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Open Road has paid $4 million for the North American rights, while Sony is set to distribute the film across various other territories, including Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Scandinavia, Australia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Greece and South Africa. (No word on a UK deal just yet).
The film, directed by Ben Younger (Boiler Room), had 12 minutes of footage screened for distributors at the festival, and sparked a bidding war which saw Open Road and Sony coming out on top. The film itself sees Teller play real-life boxed Vinny Pazienza, who became boxing star until a terrible car accident left him facing a life without never being able to walk again. Undeterred, and with the help of trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart, »
- Scott J. Davis
When I think of Miles Teller, the first thing I think of is definitely not world-champion, Italian-American boxer Vinny Pazienza, or more commonly known as Vinny Paz. I am not saying he is wrong for the part. It just makes me do a double take at my computer screen when I read it. However, the guy is extremely talented, so I look forward to seeing it. And I will see it because Bleed for This, the Ben Younger directed film that features this performance, was picked up by Open Road for a whopping $4 million. That's a lot of doughnuts. You might have to freeze some so they don't go bad. This purchase comes after studios were shown a mere twelve minute sizzle reel at Cannes, as the film is still in post-production. Open Road's big pickup at last year's Cannes was Nightcrawler, so here's hoping they are two-for-two with quality. »
- Mike Shutt
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired the boxing drama for Germany, France, Spain, Benelux, Canada, Scandinavia, Australia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Greece and South Africa.
As previously announced Icon acquired Bleed For This for the UK.
In other new deals, rights have gone in Italy (Notorious Pictures), Cis/Baltic States (Enjoy Movies), Portugal (Lusomundo), Japan (Phantom Film), Hong Kong (Panorama Entertainment) and South Korea (With Lion).
Deals also closed in Israel (Forum Film), Middle East (Eagle Films), Turkey (Pinema), India (PictureWorks), Indonesia (Queen International Pictures), Taiwan (Red Pictures), Pan Asia satellite TV (Tanweer) and international airlines to Cinesky Pictures.
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The Solution Entertainment Group has sold the world on “Bleed for This,” which stars “Whiplash” and “Divergent” star Miles Teller as boxer Vinny Pazienza, with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions taking multiple territories.
Sony has acquired all rights to the pic, which also stars Aaron Eckhart, for Germany, France, Spain, Benelux, Canada, Scandinavia, Australia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Greece and South Africa.
The film, written and directed by Ben Younger (“Boiler Room”), will be released by Open Road Films in the U.S. following its recent $4 million acquisition at the Cannes Film Festival. The deal was brokered by CAA and Wme Global.
“The film features an incredible performance from Miles Teller, who completely transforms himself into the character of legendary boxer Vinny Pazienza, and will blow audiences away with this role,” said Lisa Wilson, who is co-founder and joint partner at the Solution with Myles Nestel.
The Solution has also sold the previously announced U. »
- Leo Barraclough
After a dramatic all-night bidding war, Tom Ortenberg confirms, Open Road sealed the deal for writer/director Ben Younger's market title "Bleed for This," starring Miles Teller as world champion fighter Vinny Pazienza and Aaron Eckhart's trainer who brought him back to the ring after a nearly fatal car wreck. Cannes buyers were shown a 12-minute promo reel for the film, now in post-production, before Open Road threw down a reported $4 million. The distributor scooped "Nightcrawler" out of the market last year and successfully netted a writing Oscar nomination. Pazienza suffered a broken neck shortly after winning the 1991 Jr Middleweight World title and resumed training soon after, despite doctors' orders. This could be a "Rocky" style comeback story and a juicy follow-up for "Whiplash" star Teller, who had to get in fighting shape. Kate Sagal will play his mother. Ciaran Hinds co-stars. "Bleed for This" is produced by Bruce Cohen. »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Miles Teller's boxing biopic Bleed for This has been picked up at the Cannes Film Festival.
The film, which is being produced by Martin Scorsese, is expected to be released during the forthcoming award season.
Teller recently revealed his incredible transformation for his role as the world champion lightweight boxer, sharing a picture of his bulked up physique and impressive six-pack during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Bleed for This follows Teller as Pazienza (also known as Vinny Paz), who shot to stardom before being involved in a near-fatal car crash.
