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Cannes Deals Wrap: The Fest "Was Odd" Says One Exec as Few Gems Emerge

25 May 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Even in a lukewarm Cannes year, new and old players managed to reel in a few splashy projects. Amazon, which entered the festival with five official selections, paid eight figures for North American rights to Mike Leigh's upcoming period drama Peterloo and beat out A24 for Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here, to star Joaquin Phoenix. The streaming giant also upped the price of foreign-language films when it bought Oscar nominee Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman, which screened in competition (Amazon will partner with Cohen Media Group on the release). Also brandishing a big (if less active) wallet was Netflix,

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- Tatiana Siegel

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Amazon to release The Dressmaker theatrically in North America

18 May 2016 3:44 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Jocelyn Moorhouse and Sue Maslin on set.

Amazon Studios has bought U.S. rights to Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker.

As first reported by Variety, Amazon will release the film theatrically in the States in the second half of the year.

While Universal had some foreign rights, Amazon swooped on the film for North America, no doubt encouraged by the boffo box office it has done in its home territory and the marquee value of Winslet.

Amazon is muscling into the film space aggressively, buying up films like Manchester by the Sea at Sundance and bringing five of their own films - including Woody Allen's Cafe Society and Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon - to Cannes.

Amazon has also been actively acquiring packages.on the Croisette in recent days, picking up Lynne Ramsay's new project with Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here, among other titles. »

- Staff Writer

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Amazon Buys ‘The Dressmaker’ With Kate Winslet (Exclusive)

18 May 2016 1:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amazon Studios has bought domestic rights to “The Dressmaker” with Kate Winslet, Variety has learned.

The adaptation of the Rosalie Ham novel screened at last year’s Toronto Film Festival and was a box office smash in Australia. The streaming service will release the film theatrically in the U.S. this fall.

The Dressmaker” centers on a woman who returns to her hometown in rural Australia to care for her ailing mother and to exact her revenge on the community that exiled her at a young age. In addition to Winslet, the film stars Liam Hemsworth and Judy Davis. Jocelyn Moorhouse (“Proof”) directs.

Universal had certain foreign rights. The film debuted last year in Australia where it was the second-highest grossing Australian film after “Mad Max: Fury Road.” It also scored 13 Aacta Awards nominations, the equivalent of Australia’s Academy Awards, and won several, including a best actress statue for Winslet. »

- Brent Lang

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Cannes: Amazon, Cohen Media Group Nab Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’

18 May 2016 3:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amazon Studios and Cohen Media Group have landed domestic rights to Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman,” Variety has learned.

The Iranian director is best known for “A Separation,” which earned critical raves when it debuted in 2011, as well as an Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film and a best screenplay nomination.

“The Salesman” follows a young couple who are forced out of their apartment building in Tehran and who find themselves inextricably linked to the previous tenant of their new home. It will debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Farhadi’s most recent film, 2013’s “The Past” competed for the Palme d’Or and earned Berenice Bejo the best actress prize. His other credits include “About Elly” and “The Beautiful City.”

Amazon has been a major presence at this year’s Cannes, screening five films in competition, including Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon, »

- Elsa Keslassy and Brent Lang

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Insiders, MadRiver consolidate sales operations

17 May 2016 4:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

InsidersVincent Maraval and MadRiver PicturesMarc Butan and Kim Fox have consolidated their international sales operations to form Imr International.

Fox will run the Los Angeles-based entity, which will handle international sales across all MadRiver and Insiders films and plans to offer approximately 12-16 films a year to buyers. 

MadRiver and Insiders will continue to exist and operate as separate independent production and financing companies. 

CAA brokered the deal.

Separately, Fox will continue to represent all Annapurna Pictures titles for the international marketplace.

The Insiders slate includes: Jeff Nichols’ Competition selection Loving starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga; David Robert Mitchell’s Under The Silver Lake starring Andrew Garfield; Pablo Larraín’s Jackie starring Natalie Portman; and Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here starring Joaquin Phoenix.

