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20 items from 2016


The Lrm Interview: Teresa Palmer on Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge

3 November 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

When filmmaker Mel Gibson decided to tell the World War II story of Desmond Doss, a brave soldier who saved 75 of his company at the battle of Hacksaw Ridge in Okinawa, Japan, he made the choice to return home to Australia to do it. In doing so, he also ended up hiring some of Australia’s finest talent, including Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths.

Another one of the film’s Australian cast is actress Teresa Palmer, who was able to break into Hollywood earlier in her career with roles in Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the young adult films I Am Number Four and Warm Bodies.

In Hacksaw Ridge, she plays Dorothy Schutte, the eventual wife of Andrew Garfield’s Desmond Doss. She’s a nurse Desmond meets and falls for, and whose work inspires him to go to war as a combat medic, while sticking to his »

- Edward Douglas

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IFC Films acquires 'The Bleeder'

13 September 2016 10:54 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Philippe Falardeau’s drama starring Liev Schreiber, Elisabeth Moss and Naomi Watts has gone to IFC Films in a Us deal in Toronto.

EuropaCorp sources confirmed they had acquired Us rights from CAA to Lone Scherfig’s rom-com Their Finest, which stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Clafin and Bill Nighy and premiered as a Gala Presentation.

Meanwhile Netflix continued to pursue Us and select international rights to Fabrice Du Welz’s Message From The King starring Chadwick Boseman, the Vanguard selection it has been stalking since the weekend.

Buyers were understood to be circling Onur Tukel’s black comedy Catfight starring Sandra Oh and Anne Heche and interest was coalescing around George Nolfi’s Birth Of The Dragon following its world premiere on Tuesday.

Earlier on Wednesday Music Box announced it had acquired Terence DaviesA Quiet Passion.

Returning to The Bleeder, IFC Films brokered the deal with UTA Independent Film Group in the wake of last weekend »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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IFC acquires 'The Bleeder'

13 September 2016 10:54 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Philippe Falardeau’s drama starring Liev Schreiber, Elisabeth Moss and Naomi Watts has gone to IFC Films in a Us deal in Toronto.

EuropaCorp sources confirmed they had acquired Us rights from CAA to Lone Scherfig’s rom-com Their Finest, which stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Clafin and Bill Nighy and premiered as a Gala Presentation.

Meanwhile Netflix continued to pursue Us and select international rights to Fabrice Du Welz’s Message From The King starring Chadwick Boseman, the Vanguard selection it has been stalking since the weekend.

Buyers were understood to be circling Onur Tukel’s black comedy Catfight starring Sandra Oh and Anne Heche and interest was coalescing around George Nolfi’s Birth Of The Dragon following its world premiere on Tuesday.

Earlier on Wednesday Music Box announced it had acquired Terence DaviesA Quiet Passion.

Returning to The Bleeder, IFC Films brokered the deal with UTA Independent Film Group in the wake of last weekend »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Message from the King | 2016 Toronto Int. Film Festival Review

11 September 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

To Live and Die in La: Du Welz Explores the Los Angeles Underbelly in Revenge Noir

Belgian auteur Fabrice Du Welz makes his English language debut with efficiently paced Los Angeles set neo-noir Message from the King, a brooding, gritty revenge flick geared as a throwback to American cinema of yesteryear, when the sleazy metropolis was a favored go-to for cinematic dens of iniquity.

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- Nicholas Bell

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Message from the King’

8 September 2016 7:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Whereas some filmmakers try to put humanity’s best foot forward, Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz finds hearts of darkness wherever he looks: an off-the-path country inn (“Calvaire”), the shadowy fringes of post-tsunami Thailand (“Vinyan”), the dark recesses of a homicidal couple’s dysfunctional romance (“Alleluia”). In “Message from the King,” Du Welz turns his lens on Los Angeles, and instead of palm trees and sunshine, he sees rainstorms and unsettled scores — inventions of “Unknown” screenwriters Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell, whose ugly and oddly unengaging revenge tale takes the trouble to name its otherwise identity-less vigilante, Jacob King (Chadwick Boseman), if only to justify a title far more stylish than anything it describes.

“The King” in this case is an ambiguous South African visitor — “I have no intention of working or staying,” he tells the customs officers at the U.S. border — who hides his unnervingly violent potential behind a stoically handsome expression. »

- Peter Debruge

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Guillaume Lirondiere joins Backup Media as COO

7 September 2016 10:34 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Paris-based company’s current slate includes Toronto titles Message From The King and Brimstone.

