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Sam Mendes in talks to direct Disney’s Pinnochio

22 May 2017 9:55 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes is in talks to take the helm of Disney live-action remake of Pinnochio. The Mouse House is in active development on the planned motion picture, based on their 1940 film, which itself was taken from the 1883 children’s book about a puppet and a poor woodcarver. The news is reported by Variety.

Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) is writing the screenplay for the film.

Warner Brothers also have a ‘rival’ Pinnochio movie in the works, one which is written by Paul Thomas Anderson. That movie, which is in active development, has Robert Downey Jr. slated to star as Geppetto.

More on both projects as we get it.

The post Sam Mendes in talks to direct Disney’s Pinnochio appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

- Paul Heath

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Disney's Pinocchio Live-Action Movie Targets James Bond Director

22 May 2017 6:21 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sam Mendes is in talks to take on Disney's live-action adaptation of Pinocchio. The monster box office success of Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book is sure to have been a deciding factor to continue rehashing the animated stories for Disney. The live-action adaptation of The Lion King is in the works and now the long rumored live-action Pinocchio may have found a director. The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Mulan are rumored to be coming next from the Mouse House.

Deadline reports that Mendes (American Beauty, Spectre) is currently in very early talks to direct the live-action Pinocchio for Disney. We'll take this news with a grain of salt because about a year ago it was reported that Mendes was in early talks to direct a live-action remake of James and the Giant Peach, which has yet to come into fruition. But it will be pretty interesting to »

- MovieWeb

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Coming Distractions: Johnny Greenwood scores Joaquin Phoenix kicking ass in You Were Never Here first look

22 May 2017 8:27 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Director Lynne Ramsay’s new film You Were Never Here had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, but you can get a small glimpse of it right now. Not only that, but this short clip includes a taste of the score, composed by Johnny Greenwood. The Radiohead guitarist, more known for his lush modernist orchestral scores for Paul Thomas Anderson (with whom he’s currently collaborating on yet another project), seems to have rediscovered a place for smooth pulsating grooves, as the music here evokes a Euro-club cool that pairs well with Ramsay’s roving camerawork. The movie stars Joaquin Phoenix as a war veteran attempting to save women from sex traffickers (based on a novella by Bored To Death’s Jonathan Ames), and based on this clip, he‘s not fucking around when it comes to the nasty parts of the job. The violence is over in »

- Alex McLevy

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Cannes Review: Adam Sandler Finds the Right Note Amongst the Scattered Charms of ‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New & Selected)’

21 May 2017 2:35 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Adam Sandler has acted in nearly 50 feature films, the majority of which he’s played the lead. It won’t come as any great surprise to learn that The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is amongst the best works of his career, comfortably scaling the lower denominators to reach those sparse upper peaks. Director Noah Baumbach draws from the 51-year-old’s main talents as both comedic songwriter (as in his early standup and his time at SNL) and ticking time bomb (his signature switch from toddler-voiced timidity to raging lunatic that Paul Thomas Anderson harnessed so effectively in Punch Drunk Love).

Meyerowitz is a lesser film than that PTA masterpiece, more a scattered selection of parts than any kind of convincing whole (a fact that the cumbersome title in no way excuses). It does, however, have the welcome casual feel of a mid-career Woody Allen New York-set picture — all starry ensemble casting, »

- Rory O'Connor

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Adam Sandler on ‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’ and Therapy: ‘I Don’t Want to Let Anybody Down’

21 May 2017 1:49 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amid all the poorly received Netflix Originals, let us not forget that Adam Sandler dabbles in more serious fare from time to time. It doesn’t always work out — “The Cobbler” was among the most pilloried films of 2014 — but Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” has emerged as an early favorite at Cannes. Sandler spoke about the film during a press conference at the festival, saying that he “couldn’t believe we were doing this movie” when he first read the script.

