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Gotham Awards – 3 nominations for COLUMBUS

The Gotham Awards announced their nominees on Thursday morning and COLUMBUS has received 3 nominations : Best Screenplay, Breakthrough Director and Best Actress. Congrats Haley Lu!
The 27th IFP Gotham Awards will take place Monday, November 27, 2017 and will be hosted by John Cameron Mitchell.

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Maggie Betts for “Novitiate”
Greta Gerwig for “Lady Bird”
Kogonada for “Columbus”
Jordan Peele for “Get Out”
Joshua Z Weinstein for “Menashe”

Best Screenplay
“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani
“Brad’s Status,” Mike White
“Call Me by Your Name,”James Ivory
“Columbus,” Kogonada
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig

Best Actress
Haley Lu Richardson, “Columbus”
Melanie Lynskey, “i don’t feel at home in this world anymore.”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Lois Smith, “Marjorie Prime”

Haley Lu Richardson Joins Oscar Isaac in Nazi Thriller ‘Operation Finale’

Haley Lu Richardson Joins Oscar Isaac in Nazi Thriller ‘Operation Finale’

Chris Weitz is directing the drama, with Ben Kingsley playing Adolf Eichmann.

Haley Lu Richardson, one of the stars of M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, has joined the mission of Operation Finale, MGM’s story of the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann.

Oscar Isaac is leading the cast of the thriller, with Ben Kingsley playing Eichmann and Joe Alwyn playing Eichmann’s son.

Chris Weitz is directing the drama, which is said to echo thrillers such as Argo and Munich. Matthew Orton wrote the original screenplay.

Eichmann was considered one of the architects of the Holocaust and oversaw the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Jews. After World War II, he fled to Argentina, where he lived in hiding. Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, eventually discovered Eichmann’s whereabouts, and in a tense operation captured him and smuggled him out of the country.

Richardson will play Sylvia Herman, the sweet-faced girlfriend of Klaus Eichmann (Alwyn) who was fiercely in love and did not want to hear her father’s warning about him and his family. She eventually turns over Klaus and his family to Mossad intelligence.

Lior Raz, Melanie Laurent and Nick Kroll are also on the call sheet.

Production begins Oct. 1 in Argentina.

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger are producing the project along with Isaac and Inspire Entertainment’s Jason Spire.

Richardson, who also appeared in The Edge of Seventeen, can currently be seen in Columbus, the Sundance indie that also stars John Cho and is earning strong reviews. In the can is the period drama The Chaperone, written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.

She is repped by Gersh, Arts Entertainment and Coast to Coast Talent Group.

SOURCE THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ Dominates U.S. Box Office With $40.2 Million

M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” has turned into a horror hit with a surprisingly strong $40.2 million in its opening weekend at 3,038 North American locations.

“Split,” starring James McAvoy as a man with 24 different personalities, performed far above recent expectations for Universal and Blumhouse. It easily topped the 2015 launch of Shyamalan’s found-footage horror movie “The Visit,” which scored an opening weekend of $25.4 million.

“Having M. Night Shyamalan’s name on the title means a lot, because his fan base is so devoted,” noted Universal’s domestic distribution chief Nick Carpou. “He’s the master of the plot twist.”

Carpou noted that “Split” showed plenty of drawing power in all demographics with the 52% of the audience being female and 52% under 25 and should perform well in coming weeks. “As a psychological thriller, this should have a lot of playability,” he added.

“Split” doubled Vin Diesel’s launch of “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” which is heading for a second-place finish for Paramount with $20 million at 3,651 sites — in line with recent forecasts. Fox’s historical drama “Hidden Figures” maintained its impressive performance in third with $16.3 million at 3,416 theaters for a domestic total of $84.2 million.

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Source Variety

‘Columbus’ film headed to Sundance Film Festival

The feature film “Columbus,” shot in town in August and starring John Cho, has been accepted for the Sundance Film Festival.

