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International buyers are taking All Roads Lead to Rome, an upcoming romantic comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Ambi Distribution, which is producing the film and selling it worldwide, has closed deals across much of the world, including with StudioCanal for Australia/New Zealand, Zdf for Germany, Corbi Media for Spain, California Filmes for Latin America and Spi for Eastern Europe. All Roads Lead to Rome centers on uptight Maggie (Parker) and her former Italian lover, Luca (Raoul Bova), who go on an exciting road trip across Italy pursuing Maggie's rebellious teenage daughter (Rosie Day). Claudia Cardinale co-stars as Luca's mother. See
- Scott Roxborough
President of worldwide sales and acquisitions and her team have closed sales in Germany (Zdf), Australia/New Zealand (StudioCanal), Latin America (California Filmes), Eastern Europe (Spi), Spain (Corbi Media) and Cis and Scandinavia (Revolutionary Releasing).
Rights are also off the table in Benelux (Dutch Film Works), Middle East (Shooting Stars), South Africa (Times Media Films), South Korea (Nouveau Films), Portugal (Cine Mundo), Israel (Five Stars), Greece (Feelgood Entertainment), the Philippines (OctoArts), India (PVR Pictures) and Malaysia (Vision Plus Entertainment).
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Ambi Distribution closed deals for Germany with Zdf; Australia/New Zealand – Studiocanal; Latin America – California Filmes; Eastern Europe – Spi; Spain – Corbi Media; Cis and Scandinavia – Revolutionary Releasing; Benelux – Dutch Film Works; Middle East – Shooting Stars; South Africa – Times Media Films; South Korea – Nouveau Films; and Portugal – Cine Mundo.
“All Roads” is in production in Italy, with Ella Lemhagen (“The Crown Jewels”) directing from a screenplay by Cindy Myers, Josh Appignanesi and Lemhagen. The film also stars Paz Vega, Claudia Cardinale, Rosie Day and Raoul Bova.
“All Roads” centers on Parker’s uptight American and her former Italian lover, »
- Dave McNary
Are you ready for a movie described as a mix of "The Raid" and "Drive"? If the answer is yes, "A Prayer Before Dawn" promises that blend, with Charlie Hunnam signing on for the movie "based on the true-life story of Billy Moore’s incarceration in a barbaric Thai prison, Klong Prem (aka the Bangkok Hilton); he starts to train in the art of Muay Thai Boxing." An adaptation of Moore's book, with Jean-Stephane Sauvaire ("Johnny Mad Dog") directing, filming starts next summer. [Screen Daily] Paz Vega joins Sarah Jessica Parter, the legendary Claudia Cardinale, Rosie Day, and Raoul Bova in the romantic comedy "All Roads Lead To Rome." Currently filming, the story follows "an uptight woman (Parker) and her former Italian lover (Bova) who go on a road trip around Italy to pursue her rebellious daughter (Day)." Ella Lemhagen directs. [Screen Daily] Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana are teaming up for the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Ambi Pictures and Paradox Studios romantic comedy is shooting now in Rome.
Ambi Pictures principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi and Paradox Studio’s Mikael Wiren are financing the picture. Iervolino and Bacardi are producing with Silvio Muraglia of Paradox Studios. Wiren is executive producing with Frank Konigsberg and David Wyler.
The story stars Parker as an uptight woman (Parker) and her former Italian lover (Bova) who go on a road trip around Italy to pursue her rebellious daughter (Day). Vega will play a TV reporter.
Vega is repped by William Morris Endeavor (Wme). »
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To Save and Project: The 12th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation opens tonight with the North American premiere of a new restoration of Allan Dwan's The Iron Mask (1929). We'll be gathering notes on the series as it runs through November 22. Highlights include The Cave of the Silken Web, a silent film shot in 1927 in Shanghai by Dan Duyu, Henry Hathaway's To the Last Man (1933) featuring Randolph Scott and Shirley Temple, Luigi Comencini's La Ragazza di Bube (Bebo’s Girl, 1964) with Claudia Cardinale and George Chakiris, Canadian animation and more. » - David Hudson »
Production underway on All Roads Lead to Rome.
