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Jena Friedman to Direct Comedy ‘Serial Dater’ With Imogen Poots, Timothy Simons

Jena Friedman to Direct Comedy ‘Serial Dater’ With Imogen Poots, Timothy Simons
Stand-up comedian and former “The Daily Show” producer Jena Friedman is to make her directorial debut with comedy “Serial Dater,” which stars Imogen Poots (“Green Room,” “Knight of Cups”), Timothy Simons (HBO’s “Veep”) and John Cho (“Star Trek” and “Harold and Kumar” franchises). WestEnd Films has started international sales in Berlin.

The movie, which shoots this summer, follows Jane, a career-driven 30-year-old surviving singledom in New York City. “Enter Ted, a.k.a. the perfect guy: he’s handsome, he’s fun, he’s smart. Oh, and he might also be a serial killer,” according to a statement. “And if he is… is being in a loving relationship with a serial killer worse than going back to being a single woman in her 30s?”

“’Serial Dater’ is a dark romantic comedy about love and relationships, and the compromises we make to sustain them,” Friedman said. “The goal is let
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Imogen Poots Becomes A ‘Serial Dater’ For Jena Friedman — Berlin

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Imogen Poots Becomes A ‘Serial Dater’ For Jena Friedman — Berlin
Exclusive: Brit actress Imogen Poots is attached to star in romantic comedy Serial Dater, written and directed by comedian Jena Friedman. Timothy Simons, who’s best known for his role in HBO’s Veep, is also set to star in the pic. Molly Conners, who was an exec producer on Birdman and upcoming Tulip Fever, is producing with Amanda Bowers (Wish I Was Here) and Anders Bard (I Love You, Man, Along Came Polly). Story follows Jane, a career-driven 30 year-old surviving…
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Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes Movie ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ to Open AFI Fest

Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes Movie ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ to Open AFI Fest
The American Film Institute has set the world premiere of Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes biopic “Rules Don’t Apply” as AFI Fest’s opening night film on Nov. 10 at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Beatty produced and directed from his own script and stars in the film for New Regency and Fox, which is releasing “Rules Don’t Apply” on Nov. 23. The cast includes Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Candice Bergen, Steve Coogan, Ed Harris, Haley Bennett, Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Taissa Farmiga, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt and Martin Sheen.

Warren Beatty has charmed and challenged moviegoers from his first moment on screen, and his talents as an actor, director, writer and producer have always transcended trends,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI president and CEO. “AFI is honored to present the world premiere of his newest gift to America’s cultural legacy.”

The film — the first
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FKA Twigs makes movie debut in Us crime-drama 'Brighton Beach'

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FKA Twigs makes movie debut in Us crime-drama 'Brighton Beach'
Exclusive: Singer co-stars in movie produced by Birdman and Tulip Fever executive Molly Connners.

British singer FKA Twigs is to make her movie debut in Us crime-drama Brighton Beach, which is being produced by Birdman executive Molly Conners.

Currently in post-production, the under-the-radar contemporary feature follows the rivalry between a family-run medical practice and a local mob boss caught up in a multi-million dollar Medicare fraud racket.

Twigs will co-star opposite rising UK actor Barney Harris, whose first roles include appearances in Ang Lee’s upcoming awards hopeful Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and hit UK TV series The Hollow Crown.

Also featuring among cast are Costa Ronin (The Americans), Sofia Vassilieva (Medium) and Michael Kingsbaker.

Currently in post-production, the film marks the feature debut of Russian-American writer-director David Gutnik who previously lived in the film’s eponymous Brooklyn neighbourhood and whose previous credits as editor include Four and Heartlock.

DoP is acclaimed
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Contest: Win Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno on Blu-ray

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Student activists are placed on the menu of the very people they are trying to save in Eli Roth's The Green Inferno, available on Digital HD December 22nd & Blu-ray and DVD January 5th from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, and we've been provided with one Blu-ray copy to give away.

