14 items from 2013
Studio looks to ramp production activities, pacts with Dutch producer.
Polish studio Alvernia is to collaborate with Dutch producer San Fu Maltha on an initiative to bring more independent productions to the studio.
Alvernia plans to invite independent producers to co-produce two to three projects a year with budgets of up to €3m, with Alvernia and Maltha coming up with 50% of the budgets.
Eligible projects for the scheme must be English-language, of a “mainstream genre” and pre-production must be completed with director and lead cast secured.
The duo will consider European locations for shoot, but stipulate that post-production must be completed at the Polish studio.
Alvernia’s head of production Anna Rozalska has been splitting time between La and Poland in recent months in a bid to build production partnerships for the studio.
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Blu-ray Release Date: Nov. 5, 2013
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All eight seasons of Showtime’s much loved TV series are together in Weeds: The Complete Collection.
Over the course of the series, Nancy learns the business, protects her children (It’s Complicated‘s Hunter Parrish and How to Eat Fried Worms‘ Alexander Gould), deals with nosy neighbors (Must Love Dogs‘ Elizabeth Perkins and Aliens in the Attic‘s Kevin Nealon) and a demanding brother-in-law (Justin Kirk, Vamps), almost marries a DEA agent and runs from the drug cartel and the FBI.
The Golden Globe-winning show (for star Parker’s Best Performance in 2009) is rated Ma for mature and garnered lots of fans, especially in its early years.
The Weeds: The Complete Collection Blu-ray box »
After his droll yet audience-friendly quirkfest Broken Flowers took home the Grand Prix at Cannes ’05 hit, Jim Jarmusch returns to the Croisette (after his sharply divisive The Limits of Control eluded the festival circuit) with another quintessentially Jarmuschian affair – this time about vampires. Typically shapeless, loquacious, and deeply concerned with artifacts of yester-generations’ hip kids (viz., wicked guitars and an eclectic record collection), this notably un-horrific take on the genre comes on the heels of Amy Heckerling’s under-appreciated comedy Vamps to form a unique diptych of films more concerned with certain basic ideas of immortality than in generating jump scares.
Featuring a pair of rather sophisticated undead named Adam and Eve (Tim Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton), the Detroit-set Only Lovers Left Alive is propelled, ever so deliberately, by the two leads’ recollections and souvenirs, their personal »
- Blake Williams
After years of playing the snarky sidekick, she's started snagging bigger roles in upcoming films like Tim Burton's "Big Eyes" and the adaptation of "Veronica Mars." The latest movie she's signed on for is the curiously named indie "Asthma."
"Asthma" marks the directorial debut of Jake Hoffman, son of Dustin. The younger Hoffman is turning his lens on "the consequences of the live fast, die young mentality in NYC's indie rock scene," which doesn't give us a whole lot of information (especially since it's debatable what constitutes the "indie rock scene" in New York City these days). Albert Hammond Jr. from The Strokes will be appearing as himself, so we could guess "Asthma" takes place in the early '00s.
Ritter's a delight as an undead »
- Jenni Miller
New York, July 02: Alicia Silverstone is urging mothers to share their milk through a new program.
She announced the programme 'Kind Mama Milk Share' on her blog and described it as a community service to support those mothers and babies who need help, the New York Daily News reported.
The 36-year-old urged the women to post on the blog if they need or want to share milk.
She also advised them to think about all the unprivileged babies and help them to rise together.
The 'Vamps' star wrote that a friend, who couldn't produce enough milk because of a prior breast reduction surgery, inspired her to come. »
- Meeta Kabra
The drama is based on the true story of painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) and her husband Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), whose paintings of large-eyed children were incredibly popular throughout the 1950s and 1960s. While Margaret Keane actually created the paintings, her husband Walter was the marketing genius who also claimed to be responsible for the artwork himself.
Krysten Ritter is playing DeeAnn, a free-spirited friend of Margaret, who tries to convince the introverted artist to stand up for herself and claim the credit she truly deserved. Danny Huston also stars as an alcoholic gossip reporter.
Tim Burton is directing from a screenplay by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who previously wrote the critically-acclaimed biopics The People vs. Larry Flynt and Man on the Moon. Production is scheduled to begin this summer. »
Jada Pinkett Smith is putting on her dancing and producing shoes for "Salsa," a new romantic comedy with William Levy. Levy has appeared on a number of Spanish-language TV shows, but his star has been rising in the States because of a smoldering season on "Dancing With the Stars." Naturally, he plays a salsa teacher who helps Pinkett Smith's character get her groove back. Whether that's metaphorical or the more old-fashioned way has yet to be seen, but with romcom expert Amy Heckerling writing and directing, all signs point to a love connection. Levy's got a number of projects coming up, including Tyler Perry's "Single Moms Club" and the drama "Addicted." There's also buzz that the up-and-comer really wants to hit up Broadway. He's hoping for a chance to play Emilio Estefan in the singer's autobiographical Broadway musical. He's also been busy with a new Pepsi campaign. Unfortunately for everyone ever, »
- Jenni Miller
Amy Heckerling has signed with Paradigm. She made her feature directorial debut with Fast Times at Ridgemont High in 1982 and followed up with National Lampoon’s European Vacation three years later. After writing and directing the first two films in the Look Who’s Talking series, Heckerling made another teen classic, 1995’s Clueless, and developed the television adaptation, which ran on Upn for three seasons. Last year, she reunited with the movie’s star, Alicia Silverstone, for the horror comedy Vamps. Heckerling has continued to work in the world of teen dramedy by directing episodes of Gossip Girl and The Carrie Diaries.
