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Lantern Wins Test Case In Attempt By Hollywood Stars To Collect On Weinstein Co.’s Debts

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Lantern Entertainment likely won’t be liable for the unpaid royalties that the bankrupt The Weinstein Company owes several Hollywood stars, based on new bankruptcy court ruling in the case.

A group of prominent actors, directors and producers are seeking to recover profit participation payments that the indie studio owes for their work on four films, Silver Linings Playbook, St. Vincent, August: Osage County and Scary Movie 5.

This group, which includes Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, argues that Lantern couldn’t assume the contracts for these films without saying what they’ll do to clear up these old debts.

Collectively, these stars are owed millions of dollars.

Lantern, which acquired TWC’s film and television assets in a $289 million deal supervised by the bankruptcy court, argued it’s only liable for payments going forward. It brought suit against Silver Linings Playbook producer
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Jason Blum, ‘Roma’ Producer Address Need For Diverse Stories In Trump’s America – Produced By: New York

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Jason Blum, ‘Roma’ Producer Address Need For Diverse Stories In Trump’s America – Produced By: New York
Perhaps still smarting from the Election Night booing he received for his critical comments of President Trump during the Israeli Film Festival, BlacKkKlansman producer Jason Blum, in a tone of barely controlled ire, briefly summarized how he characterized the message of Spike Lee’s acclaimed film about an African-American police officer’s infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan.

“To me, the message of BlacKkKlansman, which I tell people when they’ve asked me, is very simple: Racism is stupid,” started Blum, “and people who are racist are stupid, and people in the Kkk are stupid racists, period. That’s what the movie is about.”

Taking up Blum’s mantle during the “Producing Masterclass II” panel at the Producers Guild of America’s Produced By: New York conference, the film’s co-screenwriter, Kevin Willmott, added, “You would think we wouldn’t have to say that!”

The session, led by Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen, had veered from a discussion about the collaborative visions that led to some of this year’s top films to one asking why these films were so necessary in a divided America. Gabriela Rodriguez and Yalitza Aparicio, producer and star of Roma, addressed the timely themes of Alfonso Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical film of life in Mexico City in the early 1970s. “Our movie speaks to class diversity and ethnic diversity and strong women characters lead the story,” Rodriguez said while Blum and Willmott focused the conversation squarely on the president’s influence, and why Lee chose to close his film with footage from the 2017 white supremacist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“It’s a really historic time we’re living in,” said Willmott. “People will look back and say, wow that’s when it happened, that’s when it was either going to go to hell or come back….We have a nationalist as the leader of the United States; he’s demonized whole groups of people every day. This is not normal and it’s a scary time.”

With Blum having offered his admiration for the film’s ability to balance humor with terror, Willmott, who said he calls President Trump “King Tang”, explained, “We tried to…make something humorous that’s not funny. With hate, you have to get as close to the hate as you can and by doing that, you reveal the absurdity and that’s where the humor lies.” Willmott added that the hatred promoted by Kkk leader David Duke in the film is also, “what’s happening now. That kind of hate has become part of the mainstream and it’s in the White House. It’s bizarre—if we had tried to write this, people would have said you can’t expect us to buy this crap. And yet it’s happened.”

Striking a more hopeful note in a panel that also featured an inspired tale from Crazy Rich Asians producer John Penotti, and hilarious commentary from costar Ronny Chieng, Mary Poppins Returns star Emily Blunt said, “What I love about [Mary] is she’s a woman who can get things done and brings order to chaos. She mends the cracks in people so they can rediscover something about themselves, and in the world now, where people are becoming more self-serving and not allowing the idea of community and we feel the divide, here’s a movie that can be a great unifier—at Christmas.”

Admitting that the current strain of anger in the country “is the reason for the film,” Mary Poppins Returns producer/director Rob Marshall said, “This move tells you how to look at life from a different point of view. [It] returns to this kind of light in a dark world.”
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Kevin Feige, Lucy Fisher Join Produced By: New York Lineup

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Marvel Studios Chief Kevin Feige and PGA President Lucy Fisher have been added to the line-up for the for the 5th edition of Produced By: New York, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced Wednesday.

In addition, “Crazy Rich Asians” producer John Penotti, “If Beale Street Could Talk” producer Adele Romanski and editor Joi McMillon, “Three Identical Strangers” producer Becky Read and director Tim Wardle will join the previously announced session series “Producing Masterclass: The Creative Collaborations.”

Feige most recently participated at PGA’s annual Produced By conference in Los Angeles last June.

Produced By: New York 2018 will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 at One Time Warner Center in New York.

