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Exclusive Update: The company stamped its name on Park City for the second year in a row following a Saturday night negotiation for Michael Showalter’s crowd-pleaser.
Amazon Studios acquired Us rights to The Big Sick from FilmNation and UTA Independent Film Group and is also understood to have taken a raft of territories including the UK, France, Germany, Spain, China and India.
The company will stage a theatrical release later this year before rolling out the film on its Prime Video streaming platform. Screen was the first to report on Saturday that Amazon Studios was in the hunt and that the asking price was eight figures.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Fox Searchlight were understood to have been pursuing The Big Sick, which enjoyed a strong response at Friday night’s world premiere.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Amazon has won a fierce bidding war for filmmaker Michael Showalter’s “The Big Sick,” paying $12 million for the U.S. rights to the dramatic comedy. The bidding reached $10 million late on Friday night, with Amazon, Netflix, Fox Searchlight and Focus Features all in the hunt.
The film was one of the most anticipated movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. A dramatic comedy written by actor-writer Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon and based on their real-life courtship, the film stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, and Anupam Kher.
Produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, “The Big Sick” centers on aspiring comedian Kumail and grad student Emily (Kazan), whose romance causes a rift with Kumail’s traditional Muslim parents. Emily then discovers she has a mysterious illness, leaving »
- Graham Winfrey
The pact comes on the heels of the romantic comedy’s rousing premiere on Friday night. The film is about a Pakistani-American comedian (Kumail Nanjiani) whose relationship with his girlfriend (Zoe Kazan) is nearly derailed over cultural differences and a health crisis. Nanjiani co-wrote the heavily autobiographical script with his wife Emily V. Gordon.
The negotiations for North American rights and other foreign territories stretched into midnight on Saturday. Nanjiani told Variety earlier this week that he wanted the film to get a theatrical release. Unlike Netflix, its rival streaming service, Amazon is a big proponent of the theatrical experience, with all of its films getting at least some kind of theatrical run.
“The Big Sick” sparked interest from a number of distributors, »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
The march is the big story of Sundance on opening weekend. Mirroring the massive turnout around the country, the turnout has swamped Park City in a united sea of activism. For more on the march, click here: Also Read: Fiery Hollywood Women Rally in Sundance: 'We Will Not Go Backwards' Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow The Sundance schmooze started early. On a special #DeltaFestivalShuttle from Lax, the Apatows were amongst a group of industry traveling together in “a members only club of creatives in the sky,” as Delta slugged the Thursday morning flight. Oh, hello. This is not a »
- Mikey Glazer
On Friday in Park City, the bidding wars opened for business. Fox Searchlight co-president Nancy Utley began and ended her day at the Eccles Theatre, where the Sundance premieres culminated with the big acquisition title, “The Big Sick,” directed by Michael Showalter and produced by Judd Apatow. Appetites remain high for Sundance titles, but last year proved to be a teachable moment for indie distribution: There’s a big difference between being able to compete for a title, and successfully gauging what will work in the marketplace.
“The marketplace is always changing, but now it is changing more rapidly, both on the production and consumer side,” said Searchlight co-president Stephen Gilula. “The bar for theatrical viability keeps going up. While we are talking about other models, Searchlight is still a global, theatrically driven company, trying to make money on each individual title. We haven’t changed our acquisition calculus, but »
- Anne Thompson, Chris O'Falt and Graham Winfrey
Every year filmmakers flock to Sundance with deeply personal movies inspired by their lives and experiences. But rarely do those films also fire on all cylinders as fully fleshed-out pieces of entertainment. Comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani and writer Emily V. Gordon mine their personal history for laughs, heartache, and hard-earned insight in “The Big Sick,” a film that’s by turns romantic, rueful, and hilarious. It’s a no-brainer to connect with art-house crowds who like their comedies smart and funny, but this one deserves a shot at the multiplex, too.
