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Hilary Swank to Star in James Patterson Audible Originals

Hilary Swank, Sanaa Lathan, Aaron Paul and Krysten Ritter are set to lend their voices for Audible Originals releasing next year in collaboration with James Patterson Entertainment.

Audible Inc. announced Monday that the stars will narrate three new originals from the author: Zero Tolerance starring Swank, The Justice starring Lathan, and The Coldest Case Season 2 with Paul and Ritter. The three scripted audio drama releases will be available exclusively on Audible.

In Zero Tolerance, Swank will star as Sergeant Jo Barnes whose all-female U.S. Army investigative team is known for solving sex crime cases within the military. After their new mission takes them to the Mojave Desert amid the mysterious disappearance of Private Nichelle Simmons — a soldier who accused a comrade of assault — things take a turn when the accused is set free.

The original, co-written by Duane Swierczynski and also starring Christine Ko, Melonie Diaz and a full cast, will release on Aug. 24.

The Justice is an 8-part audio thriller centered on Beth Garner (Lathan), the newest Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, who becomes entangled in the dark secrets of her mentor and hero, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Clayton Erlenborn. The original, co-written by Aaron Cooley and also starring Susan Kelechi Watson and Luke Tennie, releases in early 2024.


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Vertical Acquires Crime Thriller ‘Mother’s Milk’ Starring Hilary Swank, Olivia Cooke & Jack Reynor

Vertical has picked up rights to the crime thriller Mother’s Milk, directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte (As You Are), with plans to distribute it in North America, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. The film in which two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) stars opposite Olivia Cooke (House of the Dragon) and Jack Reynor (Midsommar) will hit theaters across North America beginning September 1, debuting in the other territories shortly thereafter.

Written by Joris-Peyrafitte and Madison Harrison, Mother’s Milk follows journalist Marissa Bennings (Swank) who, after the murder of her estranged son, forms an unlikely alliance with his pregnant girlfriend Paige (Cooke) to track down those responsible for his death. Together they confront a world of corruption and drugs in the underbelly of a small city in upstate New York. And as they get closer to the truth, they unearth an even darker secret.

Also starring Dilone, Hopper Penn, Norm Lewis and Karen Aldridge, the film is produced by Shaun Sanghani of SSS Entertainment, as well as Siena Oberman of Artemis Pictures and Emma Tillinger Koskoff of First Love Films. Swank and Joris-Peyrafitte exec produced along with Peter Winther, Luke Daniels, Brent Stiefel and Justin Lothrop of Votiv Films, Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder and Greg Little of Priority Pictures, Peter Jarowey and Rich Goldberg of Vertical, and Jeffrey Giles and Michael Lurie of The Syndicate.

Sanghani’s SSS Film Capital financed the pic, with his sales banner The Syndicate handling worldwide sales, co-repping domestic with UTA Independent.

Said Mother’s Milk‘s producers of the acquisition, “Vertical has had success with exclusive theatrical releases on several of their recent titles and when we heard they wanted to go down this same path with us, we were thrilled. It’s apparent we all share the same passion and confidence in this beautiful, engaging film that Miles has crafted behind our amazing actors and their top-notch performances.”

“This film will capture your attention from the very first moment,” added Vertical Partner Jarowey. “Hilary and Olivia’s performances are perfection, leaving your heart racing with every twist and turn. It’s a thrill to re-team with producer Shaun Sanghani and be working with Miles again who has delivered a performance driven narrative that is on the pulse of current events here in the US and around the world. We know audiences will be riveted once they are able to see it in theaters this summer.”


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‘Alaska Daily’ Canceled After One Season At ABC

ABC has canceled Hilary Swank-led drama series Alaska Daily after one season. The news is not surprising as the freshman series was not able to establish itself and find a sizable following.

From Tom McCarthy, the series follows fiercely talented and award-winning investigative journalist Eileen Fitzgerald (Swank) who leaves her high-profile New York life behind after a fall from grace to join a daily metro newspaper in Anchorage on a journey to find both personal and professional redemption.

As a reporter for a local metro newspaper, Eileen is investigating a cold case stacked with missing indigenous women with scarce details in desperate need of fresh eyes. The dark spaces where she has to investigate reveal the city’s seedy underbelly that could prove to be dangerous for Eileen as she begins to uncover secrets many would rather stay buried.


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Hilary Swank Welcomes Twins

Hilary Swank is officially a mom of two!

The Oscar-winning actress, 48, has welcomed her twins with husband Philip Schneider, she announced on Instagram Sunday.

“It wasn’t easy. But boy (and girl!) was it worth it. 👼🏼🤍👼🏼, the Alaska Daily star wrote, captioning a photo of her holding her newborn babies on each shoulder, while looking out at a sunset across the water.

“Happy Easter! 🐣🐣,” she added. “Posting from pure Heaven. 🙌🏽.”

Many of Swank’s famous followers sent her congratulations, including Kate Hudson, Viola Davis, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Mariska Hargitay, Debra Messing and Katie Couric.

“God bless honey,’ said Sharon Stone. “This is the most extraordinary journey ever ❣️🌹so happy for you all.”

Swank announced her pregnancy on Good Morning America in October 2022, sharing that she and Schneider would be on double duty.

“This is something that I’ve been wanting for a long time and my next thing is I’m gonna be a mom,” said the actress at the time. “And not just of one, but of two. I can’t believe it.”

Since then, Swank has been sharing milestones of her pregnancy on social media, including a video in January in which she showed that she wasn’t letting her pregnancy slow down her physical routine..

“Me and Da Babes workin’ out 🤍🤍,” Swank captioned the clip. “Been a lonnnnnnng time since #FitnessFriday.”

That same month, Swank stepped out with her husband at the 2023 Golden Globes, proudly placing her hand on her baby bump as she posed for the cameras.

Wearing a green dress with black bows on her shoulders, Swank flashed a huge grin as she told PEOPLE during the glamorous evening: “I feel good!”

Swank also appeared during a guest spot on The Late Late Show with James Corden in January, when she explained that expecting twins has left her marveling at the miracle of pregnancy.

“I feel like women are superheroes,” the actress said. “What our bodies do? I have such, like, a whole newfound respect. I mean, I love women, I’ve always loved women, but now, I’m like, ‘Wow, we can do this!'”


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Lionsgate Dates ‘Ordinary Angels’ Drama Starring Hilary Swank, Alan Ritchson

Lionsgate announced on Thursday that its Kingdom Story Company drama Ordinary Angels, starring 2x Oscar winner Hilary Swank (Alaska Daily) and Alan Ritchson (Reacher), will open wide on October 13th.

The film is now set to debut against the continuation of horror classic The Exorcist from Universal, Peacock, Blumhouse and Morgan Creek.

Based on a remarkable true story, and directed by Jon Gunn (The Unbreakable Boy), Ordinary Angels centers on Sharon Steves (Swank), a fierce but struggling hairdresser in small-town Kentucky who discovers a renewed sense of purpose when she meets Ed Schmitt (Ritchson), a widower working hard to make ends meet for his two daughters. With his youngest daughter waiting for a liver transplant, Sharon sets her mind to helping the family and will move mountains to do it.

Also starring Nancy Travis and Tamala Jones, the film was penned by Meg Tilly and Kelly Fremon Craig. Producers included Kingdom Story Company’s Kevin Downes, Jon Erwin and Andrew Erwin, as well as Roy Lee, ATO Pictures’ Dave Matthews, Stampede Ventures’ Jon Berg, Green Hummingbird Entertainment’s David Beal and Sarah Johnson, and Jonathan Dorfman.