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Sony Pictures Entertainment Extends First-Look Non-Exclusive Pact With Escape Artists

14 December 2011 3:38 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment has extended its first-look non-exclusive deal with Escape Artists, the independently financed film and television production company headed by partners Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch, it was announced by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures. The three-year deal renews Sony Pictures’ relationship with the company, which has been headquartered at the studio since 1998.

Recent Escape Artists films for Sony Pictures include The Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds, and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. Among its current projects, the company is partnering with Mandate Pictures and Management 360 to produce Great Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell, which Sony Pictures will distribute with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures in North America next December.

Escape Artists has several other projects currently in development with Sony Pictures, including:

Sex Tape, with Nicholas Stoller attached to direct »

- Michelle McCue

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Denzel Washington Wanted For ‘The Equalizer’

14 December 2011 6:19 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Growing up in the 80′s and glued to the television for shows like Street Hawk, The A-team and Knight Rider, my favourite featured a middle-aged Brit helping the helpless and ‘taking out trash’. That may sound like series set in a care-home but no, The Equalizer featured the superb Edward Woodward as skilled private detective and vigilante Robert McCall, a man tired of seeing the world going to hell at the hands of the criminal scum. The iconic opening with synthesised music had me hooked and I never missed an episode in a show that ran for four seasons.

Now finally in news that has me giddy as a school kid once again Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced that Denzel Washington is wanted for a big-screen treatment. Check out the press release regarding the studios renewed deal with Escape Artists for more details on this and other projects they have in the pipeline. »

- Craig Hunter

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Sony, Escape Artists Extend First-Look Deal

13 December 2011 12:49 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment and the film and television production company Escape Artists have extended their non-exclusive first-look deal for three more years, the companies announced Tuesday. Escape Artists has been at the studio since 1998. The company's Sony movies include "The Pursuit of Happyness," "Seven Pounds" and "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3." It is now working with Mandate Pictures and Management 360 to produce "Great Hope Springs," a Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell movie that Sony will distribute with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures next December. Escape Artists' other projects in development »

- Joshua L. Weinstein

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Denzel Washington to Star in The Equalizer for Escape Artists and Sony

13 December 2011 12:35 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures and Escape Artists have agreed to renew their first look deal for three more years. This will extend EAs stay at Sony through 2015. They have been with the studio since 1998.

Escape Artists next project is Great Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep, Steve Carell, and Tommy Lee Jones. Sony will release this romantic comedy about marriage with MGM in December of 2012. EA is producing alongside Mandate Pictures and Management 360.

Escape Artists have also announced that Denzel Washington will headline their TV-to-Screen adaptation of The Equalizer, and that they are in development with Nick Stoller on Sex Tape. They company is also producing Masters of the Universe, based on the Mattel toy line.

Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal stated the following.

"We have been partners with (Escape Artists) for more than a decade and we trust them implicitly for a simple reason: they have first-rate taste. They carefully choose »

- MovieWeb

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Steve Carell to Star in Dave Barry Adaptation ‘Lunatics’

11 November 2011 3:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] While Steve Carell has obviously been trying to branch out beyond his funnyman roots with some of his recent [2] choices [3], the latest addition to his crowded slate sounds more like classic Carell. The very busy actor is attached to produce and star in Universal Pictures' Lunatics, a big-screen adaptation of Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel's forthcoming novel. Carell will play one of two suburbanites who get involved in a petty feud, with unexpectedly far-reaching consequences. More details after the jump. Carell's been landing roles left and right ever since his exit from NBC's The Office. He's already wrapped Seeking a Friend for the End of the World with Keira Knightley, and is currently shooting Great Hope Springs with Meryl Streep. Beyond that, he's also signed on for Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, Charlie Kaufman's Frank or Francis, the literary adaptation Dogs of Babel, the magician comedy Burt Wonderstone, »

