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Exclusive: Spanish arthouse distributor Karma inks deals for several titles and broadens its slate.
Spanish distribution outfit Karma Films has picked up rights to Hungarian feature On Body And Soul, the distinctive love story by Ilidko Enyedi that won the Golden Bear at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.
Karma have also inked deals for the UK’s God’s Own Country, by Francis Lee, Georgian-Russian Hostages, by Rezo Gigineishvili, The Leisure Seaker, by Paolo Virzi, which stars Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, and Maudie, by Aisling Walsh, with Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins.
The latter two additions are part of a new strategy for Karma Films.
Daniel Bajo, head of acquisitions at the company, told Screen: “We are looking to broaden our offer with bigger productions and titles that can reach a more mainstream audience and multiplex theatres without giving up what has defined us from the start: quality and auteur cinema.”
Karma Films, formed »
Set in 1930s Ukraine, George Mendeluk’s historical drama “Bitter Harvest” follows the story of young lovers Yuri (Max Irons) and Natalka (Samantha Barks), who fall victims to Stalin’s genocidal policies.
Yuri, a very talented young artist, will do anything — including enduring famine, imprisonment and torture — to save his childhood sweetheart from the Holodomor, the death-by-starvation program that killed millions of Ukrainians. What follows is a wrenching love story with some startling real world implications.
“Bitter Harvest” was filmed on location in Ukraine. Mendeluk co-wrote the screenplay with Richard Bachynsky-Hoover, based on Bachynsky-Hoover’s original story. Bachynsky-Hoover also serves as one of the executive producers of the film. The cast also includes Gary Oliver in the role Staling, Barry Pepper as Yaroslav, Tamer Hassan as Sergei, and Terence Stamp as Ivan.
“Bitter Harvest” will be »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Uma Thurman turned down the opportunity to be in the Lord of the Rings trilogy!
The Golden Globe winner admitted Monday night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that she was offered the chance to play Eowyn in the popular trilogy, but passed it up.
"I do consider it one of the worst decisions ever made," the 46-year-old actress admitted. "But I just had my first child. I don't know, I was a little housebound."
Thurman gave birth to Maya, her daughter with ex Ethan Hawke, on July 8, 1998.
Colbert joked that as a hardcore J.R.R. Tolkein fan, even he would »
The recent wave of so-called bathroom bills, which seem to be predicated on the notion that transgender people either didn’t exist or weren’t using public restrooms until a few years ago, has made its way to Texas. In response, Legacy Community Health and the Aclu of Texas have partnered with one of the state’s best-known filmmakers to direct a PSA decrying the proposed law. Watch Richard Linklater’s minute-long “Taking a Seat, Making a Stand” below.
Part of the I Pee with Lgbt campaign, the video features several people making the point that “this isn’t a privacy issue — it’s a discrimination issue.” “Lt. Gov. Patrick and other state lawmakers who support S.B. 6 portray the bill as a ‘common sense’ protection of ‘common decency,'” said, Terri Burke, executive director of the Aclu of Texas, »
- Michael Nordine
“The Man in the High Castle” regular Michael Gaston has booked roles in films opposite Ethan Hawke and Edie Falco, TheWrap has learned exclusively. The first film is Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed.” Gaston is featured opposite Hawke and Amanda Seyfried in the role of Balq, a powerful and respected man who gives a large sum of money to a church’s “First Reformed 250th Anniversary Celebration” but expects certain things from the church in return. The film is set to be released in 2018. In director Nicole Holofcener’s “Land of Steady Habits,” Gaston stars opposite Ben Mendelsohn, Falco and Hope Davis in the. »
- Joe Otterson
After screening in Telluride and Toronto last fall, “Maudie” is finally ready to tell the masses about the life of Canadian artist Maud Lewis. Sally Hawkins stars in the biopic, which was directed by Aisling Walsh, who previously helmed a BBC miniseries adaptation of Sarah Waters’ “Fingersmith” (which also served as the inspiration for Park Chan-wook’s “The Handmaiden”). Watch the trailer below.
The film takes place in Nova Scotia circa the 1930s and finds the desperate artist taking a job working for a fish peddler played by Ethan Hawke. Lewis, one of her country’s most highly regarded folk artists, specialized in small paintings depicting outdoor settings; the small size of her canvases had to do with Lewis’ rheumatoid arthritis.
