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Magnolia Pictures Acquires 'Life Partners' Starring Leighton Meester

Magnolia Pictures Acquires 'Life Partners' Starring Leighton Meester
Magnolia Pictures has acquired the U.S. rights to Susanna Fogel’s "Life Partners," starring Leighton Meester ("Gossip Girl"), Gillian Jacobs ("Community"), Adam Brody ("Some Girl(s)") and Gabourey Sidibe ("Precious"), from Red Crown Productions. The film, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, was written by Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, whose other collaborations include the series "Chasing Life" and the pilot "Washingtonienne," and came out of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Read More: Susanna Fogel Examines a Complex Female Friendship in "Life Partners" "Life Partners" tells the story of straight Paige (Jacobs) and lesbian Sasha (Meester), who are best friends in their late 20s. When Paige meets Tim (Brody), the friends' relationship changes. "Susanna is a great comedic talent, and we are so happy to be bringing her film to audiences," said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles in a statement.
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Magnolia Picks Up 'Life Partners' Starring Leighton Meester

Magnolia Picks Up 'Life Partners' Starring Leighton Meester
The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures has acquired the Us rights for Susanna Fogel's Life Partners following its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film, from Red Crown Productions and Haven Entertainment, stars Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Adam Brody (Some Girl(s), The O.C.) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious, American Horror Story: Coven). Life Partners was written by Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, whose other collaborations include the series Chasing Life and the pilot Washingtonienne, and came out of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

Straight Paige (Jacobs) and lesbian Sasha (Meester) are codependent best friends in their late 20s who have spent the last ten years acting more like wives than friends: they talk to each other on the toilet; they drive each other to the doctor. And as with any good marriage, they're a perfect yin and yang. Until the night Paige meets Tim (Brody
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Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs Movie ‘Life Partners’ Acquired by Magnolia

Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs Movie ‘Life Partners’ Acquired by Magnolia
Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Susanna Fogel's “Life Partners” following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, the company announced Friday. Red Crown Productions and Haven Entertainment produced the film, which stars Leighton Meester (“Gossip Girl”), Gillian Jacobs (“Community”), Adam Brody (“”The O.C.”) and Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”). Also read: Mark Feuerstein, Kate McKinnon, Julie White Join Indie Comedy ‘Life Partners’ (Exclusive) Developed within the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, “Life Partners” was written by Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, whose other collaborations include the series “Chasing Life” and the pilot “Washingtonienne.” Straight Paige (Jacobs) and lesbian Sasha (Meester
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ABC Family To Order Drama Pilot ‘Terminales’, Two Comedy Pilots

Exclusive: I’ve learned that ABC Family is finalizing deals for three pilot orders — to drama Terminales and comedies Phys Ed and Continuing Fred. They will join the network’s recently picked up drama pilots: multi-ethnic family show The Fosters, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, and Socio, about a teen psychopath. Terminales is an adaptation of the Mexican drama series created and produced by Miguel Angel Fox. Described as “Sex And The City if Carrie Bradshaw was dying of cancer,” Terminales follows a young woman’s life after she is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Lionsgate TV and Kapital Entertainment are producing; Aaron Kaplan is executive producing; Paul Presburger is overseeing for Televisa, which owns the format. ABC Family originally put the project in development in August 2011. In April, it brought in new writers — Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, creators of the HBO comedy pilot Washingtonienne – to write a new script,
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ABC Family’s ‘Terminales’ Adaptation Taps New Writers

Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, creators of the HBO comedy pilot Washingtonienne, have come on board to write an adaptation of the Mexican drama series Terminales for ABC Family. The hire seems appropriate as Terminales is sometimes described as “Sex and the City‘if Carrie Bradshaw was dying of cancer” and Sarah Jessica Parker, who played Bradshaw on the hit HBO comedy, developed and executive produced Washingtonienne. Created and produced by Miguel Angel Fox, Terminales chronicles the life of young and successful publicist April Marquez who is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Fogel and Lefkowitz replace Del Shores who was originally tapped to write the project. Lionsgate TV and Kapital Entertainment are producing Terminales. Aaron Kaplan is executive producing; Paul Presburger is overseeing for Televisa which owns the format.
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'Cloverfield' Star Set for Black Sheep & Firefly's 'Unscreened'

