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The Big Sick and more true stories written by the subject for the big screen

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The Big Sick and more true stories written by the subject for the big screenThe Big Sick and more true stories written by the subject for the big screenAdriana Floridia5/15/2017 10:35:00 Am

Films based on a true story tend to hit a little harder.

Watching a story unfold and knowing that it's not a work of fiction, but the real life experience of an actual human being, makes everything that occurs that much more impactful. It's incredibly common for films to be based on true life for that reason; it is an instant emotional investment beyond what most fiction can provide. It doesn't happen incredibly often, but sometimes we get the treat of not just watching a work of art, but someone's personal life story being displayed in their own words.

This summer, we are seeing one of these instances with The Big Sick, a film co-written by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon,
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Miles Teller Starring In Home Is Burning

The true story of a man and his family dealing with their parents’ serious illnesses might not sound like feel-good entertainment. But Dan Marshall’s upcoming memoir Home Is Burning is drawing favourable comparisons to Dave Eggers and David Sedaris, so it makes sense that New Line would snap up the rights, and snag Jonathan Levine to direct and Miles Teller as a potential star. Home Is Burning recounts how Marshall and his four siblings joined forces to help their mother deal with a cancer relapse as their father struggled with Als. Marshall, a recent college graduate at the time, even moved back into their basement from Los Angeles to provide care, setting up Team Terminal to battle the illnesses while still occasionally warring with his siblings.It feels like natural territory for Levine in particular, who brought Will Reiser’s fight with cancer to life to great comic effect in 50/50. Like Reiser,
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Miles Teller Takes on Illness Memoir 'Home Is Burning'

Miles Teller Takes on Illness Memoir 'Home Is Burning'
New Line Cinema has picked up the upcoming memoir Home Is Burning from Dan Marshall in a competitive bidding situation, with Miles Teller set to star and Jonathan Levine attached to direct. Both the actor and filmmaker will also produce the adaptation for New Line. The book, which is Dan Marshall's first, will be published in October through Flatiron Books.

The plot follows the author as he has to move back home into his parents' basement, after finding out that his mother's cancer has relapsed and his father is diagnosed with Als. At the time, Marshall was a recent college graduate living in Los Angeles, when he returned to his family home and reunited with his four siblings, who The Hollywood Reporter describe as all "colorful characters with life challenges of their own." Together they formed "Team Terminal" to help their parents fight off the terminal afflictions.

The book
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Need a Good Cry? Watch These 11 Indies

Need a Good Cry? Watch These 11 Indies
We at Indiewire are hearing rumors that audiences are leaving "The Fault in Our Stars" full-out, ugly sob crying. Made for $12 million and focusing more on characters than on the usual summer explosions, "Fault" sure feels like an independent film. So if it's put you in the mood to shed even more tears, check our our list of favorite sob-inducing indies below. [List is in alphabetical order.] "50/ 50" Dir. Jonathan Levine (2011) Jonathan Levine's dramedy "50/50" draws heavily from screenwriter Will Reiser's personal experience facing a potentially fatal diagnosis. It examines the struggles of a 27-year-old public radio journalist named Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who is diagnosed with cancer. To pull at your heartstrings, the film cleverly focuses more on his daily experiences and social dramas (like his sweet Bromance with Seth Rogan's character Kyle) rather than being too headily concentrated on the darker elements of...
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Seth Rogen And 50/50 Director And Writer To Adapt Chess Doc Brooklyn Kings

