AFM Briefs: K5 On Neil LaBute’s ‘Dirty Weekend’; Altitude Slate Includes ‘Spooks’ Transfer

By | Friday November 1, 2013 @ 4:26am PDT

K5 International has boarded world sales on Neil LaBute’s Dirty Weekend. Matthew Broderick and Alice Eve star in the film about a businessman trying to reconstruct the details of a drunken encounter. The film is currently shooting in New Mexico with Duncan Montgomery and Tiller Russell producing through their Horsethief Pictures. Joey Stewart also produces. K5 will start sales at the AFM. Read More »

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Joshua Leonard Joins ‘If I Stay’; ‘Project X’s Thomas Mann Lands ‘Barely Lethal’

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 6:20pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: MGM‘s If I Stay has added Joshua Leonard (Humpday) as the drama heads into production next week. Leonard just wrapped another pic for MGM, the Jason Blum and … Read More »

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Tribeca Film Acquires Neil LaBute’s ‘Some Velvet Morning’

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Tribeca Film acquired U.S. rights to Neil LaBute’s Some Velvet Morning. Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve star in the relationship drama written and directed by LaBute and produced by Tim Harms, Daryl Freimark, Michael Corrente, Trent Othick, … Read More »

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NBC Nabs Neil LaBute Romantic Comedy Set In A Mental Institution

By | Wednesday September 11, 2013 @ 6:06pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: A mental institution will live up to its funny farm nickname as the setting of a half-hour NBC comedy project written and executive produced by playwright-screenwriter Neil LaBute (The Shape Of Things) and executive produced … Read More »

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DirecTV Orders 10 Neil LaBute Short Films

By | Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 11:33am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: DirecTV is partnering with playwright-screenwriter Neil LaBute (The Shape Of Things) to produce a series of ten short films which will air on the satcaster’s Audience Network. LaBute will write, direct and produce the stand-alone tales, … Read More »

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Neil LaBute’s ‘Some Girl(s)’ First To Self-Release Via Vimeo On Demand

By | Thursday May 2, 2013 @ 11:07am PDT

Some Girl(s) VimeoEXCLUSIVE: Will direct-to-consumer distribution make indie filmmaking more sustainable? Leeden Media will be the first lab rats in Vimeo‘s new On Demand program when it self-releases Neil LaBute‘s Some Girl(s) day and date in NY/LA and digitally June 28. The low-budget comedy-drama directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer (Party Girl) stars Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Jennifer Morrison, Mia Maestro, Zoe Kazan, and Emily Watson and premiered in March at SXSW, where Vimeo announced its bold new distribution venture. The program, offering creators marketing control and the ability to set their own prices, streaming periods, region parameters, and an enticing 90/10 profit split, had filmmakers salivating. Leeden Media partners and producers Patty West and Chris Schwartz even turned down traditional distribution offers to try their luck going DIY. “Foreign sales agents said the film might make it out in a year or two”, West told Deadline. “Domestic reps said maybe 2014. The timeline usually takes so long to get to the audience”, but through Vimeo the pic will make it to viewers just about four months after its SXSW world premiere. Read More »

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DirecTV Orders 10 Episodes Of Low Budget Neil LaBute Drama Series ‘Full Circle’

By and | Wednesday April 17, 2013 @ 6:29am PDT

For its second original drama series, DirecTV will be keeping company with Neil LaBute. The satcaster formally announced a 10-episode order to drama Full Circle, which is described as a modern day La Ronde meets … Read More »

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‘The Office’s Jenna Fischer To Star In Neil LaBute’s Play ‘Reasons To Be Happy’

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 2:54pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After nine years on The Office, series star Jenna Fischer is venturing into theater, making her stage debut with a starring role in the off-Broadway production of Neil LaBute‘s new play Reasons To Be Happy. Fischer will segue from the Emmy-winning NBC series, which wraps production Friday on its ninth and final season, to Reasons To Be Happy at the MCC Theater. A follow-up to LaBute’s Tony-nominated Reasons To Be Pretty, Reasons To Be Happy features the same characters three years later. After a contentious break-up, Steph (Fischer) and Greg are wondering if they can make a fresh go of it. Trouble is, she’s married to someone else and he’s just embarked on a relationship with Steph’s best friend. Alison Pill played the Steph role in Reasons To Be Pretty, which also originated at the MCC Theater before moving to Broadway. Previews for Reasons To Be Happy begin at the MCC Lucille Lortel Theater on May 16, the same night The Office finale airs on NBC. The play opens June 11. Read More »

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Hot SXSW Clip: ‘Some Girl(s)’

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 11:44am PST

EXCLUSIVE: Adam Brody (Lovelace) stars as a writer visiting his exes on the eve of his wedding in Some Girl(s), world premiering March 9 at SXSW. Party Girl‘s Daisy von Scherler Mayer is at … Read More »

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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Buys Into Agatha Christie’s ‘Crooked House’

By | Monday July 9, 2012 @ 6:19pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Crooked House Movie SonySony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired U.S. and Canada rights, along with select international territories, on Crooked House, the Neil LaBute-directed adaptation of the Agatha Christie’s murder mystery novel that is being made by Ealing … Read More »

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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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Christina Hendricks Uses ‘Mad Men’ Hiatus For ‘Seconds Of Pleasure’

Mike Fleming

Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks has signed on to star in Seconds of Pleasure, which Mike Figgis is directing from a Neil LaBute script. The story takes place on an airplane and connects the lives of people on the plane through … Read More »

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Brendan Fraser Heads Back To CAA, Signs On For Neil LaBute’s Next

By | Monday January 10, 2011 @ 4:33pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Brendan Fraser has returned to CAA, after spending the past half decade at WME. Move comes just as Fraser is signing on for Seconds of Pleasure, a drama which Neil LaBute is prepping to shoot in the UK in … Read More »

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