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Aside From Justin Theroux and a Few Others, It’s Going To Be a New Cast For Season Two Of ‘The Leftovers’A large portion of the fourteen regular cast members on the HBO show won't be returning for season two as the show undergoes a creative reboot. Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Margaret Qualley, Chris Zylka, and Christopher Eccleston are also back. (VUL) (FCC) (MO)
A Year and Change 12/1/2014 Logline: After falling off a roof at a New Year’s party, Owen makes some big life changes: He quits drinking, gets to know his estranged son, renews old friendships and falls in love. Production Companies: Unbound Feet Productions, Pebble Hill Films Director: R. Stephen Suettinger Producer(s): Emily Ting Cast: Jamie Chung, Bryan Greenberg, Claire van der Boom, T.R. Knight, Marshall Allman, Jamie Hector Writer(s): R. Stephen Suettinger, Jim Beggarly SSN Insight: Currently seeking distribution, per Slated. This marks Seuttinger’s feature directorial debut. Suettinger also co-wrote the script with Jim Beggarly. Jamie Chung can be heard as the voice of Go Go in “Big Hero 6”.
Beyond Skyline 12/8/2014 Logline: Storyline under wraps, sequel to “Skyline” (2010) directed by Colin & Greg Strause. Studio: Universal Pictures Production Company: Hydraulx Director: Liam O'Donnell Producer(s): Liam O'Donnell, Kristian Andersen, Greg Strause, Colin Strause, Matthew E Chausse Cast: Frank Grillo, Antonio Fargas, Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian Writer(s): Liam O'Donnell, Joshua Cordes Details: Sequel to "Skyline" (2010) directed by Colin & Greg Strause. SSN Insight: Greg and Colin Strause made careers as visual effects artists with films like Galaxy Quest, 300 and The Incredible Hulk. After a series of shorts, the duo made their directorial debut in 2007 with Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem, which grossed $128 million worldwide.
Spectre 12/8/2014 Logline: James Bond springs into action when a cryptic message from his past provides a gateway to the powerful, deceptive, and sinister organization known as SPECTRE, while M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive. Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), Columbia Pictures Production Companies: Danjaq, LLC., Eon Productions Director: Sam Mendes Producer(s): Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson Cast: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, LÃ©a Seydoux Writer(s): Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan Details: Sequel to "Skyfall" (2012) directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig. The 24th installment of the James Bond franchise, beginning with "Dr. No" in 1962. SSN Insight: Ang Lee, Nicolas Winding Refn and Christopher Nolan were all rumored to be possible directors by the press. Hoyte Van Hotema, hot off lensing Interstellar has been tapped as Director of Photography as well.
The Hateful Eight 12/8/2014 Logline: In the late 19th century, a group of stagecoach passengers â€“ two bounty hunters, a Confederate general, an Englishman, a Frenchman and a female prisoner â€“ become stranded in the mountains during a blizzard and take refuge at Minnieâ€™s Haberdashery. Studio: The Weinstein Company Production Companies: FilmColony, Shiny Penny Productions Director: Quentin Tarantino Executive Producer(s): Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, G Mac Brown Producer(s): Pilar Savone, Richard Gladstein, Stacey Sher, Shannon McIntosh Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, James Remar Writer(s): Quentin Tarantino SSN Insight: On April 19, 2014 a live read of the first draft was performed at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Performers included Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, Amber Tamblyn, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern among others. Quentin Tarantino and the producers planned to shoot the project on 65mm film and undergo the widest 70mm film release in more than 20 years, with an expected 35 mm and digital release to follow. Amber Tamblyn had previously been mentioned for a role in the film.
Vincent-N-Roxxy 12/2/2014 Logline: A man and woman go on a crime spree while falling in love. Production Company: Red Band Films Director: Gary Michael Schultz Producer(s): Keith Kjarval Cast: Anton Yelchin, Megalyn Echikunwoke Writer(s): Gary Michael Schutlz SSN Insight: The project was developed at Unified Pictures through Keith Kjarval. It begins lensing in Louisiana. WME is handling the domestic rights, while Fortitude International is repping overseas rights and presented the project at AFM.
Who Gets the Dog? 12/8/2014 Logline: A recently broken-up couple fights over custody of their dog. Production Companies: 2DS Productions, LLC, Epic Pictures Group Director: Steven C. Miller Producer(s): William Ryan, Reid Brody Cast: Alicia Silverstone Writer(s): Matt Wheeler, Rick Rapoza SSN Insight: Eva Longoria was previously attached to star and produce.
Dad's Army 12/3/2014 Logline: A spy on the loose, along with the arrival of a glamorous journalist, brings chaos and hilarity to a Dover army base in the closing days of World War II. Production Company: DJ Films Limited Director: Oliver Parker Executive Producer(s): No Executive Producer Available. Producer(s): Damian Jones Cast: Toby Jones, Bill Nighy, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Daniel Mays Writer(s): No Screenplay Available. Details: Project is based on the BBC sitcom, "Dad's Army" written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft and broadcast on the BBC from 1968 to 1977. SSN Insight: Pathe International was previously attached.
Daughter of God 12/4/2014 Logline: When a police detective is investigating his partnerâ€™s death, a young Latina woman is experiencing strange happenings. Production Companies: Company Films, Grodfilm, Elevated Film Sales, Remark Films Director: Gee Malik Linton Executive Producer(s): Cassian Elwes, Dan Grodnik, Katie Mustard, Curt Kramer, Seth Kramer Producer(s): Keanu Reeves, Gee Malik Linton, Robin Gurland Cast: Keanu Reeves, Ana de Armas, Mira Sorvino Writer(s): Gee Malik Linton SSN Insight: The film marks Reeves’ and Roth’s second collaboration after theupcoming Knock Knock. Fortitude International handled international presales at the Toronto Film Market earlier this year. CAA is handling domestic rights. The estimated budget is $10 million per StudioSystem.
Mechanic: Resurrection 12/11/2014 Logline: This sequel continues to follow the adventures of the elite assassin Arthur Bishop, who is known for his skill in cleanly eliminating targets. Studio: Nu Image/Millennium Films Production Companies: Winkler Films, Off The Chart Entertainment Director: Dennis Gansel Executive Producer(s): No Executive Producer Available. Producer(s): Avi Lerner, Billy Chartoff, David Winkler, Frank DeMartini Cast: Jason Statham, Tommy Lee Jones, Jessica Alba, Michelle Yeoh Writer(s): Philip Shelby, Richard Wenk Details: Sequel to the film "The Mechanic," (2011) directed by Simon West, which was a remake of the 1972 film, directed by Michael Winner and starring Charles Bronson. SSN Insight: Simon West was previously attached to direct.
