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Toronto might be inching to a close, but the second weekend of the festival saw another heated bidding war. New distributor Clarius Entertainment is nearing a $4 million deal for domestic rights to the screwball comedy “She’s Funny That Way,” Variety has learned.
The film is directed by Peter Bogdanovich, after a 13-year hiatus, and stars Owen Wilson (as a Broadway director who hires a prostitute), Imogen Poots (as the call girl) and Jennifer Aniston (as a therapist).
“She’s Funny That Way” premiered at the Venice Film Festival in late August, and although it wasn’t officially a Toronto selection, it screened in Canada this week. Several studios placed competitive bids for the project, given its commercial potential.
The deal, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Judging by Michael Douglas’ presence as producer and star, “The Reach” must have been some sort of passion project for the aging Hollywood icon. Well, as Pascal observed, the heart has its reasons — which, in Douglas’ case, remain impenetrable at the end of “The Reach,” for upwards of 90 minutes, while the audience looks on in quiet disbelief. A hopelessly misguided mashup of Cornel Wilde’s 1955 cult favorite “The Naked Prey” and “The Most Dangerous Game,” with Douglas playing a mutant hybrid of Gordon Gekko and the Glenn Close character from “Fatal Attraction,” this inauspicious English-language debut for promising French helmer Jean-Baptiste Leonetti doesn’t look to reach far from its Toronto premiere (where Lionsgate paid a surprising $2 million for the U.S. rights).
If there were a festival prize for most Chekovoian use of a handgun, it would surely go to “The Reach” for the early scene in which small-town »
- Scott Foundas
For a few hours over the weekend, the Toronto Film Festival looked like its old self — a wild game of “Let’s Make a Deal.” After Chris Rock’s “Top Five” premiered on Saturday night to ecstatic reviews, at least three studios entered a horse race to scoop up the comedy. The bidding ballooned to $12.5 million for worldwide distribution, and Paramount Pictures landed the prize. But after the dust settled, Toronto went back to business as usual: small deals where the studios kicked tires and looked more like picky homebuyers in a slow economic market.
In the process, the festival illustrated just how difficult the indie business has become in a blockbuster-obsessed Hollywood. Being gunshy may turn out to make more financial sense. Last year’s cluster of big deals, a group that included “Begin Again” with Keira Knightley and “What If” with Daniel Radcliffe, never fully ignited at the »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
With November Man out, excitement for Pierce Bosnan’s return to spying is at an all-time high for many James Bond fans. November Man, based on the seventh installment of Bill Granger’s book series called There Are No Spies, is about ex- CIA agent Peter Devereaux (Pierce Bosnan). While living a quiet life in Switzerland, Devereaux is ejected out of retirement for one last mission. Although the concept of the “one last mission/job” is not a new concept for Hollywood, it definitely has its place in cinema history, branching out to a wide range of reasons why our beloved characters are being pulled back into their past lives. From a retiree’s last gig, to the bad-boy-gone-good-and-then-bad-again mission, to the revenge premise, mythology of the ex-professional can surely delight and excite us to champion our heroes for one last fight. Here are scenes from ten incredible “one last job” films, »
- Christopher Clemente
A few days ago at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with Jeremy Irvine for his new cat-and-mouse thriller The Reach. Directed by Jean-Baptiste Leonetti (Carré Blanc), the film features Michael Douglas as a wealthy businessman determined to kill big game in the Mojave Desert. To help accomplish his goal, he hires a local guide (played by Irvine), but after a tragic accident they quickly become adversaries, and the rest of the film is about which person will survive. During the interview Jeremy Irvine talked about working with Douglas, the physically challenging shoot, the story, watching it for the first time with an audience, and more. In addition, he also talked about shooting Roland Emmerich's Stonewall (about the gay rights movement), his process as an actor, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, Fallen, Mary Shelley's Monster with Sophie Turner, and a lot more. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
When Edgar Wright stepped away from directing Ant-Man, fans weren't the only ones left disappointed. The cast, too, have expressed their feelings about his departure, and it was never more felt than during Comic-Con 2014, where Paul Rudd more than anyone seemed saddened by the whole affair. Sometimes, he didn't even look as though he wanted to still be associated with the production.
In a new interview, Michael Douglas, who plays inventor of the Ant-Man suit Hank Pym, sounds like he is starting to change his tune. He shared his feelings on losing Edgar Wright and gaining Peyton Reed.
In the process, he revealed that he hasn't shot any of his scenes yet. But that will change very soon, calling the whole affair a 'wild beast'.
