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James Le Gros to Star in Melora Walters Drama ‘Waterlily Jaguar’

James Le Gros to Star in Melora Walters Drama ‘Waterlily Jaguar’
James Le Gros is starring in Melora Walters’ feature directorial debut “Waterlily Jaguar” with shooting starting this week, Variety has learned.

The production company is Lexicon Entertainment, in association with Room in the Sky Films. Production began Wednesday in Los Angeles with shooting planned for several weeks.

Producers on the project are Mark Mathias Sayre, Troy Daniel Smith, Walters and Jonathan Piumelli. Executive producers are Paul Thomas Anderson, Steven Swadling, and Larry Nealy with Justin Foia co-producing.

Walters is directing from her original screenplay, in which Le Gros portrays a famous novelist seeking to write a more serious book, only to find himself tumbling down a spiral of obsession that may leave his most important relationships in shambles, including his marriage.

Mira Sorvino stars as his wife, Stacey Oristano is his assistant and Dominic Monaghan is his agent. “Waterlily Jaguar” also stars Christopher Backus and Steven Swadling.

Walters and Sayre
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Film Review: ‘Sacrifice’

Film Review: ‘Sacrifice’
When high-school bros go deep into the woods armed with hunting rifles and expanding torsos, there will be blood, along with plentiful inclement weather. There are gobs of both in “Sacrifice,” but also a quieter moral reckoning that offers the more compelling reason to see this conventional, intermittently absorbing indie from writer-director Michael Cohn (“When the Bough Breaks”). For all its thriller accessorizing, the film grows on you — a little — as a biblical family melodrama that digs into the domestic origins of a compound crime while piling on the wages of sin. Solidly fortified with seasoned actors Dermot Mulroney and Melora Walters, and Austin Abrams as a struggling adolescent, the movie was made under the aegis of the film collaborative JuntoBox, and its combination of horror frissons and contemplative character study should give it modest crossover appeal in young and older markets.

Part hunk, part otherworldly good boy, Texan football
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Afm: Matt Bush Joins Comedy ‘Sharon 1.2.3′ With Skylar Samuels

Afm: Matt Bush Joins Comedy ‘Sharon 1.2.3′ With Skylar Samuels
Matt Bush has come on board indie romantic comedy “Sharon 1.2.3″ opposite Skylar Samuels, Nadine Velazquez and Erinn Hayes as the three Sharons of the title.

JuntoBox’s “Sharon 1.2.3″ is directed by Mark Brown from his own script. Shooting started this week in Los Angeles, a year after the film — originally titled “Sharon is Caring” — was announced as a greenlight project at the American Film Market.

The film is produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi (“Fruitvale Station”) and Kelly Thomas. Vik Sahay and Aarti Mann (“The Big Bang Theory”) also star.

Based on a story by Wesley Mills, the story follows a technology geek who’s having casual sex with two women coincidentally named Sharon — his business adviser and his protege. Problems arise when he meets a third Sharon and falls in love.

JuntoBox Films, which touts itself as a collaborative film studio for filmmakers and fans, debuted at the 2012 SXSW with Forest Whitaker as co-chair.
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Casting: Caine, Bateman, Walters, Bratt

Interstellar

Michael Caine is set to star in Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" at Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures. The story deals with a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding

This marks the sixth time Caine has worked with Nolan. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain also star. [Source: Deadline]

Untitled Disney Animation Feature

Jason Bateman is in talks to lend his voice to Byron Howard's untitled Walt Disney Animation feature project.

The story is described as an "animal comedy" that does not yet have a release date. This would mark Bateman's first voice-over work for a feature. [Source: Heat Vision]

Sacrifice

Melora Walters has joined Michael Cohn’s debut feature thriller "Sacrifice" for JuntoBox Films. The project is currently shooting in Houston.

The story follows four teens from a small Texas town as they come face-to-face with their own consciences after a tragic accident. Walters will portray
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‘Big Love’s’ Melora Walters Joins Indie ‘Sacrifice’ (Exclusive)

‘Big Love’s’ Melora Walters Joins Indie ‘Sacrifice’ (Exclusive)
Melora Walters has boarded helmer-scribe Michael Cohn’s thriller “Sacrifice,” the debut feature from JuntoBox Films.

The movie is in production in Houston, with Jeanine Rohn and Joseph Semense producing. JuntoBox chief Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang are exec producing.

Sacrifice” follows four teenagers from a small Texas town as they come face-to-face with their own consciences after a tragic accident. Dermot Mulroney also came on board this week.

Walters will portray the mother of two young men –an insecure 15 year-old (portrayed by Austin Abrams) and a football star, Hank (played by Luke Kleintank) — who are both ensnared in a web of unforeseen consequences during a celebratory hunting trip.

Walters recently completed shooting the lead role in the indie feature “Underdogs.” She had a recurring role on HBO’s “Big Love”; feature credits include “Case 219,” “The Butterfly Effect” and “Cold Mountain.”

She is repped by Apa, Alan Iezman at Shelter Entertainment,
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Casting: Gadon, Giannone, Meester, Mulroney

Dracula

Sarah Gadon ("Cosmopolis," "A Dangerous Method") has scored the female leaf opposite Luke Evans in Gary Shore's "Dracula". Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless scripted the most recent draft.

Dracula weaves vampire mythology with the true history of Prince Vlad the Impaler. It seeks to depict Dracula as a flawed hero in a tragic love story set in a dark age of magic and war. [Source: Variety]

American Hustle

Jay Giannone ("The Iceman") has joined the cast of David O. Russell’s political thriller "American Hustle" at Sony Pictues. Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner also star.

Giannone will portray a real-life hustler in this story of Abscam, the FBI sting operation that resulted in the 1981 convictions of a U.S. Senator and five members of Congress. [Source: Variety]

Life Partners

Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs and Adam Brody are set to star in Susanna Fogel's comedy "Life Partners
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Casting Net: Jessica Chastain in talks to join Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar', more

Casting Net: Jessica Chastain in talks to join Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar', more
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is reportedly in talks to join Christopher Nolan’s (The Dark Knight Rises) time-travel epic, Interstellar. She’d be joining a cast that currently includes Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey. Since she’s started getting more significant roles, Chastain has never really ventured into pure science fiction territory (we’re not counting Take Shelter). She famously dropped out of Oblivion when offered the Zero Dark Thirty role, so we’re excited for her to take on a new kind of film. The two-time Oscar nominee (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) is currently filming Liv Ullmann
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Dermot Mulroney Starring in ‘Sacrifice’

Dermot Mulroney Starring in ‘Sacrifice’
Dermot Mulroney has boarded helmer-scribe Michael Cohn’s thriller “Sacrifice,” the debut feature from JuntoBox Films.

The movie is in production in Houston with Jeanine Rohn and Joseph Semense producing.

Sacrifice” follows four teenagers from a small Texas town as they come face-to-face with their own consciences after a tragic accident. Mulroney will play the father of one of the boys, with Austin Abrams cast as an insecure 15 year old devoted to his older brother.

Mulroney’s attachment was announced Thursday at the San Francisco Film Festival. JuntoBox Films, which touts itself as a collaborative film studio for filmmakers and fans, debuted at the 2012 South by Southwest Festival with Forest Whitaker as co-chair and pledged to greenlight five films during the following year.

Dermot Mulroney has a long history with out-of-the box, independent films and we couldn’t be more excited for him to play the role of Justin in ‘Sacrifice,
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