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• Robert Pattinson is attached to star in The Childhood of a Leader, the directorial debut of Brady Corbet (Melancholia, Martha Marcy May Marlene). Juliette Binoche and Tim Roth also star in the Wwi-era pic, which Corbet co-wrote with Mona Fastvold. Pattinson currently has two films in post-production that will likely hit theaters in 2014: David Cronenberg’s Hollywood drama Maps to the Stars, and The Rover with Guy Pearce and Scoot McNairy. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
‘American Hustle,’ ‘Gravity’: AFI Awards 2013 - big-studio movies rule once again (photo: Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper in ‘American Hustle’) The American Film Institute has released AFI Awards list featuring the Top Ten Movies of 2013. As usual, the AFI Awards mostly focus on mainstream, popular fare from the big studios; in fact, they’re a sort of more upscale, Oscar-friendlier People’s Choice Awards, i.e., no Twilight, no The Fast and The Furious, no Adam Sandler, scattered super-hero movies, mostly bypassing Harry Potter. (You’ll see why they’re so big-studio-friendly once you scroll down a bit to check out the list of this year’s AFI Awards’ jury members.) Six of the AFI’s Top Ten 2013 movies come courtesy of the Hollywood majors: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Her, Saving Mr. Banks, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Additionally, 12 Years a Slave was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, »
- Anna Robinson
The producers of Australian prison drama Convict aim to cash in on the growing trend to stage special screenings with key cast conducting Q&A sessions.
They.re so confident the film will resonate with males aged 18-35, the nationwide release begins in the highly competitive January corridor.
.We.ll be the only Australian film showing on Australia Day,. says executive producer John Tedesco, forgetting Jonathan Teplitzky.s The Railway Man, which bows on Boxing Day and, based on the reviews at the Toronto festival, should have a long run.
Tedesco.s Gold Marquee Films is co-distributing the film with The Backlot Studios. The primary outlet is United Cinemas in Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland and Wa.
Pinnacle will release the film on DVD and VOD on April 1, departing from the customary 120-day holdback between theatrical and home entertainment. Tedesco says United.s management »
- Don Groves
Benaroya will produce through his Benaroya Pictures. Story centers on an MI6 agent who meets Sentinel, the code-name for his predecessor. Sentinel is managing a network of high-level Russian spies who are being killed off one by one while Russian nationalists are trying to cause war.
Dunn was an MI6 field officer who recruited and ran agents, coordinated and participated in special operations and acted in deep-cover roles throughout the world. He conducted over 70 missions before becoming a novelist.
Benaroya announced in September that his banner would finance post-apocalyptic thriller “Z for Zachariah,” shooting in January and starring Chris Pine, Amanda Seyfried and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Based on the Robert O’Brien novel, that story follows a teenage girl who lives alone on »
- Dave McNary
Let’s Do It Again: Lee’s Reimagining Imaginative Enough
Call it what you will, reimagining, reinterpretation, or remake, Spike Lee’s Oldboy can’t escape its describing root word, even while this retooling of the much celebrated 2003 Park Chan-wook for the Western intellect does have some minor differences. Those familiar with the original should perhaps be envious of those that will be coming to Lee’s version with an undiluted palette, for it’s an enjoyable work of its own, less hyper stylized, with certain changes that make it more viciously pulpy and, surprisingly, seedier.
It’s 1993, and Joe Doucette (Josh Brolin), an alcoholic, womanizing advertising executive suddenly finds himself locked in what appears to be a secured hotel room without windows, where Chinese dumplings and pints of vodka are served to him while he’s monitored by cameras in the room. He will be stuck there for the next 20 years. »
- Nicholas Bell
The drama slate includes the previously announced Anzac Girls (Screentime), which stars Georgia Flood, Antonia Prebble, Laura Brent, Anna McGahan and Caroline Craig in the saga of five young military nurses from Australia and New Zealand during the Gallipoli and Western Front campaigns; The Code (Playmaker Media), a political thriller about two brothers who stumble across information that people in power will kill to keep secret, starring Ashley Zukerman and Dan Spielman; and Old School (Matchbox), which features Bryan Brown and Sam Neill as a retired crim and ex-cop who solve crimes and unravel scams while avoiding the wrath of the police and the underworld.
