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Afm: Buffalo 8 Acquires Alta Entertainment

6 October 2015 9:29 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Matthew Helderman’s Buffalo 8 Productions is acquiring Steven AdamsAlta Entertainment for an undisclosed price to establish a newly formed management division, Variety has learned exclusively.

The deal is aimed at bulking up Buffalo 8 Productions as the American Film Market, which launches Nov. 4, draws near.

“We’ve already started working together on several projects for Afm,” Helderman said. “This deal gives us more depth in what we offer.”

Helderman founded Buffalo 8 at the age of 21 to oversee the production of his first feature film, “The Alumni Chapter.” The company has a library of 35 movies, a roster of commercial directors and a post-production facility. In 2013, Helderman founded Bondit, which has financed over 100 films.

It’s also a producer on Ira Sachs’ “Thank You for Being Honest,” starring Greg Kinnear, and heist comedy “The Brits Are Coming,” starring Sofia Vergara, Uma Thurman, Alice Eve, Stephen Fry and Tim Roth.

Alta Entertainment’s clients include authors, »

- Dave McNary

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The Hateful Eight: 8 Reasons To Be Excited

4 October 2015 6:55 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


The most anticipated event of the coming festive period has nothing to do with egg nog, elves or tree lighting. It doesn’t have anything to do with lightsabers or Jedis either (though that’s all terribly exciting too). Because when a new Tarantino movie rolls into town, even jolly old Saint Nick and Luke Skywalker take a back seat.

Thus far, everything we know so far about the Hateful Eight gives cause to believe that Quentin Tarantino’s appropriately titled eighth film will be the brand of tour de force movie we’ve come to expect from the seasoned auteur.

How rough to think that the post-Civil War epic was very nearly shelved before a single frame was even shot. Tarantino had given copies of the original script to actors Bruce Dern, Tim Roth and Madsen, and allegedly, one of the actors’ agents leaked the script, so an »

- George J. Rutherford

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Director J.C. Chandor set to take on Triple Frontier

1 October 2015 9:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is reporting that acclaimed director J.C. Chandor has agreed a deal to direct Universal PicturesTriple Frontier.

Chandor, who directed A Most Violent Year and All Is Lost, had been circling the project back in June but since deciding against taking on oil spill film Deepwater Horizon (now directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg), he has now been able to sign on for Frontier.

Previously, the project had director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty) attached, with Tom Hanks and Will Smith interested in a role at one time or another. The film is “set in the organized crime haven that exists in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. It has five main roles.”

Chandor is also set to direct The Liar’s Ball in the next year, as well as his producer duties for comedy The Brits Are Coming, starring Alice Eve, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Raindance: Guillermo Arriaga To Produce Ajitpal’s Singh’s ‘Manjhi’ (Exclusive)

1 October 2015 7:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London – After supporting Lorenzo Vigas’ Venice Golden Lion winner “Far Away,” Mexico’s Guillermo Arriaga (“Babel,” ”Words with God”) is aiming to help another break-through talent by producing “Manjhi,” Indian director Ajitpal Singh’s debut.

Announcement was made at London’s Raindance Festival, where Arriaga joined Raindance director Elliot Grove and Guadalajara Fest head Ivan Trujillo Wednesday on a panel at Raindance’s Focus on Mexico Co-production Forum, a thorough drill-down on regs which showcased eight projects from Mexico’s youngest but often highly-prepared generation of directors and producers, some with intriguing commercial potential in and outside Mexico.

Written by Singh, and based on a true story, “Manjhi” turns on a “very poor man who is very much in love with his beautiful wife, who face very large problems.”

Arriaga said of “Manjhi,” presented at the 2012 Mumbai Mantra/Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab whose program notes describe it as “one troubled »

- John Hopewell

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Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: Gridlocked Kicks Ass And Takes No Prisoners

29 September 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

If you're looking for a movie with hyper-violence, well-choreographed ass kickings, and a lot of bloodshed, Gridlocked is your Huckleberry. Not to be confused with the great 1997 crime film Gridlock'd starring Tim Roth and the late Tupac Shakur, Gridlocked is a hepped up Assault on Precinct 13 with bullets calling all the shots.In Gridlocked, Dominic Purcell (Prison Break) plays the hard-as-nails Swat leader David Hendrix. He's the guy you send into an apartment packed with guns and goons ready to fire them. He's the guy who walks out of that situation with a lot of blood on his hands, and none of it is his own. (Move over Liam Neeson, there's a new bad motherfucker in town with a particular set of skills.)Today is...