The deal came after CAA and Wme showed footage to buyers at Cannes on Friday. Open Road has not dated the “Bleed for This” but is planning for an awards-season campaign.
Paz is best known for making a triumphant return to the boxing ring after he broke his neck in three places in a traffic accident in 1991 while he was at the peak of his career. Against doctors’ orders, Paz returned to the gym with his metal halo still on, began working out and eventually won three more titles and went on to retire with a 50-10 record.
Producers are Bruce Cohen, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Younger, Chad Verdi and Noah Kraft. Martin Scorsese is executive producing along with Myles Nestel and Lisa Wilson of The Solution Entertainment Group, »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: After another all night bare-knuckle bidding brawl, Open Road is closing a deal for Bleed For This, the Ben Younger-directed film that stars Miles Teller as world champion fighter Vinny Pazienza and Aaron Eckhart as the trainer who helped Pazienza come back to the ring after a near fatal car crash left him with a broken neck. The deal is for $4 million and the bidding started shortly after buyers were shown a 12-minute promo reel Friday night for a film that is… »
At a time when the six major studios continue to focus most of their attention on blockbusters, Im Global’s production and financing unit is gearing up to fill the gap for mid-budget films.
Stuart Ford’s 8-year-old banner is now producing and financing five to seven films annually, ranging from micro-budgeted, specialty genre to commercial features. The current slate includes the recently completed “The Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, and two projects in mid-production: “The Free State of Jones,” directed by Gary Ross and starring Matthew McConaughey and Keri Russell, plus “Silence,” from Martin Scorsese and starring Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.
“When I came on in the fall of 2013, Stuart and I talked »
- Dave McNary
It took 20th Century Fox 14 years, but with last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, they finally delivered the movie that X-Men fans had been impatiently waiting for since 2000. Now, in 2015, Fox hopes to revive their other, more desperate, superhero franchise with this summer’s Fantastic Four. Using the same apocalyptic tones and brooding masochism made famous by Bryan Singer’s X-Men, Fox is hoping that their third go-around with the oft-troubled franchise will prove to be the charm. But, based on the failures of previous Fantastic Four films, the barrage of trailers and press releases for the new flick, and the entire history of the comic book series, Fantastic Four may inevitably be doomed from the start.
As a series, The Fantastic Four has proven to be one of Marvel’s more inconsequential title to readers, as well as one of its most inaccessible to writers. Ever since »
- Andrew Doscas
Our weekly feature in which a writer answers the question: if you could force your friends at gunpoint to watch one movie or TV show, what would it be? There is a scene about midway through "Rabbit Hole" that gets grieving exactly right. It takes place between Becca Corbett (Nicole Kidman) and her mother Nat (Dianne Wiest), both of whom have tragically lost their sons: Nat to the horrors of drug addiction eleven years before and Becca to a car in the street eight months ago. As they are placing boxes of four-year-old Danny's things in the basement of the home Becca shares with her husband Howie (Aaron Eckhart), Nat sums up her feelings on loss with an elegant metaphor. Becca: Does it ever go away? Nat: No, I don't think it does. Not for me, it hasn't, and it's going on eleven years. It changes though. Becca: How? Nat: I don't know. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban at the Oscars Wolverine Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness at the Academy Awards Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, along with Best Actress nominee Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban, are pictured above arriving at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Stage and screen actor-singer Hugh Jackman was the Oscar ceremony host a couple of years ago, while Nicole Kidman was a 2011 Best Actress nominee for her performance as a bereaved mother in John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest. More on Kidman further below. Recent Hugh Jackman movies The most recent film efforts of the Sydney-born Hugh Jackman were Gavin Hood's X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), in which he has the (second half of the) title role, and Baz Luhrmann's epic romance Australia (2008). Co-starring Nicole Kidman, »
- D. Zhea
Hot off the British General Elections comes the destruction of Big Ben, one of London’s most famous landmarks in this first teaser poster for the late-Fall opener London Has Fallen.
The film, which is the sequel to the 2013 success Olympus Has Fallen, sees Gerard Butler return as Secret Service agent Mike Banning who travels to England’s capital with Aaron Eckhart’s President Benjamin Asher, Angela Bassett’s Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs and Morgan Freeman’s Speaker Trumbull for the funeral of Britain’s Prime Minister, where it all starts to kick off.
