5 items from 2015
Recently launched distributor Bleecker Street and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment have reached a multi-year output deal.
Uphe will handle all marketing, sales and distribution services for the Blu-ray, DVD, Electronic Sell-through and Video-on-Demand platforms of Bleecker Street films in the U.S.
The announcement was made Thursday, the first day of the Sundance Film Festival, by Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen and Eddie Cunningham, president of Uphe.
The deal will begin with Bleecker Street’s “Danny Collins,” starring Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, and Christopher Plummer, which opens March 20; followed by Matt Ross’ “Captain Fantastic” with Viggo Mortensen; “Pawn Sacrifice,” directed by Edward Zwick with Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber; and Jay Roach’s “Trumbo,” starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane and Helen Mirren.
Bleecker Street acquired the domestic rights to “Pawn Sacrifice,” about the 1972 iconic Fischer-Spassky match in Iceland, at the Toronto Film Festival in September. It »
- Dave McNary
The art of creating a successful mystery seems to be lost on many of today’s filmmakers and their films. Instead of allowing a solid story to play out in front of you and keep you guessing, a lot of films falling into the mystery/thriller genre tend to utilize the same ol’ twists and turns we’ve all seen time and time again. When a film comes along and offers a story full of suspense and surprise, it’s a surprise and a very refreshing one at that. Luckily, Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini’s feature directorial debut, The Two Faces Of January, is just that type of film, one that keeps you guessing until the very end.
- Jerry Smith
Just about one year from his initial start date with the company — and just a few weeks ahead of Berlin — Entertainment One Films International President, Harold van Lier, is leaving. Formerly Studiocanal Evp of International Distribution, Van Lier joined eOne with much fanfare in January of 2014 and was armed with a $100M acquisitions fund. Now, eOne is consolidating its international sales operation within its film production business as it looks to focus on internally produced films. The company said today that Van Lier had decided to leave “as a result of the consolidation.”
Two years after its acquisition of Alliance, Canadian giant eOne continues to make changes within its film division. This latest move follows a September rejigger of the global film business which led to the exit of Patrice Théroux, and the entry of Steve Bertram as President, Global Film Group.
In April last year, eOne officially unveiled its »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Paris-based Other Angle Pictures, headed by Olivier Albou and Laurence Schonberg, has acquired international sales rights to four new films – Safy Nebbou’s “In the Forests of Siberia,” Lucien Jean Baptiste’s “DieuMerci,” Benjamin Weill’s “West Coast” and “Machin, Machine,”helmed by and starring Clovis Cornillac.
Shooting from Feb. 12, and the latest title in Nebbou’s building body of distinguished stage or literary makeovers (“Mark of a Angel,” “Dumas,” “Bad Seeds”), “In the Forests of Siberia” is inspired by Sylvain Tesson’s novel, translated into English as “The Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin on the Siberian Taiga,” which won the 2014 Dolman Best Travel Book Award.
Written by Nebbou and David Oelhoffen, now a director of repute after his directorial debut, “Far From Men,” with Viggo Mortensen, “Forests of Siberia” stars Raphael Personnaz (“The French Minister,” “Anna Karenina”). It relates the friendship between a man looking for peace, »
- John Hopewell
How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2014?
Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2014—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2014 to create a unique double feature.
All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2014 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »
5 items from 2015
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