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China’s ‘Black Coal’ Sells to StudioCanal for U.K. Release

15 October 2014 4:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Black Coal, Thin Ice,” the Chinese thriller that won the Golden Bear in Berlin earlier this year, is to get a release in the U.K.

Rights to the film, which plays this week in the London Film Festival, were acquired by StudioCanal from Hong Kong- and Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films. The Diao Yinan-directed picture is also the front-runner at the Golden Horse Awards, which take place in Taiwan next month.

Among Fortissimo’s other Lff titles “Theeb” was acquired by Cinemien for the Benelux territories and by Megacom for ex-Yugoslavia; while gay drama “Love Is Strange,” starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, was sold to Edko Films for Hong Kong and Filmware for Taiwan. “Love” releases early next year in the U.K. via Altitude Films.


- Patrick Frater

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Fortissimo announces Lff deals

14 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: StudioCanal acquires Black Coal, Thin Ice; more deals done on Theeb and Love Is Strange.

Fortissimo Films has confirmed several deals on its three titles screening at the BFI London Film Festival.

Berlinale Golden and Silver Bear winner Black Coal, Thin Ice has been acquired by StudioCanal for the UK. Diao Yi’nan’s Chinese thriller tells the story of an ex-cop and his former partner who decide to follow up on an investigation of a series of murders.

Theeb, best director award winner in Venice’s Orizzonti section, has sold to Cinemien for Benelux and Megacom for former Yugoslavia. Naji Abu Nowar’s Bedouin Western also screened in Toronto, and Fortissimo is continuing negotiations for other territories. The film is about a boy whose Bedouin tribal life is interrupted by a British army officer on a mysterious mission.

Ira SachsLove Is Strange has now confirmed deals with Edko Films for Hong Kong and Filmware »

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Indie distribs salute Hobart cinema

13 October 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

John Kelly.s role in transforming Hobart.s 100-year-old State Cinema into a highly successful seven-screen complex which attracts more than 200,000 patrons each year has been recognised.

The exhibitor received the Independent Spirit Award from the Australian Independent Distributors Association (Aida) at the 69th Australian International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast on Monday night.

Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason presented Kelly with the award, which recognises an individual whose career has been based primarily in Australian independent exhibition, distribution or production and who has made a significant contribution to the success of independent fllms.

Voted by Aida members, previous recipients include Ingrid van den Berghe from Luna Palace Cinemas, Wa (2013), retired Greater Union exhibitor John Politzer (2012) and Bob Parr, head of programming for South Australia's Wallis Cinemas (2011).

The other honorees at the Aida dinner were:

Best suburban cinema - Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Cremorne Presented by: Alaric McAusland . MD »

- Don Groves

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'Inherent Vice' premiere: Paul Thomas Anderson doesn't get bogged down by plot

4 October 2014 7:07 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Thomas Pynchon has written eight acclaimed novels, but no one had the brass to adapt one for the screen until Paul Thomas Anderson tackled Inherent Vice. The director's second consecutive collaboration with Joaquin Phoenix was the centerpiece gala at the New York Film Festival, where it made its world premiere on Saturday. If the trailer for the film gave off a Big Lebowski vibe, that's partially because both films are at least partially inspired by The Big Sleep, the classic 1946 noir with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. "I saw The Big Sleep and it made me realize I couldn't follow any of it, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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1 October 2014 2:16 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Ferociously entertaining sci-fi shenanigan with Ben Kingsley as a scientist whose efforts to splice alien genetic matter with human DNA bring him a hybrid 'daughter' called Sil. Alas, it's bad news for mankind when Sil evolves into the seductive form of Natasha Henstridge, a sexually voracious being with the reproductive instincts of a female praying mantis. Professional exterminator Michael Madsen hooks up with scientists Marg Helgenberger and Alfred Molina to stop the carnal carnage. »

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Rome reveals 'slimmer' line-up

29 September 2014 6:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Name and focus changes for every section, which are now all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.

The ninth Rome Film Festival (Oct 16-25) has revealed a diverse line-up including the Italian premieres for potential awards contenders including David Fincher’s Gone Girl. the world premiere of Takashi Miike’s As the Gods Will and Burhan Qurbani’s We are Young, We are Strong and European premiere of Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind, Toronto hit Still Alice and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.

This year for the first time the award-winners in each section of the programme will be decided by the audience on the basis of votes cast after the screenings.

Each section has changed name and focus for 2014 and are all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.

Italian comedies Soap Opera and Andiamo a Quel Paese bookend the line-up.

