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17 items from 2015


Pure Flix scores deals on 'Do You Believe?'

20 May 2015 2:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The Us faith-based entertainment company has closed a raft of sales on its slate led by Do You Believe?, the recent Us release and follow-up to the breakout God’s Not Dead.

Rights have gone in Brazil and Latin America (California Filmes), Canada (Mongrel), South Africa (Times Media Films) and Poland (Kino Swiat).

Mira Sorvino, Cybill Shepherd and Sean Astin are among the cast on Do You Believe?, Jon Gunn’s ensemble drama about a group of people searching for faith and forgiveness.

Vice-president of international sales and distribution Ron Gell is fielding multiple offers from Eastern Europe, South Korea and Indonesia.

Gell also licensed South African rights to Cmd on God’s Not Dead, Black Rider and Mission Air.

Two films sold in Spain, with Art-Mood acquiring Finding Normal and CorbiMedia taking Taken By Grace.

Camp Harlow went to Life Media for Poland and Ksm for Germany, while Mig acquired Book Of Daniel and Book »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Pure Flix

20 May 2015 2:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The Us faith-based entertainment company has closed a raft of sales on its slate led by Do You Believe?, the recent Us release and follow-up to the breakout God’s Not Dead.

Rights have gone in Brazil and Latin America (California Filmes), Canada (Mongrel), South Africa (Times Media Films) and Poland (Kino Swiat).

Mira Sorvino, Cybill Shepherd and Sean Astin are among the cast on Do You Believe?, Jon Gunn’s ensemble drama about a group of people searching for faith and forgiveness.

Vice-president of international sales and distribution Ron Gell is fielding multiple offers from Eastern Europe, South Korea and Indonesia.

Gell also licensed South African rights to Cmd on God’s Not Dead, Black Rider and Mission Air.

Two films sold in Spain, with Art-Mood acquiring Finding Normal and CorbiMedia taking Taken By Grace.

Camp Harlow went to Life Media for Poland and Ksm for Germany, while Mig acquired Book Of Daniel and Book »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Cannes: Jon Voight’s Football Film ‘Woodlawn’ Set for Oct. 16 Launch

12 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Faith-based distributor Pure Flix has set an Oct. 16 release at 1,500 U.S. locations for high-school football drama “Woodlawn” and will launch foreign sales at Cannes.

Woodlawn” stars Sean Astin, Jon Voight as Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, former University of Alabama player Caleb Castille and C. Thomas Howell.

The sibling directing team of Jon and Andrew Erwin shot “Woodlawn” in Birmingham, Ala., from a screenplay by Jon Erwin and Quinton Peeple, who also produced.

The story is focused on star African-American player Tony Nathan and the spiritual awakening during 1973-74 season at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham amid forced integration of Alabama’s public high schools. Nathan was successfully recruited by Bryant to play for the University of Alabama and went on to a successful professional career.

Pure Flix will also be selling “Do You Believe?,” “Faith of Our Fathers” and”Old Fashioned” at Cannes. “Do You Believe?” starring Mira Sorvino, »

- Dave McNary

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'Jurassic World' Gets Its PG-13 Rating in Today's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

12 May 2015 3:54 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I don't think anyone is surprised to see a PG-13 rating for Jurassic World, but if you'd like the reasoning for said rating see below. This week's bulletin also includes an R-rating for Peter Bogdanovich's new film She's Funny That Way, which hasn't been receiving the kindest reviews, but does star the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Imogen Poots, Lucy Punch, Owen Wilson, Kathryn Hahn, Jennifer Esposito, Debi Mazar, Rhys Ifans, Will Forte, Cybill Shepherd, Tatum O'Neal, Illeana Douglas, Quentin Tarantino and Richard Lewis. So, there's that. Finally, Tangerine is the Sundance film that received a lot of attention because it is apparently a.) good and b.) was shot entirely on an iPhone. The complete bulletin is listed below. Awol-72 Rated R For violence, language throughout and brief sexuality. Batkid Begins Rated PG For some mild thematic material. Dovid Meyer Rated PG For thematic elements. Dragon Blade Rated R For bloody violence. »

