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London — German distributor SquareOne Entertainment has acquired all German-speaking European rights, excluding Switzerland, to Simon Curtis’ historical drama “Woman in Gold” from The Weinstein Company. The film will have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, where it debuts as a Berlinale Special Gala.
Playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell wrote the screenplay. Pic is produced by David M. Thompson for Origin Pictures and Kris Thykier. It is executive produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein for The Weinstein Company, and BBC Films’ Christine Langan.
“Woman in Gold” is the true story of a woman’s fight to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Mirren), starts her »
- Leo Barraclough
Chris Pratt has a number of huge blockbusters listed as upcoming projects on his resume, including Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but certainly one of his most interesting upcoming movies is the comic book adaptation Cowboy Ninja Viking. Not only does the film have an absolutely ridiculous name, but it looks like it may be directed by two of the most interesting breakout filmmakers of 2014. News has come to us from Variety that Universal Pictures has entered early talks with David Leitch and Chad Stahelski to be the directors responsible for bringing Cowboy Ninja Viking to the big screen. While they may not be household names as filmmakers just yet, the two men made quite an impression last fall with the theatrical release of their directorial debut, John Wick. The Keanu Reeves-led film was seen my critics everywhere as one of the best action movies of the year, »
When it came time to shooting a gay threesome scene in “I Am Michael,” which premieres Thursday night at the Sundance Film Festival, first-time director Justin Kelly erred on the side of caution. He didn’t want to make the encounter among his three actors — James Franco, Zachary Quinto and Charlie Carver — too risqué for fear of alienating moviegoers from the story about Michael Glatze, a gay activist who renounces his homosexuality and turns to God.
“I wanted to appeal to a wider audience,” Kelly says. “All my gay filmmaker friends thought it would be awesome if this film could be something that Christians would see.”
Kelly filmed the buzzed-about love scene in two takes, in a wide shot, so it wouldn’t look gratuitous. In retrospect, he regrets not nudging his actors to go further. “I kind of do wish they took their underwear off, to be honest,” Kelly says. »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
After directing last year's acclaimed action thriller John Wick starring Keanu Reeves, directing duo David Leitch and Chad Stahelski are lining up their next project, and it should be a big one. Variety reports the directing team is in early talks with Universal Pictures to be at the helm of Cowboy Ninja Viking, the adaptation of the graphic novel by writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo. Last fall, Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt was reported to be attached to the project, which already made the wild sounding film appealing, but the addition of Leitch and Stahelski as directors makes this highly anticipated. For those unaware, the film follows an assassin with Multiple Personality Disorder who possess the skills of a cowboy, a ninja and a Viking. He works for a secret government program made up of other similarly skilled agents known as triplets, all with different personalities »
- Ethan Anderton
They’ve made a huge impact Stateside with their directorial debut, Keanu Reeves vengeance thriller John Wick, and now studios are courting David Leitch and Chad Stahelski. Universal has them in early talks to direct genre-mash graphic novel adaptation Cowboy Ninja Viking.Chris Pratt is attached to star in the film, and according to Variety, has met with the pair to give them his seal of approval. Cowboy Ninja Viking adapts the Image Comics title from writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo about secret counter-intelligence agents with multiple personality disorders. Various suitable candidates for the 'Triplet' programme were brought together by psychotherapist Dr. Sebastian Ghislain, but when the project collapsed, the subjects went their own ways as hired assassins.Pratt will play Duncan, the man with the titular personalities rattling around inside his brain to be brought out for use when he needs them. Universal wants this one to pick up speed, »
“John Wick” director David Leitch and Chad Stahelski are in early talks to co-direct Chris Pratt’s action movie “Cowboy Ninja Viking” for Universal Pictures, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.
Based on a graphic novel written by A.J. Lieberman and drawn by Riley Rossmo, the film will star “Guardians of the Galaxy” hero Pratt as a man who suffers from multiple personality disorder and enters a government program to become a super-soldier with the attributes of a cowboy, a ninja and a viking.
- Jeff Sneider
The only thing more pleasantly surprising than Keanu Reeves returning to leading man status with John Wick was the heralding of new filmmakers David Leitch and Chad Stahelski who proved they have the chops to helm an action-packed big screen venture. They may get the chance to do it again with an even larger scale now that they have been offered directing duties on Universal's Cowboy Ninja Viking. Variety reports that the pair of second unit directors were given the seal of »
- Alex Maidy
Multi-platform entertainment company Shout! Factory has acquired North American rights to “Bloodsucking Bastards,” a vampire comedy-horror feature directed by Brian James O’Connell and written by the comedy troupe Dr. God based on an original script by Ryan Mitts, TheWrap has learned.
The film’s producers and Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos announced that the rights deal includes theatrical, home entertainment, digital distribution and broadcast for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada.
- Jeff Sneider
Dr. Dre is determined to ball like a billionaire, and he moved close to that goal ... by dropping his fancy Hollywood Hills crib for big money.Dre just scored $32.5 million for his posh pad in the exclusive bird streets hood ... which is home to Leo DiCaprio, Keanu Reeves, and a ton of other celebs. Dre's walking away with more than twice what he paid for it in 2011. Not bad, considering he didn't live there full time. »
- TMZ Staff
Netflix came to this year’s Sundance Film Festival as the digital spoiler, ready to spend more than traditional studios to lure the top indie movies away from theatrical distribution – but so far they haven’t spoiled a thing, as the big acquisitions in a healthy market have mainly gone to the usual distribution suspects.
