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London — The Sundance Institute and Mumbai Mantra, the media and entertainment arm of Indian conglomerate the Mahindra Group, have announced the eight projects picked for their annual screenwriters lab, now in its third year.
The projects are selected from more than 500 submissions from India and the Indian diaspora. This year’s picks are Navneet Behal’s “Experiments with Truth”, Ashvin Kumar’s “Noor”, Bornila Chatterjee’s “Nuclear Hearts”, Gaurav Madan’s “Shaktipur Crude”, Deepanjali B Sarkar’s “Svadharma”, Dylan Mohan Gray’s “The Last Day of Winter”, Sanjay Talreja “The River Murder” and Neeraj Ghaywan and Varun Grover’s “Fly Away”.
The projects are being mentored by writers Naomi Foner (“Very Good Girls”), Michael Handelman (“Dinner for Schmucks”), James V Hart (“Epic”), Malia Scotch Marmo (“Good Morning Karachi”), Anjum Rajabali (“Satyagraha”), Elena Soarez (“Xingu”), Rose Troche (“The Safety of Objects”), Sooni Taraporevala (“The Namesake”) and multi-hyphenate Dante Harper (“The Delicate Art of the Rifle »
- Naman Ramachandran
Exclusive: The Londoner who starred opposite Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher has inked with CAA. Lucy Punch, who starred on the 2012-13 Fox comedy Ben And Kate, next appears in the upcoming musical Into The Woods, with Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep, and director Peter Bogdanovich’s 2015 pic Squirrels To The Nuts. Her big-screen credits also include Hot Fuzz, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger and Dinner For Schmucks. Her TV gigs have included Vexed and The Class. Punch continues to be managed by the Schiff Company and repped by United Agents in the UK. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Andrea Savage (Dinner for Schmucks) is set to co-star opposite Rob Lowe and Rob Riggle in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot The Pro, from ABC Studios and Uni TV. Written by Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory, The Pro centers on former tennis doubles champion “Big Ben” Bertrahm (Lowe), whose career flame-out and misguided investments have left him working as the pro at a tennis and golf club. Savage, repped by UTA and Mosaic, will play Paula, the Club manager, who is in way over her head and has a wee little crush on Big Ben. She will next be seen on the Hulu series Hotwives of Orlando. Lindsay Price is set to co-star opposite Christian Borle and Jonathan Ryland in NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Lifesaver, from writer Wil Calhoun, Uni TV and Tbd Entertainment. The odd couple comedy centers on the uptight, controlling and a bit neurotic Dr. Graham »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
• Bruce Willis (Die Hard) is set to star in the action thriller Captive, taking over for the previously rumored Arnold Schwarzenegger. Simon Brand (Unknown) is directing with a script by Benjamin van der Even (Che: Part Two) and Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks) from a story by Nicolai Fuglsig. Willis will play a real estate developer who gets kidnapped and held for ransom while at work in Brazil. Production is set to begin in March. [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
4 items from 2014
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