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Sundance Selects Acquires Claire Denis’ Cannes Pic ‘Bastards’

By | Thursday August 22, 2013 @ 2:07pm PDT

NEW YORK, NY (August 22, 2013) – Sundance Selects announced today that the company is acquiring US rights to acclaimed filmmaker Claire Denis’ BASTARDS. The film, with a screenplay by Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau, stars Vincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni and Michel Subor, and was produced by Alcatraz Films and Wild Bunch. The film, which made its world premiere in Un Certain Regard at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, will make its U.S. premiere next month at the 2013 New York Film Festival, following a North American Premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Sundance Selects is planning to release the film October 25.

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Salma Hayek, Silvio Horta & Mark Gordon Team For Latino Family Dramedy At ABC

By | Thursday December 6, 2012 @ 6:23pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Six years after the debut of Ugly Betty, two of the key auspices behind the successful dramedy are reuniting for another light drama at ABC and ABC Studios about a Latino family. In a last-minute buy, the network has put in development Bastards, from Ugly Betty executive producer Salma Hayek and the show’s creator/executive producer Silvio Horta. Completing the A-list team behind the show is producer Mark Gordon, who will also executive produce. Written by Horta, Bastards centers on a colorful Cuban-American family who have their lives turned upside down when it’s revealed that the family patriarch had a child with the family maid over 25 years ago. Now his wife will do anything to protect her children’s inheritance and prevent her family’s deep dark secrets from ever seeing the light of day.

Bastards originated with an idea by Hayek. She and Jose Tamez, her producing partner at their ABC-Studios based Ventanarosa, had been trying to tackle the premise for awhile and had teamed with Gordon’s Mark Gordon Prods., which also is under a deal at ABC Studios. Horta, who is of Cuban- American descent, recently received a call from Tamez and Mark Gordon Prods.’ drama executive Nicholas Pepper who was once Horta’s ABC executive on Ugly Betty. “I immediately sparked to the concept — it was fun and juicy and had the opportunity for both a lot of salacious situations and humor as well as a lot of heart and emotions, hitting that sweet spot I like to write,” Horta said. After some very fast deal-making, the team sold the project at ABC. Back in 2005, others had taken a stab at adapting the popular telenovela Ugly Betty for American audiences before Horta, but his version stuck. “I hope history will repeat itself,” he quipped. Horta, Hayek, Tamez, Gordon and Pepper are executive producing. Read More »

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Fox Buys ‘Bastards’ Comedy From ‘Butter’ Writer, ‘Horrible Bosses’ Director & Sony TV

By | Thursday September 6, 2012 @ 4:40pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Bastards, a single-camera comedy from Jason Micallef, writer of the upcoming movie Butter, and Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon, has sold to Fox. Micallef will pen the project, described as an unconventional family comedy about “a family who has never met.” Gordon is attached to direct. Sony TV, Jamie Tarses’ Fanfare and Underground are producing, with Tarses, Gordon, Micallef and Underground’s Trevor Engelson and Josh McGuire executive producing. This marks Gordon’s return to Fox where he co-created and executive produced the comedy Breaking In, also produced by Sony TV.

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