Multiple dealmakers have told TheWrap that Netflix came to Sundance with a specific strategy to outbid the other studios for movies in an attempt to build a track record as a buyer of major festival titles. A longtime supporter of independent film, Netflix has been »
- Jeff Sneider and Sharon Waxman
As part of our "How I Shot That" series, Indiewire asked Antonio Quercia about his experience shooting Eli Roth's "Knock Knock," which stars Keanu Reeves as a family man whose life is turned upside down by two mysterious young women. What camera and lens did you use? I usually use Canon. Out of curiosity, I started testing the 7D which gave me excellent results. I continued with the 5D Mark II and III and was really satisfied with it. I took two C300s to the Amazon and they never failed me. The optics that I always carry with me are the L series from Canon because of its size, speed and quality they always finish in more than one take. I also use the Cp Zeiss series and the Canon Cinema Prime series with its still optic series. They help when there is no light and the marvelous distance-to-spot ratio is almost non-existent. »
- Paula Bernstein
Jon Spaihts' Passengers is one of those scripts that’s been kicking around Hollywood for years, attracting lots of attention but never quite getting off the ground. Up until recently, it was going to be directed by Bryan Kirk with Keanu Reeves starring. But now that that’s no longer the case, The Imitation Game director Morten […]
- Angie Han
When Johnny Depp‘s mustache comedy “Mortdecai” brought in less than $5 million on opening weekend, it marked the A-list actor’s fifth straight box office bomb. But he’s far from the only top billed actor to endure a tanker or two.
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- Travis Reilly and Todd Cunningham
It’s interesting that the titular figure (Keanu Reeves) in John Wick, a visceral and vivid actioner of uncommon simplicity, is presented as the fresh face of a brand-new action franchise when he’s actually a throwback to the unstoppable juggernaut in James Cameron’s The Terminator. That’s not a knock so much as a raised eyebrow aimed at the kinds of characters that directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch and writer Derek Kolstad think modern-day audiences want to watch. And after sitting through the slick and stylish feast of action trash they’ve whipped up, it’s easy to nod your head and acknowledge that they’re onto something.
After all, even though Wick – an ex-assassin who goes back to work when the pig-headed son (Alfie Allen) of New York’s uppermost Russian mob boss (Michael Nyqvist) steals his prized Mustang and brutishly kills the puppy that Wick »
- Isaac Feldberg
After being dropped by The Weinstein Company back in March, the sci-fi thriller Passengers has a new lease on life, with The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum now circling the project. Sony picked up Passengers late last year, with the studio considering this sci-fi love story a major priority. Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones) was previously attached to direct when the project was at The Weinstein Company, which had originally been set for release on April 3, 2015.
Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange) wrote the screenplay, which follows a colonist (Keanu Reeves) travelling with over 5,000 passengers on a century-long journey to a new world. The colonist's sleep chamber malfunctions, causing him to wake up 90 years before any of the other passengers. Faced with dying alone on this ship, he wakes up a female journalist, when they realize that they need to save everyone else on board. Rachel McAdams was initially set to »
Oh what a difference an Oscar nod makes! Just recently, The Imitation Game helmer Morten Tyldum found himself nominated for the Best Director Academy Award. And now, the prestigious honor of simply being on the shortlist appears to have sent his Hollywood stock rising, as Deadline reports that Sony is keen for him to direct Passengers.
Dubbed a sci-fi love story, the project’s been kicking around for a few years now. Penned by Doctor Strange and Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts, it bears a compelling central premise, so it seems surprising this wasn’t already put into production:
Passengers takes place on a spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet and has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger is awakened 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a second passenger, »
- Gem Seddon
The studio bought rights to “Passengers” last month. Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur will produce through Moritz’s Original Film banner along with Michael Maher for Start Media and Stephen Hamel of Company Films.
Earlier this year, Focus Features had been in talks to acquire U.S. rights to “Passengers” with Keanu Reeves starring. “Passengers” went back on the market after the Weinstein Co. ditched the project after acquiring the rights with Reese Witherspoon attached; the actress later departed and was replaced by Rachel McAdams, who has also left the project.
Spaihts’ script is set on a spacecraft in the future with thousands of passengers making an interstellar voyage to a distant new planet. One passenger awakens from cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else and decides to wake »
- Dave McNary
Following its debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and its first trailer over the weekend [watch it here], Eli Roth’s latest, Knock Knock, has been picked up for distribution, Deadline has revealed.
Lionsgate, the studio behind The Hunger Games franchise, has closed a deal over the last couple of days to distribute the film, for a cool $2.5 million. In the film, Keanu Reeves (John Wick) stars as a happily married man whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of two beautiful young ladies at his door step, played by Lorenza Izzo (Roth’s soon-to-be-released The Green Inferno) and Ana de Armas (Blind Alley), and a nightmare soon ensues.
Billed as a much more atmospheric effort from Roth rather than his usually excessive horrors, Knock Knock looks set to get a worldwide release this year thanks to the Lionsgate deal.
- Scott J. Davis
A banner year in Park City continued to deliver the goods as Magnolia Pictures acquired world rights to Sean Baker’s comedy. Separately, Fox Searchlight closed a major deal for Brooklyn, while Alchemy, Spc and Lionsgate confirmed previously reported buys on Strangerland, The Diary Of A Teenage Girl and Knock Knock.
Fox Searchlight was expected to confirm its deal on Wednesday for most of the world excluding pre-sold UK, Australia and Canada for John Crowley’s Brooklyn in what reports said was a $9m deal.
Trans actresses Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez make their debuts as working girls in search of a wayward pimp on Christmas »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
In the immortal words of Keanu Reeves: Whoa. Cinefix just released a new video breaking down seven things you probably didn't know about the Wachowskis' completely original, mind-blowing, philosophy-filled action extravaganza, The Matrix. I knew that Will Smith turned down the role of Neo, but other than that, all of this stuff was new info for me, and it makes me appreciate the film even more. Especially that part about Keanu doing his own stunt on the ledge of the building - that's nuts!
- Ben Pearson
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