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The Works Boards Sundance’s ‘L.A. Times,’ Spy Thriller ‘The White Rabbit’

22 May 2017 5:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Worldwide sales rights to relationship drama “L.A. Times” have been picked up by The Works International, which is introducing the film and also upcoming World War II spy thriller “The White Rabbit” to buyers at Cannes.

L.A. Times” (pictured) premiered at Sundance this year. The film is from writer-director-star Michelle Morgan (“Girl Most Likely”).

Variety‘s review said that “L.A. Times” explores the lives of three thirtysomething Angelenos “with a heavy dose of Whit Stillman and sprinklings of Woody Allen, Noah Baumbach, and Lena Dunham, among others.”

The Works is also kicking off global sales of “The White Rabbit,” which is loosely based on the British spy who partly inspired the creation of James Bond, and follows the British Secret Service’s covert operation in occupied France. Filming begins early next year for delivery in winter 2018 and global release in early 2019.

Torquil Deacon and Tom Radcliffe penned the screenplay.

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- Stewart Clarke

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Cannes Talk: Mike Goodridge, Protagonist Pictures

22 May 2017 11:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

 

Protagonist Pictures, which is in its 10th year, has a stable of auteur thoroughbreds, including two films in this year’s Directors’ Fortnight. Recent festival hits include “Lady Macbeth,” “God’s Own Country” and “American Honey,” with upcoming fare including Clio Barnard’s “Dark River” and Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War.” Mike Goodridge, CEO of the U.K.-based sales outfit, talks to Variety.

What are the highlights of your Cannes slate?

We have two American films in Directors’ Fortnight, one is Chloe Zhao’s “The Rider,” and the other is Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” starring Willem Dafoe. They are both really exciting filmmakers.

[“The Florida Project”] is Sean’s sixth film; “Tangerine,” “Prince of Broadway” and “Starlet” are his most famous films, and this is the next step up if you like. It is really exciting that he has joined the Cannes fraternity because “The Florida Project” is a really accomplished piece of work. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Interlude in Prague Review

22 May 2017 10:48 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape

 

Upper class society in a period setting is ripe for ridicule; the outfits, the language, and just the sheer grandiosity of it all is so easy to caricature and be derisory about, and it’s exactly here Whit Stillman triumphed with his indelible drama Love & Friendship. It’s clear to see that John Stephenson is vying to thrive in a similar capacity with Interlude in Prague, except this kitsch melodrama falls flat thanks to a lacklustre screenplay, without that same sharpness and wit it requires to truly work.

Baron Saloka (James Purefoy) is a nasty, embittered, affluent member of society, who promises those around him he will fund a trip for the esteemed composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Aneurin Barnard) to the Czechoslovakian capital. And so begins a few turbulent months in the life of the prolific talent, as he falls for opera singer Zuzanna Lubtak (Morfydd Clark »

- Stefan Pape

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Montclair Review: ‘Avenues’ is a Charming, Scrappy Debut By Michael Angarano

19 May 2017 2:12 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a title that sounds a like a rehab facility, Michael Angarano’s Avenues is a spirited, micro-budget indie that recalls the New York City-based work of early Woody Allen with notes of John Cassavetes, Whit Stillman, and the Safdie brothers thrown in for good measure. These are excellent influences to aspire to, although the film’s narrative clutter and occasional missteps allow the scrappiness to show. Filmed quickly in a few days on the go, Avenues tells the story of Max (Angarano) as he mourns his bother Jack (who is never seen on screen) while passing time with his best friend Peter (Nicholas Braun), a sex therapist who has arrived in New York City for winter break. Peter is also about to break-up with his long-distance girlfriend who he’s en route to visit in Montreal.

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- John Fink

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'Room' exec producer joins financier Catalyst

18 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Former Ifb executive Keith Potter joins UK outfit.

UK film and TV outfit Catalyst Global Media has appointed former Irish Film Board executive Keith Potter as in-house executive producer of feature film projects.

Potter will be charged with sourcing commercially viable projects for Catalyst’s development and production slate and expanding the company’s national and international partnerships with filmmakers, agents, financiers and platforms.

Potter most recently served as project manager at the Irish Film Board, where he was executive producer on projects including Lenny Abrahamson’s Oscar-winner Room, Whit Stillman’s well-received Amazon pickup Love & Friendship and documentaries including Sophie Feinnes’ forthcoming feature on Grace Jones.

