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Schulman most recently spent eight years as president of Mandalay Pictures.
Her title has yet to be formalized, but she began work at the newly launched studio Monday and has already been reaching out to members of the creative community. She will report to president and chief content officer Oren Aviv.
Stx Entertainment was launched last year by producer Robert Simonds with the goal of fielding 12 to 15 films a year, with budgets ranging from $20 million to $80 million. Upcoming releases include the psychological thriller “The Gift” with Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton; “The Secret in Their Eyes,” a remake of the Oscar-winning Argentinian film of the same name to star Julia Roberts; and “The Free State of Jones,” an action-drama starring Matthew McConaughey.
Schulman, who won an Oscar for producing “Crash,” is tasked with putting together projects »
- Brent Lang
Amos most recently served as VP of distribution at alternative content company Fathom Events.
He previously spent nearly 30 years as a member of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s distribution team, including working as domestic distribution president from 2009 to 2013. At Sony, he worked on the releases of the James Bond, Spider-Man and Men in Black franchises.
Stx Entertainment is focused on mid-budget movies, the kind of pictures that major studios have opted out of in favor of costly comicbook movies and sequels. It plans to release between 12 and 15 major motion pictures annually beginning in 2016.
Stx Entertainment also announced that former Paramount and Weinstein Company exec Mark Mulcahy has been named VP of in-theater marketing, and Robert Springer will serve as VP of theatrical distribution and operations. Springer has previously worked at Paramount Pictures, »
- Brent Lang
Marketing has been a key selling point of Stx Entertainment.
The newly launched studio plans to break through the clutter and shoulder out more established players by selling its pictures in a more innovative fashion. To that end, it has announced a lineup of marketing executives. The quartet includes marketing and strategic communications veteran Terry Curtin, creative advertising and branding executive Keri Moore, media and marketing executive Amy Elkins, and global digital marketing executive Andrew Runyon. They will report to theatrical marketing president Jack Pan.
Marketing is clearly key for Stx founder Robert Simonds. He has tapped Oren Aviv, a former marketing exec at Disney and Fox, as president and chief content officer, as well as Adam Fogelson, the former Universal Pictures chief who rose through the marketing ranks, to oversee the film slate.
Stx Entertainment is focused on mid-budget movies, the kind of pictures that major studios have opted »
- Brent Lang
Stx Entertainment has added four executives to head up its marketing division in the run up to its first theatrical release, Joel Edgerton‘s “The Gift,” the company announced Tuesday. The new team includes veteran marketing experts Terry Curtin, Keri Moore, Amy Elkins and Andrew Runyon. The four will report to President of Marketing Jack Pan. “We have a very unique structure at Stx Entertainment that creates a collaborative and crucial dialogue both inside the marketing department, and between production and marketing,” Motion Picture Group President Oren Aviv said in a statement. “Identifying a film’s marketing strengths and opportunities as part of. »
- Linda Ge
Revisiting the work of the Australian actor, who stars as a mysterious bank manager in this week’s Lost River
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The striking crime thriller Animal Kingdom has been responsible for launching a range of Australian actors in Hollywood, from Jacki Weaver (who has since starred in Silver Linings Playbook, Stoker and Magic in the Moonlight) to Joel Edgerton (roles in Warrior, The Great Gatsby and Exodus: Gods and Kings followed).
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- Benjamin Lee
Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity, The Purge) has revealed three new posters for upcoming thriller The Gift, starring Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses 2), Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3) and Joel Edgerton (Exodus: Gods and Kings), who also makes his feature directorial debut with the film.
See Also: Watch the first trailer for The Gift
Simon (Bateman) and Robyn (Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Edgerton) at first, but after a seemingly coincidental series of encounters proves troubling, a horrifying secret from their past is uncovered after nearly 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones? »
- Scott J. Davis
Under the agreement, Universal will handle all marketing, sales and distribution services for the newly launched film and television studio’s Blu-ray, DVD, electronic sell-through and on-demand offerings.
Stx Entertainment has big ambitions to corner the market on mid-budget films. It plans to release between 12 and 15 major motion pictures a year beginning in 2016. The company has partnered with China’s Huayi Brothers to co-finance dozens of movies. By 2017, it plans to spend between $1 billion and $1.25 billion annually to make and market its movies.
