The Leader, the upcoming biopic about the Heaven’s Gate cult set to star Tim Blake Nelson and Vera Farmiga, has lured another big-name follower. The Hollywood Reporter can reveal that Simon Rex has joined the real-life crime drama, unveiled earlier this week at the European Film Market in Berlin, where The Exchange is introducing the project to buyers.
Tim Blake Nelson, Vera Farmiga to Star in Heaven’s Gate Cult Biopic ‘The Leader’ (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER)
Tim Blake Nelson and Vera Farmiga are set to play the founders of the religious cult Heaven’s Gate — which participated in a mass suicide in 1997 — in true-crime biopic The Leader, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Michael Gallagher (Funny Story) directs from his own original screenplay. “The Leader will depict the Heaven’s Gate tragedy through the lens of hope and heartbreak. It is a film about the dangers of self-deception, the thirst for human connection and the mystery of faith.”
Simon Rex gave his career a new jolt of electricity with his nearly Oscar-nominated turn in Red Rocket back in 2021. Since then, there’s been a bit of a wait to see where this renaissance would lead Rex. Well, now we’ve found out what one of his most interesting new roles will be. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rex is joining the cast of The Leader, a drama based on the Heaven’s Gate cult. Also in the film will be Tim Blake Nelson and Vera Farmiga.
The Michael Gallagher-directed feature will be a hot title at the 2023 European Film Market. The Leader will hit the market at the 2023 European Film Market in Berlin via sales agent, The Exchange. Gallagher also produces on behalf of Cinemand alongside Jana Winternitz, and Michael Wormser with Balcony 9 Productions’ Joel David Moore and Max Osswald. Daniel Taborga and Rishi Bajaj of Balcony 9 Productions executive produce with Evan Silverberg, Cassian Elwes, and Entertainment 360.
“PBC” is a scripted series that also looks to its actors for improv, with Gallagher subscribing to the Adam McKay school of directing: Get one from the page, then let your performers loose. Populating those pages, the “PBC” writers’ room includes several CPAs (certified public accountants), including series creator and FloQast CEO Mike Whitmire, the inspiration for series-lead Sarah (Flaum). Whitmire’s initial pitch, a quote that made it into a script and unofficially serves as the show’s logline, went like this: “No accountant ever grew up wanting to be an accountant.”
“PBC is a half-hour workplace mockumentary comedy in the spirit of The Office, Parks & Recreation, and Silicon Valley, but specifically focusing on the people who handle the money: Accountants,” reads the series’ synopsis. “In Season 2, viewers are invited to tag along with the accounting department of a fast-growth tech startup as they wrangle a rowdy sales team while balancing the personal and professional relationships that accountants know all too well.”
FloQast Studios’ “PBC” is set to return for a second season. Starring Danny Trejo, Kate Flannery, Pete Gardner, Jessica Sarah Flaum, and Christian A. Pierce, the workplace mockumentary series focuses on the accounting department of a tech startup during their year-end audit. Cheri Oteri and Neil Flynn will be joining the cast of “PBC” this season. Josh Sims serves as executive producer and director on the series. Michael Gallagher serves as executive producer, director and showrunner, and Cinemand Films’ Jana Winternitz and Michael Wormser produce.
The series features notable stars including Danny Trejo (Machete), Kate Flannery (The Office), Pete Gardner (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Creed Bratton (The Office), Christian A. Pierce (The Real Bros of Simi Valley), Sam Asghari (Hacks), Brittany Furlan Lee (The Dirt), Jessica Sarah Flaum (The Tale), Amy Letcher (Black Sails) Emily Tosta (Mayans M.C.), Jacob Wysocki (Pitch Perfect). Season two will feature new cast additions including Cheri Oteri (Saturday Night Live), Neil Flynn (Scrubs) and more.
When I say something is as good as The Office, people should not take that lightly. I am the obnoxious girl you've heard people on Twitter complain about. Read me a line - I could probably tell you what episode it's from, give you context, and possibly recite the rest of the scene too. That's why, when I tell you this new show 'PBC' is going to be the next Office, I am being 100% serious.
PBC features top-tier comedic talent, including Danny Trejo (Machete), Kate Flannery (The Office), Creed Bratton (The Office), Christian A. Pierce (The Real Bros of Simi Valley), Jessica Sarah Flaum (The Tale), and Brittany Furlan Lee (The Dirt). Michael Gallagher (Funny Story) serves as Executive Producer, Director, and Showrunner for PBC. The series is produced by Jana Winternitz and Michael Wormser of Cinemand Films, the production company behind the hit series The Real Bros of Simi Valley and The Thinning franchise.
The most impressive aspect of Funny Story is that it succeeds in every area. Quality and efficiency seep out of every pore of this indie treat. From the acting, to the directing to the script. It is a big ask to craft an affecting, thought-provoking movie in 80 minutes, but the whole crew has managed to do it here with Funny Story.
What happens when an aging heartthrob accidentally sleeps with his daughter’s new girlfriend the day before officially meeting her? That’s the premise of “Funny Story,” a new comedy from Maker Studios co-founder Michael Gallagher. An exclusive new trailer shows that “Funny Story” could offer a fresh take on the love triangle rom-com, with an added queer twist.
