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19 items from 2015


'London Fields' producers file cross-complaint against director

20 November 2015 4:14 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The producers of troubled crime-thriller London Fields have filed a breach of contract cross-complaint against the film’s director Mathew Cullen.

The complaint, filed on Nov 18 in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleged that Cullen “failed to deliver London Fields on budget and on time or at all despite significant deadline extensions” and that he “also breached his contract by failing to promote the producer’s cut of the film”.

Cullen initially filed a lawsuit against the producers three days prior to the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), alleging that the producers significantly and secretly altered the film without his consent.

The Sept 18 premiere was subsequently cancelled.

The producers’ cross complaint also flags what it calls “Cullen’s intentional interference with the contracts of cast members of the film, encouraging them not to perform post-production and promotional services, jeopardizing the distribution and sales potential” at Tiff.

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

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'London Fields' legal war heats up

20 November 2015 4:14 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Updated November 20: Director Matthew Cullen has hit back after film’s producers filed a cross-complaint alleging breach of contract on Thursday.

The complaint, filed on Nov 18 in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleged that Cullen “failed to deliver London Fields on budget and on time or at all despite significant deadline extensions” and that he “also breached his contract by failing to promote the producer’s cut of the film”.

Cullen initially filed a lawsuit against the producers three days prior to the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), alleging that the producers significantly and secretly altered the film without his consent.

The Sept 18 premiere was subsequently cancelled.

The producers’ cross complaint also flags what it calls “Cullen’s intentional interference with the contracts of cast members of the film, encouraging them not to perform post-production and promotional services, jeopardizing the distribution and sales potential” at Tiff.

The film’s »

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

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'London Fields' producers file cross-complaint against director

20 November 2015 4:14 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The producers of troubled crime-thriller London Fields have filed a breach of contract cross-complaint against the film’s director Mathew Cullen.

The complaint, filed on Nov 18 in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges that Cullen “failed to deliver London Fields on budget and on time or at all despite significant deadline extensions” and that he “also breached his contract by failing to promote the producer’s cut of the film”.

Cullen initially filed a lawsuit against the producers three days prior to the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), alleging that the producers significantly and secretly altered the film without his consent.

The Sept 18 premiere was subsequently cancelled.

The producers’ cross complaint also flags what it calls “Cullen’s intentional interference with the contracts of cast members of the film, encouraging them not to perform post-production and promotional services, jeopardizing the distribution and sales potential” at Tiff.

The film’s »

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

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Producers Claim ‘London Fields’ Director Mathew Cullen Breached Contract

19 November 2015 2:24 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The producers of “London Fields” claim that director Mathew Cullen breached his contract to direct and deliver the movie on budget and on time, even though he was given deadline extensions.

The movie’s Toronto Film Festival world premiere was canceled after Cullen filed a lawsuit against the producers, claiming that they had engaged in “fraudulent efforts” to revise the movie without his knowledge. The producers filed a cross complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court this week contending that Cullen breached his contract.

Among other things they contend that the producers and investors incurred more than $12.5 million in costs for the movie, more than $4.5 million over the original budget, due “in large part” to Cullen’s contract breaches. They contend that Cullen’s lawsuit and the withdrawal from Toronto have had a negative impact on its domestic distribution prospects, as well as foreign revenues.

Cullen’s attorney could not immediately be reached. »

- Ted Johnson

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London Fields acquired then pulled from Tiff

18 September 2015 6:08 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

The many mysteries surrounding the film London Fields may be even more intriguing than the movie’s layered plot. Based on the 1989 novel by Martin Amis, London Fields was set to make its debut this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was to be a young director’s motion picture debut. Then everything came to a screeching halt with accusations between producers and the director that led to a lawsuit being filed.

Officials at the Tiff announced on Thursday they would pull the film from it’s scheduled Friday evening premiere. Their statement cited “uncertainty surrounding the creative vision” of the version of the film they had. That vision was brought into question when the film’s director, Matthew Cullen, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles on Tuesday. He claims the film has been altered without his permission or input. He accuses the producers, Christopher Hanley and Jordan Gertner, »

- Jeff Bricker

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‘London Fields’ Producers Claim Toronto Festival Dropped Film Due to ‘Too Provocative’ Imagery

17 September 2015 2:54 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The producers of “London Fields” have issued a statement objecting to the Toronto International Film Festival’s decision to pull the film from its lineup. Tiff organizers made the call after director Matthew Cullen filed a lawsuit against producers Chris Hanley and Jordan Gertner, claiming that the version of the film screening at the festival was not the version he approved. “We are greatly disappointed that Tiff decided to pull the film from the festival. We have always loved launching our films here, but feel that in particular case there has been an ill-considered decision made against our rights,” the film’s. »

- Jeff Sneider

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'London Fields' producers hit back after Toronto pulls film

17 September 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The producers of London Fields have responded to the decision by Tiff top brass to pull the noir thriller ahead of Friday’s world premiere following allegations by the director.

