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Sony, ‘Black Mass’ Producer Cross Creek Pictures Sign Three-Year Deal

9 November 2015 11:20 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In the wake of “Black Mass” and “Everest,” Cross Creek Pictures has signed a three-year co-financing, production, and distribution deal with Sony’s Columbia Pictures, it was announced Monday. Cross Creek is the company behind such films as George Clooney‘s “The Ides of March,” Ron Howard‘s Rush” and Darren Aronofsky‘s “Black Swan,” the last of which was made with Sony’s Tom Rothman while he ran 20th Century Fox. Cross Creek is one of the few successful independent entities that both develop and finance their own films, and the deal with Sony is multi-platform arrangement that calls »

- Jeff Sneider

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Cross Creek Pictures Moving To Sony; 3-Year Deal To Co-Fi, Produce Films From ‘Black Mass’ And ‘Black Swan’ Maker

9 November 2015 10:46 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: After co-financing/producing taste maker films including Black Mass, Everest, Rush, The Ides of March, and Black SwanCross Creek Pictures is ready to take that next step up. Cross Creek principals Timmy Thompson and Brian Oliver and Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman have shaken hands on a new three-year, multifaceted co-financing, production, and distribution deal. Cross Creek will leave its home at Universal and the hope… »

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[Review] Our Brand Is Crisis

27 October 2015 12:05 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s probably because I know little about politics and care even less that I find most film’s dealing with the subject matter enjoyable. George Clooney‘s The Ides of March is one—the actor taking on the director’s chair, a co-screenwriting credit, and co-lead in front of the lens. Highly political himself with the media, it’s no surprise he’d gravitate towards a play based on an actual campaign (“Farragut North”) or a documentary doing much the same. The latter is Rachel Boynton‘s film centered on the 2002 Bolivian presidential election overseen by Us firm Greenberg Carville Shrum’s marketing team of which the narrative Our Brand Is Crisis took both name and plot. Clooney was set to star here, too, before Sandra Bullock took a shine to the script.

Peter Straughan‘s fictionalization—the credits say “suggested by”—takes the behind the scenes happenings of »

- Jared Mobarak

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George Clooney in Talks to Direct Coen Brothers' New Noir, 'Suburbicon'

26 October 2015 9:20 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Longtime Coen brothers collaborator George Clooney, who stars in their Hollywood caper, "Hail, Caesar!"—due out from Universal early next year—is looking to team up with the pair again, this time behind the camera. Deadline reports that the "O Brother Where Art Thou?" and "Intolerable Cruelty" star is rumored to direct the Coens' long-gestating noir, "Suburbicon," to be produced by Joel Silver. Read More: "Watch: Half of Hollywood Turns Up in Bonkers Trailer for Coens' Epic Caper, 'Hail, Caesar!'" It would be Clooney's first turn in the director's chair since 2014's "The Monuments Men," and perhaps a chance to recapture the magic of his black-and-white portrait of Edward R. Murrow's challenge to red-baiting Sen. Joseph McCarthy, "Good Night and Good Luck." Clooney's directorial efforts since then, including "Leatherheads" and "The Ides of March," were largely unsuccessful with critics and »

- Matt Brennan

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George Clooney Set To Helm Coen Brothers Script Suburbicon

26 October 2015 9:18 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s a project that has been rumoured for the best part of a decade, but it seems that the pieces are finally falling into place for Suburbicon – an as-yet unproduced script by Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen. This time, however, it will not be the celebrated siblings calling the shots – it will be their now regular collaborator, George Clooney.

Suburbicon has remained a mystery – an almost mythical concept, the existence of which has only ever been confirmed by fleeting whispers on the Hollywood breeze. It has always generated interest, though, because it promises to be a return to the tone of the very first feature film directed by the Coen Brothers – Blood Simple. In conversation, it has always been characterized as a 1950s noirish crime drama, so the question becomes, will handing it over to another filmmaker be a help or a hindrance to this long awaited project? »

- Sarah Myles

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George Clooney set to direct Coen Brothers movie?

