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Interviews: Michael Peña, Craig Robinson & Ira Sachs at Chicago Critics Film Festival

16 hours ago | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) keeps rolling, and it’s a blockbuster so far. Actors Michael Peña and Craig Robinson, along with director Ira Sachs, made appearances on behalf of their films “War on Everything,” “Morris from America” and “Little Men.” The festival runs through May 26th, 2016.

Michael Peña Meets the Chicago Film Critics, Patrick McDonald Fourth from Right

Photo credit: Dann Gire, Daily Herald

Throughout the 2016 festival, audiences can expect amazing cinema from the first quarter major festivals – including Sundance and South X Southwest – and there are a couple more director and celebrity appearances to go. For a complete schedule of these events and the films, click here.

Since this is a film festival curated by the Chicago critics, Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com has asked some of the participating film critics to contribute to the Michael Peña interview, because it was a one-question-red-carpet situation (they will »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Anna Gunn Faces Greed and Sexism on Wall Street in First Trailer For ‘Equity’

20 May 2016 2:51 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While the vast majority of movies centered around Wall Street view it from a male perspective, this year at Sundance we got a drama that looks at the often-neglected female side. Meera Menon’s Equity follows Breaking Bad‘s Anna Gunn as she navigated greed and sexism in the stock trade. Produced, written, and directed by women, the first trailer has now arrived ahead of a summer release by Sony Pictures Classics.

We said in our review (a portion of which is quoted in the trailer), “Equity is more nuanced, if not as ferociously confidant as that 1987 Oliver Stone film, here focusing on the nitty gritty of a market launch of a social media-style security company. In a post-Snowden leaks and Sony hacks world, the set-up seems entirely plausible, but the thrust of the plot isn’t really what derives the drama.”

Check out the trailer below for the film also starring James Purefoy, »

- Jordan Raup

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Interview: Director Whit Stillman Celebrates ‘Love & Friendship’

17 May 2016 1:53 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Say the name Whit Stillman in certain cinema circles, and a rush of admiration soon follows. The director made a name for himself with his debut film “Metropolitan’ (1990), and followed with the same emotional pallette in “Barcelona” (1994). He is back with an adaptation of a Jane Austin novel, entitled “Love & Friendship.”

The title is taken from one of Jane Austin’s short stories, but the narrative is from her novel “Lady Susan,” published 60 years after her death. It involves the title character (portrayed in the film by Kate Beckinsale), a widow without fortune, who is looking to marry again to wealth, and wishes the same for her daughter. She visits the estate of her sister-in-law and brother-in-law – Charles and Catherine Vernon – in the hopes of making a match for her lovely child Frederica, or at least herself.

Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale in ‘Love & Friendship’

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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France’s Top Financier Natixis Coficine Reaches Out to International Players (Exclusive)

16 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Natixis Coficine, the 67-year-old firm that financed 11 films playing in Cannes, including Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society,” is expanding further into international projects.

Chaired by French industry vet Didier Duverger, Natixis Coficine invests approximately 1 billion Euros ($1.3 billion) in films and TV drama and has started in recent years diversifying its client base across Europe as well as in Canada, Australia, South Africa and the U.S. via reps based in the U.K., Spain, Germany and Scandinavia. Today, 25% of Natixis Coficine’s clients come from outside of France, where the outfit invests about 200 million Euros ($226 million). Natixis Coficine is now aiming to invest more in English-language content and in Germany, not only in films but also in TV shows.

As more and more European producers embark into English-language projects with U.S. talent, Duverger, who works closely with the company’s managing director Christophe Vidal, said Natixis Coficine had a competitive advantage over U. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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‘Maniac Cop’ to Launch Nicolas Winding Refn First-Look Deal

16 May 2016 9:52 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Vendian Entertainment has partnered with Wild Bunch and Nicolas Winding Refn’s Space Rocket on a multi-year first look deal. The horror thriller “Maniac Cop” will be the first project produced and financed.

The deal was announced Monday at the Cannes Film Festival with Wild Bunch repping international rights. The partnership will have a first option to provide financing for Space Rocket’s feature films for an international audience by Refn and other directors.

