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Cannes: Catherine Hardwicke To Direct Rachel Weisz, Toni Collette In ‘Miss You Already’

catherine-hardwicke.jpgEyeing a September shoot, helmer Catherine Hardwicke is boarding comedy/drama Miss You Already, with Rachel Weisz and Toni Collette attached to star. The pair will play lifelong best friends whose relationship is tested as they confront a crisis. Morwenna Banks, best known for her UK acting credits including rachel weisztoni colletteSkins, Shameless and Peppa Pig, wrote Miss You Already based on personal experience. Hardwicke says of Banks’ story of intense friendship, “This is something she lived through. She managed to take real life and turn it into a powerful, laugh‐ and cry‐out‐loud screenplay.” When the project was originally announced during Berlin in 2012, it had Jennifer Aniston attached to star, and Paul Andrew Williams directing. At the time, the story was very London-centric, but has since been expanded.
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Tribeca Film Festival Jurors Announced

Tribeca 2014 marqueeThe judges are set for 13th annual edition of the event founded by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff. The seven competition juries for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival include 33 filmmakers, writers, producers, actors, journalists and entrepreneurs. The World Narrative Competition judges are Lake Bell, Steve Conrad, Bart Freundlich, Catherine Hardwicke and Ben Younger. Jurors for other categories include Toni Collette, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Goldblum, Alfonso Arau, Heather Graham, Anton Yelchin, HBO’s Sheila Nevins and Google’s Regina Dugan. The Nas rap docu Time Is Illmatic will open the fest, which runs April 16-27 in NYC. The recently re-retitled Begin Again closes it. Here is the full list of jurors and categories:

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Pilots ‘Eye Candy’ & ‘Deliverance Creek’ Cast Regulars

By | Thursday October 31, 2013 @ 6:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Nico Tortorella, coming off Fox’s The Following, is set to co-star opposite Victoria Justice in the MTV cyber thriller pilot Eye Candy, about Lindy (Justice), a reclusive hacker whose blog exposes everything from terrorist plots to suspected killers. She is targeted by a dangerous cyber stalker and teams up with the city’s cyber-crime unit to catch him. Tortorella, repped by Gersh, KLWGN and Howard Fishman, will play Tommy, the cyber-crime unit’s formidable and flirtatious head whose fascination with Lindy may be more than professional. Catherine Hardwicke is directing/executive producing.

Yaani King (Mad Men) is set as a regular in Lifetime’s backdoor pilot Deliverance Creek from Nicholas Sparks Prods and Warner Horizon. It centers on Belle (Lauren Ambrose), who attempts to defend her family’s land by any means necessary and is pushed into becoming an outlaw by the corrupt bank that runs their town. Kang, repped by Pantheon and managed by Marshak/Zachary, will play Kessiah “Kessie” Washington, a quick-witted plantation slave who forges her freedom papers and sets out for Deliverance Creek with a desperate plan to save her family from slavery.

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Drama ‘Reckless’ Gets Series Order At CBS

By | Sunday May 12, 2013 @ 10:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS has picked up a third new drama series for next season. The order went to soapy legal drama Reckless. Written by Dana Stevens and directed by Catherine Hardwicke, Reckless is a sultry legal show set in Charleston, South Carolina, where a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a Southern City Attorney (Cam Gigandet, Anna Wood) struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal. CBS TV Studios is producing, with Kim Moses, Ian Sander, Corey Miller and Hardwicke executive producing and Stevens co-exec producing. Reckless joins procedural Intelligence from ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios and serialized thriller Hostages from Warner Bros TV. Nice going for the soapy Reckless, which was the last drama to get a pilot order at CBS and now has snagged a last-minute series order. Word is CBS isn’t necessarily done. Reckless had been one of five pilots left in contention, along with dramas Backstrom and NCIS: Red, which is rumored for a potential pickup, and comedies Friends With Better Lives and Bad Teacher.

