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‘Catherine The Great’ Leads The Blacklist 2014: Full List — Update

15 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Updated With Full List Of Scripts, Writers, And Reps: Catherine The Great, about the rise and life of the famous (sometimes notorious) 18th-Century Russian monarch, was the top vote-getter among 70 scripts chosen for the 2014 Black List of the year’s best un-produced scripts. The screenplay, by Los Angeles writer and producer Kristina Lauren Anderson, was announced as part of an hour-plus process on Twitter and YouTube this morning.

Each of the 70 screenplays on this 10th annual list was chosen by a group of 250 development executives, agents and other Hollywood insiders as among the year’s best un-produced scripts in a process overseen by Franklin Leonard of http://www.blcklst.com. Anderson’s screenplay received 51 votes.

Other notables in the list include writer/actor/director Kenneth Lonergan with Manchester-By-The-Sea, which is being produced by Matt Damon and Chris Moore. Randall Green had two scripts make the list, The Swimsuit Issue and Cartoon Girl. »

- David Bloom and Jen Yamato

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The Black List Announces 2014 Screenplays

15 December 2014 11:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Catherine the Great” by Kristina Lauren Anderson took the No. 1 spot on this year’s Black List of the top unproduced screenplays.

The script centers on the upbringing and marriage of the woman who became the empress of Russia.

The annual lineup consists of the year’s best unproduced scripts in Hollywood as voted on by more than 250 studio execs. Previous alumni of the list include “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Argo,” “The King’s Speech,” “Foxcatcher,” “Whiplash” and “The Imitation Game.”

This year’s announcement was made by tweets with a YouTube link to a video announcement. Participants included Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Banks, Daniel Radcliffe, David Oyelowo, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Rian Johnson, Ava Duvernay, Damien Chazelle, Phil Lord & Chris Miller, Matthew Weiner and Billy Ray.

The first project announcement, presented by Nathan Fillion, was for “Professor Pasghetti” by Jeff Feuerstein. It centers on a famous children’s author with an affinity for drugs and hookers. »

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George Clooney's New Movie Money Monster Has A Stacked Cast

17 November 2014 11:29 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

"Oh, what's that? George Clooney is in your movie? Count me in!" says just about the whole of Hollywood. The affable leading man is a magnet for attracting other A-list talent whether he's writing, directing, producing, or starring. So you better believe he's drawing stellar celebs to his soon to shoot thriller Money Monster. The Wrap reports Julia Roberts and Jack O'Connell are in talks to join Money Monster, which will star George Clooney and be helmed by Jodie Foster. The film will be Foster's follow-up to her controversial Mel Gibson vehicle The Beaver. Money Monster will follow a dastardly anti-hero named Lee Gates, a television personality who is considered a guru on all things Wall Street on his titular show "Money Monster." But when he gives his viewers some bad advice, one storms his show and takes Gates hostage on air. Instead of shutting the shoot down, cameras roll »

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Julia Roberts Braves Money Monster

16 November 2014 9:41 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Jodie Foster is looking to bulk up the cast of her new financial hostage thriller Money Monster. She already has George Clooney aboard, but is now in talks with Julia Roberts and Starred Up’s Jack O’Connell.Money Monster features Clooney as Les Gates, a loud, gregarious financial TV host who offers up stock advice on his eponymous hit cable TV show in a style that would probably make Robert Peston blanche. Roberts is circling the role of Nancy Fenn, the director and executive producer of the show, who might also be closer to Gates.As for O’Connell, he’s being courted for the role of Kyle Budwell, a blue-collar worker sick of the damage still being done by Wall Street. With a growing family to support, he decides to take Gates hostage on air to increase a stock’s value and expose the corruption behind the stock market. »

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O'Connell Seeks "Money," Law Joins "Knights"

15 November 2014 6:01 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Two or Britain's finest have scored new projects. Rising star Jack O'Connell ("Unbroken," "Starred Up") and Julia Roberts ("Pretty Woman") are circling roles in Jodie Foster's financial thriller "Money Monster" at TriStar Pictures.

George Clooney plays a TV personality taken hostage by a desperate blue-collar gunman live on the air. Filming begins next year.

