13 items from 2015
Ugly sweaters are no longer just a Christmas tradition! Lena Dunham, Brie Larson, Hailee Steinfeld, and Jennifer Connelly have promoted films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah this week—and each lady has rocked a funky sweater there, too! Spicing up the style needed to brave the West this time of year, Steinfeld, 18, kicked off the first weekend by wearing Tommy Hilfiger's colorful topper to Kari Feinstein's Sundance Style Lounge on Saturday, Jan. 24. The Ten Thousand Saints actress paired the style with J [...] »
London — The Berlin Film Festival has revealed the names of the international jury, which is presided over by Darren Aronofsky, as previously announced. The international jury decides who receives the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the Berlinale competition.
The other members of the jury will be “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, “Rush” actor Daniel Bruhl, “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho, “Hannibal” producer Martha De Laurentiis, “The Milk of Sorrow” director Claudia Llosa, and “Amelie” actress Audrey Tautou.
Weiner is the creator, executive producer and writer of television series “Mad Men,” whose seventh and last season is running in the U.S. To date, he has received nine Emmys, two Baftas, three Golden Globes and numerous WGA awards. As a director, he has been nominated twice by the DGA for his work behind the camera. “Are You Here,” starring Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler, marks his feature film debut as a writer, »
- Leo Barraclough
Manuel here to offer some random box office facts about the acting races. The big Oscar box office story continues to be American Sniper’s unprecedented success, so much so that Bradley Cooper garnered a shoutout last night at the SAG Awards despite not being nominated. I’m starting to feel the Best Picture category might not be the only three-way race as we wade deeper into Phase 2. Numbers and statistics junkie that I imagine myself to be, I was curious to see whether the past fifteen years’ worth of box office numbers in the acting categories could help us gleam anything about potential outcomes. Spoiler alert: not much, but enjoy the following random tidbits below.
As it stands, Bradley, Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall (improbably, really) and Meryl Streep hold the title as the highest grossing nominees from their respective races. How might this help Bradley; well, let's take a »
- Manuel Betancourt
Photo: Screen Actors Guild It's the first major industry award show of the year as the media has weighed in with their thoughts at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, but tonight the Screen Actors Guild announce the winners of the 2015 SAG Awards and Laremy and I are back at the helm, live-blogging the awards just as we did with the Golden Globes. As far as the current awards race is concerned, with Birdman winning the Producers Guild Awards last night, all eyes will be on the ensemble category as Boyhood will be looking to gain back that edge and remain the Oscar frontrunner. However, should Birdman take tonight's top prize don't be surprised to see Birdman swing into that top spot in my Best Picture predictions. We'll see how things turn out... You can check out the full list of feature film nominees right here and we'll be »
- Brad Brevet
Mateo Gil, co-writer of Alejandro Amenabar’s Oscar-winning “The Sea Inside” and director of Sam Shepard starrer “Blackthorn,” will go into production Monday on his third feature, “Project Lazarus,” a U.S.-set sci-fi love story starring Tom Hughes (“About Time”), Charlotte le Bon (“The Walk,” “Yves Saint Laurent”), Oona Chaplin (“Games of Thrones”) and Barry Ward (“Jimmy’s Hall”).
Also penned by Gil, also a co-scribe on Amenabar’s “Open Your Eyes” and “Agora,” “Project Lazarus” is produced by Ibon Cormenzana for Barcelona’s Arcadia Motion Pictures, which backed Claudia Llosa’s Berlin Competition player “Aloft,” with Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy and Melanie Laurent, a Sony Pictures Classics pick-up for North and Latin America. A co-producer on “Blackthorn” and Isabelle Coixet’s 2015 Berlin opener “Nobody Wants the Night, »
- John Hopewell
I must admit that I was a bit weirded out by Claudia Llosa's Milk of Sorrow a few years ago (all I'll say is vagina potato) but that coming of age/sexual awakening story, as strange as it was, has stuck with me in a way that most movies don't. Now the Peruvian born director is getting set to unleash her latest project into the world and it has the potential to be just as memorable though maybe not as strange.
Aloft stars Jennifer Connelly, a renowned healer, who is brought together with her gown son (Cillian Murphy) who she abandoned 20 years earlier. An artist, played by Mélanie Laurent, is responsible for tracking down the young man.