26 October 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Some of the finest George Clooney performances stem from Coen Brothers scripts. From O Brother Where Art Thou to Burn After Reading, Clooney has always been on top form. And now, the actor is in talks to direct a Coen Brothers script entitled Suburbicon, which is said to be in the vein of Blood Simple, which was the Joel and Ethan Coen's breakout film. Clooney is no stranger to the director's chair either with rather damn good outings in Good Night and Good Luck, Leatherheads, The Ides of March. Granted, we won't say much about Monuments Men. The next time we see Clooney on screen will be in Hail, Ceaser! another Coen extravaganza, next February. »

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Revolution Buys George Clooney’s ‘Up in the Air’

14 October 2015 11:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Revolution Studios has acquired the Cold Spring Pictures motion picture library, which includes George Clooney’s “Up in the Air.”

Cold Spring Pictures was created in 2006 as a production facility to co-finance movies produced by Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock’s the Montecito Picture Company. Paramount retains 50% ownership of the titles, which include “Disturbia,” “Beer Pong,” “Hotel for Dogs,” “Post Grad” and “Hitchcock.”

“Cold Spring’s titles offer an incredible variety of genres and styles — a perfect complement to the kinds of films Revolution has in our library,” said COO Scott Hemming.

Revolution signed a deal with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to create non-feature productions based on properties in Revolution’s film library.

Revolution has been bulking up its library for the past year as part of a strategy of exploiting recognizable titles for global TV and digital distribution. The company, founded by Joe Roth in 2000, was acquired in June of 2014 by Fortress Investment Group. »

- Dave McNary

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'House of Cards' Screenwriter Beau Willimon Thinks Writing Is Like 'Grabbing at the Cosmic'

6 October 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The final installment of the BAFTA BFI Screenwriters' Lecture Series featured the screenwriter and playwright who brought audiences the political drama "The Ides of March" and the popular Netflix series "House of Cards." So, it came to a surprise to everyone that one of Beau Willimon's first admissions of the night was that he doesn't actually like politics. Read More: 'Why Pioneering British TV Writer Jimmy McGovern Thinks American Writers Are The Lucky Ones' Willimon candidly said, "politics was never like a 'thing' for me. I'm not a political junkie, I don't probably know more about politics than most of the people in this room. There's a lot of things I have to research in depth in order to write the show...The reason you guys probably showed up is because of 'House of Cards,' and so the two things that I'm most known for, 'Farragut North' »

- Elle Leonsis

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Revolution Teaming with Universal on Non-Feature Spinoffs, Sequels

1 October 2015 4:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Revolution Studios has signed a deal with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to create non-feature productions based on properties in Revolution’s film library.

Revolution produced 46 films including “Black Hawk Down,” “Maid in Manhattan,” “Anger Management,” “Daddy Day Care,” “America’s Sweethearts,” “XXX” and “White Chicks.”

Monetary terms of the deal were not disclosed. The agreement calls for Universal 1440 Entertainment to produce and distribute sequels, prequels or other spinoffs of Revolution feature titles for non-theatrical formats worldwide.

“We have found an ideal partner in Universal 1440 Entertainment, which has had global success in creating or extending film franchises with high-quality, non-theatrical productions,” said Revolution CEO Vince Totino. “Combining Revolution’s extensive library of hit films with Universal’s skill and experience at producing and releasing original content is a win-win proposition.”

Universal 1440 Entertainment has produced installments of “American Pie,” “Bring it On,” “Curious George,” “The Scorpion King,” “Death Race,” the Chucky series and “Beethoven. »

- Dave McNary

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‘House Of Cards’ Beau Willimon: The Obamas Watching The Show Is “Surreal” – Emmys

25 August 2015 8:02 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

House Of Cards showrunner Beau Willimon had written the play Farragut North, which became the 2011 George Clooney film The Ides Of March, but Willimon had, he says, "never worked on a TV show before." So it's perhaps all the more fun that House Of Cards has reaped awards and nominations at every turn since its 2013 incarnation. Cards was both the first Netflix original show and the first to release an entire season at once, pioneering TV binge-watching–a boon to Willimon… »

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Book now: BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters’ lecture series 2015

23 August 2015 2:36 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Jimmy McGovern – 29 September

Tickets are still available for the prestigious BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters’ Lecture Series event taking place in London in September and October. Now in its sixth year, the series celebrates screenwriters’ authorial contribution to film and gives esteemed writers a platform to share highlights and insights from their careers. Thn have had the pleasure in the past of attending and it’s a wonderful insight into their talent and the process.

