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FilmRise Exec Faye Tsakas Moves To VP Role At Passage Pictures

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Former FilmRise director of acquisitions Faye Tsakas has been hired as VP Development and Production at Passage Pictures, the indie production company behind films including Marjorie Prime and the upcoming biopic Tesla starring Ethan Hawke. She will work with CEO Uri Singer to develop and produce new film and TV projects and be based in Los Angeles.

At FilmRise, Tsakas oversaw new release acquisitions and helped secure films including Marjorie Prime, Michael Almereyda and Passage’s sci-fi drama starring Lois Smith and John Hamm that won the Alfred P. Sloan prize at Sundance in 2017. She was also involved in deals for The Miseducation of Cameron Post, The Boy Downstairs, Manifesto, Who We Are Now and Dayveon.

Tsakas will be on board for Tesla, written and directed by Almereyda, which begins shooting in New York in the spring.

Passage Pictures’ slate also includes I Am Rose Fatou, penned by Ted Melfi; The King Of Oil,
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First look at Jessica Chastain in action thriller Eve

Voltage Pictures has revealed a first look image from the action thriller Eve featuring Jessica Chastain as the titular assassin; take a look here…

Eve (Jessica Chastain) is a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, traveling the globe specializing in high profile hits. When a job goes dangerously wrong she is forced to fight for her own survival.

Eve reunites Chastain with director Tate Taylor (The Help), who stepped in to replace screenwriter Matthew Newton (Who We Are Now) following a backlash due to the latter’s long history of domestic violence allegations. Also featuring in the cast alongside Chastain are Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Common (Hunter Killer), Geena Davis (Thelma & Louise) and Joan Chen (Marco Polo).

Photo Credit: Robert Clark/Voltage Pictures

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Exclusive: First ‘Eve’ Image Reveals Jessica Chastain’s Badass Assassin

Exact plot details are still scarce on Eve, the action flick starring and produced by Jessica Chastain, but if the bloody official first look image from Voltage Pictures is any indication things do not go well for the two-time Oscar nominee. Tate Taylor (The Girl on the Train) is directing a script from Who We Are Now writer Matthew Newton, who was originally slated to direct himself before dropping out amid reports of his 2007 domestic violence charges. Chastain will both produce and star as Eve, an assassin on the run from her own former employers. Here's the …
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Emma Roberts Exits Netflix Skating Drama ‘Spinning Out’

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Emma Roberts Exits Netflix Skating Drama ‘Spinning Out’
Emma Roberts is sliding out of Netflix’s upcoming drama series “Spinning Out,” an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap.

According to the person familiar with the project, the “American Horror Story” star left the show because she booked another series.

Earlier this month, the streaming service gave a 10-episode order to the figure staking drama series, which hails from Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell’s Safehouse Pictures and creator Samantha Stratton.

Also Read: Netflix's 'The Witcher': Here's Your First Look at Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia (Photo)

Roberts was set to star on “Spinning Out” as Kat Baker, an up-and-coming singles skater about to hang up her skates after a disastrous fall took her off the competition track. Kat takes an opportunity to continue her career as a pair skater with a bad-boy partner, risking the exposure of a secret that could unravel her entire life.
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Radiant Films Handling Foreign Rights On Di Bonaventura’s ‘Stripped’ – Afm

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Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International has come on board to handle international rights on the dramatic thriller Stripped. Pic reps the feature directorial debut of veteran camera operator Patrick O’Brien. Matthew O’Brien wrote the script in which Daredevil‘s Charlie Cox and Pitch Perfect‘s Brittany Snow star. Radiant will introduce the project to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market.

Stripped is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Erik Howsam of di Bonaventura Pictures and O’Brien in partnership with Vancouver-based Lighthouse Pictures.

Mimi Steinbauer, founder and CEO of Radiant Films said, “Radiant is delighted to be a part of this fun, alluring thriller with a line-up of exciting talent in front of and behind the camera. Buyers are hungry for just this sort of dynamic material, and Patrick’s vision for this film will surely deliver a hit.”

Cox plays the lead role of Will Hickey,
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Emma Roberts to Star on Netflix Figure Skating Series ‘Spinning Out’

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Emma Roberts to Star on Netflix Figure Skating Series ‘Spinning Out’
Emma Roberts has been cast as the lead in a new figure skating series for Netflix.

The streaming service has given a 10-episode order to “Spinning Out,” which comes from Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell’s Safehouse Pictures and creator Samantha Stratton.

