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Paul Greengrass, Scott Rudin Re-Team For Al Qaeda Thriller ‘Agent Storm’

Mike Fleming

Paul Greengrass, Scott Rudin Re-Team For Al Qaeda Thriller ‘Agent Storm’Sony Pictures has acquired the hot-button book Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda, and it will reunite Best Picture nominees Paul Greengrass and Scott Rudin, who last made Captain Phillips together. Greengrass will develop to direct. The book, by Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister, hits U.S stores in September.

Related: Fleming Q&As Paul Greengrass

stormThe tale follows a former Islamic radical (Storm) as he became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence. Greengrass and Rudin also are teamed on Memphis, the superb story of Martin Luther King’s final march, his murder, and the manhunt waged by the federal agents who dogged Dr. King’s every step on behalf of J. Edger Hoover. CAA reps Greengrass.

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Ka-Ching! Starry, High-Priced London ‘Skylight’, Broadway ‘Hedwig’ Recoup Quickly

By | Tuesday July 15, 2014 @ 10:20am PDT

Ka-Ching! Starry, High-Priced London ‘Skylight’, Broadway ‘Hedwig’ Recoup QuicklyUPDATE, 10:20 AM: The Stage reports London ticket prices have tripled in a decade.  “The West End’s most expensive tickets have reached a new high of £152.25 ($261.23) after The Book Of Mormon increased its premium seat prices by 20% from last year’s £127,” according to a an annual survey conducted by the UK industry periodical whose results were released in June. “This is more than triple the amount it cost to buy a top-price seat in the West End only 10 years ago, when a record high was reached with a £49 ticket to see The Producers in 2004. Over the same period, house prices in London have increased by around 90%.”

Star power, great reviews and premium tickets worked some fast magic on both sides of the Atlantic this week as the producers of two of the hottest shows in recent seasons announced recoupment.

David Binder, the lead producer of Hedwig And The Angry Inch — the wild rock musical starring Neil Patrick Harris that in June won four Tony Awards, including best revival of a musical — said the show recouped as of last Sunday after 15 weeks (preview performances began on March 29). Harris, also a Tony winner, will be replaced beginning August 20 by Book Of Mormon and Girls star Andrew Rannells. According to the show’s documents, it was capitalized at $5 million.
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Scott Rudin’s Digital `Raisin’; Disney’s Underdog `Aladdin’; Jane Fonda’s Fringe `Trial’

By | Friday May 16, 2014 @ 9:59am PDT

GerardColumn_badgeEXCLUSIVE: Times Square is teeming this week with out-of-town producers who descend each year in the weeks before the Tony Awards to see shows and sit through seminars run by people who think they know their business better than denizens of the flyover. They’re an important block among the 860 Tony voters and courting them during the confab, run by the Broadway League, runs hot and heavy. Jon Stewart and Tommy Tune made heartfelt keynote speeches; producers worked the crowd. None more avidly, even passionately, than Scott Rudin, whose powerful production of A Raisin In The Sun – starring, as you may have heard, Denzel Washington — is in the running for Best Revival of a Play. If you’ve seen those ubiquitous ads for The Book Of Mormon, you know that Rudin goes his own way in promoting his shows; Raisin is no exception.

Screen Shot 2014-05-16 at 12.46.52 PMThis week, the visiting producers began receiving what ticket buyers will have on offer starting next week: The first-ever digital souvenir booklet for a show. Instead of a cheesy oversize booklet, they’ll get a pocketable flash drive with a 68-page program. I have it (Tony voters will also be getting it next week, gratis) and it’s exquisite.

raisinThe Raisin presentation includes photos, both archival and from the production, along with extensive interviews with the entire company, plenty of commentary from Washington on the play and on his colleagues, and essays on the significance of Lorraine Hansberry’s accomplishment by such luminaries as novelist Jeffrey Eugenides and Veep executive producer Frank Rich.

“We felt we couldn’t do what we wanted to do in a short printed book,” Rudin told me. “We wanted the amount of content that the play demanded and this satisfied that. We also felt that the audience receives information differently than they ever have, and that with a few rare exceptions, most sophisticated theatregoers would rather take home a USB key they can put in their pockets instead of a printed book of an inconvenient size and minimal content. I hope we’ll do this for everything now. It’s got wonderful material — why would we ever now do anything else?”

