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- Christopher Campbell
Ever since The Lego Movie hit theaters, the building block toy has been an even bigger sensation than it was before, and we've featured some cool Lego videos all paying tribute to our favorite films. Of course, Lego has been a toy brand that has been a huge part of generations of kids and their parents, time and time again. Now a new documentary called simply A Lego Brickumentary is coming to theaters this summer, narrated by Jason Bateman (who gets his own Lego minifigure to guide us), to dive into the history, legacy and limitless imagination that the Danish toy group has provided. Looks pretty cool. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Daniel Junge & Kief Davidson's A Lego Brickumentary, from Apple: A Lego Brickumentary (it's no longer "Beyond the Brick") is directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Daniel Junge (Saving Face) and Oscar-nominated director Kief Davidson (Open Heart). Since the »
- Ethan Anderton
The latter’s sales operation was severely compromised following the departure of Qed International founder Bill Block and sales John Friedberg. Shapiro and Lessine are involved in litigation with Block.
Qed International’s Cannes office will be operational as Shapiro, Lessine and director of legal and business affairs Alex Davis meet partners and distributors and join de Barros in strategic sales meetings.
De Barros and her team of vice-president of international Katie Irwin and new director of international sales and marketing Samantha Peel will premiere new footage of Jason Bateman’s The Family Fang starring Bateman, Nicole Kidman and [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
Schulman most recently spent eight years as president of Mandalay Pictures.
Her title has yet to be formalized, but she began work at the newly launched studio Monday and has already been reaching out to members of the creative community. She will report to president and chief content officer Oren Aviv.
STX Entertainment was launched last year by producer Robert Simonds with the goal of fielding 12 to 15 films a year, with budgets ranging from $20 million to $80 million. Upcoming releases include the psychological thriller “The Gift” with Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton; “The Secret in Their Eyes,” a remake of the Oscar-winning Argentinian film of the same name to star Julia Roberts; and “The Free State of Jones,” an action-drama starring Matthew McConaughey.
Schulman, who won an Oscar for producing “Crash,” is tasked with putting together projects »
- Brent Lang
Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!
1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1
Year-old Stx has dated four films — horror-thriller “The Gift,” starring Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, on July 31; “The Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor, on Oct. 23; drama “The Boy” starring Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”), on Jan. 22; and Civil War drama “The Free State of Jones,” starring McConaughey, on March 11.
Stx made the announcement Friday while unveiling its selection of Horizon Media as its agency of record. It said Horizon will handle all aspects of media planning and buying — including strategic approach, market research, analytics, partnerships and integrations.
“As a new and growing studio, we want our marketing and media imprint to be innovative, impactful and enterprising,” said president and chief content officer Oren Aviv. “We met with many agencies, »
- Dave McNary
Amos most recently served as VP of distribution at alternative content company Fathom Events.
He previously spent nearly 30 years as a member of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s distribution team, including working as domestic distribution president from 2009 to 2013. At Sony, he worked on the releases of the James Bond, Spider-Man and Men in Black franchises.
Stx Entertainment is focused on mid-budget movies, the kind of pictures that major studios have opted out of in favor of costly comicbook movies and sequels. It plans to release between 12 and 15 major motion pictures annually beginning in 2016.
Stx Entertainment also announced that former Paramount and Weinstein Company exec Mark Mulcahy has been named VP of in-theater marketing, and Robert Springer will serve as VP of theatrical distribution and operations. Springer has previously worked at Paramount Pictures, »
- Brent Lang
Marketing has been a key selling point of Stx Entertainment.
The newly launched studio plans to break through the clutter and shoulder out more established players by selling its pictures in a more innovative fashion. To that end, it has announced a lineup of marketing executives. The quartet includes marketing and strategic communications veteran Terry Curtin, creative advertising and branding executive Keri Moore, media and marketing executive Amy Elkins, and global digital marketing executive Andrew Runyon. They will report to theatrical marketing president Jack Pan.
Marketing is clearly key for Stx founder Robert Simonds. He has tapped Oren Aviv, a former marketing exec at Disney and Fox, as president and chief content officer, as well as Adam Fogelson, the former Universal Pictures chief who rose through the marketing ranks, to oversee the film slate.
Stx Entertainment is focused on mid-budget movies, the kind of pictures that major studios have opted »
- Brent Lang
Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity, The Purge) has revealed three new posters for upcoming thriller The Gift, starring Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses 2), Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3) and Joel Edgerton (Exodus: Gods and Kings), who also makes his feature directorial debut with the film.
See Also: Watch the first trailer for The Gift
Simon (Bateman) and Robyn (Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Edgerton) at first, but after a seemingly coincidental series of encounters proves troubling, a horrifying secret from their past is uncovered after nearly 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones? »
- Scott J. Davis
Robert Downey Jr. celebrated his 50th birthday with a star-studded bash in Santa Monica on Saturday. Robert and his wife, Susan, and a group of A-list friends gathered at the historic Barker Hangar to enjoy cocktails and live music, including a performance by Duran Duran, in the actor's honor. Gwyneth Paltrow arrived with her rumored boyfriend, Glee producer Brad Falchuk, while Reese Witherspoon and her husband and Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale were also in attendance. Orlando Bloom, Jason Bateman, and Justin Theroux were seen greeting each other outside, while Jennifer Aniston came with a gift bag in hand. Katie Holmes also made an appearance, as did Jeremy Renner, Tobey Maguire and his wife, Jennifer, and Jack Osbourne and his pregnant wife, Lisa. Rdj later took to Facebook to share his gratitude, writing, "Dear Mother Nature, Thank you for 50 years of loving tolerance..." The guest list included many of the »
In an interview released Tuesday, Grazer confirmed rumors that the comedy will return.
