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Ed Helms, Hilary Swank & Ed Harris In Talks To Star In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s MRC Series ‘One Percent’

Nellie Andreeva

Ed Helms, Hilary Swank & Ed Harris In Talks To Star In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s MRC Series ‘One Percent’Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s MRC series is taking shape, with Ed Helms, Hilary Swank and Ed Harris in various stages of negotiations to topline the hour-long project. In his U.S. TV debut, the Oscar-nominated Iñárritu will direct the series, titled One Percent, which he co-created with Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolas Giacobone, and Armando Bo. MRC Logo NewThe four recently collaborated on the script of Iñárritu’s latest feature, black comedy Birdman Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance, which has been selected to open this year’s Venice Film Festival in its world premiere and as the closing-night title for the New York Film Festival.

helmshilaryswankOne Percent is set against the backdrop of the organic farming community. Helms and Swank would play a husband and wife who are struggling professionally and personally to keep their business afloat, while Harris would play the family patriarch. MRC is expected to take the project out to buyers in a few weeks, likely seeking a straight-to-series order, which has been the company’s strategy. It has been able to secure two-season pickups for its Emmy-winning David harris2Fincher-Kevin Spacey drama House Of Cards at Netflix and the Seth MacFarlane comedy at Starz.

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Giancarlo Esposito To Direct & Star In Slavery Drama ‘Patriotic Treason’; Ed Harris To Play Abolitionist John Brown

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 12:44pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Revolution‘s Giancarlo Esposito has lined up historical drama Patriotic Treason as his next directing project, with Oscar-nominated Ed Harris set to star as radical abolitionist John Brown. Adapted by Oscar nominee Jose Rivera (Motorcycle Diaries, On The Road) from Evan Carton’s 2006 book Patriotic Treason: John Brown And The Soul of America, the film centers on the controversial figure known for his 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry. Brown hoped the attack would ignite a slave uprising. Instead it left 11 dead and led to Brown’s capture, after which he was found guilty of treason and hanged. Political enemies considered Brown a madman and a terrorist but the notoriety of his violent attacks are credited with sparking the Civil War. The Emmy-nominated Esposito will also star in Patriotic Treason as Frederick Douglass, the freed slave-turned-abolitionist and orator who declined to join Brown’s Harper’s Ferry attack. Read More »

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Hot Toronto Clip: ‘The Face Of Love’

By | Friday September 6, 2013 @ 6:11am PDT
Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: In what promises to be a moving, adult romance (remember those?) Annette Bening stars as a widow who learns to love again with an art teacher played by Ed Harris who is a near-double for the  husband she lost. What happens leads to surprising consequences and unexpected turns. Bening and Harris are said to both turn in terrific performances and IFC is hoping buzz will build out of Canada as they finalize release plans for The Face Of Love, a Toronto International Film Festival World Premiere. Here’s your first look at the film which debuts here on Tuesday.

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Penn Badgley Added To Shakespeare Adaptation ‘Cymbeline’

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 3:45pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: The cast of Michael Almereyda’s Shakespeare adaptation continues to grow. Ethan Hawke and Ed Harris will now be joined by Penn Badgley in Cymbeline. The former Gossip Girl and Greetings From Tim Buckley actor will play the orphan Posthumus. For those familiar with the original play, the character secretly marries the daughter of King Cymbeline and is banished by the monarch who raised Posthumus as a son. Warfare follows, to put it mildly. Harris will play Cymbeline himself in this modernized biker gang and dirty cops version. Anthony Katagas is producing Cymbeline for Keep Your Head Productions alongside Michael Benaroya, who is producing and financing through his Benaroya Pictures banner. Benaroya’s Ben Sachs is the pic’s exec producer. Cymbeline joins Parts Per Billion on Badgley’s dance card. The actor joined the Brian Horiuchi-directed and -written drama with Frank Langella, Gena Rowlands, Rosario Dawson, Josh Hartnett and Hill Harper late last year. Badgley is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content.

Related: Ethan Hawke To Reunite With ‘Hamlet’ Director For Modern-Day ‘Cymbeline’

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Ed Harris Joins Ethan Hawke In Shakespeare Adaptation ‘Cymbeline’

By | Monday August 5, 2013 @ 10:52am PDT

Oscar nominee Ed Harris will join Ethan Hawke in the Shakespeare adaptation Cymbeline, which updates the romantic tragedy/comedy to a modern day America where corrupt cops clash with a drug dealing biker gang. In the pic described as Sons of Anarchy meets Romeo + Juliet, Harris will play King Cymbeline. Michael Almereyda (Hamlet) is writing and directing the film, with Anthony Katagas producing for Keep Your Head Productions alongside Michael Benaroya, who is producing and financing via his Benaroya Pictures banner. Benaroya’s Ben Sachs is exec producing. Filming begins in two weeks in NYC. Harris’s upcoming films include The Weinstein Co.’s Snowpiercer and The Face Of Love opposite Annette Bening. He is repped by CAA.

