Hollywood Chamber to Honor Brett Ratner with Walk of Fame Star by Ilana Spiegel

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that director Brett Ratner will be honored with the 2,599th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, January 19th at 11:30 a.m. PST. The star in the category of Motion Pictures will be dedicated at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood & Highland Complex.

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Before The Flood’ Sampled By 30M+ Worldwide For National Geographic by Ilana Spiegel

National Geographic’s climate-change documentary Before The Flood, produced by and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has reached more than 30 million viewers worldwide who watched at least a portion of the program across linear, digital, streaming and social platforms. That is the largest sampling for a documentary in the world since 2000, and the largest ever for a National Geographic Film, according to the company. Before The Flood also has had the highest average of minutes viewed for a NatGeo film. The docu benefited from being the most broadly distributed program the network has ever released.

 

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"Before The Flood" To Premiere Commercial-Free Across Nat Geo Global Networks by Ilana Spiegel

On the heels of Friday’s theatrical release of the climate-change feature documentary Before the Flood in New York and Los Angeles, National Geographic today announced plans to premiere the project commercial-free across its digital and streaming platforms worldwide.

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Infamous literary scandal comes to life in Author: The JT LeRoy Story by Ilana Spiegel

In the early aughts, JT LeRoy was the hippest fiction writer on the face of the planet — until it was revealed that the alleged ex-drug addict and onetime prostitute was himself a fiction, created by author Laura Albert.

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Brett Ratner’s RatPac Unveils ‘In Harm’s Way’: Multi-Platform Anthology Series Inspired By UN Work by Ilana Spiegel

In Harms Way is the first collaboration of its kind between the United Nations and the entertainment industry, and was celebrated at private event at Hilhaven Lodge in Beverly Hills that included an appearance by Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon.

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RatPac, Def Pictures Set Steve Lemme Breakdance Pitch At Lionsgate by Ilana Spiegel

RatPac Entertainment and Def Pictures have sold an untitled feature film pitch from Steve Lemme to Lionsgate Films. Lemme, an actor and writer who is a founding member of the Broken Lizard comedy group, will script a throwback comedy that pays homage to the 90’s hip-hop scene and centers around two rival breakdancing crews preparing for a dance-off in their home town 20 years after their original battle.

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Nat Geo Acquires Leonardo DiCaprio's Climate Change Documentary - TCA by Ilana Spiegel

National Geographic Channel has acquired worldwide rights to the untitled climate change feature documentary produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Oscar-winning actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio. Martin Scorsese is executive producer.
The film looks at how society can prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the globe. It presents visual evidence of a worsening environmental crisis that is inflicting irreversible damage on pristine landscapes from Greenland to Indonesia, disturbing the balance of our planet’s climate and hastening the extinction of animals, according to Nat Geo.

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'Brooklyn' Helmer John Crowley To Direct Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Novel 'Goldfinch' by Ilana Spiegel

Brooklyn helmer John Crowley has been tapped by RatPac Entertainment and Warner Bros to direct the screen adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller The Goldfinch. The film will be produced by Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force, along with RatPac’s Brett Ratner, with James Packer executive producer. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy scribe Peter Straughan wrote the script.

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'Rules Don't Apply' Trailer: First Look At Warren Beatty's Star-Studded Film by Ilana Spiegel

The logline: “It’s Hollywood, 1958. Small-town beauty queen and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), who is engaged to be married to his seventh-grade sweetheart and is a deeply religious Methodist. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test but also defies Hughes’ No. 1 rule: No employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress. Hughes’ behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in very separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed.”

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Bryce Dallas Howard To Star In 'The Swans Of Fifth Avenue' Limited Series For RatPac by Ilana Spiegel

In a competitive situation, Brett Ratner and James Packer’s RatPac Entertainment has acquired the rights to the recently published historical novel "The Swans Of Fifth Avenue" by Melanie Benjamin, the bestselling author of "The Aviator’s Wife", for an adaptation as a premium cable limited series to star Bryce Dallas Howard. The project tells the story of the star-crossed friendship between Breakfast at Tiffany’s author Truman Capote and socialite snd style icon Babe Paley— who was married to CBS founder William Paley —  in the mid 1950s. Through Babe, Truman gains an unlikely entrée into the enviable lives of Manhattan’s elite, leading to the ultimate betrayal of Babe and the other Swans in her circle.

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Sarah Polley To Adapt '& Sons' For Brett Ratner by Ilana Spiegel

Sarah Polley is adapting David Gilbert’s acclaimed novel "& Sons" for Brett Ratner and his RatPac Entertainment. John Lesher is also in talks to come aboard as a producer. The novel, which was showered with critical praise on its debut last year, follows a legendary – and reclusive- Great American writer who, in the midst of delivering a eulogy at his oldest friend’s funeral, suffers a breakdown over the life he’s led and the people he’s hurt. Principal amongst them are his three sons, who he reconvenes for the first time in years in an attempt – or so it would seem- to make amends.

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‘The Divine Monster’ Family Drama From Silvio Horta & Brett Ratner Set At Fox by Ilana Spiegel

Ugly Betty creator Silvio Horta has teamed with producer-director Brett Ratner for The Divine Monster, a twisty family drama based on the Belgian series of the same name (original title Het Goddelijke Monster). Written by Miami-born Horta, The Divine Monster chronicles the fall of the wealthy Vega family of Miami, whose real estate empire is built upon decades of greed, corruption, generally bad behavior and an alarming number of curious deaths. Horta is executive producing with Ratner. Warner Bros. TV, where Horta is under an overall deal, is the studio, producing with Horta’s Silent H Productions and Ratner’s RatPac Television. The project has a script commitment.

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Warner Bros Closes On Thriller Pitch ‘Heist’; Chris & Charlie Frazier To Pen Script by Ilana Spiegel

Warner Bros and writer-producer Nico Mastorakis have closed a deal on Mastorakis’ feature film pitch, tentatively called Heist. Details remain undisclosed for now, though the idea is the portrayal of a “daring” and “unbelievable” heist. Chris Frazier and Charlie Frazier have been mutually hired by Mastorakis and Warner Bros to write the script. WB production exec Cate Adams will oversee the project.

The Fraziers have In the Company Of Lies in development at Voltage with Sentinel and RatPac producing, and Olivier Megaton directing. They’ve also written a remake of Devotchka for Fox International and Archery Pictures. They’re repped by WME and Eric Suddleson at Felker Toczek.

Mastorakis is repped by Paradigm.

Defy Media Signs with WME to Develop TV and Film Projects, Inks RatPac Deal by Ilana Spiegel

WME has signed digital-media studio and programmer Defy Media — whose biggest brands include the Smosh comedy duo on YouTube — and Defy has also entered into a partnership with Brett Ratner and James Packer’s WME-repped RatPac Entertainment to develop several projects.

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