February 8, 2014 • Category: Movies •
Chris Nelson has been tapped to direct the indie “Liv,” which has also been picked up for distribution by Black Label Media.
Hilary Swank’s 2S Films had been developing the project, and Swank will remain on as a producer for the film. Black Label Media partners Molly Smith and Trent and Thad Luckinbill are producing.
Story revolves around a 26-year-old visionary who becomes an overnight sensation when she’s handed her dream job as the editor — and face — of a multiplatform media experiment. As she begins to lose hold of her image and her magazine, she has to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice for success.
Pic is based on the book by Karen Yampolsky, which was inspired by the life of legendary magazine editor Jane Pratt. Ellen Shanman will pen the adapted screenplay.
January 24, 2014 • Category: Movies •
Myriad Pictures announced today that it will handle international sales on the emotional drama You’re Not You, which stars two-time Academy Award Best Actress winner Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby), along with Emmy Rossum (Beautiful Creatures, The Phantom of the Opera, TV’s “Shameless”) and Josh Duhamel (Safe Haven, New Year’s Eve, the Transformers franchise). You’re Not You is directed by award-winning director George C. Wolfe (Nights in Rodanthe, Lackawanna Blues), from a screenplay written by Shana Feste (Country Strong) and Jordan Roberts (March of the Penguins), based upon the novel by Michelle Wildgen. Myriad will introduce the film to international buyers at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. CAA is representing the US rights.
YOU’RE NOT YOU is produced by DPP in association with Di Novi Pictures and 2S Films. Prince Azim is producing under his DPP banner along with Alison Greenspan of Di Novi Pictures, and Molly Smith and Hilary Swank under 2S Films. Executive producers include DPP’s Rhian Williams and Joanne Podmore, Denise Di Novi and Ellen H. Schwartz.
Myriad’s President and CEO, Kirk D’Amico, said “Hilary Swank and Emmy Rossum and the rest of the cast give impressive and beautiful performances. We are proud to be selling this accomplished and important film from director George C. Wolfe to buyers around the world.”
The film also features a stellar supporting cast, including Marcia Gay Harden (Academy Award winner for Pollock, Tony Award winner for “God of Carnage”); Julian McMahon (Fantastic Four, tv’s “Nip/Tuck”); Jason Ritter (Emmy nominee for “Parenthood,” “The Event”); Frances Fisher (upcoming The Host, The Unforgiven); Loretta Devine (Waiting to Exhale, Emmy winner for “Grey’s Anatomy,”); Ernie Hudson (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” the Ghostbusters films); Ali Larter (Resident Evil: Afterlife, tv’s “Heroes”); and Andrea Savage (Dinner For Schmucks, Stepbrothers).
You’re Not You tells the story of Kate (Hilary Swank), an accomplished woman in her 30’s whose perfectly ordered life is suddenly upended when she is diagnosed with the devastating and incurable disease ALS. Kate and her husband Evan (Josh Duhamel) must find a full time caregiver to help, and so they meet college student Bec (Emmy Rossum), who has impulsively answered their ad despite her complete lack of experience. Bec is chaos in motion–unable to commit to school, her relationships or her plans for the future. But Kate sees something special in Bec and hires her. Gradually, Kate inspires Bec not to throw her life away, while Bec helps Kate–literally and figuratively–to find her voice and finally live her life to the fullest – the way Kate truly wants. With equal measures of tears and laughter, You’re Not You explores how these strangers – brought together by the most challenging circumstances – are able to unlock the best in each other.
According to IMDB The Homesman Release Date is October 3 2014 but the movie will have premiere on Cannes Film Festival (May 22), Telluride Film Festival (August 30) and Toronto International Film Festival (September 16).
December 27, 2013 • Category: Movies •
The logline may sound a little airy — a claim-jumper and a pioneer woman team up to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa — but with Tommy Lee Jones behind the camera as well as starring in a central role, we know the movie will be intensely sincere — and just a little bleak. Jones’s The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada was a solid feature debut that boasted excellent performances. So with a cast that includes Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank, chances are this one is going places. (TBA)
Sometimes, it takes a familiar face to put a face on a problem… even one that is international in scope.
Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank is no stranger to championing social causes, and she takes up another as she and two-time Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn play the title roles in the HBO drama movie “Mary and Martha” Saturday at 8 p.m.
Written by Richard Curtis (“Love Actually,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral”) and filmed largely in South Africa, the BBC and NBC Universal co-production tells the story of two very different women who unite to crusade against malaria after both lose sons to the illness.
