Louisa Krause (Martha Marcy May Marlene, King Kelly) and Jason Patric (The Lost Boys, My Sister’s Keeper) will star in indie psychological thriller The Confines, from C Plus Pictures. Eytan Rockaway makes his directorial debut with the film (formerly known as Lot 451), penned by Ido Fluk. Krause plays Julia Streak, a struggling single mother who works as a security guard at an enormous, modern residential complex which, thanks to the recession, hasn’t got a single resident. Over the course of one night her brusque partner Cooper (Patric) and a local vagrant (Breaking Bad‘s Mark Margolis) toy with Streak leading her into the decaying catacombs beneath the building where her sanity is tested. C Plus Pictures’ Mike Landry and Carlos Velasquez are producers with co-producers Ryan Charles Griffin and Claudia Bellante, and executive producers Allen Loeb, Jeff Hoffman, and Luigi Ghilardi II. Filming has wrapped in NYC. Arclight Film is repping international sales while Traction Media and CAA handle N.A. sales. Krause is repped by the Gersh Agency. Patric is repped by KLWGN. Margolis is repped by Red Letter Management.
Elizabeth Rohm and J.R. Ramirez have joined the cast of Starz’s drama series Power, about wealthy New York City nightclub owner James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), who wants to build an empire and turn the club into a Fortune 500 business. But there’s just one problem: He is living a double life. When he is not in the club, he is the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York for a very high-level clientele.
The Casting Society of America’s 29th annual Artios Awards celebrating outstanding achievement in casting were handed out last night in simultaneous ceremonies in LA and NY. On the West Coast, CBS Entertainment boss Nina Tassler received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Linda Lowy the Hoyt Bowers Awards, while Michael J Fox was given the New York Apple Award. Here are this year’s winners in categories covering film, TV and stage:
Related: Casting Society Unveils Artios Nominees
2013 ARTIOS AWARDS WINNERS
Big Budget Feature – Comedy
“Silver Linings Playbook,” Mary Vernieu, Lindsay Graham, Diane Heery (Location Casting), Jason Loftus (Location Casting)
Big Budget Feature – Drama
“Argo,” Lora Kennedy
Feature – Studio or Independent – Comedy
“Moonrise Kingdom,” Douglas Aibel, Henry Russell Bergstein (Associate)
EXCLUSIVE: WME has scored a coup, signing Chris Terrio as the screenwriter comes off winning the Oscar for Argo. Terrio had been repped at CAA. While Terrio’s run goes back to writing and directing the 2005 pic Heights, his ascension to A-list scribe has been fairly recent. Ben Affleck has told me that after carving his previous directing vehicles from the ground up, he could not believe his good fortune when handed Terrio’s Argo script. Since then, Terrio has been writing one high-profile project after another. They include: another project for Argo producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov which is untitled but has Paul Greengrass attached to direct; adapting the Nathaniel Philbrick book Bunker Hill as a potential directing vehicle for Affleck; an adaptation of the Harlan Coben bestseller Tell No One for Universal and Focus; and A Foreigner, which Matt Damon might direct.
Breaking Bad‘s Bob Odenkirk and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia‘s Glenn Howerton have signed on to FX‘s 10-episode limited series Fargo. They will join Kate Walsh, Oliver Platt, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Colin Hanks in the series original adaptation inspired by the 1996 Oscar-winning pic that features a new story and characters. Odenkirk will play Deputy Bill Olson, a Bemidji deputy with seniority over his younger, smarter and more ambitious fellow deputy Molly Solverson (Allison Tollman). Howerton will play ambitious personal trainer Don Chumph. Odenkirk is repped by WME and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment; Howerton is with WME and 3 Arts.
BBC America has added Michiel Huisman (World War Z, Nashville) Peter Outerbridge (Nikita, Beauty And The Beast) and Ari Millen (Rookie Blue, Nikita) to Season 2 of Orphan Black. Huisman joins in a recurring role as rugged outdoorsman Cal Morrison, Outerbridge, also a recurring, will play Henrik “Hank” Johannsen, a mercurial modern-day cowboy and Millen joins as Mark, a cunning predator with a dark edge. The second season is currently in production and is scheduled to premiere in April 2014. Huisman is repped by …
EXCLUSIVE: Kate Walsh, Joey King and Josh Close have joined the cast of Fargo, FX‘s first limited series. Joel and Ethan Coen are executive producing the 10-episode series inspired by their 1996 pic, with the new incarnation featuring a new story and characters. FX Prods and MGM Television are producing, with writer Noah Hawley, Warren Littlefield, and Geyer Kosinski also exec producing. Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Oliver Platt and Colin Hanks already are aboard.
