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After 21 Years, Natalie Portman And Aleen Keshishian Change Rep Relationship

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 5:17pm PDT
Mike Fleming

After 21 Years, Natalie Portman And Aleen Keshishian Change Rep RelationshipOne of the longest running talent-rep relationships in Hollywood has come to a climax. As Natalie Portman transitions to a move to Paris, she and Brillstein Entertainment partner Aleen Keshishian will be parting ways, sort of. Portman is relocating to be with husband Benjamin Millepied. A dancer she met while making Black Swan, Millepied is taking the job as director of the Paris Opera Ballet.

aleenkeshishian-1Portman, who just made her directorial debut on the Hebrew-language adaptation of the Amos Oz novel A Tale Of Love And Darkness, will continue to star in Hollywood movies, and maybe some European films. She will also write and direct while being a wife and mother, all part of the next chapter in a remarkable life. To that end, she has hired French agent Laurent Gregoire, who’ll work with CAA on Portman’s film career. Keshishian will still be involved in the branding aspect of Portman’s career, which includes a lucrative Dior campaign, but she will no longer manage the movie career of her first client. Read More »

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Relativity Drawing ‘Jane Got A Gun’ In February

By | Thursday April 24, 2014 @ 2:23pm PDT

Relativity_newlogoThere’s a new finish line on the Western’s long and dusty road to the big screen. Relativity today set a February 20 release date for Jane Got a Gun, which had been set for this summer and has been through three bad guys, two directors and one lawsuit. Natalie Portman stars as Jane, who rebuilds her life with new husband Bill (Noah Emmerich) after being tormented by an outlaw gang led by Collin (Ewan McGregor, who replaced Bradley Cooper, who had replaced Jude Law). But things get ugly again when the husband has a fresh run-in with the gang, leaving Jane little choice but to ask her ex-fiance (Joel Edgerton) for help. Gavin O’Connor directs the film, having taken over the chair after Lynne Ramsay exited the project on the first day of production.

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Natalie Portman’s ‘Jane Got A Gun’ Set For August 29 Release

By | Monday November 25, 2013 @ 6:20am PST

Relativity has dated the resilient Natalie Portman-starrer for August 29. Gavin O’Connor was tapped to direct the indie Western following Lynne Ramsay’s controversial exit in March. Brian Duffield penned the screenplay. The film centers on Jane Hammond (Portman), who turns to her former lover Dan Frost (Joel Edgerton) for help in defending her home and husband from the outlaw Bishop Boys gang. Ewan McGregor plays  the villainous leader of the gang, a role he took over after Bradley Cooper pulled out. Jane Got A Gun will face off against Universal’s thriller The Loft and Lionsgate’s horror pic Jessabelle.

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UPDATE: “Simply False” Says Lynne Ramsay Of ‘Jane Got A Gun’ Lawsuit Claims

By | Saturday November 9, 2013 @ 10:53am PST

UPDATE, 10:51 AM: After the scathing lawsuit filed earlier this week against her by the producers of Jane Got A Gun, director Lynne Ramsay has responded. In a brief statement today, Ramsay’s reps says she hasn’t seen the suit yet but that from what has been reported, the claims in it are “simply false.” The director suddenly exited the Natalie Portman pic  the weekend before filming was scheduled to start in New Mexico in March. If that wasn’t controversy enough, the breach of contract and fraud complaint (read more below) filed on in federal court on November 4 lashed out at Ramsay, calling her “abusive” and “disruptive.” The suit also goes after her for failing “to provide the writing and directing services” she was already paid $140,000 for before filming was set to start. Additionally, the suit alleges that Ramsay instructed her WME agents not to give the producers back the $360,000 that the agency is holding in escrow as part of her pay from the film. Ramsay was supposed to receive $750,000 for directing Jane Got A Gun plus bonuses. The complaint is seeking more than $500,000 in damages to be determined at trial. Here’s the full Ramsay statement from today:

Lynne Ramsay has not been served with this lawsuit and, when she is, she will respond in court and not in the media.  That said, the allegations as recently reported are simply false.  Lynne looks forward to presenting the truth about this situation in the proper forum.