"He's good. I haven't started yet, actually...I go down tomorrow, and it's my first day. So I've met him a couple times, but he »
Michael Douglas was up at the Toronto Film Festival this week touting The Reach, where he stars as an avaricious big-game hunter who commits an accidental murder in the desert, then chases the innocent tracker (Jeremy Irvine) who happens to witness it. Douglas has played a lot of villains over the course of his career, but his Reach baddie is perhaps the most cut-and-dry of any of them, an out-and-out monster who drives an ultra-jacked SUV, barks evil orders into a satellite phone, and screams at our poor hero, "Why don't you just Die!" What made Douglas go so far to the dark side? He sat down with Vulture a few days ago to explain, as well as to chat about his next project, the Marvel movie Ant-Man.At the premiere, you said you took this archvillain role because, "Culturally, we're back to good guys and bad guys." Tell me »
- Kyle Buchanan
For studios looking to buy at the Toronto International Film Festival, Chris Rock emerged a very hot property. The comedian’s Top Five sparked a bidding war, according to multiple reports, with Paramount emerging the victor and scoring the worldwide rights to the film, the studio announced today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio paid around $12.5 million for the film.
“Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades,” Paramount Chairman and CEO Brad Grey said in a statement. »
- Esther Zuckerman
A few days ago at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with Michael Douglas for his new cat-and-mouse thriller The Reach. Directed by Jean-Baptiste Leonetti (Carré Blanc), the film features Douglas as wealthy businessman determined to kill big game in the Mojave Desert. To help accomplish his goal, he hires a local guide (played by Jeremy Irvine), but after a tragic accident they quickly become adversaries, and the rest of the film is about which person will survive. As a huge fan of Michael Douglas for my entire life, it was fantastic getting to talk with him for the first time. While I definitely thought about discussing Ant-Man and a few other future projects, I decided to use my limited time to discuss his past work. Specifically, why he never directed any feature films after helping one episode of The Streets of San Francisco. In addition, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
I like the premise of humans hunting other humans for sport because it’s delightfully ludicrous and perversely entertaining. It’s a lean, direct concept that removes the frills to become a battle of wits between the hunter and “the most dangerous game”. For the majority of its runtime, Jean-Baptiste Léonetti’s The Reach sits comfortably inside this framework. The story takes the occasional shortcut, but it also works in some subtext about economic inequality, which is a nice touch. However, as the movie starts winding down, I realized I was perhaps giving Léonetti too much credit as The Reach crashes and burns in spectacular fashion. Ben (Jeremy Irvine) is bummed about his girlfriend (Hanna Mangan Lawrence) leaving to go to college, but he doesn’t have much time to dwell on it as he’s recruited by the local sheriff (Ronny Cox) to be a guide for wealthy asshole »
- Matt Goldberg
It takes a lot these days to create a movie thriller that is somewhat original and fresh. There are so many well-worn set-ups that every so often, we need something slightly unusual to shake the genre up a bit. That may be what we have to look forward to with The Reach, which made an appearance at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and is now sealing a $2 million deal for the Us distribution rights.
The film stars Michael Douglas as Madec – a high-profile corporate lawyer whose intimidating skill in the courtroom is matched by his cold precision as a hunter. Obtaining a rare permit to spend seven days hunting big game in the Mojave Desert, Madec hires the quiet, conservative young Ben (Jeremy Irvine) as a guide, but finds his retreat takes a turn for the darker when he accidentally shoots an innocent man and realizes Ben won’t be helping him cover it up. »
- Sarah Myles
For those of you hoping to see Michael Douglas dress up in an Ant-Man costume in the upcoming Marvel film… you're out of luck. Douglas will not be donning the superhero garb. He talked about the movie and costume in a recent interview with MTV saying:
"My costume will be hung up and Paul [Rudd] will be wearing it in good form."
He also talked about Paul Rudd's physic in the movie saying:
"Paul Rudd is ripped. He’s been training and working out for this picture for a long time. He was so cut, that they had to soften his costume up, with all the built-in six-packs and all of that."
Douglas is playing Hank Pym in the movie, and even though we won't see him in costume, we might see a flashback sequence with a younger version of him in costume. I've been hearing there will be some »
- Joey Paur
Michael Douglas, the prolific actor that is set to bring some gravitas to Marvel's upcoming Ant-Man film, sat down with MTV to discuss the film a bit. Amongst the topics discussed were the way the script came together, with Douglas praising the way Marvel's process starts with great broad strokes and then refines it down to something more precise, as well as he and Paul Rudd donning costumes.
