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Michael Sucsy To Helm ‘Playing To The Gods’; Clash Between Thesps Sarah Bernhardt & Eleonora Duse

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Michael Sucsy To Helm ‘Playing To The Gods’; Clash Between Thesps Sarah Bernhardt & Eleonora Duse
Exclusive: Grey Gardens writer-director Michael Sucsy has formed his HungryDuck production shingle by optioning Peter Radar’s Simon & Schuster novel Playing to the Gods.

Sucsy has written the script and will direct as well as produce the feature. The project will be taken out for financing shortly.

The pic is envisioned as The Favourite meets Amadeus. It tells the true story of French stage superstar Sarah Bernhardt, a pioneer in the culture of exotic, eccentric celebrity who became the world’s first A-list actress. Pitted in a rivalry is up-and-coming Italian adversary, Eleonora Duse, whose modern, naturalistic style and ability to disappear into roles without chewing the scenery revolutionized the theater. Their competition for queen of the stage ignited the most tumultuous theatrical showdown of the 19th century.

In his debut film Grey Gardens, Sucsy directed Jessica Lange to a Best Actress Emmy Award and Drew Barrymore to a
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Chloe Grace Moretz and Jack O’Connell to play Bonnie and Clyde in Love Is a Gun

Chloe Grace Moretz (Suspiria) and Jack O’Connell (Unbroken) have signed on to portray the notorious Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in Love Is a Gun, an adaptation of Jeff Guinn’s book Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde.

The film has been written by Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air) and Johnny Newman (Narcos), with Kike Maillo (Toro) directing, and is described as the “thrilling, gritty and emotional story of two of history’s most famous lovers, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.”

“We are excited to reintroduce the iconic story of Bonnie and Clyde,” said producers Marissa McMahon and Ashley Schlaifer of Kamala Films (A Private War) and Sean and Bryan Furst of Skybound Entertainment.. “Their story remains ubiquitous in popular culture across the globe, yet few in this generation know the details of their intimate love affair and the circumstances that
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Renée Zellweger, Louie Anderson, Owen Teague Lead Feature Drama ‘Heft’

Renée Zellweger, Louie Anderson, Owen Teague Lead Feature Drama ‘Heft’
Exclusive: Renée Zellweger, Louie Anderson and It‘s Owen Teague have been cast in the lead roles of Heft for director Max Nichols (Two Night Stand). Heft, based on the bestselling novel by Liz Moore of the same name, was adapted by the author. The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson, who acquired the book in the fall of 2017, are producing.

Heft is about former academic Arthur Opp (Anderson) who hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away, in Yonkers, 17-year-old Kel Keller (Teague) navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career―if he can untangle himself from his family drama. The link between this unlikely pair is Kel’s mother Charlene, (Zellweger), a former student of Arthur’s. After nearly two decades of silence, it is Charlene’s
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‘Every Day’ Review

Stars: Angourie Rice, Justice Smith, Jeni Ross, Lucas Jade Zumann, Rory McDonald, Katie Douglas, Jacob Batalon, Ian Alexander, Colin Ford, Jake Sim, Nicole Law, Karena Evans, Owen Teague, Maria Bello, Michael Cram | Written by Jesse Andrews | Directed by Michael Sucsy

Based on the 2012 novel by David Levithan, Every Day serves up an intriguing blend of science-fiction fantasy and Ya romance. The film’s unusual conceit comes with a side order of problematic plot points, but the script and the performances ensure that its positive central message wins out.

Directed by Michael Sucsy, the film centres on a spirit known only as “A”, who wakes up every day in a different body, a bit like Sam Beckett in TV’s Quantum Leap. The bodies are always the spirit’s age (around 16) and always within the same geographical area, and A is careful not to meddle too much in the lives of each person he inhabits.
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Every Day Review

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Based on David Levithan’s New York Times Bestseller, Every Day tells the story of Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) who falls in love with “A”, a person who wakes up in a different body every day. Rhiannon and A end up finding their way to each other again and again, while dealing with the realities of their unusual relationship. Conveniently, this teen body-snatcher explains that they never wake up in a body too far away and the bodies A inhabits are always of a similar age, which thankfully eliminates some rather shady encounters.

Aimed at an adolescent audience, the film combines humour, fantasy and (a pleasant but sometimes cloying) sweetness to its characters and narrative. Every Day is a film that treads precariously between a teen flick and something that may appeal to even younger audiences; with its minimal conflict and quickly resolved drama, which many might find this verging on bland.
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Every Day review – beguiling metempsychotic teen romance

This captivating, thoughtful fantasy is like a teenaged Groundhog Day or Spike Jonze’s Her – just go with it

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Here is a weirdly beguiling movie, adapted by Jesse Andrews from David Levithan’s Ya novel of the same name, and directed by Michael Sucsy, who made the treacly Channing Tatum weepie The Vow. This is much better. I can only describe it as a metempsychotic teen romance, or palingenetic high-school fantasy. It doesn’t begin with any of the obvious comic or ironic palliatives to get you used to its bizarre high concept. It is offered absolutely straight, like a concerned “issue” movie about something non-supernatural. You have to just go with it, and not break the butterfly of its idea on the wheel of derision.
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Christmas Living Dead Musical Anna And The Apocalypse Slated for December 7th Release in Select Theaters

Since Daily Dead Managing Editor Heather Wixson gave it a five-star review at Fantastic Fest, we've been excited for readers to check out the zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse, and now Orion Pictures has reportedly set a December release date for the horror comedy.