Also Read: Marvel Studios Chief Kevin Feige to Receive BAFTA's Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award

Previously announced panelists include: “The Favourite” director and producer Yorgos Lanthimos and writer Tony McNamara; “A Quiet Place” director, writer, and executive producer
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Produced By: New York: PGA Sets Kevin Feige, Lucy Fisher & More As Speakers

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The Producers Guild of America (PGA) set their lineup of speakers as well as additional programming for the 5th edition of Produced By: New York. The event will be held on Saturday, November 10 at One Time Warner Center in New York.

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige and film producer and PGA co-president Lucy Fisher have been added to the growing list of speakers. Joining them are Joi McMillon, John Penotti, Becky Read, Adele Romanski, and Tim Wardle, who will be joining the previously announced session series “Producing Masterclass: The Creative Collaborations.”

This year’s program will also include a new session, “Late-Night Laughs,” which, as the title suggests, will delve into the world of New York late-night TV. The session will feature a discussion with executive producers and showrunners from established and upcoming shows about the unique challenges of producing the funny on different platforms. Chris Licht will moderate the discussion, which to date includes: Jen Flanz, Mike Shoemaker and Prashanth Venkataramanujam.

“Producing Masterclass: The Creative Collaborations” is a popular feature of Produced By: New York and spotlights a producer from each film taking the stage with a key collaborator to discuss how their partnerships provided defining elements of their memorable films, setting them on course for the awards season. New additions to the session include: Black Panther producer Kevin Feige; Crazy Rich Asians producer John Penotti; If Beale Street Could Talk” producer Adele Romanski and editor Joi McMillon; and Three Identical Strangers producer Becky Read and director Tim Wardle.

They join a roster of previously announced panelists The Favourite director and producer Yorgos Lanthimos and writer Tony McNamara; A Quiet Place director, writer, and executive producer John Krasinski and producer Andrew Form; Rbg producers and directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West; Widows director, writer, and producer Steve McQueen and producer Iain Canning; and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? director and producer Morgan Neville and producer Caryn Capotosto. Academy Award-winning producer Bruce Cohen (American Beauty) and Mimi Valdés (Hidden Figures) will lead the discussions.
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Yorgos Lanthimos, Steve McQueen on PGA’s ‘Produced By: New York’ roster

Yorgos Lanthimos, Steve McQueen on PGA’s ‘Produced By: New York’ roster
Fifth annual event includes new ‘Speed Networking’ session.

The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos and Widows director Steve McQueen will discuss their craft in the Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) fifth Produced By: New York event on November 10.

PGA president and chairman and CEO of The Jackal Group, Gail Berman, will return as a speaker, and the ‘Producing Masterclass: The Creative Collaborations’ segment will also return in an expanded format, featuring 12 critically acclaimed productions with producers and their collaborators.

These sessions will be split between four narrative and four documentary discussions between a film’s producer and collaborator, be it a director,
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John Krasinski, Steve McQueen Set For Produced By: New York Sessions

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John Krasinski, Steve McQueen Set For Produced By: New York Sessions
John Krasinski, Steve McQueen and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? director and producer Morgan Neville are among the directors, writers and producers taking part in “masterclass” presentations at the Producers Guild of America’s Produced By: New York 2018 even in November, the PGA announced today.

The daylong event is set for Saturday, November 10 at One Time Warner Center in New York.

The fifth edition of the annual Produced By: New York will include the return of the “Producing Masterclass: The Creative Collaborations” series, this year encompassing 12 productions and featuring a producer from each film taking the stage with a key collaborator – director, writer, actor, cinematographer, production designer, editor or composer – to “discuss how their partnerships provided defining elements of their memorable films, setting them on course for the awards season.”

This year’s line-up, with producers Bruce Cohen (American Beauty) and Mimi Valdés (Hidden Figures) leading the discussions, will
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John Krasinski, Steve McQueen Set for Produced By: New York Conference

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John Krasinski, Steve McQueen Set for Produced By: New York Conference
John Krasinski, Steve McQueen, and Bruce Cohen will speak at the Producers Guild of America’s fifth annual Produced By: New York conference.

The event will take place on Nov. 10 at the One Time Warner Center in New York.

It will also include a producing masterclass called “The Creative Collaborations,” with a producer from each film taking the stage with a key collaborator –– director, writer, actor, cinematographer, production designer, editor, or composer –– to discuss how their partnerships provided the defining elements of their films.