So: Rocky may have the championship fight, but Raisin has the knockout. And look for another one this fall, when A Delicate Balance brings Glenn Close back to Broadway. No word from Rudin on whether a digital booklet is in the works for Mormon.

Related: ‘Kinky’s’ Booty & ‘Rocky’s’ Knockout Punch Raise Bar In Broadway Ad Landscape

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Glenn Close, John Lithgow Broadway-Bound In Albee’s ‘Delicate Balance’

By | Thursday May 15, 2014 @ 11:51am PDT

86th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsUPDATED: Tony Fire-Power For Albee Revival. Glenn Close, absent from Broadway since 2003, will return in the fall for an 18-week run opposite John Lithgow in a revival of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance. All-star cast includes Lindsay Duncan (spectacular in the current film Le Week-End), Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins and Martha Plimpton. Pam MacKinnon, Tony winner last season for her engrossing revival of Albee’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, is set to direct the Scott Rudin production. Show will run at the the Shubert’s Golden Theatre beginning October 20, with opening night set for November 20. Rudin’s run of star-fired revivals includes this season’s Tony-nominated A Raisin In The Sun, with Denzel Washington; last fall’s Mike Nichols-directed version of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, with Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall; and, earlier, Nichols’ Philip Seymour Hoffman-led stunner of Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman in 2012.

2014 Tribeca Film Festival - "Love Is Strange"Albee’s 1966 Pulitzer Prize winner features the married Agnes (Close) and Tobias (Lithgow), their grown daughter (Plimpton), returned home following serial wrecked marriages, and best friends Balaban and Higgins along with Agnes’s boozy sister Claire (Duncan). Close has three Tony Awards (for Sunset Boulevard, Death And The Maiden and The Real Thing). Broadway regular Lithgow’s Tonys are for The Changing Room and Sweet Smell Of Success. Duncan owns Tonys for … Read More »

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Sony Pictures, Scott Rudin Acquiring Michael Lewis Bestseller ‘Flash Boys’

By | Tuesday April 8, 2014 @ 9:25pm PDT
Mike Fleming

flashboysEXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin are near a deal to acquire Flash Boys, the hottest-selling book in the country. Michael Lewis’ nonfiction work is about a group of Wall Street guys who grew frustrated by a loophole that gave traders the opportunity to game the stock market. They banded together to reform the financial markets by creating an exchange that rendered impotent the act of high-frequency trading, a growing form of trading that gave insiders an advantage. A story that is the antithesis of the practices that created the 2008 financial crisis, the book traces how the Flash Boys walked away from huge-money jobs to use their expertise to investigate big banks, stock exchanges and high-frequency trading firms. They peeled back the layers to bare why many feel that Wall Street is such a rigged game. The Flash Boys are the kind of guys who would have hated Jordan Belfort, the anti-hero of The Wolf Of Wall Street.

Related: Sony Closes Slate Co-Fi Deal With Lone Star Capital, CitiBank

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Sony Sets ’50/50′ Team For Chess Drama ‘Brooklyn Castle; One Of Three Pics For Scott Rudin And Seth Rogen’s Point Grey

Mike Fleming

seth-rogen-evan-goldbergEXCLUSIVE: Scott Rudin Productions’ Scott Rudin and Eli Bush and Point Grey’s Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver have together set up a trio of feature collaborations. Two of the films are based on documentaries and will be made for Sony, where Rudin has his deal. All three will be produced by Rudin and Eli Bush along the the Point Grey trio.

brooSony Pictures has just set 50/50 writer Will Reiser and that film’s director Jonathan Levine to craft a feature from Brooklyn Castle, based on the Katie Dellamaggiore-directed docu about the trials and tribulations of the junior unbeatable champion chess team at I.S. 318. That’s an inner-city junior high school where more than 65% of students come from homes with incomes below the federal poverty level and where budget cuts threaten to derail its chessboard dominance. The docu won the Audience Award at SXSW, and it was around the time that Rudin first acquired the remake rights. Rogen starred for Levine in the touching cancer scare drama/comedy 50/50, and he and Goldberg produced the film. Reiser’s repped by UTA and Thruline, Levine by CAA.

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David Fincher For Steve Jobs?