Walsh will play Gina, a trophy wife-type and reluctant mother of twin sons. The one-time star of ABC‘s Private Practice will next be seen this fall in Neil LaBute’s DirecTV series Full Circle and her upcoming feature roles include Lorne Michaels’ Staten Island Summer and the indie thriller Dermaphoria. She is repped by CAA. King, who just finished shooting Zach Braff’s Kickstarter-born pic Wish I Was Here, will play Greta, the daughter of Hanks’ police deputy, a single father who comes face-to-face with a killer. She is repped by Dan Spilo at Industry Entertainment and Coast to Coast Talent Group. Close will play Ron, the brother of Freeman’s small-town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard. The casting reunites Close and Hawley, who worked together on ABC’s The …
Dexter alum Colin Hanks has signed on to co-star opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman in FX’s first limited series Fargo, executive produced by Joel and Ethan Coen. Inspired by the Coens’ 1996 film, FX’s Fargo, from FX Prods and MGM TV, features an all-new crime story and characters. It centers on Lester Nygaard (Freeman), a small-town insurance salesman henpecked by his wife, whose life is changed when a mysterious stranger, Lorne Malvo (Thornton), comes to town. Hanks will play Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly, a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety and his duty as a policeman when he comes face-to-face with a killer. Hanks, repped by UTA and The Schiff Co, co-stars in the upcoming feature Parkland.
Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman is set as the co-lead opposite Billy Bob Thornton in FX’s first limited series Fargo, executive produced by Joel and Ethan Coen. A 10-episode limited series inspired by the Coens’ 1996 film, FX’s Fargo will feature an all-new true crime story, with the series following a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” of the film. It centers on Lester Nygaard (Freeman), a small town insurance salesman henpecked by his wife, whose life is changed when a mysterious stranger, Lorne Malvo (Thornton), comes to town. The Lester role draws parallels to the character played by William H. Macy in the movie. Fargo was written by Noah Hawley, with Adam Bernstein set to direct the opening hour. FX Prods. and MGM Television are producing, with Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Joel & Ethan Coen, and Geyer Kosinski exec producing.
Margot Wain has been bumped up to VP Daytime Programs, CBS Entertainment, after serving as Director, Daytime. She reports to Angelica McDaniel, SVP Daytime, CBS Entertainment. In her new position, Wain will continue as the current executive on The Young And The Restless, The Bold And The Beautiful and The Price Is Right, working with writers and producers on all day-to-day creative and strategic elements. Wain has been associated with The Bold And The Beautiful since the daytime drama’s premiere in 1987. She also was involved in Daytime development, working on Press Your Luck and Capitol, and worked on The 25,000 Pyramid, Tattletales and Card Sharks.
UPDATED: Billy Bob Thornton is set to star in FX’s first limited series Fargo, executive produced by Joel and Ethan Coen. A 10-episode limited series inspired by the Coens’ 1996 film, FX’s Fargo will feature an all-new true crime story, with the series following a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” that were the film’s trademark. Thornton will play Lorne Malvo, a rootless, manipulative man who meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction. The character draws parallels to Peter Stormare’s Gaear in the movie. FX CEO John Landgraf confirmed that Fargo will end with its 10th episode and the characters won’t continue beyond the 10-episode run but a Fargo anthology franchise ala American Horror Story is “conceivable”. Produced by FX Prods and MGM TV, Fargo was written by Noah Hawley, who exec produces with the Coens and Warren Littlefield. MGM Television will be the lead studio and handle worldwide distribution of the series outside the U.S. and Canada.
