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Hardly an exhilarating MPAA ratings bulletin today as it does include Joe Dante's Burying the Ex starring Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene and Alexandra Daddario and Jon Watts' Cop Car starring Kevin Bacon and Shea Whigham, but I'm having a hard time getting too excited for either of those. We also have Strangerland starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving, which played the Sundance Film Festival and received some high marks and was picked up by Alchemy for release later this year. There is good word buzzing about Roy Andersson's A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence and the response to Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes, featuring Ian McKellen as an aging Sherlock Holmes, seems to be pleasant enough, but there isn't much here to get the blood moving. The complete bulletin is listed below. Burying the Ex Rated R For sexual content, partial nudity, »
- Brad Brevet
Starring Patrick Brammall as a hard-partying Sydney ad man who seeks to start a new chapter in his life after a near-death experience, the comedy will screen at the State Theatre on Wednesday June 3.
Cowell adapted the screenplay from his Belvoir St Theatre production. Madman Entertainment will launch the film nationally on July 16.
Cowell said, .I am beyond excited to have my first film open the Sydney Film Festival. To screen this very Sydney story to a packed house at the State Theatre is a dream come true, and I can.t wait for audiences to enjoy this comic tale of love, loss and liquor. »
- Don Groves
The Sydney Film Festival announced earlier today the first 27 new titles from its 200+ film program, plus an Ingmar Bergman retrospective curated by Australia's top film critic and former Sff Director David Stratton. Other announcements include Dendy Newtown as a new screening venue and an enhanced family film program. Leading the titles announced today in the Festival's sneak peek are the Australian-Irish thriller Strangerland, starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving; Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Slow West, a new twist on the classic western starring Michael Fassbender, with Australians Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Mendelsohn; Mr Holmes starring Sir Ian McKellen as a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes obsessing over his last unsolved case; and the surreal pitch-black comedy A...
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“Zipper,” a ripped-from-the-headlines political thriller that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, has sold North American rights to Alchemy.
The film will be released in theaters and on-demand later this year. As the title suggests, the film is about an Eliot Spitzer-esque politician who can’t keep it zipped, leading to all sorts of headaches. In Variety, critic Geoff Berkshire offered a mixed appraisal, calling it, “tawdry but cripplingly self-serious.”
Alchemy is the new moniker for Millennium Entertainment, which rebranded after CEO Bill Lee and Virgo Investment Group partnered to acquire the company’s catalog and distribution operations from a group of investors.
Alchemy vice president of acquisitions Jeff Deutchman negotiated the deal with CAA and Cinetic on behalf of the filmmakers. Cargo Entertainment will be handling international »
- Brent Lang
If you couldn't tell from the reactions on social media, It was a very good year in Park City (well, at least on the narrative side). The 2015 Sundance Film Festival featured a dramatic competition with far fewer bad eggs than usual, a Next slate which once again got people excited, a number of the noncompetitive premieres that surprised (we're looking at you "Brooklyn"), two closing night films that were reportedly pretty good (a rare occurrence for any film festival) and acclaimed movies that landed distribution deals which you'll be talking about all year long. While we endeavored to post as many individual reviews as possible the intensity of Sundance often makes it quite difficult to review everything. Especially, when you've seen 23 1/2 movies over 8 days.* Therefore, this post will include a number of capsule reviews for films HitFix has not individually reviewed, my thoughts on films Drew McWeeny and Dan Fienberg »
- Gregory Ellwood
Title: The Games Maker Director: Juan Pablo Buscarini Starring: David Mazouz, Joseph Fiennes, Ed Asner, Megan Charpentier, Tom Cavanagh, Valentina Lodovini There is a kind of world that can exist in a film marketed specifically to young audiences that possesses equal parts misery and wonder. Such a universe can actually be quite grim in nature, yet the naïve, optimistic outlook of one plucky protagonist can negate the innate negativity and create instead a spirit of adventure. That is certainly the case in The Games Maker, a Sundance Kids selection that tells the tale of a young boy obsessed with making and developing games, which ultimately becomes his saving grace when [ Read More ]
The post The Games Maker Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Courtesy of Sundance Institute Strangerland (2015) Film Review from the 37th Annual Sundance Film Festival, a movie directed by Kim Farrant, starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, Hugo Weaving, Lisa Flanagan, Meyne Wyatt, and Maddison Brown. If you’re looking for answers in Strangerland, Kim Farrant’s directorial debut, you won’t [...]
