August 29, 2015

Hollywood A-listers, catering, security, hundreds of trucks and even a pack of baying fox hounds, that’s what it takes to film The Lost City of Z in Co Down

They arrived under cover of darkness, a rumbling crowd of anonymous white vans, interspersed with Land Rovers, jeeps and catering trucks, packed with riggers, runners and security guards.

The cavalcade made its way along the winding country roads from Belfast to Greyabbey on beautiful Strangford Lough.

They edged along Newtownards Rd, too heavy for the little village and a bad bend at quaint Orange Tree House.

And finally parked up military fashion on farm land.

It was only as daylight broke that they could see the stunning surroundings of a piece of land rising out of the mist – they were at an island, or as locals call it, T’Island.

And bang in the middle of this remote beauty spot they could see a little white washed cottage with no electric or running water.

But it was here that Hollywood A-list Brad Pitt had agreed to film scenes for his movie, The Lost City of Z.

And for more than three days they camped out, enduring wind, rain, hail and just a little sunshine until filming came to an end on Friday morning.

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August 29, 2015
by admin / plan b

With production halted, and director John Curran (“The Painted Veil,” “Stone,” “Tracks”) and DP Rob Hardy (“Ex Machina,” “Tracks,” “Testament Of Youth”) booted for “creative reasons,” HBO probably had every reasonable right to look at “Lewis And Clark” and determine that maybe it’s best just to shutter the whole thing. It wouldn’t be the first time they’ve halted a show midstream (please see David Fincher’s “Videosyncrazy”) but it seems they’ve got faith the ship can be turned around.

Deadline reports that production will resume on the show next spring in Calgary, when weather will be more hospitable to the show which had been going through a “rough shoot” this summer. Produced by Brad Pitt and Tom Hanks, the six-hour miniseries starring Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts is adapted from the book “Undaunted Courage” by Stephen E. Ambrose, and follows the explorers Lewis and Clark on their journey down the Missouri River. Whatever was going wrong previously, it seems HBO believes that the foundation is strong enough to revive things next year.

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August 25, 2015
by admin / plan b

Three-year-old A24 is partnering with Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Adele Romanski to produce and finance coming-of-age story “Moonlight.”

Barry Jenkins will direct from his own his script, based on the Tarell McCraney play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.” The movie is set in Miami during the war on drugs.

A24 is financing and owns worldwide rights with filming to take place in Miami in the fall. Jenkins directed 2009’s “Medicine for Melancholy.”

A24 announced in June that it was producing real-estate drama “The Liar’s Ball” with director J.C. Chandor, Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb. A24’s top box office performers have been “Ex Machina,” which has crossed $25 million domestically, and James Franco’s “Spring Breakers,” which grossed $14 million in 2013.

It also teamed with DirecTV to release release movies exclusively on the satellite TV provider before they hit theaters, including Ryan Reynolds’ “Mississippi Grind”; Charlize Theron’s thriller “Dark Places”; the Aubrey Plaza-starrer “Life After Beth”; Atom Egoyan’s “Captive,” starring Reynolds; and Julius Avery’s directorial debut, “Son of a Gun,” with Ewan McGregor and Brenton Thwaites.

“We are extremely proud to be involved with this heartfelt, groundbreaking film,” said A24 in a statement. “The opportunity to work with Barry, one of the most talented and daring contemporary directors, and Plan B, who consistently provide a home for filmmakers, is very exciting. We look forward to the collaboration.”

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August 20, 2015

James Gray’s long-gestating adventure has commenced shooting in Belfast and stars Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland.

MICA Entertainment finances Lost City Of Z, while Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner produce via Plan B alongside Anthony Katagas and Dale Johnson.

MadRiver Pictures’ Marc Butan serves as executive producer with MICA’s Julie B May and Glenn Murray. Sierra/Affinity represents international sales and CAA handles US rights.

The film, based on David Grann’s novel about an explorer who went missing in the Brazilian Amazon in the 1920s, is expected to shoot for five weeks in Belfast before relocating to Colombia throughout September and October.

The project has circled for years. Lotus Entertainment’s previous incarnation Inferno Entertainment introduced it to the market in Cannes in 2010, when Pitt was lined up to star.

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August 20, 2015

Tom Holland, who will suit up as Peter Parker in Sony’s Spider-Man reboot being directed by Jon Watts, will take on another adventure first, joining the cast of Lost City Of Z, the big-screen adaptation of David Grann’s bestselling book. Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson star in the pic, which follows conscripted soldier and born explorer Percy Fawcett (Hunnam) who disappeared in the 1920s while searching for a mythical city in the Amazon jungles of Brazil that he believed he discovered on a prior expedition. James Gray wrote and is directing the movie, which began shooting today in Belfast before moving to Colombia through the fall.

MICA Entertainment is financing the pic, and Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producing via their Plan B Entertainment along with Anthony Katagas and Dale Johnson. MadRiver Pictures’ Marc Butan is executive producing as are MICA’s Julie B. May and Glenn Murray. Sierra/Affinity is repping international sales and CAA has domestic rights to the film.

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August 7, 2015
by admin / plan b

HBO is looking for a new director on its “Lewis & Clark” miniseries, which has shut down production in Canada.

Director John Curran, who co-wrote part of the mini, has exited the project, HBO confirmed. News of the shutdown and director switch was first reported by Deadline. “Lewis & Clark” stars Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts as the famed 19th century explorers who went on a remarkable three-year journey to map the western United States.

“Lewis & Clark,” which has been long in the works at HBO, has a glossy pedigree as a co-production of Tom Hanks’ Playtone banner, Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and National Geographic Studios.

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