Director Daniel Adams Charged With Defrauding Investors in Gabriel Byrne Film ‘An LA Minute’

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The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday said it has charged director Daniel Adams with fraud in connection to his 2018 film “An L.A. Minute.”
In a Tuesday filing, the SEC accused Adams, along with music producer Michael Flanders, …

Kiersey Clemons to Produce, Star in Film About Youngest Female NY Stock Exchange Trader

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AGC Studios announced on Tuesday that it’s acquired the life rights for the story of Lauren Simmons, they youngest female trader to work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

The studio has set the project up for Kiersey Clemons (“Hearts Beat Loud,” “Dope”) to produce and star in the film.

Simmons, in addition to being the youngest woman ever on the trading floor, is currently the only woman at the NYSE and only the second African American female to trade full-time on the floor of the Exchange.

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Simmons moved to New York from Georgia with a degree in genetics, but ultimately decided to put that career on hold and answered a posting on LinkedIn for a job with a Wall Street company.

Despite no formal financial background and only a month of preparation, she managed to pass the rigorous Series 19 exam, securing her job and becoming an unexpected and groundbreaking member of the NYSE.

“We’re happy to bring Lauren’s amazing story to the screen,” executive producer Glendon Palmer said in a statement. “She has broken new ground, and Kiersey is the perfect person to portray her.”

Clemons recently garnered acclaim for her singing in the indie “Hearts Beat Loud,” and will next be seen in Disney’s CGI and live action remake of “Lady and the Tramp” and Fox TV’s live broadcast of “Rent.”

Producing alongside Clemons are her longtime managers Eddie Galan and Starr Andreeff. AGC’s Chairman and CEO Stuart Ford, head of film Greg Shapiro, and Palmer, who is head of urban content, will executive produce.

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Clemons, Galan and Andreeff have formed Girl on Mercury, a production company represented by UTA and Jackoway Tyerman. The Lauren Simmons project with AGC is Girl on Mercury’s debut project.

The deal was negotiated by Palmer and VP, Legal & Business Affairs Anant Tamirisa on behalf of AGC, by Paradigm on behalf of Simmons, and by UTA on behalf of Kiersey Clemmons.

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‘Rent’ Cast Announced: Brandon Victor Dixon, Vanessa Hudgens, Kiersey Clemons To Head Fox Live Event

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BCDF Pictures Sets NY Times Bestseller ‘The Language Of Flowers’ With Michael Mayer Directing, Kiersey Clemons In Talks

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‘Hearts Beat Loud’ Trailer: Nick Offerman & Kiersey Clemons Rock Out In Sundance Hit

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Not many teenagers would want to be in a band with their dad — but if your dad was Nick Offerman, you’d might reconsider. In the debut trailer for Hearts Beat Loud, we see the first look at the musically-driven father-daughter film that warmed hearts at Sundance earlier this year.
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‘Hearts Beat Loud’ Film Review: Nick Offerman Plays It Sweet in Father-Daughter Drama

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Before “Hearts Beat Loud” began at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, director Brett Haley (“The Hero,” “I’ll See You in My Dreams”) strutted to the stage to speak. While introductions to a film often feel more obligatory than necessary, Haley leaned into sincerity. He explained that in these chaotic times, he wanted to make a “sweet movie.” The kind of film “that makes you feel good and helps to forget your problems for 90 minutes.”

What he wanted is what we received. For the duration of “Hearts Beat Loud,” you’ll often attempt to unearth the stakes. You’ll wonder when tragedy may strike, or if plans will go dangerously awry. Here’s a not-so surprising spoiler: they don’t.

Written by Haley and frequent collaborator Marc Basch, the story begins inside Red Hook Records, a Brooklyn vinyl shop operated by Frank (Nick Offerman). He’s a single father to Sam (Kiersey Clemons), who’s spending her final summer in New York City before leaving for UCLA pre-med. Together they have each other, a hiply outfitted apartment and, sometimes, music.

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Despite Sam’s initial reluctance, the familial pair make an unlikely (and unique) songwriting duo. She offers most of the lyrics and the vocals, while her father plays guitar and drums. One morning after a particularly inspired jam session, Frank finds himself listening to what they recorded as he stands behind the counter of his struggling record store. Inspired by their creation, he submits the song to Spotify. Days later, while purchasing some pastries at his local bakery, he hears their song. They’ve made it! Or, ya know, they’ve made it onto some curated playlist of new indie releases.

