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CAA Signs Up-And-Coming Actor Cory Hardrict

By | Monday June 23, 2014 @ 8:24am PDT
Mike Fleming

CAA Signs Up-And-Coming Actor Cory HardrictCAA has signed Cory Hardrict, who was chased by all the agencies after he landed a coveted role opposite James Badge Dale in Legendary Pictures’ Spectral. Hardrict, who had been repped by SDB Partners, co-stars opposite Bradley Cooper in the Clint Eastwood-directed American Sniper, and his recent credits include Brotherly Love, Transcendence, Warm Bodies and Battle Los Angeles. He’s managed by Matt Luber and lawyered by Karl Austen.

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Robin Tunney & Sarah Bolger Join ‘My All American’; Brett Dalton In ‘Tourist’; Tessa Thompson Cast In ‘Selma’; Joel Lambert Books ‘American Sniper’

By | Friday May 16, 2014 @ 3:37pm PDT

Robin Tunney Sarah Bolger Robin Tunney and Sarah Bolger have joined the cast of inspirational football drama My All American. Aaron Eckhart and Finn Wittrock star in director Angelo Pizzo’s true story of 1960s University of Texas football great Freddie Steinmark and his relationship with legendary Texas coach Darrell Royal. Tunney will play Gloria Steinmark, Freddie’s loving, supportive mother. Bolger plays Linda Wheeler, Steinmarkʼs high school sweetheart who follows him to college. Filming starts May 19 in Austin. CAA-repped Tunney stars on CBS’ The Mentalist. Repped by CAA and manager Paul Nelson, Bolger’s credits include Once Upon A Time and The Tudors.

Brad DaltonBrett Dalton has booked a role in the indie drama The Tourist for writer-director Evan Oppenheimer. He will play Eric Lazard, a heartbroken former college football star who gets in over his head with a dangerous Florentine sport and an alluring local woman (Alessandra Mastronardi). Stana Katic and Emil Atack also star. Dalton stars on Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and also has appeared in Killing Lincoln, Army Wives and Blue Bloods. He is repped by Gersh and Brookside Artist Management. Read More »

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Sam Jaeger Enlists For ‘American Sniper’; Jon Tenney Joins ‘The Best Of Me’

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 7:29pm PDT

Sam JaegerSam Jaeger has joined the cast of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper. The film stars Bradley Cooper as decorated marksman Chris Kyle, whose memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In U.S. Military History serves as the basis for the Warner Bros film. Village Roadshow is co-producing and co-financing. Jaeger will play Captain Martens, who welcomes Chris back to Iraq for his second tour of duty and is his commanding officer on his subsequent tour. Jaeger is a regular on NBC’s Parenthood and appeared in last year’s The Truth About Emanuel. He next will be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. Jaeger is repped by Greene & Associates and Circle of Confusion.

Jon TenneyJon Tenney has booked a role in The Best Of Me, Relativity’s adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel.The pic ttells the story of Dawson and Amanda, former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but the duo find the very same forces that drove them apart before live on. Tenney plays Harvey, father of Amanda (played as a teenager by Liana Liberato and as an adult by Michelle Monaghan). Read More »

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4 Join Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper’

By | Thursday March 20, 2014 @ 6:39pm PDT

Eric Closenavid-negahbanNavid Negahban (Homeland), Eric Close (Nashville), Eric Ladin (Boardwalk Empire) and Rey Gallegos (Gang Related) have joined the cast of American Sniper for director Clint Eastwood. The film stars Bradley Cooper as decorated marksman Chris Kyle, whose memoir American Sniper: Rey GallegosEric_LadinThe Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In U.S. Military History serves as the basis for the Warner Bros film. Village Roadshow is co-producing and co-financing. Filming starts at the end of March in Morocco. Negahban plays Sheikh al-Obeidi, an Iraqi local who is willing to help the SEALs find their target, for a fee. Ladin is Squirrel, a Southern California surfer kid who is part of the SEAL team. Gallegos plays Tony, chief of the SEAL team and one of the instructors during training. No details were available on Close’s character. Read More »

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Daniel Bernhardt Joins ‘Term Life’; ‘American Sniper’ Adds Cory Hardrict

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 6:11pm PDT

daniel-bernhardtEXCLUSIVE: Daniel Bernhardt (Bloodsport 2, Parker) has joined Term Life opposite Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld. Peter Billingsley is directing the crime thriller about a man who takes out an insurance policy on himself and must evade his enemies until it takes effect. Bernhardt will play a dirty cop hunting down Vaughn’s Nick Barrow in the pic which is adapted by A.J. Lieberman from the graphic novel he penned with Nick Thornborrow. Universal is releasing Term Life, which is financed by PalmStar Media Capital in partnership with Merced Media. Bernhardt is with Sovereign Talent Group.

Cory-HardrictBattle L.A.‘s Cory Hardrict has been cast in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper. Hardrict will play a Navy SEAL in the pic which stars Bradley Cooper as decorated marksman Chris Kyle, whose nonfic memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In U.S. Military History serves as the basis for the WB production. Hardrict appeared in Eastwood’s Gran Torino and recently co-starred in Warm Bodies, Lovelace, and the upcoming Transcendence. Hardrict is repped by SDB Partners.

