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Helen Hunt Signs With UTA

Helen Hunt Signs With UTA
UTA has signed actress, writer, producer and director Helen Hunt.

Hunt’s expansive body of work includes projects spanning across film, theater and television. On the film side, Hunt will next star Netflix’s “Candy Jar” opposite Christina Hendricks and Uzo Aduba. Currently, she can be seen in theaters in the drama “The Miracle Season.”

Hunt has starred in countless iconic films, including “As Good As It Gets” opposite Jack Nicholson for which she won an Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for her role. Her repertoire of classic features includes starring roles in “What Women Want,” “Castaway,” and “A Good Woman.”

Additionally, Hunt’s performance in “The Sessions” scored her nominations for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA Awards and earned her an Independent Spirit Award for supporting actress.

On the television side, she was recently seen in the Fox drama “Shots Fired” alongside Sanaa Lathan,
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Oscar Winner Helen Hunt Signs With UTA

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United Talent Agency has signed actress, writer, producer and director Helen Hunt in all areas, the agency announced Thursday.

The Academy Award winner’s signing follows reports that she is seeking to reboot her star-making sitcom “Mad About You,” which is big business on the heels of Roseanne Barr’s resurrection. Hunt was previously repped by CAA for 25 years.

Hunt delivered an iconic performance in James L Brooks’ “Mad About You” and “As Good As It Gets” opposite Jack Nicholson for which she won an Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for her role. Additionally, Hunt’s performance in “The Sessions” was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA Awards and earned her an Independent Spirit Award for “Best Supporting Female.”

Also Read: Ex-Weinstein Company TV Exec Megan Spanjian Joins UTA

Hunt will next star Netflix’s “Candy Jar” opposite Christina Hendricks and Uzo Aduba. Currently, she can be seen in theaters in the drama “The Miracle Season.”

Additionally, Hunt transitioned behind the camera into directing with the feature “Then She Found Me” which Hunt co-wrote, produced and starred in opposite Colin Firth, Matthew Broderick and Bette Midler. She additionally wrote, directed, produced and starred in the comedy film “Ride.” More recently, Hunt has directed episodes of Ryan Murphy’s “Feud: Bette and Joan,” CBS’s “Life In Pieces,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” Showtime’s “House Of Lies” and “Californication” as well as ABC’s “Revenge,” “Splitting Up Together” and “For the People.”

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Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder Reunite for Destination Wedding

Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder Reunite for Destination Wedding
It's the reunion we've waited a lifetime for. Well, not really. The usually stellar Keanu Reeves and the always welcome Wynona Ryder first appeared together in one of Revees' most critically derided and divisive movies. One his most hardcore fans find hard to defend. Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula. Now, the pair are ready to give the world another taste of their unique chemistry, and it allows both actors to return to a genre they long ago abandoned, the romantic comedy. This is actually pretty exciting.

Keanu Reeves (The Matrix trilogy, John Wick, John Wick: Chapter Two) and Academy Award Nominee and Golden Globe Winner Winona Ryder (Girl Interrupted, Stranger Things) will star in Victor Levin's (5 to 7) comedy Destination Wedding, from Levin's original script. Sunshine Pictures' Gail Lyon is producing with Two Camel Films' Elizabeth Dell. Robert Jones is producing for The Fyzz Facility, which is fully financing the film.
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Winona Ryder And Keanu Reeves To Star In Destination Wedding

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Keanu Reeves (The Matrix trilogy, John Wick, John Wick: Chapter Two) and Academy Award® Nominee and Golden Globe® Winner Winona Ryder (Girl Interrupted, Stranger Things) will star in Victor Levin’s (5 to 7) comedy Destination Wedding, from Levin’s original script. Sunshine PicturesGail Lyon is producing with Two Camel Films’ Elizabeth Dell. Robert Jones is producing for The Fyzz Facility, which is fully financing the film. Elevated’s Cassian Elwes and The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey are executive producing. Principal photography recently wrapped in central California.

Destination Wedding tells the story of two miserable and unpleasant wedding guests, both pariahs at this affair, who develop a mutual affection despite themselves. But to act on those feelings would be to trust hope over experience, a foolish choice indeed.

Destination Wedding sees Reeves and Ryder renew a fan-favorite on-screen partnership that began with
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Alice Arlen, ‘Silkwood’ Screenwriter, Dies at 75

Alice Arlen, who was Oscar nominated for co-writing “Silkwood” with Nora Ephron, died Monday in Manhattan. She was 75.

Mike Nichols directed the 1983 film that told the story of Karen Silkwood, a lab worker who was killed in a suspicious car crash on her way to meet a reporter. Meryl Streep played Silkwood, who was attempting to expose dangerous radiation levels at the nuclear plant where she worked.