Guillaume Lirondiere has joined Backup Media as COO to spearhead production and finance at the Paris-based company.

Lirondiere served for six years as CFO and COO at Fidelite Films, working on the likes of Renoir and Enter The Void. He previously served as CFO at Paulo Branco’s Gemini Films/Alfama.

“Having such an experienced professional as Guillaume joining the team is a blessing while the group is entering a new phase of its growth,” commented founding partner Jean-Baptiste Babin.

Lirondiere added: “I am thrilled to join the Backup team whose financial skills and bold tastes I have always appreciated from one of their very first films, Cannes jury prize-winner Tropical Malady.”

Last year, Backup ended its French tax money business and will now focus on 10-15 international productions a year, with up to five to be fully financed. Their current »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Hottest Titles for Acquisition at the Toronto Film Festival

7 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While Toronto does not have an official market like Cannes and Berlin, industry execs use the Canadian festival to introduce new films to the global indie market that are not screening in the festival. Of course, many titles, including those in the Gala section, are looking for U.S. distribution as well.

All I See Is You

Director: Marc Forster

Key cast: Blake Lively, Jason Clarke

Logline: A blind woman and her loving husband seem to have the perfect relationship, until she gets an operation that enables her to see. (Tiff Special Presentation)

Sales: Wme (U.S.); Sierra Affinity (international)

The Bleeder

Director: Philippe Falardeau

Key cast:Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts

Logline: The true-life story of Chuck Wepner, a liquor salesman who went 15 rounds in the 1975 heavyweight world championship against Muhammad Ali. (Tiff Special Presentation)

Sales: UTA and Nu Image/Millennium Films (U.S.)/ Nu Image/Millennium Films (international)

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- Variety Staff

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‘Donnybrook’ Movie in the Works from ‘Dark Night’ Director

30 August 2016 1:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

David Lancaster’s Rumble Films has signed “Dark Night” writer/director Tim Sutton to adapt and direct the crime thriller “Donnybrook,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Dark Night,” which premiered at Sundance in January, will screen at the Venice Intl. Film Festival. The film focuses on the lives of six strangers intersecting at a suburban multiplex where a massacre occurs.

“Donnybrook,” the first novel from Frank Bill, follows two men as they try to get to the Donnybrook — a legendary backwoods bare knuckle brawl where the winner gets $100,000. Bill is the author of the short-story collection “Crimes in Southern Indiana.”

Sutton’s previous films include “Memphis” and “Pavilion.”

“I was knocked out when I read ‘Donnybrook,’ the most raw, out of control, nasty piece of business I have ever come across,” said Rumble Films topper David Lancaster. “It fits perfectly within the signature films that Tim has made culminating with the powerful ‘Dark Night. »

- Dave McNary

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Fangoria Podcast Network: “The Rants MacAbre” locates Small Town Horror!

29 August 2016 9:55 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

For this week’s episode of The Rants MacAbre, Darren & Mindy take a leisurely stroll through Small Town Horror! The demonic duo go through Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery before embarking into three macabre movies: Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man, Fraser C. Heston’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Needful Things, and Fabrice Du Welz’s Calvaire.   You can […] »

- Fangoria Staff

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Tiff 2016. Lineup

12 August 2016 12:52 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

A selection of films from the 2016 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has been unveiled, with films by Jim Jarmusch, Maren Ade, Tom Ford, Paul Verhoeven, Damien Chazelle, and many more.Opening NIGHTThe Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua)GALASDeepwater HorizonArrival (Denis Villeneuve)Deepwater Horizon (Peter Berg)The Headhunter's Calling (Mark Williams)The Journey Is the Destination (Bronwen Hughes)Jt + The Tennessee Kids (Jonathan Demme)Lbj (Rob Reiner)Lion (Garth Davis)Loving (Jeff Nichols)A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona)Planetarium (Rebecca Zlotowski)Queen of Katwe (Mira Nair)The Rolling Stones of Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America (Paul Dugdale)The Secret Scripture (Jim Sheridan)Snowden (Oliver Stone)Strange Weather (Katherine Dieckmann)Their Finest (Lone Scherfig)A United Kingdom (Amma Astante)Special PRESENTATIONSLa La LandThe Age of Shadows (Kim Jee-woon)All I See Is You (Marc Forster)American Honey (Andrea Arnold)American Pastoral (Ewan McGregor)Asura: The City of »