The Weinstein Co. closed a multi-territory deal in Cannes for Suite Française, produced by eOne and TF1 DA. Principal photography started this week on the WWII drama that will shoot in Brussels and Paris. Michelle Williams, Mathias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas and Sam Riley were already aboard with Margot Robbie (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Ruth Wilson (The Lone Ranger) and Alexandra Maria Lara (Rush) now joining the 15M euro project. It’s adapted from Irene Nemirovsky’s novel about a young French woman who falls for a German officer in Nazi-occupied France. Director Saul Dibb (The Duchess) penned the adaptation with co-writer Matt Charman.
Emmy-winning veteran TV helmer Adam Bernstein (30 Rock, Breaking Bad) has signed on to direct the premiere hour of FX’s first limited series Fargo, executive produced by Joel and Ethan Coen. A 10-episode limited series inspired by the Coen’s 1996 film, FX’s Fargo will feature an all-new true crime story, with the series following a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” that has made the film an enduring classic. Produced by FX Prods and MGM TV, Fargo was written by Noah Hawley, who exec produces with the Coens and Warren Littlefield. ICM Partners-repped Bernstein will also serve as executive producer on the premiere episode. MGM Television will be the lead studio and handle worldwide distribution of the series outside the U.S. and Canada.
BREAKING: Cargo Entertainment has acquired international rights to Free Ride, a Shana Betz-directed crime drama that stars Anna Paquin and Twilight Saga‘s Cam Gigandet. True Blood star Paquin plays a single mom who moves to Florida with her daughters to try and make a better life but gets caught up in the drug-trade business in the late 1970s. Gigandet plays Paquin’s love interest. Betz, who’s making her directorial debut, wrote the script based on her own life story. The film also stars Liana Liberato, Ava Acres, Drea De Matteo, Jeff Hephner and Paquin’s True Blood cohort Brit Morgan. Cerise Hallam Larkin, Susan Dynner, and Paquin are producing and Mark Larkin and Stephen Moyer are exec producers.
Lindsay called Betz’s story “riveting and awe-inspiring.” Paradigm’s Nick LoPiccolo brokered the deal with Ronald J. Levin and Cargo’s Mark Lindsay and Marina Grasic, and Featured Artists Agency’s Brian Dreyfuss reps Betz and was heavily involved in packaging the project.
This bolsters a Cargo slate at Cannes that includes an adaptation of the Stephen King novel Cell that will star John Cusack, the Thomas Jane-helmed A Magnificent Death From A Shattered Hand, and Andy Garcia’s Hemingway & Fuentes. Paradigm will broker the domestic distribution deal on Free Ride.
Additionally, FX president John Landgraf announced several high-profile limited/miniseries projects in development as the genre will become a cornerstone for FX’s sibling FXM (Fox Movie Channel): Grand Hotel from Sam Mendes, about a fictional terrorist plot in Paris; Sutton, from Alexander Payne and Michael De Luca, about the infamous bank robber; Mad Dogs, from The Shield‘s Shawn Ryan, based on the British black comedy/psychological thriller miniseries; and Mayflower, from producers Paul Giamatti and Gil Netter (Life Of Pi). (See their descriptions below.)
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has just closed a high six-figure against seven-figure deal for screen rights to Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution, a book by Nathaniel Philbrick that will be published April 30 by Viking. The project was acquired for Pearl Street Films as a potential directing vehicle for Argo helmer Ben Affleck, who partners in the company with Matt Damon. Word is that Affleck (who is busy adapting the Dennis Lehane novel Live By Night to direct, star in and produce) will turn the book over to his Argo scribe Chris Terrio, making this a major project.
Philbrick is the author of Mayflower and the National Book Award-winning In The Heart Of The Sea, the real story beyond the white whale that informed Moby Dick, and the struggle of the whalers to survive after the giant whale split their ship in half. That book has long been at Warner Bros and looks like it is finally getting made later this year with Ron Howard directing and Thor’s Chris Hemsworth starring.
Resolution’s Rich Green brokered the movie deal for Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency, and Pearl Street president Jennifer Todd moving aggressively to bring the book into the fold, with Sarah Schechter overseeing for the studio.
Affleck, who until Argo had directed movies in the Boston backdrop where he grew up, is going home again as Bunker Hill is hailed as the battle that lit the fuse for the American Revolution in 1775.