Sacrifice 12/7/2014 Logline: When Tora and her husband move to his childhood home on the Shetland Islands, off the coast of Scotland, Tora discovers a woman's body buried on their property and fights to discover the truth. Production Companies: Cheyenne Enterprises, Subotica Entertainment, Meyers Media Group Director: Peter Dowling Producer(s): Arnold Rifkin, Peter Lewis, Tristan Orpen Lynch Cast: Radha Mitchell, Rupert Graves, Colm Meaney Writer(s): Peter Dowling Details: Based on the book “Sacrifice” published in 2006 which was an instant success and translated into several European languages as well as shortlisted for the International Thriller Writers' Best First Novel award. SSN Insight: Filming will take place mainly in Dublin, Ireland, New York and in the Shetland Islands, U.K. Of the book, the author S.J. Bolton has commented, ““I thought the story was fascinating but very dark with a creepy atmosphere, and I wanted to see if I could make it work as a contemporary crime novel that is credible in the 21st century.”
The Last Witch Hunter 12/5/2014 Logline: Tormented by the loss of his family and cursed with immortal life, the last witch hunter (Vin Diesel) is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history Studio: Summit Entertainment, LLC Production Companies: Lakeshore Entertainment, One Race Films, Goldmann Pictures, Atmosphere Entertainment MM LLC, Aperture Entertainment Director: Breck Eisner Executive Producer(s): Adam Goldworm, Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Eric Reid Producer(s): Bernie Goldmann, Mark Canton, Vin Diesel, Samantha Vincent Cast: Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Michael Caine, Lotte Verbeek Writer(s): Melisa Wallack, Dante W. Harper, Cory Goodman SSN Insight: Timur Bekmambetov previously attached to direct and produce. Summit Entertainment acquired the pitch from Cory Goodman for mid-six figures.
The Lennon Report 12/3/2014 Logline: The stories of the people present at Roosevelt Hospital while staff members were trying to save John Lennon’s life are told. Production Company: Francisco Productions Director: Jeremy Profe Producer(s): Gabriel Francisco, Rafael Francisco Cast: Stef Dawson, David Zayas, Devin Ratray, Richard Kind, Evan Jonigkeit Writer(s): Jeremy Profe, Walter Vincent SSN Insight: Kevin Dillon was previously attached as a member of the cast.
Truth 12/7/2014 Logline: Based on the true story of iconic newscaster Dan Rather’s report that George W. Bush had received preferential treatment to avoid the Vietnam War draft, which resulted in a scandal that damaged Rather’s career. Production Companies: Echo Lake Entertainment, Mythology Entertainment, RatPac Entertainment Director: James Vanderbilt Executive Producer(s): James Packer, Neil Tabatznik, Steven Silver Producer(s): James Vanderbilt, Bradley Fischer, William Sherak, Mikkel Bondesen, Brett Ratner Cast: Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Elisabeth Moss, Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace Writer(s): James Vanderbilt Details: Based on the memoir "Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and the Privilege of Power" written by Mary Mapes and published by St. Martin's Press in 2006.
Unlocked 1/17/2015 Logline: A female CIA interrogator is tricked into getting a terrorist to provide crucial information to the wrong side, forcing her into the middle of a devastating biological attack on London. Studio: No Studio Available. Production Companies: Di Bonaventura Pictures, Silver Reel Partners Director: Michael Apted Executive Producer(s): Erik Howsam Producer(s): Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Georgina Townsley Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Douglas, Orlando Bloom Writer(s): Peter O'Brien SSN Insight: Project was previously set up at Warner Bros. Mikael Hafstrom was previously attached to direct.
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CW/ Untitled John Wells Kenny Wormald Drama Project Network: CW Television Network Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Company: John Wells Productions Executive Producer(s): John Wells, Andrew Stearn Writer(s): Andrew Hinderaker Logline: The story offers a peek behind the curtain of Hollywood’s hip-hop dance scene, centering on a top-flight back-up dancer who dreams of becoming a choreographer. SSN Insight: Loosely inspired by the life of actor-dancer Kenny Wormald.
Dear Zachary Studio: Universal Cable Productions Production Company: Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Sean Perrone, Aaron Kaplan Logline: Andrew Bagby was allegedly murdered by former girlfriend Shirley Jane Turner who gave birth to their child, Zachary, while on trial. After she was sent to jail, Bagby’s parents obtained full custody of Zachary, which they were later forced to share with Turner when she successfully appealed and was released, despite ample evidence that she may be mentally and emotionally disturbed. She went on to kill herself and 13-month Zachary. Details: Based on the documentary, "Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father," (2008), directed by Kurt Kuenne. SSN Insight: Kurt Kuenne recently commented on his decision to sell the rights for a miniseries, “For six years, I’ve turned down overtures to dramatize this story because I didn’t think such a production needed to exist, but the number of people who’ve written me to say this story changed their life made me realize that bringing it to a wider audience might do a lot of good, as long as the story was told with humanity, dignity and honesty.”
Frauds Network: Fox Broadcasting Company Studio: Sony Pictures Television Production Companies: FanFare Productions, Rough House Pictures Executive Producer(s): David Caspe, Gil Ozeri, Jamie Tarses Writer(s): Gil Ozeri Logline: A family of two-bit criminals decide to pull off an elaborate Ponzi scheme. SSN Insight: Fox has given an initial script commitment. Caspe and Tarses both have overall deals at Sony Pictures Television. Ozeri, Caspe and Tarses previously worked together on Happy Endings. Currently, Caspe and Tarses are producing NBC's Marry Me, starring Caspe's wife and Happy Endings alum Casey Wilson. Ozeri, began his career with UCB N.Y., and was a writer on Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Home For the Weekend Production Company: Party Over Here Executive Producer(s): Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone Logline: The show is a mockumentary-style comedy following a celebrityâ€™s return trip to his or her hometown, where pleasant strolls down memory lane can take unexpected turns and reveal surprising backstories about high-profile stars. SSN Insight: One of three projects produced by newly formed shingle Party Over Here (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone).Per Deadline, the project is currently in production with the intent to distribute via over-the-top video platforms like Hulu and Roku to start and later becoming a more traditional half hour series on a Fox channel.
