‘Ingrid Goes West’: Neon Founders Discuss Sundance Bidding War for Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen Instagram Stalker Pic (Video)

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Elizabeth Olsen and Aubrey Plaza wore the same black and gold dress to the L.A. premiere of their two-hander “Ingrid Goes West” Thursday night, poking fun at the life-stalking-via-Instagram plot of their dark comedy that won over the Arclight Hollywood crowd with the same “rapturous reception” that it got at Sundance this past January.

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As TheWrap reported from Sundance at the time, “‘Ingrid Goes West’ follows Ingrid Thorburn (Plaza) a mentally unstable young woman who becomes obsessed with Taylor Sloane (Olsen), a social media ‘influencer’ with a seemingly-perfect life in Venice, California. When Ingrid decides to drop everything, and move to the west coast to befriend Taylor in real life, her behavior turns unsettling and increasingly dangerous.”

Neon’s Tim League, actors Billy Magnussen and Aubrey Plaza, director Matt Spicer, actor Elizabeth Olsen, and Neon’s Tom Quinn at the Arclght in Hollywood on July 27, 2017. (Michael Kovac/Getty Images)

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The dark comedy drew consistent laughs from the packed house at the Arclight’s Theatre 10 on Thursday night, with co-stars Pom Klementieff and the standout Billy Magnussen joining the procession of star talent.

O’Shea Jackson Jr. is off shooting a “big Hollywood movies,” per director Matt Spicer, and could not make it.

Before the screening, Neon founders  Tim League and Tom Quinn addressed the audience, beer in hand. They revealed how anxious they were to convince Plaza (who also produced the film), Spicer, and the team from CAA to sell them the U.S. distribution rights.

“We’re having this conversation (after the Friday night screening at Sundance), I’m very nervous, we’re trying to do our best and express our love of this film, ” League said. “We’re realizing that these guys are so damn smart. They know how to market this film.”

League turned to his colleague Quinn and said, “We have to work with these guys.” They rolled out their best offer and the rest is history.

Quinn and League also shouted out strategist Darin Pfeiffer, who produced the L.A. premiere that swamped the Arclight plaza.

For a peek inside the theater, watch the full  introductions above, including Plaza and Olsen vamping in their matching attire.

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After the screening guests — including Chris Pratt, Darren Criss, RJ Mitte and singer Inas-X — headed over to Avenue for the party. (Pratt got a taste of being hunted himself, fending off a professional autograph hound following him as he walked down Sunset Boulevard.)

Clothing designer Kelly Cole spun the after party, where Svedka and Kim Crawford wines were poured.

Neon releases “Ingrid Goes West” on Aug. 11 in New York and Los Angeles, before platforming to other markets throughout the rest of the summer.

Writer’s Disclaimer: The co-screenwriter, David Branson Smith, and I worked together on an unscripted TV project over 10 years ago.  That has nothing to do with the reason why I think “Ingrid Goes West” is going to be  a breakout movie of the summer. 

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Thomas Middleditch Cast in ‘Godzilla: King of Monsters’

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“Silicon Valley” headliner Thomas Middleditch has joined Legendary’s Godzilla sequel entitled “Godzilla: King of Monsters,” according to those close to the project who spoke with TheWrap.

Michael Dougherty is directing the movie. Zach Shields wrote the script for the film, but plot details remain unknown. Alex Shields is overseeing production for Legendary.

Middleditch is joining the cast, which includes “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown, “Bloodline” actor Kyle Chandler, ” Vera Farmiga (“The Conjuring”) and O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”). The film will be released on March 22, 2019.


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“Godzilla: King of Monsters,” the sequel to the 2014 American version of Toho’s famous kaiju franchise, will be part of a monster movie cinematic universe that also includes the upcoming film “Kong: Skull Island,” which Warner Bros. will release this March.

Gareth Edwards directed the 2014 reboot, which grossed $200 million domestically and $328 million overseas on an estimated production budget of $160 million. It starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe and Elizabeth Olsen.

“Silicon Valley” was recently picked up for a fifth season and earned Middleditch an Emmy nomination last year. Middleditch is also voicing one of the leads in DreamWorks Animation’s “Captain Underpants.” He also recently wrapped production on “Replicas” opposite Keanu Reeves.

