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15 items from 2017


Mongrel International signs 'Menashe' deals for France, Australia, Canada

8 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Mongrel International closes key territories on the Yiddish-language Sundance hit, which screens at Berlinale Forum.

Toronto-based Mongrel international has closed key territories on Yiddish-language Berlin Film Festival Forum selection and recent Sundance world premiere Menashe.

Sophie Dulac Distribution has acquired the drama for France and Rialto has taken rights for Australia and New Zealand. Mongrel Media has acquired Canadian rights.

Mongrel International chief Charlotte Mickie said a sale is pending in Scandinavia and reported “high interest” from the UK, Israel, Switzerland, Germany and Japan.

Menashe screens in Berlin on Sunday and centres on a single father from Brooklyn’s ultra-orthodox Hasidic community who struggles to secure custody of his young son.

A24 recently acquired Us rights to Joshua Z Weinstein’s feature directorial debut, which stars Menashe Lustig and Ruben Niborski.

Weinstein wrote the script with Alex Lipschultz and Musa Syeed.

Lipschultz, Traci Carlson, Danny Finkelman, Weinstein and Yoni Brook produced and executive producers are [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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A24 acquires Sundance entry 'Menashe'

31 January 2017 12:46 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The New York-based distributor has made its first foreign-language acquisition.

A24 has picked up Us and Chinese rights to Joshua Z Weinstein’s Berlin-bound Menashe, which will receive its international premiere at the Berlinale after debuting in Park City last week in the Next section.

The distributor plans a traditional theatrical roll-out later this year on the Shtick Film drama, a rare beast that shot almost entirely in Yiddish in secret within the New York Hasidic community in Brooklyn.

The film is loosely based on the real life of actor Menashe Lustig and centres on a loving single father who tries to maintain custody of his son in a culture that requires a mother present in every home. 

“Our entire company has fallen in love with this magical and beautiful film,” A24 said. “Filmmaker Joshua Z Weinstein has done an incredible job of presenting the movie’s unique setting with great authenticity and fresh insights, but at the »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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A24 Acquires Sundance Drama ‘Menashe’ in First Foreign-Language Buy

31 January 2017 11:16 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A24 has acquired the U.S. and Chinese Distribution rights to “Menashe,” which premiered on January 23 in the Sundance Film Festival’s Next section. The father-son drama was shot in secret within the New York Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn.

Read More: ‘Menashe’ Review: A Hasidic Community Sets the Stage for a Touching Father-Son Drama — Sundance 2017

Loosely based on the life of actor Menashe Lustig, the film follows a loving but hapless single father trying to maintain custody of his son in a culture that requires a mother in every household. First-time feature director Joshua Z. Weinstein wrote the script with Alex Lipschultz and Musa Syeed after working as a documentarian and cinematographer.  The movie is one of the first films to be performed almost entirely in Yiddish in nearly 70 years.

“Our cast took an extraordinary risk stepping outside the confines of their community to take part in this film, »

- Graham Winfrey

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The Sundance Rebel: How Hasidic Actor Menashe Lustig Defied His Community to Become a Festival Star

29 January 2017 9:39 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Actors discovered at the Sundance Film Festival often hail from unexpected places. Take, for example, Quvanzhané Wallis, the eight-year-old New Orleans star of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” or Gabourey Sidibe, the overnight sensation at the center of Lee Daniels’ “Precious.” Both rode the wave of buzz to Oscar nominations.

Then there’s Menashe Lustig, the 38-year-old Hasidic Jew at the center of “Menashe,” a movie inspired by his life.

Lustig, whose starring role brought him immediate acclaim when “Menashe” premiered in the Next section at the 2017 edition of the festival, has never been so close to the secular world before. A native of the Hasidic enclave New Square in Brooklyn, Lustig spent some of his adult life in the U.K., moving back after his wife passed away. However, when he returned to Brooklyn, the local rabbi declared that until Lustig remarried, he would be an unfit parent for his son. »

- Eric Kohn

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Harry Potter Star Jason Isaacs: ‘You Don’t Need to Look Very Far’ to Find the Lucius Malfoys of the World

28 January 2017 12:16 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

With his distinctive sneer, “pure blood” ideology and burning hatred of Harry Potter, Lucius Malfoy — played by British actor Jason Isaacs in the Potter films — is one of the series’ great villains. And on Friday, Isaacs revealed his careful construction of the notorious Death Eater and Voldemort sycophant.