In today.s edition of "New Hollywood Besties," we.ll be discussing the recent business ventures of mega-producer Scott Rudin and Seth Rogen, whose production companies . Scott Rudin Productions and Point Grey, respectively . are set up for three films to be co-produced and distributed by Sony Pictures and Eli Bush. That.s quite the lucrative partnership. One of the projects they.ll be focusing on is a feature adaptation of the acclaimed 2012 chess-centered documentary Brooklyn Castle, for which 50/50 director Jonathan Levine will be reteaming with that film.s screenwriter, Will Reiser. Get ready to experience the feels on an eight-by-eight gameboard. Katie Dellamaggiore directed the documentary, which followed a chess team from the Brooklyn junior high school I.S. 318 that were seemingly unbeatable. While part of the film focuses on the kids. extreme skills in what is commonly thought of as one of the brainiest board games out there, attention
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Seth Rogen Plans Three Features With Scott Rudin Productions

Seth Rogen is a busy man. When he is not testifying before a Senate Committee to highlight the desperate need for Alzheimer’s research and funding, he is making three-picture deals through his production company, Point Grey, with the prolific Scott Rudin Productions. The commitment will see Point Grey (Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver) team up with Scott Rudin Productions (Scott Rudin and Eli Bush) to create two narrative versions of documentaries for Sony, and a comedy feature with the gang from Workaholics.

Firstly, there’s Brooklyn Castle. Screenwriter Will Reiser and director Jonathan Levine (both from the 2011 Point Grey production 50/50) will make a narrative version of the award-winning 2012 documentary of the same name, which was directed by Katie Dellamagiore. It tells the story of Intermediate School 318 in Brooklyn, New York, and its after-school chess program. Despite deep budget cuts to the inner-city public school – where 65% students live
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Rogen, Goldberg Enter "Brooklyn Castle"

Filmmakers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have joined forces to produce an adaptation of the 2012 documentary "Brooklyn Castle" which Jonathan Levine is attached to direct.

The story centers on a team of dominant chess champions who hail from the inner-city Brooklyn school I.S. 318, as budget cuts threaten to take the team away from these students.

Will Reiser ("50/50") is writing the script based on Katie Dellamaggiore's doco. James Weaver, Scott Rudin and Eli Bush will also produce.

Source: Deadline
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Jonathan Levine to Direct 'Brooklyn Castle'

Jonathan Levine to Direct 'Brooklyn Castle'
Just days after Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg signed on to direct Console Wars for Sony, the filmmakers have joined forces with the studio once again to produce the documentary adaptation Brooklyn Castle, which has Jonathan Levine attached to direct.

The producers and director are reuniting with their 50/50 screenwriter Will Reiser, who is writing the script based on the 2012 documentary Brooklyn Castle, which was directed by Katie Dellamaggiore. The original film centers on a team of dominant chess champions who hail from the inner-city Brooklyn school I.S. 318, as budget cuts threaten to take the team away from these students.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are producing with their Point Grey Productions partner James Weaver, along with Scott Rudin and Eli Bush. No production schedule was given.

This project, along with Console Wars, is part of a three-picture deal Point Grey, Scott Rudin Productions and Sony recently signed. The deal
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‘Brooklyn Castle’ Adaptation Coming From Seth Rogen

‘Brooklyn Castle’ Adaptation Coming From Seth Rogen
Brooklyn Castle is being turned into a narrative feature, courtesy of Seth Rogen and his 50/50 team. His Point Grey has set up an adaptation of the junior high chess documentary at Sony, with 50/50 helmer Jonathan Levine and 50/50 scribe Will Reiser on board. Directed by Katie Dellamaggiore, the original film centered on the […]

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Sony Pictures Puts 'Brooklyn Castle' Scripted Feature Remake In Motion - Sets Screenwriters

In 2012, after its SXSW Film Festival premiere, Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin purchased remake rights to Brooklyn Castle, director Katie Dallamaggiore's feature-length documentary about I.S. 318, an inner-city public school that's home to the most winning junior high school chess team in the country. But a series of deep public school budget cuts threaten to undermine its hard-won success. It's been announced today that Sony Pictures has set Will Reiser and Jonathan Levine to pen the feature film adaptation of Brooklyn Castle, which won the Audience Award at SXSW. Reiser and Levine previously worked together on the Joseph...
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Sony Sets ’50/50′ Team For Chess Drama ‘Brooklyn Castle; One Of Three Pics For Scott Rudin And Seth Rogen’s Point Grey