Lawyer For Iran Mulling ‘Argo’ Suits In France, Switzerland, U.S.; Says Obama Oscar Appearance Seen As Government Strategy
Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, the lawyer investigating possible litigation over Argo’s portrayal of Iran, tells me she is weighing options on how to proceed and is considering bringing suit in France, Switzerland or the U.S. The French attorney traveled to Tehran last week at the “urgent” request of the culture minister and speaking by phone today, she called Argo “the cherry on top” of a string of movies that Iranian officials consider an affront to their nation and people. Authorities, she said, are concerned historical facts and the way in which Iranians are depicted are distortions and want “to be able to give their point of view so that they are not seen as mad men.”
Argo is based on the story of how the CIA and Hollywood orchestrated the escape of six Americans from Iran in 1979, but when I asked if it was understood by officials that the Ben Affleck-directed film is a fictionalized account, Coutant-Peyre countered, “It claims to be a sort of documentary… In the beginning of the film it says it is taken from declassified documents.” She called it a “report” on an event “which is distorted in the film.” She further said it was part of what is considered a “strategy of strong pressure from the American government” which was made clear “via Mrs. Obama” when she announced Argo‘s Best Picture Oscar win on February 24. When I suggested that the names of Academy Award winners are kept secret until the envelopes are opened on Oscar night, Coutant-Peyre responded, “You think they didn’t know? That’s not true. The president knew.”
Award-winning producer and director Jeff Margolis has signed with Joan Harrison of the Gersh Agency for representation both individually and for his Jeff Margolis Productions which packages and produces entertainment and reality series for network, syndication and cable. Margolis’ prolific directing career includes 22 American Music Awards, 8 Oscars, 3 Emmys and 2 Country Music Awards telecasts, as well as the feature film Richard Pryor Live In Concert plus numerous television specials and series. Margolis also is managed by Rebecca Lambrecht of the Chicane Group.
Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney
EXCLUSIVE: Jamie Bialkower’s Melbourne-based Jump Street Films has optioned New York writer Peter Cameron’s novel Andorra and will produce the film adaptation in partnership with Cargo Entertainment. Cameron is writing the screenplay for the saga of Alexander Fox, an elegant gent who leaves the States to start a new life in the tiny nation of Andorra. He’s quickly drawn to two women – a tall, cool Australian blonde with a giant dog, and the reserved, heartbroken daughter of the town’s matriarch. When a dead body turns up in the harbor Fox finds he’s the prime suspect. Bialkower tells Deadline production is scheduled for 2014 in Europe and Australia. No director is set yet. Andorra was originally published in 1997 and re-issued in 2009. Cameron’s novel The City Of Your Final Destination was made into a 2009 film by Merchant Ivory. The Andorra deal was negotiated with Cameron’s agent Irene Skolnick. Cargo and Jump Street pacted to co-fund films late last year, with Cargo handling international sales and Jump Street releasing 6-8 Cargo titles annually in Oz.
UPDATE, 3:51 AM: It turns out that French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, wife and defender of Carlos the Jackal, is not only angling to sue Hollywood over Ben Affleck‘s Oscar-winning Argo, she’s attempting to mount a case against a series of U.S. films that Iran believes have portrayed it in a distorted and unrealistic manner. Coutant-Peyre, according to local media, is looking to bring suit in international court against directors and producers who local officials believe have promoted “Iranophobia,” The Guardian reports today. The attorney is quoted by the semi-official ISNA news agency as saying, “I’ll be defending Iran against films that have been made by Hollywood to distort the country’s image, such as Argo.” Other films that have gotten under the skin of Iranians are understood to include 2006′s 300, 1991′s Sally Field-starrer Not Without My Daughter, and Darren Aronofsky’s Oscar-nominated The Wrestler. An attendee at Monday night’s “Hoax Of Hollywood” conference in Tehran, Mohammad Lesani, is reported to have said the gathering was intended to “unify all cultural communities in Iran against the attacks of the West, particularly Hollywood.” The real possibility of a lawsuit is thought dubious, but if brought, it would not be in the U.S., New York defense attorney Stuart Slotnick tells Deadline. “Perhaps those in power in Iran will decide to bring a lawsuit in another country where the movie received distribution”, he said. Iran and the U.S. severed diplomatic ties after the 1979 hostage crisis which is the focal point of Argo. Warner Bros. had no comment on the matter.