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Jessica Chastain’s ‘Molly’s Game’ Moved Back to Christmas Day

Jessica Chastain’s ‘Molly’s Game’ Moved Back to Christmas Day
STXfilms has shifted Jessica Chastain’s “Molly’s Game” back a month to open in limited release on Christmas Day rather than the day before Thanksgiving.

It will get a wide release on Jan. 5.

The film has generated strong reviews for Chastain’s performance as Molly Bloom since it premiered a month ago at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival with a current 93% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Variety’s Peter Debruge said in his Toronto review, “‘Molly’s Game’ delivers one of the screen’s great female parts — a dense, dynamic, compulsively entertaining affair, whose central role makes stunning use of Chastain’s stratospheric talent.”

Stx bought the project, which is Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, at the Cannes Film Festival last year for $9 million. Sorkin adapted the script from the 2014 book “Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker.”

Idris Elba
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Aaron Sorkin to Receive Career Award, Present ‘Molly’s Game’ in Zurich

Aaron Sorkin to Receive Career Award, Present ‘Molly’s Game’ in Zurich
Aaron Sorkin will receive the Career Achievement Award at this year’s Zurich Film Festival. “The Newsroom” scribe will be in town accept the accolade and present his directorial debut, “Molly’s Game,” marking the movie’s European premiere.

Sorkin has worked in film, TV, and the theater, and is behind projects including “A Few Good Men” for the stage, “The Social Network” movie, and TV series such as “The West Wing.” His latest film, “Molly’s Game,” is based on the real-life story of Molly Bloom, a talented skier who set up a super-exclusive high-stakes underground poker school before being arrested by the FBI.

Aaron Sorkin is not only regarded as one of U.S. cinema’s greatest screenwriters. He is also widely acknowledged as the writer of several legendary plays and as the celebrated creator of ‘The West Wing,'”the Zurich Film Festival’s co-directors, Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri, said
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David Oyelowo and Russell Crowe join Arc of Justice

David Oyelowo and Russell Crowe are set to star in Arc of Justice, based on a famous civil rights case from the 1920s.

Per Variety, Oyelowo has closed a deal to star in the film while Crowe is in talks and close to finalizing his deal. The film will be directed by NarcosJose Padilha for the Mark Gordon Company and is primarily based on a book of the case, Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle.

The film will explore the case of Ossian Sweet, an African American doctor in Detroit who stood trial for murder and was defended by Clarence Darrow for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Oyelowo will play Sweet with Crowe up for the role of Darrow.

Arc of Justice‘s script was written by Max Borenstein and Rodney Barnes.
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Russell Crowe in talks to join David Oyelowo in Arc of Justice

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Author: Zehra Phelan

The Selma and A United Kingdom actor David Oyelowo has signed up to movie adaptation Arc of Justice which tells the groundbreaking story of the Clarence Darrow-Ossian Sweet civil rights cases which also has The Nice Guys actor, Russell Crowe rumoured to be in talks to join on the project.

Based on Kevin Boyle’s book “Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age,” the true story centres on a racial incident in 1925 Detroit that put African-American doctor Ossian Sweet (Oyelowo) on the stand for murder. His defence was funded by the nascent National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People and led by Darrow (Crowe).

Jose Padilha, who directed and produced the successful dual language Netflix series Narcos, will take the director’s chair with Max Borenstein and Rodney Barnes having already written the script. Gordon, Borenstein, Hawk Koch,
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Russell Crowe and David Oyelowo Team for Arc of Justice

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A landmark case for lawyer and civil rights leader Clarence Darrow is heading to the big screen. Russell Crowe is in talks to star alonside David Oyelowo, who just closed his deal, for Arc of Justice. The movie centers around a 1925 racially-charged case that was one of the most groundbreaking cases for Clarence Darrow. No production schedule or release date has been announced at this time, but with this cast coming together, it's possible that filming could be starting sooner rather than later.

Variety broke the news of Russell CRowe and David Oyelowo's casting. The plot will be adapted from the Kevin Boyle book Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, which follows a racial incident in 1925 Detroit that lead to an African-American doctor named Ossian Sweet (Oyelowo) being charged with murder. His defense was funded by the National Association
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David Oyelowo to star in 'Arc Of Justice'

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David Oyelowo to star in 'Arc Of Justice'
José Padilha to direct for Mark Gordon Company.

