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Angelina Jolie finds right actress for her Bosnian romance

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: I’m intrigued by the growing number of actors who are making the transition to the director’s chair.
Affleck brothers Ben and Casey have found varying levels of success. Philip Seymour Hoffman recently took the plunge with “Jack Goes Boating.” 
It’s not a new tradition (see Robert Redford, Ron Howard, etc.), but it’s one that has seen some strength in numbers recently.
Add Angelina Jolie’s name to the burgeoning list of talented performers taking their turn as storyteller. Jolie will make her directorial debut with a currently untitled Bosnian War love story, due out in 2011. IMDB says the film will explore how the conflict affected a couple’s romance. The site also credits Jolie as the writer … but not the star.
Instead, Jolie reportedly has zoomed in on young Bosnian actress Zana Marjanovic for the lead role in her film, according to the AP. Marjanovic called the script “fabulous” and said she was anxious to begin filming.
Marjanovic, 27, is on her way to Hungary, wher Jolie plans to begin filming by the end of the year. More details on this developing project as they cross our radar.
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This Week In Movies – ‘The Town,’ ‘Jack Goes Boating,’ ‘Easy A,’ ‘Devil’

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: Ben Affleck has had a career of ups and downs but to his credit he hasn’t let critical brickbats or tabloid fodder derail him from living up to the promising talent he showed as an actor and writer in 1997’s Good Will Hunting which won Ben and buddy, Matt Damon a Best Original Screenplay Oscar. Since then Ben has mixed success in big Hollywood projects like Armageddon (1998) , Pearl Harbor ( 2001) and The Sum Of All Fears (2002) with genuinely interesting acting turns in meatier material like the highly underrated Changing Lanes (2002) and Hollywoodland (2006). Unfortunately there was also his “Bennifer” phase when he and then -fiancée Jennifer Lopez were the talk of the tabs and their joint co-starring venture, Gigli (2003) crashed and burned. By that point most pundits had written off the early promise of Good Will Hunting and dismissed him until his feature directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone (2007) showed that initial talent was just hitting it’s stride. This weekend’s critical acclaim and number one box office ranking for his latest writing/directing/acting achievement, The Town has quieted the doubters and clearly set Ben off on a new career path that buddy Matt Damon says will turn him into “the new Clint Eastwood”, meaning a triple threat talent that is one to watch. The common denominator between Good Will, Gone Baby Gone and The Town is the general location, Ben’s hometown of Boston. When I talked to him a couple of weeks ago he mentioned it was a concern that he get pidgeonholed as the “Boston” guy but that this material was just too tempting to pass up. With its estimated $23.8 million haul, The Town proved that decision to be the right one, beating pre-release predictions, drawing a solid B+ Cinemascore rating and an absolutely stellar 94% fresh score on the Rotten Tomatoes critics meter. What’s particularly heartening about all of this is that The Town falls into that endangered species known as ADULT DRAMA. It’s a time-honored genre that the big studios were thought to be abandoning. Warner Bros. is to be congratulated for a smart marketing and distribution strategy and Ben Affleck is back on top of the movie world with the first significant release of the more serious Fall season.

Speaking of actors-turned-directors, another Oscar winner Philip [...]

Awards Season Roundup: ‘Toy Story 3′ wins first of what’s sure to be many trophies

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: HollywoodNews.com’s Awards Season Roundup collects insights from around the Internet on films that are running in the Oscar race.
The Hollywood Film Festival began announcing its winners today. “Toy Story 3,” “Iron Man 2” and “Inception” cinematographer Wally Pfister were recognized. More announcements are on the way. This year’s festival will be held Oct. 20-25 in Los Angeles.
Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator,” which I enjoyed (especially James McAvoy’s mature performance), was acquired by Roadside Attractions … but won’t enter this year’s Oscar race.
Awards Daily says “Never Let Me Go,” “Jack Goes Boating” and “The American” are out of Best Picture consideration … because their BFCA Critics Choice ratings aren’t high enough.
Patrick Goldstein of the L.A. Times talks to Sally Hawkins, who has three major festival films in play and would like to hang around for the Oscar race.
Also in the paper, Mark Olsen profiles “The Whistleblower,” with Rachel Weisz, which played at TIFF to standing ovations.
Jeff Wells walks out of John Madden’s “The Debt” after 40 minutes. The good news? He usually walks out of things sooner.
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TIFF ’10: Philip Seymour Hoffman’s “Jack Goes Boating”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We’re officially one week away from the 35th Toronto International Film Festival, and we still have so much left to discuss in our “Road to Toronto” feature.
The fest kicks off on Sept. 9, and HollywoodNews.com will be on the ground bringing you reviews, interviews, and a clearer glimpse at the ever-shifting Oscar race.
To read our previous preview columns, punch “TIFF” into our search window. Today, we’re on a boat — and in a handful of difficult New York relationships — as Philip Seymour Hoffman makes his anticipated directorial debut.
Jack Goes Boating