- Don Groves
‘Catching Fire’ movie box office: ‘Midnight’ shows nearly 30% ahead of ‘The Hunger Games’ (photo: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Best Actress Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, raked in a remarkable $25.25 million from evening shows on Thursday, November 21, 2013, in North America (playing at 4,163 locations on Friday), according to estimates found at Box Office Mojo. That’s 28 percent higher than the $19.74 million at 2,565 locations earned by its predecessor, Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games; it’s also one of the biggest domestic "midnight" debuts ever. (See more on that below. Scroll down to check out a video of Jennifer Lawrence yelling back at yelling photographers at the Catching Fire New York premiere. And see also: “‘Catching Fire’ Weekend Box Office: Poised to Surpass ‘New Moon,’ ‘The Hunger Games’?”) Now, in the paragraph above »
- Zac Gille
Amazon.com today announced an exclusive content licensing agreement with new film studio A24, known for cutting-edge commercial hits such as Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring. This groundbreaking multi-year agreement makes Prime Instant Video the exclusive premium subscription home for all of the current and forthcoming A24 titles shortly following their release on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Here's what Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon had to say in a statement.
"We are always looking for new ways to bring our Prime Instant Video customers, unique, exclusive movies and TV that we think they will love. As always, we monitor DVD and digital sales very closely and A24 movies such as Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring are exceptionally popular among our customers. This new deal with A24 allows us to offer those same titles to our Prime Instant Video customers soon after they are released »
Seattle–Nov. 21, 2013– (Nasdaq: Amzn)—Amazon.com today announced an exclusive content licensing agreement with new film studio A24, known for cutting-edge commercial hits such as Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring. This groundbreaking multi-year agreement makes Prime Instant Video the exclusive premium subscription home for all of the current and forthcoming A24 titles shortly following their release on DVD and Blu-Ray. “We are always looking for new ways to bring our Prime Instant Video customers, unique, exclusive movies and TV that we think they will love,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon. “As always, we monitor DVD and digital sales very closely and A24 movies such as Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring are exceptionally popular among our customers. This new deal with A24 allows us to offer those same titles to our Prime Instant Video customers soon after they are released on DVD and »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
A couple of weeks back, I published an article (which can be viewed here) that took a look at ten instances when movie stars have been paid a ridiculous amount of money for appearing in a single movie. It’s a subject that I (and hopefully you guys) find interesting for a number of reasons, so I’m back with another round of ridiculous monetary madness.
The movies range in quality from very good to downright awful, and feature actors who are currently at the top of the Hollywood A-list. And, of course, some who aren’t any more. One thing is for certain; much like the last article, each of these paydays are ridiculous in their own way.
So read on, scratch your head at some baffling financial rewards and let me know what you think. If there’s any you feel I’ve missed out (again), feel free »
- Scott Campbell
Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg ‘Maps to the Stars’ gets German distribution, Toronto screening Starring Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, John Cusack, and Mia Wasikowska, Maps to the Stars has found a German distributor. Screen Daily reports that Christian Meinke’s Mfa+ has acquired the rights to the David Cronenberg-directed Hollywood satire at the American Film Market, recently held in Santa Monica. Mfa+ also picked up Vincent Grashaw’s feature debut Coldwater and Tobias Lindholm’s Danish thriller A Hijacking / Kapringen, which has a similar premise to that of the Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks hit Captain Phillips. (Photo: Robert Pattinson on the set of Maps to the Stars.) In Map to the Stars, John Cusack (replacing Viggo Mortensen) plays a Los Angeles analyst and self-help guru whose wife (Olivia Williams) is immersed in the career of their teen star son (Evan Bird), fresh off of rehab. Their daughter (Mia Wasikowska »
- Andre Soares
Next in line to inherit the throne of Royal films is Diana. The film takes audiences into the private realm of one of the world’s most iconic and inescapably public women – the Princess of Wales, Diana (two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts) — in the last two years of her meteoric life.
On the occasion of the 16th anniversary of her sudden death, acclaimed director Oliver Hirschbiegel (the Oscar-nominated Downfall) explores Diana’s final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews, “Lost,” The English Patient), the human complications of which reveal the Princess’s climactic days in a compelling new light. Diana is in select theaters now.
