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London — Zygi Kamasa has signed a new long-term agreement to continue serving as chief executive officer of Lionsgate U.K. and to assume additional responsibilities as CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.
In his expanded role, he will spearhead Lionsgate’s “strategic growth initiatives and new business development across Europe, including potential co-production arrangements, M&A initiatives, and entry into new lines of business.”
Lionsgate has relocated its international sales and distribution headquarters to London, moving its international sales executives closer to key European markets.
“Zygi is one of the entrepreneurial executives playing a leadership role in moving Lionsgate forward around the world,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “He and his team have grown Lionsgate U.K. into a vibrant and diversified company, and his expanded mandate for Europe underscores our commitment to continue building Lionsgate into a next generation global content leader.”
Lionsgate U.K., which recently expanded its »
- Leo Barraclough
FX has closed a first-look production deal with film and TV producer Stacey Sher and her production company Shiny Penny, the network announced Thursday.
“Stacey is a fearless storyteller whose remarkable run of feature films show a willingness to approach challenging topics with unflinching honesty and considerable artistry,” said Grad. “We look forward to working with Stacey and her team to build on this success and develop exceptional television for the FX Networks.”
A frequent collaborator of Quentin Tarantino’s, Sher was a producer on his films “Pulp Fiction,” “Django Unchained” and the upcoming “The Hateful Eight.” For TV, she is producing AMC’s martial arts drama “Badlands” and exec produced Comedy Central’s “Reno 911.” Her credits also include the Steven Soderbergh films “Contagion, »
- Whitney Friedlander
With Sky’s arctic drama, the electronic producer is the latest leftfield musician to score a TV show. He explains how he overcame his reservations
Telly’s current “golden age” isn’t just restricted to actors, screenwriters and directors. Leftfield musicians are now increasingly entering the fray. It appears that if you have an edgily cool TV show, you’ll be wanting an edgily cool soundtrack to set it off.
The last few years have seen a rash of genuinely exciting creative types scoring quality TV. Mogwai doubtless relished haunting the buggery out of viewers of French zombie-ish drama Les Revenants. Cristobal Tapia de Veer provided dub-flecked electronica for Dennis Kelly’s conspiracy drama Utopia, while Underworld’s Rick Smith made bursts of techno for Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong’s Babylon. Captain Beefheart drummer-turned -composer Cliff Martinez also created something arresting – and thoroughly anachronistic – for The Knick, Steven Soderbergh’s medical period drama, »
- Ben Arnold
Johanna Bennett’s and Mandy Ward’s third annual celebration of first time filmmakers concluded on March 9 with a tribute to no one other than Harvey Weinstein. The festival, one that puts forth newly formed filmmakers with the audience they deserve, makes sure that all aspects of filmmaking are met and that the aspiring filmmakers know what to do with their next film. Weinstein, of the famed The Weinstein Company, along with his brother Bob, has shown himself over the years to have supported first time filmmakers when no one else would. And his trust in these filmmakers have only proven themselves to be some of today’s best directors, writers, actors, and more.
In many ways, Weinstein’s support of such filmmakers has created them. Quentin Tarantino would not be a household name had Weinstein not decided to produce Reservoir Dogs, the same goes for Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, »
- Catherina Gioino
Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon.") Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years. Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where she threw the ceremonial first pitch. Wright also became involved in the Greater New York chapter of the Als Association. (The Pride of the Yankees subject, Lou Gehrig, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 1941.) The week she turned 82 in October 2000, Wright attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Somewhere in Time, where she posed for pictures with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. In March 2003, she was a guest at the 75th Academy Awards, in the segment showcasing Oscar-winning actors of the past. Two years later, »
- Andre Soares
There was no Bat-Signal shining in the skies over the Getty Museum last Sunday, but the distress call being sent by filmmaker Christopher Nolan and artist Tacita Dean was unmistakable — a beacon that said, in effect, “Save Our Celluloid.”
Heeding the call were some 30 representatives of the nation’s leading film archives, labs and presenting institutions, who accepted Dean and Nolan’s combined invitation to participate in an informal summit entitled “Reframing the Future of Film.” The two-part event sponsored by the Getty Research Institute (where Dean is currently an artist-in-residence) consisted of a private roundtable session in the morning, followed by a public afternoon event at which Dean and Nolan appeared in conversation with Kerry Brougher, director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ planned Wilshire Boulevard museum (scheduled to open in 2017).