David Oyelowo will star in the true-life drama Arc Of Justice for producer-financer Mark Gordon.

Sierra/Affinity represents international sales and UTA and CAA packaged the project and jointly handle Us rights.

Oyelowo will play real-life African American doctor Ossian Sweet, who was made to stand trial for murder after he took up arms to defend his new home against a white mob in 1925 Detroit.

The fledgling NAACP funded Sweet’s defence case and assigned him the celebrated lawyer Clarence Darrow.

José Padilha of Narcos and Elite Squad fame will direct Arc Of Justice, which Max Borenstein and Rodney Barnes adapted from historian Kevin Boyle’s book Arc Of Justice: A Saga Of Race, Civil Rights, And Murder In The Jazz Age.

Mark Gordon Company is financing the project and producers are Mark Gordon, Hawk Koch, Max Borenstein and Gordon’s colleague Matt Jackson.

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Russell Crowe, David Oyelowo Eye Court Room Drama ‘Arc of Justice’ (Exclusive)

Russell Crowe, David Oyelowo Eye Court Room Drama ‘Arc of Justice’ (Exclusive)
Russell Crowe and David Oyelowo are circling a movie based on the groundbreaking Clarence Darrow-Ossian Sweet civil rights cases.

Sources tell Variety that Crowe is in talks to co-star with Oyelowo, who closed a deal, in the adaptation of “Arc of Justice” for the Mark Gordon Company.

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The Mark Gordon Company had no comment on Crowe’s negotiations.

Narcos” helmer Jose Padilha is directing with the Mark Gordon Company financing.

Based on Kevin Boyle’s book “Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age,” the true story centers on a racial incident in 1925 Detroit that put African American doctor Ossian Sweet (Oyelowo) on the stand for murder. His defense was funded by the nascent National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and led by Darrow (Crowe).

Max Borenstein
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The Link Between Bill Paxton, John F. Kennedy and the Movie ‘Parkland’

The Link Between Bill Paxton, John F. Kennedy and the Movie ‘Parkland’
Bill Paxton, the beloved and prolific actor who died after complications from surgery, played a key role in the 2013 movie “Parkland.”

The movie deals with the events leading up to the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Paxton was a producer on the film, along with Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Matt Jackson and Nigel Sinclair.

The beginning of “Parkland” is set during Paxton’s boyhood. He was 8 years old when he joined his older brother and father to watch Kennedy give a speech in Fort Worth outside the Hotel Texas, just two hours before the assassination.

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In 2007, Paxton saw photos of himself on a man’s shoulders on display at an event at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and subsequently purchased a copy of Vincent Bugliosi’s “Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy,
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Toronto Film: "12 Monkeys", "Dark Matter", "The Strain"

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Thanks to TorontoFilm.Net here is the Toronto Film Production Update for January 2017 including "12 Monkeys",  "Dark Matter", "The Strain" and a whole lot more: 

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12 Monkeys Season 3

TV Series

Gep 12 Monkeys B Inc.

Prod.: Michael Wray

Exec. Prod.: David Grossman, Terry Matalas

Oct 17 - Feb 17/17

Anne

TV Series

CBC/Netflix

Prod.: Susan Murdoch

Exec. Prod.: Miranda de Pencier, Moira Walley-Beckett

Sep 22/16 - Feb 03/17

Dark Matter Season 3

TV Series

Prodigy Entertainment Inc.

Exec. Prod.: Jay Firestone, Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie

Nov 18/16 - Apr 13/17

Killjoys Season 3

TV Series

Season III Productions Ltd.

Prod.: Lena Cordina

Exec. Prod.: Karen Troubetzkoy, Michelle Lovretta

Jan 12 - May 12/17

Molly's Game

Feature Film

The Mark Gordon Company / Entertainment One

Prods.: Mark Gordon, Amy Pascal

Exec. Prods.: Stuart Besser, Leopoldo Gout, Matt Jackson

Dir.: Aaron Sorkin

Nov 9/16 - Jan 31/17 

Odd Squad
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Toronto Film: "12 Monkeys", "Kin", "Molly's Game"

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Thanks to TorontoFilm.Net here is the Toronto Film Production Update for December 2016, including "12 Monkeys", "Kin", "Molly's Game" and a whole lot more:

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12 Monkeys Season 3

TV Series

Gep 12 Monkeys B Inc.

