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Berlin: George Clooney-Matt Damon’s Dramedy ‘Suburbicon’ Finds Financing

1 February 2016 1:42 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Black Bear Pictures will finance the comedy-drama “Suburbicon,” starring George Clooney, Matt Damon and Julianne Moore with Clooney directing.

Bloom has acquired the sales rights for international markets and will launch sales at the Berlin Film Festival. CAA is handling U.S. rights.

Joel and Ethan Coen have written the script for “Suburbicon,” which is currently in pre-production. Joel Silver will produce under his Silver Pictures banner alongside Clooney and Grant Heslov under their Smokehouse Pictures label, and Teddy Schwarzman for Black Bear Pictures.

The movie will be set in the quiet family town of “Suburbicon,” where the best and worst of humanity is hilariously reflected through the deeds of seemingly ordinary people. When a home invasion turns deadly, a picture perfect family turns to blackmail, revenge and betrayal.

Clooney’s directing credits include “Monuments Men,” “Leatherheads,” “The Ides of March,” “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” and “Good Night and Good Luck. »

- Dave McNary

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Bloom to sell 'Suburbicon' at Efm

1 February 2016 1:25 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Alex Walton and his team have dropped a heavyweight into the Berlin market and will commence international sales on dark comedy Suburbicon from director George Clooney starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore.

Black Bear Pictures has come on board to fully finance the project, which is in pre-production and is based on a screenplay by the Coen Bros, whose Hail, Caesar! starring Clooney will open the Berlinale on February 11.

Suburbicon is the name of a fictitious town where a deadly home invasion sends a seemingly perfect family down the path of blackmail, revenge, and betrayal.

CAA handles Us rights.

Joel Silver will produce via his Silver Pictures label alongside Clooney and Grant Heslov under their Smokehouse Pictures, and Teddy Schwarzman for Black Bear.

Bloom and Silver Pictures are in post on Shane Black’s detective thriller The Nice Guys starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. Warner Bros will distribute the film in the Us. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Kim Basinger Cast In ‘Fifty Shades Darker’; Denis O’Hare Joins ‘Novitiate’

28 January 2016 3:57 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Kim Basinger has joined the cast of Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to the Universal franchise based on El James’ bestselling books. James Foley is directing the second and third installment (Fifty Shades Freed), which are being shot back-to back, with Niall Leonard adapting both screenplays. Basinger is next up in Shane Black’s The Nice Guys with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. Denis O'Hare (American Horror Story: Hotel) has joined the cast of Margaret BettsNovitiate… »

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Icon Film Distribution appoints publicity manager

19 January 2016 1:37 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Icon Film Distribution appoints Will Taylor from Organic.

Icon Film Distribution (Ifd) has appointed Will Taylor, formerly of Organic, as publicity manager with immediate effect.

At Organic, which won PR Team of the Year at the Screen Awards 2015, Taylor oversaw offline and online campaigns for Amy, It Follows and unit publicity for Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon.

Other titles he worked on include Paddington, Palio and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

Ifd’s slate for 2016 includes The Forest, starring Natalie Dormer; Miles Ahead directed by and starring Don Cheadle and Ewan McGregor; Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram For A King starring Tom Hanks; Shane Black’s The Nice Guys starring Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling and Kim Basinger and Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, starring Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves. »

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

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Aussie film The Tail Job to premiere at Slamdance

18 January 2016 2:32 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Daniel Millar, Laura Hughes and Bryan Moses.

This week a new Australian film will premiere at Utah's Slamdance, the festival at which first-time, low-budget filmmakers can strut their stuff.

Slamdance has seen the world premieres of films such as The King of Kong, Paranormal Activity.and Following, the debut of a 29 year-old Christopher Nolan.

The Tail Job is the debut feature of Bryan Moses and Daniel Millar (co-writer-directors) and Laura Hughes (producer). The crew usually consisted of just the three of them. Hughes is an experienced actress, with credits on 8Mmm Aboriginal Radio, Spirited and Laid, while Moses and Millar have worked together in TV and commercials for years.

Bearing the tagline "If you love someone, set them free, then follow at a safe distance", the micro-budgeted comedy follows Nicholas, who discovers his fiancé Mona has been sending text messages to a mystery man and decides to tail her in a cab. »

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The Best Movie You Never Saw: noir classic The Third Man

14 January 2016 9:53 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time and/or has aged like a fine wine. This week we’ll be looking at The Third Man. The Story: Moderately successful pulp novelist Holly Martins... Read More »

- Alejandro Stepenberg

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Our Top 25 Most Anticipated Studio Films: Villeneuve’s Story of Your Life Leads Class of 2016

4 January 2016 12:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Auteurs working within the confines of the studio system tend to disappoint, though we try to keep hope alive by anticipating the best for talented directors braving compromised visions. 2015 wasn’t without its fair share of standout studio fare, particularly with George Miller’s comeback for Mad Max: Fury Road, Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Inarritu’s The Revenant, and J.J. Abram’s revitalization of Star Wars. Of course, there were just as many disappointments, including David Gordon Green’s Our Brand is Crisis and the Wachowski Siblings’ rather derivative Jupiter Ascending. While a couple items from our top 25 studio list last year were held over, we’ve noted a bright clutch of hopeful auteur items to look forward to in 2016. You’ll notice a common theme among our top items, including supernatural or extraterrestrial elements.

25. The Accountant – Gavin O’Connor

24. The Nice GuysShane Black

23. The Disaster Artist »

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