Documentary ‘Unity’ Set for Aug. 12 Release with 100 Star Narrators
Shaun Monson’s documentary “Unity,” featuring 100 celebrity narrators, will be distributed by SpectiCast at 1,000 to 1,200 screens worldwide beginning Aug. 12, Variety has learned exclusively.
The film comes a decade after Monson’s documentary “Earthlings,” which explored humanity’s relationships with other animals. Produced by Melissa Danis and Monson through Nation Earth, “Unity” explores the interconnectivity of all life on Earth and what it means to be human, exploring themes of love, tragedy and hope.
SpectiCast has partnered with Fathom Events for the domestic release on select U.S. screens. The deal was announced Wednesday [April 22nd] at CinemaCon.
Celebrities lending their voices to this powerful film include Aaron Paul, Adam Levine, Adrian Grenier, Alison Eastwood, Amanda Seyfried, Amy Smart, Anjelica Huston, Anton Yelchin, Arian Foster, Arlene Martel, Balthazar Getty, Ben Kingsley, Ben Whishaw, Beth Hart, Brandon Boyd, Caroline Goodall, Carrie-Anne Moss, Casey Affleck, Catherine Tate, Claire Forlani, Cloris Leachman, Common, Damien Mander, David Copperfield, David DeLuise, David LaChapelle, Deepak Chopra, Dianna Agron, Dr. Dre, Edward James Olmos, Ellen Burstyn, Ellen DeGeneres, Emily Deschanel, Eve Best, Famke Janssen, Freida Pinto, Geoffrey Rush, Gregory Colbert, Helen Mirren, Isabel Lucas, January Jones, Jason Mraz, Jeff Goldblum, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Tilly, Jesse Carmichael, Jessica Chastain, Joaquin Phoenix, Joe Perry, Joel Edgerton, John Paul DeJoria, Jorja Fox, Julia Ormond, Kathy Freston, Kevin Spacey, Kristen Bell, Kristen Wiig, Larenz Tate, Leighton Meester, Lena Headey, Liev Schreiber, Maggie Grace, Maggie Q, Malin Akerman, Marcia Gay Harden, Marianne Williamson, Mariel Hemingway, Marion Cotillard, Mark Strong, Martin Sheen, Matthew Modine, Matthieu Ricard, Michael Beckwith, Michael Gambon, Michelle Rodriguez, Minnie Driver, Missy Higgins, Moby, Nestor Serrano, Olivia Munn, Olivia Wilde, Pamela Anderson, Paul Watson, Persia White, Phil Donahue, Portia de Rossi, Rick Allen, Rose Byrne, Russell Simmons, Rutger Hauer, Ryan O’Neal, Sam Simon, Selena Gomez, Shaun Toub, Susan Sarandon, Tim McIlrath, Tom Hiddleston, Tony Hawk, Tony Kanal and Zoe Saldana.
“The title ‘Unity’ signifies the intention of the content,” Monson said. “It’s not so much to entertain, like a past-time, but rather turn something ‘on’ inside you that has been suppressed or forgotten by the mask that society or tradition puts upon us. But more than that the film also helps relate us to the mystery of existence, to all of existence, which we are merely a part. “
Scroll on down for the brief mention of Isabel.
Damon Gameau goes Super Size on the sweet stuff in shocking sugar experiment
IT’S been 10 years since Morgan Spurlock existed on just McDonald’s for a month in the groundbreaking film, Super Size Me.
Now our waistlines face a new threat, and another guinea pig has undergone some risky self-experimentation to try to make sense of it.
Australian TV actor and filmmaker Damon Gameau stars in That Sugar Filmwhich will air in Australian cinemas in early 2015, in which he exists on “healthy” low-fat food with a high sugar content for 60 days.
The results are more shocking than anyone could have expected.
Within three weeks, the previously healthy Damon was feeling terrible all the time, lethargic and snapping at the slightest thing.
A visit to the doctor confirmed the worst — he had the beginnings of fatty liver disease.
“I had no soft drink, chocolate, ice cream or confectionery,” Damon told Sunrise this week. “All the sugars that I was eating were found in perceived healthy foods, so low-fat yoghurts and muesli bars and cereals and fruit juices, sports drinks … these kind of things that often parents would give their kids thinking they’re doing the right thing.”
