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14 items from 2014


Oliver Stone slams co-pros at Beijing

16 April 2014 11:53 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oliver Stone was characteristically outspoken on the second day of the Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), challenging China to rethink international co-productions and start making films that examine its past.

Speaking at the Sino-Foreign Film Co-production Forum, Stone said, “most international co-productions are bullshit”, due to their bad acting and casting, as expecting actors to use a second language usually doesn’t work.

“The international ballgame has gotten bigger and bigger with films like Iron Man 3 and Transformers,” Stone said, referring to the trend of incorporating Chinese elements into studio pictures. “I hope they use China well. But using Chinese actors in the background because you want money is not an artistic approach.”

Stone also said he’s “run into a wall” three times trying to make films in China about Mao Tse-tung, the Cultural Revolution and a documentary around the Beijing Olympics. “Three times I’ve made real efforts to coproduce and come up short »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Bjiff: Oliver Stone slams co-productions

16 April 2014 11:53 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oliver Stone was characteristically outspoken on the second day of the Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), challenging China to rethink international co-productions and start making films that examine its past.

Speaking at the Sino-Foreign Film Co-production Forum, Stone said, “most international co-productions are bullshit”, due to their bad acting and casting, as expecting actors to use a second language usually doesn’t work.

“The international ballgame has gotten bigger and bigger with films like Iron Man 3 and Transformers,” Stone said, referring to the trend of incorporating Chinese elements into studio pictures. “I hope they use China well. But using Chinese actors in the background because you want money is not an artistic approach.”

Stone also said he’s “run into a wall” three times trying to make films in China about Mao Tse-tung, the Cultural Revolution and a documentary around the Beijing Olympics. “Three times I’ve made real efforts to coproduce and come up short »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Ben Stiller may helm 'The Current War' next

31 March 2014 10:26 PM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Washington, April 1: Ben Stiller is reportedly in talks with the Weinstein Company to direct upcoming drama 'The Current War'.

The movie, which has been scripted by Michael Mitnick, will revolve around Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse who compete to fashion a sustainable system and market it, Deadline.com reported.

The film will be produced by Film Rites' Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch and Timur Bekmambetov. (Ani) »

- Meeta Kabra

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Ben Stiller Circles 'I Am Chippendales' and 'The Current War'

31 March 2014 4:37 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Ben Stiller is lining up two new projects, which utilize his talents on both sides of the camera. The actor is in talks to star in I Am Chippendales for writer-director Alan Ball (American Beauty, True Blood) and he is also in discussions to direct The Current War for TWC-Dimension.

I Am Chippendales is based on the true story of how the Chippendales nightclub was founded by Paul Snider and Somen "Steve" Banerjee, the latter of which pleaded guilty to attempted arson, racketeering and murder for hire charges. He was found dead in his jail cell in 1994. If a deal is finalized, Ben Stiller will play choreographer Nick DeNoia, who helped conceive the idea with Banerjee and attorney Steve Nahin, and was instrumental in turning the male dance club into an international sensation.

Alan Ball is directing from his own screenplay, which was adapted from Rodney Sheldon's book, with »

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Ben Stiller Circling To Direct ‘The Current War’ At TWC

31 March 2014 3:39 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Just told you that Ben Stiller was in talks to play a role in the Alan Ball-directed I Am Chippendales, the film that’s in talks to land at The Weinstein Company. I also can tell you that Stiller is in discussions with TWC to direct The Current War, the Michael Mitnick-scripted fact-based drama about how electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse compete to create a sustainable system and market it to the American people. No deal yet, and they are still figuring out things like cast, but I’m told that Stiller has sparked to the project in a big way. The film will be produced by Film RitesSteve Zaillian and Garrett Basch and Timur Bekmambetov. Stay tuned. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Beijing Festival Unveils Starry Jury for Deja-Vu Competition

27 March 2014 1:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong — The Beijing International Film festival has put together a festival of festivals-type competition selection with titles that have gathered awards at other events through the past year.

