Variety Announces BPE Titles with J. Todd Harris and Marc Marcum

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Film Reporter@Variety_DMcNary

APRIL 20, 2017 | 08:22AM PT

Veteran producer J. Todd Harris and Marc Marcum are launching a live-action/animated movie version of the 1958 children’s book “Danny and the Dinosaur” through their Branded Pictures Entertainment.

The light-hearted Syd Hoff story starts with a boy named Danny befriending a good-natured dinosaur at a museum with Danny riding out of the museum on the dinosaur’s neck. The two then spend the day together playing, going to the zoo, having ice cream and letting other children use the dinosaur as a slide.

The company has optioned all non-publishing rights to “Danny and the Dinosaur,” which has sold more than 10 million copies. The script has been adapted by David Bowers and writing team Brian Sawyer and Gregg Rossen.

“We see a real opportunity to build a portfolio of brands, based on classic as well as new IP,” Harris said. “We’re creating these projects from the ground up by doing the heavy lifting in the acquisition and development stages.”

Read more at Variety

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Inside American Psycho the Musical & the Film SO B. IT Interview with President J. Todd Harris

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The American Psycho Legacy Slashing Its Way To Broadway

Via Rolling Stone

‘American Psycho’ at 25: Bret Easton Ellis on Patrick Bateman’s Legacy

Author reflects on controversial book’s surprising afterlife, from a cult movie to a new musical

BY KORY GROW March 31, 2016

Before American Psycho came out, 25 years ago this month, it was already the most controversial novel of the Nineties. Its vivid depictions of gruesome murders of women, men, children and animals preceded wherever it went. The original publisher dropped it and told author Bret Easton Ellis to keep the money — but to please go away. The New York Times titled its book review “Snuff This Book!” On the opposite coast,Los Angeles Times begrudgingly wrote that “Free Speech Protects Even an ‘American Psycho.'” The National Organization of Women attempted to organize boycotts. Stores refused to order it. And Ellis, who turned 27 around its release, received death threats.

Despite the initial uproar, the book has enjoyed an unusual afterlife. At its heart, American Psycho is a caustic satire about materialism and the empty feeling that comes with chasing it. It’s a first-person account of a callous, vain Wall Street yuppie named Patrick Bateman who loves the pop music of the day (Whitney! Huey! Phil!) and has trouble coming to terms with his murderous inclinations. And it’s been translated into different media in sometimes unusual tones, notably a 2000 movie starring a smarmy Christian Bale, which presented the story as more of a black-comedy thriller, and most recently a tongue-in-cheek Broadway musical.

Read the interview at Rolling Stone

 

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A Brief Discussion With J. Todd Harris On Why Films Still Matter – Hollywood Reporter

Via Hollywood Reporter

Producer J. Todd Harris: This Year’s Prestige Titles Reaffirm Faith in Movies (Guest Column)

 

by J. Todd Harris 12/17/2015 3:15pm PST

‘Spotlight,’ ‘Concussion’ and ‘The Big Short’ have all taken on massive institutions and could “influence how we view those institutions and their impact on our lives.”

Sometimes when you go out and see so many silly movies playing at the multiplex, you can rightfully wonder if movies have lost their relevance on our cultural landscape, or if all the sociological conversation has migrated to television. As someone who produces movies for a living and actively pursues some titles simply because I believe they can sell a lot of tickets, it’s possible to sometimes be disheartened by participating in a Hollywood machine that cranks out its share of meaningless fare. Not that I have anything against escapist entertainment — we all need a break from our current reality.

Now 2015 may or may not be a better year at the box office, or for movies in general, but in the rush of prestige movies that floods the marketplace in the late fall, I have been inspired and re-invigorated by several pictures that have reminded me of the power of movies and their potential to get audiences thinking and actually to shape the national conversation.

At least three movies this season have taken on massive institutions that have knowingly pursued profit and self-preservation at the expense of the American public. For me, these films have inspired relevant dialogue and will — hopefully — influence how we view those institutions and their impact on our lives.