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'A Most Violent Year' Will Open the 2014 AFI Festival

24 September 2014 7:48 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

There was no real surprise in this morning's announcement that J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year will have its World Premiere on Thursday, November 6, as the Opening Night Gala of 2014 AFI Festival. It, along with the likes of Clint Eastwood's American Sniper and Rupert Wyatt's The Gambler seemed like the best bets to open and/or premiere at the fest and I still wouldn't be surprised to see the other two added shortly. "J.C. Chandor has put together a remarkable crime drama, which is also an immersive period piece and morality tale that resonates on an emotional level," said AFI Fest director said Jacqueline Lyanga. "Chandor is a talented director who takes risks with every film that he makes and A Most Violent Year is no exception. It is a great film with which to open the festival and begin the audience's eight-day journey through a landscape of extraordinary contemporary cinema. »

- Brad Brevet

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Steven Soderbergh Recuts 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' as Silent Film

24 September 2014 3:17 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While it may be some time before we see a new film from "retired" director Steven Soderbergh, his latest experiment on the website may be the closest thing we get. The filmmaker posted a new black and white "silent" cut of the 1981 classic Raiders of the Lost Ark, which has absolutely no dialogue, but does feature music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross scores for The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Earlier this year, he cut together mash-ups of both the original version of Psycho and the 1998 remake on the website.

Click on the image below to watch the 115-minute video in its entirety, then take a look at Steven Soderbergh's statement about why he made Raiders of the Lost Ark a silent film.

"(Note: This posting is for educational purposes only.)

I'm assuming the phrase "staging" came out of the theatre world, »

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Simon Helberg’s ‘We’ll Never Have Paris’ Acquired for U.S. by Orion Releasing

23 September 2014 6:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The directorial debut of “Big Bang Theory” star Simon Helberg, “We’ll Never Have Paris,” has been acquired for North American rights by Orion Releasing.

Orion will release the film theatrically in select markets on Jan. 22, 2015 in advance of a VOD release. Helberg wrote and starred in the romantic comedy, which was co-directed by his wife, Jocelyn Towne. It also stars Zachary Quinto, Melanie Lynskey, Alfred Molina, Jason Ritter and Maggie Grace.

The film is based on Helberg and Towne’s real-life romantic history. Helberg plays a neurotic man in the midst of a quarter-life crisis that reaches a peak when a coworker (Grace) confesses his love for him as he’s about to propose to his longtime girlfriend, played by Lynskey. He then leaves his girlfriend and quickly regrets the decision — only to find out that she has fled to Paris.

“This is a deeply personal film for us »

- Alex Stedman

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We’ll Never Have Paris finds Us home

23 September 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Orion Releasing has acquired North American rights to Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg’s feature directorial debut. K5 International handles sales outside North America.

We’ll Never Have Paris stars Helberg, Melanie Lynskey, Zachary Quinto, Alfred Molina, Jason Ritter, Maggie Grace and will open in a limited theatrical pattern on January 22, 2015, ahead of VOD.

Robert Ogden Barnum produced the rom-com alongside Katie Mustard, Helberg and Jocelyn Towne, Helberg’s wife who co-directed. Executive producers are Marc Platt, Cassian Elwes and Judd Rubin.

The story follows a lovelorn man as he chases his spurned true love across the Atlantic. The film premiered at SXSW and closed Edinburgh.

“This is a deeply personal film for us that looks closely at the pain and suffering leading up to our catastrophic proposal,” said Towne and Helberg. “And we’re thrilled that Orion finds it as hilarious as we do.”

UTA Independent Film Group brokered the deal on behalf of the »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Simon Helberg's Directorial Debut Acquired by Orion

23 September 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Orion Releasing has acquired North American rights to “We'll Never Have Paris,” the directorial debut of “The Big Bang Theory” star Simon Helberg, who also wrote, produced and stars in the film, it was announced Tuesday. Helberg co-directed the romantic comedy with his wife Jocelyn Towne, and he stars alongside Melanie Lynskey (“Happy Christmas”), Zachary Quinto (“Star Trek”), Alfred Molina (“Spiderman 2”), Jason Ritter (“Parenthood”) and Maggie Grace (“Taken”). The film was produced by Robert Ogden Barnum (“All Is Lost”), Katie Mustard (“The Greatest”), Helberg and Towne, and executive produced by Marc Platt, Cassian Elwes and Judd Rubin. It will be released. »

- Jeff Sneider

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'We'll Never Have Paris' Finds Distribution Deal With Orion Releasing

23 September 2014 2:01 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Orion Releasing has picked up the North American rights to the comedy We’ll Never Have Paris, the directorial debut of Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg. Helberg also wrote and stars in the indie, which was co-directed by his wife, Jocelyn Towne, and is based on the couple’s real life love story. The movie co-stars Melanie Lynskey, Zachary Quinto, Alfred Molina, Jason Ritter and Maggie Grace. Read more It's Official: Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn to Star in 'True Detective' According to Orion, the movie centers “neurotic mess of a man (Helberg) in the midst a quarter-life

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10 Comic Book Movie Villains Who Looked Great (But Sucked Anyway)

23 September 2014 6:34 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Comic book villains have proven to be a very difficult concept to portray on the big screen, with the vast majority of such depictions failing to garner acclaim for audiences or critics alike.

