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Mexican writer-director Isaac Ezban comes to Ventana Sur with two films, “The Incident” and Blood Window’s “The Similars.” Making both films in one year was a whirlwind for Ezban, particularly since these are his first feature-length pieces — he cut his teeth as a maker of short films. Ezban’s signature lo-fi sci-fi aesthetic shines through in both outings, channeling the work of H.P. Lovecraft and episodes of “The Twilight Zone” as inspiration. Shoreline Entertainment acquired “The Incident” on Nov. 30 in a deal reported by Variety.
Your impressive short film “Nasty Stuff” gloriously bathed in Lovecraftian horror. Now your debut feature “The Incident” delves into intellectual/metaphysical science fiction. And right now you just finished your second feature film “The Similars,” which, by the look of the first teaser trailer, looks like it could have some horror again. So, are you more of a horror fan, or more of a science fiction fan? »
- Marianne Zumberge
Paris– UniFrance is upping the ante for the fifth edition of its online festival MyFrenchFilmFestival, showcasing A-list festival players, local commercial and critical successes.
Melanie Laurent’s “Breathe” and “Hippocrate” (pictured above), both heading from Cannes’ Critics Week, Robin Campillo’s “Eastern Boys,” winner of Venice’s Horizons prize, and Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s “The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears ” are among the 10 feature films set to compete at MyFrenchFilmFestival. A second competition selection comprises 10 short films, notably the animated “A Town Called Panic: The Christmas Log,” “Guy Moquet” and “Shadow.”
MyFrenchFilmFestival’s lineup was unveiled today at a press conference organized at the French culture ministry. Organized by UniFrance Jean-Paul Salomé and managing director Isabelle Giordano, the presser was attended by culture minister Fleur Pellerin, Cnc president Frederique Bredin and Michel Gondry, who succeeds to Jean-Pierre Jeunet as president of the directors’ jury.
The online »
- Elsa Keslassy
Happy Black Friday everyone! With the holiday shopping season kicking off today, we thought we’d get a jump start on our Annual Holiday Gift Guide as well, so that we can provide you guys with some great gift options and help you save a few bucks in the process.
Once again, Daily Dead is going to be posting some of our favorite gift ideas for all the horror, sci-fi and comics lovers out there over the next few weeks and just because we want to do something fun for our readers, at the end of each day’s recap, we’ll be posting a holiday horror-related trivia question and giving away great prize pack featuring items from our fantastic sponsors, including Scream Factory, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Horror Decor.
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- Heather Wixson
Bydgoszcz, Poland — Russian drama “Leviathan” won the Golden Frog, the top prize at Camerimage, a film festival devoted to the art of cinematography.
The dark satire about corruption in Russia, which won the award for screenplay at Cannes and reps Russia in the Oscar race, was photographed by Mikhail Krichman and directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. Variety’s review said: “The characters are all but swallowed by d.p. Mikhail Krichman’s overwhelming anamorphic widescreen vistas.”
In handing out the top prize, director/scribe Philip Kaufman said that the filmmakers at Camerimage are like the test pilots in his 1983 Oscar winner, “The Right Stuff,” because they’re “pushing the envelope — you are the people with the right stuff.”
Roland Joffe, who headed the main Camerimage prize jury, recognizing D.P.s, described the 15 competing pics as “some very beautiful, some very brave.”
The Silver Frog went to Palestinian feature “Omar,” lensed »
- Leo Barraclough and Will Tizard
By Anjelica Oswald
Seven years after winning an Oscar for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (2007), Marion Cotillard could land a second nomination for her role in Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit), which is Belgium’s Oscar submission. She was also in 2013 Cannes selection The Immigrant, which was released in May of this year. Since La Vie en Rose, Cotillard has mainly worked on small indie films both inside and outside of America, with the exception of Christopher Nolan‘s Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Cotillard was introduced to acting at a young age — her father was a director and her mother was an actress — and began her career acting in a variety of French TV shows and films. Her first Hollywood role was in Tim Burton‘s Big Fish (2003). She appeared »
- Anjelica Oswald
Tokyo – “As the Gods Will,” Miike Takashi’s blood-spattered shocker about teens forced to play a deadly game, opened atop the Japanese B.O. for the Nov. 15-16 weekend.
Bowing on 318 screens, the pic earned $1.54 million on 134,000 admissions and is expected to finish north of $10 million.
Debuting at number two on 260 screens was “Pale Moon,” Daihachi Yoshida’s drama about a middle-aged bank employee who embezzles to support her young lover. Boosted by star Rie Miyazawa’s best actress prize at the recently ended Tokyo festival, the film took $1.14 million on 104,000 admissions and is also tipped for a $10 million plus total.