Prod.: Michael Wray

Exec. Prod.: David Grossman, Terry Matalas

Oct 17 - Feb 17/17

Anne

TV Series

CBC/Netflix

Prod.: Susan Murdoch

Exec. Prod.: Miranda de Pencier, Moira Walley-Beckett

Sep 22/16 - Feb 03/17

Conviction Season 1

TV Series

ABC / Eone / Mark Gordon Company

Exec. Prod.: Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper, Liz Friedlander, Liz Friedman

Jul 18 – Dec 1 / 16

Food Market

Feature

New Metric Media, Sphere Media

Exec. Prod.: Mark Montefiore, Virginia Rankin, Michael Konyves

Dir.: Alain Desrochers

Oct 11 - Dec 16/16

Green Harvest

TV Series

Streak Productions Inc. / CBS

Prod.: Kevin Lafferty, Loretta Ramos, Aaron Baiers

Exec. Prod.: Bryan Fuller,

Heather Kadin, Gretchen Berg,

Aaron Harberts

Sept 26/16 - Mar
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Greg Shapiro to head production at Im Global

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The Oscar-winning producer of The Hurt Locker has joined the La-based company as president of feature film production.

Shapiro will oversee all feature production and financing activity at Im Global, which has earmarked an early 2017 start on the Mila Kunis black comedy Jackpot from director Will Gluck.

Im Global handled international sales on awards contenders Hacksaw Ridge from Mel Gibson — on which the company put up more than half the budget as a co-financing partner — as well as Martin Scorsese’s Silence, another film on which it served as co-financing partner.

The company fully financed the Barack and Michelle Obama first date drama Southside With You as well as recent Venice world premiere The Journey.

Shapiro arrives following the departure earlier this year of Matt Jackson, who went to run production and acquisitions at The Mark Gordon Company last March.

“It’s a tremendous boost for our already vibrant film production and financing operation to have such
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‘Hurt Locker’ Producer Greg Shapiro Joins IM Global as Production President

‘Hurt Locker’ Producer Greg Shapiro Joins IM Global as Production President
The Hurt Locker” producer Greg Shapiro has joined the independent studio IM Global as president of feature film production.

Shapiro will oversee all feature film production and financing activity.

“It’s a tremendous boost for our already vibrant film production and financing operation to have such a highly respected and commercially successful heavyweight as Greg join to head the team,” Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford said on Monday. “We have an exciting slate of filmmaker-driven productions in the pipeline for 2017 and we hope Greg’s arrival will give us even greater momentum as we end 2016 on a high note.”

Shapiro won a best picture Academy Award as a producer on Kathryn Bigelow’s 2008 drama “The Hurt Locker.” He was also an executive producer on Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” and is producing her untitled project, currently filming in Boston.

Shapiro most recently produced “Child 44,” starring Tom Hardy
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Soda Pictures acquires Miramax pair

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Soda Pictures acquires Miramax pair
The distributor has picked up UK rights to The 9th Life Of Louis Drax and Southside With You.

Soda has set a September theatrical release for The 9th Life Of Louis Drax. Alexandre Aja directed from Max Minghella’s adapted screenplay based on Liz Jensen’s bestseller.

Jamie Dornan, Aaron Paul, Sarah Gadon, Oliver Platt, Molly Parker, Barbara Hershey and Aiden Longworth in the title role star in the tale of a doctor drawn into a web of deceit following the near-fatal fall of a young boy.

Aja, Minghella, Tim Bricknell and Shawn Williamson produced with Miramax’s Zanne Devine and Rosanne Korenberg on board as executive producers.

Opening in October will be Richard Tanne’s feature directorial debut Southside With You, inspired by the first date between Barack and Michelle Obama in Chicago in 1989.

Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter star. Robert Teitel, Sumpter and Tanne produced.

Stuart Ford of the film’s financier and international sales agent
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Emile Hirsch’s Supernatural Thriller ‘Autopsy of Jane Doe’ Bought by IFC

Emile Hirsch’s Supernatural Thriller ‘Autopsy of Jane Doe’ Bought by IFC
IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. rights to Emile Hirsch’s supernatural thriller “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” from Im Global.

