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Ryan Gosling, Ken Kao form production company Arcana

Arcana’s first project, Yorgos LanthimosThe Favourite, just wrapped UK shoot.

Ryan Gosling and producer Ken Kao have joined forces to form film and television production company Arcana.

Arcana’s first official project is The Favourite, the upcomoing film from Yorgos Lanthimos who just won best screenplay in Cannes for The Killing Of A Sacred Deer and received a best screenplay Oscar nomination for The Lobster.

Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman star in the feature, which is in post and follows the clandestine personal and political machinations during the early 18th century reign of Queen Anne, the last Stuart monarch. Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara wrote the screenplay.

Arcana has partnered on The Favourite with producers Ceci Dempsey for Scarlet Films and Ed Guiney and Lee Magiday for Element Pictures, together with Film4 and Fox Searchlight. International sales on Arcana projects will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Gosling and Kao
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Horror Highlights: Terminator T-800 Maquette, Plutona, Cryptocracy #2

Based on the cyborg created to do Skynet’s bidding from the Terminator series, this T-800 endoskeleton maquette from Sideshow Collectibles is made up of 100+ pieces of polystone and Abs plastic elements. Also: details on the Plutona comic book movie rights being acquired by Waypoint Entertainment and a look at the Cryptocracy #2 cover plus release details.

Terminator T-800 Maquette Photos Revealed Plus Release Details: From Sideshow: “Is it a good idea to keep on building Terminators while living this close to Los Angeles? What could go wrong?

Sideshow’s Terminator Endoskeleton Maquette is a painstakingly detailed recreation of the iconic T-800, the Terminator that first struck fear into would be freedom fighters everywhere. Our version features Polystone and premium grade Abs plastic elements in order to maintain the crisp details that one would expect to find in a machine crafted by machines. The piece is also made up of over 100 pieces.
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‘Plutona’ Comic-Book Series in the Works as Movie

Waypoint Entertainment has acquired movie rights to the coming-of-age comic series “Plutona,” written by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Emi Lenox.

“Plutona” centers on a group of kids who find the body of a famous dead superhero in the woods. Waypoint Entertainment’s Ken Kao (“The Nice Guys”) will produce with partner Dan Kao and Addictive PicturesRussell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder under their first-look deal.

Image Comics released “Plutona,” a five-issue limited series, in September.

Lemire is the author of the Essex County Trilogy, “Sweet Tooth,” “The Nobody” and a run of “Animal Man.” Lenox is known for her diary comic “Emitown.”

Waypoint Entertainment acquired the rights in April to two Mark Millar properties, “American Jesus” and “Supercrooks,” which Ken Kao and Dan Kao will produce with Addictive Pictures. It is also in pre-production on the sci-fi thriller “Tau,” directed by Federico D’ Alessandro and starring Maika Monroe and Ed Skrein.
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Waypoint Developing Two Movies From ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Author

Waypoint Developing Two Movies From ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Author
Waypoint Entertainment has acquired movie rights to “American Jesus” and “Supercrooks” — both written by Mark Millar, who authored the “Captain America: Civil War” series.

Waypoint Entertainment’s Ken Kao (“The Nice Guys”) will produce with partner Dan Kao and Addictive PicturesRussell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder under their first-look deal.

American Jesus,” drawn by artist Peter Gross, follows a modern 12-year-old boy who realizes he is the second coming of Jesus Christ who has returned to Earth in the present day in a final effort to save mankind.

Supercrooks,” with illustrations by Leinil Francis Yu, is a comical heist story about eight super-villains forced out of retirement in an attempt to rob the world’s most notorious crime boss.

Several of Millar’s original works — “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Wanted” and “Kick-Ass” — have been adapted into feature films. He has other comic series such as “Superior,” “Chrononauts,” “Empress,” “Huck,” “Mph
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Jared Leto Will Star in WWII Yakuza Thriller 'The Outsider'

Jared Leto Will Star in WWII Yakuza Thriller 'The Outsider'
Waypoint Entertainment and Linson Entertainment announced today that Academy Award Winner Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) will star in Martin Zandvliet's (Land of Mine) action thriller The Outsider. Waypoint Entertainment will finance with Ken Kao (The Nice Guys, Knight of Cups) producing alongside John Linson (Sons of Anarchy) and Art Linson (Heat, Fight Club) under their Linson Entertainment banner. Bloom will handle international sales.

With a screenplay penned by Andrew Baldwin (Bastille Day), principal photography is currently set to begin this fall. Set in post-wwii Japan, The Outsider tells the story of an imprisoned American soldier (Leto) who is released with the help of his Yakuza cellmate. Now free, he sets out to earn their respect and repay his debt while navigating the dangerous criminal underworld.

The Outsider will mark Zandvliet's English-language debut following the success of Land of Mine, which was lauded at last year's Toronto International Film
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Jason Clarke in Talks to Play John Connor in Terminator: Genesis; Director and Studio at Odds over Actress for Sarah Connor

While we've been reporting on who might be playing Sarah Connor in the upcoming Terminator reboot, Terminator: Genesis, we might have an actor for her son…Her much older son. According to Deadline, Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) is in talks to play John Connor, the robot-killing messiah-figure of the post-apocalyptic future. As we previously reported, Brie Larson (Short Term 12) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) are the frontrunners for Sarah Connor, and since they're both younger than Clarke by about two decades, there's clearly some time travelin' going on. I really hope that at one point, John Connor yells at his mom, "You're not the boss of me!" and runs to his room. Hit the jump for more. Terminator: Genesis is set for July 1, 2015. There's also a TV series in the works that will be based on the new movie. Last month, we reported that Tom Hardy was
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Bérénice Bejo And Annette Bening Starring In Michel Hazanavicius’s The Search

Worldview Entertainment has closed a deal for the North American distribution rights for Academy Award winner Michel Hazanavicius’s drama, The Search, starring Academy Award nominees Bérénice Bejo and Annette Bening.