Maniac Cop,” the first in a trilogy, is written by Ed Brubaker (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) and directed by John Hyams (“Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning”). It follows innocent people who are brutally murdered on the streets of Los Angeles by a uniformed police officer. As the death toll rises and Lapd attempts a cover up, one determined female cop sets out to reveal the truth.

Refn and William Lustig (“Vigilante”) will be creative producers, »

- Dave McNary

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Zannou, Gely, Morena, Mare Nostrum Team for ‘I Spit on Your Graves’

12 May 2016 11:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes —  Cyril Gely, scribe of Omar Sy hit “Chocolat,” is adapting U.S.-set thriller “I Spit on Your Graves,” the celebrated American race relations/revenge novel that made and killed -literally – French literary legend Boris Vian, a friend of Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker.

Set in a contemporary Southern U.S., to be shot in English,“I Spit on Your Graves” will be directed by Santiago Zannou, a Spanish Academy best new director Goya winner for “The One-Handed Trick.” Morena Films, producers of Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” and Oliver Stone’s “Comandante,” one of Spain’s best financed and most cosmopolitan of production houses, produces with France’s Mare Nostrum, headed by Alexandra Lebret, which garnered with Morena on Antonio Banderas’ “Altamira.”

Written in 1946, “I Spit” became a sensation when a copy was found on the bedside table of a strangled girl. France’s Catholic Church claimed that the »

- John Hopewell

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Cannes: Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson to Star in ‘Aspern Papers’

11 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Vanessa Redgrave is in negotiations to star alongside her daughter Joely Richardson in “Aspern Papers.”

The adaptation of the Henry James novel of the same name will be helmed by Julien Landais, marking his feature film directorial debut. The film centers on a young writer who tries to get his hands on letters that the romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern penned to his mistress, Juliana Bordereau (Redgrave). Richardson will play Bordereau’s niece, who lives with her aunt in a Venetian palazzo.

Jean Pavas and Hannah Bhuiya adapted the screenplay with Landais. Film House Germany’s Gabriela Bacher will produce with Landais under his Princeps Films label. James Ivory, Charles S. Cohen, Joely Richardson, Francois Sarkozy and Film House Germany’s Christian Angermayer and Klemens Hallmann are executive producing. Gary Rubin, Evp of Cohen Media Group, will serve as an associate producer.

Carnaby International will handle the international rights and introduce »

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Elevation, Anton Corp in slate finance deal

10 May 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Laurie May and Noah Segal’s Canadian distributor and Anton Corp, which Harold van Lier has joined as partner, announced in Cannes they will team up on 20-25 films a year.

The slate co-financing partners will invest in films that include content from Elevation’s output deals with backer Black Bear Pictures, as well as Bleecker Street Films and Bold Films.

“We are thrilled to partner with Anton and work with Sébastien Raybaud and Harold van Lier to continue to build our slate of critically acclaimed and commercially successful films,” said Elevation Pictures co-presidents May and Segal.

“This collaboration, including some films to be brought by Anton, as well as Canadian co-productions, will elevate our slate to the next level.”

Anton will invest in an Elevation slate that includes Mother’s Day starring Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts, Free State Of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey, Michael Keaton starrer The Founder, Oliver Stone’s [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Canada’s Elevation Pictures and Anton Corp. Ink Slate Financing Deal

10 May 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Canadian distrib Elevation Pictures has inked a multi-year slate co-financing deal with Sebastien Raynaud’s Europe-based investment outfit Anton Corp.

Under the deal, Anton will partner on Elevation’s acquisition slate of around 20-25 pics per year ranging from elevated commercial films to prestige driven titles, including those from its output deals with Black Bear Pictures, Bleeker Street and Bold Films.

The strategic partnership will give Elevation, which is backed by Teddy Schwartzman’s Black Bear Pictures, the muscle to target opportunities to built its slate, which has so far included titles such as “The Imitation Game” and “Room.” Anton is on board to back releases from the indie disturb such as Garry Marshall’s “Mother’s Day,” Garry Ross’ “Free State of Jones,” John Lee Hancock’s “The Founder,” starring Michael Keaton and Oliver Stone’s “Snowden.”

