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Union to handle VFX on ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

5 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Visual effects firm will also re-team with The Theory of Everything director James Marsh on the upcoming Donald Crowhurst biopic.

Union has been named VFX vendor on Stephen FrearsFlorence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.

The film is the true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great opera singer. But while the voice she heard in her head was beautiful, to everyone else it was awful.

London-based visual effects facility Union previously worked with Frears on Philomena and upcoming Lance Armstrong biopic The Programme.

Tim Caplan, Union co-owner and lead visual-effects executive producer, said the company would “help create pre-war New York” on the film, which is being shot in the UK.

Union is also recreating 1930s New York for Michael Grandage’s Genius, the upcoming biopic of literary editor Max Perkins, starring Jude Law as Thomas Wolfe and Colin Firth as Perkins »

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Kingsman: The Secret Service HD Release Review

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Kingsman: The Secret Service, in the words of director Matthew Vaughn, is a kind of post-modern love letter to spy movies, and that’s about as accurate a description of the effort as you’re going to get. Every move is clearly aimed at not only the vision and style of early Bond and his ilk, but pulls in the kind of post-modern storytelling that made Kick-Ass the curious wunderfilm it is.

Taron Egerton plays Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, a clever enough lad who is a victim of his circumstances. Harry Hart (Colin Firth), aka Galahad, bails Eggsy out of jail, and makes him a very unique offer. A member of a sort of double-super-secret spy organization, Hart sees something in Eggsy, and thinks he could be just the candidate to join the ranks of the spy elite.

We then get to take a ride through spy school, as several candidates »

- Marc Eastman

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Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

25 May 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

You have to give Mark Millar a lot of credit. Not only does he possess a fertile imagination, but produces works that are ripe for cinematic adaptation. A cynic could tell you Millar does this by design, but I believe he’s just in tune with the current zeitgeist. As a result, just about everything he releases gets snapped up by Hollywood and if they’re all as successful as Kingsman: The Secret Service, we’re all the better for it. The incredible streak began with the wonderful Kick-Ass, which was brought to the screen by director Matthew Vaughn and they have successfully reteamed here.

The film is out now on Digital HD from 20th Century Home Entertainment, with the DVD combo set to follow. On the extras, co-writer Jane Goldman notes how the film and comic share the same DNA but changes had to be made from print to »

- Robert Greenberger

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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: May 25 - 31

25 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

TV Worth Watching

"Critics' Choice Television Awards" (Sunday on A&E at 8 p.m.)

FX's final season of "Justified" and HBO's "Olive Kitteridge" have the most nominations going into this year's live show, which is hosted by Cat Deeley. A one-hour red carpet special will air before the awards are handed out. Check out the nominations. Hopefully there will be some memorable/juicy moments and speeches.

"Game of Thrones" (Sunday on HBO at 9 p.m.)

If you're not into awards shows, or you just want something to cut to during commericals or boring speeches, "Game of Thrones" will be airing Season 5, Episode 8, "Hardhome" on May 31. In this episode, Arya will make progress in her training, Sansa will confront an old friend, Cersei will "struggle," and Jon will »

- Gina Carbone

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Tweet-along with ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’

24 May 2015 3:51 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

With Kingsman‘s Digital HD release today – available on iTunes and all good VOD services – we’re taking part in a very special tweet-along tonight in association with the official Kingsman UK twitter!

Yes, from 6pm this evening (Sunday 24th May) press play on your digital copy and tweet @KingsmanUK using hashtag #KingsmanDigitalHD, with the chance to unlock Kingsman secrets And win some cool prizes.

A super-secret organization recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a dire global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. A phenomenal cast, including Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine, lead this action-packed spy-thriller directed by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class).

Download Kingsman: The Secret Service on iTunes now and follow @KingsmanUK to get in on all the action!

Kingsman: The Secret Service is out on Digital HD on May 24th and on Blu-ray »

- Phil Wheat

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StudioCanal, Impuls Pictures strike output deal

23 May 2015 2:05 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Agreement includes We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron.

StudioCanal and Swiss independent distributor Impuls Pictures have closed an output deal securing distribution rights to all StudioCanal International Productions in Switzerland.