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Prize Details: (1) Winner will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Green Inferno.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “The Green Inferno Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on January 6th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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Press Release: Universal City, California, November 9, 2015 – An international goodwill mission goes terrifyingly wrong in The Green Inferno,
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Eli Roth's Green Inferno Finally Gets Release Date

Eli Roth's Green Inferno Finally Gets Release Date
A year ago the trailers and stills were creeping online in the usual way in preparation for a September 5 release date. But then suddenly The Green Inferno, Eli Roth's first film as director since 2007's Hostel II was pulled from the schedules over internal problems at financiers Worldview Entertainment. It's been in limbo ever since, but is now finally set to emerge thanks to a new deal with Jason Blum's distribution label Bh-Tilt.A bit of notoriety never hurt any horror film in the long run, but sadly The Green Inferno's woes were nothing to do with its grisly content. The prosaic reasons were apparently due to Worldview's new CEO Molly Conners baulking at the publicity-spend commitments made by her outgoing predecessor Christopher Woodrow. The situation left Us horror fans crossing their fingers that Green Inferno wouldn't turn into another distribution farrago like All The Boys Love Mandy Lane,
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'Birdman' Financier Worldview: Anatomy of a Cannes Implosion

This story first appeared in the May 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Christopher Woodrow's Worldview Entertainment finally had arrived as the 2014 Cannes Film Festival got underway — or so it seemed. The film-financing company, backed by Franklin Templeton heiress Sarah Johnson Redlich and New Jersey attorney Maria Cestone, was in postproduction on eventual Oscar best-picture winner Birdman, while The Search, directed by Michel Hazanavicius, was playing in competition. Woodrow and top lieutenant Molly Conners threw parties with The Weinstein Company and had pulled strings to co-sponsor

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Sundance: Alchemy Buys Nicole Kidman’s ‘Strangerland’

Sundance: Alchemy Buys Nicole Kidman’s ‘Strangerland’
Alchemy has acquired all North American rights to director Kim Farrant’s drama “Strangerland,” starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving.

The film premiered in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition on Friday. Alchemy is planning a multiplatform release later this year.

The film centers on a couple that has recently transplanted to a remote Australian desert town. Their lives are flung into crisis when their two teenage kids mysteriously disappear as a massive dust storm hits.

Strangerland” is written by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons and based on a story by Seres. Producers are Macdara Kelleher and Naomi Wenck; executive producers are Molly Conners, Maria Cestone, Sarah E. Johnson, Adriana L. Randall, Andrew Mackie and Richard Payten.

It’s the second acquisition for Alchemy since it rebranded itself earlier this month and ditched the Millennium Entertainment label. On Jan. 13, Alchemy announced it had acquired the crime thriller “Kidnapping Mr. Heineken,
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More Aussie projects to screen at Sundance

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A total of six Australian projects have been invited to screen at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival next year.

The South Australian project Sam Klemke's Time Machine will have its world premiere in the New Frontier Film section while Oscar Raby.s Assent will screen in the New Frontier Installations section.

In the Sundance Shorts Competition, Kitty Green.s The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul will have its world premiere as well as Tim Marshall.s Followers.

This adds to the previously announced screenings of Kim Kim Farrant.s Strangerland, starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving, and Ariel Kleiman.s Partisan, starring Vincent Cassel, which will screen in competition in the World Cinema Dramatic program.

In a statement released to the media, CEO of Screen Australia, Graeme Mason, said, .It is a great honour to have six of our skilful filmmakers recognised by the leading indie film festival in the world.
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Ex-Worldview CEO sues company

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The former CEO has struck back in an escalating war and filed a $55m lawsuit against Worldview and its principals, citing breach of fiduciary duty and defamation and seeking to liquidate the company.

The move comes on the eve of the release of Worldview-backed Birdman and follows Worldview’s own suit lodged last week against Woodrow, claiming he embezzled funds and defrauded the company to the point where it was left “impoverished and imperiled.”

Woodrow’s lawyers filed papers in New York on October 15 that cite as defendants Worldview Entertainment, Worldview COO Molly Conners, Worldview backers Maria Cestone and Sarah Johnson, as well as Worldview investors Prospect Point Capital and Roseland Ventures.

The legal action seeks damages for defamation and breach of fiduciary duty and requests the recovery of personal property confiscated on the day Woodrow was barred from entering the corporate offices leading to his “wrongful suspension as CEO” in May 2014.

