EOne Acquires Hilary Swank Drama ‘You’re Not You’; ARC Entertainment To Release Duchovny Starrer ‘Louder Than Words’

By | Tuesday April 8, 2014 @ 1:42pm PDT

hilary swankEntertainment One Films US has sprung for drama You’re Not You, starring Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, and Josh Duhamel. George C. Wolfe directed the film about a woman with ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease … Read More »

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PILOT SEASON: Which Actors Are Getting The Early Offers

By | Monday February 3, 2014 @ 6:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Pilot-Season-300x147We’re in the midst of the annual ritual of broadcast casting executives chasing their tails, also known as casting the leads of dozens of network pilots at the same time. As usual, many pilots go after the same names, resulting in … Read More »

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Producer Molly Smith Forms New Production Group Belle Pictures

By | Thursday March 8, 2012 @ 6:43pm PST

Molly Smith’s (P.S. I Love You) new production outfit will develop and produce theatrical motion pictures and television properties in association with Warner Bros.based Alcon Entertainment in a “four-year discretionary first-look deal.” Belle Pictures’ first project is an adaptation of The Bootlegger’s Boy, based on football coach Barry Switzer’s memoir, which looks at his life and years coaching at Oklahoma University and the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Smith remains partners with Hilary Swank in their production company 2S Films.

LOS ANGELES, CA, MARCH 8, 2012 – Producer Molly Smith (“P.S. I Love You,” “The Blind Side”) has formed Belle Pictures, a production banner to develop and produce theatrical motion pictures and television properties in association with Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment in a new four-year discretionary first-look deal, it was announced by Smith and Alcon Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Allison Rayne has been tapped VP of Development at Belle Pictures, Jon Schumacher will serve as Development Executive and Emma Branch as Production Executive.

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Hilary Swank On Her Ill-Fated Chechnya Trip: “I Should Know Where I’m Going’

By | Saturday December 3, 2011 @ 1:10am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Hilary Swank tonight kicked off her image-rehabilitating campaign after a disastrous paid appearance at tyrannical Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov’s birthday party with a visit to The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. The backlash from the October 5 appearance in … Read More »

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Hilary Swank Dropped By 42West: Report

By | Thursday November 3, 2011 @ 9:26pm PDT

Chechnya tyrant Ramzan Kadyrov’s birthday party is the gift that keeps on giving — or maybe the opposite of that. Hilary Swank’s PR firm 42West has released the actress, EW reports, amid the continuing fallout from her appearance … Read More »

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Hilary Swank Fires Manager Jason Weinberg

I’ve confirmed that the actress has axed her manager of 8 years Jason Weinberg, the founding partner of Untitled Entertainment whom she thanked in her 2005 speech for winning the Best Actress Oscar for Million Dollar Baby. The firing was … Read More »

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Acting Teacher Larry Moss Makes Feature Directing Debut With Chekhov Adaptation

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Larry Moss has set Helen Hunt, David Duchovny, Maggie Grace, Joan Chen and John Robinson to star in Relative Insanity, a contemporary Hampons-set adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Pier 3 Pictures’ Michael Din and Juri Henley-Cohn wrote the … Read More »

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Cannes: ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Takes Shape With Matthew McConaughey, Hilary Swank

By | Wednesday May 11, 2011 @ 1:37pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Content Film has acquired The Dallas Buyers Club for international sales. That puts the picture on track to finally happen, with Matthew McConaughey and Hilary Swank starring, and Jean-Marc Vallee … Read More »

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Hilary Swank, Josh Brolin Set As Oscar Presenters

They’ve been added to this Sunday’s Academy Awards. Swank has won two Best Actress Oscars, in 1999 for Boys Don’t Cry and in 2004 for Million Dollar Baby. She is currently producing Something Borrowed and will next be co-starring in New Year’s Eve. Brolin received an Oscar nomination in 2008 for his supporting … Read More »

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Ice Cube Joining ’21 Jump Street’ And Shops Directing Vehicle ‘Chrome And Paint’

Mike Fleming

Ice Cube is negotiating to join Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in 21 Jump Street. He is also preparing to shop Chrome and Paint, a gritty Boyz N’ The Hood-style drama that Cube wrote with Eva Vives as a starring … Read More »