I just happened to stop by Isabel’s management company’s Facebook page, and noticed a very exciting announcement:
16 December: Isabel Lucas wraps on the Australian Feature Film ‘The Water Diviner’ Directed by Russell Crowe.
This is such exciting news! Congratulations to Isabel on scoring such an important part. I’m surprised we hadn’t heard anything about it sooner. I wonder if it is the project Isabel mentioned in this recent interview? The Water Diviner is Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, and has been shooting in Sydney since the start of the month. Filming will continue (though not for Isabel according to the status above) in Turkey in the new year. IMDB lists the synopsis as being:
An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons
Further down this post is an article from Variety about the project, and I will of course keep you updated with more details on Isabel’s role as and when they become available…
According to Isabel’s official CV/profile – from her management company – she has been working on a new short film entitled Engram. Isabel is listed as playing ‘Her’ in the project. It will be written and directed by Maggie Betts – whom Isabel was pictured with at the recent Armani event – and casted by Brette Goldstein.
After doing a bit of research I found this casting website, which is calling for actors to play the older versions of the main characters. It lists Aussie actor Oliver Ackland as co-starring with Isabel.
I will continue to look out for more info on this project, and if you have any more details on it then please get in touch!
A couple of months ago, Isabel spoke to The West Australian to promote Linneys. She also chatted about Knight Of Cups, and teased us about a new project she is working on! Read the full interview on our press page through the link below…
Isabel Lucas honours the Kimberley
She may be working with Hollywood hot shots Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett but Aussie actress, environmental activist and the face of luxury WA jewellery label Linneys, Isabel Lucas, is keeping her feet firmly on the ground.
The 28-year-old co-stars with the Oscar-winning trio in Knight of Cups, one of the most eagerly awaited cinematic releases of 2014 from acclaimed American auteur Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, To the Wonder).
The tightly guarded film is said to be about a man, temptations, celebrity and excess and shot in an improvised style, without a script.
“Terrence is a man of such integrity and an incredible artist . . . it was such a magical experience and I am so grateful,” the softly spoken, Los Angeles-based Lucas gushes modestly to AAA Weekend.
“And Christian taught me so much and was very generous with me. Cate seems like such a guiding light and so conscious in so many ways . . . I really admire her. And Natalie (also starring in Thor: The Dark World opposite Lucas’ former lover Chris Hemsworth) was so lovely, really kind and sweet.”
As for her burgeoning film career, Lucas is surging ahead with three other US films due for release next year – including a thriller alongside *Nick Jonas *- and an Australian production that has her tight-lipped on the details.
“I can say I’m filming the movie in December in Sydney and I’m really excited but I’m not allowed to say what it is just yet,” she says.
Read the full interview
Congratulations to Isabel for landing another big Hollywood role! I’ve just come across some reports that say she is filming a new movie in Los Angeles entitled Electric Slide, and her management Meissner Management confirm this on their Facebook page. (Note the picture they’ve used for the information on that Facebook page is sadly not from the set, it’s actually from Earth Hour earlier this year).
This independent drama will co-star Jim Sturgess, Chloe Sevigny and Patricia Arquette, and will be written and directed by Tristan Patterson. (Ewan McGregor and Carey Mulligan were previously attached to star). The synospsis is as follows:
Based on the article “The Yankee Bandit: The Life and Times of Eddie Dodson, World’s Great Bank Robber”, written by Timothy Ford and published in Gear Magazine, “The Electric Slide” tells the true story of suave hipster and celebrity-magnet Eddie Dodson, who in 1980s Los Angeles owned and ran one of the city’s most stylish art deco furniture stores. Celebrities flocked to buy the latest pieces and Eddie was living the high life along with the Hollywood elite.
But when Eddie met cool and unimpressed Jenny, he decided to do the most outrageous thing he could think of to win her attention— he robbed a bank. Eddie discovered in himself the uncanny ability to charm pretty bank tellers into emptying their drawers of cash and getting away with it. And Jenny discovered that a boyfriend who robbed banks was about as hot as it got.
Over a period of months, Eddie and Jenny robbed over 70 banks in the Los Angeles area, often narrowly escaping the increasingly frustrated FBI. When the authorities interviewed the tellers who had been robbed, each of them described Eddie “like a movie star, the most charming man they had ever met.” The media, jumping on the story, dubbed him “The Gentleman Bandit”. But Eddie’s criminal lucky streak would not last forever as the FBI closed in and angry loan sharks with unpaid debts threatened his life.