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Toronto 2016 Vanguard Announcement Led by Amirpour, Du Welz, and Nacho Vigalondo

9 August 2016 6:45 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Tiff's Vanguard Program(me) always features some of the most innovative filmmakers on the international scene. Ana Lily Amirpour is just that and her debut feature A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night made everyone sit up and ask what else she had. Her answer is the "savage dystopian cannibal fairy tale" The Bad Batch with one of the most eclectic casts of the year. Also premiering in Vanguard is Message From the King by Fabrice Du Welz about a missing girl in La, and the big American cast debut from everyone's pal Nacho Vigalondo, Colossal. Here's the full Vanguard list: The Bad Batch Ana Lily Amirpour, USA, North American Premiere A savage dystopian cannibal fairy tale set in a Texas wasteland where society's rejects are...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »

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Blair Witch, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire And More Round Out Tiff 2016 Lineup

9 August 2016 1:49 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

One month out from festival season getting underway in North America, organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival have detailed the offerings to be featured in both the Midnight Madness and documentary programs.

Kicking things off on September 8 is Antoine Fuqua’s modern redo of The Magnificent Seven, flanked by such Oscar favorites as Nate Parker’s Sundance hit The Birth of a Nation and Manchester By the Sea.

From there, Deadline has confirmed that the Midnight Madness section will play host to Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, welcoming the filmmaker back to Tiff following successful turns with High-Rise and A Field in England. There’s also room for Colm McCarthy’s apocalyptic drama The Girl With All The GiftsPaul Schrader’s mob thriller Dog Eat Dog (see today’s all-new trailer), the stealth release of Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch sequel, along with the world premiere of André Øvredal »

- Michael Briers

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Toronto next wave includes 'Free Fire', 'Blair Witch', DiCaprio doc

9 August 2016 7:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The third cascade of world premieres in 15 days flowed from the headquarters of the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday as programmers revealed their Midnight Madness, Tiff Docs, Vanguard, Tiff Cinematheque and Short Cuts selections.

This week’s offering includes Ben Wheatley’s all-star gangster thriller Free Fire, which opens Midnight Madness one year after the premiere of the British auteur’s High-Rise; fast-rising Chadwick Boseman in revenge thriller Message From The King in Vanguard and a Tiff Docs strand that features climate change documentary The Turning Point, featuring and produced by Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio.

The 41st Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 to 18.

Wp = world premiere, IP = international premiere, Nap = North American premiere, Cp = Canadian premiere, Tp = Toronto premiere.

Midnight Madness

Ben Wheatley’s all-star gunfight Free Fire starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Cillian Murphy will open the section, which includes Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Rats, Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch, André Øvredal’s [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Daily | Toronto 2016 Lineup, Round 3

9 August 2016 7:54 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Following the announcements of titles slated for the Gala and Special Presentations and a slew of Canadian features and shorts, the Toronto International Film Festival unleashes its lineups for the Tiff Docs, Midnight Madness, Vanguard, Tiff Cinematheque and Short Cuts programs. This big round includes new work by Errol Morris, Steve James, Jim Jarmusch, Raoul Peck, Werner Herzog, Paul Schrader, Ana Lily Amirpour, Fabrice Du Welz and many more. Plus revivals of films by Julie Dash, Pere Portabella, Olivier Assayas, Agnès Varda, Marlon Brando, Guillermo del Toro, Jonathan Demme, Gillo Pontecorvo and Tian Zhuangzhuang. » - David Hudson »

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Tiff Rounds Out Slate With ‘Blair Witch,’ ‘Free Fire,’ ‘The Bad Batch’ and Many More

9 August 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Toronto International Film Festival has nearly completed its slate announcement this year — expect a few stragglers to be announced in the coming days, but this is about the size of it — rounding out its lineup with today’s announcement of its Docs, Midnight Madness, Vanguard and Tiff Cinematheque picks. And what a group this is, including plenty of returning favorites and some very exciting new names.

Tiff’s Docs section features a collection of works from award-winning directors including Steve James, Raoul Peck, Errol Morris and Werner Herzog. Leonardo DiCaprio even pops up for a “rousing call to action on climate change” in “The Turning Point,” made in collaboration with Academy Award winner Fisher Stevens and already picked up by National Geographic.

Read More: Tiff Reveals First Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Magnificent Seven,’ ‘American Honey,’ ‘La La Land’ and ‘Birth of A Nation’

The beloved Midnight Madness section offers »

- Kate Erbland

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Cannes: who's in the running?