“Universal has one of the most aggressive and inventive home entertainment teams in the industry,” said Fogelson in a statement. “Their philosophy of being platform agnostic »
- Brent Lang
Some 50 bloggers, writers and disc jockeys received a blast from the past this week in the form of creepy gifts.
From lamb chop puppets to a He-Man hat, the packages contained a note from a high school friend, “Gordo,” that referenced trips, obsessions, phobias or other personal trivia and tidbits. No, this was not a case of media stalking on a grand scale.
“We wanted to convey the cleverness and creepiness of the film itself,” said Oren Aviv, president and chief content officer of the motion picture group at Stx. “You have to create a sense of urgency and the more personalized the material, the more people will talk about it.”
The gifts arrived a day before the release of the first trailer for “The Gift,” the story of a couple »
- Brent Lang
Welcome back to Sos This Week, the weekly film news podcast wrapping up the week in news on the Sos Blog. Zach Dennis and Brian Welk are your hosts this week and every week. Take a look at our pilot episode, which also launched this week, and join us next Friday for more!
Disney planning live action Mulan film Mark Wahlberg to star in Patriot’s Day about Boston Marathon bombings Take a ride on The D Train and watch Sundance trailer starring Jack Black Joel Edgerton gets behind the directing chair for paranoid thriller The Gift
Note: Just hours after recording the podcast, news broke that Lifetime may now cancel the project altogether because news of »
- Brian Welk
A blast from the past keeps a close eye on a newly moved couple in The Gift, the directorial debut of Joel Edgerton, who also stars in the film alongside Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, as shown in the film's first trailer. We also have a look at a new promo for Salem Season 2 and two clips from Scream Factory's upcoming Blu-ray release of Deep in the Darkness.
The Gift: "Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? Even if you are unaware of how, or when, and even who you may have wronged....chances are there is someone out there who won't ever forget it...or you.
Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon's high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn't recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, »
- Derek Anderson
Read More: Joel Edgerton On Going From Small Scale 'Wish You Were Here' to 'Gatsby' and Why He's Happy With the Outcome of 'Jane Got a Gun' Despite On-Set Drama Mega-producer Jason Blum has dabbled in supernatural horror ("Insidious") and Academy Award-winning indies ("Whiplash"), and now he's setting his sights on the psychological-thriller in "The Gift." The film stars Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall as Simon and Robyn, a young married couple whose lives are upended when they run into one of Simon's high school acquaintances (Joel Edgerton). As the obsessive man invades the couple's lives, a dark secret will be revealed from the past that forces Robyn to confront just how well she knows the people around her. Marking the directorial debut of Edgerton, the Blumhouse Productions thriller will serve as chilling counterprogramming to summer blockbusters when it's released July 31. Read More: Digging Through the Blumhouse Movie Dump: What. »
- Zack Sharf
We all have a friend who's extremely giving, be it with their time, their patience, or even a gift here and there. But what happens when that generosity becomes awkward and out of place? That's what the trailer to The Gift explores, and you can enjoy the ice cold creepiness for yourself below. Stx Entertainment shared the trailer for the latest offering from thriller juggernaut Blumhouse Productions. What separates The Gift from any typical Blumhouse offering is the fact that co-star Joel Edgerton not only wrote the film's script, but he also took the director's chair for the first time in his career to bring it to the screen. The Gift is about a married couple (Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall) who become friends with Gordo (Edgerton,) a figure from the past of Bateman's character. At first, Gordo seems friendly enough. He drops by to have a chat and a »
Gordo's odd ways soon make Simon uncomfortable, but things turn violent when an argument breaks out between the pair.
It ultimately becomes clear that Gordo holds the key to hidden events from Simon's past that could undermine his marriage to Robyn (Rebecca Hall).
The Gift opens on July 31 in the Us. A UK release is yet to be set.