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 8:32am PST
Mike Fleming

Rumors over the last week have David Fincher circling the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs biopic based on the Walter Isaacson book about the Apple genius at Sony. Fincher hasn’t even had a meeting on the project yet, but he certainly has a close relationship with producer Scott Rudin from The Social Network. Will it happen? Who knows? At this point he read the script and they will have a conversation, and this is as far as this has gone — no negotiations at this point. But there is a rush right now to publish tips from tracking boards that make it difficult to not be compelled to run every single rumor.

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In Michael De Luca’s First Deal, Sony Pictures Acquires David Ignatius Novel ‘The Director’ For Paul Greengrass And Scott Rudin

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 2:20pm PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Well, looks like former New Line production president Michael De Luca isn’t taking long to make that transition to the executive suites. I’m told that his first deal at Sony Pictures as production president is The Director, a novel by David Ignatius that reteams De Luca with his Captain Phillips producer Scott Rudin and director Paul Greengrass. De Luca, Rudin and Dana Brunetti produced Captain Phillips.

Related: Goal For New Sony Pictures Structure With Michael De Luca: Better-Quality Slates

greengrassGreengrass will adapt the novel — will be published by W.W. Norton in June — and direct the film. This comes as Captain Phillips became a global hit and got four Golden Globe nominations. In The Director, Graham Weber has been director of the CIA for less than a week when a Swiss kid in a dirty T-shirt walks into the American consulate in Hamburg and says the agency has been hacked, and he has a list of agents’ names to prove it. This is the moment a CIA director most dreads.

Related: OSCARS: Producers Michael De Luca & Dana Brunetti On The Lure Of ‘Captain Phillips’

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OSCARS Q&A: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ And ‘Captain Phillips’ Producer Scott Rudin On Making Prestige Pics Inside And Outside The Studio Fold

By | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 12:03pm PST
Mike Fleming

Scott Rudin Oscars InterviewIt has become common to find Scott Rudin with multiple films in the Oscar hunt. This time, the producer has the Joel and Ethan Coen-directed Inside Llewyn Davis, financed independently and distributed by CBS Films, and the Paul Greengrass-directed Captain Phillips, funded by Rudin’s home studio Sony Pictures. The prolific producer manages these Oscar campaigns while he presided over a record-breaking limited stage run of the Mike Nichols-directed Betrayal with Daniel Craig; as The Book Of Mormon continues to be Broadway’s biggest bread winner; preps for next month’s Berlin premiere of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel; is in post on the Chris Rock-directed Finally Famous and Jon Stewart’s helming debut Rosewater, about a mock journalist who spent nine frightening months detained in Iran after filing a comic field report on Stewart’s The Daily Show. There are big pics percolating, from one with Paul Thomas Anderson to the adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s book on Steve Jobs, a Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sequel, and the adaptation of Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra book that got a new draft from Eric Roth and has everyone excited including Angelina Jolie, who seems destined to play the Egyptian queen. Rudin, who once had his projects bankrolled by whatever major studio he called home, has responded to a changing market for the challenging adult films he favors by becoming increasingly nimble in finding money to empower the auteurs that work with him over and over. There is reason for optimism in this race: his last two Coen collaborations were the Best Picture Oscar winning No Country For Old Men and the Best Picture nominee True Grit; his last film with Hanks, Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, was a Best Picture nominee. Rudin took time out to discuss Inside Llewyn Davis, Captain Phillips, and his continued evolution in a fast-changing business.

DEADLINE: Inside Llewyn Davis was probably the first Coen Brothers film made without a distributor in place. How did you benefit from doing it that way?
LLEWYNDAVISRUDIN: It gave us a huge advantage. It was not a particularly expensive movie, under $20 million, and we financed it completely out of Europe. StudioCanal was a fantastic partner and allowed the guys to go off and make the movie exactly the way they wanted to. They wrote a check, wished us luck, and loved it when we were done. To have a completed Coen Brothers movie, and own North America, was spectacular. We had four or five offers for it. We did a one night screening with a music component to it that people loved, and we took the CBS Films deal. That was a choice people were curious about when we made it because they didn’t have experience with this kind of movie. It worked out fantastically well.