Imitation Network: NBC Entertainment Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Companies: Alloy Entertainment, Jerry Bruckheimer Television Executive Producer(s): Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Leslie Morgenstein, Cheryl Dolins Writer(s): Ian Sobel, Matt Morgan Logline: The story takes place in a world where human clones exist and the privileged elite use them to maintain their status. This secret and illegal operation thrives until a 24-year-old clone replaces her imperiled human and threatens to bring down everything her creators have built. Details: Based on the digital novel, "Imitation," written by Heather Hildenbrand and published by Alloy Entertainment in 2014. SSN Insight: NBC has given an initial script commitment.
Krypton Network: SyFy Studio: SyFy, Warner Horizon Television Executive Producer(s): David S. Goyer, Ian Goldberg Logline: one-hour drama about Superman’s grandfather set at the fictional planet. This series follows The Man of Steel’s grandfather as he brings hope and equality to Krypton, turning a planet in disarray into one worthy of giving birth to the greatest Super Hero ever known. Details: Based on the DC Comic Superman, first published in 1938. SSN Insight: Goldberg is penning the pilot from a story by Goyer and himself. For Goyer, Krypton will be his third series on air along with Constantine and Da Vinci's Demons (Starz). Warner Bros is also developing another property in the Superman mythos, Supergirl for CBS.
Preacher Network: AMC Network Studio: Sony Pictures Television, AMC Studios Production Companies: Original Film, Point Grey Pictures Executive Producer(s): Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin, Neal H. Moritz, Vivian Cannon Writer(s): Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg Logline: Reverend Jesse Custer, a tough Texas preacher who has lost his faith, has learned that God has left Heaven and abandoned His responsibilities. He finds himself the only person capable of tracking God down and making Him answer for His dereliction of duty. Accompanying Jesse on his journey is his former girlfriend and a friendly vampire. On his tail is an immortal, unstoppable killing machine named the Saint of Killers, in the archetype of a western lone gunman. Details: Based on the comic book series, "Preacher," written by Garth Ennis, illustrated by Steve Dillon and first published April 1995 by DC Comics imprint, Vertigo Comics. SSN Insight: Ordered to pilot by AMC which has picked up five pilots this year with the dramas Galyntine, White City, Knifeman and The Walking Dead spin-off and the comedy I Hate Paul Revere. Rogen and Goldberg have been developing Preacher for the last seven years.
Quick Shots Of False Hope Network: HBO Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Company: Too Mutch Ink Executive Producer(s): Max Mutchnick, Laura Kightlinger Writer(s): Max Mutchnick, Laura Kightlinger Logline: A 1970s-era single mom maintains an ongoing quest to find a husband, while still sleeping with her daughter’s married father. Details: Based on the the memoir, "Quick Shots of False Hope: A Rejection Collection," written by Laura Kightlinger and published by Avon Books in 1999. SSN Insight: The single-camera comedy stems from Emerson College alums Mutchnick and Kightlinger who will write and executive produce via the former's Warner Bros. Television-based Too Mutch Ink shingle. Quick Shots is Mutchnick's first sale under his new solo development deal at WBTV, but he will continue to producer projects with David Kohan under their joint KoMut banner.
Route 66 Studio: Slingshot Global Media Production Company: Slingshot Global Media Executive Producer(s): Kirk Hallam Logline: A reboot of the 1960s action drama series chronicling the journey of two young adventurers traveling through the Heartland of America in their cool sports car, encountering people from all walks of life and exploring the social problems and changing mores of the time. Details: A reboot of the series, "Route 66," which aired on CBS from 1960-1964. SSN Insight: Slingshot, funded by private investment firm TPG Growth with headquarters in LA, was launched in February by former FremantleMedia head David Ellender. It has teamed up with Keanu Reeves on two series, Rain and New Angeles. The company also signed a non-exclusive venture with EuropaCorp to co-develop and co-finance two “globally appealing” projects annually.
Storyville Network: Starz Production Company: Playground Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Colin Callender Writer(s): George C. Wolfe Logline: Set in New Orleans during the turn of the 20th century where prostitution was decriminalized and an exceedingly vibrant, hedonistic, celebratory subculture emerged and fueled the birth of jazz. Details: Based on an original idea by George C. Wolfe. SSN Insight: The deal reunites Starz CEO Chris Albrecht with Colin Callender who had formerly worked together during their time while at HBO.
The Tyler Zone Production Company: Party Over Here Executive Producer(s): Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone Writer(s): Keith Schofield Logline: When Tyler moves to a new town, he finds himself in the middle of a series of supernatural occurrences. Are they really happening, or is it all in his head? SSN Insight: One of three projects produced by newly formed shingle Party Over Here (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone).Per Deadline, the project is currently in production with the intent to distribute via over-the-top video platforms like Hulu and Roku to start and later becoming a more traditional half hour series on a Fox channel.
Those Who Can't Network: No Broadcast Network Available. Studio: No Studio Available. Production Companies: 3 Arts Entertainment, Thank You, Brain! Productions Executive Producer(s): Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, Ben Roy, Richard Korson, Tracey Baird Writer(s): No Writer Available. Logline: Three delinquent public school teachers fight to stay employed at floundering James Buchanan High School. SSN Insight: A pilot was developed, shot and streamed on Amazon on April 19, 2013. Project did not go further. truTV is redeveloping this project. Ordered to pilot.
Topics With Andre Hyland Production Company: Party Over Here Executive Producer(s): Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone Writer(s): Andre Hyland Logline: Comedian Andre Hyland morphs into his uniquely hilarious band of characters and interacts with an unsuspecting public. SSN Insight: One of three projects produced by newly formed shingle Party Over Here (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone).Per Deadline, the project is currently in production with the intent to distribute via over-the-top video platforms like Hulu and Roku to start and later becoming a more traditional half hour series on a Fox channel.
