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Week in Review: The New York Times will no longer review every movie opening in NY

22 May 2015 8:52 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In this day and age of film criticism, less of it is seemingly always a bad thing, and when a bastion like The New York Times announces they’re cutting back, it seems like a particularly painful blow. However, Variety Thursday obtained an email from Nyt Film Critic A. O. Scott explaining that the Times would no longer be reviewing every movie opening in New York, and the ironic truth is that this “new” policy may go a long way toward bettering the film coverage.

“Because of the increasing volume of new films released each year, the Times is no longer able to guarantee reviews of all New York theatrical releases,” Scott said in an email. He went on to add in a phone interview to Variety that the paper had already instated such a policy quietly earlier this year, and coyly confirmed as much on Twitter.

In 2013, the Times published nearly 900 film reviews. »

- Brian Welk

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Will Ferrell Will Hang Out With Circus Animals In The 1960s In 'Tom's Dad'

18 May 2015 1:15 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

So which Will Ferrell are we getting in the upcoming "Tom's Dad"? Are we getting the comedian who sorta flopped this past spring with "Get Hard"? Or the man who likes to dabble in indie dramas from time to time? Well, even though it's described as a comedy, it sounds like we'll see both in the upcoming movie directed by the always safe and reliable Lasse Hallström ("Chocolat," "The Cider House Rules," "The Hundred-Foot Journey").  Read More: Review: 'Get Hard' With Will Ferrell And Kevin Hart Martin Casella penned the screenplay for this '60s set tale about that follows Arthur (Ferrell), a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act involving circus animals. He is forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year old son, Tom, when his ex-wife departs on a three week trip, leaving the pair to rekindle their father-son relationship. So yes, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Will Ferrell Will Be Tom's Dad

17 May 2015 10:14 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

While Will Ferrell has a boatload of projects in development as either and actor or producer, he doesn’t seem to want to stop adding more. He’s now attached to Tom’s Dad, which Lasse Hallström will direct for producer Johnny Depp.The film will find Ferrell as the titular father figure, a struggling nightclub performer in 1960s Nevada who sees a chance to bond with his estranged 12-year-old son when his ex-wife leaves on a three-week trip. But he’s also got to juggle his performance responsibilities as he tries to make it big with his circus animal act. Martin Casella and Keith Clarke have worked on the script, which appears to offer the sort of blend of silly and heartwarming that Ferrell often does well with. If all goes well, Hallström aims to kick off production early next year. Ferrell, who last starred in the lacklustre comedy Get Hard, »

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Will Ferrell Set To Star In Lasse Hallström’s Comedy Tom’S Dad

16 May 2015 11:49 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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Box office winner and Golden Globe nominee Will Ferrell (Get Hard, Anchorman 1 and 2) will star in the comedy Tom’S Dad to be directed by Oscar nominated director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, The Hundred-foot Journey).

Principal photography on the feature film is slated to begin early next year, with further casting underway.

Set in 1960s Nevada, Arthur (Ferrell) is a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act involving circus animals. He is forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year old son, Tom, when his ex-wife departs on a three week trip, leaving the pair to rekindle their father-son relationship.

It was announced today by producers Joni Levin and Keith Clarke (The Way Back, upcoming Ben Hur) of Point Blank Productions, Christi Dembrowski and Johnny Depp of Infinitum Nihil (Hugo, Rum Diary, Dark Shadows) and Arsenal’s John Ptak (Let Me In, »

- Michelle McCue

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Ferrell, Depp Teaming For "Tom's Dad"

16 May 2015 9:36 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Will Ferrell is set to star and Johnny Depp will produce the comedy "Tom's Dad" for Point Blank Productions and Infinitum Nihil.

Set in 1960s Nevada, Ferrell plays a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act involving circus animals. He is forced to reconnect with his estranged twelve-year old son when his ex-wife departs on a three week trip, leaving the pair to rekindle their relationship.

