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Us Briefs: Bleecker Street dates 'Captain Fantastic'

4 February 2016 1:12 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Screen Media picks up Rio, I Love You; Lionsgate to adapt Magic Tree House children’s books; and more…

Bleecker Street will open Matt Ross’ recent Sundance world premiere starring Viggo Mortensen via theatrical roll-out on July 8. Lynette Howell, Jamie Patricof, Shivani Rawat, and Monica Levinson produced the story of an eccentric father to a clan of children in the Pacific Northwest.

Screen Media Films has acquired Us rights from WestEnd Films for the collaborative film Rio, I Love You, the third in the Cities Of Love trilogy featuring Paris Je t’Aime and New York I Love You. Rio, I Love You features ten short stories and their respective transitions of love in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Andrucha Waddington, Paolo Sorrentino, Fernando Meirelles, Stephan Elliott, John Turturro, Guillermo Arriaga, Sang-soo Im, Carlos Saldanha, Jose Padilha, Nadine Labaki, and Vicente Amorim direct a cast that includes Fernanda Montenegro, Emily Mortimer, and Vincent Cassel »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Screen Media Films Falls For Romantic Anthology Collection 'Rio, I Love You'

4 February 2016 12:31 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: Visit Brazil With 2 International Trailers For Onmnibus 'Rio, I Love You' With Vincent Cassel, Harvey Keitel & More Screen Media Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights from WestEnd Films for the collaborative film "Rio, I Love You." The film is a spiritual sequel to “Paris Je t'Aime” and “New York I Love You” and the third in what is called the "Cities of Love" trilogy.  The film is a collaboration of 10 short stories, all of which deal with love in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. Each of the segments come from a different director. "Quando não há Mais Amor," for instance, is a one-man passion project for its writer, director and star John Turturro. Harvey Keitel stars in another one of the shorts as well. "We are pleased to be working with the team at Screen Media to bring 'Rio, I Love You’ to the U. »

- Bryn Gelbart

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Joel And Ethan Coen Rubbish Reports Of The Big Lebowski Sequel

4 February 2016 9:47 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Mixed reviews and a lacklustre box office wasn’t enough to quell the impact thst Joel and Ethan Coen’s The Big Lebowski had on popular culture, and since its humble debut in ’98, both the neo-noir and Jeff Bridges’ inimitable stoner The Dude have always remained a topic of conversation, even if those fleeting reports suggesting a sequel never made it part the starting line.

While promoting their upcoming period dramedy Hail, Caesar!, both Joel and Ethan Coen confirmed that the song very much remains the same regarding a potential follow-up to The Big Lebowski – a categorical no. That’s despite actress Tara Reid dropping hints to the contrary, though the Coen Brothers poured cold water over the resurgent rumors in an interview with Variety. “Tara Reid likes to announce that just like [George] Clooney likes to announce ‘Hail, Caesar!,” Joel Coen said. “In this case, I don’t think we’ll oblige. »

- Michael Briers

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No one can agree on the top 5 greatest Coen Brothers films

4 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As we began talking about editorial content we could publish to celebrate the release of Hail, Caesar!, the latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen, we realized that none of us had the same top five lists, and that it seems unusual for that to be the case. The Coens have had such a rich and varied career that it is impossible to pin them down to one style or one theme or one type of storytelling. Some people love their comedies. Some people love it when they get dark. Some people love the underdogs, the least-liked of their films. But what's clear is that every film they've made has its fans, and even their worst films are beloved by someone. There are few artists like the Coen Brothers, and we were delighted to get lists from each of our special guest contributors this time. The diversity of the replies »

- HitFix Staff

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'Big Lebowski 2' Will Never Happen, But 'Barton Fink 2' Might

3 February 2016 3:51 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

For years, there has been talk that The Big Lebowski might get a sequel. And it was a rumor spurred on by star Tara Reid, who said it was happening. The reality is, it will probably never happen. Not as long as original directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen are still alive, anyway.

Fans have been hoping that the Coen Brothers would return to the wacky and wonderful world of The Big Lebowski. And the hope has always been that Jeff Bridges reprises his role as The Dude. There has also been talk that John Turturro might even get his own Jesus spinoff. Neither imagined scenario is ever likely to happen, though.