Roberts will star as Kat Baker, an up-and-coming singles skater about to hang up her skates after a disastrous fall took her off the competition track. Kat takes an opportunity to continue her career as a pair skater with a bad-boy partner, risking the exposure of a secret that could unravel her entire life. Kat and her new partner face daunting odds, both on and off the ice, injury, financial sacrifice and potential mental breakdowns on their journey toward realizing their dream of the Olympics.

Also Read: Emma Roberts Pretty Much Confirms Madison Is Back for the Big 'Ahs' Crossover (Video)

Stratton, a former competitive figure skater herself,
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Netflix Orders Ice Skating Drama ‘Spinning Out’ Starring Emma Roberts

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Netflix Orders Ice Skating Drama ‘Spinning Out’ Starring Emma Roberts
Emma Roberts will star in an ice skating drama series that has been ordered at Netflix, Variety has learned.

The series, “Spinning Out,” stars Roberts as Kat Baker, an up-and-coming, high-level single skater who’s about to turn in her skates after a disastrous fall took her off the competition track. When Kat seizes an opportunity to continue her career as a pair skater with a talented bad-boy partner, she risks exposing a fiercely kept secret that could unravel her entire life. On and off the ice, Kat and her new partner will face daunting odds, injury to body and soul, financial sacrifice, and even potential mental breakdown on their way to realizing their Olympic dream.

Netflix has ordered 10 episodes.

The series was created by Samantha Stratton, who will serve as an executive producer and co-showrunner alongside Lara Olsen. Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold of Safehouse Pictures will also executive produce,
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The Help’s Tate Taylor to direct Jessica Chastain in Eve

Earlier this month it was revealed that Jessica Chastain is to produce and star in the action thriller Eve – news that was met with controversy, given that the film has been written and directed by Matthew Newton (Who We Are Now), a filmmaker has a long history of domestic violence and alleged assault allegations.

In the wake of the backlash, Newton announced that he’d be stepping down as director on the project, and now comes word that Chastain has enlisted her The Help director Tate Taylor to take over the reins on the film.

Eve will see Chastain taking on the role of a female assassin, but specific plot details are being kept under wraps. Tate is currently working on Blumhouse’s Ma, reuniting him with another cast member of The Help in Octavia Spencer, while he is also developing The Eyes of Tammy Faye with Chastin.

Chastain has
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Director Matthew Newton Drops Out of Jessica Chastain Movie After Backlash Over His History of Abuse

Director Matthew Newton Drops Out of Jessica Chastain Movie After Backlash Over His History of Abuse
Facing public backlash over a history of abusive behavior toward girlfriends, filmmaker Matthew Newton has exited his upcoming film “Eve,” in which Jessica Chastain was set to star and produce.

Read More: Jessica Chastain: ‘I Have Felt So Bad’ That Some Women ‘Feel Excluded’ From Time’s Up

Newton, whose credits include “From Nowhere” and “Who We Are Now,” has a history of multiple arrests. The filmmaker was charged in 2007 with stalking and causing bodily harm to his then-girlfriend, reportedly punching her in the head and attempting to gouge her eyes. Newton pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, common assault, but it was overturned after his psychiatrist sent a letter detailing his battle with mental illness. The director reportedly punched another girlfriend in August 2010 in the lobby of a Rome hotel room, causing her to suffer a concussion and a sprained jaw.

In a statement made to IndieWire earlier this year,
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Matthew Newton Exits As Director Of Jessica Chastain’s ‘Eve’ Amid Backlash

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Matthew Newton Exits As Director Of Jessica Chastain’s ‘Eve’ Amid Backlash
Matthew Newton has exited as director of the Jessica Chastain-starring Eve, a character-driven action movie that the Aussie also wrote. Chastain announced they film August 1 which she is producing via her Freckle Films along with Voltage Pictures.

The news of Newtwon’s hire caused a backlash against the project and Chastain, a strong voice in the current #MeToo movement and the Time’s Up campaign. Newton had pleaded guilty in his home country to assaulting his girlfriend in 2007.

Since Eve was announced, fans have been calling for Chastain to drop Newton, who most recently directed Who We Are Now, starring Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts and Zachary Quinto, which premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival.