“This collaboration with the excellent team at Elevation Pictures and Teddy Schwartzman »

- Diana Lodderhose

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Foresight Unlimited to sell 'The Last Full Measure'

9 May 2016 7:03 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Mark Damon and Tamara Birkemoe will start pre-sales on the Croisette this week on the drama starring Scott Eastwood and Ed Harris.

Laurence Fishburne is in final negotiations and Morgan Freeman in discussions to join The Last Full Measure, which Todd Robinson will direct from his screenplay.

Principal photography is scheduled to commence in September on the true story that follows efforts by a Pentagon investigator who teams up with Vietnam War veterans to posthumously award Air Force medic William Pitsenbarger the Medal Of Honor.

Lauren Selig, John Watson, Pen Densham, Julian Adams, Howard Burd and Foresight’s Mark Damon will produce, while Foresight’s Tamara Birkemoe serves as executive producer with Sidney Sherman.

Eastwood will be seen this summer in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad for Warner Bros and Oliver Stone’s Snowden for Open Road Films.

Harris recently wrapped production on the Untitled Warren Beatty Project for New Regency Pictures and 20th Century Fox, and »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Scott Eastwood and Ed Harris Join ‘The Last Full Measure’

9 May 2016 3:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Scott Eastwood (“Suicide Squad,” “Fast 8”) and Ed Harris are set to topline in “The Last Full Measure,” from Emmy Award winner Todd Robinson (“The Legend of Billy the Kid”).

Laurence Fishburne and Morgan Freeman are also in final negotiations to star in the pic, which Robinson will direct from his own screenplay.

Foresight Unlimited will be selling the title, which begins lensing in September, to buyers in Cannes this year.

Based on the true story of a present day cover-up investigation, “The Last Full Measure” follows young Pentagon investigator Scott Huffman (Eastwood) as he battles the political machine in Washington. He reluctantly teams with veterans of Operation Abilene to convince Congress to award the Medal of Honor to a courageous Air Force medic who sacrificed his life saving more than 60 soldiers in the Vietnam War.

Lauren Selig, John Watson, Pen Denham, Julian Adams, Howard Brud and Mark Damon will »

- Diana Lodderhose

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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: A.O. Scott, Orson Welles, Owen Gleiberman, Humphrey Bogart, and More

5 May 2016 1:07 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Part of the fun in rounding up recent books about (or connected to) cinema is the sheer diversity of releases. This latest collection features a dive into this history of Hollywood legends, lots more Force Awakens, compelling reads from two fascinating critics, texts highlighting the art of Batman v. Superman and The Little Prince, and more. Plus, if you’ve been coveting Constable Zuvio mentions, you’re finally in luck.

Movie Freak: My Life Watching Movies by Owen Gleiberman (Hachette Books)

My favorite book of 2016 thus far has arrived, and it’s Movie Freak by former Entertainment Weekly critic Owen Gleiberman. For many a nineties teen, EW was something of a pop culture bible, and Gleiberman’s incisive writing was a key reason. In Movie Freak, his unguardedly personal memoir, he talks of films loved (Blue Velvet, Manhunter), friendships dashed (with the likes of Oliver Stone and Pauline Kael), and »

- Christopher Schobert

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Film Sales Company to sell 'Midnight Return'

2 May 2016 2:05 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Andrew Herwitz has picked up worldwide sales rights to Cannes Classics selection Midnight Return: The Story Of Billy Hayes And Turkey.

Sally Sussman’s film explores the backstory and aftermath of Alan Parker’s 1978 Cannes Film Festival premiere Midnight Express, which earned a best screenplay Oscar for then little-known Oliver Stone, drew the wrath of the Turkish government and became an overnight sensation.

Stone, Parker and producers David Puttnam and Peter Guber discuss their involvement, while the film’s real-life inspiration Billy Hayes attempts to return to Turkey in an effort to rebuild bridges.

“This film proves the maxim that fact is stranger than fiction and is a must see for any cinephile,” said Herwitz.

Sussman said: “Very few films stay in the zeitgeist for decades after their release but Midnight Express is one of them.

“Everyone remembers that movie but what they don’t know is the true story, which is much »

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Cinematographer Robert Richardson Signs With Wme

29 April 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Wme has signed Academy Award-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson.

