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Myriad Pictures Taking Hilary Swank-Emmy Rossum Starrer ‘You’re Not You’ To EFM

> on October 29, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.The company said today it will handle international rights to the drama from Nights In Rodanthe director George C. Wolfe. You’re Not You stars two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank as an accomplished thirtysomething whose life is upended by a sudden ALS diagnosis. When she and her husband (Josh Duhamel) hire a full-time caregiver (Emmy Rossum) who has a chaotic personal life, the women bond overMyriad logo their challenging circumstances and are able to unlock the best in each other. Marcia Gay Harden, Julian McMahon, Jason Ritter, Frances Fisher, Loretta Devine, Ali Larter and Ernie Hudson co-star in the pic written by Shana Feste based on Michelle Wildgen’s book. Myriad Pictures will introduce the film next month at the European Film Market in Berlin. You’re Not You is produced by DPP — the company run by Prince Azim, son of the Sultan of Brunei — in association with Di Novi Pictures and 2S Films, the latter led by Swank and Molly Smith, daughter of FedEx founder Fred Smith. The film’s Sundance party was held at his estate. CAA is handling domestic rights.

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Wayne Kramer To Helm Patrick Wilson, Alec Baldwin In ‘Caught Stealing’

By | Tuesday October 29, 2013 @ 11:54am PDT
Mike Fleming

Just in time for AFM: Myriad Pictures has signed The Cooler helmer Wayne Kramer to direct Patrick Wilson and Alec Baldwin in Caught Stealing, an adaptation of the Charlie Huston novel scripted by David Hayter. Wilson plays a former baseball prospect-turned-loser bartender who gets involved in a treasure-hunt chase involving the kind of unsavory characters you usually find in Kramer’s movies. Baldwin, who memorably starred in The Cooler, plays a sadistic cop.

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Toronto Briefs: Myriad Selling ‘Miss Meadows’; Tom Hopper Joins ‘Northmen’; Taylor Swift To Sing For ‘One Chance’; More

By | Friday September 6, 2013 @ 11:51am PDT

Myriad Pictures is handling all international rights on Miss Meadows, written and directed by Karen Leigh Hopkins. The dark satire/fairy tale stars Katie Holmes and James Badge Dale. Myriad will introduce it to buyers in Toronto. Holmes plays a sweet and proper elementary school teacher who moonlights as a gun-toting vigilante. Badge Dale is the local sheriff who falls in love with her. The film is produced by Crazy Heart‘s Rob Carliner and Eric Brenner. Read More »

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Myriad Pictures Hires Jason Weiss As SVP Production

By | Thursday June 13, 2013 @ 10:54am PDT

June 13, 2013 – Santa Monica- Jason Weiss has joined Myriad Pictures as Senior Vice President, Production, it was announced today by Myriad CEO Kirk D’Amico. In this role, Weiss will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Myriad’s growing production and development activities. Myriad’s current production projects include the recently announced Weightless starring Jessica Alba, written and to be directed by Academy Award nominee Milo Addica, the action thriller Caught Stealing starring Patrick Wilson and Alec Baldwin, and the comedy Guidance starring Seann William Scott and Leslie Bibb.

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Cannes: Morgan Freeman And Diane Keaton To Star In Comedy ‘Life Itself’

Myriad Pictures has tapped Richard Loncraine to direct Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton in Life Itself, a comedy based on the Jill Ciment novel Heroic Measures. Charlie Peters wrote the screenplay, about a long-married NY couple who find themselves swept into an emotional and comical real estate bidding war when they put their beloved downtown apartment on the market — and must come to terms with the possibility of moving from the home where they have spent most of their adult lives. Freeman and Lori McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment will produce with Latitude Productions. McCreary, Curtis Burch, Peters and Tracy Mercer are producing, and Freeman will executive produce. Myriad’s Kirk D’Amico and David Ducar negotiated international sales rights to the film and the company is introducing the project at Cannes. Its slate here includes Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes starring Kaya Scodelario and Jessica Biel; The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Him And Her with Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy; Life Partners with Leighton Meester, Adam Brody, and Gillian Jacobs; and the Derek Martini-directed The Curse Of Downers Grove with Bella Heathcote, Lucas Till and Kevin Zegers. CAA and WME Global co-rep North American rights to Life Itself. Read More »