- Angie Han

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Casting Round-Up: Steve Carell Headlines 'Lunatics', Rex Linn Joins 'Django Unchained', Max Irons meets 'The Host'

11 November 2011 9:55 AM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Wondering which big name Hollywood stars are signing on to new films? Wonder no more – we’ve got the latest casting news for you below. Steve Carell continues his quest to be in every movie made with today’s news that the actor is now attached to yet another feature. Universal wants the funnyman to headline their latest acquisition, Lunatics – a comedy about “a kids' soccer referee who crosses paths with an irate father of a player leading to the pair on the run from the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.” Sounds like it’s something perfectly suited for Carell. Lunatics now joins Meeting a Friend at the End of the World, Great Hope Springs, Burt Wonderstone, Foxcatcher, Frank or...

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- Mike Bracken

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Once Director John Carney to Direct Steve Carell in Dogs Of Babel

2 November 2011 2:30 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

John Carney's Once is a gem that has continued to grow a devoted audience since the film's release in 2006.  It's a movie that gets better every time I see it and Carney wisely lets his actors/musicians take center stage rather than overwhelm the intimate story with his direction.  Carney has directed two more European films since Once, and 24 Frames reports that he'll be making his stateside debut for the dramedy Dogs of Babel.  As we reported back in February, Steve Carell is set to play a linguistics professor who finds his wife dead in their backyard.  Grief-stricken by his wife's death and unable to accept the police's ruling that it was an accident, the professor tries to teach their dog to speak in order to discover the truth.  With Once, Carney showed he could blend the comic and the melancholy to beautiful effect and he seems like a wise choice for this film. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Steve Carell Convicted of 'Conviction'

1 November 2011 7:29 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Steve Carell is getting ready to pull off a job.

The "Crazy, Stupid, Love" star is set to mastermind the new action comedy, "Conviction," according to Deadline.

Carell will produce and star in the film about an imprisoned master thief who is forced by an FBI agent to entrap his protege as the upstart pulls off a multimillion-dollar robbery.

The screenplay by Jonathan Herman originally had a darker tone akin to Michael Mann's "Heat" but is being reworked as an action comedy along the lines of "48 Hrs." and "Ocean's Eleven." Joel Silver, who is certainly familiar with that genre, will produce the film along with Carell, and the hunt is currently on for a new writer.

Steve Carell has been lining up the film projects now that he's no longer running "The Office." He shot "Seeking a Friend For the End of the World" with Keira Knightley earlier this »

- Bryan Enk

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Steve Carell Finds Conviction

1 November 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Steve Carell has attached himself to an action comedy called Conviction , Deadline reports. The project, originally designed as a straight action thriller, is going to be rewritten to play as a comedy. The original version had the leading character getting out of prison in exchange for helping to catch his former protege, about to pull off a significant heist. Written by Jonathan Herman, Conviction will be produced by Joel Silver. Carrell recently appeared in Crazy, Stupid, Love and can next be seen on the big screen in Seeking a Friend at the End of the World and Great Hope Springs . (Photo Credit: Robert Wallace/ WENN.com) »

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Which Hollywood Actress Carries The Magic For Burt Wonderstone?

27 October 2011 12:10 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

With comedy film giants Steve Carrell & Jim Carrey set as the two leads for the upcoming magician comedy Burt Wonderstone, a shortlist of several beautiful women has been pulled out of the hat by New Line for the female lead.

Deadline say Olivia Wilde, Jessica Biel, Michelle Monaghan, Judy Greer and Sarah Silverman are vying for the love interest part and in terms of comedy, all have their own chops in this department.

Wilde recently appeared in The Change-Up and is Hollywood’s current favourite actress (she routinely appears on these lists).

Biel provided memorable eye-candy in I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, but Monaghan, despite being immensely likeable, was totally forgettable in The Heartbreak Kid (though to be fair it was an awful movie).