What Happened, Miss Simone? Network: Netflix Production Company: Radical Media Executive Producer(s): Liz Garbus Logline: The story of Nina Simone, the iconic singer and civil rights activist. The film chronicles Nina Simone's Journey from child piano prodigy to iconic musician and passionate activist, told in her own words. SSN Insight: Directed by Academy Award-nominated director Liz Garbus,Netflix has said the film will take an "unflinching" look at the singer’s life and is set to distribute it next year. Netflix has also distributed the 3D-printing documentary Print the Legend and last year’s Academy Award-nominated The Square.
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Awards 2015 Spotlight: Laura Dern Surrenders To the ‘Wild’ and Reveals the Scariest Role She’s Taken OnPreviously nominated for Rambling Rose is looking at another nod for her role playing Reese Witherspoon’s mother in the new film from Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée. (SSN) (SSN)
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In Case You Weren’t Actually Keeping Score, There Is a Complete List Of What We’ve Learned From the Sony HacksIn the two weeks since eerily adept cybercriminals hacked into Sony's computer systems, paralyzed their operations, and tapped into a trove of hypersensitive, internal information. Here's an updated list of everything revealed by the hacks so far. (VUL) (TLF) (VAR) (EW)
Just Because ‘Green Lantern’ Didn’t Work Doesn’t Mean That Martin Campbell Has Sworn Off Comic Book MoviesThe director of the ill-fated Ryan Reynolds film, who also helmed Daniel Craig’s first James Bond outing in Casino Royale, will direct the adaptation of graphic novel Sebastian X for producer Gale Anne Hurd and Voltage Pictures. (EMP)
All Those Who Think Shawn Levy Is Still Directing the ‘Minecraft’ Adaptation, Stand Up. Not So Fast!Both Levy and the writing team of Kieran and Michele Mulroney have departed the Warner Bros. project after the video game’s developers had a different vision for the film. The studio is looking for a new helmer. (COL) (SF) (DH) (DS)
APA: Comedian/Actor Tom Papa has been snapped up by APA. His most recent role is as a recurring on Cinemax’s The Knick. In 2015, Papa will host the new Fox game show Boom! He continues to be managed by 3 Arts.Paradigm: Writer and Co-Executive Producer of FX’s Sons of Anarchy, Charles Murray has signed with Paradigm. He is also the writer and co-executive producer on the upcoming FX series, The Bastard Executioner.
Stan Rosenfield & Associates (PR): 78 year old Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. has added publicity firm Stan Rosenfield & Associates to his reps. He currently is a recurring on CBS’ Extant.ICM Partners: 22 year old British actress and singer Eliza Bennett has signed with ICM Partners. She’s best known for her role in New Line’s Inkheart. She currently stars in Cinemax’s action series Strike Back and will next appear in the second season of the ITV crime drama Broadchurch.
BWR PR: Chinese actress Jing Tian has signed up with Nicole Perna and John Goschin at BWR Public Relations. Recently she won the very first Hollywood International Award at the Hollywood Film Awards for her role in Police Story 2013, opposite Jackie Chan.
ICM Partners: Actress Betty Gilpin who recurs on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, has signed with ICM Partners. She recently appeared in the indie rom-com Take Care and will appear in the Fox drama True Story alongside James Franco and Jonah Hill.
Creative Talent: Las Vegas based sports broadcaster James “Smitty” Smith has signed a multiyear management deal with Creative Talent. He specializes in boxing. Smith is a Fox Sports Radio contributor and hosts the syndicated TV show In This Corner, whose guests have included Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Sugar Ray Leonard among others.
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Awards 2015: The Dedicated Below the Line Artists Of ‘Boyhood’ Take SSN Behind Its Epic, 12-Year ShootIt’s not often that below the line talent signs onto a project that takes over a decade to complete. But Richard Linklater is a director that most anyone in the industry would jump to work with, even if it required a twelve-year commitment. (SSN) (SSN)
To the Surprise Of Exactly No One, J.K. Rowling’s “Secret” ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ Books Getting the TV TreatmentA mild surprise: it’s BBC One and not Hollywood taking the first crack at the series, originally released under the pen name Robert Galbraith. Series will be based on the first two books that feature war veteran Cormoran Strike who turns private investigator after losing a leg in Afghanistan. (DH) (THR) (VAR)
Has Universal Found Its Greatest Success Ever By Bucking a Current Hollywood Trend? All Signs Point To YesStudio has had its most lucrative year ever even though it did not have a single conventional, mega-budget tentpole, which has become the industry norm. For Universal, The films were smaller, the grosses were smaller, but the profits were bigger. (FBS) (MF) (TP) (FSR)
Be Afraid: It Turns Out the Malware In the Sony Hack Would Get Past 90 Percent Of Cybersecurity DefensesAn FBI official underscored the unprecedented nature of the hacking attack, suggesting to a Senate committee that most of private industry and even the government is unprepared to defend against that type of security breach. (VAR)
Speaking Of Sony, Studio Rather Ironically Says There Will Be No Interviews At Tonight’s Premiere Of ‘The Interview’In the wake of the massive cyberattack, the star-studded, red carpet event will be broadcast media-free, and no interviews will be granted to print press. (THR)
If You Want To Tell a True Life Story About the Creation Of a Fast Food Empire, John Lee Hancock’s Your ManThe Saving Mr. Banks director is circling The Founder, which will tell the story of how salesman Ray Kroc acquired the McDonald’s restaurant and turned it into a billion dollar empire. (COL) (DH) (MF) (SAA) (CO) (MO)
Splinter Way Logline: Adrenaline junkie brothers race motorcycles and fight to break the 100 mph speed record. Studio/ Distributor: Warner Bros. Production Company: John Wells Productions Producers: John Wells Writer: Mitchell Akselrad Director: John Wells SSN Insight: Both Wells and Akselrad are TV vets; Akselrad is a writer/ producer on AMC’s Turn and Wells, of course, is best known for his TV success with ER, Third Watch and The West Wing, before turning to features such as The Company Men and August: Osage County. The Death and Life of John F. Donovan Logline: An American movie star has a secret correspondence with an 11-year-old Londoner. Production Company: Lyla Films, Metafilms Inc., Sons of Manuel Producers: Xavier Dolan, Lyse Lafontaine, Nancy Grant Writer: Jacob Tierney and Xavier Dolan Director: Xavier Dolan Cast: Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington SSN Insight: Xavier is the red-hot director of the film, Mommy, which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Mommy is Canada’s official entry into the Oscar foreign-language category and is set to release in the U.S. on January 23.
