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The Weinstein Company’s experimental strategy behind Snowpiercer—which debuted VOD two weeks after opening in U.S. theaters—is still being debated, but TWC is quickly revisiting unconventional release models for One Chance, director David Frankel’s movie about Britain’s Got Talent’s unlikely opera singer Paul Potts.
The film, which stars James Corden (Begin Again) as the unassuming young man who became a YouTube sensation when he wowed Simon Cowell on British television, is scheduled to arrive in theaters this fall. But for 10 days before it opens, it will be available exclusively for free on Yahoo Screen. »
- Jeff Labrecque
On the night of June 9th 2007, a new television reality show called ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ went on air in the UK. On its first ever broadcast, a shy, unassuming man opened his mouth to sing the famous operatic aria ‘Nessun Dorma’, delivering a beautiful, stirring rendition that would change his life from that moment forward.
Swept up in the contagious emotion of Giacomo Puccini’s stunning aria, and the unlikely figure with crooked teeth and diluted confidence who had crooned it for them, the show’s three judges – Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan – stared in awe at what they had just witnessed, while the audience of 2,000 at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff erupted in a standing ovation.
Britain was instantly won over by Paul Potts, who was then working as a manager at the Port Talbot branch of The Carphone Warehouse, and followed him on his »
- Michelle McCue
Nearly a year after being released in the UK, the James Corden-starring film “One Chance” will finally hit American theaters at the end of August — a day after it premieres on the internet. In a first for the distributor, The Weinstein Company announced on Monday that it was partnering with Yahoo! Screen to post “One Chance” online before it hits theaters. Also read: Weinstein Company Considering Spinning TV Division Into Separate Company The David Frankel-direted film features Corden as Paul Potts, in the true story of Paul Potts, “a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur »
- Jordan Zakarin
One Chance, the David Frankel-directed film about opera singer Paul Potts, will make its first performance on Yahoo Screen, an advertiser-supported online service from Yahoo. In a new wrinkle about finding an audience for a crowd pleasing film with no big stars, Yahoo has made a deal with The Weinstein Company to air the film on its Yahoo Screen service ten days before it rolls out in theater this fall. The plan is different from the multi-platform strategy used by RADiUS-twc on films like Snowpiercer, which has broadened to 356 screens and grossed $3.5 million theatrically. Here, Yahoo will show […] »
Fresh off making waves with the VOD release of “Snowpiercer,” the Weinstein Company is toying with the distribution model once more by pre-releasing a film on the Internet. The indiedistrib will debut “One Chance,” the true story of a “Britain’s Got Talent” winner, exclusively on Yahoo Screen 10 days before releasing it theatrically.
It’s not clear what the reaction will be from exhibitors, but companies that release pictures simultaneously on demand and in theaters are sometimes banned from showing their film in certain theaters.
“One Chance” has already played musical chairs with release dates. It had originally been scheduled for release on Feb. 7 before being moved back to March 14 and pushed yet again to Aug. 29. A new date hasn’t been announced, but it will likely be in theaters in September or October.
Some films that have played around with their distribution model have been rewarded for their boldness. »
- Brent Lang
In a bold move, The Weinstein Co. and Yahoo are teaming to make the Simon Cowell-produced film One Chance available for streaming this fall on Yahoo Screen 10 days before it begins rolling out in theaters. The British independent film, directed by The Devil Wears Prada's David Frankel, is based on the real-life story of Paul Potts, a bullied shop assistant and amateur opera singer who became a YouTube phenomenon after being selected by Cowell to appear on Britain's Got Talent (Potts would go on to win). James Corden, who won the Tony for best actor in 2012
- Pamela McClintock
Tom Rothman’s TriStar has pre-emptively acquired What Alice Forgot, the 2011 novel from bestselling author Lianne Moriarty, with Oscar-winning director David Frankel (Devil Wears Prada, Marley and Me, Hope Springs) set to helm. Story tracks a woman who wakes up after a head injury with no memory of the last 15 years. She discovers her once-happy life is gone – she’s now a divorced single mother who must decide whether to start over or fix her relationships. Whip It‘s Shauna Cross has been tapped to script the adaptation, which will be produced by Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, and Rosalie Swedlin. […] »
TriStar, Sony’s film label run by Tom Rothman, has pre-emptively picked up What Alice Forgot, an adaptation of a Liane Moriarty novel that has Devil Wears Prada helmer David Frankel attached to direct. Shauna Cross, who wrote the comedic Whip It and the upcoming drama If I Stay, is attached to pen the project, which will be produced by Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts and Rosalie Swedlin. List Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Alice tells the story of 29-year-old Alice, who is deeply in love and about to give birth to her first child. Then she
- Borys Kit
Sarah Jessica Parker could be making her first full-time return to the small screen since Sex and the City went off the air 10 years ago in a new crime drama from the producers of True Detective called Busted.