Exclusive: Scott Rudin ProductionsScott Rudin and Eli Bush and Point Grey’s Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver have together set up a trio of feature collaborations. Two of the films are based on documentaries and will be made for Sony, where Rudin has his deal. All three will be produced by Rudin and Eli Bush along the the Point Grey trio. Sony Pictures has just set 50/50 writer Will Reiser and that film’s director Jonathan Levine to craft a feature from Brooklyn Castle, based on the Katie Dellamaggiore-directed docu about the trials and tribulations of the junior unbeatable champion chess team at I.S. 318. That’s an inner-city junior high school where more than 65% of students come from homes with incomes below the federal poverty level and where budget cuts threaten to derail its chessboard dominance. The docu won the Audience Award at SXSW, and it
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Warm Bodies Director to Take on Chess in Brooklyn Castle

Warm Bodies director Jonathan Levine is looking to team back up with his 50/50 screenwriter Will Reiser for a new film called Brooklyn Castle. The movie will be produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

It's based on a documentary directed by Katie Dellamaggiore about "the trials and tribulations of the junior unbeatable champion chess team at I.S. 318. That’s an inner-city junior high school where more than 65% of students come from homes with incomes below the federal poverty level and where budget cuts threaten to derail its chessboard dominance."

Levine is a talented young director, and this seems like a great project for him to develop. I enjoy these types of inspiring films. The doc won the Audience Award at SXSW last year, so it must be a great story.

Here's the description of the doc:

This movie tells the stories of five members of the chess team at
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Jonathan Levine To Storm Brooklyn Castle

Jonathan Levine To Storm Brooklyn Castle
Team 50/50 clearly cannot get enough of working together. Earlier this month, we learned that director Jonathan Levine and stars Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were planning a reunion for an untitled Christmas comedy. Levine and Rogen are also involved in another project, an adaptation of chess documentary Brooklyn Castle.The 50/50 connection doesn’t end there. Sony has that film’s writer, Will Reiser, set to write a film based on Katie Dellamaggiore’s documentary. Brooklyn Castle followed the trials and triumphs of the students from I.S. 318, an inner city junior high school in New York where more than 65 percent of the students comes from homes living below the U.S. government poverty level. Budget cuts constantly threaten the school’s chess programme and the kids must battle their own personal issues while perfecting their game.It’s all part of a trio of film collaborations between Rogen and Evan Goldberg
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Jonathan Levine Eyes True Chess Champion Tale Brooklyn Castle

Sony Pictures is developing a narrative take on director Katie Dellamaggiore's recent documentary Brooklyn Castle . Jonathan Levine ( Warm Bodies ) is planning to direct, re-teaming with 50/50 scribe Will Reiser and producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver. The original film, released in 2012, is officially described as follows: Brooklyn Castle tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are also...
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Calling All Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Wants You to Star Opposite Scarlett Johansson

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Calling All Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Wants You to Star Opposite Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson, who lent her voice talent to Spike Jonze's "Her," has contributed a voiceover to "Two Player Game," a script co-written by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and "50/50" screenwriter and director Will Reiser and Jonathan Levine.Now the script is being turned into an animated short film (or "a cool little cartoon for grownups," as Gordon-Levitt calls), on hitRECord.org that will air on a “HitRECord On TV!” episode in January.Gordon-Levitt is putting a casting call out for male artists who want to contribute their voiceover talents to the voice of Bill, opposite Johansson's Olivia.The script and Johansson's voiceover are on the site and you can check out the video of Gordon-Levitt explaining the collaboration below:
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt needs an actor to star opposite Scarlett Johansson. Is it you?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt needs an actor to star opposite Scarlett Johansson. Is it you?
Ladies, gents, sentient people of earth: do you want to be in a movie with Scarlett Johansson?

