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WestEnd Films Rolls Out ‘Song of the Sea’ (Exclusive)

13 June 2014 1:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annecy — London-based WestEnd Films has initiated further early sales on Tomm Moore’s “Song of the Sea,” one of Europe’s most anticipated animation features. North American rights to the pic, which is the Irish director’s follow up to the Academy Award-nominated “The Secret of Kells,” were previously acquired by GKids.

Among deals struck by the producers with top-echelon European distribution companies, Studiocanal will distribute “Song of the Sea” in the U.K. and Ireland, Haut et Court in France and Brother Distribution in Benelux.

Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon, the company behind “Secret of Kells,” also lead produced “Song of the Sea.”

“Traditionally, pre-sales are rare for an independent animation. Independent distributors are reluctant to pre-buy an animation, unless a film is led by a studio in the U.S.,” said WestEnd FilmsEve Schoukroun.

But, Schoukroun said, deals were closed with “people who loved the quality and commercial narrative of the script, »

- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough

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Charming Trailer for the Animated Film Song Of The Sea

3 June 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

A delightful trailer has been released for director Tomm Moore's new film Song of the Sea. This is the same director who brought us the fantastic animated film The Secret of Kells. His newest film looks absolutely wonderful.

Song of the Sea pulls from several aspects of Irish folklore, more specifically the Selkies, who are seals in the sea, but shed their skin to become human on land. The story focuses on siblings Ben and Saoirse (who is the last Seal-child) who embark on a great adventure. The movie stars the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt, Jon Kenny, Lucy O’Connell, Liam Hourican, and Kevin Swierszsz.

Cartoon Saloon is likely to release the movie sometime in 2015, and I'll be looking forward to it. If you haven't seen The Secret of Kells yet, you should check it out. It's currently on Netflix. 

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- Joey Paur

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Buzzy Irish Titles at Cannes

13 May 2014 2:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Canal

Director: Ivan Kavanagh

Production company: Park Films

Cast: Rupert Evans, Antonia Campbell Hughes, Hannah Hoekstra

Logline: Thriller that relates the sinister history of a home where a murder had taken place at the turn of the century.

Status: Completed. Premiered at Tribeca. Will be selling at Cannes.

Song of the Sea

Director: Tomm Moore

Production company: Cartoon Saloon

Sales agent: WestEnd

Voice cast: Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan

Logline: Animated feature from Oscar-nominated studio Cartoon Saloon (“The Secret of Kells”).

Status: In production. Ready third quarter 2014.

Brooklyn (pictured)

Director: John Crowley

Irish production company: Parallel Films

Sales agent: HanWay Films

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen

Logline: Based on the novel by Colm Toibin.

Status: In production in Ireland and Canada.

Glassland

Director: Gerard Barrett

Production company: Element Pictures

Cast: Toni Collette, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter

Logline: A Dublin taxi driver gets tangled up in the world of human trafficking. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Tasting Menu Movie Review

13 May 2014 9:32 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Tasting Menu begins without offering much detail about its story or thematic effort, and it ends without ever showing its cards. It’s the story (sort of) of the last night at the world’s best restaurant, which is closing for uncertain reasons, and with the owner/chef’s future unknown. Said chef, the world-renowned Mar Vidal (Vicenta N’Dongo), thinks it’s time for a change, though the decision to close the restaurant has rocked the culinary world.

But, there is only a sideways sense in which the film can legitimately be said to have anything to do with this restaurant, this night, or this chef. The official synopsis only talks about Marc (Jan Cornet) and Rachel (Claudia Bassols), who happen to have a reservation that they made a year ago. Despite having split up several months ago, they decide they can’t miss the historic last night. It might be awkward, »

- Marc Eastman

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Film Review: ‘Tasting Menu’

22 April 2014 2:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

No one succumbs to a shrimp allergy or suffers violent gastrointestinal distress in “Tasting Menu,” but everyone assembled for this relentlessly mediocre ensemble dramedy seems to be having a fairly wretched time all the same, the audience not least of all. Bringing together some of the least compelling dinner guests in recent memory at a world-class restaurant that’s about to permanently close its doors, this blandly seriocomic misfire from Spanish co-writer/director Roger Gual is too lazy to rise to the level of farce, too banal and insincere to work as drama. Truly neither fish nor fowl, it’s unlikely to tempt any but the most undiscerningly middlebrow of arthouse audiences in limited theatrical release.

