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Geena Davis Will Play an Eccentric Bounty Hunter in a Pilot for TNT

  • Indiewire
Geena Davis Will Play an Eccentric Bounty Hunter in a Pilot for TNT
For many actresses, particularly ones over the dismaying low age studios films have as an unofficial cut-off, TV's become the main sanctuary for richer female characters -- which may be why Geena Davis is headed back to TV after a stint as the heroine of ABC's White House drama "Commander in Chief" in 2005-2006. (More recently, she played a role in A&E's miniseries "Coma.") The Oscar-winning Davis will play the lead role in an untitled bounty hunter drama for which TNT just ordered a pilot. She'll play an unconventional bondswoman whose eccentric approach to the job gives her an advantage in a tough business... eh, whatever, the drama's based on the real-life story of San Francisco bailbond agent Mackenzie Green, who was profiled in the New Yorker in 2003. Scott Prendergast ("Kabluey") and Amy Berg wrote the script, while Dean Devlin, whose TNT con artists series "Leverage" was canceled in December,
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Ex-Office Ep Developing 2 New Sitcoms For NBC

Ex-Office Ep Developing 2 New Sitcoms For NBC
Former Office producer/director Ken Kwapis has sold two family-themed half-hour comedy projects to NBC, TVLine has confirmed.

The first, tentatively titled Fred and Marilyn, is inspired by the real-life relationship between writer Scott Prendergast (Kabluey) and his formidable mother.

The second is based on the best-selling Joey Pigza book series by Jack Gantos and is being billed as a high-definition family comedy. Claudia Silver (Jungle Junction) will pen the script.

Kwapis and Alexandra Beattie will shepherd the projects — both of which are only in the pilot script stage — through their In Cahoots production company.
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SyFy denies any rip-off of Amber Benson's 'Drones' in new series 'Human Relations'

In a previous news story, we reported that Amber Benson's film Drones was eerily similar to the new series Human Relations on SyFy Channel's Fall lineup.

On July 31st on her blog, Amber Benson insinuated that the unlikely similarities between her indie film Drones and the new SyFy Channel series Human Relations was way toooo coinicdnetal, especially since SyFy.com itself had aired the trailer to Drones back in January 2010.

"Human Relations is an original concept that was brought to us by Scott Prendergast, a respected independent filmmaker," Syfy said in a statement issued to the media only in the past few days. "It was in no way inspired by Drones. We pride ourselves in our professional integrity and take suggestions of plagiarism very seriously."

"Our initial concern was if there was any truth to this," SyFy's Mark Stern said to www.airlockalpha.com. "If that were the case,
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Film Independent Selects 12 Fellows For 2010 Screenwriters Lab

Los Angeles (August 18, 2010) . Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival, has announced the 12 screenwriters and film projects selected for its 11th annual Screenwriters Lab, sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, West. Taking place in Los Angeles from August 12 until September 16, the Screenwriters Lab is an intensive six-week program designed to help writers improve their craft, and take their current scripts to the next level in a nurturing, yet challenging creative environment. Screenwriter and producer Meg LeFauve resumes duties as this year.s Lab Instructor, and Lab Mentors and Guest Speakers include Nicole Holofcener (Please Give), Erin Cressida Wilson (Chloe), José Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries), Josh Olson (A History of Violence), and Kay Schaber-Wolf (WGAw).

.Our Labs have always attracted a high level of talent from different backgrounds and disciplines, and this year is no exception,. said Director of Talent Development Josh Welsh.
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Film Independent Selects 8 Emerging Filmmakers For 2010 Directors Lab

[/link], Keith Gordon, Catherine Hardwicke, and Alfredo De Villa to Serve as Lab Mentors -

Los Angeles (February 10, 2010) - Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has announced the filmmakers and film projects for its 9th annual Directors Lab, sponsored by Kodak. Taking place in Los Angeles from now until the end of March, the Directors Lab is an intensive nine-week incubator designed to assist directors with strong, original voices develop new narrative feature films, improve their craft, and advance their filmmaking careers in a nurturing yet challenging creative environment. This year's Lab Mentors include Rodrigo Garcia (Mother and Child), Keith Gordon (The Singing Detective, Waking the Dead), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen), and Alfredo De Villa (Adrift in Manhattan, Washington Heights).

"It's exciting to have a group of filmmakers in the Directors Lab that not only have such varied artistic backgrounds,
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Film Independent Now Accepting Director’s Lab Applications

If you happen to be an aspiring director then this is for you. Film Independent, the non-profit devoted to artists and independent filmmaking is now accepting applications for its 9th Annual Director’s Lab, an eight-week course designed to help directors who are in the midst of prepping films. Sound good? Well, read on to get all the latest details on the program, how to apply and other goodies.

Film Independent Now Accepting Applications

For 2010 Directors Lab

* Deadline is October 5, 2009 -

Film Independent’s 9th Annual Directors Lab is an intensive eight-week incubator designed to help directors who are prepping their feature films, and is sponsored by Kodak.

Taking place in Los Angeles during the winter, the Lab assists directors with strong, original voices develop new narrative feature films, improve their craft, and advance their filmmaking careers in a nurturing, yet challenging creative environment.

To apply, please visit: http://filmindependent.
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Film Independent Announces 2009 Screenwriter’s Lab Participants

If you’re an aspiring screenwriter which, let’s face it, you may be, one way to break into the “business” is through a lab where you work with established mentors and advisers on honing your work and getting it in the hands of the right people. One of the most prestigious and famous of these labs is the one sponsored by Film Independent, a non-profit group dedicated to fostering and nurturing creativity that also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards.

