It’s 1955 and Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock has convinced a young James Dean to take a road trip from Los Angeles to New York to Dean’s hometown of Fairmont, Indiana, so Stock can photograph Dean in the environments that “affected and shaped the unique character” of Dean, the photographer said in an interview describing their adventure.
However, that fateful trip, where Stock shot Dean’s famous Times Square photo, is the subject of a new film directed by Dutch director Anton Corbijn. Starring Dane DeHaan as Dean and Robert Pattinson as Stock, the film, called Life, is currently shooting in freezing Ontario, Canada, which is doubling for Indiana.
In the shot, the two young actors are heading from the train station to Dean’s childhood home. Corbijn is happy with the film’s progress thus far. When we spoke to the director he had been shooting for eight days and was already pleased with the connections formed between the two men.
More importantly, they’ve each sparked to their disparate roles.
“Rob has an intensity that I think Dennis would have. When I see Rob, I see an inner turmoil that is great for the role,” he said. “And Dane is really interesting. He has a beautiful face, but it’s a hard face to grasp. It’s hard to see how Dane reads sometimes, and the same thing goes for James Dean.”
EXCLUSIVE: The appetite for scripts and partially finished films is soaring. Lionsgate is tying up a deal today to pay $7 million to pre-buy U.S. distribution rights to American Ultra, the action comedy that begins shooting in New Orleans in five weeks with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart starring for Project X director Nima Nourizadeh. In the script by Chronicle writer Max Landis, Eisenberg plays a stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend (Stewart) is upended when his past catches up with him, putting him the crosshairs of a government operation bent on wiping him out. It’s a co-production between A Likely Story and Circle Of Confusion, with Anthony Bregman, David Alpert and Britton Rizo producing, and Kevin Scott Frakes of Palmstar Media Capital and Raj Brinder Singh of Merced Media Partners exec producing.
The buzz on this one has been building since Berlin, and I thought a deal might be made there. This rivals the record $7 million Berlin deal that The Weinstein Company paid for U.S. rights to the Morten Tyldum-directed The Imitation Game, the film that sold based on script and promo reel about WWII war hero Alan Turing, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley starring. The same team at CAA brokered this giant American Ultra deal with Lionsgate after the agency packaged the film and arranged the financing. While many felt that the results of the Berlin market were underwhelming, sometimes those festivals need to be evaluated by results that are not immediately evident. It is becoming more common for dialogue on big films like this one to begin at Berlin. Some of the deals fall in place shortly after, or during the Cannes Film Festival in May. Clearly, studios need to fill slots and haven’t been developing enough, so strong prices should continue to be paid for material and packaged pictures like American Ultra.
10 years following the collapse of society, a man will go to any lengths to take back the one thing that still matters to him.
The Rover – David Michôd’s drama starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson opens July 18th for A24.
EXCLUSIVE: Coming off the Zach Braff-directed Sundance premiere Wish I Was Here, The Twilight Saga alum Ashley Greene has been set to play Priscilla Presley in Shangra-La Suite, the Eddie OKeefe-directed drama which stars Boardwalk Empire‘s Ron Livingston as Elvis Presley. O’Keefe wrote the script with Chris Hutton. Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger and Tariq Merhab are producing. The film isn’t a study of Elvis’s courtship of the young Priscilla. It’s set in 1974 and focuses on two troubled 20 year olds who set out to kill The King. Shooting just began in Los Angeles. Greene, who’s repped by CAA and McKeon Myones, most recently completed Staten Island Summer and the Joe Dante-directed Burying The Ex.
OTTAWA — Ben Kingsley and Alessandra Mastronardi (To Rome With Love) have jumped aboard the Robert Pattinson-starrer Life, now shooting in Toronto.
The latest feature from director Anton Corbijn tells the story of a freelance photographer, Dennis Stock (Pattinson), on assignment for Life magazine, and his unlikely friendship with the actor James Dean, played by Dane DeHaan.
The German/Canadian/Australian co-production comes from Australian writer Luke Davies.
Life is produced by See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, with Christina Piovesan of First Generation Films, and is co-produced by Wolfgang Mueller and Benito Mueller of Barry Films.
The film also will shoot on location in Los Angeles and is financed by Corner Piece Capital, Telefilm Canada, Film4, Screen Australia, Michel Merkt, The Harold Greenberg Fund and Union Bank.
FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.
That’s actress-director Kristen Stewart now, thank you very much.
The Twilight star is in Nashville this week making her directorial debut on a music video for her pal Sage’s band, Sage + the Saints. She and the crew were spotted filming last night, a sighting that had K.Stew fans in Tennessee all a-Twitter.