PREVIOUSLY, NOV. 6 PM: She left the Natalie Portman Western in March before shooting was set to start and now the producers want Lynne Ramsay to pay up. More specifically, Jane Got A Gun Production, LLC wants an injunction to force Ramsay’s agency WME to give back $360,000 it claims is still being held in escrow as well as more than $500,000 in damages to be determined at trial. The breach of contract and fraud complaint (read it here) was filed earlier this week in federal court in New Mexico. Ramsay is the only defendant named in the filing that local station KRQE first reported. The producers, who include Scott Steindorff and Regency Boies, allege that under a contract agreed to in July 2012, Ramsay was initially paid $90,000 to direct the pic and $50,000 to fine-tune the Brian Duffield script. She was to receive $750,000 in total for her directing work on the pic plus 5% of adjusted gross and box office bonuses. Ramsay would have gotten another $25,000 for each Oscar or Golden Globe nomination the movie received and $50,000 more if it won one of those awards. However on location in New Mexico during early 2013 the complaint says the We Need To Talk About Kevin helmer “failed to provide the writing and directing services” on the film. The plaintiffs also claim that this “unreasonably delayed completion of a final budget for the Picture, and of the Picture itself.” Further more, they luridly allege in the 44-page complaint that Ramsay was “repeatedly under the influence of alcohol, was abusive to members of the cast and crew and was generally disruptive.” Portman herself and producer Aleen Keshishian are not party to the suit.

Related: ‘Jane Got A Gun’ Nears U.S. Deal With Relativity/Weinstein
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Fox 2000 Sets Michael Sucsy For ‘Dare Me’; Will Natalie Portman Star?

By | Thursday June 13, 2013 @ 5:23pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has set Michael Sucsy to direct Dare Me, an adaptation of the Megan Abbott novel that is described as Heathers meets Fight Club, with teenage cheerleaders. The studio is courting Natalie Portman to star in the film that was scripted by Abbott. Karen Rosenfelt is producing.

Sucsy directed the HBO pic Grey Gardens and then followed with the Screen Gems hit The Vow, which starred Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. This is new terrain because this is edgy stuff. Sucsy is separately attached to helm the Beach Boys film as well as Straight No Chaser and Black Widow. He’s repped by CAA and Anonymous Content, Portman by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Portman is wrapping production on Jane Got A Gun, the Gavin O’Connor-directed Western on which she is a producer, and which she stars in with Joel Edgerton, Noah Emmerich and Ewan McGregor.

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Ewan McGregor Loads His Guns To Take Over Villain Role In ‘Jane Got A Gun’

By | Monday May 6, 2013 @ 7:04pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The resilient indie Western Jane Got A Gun finally has its bad guy. Ewan McGregor is negotiating to play the pivotal role of the leader of an outlaw gang in the film that Gavin O’Connor is now directing. Natalie Portman plays the wife of an outlaw (Noah Emmerich) who leaves that gang after he gets shot up, and returns home. Knowing his former outlaw mates will come to finish him off and destroy her farm, Jane is forced to rekindle a relationship with a past love (Joel Edgerton), a capable gunman who can help her. This is the role that Jude Law originally was going to play, but he exited when original director Lynne Ramsay abruptly left the night before production began. After O’Connor came on to replace Ramsay behind the camera, they got Bradley Cooper to play the part, but his schedule is so impossibly busy — particularly after shooting got postponed on the David O Russell-directed American Hustle because of the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent city lockdown — that Cooper had to drop out. This was OK because the villain wasn’t scheduled to shoot until later into the production. Read More »

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Bradley Cooper Confirms Deadline Report: He Has Exited ‘Jane Got A Gun’

By | Wednesday May 1, 2013 @ 5:53pm PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Bradley Cooper has confirmed his exit from Jane Got A Gun, and he has offered this statement: “Regretfully, due to date conflicts between the film I an currently shooting for David O Russell and Jane Got A Gun, I am unable to join Natalie, Joel, Noah and Gavin on this truly exciting project. I was really looking forward to being a part of it and hope to work with each and every one in the future.”

EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, 5:17 pm PDT: It is proving hard for the makers of Jane Got A Gun to find a good outlaw. Bradley Cooper, who had agreed to replace Jude Law opposite Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton in the Gavin O’Connor-directed Western, has had to exit a film that is well into production. The filmmakers are working hard to replace him, and are courting a short list of actors that includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hiddleston. Cooper signed on to play the gang leader who will come to kill an outlaw colleague (The AmericansNoah Emmerich) who got shot and headed home. That unfortunate homecoming prompts his estranged wife (Portman) to lean on a former lover (Edgerton) to stand up to the bad guy to save her farm. Unfortunately, Cooper is shooting David O Russell’s American Hustle, and the schedule in Boston got messed up by the terrorist bombing that took … Read More »

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Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman Set For ‘Macbeth’

By | Wednesday May 1, 2013 @ 10:05am PDT

Film4′s film adaptation of the Shakespeare classic has Snowtown helmer Justin Kurzel attached to direct. Project is glued together by a number of prior relationships. Michael Fassbender is attached to play the iconic title antihero, with Natalie Portman attached to play his scheming Lady Macbeth. The pair recently filmed Terrence Malick’s untitled Austin-set pic together. Script is by Todd Luiso and Jacob Koskoff, who previously teamed up on 2009′s The Marc Pease Experience. Fassbender’s Shame producers Iaian Canning and Emile Sherman, whose UK-Australia See-Saw banner also produced The King’s Speech, are producing with Film4. Sherman had a hand in financing Kurzel’s feature debut Snowtown (AKA The Snowtown Murders). Kurzel, Fassbender, and Portman are repped by CAA.

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Noah Emmerich Set To Play Natalie Portman’s Husband In ‘Jane Got A Gun’

By | Wednesday April 10, 2013 @ 8:05am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Noah Emmerich, whose work as a conflicted FBI agent has been a highlight of the FX Cold War series The Americans, has been set to play the final major lead role in Jane Got A Gun, the Gavin O’Connor-directed Western that stars Natalie Portman, Bradley Cooper and Joel Edgerton. Emmerich will play the outlaw husband of the title character (Portman) who is trying to keep her farm from going under. Knowing that his gang–led by a desperado played by Cooper–will come to kill her husband and destroy her farm, Jane hires her ex-lover (Edgerton) to stop them.

After that rough start when director Lynne Ramsay dropped out of the film the night before it went into production, Jane Got A Gun is several weeks into production. This will be the fifth film that Emmerich has made with O’Connor, after Tumbleweeds, Miracle, Pride And Glory, and Warrior (latter of which starred Edgerton). Emmerich also worked with O’Connor on The Americans; O’Connor directed the pilot for that freshman drama series, which stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. Emmerich also starred with Portman in the Ted Demme-directed Beautiful Girls, which proved to a breakout for both actors. Of course, Emmerich played a married guy and Portman played a kid in that film, but hey, she’s grown up and there will be a different dynamic in Jane Got A Gun.

Scripted by Brian Duffield, Jane Got A Gun is being … Read More »

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‘Warrior’ Helmer Gavin O’Connor Rides To Rescue On ‘Jane Got A Gun’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: When We Need To Talk About Kevin helmer Lynne Ramsay pulled a no-show and dropped out of helming Jane Got A Gun on the first day of shooting, producer and financier Scott Steindorff said they were determined to set a new director quickly and keep the picture from falling apart. Well, it looks like they’ve gotten themselves a good one. A deal is closing with Gavin O’Connor, the writer-director of Warrior, Pride And Glory, Miracle and Tumbleweeds. O’Connor will get the picture underway Thursday.

Related: More Fallout On ‘Jane Got A Gun:’ Jude Law Exits Picture

Considering how fragile independently financed productions can be, this is fairly remarkable that Steindorff and his fellow producers including Natalie Portman and Aleen Keshishian have managed to keep this picture from falling apart, and prevent the cast and crew from leaving the Sante Fe set and scattering to the winds. As Deadline revealed exclusively yesterday, the production endured what has to go down as the worst first day of shooting in movie history, when Steindorff was forced to gather the crew and castmembers Portman, Joel Edgerton, Jude Law and Rodrigo Santoro to tell them that after nine months of developing the project, the director wasn’t showing up after a series of negotiating twists and turns took place over the weekend.

Related: SHOCKER: ‘Jane Got A Gun’ Loses Director Lynne Ramsay On First Day Read More »

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SHOCKER: ‘Jane Got A Gun’ Loses Director Lynne Ramsay On First Day Of Production

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 9:40am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: When the cast and crew of the indie drama Jane Got A Gun showed up for the first day of production Monday in Sante Fe, they learned that director Lynne Ramsay was a no-show and had abruptly dropped out of the film. Among those who learned of her exit yesterday were Natalie Portman, who stars in the film and is producing with Scott Steindorff, Joel Edgerton, Jude Law and Rodrigo Santoro. Steindorff, who is financing the picture through his Scott Pictures label, confirmed the crisis and said they are determined to hold the picture together until they set a new director. He said that would happen imminently.

