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The World’s End, Third Comedy Teaming Director Edgar Wright with Stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Commences Production

Posted September 28, 2012

Working Title Films and Big Talk Pictures have commenced filming on The World’s End, the third installment of Edgar Wright’s trilogy of comedies, following the successes Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007).  The new movie is filming in the U.K. As with the first two movies in the trilogy, Universal Pictures International (UPI) will distribute The World’s End internationally and Focus Features will distribute it in North America.

As with the two earlier pictures, Mr. Wright co-wrote the script with Simon Pegg, who will once again star alongside Nick Frost. Joining the team are actors Martin Freeman (Shaun of the Dead , The Hobbit), Paddy Considine (Hot Fuzz, The Bourne Ultimatum), Eddie Marsan(Sherlock Holmes), and Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher).

The World’s End also marks Mr. Wright’s third movie with Working Title and Big Talk, following Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz; The World’s End is produced by Nira Park of Big Talk and Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. The film will be executive-produced by James Biddle, Mr. Wright, Mr. Pegg, Mr. Frost, and Liza Chasin.

Mr. Wright is also reteaming with such creative collaborators as director of photography Bill Pope, production designer Marcus Rowland, hair and make-up designer Jane Walker, editor Paul Machliss, stunt coordinator Bradley Allen, and VFX Double Negative. Guy Speranza is the film’s costume designer.

In The World’s End, 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub – The World’s End.  As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.

 

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Louis Phillips Joins Focus Features as Executive Vice President, Physical Production

Posted September 20, 2012

Louis Phillips has joined Focus Features as the worldwide film company’s executive vice president, physical production. Focus president Andrew Karpen, to whom Mr. Phillips reports, made the announcement today.

Mr. Phillips is based in Focus’ West Coast offices, overseeing physical production and post-production on all in-house film productions and outside acquisitions.

As a recent production consultant at Lionsgate Mr. Phillips was co-producer of the box office phenomenon The Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross, and What to Expect When You’re Expecting, directed by Kirk Jones.

Mr. Karpen said, “Louis is a talented and well-respected executive with an impressive production and management background. Being both collaborative and creative, he understands the practical craft of filmmaking and will be a great addition to our team.”

Mr. Phillips executive-produced films including Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, David Fincher’s Zodiac, Andrew Davis’ Holes, and Chris Noonan’s Miss Potter at the production company Phoenix Pictures, where his purview during an eight-year stint encompassed physical production, post-production, and music.

He previously worked at in production posts at Jim Henson Pictures, Paramount Pictures, and Buena Vista Pictures. Mr. Phillips received a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California’s Graduate School of Cinema, Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program.

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U.S. Rights to The Place Beyond The Pines, Starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Directed By Derek Cianfrance, Acquired by Focus Features for 2013 Release

Posted September 10, 2012

U.S. rights to The Place Beyond the Pines, the highly anticipated new drama from director Derek Cianfrance, starring Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes, have been acquired by Focus Features for a 2013 release. Focus CEO James Schamus and president Andrew Karpen made the announcement today at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the movie is having its world premiere.

Focus acquired the rights from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE), which financed the movie and which was represented at Toronto by Jim Tauber and Nick Hanks, with WME Global and Creative Artists Agency acting as sales agents. International sales to the feature are being handled by Sierra/Affinity.

The Place Beyond the Pines was written by Mr. Cianfrance, Ben Coccio, and Darius Marder. The movie was produced by Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell through their Electric City Entertainment, Alex Orlovsky through his Verisimilitude, and SKE’s Sidney Kimmel; Mr. Patricof, Ms. Howell, and Mr. Orlovsky previously produced the award-winning Blue Valentine, directed by Mr. Cianfrance and starring Mr. Gosling and Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams. The new movie’s executive producers are Mr. Tauber, Matt Berenson, and SKE’s Bruce Toll.

The film powerfully explores the consequences of motorcycle rider Luke (Mr. Gosling)’s fateful decision to commit a crime to support his child. The incident renders him targeted by policeman Avery (Mr. Cooper), and the two men become locked on a tense collision course which will have a devastating impact on both of their families in the years following.

The cast of The Place Beyond the Pines also includes Golden Globe Award nominee Rose Byrne (Damages), Mahershala Ali (Treme), Emory Cohen (Smash), Dane DeHaan (Chronicle), Gabe Fazio, Bruce Greenwood (Flight), Ray Liotta (Killing Them Softly), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), and Harris Yulin (Scarface).

Mr. Schamus and Mr. Karpen said, “Derek Cianfrance has made a bold, epic, and emotionally generous saga, once again showing a master’s hand in eliciting searingly beautiful performances from the actors with whom he collaborates.”

Mr. Cianfrance commented, “The Focus team’s ability to work in partnership with writers and directors is known and respected by the film community. Their passion for this very personal project is why I know they are the right home for our new movie.”

Mr. Tauber added, “Sidney Kimmel and I are convinced that the entire Focus team understands the uniqueness of Derek’s bold and daring film, and that they provide the perfect home for the filmmaking group.”

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