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Frances Fisher Joins Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds In ‘Woman In Gold’

By | Wednesday July 9, 2014 @ 5:06pm PDT

Frances Fisher Joins Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds In ‘Woman In Gold’EXCLUSIVE: With filming underway in LA, The Woman In Gold has added Frances Fisher to its cast. Fisher, whose ABC freshman hit Resurrection was renewed for a second season, joins Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, Daniel Brühl, and Katie Holmes in the fact-based drama about a Holocaust survivor who sets out to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, including Gustav Klimt’s famous painting The Lady In Gold. Read More »

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Cannes First Look: ‘Mississippi Grind’

By | Thursday May 15, 2014 @ 2:18pm PDT

Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn star as an unlikely pair of gamblers who forge a bond during a road trip to New Orleans where they hope to continue a recent winning streak in Mississippi Grind. Along the way, they reconnect with old flames, are confronted by loan sharks and end up on the losing end of some ill-advised bets. Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton and Alfre Woodard also star. Pic is written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.


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Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl Tapped For ‘Woman In Gold’

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 6:34pm PDT
Mike Fleming

bruhlreyEXCLUSIVE: The Weinstein Company has set Ryan Reynolds and is negotiating with Daniel Bruhl to join Helen Mirren in Woman In Gold, a fact-based story that Simon Curtis will direct in May. Mirren will play real-life heroine Maria Altmann, a Jewish WWII survivor who fought the Austrian government to get back several paintings by Gustav Klimt that were pilfered from her family during wartime. Reynolds will play the attorney who took his case despite knowing little about art, and Bruhl will play his adversary.

David Thompson and Kris Thykier are producing, while the executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein for TWC, Christine Langan for BBC and Ed Rubin.

helenThe script was written by Alexi Kay Campbell. The film reunites Harvey Weinstein with Curtis, who most recently directed My Week With Marilyn for TWC. Reynolds just finished Mississippi Grind for directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and he is the lead of Atom Egoyan’s The Captive and in the Tarsem-directed Selfless, the latter for Focus Features. He’s repped by WME and Darren Statt and his 1314 Management. Bruhl is coming off Rush and most recently wrapped the Anton Corbjin-directed A Most Wanted Man. He’s repped by WME and Anonymous Content.

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AFM: Sienna Miller Joins Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden’s ‘Mississippi Grind’

By | Wednesday November 6, 2013 @ 11:43am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Sienna Miller will star with Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn in Mississippi Grind, the next film by Half Nelson’s Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden. Production starts in New Orleans in January. Electric City Entertainment’s Jamie Patricof & Lynette Howell are producing with Tom Rice & Ben Nearn of Sycamore Entertainment. The latter is funding the film, and most recently sold the John Carney-directed Toronto sensation Can A Song Save Your Life and funded The Way Way Back. Panorama is selling the film at AFM.

Down on his luck and facing financial hardhip, a man teams up with a younger charismatic poker player in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what has been lost.

Electric City is coming off The Place Beyond The Pines, and just wrapped the Tim Burton-directed Big Eyes. Jeremy Kipp Walker, John Lesher, Randall Emmett and George Furla are exec producers. WME Global packaged the film and will make the domestic deal and Miller is repped by UK-based United Agents, The Schiff Company and WME.

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WME Signs Ryan Reynolds; Darren Statt Becomes His Manager

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 4:03pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: WME just signed Ryan Reynolds, the actor who left CAA when his long time agent Darren Statt left the agency. At the same time, Reynolds now has a manager. It is Statt, who has just hung his management shingle, with Reynolds his first client in the venture. Statt’s new company is called 1314 Management, and Reynolds stayed loyal to him. Reynolds most recently starred with Jeff Bridges in R.I.P.D., and before that with Denzel Washington in Safe House. Reynolds has been doing more intimate character dramas lately, just signing on for Mississippi Grind, the next film by filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, and starring in the Marjane Satrapi-directed The Voices, the Atom Egoyan-directed Queen Of The Night and the Tarsem Singh-directed Selfless.

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Ryan Reynolds To Star In ‘Mississippi Grind’

By | Thursday June 27, 2013 @ 4:45pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE:Ryan Reynolds is set to star with Ben Mendelsohn in Mississippi Grind, the next film for writer/directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden. The film focuses on a gambler on a losing streak who teams with a younger gambler, hoping to change his luck. They road trip through the South hoping fortune will smile upon them. Fleck and Boden most recently directed Half Nelson and It’s Kind Of A Funny Story. The film is being produced by Electric City partners Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell, and John Lesher through his Le Grisbi banner. Production will start early next year.