The Plot: A lonely guy (Philip Seymour Hoffman) learns to swim when the girl he starts dating (Amy Ryan) asks to go boating. As their relationship improves, the marriage of Jack’s closest friends falls apart.
The Director: Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Cast: John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Amy Ryan and Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Scoop: After years spent dazzling audiences with his work in front of the camera, Hoffman climbs behind the lens and into the director’s chair to adapt Bob Glaudini’s Off-Broadway play. The film played Sundance earlier this year and received good reviews, with Variety and The Hollywood Reporter singing its praises. It’s easy to see why. Hoffman convinced Glaudini to write his own screenplay, then surrounded himself with talent like Ryan, Ortiz and Rubin-Vega. I can’t wait to see if “Jack” sinks or swims, but with Hoffman at the helm, I think the latter is a safe bet.
Awards Potential: Oscar veterans Hoffman (won for “Capote”) and Ryan (nominated for “Gone Baby Gone”) could attract the Academy’s eye. And while it’s unlikely Hoffman will work his way into the Best Director race, Glaudini certainly could make some noise in the Screenplay category if “Boating” sails away from TIFF on waves of positive buzz.
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Paul Rudd to star in “My Idiot Brother”

HollywoodNews.com: Anthony Bregman of Likely Story and Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub of Big Beach announced that Paul Rudd has signed on to star in “My Idiot Brother,” a comedy about family and the sacrifices it takes to deal with them. Based on a screenplay by Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall, “My Idiot Brother” will be directed by Jesse Peretz. Production is slated to begin in July in New York. Bregman, Saraf and Turtletaub will produce for their respective companies. Caroline Jaczko, Stefanie Azpiazu and Aleen Keshishian will executive produce. Rudd and Peretz have worked together previously on “The Château.” Rudd will next be seen starring in Jay Roach’s “Dinner for Schmucks” opposite Steve Carell and James Brooks’ “How Do You Know” opposite Reese Witherspoon. He will also be producing (alongside Judd Apatow, Wain, and Ken Marino) and starring in David Wain’s “Wanderlust” opposite Jennifer Aniston.
Ned (Rudd) is an idealist. His three sisters are ambitious. His mother is overbearing. Ned crashes at each of their homes, in succession, and brings truth, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives. In other words, he wreaks havoc.
Producer Anthony Bregman stated, “We love this movie because it’s a universal theme. Everyone on earth who has a brother has an idiot brother. I come from a family of three brothers, so I know that better than anyone. And what could beat the prospect of working with Jesse and Paul –who are like brothers to each other– to bring that message out into the world.”
Producer Peter Saraf added, “Paul Rudd with this script and Jesse Peretz directing is a perfect combination of brilliant ingredients to make a flat out funny movie full of heart.”
Brillstein Entertainment Partners and UTA negotiated on behalf of Paul Rudd and Jesse Peretz. Rena Ronson at UTA is handling domestic and international sales for the film.
Likely Story is a New York-based production company founded by Anthony Bregman in October 2006. The company recently wrapped production on “The Oranges” starring Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Leighton Meester, Allison Janney, Oliver Platt, Alia Shawkat, Adam Brody and Sam Rosen; directed by Julian Farino and written by Ian Helfer and Jay Reiss. This year, the company premiered Nicole Holofcener’s “Please Give” and Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman’s “The Extra Man” at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. “Please Give” was released in April 2010 by Sony Pictures Classics and “The [...]

