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Red Crown Acquires Screenplay ‘Queen’ Based On Article From Trans Activist Corey Rae

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Exclusive: Trans activist and model Corey Rae is getting a second crown — so to speak. Red Crown Productions has acquired the rights to Harry Tarre’s screenplay Queen which is based on Rae’s article “How I Became the World’s First Transgender Prom Queen — A Personal Essay.”

As the title of the article suggests, the screenplay is based on the true story of Rae’s real-life high school transition process and how she became the world’s first openly transgender prom queen. The film will be produced by Daniel Crown and Yoni Liebling of Red Crown Productions, and executive produced by Corey Rae and Harry Tarre, along with Amanda Crown, the Creative Executive, who brought the picture to Red Crown.

Rae first shared her story publicly on her blog in 2016 after transitioning (2009-2012). She looks to help break social stigmas surrounding transgender women. “I couldn’t be more excited
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Jessica Chastain & Andrew Garfield To Play Disgraced Televangelists In Michael Showalter’s ‘Tammy Faye’

Michael Showalter has turned from one of the guys behind “Wet Hot American Summer” into an acclaimed comedic director in no time, thanks to his work on his two recent films “Hello, My Name is Doris” (delightful and underseen) and, of course, “The Big Sick,” which was nominated for an Oscar in 2018. Now, Showalter is keeping his director’s chair warm with a new feature film, joined by two of the biggest stars in the world.

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‘Dispatches From Elsewhere’: Richard E. Grant, Sally Field & Eve Lindley To Star In Jason Segel’s AMC Anthology Series

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‘Dispatches From Elsewhere’: Richard E. Grant, Sally Field & Eve Lindley To Star In Jason Segel’s AMC Anthology Series
Richard E. Grant, coming off his Oscar-nominated turn in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Oscar winner Sally Field and Eve Lindley (Mr. Robot) are set as leads opposite Jason Segel in Dispatches From Elsewhere, AMC’s hourlong anthology series created by and starring Segel. The 10-episode series is scheduled to begin production this summer in Philadelphia.

Dispatches From Elsewhere, which will feature elements across multiple platforms, is about a group of ordinary people who stumble onto a puzzle hiding just behind the veil of everyday life. They will come to find that the mystery winds far deeper than they ever imagined.

Grant will play the charismatic leader of a secret organization. Field will play a housewife who recently lost her husband of many years. Transgender actress Lindley will portray y a transgender woman who dropped out of grad school and now works as a docent at an art museum.
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‘The Last Shot’ Basketball Comedy In The Works With ‘SNL’ Scribe Alum Andrew Steele, Red Crown & Funny Or Die

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‘The Last Shot’ Basketball Comedy In The Works With ‘SNL’ Scribe Alum Andrew Steele, Red Crown & Funny Or Die
Exclusive: Funny or Die creative director and former Saturday Night Live head writer Andrew Steele is penning The Last Shot, a comedy set in the basketball world that is being produced by Red Crown Productions and Funny Or Die. Sports Illustrated writer Lee Jenkins, who has covered the NBA extensively over the last 11 years, will be making contributions to the script.

Pic will be produced by Daniel Crown and Yoni Liebling of Red Crown Productions, and Mike Farah and Joe Farrell of Funny Or Die.

“This is as close as I’ll ever get to my lifelong dream of ever playing in the NBA,” said Steele.

“We are thrilled to announce our involvement with The Last Shot and to have the incredible writing of Andrew Steele and the NBA knowledge and expertise of Lee Jenkins to help bring this story to the screen,” said Crown, Founder of Red Crown Productions.
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‘New Girl’ Star Max Greenfield Joins Taraji P. Henson in ‘What Men Want’ (Exclusive)

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‘New Girl’ Star Max Greenfield Joins Taraji P. Henson in ‘What Men Want’ (Exclusive)
With “New Girl” wrapping up its final season, star Max Greenfield has signed on to join Taraji P. Henson in Paramount Players’ “What Men Want,” sources tell Variety.

Tracy Morgan is also on board to join the cast.

Variety first reported on Feb. 2 that Adam Shankman had signed on to direct the film, which is inspired by the Nancy Meyers 2000 rom-com “What Women Want.” Will Packer and James Lopez are producing and Shankman is executive producing.

The original movie starred Mel Gibson as a marketing exec who suddenly has the ability to hear what women are thinking after a freak accident. In the remake, the roles are reversed, with Henson playing a sports agent who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When she gains the power to hear men’s thoughts, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar.
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Tye Sheridan’s Romance-Drama ‘All Summers End’ Bought by Gravitas (Exclusive)

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Gravitas Ventures has acquired all U.S. rights to Tye Sheridan’s coming-of -age film “All Summers End” for a June 1 release.

Written and directed by Kyle Wilamowski (“Snow Angels”), the film also stars Kaitlyn Dever, Pablo Schreiber, Austin Abrams, Annabeth Gish, Ryan Lee, Paula Malcomson and Bill Sage.

