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Jason Katims’ True Jack Productions Hires Jeni Mulein as Head of Development

Jason Katims’ True Jack Productions Hires Jeni Mulein as Head of Development
Jason Katims has hired Jeni Mulein as the new head of development for his Universal Television-based True Jack Productions.

“I’m so excited to work with and collaborate with Jeni who has amazing creative instincts and a wonderful facility for all aspects of making television, from development through production,” said Katims.

Mulein takes over her new role from Michelle Lee, who announced in December she would leave True Jack to become creative executive at Apple Worldwide Video, the unit tasked with leading Apple’s push into series programming.

Prior to joining True Jack, Mulein oversaw scripted programming for Fullscreen’s Svod platform,
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Leslie Bibb to Join Alyson Hannigan in ABC Comedy Pilot Man of the House

Leslie Bibb to Join Alyson Hannigan in ABC Comedy Pilot Man of the House
Now this is what we call a sister act: Leslie Bibb has signed on to star alongside Alyson Hannigan in the ABC sitcom pilot Man of the House, our sister site Deadline is reporting.

The Popular and Gcb alum will join Hannigan to play recently divorced sisters who move in together to raise their children under one roof, with the eldest son serving as the de facto “man of the house.” Bibb’s character Charli is described as “a beautiful, narcissistic, possibly sociopathic man-eater who wakes up every morning looking for a fight because it’s the only thing that makes her feel alive.
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Star Wars Breakout Kelly Marie Tran to Star in Elizabeth Olsen Facebook Series

Star Wars Breakout Kelly Marie Tran to Star in Elizabeth Olsen Facebook Series
She’s fought in a galaxy far, far away — and now she’s coming to a computer near you.

Kelly Marie Tran, who had a breakout role in last year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has joined the cast of Sorry for Your Loss, an upcoming Facebook Watch series starring Elizabeth Olsen, our sister site Variety reports. Olsen stars as Leigh, a young widow reconnecting with her old friends after the death of her husband; Tran will play Leigh’s younger sister Jules, described as “the most fun girl at a party, and the hardest to live with.”

The half-hour dramedy,
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‘The Last Jedi’ Star Kelly Marie Tran Joins Elizabeth Olsen Facebook Series (Exclusive)

‘The Last Jedi’ Star Kelly Marie Tran Joins Elizabeth Olsen Facebook Series (Exclusive)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” breakout Kelly Marie Tran has been cast in a lead role for Elizabeth Olsen’s upcoming series for Facebook Watch, Variety has learned exclusively.

The 10-episode series, now entitled “Sorry for Your Loss,” is a dark comedy that explores the life of young widow Leigh Gibbs (Olsen) as she deals with the grief of losing her husband while reconnecting with relationships of her past.

Tran will star as Jules, Leigh’s younger sister. The character is described as the most fun girl at a party, and the hardest to live with. In the face of her brother-in-law’s death,
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Baftas 2018: The best speeches

Baftas 2018: The best speeches
#TimesUp was praised by many winners, as was the strength of British filmmaking talent.

The 71st British Academy of Film and Televison Arts awards took place on Sunday 18 February, with the gender equality #TimesUp movement the dominant theme of the evening (along with some well-timed jokes from Joanna Lumley).

Below are some of the interesting quotes and speeches from the ceremony.

Joanna Lumley - host

“This ceremony is not just about the famous people…but let’s have a look at the famous people here tonight!”

Gary Oldman’s ability to transform himself was visible in his other roles this year - Yoda, Wonder Woman and Lego Batman”

“Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool - the reason all of tonight’s nominees have been house-hunting on Merseyside”

”The exceedingly charming Hugh Grant is in the building. Quite how Hugh managed to portray a vain and egocentric actor is honestly
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Who Is Kelly Marie Tran? Meet the Actress Who's Making Star Wars History

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Who Is Kelly Marie Tran? Meet the Actress Who's Making Star Wars History
Star Wars: The Last Jedi doesn't hit theaters until Dec. 15, but everyone is already talking about the movie's breakout star: Kelly Marie Tran. The 28-year-old has actually been acting since 2011, but The Last Jedi is Kelly's first major movie role. In fact, Kelly admits she's still adjusting to the overnight fame. "I just still can't believe it's all happening," she recently gushed to People. "I keep having to remind myself that I'm in a movie. I'll just go to La Fitness and go to Ralph's and go to the grocery store and nobody knows who I am. Then I come to these events and I'm living this weird Hannah Montana life." Keep reading to get to know Kelly before she blows up. RelatedKelly Marie Tran's Emotional Star Wars Premiere Night Will Make Your Cold Heart Beat Again She is the newest member of the Star Wars franchise. In The Last Jedi,
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‘Lean on Pete’ Trailer: ’45 Years’ Director Andrew Haigh Returns With a Powerful Coming-of-Age Story

‘Lean on Pete’ Trailer: ’45 Years’ Director Andrew Haigh Returns With a Powerful Coming-of-Age Story
In his acclaimed directorial efforts “Weekend” and “45 Years,” Andrew Haigh has proved to be a master at investigating the intimate depths of human relationships. “Lean on Pete” represents a new kind of challenge in that its tells the story of a teenager’s connection with a horse, but Haigh still approaches this relationship with his trademark humanism.

