA.

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- Dave McNary

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Egyptian Star Amr Waked Joins ‘Geostorm’ Cast (Exclusive)

26 January 2015 4:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Egyptian multihyphenate Amr Waked (“Lucy”) has joined the cast of Gerard Butler sci-fi blockbuster “Geostorm,” in which he will play the French head of security at an international space station when the earth’s climate control satellites fail to function.

Geostorm,” which is currently shooting in New Orleans, will mark the feature directorial debut of Dean Devlin, who teamed with Roland Emmerich to produce 1996’s “Independence Day.” Devlin’s Electric Entertainment is producing with Skydance Productions. Key American cast besides Butler includes Katheryn Winnick, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia and child actor Sterling Jerins.

Warner Bros. has slated the sci-fi action thriller, centered on catastrophic climate change that endangers the world’s survival, for release on Oct. 21, 2016.

Waked’s character in “Geostorm,” is named Ray Dussette, an intimidating and rugged security expert with little patience for error and stupidity who works hard to keep everyone safe, according to pic’s publicity notes. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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