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Katherine Heigl Will Celebrate ‘New Year’s Eve’ With Bon Jovi Instead Of Halle Berry

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Katherine Heigl, not Halle Berry,  will be the one smooching Jon Bon Jovi in New Line’s ensemble romantic comedy New Year’s Eve. I’m told Berry has dropped out of the picture, which is just getting underway. Heigl was available … Read More »

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OSCAR: Hilary Swank Q&A On ‘Conviction’

By | Friday January 14, 2011 @ 2:06am PST
Pete Hammond

Few actresses move from TV’s 90210 and the film The Next Karate Kid to become a 2-time Best Actress Oscar winner for Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby. Unless you’re Hilary Swank. Though recent films which she has starred in were unsuccessful at the box office, some found favor with the critics. That has also been the case with Fox Searchlight’s Conviction. Swank portrays Betty Anne Waters, a Massachusettes wife and mother who put herself through high school, college, and law school in order to free her wrongfully imprisoned brother. A surprise SAG nomination for Swank for Outstanding Female Actor In A Leading Role has resulted in a stepped-up Oscar campaign:

DEADLINE: In Conviction you play another real-life person.
SWANK: You know when you take on a role and it’s challenging and you think, “Oh, am I going to be able to do this?”  – which I do every single time. I think, “Can I do this? Can I do this?” And it scares me in a deep place – which is part of my ride, too. I like that. I’m an adrenaline junkie. But then you add the layer of it being a real person and how much that person means to me. And I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if she saw the movie and said, “You didn’t get it, and that’s not how it happened.” And everyone felt that way on this movie and everyone really stepped up. Read More »

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‘Winter’s Bone’ Wins Big At Gotham Awards

The winners for the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards were announced tonight. The awards organized by the Independent Feature Project already announced the recipients of their honorary awards handed out this evening, including filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, actors Hilary Swank and Robert Duvall, and Focus Features CEO James Schamus. Tonight’s marquee … Read More »

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Image Buys ‘The Resident’ Starring Hilary Swank

Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 9, 2010) — Image Entertainment, Inc. has acquired all U.S. rights to Hilary Swank-starrer The Resident from Exclusive Media Group’s Hammer Films. In addition to two time Academy Award winner Swank, The Resident also stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, P.S. I Love You), Hammer Films icon Sir Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings, Dracula) and Lee Pace (A Single Man, The Good Shepherd). The Resident was directed by Antti Jokinen. Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer for Image Entertainment, made today’s announcement. The film will be released theatrically in Spring 2011.

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‘Winter’s Bone’ Leads Nominations For Gotham Independent Film Awards

Winter’s Bone leads with three nominations – Best Feature, Best Ensemble Performance and Breakthrough Actor. The ceremony will be held on Monday, November 29th, at Cipriani Wall Street. Robert Duvall, Hilary Swank, Darren Aronofsky and Focus Features CEO James Schamus will each be receiving a career tribute.

Best Feature

Black Swan
Darren Aronofsky, director; Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Blue Valentine
Derek Cianfrance, director; Jamie Patricof, Lynette Howell, Alex Orlovsky, producers (The Weinstein Company)

The Kids Are All Right
Lisa Cholodenko, director;  Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray, Jordan Horowitz, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Philippe Hellmann, producers (Focus Features)

Let Me In
Matt Reeves, director; Simon Oakes, Alex Brunner, Guy East, Tobin Armbrust,  Donna Gigliotti, John Nording, Carl Molinder, producers (Overture Films)

Winter’s Bone
Debra Granik, director; Anne Rosellini, Alix Madigan-Yorkin, producers (Roadside Attractions) Read More »

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Gotham Indie Awards Fete Actor Foursome

Mike Fleming



New York, NY (September 30, 2010) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, announced today that director Darren Aronofsky, actors Hilary Swank and Robert Duvall, and Focus Features CEO, James Schamus, will each be presented with a career Tribute at the

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Matthew McConaughey Circling ‘Dreams Of A Dying Heart’

EXCLUSIVE: He’s considering starring opposite Hilary Swank in a project that reunites her with Boys Don’t Cry producer Killer Films. Production is expected to start in October. Intandem, the London-based sales agent is handling international sales. Swank will play a … Read More »

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