'Cloverfield' Star Set for Black Sheep & Firefly's 'Unscreened'
Black Sheep Entertainment has teamed with Firefly: Theater & Films to produce "Unscreened," a series of four short plays written by some of Hollywood's hottest female writing talent, including Emily Halpern ("Private Practice"), Leslye Headland ("Terriers"), Beth Schacter ("Normal Adolescent Behavior") and Susanna Fogel & Joni Lefkowitz ("Washingtonienne"). The cast features "Cloverfield" star Michael Stahl-David, Adrianne Palicki (TV's "Friday Night Lights"), Shannon Woodward ("Raising Hope"), Zosia Mamet ("Mad Men") Sarah Agor, Will Greenberg, Julia Garro, Scott Kradolfer, Jesse Williams and Firefly principal Steven Klein. Halpern, Schacter and Fogel are directing the plays,
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'Grey's Anatomy' Exclusive First Look: Jesse Williams (nearly) naked!

'Grey's Anatomy' Exclusive First Look: Jesse Williams (nearly) naked!
In what’s bound to be Grey’s Anatomy’s most talked about character reveal since Eric Dane’s McSteamy stepped out of that infamous shower four years ago, Jackson Avery—as played by Jesse Williams—will ditch his scrubs in the Oct. 14 episode during a tense confrontation with his supervisor, Teddy (Kim Raver). But before you call the Gratuitous Nudity Police, know that he has a serious medical reason for doing so: He tries (and fails) to use his impressive body of work to get ahead.

“He and Teddy butt heads throughout the episode and it leads to a faceoff,
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The 2010 Gay TV Pilot Round-Up!

Ever wonder how TV shows are born? Well, when a Mommy TV show and a Daddy TV show love each other very much, they start to kiss and rub their bodies together, and then they...

Wait, scratch that. Wrong explanation.

The truth is, all year long, broadcast and cable networks hear pitches from writers and producers, which they then commission into actual scripts. Every winter and spring, they order some of these scripts to "pilot," which means the show is cast and a "pilot" episode is shot.

This does not mean that the show is necessarily ever going to make it on air. Pilots are ordered precisely so the networks can decide whether they want to invest in them. From the pilot, they can see how the show looks, whether or not it "works," and whether casting changes are necessary. Case in point, last year Fox passed on Ron Moore
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Is Sarah Jessica Parker Spread Too Thin?

If you ask Manhattan's female authors--specifically of the urban chick-lit genre--whom they would want to option their novels, the answer is often Sarah Jessica Parker. They would also like her to produce the film adaptation, star in it, and maybe even have a say in the wardrobe, if she has a spare moment. This has made Ms. Parker, 44, very busy. Currently in development at her production company, Pretty Matches, is The Washingtonienne, an HBO comedy series about the lives of three 20-something women working on Capital Hill, based on Jessica Cutler's naughty novel of the same title; The Late Bloomer's Revolution, a film adaptation of Amy Cohen's memoir about how she and her father both entered the dating world after the death of her mother; and a Project Runway--style art competition picked up by Bravo a year ago. Just last...
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British helmer has Columbia's 'Number'

British helmer has Columbia's 'Number'
Mark Mylod has signed to direct "What's Your Number?" Columbia's romantic comedy starring Anna Faris. Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson of Contrafilm are producing the pic, previously titled "20 Times a Lady."

"Number" centers on a woman who treks through her sexual past to find Mr. Right, exploring the idea of sexual quotas and whether such numbers matter.

Jennifer Crittenden and Gabrielle Allan wrote the script, based on Karyn Bosnak's book.

Sam Dickerman and Adam Milano are overseeing the project for the studio.

