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Octavia Spencer And John Hawkes Among Ensemble Cast To Star In New Thriller Small Town Crime

Eshom and Ian Nelms’ indie thriller Small Town Crime has completed a casting spree that has locked down the likes of Octavia Spencer and John Hawkes in key roles, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

There, they’ll be joining Anthony Anderson and Robert Forster in the Nelms’ latest feature, which has already entered production.

If the core ensemble wasn’t impressive enough, THR also goes on to reveal that Small Town Crime has attracted quite the supporting cast too, enlisting the likes of Clifton Collins Jr., Michael Vartan, Daniel Sunjata, Don Harvey, James Lafferty, Jeremy Ratchford, Caity Lotz and Dale Dickey.

John Hawkes will be serving as the narrative crux, though, stepping into the well-worn shoes of “an alcoholic ex-cop who finds the body of a young woman and, through an act of self-redemption, becomes hell-bent
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Allison Janney boards The Girl on the Train

Variety is reporting that Allison Janney is set to reunite with director Tate Taylor on the upcoming thriller The Girl on the Train, where she’ll play a police detective. Janney has previously collaborated with Taylor on all of his projects, appearing in Pretty Ugly People, The Help and Get on Up, as well as the 2003 short Chicken Party.

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The Girl on the Train “follows a woman (played by Emily Blunt) devastated by her recent divorce who spends her commute fantasizing about a seemingly perfect married couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. Along the way, she becomes entangled in a mystery revolving around the couple.”

The Girl on the Train will open in theaters on October 7th 2016, with a cast that also includes Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation), Jared Leto
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Allison Janney Boards ‘Girl on the Train’ (Exclusive)

Allison Janney Boards ‘Girl on the Train’ (Exclusive)
Allison Janney has joined the cast of DreamWorks’ adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ best-selling novel “The Girl on the Train.”

She joins an ensemble that already includes Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Jared Leto and Justin Theroux with Tate Taylor directing.

The story follows a woman (Blunt) devastated by her recent divorce who spends her commute fantasizing about a seemingly perfect married couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. Along the way, she becomes entangled in a mystery revolving around the couple.

Janney will play a police detective in the pic.

Erin Cressida Wilson penned the script. Marc Platt will produce the film, while Jared LeBoff of Marc Platt Prods. will serve as executive producer along with Celia Costas.

The studio recently dated the film for Oct. 7, 2016.

Janney and Taylor have a longstanding relationship, with the actress not only appearing in his recent hits such
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The Help Screenwriter-Director Tate Taylor To Receive Wgaw.s 2012 Paul Selvin Award

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Screenwriter-director Tate Taylor has been named recipient of the Writers Guild of America, West.s 2012 Paul Selvin Award for his adapted screenplay for the civil rights-era drama The Help.

The Guild.s Selvin Award recognizes written work which embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties. Filmmaker Taylor will be honored at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Sunday, February 19, at the Hollywood Palladium.

.Tate Taylor.s adapted screenplay for The Help artfully distills the empowering essence and core emotional truths of Kathryn Stockwell.s novel, translating it into a film that forcefully illustrates how ordinary people can impact positive social change. Evoking a specific time and place, the film.s message is ultimately universal and remains relevant today. Tate.s honor is well-deserved . and his script does Paul Selvin.s legacy proud by conveying the continuing power of the written word,. said Wgaw President Christopher Keyser.
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Emma Stone and Viola Davis bring "The Help" to the big screen with poignant results

The Help, which opens today, is a blunt, poignant, yet charming look at the uneasy relationship between black maids and their white employers in the pre-Freedom Riders Deep South. Through a sensitive, well-crafted script by Tate Taylor and outstanding performances from a nearly all-female cast: Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, The Help manages to convey both the heart and heartlessness of a relationship that many Americans rarely thought about until recently.

The movie is told from the point of view Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan (Stone), who is well on her way to Southern spinsterhood, being an unmarried, recent college graduate. Returning home from Ol' Miss to figure out how to make a living as a writer, Skeeter reunites with her childhood friends, led by the uptight racist, Hilly Holbrook (Ron Howard's daughter, Bryce).

Although from the same social class, Skeeter is clearly not one of these women: young,
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How An Author’s Best Friend Turned ‘The Help’ Into a Movie

How An Author’s Best Friend Turned ‘The Help’ Into a Movie
DreamWorks Pictures Emma Stone and Viola Davis in “The Help

Before agreeing to produce “The Help,” the movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel about black domestic workers in 1960s Mississippi, DreamWorks Studios head Steven Spielberg needed some assurance. Over breakfast in London, he told producer Chris Columbus—director of the first two “Harry Potter” films, as well as “Home Alone,” among others—that the only way he was going to back the production was if Mr. Columbus agreed
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