Their debuts meant that there was no Hollywood film in the top five. “Expendables 3” slipped to sixth spot.
The only other new addition to the top ten was the Seiji Mizushima animation “Expelled from Paradise,” which entered at number nine with $250,000 from 17,300 admissions on 13
Among art house openers »
- Mark Schilling
Andy Milonakis is invading Japan, thanks to a new deal with Endemol Beyond USA. Viral video star Milonakis, who gained prominence when he was featured on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and whose MTV sketch comedy series “The Andy Milonakis Show” was produced by Kimmel, has signed an overall TV and digital development deal with Endemol Beyond USA, the premium channel network and digital division of Endemol North America. Also read: ‘Phantom of the Opera’ Series From Tony Krantz, Jean-Pierre Jeunet in the Works at Endemol The first project from the partnership will be “Andy's Hungry Voyage,” during which Milonakis will travel to Tokyo. »
- Tim Kenneally
Who could have predicted that Phantom of the Opera would suddenly enjoy a spike in popularity this fall? First, we heard that Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry was working on a sexy, musical spin set in the “cutthroat world of the modern-day music business” for ABC, which has been looking for a musical drama to pair with Nashville. And now, an immediately much more interesting project, based more on Gaston Leroux’s novel than the Andrew Lloyd Webber play, has emerged, with French auteur Jean-Pierre Jeunet at the helm.
Jeunet, the director behind such instant classics as Delicatessen, Amelie and City of Lost Children, will develop a Phantom of the Opera series for Endemol Studios, Variety reports. Producer Tony Krantz (NBC’s Dracula, Mulholland Drive), who recently sold his WWII drama spec script Saboteurs to eOne Television, is providing the script.
Krantz’s script is set in 1919 and features “a »
- Isaac Feldberg
Acclaimed filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet ("City of Lost Children," "Alien Resurrection") is teaming with "Mulholland Drive" and "24" producer Tony Krantz on Endemol Studios' TV series adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1909 novel "The Phantom Of The Opera".
Krantz' script is set in 1919 and re-imagines the 'phantom' as a British World War I fighter pilot who suffered catastrophic burns across most of his body. Jeunet calls it an "imaginative version" and plans to use the time period of "great social change" as a key element of the story.
Endemol's series is not to be confused with a similar adaptation of Leroux’s novel that the U.S. TV network ABC is developing with "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry. That series is set in contemporary times and will deal much more with today's cutthroat music industry world.
No word yet on which networks may carry Jeunet's show.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Andrew Lloyd Webber fans, I’m afraid this isn’t for you. But those who loved films like Delicatessen, Amelie, and City of Lost Children are probably going to perk up for this news of a new TV show. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of those films (among others) is now developing a Phantom of the Opera TV […]
- Russ Fischer
If you enjoy seeing new twists on vintage horror villains, then you might be adding a few more TV shows to your DVR in the future. A little over a week ago, Fox revealed they are moving forward on a Frankenstein TV series pilot, while ABC unveiled their plans for a TV series adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. Now a third show has entered the mix, as Endemol Studios has their own version of the Phantom in the works.
According to Deadline, Tony Krantz is writing a TV drama series adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s classic 1909 novel, The Phantom of the Opera, that will be directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie) and produced by Endemol Studios. No casting details have been revealed at this time. Here’s the show’s synopsis, via Deadline:
“Described as a drama brimming with tortured love affairs, sex, murder and mystery among the international »
- Derek Anderson
Add another filmmaker making the exodus to the small screen. "Amelie" director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is headed to television to helm "The Phantom Of The Opera," but this version won't be the story you know from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway smash. Penned by Tony Krantz (the producer behind "24" and "Felicity," among others), this new take is "a drama brimming with tortured love affairs, sex, murder and mystery among the international jet set at the dawn of the Jazz Age, the Phantom Of The Opera series is set in 1919 against a backdrop of the Paris Peace Conference. The story centers on a British World War I fighter pilot with burns covering half of his body. He finds himself at the center of a string of murders that threatens to embroil the city’s gathered world leaders. The 'Opera' in this re-imagining is an opera house that is home to the hottest »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Shy bladder group protests DirecTV ad starring "Painfully Awkward Rob Lowe" The ad featuring “Painfully Awkward Rob Lowe” unable to pee at a urinal is in poor taste, says the CEO of the International Paruresis Association, which estimates that some 7% of Americans have some form of “shy bladder syndrome.” Members of the group have asked DirecTV to pull the ad, but the satellite company says the ads are staying put. Plus: DirecTV unveils “Crazy Hairy Rob Lowe." A 2nd “Phantom of the Opera” TV series is in the works -- from the director of "Amelie" Two weeks after ABC and “Desperate Housewives” honcho Marc Cherry announced their “Phantom of the Opera,” Endemol announced it is remaking the classic French tale with Tony Krantz and “Amelie” director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Watch George R.R. Martin eat a hamburger on a 1987 episode of “Beauty and the Beast” The “Game of Thrones” honcho recalled his »
- Norman Weiss
A few weeks ago, we reported that ABC was in development on a modern-day musical adaptation of Gaston Leroux's "The Phantom of the Opera," but now it seems a rival series is coming to steal its thunder as prolific producer Tony Krantz ("24," "Dracula") and acclaimed Amélie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet prepare to shift the story from a 19th century opera house to an early 20th century jazz club.