Claudia Cardinale (Once Upon a Time in the West), Rosie Day (The Seasoning House) and Raoul Bova (The Tourist) will round out the cast of the romantic comedy, directed by Ella Lemhagen from a screenplay by Cindy Myers, Josh Appignanesi and Ella Lemhagen.
Filming will take place in Italy, between Rome and Province, for six weeks.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
There’s presumably more heated drama behind the screen than there is upon it in “Effie Gray,” a literate, lovingly mounted and exceedingly well-behaved historical biopic that has sidled into British theaters after two years of less polite legal conflicts. Emma Thompson’s first adult-oriented film screenplay since her Oscar-winning work on “Sense and Sensibility” finds a fascinating human subject in the title character — the socially and sexually suppressed wife of leading Victorian art critic John Ruskin — but this admirable, watercolor-delicate tale of individual feminist emancipation never quite blooms into living color, hampered by spotty casting and Richard Laxton’s overly deliberate direction. Lush production values and name players — notably a conscientious Dakota Fanning in the lead — guarantee international exposure, but commercial prospects are as muted as the film itself.
The pic’s closing credits rather pointedly refer to the “original screenplay by Emma Thompson,” a still-piqued rejoinder to a »
- Guy Lodge
Sneak Peek the first trailer revealing footage from director Richard Laxton's period 'biopic', "Effie Gray", written by Emma Thompson ("Sense and Sensibility"), starring Dakota Fanning, Robbie Coltrane, Claudia Cardinale, James Fox, Julie Walters, Derek Jacobi and David Suchet:
"Despite her beauty, Ruskin didn’t consummate the marriage and the devastated Gray eventually fell in love with Ruskin’s protégé, painter 'John Everett Milias' (Tom Sturridge)..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Effie Gray"...
- Michael Stevens
After an 18 month wait since completion (and several legal battles later) the first trailer has arrived for period drama Effie Gray.
Dakota Fanning (How I Live Now) stars as Euphemia ‘Effie’ Gray, a young lady torn between her dull marriage to husband John Ruskin (Greg Wise) and her exciting fling with artist John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge). Emma Thompson (also acting as writer), Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters, Derek Jacobi, David Suchet. Russell Tovey, Claudia Cardinale and James Fox co-star.
Although decadent in style and cinematography, this just seems to blend in with the other hundred British heritage films we’ve seen released over the last few years – shame.
Source: YouTube »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
The first Effie Gray trailer for director Richard Laxton’s (Burton and Taylor) significantly delayed period drama has arrived. Written by Emma Thompson, the film is a biopic of Effie Gray (played by Dakota Fanning) that centers on her doomed marriage to art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) in 1840s London. Despite her beauty, Ruskin didn’t consummate the marriage and the devastate Gray eventually fell in love with Ruskin’s protégé, painter John Everett Milias (Tom Sturridge). Thompson won an Oscar for starring in 1992’s Howards End and another for writing 1995’s Sense and Sensibility, and she returns to the “British Period Drama” genre with Effie Gray. The film looks to be considerably grim and feels slightly reminiscent of the drab and dull Therese, but there is certainly a strong pedigree behind it, so here’s hoping it’s worth the wait. Watch the Effie Gray trailer after the jump. »
- Adam Chitwood
The childhood friends were married in 1848 but did not consummate their union due to Ruskin's apparent aversion to the female body.
After six years, the couple were granted an annulment and Gray went on to marry the pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge).
Effie Gray will be released on October 10 in the UK. »
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Welcome to our new, regularly updated calendar of all the British movies due for release in UK cinemas over the coming months. So if you're keen to keep up-to-date on the latest in home grown cinema - from documentaries to dramas, and comedy horror to science fiction - this is the ideal post for you.
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12 September 2014
Director: Matthew Warchus
Details: A drama about a group of gay and lesbian activists donating to people in need during the 1984 miners' strike.
Director: Marc Evans
Details: A documentary about Swansea football fans.
19 September 2014
Director: Andre Singer
Details: A documentary »
Exclusive: Metrodome to give wide UK release to period drama held up by legal disputes.
The film’s cast includes Dakota Fanning as Effie, Thompson’s husband Greg Wise as Ruskin, Tom Sturridge as painter Everett Millais as well as David Suchet, Derek Jacobi, Robbie Coltrane, James Fox and Claudia Cardinale.