Continue reading: Film Review: Strangerland: Kidman Great in Australian Misfire [Sff 2015] »
- Drew Stelter
It was recently announced BBC Three won't be renewing its respected zombie drama In the Flesh, which means it has the misfortune of ending on an unresolved cliffhanger.
This is one of the most frustrating occurrences for TV fans, akin to reading a gripping novel that's missing its ending.
Sadly, In the Flesh isn't the first television show to leave the airwaves with unfinished business. Below are a sampling of dramas that were cancelled, leaving their loyal fans with unanswered questions to ponder.
BBC Three controller on In The Flesh axe: 'I want the freshest ideas'
1. Quantum Leap
This sci-fi classic about a time-traveller 'leaping' into people's bodies from the past to 'put right what once went wrong' in their lives, managed to last just shy of a hundred episodes.
In divisive finale 'Mirror Image', leaper Sam Beckett agreed to continue leaping after altering time so his holographic »
Nathaniel reporting from Park City
Weaving, Fiennes, and Kidman on the set of "Strangerland"There are a lot of things that are unclear in Strangerland, secrets covered as they are in beautifully dangerous sandstorms, the warped image shimmer brought on by desert heat, and the nightmare visions of Catherine Parker (Nicole Kidman) a bored sexless wife and mother who can't sleep well since her new home lacks air conditioning. Soon her lack of sleep and her indifferent husband Matthew (Joseph Fiennes) will be the least of her worries as her children vanish into the night in the unfamiliar desert town her family's just moved to due to ____ [insert withholding of family secrets here].
What's also unclear is the poetic narration that begins the film and repeats throughout it.
Touch me in the night. No one can see"
Is it the daughter's voice? And why does it keep repeating throughout the film? And what kind of sexual touch are we talking about? »
- NATHANIEL R
An insider close to the negotiations told TheWrap the deal will be for $9 million, the biggest deal of the festival so far. Searchlight previously closed a deal for “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” at the festival, for around $4.7 million.
- Jeff Sneider
A banner year in Park City continued to deliver the goods as Magnolia Pictures acquired world rights to Sean Baker’s comedy. Separately, Fox Searchlight closed a major deal for Brooklyn, while Alchemy, Spc and Lionsgate confirmed previously reported buys on Strangerland, The Diary Of A Teenage Girl and Knock Knock.
Fox Searchlight was expected to confirm its deal on Wednesday for most of the world excluding pre-sold UK, Australia and Canada for John Crowley’s Brooklyn in what reports said was a $9m deal.
Trans actresses Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez make their debuts as working girls in search of a wayward pimp on Christmas »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The film premiered in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition on Friday. Alchemy is planning a multiplatform release later this year.
The film centers on a couple that has recently transplanted to a remote Australian desert town. Their lives are flung into crisis when their two teenage kids mysteriously disappear as a massive dust storm hits.
“Strangerland” is written by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons and based on a story by Seres. Producers are Macdara Kelleher and Naomi Wenck; executive producers are Molly Conners, Maria Cestone, Sarah E. Johnson, Adriana L. Randall, Andrew Mackie and Richard Payten.
It’s the second acquisition for Alchemy since it rebranded itself earlier this month and ditched the Millennium Entertainment label. On Jan. 13, Alchemy announced it had acquired the crime thriller “Kidnapping Mr. Heineken, »
- Dave McNary
Directed by Kim Farrant
Australia | Ireland, 2015
It seems unimaginable that a film centered around the desperate search for missing children could be so mind-numbingly boring, but Strangerland makes it look easy. A splendid cast, led by Nicole Kidman, is wasted on movie-of-the-week melodrama with so little forward momentum that it challenges the principles of Newton’s Second Law. Director Kim Farrant gives us a film that looks and sounds terrific, but none of her skill can hide what a complete mess it is.
