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Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired the worldwide rights to the documentary “Prescription Thugs,” a chronicle of the legal prescription drug business in America, the company announced Wednesday. Chris Bell, whose 2008 doc “Bigger Stronger Faster” looked at competition bodybuilding, co-directed the film with Josh Alexander and Greg Young; Alexander also scripted, while Young edited. The film is executive produced by Vince Vaughn, Joel Cheatwood and Peter Billingsley, and premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Also Read: 'Franny' Starring Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning, Theo James Sells to Samuel Goldwyn Films In “Prescription Thugs,” Bell sets out to investigate pharmaceutical companies and doctors, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
German distributor Splendid Films has gone big in Cannes this year, picking up four buzz titles in a pre-buy spending spree. Splendid acquired German rights for Liam Neeson-starrer A Willing Patriot from Sierra/Affinity, Precious Cargo starring Bruce Willis from Highland, Annapurna's 20th Century Women featuring Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig and Dakota Fanning, and, from Snd, What Happened to Monday, Tommy Wirkola's sci-fi feature starring Noomi Rapace and Glenn Close. “We were very aggressive this year – we closed most of the deals before the market started, we went in early and made our decisions quickly,” Andreas
- Georg Szalai
A slow burn mystery in which the secrets aren’t so much about the crimes it explores but truths of women’s emotional lives that are too often ignored. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Mere weeks after two teenaged girls are released after seven years in juvenile detention for the horrific kidnap and killing of a baby, another little girl — one who bears a striking resemblance to the dead child — goes missing. Did they commit another murder? (Did they even both commit the first crime? Each is still placing all the blame entirely on the other.) Or does their small upstate New York town merely want this new kidnapping to be their doing?
- MaryAnn Johanson
When Carlos Reygadas’ debut “Japon” burst onto the scene in 2002, it heralded a new generation of bold Mexican filmmakers who racked up awards at key film festivals with ease. Reygadas and his protégé Amat Escalante won the director prize at Cannes in 2012 and 2013, respectively: Reygadas for his polarizing “Post Tenebras Lux” and Escalante for “Heli.”
Since last year, a second wave of Mexican cineastes has emerged, some of whom straddle both auteur and mainstream genres. In contrast to the high-art, radical or minimalist features that have characterized much of the early New Mexican Cinema, these filmmakers are exploring both worlds.
Some credit goes to the relatively new fiscal incentive Eficine 189, which has spurred private investment in film. “Eficine has allowed for more options in general and for more options to try different formats,” says Pablo Cruz of Canana, which lead-produced this year’s Un Certain Regard entry “The Chosen Ones” (Las Elegidas, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
The crime happened in a place called Orangetown, yet in its aftermath, the town was shaded with grey. An infant rocking in her stroller outside on a balmy day was snatched, randomly. The culprits were two pre-teen girls who then tried to raise the child in secret. The baby was the granddaughter of the town’s first African-American judge. The young thieves didn’t last long and authorities promptly arrested them. However, mere weeks after the suspects – the heavy-set Alice (Danielle Macdonald) and the introverted Ronnie (Dakota Fanning) – are both 18 and out of juvenile detention, a toddler that is a near mirror image of the infant snatched years earlier disappears.
This is the set-up for Every Secret Thing, an adaptation from Laura Lippmann’s 2004 paperback bestseller. The mystery is notable for boasting a terrific collection of actresses in front of the camera – many of whom play autonomous, intriguing, flawed women – and behind the scenes. »
- Jordan Adler
Cannes – Marvel Comics changed the face of Hollywood. Can legendary L.A. graphic novel publisher Humanoids now do something of the same for Europe?
Driving into international English-language live-action genre with American or international cast via a three-pic deal with Paris-based Full House, set up by former Wild Bunch and Films Distribution execs, the sweep of its ambition, France’s biggest genre push since Luc Besson, is fast becoming clear.
