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THEWRAP – Rebecca Hall and Michael C. Hall are starring in director Antonio Campos’ indie drama “Christine,” which chronicles the true story of the final months of a depressed news broadcaster who infamously committed suicide on live television, TheWrap has exclusively learned.

Tracy Letts (“Homeland”), J. Smith-Cameron (“Rectify”) and Maria Dizzia (“Orange Is the New Black”) co-star in “Christine,” which Campos has been filming under the radar for the past couple weeks.

“Iron Man 3” actress Hall stars as 29-year-old WXLT-TV news reporter Christine Chubbuck, who shot herself on the air in Florida. Chubbuck carefully planned her suicide and even wrote a script for her program that included a third-person account of the shooting to be read by whichever staff member took over the broadcast after the incident. 14 hours after she was taken to the same hospital she predicted, she was pronounced dead.

“Dexter” alum Hall co-stars as George, a fellow news anchor on whom she harbors a crush. That character is based on Chubbuck’s real-life crush George Peter Ryan.

Letts will play Christine’s boss and Smith-Cameron will play her mother, while Dizzia will play Jean Reed, a network camerawoman who works with Christine on many news segments.

Campos, who produced “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and previously directed “Afterschool” and “Simon Killer,” is working off a script by Craig Shilowich, who’s also producing the film Melody C. Roscher.

Campos’ Borderline Films partners Josh Mond and Sean Durkin will executive produce. Roscher worked with Borderline on Mond’s directorial debut “James White,” which was recently acquired by The Film Arcade following its Sundance debut.

Rebecca Hall, who will soon be seen opposite Jason Bateman in STX Entertainment’s first release “The Gift,” recently joined the cast of Steven Spielberg‘s ‘The BFG”) She is represented by WME and Julian Belfrage Associates.

Michael C. Hall’s recent feature credits include the Sundance entries “Cold in July” and “Kill Your Darlings.” He’s repped by UTA, Authentic Talent and Peikoff Mahan.

Dizzia, who previously worked with Campos on “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” can currently be seen alongside James Franco in “True Story.” She’s repped by Perennial Entertainment, attorney Marcy Morris and the Gersh Agency, the latter of which also reps Smith-Cameron.

Letts is currently filming Adam McKay‘s “The Big Short” and will soon be seen in “Elvis & Nixon.” He’s repped by Innovative Artists and attorney Stan Coleman.

Campos is represented by UTA, Washington Square Films and attorney Peter Nelson of Nelson Davis.

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INDIEWIRE – It’s never explicitly stated that Hunter Miles is a member of the 27 Club, but that hasn’t stopped the folk musician (“folk” in terms of both his hero status and his particular brand of strummy rock) from getting grouped with other musicians who left this world too soon. The character at the heart of Sean Mewshaw’s “Tumbledown” is already dead and buried by the time the film opens – in fact, we visit his grave quite frequently, much like his many fans – but his specter looms over the entire feature, as does his cut-short legacy. A moody (maybe? or is that simply how a rocker of his ilk is perceived by the public?) singer/songwriter in the vein of Bon Iver and Elliott Smith, Hunter crafted exactly one solo album (one “perfect” album, as one character observes) before dying in an apparently freak hiking accident. He also left behind exactly one widow (Rebecca Hall) who, quite understandably, hasn’t quite gotten over losing her husband.

Hannah’s grief is already years old by the time we first meet her, but she remains steeped in it by trade: she’s trying to write Hunter’s biography. The process is trying, terrible, and not exactly fruitful, but Hannah is determined to get it done, both out of love and maybe a little bit of obligation. There’s one other problem, though, a big, bearded one, because someone else wants to write about Hunter, too, and he just might be better suited to the task.

As scholar/writer/professor Andrew McCabe, Jason Sudeikis subtly mutes his charm – he’s still occasionally smooth and genuinely engaging, but it’s all turned down a touch. What works best about Sudeikis’s work in “Tumbledown” is his easy spirit, his ability to calm a continually riled up Hannah, and to sell it with a smile. Hannah is initially wary of Andrew – fine, she’s totally terrified of him and massively rude at just about every turn – but despite those early misgivings, Andrew isn’t a creep, and when he tells Hannah, “I want to make your husband immortal,” you cannot help but believe him.

Sudeikis’ ascension to romantic leading man is just starting to ratchet up, thanks to turns in smaller features like both “Tumbledown” and the raunchy Sundance charmer “Sleeping With Other People,” but it’s pulling some solid, sensitive work out of the typically comedic actor, the kind of stuff that works necessary magic on big screen romances. Hall’s work here is less transcendent, but she shades Hannah and her copious emotions with skill, and even during Hannah’s worst moments – and, in between her lying, stealing, and occasionally dirty mouth, she’s got plenty – she emerges as a sympathetic and complex woman who refuses to conform to traditional expectations of either grief or womanhood.

