Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   July 05, 2022

SOURCE VARIETYHilary Swank (“Million Dollar Baby”), Jack Reynor (“Midsommar”) and Olivia Cooke (“House of the Dragons”) are set to star in the upcoming opioid-themed thriller “Mother’s Milk.”

The film, which recently wrapped production in New York, comes from director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, who co-wrote the script with Madison Harrison. Prior credits from the director include Sundance Special Jury Prize winner “As You Are,” and the Margot Robbie-starring “Dreamland.” Aside from the three leads, additional cast includes Dilone, Hopper Penn, Norm Lewis and Karen Aldridge.

“Mother’s Milk” follows a journalist who, after the murder of her estranged son, forms an unlikely alliance with his pregnant girlfriend to track down those responsible for his death. Together, they confront a world of drugs and corruption in the underbelly of their small city in upstate New York, where they uncover an even darker secret.

“Getting this film made has been a personal dream of mine for six years and assembling a stellar cast like this is more than I ever could have hoped for,” Joris-Peyrafitte said in a statement. “I’m so excited to bring this story to life with them and my team of amazing producers.”

The film was funded by Shaun Sanghani of SSS Entertainment, via his financing arm SSS Film Capital, with his sales banner The Syndicate handling worldwide sales for the picture. Sanghani also produces alongside Siena Oberman of Artemis Pictures and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. Swank executive produces the film with Peter Winther, Brent Stiefel of Votiv Films and Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder and Greg Little of Priority Pictures.

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Swank is repped by Entertainment 360, WME and attorney Jeff Bernstein. Cooke is repped by CAA, Grandview, The Artist Partnership and attorneys Gretchen Rush and Huy Nguyen. Reynor is repped by WME and Sloane, Weber, Offer, and Dern LLP. Joris-Peyrafitte is repped by Grandview and attorney Huy Nguyen.

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   June 22, 2022

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTERKelsey Bollig, a rising fright filmmaker who is a fixture on the festival circuit, will make her feature directorial debut with the project.

Olivia Cooke, one of the stars of HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon, will star in Breeders, a horror project just acquired by Lionsgate that will mark the feature directorial debut of rising fright filmmaker Kelsey Bollig.

Adam McKay, the filmmaker behind Netflix hit Don’t Look Up and an executive producer on HBO’s Winning Time, is one of the originators of the idea and is producing via his Hyperobject Industries banner along with the company’s Todd Schulman.

The logline is being kept locked in the Lionsgate vault, but one source has described the project as a social horror-thriller that is tonally in the vein of Fresh, a dating-gone-wrong thriller starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan that debuted on Hulu in March.

McKay came up with the idea with Brian Steele, who then wrote the screenplay.

Bollig has been kicking sand in the horror playground since she was child, landing her first best screenplay award at the age of 12 for her feature Big Kids Play Manslaughter at the Hollywood Shriekfest Horror Film Festival. She won more acclaim for her first short, Asking for a Friend, which has netted 18 awards to date, including best director at the NOLA Horror Film festival and best horror comedy at the famous Women in Horror Film Festival. Asking for a Friend paved the way for Bollig’s second short, The Fourth Wall, which premiered at Fantasia and then won best horror film at the Nightmares Film Festival, best horror at the HollyShorts Film Festival, and best screenplay at the Festival de Cine de Terror de Molins de Rei in Spain. Her most recent short film, Kickstart My Heart, made its debut last week to raves at Dances With Films.

Lionsgate was pleased with nabbing the talent on the rise, with the studio’s president of production, Erin Westerman, stating, “Her films come straight out of a horror sensibility she’s been honing her entire life, and Breeders is a perfect example — it’ll be terrifying and Olivia Cooke is perfect for it. It’s also a thrill to be working with Adam, who originated this idea and will shepherd Kelsey’s project with expertise and a first-rate sense of story.”

The project was brought into the studio by Scott O’Brien, who will oversee it alongside Brady Fujikawa.

Cooke currently co-stars on Apple TV+’s Slow Horses with Gary Oldman and recently appeared in the Oscar best picture nominee Sound of Metal. In the highly anticipated House of the Dragon, which debuts Aug. 21, she plays a character named Alicent Hightower.

Steele most recently served as a producer and the primary writer for McKay’s Ambie-nominated podcast Death at the Wing. He’s written, directed and produced content for Funny or Die, TruTV, Fremantle, IGN and My Damn Channel.

Cooke is repped by CAA, The Artists Partnership, Grandview, and Hansen, Jacobson. Bollig, who recently directed a series of short vignettes that will live between episodes of the latest season of Hunters for Amazon and Monkeypaw, is repped by by CAA, Grandview, and Yorn, Levine. Steel is repped by Hansen, Jacobson.

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   May 10, 2022

WWDGarrard’s Blaze collection is burning with color, and lands at the brand’s Albemarle Street store in London on May 12.

Actress Olivia Cooke, the new face of Garrard, will make her debut for the British jeweler this week wearing pieces as bright and shiny as candy wrappers from the new Blaze collection.

Cooke — who played Becky Sharp in the ITV adaptation of the 19th-century novel “Vanity Fair,” and who’s appearing alongside Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas in the TV series “Slow Horses” — was photographed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.