Impuls Pictures, a unit of Impuls Media Group, will be granted with distribution rights in Switzerland to StudioCanal Films including Aardman’s animated Early Man as well as Bastille Day, The Program, We Are Your Friends, nWave’s Robinson Crusoe and James Marsh’s next feature starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, the Untitled Donald Crowhurst Project currently shooting in the UK.

The deal was negotiated for StudioCanal by Anna Marsh, head of international sales, and Pierre Mazars, vp international sales, and for Impuls Pictures by the CEO’s Peter and Patrick Schaumlechner and Daniel Guckau.

Impuls Pictures co-ceo Patrick Schaumlechner said the output deal “would provide a constant pipeline of some of the most commercial and outstanding films in the world”. 

Impuls has been a »

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Cannes: Studiocanal, Impuls Pictures Announce Output Deal

23 May 2015 1:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes –Adding another building block to the most powerful indie distribution structure in the world, Euro film-tv group Studiocanal has signed an output deal for Switzerland with indie film distributor Impuls Pictures on all Studiocanal international productions.

The news comes as the Weinstein Company U.S. pickup “Macbeth,” co-financed, distributed and sold by Studiocanal world premiered at Cannes to impressive reviews, and the Studiocanal-sold “Early Man” and competition player “Mon roi” have near sold out at Cannes.

The Studiocanal-Impuls pact takes in Studiocanal’s flagship titles at Cannes such as Aardman’s Nick Park-directed “Early Man,” unveiled just before the market, Stephen Frears’ “The Program” (pictured) with Ben Foster, “We Are Your Friends,” nWave’s “Robinsoe Crusoe,” the latest Ben Stassen 3D movie, and the “Untitled Donald Crowhurst Project,” from James Marsh, starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz.

Studiocanal’s Marsh and Pierre Mazars, VP of international sales, »

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Cannes 2015: deals round-up

22 May 2015 2:23 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The biggest deals of this year’s Cannes Marché du Film and how the Competition titles sold throughout the festival.

Behind the glamour of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, business was booming at the Marché du Film (May 13-22), with representatives from 120 countries in attendance - up four on 2014.

A total 3,300 films were on offer this year, around 1,000 at the project stage, with an estimated 11,000 film professionals in attendance, in line with last year.

In the opening days, Marché chief Jérôme Paillard told Screen: “Acquisition agents are telling me that it’s the first time in a number of years that there are so many big projects. I’ve been told there are around 50 high profile projects on offer.”

North AmericaHOT Projects

Universal Pictures and Focus Features took worldwide rights to Tom Ford’s upcoming thriller Nocturnal Animals, starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, in a deal reportedly worth $20m. [Story]

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Colin Firth's Donald Crowhurst film begins shoot

20 May 2015 9:32 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Story of amateur sailor who attempted to sail around the world begins UK shoot.

A feature based on the true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his attempt to win the first Golden Globe round the world yacht race in 1968 has begun shooting in the UK this week.

The announcement was made by StudioCanal, Blueprint Pictures and BBC Films in Cannes today.

Directed by James Marsh (The Theory of Everything), the film will star Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) as Crowhurst.

The support cast includes Rachel Weisz as his wife Clare Crowhurst, David Thewlis as his press agent Rodney Hallworth, Ken Stott as Crowhurst’s sponsor Stanley Best and Jonathan Bailey as rookie reporter Wheeler.

Produced by Pete Czernin and Graham Broadbent through Blueprint Pictures and Scott Z. Burns, alongside Nicolas Mauvernay and Jacques Perrin of Galatee, the project has been developed with Christine Langan from BBC Films and StudioCanal.  

Marsh said: “Donald Crowhurst »

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Cannes: Studiocanal Sells ‘Mon Roi’ to Most of World (Exclusive)

19 May 2015 1:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Underscoring market appetite for high-profile arthouse movies, Euro film-tv group Studiocanal has sold most all of the world – save for the U.S. and Japan – on “Mon Roi,” with Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot.

