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Kelsey Grammer And Julia Stiles Appointed To ‘The God Committee’

  • Deadline
Kelsey Grammer And Julia Stiles Appointed To ‘The God Committee’
Kelsey Grammer and Julia Stiles have been set to star in The God Committee, a medical thriller that offers a lens into the U.S. organ transplant system. Austin Stark wrote and is directing the pic from Paper Street Films, Phiphen Pictures and Crystal City Entertainment, and shooting is underway in New York City.

The story moves between two timelines: In one, a donor heart is being flown to a New York hospital and a transplant committee has an hour to decide which patient deserves the life-saving organ. The other, which takes place six years later, explores the impact of that one decision. Colman Domingo, Janeane Garofalo and Dan Hedaya are co-starring.

Phiphen’s Molly Conners, Amanda Bowers, Vincent Morano and Jane Oster are producing alongside Crystal City’s Ari Pinchot and Jonathan Rubenstein and Paper Street’s Stark, Benji Kohn and Bingo Gubelmann. Joannna Meek, Ray Masucci, Erika Hampson,
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The Solution Entertainment Group to launch Cannes sales on medical thriller 'The God Committee'

The Solution Entertainment Group to launch Cannes sales on medical thriller 'The God Committee'
Infinitely Polar Bear producer Austin Stark directs from own screenplay.

The Solution Entertainment Group will launch international sales in Cannes on the Kelsey Grammer and Julia Stiles medical thriller The God Committee from Paper Street Films, Phiphen Pictures and Crystal City Entertainment.

Filming is underway in New York on the story set against the backdrop of the Us organ transplant system and takes place across two timelines. In one, a transplant committee has one hour to decide which patient deserves a donor heart that is being flown to a New York hospital. The other takes place six years later and
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The Solution Entertainment Group to launch Cannes sales on medical thriller 'The God Committee '

The Solution Entertainment Group to launch Cannes sales on medical thriller 'The God Committee '
Infinitely Polar Bear producer Austin Stark directs from own screenplay.

The Solution Entertainment Group will launch international sales in Cannes on the Kelsey Grammer and Julia Stiles medical thriller The God Committee from Paper Street Films, Phiphen Pictures and Crystal City Entertainment.

Filming is underway in New York on the story set against the backdrop of the Us organ transplant system and takes place across two timelines. In one, a transplant committee has one hour to decide which patient deserves a donor heart that is being flown to a New York hospital. The other takes place six years later and
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‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye Is Casting an Artificial Intelligent Robot to Lead New Movie

‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye Is Casting an Artificial Intelligent Robot to Lead New Movie
Tony Kaye is making a dramatic casting move for his upcoming feature “2nd Born.” According to Deadline, the “American History X” filmmaker is using an artificial intelligence robot to play one of the lead roles in his new movie. The idea to cast a real robot came from Kaye and producer Sam Khoze. The filmmaker does not want to cast a human actor in makeup or have to rely on computer-generated effects.

According to Deadline, the robot will be trained in different acting methods and techniques prior to filming. Kaye and Khoze are hoping to get the robot SAG recognition.

“2nd Born” is the sequel to Ali Atshani’s “1st Born,” an indie film starring Val Kilmer, Tom Berenger, Greg Grunberg, William Baldwin, and Denise Richards. The original film is being released this year by Lotus Entertainment and centers on a married couple whose first pregnancy forces their families to find common ground.
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Filmmaker Tony Kaye Casts Robot As Lead Actor In Next Feature

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Filmmaker Tony Kaye Casts Robot As Lead Actor In Next Feature
Exclusive: As the advancement of technology continues to replace the need for human labor, American History X director Tony Kaye is undertaking a new — and maybe controversial — step in filmmaking by employing an Artificial Intelligent (A.I.) actor as the lead in his next film, 2nd Born.