The slate takes in production pacemakers such as Spain’s Apaches Ent., behind Juan Antonio Bayona’s “The Impossible” and Liam Neeson-starrer “A Monster Calls,” as well as L.A. based Muse, producer of “Spring Breakers” and now “London Fields” with Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
Outside Full House, Humanoids — whose movie production is headed by CEO Fabrice Giger and Pierre Spengler, producer of Ilya Salkind’s “Superman” trilogy, announced April 20 a multipic production deal with China’s Jetavana, »
- John Hopewell
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Every Secret Thing," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.] Gillian Flynn fans will probably want to check out this exclusive clip from "Every Secret Thing," the film from director Amy Berg ("Deliver Us From Evil"). Based on the novel by Laura Lippman, the film follows two girls who were put away in juvenile detention for the murder of an infant child, and the police investigation that focuses on them when more children start to go missing after their release. Elizabeth Banks ("The Lego Movie," "The Hunger Games") stars as the detective in charge of the investigation, alongside Dakota Fanning ("I Am Sam," "Coraline") and Danielle MacDonald ("The East") as the teenaged suspects. »
- Becca Nadler
Written by Michael Golamco (Grimm), the film will see Fanning playing “a brilliant young woman with autism who escapes her care home and embarks on a road trip of a lifetime: to enter her script into a Hollywood competition.” Hunt will play her caregiver, with Eve as her sister.
- Scott J. Davis
Title: Every Secret Thing Director: Amy Berg Starring: Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane, Dakota Fanning, Nate Parker and Danielle Macdonald Emotional scars and memories not only reflect your past and how your experiences have shaped your beliefs, but can also haunt you and prevent you from moving forward in your life. Your determined journey to redemption, so that you can finally take control of your future and move forward past your harrowing recollections, is the powerful theme in the new crime drama, ‘Every Secret Thing.’ The movie, which marks the narrative feature film directorial debut of filmmaker Amy Berg, and is set to be released in theaters and on VOD and [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Baby Blues: Berg’s Troubled and Troubling Feature Debut
Treated to a chilly reception following its premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival last spring, the feature debut of documentarian Amy Berg will see a theatrical release amidst the encroaching fanfare of her next highly provocative doc concerning teen sex rings in Hollywood, An Open Secret, hitting theaters only a few weeks later. The timing is certainly convenient for Every Secret Thing, perhaps a move to overshadow the critiques of her latest, as Berg seems noticeably less comfortable in the realm of narrative storytelling, especially if you’ve seen her hailed work on Deliver Us From Evil and West Memphis Three, now part of a growing body of work haunted by the specter of sexual transgressions involving preadolescents. This latest is based on a novel by Laura Lippman, a mystery writer who began as a journalist, which seems an inspired »
- Nicholas Bell
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Still Alice (Oscar-winning drama; Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart; rated PG-13) Every Secret Thing (thriller-mystery; Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane, Dakota Fanning; premieres 5/15 on cable Mod and in theaters; rated R) Slow West (Western thriller; Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee; premieres 5/15 on cable Mod and in theaters; rated R) Streaming/Digital Download: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD may cost...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
“Some things are easier if you can sleep through them," sleepyhead Dakota Fanning tells Elizabeth Banks's weary detective in what probably amounts to the mission statement posted outside the production trailer for Every Secret Thing. An excellent cast is directed by Amy Berg to project all the colors of the emotional rainbow from vacant dissociation to slight anxiety; hitched to Berg's equally colorless assemblage of talking-heads photography and a Lifetime-grade script about kidnapped babies, the result is a cheerless and nonsensical thriller following two young women who, as children, stole a baby from a front porch for absolutely no discernible reason. After serving seven years in juvenile detention, Alice (Danielle Macdonald), an overweight intr »
Cannes doesn’t officially start till tomorrow, but the news is coming in quick and fast already! The first big news to come out of the glitz and glamour is that music video turned feature film director Floria Sigismondi has signed up to direct The Delivery Man.
