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Hot Teaser: ‘Ray Donovan’ Season 2

By | Friday June 13, 2014 @ 3:02pm PDT

Ray Donovan Season 2Showtime has released a trailer for the second season of its hit series Ray Donovan, which returns a month from today on July 13. Back alongside star Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey and Devon Bagby is Jon Voight, who won the Golden Globe last season for his portrayal of Ray’s father Mickey. Season 2 will also feature guest star turns by Hank Azaria as FBI Bureau Chief Cochran as well as Elliot Gould, Ann-Margret, Wendell Pierce, Sherilyn Fenn, Vinessa Shaw, Brian Geraghty, Heather McComb and Kip Pardue. Creator Ann Biderman is exec producer alongside Mark Gordon, Bryan Zuriff and David Hollander. Watch the trailer:

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Liev Schreiber, Jaden Smith Set For Slavery Pic ‘The Good Lord Bird’ Adapted From James McBride Bestseller

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 2:37pm PDT

Liev Schreiber Good Lord Bird Jaden Smith Good Lord BirdEXCLUSIVE: Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) and Jaden Smith (The Karate Kid, After Earth) are set to star in The Good Lord Bird, a big-screen adaptation of the 2013 National Book Award winner by James McBride (Miracle At St. Anna, Red Hook Summer). McBride is aboard to produce the pic about The Good Lord Bird movieHenry “Onion” Shackleford (Smith), a young slave who links up with radical abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber) in 1856 Kansas and travels the nation with Brown’s motley crew of freedom fighters. Story is told with a satirical bent through the eyes of Onion, who wears a dress and is at first mistaken for a girl, as he bears witness to Brown’s historic campaign and encounters the likes of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman en route to the bloody Harper’s Ferry raid that helped spark the Civil War. McBride’s NY Times bestseller made Publishers Weekly‘s Top 10 Books of the Year list and has drawn comparisons to Mark Twain’s classic novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Fifteen-year-old Smith is coming off a run of feature turns in Sony’s Karate Kid reboot with Jackie Chan and sci-fier After Earth, opposite dad Will Smith. He’s set to return for sequel Karate Kid 2, which hired Breck Eisner to helm last week. Read More »

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‘Ray Donovan’s Liev Schreiber Signs With UTA

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 10:38am PST
Mike Fleming

Liev SchreiberEXCLUSIVE: UTA has just signed Liev Schreiber. Maybe it’s because I love that Showtime series Ray Donovan and especially Schreiber’s hard-edged title protagonist, but this feels like a real coup for UTA. You can tell that even though he’s a vet, Schreiber’s best work is ahead of him after this career changing role. Schreiber got a Golden Globe nomination this year for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama for Ray Donovan. Schreiber, who had been repped by CAA, recently wrapped a turn as Soviet chess master Boris Spassky in the Ed Zwick-directed Pawn Sacrifice, with Tobey Maguire playing enigmatic American chess champion Bobby Fischer. Schreiber‘s recent credits include The Reluctant Fundamentalist; Salt; X-Men Origins: Wolverine; Defiance; The Manchurian Candidate; and A Walk On The Moon.

The agency will continue to help Schreiber in the small and big screen pursuits as well as stage. Schreiber got his third career Tony nomination when he starred with Scarlett Johansson in the revival of Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge. He got the first Tony nom playing Ricky Roma in the 2005 revival of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, and was also nominated for the 2007 revival of Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio. Schreiber’s also a director, making his debut on the Jonathan Safran novel adaptation Everything Is Illuminated. He continues to be repped by Untitled Entertainment.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Last Days On Mars’

By | Wednesday September 18, 2013 @ 7:21pm PDT

Liev Schreiber and Olivia Williams lead the cast of sci-fi space thriller Last Days On Mars, about a crew of astronauts on an exploratory mission to Mars who discover a deadly infection and struggle to contain it. Elias Koteas, Romola Garai, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostić, Tom Cullen and Yusra Warsama round out the ensemble for Ruairi Robinson (Fifty Percent Grey), directing from Clive Dawson’s script based on a short story by Sydney J. Bounds. Magnolia’s Magnet Releasing will open the pic on December 6. Check out the trailer:

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Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’ Debuts Online

By | Tuesday June 18, 2013 @ 11:00am PDT

The first episode of Showtime‘s new series Ray Donovan has debuted on YouTube nearly two weeks ahead of its June 30 television premiere. The series stars Liev Schreiber as Ray, a “fixer” for LA’s rich and famous whose life gets turned upside down when his father Mickey (Jon Voight) is released from prison. You can catch the entire first hourlong episode below:

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Mark Gordon, Ann Biderman Introduce Showtime’s Fixer ‘Ray Donovan’: TCA

By | Saturday January 12, 2013 @ 6:42pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Ray DonovanRay DonovanProducer Mark Gordon had a little surprise for his audience at today’s TCA panel on his new Showtime drama series Ray Donovan. Gordon is executive producer of the series with Ann Biderman and Bryan Zuriff. It stars Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan, a professional fixer. In response to a question directed at the entire panel, Gordon offered that he has had a personal experience with a “fixer” himself.