The UK deal was negotiated by Metrodome’s head of acquisitions Giles Edwards and Norwegian financier Roald of Sovereign Films.
Effie is based »
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Chaos reigns as director Blake Edwards and comic genius Peter Sellers spring bungling detective Inspector Clouseau on an unsuspecting world. Charged with protecting the famous Pink Panther jewel and its glamorous owner (Claudia Cardinale), Clouseau must pit his limited wits against the world's smoothest master thief (David Niven). A side-splitting riot of perfectly timed slapstick and bemusement, carried along by Henry Mancini's unmistakable theme. »
One of the greatest westerns of all time, Sergio Leone's spaghetti masterpiece is the epic tale of a notorious outlaw (Jason Robards) and a harmonica-playing gunslinger (Charles Bronson) who join forces to save comely widow Claudia Cardinale from a ruthless railroad tycoon and his hired guns. In a casting masterstroke, perennial good guy Henry Fonda is a convincing candidate for the most cold-blooded killer in film history. »
If you should have the good fortune to visit Sicily in June, the last thing you want to do is sit inside and watch movies. That’s just as well for the Taormina Film Festival, since half the movies are shown outdoors in the Teatro Antico, and the other half no one wants to see anyway.
Taormina is the first film festival I’ve attended where film seems to be the least important thing going on. Three years ago, the event was on the brink of bankruptcy when Tiziana Rocca took the reins and rescued it. One thing I’ve learned about Southern Italy this week: When life gives them lemons, they make limoncello.
A publicity maven from Rome, Rocca instinctively understood that glamour would be the way to bring attention back to Taormina. And so, for eight nights in the middle of June, the city becomes the backdrop for starry awards shows, »
- Peter Debruge
As part of the Roman Empire, Taormina was renowned for its fine wine and high-quality marble. Today the picturesque Sicilian town, with its sweeping view over the Strait of Messina, is best known for the film festival that bears its name — Italy’s oldest — that over the years has attracted such cinema legends as Marcello Mastroianni, Marlon Brando, Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and John Huston.
This month the Taormina Film Festival celebrates its 60th anni by honoring the work of women in the movies, and female movie stars will play a prominent role in the festivities. The fest’s subtitle for 2014 is “60 years of women and their impact.”
“Women have contributed a lot to the movie business, and sometimes they are not as appreciated as men, and festivals forget to celebrate them,” says Tiziana Rocca, Taormina fest’s general manager.
Among the actresses who will be accepting honors at Taormina: Claudia Cardinale, »
- Peter Caranicas
The Shadow Knows: Oliveira’s latest a Stringent Meditation on Sacrifice
Inevitably, any discussion pertaining to recent work from Portuguese director Manoel de Oliviera will make mention of the fact that he’s currently the world’s oldest filmmaker at the age of 105. He shows little sign of slowing down, with a short film currently in development and another feature he’s currently trying to fund. After playing the festival circuit in 2012, his latest, Gebo and the Shadow, is an adaptation of a stage play by Raul Brandao, finally landing in theaters, though playing solely in one theater in New York City. It’s a pity it won’t have a wider platform, considering the film’s rather ascetic beauty as well as its bleak examination of poverty and familial sacrifices, made all the more accessible (at least compared to his last effort, 2010’s The Strange Case of Anjelica) with iconic actors like Michael Lonsdale, »
- Nicholas Bell
Directed by Luchino Visconti
Upon sitting down to write a review of Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard, I thought about the monumental task in front of me: ‘How do I do justice to one of the greatest films ever made?’ It’s easy: I can’t. I mean, I’ll do my best, but no amount of complimentary adjectives or animated textual analysis can re-create the affecting experience of watching Visconti’s epic masterpiece.
Adapted from Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s posthumously published Il Gattopardo, The Leopard takes place in a specific historical moment—Italy’s Risorgimento period—but it could really be set anywhere at any time. It’s about the painful inevitability of adapting to change and the erosion of one norm for another. Don Fabrizio Corbera (Burt Lancaster) is the Prince of Salina, and with middle-age upon him and revolution around him, he understands »
- Griffin Bell
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