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Stx Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions have debuted the first trailer for new psychological thriller The Gift, which you can watch below…
Starring Exodus’ Joel Edgerton (who also writes and directs), Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) and Rebecca Hall (The Prestige), the film tells the story of young married couple whose life is going as planned until a chance encounter with a creepy acquaintance from Bateman’s character’s high school, sends their world into a tailspin.
The Gift is one of three big projects from the newly formed Stx, which started business last year, alongside Free State of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar), and The Secret in Their Eyes featuring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
The Gift opens in the Us on July 31st.
- Scott J. Davis
Simon (Bateman) and his wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are attempting to reinvigorate their marriage with a change of location. Their seemingly-idyllic life is sent into a tailspin when an estranged “friend” from Simon’s past turns up unannounced. Gordo “The Weirdo” (Edgerton) holds a horrifying secret from Simon’s bygone days and his increasingly unwanted presence in the couple’s life threatens to blow their world apart.
The film is a shift in tone for Bateman, who we’re more used to seeing as the relative straight man in comedies like Horrible Bosses and “Arrested Development,” or the voice of reason in This is Where I Leave You. This is also a new outlet for Edgerton who is no stranger in front of the camera. The Gift is Edgerton’s first »
- Rachel West
Is there ever a polite way to tell a creepy high school acquaintance that you never want to see him again? According to "The Gift," the answer is no -- and also, that acquaintance is probably far creepier than you ever imagined.
The thriller centers around married couple Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall), who randomly run into Simon's former classmate, Gordo (Joel Edgerton), and are soon barraged by expensive gifts left on their doorstep and multiple unannounced visits -- seemingly all while Robyn is home alone. Simon tries to sever the rekindled friendship, but unfortunately for him and Robyn, Gordo isn't going away without a fight (and kills their fish and throws a brick through their window, for good measure).
You know someone's in trouble in a movie when they actually say out loud, "I'm very happy," so obviously that means Simon is doomed. As Gordo reminds him menacingly, »
- Katie Roberts
Stx Entertainment just unveiled the trailer for its upcoming "The Gift" thriller, starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Joel Edgerton. Check it out below. Plot: Simon (Bateman) and Robyn (Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon's high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn't recognize Gordo (Edgerton) at first, but after a seemingly coincidental series of encounters proves troubling, a horrifying secret from their past is uncovered after nearly 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones? The new movie is directed by Joel Edgerton, the actor from such films as "The Great Gatsby," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Warrior." It's set to hit theaters on July 31st. »
Joel Edgerton is one of those great actors who crops up in movies, delivers a knockout performance, and still manages to fly under the radar of most of the public - if you haven't seen Warrior, rectify that immediately!! Now, he's stepping behind the camera for the first time, for a great looking psychological thriller called The Gift. The trailer does a great job of setting up the story, which Edgerton is also starring in, alongside Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall. There are some great sinister undertones to this and now, like Edgerton, it should be firmly on your radar. the Gift is out in late July. »
- email@example.com (Dave Higgins)
Demonstrating how quickly Jason Blum's Blumhouse operation moves, here's a trailer for The Gift, barely two months after most of the cast came aboard. Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall star alongside Joel Edgerton, who's also the writer, director and producer. Bateman and Hall play a married couple who decide to breathe some life into their stale relationship with a fresh start in a new town. But their move takes them into the orbit of Edgerton's Gordo, an apparent friend of Bateman's from the past whose arrival means unwelcome disruption. The film's working title was Weirdo...It's a change of tone for the more usually comedic Bateman, and a continuation of Edgerton's recent form wearing multiple hats. He was a writer and producer on Felony too, and last year's excellent The Rover was also based on an Edgerton screenplay. The Gift marks his feature debut behind the camera after a couple of shorts. »
The first trailer for The Gift was released on Wednesday, which marks the directorial debut of The Great Gatsby and Exodus star Joel Edgerton. The paranoid thriller also stars Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall.
Edgerton has been a solid actor for some time now with bit parts in multiple movies, both big and small, and this film looks like it has a lot going for it. From the trailer, it seems to be in the same vein as popular horror thrillers such as Insidious (and actually shares a producer with that movie) and could possibly work with a mass audience. Edgerton has only directed short films up to this point, but The Gift could be a step into bigger movies.
- Zach Dennis
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