Related: Showtime’s 2013 Schedule: ‘Dexter’ Moves To Summer, Will Launch ‘Ray Donovan’; ‘Homeland’ Paired With ‘Masters Of Sex’

Ray Donovan“I have. I had some information that I needed to discover, all legal I believe, no baseball bats involved,” said Gordon, who appeared on the panel with Biderman, Zuriff and actors Schreiber, Jon Voight, Elliott Gould, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok and Pooch Hall. “These are very interesting people.” He said that the typical private detective spends most of his time doing computer research but the fixer is a different kind of animal.

Ray DonovanAfter the session, Gordon declined to give more details but laughingly said his experience “wasn’t like this,” meaning the circumstances of the show. “There is a kind of information that you need sometimes, … Read More »

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Liev Schreiber Is LBJ In Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’

By | Tuesday July 24, 2012 @ 2:37pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Liev Schreiber The ButlerLiev Schreiber will play President Lyndon B Johnson in The Butler, the Lee Daniels-directed film about the life of Eugene Allen, a White House servant who worked for eight First Families. The film also stars Robin Williams (as President Dwight D. Eisenhower), Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo, as well as John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan and recently added cast members Melissa Leo (Mamie Eisenhower), James Marsden (JFK), Minka Kelly (Jackie Kennedy), Mariah Carey, Vanessa Redgrave, Alex Pettyfer, Yaya DaCosta, Elijah Kelly and Jesse Williams. Danny Strong wrote the script with Daniels, based on Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article about Allen. Daniels will produce with Hilary Shor, Cassian Elwes and Pam Williams of Laura Ziskin Prods. The music is being composed by Quincy Jones. Schreiber is repped by Untitled and CAA.

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Liev Schreiber, Olivia Williams To Spend ‘Last Days On Mars’: Cannes

By | Saturday May 19, 2012 @ 7:11am PDT

LONDON (May 18, 2012) – Principal photography has begun on LAST DAYS ON MARS starring Liev Schreiber (Salt, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) alongside Olivia Williams (The Ghost Writer, An Education), Romola Garai (One Day, Atonement), Elias Koteas (Shutter Island, Crash), Tom Cullen (Weekend), Goran Kostic (In the Land of Blood and Honey, Taken) and Johnny Harris (Snow White and the Huntsman, This is England 86).

Filming will take place in Jordan and at Elstree Studios in the UK. Universal Pictures will release the film in the UK while Focus Features International is handling sales and distribution for all other territories and is currently selling the film at the Cannes market.

Directed by Academy Award Nominee Ruairi Robinson (Fifty Percent Grey), LAST DAYS ON MARS is based on a short story by Sydney J. Bounds and adapted by Clive Dawson. The film is produced by Michael Kuhn (The Duchess) and Andrea Cornwell (The Scouting Book for Boys).

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Paula Malcomson Cast As Female Lead In Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’ Drama Pilot

By | Tuesday January 24, 2012 @ 2:39pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Deadwood and Caprica alumna Paula Malcomson has landed the female lead opposite Liev Schreiber in Showtime’s drama pilot Ray Donovan. Created and executive produced by Southland creator Ann Biderman, executive produced by Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff and to be directed by Allen Coulter, the Showtime-produced project takes a novelistic look at contemporary Los Angeles. A dark family drama with comedic undertones, the show centers on Ray (Schreiber), a professional “fixer” for LA’s rich and famous, the go-to guy in Hollywood who deftly solves the highly confidential problems of the city’s most intriguing personalities but can’t quite escape the damage in his own troubled family. Malcomson will play Ray’s wife Abby, a Boston tough girl who is still finding it hard to assimilate into the fast lane of Hollywood. Malcomson, whose series credits also include Sons Of Anarchy, ER and John From Cincinnati, will play Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) mother in the Hunger Games movie franchise. She is with UTA and Seven Summits’ Sarah Jackson.

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Allen Coulter To Direct Showtime Drama Pilot ‘Ray Donovan’ Starring Liev Schreiber

By | Friday December 16, 2011 @ 8:11am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Showtime has tapped Allen Coulter to direct drama pilot Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber in his first series regular role. Created and executive produced by Southland creator Ann Biderman and executive produced by Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff, the Showtime-produced project takes a novelistic look at contemporary Los Angeles. A dark family drama with comedic undertones, the show centers on Ray (Schreiber), a professional “fixer” for LA’s rich and famous, the go-to guy in Hollywood who deftly solves the highly confidential problems of the city’s most intriguing personalities but can’t quite escape the damage in his own troubled family. Former The Sopranos director-producer Coulter has directed the pilots for such series as FX’s Damages and Sons Of Anarchy and Showtime’s Nurse Jackie.