Sarah Jessica Parker Returning To TV In 'Busted'
Busted will be based on the non-fiction crime thriller Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love, written by reporters Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker about their mission to uncover a police corruption scandal in Philadelphia. The two ultimatly won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. It’s unknown which reporter Parker has signed on to play, according to Deadline.
David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me, Band of Brothers) will serve as an executive producer and will direct Busted’s pilot. Screenwriter Don Roos (Marley and Me, Web Therapy) will pen the pilot episode.
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For those of you who have been awaiting Sarah Jessica Parker’s return to the spotlight, rejoice! The veteran actress is set to step into one of the lead roles in an upcoming crime drama recently picked up by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Anonymous Content, who produced HBO’s hugely successful series, True Detective.
Reported by Deadline, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment acquired the rights to adapt the novel, Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love, into their first television venture alongside of Anonymous Content producers. David Frankel, known for his work with The Devil Wears Prada and Marley and Me, will be serving as the pilot director and executive producer.
The book tells the true story of two investigative reporters and their uncovering of one of the largest law enforcement scandals within the police department of Philadelphia. The journalists, Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman, stuck »
- Daniel Faris
Sarah Jessica Parker has a good chance to return to the small screen for a miniseries. She is reported to be set to star in Busted, which is based upon a book entitled Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love. The thrilled by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker were bought up by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment for the rights to have a miniseries produced by Anonymous Content. The book follows the story of finding out about one of Philly’s biggest scandals. Here is what Sidney Kimmel Entertainment had to say about the project and Sarah Jessica Parker’s role in it all.
Wendy and Barbara have written an amazing true story, and we’re thrilled for it to be Ske’s first television project. Sarah Jessica’s coming on board, along with David Frankel and Don Roos, is simply a perfect combination that we »
- Sarah Peel
Sarah Jessica Parker may be returning to the city—but this time, there could be less sex and more crime.
Sydney Kimmel Entertainment has acquired the rights to Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker’s non-fiction crime thriller Busted: A Tale of Corruption And Betrayal In The City of Brotherly Love, and Deadline reports that Sex and the City’s Sarah Jessica Parker is expected to appear in one of the two main roles. Ske will produce the show with Anonymous Content, the producers of HBO’s True Detective.
Busted tells the story of two investigative journalists, Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker, »
- Chancellor Agard
Are you ready for Sjp's return to television?
Get ready to see Sarah Jessica Parker back on your small-screen.
Sarah Jessica has just signed on to star in the new crime thriller series Busted from True Detective producers Anonymous Content, which is based on the book Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love, Deadline reports. The story tells the true story of journalists Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker, who uncovered the stunning corruption of Philadelphia's narcotics force in 2009, which earned them a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.
Video: An Up-Close Look at Sjp's New Show Line!
No word yet on who will star opposite Sjp as her fellow journalist during the 10-month investigation.