“I was terrified of being bland around all these incredible actors,” Isaacs, 53, said during a panel at Universal Orlando’s Celebration of Harry Potter. “I was around the royal family of British actors! I asked for the wig, the robes. They wanted me in a suit with ordinary hair. I tried to come up with the voice, »

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Chelsea Handler at Sundance Film Festival Women’s March: ‘Don’t Lose Hope’

21 January 2017 8:59 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Park City — With chants of “Make America Great, Love Trumps Hate,” several hundred women and a cadre of supportive men took to the snow-bound streets here Saturday morning to protest the ascension of Donald J. Trump to the White House and to speak out for causes ranging from environmental protection, to Lgbtq rights to embracing immigrants of all races and religions.

The march kicked off a little after 9 a.m. local time, an hour after the scheduled start of a massive march and rally in Washington D.C. for the same causes. It coincided with similar protests around America, and the world.

Talk show personality Chelsea Handler organized and led the protest, which was expected to include Aisha Tyler, Connie Britton, Dolores Huerta, Peter Bratt, Maria Bello, Laurie David, and politicians including Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Park City Youth Mayor Maya Levine. Laura Dern and Charlize Theron »

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Chris Columbus’ 1492 Facing Counter Suit In Payments Dispute With Ocean Blue – Update

20 January 2017 10:58 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Updated, 10:58 Pm: Calling the breach of contract and fraud compliant filed yesterday by Chris Columbus’ 1492 Entertainment ” meritless,” Ocean Blue Entertainment said today that they plan to strike back in the courts themselves soon. Read the company’s full statement here. Previously, January 19: In a case of overhead and obligation, Chris Columbus' 1492 Entertainment today filed a breach of contract and fraud complaint against Ocean Blue Entertainment and its executives… »

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Chris Columbus' 1492 Entertainment Sues Investors

19 January 2017 10:29 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Investors in Christopher Columbus' 1492 Entertainment haven't paid overhead costs for more than six months and are putting the company's financial health at risk, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in L.A. County.

1492 is run by Columbus, Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe — a trio of filmmakers behind family hits like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Home Alone and Night at the Museum.

The company is suing Ocean Blue Entertainment, Rise Entertainment and two individuals for breach of contract and fraud, among other claims.

"[W]ithout warning Defendants ceased making required monthly overhead payments, which impacted 1492's day-to-day operations »

- Ashley Cullins

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Chris Columbus Boards Sundance Pic ‘Menashe’ As Ep

17 January 2017 8:49 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Chris Columbus has come aboard as executive producer of Menashe, the Yiddish-language drama from Joshua Z. Weinstein that is having its world premiere in the Next section of the Sundance Film Festival which kicks off this week. Columbus and Eleanor Columbus will now Ep executive produce the film under their Maiden Voyage Pictures, which counts recent credits including The Witch, Tallulah and Mediterranea. It also has Geremy Jasper’s Patti Cake$ premiering in… »

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Fantasy Fridays: Scully & Mfr Cast And Pitch Shazam! w/Dwayne Johnson

13 January 2017 11:57 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to another edition of Fantasy Fridays, where two real-life best friends who ended up working at Lrm together get to pretend to be Studio Execs by casting, staffing, and/or pitching fanboy-centric projects. Last week, we made our case for what the next wave of Marvel series on Netflix should center on. This week we turn our attention towards DC's Shazam!

This week gave us the first real updates on Shazam! in quite some time. With both producer Hiram Garcia and star Dwayne Johnson (who's locked in to play Black Adam) taking to social media to hype up how well a key meeting with the WB/DC brass went. Johnson made a statement about how the future of the DC Extended Universe looks to embrace an outlook of "Hope, Optimism, and Fun," and that got us thinking about how to best tackle a Shazam! movie that wants to be all of those things. »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Home Alone with VFX blood will change the way you watch!