Greer is always great in this genre and brings so much character to her performances, whilst it’s hard to know where Sarah Silverman the »

- Matt Holmes

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Jim Carrey & Steve Carell Team For Magician Comedy Burt Wonderstone

12 October 2011 2:00 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

When Steve Carell upstaged the laughter stakes from Jim Carrey with his eccentric news-reading cameo performance in 2003′s Bruce Almighty, it was something of a passing of the torch. Carrey, the biggest comedic leading man of his era, saw his star begin to fade with a number of bad film choices (The Number 23 anyone?) until he became somewhat of an after thought (though his films still made money). All the while Carell was making the right choice after the right choice and his time on NBC’s The Office was making him the king of comedy. (Ok so Carell did make one bad choice in this period… sequelizing Bruce Almighty with the Noah’s Ark re-telling Evan Almighty but that movie was a failure because of it’s bloated budget and did nothing to harm Carell’s image).

A few years after Bruce Almighty, Carell had well and truly taken Carrey’s crown. »

- Matt Holmes

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Steve Carell Has Murder on the Mind in 'Foxcatcher'

30 September 2011 8:06 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

We're not in Scranton anymore. Steve Carrell, who recently left his role as lovable idiot Michael Scott on "The Office" after seven seasons, is trying his hand on the big screen once again, but this time, he's not going to be getting a whole lot of laughs.

Variety reports that the actor has joined the cast of "Foxcatcher," based on the true story of du Pont chemical heir John du Pont, who was convicted of murdering his close friend, Olympic gold medalist wrestler David Schultz, on the grounds of his Team Foxcatcher wrestling facility in 1996.

While no motive was ever provided for the crime, du Pont's struggle with paranoid schizophrenia was thought to be a contributing factor.  So, if you're looking for a whole lot of "that's what she said" jokes, it might be time to look elsewhere.

Bennett Miller, who has earned some early Oscar buzz for "Moneyball," will direct the movie, »

- Sarah Crow

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Morning Grind: Steve Carell Attached to Tragic Story of John Du Pont

30 September 2011 1:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News

Steve Carell was able to flex a few dramatic muscles in July's criminally underrated 'Crazy, Stupid, Love,' but to paraphrase 'The Jazz Singer': You ain't seen nothing yet. Variety reports that Carell may play John du Pont in 'Foxcatcher,' a drama about the chemical heir and paranoid schizophrenic who, in 1996, killed his long-time friend and Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz at Team Foxcatcher, a wrestling facility du Pont built in Pennsylvania. The project has been in development for four years, with 'Moneyball' helmer Bennett Miller attached to direct and 'Capote' screenwriter Dan Futterman handling script duties with E. Max Frye. Carell is busy in his post-'Office' life; he just wrapped 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' with Keira Knightley, is currently filming 'Great Hope Springs' with Meryl Streep, and has the magician comedy 'Burt Wonderstone' lined up as well. »

- Christopher Rosen

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‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’ Filmmakers To Jump Back Into The Steve Carell Business

20 September 2011 9:50 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Following the recent success of Crazy, Stupid, Love. writers/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are prepping another Steve Carell project, one the actor will be producing (he recently launched his own production company Carousel, a a banner of which Crazy, Stupid, Love. was under). [Moviehole]

The filmmakers say of the project: “We’re working on something with Steve also, that he’s producing. He’s not starring but it’s based on the idea he had. We wrote the script already. It’s one of these three friends from college, but now they’re in their 40s, movies. They’re going on a European backpacking trip that that they never did. And it’s filled with all this middle-aged fun.”

And while it feels like a tired idea, Ficarra offers this: the script “doesn’t have a happy ending.”