A lot of filmmakers step off projects and we chalk it up to creative differences, but I can’t remember a situation when a filmmaker who developed a film didn’t show up for work on the day it starts production. Clearly there was drama the weekend before, but this is pretty shocking. Not surprisingly, Steindorff indicated that there is a high level of acrimony here. He said that Ramsay has a pay or play deal, and that he has also retained litigator Marty Singer to keep his options open. The crew is still showing up to work and the project is still being cash flowed, with actors rehearsing scenes.

“I have millions of dollars invested, we’re ready to shoot, we have a great script, crew and cast,” Steindorff told Deadline. “I’m shocked and so disappointed someone would do this to 150 crew members who devoted so much time, energy, commitment and loyalty to a project, and then have the director not show up. It is insane somebody would do this to other people. I feel more for the crew and their families, but we are keeping the show going on, directors are flying in, and a replacement is imminent.” Read More »

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‘Jane Got A Gun’ Adds Rodrigo Santoro

By | Monday February 4, 2013 @ 10:55am PST

Rodrigo SantoroEXCLUSIVE: The Last Stand actor has joined the cast of the Western action film Jane Got A Gun with Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender. Rodrigo Santoro will play the character of Fitchum in the Lynne Ramsey-directed film about Jane Hammond (Portman), who reaches out to her ex-lover (Fassbender) for help when her outlaw husband becomes the target of a violent gang. As well as his appearance in the recent Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, Santoro will be seen in the upcoming prequel 300: Rise Of An Empire resuming his role from the first 300 as the Persian king Xerxes. 300: Rise Of An Empire is due out on August 2, 2013. Scott Steindorff and banker Peter Nathanial are financing Jane Got A Gun, which is written by Brian Duffield. The duo will produce with Portman through her Handsomecharlie Films along with Terry Dougas and Chris Coen. Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Aleen Keshishian will executive produce with Paris Latsis, Scott Pictures’ Scott LaStaiti and Dylan Russell. Rodrigo Santoro is repped by ICM Partners and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

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Natalie Portman Courted To Play Jackie Kennedy In Fox Searchlight Drama

By | Friday September 28, 2012 @ 10:48am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight, which distributed the Natalie Portman-starrer Black Swan, is courting Portman to come back into the fold and play the title character in Jackie, the Noah Oppenheim-scripted drama about Jackie Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy.

This project has an interesting past. Darren Aronofsky and Rachel Weisz, then a couple, planned to do it together. Aronofsky, who helmed Black Swan, dropped out when he and Weisz split and she has since fallen out as well. Portman likes the script but her participation will depend on who the director is. If Aronofsky came back, that would be easy, but nothing in Hollywood works out that way, does it? There had been a report that Steven Spielberg was intrigued back in 2010, so it’s not inconceivable that Fox Searchlight will find a director who pleases Portman. I think she is an inspired choice for the role.

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Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman & Kerry Washington On DNC Schedule: CNN

The trio and longtime supporters of President Obama would appear Thursday, the same night Obama and Joe Biden will accept the nomination of their party during the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. CNN reports that the actresses are listed on a tentative schedule and would follow a previously announced performance by Foo Fighters at the Time Warner Arena, and the trio might appear together. Time Warner Arena is the indoor venue in Charlotte; today, convention organizers said an original plan to host Thursday’s convention programming at the outdoor Bank of America Stadium has been scrapped due to the threat of severe weather. If Johansson, Portman and Washington do hit the stage, they will follow fellow Hollywood actors Clint Eastwood and his now-famous empty chair from last week’s GOP convention in Tampa as well as last night’s DNC Day 1 speech by Kal Penn, the Harold & Kumar star who also had a stint in Obama’s Office Of Public Engagment as an associate director.

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Natalie Portman Pic ‘Jane Got A Gun’ Finally Has Funding After Cannes Announcement

By | Tuesday August 28, 2012 @ 4:32pm PDT
Mike Fleming

(Los Angeles, August 28th, 2012) Scott Steindorff’s Scott Pictures, an affiliate of Stone Village Productions, has launched a new international sales company, Scott Pictures International (SPI) under a unique and exclusive three year partnership with leading sales agent Exclusive Media, it was announced today by Steindorff, Chairman of SPI and Alex Walton, President of International Sales and Distribution for Exclusive Media. Production and financing company Scott Pictures anticipates producing between 3 – 5 major feature films per year and those will be serviced under the deal.

