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Red Bird Cinema announces strategic relationship with Jeff Waxman, and Edward Burns & Aaron Lubin of Marlboro Road Gang Productions

June 4, 2012 (Los Angeles, CA) – Red Bird Cinema has formed a strategic relationship with producer Jeff Waxman and Edward Burns and Aaron Lubin of Marlboro Road Gang Productions, to co-produce four projects currently under development by Red Bird Cinema, and explore new projects as a joint team. The combined production companies will initially focus on driving production, packaging and distribution of four titles that Red Bird is currently working on, but is also making plans to acquire and develop new projects as well.

Red Bird brings the talents of a seasoned and successful executive and creative team that includes producer John Loar, actor and producer Kevin Pollak, musician and Academy Award winning actor Billy Bob Thornton, and legendary baseball manager Tony LaRussa. Edward Burns and Aaron Lubin have teamed up to direct and produced number of critically acclaimed independent films of the past 20 years, including, "The Brothers McMullen", "She's the One", "Sidewalks of New York", and most recently, "Newlyweds." Marlboro Road Gang Productions has pioneered new distribution strategies, including producing the first film ("Purple Violets") to premiere exclusively on iTunes. Jeff Waxman has been a successful executive producer whose credit include “The Fighter,” “Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead,” “Immortals,” “Mirror Mirror” and is currently executive producing “Out of the Furnace” with Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana and Willem Dafoe. The combined efforts of Red Bird, Marlboro Road Gang and Jeff Waxman will oversee projects with offices in Los Angeles, Brooklyn and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Sugar Ray Leonard & Tony Larussa Television interview

Sugar Ray Leonard & Tony Larussa Television interview from San Francisco's "The View from the Bay."

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Billy Bob Thornton to play ball

Actor signs on as producing partner in 'August'

Billy Bob Thornton has signed on as a producing partner on baseball-themed feature "Three Nights in August." Based on the book by Buzz Bissinger, story centers on the three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs in 2003 -- as told from the perspective of Cardinals' manager Tony La Russa.

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Billy Bob Thornton joins 'Three Nights' team

Billy Bob Thornton will be putting on his producer ballcap.

The Hollywood hyphenate has signed on to produce "Three Nights in August," a scripted baseball tale based on Buzz Bissinger's well-received book.

The nonfiction tome looks at a 2003 series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs, taking the readers into the mind and dugout of Cards skipper Tony LaRussa.

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Life Story of Sugar Ray Leonard

Red Bird Cinema and boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard have entered into an agreement to option the rights to his compelling life story and produce a feature film based on it.

Red Bird Cinema and boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard have entered into an agreement to option the rights to his compelling life story and produce a feature film based on it. Best-selling author and screenwriter Buzz Bissinger will write the screenplay for this sure-fire hit.

Red Bird Cinema to adapt Buzz Bissinger book "3 Nights in August" for the big screen

Red Bird Cinema has obtained exclusive movie rights to the New York Times Bestseller 3 Nights in August.

Red Bird Cinema has obtained exclusive movie rights to the New York Times Bestseller 3 Nights in August. This is an authentic baseball narrative, written by Pulitzer Prize-wining author Buzz Bissinger.

Red Bird Cinema options "Rose"

Bissinger has been a writer for 30 years but in his words has never encountered anything like the relationship between Pete and Tommy. It is a quintessential American story that goes to the heart of what fame and fortune and success truly mean.

A script based on the Vanity Fair story Bissinger wrote about Pete Rose and Tommy Gioiosa.

Bissinger Joins Red Bird Cinema Advisory Board

May 15, 2007-- Pulitzer Prize-winning author, H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger has joined the Redbird Cinema advisory board.

"We're very excited about Buzz joining us. He brings a wealth of experience and success in writing and entertainment that adds incredible value," says Red Bird Cinema managing director John Loar.

Besides his Pulitzer Prize-winning work in investigative reporting for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Mr. Bissinger is known for his bestseller, Friday Night Lights, which is now an NBC series. His other New York Times Bestseller, 3 Nights in August, is under development at Red Bird Cinema.

Buzz Bissinger website

Kevin Pollak Covered by Sports Illustrated

Kevin Pollak says he's interested in doing a film version of Three Nights in August, Buzz Bissinger's book about a 2003 series between the Cards and Cubs as seen through the eyes of Tony La Russa.

Who should play the St. Louis skipper?

SI has suggestions:

  1. Ocean Twelve's Andy Garcia
  2. Be Cool's Harvey Keitel
  3. Alexander's Oliver Stone
  4. The Sopranos' Michael Imperioli
  5. Desperate Housewives' Roger Bart