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

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Thomas Pettinelli Judges Emerson’s Pitch Fest Alongside Chicago Fire’s Liz Alper and Sean Barclay of The Gersh Agency

Via Emerson College L.A. News 

 

Students, Alumni Pitch Their Way to Success

THREE STUDENTS WIN ELA PITCH COMPETITION

Daryl Paranada

NOVEMBER 16, 2015

Nine Emerson College Los Angeles students and seven alumni spent 90 seconds trying to pitch their television, movie, and web series ideas to a panel of three alumni judges. Winners of the inaugural pitch competition, sponsored by the screenwriting software company Final Draft, were Dondre Taylor-Stewart ’15, Elizabeth Ruddy ’16, and Evan Yee ’16.

The evening began with a panel discussion featuring judges Liz Alper ‘08, a staff writer on Chicago Fire, Sean Barclay ’99, senior vice president of television at The Gersh Agency, and Thomas Pettinelli ’13, director of development at Branded Pictures Entertainment. Zach Ehrlich ’11, who won the Austin Film Festival’s pitch competition in 2011 and works as a writer’s assistant, moderated the panel.m Ehrlich ’11.

As a writer, Alper advised the audience to think of more than just a great pilot and pitch ideas that have legs. When it comes to actually making the pitch, she told the audience to speak with clarity.

“It’s the writer’s job to figure out the cleanest way to pitch an idea as concisely as possible,” said Alper.

Barclay gave the audience advice on what makes a good pitch work.

“What makes it current and why are you the one person on the planet able to tell this story?” said Barclay.

Pettinelli emphasized how you carry yourself in a pitch meeting. As talented as someone is, he said, if you can’t articulate your pitch, it won’t get sold.

 

Read more at Emerson College L.A. News 

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J. Todd Harris Promotes So B. It at AFM!

Our very own J. Todd Harris promoting our upcoming film So B. It as he serves as a panel member for “Distribution Conference – Working with Sales Agents” at this year’s AFM!

Be sure to follow along as we make announcements for when and where So B. It will be playing.

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Doctor Zhivago – Behind the Scenes of the Cast Recording!

 

Our Original Broadway Cast Album is now available at Broadwayrecords.com, iTunes and Amazon. Enjoy the mesmerizing and powerful songs, which graced Broadway’s door!

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Broadway’s Doctor Zhivago Cast Album is Finally Here – Listen Now!

Via Playbill 

 

Download Broadway’s Doctor Zhivago Cast Album Today – Hear Soaring Exclusive Duet!

By Adam Hetrick, Michael Gioia
31 Jul 2015

The short-lived Broadway musical Doctor Zhivago, which ended its run May 10 at the Broadway Theatre, is available for digital download from the official Broadway Records website beginning July 31.

The stage production of Doctor Zhivago features the work of bookwriterMichael Weller (Moonchildren, Loose Ends), composer Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden) and lyricists Michael Korie (Grey Gardens) and Amy Powers (Lizzie Borden).

To download the album, visit BroadwayRecords.com. Pre-orders for the physical CD will begin shipping Aug. 3. It will be released in-stores and digitally on iTunes Aug. 7.

Listen to an exclusive track, “On the Edge of Time,” performed byZhivago stars Tam Mutu and Kelli Barrett.

The cast album will be released July 31. Pre-order it here. The recording will be produced by the seven-time Grammy-nominated music producer Robert Sher (On The Town, How To Succeed… , Nice Work If You Can Get It). Ron Melrose serves as associate producer. J. Todd Harris is executive producer.

Read and listen at Playbill.com

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Exclusive Sneak Peek Of Lucky Stiff Opening July 24 In NYC Theatres And On Demand Everywhere!