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Cannes: ‘Life Partners’ Lands Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Gossip GirlsLeighton Meester, Community‘s Gillian Jacobs and Adam Brody are set to star in Life Partners, a comedy that marks the directorial debut of Susanna Fogel. Fogel co-wrote with Joni Lefkowitz. Also in the ensemble are Gabourey Sidibe, Abby Elliott and Beth Dover. Myriad Pictures will handle foreign sales for the film at Cannes. The comedy is about a codependent friendship between two very different girls — type-A Paige (Jacobs) and lesbian slacker Sasha (Meester). Paige has vowed that she won’t get married until Sasha has the same legal right and that works out fine until Paige meets Tim (Brody), a young and charming doctor. As a crucial vote on gay marriage approaches, the threesome struggle with issues of love, friendship, and loyalty. Read More »

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Cannes: Myriad Pictures Acquires ‘Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes’

By | Monday April 29, 2013 @ 5:10pm PDT

Myriad Pictures has acquired international distribution rights to the Jessica Biel-starrer Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes. The film, written and directed by Francesca Gregorini, premiered this year at Sundance. Kaya Scodelario, Alfred Molina, Aneurin Barnard, Jimmi Simpson and Frances O’Connor also star. The film centers on Emanuel (Scodelario), an acerbic but sensitive teen who lives with her father and stepmother. When Linda (Biel), a young and hip mother, moves in next door, Emanuel becomes intrigued by Linda’s striking resemblance to her late mother, who died giving birth to Emanuel. Emanuel begins to babysit for Linda’s newborn daughter, but as Emanuel and Linda spend more time together, they develop a bond that becomes deeply entwined in a surprising secret Linda harbors. Myriad will screen the film for international buyers at next month’s Cannes market. Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes was produced by Matthew R. Brady, Gregorini, and MRB Productions; and executive produced by Jonathan Gray, Paul Schiff, Kenny Goodman, Kevin Iwashina, Michael Sackler, Julia Godzinskaya, Alice Bamford, Olga Segura, Juan Carlos Segura G, Alex Sagalchik and Brent Stiefel.

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Myriad Pictures Hires Audrey Delaney As SVP Marketing & Acquisitions

By | Thursday April 4, 2013 @ 10:59am PDT

Audrey Delaney has joined Myriad Pictures as SVP Marketing & Acquisitions. She will be tasked with developing and managing the worldwide marketing campaigns for the company’s slate, as well as overseeing acquisition activities. The move comes just in time for the Cannes market, where Myriad has a full slate including the James McAvoy-Jessica Chastain starrer The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Him And Her; The Curse Of Downer’s Grove with Bella Heathcote, Lucas Till and Kevin Zegers; and Wonderful Tonight with Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Seyfried. Delaney had been VP Acquisitions, Business Development and Marketing for Lightning Entertainment, which she joined in 2011. She began her career at Jersey Films, working for producers Stacey Sher, Michael Shamberg, and Danny DeVito.

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Berlin: Stefan Ruzowitzky In Talks To Direct ‘Caught Stealing’, Alec Baldwin Stars

By | Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 4:37pm PST

Oscar winner Stefan Ruzowitzky is in deep negotiations with Myriad Pictures to come on board to helm Caught Stealing, the company announced today. The director won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film back in 2008 for The Counterfeiters. More recently he directed Deadfall, starring Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde. Based on Charlie Huston’s novel of the same name, Caught Stealing is written by David Hayter who did X-Men, X2 and The Watchmen. Alec Baldwin and Patrick Wilson are signed on to star in the thriller about a man lost in a bloody treasure hunt through New York City. Lost Rhino Films’ Marcus Chait, James Carpinello, and Wilson will produce. Paula Wagner is executive producing alongside Myriad’s Kirk D’Amico. Myriad Pictures is pre-selling the film at the Berlin Film Festival and working with APA on U.S. sales.