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Raindance: British Film Composer Simon Boswell Reveals Secrets of Scoring

27 September 2015 11:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Simon Boswell, who takes part in Raindance Film Festival’s In Conversation event on Friday Oct. 2, has been composing for film since 1985. Although his early work mainly comprised international horror and fantasy projects (notably Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1989 cult classic “Santa Sangre”), Boswell wasted no time in diversifying, branching out in the early 1990s with Danny Boyle’s home-grown black comedy “Shallow Grave.” Since then, the London-based composer, now 58, has worked in romcoms, comedies and serial TV drama, learning, perhaps more than anything else, that the old maxim “less mean more” is definitely true of film scoring. “You have to understand that the director, the producer, the actors, me and everyone else, we’re all making a delicate sandwich,” he laughs. “And sometimes music may just be a leaf of lettuce rather than a big chunk of meat.”

You’re very prolific. When you started, did you realize »

- Damon Wise

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Review: Mr. Right (Tiff 2015)

22 September 2015 8:50 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: A cheerful hit-man (Sam Rockwell) falls for an unlucky-in-love young woman (Anna Kendrick) but their relationship is threatened by his murderous former mentor (Tim Roth) and an army of contract killers looking to take him out. Review: The word is that Mr. Right was the screenplay that got Max Landis (Chronicle) noticed in Hollywood, with him having gone on to pen American Ultra, and Victor Frankenstein.... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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Mr. Right Review [Tiff 2015]

18 September 2015 4:50 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This is a capsule review. A full review will be posted closer to release.

Though it gleefully identifies the obvious metaphor for its existence when presented, the self-aware Mr. Right is more analogous to a proposed super-treat mentioned in passing: fried whipped cream. This movie is pure confectionery. Sam Rockwell, playing an assassin-with-a-heart-of-gold, starts dancing within ten seconds of appearing on screen, and practically never stops. Anna Kendrick, as the disastrously rebounding gal swept up in his wake, is committedly deranged. And at its best, Max Landis’s genre-savvy dialogue crackles like Pop Rocks. These are all great things in moderation, but a dessert that’s all sweet, sweet froth, no base, doesn’t make for much of a dish at all.

Never quite as fun as it should be, Mr. Right is hard of vision, probably because one eye is fixed on the camera in a perpetual state of winking. »

- Sam Woolf

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Focus World Acquires Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick Action Rom-Com 'Mr. Right'

18 September 2015 2:15 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Tiff Review: 'Mr. Right' Starring Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell, Tim Roth & The RZA Focus World has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the action romantic-comedy "Mr. Right," from director Paco Cabezas and "American Ultra" screenwriter Max Landis. The movie features a star-studded ensemble headed up by Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell. Tim Roth, James Ransone, Anson Mount, Michael Eklund and RZA co-star. Kendrick stars as a single woman who has vowed to stop searching for love. Enter Rockwell's Mr. Right, who is charming, handsome and also happens to be a hitman. The action rom-com that follows answers the question of whether the two are crazy in love or just plain crazy. The deal was negotiated by Anjay Nagpal, Svp of Focus World, with Beth Lemberger, Focus Features’ Evp of Business Affairs, and Gene Kang, Focus Features’ VP of Business Affairs, on behalf of the studio, and »

- Zack Sharf

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Focus World Bringing Tiff Closer ‘Mr. Right’ To U.S. – Toronto

18 September 2015 2:08 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Paco Cabezas's action comedy Mr. Right has found a suitor. Focus World hooked up U.S. rights to the Toronto closing-night pic, which stars Anna Kendrick as an unlucky-in-love young woman who finds her soulmate, who just happens to be an on-the-lam international hitman (Sam Rockwell) — meaning their road to true love is paved with shell casings. Tim Roth, James Ransone, Anson Mount, Michael Eklund and RZA co-star in the pic written by Max Landis. Focus World will open the… »

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Focus World Buys Sam Rockwell-Anna Kendrick Comedy ‘Mr. Right’

18 September 2015 2:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Focus World has acquired U.S. rights to the Sam Rockwell-Anna Kendrick comedy “Mr. Right,” the closing night film at this year’s Toronto Film Festival.

