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Annapurna and Rooney Mara Win Bidding War for Memoir 'A House of the Sky'

Annapurna Pictures beat out its rivals in a bidding war to option Rooney Mara project "A House in the Sky." The New York Times bestselling memoir is written by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett. Mara will star and serve as a producer with Annapurna’s Megan Ellison. Annapurna’s Chelsea Barnard will oversee the day-to-day development and production.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 25, 2014 3:57 PM
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Bigelow and Boal Chase Ripped-from-Headlines Bergdahl Movie--As Do Fox Searchlight and Todd Field

During the 2012/2013 marketing swing on "Zero Dark Thirty," for whatever reason, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal tried to separate themselves as distinct entities. She was the director who collaborated with him as her writing and producing partner. And they didn't want to be seen as a romantic couple, either.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 16, 2014 5:28 PM
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Oscar Nominee Jonathan Gordon Is Annapurna Pictures' New President of Production

Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures has announced today that producer Jonathan Gordon, a longtime David O. Russell collaborator and Oscar nominee for "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle," will join the company as President of Production.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 27, 2014 4:31 PM
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Kathryn Bigelow's Next Film, 'True American,' Will Star Tom Hardy

Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures is busy in Cannes at the moment, but it has acquired rights to Anand Giridharadas post-9/11 book, "True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas." Tom Hardy is attached to star, and Kathryn Bigelow will direct.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 15, 2014 11:24 AM
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Megan Ellison Heads for Cannes with 'Foxcatcher,' Rebrands Her Foreign Sales Arm

Heading into the Cannes International Film Festival -- which opens Wednesday with Nicole Kidman vehicle "Grace of Monaco"--producer-financier Megan Ellison (Oscar contenders "Zero Dark Thirty," "Her," "American Hustle") is launching Sony Pictures Classics' much-anticipated true murder drama "Foxcatcher" in competition, directed by Bennett Miller and starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. And now that Annapurna is established, she's rebranding her foreign sales arm Panorama Media with the Annapurna monicker.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 12, 2014 12:36 PM
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Mark Boal Launches Production Company Page 1, Backed by Megan Ellison's Annapurna

Yet again, Megan Ellison is putting her money on talent. Now, rather than looking at various CAA projects and giving creative freedom to top A-list directors like David O. Russell, Paul Thomas Anderson and Spike Jonze, the billionaire scion of Oracle's Larry Ellison is backing another production company. Annapurna produced "The Hurt Locker" team of producer-writer Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," so it was assumed she might be supporting them again. They've been working on another script. But this is a bigger play--bankrolling Boal's new "writer-driven" film and television production company, Page 1, of which he will be CEO.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 6, 2014 4:14 PM
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'Doctor Who' Star Matt Smith Joins Paramount and Skydance's 'Terminator' Reboot UPDATE

UPDATE: "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith, who played the Doctor from 2011 to 2013, is set to join Paramount and Skydance's new "Terminator" reboot. He will play a new character in the franchise, "with a strong connection to John Connor."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • May 2, 2014 3:26 PM
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Who Should Play Garbo and Dietrich?

A new project financed by billionaire scion Megan Ellison looks into the love affairs of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. Some have long fantasized that they loved each other, but they claimed never to have met. Who should play them in a new TV series?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 18, 2014 9:11 PM
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Memo to Women Screenwriters: Man Up!

Is the shrinking percentage of women screenwriters now seen as just business as usual, a reflection of our societal malaise? Or are women screenwriters actually doing something to fuel the inequity?
  • By Nancy Nigrosh
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  • April 14, 2014 3:46 PM
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Megan Ellison May Wind Up with Two Best Picture Oscar Nominations

There's a new Oscar kingpin in town. The biggest rival to the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Scott Rudin is now 27-year-old Megan Ellison, who scored not one but two Producers Guild of America feature nominations on Thursday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 2, 2014 7:32 PM
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