Unlike Robin Williams’ 1999 film Bicentennial Man or the Steven Spielberg-directed A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Kaye is aiming to cast a real robot, who will be trained in different acting methods and techniques. The idea, which originated from Kaye and producer Sam Khoze, is to forgo the use of computer-generated effects in favor of a physical A.I. robot as an actor, who they are hoping will get SAG recognition.

2nd Born is the sequel to 1st Born, an indie comedy directed by Ali Atshani and starring Val Kilmer, Tom Berenger, Greg Grunberg, Jay Abdo, Taylor Cole, Reza Sixo Safai, William Baldwin, Denise Richards and Robert Knepper.
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Film News Roundup: Tony Kaye to Direct Crime Drama ‘Honorable Men’

  • Variety
Film News Roundup: Tony Kaye to Direct Crime Drama ‘Honorable Men’
In today’s film news roundup, Tony Kaye is attached to a crime drama, Brandon Sklenar gets a role in “Indigo Valley,” Orion Classics buys “Clara’s Ghost,” and romcom “Paper Friends” has started shooting in New York City.

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British director Tony Kaye has come on board to helm the independent crime drama “Honorable Men,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The film is being produced by Life Entertainment with producers Sam Khoze, Justin Steele, and Patrick McErlean along with the Film House and producer Ryan R. Johnson.

Kaye’s directing credits include “American History X,” “Black Water Transit,” and “Detachment.” He did not approve of the final cut of “American History X” and tried unsuccessfully to have his name removed as director of the movie, for which Edward Norton received an Oscar nomination.

Kaye also received six Grammy nominations for music videos such as Johnny Cash’s “God’s
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The Newton Brothers Haunting Score For “The Bye Bye Man” Available on Sony Classical Records

Composers Andy Grush and Taylor Stewart, aka The Newton Brothers, score Stx Entertainment’s supernatural horror thriller, The Bye Bye Man.

The film stars Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas and Doug Jones. Directed by Stacy Title and written by Jonathan Penner, “The Bye Bye Man” follows the story of three college students move into an old, off-campus house. They quickly find themselves hunted by a supernatural entity called The Bye Bye Man who may be responsible for possessing various people and causing them to commit killing sprees throughout recent history. The students discover the origins of the Bye Bye Man and find that there is only one way to avoid his curse: don’t say or think his name, because once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control.

Bye Bye Man opens in theatres on January 13, 2016. The soundtrack album featuring the score is available on Sony Classical.
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American History X and Tony Kaye, Hollywood maverick

Ryan Lambie Sep 5, 2016

An often spectacular drama, American History X left its maker shunned by Hollywood. Ryan looks at a great film and its maverick director.

It should have been a proud moment for British director Tony Kaye. His first feature, American History X, had finally appeared in Us cinemas on the 30th October 1998, and was already earning deserved attention for the strength of its direction and its powerful performances - not least from Edward Norton, cast in the lead as a volcanically angry young neo-Nazi in Venice, California.

American History X might have marked the next phase in Kaye's career, which, like such directors as Ridley Scott and Alan Parker before him, had begun in advertising back in the 1980s. And yet post-production on the movie had been protracted and difficult, as Kaye engaged in an increasingly public battle for its final cut. That battle had become so heated,
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Tony Kaye Lives: How The Fallen ‘American History X’ Director Hopes to Exorcise His Demons For His Boldest Feature Yet

Tony Kaye Lives: How The Fallen ‘American History X’ Director Hopes to Exorcise His Demons For His Boldest Feature Yet
At 63, Tony Kaye is plotting another comeback. Although he’s always been an award-winning director of commercials and music videos, his feature career is a study in scorched earth. His last feature was five years ago; before that, he shot “Black Water Transit,” which was never finished. And then there’s his debut, a masterpiece riddled with production woes called “American History X.”

That track record leads to perceptions that it’s impossible to take Kaye seriously — but that would be a mistake.

Studios may view him as a flustered and frustrating eccentric, but Kaye remains a rare breed — an outlaw artist working through one hurdle after another, beaten but not broken, and always ready to rise again. While virtually every American studio movie reflects some kind of compromise, truly unfiltered creative visions are rare. At a time when we could use more committed independents, we don’t hear from Kaye nearly enough.