Focus World did not indicate when it would release “Mr. Right,” in which Kendrick’s character falls in love with a perfect guy who turns out to be an international hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him.

The film is directed by Paco Cabezas from a script written by Max Landis. Supporting cast includes Tim Roth, James Ransone, Anson Mount, Michael Eklund and RZA as Shotgun Steve.

Production companies are Amasia Entertainment and Circle of Confusion Production in association with 3311 Productions. OProducesr are Bradley Gallo, Michael Helfant, Lawrence Mattis and Rick Jacobs. Executive producers include William Gallo, Allen Church, Mark Roberts, Jennifer Dana, Ross Jacobson, Sheldon Rabinowitz, Stephen Emery, Max Landis and Avram Butch Kaplan.

The deal was negotiated by Anjay Nagpal, »

- Dave McNary

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Mr. Right’

17 September 2015 8:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For most, “reformed hit man” suggests someone who used to kill people but doesn’t anymore. In the case of “Mr. Right,” however, the label has an altogether different meaning: Instead of bumping off the targets he’s hired to eliminate, Sam Rockwell’s born-again executioner kills the folks who contracted him instead. Not an especially sustainable work model, professionally speaking (it’s murder on word-of-mouth, for starters), but then, this fixer is ready to make some changes in his own life, maybe even find romance with an on-the-rebound Anna Kendrick — which is where Max Landis’ ultra-cutesy script picks up, asking whether a character like that can find and sustain love … or else die trying. For about a decade after “Pulp Fiction,” such quirky hit-man comedies were all the rage, though in the post-“Gigli” era, (the eerily similar) “Mr. Right” just feels wrong.

That’s not to say audiences »

- Peter Debruge

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'600 Miles' named Mexican Oscar submission

17 September 2015 6:37 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gabriel Risptein’s Lucia Films thriller starring Tim Roth will fly the flag in the Academy’s foreign-language contest.

600 Miles premiered in Berlin where it earned Ripstein the Best First Feature Award before winning the Mezcal Award for best Mexican Film in Guadalajara.

Roth plays a Us agent who befriends his gun-smuggling captor during a long ride to the Mexican’s cartel bosses. Kristyan Ferrer also stars.

Michel Franco produced with Ripstein and Moisés Zanana. »

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Tiff Review: 'Mr. Right' Starring Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell, Tim Roth & The RZA

17 September 2015 4:11 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Thanks to deplorable direction by Paco Cabezas, and a childishly broad screenplay by Max Landis, "Mr. Right" ends up all wrong. Its one saving grace comes in the form of an efficient cast, headlined by Anna Kendrick and the always-fun-to-watch Sam Rockwell. Among the array of supporting players, Tim Roth does an okay job as the half-dimensional "seriously mean guy" (yes, a direct quote from the film) and Wu-Tang clan honcho the RZA makes a late appearance as hired gun Steven, nailing the film's funniest moment. The rest of the cast is, unfortunately, disposable thanks to a screenplay that sounds like it was written one late night in a hotboxed frat room. It's such a cool story bro, you can practically see the Doritos stains. Cabezas' last movie was the Nicholas Cage-starring "Rage," which, if you've deleted from memory is more than understandable. The picture featured tasteless D-movie action »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Mexico, Kosovo Send Foreign Oscar Entries

17 September 2015 3:48 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Mexico has tapped "600 Miles" as its Best Foreign Language Film submission to the 2016 Academy Awards. Directed by Gabriel Ripstein, the film stars Tim Roth as an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agent who gets kidnapped by Mexican weapons smugglers across the Us/Mexican border. It was a best first feature winner at the Berlinale this year. Read More: Oscilloscope Now Has Two Foreign Oscar Entries "Babai," meanwhile, is Kosovo's entry to the 88th Oscars. This debut film written and directed by Visar Morina had an international premiere at Karlovy Vary, winning best directing in the main competition. Also Babai was awarded with three prizes at Film Fest Munchen in the category of German New Talent Award. The film is about a 10-year-old whose father disappears suddenly, leaving from Kosovo to Germany for work. Read Variety's "Babai" review here. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Mexico Selects ‘600 Miles’ as Oscar Entry

17 September 2015 3:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences has selected “600 Miles” (“600 Millas”) as Mexico’s entry in the best foreign language film category at the 88th Academy Awards.