Meanwhile, Jude Law is in negotiations to join Guy Ritchie's King Arthur franchise launcher "Knights of the Roundtable" at Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow.

Charlie Hunnam stars as Arthur and Àstrid Berges-Frisbey as Guinevere in the new take on the Arthurian legend. Joby Harold penned the script with a July 22nd 2016 release planned.

Source: Deadline »

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Christine Lahti Ascends ‘The Steps’; ‘Destined’ Calls Cast; Jude Law Eyes ‘Knights’; ‘Money Monster’ Adds Jack O’Connell & Julia Roberts

14 November 2014 7:21 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Oscar winner Christine Lahti is joining James Brolin and Jason Ritter in The Steps, an indie drama from director-producer Andrew Currie (Fido). The pic follows down-on-his-luck Jeff (Ritter), who accepts his father’s invitation to spend the weekend at his lake house to meet his new wife (Lahti) and family. Robyn Harding scripted. Mary Waterhouse is also producing with Currie. Lahti recently shot indie Safelight with Juno Temple and Evan Peters and Mania Days with Katie Holmes. She recurs on Netflix’s Grace And Frankie opposite Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

Cory Hardrict, Jesse Metcalfe, Margot Bingham (Boardwalk Empire), Zulay Henao (Fighting), Rob Riley, Jason Dohring, Mo McRae, Hill Harper (CSI NY), and Lala Anthony (Think Like A Man Too) have joined the cast of Destined for director Qasim “Q” Basir and producer Tommy Oliver’s Confluential Films. Oliver (The Perfect Guy) is producing with Whitewater FilmsRick Rosenthal »

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Julia Roberts & George Clooney Reteam for 'Money Monster' Thriller

14 November 2014 2:41 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

After teaming up for both Ocean's 11 and Ocean's 12, superstars George Clooney and Julia Roberts are set to reunite with another acclaimed actor directing them this time. The Wrap has word that Roberts is currently in talks to join Money Monster, a financial thriller to be directed by Jodie Foster that already has George clooney attached. The project is set up at the revamped TriStar and follows Clooney as Lee Gates, a bombastic financial TV personality who offers up stock advice on his hit show “Money Monster.” The plot takes off when he ends up threatened by a desperate blue-collar worker on the edge. More below! Jack O'Connell (Unbroken) is in talks to play the blue-collar man named Kyle Budwell, who feels like he's being exploited by Wall Street hotshots. His desperation is only heightened by the fact that he has a baby on the way and he decides »

- Ethan Anderton

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Jack O' Connell & Julia Roberts could join Money Monster with George Clooney

14 November 2014 1:37 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Jodie Foster’s upcoming Money Monster continues to take shape with the possibility of two more names being added to the project. Jack O’Connell who will star in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken next month and just last week landed the lead role in Terry Gilliam’s Don Quixote is now up for a role in Fosters first directorial effort since The Beaver in 2011. The other name looking at joining is Julia Roberts who would be in familiar company with the »

- Graham McMorrow

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Julia Roberts and Jack O'Connell eye George Clooney's Money Monster

14 November 2014 12:52 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Julia Roberts and Jack O'Connell have entered talks for Jodie Foster's Money Monster.

The pair have been lined up for the Oscar-winning actress's movie, which will also star George Clooney, reports The Wrap.

The film will centre around bombastic financial TV personality Lee Gates (Clooney), who offers stock advice on his hit show Money Monster.

O'Connell will play struggling blue-collar worker Kyle Budwell, who hatches a plot to take Gates hostage on air.

Roberts is nearing a deal to play Money Monster director and executive producer Nancy Fenn.

Rising star O'Connell will feature in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken and Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

Roberts was most recently seen in August: Osage County and The Normal Heart.

