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

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.



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Logan Lucky gets August release date

Bleecker Street will distribute Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky” in partnership with Fingerprint Releasing, the director’s newly formed entertainment company. The heist comedy stars Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, and a platinum-coiffed Daniel Craig. It also marks Soderbergh’s return to the big screen after a four-year hiatus, during which he flirted with retirement, did a spot of painting, and oversaw the very bloody medical drama “The Knick” for Cinemax.

The film is about two brothers Jimmy (Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Driver) who set out to execute an elaborate robbery during a widely watched car race. “Logan Lucky” will hit theaters on Aug. 18. It will face off against “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” and “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature.”

The film also stars Katherine Waterston, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, David Denman, Macon Blair, Jack Quaid, and Brian Gleeson. The original screenplay is by Rebecca Blunt. Gregory Jacobs, Mark Johnson, Reid Carolin, and Tatum served as producers. Zane Stoddard of Nascar is an executive producer, along with Michael Polaire and Dan Fellman.

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Open Road Nabs Domestic Rights to ‘Spark’ With Hilary Swank, Jessica Biel

Open Road Films has acquired domestic distribution rights to “Spark,” an upcoming animated release that features the voices of Hilary Swank, Susan Sarandon, and Jessica Biel.

The film is inspired the 16th-century Chinese novel, “Journey to the West,” and follows a teenage monkey who leads a space expedition to save the planet from a cruel dictator. Patrick Stewart of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” fame, and Jace Norman from Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger,” round out the voice cast. Aaron Woodley (“The Entitled”) directs and wrote the screenplay with Doug Hadders and Adam Rotstein. Open Road Films plans to release the film on April 14, 2017. The studio previously had an animation success with “The Nut Job” films. Its other films include the Best Picture-winning “Spotlight,” “Nightcrawler,” and “Chef.”

“Spark” is a co-production with ToonBox Entertainment, Redrover Co., Ltd, Shanghai Hoongman Technology Co., Ltd. and Gulfstream Pictures.

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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

Spark premiere in the fall

Spark had premiere at TAAFI2016. Spark is Hilary’s first animated film she’s worked on.

Helena Bonham Carter and Hilary Swank shooting “55 Steps”

The film is about a lawyer defending a schizophrenic patient. It’s a story that takes place in San Francisco in 1989. It is based on a true story,. The film details the real-life case of Eleanor Riise (Bonham-Carter), a woman in a mental hospital who hired a lawyer (Swank) to sue the medical establishment.



ToonBox’s ‘Spark’ to Open TAAFI

The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) has announced the Official Selection of shots and feature films for the 2016 edition, taking place April 22 to 25. Alongside the screenings, TAAFI will present workshops, discussions and industry events. Early Bird passes for the festival are on sale now.

The opening night film will be the World Premiere of Spark, a CG-animated feature from ToonBox Entertainment in Toronto, co-produced by Red Rover and Shanghai Hoongman Technology. Spark is directed by Aaron Woodley and features the voices of Jessica Biel and Hilary Swank.

Source: http://www.animationmagazine.net

Hilary Swank, Tom Wilkinson Starring in Holocaust Denial Drama

In a pre-Cannes move, Hilary Swank and Tom Wilkinson have come on board “Denial,” which is based on Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.”

Participant Media developed the project with BBC Films and they are in discussions to co-finance. Alison Thompson is handling international sales and will introduce “Denial” at Cannes.

David Hare (“The Reader”) has adapted the book. It recounts Lipstadt’s legal battle against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. Because the English legal system puts the burden of proof on the accused, Lipstadt and her legal team had to prove that the Holocaust actually happened and that Irving had manipulated data to make history vanish.

Mick Jackson (“Temple Grandin”) is directing. Producers are Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff under their Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment banner alongside Shoebox Films.

Swank is represented by CAA and Wilkinson by Lou Coulson Associates and Larry Taube. Jackson is repped by Equitable Stewardship for Artists and Hare is repped by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.

Source: http://variety.com/