Via BroadwayWorld.com

10:00 AM June 22, 2015

By BroadwayWorld TV

BroadwayWorld is excited to bring you an exclusive sneak peek of the new film adaptation of the Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical LUCKY STIFF. This hysterical musical comedy with a romantic heart stars Tony Award-winners Jason Alexander (JEROME ROBBINS BROADWAY, FISH IN THE DARK) and Nikki M. James (THE BOOK OF MORMON, PRELUDES), along with newly elected Equity president Kate Shindle (LEGALLY BLONDE, WONDERLAND), Dennis FarinaPamela Shaw, and Dominic Marsh. Check out the video below.

With a screenplay by Ahrens, and directed by Christopher Ashley, LUCKY STIFF hits theaters and On Demand on July 24th.

 

Read more at Broadwayworld.com

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Alfre Woodard To Be Cast In Branded Pictures Entertainment’s So B. It, From The New York Times Best Selling Novel

Via Variety 

Photos by: MICHAEL LOCCISANO/GETTY/IMDB

Alfre Woodard and Talitha Bateman (“Hart of Dixie”) will star in the film adaptation of Sarah Weeks’ young adult novel “So B. It” with Stephen Gyllenhaal directing, Variety has learned.

“So B. It” chronicles the journey of a 12-year-old girl (Bateman) who decides to take a solo cross-country trip and leave the safety of her home life with her mentally challenged mother and agoraphobic neighbor, portrayed by Woodard. Production will begin in Los Angeles in July.

Producers are Outside The Box Productions’ Adam Tenenbaum and Orien Richman, who originally acquired the award-winning book and screenplay, and Branded Pictures Entertainment’s J. Todd Harris (“The Kids Are All Right”). Marc Marcum will co-produce and Michael Nelson is an executive producer.

Gyllenhaal, father of actors Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, is directing from a script by Garry Williams. His credits include “Paris Trout,” “Losing Isaiah” and “A Dangerous Woman.”

Woodard has previously been nominated for an Oscar (“Cross Creek”), three Golden Globes (winning for her performance in “Miss Evers’ Boys”) and 18 Emmys (including four wins for “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “The Practice” and “Miss Evers’ Boys”), along with many other accolades.

 

Read more at Variety here

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DOCTOR ZHIVAGO WILL MAKE ITS WORLDWIDE CAST ALBUM DEBUT

Via Broadwayworld.com

It was announced today that the new Broadway musical Doctor Zhivago, which opened at the Broadway Theatre on April 21st, 2015, will record its cast album on Thursday, May 28th authors include composer Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden), lyricists Michael Korie (Grey Gardens) and Amy Powers (the two multi-platinum Sunset Boulevard hits) and book writer Michael Weller (screenwriter for Hair and Ragtime). The Broadway cast recording will be released by Broadway Records on July 31st, 2015 and can be pre-ordered by visitinghttp://www.broadwayrecords.com/cds/doctorzhivago.

The recording will be produced by the 7-time Grammy® nominated music producer Robert Sher (On The Town, How To Succeed… revival, Annie revival, Nice Work If You Can Get It). Orchestrations are by Danny Troob. Musical supervision is by Ron Melrose, who will also be serving as associate producer of the Broadway cast recording. Music arrangements are by Eric Stern. Doctor Zhivago’s cast album is a VIVA!DIVA! production and will be executive produced by J. Todd Harris.

Read more at Broadwayworld.com

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THIS COUPLE IS MELTING THE ICE! Doctor Zhivago’s Starry Cast

Photo By: David Tett

Via Playbill 

It’s Hot on the Frozen Tundra! Doctor Zhivago Stars Tam Mutu, Kelli Barrett, Paul Nolan and Tom Hewitt Greet the Press
 

The Broadway premiere of the new musical Doctor Zhivago, starring Tam Mutu, Kelli Barrett, Tom Hewitt and Paul Nolan, will begin performances March 27, 2015, at the Broadway Theatre.

 

See the slideshow at Playbill.com

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LUCKY STIFF SCREENS AT PALM SPRINGS 2015 FILM FESTIVAL!

Via Desert Local News

By Lika on January 15, 2015

Jack Lyons Theatre & Film Critic

“Lucky Stiff”, a cute musical farce written by Lynn Ahrens; adapted from Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s stage book-musical “Lucky Stiff”, is delightfully and deftly directed by Christopher Ashley (Yes, that Chris Ashley who is also the artistic director of the prestigious La Jolla Playhouse).

