Sony Classics Buys “Third Person”

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired U.S., German and Scandinavian rights to “Third Person,” directed by Paul Haggis, two months after its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

Written and directed by Haggis, the film stars Liam Neeson, Kim Basinger, Adrien Brody, James Franco, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, and Maria Bello. Michael Nozik of Hwy61 and Haggis produced the film along with Paul Breuls of Corsan, who also provided the financing.

Sony Pictures Classics said, “Paul Haggis is one of our great movie storytellers and ‘Third Person’ is one of his best works featuring an exceptional cast led by Liam Neeson (also at his best).”

Haggis told Variety after the premiere that audiences would have a strong reaction to the romance.

“People are going to either love it or hate it, like ‘Crash,’” Haggis told Variety. “A lot of people want their movies to be easily understood, underlined and in bold. I want people to talk about this movie afterwards. As an industry, we need to respect the audience more.”

The premiere at the Elgin evoked sustained applause for the complex drama of three intertwined relationships: James Franco and Mila Kunis in New York; Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde in Paris; and Adrien Brody and Moran Atias in Rome.

Haggis began writing the film after completing work on “The Next Three Days,” drawing largely from his own life with an emphasis on the themes of denial, loss and love. He began shooting in January with a 45-day shoot, adding, “It was a healthy budget for an indie but a little uncomfortable.”

It was the third time that Haggis has premiered a film at Toronto. “Crash” screened in 2004 and “In the Valley of Elah” opened there in 2007.

Haggis was nominated for screenwriting Oscars for three straight years for “Million Dollar Baby,” “Crash,” and “Letters From Iwo Jima.” He won screenplay and picture Oscars for “Crash.”

Haggis approached the challenge of writing three stories by doing them one at a time and then mixing and matching the components — with much of that work done in the editing process and in small screenings earlier this year.

Bruels came on board in May 2012 when Neeson and Wilde were attached.

Corsan got 50% of the funding through Belgian tax credits, which require spending money on Belgian elements like development, crew and post-production. “Having that is a formidable cornerstone for the rest of your financing,’ Breuls added.

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Olivia Wilde & Jason Sudeikis Expecting First Child

And baby makes three!

Olivia Wilde, 29, and Jason Sudeikis, 38, are expecting their first child together, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.

“They are incredibly happy,” says a source close to both. “They’re very excited to welcome a new member into their family.”

Reps for the couple confirm to PEOPLE that Wilde is pregnant with their first child.

The two first met on the season finale of Saturday Night Live in 2011 and began dating six months later. They got engaged in January.

Earlier this year, Wilde said she was excited to start a family with Sudeikis in the future. “He’s so good with kids,” she told Marie Claire. “I’m open-minded about how many, but three is like a little party.”

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Olivia Wilde Joins Avon as the New Face of Today. Tomorrow. Always. Fragrances

Beginning this fall in the U.S., actress, activist and renowned beauty Olivia Wilde will serve as the face of Avon’s beloved “Today. Tomorrow. Always.” trio of fragrances. A modern icon of beauty, Wilde’s enduring appeal perfectly complements this timeless fragrance series. First launched in 2004, Today. Tomorrow. Always. has become a set of Avon classics that evokes strong feelings of true love. As the brand approaches a decade, Wilde’s timeless allure makes her the ideal face of this classic, yet modern collection.

“I am honored to be partnering with Avon as the face of the Today. Tomorrow. Always. fragrances,” explained Wilde. “The collection is made up of fragrances that are true classics, yet modern and fresh at the same time.”

“Olivia is an aspirational example of a woman who embodies beauty both inside and out,” says Meg Lerner, Avon Vice President, North America Marketing. “Her passion and dedication to helping others makes her a perfect fit for Avon.”

THE SCENTS:

TODAY: A precious, joyful white floral, Today captures the lush, sweet scent of the nectar-rich, honey-scented blossoms of the Butterfly Bush.

