Jai Courtney Joins Dito Montiel’s ‘Man Down’

by Jen Yamato September 30, 2014 3:02pm Client Dito Montiel brings on Jai Courtney to join the cast of MAN DOWN Jai Courtney has joined the cast of Man Down, the psychological thriller from helmer Dito Montiel that’s ramping up to begin filming next month in Louisiana. The A Good Day To Die Hard and Divergent actor joins Shia LaBeouf, Gary Oldman, and Kate Mara in the story of Gabriel Drummer, a haunted Afghanistan war veteran who attempts to come to terms with his past while searching for his family in a post-apocalyptic America. Courtney will play the role of Devin, Gabriel’s best friend who served with him in the war. Montiel is directing from a screenplay by Adam Simon. Dawn Krantz, Stephen McEveety, and Jon Burton are producers. Courtney’s upcoming slate includes studio sci-fiers Terminator: Genisys and Insurgent, in which he reprises his role from YA hit Divergent, as well as Russell Crowe’s war drama The Water Diviner and Angelina Jolie’s award season biopic Unbroken. He’ll also star opposite Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson in Felony, the TIFF thriller that Gravitas Ventures will release October 17. The Australian actor is repped by UTA, Mark Morrissey & Associates in Australia, … Read More

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Jennifer Garner Sells Parenthood Comedy to Fox

3:18 PM PDT 9/29/2014 by Lesley Goldberg Client Matt Nicklaw is attached to write and EP Jennifer Garner’s new single-camera comedy about parenthood at Warner Bros. Television and Garner’s studio-based Vandalia Films. Fox is looking to executive producer Jennifer Garner for its next family comedy. The network has handed out a script commitment to the actress-producer for a half-hour comedy called Half Full, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The single-camera comedy centers on a newlywed couple forced to put on hold their dream of moving to New York City because of impending (unexpected) parenthood. Instead, they have no choice but to stay at home in “beautiful” Agawam, Mass., keeping themselves within a 5-mile radius of the husband’s five bitter older siblings. Matthew Nicklaw will pen the script and co-executive produce the comedy, which hails from Warner Bros. Television and Garner’s studio-based Vandalia Films banner. Garner will executive produce, with Vandalia’s Juliana Janes on board to produce. Last season, Garner teamed with Butter screenwriter Jason Micallef for a strip club drama set up at Fox, and now she is prepping mystery dramedy All the Pretty Faces at Bravo. Nicklaw is repped by WME, Underground’s Evan Silverberg and Josh McGuire, and attorney … Read More

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John Slattery, ‘Homeland’ Alum Join Catholic Sex Abuse Film ‘Spotlight’

1:39 PM PST 09/25/2014 by Austin Siegemund-Broka Client Jamey Sheridan joins John Slattery in Tom McCarthy’s Catholic sex abuse film SPOTLIGHT. Billy Crudup, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams also are on board John Slattery of Mad Men and Homeland alum Jamey Sheridan are among the new additions to Tom McCarthy’s Catholic sex abuse film Spotlight. Billy Crudup, whom THR exclusively reported was in talks to join the cast, officially has signed on. The film, which begins shooting Thursday in Boston, centers on the Boston Globe’s 2001 investigation that exposed a decades-long cover-up of sexual abuse by priests throughout the Boston Archdiocese. McCarthy, whose The Cobbler recently screened at the Toronto Film Festival, will direct from a screenplay he wrote with Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate). SEE MORE 15 Satisfying Moments From Mad Men’s (Nearly) Final Season The starring cast includes Liev Schreiber as Globe editor Marty Baron, Michael Keaton as “Spotlight team” editor Walter Robinson, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams as reporters, and Stanley Tucci as attorney Mitchell Garabedian. Slattery will play Ben Bradlee Jr., who was another editor for the Spotlight team. Crudup will play Eric MacLeish, a high-powered attorney who represented victims of sexual abuse by … Read More

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Jessie Ennis Joins ‘Veep’; Gladys Knight In ‘Empire’

by The Deadline Team September 22, 2014 12:30pm Client Jessie Ennis has joined the cast of HBO’s D.C. comedy Veep in a recurring role for Season 4 Jessie Ennis has joined the cast of HBO’s D.C. comedy Veep in a recurring role for Season 4. Ennis, repped by UTA and Underground, also recurs on Fox’ s Red Band Society and most recently starred opposite Matt Walsh,and Amy Sedaris in David Cross’ feature Hits. Gladys Knight has signed on to Fox’s Empire, playing herself in a potentially recurring role. The hip-hop industry drama series from Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and Brian Grazer centers on Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), a charismatic, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public. Knight, the “Midnight Train To Georgia” singer who released the gospel album Where My Heart Belongs this month, will sing in the show.

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Amazon Studios Nabs Sci-Fi Comedy ‘NORAD’

10:17 AM PST 09/17/2014 by Natalie Jarvey , Lesley Goldberg Clients Jason Micallef and Jim Field Smith team up again, this time with Amazon Studios, for their half-hour sci-fi comedy, NORAD. Underground exec producing with Jim Field Smith. Amazon Studios is mixing genres with its newest project. The streaming service has purchased half-hour sci-fi comedy NORAD from Butter writer Jason Micallef, a source tells The Hollywood Reporter. The logline is being kept under wraps, though the title could refer to the organization that provides air defense to North America. Director Jim Field Smith, with whom Micallef collaborated on the Jennifer Garner comedy Butter, is attached to executive produce alongside Underground’s Trevor Engelson and Josh McGuire. NORAD joins a number of upcoming projects for the Santa Monica-based studio, including biblical drama Promised Land, Carlton Cuse-penned Civil War drama Point of Honor, yoga studio comedy Down Dog and Shawn Ryan adaptation Mad Dogs. Amazon on Aug. 28 released its third batch of pilots for audience feedback, including comedy The Cosmopolitans from Whit Stillman, 1980s-set comedy Red Oaks from producer Steven Soderbergh and drama Hand of God starring Ron Perlman. Thus far, Amazon has picked up six series since beginning its pilot initiative, in … Read More

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Toronto: Shia LaBeouf, Kate Mara and Gary Oldman to Star in ‘Man Down’

9:02 AM PST 09/04/2014 by Scott Roxborough Client Dito Montiel set to direct psychological thriller MAN DOWN starring Shia LaBeouf, Kate Mara, and Oscar-nominated actor Gary Oldman Shia LaBeouf, House of Cards star Kate Mara and Oscar-nominated actor Gary Oldman have signed on to star in Man Down, a psychological thriller from director Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints). Screenwriter Adam Simon (Synapse) penned the script to Man Down, about an Afghanistan war veteran haunted by his experiences who is searching for his family in a post-apocalyptic America. The Solution Entertainment is handling international sales for the project and will be pitching it to buyers at the Toronto Film Festival. Dawn Krantz, Stephen McEveety and Jon Burton are producing the film, with shooting set to start Oct. 30 in Louisiana. The Solution’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel are executive producing the project alongside Roger Goff.

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