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The Big Shoe
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Steven Shainberg
Cast: Jim Sturgess, Kristen Stewart, Elizabeth Banks, Klaus Maria Brandauer
From the director of the critically acclaimed smash hit SECRETARY
THE BIG SHOE is a daring and comedic romance about an unusual, creatively stifled shoe designer, Nate and his newfound muse, Delphi, who inspires him to resume his brilliant designs. Denied the chance by his family to design high-end women's shoes, Nate Arbinger, refuses to have anything to do with the family’s industrial footwear business while his father is still alive. Following his death, Nate returns home for the funeral, knowing that his mother, Irene, and older sister, Ellen, desperately want him to revive and revamp the company but he has little interest in fulfilling their wishes.
His lack of engagement prompts Irene to hire MK, a therapist who specializes in treating foot fetishists, in order to woo Nate back to work. MK, in turn, hires Delphi, a foot model and sex worker to act as Nate’s muse. Inspired by the beautiful Delphi with whom he is clearly falling in love, Nate begins to create his most beautiful work. But when the family seizes control of his new line of shoes and separates him from his muse, he suffers a breakdown until MK intervenes to restore an unexpected and surprising harmony to his life.
London-based sales outfit Bankside Films is the new sales company on board Steven Shainberg’s comedy-drama The Big Shoe.
Jim Sturgess, Kristen Stewart, Elizabeth Banks and Klaus Maria Brandauer are set to star in the story of a gifted shoe designer (Sturgess) forced to break free from a family who want to cheapen his art for their own commercial gain. Stewart will play the designer’s muse.
Written by Shainberg and Mickey Birnbaum, new backing for the film comes from Bankside and South Africa’s Azari Media. The shoot is planned for April 2014.
Andrew Lazar (I Love You Philip Morris) of Mad Chance Productions produces, while executive producers are Christina Weiss Lurie, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross and Anton Ernst.
CAA is packaging and reps North American rights.
Bankside’s head of sales and marketing Stephen Kelliher, said: “We are huge fans of Secretary so when the opportunity to be involved in Steven Shainberg’s next feature arose, we knew that we had to do it. It is a highly original story from an extraordinary director who has attracted a sensational cast to the project. We know that international distributors are going to be as excited about this film as we are and we look forward to presenting the film to them here at the AFM.”
Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg are teaming up for American Ultra, an action comedy from Nima Nourizadeh, the director of the surprise hit comedy Project X.
Max Landis, who wrote the hit sci-fi found footage movie Chronicle, penned the script for Ultra, which is being produced by Anthony Bregman for Likely Story, and by David Alpert and Britton Rizzio for Circle of Confusion.
Eisenberg will play an unmotivated stoner named Mike, who lives with his girlfriend Phoebe (Stewart), in a small, sleepy town. One night, their lives take an unexpected turn when Mike's past comes back to haunt him, and he becomes the target of a government operation set to wipe him out.
“Simply put, American Ultra will be the most fun you can possibly have in a movie theater without the use of drugs, fireworks, or canola oil," said Bregman, the prolific indie producer whose most recent credit is Enough Said, the James Gandolfini-Julia Louis-Dreyfus dramedy
FilmNation Entertainment will handle international sales for all territories, including Canada. CAA will represent domestic rights on the film.
Executive producers are Kevin Frakes of PalmStar Media Capital and Raj Brinder Singh of Merced Media Partners.
Ultra is set to begin shooting in April 2014.
Deadline: Drake Doremus is casting up his next film Equals for an early 2014 start, and I hear he is courting The Twilight Saga‘s Kristen Stewart and Warm Bodies and X-Men: Days Of Future Past star Nicholas Hoult to be the young couple that anchors this science fiction tale penned by Nathan Parker (Moon).
ThePlaylist: "My next movie is going to be a sci-fi, love story written by Nathan Parker, writer of 'Moon.' An incredible collaborator, we’ve been working together for almost a year now and hopefully we’ll be making the movie sooner than later," he told Little White Lies. To which we have to say, nice. The switch in screenwriters is interesting, considering Doremus has long worked with Ben York Jones, but perhaps that change in flavors is just what Doremus needs to start branching out and testing his limits in new ways.
"It’s not going to be out of hand, but I think it’s a logical next step, if that makes any sense without giving too much away, of the budget realm," Doremus said about the size of the movie, adding: "I’m really excited to explore a whole new thing while bringing my own passions to it and that’s what’s exciting about collaborating with someone who’s doing something totally different to you as together you can create something very original and unique by bringing different elements to the table."
The film is titled "Equals".
Prod Weekly info about “ANESTHESIA” Feature Film 08-22-13
JOSH HETZLER PRODUCTIONS / ANESTHESIA PRODUCTIONS, INC.
STATUS: November 3 LOCATION: New York
PRODUCER: Josh Hetzler - Christopher Scott WRITER/DIRECTOR: Tim Blake Nelson PM: Julie Buck
A group of New Yorkers dealing with various stages of life and its attendant joys and tribulations are all touched in some way by beloved philosophy
professor Walter Zarrow. (November 3 – December 10)
they are still looking: Anyone have 2 medium-sized dogs that want to appear in two short scenes in a film called "Anesthesia," with Kristen Stewart & Gretchen Mol, which will be filming in NYC in November and December of this year.
Deadline: Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart has joined the ensemble cast of writer-director Tim Blake Nelson‘s Anesthesia in a small role. She’ll be shooting for a few days on the indie, about a group of New Yorkers whose lives are touched by the same philosophy professor. Pic is currently filming in NYC. Nelson’s last directorial effort was 2009′s Leaves Of Grass, which he also starred in and scripted. Stewart is repped by The Gersh Agency.
Deadline: Tim Blake Nelson is getting more company on his ensemble drama Anesthesia. The Lincoln actor wrote, stars in, and is directing the pic which follows the disparate stories of New Yorkers whose lives come together after the violent mugging of a Columbia University philosophy professor. Sam Waterston has been cast as said professor, Walter Zarrow. Oscar-nominated Glenn Close will play Zarrow’s wife Marcia, with Corey Stoll (Midnight In Paris) as an investment banker who witnesses the attack and Gretchen Mol as his wife, an alcoholic New Jersey homemaker. As I reported Sunday, Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart has taken a supporting role in the ensemble drama; she’ll play Zarrow’s troubled student Sophie. Nelson will step in front of the camera himself to play Zarrow’s son.
Also joining the microbudget indie are Mol’s Boardwalk Empire costar Michael K. Williams, Jessica Hecht (Breaking Bad), Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha), and K. Todd Freeman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Julie Buck, Josh Hetzler, Christopher Scott, and Nelson are producing the film which is now shooting in NYC. Anesthesia marks Nelson’s fifth directorial feature. He’s been busy lately with an upcoming acting slate that includes Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman, Focus Features’ crime pic Kill The Messenger, and James Franco‘s last five directing projects.
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