JOHNNY DEPP SET TO STAR IN "MORTDECAI"
Principal photography has begun in London on the action comedy "Mortdecai" starring Johnny Depp.
Based on the popular three-novel anthology by Kyril Bonfiglioli, which has amassed a significant cult following, the film, in addition to Depp stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany and Olivia Munn, Guy Burnet, Michael Byrne, Michael Culkin, Jonny Pasvolsky, Ulrich Thomsen, and Paul Whitehouse.
David Koepp is directing from a script written by Eric Aronson. Andrew Lazar, Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski and OddLot's Gigi Pritzker are producing the project.
Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger said, "Kyril created a rich, immersive world with fresh characters, and we are thrilled to bring his beloved story to life with our friends and partners at OddLot Entertainment. With David Koepp at the helm and a brilliant all-star cast, "Mortdecai" will captivate audiences and keep them on the edge of their seats."
OddLot's Gigi Pritzker added, "The teams at OddLot and Lionsgate have been eager to start production of "Mortdecai." The cast of this film is phenomenal and the storyline is hilarious. It will be incredible to see it all captured over the coming weeks and we look forward to sharing it with fans of Kyril's novels worldwide."
WHAT IT'S ABOUT--Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
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NEW YORK FILM CRITICS SERIES MODERATED BY FILM CRITIC PETER TRAVERS
The New York Film Critics Series (NYFCS), one of the leading word-of-mouth screening companies, has partnered with movie theater locations throughout the U.S. to present a live, national, in-theater Screening Series.
The events are moderated by Peter Travers, film critic for Rolling Stone Magazine, and ABC's Popcorn. The Series presents interactive, in-theater; pre-release movies and big screen HD simulcast with the stars and filmmakers.
The opening night will feature Paramount Vantage's "Nebraska" with live appearances by the film's stars Bruce Dern, Winner of Best Actor, 2013 International Cannes Film Festival, and Will Forte ("Saturday Night Live" and "Macgruber").
"NEBRASKA"-- After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Dern) thinks he's struck it rich and wrangles his son (Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, "Nebraska" tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America. June Squibb, Stacy Keach and Bob Odenkirk round out the cast. Nebraska is directed by Oscar winner Alexander Payne ("The Descendants" and "Sideways").
"Nebraska" opens in theaters Nov. 15.
The live event will be simulcast live from AMC EMPIRE 25, 234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036 at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
A regular series of ongoing preview screenings is established in approximately 50 selected major markets. Audiences experience all of the excitement of live Q&A sessions, hosted by Travers. The big screen events deliver 9-13 curated pre-release films per year to discerning audiences on a monthly basis. Each movie in the screening series is introduced live by Travers. Audiences then see award contenders prior to their release followed by live, HD Q&A between Travers, audiences and talent from the films. Each piece will bring the energy and VIP nature of prestigious, NYC screenings for nationwide audiences to interact with stars and directors via two way simulcast. This will not be available on the internet or TV.
Producer Mark Ehrenkranz, who will continue to program the series, said "Exclusive New York screenings with Peter Travers and live stars will now be intimately shared and enjoyed by film lovers everywhere in the comfort of their own neighborhood theaters."
Ehrenkranz added that although unavailable in the past, "filmgoers now have immediate access to personally chat with artisans to honestly discuss their work. The creators of the best independent films will now mutually interact with a nationwide audience to help spread the word and ensure that these films of high caliber continue to be made and distributed."
The prestige movies in the Screening Series might be followed by a regular theatrical run, or be available thereafter on VOD, DVD and other home entertainment vehicles.
This is the first ever Live National In-Theater Screening Series which will entertain, educate, surprise, and refresh the spirit of true independent and foreign language filmmaking through provocative story-telling. The NYFCS is dedicated to producing inspiring events in a collaborative environment and to nurturing the long-term success of movies. Featuring an energetic, creative, and experienced team, the NYFCS exhibits socially and culturally relevant films with live world-class talent in the best independent theaters throughout the US.
The Screening Series will be produced and distributed by Ehrenkranz, who has more than 25 years of experience with the New York Film Critics Series as well as production/marketing/distribution at Pacific Arts, Pixie Productions, Really Cool Jobs, Greyshack films, VideoLine and Ingram Entertainment, Sponsorship is available.
ABOUT THE NEW YORK FILM CRITICS SERIES
Peter Travers, Host--Peter is an American film critic, who has written for, in turn, "People" and "Rolling Stone."
Travers also hosts a celebrity interview show called "Popcorn" on ABC News Now and ABCNews.com. Travers joined Rolling Stone in 1989 after a four-year stint with "People." He's best known for his basic writing style that eschews a more sophisticated analysis for an easy-to-read and often very opinionated form. According to efilmcritic.com, Travers is the nation's most blurbed film critic.
Peter has hosted the NYFCS for over 10 years. In addition to "Rolling Stone Magazine ABC-TV, Peter appears regularly on "Newsweek" and "The Daily Beast," "The Soho Apple Store," and "CNN."