Gual and Javier Calvo’s script draws an unsubtle parallel between Chakula, the Catalonian coastal restaurant where the film is almost entirely set, and El Bulli, the real-life molecular gastronomy powerhouse that closed its »

- Justin Chang

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Tasting Menu | Review

18 April 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Finger Food: Gaul’s Latest Effort Staunchly Unappetizing

Spanish filmmaker Roger Gaul (known for his 2002 debut, the co-directed Smoking Room) returns with this Irish co-produced venture, Tasting Menu, its cast dictated primarily by geographic funding. Utilizing the banal workings of several intersecting storylines over the course of one evening, this petit bourgeois offering is as unabashedly pretentious as it is stilted, attempting to jackdaw cinematic magic via food porn and various romantic clichés. Several notable cast members are as poorly served as their lesser known counterparts, an ensemble that can’t ever emulsify as neatly as Javier Clavo’s screenplay so desperately wants it to.

Chef Mar (Vicenta N’Dongo) is a reluctant celebrity in her realm, owner of a highly successful restaurant that seats only thirty and is booked for months in advance. However, after finding herself in a creative rut, she decides to close the restaurant, much to »

- Nicholas Bell

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Tasting Menu Is Gag-Worthy

15 April 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

So sloppy it can't even adequately follow through on cooking its various plot strands to completion, Tasting Menu concerns the dreary goings-on at the closing night of world-renowned chef Mar's (Vicenta N'dongo) seaside Barcelona restaurant.

There, a motley collection of guests engage in lifeless mini-dramas, from author Rachel's (Claudia Bassols) reunion with her ex-husband, Marc (Jan Cornet) — a meeting complicated by the surprise arrival of Rachel's obnoxious editor boyfriend, Danny (Timothy Gibbs) — to a widowed countess (Fionnula Flanagan) showing up with her husband's urn and involving herself in Rachel and Marc's affairs, to two Japanese investors (Togo Igawa and Akihiko Serikawa) suffering through the company of a grating Spanish guide (Marta Torn&eac »

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Tasting Menu Movie Review

14 April 2014 6:49 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Tasting Menu Menú degustació) Magnolia Pictures Director: Roger Gual Screenplay: Roger Gual, Javier Calvo based on an original idea by Sílvia González Laá Cast: Jan Cornet, Claudia Bassols, Vicenta N’dongo, Andrew Tarbet, Fionnula Flanagan, Stephen Rea, Togo Igawa, Marta Torné, Akihijo Serikawa, Timothy Gibbs, Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 4/3/14 Opens: April 18, 2014 “Tasting Menu” might be compared by some to “Babette’s Feast,” Gabriel Axel’s film about a remote, 19th Century Danish community whose religious views forbid them to eat more than gruel but who are upended by a fantastic meal prepared by their French housekeeper. But Roger Gual’s movie does not center on food. That’s too bad.  [ Read More ]

The post Tasting Menu Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Harvey Karten

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A Multi-Course Feast Previews Magnolia’s Gastro-Themed ‘Tasting Menu’

11 April 2014 3:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In Magnolia’s Spanish-Irish comedy “Tasting Menu,” an assorted group of diners comes together on the closing night of one of the world’s most renowned (fictional) restaurants on the Spanish coast. Los Angeles may not have any restaurants quite on the level of Spain’s El Bulli or El Celler de Can Roca, which advised on the film, it comes close with Bazaar at the Sls Hotel. Food writers joined “Tasting Menu” director Roger Gual (pictured) and star Claudia Bassols Thursday at Bazaar to celebrate the April 18 release of the film. Mirroring the meal that unfurls in the film as the characters deal with their personal dramas,  Bazaar’s tasting menu offered a nearly-endless series of beautifully-composed small plates.

Gual said the idea for “Tasting Menu” was based on the idea of a couple that plans a year ahead for a hard-to-come-by reservation, but splits up before the date »

- Pat Saperstein

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Calvary, Philomena scoop IFTAs

7 April 2014 4:13 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Judi Dench win top prizes at the Irish Film & Television Awards, as Calvary and Philomena are handed best film trophies.Scroll down for full list of winners

John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary picked up a hat-trick of awards at the 11th Irish Film & Television Awards on Saturday night including Best Film, Best Script and Best Actor, for Brendan Gleeson’s performance as a good-natured priest who must battle dark forces. The actor beat competition including his son Domhnall Gleeson, nominated for his role in About Time.