Sundance is the largest independent film festival in the country.

The movie, focusing heavily on Columbus’ noted architecture, will be among 66 in the festival — Jan. 19 to 29 — in three Utah cities, according to the event’s website at sundance.org.

The story is about a young Columbus girl (played by actress Haley Lu Richardson) deciding whether to stay in her Columbus hometown and a Korean visitor (Cho) facing the impending death of his father amid the city’s noted national Modernist design reputation.

Actor and director Robert Redford’s company founded Sundance in 1981 in an effort to attract filmmakers to Utah.

“Columbus” will be shown in a noncompetitive Sundance category, NEXT.

SOURCE THE REPUBLIC

New project: “Columbus”

John Cho, Parker Posey, Haley Lu Richardson, Michelle Forbes, and Rory Culkin are starring the Indiana-set drama “Columbus.”

“Columbus” marks the feature directorial debut of Kogonada, who has been noted for his visual work and film criticism commissioned by the Criterion Collection and Sight & Sound.

The movie is being produced by Superlative Films and Depth of Field in association with Nonetheless Productions. Chris Weitz, Andrew Miano, Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Aaron Boyd, Ki Jin Kim, and Giulia Caruso serve as producers. Superlative Films is financing the pic.

The film is currently shooting in Columbus, Ind., which the director said inspired him due to its modern architecture.

“After visiting the town, I felt an immediate sense for a film that would take place there, which would implicitly explore the promise of modernism (an ongoing quest for me),” he said. “The story revolves around a man and young woman from opposite sides of the world, each mourning the potential loss of a parent.”

Cho plays the estranged son of a prominent architectural critic. Richardson is the daughter of a recovering addict, who finds solace in the architecture that surrounds her. Forbes portrays her mother. Posey plays a former student who’s dating Cho’s character’s father.

“I initially fell in love with ::kogonada’s work through the exquisite montages he did for Criterion and the BFI,” Weitz said. “He was clearly a filmmaker with exacting taste and an impeccable vision.”

Cho stars in “Star Trek Beyond” and Posey is in “Cafe Society.” Richardson appears in “The Edge of Seventeen” and Forbes stars in “Orphan Black.”

Renfrew Behrens launched Superlative Film in January as an equity fund and strategic partner for independent films and documentaries. Its other titles include: “Lucky,” starring Harry Dean Stanton and David Lynch, “Humor Me,” with Elliott Gould and Jemaine Clement, and “The House of Tomorrow,” toplined by Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman, Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff. and Maude Apatow.

Depth of Field was founded in 1999 following brothers Chris and Paul Weitz’s breakout directorial debut, “American Pie.” Their credits include “About a Boy,” “In Good Company,” “A Single Man,” “Grandma,” and Judy Greer’s directorial debut, “A Happening of Monumental Proportions,” currently in post-production.

Cho is represented by UTA and 3 Arts; Richardson and Posey are represented by Gersh; Forbes is represented by UTA; and Culkin is represented by Paradigm.

Source Variety

‘The Edge of Seventeen’ Pushed to November Release

STX has set coming-of-age comedy “The Edge of Seventeen” for a Nov. 18 release, seven weeks later than previously planned.

The studio made the announcement in the wake of the film, produced by James L. Brooks, being selected as the closing night gala for the Toronto International Film Festival.

Kyra Sedgwick, Woody Harrelson, Hailee Steinfeld, Blake Jenner, Haley Lu Richardson and Hayden Szeto star.

“James L. Brooks has mentored such extraordinary young filmmakers as Cameron Crowe and Wes Anderson,” said STX’s Kevin Grayson. “With Kelly Fremon Craig, he brings audiences a superbly talented new voice who vividly and authentically captures what it is like to grow up today. After being selected as the closing night film at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, we decided to move this very special film to take full advantage of the holiday corridor and to capitalize on the what we expect will be very strong word of mouth as the film screens this Fall.”

The film was previously scheduled to open on Sept. 30.

Source Variety

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