That’s about to change, and while his characteristic brashness is still evident, he said he’s learned a bit of restraint. “We’ve all got demons inside of us,” he explained in a recent phone interview. “I’ve gotten rid of mine — or got them under control.”

His chosen vehicle to showcase that rehabilitation is “Stranger Than the Wheel,” Kaye’s first feature-length project since 2011’s “Detachment.” Last fall, Kaye announced on Facebook that Shia Labeouf would star in the self-financed film.

He’s wanted to make this movie for decades. In the early ’90s, Kaye was a popular director of commercials and music videos (he won a Grammy for Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train” video). But his goal was to make movies. “Stranger Than the Wheel” was one of three scripts he considered for his debut (another one was written by a newcomer named M. Night Shyamalan; the third was “American History X”).

Written by Joe Vinciguerra, “Stranger Than the Wheel” is the story of a young man who struggles to reconnect with his estranged father. “It’s a kind of serial drama about isolation, alienation, and alcoholism,” Kaye said recently, clearly relating — even if he hadn’t lost his father in recent years, Kaye would identify with the character’s alienated state.

In April, Kaye announced the departure of his lead via email, with the subject line “Shia Labeouf Qu!T.” (“Tony and I rolled around and wrestled an idea together,” Labeouf explained by email. “We shot a test. But in the end, we are not making a film together.”) Now the film will star Evan Ross (“The Hunger Games”). Kaye has been shooting test footage, and plans to begin production later this summer, with the stated (if unlikely) goal of finishing the picture in time for the fall festival circuit.

Or, all of this could be a preamble for more of the same. Eighteen years ago, “American History X” was also gearing up for a fall showcase — the Toronto International Film Festival offered it a prime slot — when Kaye flew across the country to meet with festival CEO and director Piers Handling. Claiming New Line Cinema had made changes to the film without his permission, Kaye asked Handling to refuse the studio’s version and show his cut instead.

“He was eccentric, opinionated, and had a very strong sense of what he wanted to do,” Handling recalled, noting that Kaye brought a small digital camera with him to their meeting and recorded the whole conversation. Handling talked to the studio about showing Kaye’s version, but instead, the company pulled the movie from the lineup.

While artistic temperaments are often part of the filmmaker package, Kaye is a breed apart. He’s the kind of Hollywood aberrant whom the corporate-overlord studio system has all but bred out of existence. “Tony doesn’t play that game,” Handling said. “He always wants to do things on his own terms.”

That’s an especially dicey proposition in 2016, an age in which every facet of the entertainment industry is deathly allergic to risk. Anyone concerned about the bottom line would be wary of Kaye’s track record when it comes to managing a responsible production.

During production on “American History X,” Kaye went to war with his star, Edward Norton, declaring him unfit for the part. (He later received his second Oscar nomination.) Kaye hired a priest, a rabbi and a Buddhist monk to join a meeting with New Line executive Michael De Luca. Editing was a protracted process and, after Kaye completed a cut the studio liked, he demanded eight more weeks to radically reimagine the film.

When New Line refused, Kaye began trashing the movie; he threatened to remove his credit and replace it with “Humpty Dumpty.” (That has since become the title of an unfinished documentary about the production that Kaye hopes to release.) Then came the Toronto showdown.

When it was all over, Kaye had earned the outright ire of New Line, the DGA, and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers; everyone else was confounded. After that, things didn’t get easier. While he won a lifetime achievement award for his advertising work in early 2001, that fall, Marlon Brando hired Kaye to direct a series of acting workshops. The filmmaker showed up dressed as Osama bin Laden, shortly after 9/11, infuriating everyone involved.

A year later, he confessed his major regret in an article for The Guardian. “I thought I was upholding the old movie industry traditions of strutting around, picking fights with the studio and being the fly in everyone’s ointment,” he wrote. “I had passion — you have to give me that. But I was, it has to be said, a spectacular pain in the ass.” These days, he describes his previous setbacks as the result of “desire for self alone.”