BAFTA and Oscar-nominated writer and novelist Nick Hornby (An Education, Wild) starts the season on Wednesday 23 September at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, but unfortunately he’s sold out but there’s still time for you to book and see Screenwriter and playwright Andrew Bovell (Lantana, A Most Wanted Man), who takes to the stage at BAFTA on Friday 25 September.

Nancy Meyers – 26 September

Also *just* sold out is Golden Globe-nominated writer and director Nancy Meyers (Private Benjamin, It’s Complicated) on Saturday 26 September. »

- Dan Bullock

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‘House of Cards’ Writer Beau Willimon Joins BAFTA/BFI Lecture Series

22 July 2015 4:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — “House of Cards” executive producer Beau Willimon and Nancy Meyers, who was Oscar nominated for “Private Benjamin,” will be among the speakers in the latest series of lectures by leading screenwriters organized by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the British Film Institute.

Other screenwriters featured in the series are U.K. writers Nick Hornby, who was Oscar nominated for “An Education,” and Jimmy McGovern, who created “Cracker,” and Australia’s Andrew Bovell, whose credits include “A Most Wanted Man.” The lectures will run in London between Sept. 23 and Oct. 3.

Now in its sixth year, the series “exists to celebrate screenwriters’ authorial contribution to film, and gives esteemed writers a platform to share highlights and insights from their careers with an audience of film-lovers and their peers,” according to a statement.

Hornby, whose credits also include “Wild,” starts the season on Sept. 23. Bovell, whose credits include “Lantana, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Marisa Tomei to Play Aunt May in New ‘Spider-Man’ Movie (Exclusive)

8 July 2015 11:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Now that Marvel and Sony have found their Peter Parker, the focus has turned to the aunt who raised him.

Sources tell Variety that Marisa Tomei is the choice to play Aunt May in the next installment of the “Spider-Man” franchise.

Sony and Marvel had no comment on the casting.

While insiders could not say where things stood in the deal-making process, they have added that an offer was made late last week for the Oscar-winning actress to join Tom Holland, who was recently tapped to play the web-slinging superhero.

Marvel and Sony recently hand-picked Holland to play Spider-Man after months of meetings and screen tests with eager young actors, in addition to selecting “Cop Car” helmer Jon Watts to direct the pic.

The studios are still in the process of finding a writer to join Watts in the screenwriting process but insiders explained that the top brass also wanted »

- Justin Kroll

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‘House of Cards’ Ep Beau Willimon on the Show’s Impact

24 June 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When “House of Cards” premiered on Netflix in February 2013, it not only effectively changed a nation’s viewing habits, turning us all into binge-watchers — but it also marked the television debut of screenwriter Beau Willimon. Known for his plays — “Farragut North” was adapted into the Oscar-nominated “The Ides of March” — Willimon would go on to earn three Emmy noms for “House of Cards” as the series’ creator and executive producer. He’ll receive Variety’s inaugural Creative Impact in TV Writing Award at the Nantucket Film Festival.

What does this award mean to you?

It’s a huge honor to get any sort of award at all. Any time someone gives you a pat on the back and says, “We appreciate what you do,” that’s a great feeling. As far as this festival is concerned, I find it’s great to be recognized in television on par with film because, »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Beau Willimon to Receive Variety’s Creative Impact Award at the Nantucket Film Festival

12 May 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon will receive Variety‘s Creative Impact in Television Writing Award, to be handed out in at the 2015 Nantucket Film Festival in June.

