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'Birdman' leads 2014 Phoenix Film Critics Society nominations

9 December 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Finally "Boyhood" gets trumped, though just barely. Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" was the nominations hog with the Phoenix crowd with 10 mentions. But Richard Linklater's opus was just a few steps behind with eight. Also with eight nominations was "Gone Girl," which picked up refreshing recognition in the Best Supporting Actress arena for Carrie Coon. "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Into the Woods" and "The Theory of Everything" picked up seven nods apiece. Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Dec. 16. And keep track of the season at The Circuit! Best Picture "Birdman" "Boyhood" "Gone Girl" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "Guardians of the Galaxy" "The Imitation Game" "The Lego Movie" "A Most Violent Year" "The Theory of Everything" "Whiplash" Best Director Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash" David Fincher, "Gone Girl" Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman" Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" Best Actor in a Leading Role Bradley Cooper, »

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Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton’s ‘Ruth & Alex’ Sold to Focus for U.S. Distribution

17 September 2014 4:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Focus World has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Morgan Freeman-Diane Keaton comedy “Ruth & Alex.”

The story takes place over a weekend where a couple must decide whether to sell the Brooklyn walk-up they have lived in for 40 years. The couple has to contend with their pushy realtor-niece, who is played by Cynthia Nixon.

The film, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, is directed by Richard Loncraine from a screenplay by Charlie Peters based on the Jill Ciment novel “Heroic Measures.”

Producers are Lori McCreary and Tracy Mercer via Freeman and McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment banner, Curtis Burch through his Latitude Entertainment banner and Peters. Exec producers are Freeman, Sam Hoffman, Manu Propria Entertainment’s Richard Toussaint, Wade Barker and Gary Ellis, and Latitude Productions’ Bob Gass and Judy Burch Gass.

The deal was negotiated by Anjay Nagpal of Focus World and Wme Global and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers. »

- Dave McNary

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Mountain Men to kick off in BC

2 April 2014 2:32 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Myriad Pictures announced (April 2) that production on the comedy-drama starring Chace Crawford and Tyler Labine will take begin on April 5 in Revelstoke, British Columbia. 

Cameron Labine wrote and will direct Mountain Men, about two brothers stranded at their family’s mountain cabin during a search for their missing father.

Myriad Pictures will commence talks with buyers immediately and handles worldwide sales excluding Canada, where Pacific Northwest Pictures will release the film.

“We are very excited to be working with the Labine brothers in partnership with the very talented Chace Crawford,” said Pacific Northwest Pictures vice-president Emily Alden. “Cam is a very exciting new and innovative voice. As a whole package we expect the team to achieve something remarkable and we are thrilled to be part of it.”

“I’m thrilled to be working with Tyler and Chace, who have compelling odd-couple chemistry,” said Cameron Labine. “Set against the rugged Rockies, Mountain Men will be »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Morgan Freeman Talks Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar, His Narration Process, Science, Life Itself, and More

1 April 2014 12:55 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

From filmmakers David Douglas and Drew Fellman, the IMAX 3D documentary Island of Lemurs: Madagascar tells the incredible true story of the strange and unusual creature known as the lemur.  Millions of years ago, lemurs arrived in Madagascar, where they have since evolved into hundreds of diverse species, some as large as a gorilla and some as small as a mouse, but are now highly endangered. During a conference at the film’s press day, Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, who narrates the film, talked about why he wanted to get involved with this project, why lemurs are terrific little creatures, that he usually gets to see some footage so that he knows what he’s talking about during the narration, and the educational value of film and television.  He also talked about his upcoming love story with Diane Keaton, called Life Itself, and how he’d like to make »

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Revelations Entertainment Ups Marcus Mucha To VP Biz Dev

24 February 2014 4:29 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Marcus Mucha is on the rise at Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment, where he’s been serving as Director of Business Development. Now Mucha has been promoted to VP in the department where he helped put together financing on the upcoming Freeman and Diane Keaton comedy Life Itself, which he associate produced. He also raised funds for Revelations’ DigiRev digital startup incubator. Mucha will continue to grow Revelations’ biz dev opportunities and create a strategic roadmap for the company while overseeing day to day operations. Prior to joining the company he was manager of Business Development at the Mucha Foundation, dedicated to preserving the legacy of his great-grandfather the painter and artist Alphonse Mucha, and served as an agent trainee at ICM under Bob Broder, Doug MacLaren and Kevin Crotty. »

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Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Nixon Join Stockholm, Pennsylvania

8 February 2014 9:14 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Nixon have joined the drama Stockholm, Pennsylvania for writer/director Nikole Beckwith. This will be Beckwith's first feature film, with shooting scheduled to begin next month in Los Angeles.

Cynthia Nixon plays the grief stricken mother of a kidnapped girl (Saoirse Ronan) who is now free and struggles to acclimate herself to society after being raised by her abductor. The mother goes to great lengths to get closer to her daughter after twenty years of separation, but she finds it difficult to gain the young woman's love and acceptance.

Jason Isaacs was previously cast as the captor, with David Warshofsky portraying the girl's father.

Stockholm, Pennsylvania is an adaptation of Nikole Beckwith's play, with the script landing on the 2012 Black List. The screenplay won the 2012 Nicholl Fellowship after coming through the Sundance Screenwriting Lab. Greg Ammon will produce through his own Fido Features in association with Olympus Pictures, »

- MovieWeb

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