Today, they’ve announced a new group of writers who will participate in this year’s lab. Here’s all the info about the lucky 9 participants from the official press release.

Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival, has announced the screenwriters and film projects selected for its 10th annual Screenwriters Lab, sponsored by the Writers Guild of America,
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Red Carpet Lineup

a random sampling of actresses working red carpets this week

The Lovely Laura Linney has been absent from (big) screens this year. I kinda miss her, though having her at the Oscars last February was more than I could have asked for in a way so it's all good. Maybe The Other Man will get a real release next year? This getup makes Katharine Heigl look more matronly than her 30 year old self should look I think. She's not one to hold her tongue so do you suppose she has a few words for the Alliance of Women Film Journalists who recently gave her 27 Dresses their "Hall of Shame Award" for 2008? Speaking of weddings... is Goldie Hawn finally getting hitched after 25 years of...? No, it's just a white dress. All the same Jennifer Aniston is purposely not looking at her whilst putting on her "I'm so happy! I'm really so happy!
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Satellite Nominees are an Embarrassment of Snubs

The International Press Academy announced their nominees for the 13th Annual Satellite Awards and it is a mixed bag of snubs across the board and further proof the idea of separating Drama, Comedy and Musicals is just about the dumbest idea around as they are Really reaching by including Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist as a comedy or a musical. I would even say Happy-Go-Lucky and Vicky Cristina Barcelona don't fit the category. What was so funny about Poppy being attacked by her driving instructor? Where was the comedy in VCB? Gimme a break. it's going to be even worse when the Globes nominate something like High School Musical 3 and Mamma Mia! instantly giving them some kind of credibility. However, category distinction aside the absence of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button from all categories makes me wonder if any of these people even saw all the films. Take for
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Nominees of the 13th Annual Satellite Awards Announced

The awards season has been kicked off as International Press Academy announces its nominees for the 13th Annual Satellite Awards on Sunday, November 30. Through the 22 categories for feature film, it is revealed that "Frost/Nixon", "Milk", "The Dark Knight", "Slumdog Millionaire", "Revolutionary Road", "Australia" and "Quantum of Solace" are among the strong contenders for the coveted awards since each of them receives multiple nods.

Competing for the Best Drama Film category are The Reader", "Slumdog Millionaire", "Revolutionary Road", "Frost/Nixon", "Milk" and "Frozen River". Meanwhile, "Happy-Go-Lucky", "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist", "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", "Tropic Thunder", "In Bruges" and "Choke" are listed as the contenders for Best Comedy or Musical Film.

The nominations also see actresses, like Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep, Kat Dennings and Debra Messing, and actors, such as Mickey Rourke, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Penn, Ricky Gervais, Michael Cera and Mark Ruffalo, in the performers categories.
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Kabluey

Sisyphus had it easy compared to Scott Prendergast, the hapless sad-sack protagonist of Kabluey. What's a little boulder-rolling compared to the unenviable task of passing out fliers for a failing dot-com while standing in a lonesome field, wearing a blue costume that makes him look like a Peanuts character re-imagined as a creepy, featureless blue blob? Rarely has an independent film benefited so greatly from a single piece of costume design. In his blue-man getup, Prendergast is simultaneously a droll, understated walking sight gag and a strangely lyrical component of a hauntingly spare landscape. Making the leap to feature films after several shorts, writer-director Prendergast plays his character as a directionless man-child who moves in with his sullen sister-in-law (Lisa Kudrow) to help look after her two monstrous children until his brother returns from an extended tour in Iraq. To help with the bills, Prendergast gets the aforementioned job...
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Opening This Week

  • IFC
By Neil Pedley

This 4th of July week finds Will Smith's belligerent man of steel sending the rest of the summer tentpole movies running scared, leaving only the indies to offer any alternative.

"Brutal Massacre"

Does the horror genre need its own "This Is Spinal Tap"? Ready or not, here comes "Brutal Massacre," a mockumentary comedy about a once-successful horror director (played by "An American Werewolf in London"'s David Naughton) attempting to make his big comeback film against increasingly insurmountable odds. Be on the lookout for appearances by Gunnar Hansen ("The Texas Chain Saw Massacre"'s Leatherface), Ellen Sandweiss ("The Evil Dead") and other horror movie stalwarts.

Opens in limited release.

"Diminished Capacity"

Terry Kinney made a name for himself as Tim McManus, the idealistic but world-weary warden of Emerald City in the hard-hitting prison drama "Oz." "Diminished Capacity," his debut as a director, also finds Matthew Broderick
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'Dogs' bites Kudrow for DreamWorks

The dog pack is getting bigger.

Lisa Kudrow has joined Emma Roberts and Don Cheadle in DreamWorks' live-action canine caper Hotel for Dogs. Johnny Simmons also is joining the film, which is being directed by Thor Freudenthal.

Dogs, based on Lois Duncan's 1971 children's book, revolves around two orphaned teenagers who secretly house nine stray canines in an abandoned hotel.

Kudrow will play a foster parent to two siblings, one of which is Roberts' character.

Simmons will play the love interest of Roberts' character.

Lauren Shuler Donner, Jack Leslie and Jon Gordon are producing the film, which is set to begin shooting early next month. Jeff Lowell penned the screenplay.

Kudrow's upcoming feature projects include the comedy drama P.S., I Love You and Kabluey. She also will star in and produce the black comedy Intense Girl Scouts for Sony.

Simmons, who recently joined Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson in Frank Miller's The Spirit for Lionsgate, next appears in Columbia's horror feature Boogieman 2. He also appeared in Universal's Evan Almighty.

Kudrow is repped by Endeavor and attorney Mark Gochman.

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