Mary (Swank) is an American who takes her child (Lux Haney-Jardine, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”) away from bullying classmates for an “adventure” abroad, and Martha (Blethyn) is an Englishwoman whose son (Sam Claflin, “Snow White and the Huntsman”) volunteers at an African orphanage. After both young men contract and die of malaria, their mothers meet and bond, then decide to take their message about the disease to the masses — and ultimately to a Washington, D.C., hearing.
James Woods also appears as Mary’s politically connected father in the film, directed by Phillip Noyce (“Clear and Present Danger”).
“Obviously, what’s on the page is the most important thing in the beginning,” Swank says, “but you follow it up with talent like that, in every corner, and it’s a no-brainer. It’s something you just jump at to be a part of.”
Swank has played mothers before (“Conviction,” “The Reaping”), and that aspect of “Mary and Martha” largely drove her performance.
“I don’t think there’s anything worse in the world than losing a child,” Swank says. “I don’t have children of my own, but I have a lot of them in my life… nieces and nephews, children of boyfriends. Still, it was all on the page here.”
After writing for stars from Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts to Colin Firth and Emma Thompson, Curtis says he is pleased that Swank and Blethyn embody his Mary and Martha.
“They make for a very exciting clash of cultures,” he says. “There is something about Brenda that is so profoundly British and so humane, and, likewise, there’s an extraordinary Americanness and determination and kind of wisdom about Hilary. They were on the far ends of the characters I’d written, and I was delighted about that.”
The TV movie remains in relative decline, which makes a weekend in which two high-profile versions with big-name stars and overt messages playing directly opposite each other especially noteworthy. It’s also instructive, in a compare-and-contrast sort of way, to consider why “Mary and Martha” — a moving return to intimate form for HBO — represents an emotionally stirring triumph, while Lifetime’s “Call Me Crazy: A Five Film” feels like an empty gimmick, an all-star marketing hook/public-service campaign in search of a movie.
After a stretch in which HBO has relied almost exclusively on attention-getting fact-based films like “Game Change” and “Phil Spector,” “Mary and Martha” harks back to when the service was content to tell great little stories — often with an agenda — that might not have been commercial enough to find a home elsewhere. And if one’s first thought is the 2005 gem “The Girl in the Cafe,” it should come as less of a surprise that “Mary” comes from that movie’s writer, Richard Curtis.
At its core a personal story about two mothers joined in grief, “Mary and Martha” is also a passionate piece of advocacy. Moreover, it reflects Curtis’ penchant for envisioning a world where good can come of ordinary people’s do-good passion, which is both uplifting and reassuring, even if it doesn’t always conform to reality.
A trio of Oscar winners will soon be in the Land of Enchantment.
Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank and Meryl Streep will all star in Jones’ directed feature, “The Homesman.”
“The Homesman” is based on the novel by Glendon Swarthout with a script written by Tommy Lee Jones, Kieran Fitzgerald and Wesley Oliver.
This Western follows the journey of a claim jumper, played by Jones, and an independent pioneer woman (Hilary Swank) who team up to escort three women driven mad by the Nebraska frontier back to Iowa.
According to the New Mexico Film Office, the production will employ more than 100 New Mexico crew members and more than 200 New Mexico principal and background talent.
Principal photography is scheduled for the end of March through mid-May at various locations in the Las Vegas, N.M. and Santa Fe areas.
The film will also star Grace Gumman, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter and Tim Blake Nelson.
It is produced by Michael Fitzgerald (The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The Pledge and the upcoming The Rosenthal Gang), Tommy Lee Jones (The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and The Sunset Limited) and Peter Brant (Pollock, Basquiat).
Streep last won an Oscar for her role in “The Iron Lady,” while Swank picked up her last Oscar in “Million Dollar Baby.” Jones picked up his Oscar for his role in “The Fugitive.”
On April 20th, HBO will debut their latest original film, Mary and Martha, a tale of two mothers fighting to prevent the spread of malaria after they both lose sons to the disease. The film stars two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) and Oscar® nominee Brenda Blethyn (Atonement) as the titular characters whose strong bond helps them enact change even as they are consumed by grief. Ahead of the premiere, HBO has released two trailers for the film, both of which are embedded below.
In addition to Swank and Blethyn, the cast also includes James Woods (Too Big to Fail), Frank Grillo (End of Watch) and Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: Strange Tides).
Mary and Martha premieres Saturday, April 20th at 8PM on HBO.
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