- Brad Brevet

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The Lonely Female Taxi Driver: Barbara Loden's "Wanda"

10 April 2015 4:52 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

In 2013, I attended an introduction of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver by writer/director Paul Schrader at The Royal Theatre in Toronto. In his opening remarks Schrader explained the process of writing a ‘lonely man’ film during a paranoid depressive state he was going through.  Since then, I’ve realized that I  have a fondness for ‘lonely man’ character films. Films like Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, David Fincher’s Fight Club, Spike Jonze’s Her, andthe Coen brothers’ A Serious Man fit neatly into this category. Each of these movies has their own version of a disenfranchised soul searching for an identity in the world. They resent society because of their isolation from it and they try various ways of connecting with to find a purpose in it. I am also highly aware of the lack of ‘lonely woman’ films or rather a good enough variety of »

- Jacqueline Valencia

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Vale Michael Laurence

29 March 2015 11:15 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

One of Australia.s foremost television writers, Michael Laurence, died this week on March 23rd, .2015, after a long illness. He was 79. Michael was creator and writer of close to two hundred hours of commercially successful Television. He was a gifted storyteller, probably best known for his successful series Return to Eden. He began his professional career as a child actor in Sydney radio, and was always distinguished by his mellifluent speaking voice. This together with his imposing height and dark good looks made him someone not to be ignored. At eighteen he won a two-­‐year scholarship to Lamda (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). He worked as an actor in the UK and Australia, in everything .from musicals to Shakespeare, and with all the major theatrical companies. He was a clever comedian in shows like .Black Comedy. at Sydney.s Philip Theatre. Working at the Melbourne Theatre Company »

- Donald Macdonald

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Why ‘The Last Man on Earth’ Is a Comedy Dinosaur (Spoilers)

22 March 2015 7:05 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

There is, admittedly, something funny about a straight guy insisting he’s willing to have sex with January Jones out of a sense of duty to repopulate the planet. Yet the latest episodes of “The Last Man on Earth” also reveal this Fox series, in comedy terms, to be something of a dinosaur.

At the core of Sunday’s back-to-back installments (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched) is a very old concern about physical attractiveness – namely, what if you commit to one woman and suddenly some previously unattainable goddess walks into your life? That’s essentially the plight facing Phil (Will Forte), who agreed to “marry” Carol (Kristin Schaal) when he thought they were the only two people left alive, only to have Jones’ Melissa pop up, putting Phil on the horns of a moral dilemma.

The conceit would be less problematic, frankly, if the show didn’t »

- Brian Lowry

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, March 20; What Will You See?

20 March 2015 6:09 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, March 20. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Wide The Divergent Series: Insurgent Director: Robert Schwentke Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Naomi Watts, Maggie Q, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Zoë Kravitz, Ray Stevenson, Octavia Spencer, Suki Waterhouse, Rosa Salazar, Daniel Dae Kim, Mekhi Phifer Synopsis: "Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart." Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (5 reviews) Do You Believe? Director: Jonathan M. Gunn Cast: Mira Sorvino, Sean Astin, Alexa PenaVega, Delroy Lindo, Andrea Logan White, and Cybill Shepherd Synopsis: "A dozen different souls—all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the »

- Steve Greene

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Mira Sorvino at ‘Do You Believe?’ Premiere: ‘Faith Infuses My Entire Life’

17 March 2015 2:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Is Hollywood making room for Jesus? Everyone at Monday night’s Los Angeles premiere of Pure Flix’s “Do You Believe?” at the ArcLight seemed to hope so.

