‘Stranger Things’ Noah Schnapp and Anjelica Huston To Star In WWII Drama ‘Waiting For Anya’

Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp and Anjelica Huston will star in World War II drama Waiting For Anya for Goldfinch Studios.

Schnapp will play a young shepherd, Jo, in the film alongside Huston’s widow Horcada in the adaptation of the book by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo. The film is set in Lescun, southern France, and follows Jo’s involvement in smuggling Jewish children across the border into Spain. The Pianist star Thomas Kretschmann, Elsa Zylbertsein (I’ve Loved You So Long) and Tomas Lemarquis (X-Men: Apocalypse) also feature.

Directed by Ben Cookson, director of Emily Atack and Philip McGinley’s Almost Married, the film is written by Morpurgo, who first published the book in 1990, and Toby Torlesse.

The movie is produced by Phin Glynn for Bad Penny Productions and Alan Latham for Goldfinch Studios. Executive producers are Kirsty Bell, Victor Glynn, Geoffrey Iles and the film is co-produced by Daz Spencer-Lovesey. Shooting will commence later this year on location in France.

Goldfinch Studios is launching the movie at EFM in Berlin this with, while LA-based 13 Films is handling global sales. Elsewhere, on Goldfinch’s EFM slate is Sometime, Always, Never, starring Bill Nighy, Sam Riley and Jenny Agutter.

“Whilst you are writing your story, it becomes precious to you. When someone creates a play or a film from your story, what you care about most is that it means as much to them; that they catch the spirit of it, that they grow the story with integrity and love and skill, and do it their own way, in their own voice. I have no doubt that the team making the film of Waiting For Anya will do all that and more. I wish them all, actors, crew, writers and producers and director, all the success they deserve,” said Morpurgo.

Schnapp is represented by Untitled Entertainment, CAA and McKuin, Frankel, Whitehead.

‘Stranger Things’ Noah Schnapp and Anjelica Huston To Star In WWII Drama ‘Waiting For Anya’

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James Caan, Danny Glover to star in ‘Bang Bang’

James Caan, Danny Glover to star in ‘Bang Bang’

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James Caan and Danny Glover are set to star in Brendan Walsh’s drama Bang Bang, which 13 Films represents for sales at the EFM in Berlin.

The film follows a former boxing champion as he returns home to Detroit to deal with unfinished business. ICM Partners handles US rights.

Will Janowitz wrote the screenplay and Bradley Ross, Mary Jane Skalski, and Damon Lane are producing. Ed Pressman, Jon Katz, Gabi Rosenzvit, and Tannaz Anisi and Greg Schenz from 13 Films serve as executive producers.

“We are so excited to work with 13 Films to bring Bang Bang to the world,” Walsh said. “The film’s deep-seated characters will pop against the backdrop to Detroit.

“To watch an acting titan like James Caan navigate the streets of Detroit fuelled by vengeance against his more than formidable adversary played by Danny Glover will be the main event not to miss.”



Kathy Bates Joins Robert Graves Biopic ‘The Laureate’

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The drama about British poet and novelist Robert Graves also stars Tom Hughes, Dianna Agron and Laura Haddock.

Kathy Bates has joined The Laureate, a drama about British poet and novelist Robert Graves from writer/director William Nunez.

The film about Graves’ first marriage amid an affair with his muse, American poet Laura Riding, will see Bates play Amy Graves, the meddling mother. Bates’ recent movie credits include Participant Media’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic, On the Basis of Sex.

The ensemble cast includes Tom Hughes as Robert Graves, Dianna Agron playing Laura Riding and Laura Haddock as Nancy Nicholson, Grave’s first wife.

Nunez’ production shingle, Northend Pictures, is producing the film, alongside Ireland’s Subotica Entertainment.

“I am looking forward to working with the great cast assembled, as well as the Subotica and 13 Films teams. Robert has such a controversial and fascinating life that will resonate with audiences worldwide,” Nunez said in a statement.

