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stationsofthecrossFilm Movement has acquired lauded festival award-winner Stations Of The Cross, from director Dietrich Brueggemann. The religious drama about a 14-year-old girl on a mission to become close to God premiered this year at the Berlin Film Festival where it won the Silver Bear and took home the Ecumenical Jury Award. Modern day-set tale is told in 14 single shot tableaus paralleling Christ’s journey to the crucifixion. Film Movement is plotting a theatrical, digital and home video release for 2015. Film Movement’s Adley Gartenstein made the pact with Beta Cinema’s Thorsten Ritter.

Cannes2014_badgeAttorneys Tom Ara and Robert Sherman have joined the Entertainment and Media Practice at Greenberg Traurig and will be based in the LA office. The hires are part of the firm’s strategic expansion of its entertainment and media finance practice. Ara and Sherman’s clients include The Weinstein Company, Indomina, Cutting Edge and AMBI Distribution. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, both attorneys, who are here in Cannes this week, were partners in Reed Smith LLP’s entertainment and media finance group. Associate Rosalind H. Read has also joined the firm and will work with Ara and Sherman.

MichaelTheLastPhotoShootsLightning Entertainment has acquired international sales rights to Craig J Williams’ documentary Michael: The Last Photo Shoots, a behind-the-scenes look at Michael Jackson’s final magazine cover shoots and the struggles he endured to make them happen. The docu captures the September 2007 sessions with Vogue and Ebony Magazine as Jackson prepared for his 2007 U.S. comeback after years of living in seclusion overseas. The deal was negotiated by Lightning EVP and GM Ken DuBow and general counsel AnaLisa Valle with producers Ray Markovich and Williams.

charlotte mickieCharlotte Mickie has joined Mongrel International as president. The veteran exec will oversee acquisitions and sales and is in Cannes with Mongrel’s first title, Aisling Walsh’s Maudie. Toronto-based distributor Mongrel Media launched the new international division earlier this month to focus on Canadian and world cinema. Mickie has previously had posts at Alliance Atlantis, Celluloid Dreams and most recently eOne. She exited eOne Films International as EVP in January. Read More »

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Sam Neill & Emmanuelle Chriqui Join CBS Pilot ‘The Ordained’

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 4:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Sam NeillSam Neill and Entourage alumna Emmanuelle Chriqui has been cast in the CBS drama pilot The Ordained, executive produced by Frank Marshall. Directed by RJ Cutler from a script by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Ordained centers on Tom Reilly (Charlie Cox), the son of a Kennedy-esque family who leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer at a top New York firm to prevent his politician sister from being assassinated. Neill plays Tom’s dad, Michael Thomas Riley aka The Governor.  Chriqui plays Sam who lives next door to Tom.

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Sam Neill To Star In J.J. Abrams’ ‘Alcatraz’

By | Friday December 10, 2010 @ 12:46pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Sam Neill is set to star opposite Sarah Jones in the J.J. Abrams-produced Fox pilot Alcatraz. The drama project, from Warner Bros. TV, Abrams’ Bad Robot and executive producer/showrunner Liz Sarnoff, chronicles the efforts of a cop (Jones) and team of FBI agents tracking down a group of missing Alcatraz prisoners and guards who reappear in the present day. Neill will play Emerson Hauser, the head of a government agency who radiates authority and piercing intelligence. In addition to Jones, Neill joins previously cast Lost alum Jorge Garcia and Jonny Coyne, who also play lead roles, and Jason Butler Harner, who is supporting. WME-repped Neill co-starred on the ABC drama Happy Town last season. On the feature side, he recently wrapped The Vow and is finishing up The Hunter.

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And In Other Film Deals…

Mike Fleming

Director Rodrigo Cortes has found his followup to Buried, attaching Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver to star in the psychological thriller Red Lights. Cortes wrote the script. I saw Buried at its premiere screening and thought Ryan Reynolds and Cortes pulled off quite a feat, but the film unfortunately seems to have gotten a decent burial with a tiny release by Lionsgate. The film so far has grossed just over $600,000 on a high of 103 screens. Maybe Cortes will fare better  pulling the action above ground with Red Lights, which starts shooting February in Spain. Weaver plays a psychologist whose study of paranormal activity leads her to investigate a world renowned psychic (De Niro)…Jessica Lange and Sam Neill have joined the cast of the Screen Gems/Spyglass romance The Vow, directed by Michael Sucsy and stars Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.

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