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The coming-of-age drama also stars Henry Hooper and follows two young boys as they journey to the Californian national park with their father.
Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions produced what is the fourth collaboration with Spotlight.
Chinese family animation Polar Adventure from Ori Animation centres on a penguin who returns to his home in the South Pole in search of his missing grandfather.
The film is scheduled to open this summer in China and Spotlight is working on the English-language dub.
Rom-com Ely And Naomi’s No Kiss List stars Victoria Justice in the tale of a college freshman in love with her lifelong gay friend.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
It's hard to remember a time when Nicolas Cage was a viable, award contending actor, and not just a guy who appeared in movies that serve as a career punchline. But indeed, Cage does have an Oscar on his shelf, and it's thanks to Mike Figgis, who directed him in "Leaving Las Vegas." Now the pair are reuniting for a new movie, and one that was previously attached to Taylor Kitsch and Julian Jarrold (“Great Expectations,” “Brideshead Revisited”). Penned by Travis Milloy ("Pandorum"), "Exit 147" will find Cage playing a cop who gets involved in some mind games with a woman escaping the abusive husband he has arrested. Figgis says this movie will have "edgy humour" and that it's an ensemble piece with a handful of narrative threads. Read More: Christina Hendricks, Julia Stiles, And Matt Dillon Get 'Seconds Of Pleasure' With Mike Figgis Directing For a long time now, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Electric has closed a $20 million production facility with the bank to finance the second season of the TNT show “The Librarians,” starring Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane and John Larroquette and featuring Noah Wyle. Production is slated to begin in June.
Electric has now closed over $75 million in financing with First Republic Bank in the past three years to facilitate Electric’s expansion of its operations in TV and feature film production, along with growth of its worldwide sales arm.
- Dave McNary
The production financing package consists of gap financing and cash-flowed pre-sales. Film Bridge will handle international sales at Cannes.
Scheduled for release in 2016 by Lionsgate, “Beyond Deceit” tells the story of an ambitious young lawyer who takes on a case against a ruthless executive of a pharmaceutical company — and finds himself drawn into a murder case in which he is the prime suspect. Production recently wrapped in New Orleans.
“Beyond Deceit” marks the feature directorial debut of Shintaro Shimosawa. Josh Duhamel, Alice Eve, Malin Ackerman, Byung-Hun Lee and Julia Stiles also star. Barry Brooker and Stan Wertlieb are the executive producers.
- Dave McNary
From finished films in competition to big packages on the horizon, here’s the hottest titles from around the world up for grabs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Director: Marc Forster
Film centers on a blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.
Director: Andrea Arnold
Key cast: Shia Labeouf
A runaway teenager gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending and young love.
Sales: Protagonist Pictures
Director: Ewan McGregor
- Variety Staff
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Part 1 of 10: There’s nothing like the thrill of a chase. A bank robber pulls off an elaborate heist only to be pursued by a dogged detective on foot. A soldier escapes from enemy territory but must outrun the angry combatants on his tail. A man wrongly accused of murder has just his wits and his two legs to flee the authorities. It’s the immediacy that appeals: characters relying on their stamina, agility, and wit to stay alive, without the aid that a car, boat, or plane gives them. For filmmakers, »
- Shane Ramirez
The winning filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and will become a candidate for the April Project of the Month. That winner will be awarded with a creative consultation from the fine folks at the Tribeca Film Institute and will be in the running for Project of the Year. The four projects up for this week's Project of the Week are listed below (with descriptions courtesy of the filmmakers). You can vote at the bottom of the page. REframe: In a search for peace a man reframes his mother's murder (by his father), hoping to touch other victims of domestic violence along the way. Blast Beat: An uber-metalized American Latino adventure that'll kick your ass back to the Y2K The Color of Fire: A 15-year-old enlists as a German soldier under Hitler's rule for the last month of WWII. 70 years later, he revisits those experiences. Border Crossing »
The cast of Showtime’s “Happyish” gathered at New York’s Landmark Sunshine Cinema on Monday night to celebrate their original comedy series about a 44-year-old ad exec who struggles to find meaning and happiness in his life after a pair of 25-year-old wunderkind bosses arrive. The night marked a happy ending to the two-year process it took to bring the show to the screen following the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
“It’s been a long and bumpy road to get to where we are today, but I’m very thrilled,” Ken Kwapis, director and executive producer, told Variety prior to the screening. “All of us are very proud of the show.”
The series — created and written by author and “This American Life” contributor Shalom Auslander — was originally a starring vehicle for Hoffman before he died from a drug overdose in February 2014. Hoffman had already shot the pilot in the lead character role, »
- Paul Chi
Border Crossing is a cat-and-mouse tale about a psychologist who reopens old wounds and an old case after he rescues a drowning person whom he helped convict 12 years earlier.
The Film Community’s Jamin O’Brien and Daniel L Blanc produce alongside Radium Cheung.
Electric’s head of international distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska brought the project to the company and will lead sales efforts on the Croisette.
Vice-president of acquisitions Jernej Razen and vice-president of business and legal affairs worldwide distribution Craig Gates negotiated the deal for Electric.
“We are very excited to be collaborating with Electric,” said O’Brien »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Here's your daily dose of an Indie film in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: is this a movie you'd want to see? Tell us in the comments. Border Crossing Tweetable Logline: Josh Charles and Julia Stiles star in Bette Gordon’s film "Border Crossing," based on the novel by Booker Prize-winner Pat Barker. Elevator Pitch: "Border Crossing" is an intense psychological thriller about children who commit murder and the destruction that’s left behind in the wake of those terrible crimes. Production Team: Bette Gordon ("Handsome Harry," "Luminous Motion," "Variety") - DirectorJamin O'Brien ("Handsome Harry," "Killer Joe," Hateship Loveship") - ProducerElizabeth Kling ("Deadwood," "The Killing") - ProducerDaniel L. Blanc - ProducerRadium Cheung ("Blue Valentine," "All is Lost") - Cinematographer About »
- Indiewire Staff
Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!
Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger, and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes. »
- Tom Stockman
‘Union is a classic Cool Girl, the type that appeals to men and women: she’s fun and sporty, and beautiful in that girl-next-door way; she also looks like she means business’
1999 was a magical year for teen movies: it was when 10 Things I Hate About You and She’s All That were released. These two films have one actor in common, Gabrielle Union, and she fills her second-fiddle position with aplomb. Her screen time is limited to serving the arcs of the main players (Julia Stiles, Rachael Leigh Cook), but you still notice her: as Chastity in 10 Things, she asks the great question, “Can you ever just be whelmed?”. She was 26 at the time, playing 17.
- Bim Adewunmi
Fantasy adventure from Muppets creator Jim Henson, in which a Gelfig embarks on a quest to restore order to his world by retrieving the missing shard of a magical crystal.
Groundhog Day - 2.45pm, Gold
Cynical weatherman Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, gets trapped in a time loop that causes him to live the same day over and over.
10 Things I Hate About You - 7pm, Film4
Raiders of the Lost Ark - 8.10pm, BBC Three
Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) travels the globe »
Lionsgate has acquired North American rights to Beyond Deceit, the legal thriller that marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Shintaro Shimosawa. The movie, currently in production in New Orleans, features a cast led by Josh Duhamel that also includes Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins, Malin Akerman, Alice Eve, Julia Stiles and Byung-hun Lee. Release plans were not revealed, but a potential first-quarter 2016 opening is being eyed. Deceit tells of an ambitious young lawyer (Duhamel) who takes on a big case against a ruthless executive of a pharmaceutical company (Hopkins), only to find himself drawn into a murder case in which he is
- Borys Kit
Released just four years after 1995's disarmingly smart Clueless became a teen sleeper hit, 10 Things I Hate About You shared some of its sly, sidelong perspective on high school dynamics, not to mention its literary pedigree. Today marks 16 years since the film's Us release date, meaning 10 Things has officially come of age, but its modern day screwball romance and salty humour hasn't aged a day.
Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew is a less widely-read source text than Jane Austen's Emma, and 10 Things is by necessity a looser adaptation than Clueless - Shrew's much-discussed ending, which concludes that women must learn to be subservient to their husbands, wouldn't fly even as irony in the present day.
Only the skeleton of Shakespeare's plot remains, and proves just how timeless the rom-com conventions which he originated have become. The overprotective father of pretty, popular high schooler Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) forbids her from dating »
Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Shane Abbess’ sci-fi thriller “Infini,” starring Daniel MacPherson, Grace Huang, Luke Hemsworth, Bren Foster and Luke Ford, Variety has learned exclusively.
Vertical plans to release the film in theaters day-and-date on May 8.
The story centers on a search and rescue team that is transported through deep space in the 23rd century to a distant mining colony to save the sole survivor of a biological outbreak. During their mission, they find a lethal weapon that is set to arrive on Earth within the hour.
- Dave McNary
We're back with another video round-up, this time featuring clips from HBO's Game of Thrones Season 5 and the Julia Stiles-starring horror film, Out of the Dark (now in theaters), as well as two videos featuring renowned filmmaker Joe Dante discussing a pair of Roger Corman titles that Kino Lorber is releasing to Blu-ray this May: X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes and The Premature Burial (we also have a look at the final cover art and details on the bonus features for both Ray Milland-starring movies).
Game of Thrones Season 5: “Game of Thrones follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen who are engaged in a deadly cat-and-mouse game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. As betrayal, lust, intrigue and supernatural forces shake the four corners of the Kingdoms, their bloody struggle for the Iron Throne will have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences. »
- Derek Anderson
South America was a fresh start for the Harrimans, but their new home stands on cursed ground, and the visitors coming to see them won't be bringing welcome baskets. Starring Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman, Out of the Dark hits theaters today from Vertical Entertainment, and we have an exclusive clip that takes place on a dark and stormy night.
"Starring Julia Stiles, Scott Speedman, and Stephen Rea, Out Of The Dark is a ghost story set in South America, where a young family’s new life turns from promising to terrifying when they are forced to confront ancient legends, ghosts, and a haunting family secret."
The post Watch an Exclusive Clip from Out of the Dark appeared first on Daily Dead. »
- Derek Anderson
Out this weekend is Out of the Dark, the Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman-starring South American ghost story. Shock presents a suspenseful exclusive clip, a slowly and eerily composed little scare scene. Directed by Lluís Quílez, Out of the Dark sees ‘a young family’s new life turns from promising to terrifying when they are forced…
The post Footprints: An Exclusive Clip from Out of the Dark appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
It’s been some time since I’ve had that feeling of being “had,” going into something with hopeful expectations, only to find out that it was all a ruse. Cinema is often like this, drawing us in, capturing our emotions and interests, even playing off our primal instincts. Michael Bay knows the mass loves explosions, so there are always plenty in his films, all of which appear int he films’ trailers. Trailers are another way that we, as viewers, can be duped. It’s a necessary evil, I suppose. The nature of the marketing beast that, inevitably, will always accompany the anticipation involved with being a movie watcher. This has become something of a cultural agreement of modern society. We tolerate in order to be entertained.
I find it “crazy” how individuals associated with one film, generally applauded for being a success, can turn around and be equally associated with a flop, »
- Travis Keune
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