Arlen, who came from a family of prominent journalists, began her career as a journalist. After “Silkwood,” she took on another film based on true events, Louis Malle’s “Alamo Bay.” It was the story of the conflict in the Gulf of Mexico between Vietnamese immigrants and Texas shrimp fishermen.

Arlen and Ephron also collaborated on Susan Seidelman’s 1989 “Cookie,” about the daughter of a Mafia boss, on which Arlen was executive producer. Her other screenplays included the 2002 film “The Weight of Water,
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Helen Hunt’s 'Drama' set for 10th Omdc Iff

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Helen Hunt’s 'Drama' set for 10th Omdc Iff
Nearly 60 international and Canadian producers will head to the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s (Omdc) annual International Financing Forum in Toronto.

The 10th anniversary edition of Omdc’s International Financing Forum (Iff), a feature co-financing market for English-language projects, will run Sept 13-14 during Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20).

The projects include Drama, the third feature to be directed by Oscar-winning Us actress Helen Hunt, written by Justin W. Lo (‘Mistresses’).

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The two-day event includes one-on-one meetings, an industry panel discussion, roundtable meetings, a networking luncheon, and a producers’ opening night networking reception.

Iff partners include Telefilm Canada, UK Trade and Investment (Ukti) and new sponsor Canadian Media Producers Association (Cmpa).

More than 750 meetings will be scheduled for the 37 producer teams (20 Canadian projects and 17 international projects).

In total, 56 producers have been selected to participate in the programme from countries including: Australia, Germany, India, Israel, Spain, Uganda
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Ride | Review

Ride of Passage: Hunt’s Belated Sophomore Effort Crests Waves of Cliché

Perhaps the most surprising element of note in Helen Hunt’s Ride is the fact that this is her sophomore directorial effort following the 2007 debut Then She Found Me. While the previous film was adapted from a celebrated novel by Elinor Lipman, Hunt concocts her own original scenario here, serving as director, screenwriter, star, and producer. Painfully pedestrian and awkwardly rendered, Hunt’s film devolves into a nagging, ho-hum situational dramedy that spends entirely too much time focused on its anal-retentive protagonist’s break from an elitist shell of pretension rather than the central relationship upon which the narrative’s flaky emotional core is hinged.

Jackie (Hunt), a single, overly determined mother that works as an editor at The New Yorker, is about to see her 18 year old son Angelo (Brenton Thwaites) off to college. But upon going
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“There are Medium and Little-Sized Movies about People, and There are Big Movies About Robots”: Helen Hunt on Ride

As an actress, Helen Hunt has thrived in the entertainment industry for over four decades. She’s won an Oscar, Golden Globe Awards and Primetime Emmys. She has succeeded on a large scale as both a film and a television actress, which is no small feat considering that, until recently, film and television actors have been largely kept in distinct and relatively immutable categories. Hunt has been directing for years, too, from episodes of Mad About You to her first feature film in 2007, Then She Found Me. But not until her latest effort, Ride, has she taken it upon herself […]
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“There are Medium and Little-Sized Movies about People, and There are Big Movies About Robots”: Helen Hunt on Ride

As an actress, Helen Hunt has thrived in the entertainment industry for over four decades. She’s won an Oscar, Golden Globe Awards and Primetime Emmys. She has succeeded on a large scale as both a film and a television actress, which is no small feat considering that, until recently, film and television actors have been largely kept in distinct and relatively immutable categories. Hunt has been directing for years, too, from episodes of Mad About You to her first feature film in 2007, Then She Found Me. But not until her latest effort, Ride, has she taken it upon herself […]
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Film Review: ‘Ride’

Film Review: ‘Ride’
The image of Helen Hunt determinedly trying to climb onto a surfboard — looking clumsy, tired and frustrated, yet refusing to accept defeat — is irresistible enough to offset some of the more wobbly missteps in “Ride,” an alternately endearing and exasperating dramedy that represents the actress’s first directorial outing in the eight years since “Then She Found Me.” Warm and engaging when it focuses on Hunt as an uptight New Yorker learning to mellow out on the beaches of Los Angeles, the film turns gratingly forced whenever her naive, angsty son steps into the frame, occasioning so much shrill, self-involved mother-son bickering you long for a tidal wave to come along and sweep them both out to sea. Fortunately, calmer waters ultimately prevail, and with its calculated, crowd-pleasing elements, this labor-of-love effort should earn some fans as it makes its way through the distribution pipelines.