The claim also seeks the reinstatement
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Chris Woodrow sues Worldview

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The former CEO has struck back in an escalating war and filed a $55m lawsuit against Worldview and its principals, citing breach of fiduciary duty and defamation and seeking to liquidate the company.

The move comes on the eve of the release of Worldview-backed Birdman and follows Worldview’s own suit lodged last week against Woodrow, claiming he embezzled funds and defrauded the company to the point where it was left “impoverished and imperiled.”

Woodrow’s lawyers filed papers in New York on October 15 that cite as defendants Worldview Entertainment, Worldview COO Molly Conners, Worldview backers Maria Cestone and Sarah Johnson, as well as Worldview investors Prospect Point Capital and Roseland Ventures.

The legal action seeks damages for defamation and breach of fiduciary duty and requests the recovery of personal property confiscated on the day Woodrow was barred from entering the corporate offices leading to his “wrongful suspension as CEO” in May 2014.

The claim also seeks the reinstatement
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‘Birdman’ Producer Worldview Sued by Former CEO for $55 Million

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“Birdman” producer Worldview Entertainment was sued on Wednesday by its former CEO Christopher Woodrow, who is seeking $55 million and liquidation of the company. Worldview principals Maria Cestone, Sarah Johnson and Molly Conners were named in the lawsuit. It follows a lawsuit that accused the former CEO of embezzlement. The legal mess around the independent film company comes the very week that Oscar contender “Birdman,” released by Fox Searchlight, debuts in theaters. Woodrow is an executive producer on the film. Woodrow exited the company in May 2014 in circumstances that have never been clarified. Also read: Worldview CEO Christopher Woodrow Exits Amid Cloud.
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Troma is Not Releasing Eli Roth's The Green Inferno

A rumor has been swirling around the Internet this weekend that Troma would be releasing Eli Roth's The Green Inferno (review) after the studio posted about it on its social media pages. Knowing this was highly unlikely, we reached out to Roth and can now confirm this is Not happening.

Earlier this month financier Worldview Entertainment balked at ex-ceo Christopher Woodrow’s commitment to provide the P&A (promotion and advertising) for the film. Open Road confirmed that the release date was scratched but had no further comment.

Apparently Worldview has been going through a restructure since Woodrow's abrupt and largely unexplained exit, and the company, now run by Molly Conners, put a freeze on all of his commitments and is scrutinizing every deal that was made. Green Inferno has been caught in that snare.

Director Roth previously tweeted the news as well, explaining, "Everyone is working to solve this Asap.
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Eli Roth's 'The Green Inferno' Gets Delayed Indefinitely

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Eli Roth's 'The Green Inferno' Gets Delayed Indefinitely
Fans of horror filmmaker Eli Roth will have to wait a bit longer to watch his first directorial effort in six years, The Green Inferno, after Worldview Entertainment pulled it from their release slate, delaying it indefinitely. The director confirmed the initial report from Deadline, revealing that they are working to resolve this issue immediately.

Breaking: #TheGreenInferno off the menu for Sept http://t.co/ZTR01Ui2xJ Everyone is working to solve this Asap. Thank u for understanding!

Eli Roth (@eliroth) August 8, 2014

The film, which centers on a group of college activists who find themselves hunted by a tribe of cannibals in the Amazon jungle, was initially slated for release on September 5. Former Worldview Entertainment CEO Christopher Woodrow had previously committed to providing publicity and advertising for the horror film, but, following his abrupt exit in June, the studio is now questioning that commitment. It isn't clear if the
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The Green Inferno's September Release Date Postponed

Eli Roth's The Green Inferno (review) is a film we've been waiting to see for quite some time now, and unfortunately it looks like we'll be waiting a bit longer as its anticipated September 5th release date via Open Road Films has now been postponed.

Per Deadline, financier Worldview Entertainment is balking at ex-ceo Christopher Woodrow’s commitment to provide the P&A (promotion and advertising) for the film. Open Road confirmed to the site that the release date is scratched but had no further comment.

