By NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor | Monday November 11, 2013 Scottish director David Mackenzie’s prison drama Starred Up was acquired for U.S. distribution last week by Tribeca Film. Today, the movie scored eight nominations for the 16th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards. Clio Barnard’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight title, The Selfish Giant, follows with seven nods, and three films picked up five each: James McAvoy-starrer Filth; the UK’s Foreign Language Oscar entry, Metro Manila; and Roger Michell’s Le Week-End. Save for Filth, the above titles are selected in the Best British Independent Film category along with Stephen Frears’ Philomena. The latter also scored mentions for lead actress Judi Dench and lead actor Steve Coogan. Coogan is also nominated with Jeff Pope for the film’s screenplay which won the pair a prize in Venice. Another Venice title, Under The Skin, divided critics on the Lido, but received a series of nominations today including for lead actress Scarlett Johansson. Tom Hardy man-in-crisis-in-a-car movie, Locke, picked up three nods for actor, screenplay and editing. Winners will be announced on December 8th at the Old Billingsgate in London. Following is a full list of nominees: BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM Metro Manila Philomena The Selfish Giant Starred Up Le Week-End BEST DIRECTOR Jon S Baird – Filth Clio Barnard – The Selfish Giant Sean Ellis – Metro … Read More
By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Thursday October 31, 2013 The Glades star Matt Passmore is set as the lead of another potential basic cable drama series. Passmore will topline USA Network’s untitled Sean Jablonski pilot, which centers on Neil Truman (Passmore), an investment banker who attempts to satisfy his married midlife crisis by quitting his job and redefining himself and his relationships. UCP is producing, with Jablonski and Russ Krasnoff executive producing. USA had its eye on Passmore for a while but could not lock him in until he had been released from The Glades. Following The Glades’ cancellation by A&E, producer Fox TV Studios explored other potential homes for the series including Ion, though an deal could not be closed, making Passmore available. He is repped by WME, ROAR, and RGM in Australia.
10/28/2013 by Ashley Lee | The Hollywood Reporter “What if the CIA wanted to get ahold of Jason Bourne so they called his cell phone, but he’d left his phone in a toilet cubicle and the janitor picked it up and said, ‘Hello?’ ” joked director-producer Jim Field Smith at the U.S. premiere of his new show at the New York TV Festival on Saturday night. “That’s what this show is — The Wrong Mans in the wrong place at the wrong time.” The main men of The Wrongs Mans are Sam Pinkett and Phil Bourne (played by Mathew Baynton and Tony Award-winner James Corden), two lonely civil office rejects who (quite literally) walk into a multitiered criminal plot. What results is an eclectic blend of blockbuster action, serialized thriller, office-cubicle comedy and buddy film, already a U.K. hit via BBC2 and available on Hulu come Nov. 11. Baynton, who first discussed the idea with Corden during a guest arc on the beloved British sitcom Gavin & Stacey, hopes to push audiences’ expectations of television’s genres. “We were just saying to each other, why doesn’t comedy go there? Why is it only the domain of drama to do cliffhangers at the end of episodes, to have big cinematic visual ambition, to … Read More
Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY | October 26, 2013 LOS ANGELES — Actress Brittany Furlan was killing time waiting for her phone to ring. Bored, she started goofing around with the Vine app on her iPhone, making wacky short videos. Within days, her posted videos started developing a following. Within just a few months, it had grown to over 3.1 million. A Hollywood agent called to represent her. Then, out of the blue, she got e-mails from brands such as Wendy’s, Trident Gum and Benefit Cosmetics to make sponsored funny Vine videos. “All from an app,” she says. “Isn’t it unbelievable?” Vine, now owned by Twitter, was launched earlier this year and has emerged as one of 2013’s most popular apps. It’s grown from 13 million users in the spring to more than 40 million now. Like many other video apps, Vine offers tools to create short videos. Vine clips must be no longer than six seconds; they play in a never-ending loop. That tiny burst of screen time is what has clearly appealed to performers who have to cram a lot in, quickly. Facebook’s popular photo-sharing app Instagram responded to the popularity of Vine’s short-burst video this summer by expanding into video, … Read More
10/25/2013 by Tatiana Siegel This story first appeared in the Nov. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. In 2007, Warner Bros. producer Dan Lin and writers Dan and Kevin Hageman flew to the tiny town of Billund, Denmark — population 6,155 — to pitch Lego executives a movie based on the classic interlocking blocks. At the time, toy properties were all the rage in Hollywood thanks to the $710 million worldwide box-office haul of Transformers, a surprise hit spun from the Hasbro alien robots. But when Lin and the Hagemans presented their vision, they were greeted with skepticism. “Every year, Lego’s sales were seeing 25 percent gains, and that was during a major recession,” Lin recalls. “So, they asked us the tough question: ‘Why make a movie when we already have a successful toy line?’ “ Six years later, Lego, which recently became the second-biggest toy company in the world behind Mattel, is making a play to dethrone Hasbro as the hottest toy brand in Hollywood. Warners’ Lin-produced The Lego Movie is set for a Feb. 7 release. Lego has two hit Cartoon Network series — Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, which the Hagemans also wrote, and Legends of Chima — and more than 85 million video game units sold for Warner Bros. Interactive … Read More