Cooke had her breakout moment at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where the offbeat teen comedy “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” (in which she played said girl) was scooped up by Fox Searchlight just hours after its premiere and released later that year.

She has also appeared in the horror films “The Quiet Ones” and “Ouija” and the show “Bates Motel.”

Among the Garrard pieces she’s wearing are rose gold and pink sapphire ear climbers with rubellites and pink opals, and a white gold and opal cocktail ring with diamonds, agate and mother-of-pearl. She also sports eye-popping cocktail rings made with tanzanites, aquamarines, blue topaz and turquoise, or with green sapphires, tourmalines, tsavorites and chrysoprase.

The collection lands at Garrard on Albemarle Street in London on Thursday. Garrard, which became the first official Crown Jeweler in 1843, created Princess Diana’s engagement ring, which the Duchess of Cambridge wears today.

For both jewelry designs, Garrard’s creative director Sara Prentice took inspiration from the brand’s Sovereign motif. The design is inspired by the setting that Garrard created in 1910 to hold the Cullinan I diamond on the British sovereign’s sceptre.

Prentice, who took over as creative director after Stephen Webster was promoted to chairman of the company in 2016, created the pin in the shape of a peacock feather with a blue topaz at the center. Garrard said it can be worn as a lapel pin, a hair jewel or a hat accessory.

Prentice’s pendant has blue enamel on one side, while the other side is covered in white diamonds. The pendant has a more spare, contemporary look and comes fixed on its own chain.

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   February 04, 2022

APPLEApple TV+ revealed the premiere date and a first look at the keenly anticipated espionage series “Slow Horses,” starring Academy Award winner Gary Oldman, which will make its worldwide debut on Friday, April 1, 2022. The six-episode drama, adapted from CWA Gold Dagger Award-winning Mick Herron’s first novel in the “Slow Horses” series, will premiere globally on Apple TV+ with the first two episodes, followed by one new episode weekly every Friday.

“Slow Horses” follows a team of British intelligence agents who serve in a dumping ground department of MI5 – Slough House. Oldman stars as Jackson Lamb, the brilliant but irascible leader of the spies who end up in Slough House due to their career-ending mistakes. Joining Oldman is a decorated ensemble cast including Academy Award nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (“Darkest Hour”), Academy Award nominee Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”), BAFTA Scotland Award winner Jack Lowden (“Dunkirk”), and Olivia Cooke (“Sound of Metal”).

The series is produced for Apple by See-Saw Films and adapted for television by Will Smith (“Veep”). Graham Yost executive produces alongside Smith. Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gail Mutrux and Douglas Urbanski also serve as executive producers on the series. James Hawes directs all six episodes and executive produces. […]

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   June 03, 2021

VARIETYScreen Media has nabbed all North American rights to “Naked Singularity,” a heist thriller with John Boyega and Olivia Cooke. The film marks the feature directing debut of Chase Palmer, best known for co-writing the screenplay for “It,” the 2017 horror blockbuster.

Bill Skarsgård, who played Pennywise in that film, co-stars in the movie along with Ed Skrein, Linda Lavin and Tim Blake Nelson.

Here’s the official logline: “‘Naked Singularity’ centers on Casi (John Boyega), a promising young NYC public defender whose idealism is beginning to crack under the daily injustices of the very justice system he’s trying to make right. Doubting all he has worked for and seeing signs of the universe collapsing all around him, he is pulled into a dangerous high-stakes drug heist by an unpredictable former client (Olivia Cooke) in an effort to beat the broken system at its own game.”

The screenplay was adapted by Palmer and David Matthews from the PEN-prize winning book, “A Naked Singularity,” which was written by public defender Sergio De La Pava. The film recently premiered in the opening night slot at the San Francisco Film Festival, where it won the audience award for Best Narrative Film. Screen Media will release the film theatrically in August.

“I can’t be more excited that we’ll be getting this film, anchored by John Boyega’s wonderful performance, in front of audiences this summer,” said Palmer. “Screen Media’s passion for ‘Naked Singularity’ was loud and clear from the start and I know we will be in good hands.”

“Naked Singularity” is produced by Tony Ganz, Kevin J. Walsh, Ryan Stowell, P. Jennifer Dana and Ross Jacobson, and executive produced by Ridley Scott, Dick Wolf, Sebastien Raybaud, Francois Callens, John Zois, Mark Roberts, Tony Pachella, Deborah Roth, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Anton is a co-financier of the film and represents the foreign sales rights.

“We are very excited that Screen Media will be bringing Naked Singularity to theaters,” said Cecile Gaget, president of international production and distribution at Anton. “For a long time, they have distributed unique titles, particularly over the last couple of years. We feel that Naked Singularity is right at home with the great team of Screen Media.”

The deal was negotiated by Seth Needle, SVP of global acquisitions and co-productions, on behalf of Screen Media with Endeavor Content representing the filmmakers.

“’Naked Singularity’ is the perfect movie for this moment,” said Screen Media in a statement. “We’re excited to bring this unique, thought-provoking legal thriller to audiences nationwide this summer.”

Screen Media has been active on the acquisitions front, nabbing the Megan Fox thriller “Till Death” and Jimmy Giannopolous’s mob crime drama “The Birthday Cake” starring Shiloh Fernandez. The company recently released “Willy’s Wonderland” with Nicolas Cage and the acclaimed military drama “The Outpost.”