The Founder Logline: The true story how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brother’s speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself in a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create the billion dollar fast food empire, McDonald’s. Production Company: FilmNation, Combine Producers: Jeremy Renner, Don Handfield Writer: Rob Siegel Director: John Lee Hancock SSN Insight: This won’t be the first time director Hancock tackles a 50’s period piece about a larger than life historic personality. He recently directed Saving Mr. Banks, about how Walt Disney secured the fights to Mary Poppins.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent Logline:Tris Prior must try to save those she loves as she grapples with looming war between factions, her own conflicted feelings, new discoveries, and shifting relationships, all while she embraces and comes to terms with her Divergence. Studio/ Distributor: Summit Entertainment Production Company: Red Wagon Entertainment, New Leaf Literary & Media, Mandeville Films Producers: Douglas Wick, Lucy Fisher, Pouya Shahbazian Writer: Akiva Goldsman Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Keiynan Lonsdale, Suki Waterhouse Director: Robert Schwentke SSN Insight: The sequel to the best-selling YA book series is due in theatres March 20, 2015. Neil Burger, the director of Divergent, was unable to direct this film as post production and pre-production overlapped.
Untitled Chris Alender Project Logline: Storyline is under wraps. Studio/Distributor: Columbia Pictures Production Company: Bad Robot Producers: J.J. Abrams Writer: Justin Doble Director: Chris Alender SSN Insight: Project was hotly sought after and went to Sony’s president Michael De Luca in a bidding war. Project is said to be Cloverfield in tone and launch the directing career of Chris Alender much in the way Cloverfield launched Matt Reeves.
Nottingham and Hood Logline: A revisionist version of the classic Robin Hood story. Studio/ Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Production Company: The Picture Company Producers: Andrew Rona, Alex Heineman Writer: Brandon Barker SSN Insight: This spec acquisition by Disney puts the studio in the competitive race with Sony who bought a revisionist Robin Hood pitch earlier this year.
Passengers Logline: A spaceship passenger is prematurely thawed from a cryogenic slumber a century before anyone else. Studio/ Distributor: Columbia Pictures Production Company: Original Film, Start Media, Company Films Producers: Ori Marmur, Neil Moritz, Michael Maher, Stephen Hamel Writer: Jon Spaihts SSN Insight: The project has a long and convoluted history, having several previous homes and attachments, including The Weinstein Company, Reese Witherspoon and director Brian Kirk.
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Film Development For 12/11/14: ‘Divergent’ Sequel Gets a Director, Disney Targets Arrows At ‘Nottingham and Hood’John Wells gets a new directing gig, Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates get new jobs, a long-gestating space opera finds a new home, and plenty more. (SSN) (IW) (DH) (THR) (VAR) (VUL)
‘True Detective’ Show Runner Nic Pizzollato Is Clearly a Fan Of ‘Hard To Hold,’ Casts Rick Springfield In Season TwoThe actor and singer, perhaps better known for singing hits like “Jessie’s Girl,” has joined the last of the Emmy-winning series, currently shooting its second season with stars Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell. (MF) (YM)
IM Global Music: IM Global’s founder and CEO, Stuart Ford announced that leading independent feature-film and television financing, production and sales studio IM Global, a subsidiary of Reliance ADA, has made a strategic step into the music business with the launch of IM Global Music. The new venture is launched in partnership with veteran music industry executive David Schulhof who will serve as President and as a Partner of the New York and Los Angeles headquartered new business.
VICE Films: Fox and VICE Media have teamed up to launch VICE Films to develop, produce and distribute films from directors leveraged from VICE’s content creation initiatives. Using the best of both worlds, Fox will share its production and distribution capabilities while VICE Media will bring its new media skill set to the table.
The Media Entertainment Fund: Bona Film Group, China's largest private film distributor and film company chairman Yu Dong, private equity firm Tembusu Partners and Singapore media entrepreneur Calvin Cheng will together launch a $100M fund focused on China’s media and entertainment industry, based in Singapore. It's the first such non-Reminbi dominated fund to invest in China’s media and entertainment sector. The five-year fund is closed-ended and will be open to capital after March 31 when the fund is formalized.
Fox 21: Fox 21 and Fox Television Studios has been combined under the banner Fox 21 with offices not on the Fox lot, but in West LA that had been the home of Fox TV Studios. Bert Salke, who has headed the Fox 21 division since 2010, will serve as president of Fox 21 Television Studios. The restructuring was due to Fox TV Studios prexy David Madden’s shift to oversee programming for Fox Broadcasting Co.
Downtown Music Publishing/Rock Mafia: Songwriting and production team Rock Mafia has entered a joint venture with Downtown Music Publishing. Ryan O’Donnell will serve as VP of Creative and A&R.
STUDIOS, NETWORKS, AND MEDIA CONGLOMERATES
DreamWorks Animation Asia: DreamWorks Animation announced a new TV channel to broadcast to 19 Asian countries, excluding China. It will start airing in 2015 and pull from the company’s library of 2000 hours of already produced TV programming and 1200 hours of material currently in production like the upcoming All Hail King Julien in addition to 300 hours of content through their Netflix content deal. HBO Asia will operate the tech duties, sales and marketing.
Cablevision Systems: Former ad executive Mickey Paxton will be the new senior vice president and executive director of creative services at Cablevision in charge of the creative execution of Cablevision’s marketing and brand initiatives, including both internal and external creative services teams, ensuring consistent, cohesive communication. He will report to Matt Lake, Cablevision’s senior vice president of marketing and advertising.
Charter Communications: Jodi Robinson has been named Senior Vice President, User Experience Design and Development at Charter in Denver. She was formerly at Starz as Vice President of Internet and Interactive Technology.
Warner Bros.: Warner Bros. 20 year veteran Ed Romano has been promoted to the newly created post of Vice Chairman. He will work closely with CEO and Chairman Kevin Tsujihara and focus on what Tsujihara calls, “growth strategies for the Studio, including international expansion, digital transition and resource reallocation from mature businesses to high opportunity, content-creating divisions.” Kim Williams will be stepping in as the new CFO, making the leap to the WB after two years as the CFO at CORE Media Group.
