15 items from 2016
Last week, we got two big Oscar friendly Trailers. The one I’m going to be talking about today is Loving, coming to us from filmmaker Jeff Nichols. He’s a writer/director who has been growing in stature the last few years, though this is his first overt play at awards. From the look of Loving, it’s a true life civil rights drama/biopic that should have real appeal across the board, and undoubtedly will be of interest to the Academy and its voters. Reviews were very strong out of the Cannes Film Festival and this Trailer debut was excellent as well. You’ll see it below, but first…let’s discuss it a bit. The film is a biopic of the Loving family, Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred (Ruth Negga). An interracial couple living in the south in the 1950’s, they run into even more bigotry when they decide to get married. »
- Joey Magidson
A few months ago we brought you the first clip for writer-director Jeff Nichols’ upcoming drama Loving starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga [check it out here]. Now after months of teasing film fans with an image [here] and a poster [here], Focus Features has officially released a trailer for the film, which also stars Michael Shannon (a popular collaborator of Nichols), Marton Csokas, Bill Camp, Nick Kroll, Terri Abney, Alano Miller, and Jon Bass. Watch it below…
Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed in the film by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who fell in love and were married in 1958.
The couple had grown up in Central Point, a small town in Virginia that was more integrated than surrounding areas in the American South. Yet it was the state of Virginia, where they were making their home and starting a family, that first jailed and then banished them. »
- Matthew Lee
Focus Features has released the first trailer for the highly anticipated equality drama "Loving". "Take Shelter" and "Midnight Special" writer/director Jeff Nichols helms the film which follows Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial American couple who married in June 1958.
The pair were arrested, thrown into jail, and exiled. For the next nine years, the couple fought for their marriage and the right to return home as a family. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga play the couple, while Michael Shannon, Nick Kroll, Marton Csokas, Jon Bass and Bill Camp have supporting roles.
The film premiered at Cannes to solid reviews and will open in cinemas on November 4th.
- Garth Franklin
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Shameless scribe, Latoya Morgan, late of Turn: Washington's Spies, has signed on to pen the second season of the Into the Badlands TV show on AMC. According to Deadline, Morgan has inked a two-year overall deal with AMC, to work on existing shows and develop new series. Morgan previously wrote for the Complications TV series, which was cancelled after one season on USA Network.
The Into the Badlands TV series cast includes: Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, Ally Ioannides, Marton Csokas, and Benjamin Papac. The second season of this futuristic marital arts drama, created by Al Gough and Miles Millar, should premiere on AMC in 2017.
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Exclusive: President Tannaz Anisi and her team have returned from the Croisette following a slew of deals on two of the company’s prestige titles.
Los Angeles-based 13 Films has sold action title Extortion starring Barkhad Abdi, Eion Baily and Danny Glover to Ascot Elite Entertainment for Germany, Signature Entertainment for the UK and Interfilm Co. for Japan.
Further deals closed in Spain (Corbi Media), Greece, Indonesia and Turkey (Tanweer), Portugal (Nos Lusomundo), China (DDDream), South Korea (Sookie Pictures), and the Philippines (Ocotarts).
The film is in the final stages of post and made its market screening debut in Cannes. Phil Volken directs Extortion from his screenplay about a vacationing doctor who must find his kidnapped family after they are stranded on an island. Bethany Joy Lenz also stars.
The story about a journalist »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Eric Bross is directing from a script by Tom Cudworth. Producers are School Pictures’ Stephen Israel (“Swimming With Sharks”) and George Voskericyan (“Helicopter Mom”) of American Film Productions. Shooting starts this month in Norfolk, Va.
13 Films has international rights to the project, which was introduced to buyers in Cannes.
“Public Affairs” follows a young campaign aide who sleeps with a presidential candidate’s wife — a mistake that sends him into a downward spiral of corruption and blackmail. He is left fighting not only for his career, but also his life.
- Dave McNary
Focus Features has released the first official poster from the upcoming equality drama "Loving" from filmmaker Jeff Nichols ("Mud," "Midnight Special," "Take Shelter"). Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga star in the film which has just had its world premiere In Competition at the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival.
First reviews have proven a mixed bag - the film being praised and scolded for its subtlety and "low-key respectability". Reviews suggest it's wonderfully performed and has a welcome matter-of-fact manner, but is undercut by its "dramatic inertness" says The Wrap, while Variety calls it: "too damn polite".