Sales confirm “Mon Roi” as, with Nick Park’s Aardman production “Early Man,” revealed on the cusp of Cannes, one of Studiocanal’s two best sellers at 2015’s Cannes Festival.

They come as Studiocanal’s intl. sales head Anna Marsh confirmed momentum off Cannes on a U.S. sale for Stephen Frears’ “The Program,” starring Ben Foster, who, from the evidence of a promo, bears an uncanny resemblance to Lance Armstrong.

Variety reported last week that several distributors expressed interest in the project. A U.S. deal should go down in the next two weeks, Marsh said.

Studiocanal will directly distribute “Mon Roi” in France, Germany and the U.K. It is helmed by Maiwenn, who »

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Cannes: Focus Features Wakes To $20 Million Deal For Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’

17 May 2015 11:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Focus Features has won the Cannes bidding battle for fashion designer Tom Ford’s second movie as a director, “Nocturnal Animals,” starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Backed by its parent studio Universal Pictures, Focus is understood to have taken worldwide rights in a deal costing it more than $20 million.

That price tag — and a p&a commitment in excess of $10 million — makes it by far the biggest deal seen during the Cannes festival so far. And it comes following a highly unusual pitch given by Ford on Thursday at the festival.

Ford said he wanted maximum creative control and that he was prepared to self-finance the production in order to preserve that. However, after a welter of offers, he appears to have had a change of heart and settled with a supportive studio deal.

“Tom’s vision for his film is unique and inspiring and something that global audiences will be thrilled by, »

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Jack O’Connell, Lola Kirke Honored at Star-Fueled Chopard Event in Cannes

16 May 2015 1:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Julianne Moore and Variety’s Steven Gaydos were on hand to honor rising stars Jack O’Connell (“Unbroken”) and Lola Kirke (“Gone Girl”) at the elegant Chopard Trophy ceremony that took place on the rooftop of the Martinez Hotel on Friday night.

“When you start out all you know is that you want to do it, it feels good to do it and you would do it for free but what you don’t know if you’re any good. But when you see a good actor, you can see it right away. And we saw Jack O’Connell and Lola Kirke immediately the minute they burst onto the screen, they’re beautifully alive on camera, it’s palpable their talent,” said Moore. “We’re so happy to have you, we’re excited to see your work and we know we’re going to see your work for many years to come, »

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Cannes: Lionsgate to Acquire Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth Western ‘By Way of Helena’ (Exclusive)

15 May 2015 12:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate is in final negotiations to acquire “By Way of Helena,” a Western starring Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth, Variety has learned.

The movie is directed by Kieran-Darcy Smith, and tells the story of a ranger who investigates a series of mysterious deaths in a small town. The film has been shot already and came to the Cannes Film Festival seeking a U.S. distributor.

Lionsgate has had a busy last few days at Cannes, landing “Genius” (a drama about book editor Max Perkins played by Colin Firth) and “See of Trees” (starring Matthew McConaughey as a man who journeys into Japan’s Suicide Forest).

“By Way of Helena” is produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman. Wme is closing the deal in the United States, and Westend Films is handling international territories.


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Time Machine: Drop Dead Dazzling Adams 'Always the Bridesmaid Never the Bride' on the Oscars' Red Carpet

15 May 2015 10:53 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Amy Adams drop dead gorgeous on Oscars' Red Carpet Amy Adams at the 83rd Academy Awards Looking drop dead gorgeous, Amy Adams is pictured above donning a scintillating blue dress while arriving at the 2011 Oscar ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in the fast-thumping heart of Hollywood. Adams was – for the third time in six years (more info below) – a Best Supporting Actress nominee. This time around, she was shortlisted for her performance in David O. Russell's The Fighter, a generally well-regarded and surprisingly successful (in the U.S.) boxing drama that earned fellow supporting actress Melissa Leo the evening's Oscar. Another The Fighter actor, Christian Bale (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar statuette. In fact, the film's only major cast member left without an Oscar nomination in the acting categories was lead Mark Wahlberg (pictured with wife) – though he did »

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Review: Emma Stone does her best to bring Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' to life