“600 Miles,” directed by Gabriel Ripstein, stars Tim Roth as a U.S. Atf agent who’s kidnapped by a Mexican man smuggling weapons across the U.S./Mexico border.

The film, which is Ripstein’s debut feature, won the best first feature award at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.

Mexican films have been nominated eight times, but have never won the category. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Biutiful” was the last Mexican film to receive an Oscar nomination.

The deadline to submit entries for foreign language film is Oct. 1. The nominations will be announced Jan. 14 and the Oscars will take place Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.


- Dave McNary

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Pulp Fiction could've been Very different: Quentin Tarantino's original cast wishlist revealed

14 September 2015 11:42 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Did you know that Quentin Tarantino's classic Pulp Fiction could have starred Michael Madsen, Johnny Depp and Patricia Arquette in three of its iconic roles?

Apparently, it's true! A Reddit user has shared an allegedly legitimate cast list once attached to a memo sent to mega-producer Harvey Weinstein.

Quentin Tarantino's original cast wish list for Pulp Fiction (via @reddit)

— Digital Spy Film (@digitalspyfilm) September 14, 2015

For starters, John Travolta's career resurgence from playing hitman Vincent Vega almost didn't happen at all.

While it's well known that Tarantino wrote Vega for his Reservoir Dogs star Michael Madsen and that Weinstein pushed for Daniel Day-Lewis, it looks like Alec Baldwin, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Denzel Washington were also in the mix before Travolta's casting.

Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer's quirky robbers Pumpkin and Honey Bunny might have had quite a different vibe too »

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Tarantino’s original cast wish list for Pulp Fiction is interesting

14 September 2015 6:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The mighty Internet has managed to get its mitts on a rather rare piece of movie history; the original cast wish list that Quentin Tarantino wanted for Pulp Fiction.

This originated from the web image sharing website Imgur, and shows that Tarantino had some original choices that would have made a very different movie.

Take a look at this:

There seems to have been quite a long list of wants for the part of Vincent, which the above image states that was a role very much written for Michael Madsen with John Travolta a strong, strong, strong second choice. Gary Oldman, who played the role of Drexl in the Tarantino scripted, and Tony Scott-directed True Romance, was wanted for the role, as well as Lance, which was played by Eric Stoltz in the final movie, and Pumpkin, the part that eventually went to Tim Roth.

We obviously cannot guarantee the authenticity of this, »

- Paul Heath

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Tim Roth and Anna Maxwell Martin will lead BBC One anti-war drama Reg

10 September 2015 7:04 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Tim Roth will lead BBC One anti-war drama Reg, about a father of a serviceman who died in the Iraq War.

The actor, playing Reg Keys in the true story, is joined by Anna Maxwell Martin as Reg's wife Sally in the 90-minute drama from Jimmy McGovern.

After the death of Reg and Sally's son and frustrated by the lack of answers from prime minister Tony Blair, Reg decides to stand as an independent candidate in Blair's own constituency in the 2005 general election.

"It was an honour to meet Reg Keys, a truly remarkable man, and it has been a privilege to tell this part of his story," said McGovern.

"When Bob Pugh and I finished the script, they asked me who - in an ideal world - would play the parts of Reg and Sally. 'Tim Roth and Anna Maxwell Martin,' I replied, never dreaming we'd get either. »

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Tim Roth To Star In Anti-War Drama ‘Reg’ For BBC One

10 September 2015 4:20 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Created by Jimmy McGovern, Reg is based on the true story of an ambulance paramedic who stood in the UK’s 2005 General Election on an anti-war ticket and opposing Tony Blair. Tim Roth, who’s next up in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, will play Reg Keys whose son died in the Iraq War in 2003. Anna Maxwell Martin (Philomena) will play his wife. After Tom Keys was one of six Royal Military Policemen murdered in Al Majar, Iraq, questions began to arise around the… »

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