British director Mylod helmed "Ali G Indahouse" before moving stateside with HBO's "Entourage," on which he was a director and co-executive producer. He worked on Showtime's "United States of Tara" and recently finished "Washingtonienne," the HBO comedy pilot exec produced by Sarah Jessica Parker.
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Mann and Banks Set for What Was I Thinking?

Leslie Mann and Elizabeth Banks are set to star in the comedy What Was I Thinking? for New line, report the trades. The flick is based on the book of the same name by Barbara Davilman and Liz Dubelman and compiles 58 bad boyfriend stories. The film version sees a woman getting dumped during her engagement party, causing her friends to spring into action and whisk her away on a ski trip for healing and hedonism. Four flashbacks dealing in "worst ex-boyfriend" tales, threaded by the adventures on the ski trip, follow. Mann would play a woman who dates a lot but never seems to have serious relationships, while Banks is a woman on the rebound. Two other lead female parts are called for. Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz are writing the screenplay. Fogel and Lefkowitz are also behind the Sarah Jessica Parker HBO pilot The Washingtonienne - a comedy that
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Project has New Line 'Thinking'

Project has New Line 'Thinking'
New Line has picked up "What Was I Thinking?" a comedy project from Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz with Leslie Mann and Elizabeth Banks attached to star. Lynda Obst is producing.

The project is based on a book of the same name which saw Barbara Davilman and Liz Dubelman compile 58 bad boyfriend stories. Obst saw the book and realized it would make a great hook for a movie. She then enlisted Fogel and Lefkowitz, who wrote the Sarah Jessica Parker HBO pilot "The Washingtonienne," to come up with a movie story.

The take sees a woman getting dumped during her engagement party, causing her friends to spring into action and whisk her away on a ski trip for healing and hedonism. Four flashbacks dealing in "worst ex-boyfriend" tales, threaded by the adventures on the ski trip, follow.

"It's a story of how women help each other," said Obst. "And we do that by telling stories.
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Splinterheads. SXSW Preview

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Brant Sersen's last film, the Rob Corddry-starring comedy Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story, won the audience award at SXSW 5 years back. His follow-up, Splinterheads, stars Rachael Taylor (top billed in the Washingtonienne pilot) and Lea Thompson (riding the heat of the recent resurgance of Howard the Duck), and is premiering at SXSW in Emerging Visions. Sersen answers The 5 Questions We Ask Everyone after the jump. </ ...
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In The Press: Channing Tatum Chosen as Breakout Star of 2009

The Daily Beast has chosen who they think are the Breakout Stars for 2009 and Channing Tatum tops their list. Here's what they had to say about Chan and why they feel 2009 is his year...

The Daily Beast predicts this promising crop of young actors will hit the big time this year. From Lenny Kravitz’ daughter to Michael Cera’s girlfriend, meet the class of 2009.

Channing Tatum

Yes, you’ve seen Channing before. He was in the teen dance-off Step Up, the Queens indie A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, and the Iraq soldier drama Stop-Loss. But 2009 is going to be the Year of Tatum. (You heard it here first.) He will star opposite Big Love’s Amanda Seyfried in Dear John, the latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel to transition to the big screen—basically, this year’s The Notebook. Then he appears in Michael Mann’s 1930s gangster noir,
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HBO loads up on laughs

HBO loads up on laughs
HBO did some serious holiday shopping the past two days.

On Thursday, the pay cable network picked up to series two comedies: "How to Make It in America," toplined by Bryan Greenberg and Victor Rasuk, and the Jason Schwartzman starrer "Bored to Death."

They follow the Wednesday series order for another male-centered comedy, "Hung," starring Thomas Jane.

Both "How to Make It" and "Bored" are said to have received eight-episode orders.

"How to Make It" marks the third series on HBO from Stephen Levinson's Leverage and Mark Wahlberg's Closest to the Hole, whose other two shows on the network -- the drama "In Treatment" and the comedy "Entourage" -- recently landed Golden Globe nominations for best series.

