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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: John Carney’s Sing Street

Could acoustic lightening strike twice? 2006 was a mythical, magical year for John Carney when Once took the Sundance Film Festival and film world by storm. With buffer items Zonad (2009) and The Rafters (2012) only whetting our appetite for another Carney gem, 2013’s surprise box office indie hit Begin Again (with Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine) sort of got us back in the saddle. We now come full circle back to another micro film with potentially lots of heart. Considered a cousin to Once, Carney enlists U2’s Bono and The Edge for the this when Irish eyes are smiling coming-of-ager romance. Currently in the midst of a certain restructuring, the Weinsteins picked up Sing Street in at the Cannes Film Fest in 2014 and it was kept off the 2015 slate. Could this semi-biographical tale be tuned up as a crowd-pleasing Park City item?

Gist: This tells the story of 14-year-old Cosmo,
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Richard Linklater Baseball Comedy to Release April 15

Richard Linklater Baseball Comedy to Release April 15
Paramount has set Richard Linklater’s baseball comedy — formerly titled “That’s What I’m Talking About” — for an April 15 release.

The studio also moved its untitled comedy, which had been starring Leslie Mann, out of that release slot with no new date set.

Megan Ellison is producing the baseball movie along with Sean Daniel, Linklater, Sandra Adair, John Sloss and Ginger Sledge. Daniel and the late Jim Jacks partnered with Linklater on his breakout 1993 teen comedy “Dazed and Confused.”

The pic is the first film for Linklater following his Oscar-nominated family drama “Boyhood.”

Blake Jenner stars as a new pitcher on a highly ranked college baseball team that also parties extensively. Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch, Will Brittain and Glen Powell also star.

The movie — set in the 198os in Texas — has also been informally titled “Everybody Wants Some.” It’s Linklater’s second baseball comedy
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Leslie Mann Comedy from 'Hangover' Writers Goes to Paramount

Leslie Mann Comedy from 'Hangover' Writers Goes to Paramount
Paramount Pictures has acquired the Us distribution rights to the currently Untitled Leslie Mann/Judd Apatow Comedy, a new female comedy from renowned filmmaking duo Jon Lucas & Scott Moore (writers of 21 & Over, The Hangover) and starring Leslie Mann. Jon Lucas & Scott Moore will direct the film which is based on their original screenplay.&#160Paramount will release the film in theaters on April 15, 2016.

Block Entertainment and Merced Media are producing alongside Judd Apatow&#160and Josh Church for Apatow Productions.&#160&#160 Lensing begins this summer in New York, with plot details for this female comedy being kept under wraps. Merced Media is fully financing the project with Bill Block and Merced's Raj Brinder Singh producing. Block Entertainment partner, John Friedberg, will executive produce.

Marc Evans, President of Paramount Pictures' Motion Picture Group said:

"We are excited to be partnering with Judd, Bill and their teams for this great project. Leslie, Jon and
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Paramount Picks Up Judd Apatow-Produced Comedy Starring Leslie Mann

Paramount Picks Up Judd Apatow-Produced Comedy Starring Leslie Mann
Paramount Pictures has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the currently untitled comedy from “The Hangover” writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore starring Leslie Mann.

Judd Apatow and Josh Church are producing along with Block Entertainment and Merced Media with Lucas and Moore writing and directing. Merced Media is fully financing the project with Bill Block and Merced’s Raj Brinder Singh producing.

Plot details are being kept under wraps. Production begins this summer.

Paramount has dated the pic for April 15, 2016.

“We are excited to be partnering with Judd, Bill and their teams for this great project,” said Marc Evans, president of Paramount Pictures’ Motion Picture Group. Leslie, Jon and Scott are among the best comedic talents working today and their combined forces will no doubt make for an incredibly funny movie that the whole team here is excited to be a part of.”
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Paramount Pictures Acquires Untitled Leslie Mann/Judd Apatow Comedy

Paramount Pictures just acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the female comedy from The Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and starring Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, Knocked Up). The project is the first big package from Bill Block’s Block Entertainment and Raj Brinder Singh's Merced Capital and Kevin Frakes' PalmStar Media Capital. Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr broke the story last week that the comedy had been packaged and was going out to studios. Lucas and…
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Leslie Mann Comedy Picked Up by Paramount

Paramount Pictures has snapped up the U.S. distribution rights to a new, untitled comedy that is being written for Leslie Mann by The Hangover writing team of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Lucas and Moore will also direct the film from their original screenplay, which Block Entertainment and Merced Media are producing alongside Judd Apatow. Paramount is targeting an April 15, 2016 release for the film, with shooting scheduled to begin this summer in New York. Merced Media is fully financing the female-centric project with Block Entertainment’s Bill Block and Merced’s Raj Brinder Singh serving as producers. Block

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Paramount acquires Leslie Mann comedy

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Paramount acquires Leslie Mann comedy
The studio has swooped on Us rights to the untitled Lucas & Moore Project in a timely move for international rights holder Bill Block on the eve of Cannes.

