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Vertigo, Signature ink six-picture DVD distribution deal

10 February 2016 9:47 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Parody comedy Fifty Shades Of Black and Kristen Wiig-starring Welcome To Me both included in deal.

Vertigo Releasing has penned a six-picture DVD distribution deal with indie outfit Signature Entertainment.

The first film to be released under the new partnership will be Shira Piven’s comedy-drama Welcome To Me [pictured], starring Kristen Wiig, which will hit shelves on May 9.

The deal also includes Fifty Shades Of Black, Michael Tiddes’ Fifty Shades Of Grey parody, and Arild Fröhlich Norwegian-German comedy Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder.

Further titles are Benjamin Rocher’s Jean Reno-starring The Sweeney: Paris; Steven Gomez’s action sci-fi Kill Command; and Isabel Coixet’s Learning To Drive, starring Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley

Rupert Preston of Vertigo inked the initial deal with Marc Goldberg of Signature, with the potential for future deals on the near horizon. »

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Vertigo, Signature inks six-picture DVD distribution deal

10 February 2016 9:47 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Parody comedy Fifty Shades Of Black and Kristen Wiig-starring Welcome To Me both included in deal.

Vertigo Releasing has penned a six-picture DVD distribution deal with indie outfit Signature Entertainment.

The first film to be released under the new partnership will be Shira Piven’s comedy-drama Welcome To Me [pictured], starring Kristen Wiig, which will hit shelves on May 9.

The deal also includes Fifty Shades Of Black, Michael Tiddes’ Fifty Shades Of Grey parody, and Arild Fröhlich Norwegian-German comedy Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder.

Further titles are Benjamin Rocher’s Jean Reno-starring The Sweeney: Paris; Steven Gomez’s action sci-fi Kill Command; and Isabel Coixet’s Learning To Drive, starring Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley

Rupert Preston of Vertigo inked the initial deal with Marc Goldberg of Signature, with the potential for future deals on the near horizon. »

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Jean Reno boards ‘The Last Step’

10 February 2016 8:23 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Reno will play a retired hitman in the Canada-France-uk co-pro.

Jean Reno, noted for his performance in Leon, will again play a hitman in Frederick Petitjean’s The Last Step.

The France-Canada-uk co-produced thriller will shoot in Canada in autumn this year.

Producers are Laurent Tolleron for Seven 52 and Corrinne Benichou and Florence Moos for fellow French outfit Eight 35. Mark Montague, James Fler and Michael Paszt are producing for Canada-based Berserker, while Mark Vennis and Gary Phillips are producing for Moviehouse in the UK, who are also handling international sales.

The plot sees Reno play a retired hitman hiding in the remote wilds of Northern Canada. His solitude is interrupted by the arrival of a young woman – Sarah Lind (The Assassination Of Jesse James) who is gravely injured in an accident.   »

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Berlin: Market Forces Reshape Indie Biz — Again

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

The 2016 European Film Market isn’t without star power. Richard Gere toplines the Protagonist Pictures-sold psychological drama “The Dinner,” from Oren Moverman; Adam Driver (Rylo Ken to “Star Wars” fans) stars in Jim Jarmusch comedy “Paterson” from K5 Intl.; James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander grace Wim Wender’s “Submergence,” from Embankment.

But as indie film execs are getting ready for the market, which runs concurrently with the Berlin Intl. Film Festival from Feb. 11 to 21, nobody expects to see a bonanza of English-language star-laden vehicles for sale.

“There likely won’t be a crop of bigger new movies,” says Im Global’s Stuart Ford. “There will be a few. But I don’t think we’ll see a sudden boom.”

Blame the market forces within the international indie biz. In 2012, multiple sales companies launched as institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals moved into independent film finance — and needed sales agents to match equity with pre-sales. »

- John Hopewell

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Studios de Bry-sur-Marne Hosting ‘Versailles’ Season 2 in 2016

4 February 2016 5:32 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – The Studios of Bry-sur-Marne, with eight sound stages and a total area of 20,000 square meters (215,000 square feet) is one of the largest studio complexes in France but was threatened with closure in early 2015, leading to a petition in the French film industry to save it.

Didier Diaz, CEO of equipment location company Transpalux, acquired the studios on April 15, 2015. Since then, he has given the studios a new lease of life, hosting major productions such as season one of “Versailles” in 2015.

Other productions in 2015 included “Planetarium,” by Rebecca Zlotowski (“Grand Central”), starring Natalie Portman and Lily Rose Depp; “Demain tout commence,” by Hugo Gélin, starring Omar Sy; and “Radin!,” by Fred Cavaye, produced by Jerico.