This new "Phantom of the Opera" will involve a lot of sex, murder and mystery in 1919 against a backdrop of the Paris Peace Conference.
- Ryan Turek
Project marks the second effort to turn Gaston Leroux’s 1909 novel into a TV series. Marc Cherry and Sabrina Wind are shepherding a contemporary take on the story for ABC and ABC Studios. Like that project, Endemol’s “Phantom” is not tied to the musical that has been a global sensation for composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Krantz, a seasoned TV and film producer, is making his first foray into writing with a rendition of the story set in 1919, with the central figure being a British Wwi fighter pilot suffering from burns over most of his body. Jeunet is on board to direct.
- Cynthia Littleton
A few weeks ago, we reported that ABC was in development on a modern-day musical adaptation of Gaston Leroux's "The Phantom of the Opera," but now it seems a rival series is coming to steal its thunder as prolific producer Tony Krantz ("24," "Dracula") and acclaimed Amélie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet prepare to shift the story from a 19th century opera house to an early 20th century jazz club. »
There certainly appears to be no shortage of phantoms heading to the opera these days. Fresh off of news that former “Desperate Housewives” honcho Marc Cherry is developing a “Phantom of the Opera” adaptation for ABC, Endemol Studios announced Tuesday that it is developing its own adaptation of the classic musical. See photos: Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine Go ‘Into the Woods’ in First Look at Rob Marshall's Musical (Photos) Endemol's take on the tale will be based on Gaston Leroux's novel, which inspired Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s blockbuster musical, and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (“Amelie”), with “24” vet Tony Krantz »
- Tim Kenneally
It’s been adapted successfully for the screen and highly profitably for the stage, and now Gaston Leroux’s 1909 novel The Phantom Of The Opera is headed for TV in more than one incarnation.Us network ABC announced recently that it was developing a series based on the concept from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry. But here comes Endemol Studios, which has enlisted Tony Krantz and Jean-Pierre Jeunet to work on their own take.Krantz is at work on the script for the story, which is set in 1919 and re-imagines the “phantom” as a British World War I fighter pilot who suffered catastrophic burns across most of his body. Quite how that leads to him lurking around an opera stage remains to be seen. Still, Jeunet’s confident: “I look forward to directing Tony Krantz’s imaginative version of Phantom of the Opera with Endemol Studios,” he tells Variety. “We »
British critics adored Pride, the comedy-drama based on the true story of the gay Londoners who rallied to support Welsh miners in their confrontation with Margaret Thatcher in 1984, and some were moved to tears.
Audiences in the UK were rather less enthused as the film starring Bill Nighy, Paddy Considine, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton has pocketed a modest $US6.2 million in seven weeks, tracking more like a Made in Dagenham than a Calendar Girls or Billy Elliot.
The reaction seems similar here judging by the Matthew Warchus-directed film.s $522,000 debut on 130 screens, and $595,00 with festival screenings and previews.
Distributor eOne emailed exhibitors this morning asking them to maintain screens in hopes that word-of-mouth will kick in this weekend, particularly among the target audience of mature females.
It was another soft weekend as takings dropped by 9% to $9 million according to Rentrak.s estimates. Year-to-date ticket sales have generated $896 million, »
- Don Groves
The Lumière Festival was created by Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux and Lumière Institute President Bertrand Tavernier six years ago here in Lyon, the birthplace of cinema. As the week-long event that wraps tomorrow has grown, it has become a favorite stop on the calendar for filmmakers, film buffs and friends of Frémaux to attend. It includes restorations, masterclasses and retrospectives, but no competition. And it’s not just art-house either — tonight’s program includes an Alien marathon presented by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and a screening of Die Hard with John McTiernan hosting. Last year’s Prix Lumière winner, Quentin Tarantino, spent several days soaking up the scene here in 2013. This year’s recipient of the Lumière Prize, which has previously also gone to Milos Forman, Gérard Depardieu, Ken Loach and Clint Eastwood, was Oscar-winning Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar.
On Friday night, a two-and-a-half hour tribute to Almodovar concluded with a rousing »
- Nancy Tartaglione
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