Related: Ethan Hawke To Reunite With ‘Hamlet’ Director For Modern-Day ‘Cymbeline’

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Cannes: IFC Lands ‘The Face Of Love’

Mike Fleming

BREAKING: IFC Films acquired U.S. rights to the Arie Posin-directed The Face Of Love, which stars Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Robin Williams, Jess Weixler and Amy Brenneman. Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn at Mockingbird Pictures produced the project. The company is planning a September 2013 release. Exclusive Media is handling international rights. The plot: Five years after losing the love her life, Nikki (Bening) falls in love at first sight. Tom (Harris) is an art teacher with a kind heart and a zest for life. Unbeknownst to him, he’s also practically an exact lookalike of her dead husband. “I was incredibly fortunate to have Annette Bening and Ed Harris in front of the camera; their brilliance and unflinching search for the truth was a constant inspiration,” Posin said. IFC’s Arianna Bocco made the deal with WME and CAA repping the filmmakers.

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Exclusive Cannes Market Trailer: ‘Phantom’

By | Friday May 11, 2012 @ 3:25pm PDT

After the 2011 Cannes Film Festival saw an abundance of movie deals based on sizzle reels and teaser trailers, agencies are returning to the festival looking to make even more deals with partial and completed films. Here’s an exclusive look at Phantom, a thriller that stars Ed Harris, David Duchovny and William Fichtner. The film’s written and directed by Todd Robinson and it will make its debut in screenings in the market next week. RCR Media Group and Paradigm are selling it. Here’s the trailer:

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January Jones And Ed Harris Star In ‘Sweetwater’

By | Tuesday April 17, 2012 @ 10:27am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Mad Men‘s January Jones and Ed Harris have signed to star in Sweetwater, a film that will be directed by Logan and Noah Miller and will start production July in New Mexico. Set against the backdrop of 1886 New Mexico Territory, a young widow (Jones) risks all to avenge her husband’s murder at the hands of a brutal sheep rancher. Harris plays the town sheriff who helps Jones avenge her husband’s death. The film is being produced by Jason Netter. Harris previously worked with the directors on Touching Home, playing a role based on their real father (the Millers played themselves in the film). Harris is concurrently filming Look Of Love with Annette Bening and the Michael Bay-directed Pain And Gain with Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg. Jones is repped by UTA and Mosaic, Harris by CAA. WME reps the filmmakers.

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Amy Brenneman, Jess Weixler Join Annette Bening, Ed Harris And Robin Williams In ‘Look Of Love’

By | Thursday April 5, 2012 @ 8:38am PDT
Mike Fleming

Amy Brenneman and Jess Weixler have joined Annette Bening, Ed Harris and Robin Williams in the Arie Posin-directed romantic drama Look Of Love. Posin wrote the script with Matthew McDuffie. Mockingbird Pictures’ Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis are producers. The film begins shooting April 9 in Los Angeles.

Curtis and Lynn found most of the funding in Dallas. That is where they sourced funds for the Glenn Close-starrer Albert Nobbs, which got three Oscar nominations. In Look Of Love, a widow (Bening) meets a man (Harris) who is a dead ringer for her deceased husband. A flood of old feelings return as she realizes she’s met the love of her life, again. Weixler will play Bening’s daughter in the picture. CAA and WME are co-repping North American distribution and Exclusive Media will sell foreign at Cannes.

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Hot Trailer: HBO’s ‘Game Change’

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 9:14pm PST

HBO has released a full-length trailer for director Jay Roach’s Game Change with Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, Ed Harris as John McCain and Woody Harrelson as McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt. Screenplay by Danny Strong, based on the book by John Heilman and Mark Halperin. It debuts March 10th.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Man On A Ledge’

Mike Fleming

Summit Entertainment has released a trailer for Man on a Ledge, the drama that stars Sam Worthington as a disgraced ex-cop who climbs out on a ledge on the roof of a Manhattan hotel to protest his innocence. It’s clear from the trailer there is more going on here than a simple desperate plea for justice. Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris and Anthony Mackie also star in the Asger Leth-directed film, which Summit releases Jan. 13.

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Matthew Fox, Ed Harris In ‘World War Z’ Talks

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Fox and Ed Harris are in talks to join Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos and James Badge Dale in the Marc Forster-directed World War Z for Paramount and Skydance Productions. Forster has also set Julia Levy-Boeken, the French actress who stars in the Israeli series alufa Ha. The film is an adaptation of the Max Brooks novel that looks back on a global zombie infestation 10 years after the fact. Fox, who just wrapped a West End stage turn in the Neil LaBute play In a Forest Dark and Deep, is separately slated to play a vicious serial killer opposite Tyler Perry in the Rob Cohen-directed I, Alex Cross for Summit Entertainment, with production starting in August. Harris just starred in the Asger Leth-directed Man on a Ledge for Summit. Fox is repped by WME and Management 360, Harris by CAA and Levy-Boeken by Weiner Management. Read More »

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2011 Cannes Film Festival Sales Roundup: Deals For Clive Owen’s ‘Shadow Dancer’ And Todd Robinson’s ‘Phantom’

