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Amy Adams, Laura Dern to Produce ‘The Most Fun We Ever Had’ Adaptation at HBO

  • Variety
HBO is developing a series adaptation of the Claire Lombardo novel “The Most Fun We Ever Had” with Amy Adams and Laura Dern onboard as executive producers.

Described as a multigenerational saga spanning half a century, the story follows four sisters, each struggling to exist in the shadow of their parents’ idyllic marriage, whose lives are complicated by the unexpected return of the son one of them gave up for adoption fifteen years earlier.

Lombardo will pen the adaptation in addition to co-executive producing. Adams and Stacy O’Neil will executive produce under their Bond Group Entertainment banner, with Bond Group’s Kate Clifford co-producing. Dern and Jayme Lemons will executive produce via Jaywalker Pictures. Anya Epstein is onboard as showrunner. The Gotham Group’s Rich Green negotiated the deal on behalf of Ellen Levine and Alexa Stark at Trident Media Group.

Both Dern and Adams have found success with
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7 New Netflix Shows in October 2019, and the Best Reasons to Watch

7 New Netflix Shows in October 2019, and the Best Reasons to Watch
1. “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” (available October 11)

Why Should I Watch? How can you not watch? After delivering one of the few widely beloved series finales ever and then following it up with an improbably successful prequel series, Vince Gilligan has decided to continue the “Breaking Bad” story through its sole surviving character, Jesse Pinkman.

Aaron Paul was always game to come back to the role, teasing cameos on “Better Call Saul” for years, and now the world will see if a new movie – er, sorry, a new “Netflix Television Event” can recapture the magic that captivated TV viewers (and Emmy voters) for five enthralling seasons.

Whether it turns out as excellent as its predecessors or as terrible as our worst nightmares, “El Camino” is still a must-watch.

Bonus Reason: Written and directed by Gilligan, “El Camino” is also an invitation to see how “Breaking Bad” works in a new format.
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Greta Gerwig to Interview Laura Dern for ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ — Exclusive

Greta Gerwig to Interview Laura Dern for ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ — Exclusive
Ovation TV has announced the latest hosts and guests of the new season of “Inside the Actors Studio,” and the new network’s rotating host format is proving very exciting so far. Academy Award nominee Greta Gerwig will be interviewing Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Laura Dern in an upcoming episode, as well as Tony Award nominee Latanya Richardson Jackson interviewing four-time Emmy Award winner Alfre Woodard. Both episodes have yet to be taped.

“Inside the Actors Studio” aired for 22 seasons on Bravo, where it was hosted by James Lipton. Famous for his penetrating index card questions and comically subdued delivery, Lipton has interviewed 74 Oscar winners and has been parodied by “The Simpsons.” Each episode ends with his famous ten questions, borrowed from French television personality Bernard Pivot and inspired by Marcel Proust.

Last year, it was announced that the series was moving to Ovation TV for its 23rd season,
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HBO’s $20 Million ‘Bad Education’ Buy Shows Success Metrics in Streaming Era Are Growing Murkier

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HBO’s $20 Million ‘Bad Education’ Buy Shows Success Metrics in Streaming Era Are Growing Murkier
The highest-profile acquisition out of the Toronto International Film Festival won’t be shown in theaters despite it’s record-breaking price tag, won’t be eligible for Oscars despite its acclaimed cast, and it’s performance definitely can’t be judged using the old measurements of success.

Bad Education,” the fact-based dark comedy starring Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney, has found a home alongside prestige content like “Game of Thrones” and “Succession” on HBO, which reportedly spent nearly $20 million for worldwide rights of the Cory Finley-helmed film.

The movie will get no theatrical release and HBO’s awards push will include Emmy campaigns, a spokeswoman confirmed.

It’s believed to be among the most — if not the most — expensive festival acquisitions ever. For what essentially is a streaming service to spend such an enormous sum on a film, winning a bidding war against traditional theatrical distributors, HBO’s “Bad Education
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TIFF Breakout ‘Bad Education’ Sells to HBO in Near-$20 Million Deal, but That Means No Oscars

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TIFF Breakout ‘Bad Education’ Sells to HBO in Near-$20 Million Deal, but That Means No Oscars
One of this year’s buzziest Toronto International Film Festival breakouts might be about to land a home, and with a record deal to boot. Deadline reports that HBO is nearly at a deal to acquire Cory Finley’s fact-based embezzlement drama “Bad Education” for a price tag “nearing $20 million.” (Variety reports that the number is closer to $17.5 million.) That price point would put the deal in range of Fox Searchlight’s legendary big ticket festival buy, when the studio purchased Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” for $17.5 million at Sundance in 2016. As has become commonplace, it seems to have boiled down to the ever-raging debate between the merits of theatrical versus streaming.

