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The Twilight saga may be finished as both a book and movie series, but its creator has found a unique way to revive it. Author Stephenie Meyer, who wrote the four Twilight novels, and Lionsgate, the company that produced the movies, have partnered with Facebook to develop five short films set within the vampire-and-werewolf series' universe to be shown exclusively on the social media network next year, and they're seeking five female directors to make them. The talent search, dubbed "The Storytellers: New Voices of the Twilight Saga," will be hosted on Tongal, »
Vampires live forever, and apparently, so do their film franchises.
Vampires live forever, and apparently, so do their film franchises. The Twilight Saga is back!
Two years after the release of the final sequel, Breaking Dawn Part 2, The New York Times reports that Lions Gate is teaming up with Facebook to finance five short films based on the Twilight characters.
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The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga will have a group of female panelists choosing five up-and-coming female directors to direct the shorts, which will then debut on Facebook exclusively.
The best part about is that the panel includes Bella Swan herself, actress Kristen Stewart. Other notable women joining Stewart include Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Julie Bowen, Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, producer Cathy Schulman and Frozen co-director Jennifer Lee. The project is backed by Women in Film, an organization »
Lionsgate has plans to continue "The Twilight Saga" with 'The Storytellers - New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga', a series of short films to be directed by at least five aspiring female filmmakers.
Author Stephenie Meyer is teaming with Women In Film, Facebook and crowdsourcing platform Tongal on a social media campaign to develop and produce the shorts which will include films based on a broad spectrum of characters from the "Twilight" universe.
Meyer's "The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide" will offer guidance for the filmmakers to direct the shorts which will be financed through production advances. Winning shorts will premiere exclusively on Facebook next year.
Source: HitFix »
- Garth Franklin
Gird your loins, and get out your sparkles 'cause there's more "Twilight" coming our way - via Facebook!
If you're an aspiring female filmmaker with a taste for "Twilight," listen up. "The Storytellers - New Creative Voices of The 'Twilight' Saga" is an upcoming competition cooked up by "Twilight" distributor Lionsgate and author Stephenie Meyer that will award five female filmmakers the funds to make short films based on "Twilight" characters. Plus, the big winner will receive cold, hard cash and what's being nebulously referred to as "career opportunities." The organization Women in Film is also a partner in this venture, which is designed to boost the visibility of female filmmakers in Hollywood.
It's also a clever way to rejuvenate the "Twilight" franchise in a whole new way using social media. Whether or not this will lead to more "Twilight" flicks in the future is a mystery, but Lionsgate's Michael Burns teased, »
- Jenni Miller
A series of Twilight short movies are on the way. Will this lead to a new full movie?
Even though the cinematic Twilight series of films is done, there have been minor rumblings from time to time of another movie or two. Not for a while, though.
However, we now learn that Lionsgate is coming together with Facebook, the Women In Film organisation and Twilight author Stephanie Meyer, with the idea of making new short Twilight films, directed by women. It's part of what's being called The Storytellers campaign, and will result in at least five shorts, based on characters within the Twilight world.
The judging panel will include Stephanie Meyer, Kate Winslet, Frozen co-director Jennifer Lee and original Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke. The films themselves will debut on Facebook. However, inevitably it opens up suggestions that a new Twilight movie or two may be at the end of the process. »
As part of its ongoing effort to enhance its diverse portfolio of premium content, Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, is teaming with Facebook, the prestigious Women In Film organization, the crowdsourcing platform Tongal and best-selling Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer to create and manage a social media campaign to develop and produce a series of short films directed by aspiring female filmmakers. The campaign, called The Storytellers - New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga, will include films based on a broad spectrum of characters from the Twilight universe, with guidance provided by Meyer's encyclopedic The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide.