Sheridan, the lead in Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” portrays a teenage boy who falls in love while grappling with his guilty conscience over a prank that’s gone awry. The film, formerly titled “Grass Stains,” premiered last year at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

“Powerful performances from leads Tye Sheridan and Kaitlyn Dever tell the story of first love and first loss that will resonate with all audiences,” Laura Florence, VP of sales and marketing for Gravitas, said. “It’s a very relatable tale of those emotional awakenings that can be razor sharp and unforgettable.”

Producers are Steven Olivera of Deckplate Films,
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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle Of Dogs’ Wins SXSW Audience Award In Headliners Section

Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle Of Dogs’ Wins SXSW Audience Award In Headliners Section
Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated Isle of Dogs took the Audience Award in the Headliners section at SXSW, a trophy previously won the past three years by such movies as Baby Driver, Demolition and the Sally Field pic Hello, My Name Is Doris. Isle of Dogs, which opens Friday, follows a young boy (Koyu Rankin) in Japan looking for his lost dog after all the canine pets have been exiled to a garbage dump. Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Jeff Goldblum
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‘The Death of Stalin’ Lives as the First Big Specialized Opener of 2018

‘The Death of Stalin’ Lives as the First Big Specialized Opener of 2018
New blood! “The Death of Stalin” came along just in time to replace the aging awards titles that dominated the specialized world since October. In its initial two-city platform, audiences embraced the unlikely comedy involving a group of famous Soviet figures who plan to kill the Communist despot. Maybe the Oscar hangover won’t be so bad this year.

Two other wider releases — “The Leisure Seeker” and “Thoroughbreds” — had larger grosses, but far lower per-theater averages. Neither suggest much traction.

Opening

The Death of Stalin (IFC) – Metacritic: 88; Festivals include: Toronto 2017, Sundance 2018

$181,308 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $45,307

Armando Iannucci’s early-1950s, Moscow-set comedy that surrounding plotting and maneuvers at the dictator’s demise is the first 2018 platform release to suggest crossover appeal. The $45,000 PTA in four New York/Los Angeles theaters is impressive; it’s just behind “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “While We’re Young,” both in
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Meryl Streep in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’: A look back at her 20th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’: A look back at her 20th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 20 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Award, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In 2015, more than a decade since their collaboration on “The Manchurian Candidate,” Meryl Streep and filmmaker Jonathan Demme reunited on what would prove the director’s final motion picture. “Ricki and the Flash”, written by another Oscar winner (Diablo Cody), cast Streep as a wannabe-rock star who abandoned her family to chase her dreams. She later returns home, hoping to reconcile, to a chilly reception.

While “Ricki and the Flash” has its passionate proponents, the film was greeted that August to a lukewarm critical reception and modest box office – Streep’s lowest-grossing live action feature in nearly a decade. Even more
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'Batman v Superman' Dominates the Box Office, Opening Over $420 Million Worldwide

'Batman v Superman' Dominates the Box Office, Opening Over $420 Million Worldwide
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ruled the box office this weekend, both in international and domestic markets, bringing home an estimated $424.1 million worldwide. The record-breaking performance saw the film set a new domestic March opening weekend record and it also serves as the largest domestic opening for Warner Bros. ever. And while the clash of superhero titans was doing it's thing, Universal's counter-programming release in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 also performed well as did Roadside's Hello, My Name is Doris and Bleecker Street's Eye in the Sky. With an estimated $170.1 million, Batman v Superman topped the March opening weekend record previously held by The Hunger Games at $152.5 million. Should estimates hold, and WB seems to be confident they will, this also tops the $169.1 million Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 opened with in 2011, making it the largest domestic opening for the studio. This is also the largest Easter opening,
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Sally Field Overcame Sexism to Become a Hollywood Legend

Sally Field Overcame Sexism to Become a Hollywood Legend
Sally Field currently has a little indie that's turning into a giant critical hit, and now the Hello, My Name Is Doris star is chatting with People and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle to reminisce on her decades-long career as an actress on stage and screen. The two-time Oscar winner reflects on what inspired her as a young actor, telling Cagle that growing up female in the 1950s felt repressive at the time, but ultimately allowed her to become a better performer. "I lived in an environment where emotions and all the colors that women are were really not allowed at the dinner table,
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Casting Net: Kumail Nanjiani, Natasha Lyonne board Michael Showalter comedy; Plus, Nick Offerman, more

Casting Net: Kumail Nanjiani, Natasha Lyonne board Michael Showalter comedy; Plus, Nick Offerman, more
Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani and Orange Is the New Black’s Natasha Lyonne are set to join the ensemble cast of Michael Showalter’s Hello, My Name is Doris. Kyle Mooney (Saturday Night Live) and Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) have also boarded the comedy, which stars Sally Field as a woman who, in the wake of her mother’s death, decides to pursue a co-worker (Max Greenfield) and discover the local hipster scene. [The Wrap]

Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) will play Kyle Gallner’s father-figure in Welcome to Happiness, which Variety describes as a metaphysical drama about a children’s book
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