DEAL CENTRAL | By Jeff Sneider on October 24, 2013 David Katzenberg is set to direct 20th Century Fox’s untitled movie about the Electronic Dance Music craze that features superstar DJ Diplo, TheWrap has learned. Adam Weinstock and Andy Jones co-wrote the movie, which will be produced by Trevor Engelson of Underground, whose Noah Rothman will executive produce with Diplo and his business partner Kevin Kusatsu. Katzenberg is expected to oversee the next draft of the script. Also Read: Will Diplo Make the ‘Saturday Night Fever’ of Dance Music? The film, described as “8 Mile” meets “Project X” in tone, follows three teens as they try to get into Diplo’s Electronic Music Festival. 20th Century Fox acquired the project as a pitch back in April. It is one of several EDM-themed movies in development around town, as Hollywood has taken notice of the genre’s growing appeal to younger audiences. 30 year-old Katzenberg is a well-regarded up-and-coming filmmaker and experienced TV director who has done episodes of MTV’s “Awkward,” Fox’s “Ben and Kate” and MTV’s “The Hard Times of RJ Berger,” which he co-created with Seth Grahame-Smith. The duo are now producing partners at KatzSmith Productions, which is developing “Beetlejuice 2” with director Tim Burton, as … Read More
10/22/2013 by Borys Kit | The Hollywood Reporter Catalina Sandino Moreno will star opposite Aaron Eckhart in Incarnate, the new franchise hopeful from Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse Productions. The role was initially to be played by Rosario Dawson, but the Sin City and Seven Pounds actress left the project due to scheduling reasons. The movie is due to begin production in November in Los Angeles. Brad Peyton is directing the micro-bugdet pic, which tells of “an unconventional exorcist — with the ability to tap into the subconscious of the possessed — who meets his match when a 9-year-old boy is possessed by a demon from his past,” according to Blumhouse. Blumhouse and IM Global are co-financing, while Blumhouse International is handling international sales. Blum is producing. Exec producing are Blumhouse’s Couper Samuelson, Stuart Ford, Charles Layton, Michael Seitzman, Trevor Engelson and Peyton. Moreno broke into the industry with her acclaimed performance in 2004’s Maria Full of Grace, a role for which she earned an Oscar nomination. She most recently was one of the stars of FX’s crime show The Bridge and counts, among her feature credits, Steven Soderbergh’s two-part Che films. She is repped UTA and Estelle Lasher at Principal Entertainment.
By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Wednesday October 16, 2013 Alcatraz alum David Hoflin and Yasmine Al Massri have been cast as regulars in the NBC pirate drama Crossbones, from Luther creator Neil Cross. The series is set in 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard (John Malkovich), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Aussie Hoflin, repped by Resolution and Genesis, will play Vane, a pirate captain known for being a vicious, villainous and murderous predator. Al Massri will play Selma, a poised and elegant Arabian woman who is Blackbeard’s one confidante. Filming is set to begin right away in Puerto Rico. Nora Kirkpatrick (The Office), Joel David Moore (Avatar) and Jessica Walter (Arrested Development) will co-star opposite Jaime Pressly in the TV Land single-camera comedy pilot Jennifer Falls. It centers on Jennifer Doyle (Pressly), a hot-tempered, high-flying businesswoman who gets fired from her job and is forced to move back with her mom (Walter), bringing along her teenage daughter. Moore will play Jennifer’s brother, who had lived in her shadow, and now she works for him in his bar. Kirkpatrick, repped by Innovative and the Burstein Co., will play Jennifer’s sister-in-law. Jennifer used to babysit her and now she’s Jennifer‘s boss. Moore is repped by ICM Partners, Underground … Read More
10/14/2013 by Lesley Goldberg Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri Martino are bringing their mother-daughter relationship to the small screen. In a competitive situation, NBC has nabbed Growing Ivy, a comedy based on an original idea by Martino and starring the duo, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The comedy, which landed at the network with a pilot production commitment, revolves around Type A+ Ivy Davis (Martino), who craves the stability she lacked in her childhood, and as a result, has thrown herself into her career at the expense of her personal life. In an attempt to restore balance and potentially find love, she invites her freewheeling, eccentric mom Franckie (Sarandon) to move in with her and work on their relationship. Martino will pen the script alongside Will McCormack, who with writing-producing partner Rashida Jones, will executive produce the comedy via their Warner Bros. Television-based Le Train Train banner. Sarandon and Martino will also serve as co-exec producers. Jeff Grosvenor is on board to produce. Growing Ivy marks the third time Sarandon and Martino will play mother-daughter onscreen. The duo will co-star in the upcoming indie drama Mother’s Day and previously teamed for 2002’s The Banger Sisters. In addition, Martino played a younger version of her mother in 1995’s Dead Man Walking. Martino (Californication, New Girl and The Mindy Project) is repped by … Read More