Newton released a statement today about leaving the project, which Deadline hears was his decision:

“Yesterday I notified Jessica Chastain and the other producers on the film Eve that I will be stepping down as director.
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Jessica Chastain’s ‘Eve’ Loses Director Matthew Newton After Backlash

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Jessica Chastain’s ‘Eve’ Loses Director Matthew Newton After Backlash
Matthew Newton has exited as director of Jessica Chastain’s “Eve” following online backlash due to his history of alleged assault and domestic violence.

Newton, who suffers from bipolar disorder, made the announcement on Friday morning.

“Yesterday I notified Jessica Chastain and the other producers on the film ‘Eve’ that I will be stepping down as director,” he said in a statement. “Since the announcement of this film, the responses, which are powerful and important, have not fallen on deaf ears. I am profoundly aware that I have a responsibility to lead where I have failed in the past. I can never undo the harm that I’ve caused the people I’ve cared about and I carry that shame and responsibility with me every day.”

“Over the past eight years, I have been working extensively with healthcare professionals to help me overcome my addiction and mental health illness,” he added.
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Jessica Chastain Asked by Petitioners to Drop ‘Eve’ Director Over Past Assault Accusations

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Jessica Chastain Asked by Petitioners to Drop ‘Eve’ Director Over Past Assault Accusations
Petitioners are calling on actress Jessica Chastain to drop Matthew Newton, who has a history of physical assault accusations, as the director of her upcoming movie “Eve.”

The Care2 petition, titled “#TimesUp Activist Jessica Chastain Hires Domestic Abuser to Direct New Film,” has garnered more than 6,100 signatures as of this writing. The petition points to Chastain’s record as one of Hollywood’s most vocal advocates of gender equity, and then asks, “Despite all of this, Jessica Chastain wants to give Matthew Newton a pass? We don’t think so. #TimesUp for rich and powerful men being absolved of horrific abuse against women.”

Last week, Chastain was announced as the star of “Eve,” with Newton directing based on a script he wrote. Chastain is also producing. Newton’s other recent credits include “From Nowhere” and “The Sideways Light.”

Also Read: Fans Ask Jessica Chastain to Drop Director Matthew Newton Over
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Jessica Chastain to produce and star in action thriller Eve

Jessica Chastain has signed on to produce and star in Eve, an action-thriller from writer director Matthew Newton (Who We Are Now), Variety has revealed.

Matthew is wonderfully adept at crafting complex and relatable characters,” reads a statement from Chastain and her prodcuing partner Kelly Carmichael of Freckle Films. “We’ve been fans of his work and are so thrilled to be partnering with him and Voltage on Eve.”

“I have always admired Jessica Chastain’s work,” added Newton. “So when I wrote Eve, an intelligent, strong, and incredibly capable character, she was my immediate first choice to bring her to life. I am humbled and thrilled to be collaborating with Jessica and Voltage on the film.”

Chastain is currently shooting the horror sequel It: Chapter Two and also stars as the villain in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The actress is also attached to the video game adaptation The Division,
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Fans Ask Jessica Chastain to Drop Director Matthew Newton Over Past Assault Accusations

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Fans Ask Jessica Chastain to Drop Director Matthew Newton Over Past Assault Accusations
Jessica Chastain is one of Hollywood’s most vocal advocates of gender equity. So many on Twitter reacted with alarm at the fact that Matthew Newton, named as the director of her upcoming movie “Eve,” has a history of physical assault accusations, including against two ex-girlfriends.

Newton has said his history of mental illness, drugs and drinking are responsible for the charges, and he has repeatedly sought help. He pleaded guilty in 2007 to one count of common assault on his ex, Brooke Satchwell, but the conviction was later overturned after his psychiatrist said he suffered from depression and was unlikely to reoffend. But he faced more assault accusations later, involving then-girlfriend Rachael Taylor.

Given the reversal of the conviction on the common assault charge, it does not appear that he has ever been convicted. He has not had any apparent trouble with the law since 2012, the year he says he became sober.
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Jessica Chastain to produce and star in 'Eve' for Voltage Pictures

Jessica Chastain to produce and star in 'Eve' for Voltage Pictures
The character-driven action tale will be written and directed by Matthew Newton.

Voltage Pictures is teaming up with Jessica Chastain’s Freckle Films to produce Eve, a character-driven action film with Chastain starring.

Matthew Newton, director of recent Us release Who We Are Now, wrote the script for Eve and will direct. No plot details were revealed.

Voltage will fully finance the film, handle international sales and co-represent Us rights with CAA.