The line-up will be judged by a powerhouse jury to be headed by John Woo. He is joined by Irish director Jim Sheridan, India’s “3 Idiots” screenwriter, Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotti, leading Chinese director Lu Chuan and Sinofile French director, scriptwriter and producer Philippe Muyl.

The festival will kick off with a screening of Christophe Gans’ “Beauty And The Beast,” starring Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux.

Beijing, now in its fourth year, has been a jumping off point for high level East-West meetings. This year’s seminar of co-production will involve Oliver Stone, Alfonso Cuarón, director of Gravity; Christopher Dodd, president of the Motion Picture Association of America; Frederick Huntsberry, COO of Paramount Pictures; Russian director Timur Bekmambetov and Peter Ziering, »

- Patrick Frater

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Beijing Film Fest Confirms Chris Dodd, Alfonso Cuaron, Oliver Stone to Attend

26 March 2014 11:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Organizers of this year’s Beijing International Film Festival have lined up a range of top industry figures for the Chinese capital's top cinema event, including Paramount Pictures COO Frederick Huntsberry, Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron and Frozen producer Peter Del Vecho. Other attendees taking part in panel discussions at the fest, which runs from April 16-23, include Motion Picture Association of America president Christopher Dodd, directors Oliver Stone and Timur Bekmambetov and British producer Peter Ziering. French director Jean-Jacques Annaud, Taiwanese film scholar Peggy Chiao, Chinese director Xue Xiaolu and “two other guests of great influence” are yet to

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- Clifford Coonan

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‘Brotherhood of the Rose’ Plucked by ‘Mummy’ Producer (Exclusive)

25 March 2014 10:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sean Daniel and Jason F. Brown have acquired feature and TV rights to spy thriller “The Brotherhood of the Rose,” previously developed as a 1989 NBC miniseries.

Also producing are Stephen Michael, Eric Bromberg and Matthew Lindner through their newly minted Bare Knuckle Media partnership focused on development of literary properties.

Cliff Dorfman, whose credits include “Warrior” and “The Crow,” is in discussions to adapt.

The story centers on two orphans raised by a CIA operative to be assassins, only to become targets themselves. David Morrell’s novel was published in 1984, with the NBC mini following five years later and starring Robert Mitchum, Peter Strauss and Connie Sellecca (pictured above).

The project had been been in development at Warner Bros. in 2009 with Channing Tatum attached to star.

Daniel has produced over 30 films, including the “Mummy” franchise, “Tombstone,” “Dazed and Confused” and most recently “The Best Man Holiday.”

The Sean Daniel Co. »

- Dave McNary

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Bekmambetov to direct Yolki 1914

11 March 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Timur Bekmambetov’s first outing as a director since his Hollywood film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter sees him going back in time again to the beginning of the First World War at the end of 1914.

Yolki 1914 is the fourth instalment of Bekmambetov’s New Year hit comedy franchise Yolki, which his production-distribution company Bazelevs launched in 2010.

Bekmambetov directed the first Yolki (aka The Six Degrees Of Celebration), which took $26m at the box office in the Cis territories in 2010/11.

Since then, Bekmambetov has only served as the producer on the following two Yolki films.

The first sequel Yolki 2012 – which posted $30m at the Cis box office in 2011/12 – took place on New Year’s Eve in 11 cities from small regional towns to Saint Petersburg and Moscow, and was directed by Dmitry Kiselev, Alexander Kott, Oksana Bychkova and others.

Kiselev, Kott, Alexander Karpilovsky and Olga Kharina directed the episodes of the third film Yolki 2014 which was released on Dec »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Stalingrad | Review

26 February 2014 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Back in the U.S.S.R.: Bondarchuk’s Latest a Visual Feast and Narrative Folly

Arriving with a small coterie of distinctive firsts, actor/director Fedor Bondarchuk’s latest directorial effort happens to be the first Russian film to be presented in 3D (one would have assumed Timur Bekmambetov would have nabbed that distinction had he stayed in the motherland), as well as laying claim to number one at the Russian box office and nabbing the honor of being the Foreign Language submission for this year’s Academy Awards.