The newly adapted movie version revolves, in short, around a young down-and-out, mousey British shoe salesman Harry Witherspoon (a winning performance by Dominic Marsh) who takes his dead American Uncle (a sedated (?) live actor who mustn’t make a false move played by Don Amendola) – a murdered Vegas casino manager to Monte Carlo – for the best time of his life, even though he’s dead. Shades of “Weekend at Bernie’s”.

If Harry fulfills his uncle’s request to the letter of a week of fun, dancing, gambling and sun – naturally, with lithe, bikini-clad young lovelies – Harry will inherit $ 6 million left to him. If he doesn’t, the money will go to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. Need I say more about the plot/synopsis? The fun is how they go about fulfilling all of the requirements and plot twists necessary to pull the job off, so to speak.
That delicious task falls to the creative mind of director Chris Ashley who is blessed with a wonderful cast of solid professional farceurs led by Jason Alexander as Dr. Vinnie Di Ruzzio; Pamela Shaw as Rita LaPorta Vinnie’s sister and lover to Harry’s Uncle; Nikki St. James as Annabel Glick, the love interest of Harry/Marsh; Juliet Mills as Miss Thorsby; and the late Dennis Farina, both of whom turn in little cameo gems.

I had the opportunity to chat briefly with both Ashley and Shaw concerning the making of the film during interviews at the PS Film Festival. Excerpts are from two separate interviews, one from Pam Shaw who explains how shy Dennis Farina was during the filming of their scenes. “He was such a warm sweet guy. Not the hard-boiled characters he played in dozens of TV and movie roles. “True, she continues, “he was a real-life Chicago Police Lieutenant before becoming a professional actor. But he was a well-liked colleague who will be sorely missed. I loved our scenes together.” In a moment of candor, her voice dropping a little lower, she says, “I have the privilege of sharing the last screen kiss with a wonderful actor, Dennis Farina.” Farina passed away not long after the film wrapped.

 

Read more at Desertlocalnews.com

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Broadway’s Doctor Zhivago Musical Full Cast and Stunning Billboard in Times Square!

Via New York Theatre Guide 

Producers of the new musical adaptation of Doctor Zhivago have now announced full casting for the upcoming production which will open at the Broadway Theatre on 21 April 2015, following previews from 27 March 2015.

Joining the previously announced cast which includes Tam Mutu(Yurii Zhivago), Kelli Barrett, Tom Hewitt and Paul Nolan will be Lora Lee Gayer as Tonia Gromeko, Zhivago’s wife.

The cast of 32 will also include: Jacqueline Antaramian, Jamie Jackson, with Heather Botts, Wendi Bergamini, Melody Butiu, Josh Canfield, Julian Cihi, Briana Carlson-Goodman, Bradley Dean, Michael Brian Dunn, Drew Foster, Kira Guloien, Robert Hager, Ericka Hunter, Denis Lambert, David McDonald, Joseph Medeiros, Pilar Millhollen, Gary Milner, Spencer Moses, Julius Sermonia, Jacob L. Smith and Jesse Wildman.

Doctor Zhivago is a new musical adaptation of the 1957 novel by Boris Pasternak, directed by Des McAnuff and features a book by Michael Weller, music by Lucy Simon and lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers. It is initially be booking through to 6 March 2016.

Read more at New York Theatre Guide

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The Tony Showdown of the Season: Finding Neverland vs. Doctor Zhivago

5 Predictions for the Theater in 2015

Via TheaterMania

TheaterMania peers into its crystal ball and tells you what may be in store for the year to come.

