Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ang Lee To Direct "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk"


Ang Lee To Direct "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk"
Three-Time Oscar® Winner Commits to TriStar and Film4 Collaboration as Next Film Spring Start Planned

CULVER CITY, Calif., Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tom Rothman's TriStar Productions and Film4 announced today that the three-time Oscar®-winner Ang Lee has chosen an adaptation of Ben Fountain's acclaimed novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk as his next film, his first since winning the Academy Award® for directing the groundbreaking Life of Pi.

The film will be produced by Lee, Ink Factory's Stephen Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas and Simon Cornwell and by Film4, who originally optioned the book. Simon Beaufoy wrote the script. TriStar has been developing the project with Film4 and Ink Factory since opening its doors at the end of last year. Tessa Ross, who oversaw Film and Drama for Film4 until recently being named to run the UK's National Theatre, was instrumental on behalf of that studio.

Making the movie for TriStar returns Lee to the Sony Pictures umbrella, where he enjoyed great success with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Sense and Sensibility.

The film tells the funny and heartbreaking story of 19-year-old soldier Billy Lynn and his squad, who survive an Iraq battle that is captured by embedded news cameras, causing them to become celebrated as heroes. They are brought home by the US administration for a promotional tour that culminates at the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game in Texas, before they are returned to the war. Almost the entire movie takes place during the game, with flashes away to other events.

Rothman, who has a long history with Lee, orchestrated the deal to bring on the director. The longtime colleagues' most recent venture was the "unfilmable" Life of Pi. Defying all odds, that film grossed $600 million at the worldwide box office.

Said Lee, "I am very excited to be going back to work and to be collaborating with my old friend Tom Rothman. The most important thing to me is storytelling and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a story that immediately gripped me. I look forward to starting the creative process with this extraordinary team of collaborators."

Commenting on the announcement, Rothman said, "Ang Lee is constitutionally incapable of repeating himself. His very DNA requires him to always find new challenges. 'More of the same' may be the film fashion these days, but thankfully not for this exceptional artist. Ang Lee's Billy Lynn will be a true original, and TriStar is in the business of investing in originality, here combined with innovation. Big movies come from such combinations, as witness Life of Pi. We are grateful to Ink Factory, Simon Beaufoy and Ben Fountain for trusting TriStar with Billy's story. Having worked with my friend Tessa on Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, and many other films, I am also grateful to Film4 and sad (but only for us) that she got such a great new gig."

Tessa Ross added, "All of us at Film4 are bowled over that Ang Lee, one of the outstanding filmmakers of his generation, shares our passion for this wonderful material. It's a thrilling collaboration to look forward to and we're very excited to work with our partners at TriStar and this great team to make what promises to be a truly memorable piece of cinema."

Stephen Cornwell, on behalf of The Ink Factory, said, "From the moment we first read Ben Fountain's amazing novel, we believed it would be the foundation for a seminal movie. Film4 and TriStar have been wonderful development partners. Simon Beaufoy did a terrific job and Ang's vision for the film is groundbreaking and extraordinary."

BEN FOUNTAIN'S novel received rave reviews upon its publication in 2012. The New York Times called it: "[an] inspired, blistering war novel…Though it covers only a few hours, the book is a gripping, eloquent provocation. Class, privilege, power, politics, sex, commerce and the life-or-death dynamics of battle all figure in Billy Lynn's surreal game day experience." It won the National Book Critics Circle Award (fiction) and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (fiction) and was also a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction. Previously, Fountain won a PEN/Hemingway award for his book Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories.

ANG LEE was honored with the Academy Award® for Best Director for his work on Brokeback Mountain and again on Life of Pi; in addition, he took home the Oscar® as the director of the Best Foreign Language Film winner Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. His many other indelible films include The Wedding Banquet, Eat Drink Man Woman, Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm, Ride with the Devil, Hulk, Lust, Caution and Taking Woodstock.

THE INK FACTORY (inkfactoryfilms.com) was founded in 2010 by Stephen and Simon Cornwell. Most recently the company produced the John le Carre adaptation A Most Wanted Man, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, and is currently in post-production on Our Kind of Traitor, starring Ewan McGregor, also adapted from the le Carre novel. The company is currently developing numerous projects based on the works of le Carre and other major authors.

SIMON BEAUFOY won the Academy Award® for his screenplay for Slumdog Millionaire, which also won the Oscar® for Best Picture for Fox Searchlight, then under Mr. Rothman. Beaufoy was also Oscar® nominated for his work as a writer of The Full Monty and 127 Hours, also for Rothman. His other recent credits include Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and the upcoming film Everest.