Richardson has won three Oscars for best cinematography for his work on “JFK,” starring Kevin Costner; “The Aviator” with Leonardo DiCaprio; and “Hugo” for director Martin Scorsese.

He recently completed work on “Live By Night” for Appian Way and director Ben Affleck. It will open later this year.

Richardson is one of just three living directors of photography to win three Academy Awards. In addition, Richardson’s work has garnered him 10 Asc awards as well as nine Academy Award and four BAFTA nominations. His previous credits include “Platoon” and “Born on the Fourth of July,” directed by Oliver Stone; Scorsese’s “Casino”; “Fast, Cheap & Out of Control” for director Errol Morris, as well as “Inglorious Bastards,” “Django Unchained” and “The Hateful Eight,” directed by Quentin Tarantino.

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Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Robert Richardson Inks With Wme

29 April 2016 10:22 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Wme has signed three-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson, whose most recent credit is Quentin Tarantino’s Cinemascope Western The Hateful Eight, which earned him his ninth Oscar nomination. He just wrapped production on Ben Affleck’s Live by Night for Appian Way and Warner Bros. Richardson won Oscars for Oliver Stone’s JFK and Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator and Hugo. His credits also include Stone’s Platoon and Born on the Fourth of… »

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Chinese transgender film to shoot in 2017

29 April 2016 3:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Factory Boss filmmaker Zhang Wei to direct feature loosely based on true events.

Zhang Wei, the Chinese writer, director and producer known for socially conscious films such as Factory Boss and Destiny, is to focus on transgenderism for his next feature.

The Rib, which deals with the intersection of a transgendered youth, religion and family life in modern day China, is in pre-production with principal photography set to begin early 2017.

Loosely based on true events, The Rib follows a transgender teenager who is born into a devoutly Christian family.

When his mother discovers that he wants to transition from male to female, she is filled with grief, rage and confusion as she struggles to come to terms with the life-changing decision. The two fight to overcome their differences and face a society where prejudice against the underground Lgbt community is rife.

Zhang Wei has made his name as an independent filmmaker who has focussed on socially conscious »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Intimate First Trailer For Southside With You Sends Barack Obama Off On A First Date

28 April 2016 12:46 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Long before Barack Obama stepped foot in the Oval Office and made history, the biggest dilemma that occupied the mind of the would-be President of the United States revolved around one Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter), and it’s that budding romance that anchors Richard Tanne’s intimate summer drama, Southside With You.

Written by Tanne himself, the biopic shuns convention by focusing solely on the relationship between Obama (Parker Sawyers) and his significant other, who would eventually go on to become his wife and First Lady. In fact, Southside With You tells the story of the pair’s fateful first date, and what may seem like a bright and breezy premise makes for a touching, focused and poignant drama in today’s first trailer.

Taking viewers back a full 25 years, Southside With You “recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers »

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Snowden Gets A New Movie Poster

28 April 2016 7:32 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the Nsa and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled  [ Read More ]

The post Snowden Gets A New Movie Poster appeared first on Shockya.com. »

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Snowden: the trailer for Oliver Stone’s thriller – video

28 April 2016 3:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The trailer for Oliver Stone’s thriller Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden. It follows Snowden’s journey from the army to the CIA and then his resulting infamy as he leaked classified information about global surveillance. The film is based on The Snowden Files by the Guardian’s Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena

Full trailer for Oliver Stone’s controversial Snowden thriller arrives Continue reading »

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Snowden: new trailer for Oliver Stone’s new movie

27 April 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Edward Snowden opposite Shailene Woodley, in Oliver Stone's Snowden. Here's the trailer and poster...

Since it was delayed from its original release slot at the end of last year, not too much has been heard of Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden movie, cunningly entitled Snowden. The film sees Joseph Gordon-Levitt take on the role of the government contractor who leaked Us government documents, with support from Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Melissa Leo, Tom Wilkinson, Nicolas Cage, Scott Eastwood and Timothy Olyphant.

The wraps are finally coming off the film, though, ahead of its new planned release date this coming September. A new trailer, poster and synopsis have been released, so let’s take them in order.

Here’s the trailer…

Here’s the poster…

And here’s the synopsis…

Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, »

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