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Anne Heche, Scott Speedman Join Amanda Seyfried in ‘The Last Word’

9 February 2016 1:53 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Anne Heche, Scott Speedman, Tom Everett Scott and Philip Baker Hall have signed on to join Amanda Seyfried and Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine in Bleecker Street’s “The Last Word,” the company announced Tuesday. Production started this past weekend, with Mark Pellington (“Arlington Road”) directing from a script by Stuart Ross Fink. Pellington is also producing with Kirk D’Amico (“Margin Call”) of Myriad Pictures a and Anne-Marie MacKay of Wondros. MacLaine plays a retired businesswoman who wants to control everything around her, including her own obituary, so she writes her own to ensure her life story is told her way. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Natalie Dormer, Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany And More Star In Spy Thriller Official Secrets

29 January 2016 6:12 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Paul Bettany (Avengers film series, Iron Man film series), Natalie Dormer (The Hunger Games trilogy, The Forest, HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit films, upcoming Captain America: Civil War, Sherlock), Sir Anthony Hopkins and Harrison Ford have joined the espionage thriller Official Secrets which will be produced by Elizabeth Fowler (Devil’S Knot).

Justin Chadwick (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, The Other Boleyn Girl) will direct the true story based on the best-selling book The Spy Who Tried To Stop A War: Katherine Gun and The Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion. The screenplay is written by Sara and Gregory Bernstein.

The Solution Entertainment Group’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel are executive producing the feature film and are handling the financing and international sales at the upcoming European Film Market. UTA Independent Film Group packaged the project and represents domestic rights.

The film is slated »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Paul Bettany, Natalie Dormer, Martin Freeman, Anthony Hopkins And Harrison Ford Join Official Secrets

28 January 2016 9:40 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Paul Bettany (Avengers film series, Iron Man film series), Natalie Dormer (The Hunger Games trilogy, The Forest, HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit films, upcoming Captain America: Civil War, Sherlock), Sir Anthony Hopkins and Harrison Ford have joined the espionage thriller Official Secrets which will be produced by Elizabeth Fowler (Devil’S Knot).

Justin Chadwick (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, The Other Boleyn Girl) will direct the true story based on the best-selling book The Spy Who Tried To Stop A War: Katherine Gun and The Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion. The screenplay is written by Sara and Gregory Bernstein.

The Solution Entertainment Group’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel are executive producing the feature film and are handling the financing and international sales at the upcoming European Film Market. UTA Independent Film Group packaged the project and represents domestic rights.

The film is slated »

- Michelle McCue

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Film Review: The Big Short

28 January 2016 1:51 PM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆The closing credit sequence of Adam McKay's The Other Guys inexplicably plays out with infographics on ponzi schemes, the immorality of big bank CEOs and just what a naughty boy Bernie Madoff was. In spite of unquestionable comedic wit - from numerous Will Ferrell offerings - it's hard to see how or why the director was chosen to bring Michael Lewis' straight-laced book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine to the big screen. Sporadically hilarious, dizzyingly dynamic and at times downright infuriating, The Big Short admirably attempts to distil the rhymes and riddles of complicated banking practice for a lay audience. Films of a similar ilk went for an approach of either less is more - Margin Call - or overtly more is more - The Wolf of Wall Street - but McKay's latest feature is all over the map.

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- CineVue UK

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Sundance: Sony Pictures Classics Buys Anna Gunn’s ‘Equity’

25 January 2016 1:11 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Classics has nabbed worldwide rights to “Equity” on the eve of its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The film puts a female spin on “The Big Short” and “Margin Call” by focusing on a group of women caught up in the world of high finance. The movie centers on an investment banker (Anna Gunn) who gets entangled in a controversial public offering.

James Purefoy (“The Following”), Sarah Megan Thomas (“Backwards”) and Alysia Reiner (“Orange Is the New Black”) co-star. Meera Menon (“Farah Goes Bang”) directs from a screenplay by Amy Fox.