“Hearts Beat Loud” involves a father and daughter dynamic in transition, a lot of original music provided by Keegan DeWitt, and charm. It gets away with missteps because of how consistently heartwarming and affable the people on screen are. Clemons and Offerman are especially effective, with Frank’s earnestness comically shot down by Clemons’ quick-witted preciousness.

“You have to grow up,” the college-bound teen routinely tells her father. No one will bat an eye that line. Frank is living out his musical dreams vicariously through his offspring. She knows it; he knows it.

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The sidepieces of the film are less intriguing, despite the actors involved. Toni Collette pulls double duty as part landlord, part potential love interest to Frank. Their budding romance comes across as an afterthought though. Same for Ted Danson, who generally can do no wrong behind the counter of a neighborhood bar. The “Cheers” stunt casting delights at first, but the role, a serene and stoned confidant to a troubled Frank, seems to have been written for someone like Sam Elliott (star of two of Haley’s features). Again, even when the script missteps, there’s never an unwatchable moment here. It’s hard to go wrong when you have Offerman and Danson cracking jokes and drinking together.

Of all the ancillary characters, though, it’s Sasha Lane (“American Honey”) as Rose that Haley gets right. With college on the horizon, Sam and Rose end up in a late-summer affair. Their screen-time together is minimal, in part because Frank and Sam are constantly making music. But when the two young actresses are given the opportunity, they connect.

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There’s an easy rapport to the couple that needs no explanation. Their chemistry is immediately present, even if they both know that their expiration date is rapidly approaching. It’s in these bittersweet moments “Hearts Beat Loud” finds some footing.

In both watching the film and reading its log-line, everything about Haley’s film feels like your standard Sundance fare. The cutesy synopsis, the unavoidable hipsterism, the nagging feeling that you’re being manipulated by a cast of characters designed to be endearing. All of these descriptions are apt, and yet none of them can quite take away from the project’s inherent likability.

The messiness of the script or the lack of an aesthetic approach just don’t seem to matter all that much. “Hearts Beats Loud” knows exactly what it is. Haley doesn’t want to reinvent the wheel. He doesn’t even really want to challenge the viewer. His art is created to comfort.

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Gunpowder & Sky Acquires North American Rights to Nick Offerman’s ‘Hearts Beat Loud’

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Gunpowder & Sky has acquired the North American rights to “Hearts Beat Loud” at the Sundance Film Festival, the global content studio announced on Wednesday.

Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons star as a father and daughter who live in Red Hook, Brooklyn, who become a songwriting duo the summer before she heads off to college. Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner and Toni Collette also star.

Brett Haley wrote and directed the film. March Basch also served as a co-writer. Keegan DeWitt wrote original songs for the film.

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Houston King, Sam Bisbee and Sam Slater produced the film for Houston King Productions, Park Pictures and Burn Later Productions respectively. Franklin Carson, Paul Bernon, David Bernon, Theodora Dunlap, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Lance Acord, Danny Rifkin and Frank Brenner and Offerman executive produced.

Last week, Sony Worldwide Acquisitions brought the international rights to the drama, excluding the North American rights.

“Brett masterfully integrates music’s unique ability to bring people together across boundaries and generations,” said Van Toffler, CEO of Gunpowder & Sky. “The film’s uplifting spirit, accompanied by killer performances encapsulates life’s twisted emotional journey. We couldn’t be more fired up to work with Brett and the team to take the film out to the audiences.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Van Toffler and Gunpowder & Sky on our theatrical release,” said Haley. “Their vision and passion for the project was apparent, and their team’s expertise with music-driven films make them the ideal distributor to bring our movie to audiences across the country.”

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The deal was negotiated by Endeavor Content on behalf of the filmmakers and Janet Brown and Jake Hanly negotiating on behalf of Gunpowder & Sky.

The film is planned for release in summer 2018.

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Sundance Parties 2018: Highlights of the Starry Scene Invading Park City

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Bundle up for Hollywood’s winter ski trip.

A stack of Sundance regulars (Carey Mulligan, Ethan Hawke, Common, Elle Fanning, Jack Black, Armie Hammer) and some more infrequent festival talent (Keira Knightley, Usher, Jonah Hill) will soon be invading Park City, Utah, as the festival begins on Thursday, January 18. We will be right there with them.

For Sundance 2018, The Wrap is riding shotgun with Acura. The auto company is the presenting sponsor of the 2018 festival and will present both the U.S. Dramatic and Documentary audience awards.

In addition to hosting TheWrap’s interview suite and photo studio, the wheels of the fest are sponsoring this very Party Report to help deliver insider party and event coverage.

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Nick Jonas and Nicole Kidman already know the drill.