“Kristen has always wanted to direct, and no better person to do that for than Sage,” a source exclusively tells E! News, noting that the singer is a mutual friend of Stewart’s and her ex (and fellow indie-music enthusiast) Robert Pattinson.
“We are shooting our music video and need you to come party with us,” Sage informed her fans via Facebook Tuesday. “Bring your friends, lovers, enemies, and mothers! X”
And looking at the fan-provided pics that surfaced online, it looks as if a fair amount of those showed up.
So, when not busy shooting movies or serving as muse for Chanel…Stewart is interested in being behind the camera as well. We can’t wait to see the finished product!
Taylor Lautner has a new gig!
The 22-year-old actor will star in the upcoming second season of the BBC comedy Cuckoo, replacing Andy Samberg in the show’s lead role.
According to The Guardian, the Twilight hunk will play a “mysterious young stranger who shows up in Lichfield, Staffordshire” (where the show is based). Lautner will costar with Brit actors Greg Davies and Helen Baxendale.
Samberg starred in Cuckoo’s first season but disappeared at the end of the season when he traveled to the Himalayas.
“Cuckoo was one of BBC3′s most stand-out comedies, so I’m delighted to welcome it back with the addition of superstar Taylor Lautner joining the critically acclaimed Greg Davies and an outstanding British comedy cast for what will be one of the comedy treats of the year,” BBC3 controller Zai Bennett said recently of the casting news.
The show’s executive producer Ash Atalla added, “Cuckoo is one of my favorite shows I’ve ever been involved in. We can’t wait to come back bigger and better.”
The casting news comes on Lautner’s birthday. Lautner turns 22 today.
NBC’s Traffic-like thriller has found its male lead.
Nurse Jackie and Twilight alum Peter Facinelli has been tapped to star in the drama from writer/executive producer Peter Horton, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Odyssey centers on three families who are torn apart when a stranded female soldier, a disillusioned corporate attorney and a disrespected political activist are pulled into the same shocking international military conspiracy.
Facinelli will play Peter, the family man with a new house and job. Once a prosecuting attorney, he now works in business intelligence, legally investigating on behalf of his Wall Street firm. A man with an inquisitive streak, happy with his wife and two kids, he’s assigned to investigate a company before a potential merger and finds what appears to be a trail of blood stretching from Reno to Africa.
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The Kristen Stewart-in-Gitmo movie that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival has landed a distributor. IFC Films announced today that it had acquired the North American rights to the film, which tells the story of a friendship that develops between a lonely military guard (Stewart) and a detainee (A Separation‘s Payman Maadi) at the notorious prison for suspected terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Peter Sattler, the film received mixed reviews at the Utah festival.
“Peter Sattler has made a stirring, sensitive and thought-provoking film that features two powerhouse performances by Payman Maadi and Kristen Stewart,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, in a statement. “Maadi proves once again that he is a force to be reckoned with and Stewart undoubtedly gives the best and most moving performance of her already remarkable career.”
EXCLUSIVE: Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth also on board in-demand drama for which Memento has secured several major deals with key territories.
Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin and Kate Bosworth are now confirmed alongside Julianne Moore in Memento Films International’s hot -selling drama Still Alice.
The project was one of the most in-demand at the American Film Market (AFM), with Memento locking pre-sales at the market and since with Curzon for the UK, Splendid’s Polyband for Germany, Icon Film for Australia, Frenetic for Switzerland, Svensk for Scandinavia, Baltics and Iceland, Sun Distribution for Latin America, Falcon Film for Middle East, Bir for Turkey, Golden Scene for Hong Kong, GreenNarae for South Korea to and Catchplay to Taiwan.
Moore will play a renowned professor of neuroscience who discovers she’s suffering from an early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Stewart will play Lydia, her youngest daughter, who bonds with her mother during her illness in a way that was impossible for them before.
Quinceañera directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland will direct the adaptation of Lisa Genova’s bestselling novel of the same name, with production due to get underway in early March in New York City.
Backed by Backup Media and Marie Savare’s new finance venture BSM Studio, producers are Lex Lutzus, Pamela Koffler and James Brown in association with Killer Films. Maria Shriver will serve as executive producer. CAA reps US rights.
Memento’s slate includes BSM-backed Sundance entry Cold in July from director Jim Mickle, Asghar Farhadi’s The Past and Natalia Smirnoff’s Lock Charmer.
Memento managing director Emilie Georges told ScreenDaily: “We knew that the project would be met with enthusiastic interest but the market response to the script and package has been incredible.”