Catherine Keener is set to star in The Greens Are Gone as the matriarch of a dysfunctional family who’s pushed to her tipping point by the disappearance of her son, to be played by Anton Yelchin. Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka will play Keener’s bipolar daughter, and Riley Keough and newcomer Annie Starke will play Keener’s troubled grown daughters. Peer Pedersen makes his directorial debut with the pic, which films in June in Massachusetts. Lois Smith and Ryan Eggold also have been cast. Adam Gibbs, Annelise Dekker, Michael Kristoff and Roger Pugliese are producers, with Patricia Quick, Megan Griffiths and Lacey Leavitt exec producing. Pedersen was an exec producer on Griffiths’ Lucky Them and indie Live At The Foxes Den and is co-producing upcoming docu Finders Keepers.
Linzie Gray entered last year’s CBS diversity showcase, landed representation, and has now snagged her first feature. She’s been cast in the Blumhouse Productions, IM Global, and Dimension Films horror pic Viralas Gracie, the best friend of Emma (Sofia Black-D’Elia) who starts exhibiting symptoms when a deadly virus starts making its way around town. Analeigh Tipton also stars in the pic directed by Catfish and Paranormal Activity 3 and 4 helmers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost from the Black List script by Barbara Marshall and rewrite by Disturbia‘s Christopher Landon. Gray is repped … Read More »
Oscar-nominated Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) and Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich, Capote) have joined the cast of FX‘s How And Why, from Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich). They join John Hawkes and Michael Cera in the half-hour comedy pilot, which begins production this spring in North Carolina. How And Why tells the story of Goodman Hesselman (Hawkes), who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works but is clueless about life. After losing his gig hosting children’s science show How And Why, he tries to start over with a new show in a little TV market in the middle of nowhere when he encounters the supernatural world. Hawkins and Keener’s character information was not provided, but if the show receives a series order, Hawkins will be a series regular and Keener will guest star. Kaufman will direct the pilot and exec produces with Anthony Bregman. How And Why is produced by FX Productions.
Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt and Allison Janney play couples in the relationship dramedy directed by Julian Farino from a screenplay by Ian Helfer and Jay Reiss. The Oranges also features Leighton Meester, Adam Brody and Alia Shawkat. The ATO Pictures release is scheduled to open October 5th:
EXCLUSIVE: Catherine Keener has joined the cast of Can A Song Save Your Life?She joins Mark Ruffalo, hot off his stint as the Hulk in Marvel’s The Avengers, and Keira Knightley in the film. Keener will play the estranged wife of Ruffalo’s down-on-his-luck music producer character. The romantic drama is directed and written by John Carney. Judd Apatow is executive producing along with Sam Hoffman, Anthony Bregman and Tobin Armbrust. Can A Song Save Your Life? is scheduled to start shooting soon in New York City. Hailee Steinfield and The Voice’s Adam Levine also star. Keener recently completed work on Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks, which was written by The Hunger Games scribe Billy Ray and is scheduled to come out March 22, 2013. Keener is repped by Gersh.
Specialty releases can clean up at the box office if they’re seen as serious awards contenders, but the majority of limited rollouts never make it to the awards big leagues in a given year. Two of this week’s new specialty openers are admittedly not in play for any golden statuettes according to their insiders (unless this is some sort of reverse-psychology campaign?). First off, Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener starrer Peace, Love & Misunderstanding will open in 25 cities this weekend. Its high-profile stars along with some now high-profile newcomers might be just the thing for moviegoers looking for a summer escape. China Lion’s Double Trouble will have a smaller indie platform release, hoping to cash in on the first film of Hong Kong star Jackie Chan’s son, Jaycee. Also hitting screens is FilmDistrict’s Safety Not Guaranteed, which concerns a magazine crew that sets out in search of the person who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time-travel. Then there’s Daryl Wein’s Lola Versus with star Greta Gerwig courtesy of Fox Searchlight and doc Paul Williams Still Alive is taking its story about the Oscar and Grammy award-winning star via a more DIY approach. Read More »
The sun is finally shining and U.S. deal announcements are starting to heat up on what’s essentially the last day of the Cannes Film Festival market. eOne and RKO Pictures just announced they’ve made a co-distribution agreement for drama A Late Quartet. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Cathering Keener and Christopher Walken star in Yaron Zilberman’s narrative feature debut about the members of a world-renowned string quartet who struggle to stay together on the eve of their 25th season. A Late Quartet will be co-released theatrically in the U.S. in the fall.
The deal was brokered by eOne’s David Reckziegel, Richard Rapkowski and Dylan Wiley and Andrew Matthews and Suzanne Rosencrans for RKO. The deal does not cover DVD and VOD. eOne says it’s “looking forward to announcing more acquisitions at the Cannes Film Festival and in the coming months.” Still no confirmation if one of those “acquisitions” will be Alliance, as rumors swirl that the two companies will not make offers on the same films in Cannes on territories where there is overlap — in Canada and the UK.
