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Red Hill Entertainment And Hollywood Studios International Team To Fund Films

Mike Fleming

Red Hill Entertainment, a group led by former University of Alabama football star Jay Barker and Alabama businessmen Christopher E. Norris and John Brooks Klingenbeck, have formed an alliance with Hollywood Studios International. Red Hill’s initial commitment will be to co-finance and produce four films that include Masterwork, the Jon Amiel-directed film that’s being produced by Paul Schiff, and the Jorge Olguin-directed The Elementals. HSI’s management company, Artist International, reps Olguin, and HSI’s production credits include The Kids Are All Right and Love, Scotch and Death, a film that’ll star Dexter’s Michael C. Hall and Vera Farmiga. In a statement, Barker said the alliance will enable Red Hill “to build our brand as an entertainment company focused on financing motion pictures, management of writers, directors, actors and professional athletes, and Hollywood and college sports-related radio programming. We believe our access to capital can assist HSI’s management division through acquisitions, strategic hires, and organic growth.”

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Commercials Director Justin Reardon Makes Screen Debut With ‘Convention’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Justin Reardon, whose highlights in commercials include co-creating (and serving as the art director) on the memorable Wassup! and the Howaydoin’ campaigns for Budweiser, will make his feature directing debut on Convention, a comedy that will be sold at the Cannes Film Festival by Hollywood Studios International. Scripted by Christopher Painter (The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) and produced by Paul Schiff and Tai Duncan, Convention takes place at a national packaging convention, where an underachieving inventor unveils his latest creation — the 5-sided box. It seems like a game-changing innovation, until the inventor learns that each time he makes the special fold involved in assembling the box, he’s ripping a small hole in the universe. If the invention takes hold, it might end the world. The film will begin production in the fall, with HSI chairman/CEO Steven Saxton and HSI president Eric Christenson exec producing. ICM and Richard Arlook rep Reardon; Painter’s repped by Kaplan/Perrone. Here’s a reminder of the Wassup! campaign:

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‘Dexter’ Creator James Manos Jr. To Direct Michael C. Hall And Vera Farmiga In ‘Love, Scotch And Death’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Dexter creator James Manos Jr and Michael C. Hall will collaborate on the big screen after Hall wraps the sixth season as the strangely likable serial killer title character hatched in the Jeff Lindsay novel series. They will team on the independent feature Love, Scotch and Death, with Hall playing a character based on Manos, during a most stressful week filled with unimaginable mishaps. Vera Farmiga will star with Hall. Manos will make his feature directing debut, with shooting to begin in November.

When Manos first wrote the script, he called it The Slow And Complete Decompensation of Jim Manos. It covers a rather bizarre week in the man’s life. After returning from a stressful vacation, he discovers his parents have died of natural causes together in bed, which forces him to navigate his way past an unsympathetic funeral director, his bewildered children and manic wife, an eccentric priest and some over-sexed neighbors. There is also an arrest for assault and the death of his wife’s beloved dog. Read More »

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