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CAA Signs ‘The Newsroom’s Alison Pill

By | Wednesday June 25, 2014 @ 1:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

CAA Signs ‘The Newsroom’s Alison PillEXCLUSIVE: Alison Pill, who co-stars on Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series The Newsroom, which is returning for its third and final season, has signed with CAA. She had been with WME. Pill was Tony-nominated in 2006 for her performance in The Lieutenant Of Inishmore and also has a SAG cast nom for the Harvey Milk biopic Milk. Her film credits include Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris and To Rome With Love. She is next up starring alongside Chris Evans, Ed Harris and Tilda Swinton in Snowpiercer, which just opened the Los Angeles Film Festival, and the horror comedy Cooties opposite Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson. Pill continues to be managed by Joannie Burstein at The Burstein Company.

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Elijah Wood Horror-Comedy ‘Cooties’ Catches Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson, Jack McBrayer, Jorge Garcia, Nasim Pedrad

By | Friday July 12, 2013 @ 10:42am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: SpectreVision and Glacier Films have fleshed out the crew of teachers who’ll take on the ultimate school outbreak in prepubescent horror comedy Cooties. Pic, written by Leigh Whannell (Insidious, Saw) and Glee co-creator Ian Brennan, follows a zombie-like epidemic originating from an infected chicken nugget that turns elementary school students into rampaging savages. Joining Elijah Wood as a substitute teacher leading a ragtag band of educators in a fight for survival are Alison Pill as Lucy, an eternally optimistic 4th grade teacher, and Rainn Wilson as ex-athlete turned PE teacher Wade. Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Jorgé Garcia (LOST), Nasim Pedrad (SNL), and Whannell also co-star. Filming is set to begin July 15 in LA with HONEST duo Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion directing. Wood is also producing the pic alongside SpectreVision partners Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller, with Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity) and Glacier Films’ Tove Christensen and Georgy Malkov also producing. Glacier’s Vladimir Poliakov, Sarik Andreasyan, Gevond Andreasyan and Hayden Christensen are exec producing. Paradigm arranged financing and is handling North American sales.

Cooties marks the latest genre project for Wood, who played the flip side of campus horror as an alien-battling teen in 1998′s The Faculty. It’s also one of multiple recent projects he’s come aboard as producer including Nacho Vigalondo’s Open Windows with Sasha Grey, which he stars in and exec produced. Read More »

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Toronto: Magnet Attaches To Hockey Comedy ‘Goon’

Mike Fleming

Toronto, ONTARIO (September 13, 2011) – The Cuban/Wagner Company’s Magnet Releasing, genre arm to Magnolia Pictures, announced today that they have taken US rights to Michael Dowse’s raucous hockey comedy GOON. Starring Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber and Alison Pill, GOON was written by Baruchel with Superbad and Pineapple Express scribe Evan Goldberg.

GOON is the story of Doug Glatt (Scott), a dumb but loveable bar bouncer plucked from obscurity to be the enforcer for a minor league hockey team. In the tradition of great sports comedies like Slapshot, GOON delivers bone crunching action and laughs in equal measure.

Said Magnolia/Magnet President Eamonn Bowles: “GOON is a pucking blast. It’s a complete crowd pleaser that has all the elements of a future comedy classic.” Magnet plans an early 2012 theatrical release as part of Magnolia’s Ultra VOD program.

The seven figure deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Head of Legal and Business Affairs Chris Matson with CAA, attorney James Feldman and Kirk D’Amico of Myriad Pictures. CAA represents Baruchel and Schreiber.

The film is produced by No Trace Camping’s David Gross and Jesse Shapira, Don Carmody, and Jay Baruchel.

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Olivia Munn & Alison Pill Close Their Deals For Aaron Sorkin’s HBO Pilot

By | Wednesday May 18, 2011 @ 2:54pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Olivia Munn and Alison Pill have now completed their negotiations for supporting roles in Aaron Sorkin’s drama pilot for HBO tentatively titled More As This Story Develops. The project centers on cable news anchor Will McCallister (Jeff Daniels), who has his own show, as well as the show’s female executive producer and staff. Pill will play Maggie, an associate producer on the assignment desk. Munn, repped by CAA and Mosaic, will play a sexy financial analyst on the same cable network as McCallister. Emily Mortimer is still in negotiations for the female lead of the executive producer, MacKenzie. Munn, who recently starred on NBC’s midseason comedy Perfect Couples, was courted for several broadcast pilots this pilot season but opted not do any. She continues to be a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Tony nominee Pill, repped by WME and Joannie Burstein, co-starred on the second season of HBO’s In Treatment

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Olivia Munn & Alison Pill In Negotiations For Aaron Sorkin’s HBO Pilot, Marisa Tomei Closes In On Female Lead

By | Monday April 25, 2011 @ 6:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The female portion of the cast of Aaron Sorkin’s HBO pilot is taking shape. Olivia Munn and Alison Pill are in negotiations for supporting roles in the project, while I hear Marisa Tomei is inching closer to committing to play the female lead. Tentatively titled More As This Story Develops, the project centers on cable news anchor Will McCallister (Jeff Daniels), who has his own show, as well as the show’s female executive producer and staff. Tomei, repped by CAA and Untitled, is poised to play the executive producer, MacKenzie, for whom producing the news is what she does best and everything else is tied for last place. Pill will play Maggie, an associate producer on the assignment desk. Munn, repped by CAA and Mosaic, will play a sexy financial analyst on the same cable network as McCallister.

Oscar winner Tomei has been one of several actresses considered for MacKenzie and the most heavily pursued by the producers. Said to be a big fan of Sorkin’s, she met with him earlier last week and again on Saturday when he attended her off-Broadway play Marie and Bruce. (Among the other contenders for the role, Emily Mortimer had emerged as a frontrunner.) Munn, who stars on NBC’s midseason comedy Perfect Couples, was courted for several broadcast pilots this pilot season but opted not … Read More »

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