Hollywood stars coming to Canton to film TV series

A downtown developer says a star-studded cast is preparing to film a TV series in Northeast Ohio and that Stark County will be a “major player” in the production.

Steve Coon, who refurbished the Historic Onesto Hotel and Event Center and is finishing the neighboring Bliss Lofts, said Hilary Swank and Ed Harris are among the actors involved and that filming will be in the Cleveland, Akron and Canton regions, with downtown Canton having a significant role.

“They’re going to be here and it’s going to be a big deal,” he said.

The production team has selected locations and will begin filming “right away,” he said.

Coon, who owns high-end housing facilities across the state of Ohio, declined comment on how he knows about the filming and his relationship to the situation.

Swank and Harris are slated to appear in a TV series called “The One Percent,” according to articles from several national entertainment websites. The show was picked up by the Starz network for 10 episodes and will feature Swank as the wife of actor Ed Helms, who is struggling to save the family farm.

Source: http://www.cantonrep.com

Hilary Latest To Board Steven Soderbergh Heist Film ‘Logan Lucky’

Hilary Swank is joining what has shaped up to be fun and interesting cast for Steven Soderbergh’s heist film Logan Lucky — a story about brothers who plan a crime during a NASCAR race in Charlotte, NC. Swank joins Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Katherine Heigl, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane and Riley Keough (Magic Mike, The Girlfriend Experience). The film is being produced by Mark Johnson, Gregory Jacobs and Reid Carolin.

Swank has earned two Best Actress Oscars for her work in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby and Kimberly Peirce’s Boys Don’t Cry. More recently, she starred in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The One Percent for Starz opposite Ed Helms and Ed Harris and is filming Billie August’s 55 Steps with Helena Bonham Carter playing a lawyer who defends a schizophrenic woman’s right against invasive medical procedures.

Swank is repped by WME and Jeff Bernstein at Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.

Source: http://deadline.com

Hilary will be receiving a Bambi Awards

Two Oscars and two Golden Globes: Hilary Swank has won Hollywood’s most important awards. During this year’s BAMBI award ceremony in Berlin on 12 November she will be receiving the BAMBI for “International Actress”.

Her award-winning roles in “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Million Dollar Baby” showcased her immense talent and led to her major breakthrough as a highly respected actress. The women played by Hilary Swank often have a kind of supernatural energy. They are born fighters like the main character in “You’re Not You”, her latest movie. Swank plays a woman with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (A.L.S.), who struggles to be treated as an ordinary woman despite her condition. The progressive ailment, that affects nerve cells in the brain, attracted the attention of the German public when the painter Jörg Immendorff, who suffered from A.L.S., died in 2007.

The BAMBI-jury explains: „Hilary Swank’s biggest talent is her transparency; she grants insight into the souls of the women she plays. In the movie ‘You’re Not You’ Swank plays a gifted concert pianist who is hit by a fateful blow, an incurable illness. Like in an open book, Swank allows us to read her feelings, torn between resignation and rebellion. She is dependent on aid, but does not like to be helped. Eventually, she develops a wonderful friendship with her unconventional caregiver, played by Emmy Rossum. As usual, Hilary Swank plays a very delicate woman with a strong will who is a determined fighter. She has the ability to make us laugh and cry the very next moment. Hilary Swank knows how to express strong feelings without overacting.”

BAMBI, Germany’s most important media award and one of the biggest social events of the year, takes place in Berlin on 12 November 2015. Television channel “Das Erste” will broadcast the show live from the Theater am Potsdamer Platz at 20:15.

Source: http://www.bambi-awards.com

Hilary Swank Moves To WME

Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank has joined WME. This is a big get for the agency, with the versatile actress capable of moving between multiple genres and ready to return to the heights of a career that saw her win two Best Actress Oscars by the age of 30. Swank joins from CAA. Her most recent film, The Homesman in which she starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones, John Lithgow, James Spader and Meryl Streep premiered at Cannes last year.

wank memorably earned her two Best Actress Oscars for her work in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby and Kimberly Peirce’s ahead-of-its-time transgender drama Boys Don’t Cry. Other credits include New Year’s Eve, P.S. I Love You and Freedom Writers.

She will next star in MRC and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The One Percent for Starz opposite Ed Helms and Ed Harris. Swank continues to be repped by attorney Jeff Bernstein.

Source: http://deadline.com

Hilary Swank, Susan Sarandon Join Animated ‘Spark’

Hilary Swank and Susan Sarandon have taken voice roles in the 3D animated comedy “Spark,” joining Jessica Biel and Jace Norman.

“Spark” is directed by Aaron Woodley for ToonBox Entertainment, Redrover Co. and Gulfstream Pictures, which teamed on “The Nut Job.”

It’s the first time Swank has been cast for her voice in an animated feature. She’ll voice a noble queen, and Sarandon will voice a nanny robot.

