Penn Badgley, Laura Benanti, Anna Deavere Smith and Nyambi Nyambi will join Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish in the feature “Here Today.”
Crystal is writing, directing and starring in the film. He plays a veteran comedy writer who is slowly but surely losing his grip on reality when he befriends a talented young New York street singer, portrayed by Haddish. The two form an unlikely, touching friendship. Louisa Krause will play the wife of Crystal’s character.
Astute Films’ president Fred Bernstein is also producing. Principal photography is underway in New York City.
Spotlight Cinema Networks and American Film Institute have formed a year-long partnership to showcase rare and never-before-seen footage from the AFI Archive, Variety has learned exclusively.
The footage will appear within Spotlight’s pre-show entertainment to luxury exhibitors and independent film theaters nationwide in October. The inaugural pre-show will feature stories about the making of the thriller “North by Northwest” as told by director Alfred Hitchcock.
“Our partnership with AFI allows our sophisticated, nationwide audience to enjoy their history of iconic films and directors during our popular pre-show,” said Michael Sakin, president of Spotlight Cinema Networks. “AFI’s content is a natural fit for us. We’re especially pleased to offer it exclusively to our network of art house and luxury exhibitors around the country.”
Faith-based sports drama “Full Count” has received an Oct. 25 release in select theaters and on VOD and digital.
“Full Count” tells the story about an unfortunate chain of events that force a young baseball phenom to give up his dreams of playing college baseball and return home to the farm and town he fought so hard to escape.
John Paul Kakos makes his film debut as the young lead character. The movie also stars Natalia Livingston, E. Roger Mitchell, Adam Boyer, Victoria Staley, Rick Hearst, Afemo Omilami and Jason London.
Roger Eager is the director, writer, and executive producer. Martin Kelley, Eddie Singleton, and Bennie Swint are the producers.
Cinedigm has acquired North American rights to the comedy “Spy Intervention” from producer Sunil Perkash, and director Drew Mylrea.
The film stars Drew Van Acker (“Pretty Little Liars”), Poppy Delevingne, Blake Anderson, Brittany Furlan, Max Silvestri and Natasha Bassett. Cinedigm will release the film in select theaters, on demand and digital in February with a DVD release to follow later in the year.
In the film written by Mark Famiglietti and Lane Garrison, Van Acker portrays the world’s greatest spy who suddenly meets the woman of his dreams (Delevingne) and decides to abandon his adventurous existence to settle for the security of suburbia. But it doesn’t take long for him to become completely bored — until an evil plot to ruin the world arises.