The campaign will center on a multiphase contest culminating in the selection of at least five aspiring female filmmakers to direct short films based on characters from the Twilight universe. The films will be produced and directed with the mentorship of a blue chip panel of advisors, »
On Tuesday, Twilight writer Stephenie Meyer and Lions Gate announced that five female directors will be selected to make short films based on Twilight characters, which will then be screened on Facebook. The series, called "The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga," is backed by the organization Women in Film, which aims to increase the number of female directors. Participants will be selected by a panel of various female luminaries, including Meyer, Kristen Stewart, Kate Winslet, Julie Bowen, and Octavia Spencer. “We think Facebook is a great way for us to introduce the world of Twilight to a whole new audience while re-energizing existing fans,” said Lions Gate’s vice-chairman Michael Burns."This is just the beginning — a template, if you will," Burns added. "You can probably guess what might be coming next." While he wouldn’t elaborate, he did go on to say, "We love Stephenie Meyer. »
- Anna Silman
Twi-hards and/or starry-eyed wannabe filmmakers, listen up: you too can direct your very own "Twilight" movie. In a multi-faceted partnership with Facebook, the Hollywood professional organization Women In Film, crowdsourcing platform Tongal and "Twilight Saga" author Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate Films announced today a new "multiphase" social media contest in which a lucky group of aspiring female filmmakers will get the chance to direct a series of short films based on "a broad spectrum" of characters from the "Twilight" universe. Entitled “The Storytellers – New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga,” the campaign will enlist "at least five" female filmmakers to direct the short films with the guidance of a "blue chip panel of advisors" including Meyer, "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart, actresses Kate Winslet and Octavia Spencer, "Frozen" writer and co-director Jennifer Lee, "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke, "Modern Family" star Julie Bowen and Women In Film President Cathy Schulman. The five »
- Chris Eggertsen
Lionsgate is teaming with Facebook, the prestigious Women In Film organization, the crowdsourcing platform Tongal and best-selling Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer to create and manage a social media campaign to develop and produce a series of short films directed by aspiring female filmmakers.
The campaign, called “The Storytellers – New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga,” will include films based on a broad spectrum of characters from the Twilight universe, with guidance provided by Meyer’s encyclopedic The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide.
The campaign will center on a multiphase contest culminating in the selection of at least five aspiring female filmmakers to direct short films based on characters from the Twilight universe. The films will be produced and directed with the mentorship of a blue chip panel of advisors, which will ultimately select the winning shorts that will premiere exclusively on the Facebook platform next year.
The star-studded group »
- Michelle McCue
Just when you thought The Twilight Saga was over, it’s back with sparkly new skin.
Two years after the release of Breaking Dawn Part 2, Lions Gate announced on Tuesday that it’s teaming with Facebook to finance five short films that will be based on Twilight characters, according to The New York Times. A group of female panelists will choose from five aspiring female directors to direct the films, titled The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of ‘The Twilight Saga, which will premiere exclusively on the social network next year.
The panel, according to The Times, includes Bella herself, Kristen Stewart »
- Emily Blake
Focus Features has acquired North American distribution rights to A Little Chaos, directed by Alan Rickman from a screenplay he wrote with Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock. The company also acquired distribution rights to the film, which is financed by Lionsgate UK and BBC Films, in Scandinavia. The romantic drama stars Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mr. Rickman, Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci, and Danny Webb. Focus Features will release the movie in North America on March 27, 2015.
A Little Chaos had its world premiere as the closing-night film of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff). The project is produced by Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood via their Potboiler Productions banner, and Bertrand Faivre via The Bureau production banner. Executive Producers of the project are Zygi Kamasa, Guy Avshalom, Nick Manzi, Christine Langan, Ray Cooper, Norman Merry, and Richard Wolfe.
The North American distribution rights for Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, in which the actor both appears and directs, were picked up by Focus Features, which plans to release the film about a landscape designer played by Kate Winslet in 2015. The release date means that the film and Winslet will not be players in the awards race this year.
Though reviews for the film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival as the closing night selection, weren’t overly enthusiastic, Winslet’s work was praised. “Winslet’s mix of grace, gumption and private sadness is the chief reason to keep watching, »
- Esther Zuckerman
The distributor has acquired North American and Scandinavian rights to Alan Rickman’s recent Toronto International Film Festival closing night selection.
The romance will open in North America on March 27, 2015. Universal will distribute in Scandinavia, Lionsgate UK will distribute in the first quarter of 2015 and Lionsgate International handles sales outside North America.
A Little Chaos centres on a strong-willed landscape designer who challenges barriers when she is chosen by Louis Xiv to build a garden at Versailles and in the process falls for a renowned landscape architect.
Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood produced through their Potboiler Productions with Bertrand Faivre of The Bureau. Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa served as executive producer alongside Guy Avshalom, Nick Manzi, Christine Langan, Ray Cooper, Norman Merry, and Richard Wolfe.
Focus brokered the deal with CAA for Lionsgate UK and »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The picture will premiere stateside on March 27, 2015, signalling that the company thinks it’s more crowd-pleaser than awards contender.