Cohen (“American Beauty”) and Mimi Valdés (“Hidden Figures”) will lead the discussions, which include: “The Favourite” director and producer Yorgos Lanthimos and writer Tony McNamara; “A Quiet Place” director, writer, and executive producer Krasinski and producer Andrew Form; “Rbg” producers and directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West; “Widows” director, writer, and producer Steve McQueen and producer Iain Canning; and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” director
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Film News Roundup: Haley Lu Richardson-Cole Sprouse’s ‘Five Feet Apart’ Set for March Release

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Film News Roundup: Haley Lu Richardson-Cole Sprouse’s ‘Five Feet Apart’ Set for March Release
In today’s film news roundup, the teen hospital romance “Five Five Apart” gets a release date, Lawrence Kasdan will direct an Anita Bryant movie, and James Ivory joins an Italian film.

Release Date

CBS Films and Lionsgate have set a March 22 release for romance-drama “Five Feet Apart,” starring Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse.

The duo is portraying cystic fibrosis patients in the same hospital, where strict rules dictate that they must stay five feet apart at all times. As the connection intensifies, so does their willingness to defy the rules that govern every moment of their lives. Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Parminder Nagra, Emily Baldoni, Gary Weeks, and Moises Arias also star.

Justin Baldoni is directing from a script by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. Producers are Cathy Schulman, whose credits include best picture winner “Crash” and “The Foreigner,” and Baldoni.

Five Feet Apart” is the first title to
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Pulitzer Finalist 'Hitler in Los Angeles' Optioned by 'Silver Linings Playbook' Producer (Exclusive)

Pulitzer Finalist 'Hitler in Los Angeles' Optioned by 'Silver Linings Playbook' Producer (Exclusive)
Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Silver Linings Playbook) has optioned the feature film rights to Steven J. Ross’ Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for History this year. The Hollywood Reporter ran an exclusive excerpt from the book in September.

Hitler in Los Angeles tells the incredible but true story of how Leon Lewis, a Jewish lawyer, led a spy ring that included ex-Klansmen and the son of a German general. While law enforcement was busy chasing ineffectual communists, Lewis’ ring stopped several outlandish plots to kidnap or kill prominent Hollywood figures ...
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Got Your 6 Announces New Class Of 6 Certified Projects

Got Your 6 today announced five new projects have received its 6 Certified designation, a program that recognizes film, television, theatrical, or digital content that accurately portrays veterans as leaders and civic assets.

The projects range from Fox’s new drama, “The Gifted,” Amazon’s “Last Flag Flying,” and National Geographic’s historical drama, “The Long Road Home,” about the 1st Cavalry Division in Sadr City, Baghdad on “Black Sunday.”

The national veteran empowerment organization Got Your 6 launched the 6 Certified initiative in early 2015 as part of its mission to change the veteran “broken/hero” stereotype held by 80 percent of U.S. civilians. The program challenges entertainment industry executives and content creators to craft more thoughtful narratives around veterans and military families.

Got Your 6 announced the following projects were awarded with 6 Certified status:

Disjointed” — Cannabis legend Ruth Whitefeather Feldman (Kathy Bates) employs her newly graduated son and a team of
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Producers, Creatives Talk ‘Safe Spaces’ – Produced By NY

Producers, Creatives Talk ‘Safe Spaces’ – Produced By NY
The topic was “The Power of Creative Collaboration,” and it seemed inevitable that the long shadow of Harvey Weinstein would be cast over the panels during today’s “Produced By New York” annual confab thrown today by the Producers Guild of America. During the first of two “Master Class” discussions with eight film producers and creatives, moderator Bruce Cohen addressed the elephant in the room head on, asking how they created an environment in which everyone felt…
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Got Your 6 Recognizes New Class of 6 Certified Projects

Got Your 6 has announced six new projects have received its 6 Certified designation, a program that recognizes film, television, theatrical, or digital content that accurately portrays veterans as leaders and civic assets.

The projects range from CBS’s new show “Seal Team,” the Tina Fey-produced “Great News” on NBC, and the biographical film “Rebel in the Rye” about WWII veteran J.D. Salinger.

The national veteran empowerment organization Got Your 6 launched the 6 Certified initiative in early 2015 as part of its mission to change the veteran “broken/hero” stereotype held by 80 percent of U.S. civilians. The program challenges entertainment industry executives and content creators to craft more thoughtful narratives around veterans and military families.