Lee Majors (“The Six Million Dollar Man,” “The Big Valley”), who plays J.D. in the theological film, thinks the incredible success of Pure Flix’s last film forecasts more religious projects. “There’s a hunger and a thirst for this kind of film in Middle America, as ‘God’s Not Dead’ proved with a million-dollar budget (from which) it made $62 million. I think Hollywood is going to look at (the topic) more closely, and I don’t know why they don’t do more,” Majors reasoned.

Cybill Shepherd, who plays Teri in the film, echoed Majors’ pro-faith sentiments. “In old-time Hollywood, they used to do faith-based movies all the time,” Shepherd said. “’The Ten Commandments’ was the first movie my parents took me to. »

- Marianne Zumberge

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Cybill Shepherd Shares Her Spiritual Journey

14 March 2015 9:02 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Cybill Shepherd says she's always been a believer.

The Do You Believe actress opened up to Et about how her faith got her through tough times.

In 2012, Cybill was engaged to psychologist Andrei Nikolajevic, but they never made it to the alter.

"I think I had a bit of a broken heart, and there was a part of it that wasn't going to heal, and that's when I turned to Jesus and then I got the offer to do this film," she said.

Watch: See Who Inspires the Women of Hollywood 

In the new Christian drama, Do You Believe, Cybill plays a grieving mother. "It's really kind of a heavy part, but you get to see her come around and get her faith back," she explains. "And that's the journey. It was thrilling to play that."

While her role is more faith-based now, Cybill has played sexy characters such as Betsy in the 1976 film Taxi Driver and on »

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Faith-Based ‘Do You Believe?’ Sets March 20 Release

31 January 2015 10:06 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pure Flix, the production company behind faith-based hit “God’s Not Dead,” has set the drama “Do You Believe?” for a March 20 release at more than 1,000 U.S. locations.

“Do You Believe?” focuses on a dozen different lives that intersect on the streets of Chicago, starting with a local pastor (Ted McGinley) being moved by the visible faith of an old street-corner preacher, played by Delroy Lindo.

Lionsgate’s “Insurgent: The Divergent Series,” starring Shailene Woodley, is also set for March 20, along with Open Road’s “The Gunman,” starring Sean Penn and Javier Bardem.

The cast also includes Mira Sorvino, Cybill Shepherd, Sean Astin, Lee Majors, Alexa PenaVega, Andrea Logan White and Brian Bosworth.

Jonathan M. Gunn directed the script from Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon — the same writing team behind “God’s Not Dead.”

Pure Flix will be selling “Do You Believe?” to international markets next week at the Berlin Film Festival. »

- Dave McNary

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Penelope Cruz and Diane Kruger In Final Negotiations to Star in This Man, This Woman

28 January 2015 2:14 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Oscar winner Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds, National Treasure) are in final negotiations to star in the romance feature film This Man, This Woman, to be directed by Isabel Coixet whose new film Nobody Wants The Night opens the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, it was announced today by Fortitude International co-founders, Nadine de Barros and Robert Ogden Barnum, and producer Mike Lobell (The Freshman, Striptease).

Fortitude International is financing the film and will handle foreign sales on the project being introduced to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next month.

De Barros and Barnum serve as executive producers. Lobell is producing the film.

The romance is written by Oscar winner Frederic Raphael (Eyes Wide Shut, Darling, Two For The Road).

CAA is representing domestic rights.

An estranged man, Matt Heller, and a woman, Martha Parks (Cruz »

- Michelle McCue

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See Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson reunite in She's Funny That Way

24 January 2015 2:16 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A teaser for Marley & Me stars Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson's reunion in She's Funny That Way has been released.

The film is directed by Peter Bogdanovich, and is the first comedy feature from the Oscar-nominated director in 14 years.

She's Funny That Way features the story of a married Broadway director (Wilson), who falls for a prostitute-turned-actress and tries to help her advance her career.

The all-star ensemble cast also includes Imogen Poots, Lucy Punch, Rhys Ifans, Will Forte, Cybill Shepherd, Michael Shannon and Tatum O'Neal.