Deadline reports that Anna and the Apocalypse will be released in select Us theaters on Friday, December 7th, ahead of its nationwide release at a later date (that has yet to be announced). Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates and check out the previous press release and teaser trailer below:

Previous Press Release: Los Angeles — Orion Pictures, recently relaunched by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) as a new, stand-alone U.S. theatrical marketing and distribution company, has acquired the North American and Latin American rights to John McPhail’s award-winning zombie holiday musical Anna and the Apocalypse. The announcement was made today by John Hegeman, President,
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Angourie Rice stars in new trailer for Every Day

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The Nice Guys and The Beguiled’s rising star Angourie Rice spends each new day witnessing the love of her love inhabit a new person in the new trailer for Every Day.

Directed by The Vow’s Michael Sucsy, the film is based on David Levithan bestseller and stars Debby Ryan (Jessie – Disney Channel), Justice Smith (Paper Towns) and Owen Teague (It) alongside The Nice Guys and These Final Hours, Angourie Rice.

Also in trailers – Jason Sudeikis and Ed Harris star in new trailer for Netflix’s Kodachrome

The film is released in UK and Irish cinemas on April 20th

Every Day Synopsis

Based on David Levithan’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Every Day tells the story of Rhiannon (Angourie Rice), a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious soul named “A” who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A
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It (2017) Actor Jackson Robert Scott to Play Key Role in New Horror Film from Orion Pictures

You may know him as Georgie, the boy who talked to Pennywise through the sewer drain one fateful rainy day in Derry in the new It movie, but Jackson Robert Scott is wasting no time taking on other roles in the genre, as the young actor will play one of the lead roles in an untitled horror movie from director Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) and screenwriter Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train), which is in development at Orion Pictures:

Press Release:Los Angeles – March 2, 2018 — Orion Pictures announced today that breakout star Jackson Robert Scott will play the young lead in Nicholas McCarthy’s upcoming untitled horror film, formerly known as Descendant, the announcement was made today by John Hegeman, President, Orion Pictures. Scott, most recently seen as Georgie Denbrough in the blockbuster Stephen King adaptation of It, joins previously announced Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black
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Orion Pictures Acquires Rights to Holiday Zombie Musical Anna And The Apocalypse, Release Planned for 2018 Holiday Season

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Since Daily Dead Managing Editor Heather Wixson gave it a five-star review at Fantastic Fest, we've been excited for readers to check out the zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse, and now horror fans are one step closer to seeing the horror comedy deck the cinematic halls, as Orion Pictures has acquired the film and is planning a holiday season release this year.

Press Release: Los Angeles – January 9, 2018 — Orion Pictures, recently relaunched by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) as a new, stand-alone U.S. theatrical marketing and distribution company, has acquired the North American and Latin American rights to John McPhail’s award-winning zombie holiday musical Anna and the Apocalypse. The announcement was made today by John Hegeman, President, Orion Pictures. Orion plans to release Anna and the Apocalypse in the 2018 holiday season.

The film stars Ella Hunt (Our Robot Overlords) as Anna, Mark Benton (The Halcyon), Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones) and
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Poster for Every Day starring Angourie Rice and Justice Smith

Following the release of the first trailer last month [watch it here], Orion Pictures has now unveiled a poster for director Michael Sucsy’s (The Vow) new Ya romance Every Day starring Angourie Rice and Justice Smith. Check it out here…

Based on David Levithan’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Every Day tells the story of Rhiannon (Angourie Rice), a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious spirit named “A” who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A work each day to find each other, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours takes a toll, leaving Rhiannon and “A” to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make.

Every Day is set for release on February 23rd
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"Every Day"

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Sneak Peek new footage, plus images from "Every Day", the upcoming romantic-drama fantasy directed by Michael Sucsy, based on the novel by David Levithan, starring which was adapted by Jesse Andrews, starring Angourie Rice, opening February 23, 2018:

"...'Rhiannon' (Rice) falls in love with a spirit named 'A', a 'traveling soul' who wakes each morning in a different body, living a different life every day..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Every Day"...
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Trailer for Ya romance Every Day starring Angourie Rice and Justice Smith

Orion Pictures has released a new trailer for director Michael Sucsy’s upcoming adaptation of David Levithan’s New York Times bestselling Ya novel Every Day. The fantasy romance stars Angourie Rice, Maria Bello, Debby Ryan, Jacob Batalon, Justice Smith, Owen Teague, Lucas Jade Zumann, and Colin Ford; watch it below along with a selection of images…

Based on David Levithan’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Every Day tells the story of Rhiannon (Angourie Rice), a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious spirit named “A” who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A work each day to find each other, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours takes a toll, leaving Rhiannon and “A” to
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First ‘Every Day’ Trailer Reveals a Body-Hopping Teen Romance