By Editorial Staff • Jan 1, 2015 • New York City
 

As another year dawns, we wait with bated breath for the big news sure to come down the pike from the always dramatic and surprising world of theater. Who but the most clairvoyant would have guessed that Andrew Lloyd Webber was writing the score to School of Rock — The Musical, set to bow this year on Broadway? While few can anticipate such epic curveballs, we at TheaterMania have some hunches about the big stories to come in the next 365 days. Here are five predictions for 2015:

1. This awards season, the big contest will be between mega-musicals Finding Neverland and Doctor Zhivago. Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is pouring big money into Neverland, his first excursion (as lead producer) on Broadway. Based on the 2004 film, it’s one of the most anticipated musicals in years. Not to be outdone, Doctor Zhivago is also based on a popular film, and as well as a Boris Pasternak novel. With music by Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden) and direction by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), it comes with an undeniable pedigree. Both shows are looking to snag the all-important Best Musical prize at the 69th Annual Tony Awards, so expect heavy lobbying and chatter after they open in April.

Read more of TheaterMania’s predictions at TheaterMania.com

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SLATED’s panel features J. Todd Harris on Filmonomics

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PLAYBILL PICKS: Heathers Among The Best Cast Albums of 2014

December 22, 2014
By Playbill Staff

Via Playbill 

Heathers: The Musical
 Step into the “Candy Store” with the Yellow Sound Label cast recording of Off-Broadway’s Heathers: The Musical. Laurence O’Keefe, a Tony Award nominee (alongside his wife and collaborator Nell Benjamin) for the pop-kissed score of Legally Blonde and a Drama Desk nominee for the 2001 cult musical Bat Boy, puts his dark and twisted (yet pop-driven) stamp onHeathers. The musical is filled with catchy tunes, belt-heavy melodies and raunchy lyrics performed by Barrett Wilbert Weed (who delivered a star-making turn as Veronica Sawyer), Jessica Keenan Wynn, Alice Lee and Elle McLemore. Aside from the Heathers’ anthem, “Candy Store,” must-listens include “Fight For Me,” “Freeze Your Brain,” “Shine a Light” and the show-stopping number “Dead Girl Walking.”

Read more about each track in Playbill.com’s track-by-track breakdown.

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First Ever BWW Album Awards Winners Announced – Heathers a Winner!

November 28 10:00 AM 2014
by BWW Special Coverage

Via Broadway World 

Voting has ended, and auditing has been completed for the First Ever BWW Album Awards to pick the Best in 2013-14’s Cast Recordings, Solo Releases, Re-releases & More! We were simply overwhelmed by the number of votes, and to say that we love our readers and how engaged they are — would be an understatement.
Check out the final results, below… And, the winners are:

Best New Broadway Musical Cast Album
If/Then (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Best New Broadway Revival Cast Album
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Best New Compilation Album
Broadway’s Carols for a Cure: Volume 15

Best New Concept Cast or Studio Cast Recording
The Sound of Music: Music from the NBC Television Event

Best New Live Album
Awakening: Live at 54 BELOW – Sierra Boggess

Best New Off-Broadway Cast Album 
Heathers: The Musical (World Premiere Cast Recording)

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Broadway’s “Doctor Zhivago” Casts Its Lead Roles and Tickets Go On Sale!

Tam Mutu, the London stage actor who’s never before appeared on Broadway, will play the title role inDoctor Zhivago,” the musical that opens in the spring at the Broadway Theater.

Mutu, whose U.K. credits include “Love Never Dies” and the Donmar Warehouse’s upcoming revival of “City of Angels,” will play Yurii Zhivago in the epic Russian romance. Kelli Barrett (“Wicked,” “Rock of Ages”) is on board as Zhivago’s paramour Lara Guishar, with Tom Hewitt (“Jesus Christ Superstar,” “The Rocky Horror Show”) set to play aristocrat Viktor Komarovsky and Paul Nolan (currently in Broadway’s “Once”) portraying the revolutionary Pasha Antipov.

Further casting has yet to be set for the musical, with book by Michael Weller, music by Lucy Simon (“The Secret Garden”) and lyrics by Michael Korie (“Grey Gardens”) and Amy Powers. Des McAnuff(“Jersey Boys”) directs, while Kelly Devine (“Rocky”) choreographs.