As Deadline notes, “This one quickly came down to the producers and financiers faced with making a choice that will be more commonplace as fests go forward. Did they want a streaming deal, gamble for
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The Report Trailer: Adam Driver Uncovers the CIA's Brutal Secret in Real-Life Tale

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Amazon Studios dropped the first teaser trailer for The Report starring Adam Driver today. Based on real events following the 9/11 attacks, The Report follows idealistic Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) who, after the attacks, "changed all his classes to national security."

His determination ultimately earns him a place in the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein played by the great Annette&#160Bening. Feinstein assigns Jones the task of leading an investigation into the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program, which was created in the aftermath of 9/11.

Jones' relentless pursuit of the truth leads to explosive findings that uncover the lengths to which the nation's top intelligence agency went to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public.

The Report is the directorial debt of Scott Z. Burns, who is known for his writing on The Bourne Ultimatum as well as Steven Soderbergh's films Contagion and Side Effects.
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Jamila Wenske Leaves One Two Films to Head Achtung Panda! in Berlin

  • Variety
German producer Jamila Wenske has left One Two Films to head Achtung Panda!, a Berlin-based film production company.

Wenske succeeds former managing director Helge Albers, who left Achtung Panda! to become the new CEO of regional funder Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein.

Wenske partnered with Sol Bondy and Christoph Lange to launch One Two Films in 2010. The Berlin company has co-produced domestic and international productions, including Jennifer Fox’s “The Tale,” Isabel Coixet’s “The Bookshop” and Vadim Perelman’s “Persian Lessons.”

Variety selected Wenske and Bondy for its 10 Producers to Watch list last year.

Producer Melanie Blocksdorf, who previously worked at Berlin-based Propellerfilm, is joining Wenske at Achtung Panda!

Established as a joint venture in 2015 between Danny Krausz’s Vienna-based Dor Film and Oliver Damian’s 27 Films in Berlin, Achtung Panda! had largely focused on documentaries under Albers’ management. But Wenske and Blocksdorf, along with project manager Carli Hameder, intend to
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How Two Indie Producers and a Former Wells Fargo Employee Allegedly Scammed Investors for Millions

How Two Indie Producers and a Former Wells Fargo Employee Allegedly Scammed Investors for Millions
Two executive producers, whose credits include the 2018 Sundance hit “The Tale,” are facing federal fraud and money laundering charges for allegedly running a scheme to bilk millions from investors who thought they were backing independent film projects. According to their indictment, the men instead used the money to spend lavishly on themselves: luxury cars, private air travel, real estate, and more.

Jason Van Eman, who heads the Oklahoma-based WeatherVane Prods., and producer Ben McConley allegedly teamed with a former Miami-based Wells Fargo Bank employee, Benjamin Rafael, who helped pull off the scam.

According to the indictment, McConley and Van Eman lured potential investors with the promise of “matching” their investments dollar for dollar, which they claimed to use to secure a loan to pay for the film’s production. The victim would transfer money to accounts controlled by the men, which they would use for their own purposes. Rafael would
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Sol Bondy and Jamila Wenske of German production outfit One Two Films to go separate ways (exclusive)

Bondy will continue to run the company.

Jamila Wenske and Sol Bondy, founders and managing partners of German production outfit One Two Films, have decided to part ways.

Bondy will continue to run the company with investor and partner Christoph Lange. Fred Burle, One Two Films’ project manager since 2017, has started working on his own projects as a producer, reporting to Bondy.

Wenske will take her projects with her to Achtung Panda!, the Berlin-based production outfit she is joining as managing director. More details about her role at Achtung Panda! will be revealed soon.

One Two Films has made a
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Sol Bondy and Jamila Wenske of German production outfit One Two Films to go separate ways

Bondy will continue to run the company.

Jamila Wenske and Sol Bondy, founders and managing partners of German production outfit One Two Films, have decided to part ways.

Bondy will continue to run the company with investor and partner Christoph Lange. Fred Burle, One Two Films’ project manager since 2017, has started working on his own projects as a producer, reporting to Bondy.

Wenske will take her projects with her to Achtung Panda!, the Berlin-based production outfit she is joining as managing director. More details about her role at Achtung Panda! will be revealed soon.