The story centers on an interracial couple who married in June 1958. They were arrested, thrown into jail, and exiled from the state. For the next nine years, the couple fought for their marriage and the right to return home as a family. Michael Shannon, Nick Kroll, Marton Csokas, Jon Bass and Bill Camp also star »
- Garth Franklin
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The world is going Into the Badlands. Earlier this month, AMC renewed the Into the Badlands TV series for a second season. Now, the marital arts drama is going global, thanks to a licensing deal with eOne. Variety reports that the deal will bring Into the Badlands to more than 260 territories.
A futuristic drama, set in a feudal society, Into the Badlands stars: Daniel Wu, Marton Csokas, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, and Alexia Ioannides.
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As the season finale of “The Walking Dead” fast approaches, the new season of prequel show “Fear the Walking Dead” held its Los Angeles premiere on Tuesday night, followed by a party on a boat in Marina del Rey harbor. Why a boat? Because in season two, “Fear Twd” departs Los Angeles and heads for open water when the core cast boards a yacht called the Abigail owned by the mysterious Strand (Colman Domingo).
Tying into the show’s new shooting location in Mexico, the post-screening menu included tacos, salsa and margaritas. The Entertainer yacht was decked out with white couches, bars and bar stools. A deejay on the second floor of the yacht spun R&B, hip-hop and rap while cast members Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Alycia Debnam Carey, Frank Dillane, Mercedes Mason, Ruben Blades, Lorenzo James Henrie, Domingo and friends gathered in a lounge in the bow of the ship. »
- Diane Gordon
The drama will return for a 10-episode second season that is slated to premiere on AMC in 2017.
The show delivered the third highest-rated first season in U.S. cable TV history, averaging 5.6 million viewers per episode.
“With its deep dive into authentic martial arts, the visually stunning ‘Into the Badlands’ proved to be unlike anything else on television,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Co-creators and showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar, along with a talented team of producers, cast and crew, brought us an artfully crafted series. We’re eager to return to the world of barons and blades and spend even more time with these compelling and evolving characters across an expanded second season.”
“We can’t imagine any other network bold enough to embrace a show like this, »
- Laura Prudom
Exclusive: The sales agent has come on board to handle international rights excluding Greece to the romantic drama starring J.K Simmons.
Worlds Apart will get is market premiere in Berlin and comprises three romantic tales, each between a foreigner and a local, that weave together against the backdrop of the financial crisis ravaging southern Europe.
The 13 Films slate includes The Archbishop And The Antichrist starring Forrest Whittaker and Vince Vaughn to be directed by Roland Joffé, and thriller A Patch Of Fog starring Stephen Graham and Conleth Hill that premiered in Toronto.
The company is also selling supernatural thriller Voice From The Stone starring Emilia Clarke and Marton Csokas in post, action title Extortion with Eion Bailey, Barkhad Abdi and Danny Glover, and the comedy Chronically Metropolitan starring Chris Noth, Mary-Louise Parker, [link »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
2015 was a successful year regarding the quantity and quality of foreign productions shot in Poland. At the beginning of the year, Anne Fontaine (“Coco Before Chanel,” “Perfect Mothers”) filmed a French-Polish co-production “Agnus Dei” in Warmia, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The film features Polish and French actresses among others Lou de Laage, Agata Kulesza, Agata Buzek and Joanna Kulig.
In the spring, the crew of a Polish-German-French-Belgian co-production about the life of Maria Sklodowska-Curie (dir. Marie Noelle) spent 20 days on the set in among others Lodz, Leba and Krakow. The cast is international, and the film is made in French. The Polish Nobelist is portrayed by Karolina Gruszka (“Oxygen”).
The summer brought about increased activity of German producers. A Zdf TV show, “Ein Sommer in…” was filmed in two resort towns in the north-eastern Poland – Mikolajki and Mragowo. Ard and Tvp collaborated on the set of "Polizeiruf 110" ("Police Call 110"), which was filmed in July and August among others in a Polish border-town – Swiecko. Also in July began the shooting of a new part of detective TV series "Der Usedom-Krimi" filmed on both the Polish and German side of the Usedom island.
However, a true influx of foreign productions took place in the autumn. American-Polish thriller “Chronology” was filmed in Poznan. The cast includes William Baldwin (TV series "Gossip Girl," "Adrift in Manhattan") and Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk till Dawn”).
