Corsan Finds Buyers on Paul Haggis’ ‘Third Person’

Paul Haggis’ new pic, “Third Person” is scoring brisk biz for Belgian production and sales company Corsan, which has announced sales to 23 markets of the triple-tiered relationship drama with an ensemble cast comprising Mila Kunis, Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody, James Franco, Olivia Wilde and Kim Basinger.

Sales on “Third,” which previously shopped at Toronto and Berlin, now include China (HGC Ent.), Russia (Top Film), India (One World), France (Synergy), Japan (Presidio), Latin America (Playarte) and Middle East (Eagle).

Pic, now in post, had been pre-sold to Italy’s Moviemax Media Group during last year’s Toronto Film Festival, just before the start of shooting at Rome’s Cinecitta studios, where it tapped into Italo rebates.

Fully financed through Corsan, which has a business model based on Belgian tax breaks, “Third Person” interweaves three separate love stories in three cities: Rome, Paris, and New York.

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Olivia Wilde To Star In “Reawakening”

Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass are set to star in Lionsgate medical thriller “Reawakening” with Jason Blum producing.

“Jiro Dreams of Suishi” helmer David Gelb will helm with Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater penning the script.

The story follows a team of research students that discovers the secret to bringing subjects back from the dead — however, their actions result in a series of sinister consequences.

Blum will produce through his Blumhouse banner along with Mosaic Media Group. Matt Kaplan and Dawson are exec producing.

Erik Feig, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group’s president of production, and John Sacchi, Lionsgate’s executive VP of production, will oversee the project for the studio.

With a wave of interest in the “Frankenstein” storyline (Fox has one and Lionsgate also has “I, Frankenstein), the pic gives Lionsgate a project with a similar theme but with an original twist.

Wilde is repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment and can be seen next in Universal’s racing pic “Rush” as well as Paul Haggis’ “Third Person.” The ICM Partners-repped Duplass was recently seen in “Zero Dark Thiry” and “Safety Not Guaranteed” and can be seen next in New Line’s “Tammy” and Open Road’s “Parkland.” Duplass can also be seen on the FX series “The League,” and his HBO pilot “Togetherness” was recently picked up by the network.

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Olivia Wilde Leaves Film “The Keeping Room”

Not surprising due to her constantly busy schedule, but Olivia Wilde has apparently dropped the indie Civil War drama formerly known as “The Keeping Room”, and The Wrap reports Brit Marling will be taking her place. Original cast members Hailee Steinfeld and Nicole Beharie remain on board.

Written by Julia Hart and to be directed by Daniel Barber, the now untitled film will follow two sisters and one slave, during the dying days of the Civil War, who are forced to defend their home from a band of soldiers who have broken off from the Union Army. Filming had been set to begin in March in North Carolina but it looks like that has been pushed back.

Marling, who has made a name for herself writing and starring in films such as “Another Earth” and “Sound of My Voice”, was last seen opposite Richard Gere in financial thriller “Arbitrage” and has also completed another writing/acting project, eco-terrorist thriller “The East” due out next month. She recently wrapped up shooting on young Lincoln biopic “The Green Blade Rises” as well as dark art world comedy “Posthumous” and is attached to literary adaptation “The Grace that Keeps This World.”

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Chime For Change: It’s Possible

“It’s Possible” introduces the 3 pillars of Chime for Change (Education, Health, Justice) and conveys that through technology and by rallying voices together, women have opportunities and possibilities like never before. The video features Arianna Huffington, Blake Lively, Evan Rachel Wood, Freida Pinto, Halle Berry, Jada Pinkett Smith, John Legend, Katy Perry, Li Bing Bing, Olivia Wilde and Zoe Saldana, alongside CHIME co-founders Salma Hayek Pinault, Frida Giannini, and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

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Magnolia Acquires “Drinking Buddies”

Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American distribution rights to “Drinking Buddies,” Joe Swanberg’s comedy starring Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson that premiered at the South by Southwest film festival.

Wilde and Johnson star as Kate and Luke, friends that work at a craft brewery and struggle to suppress romantic interest in one another because they are both in relationships. A weekend trip that pairs the two of them alone changes everything

Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston also star in the film, which Alicia Van Couvering, Andrea Roa, Paul M. Bernon, Sam Slater and Swanberg produced.

“Joe Swanberg has been evolving steadily as a filmmaker, and with ‘Drinking Buddies,’ he’s delivered his best work yet – a truly funny, smart and insightful film about real adult relationships” Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles said in a statement. “Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson and the rest of the cast also deliver some of the best work of their careers. We’re raising an imperial pint in celebration.”

Magnolia’s Dori Begley and Peter Van Steemburg made the deal with CAA, which represented the filmmakers and producers. The distribution company, owned by Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner, will release the film in theaters later this year.

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New Revlon Commercial

What does it take to get three huge Hollywood stars to shoot a commercial together? Nail polish!