Catalyst’s upcoming films include romantic comedy Finding Your Feet, starring Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall and Joanna Lumley and Ghost Stories, made in collaboration with Warp Films. The company also has a multipicture deal with Warner Music Group.

TV projects include drama Peter & Wendy and series Cognition, a neo-noir »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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The Cannes Film Festival Buyers Guide: Who’s Buying the Movies You’ll Watch

15 May 2017 1:02 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Buyers return to Cannes like swallows to the Capistranos, but this year they’ll find a hostile landscape. Too many buyers, too few titles, and streaming-service disruptors are driving up prices all the while, making North American prebuys increasingly necessary.

That’s hazardous terrain: Witness the Weinstein Company’s $6 million bid for transgender drama “3 Generations” (aka “After Ray”). Two years later, after a title change and poor reviews on and off the festival circuit, the drama starring Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon finally received a May 5 release. Total domestic gross to date: $46,421.

That was in 2015, the last year that TWC held its then-annual dog-and-pony show for buyers and press at the Majestic Hotel. This year, like the last, they’ll hold court on their yacht, which also serves as their offices — still tony, but on a budget; it’s a lot less expensive than that prime Croissette real estate. Meanwhile, »

- Anne Thompson and Graham Winfrey

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The Cannes Film Festival Buyers Guide: Who’s Buying the Movies You’ll Watch

15 May 2017 1:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Buyers return to Cannes like swallows to the Capistranos, but this year they’ll find a hostile landscape. Too many buyers, too few titles, and streaming-service disruptors are driving up prices all the while, making North American prebuys increasingly necessary.

That’s hazardous terrain: Witness the Weinstein Company’s $6 million bid for transgender drama “3 Generations” (aka “After Ray”). Two years later, after a title change and poor reviews on and off the festival circuit, the drama starring Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon finally received a May 5 release. Total domestic gross to date: $46,421.

That was in 2015, the last year that TWC held its then-annual dog-and-pony show for buyers and press at the Majestic Hotel. This year, like the last, they’ll hold court on their yacht, which also serves as their offices — still tony, but on a budget; it’s a lot less expensive than that prime Croissette real estate. Meanwhile, »

- Anne Thompson and Graham Winfrey

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Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck’: Amazon and Roadside Land Awards Season Release Date

3 May 2017 12:39 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions will partner on the release of Todd Haynes’ highly anticipated new film, “Wonderstruck,” giving the film an Oscar-friendly October release date, Variety reports. The film premieres this month at the Cannes Film Festival and will hit U.S. theaters in limited release on October 20, followed by a wider release in November.

Read More: Cannes Classics 2017 Lineup Includes ‘Belle de Jour’ Restoration, Stanley Kubrick Doc and More

Based on the bestselling 2011 young adult novel of the same name by Brian Selznick (“The Invention of Hugo Cabret”), “Wonderstruck” follows the interconnected stories of two deaf children across the span of 50 years. Ben (Oakes Fegley) lives with his family in Minnesota in 1977 and escapes to New York, trying to find his father. Rose (13-year-old deaf actor Millicent Simmonds), a young girl locked in a house in 1927 New Jersey, escapes to New York to see her favorite film actress. »

- Graham Winfrey

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Jeff Goldblum & Danny DeVito To Basically Play Simon & Garfunkel In New Amazon Comedy Series

3 May 2017 12:15 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Much more so than its competitors, Amazon has established quite a clear brand identity. It’s not particularly concerned with being cool or edgy but instead focuses its attention principally on the sort of older crowds that tend to populate arthouse theaters and subscribe to HBO. Whether it’s their Woody Allen series, dad-faves “Bosch” and “The Man In The High Castle,” funding movies by people like Jim Jarmusch and Whit Stillman or making a TV show about an orchestra in New York, Amazon know where their bread is buttered.

Continue reading Jeff Goldblum & Danny DeVito To Basically Play Simon & Garfunkel In New Amazon Comedy Series at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck’ Scores Awards-Season Release From Roadside, Amazon (Exclusive)

3 May 2017 12:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Roadside Attractions is partnering with Amazon Studios on Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” Variety has learned.

The film will premiere this month at the Cannes Film Festival, where it will compete for the Palme d’Or. It will open in the U.S. in limited release on Oct. 20 and will go into wide release at some point in mid-November. The studios are giving the film an awards push and believe it could be an Oscar contender.