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Middleditch is repped by WME, Kirsten Ames Management and Isaac Dunham at Schreck Rose Dapello.

Variety first reported the news of Middleditch’s casting.

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Gerard Butler, 50 Cent Action Thriller ‘Den of Thieves’ Gets Release Date

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The STX action thriller “Den of Thieves” starring Gerard Butler and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson will be released on Jan. 19, 2018, the company announced Friday.

The movie will also star Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. and Evan Jones, directed by Christian Gudegast from his original screenplay written with Paul Scheuring.

Filming began Friday for “Den of Thieves,” which follows an elite crew of bank robbers who set out to pull off the ultimate heist when they realize $120 million in cash is taken out out of circulation daily and destroyed by the Federal Reserve.

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Producing are Mark Canton (“300”, “300: Rise of an Empire”, “Immortals”), Tucker Tooley (“We’re The Millers”, “The Fighter”), Butler (“Olympus Has Fallen”, “How to Train Your Dragon”, “300”) and Alan Siegel (“London Has Fallen”, “Olympus Has Fallen”), long-time partners in their production company, G-BASE.

“We are incredibly excited to partner once again with Gerard Butler and to have a very talented cast including Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Pablo Schreiber,” said Tooley, who had spent more than 10 years developing this project. “‘Den of Thieves’ is a gritty action thriller with broad commercial appeal, and our cast blends perfectly into a world where good and bad often intertwine. STX Entertainment is the perfect partner to bring this modern-day heist story to the big screen.”

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Scott Lumpkin, Jamie Marshall and Glenn D. Feig are executive producing. The film is being financed by Diamond Film Productions.  STXfilms is co-financing and distributing the film worldwide.

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‘Ingrid Goes West’ Acquired by Neon at Sundance

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After a number of competitive bids Tom Quinn and Tim League’s new distribution banner, Neon, have acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Sundance breakout, “Ingrid Goes West,” following the world premiere on Friday night.

Directed by Matt Spicer and starring Aubrey Plaza (“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “Parks and Recreation”) and Elizabeth Olsen (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Martha Marcy May Marlene”).

Based on a script by Spicer and David Branson Smith, the dark comedy also stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Billy Magnussen, and Pom Klementieff.

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“Ingrid Goes West” follows Ingrid Thorburn (Plaza) a mentally unstable young woman who becomes obsessed with Taylor Sloane (Olsen), a social media “influencer” with a seemingly-perfect life. When Ingrid decides to drop everything, and move to the west coast to befriend Taylor in real life, her behavior turns unsettling and increasingly dangerous.

“Ingrid Goes West” marks Spicer’s feature directorial debut. He recently co-wrote Flower, along with Max Winkler who will also direct. The film is a twisted coming-of-age comedy starring Zoey Deutch, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn and Tim Heidecker, which Spicer will also produce alongside Rough House Pictures and Diablo Entertainment. Along with Winkler, Spicer will write the recently announced Rocketeer sequel for Disney.

Star Thrower Entertainment and 141 Entertainment financed and produced.

Producers include Jared Ian Goldman, Star Thrower Entertainment’s Tim and Trevor White, 141 Entertainment’s Adam and Robert Mirels, and Aubrey Plaza.

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Mary Solomon, Rick Rickertsen and Allan Mandelbaum executive produced.

CAA represented the US rights and negotiated the deal.

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Sundance Parties: First Look at 5 Hotspots for 2017

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The holidays are already upon us and that means that the 2017 Sundance Film Festival is just around the corner.

And so is Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017 …

“Sundance is sort of like a vacation for some people while they work,” top Hollywood event producer and restaurateur Jeffrey Best recently told The Party Report of the Park City, Utah, festival from Jan. 19-24.”They are going to need it more than ever on the 20th.”

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As Sundance kicks off with its first full day, Trump will be officially taking place in Washington, D.C. at 10 a.m. Mountain Time. For the thoughtful, intelligent, open-minded, anti-kleptocracy audience who comprise a majority of festival attendees, they’re going to need a drink.

Charlie Day, John Krasinski, and Casey Affleck (Evan Agostini/Invision for Chase Sapphire Preferred/AP Images)

In that sprite, here’s The Party Report’s first look at where to find a lighter mood in Park City on the festival’s opening weekend.