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AFM: Amanda Seyfried & Patrick Dempsey Join ‘Wonderful Tonight’

By | Thursday November 1, 2012 @ 11:50am PDT

EXCLUSIVE:  The Red Riding Hood star and the Grey’s Anatomy star are set to be unexpected parents in Wonderful Tonight. The romantic comedy with Amanda Seyfried and Patrick Dempsey will be directed by Christine Jeffs from a script by J. Mills Goodloe. Wonderful Tonight follows a one-night stand that not only leads to a baby but a stand-off between the two sudden parents about what they want from each other and themselves. Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer will produce for Castle Rock Entertainment with Donna Roth and Susan Arnold. Myriad Pictures’ President/CEO Kirk D’Amico will serve as Executive Producer. Myriad is handling the financing and worldwide rights to the film. They will be pre-selling Wonderful Tonight this week at AFM this week. Christine Jeffs and Patrick Dempsey are repped by UTA. Amanda Seyfried is repped by Innovative Artists.

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Stephen Belber Script ‘Love And Weapons’ Acquired By Myriad Pictures

By | Wednesday August 29, 2012 @ 9:32am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Myriad Pictures has acquired the Stephen Belber script Love And Weapons, and Andrew Lazar will produce alongside Kirk D’Amico. In the spirit of Three Kings, Love And Weapons is a wild ride of a love story set against the backdrop of travelling UN weapons inspectors. A search is underway for a director.

Belber is currently writing a script based on the 60 Minutes segment Gospel for Teens for Universal Pictures. In addition, Belber is adapting Why Should White Guys Have All Of The Fun, as a starring vehicle for Jamie Foxx, and he is scripting Eat This Document for Moneyball director Bennett Miller. Belber and Lazar are represented by ICM Partners.

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Elizabeth Banks To Star In Alan Ball’s ‘What’s The Matter With Margie’: Cannes

By | Friday May 18, 2012 @ 1:20am PDT

Elizabeth Banks What's The Matter With MargieElizabeth Banks has been cast in the title role of writer-producer Alan Ball’s new dark comedy What’s The Matter With Margie? Myriad Pictures announced today. Banks plays a downtrodden office worker who after years of abuseWhat's The Matter With Margie Myriad Pictures finally snaps and resorts to murdering her tormenters. Daniel Minahan (True Blood, Series 7: The Contenders) will direct from Ball’s original screenplay, and Anthony Bregman (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, The Savages) and Ball will produce. Myriad has acquired all rights outside the U.S. and Canada and is pre-selling in Cannes. The film is scheduled to start shooting in early 2013 in Los Angeles. UTA Independent Film Group packaged the film and is arranging financing. SVP Business Affairs David Ducar negotiated for Myriad. UTA IFG repped the filmmaker and producers and will sell U.S. and Canadian rights.

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Myriad Pictures Names Mark Padilla VP Sales, Distribution Heading Into Cannes

By | Wednesday April 25, 2012 @ 3:19pm PDT

Mark Padilla has joined Myriad Pictures as VP sales and distribution, CEO Kirk D’Amico announced today. Padilla has come aboard as the distributer prepares its team for the Cannes Market. Padilla previously worked in a similar capacity for Essential Entertainment. In addition to sales and distribution Padilla will be involved in the acquisition of new titles. He reports to newly promoted SVP distribution Lisa Gutberlet. Padilla started his career at S. Hirsch Co. and subsequently moved to Arclight and in 2007 joined Essential where he worked on Barney’s Version starring Paul Giamatti and Scott Speedman, Defiancestarring Daniel Craig and Liev Schrieber, and Red Dog starring Josh Lucas.

Myriad will represent the following slate of movies to buyers at Cannes:

INESCAPABLE – Marisa Tomei, Josh Jackson and Alexander Siddig star in this thriller about a man whose daughter is kidnapped in Damascus. His past puts her future – and her life – in jeopardy. Directed by Ruba Nada (Cairo Time).

A COMMON MAN – Academy Award®-winner Sir Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross star in this action thriller about a terrorist threatening to blow up key locations in an urban city, but with an unexpected twist. The film will premiere for buyers in the market in Cannes.