Well known in standup circles and a reliable scene stealer in both film and television (perhaps most notably on HBO’s sterling “Silicon Valley”), Nanjiani is overdue for a lead role — and if it takes playing a character loosely based on himself in a movie co-written with his wife, so be it. Nanjiani and Gordon manage the tricky »
- Geoff Berkshire
After a day of Trump distractions, the lingering sobriety of “An Inconvenient Sequel,” the looming Women’s March on Main Street and an assault of rain and snow — Sundance delivered the home run the Sundance Film Festival needed. It’s “The Big Sick,” a deserved leading man turn for “Silicon Valley” star Kumail Nanjiani directed by Michael Showalter and produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel. It’s a Hollywood version of the funny, sweet and sad story of Nanjiani and wife Emily Gordon. The pair wrote the screenplay together, though Zoe Kazan ably takes Gordon’s role on screen. »
- Matt Donnelly
Let the bidding begin. Going in, director Michael Showalter’s “The Big Sick” was pegged as the big acquisition title for this year’s Sundance Film Festival and based on the very warm reception it received at tonight’s premiere, that’s the case. It premiered at the sold-out Eccles Theater and earned a number of big laughs from an audience that also appeared to be equally engaged in the film’s heartfelt drama.
Represented were top executives from Magnolia, Neon, Bleecker, IFC, CBS Films, Roadside Attractions, Amazon, Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, Netflix and A24. With 15 minutes left in the movie, executives were climbing out of their seats and conferring in the back of the theater and in the lobby.
- Anne Thompson and Chris O'Falt
20 January 2017 9:14 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
On the rise for some time as a stand-up and comic actor, Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani comes into his own in The Big Sick. It would be embarrassing for him not to, as this is his own life's story — a fictionalized account of how his girlfriend's grave illness jolted him into shaking off some young-adult immaturity and making a commitment. Real-world wife Emily Gordon co-wrote the script with him, handing her role off to Zoe Kazan, while producer Judd Apatow (alongside frequent partner Barry Mendel) continues his streak of helping young comic talents develop the screen personae that will carry »
- John DeFore
"I have a plan; I'll be a comedian." HBO has released the official trailer for their upcoming new series Crashing.From Judd Apatow, the comedy stars Pete Holmes as an aspiring comedian who begins crashing at his friends' houses after he discovers his wife cheating on him. The cast also includes Lauren Lapkus, George Basil, Dave Attell, Hannibal Burress, Artie Lange, T.J. Miller, Jim Norton, Rachael Ray, and Sarah Silverman.Read More… »
FilmNation fully financed and handles international sales and represents Us rights with UTA Independent Film Group. It is understood Focus Features and Fox Searchlight are also in the mix and that the asking price is in the eight-figure range.
Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon wrote the story about a Pakistani stand-up comic who falls for an American girl, based on their actual relationship. Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano also star.
Heading into the weekend the industry was bracing itself for the start of on-site activity following a number of pre-festival deals and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
It took 25 years of working in film and TV, but comedian Michael Showalter has landed what could be his career-defining role: indie filmmaker.
Showalter’s third feature as a director, “The Big Sick,” is one of the most anticipated movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. A dramatic comedy written by actor-writer Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon and based on their real-life courtship, the film stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, and Anupam Kher.
Produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, “The Big Sick” centers on aspiring comedian Kumail and grad student Emily (Kazan), whose romance causes a rift with Kumail’s traditional Muslim parents. Emily then discovers she has a mysterious illness, leaving Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents Beth and Terry (Hunter and »
- Graham Winfrey
Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on January 20, and upon addressing the public during his inauguration speech, vowed to give the power back to the people. In what should have been an inspirational and hopeful address, many on social media couldn’t help but notice that some of what he was saying sounded familiar.
“Today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people,” Trump said.
The statement sounded familiar because the last words in Trump’s sentence echoed what Bane (Tom Hardy) told Gotham City in “The Dark Knight Rises” when he freed prisoners and, standing on top of a car, »
- Liz Calvario
Much has been made about the connection between Donald Trump and his obsession with ratings, leading many concerned citizens to call for audiences to boycott watching his inauguration. After all, he may not have been able to see the stark drop in attendance outside the U.S. Capital building, but we know he can read a ratings sheet.
In the end, those who didn’t tune in — for whatever reason — made the right choice. What President Donald Trump said during his first presentation as president was meant for his supporters, and even they likely wondered if what they were watching was a campaign speech instead of an inaugural address.
