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Hilary Swank – Michael Shannon Drama What They Had Sells to Bleecker Street

The film, which marks Elizabeth Chomko’s feature directing debut also stars Blythe Danner, Robert Forster and Taissa Farmiga.
Bleecker Street has acquired North American rights to writer-director Elizabeth Chomko’s family drama What They Had, starring Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner, Robert Forster and Taissa Farmiga.

The film marks Chomko’s feature directing debut and revolves around a family in crisis. Bridget (Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother’s (Shannon) urging to deal with her mother’s (Danner) Alzheimer’s and her father’s (Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together.

Bleecker Street is planning a 2018 theatrical release.

The film was produced by Keith Kjarval, Bill Holderman, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Alex Saks and Andrew Duncan.

Chomko wrote the Nicholl-winning screenplay. Production recently wrapped in Chicago and Los Angeles.

“I was incredibly moved by Elizabeth’s story of a family working through their collective issues and the heartache of dealing with a loved one affected by Alzheimer’s,” Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen said. “We know audiences will relate to the characters’ love, compassion and humor in dealing with each other.”

Added Chomko: “Making this film has been a true labor of love for me, my creative team and the magnificent cast. I could not be more delighted to include Bleecker Street among our family and have this film be part of theirs.”

Swank is an executive producer along with Wayne Godfrey, Robert Jones, Sefton Fincham, Levi Sheck and Mike Rowe.

“Elizabeth’s refreshing and heartwarming take on a subject that affects so many inspired us thoroughly,” Kjarval said. “With the tremendous cast headed up by Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, and Blythe Danner, we are confident that the very best home for this film was the incredibly classy and successful Bleecker Street whose work we have admired from afar since their formation.”

The deal was negotiated between Kent Sanderson of Bleecker Street with Avy Eschenasy on behalf of Bleecker Street and WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers. Chomko is repped by ICM Partners, Michelle Knudsen of MXN Entertainment and Tara Kole of Gang Tyer Ramer & Brown. International sales are being handled by Bloom.

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/

Hilary Swank Joins Danny Boyle’s FX Limited Series ‘Trust’

Academy Award winner Hilary Swank has been cast in a leading role in the upcoming FX limited series “Trust,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Swank will star as Gail Getty, mother of the kidnapped John Paul Getty III, heir to the Getty oil fortune. It is left to her to pay her son’s multi-million dollar ransom, despite the fact she is broke.

The role marks Swank first TV role since the late 1990’s, when she appeared on such shows as “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Leaving LA,” and “Camp Wilder.” Since then, she has forged an impressive film career, winning Oscars for both “Million Dollar Baby” in 2005 and “Boys Don’t Cry” in 2000. She also won Golden Globes for both films, and was also nominated for a Globe for her role in the TV movie “Iron Jawed Angels.”

Swank will next be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky“ opposite Channing Tatum and Adam Driver, and “55 Steps” with Helena Bonham Carter and Jeffrey Tambor. She is repped by WME and attorney Jeffrey Bernstein.

The first installment of the series is set to debut on FX in January 2018. Swank joins a cast that includes Emmy and Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland as J. Paul Getty, the great oil man and founder of the Getty family dynasty.

The 10-episode first installment of “Trust” is set in 1973, when the young Getty is kidnapped in Rome and his mafia captors are banking on a huge ransom. The series charts the young man’s nightmare ordeal at the hands of kidnappers who cannot understand why nobody seems to want their captive back. The Italian police think it’s a prank and decline to investigate. Paul’s father is lost in a heroin daze in London and refuses to answer the phone. His grandfather is marooned in a Tudor mansion in the English countryside surrounded by five mistresses and a pet lion. Only his mother Gail is left to negotiate with increasingly desperate kidnappers.

The series is being executive produced by Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson. Written by Beaufoy and directed by Boyle, the first installment will be produced by FX Productions, Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films and Snicket Films Limited.

Production will begin in June in London and Rome.

Source: http://variety.com

Hilary Swank’s Mission Statement is a preview of athleisure’s next phase

With Mission Statement, her line of chic “high-performance” apparel that launched in October, Hilary Swank — yes, the two-time Oscar-winning actress — is onto something.

She’s not the first celebrity to launch a collection in the space popularly known as athleisure: Beyoncé has Ivy Park, Kate Hudson has Fabletics, Carrie Underwood has Calia — and that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. And, though noteworthy, the fact that she’s setting a precedent for celebs linked with lines (many of whom are cool with contributing their name and calling it a day) is just icing on the cake. (“I’m doing everything,” she said, regarding the business side of Mission Statement, during a recent call from L.A.)

What the brand really has going for it is that it backs two trends that are on the upswing in the athleisure market: a lifestyle component and a look that skews more “ready-to-wear” than “yoga-ready.”Read More

Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon to Star in Drama ‘What They Had’

Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon and Robert Forster are set to star in What They Had, a drama from writer-director Elizabeth Chomko.

Blythe Danner and Taissa Farmiga are also part of the film’s ensemble cast.