Carell, of course, is a hot commodity these days, with the »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Crazy, Stupid, Love. Directors Re-Teaming with Steve Carell for New Film

20 September 2011 8:32 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Crazy, Stupid, Love. directors Glenn Ficarra & John Requa are planning to re-team with Steve Carell for a new untitled film.  The I Love You Phillip Morris writer-directors tell Moviehole, "We’re working on something with Steve also, that he’s producing. He’s not starring but it’s based on the idea he had. We wrote the script already. It’s one of these three friends from college, but now they’re in their 40s, movies. They’re going on a European backpacking trip that that they never did. And it’s filled with all this middle-aged fun."  However, Ficarra adds, that the script "doesn’t have a happy ending." It's not too surprising that Carell wouldn't be attached to star (although that could certainly change if he so chooses) since he has so many other projects on his plate.  His next three films are Seeking a Friend at the »

- Matt Goldberg

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Movie Lit Agent Jumping To ICM From UTA

10 September 2011 10:40 AM, PDT | Deadline Hollywood | See recent Deadline Hollywood news »

Exclusive: Motion picture literary agent Doug Johnson is expected to join ICM from UTA this week. Until now, most of the movement has been from ICM to UTA. Johnson’s client list includes Vanessa Taylor (co-executive producer of HBO’s Game Of Thrones and writer of Sony’s upcoming Great Hope Springs with Meryl Streep), director Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer, Zookeeper), multi-hyphenate Nick Cannon, writer Jordan Cahan (My Best Friend’s Girl) who recently sold a pilot to NBC, screenwriter Michael Gordon (300), and writer Steve Leff. »

- NIKKI FINKE

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Movie Lit Agent Jumping To ICM From UTA

10 September 2011 10:40 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Motion picture literary agent Doug Johnson is expected to join ICM from UTA this week. Until now, most of the movement has been from ICM to UTA. Johnson’s client list includes Vanessa Taylor (co-executive producer of HBO’s Game Of Thrones and writer of Sony’s upcoming Great Hope Springs with Meryl Streep), director Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer, Zookeeper), multi-hyphenate Nick Cannon, writer Jordan Cahan (My Best Friend’s Girl) who recently sold a pilot to NBC, screenwriter Michael Gordon (300), and writer Steve Leff. »

- NIKKI FINKE

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Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe Will Open 'Les Miserables' in Crowded December 2012

8 September 2011 12:50 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News, Family Film Guide

December 2012 definitely didn't need another high profile release, but here you go: Deadline reports that Universal has scheduled 'Les Miserables' for Dec. 7, 2012, with long-rumored stars Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe attached as Jean Valjean and Javert, respectively. The Tom Hooper-directed film joins 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,' the Meryl Streep/Steve Carell dramedy 'Great Hope Springs,' Brad Pitt's 'World War Z,' Ang Lee's adaptation of 'Life of Pi' and Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' on the December 2012 calendar. When reached for comment, November expressed sadness over being ignored. [Deadline] »

- Christopher Rosen

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"Hope Springs" For Ben Rappaport

8 September 2011 3:10 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Ben Rappaport ("Outsourced") has joined the cast of "Great Hope Springs" for Sony Pictures and Mandate Pictures reports Variety.

Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones play a married couple who try and rekindle their relationship by seeking therapy from an unorthodox guru (Steve Carell).

Rappaport will play the married couple's son. David Frankel will direct from a screenplay by Vanessa Taylor with a late 2012 release planned. »

- Garth Franklin

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Ben Rappaport Cast As Meryl Streep And Tommy Lee Jones' Son In Great Hope Springs

7 September 2011 7:17 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

I don't know a single person who actually enjoyed watching the NBC sitcom Outsourced. Accusations of its casual racism and idiotic premise aside, the show simply wasn't funny and was even worse when compared to the shows that surrounded it, including Community, Parks & Rec, 30 Rock and The Office. The show was the first professional acting gig for star Ben Rappaport, and in while some performers would have a hard time bouncing back from something like Outsourced, he's just landed a role in a movie alongside Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. According to Variety, Rappaport has signed on for a role in Great Hope Springs, a new comedy from director David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, the upcoming The Big Year). In the film Jones and Streep play a married couple that has lost their spark. In order to get it back, they enroll in a week-long therapy session led »

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