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Can Anyone Repair National Lampoon’s Devastated Brand?

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Vanity Fair, 5/1/17:Over the past 15 years, three devotees of the comedy institution have attempted to restore the humor brand to its former glory. What happened instead was direct-to-video movies, lawsuits, crippling debt, and two prison sentences.

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Jeremy Renner To Play Doc Holliday In New Biopic

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DEADLINE, 5/1/17:Palmstar Media has optioned rights to a pair Mary Doria Russell books on gunslinger Doc Holliday for a movie that will star Jeremy Renner. PalmStar’s Kevin Frakes will produce with Renner and Don Handfield’s The Combine.”

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Tom Wilkinson, Connie Nielsen & Shea Whigham Board ‘Catcher Was A Spy’

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DEADLINE, 4/5/17:Tom Wilkinson, Connie Nielsen and Shea Whigham have joined war drama Catcher Was A Spy, with Ben Lewin at the helm. The script, by Saving Private Ryan scribe Robert Rodat, is based on Nicholas Dawidoff’s New York Times’ bestselling book and follows the true story of Moe Berg, professional baseball player turned top-secret spy for the OSS.”

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Mark Strong Set To Play German A-Bomb Wiz Werner Heisenberg In ‘Catcher Was A Spy’

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DEADLINE, 3/14/17:Mark Strong has joined Catcher Was a Spy.  He plays the pivotal role of Werner Heisenberg, the enigmatic lead scientist for the Nazi atomic program who would become the main target in the U.S.’s effort infiltrating the Nazi party to determine whether they were capable of building an atomic bomb.”

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Keanu Reeves In Talks, Isla Fisher Negotiating For Dome Karukoski’s ‘The Starling’

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DEADLINE, 3/2/17:Dylan Sellers and PalmStar Media’s Kevin Frakes are pulling together a dramedy entitled The Starling which is a decided turn for actor Keanu Reeves who is coming off the $125M+ (and climbing) worldwide box office actioner John Wick 2. Reeves is in talks and Isla Fisher is in final negotiations to star in the feature film that will be directed by Dome Karukoski (Tom of Finland). The script, which is just a superb allegory written by Matt Harris, was once on the Black List of best, unproduced scripts.”

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Hiroyuki Sanada Cast In ‘The Catcher Was A Spy’

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DEADLINE, 3/1/17:Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada has boarded PalmStar/Animus Films’ WWII drama The Catcher Was A Spy, joining Paul Rudd, Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels. Ben Lewin is directing the film, which is based on Nicholas Dawidoff’s NYT bestselling book. Robert Rodat wrote the screenplay and PalmStar Media fully financing with financial partner Windy Hill Pictures.”

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Sienna Miller, Giancarlo Giannini Join ‘The Catcher Was A Spy’

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DEADLINE, 2/23/17:Sienna Miller and Giancarlo Giannini have joined The Catcher Was A Spy, the Ben Lewin-directed drama that stars Paul Rudd, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels. Robert Rodat adapted the script from Nicholas Dawidoff’s bestselling book that tells the true story of Moe Berg, a major league ballplayer who was an important spy against the Nazis in WWII.”

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Paul Giamatti & Jeff Daniels Join Paul Rudd In ‘Catcher Was A Spy’

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DEADLINE, 2/9/17:Paul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels are joining Paul Rudd and Guy Pearce in Catcher Was A Spy, the Ben Lewin-directed and Robert Rodat-scripted drama that begins filming Monday in Prague, with shooting also in Boston. The film is fully financed and produced by PalmStar Media with PalmStar’s financial partner Windy Hill Pictures. It’s a PalmStar and Animus Films production, with Palmstar’s Kevin Frakes producing with Windy Hill’s  Buddy Patrick, Jim Young, Tatiana Kelly and Michael Bederman.”

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