Other productions lensed or upcoming at the Studios de Bry include “Mon Poussin,” by Frederic Forestier (“Asterix and the Olympic Games”), and Pascal Bourdieux’s “Mes Tresors,” starring Jean Reno.

“Last year it looked very »

- Martin Dale

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Natalie Portman Goes Western in Jane Got a Gun - and 10 Great Roles That Got Her There

29 January 2016 11:20 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This Friday, the Natalie Portman Western Jane Got a Gun hits theaters. The film has Portman playing the all-too-rare Western film heroine - a wife and mother who must fight off a gang of outlaws. (Watch a clip exclusive to People here.) The film, often described as a passion project of Portman's, has been a long time coming. The actress first became attached to the project back in 2012, and various delays held up production. Michael Fassbender, Jude Law and Bradley Cooper were each attached as playing one of the film's two main male characters, but then left due to conflicts »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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20 PlayStation Games You Must Play Before You Die

19 January 2016 11:54 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Sony

As we’re on the cusp of Vr technology changing the face of gaming forever, there’s a lot of talk about when it comes to both Sony and the PlayStation 4. After all, we’ve definitely hit the ceiling on graphical fidelity, and as high-end PCs continue to run circles around both the PS4 and Xbox One, you have to ask yourself just much further down the standard home console path we can go.

So… let’s not. Instead, switch gears and look in the rear-view mirror. Sony have continually changed the face of gaming from day one, birthing the original PlayStation back in 1995, making the most impressive leap in gaming history between that and the PS2 in 2001, and getting a little too big for their boots in pricing the PS3 at $600 in 2007, thereby giving the edge to the Xbox 360 for that generation.

Come the dawn of the PS4 they were playing to win, »

- Scott Tailford

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Daniele Thompson’s ‘Cezanne’ Highlighted With Paris Exhibit, Sells For Pathe

17 January 2016 2:10 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– “Cezanne et moi,” a 19th-century period drama by Daniele Thompson (“Avenue Montaigne”) starring Guillaume Gallienne as post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne and Guillaume Canet as Emile Zola, proved a highlight at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous in Paris where Pathe unveiled a first batch of pre-sales.

Considered one of the most ambitious French-language films slated to come out this year, “Cezanne et moi” charts the decade-long friendship and eventual fallout between Cezanne, who was born into a wealthy family but struggled to make a living as a painter, and Zola, who came from a poor background but achieved fame and prosperity as a politically-engaged novelist.

After showing a promo at the Afm, Pathe pre-sold “Cezanne et moi” to Prokino for Germany, Korea (Green Arae) and Taiwan (Joint Entertainment).

Muriel Sauzay, international sales director at Pathe, said her team is in negotiations to close other major territories such as Spain and Italy. The »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Snd bumps up Rdv slate with Jean Reno, Romain Duris titles

7 January 2016 9:37 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Jean Reno stars in Family Heist as master thief who teams up with long-lost daughters.

French outfit Snd has boarded international sales and local distribution rights to art theft comedy caper Family Heist and romantic drama The Confession ahead of Unifrance’s annual Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris next week (Jan 14-18).

Pascal Bourdiaux’s Family Heist stars Jean Reno as a master thief who enlists the support of his long-lost daughters on an ambitious robbery aimed at exacting revenge on a double-crossing, former partner.

French stand-up and big screen comedy actresses Camille Chamoux and Reem Kherici play the two contrasting half-sisters who have inherited their father’s con artist skills.

Reno is set for a high-profile year. He will hit screens at home and abroad in French comedy The Visitors: Bastille Day this spring and also has roles in Sean Penn’s upcoming The Last Face and the historical drama The Promise.

The two-month »

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Snd Boards Romain Duris’ ‘The Confession,’ Jean Reno’s ‘Family Heist’

6 January 2016 7:37 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Snd has come on board Nicolas Boukhrief’s WWII-set romance drama “The Confession,” the helmer’s follow-up to gritty contempo thriller “Made in France,” and Pascal Bourdiaux’s comedy adventure “Family Heist,” with Jean Reno (“The Da Vinci Code,” “The Squad”).

Now in production, “The Confession” toplines Romain Duris (“The New Girlfriend,” “The Beat That My Heart Skipped”) and Marina Vacth (“Young and Beautiful”). The period drama turns on a young woman who confesses, while lying on her deathbed, that she fell in love with a priest in Occupied France during the Second World War.

Boukhrief’s latest film, “Made in France,” follows a journalist who infiltrates a jihadist cell in Paris. Pic, which was shot before the Charlie Hebdo and recent Paris terror attacks, will soon by released in France. “The Confession” marks a departure for Boukhrief who is known for directing high-voltage, bold genre films such as “Off Limits” and “Cash Truck. »

- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell

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