The first film to be announced is the Natalie Portman starrer JANE GOT A GUN, to be directed by Lynne Ramsay (WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN) from a script by Brian Duffield. Steindorff and banker Peter Nathanial will finance and produce the action movie with Portman through her Handsomecharlie Films banner alongside Terry Dougas (SWING VOTE) of 1821 and Chris Coen (FUNNY GAMES). Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Aleen Keshishian will exec produce with 1821′s Paris Latsis, Scott Pictures’ Scott LaStaiti and Dylan Russell. Set to start shooting in early 2013, JANE GOT A GUN centers on a woman who must ask an ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang who are out to kill him.

Exclusive Media will handle the international sales and servicing for all Scott Pictures’ theatrical feature film productions under this new separate SPI label.


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‘Intouchables’ Screenings To Be Preceded By Paul McCartney-Directed Short With Johnny Depp And Natalie Portman

By | Thursday May 24, 2012 @ 12:08pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The Weinstein Company will show Paul McCartney’s directorial debut short film My Valentine on prints of The Intouchables, the runaway hit French film that makes its U.S. debut Friday. The three-minute short, based on an idea by the director’s daughter Stella, stars Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman. They translate the lyrics of McCartney’s song via sign language through the film and Depp adds a guitar solo, which was recorded live. Take a look:

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Hot Cannes Property: Natalie Portman, Lynne Ramsay Team On ‘Jane Got A Gun’

By | Tuesday May 22, 2012 @ 10:47am PDT
Mike Fleming

Natalie Portman Jane Got A GunBREAKING: Buyers at the Cannes Film Festival are massing around Jane Got A Gun, a CAA package that has Natalie Portman attached to star for Lynne Ramsay, the helmer of We Need To Talk About Kevin. The Brian Duffield script made the 2011 Black List, and while domestic distributors have been playing hard to get so far with many of the packages the agencies brought to the Croisette, this one has buzz. Portman will play a woman whose outlaw husband returns home to the farm with eight bullets in him, and barely alive. To save her farm and her children, Jane must reach out to an ex-lover she hasn’t seen in years, so that she is ready when her husband’s gang tracks him there. They want to finish him off.

There is no deal yet, but one seems likely. Given the indie bent of Ramsay, the most interested parties have been the specialty distributors. Portman, who last starred in Black Swan, is booked to star in a pair of Terrence Malick-directed filmsKnight Of Cups and Lawless.

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OSCARS: Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo To Present

By | Thursday February 23, 2012 @ 10:39am PST

Beverly Hills, CA – The four Oscar®-winning actors from the 83rd Academy Awards – Christian Bale, Colin Firth, Melissa Leo and Natalie Portman – will present at the 84th Academy Awards, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today. Both Bale and Leo received Oscars® for their supporting roles in “The Fighter.” It was Bale’s first nomination and Leo’s second. Two-time nominees Firth and Portman took home Academy Awards for their lead performances in “The King’s Speech” and “Black Swan,” respectively.

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Natalie Portman Sets First Post-Oscar Roles, Back To Back Terrence Malick Films: Berlin

By | Wednesday February 8, 2012 @ 8:18am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Natalie Portman has committed to her first two movie roles since winning the Best Actress Oscar for Black Swan and taking maternity leave. Portman is joining the casts of the Terrence Malick films Knight Of The Cups, and Lawless. Portman will join Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Isabel Lucas in Knight of the Cups, which shoots this summer. She will follow by starring with Ryan Gosling, Bale, Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Haley Bennett in Lawless, the film Malick shoots in the fall. It will be Portman’s first time working with Malick, whose The Tree of Life won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and is nominated for Best Picture and Best Director Oscars. Sarah Green and Nicolas Gonda are producing both films.

The addition of Portman certainly will create some buzz for both Malick films when the wheeling and dealing begins at EFM in Berlin tomorrow. FilmNation is selling international territories and CAA reps both films for domestic rights. The market hasn’t even started and Deadline has broken stories that Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead the package for the Emmett/Furla Films and Universal co-financed 2 Guns; that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will make his directing debut on a comedy he’ll star in with Scarlett Johansson for IM Global; and that The Devil Inside followup WER will be sold by Sierra/Affinity, with FilmDistrict now an equity player in the film with Incentive Filmed Entertainment. All those films will have action … Read More »

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