Whether it’s because the casting was terrible, their appearance was pathetic, they were vastly underpowered, they were changed too much from the source material or because of any other reason, more often than not comic book movie villains are deemed to be failures.

That’s not to say there haven’t been some great ones; Ian McKellen’s Magneto, Heath Ledger’s Joker, Terence Stamp’s General Zod, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier and Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus are just a few who have hit the nail firmly on the head with their portrayals of villains, which proves that it can be done well and makes it all the more »

- K.J. Stewart

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Fiddler on the Roof is 50

22 September 2014 5:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Fifty years ago today, Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway and was an instant success with audiences and also won 9 Tony Awards including the big kahuna Best Musical. It would become the longest running musical in Broadway history until it was surpassed by that crop of 80s mega-musicals from Britain. The musical has been performed countless times since in stage productions all over the world and four revivals on Broadway (76, 81, 90, 04). 

Best Actor nominee Topol in "Fiddler on the Roof" (1971)

By 1971 there was a movie adaptation that was nominated for 8 Oscars including Best Picture and I don't believe we've ever discussed it. That ain't right. I've been thinking about 60s and 70s musicals a lot recently due to that book "Roadshow!" and while the movie studios were definitely overinvested in the genre after the gargantuan back-to-back mega hits that were Mary Poppins and Sound of Music occassionally a hit would »


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Watch: 'A Most Violent Year' Trailer and Poster Premiere

18 September 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

A24 has finally announced a release date for J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, and along with it comes the film's first trailer and poster Set during the winter of 1981 -- statistically one of the most crime-ridden of New York City's history -- A Most Violent Year is a drama following the lives of an immigrant and his family as they attempt to capitalize on the American Dream, while the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built. Albert Brooks and Alfred Molina co-star. A Most Violent Year is set for a December 31 release in New York and Los Angeles, the film will expand nationally throughout Jan. 2015. Watch the trailer and check out the poster below. sb id="991407" height="360" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice

16 September 2014 2:44 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

The 18th century German classic about an apprentice magician is brought bang up to date in contemporary Manhattan by the team behind National Treasure. In this expanded adventure, Nicolas Cage plays Balthazar Blake, a sorcerer who has to save the city from his arch nemesis Horvath (Alfred Molina). Crucial to his quest is physics prodigy Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel) who just may be the chosen one to thwart Horvath and his diabolical plans. »

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Oprah, Vanessa Williams, and other stars who got their start in beauty pageants

14 September 2014 2:42 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

While Miss America hasn’t bred any headline-stealing celebrities recently, beauty pageants were once a place where future stars got their start. Oprah was Miss Black Tennessee; Halle Berry was Miss Ohio. Vanessa Williams made it all the way to the top, nabbing the Miss America title in 1984.

With Miss America’s 88th annual pageant airing Sunday on ABC at 9 p.m. Et, EW took a look at the most famous Oscar winners and television icons who once won crowns and sashes:

Cloris Leachman

Leachman represented Chicago in 1946’s Miss America pageant and, though she didn’t win the ultimate crown, »

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Unhappily ever after? 10 great films about struggling romances

12 September 2014 9:03 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is about a couple, but it isn’t necessarily a love story: Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Conor (James McAvoy) are happily married until a tragic event shakes them and separates them. It’s no Blue Valentine, but it’s no The Notebook either—the movie depicts two people united by marriage and trauma dealing with their grief in very different ways.

That plot alone might not sound entirely intriguing at first glance, but director Ned Benson created three separate films out of the story to create three different experiences. There’s Them, which opens Friday »

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DVD Review: 'The Truth About Emanuel'

9 September 2014 11:29 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆First unleashed on the festival circuit almost two years ago, it's taken Francesca Gregorini's The Truth About Emanuel (2013) a while to find its way to UK audiences, even now in its Dtv form. Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario) is a teenage girl in a small American suburb who's still broken from the loss of her mother. Living with her father (Alfred Molina) and her stepmother (Frances O'Connor), Emanuel is finding the struggles of teen life all the more challenging with the isolation her loss has caused. However, when a young mother, Linda (Jessica Biel), moves in next-door and is looking for a babysitter, Emanuel seizes the opportunity to meet someone knew and perhaps find the mother figure she's been searching for.


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Matthew Warchus and Stephen Beresford interview: Pride

9 September 2014 2:51 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ahead of its release in UK cinemas, we talk to the director and writer of the funniest film of the year, Pride. It's one of the best, too.

Regular readers will know that we've been banging the drum for the film Pride for a little while now. It's a fabulous comedy, whose laughs are as fierce as its politics, and it arrives in UK cinemas this Friday.

In advance of that, we chatted to its director Matthew Warchus (returning to cinema for the first time since 1999's Simpatico) and writer Stephen Beresford. Both come from a theatre background (Warchus is taking over from Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic next, and his hugely impressive theatre credits include the Matilda musical), and both were in fine form when we met them...

What particularly intrigued me about Pride is why you chose to tell such an unusual story this way. And I »

- ryanlambie

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