‘Empire’ Star Grace Byers Joins Karl Urban and Sofia Vergara in ‘Bent’
Story follows a shamed and discredited narcotics detective who, upon his release from prison, makes plans to seek revenge on the accuser who framed him and killed his partner.
Byers will play a jazz singer and lounge owner who gets caught up in a police conspiracy. Ambi Entertainment is on board to finance and produce “Bent.” Moresco and David Guillod will also produce.
Production starts this month in Italy.
Byers can still be seen on “Empire,” which just had its spring premiere. She’s also married to “Empire” co-star Trai Byers, pictured above.
She is repped Apa and Primary Wave Entertainment.
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- Justin Kroll
Magnolia Picks Up Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson Comedy ‘Person to Person’
Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to “Person to Person,” a comedy starring Michael Cera and “Broad City’s” Abbi Jacobson that premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Writer/director Dustin Guy Defa’s sophomore feature (following 2011’s “Bad Fever”) follows a day in the lives of an eclectic mix of New Yorkers. These include a record collector hustling for a massive score while his roommate tries to make up for a big mistake; a teenager examining her best friend’s new relationship; and a rookie reporter and her tough boss investigating a murder case involving a clock store owner. »
- Matt Pressberg
‘Sinister 2’ Director Ciaran Foy Boards Broad Green’s Horror Movie ‘Eli’
The movie, which begins shooting this summer, centers on a young boy who undergoes treatment for a rare disease at a secluded clinic, which becomes a haunted prison with no way out.
After ‘The Infiltrator’ Fizzles, Broad Green Plots Its Comeback
Trevor Macy producing via his Intrepid Pictures banner. John Zaozirny will also produce for Bellevue Productions, and Gabriel and Daniel Hammond will executive produce for Broad Green. Melinda Nishioka will co-produce for Intrepid.
Foy has several projects in the works at Blumhouse Productions, including “The Shee,” which he will write and direct. Foy’s debut feature was “Citadel,” which premiered at SXSW in 2012 and won the festival’s midnighters audience award. Focus Features »
- Dave McNary
Steve Carell, Amy Schumer & Nicole Kidman Team For Rebecca Miller’s ‘She Came To Me’
Rebecca Miller continues to be arguably one of the most undervalued directors — female or not — working right now. Despite assembling an impressive body of work including “The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee,” “The Ballad Of Jack And Rose,” “Personal Velocity,” and most recently, the utterly charming “Maggie’s Plan,” her films don’t tend to breakout beyond the arthouse.
- Kevin Jagernauth
"Is this the moving picture ship?"—Opening line of King Kong (1933)You can get close to madness trying to fit the entire cultural legacy of the original King Kong into a single box. Even setting aside the two Hollywood remakes, you're still left with hastily made or quickly buried sequels, follow-ups like Mighty Joe Young (1949), a Universal Studios ride, a direct-to-video cartoon, a children’s TV series, and a set of 1960s Japanese-American co-productions—Kingu Kongu!—which saw the big ape square off against Godzilla and "Mechani-Kong" in showdowns with worse special effects than the film that preceded them by thirty years. Apologies for anything I've left out, because by this point King Kong is a cottage industry unto itself, an old-fashioned self-perpetuating Hollywood myth that's morphed in meaning and presentation but never entirely gone away. The sight of King Kong atop the Empire State Building, with its a mixture »
Writers’ Guild Negotiations Stall, as Leaders Call for Strike Authorization Vote
The Writers Guild of America is inching a step closer toward a potential writers’ strike.
The WGA’s negotiating committee sent a letter to members on Friday, recommending that the guild’s 12,000 members take a vote on strike authorization. It did not give a timetable for such a vote, however, and such a vote would not automatically lead to a strike.
Negotiations between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Pictures & Television Producers started March 13, but without any movement, the guild is looking to take the next step.
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“On the last day of these two weeks, the companies’ proposal has barely a single hard-dollar gain for writers,” the letter said. “$51 billion in profits and barely a penny for those of us who make the product that makes the companies rich. But that’s not all. In response to our proposal to »
- Michael Schneider
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