“We are greatly disappointed that Tiff decided to pull the film from the festival,” the producers said in a statement.

“We have always loved launching our films here, but feel that in particular case there has been an ill-considered decision made against our rights. 

“It’s the first time we have ever heard of a festival removing a movie from the festival due to it’s [sic] imagery being deemed too provocative.

“The timing and the content of the director’s lawsuit shows that it is a publicity stunt. The filing of [director] Mathew Cullen’s complaint violates the arbitration provisions of his own guild, the DGA. 

“Sadly, Mathew can’t deal with the fact that he does not control the final cut of the movie. 

“He was given »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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'London Fields' producers hit back

17 September 2015 10:29 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Toronto Update: The film’s producers on Thursday afternoon responded to the decision by Tiff top brass to pull the noir thriller ahead of Friday’s world premiere following allegations by the director.

“We are greatly disappointed that Tiff decided to pull the film from the festival,” the producers said in a statement. “We have always loved launching our films here, but feel that in particular case there has been an ill-considered decision made against our rights. 

“It’s the first time we have ever heard of a festival removing a movie from the festival due to it’s [sic] imagery being deemed too provocative.

“The timing and the content of the director’s lawsuit shows that it is a publicity stunt. The filing of [director] Mathew Cullen’s complaint violates the arbitration provisions of his own guild, the DGA. Sadly, Mathew can’t deal with the fact that he does not control the final cut of the movie »

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'London Fields' producers to oppose lawsuit

17 September 2015 10:29 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Updated: The producers on Thursday afternoon hit back after Tiff top brass pulled the noir thriller ahead of Friday’s world premiere following allegations from the director.

“We are greatly disappointed that Tiff decided to pull the film from the festival,” the producers said in a statement. “We have always loved launching our films here, but feel that in particular case there has been an ill-considered decision made against our rights. 

“It’s the first time we have ever heard of a festival removing a movie from the festival due to it’s [sic] imagery being deemed too provocative.

“The timing and the content of the director’s lawsuit shows that it is a publicity stunt. The filing of [director] Mathew Cullen’s complaint violates the arbitration provisions of his own guild, the DGA. Sadly, Mathew can’t deal with the fact that he does not control the final cut of the movie. 

“He was given »

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'London Fields' pulled from Tiff over lawsuit

17 September 2015 10:29 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

World premiere cancelled following allegations from director.

Update 18/09: ‘London Fields’ producers hit back after Toronto pulls film

Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) has pulled noir thriller London Fields from its line-up and cancelled tomorrow’s world premiere following reports that director Matthew Cullen had instigated legal action against the producers of the feature.

“We are greatly disappointed that Tiff decided to pull the film from the festival,” the producers said in a statement. “We have always loved launching our films here, but feel that in particular case there has been an ill-considered decision made against our rights. 

“It’s the first time we have ever heard of a festival removing a movie from the festival due to it’s [sic] imagery being deemed too provocative.

“The timing and the content of the director’s lawsuit shows that it is a publicity stunt. The filing of [director] Mathew Cullen’s complaint violates the arbitration provisions of his own guild »

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‘London Fields’ Pulled From Toronto Amid Director’s Lawsuit

17 September 2015 9:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Toronto Film Festival has pulled “London Fields” from its lineup after the movie’s director filed a lawsuit against the producers on Tuesday.

“We have recently learned of a legal matter that has arisen between the director and the producers of the film ‘London Fields,'” a spokesperson for the festival said in a statement. “We have worked to make our festival a public showcase for creative expression through the moving image, however with uncertainty surrounding the creative vision of the version of the film scheduled to be screened on Sept. 18, we feel it is only appropriate that we remove this film from the festival lineup. We are hopeful that this matter will be resolved positively and that audiences will have the opportunity to see the film.”

The impacted screenings are on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Princess of Wales, Saturday at 3:45 p.m. at Bloor Hot »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Lionsgate/Grindstone Lands ‘London Fields’ – Toronto

16 September 2015 3:10 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Lionsgate/Grindstone has just closed a low-seven-figure deal for London Fields, a film that opened with some controversy as director Matthew Cullen filed suit just before its Tuesday industry screening against producer Chris Hanley over a cut of the movie that wasn’t completely of the director’s making. The adaptation of Martin Amis’ novel stars Amber Heard, Theo James, Jim Sturgess, and Billy Bob Thornton is set to have its public premiere on September 18. The film… »

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‘London Fields’ Director Sues Producers for Fraud

16 September 2015 11:17 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The director of “London Fields,” scheduled to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Friday, filed a lawsuit against its producers, claiming that they engaged in “fraudulent efforts” to revise the movie without his knowledge.

Mathew Cullen’s lawsuit was filed late Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court against producers Chris Hanley and Jorden Gertner, as well as Muse Productions and Nicola Six Ltd. In addition to damages, it seeks a declaration that the producers have no right to use his name to promote the movie without his consent.

The movie, based on a Martin Amis novel, stars Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton and Jason Isaacs.