Martin Casella penned the original screenplay with revisions by Clarke. Lasse Hallstrom is set to direct while Depp, John Ptak, Christi Dembrowski, Joni Levin and Keith Clarke will produce.

Filming is slated to begin early next year, with further casting underway.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Will Ferrell to Star in Comedy Tom’S Dad

16 May 2015 9:19 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Actor Will Ferrell is lining up a curious new project. It was announced today that he is set to star in the comedy Tom’s Dad for director Lasse Hallström, the filmmaker behind The Cider House Rules and Chocolat. The film takes place in 1960s Nevada and revolves around a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act featuring circus animals (yes, Ferrell will play a circus ringleader). He is subsequently forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year-old son when his ex-wife departs on a three-week trip, leaving the two to rekindle their relationship. Martin Casella (One Night Stand) penned the original screenplay. Further casting is currently underway with the aim to start production in early 2016. Hallström’s been doing his fair share of Nicholas Sparks movies as of late, helming Dear John and Safe Haven, as well as last year’s Helen Mirren-fronted The Hundred-Foot Journey. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Will Ferrell to play 60's nightclub performer in comedy Tom's Dad

16 May 2015 8:48 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Will Ferrell has added a new comedy movie to his name.

The Hollywood funnyman will star in Lasse Hallström's Tom's Dad, reports Deadline.

Set in 1960s Nevada, Ferrell plays nightclub performer Arthur who hopes to make it big with his stage act involving circus animals, but he is forced to rekindle his relationship with his estranged 12-year-old son after his ex-wife leaves for a three-week trip.

Last week, it was announced that Ferrell's miniseries The Spoils Before Dying, a follow-up to The Spoils of Babylon, will make its debut this summer on IFC.

The Spoils Before Dying will air on three consecutive nights beginning Wednesday, July 8 at 9pm Et

Ferrell's last comedy was Get Hard with Kevin Hart back in March.

Ferrell is also starring in the indie drama Russ & Roger Go Beyond, directed by Michael Winterbottom.

Watch a red band trailer for Get Hard below: »

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Cannes: Will Ferrell Starring in Comedy ‘Tom’s Dad’

16 May 2015 7:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Will Ferrell will star as a struggling nightclub performer in the family comedy “Tom’s Dad,” with Johnny Depp producing.

Lasse Hallstrom will direct, with shooting expected to start early next year. Fortitude International is launching international sales at Cannes and UTA Independent Film Group is handling North American rights.

Depp is producing with Christi Dembrowski through their Infinitum Nihil banner along with Joni Levin and Keith Clarke of Point Blank Prods. and Arsenal’s John Ptak. Peter D. Graves is exec producing, as well as providing marketing and distribution oversight. Thomas A. Walsh will co-produce.

Martin Casella wrote the screenplay with revisions by Clarke. The story is set in Nevada in the 1960s, with Ferrell playing a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act involving circus animals. He is forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year-old son when his ex-wife departs on a three-week trip. »

- Dave McNary

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Fortitude boards Will Ferrell comedy 'Tom's Dad'

16 May 2015 5:39 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lasse Hallström will direct the story of a struggling nightclub performer (Will Ferrell) forced to babysit his estranged 12-year-old son. Fortitude International is selling in Cannes.

Joni Levin and Keith Clarke of Point Blank Productions produce with Christi Dembrowski and Johnny Depp of Infinitum Nihil and Arsenal’s John Ptak.

Peter D Graves is executive producer and UTA Independent Film Group represents North American rights.

