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“We are excited to blend Lakeshore’s knowledge and skills gained from its 20-year track record of traditional filmmaking and distribution with the new world of digital influencers,” said Lakeshore CFO Marc Reid. “We think each world can elevate the other.”
Off the Dock will finance, produce, acquire and distribute “digital influencer-led content.” The announcement comes on the heels of Lakeshore disclosing plans to expand its slate through a co-financing deal for 12 movies with Vine Alternative Investments Group.
“Man Up” is written, directed and stars Chon along with YouTube personality Wu, widely known as “KevJumba.” Kinetic Films produces “Man Up,” which follows a pair of 19-year-old buddies forced to prepare for the unexpected arrival of a baby fathered by Wu’s character. »
- Dave McNary
Lakeshore Entertainment is moving ahead with its production ambitions following a deal with Vine Alternative Investments Group that will see the parties co-finance 12 upcoming Lakeshore features.
The move means Lakeshore will phase out its long collaboration with Sierra/Affinity, although the latter will continue to handle existing titles like The Age Of Adaline, the Blake Lively starrer that Lionsgate will open in the Us on April 25.
The co-financing pact expands Lakeshore CEO Tom Rosenberg’s (pictured) relationship with Vine, the New York-based asset management firm that has invested in Lakeshore’s capital structure for a number of years.
Lakeshore will continue to finance production and distribution, including Us P&A on its film slate, via its credit facility led by JPMorgan Chase Bank.
“Vine is a highly respected financial institution and they »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Lakeshore Entertainment is co-financing 12 of its movies with Vine Alternative Investments Group, a New York-based asset management firm.
Lakeshore said the transaction is an expansion of its relationship with Vine and is timed to coincide with its growing development slate. Its upcoming films include “American Pastoral,” helmed by and starring Ewan McGregor alongside Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning, and the fifth installment of the “Underworld” franchise.
Under the Vine deal, Lakeshore will continue to finance production and distribution — including U.S. prints and advertising on its motion pictures — under its credit facility led by JPMorgan Chase Bank. Vine has been an investor in Lakeshore’s corporate capital structure for several years.
“Vine is a highly respected financial institution, and they’re »
- Dave McNary
Madrid – Opening with awaited Colombian title “Alias Maria” (pictured), threading the concept of memory – including fest’s own past – throughout its program, the 55th Cartagena International Film Festival, Latin America’s oldest fest, bows today under a new artistic director, Diana Bustamante, one of Colombia’s leading international producers (“The Wind Journeys,” “Crab Trap,” “La Playa D.C.,” “Refugiado” ).
It shows. The 55th Ficci, as it is known in local parlance, picks up, via a section dubbed 5 + 5 Ficci, on signature past Cartagena Fest titles from Latin America, and with a second sidebar, Gabo: The Films of My Life, on movies which impacted Colombia’s Nobel-prize novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a writer who studied cinema, taught cinema at Cuba’s San Antonio de los Baños Film School and whose novels inspired some 20 films. Arguably, his finest film creation, son Rodrigo Garcia, closes Ficci with “Last Days in the Desert.”
“The concept »
- John Hopewell
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Foxcatcher (drama; Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo; rated R) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 (Ya action sequel; Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Liam Hemsworth; rated PG-13) The Last of Robin Hood (drama; Dakota Fanning, Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon; rated R) Son of a Gun (action; Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites; rated R) Faults (thriller; Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jon Gries...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Maybe it's because of all the awards shows, maybe it's because of various New Year's resolutions to step up finally kicking in, but this February was one of the best entertainment-photography months I've seen in a while. We have Pharrell, St. Vincent, Sienna Miller, and Ewan McGregor with colorful faces. There's also Kim Kardashian with a jacket over her head, Rihanna in giant pants, the Broad City girls doing their best Thelma & Louise, and Taraji P. Henson being perfect. »
- Jesse David Fox
With the most vivid, fully imagined universe in all of science fiction, Star Wars is one of the most beloved, storied franchises in cinematic history. This is thanks in no small part to a wildly original cast of characters, at once instantly understandable and delightfully alien.
