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last weekendSundance Selects has acquired North American rights to dark comedy Last Weekend, the debut of directors Tom Dolby and Tom Williams, starring Patricia Clarkson as the matriarch of a family that gathers for the weekend at their Northern California lake house. Clarkson last starred in the lead in IFC Films’ Cairo Time. Here she’s joined by Zachary Booth (Keep the Lights On), Chris Mulkey (Twin Peaks), Joseph Cross (Running with Scissors), Devon Graye (The Discoverers), and Jayma Mays (Glee). Pic was filmed in Lake Tahoe and premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Sundance Selects is slotting a theatrical and VOD release for the summer. The Gran Via Productions, Greyshack Films, and Water’s End Productions co-production was produced by Mark Johnson and Mike S. Ryan. Sundance Selects/IFC Films’ Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Submarine’s Josh Braun on behalf of the filmmakers.

Duff McKagan MovieXlrator Media has an appetite for Vision Films’ It’s So Easy And Other Lies, a new autobiographical documentary about the life of Guns N’ Roses, Loaded, and Velvet Revolver rocker Michael Andrew “Duff” McKagan. The distributor has taken North American rights to the official bio-doc which is currently in production under writer-director Christopher Duddy. McKagan is exec producer on the pic based on his bestselling 2011 autobiography, which tracks his rise from Seattle punk rock teen prodigy to founding member and 12-year bassist for Guns N’ Roses, and his struggles with substance abuse and addiction. Filming in part took place at Duff’s book readings at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. “I’m one of the fortunate ones who survived the trials of severe drug and alcohol addiction. I not only survived, but am blessed with seeing life from a whole different and brighter perspective. This film and stage show from the book, will hopefully expose some stark insight, knowledgeable commentary, and humor of this rock and roll life of mine.” Scatena & Rosner Films are financing the film. Daniel Zirilli, McKagan, Duddy, and Steven G. Kaplan of Rainstorm Entertainment are producing, with Lise Romanoff, Gato Scatena, Jordan Rosner, Birgit Stein, Hans Stangl and Katherine Thomson aboard as exec producers. Vision Films’ Lise Romanoff, Steven G. Kaplan and XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon negotiated the deal. Read More »

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Scott Speedman Joins Patricia Clarkson For ‘October Gale’

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 2:36pm PDT
Mike Fleming

speedmaEXCLUSIVE: Scott Speedman is set to star opposite Patricia Clarkson in October Gale, the drama written and directed by Ruba Nadda. She also wrote and directed Cairo Time, which starred Clarkson. Speedman plays a mysterious man who, during a violent October storm, washes up on the shore of Helen Matthews’ remote island cottage, unconscious and bleeding from a gunshot wound. Clarkson plays the recently widowed doctor who takes him in, only to find that the shooter is coming back to finish the job and that the storm has cut them off from the mainland. Daniel Iron will produce through Foundry Films, and Christine Vachon will be exec producer through Killer Films. The film shoots in Canada in five weeks. Read More »

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Ben Kingsley, Patricia Clarkson ‘Learning To Drive’

By | Friday September 13, 2013 @ 7:20am PDT
Mike Fleming

Production is underway in New York on Learning To Drive, a film that stars Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson, and reunites them with director Isabel Coixet. They worked together previously on Elegy. The film is based on a Katha Pollitt essay first published in The New Yorker in 2002. Jake Weber, Grace Gummer, and Sarita Choudhury also star. Dana Friedman and Daniel Hammond are producing, and Sarah Kernochan wrote the script. Gabriel Hammond is executive producer. “We’ve been working to make this film for nearly 10 years, but having Sir Ben and Patricia step into these roles makes the wait worthwhile,” said Friedman. Clarkson plays a Manhattanite who takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor (Kingsley) who is living in Queens under political asylum. Kingsley comes off what for my money was one of the great villain performances in a Marvel superhero movie when he played Mandarin in Iron Man 3. He next stars in Ender’s Game. Clarkson just wrapped The Maze Runner. CAA is repping the domestic deal.

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CABLE MOVIE NEWS: Jeanne Tripplehorn, Patricia Clarkson To Star In Lifetime’s ‘Project 5′, Hallmark Casts Its Kate Middleton

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EXCLUSIVE: Jeanne Tripplehorn and Patricia Clarkson are set to star in the Lifetime original movie Project Five, an anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives, four of which are being directed by Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore and Patty Jenkins. Tripplehorn plays Pearl, the only character, an oncologist, who appears in all five segments. Her main film is directed by Jenkins. Clarkson will star in the segment directed by Aniston. Project Five, from Sony TV and exec producers  Aniston, Marta Kauffman, Paula Wagner, Kristin Hahn, Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri, is slated to air in October, which is breast cancer awareness month. Read More »

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Gotham Awards Hosted By Stanley Tucci And Patricia Clarkson

Mike Fleming

Still waiting for the Academy to decide on an Oscar host, but the Gotham Awards have found two hosts for its upcoming fete. Independent film fixtures Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson will host the 20th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on November 29. Clarkson and Tucci just starred together in the Tucci-directed Blind Date. She’s coming off Cairo Time, which won Best Canadian Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival, Legendary, Easy A and Shutter Island. Tucci is coming off Julie & Julia and The Lovely Bones, the latter of which got him an Oscar nomination for an exceptionally creepy performance.

Presenters so far include Julianna Moore, Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Barbara Kopple, Anthony Mackie, Leighton Meester, Rosie Perez, Sam Rockwell, John Turturro and Michelle Williams.

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‘Black Swan’, ‘King’s Speech’ And ‘Never Let Me Go’ Vying For LFF Best Film

Mike Leigh’s Another Year, Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, Joanna Hogg’s Archipelago, Alexei Popgrebsky’s How I Ended This Summer, Kelly Reichhardt’s Meek’s Cutoff, Xavier Beauvois’ Of Gods and Men, Catherine Breillat’s The Sleeping Beauty and Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives are also competing. It’s the 2nd year that the BFI London Film Festival has run an awards ceremony. Actress Patricia Clarkson chairs this year’s Best Film jury, which includes actor Gabriel Byrne, costumier Sandy Powell and director Shekhar Kapur. Jacques Audiard’s powerful crime drama, won Best Film last year.

Best British Newcomer will choose from writer/director Richard Ayoade (Submarine), writer/director Clio Barnard (The Arbor), producer Michelle Eastwood (In Our Name), actor Conor McCarron (Neds), producer Tracy O’Riordan (The Arbor), actor Craig Roberts (Submarine),actress Manjinder Virk (The Arbor) and writer/director Brian Walsh (In Our Name). Producer Andrea Calderwood, director Antonia Bird, actor David Morrissey, screenwriter Tony Grisoni and Mike Goodridge, editor of trade mag Screen International will decide this award.

Danny Boyle is to be given a BFI Fellowship during the fest. Actor John Hurt and celebrated world filmmaker Souleymane Cissé were recognised in 2009.

Debuts competing for the Sutherland Award for most original and innovative first feature are: Clio Bernard’s The Arbor, Phan Dang Di’s Don’t Be Afraid, Bi!, Michael Rowe’s Leap Year, Katell Quillievere’s Love Like Poison, Mikhaël Hers’ Memory Lane, Daniel Vega and Diego Vega’s October, Philip Koch’s Picco, JB Ghuman Jr’s Spork, Richard … Read More »

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