The trailer for the drama is a time hopping, non-linear affair that doesn't reveal much of the story but considering Llosa's pre [Continued ...] »
The distributor has acquired Us rights to BiFrost Pictures and The Bridge Finance Company’s drama debut starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie that marks Paul Bettany’s feature directorial debut.
Screen Media Films brokered the deal with UTA and plans a day-and-date theatrical and VOD launch this year followed by Netflix.
Sundance Selects has picked up North American rights to La-based All3Media America’s The Seven Five. Tiller Russell directed and Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman and Sheldon Yellen produced the documentary about corruption in the New York Police Department. ICM Partners represented »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Screen Media Films has announced the acquisition of the U.S. rights to Paul Bettany's directorial debut "Shelter," which stars Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie. The story follows Hannah (Jennifer Connelly) and Tahir (Anthony Mackie) who come from two different worlds but fall in love while homeless on the streets of New York. The plot explores how they got there and as more is revealed about their pasts, it is clear that they need each other to build a future. The film, as Screen Media described, is a love letter to the great New York dramas of the 1970's and an unsparing story of loss, love, sacrifice, redemption and, ultimately, hope. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Paul and his team in bringing this heart wrenching and ultimately inspiring tale which shines light on the 'invisibility' of the homeless," said Suzanne Blech at Screen Media. »
- Casey Cipriani
Screen Media president Suzanne Blech will give the movie a day-and-date release in theaters and VOD this year before the film becomes available on Netflix.
See video: New ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer Promises More Battles, Bigger Explosions (Video)
Hannah (Connelly) and Tahir (Mackie »
- Jeff Sneider
Three-quarters of a decade after its launch, the management firm run by partners David Schiff, Courtney Kivowitz and Christian Donatelli has adopted a new moniker. The Schiff Company henceforth will be known as Mgmt. Entertainment. “The name change is meant as a symbolic acknowledgement of the incredible growth of the company since it’s inception 7 plus years ago, founder and partner David Schiff said in a statement. “The change further reflects the significant contribution from partners Kivowitz and Donatelli.”
Mgmt’s roster continues to include such boldface names as Michael B. Jordan, Katherine McPhee, Ethan Hawke, Keira Knightley, Jeff Bridges, Melissa McCarthy, Kevin Bacon, Dane Dehaan, Sienna Miler Jane Lynch, Helena Bonham Carter, Anna Gunn, Aubrey Plaza, Emmy Rossum, Ben Falcone, Sissy Spacek, Jennifer Connelly, Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Colin Hanks. Its managers include Mimi Ditrani, Adam Isaacs, Risa Shapiro, Kenny Goodman, Michael Diamond, Dianne McGunigle and Kristin Konig. »
- The Deadline Team
“The name change is meant as a symbolic acknowledgement of the incredible growth of the company since it’s inception 7-plus years ago. The change further reflects the significant contribution from partners Kivowitz and Donatelli,” said company founder David Schiff.
- Jeff Sneider
With a Beetlejuice sequel getting closer and closer to actually becoming a reality, I've been inspired to put together a list of fun facts you might not know about the original 1988 Tim Burton film. Burton and Michael Keaton seemed to have a great professional relationship back in the day, and I would love to see them work together again on some kind of film project in the future. Beetlejuice was such an amazingly great movie, filled with all kinds of crazed amusement. It’s easily one of my favorite movies to come out of the 80s, and Keaton has stated that it’s his favorite movie of the all the ones he’s made.
Keaton only spent two weeks shooting his part in the film. Out of the 92-minute feature he only has 17.5 minutes of screen time.The original script was more of horror film, and Beetlejuice was a winged, »
- Joey Paur
By Anjelica Oswald
J.K. Simmons’ portrayal of a vicious and relentless instructor at a music conservatory in Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash has propelled Simmons as a frontrunner in the supporting actor Oscar race since the film’s premiere at Sundance. He received the Spotlight Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 3 and was nominated for a Golden Globe, which will be distributed on Jan. 11.
Simmons likely will earn his first Oscar nomination on Jan. 15 and if he wins on Feb. 22, he will become the eighth supporting actor in the last 14 years to win for his first nomination.
In the past 14 years, 50 percent (seven of 14) of supporting actors and 64 percent (nine of 14) of supporting actresses were never nominated before winning their first Oscar.
- Anjelica Oswald
13 items from 2015
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