Digging deeper, Russian cineastes will recognize the famed Bondarchuk name—while Fedor has gone on to make a prolific name for himself as an actor turned director, he is the son of director Sergei Bondarchuk (War & Peace, 1966) and brother to actress Natalya Bondarchuk (star of Tarkovsky’s Solaris, 1972).

With such a rich history behind him, the decision to make »

- Nicholas Bell

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Vin Diesel Teases ‘The Last Witch Hunter’ With Concept Art

20 February 2014 7:00 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Some movies go from script to production to release with speed and ease. The Last Witch Hunter is not one of those movies. Originally announced back in early 2010 with Night Watch and Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov attached to direct, this fantasy adventure has been stewing in development hell since then – and is still waiting on a green light from Summit Entertainment.

In 2012, it was revealed that The Last Witch Hunter might have found the magic ingredient needed to get it cooking properly: Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) was said to be in talks for the lead role: an immortal witch hunter, who must track down a coven of witches ...

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Russians close Efm deals

17 February 2014 3:48 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

UK distributor Signature Entertainment’s acquisition of 3D animation feature The Snow Queen and its sequel was one of several deals signed at the Russian Cinema stand at this year’s European Film Market (Efm).

Signature will give a wide theatrical release to Wizart Animation’s sequel The Snow Queen 2: The Snow King in February 2015.

A UK TV and DVD premiere of the first film, produced by Timur Bekmambetov, will precede this in October 2014.

South Korea’s Cinema Republic has also picked up the sequel for a release in December 2014 after having taken more than $1.5m at the box office with the first film in 2013. Proficinema noted that Cinema Republic is planning a large scale merchandising and promotional drive to accompany the release.

Shooting Stars has also acquired all rights for the Middle East for The Snow Queen sequel and Sheep & Wolves for theatrical releases.

Leading Russian producer-distributor Bazelevs reported that its comedy Gorko! has interested »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Arri sells Little Ghost to Us/Canada

3 February 2014 4:39 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Arri Worldwide secures North American deal ahead of the Efm, where it will showcase two market premieres.

Arri Worldsales has sealed a North American deal ahead of this week’s European Film Market (Efm) with Vertical Entertainment for Alain Gsponer’s family film The Little Ghost.

Santa Monica-based Vertical acquired all Us and Canadian rights for the adaptation of Otfried Preussler’s internationally bestselling children’s classic, which has been sold to 24 countries worldwide to date.

Vertical Entertainment, which was launched last year by industry veterans Rich Goldberg and Mitch Budin, has previously released such family films as the animated feature Freedom Force and the Russian 3D animated film The Snow Queen. produced by Timur Bekmambetov.

Market premieres

Frederik Steiner’s award-winning Zurich (Und Morgen Mittag Bin Ich Tot) is one of two market premieres being presented by Arri Worldsales at the Efm in Berlin this week.

The film about a young woman suffering from cystic fibrosis »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Reznor & Ross Composing Gone Girl Soundtrack

21 January 2014 4:30 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Continuing the beautiful friendship that began with The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Trent Reznor has just revealed that he and Atticus Ross will be reteaming with director David Fincher on the forthcoming Gone Girl. Reznor broke the news on Twitter last night, as an aside to the announcement of a new Nine Inch Nails Ep. Monsieur, you are spoiling us!The Social Network's Oscar, and Golden Globes for both that and Dragon Tattoo, might have indicated a fulfilling new career path for Reznor, but this is the first soundtrack we've heard from him since the latter. There was a brief moment where he looked like he might collaborate with Timur Bekmambetov on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but it soon passed. There have been various short film projects since, but in terms of features he still seems solely interested in working for Fincher.Ross, meanwhile, »

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