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Showtime Picks Up Masters Of Sex

Great news! Showtime has picked up Lizzy’s new show, Masters Of Sex along with a couple of other shows!

Showtime has picked up both of its drama pilots, Ray Donovan and Masters Of Sex, to series. Ray Donovan, which stars Liev Schreiber as a professional fixer, and Masters Of Sex, which stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, have both received 12-episode orders and will film in Los Angeles for premieres in 2013. The third pilot from Showtime’s most recent crop of pilots, Andrew Gurland’s docu-comedy Gurland on Gurland, will likely not go forward, but Showtime still has picked up four of the five pilots ordered by Nevins. In starring vehicles, he has gone 4 for 4. That was not intentional, Nevins said. “But we do make pilots with the strong intention to put them on the air and a strategy how to schedule them,” he said, adding that not having the pressure of broadcast network deadlines has allowed the network to take its time with the pilots and overcome a casting issue it had early on with Masters Of Sex when originally cast Paul Bettany exited. “It couldn’t have worked any better,” Nevins said of Masters Of Sex, which cast Sheen in the role. According to Nevins, both series “in their own way are broadening the Showtime brand” — Masters by tackling an universal subject like human sexuality and Ray Donovan by offering “a deep and broad show with an incredible cast going 6 and 7 actors deep that has the makings of a great pay cable drama that is gripping, complicated and I think extremely watchable.”

Starring Liev Schreiber in his first series regular role, Ray Donovan takes a novelistic look at contemporary Los Angeles. It centers on Ray (Schreiber) as L.A.’s best professional “trouble shooter” who is called in to solve the complicated, confidential and controversial problems of the city’s elite. The series’ all-star cast includes Jon Voight as the ex-con Donovan clan patriarch and Elliot Gould as Ray’s long-time client and mentor, along with Eddie Marsan and Dash Mihok, who will play Ray’s brothers, and Paula Malcomson in the role of Ray’s wife, “Abby.” Ray Donovan was created and executive produced by Ann Biderman (Southland). The series will also be executive produced by The Mark Gordon Company’s Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff. Ray Donovan is a SHOWTIME production and the pilot was directed by Allen Coulter (Nurse Jackie and Sons of Anarchy pilots), who also serves as producer.

Masters Of Sex chronicles the unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory of Masters and Johnson. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a mid-western teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine and nearly a dozen appearances on Johnny Carson’s couch. Masters Of Sex marks Sheen’s first regular series role for television. The series is an adaptation of Thomas Maier’s book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How To Love. The pilot episode was directed by Academy Award nominee John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), who also serves as executive producer, and also stars Caitlin Fitzgerald (It’s Complicated), in the role of Masters’ wife, Nicholas D’Agosto (Heroes) and Teddy Sears (American Horror Story). Beau Bridges and Margo Martindale also appear in the pilot. Masters Of Sex was created and executive produced by Michelle Ashford (The Pacific). The series will also be executive produced by Timberman Beverly Prods’ Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman, and Judith Verno. Michael Sheen and Tammy Rosen will serve as producers. Masters Of Sex is produced by Sony Pictures Television.

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I have added a couple of previous outtakes of Lizzy along with a new one from V Magazine:


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Max360 International buys foreign rights to Save The Date

Max360 International has bought foreign rights of the film.

Max360 International has acquired the foreign rights to Michael Mohan’s romantic comedy “Save the Date,” four months after it screened at Sundance.

The newly minted content-distribution entity is selling “Save the Date” at Cannes.

The film is produced by Jordan Horowitz, Michael Roiff and Michael Huffington and exec produced by Gary Gilbert. Cast includes Lizzie Caplan, Alison Brie, Martin Starr, Geoffrey Arend and Mark Webber.

Mohan directed and co-wrote with Jeffrey Brown and Egan Reich. Story centers on a woman who breaks up with her overeager boyfriend and finds herself caught-up in an intense rebound relationship with new infatuation — while her sister is diligently planning her upcoming wedding.

The deal was negotiated by Elias Axume and Jack Campbell on behalf of Max360 International. CAA and XYZ Films negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.

IFC has picked up domestic distribution.

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IFC Acquires Save The Date

IFC has acquired North American rights to Save The Date:

IFC Films acquired North American rights to the Michael Mohan-directed romantic comedy Save The Date. The pic, scripted by Mohan and graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown and Egan Reich, stars Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, Martin Starr, Geoffrey Arend, and Mark Webber. Jordan Horowitz, Michael Roiff, and Michael Huffington produced the project, with Gary Gilbert executive producing. The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

In Save The Date, fiercely independent Sarah (Caplan) breaks up with her overeager boyfriend Kevin (Arend) and finds herself caught up in an intense rebound relationship with new infatuation Jonathan (Webber). Always one to give life advice is Sarah’s sister Beth (Brie), who is diligently planning her upcoming wedding to apprehensive fiancé — and Kevin’s band mate — Andrew (Starr). With heart and humor, all five struggle with the trials, happiness, and pain of modern love. Simple and honest and always human, Save The Date is a contemporary story about the familial and romantic bonds that make us who we are.

Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: “Michael Mohan has made an emotionally moving and often very funny film about commitment, skillfully transplanting Jeffrey Brown’s graphic novels. We look forward toworking with the team and this amazing young ensemble cast to bring this film to the largest possible audience.” Deal was brokered by IFC’s Jeff Deutchman and CAA and XYZ.

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Newport Beach Film Fest announces winners

Lizzy received an acting achievement award for her role in Save The Date from Newport Beach Film Festival.

Outstanding achievement in filmmaking honors went to “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding,” “Songs for Amy” and “Broken Kingdom.” For acting, outstanding achievement awards went to Daniel Henney of “Shanghai Calling,” Ernest Borgnine of “The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez,” and Geoffrey Arend and Lizzy Caplan of “Save the Date.”

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Cannes 2012: Red Sea Media Nabs Sales Rights to Frankie Goes Boom

Some awesome news regarding Lizzy’s film, Frankie Goes Boom:

Red Sea Media has acquired international sales rights to Jordan Roberts’ Frankie Go Boom, which it will launch at the upcoming Cannes Film Market.

The romantic comedy, which Roberts wrote and directed, stars Charlie Hunnam as a young man who’s continually humiliated by his brother, played by Chris O’Dowd. The film also stars Ron Perlman, Lizzy Caplan, Whitney Cummings and Chris Noth. It was produced by Pavlina Hatoupis, Marcel Langenegger and Katayoun A. Marciano, and exec produced by Elliot Lewitt and Julie Kirkham.

“Jordan has created a wild and whimsical film that’s absolutely hysterical, and this original and heartfelt comedy will set itself apart from anything else being offered,” Red Sea Media chairman and CEO Roman Kopelevich said.

Earlier this year, Red Sea Media launched at the European Film Market with sales of David A. Armstrong‘s heist thriller Pawn, starring Michael Chiklis, Forest Whitaker and Ray Liotta, and Brian A Miller‘s revenge tale Officer Down, starring Stephen Dorff, Dominic Purcell, Stephen Lang and James Woods.

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DIFF: Michael Mohan Talks ‘Save The Date’

At a recent screening at the Dallas International Film Festival, writer-director Michael Mohan had to narrate the opening of his second feature film when it began with no sound: “Right now you’re hearing the sounds of a book store. There might be a car driving by, and that guy is about to drink coffee.” Fortunately the projectionist was able to restore sound by the time the title sequence started, but the botched and awkward opening set the mood for the equally awkward and uncomfortable situations that befall Lizzy Caplan in the romantic-comedy, “Save the Date.”

The light and endearing film (you can read our review from Sundance right here) follows a struggling illustrator and bookstore manager (Caplan) who struggles with emotional vulnerability and commitment in the run up to her sister’s wedding (played by “Community” and “Mad Men” star Alison Brie). And although the cast is rounded out by a trio of great male actors in Martin Starr, Geoffrey Arend and Mark Webber in total swoon-worthy mode, it’s the girls’ story through and through.

The focus on the two sisters was an unintentional result of the writing process, which began with novelist-artist Jeffrey Brown and Egan Reich and ended with Mohan, who explained to us in an interview that “[with] a lot of Jeffrey Brown’s novels it’s sometimes about a whole group or [just about] specific people. Having Lizzy’s character be the center just happened [during the process] of trying to make the story modern.”

Another modern aspect of the film is its frankness about sex. Mohan is no stranger to sex scenes, having tackled them extensively in his short, “Ex-Sex,” which he joked “was NC-17.” To make filming the sex scenes for this film less awkward, Mohan “talked to the actors as clinically as possible. I’d tell them what shots we need and what we’ll see.” He also invited Caplan in the search for the actor that she would be spending her scenes with and they decided on Webber, an actor they were both fans of and who was Mohan’s first choice.

Despite its cast of rising stars and its focus on complex female characters, “Save the Date” is still without a distributor, and although many indies are going VOD, Mohan is a big proponent of the theater-going experience and photochemical film: “Obviously you just want as many people as possible to see the film[, but] we didn’t shoot for mobile phones, we shot it big, we shot long takes, wide shots, but it’s a changing world.” Mohan admitted that “[although] digital is what has allowed me to be a filmmaker, the instant I can afford to shoot film, that’s what I want to shoot on…For me, it’s about getting [the film] to as many people [as possible]…I’m broker than I’ve ever been in my life. I’m really struggling right now, [but] I’m more happy than I’ve ever been because I got to make something that I care about.”

To find out where “Save the Date” is screening next, visit the film’s Facebook page.

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Alison Brie’s New York Magazine Interview

Lizzy’s Save The Date co star, Alison Brie has her new movie The Five-Year Engagement out this Friday. During her interview with New York Magazine, she briefly talks about Lizzy:

She’s slightly truer to form in this month’s romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement, in which she plays Emily Blunt’s wacky, scene-stealing younger sister who gets knocked up and shotgun-married. But Brie insists, “Certain precautions can be taken to make sure that doesn’t happen. I am not as irresponsible as that character.” Also, while at the Sundance Film Festival for Save the Date, the other wedding comedy in which she ­appears this year, someone asked her and co-star Lizzy Caplan who would get married first. “Both of us were like, ‘Not it! Not it!,’ ” Brie says. “We’re on the same page about that.”

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