BREAKING THE GIRLS – Jamie Babbit’s steamy thriller follows the relationship between two young women, one who unknowingly agrees to a double murder. Starring Madeline Zima, Agnes Bruckner and Shawn Ashmore. This film will premiere for buyers in the market in Cannes.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY, HIS STORY and HER STORY – Two films telling one story, from the perspectives of a husband and wife. Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton will star. Shooting is scheduled to start this summer in New York City.

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Myriad Promotes Lisa Gutberlet To SVP Distribution

By | Tuesday April 17, 2012 @ 11:37am PDT

Myriad Pictures has upped Lisa Gutberlet to SVP Distribution, CEO Kirk D’Amico announced today. Gutberlet, who joined Santa Monica-based Myriad in 2007, was VP Distribution. In her new role, she will oversee all of the company’s distribution and be involved in film and other acquisitions.

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Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton To Star In Double Feature

Mike Fleming

Thursday, February 2, 2012 – Santa Monica…. Academy Award®-nominee Jessica Chastain (The Help, The Tree of Life) and Joel Edgerton (Warrior, Wish You Were Here) have signed on to star in a double-feature film project for Myriad Pictures: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers.

The love story explores a New York City couple’s relationship during a difficult time in their marriage, from the different perspective of the husband, (Edgerton), a restaurant owner, and of the wife (Chastain), who goes back to college. Academy Award® ‐ winner and 5-time nominee William Hurt (The Kiss of the Spider Woman, Syriana) is in discussion to join the cast.

Ned Benson (In Defiance of Gravity) wrote the two scripts and will direct both films. Cassandra Kulukundis (A Late Quartet, In Defiance of Gravity) is producing. Kulukundis is also Casting Director (There Will Be Blood, Shattered Glass).

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Myriad Takes International Rights To ‘Nobody Walks’: Sundance

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 12:37pm PST

Nobody Walks, the Ry Russo-Young film that stars John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby and Rosemarie DeWitt and sold to Magnolia Pictures for the U.S. during its Sundance premiere, now has an international rights deal. Myriad Pictures acquired the film and will screen it for buyers at next month’s European Film Market in Berlin. Myriad CEO Kirk D’Amico negotiated the deal with Jonathan Schwartz and Lawrence Kopeikin; Schwartz and Andrea Sperling produced and won a Sundance Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Independent Film Producing for their fest pics Nobody Walks and Smashed. Russo-Young and Lena Dunham co-wrote the script, which explores a married couple’s commitment to themselves and their family when an art student rents and moves into their back house.

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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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AFM: Myriad Acquires Mike Figgis-Directed ‘Seconds Of Pleasure’

Mike Fleming

Myriad Pictures has acquired worldwide rights outside the UK for the Neil LaBute-scripted Seconds Of Pleasure. Mike Figgis will direct a film that will star Matt Dillon, Julia Stiles, Brendan Fraser, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Hendricks. Seconds Of Pleasure explores a series of intimate and emotionally charged events that occur among a small group of people traveling together on a trans-Atlantic flight from Chicago to London. LaBute adapted it from his novel, which weaves together the intertwined yet separate stories of the six couples searching for those moments that make life worth living. Seconds Of Pleasure is a production of Scotland broadcasting giant STV. Margaret Enefer, STV Productions’ Head of Drama, Bill Shapter and LaBute are the producers. Read More »

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AFM: Sir Ben Kingsley Is ‘A Common Man’

By | Saturday November 5, 2011 @ 2:33pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Saturday, November 05, 2011…Santa Monica…..Myriad Pictures has signed with Asia Digital Entertainment to distribute the action thriller A Common Man starring Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross, which recently completed production in Sri Lanka. The film was adapted for the screen and directed by Chandran Rutnam (The Road From Elephant Pass).

In A Common Man, which is set in Colombo, Sri Lanka, a mysterious man (Kingsley) has planted 5 bombs in the politically-scarred city that are set to explode unless four major terrorists are immediately released from prison. When he calls in his demands to the Deputy Inspector General of the Colombo Police Department (Cross), it sets in motion an ideological and deadly confrontation between the truth and duty.

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