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Charlize Theron on ‘American Express’ as Megan Ellison Rebrands Foreign Sales

In a pre-Cannes move, Charlize Theron is in talks to star in independent movie “American Express,” to be directed by actor-stuntman-helmer Nash Edgerton.

Theron is producing with Annapurna Pictures through her Denver & Delilah company. The logline is under wraps.

Annapurna will be selling rights at the Cannes Film Festival, which will also see the rebranding of Panorama Media as Annapurna International. Annapurna founder and principal Megan Ellison made the announcement along with international sales chief Kim Fox.

Annapurna is also handling international rights at Cannes to John Krasinski’s “The Hollars,” which stars Krasinski, Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins and Margo Martindale.

“With Annapurna Pictures, Megan has built a brand that is recognized for its involvement with quality projects and filmmakers,” said Fox. “With the new title of Annapurna International, I am excited to expand that brand globally with our amazing team.”

The move comes four months after Marc Butan exited Panorama Media and joined Sierra/Affinity as its co-president with Marc Schaberg. At that point, Panorama announced it would reduce its involvement in financing and production while continuing as the international sales agent on select projects from Annapurna Pictures as well as select third-party titles.

Source: Variety

Charlize Theron Options ‘Brain On Fire’ As Star Vehicle For Dakota Fanning

Charlize Theron’s Denver and Delilah has optioned the best-selling Susannah Cahalan book Brain On Fire: My Month Of Madness, a memoir that follows a young woman’s terrifying descent into insanity. Dakota Fanning is attached to star as Cahalan. Theron will produce with her D&D partners Beth Kono and AJ Dix.

brainThe company just wrapped Dark Places, an adaptation of the novel by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Theron stars in that film, but Brain on Fire is an example of the production company bolstering its slate. Theron and Fanning have a connection: For many years, both were managed by the late J.J. Harris.

Fanning next will be seen in Cinedigm’s Night Moves, and this fall she will be seen in The Last of Robin Hood and Franny. She is in production on Gerardo Naranjo’s untitled 1980s-set punk rock pic.

Theron and Cahalan are repped by WME. Fanning is repped by CAA.

Source: Deadline

Sean Penn Buys Charlize Theron’s Mom a $50k Necklace

SEAN Penn is a good boyfriend!

The actor has apparently surprised girlfriend Charlize Theron’s mom Gerda with a $50,000 piece of jewelry.

Sources say the actress’s doting mother was delighted to receive a stunning three-carat diamond necklace.

The couple were shopping for watches in Beverly Hills when the blight caught Charlize’s eye and she casually mentioned that her mother “would love it”.

Two days later, sources say, Sean went back and bought the gift. What a guy!

Source: Showbiz Spy

Charlize Theron, Andy Samberg to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’

Charlize Theron and Andy Samberg are both returning to Saturday Night Live. The noted actress, to be seen next in A Million Ways to Die, will host the NBC show for the second time on May 10, with The Black Keys making their third musical guest appearance. The Brooklyn Nine-Nine comedian will enjoy a homecoming to SNL as host on May 17, with St. Vincent making her musical guest debut.
Up next at the hosting post is The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s Andrew Garfield on May 3, with Coldplay making their fifth appearance as musical guest.
SNL airs Saturdays on NBC at 11:30 p.m.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Charlize Theron Sets Karen Croner-Scripted Universal Pitch Based On ‘Everything Nice’

Universal Pictures has acquired a pitch inspired by the Ellen Shanman novel Everything Nice that will be written by Karen Croner as a potential star vehicle for Charlize Theron. Theron will produce with her Denver And Delilah Films partners Beth Kono and A.J. Dix. They acquired the material themselves from the author’s Anonymous Content rep Rosalie Swedlin and attached Croner to write before making the Universal deal. Croner scripted Admission, the Tina Fey-Paul Rudd comedy released last year by Universal. This marks the latest in a burgeoning relationship between Theron and Universal. Denver And Delilah is separately developing Agent 13 at Universal, and Theron stars in the upcoming Seth MacFarlane-directed A Million Ways To Die In The West.

The hope is for her to play Michaela, an advertising exec who gets fired and takes on the only job she can get, teaching life skills to teenage girls at a public school. Lacking in the basic social skills herself, she tries her best to school her pupils in what they’ll need to know in order to survive. Theron’s repped by WME, Croner by WME and attorney Alan Wertheimer.

Source: Deadline

Charlize Theron, Bono Attend Nelson Mandela’s Memorial

Charlize Theron was among the dignitaries and celebrities who attended an official memorial service for Nelson Mandela today.

Wearing a formal white jacket with a black shirt, the South Africa-born beauty sported her short blonde hair in a side-swept pixie do. She blew a kiss to the audience upon arrival before sitting down next to U2 frontman Bono at the event, which took place today in South Africa.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell was also among the guests attending the memorial service. Last week she posted a picture of herself with Mandela on Facebook along with a tribute, writing: “Nelson Mandela has stood as a figure of strength, hope, freedom, selflessness and love, and I join everyone across the world in mourning his passing.”

“He was much more than just a figurehead to me – he was my mentor, my honorary grandfather, my Tata,” added the model. “Since meeting him in 1993, he guided me and gave me a reason for being in the tough times of my life. He changed my perception of the world.”

As well as celebrities more than 60 heads of state attended the service, including British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama.

Source: MTV News

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