- Rebecca Sun
Okay, Silverstone fans, cross your fingers, because you all are very close to getting a wish come true. Alicia Silverstone is very close to starring in a new Lifetime series. She’ll lead the pilot, but the waters are murky. There’s no telling whether this one will make it to a full series order or not. The new drama pilot is called Hr.
I just saw Silverstone in 2012′s Butter. It took me a moment to recognize her, but that voice of her and twisted mouth is very recognizable. Not only is it good to read about her landing a starring role, but it seems like Hr has a solid chance at becoming a Lifetime series and I’ll tell you why.
The network ordered the pilot last summer, along with Cinnamon Girl, The Secret Lives Of Wives and Witches Of East End, according to the Deadline report, but »
- Sasha Nova
Exclusive: After a lengthy search, Lifetime has tapped Alicia Silverstone as the lead in its drama pilot Hr. The network originally ordered the pilot last summer, along with Cinnamon Girl, The Secret Lives Of Wives and Witches Of East End, but made the pickup contingent on casting the lead. Lifetime took its time, looking for a name and the right actress. With Silverstone on board, Hr has now been cleared for production. Written by Glenn Porter (I Melt With You), Hr centers on the uptight Director of Human Resources for a global company (Silverstone) who, after a head injury alters her outlook on life, throws standard corporate practices out the window and inspires the business to strive for new ambitions and profits. Hr is executive produced by Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment, who originally developed the project as a spec, and co-executive produced by Porter and Michael Lohmann. Hr joins »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Building on the launch pad that Downton Abbey gave him, Dan Stevens is looking to ignite his film career. He’s in talks to co-star alongside Liam Neeson for Scott Frank’s new thriller, A Walk Among The Tombstones.Neeson is starring as a former NYPD officer who now works as a private investigator. When he’s hired to find the kidnapped wife of a drug dealer, he discovers that this isn’t the first time the perpetrators have pulled off this kind of crime – and all of their previous targets have ended up dead. Can he save this one?Stevens’ role hasn’t been announced, though it’s possible he’s playing the drug dealer with the missing missus - which would certainly be a change from his Downton casting. This would be just his latest film gig, as he’s already cropped up in Amy Heckerling’s little-seen »
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Bradley Cooper, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Justin Timberlake and Sigourney Weaver will be presenters at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Executive Producer Jeff Margolis announced today.
First-time SAG Awards nominee Bradley Cooper is recognized this year for his lead role in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” and as a cast member in the film. In addition to “Playbook,” Cooper had three other films in release in 2012: “The Words,” “Hit and Run,” and “The Place Beyond the Pines.” In May, he’ll be seen in “The Hangover Part III” and later this year will star opposite his “Playbook” co-star Jennifer Lawrence in the suspense drama “Serena.” He’ll also reunite with Russell to work on the director’s film about the Abscam scandal, also starring Christian Bale.
Viola Davis is a four-time Screen Actors Guild Award® nominee and two-time recipient of »
- Michelle McCue
In the history of the Academy Awards, 84 Oscars have been awarded for Best Director. In that time four women have been nominated for this honour… and only one has won – Kathryn Bigelow. A true pioneer and with a flair for action that had previously been the domain of male directors, Bigelow is undoubtedly leading the way for female filmmakers everywhere.
Though a distinct minority, female directors have been working away in Hollywood for a long time, and have made a major impact on the film industry, especially in recent years – and Bigelow’s achievement is a boost for all of them. In honour of Kathryn Bigelow’s most recent film Zero Dark Thirty, we take a look at the Top 5 most celebrated female directors in Hollywood today.
Krysten Ritter has been linked to the role of Ana Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey. The Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 actress was named as a contender in a Gather article, which also suggested that Anne Hathaway was being considered. Although the article itself offers no clear evidence to support the rumour, Ritter retweeted the article from her personal Twitter account, suggesting that she is indeed in the running. Ritter recently starred in romantic comedy Vamps, which is yet to be released in the UK, and had a recurring role in the second season of AMC drama Breaking Bad. Several actresses have been reported as frontrunners for the role of naive college graduate Ana Steele, who develops a sadomasochistic relationship with billionaire Christian (more) »
- By Emma Dibdin
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