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Stefanie Sherk Dies: Canadian Actress, Model, Wife Of Actor Demian Bichir Was 37

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Demian Bichir announced the death of his wife, Canadian actress, writer and model Stefanie Sherk, in an emotional message Wednesday on Instagram. Sherk died “peacefully” on April 20, the actor wrote. He did not mention a cause of death. She was 37.

“It has been the saddest and toughest time of our lives and we don’t know how much time it will take for us to overcome this pain,” he said in his post with a picture of Sherk. “It is our sincerest hope that our beautiful Stefanie, my angel and love of my life, will rest in eternal peace.”

He asked for respect during his time of mourning.

According to Sherk’s IMDb profile, she began dating Bichir in 2010 and they married the following year. The couple did not have children together. She became mother to Bichir’s daughter Gala from a previous relationship, born in 2011.

Born in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada,
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Solstice Studios On ‘Manhunt;’ Will Remake Japanese Cult Classic ‘Shield Of Straw’ This Year

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Exclusive: Solstice Studios has acquired and is fast-tracking late summer or early fall start Manhunt, the working title of an action film based on the Kazuhiro Kiuchi Japanese novel and the Takashi Miike-directed cult classic film Shield of Straw. The American remake is produced in association with Depth of Field, Nippon TV and Anew. Andrew Miano, Dan Balgoyen and Naoki Kitazima are the producers, with Paul & Chris Weitz, Sanford Climan, and Naomi Hatta the exec producers.

The screenplay for the American version is written by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt (the Olympus Has Fallen series). They will also be executive producers.

Manhunt is an action-thriller that begins with the brutal murder of the granddaughter of a wealthy man. Her grieving grandfather issues a challenge heard around the world: “Kill the murderer, and I’ll pay you $1 billion. If you die in the process, the money goes to your family.
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TCM celebrates 10 years of film festivals: Our first-person account includes ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ ‘Nashville’

TCM took over the famed Chinese Theater in Hollywood for four days earlier this month for its 10th annual classic film festival. Network honchos hailed the festival as their biggest ever with 129 separate events. The film screenings had movie fans scrambling all over town for viewings, discussions and info sessions, sometimes successfully and sometimes with disappointing results. Below, take a look at my first-hand account covering the 2019 TCM Film Festival for Gold Derby.

Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan reunited for the opening night screening of “When Harry Met Sally,” which celebrated the film’s 30th anniversary. Along with director Rob Reiner, the two provided many memories of the film and yes, of course, reminisced about the film’s famous delicatessen scene. Crystal was also honored the next day by having his footprints placed in the forecourt of the famed Hollywood landmark theater.

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Hollywood Filmmaker Brothers, From the Russos to the Farrellys (Photos)

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Hollywood Filmmaker Brothers, From the Russos to the Farrellys (Photos)
Joe and Anthony Russo

The Russo brothers exploded onto the scene with “Captain America: The Winter Solider” after toiling in television with shows like “Community.” Next up, the brothers have back-to-back “Avengers” movies dropping in 2018 and 2019.

Matt and Ross Duffer

The Duffer brothers are identical twin brothers best known for writing and directing a number of science fiction and horror films and television shows before hitting critical mass with “Stranger Things” on Netflix. The show returns for the second season this October.

Paul and Chris Weitz

The filmmaking brothers Paul and Chris Weitz broke through with the blockbuster 1999 teen sex comedy “American Pie.” Last year, Amazon Studios signed a two-year first-look deal with the Weitz brothers production company Depth of Field.

Jon and Andrew Erwin

The Erwin brothers, known for their Christian film resume, have directed four feature films, including “October Baby,” “Mom’s Night Out” and “Woodlawn.” Their latest faith-based drama,
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story originally hid its Death Star connection and ended with a wedding

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story originally hid its Death Star connection and featured a happier ending.

There’s no question that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a huge success, popular with both fans and critics, while also making large sums at the box office. The film, however, underwent many iterations before arriving at its final version, which leads one to wonder how it would have fared if another path was chosen.