Variety recently caught up with the legendary directing duo to discuss their new Golden Age comedy caper Hail, Caesar!, which is in theaters this week. The pair shot down any notion that they'd ever even engage in attempting »

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The Coen Brothers Will Never Make a Sequel to ‘The Big Lebowski’

3 February 2016 11:25 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fans of “The Big Lebowski” have for years hoped that the Dude would find his way back to the big screen, but in a new interview with Variety, directors Joel and Ethan Coen definitively shot down the possibility of a sequel to the 1998 cult classic.

Tara Reid likes to announce that just like [George] Clooney likes to announce ‘Hail, Caesar!,” Joel Coen said in this week’s Variety cover story, referencing how Clooney pushed them to write their latest script by telling the press that it was his next project. “In this case, I don’t think we’ll oblige.”

They also couldn’t envision a spin-off of John Turturro’s Jesus character, an idea that the actor had tried to float to reporters in the past.

“No,” Ethan said.

In fact, there’s only one story from their storied catalogue that could get a second installment. “We’re going to »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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No Plans Ever For A "Big Lebowski" Sequel

3 February 2016 10:48 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Those hoping that one day we'd see the return of Jeff Bridges' iconic 'The Dude' from Joel and Ethan Coen's 1998 comedy classic "The Big Lebowski," think again.

The Coens, who're out doing press rounds for this week's release of "Hail, Caesar!," have pretty definitively shot down the possibility of a sequel in a new interview with Variety. Ethan Coen says: "Tara Reid likes to announce that just like [George] Clooney likes to announce Hail, Caesar!. In this case, I don't think we'll oblige."

That was a reference to how George Clooney pushed them to write 'Caesar' by telling the press that it was his next project. Ethan Coen also offered a flat out "No!" when asked about the possibility of a spin-off of John Turturro's Jesus character.

So what, if any sequels, would the pair do based on their work? Ethan Coen says: "We're going to do a »

- Garth Franklin

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How the Coen Brothers Survived Hollywood and Lived to Make ‘Hail, Caesar!’

3 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Coen brothers are just as quirky as the characters from their movies. Just ask Josh Brolin, who has collaborated three times with the writer-directors, including on the upcoming “Hail, Caesar!” He recalls meeting the brothers on his “No Country for Old Men” audition, and not knowing what to do with the awkward silences. “Joel was intimidating,” Brolin says. “He didn’t say anything.” Months later, he was having dinner with Ethan, and noticed his friend continually glancing at his lap. “I looked down,” Brolin says. “He had been reading a book under the table. I was like, ‘Come on!’ ”

Photographed in New York City by François Dischinger for Variety

In this age of Twitter and Instagram, the directors of such beloved classics as “The Big Lebowski,” “Blood Simple” and “Raising Arizona” are still fairly private — and awkward with press interviews. Although they grew up together making films on their Super 8 cameras in Minnesota, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Hail, Caesar! review: Coen bros hit peak star-cameo in superb sister film to Barton Fink

3 February 2016 6:17 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

George Clooney plays the actor whose disappearance is a headache for studio boss Josh Brolin in the Coens’ glorious tribute to Hollywood’s golden age

Not for the first time, the Coen brothers have reached back to the studio sound stages and producers’ offices of the Hollywood golden age to find their material. Their parallel film is Barton Fink, in which earnest playwright John Turturro heads to Los Angeles to write wrestling pictures. Hail, Caesar! is a much sunnier picture, and more purely comedic than its sepulchral predecessor; it’s also put together with a lissom confidence and a breeziness that more than compensates for a gossamer lightness when it comes to substance.

The year is 1951, and Hail, Caesar! is the name of the film within a film, a clunky Roman epic with religious overtones – more along the lines of Quo Vadis than Ben-Hur, despite sharing the latter’s subtitle: A Tale of the Christ. »

- Andrew Pulver

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Horror Channel unleashes a fear-filled February of premieres

22 January 2016 4:50 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Horror Channel has announced eight petrifying premieres for Friday and Saturday nights this February, including the UK TV Premiere of Daric Gates’ possession thriller The Appearing and the Network premieres of Paul Hyett’s disturbing directorial debut The Seasoning House, Stephen King’s psychological thriller Secret Window, starring Johnny Depp and Renny Harlin’s supernatural cult favourite The Covenant.

Other network premieres for Friday nights include Christian Duguay’s dystopian Sci-Fi actioner Screamers and Robert Heath’s Brit revenge shocker Truth or Dare, whilst Saturday night’s exclusive line-up embraces haunting chiller Darkness Falls and Simon West’s frenzied pulse-racer When a Stranger Calls.