Money Monster will enter production in early 2015. »

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Boal Polishing 'Uncharted' Script, Mystique Hearts Magneto, Shyamalan's Next Goes to Uni & 'Creed' is Coming

14 November 2014 12:18 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) has been brought on to do a "three-week production polish" on the screenplay for the video game adaptation of Uncharted which will be directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) following the previous draft written by David Guggenheim (Safe House). Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) recently passed on an offer to play the film's lead, an Indiana Jones type named Nate Drake, a descendent of explorer Sir Francis Drake, who believes he has learned the whereabouts of the fabled golden South American city El Dorado from a cursed statue. The film is currently slated for a June 10, 2016 release. THR Jack O'Connell (Unbroken, Starred Up) and Julia Roberts are in talks to join George Clooney in director Jodie Foster's financial thriller Money Monster in which Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic financial TV personality who offers up stock advice on his »

- Brad Brevet

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Jack O’Connell And Julia Roberts In Talks For Jodie Foster’s Money Monster

14 November 2014 11:56 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Unbroken star Jack O’Connell and Julia Roberts are both in talks to join Jodie Foster’s next directorial effort, Money Monster. The financial thriller is set up at Tristar, who have already netted George Clooney for the leading role of Lee Gates, an exuberant TV host who comes under attack during a broadcast.

Written by Jim Kouf, Alan Difiore and Jamie Linden, the film exposes the world of insider trading through gregarious television personality Gates. On his show, Money Monster, he offers stock market hints and tips to members of the public. Clooney’s attachment to the project had previously only been rumoured, and is now thought to be verified in light of today’s news. This will mark a reunion for him and Roberts, who in the past collaborated on the Ocean’s Eleven series.

So, what of today’s newest additions to the cast? Both names were »

- Gem Seddon

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Jack O’Connell and Julia Roberts May Join George Clooney in Jodie Foster’s Money Monster

14 November 2014 11:48 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Jack O’Connell is having quite the year thanks to Starred Up and ’71, and he’s still got Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken on the way as well, but apparently things are only going to get bigger for the 2014 breakout star.  A little over a week ago it was announced that O’Connell scored the lead role in Terry Gilliam’s long-awaited Don Quixote and now he might snatch up another high profile project to go along with it, Jodie Foster’s Money Monster. O’Connell and Julia Roberts are both currently in negotiations to join George Clooney in the film for Tristar Pictures.  Hit the jump for more on Money Monster. Foster’s been involved in this one for a while.  In fact, she was first attached to direct over two years ago.  However, clearly the time has come for the project to finally get going and if Roberts and »

- Perri Nemiroff

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George Clooney's ‘Money Monster’ Adds Julia Roberts & Jack O'Connell; Jude Law Eyes Guy Ritchie’s 'Round Table'

14 November 2014 11:36 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Jodie Foster‘s financial thriller “Money Monster,” is starting to take shape. The director already has George Clooney in the lead role and now it looks like Julia Roberts and rising star Jack O’Connell (“Unbroken,” Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”) are joining the cast. Clooney stars as a bombastic financial TV personality who offers up stock advice on his hit show. O’Connell will play a financially-strapped blue-collar work who takes the TV star hostage in order to kill a stock price, and Roberts will play a TV exec. Production is expected to begin early next year. [The Wrap] In case you’ve forgotten, Guy Ritchie is the man tasked with getting Warner Bros. "Knights Of The Round Table" off the ground. planned as a six-film epic, the project has been in development for several years, but is slowly inching forward thanks to some new casting news. »

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Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell in Talks for Jodie Foster's 'Money Monster'

14 November 2014 11:22 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell are in talks to join George Clooney in Money Monster, a financial drama being directed by Jodie Foster. TriStar is behind the project, which joins the growing list of prestige projects being assembled by Tom Rothman as he rebuilds the label with a focus on talent and filmmakers. If a deal is made, this will be Roberts’ first re-teaming with Clooney since Ocean’s Thirteen. O’Connell, meanwhile, is emerging as one of the hottest actors currently working. His big break will be seen by the public when his starring turn in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken opens

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‘Unbroken’ Star Jack O’Connell and Julia Roberts Join George Clooney in ‘Money Monster’

14 November 2014 11:07 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jack O'Connell and Julia Roberts are in negotiations to co-star with George Clooney in TriStar Pictures’ “Money Monster.”

Jodie Foster is directing, with Tom Rothman’s TriStar financing the pic.

Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic television stock huckster, whose program (titled “Money Monster”) and life are taken hostage by an outraged gunman (O’Connell). As the world watches, Gates must stay alive and uncover the truth behind a tangle of big money lies, with help from the show’s producer (Roberts). “Money Monster” unfolds in near real time.