MadRiver’s Cannes slate includes: Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s Home Again starring Rose Byrne; Taran Killam’s comedy Why We’re Killing Gunther; and James Gray’s sci-fi epic Ad »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Cannes: Vincent Maraval’s Insiders, MadRiver Form Sales House Imr International

17 May 2016 3:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Vincent Maraval’s Insiders and Marc Butan’s MadRiver Pictures are consolidating their foreign sales operations to form Imr Intl., a Los Angeles-based joint venture whose operations will be run by Kim Fox. Imr will handle international sales across all MadRiver and Insiders films. Imr plans to offer 12-16 films per year to buyers.

MadRiver and Insiders will continue to exist and operate as separate independent production and financing companies. The deal was brokered by CAA. Separately, Fox will continue to run the Annapurna Intl. label and represent all of Annapurna Pictures titles for the international marketplace.

Insiders’ slate includes Jeff Nichols’ “Loving,” starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, which made its world premiere last night at the Cannes Film Festival; the recently introduced David Robert Mitchell’s “Under the Silver Lake,” starring Andrew Garfield, which was acquired for the U.S. by A24; Pablo Larrain’s “Jackie,” starring Natalie Portman »

- Leo Barraclough

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Amazon acquires Us rights to 'You Were Never Really Here'

14 May 2016 2:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The busy platform – in Cannes with five films in the festival – has paid approximately $3.5m for North American rights to Lynne Ramsay’s upcoming thriller.

Joaquin Phoenix will play a damaged war veteran, now a freelance rescuer of women trafficked into the sex trade.

When the extraction of a girl from a Manhattan brothel goes wrong, a storm of violence and corrupt power is unleashed against him, stirring a vengeance that may be his awakening.

Ramsay will direct You Were Never Really Here from her adapted screenplay of a novella by Jonathan Ames, who created the HBO show Bored To Death.

Insiders introduced the project to Croisette buyers last week and represents international rights excluding the UK and France, which Why Not Productions handles.

The UK’s Film4 and British Film Institute supported development of the project. Pascal Caucheteux, Rosa Attab and James Wilson are producing for Why Not Productions with Page 114 on board as co-producer.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Cannes: Amazon Scoops Up Lynne Ramsay-Joaquin Phoenix Drama ‘You Were Never Really Here'

14 May 2016 12:09 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In its second pre-buy of the festival, Amazon Studios has picked up North American rights to Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here. The film, which stars stars Joaquin Phoenix, is about to begin shooting in New York. A source pegged the deal at around $3.5 million, which beat fellow suitor A24's bid. Ramsay, who directed the Tilda Swinton-Ezra Miller starrer We Need to Talk About Kevin, adapted the screenplay for You Were Never Really Here, which is based on a Jonathan Ames novel. The story centers on a former war vet (Phoenix) who devotes himself to

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- Tatiana Siegel

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Amazon Studios Lands Lynne Ramsay-Joaquin Phoenix Drama ‘You Were Never Really Here:’ Cannes

13 May 2016 11:45 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: After an all night bargaining session, Amazon Studios has made a big splashy deal for You Were Never Really Here, the drama that Lynne Ramsay will direct with Joaquin Phoenix starring and production to begin early fall. Deal was in the $3.5 million range. This is one of the big buzz titles of the festival, and Amazon’s victory comes after a trade got overexcited yesterday and declared prematurely that A24 had won the film. They were one of several bidders that… »

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Cannes: A24 Buys Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘You Were Never Really Here’ (Exclusive)

13 May 2016 3:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: A24 has acquired U.S. rights to “You Were Never Really Here,” Variety has learned.

The drama, starring Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Lynne Ramsay (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”), is one of the buzzier projects to be sold on the Cannes market. The story focuses on a former war veteran (played by Phoenix) who tries to save women trapped in the world of sex trafficking. It’s seen as being a revenge fantasy in the style of “Drive.”

Ramsay adapted the script, which is based on the novel by Jonathan Ames.