DEADLINE: Is that because the usual suspects already had Oscar bait films?
RUDIN: A big part of the draw was Terry Press. We’ve worked together on a ton of movies; she was the head of publicity back when I did Sister Act at Disney. We go back 25 years. She worked on The Social Network and on Dragon Tattoo, and I knew she loved this kind of music and the Coens. As we fielded other offers, I frankly hoped it would end up there. We had a lot of input into how they distributed it and sold it. I liked working with Wolfgang Hammer and have always loved Les Moonves. He was running Fox Television while I was running feature production at Fox in the mid-1980s so we go back 30 years. They didn’t have another movie in this slot, and it felt they would do something bold and more aggressive with it. It felt like a perfect fit.

DEADLINE: You undersold that buyers screening. As I recall, there were wall to wall music stars milling with Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and every star in the constellation…
llewRUDIN: That became our selling screening. We had this idea to do a screening the night before Grammys because a ton of music people would be in town and we wanted to screen the movie for musicians. We sent invitations and the list came back so spectacularly that I said to Joel and Ethan, why don’t we just invite some buyers? It was such a great opportunity to screen the movie for an audience you could feel pretty confident would love it, because the movie was really about them. It was a great party full of people who really loved the movie and had a profound relationship to the subject. A lot of them had worked with the Coens or worked with me. We had 700 people in two screening rooms, followed by a concert with T Bone Burnett, The Punch Brothers played, so did Marcus Mumford and Oscar Isaac. It was pretty spectacular. Because there was this pure motive of, let’s screen the movie for musicians, and because no one had seen the film, it had a buzz in the room that existed because it was an authentic event.

DEADLINE: When did your offers come in?
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Oscar Q&A: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Helmers Joel And Ethan Coen

By | Thursday December 19, 2013 @ 9:01am PST

COENAfter making movies for more than three decades, Joel and Ethan Coen still don’t wear the auteur mantle comfortably—they seem to be having too much fun to see their brand of filmmaking as a proper job. They say many of their films begin with an opening scene or a desire to put characters into a specific setting. That includes their latest, Inside Llewyn Davis, the CBS Films release which starts and ends with star Oscar Isaac getting beaten up in an alley outside of a 1960s-era Greenwich Village folk-music club. But as matter-of-fact as they might make their work sound, the brothers have built a formidable career on creating detailed characters steeped in their very American environments. They have four Oscars apiece, for the original screenplay of 1996′s Fargo, and for best picture, director and adapted screenplay for 2007′s No Country For Old Men. More importantly, they enjoy an enviable level of creative freedom that ensures each film always contains their specific vision. They recently sat down with me at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills to talk shop, though their brotherly banter often results in laughing more than answering questions.

DEADLINE: You usually release a film a year. Are you always working on the next project even if you haven’t quite finished the last?
JOEL COEN: We don’t want to glorify it with the description of calling it work. We’re always pretending to work. We are going through the motions.
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Scott Rudin Prods Teams With Seth Rogen And Evan Goldberg On Comedy Feature

By | Friday November 1, 2013 @ 4:20pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Producers Scott Rudin and Eli Bush have teamed with Point Grey’s Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver to produce a feature with the Mail Order Comedy troupe that generates the Comedy Central series Workaholics. The film, which is not set up at a studio, is a completely original idea and not a big-screen adaptation of their TV show as was reported. Workaholics cast members Anders Holm, Adam DeVine and Blake Anderson will star and Holm is writing the script. Also producing is Isaac Horne, who manages the trio.

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New Regency, RatPac Step Up To Co-Finance Cameron Crowe’s Sony Film

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 3:16pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: New Regency has become a co-financier on the untitled film that Cameron Crowe is directing for Sony Pictures, starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray. Regency will share its 50% investment with RatPac, the company launched by James Packer and Brett Ratner that just recently teamed with Dune Entertainment for a $450 million slate financing deal with Warner Bros. That deal got off to a strong start as the studio brought them in on Gravity.

Crowe wrote the script and is producing the untitled film with Scott Rudin. They have been low key on the log line, but the film has romance and comedy and is said to in the spirit of past Crowe pics Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous. The film will be released domestically by Sony Pictures, and Fox International will release it overseas. New Regency principal Arnon Milchan had a long history with Kerry Packer, which made for an easy match with his son, RatPac partner James Packer.