Read More: Cannes Review: A Great Adam Sandler Performance Makes ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ One of Noah Baumbach’s Best

Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman co-star as Sandler’s brother and father, respectively, with Emma Thompson playing Hoffman’s third and current wife. “It’s different for a comedian when you get an offer like this,” Sandler said. “My first thought is, ‘I don’t want »

- Michael Nordine

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Cannes 2017: The Meyerowitz Stories review: Dir. Noah Baumbach (2017)

21 May 2017 9:44 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Meyerowitz Stories review: Noah Baumbach delivers Netflix’s second film at the 2017 Cannes Festival, a family comedy full of edge that delivers in spades.

The Meyerowitz Stories review by Paul Heath at the 2017 Festival de Cannes.

The Meyerowitz Stories review

“He has to be great artist. Otherwise he’s just a prick.” Just one of the many witty lines delivered in the second of Netflix’s two debuting movies at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival; Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), an interesting family comedy focusing on the estranged Meyerovitz’s of the title.

Patriarch Howard (Dustin Hoffman) is said artist, retired living in New York City with third wife Maureen (Emma Thompson), an apparent alcoholic. The film stars with an introduction to Danny (Adam Sandler), Howard’s son from his first marriage, attempting to locate a parking space (with limited success) in downtown Manhattan. With him »

- Paul Heath

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Netflix at Cannes: Noah Baumbach’s ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Won’t Be An Oscar Contender

21 May 2017 4:18 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The reason that “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival this morning, won’t be an Oscar contender is that it will open day and date in a few theaters at the same time that it’s available online. While the now-customary Netflix boos broke out in the morning press screening, they were balanced by applause as well.

And while juror Pedro Almodovar has promised to give both Netflix movies (the other is Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja”) a fair shake, it doesn’t matter if “The Meyerowitz Stories” eventually wins a prize, or snags superb reviews for its acerbic slice of a New York Jewish family or sly comedic actors who deliver emotion as well as laughs. (Our own David Ehrlich is already raving.) If a movie doesn’t take the usual theater route to success, it is unlikely to gain any Oscar traction. »

- Anne Thompson

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Netflix at Cannes: Noah Baumbach’s ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Won’t Be An Oscar Contender

21 May 2017 4:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The reason that “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival this morning, won’t be an Oscar contender is that it will open day and date in a few theaters at the same time that it’s available online. While the now-customary Netflix boos broke out in the morning press screening, they were balanced by applause as well.

And while juror Pedro Almodovar has promised to give both Netflix movies (the other is Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja”) a fair shake, it doesn’t matter if “The Meyerowitz Stories” eventually wins a prize, or snags superb reviews for its acerbic slice of a New York Jewish family or sly comedic actors who deliver emotion as well as laughs. (Our own David Ehrlich is already raving.) If a movie doesn’t take the usual theater route to success, it is unlikely to gain any Oscar traction. »

- Anne Thompson

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'Alien: Covenant': Katherine Waterston on Becoming a Next-Gen Action Hero

20 May 2017 7:19 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Katherine Waterston is sprawled on the floor of her dressing room. "I hurt my back a few days ago," she explains, slightly embarrassed. "It's not as bad as it looks, trust me." Waterston is backstage at the Good Morning America studios in Manhattan, having just appeared with a handful of her Alien: Covenant costars to stump for the movie on the morning-show circuit; right now, however, she's half-prone, half-sitting on the ground, and well aware that she resembles a vulnerable tangle of limbs stuck in the middle of an advanced yoga position. »

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Focus teams with Wim Wenders on Pope Francis movie

19 May 2017 10:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Focus has acquired world rights to documentary; screens first footage of upcoming movies.

Focus Features has acquired world rights to Pope Francis – A Man Of His Word, a documentary feature about Pope Francis.

Written and directed by Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club), the film is only the second co-production that the Vatican has made with outside filmmakers and the first in which a Pope addresses the audience directly, discussing topics such as ecology, immigration, consumerism, and social justice.

Exclusive footage from the Vatican’s archive shows the Pope on journeys, sharing his ideas and ideals in different parts of the world.

Focus made the announcement at an event in Cannes to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

At the soiree the company showed first footage of Mary Magdalene, Darkest Hour, Atomic Blonde and Victoria And Abdul and confirmed that Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming fashion drama has wrapped shoot.