Andre Ovredal directed from a screenplay by Ian B. Goldberg and Richard Naing. Brian Cox and Ophelia Lovibond also star in the film.

“Autopsy of Jane Doe” marked Hirsch’s first acting job after being charged with assault for getting into an altercation with a Paramount exec during last year’s Sundance Film Festival. He pleaded guilty in August to misdemeanor assault, and was sentenced to spend 15 days in jail, pay a $4,750 fine and perform 50 hours of community service.

“Autopsy of Jane Doe” was produced by Fred Berger, Eric Garcia, Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken of 42, and was executive produced by Im Global Founder/CEO Stuart Ford, Matt Jackson and Steven Squillante.

Hirsch and Cox portray coroners — a father and son — who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death.
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Matt Jackson Gets A Top Slot At The Mark Gordon Co.

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Matt Jackson, a film producer and who has served as an executive at several production companies over his long career, has been named head of film production and acquisitions at The Mark Gordon Co., where he will be charged with overseeing the company's film operations. Jackson most recently led development and production at Im Global as president of production, where he produced films including The Secret In Their Eyes starring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel…
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Matt Jackson Joins Mark Gordon Co. as Film Chief

Veteran producer Matt Jackson has joined the Mark Gordon Co. as head of film production and acquisition following two years at Im Global.

He will be charged with overseeing the company’s film operations including managing day-to-day development and production on projects, and identifying feature content for acquisition by the company. The announcement was made today by CEO Mark Gordon, to whom Jackson will report.

“Matt is a terrifically talented producer with great creative instincts and excellent taste. He knows how to put movies together and is an advocate for unique creative voices and captivating original stories. We look forward to building a robust film slate together,” said Gordon.

Jackson said of Gordon, “From ‘Saving Private Ryan’ to ‘Steve Jobs,’ Mark has established himself as a visionary producer whose films generate legacies of their own. He has positioned the Mark Gordon Company as a studio that creates exceptional, story-driven content
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Mark Gordon Company Names Matt Jackson Head of Film Production, Acquisitions

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Veteran film producer and executive Matt Jackson has been named head of film production and acquisitions at The Mark Gordon Company, where he’ll be charged with overseeing film operations, including managing day-to-day development and production on projects and identifying feature content for acquisition, it was announced Monday by CEO Mark Gordon, to whom Jackson will report. Jackson most recently led development and production at Im Global as the company’s president of production. “Matt is a terrifically talented producer with great creative instincts and excellent taste. He knows how to put movies together and is an advocate for unique creative voices and.
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Secret In Their Eyes Coming To Blu-ray/DVD February 23, 2016

After more than a decade, the unsolved murder of a young woman comes to a shocking conclusion in Secret in Their Eyes, coming to Digital HD on February 9, 2016, and Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and On Demand on February 23, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

From Stx Entertainment (The Gift), Secret in Their Eyes is a powerful and unforgettable thriller based on the Academy Award-winning film El Secreto de sus ojos (Best Foreign Language Film, 2010) that will have audiences riveted until the last mind-bending twist. With a star-studded cast and an Oscar-nominated writer-director at the helm, Secret in Their Eyes on Blu-ray and DVD includes feature commentary by the filmmakers, a look behind the scenes at the making of the movie and an exclusive interview with actress Julia Roberts.

Academy Award-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and Academy Award-winners Nicole Kidman (The Hours) and Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich) star in this intense
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Im Global promotes trio

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Joanne Lee and Jr Smith have been promoted to director of acquisitions positions at Im Global and Weihan Zhang has been promoted to senior manager, sales and acquisitions Asia.

Lee and Smith are based at the company’s Los Angeles office working with president of production Matt Jackson Jackson and svp of production Glendon Palmer.

Zhang is headquartered at the company’s Beijing office.

Jackson and president of international sales and distribution Michael Rothstein made the announcements on Friday.
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Afm: Im Global promotes trio

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Joanne Lee and Jr Smith have been promoted to director of acquisitions positions at Im Global and Weihan Zhang has been promoted to senior manager, sales and acquisitions Asia.

Lee and Smith are based at the company’s Los Angeles office working with president of production Matt Jackson Jackson and svp of production Glendon Palmer.

Zhang is headquartered at the company’s Beijing office.

Jackson and president of international sales and distribution Michael Rothstein made the announcements on Friday.
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