The story follows a teenage monkey, Spark; a battle-ready fox; and a tech-savvy warthog as they embark on a mission to take back their planet from a power-mad general. The film is currently in production with plans for a 2016 release.

The film is produced by ToonBox and Redrover, in association with Gulfstream Pictures, which is handling U.S. sales. Executive producers are Hong Kim, Jay HJ Ahn and Daniel Woo and Gulfstream Pictures’ Mike Karz and Bill Bindley.

Redrover is fully financing.

Source: http://variety.com

San Diego Film Critics Nomination

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Hilary Swank, “The Homesman”
Mia Wasikowska, “Tracks”

Source: http://www.hitfix.com

Starz Picks Up Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s TV Drama ‘One Percent’

The premium cable network will air 10 episodes of the Ed Helms, Hilary Swank and Ed Harris starrer.

Starz is adding to its scripted roster, giving a straight-to-series pickup for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s TV drama The One Percent.

The premium cable network has picked up 10 episodes of the drama starring Ed Helms, Hilary Swank and Ed Harris, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

One Percent is set in the world of organic farming. Helms will play Alfred Murphy, a member of a dysfunctional family struggling to keep their farm from financial ruin, until a bizarre twist of fate changes their lives forever. Swank will play Helms’ wife, Laura Murphy, while Harris will play the family patriarch Nathaniel Cobb.

Inarritu (Babel) created the drama and will direct the first two episodes of the entry, which he co-created with Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Nicolas Giacobone and Armando Bo. They previously collaborated on Inarritu’s latest film Birdman, with One Percent reuniting the Oscar nominee with Babel’s MRC.

The One Percent marks MRC’s third straight-to-series order — and second at Starz — joining Seth MacFarlane comedy Blunt Talk, starring Patrick Stewart. The banner also has drama pilot Knifeman in the works at AMC.

The drama was first announced in November, with additional casting underway for MRC, the studio behind Netflix’s House of Cards. Starz will retain all domestic multiplatform rights, including television, home entertainment and digital.

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com

Ed Helms, Hilary Swank & Ed Harris In Talks To Star In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s MRC Series ‘One Percent’

Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s MRC series is taking shape, with Ed Helms, Hilary Swank and Ed Harris in various stages of negotiations to topline the hourlong project. In his U.S. TV debut, the Oscar-nominated Iñárritu will direct the series, titled One Percent, which he co-created with Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolas Giacobone, and Armando Bo. The four recently collaborated on the script of Iñárritu’s latest feature, black comedy Birdman Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance, which opened this year’s Venice Film Festival in its world premiere and was just selected as the closing night title for New York Film Festival.

One Percent is set against the backdrop of the organic farming community. Helms and Swank would play a husband and wife who are struggling professionally and personally to keep their business afloat, while Harris would play the family patriarch. MRC is expected to take the project out to buyers in a few weeks, likely seeking straight-to-series order, which has been the company’s strategy. It has been able to secure two-season pickups for its David Fincher-Kevin Spacey drama House Of Cards at Netflix and the Seth MacFarlane comedy at Starz. One Percent, which had been in the works at MRC for about nine months, reunites the company with Iñárritu after previously working with the Mexican director on his Oscar-nominated Babel. The Office and Hangover star Helms is with CAA, Principato Young and Ira Schrek. Oscar winner Swank, repped by CAA, will next be seen opposite Tommy Lee Jones in The Homesman. Oscar nominee Harris also is with CAA.

Source: http://www.deadline.com

TV Pilot Season: Hilary Swank, Adam Pally, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jeffrey Dean Morgan Top Network Wish Lists

With more than 80 pilots — some of them already picked up to series — the race to cast the hundreds of roles in the dramas and comedies in contention for 2014-15 is well underway. Casting directors now find themselves in the annual scramble to lure stars who are both available and willing to commit to either multiple seasons, or in some cases, short-order limited series.

The increase in “limited” — or “event” — programming is helping to lure big names from the film world, with Hilary Swank, Diane Lane, Jennifer Garner, Luke Wilson, Ryan Phillippe and James Marsden all receiving multiple offers.
“Broadcasters have finally learned that they have to compete with cable and are getting more edgier and better material — and directors, including Lee Daniels,” one talent agent says, pointing to Halle Berry (CBS’ Extant), Zoe Saldana (NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby) and Jessica Lange (FX’s American Horror Story) turning to TV.

“Everyone is fair game. TV has become so significant and it’s so much better than film — and there’s more money in TV than in features,” another talent manager says. “Actors who would not have done TV before are now open to doing that — especially with the success of Netflix.”

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com

Hilary Swank movie finishes shooting in Wilmington

Tuesday marked the last day that an HBO movie starring Hilary Swank, entitled Mary and Martha, filmed in Wilmington.

A driving scene will feature Swank driving through Wilmington; however, with the use of a green screen, it will appear is though she is driving in Washington, DC.

WECT’s cameras caught Swank waving as she was departing from the set.

The rest of the film will be shot in Africa.

Source: http://www.wect.com/