“I love ‘Arrested Development,’ but it was never a huge thing. But people are loyal to it,” Grazer said on the “B.S. Report” podcast, which was taped last month at SXSW. “We’re going to do another 17 episodes, so stay tuned for ‘Arrested Development.'”
After seven years off the air, “Arrested Development” was revived by Netflix with a 15-episode fourth season in May 2013.
As for Grazer’s on-camera confirmation, Netflix declined to comment on any new episodes.
The series, starring Jason Bateman, originally aired on Fox for three seasons from 2003 to 2006, and was not renewed due to low ratings, despite critical acclaim and a loyal fanbase.
A representative for 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind “Arrested Development, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The Bluths are coming back! After the mixed critical reaction to Arrested Development's fourth season, which premiered on Netflix in 2013, it seemed unclear where the cult comedy, originally produced and distributed through Fox, was heading, if anywhere. As Uproxxx reports, however, producer Brian Grazer took time on Bill Simmons’s “B.S. Report” podcast this morning to announce the return of the beloved, hugely influential series. “We're going to do another 17 episodes," said Grazer on the podcast, "So, stay tuned for 'Arrested Development.'" [caption id="attachment_258003" align="alignright" width="263"] Image via Netflix[/caption] There've been no confirmed reports on whether or not the show will be back on Netflix for its fifth season, which isn't a big surprise considering the near-indifferent response to the underrated previous season. It’s unlikely that the show will once again cut around its central mystery via varying perspectives, as season 4 did, but there’s no guaranteeing that the »
- Chris Cabin
Under the agreement, Universal will handle all marketing, sales and distribution services for the newly launched film and television studio’s Blu-ray, DVD, electronic sell-through and on-demand offerings.
Stx Entertainment has big ambitions to corner the market on mid-budget films. It plans to release between 12 and 15 major motion pictures a year beginning in 2016. The company has partnered with China’s Huayi Brothers to co-finance dozens of movies. By 2017, it plans to spend between $1 billion and $1.25 billion annually to make and market its movies.
“Universal has one of the most aggressive and inventive home entertainment teams in the industry,” said Fogelson in a statement. “Their philosophy of being platform agnostic »
- Brent Lang
Following the return of the Bluth family to our screens with 2013’s Netflix-backed revival of Arrested Development, things have been awfully quiet. There has been mild chatter of the company wanting more, but nothing concrete has emerged about a new batch of episodes of the spin-off movie that the fourth series was initially supposed to set up. Now producer Brian Grazer has spoken on Grantland’s B.S. Report to suggest more is headed our way at last. “I love Arrested Development, but it was never a huge thing,” Grazer says. “But people are loyal to it, and we’re going to do another 17 episodes. So stay tuned for Arrested Development.” And that’s all he says. No dates, no comment from creator Mitch Hurwitz or any of the cast, nada. Not even a loose seal. Still, Grazer has often been a big cheerleader for more from the show, talking about »
Not to be confused with the 2000 released Sam Raimi directed thriller The Gift, the new The Gift is about a married couple terrorized by a “friend”. This is the first official trailer for The Gift. The moral of the story here is probably don’t take bottles of expensive whine from weirdos. While it doesn’t […]
A blast from the past keeps a close eye on a newly moved couple in The Gift, the directorial debut of Joel Edgerton, who also stars in the film alongside Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, as shown in the film's first trailer. We also have a look at a new promo for Salem Season 2 and two clips from Scream Factory's upcoming Blu-ray release of Deep in the Darkness.
The Gift: "Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? Even if you are unaware of how, or when, and even who you may have wronged....chances are there is someone out there who won't ever forget it...or you.
Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon's high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn't recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, »
- Derek Anderson
Read More: Joel Edgerton On Going From Small Scale 'Wish You Were Here' to 'Gatsby' and Why He's Happy With the Outcome of 'Jane Got a Gun' Despite On-Set Drama Mega-producer Jason Blum has dabbled in supernatural horror ("Insidious") and Academy Award-winning indies ("Whiplash"), and now he's setting his sights on the psychological-thriller in "The Gift." The film stars Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall as Simon and Robyn, a young married couple whose lives are upended when they run into one of Simon's high school acquaintances (Joel Edgerton). As the obsessive man invades the couple's lives, a dark secret will be revealed from the past that forces Robyn to confront just how well she knows the people around her. Marking the directorial debut of Edgerton, the Blumhouse Productions thriller will serve as chilling counterprogramming to summer blockbusters when it's released July 31. Read More: Digging Through the Blumhouse Movie Dump: What. »
- Zack Sharf
Gordo's odd ways soon make Simon uncomfortable, but things turn violent when an argument breaks out between the pair.
It ultimately becomes clear that Gordo holds the key to hidden events from Simon's past that could undermine his marriage to Robyn (Rebecca Hall).
The Gift opens on July 31 in the Us. A UK release is yet to be set.
Watch Digital Spy preview this year's blockbusters below: »
Stx Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions have debuted the first trailer for new psychological thriller The Gift, which you can watch below…
Starring Exodus’ Joel Edgerton (who also writes and directs), Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) and Rebecca Hall (The Prestige), the film tells the story of young married couple whose life is going as planned until a chance encounter with a creepy acquaintance from Bateman’s character’s high school, sends their world into a tailspin.
The Gift is one of three big projects from the newly formed Stx, which started business last year, alongside Free State of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar), and The Secret in Their Eyes featuring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
The Gift opens in the Us on July 31st.
- Scott J. Davis
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