11 January 2017 4:20 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: David Sztypuljak

Home Alone…. undoubtedly one of the greatest Christmas movies ever made but also potentially one of the most brutal. If you’re not familiar with the story, Home Alone kicks off with a large family (The McCallister’s) prepping to jet off to Paris for a vacation. Following a family feud Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), is forced onto the dreaded third floor to sleep alone to think about his actions. That night a storm knocks out the power which means a mad rush to the airport ultimately causing the family mistakenly end up leaving poor Kevin at home….. alone. (The same thing happens again in Home Alone 2 – how his parents kept him and his siblings is a mystery!).

 

Unbeknown to them a criminal duo are combing the area for empty houses to burgle during the Christmas holidays but Kevin gets wind of their evil plot and decides »

- David Sztypuljak

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Gory Home Alone Fan Edit Splatters the Wet Bandits in Blood

9 January 2017 4:13 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The holidays are over and that means many of us probably watched Home Alone and possibly even Home Alone 2: Lost in New York again. For more than twenty years, the movies have been true staples of the holiday season, but there are definitely some perceivable issues with them. Namely, the violence depicted in the movies isn't exactly accurate. But a YouTuber has decided to fix that and show us what Home Alone would look like with some realistic blood and gore. The results are downright insane.

The YouTuber in question goes by the name of BitMassive and he recently decided to add some pretty impressive bloody, digital effects to some scenes from Home Alone and Home Alone 2. The main plot of the first Home Alone revolves around Kevin McCallister (played by Macaulay Culkin) dealing with Wet Bandits (Joe Pesci) and (Daniel Stern) who are trying to rob his »

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‘Home Alone With Blood’ is a Gory and Chilling Twist to the Family Classic – Watch

7 January 2017 3:45 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We’ve previously seen “Elf” and “The Santa Clause” get recut as horror films, but now the beloved family classic “Home Alone” has been given a gruesome twist in “Home Alone With Blood.”

YouTube user BitMassive took three scenes from Chris Columbus’ children’s movie and edited it to include tons of blood and gore. We’ve always known that the film is violent, but with these added special effects, you can’t help feel bad for burglars Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern) and all the treacherous things Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) does to them.

Read More: ‘Elf’ Recut As a Horror Thriller Is a Terrifying Holiday Treat

The first video features the bad guys trying to go upstairs, just to be hit with a huge metal pole. Blood splats all over the walls and the guys suffer massive injuries. Another clip shows Marv and Harry finally getting »

- Liz Calvario

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Jackie Chan’s New Film Is Available in Selected Cinemas Today

6 January 2017 5:33 AM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Jackie Chan is back on the silver screen in “Railroad Tigers,” a new action-comedy which honors Jackie’s roots in classic Hong Kong films. “Railroad Tigers” is about a railroad worker, played by Chan, who finds himself in a sticky situation with his group of freedom fighters. Chan and gang plan to ambush and attack a military train because they are seeking provisions only this train has.

They find themselves outnumbered by the heavily armed militants aboard the train and need to find a way out through fighting back against this army with only the few tools they have. This flick is full of action and laughs and is debuting in select theaters on today ; be sure to check it out! Below is more detailed information on screen locations and release information:

Wellgousa Presents: Railroad Tigers

Directed By Ding Sheng

Starring Jackie Chan, Huang Zitao, Wang Kai, Darren Wang

 

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Zach Galligan gives an update on Gremlins 3

1 January 2017 4:50 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

For the past few years, there’s been frequent talk of a new instalment in the Gremlins franchise – either as a remake of the original movie, or a “reinvention” of the series – and for a while in 2015 it even looked close to becoming a reality as Warner Bros. tried to fast track the project into production.

Since late 2015 we’ve had no further word on its status, with the project seemingly stuck in development hell. However, during an interview with Bleeding Cool, star Zach Galligan has provided an update, confirming that it would indeed be a sequel rather than a reboot, and that original writer Chris Columbus is still actively pursuing it.

“There is a huge time gap but it’s Warner Bros, Spielberg and Chris Columbus. Now, Chris Columbus didn’t have anything to do with Gremlins 2 – because by his own admission he didn’t see a franchise. »

- Gary Collinson

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