Fox wrote the story with Thomas and Reiner. Both women serve as producers.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of the producers by CAA. This is the second Sundance deal for Sony Pictures Classics. Last weekend, the indie label bought “Eat That Question – Frank Zappa in His Own Words,” a documentary about the iconoclastic musician. »

- Brent Lang

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The Horizon Award To Recognize Four Women Directors at Sundance 2016

22 January 2016 6:50 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Continuing their support for women directors, Horizon Award co-founding producers Cassian Elwes, Lynette Howell Taylor, and Christine Vachon, announced the winners of the second annual Horizon Award. Academy Award nominee Chloë Sevigny will bestow up-and-coming filmmakers Macarena Gaona, Juliette Gosselin, Shanice Malakai Johnson, and Florence Pelletier with the Horizon Award at a reception in Park City, Utah, with creative talent, producers, entertainment executives and media in attendance to celebrate these rising women directors and their achievements in independent filmmaking.

The Horizon Award ceremony and reception will take place on Sunday, January 24th, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the WireImage Portrait Studio at Village at the Lift (825 Main Street, Park City), co-hosted by Jeff Vespa.

The Horizon Award is an annual award that seeks to identify and mentor talented, up-and-coming female directors – the primary goal being to support women directors early enough in their development to help them overcome the hurdles in advancing their learning curve and careers.

In addition to the Horizon Award, the four winners will receive grants from the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. The Foundation supports the artistic achievements of female filmmakers through a series of grants that reflect Adrienne Shelly’s dedication to the art of filmmaking and her own successful transition from actress to filmmaker.

This year’s winners are:

Horizon Award First Place

Juliette Gosselin (University of Quebec in Montreal) & Florence Pelletier (Concordia University, Montreal)

Co-directors of "Mes Anges à Tête Noire" 

Horizon Award Runners-Up

Macarena (Macqui) Gaona (New York University) Director of "Channel 999 and Channel 1000" 

Shanice Malakai Johnson (Scottsdale Community College) Director of "End to the Suffering"

On making the announcement, Cassian Elwes said: “I’m so excited to announce the winners of the second annual Horizon Award. This year’s overwhelming number of submissions and caliber of work made it very hard indeed to pick just one winner – the jury identified one grand prize winner, and two runners-up. Additionally, we have added new partners to our already formidable team – proving that not only is the move towards gender equality in the zeitgeist, but that there are very real advocates amongst our peers. After the recent summit for systemic change (hosted by Sundance and Women in Film), I am more convinced than ever that we can make a difference and that history is on our side. I remain steadfastly committed to the idea that, one day soon, women will have exactly the same opportunities as men to direct movies.”

Franklin Leonard, Founder and CEO of The Black List and one of the award’s original advocates added: “We are passionate supporters of this award that recognizes fresh voices and perspectives in storytelling. This effort mirrors our own effort – the Black List's 500 Feminist Films project, created by our Director of Community, Kate Hagen. We look forward to mentoring the winners in the year to come.”

The jury was comprised of 38 influential directors, producers, and executives from the filmmaking community who viewed 483 short film submissions from over 200 colleges and universities world-wide, including the U.S., Canada, England, Australia, India, China, South Africa, Scotland, France, Mexico, Portugal, Columbia, Brazil, Russia, Serbia, the Ukraine, and more. This year, submissions increased by over one hundred from last year, with additional countries and universities participating. Submissions were received from Nyu, USC, UCLA, Chapman, Emerson, Penn State, Loyola Marymount, University of Wisconsin, University of Washington, Syracuse, Tcu, Ryerson (Toronto), Oxford, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, University of Delhi, and more.

Now in its second year, the Horizon Award provides an all-expense-paid trip for the winning female college students to the Sundance Film Festival, where they will have the opportunity to present their films to some of the industry’s most influential names. The winners receive mentorship, festival access, and important introductions by Elwes, Howell, and Vachon to agents, producers, executives, festival staff, and other influencers throughout the Sundance Film Festival.

The Horizon Award was founded by producer, Cassian Elwes ("Margin Call," "All is Lost," "Dallas Buyers Club"), and Michelle Satter, Founding Director, Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, in response to a Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles study that revealed that only 4.2% of the top 100 films each year from 2002-2013 were directed by women. Elwes partnered with Howell ("Captain Fantastic," "Mississippi Grind," "Big Eyes," "The Place Beyond the Pines:), and Vachon ( "Goat," "Carol," "Boys Don’t Cry," "One Hour Photo," "Far From Heaven"), to create the award as an opportunity for young female directors to have mentorship and networking opportunities in conjunction with Sundance, the home of American Independent film.