Strangerland is a movie about secrets. We know that Catherine (Kidman) and Matthew (Joseph Fiennes) have relocated to a Podunk outback town to avoid a scandal in the city. We know their daughter, Lily (Maddison Brown), has a secret diary and loves showing her naughty bits to strange men. Their son, Tommy (Nicholas Hamilton), sneaks out at night to wander the streets… »
- J.R. Kinnard
Alchemy (formerly Millennium Entertainment) will release the drama starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving in a deal brokered by CAA. Bill Lee launched Alchemy after a management-buy out of Millennium, backed with a $US40 million credit line.
The deal is worth at least $US1.5 million and will guarantee theatrical release in 15 Us markets, The Wrap reported after Deadline.com broke the story.
Transmission Films has the Australian/Nz rights to the drama produced by Naomi Wenck and Macdara Kelleher, scripted by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons. The plot follows Kidman and Fiennes as they search for their teenage children played by model Maddison Brown in her acting debut and Nicholas Hamilton (Mako: Island of Secrets), who disappear in the Outback.
Weaving portrays the cop who leads the investigation, »
- Don Groves
It’s not easy to watch a family disintegrate before your eyes. Kim Farrant’s directorial debut, the Aussie drama Strangerland, follows Catherine Parker (Nicole Kidman) and her husband Matthew (Joseph Fiennes) as they fight together to hold on to their family and their sanity the wake of their children’s disappearance on the eve of a devastating dust storm. As […] »
- Heath Jones
Formerly known as Millennium Entertainment, Alchemy has recently rebranded itself under the direction of CEO Bill Lee.
The deal is worth at least $1.5 million, multiple individuals familiar with the deal said, and calls for a multi-platform release as well as a theatrical commitment in 15 U.S. »
- Jeff Sneider
Nicole Kidman is one of our most fearless actresses, from her Oscar-winning role as a depressed Virginia Woolf in "The Hours" and warbling woman of the night in "Moulin Rouge!" to the grieving mother in "Rabbit Hole," aggressive newswoman on the rise in "To Die For," and sexy turn in "Paperboy." I talked to her on a chilly balcony overlooking Main Street right before her latest film "Strangerland" made its debut in the World competition. "Strangerland" is a gorgeously shot moody outback thriller shot in Alice Springs about a pharmacist (Joseph Fiennes, replacing originally cast Guy Pearce) and his wife (Kidman) who move to a new town after their sex-crazed 15-year-old daughter has an affair with a teacher. They haven't had a chance to settle down when the girl and her younger brother vanish during a dust storm, presumably into the desert, spawning all sorts of talk and suspicion as the town police. »
- Anne Thompson
Scott Davis on films to look out for at Sundance 2015…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when many of Hollywood’s big hitters gather together to be awarded a variety of different prices on the Awards circuit, culminating with the 87th Academy Awards on February 22nd. But on Thursday weekend in west USA (namely Utah) the Sundance Film Festival kicks off again, and many of the world’s best independent films will get their debuts to the public, and the press, over the next few weeks.
Staff Writer Scott Davis takes a look at some of the films making their debuts, and digs deep to find the next gems that could be coming out way in 2015.
When an aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile-long Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy, the duo learn that some roads are better left untraveled. »
- Scott J. Davis
Filmmaking careers are born at Sundance, as evidenced by directors Kevin Smith (“Clerks”), J.C. Chandor (“Margin Call”) and Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”). This year’s festival features plenty of returning artists as well as new voices with something fresh to say. TheWrap talked to buyers and sellers before whittling down this list of 10 buzzworthy filmmakers on the eve of Sundance. Something tells us we’ll be hearing about them for years to come.
Nikole Beckwith, »
- Jeff Sneider
Edward Noeltner has come on board to handle international sales excluding Latin America to the children’s fantasy, set to receive its Us premiere in Sundance next week.
The Games Maker has already generated more than $5m at the box office in Latin America, where Disney controls rights.
Joseph Fiennes, David Mazouz and Ed Asner star in the 3D story of a young boy whose love of board games catapaults him into a quest to find his missing parents, save the city of Zyl and overthrow the evil inventor in charge of the mysterious “games maker” competition.
Juan Pablo Buscarini directed The Games Maker from the children’s novel by Pablo De Santis. The film shot in Argentina and completed post-production in Canada. Tom Cavanagh, Valentina Lodovini and Megan Charpentier also star.
The film screens in the Sundance Kids programme on January 25 and 31.
Buscarini produced via his company Pampa Films Argentina alongside Kim C Roberts and [link »
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