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‘Big Little Lies’ Kathryn Newton Joins Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges In ‘Ben Is Back’

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‘Big Little Lies’ Kathryn Newton Joins Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges In ‘Ben Is Back’
Exclusive: Kathryn Newton, who recently starred as Reese Witherspoon’s rebellious daughter in HBO’s multiple Emmy-winning series Big Little Lies, has just been cast along side Julia Roberts and Manchester By the Sea’s Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges in Ben Is Back. The drama is scripted and will be directed by Peter Hedges, the What's Eating Gilbert Grape novelist-screenwriter, About a Boy scribe and Pieces of April and Dan In Real Life director. Hedges is also the father of…
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Greenlit: Julia Roberts and Ryan Murphy Projects Staff Up to Film This Year + More

Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! “Ben is Back”Julia Roberts and “Manchester by the Sea” breakout star Lucas Hedges will star together in a drama directed and written by Hedges’ father Peter Hedges. Peter Hedges’ recent work includes “Dan in Real Life,” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” and other past works include, “Pieces of April,” “About a Boy,” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” The story follows Lucas Hedges as a troubled son who returns to his family for Christmas when his mother learns he is in harm’s way and must aid in the family’s survival. No other talent is attached, and no casting director has been announced, but Hedges has consistently worked with Telsey + Co on past films.
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Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges to Star in Drama ‘Ben Is Back’

Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges to Star in Drama ‘Ben Is Back’
Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges will star as mother and son in the family drama “Ben Is Back,” to be directed by Hedges’ real-life father, Peter Hedges.

Lucas Hedges, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in “Manchester by the Sea,” will portray a charming yet troubled man who returns home to his unsuspecting family on Christmas Eve. His wary mother welcomes her beloved son’s return, but soon learns that he is still very much in harm’s way.

Color Force and Black Bear Pictures are producing alongside the elder Hedges, with 30West and Black Bear fully financing the project. CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for the movie, will represent U.S. rights. Sierra/Affinity will be handling international rights at the American Film Market, which opens Nov. 1 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Production is set to begin this December in New York.

Roberts stars in the upcoming drama “Wonder,” opposite [link=nm
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Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges to Star in Drama 'Ben is Back'

Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges to Star in Drama 'Ben is Back'
Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges are set to star in the homecoming drama Ben Is Back.

Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape, About a Boy) wrote and will direct the feature that takes place over 24 hours, following the charming-but-troubled Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben’s wary mother, Holly Burns (Roberts), welcomes her beloved son, but soon learns that he is still in harm’s way.

Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson's Color Force and Teddy Schwarzman's Black Bear Pictures are producing alongside the elder Hedges. 30West and Black Bear will fully finance...
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Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For Black Bear & 30West-Backed ‘Ben Is Back’

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Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For Black Bear & 30West-Backed ‘Ben Is Back’
Exclusive: Julia Roberts and Manchester By the Sea Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges are set to star in Ben Is Back. The drama is scripted and will be directed by Peter Hedges, the What’s Eating Gilbert Grape novelist-screenwriter, About a Boy scribe and Pieces of April and Dan In Real Life director who is the father of Lucas. The drama follows the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben's wary mother…
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Amazon Scraps Expensive David O. Russell Drama In Light of Weinstein Scandal

Amazon Scraps Expensive David O. Russell Drama In Light of Weinstein Scandal
Amazon made a pricey $160 million bet on a new series from director David O. Russell starring Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro. But now it’s folding those cards.

The streaming service announced late Friday that the untitled project wouldn’t be moving forward in light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Weinstein Co. was a producer on the untitled series, the details of which had been kept under wraps. The decision to cancel production also came a day after Amazon Studios boss Roy Price, who picked up the show, was placed on indefinite leave due to sexual harassment allegations.

Read More:Amazon Reconsidering Weinstein Co. Series, Including Expensive David O. Russell Drama, In Assault Scandal Aftermath

“We support Amazon’s decision as in light of recent news and out of respect for all those affected we have decided together that it is best to not move forward with this show,” Russell,
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Amazon Scraps Expensive David O. Russell Drama In Light of Weinstein Scandal

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Amazon Scraps Expensive David O. Russell Drama In Light of Weinstein Scandal
Amazon made a pricey $160 million bet on a new series from director David O. Russell starring Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro. But now it’s folding those cards.

The streaming service announced late Friday that the untitled project wouldn’t be moving forward in light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Weinstein Co. was a producer on the untitled series, the details of which had been kept under wraps. The decision to cancel production also came a day after Amazon Studios boss Roy Price, who picked up the show, was placed on indefinite leave due to sexual harassment allegations.

Read More:Amazon Reconsidering Weinstein Co. Series, Including Expensive David O. Russell Drama, In Assault Scandal Aftermath

“We support Amazon’s decision as in light of recent news and out of respect for all those affected we have decided together that it is best to not move forward with this show,” Russell,
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Liza Chasin Exits Working Title After 26 Years

Liza Chasin Exits Working Title After 26 Years
Liza Chasin, president of the U.S. operations of U.K.-based Working Title, is departing the company after 26 years.