Tristan Lynch, Nunez and and Aoife O’Sullivan share the producer credits, while Tannaz Anisi and Greg Schenz executive produce. Bates is represented by ICM.


EVANESCENCE’s AMY LEE Wins ‘Hollywood Music And Media Award’ For ‘Speak To Me’ From Film ‘Voice From The Stone’

EVANESCENCE's AMY LEE Wins 'Hollywood Music And Media Award' For 'Speak To Me' From Film 'Voice From The Stone'

Amy Lee of the group EVANESCENCE won the Hollywood Music And Media Award for “Best Original Song – Independent Film” for the track “Speak To Me” from the film “Voice From The Stone” (starring Emilia Clarke). The song was written by Lee and Michael Wandmacher.

The Hollywood Music And Media Awards (HMMA) ceremony — which took place Thursday night, November 16 at The Avalon in Hollywood — honors music in all visual media (film, TV, videogames, commercials and trailers). HMMA awards are selected by an advisory board and which includes journalists, music executives, music-media industry professionals comprised of the Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL), the Television Academy, the AMPAS Music Branch, NARAS and performing rights organizations. The awards are historically representative of the music nominees in key awards shows that occur months later.

“I’m so honored and so proud!” says Amy Lee. “The experience of making this song was so special; it was surreal being let into the creative process of a film I loved so much.”

“As an artist, I look for opportunities that are musically challenging and push creative boundaries in pursuit of something wonderful,” adds co-writer Michael Wandmacher‘Speak To Me’ is the result of such an experience. Working with Amy on this song was a privilege and career highlight. I’m thrilled that people are enjoying it.”

“Voice From The Stone” a haunting thriller, set in 1950s Tuscany, tells the story of Verena (“Game Of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke), a determined young nurse hired to help a young mute boy, who she realizes has fallen under the spell of a powerful and otherworldly persona trapped in the stone walls of the isolated castle in which he lives. Directed by Eric Howell, Lee was moved by the film and inspired to write “Speak To Me” after watching the story which depicts the strong bond between a mother and her son and the belief that love is stronger than death. Lee recorded the song at Skywalker Ranch and shot the official video on the film set in Tuscany, Italy.

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Karl Urban, Ashley Greene to Star in Action-Adventure ‘Snowblind’


Karl UrbanAshley Greene, and Forrest Goodluck will star in the action-adventure “Snowblind.”

Marcus Alqueres (“The Flying Man”) will direct “Snowblind.” The film is developed by the Coalition Group’s Johnny Wunder and Luisa Iskin, who join Traveling Picture Show Company’s Carissa Buffel, Kevin Matusow, and Steve Prince in producing the film under their newly formed alliance, and alongside Ground Control’s Scott Glassgold.

13 Films will introduce the pic to international buyers at the American Film Market, which opens on Nov. 1. UTA is representing the U.S. rights.

Hank Woon adapted the script from Don Roff’s novel of the same name. “Snowblind” follows the story of a U.S. Ranger haunted by painful memories of a family tragedy, who becomes stranded with his platoon in a remote chalet in the woods. As they fight for survival and against their own inner demons, they are torn apart by a discovery they make — a box filled with $5 million in cash and a dark, disturbing secret.

Alqueres worked on the visual effects of “300,” “Source Code,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” and “The Adventures of Tintin” He directed, produced, and edited the sci-fi short “The Flying Man,” which was acquired by Sony Pictures.

Urban can next be seen in Disney-Marvel Entertainment’s “Thor: Ragnarok” and is currently in post-production on “Bent,” starring Sofia Vergara and Andy Garcia. Greene is best known for portraying Alice Cullen in the “Twilight” franchise, and stars in “Antiquities” and “Accident Man.” Goodluck is best known for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and recently wrapped production on “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” starring Chloë Grace Moretz.