Production will begin this summer.

Sources tell Variety that A24 and Amazon Studios were in a bidding war for the movie.

Three days in, the Cannes Film Festival market has been unusually slow, with few big, splashy deals for pre-packaged projects or films that are screening in the festival.

Sales for “You Were Never Really Here” are being handled by Insiders, »

- Elsa Keslassy and Ramin Setoodeh

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Joaquin Phoenix And Lynne Ramsay To Team For You Were Never Really Here

12 May 2016 5:12 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When news broke that director Lynne Ramsay had dropped out of Jane Got A Gun just before the start of principal photography, film fans around the world drew a collective, sharp intake of breath. History has taught us that great female filmmakers can be banished to movie jail for as slight a transgression as mediocre box office performance of a completed film, so surely this would mean the end of Ramsay’s career entirely?

Fast forward to the Cannes Film Festival and we have cause to wildly celebrate, as You Were Never Really Here was presented to the international market as a project seeking buyers and distributors.

The fact that You Were Never Really Here also boasts a script by Ramsay – which she adapted from the 2013 novella of the same name by Jonathan Ames – would make this film exciting enough, but added to that pedigree is the fact that Academy »

- Sarah Myles

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Cannes 2016: Café Society review

11 May 2016 10:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Cafe Society review: Woody Allen’s film for 2016 is a visual delight that captivates from the off. A solid start to this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Woody Allen’s Café Society has the hnour of opening this year’s Cannes Festival. Here’s our Cafe Society review in full.

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Woody Allen gets the privilege of opening this year’s Cannes Film Festival, an honour which has fallen to his feet twice before with Hollywood Ending in 2002, and the superb Midnight In Paris in 2011. Allen returns to Hollywood for his 2016 entry Café Society, which also screens out-of-competition; his fourteenth film to do so.

Jesse Eisenberg leads the cast as Bobby, a native New Yorker who, after growing tired of his father’s jewelry trade in the Big Apple, heads to Hollywood in the 1930s to bag a job with his Uncle Phil (Steve Carell), one of Hollywood’s top agents. »

- Paul Heath

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On the First Day of Cannes......

11 May 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

It's Murtada reporting about Cannes, but sadly not from Cannes.

The main competition jury at Wednesday's photo call

The first day of Cannes always brings news of intriguing collaborations as projects are announced for the sidebar film market. Like Joaquin Phoenix working with Lynne Ramsay. Or Colin Farrell reteaming with The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos. Errr… Johnny Depp making another movie called The Libertine? With Brett Ratner? About Dominique Strauss-Kahn?? Run away, Marion!

However the two news items that got this reporter most excited are :

Isabelle Huppert in Elle

Sony Classics has acquired main competition entry Elle, directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Isabelle Huppert. You know the same company that got Cate Blanchett and Julianne Moore their best actress Oscars and Michael Haneke and Asghar Farhadi multiple nominations and foreign language wins recently. So our excitement knows no bounds. We are 9 days away from reviews and reactions to »

- Murtada Elfadl

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Lynne Ramsay and Joaquin Phoenix Will Get Their Vengeance On With ‘You Were Never Really Here’

11 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

We’ve reached the point where Joaquin Phoenix deciding to star in a movie is nothing short of an event. He’s picky these days, but that pickiness tends to work out for just about everyone – he works with some of the best and most interesting filmmakers alive and he consistently turns in phenomenal performances. Everybody wins, […]

The post Lynne Ramsay and Joaquin Phoenix Will Get Their Vengeance On With ‘You Were Never Really Here’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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Phoenix, Ramsay Team On "Really Here"

11 May 2016 9:02 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Joaquin Phoenix is set to star in Lynne Ramsay's character-driven thriller "You Were Never Really Here" for BFI, Film4 and Insiders.

Phoenix will play a damaged war veteran, now a freelance rescuer of women trafficked into the sex trade.