Working Title co-chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner made the announcement to staff in an email on Monday. The missive included a note from Chasin, who said she is moving on to an unspecified gig elsewhere: “Now, I am very excited for my next chapter, where I will continue to create original content with great talent.”

Chasin joined Working Title in 1991 as its director of development and was promoted to vice president of production and development. She became president of the company in 1996.

Her credits include Cate Blanchett’s “Elizabeth,” 2001’s “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” 2002’s “About a Boy,” “Les Miserables,” “The Danish Girl,” “Victoria & Abdul,” and Edgar Wright’s “At World’s End,” “Baby Driver,” and his upcoming “The Darkest Hour,” starring Gary Oldman.

Read the note from Bevan and Fellner below.

Dear Colleagues,
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‘Ex Libris — The New York Public Library’ Review: The Best Thing to Happen to Libraries Since the Dewey Decimal System

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‘Ex Libris — The New York Public Library’ Review: The Best Thing to Happen to Libraries Since the Dewey Decimal System
Most of Frederick Wiseman’s films are long, but very few of them — possibly none — are too long. There’s a good reason for that. Actually, there are a lot of good reasons for that, but one tends to rise above the rest: Boredom is fundamentally antithetical to his work. Cinematically vivisecting American institutions since 1967, Wiseman has been able to sustain interest throughout endless documentary epics like “At Berkeley” and “Belfast, Maine” because his observational approach insists that drama is woven into the fabric of everyday life, and because his shrewd instinct for non-linear storytelling proves that point beyond any shadow of a doubt. His best films frame reality in a way that allows us to see it more clearly through his camera than we can with the naked eye,. All of his films are his best films.

All the same, the hypnotic and thoroughly essential “Ex Libris — The New
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‘Victoria & Abdul’ Review: Judi Dench-Starring Historical Drama Is Only Half a Story — Venice

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‘Victoria & Abdul’ Review: Judi Dench-Starring Historical Drama Is Only Half a Story — Venice
Stephen Frears’ “Victoria & Abdul” is an otherwise benignly toothless, pleasantly glossy affair, but it does force us to confront one tricky question: When treating a subject as fraught as British imperial rule, when does a film’s benign inoffensiveness become offensive in and of itself? Still, that’s about the only food for thought in what is at once a breezy, lion-in-winter vehicle for Judi Dench in queen-mode and a “Lifestyles of the Rich and Noble” bit of wealth porn, and not much more.

Dench is back as Queen Victoria, returning to a role she had previously played in John Madden’s “Mrs. Brown,” a film that must have not only inspired Frears and screenwriter Lee Hall, but acted as their foundational text. Little is known about the very real relationship that existed between the aging monarch and her advisor Abdul Karim, and so Hall has essentially grafted their story
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‘Loving Vincent’ Review: The World’s First Oil-Painted Feature is a Truly Insane Vincent van Gogh Tribute — Telluride

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‘Loving Vincent’ Review: The World’s First Oil-Painted Feature is a Truly Insane Vincent van Gogh Tribute — Telluride
Vladimir Nakobov’s 1938 novel “Laughter in the Dark” begins with its rich and horny (but happily married) hero arriving at the vision that will ultimately ruin his life. A retired art critic with cinematic aspirations, old Albinus is struck by the idea of taking a famous painter, “preferably of the Dutch School,” and animating one of his signature works into the stuff of motion pictures. Film technology was still in its infancy, and it made anything seem possible. What if someone could use it to breathe new life into a static canvas, adding new dimensions to the artist’s vision and illustrating what might have happened in the moments before and after the one that was immortalized in oil?

Albinus, to his credit, recognized the unique challenges that might be involved in such an endeavor. “It would entail a delicacy of work calling for novel improvements in the method of animation,
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‘Human Flow’ Review: Ai Weiwei Delivers the Definitive Documentary About the Ongoing Refugee Crisis

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‘Human Flow’ Review: Ai Weiwei Delivers the Definitive Documentary About the Ongoing Refugee Crisis
There are any number of unforgettable images in Ai Weiwei’s “Human Flow,” the most necessary and comprehensive documentary to date about our planet’s current refugee crisis, but the most indelible of them all is borrowed from a movie about a very different humanitarian failure. For 1956’s “Night and Fog,” Alain Resnais ventured into the haunted ruins of concentration camps Auschwitz and Majdanek, training his camera on the evidence that had been left behind. A still ocean of women’s hair. A mountain of empty shoes, spilling through the rooms of a building like a flood. Symbols that convey the scale of apathy and death better than bodies ever could, because the horror of bodies is too all-consuming to allow for any deeper understanding.

In “Human Flow,” the film’s famous artist-director shoots a massive heap of abandoned lifejackets from above, the camera lifting into the sky to reveal
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Nick Hornby short-form TV series 'State Of The Union' in the works

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Nick Hornby short-form TV series 'State Of The Union' in the works
Exclusive: Relationship dramedy produced by See-Saw Films will be directed by Notting Hill’s Roger Michell.