The first scene in “Ride
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See Ride trailer: Brenton Thwaites, Helen Hunt star in family drama

See Ride trailer: Brenton Thwaites, Helen Hunt star in family drama
Academy Award winner Helen Hunt and The Giver's Brenton Thwaites play mother and son in the new drama Ride.

Hunt wrote, directed and stars in Ride as a mother who travels from New York to California to convince her son not to drop out of school.

Jackie (Hunt) tries to conquer surfing when her son reveals his ambition to become a professional surfer, and soon finds romance with a charming instructor (The Skeleton Twins star Luke Wilson).

Ride is Hunt's directorial follow-up to her 2007 feature film debut Then She Found Me.

The movie includes a supporting role for Richard Kind, who starred with Hunt on the 1990s NBC sitcom Mad About You.

Ride opens later in the year in the Us.
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First Trailer for 'Ride' Indie Directed by and Starring Helen Hunt

Since Helen Hunt hasn't been super busy in front of the camera, the star of The Sessions, Pay It Forward and As Good As It Gets has decided to get back behind the camera for a new comedy called Ride. The actress also stars in the film she wrote about a woman who follows her college dropout son (Brenton Thwaites of The Giver and The Signal) to Los Angeles as he pursues a life of surfing. Of course, this ends up being a life-changing experience for her as well. It seems like it's trying too hard to be a typical indie story self-discovery, but kudos to Hunt for taking the initiative to write and direct a film for herself to star. Here's the first trailer for Helen Hunt's Ride from PopcornFlix: Ride is written and directed by Helen Hunt (director of Then She Found Me, star of The Sessions
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Helen Hunt’s Life Goes For a Ride In Comedy’s Trailer, Poster and Stills

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Helen Hunt’s Life Goes For a Ride In Comedy’s Trailer, Poster and Stills
Helen Hunt is undergoing a major exploration of self-discovery in the newly released trailer, poster and stills from her upcoming comedy, ‘Ride.’ The film’s assets have been released by the comedy’s distribution company, Screen Media Films, in anticipation of its release on May 1 in theaters and on VOD. ‘Ride’ marks the second feature film the Academy Award-winning actress has written and directed, after the 2007 romantic comedy-drama, ‘Then She Found Me.’ She also stars in her writing and directorial follow-up movie, which also features Luke Wilson, Brenton Thwaites, and David Zayas. The following synopsis for ‘Ride’ has been released by Screen Media Films: In ‘Ride,’ when an editor from [ Read More ]

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Helen Hunt’s ‘Ride’ Sells Most Major Territories (Exclusive)

Helen Hunt’s ‘Ride’ Sells Most Major Territories (Exclusive)
Picked up by Screen Media Films for the U.S., then brought on to the international market at November’s American Film Market, “Ride” – which is written and directed by Helen Hunt, who also stars — has closed nearly two-thirds of major territories worldwide.

Regarded distributors Wild Bunch (Germany), Lionsgate UK (U.K./(Ireland), DeAPlaneta (Spain) and Madman (Australia/New Zealand) feature among buyers.

Focusing on story-driven movies for sophisticated audiences (“Y tu mama también,” Stephen Frears’ “Tamara Drewe”), Smile has licensed Scandinavia. T Cast, a buyer of large crossover distributor (“Amour,” “”Clouds of Sils Maria”), has clinched South Korea. Globo TV has acquired Brazilian rights.

Also starring with Luke Wilson and Brenton Thwaites (“Maleficent,” “The Giver”), “Ride” is sold by Robert Beaumont’s Santa Monica-based sales-financing company Ultramedia and Marina Fuentes’ Madrid-based 6 Sales. Further first-phase deals include Turkey and Greece (Tanweer), a now significant market, Dexin Film for former-Yugoslavia, and
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Afm: 6 Sales Boards Helen Hunt’s ‘The Ride’ (Exclusive)

Afm: 6 Sales Boards Helen Hunt’s ‘The Ride’ (Exclusive)
Madrid – Adding a high-profile title to its American Film Market slate, Madrid-based 6 Sales will team with UltraMedia to sell international rights to “Ride,” a self-discovery comedy written and directed by Helen Hunt.

6 Sales and Ultramedia will introduce the title to buyers in Santa Monica, where it has its market premiere, receiving two screenings.

Hunt also plays the lead role in “Ride” – starring with Luke Wilson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Legally Blonde”) and Brenton Thwaites (“Maleficent,” “The Giver”) – as a New Yorker Magazine editor who moves to L.A. after her son drops out of college to find himself. There, she embarks on her own journey of self discovery, letting go as she befriends a limo diver (David Zayas), re-discovers her sexuality with a younger surf instructor (Wilson) and begins to mend her fractured relationship with her son (Thwaites).