ArsenalFX: Sean Starkweather will be the new creative director at ArsenalFX. He had been creative director at Stardust. Blumhouse Productions: Ryan Turek is the New Director of Development at Blumhouse, formerly an editor at Shock Till You Drop.
Cinedigm: Kristin Harris has been promoted from director to executive director of theatrical releasing at Cinedigm and will be reporting to evp of acquisitions Yolanda Macias. Harris will be in charge of Cinedigm’s growing focus on star-driven co-productions with label partners. She has played key roles in the acquisition of Short Term 12, Open Windows, and The Invisible War.
Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (Pact): Pact, the UK trade association representing and promoting the commercial interests of independent creative content producers, has elected current Executive Chair of Emerald Films, Sara Geater as the new Pact Chair from January 2015. Her career has spanned multiple platforms on both the business and creative ends. She was previously the CEO of FremantleMedia UK, Director of Rights and Business Affairs at the BBC, and Head of Production at Film Four.
Story Mining and Supply: Luke Parker Bowles has been named the head of production at Story and was previously the Executive Vice President, Production at Open Road Integrated Media.
Millennium Entertainment: Vincent Scordino is the new Senior Vice President, Marketing, Millennium Entertainment and was formerly at Cinedigm as the Senior Vice President, Theatrical Acquisitions and Releasing.
Mandeville Films: Noah Weinstein is the new Director of Development at Mandeville Films, previously held the same title at Schorr Pictures.
CBS: Longtime NBC late-night exec Nick Bernstein its new VP Late Night Programming, West Coast for CBS. In the newly created post, he will serve both CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Studios. He will report to Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment, and David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios.
CBS: Kimberly Godwin has been named senior broadcast producer of CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley on CBS, promoted from senior producer.)
AGENCIES, MANAGEMENT COMPANIES, PUBLIC RELATIONS, AND LAW FIRMS
OddLot Entertainment (OLE): Kevin Garrett Monroe has joined OddLot in the position of EVP of Business and Legal Affairs. Kevin has held key positions in Business and Legal Affairs at Focus Features/FilmDistrict as well as with Overture/Relativity and The Walt Disney Motion Picture Group.
UTA: Lisa Stein has been promoted to Director of Corporate Communications at UTA from manager. Atlas Entertainment: Producer Charles Roven is expanding Atlas to include a management subsidiary to be headed by veteran manager Dave Fleming. Fleming met Roven while working at The Gold/Miller Company (not to be confused with the Miller/Gold Agency). Roven has since worked for Miller at Mosaic Media Group.
Sucherman Consulting Group: 20 year veteran Richard Tackenberg has joined Sucherman, the premier advisory and executive search firm for the media and entertainment industries, as a Senior Consultant in its Los Angeles office. He will report to Jamie Waldron, Executive Vice President in charge of Executive Search and Sucherman’s LA Office.
Falco Ink:Julie Chappel has been named an account executive at Falco along with Monica Delamater. Both were promoted from the publicist position.
72andSunny: Martin Ringqvist will be serving as group creative director at MDC Partners' 72andSunny and be based in its flagship Los Angeles office. He was formerly a copywriter and senior partner at Swedish shop Forsman and Bodenfors, where he was a copywriter and senior partner. He is best known for the Volvo Jean Claude Van Damme online ad.
DDB: Worldwide marketing communications network DDB has named Jacques Blanchet group account director at DDB Canada, and Arnaud Deneux and Arnaud Tartier as art directors.
Warner Bros. Pictures: Ernie Johnston has been promoted from Vice President to Senior Vice President, Promotions and Field Publicity at Warner Bros. Pictures.
Fusion: The millennial-focused cable channel and digital media outlet, Fusion, has hired four new staffers: Hillary Frey, currently editorial director for NBCNews.com, to serve as its new director of global news operations, former NBC News senior editor Danielle Friedman will oversee coverage of health, sex and relationships,writer and stand-up comedian Akilah Hughes, will write and produce videos under director of culture coverage Dodai Stewart, and documentary filmmaker Orlando de Guzman is joining Fusion's breaking news video team as a shooter and producer, working with Tim Pool.
E!: John Najarian was tapped to be the executive vice president of news and digital with additional oversight of the network’s news division and E! News series, and will continue to head its digital operations. Jen Neal was also named executive vice president of marketing for E! Entertainment and Esquire Network. In addition to her existing responsibilities as head of E! marketing she will now oversee branding and marketing for Esquire Network. Fox News: Kevin Corke has been named Washington D.C. correspondent at Fox News, snapped up from NBC News where he was the White House correspondent. NBC News: Janelle Rodriguez has been named senior vice president, editorial, at NBC News, she had formerly been the vice president, programming, at CNN.
ABC Family: Kenny Miller is the new Senior Vice President, Digital Programming and Product, ABC Family.
Pivot: Kelsey Balance is now the manager of original programming at Pivot.
Starz: Brian Huggins is the new Vice President, Finance at Starz. Sue Provan is now the Vice President of Accounting. Lionsgate: David Luner is the new Executive Vice President handling Worldwide TV Marketing at Lionsgate.
WEtv: Suzanne Gladstone Murch is the newVice President, Original Programming, Angela Molloy is the new Vice President of Development and David Stefanou is the new Vice President of Development in the New York offices.
Nickelodeon: Gerald Raines has been named the Senior Vice President, Recreation Business Development, Nickelodeon up from the Vice President position.
UMG’s Capitol Music Group: Jennie Boddy and Erin Cooney will serve as the new VPs of Publicity after the department’s restructuring.
Universal Music Group: Mike Tunnicliffe has been tapped to be the new EVP of Business Developments and Partnerships. Tunnicliffe was previously Chief Growth and Marketing Officer at GroupM.
The Marketing Arm: Greg Gibson has been named business development manager at The Marketing Arm, a marketing and promotions agency owned by Omnicom Group. He was formerly the business development manager at Marchex. MDC's CP&B: Veteran Wieden and Kennedy Creative Director Kevin Jones has been named the top creative in CPandB’s Los Angeles office, which works on accounts such as Charles Schwab, and Grey Poupon. As executive creative director, Mr. Jones will run creative for the L.A. office without a co-executive creative director as CCO Rob Reilly left last year, and the agency decided not to fill his post. Earlier this year, CPandB won the massive global Infiniti account and will open an office in China to aid in facilitations.
