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iVillage Book Club Connection

Posted March 29, 2011

NBCUniversal’s iVillage and Focus Features Celebrate Classic and Bestselling Novels Jane Eyre and One Day with the launch of iVillage Book Club Connection – in support of motion picture versions.

iVillage Strengthens its commitment to reading with the launch of its first digital book club at on March 28.

New York, NY, March 28, 2011 – NBCUniversal’s iVillage and Focus Features have forged a partnership timed to this year’s Focus movies of two beloved books, Jane Eyre and One Day.  As part of iVillage’s ongoing commitment to reading, iVillage is launching the iVillage Book Club Connection, its very first women-focused book hub – with Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel Jane Eyre and David Nicholls’ bestselling novel One Day being two of the book club selections.  With over 100,000 book conversations happening on iVillage, the iVillage Book Club Connection will provide these avid readers with a virtual forum for meaningful community conversations about book themes. 

The two-book partnership begins with Jane Eyre , the basis for the new Focus movie Jane Eyre, starring Mia Wasikowska, which opened this month in select cities to critical acclaim and the highest per-theater average gross of any 2011 movie so far.  Each month, iVillage will select a book that will be the focus for that month’s book club read.  One of the summer selection books will be One Day, which the author has adapted into Focus’ much-anticipated new movie starring Anne Hathaway and opening this July. 

“Jane Eyre is a classic novel with one of the most beloved leading heroines of all time. Just the kind of woman who connects with and inspires the iVillage Community,” said Catherine Balsam-Schwaber, Senior Vice President of Marketing, iVillage. “Our collaboration with Focus Features will encourage our community members to share the joy of reading and inspire storytelling while engaging with each other in the extended experience Focus will offer through the cinematic interpretation of Jane Eyre.”

“iVillage was the natural choice to partner with.  With their robust digital community of women, we are directly tapping into a sizable audience for these films,” said Nicole Butte, Vice President, New Media, Focus Features. “The iVillage Book Club Connection is a direct conduit to reaching these women and getting them excited about great stories.”

The book club destination will feature everything from “Tools and Tips on How To Create Book Clubs;” Jane Eyre -themed articles such as “3 Life Lessons Modern Women Can Learn from Jane Eyre; ” to “Easy Appetizer Ideas” for serving at your first book gathering!  Other page-turning content includes “Hot Actor Alert: Jane Eyre Star Michael Fassbender;” “14 Great Books Turned Into Movies;” “10 Books For Style Mavens;” and “Parenting Books We’re Talking About.” 

For those women who want to join the book conversations, but participate in an actual book club, iVillage has created new dedicated book message boards, where they can discuss the story themes directly with the iVillage community at:

Participants in the iVillage Book Club Connection who answer iVillage’s weekly story-themed question will be eligible to win a Kindle.  In addition, 25 community members who join the iVillage Book Club Connection will receive a special “Book Club Kit,” which includes copies of the selected book and classic books that have been turned into award-winning Focus films, such as Pride and Prejudice and Atonement ; the Jane Eyre film soundtrack; and a book journal.

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Production Begins on Paul Weitz Drama

Posted March 08, 2011

Production begins on Paul Weitz drama starring Robert de Niro and Paul Dano; film is adapted from Nick Flynn Memoir.

NEW YORK, March 8th, 2011 – Production has begun, on East Coast locations, on a Focus Features drama from Academy Award-nominated writer/director Paul Weitz. The as-yet untitled film stars two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and is based on Nick Flynn’s 2004 memoir entitled Another Bulls—t Night in Suck City. Focus CEO James Schamus made the announcement today.

Mr. De Niro has been joined in the cast by Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood), Spirit Award winner Dale Dickey (Winter’s Bone), Emmy Award nominee Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under), Olivia Thirlby (Juno), and four-time Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore (Focus’ The Kids Are All Right). Mr. Weitz and Andrew Miano, both of the production company Depth of Field, are producing the film with Corduroy Films and with Mr. De Niro’s Tribeca Productions. The executive producers are Tribeca’s Jane Rosenthal and Meghan Lyvers, Caroline Baron, and Depth of Field’s Kerry Kohansky.

Declan Quinn (Rachel Getting Married) is the cinematographer on the film, and Emmy Award winner Sarah Knowles (Warm Springs) is the production designer. Focus executive vice president, production and development Kahli Small and creative executive Christopher Kopp are supervising the project for president of production John Lyons.

The dramatic feature tells the story of a young writer, Nick (portrayed by Mr. Dano), who takes a job at a homeless shelter – where one night he discovers his long-absent father Jonathan (Mr. De Niro) seeking a bed. Ms. Moore portrays the writer’s mother Jody; and Ms. Thirlby portrays Denise, a worker at the shelter.

Mr. Schamus said, “Nick’s memoir was emotional, ruefully funny, and powerfully moving. Paul’s movie looks to honor Nick’s experiences – and his father’s. We are privileged to be working with these filmmakers and talent to tell this story.”

Mr. Weitz commented, “I’ve been working on this script for seven years, gone through 30 drafts, and I feel extremely lucky to be making this draft, with this cast, at this studio.”

Mr. Weitz was an Academy Award nominee, with his brother Chris, for adapting Nick Hornby’s novel About a Boy into the film of the same name, which they co-directed. Paul Weitz’ other films as writer/director include In Good Company and American Dreamz.

Watch a video of author Nick Flynn on set in Greenpoint, Brooklyn here »

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The Chemical Brothers compose score for adventure thrillerHanna

Posted March 04, 2011

Soundtrack to be release via iTunes exclusively on March 15th

"Container Park" now available to stream online

Hanna opens in theatres nationwide April 8th

Critically acclaimed electronic duo The Chemical Brothers have teamed up with film director Joe Wright to score Wright's boldly original adventure thriller Hanna, which stars Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, and Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett. The soundtrack will be released exclusively through iTunes on March 15th, in advance of the film's April 8th nationwide theatrical release through Focus Features.

From the haunting "Hanna's Theme," written for the 16-year-old title character, to the carnival-esque track "The Devil Is In the Details" and the tension-filled "Container Park," The Chemical Brothers deliver 20 tracks that mirror the ever-changing moods and environments that Hanna (played by Ronan) experiences in her dangerous journey as she is pursued across Europe. Of the original score, Moviefone raves "Trust us when we say they deliver something really special with this one, topping (in our opinion) the much-buzzed-about Daft Punk TRON: Legacy score... as well as Trent Reznor's [Oscar-winning] score for The Social Network. Oh yes, we just went there."

Listen to the track "Container Park" (approved to post/embed) here: 

The soundtrack will be available on Back Lot Music, Universal Studios' in-house soundtrack record label. Formed in 2008, Back Lot releases select scores from the studio's motion pictures. 

The Chemical Brothers are currently in Australia and will make their way to the U.S. for the Ultra Music Festival taking place at the end of March. They will also be one of the headliners for the opening night of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival on April 15th. The Hanna soundtrack is their first release since Further, which was released in 2010.

Watch the theatrical trailer for Hanna here:

Track Listing:

  1. Hanna's theme
  2. escape 700
  3. chalice 1
  4. the devil is in the details
  5. map sounds / chalice 2
  6. the forest
  7. quayside synthesis
  8. the sandman
  9. Marissa flashback
  10. bahnhof rumble
  11. the devil is in the beats
  12. car chase (arp worship)
  13. interrogation / lonesome subway / Grimm's house
  14. Hanna vs Marissa
  15. sun collapse
  16. special ops
  17. escape wavefold
  18. isolated howl
  19. container park
  20. Hanna's theme (vocal version)

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