21 March 2016 2:39 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen rounds up the films from across the globe that could launch at Cannes…

With less than a month to go until the Cannes Film Festival announces its line-up at its annual Paris press conference on April 14, Screen looks at what could make it into Official Selection and the parallel sections of Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week.

UK and Ireland

The UK could have one of its strongest Cannes for years with hot favourites for a competition slot including Andrea Arnold’s Shia Labeouf-starring Us road movie American Honey and Ken Loach’s gritty Northern England-set drama I, Daniel Blake. It would be Loach’s 12th time in competition.

Ben Wheatley is also reportedly gunning for an Official Selection slot for his 1970s Boston-set, gangland thriller Free Fire, potentially Out of Competition or in Midnight Screenings. He was last in Cannes with Sightseers in Directors’ Fortnight.

Other UK hopefuls include Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins and Indian »

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eOne boards Laurel and Hardy biopic 'Stan & Ollie'

17 February 2016 5:52 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Steve Coogan and John C Reilly to play the classic comedy duo.

Entertainment One (eOne) is to co-finance with BBC Films, Fable Pictures’ Stan & Ollie, starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly.

eOne will handle sales and distribute in its territories.

Written by Jeff Pope (Philomena), the biopic of legendary comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy will be directed by Jon S. Baird (Filth) and produced by Faye Ward’s Fable Pictures, in association with eOne Features and BBC Films.

The film centres on much-loved comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, who made more than 100 films together, as they set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953.

The official synopsis says: “Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As they set out, crisscrossing the country, attendances are disappointingly low. But they’ve always been able to make each other laugh and »

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

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The Ink Factory: the story behind 'The Night Manager'

16 February 2016 1:32 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Ahead of its Berlinale debut, Screen talked to the producers behind the buzzed-about John le Carré adaptation, which cost $5m per episode.

With a budget and creative team that most film producers can only dream of, it’s easy to see why Susanne Bier’s The Night Manager is among the most anticipated projects to screen at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. 

It’s a sign of the times, however, that the project isn’t a feature screening in main competition but in fact a six-part TV series whose first two episodes are showing in the glittering TV strand Berlinale Special Series.

The BBC-amc co-commission combines acclaimed source material from iconic spy novelist John le Carré, Oscar-winning director Bier, a cast including Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Debicki, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman and Tom Hollander, and in-demand screenwriter David Farr.

At $30m, The Night Manager has a budget bigger than any film playing at this year’s »

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

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Best of Fest: Sundance 2016’s Top 10 New Faces

5 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Yesterday, Nicholas Bell and I issued our Top 10 New Voices, and now we launch into our New Faces. They range in age, amount of screen time, and in this year’s batch of New Faces made memorable turns in supporting or principle character roles. Narrowly breaking into our top ten list we have names such as Sand Storm‘s Lammis Ammar and Spa Night‘s Haerry Kim. Here is our top ten countdown.

#10. Royalty HightowerThe Fits.

Move over Creed. The youngest featured actress to be profiled in our ten set was embraced in Park City as the next “it” personality and for good reason. In Anna Rose Holmer’s debut, Royalty Hightower’s Toni has a lot of volume – she physically inhabits a character who is at odds with her burgeoning teenagehood (a transition that is not always welcomed) in a performance that empathically comes across as non-actingly natural. »

- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers

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UniFrance Unveils Lineup Of Nicolas Refn-Presided MyFrenchFilmFestival

17 January 2016 3:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

UniFrance has upped the ante for the sixth edition of its online festival MyFrenchFilmFestival, expanding the fest’s global reach with more partners and movies.

The prestigious launch was hosted at the Eiffel Tower before a crowd of filmmakers, actors, French industryites and international journos.

In attendance was Danish helmer Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive,” “Only God Forgives”), who is presiding the filmmakers jury, along with his fellow members Marjane Satrapi (“Persepolis”), Felix Van Groeningen (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”), David Robert Mitchell (“It Follows”) and Valérie Donzelli (“Marguerite and Julien”).

“My FrenchFilmFestival gives young people the opportunity to see the films and understand film is a futuristic language,” said Refn on stage.

Aiming to editorialize the film offer and help viewers navigate through the array of movies, UniFrance broke it down by theme: French Kiss, In your Face, Paris Comedies and Crime Scene.

The competition roster is made up of Jérôme Bonnell »

- Elsa Keslassy

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