Paramount has set an April 15, 2016, release date as Jon Lucas and Scott Moore prepare to start shooting in New York this summer with Leslie Mann in the lead.

Bill Block of sales agent Block Entertainment and Merced Media, the $500m fund Block launched late last year with Merced Capital’s Raj Brinder Singh and PalmStar Media Capital’s Kevin Frakes, produces alongside Singh, Mann’s husband Judd Apatow and his Apatow Productions associate Josh Church.

Lucas and Moore will direct from their original screenplay and their writing credits include The Hangover and 21 & Over.

Block Entertainment partner John Friedberg serves as executive producer.
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Kevin James to star in ‘Assassin’ action comedy

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Merced Media has put its second sales title into the market and brought on Good Universe to handle pre-sales on comedy The True Memoirs Of An International Assassin.

Kevin James will play a mild-mannered accountant who is mistaken for a killer and becomes embroiled in an assassination plot in Belize after his novel about a hitman is published as a true story.

Jeff Wadlow directs from a Black List screenplay by Jeff Morris.

PalmStar Media and Global Film Group will produce the project, set to begin production in September. Merced Media and PalmStar will finance. Wme Global represents Us rights.

Todd Garner and Merced Media principal and PalmStar Media CEO Kevin Frakes produce with Raja Collins and Justin Begnaud of Global Film Group and Raj Brinder Singh of Merced Media.

Hey Eddie’s Jeff Sussman and PalmStar Media’s Mark Fasano and Buddy Patrick are executive producers.

Merced Media, the $500m fund launched late last year by
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Kevin James to Star in ‘True Memoirs of an International Assassin’

Kevin James to Star in ‘True Memoirs of an International Assassin’
In a pre-Cannes move, Kevin James has come on board to star in action-comedy “The True Memoirs of an International Assassin” for PalmStar Media and Global Film Group, with production starting in September.

Merced Media and PalmStar will finance. Good Universe will launch international sales at the upcoming Cannes market. Wme is handling U.S. rights.

The film will be directed by “Kick Ass 2″ helmer Jeff Wadlow from a Black List script by Jeff Morris.

Todd Garner and Kevin Frakes will produce alongside Raja Collins and Justin Begnaud of Global Film Group and Raj Brinder Singh of Merced Media. Hey Eddie’s Jeff Sussman and PalmStar Media’s Mark Fasano and Buddy Patrick will exec produce.

James will play a mild-mannered accountant and would-be author who is mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. Trying to escape his sudden fame and celebrity,
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Bill Block to sell Leslie Mann comedy in Cannes

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Bill Block to sell Leslie Mann comedy in Cannes
Merced Media and Block Entertainment announced the untitled female comedy to be produce by Judd Apatow that Bill Block will introduce to buyers on the Croisette.

Leslie Mann will star for Jon Lucas and Scott Moore directing from their original screenplay.

Block Entertainment and Merced Media are producing alongside Apatow and Josh Church for Apatow Productions. Principal photography begins this summer in New York.

Merced Media is fully financing the project with Block and Merced’s Raj Brinder Singh serving as individual producers. Block Entertainment partner John Friedberg will serve as executive producer.

“Lucas and Moore have written a funny and heartfelt script about women and the challenges of motherhood,” said Mann. “I am thrilled to be working with them on this film, and to collaborate for the first time with Block Entertainment and Merced Media.”

Block added: “When we read Lucas and Moore’s script we knew it was a hit and a global female comedy
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Leslie Mann Set To Star, ‘Hangover’ Scribes Jon Lucas & Scott Moore To Direct Untitled Comedy

Leslie Mann Set To Star, ‘Hangover’ Scribes Jon Lucas & Scott Moore To Direct Untitled Comedy
Exclusive: Bill Block has readied his first big package since forming Block Entertainment with Raj Brinder Singh’s Merced Capital and Kevin FrakesPalmStar Media Capital. They are going out to studios today with a package that has Leslie Mann set to anchor an untitled R-rated female-driven comedy that was written and will be directed by The Hangover scribes Jon Lucas & Scott Moore. Pic is being produced by Apatow ProductionsJudd Apatow and Josh Church, alongside Block…
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Saban Buying U.S. Rights to Pierce Brosnan’s ‘How to Make Love Like an Englishman’

Saban Films is in exclusive negotiations to acquire the U.S. distribution rights to romantic comedy “How to Make Love Like an Englishman,” starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba.

