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8 items from 2015


Jim Burke Named President of Production of Focus Features

11 March 2015 11:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jim Burke has been tapped as president of production of Focus Features.

Also, current Focus Features senior VP of production Josh McLaughlin has been promoted to executive VP and will report to Burke.

“I have known Jim for many years, and not only does he have a tremendous talent for both developing and producing films, he’s also a passionate advocate for filmmaking talent,” said Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel. “Jim’s breadth of experience is the perfect fit to lead our production efforts as we continue to grow the Focus Features brand with a mix of both specialty films and wide releases. Josh’s contributions since I joined the company have been invaluable, and I am pleased to announce his promotion, one that he earned by taking stewardship of our production slate while the company transitioned under our new mandate.”

Burke has considerable experience as a producer, having worked »

- Justin Kroll

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Jim Burke named Focus Features production president

11 March 2015 11:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Descendants producer named president of production; current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin promoted to executive vice president.

Focus Features has named Jim Burke as president of production.

Burke’s appointment continues the company’s diversification and expansion of its film slate. He will report to CEO Peter Schlessel.

In addition, current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin has been promoted to executive vice president, reporting to Burke.

“I have known Jim for many years and not only does he have a tremendous talent for both developing and producing films, he’s also a passionate advocate for filmmaking talent,” said Schlessel.

“Jim’s breadth of experience is the perfect fit to lead our production efforts as we continue to grow the Focus Features brand with a mix of both specialty films and wide releases.

Speaking about McLaughlin, he added: “Josh’s contributions since I joined the company have been invaluable and I am pleased »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Jim Burke joins Focus Features

11 March 2015 11:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Producer and executive named president of production; current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin promoted to executive vice president.

Focus Features has named Jim Burke as president of production.

Burke’s appointment continues the company’s diversification and expansion of its film slate. He will report to CEO Peter Schlessel.

In addition, current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin has been promoted to executive vice president, reporting to Burke.

“I have known Jim for many years and not only does he have a tremendous talent for both developing and producing films, he’s also a passionate advocate for filmmaking talent. Jim’s breadth of experience is the perfect fit to lead our production efforts as we continue to grow the Focus Features brand with a mix of both specialty films and wide releases,” commented Schlessel.

He continued: “Josh’s contributions since I joined the company have been invaluable and I am pleased to announce his promotion »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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What's Life in Arlington Like with The Bachelor's Chris Soules?

9 March 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After a dramatic season filled with tears and lots of kissing, Bachelor Nation will finally find out Monday night which woman Chris Soules has chosen to share his life in Iowa. Will it be sweet and reserved virgin Becca Tilley, or bubbly fertility nurse Whitney Bischoff? To tide us over until then, we're imagining - much like the women this season on ABC's hit reality show - how life would change if Prince Farming brought us back as his future bride to his teeny tiny hometown of Arlington (pop. 429).1. Blowouts would be a thing of the past.The nearest blow »

- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo

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A Dog Ran Away From Home to Get to the Hospital Where Her Owner Was Receiving Cancer Treatment

13 February 2015 3:59 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The next time your pets won't get up off the couch when you call from the other room, tell them the story of Sissy so they'll feel really bad about themselves. Sissy is an adorable miniature schnauzer in Cedar Rapids, Iowa who ran away from home just so she could find her owner Nancy Franck, who was in the hospital receiving treatment for her cancer. Security footage from the hospital shows Sissy arriving at the hospital after walking 20 blocks from home, going through the automatic doors and then putting her nose to the ground before disappearing down the hallway. "We looked up and there was this dog just that was just running across the lobby," Mercy Medical Center security officer »

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This New Unfinished Business Red Band Trailer is Nsfw Like a Boss

2 February 2015 8:05 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

We complain about the concept of the teaser for a trailer, but when you’re a wildly R-rated comedy like Unfinished Business, you have to depend on the idea. Consider the deal: Fox wants to sell this movie to everybody watching the Super Bowl, but the most appealing bits are too racy for network television. So, they air an intriguing enough PG-rated spot cut perfectly to Lonely Island’s “Like a Boss” (seen here) that tells us to go to IGN for the Red Band version. Technically, that’s not the same thing as an ad dropping on a Tuesday to alert us of a full trailer arriving on Thursday, but it’s still basically an ad for an ad, albeit an effective one. I hadn’t paid any attention to this movie before yesterday. It’s by Ken Scott, the director of Delivery Man (and the movie it remade, Starbuck »

- Christopher Campbell

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Louis Ck Releases New $5 Special, Defends Msg Show Cancellation in Email to Fans

27 January 2015 11:39 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The comedian also urges readers to go see “Boyhood” and “Into the Woods”

Louis Ck dropped new $5 stand-up special “Live at the Comedy Store” — his sixth (video below) — on Tuesday, and celebrated with a very lengthy, occasionally rambling email blast to fans.

Plugging his independent project, the comedian’s note discussed his history with the industry, lamented having to cancel the last of four Madison Square Garden concerts for underwhelming Winter Storm Juno and even pushed his followers to see “Boyhood” and “Into the Woods.”

Ck’s personal rep told TheWrap that there are no plans to reschedule the Msg date at the moment. »

- Tony Maglio

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Sacha Baron Cohen Spy Comedy 'Grimsby' Moves to 2016

21 January 2015 12:18 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Paramount Pictures has pushed its spy comedy Grimsby from its originally-slated July 31, 2015 release date to February 26, 2016. The spy comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen was set to go up against Warner Bros. Point Break remake, Focus Features' Selfless and The Weinstein Company's Southpaw on July 31, 2015. Now it will face Paramount's Ben-Hur remake next winter.

Grimsby centers on a British secret agent (Mark Strong) who is forced to go into hiding in his hometown with his dim-witted soccer hooligan brother (Sacha Baron Cohen). Pen&#233lope Cruz also stars as a benevolent corporate leader who is hiding a secret. Annabelle Wallis, Rebel Wilson, David Harewood, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe, Johnny Vegas and Isla Fisher round out the supporting cast.

Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me) is directing Grimsby from a script he co-wrote with Phil Johnston (Cedar Rapids, Wreck-It Ralph). Now that the release date has been pushed, it seems »

- MovieWeb

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