Aniston has recently responded to an Oscars snub for her performance in Cake, saying that she was amazed at talk of a nomination before the film was even released.

Meanwhile, Wilson can currently be seen in the third and final film in the Night At The Museum series. »

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She’s Funny That Way Trailer: Peter Bogdanovich is Unfunny This Way

23 January 2015 10:12 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The director of such classics as The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon is finally making a return after 14 years of absence from features, but after watching the trailer for She’s Funny That Way, I wonder if it’s anything to celebrate. Peter Bogdanovich has been keeping plenty busy over the past decade and a half, doing a little more acting, some hosting duties on TCM, maintaining a blog at Indiewire and helming some TV movies, namely biopics about Natalie Wood and Pete Rose, and a documentary on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. But his last true picture show, as far as a theatrical narrative release, was the 2001 historically inspired jazz-age farce The Cat’s Meow.  For his comeback, Bogdanovich has written another wild comedy, this time with ex-wife Louise Stratten, and he’s corralled a very impressive cast, as someone of his background can easily do. Imogen Poots stars as a high-class prostitute-turned-Broadway star who »

- Christopher Campbell

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Watch: First Trailer For Peter Bogdanovich's Screwball 'She's Funny That Way' With Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston & More

23 January 2015 7:27 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When you pack Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Jennifer Aniston, Will Forte, Kathryn Hahn, Lucy Punch, Debi Mazar, Rhys Ifans, Cybill Shepherd, Colleen Camp, Illeana Douglas and Tatum O’Neal in the same movie, things are bound to get a little hairy, but that's just the right tempo Peter Bogdanovich was going for in "She's Funny That Way." And the first trailer for the star-studded, screwball comedy has arrived. The story revolves around call girl/aspiring actress Isabelle Patterson who has a one night stand with married-with-kids Broadway director Albert. But it gets far more complicated for Albert when Isabelle shows up for an audition for this latest play, which also happens to star his current wife. The plot also includes private eyes, therapists, and no shortage of tangled threads. The result? Well, we called it "manufactured, sweet and unpretentious" though it contains "next to no nutritional value." "She's Funny That Way" arrives on April. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'She's Funny That Way' Trailer Starring Owen Wilson

23 January 2015 7:09 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Legendary director Peter Bogdanovich returns with the new dramatic comedy She's Funny That Way. The first trailer has arrived, and it brings a star studded cast that includes Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Imogen Poots, Quentin Tarantino, Lucy Punch, Kathryn Hahn, Rhys Ifans, Will Forte and Debi Mazar.

She's Funny That Way follows a married Broadway director named Arnold (Owen Wilson) who falls for prostitute-turned-actress named Izzy (Imogen Poots) and tries to help advance her career. Along for the ride is Izzy's therapist Jane, Jane's husband and and Arnold's wife. Its sure to be one wild ride that fits right in with such Peter Bogdanovich classics as Paper Moon and What's Up Doc?

If She's Funny That Way looks familiar to Peter Bogdanovich enthusiasts, it's because the director originally set out to make the movie in the late 90s. It would have reunited him with his The Last Picture Show leading »

- MovieWeb

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Pure Flix sets Do You Believe? for Us release

20 January 2015 5:59 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The company behind 2014’s top independent faith-based film God’s Not Dead has announced the release for its follow-up.

Do You Believe? will open theatrically on March 20. Ron Gell, Pure Flix vice-president of international sales and distribution, will screen the film in Berlin for the first time.

The film explores the notion of faith and features an ensemble cast that includes Mira Sorvino, Cybill Shepherd, Sean Astin, Alexa PenaVega, Ted McGinley, Brian Bosworth, Andrea Logan White, Delroy Lindo, Madison Pettis and Lee Majors.

Jonathan M Gunn directed the story of 12 people in search of meaning whose lives overlap.

God’s Not Dead producers Michael Scott, David Ar White and Russell Wolfe reunite on the film, as do writers Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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