It’s the sixth acquisition for Saban, which launched in the spring and bought awards contender “The Homesman” as its first release.

How to Make Love Like an Englishman” is directed by Tom Vaughan from Matthew Newman’s script. Brosnan plays a Cambridge University professor who’s forced to re-evaluate his life of hedonistic excess after he manages to get a graduate student, played by Alba, pregnant.

Bill Bromiley and Ness Saban negotiated on behalf of Saban Films and CAA on behalf of the producers. The Solution Entertainment Group is handling international sales.

Southpaw Entertainment’s Richard B. Lewis and Irish DreamTime’s Beau St.Clair produced alongside PalmStar Media Capital’s Kevin Frakes and Raj Brinder Singh, Remington Chase,
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Saban Films closing on Englishman

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Saban Films closing on Englishman
The ambitious distributor is understood to be in the final stages of exclusive talks for Us rights to Pierce Brosnan starrer How To Make Love Like An Englishman.

The Solution Entertainment Group handles international sales to the story of a hedonistic Cambridge professor who meets his match. Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba also star.

Tom Vaughan directed from a screenplay by Matthew Newman. Saban brokered the deal with CAA on behalf of the film-makers.

Merced Media Partners, PalmStar Media Capital and Envision Entertainment financed the film.

Southpaw Entertainment’s Richard B Lewis and Irish DreamTime’s Beau St Clair produced alongside PalmStar Media Capital’s Kevin Frakes and Raj Brinder Singh, Remington Chase, Grant Cramer and Simon Orange.

Brosnan serves as executive producer with Michael R Williams and The Solution’s Myles Nestel and Lisa Wilson, as well as Matthew Newman, Stephan Martiroysan, Stuart Brown and Mike Sullivan.

How To Make Love Like An Englishman boasts a brilliant
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Ben Affleck To Play A Killer "Accountant"

Ben Affleck is currently playing The Batman, but his next gig sees him in a role that's potentially far more prone to paper cuts - he's up for the lead in "The Accountant" at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Affleck is in talks to star in the action thriller which Gavin O'Connor is the favorite to direct (no official offer has yet been made). Bill Dubuque ("The Judge") penned the script about a mild-mannered accountant who moonlights as an assassin.

Stuck for several years in development, the project was at one time considered for a directorial vehicle for Mel Gibson. At another time Will Smith was attached to star.

Affleck is expected to take on the role before he directs and stars in "Live by Night" which begins filming in July next year. Kevin Scott Frakes, Lynette Howell, Raj Brinder Singh and Mark Williams are producing.

Source: Variety
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Ben Affleck Targets Action Thriller 'The Accountant'

Ben Affleck Targets Action Thriller 'The Accountant'
With Ben Affleck's Gone Girl hitting theaters this weekend and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice still in production, the actor is in talks to star in Warner Bros.' action-thriller The Accountant.

Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) is considered the studio's top choice to direct, although an official offer hasn't been made yet. The script was written by Bill Dubuque (The Judge), which follows a mild-mannered accountant who also moonlights as a deadly assassin.

The project has been floating in development for several years, with Warner Bros. first developing it as a directorial vehicle for Mel Gibson. Sony Pictures picked up the project, with Will Smith once attached to star, but it was put back into turnaround after the studio couldn't put together the right package to move forward. Sources indicate that Ben Affleck recently caught wind of the project and thought it would be a "nice change of pace
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Sing Street sells for FilmNation

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Sing Street sells for FilmNation
Exclusive: FilmNation, coming off a strong Cannes market, is close to selling out John Carney’s upcoming Sing Street, featuring music from U2’s Bono and The Edge.

Rights to Sing Street have gone for the UK (Lionsgate UK), Australia and New Zealand (Roadshow Films), France (Tfi), Germany (StudioCanal Germany), Japan (Gaga), Italy (Bim), Spain (Vertigo) and Scandinavia (Svensk).

Further deals closed in Canada (Elevation Pictures), Taiwan (Filmware International), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Singapore (Shaw Renters), Switzerland (Elite Film), Turkey (Aqua Group), Greece and Cyprus (Spentzos Film / Seven Films) and Israel (Lev Cinemas).

FilmNation CEO Glen Basner and his team also licensed rights for South Korea (Bloomage), Indonesia (Pt Amero Mitra), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), Iceland (Sam Films) and pan-Asian TV (HBO Pacific Partners).