Reflections on Sundance Film Festival, 2010

By ROBERT W. WELKOS
PARK CITY, Utah–Reflections on Sundance, 2010
Hottest stars in attendance:
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning.
A media frenzy ensued during their red carpet arrival for “The Runaways” at Eccles Theater. Media members stood six deep, cameras flashing and TV interviewers gushing as publicists escorted their young clients from ET to Access Hollywood to MTV and on and on and on.
Ben Affleck
The star of “The Company Men” was actually chased by paparazzi and teenaged girls up Main Street after leaving an interview at the Bing Bar. Who knew?
Best singer
Orlando Bloom
To hear Mark Ruffalo and Juliette Lewis tell it, Bloom should be cutting his own album. He plays a rock singer named The Stain in Ruffalo’s new film “Sympathy for Delicious” which Ruffalo also directed. But Bloom is adamant–he won’t be crossing over into the music world now or ever.
Star who looked like he wanted to be somewhere else?
Philip Seymour Hoffman
The co-star and director of “Jack Goes Boating” was bundled up for the cold and wearing a “Jets” ski cap at his Eccles premiere, but it quickly became apparent that he has about as much personality as a guy working in a toll booth. His buddy, Tom Arnold, gave off better vibes. You get the feeling with Hoffman that he can’t stand the media–and it’s vice versa.
Best couple:
America Ferrera and Ryan Piers Williams
He’s the writer/director of “The Dry Land,” an emotional look at a U.S. soldier returning from combat suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder. Ferrera co-stars and executive produced the film. The real-life couple couldn’t have been nicer with reporters or more enthusiastic about their project, and the concern they have for military families dealing with PTSD seems genuine. Ferrera’s appearance at Sundance came at the same time ABC was canceling her series “Ugly Betty.”
Worst connection
Was it just me, or did it feel like AT&T’s Internet connections out of snowy Park City were failing over and over every day. Writing stories in the wee hours of the morning became commonplace.
Best short film:
Spike Jonze’s “I’m Here.”
The film revolves around a likable robot who works in a library and, like other robots into this look into the not so distant future, interacts with humans in his mundane everyday life. Occasionally, he will look out a window and wistfully watch a jet plane flying in the sky. Then one day he meets a sassy [...]

Is the Sundance Film Festival becoming obsolete?

ROBERT W. WELKOS
PARK CITY, Utah–Is Sundance becoming obsolete? It’s a question swirling around the Sundance Film Festival at this tony ski resort this year as the fate of independent films seems to grow dimmer and the money to finance these ventures is as difficult to cobble together as political compromises on Capitol Hill.
But one man is not so pessimistic. His name is Peter Saraf, the co-founder with Marc Turtletaub of the New York-based production company Big Beach, which in 2006 produced the critical and box office sensation “Little Miss Sunshine.” “The landscape of movies selling has changed a lot over the last few years,” Saraf said, noting that “Little Miss Sunshine” came to the Sundance Film Festival and sold for $10.5 million. “There’s a lot less revenue to be made,” he pointed out. “Home video rentals are down; pay TV deals are either gone or diminished; the foreign market for American independent films is diminished by a lot of great local filmmaking. There are a lot of incredible filmmakers around the world now by countries that didn’t used to have them. So, they’re watching fewer American films. American blockbusters are doing better than ever, but smaller films are struggling….It’s harder to make a buck off these things and there are fewer distributors….We were living in a hyper-charged period for awhile that was driven by DVD sales. The fact of the matter it was paying a lot of our rents for the last decade–that’s what made those numbers possible. That’s just not there anymore.”
Saraf is at the Sundance this year with two films: “Jack Goes Boating” directed and starring Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, and “Lucky,” director Jeffrey Blitz’ documentary that takes an entertaining and candid look at people who won big at the lottery and whether their dreams came true?
What’s encouraging to Saraf is that the festival is less focused on the deals that Sundance has become famous for in the media, and now has turned more of the spotlight on the films themselves.
“Last year and this year…there’s been a little more of a focus on the films and less of a ‘Who’s going to buy? What are they going to spend?’ What if we just step back and appreciate it for that? At the same time, there’s going to be the emergence of new companies. It’s going to be more like the original Miramax and the original Octobers in [...]