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Posts Tagged ‘Paramount Pictures’

Movie Based on Pollard Case to be Produced by Jackal Group

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Gail Berman’s The Jackal Group is developing a feature film based on the case of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, Deadline Hollywood reported.

The announcement came following the news that Pollard, who was sentenced to life in prison for passing top-secret information to the Israelis, will be paroled in November.

The film will be based on Martin Blank’s play “The Law Of Return,” about Pollard’s work for the US Navy, and the process of his becoming a spy. Blank will write the script, Berman and SVP Film Development’s Rory Koslow are producing for Jackal Group.

Martin Blank is the author of 10 plays.”The Law of Return” was produced at Center Stage Theater, Jerusalem, and the Maryland Ensemble Theatre.

His one-act comedy, Avenue of the Americas, was produced Off Broadway at the Tank Theater. He has received new play commissions from the American Jewish Theater, Theatre Ariel, and the Georgetown Theatre Company.

Blank has served as Artistic Associate for the American Jewish Theatre.

Gail Berman used to be President of Paramount Pictures. Before joining Paramount, she was President of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company.

JNi.Media

Oscars to Sacha Baron Cohen: Stay Home

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Deadline’s Nikki Finke reports from Hollywood that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has pulled actor Sacha Baron Cohen’s tickets from the 84th Academy Awards. He will be banned from attending the Oscars even though he is an Academy member and one of the stars of “Hugo,” Paramount Pictures’ contender for Best Picture and 10 other nominations.

Finke says a source at Paramount told her that “Unless they’re assured that nothing entertaining is going to happen on the Red Carpet, the Academy is not admitting Sacha Baron Cohen to the show.” Right, who wants that?

The reason for this severe case of overreaction is a proposal that reached the Academy for Baron Cohen to strut the Red Carpet in full costume as his title character in the upcoming Paramount comedy “The Dictator.”

In a later report, Finke added that, faced with all the bad publicity resulting from its action, the Academy tried to parse what it did when questioned by some media outlets. But the fact is that, this morning, the Academy’s Managing Director Of Membership Kimberly Rouch phoned Paramont’s awards staff to say Baron Cohen’s tickets had been pulled unless he gives the Academy assurances ahead of time that he won’t show up on the Red Carpet in costume and won’t promote his movie on the Red Carpet.

The Academy made it clear that, without those assurances, it would not issue him the tickets. But, knowing Mr. Cohen, this whole thing may have been an orchestrated incident to increase anticipation of his strutting. when he starts strutting.

Tibbi Singer

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