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13 items from 2014


Female Screenwriter Tops 2014 Black List

17 December 2014 6:25 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Manuel here to share some of the best unproduced screenplays written by women (according to industry insiders).

The Black List, now in its tenth iteration, compiles an annual list of the most liked unproduced screenplays. Since 2004, some of the screenplays featured on here have gone on to become Oscar-winning films like Argo, Juno, and The King’s Speech, as well as modest successes like Lars and the Real Girl, Charlie Wilson’s War and 50/50. Even current Oscar-favorite The Imitation Game topped the list in 2011. Other titles like Recount, Things We Lost in the Fire, The Beaver and Snow White and the Huntsman have been featured. That is to say, it’s quite a mixed bag (this year includes a screenplay for Wonka, for example, “a dark, reimagining of the Willy Wonka story beginning in World War II and culminating with his takeover of the chocolate factory,” which… well, to each »

- Manuel Betancourt

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‘Skyfall’ Director Sam Mendes Puts Production Company Up for Sale

5 November 2014 7:39 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Neal Street Prods., the production company part-owned by “Skyfall” director Sam Mendes, has been put up for sale, a source close to the company has confirmed.

Neal Street, which produces “Penny Dreadful,” is on the market for around £40 million ($63.8 million).

The company was founded in 2003 by Mendes, who begins filming the 24th James Bond film next month, Pippa Harris, the former head of drama commissioning at the BBC, and Caro Newling.

Its film credits include Leonardo DiCaprio starrer “Revolutionary Road” and Jake Gyllenhaal starrer “Jarhead,” which were both helmed by Mendes, and Susanne Bier’s “Things We Lost in the Fire,” which toplined Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro.

Neal Street’s latest film project is an adaptation of Enid Blyton’s “Magic Faraway Tree” books, as revealed exclusively in Variety.

As well as John Logan’s “Penny Dreadful,” which was commissioned by Showtime, Neal Street’s TV credits »

- Leo Barraclough

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‘Skyfall’ Director Sam Mendes Puts Production Company Up for Sale

5 November 2014 7:39 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Neal Street Prods., the production company part-owned by “Skyfall” director Sam Mendes, has been put up for sale, a source close to the company has confirmed.

Neal Street, which produces “Penny Dreadful,” is on the market for around £40 million ($63.8 million).

The company was founded in 2003 by Mendes, who begins filming the 24th James Bond film next month, Pippa Harris, the former head of drama commissioning at the BBC, and Caro Newling.

Its film credits include Leonardo DiCaprio starrer “Revolutionary Road” and Jake Gyllenhaal starrer “Jarhead,” which were both helmed by Mendes, and Susanne Bier’s “Things We Lost in the Fire,” which toplined Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro.

Neal Street’s latest film project is an adaptation of Enid Blyton’s “Magic Faraway Tree” books, as revealed exclusively in Variety.

As well as John Logan’s “Penny Dreadful,” which was commissioned by Showtime, Neal Street’s TV credits »

- Leo Barraclough

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Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper reunite in long-delayed 'Serena' trailer

29 October 2014 1:43 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are reuniting for the long-delayed period piece "Serena" from director Susanne Bier ("After the Wedding," "Things We Lost in the Fire").  The film's newest trailer features the two stars all dolled up in sumptuous period duds for some romance, mystery and tragedy amid some breathtaking scenery captured by ace D.P. Morten Søborg (who's worked with Bier before, as well as Nicholas Winding Refn). Based on Ron Rash's novel, "Serena" takes place in Depression-racked North Carolina, where George Pemberton (Cooper) struggles to maintain his burgeoning timber empire, while his strong-willed young wife, Serena (Lawrence), may be taking their domestic -- and professional --partnership too far. Watch the new trailer here: Bier has reportedly been tinkering with the film since it wrapped principal photography in early 2012, and it had a tough time landing a distributor despite its A-list stars (it also stars Rhys Ifans, Sean Harris, »

- Dave Lewis

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Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper in Tense First Us 'Serena' Trailer

29 October 2014 11:57 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

It's been two years since Susanne Bier wrapped production on the period drama Serena, but the film has sat on a shelf without any indication of when it might finally hit theaters. It's already been released across the pond, and now the Us trailer has finally arrived with the film getting released early next year. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper reteam again in the story of George (Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Lawrence), love-struck newly-weds, who begin to build a timber empire. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, their marriage begins to unravel. Watch it! Here's the first Us trailer for Susanne Bier's Serena, originally from Chideo: If you haven't seen it yet, check out the Serena trailer from the United Kingdom right here. Serena is directed by Oscar-winner Susanne Bier (In a Better World, Things We Lost in the Fire »

- Ethan Anderton

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Is Jennifer Lawrence's Serena a Terrible Movie?

21 September 2014 2:36 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

We've been showing you photos and trailers for the upcoming "Serena" film, which stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and directed by Susanne Bier (Things We Lost in the Fire). It looked like the film was put together with Oscars in mind, but now comes word that Magnolia Pictures has acquired it for distribution and will release it in theaters in the first quarter of 2015. To qualify for Oscars, movies are released at the end of the year. But with an early 2015 release, that indicates that Magnolia is not interested in having the film be considered. According to THR, there's a good reason for that. It turns out that "Serena" was funded by 2929 Productions, which is a sister company of Magnolia. After attempting to find a distributor, it became very clear that nobody wanted the movie. So out of desperation, Magnolia had to become the default distributor. If you put all the clues together, »

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Serena Finally Gets A Trailer

12 September 2014 9:57 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Once again, we find ourselves in that strange spot of anticipation. When a film takes two years from the end of principal photography to cinema release, does that indicate trouble? If it has taken so long to ‘tinker’ with it in post-production, is it going to be a mess? All these questions will soon be answered, as Serena has finally got a trailer.