If you’ll be in Park City, look for the new immersive Festival Village footprint located on Swede Alley.

Top talent, filmmakers, and creative ensembles will pass through providing a steady stream of #CelebSightings. (Follow along on @SundanceParties and @TheWrap on Instagram).

Maude Apatow and Judd Apatow at a prior Sundance.

If you’re in Park City, you’ll see the fleet of 100 Acura MDX luxury SUVs shuttling jurors, actors, and creative ensembles to screenings, junkets, and parties.

The lineup looks strong. For film-only purists, check out TheWrap’s preview of the titles making noise already.

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For festival attendees who care more for after-parties than midnight showings — a not insignificant delegation of the industry — consider this the social scene lineup reveal.

Here is The Party Report’s curated list of the top invites, select guest lists, and most sought after invites people are seeking in their inboxes.

Note: This is not a comprehensive guide to the parties in Park City. Those laundry lists of hundreds of official and mostly unofficial gatherings are floating around the industry.

What follows is a curated cull of of choice events. If you see an invite or event that catches your eye, feel free to tip The Party Report at the end of this long piece.

Wine and Film Premiere Open to the 21+ Public
Francis Coppola’s Director’s Short Film Competition Screening and Winner Reveal
Holiday Theatre, 1776 Park Ave
Friday January 19, 8:30 p.m.

Cinephiles, you are not going to have to wait long for film prizes to begin flying in the mountains.

The six-time Oscar winner’s family winery is the exclusive wine sponsor of Sundance and will be the only (non-sparkling) wine poured at the upcoming 90th Oscars and the Governors Ball.

Here, on the first full day of the festival, Roman Coppola will share the top five films of this shorts festival and reveal the winner. I am going to be emceeing this screening at the Holiday and anyone over 21 (festival credential or not) can come pick up first-come first-serve tickets beginning at 8 p.m.

The night will conclude with a premiere viewing of the Tim Burton-esque branded film “The Red Stain” directed by Rodrigo Saavedra. Let’s hope Saavedra’s title refers only to the onscreen action and not any errant dribbles on to your starchy white parka.

Women in Film Cocktail Party
Friday, Jan. 19, 8-10 p.m.
Café Artois, 364 Main Street Park City, UT 84060

Ava DuVernay, WIF President Cathy Schulman, and Meryl Streep at Women In Film’s 2017 Oscar party, (Getty Images)

Throughout the festival, official partner Stella Artois is putting a spotlight on female-led stories, casts and filmmakers. Those ubiquitous chalices will be raised to those using film and media to ignite social change.   

On Friday night (Jan. 19), Women in Film starts things off by announcing its Film Finishing Fund winners before Chloe Sevigny’s “Lizzie” cast arrives for a late night post-screening party. The next day, WIF hosts a panel with leading women producers and directors on “The Road to 50/50,” the initiative to achieve gender parity throughout the industry.

UTA Sundance Brunch
Sunday, Jan. 21, 10:30 a.m.
Location Withheld

These guys have their claws deep in to Sundance, beginning with the “Delta Festival Shuttle” that flies a commercial planeload of industry bigshots to Utah together every year.

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The Grey Goose Door Lounge
449 Main Street (across from the Post Office in its old location)
Throughout the Festival

(Above, from 2014, an all time highlight from the Grey Goose space.)

After a two-year absence, Grey Goose’s hospitality returns to Park City. They aren’t wasting any time. Nick Offerman, Sasha Lane, Kiersey Clemons, Blythe Danner and Ted Danson of “Hearts Beat Loud” will christen the space on opening night (Thursday, Jan. 18).

On Sunday (Jan. 21) at 9 p.m., I predict a line snaking down Main St. for the after-party for “Burden.” Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker and Usher are scheduled to celebrate inside before a performance by Common.

Other highlights include the recent Golden Globe and Critics Choice winner Laura Dern’s soiree for “The Tale” (Jason Ritter and Ellen Burstyn co-star) and the “Sorry to Bother You” bash with a buzzy cast. “Atlanta” star Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, and Armie Hammer all topline Boots Riley’s directorial debut.

DirecTV’s NFL AFC/NFC Championship Games Viewing Party
Heber and Main (formerly Zoom) at 660 Main St.
Sunday, Jan. 21, 1 – 7 p.m.

Find out who will be going to the Super Bowl two weeks later in (equally freezing) Minnesota. Craig’s, West Hollywood’s paparazzi magnet, caters the food. Remember that DirecTV boasts the Sunday Ticket relationship with the NFL and throws a massive pop concert on the eve of the Super Bowl each year, so this room is looking beyond Park City.

