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Harve Bennett, Writer and Producer of 4 ‘Star Trek’ Films, Dies at 84 (Report)

Harve Bennett, Writer and Producer of 4 ‘Star Trek’ Films, Dies at 84 (Report)

Harve Bennett, who wrote for and produced four Star Trek films starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, has died. He was 84.Bennett, who won …

Sundance: IFC Films Picks Up U.S. Rights to ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’

Sundance: IFC Films Picks Up U.S. Rights to ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’

IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment.The film, …

Harrison Ford’s Plane Crash Lands at Golf Course (Report)

A plane piloted by Harrison Ford crash landed at a Los Angeles golf course Thursday.Ford, who is an…

Steven Spielberg’s ‘The BFG’ to be Co-Financed and Co-Produced by Walden Media

Walden Media is coming aboard Steven Spielberg’s big-screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG as co-financer and co-producer…

Michael Bay’s ’13 Hours’ Adds ‘Nurse Jackie’ Actor Dominic Fumusa (Exclusive)

Nurse Jackie star Dominic Fumusa has signed on for Paramount's Benghazi film 13 Hours, to be directed by…

Steve Tisch Gives $10 Million to Tel Aviv University Film School

Steve Tisch Gives $10 Million to Tel Aviv University Film SchoolOscar-winning producer Steve Tisch is donating $10 million to Tel Aviv University's Department of Film and Television. The university is planning to expand the department into a full school, which…

‘Clueless’ Actor: I Was "Heartbroken" After Losing ‘Titanic’ Role to Leonardo DiCaprio

‘Clueless’ Actor: I Was "Heartbroken" After Losing ‘Titanic’ Role to Leonardo DiCaprio

Clueless star Jeremy Sisto almost became the Jack to Kate Winslet's Rose and was "heartbroken"…

Hollywood Film, TV Shoots in Canada Surged in 2014

Hollywood Film, TV Shoots in Canada Surged in 2014

Hollywood location shooting in Canada jumped last year, fueled by a plunging Canadian dollar, local…

Mind-Warping Arrows and Thor’s Many Hammers: A New Look at ‘Age of Ultron’

Mind-Warping Arrows and Thor’s Many Hammers: A New Look at ‘Age of Ultron’

Link: Joss Whedon, Jeremy Renner and more reveal the secrets of Marvel’s next smash in new promo videos read more

Brett Ratner, Vice Media Partner for JT LeRoy Documentary (Exclusive)

Brett Ratner, Vice Media Partner for JT LeRoy Documentary (Exclusive)

The story of what many have labeled the first literary hoax of the 21st century is getting the documentary treatment.A&E IndieFilms and Brett Ratner’s RatPac Documentary Films are teaming up with youth media company Vice to produce a documentary centering on JT LeRoy, telling the story of author Laura Albert and her infamous persona, JT LeRoy.Jeff Feuerzeig, who made the 2005 documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston, wrote the script and is directing the feature, which is currently in production.LeRoy burst on the literary scene in the mid-to-late 1990s and had his first novel, Sarah, published in 1999 when only 19-years-old. That same year also saw the release of novel The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things.With a dark backstory that included being a transgender prostitute, he quickly gained a following and celebrity status. Lou Reed and Garbage frontlady Shirley Manson were supporters as was Gus Van Sant, who had LeRoy pen an early draft of his movie Elephant.The literary and media community were stunned, however, when in the mid-2000s it was revealed that LeRoy was actually Albert, a middle-aged musician and former phone sex worker. Albert wrote the works and had husband’s sister act as LeRoy for public appearances. Lawsuits were filed and Albert was shunned by those close to her.Feuerzeig has unique access to Albert’s extensive archives and is looking at the subject’s own history, posing the question of whether LeRoy is a fraud, a postmodern masterpiece or something else?”The story of J.T. Leroy is so wild, fascinating, and thought-provoking that it’s a classic example of something you couldn’t have made up,” said Ratner. “We are certain that people will be discussing and debating the movie for a very long time.”Vice’s chief creative office Eddy Moretti said the company has been following LeRoy’s story.“As the celebs glommed on, and the stories got weirder and weirder, we were totally hooked. Then the whole thing imploded and in a flash the community withdrew their support and Laura Albert’s real story was buried,” said Moretti. “Jeff is going to tell a deep, twisting, twisted, tragic-comic human drama and along the way turn the mirror on the artist and media community as well.”Feuerzeig is producing along with Danny Gabai and Jim Czarnecki for Vice. Ratner and James Packer are producing for RatPac Documentary Films. Molly Thompson, Bob DeBitetto and David McKillop are executive producing for A&E IndieFilms. Moretti and Shane Smith are the executive producers for Vice.

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