The range of actors found in the series is nothing but impressive. You can find dozens of actors who got their start in the films, working right alongside established stars like Sir Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing (and later Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson). Some of your favourites you may not even recognise out of character, but, even if they performed under masks and make-up, they were essential to bringing Star Wars to life.
Of course, when talking about a franchise with such incredible longevity, you’re bound to lose a few friends along the way. That’s certainly the case with Star Wars, »
- Jay Anderson
Last Days in the Desert (2015), Film Review from the 37th Annual Sundance Film Festival, a movie directed by Rodrigo García, starring Ewan McGregor, Tye Sheridan, Ciarán Hinds, Ayelet Zurer. God is some thing that “holds you together all while tearing you apart.” Such is the confusion [...]
Continue reading: Film Review: Last Days In The Desert: McGregor as Jesus and Satan in Respectful Christian Allegory [Sff 2015] »
- Drew Stelter
With Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War hitting cinemas before it (not to mention X-Men: Apocalypse, Fantastic Four, Gambit and Deadpool), we’re still a way off from seeing what Marvel have up their sleeves with Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange.
At the Oscars over the weekend, Best Actor in a Leading Role nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, who will be playing the Sorcerer Supreme, was asked about whether or not Doctor Strange would be American or British.
His response, well…
Oh that Cumberbatch. He’s a sneaky one, eh?!
If you haven’t got the means to watch the video, he sneakily shifts his eyes to the camera and interviewer as if to say he’s not allowed to say anything.
See Also: Ewan McGregor says “it was fun to be part of the »
- Luke Owen
HitFix Award Gurus Kris Tapley and Greg Ellwood are both attending Saturday's Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday (February 21) afternoon in Santa Monica and they left me to handle HitFix's Independent Spirit Awards Winners & Losers list. And once I'm watching Saturday's show, I might as well be live-blogging Saturday's show as preparation for Sunday's Oscars live-blog, especially since is the last time that "Birdman" and "Boyhood" will be going head-to-head for Best Picture (along with "Selma" and "Whiplash") before the Academy Awards. So follow along and say "Hi" in the comments below... And remember that Saturday's show, hosted by Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen, is airing live on IFC, not that obnoxious tape-delayed thing they used to do! 1:50 p.m. Pt. The show hasn't started, but if you're following the Winners list, you know that "Birdman" has already won for for cinematography, while "Whiplash" won for editing, both results I can accept. »
- Daniel Fienberg
The 87th Academy Awards are this Sunday evening, and we're counting down the minutes!
We've already given you our Oscar predictions, and now we're bringing you a few of the best (and craziest) Academy Awards facts. From the first Best Actor winner to the "one dollar" Oscar rule, here are 25 things you (probably) don't know about the Oscars.
1. The youngest Oscar winner was Tatum O'Neal, who won Best Supporting Actress for "Paper Moon" (1973) when she was only 10 years old. Shirley Temple won the short-lived Juvenile Award at 6 years old.
3. After winning Best Actress for "Cabaret" (1972), Liza Minnelli became (and still is) the only Oscar winner whose parents both earned Oscars. Her mother, Judy Garland, received an honorary award in 1939 and her father, Vincente Minnelli, »
- Jonny Black
"I've wanted to direct for years and wanted to wait until I found a story that I 'had' to tell, and in this script I knew I had found that story."
Tom Rosenberg, CEO of production company Lakeshore Entertainment, added: "Ewan's talent goes far beyond his on-screen work, and we're excited to be working with a director who is as passionate as we are about telling the story of American Pastoral."
The film follows Seymour 'Swede' Levov, a blonde Jewish businessman living in Newark, »
Ewan McGregor will make his directorial feature film debut in Lakeshore Entertainment's upcoming American Pastoral. McGregor will star with Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning in the film adaptation based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel written by Philip Roth. Here's what Lakeshore Entertainment CEO Tom Rosenberg had to say in a statement.
"Ewan's talent goes far beyond his on-screen work and we're excited to be working with a director who is as passionate as we are about telling the story of American Pastoral."
Ewan McGregor had this to say in his own statement.