Exec Shuffle For 12/12/14: IM Global Ventures Into Music, Fox 21, DreamWorks Animation Expands Into Asia, and MoreCablevision and Warner Bros. also get in on the action, as do Blumhouse, Cinedigm and Millennium, among others. (SSN) (NYT) (VAR) (THR) (COL) (SF)
USA Network Continues To Explore Its Dark Side, Picks Up ‘The Terrestrial’ Drama From ‘Annabelle’ WriterGary Dauberman’s new drama focuses on a schizophrenic man who, after his estranged teenage daughter goes missing, is forced to confront his troubled past as he begins to believe his daughter’s kidnappers are the same as the ones that abducted him 10 years prior: aliens. (DH) (SAA) (TP) (DS)
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ROI Insight: How Does ‘Exodus’ Compare With Other Biblical Epics At the Box Office? Will History Repeat Itself?Once a popular sub-genre, biblical epics had fallen out of favor, until studios started bringing them back as of late, with The Passion of the Christ, Noah, and Son of God, to name a few. (SSN)
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In What Should Be Not At All Surprising News, It Seems Every Young Actress In Hollywood Wants To Be In Paul Feig’s ‘Ghostbusters’ RebootNames like Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Lizzy Caplan, Amy Schumer and Rebel Wilson have been discussed, as well as Melissa McCarthy and Gillian Anderson, who has said she definitely would like to suit up for Feig’s comedy. (TP) (WAH) (TFS) (TOH) (EMP)
From Vision to Reality: Inside ‘Oz The Great and the Powerful’ with Costume Designer Michael KutscheIn this installment of our Vision to Reality series from Awards 2014, Costume Designer Michael Kutsche describes the influences and ideas behind the designs that led to the finished costumes in his film Oz the Great and the Powerful. (SSN) (SSN) (SSN) (SSN) (SSN) (SSN)
From Vision to Reality: Inside ‘The Book of Life’ With Filmmakers Jorge Gutierrez and Guillermo Del ToroThe writer-director and producer of the Fox animated film examine their process and how they executed this unique project. (SSN)
Uber-Producer Greg Berlanti Flashes Through Pilot Season and Divulges What He’s Learned from Reinventing His CareerThe Writer-Producer-Director has carved out a nice corner of the medium with character-driven dramas through his Warner Bros.-based Berlanti Productions. (SSN)
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A Short List Has Emerged For Who Will Play Benedict Cumberbatch’s Mentor In That ‘Doctor Strange’ MovieMorgan Freeman, Ken Watanabe and Bill Nighy are the three actors currently in the running to play The Ancient One in the flick, which will be directed by Scott Derrickson for a November 4th, 2016 release. (TP) (GR) (SF) (SM)
Note- There were not any films scheduled to start production this week mainly due to the holiday season.
Genius 12/12/2014 Logline: A chronicle of Max Perkins's time as the book editor at Scribner, where he oversaw works by Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others. Production Companies: Michael Grandage Company, Desert Wolf Productions Director: Michael Grandage Executive Producer(s): Tim Bevan Producer(s): John Logan, Michael Grandage, James Bierman Cast: Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce, Dominic West Writer(s): John Logan Details: Based on the book "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius" written by A. Scott Berg and originally published in 1978. SSN Insight: Sean Penn was previously attached to the role of Max Perkins. Bill Pohlad was previously attached to direct and produce through River Road Entertainment.
Girl Flu 12/12/2014 Logline: When young Bird moves from the San Fernando Valley to Echo Park, over the course of one challenging week she gets her first period, finds herself abandoned by her immature stoner of a mom, and finds out that she'll never be able to return to the Valley. Production Company: Free Chicken Films Director: Dorie Barton Executive Producer(s): Paul Schiff, Richard Hull Producer(s): David K Wilson, Jay Lowi Cast: Katee Sackhoff, Jade Pettyjohn, Heather Matarazzo, Jeremy Sisto, Judy Reyes Writer(s): Dori Barton SSN Insight: The film will shoot in and around Los Angeles. The film marks Dori Barton’s feature directorial debut. She was previously cast in All About Steve and Meet the Fockers.
I Saw the Light 12/12/2014 Logline: The story of the brief, turbulent life of 1950s country music star Hank Williams, who wrestled with alcohol, chronic back pain, a tempestuous marriage, and his own monumental talents before his shocking, sudden death at age 29. Production Companies: Bron Studios, 821 Entertainment Group, RatPac Entertainment, Creative Wealth Media Finance Director: Marc Abraham Executive Producer(s): James Packer Producer(s): Marc Abraham, Aaron Gilbert, Brett Ratner, Eric A Geadelmann, G Marq Roswell Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Cherry Jones, Wrenn Schmidt, Maddie Hasson Writer(s): Marc Abraham Details: Based on the book "Hank Williams: The Biography" by Colin Escott; published by Back Bay Books (first published 1994). SSN Insight: Project was previously in development at Strike Entertainment with Eric Newman and Anastasia Brown producing.
Life at These Speeds 12/14/2014 Logline: A moving story about forgiveness and hope, it follows a teenager from the Heartland who loses his best friends in an accident and channels his grief into running, becoming a high school track star. Production Companies: Cinema Revival, Inc., Culmination Productions Director: Leif Tilden Executive Producer(s): Sam Rockwell Producer(s): Scott William Alvarez, Peter Holden, Frank Vitolo, Tom Butterfield Cast: Graham Rogers, Billy Crudup, Yul Vasquez, Melanie Lynskey, Liana Liberato Writer(s): Marc Novak Details: Based on the novel "Life at These Speeds" written by Jeremy Jackson and published by Thomas Dunne Books on July 5, 2002. SSN Insight: Justin Long previously attached to star. Sam Rockwell previously attached to star.
Room 12/15/2014 Logline: In a tale of resilience and love, a mother musters courage and resources to make sure that her little boy enjoys his childhood, despite their having being held captive in a small, single room since before the boy was born. Production Companies: Film4, Irish Film Board, Element Pictures, No Trace Camping Director: Lenny Abrahamson Executive Producer(s): Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross, Sue Bruce-Smith, Rose Garnett, Jeff Arkuss Producer(s): Ed Guiney, David Gross Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, William H. Macy Writer(s): Emma Donoghue Details: Based on the novel "Room" written by Emma Donoghue and published by Little, Brown and Co. in 2010.