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – In Tumbledown, Rebecca Hall plays a young woman struggling to move on after the death of her husband, an acclaimed folk singer.

On the surface, the film doesn’t appear to be the most lighthearted fare, but Hall read it as a welcome relief. “I had just done a very heavy theatrical piece that involved me getting in the electric chair seven nights a week,” she told The Hollywood Reporter on the red carpet before the film’s world premiere during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday. “I was looking for something funny.”

Which isn’t to say that Tumbledown is afraid to explore darker subjects, she continued. “I’m a grieving widow. It’s not a straightforward comedy at all. But it’s more comedy than anything else.”

Jason Sudeikis, the romantic lead opposite Hall, plays a college professor of American studies with a “deep interest and passion in Rebecca’s deceased husband — he’s attempting to learn his life story through her eyes,” he told THR. The pair are tasked with writing his biography together, as romantic feelings slowly take root.

The project stewed on the back burner for years until, suddenly, all the pieces fell into place. “Jason was the first one who really committed and stuck with us for a couple years while he went on his Horrible Bosses train,” producer Kristin Hahn told THR. “Rose Byrne was onboard for a while, but we couldn’t make the schedules work. Jason finally had a window where he was like, ‘I can do it now before I have a baby. If we wrap on a certain day, I will do the movie.’ We had to go fast.”

For first-time director Sean Mewshaw and his wife, first-time screenwriter Desi Van Til, working on the film has spanned the entire length of their relationship. “Did we bring drafts of the script on our honeymoon?” Van Til asked her husband on the red carpet. “We’ve been married for eight years — we’ve been working on this for a long time.” Joked Mewshaw: “It’s lucky that we have kids, so now that the movie is over, we still have something to talk about!”

While Tumbledown is very much a rom-com, it takes a fresh approach on an old dynamic. “In a weird way, I thought of the movie as a love triangle between two people who are alive and one who is dead,” Mewshaw said onstage after the screening. “They both love the same man, and I was interested in trying to find a way that that brought them together.”

The fest has proved an action-packed marathon for Sudeikis, who recently shot an AT&T spot for the fest and attended the premiere of fiancee Olivia Wilde’s film Meadowlands the night before. Wilde, in turn, was on hand to support Sudeikis and the film, alongside fellow castmember Dianna Agron and guests Josh Lucas and Maggie Castle.

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THE WRAP – Rebecca Hall is set to star in Joel Edgerton’s untitled directorial debut, which Rebecca Yeldham will produce with Blumhouse and Blue-Tongue Films, TheWrap has learned.

Edgerton wrote the script and will co-star in the contemporary suspense thriller, which will start shooting early next year. The logline is being kept under wraps.

Yeldham (“On the Road”) and Blumhouse principal Jason Blum (“Paranormal Activity”) will produce the indie movie in association with Edgerton’s Blue-Tongue Films.

Edgerton next stars opposite Christian Bale in Ridley Scott‘s “Exodus.” His feature film credits include “The Great Gatsby,” “Zero Dark Thirty” and the acclaimed MMA movie “Warrior.” He’s represented by CAA and attorney Bob Wallerstein.

Hall starred in “The Town” with Ben Affleck and “Iron Man 3” with Robert Downey Jr., as well as Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” She’s repped by WME and Julian Belfrage and Associates.

Blumhouse’s most recent film “Ouija” has held the top spot at the domestic box office for the past two weeks, marking Blumhouse’s 7th microbudget film to hit #1. The company has the Jennifer Lopez thriller “The Boy Next Door” opening in January.

Yeldham is repped by attorney Craig Emanuel.

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If you haven’t already, be sure to check out a brand new featurette from Transcendence–Unfortunately, Rebecca is only featured for a few seconds. I have also added some newly released stills from the film to the gallery. Enjoy!

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I have added some behind the scenes photos of Rebecca from her role in the upcoming short film, Ruminate to the gallery. Hopefully it will be available to watch very soon! Many thanks to Dog Eared Films for the images.

To ruminate means to think; to chew thoughts over and over, focusing on symptoms of distress… their causes, and their consequences. Gemma is in her mid-thirties: She is a childless woman, not in a serious relationship, who lives in the big city of London, primarily concentrating on work and survival. The years have slipped by and the things that appear to have fallen into place for her friends and peers still elude her. This film follows her over two days. We never hear her speak. We never learn her thoughts. Instead the audience witnesses a series of events that make us question her happiness culminating in a visit to her gynecologist. It is revealed that she has possible cancerous cells that may have to be removed, and this could affect her ability to bear children. Just when Gemma is at her most vulnerable, her best friend offers one single, simple truth: All you can do, is be the best you you can be.

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