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Clint Eastwood In Negotiations To Direct ‘American Sniper’ For Warner Bros

By | Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 11:13am PDT

Clint EastwoodI’ve learned that Warner Bros wants to fast-track production for the first quarter of 2014 and is in “tentative negotiations” with Clint Eastwood to direct. This is after Steven Spielberg this month took American Sniper out of his crosshairs, after declaring in May that he would next helm the film about decorated Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, with Bradley Cooper playing the marksman. DreamWorks joined Warner Bros in a co-production when Spielberg said he would direct the script by Jason Hall. Both Spielberg and DreamWorks pulled out completely so there’s no extra expense to Warner Bros. American Sniper has Cooper not only starring but producing with Andrew Lazar and Peter Morgan. Eastwood is prepping to direct the movie version of Jersey Boys for Warner Bros. Production on that film will start at the end of August on the studio lot and is produced by Graham King and Rob Lorenz.

(Nikki Finke is currently on vacation.)

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Steven Spielberg Drops Out of Directing ‘American Sniper’

By | Monday August 5, 2013 @ 1:29pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Steven Spielberg has taken American Sniper out of his crosshairs, after declaring in May that he would next helm the film about decorated Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, with Bradley Cooper playing the marksman. DreamWorks joined Warner Bros in a co-production when Spielberg said he would direct the script by Jason Hall. Spielberg has been looking for his followup to Lincoln, and this becomes the second time he changed plans. He was looking to move fast on Robopocalypse, the Daniel H Wilson science fiction novel that was adapted by Drew Goddard. Spielberg still intends to direct that film, but he wanted to re-develop it. It is probably not his next film and will instead come further down the line.

Spielberg and DreamWorks are pulling out completely, which is actually gracious. Some director-driven companies get involved with a director attachment, and when the director steps out, the company remains on, and it is an extra expense. Warner Bros is free to secure another filmmaker to keep this project together. Spielberg couldn’t square his vision of this movie with the budget. He’s always got a lot of projects percolating, but hasn’t decided what he’ll direct next.

Spielberg, who took 11 years to get Lincoln the way he wanted it before he committed, has been known to get close to projects only to step out for one reason or another. That included … Read More »

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How Jason Hall Went From Struggling Actor To Hot Screenwriter With ‘American Sniper’ And Two More Big Deals Coming

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Jason Hall was marked an A-list screenwriter the moment DreamWorks and Warner Bros joined forces after Steven Spielberg agreed to direct Bradley Cooper in American Sniper, based on the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Not surprisingly, both studios want more from Hall. Warner Bros has just closed a blind script deal with him, and I’ve learned that DreamWorks is in early talks to have Hall adapt the upcoming David Finkel book Thank You For Your Service, about the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder syndrome that is becoming a major issue for vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s something Spielberg likes as a potential project down the line, though that is all early days.

I sought out Hall because I find it instructive to see how a guy with one screen credit (2009′s Spread) and another coming (an adaption of the Joseph Finder novel Paranoia) gets white-hot so quickly. Every writer’s trajectory is different, but there’s a common thread: there is no such thing as an overnight success screenwriter. It’s years of struggle to find a voice, and then maybe a lucky break. Hall came to Hollywood to be an actor, and only found his way to screenwriting because things were going so badly. “I did TV parts in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and other shows, playing the bad guy or the MacGuffin bad guy, with the half-baked mustache,” Hall told me. “I would read these terrible movie scripts, and I couldn’t get auditions. I thought, maybe I could write a terrible script for myself, but they wouldn’t even let me audition when I did that. My first script, I remember this funny lawyer telling me I was getting more than Ben and Matt did at the beginning. This producer says, I know you want to act in this, but what if I told you Milos Forman wanted to direct this, with someone else?” Still in full actor mode, Hall was direct: “I remember being in the lobby of The Four Seasons, and saying a little too loud, ‘Milos Forman can go fuck himself!’ So that went away, and then I wrote another script about a blind wrestler. I wrestled since I was a kid, and there are these great blind wrestlers who compete up to nationals. I’ve wrestled them, and you have to keep your hands on them at all times, and if you separate the ref blows the whistle and connects you again. Some of these guys are really good. So I’m ready to play this blind wrestler, and John Dahl is interested and says to me, this is perfect for Matt Damon. And I said, ‘Matt Damon can go fuck himself!’ And that went away.” Read More »

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Steven Spielberg’s Next Film Will Be Bradley Cooper’s ‘American Sniper’

Mike Fleming

BREAKING: DreamWorks and Warner Bros will team on Steven Spielberg‘s next film American Sniper, with Bradley Cooper aboard to star in the autobiography of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Cooper optioned the book himself, along with Andrew Lazar’s Mad Chance, and it has turned out to be quite a coup for the actor. Jason Hall (Paranoia) wrote the script and will executive produce, with Spielberg, Cooper, Lazar, and Peter Morgan producing. Kyle, an expert marksman who spread his love for weapons by teaching others how to shoot, was recently and tragically gunned down along with a pal by a fellow discharged vet they had taken to a Texas shooting range to deal with his post-traumatic stress disorder.

The film is based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In U.S. Military History by Kyle, Scott McEwan and Jim DeFelice. The film chronicles Texas native Kyle’s journey from rodeo cowboy to SEAL Chief with the highest number of sniper kills in U.S. military history. The book spent 18 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and 13 weeks at No. 1. Cooper’s production company, 22nd & Indiana Pictures, optioned rights to the book a year ago with Lazar’s Mad Chance. Sheroum Kim overseeing for 22nd & Indiana and Jon Berg is overseeing for Warner Bros. DreamWorks’ Kristie Macosko Krieger and Adam Somner … Read More »

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