Written by Christopher Kyle (Alexander, K-19: The Widowmaker) and adapted from the 2008 book of the same name by Ron Rash, this period drama is directed by Susanne Bier, who previously delivered Things We Lost In The Fire. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as newlyweds Serena and George Pemberton in 1929, the film sees the couple travel from Boston to the mountains of North Carolina to build an all-conquering timber empire. Though Serena is ambitious, driven and talented, her position is threatened by the discovery that she is »

- Sarah Myles

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‘Serena’ Trailer: Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper Fall Badly In Love

12 September 2014 8:18 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have starred in successful films together - American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook – though both were under the guidance of eccentric filmmaker David O. Russell. For Serena, “B. Coop” and “J. Law” are getting a change in director – working under Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier (Things We Lost in the Fire, Brothers) – and are reaching even further back in time, to the period of the Depression-era south, for a drama about a power couple named the Pembertons (Coop/Law) whose timber empire is threatened by marital secrets.

The trailer above doesn’t directly spell out all of the twists and turns in author Ron Rash’s novel (adapted to the screen by K-19: The Widowmaker screenwriter, Chris Kyle); rather, the trailer teases a bit of the mystery and the darker truths beneath the Pembertons’ marriage, showing imagery that could admittedly be considered spoilers ...

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- Kofi Outlaw

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Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper in Delayed 'Serena' First Trailer

12 September 2014 7:28 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

After completing production in 2012, Susanne Bier's drama Serena has taken a long time to get to the big screen. Photos from the film surfaced online after shooting was done, and even more actually popped up earlier this year, but we've been waiting to hear when the film might actually get released. Well, the film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper will finally hit theaters in the United Kingdom next month, and the first trailer from overseas has arrived. Set in North Carolin around the time of the Depression, a man (Cooper) struggles to maintain the future of his timber empire and things only get more complicated when he learns his wife (Lawrence) cannot bear children to continue his legacy. Watch below! Here's the first UK trailer for Susanne Bier's Serena, originally from Yahoo UK: Serena is directed by Oscar-winner Susanne Bier (In a Better World, Things We Lost in the Fire »

- Ethan Anderton

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Danielle Dajani, Tara Cook Join ‘Downton Abbey’ Producer Carnival Films

5 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Carnival Films, the London-based production company behind “Downton Abbey,” has appointed Danielle Dajani as its head of production, and Tara Cook as development producer, working alongside Phil Temple, who has been promoted and also serves as development producer.

Dajani joins Carnival, which is part of NBCUniversal Intl. Television Production, from Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles, where she was exec VP. Before Raleigh, Dajani was VP of international physical production and production finance at Walt Disney Pictures in L.A., head of production at Aramid Capital in London, and general manager of Village Roadshow Production Management in Sydney.

Dajani takes over from Kimberley Hikaka, who departs after nearly seven years at Carnival.

In the role, Dajani will be responsible for overseeing all of the company’s productions across its U.K. and international businesses.

As development producers, Cook and Temple will be responsible for the origination, development and sale of Carnival’s upcoming U. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Benicio Del Toro: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

1 August 2014 5:59 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Remember Taneleer Tivan, The Collector? That David Bowie-looking guy who appeared at the end of Thor: The Dark World and made a similarly fleeting appearance in this week’s crazy sci-fi blockbuster Guardians Of The Galaxy? Well, beneath the eccentricities, the mincing and the hairpiece of the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe was multiple award winning, Puerto Rican character actor Benicio del Toro, in his first big screen role since…well, we’ll get to that soon enough. It’s a bit of a funny turn for a man with an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA Award to his name – for the same movie, no less – and it got us to thinking how he’d gotten here.

Born to a couple of lawyers, with an older brother who went into the medical profession, del Toro was something of »

- Tom Baker

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First Look: More of Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence in 'Serena'

31 March 2014 9:34 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

It's been nearly two years since we got a first look at the new drama Serena from director Susanne Bier (In a Better World). We're still not sure when the film starring Silver Linings Playbook duo Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper will arrive in theaters, but we do have some new photos from the film, showing off the period sets, not to mention Lawrence and Cooper looking rather dashing. The film follows the Pemberton couple, Boston natives who create a 1929 timber empire in North Carolina, as their intense, passionate marriage begins to unravel as the story moves toward a shocking reckoning. New photos below! New photos from Serena from production designer Richard Bridgland (more at The Film Stage): Serena is directed by Oscar-winner Susanne Bier (In a Better World, Things We Lost in the Fire) from a screenplay by Christopher Kyle (Alexander) adapting Ron Rash's novel of the same name. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #187. Susanne Bier’s Serena

4 February 2014 6:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Serena

Director: Susanne Bier

Writer: Christopher Kyle

Producers: 2929 Productions’ Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner, Ben Cosgrove, Chockstone Pictures’ Paula Mae and Steve Schwartz, Nick Wechsler

U.S. Distributor: Rights available

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Tony Jones, Rhys Ifans

While we were expecting Susanne Bier’s latest, a return to English language filmmaking after her 2007 Halle Berry starring Things We Lost In the Fire, to bow in 2013, it looks like this will be pushed into this year due to the oversaturated Jennifer Lawrence/Bradley Cooper market. This was meant their first project together post Silver Linings, but it looks like we’ll have to be happy with American Hustle instead, this season. Meanwhile, Bier has been on a roll herself since winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film with In a Better World. She’s several other irons in the fire currently, but look for this to be her next release. »

- Nicholas Bell

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