Unified’s Keith Kjarval (Inland Empire), Bill Holderman (A Walk In The Woods), Bona Fide Productions’ Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger (Little Miss Sunshine) and June Pictures’ Alex Saks and Andrew Duncan (Thoroughbred) are producing the indie, which is set to begin production March 22 in Chicago.

The story is centers on a woman (Swank) who must fly back to her hometown when her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother, played by Danner, wanders into a blizzard. The return home forces her to confront her past.

Chomko is an actress and playwright making her screen directorial debut with What They Had. Her script for the film was a recipient Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.

“Elizabeth is an exceptionally talented new voice and we are excited to be partnering with her on her extraordinarily moving directorial debut,” said Unified’s Kjarval. “Hers is a very personal story about a subject that affects millions of people around the world.”

Unified Film Fund II is financing the venture. The fund is allowing Unified to produce three films a year with budgets up to $10 million. Ride, directed by Jeremy Unger and starring Bella Thorne and Jessie T Usher, is the first film from the fund.

WME Global is repping What They Had’s worldwide rights.

Swank, repped by WME and Jackoway Tyerman, last starred as a pianist dealing with ALS in 2014’s You’re Not You. She will next be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky.

Shannon, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work in last year’s Nocturnal Animals, recently wrapped the all-star war drama Horse Soldiers. He is repped by CAA, Wetzel Entertainment and Morris Yorn.

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com

The One Percent to be filmed in Ohio

A state legislator says a new television series will be filmed in northeastern Ohio.

Rep. Kirk Schuring announced this week that the company producing “The One Percent” has committed to the Canton area and northeastern Ohio for filming that’s expected to start in 2018.

The Repository in Canton reports entertainment websites say the drama series will feature Hilary Swank and Greg Kinnear as a couple struggling to save the family farm.

Source: http://www.kansas.com

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s MRC Series ‘The One Percent’ No Longer At Starz

The One Percent, MRC’s drama series from Oscar-winning filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu, is on the move. The project, which originally was picked up by Starz in summer 2014 with a 10-episode straight-to-series order, is now in turnaround after several production start delays led to the pay cable network pulling out as U.S. broadcaster.

MRC, which previously worked with Iñárritu on the Oscar-nominated feature Babel, remains fully committed to the series, which will star Greg Kinnear and Hilary Swank. Swank had been attached from the get-go, Kinnear was recently cast as the male lead, replacing Ed Helms who was originally set to play the role. MRC will look for a new distributor.

Iñárritu, who won back-to-back directing Oscars fro Birdman and The Revenant, is known for filming his movies in sequence. The unconventional method of shooting is not easy or cheap to pull off, and, coupled with weather issues, led to budget and filming schedule overages on The Revenant. The movie went on to become a box office hit and win three Oscars for Iñárritu, star Leonardo DiCaprio and cinematographer Emmanuel ‘Chivo’ Lubezki.

Iñárritu is applying the same style to The One Percent, which he also plans to film in sequence at a specific location, a farm in the Midwest. Trying to sync up the two has led to a series of delays and Starz’ exit. In 2013, the pay cable network also pulled out of its commitment to air Sky Atlantic’s drama series Fortitude when the production schedule changed and it no longer could be delivered at the agreed upon date.Read More

Spark: A Space Tail Trailer Gets Into Some Serious Monkey Business

Watch as adventure goes bananas in the first official trailer for Spark: A Space Tail, which is set to hit theaters nationwide April 14. Join Spark and friends in the new action-packed animated comedy starring Jace Norman, Jessica Biel, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Stewart and Hilary Swank. In addition to the first trailer, we also have the first poster which features Spark and the rest of his crew.

This story centers on Spark (Jace Norman), a wisecracking teen living on an abandoned planet with his friends Chunk and Vix. Thirteen years ago the power-hungry General Zhong seized control of their planet Beta, wiping out Spark’s family and sending him into hiding. But now they’ve learned of Zhong’s plan to wipe out the entire universe using the deadly space Kraken, and no one but Spark can stop him. An action-packed space odyssey filled with humor and heart, Spark is an epic adventure about becoming the hero you were born to become.

Jessica Biel voices Vix while Rob deLeeuw voices Chunk, Susan Sarandon voices Bananny, Patrick Stewart voices The Captain, Hilary Swank voices The Queen, Athena Karkanis voices Koko, A.C. Peterson voices Zhong and writer-director Aaron Woodley voices Floyd. The filmmaker has taken the helm on live-action dramas such as The Entitled, Rhinoceros Eyes and Tennessee, while also directing episodes of the animated show Glenn Martin, DDS and the Canadian anthology series Curious and Unusual Deaths.

The film is produced by Youngki Lee, Harry Linden, Wookyung Jung, Tracy Grant and Jun Zheng. Open Road Films has set an April 14, 2017 release date for Spark: A Space Tail, which faces what could be the biggest blockbuster this spring, Universal’s The Fate of the Furious. It hasn’t been confirmed how many theaters both movies will be released in quite yet, but The Fate of the Furious is expected to easily take the top spot this weekend. Its predecessor, Furious 7, took in $147.1 million during its opening weekend in 2015.



Source: http://movieweb.com