Principal photography is set to begin early next year. Martin Casella wrote the original screenplay with revisions by Clarke. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Will Ferrell To Star In ‘Tom’s Dad’ For Lasse Hallstrom; Fortitude On Intl Sales – Cannes

16 May 2015 4:03 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Will Ferrell has been set to star in comedy Tom’s Dad for Oscar-nominated director Lasse Hallström. The news was announced today by producers Joni Levin and Keith Clarke of Point Blank Productions (Ben Hur); Christi Dembrowski and Johnny Depp of Infinitum Nihil; and Arsenal's John Ptak (The Way Back). Principal photography is slated to begin early next year, with further casting underway. Fortitude International, the sales, finance and production outfit… »

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Lasse Hallstrom Locks ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ At DreamWorks

8 May 2015 8:14 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Lasse Hallstrom has committed to next direct A Dog’s Purpose, an Audrey Wells-scripted adaptation of the W. Bruce Cameron novel. Gavin Palone and Mark Sourian are producing and Alan Blomquist is executive producer. Cameron, an insider whose credits include 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Daughter, wrote the first draft with Cathryn Michon. The book is about one dog’s quest to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes with multiple owners… »

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Lionsgate UK to Finance, Co-Invest in at Least 25 British Independent Films Over 4 Years

5 May 2015 7:57 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lionsgate U.K announced Tuesday that they will invest in and co-finance at least 25 British independent films over the next four years. Over the past three years, Lionsgate U.K. has invested in and released more than 20 British films with a combined production budget of over $225 million. Some of their recent releases include “Locke” starring Tom Hardy, “A Little Chaos” by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet, and “Testament of Youth” starring Kit Harrington (“Game of Thrones”). Historical British titles the company have invested in and released since 2012 also include Lasse Hallstrom‘s “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” starring Ewan. »

- Joe Otterson

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Lionsgate to invest in 25+ British films

5 May 2015 2:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lionsgate’s Zygi Kamasa commits to making “independent British films at the forefront of cinema worldwide”.

Lionsgate has pledged to finance and co-invest in up to 25 British independent films “with an increased production value” over the next four years.

The company has invested in and released more than 20 British features in the past three years with a combined production budget of more than $225m including Lasse Hallstrom’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt; Ralph FiennesThe Invisible Woman and Coriolanus; Mike Newell’s Great Expectations; and Jon S Baird’s Filth starring James McAvoy.

Lionsgate Europe CEO Zygi Kamasa, who recently signed a long-term deal to stay at the company, said of the move: “The UK is one of the most creatively exciting places in the world to be making movies right now and we want to help make independent British films be at the forefront of cinema worldwide.”

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Manish Dayal To Star In New York-set boxing film ‘Uppercut’

27 March 2015 8:30 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Manish Dayal (“The Hundred-Foot Journey”) is attached to star in the New York-set boxing story, “Uppercut,” penned by Black List writer Neeraj Katyal (“The Amazing Adventures of the Monogamous Duck”).

In the wake of “Hundred-Foot” finding success at the global box-office, Dayal expressed his passion for “the sweet science” to New York-based producer Atit Shah (“A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island”). Longtime friends, Dayal and Shah, subsequently began putting the project together via Shah’s Create Entertainment banner.

Dayal will play Shiva Singhavi, a young boxer raised in the blue-collar, Queens neighborhood of Jackson Heights. As he moves up the ranks of fighters, Singhavi struggles to navigate the gritty underworld of fixed fights, grimy gyms, and dirty cops. Racial tensions escalate following a shooting that Shiva is the sole witness to, and the street-smart athlete soon finds himself caught between a police force that protected him and the community that raised him. »

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Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa signs new deal

25 March 2015 6:47 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Executive’s portfolio expanded to CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.

Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa has signed a long-term agreement to stay at the company and has taken on the role of CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.

In his expanded role Kamasa will spearhead Lionsgate’s strategic growth initiatives and new business development across Europe, including potential coproduction arrangements, M&A initiatives and entry into new lines of business.

Lionsgate UK recently expanded its distribution slate to include Summit as well as Lionsgate releases (for Summit titles produced after July 2015). 

Lionsgate has also relocated its international sales and distribution headquarters to London.