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Catherine Hardwicke To Helm ‘The Age Of Miracles’ For River Road

By | Wednesday April 3, 2013 @ 11:27am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: River Road Entertainment‘s Bill Pohlad has set Catherine Hardwicke to helm The Age Of Miracles, an adaptation of the Karen Thompson Walker bestselling debut novel. Seth Lochhead (Hanna) has adapted the screenplay and Pohlad will produce. Set amidst an advancing catastrophe after the Earth’s rotation mysteriously slows, The Age Of Miracles is a suspenseful and romantic snapshot of one young girl’s adolescence, a poignant family drama, and a heartrending glimpse into the everyday tragedies and triumphs that define what it is to be human in a world that might just be ending.

Hardwicke, who helmed the first Twilight pic, just wrapped Plush, a thriller she co-wrote with Arty Nelson. The film will star Emily Browning, Cam Gigandet, and Xavier Samuels. She is directing CBS’ drama pilot Reckless, from a script by Dana Stevens. River Road’s Christa Zofcin negotiated the deal with Hardwicke’s reps at Manage-ment and CAA.

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‘Twilight’ Director Catherine Hardwicke To Helm CBS Legal Pilot ‘Reckless’

By | Saturday February 9, 2013 @ 2:04pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Twilight helmer Catherine Hardwicke has signed on to direct CBS’ drama pilot Reckless, a legal soap executive produced by Ghost Whisperer producers Ian Sander and Kim Moses. Written/executive produced by Dana Stevens (City Of Angels), Reckless is described as a sultry legal show set in Charleston, South Carolina, where a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a Southern City Attorney struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal. CBS TV Studios is producing. This marks the pilot directorial debut of Hardwicke whose only previous TV gig was directing an episode of AMC’s period Western Hell On Wheels last year. On the feature side, in addition to the opening installment of the Twilight franchise, she has directed Red Riding Hood, Lords of Dogtown and the upcoming Plush. It has been a stronger than usual pilot season for female directors in the drama field, which is traditionally dominated completely by male directors. In addition to Hardwicke, Patty Jenkins is helming ABC’s Betrayal and Lesli Linka Glatter is directing CBS’ Anatomy Of Violence.

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CW Buys Monster High School Drama From Fake Empire And Catherine Hardwicke

By | Wednesday September 12, 2012 @ 3:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Stephanie Savage Josh Schwartz Copeland PrepJosh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who are behind the CW‘s departing drama Gossip Girl, have set up another drama project at the network that take place in an elite school. The high-concept Copeland Prep is set at the premier secondary school in the nation, which is so fiercely competitive it’s turning its students into monsters — literally — and spreading the disturbing ramifications throughout the town. The project was written by Bret Easton Ellis, who is executive producing with Fake Empire’s Schwartz, Savage and Len Goldstein as well as Nicky Weinstock.

Catherine Hardwicke, who has experience with projects about students who are not quite human having directed the first Twilight movie, will serve as executive consultant. Warner Bros TV is producing with Fake Empire. In addition to Gossip Girl, the duo’s company has Hart Of Dixie as well as the upcoming The Carrie Diaries and Cult at the CW.

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IM Global Funds Catherine Hardwicke’s ‘Plush’

By | Monday August 27, 2012 @ 10:59am PDT
Mike Fleming

Los Angeles, August 27: Principal photography begins today in Los Angeles on erotic thriller PLUSH directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) and produced by Jason Blum, producer of the Paranormal Activity franchise. The picture is being financed by IM Global’s genre label Octane.

PLUSH stars a sexy young cast, including Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, The Uninvited), Xavier Samuel (Twilight Sage: Eclipse, Anonymous) and Cam Gigandet (Easy A, Never Back Down) in a story of rising rock star Hayley (Browning) who, after losing her band mate and brother to a drug overdose, finds herself in a downward spiral. The second album from her band Plush is received as a critical and commercial disaster, but she finds new hope and friendship in Enzo ( Samuel), the replacement guitarist who inspires her to reach new creative heights. However, their collaboration soon crosses the line sexually and Hayley, not wanting to betray her husband (Gigandet), retreats from Enzo’s advances. As Hayley slowly discovers Enzo’s dark and troubled history, she realizes she may have let a madman into her home and family and that her mistake may cost the lives of people closest to her.