The teenage love story gets an unconventional update with Every Day, the new romance from The Vow director Michael Sucsy. Adapted by screenwriter Jesse Andrews (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) from David Levithan's bestselling novel of the same name, Every Day stars Angourie Rice as Rhiannon, a teenage girl who falls in love with a mysterious, genderless spirit known as "A" that inhabits a new body every day. With each new morning, "A" wakes up as a different person regardless of gender or race, played by Ian Alexander, Justice Smith, and Jacob Batalon among others. Bound by …
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‘Every Day’ Trailer: First Look At First Film Under Relaunched Orion Pictures

MGM’s relaunched Orion Pictures hits theaters in February with Every Day, Michael Sucsy’s film based on David Levithan’s bestselling Ya novel of the same name. This new trailer gives a sneak peek. Starring Angourie Rice, Every Day tells the story of Rhiannon, a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious spirit named "A" that inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and "A" work each day to find each other, not knowing what…
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It’s Back: Orion Pictures Returns, and Just in Time for Toronto

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has slowly worked its way out of a financial morass, and now chairman/CEO Gary Barber has revived its venerable Orion Pictures label as a full-service distribution company with marketing executive John Hegeman as president. Positioned right before the Toronto acquisitions market, Orion has announced its first release with Michael Sucsy’s young adult romance, “Every Day” (February 2, 2018), starring Angourie Rice, Maria Bello, and Debby Ryan.

Founded in 1978 by the United Artists management troika of Arthur Krim, Eric Pleskow, and Robert Benjamin (partnering with Warner Bros.), Orion Pictures produced and released films and television until 1999. In its prime, Orion was home to four Best Picture Oscar winners: Milos Forman’s “Amadeus” (1984), Oliver Stone’s “Platoon” (1986), Kevin Costner’s “Dances with Wolves” (1990), and Jonathan Demme’s “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991). Also landing Best Picture nominations were Woody Allen’s “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986) and Alan Parker’s “Mississippi Burning
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It’s Back: Orion Pictures Returns, and Just in Time for Toronto

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has slowly worked its way out of a financial morass, and now chairman/CEO Gary Barber has revived its venerable Orion Pictures label as a full-service distribution company with marketing executive John Hegeman as president. Positioned right before the Toronto acquisitions market, Orion has announced its first release with Michael Sucsy’s young adult romance, “Every Day” (February 2, 2018), starring Angourie Rice, Maria Bello, and Debby Ryan.

Founded in 1978 by the United Artists management troika of Arthur Krim, Eric Pleskow, and Robert Benjamin (partnering with Warner Bros.), Orion Pictures produced and released films and television until 1999. In its prime, Orion was home to four Best Picture Oscar winners: Milos Forman’s “Amadeus” (1984), Oliver Stone’s “Platoon” (1986), Kevin Costner’s “Dances with Wolves” (1990), and Jonathan Demme’s “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991). Also landing Best Picture nominations were Woody Allen’s “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986) and Alan Parker’s “Mississippi Burning
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MGM Relaunches Orion Pictures As Stand-Alone Label, Taps John Hegeman As President

It was 26 years ago when the original Orion Pictures — known back then for winning more Academy Awards than any studio in town — filed for bankruptcy protection. Now MGM is re-launching the legacy brand as a stand-alone label and has named former Orion exec John Hegeman as president. The first release will come February 2, 2018 with the Ya romancer Every Day directed by Michael Sucsy and starring Angourie Rice, Maria Bello and Debby Ryan. Hegeman, who comes over from…
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MGM to Relaunch Orion Pictures This February With Maria Bello’s ‘Every Day’

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MGM to Relaunch Orion Pictures This February With Maria Bello’s ‘Every Day’
MGM is relaunching Orion Pictures as a new, standalone U.S. theatrical marketing and distribution company, MGM’s Chairman and CEO Gary Barber announced Wednesday.

Veteran entertainment executive John Hegeman will be appointed to the newly created role of President of Orion Pictures. He will report to Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s President of the Motion Picture Group, beginning next week.

The first film set to be released under the new standalone label will be Michael Sucsy’s YA romance “Every Day,” starring Angourie Rice, Maria Bello and Debby Ryan. The film will hit theaters on Feb. 2, 2018. “Every Day” is based on the New.
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Maria Bello, Debby Ryan, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Jacob Batalon & More Join ‘Every Day’ From MGM

Maria Bello, Debby Ryan, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Jacob Batalon & More Join ‘Every Day’ From MGM
Exclusive: Maria Bello, Jessie star Debby Ryan and Jacob Batalon, who can currently be seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming, have come aboard MGM/Likely Story/FilmWave’s upcoming Ya romantic drama Every Day. The Get Down’s Justice Smith and Lucas Jade Zumann (20th Century Women) round out the cast as production is underway in Toronto with Michael Sucsy at the helm. The pic stars previously announced Angourie Rice as 16-year-old Rhiannon, who falls in love with a spirit named A…
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