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Casting Net: Tessa Thompson lands female lead in Rocky spinoff, 'Creed'

16 December 2014 7:15 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Tessa Thompson, who gained acclaim for this year's Dear White People and Selma, has claimed the female lead in Creed. Fruitvale Station's Ryan Coogler is directing the Rocky spinoff, which also stars Sylvester Stallone, reprising his iconic role as Rocky Balboa, and Michael B. Jordan. The story follows Balboa as he trains the grandson (Jordan) of his fellow boxer, Apollo Creed. Coogler wrote the script with Aaron Covington. [Deadline] • Nicola Peltz has signed on for Universal's untitled low riders project, replacing Lily Collins in the role of Lorelai. The film, which centers on the East L.A. world of lowrider cars and street tagging, »

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Stefanie Scott Boards Indies ‘Life At These Speeds’ & ‘Caught’

16 December 2014 1:34 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Stefanie Scott’s already busy year has just gotten a lot busier with roles in two independent films: Content’s Life At These Speeds and Marvista Entertainment’s Caught. Life At These Speeds centers on a young man (Graham Rogers) who, after his best friends die in an accident, finds that running allows him to remember them perfectly. He soon finds himself caught between keeping the past alive and making new memories in the present. Scott will play the supporting role of Ellie, Kevin’s deceased girlfriend and soulmate, alongside Liana Liberato, Sam Rockwell, Melanie Lynskey, and Billy Crudup. Producers are Tom Butterfield (The Trust) and Scott Alvarez (Down for Life).

Scott plays an unsuspecting mistress who is kidnapped by a housewife (Anna Camp, Pitch Perfect) in thriller Caught. It’s initially intended as a prank to teach the girl a lesson, but events soon spiral out of control. Maggie Kiley »

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Casting: Campbell, Wheelan, Rogers, Maslow

11 November 2014 7:54 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Highly Functional

Bruce Campbell and James Frecheville have joined the cast of Marc Forby's road comedy "Highly Functional" with filming about to take place in New Mexico and Canada over the next month. Tom Dibble penned the script.

Campbell plays a washed-up former country rock star who is kidnapped by a young autistic man (Frecheville) with the belief that his dying caregiver can only be cured by the star performing. Annabeth Gish, Missi Pyle, G.W. Bailey and Judge Reinhold also star. [Source: Variety]

The Out of Town Wedding

Brooks Wheelan, Kurt Braunohler and Michael Cassidy are set to star in Jed Rigney's indie comedy "The Out of Town Wedding" and Zuko Films.

The story centers on a group of five friends who reluctantly travel to a resort for a wedding that deteriorates into mayhem. Rigney wrote the script, and Justin Workman will produce. [Source: THR]

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AFM: Graham Rogers Starring in Drama ‘Life at These Speeds’

11 November 2014 3:17 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Graham Rogers has landed the lead in Content’s romantic drama “Life at These Speeds,” joining Douglas Booth, Billy Crudup, AnnaSophia Robb and Sam Rockwell.

Life at These Speeds” is set to shoot later this fall with Leif Tilden directing from Mark Novak’s script. Content came on to the project at Cannes and has been selling international markets at Afm.

Rogers will portray a young man who — after his best friends die in a tragic accident — finds that running allows him to remember them perfectly. He soon finds himself caught between keeping the past alive and making new memories in the present.

Producers are Tom Butterfield (“The Trust”) and Scott Alvarez (“Down for Life”).

Rogers’ credits include “Love And Mercy,” “Struck By Lightning” and “Crazy Kind Of Love.” He also starred in the first season of NBC’s “Revolution.”

Rogers is repped by Apa, Management 360, and Stone Meyer Genow Smelkinson and Binder Llp. »

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Comet lands at Content Media, IFC

28 October 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Content Media has bulked up its Afm slate with international rights to the rom-com starring Emmy Rossum and Justin Long.

IFC Films has acquired North American rights and set a December release on the time-hopping tale about a seemingly odd couple who meet at the Hollywood Cemetery during a meteor shower. Eric Winter also stars.

“I fell in love with Comet when I read the script many months ago, and it has lived up to its ambitious expectations,” said Content Media president of film Jamie Carmichael

“The film has a unique quality – it’s funny, emotional and very beautiful – and wonderfully clever too.  It will have couples of all ages talking about Emmy and Justin long into the night!”

“With his feature film debut, Sam Esmail has created a romance for the ages,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films. “Emmy and Justin shine in this chronicle of a star-crossed relationship.”