The musical initially bowed at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2006 before a retooled version played Sydney in 2011. The Broadway incarnation of “Zhivago” is produced by Anita Waxman, Tom Dokton, Latitude Link, Ted Hartley/RKO Stage and Chunsoo Shin, with Margo and Roger Coleman, Joe Corcoran, J. Todd Harris, Stage Entertainment USA, Broadway Across America, Grove Entertainment, The Pelican Group and John Frost. Junkyard Dog (“Memphis”) is on board as exec producer.

Read more at Variety 

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J. Todd Harris, President of Branded Pictures Entertainment, named as producer on ‘Doctor Zhivago’ as show debuts on Broadway

2:46 PM PST 10/01/2014 by Ashley Lee

Via Hollywood Reporter

Good musicals are made in heaven … or some such place.

Doctor Zhivago is heading to Broadway this spring.
The new Broadway musical — based on Boris Pasternak’s Nobel Prize-winning 20th-century epic, which also became a beloved 1965 David Lean film — will begin previews on March 27 before an April 21 opening at the Broadway Theatre.

The Russian romance centering on five intertwined lovers is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), with a book by Oscar nominee Michael Weller (Ragtime), music by Grammy winner and Tony nominee Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden), lyrics by Tony nominee Michael Korie (Grey Gardens) and Emmy nominee Amy Powers (Ella Enchanted), and choreography by Tony nominee Kelly Devine (Rocky).

The show will be produced on Broadway by Anita Waxman, Tom Dokton, Latitude Link, Ted Hartley/RKO Stage and Chunsoo Shin, with Joe Corcoran, J. Todd Harris, The Pelican Group and John Frost. Junkyard Dog Productions is executive producer.

“Doctor Zhivago has a profound and exquisite intimacy,” said director McAnuff in a statement. “The story is about five people — three men in love with one woman and two women in love with one man. While they are so close to us that we can reach out and touch them, they also live out their lives over a vast stretch of Russian history from the streets of Moscow to the icy slopes of the Ural Mountains.”

Read more at Hollywood Reporter

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Napa Valley Film Festival Sets Lineup in Wake of Quake

AUGUST 27, 2014 | 08:30AM PT

Dave McNary
Film Reporter
@Variety_DMcNary

Via Variety

Four days after a 6.0 earthquake hit the region, the 4th annual Napa Valley Film Festival has declared it will go ahead with the event and set its narrative and documentary competition lineups for Nov. 12-16.

“Our thoughts are with everyone in the Napa Valley who have suffered losses from the recent earthquake,” said Co-Founder/Artistic Director Marc Lhormer. “We are proud to be part of a community that rallies in support of each other in such a generous and big hearted way. As they say in the business, the show must go on.”

Saturday’s quake was the largest in the San Francisco Bay Area since the 6.9 Loma Prieta shaker in 1989 and caused up to $1 billion in damage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

“This is an exceptionally strong year for both the Narrative and Documentary competition programs,” said Program Director Herb Stratford. “These filmmakers have created new works that provoke, inspire, educate and entertain. They are the heart of our program each year, which includes more than 100 new independent films and advance studio screenings, and we are excited to announce their participation in the festival.”

The festival has also set a series of master classes with faculty including Ted Hope, Joshua Michael Stern, Joe Carnahan, Pam Koffler, J. Todd Harris, Ryan HarringtonJason BermanAnne Carey,Tom Quinn and David Glasser.

 

Check out the Festival’s lineup at Variety here.

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Sophie Turner Set For Branded Pictures Entertainment’s ‘Mary Shelley’s Monster’ Opposite Jeremy Irving, Taissa Farmiga


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by Jen Yamato

August 12, 2014 3:04pm

Via  Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: In a new take on the life and lore of Frankenstein authoress Mary Shelley, Game of Thrones‘ Sophie Turner has been cast as Shelley herself opposite Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Stonewall) as Percy Shelley. Scripted by Deborah Baxtrom, Mary Shelley’s Monster tracks the young writer as she writes her seminal novel and is drawn into a Faustian bargain with her own “monster” of an alter ego, who offers literary fame at a desperate personal cost. Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story, The Bling Ring) is attached in a supporting role as Mary’s stepsister Claire Clairmont.