See-Saw Films and writer Nick Hornby are teaming up on a TV series about marriage counselling.

State Of The Union will be directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill) and is made up of ten ten-minute episodes.

The series follows a middle-aged couple who meet in the pub before going into marriage counselling each week. Each episode shows the ten minutes before they face the counsellor.

State Of The Union will shoot in London this autumn with the cast and broadcast partner set to be announced soon.

See-Saw told Screen that they expect the show to be aired both online and by a TV broadcaster.

Hakan Kousetta, COO of television at See-Saw, said: “Because it’s a completely different format, it lends itself to something a broadcaster can play with. It’s not just a piece of digital television, it’s a proper
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Nick Hornby, See-Saw Films team for short-form TV series

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Nick Hornby, See-Saw Films team for short-form TV series
Exclusive: Relationship dramedy will be directed by Notting Hill’s Roger Michell.

See-Saw Films and writer Nick Hornby are teamig up on a TV series about marriage counselling.

State Of The Union will be directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill) and is made up of ten ten-minute episodes.

The series follows a middle-aged couple who meet in the pub before going into marriage counselling each week. Each episode shows the ten minutes before they face the counsellor.

State Of The Union will shoot in London this autumn with the cast and broadcast partner set to be announced soon.

See-Saw told Screen that they expect the show to be aired both online and by a TV broadcaster.

Hakan Kousetta, COO of television at See-Saw, said: “Because it’s a completely different format, it lends itself to something a broadcaster can play with. It’s not just a piece of digital television, it’s a proper
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Zombe Romance Warm Bodies hits $K Ultra HD Home Video in October

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The unique romantic comedy with a paranormal twist, Warm Bodies, arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) for the first time ever on October 3 from Lionsgate. In this story about the power of human connection, Nicholas Hoult stars as an unusual zombie who forms a special relationship with a human girl as they struggle to survive during a zombie epidemic. Rounding out the all-star cast is Teresa Palmer, Emmy® winner Rob Corddry (Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama, “Childrens Hospital,” 2008) and two-time Academy Award® nominee John Malkovich (Best Supporting Actor, 1993, In the Line of Fire, and 1984, Places in the Heart). 4K Ultra HD provides over four times the resolution of Full HD and includes Dolby Vision™ high-dynamic range (Hdr) to deliver the brightest, most vivid and realistic color with the greatest contrast. Written for the screen and directed by Jonathan Levine (The Night Before,
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Warm Bodies Coming To 4K Ultra HD On October 3rd

The unique romantic comedy with a paranormal twist, Warm Bodies, arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) for the first time ever on October 3 from Lionsgate.

In this story about the power of human connection, Nicholas Hoult stars as an unusual zombie who forms a special relationship with a human girl as they struggle to survive during a zombie epidemic. (Review)

Rounding out the all-star cast is Teresa Palmer, Emmy® winner Rob Corddry (Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama, “Childrens Hospital,” 2008) and two-time Academy Award® nominee John Malkovich (Best Supporting Actor, 1993, In the Line of Fire, and 1984, Places in the Heart).

4K Ultra HD provides over four times the resolution of Full HD and includes Dolby Vision™ high-dynamic range (Hdr) to deliver the brightest, most vivid and realistic color with the greatest contrast.

Written for the screen and directed by Jonathan Levine (The Night Before,
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Why Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner Are the Best Indie Producers in the World Right Now

Why Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner Are the Best Indie Producers in the World Right Now
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Working Title producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, whose latest hit is Edgar Wright’s wheel-and-disc-spinning breakout “Baby Driver” (June 28, Sony), which has tracked $64 million worldwide to date.

Bottom Line: This brainy duo with plummy British accents have been turning out a consistent slate of smart global hits since the ’80s. The London-based co-chairmen of Working Title boast the best taste in the business. They chase mainstream quality fare. That’s their gig. But even so over the years, partnering with Universal Pictures, with freedom to greenlight movies up to $35 million, their films have grossed an impressive almost $7 billion dollars worldwide.

Career Peaks: From the start, Working Title founder Tim Bevan gravitated to local stories with global potential like “My Beautiful Laundrette,” Stephen Frears’ searing
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Why Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner Are the Best Indie Producers in the World Right Now

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Why Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner Are the Best Indie Producers in the World Right Now
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Working Title producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, whose latest hit is Edgar Wright’s wheel-and-disc-spinning breakout “Baby Driver” (June 28, Sony), which has tracked $64 million worldwide to date.

Bottom Line: This brainy duo with plummy British accents have been turning out a consistent slate of smart global hits since the ’80s. The London-based co-chairmen of Working Title boast the best taste in the business. They chase mainstream quality fare. That’s their gig. But even so over the years, partnering with Universal Pictures, with freedom to greenlight movies up to $35 million, their films have grossed an impressive almost $7 billion dollars worldwide.

Career Peaks: From the start, Working Title founder Tim Bevan gravitated to local stories with global potential like “My Beautiful Laundrette,” Stephen Frears’ searing
See full article at Indiewire »
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