Nicolas Chartier and Dominic Rustam will produce alongside Chastain, her Freckle partner Kelly Carmichael and Newton. Jonathan Deckter will serve as executive producer with Babacar Diene as co-producer.
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Jessica Chastain Producing, Starring in Action Movie ‘Eve’ With Voltage

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Jessica Chastain Producing, Starring in Action Movie ‘Eve’ With Voltage
Jessica Chastain will star in the character-drive action movie “Eve” and will produce through her Freckle Films production company with Voltage Pictures.

Matthew Newton, who wrote the script, will also direct the picture. Plot details are being kept under wraps.

Newton most recently directed “Who We Are Now,” starring Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts and Zach Quinto, which FilmRise picked up after it premiered last year at the Toronto Film Festival.

Nicolas Chartier and Dominic Rustam will produce alongside Chastain and her partner Kelly Carmichael of Freckle Films. Newton will also produce. Jonathan Deckter will serve as executive producer with Babacar Diene serving as co-producer.

Chastain and Carmichael said in a joint statement, “Matthew is wonderfully adept at crafting complex and relatable characters. We’ve been fans of his work and are so thrilled to be partnering with him and Voltage on ‘Eve.’”

Chartier said, “Matt Newton wrote a wonderful new
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Jessica Chastain To Star And Produce ‘Eve’ With Voltage Pictures

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Jessica Chastain To Star And Produce ‘Eve’ With Voltage Pictures
Jessica Chastain’s Freckle Films is teaming up with Voltage Pictures to produce Eve, a character-driven actioner that the two-time Oscar nominee will star in. Matthew Newton who wrote the script is also directing. Plot details are being kept under wraps.

Newton recently directed, Who We Are Now, starring Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts and Zachary Quinto, which FilmRise acquired after the pic premiered at last year’s Tiff. The movie was released in May to critical acclaim and named a New York Times Critics’ Pick with the Los Angeles Times beaming, “Every minute of this film is absolutely mesmerizing.”

Nicolas Chartier and Dominic Rustam will produce alongside Chastain and her partner Kelly Carmichael of Freckle Films. Newton will also produce. Jonathan Deckter will serve as Ep with Babacar Diene serving as co-producer.

Chastain / Carmichael said, “Matthew is wonderfully adept at crafting complex and relatable characters. We’ve been fans of
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New to Streaming: ‘Disobedience,’ ‘Sweet Country,’ ‘Beyond the Hills,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Beyond the Hills (Cristian Mungiu)

It took Cristian Mungiu over five years to release a feature-length follow-up to his Palme d’Or winning masterpiece, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days. That film, along with The Death of Mr. Lazerescu before it, launched the Romanian New Wave to international acclaim and recognition, and although the movement is not quite as overtly political as it once was, Beyond the Hills is evidence that
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Jason Biggs Signs With ICM Partners

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Jason Biggs Signs With ICM Partners
Exclusive: Jason Biggs, who recently starred opposite Julianne Nicholson in the Toronto Film Festival-premiering Who We Are Now and in last year’s Freeform TV movie Angry Angel, has signed with ICM Partners.

Biggs played Larry Bloom on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, and was Scoop Rosenbaum on Broadway in the revival of The Heidi Chronicles opposite Elisabeth Moss. His film credits include starring in the American Pie movies, Woody Allen’s Anything Else, Jersey Girl and Saving Silverman.

He and his wife Jenny Mollen also recently co-hosted and produced the Lifetime game show My Partner Knows Best.

Biggs, previously at UTA, continues to be repped by Management 360 and Steve Burkow at Ziffren Law.
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MoviePass Boosts ‘American Animals’ at Specialty Box Office

Sundance debut “American Animals” (The Orchard), the twisty docudrama hybrid recreation of a high-stakes Kentucky college heist, got a boost on its way to dominating the specialty box office this weekend. It’s one of the best platform releases in recent weeks. And it was a surprise.

The Orchard partnered with MoviePass when it acquired “American Animals” for a reported $3 million. Clearly, that extra MoviePass marketing push made a significant difference.

Meanwhile two current successes, “Rbg” (Magnolia) and “First Reformed” (A24), continue to impress at different stages of expansion, with the former heading toward becoming Magnolia’s biggest grosser.

Opening

American Animals (The Orchard) – Metacritic: 63; Festivals include: Sundance, South by Southwest, San Francisco, Seattle 2018

$140,633 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $35,158

That this caper film about a 2004 rare book theft had such a strong opening at four key New York/Los Angeles platform theaters comes as a surprise. The reviews weren’t that great,
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