Full details in transmission order:

Fri 5 Feb @ 10.55pm – Screamers (1995) *Network Premiere

Based on Philip K. Dick’s short story “Second Variety”, this cult favourite stars Peter Weller as Cmdr. Joe Hendricksson, who sets out across the surface of Sirius 6B, hoping to settle a violent labour »

- Gary Collinson

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John Turturro Loses It In U.S. Trailer for Nanni Moretti’s Cahiers-Topping ‘Mia Madre’

20 January 2016 2:00 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

For as often as Nanni Moretti is lumped into a certain “tradition of quality” pile reserved solely for easily digestible foreign-language filmmakers, we found things to admire in his latest picture, Mia Madre. While not a title that stands out among its Cannes, Tiff, any Nyff brethren, “the formal modesty of My Mother is not without its charms, such as when Margherita [Buy]’s daughter driving slowly on her scooter to Jarvis Cocker’s ‘Baby’s Coming Back to Me’ (used multiple times in the film) capturing a small, everyday joy.” If you ask Cahiers du cinéma, we were actually being faint in our praise.

With the picture arriving in U.S. theaters soon, Alchemy have assembled a domestic trailer that sells the mixture of meta-textual and purely emotional drama — and a lot of John Turturro‘s antics are thrown in for good measure, too. However indicative of the final result it is — and I think, »

- Nick Newman

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Watch: John Turturro is a Meddling American Actor in 'Mia Madre' Trailer

20 January 2016 1:42 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Nanni Moretti's seriocomic Italian film "Mia Madre" made the festival rounds last year, earning the Ecunemical Prize at Cannes and positive notices at Tiff, AFI Fest and the New York Film Festival. With a trailer and a release date set, this Italian production stars Italian actress Margherita Buy and John Turturro, exercising his Italian-language chops. "Mia Madre" is about film director Margherita (Buy), who must deal with onset woes and American actor Barry Huggins (Turturro), in addition to balancing a tumultuous home life. As the mother of a teenage daughter and the daughter of a dying mother, Margherita must face life's punches while focusing on her career and completing her film. Huggins only adds fuel to her production fire, as he can't seem to remember his lines and comes off as a bit of a diva on set.  Check out the trailer for "Mia Madre," which looks to be »

- J. Carlos Menjivar

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Red Granite International to sell Bill Block slate

12 January 2016 5:33 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Heading into Sundance and Berlin Bill Block Media has struck an exclusive sales deal with Red Granite International as Block continues to focus his energies on producing and financing.

Under the agreement the parties will explore co-financing and co-producing opportunities. The plan calls for Block to make three to four films a year.

He will also serve as executive producer on select titles that do not originate at Bill Block Media that Red Granite may or may not sell.

In recent years Block, the founder of Qed International who has since parted ways with the owners of that company, has been developing his producer activities.

He produced the comedy Dirty Grandpa starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron that Lionsgate opensin the Us on January 22 and the upcoming comedy Bad Moms that Stx Entertainment handles worldwide. Mila Kunis and Christina Applegate star and shooting is set to kick off this month.

Block also produced »

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Red Granite to sell Bill Block slate

12 January 2016 3:33 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Heading into Sundance and Berlin Bill Block Media has struck an exclusive international sales deal with Red Granite International as Block continues to focus his energies on producing and financing.

Under the agreement the parties will explore co-financing and co-producing opportunities. The plan calls for Block to make three to four films a year.

He will also serve as executive producer on select titles outside the deal.

In recent years Block, the founder of Qed International who has since parted ways with the owners of that company, has been developing his producer activities.

He produced the comedy Dirty Grandpa starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron that Lionsgate opens in the Us this month and the upcoming comedy Bad Moms that Stx Entertainment handles worldwide. Mila Kunis and Christina Applegate star and shooting is set to kick off this month.

Block also produced Oliver Stone’s W., Fading Gigolo starring Woody Allen and John Turturro, David Ayer’s [link »

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'Hail, Caesar!' Trailer #2 Reunites Clooney and the Coen Brothers

12 January 2016 9:21 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Four-time Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood's Golden Age. Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix. Today, we have the all new trailer along with a new poster and several photographs.

The comedy is produced by the Coen brothers under their Mike Zoss Productions banner alongside Working Title Films' Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.&#160The writer-directors' latest project reunites them with stars they have worked with in the past, such as Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men), George Clooney (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), Tilda Swinton (Burn After Reading), Scarlett Johansson (The Man Who Wasn't There) and Frances McDormand (Fargo). Universal Pictures is releasing the movie on February 5, 2016 where »

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