Sigismondi, known for directing music videos for artists such as Muse, David Bowie and Marilyn Manson, made her feature film debut helming the The Runaways, the 1970s rock band biopic starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. But Sigismondi will steer very clear from her music background with The Delivery Man.
Adapted from Joe McGinniss Jr’s debut novel, The Delivery Man tells the story of three childhood friends who have been negatively affected by their years growing up Las Vegas. The novel follows Chase, who goes from having a promising art career to becoming a ‘delivery man’ for his escort friend Michele. »
- Lucy Cave
Highland Film Group is financing and launching international sales at Cannes. Be True Productions’ John Domo (“Big Fish”) and Braxton Pope (“The Trust) will produce, with Highland Film Group’s Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier executive producing alongside Molly Hassell.
“The Delivery Man,” published in 2008, is set against the surreal excess of Las Vegas – and the artificial suburbs, gated communities, and freeways that surround it. The novel centers on a young man who, after attending college in New York, returns to Vegas and is drawn into the lucrative but dangerous world of a teenage call-girl service with his childhood friend, a Salvadoran immigrant.
The novel was first optioned by Thom Mount in 2007. McGinness is the son of the late journalist Joe McGinness.
- Dave McNary
From finished films in competition to big packages on the horizon, here’s the hottest titles from around the world up for grabs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Director: Marc Forster
Film centers on a blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.
Director: Andrea Arnold
Key cast: Shia Labeouf
A runaway teenager gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending and young love.
Sales: Protagonist Pictures
Director: Ewan McGregor
- Variety Staff
On Demand DVD New Releases May 11-17 Every Secret Thing This psychological thriller tells the story of two teens suspected of abducting a child and the detective racing to prevent history from repeating itself. Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning (R, 1:33) 5/15 Same day as theatrical release John Wick When sadistic thugs attack John Wick, a brilliant ex-assassin, he hunts them down with the skill and ruthlessness that made him an underworld legend. Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe (R, 1:41) 5/12 Donde sea disponible en Sap, 2-Day rental Slow West Mysterious Silas helps a young man cross the American frontier to … Continue reading →
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- Meredith Ennis
Plot: Following their eighteenth birthdays, two girls, Ronnie (Dakota Fanning) and Alice (Danielle Macdonald) are released back into the community, having been sent to juvenile hall for the kidnapping and murder of an infant. Now pariahs, the two find themselves as the primary suspects when another baby goes missing, and it's up to the detective (Elizabeth Banks) who previously caught them to determine whether the girls are innocent or not. Review: Every Secret Thing is another one of »
- Chris Bumbray
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The internet went wild last year when Dakota Fanning stepped out at the New York Knicks game with her super hot dad, Stephen Fanning. While we were certainly impressed by her father's good looks, the "Franny" star reacted to all the buzz just like any other 21-year-old would ... with embarrassment! "No one wants to hear their dad called anything but Dad ... hot, nothing like that," she told toofab's Anna Kachikyan at Nylon Magazine's Young Hollywood Issue Party Presented by BCBGeneration on Thursday night. "People were sending my dad texts and emails about it, and he just laughed. We were all laughing about it. Good genes aside, it seems Dakota's dad also has taught his famous daughter how to successfully transition from child star to leading lady. It's been 14 years since the pint-sized star stole our hearts in "I Am Sam," but now, she finally has come to terms with her past. »
- tooFab Staff
In Amy Berg’s 2006 Oscar-nominated documentary Deliver Us From Evil, Berg shined the light on the Catholic church and a specific priest in order to call attention to acts of child abuse, molestation and rape. Now Berg is directing her camera at a different institution perpetrating similar acts under the radar: the film industry.
In the trailer for An Open Secret, Berg conducts an in-depth investigation into acts of teenagers being sexually abused within the film industry as they strive for fame. Reviews from when the film premiered at Doc NYC fest in November 2014 say that Berg shows great focus and only highlights those accusers willing to speak on camera, acknowledging that this problem is just “the tip of the iceberg”.
- Brian Welk
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