CRAZY HEART’s Jeff Bridges won his very first Oscar (following a total of five nominations, starting in the early 70s!) for Best Actor, and singer-songwriters Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett won the golden statue for “Best Original Song” for “The Weary Kind,” the theme from CRAZY HEART. A big congrats to our winners! Now, check out video and stills from Sunday night.
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“The Weary Kind”
(Theme from Crazy Heart),
Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett
The moral of recent CIA movies like Fair Game and Red is that leaving the agency is never a good thing. That’s what Aaron Eckhart will soon learn in Erased, a thriller he just signed to star in directed by Philipp Stolzl (a music video director whose last feature was the 2008 film North Face) from a script by by A.E. Amel. Eckhart plays an ex-CIA agent who leaves the spy game to rebuild a relationship with his 15-year-old daughter. He takes a job as a security expert at a corporation only to find out the whole place is a front in order to kill him. So father and daughter go on the run, putting their shaky relationship back on the rocks. Think The Professional meets Red with a little To Kill a Mockingbird sprinkled across.
Riding high after their debut feature Crazy Heart won two Academy Awards including a best actor win for Jeff Bridges, Informant Media partners Judy Cairo, Michael A. Simpson and Eric Brenner have unveiled their 2010 production slate.
The roster includes Hysteria, a romantic comedy by Stephen and Jonah Lisa Dyer about the invention of the vibrator in Victorian England. The film will be shot in London and Luxembourg this summer and stars Rupert Everett and Jonathan Pryce.
Two further stars will be announced shortly and Tanya Wexler will direct. Informant is
producing with Beachfront Films’ Tracey Becker (Finding Neverland) and Forthcoming Films’ Sarah Curtis (Mansfield Park). Elle Driver is the international sales agent.
Boobytrap is a thriller written by Michael A. Simpson based on the novel of the same name by Bill Pronzini about a young prosecutor’s wife and child who are trapped inside their home.
EXCLUSIVE: Aaron Eckhart will star in Erased, playing an ex-CIA agent in a drama that will begin production early next year in Belgium and Montreal. Philipp Stolzl (North Face) is directing a script by A.E. Amel. Informant Media’s Judy Cairo is producing with Smash Media’s Harry Winer and Michael A. Simpson and Howard Meltzer. Essential Entertainment is handling international sales at AFM, and will be executive producer. The film is being financed partly through the Informant Media Film Fund. In Erased, Eckhart plays a former CIA agent who hopes to make a fresh start with his estranged 15-year old daughter. He takes a job in Belgium as a security expert for a multinational corporation and arrives one day to find the corporation no longer exists, his coworkers are gone, and his assistant is really a trained operative out to kill him and his daughter. Father and daughter go on the run and must learn to trust each other, something that becomes difficult once she learns the truth about his shadowy past.
AFM week means tons and tons of news. Let’s get to it. Aaron Eckhart, who’s proved his chops in big mainstream tentpoles like “The Dark Knight,” plus his true thespian powers in the upcoming “Rabbit Hole,” is set to star in the drama, “Erased.”
The actor, who looks like he’ll prove his leading-man action mettle in next March’s “Battle: Los Angeles” (clips we’ve seen look surprisingly strong), will play an ex-CIA Agent in the film directed by German filmmaker Philipp Stölzl, known for the suspenseful adventure Alps film, “North Face,” and helming videos by Madonna, Evanescence, Garbage, Faith No More and Rammsteien to name just a few.