'Funny Story' to open the 2018 Evolution! Mallorca Film Festival (SCREEN DAILY)
The Mallorca event will open with Michael J. Gallagher’s Funny Story, which premiered at Utah’s Slamdance Film Festival in the United States in January 2018. Melissa Leo will receive the Icon award and Mads Mikkelsen is honored with the Vision award.
“The Thinning: New World Order” is directed by Michael Gallagher, who penned the script with Steve Greene. Gallagher, alongside his Cinemand partners Jana Winternitz and Michael Wormser, produced alongside eOne’s Greg Siegel.
Three-year-old Cinemand has launched Cinemand Films with plans to finance original narrative features from filmmakers in both the theatrical and digital space. Cinemand Films’ first project “Funny Story” wrapped production last week. The film stars Emily Bett Rickards (“Brooklyn”), Matthew Glave (“Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce”), and Jana Winternitz (“The Thinning”) and is set to have its world premiere at the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival.
Slamdance’s Beyond category — for emerging filmmakers working beyond their first features — was announced yesterday along with its two shorts competitions, with five world premieres gracing the first category. The 2018 Slamdance Film Festival runs January 19-25 in Park City, Utah.
The seventh annual Streamy Awards nominations were announced Tuesday morning, Legendary Digital's 'The Thinning' picked up three total nominations: Best Feature, Best Actor, And Best Action or Sci-Fi. 'The Thinning' was produced by Michael Gallagher, Jana Winternitz & Michael Wormser through their Cinemand label.
The Thinning is a new YouTube Red Original Movie from Legendary Digital Studios starring Logan Paul, Peyton List, Lia Marie Johnson, Calum Worthy and Ryan Newman. Set in a future where population control is dictated by a high school aptitude test, two students must take down the system before it takes them first.
The Webbys recognize excellence on the web across numerous categories. Over 13,000 entries were submitted for this year’s awards. The New York Times, Beyonce and ‘Game of Thrones’ were among some of this years high profile nominees. 'The Thinning' was produced by Michael Gallagher, Jana Winternitz & Michael Wormser through their Cinemand label.
Freeform has gone live with Party Girl, a 10-episode original shortform series from New Form and Maker Studios now available on its website and Hulu. The comedy was co-created by YouTube personality Lisa Schwartz and The Goldbergs writer Lacey Friedman. Schwartz also stars.
Imagine if your chances of survival depended on an aptitude test like the SATs. You’ve probably already crammed for those sorts of tests before, but if passing was a matter of life and death, wouldn’t you study way, way harder? Of course you would. “Test day” would have a whole new meaning — a seriously stressful one.
YouTube has acquired rights to “The Thinning,” a movie starring digital celeb Logan Paul and Disney Channel star Peyton List, with the post-apocalyptic teen thriller slated to debut on YouTube Red later in 2016. “The Thinning” is directed by Michael Gallagher, with a script written by him and Steve Greene. Gallagher and Jana Winternitz produced “The Thinning” alongside partner Michael Wormser through their Cinemand label
One month after hitting iTunes, “Internet Famous” — a feature-length mockumentary about digital fame starring YouTube comedian Shane Dawson — will be available worldwide on Netflix starting Thursday, July 21. “Internet Famous” was produced by Lakeshore Entertainment’s Off The Dock and Maker Studios along with content studio Cinemand and Entertainment 360.
In case you were ever in doubt of director Christopher Guest's permanent imprint on the culture with his influential mockumentaries like "Best In Show" and "A Mighty Wind," look no further than Michael Gallagher's "Internet Famous."
Party Girl has been more than a year in the making, but it is nearing completion. Three episodes of the comedy, in which YouTube star Lisa “Lisbug” Schwartz pokes fun at her former life as a party princess, screened at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.
Legendary Digital’s upcoming young adult dystopian thriller The Thinning has expanded its cast, adding Ryan Newman, Lia Marie Johnson, Michael Traynor, Calum Worthy, and Matt Glave, who join the previously announced Logan Paul and Peyton List.
Vine celeb Logan Paul and Peyton List of Disney Channel’s “Jessie” are set to star in feature-length film “The Thinning,” a young-adult thriller acquired by Legendary Digital Media.
Shane Dawson, the YouTube-famous comedian and director, will spoof digital celebrity in “Internet Famous,” a feature film from Disney’s Maker Studios and Lakeshore Entertainment’s Off the Dock. “Internet Famous” directed by Michael Gallagher.
What makes a proof of concept short work? I often ask myself the following: would I legitimately want to see the feature…would I want to spend 90 more minutes with these characters? In the case of James Sweeney’s Normal Doors—a proof of concept/pitch for his feature film, Straight Up, produced for Fox Digital Studios—the answer is a resounding yes.
The music video was made in partnership between Cinemand – the one-stop-shop digital studio creating premium content for millennials – and Focus Features. Cinemand was founded by filmmakers Michael Gallagher (Smiley), Jana Winternitz (urFRENZ), and Michael Wormser (Smiley).