One of Rogue One‘s writers Chris Weitz has revealed a couple of those different paths, telling the Cult Popture podcast (via The Playlist) about what the film was like before he came on board as a writer:

“The version prior to [mine] didn’t have everyone die. As a matter of fact, it ended with a wedding. I think it was on the presumption that Disney wouldn’t allow characters to die with such abandon. I
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Originally Had A Much Happier Ending

2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story concluded on a famously dark note that saw its Rebel heroes follow through on their shared commitment to give their lives to the cause. But if the movie had stuck with the trajectory proposed in an early script, then things could’ve ended on a much cheerier note.

Speaking on the Cult Popture podcast, writer Chris Weitz recalled how a draft from writer Gary Whitta concluded the story with a wedding:

“The version prior to [mine] didn’t have everyone die. As a matter of fact, it ended with a wedding. I think it was on the presumption that Disney wouldn’t allow characters to die with such abandon.”

As we now know, the Mouse House was happy to give the go-ahead to killing off the entire central cast, and if you ask Weitz, the sad fate of our heroes was true to the
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'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Writer Reveals Changes From Earlier Scripts

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Writer Reveals Changes From Earlier Scripts
Three years after its release (following a troubled postproduction) even more details of what was changed in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have emerged, via an interview with one of the movie's writers. For one thing, there was a version with a happy ending.

Chris Weitz, who inherited the screenplay from writer Gary Whitta, revealed during an interview for the CultPopture podcast that when he became involved with the feature, the fan-favorite ending that saw every protagonist sacrifice himself for the mission didn't exist yet.

"The version prior to [my involvement] didn't have everyone die. As a matter ...
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How ‘Rogue One’ Changed From Its Original Script, According to Screenwriter Chris Weitz

How ‘Rogue One’ Changed From Its Original Script, According to Screenwriter Chris Weitz
Plenty of movies get changed on the way from the page to the big screen, but few perhaps as drastically (or infamously) as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The standalone Star Wars film went through dramatic changes in the summer of 2016, which saw significant plot points dropped and whole scenes that appeared in the trailer […]

The post How ‘Rogue One’ Changed From Its Original Script, According to Screenwriter Chris Weitz appeared first on /Film.
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‘Rogue One’ Writer Chris Weitz Talks Differences Between Script & Tony Gilroy’s Final Cut

Over the last several years, there have been a few high-profile blockbuster films that have had historically troubled productions. In 2017, there was all the behind-the-scenes drama with the finishing of “Justice League.” A year prior, David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” went through its fair share of issues. But perhaps the most troubled of them all is 2016’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” And thanks to a new interview with one of the writers, we are finally getting a sense at what all changed between all the drafts, reshoots, and the final product that was presented for fans and earned over $1 billion at the box office.

Continue reading ‘Rogue One’ Writer Chris Weitz Talks Differences Between Script & Tony Gilroy’s Final Cut at The Playlist.
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Original ‘Rogue One’ Script Kept Death Star a Mystery, and More Reveals from Writer Chris Weitz

Original ‘Rogue One’ Script Kept Death Star a Mystery, and More Reveals from Writer Chris Weitz
While the “Star Wars” film franchise is powering forward later this year with the release of J.J. Abrams’ “Episode IX,” the tumultuous production on “Rogue One” remains a talking point among fans. The “Cult Popture” podcast sat down with “Rogue One” co-writer Chris Weitz earlier this year to discuss how the original film script differed from the theatrical cut. Weitz’s script was rewritten by Tony Gilroy when the film was being overhauled by Lucasfilm.

“If you can imagine the beginning of the second act and the end of the second act swapping places, that would not be an inaccurate way to portray how it structurally was changed,” Weitz said of the main difference between his script and Gilroy’s theatrical cut. “The Darth Vader kicking ass I cannot take credit for. That was a later invention. That was different…A lot of the deaths were put in different locations when they were shot.
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Disney reportedly retooling Pinocchio after losing director

Back in January it was announced that Paddington helmer Paul King has vacated the director’s chair on Disney’s planned Pinocchio movie, leaving the fate of the live-action adaptation uncertain.