At TRISTAR, Ang Lee joins a fast growing roster of A-list talent currently making films for the rejuvenated studio, including go movies Ricki and the Flash, starring Meryl Streep, The Walk, from Robert Zemeckis, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, The Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith and Money Monster, starring George Clooney, in addition to projects with Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, and others.

FILM4 is Channel 4 Television's feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in the UK, whether new or established. Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award®-winners such as Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, Martin McDonagh's In Bruges and Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady; in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Mike Leigh's Another Year, Chris Morris' Four Lions, Shane Meadows' This is England, Ben Wheatley's Sightseers and Clio Barnard's The Selfish Giant.

Lee is represented by CAA, Ira Schreck, and Joe Dapello. The film is set to start production in the spring.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

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CONTACT: Jean Guerin, SVP, Media Relations, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 310.244.2923
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

iPost Nigeria: Share Your Videos and Make Money from the Daily Views


Great opportunities come with great possibilities.
~ Orikinla Osinachi.

This people-friendly news and entertainment mobile video app iPost Nigeria is like YouTube, Mobli and Keek rolled into one. And projected to have the fastest ROI for tech startups in Africa’s biggest and largest Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) market with over 125 million users of mobile phones and tablets.

iPost Nigeria Mobile Video social media platform is for all users of mobile phones and tablets in Nigeria and the rest of the world to record and do live streaming of news and information on incidents and events from wherever they are located in Nigeria and other parts of the world. It is more interactive than any other mobile video app in Africa, because iPost Nigeria Mobile Video app allows users to instantly record, upload and share both short and long videos of events and incidents as they happen 24/7 on all video formats and they can monetize their videos and earn regular revenue from the daily views of videos.. It will be an android friendly app that is more advanced than others.

iPost Nigeria is now crowd funding on Indiegogo








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Friday, September 05, 2014

Nobody Wants To Be "Left Behind"



Left Behind is an apocalyptic Action-Thriller movie starring Nicolas Cage based on the New York Times bestselling novel that brings biblical prophecy to life in modern times.


The most important event in the history of mankind is happening right now. In the blink of an eye, the biblical Rapture strikes the world. Millions of people disappear without a trace. All that remains are their clothes and belongings, and in an instant, terror and chaos spread around the world. The vanishings cause unmanned vehicles to crash and burn. Planes fall from the sky. Emergency forces everywhere are devastated. Gridlock, riots and looting overrun the cities. There is no one to help or provide answers. In a moment, the entire planet is plunged into darkness.

Left Behind - Starring Nicolas Cage. In theaters on October 3, 2014.
More details: http://leftbehindmovie.com.

DUCK DYNASTY'S WILLIE ROBERTSON LETS THE FULL FORCE OF THE RAPTURE BE KNOWN IN PROMOTING HIS UPCOMING FEATURE FILM LEFT BEHIND.
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Stoney Lake Entertainment
Media Contact
Lesley Burbridge, Rogers & Cowan, 310.854.8170, lburbridge@rogersandcowan.com; Tracy Cole, Rogers & Cowan, 310.871.8349, tcole@rogersandcowan.com






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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

George Clooney To Direct "Hack Attack"


George Clooney To Direct "Hack Attack," An Adaptation Of Journalist Nick Davies' Investigation Into The True Story Of The British Phone Hacking Scandal, For Sony Pictures Entertainment

CULVER CITY, Calif., Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- George Clooney has identified his next project to direct: an adaptation of the book Hack Attack, journalist Nick Davies' account of the British phone hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch's news empire. The adaptation will be produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov through their Smokehouse banner for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Commenting on the announcement, Michael De Luca, president of Production for Columbia Pictures, said, "As the son of a journalist, George has a sharp interest in the role journalism plays in all of our lives – whether that's for good, as in Good Night, and Good Luck., or for bad. With Hack Attack, George will explore the dark side of that world, a business where all of the rules of journalism are broken in the race for an easy and ever-larger payday."

Clooney added, "This has all the elements – lying, corruption, blackmail – at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London. And the fact that it's true is the best part. Nick is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honor to put his book to film."

Hack Attack depicts a world where, as Davies writes, "Everything is for sale. Nobody is exempt." Over six years, Davies investigated News Corporation and its subsidiary, News International; his book shows how their habit of hacking into the voice mail messages of elected officials, celebrities, and even ordinary British citizens and the victims of terror attacks was wide-ranging and ongoing. The resulting scandal would not only mark the end of News of the World after 168 years of continuous publication, but spur a government inquiry that would bring to light some of the most unthinkable of business practices.

De Luca will oversee the project for Sony Pictures. Shooting is scheduled to start next year.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

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CONTACT: Jean Guerin, SVP, Media Relations, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 310.244.2923
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