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UPDATE: New Showtime Leading Man Liev Schreiber To Continue As HBO Sports Voice

By | Monday December 5, 2011 @ 10:45am PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE, MONDAY AM: A lot of great news for Liev Schreiber this morning. His deal with Showtime to star in the drama pilot Ray Donovan formally closed, and the network just made the official announcement. And, in what appears to be a change of heart, HBO Sports has renewed its overall deal with the actor to continue to be the voice of virtually all HBO documentaries as well as the 24/7 reality series, and the NFL reality series Hard Knocks. During the lengthy negotiations, HBO had considered not to re-up the overall with Schreiber and open up the field to other narrators, but in the end it extended Schreiber. I hear that the actor’s Showtime series contract allows for that.

PREVIOUS, SUNDAY PM: With a deal to star in Showtime’s pilot Ray Donovan, Liev Schreiber may one day become the face of the pay cable network. But at the same time, it looks like he will no longer be the exclusive voice of the sports division of rival HBO. I’ve learned that HBO is planning not to renew its overall deal with the actor to be the the voice of HBO Sports, which has included narrating virtually all HBO sports documentaries, the 24/7 reality series, and the NFL reality series Hard Knocks. HBO is not severing ties with Schreiber, who has been voicing HBO Sports’ programs for the past 16 years. “Liev is set to start work next week on his next HBO Sports project, 24/7 Flyers/Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic, HBO Sports said in a statement, declining further comment. I hear that Schreiber also is scheduled to do another HBO Sports project in January. Read More »

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Liev Schreiber To Star in Showtime Pilot

By | Tuesday November 29, 2011 @ 10:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

In his first series regular role, Liev Schreiber has been tapped as the lead in Showtime’s drama pilot Ray Donovan, created and executive produced by Southland creator Ann Biderman and executive produced by Mark Gordon. Schreiber will play the title character in the Showtime-produced project, which takes a novelistic look at contemporary Los Angeles. A dark family drama with comedic undertones, the show centers on Ray (Schreiber), a professional “fixer” for LA’s rich and famous, the go-to guy in Hollywood who deftly solves the highly confidential problems of the city’s most intriguing personalities and yet he can’t quite escape the damage in his own troubled family. The Mark Gordon Co’s Bryan Zuriff will also executive produce the pilot, which is slated to start production in Los Angeles in the first quarter of next year. Read More »

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AFM: ‘Goon’ Grabs Foreign Sales For Myriad

The raucous R-rated hockey comedy Goon has racked up significant international distribution deals for Myriad Pictures. Starring Sean William Scott, the movie has been sold in the UK, Australia, France, Germany, Russia Scandinavia, Latin America, Turkey, the Middle East, Indonesia and South Africa, and several other markets. Magnolia’s Magnet picked up Goon for US distribution at Toronto and plans a March theatrical release. Scott plays a onetime bouncer who ends up vying with Liev Schrieber for the distinction of being the hockey league’s biggest goon. Jay Baruchel, Eugene Levy and Allison Pill co-star. The movie was directed by Michael Dowse (Take Me Home Tonight, FUBAR I and II, It’s All Gone Pete Tong).  Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express) wrote the script. Goon was produced by Don Carmody (Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Boondock Saints), David Gross and Jesse Shapira. Myriad’s other movies include Mike Figgis-directed Seconds of Pleasure, from a script by Neil LaBute starring Matt Dillon and Kristin Scott Thomas, A Common Man with Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross, as well as Edwin Boyd, Knife Fight and Chained.

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Hot Red Band Trailer: ‘Goon’

By | Monday November 7, 2011 @ 11:49pm PST

This red-band trailer for the R-rated hockey comedy Goon is as rowdy as the rating suggests. Magnolia/Magnet picked up the movie — directed by Michael Dowse with Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber and Jay Baruchel — at the Toronto International Film Festival and according to the Magnet website plans a March theatrical release preceded by video-on-demand in February.