Skiptrace 12/15/2014 Logline: A Hong Kong detective is given the job of tracking down an American gambler who is on the run, and the two men form an unlikely partnership to catch a notorious criminal. Production Company: Talent International Film Company Director: Renny Harlin Executive Producer(s): Yang Zhenhua, Liu Xiaolin Producer(s): Jackie Chan, David Gerson, Charlie Coker, Esmond Ren, Damien Saccani Cast: Jackie Chan, Fan Bingbing, Johnny Knoxville Writer(s): Rodney Rothman, Derek Elliott, Jack Donaldson, Geoff Moore, David Posamentier SSN Insight: Sam Fell was previously attached to direct. Seann William Scott was previously attached to co-star in the role played by Johnny Knoxville. Previously in development with Exclusive Media.
The Black Prince 12/15/2014 Logline: The last Sikh prince of Punjab is placed on the throne at five, but when India is annexed to the British, he is sent to England and never allowed to return to his home. Production Company: Brillstein Entertainment Partners Director: Kavi Raz Producer(s): Jai Khanna Cast: Satinder Sartaaj, Shabana Azmi, David Essex, Jason Flemyng, Rupert Everett Writer(s): Kavi Raz SSN Insight: Project is bilingual, in English and Hindi. The film’s estimated budget is $5 million. Brillstein will help coordinate the international cast, provide crew and production logistics, as well as assist in securing international sales. The project was originally scheduled to wrap on November 22, 2014.
The Call Up 12/13/2014 Logline: A group of gamers invited to test out a virtual reality game find themselves fighting for their lives. Production Companies: Stigma Films, Red and Black Films Director: Charles Barker Executive Producer(s): Alan Martin, Richard Holmes Producer(s): Matt Wilkinson, John Giwa-Amu Cast: Max Deacon, Morfydd Clark, Ali Cook, Parker Sawyers, Tom Benedict Knight Writer(s): Charles Barker SSN Insight: Script by Charles Barker was featured on the 2011 Brit List (the U.K. equivalent of the Black List).
The Cellar (also titled Valencia) 12/15/2014 Logline: A young woman wakes up after a terrible accident to find that she's locked in a cellar with a doomsday prepper, who insists that he saved her life and that the world outside is uninhabitable following an apocalyptic catastrophe. Uncertain what to believe, the woman soon determines that she must escape at any cost. Studio: Paramount Pictures Production Company: Bad Robot Director: Dan Trachtenberg Producer(s): J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk Cast: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr. Writer(s): Daniel Casey, Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken SSN Insight: The screenplay was originally titled The Cellar and has been codenamed Valencia by Bad Robot, but still lacks an official title (per Slashfilm). In accordance with other Insurge projects, the film has an estimated budget of $5 million to meet the company’s goal of producing high concept, small budget films.
The Confirmation 12/11/2014 Logline: Everything goes wrong when 8-year-old Anthony and his estranged father wind up spending two days together, but it leads to them forging a relationship. Production Companies: Lighthouse Pictures , Bungalow Media + Entertainment, Great Point Media Director: Bob Nelson Executive Producer(s): Robert Halmi Jr., Jim Reeve, Robert Friedman Producer(s): Bob Nelson, Todd Hoffman Cast: Clive Owen, Jaeden Lieberher, Maria Bello, Patton Oswalt, Tim Blake Nelson Writer(s): Bob Nelson SSN Insight: The project marks Nebraska scribe, Bob Nelson’s directorial debut. Bungalow Media + Entertainment, a new company focused on development, production, and distribution has partnered with him. Bungalow also manages writers and directors under its Storied Media Group banner. Lighthouse Pictures will oversee production in Canada.
The Dressmaker 12/13/2014 Logline: A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong. Production Companies: Mirabella Productions, Screen NSW, Film Art Media Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse Executive Producer(s): Hugo Grumbar, Tim Haslam, Gavin Poolman, Michael Shyjka Producer(s): Sue Maslin Cast: Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Caroline Goodall Writer(s): Jocelyn Moorhouse Details: Based on the novel "The Dressmaker" written by Rosalie Ham and published in 2000 by Duffy and Snellgrove. SSN Insight: Isla Fisher and Elizabeth Debicki were previously attached to the cast, but had to exit the project for scheduling reasons. Embankment Films, in charge of distribution sales, presented footage from the film at this year’s AFM.
Three Generations 12/15/2014 Logline: A teen transitioning from male to female, her single mother and her lesbian grandmother live under one roof in New York City. Production Companies: InFilm Productions, Big Beach Director: Gaby Dellal Executive Producer(s): Naomi Watts, Leah Holzer, Daniele Melia, Peter Pastorelli Producer(s): Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub, Dorothy Berwin Cast: Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon Writer(s): Nikole Beckwith SSN Insight: IM Global launched international sales at AFM with ICM Partners handling the domestic end. Big Beach has previously produced and financed The Kings of Summer, Safety Not Guaranteed and Little Miss Sunshine under founders Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub’s leadership.
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Awards 2015: He Said/She Said — Discussing the Chances Of ‘Unbroken,’ ‘Into the Woods,’ 'Whiplash’ and Others In Our Mid-Season ReportThis week, senior editor Neil Turitz and senior staff writer Dina Gachman again engage in a war of words over everything that’s happened thus far in awards season, and speculate about what’s to come. In a most entertaining fashion, of course. (SSN)
On the Set For 12/15/14: J.J. Abrams Wraps ‘The Cellar,’ Tom Hiddleston Finishes ‘I Saw the Light,’ and MoreWhile nothing new started shooting this week, due to the holidays and all, a good number of projects finished principal photography, just in time for said holidays. (SSN)
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In the Wake Of Roberto Orci’s Departure, Four Directors Are On the Shortlist For the ‘Star Trek 3’ GigRupert Wyatt is apparently the top choice for the job, although Morten Tyldum, Daniel Espinosa and Justin Lin, are all under consideration. The movie is scheduled to come out in 2016. (GR)
David Oyelowo Might Get an Oscar Nod For Best Actor, But He’s Definitely Working With Lupita Nyong’oThe Selma star will join the 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner in Americanah, based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel, about Ifemelu, her early life in Nigeria, her expatriate experience working in America, and her later return to her home country. (EMP) (HP) (COL) (GL)