Emma Stone, Olivia Wilde and Halle Berry join forces in Revlon’s latest campaign for the brand’s new Nail Art duos, marking the first time the trio of brand ambassadors has starred in the same advertisement.

In the exclusive 30-second video (below), the gorgeous actresses show off their manis while posing in a photo booth.

Stone and Berry ham it up, making funny faces, but it’s Wilde who seems be having the most fun — she wears a top hat and even a fake mustache.

Revlon’s Nail Art launch features three new collections of dual-ended polishes — including Neon (a white base coat and a super-bright color), Moon Candy (a dark shade plus an iridescent top coat) and Art Expressionist (a pretty color combo with a skinny brush to create detailed designs) — for a total of 30 new shades hitting stores this month for $8.99 each. You can watch the entire commercial below.

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Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde Are Engaged

Saturday Night Live funnyman Jason Sudeikis is definitely serious about his relationship with actress Olivia Wilde. The actor proposed to Wilde shortly after the holidays, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.

“They are so excited,” says a source close to both. “And very, very happy.”

Sudeikis, 37, and Wilde, 28, who has said she fell “blissfully, hopelessly, wildly in love” with the actor, began dating in November of 2011 and moved in together last year.

The couple has been spotted together everywhere from Lawrence, Kan., to Austin, Texas, and most recently in Rome, where Wilde is filming the drama The Third Person.

No word yet on a wedding date.

Wilde will next be seen in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone in March and Ron Howard’s Rush, out in September.

Meanwhile, Sudeikis has the animated film Epic in May and We’re the Millers, costarring Jennifer Aniston, which hits theaters in August.

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“The Words” On DVD & Blu-ray In December

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced that the romantic thriller THE WORDS, directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal and starring Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, John Hannah, Jeremy Irons, Olivia Wilde and J.K. Simmons, will be available on DVD and Blu-ray December 24th, 2012.

THE WORDS follows a struggling writer named Rory (Bradley Cooper) who steals another man’s work in order to get his book published. When Rory is at the height of his success, he discovers the price one must pay for taking credit for someone else’s words.

Special features for THE WORDS include:

  • Extended Version of the film
  • Unabridged: A Look Behind the Scenes of The Words
  • A Gentleman’s Agreement : A Look at how Bradley Cooper and the Filmmakers Found The Words
  • Clay and Daniella – Featurette
  • The Young Man and Celia – Featurette
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“Relanxious” Still In Production

The Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis relationship comedy “Relanxious” is moving forward for the Allegiance Theater, with Myriad Pictures distributing internationally and selling the film this week at the AFM.

Brie Larson and Fred Armisen are also attached to star in the film, which was written and is to be directed by Christopher Storer.

The Allegiance Theater’s Daniel Dubiecki along with Myriad’s Kirk D’Amico are producing.

In the film, an anxiety-ridden Barrett (Wilde) meets agoraphobic George (Sudeikis) and the two engage in a courtship over the phone, discussing the dates they would go on if their phobias didn’t stand in the way. As the fantasies develop, the two must decide if they can put aside their fears in order to find real-life romance.

“Through Chris Storer’s highly original script and the wonderful chemistry of Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis we get to go on fantasy dates all over Chicago. It is going to be the perfect way to experience Chicago,” Myriad CEO/President Kirk D’Amico said in a statement.

“The film is Storer’s love letter to his hometown Chicago, and a throwback to classic relationship comedies from greats like James L. Brooks and Cameron Crowe,” Dubiecki said.

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Olivia Wilde Joins “The Keeping Room”

Olivia Wilde, Hailee Steinfeld and Nicole Behaire will star in The Keeping Room, directed by Daniel Barber and financed by Wind Dancer Films.

Wind Dancer — the company’s credits include What Women Want — will produce alongside Gilbert Films and Anonymous Content. WME Global arranged financing and will represent North American rights.

Sierra/Affinity will shop the project to foreign buyers at the American Film Market, which runs Wednesday through Nov. 7 in Santa Monica.

Written by Julia Hart, Keeping Room tells the story of three Southern women — two sisters and a slave — who are forced to defend their home from the onslaught of a band of soldiers who have broken off from the Union Army.

Gilbert Films’ Jordan Horowitz is producing alongside David McFadzean, Judd Payne and Dete Meserve. Gary Gilbert of Gilbert Films and Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content will executive produce, while Anonymous’ Nicole Romano and Trevor Adley will co-produce.

“The Keeping Room is a cinematic, thrilling and dangerous piece of material and we could not be more excited with the team has come together to bring this unique story to the screen,” Horowitz said.

Added Sierra/Affinity CEO Nick Meyer: “We are thrilled to be part of this special project filled with profound themes. Barber is a talented up-and-coming filmmaker, and we look forward to seeing his vision of the material realized.”

Tough stories are no stranger to Steinfeld, who starred in True Grit in 2010. Barber, whose credits include Harry Brown, is set to begin principal photography in March in North Carolina.

Behaire is represented by ICM Partners and ATA Management; Steinfeld by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content; and Wilde by WME and Untitled.

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