It certainly has some impressive pedigree. “Wonderstruck” reunites Haynes with Julianne Moore; the two previously collaborated to acclaim on “Safe” and “Far From Heaven.” It co-stars Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams,  along with Amy Hargreaves (“Homeland”), Oakes Fegley (“Pete’s Dragon”), and newcomer Millicent Simmonds.

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Wonderstruck” is adapted from a novel of the same name by Brian Selznick. It unfolds in two different time periods, »

- Brent Lang

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How Amazon and Ted Hope Are Trying to Bring Back the ’90s Indie Film Boom

2 May 2017 12:12 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Today, Amazon Studios announced it has signed an exclusive first-look deal with indie powerhouses Bona Fide Productions (“Little Miss Sunshine”), Le Grisbi Productions (“Birdman”) and Killer Films (“Boys Don’t Cry”). Amazon is already doing business with all three entities – it’s about to unveil “Wonderstruck” (Killer) and “The Only Living Boy in New York” (Bona Fide) at Cannes – and the news is yet another sign that the company will continue to finance high-quality independent filmmaking from some of the most revered American directors out there. But it also signals a key reunion of major figures from an earlier period — the nineties indie film boom.

Read More: 7 Filmmakers Turning Amazon Into An Art House Cinema Powerhouse

By formally reuniting New York indie film icons – head of motion picture production at Amazon Studios Ted Hope and Killers Films founder Christine Vachon – Amazon is almost singlehandedly using its deep pockets to reignite »

- Chris O'Falt

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Amazon Studios Banks on Indie Auteurs at CinemaCon Preview

30 March 2017 6:55 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

What a difference a year makes: Amazon Studios’ lunch at CinemaCon 2017 was packed. Not like last year. “We were a new studio brand who had released one movie and bought five at Sundance,” said Jason Ropell, Amazon’s worldwide head of Motion Pictures. “We were planning to release 15 movies. It was ambitious and pretty damned scary.”

It turned out exhibitors did fine with Amazon’s movies, especially Oscar-winning $47-million-grosser “Manchester By the Sea,” which was released by Roadside Attractions and is winding up its 19th week in theaters. Other hits included Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen comedy “Love & Friendship” (19 weeks) and Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” (12 weeks), along with arthouse entries “The Handmaiden” (18 weeks), documentary “Gleason” and Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman,” which collected the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Ropell and head of movie marketing and distribution Bob Berney, who is well known by exhibitors, scored rousing applause whenever »

- Anne Thompson

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Amazon Studios Banks on Indie Auteurs at CinemaCon Preview

30 March 2017 6:55 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

What a difference a year makes: Amazon Studios’ lunch at CinemaCon 2017 was packed. Not like last year. “We were a new studio brand who had released one movie and bought five at Sundance,” said Jason Ropell, Amazon’s worldwide head of Motion Pictures. “We were planning to release 15 movies. It was ambitious and pretty damned scary.”

It turned out exhibitors did fine with Amazon’s movies, especially Oscar-winning $47-million-grosser “Manchester By the Sea,” which was released by Roadside Attractions and is winding up its 19th week in theaters. Other hits included Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen comedy “Love & Friendship” (19 weeks) and Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” (12 weeks), along with arthouse entries “The Handmaiden” (18 weeks), documentary “Gleason” and Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman,” which collected the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Ropell and head of movie marketing and distribution Bob Berney, who is well known by exhibitors, scored rousing applause whenever »

- Anne Thompson

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Fox Searchlight Buys ‘The Old Man and The Gun,’ Grasshopper Film Picks Up ‘Bronx Gothic’ and More

24 March 2017 10:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Fox Searchlight will acquire the U.S., Canada and U.K. rights to to “The Old Man And The Gun,” Deadline reports. Director David Lowery’s drama stars Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek and Danny Glover and begins shooting on April 3.

Based on a true story, the film centers on bank robber and 17-time prison escapee Forrest Tucker (Redford). Affleck plays a detective obsessed with bringing Tucker to justice while Spacek plays Tucker’s love interest. The film is produced by Conde Nast Entertainment Wildwood Enterprises and Identity Films.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Neon Picks Up Errol Morris’ ‘The B-Side,’ FilmRise Gets Two Sundance Premieres and More

Grasshopper Film has acquired the U.S. rights »

- Graham Winfrey

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Peter Travers' 2017 Alt-Oscars: From Scorsese to 'Deadpool'

23 February 2017 7:13 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Come Sunday, a.k.a. Oscars night, we'll all be tipping our hats to the year's winners. But before we do that, here's to the "losers" – the worthy ones of 2016 that, for whatever cockamamie reason, didn't even get a nomination.