Even better, this casting call advert says that Isabel is the film’s #2 “so she will be working quite a few days” … I am presuming this means she will be 2nd lead (behind Jim Sturgess), which is the character of Jenny, going by the synopsis! This is great news for Isabel, and for us fans.
Almost a year ago it was reported Isabel had signed on to star in a new thriller movie entitled Careful What You Wish For, and a couple of months ago I found more details on it. We now have updates on the project, as it won financing from a studio during the current Toronto Film Festival. Below are some articles about it with all the details.
The plot synopsis is as follows:
The film focuses on Doug Martin, a self-conscious high school student who gets more than he bargained for when he starts a torrid affair with Lena (Lucas), the young, lonely wife of a wealthy businessman renting the lake house next door. After a serious crime rocks the vacation town in which they live, Doug is let in on a devastating secret and suddenly finds himself a suspect.
Hyde Park-Image Nation, Troika Pictures and Merced Media Partners are financing and producing Careful What You Wish For, a thriller to be directed by Elizabeth Allen (Ramona and Beezus, Aquamarine). Written by Chris Frisina, it will star Isabel Lucas (Transformers 2, Immortals). Plot centers on a high school student who gets a lot more than he bargained for when he’s drawn into an affair with the young wife of a wealthy businessman. It’s described as being along the lines of Basic Instinct and Body Heat. Lucas’ recent roles have included the upcoming Terrence Malick film Knight Of Cups, the remake of Red Dawn and The Loft. Casting for other major roles is underway and The film is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2013. Producers are Hyde Park’s Ashok Amritraj and Troika’s Robert Stein, Michael A. Helfant and Bradley Gallo, and Myriad Pictures’ Kirk D’Amico. Exec producers are William Gallo and Merced Media Partners’ Raj Singh, Stuart Brown and Kevin Frakes. Hyde Park International is handling worldwide rights at Toronto.
I was just browsing Isabel’s official CV through Meissner Management, her management company, and discovered it is listing two new projects for her.
Tormenta is listed as being in production. Isabel would play Molly in the film to be directed by Uli Edel and produced by Essential Entertainment. I’ve done a quick search but cannot find any more information on this project. It’s not listen on the director’s IMDB page.
Careful What You Wish For is also listed as being in production, and to be produced by Michael Helfont and Robert Stein at Troika Pictures, and directed by Elizabeth Allen. Isabel’s characters name is Lena. Isabel’s involvement in this film was mentioned by Hollywood-Treatment.com last October, but I haven’t read anything about it since. Various sites reported on the film’s progress last year, and you can read them below, as well as a synopsis. IMDB is listing the film, and says that the film began production in April of this year.
Eighteen year old Doug gets more than he bargained for when he starts having an affair with Lena, the young wife of an investment banker renting the lake house next door for the summer. The husband’s accidental death reveals a substantial life insurance policy. Everyone is suspect in this edgy and sexy thriller reminiscent of “Body Heat” and “The Postman Always Rings Twice”.
– April 25th 2011
Troika is currently at work on previously announced thriller “Careful What You Wish For” with “Ramona and Beezus” helmer Elizabeth Allen attached to direct.
– April 26th 2011
Troika is currently filming thriller Careful What You Wish For with Elizabeth Allen attached to direct instead of music video king Jake Nava who has stepped down from the director’s chair.
Careful What You Wish For is written by Movieball Media’s Chris Frisina. Casting vet Pam Dixon has been brought on to find the ingenue at the center of the intrigue set against the summer at a lake in upstate New York.
– March 22nd 2010
Troika is casting contempo thriller “Careful What You Wish For,” penned by Chris Frisina and directed by Jake Nava. “Careful” is due to start lensing in July.
Hopefully we’ll get confirmation on the status of these projects soon. It would be great to see more of Isabel on the big screen!
Natalie Portman has committed to her first two movie roles since winning the Best Actress Oscar for Black Swan and taking maternity leave. Portman is joining the casts of the Terrence Malick films Knight Of The Cups, and Lawless. Portman will join Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Isabel Lucas in Knight of the Cups, which shoots this summer. She will follow by starring with Ryan Gosling, Bale, Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Haley Bennett in Lawless, the film Malick shoots in the fall. It will be Portman’s first time working with Malick, whose The Tree of Life won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and is nominated for Best Picture and Best Director Oscars.
