EXCLUSIVE: Sienna Miller is headed to Berlin this week to start work on Business Trip. She’s joining Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson and June Diane Raphael who are starring in the Ken Scott-directed comedy from New Regency. Steve Conrad wrote the script about a struggling Midwestern businessman (Vaughn) who takes his team on an eventful cross-country journey in a bid to win a contract. Wilkinson is playing one of Vaughn’s travel companions and Miller is joining as a businesswoman. Miller is next up in November release A Case Of You and plays Nancy Schultz in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher. She’s repped by WME and the UK’s United Agents.
EXCLUSIVE: Mike Lobell, the veteran producer whose 14-years of persistence helped make the remake Gambit happen, is getting close on three other projects with strong elements. He has re-teamed with former partner, writer-director Andrew Bergman, on A Film By Alan Stuart Eisner, an ensemble comedy which so far has Project X‘s Oliver Cooper, Shirley MacLaine and Robin Williams attached, with Rob Reiner making a cameo. Lobell reports that the film has added Sienna Miller, Isla Fisher and Audra MacDonald. Eisner is a comedy dealing with a young man making a documentary to learn what happened to his family during WWII. He is out looking for financing.
Gambit, by the way, ended up with Michael Hoffman directing a script by Joel and Ethan Coen. Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman star and CBS Films is releasing.
At the same time, Lobell is getting traction on This Man This Woman, the adult love story written by Frederic Raphael. The project has gotten a boost with the attachment of Richard Gere, who long ago sparked to a film which focuses on the trials and tribulations of a marriage. This was the picture that once nearly went into production with Meg Ryan and Sean Penn. Lobell and Gere will now look for a director and their female lead. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Moneyball helmer Bennett Miller is putting together the final casting pieces for Foxcatcher, the Annapurna Pictures-funded drama that stars Steve Carell as paranoid schizophrenic heir Jon DuPont, who created a training center for wrestlers and murdered Olympic grappler Dave Schultz. That wrestler will be played by Mark Ruffalo, and Sienna Miller will play his wife, Nancy. Channing Tatum is playing Schultz’s brother, Mark, in the tragic tale.
EXCLUSIVE: Sienna Miller has signed with The Schiff Company for management. Miller most recently starred in the HBO/BBC co-production The Girl, which airs later this year. Miller is among several new clients who’ve joined David Schiff’s company this year, with others that include Jeremy Piven, Jeremy Sisto, Janet McTeer, Jonathan Schaech, Ryan Eggold, David Stenn, Martin Weisz, and Brittany Snow.
BSkyB’s Sky News admitted today that it has approved the hacking of emails on two occasions. Sky News chief John Ryley defended the moves in a statement that said the hacked email accounts belonged to individuals suspected of criminal activity. “We stand by these actions as editorially justified and in the public interest,” Ryley said. News Corp, which is embroiled in a phone and email hacking scandal at its UK press division, News International, owns 39% of BSkyB. The British regulator, Ofcom, is currently weighing whether News Corp and its COO James Murdoch are “fit and proper” persons to own a broadcast license on behalf of BSkyB. Murdoch stepped down as chairman of the satellite broadcaster earlier this week. Ryley said Sky had commissioned an external review of its email records and an internal audit of payment records. The decision was made “as part of our ongoing commitment to acting responsibly and in light of the current, heightened interest in editorial practices.”
Separately, News International is said to be challenging actress Sienna Miller over legal bills. Miller was among the first celebrities to take News International to court over phone hacking. Nearly a year ago, News International agreed to pay her £100,000 but a source told The Associated Press that there was no amount agreed over legal bills and that the matter is now headed to court.
Following yesterday’s revelations of settlements in the News Of The World phone hacking scandal, it’s now reported that News Corp’s News International could face an FBI investigation over a possible offense on US soil involving Jude Law. According to The Telegraph, the potential FBI probe relates to a 2003 News Of The World article that News International has acknowledged was the result of phone hacking. The article contains references to phone calls Law’s assistant made to the actor when he arrived at an airport believed to be New York’s JFK. According to the Telegraph report, if Law’s phone was on a US network, it could mean an offense under US law. The FBI confirmed it was looking into the situation. In related news, News International has been ordered to search more computers for evidence of attempts by former employees to perpetrate a cover up of phone hacking schemes. Read More »
UPDATE, 10:30 AM: Payout amounts of some 15 of the now 37 claims to be settled today have been revealed. According to The Associated Press, Jude Law received £130,000 and his ex-wife Sadie Frost got £50,000, while other payments were in the tens of thousands of pounds. The AP says News Group Newspapers admitted that information for 16 articles about Law that ran in the News Of The World from 2003 to 2006 had been obtained by phone hacking, and that he had been placed under “repeated and sustained physical surveillance.” The company also admitted that articles in The Sun misused the actor’s private information. In a statement, Law said he considered the tabloids had been “prepared to do anything to sell their newspapers and to make money, irrespective of the impact it had on people’s lives.” He said despite changing his phones and having his house swept for bugs, private information continued to be published. He added: “For me, this case was never about money. It was about standing up for myself and finding out what had happened. I owed it to my friends and family as well as myself to do this.”
