Viola Davis to star with Foxx and Butler

Oscar nominee Viola Davis has joined psychological thriller “Law Abiding Citizen” alongside Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. F. Gary Gray is directing the pic, which began shooting Jan. 21 in Philadelphia, for the Film Department.

It’s set for domestic release in 2010 with Overture Films handling.

Story focuses on a man who, 10 years after his wife and daughter are brutally murdered, returns to exact justice from the assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case against their killers. Bruce McGill, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney and Regina Hall have also joined the cast. Film Department co-topper Mark Gill and Butler are producing with Lucas Foster, Alan Siegel and Kurt Wimmer. The Film Department’s Neil Sacker, Robert Katz and Michael Goguen exec produce, with Jeff Waxman co-producing.

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Overture and Rashida Jones Together ‘Forever’

Overture Films announced today that it has acquired Celeste and Jesse Forever, a romantic comedy co-written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack. Jones will also star in the film to be produced by Suzanne and Jennifer Todd of Team Todd.

According to Overture Films, “Rashida is among the brightest and funniest young actresses today and we are delighted to be working with her,” Overture CEO Chris McGurk and COO Danny Rosett said. “The script she and Will have put together is witty and touching and with Team Todd in the mix, the project has great promise.”

Team Todd is behind the successful Austin Powers franchise and has also produced the Oscar®-nominated musical adventure Across the Universe, the romantic comedies Must Love Dogs and Prime, and the Oscar®-nominated thriller Memento. The company is currently in post-production on Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp. Disney is scheduled to release the 3-D film in March 2010.

Overture Films ( develops, produces, acquires, and distributes feature length, theatrical motion pictures worldwide. The studio is a wholly owned unit of Starz Media, a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Capital Group. Its affiliated companies, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Starz Entertainment, make the films available domestically to viewers via home video, premium television, Internet and other outlets.

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Celeste and Jesse Forever focuses on a young couple in the midst of a divorce who attempt to maintain their friendship while pursuing new relationships.