‘Fur’ flies for New Line, HBO banner

Hebrew-language 'He'Ushpizin' also on slate

A correction was made to this article on May 17, 2005.

At least three titles are expected to be announced Friday when HBO Films and New Line Cinema unveil the name and other details of their new specialty film banner.

Newly minted topper Bob Berney is expected to announce that the shingle’s first titles include Nicole Kidman-starrer “Fur” and “Ha’Ushpizin,” an Israeli pic that bowed Stateside at the recent Tribeca Film Festival.

Currently in production under “Secretary” helmer Steven Shainberg, “Fur” is a River Road-financed drama about the life of shutterbug Diane Arbus. Pic stars Kidman opposite Robert Downey Jr.

Based on a biography by Patricia Bosworth, “Fur” reteams Shainberg with “Secretary” scribe Erin Cressida Wilson. Bill Pohlad, Laura Bickford, Bonnie Timmermann and Andrew Fierberg are producing, with Vin Farrell co-producing and Ed Pressman exec producing. Overseas it will be handled by New Line International.

The Hebrew-language “Ha’Ushpizin” is an insider depiction of ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem and reps the first collaborative effort between Israel’s religious and secular communities, directed by Giddi Dar and spearheaded by thesp-scripter Shuli Rand. The film received the critics’ award at last year’s Jerusalem Film Festival, with Rand named as best actor by the Israeli Film Academy.

The pickups suggests a company with wide-ranging tastes. “Fur” reps a high-profile star turn from an breakout arthouse filmmaker — the kind of project that might once have inspired Miramax Films to pounce.

“Ha’ushpizin” is a wild card, a category that’s become Berney’s professional signature. A gently comic take on the life of modern-day Orthodox Jews sounds like minor, not boffo, B.O. — a criticism also levied at prior Berney hits “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “Y Tu Mama Tambien” and “The Passion of the Christ.”

More Film

  • Kate Winslet Diane Keaton Mia Wasikowska

    Kate Winslet, Diane Keaton, Mia Wasikowska to Star in 'Silent Heart' Remake

    A correction was made to this article on May 17, 2005. At least three titles are expected to be announced Friday when HBO Films and New Line Cinema unveil the name and other details of their new specialty film banner. Newly minted topper Bob Berney is expected to announce that the shingle’s first titles include […]

  • (L to R) Young Tanya (JESSICA

    'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

    A correction was made to this article on May 17, 2005. At least three titles are expected to be announced Friday when HBO Films and New Line Cinema unveil the name and other details of their new specialty film banner. Newly minted topper Bob Berney is expected to announce that the shingle’s first titles include […]

  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' Stage Musical in the Works

    A correction was made to this article on May 17, 2005. At least three titles are expected to be announced Friday when HBO Films and New Line Cinema unveil the name and other details of their new specialty film banner. Newly minted topper Bob Berney is expected to announce that the shingle’s first titles include […]

  • Sundance Film Festival Placeholder

    Sundance Festival's Economic Impact Jumps Up 26% From 2017, Study Says

    A correction was made to this article on May 17, 2005. At least three titles are expected to be announced Friday when HBO Films and New Line Cinema unveil the name and other details of their new specialty film banner. Newly minted topper Bob Berney is expected to announce that the shingle’s first titles include […]

  • Aubrey Plaza'Ingrid Goes West' film premiere,

    LA Film Festival Adds Inclusion Initiatives

    A correction was made to this article on May 17, 2005. At least three titles are expected to be announced Friday when HBO Films and New Line Cinema unveil the name and other details of their new specialty film banner. Newly minted topper Bob Berney is expected to announce that the shingle’s first titles include […]

  • Robin Hood trailer

    Jamie Foxx Teaches Taron Egerton to Steal From the Rich in 'Robin Hood' Trailer

    A correction was made to this article on May 17, 2005. At least three titles are expected to be announced Friday when HBO Films and New Line Cinema unveil the name and other details of their new specialty film banner. Newly minted topper Bob Berney is expected to announce that the shingle’s first titles include […]

  • 'Dark Knight' Changed Movies, and the

    Christopher Nolan's 'Dark Knight' Changed Movies, and the Oscars, Forever

    A correction was made to this article on May 17, 2005. At least three titles are expected to be announced Friday when HBO Films and New Line Cinema unveil the name and other details of their new specialty film banner. Newly minted topper Bob Berney is expected to announce that the shingle’s first titles include […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content