Whatever his current emotional state may be, his existing filmography speaks on its own terms. If there’s an overarching theme to Kaye’s work, it’s his ability to deliver achingly real portraits of America’s fractured communities.

Kaye’s antics make it almost too easy to dismiss his filmmaking outright — as this writer did initially, with “Detachment.” The vulgar tale of a disgruntled public high school instructor (Adrien Brody) struck me as a shrill riff on “Half Nelson.” At Kaye’s urging, I took a second look, and found that “Detachment” is more than theatrics surrounding student-teacher relationships: it’s a tender investigation into what it means to feel utterly helpless while battling institutional dysfunction.

But nothing in Kaye’s filmography demonstrates his vision more cohesively than “Lake of Fire,” the haunting black-and-white encapsulation of abortion debate in America that Kaye spent decades assembling. From its visceral imagery of abortion operations to the angry protestors, the film conveys an operatic vision of anger and frustration rendered in expressionistic terms.

Kaye realizes it’s his most coherent achievement to date. “I don’t know how I made that movie,” he said.

“There are some people who don’t really fit into the Hollywood structure,” said Handling. “Tony’s one of those guys. He’s a renegade, an outsider — not unlike Orson Welles.” And like Welles, Kaye’s sensibility extends beyond the fits of ambitious projects, some more polished than others. The man is indistinguishable from his movies.

Kaye has remained an accomplished commercial artist. The money he makes on ads enable him to self-finance his films. He also recently completed work for the virtual reality company Jaunt on a six-part series, “Pure McCartney,” which features McCartney at home discussing his relationship to five different songs. Kaye spoke emphatically about the possibilities of the new technology. “It’s this incredible process of carrying the viewer into a solitary experience,” he said.

Kaye described his current inspirations as ranging from Jackson Pollock to David Lean, whose “Lawrence of Arabia” epitomizes the kind of sprawling drama Kaye hopes to create. “I’ll get there,” he said, and hopes to do it with “Stranger Than the Wheel.”

His new star is thrilled at the prospect. “I’m generally just excited about anything Tony Kaye does,” said Ross, who has already been shooting footage for the project around Los Angeles. “I don’t think I’ve worked with a director like him who can just put incredible things together.”

Kaye shared his vision with IndieWire via multiple emails, showcasing photos of ink-blotted pages filled with fractured images from his planning sessions for the film: a raggedy school bus, some kind of giraffe-bird mashup, an impressionistic sketch of his leading man, the quixotically named Faunce Bartleby.

“I think I am real,” he wrote at one point. At another, he noted that he planned to turn “Stranger Than the Wheel” into a musical — “a dramuzical epic,” as he wrote in an email. At times, he sounded off about his resistance to industry standards, noting his frustration over a recent big studio film he attended with his kids. “These perpetrators of pollution people should not be allowed to work!” he wrote.

Will Kaye succeed in bringing his visions to the world? If not, it won’t be for lack of trying. While he has struggled with a stutter over the years, the impediment was barely discernible in recent conversations. Kaye has no trouble formulating the case for his latest efforts.

“I’ve got something marvelous here,” Kaye said of his new project. “Don’t worry: I want it to be a hit.”

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Tony Kaye Returns With 'Stranger Than The Wheel' Starring Shia Labeouf

“I am — excuse my French — fucked,” director Tony Kaye said last summer about the state of his career. It certainly hasn't been easy going for the filmmaker, who clashed with the star and studio of his debut picture, "American History X," in 1998, and ever since found himself working intermittently, completing the 2006 documentary “Lake Of Fire,” and the 2011 drama “Detachment,” while his thriller "Black Water Transit" is still stuck in legal limbo following Capitol Films going under. Read More: 'American History X' Director Tony Kaye Says He's Still In Director's Jail “I am in jail. I am totally in jail,” Kaye added. “I have this crazy reputation, which I nurtured. I thought you had to be arrogant and awful. I have learned a lot over the years about process, and how to conduct myself with collaborators within the collective of making a movie, and how to be caring about the pain of others,
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Condemned Death is the Only Escape