“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 UK into a vibrant and diversified company, and his expanded mandate for Europe underscores our commitment to continue building Lionsgate into a next »

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

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Juliette Lewis on Why Sitcom TV Almost Made Her Give Up Acting

13 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When she was just 17, Juliette Lewis got the attention of Martin Scorsese, landing a role in “Cape Fear” — then won an Oscar nom for impressively holding her own against Robert De Niro. But it was an even earlier part, at age 13 — in Showtime’s TV movie “Home Fires” — that earned her her first Variety mention, with our critic singling out her “sure performance.” “I was shocked to see it was the first job I’d ever done,” says Lewis, now starring in ABC’s “Secrets and Lies.”

You were so young. Did you always want to be an actor?

My dad (Geoffrey Lewis) is a character actor, so I always knew of the acting business as a line of work. You never have the same job twice; you work long hours, you get to work with interesting, colorful people. I always was connected to acting in that way — not from reading about it in magazines. »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Juliette Lewis on Why Sitcom TV Almost Made Her Give Up Acting

13 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When she was just 17, Juliette Lewis got the attention of Martin Scorsese, landing a role in “Cape Fear” — then won an Oscar nom for impressively holding her own against Robert De Niro. But it was an even earlier part, at age 13 — in Showtime’s TV movie “Home Fires” — that earned her her first Variety mention, with our critic singling out her “sure performance.” “I was shocked to see it was the first job I’d ever done,” says Lewis, now starring in ABC’s “Secrets and Lies.”

You were so young. Did you always want to be an actor?

My dad (Geoffrey Lewis) is a character actor, so I always knew of the acting business as a line of work. You never have the same job twice; you work long hours, you get to work with interesting, colorful people. I always was connected to acting in that way — not from reading about it in magazines. »

- Debra Birnbaum

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The Hundred-Foot Journey DVD Review

6 March 2015 3:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Lasse Hallström

Starring: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon, Amit Shah

Certificate: PG

Running Time: 122 Minutes

In The Hundred-foot Journey director Lasse Hallström explores how opening a new food-related business in a small French village causes plenty of drama, just like in his film Chocolat (2000). Based on the novel by Richard C. Morais, the story centres around the Kadam family from India, who drift around Europe after fleeing from their home and restaurant after it was burnt down. When they eventually arrive in France, they believe their Indian restaurant could work among the traditional French cuisine on offer to the locals but it isn’t an easy ride for Papa (Om Puri) and his family, as they coincidentally set up their restaurant just across from Madame Mallory’s (Helen Mirren) high-class establishment. 

The idea of bringing Indian food and culture to France, who are famous all »

- Louise Tooth

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Another Oscar? Eddie Redmayne Plays A Transgender Icon In The Danish Girl Image

27 February 2015 11:33 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Michael Keaton should just take the year off. No matter how good the Birdman star is in this fall’s Boston Globe drama Spotlight, next year’s Best Actor Oscar could quite possibly be Eddie Redmayne’s for the taking once again. The first image from Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, which stars the Theory of Everything actor (who last partnered with Hooper on Les Misérables) as a transgender pioneer, has surfaced online, finding Redmayne looking radiant as always.

Redmayne stars in the pic as Einer Wegener, who would later rename herself Lili Elbe, one of the first men to undergo a sex reassignment surgery. Adapting David Ebershoff’s novel, The Danish Girl specifically looks at the complicated relationship between Elbe and her wife Greta (Alicia Vikander), who became a famed artist for painting Elbe in drag.

The project has been a hot commodity for years, with such respected »

- Isaac Feldberg

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First Picture of Eddie Redmayne in 'The Danish Girl'

27 February 2015 6:48 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Eddie Redmayne has what may be the first of many Oscars on his mantle after winning the statue for his performance in The Theory of Everything, but only time will tell if this will become a trend for the young actor. Then again, it looks like he is already primed for at least another nomination as he stars in The Danish Girl for Oscar winning director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) and just above is the first picture of the actor in character. Redmayne takes on the role of Einar Wegener, a Danish artist who became the first ever sex-change patient. The film tells of Einar and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) and how their marriage took a sharp left turn after Einar stood in for a female model that Gerda was set to paint. This film has seen plenty of changes over the years with Tomas Alfredson (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, »

- Brad Brevet

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