Said IM Global CEO Stuart Ford who executive produces alongside colleagues Steve Squillante and Michael Roban: “We have a director and a producer with more than a billion dollars of box office under their belts and who have launched two of the most successful franchises of all time. Ally those credentials to a brilliantly twisting, erotic screenplay and a vibrant young cast

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‘Twilight’ Helmer Catherine Hardwicke Takes On ‘The Bitch Posse’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Catherine Hardwicke will direct The Bitch Posse, a Tristine Skyler-scripted adaptation of the Martha O’Connor novel published in 2006 by St. Martin’s Press. The film is being produced by Miranda Bailey and Matthew Leutwyler through their Ambush Entertainment banner, which most recently produced and financed the IFC Films release Super. Also producing are Virginia Madsen and Karly Meola, whose production company Title IX optioned the book.

Hardwicke, who most recently helmed Red Riding Hood, has showed a flair for teen angst in the first Twilight, Thirteen and Lords of Dogtown. Here, there is angst to spare. The book focuses on three friends, Cherry, Amy and Rennie, high school seniors who come from troubled homes and form a dangerous alliance called the Bitch Posse. Something occurs that rips apart the friendship and haunts them into adulthood. The book switches back and forth from those high school years to their adult lives where one is in a mental institution, the other is a promiscuous writer and the third suffers through a loveless marriage.

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James Franco Closing Disney Deal For ‘Oz: The Great And Powerful’

Mike Fleming

While James Franco and Anne Hathaway have been busy pulling it together to host Sunday’s Oscarcast, Franco’s CAA reps and Disney have closed his deal to play the title role in Oz: The Great and Powerful. That puts the film on track to begin production in July, with Franco reuniting with his Spider-Man director Sam Raimi in the prequel to the L. Frank Baum novel that was scripted by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Joe Roth is producing.

There had been much discussion around town lately about Disney’s gyrations in trying to pare the budget of the film down to a mere $200 million, but they must have figured it out if they locked in Franco. For Franco, the multi-tasking marvel’s dance card for 2011 now looks like this: he’ll first star in the Noah Baumbach-directed While We’re Young, and then will shoot Oz. That brings him to the late fall/winter, when he’ll star in Sweet Bird of Youth, the David Cromer-directed revival of the Tennessee Williams play that will be produced by Scott Rudin. Kidman will play Alexandra Del Lago, the aging voracious movie star, while Franco will play her gigolo paramour Chance Wayne. While Franco has starred in eclectic indies and is even a recurring soap opera star, he has event film experience from the Spider-Man films with Raimi, and stars this fall in Fox’s Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes. Still, this is a … Read More »

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Catherine Hardwicke Circles ‘The Maze Runner’

Mike Fleming

Catherine Hardwicke is in talks with 20th Century Fox to helm The Maze Runner, an adaptation of the James Dashner young adult novel. Thomas is a teenager who one day finds himself trapped in an enclosed environment along with 60 others. The only hope of escape is a maze that the boys can’t crack–until the first girl shows up with a message that could unlock the puzzle. Ellen Goldsmith Vein is producing.

Hardwicke, who directed the original Twilight, recently wrapped Red Riding Hood for Warner Bros.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Red Riding Hood’

Mike Fleming

Warner Bros has released a new trailer for Red Riding Hood, the pic directed by Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke.

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ABC Wants ‘Romeo & Juliet’ Series And Maybe ‘Twilight’ Helmer Catherine Hardwicke

By | Wednesday October 13, 2010 @ 11:42am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After ordering contemporary versions of Romeo & Juliet set in New York and Chicago the last two pilot seasons, ABC is going for the real thing this year, picking up for development a retelling of William Shakespeare’s classic tale set in Renaissance Verona. Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the feature adaptation of another story about star-crossed lovers belonging to clans that are at odds with each other, Twilight, is in talks to direct the potential Romeo & Juliet pilot in what would mark her TV directorial debut. Feature producers Todd Garner (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, the upcoming The Zookeeper) and Wyck Godfrey  & Marty Bowen (the Twilight franchise, Dear John) are behind the series adaptation, which is being written by World Trade Center scribe Andrea Berloff. Romeo & Juliet, which is produced by ABC Studios, follows the famous love story while also pealing away the curtain on the impetuous, incestuous, bloody and violent relationships during the Renaissance in Verona. In addition to Garner, Godfrey and Bowen, Sean Robin will also executive produce the project. Read More »

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