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Anthony LaPaglia Joins ‘Django Unchained’, Laments Hardships Pushing Film Actors To TV

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Anthony LaPaglia has joined Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained cast. LaPaglia will play the leader of a group of greedy Australians who encounter slave-turned-bounty hunter Django (Jamie Foxx) as they are escorting a group of slaves recently purchased as fighters. LaPaglia said he and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play mean brothers, and LaPaglia said he was bowled over by the script. “It’s wildly ambitious and imaginative, deals with that subject matter in a way it hasn’t been dealt with before,” LaPaglia told me. “The way the cast has shaped up, it’s exciting to be involved.” It will be the second film in a row where LaPaglia can readopt the Australian accent he grew up with but dropped for many of his Hollywood roles and the series Without A Trace. He wrapped the PJ Hogan-directed Mental with Toni Collette and Liev Schreiber, a film that LaPaglia said is partly based on the filmmaker’s own experiences. “I play the father, who in real life had committed his mother to a mental institution, who had five kids, picked up a hitchhiker [Collette] on the way back and said, you’re taking care of the kids now.” LaPaglia said Hogan got rights to tunes from The Sound Of Music, and uses them in unexpected ways. “I absolutely assassinate “Edelweiss,” just tear it to shreds so badly that I’m sure Christopher Plummer would have a fit. It was meant to be terrible, and it is.” Read More »

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Toronto: Magnet Attaches To Hockey Comedy ‘Goon’

Mike Fleming

Toronto, ONTARIO (September 13, 2011) – The Cuban/Wagner Company’s Magnet Releasing, genre arm to Magnolia Pictures, announced today that they have taken US rights to Michael Dowse’s raucous hockey comedy GOON. Starring Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber and Alison Pill, GOON was written by Baruchel with Superbad and Pineapple Express scribe Evan Goldberg.

GOON is the story of Doug Glatt (Scott), a dumb but loveable bar bouncer plucked from obscurity to be the enforcer for a minor league hockey team. In the tradition of great sports comedies like Slapshot, GOON delivers bone crunching action and laughs in equal measure.

Said Magnolia/Magnet President Eamonn Bowles: “GOON is a pucking blast. It’s a complete crowd pleaser that has all the elements of a future comedy classic.” Magnet plans an early 2012 theatrical release as part of Magnolia’s Ultra VOD program.

The seven figure deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Head of Legal and Business Affairs Chris Matson with CAA, attorney James Feldman and Kirk D’Amico of Myriad Pictures. CAA represents Baruchel and Schreiber.

The film is produced by No Trace Camping’s David Gross and Jesse Shapira, Don Carmody, and Jay Baruchel.

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Toronto Fest Sets Canadian Premieres

Mike Fleming

While most of the industry views the Toronto International Film Festival as a place to showcase films for acquisition or Oscar runs, festival organizers always stock the program with homegrown films. The festival just announced that part of the program, setting a Gala premiere for the Ken Scott-directed drama Starbuck, about a 42-year-old who discovers he’s the biological father of 533 children; Breakaway, a Robert Lieberman-directed hockey drama that features Rob Lowe in its cast; Keyhole, the world premiere of the latest film by Guy Maddin, a gangsters-meets-ghosts sonata that stars Jason Patric; the Jean-Marc Vallee-directed Cafe de Flore; the Michael Dowse-directed hockey comedy Goon that stars Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel and Liev Schreiber; and the Mary Harron-directed The Moth Diaries. The fest previously announced Canadian galas for David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method and Sara Polley’s Take This Waltz.

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Park Pictures Forms Feature Film Division, Sets ‘Robot & Frank’ As First Feature

Commercials house Park Pictures has unveiled a feature film unit, Park Pictures Features. Park Pictures’ Jackie Kelman Bisbee and Lance Acord are teaming with indie writer-producer-director Galt Niederhoffer and producer Sam Bisbee on the venture, which already is underway on its first project, Robot & Frank, which stars Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Jeremy Strong and Liev Schreiber. The family comedy, which centers on a curmudgeonly dad (Langella) whose kids install a robot as his caretaker, is shooting in New York. Jake Schreier is making his feature directorial debut; Niederhoffer, Bisbee, Kelman Bisbee and Acord are producing, and White Hat/TBB is exec producing. “Park is a company comprised of filmmakers, so as we grow and evolve it only makes sense to develop and produce their feature projects,” said Acord, a director of photography whose credits include Lost In Translation and Where the Wild Things Are. “Being a commercial production company, we have a unique opportunity to utilize our resources within the industry to economically and efficiently make longform films.” Park Pictures plans for two movies in the first year.

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TORONTO: Image Entertainment Acquires Helen Hunt & Liev Schreiber Pic ‘Every Day’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While most buyers at Toronto are paying close attention to the World Premiere midnight screening of Ambush Entertainment’s Super, the producer/financier has just closed a U.S. distribution deal on another title. Image Entertainment has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Every Day, the Richard Levine-directed drama that stars Helen Hunt, Liev Schreiber, Brian Dennehy and Carla Gugino. The film, which made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival followed by a stop in  Deauville, will be released theatrically in January by Image Entertainment, which will also handle DVD and digital in the spring. The deal was made by Image acquisitions chief Bill Bromley, who said, “The film has an award-winning cast and Richard Levine delivers a smart and Read More »

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