Apparently Worldview has been going through a restructure since Woodrow's abrupt and largely unexplained exit, and the company, now run by Molly Conners, put a freeze on all of his commitments and is scrutinizing every deal that was made. Green Inferno has been caught in that snare.

Director Roth tweeted the news as well, explaining, "Everyone is working to solve this Asap. Thank u for understanding!
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Eli Roth's Green Inferno Pulled From Release

Eli Roth's Green Inferno Pulled From Release
The trailers and stills have been trickling online; the festival screenings have been going well, and there's even a smartphone game. But in a surprise move, Eli Roth's cannibal holocaust The Green Inferno has suddenly been pulled from the schedules in the Us, where it was due for a wide release on September 5.A bit of notoriety never hurt any horror film in the long run, but sadly The Green Inferno's woes are nothing to do with its grisly content. The boringly prosaic reasons for the film's - presumably temporary - canning have to do with internal ructions at the financiers Worldview Entertainment. According to Deadline, Worldview's new CEO Molly Conners has baulked at some of the financial commitments made by her outgoing predecessor Christopher Woodrow, among which was a hefty publicity and advertising spend for Roth's jungle opus. Behind-the-scenes talks are ongoing with current distributor Open Road
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Ti West’s The Sacrament Blu-ray / DVD Release Date, Bonus Features & Cover Art Revealed

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He’s shown us the babysitting gig from hell and what happens when causal paranormal investigating actually yields results. With his latest film, The Sacrament, writer/director Ti West gives viewers a look into the disturbing events happening at one seriously creepy cult commune. Magnolia Home Entertainment has announced a Blu-ray and DVD release date for The Sacrament, allowing viewers to visit “Eden Parish” from their couches before summer’s end.

Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on August 19th, The Sacrament will come with the following bonus features:

The Making of The Sacrament Axs TV: A Look at The Sacrament Theatrical Trailer

“From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House Of The Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel, Cabin Fever), The Sacrament follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s journey to find his missing sister.
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Worldview CEO's Exit Followed Cruel April Fools' Day Prank

A version of this story first appeared in the June 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. On April Fools' Day, Christopher Woodrow, then CEO of top film financier Worldview Entertainment, sent an email to select contacts with word that his COO, Molly Conners, had been hit by a car in New York and was in the hospital. Several hours later, he followed up with a message saying she had died. Sources who received the emails tell THR they were shocked by the news, then upon learning it was a prank, they were even more shocked by such poor taste.

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Worldview CEO Christopher Woodrow Exits Amid Cloud of Mystery

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Weeks after Worldview Entertainment inked a five-year deal with the Weinstein Co., Chairman and CEO Christopher Woodrow has abruptly exited the company, an individual close to the situation told TheWrap. Worldview COO Molly Conners will take the reins of the company and serve as acting CEO. She'll oversee all Worldview titles along with Clifford Werber, the newly-named Motion Picture Group president who has been appointed COO. The board of Worldview and the company's lead investors have already approved the management changes. Also read: Weinstein Partners With Indie Powerhouse Worldview on Multi-Picture Deal A representative for Worldview declined to elaborate on Woodrow's exit,
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Worldview Entertainment CEO Christopher Woodrow Departs Abruptly

In a suprise move, Worldview Entertainment CEO Christopher Woodrow has left the company abruptly.

Chief operating officer Molly Conners is running the company in the wake of Woodrow’s departure. The company had no comment on reports that Woodrow was under investigation for misconduct.

Woodrow had been active during the Cannes Film Festival. A few days before the festival opened, Worldview signed a five-year deal with the Weinstein Co. to jointly finance and distribute at least four movies each year.

See Also: Cannes: Worldview Entertainment Gains $200 Million Infusion (Exclusive)

It also hired industry vet Clifford Werber as president of its motion picture group on May 12.

Woodrow founded Worldview in 2007. Equity investor Sarah Johnson Redlich, daughter of longtime Franklin Templeton chief Charles B. Johnson, is a partner in Worldview.

Worldview is already co-financing two upcoming TWC films: “Tulip Fever,” starring Christoph Waltz, Dane DeHaan and Alicia Vikander and Simon Curtis’ “The Woman in Gold,
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