While the Getty gathering was hardly the first-ever symposium devoted to the sustainability of film in the digital era, »
- Scott Foundas
Read More: 'The Intruder' and 'I Believe in Unicorns' Among Winners at First Time Fest Harvey Weinsten is known for taking chances on first-time filmmakers, having helped launch the careers of Quentin Tarantino ("Reservoir Dogs"), Steven Soderbergh ("Sex, Lies and Videotape"), Baz Luhrmann ("Strictly Ballroom") and Alexander Payne ("Citizen Ruth") during his time at Miramax and now The Weinstein Company. Naturally then, Weinstein was an honoree at this year's third annual First Time Fest, a festival designed to showcase and discover first-time feature filmmakers. During the closing night discussion and throughout the festivities, The Hollywood Reporter was able to nab a few details about what Weinstein looks for from collaborators and first-time directors. Want to work with Harvey Weinstein one day? Here are the four tips Indiewire was able to cull from the piece. Write Your Own ScriptWhen asked what gives him the confidence to »
- Casey Cipriani
During his time running Miramax and The Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein has released a number of movies directed by first-time filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, Steven Soderbergh's Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Rob Marshall's Chicago, Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom, Alexander Payne's Citizen Ruth, Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station and George Clooney's Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. This background made Weinstein an ideal honoree for the third annual First Time Fest, designed to discover, showcase and celebrate first-time feature filmmakers. Weinstein was honored during the closing night of this year's festivities, participating in a discussion with First Time Fest's director
- Hilary Lewis
The role of the director in television has, historically, always come second to the writer. In the words of Marcos Siega, director/executive producer of "The Following," there's a perception of them as "traffic cops." But in an era when television keeps getting better and better, there's a shift in that perspective, especially thanks to the influx of A-list directors like David Fincher and Steven Soderbergh. Siega comes from the other side, having worked for over 10 years on shows including "Dexter" and "The Vampire Diaries," but he doesn't mind it when the feature guys come to play. At this year's ATVfest, Indiewire sat down with him to discuss what it can mean to be an "executive producer," what he feels he does as the lead director of a show and the valuable lessons he learned from being a guest director on "Veronica Mars." Talk to me a little bit about »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Intentional or not, it's hard to imagine that there was another film released in UK cinemas last Friday in which sex was less sexy than in It Follows, a terrific lo-fi horror film that comes highly recommended by all accounts.
And yet, last Friday also saw the release of Rob Cohen's The Boy Next Door, an erotic thriller that isn't as sexually charged as it is accidentally hilarious. For all intents and purposes, the film plays like an episode of the How Did This Get Made podcast waiting to happen.
At the start, high school teacher Claire Peterson (Jennifer Lopez) is a single mum who's mulling over whether or not she should get back together with her cheating ex-husband Garrett (John Corbett). Enter Noah, (Ryan Guzman) a »
Warner Bros. Pictures released their new action/drama film, "Focus," into theaters this weekend, and all the reviews are now in from the top,major critics. It turns out that we got a mixed bag of opinions with this one as it got an overall 56 score out of a possible 100 across 40 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The movie stars: Will Smith, Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney and Margot Robbie. We've supplied some blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a great 88 score, stating: "This is just sheer, escapist entertainment from start to finish." James Rocchi over at TheWrap, gave it a great 80 score, saying: "Like a perfect cocktail mixes the sour with the sweet and the bright with the boozy, Focus combines seamless, superbly-crafted filmmaking with the fizz and fun created by its leads." Christy Lemire from RogerEbert.com, gave it a 75 score, »
- Andre Braddox
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love and I Love You Philip Morris) have an obvious talent for both visuals and storytelling. They've definitely been studying their Steven Soderbergh Oceans DVDs and are more than happy to show off all kinds of clever camera angles while classic soul music blares through the speakers. Although some scenes are predictable and by the book, there are few scenes in this movie that feel like a complete waste of time. The lean script doesn't pretend to be anything more than what it is. »
- Matthew McKibben
The art of con has been committed to the big screen a few times before, with The Sting, Grifters, and Steven Soderbergh's Oceans Eleven, being some notable examples. Now, Focus has come our way, trying it's best to take it's place on that prestigious list. Written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You, Philip Morris, Crazy, Stupid, Love), there is no denying that Focus is a slick and stylish affair, but it's clear that Ficarra and Requa are far too interested in fooling the audience with the numerous cons swirling around in this story, and the movie suffers because of it. Seasoned con man Nicky Spurgeon (Will Smith) breaks his cardinal rule when he falls for his protege Jess (Margot Robbie). When she gets too close for comfort, he severs all ties, only for her to come back into his life three years later, now an accomplished femme fatale, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Samuel Goldwyn Films weren’t especially active during Sundance this year, but are smoking barrels today with the pick-up of Charles Stone III‘s Lila & Eve, the closing film at the fest is a female-centric vigilante film starring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez. Plans are for a 2015 release.