The real Shelley first published her Gothic horror classic Frankenstein anonymously at the age of 21 after marrying the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Monster envisions her life as “the story of the most extraordinary 19th century teenage heroine told in a visceral, sexy, contemporary way,” per producer Rose Ganguzza, who produced last year’s Beat Generation drama Kill Your Darlings. “Our film is not a period drama. It is a story of youth that transcends time, a gothic romance, a love triangle that involves a dark passenger and we are tremendously excited to have such an exciting cast onboard this wonderful project.”

Director Coky Giedroyc is helming after directing episodes of AMC’s The Killing and Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. Producers are Ganguzza, J Todd Harris (The Kids Are All Right), Damon Lane and Marc Marcum. Filming is slated to begin later this year in the UK and Malta. Turner is repped by CAA and Independent in the UK. Irvine is repped by CAA and Hatton McEwan Penford. Farmiga is repped by ICM Partners and Authentic Talent and Literary Management. Giedroyc is repped by UTA and Independent and Deborah Baxtrom is repped by ICM Partners and Zero Gravity Management.

Read more at Deadline

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CANNES: Jason Alexander’s ‘Lucky Stiff’ Goes on Sale (EXCLUSIVE)

 

 

Via Variety

MAY 15, 2014 | 06:17AM PT

Arclight Films is launching sales at Cannes of the movie version of musical comedy/farce “Lucky Stiff,” starring Jason Alexander, the late Dennis Farina, Dominic Marsh, Nikki M. James, Don Amendolia, Pamela Shaw and Kate Shindle.

Victor Syrmis and J. Todd Harris produce with director Christopher Ashley working from lyrics, music and screenplay by Broadway duo Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. “Lucky Stiff” was first performed in 1988.

The story is about a down-and-out British shoe salesman, portrayed by Marsh, who is instructed to take his dead American uncle — played by Amendolia — to Monte Carlo for a week of fun, dancing, gambling to he can inherit the $6 million left to him. If he doesn’t, the money will go to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn.

The movie version was filmed in Los Angeles and Monte Carlo and is scheduled for a 2015 release.

Read more at Variety 

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Heathers The Musical in The New Yorker

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WHEN THE OUTRAGEOUSLY DYSTOPIAN teen comedy “Heathers” came out, in 1989, it was a box-office failure, but its straight-faced camp and pitch-black plot—Veronica, the fourth wheel of a fierce high-school clique, falls in love with J.D., a mischievous, murderous rebel—have made it a widely adored cult classic. “Heathers” also kick-started the careers of Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Twenty-five years later, its issues of bully-related suicide, school shootings, and bomb threats are even more relevant, and the highly un-P.C. escapade takes on an even darker hue. Get ready for the return of fluffy bangs, shoulder pads, and vicious croquet matches, because the stage adaptation, “Heathers: The Musical,” directed by Andy Fickman, is in previews at New World Stages. It will be so very.

Read more at The New Yorker

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John Travolta And Salma Hayek Will Star In “A Three Dog Life”

via The Hollywood Reporter

travolta_aJohn Travolta and Salma Hayek are set to star in A Three Dog Life, based on the best-selling memoir by Abigail Thomas about a car accident that leaves her husband with no memory.

J. Todd Harris (The Kids Are All Right) and Clark Peterson (Monster) are producing the film, which The Solution Entertainment is shopping to foreign buyers at the European Film Market. Nick Guthe, who is directing from his adapted script, also will produce.

CAA and WME Global are co-representing U.S. rights.

Hayek will play Abigail Thomas, while Travolta will play her husband. After the accident, he is forced to live in an isolated institution to control the side effects of his near-death accident. In order to be close to her husband, Abigail reinvents her life and moves from New York City to the small country town, with her new family of three dogs.