Production is set to begin this summer on the semi-autobiographical tale of a 14-year-old Dublin boy who forms a band to cope with his troubled life and eventually runs off to London with his
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FilmNation nears Sing Street sell-out

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FilmNation nears Sing Street sell-out
Exclusive: FilmNation, coming off a spectacular Cannes market, has closed multiple territories on John Carney’s upcoming Sing Street.

Rights have gone for the UK (Lionsgate UK), Australia and New Zealand (Roadshow Films), France (Tfi), Germany (StudioCanal Germany), Japan (Gaga), Italy (Bim), Spain (Vertigo) and Scandinavia (Svensk).

Further deals closed in Canada (Elevation Pictures), Taiwan (Filmware International), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Singapore (Shaw Renters), Switzerland (Elite Film), Turkey (Aqua Group), Greece and Cyprus (Spentzos Film / Seven Films) and Israel (Lev Cinemas).

Basner and his team also licensed rights for South Korea (Bloomage), Indonesia (Pt Amero Mitra), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), Iceland (Sam Films) and pan-Asian TV (HBO Pacific Partners).

Production is set to begin this summer on the semi-autobiographical tale of a 14-year-old Dublin boy who forms a band to cope with his troubled life and eventually runs off to London with his 15-year-old girlfriend and aspiring model.

U2’s Bono and The Edge will be involved
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Cannes: First Image of Pierce Brosnan-Salma Hayek Comedy ‘How to Make Love Like an Englishman’

Cannes: First Image of Pierce Brosnan-Salma Hayek Comedy ‘How to Make Love Like an Englishman’
The Solution Entertainment Group is handling international sales at Cannes for “How to Make Love Like an Englishman.” Pierce Brosnan plays a Cambridge University professor who meets his match in Salma Hayek and is forced to re-evaluate his life of hedonistic excess after he manages to get her graduate student stepsister (Jessica Alba) pregnant.

How To Make Love Like An Englishman

Country of Origin: U.S.

Year of Production: October 2013

Status: Post production

Genre: Sexually charged and sophisticated romantic comedy

Producers: Richard B. Lewis, Beau St. Clair, Kevin Frakes

Executive Producers: Pierce Brosnan, Raj Brinder Singh, Lisa Wilson, Myles Nestel, Remington Chase

Director: Tom Vaughan (What Happens In Vegas, Extraordinary Measures)

Writer: Matthew Newman

Principal Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Jessica Alba

Synopsis: Pierce Brosnan stars as a Cambridge University professor who meets his match in Salma Hayek, and is forced to re-evaluate his life of hedonistic excess after he manages to get Jessica Alba,
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Connie Britton Replaces Sharon Stone in 'American Ultra'

Connie Britton Replaces Sharon Stone in 'American Ultra'
Last month, we reported that actress Sharon Stone was replacing Uma Thurman in the action comedy American Ultra, which is currently in production. Today, Lionsgate announced that Nashville star Connie Britton is stepping in for Sharon Stone to play Victoria Lassetter, the head of a government program who tracks down a sleeper agent, played by Jesse Eisenberg. Take a look at the official press release for more information.

Four-time Emmy-nominated Connie Britton will appear as Victoria Lasseter in Lionsgate's action comedy film American Ultra. The film started production earlier this month.

Britton, who has received accolades for her work in television and film, earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress for her role as Rayna Jaymes on Lionsgate and ABC Studios' critically-acclaimed drama Nashville, currently in its second season on ABC. After stand-out roles on series such as Spin City, 24 and The West Wing, she starred on
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Connie Britton Replaces Sharon Stone in Kristen Stewart Comedy ‘American Ultra’

Connie Britton Replaces Sharon Stone in Kristen Stewart Comedy ‘American Ultra’
Connie Britton has replaced Sharon Stone in Lionsgate’s action comedy film “American Ultra,” which recently began shooting in New Orleans.

Lionsgate acquired U.S. distribution rights in March for $7 million for “American Ultra,” starring Kirsten Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg with “Project X” director Nima Nourizadeh helming from a script by Max Landis.

Eisenberg will portray a stoner and Stewart will play his girlfriend in a small town. His life takes an unexpected turn when his past comes back to haunt him as a sleeper agent in a government operation created by Britton’s character. Stone left due to a scheduling conflict.

Britton stars in Lionsgate’s “Nashville,” currently in its second season on ABC.

Ultra”producers are Anthony Bregman, Kevin Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh, David Alpert and Britton Rizzio, with Ray Angelic as executive producer.

Britton is repped by Wme and Untitled Entertainment.
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