The Goetz Palace in Brzesk, in Malopolska hosted filmmakers from India who for six days were shooting “Fitoor,” an Indian adaptation of Dickens's “Great Expectations.” The crew consisted of over 40 Indians and almost 80 Poles. Another crew from India – this time from the so-called Kollywood in the south of the country – spent twenty days on the set in various Polish locations (among others Zakopane, Walbrzych, Krakow, Leba). The film titled “24” features Surya, a Tamil superstar, in the main role.
The autumn months were also very intensive in Lodz with three simultaneous big film sets. Andrzej Wajda (“The Promised Land,” “Walesa. Man of Hope”) worked on his new film “Powidoki”; Opus Film, the producer of “Ida”, organized for an Israeli partner eleven-day shoot to a film set in 1970s – “Past Life,” directed by Avi Nesher; and American director Martha Coolidge (“The Prince and Me,” TV shows “Sex and the City,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Weeds”) filmed her project “Music, War and Love,” whose producer is among others Fred Roos known from such films as “Apocalypse Now,” “The Godfather” or “Lost in Translation.” The picture features Adelaide Clemens (“The Great Gatsby”), Connie Nielsen (“Gladiator”), Toby Sebastian (“Game of Thrones”) and Stellan Skarsgård (“Nymphomaniac”).
The end of the year was also very successful for Malopolska and Krakow. Two movies were filmed in the region – an American-British biography of Martin Luther commissioned by PBS with Padraic Delaney (“The Wind that Shakes the Barley,” “The Tudors”) in the main role; and a feature titled “True Crimes” starring two-time winner of a Golden Globe – Jim Carrey (“The Truman Show,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Mask”) as the protagonist. The crew spent 32 days on the set in Krakow. The picture was directed by Greek Alexandros Avranas (“Miss Violence”), written by Jeremy Brock (“Brideshead Revisited,” “The Last King of Scotland”), and produced by Brett Ratner (“X-Men 3: the Last Stand,” TV series “Rush Hour”). Accompanying Jim Carrey were Charlotte Gainsbourg (“Nymphomaniac,” “Antichrist”); Marton Csokas (“The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and Polish actors Agata Kulesza (“Ida”) and Robert Wieckiewicz (“Walesa. Man of Hope”).
The first information about productions planned for 2016 has already been released. In January, Krakow will host the crew of French black comedy “Grand Froid,” Gérard Pautonnier's debut featuring Jean-Pierre Bacri (“The Taste of Others,” “Let It Rain”), Olivier Gourmet (“Rosetta,” “The Son”) and Arthur Dupond (“Bus Palladium”). The project won the first edition of the Krakow International Film Fund. »
- Sydney Levine
Vulture talked to AMC and Sundance TV's President and Gm Charlie Collier, and their President of Original Programming and Development, Joel Stillerman, about a number of AMC programs. From the 75 minute conversation came promising news for the Into the Badlands TV series.
While the duo did not announce Into the Badlands has been renewed for a second season, Collier said AMC feels very good about the show, which stars Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Aramis Knight, and Marton Csokas.Read More… »
Director: Alexandros Avranas
Writer: Jeremy Brock
One of the most exciting directorial debuts out of 2013 was Alexandros Avranas‘ Miss Violence, a domestic drama lumped into the growing Greek Weird Wave movement. Initially, Avranas announced another Greek language project with returning cast members of his first film, but instead he’s inherited this Us-Polish co-production, True Crimes, concerning the murder investigation of a slain businessman and based on a 2008 New Yorker article by David Grann. A couple years ago, this was a property announced for Roman Polanski and set to star Christoph Waltz—however, Polanski’s weathered several delays in his other developing project, The Dreyfuss Affair, explaining why it’s navigated elsewhere. We’re curious to see what Avranas does with the thriller, considering it stars Jim Carrey, whose serious minded efforts can be hit or miss. Supporting cast mates like Gainsbourg, Kaurismaki regular Kati Outinen, and character »
- Nicholas Bell
AMC has released the whole first series of its Into the Badlands comics, which serve as a prequel for the first season of the Into the Badlands TV series. Featuring the art of Steve Ellis (who drew prequel comics for Breaking Bad and its spin-off prequel, Better Call Saul), the Into the Badlands comics are written by TV series writers Matt Okumura and Justin Doble.
Set centuries in the future, in the feudal society, the Badlands, the Into the Badlands cast includes: Daniel Wu, Marton Csokas, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, and Alexia Ioannides.
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15 items from 2016
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