The Traveling Picture Show Company produced Osgood Perkin’s “The Blackcoat’s Daughter,” released by A24, and Universal’s “A Walk Among The Tombstones,” starring Liam Neeson.

Alqueres is represented by UTA and Ground Control. Urban is repped by UTA, and Johnson and Laird Management. Greene is represented by CAA and Management 360. Goodluck is repped by The Gersh Agency and Principato-Young Entertainment.

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George Gallo’s Bodybuilding Pic ‘Bigger’ Finds Its Young Arnold Schwarzenegger

by Anthony D’Alessandro
October 16, 2017 11:38am

EXCLUSIVE: George Gallo’s movie Bigger about Joe and Ben Weider, the founders of the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding contest, has tapped Mr. Universe 2014 Calum Von Moger to play Arnold Schwarzenegger onscreen. The brothers, who co-founded the International Federation of Bodybuidling, discovered Schwarzenegger and encouraged him to come to the U.S. Prior to being a blockbuster action star and Governor of California, Schwarzenegger was a seven-time Mr. Olympia-title holder. Back in 1972, the Weider brothers sold a nutritional supplement, Weider Formula No. 7, that featured a young Arnold Schwarzenegger on the label.

Also joining the cast of Bigger, which is currently shooting in Alabama, are Robert Forster, Tom Arnold, Max Martini, DJ Qualls, and Steve Guttenberg. Previously announced, Tyler Hoechlin plays Joe Weider, Dunkirk‘s Aneurin Barnard plays brother Ben, Kevin Durand is the brothers’ nemesis, fitness magazine publisher Bill Hauk, Julianne Hough plays Joe’s first lady of fitness wife Betty, Victoria Justice is Joe’s first wife while Colton Haynes will play Jack LaLanne.

With the latest round of casting, Guttenberg plays Louis Weider, Joe’s father. Forster plays the older version of Joe Weider. Tom Arnold portrays Roy Hawkins, the publisher who gave Joe Weider distribution on his first real magazine. Martini is Jerry George, the sidekick to Bill Hauk. Qualls will play Mike Steere, the journalist who co-wrote the Weider brothers’ book Brothers of Iron: Building the Weider Empire.

Steve Lee Jones, Bee Holder Productions, is producing with Scott LaStaiti. Executive producing are Eric Weider and Camila Castro, Bee Holder Productions. Bigger was written by Brad and Ellen Furman, Andy Weiss and Gallo.

Von Moger is repped by Vladar.

George Gallo’s Bodybuilding Pic ‘Bigger’ Finds Its Young Arnold Schwarzenegger

‘Bigger’ Bodybuilding Pic Gains Victoria Justice & Colton Haynes

EXCLUSIVE: Victoria Justice and Colton Haynes have boarded George Gallo’s Bigger about fitness forefathers the Weider Brothers.

Actress-singer Justice who has made her mark in in Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show, Nickelodeon’s Victorious and Blumhouse/MTV’s Eye Candy, will portray Kathy,  Joe Weider’s (Tyler Hoechlin) first wife.

Haynes will play the role of iconic fitness guru Jack LaLanne, who during the 1950s and ’60s was known for his incredible feats of strength, like swimming to Alcatraz handcuffed and doing 1,033 push-ups in 23 minutes.

The actor can currently be seen on American Horror Story: Cult, and recently appeared on the big screen in Sony’s Rough Night. His other credits include Arrow and Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens.

Bigger is being produced by Steve Lee Jones’ Bee Holder Productions and Scott LaStaiti. Eric Weider of Weider Health is executive producing with Camila Castro, of Bee Holder. Gallo starts shooting the film next month in Alabama.

Justice is repped by UTA and attorney Marcy Morris. Haynes is repped by UTA, Untitled Entertainment, and attorney P.J. Shapiro.

‘Bigger’ Bodybuilding Pic Gains Victoria Justice & Colton Haynes

Kat Graham Joins Frank Grillo, Tyler Posey in Action Thriller ‘Decoy’ (Exclusive)

Allan Ungar ('Gridlocked') is directing the indie.