To begin his 16-minutes of hand-waving elocution, President Trump pulled off a parlor trick befitting a pickpocket’s dexterity, if not a superior orator’s calculated cadence. »
- Ben Travers
Deadline hits the ground running at the Sundance Film Festival, kicking off its Sundance Series panels at 11 Am Pt with the cast and creatives behind Michael Showalter’s The Big Sick, which will have its world premiere later today in the Premieres section of the festival. Showalter is being joined on the panel by stars and writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, producers Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, and co-stars Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano. Moderated by… »
On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Since he won the election back in November, many in Hollywood have openly expressed their dislike for the businessman.
As Trump was sworn in, many continued to slam Trump, with some remembering President Obama and Hillary Clinton, while others made jokes and suggested alternative viewing options.
Read More: Trump Inauguration: 10 Powerful Images to Help You Power Through
Patton Oswalt wrote a lengthy Facebook post about what people should do instead of watching the inauguration, writing that citizens should support a struggling theater, music club or museum, or just completely turn off your phone and computer.
Michael Moore called the event a “tragedy for democracy.”
Here at the Inaugural. A tragedy for democracy. pic.twitter.com/Ev9cqcaYXB
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 20, 2017
Judd Apatow advised everyone to register to vote for midterms and primaries.
Everyone needs »
- Liz Calvario
Field of Vision has debuted a new short film about Donald Trump called “Trump’s Lobby” just in time for Friday’s presidential inauguration. The seven-minute short was produced and directed by Alex Winter (“Deep Web,” “Downloaded”).
Read More: Field of Vision Launches New Website and New Slate of Short-Form Documentaries
Here’s the official synopsis:
“Combining original photography captured at Trump Tower, and a trove of archival news coverage, Trump’s Lobby is a short film that explores the tense and surreal atmosphere around President-Elect Donald Trump. Ever since the election, there has been a continual flow of high-level visitors to Trump’s penthouse apartment in Trump Tower. This piece focuses solely on the extraordinary array of people on their way to and from Trump via his gold-plated elevator. The cast of characters are some of the most powerful and famous people in the world, and their expressions, given the nature of these meetings, »
- Graham Winfrey
Kumail Nanjiani, the Pakistani-American comic best know for “Silicon Vally,” revisits one of the most painful chapters of his personal life in “The Big Sick.” The comedy has its premiere Friday night at Sundance, and sight unseen, the buzz is so loud that it is expected to inspire one of the biggest bidding wars of the festival.
“The Big Sick” was written by Nanjiani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon. It recounts their romance and the challenges it faced when Gordon suffered a medical crisis. It also deals with the cultural differences between the pair, as Nanjiani’s conservative Muslim family expected him to enter into an arranged marriage.
Sundance: Robert Redford Says ‘We Stay Away From Politics’
Nanjiani was mentored throughout the process by Judd Apatow, the “Knocked Up” director who produces alongside Barry Mendel. It marks his first leading role, one that forced the standup comic to take acting classes. »
- Brent Lang
Before the highly-anticipated final season kicks off next month, we’re giving away three copies of the “spectacular” (Vulture) fifth season of the Emmy ® – and Golden Globe-winning HBO comedy Girls!
Starring and created by Lena Dunham and executive produced by Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, the hit series follows the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their mid-20s—each facing new challenges in life and love.
As Season 5 begins, Hannah (Lena Dunham) has put her writing ambitions aside and is teaching alongside Fran (Jake Lacy), her new boyfriend. Marnie (Allison Williams) realises that she needs more space after her honeymoon with Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). While working towards becoming a therapist, Jessa (Jemima Kirke) also manages a budding relationship. And Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) is thriving at her new job in Japan, flirting with her boss despite her long-distance relationship with Scott (Jason Ritter). Honest and uproarious, »
Judd Apatow is among the artists, musicians, and actors taking part in a “Love-a-thon” on Facebook Live to raise $500,000 to raise money for progressive causes. Beau Willimon, creator of “House of Cards,” will spend part of inauguration day taking part in TheWrap and Politico’s Inauguration Hub event in Washington, DC — a day of issue-oriented discussions. “Absolutely Fabulous” actress Mo Gaffney told TheWrap: “I’ll be in NYC girding my loins, figuratively (and literally because…well Trump and grabbing) to head to the Women’s March on Washington. Plus some mourning of democracy and common decency in the U. »
- Tim Molloy
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