October Films has acquired the U.S., Canada, U.K., Spain and Latin American rights to the period drama "Up at the Villa," in which Sean Penn has signed to star opposite Kristin Scott Thomas.
Scott Strauss, vice president of creative affairs at Kopelson Entertainment for the last three years, will hole up with the Outlaw Productions gang to run feature development and production in a new…
Warner Bros.' "The Butcher Boy" carved out its position on top of the exclusives roster during its first weekend.
Adam Bernstein's "Six Ways to Sunday" will open the third Gen Art Film Festival on April 29 at the Sony Lincoln Square Theater here. A Stratosphere Entertainment release, "Sunday" stars Norman Reedus…
In many ways the Paris Film Festival took on the personality of its young, press-adverse and indie-spirited jury president, Sean Penn, who the Gauls adoringly call "l'enfant terrible" of American…
MGM has optioned film rights to Douglas Kennedy's upcoming novel "The Job." The studio is negotiating with David Hoberman ("George of the Jungle") to take producing duties on the pic.
Stanley Tucci has signed to play the role of Puck in the Michael Hoffman-directed "Midsummer Night's Dream" for Fox Searchlight.
Marlee Matlin has pacted to star in the low-budget pic "In Self Defense," to be directed by Sidney J. Furie ("Superman IV"). In addition, she will exec produce a vidpic in which she'll appear, and…
Jacques Santer, the president of the European Commission, has thrown his weight behind the idea of launching a European version of the Oscars and Emmys, to coincide with the Cannes Film Festival.
Lara Flynn Boyle has joined the cast of the indie feature "Susan's Plan," which is being directed by John Landis. Pic, which was written by Landis, toplines Dan Aykroyd and Nastassja Kinski.