As you can see from this destructive poster, our lovely city takes a bit of a battering, and it’s up to Banning to save the day. Die Hard in London indeed.
- Paul Heath
Well, this was predictable. Whenever a big Hollywood action film so much as thinks to visit London, you know destruction can’t be far behind. And it wasn’t tough to guess what might get it in the neck – or the clock face – first given the title of London Has Fallen. Say buh-bye to Big Ben (or, more accurately, part of the Elizabeth Tower) in this teaser poster. Following on from 2013’s surprise victor in the White House-in-peril box office arms race, Olympus Has Fallen, the new film heads across the pond to cause trouble here. Christian Gudegast, Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt are behind the script, which finds Gerard Butler’s Secret Service agent Mike Banning, Aaron Eckhart’s President Benjamin Asher, Angela Bassett’s Secret Service director Lynn Jacobs and Morgan Freeman’s Speaker Allan Trumbull among those who travel to London to attend the funeral of the Prime Minister. »
Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic Bale at the Oscars Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic on the Academy Awards' Red Carpet Eventual Best Supporting Actor winner Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic Bale are seen above on the Red Carpet of the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Welsh-born Bale took home the Oscar statuette for his performance as a boxer turned coach and junkie in David O. Russell's boxing drama and sleeper hit The Fighter. His co-stars were Mark Wahlberg (who also co-produced the film), Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo, and Best Supporting Actress nominee Amy Adams. Christian Bale movies The Fighter was Christian Bale's first Academy Award nomination. Among his other movie credits are: The Dark Knight (2008). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Christian Bale. Heath Ledger. Maggie Gyllenhaal. Aaron Eckhart. The Prestige (2006). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Hugh Jackman. »
- D. Zhea
Today we have the official poster for the upcoming "Olympus Has Fallen" sequel, called "London Has Fallen," which brings back Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman. Charlotte Riley joins the cast. Check out the poster below. Plot: After the British Prime Minister passes away, his funeral becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world's most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the President of the United States (Eckhart) and his formidable Secret Service head (Butler), and an English Mi-6 agent (Riley) who rightly trusts no one. The new movie is once again directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and is set to hit theaters on October 2nd. Poster: (click to enlarge) »
The first film, Olympus Has Fallen, was a hit in 2013, grossing over $160 million worldwide. Original director Antoine Fuqua has moved on to be replaced by Babak Najafi (Banshee), but original cast members Gerald Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, Radha Mitchell, Robert Forster, Melissa Leo and Morgan Freeman return, joined this time by Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Charlotte Riley (Edge of Tomorrow), Alon Aboutboul (The Dark Knight Rises) and Colin Salmon (24: Live Another Day).
After the British Prime Minister passes away, his funeral becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the »
- Scott J. Davis
Big Ben suffers an embarrassing blow out in the first teaser poster for London Has Fallen! It seems the world's leaders have assembled in England, and as luck would have it, so have their enemies. Its up to the President and his dashing intelligence team to stop this threat and save the world this fall.
London Has Fallen is the sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen, and is a non-stop, suspenseful action thriller that delivers high-octane excitement through a heightened sense of authenticity. The visceral intensity springs from a timely premise: after the British Prime Minister passes away, his funeral becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world's most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart »
London Has Fallen.s latest poster has been released and it proves that the film isn.t going to treat the English capital.s landmarks in the nicest fashion. In particular, Big Ben, which it looks as though will be trashed during the blockbuster. You can check out the stunning poster for London Has Fallen below. Brutal, tragic stuff from Focus Features. I mean how are the people of London going to be able to tell the time now? Also, I.m going to put it out there, Big Ben In Big Trouble probably should have been the film.s title. London Has Fallen will re-team Gerard Butler.s sensational Secret Service agent Mike Banning with Aaron Eckhart.s President Benjamin Asher. However, rather than being stuck inside the White House, this time round they.ve travelled across the pond and have to stop the world.s most powerful men »
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman return in the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen. This time, they’re over in the UK, as the title London Has Fallen implies. Just hours after the elections that locked in David Cameron at Downing Street with a new conservative majority government behind him, Focus Features has released a teaser […]
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- Russ Fischer
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