15 May 2015 7:55 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Cannes — Anyone who even casually follows Woody Allen's career knows that these days the prolific filmmaker delivers just as many misses as he does hits. Last year, Allen directed Emma Stone and Colin Firth in the not-so-enchanting "Magic in the Moonlight." His follow-up, "Irrational Man," premiered today at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and once more finds Stone front and center as his muse. To say it's better film than "Moonlight" may be a compliment, but we won't pretend it's not a backhanded one. The story begins at fictional Braylin College in Newport, Rhode Island with the impending arrival of famed philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix). Lucas has a reputation for being something of a womanizer and an alcoholic, but his writings are so inspiring the school's staff and students are in something of a tizzy over his joining the faculty. One of those students is Jill Pollard (Stone »

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Will Colin Firth Return For "Kingsman" Sequel?

15 May 2015 5:16 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

With over $400 million worldwide in revenue, it's no surprise that Fox is moving fast on a sequel to Matthew Vaughn's R-rated spy spoof "Kingsman: The Secret Service".

With the film slated to hit disc on June 9th, the film's young leading man Taron Egerton has done a bit of press for the home video release and was asked about the sequel.

Spoilers Ahead For "Kingsman: The Secret Service"

Specifically there's a big question over the return of Colin Firth's mentor spy character Harry Hart who was shot in the head during the film. With the film a highly stylised and over the top affair, a character coming back from the dead in some way isn't that out of the ordinary. Could Harry come back? Egerton tells Cinema Blend:

"Well, I mean, I think he's pretty dead. Shot in the head. But, I mean, I still have dreams that. »

- Garth Franklin

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Colin Firth's Future With Kingsman, According To Taron Egerton

14 May 2015 3:17 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Matthew Vaughn’s 007 homage, Kingsman: The Secret Service, was a surprise hit. Even fans of the stylish director – those of us who knew he’d deliver quality – likely were caught off guard by the mainstream appeal of the bawdy thriller. At last count, Kingsman had banked more than $400 million worldwide, and strong rumors swirled about an inevitable sequel. But would one of the film’s biggest stars return? We have to talk openly about Kingsman, so please stop reading if you haven’t seen the film yet. It will be on DVD on June 9. See it immediately! So, if you are still reading, then you know that Colin Firth’s mentor spy character, Harry Hart, bites the dust in the movie. Following the eye-popping church-fight scene, Harry confronts the maniacal Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) and is shot in the head at point-blank range »

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Time Machine: Spielberg and Daughter (with 'Indiana Jones' Actress Capshaw) on Oscars Red Carpet

14 May 2015 2:02 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »

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Lionsgate acquires Genius starring Colin Firth and Jude Law, first image released

13 May 2015 11:10 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lionsgate has snapped up new drama Genius at the Cannes Film Festival for distribution in the U.S. for around $4 million. Here’s a first look image…

The film, which tells the story of the relationship between book editor Max Perkins, who edited works by the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe, stars Colin Firth (Kingsman: The Secret Service) alongside Jude Law (Black Sea), Nicole Kidman (Before I Go To Sleep), Guy Pearce (The Rover), Dominic West (The Affair) and Laura Linney (The Truman Show).

Directed by debutant Michael Grandage, no release date has yet been set for the film, but we could feasibly see it around awards season later this year.


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Lionsgate acquires 'Genius,' quietly amasses intriguing awards slate

13 May 2015 10:31 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Another pick-up at the Cannes Film Festival for Lionsgate this morning was Michael Grandage's "Genius," which feels like awards bait given the subject matter and the talent involved. The film tells the story of Scribner book editor Max Perkins, who oversaw works by legends like Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald in his time. The script, based on the book by A. Scott Berg, was written by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan ("Gladiator," "The Aviator," "Hugo"). Colin Firth stars in the film as Perkins and there's a roll call of stars playing those top literary names. Jude Law is in as Wolfe, Guy Pearce is Fitzgerald and Dominic West is Hemingway. Nicole Kidman also stars as costume designer Aline Bernstein, who had a four-year relationship with Wolfe and possessed some of his unpublished manuscripts at the time of his death. Laura Linney, meanwhile, plays Perkins' wife, Louise Saunders. »

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