One Two Films has made a
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Theo James & Andrew D. Corkin Launching Film & TV Label Untapped

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Theo James & Andrew D. Corkin Launching Film & TV Label Untapped
Exclusive: Actor Theo James and producer Andrew D. Corkin are joining forces to produce theatrical and small-screen projects in the UK and U.S. with their new label Untapped.

“While our primary focus is genre and thriller, we are drawn to stories of conflicted humanity that force viewers to question how they would react when faced with real or existential threats,” said James. “These stories are often grounded in truth – literal or allegorical – encouraging us to confront and challenge the assumptions we make about ourselves and the world around us.”

Said Corkin: “We’re excited to solidify our partnership to tell complex, diverse stories across various mediums. Theo and I share a vision for how we want to build stories and worlds that both fit within the current marketplace and look beyond it.”

Already, James and Corkin have several film and TV projects in various stages of development, prep and post.
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Jodi Long Running for SAG-AFTRA Secretary-Treasurer on Matthew Modine Slate

  • Variety
Jodi Long Running for SAG-AFTRA Secretary-Treasurer on Matthew Modine Slate
Veteran actress and union activist Jodi Long is running for secretary-treasurer of SAG-AFTRA as a member of Matthew Modine’s progressive Membership First slate.

She is facing Camryn Manheim, who announced her candidacy on July 9 as part of the Unite for Strength slate for the re-election of union president Gabrielle Carteris. Unite for Strength and United Screen Actors Nationwide have been the ruling factions at the union for the past decade with an emphasis on pragmatic policies.

“It’s my time to step up to the fight,” Long said. “A fight for a change in leadership and our right to make a decent living.”

Election ballots will be mailed to dues-current members on July 29 and will be tabulated on August 28. SAG-aftra represents about 160,000 performers.

Mondine said, “Jodi will bring truth and transparency where there is now vagary and opacity.”

Jane Austin, the current SAG-aftra secretary-treasurer, has opted to
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Emmys Snubs and Surprises: ‘Homecoming,’ ‘Catch-22’ Lose Out, ‘Fleabag,’ ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Break Big

While Emmy nominations morning is bound to bring about its fair share of extreme exuberance and hurt feelings, always remember two things:

There are always more shows left off the list than those that make it. A “snub” implies a purposeful exclusion — a choice made to rebuff a request, rather than a mere omission.

In the peak TV era, the idea of Emmy voters purposefully excluding someone is much harder to believe than the reality that 26,000-odd voters just couldn’t see everything. Those who don’t make the cut aren’t really snubs…so much as inevitable exclusions.

As always, the 2019 Emmy nomination list was filled with plenty of surprises, good and bad. And while it would be more accurate to refer to the unexpected exclusions as exactly that — surprises — the disappointment felt on Emmy morning demands a stronger descriptor. So we’re sticking with snubs. It’s the accepted nomenclature,
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‘Vita and Virginia’ Trailer: Elizabeth Debicki Is Virginia Woolf in Lesbian Romance

‘Vita and Virginia’ Trailer: Elizabeth Debicki Is Virginia Woolf in Lesbian Romance
Whether she’s pulling off heists in “Widows” or eerily gaslighting Laura Dern in “The Tale,” Elizabeth Debicki has quickly become one of the most exciting acting talents working today. According to reviews, Debicki’s latest performance as Virginia Woolf is not to be missed, and proves the actress has what it takes — and then some.

The film, “Vita and Virginia,” follows the well-documented love affair between the tortured author and Vita Sackville-West, an English poet and novelist. The newly released first trailer for the romantic drama, also starring Isabella Rossellini, promises plenty of longing looks (and hopefully more) between the two literary figures.

Per the official synopsis: “Set amidst the bohemian high society of 1920s England, ‘Vita & Virginia’ tells the scintillating true story of a literary love affair that fueled the imagination of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated writers. Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton) is the brash,
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Emmy Dream Ballot: The Limited Series and TV Movies Worth Considering in 2019

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The limited series race at this year’s Emmys may be the most cutthroat, high-stakes battle of any category. Though featuring only a fraction of the hundreds of submissions featured in comedy and drama, the unusually strong crop of limited series means that multiple big-name, big budget projects are on a crash course to duking it out in September. Assuming, of course, that voters can determine which shows are worthy of nominations.

IndieWire is here to help. As we did with both drama and comedy, TV Awards Editor Libby Hill and TV Critic Ben Travers have selected an ideal ballot of more-than-worthy contenders from the 35 limited series, 21 TV movies, and 300-some performers submitted.