Condemned Death is the Only Escape

Available on VOD, DVD and Blu-Ray January 5, 2016 Rlj Entertainment, (Nasdaq: Rlje) brings you Condemned. Directed by Eli Morgan Gesner, the film stars Dylan Penn in her film debut, Ronen Rubinstein (Detachment, Some Kind of Hate), Lydia Hearst (Cabin Fever: Patient Zero), Jon Abrahams (Scary Movie), Honor Titus and Genevieve Hudson-Price (Freedomland). Condemned will ...

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Christina Hendricks Joins Showtime’s Roadies

It looks like Christina Hendricks is dealing with her departure from Sterling Cooper & Partners by hitting the road. According to multiple sources, the Mad Men actress has joined the main cast of Roadies, a music-centric comedy created, written and to be directed by Jerry Maguire helmer Cameron Crowe for premium cable network Showtime.

Roadies follows the day-to-day life of individuals involved in a massively successful rock tour, as seen through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes – the crew members who make each show happen. Hendricks will take on the meaty role of Shelli, the band’s production manager, who is ““ingenious, tough, but privately emotional, married to her job… and scary-good at it.”

Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Peter Cambor and Keisha Castle-Hughes are also on board the ensemble series in main roles, but Hendricks’ involvement just makes us more excited for what’s sure to be a
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Madeleine Stowe Gets Caged For ‘The Runner’

She’s arguably one of the most underrated actresses in recent history, within the ballpark of greatness during the Nineties for The Last Of The Mohicans and Twelve Monkeys. Then Madeleine Stowe faded away a bit and Hollywood lost a strong female presence. She returned to prominence as the apex of small screen bitchiness for Revenge, but I for one couldn’t help wondering if a bigger project was going to come along more worthy of her talents.

With The Runner this could well be her time to shine. Co-starring Nicolas Cage as a love rat congressman, Stowe plays the wife who turns a blind eye to his deceptions with the other firmly on the glory of elected office. Sounds like a case of “been there, done that”, but when the setting involves the Bp oil spill that wrecked the Gulf Coast in 2010 my appetite is whetted, or at least slathered in black gunk.
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Daniel Radcliffe to Star in You Shall Know Our Velocity; Nicolas Cage Leads The Runner; Djimon Hounsou and Alexis Knapp Join One

A few casting notices: Daniel Radcliffe is attached to star in You Shall Know Our Velocity, director Peter Sollett's (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist) adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel. Nicolas Cage will star in the contemporary political drama The Runner, the feature directorial debut of Austin Stark (Detachment). Djimon Hounsou and Alexis Knapp are attached to star in the action/adventure One, written and directed by Murali Thalluri (2:37). See the press releases after the jump for more details on each project. You Shall Know Our Velocity Daniel Radcliffe Attached To Star In Process And Benaroya Pictures’ ‘You Shall Know Our Velocity’ To Be Directed By Peter Sollett And Based On Dave Eggers’ Best-selling Novel International Film Trust To Handle Foreign Rights Cannes May 17 2014 – Daniel Radcliffe (Kill Your Darlings, Harry Potter film series) is attached to star in Peter Sollett’s (Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist) comedy You
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Nicolas Cage Will Be The Runner

Filmmaker Austin Stark is about to begin a whole new chapter of his career, as he makes his feature-length directorial debut The Runner, with Nicolas Cage now cast in the lead role.

Having long been making waves on the festival circuit as producer of such well-received titles as Detachment (starring Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks and Marcia Gay Harden) and Happythankyoumoreplease (which won the 2010 Audience Award at Sundance), Stark has thus far been directing short films himself – namely Killing Pedro Rivera, and Love/Death/Cobain. However, as his latest film as producer – Infinitely Polar Bear – is readied for release, Stark is now taking the helm, armed with a script that he wrote himself, and a history of producing fascinating films.