"It's a great privilege to be working with Lakeshore on Philip Roth's astounding novel American Pastoral. I've wanted to direct for years and wanted to wait until I found a story that I 'had' to tell and in this script I knew I had found that story. I'm looking forward to the challenge of being »
As of last fall, Salt director Phillip Noyce was still slated to direct the long-gestating Ameircan Pastoral, based on the book written by author Phillip Roth. However, since Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning joined the project last fall, it sounds like Noyce fell away from the project. Because now Deadline reports Ewan McGregor, who was already on board to lead the film, is now set to make his directorial debut with production slated to begin in September in Pittsburgh. Noyce had been trying to get this project off the ground for more than a decade, so it must have taken something pretty drastic to draw him away. The report notes that Fisher Stevens was courted at one point to direct the film, but clearly that didn't work out. McGregor leads the story as Seymour "Swede" Levov, a blonde Jewish businessman living in New Jersey, whose regular life is disturbed by »
- Ethan Anderton
Ewan McGregor (Son of a Gun, Moulin Rouge) is set to make his directorial debut this year with an adaptation of Phillip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, American Pastoral with Lakeshore Entertainment. The film, which is set to be released next year, will see McGregor also co-starring alongside Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) and Dakota Fanning (Night Moves).
Lakeshore’s CEO Tom Rosenburg said this today after the announcement: “Ewan’s talent goes far beyond his on-screen work and we’re excited to be working with a director who is as passionate as we are about telling the story of American Pastoral.”
“It’s a great privilege to be working with Lakeshore on Phillip Roth’s astounding novel American Pastoral.”, adds McGregor. “I’ve wanted to direct for years and wanted to wait until I found a story that I ‘had’ to tell and in this script I »
- Scott J. Davis
What does a handsome Scotsman know about a Jewish war veteran trying to keep his family together during the political turbulence of the late '60s? We'll find out soon enough, as Ewan McGregor has been tapped to make his directorial debut with the film adaptation of Phillip Roth's American Pastoral. McGregor was already set to star in the film, alongside Jennifer Connelly as his wife, Dakota Fanning as his daughter, and his penis as his penis. »
- Nate Jones
Production on American Pastoral is set to commence in September in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, on the story of an East Coast immigrant during the Vietnam War era whose daughter becomes a radical anti-war protestor.
“Ewan’s talent goes far beyond his on-screen work and we’re excited to be working with a director who is as passionate as we are about telling the story of American Pastoral,” said Lakeshore CEO Tom Rosenberg, who is producing with Gary Lucchesi.
“It’s a great privilege to be working with Lakeshore on Phillip Roth’s astounding »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
American Pastoral follows esteemed high school athlete, Seymour “Swede” Levov. Swede, in typical fashion, marries a former beauty queen and it seems everything is going according to plan, until his daughter decides to join a revolutionary movement and commit an act of terrorism during the Vietnam War.
Filming starts this September in Pittsburgh, more news as hear it.
Source: Deadline »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
After being attached to star in the adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer-winning novel American Pastoral since last summer, Ewan McGregor will now work double duty on the pic. In addition to tackling the lead role, the actor will also take up residence in the director’s chair for his filmmaking debut.
The story will revolve around McGregor’s character, Seymour “Swede” Levov. A legendary high school athlete who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherit his father’s business, Swede’s seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter takes a rebellious turn by committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War. He’ll star alongside Jennifer Connolly as his wife and Dakota Fanning as his wayward daughter.
- Gem Seddon
The game of musical chairs that is the directing job on Philip Roth adaptation American Pastoral is not finished. Once slated for Fisher Stevens to tackle, the project has since been taken over by Australian director Phillip Noyce. But he’s also dropped out and now Ewan McGregor will be adding first-time director to his credentials, even as he remains the film’s lead. Set during the Vietnam War years, American Pastoral follows Seymour ‘Swede’ Levov (McGregor), a once all-conquering high-school athlete, who’s married to a beauty queen (Jennifer Connelly) and runs the business he’s inherited from his dad. All seems well in Swede’s world until his daughter Merry (Dakota Fanning) joins the countercultural clamour of the time, signing up as a revolutionary and committing a fatal act of violence that throws all their lives into chaos.John Romano wrote the script, which McGregor is now looking »
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