Read More:‘Lean on Pete’ Review: Andrew Haigh Delivers an Understated Coming-of-Age Story About a Boy and His Horse

Lean on Pete” is adapted from the novel of the same name by Willy Vlautin. Charlie Plummer stars as 15-year-old Charley Thompson, who moves to Portland, Oregon with his father and befriends the workers at a local racetrack for horses. Charley gets a job looking after an aging Quarter Horse named Lean On Pete and bonds with its owner (Steve Buscemi) and jockey (Chloë Sevigny). When the teenager is ordered to bring Pete to the slaughterhouse,
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Courtney B. Vance Joins Julia Roberts in 'Ben Is Back'

Courtney B. Vance Joins Julia Roberts in 'Ben Is Back'
Courtney B. Vance will join Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges in the drama Ben Is Back.

Hedges' father, filmmaker Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape, About a Boy), wrote and will direct the feature that takes place over 24 hours, following the charming-but-troubled Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben’s wary mother, Holly (Roberts), welcomes her beloved son, but soon learns that he is still in harm’s way.

Vance will play Holly’s husband and Ben's stepfather, whose philosophy on how to handle his stepson puts him at direct odds with his...
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Michel Gondry Directs a Magical Christmas Ad About a Boy and His Monster

Michel Gondry Directs a Magical Christmas Ad About a Boy and His Monster
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you crossed Monsters, Inc. with Where the Wild Things Are and that one melancholy childhood flashback scene from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? Well, that’s essentially what this Michel Gondry-directed Christmas advertisement boils down to. It’s sweet, surreal, and a little bit sad. Yep, that’s Christmas in a nutshell. Michel Gondry […]

The post Michel Gondry Directs a Magical Christmas Ad About a Boy and His Monster appeared first on /Film.
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‘Big Little Lies’ Kathryn Newton Joins Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges In ‘Ben Is Back’

‘Big Little Lies’ Kathryn Newton Joins Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges In ‘Ben Is Back’
Exclusive: Kathryn Newton, who recently starred as Reese Witherspoon’s rebellious daughter in HBO’s multiple Emmy-winning series Big Little Lies, has just been cast along side Julia Roberts and Manchester By the Sea’s Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges in Ben Is Back. The drama is scripted and will be directed by Peter Hedges, the What's Eating Gilbert Grape novelist-screenwriter, About a Boy scribe and Pieces of April and Dan In Real Life director. Hedges is also the father of…
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Greenlit: Julia Roberts and Ryan Murphy Projects Staff Up to Film This Year + More

Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! “Ben is Back”Julia Roberts and “Manchester by the Sea” breakout star Lucas Hedges will star together in a drama directed and written by Hedges’ father Peter Hedges. Peter Hedges’ recent work includes “Dan in Real Life,” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” and other past works include, “Pieces of April,” “About a Boy,” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” The story follows Lucas Hedges as a troubled son who returns to his family for Christmas when his mother learns he is in harm’s way and must aid in the family’s survival. No other talent is attached, and no casting director has been announced, but Hedges has consistently worked with Telsey + Co on past films.
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Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges to Star in Drama ‘Ben Is Back’

Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges to Star in Drama ‘Ben Is Back’
Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges will star as mother and son in the family drama “Ben Is Back,” to be directed by Hedges’ real-life father, Peter Hedges.

Lucas Hedges, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in “Manchester by the Sea,” will portray a charming yet troubled man who returns home to his unsuspecting family on Christmas Eve. His wary mother welcomes her beloved son’s return, but soon learns that he is still very much in harm’s way.

Color Force and Black Bear Pictures are producing alongside the elder Hedges, with 30West and Black Bear fully financing the project. CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for the movie, will represent U.S. rights. Sierra/Affinity will be handling international rights at the American Film Market, which opens Nov. 1 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Production is set to begin this December in New York.

Roberts stars in the upcoming drama “Wonder,” opposite [link=nm
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Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges to Star in Drama 'Ben is Back'

Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges to Star in Drama 'Ben is Back'
Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges are set to star in the homecoming drama Ben Is Back.

Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape, About a Boy) wrote and will direct the feature that takes place over 24 hours, following the charming-but-troubled Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben’s wary mother, Holly Burns (Roberts), welcomes her beloved son, but soon learns that he is still in harm’s way.

Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson's Color Force and Teddy Schwarzman's Black Bear Pictures are producing alongside the elder Hedges. 30West and Black Bear will fully finance...
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Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For Black Bear & 30West-Backed ‘Ben Is Back’

Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For Black Bear & 30West-Backed ‘Ben Is Back’
Exclusive: Julia Roberts and Manchester By the Sea Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges are set to star in Ben Is Back. The drama is scripted and will be directed by Peter Hedges, the What’s Eating Gilbert Grape novelist-screenwriter, About a Boy scribe and Pieces of April and Dan In Real Life director who is the father of Lucas. The drama follows the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben's wary mother…
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Amazon Scraps Expensive David O. Russell Drama In Light of Weinstein Scandal

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Amazon Scraps Expensive David O. Russell Drama In Light of Weinstein Scandal
Amazon made a pricey $160 million bet on a new series from director David O. Russell starring Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro. But now it’s folding those cards.

The streaming service announced late Friday that the untitled project wouldn’t be moving forward in light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Weinstein Co. was a producer on the untitled series, the details of which had been kept under wraps. The decision to cancel production also came a day after Amazon Studios boss Roy Price, who picked up the show, was placed on indefinite leave due to sexual harassment allegations.

Read More:Amazon Reconsidering Weinstein Co. Series, Including Expensive David O. Russell Drama, In Assault Scandal Aftermath

“We support Amazon’s decision as in light of recent news and out of respect for all those affected we have decided together that it is best to not move forward with this show,” Russell,
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Liza Chasin Exits Working Title After 26 Years

Liza Chasin Exits Working Title After 26 Years
Liza Chasin, president of the U.S. operations of U.K.-based Working Title, is departing the company after 26 years.

Working Title co-chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner made the announcement to staff in an email on Monday. The missive included a note from Chasin, who said she is moving on to an unspecified gig elsewhere: “Now, I am very excited for my next chapter, where I will continue to create original content with great talent.”

Chasin joined Working Title in 1991 as its director of development and was promoted to vice president of production and development. She became president of the company in 1996.

Her credits include Cate Blanchett’s “Elizabeth,” 2001’s “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” 2002’s “About a Boy,” “Les Miserables,” “The Danish Girl,” “Victoria & Abdul,” and Edgar Wright’s “At World’s End,” “Baby Driver,” and his upcoming “The Darkest Hour,” starring Gary Oldman.

Read the note from Bevan and Fellner below.

Dear Colleagues,
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‘Ex Libris — The New York Public Library’ Review: The Best Thing to Happen to Libraries Since the Dewey Decimal System

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‘Ex Libris — The New York Public Library’ Review: The Best Thing to Happen to Libraries Since the Dewey Decimal System
Most of Frederick Wiseman’s films are long, but very few of them — possibly none — are too long. There’s a good reason for that. Actually, there are a lot of good reasons for that, but one tends to rise above the rest: Boredom is fundamentally antithetical to his work. Cinematically vivisecting American institutions since 1967, Wiseman has been able to sustain interest throughout endless documentary epics like “At Berkeley” and “Belfast, Maine” because his observational approach insists that drama is woven into the fabric of everyday life, and because his shrewd instinct for non-linear storytelling proves that point beyond any shadow of a doubt. His best films frame reality in a way that allows us to see it more clearly through his camera than we can with the naked eye,. All of his films are his best films.

All the same, the hypnotic and thoroughly essential “Ex Libris — The New
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‘Victoria & Abdul’ Review: Judi Dench-Starring Historical Drama Is Only Half a Story — Venice

‘Victoria & Abdul’ Review: Judi Dench-Starring Historical Drama Is Only Half a Story — Venice
Stephen Frears’ “Victoria & Abdul” is an otherwise benignly toothless, pleasantly glossy affair, but it does force us to confront one tricky question: When treating a subject as fraught as British imperial rule, when does a film’s benign inoffensiveness become offensive in and of itself? Still, that’s about the only food for thought in what is at once a breezy, lion-in-winter vehicle for Judi Dench in queen-mode and a “Lifestyles of the Rich and Noble” bit of wealth porn, and not much more.

Dench is back as Queen Victoria, returning to a role she had previously played in John Madden’s “Mrs. Brown,” a film that must have not only inspired Frears and screenwriter Lee Hall, but acted as their foundational text. Little is known about the very real relationship that existed between the aging monarch and her advisor Abdul Karim, and so Hall has essentially grafted their story
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‘Loving Vincent’ Review: The World’s First Oil-Painted Feature is a Truly Insane Vincent van Gogh Tribute — Telluride

‘Loving Vincent’ Review: The World’s First Oil-Painted Feature is a Truly Insane Vincent van Gogh Tribute — Telluride
Vladimir Nakobov’s 1938 novel “Laughter in the Dark” begins with its rich and horny (but happily married) hero arriving at the vision that will ultimately ruin his life. A retired art critic with cinematic aspirations, old Albinus is struck by the idea of taking a famous painter, “preferably of the Dutch School,” and animating one of his signature works into the stuff of motion pictures. Film technology was still in its infancy, and it made anything seem possible. What if someone could use it to breathe new life into a static canvas, adding new dimensions to the artist’s vision and illustrating what might have happened in the moments before and after the one that was immortalized in oil?

Albinus, to his credit, recognized the unique challenges that might be involved in such an endeavor. “It would entail a delicacy of work calling for novel improvements in the method of animation,
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