Well, if a new report from The DisInsider is to be believed, the House of Mouse has decided to retool the project, bringing in Jack Thorne to rewrite the screenplay originally penned by Chris Weitz (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).

According to the site, Disney is looking to shoot Pinocchio in the UK and Italy between June and September of this year, with a budget in the region of $150 million. If so, then presumably we’ll have to get word of a new director and cast in the very near future.

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Weitz Brothers’ Depth Of Field Inks First-Look Deal With Paramount Television

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Weitz Brothers’ Depth Of Field Inks First-Look Deal With Paramount Television
Chris and Paul Weitz’s production company, Depth of Field, has closed a two-year first-look deal with Paramount Television for TV and digital series. The deal went into effect on February 1.

The company’s Andrew Miano, who oversees film, will also shepherd TV projects under the pact. Dan Balgoyen will serve as head of the East Coast office and Britta Rowings will also work in television.

Depth of Field was founded following the Weitz Brothers’ successful directorial debut, American Pie. They then co-directed and co-wrote the hit film About A Boy, for which they earned an Academy Award nomination. In TV, the two co-created and executive together the 2001 series Off Centre.

Depth of Field most recently produced the breakout movie The Farewell, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by Lulu Wang, the film stars Awkwafina with distribution by A24. Depth of Field also is
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Sundance: A24 Nabs Awkwafina’s ‘The Farewell’

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Sundance: A24 Nabs Awkwafina’s ‘The Farewell’
Awkwafina’s wedding dramedy “The Farewell” is close to landing a deal with indie studio A24 following its premiere this week at the Sundance Film Festival. The pact is for worldwide rights and is believed to be in the $6 million range, numerous individuals close to the negotiations told Variety.

The Farewell” stars “Crazy Rich Asians” breakout star Awkwafina as Billi, a Chinese-American woman who travels back to China to visit her ailing grandmother. She discovers a family plot to keep grandma in the dark about her own terminal diagnosis, and agrees to help stage a fake wedding to give the matriarch one last hurrah. The film drew interest from a number of potential buyers, including Amazon and Netflix. But the asking price was a steep one and, in the case of Netflix, the filmmakers wanted a major theatrical release. Interested bidders were only allowed to make a pitch to the
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A24 Near Ww Deal For Sundance Buzz Title ‘The Farewell’

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A24 Near Ww Deal For Sundance Buzz Title ‘The Farewell’
Exclusive: A24 is near to closing what sources said is a $6 milion deal for worldwide rights excluding China on The Farewell, the Lulu Wang-directed comedy that stars Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, and Diana Lin.

A Chinese family discovers that their beloved grandmother has a short time to live. They don’t tell her, but instead stage a wedding so the family can gather before she expires. The film has been a buzz titles since it premiered Friday at Eccles. It is in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category.

Chris Weitz and Andrew Miano produced the film through Depth of Field with Big Beach’s Peter Saraf, Marc Turteltaub, and Dani Melia, and Anita Gou.

What buyers were saying is that while there are subtitles in the film, and it is not as glossy as Crazy Rich Asians, it is similar to that film in that it tells a genuine story infused in Chinese culture,
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A24 closing on $6m worldwide deal for Sundance hit 'The Farewell'

A24 closing on $6m worldwide deal for Sundance hit 'The Farewell'
Streamers and studios had been in pursuit of Lulu Wang crowd-pleaser starring Awkwafina.

A24 is closing on what is undestood to be a $6m deal for worldwide rights to Lulu Wang’s directorial debut The Farewell starring Awkwafina, which became an early Sundance hit following its world premiere in Park City in Friday.

The distributor beat out a number of studios and streamers, all of whom had bid on the film after it lit up The Eccles at its first showing in Us Dramatic Competition. It screens again on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

The deal followed Amazon Studio’s $13m
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David Lubliner Moving To UTA

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Exclusive: Longtime Wme literary agent David Lubliner is moving to UTA.