Sorry, silly question. Of course you do. The surprise is that Johansson’s Don Jon director and co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt wants to help make that happen through a hitRECord project.

Temper those hopes a little bit, though — this collaboration will be less Don Jon and more Her. In other words, Johansson has already recorded her voice part. It’s also animated. But the “cool little cartoon for grownups” looks pretty fun. Titled “Two Player Game,” it was co-written by Gordon-Levitt and his 50/50 screenwriter
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Goldberg mulls This is the End sequel

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Goldberg mulls This is the End sequel
Exclusive: Director Evan Goldberg tells Screen he is up for a sequel - but Seth Rogen might need some convincing.

Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, the duo behind Superbad and Pineapple Express, were in London this week to promote their new comedy, which is released in the UK by Sony this weekend.

With the $31m-budgeted spoof about six friends facing the apocalypse having grossed $57.8m after two weeks in the Us, Screen asked Goldberg about the prospect of a sequel.

“If you ask me, I’d say there’s a good chance of sequel,” said Goldberg, who co-directed the comedy with Rogan. “If you ask Seth, he’d say no. So, we’ll see.”

Real-life friends James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson star as the six friends fending off the apocalypse, while there are cameos from the likes of Rihanna, Emma Watson, the Backstreet Boys, Channing Tatum and [link
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Is Hollywood Trying To Make Cancer Sexy?

There are too few Hollywood endings when it comes to the depiction of cancer in movies, doctors say.

Last fall, Italian researchers analyzed 82 cancer-themed movies, including "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "Gran Torino." They found that rarer cancers are most often featured and that characters were more likely to die than real-life patients.

"Very often the ill person doesn't get over the disease, and his death is somehow useful to the plot's outcome," Dr. Luciano De Fiore said in a statement. "This pattern is so strongly standardized that it persists in spite of real progress of treatments."

Cancer is the second most common cause of the death in the U.S., second only to heart disease. Yet as diagnosis has improved and treatments have advanced, there are an estimated 13.7 million survivors, according to the National Cancer Institute.

In the movies analyzed, 40 characters with cancer were women, and 35 were men,
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Zooey Deschanel To Produce Sister Comedy From ‘New Girl’ Writer J.J. Philbin & Chernin

Exclusive: New Girl star Zooey Deschanel is expanding her relationship with the series’ network, Fox, and producing entities, 20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment. Deschanel is executive producing Must Be Nice, a comedy written by New Girl consulting producer J.J. Philbin, which has sold to Fox with a script commitment. 20th TV and studio-based Chernin Entertainment are producing along with Deschanel’s Hello Giggles. Must Be Nice explores the generation gap between two women who are only 7 years apart when a single, chaotic, 27 year-old moves in with her more responsible, 34-year-old, married sister. Philbin and Deschanel will executive produce with Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope and Deschanel’s Hello Giggles partners Sophia Rossi and Molly McAleer (2 Broke Girls). Deschanel, Rossi and McAleer last year launched female-centric Web site Hello Giggles, and are now expanding their brand to television. This marks the second comedy project for Philbin this season. She also is executive producing High Life,
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NBC Buys Comedy ‘The High Life’ from ’50/50′ Writer Will Reiser

With several vacancies assumed to be opening up in NBC’s comedy line-up, it’s only appropriate that the network began scooping up as many hot commodities as they can. One of their most recent acquisitions is the comedy The High Life from writer Will Reiser and his sister Robin.

The High Life, contrary to what the name suggests, will chronicle the exploits of a young mother/wife who has taken up sobriety.

Entertainment Weekly writes that the majority of the show’s plot with focus on how the main character will deal with many of life’s stresses – without the added relaxation of a few (dozen) drinks. While we don’t expect Reiser’s script to have as much personal experience as his last, there should be a healthy dose of familial realism injected into the series. Since Reiser is ...

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