Alan Rickman directed the film from a screenplay he wrote with Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock. Kate Winslet and Stanley Tucci star in the story of a female landscape designer tasked with overseeing part of Versailles gardens. Rickman does triple duty playing King Louis Xiv.
The film was financed by Lionsgate UK and BBC Films, in Scandinavia. It was the closing night film at Toronto and reviewers were divided on the picture’s charms.
Variety reviewer Dennis Harvey griped, “A Little Chaos’ is all too tidy as it imposes a predictable, pat modern sensibility on a most unconvincing depiction of late 17th-century French aristocratic life.”
- Brent Lang
Focus Features announced today that they have acquired North American distribution rights to A Little Chaos, directed by Alan Rickman from a screenplay he wrote with Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock. The company also acquired distribution rights to the film, which is financed by Lionsgate UK and BBC Films, in Scandinavia. The romantic drama stars Academy Award winner Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci, Danny Webb and Rickman himself. »
Focus Features has acquired North American distribution rights to “A Little Chaos” starring Kate Winslet, the distributor announced Monday. The period drama, directed by Alan Rickman from a screenplay he wrote with Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock, follows Sabine (Winslet), a strong-willed landscape designer who challenges sexual and class barriers when she is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis Xiv's new palace at Versailles, causing her to become professionally and romantically entangled with the court's renowned landscape architect André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts). Stanley Tucci and Danny Webb also star. Also read: Kate Winslet in ‘Divergent, »
- Linda Ge
Focus Features has taken North American rights to Tiff closing night romantic drama A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts. Alan Rickman directed the story of a strong-willed landscape designer chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis Xiv’s palace at Versailles. Rickman also co-wrote the Lionsgate UK and BBC Films production with Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock and stars along with Stanley Tucci and Danny Webb. Focus has set a March 27, 2015 stateside release while Lionsgate UK handles its UK debut early next year. Rickman’s first film as director since 1997’s The Winter Guest is produced by Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood for Potboiler Productions and Bertrand Faivre for The Bureau. Zygi Kamasa, Guy Avshalom, Nick Manzi, Christine Langan, Ray Cooper, Norman Merry, and Richard Wolfe are executive producers. Focus also took Scandinavian rights as the deals closed during Tiff. Focus Features’ Lia Buman, »
- Jen Yamato
Focus Features has acquired North American distribution rights to Kate Winslet's period drama A Little Chaos, directed by Alan Rickman. The specialty distributor is planning a March 27 release. A Little Chaos made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, where it was the closing night film. Read more 'A Little Chaos': Toronto Review Financed by Lionsgate and BBC Films, A Little Chaos stars Winslet as a strong-willed landscape designer who challenges sexual and class barriers when she is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis Xiv’s new palace at Versailles, causing her to
- Pamela McClintock
I Tumblr For You; The Kids Aren’t Alright in Reitman’s Latest
Parents and their burgeoning teenagers battle their insecurities and repressed sexuality amidst ever present technology in an otherwise hushed community in a tightly woven all-American town. Sound familiar? On the surface, Jason Reitman’s latest effort Men, Women & Children is trying so very much to be American Beauty. There’s the hyper-sexualized cheerleaders, the stifled paternal figures and their mentally or morally absent partners, who all crash into their own devastating denouements. Unfortunately, despite his effort to create a modified updated retelling of Sam Mendes’ masterpiece for the plugged-in age, Reitman’s film is ersatz, and instantly forgotten.
Via Emma Thompson’s voiceover (which was used to far better effect in the underrated Stranger than Fiction), the audience is introduced to the close-knit residents of a Texan town. There’s the sexually frustrated married couple Don (Adam Sandler »
- Leora Heilbronn
Ever since the beach party genre exploded in the 60s, where girls in bikinis accounted for about half of the movies’ budgets, boobs have been used as a way to sell otherwise awful films to audiences who can’t get enough of that fleshy stuff. So sexploitation flicks flourished in the 70s, which were replaced with more light-hearted teen sex romps in the 80s.
Even some very high profile, critically acclaimed films have used the tactic to capture that rare demographic who couldn’t care less about Academy Awards but who loves some boobies (14 to 22-year-old males, mostly).
Titanic brought a legion of begrudging males to the theatre once their significant others promised they would see Kate Winslet’s bare breasts. Thousands of them sat through a 3-hour period drama with the cheesiest love story the 90s could handle for a 5-second shot of her chest.
- Jacob Trowbridge
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