As long as filmmakers have been bringing the lives of England’s Kings and Queens to the silver screen have moviegoers been going to the cinemas to be schooled in British Monarchy.
So Arise, Sirs and Ladies, »
- Movie Geeks
Imagine Gandhi with Dustin Hoffman as the leader of India's non-violent independence movement? Or The Wackness with Mary-Kate Olsen macking on Bill Murray? Both could have been reality if Ben Kingsley took the Beatles' advice and became a singer. "John Lennon and Ringo saw a show I did and introduced me to Dick James, who was head of Northern Songs, the music publisher," Kingsley tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I also had an offer from the Chichester Festival to join them to do classical plays, and I decided to go there for the summer, »
Gillard is our Macbeth – her story is one in which all manner of plot lines converge – scheming and dreaming of power, the overthrow and murder of a King, the terrible consequences that follow - the blood that doesn't quite wash off the hands, the spectre of Banquo's ghost and the circle closing with the eventual murder of the murderer.
So when earlier this year I interviewed Rachel Griffiths for a magazine profile and asked what her dream role was, she didn't hesitate: Julia. It's a meaty part for one of our most acclaimed actors – and with a nasally accent, rusty bob and a white suit jacket, she'll look the part.
But who to play the players?
- Brigid Delaney
• Oscar-winners Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, The Godfather: Part II) are in negotiations to star in The Intern for writer-director Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated). In the story, the founder of a thriving fashion website (Witherspoon) clashes with a man in the company’s Senior Internship Program (De Niro). Despite the generational differences, the two eventually bond. None have worked together on a feature film before. Tina Fey was attached to star in the project in 2012. [Deadline]
- EW staff
Pinto will play Pearce’s love interest.
“We’ve been looking for just the right combination of warmth and chutzpah and Freida is the perfect fit: Intelligent and talented, and she completely gets the humor in this story about finding family,” said Claybourne, who, along with his attorney, John Logigian, will retain rights to North America.
Pic’s target audience, Claybourne said, is “16 and up. It will definitely be enjoyed by the 30s-and-up for the quirky, intelligent comedy element.” He likened the film’s humor to “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Harold and Maude” and “Little Miss Sunshine.”
“Mis-Fits” is skedded to »
- John Hopewell
Worldview Entertainment has closed a deal for the North American distribution rights for Academy Award winner Michel Hazanavicius’s drama, The Search, starring Academy Award nominees Bérénice Bejo and Annette Bening.
The Search is the story of an Ngo worker who forms a special relationship with a young boy in warn-torn Chechnya and is based on Academy Award winner Fred Zinnemann’s Oscar-winning 1948 film, with the same title, which is set in post-World War II Berlin.
The production is currently filming in the country of Georgia before moving to France.
Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson will executive produce. The Search is the second acquisition for Worldview this year following the pre-Cannes pick-up of the competition title, “Jimmy P.,” starring Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, »
- Michelle McCue
As the independent sector continues to navigate choppy waters, a number of savvy sales and finance outfits are leaning on film funds and credit facilities to give themselves a competitive edge.
Back in May, Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment secured $50 million in additional capital from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Union Bank for an equity-backed, part debt, revolving credit facility.
The same month, the Solution Group joined forces with Siren Studios to raise a $50 million revolving equity film fund to finance six to 10 movies a year.
“We had been trying to find ways to grow our business and we needed access to equity to do that,” says Basner, whose company’s longstanding relationship with a number of individuals at both banks, many of whom had overseen a raft of single picture deals with FilmNation, helped spur on the deal.
The first film to use capacity on the debt side »
- Diana Lodderhose
Well it finally happened; Now TV added a superb catch up/live option for their TV channels including Sky Atlantic, Living, Fox and even UK Gold! So now for just £4.99 a month you can get shows like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Hannibal and Eastbound and Down as they happen or whenever you want.
Considering that the movies package is now just £8.99 a month and the TV is £4.99 on top of this, it becomes clear that this is probably going to place them as the major contender now and Lovefilm/Amazon and Netflix need to start cranking out those exclusive series’ with major names pretty fast.
The term “All sewn up” comes to mind.
The Guilt Trip (2012)
This light comedy with Seth Rogen as a put upon entrepreneur and Barbara Streisand as his overbearing mother is worlds away from other comedy Rogen has been in before. It’s more »
- Chris Holt
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