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Kia Supper Suite
Opening Weekend, Saturday Jan. 21-Monday. Jan 23

Spike Lee at the Creative Coalition Dinner in 2016. (Getty Images for the Kia Supper Suite)

Cisero’s is no more. New ownership rebuilt the heavily-trafficked restaurant from top to bottom, rebranding it as “Firewood on Main.” Chef John Murcko is the kitchen general (he’s a James Beard semi-finalist).

The #KiaSupperSuite is our sponsor and party partner for the festival. Last year, they hosted events with then-Sundance sensation Nate Parker, Spike Lee and Kevin Smith, and the ESPN “O.J.: Made in America” doc that is now shortlisted for an Academy Award.

This year, A-List Communications produces events on Saturday-Monday of the opening weekend.

Of note, Robin Bronk and her Creative Coalition are coming in fresh from the celebrity-free inauguration in D.C. for their annual Spotlight Awards on Sunday night, which often feature some sincere moments shielded from the Main Street bustle.

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Events will continue on Monday night.

Friday-Sunday nights, 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., The Yard

Scooter Braun, DJ Vice, and Noah Tepperberg. (Seth Browarnik/WorldRedEye)

The overwhelmingly popular nightspot is moving off of Main Street.

After several years transforming the underground garage at the Village at the Lift in to a late night club, the festivities will now be at The Yard (1651 Kearns Blvd.), about 1.5 miles off of Main Street. It is not walkable.  Conveniently, an Uber Lounge is reportedly popping up in an adjacent space.

Their big parties will be on Friday-Sunday nights, from 11 p.m. until 4 a.m.

As a global captain of the vibe-dining industry, in advance of opening Tao Restaurant and Lounge adjacent to the Dream Hollywood in 2017, they are smartly making a big push. By leveraging a changeover in ownership of the garage on Main to shake things up, by hosting a large swath of entertainment industry gatekeepers, influencers, publicists, media, and celebrity talent for multiple nights, they are making a significant marketing and relationship investment, one that has served them well for over a decade.

They have rented the space for the run of the festival, so there may be non-nightlife related events there after the first weekend.

Start lining up now.

Friday Jan. 20 – Tuesday, Jan 24
Back for the 14th year, ChefDance returns for five nights of multi-course meals in the lower level of Park City Live. Chefs are to be announced. While ingesting anything more than tray-pass in the festival is a luxury, the elite invite is anything at owner’s Mimi and Ken Griswold’s estate, where a water feature runs through their lodge-like living room.

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Jeff Vespa’s “Verge” Issue Launch Party
Saturday night, Jan. 21

Morgan Spurlock and Vespa at the Verge event in 2016. (Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Verge)

It’s the fifth anniversary of the pioneering celebrity and event photographer handpicking the actors on the verge of stardom for festival-timed photo portfolios as they’re about to make a big break. Before “Star Wars” fame, John Boyega was a pick. Vespa’s industry gathering is intimate with a guestlist focused on quality over quantity.

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Stella Artois Filmmakers Lounge
Opening Weekend

John Cooper, James Franco, and Trevor Groth at a previous Stella Lounge. (Getty Images)

This footprint for film parties is no longer at the Village at the Lift, instead moving up the hill to 364 Main Street.

They have hot titles “Ingrid Goes West” (Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr.), Marti Noxon’s “To the Bone” (Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves) and other films featuring Melissa Leo, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Michael Cera and Shiri Appleby coming through the space on the opening weekend

To Come …
YouTube, WME|IMG, Chase Sapphire, NVE Entertainment, and DirecTV are amongst the groups planning events in Park City.

Please send invites, updates, and additions to the the writer, Mikey Glazer, here.

TheWrap’s Party Report at Sundance is presented by the vehicle that will be shuttling filmmakers and casts to special events, the Kia Niro Hybrid Crossover. Among those special events are The Party Report’s party pal and HQ, the Kia Supper Suite at the new “Firewood on Main” where Maestro Dobel Tequila and Johndrow Wines will be poured. Keep up with real time images of the scene in Park City on @SundanceParties (Twitter and 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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