The ceremony in Dublin also saw Stephen Frears’s Philomena walk away with three prizes including Best International Film, Best Costume for the work of Consolata Boyle, and Best International Actress, for Judi Dench’s performance as a woman searching for her long lost son. Philomena Lee, whose true life story inspired the film, was in attendance

Vampire horror Byzantium also scored a hat-trick, winning Best Director »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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‘Calvary,’ ‘Byzantium,’ ‘Philomena’ Lead the Field at Irish Film and TV Awards

6 April 2014 1:29 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes – “Calvary,” “Byzantium” and “Philomena” were the biggest winners at the Irish Film and Television Awards in Dublin, with each film taking three awards.

Guests at the event, which was hosted by the Irish Film and Television Academy, included Michael Fassbender, Colin Farrell, Jamie Dornan, Steve Coogan, Will Forte, Jeremy Irons, Fionnula Flanagan, Brendan Gleeson, Neil Jordan, Amy Huberman, Colm Meaney, Jack Reynor, Killian Scott, Eva Birthistle and Victoria Smurfit.

Calvary” took best film, along with actor for Brendan Gleeson and script for its writer-director John Michael McDonagh. “Philomena” won the award for international film and actress (for Judi Dench) along with costume design for Consolata Boyle. Philomena Lee, whose true life story inspired the film, was at the ceremony. Vampire horror “Byzantium’s” awards included director for Neil Jordan, actress for Saoirse Ronan, and makeup and hair.

Michael Fassbender took the award for film supporting actor for “12 Years a Slave. »

- Leo Barraclough

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‘Calvary,’ ‘Byzantium,’ ‘Philomena’ Lead the Field at Irish Film and TV Awards

6 April 2014 1:29 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes – “Calvary,” “Byzantium” and “Philomena” were the biggest winners at the Irish Film and Television Awards in Dublin, with each film taking three awards.

Guests at the event, which was hosted by the Irish Film and Television Academy, included Michael Fassbender, Colin Farrell, Jamie Dornan, Steve Coogan, Will Forte, Jeremy Irons, Fionnula Flanagan, Brendan Gleeson, Neil Jordan, Amy Huberman, Colm Meaney, Jack Reynor, Killian Scott, Eva Birthistle and Victoria Smurfit.

Calvary” took best film, along with actor for Brendan Gleeson and script for its writer-director John Michael McDonagh. “Philomena” won the award for international film and actress (for Judi Dench) along with costume design for Consolata Boyle. Philomena Lee, whose true life story inspired the film, was at the ceremony. Vampire horror “Byzantium’s” awards included director for Neil Jordan, actress for Saoirse Ronan, and makeup and hair.

Michael Fassbender took the award for film supporting actor for “12 Years a Slave. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Irish Film and Television Academy Lines Up Stellar Guest List for Awards

30 March 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — The Irish Film and Television Academy has announced that guests at its awards ceremony on April 5 will include Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan, Steve Coogan, Will Forte, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston and Colm Meaney.

Nominees include Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Dornan, Eva Birthistle, Colin Farrell, Andrew Scott, Amy Huberman, Liam Cunningham, Fionnula Flanagan, Brendan Gleeson, Victoria Smurfit, Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Domhnall Gleeson and Deirdre O’Kane.

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, is to receive an honorary award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Irish film and television industry.

As the Minister for Arts and more recently as President, Higgins has transformed the industry through a range of initiatives from tax incentives to training, and the re-establishment of the Irish Film Board, which led to an injection of investment and the creation of thousands of jobs.

Aine Moriarty, academy chief executive, stated: “The academy is proud »

- Leo Barraclough

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Irish Film and Television Academy Lines Up Stellar Guest List for Awards

30 March 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Irish Film and Television Academy has announced that guests at its awards ceremony on April 5 will include Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan, Steve Coogan, Will Forte, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston and Colm Meaney.

Nominees include Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Dornan, Eva Birthistle, Colin Farrell, Andrew Scott, Amy Huberman, Liam Cunningham, Fionnula Flanagan, Brendan Gleeson, Victoria Smurfit, Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Domhnall Gleeson and Deirdre O’Kane.

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, is to receive an honorary award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Irish film and television industry.

As the Minister for Arts and more recently as President, Higgins has transformed the industry through a range of initiatives from tax incentives to training, and the re-establishment of the Irish Film Board, which led to an injection of investment and the creation of thousands of jobs.