When the extraction of a girl from a Manhattan brothel goes wrong, a storm of violence and corrupt power is unleashed against him, stirring a vengeance that may be his awakening.

Ramsay ("We Need to Talk About Kevin") will direct from her own adaptation of a novella by Jonathan Ames.

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Joaquin Phoenix to Lead Lynne Ramsay’s Thriller ‘You Were Never Really Here’

11 May 2016 5:52 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s hard to believe it’s been half-a-decade since the last feature from director Lynne Ramsay, the haunting We Need to Talk About Kevin. After departing Jane Got a Gun, we’ve been waiting to hear what the director would take on next and today the answer has finally arrived.

Coming out of Cannes, Screen Daily reports that Joaquin Phoenix will lead her new thriller You Were Never Really Here. The story centers around a tormented war veteran with a troubled past. He takes it upon himself now to rescue women trafficked into the sex trade. However, “when the extraction of a girl from a Manhattan brothel goes wrong, a storm of violence and corrupt power is unleashed against him, stirring a vengeance that may be his awakening.”

With Ramsay scripting the project herself based on Jonathan Ames‘ novel, it sounds like an extremely promising collaboration with tinges of Taxi Driver. »

- Jordan Raup

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Lynne Ramsay Returns With ‘You Were Never Really Here’ Starring Joaquin Phoenix

11 May 2016 5:49 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There are few filmmakers who have experienced what Lynne Ramsay has gone through over the past couple of years. After making what was arguably her widest reaching film to date, 2011’s harrowing and highly acclaimed “We Need To Talk About Kevin,” she geared up to direct Natalie Portman in the western “Jane Got A Gun.” To […]

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Insiders launch Lynne Ramsay thriller starring Joaquin Phoenix

10 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Slate also includes Mustang director Deniz Gamze Erguven’s La riots picture Kings, starring Halle Berry, and Westgate terror attack drama. 

Joaquin Phoenix is set to star in Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, a character-driven thriller with heart revolving around a tormented war veteran with a troubled past. 

It is one of four high-profile projects being introduced to the market this Cannes by Insiders - the La-based sales company headed by Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval — alongside Oscar-nominated Mustang director Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Los Angeles-set Kings, starring Halle Berry, contemporary noir Under the Silver Lake and terror attack drama Westgate.

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In Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, Phoenix will play a damaged war veteran, now a freelance rescuer of women trafficked into the sex trade.

When the extraction of a girl from a Manhattan brothel goes wrong, a storm of violence and corrupt power is unleashed against him, stirring »

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I Saw the Light review – twangingly sentimental

8 May 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Tom Hiddleston doesn’t quite hit the right key in this Hank Williams biopic

This hokey biopic of country and western star Hank Williams has a lot in common with his music. It’s creaky, sentimental and glaringly obvious. But every so often, it stumbles upon a moment of emotional truth. Tom Hiddleston, in the central role, bears a passing resemblance to the singer. But he is so focused on recreating Williams’s mannerisms that he fails to connect with the man in the way that Joaquin Phoenix managed as Johnny Cash in the similarly formulaic but superior Walk the Line. Elizabeth Olsen is rather better as Williams’s ambitious wife – her voice is all sharp edges, like an insistent, jabbing elbow. To derive any pleasure from the film, though, you probably need to be able to listen to Williams’s hit Lovesick Blues without wanting to hack off your own ears. »

- Wendy Ide

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Watch: 37-Minute Video Essay Explores Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’ And The Director’s Latest Music Projects

6 May 2016 11:59 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Paul Thomas Anderson’s enigmatic, free-flowing stoner noir “Inherent Vice” has many fans around these parts, but the Thomas Pynchon adaptation is one of the director’s most polarizing efforts, as highlighted by the fifth and final entry in “The Director Series”’ look at the filmmaker. Read More: Nyff Review: Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’ Starring Joaquin Phoenix, […]

The post Watch: 37-Minute Video Essay Explores Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’ And The Director’s Latest Music Projects appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Ryan Oliver

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