The addition of Portman certainly will create some buzz for both Malick films when the wheeling and dealing begins at EFM in Berlin tomorrow. FilmNation is selling international territories and CAA reps both films for domestic rights. The market hasn’t even started and Deadline has broken stories that Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead the package for the Emmett/Furla Films and Universal co-financed 2 Guns; that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will make his directing debut on a comedy he’ll star in with Scarlett Johansson for IM Global; and that The Devil Inside followup WER will be sold by Sierra/Affinity, with FilmDistrict now an equity player in the film with Incentive Filmed Entertainment. All those films will have action in Berlin and it is looking like there will be a lot of good product. My colleague Nancy Tartaglione will be on the ground in Berlin and Deadline will be all over the market. Portman is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
With all the new interviews and Immortals features we’ve been getting, I thought it was time to update some of our content pages. And so I have updated the Trivia and Quotes pages, as well as our Filmography page for Immortals and Isabel’s other recent movies – The Wedding Party, Red Dawn, and The Loft. I’ll add pages for Knight of Cups and Isabel’s other rumoured upcoming films when they’re officially confirmed. Charity, Style and some fun new media and games are coming next 😉
New reports today are saying Isabel has been cast in another movie, and this is another BIG one! Terrence Malick is a heavy-weight and very credible director and the same can be said for her co-stars. This is a really big land for Isabel, so a massive congrats to her! I’m really excited to hear more about this project … and to see what else Izzy has lined up.
Bale, Blanchett to star in two Terrence Malick pics
Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett are both set to star in two upcoming Terrence Malick films, both of which will be launched to buyers through Glen Basner’s FilmNation at the American Film Market this week.
”Lawless,” will topline Ryan Gosling, Bale, Blanchett, Rooney Mara (”The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) and Haley Bennett (”Marley and Me”).
Malick’s second pic, ”Knight of Cups,” will star Bale, Blanchett and Isabel Lucas (”Immortals,” ”Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”).
Both pics are currently in pre-production and will shoot back-to-back in 2012. Details of the two plots are being kept under wraps but both titles will be separate narratives.
Sarah Green and Nicolas Gonda will produce both pics. Both Gonda and Green produced a slew of Malick’s recent titles including ”The Tree of Life,” ”The New World” and the upcoming as-yet-untitled love story project from Malick toplining Ben Affleck, Rachel Adams, Javier Bardem and Rachel Weisz, for which FilmNation is also handling international sales.
Pic is currently in post and has already sold to a number of territories including Studiocanal in Blighty and Germany, Roadshow Films in Australia and New Zealand, VVS Films in Canada, Vertigo Films in Spain and Metropolitan Film in Gaul.
The announcement marks a continued relationship between FilmNation and Malick. Basner remarked that ”FilmNation couldn’t be happier to continue to act as Terrence’s international sales agency.”
Malick’s latest duo of pics will be repped domestically by CAA.
FilmNation is also handling international sales on Sean Penn’s ”The Comedian,” toplining Robert De Niro and Kristen Wiig and Jeff Nichols’ ”Mud” starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon.
Additionally, it is shopping Christian Bale starrer ”The Flowers of War,” a $90 million Chinese epic helmed by Zhang Yimou. Footage was unveiled to buyers in Toronto in September.
In Cannes earlier this year, FilmNation announced that it was fully financing its first pic, an untitled thriller from Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli.
Isabel is back in Australia, and earlier today (evening in Australia) attended the Australian Launch of ASOS in Sydney! Being the current ASOS cover girl she was a big part of their launch party, and posed for the waiting photographers in and outside of the venue. Isabel looked her usual hippy self in a brown-orange dress with a brown cardigan, and a beaded headpiece. What do you think of Isabel’s look here?
Further down this post are a few tidbits from the event, and in our Gallery you will find 45+ photos, including 12 gorgeous HQs! I’ll be keeping an eye out for more from this event too.
Visit the Australian brand of the online store at asos.com/au.
EDIT: We now know what Isabel is wearing at the event – her tan dress is the “Carine” dress from the Alexa Chung for Madewell collection, and is available from the ASOS.com website. Her shoes and drape are also from ASOS, and her bag and headpiece are vintage.
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