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Sidney Kimmel Entertainment has optioned nonfiction book “Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love,” the police crime thriller written by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker. It plans to develop the book as its first TV project along with Anonymous Content, who produced “True Detective,” into a limited one-hour series with Sarah Jessica Parker attached to star in one of the two main roles. “Marley & Me” writer Don Roos will pen pilot. Additionally, “Devil Wears Prada” director David Frankel is attached to direct the pilot and executive produce. Also read: AOL Renews Sarah Jessica Parker, »
- Jethro Nededog
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (Ske) has optioned the nonfiction book “Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love,” being developed as an hour-long limited series, Ske and Anonymous announced Wednesday. “Sex and the City’s” Parker is attached to star as one of two leads.
David Frankel (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “Marley & Me,” “Hope Springs,” “Band of Brothers,” “Entourage”) is attached to direct the pilot and exec produce, and Don Ross (“Web Therapy,” “Marley & Me”) is set to write the pilot. The series is based on reporters Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker’s book of the same name, released by Harper Collins in March.
The book follows Ruderman and Laker’s successful efforts to uncover a huge police corruption scandal in Philadelphia. »
- Alex Stedman
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment has optioned the rights to Busted: A Tale Of Corruption And Betrayal In The City Of Brotherly Love, a police crime thriller written by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker. It will serve as Ske’s debut television project with True Detective producers Anonymous Content. Sex and the City’s Sarah Jessica Parker is attached to star in one of the two main roles in the hourlong show. David Frankel is attached to direct and executive produce the pilot. Don Roos will write the pilot. Ske President Jim Tauber, Ske President of Production Carla Hacken, and Steve Golin, Managing Partner […] »
Top brass at the Provincetown International Film Festival (Piff) have announced the award winners of this year’s festival.
Patricia Clarkson was presented with the 2014 Excellence in Acting Award.
The festival ran from June 18-22 and the 2015 edition is set for June 17-21.
Provincetown — The Audence Award for best narrative feature at the 16th annual Provincetown Film Festival went to David Frankel's One Chance, which stars James Corden in the true story of a luckless Welsh cell phone salesman who reverses his fortunes by warbling Puccini on Britain's Got Talent. The Weinstein Co. release is due to hit theaters in the U.S. on Aug. 29. Other winners of Provincetown's audience honors, which are sponsored by HBO, were best documentary to Michael Rossato-Bennett's Alive Inside, an exploration of our relationship to music and its benefits to mind, body and spirit; and best short
- David Rooney
The 2014 Provincetown International Film Festival wrapped last night with a closing night party where this year's winners were announced. HBO, the event's key sponsor, backed this year's Audience Awards, which went to David Frankel's feel good drama "One Dance" (Best Narrative Feature) and Michael Rossato-Bennett's "Alive Inside" (Best Documentary Feature). The ladies from Tangerine Entertainment (a production company launched last year to promote films by women directors), Anne Hubbell and Amy Hobby, were on hand to hand out their company's Juice Award presented to a female filmmaker for her first or second narrative feature, to Desiree Akhavan for her autobiographical comedy "Appropriate Behavior." Read More: Tired of Disgruntled New York Hipster Comedies? ‘Appropriate Behavior’ Is a Welcome Update to the Formula The festival also revealed its dates for next year's edition: June 17-21, 2015. Full list of winners below: HBO Audience Award / Best »
- Nigel M Smith
Bird is the Word: Meyer’s Debut a Well Meaning But Slight Observation
Bird watching seems to be something of a recent cinematic inspiration, though has yet to show much potential in the narrative realm thus far, with David Frankel’s 2011 comedic misfire The Big Year now joined by Rob Meyer’s directorial debut, A Birder’s Guide to Everything. Grappling with loss, strained familial relationships, and coming of age essence, various dilemmas congeal into a mostly light-hearted effort that seems to feel genuinely about its cluster of characters, even though, beyond the crux of its protagonists’ snazzy and oft unexplored hobby, Meyer and his cast can never mold the narrative into anything more than a standard affair. A few acute observations aside, it’s a slight film that feels most effective when utilizing the heavy hitters in its supporting cast.
David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a 15 year old birding »
- Nicholas Bell
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