Chase Sapphire on Main’s Heavyweight First Night
Friday, Jan. 19

Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jack Black are all expected at the late night premiere party for Gus Van Sant’s “Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot.”

This one goes until 2:30 a.m. on the first Friday. Earlier that night, the Pauls (Rudd and Giamatti, not Jake and Logan) will headline the “Catcher Was a Spy” party. Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Peer Dinklage, Elle Fanning, and Suki Waterhouse are all expected to pour through the space on opening weekend.

*Musical Performance* Anthony Mandler and John Legend’s Party for “Monster”
Chase Sapphire Space
Monday, Jan. 22 (6-9 p.m.)

Despite “Monster’s” serious storyline of “American injustice” for a black teenager caught up in a deadly crime, the offscreen scene around this entrant in the U.S. Dramatic Competition is buzzy.

Anthony Mandler has directed 15 videos for Rihanna (as well as Taylor Sift, Jay Z, and Drake, among others) and perennial festival creative John Legend is an executive producer in a producer corps that includes Mike Jackson (“La La Land”) and Tonya Lewis Lee (“She’s Gotta Have It”). Jennifer Hudson and Jeffrey Wright are in the billing block. Expect a “surprise performance” and a crowded room at this one.

Reviewing the two preceding entries in this preview, if you get an invitation to anything at this space, you should go.

The Yard
Friday, Jan. 19 – Sunday, Jan. 21, 11 p.m. – late

Since the nightclub pop-up first moved off its longtime perch under Main Street last year, the dominant late night social hub at the festival has colonized an entire block in Hollywood.

That took its relationship with Hollywood — the industry, not the zip code — to the next level.

Speaking of “taking it to the next level,” Tinder is getting in on the action as a sponsor providing a “heated outdoor lounge.” It’s pretty dark in there to begin with, so I’m not sure how or why this is necessary except for waiting for [TAO EXECUTIVE NAME REDACTED] to maybe grant you and your crew access to get inside.

Tequila Don Julio, who have primed relationships with nearly all of the DJs on the bill (above), will grace the VIP tables.

Imagine Dragons’ Frontman Dan Reynolds’ “Believer”
Saturday night, Jan. 20, 11:30 p.m. – late
Café Artois, 364 Main Street Park City, UT 84060

Dan Reynolds dives in to the Mormon church’s treatment of LGBTQ youth in “Believer.”

“Believer” documents the Mormon rocker’s investigation of how the Mormon church approaches the LGBTQ community and his creation of LoveLoud, a festival designed to bring awareness and fundraiser for LBBTQ youth.

Co-founder Tyler Glenn (of Neon Trees ) and director Dan Argott are expected to join. HBO has already acquired the rights to the Live Nation-produced doc. Bonus: Hans Zimmer composed the music.

ChefDance 2018
Thursday, Jan. 18 – Monday, Jan. 22

Keanu Reeves, host Mimi Kim, and Chef Brian Malarkey at ChefDance 2017. (Jordan Kartchner)

An official festival partner, Mimi Kim hosts a celebration of “food, culture, and people in an exclusive setting.”

Unpacking the glossy aura of “Top Chef” for a boisterous crowd every night, the multi-course dinner party is “event dining” on Main St. Some Angelenos got a sneak preview of this year’s menu at Kim’s L.A. house on Jan. 9, but hundreds more will taste chefs Luigi Fineo (Osteria Venice West) on Friday Jan. 19, Chef Beau MacMillan (Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa) on Sunday Jan 21., and Chef Brian Malarkey (Herringbone La Jolla, Herringbone Santa Monica) who joins ChefDance for a special evening in support of The Art of Elysium on Monday, Jan 22.

Sorry, folks, Saturday night is reserved for Refinery 29’s “49 Remarkable Women and One Really Cool Dude” event. Some tickets are still available here.

Main Street Park City (courtesy of the Sundance Institute)

The Sundance Film Festival takes place from Jan. 18-28 in Park City, Utah.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are private and by invitation only. Standing out in the cold trying to text someone inside to get you in is a real bummer. Get your RSVPs in advance, don’t be a creepy crasher, and arrive respectfully. #SundancePSA.

Please send invites, new bookings, and updates to the The Party Report columnist Mikey Glazer, here.

TheWrap’s Party Report at Sundance is a partnership with Acura, the presenting sponsor of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Keep up with real-time images of the scene in Park City on @SundanceParties on Instagram).

The Party Report and this writer are not affiliated with nor endorsed by the Sundance Institute or the Sundance Film Festival.

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