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Berlin: Lotus Sells Keanu Reeves Starrer ‘Replicas’ to Multiple Territories (Exclusive)

9 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel’s Lotus Entertainment has sold Tanya Wexler’s sci-fi thriller “Replicas,” which stars Keanu Reeves, to multiple territories.

Pic has been sold to Benelux, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Portugal, Scandinavia, Turkey, Cis, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Asian pay TV, Taiwan, Thailand, Middle East, South Africa, Australia/New Zealand and airlines.

Replicas” is based on a screenplay by Chad St. John, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Stephen Hamel, Reeves and Fundamental Films. Company Films’ partners Hamel and Reeves developed the script based on Hamel’s treatment. Lotus introduced the pic to foreign buyers at Afm.

Replicas” is the third collaboration between Lotus and Di Bonaventura following Luis Prieto’s “Kidnap,” starring Halle Berry, and the remake of “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance,” which is in development.

Lotus recently sold rights for the English-speaking world, including the U. »

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Ansel Elgort Joins Chloe Moretz in 'November Criminals'

7 January 2015 4:58 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Ansel Elgort has been tapped to star opposite Chloe Moretz in Sacha Gervasi's November Criminals for Lotus Entertainment.&#160Based on an adapted screenplay by Academy Award Nominee Steven Knight from Sam Munson's novel, the film will also star two-time Academy Award Nominee Catherine Keener.

Beth O'Neil will produce alongside Lotus, who is also handling international sales.&#160Caa and Wme are co-repping the domestic sale. November Criminals follows two teenagers into the dangerous underbelly of Washington DC as they investigate the murder of their friend while falling in love for the first time.

Lotus Entertainment's current slate includes: Xavier Gens thriller The Crucifixion from a screenplay by Chad and Carey Hayes; Shekhar Kapur's epic adventure Tiger's Curse, based on the first in a series of New York Times bestselling novels; and Tanya Wexler's Replicas starring Keanu Reeves.&#160

The company is in post-production on: Luis Prieto's Kidnap starring »

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Ansel Elgort Joins Chloë Moretz In ‘November Criminals’

7 January 2015 3:43 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Ansel Elgort has inked his next major role after enjoying a breakout 2014 with hits The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent, both opposite the Golden Globes-nominated Shailene Woodley. Now he’s set to star with Chloë Grace Moretz in November Criminals, the teen thriller adaptation that Hitchcock‘s Sacha Gervasi is directing for Lotus Entertainment.

Steven Knight (Locke, Eastern Promises) adapted the script from Sam Munson’s 2011 novel about two teenagers who venture into the seedy underbelly of Washington, D.C. to investigate a friend’s murder while falling in love for the first time.

Catherine Keener also stars in the film, which Lotus came aboard to co-finance and co-produce during November’s Afm. Beth O’Neil (Jack Goes Boating) is also producing. CAA and Wme are jointly repping domestic rights and Lotus will handle international sales.

Elgort, the 20 year-old son of an opera director and a photographer, burst »

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Imitation Game wins best film in Capri

5 January 2015 4:19 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Italian Film of the Year goes to Marco Martone’s Leopardi.

The Imitation Game picked up Best Picture and a Best Director award for Morten Tyldum at the 19th Capri Hollywood International Film Festival, which wrapped in Italy on Friday (Jan 2).

Other awards went to TimothySpall for Mr. Turner while Jennifer Aniston and Amy Adams tied as Best Female Actors for Cake and Big Eyes respectively.

Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood) and Gugu Mbarta Raw (Beyond the Lights) were selected as Rising Stars and Ida was named Best Foreign Film.

The Italian American Icon Award was presented to director David O. Russell and the Lifetime Achievement Award went to English actress Brenda Blethyn.

The event, which incorporates a slightly bewildering array of prizes, was presented under the
auspices of the Capri in the World Institute which is chaired by Italian director Lina Wertmuller and Indian director Shekhar Kapur. The festival is produced by Pascal Vicedomini.

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