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Producer Scott Rudin Acquires Hurricane Katrina Expose ‘Five Days At Memorial’

By | Monday October 14, 2013 @ 3:18pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After launching one fact-based film into Oscar season with Captain Phillips, producer Scott Rudin has used his own funds to set up another. He has acquired Five Days At Memorial, the book by Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink that was published by Crown last month. Rudin will produce with Eli Bush through Scott Rudin Productions.

Fink, a physician as well as a writer, takes an unflinching look at the decisions doctors made at Memorial Medical Center, a hospital in New Orleans that was overwhelmed in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina. The doctors, who lost electrical power and backup and were not supported by hospital owners who had no generator mechanic on staff or even an evacuation plan, were forced to make calculated decisions on which patients to save. Some of those who were not expected to make it were shot up with morphine and left to die. This was four days into a devastating hurricane where generators failed, the intensive care wing sweltered in darkness and chaos and gunshots rang out in the areas outside the hospital. The book focuses on an attempt to prosecute a doctor and two nurses for homicide after an investigation showed elevated levels of morphine and other drugs in 23 patients who died at the hospital. Of those, 20 were ruled homicides. Fink won the Pulitzer for a dispatch she wrote as an assignment for ProPublica and The New Times Magazine in 2009. Read More »

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 44

By | Thursday October 3, 2013 @ 4:50pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Listen to (and share) episode 44 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist talks with host David Bloom about the challenges facing new Los Angeles film czar Tom Sherak; producer Scott Rudin’s big weekend at the New York Film Festival, where his Inside Llewyn Davis and Captain Phillips debuted strongly ahead of the latter film’s wide sneak previews this weekend; the field of candidates for Oscar’s foreign-language film category, led by Iranian nominee The Past; and some of the movies that won’t be contending this year for Oscar after all. Finally, we’ll get Pete’s take on this week’s new movie releases, including Alfonso Cuaron’s “fantastic” space epic, Gravity, featuring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney; JFK assassination docudrama Parkland, with a sprawling cast featuring Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Jacqui Weaver and Marcia Gay Harden; and divorce comedy A.C.O.D., featuring Richard Jenkins, Amy Poehler, Jane Lynch and another large cast.

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NYFF: ‘Llewyn Davis’ Star Oscar Isaac Stakes A Claim In Crowded Best Actor Oscar Race

Pete Hammond

This weekend the New York Film Festival got rolling and if you mistook it for the Scott Rudin Film Festival you wouldn’t be far from wrong. Rudin’s October 11th Sony Pictures release Captain Phillips world premiered to a standing ovation on Opening Night Friday. On Saturday the much-awaited New York premiere of his December 6th CBS Films pic Inside Llewyn Davis made its local debut with stars Oscar Isaac, John Goodman and writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen among those on hand. But if that wasn’t enough of a Rudin takeover of the Fest (which runs a longish 18 days) there is an unprecedented sold out concert going on tonight at the Town Hall engineered by Rudin, the Coens and T-Bone Burnett called Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating The Music Of Inside Llewyn Davis. The concert featuring numerous folk singers of the early 1960s period in which the New York-based film is set also scheduled appearances from some of the movie’s stars including Isaac and Goodman. It’s clear Rudin, using the festival that also launched his The Social Network two years ago, doesn’t have to leave his hometown to make a mark in Hollywood’s nascent awards season. Game on.

In the case of Inside Llewyn Davis, the strategy seems particularly smart. Unlike Phillips or other upcoming Oscar-hopefuls like NYFF World Premieres for 20th Century Fox‘s The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty starring and directed by Ben Stiller and playing next weekend, and the October 13th closer, Spike Jonze‘s Her from Warner BrosDavis has already been making the fest rounds since beginning in May at Cannes where it won the Grand Prize (second place), and then in a North American launch at Telluride on Labor Day weekend that included a tribute to the musical movie collaboration between the Coens and T- Bone Burnett. Read More »

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UPDATE: Scott Rudin To Produce, Paul Greengrass To Direct Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Chicago 7′ Screenplay

By | Wednesday July 24, 2013 @ 2:19pm PDT

UPDATE: I just started vacation but learned that Scott Rudin will produce Chicago 7.

PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, TUESDAY 2:40 PM: I’ve learned that DreamWorks is finally reviving a once hot project that has barely been touched since its director Steven Spielberg suspended it back in 2008. Conventional wisdom had it that this would be Spielberg’s next Oscar pic. Since then, “every two months it’s been revisited. The title would come up in conversation at production meetings. But it’s just been hanging,” a source tells me. No longer. I’ve learned the studio is moving forward with Paul Greengrass in final talks to direct Aaron Sorkin‘s script The Trial Of The Chicago 7. It’s based on the infamous 1969 federal conspiracy trial arising out of the protesters vs police violent rioting at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago that transfixed the nation because of its counter-culture and leftist mayhem intended to undermine the U.S. government.

The modestly budgeted $20M-$30M film will start production probably in January. DreamWorks is funding all development with its financial partners, and Disney will distribute. No casting is in discussion yet because the deal isn’t done for Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, Green Zone). His upcoming Captain Phillips biopic starring Tom Hanks about a sea hijacking by Somali pirates has great advance buzz at Sony. Plus, as a former British journalist and filmmaker attracted to true stories, Greengrass sounds like the right director for Chicago 7 and was considered to helm it back in August 2008. Read More »

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Coens’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ To Tour Canada With Mongrel Media

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 2:35pm PDT

TORONTO, CANADA (May 16, 2013) – Mongrel Media announced today that the company
has acquired all Canadian rights to INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS.  Written and directed
by Oscar winners Joel and Ethan Coen, and produced by Scott Rudin, and Joel and
Ethan Coen, the film stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett
Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham and Justin Timberlake.

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he
navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.  Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac)
is at a crossroads.  Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York
winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly
insurmountable obstacles—some of them of his own making.  Living at the mercy of
both friends and strangers, scaring up what work he can find, Llewyn’s
misadventures take him from the basket houses of the Village to an empty Chicago
club—on an odyssey to audition for music mogul Bud Grossman—and back again.
Brimming with music performed by Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan
(as Llewyn’s married Village friends), as well as Marcus Mumford and Punch
Brothers, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS —in the tradition of O Brother, Where Art Thou?—is
infused with the transportive sound of another time and place. An epic on an
intimate scale, it represents the Coen Brothers’ fourth collaboration with Oscar
and Grammy Award-winning music producer T Bone Burnett.

Previous collaborations between the Coen Brothers and Rudin include the
Oscar-winning Best Picture of 2007 No Country for Old Men and the multiple
Oscar-nominated True Grit.

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS makes its world premiere on Sunday, May 19,

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Scott Rudin Slams NYT Reporter In Broadway Beef

By | Saturday May 4, 2013 @ 4:40pm PDT

Clearly there’s no keeping Scott Rudin happy. He’s shuttering his struggling Broadway play The Testament Of Mary after just 16 performances thanks to limp ticket sales. That’s despite it scoring three Tony nominations this week, including a nod for Best Play. So journo Pat Healy barely pressed writer Colm Toibin for juicy Rudin drama in The New York Times, and how did Rudin respond? He apparently bought an ad slamming the NYT reporter in the paper’s own arts section: “Let’s give a big cuddly shout-out to Pat Healy, infant provocateur and amateur journalist at The New York Times,” reads the ad making its way around Twitter. “Keep it up, Pat – one day perhaps you’ll learn something about how Broadway works, and maybe even understand it. – Scott Rudin.” The Testament Of Mary closes this weekend.

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Rosario Dawson Joining Chris Rock Comedy

By | Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 8:20am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Trance star Rosario Dawson is in talks to play the female lead opposite Chris Rock in the untitled comedy that Rock wrote and will direct for Scott Rudin and Barry Diller The picture, an edgy showbiz-themed comedy with romance, will shoot in New York this June with Rudin and Eli Bush producing, and Diller funding. Rock linked up with Rudin after he signed on to star on Broadway in The Motherfucker With The Hat, and this is their first screen collaboration together. Rudin and Diller are currently working together on Brightline, the e-publishing business formed with a big investment from Diller’s IAC/Interactive. Dawson, repped by CAA and Untitled, is reprising her memorable character in the sequel Sin City: A Dame To Die For. She’s also starring alongside Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman and Mireille Enos in the Atom Egoyan-directed Queen Of The Night.

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