Gist: This tells the story of Lila (Davis), a grief-stricken mother who in the aftermath of her son’s murder in a drive-by shooting attends a support group where she meets Eve (Lopez), who has lost her daughter. When Lila hits numerous roadblocks from the police in bringing justice for her son’s slaying, Eve urges Lila to take matters into her own hands to track down her son’s killers. The two women soon embark on a killing spree of their own, as they work to the top of the chain of drug dealers to avenge the murder of Lila’s son. »
- Eric Lavallee
Starz has cast actress Riley Keough (Magic Mike, Mad Max: Fury Road) in “The Girlfriend Experience,” a 13-part anthology series produced by Transactional Pictures. The series, which is inspired by the 2009 Magnolia Pictures film of the same title and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh and Philip Fleishman, explores the relationships between the exclusive courtesans and their clients, for whom they provide far more than just sex.Keough will star as Christine Reade, a law student at the University of Chicago and an intern at a prestigious law firm, who is intrigued when a friend introduces her to the world of […] »
- April Neale
Keough, the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, will star as Christine Reade, a University of Chicago law student and an intern at a prestigious law firm who is intrigued when a friend introduces her to the world of transactional relationships and becomes involved in a service known as a Gfe (Girlfriend Experience), enlisting men who pay up for her time.
The 13-part series, based on the 2009 film of the same title, will be exec produced by Steven Soderbergh, who directed the original feature from Magnolia Pictures, which was written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien.
The project marks a reunion between Keough and Soderbergh, who worked together on “Magic Mike. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
"Wait, what is 'Focus' again?" This is a question that is usually fired back at me, over the past few weeks, when people ask me what I've seen recently and really liked.
Lately, when I run down the movies I've seen recently, "Focus" is always one of those movies I mention, because I really, really liked it. But then, without fail, the person I am talking to asks what "Focus" is. And then I have to explain it to them. This probably has to do with the film's nebulous title and equally nebulous ad campaign, which isn't exactly explanatory (or particularly evocative or moody). So let me tell you just what "Focus" is, exactly. And when I explain what it is, you'll probably be shocked you haven't heard more about it.
- Drew Taylor
Every movie star is a con artist of sorts, seducing audiences into forking over millions by adopting a character bigger than him- or herself. But what to do when the streak falters? Will Smith made his film debut as a high-society scammer in “Six Degrees of Separation,” and now, a bit more than 21 years later, he’s back at the hustle in “Focus,” a sexy sleight-of-hand caper that feels small-time by the tentpole king’s standards, though a solid opening ought to prove Smith’s ongoing drawing power — and that there is life after the commercial debacle of 2013’s “After Earth.” Lithely directed by the duo responsible for “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” this suave if quick-to-dissipate divertissement shrewdly recasts the star in the George Clooney mold — a good look for the next stage of Smith’s career.
With the rare exception of 2005’s hit “Hitch,” romance hasn’t really been Smith’s bag. »
- Peter Debruge
Sometimes, the Oscars have a tendency of giving out awards to actors who are seen to have paid their dues, perhaps not for the best performance of that year or even for the particular actor's own best performance, but to recognise past work. Michael Keaton is not the most likely of these, but this could be why some speculated that he was an early favourite for this year's Best Actor award, for his performance in Birdman.
The later frontrunner Eddie Redmayne rightfully and very graciously wound up taking it home for his work as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, though Birdman went on to take home the main prize for Best Picture and a number of other major awards.
It would hardly have been a major upset if »
On the heels of its Oscar win for best documentary feature at last night’s Academy Awards, filmmaker Laura Poitras’ searing documentary Citizenfour makes its HBO debut tonight at 9/8Ct. Steven Soderbergh co-executive produces the real-life thriller. In January 2013, Poitras — who was already at work on a film about monitoring programs in the U.S. — received an encrypted email from a stranger calling himself Citizen Four, who offered her inside information about illegal wiretapping practices of the National Security Agency (Nsa) and other intelligence agencies. That June, Poitras traveled to Hong Kong with her camera and investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald to … Continue reading →
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- Lori Acken
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