Mike Fleming

Clive Owen will star in Shadow Dancer, a BBC Films coproduction that will be directed by Man on Wire helmer James Marsh, with production to begin in Dublin later this month. Wild Bunch will sell international territories at Cannes, and Paramount Pictures has signed on to distribute in the UK. The film also stars Andrea Riseborough, Aidan Gillen and Gillian Anderson. Tom Bradby adapted his novel. The focus is an IRA sympathizer who is arrested after an aborted bombing attempt in London and has to decide whether to turn against her cause or spend her life in prison. Owen plays the MI5 officer trying to turn her. Chris Coen, Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney are producing, with BBC Films’ Joe Oppenheimer exec producer. …

Writer and director Todd Robinson’s Phantom will be sold at Cannes by K5. Andy Garcia, William Fichtner, Ed Harris and Natascha McElhone are starring. Pic’s a supernatural thriller about a troubled Soviet submarine captain who discovers there is something aboard that could control the fate of his ship and the impact it will make on an unsuspecting world. Julian Adams and John Watson are producing, and Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group arranged financing and will sell domestic.

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Woody Harrelson Joins HBO’s Sarah Palin/John McCain Movie ‘Game Change’

By | Friday March 25, 2011 @ 11:09am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Woody Harrelson has joined Julianne Moore and Ed Harris in HBO Films’ Game Change, produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone. The movie, directed by Jay Roach, follows John McCain’s (Harris) 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (Moore) as his running mate to their ultimate defeat in the general election. Harrelson will play Steve Schmidt, McCain’s senior campaign strategist and adviser.

Based on the bestselling book Game Change, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, the film is directed by Roach and written by Danny Strong, whose previous collaboration was HBO’s Recount, about the 2000 Florida recount. Playtone is producing in association with Roach’s Everyman Pictures, with Hanks, Goetzman and Roach executive producing. Strong serves as co-executive producer.

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Ed Harris To Play John McCain In HBO’s McCain/Palin Movie ‘Game Change’

By | Wednesday March 23, 2011 @ 5:11pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ed Harris is set to star opposite Julianne Moore in HBO Films’ Game Change, which Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone has come on board to produce.

Harris will portray Sen. John McCain in the movie, which follows McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (Moore) as his running mate to their ultimate defeat in the general election. Based on the bestselling book Game Change, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, the film is directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong, whose previous collaboration was HBO’s Recount, about the 2000 Florida recount. Playtone is producing in association with Roach’s Everyman Pictures, with Hanks, Goetzman and Roach executive producing. Strong serves as co-executive producer. Harris, who has 4 Oscar nominations, also played a presidential candidate in the 1992 feature comedy Running Mates. On HBO, he previously starred in the movie Empire Falls, which earned him an Emmy nomination.

In addition to Game Change, HBO also is developing a miniseries about former Vice President Dick Cheney.

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Ed Harris, Diane Keaton Share ‘Look Of Love’

By | Tuesday February 8, 2011 @ 6:50pm PST
Mike Fleming

Los Angeles, CA (February 8, 2011) – Guy East (Chairman) and Alex Walton (President) of Exclusive Films International (“EFI”), the International sales and marketing arm of Exclusive Media Group (“Exclusive”), announced today that they have acquired all international sales rights to Arie Posin’s THE LOOK OF LOVE, which will star Academy Award nominee Ed Harris and Academy Award winner Diane Keaton. The film, with a screenplay by Posin and Matthew McDuffie, will be produced by Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis).

THE LOOK OF LOVE is the story of a widow named Nikki (Keaton) who, several years after the loss of her husband, mysteriously meets a man (Harris) that looks exactly like her deceased husband and suddenly finds a flood of old feelings coming back. The film is a love story filled with humor, surprise, and a mood that reflects the mystery of love that surrounds us.

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Sundance: IFC, Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Take ‘Salvation Boulevard’

Mike Fleming

IFC Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide teamed for North American rights to Salvation Boulevard, the George Ratliff-directed film that stars Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Greg Kinnear, Jim Gaffigan and Marisa Tomei. Brosnan plays a charismatic preacher who captivates a city with his charm. When an accident with an antique firearm does in preacher’s adversary, he calls in a loyal worshiper and former Deadhead (Kinnear) for help. All hell breaks loose. UTA brokered the deal for Mandalay Vision, the division of Mandalay Pictures. Cathy Schulman, Celine Rattray and Peter Fruchtman produce. IFC will distribute.

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‘Man On A Ledge’ Adds Ed Harris And Titus Welliver

Mike Fleming

Ed Harris has joined the cast of Summit Entertainment’s Asger Leth-directed thriller Man On A Ledge. Titus Welliver, who’s pulling double duty as an Irish arms dealer on Sons of Anarchy and also on The Good Wife, has also joined the cast that now includes Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell and Anthony Mackie. Harris, who appears in two Oscar season films: Peter Weir’s The Way Back and Touching Home, plays a powerful businessman who is integral to the plot of a disgraced ex-cop who threatens to jump off the ledge of a building, while his brother pulls a heist nearby. Welliver plays a touch Bronx detective in charge of the crime scene.

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