Hawkins received an »
- Michael Nordine
Pj Vogt, co-host of the popular Gimlet Media podcast Reply All, went on vacation; when he got back, he had a movie deal. The January 19 program, “Man of the People,” had been optioned by Annapurna Pictures, with Richard Linklater directing and Robert Downey, Jr. as producer and star.
“It’s absolutely surreal,” Vogt said.
“Man of the People” profiled John Brinkley, the radio pioneer and medical salesman whose self-proclaimed miracle cures ranged from impotence to infertility. Vogt said he stumbled on the story after visiting his cousins in Texas.
“They were saying I should move there because they were a bunch of radio stations hidden in ranches,” he said. “For a while, we thought it was going to be a story about border blasters.”
Instead he found the strange tale of Brinkley, one that also encompasses a state governor’s race, the national popularization of country music, and the rise of the American Medical Association. »
- Steve Greene
Sally Hawkins, who has delivered no shortage of remarkable performances in Happy-Go-Lucky, Blue Jasmine, and more, is back this year with a new biopic. Aisling Walsh‘s Maudie, which premiered at Telluride Film Festival last fall, captures the life of Maud Lewis, a Canadian folk artist who suffered from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Also starring Ethan Hawke, the film depicts their tumultuous relationship amidst Maud’s creativity, and today brings the first trailer, fittingly hailing from Canada, where it’ll be released in April, a few months prior to its U.S. debut.
We said in our review, “The committed relationship the two undertook stands at the heart of Maudie. Hawkins further proves her range, portraying Lewis as a shy, slouched, but talented woman that almost never looks at anyone in the eyes, her head always down. Hawke is miscast as Everett in a role that demands a tough aggressiveness, but »
- Jordan Raup
Author: Stefan Pape
There’s an indelibly warm and tender tone to Aisling Walsh’s real-life drama Maudie, albeit one spiked with a deep sadness and profundity. Finding a compatible balance between the two, there’s no denying the Irish director’s latest is a moving piece of cinema – it just plays a little safe, as the sort of title you’d be thrilled to stumble across on the telly on a Sunday evening, but not one you’d necessarily need to indulge in on the big screen.
Set in Nova Scotia, we meet Maud (Sally Hawkins), eavesdropping on a conversation between her brother and auntie, as they deliberate over what to do with her. For Maud arthritis and a hunched back, and has been treated like an outsider ever since she can remember. Wanting to keep herself occupied, she responds to an advert to be a housemaid at the humble abode of the introverted, »
- Stefan Pape
Maudie is the latest film from celebrated television director Aisling Walsh, and is the follow-up feature following her work on 2003’s Song For A Raggy Boy and her feature film debut Joyriders all of the way back in 1988.
This film is easily her biggest and most ambitious yet. Written by Sherry White, Maudie is based on the true story of Maud Dowley (Sally Hawkins), a Nova Scotia resident who suffered from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. We’re introduced to her at a time in her life when her mother and father have passed away and the family home has been passed on to her brother, which was common practise at the time. Her brother, Charles (here played by »
- Paul Heath
The incredible true story of Canadian artist Maud Lewis comes to the big screen this spring.
We are so excited to debut the Exclusive first trailer for this film that shines a light on a relatively unknown Canadian figure. We caught the film when it played the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, and can attest to the fact that Sally Hawkins will be a major awards contender for her performance.
Maud Lewis battled with arthritis from a young age and it made life both physically and emotionally difficult, yet she always persevered and accomplished more than most could. A fearless woman, Maud always pursued her desires, and became a renowned artist even despite how physically hard it was for her »
- Adriana Floridia
Robert Downey Jr. and director Richard Linklater are teaming up for the film adaptation of the “Man of the People” episode of the “Reply All” podcast, which aired on January 19, 2017. Downey Jr. will star in the film, which does not have a title yet.
The film will be centered on the true story of hoaxer Dr. John Brinkley, who makes a fortune by scamming people with fake medicine. As his fame and fortune are on the rise, Dr. Brinkley gets the attention of the editor of “Journal of the American Medical Associations” between 1924 and 1950, Dr. Morris Fishbein, who becomes committed to taking him down.