“I made this movie for mothers, sons, fathers, daughters, surfers and people who
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Helen Hunt’s Surf Comedy ‘Ride’ Gets North American Distribution

Helen Hunt’s Surf Comedy ‘Ride’ Gets North American Distribution
Screen Media Films has acquired North American rights to Helen Hunt’s comedy “Ride,” which stars Hunt, Brenton Thwaites, Luke Wilson and David Zayas.

Screen Media will release the film in theaters nationwide in the second quarter of 2015.

Ride” is the second film Hunt has directed, following “Then She Found Me” in 2007. She portrays an editor from The New Yorker who follows her son (Thwaites) to Los Angeles after he drops out of college to surf. Hunt’s character rediscovers her sexuality with a surf instructor, played by Wilson.

“I made this movie for mothers, sons, fathers, daughters, surfers and people who fall apart and come back together,” she said. “Screen Media is the perfect place to get ‘Ride’ to its audience.”

Hunt also produced and wrote the script. Other producers are Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder, Greg Little and Moon Blauner.

Executive producers are Louise Runge, Samantha Housman, Matthew Carnahan,
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Helen Hunt’s ‘Ride’ Gets Screen Media Deal

Helen Hunt’s ‘Ride’ Gets Screen Media Deal
Screen Media Films has closed a deal for North American distribution rights to Ride, the film Helen Hunt wrote, directed and produced, and stars in alongside Brenton Thwaites, Luke Wilson, and David Zayas. Pic is Hunt’s follow-up to her helming debut Then She Found Me. In this comedy, she plays an editor from The New Yorker who follows her son (Thwaites) to La after he drops out of college to surf and find himself, but she ends up being the one thrust into a sea change of self-discovery. She befriends a limo driver (Zayas) and soon rediscovers her sexuality with a younger surf instructor (Wilson) and begins to heal her fractured relationship with her son and herself. Sandbar Pictures, Abandon Features, Big Block Ventures and @TheMovies Entertainment financed and UltraMedia is handling foreign sales.

“I made this movie for mothers, sons, fathers, daughters, surfers and people who fall apart and come back together,
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Helen Hunt-Directed Dramedy ‘Ride’ Acquired by Screen Media

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Helen Hunt-Directed Dramedy ‘Ride’ Acquired by Screen Media
Screen Media announced on Tuesday that it was going for a “Ride” with Oscar-winning actress and filmmaker Helen Hunt. The independent distributor has acquired her second movie as a director, which is a follow-up to 2007's “Then She Found Me.” See also: Aaron Paul, Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton Fight Breast Cancer in ‘Decoding Annie Parker’ Trailer (Video) The film is about “an editor from The New Yorker magazine (Helen Hunt) follows her son (Brenton Thwaites) to La after he drops out of college to surf and find himself, she ends up being the one thrust into a sea change of self-discovery.
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what’s on Netflix UK, Amazon UK Instant Video, BBC iPlayer (from Jun 16)

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

new to stream

Upstream Color: a confounding intellectual mystery, an enigmatic philosophical science fantasy that’s like a cinematic Moebius strip; it must be experienced to be appreciated, even as it defies full understanding [my review] [at Netflix] The Frozen Ground: in a rote cat-and-mouse cop-and-serial-killer story, Vanessa Hudgens’ “victim” is far more compelling than either cop Nicolas Cage or killer John Cusack [my review] [at Netflix] Vacancy: Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale are trapped in the creepiest motel ever; the first Hollywood film from Nimród Antal [at Netflix]

recent movies new to streaming

Endless Love: shockingly not terrible, and says some things that need to be said more often, like how dads do not own their teenaged daughters [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] The Pretty One: far too blithe and cheery, yet nowhere near madcap and comic enough, for its potentially powerful switched-twins
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Helen Hunt Spotted In Swimsuit For New Film

Helen Hunt Spotted In Swimsuit For New Film
Helen Hunt is doing it all for her upcoming film.

On Monday, photographers snapped photos of the 50-year-old actress, who was hard at work filming the new movie "Ride," which she not only wrote, but is also directing and producing.

In the film, Hunt plays a magazine editor who discovers her son has dropped out of college to become a surfer. Her character follows the boy to California, where she meets a surf instructor, played by Luke Wilson.

Since "Ride" is all about surf and sand, Hunt should be spending the much of the following weeks beachside in swimsuits and wetsuits, as she's taking on the challenge of directing and starring in a film for the second time. (She was also in charge of the 2007 feature "Then She Found Me.")
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