The show revolves around Ben (Greenberg) and his friend Cam (Rasuk), enterprising twentysomethings who hustle their way through New York determined to achieve the American dream.

Shannyn Sossamon and Scott "Kid
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‘Joni and Susanna’ Swirls Smack Talk, Sex and Frenemies

Suddenly TheWB is not just for teens anymore. TheWB.com has launched a much more adult slate of programming this winter, and so far the more adult-geared humor has delivered. Earlier this week the holiday treats came early with the all-at-once launch of Rob Coddry's Childrens' Hospital. But you might have missed Joni and Susanna, an equally delightful present with all six episodes dished out this week. The semi-scripted web series was created by Joni Lefkowitz, and Susanna Fogel who met in a Second City La sketch comedy class six years ago. After putting a number of low-fi videos up on Joni's YouTube channel, it wasn't long before they found themselves with a deal from Warner Bros. There's no doubting there are few topics that are taboo for Joni and Susanna, which help makes their web series a joyous, uncensored romp. Kudos to TheWB for introducing a show with noticeable
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A Quickie with Joni Lefkowitz

With a new web series, a pilot for HBO in post production, and a "Reality Bites for the MySpace generation" project in development, out writer-actor Joni Lefkowitz is one of the women to watch in 2009.

Lefkowitz and her writing partner and co-star, Susanna Fogel, first gained notoriety with their wry YouTube videos in which they filmed themselves looking for parking, going for fast food, and complaining about the early picket line hours during the WGA writers' strike.

Less than a year later, Lefkowitz and Fogel came up with the eponymous series, Joni & Susanna which is now a part of the original programming line up on TheWB.com, Warner Bros' video-on-demand website.

Lefkowitz talked to AfterEllen recently about her new show and its depiction of the darker side of women's friendships; lesbian films; and why being gay isn't interesting enough to be the focus of her work.

AfterEllen: Congratulations on your
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Sjp Puts the Brakes on Those Satc Rumors

James Wilkie Broderick was still showing off his Obama pride yesterday on his way to school with his mom Sarah Jessica Parker. Post-election, Sjp is keeping the politics going working on her new HBO series, The Washingtonienne, as well as recording an audio tour for an upcoming exhibit at the Met. One project she's not starting quite yet is the sequel to Sex and the City that Kim Cattrall recently confirmed. Sarah Jessica said, "I’m thrilled to know Kim is excited but all the deals are not yet done. With ‘the wind on our heels,’ we hope to make it a reality." That sounds like a work in progress, but hopefully it just means Sjp is waiting for the right time to confirm it herself. Bauer-Griffin Online
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HBO populates its comedy pilots

HBO populates its comedy pilots
HBO is firming up the casts of its comedy pilots "Washingtonienne" and "How to Make It in America," adding Jason Dohring and Kate Burton to the former and Shannon Sossyman and Scott Mescudi to the latter.

"Washingtonienne," based on Jessica Cutler's book, revolves around the professional and personal lives of three smart, sophisticated 28-year-old girls working on Capitol Hill.

Dohring will play Spencer, a senior legislative assistant for the same senator for whom Jackie (Rachel Taylor) works. Burton will play Joy, the senator's put-upon personal assistant.

Dohring ("Veronica Mars") is repped by Innovative Artists and manager Joel Stevens. Burton ("What Just Happened?") is repped by Gersh Agency and Principal Entertainment.

"America" centers on two enterprising downtown twentysomethings (Bryan Greenburg, Victor Rasuk) who hustle their way through New York determined to achieve the American Dream.
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Parker's pilot has three female leads

Rachael Taylor, Amanda Walsh and Bitsie Tulloch will star in "Washingtonienne" from "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker. Based on the semi-autobiographical book by Jessica Cutler about the lives of three twenty-eight-year-old girls working on Capitol Hill. There's Jackie (played by Taylor) who's just come in from New York who wishes to persue a speechwriter career but has to move up from her current position as an intern. As her mentor is an old college friend April (Tulloch), a woman on the Hill since graduatiing who lives with her boyfriend.
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