Aine Moriarty, academy chief executive, stated: “The academy is proud »

- Leo Barraclough

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Watch: A Legendary Restaurant Serves One Last Meal In The Trailer For Magnolia Pictures' 'Tasting Menu'

28 February 2014 1:01 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Magnolia Pictures has released the trailer and poster for its upcoming film "Tasting Menu," directed by Spanish filmmaker Roger Gual ("Smoking Room"). The film takes place on the last night of "the world's best restaurant," which is closing, but not before serving a final elaborate meal to a group of guests that includes a couple (Claudia Bassols and Jan Cornet) who booked a reservation a year in advance, and who in the time since have split up. The film also stars Stephen Rea and Fionnula Flanagan, and it played at 2013's Hawaii International Film Festival. It hits theaters April 18. »

- Max O'Connell

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Character Spotlight: Miss Hudspith from "Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street"

26 February 2014 11:46 AM, PST | Hollywonk | See recent Hollywonk news »

Emmy-award winning actress Fionnula Flanagan (The Others, Lost) guest stars as Miss Hudspith, Gortimer Gibbon’s glamorous, headstrong neighbor who mysteriously lost her sight decades ago. After a chance encounter with Gortimer at the local convenience store, she enlists his help for an unusual household project — one that could unlock the mystery behind Miss Hudspith’s haunted past…and Normal Street’s sweltering present.

Watch the pilot for Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street now and help decide if this show should become a series.

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Bryce Dallas Howard & Fionnula Flanagan Join Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the Next Episode of Hitrecord On TV

21 February 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Hitrecord On TV is the new variety show created, hosted and executive produced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon, Lincoln, The Dark Knight Rises), and is garnering buzz from critics including the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Neal Justin who said: "Hitrecord might signal the future of television." This coming Saturday, February 22 at 10pm Et/Pt, Pivot premieres an original episode entitled Re: Money. New half-hour episode opens with a music video about falling in love with money, continues with a cartoon about money’s origin and closes with a short film exposing how greed can affect family dynamics. The episode features a new short titled "So-Called Security" starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Fionnula Flanagan, and Bryce Dallas Howard that spotlights the motives of a young man that come into »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Guest Post: My Adventure on Normal Street

11 February 2014 12:07 PM, PST | Hollywonk | See recent Hollywonk news »

Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street is a live-action adventure show for kids 6-11 created by David Anaxagoras, a first-time writer, discovered through Amazon Studios’ open-door submission process. We asked David to share his experience on bringing his project to life with Amazon Studios. Watch the Amazon Original Pilot now and help decide if it should be made into a series.

I had quit screenwriting in spring of 2012, just around the time when Amazon Studios opened up to TV pilot submissions. I had written many feature film screenplays (and gotten nowhere) but I had never attempted a TV pilot. So I figured I would have just one more go. 

And I had just one idea. 

I wrote “Gortimer” for an audience of one — me. I knew it was different from the current crop of standard corporate “kidcoms” and thus no one would buy it. I wrote it anyway. I »

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Berlin: GKids Sings Tomm Moore’s ‘Song Of The Sea’ (Exclusive)

11 February 2014 10:07 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin– New York-based GKids, a leading purveyor of foreign arthouse toons,  has acquired all North-American rights to Tomm Moore’s 2D animated fairytale “Song of the Sea.”

“Sea” marks the sophomore feature of  Moore, whose debut “The Secret of Kells” was nominated for an Oscar and released in North America by GKids.

Inspired by the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, the toon follows the adventures of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a journey across a world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea.

“Sea” features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny.

Bruno Coulais and Irish band Kíla, who collaborated on “The Secret of Kells,” composed the original score.

Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon produced with Luxembourg’s Melusine Prods., Belgium’s The Big Farm, Denmark »

- Elsa Keslassy

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WestEnd hears Song of the Sea

6 February 2014 10:14 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The Secret of Kells director’s sophomore animation gets sales company.

WestEnd Films has signed on to sell Tom Moore’s anticipated animation Song of the Sea, the director’s follow up to Oscar-nominated animation The Secret of Kells.

Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny are among the voice cast in the Cartoon Saloon-produced family-animation, due for release late this year.

Like Moore’s previous film, Song of the Sea takes inspiration from Irish folklore, centring on the legend of the Selkies, mythological creatures that are part seal, part human.

The storyline revolves around brother and sister Ben and Saoirse, who are forced to leave their coastal home to live with their grandmother following their mother’s mysterious disappearance.

Oscar-nominated composer Bruno Coulais again joined forces with Irish Band Kíla to create the score after their collaboration on 2009 feature Kells.

Previous deals done with producers include StudioCanal for the »

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

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