EXCLUSIVE: Frequent feature collaborators Charlie Kaufman and Catherine Keener are teaming for a TV series project. In a competitive situation, a half-hour comedy starring Oscar nominee Keener and to be written and directed by Oscar winner Kaufman has landed at HBO, which has put it on fast-track development. The untitled comedy is described as an exploration of one day in a woman’s life and how the events leading up to it can affect, or not, the reality in which she lives. Kaufman is executive producing; Keener serves as producer.
Over the last decade, Keener had been frequently pursued to do TV series, something she had declined to do until now. For her first series starring vehicle, she opted to team with a writer-director whom she has worked with before and who knows her well. Keener starred in Kaufman’s feature directorial debut Synecdoche, New York. She appeared in two movies written by him – Synecdoche and Being John Malkovich – and also did a cameo in the Kaufman-penned Adaptation. Keener also is set to co-star in Kaufman’s next movie, Frank Or Francis, opposite Steve Carell and Jack Black. Both Keener and Kaufman earned Oscar nominations for Being John Malkovich. Gersh-repped Keener also was nominated for Capote; WME-repped Kaufman was nominated for Adaptation and won a best screenplay Oscar for Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Read More »
Catherine Keener and Jane Fonda play alienated daughter and mother in this comedy directed by Bruce Beresford in which uptight Manhattan lawyer Diane (Keener) drives her teenage son (Nat Wolff) and adult daughter (Elizabeth Olsen) to meet their grandmother (Fonda) for the first time. Written by Christina Mengert and Joseph Muszynski, Peace, Love & Misunderstanding also features Chace Crawford, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyle MacLachlan. The IFC Films release debuts June 8 in theaters and June 15 On Demand.
Last year’s Toronto Film Festival started slow for acquisitions, but finished with a flurry of modest distribution deals that served notice the specialty film business had finally pulled out of its nosedive. This year’s festival hasn’t started and already there are fireworks. Deadline broke news yesterday that Harvey Weinstein would start a VOD business, making the acquisitions market for fringe films more competitive; and last night, I heard that a bidding battle had already broken out for the Steve McQueen-directed Shame, which should be sold by the time it screens Sunday. Fox Searchlight is the favorite, Sony Pictures Classics is in the mix and I’ve heard that The Weinstein Company is hovering. Bidding began right after its Telluride screening, and the mid-six figures thrown around yesterday will probably go higher. That’s huge, considering the movie is an unabashed NC-17, McQueen has final cut, and the sex-obsessed protagonist is unlikable. Oh, yeah, and the sellers want it released this year for Oscar consideration to capitalize on Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan’s Oscar-caliber performances.
Does this mean we’re in for a drunken buying frenzy? Hardly, buyers tell me. They are eager to see the films, but say there’s no title here that’s going to guarantee somebody will overpay. They are also mindful that many of last year’s deals turned out to be box office busts. More deals will be made than … Read More »
Voltage Pictures has nabbed the international rights to the introspective actors’ piece Maladies starring Academy Award nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Rise of the Apes, Spiderman). Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Into the Wild, Being John Malkovich), Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (The Whistleblower, The Bourne Ultimatum, L.A. Confidential), Emmy nominee Alan Cummings (X2, Spy Kids) and Fallon Goodson (BFF & Baby) co-star. The picture recently finished shooting in New York and is currently in post-production. Maladies follows three people struggling to coexist together in a little house in a beach town, separated and bonded by their mental illnesses from the rest of the world. Franco plays a former actor whose schizophrenia forces him to leave his craft and remain only a shell of his former self. Keener supports his cross-dressing best friend whose struggle with her own gender identity precludes her from keeping the group together, and Goodson rounds out the trio as Franco’s sister whose mental detachment exacerbates the tensions already prevalent in the house.
Written and directed by Carter, Maladies is being produced under Franco’s production shingle RabbitBandini Productions by Miles Levy (Howl), Vince Jolivette (The Ape), Jeff Most (The Crow) and Marni Zelnick. The pic was acquired by Nadine de Barros for Voltage Pictures, and Elsa Ramo brokered the deal on behalf of the production.
Worldwide rights are available, and Nicolas Chartier (The Hurt Locker) of Voltage Pictures will be kicking off sales for the international rights at the European Film Market. Voltage
The four actors have been set to star in A Late Quartet, an independent film from writer/director Yaron Zilberman. Shooting will start later this month in New York. Hoffman, Keener, Northam and Walken will play members of a world famous string quartet. They struggle to stay together on the eve of their 25th anniversary, with illness, ego and lust among the factors that threaten to tear them apart. Imogen Poots and Liraz Charhi also star. Zilberman directs from a script he wrote with Seth Grossman. Zilberman will produce with partner Tamar Sela through their Opening Night Productions banner. Vanessa Coifman, David Faigenblum, Emanuel Michael and Mandy Tagger are also producing. Concept Entertainment, Spring Pictures and Unison Films are the companies behind the film. RKO Pictures will distribute with its chief, Ted Hartley, among the exec producer roster. Zilberman directed the 2004 documentary Watermarks, about an Austrian female swim team from the 1930s.