While there’s no way to represent all the excellent would-be Emmy nominees out there, the list below highlights critical voices in the TV industry and cuts out the riffraff so you have a clear picture of the best options.
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Documentarians Dan Cogan and Liz Garbus Launch New Production Company — Exclusive

Documentarians Dan Cogan and Liz Garbus Launch New Production Company — Exclusive
With documentaries on the rise and multiple backers and outlets for non-fiction films, two veteran filmmakers — married producer-financier Dan Cogan and producer-director Liz Garbus — have decided to launch their own production company, Story Syndicate. Clearly, it’s a propitious time: The public’s appetite for non-fiction stories has never been greater, as movies ranging from last year’s “Rbg” and Oscar-winner “Free Solo” to 2019 hits “Apollo 11,” “Amazing Grace,” and “The Biggest Little Farm” hit big at the box office.

The move means that in the coming months, Cogan will transition from daily management of 12-year-old Impact Partners, which has financed over 100 films, including the Oscar-winning “Icarus” and “The Cove” and Oscar nominees “Fathers and Sons,” “How to Survive a Plague” and “Hell and Back Again.” He will join forces with Garbus, director of the Emmy-nominated “The Fourth Estate” and Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated “What Happened Miss Simone?,” by creating a
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Documentarians Dan Cogan and Liz Garbus Launch New Production Company — Exclusive

Documentarians Dan Cogan and Liz Garbus Launch New Production Company — Exclusive
With documentaries on the rise and multiple backers and outlets for non-fiction films, two veteran filmmakers — married producer-financier Dan Cogan and producer-director Liz Garbus — have decided to launch their own production company, Story Syndicate. Clearly, it’s a propitious time: The public’s appetite for non-fiction stories has never been greater, as movies ranging from last year’s “Rbg” and Oscar-winner “Free Solo” to 2019 hits “Apollo 11,” “Amazing Grace,” and “The Biggest Little Farm” hit big at the box office.

The move means that in the coming months, Cogan will transition from daily management of 12-year-old Impact Partners, which has financed over 100 films, including the Oscar-winning “Icarus” and “The Cove” and Oscar nominees “Fathers and Sons,” “How to Survive a Plague” and “Hell and Back Again.” He will join forces with Garbus, director of the Emmy-nominated “The Fourth Estate” and Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated “What Happened Miss Simone?,” by creating a
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Common Tells Jada Pinkett Smith He ‘Would Like to Be a Husband’ on Upcoming Red Table Talk

Common Tells Jada Pinkett Smith He ‘Would Like to Be a Husband’ on Upcoming Red Table Talk
Common has won two Grammys, an Oscar, a Golden Globe and an Emmy, but the rapper hasn’t added one title to his extensive résumé: husband.

In a People exclusive clip of Monday’s Red Table Talk, Common reveals he’s looking forward to finding the right partner and getting married.

“You said in the book also that you’ve accomplished everything but that you’re not a husband,” Jada Pinkett Smith says, referring to his recently released book Let Love Have the Last Word: A Memoir.

Common nods, “Yeah, that’s.. I would like to be a husband. Now
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Jeffrey Reddick’s Directorial Debut, Good Samaritan Details!

Hood River Entertainment announces production on Good Samaritan, a dark revenge thriller by director/writer Jeffrey Reddick, creator of the popular Final Destination franchise. Good Samaritan stars Kourtney Bell (It Follows), Will Stout (Daredevil), Skyler Hart (Cruel Intentions), Jaqueline Fleming (The Tale), Han Soto (Preacher), Damon Lipari (Vice), Amanda Grace Benitez (All Cheerleaders Die), Stephen Twardokus

The post Jeffrey Reddick’s Directorial Debut, Good Samaritan Details! appeared first on Hnn | Horrornews.net.
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UK Film Centre in Cannes 2019: Full line-up of events revealed

UK Film Centre in Cannes 2019: Full line-up of events revealed
Ken Loach, Jessica Hausner, Asif Kapadia all to give talent talks.

Talent talks from directors Ken Loach, Jessica Hausner and Asif Kapadia all feature on the UK Film Centre’s programme of industry events at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25).

Each will discuss their respective films, which are having world premieres at the festival.

Loach will be joined by screenwriter Paul Laverty and producer Rebecca O’Brien on Friday, May 17 to discuss Competition title Sorry We Missed You, hosted by Screen’s Wendy Mitchell.

Hausner will talk alongside co-writer Geraldine Bajard and producers Geradine O’Flynn and
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