Willimon takes home the inaugural award for a body of work that includes his current gig as creator, showrunner and executive producer of “House of Cards,” the political drama that put Netflix’s original content on the map and opened the door for the legions of high-end Svod TV series that followed. He was nommed for an Oscar as co-writer of “The Ides of March,” based on his play “Farragut North.”

Cynthia Littleton, Variety‘s managing editor of TV, will present the award to Willimon as part of the festival’s annual Screenwriters Tribute on June 27. More awardees for the tribute remain to be announced.

The 20th annual Nantucket festival launches with “The End of the Tour,” the Jason Segel-Jesse Eisenberg »

- Gordon Cox

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8 Reasons Why Tom Hardy Will Be The Biggest Actor Of 2015

1 May 2015 6:31 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Every so often, the stars will align in one particular year for an actor who’ll at last see their movie star status go supernova. In 2011, it was Ryan Gosling’s turn – as Drive, The Ides Of March and Crazy, Stupid, Love. finally tipped him over into superstardom – as well as Michael Fassbender’s, with X-Men: First Class, Jane Eyre and Shame bringing the Irish actor to the attention of the moviegoing public at large.

In 2015, it looks as though the year will belong to Tom Hardy. Already an actor of considerable acclaim amongst critics and serious cinema fans, Hardy’s impressive-looking line-up of upcoming projects this year should see his fame hit peak levels, as all the talk of him being “the best actor of his generation” at last reaches the masses.

It’s been coming for a while – Hardy hasn’t really stopped working since he »

- Brogan Morris

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From Actor to "Action!", Exploring the Debuts of 19 Actors-Turned-Directors

21 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »

- Jordan Benesh

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Actors-turned-directors: The good, the bad and the unwatchable

11 April 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

This month Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos, Ryan Gosling's Lost River and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner see these performers make the dizzying leap from actor to director. But in which of their colleagues' footsteps might they follow?

We take a look at six different categories of actor-turned-directors.

The career-changers

Too handsome to be a supporting actor, and lacking the gravitas of a major star, Ben Affleck looked to be heading towards Kilmer-ville before he released Gone Baby Gone, a dark Dennis Lehane thriller he co-wrote and directed, with brother Casey taking the lead. Follow-up The Town proved solid, but his next effort, Argo, was a surprise Best Picture winner. The fact Affleck didn't receive a Director nomination suggests he's not yet been forgiven for the likes of Gigli, but the forthcoming Lehane adaptation Live By Night should fix that.

As an actor, Clint Eastwood's flinty »

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Ryan Gosling makes an intriguing directorial debut with “Lost River”

8 April 2015 11:59 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

I’m a huge fan of Ryan Gosling as an actor, frankly considering him to be among the very best of this generation. As such, I was very interesting in his first foray behind the camera, which happens to be the dark fairy tale of sorts Lost River. He’s worked with some top notch directors in the past, so some interesting things had to have rubbed off on him. Well, he wears a number of influences on his sleeve in Lost River, oddly enough including David Lynch in a huge way. His debut film is a divisive one, but it’s a debut that I think suggests a bright future as a filmmaker. Gosling has a who’s who list of directors that he’s worked with in his career so far, including Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson), Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook), Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine and »

- Joey Magidson

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9 Things Ryan Gosling Stole From Ryan Gosling Movies in His Directorial Debut, Lost River

31 March 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River, will finally hit a (small) number of theaters, and VOD, on April 10. Gosling's freshman effort debuted at last year's Cannes Film Festival, where it was promptly slammed by critics. One of the main complaints? That the film, which Gosling also wrote, feels like a mishmash of styles cribbed from several more-established directors: David Lynch, Terrence Malick, and Gosling's Drive and Only God Forgives director, Nicolas Winding Refn, among them. That may be true, but when I caught the Cannes premiere screening of Lost River, I was struck more by all the elements in the movie that reminded me of elements from other Ryan Gosling movies. Here are a few devices, props, and people from Gosling's past work that pop up in subtle - and not-so-subtle - ways in his first behind-the-camera effort: Detroit Gosling returned to Detroit, where much of his film The Ides of March was shot, »

- Lindsay-Miller

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