Hazanavicius wrote the screenplay and is reuniting with Academy Award winning producer Thomas Langmann, and his award winning production team from The Artist.

The Search is the story of an Ngo worker who forms a special relationship with a young boy in warn-torn Chechnya and is based on Academy Award winner Fred Zinnemann’s Oscar-winning 1948 film, with the same title, which is set in post-World War II Berlin.

The production is currently filming in the country of Georgia before moving to France.

Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson will executive produce. The Search is the second acquisition for Worldview this year following the pre-Cannes pick-up of the competition title, “Jimmy P.,” starring Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro,
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Afm: Berenice Bejo’s ‘The Search’ Finds U.S. Home

Afm: Berenice Bejo’s ‘The Search’ Finds U.S. Home
Worldview Entertainment has closed a deal for the North American distribution rights for Michel Hazanavicius’s drama, “The Search,” starring Berenice Bejo and Annette Bening.

“The Serach” is currently filming in the country of Georgia before moving to France. Wild Bunch is handling international sales and is introducing to the film to buyers at the American Film Market.

CAA represented Worldview on the acquisition.

Hazanavicius wrote the screenplay and is reuniting with “The Artist” producer Thomas Langmann. Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson will executive produce.

The Search” is the second acquisition for Worldview this year following the pre-Cannes pick-up of “Jimmy P.,” starring Benicio Del Toro, which was later sold to IFC Films.

The Search” is the story of a relief worker who forms a special relationship with a young boy in warn-torn Chechnya and is based on Fred Zinnemann’s 1948 film with the same title,
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Lotus to sell Candy Store

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Worldview Entertainment has come on to finance and produce crime thriller Candy Store starring Robert De Niro, Jason Clarke and Omar Sy. Lotus Entertainment will kick off sales at the Afm.

Stephen Gaghan will direct from a screenplay he wrote with Shannon Burke about an undercover police officer whose life comes back to haunt him when he starts over as a beat cop in Brooklyn.

CAA packaged and arranged financing for the film and will represent North American rights. Principal photography is scheduled to commence in 2014.

Gaghan produces with Allison Sheamur through Allison Sheamur Productions as well as Worldview CEO, Christopher Woodrow and COO Molly Conners as well as Ironwood’s Nicolas Gonda and Ryan Rettig.

Ironwood is making an investment in the film. Worldview’s Maria Cestone and Sarah E Johnson and Lotus co-founders Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel will serve as executive producers with Michael G Macs for Ironwood, Allyn Stewart and [link
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The Black List 2011: Top Unproduced Screenplays

The 2011 Black List, the Top Unproduced Screenplays of the year has been released. The best unproduced screenplays from The Black List 2011 is compiled by votes from over 300 “execs, agency guys, and high-level assistants. Titled The Black List, the compendium highlights both established screenwriters and up-and-comers, and has served as a launching pad in the past for projects like Juno, Lars and the Real Girl, and (500) Days of Summer. Last year’s list included Margin Call, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Hunger Games, and Snow White and the Huntsman.”

Regarding the validity of The Black List, things to keep in mind:

some of these screenplays have already been acquired and are already in development, though…none will have entered principal photography by December 31, 2011. Also worth pointing out is that, as in previous years, there have been rumors that some of the participants have been accused of using the Black List to promote their own clients or friends.
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The Black List of 2011 - Part 2

The Black List of 2011 continues with the second-half of the list showcasing the screenplays that received the most number of votes.

Remember, this is a list voted on by Hollywood professionals of what they personally believe to be the best unproduced screenplays written in 2011. You might recognize titles for movies that are in development. That's fine by The Black List rules; the only condition that the screenplay must meet is that it's not being filmed within this calendar year. For Black List 2011 selections like Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, that makes it valid for Black List inclusion.

If you've missed the first half of the list you can find it here.

13 Votes:

The Accountant by Bill Dubuque

The Treasury Department pursues a brilliant, autistic accountant who doubles as an assassin and “problem-solves” with precision in more ways than one.

Agency: Paradigm

Agent: Trevor Astbury

Management: Zero Gravity Management

Manager: Eric Williams
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The 2011 Black List: The Year’s Best Unproduced Screenplays

[1] Each December since 2004, studio executive Franklin Leonard has compiled the best unproduced screenplays of the year, as voted by hundreds of execs, agency guys, and high-level assistants. Titled The Black List, the compendium highlights both established screenwriters and up-and-comers, and has served as a launching pad in the past for projects like Juno, Lars and the Real Girl, and (500) Days of Summer. Last year's list included Margin Call, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Hunger Games, and Snow White and the Huntsman. It should be noted that the headline is somewhat misleading -- some of these screenplays have already been acquired and are already in development, though according to Leonard none will have entered principal photography by December 31, 2011. Also worth pointing out is that, as in previous years, there have been rumors that some of the participants have been accused of using the Black List to promote their own clients or friends.
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L.A. Noire for the XBox 360 – review

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Details, details, details…the crime thriller L.A. Noire for the XBox 360, set in post-World War II 1947 Los Angeles, is a game that glories in and is made glorious by the rich accuracy of details that its publisher Rock Star Games and developer Team Bondi bring to it. If you have no idea at all what this game is about, have not already heard and/or read about the way real actors were used and filmed to capture every little nuance and expression on their faces using MotionScan tech to map facial movements, it is probably hard to imagine the depths of realism and immersiveness this game has for which it has already become famous. It’s a Must Have sort of game, as is a game like Portal 2 (but for different reasons).

You are Cole Phelps (played by Aaron Staton of Mad Men), a Silver Star decorated war veteran just back from Okinawa,
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