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Film News Roundup: ‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ Lands at Greenwich Entertainment

In today’s film news roundup, Greenwich Entertainment buys “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood,” June Bug Pictures launches, and Greg Cannom and Mary Guerrero will receive lifetime achievement awards.  

ACQUISITIONS

Recently formed distributor Greenwich Entertainment has bought all U.S. and Canadian rights to Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” for an April release.

The movie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. It follows Scotty Bowers, a World War II marine combat veteran who became a legendary bisexual male hustler and all-purpose date-arranger for Hollywood movie stars from the 1940s until the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.

The film contains a portrait of the now 94-year-old Bowers, and documents how Bowers became a confidante, aide-de-camp, and lover to many of Hollywood’s stars.

“Scotty is a classic American type: fun, happy-go-lucky, eager to please, big-hearted, and literally up for anything — a ‘greatest generation’ guy who was also perhaps was one of the great sexual athletes of his day,” said Greenwich co-managing director Ed Arentz. “We’re thrilled to have it as one of our inaugural releases.”

COMPANY LAUNCHES 

June Bug Pictures has officially launched after two consecutive years of pitching at the American Film Market Pitch Conference.

Producer/partner Jennifer Julian pitched “Marlene,” about German cabaret star and Hollywood film icon Marlene Dietrich, in 2016 and pitched “Free Hunter,” about the greatest female fighter pilot in history. Both projects finished second.

The movies are being packaged by Jon Levin at Roar with production counsel handled by Ann Clark at Greenberg Traurig. The targeted production date is mid 2018.

Producer/partner Holly Payberg makes up the comedy half of the Los Angeles-based boutique production team.

AWARDS

Oscar-winning make-up artist Greg Cannom and four time Emmy-winning hair stylist Mary Guerrero will receive lifetime achievement awards at the Annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards.

The honors will be presented at L.A. Live on Feb. 24.

Cannom is the only make-up artist (along with Wesley Wofford) to have ever won an Oscar for a Scientific and Technical Award and has three additional Academy Awards for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” and “Dracula.”

Guerrero has won eight Primetime Emmys. She is now on her 24th season as hair department head on “Dancing With the Stars.”

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