According to the lawsuit, the producers interjected elements into the movie that “include incendiary imagery evoking 9/11 jumpers edited against pornography, as well as juxtaposing the holiest city in Islam against mind control. No crew or cast member signed up for this, nor did plaintiffs. »

- Ted Johnson

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'London Fields' director sues producers

16 September 2015 4:52 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Mathew Cullen alleges the film’s producers “secretly prepared their own version of the film”.

Matthew Cullen, the director of London Fields, which had its premiere at Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20) yesterday, has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court against the film’s producers Chris Hanley and Jordan Gertner over the usage of his name on the project, which he claims has been significantly altered without his consent.

Update: ‘London Fields’ pulled from Tiff over lawsuit

The New York Times reported that some of the film’s biggest name actors - Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton and Jim Sturgess - had written letters to the producers in question calling for additions to the film made by Hanley, without Cullen’s approval, to be removed.

These alterations include “incendiary imagery evoking 9/11 jumpers edited against pornography”, which Cullen claims show that Hanley and his associates “secretly prepared their own version of the »

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Producer & Director Feuding Over 'London Fields,' Johnny Depp & Other Stars Protest Helmer's Removal

15 September 2015 2:14 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It feels like a while since we had a really good behind-the-scenes controversy — well, at least since the release of “Fantastic Four,” anyway — but one’s arrived in the shape of “London Fields.” The adaptation of Martin Amis’ novel screened at Tiff this morning to press to almost universally negative notices (ours, believe it or not, is on the more positive end of the spectrum, relatively speaking) ahead of an official premiere tonight, and the New York Times have suggested that the film screening isn’t what the director intended, and that its stars are deeply unhappy about that. The film nominally marks the feature debut of music-video helmer and Guillermo Del Toro collaborator Matthew Cullen, but the Times suggests that the cut of the film on show was not overseen by him, but instead by producer Chris Hanley (“Spring Breakers,” “American Psycho”), who turned it into “a sometimes unrecognizable, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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‘London Fields’ Clip: Dark Thriller Stars Amber Heard, Directed By Matthew Cullen – Toronto Film Festival

12 September 2015 11:11 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

London Fields marks the feature directing debut of Grammy and MTV Vma winner Mathew Cullen. Set in a near-future world in turmoil, the noirish mystery stars Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton, Theo James and Jim Sturgess. Heard plays a clairvoyant whose life is upended when she has a premonition of her own murder. The movie, which premieres September 18 at the Toronto International Film Festival, is produced by Chris Hanley (Spring Breakers, American Psycho), Jordan Gertner… »

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Toronto Festival: Films Making Waves With Buyers

8 September 2015 12:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A sampling of films at the Toronto Festival that are making waves with buyers.

Toronto Midnight Madness Selection/World Premiere

Baskin

Director: Can Evrenol

Cast: Gorkem Kasal, Ergun Kuyucu, Mehmet Cerrahoglu, Sabahattin Yakut, Mehmet Fatih Dokgoz, Muharrem Bayrak

Producers: Can Evrenol, Serhat Cinisli, Mehmet Cemal Toz

Synopsis: Turkish police unit discover a blood-soaked den used for satanic rituals in a desolate area.

Sales: Salt Co. (international); Xyz Films (domestic)

Toronto Festival Selection / World Premiere

Born to Dance

Director: Tammy Davis

Producers: Jill MacNab, Leanne Saunders,

Daniel Story

Cast: Tai Maipi,

Stan Walker

Synopsis: Set in New Zealand where a Maori teen faces societal and other pressures when leading his hip-hop dance team to the championships.

Sales: Cmg (international)

Colonia

Director:

Florian Gallenberger

Producers: Benjamin Herrmann, Nicolas Steil Cast: Emma Watson,

Daniel Bruehl

Synopsis: A young woman’s search for her kidnapped boyfriend draws her into an infamous sect.

Sales: Beta Cinema

(international); UTA (U. »

- Variety Staff

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Cannes: Humanoids, Full House: Global Genre Drive (Exclusive)

16 May 2015 9:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #93. Michael Winterbottom’s The Vatican Connection

5 January 2015 11:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Vatican Connection

Director: Michael Winterbottom // Writer: Paul Viragh

The incredibly prolific Michael Winterbottom had two 2014 titles, so we’re sure to see this latest project materialize before the end of the year, though major cast has not yet been announced since the news broke during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. While The Trip to Italy was a light piece of entertainment, Winterbottom’s other 2014 title, The Face of an Angel, which played Venice and Toronto wasn’t as well received, even though it was a compelling take on how we adapt true crime stories to film. This latest, The Vatican Connection, seems to be in that vein, based on the real-life story of the NYPD detective who first uncovered the Vatican Bank’s links to the Mafia in the 1970s.

Cast: Tba.

Producers: Ivanhoe Pictures’ John Penotti (Violet & Daisy), Muse ProductionsChris Hanley (London Fields), Most FilmsJeff Most (The Crow »

- Nicholas Bell

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