MARK EHRENKRANZ--Series Producer--Mark Ehrenkranz has been producing The NY Film Critics Series for 18 years. He is also producing "Turbulent Souls" a full length feature film based on the memoirs of Stephen J. Dubner (co-author of "Freakonomics" ).
National, key account marketing and sales executive for Ingram Entertainment. His credits include: Michael Nesmith's Prime Time NBC Series, "Television Parts," "USA's Nightflight," "Radio 1990," "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," "Entertainment Tonight," CBS's "America," "To Hear," a PBS Special Presentation hosted by Joel Grey. Assistant to Harvey Miller, "Private Benjamin," "Protocol," "Bad Medicine." Fire and Ice, a Ralph Bakshi/Frank Frazetta Production and Twentieth Century Fox.
YOU CAN WIN AN "ANCHORMAN 2" SUPERTICKET
Paramount Pictures, with exclusive partners AMC theatres and Fandango, is announcing a "Superticket" offering on "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues."
the "Superticket" screenings give fans a chance to see the film two days early, ahead of its U.S. debut on Dec. 20.
Following a successful "Superticket" pilot program of "World War Z" this past June, Paramount is now expanding the offering to a nationwide audience.
Fans who register at www.Anchormanmovie.com/Superticket ahead of the official on-sale date of Nov. 26 will be the first to hear the full details about this exciting offer from Ron Burgundy.
With the 70's behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." Also back for more are Ron's co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy champ (David Koechner) - all of whom won't make it easy to stay classy…while taking New York and the nation's first 24-hour news channel by storm.
>"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" is produced by Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell and Adam Mckay and written by Will Ferrell and Adam Mckay.
PARAMOUNT PICTURES TO RELEASE CHRISTOPHER NOLAN'S "INTERSTELLAR"
Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., and Warner Bros. is set to film "Interstellar" in Alberta, Canada. "Interstellar" will be released in IMAX and 35mm theaters on November 7, 2014.
Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan ("Inception," "The Dark Knight" Trilogy), the production will travel the globe and utilize a mixture of 35mm anamorphic and IMAX film photography to bring to the screen a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan, originally developed for Paramount Pictures and producer Lynda Obst.
The new script chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
"Interstellar" is being produced by Academy Award nominee Emma Thomas ("Inception," "The Dark Knight" Trilogy) and Lynda Obst ("How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," "The Siege").
"Interstellar" features a prestigious cast that includes: Matthew McConaughey ("Magic Mike," "Mud"), Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway ("Les Miserables," "The Dark Knight Rises"), Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty," "The Tree of Life"), Bill Irwin ("Rachel Getting Married," TV's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation") Academy Award nominee John Lithgow ("Terms of Endearment," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes") Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck ("The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," Gone Baby Gone"), David Gyasi ("Cloud Atlas"), Wes Bentley ("The Hunger Games"), Mackenzie Foy ("The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2") Timothée Chalamet (TV's "Homeland"), Topher Grace ("Spider-Man 3"), David Oyelowo ("Jack Reacher," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"), Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn ("The Last Picture Show," "The Exorcist"), and Academy Award winner Michael Caine ("The Cider House Rules," "The Dark Knight" Trilogy).
Renowned theoretical physicist Kip Thorne is consulting on the film as well as serving as executive producer, along with Jake Myers ("Jack Reacher," "RED," "RED 2") and Jordan Goldberg ("Inception," "The Dark Knight" Trilogy).
JASON BATEMAN TO STAR IN "BAD WORDS"
Worldwide rights to the comedy "Bad Words," directed by and starring Jason Bateman have been acquired by Focus Features for a 2014 theatrical release. Focus CEO James Schamus and co-CEO Andrew Karpen made the announcement today at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the movie is having its world premiere.
"Bad Words," a Darko Entertainment/Aggregate Films/MXN production, was represented at Toronto by Creative Artists Agency and Hicks Professional Law Corporation, which made the deal with Focus at the Festival.
The movie is the feature directorial debut of Bateman, who last starred in the blockbuster comedy "Identity Thief" and is currently an Emmy Award nominee for "Arrested Development."
Bateman is also a producer of "Bad Words" through his company Aggregate, with Academy Award nominee Mason Novick (Juno) of MXN and Darko's Sean McKittrick and Jeff Culotta. Andrew Dodge wrote the original screenplay. It is his first to be produced, and it was selected for "The Black List" in 2011.
In "Bad Words" Mr. Bateman portrays Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old man seeking catharsis in his life. He seizes the ideal that this will come for him through…the National Spelling Bee; after discovering a loophole in the rules, Guy zealously joins the competition and easily outpaces the pre-teen field in match after match. As reporter Jenny Widgeon (Kathryn Hahn of "Afternoon Delight") delves into Guy's story, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely friendship with a competitor, awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya (Rohan Chand of "Homeland"), which may spell things differently for his future.
"Bad Words" also stars Screen Actors Guild Award winner Allison Janney, Ben Falcone ("Bridesmaids"), Rachael Harris ("The Hangover"), and Philip Baker Hall ("Argo").
Editor's Note: Some information used in this report obtained from publicity department press releases.