Reynolds is coming off Safe House, and next stars with Jeff Bridges in the Robert Schwentke-directed R.I.P.D. He has been mixing studio work with character pieces, and also completed the Atom Egoyan-directed Queen Of The Night, Voices, and the FilmDistrict/Endgame thriller Selfless. The latter is directed by Tarsem Singh, about a wealthy elderly man who gets a body transplant, with complications ensuing when he starts to uncover the body’s origins. Reynolds is repped by CAA, and lawyered by David Weber. Mendelsohn is repped by CAA. Fleck and Boden are repped by WME and Management 360, and the film is being packaged by WME and CAA, which will sell domestic. Panorama is selling foreign. Emmett Furla Films had been in talks to finance the film, when Jake Gyllenhaal was attached … Read More »

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FilmDistrict Dates ‘Selfless’ For Sept. 26, 2014

By | Wednesday June 12, 2013 @ 1:47pm PDT

Tarsem-directed Selfless will bow wide on September 26, 2014 opposite Focus Features’ animated The Boxtrolls. Ryan Reynolds stars in the sci-fi thriller that centers on a terminally ill billionaire who buys a chance for eternal life through an experimental underground medical procedure which transfers his consciousness into the cadaver of a younger man. The promise of immortality turns into a nightmare when he experiences flashbacks which begin to reveal the disturbing origins of the body he now inhabits. Carriers scribes Alex and David Pastor penned the script.

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Tarsem, Ryan Reynolds In ‘Selfless’ Talks

By | Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 6:05pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Tarsem and Ryan Reynolds are in talks to team on Selfless, the co-production between Endgame Entertainment and FilmDistrict. Based on a script by Carriers scribes Alex and David Pastor, the thriller focuses on a wealthy older man who discovers he’s dying and pays to have his mind transplanted into a younger man’s body. Turns out that body is a cadaver whose previous inhabitant was murdered. Soon, he’s hunted by killers as he tries to get to the bottom of who took him out in the first place. Tarsem most recently helmed Immortals and Mirror, Mirror, and this sounds like the kind of heady subject the visualist does well. Reynolds, coming off Safe House, grounds the film with a sympathetic protagonist. Both are repped by CAA, and Tarsem is lawyered by Linda Lichter and Reynolds by David Weber. Endgame chief James D. Stern and FilmDistrict’s Peter Schlessel will produce alongside Ram Bergman. They teamed on Looper, a similarly quirky premise.

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Mireille Enos And Scott Speedman Join Ryan Reynolds In ‘Queen Of The Night’

By | Friday December 14, 2012 @ 11:47am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Mireille Enos and Scott Speedman have been set to star alongside Ryan Reynolds in Queen Of The Night, a psychological thriller that Atom Egoyan will direct early next year in Ontario. Egoyan wrote the story and scripted the film with David Fraser. Reynolds committed in August to play a father who discovers a series of disturbing clues eight years after his daughter is abducted, a trail that leads him to believe the now 17-year-old girl is alive.

Enos will play his wife, who dutifully checks in with police each year on her daughter’s birthday, and realizes that disturbing memorabilia left at her workplace is not merely there to taunt her but could offer clues to her daughter’s whereabouts. Enos was drafted for the role by Egoyan after she played a small role in Devil’s Knot, the film he just completed about the bogus triple murder conviction of the West Memphis 3 in Arkansas, despite the lack of any physical evidence.

Speedman is also reuniting with Egoyan. In Queen Of The Night, he will play the cop searching the his missing daughter. Speedman previously worked with Egoyan on the film Adoration. He is coming off the ABC series Last Resort and stars opposite Evan Rachel Wood in the upcoming feature Barefoot. Read More »

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Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Exits Summit’s ‘Highlander’ Remake

By | Friday November 30, 2012 @ 4:21pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: When it comes to directors on the movie Highlander, there can be only one. But it won’t be Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. The 28 Weeks Later helmer has exited Summit’s reboot of the film, which still has Ryan Reynolds poised to play the title character. I’m told that his exit is amicable, and that after a year of working on the project, he and Summit could not get past the fact they had differing views of the film, and finally agreed to disagree. Fresnadillo left a remake of The Crow to join Highlander. It’s unclear at the moment whether that is an option, but come Monday, he will be looking for another movie, and Summit will be looking for another Highlander helmer.