You can see links for more info on the study:

Phase I and II

Phase III

Sponsors and Partners for the 2016 Horizon Award are: The Black List, CreativeFuture, The Creative Mind Group, Done To Your Taste Catering, FilmLA, Indiegogo, Mprm Communications, the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, Sundance Institute, Twitter, Verge, Vimeo, WireImage, Adina Design, and Women in Film. This impressive group has come together to support an award that they hope will continue to identify, nurture, and launch the careers of future female directors for years to come.

Full List of Jurors:

Stephanie Allain Producer ("Dear White People," "Hustle & Flow")

Dori Begley Magnolia Pictures (Svp, Acquisitions)

Amy Berg Director ("Janis: Little Girl Blue," "Deliver Us From Evil," "Prophet’s Prey")

Arianna Bocco IFC Films (Svp, Acquisitions & Co-Productions)

Robbie Brenner The Firm (Partner, President of Film)

Susan Carter Hall Painter

Amal ElWardi Zeal Media Company (Producer)

Cassian Elwes Producer ("Margin Call," "All is Lost," "Dallas Buyers Club")

Janet Grillo Director ("Jack of the Red Hearts," "Fly Away")

Poppy Hanks Macro Venture (Svp, Development & Production)

Catherine Hardwicke Director ("Miss You Already," "Red Riding Hood," "Twilight")

Lynette Howell Taylor Producer ("Captain Fantastic," "Mississippi Grind," "Big Eyes")

Liza Johnson Director ("Elvis & Nixon," "Return," "Hateship Loveship," "In the Air")

Eda Kowan Lionsgate (Svp, Acquisitions & Co-Productions)

Gina Kwon Amazon Studios (Executive, Comedy)

Helen Lee-Kim Good Universe (Partner, Head of International)

Laura Lewis CAA (Agent, Film Finance)

Alix Madigan Broad Green Pictures (Head, Creative)

Marianna Palka Actress/Director ("I’m the Same,""Always Worthy," "Good Dick")

Bruna Papandrea Pacific Standard (Producer/Partner)

Keri Putnam Sundance Institute (Executive Director)

Dee Rees Director ("Bessie," “Empire”)

Laura Rister Untitled Entertainment (Head of Production)

Rena Ronson UTA (Partner)

Michelle Satter Sundance Institute (Director, Feature Film Program)

Cathy Schulman Stx Entertainment (President & Chief Content Officer)

Lauren Selig Shake and Bake Productions (Executive Producer)

Mary Jane Skalski Producer ("The Visitor," "Mysterious Skin," "The Station Agent")

Lara Thompson E1 Entertainment (Svp, Worldwide Acquisitions)

Christine Vachon Producer ("Goat," "Carol," "Boys Don’t Cry")

Ruth Vitale CreativeFuture (CEO)

Angie Wang Director ("Cardinal X")

Hanna Weg Producer ("Septembers of Shiraz")

Tanya Wexler Director ("Hysteria," "Finding North," "Ball in the House")

Joanne Wiles ICM (Partner/Agent, Motion Picture Talent)

Pam Williams Pam Williams Productions ("Lee DanielsThe Butler," "Fail Safe")

Lisa Wilson The Solution Entertainment (Co-Founder/Partner)

So Yong Kim Director ("Love Song," "For Ellen," "In Between Days") »

- Sydney Levine

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Kevin Spacey To Take Over Relativity Media

7 January 2016 8:23 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Relativity Media had a pretty rough 2015. The floundering studio hit rock bottom in the summer, putting the company up for sale, and selling off titles including this month's "Jane Got A Gun" (which will be released by The Weinstein Company) and this spring's "The Bronze" (being handled by Sony Pictures Classics). The beleaguered company is still in the courts, trying to get everything sorted out, and still attempting to drum up money to stay alive. And it seems there's one person in town who believes they can turn things around. Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh has acquired Kevin Spacey and his producing partner Dana Brunetti's Trigger Street Productions, and tapped them to run the studio. The duo have a strong track record behind, producing projects like "The Social Network" (they were a big driving force behind that one), "House Of Cards," "Margin Call," and "Captain Phillips" among others. Essentially, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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