Set in the aftermath of the devastating Bp oil spill in 2010, The Runner focuses on idealistic but flawed New Orleans Congressman Colin Price (Cage), who is forced to confront his dysfunctional
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Casting Net: Will Ferrell is after the Crown Jewels in 'The Yank'; Oscar Isaac for 'Star Wars'?

Casting Net: Will Ferrell is after the Crown Jewels in 'The Yank'; Oscar Isaac for 'Star Wars'?
Will Ferrell (The Lego Movie) will play a guy who works in insurance and finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy to steal England’s Crown Jewels in The Yank. No director has been attached to the film, written by Steve Pink (High Fidelity) and John Morris (Hot Tub Time Machine). [Deadline]

Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) is the 10,000th person rumored for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. Per usual, no character was revealed but with principal photography approaching at light speed, it seems like we might be soon getting a look at the new population of that far,
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'American History X': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Controversial Edward Norton Movie

It's been 15 years since the release of "American History X" (on October 30, 1998), and to this day, the movie stands as a riveting and brutal drama about the persistence of white-supremacist racism in America. It cemented Edward Norton's reputation as the premier Method actor of his generation, and it included at least one scene (the infamous curb-stomp sequence) that's been copied by everyone from "The Sopranos" to "Family Guy."

Yet to this day, many viewers still don't know the often even more dramatic story that went on behind the scenes of the film, in which first-time feature director Tony Kaye fought with Norton and distributor New Line over the final cut of the film. He ultimately filed a $200 million lawsuit because he preferred to be credited as Humpty Dumpty rather than allow the studio's cut to be released under his name. Read on to learn more about Kaye's epic and
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The Future is Now: Top 20 New Faces from Tiff 2013

  • IONCINEMA.com
Now that the dust has settled and the behemoth Tiff is in our rear-view mirror, the Ioncinema.com team are comparing notes, grading films and looking back at our personal experiences, our rapport with the films we saw and the characters that vividly remain with us. Among our favorite fest recaps, our discerning fivesome (Eric Lavallee, Jordan M. Smith, Nicholas Bell, Leora Heilbronn, Caitlin Coder) have created a Top 20 List of New Faces from the 2013 of up-and-coming actors and actresses (of all age demos) that stole some thunder in lead or supporting player roles. Here they are:

#20. Zoe Levin (Palo Alto, Beneath the Harvest Sky)

Unlike the characters of Emily and Tasha in Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto and Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly’s Beneath the Harvest Sky, Zoe Levin‘s future is a a bright one. Respectively playing a teens suffering from suburban and country-setting ennui, in Palo Alto
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[TV] James Wong’s “The Occult” Casts Daughter and Agent…

The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine‘s Daniel Henney, pictured, and Detachment ‘s Brennan Brown are set to co-star opposite the previously announced Josh Lucas and Lynn Collins in A&E‘s drama pilot “Occult,” produced by Michael Bay and written by “X-Files” producer James Wong, says Deadline. “Occult centers on Dolan (Lucas), an FBI agent who... Read More
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ICM Partners Signs ‘Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks

Exclusive: ICM Partners has signed Christina Hendricks, best known for her 3-time Emmy-nominated role on the AMC series Mad Men. She has been making a lot of headway in features as well. She recently starred in the Nicolas Winding Refn-directed Drive, I Don’t Know How She Does It, Life As We Know It, Detachment and Struck By Lightning. Hendricks was most recently seen in the Sally Potter-directed Ginger And Rosa, which premiered at Toronto, and she’ll next be seen opposite Emily Mortimer in Leonie, which opens this weekend. When Mad Men wraps in April, she will play the female lead of Drive co-star Ryan Gosling’s directing debut, How To Catch A Monster, and she’s attached to star in the John Slattery-directed God’s Pocket opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman. She continues to be managed by Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon Entertainment.
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