Summit Entertainment remains bullish on Highlander, which has a script by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, with the latest draft by Noah Oppenheim. It’s produced by Neal H. Mortiz and Peter Davis along with Enrique López Lavigne and Belen Atienza, with RCR Media Group’s principles Rui Costa Reis and Eliad Josephson exec producing. Justin Lin, once attached to direct, is also executive producer.

They are following the story of the 1986 original, in which Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert), an immortal Scottish swordsman who has spent centuries dueling to survive against others like him, must confront the last of his kind. That nemesis is a murderously brutal … Read More »

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New Regency Revs ‘Battle For Bonneville’ With Ryan Reynolds And Jon Favreau

By | Friday October 12, 2012 @ 1:34pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: New Regency is in final negotiations to acquire Battle For Bonneville, a package that comes with Ryan Reynolds attached to star and Jon Favreau to direct the story of Art and Walt Arfons. The half-brothers were rivals on the race track until they put aside their differences and teamed to set the world land speed record three times. This was accomplished in the salt flats of Utah in a jet-powered race car.

The script was written by Dan Gilroy, who most recently teamed with Tony Gilroy to script The Bourne Legacy and is completing Pursuit for Universal and Captivate.  Favreau, the Iron Man helmer who has always held a fascination with muscle car lore, is developing this to direct. Favreau also is prepping Jersey Boys, and the hope is that the racing film will follow. Battle For Bonneville will be produced by Mayhem partners Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, Dark Trick’s Reynolds and Jonathan Komack Martin, Favreau, Jennifer Fox and New Regency. CAA repped all the elements and handled the package.

Reynolds, who starred with Denzel Washington in Safe House and next stars with Jeff Bridges in R.I.P.D., is in talks to star in The Voices, a psychological thriller that will be directed by Marjane Satrapi from a script by Paranormal Activity’s Michael R. Perry.

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Ryan Reynolds Circling ‘The Voices’ For Mandalay Vision

By | Tuesday October 9, 2012 @ 4:58pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Ryan ReynoldsEXCLUSIVE: Mandalay Vision and Vertigo Entertainment are in early talks with Ryan Reynolds to star in The Voices, a psychological thriller that will be directed by Marjane Satrapi from a script by Paranormal Activity’s Michael R. Perry. The script made the Black List, and Satrapi got an Oscar nom for Best Animated Feature for her first film Persepolis, adapted from her semi-autobiographical novel. Read More »

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Gambling Comedy From Allan Loeb & Ryan Reynolds Gets Put Pilot Commitment At Fox

By | Thursday September 6, 2012 @ 10:16am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Fox went All In, handing a put pilot commitment to a single-camera comedy written by Allan Loeb, who is executive producing with his producing partner Ryan Reynolds. All In, from 20th Century Fox TV and Loeb and Reynolds’ studio-based DarkFire TV, is a character-driven comedy centering on Tommy Vigorish, a compulsive gambler trying to get back in the game with the help of his family… as long as that game does not involve the exchange of money. Reynolds and Loeb executive produce the project with DarkFire TV’s two other principals, Jonathon Komack Martin and Steven Pearl. Read More »

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Universal Sets Scribe For Potential ‘Safe House’ Sequel

By | Wednesday September 5, 2012 @ 6:05pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Universal has hired scribe David Guggenheim to try drafting a sequel to Safe House, the hit drama that Daniel Espinosa directed with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. It’s far from a sure thing, as Washington isn’t really a sequels guy. But the film did well enough where you have to try. Guggenheim scripted the first installment. Scribe’s repped by Paradigm and Madhouse.

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ABC Buys Mother-Daughter Gumshoe Dramedy Produced By Ryan Reynolds

By | Tuesday August 21, 2012 @ 5:59pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Maria MaggentiRyan ReynoldsEXCLUSIVE: ABC has put in development Between Park & Lex, a dramedy written by Maria Maggenti (Monte Carlo) and produced by ABC Studios and Ryan Reynolds and Allan Loeb’s DarkFire TV.