This project will be produced by Team Downey’s Susan Downey and Downey Jr., alongside Annapurna’s Megan Ellison. Linklater will co-produce through his Detour Film production banner with Gimlet Media’s Pj Vogt, »
- Yoselin Acevedo
With four films likely premiering (or already set for a release) this year, Jake Gyllenhaal has now found his next role. The Enemy star is set to join Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly for The Sisters Brothers, according to Variety. The latest film from Palme d’Or-winner Jacques Audiard (Dheepan, A Prophet, Rust and Bone), the neo-noir western is an adaptation of the novel by the same name from Patrick DeWitt, which centers on two brothers (Riley and Phoenix) who are hired to kill a man. This will be Audiard’s first full English-language film and as for Gyllenhaal, following last fall’s Nocturnal Animals, he’ll have Life, Stronger, Wildlife, and Okja all arriving this year.
Meanwhile, another top Hollywood star, Oscar Isaac, has joined the cast of a new World War II thriller titled The Garbo Network. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the espionage tale penned by »
- Mike Mazzanti
Ethan Hawke’s upcoming film, “Blaze,” has just added a number of actors to its already impressive lineup, including “Boyhood” director himself Richard Linklater. Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, Wyatt Russell, Kris Kristofferson and Hawke will be joining Ben Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Sybil Rosen, Charlie Sexton, and Josh Hamilton in the music biopic based on singer and songwriter Blaze Foley.
Co-written, produced and directed by Hawke, the film is based on Sybil Rosen’s memoir ‘Living in the Woods in a Tree.’ It follows the life of the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas Outlaw Music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. Dickey will star as the musician, Shawkat plays Rosen and Rosen portrays her own mother.
Rosen, who co-wrote the film with Hawke, was Blaze’s real, life-long love and their passionate affair is said to form the narrative spine of the film.
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- Liz Calvario
10 February 2017 12:27 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Blaze is a biopic of country and Western songwriter Blaze Foley, who lived in a treehouse in the 1970s with his longtime girlfriend Sybil Rosen. The film is set during the time when Foley transformed from a hippie musician to an influential singer-songwriter.
Hawke co-wrote the script with Rosen, adapting her memoir, Living in the Woods in a Tree, for the screen. Rosen will play »
- Mia Galuppo
Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, Wyatt Russell, Kris Kristofferson and Richard Linklater are in Ethan Hawke’s drama Blaze. Hawke, who also co-stars, produced and directed and even co-wrote the story based on Sybil Rosen's memoir Living In The Woods In A Tree, about Rosen’s real, life-long love Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas Outlaw Music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. Newcomer Ben Dickey, an accomplished songwriter and… »
Billed as a female-led, Jason Bourne-styled thriller, Michael Apted’s new film “Unlocked” sets burgeoning action star Noomi Rapace as the unwitting key player in a major terrorism plot, with bonus Orlando Bloom to boot.
“Unlocked” follows the story of Alice Racine (Rapace), a CIA interrogator, whose mission becomes compromised after she is tricked into giving terrorists vital information. Her mistake may put an American target in London at risk of a major biological terrorist attack. Alice has to team up with an MI5 agent, played by Bloom, to investigate the infiltration and prevent the attack.
- Yoselin Acevedo
Whether it’s the golden era of spaghetti westerns or the more blood soaked appeal of the Tarantino films, there’s no denying that Hollywood loves the appeal of the old west. From books, to video games, and even casino slots, the world loves a good western. We take a look at some of the greatest films in history!
Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid
Without a doubt, one of the most popular westerns in cinematic history, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was released in 1969. Directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman the film is loosely based on a true story. It tells the story of the outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker, known as Butch Cassidy and his partner Harry Longabaugh, the Sundance Kid, who are on the run after a string of train robberies. The pair, along with Longabaugh ‘s lover Etta Place flee to Bolivia in »
- The Hollywood News
Picking up “15 years after the events of the feature film” (CBS tells us), the TV reboot stars Bill Paxton (Big Love) as Detective Frank Rourke, the maverick head of the Lapd’s Special Investigation Section. Justin Cornwell in turn plays Kyle Craig, a “golden boy” cop who, fresh off a heroic, public rescue, is tasked by Deputy Chief Lockhart (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) with posing »
Fundamental Films will fully finance and produce the movie alongside Broken Road Productions. Sales will launch next week at the Berlin Film Festival, where Good Universe will be handling international sales. UTA and CAA will be co-representing domestic sales.
John McClain wrote the Black List script. Saldana will portray a black-ops assassin whose latest mark forces her to confront her true identity.
Saldana starred in Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” and can next be seen in Disney-Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” as Gamora. She is currently filming “Avengers: Infinity War” in the same role and is expected to return as Neytiri in James Cameron’s upcoming “Avatar” sequels. »
- Dave McNary
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