Lubliner is a stalwart agent who has worked with top-tier clients including About a Boy director and writer Chris Weitz, Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer, Manchester by the Sea’s Kenneth Lonergan, Empire Ep Ilene Chaiken, Dear White People‘s Justin Simien and Unsolved:The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G Ep and director Anthony Hemingway.

This is happening in real time, and it remains to be seen who of that list will end up making the shift over to UTA with Lubliner.

The motion picture lit agent himself was on a list of a number of agents who were thought to be on the move by year’s end. Clearly, today Lubiner is the first of that list to land at a new home.
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Peter Hedges (‘Ben is Back’ director): Addiction drama was deeply ‘personal,’ but he wasn’t expecting to cast son Lucas Hedges [Exclusive Video Interview]

Peter Hedges (‘Ben is Back’ director): Addiction drama was deeply ‘personal,’ but he wasn’t expecting to cast son Lucas Hedges [Exclusive Video Interview]
For Peter Hedges, the opioid epidemic hits close to home. “I lost a close friend to overdose,” he reveals. “My favorite actor ever overdosed and died, and my family nearly lost a close relative.” Though he knew he wanted to tackle the subject in a film, he “didn’t know what story to tell.” But after “a period of intense research that lasted several years” he finally arrived at the plot for “Ben is Back.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Hedges above.

See Five reasons why ‘Ben is Back’ will bring Julia Roberts back to the Oscars

This Roadside Attractions release centers on Ben (played by the director’s son Lucas Hedges), a recovering addict who shows up unexpectedly at his family’s doorstep on Christmas Eve. His mother (Julia Roberts) is determined to keep him from relapsing, while the rest of the family has doubts about his sobriety.
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Operation Finale Starring Ben Kingsley and Oscar Isaac Available Today on Blu-ray

Follow the astonishing true story of an Israeli intelligence agent who brought Hitler’s deadliest lieutenant to justice in the intense and gripping film, Operation Finale, arriving on Digital on November 20, 2018 and on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and On Demand on December 4, 2018 from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Brimming with incredible performances from Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina) and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley (Schindler’s List), Operation Finale is also backed by an amazing supporting cast including Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Bastards), Lior Roz (Fauda), Nick Kroll (Loving), Haley Lu Richardson (The Edge of Seventeen), Joe Alwyn (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk), Pepe Rapazote (Narcos) and Greta Scacchi (Brideshead Revisited) .

Operation Finale is directed by Chris Weitz (About a Boy) from a screenplay by Matthew Orton. The film follows the gripping true story of the 1960 covert mission of legendary Israeli intelligence agent
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The 2019 Sundance Film Festival Reveals Their 112 Movie Lineup

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival has unveiled their impressive lineup of independent films.

I love going to Sundance. It’s one of my favorite movie events to attend. One of the reasons I enjoy it so much is because they are all fresh and original films that tell original stories! For the most part there aren’t a lot of remakes, reboots, and sequels, which are mostly the kinds of films that fill theaters these days.

On top of that, you never know what you’re going to get when you walk into a screening. It could be complete and utter crap, or it could be one of the best films you’ve ever seen. It’s thrilling!

This coming year, The Sundance Film Festival will take place from January 24th to February 3rd, 2019 in Park City, Ut. Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, had this to say in
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Tom Hanks in Talks to Play Geppetto in Disney's Live-Action Pinocchio

Among the list of Disney movies getting the live-action treatment is the classic animated 1940 film, Pinocchio. The story tells the tale of the woodworker Geppetto, desperate for a child of his own, whose wooden boy puppet Pinocchio comes to life and must prove himself as a real boy.

The only info we have so far is that Paul King, director of the Paddington movies, will be directing, with Chris Weitz (About a Boy; Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) writing.

But today we have our first bit of casting news. Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump; Philadelphia; Saving Private Ryan) is in negotiations to play the role of Geppetto. I think this is great news, because in my opinion, everything Hanks touches is gold. He is one of my all-time favorite actors, and I think he would bring a gentleness to the role that Geppetto definitely embodies.

Hanks is a big Hollywood
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