As the title suggests, the hourlong dramedy is set in New York City. It centers on a mother and daughter who team up as amateur sleuths. Highlighting the complex dynamic and humor of a mother/daughter relationship, they balance their day jobs and regular lives with solving crimes on the side. Maggenti, Reynolds and Loeb executive produce with DarkFire’s two other principals, Jonathon Komack Martin and Steven Pearl. The project falls outside of Dark TV’s first-look deal at 20th Century Fox TV. Under that deal, the CAA-repped company recently set up two comedy projects at Fox: a live-action half-hour from writers Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay and an animated show from writers Mark Torgove & Paul Kaplan and Ash Brannon. Maggenti, repped by Paradigm and Madhouse Entertainment, co-wrote the upcoming Dirty Dancing feature reboot. Her TV credits include 90210 and Without A Trace.

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Ryan Reynolds Teams With Atom Egoyan In Kidnap Thriller ‘Queen Of The Night’

By | Wednesday August 8, 2012 @ 8:30am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Reynolds has been set to star in Queen Of The Night, a psychological thriller that Atom Egoyan will direct next February in Ontario. Egoyan wrote the story, and scripted the film with David Fraser. Reynolds plays the father who discovers a series of disturbing clues eight years after his daughter is abducted, a trail that leads him to believe the now 17-year old girl is alive. He is determined to find her. The film is a co-production between the director’s Ego Film Arts and The Film Farm.

“I’m very excited about working with Ryan,” Egoyan said. “The richness of [Reynolds'] performances in such diverse films as Buried, Safe House and romantic fare such as The Proposal is extraordinary.” Egoyan just wrapped Devil’s Knot, a drama based on the bogus conviction of the West Memphis 3 for a triple homicide, despite the lack of any physical evidence. That film stars Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Mireille Enos and Alessandro Nivola.

Reynolds, who last starred in Safe House and had a wordless cameo in the Seth MacFarlane-directed Ted, called Egoyan “a provocative filmmaker [whose] films demand that we face what is most complex in our own psyches. Chloe, Felicia’s Journey and The Sweet Hereafter all possess the unique and careful touch of a true artist. I look forward to collaborating with him on this project and having an opportunity to … Read More »

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Ryan Reynolds’ Company Sells Live-Action And Animated Comedy Projects To Fox

By | Monday July 30, 2012 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ryan Reynolds DarkFireRyan Reynolds and Allan Loeb’s company DarkFire has set two comedy projects at Fox: a live-action half-hour from writers Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay (Clash Of The Titans) and an animated show from writers Mark Torgove & Paul Kaplan (NBC’s Outsourced) and Ash Brannon (Surf’s Up). Both shows are produced by 20th Century Fox TV. Read More »

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Ryan Reynolds Tops Cast For DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Turbo’

By | Friday February 24, 2012 @ 9:21am PST

GLENDALE, Calif., Feb. 24, 2012 — DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) today announced that Ryan Reynolds will lead an all-star cast including Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Dogg and Samuel L. Jackson in the Company’s upcoming original film Turbo, which tells the story of an ordinary garden snail with dreams of racing greatness. Turbo is scheduled to come to the big screen on July 19, 2013.

David Soren (Merry Madagascar), a DreamWorks Animation veteran as a story artist, voice actor and director, is set to direct the film based on his own original concept. Soren is co-writing the script with Robert Siegel (The Wrestler) and Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After). Lisa Stewart (Monsters vs. Aliens, Almost Famous) is producing with Susan Rogers serving as co-producer.

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Indie ‘Big Eyes’ To Star Reese Witherspoon And Ryan Reynolds

By | Sunday January 22, 2012 @ 1:30pm PST
Mike Fleming

Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds will star in Big Eyes, the film that Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski wrote and will direct this spring.

Witherspoon and Reynolds will play Margaret and Walter Keane, whose paintings of large eyed children became one of the first mass marketed art sensations in the 50s and 60s, with prints sold in gas stations and every five and dime store. While Walter was the marketing genius, he also took the bows for doing the brush work, and was a regular on the TV talk show circuit, his shy wife was the actual artist in the family. When they split and she tried to get her due, they ended up in court, where a judge finally provided them with two easels and ordered them to prove it. Walter’s art reputation went down on the canvas.

Alexander and Karaszewski have been trying to make this film for years; the leads are such rich parts that numerous stars have been attached. Their Ed Wood director, Tim Burton, will produce along with Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof. The latter duo resurrected the project with their new company, Electric City Entertainment.

“We are ecstatic to have this dream cast for our dream project. Walter is a larger-than-life antihero — charming, funny, dangerous, and a little crazy, said Alexander and Karaszewski in a … Read More »

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