Chad Hamilton produces »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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IFC Midnight enters Dark Summer

16 October 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to the supernatural horror film that Content Media will introduce to international buyers at the Afm.

Dark Summer is a stylised contemporary ghost story about a home-alone teenager on house arrest who experiences a terrifying presence. Keir Gilchrist stars with Stella Maeve, Grace Phipps, Maestro Harrell and Peter Stormare.

Paul Solet directed for Preferred Film & TV (Pft) from a screenplay by Mike Le. Pft’s Ross M Dinerstein produced and Content’s Jamie Carmichael is the executive producer.

The distributor has set the multi-platform release for January 9, 2015, after brokering the deal with Preferred Content and Content Media.

“IFC Midnight truly excels in the elevated genre space and has been a great North American home for the Pact franchise – so we’re very happy to have them as partners on Dark Summer,” said Carmichael.

Content’s sales slate includes Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost voiced by Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Content Media sells 400 Days

1 October 2014 10:20 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The company has reported a strong response following Toronto to its sci-fi thriller starring Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Dane Cook and Ben Feldman.

Deals have closed with Splendid Film in Germany, Benelux and Scandinavia, New Select in Japan and Transmission Films in Australia/New Zealand.

Content screened first footage in Toronto to the thriller from New Artists Alliance and North American distributor XLrator Media.

Matt Osterman directs from his screenplay about four astronauts who agree to take part in a simulated mission that may not be all that it seems.

Gabriel Cowan and John Suits of New Artists Alliance produce 400 Days, which is in post-production.

“I’m delighted to come away with so many major territory pre-sales at our very first market for 400 Days,” said Content head of film sales Harry White.

“The enthusiasm from leading distributors is a clear indicator of the quality and commercial nature of the project. We love this »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Content brings 400 Days to Toronto

28 August 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Content Film has acquired international rights to the sci-fi thriller starring Brandon Routh and Caity Lotz and will show first footage to buyers in Toronto.

Matt Osterman directs the thriller from New Artists Alliance and North American distributor XLrator Media about astronauts who agree to take part in a simulated mission that may not be all that it seems. Dane Cook and Ben Feldman round out the key cast.

Gabriel Cowan and John Suits of New Artists Alliance are producing 400 Days, which is currently in post.

“Matt, Gabriel and John have done an outstanding job on 400 Days – it’s just the kind of high-concept, sci-fi horror that can really break out,” said Content Film president Jamie Carmichael.

“Matt has penned a mind-bending screenplay that reminds us why we make movies to begin with,” said Naa’s Cowan. “Its complete sense of awe, mystery, and character grabbed us right away. And the crazy reality is that Nasa and »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Cannes: Content Adds Leif Tilden’s ‘Life at These Speeds’ to Slate

8 May 2014 10:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Content has added Leif Tilden’s “Life at These Speeds” to its sales slate, and will introduce the film to buyers at Cannes. Pic, which starts production this fall, features Douglas Booth (“Noah”), Billy Crudup (“Almost Famous”), AnnaSophia Robb (“Bridge To Terabithia) and Sam Rockwell (“Moon”).

The film was penned by Marc Novak, and is being produced by Tom Butterfield (“The Trust”) and Scott Alvarez (“Down for Life”).

The pic is a romantic drama about the ability of happy memories to sustain us in the worst of times. After a teenager’s best friends die in a tragic accident, he finds that running allows him to remember them perfectly. Running, however, also brings him a certain notoriety, and he soon finds himself caught between keeping the past alive and making new memories in the present.

Content’s Jamie Carmichael said: “Every now and then a script comes from left »

- Leo Barraclough

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Content’s Speeds moves ahead

8 May 2014 9:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Leif Tilden’s Life At These Speeds starring Douglas Booth, Billy Crudup, AnnaSophia Robb and Sam Rockwell will start production in autumn and Content will introduce to Cannes buyers.

Marc Novak wrote the story of a youngster who takes up running as a way of remembering his best friends who died in an accident.

Tom Butterfield and Scott Alvarez produce.

“Every now and then a script comes from left field and entirely captures your imagination and your heart,” said Content’s Jamie Carmichael.

Life At These Speeds is that script. It’s powerful, emotional, inspiring and uplifting – Leif, Tom and Scott have put together something truly beautiful.”

The Content slate includes: Amy Berg’s Janis Joplin documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue, Mike van Diem’s The Surprise, Jimi: All Is By My Side starring Andre Benjamin; family adventure Pudsey: The Movie and supernatural horror Dark Summer. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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