TOMORROW: This oriental woody scent envelops you in the rich, warm scent of exotic flowers and golden fruits.

FOREVER: Fresh, romantic and enduring, Forever immerses you in an embrace of petally Florals, creamy woods and sensual musk.

PRICE: $30.00

WHERE TO BUY: Available exclusively through Avon Representatives. To locate an Avon Representative call 1-800-FOR-AVON or visit www.avon.com.

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Olivia Wilde In Senegal With 1 Million Health Workers

RYOT News Advisory Board member Olivia Wilde, along with co-founders David Darg and Bryn Mooser, recently traveled to Potou, Senegal, a fishing village in the north of the country. The aim of the trip was to see  in real-time the work of community health workers in that highly remote area and how it’s not only saving lives, but also changing the fabric of local communities.

Olivia and Ryot traveled with the 1 Million Community Health Workers campaign (@1Mhealthworkers), which is aiming to train and deploy one million local health care workers to serve their communities by 2015. One of the most impressive elements of the program is how the health workers are harnessing the connectivity of the Ericsson network to use smartphones. Through a series of apps and data collection the program is bringing modern health care solutions to some of the most remote parts of Africa.

Watch RYOT’s video below to see how 1MCHW is not only improving and spreading health care across the continent, but also helping to change the role of women in African society.

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Olivia Wilde To Participate In Upright Citizens Brigade Event

Broadway/Hollywood superstar Zachary Quinto joins with screen star Olivia Wilde, SNL veteran Jason Sudeikis and 30 ROCK’s Scott Adsit among many more notable names at this Monday’s star-studded July special event at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

Participating in a show titled GRAVID WATER, Quinto and the cast act out scenes from some Greek classics as well as enact comedy bits in addition to audience-generated improv and much more in the always-entertaining show.

The official description and cast list of of The Upright Citizens Brigade’s GRAVID WATER, created by Stephen Ruddy, is as follows:

“New York’s top improvisors and actors, from Broadway, 30 Rock, Conan, SNL, and beyond, perform in scenes from Stoppard to Sophocles, and everything in between. The actors will know their lines, and the improvisors will improvise, with no prior knowledge of the scenes!
July’s show cast features:
Scott Adsit (30 Rock, The Second City, Moral Orel)
Michael Delaney (The Swarm, Broadway: You’re Welcome America…)
Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, American Horror Story, Broadway: The Glass Menagerie)
Michael O’Brien (Saturday Night Live, 7 Minutes in Heaven)
Stephen Ruddy (Stolen House, Skype Duet)
Tami Sagher (30 Rock, Broad City, The Second City)
Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live, We’re the Millers)
Maria Thayer (Strangers with Candy, 30 Rock, Forgetting Sarah Marshall)
Olivia Wilde (The O.C., House, Cowboys and Aliens)”

For more information on The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, visit the official site here.

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“Third Person” To Premiere At 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

Its been announced that “Third Person” will premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Third Person follows three couples as their love stories intertwine in three cities across the globe: Rome, Paris, and New York. The stellar ensemble cast includes Academy Award winners Kim Basinger and Adrien Brody, Academy Award nominees Liam Neeson and James Franco, along with Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde and Maria Bello.

Michael, a New York writer who recently left his wife, receives a visit from his lover Anna in a Paris hotel. The story explores their complicated on/off relationship due to her inability to commit because of a terrible secret.

New Yorker Julia has recently been accused of negligence in an incident that almost led to her son’s death, a charge she firmly denies. As a result of these charges, her son is now in the custody of his father Rick, who’s doing everything in his power to take the boy away from her. Julia is trying at all costs to regain custody of her son.

Sean, an American businessman on a trip to Rome, falls in love with a Gypsy woman, Monica. Sean is inevitably drawn into a plot where he tries to free Monica’s daughter who has been kidnapped by an Italian gangster and is being held for ransom. Emotions run high as Sean questions whether he is being set up.

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