A Three Dog Life, published in 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, received numerous awards and recently resurfaced in popularity, reaching No. on The New York Times Bestseller list in September 2013.

Read the full article at The Hollywood Reporter

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HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL New York Premiere Date And Cast Announced

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via Gotham News

The producers of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL, the new musical stage adaptation of Daniel Waters’ iconic 1989 dark comedy film, are pleased to announce the cast for the New York Premiere.

Previews begin on Saturday, March 15, and the show is set to open on Monday, March 31, 2014 – the 25th Anniversary of the film’s release – at New World Stages in New York City (340 West 50th Street). Tickets are now on sale at Telecharge.com / 1-800-447-7400.

“Talk about drooling much…that’s exactly what we did when we assembled this truly exciting, talented and fresh-faced company to play these iconic roles,” said director Andy Fickman. “If you are doing a musical based on Heathers, your cast can’t just be very – they have to be very very.”

Read the full casting announcement over at Gotham News.

Direct from the sold-out world premiere engagement at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles, HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL is produced Off-Broadway by Bruce Bendell (Grace), Jamie Bendell (A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder), Scott Benson (Inappropriate: The Musical), Andy Cohen (Untraceable, Captain Ron), J. Todd Harris (The Kids Are All Right, Bottle Shock, Dr. Zhivago Australian Tour), Amy Powers (Dr. Zhivago, The Game), Scott Prisand (Rock Of Ages, Legally Blonde, Grace) and Big Block Theatrical. Fickman, Murphy and O’Keefe are also producers. Denise Di Novi (the film Heathers; Crazy, Stupid Love) will executive produce.

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Uncovering Hollywood’s Hidden Brands

J. Todd Harris discusses producing and uncovering new opportunities for independent producers.

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Heathers The Musical Will Play Off Broadway in March

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From The New York Times:

“A musical adaptation of the film “Heathers,” the 1989 dark comedy about high school mean girls that added “what’s your damage?” and other memorable lines to the teen lexicon, will have an Off Broadway commercial run this spring, the producers announced on Tuesday.

The show has been developed over the last several years by the composer Laurence O’Keefe, the writer Kevin Murphy, and the production’s director, Andy Fickman. A concert presentation was held…”

Read the full article over at The New York Times Arts Beat Blog.

 

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Studio System News Interviews J. Todd Harris

J-Todd-Harris1-e1384285892828-312x337In support of the Napa Valley Film Fest, Studio System News puts the spotlight on festival board member J. Todd Harris:

The hot premiers and yacht parties of Cannes are long over, and the fall festivals have given us sneak peaks of awards season contenders like 12 Years a Slave,Gravity, and Philomena. If you weren’t able to walk the Croisette or jet to Toronto, you can check out unreleased films like Saving Mr. Banks and undiscovered gems by new filmmakers at the Napa Valley Film Festival this weekend.

The combo of wine tasting and movie watching is a winning one, and the festival, now in its third year, boasts “125 films. 300 filmmakers. 50 chefs. 150 wines.” The program includes films like August: Osage County and Philomena, alongside indie docs and narrative features, short films, and an artist-in-residence program. Joe Carnahan is this year’s jury president.

SSN spoke with festival board member J. Todd Harris about how the festival is growing, what he’s excited about this year, and the importance of studio support and corporate sponsors for any emerging film fest.

Read the interview on Studio System News.

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Heathers the Musical to Premier in LA

via Playbill

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“The new Laurence O’Keefe-Kevin Murphy musical Heathers, based on the wickedly dark 1988 film comedy about a clique of deadly and domineering high school girls, will play a limited world-premiere engagement at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles this September.

Tony Award-nominated Legally Blonde composer O’Keefe collaborated with Emmy-winning Reefer Madness author Murphy on book, music and lyrics for the musical based on the film.

The stage musical is produced by Denise DiNovi, Andy Cohen, Amy Powers, J. Todd Harris, Bruce Bendell, Scott Prisand and Jamie Bendell, along with creators O’Keefe, Murphy and Fickman.”

Read the full story on Playbill

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