In an effort to do right where the Academy effed up, I give you the Travers Awards – my own personal version of the Alt-Oscars. (For those of you playing along at home, the award is an engraved image of a critic screaming.) It's one last chance to single out the »

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Nicolas Winding Refn Is ‘Too Old To Die Young’ At Amazon

8 February 2017 1:18 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While “The Neon Demon” might’ve died in theaters, only Amazon knows how it did on their service, but this much is clear: they want to stay in the Nicolas Winding Refn business. The streaming service which is nipping at the heels of the dominant Netflix, is eager to add high profile filmmakers to their roster, and giving them the budgets and freedom they need seems to have attracted top talent including Woody Allen, Whit Stillman, Jill Soloway, Todd Haynes, Jim Jarmusch, Park Chan-Wook….you get the idea.

Continue reading Nicolas Winding Refn Is ‘Too Old To Die Young’ At Amazon at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘L.A. Times’ Filmmaker and Star Michelle Morgan Finds Her Own Voice in Directorial Debut — Sundance Springboard

28 January 2017 11:45 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

IndieWire’s Springboard column profiles up-and-comers in the film industry worthy of your attention.

Don’t let newly minted multi-hyphenate Michelle Morgan’s resume fool you — she always wanted to be a writer. Although Morgan’s first official forays into the industry included small parts on shows like “CSI: Miami” and, yes, even “Saved By the Bell: The New Class” and an arc on “American Dreams,” she originally went to school for screenwriting and simply fell into acting.

And it wasn’t necessarily something that fueled her creatively, which is why Morgan eventually returned to writing, penning the scripts for John Stockwell’s “Middle of Nowhere” and Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s “Girl Most Likely.” In 2013, she turned to directing, with her amusing short “K.I.T,” which screened at Sundance. This time around at the festival, Morgan has combined all of her skills, and she not only »

- Kate Erbland

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Sundance 2017 Review: Damn Those Unbearably Funny L.A. Times

28 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

L.A. Times plays like the flipside of the coin that is Whit Stillman’s aristocratic male-centric New York, where snoots court debutantes and intellectualize feeling superior. In writer/director/star, Michelle Morgan’s West Coast, a group of friends attempt to find love, happiness, or just plain contentment in the superficial landscape of L.A. - not Los Angeles, but L.A., as Thom Anderson would say. There’s Annette, who never fails to tell the harsh truth despite how that makes her friends feel. There’s her best friend, Baker, an unlucky-in-love bachelorette who can’t seem to get a date, at least not the kind you’d traditionally want. Then we have Elliot, the TV writer whom Annette has just dumped for no good reason, other than her suspicions that she might not...

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Watch This: House Party proved Sundance could score a mainstream hit

27 January 2017 11:00 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

One week a month, Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: With Sundance in full swing, we’re looking back at some of the best directorial debuts that premiered at the festival.

House Party (1990)

House Party premiered at the 1990 Sundance Film Festival, part of a pack of extremely promising debut features that also included Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan, Hal Hartley’s The Unbelievable Truth, and Wendell B. Harris Jr.’s Chameleon Street, which took home the top prize. (Apart from those debuts, the main competition also featured Charles Burnett’s To Sleep With Anger, which belongs in a class of its own.) Perhaps those highlights give an idea of why the 1990s tend to be seen as the festival’s golden decade as a taste-making institution. It commanded media attention, but still seemed to hold on to the idea ...

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- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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La La Land continues winning run at London critics awards, alongside Beckinsale and Huppert

23 January 2017 4:03 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Damien Chazelle’s musical is film of the year, Isabelle Huppert is actress of the year, while Kate Beckinsale takes best British actress for Love & Friendship

London’s film critics were in lockstep with most of their peers around the globe as they gave their top honour to musical romance La La Land on Sunday. Damien Chazelle’s third movie won film of the year after being nominated in six categories. Ahead of the London Film Critics’ Circle award ceremony, Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight and Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship led with seven nominations apiece, and each movie went home with two.

One of these they had to split between them: best supporting actor, which was a tie between Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali and Love & Friendship’s Tom Bennett. The latter film’s star, Kate Beckinsale, took the best British or Irish actress award for her performance as the toweringly bitchy Lady Susan. »

- Catherine Shoard

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