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Kat Graham, one of the stars of The Vampire Diaries, is joining Frank Grillo and Tyler Posey in Decoy, an action thriller to be directed by Allan Ungar.

Andy Garcia is also starring in the movie, which is eyeing a start later this month in Toronto. Andrew Gunn, Michael Bien and Angela Donald are set to produce for Gunn Films and Cedarvale Pictures.

Billed as a cross between Enemy of the State and Mr. RobotDecoy follows a young identity thief (Posey) who finds himself being hunted by the NSA after he unwittingly steals the identity of a wanted man.

Graham will play a hacker who forms an unlikely alliance with Posey as they attempt to uncover the truth.

David Benullo wrote the script. Henry Less, Don Young, Tom North, Tannaz Anisi, Greg Schenz and Ben Shahrabani are executive producing.

Graham recently played Jada Pinkett in the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me and will be seen in the upcoming Netflix thriller How It Ends alongside Forest Whitaker and Theo James.

She is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.


Julianne Hough To Play First Lady Of Fitness Betty Weider In George Gallo’s ‘Bigger’

EXCLUSIVE: Julianne Hough is set to portray female fitness pioneer Betty Weider in George Gallo’s upcoming feature Bigger

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A pin-up model who became a leading role model for women in diet and fitness, Betty Weider was the wife of Joe Weider, and together they co founded Shape magazine, which remains the most successful women’s health and fitness publication today. Bigger tells the story of the Weider brothers, who rose from poverty to create the Mr. Olympia competition, forever changing the face of professional bodybuilding. They would go on to build an empire of equipment and nutrition supplement companies, as well as the powerhouse Weider Publishing.

Hough joins Tyler Hoechlin (Everybody Wants Some!!), Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk) and Kevin Durand (The Strain). Gallo is helming from a script he wrote with Andy Weiss, from an original script written by Brad & Ellen Furman. Shooting starts next month.

Hough herself has appeared on the cover of  Shape four times. She is known to audiences around the world for her roles in Grease: Live!FootlooseSafe Haven and as a two-time professional champion and judge on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Steve Lee Jones’ Bee Holder Productions is producing with Scott LaStaiti and Eric Weider of Weider Health and Camila Castro of Bee Holder are executive producing.

Hough is repped by WME, Alchemy Entertainment and Sloane Offer.

Julianne Hough To Play First Lady Of Fitness Betty Weider In George Gallo’s ‘Bigger’

George Gallo’s Bodybuilding Pic ‘Bigger’ Buffs Up With Pair

EXCLUSIVE: Dunkirk‘s Aneurin Barnard and The Strain‘s Kevin Durand are boarding George Gallo’s bodybuilding-guru pic Bigger.

The pic follows the rags-to-riches tale of the grandfathers of the fitness movement, the Weider brothers. Barnard takes on the role of Ben Weider, brother to the iconic Joe Weider (Tyler Hoechlin), who was the brains of the fitness empire. Durand will portray the brother’s foreboding nemesis, fitness magazine publisher Bill Hauk.

Steve Lee Jones’ Bee Holder Productions is producing with Scott LaStaiti, Eric Weider of Weider Health is executive producing with Camila Castro. Bigger was written by Brad and Ellen Furman, Andy Weiss and Gallo. Production begins next month in Alabama.

Durand stars in FX’s The Strain, which ended its four-season run Sunday night. He also stars in the upcoming comedy horror Tragedy Girls opposite Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool). His other credits include Fruitvale StationX-Men Origins: Wolverine and  3:10 to Yuma.

Barnard also starred in the Weinstein Co. miniseries War & Peace and BBC’s Thirteen. 

Barnard is repped by WME, the Artists Partnership and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson. Durand is repped by Alchemy Entertainment, ICM Partners and Bloom Hergott.

George Gallo’s Bodybuilding Pic ‘Bigger’ Buffs Up With Pair