Producers are The Allegiance Theater’s Daniel Dubiecki, Lara Alameddine and Smokehouse’s Clooney and Grant Heslov. Jamie Linden penned the script; Alan Difore and Jim Kouf wrote the original draft of the script. Production will begin in the spring.

This marks a reteaming of Roberts and Clooney, who worked together on the “Ocean’s Eleven” films.

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- Justin Kroll

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George and Amal Clooney Step Out in London - and She Reveals Her Next Legal Case

6 November 2014 11:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

They both have crazy-busy work schedules, but newlyweds George and Amal Clooney are still making time for romance. The newlyweds enjoyed a date at London's Savoy hotel Wednesday afternoon, leaving fellow diners starstruck at their surprise arrival. "I think I was in a parallel universe!" says an onlooker, who was dining with her 80-year-old father at the time. "They just walked through the lobby and disappeared into another bar." Another diner at the 125-year-old London landmark added on Twitter: "Tea at the Savoy, first a Downton Abbey actor walks in, then Stephen Fry topped off by George Clooney & new wife ..." But Amal Clooney, »

- Philip Boucher

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George and Amal Clooney Step Out in London - and She Reveals Her Next Legal Case

6 November 2014 11:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

They both have crazy-busy work schedules, but newlyweds George and Amal Clooney are still making time for romance. The newlyweds enjoyed a date at London's Savoy hotel Wednesday afternoon, leaving fellow diners starstruck at their surprise arrival. "I think I was in a parallel universe!" says an onlooker, who was dining with her 80-year-old father at the time. "They just walked through the lobby and disappeared into another bar." Another diner at the 125 year-old London landmark added on Twitter: "Tea at the Savoy, first a Downton Abbey actor walks in, then Stephen Fry topped off by George Clooney & new wife ..." But Amal Clooney, »

- Philip Boucher

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Lady in the Van first look

5 November 2014 2:21 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The first image from the Alan Bennett adaptation has been unveiled as well as the release date.

Sony Pictures has released the first official image from TriStar and BBC Films feature The Lady In The Van showing Dame Maggie Smith in character as the eccentric Miss Shepherd.

The big screen adaptation of writer Alan Bennett’s iconic memoir is directed by long-standing Bennett collaborator Nicholas Hytner.

The film tells the true story of the relationship between Bennett and Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who ‘temporarily’ parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.

Sony Pictures has also announced that the film will release in cinemas across the UK on Nov 13, 2015.

The first official picture shows Dame Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey, Harry Potter), on location in London alongside co-star Alex Jennings (The Queen), who plays Bennett.  

The movie is being filmed on the very street, and in the »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Ang Lee Next Directing ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ At TriStar

18 September 2014 4:07 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Ang Lee will next direct an adaptation of Ben Fountain’s novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. It is Lee’s first film since he won the Best Director Oscar for Life Of Pi, and he’s reuniting with Tom Rothman at TriStar. Rothman, who continues to put together filmmaker-centric projects at his Sony-based label, ran Fox and worked closely with Lee on that difficult, groundbreaking, Oscar-winning 3D film that grossed $600 million worldwide. TriStar is teamed with Film4 on the picture, which will begin production in the spring.

It was expected Lee’s next film would be the Peter Morgan-scripted boxing pic about the Thrilla In Manila bout between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, shot in 3D at Universal. They are still working on a budget and the visual effects and look of that picture, but clearly Lee was eager to get back behind the camera.

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- Mike Fleming Jr

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George Clooney for Cecil B DeMille Award at the 2015 Golden Globes

15 September 2014 2:38 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

George Clooney is to receive the Cecil B DeMille Award at the 2015 Golden Globes.

The actor and filmmaker will be presented with the honour at the Los Angeles ceremony on Sunday, January 11.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) confirmed today (September 15) that Clooney will follow in the footsteps of recent recipients Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro.

Clooney is a four-time Golden Globe winner, and has received twelve nominations in nine different categories. His most recent win came for his on-screen performance in 2011's The Descendants.

Theo Kingma, President of the HFPA, said: "The HFPA is honoured to bestow the Cecil B DeMille Award to George Clooney to celebrate his outstanding contributions both in front of and behind the camera."

The award is given to "talented individuals who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment" and is named after the legendary director and producer. »

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