PREVIOUS, 3:51 AM: News Corp’s News International has settled 36 more News Of The World phone-hacking cases, including those of Jude Law, his ex-wife Sadie Frost, soccer player Ashley Cole and singer Dannii Minogue. The suits alleged that management at News Group Newspapers, the … Read More »
UPDATE 3:30 PM : HBO Films is on board to co-produce The Girl, which will air in the U.S. on HBO, marking the latest collaboration between HBO and the BBC.
PREVIOUS 7 AM: Sienna Miller and Toby Jones will play Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock in BBC Two drama The Girl. The film will chronicle the director’s obsessive relationship with his The Birds star. According to BBC Two, Hedren has cooperated by giving interviews to writer Gwyneth Hughes, while Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto is attached as a consultant. Miller and Hedren recently met to discuss the project and, says Hughes, “got on like a house on fire.” Becoming Jane’s Julian Jarrold is directing with Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton also in the cast.
Hitchcock was at the height of his fame and creativity when, in 1962, he chose an unknown fashion model to star in his most ambitious film — The Birds. But as he sculpted Hedren into the perfect Hitchcock blonde of his imagination, he became obsessed with the impossible dream of winning the real woman’s love. His failure arguably destroyed both of their careers. In a statement, Hughes said: “It’s been the most enormous privilege to talk at length to Tippi Hedren, the last ‘Hitchcock blonde’ in the life of Britain’s most original and successful film director. At the time, in the early 1960s, the American star suffered in silence. But now, at the age of 81, … Read More »
Hollywood isn’t famous for courage — especially when it means standing up to someone as powerful as Rupert Murdoch who owns one of the biggest movie and television companies. So it’ll be interesting to see how far actors Jude Law and Hugh Grant take their lawsuits charging that Murdoch papers hacked their phone conversations. There’ve been a few developments this week in those cases: The FBI plans to talk to Law about his suit last week alleging that News Of The World based a 2003 story about the actor on hacked phone messages, the BBC reports. The matter could go to U.S. courts because Law says the paper listened to mobile phone messages between him and an assistant made on a domestic network while both were at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport. Last month Law’s former girlfriend, Sienna Miller, accepted a $164,000 settlement from NOTW from a different claim that the paper had hacked her phone. Law says that the problems at Murdoch’s newspaper empire weren’t limited to NOTW: Last month he sued the Sun for violating his privacy, alleging that it based four stories in 2005 and 2006 on his secret phone messages. The Sun fired back that Law’s charges are ”deeply cynical and deliberately mischievous” adding that the paper’s investigation found that Law’s claims “have no foundation whatsoever.” That case will go … Read More »
Sienna Miller, the actress who is suing Rupert Murdoch’s UK news organization for hacking into her cell phone, has been offered £100,000 ($163,000) in compensation. News International has also offered to pay Miller’s legal costs after having recently publicly apologized for intercepting voicemails, it emerged this afternoon in London’s High Court. Miller is considering the Murdoch offer. The packed courtroom also heard that Jude Law is expected to issue legal proceedings shortly. The High Court was deciding how to proceed, wading through 9,200 pages of evidence in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. Mr Justice Vos has decided four test cases for alleged victims of phone hacking by the News of the World should go ahead later this year. The cases could create framework for action from 91 alleged victims, which could cost Murdoch’s news empire millions of pounds in damages.
The British actress, who has taken legal action against Rupert Murdoch’s News Group, says standing up for what’s right takes precedence over her career. Sienna Miller was one of the first celebrities to accuse Murdoch journalists of hacking into her phone. Comedian Steve Coogan and other celebrities are suing the Murdoch press for allegedly hacking into voicemail messages left on their cellphones. When I asked her if she was afraid suing Murdoch’s UK newspaper News of the World could mean she would never work for 20th Century Fox again, Miller said: “I’m not really too concerned about never working for Fox because it’s about standing up for myself in a way that’s more important than anything. If that’s the case, then that’s the case. It means more to me to make a stand against that than it does anything else in my life.” Miller is starring in Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path, directed by Trevor Nunn, at the moment on the London stage. She starts filming Just Like a Woman with Oscar-nominated director Rachid Bouchareb in New Mexico in June. Miller said: “I can still do a play with Trevor and do a film with Rachid and that’s more interesting than anything.”
British actress Sienna Miller will star in Just Like a Woman, playing a Chicago housewife who absconds with her belly-dancing teacher to Las Vegas to enter a dance competition. Rachid Bouchareb, whose Algerian Oscar entry Above the Law lost out to In a Better World in Sunday’s Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, directs. He starts filming on location in New Mexico on June 13. Miller, whose new play Flare Path directed by Trevor Nunn opens in London this Friday, tells me she agreed to star in Just Like a Woman before she even read the script. “Rachid is one of the most exciting directors working today,” she says. “He’s one of those people who understand the medium of film in a way that’s not manipulative but that’s honest and raw. As a director he’s capable of anything. The kinds of films he makes are the ones I like to watch.” Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani (Body of Lies) and Bouchareb regular Roschdy Zem will co-star. Just Like a Woman is being structured as a US/French/UK co-production between Bouchareb’s production company Tessalit and Anglo/Brit producer The Bureau. It sounds like Bouchareb wants to do something more light-hearted. Right-wingers marched on the streets at Cannes last year over Outside the Law. Demonstrators protested against what they saw as a one-sided account of the 1950s fight for Algerian independence. Bouchareb and Miller are both repped by WME, with United Agents also repping … Read More »