Pope Francis – A Man Of His Word is produced »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Film Acquisition Rundown: The Orchard Buys ‘Kings,’ Lionsgate Acquires ‘Dragged Across Concrete,’ and More

19 May 2017 10:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– The Orchard has acquired the rights to “Kings,” the drama starring Halle Berry and Daniel Craig and directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Deadline reports. The film focuses on a foster family in South Central a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial in 1992.

Ergüven previously directed “Mustang,” which received an Oscar nomination in 2015 for Best Foreign Language Film. Charles Gilbert and Vincent Maraval served as the producers on “Kings.”

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: IFC Films Picks up ‘Sweet Virginia,’ Oscilloscope Buys ‘Song of Granite’ and More

Lionsgate has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the crime-thriller “Dragged Across Concrete” The film will be released by the »

- Graham Winfrey

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Focus Sneaks ‘Atomic Blonde’ Footage, Bets on Female Directors

19 May 2017 9:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Focus Features is back in indie territory roughly a year after the label underwent another massive shakeup.

The company’s chairman Peter Kujawski told a crowd of journalists assembled at the beach in front of the J.W Marriott on Friday afternoon that Focus had successfully repositioned itself as a home for top filmmakers. On a balmy day, as the waves lapped against the seashore, he unveiled a slate of films that included movies from Joe Wright, Sofia Coppola, Stephen Frears and Garth Davis that might in the hunt for Oscar glory.

“We believe filmmakers thrive when they are supported,” said Kujawski.

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Kujawski was named chairman in 2016 in a housecleaning that ousted  Peter Schlessel from the top spot. His talk boasted roughly 20 minutes of clips, including footage of “Atomic Blonde,” an action thriller with Charlize Theron as a »

- Brent Lang

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“Wonderstruck”: Updated Oscar Predictions for May

19 May 2017 4:26 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

As the Cannes Film Festival begins this week in earnest, it seems like a solid enough time to check in with some new Academy Award predictions. The festival may very well change the game, so as per the usual around this time, consider these predictions little more than a temporary placeholder. June will potentially look rather different than May, and so on, so simply keep that in mind. As for the specifics, you’ll be able to find that out shortly, but keep an eye on what Cannes has going on. They’re the belle of the ball currently, as it were. As the weather gets hotter, the potential contenders will start to reveal themselves, though as you know, it isn’t until the cold air returns that we really know what’s what. That’s just how it goes. What you’ll see below is a very slightly tinkered with update for this month. »

- Joey Magidson

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Nick Meyer Leads Sierra/Affinity to New Heights With Commitment to Quality

18 May 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On May 21 in Cannes, Sierra/Affinity president and CEO Nick Meyer will receive Variety’s Achievement in International Film award.

“Nick’s earned a place in our business that very few achieve — as an expert in the international marketplace,” says Entertainment One president and CEO Darren Throop. “He’s our main source of advice and information when it comes to selecting and curating content for our platform.”

But the long-term success of his or any production/finance/sales outfit seemed far from certain when Meyer launched Sierra Pictures in 2009, right on the heels of specialty division closings — including one he ran — at the height of a global recession.

“It was the worst economy since the Depression, when the Dow was at its lowest,” Meyer says today. “But if you’re prepared to do the work, there are going to be opportunities.”

So while many were predicting doom and gloom, Meyer »

- Gregg Goldstein

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Saban Films picks up US rights to '24 Hours To Live'

17 May 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Saban Films has acquired Us rights to Brian Smrz’s assassin thriller 24 Hours To Live starring Ethan Hawke and Chinese actress Xu Qing.Sierra/Affinity handles international sales and will screen the film in Cannes.Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham and Rutger Hauer also star in the story of a hitman who turns rogue when his latest mission goes wrong.Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk and Fundamental FilmsMark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon produced, and Fundamental Films fully f

Saban Films has acquired Us rights to Brian Smrz’s assassin thriller 24 Hours To Live starring Ethan Hawke and Chinese actress Xu Qing.

Sierra/Affinity handles international sales and will screen the film in Cannes.

Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham and Rutger Hauer also star in the story of a hitman who turns rogue when his latest mission goes wrong.

Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk and Fundamental FilmsMark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon produced, and [link=co »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Cannes: Saban Films Takes U.S. Rights on Action Thriller ’24 Hours to Live’

17 May 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Saban Films has acquired U.S. rights to Ethan Hawke action thriller “24 Hours to Live,” from “John Wick” franchise producer Basil Iwanyk.

Directed by former stunt coordinator Brian Smrz, “24 Hours to Live” stars Hawke as a career assassin who turns rogue after his latest mission goes awry. Chinese actress Xu Qing, Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham and Rutger Hauer co-star. Saban plans a U.S. theatrical release later this year.

The film was written by Zachary Dean, based on an original script from Ron Mita and Jim McClain. It is produced by Iwanyk of Thunder Road Pictures and Mark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon of Shanghai-based Fundamental Films, which also fully financed the film. Kent Kubena, Jon Kuyper, Jonathan Fuhrman and Gary Glushon serve as executive producers.

“We’ve been following this project from the script stage, and are very excited we were able to make a deal,” said Bill Bromiley, president of Saban Films. »

- Robert Mitchell

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Cannes: Saban Lands '24 Hours to Live' With Ethan Hawke

17 May 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Saban Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Brian Smrz's 24 Hours to Live, starring Ethan Hawke.

Chinese actress Xu Qing, Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham and Rutger Hauer also star in the thriller from the producer behind the John Wick franchise and Sicario. It will receive a theatrical release later this year. 

Penned by Zachary Dean and based on an original script from Ron Mita and Jim McClain, 24 Hours to Live follows a career assassin who turns rogue after his latest mission goes awry.

Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk and Fundamental Films' Mark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon produced »

- Rebecca Ford

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Saban Films Acquires Ethan Hawke Thriller ’24 Hours To Live’ – Cannes

17 May 2017 8:58 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Saban Films has picked up U.S. rights to Brian Smrz's 24 Hours to Live starring Ethan Hawke and Chinese actress Xu Qing. Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham and Rutger Hauer also star in the upcoming thriller, which will receive a theatrical release later this year. Zachary Dean writes based on an original script from Ron Mita and Jim McClain. Story follows a career assassin who turns rogue after his latest mission goes awry. Thunder Road's Basil Iwanyk and Fundamental Films'… »

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‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Making Film at Annapurna

16 May 2017 9:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annapurna has forged a two-year film production deal with Pastel, the Oscar-winning company behind “Moonlight.” As part of the pact, Annapurna will get the rights to a feature film from Barry Jenkins, the director behind the coming-of-age Oscar best picture winner. That movie is already in development.

Jenkins is writing a script, which will serve as the first project under the deal. Details are being kept under wraps. The pact will also include future films from Pastel partners Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy, and Mark Ceryak.

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Annapurna is backed by Megan Ellison, a film producer and heiress. After making a name for itself backing auteur-driven pictures from the likes of Paul Thomas Anderson (“The Master”) and David O. Russell (“American Hustle”), Annapurna has been staffing up and is looking to be a full-fledged distribution company. “Detroit,” a drama from Kathryn Bigelow, »

- Brent Lang

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Barry Jenkins and Adele Romanski’s Pastel Inks Two-Year Production Deal with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna

16 May 2017 9:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna is getting into the Barry Jenkins business.

The production company has just signed a two-year film production deal with Pastel, Jenkins’ own shingle, which aims to be “a home that empowers artists to create provocative, boundary-pushing work in film, television and beyond.” The deal includes a new feature project, set to be helmed by Jenkins, along with future films from Pastel’s four partners, including Jenkins, his “Moonlight” producer Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy, and Mark Ceryak.

The new deal comes months after Pastel’s big Best Picture win for Jenkins’ “Moonlight” — the company’s very first film — which was produced by Romanski and Plan B.

Read More: ‘Moonlight’ Postmortem: How To Win Best Picture in 5 (Not So) Easy Steps

Jenkins is currently writing a script, which is slated to serve as the first project under the deal. Details on that project are being kept under wraps. »

- Kate Erbland

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