Got Your 6 announced the following projects were awarded with 6 Certified status:

Blood Stripe” — Winner of numerous film festival awards, the thriller “Blood Stripe” tells the story of a female U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant
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Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay Trace Roots of Their Collaboration – Produced By

If you are invited to lunch at Oprah Winfrey's home, don't bring flowers. That is what producer, writer and director Ava DuVernay learned when she got an unexpected invitation to a Mother's Day brunch at Winfrey's home, which she attended with her grandmother. The pair recalled the luncheon during a conversation moderated by director Bruce Cohen at the Produced By conference on Saturday. Winfrey had learned about DuVernay—who in 2012 had directed only one feature, Middle O…
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Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay Trace Roots of Their Collaboration – Produced By

Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay Trace Roots of Their Collaboration – Produced By
If you are invited to lunch at Oprah Winfrey's home, don't bring flowers. That is what producer, writer and director Ava DuVernay learned when she got an unexpected invitation to a Mother's Day brunch at Winfrey's home, which she attended with her grandmother. The pair recalled the luncheon during a conversation moderated by director Bruce Cohen at the Produced By conference on Saturday. Winfrey had learned about DuVernay—who in 2012 had directed only one feature, Middle O…
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Norman Lear, John Wells & Bruce Cohen Among Adds To Produced By L.A. Lineup

Norman Lear, John Wells & Bruce Cohen Among Adds To Produced By L.A. Lineup
The PGA’s Produced By Conference has added a slew of names to the lineup for its ninth edition set for June 10-11 on the 20th Century Fox lot in Century City. Among the highlights: three Conversations With panels are rounded out: Norman Lear will Jordan Peele, Bruce Cohen will join Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay, and John Wells will join Damien Chazelle. Conference organizers also unveiled its list of mentors for this year’s event tailored to producers and featuring…
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Norman Lear, John Wells & Bruce Cohen Among Adds To Produced By L.A. Lineup

The PGA’s Produced By Conference has added a slew of names to the lineup for its ninth edition set for June 10-11 on the 20th Century Fox lot in Century City. Among the highlights: three Conversations With panels are rounded out: Norman Lear will Jordan Peele, Bruce Cohen will join Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay, and John Wells will join Damien Chazelle. Conference organizers also unveiled its list of mentors for this year’s event tailored to producers and featuring…
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Dan Trachtenberg to direct The Secret Life of Houdini

Deadline is reporting that 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg is set to direct Lionsgate’s long-gestating Harry Houdini biopic.

The project is based upon Larry Sloman’s book The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero and will depict the legendary illusionist “not just as the master of magic, but as an adventurer and investigator of the occult.” It has been scripted by Noah Oppenheim (Jackie), with Frank Marshall (Jurassic World) and Bruce Cohen (American Beauty) producing.

The Secret Life of Houdini previously had Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) attached to direct, with Johnny Depp circling the role of Houdini.
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Secret Life of Houdini Gets 10 Cloverfield Lane Director

Secret Life of Houdini Gets 10 Cloverfield Lane Director
10 Cloverfield Lane wound up being a big hit for Paramount this year, so that managed to put director Dan Trachtenberg on other studios' radar. It looks like Lionsgate has scooped him up to take on their long-gestating movie based on magician Harry Houdini. Johnny Depp was most recently attached to star when Dean Parisot was attached to direct, but that has all changed now.

Deadline broke the news that the young director is in talks with Lionsgate for this new Houdini movie, which will be based on the 2006 book The Secret Life of Houdini and will take on the same name. The project, which was first announced back in 2009, has been through several actors and directors in that time period. But now with a script from Noah Oppenheim, who wrote The Maze Runner as well as the upcoming Oscar contender Jackie, and Dan Trachtenberg, the project could get some real traction.
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10 Cloverfield Lane’s Dan Trachtenberg May Conjure Up Harry Houdini Film

Much like the master illusionist on which the feature film is based, Lionsgate’s Harry Houdini movie has been a difficult butterfly to pin. Through time, we’ve seen the likes of Johnny Depp and director Dean Parisot come attached to the project, only for plans to unravel before any tangible progress could be made.

But the show must go on, with Deadline reporting that Dan Trachtenberg has entered talks to helm the Houdini pic, one to be based on The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero by William Kalush and Larry Sloman. Little is known about the embryonic feature, only that it holds a script from Noah Oppenheim and will seemingly shed new light on the elusive Harry Houdini, who was described as “not just the master of magic, but as an adventurer and investigator of the occult.” Frank Marshall and Bruce Cohen (American Beauty) will produce.
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How the director of Boiler Room made a comeback with Bleed For This

Ryan Lambie Dec 2, 2016

After a decade away from the camera, Boiler Room director Ben Younger's back with Bleed For This. Ryan charts his extraordinary return...

Ask director Ben Younger about his new film, Bleed For This, and he glows with enthusiasm: eyes flashing behind his large glasses, he'll talk eagerly about the energy among the cast and the stress of shooting a period boxing drama on such a tight budget. Ask him about his first movie, the 2000 crime drama Boiler Room, and the words flow less easily. There's a hint of regret in his voice, a pause or two as he thinks about exactly the right response: not because the movie wasn't any good - far from it, in fact - but because, he suggests, its success came a little too early and easily.

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