In terms of Rudd, Douglas squashes any concerns that the actor would be a scrawny Scott Lang. Despite Ant-Man not being known for his buff build, there's a certain standard set for actors that are going to portray superheroes on the big screen and Douglas reveals that Rudd is very much in the right shape for the role.
"Paul Rudd is ripped. He’s been training and working out for this picture for a long time. He was so cut, that they »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
We know very little about Marvel's "Ant-Man" film, except that Michael Douglas will play an older version of Hank Pym, who loses/gives the suit to Scott Land, played by Paul Rudd. There were some rumors about several flashback scenes that show Douglas as Ant-Man, but that doesn't seem to be the case any more. "My costume will be hung up, and Paul will be wearing it in good form," Douglas explained. The actor went on to say that Rudd is going to look great as Ant-Man. "Paul Rudd is ripped. He.s been training and working out for this picture for a long time," said Douglas. "He was so cut, that they had to soften his costume up, with all the built-in six-packs and all of that." "Ant-Man" is currently filming and is set to hit theaters on July 17th, 2015. »
Lionsgate/Roadside has jumped at the chance to acquire distribution rights to The Reach at a cool $2.25 million.
The film is the first deal to be made on site at the Toronto Film Festival. Jean-Baptiste Leonetti directs Michael Douglas and Jeremy Irving in this thriller set in the atmospheric Mojave Desert, America.
Based on a novel by Robb White, The Reach follows the story of a city slicker, Madec (Douglas) and his local guide, Ben (Irving) who trek out into the desert for some hunting. However, things take a darker turn when Madec accidentally kills another man…and realises he’d better silence his young friend too. Sounds a bit Deliverance doesn’t it?
More on its release when we hear it.
Source: THR »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
During the event he sat down with MTV to talk briefly about Marvel's "Ant-Man" which began production last month. First up, he revealed that he will Not be donning the special suit that allows his character to shrink down to an ant's size - that will be saved for Paul Rudd's Scott Lang:
"Paul Rudd is ripped. He's been training and working out for this picture for a long time. He was so cut, that they had to soften his costume up, with all the built-in six-packs and all of that. My costume will be hung up and Paul will be wearing it in good form."
The project marks Douglas' first real effort in the superhero genre, and his first big visual effects film. »
- Garth Franklin
Over the years, we’ve seen the superhero genre grow and change significantly, as superhero films aren’t just some of the biggest moneymakers at the box office, but they’re starting to be taken more seriously not just by the audience, but by Hollywood talent and studio executives as well.
Actors didn’t take comic book movie roles very seriously in the past (like Pierce Brosnan, who passed on the opportunity to play Batman), but that’s all changed in the last few years as more and more superhero films are becoming populated by award-winning talent. The Dark Knight trilogy was jam packed with Academy Award-winning actors, while Marvel has slowly been expanding their resume to include legendary Hollywood stars like Robert Redford (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Michael Douglas (Ant-Man) to go along with the handful of award-nominated cast members they already have. The studio is even »
- James Garcia
Two splashy deals have revived a slow market for films at this year’s Toronto Film Festival.
Buyers and sellers were getting concerned that no one would reach for their checkbooks until a pair of Scott Rudin produced pictures sparked bidding wars among distributors willing to shell out big bucks. U.S. rights for Noah Baumbach’s “While We're Young” sold to A24 for $4 million, while global rights to Chris Rock’s “Top Five” will likely be nabbed by Paramount for $12.5 million and a $20 million P&A commitment.
Those major paydays aside, there is a mounting sense among the Hollywood types who made the cross-continent trek to the Canadian city that this year’s festival will go down as a slow boil that never bubbled over.
- Brent Lang
• Michael Douglas and Orlando Bloom have both signed on to star in the thriller Unlocked from filmmaker Michael Apted, creator of the Up documentary series. Noomi Rapace (The Drop) is starring as a CIA interrogator who accidentally gives information to terrorists planning a biological attack on London. Peter O’Brien, a writer on the Halo: Reach video game, has written the script with production expected to start at the beginning of November. [THR]
- Jake Perlman
Ant-Man Costume Altered Due to His Physique. It’s no surprise that for every superhero film, the costume must always fit or it must be changed. Even for the upcoming Ant-Man film, as co-star Michael Douglas told MTV News that the costume had to be altered due to Paul Rudd’s muscles. Michael [...]
- Mufsin Mahbub
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