8 items from 2017
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-The Weinstein Company has acquired the distribution rights for the U.S. and Canada to director Joel Hopkins’s upcoming film “Hampstead.” Written by Robert Festinger, the film stars Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson and James Norton. The project was produced by Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae at Ecosse Films. “Hampstead” focuses on an American widow and her relationship with an unkempt man in the Heath whose lifestyle comes under siege by property developers.
“We’re thrilled to work with Robert Bernstein, Douglas Rae and the incredible Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson on this film,” TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said in a statement. “‘Hampstead’ is a great example of the power we all can have when we stand »
- Graham Winfrey
Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad – the epic 3D CGI animated family film from Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Media Group. The movie features the voices of Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Heidi Klum, John Cleese, James Franco, Anjelica Huston and Omar Sy, and is directed by Aaron Woodley. The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films.
Open Road will release Arctic Justice wide in 2018. Animation work for the film is currently being done out of Ambi’s Toronto based studio, Aic Studios. The movie is fully financed and being produced by Ambi and its principals, Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi.
Swifty (Jeremy Renner), an arctic fox, dreams of becoming one the famous Top Dogs, a team of huskies that deliver packages for the Arctic Blast Delivery Service. In the Arctic, every day trips can quickly turn into epic journeys, »
- Michelle McCue
1 February 2017 9:49 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Open Road is teaming with the Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad, acquiring the starry and topical CGI-animated film for a 2018 release.
Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Heidi Klum, John Cleese, James Franco, Anjelica Huston and Omar Sy are among the voice cast of the family film, directed by Aaron Woodley. It is produced and fully financed by Ambi and its principals, Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi. Animation work is currently being done out of Ambi’s Toronto-based Aic Studios.
Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad tells the story of a rag-tag group of inexperienced heroes (voiced by Renner, Franco, Baldwin, Huston, Klum and Sy) who »
- Ashley Lee
Animation work for the film is currently being done out of Ambi’s Toronto-based Aic Studios. The movie is fully financed.
The story revolves around the sinister Doc Walrus (voiced by Cleese) hatching a secret plot to accelerate global warming and melt the arctic circle. A rag-tag group of inexperienced heroes (voiced by Renner, Franco, Baldwin, Huston, Klum and Sy) must come together to foil his evil plans and save the arctic.
Open Road’s Tom Ortenberg said, “The family film audience is hungry for quality product and we are very »
- Dave McNary
Open Road has picked up Us rights from Ambi Media Group to the 3D CGI animated feature Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad.
The distributor plans a wide theatrical release in 2018. Ambi is fully financing the project and animation work is in progress at its Toronto-based Aic Studios.
Ambi principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi are producing and Aaron Woodley directs the story about a scratch team of furry heroes that assembles to thwart a villain’s plans to accelerate global warming.
“The family film audience is hungry for quality product and we are very happy to serve up something fresh and topical with Arctic Justice,” Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg said.
Iervolino added: “Tom and the Open Road team have a keen understanding of the audience that will love this film and are astute at reaching them in »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the 3D CGI animated film Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad which is voiced by an impressive ensemble of talent: Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Heidi Klum, John Cleese, James Franco, Anjelica Huston and Omar Sy. Directed by Aaron Woodley, the family film hails from Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi's Ambi Media Group. The film will be released in 2018. Open Road has released animated films previously, most notably The Nut Job in… »
The final part of Wes Anderson’s “Owen Wilson trilogy” (the last Wilson co-wrote) is a typically oddball family opera. From the opening scene we see the Anderson tropes: A muzaked cover of a classic rock tune (Hey Jude); an erudite narrator (Alec Baldwin) presenting a cast of quirky characters; meticulously stage-crafted framing; precision pans and zooms; and photography swathed in bold primary colours.
The Tenenbaum children were once destined for social excellence. Chas was a precocious business genius; Richie was a champion tennis player; and adopted daughter Margot was a promising playwright. Jump past their 20s, however, and we find that Chas (Ben Stiller) is a widower who’s so obsessed with his children’s safety that he’s forgotten how to live; Richie (Luke Wilson) threw away »
- Rupert Harvey
In Roald Dahl’s 1983 The Witches, a young boy and his grandmother stumble upon a gathering of child-hating spell-casters. The book was typical Dahl; sardonic yet playful and Nicholas Roeg’s pitch-perfect 1990 adaptation hits each bullseye, from the mouse-eye perspectives of a boy-turned-rodent to the funny-ghastly witch make-up devised by Jim Henson’s studio for the regal Angelica Huston. Roeg keeps the atmosphere properly menacing giving the film the aura of a classic fairy tale. Sadly the film tanked at the box office but lives on for movie fans willing to take the road less traveled.
- TFH Team
8 items from 2017
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